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Here's a really neat FF extension I just came across:

CLEO is a Firefox extension that works with FEBE to package any number of extensions/themes into a single, installable .xpi file.

Why? Consider this: I, as an extension developer, have several different Firefox profiles. Whenever I start a new extension, I create a new profile for testing, debugging, etc. In this profile, I like to have a dozen or so developer related extensions installed. With CLEO, I can packaged all these extensions together into a single, installable xpi.

You may have a list of your favorite extensions/themes that you would like to share with others. With CLEO, you can gather them all together into a single file (called, perhaps, "My favorite extensions.xpi") and post them on a webpage. Others can install the whole batch with a just a couple of clicks!'s another good resource for FF extensions:

With over 1000 extensions available for FF, maybe we should have a separate sub-forum here?

This is a list of the extensions, themes and plug-in's I currently have installed:
Last updated: Tue, 04 Jul 2006 08:46:51 GMT
User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/20060508 Firefox/
Extensions (enabled: 52, disabled: 0):

* AJAX Yahoo! Mail [Viamatic WebMail++] 0.4
* Adblock Plus
* Add N Edit Cookies
* All-In-One Sidebar 0.6.4
* AniDisable 1.1
* Bookmark Backup 0.4.1
* ColorZilla
* Compact Library Extension Organizer (CLEO) 1.0 RC1
* Context Highlight 0.2
* Context Search 0.2.1
* CuteMenus 2 1.0
* DOM Inspector
* DownThemAll!
* Download Manager Tweak 0.7.1
* Ebay Negs! 0.6
* Fetch Text URL 1.6
* Firefox Extension Backup Extension (FEBE) 3.0 RC1
* FirefoxView 0.31.2
* Flashblock 1.5.1
* FoxClocks 1.2.77
* GooglePreview 1.3.1
* Greasemonkey 0.6.4
* HideTabBar 0.2.1
* Highlighter 0.1.2
* IE View 1.2.7
* Image Zoom 0.2.5
* InfoLister 0.9c
* MR Tech About:About 2.2
* MR Tech Disable XPI Install Delay 2.2
* MediaPlayerConnectivity 0.6.3
* Menu Editor 1.2
* MenuX
* NoScript
* Options Menu 1.1
* Permit Cookies 0.6.2
* PlainOldFavorites 0.5.6
* PopupSound 0.1.4
* Quick Preference Button 0.1.2
* RankQuest SEO Toolbar 2.1
* ReloadEvery 1.5.1
* Remove It Permanently
* Resize Search Box 0.0.7
* ScrapBook 1.0.6
* SwitchProxy Tool 1.4
* Tab Mix Plus
* Table2Clipboard 0.0.2
* Talkback
* Viamatic foXpose 0.3
* VideoDownloader 1.0
* ViewSourceWith 0.0.8
* Web Developer 1.0.2
* refspoof 0.7.0

Themes (7):

* Firefox (default) 2.0
* Modern Pinball 1.5.2 [selected]
* Noia 2.0 (eXtreme) 3.12
* Orbit 3+1 0.0.4
* Scribblies Brite 1.7.7
* Scribblies_Plain 1.7.7
* SphereGnome 1.7.6

Plugins (10):

* Adobe Acrobat
* AlternaTIFF
* Java(tm) 2 Platform Standard Edition 5.0 Update 7
* Microsoft Corp. DRM Netscape Plugin
* Mozilla Default Plug-in
* QuickTime Plug-in 7.0.3
* Shockwave Flash
* Shockwave for Director
* Windows Genuine Advantage validation plug-in
* Windows Media Player Plug-in Dynamic Link Library

If you want the mother of all conversion programs [lol]


The NumericalChameleon is a free, open source, platform-independent and localized software to convert units. It converts numbers with a precision of up to 1000 significant figures. It supports more than 3200 units in 82 categories, including not only all important physical units of categories like length, area, volume, electricity, magnetism, force, power, energy, pressure, mass, temperature, velocity, acceleration, radioactivity and time, but also exchange rates, timezones, spoken numbers (literally and by audio*), roman numbers, 35 radixes, bits&bytes, screen resolutions, colorcodes, unicodes, international dial codes, calendar and holiday calculations, phonetic alphabets and more. It provides a modern, dynamic and graphical user interface.

You have unlimited access on all categories, units, icons, filters and themes. You can add, modify, hide or delete them. All configuration data are stored in flat files. You can update exchange rates from several webservices.

The NumericalChameleon is released under the terms of GNU GPL.

For detailed information see features and examples.

The system is Win7 64 bit, fully updated. Anti-virus program is F-Secure, nothing detected. MalwareBytes also detects no problems. The problem is that some web sites do not display, including the the download site for IE9. Also, on Youtube
I can play some videos, but not others. One that will always fail is I get the circular indication that the film should be downloading, but then the message that an error haas occurred. I have tried the usual tricks of running IE without any add-ons, no change. I have also reinstalled the Flash player and Java, no change. MS has a diagnostic tool that will help detect problems with IE, but it came back clean. I have already deleted all temporary files and
cookies, as well as the Windows Prefetch directory. Also tried turning off the firewall, no luck.

What can I try next, other than the usual comments about FF and Chrome?

I have an odd problem with IE 8 that Loungers may find enticing. I'm running 2 similar desktop PCs on a KVM switch, both have Intel CPUs (i7 920 & i7 3770) Gigabyte mobos, Win XP Pro SP3 & IE 8 (latter are identical versions). Both use Google News as a home page and when the 3770 runs this, it shows an information bar with the message "This website wants to run Flash player. etc.; if you trust it, click". This also shows on most other sites selected from the home page. The 920 system does not show an information bar anywhere when News is run. BTW, neither system has Macromedia Flash installed on it.

Both systems have identical browser Advanced settings and the same Security settings (Internet, medium-high). All of the Custom settings are identical except the 920 has permissions for "Java VM" set to "High safety" this Java parameter is absent on the 3770 (I cannot discern where this came from, perhaps as a piggyback from some installed application)? All Microsoft updates for IE8 are identical on both systems.

As an experiment, I installed the program NoFlash (by John Jarrett) on the offending 3770 system and when this is set to off (red line thru tray icon) the info bar & message disappears. This was quite unexpected, to say the least.

So my problem is solved, but I would like to know what is causing this infernal occurrence. I suppose I could reset the IE parms. to default & see if that works, but then I still won't know what's going on here. Anyone have any ideas?


I go to my school's WebCT site to read various discussions posted by students. When I hover over one, I see that it is javascript, but when I click on it, I hear the distinct "click" but nothing happens. I also went to a site to see last year's Super Bowl commercials, and the same thing happens. I hover over one of the links, and I see something along the lines of "javascript(playmovie..." at the bottom. Again the click, and nothing happens. I've got IE 6, with Service Pack 1 and all the updates since. It's a Windows 2000 SP-4 OS.

Oddly, if a boot to my old Windows 98 SE partition, I can see those things, even though I have IE 6 SP 1 on that. I can also see these things at work, which is once again a Windows 2000 SP-4 OS.

And I have gone through Tools, Internet Options and enabled the various Java permissions in both the Security tab and the Advanced tab (although in some places it's referred to as Microsoft VM).

I'd like to be able to use my Windows 2000 boot at home. Anyone have any ideas?



Like a concurrent poster, I too cannot access a specific web site -- usually. The site is I haven't been able to get it for at least a month, using either IE or Firefox, and using any of the 3 computers in my office. This morning I tried adding to my trusted sites. Didn't help. Then I tried adding nytimes cookies to the "always allow" list and, suddenly, the site was available in both browsers. About an hour later, I tried the site again and again it was unavailable on both browsers, and I didn't change any of the settings in the meantime. This is driving me nuts.

I might also mention that, on the Microsoft Update site, the "more details" links after the individual update descriptions usually don't work either, although that is a different issue, because these are javascript links. Yes, I do have the latest Java installed and it works elsewhere. Again, I say "usually don't work" because once or twice in the past year they have worked, even though I didn't change settings. Then they stopped working again, with no change of settings.

I'm starting to get superstitious about these computers.


Hey all. I have a user who can not print from IE. If you go to File | Print, nothing happens. Also, if you attempt to print Outlook messages in HTML format, the Print screen is weird - you can't change the printer name (though she has about 6 printers normally available to her), and I'm not even sure if you can hit OK or if it's greyed out. Other weirdness....some web pages (like Windows update) will not load. Buttons on some web pages do not do anything when pressed. I've tried a variety of web pages to make sure it wasn't a site specific issue, and it's not - sites where she pressed Submit or OK are notable sites (like Yahoo), and people on other computers do not have the same problem. I've done a line by line comparison of her Advanced IE settings, and her Security settings - compared them with mine, since everything works on mine, and all settings (Java, SSL, etc.) are the same. Found an article on corrupted IEPEERS.dll, so I renamed the two instances of that file on her PC to .OLD, and copied my IEPEERS.dll over it, but this didn't work. Has anyone seen this before, and can anyone point me in the direction of a fix.

I appreciate any advice - Sat.

Strange behavior for last 10 days. Flash movies will not play any more on web sites and when I right click an image Windows tries to download it as a bmp file only!
I've tried to reinstall Flash from the Macromedia site and the site just sits there with no download occuring.

Microsoft support gave me the following advice and none of it works. Can you help?
(I apologize for pasting all of the below, but thought you might want to read the thread)

As I understand, when you used the Save Picture As option for a graphic file in Internet Explorer, you were only allowed to save the file as an Untitled.BMP file. We shall be working together through the course of this request to resolve this specific issue for you. If I have misunderstood your concerns, please feel free to let me know.

Based on my research, this issue may occur if your Temporary Internet pages cache is full, or it may be caused by some downloaded program files. To resolve this issue, try the following steps:

1. Open Internet Explorer, click Tools->Internet Options->General->Delete Files.

2. Click Ok to delete all the temporary Internet files.

3. Click Settings in the General pane; a window will open listing all the downloaded program files.

4. First try to remove any of these that have a status of "Unknown" or "Damaged".

5. If that doesn't work, remove other downloaded program files.

For Flash problems Microsoft suggest the following:

Dear Steve,

Thank you for your prompt update. I am sorry to hear that you could not complete our previous action plan due to the IE issue. According to my research, I believe it is best if we fix the IE issue first:

First, let's register the file urlmon.dll again:

Click Start Run, in the open line type this command and press Enter: regsvr32 urlmon.dll

If the problem still occurs, please try these steps:

Step 1: please uninstall and reinstall Internet Explorer.

1. Click Start and select Run.
2. Type command in the Open box and click OK.
3. In the MS-DOS prompt window, type the following command (exactly, do not even add a space) and press Enter:

rundll32.exe setupapi,InstallHinfSection DefaultInstall 132 c:windowsinfie.inf

Note: I suppose the ie.inf file is stored in the c:windowsinf folder. The command is case sensitive. The "DefaultInstall" parameter is alterative.

4. After the re-installation, please restart the computer and check if the program is installed.

Step 2: If the problem remain, please reinstall VB Script and Java VM.

1. Go to
2. Download and install Scr55en.exe
3. Reboot the computer.
4. Go to
5. Download and install VM Build 3802 for Windows 2000.
6. Reboot the computer and check if the problem still occurs.

Step 3: If the problem continues, let us try to perform a clean boot. This tool will help us identify any drivers or programs that may be interfering with the normal operation of your computer.

1. Click Start > Run, in the open line type in: msconfig
2. Choose Selective Startup and remove the check before "Load
startup group items"
3. Apply the change and reboot the system.
4. Check if the problem still occurs.

Please complete all the steps above and let me know how everything is going. I am standing by for your progress.

Have a nice day!

Best regards,
Johnny Hong
Support Professional
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Microsoft Windows Online Support

Satisfied customers are my top priority.
Please let my manager or me know what you think of the level of service provided. You can send feedback to Microsoft Management at
Zhou?subject=GTEC_Windows_Feedback or directly to my manager, Jin Zhou at

-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Laube []
Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2001 2:13 AM
To: Johnny Hong
Subject: RE: SRZ011103001344 "Flash player from Macromedia..."


Thank you for the attempt. I tried both methods and neither made a difference. It won't even download the software from the Macromedia site!

I have also discovered that a right-click "save as" on a picture from a web site is malfunctioning. The system tries to save it as "untitled.bmp". It no longer recognizes the original file name or extension.

Very odd and very frustrating.

Could they be related?

Steve Laube

-----Original Message-----
From: Johnny Hong []
Sent: Saturday, November 03, 2001 9:06 PM
Subject: SRZ011103001344 "Flash player from Macromedia..."

Dear Steve,

Thank you for contacting Microsoft Windows Online Support Team. My name is Johnny and I am the engineer who will be working with you on this service request.

As I understand the issue is: The Macromedia Flash Player does not work normally on Windows XP. If I have misunderstood your concern, please let me know.

Before we go any further, I would appreciate your help in providing more details of the problem's symptoms.

Based on my experience, most likely, the problem is caused by urlmon.dll is not registered correctly. Please register this file again.

Click Start Run, in the open line type this command and press Enter: regsvr32 urlmon.dll

If the problem still occurs, please try these steps:

Step 1: Please check the Internet Explorer the settings.

1. Open Internet Explorer and go to Tools > Internet Options.
2. On the General tab, delete the temporary files and cookies.
3. On the Security tab, set the Internet Zone security level to
4. Apply the changes.

Step 2: Download and reinstall Macromedia Flash Palyer from Macromedia website. For your convenience, I have included the link as below:

Please complete all the steps above and let me know how everything is going at your earliest convenience. I appreciate your time and look forward to your progress.

Thank you for choosing Microsoft.

Best regards,
Johnny Hong
Support Professional
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Microsoft Windows Online Support

Satisfied customers are my top priority.
Please let my manager or me know what you think of the level of service provided. You can send feedback to Microsoft Management at
or directly to my manager, Jin Zhou at

I am looking for an application that allows me to create one or more windows in an HTML page, preferably a Java applet. The app(s). needs to continuously query a SQL database on a remote server to see if any updates have happened, and if so, display values from the DB.

Can anyone help?

For example, I keep VMs of legacy Windows for client support. IF, for whatever reasons, you are running VMs of Operating Systems remember they, too, require updating... (their) browsers, Adobe, Java, Microsoft Updates, security tool(s) for A-V & A-M, CCleaner, et al; AND the same TLC, too... clean-up, Defrag, et al. VMs must treated like any other computer and be given identical care & attention.

And, yes, VMs of Operating Systems cannot go w/out security, like MSE or something. They, still, need it, same as a physical machine.


I have a Dell Dimension 3000 desktop XP Home SP3 IE8 RAM maxed out at 2 GB with Java 7 Update 11 Java FX 2.1.1

My brother plays many Pogo games but some of them don't play and right now we are focusing on Pogo Bowl
--- It appears to be Java related because Java never completes loading when we call up that game and we get the following error message The instruction at 0x3d6c3213 referenced memory at 0x00000054. The memory could not be read, Click OK to terminate the program
--- Myself I just play Rainy Day Spider Solitaire without any problems

Yesterday both games were playing ok with he Java 7 Update 11 Java FX 2.1.1
--- A Java icon showed up saying an update was available and since jusched.exe was in our startups it wanted to be updated. I imagine it was Update 12
--- That's when the above issue happened: Pogo Bowl wouldn't load but Rainy Day Spider Solitaire continued to be playable
--- I did a System Restore 2 days back but the problem wasn't fixed
It's strange the Pogo Bowl had been playing ok but now all of a sudden it isn't
--- I followed Pogo's advice to clear the internet cache & a few other things biut again: no solution

I read on some web searches that the The instruction at 0x3d6c3213 referenced memory at 0x00000054. The memory could not be read could be related to extra long URL'S and Pogo Bowl definitely has a very long URL
--- but Rainy Day Spider Solitaire is pretty short
I think the extra long URL issue was related to IE6, maybe IE 7 but we have IE8
--- Could this still be be an issue with IE8
--- If so, is there a fix?

I also understand that it's good to use Mozilla Firefox because it doesn't use Java I guess
--- Does this sound like a good idea?

I am running Windows XP SP3 on a Dell desktop Computer. I started a system restore back 3 weeks ago around 9AM this morning and it is still running 8 hours later. I have the blue screen with the Windows XP logo showing. I can hear the hard drive working, but this is way too long for it to be running. I did try shutting down, but power button did not work, so I shut the power strip off. I booted back into safe mode and tried last known configuration and also just safe mode, but computer comes back to the same blue screen with logo. Should I just let it keep running and see what happens by tomorrow, or is there another answer out there you can help me with. I had a problem with Javascript not working right and went back to before my last update to Java in Dec. I also have no known viruses as I ran Malwarebytes on Sunday and it was clean. I am using Avast as my AV and also ran that scan on Sunday.

I do not get a repair computer option under safe mode boot. I am not sure if I have a CD for Xp as the computer is 9 years old and I know I dont have a recovery CD to boot from.

Bob G

Win XP SP3, all updates; Firefox 18.0 and 18.0.1. Ever since I installed the last round of Windows UpDates (a week ago?), Firefox has crashed when I close one of several open Tabs, sometimes when I close a second Tab. I've uninstalled Java, no joy. I do have Adobe Flash 11 ActiveX & Plugin.

Chrome also dies when closing a Tab, with a slightly different procedure.

IE 8.0.6001.178702 seems to be unaffected.

Thanks for any help -- Will

Title: Anfy
Version: 1.4.5
Platform: All Windows, Apple & Linux
Download Size: 2.9MB
Rating: Tucows: 5 gold cows
Cost: Free for personal use, registration is 10-20 USD per domain - see below
Useful collection of over 40 JAVA applets that can be easily configured using the simple windows interface. Anfy JAVA spices up your web page with eye catching, cutting edge, high graphics applets.

Download From:

All effects are very easy to set up. In the Windows versions there is a wizard for creating the applets in minutes. Effects include morphing, water, fractals, book-flip, fading etc.
Also available is Anfy 3D but I have no personal experience of this.

Registration gives you: All the "link" options enabled when applets are online. No pop-up credits window when applets are clicked online. Free customer support via e-mail. Free updates when new versions of Anfy are out.
Unregisterd, the applets run correctly and visualize all the effects even if you don't purchase the regcode.
The only (minor) difference between registered and unregistered applets, is noticeable online, when applets are clicked with the mouse.
On unregistered applets, an external small window will appear, showing the name of author as credits: it can be closed, and the effects will not be interrupted. In addition, the "link" functions of the applets, which makes it possible to link to another page when the applets are clicked, are disabled.
Registration fees are on a per-domain basis - the more you buy the cheaper it is.

Sorry for disturbing.
Notebook Asus G74Sx
OS Windows 7 64 bit home pemium.
Problem Description:

At first (2-3 month ago) IE9 became unresponding after updating it to Internet Explorer 9 for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2719177)... - solved it by going to system restore.
Later IE9 became more slower - dont know why - i use ESET smart security 5 fully updated (nod32 in short), also applyed uniblue power suite, speedypc pro, registry first aid 8.. tools - no help in this problem.
So i decided to uninstall and than reinstall IE 9 and turn off and than turn on IE 8 (it is pitty i can't uninstall and then back install ie 8 in windows 7...) - and than i saw, that IE 8 32 behave itself the same way as IE 9 with the update - no respond, crash, error...
I reinstalled IE9 - and IE9 32 became behave itself as with update... - i think they included that damn update in new IE 9 (cause i do not see that update in installed updates list and windows update do not offer me that update to install.. "windows update is up to date" - :-)
That it..., now i can use only IE (8, 9) 64 bit and other browthers..

No addons mode, full reset to defaults in ie options, starting in safe mode, diagnostic boot, temporal disabling Eset nod security, turning off firewall, deleting flash from adobe, deleting Java - nothing helped.

Also, when it as always freezed, it frezzes on moment, when it show in STATISTIC BAR something like this "Res://ieframe.dll/dnserror.htm#" - if i am not wrong, cause it stuck showing this only 1s. ...
So, i downloaded ieframe.dll from here , but did not apply it cause of this - Important Note: Do not, under any circumstances, download the ieframe.dll DLL file individually from any "DLL download site." There are many reasons that downloading DLLs from these sites are never a good idea.

, but it always shows (freeze on) different points..

BTW, MFirefox also began behave itself strange - it show some pages wrong.

So..., that it. Could you help me? Plz
Cant reinstall windows - have no space free for that and have a lot of programs installed..and so on. Need to solve it without reinstalling windows. (Also, actually, never did it with windows 7 PREINSTALLED (have no CD, DVD with windows 7) on notebook.. many times did it succsefully with XP not preinstalled..)

I updated my Java to 7 update5. Now everytime I open IE9 I get a security window that says ssvagent.exe, author Oracle, Inc, wants to run. I always deny, it always pops up even if I change tabs in the browser. A google search says it's anything from a bug in Java to Malware. What is this and how do I get rid of it?

OK, this is a "keep the boss happy" problem. Like many (most?) of you, I'm the computer fix-it guy in our household. My spouse "Just wants it to work. Oh, and to not change!"

So I try to leave her laptop alone as much as possible, but feel an obligation to apply OS and other updates on a semi-regular basis. Did that last week and applied all the Vista/64-bit and other security patches then available. She's still on IE 7, (did I mention "not change"?) Everything seemed fine, and I logged-off of the Administrator account I use to do this kind of thing on her machine.

The next day she called me at work to say "Pictures aren't showing up." I thought she meant in her mail client, and figured it was a user setting that had been flipped to a more secure state. A simple "check in the box" and they'd be back the way she wanted them.

Nope. She has a desktop gadget running that uses a graphic icon to represent the current sky conditions ("picture of sun", "picture of raining cloud", etc.) Instead, she now had the infamous "red-x". Same thing on her home page: "Google". Red-x's scattered all over the place like pasties on a bad marksman's target. And at her on-line banking site, the critical "Submit" button didn't appear at all, not even as a placeholder red-x.

I did the obvious checks of her IT "Security" and "Advanced" settings. Even unchecked certain ones that were already checked, closed the browser, re-opened it, re-checked the settings, then closed/re-opened again. No luck. Tried updating Java (since I know the banking site uses it) and any other things immediately suggested by Googling the problem. Still nothing.

Most frustratingly, my Admin User profile on the same machine does NOT exhibit this behaviour. Everything displays normally/properly for my account, just not for hers (also an Admin.)

So I'm asking the Lounge Denizens for any ideas of where I might look / what I might try next.


Good day to all.

My wife told me yesterday that Internet Explorer on her Win 7 (64-bit) machine isn't working anymore. Apparently, its been broken for a few days but she told me only yesterday.

Upon launching IE, a tab with her home page ( appears but the page itself is blank. The "wait" spinning wheel keeps on spinning but nothing happens. Opening additional tabs do the same thing. Closing the program is also broken - clicking on the close program "X" in the top right corner of the window does nothing. It appears as if the only way to terminate it is to use the task manager and kill one of the two IE processes that are running (the other process terminates when the first one is killed).

My wife likes going to free game websites - my first thought was that she might have picked up something to cause this problem. I have multiple paid licenses for Malwarebytes Anti-malware, so I installed and ran it. However, it says the machine is free from any malware.

My second thought was to go to Tools -> Internet Options to see what is happening - but all of those options under the Tools tab are greyed out.

Hmm, sez me. I wonder if I have a permissions issue.

Right-clicking on the IE shortcut on the desktop and selecting "Run as administrator" brings up IE in all its glory. Everything works correctly, including shutting it down. But I can't find out why it won't run without being in administrator mode.

While I had IE running with administrator privileges, I went to the tools tab and disabled all plugins except for Flash and Java. My wife goes to a lot of free games sites, so there were a few plugins that I didn't recognize. But no help.

I next un-installed IE9 by going to Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> View installed updates, then scrolling down to the IE9 entry and telling it to un-install the update. I then went directly to the Microsoft website (using Chrome) and downloaded and re-installed the program. No help - IE doesn't run unless it is being run with administrative privileges.

For the time being, I've modified the shortcut by telling it to run IE in administrator mode (Rt-click the icon -> Properties -> Shortcut -> Advanced -> tick the box marked "Run as administrator")

However, I don't like that solution in the long term and my wife doesn't like it now - she has to answer a UAC prompt everytime she wants to run IE.

Her computer is set to automatically update when new updates are available and I'm wondering if any of the recent updates might be responsible for this problem.

Any suggestions gratefully accepted.

Many thanks!


Last Saturday I was surfing the Web with one of my PCs (Windows 7, fully updated; MSE installed with real-time protection on; Java, Flash, etc. updated too). I had a thought "Wouldn't it be nice to get some hi-res wallpapers of old cars in junkyards?" So I Googled a phrase like that and got a bunch of hits. I proceeded to open all the interesting links in new tabs. Without looking at any of the tabs I had opened yet, I must have opened about 15 links in new tabs when suddenly my PC went crazy. I got a cascade of many error dialog boxes all over the screen that said something about delayed write failure. This PC has always been super solid, so I was suspicious. I decided to reboot the PC. Lots of strange things happened when it rebooted. I recall that my desktop was black instead of displaying my wallpaper, and I got a couple of error messages saying something bad about ATI's CCC (Catalyst Control Center). But then a large window popped up that was called something like "Windows System Checker," and it started in right away "checking my hard drive for errors." The Windows System Checker window had good graphics, clean layout, no bad spelling or grammar and a nice moving icon while my hard drive was being "checked." It said it found errors on my hard drive, but when it finished the second checking category and found 3 problems with my RAM too, I knew for sure I had been fooled.

I turned off my PC, rebooted it from my Acronis recovery CD, and restored a C: image (and boot sector) that I had made a few days previous. The restore was successful, and my PC was completely back to normal. But just to be safe I made sure I had the latest MSE definitions and did a full scan of everything on all drives, all partitions. It took a couple of hours and found no problems. Just to be even safer, I got the latest Malwarebytes Anti-Malware definitions and did a full scan with it too. Result: no problems found.

It doesn’t end there. I periodically use SyncToy to synchronize all the files on my separate data partition with the data partition on another PC. I got around to doing a SyncToy sync the next day. I always preview the sync before actually committing to perform the operation. I usually get a small number of files that need synchronizing, but this time I got tens of thousands. Looking over the results I saw that all the changed files were on the PC that had the virus attack, they were all in my Documents folder, but not all files were affected. The files that were affected were in the first bunch of subfolders going alphabetically through my Documents folder. But wait – there’s more: The date, time, and filesize of the affected files were not changed. I’m not sure how, but SyncToy must have detected something else that changed about these files.

PCs and their data are such an important part of my life that I tend to have backups of my backups of my backups. In this case, I was able to use my Windows Home Server backup made the day before the virus attack to restore all the affected subfolders in my Documents folder. I re-ran SyncToy and got the right results this time – only a few files, the ones that I recalled working on, needed synchronization.

I’d say I am very lucky that not only do I do multiple backups using multiple methods, but if I hadn’t also been doing this data synchronizing thing with SyncToy I might not have detected that something possibly malicious had lingered in thousands of my data files. I am writing all this, for those of you who have gotten this far, because no Web accounts of the “delayed write failed” virus that I skimmed mention this insidious change that its fake “Windows System Checker” made to thousands of the files in my Documents folder. And neither MSE nor Malwarebytes Anti-Malware can detect the changes this virus made to my data files.

the problem started a week ago on xpprosp3 machine

at first it was a brand new file that tried to phone home
now different dlls are trying to do it too
one in java
another in my email program
plus the original mystery file
as well as one in the c/recycler folder

it seems as if a virus is randomly picking something and trying to use it to phone home and slip by the security software and firewall.

not sure if they are faking the name or replacing these programs with their scumware code

system is 7 years old
nothing has tried this before

unless microstuff has some scumware code with delayed time release then this is new
and i suspect it came from a bogus email that i thought was from linkedin and clicked a link
anyway. saw it was bogus and stopped the comm link, but some code may have gotten in and is trying to finish its job.

how to find this scumware and get rid of it?
anyone heard of anything like this phonehome problem virus?

now i find a program named weyj.exe trying to do something
just showed up today
i think that win patrol deleted that one after a reboot

search of .exe files showing up in last week also showed a m02.exe
in docs settings/user
that i could delete
this seems to be a known virus
and i also found a file named n. that was new

i think i deleted mo2 and n.
using winpatrol

thought i had deleted weyj.exe using win patrol
but it is back and in the recycler folder
why wuold any legitimte ms program be calling home from the recycle folder ?
this has to be related to some virus probably the mo2.exe

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