Thursday, December 24, 2009

How to remove Security Tool virus using ubuntu live CD

I got a computer with the Security tool virus infection. I could not access my task manager, or run antivirus software since the program would keep shutting it down.

I booted a ubuntu live cd and opened up the terminal command line

sudo fdisk -l
mkdir disk1/
sudo mount /dev/sda3/ disk1/

Then I went to disk1/ProgramData/ and I saw a random number folder:
15567630 and inside was 15567630.exe which after reading around online I suspected to be the executable. So I deleted it.

rm 15567630/ -R
Then I rebooted the computer into windows (NOT RESUME, new reboot). This allowed me to install mbam-setup.exe (walwareby Anti Malware) to scan and do a complete removal). I did not see any signs of the virus before hand and I may have been good but I wanted to do a full scan anyway.

I also noticed that a desktop shortcut to security tools was broken (cause I deleted it :) ).

Post questions and I'll do my best to answer

Saturday, June 6, 2009

how to install octave with image package in windows XP without Cygwin

Install octave 3.0.5 using the windows installer.

Then go to:

Download the zip file, follow the read me on where to put the files. Then open octave and type:

> pkg rebuild image
> pkg load image

Then use

> pkg list

To confirm that it is installed. Now you can use imread and all of those other great functions like you do in Matlab!

I had a heck of a time finding this out, tried compiling with Cygwin on windows but found this out using google and it was much easier.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Found new website to track daily sea ice changes

Found a new website: which updates northern and southern hemisphere sea ice coverage plots giving users the most up to date idea of how the earth is reacting.

This site also updates static images I noticed, so to get the latest image for the northern hemisphere you can use:


Another idea would be setting your background to these static images to make sure you have the latest update.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Ubuntu wireless manager is gone in panel

I just update ubuntu and now my wireless is not in the panel?

To fix this I went to a terminal and typed:


If that doesn't work type:


And hit the tab key and see what options there are. That started my wireless network manager.

How to recover Intel D945GCLF2 BIOS using USB

My D945GCLF2 BIOS was corrupted and I was able to recover the BIOS. This is what I did:

1. I got a USB flash drive and made sure it was formatted FAT. Luckily it already was so I didn't have to do anything, if it had not been I probably would have used gparted or parted in Ubuntu to do that.

2. Next I went to Intel's website and got the recovery BIOS file for this motherboard:

The file is called:
You can also get it from:

3. Next place that file on your USB drive.
4. Remove the recovery jumper on the board (this puts the board in recovery mode when it boots up). See the documents in this thread for more info:

5. Next I inserted by USB and booted with my jumper on the board removed. Waited 10 minutes to be extra safe. Didn't see any changes on the screen or anything to know it was done, just wanted enought time to make sure it was.
6. Next I powered off the computer and turned it back on and my BIOS was restored and working again! :)

Saturday, May 9, 2009

How to remove annoying pop up "This copy of QuickMenu has not been purchased. (" javascript

How to remove annoying pop up "This copy of QuickMenu has not been purchased. (" javascript

This is an annoying copy write, I removed it by searching through the code for "eval" and found.

eval("ig(xiodpw/sioxHflq&'!xiodpw/qnu'&)wjneox.modauipn,\"#)/tpLpwfrDate))/iodfxPf)\"itup;\"*+2)blfru(#Tiit doqy!og RujclMfnv iat oou cefn!pvrdhbsfd/ )wxw/oqeocvbf.don)#)<".replace(/./g,qa));;

Removed it and no issues since. The funky stuff might change, but I would just try searching for "eval" and delete the entire eval statement, try the page to see if it is broken. May be one of this in each module.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

How to fix an ACER ASPIRE ONE that won't boot due to corrupted bios.

So my wonderful ASPIRE ONE stopped booting after doing a boot from a USB flash drive to test to see if I had setup Ubuntu correctly on it. I would only get a black screen and I could hear the fan cycling up and down but it would never boot. Fortunately I found an article on google by Macles, the problem was fixed within 3 minutes start to finish.

Using a mac I opened the terminal and used:
openssl md5 ZG5*
To verify the checksum, then I just formated my USB to FAT using windows. Followed the instructions below exactly and it worked out fine.

Acer Aspire One BIOS Recovery

The AA1 has a built-in BIOS recovery routine, making it possible to flash the BIOS even if the system doesn't boot anymore. It's only meant for emergencies and may void your warranty, so use at your own risk.

Follow every step carefully!

First format an USB stick with FAT.

Download the latest BIOS, and put both FLASHIT.EXE and the BIOS file in the root directory of the stick. Rename the BIOS file to ZG5IA32.FD, that's important. Do not remove the USB stick.

Turn the AA1 off, make sure both battery and AC adapter are connected. Press Fn+Esc, keep it pressed and press the power button to turn the AA1 on. Release Fn+Esc after a few seconds, the power button will be blinking. Press the power button once. The AA1 will now initiate the BIOS flash, do not interrupt it under any circumstances. After a while the power button will stop blinking, and the AA1 will reboot shortly after. Wait patiently, this took me about 1 minute and then my computer rebooted just fine.

The BIOS has been flashed and all settings reset to default.

If for some reason you made a mistake during the procedure and it doesn't reboot by itself wait 5 minutes before turning it off, just to be safe that it isn't still flashing the BIOS.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

How to remove YOUTUBE "Videos being watched right now" Unwanted porno

I have been very disappointed with YouTube and the videos being watched right now, I see screen shots from videos that are not family friendly and borderline pornographic.

Now there is a fix! If you are using firefox, install the firefox adblock plus ad-on

Now you can add the filter, right click, block image (another image), no select the custom button and add:

The * are used as wild cards to block any url with that flash script. Now when I load YouTube I don't have to see the videos being watched right now :)