You may be a victim of counterfeit software

The full story is here: http://star-techcentral.com/tech/story.asp?file=/2006/4/25/prodit/14029720&sec=prodit
…and its on the forum too: http://www.miricommunity.net/viewtopic.php?t=863&highlight=windows+genuine

If your windows is pirated, chances are the next time you update you operating system you’ll get this message:


…and this…

My friend’s notebook already kena…

Hands up if ur a victim too! Anyone?
…and any solution…besides getting an original copy of windows or going linux?

Get Linux & install WINE. to run your fav / most used win software (some games may not work with it). You may need Linux expertise for it, but once it’s working will keep on running forever. Unlike Windows (name any version)

This is for personal consumption (home use)

Cara 1.

  1. Start --> Program --> Accessories —> System Tools —> System Restore . Note: Cari Tarikh sebelum ko update kan WinXP ko ya. —> Uninstallkan --> Restart.

Cara 2.
2. Start --> Settings --> Control Panel --> Add or Remove Programs —> [TICK] “Show Updates” —> [CARI] Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications (KB905474) —> Uninstallkan --> Restart.

P/S: Kalau tidak dapat…

Cara 3.
3. Cari “WgaTray.exe” didalam Windows\ System32 dan didalam Windows\ System32\ dllcache, PADAMKAN kedua-duanya!.. Cari, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows NT\ CurrentVersion\ WinlogonNotify … PADAM “WgaLogon” …

Cara 4
4. 1. Pergi C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Windows Genuine Advantage\data
2. Pergi ke Tools->Folder Option->View, select Show Hidden Files and Folders
3. Jangan TICK Hide Protected Operating System Files, lepas clik OK
4. Buang semua bebenda sik senonoh dalam foldernya hehhe Smile
5. Right Klik dan tanda foldernya sebagai Read-Only
6. Restart Komputer

(Just find the Folder “Windows Genuine Advantage”)

Cara 5.
5. Beli Lesen WinXP RM400 = USD100… heheheh

Lain kali sebelum update… hehehe

Before pressing ‘Custom’ or ‘Express’ buttons paste this text to the address bar and press enter:

javascript:void(window.g_sDisableWGACheck=‘all’)

It turns off the trigger for the key check,

http://www.boingboing.net/2005/07/28/mi … ne_ad.html

p/s: i think by the time u read this, this info is obsolete as i also gathered it from around the net. … since someone asked. so i compile it here again.

http://www.liewcf.com <-- also features some… :wink:

Get a MAC

Yo.

Then shortly after reading the article below, someone will say: go with Linux. :smiley: run away

Source: The Surge in Mac Attacks - InternetNews.

May 8, 2006
The Surge in Mac Attacks
By David Miller

Just as Apple Computer launched a new ad touting OSX’s resilience against viruses, the Macintosh operating system and applications have come under fire for harboring serious security flaws.

Security software vendor McAfee, The SANS Institute and independent researchers have all recently published reports slamming Mac security.

It’s a big switch for the computer company that has long enjoyed a reputation for creating software that’s immune to the nastier aspects of “iLife.”

Security vendor McAfee released a whitepaper on Friday on the state of Mac security.

According to McAfee, from 2003 to 2005 the annual rate of vulnerability discovery on Apple’s Mac OS platform has increased by 228 percent, compared to Microsoft’s products, which only saw a 73 percent increase.

That may be comparing Apples to oranges, but McAfee also noted that, “as demonstrated by its March 2006 patch, which corrected 20 vulnerabilities, Apple’s Mac OS platform is just as vulnerable to targeted malware attacks as other operating systems.”

On May 1 the SANS Institute, a computer-security organization, listed “rapid growth in critical vulnerabilities being discovered in Mac OS X” as the No. 1 concern on its list of the 20 most important threats in computer security.

The report went on to say “OS X still remains safer than Windows, but its reputation for offering a bulletproof alternative to Windows is in tatters.”

A lot of people have been thinking of Apple as not having any vulnerabilities, said Rohit Dhamankar, editor of @RISK and the SANS Top 20, and manager of security research at 3Com.

“People generally think that if you don’t see viruses or widespread malware that a computing platform is safe. However, you can still have vulnerabilities that people can exploit.”

Apple was unavailable for comment on the McAfee and SANS reports.

In February, three exploits surfaced targeting Macs.

“Leap-A” was buried in jpeg images purporting to be screenshots of the next version of Mac OS X. Once active on a machine, the worm replicated by sending itself to names in the infected computer’s iChat buddy list.

“OSX.Inqtana.A” was programmed to spread through a vulnerability in Bluetooth wireless technology.

Like many PC threats, both of those exploits turned out to be duds. But a third vulnerability reported in late February is potentially serious.

Apple’s Safari Web browser allowed downloaded files to open as soon as the download is complete. If a file contained malicious programming commands, Macs could be tricked into running those commands.

In March, security researcher Tom Ferris blogged about a slew of “zero-day” vulnerabilities that he believes hackers are using to target OS X.

A zero-day vulnerability is a new security flaw that a software vendor is either unaware of or attempting to fix. An attacker who manages to develop a method to exploit such a flaw has a potent covert weapon, one that networks and IT staff cannot easily defend against.

Ferris told Apple about the flaws, some of which involve iTunes and QuickTime software, in early January.

Ferris thinks that the recent defacement of Apple’s Korean online store was carried out by a hacker using a zero-day exploit that gave him administrator access to the server housing the Web site.

“Apple’s products are now becoming more of a target of hackers because more people use OS X now,” said Ferris. "Also the fact that Apple now has a commercial saying that OS X is virus-free is just asking for it.

“It kind of reminds me of when Oracle said their database was ‘Unbreakable,’ and within a week a researcher had released multiple flaws within their products.”

Ferris said that many security researchers he knows have recently shifted gears and are now spending a significant amount of time looking for OS X flaws.

Increased scrutiny and a small spike in market share may dissolve the “security by obscurity” that some experts believe helped to shield Macs from hack attacks.

Apple is still generally regarded as more secure than PCs running Windows operating systems because OS X, like other Unix-based systems, will not usually run programs that will alter the operating system without explicit permission from the machine’s system administrator.

Windows users typically operate their machines under the administrator account by default.

“Yes, the more OS X is discussed, the more likely there will be viruses, worms and so on. But the frequency and the damage from these will be, in my opinion, much less than on a comparable Windows platform,” said Mike Sweeney, owner of Packet Attack, a security services company.

“OS X is more secure out of the box than Windows. OS X and Windows were designed in different ways,” Sweeney said.

“Windows was designed for personal computers, before the broad public adoption of the Internet. OS X is based in part of BSD, which is one of the most secure Unix types of operating systems, and designed for use in a networked environment.”

But Sweeney and others believe that Mac security could be compromised by users who are blissfully unaware of the threats that lurk online.

Apple users tend not to worry about whether they should or shouldn’t open e-mail attachments or if they should click “OK” on dubious pop-ups. They trust their Macs.

“A prudent man always locks his doors no matter where he lives,” said Sweeney. “Any operating system can be hacked. OS X is no different, so it is always better to take precautions.”

Experts encourage Mac users to ensure they are up to date with Apple’s security patches and to practice basic safe computing by following Apple’s security tips.

Perhaps you’ll know what FUD means? Fear Uncertainty and Doubt.

Certainly, Macs have been increasingly under attack. By the media. and the AV software companies because they aren’t making any money from Mac users. So they used FUD to get some of them to invest in AV software.

I read an article about “Apple susceptible to viruses!!!”, completely forgoing that, yes, going from 1 to 2 is a 100% increase, while going from 100,000,000 to 102,000,000 is only a 2% increase.

Linux has its own problems. In fact, Linux has several more viruses than Mac OS X. ‘Several more’ being ‘a few more’ like, oh… let’s say about 10. Mac OS X has 2. And even then wasn’t even impressive.

Forget the myth about marketshare, the previous gen Mac OS (pre-X) had about over 100 viruses for it, and it’s marketshare was even smaller then. Marketshare had nothing to do with it. Mac OS X is built up with better security. If you run as a non-administrator chances are the worse that could happen is you lose your own files but the whole system would never go down, and all other user’s files would not be affected.

Windows has 1,233,564,343,874,434 gazzilion viruses, never update their system on time, and is not built up securely (what do you expect of something out of a DOS hack?). I’ll take my chances.

EDIT: GRANTED I wouldn’t say Macs are 100% perfect. Nothing is. The attacks WILL increase in the future, and compromises will be discovered. However, since Windows security problems are too common, some small possible security exploit on a Mac causes a lot of eyebrows raising, whereas if, say something even more severe discovered on Windows nobody would bat an eyelid over it.

mac…

windows…

linux…

… even mobile phones all are susceptible to viruses, trojans, hacks, other means of attacks :wink:

? good tips: utilise common sense, remember, as long anything can run it can be cracked :smiley: … heheh~

.a friend.

The point of the whole story is which ship is easier to sink with the littlest amount of effort. Operating systems, like ships, can be designed & built to withstand attacks even if the attack is from the inside.

A properly built os can prevent highly destructive malware from spreading and causing widespread damage, confining damage to a small area only. History has shown over and over again that alot of disruptions of service the past years has been caused by the insecure nature of Windows.

OS security is one area of my expertise. I would not advise thinking from a Windows perspective, because it is skewed with all its querks that most people think are very normal.

[quote=“jimmy”]mac…

windows…

linux…

… even mobile phones all are susceptible to viruses, trojans, hacks, other means of attacks :wink:

? good tips: utilise common sense, remember, as long anything can run it can be cracked :smiley: … heheh~

.a friend.[/quote]

[quote=“ian”]The point of the whole story is which ship is easier to sink with the littlest amount of effort. Operating systems, like ships, can be designed & built to withstand attacks even if the attack is from the inside.

A properly built os can prevent highly destructive malware from spreading and causing widespread damage, confining damage to a small area only. History has shown over and over again that alot of disruptions of service the past years has been caused by the insecure nature of Windows.

OS security is one area of my expertise. I would not advise thinking from a Windows perspective, because it is skewed with all its querks that most people think are very normal.

[quote=“jimmy”]mac…

windows…

linux…

… even mobile phones all are susceptible to viruses, trojans, hacks, other means of attacks :wink:

? good tips: utilise common sense, remember, as long anything can run it can be cracked :smiley: … heheh~

.a friend.[/quote][/quote]

I agree with you. Ian :slight_smile: So what’s your opionion on what boat will sink faster? :smiley:

[quote=“jimmy”]
I agree with you. Ian :slight_smile: So what’s your opionion on what boat will sink faster? :D[/quote]

Titanic95?

hey, jimmy…do those reg hacks and stuff really work? have you tried em? thx for the info…im sure it will be helpful to many of us…

[quote=“ian”][quote=“jimmy”]
I agree with you. Ian :slight_smile: So what’s your opionion on what boat will sink faster? :D[/quote]

Titanic95?[/quote]

:smiley: Titanic v3.11 , 95, 98 , ME hehe … :smiley:

Yup… especially 3 & 4… but of course, tha last time someone did a home test… it has changed (of course big mama knew people would circumvent these) . but if you search hard enough, there is another solutions for these hehe… :smiley:

shweet! thanks again…

no problemo, dude :smiley: