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CW Shredder. InterMute, Inc., a leading provider of best-of-breed Internet security and content filtering solutions, today announced a significant upgrade of CWShredder(TM) (Version 2.12) that eradicates browser hijacker HomeSearch. HomeSearch is polymorphic spyware that takes control of a userís homepage settings. It is considered to be one of the most tenacious browser hijackers. HomeSearch continuously changes its own file name to defy anti-spyware detection. No matter how many times a user tries to remove HomeSearch, it puts itself back in control of the userís browser, not allowing the original homepage to appear. HomeSearch is completely invisible during installation but also it installs to a variety of locations on a userís hard drive with different file names. HomeSearch attaches itself directly to Internet Explorer as a Brower Helper Object. BHOs are small programs that run automatically every time the IE browser is launched. Click Here.

Changing Your Browser Text Size.
Do you find that the size of text on web pages is too small? You can change it in your browser fairly simply.
Internet Explorer: Open up Internet Explorer and go to the View menu at the top. One of the options under the menu is called Text Size. Once you go to that option, you'll notice a list of sizes ranging from Smallest to Largest. Try the selections out to see what works best for you.
Firefox: Open up Firefox and go to the View menu at the top. One of the options under the menu is called Text Size. Once you go to that option, you'll find three choices - Increase, Decrease, Normal. Click and the text will change and the menu closes. But if you use the shortcuts - Ctrl + and Ctrl - you can change the size from the keyboard. (I use Firefox as my default browser - it's smaller, faster and less vulnerable to attack than Internet Explorer.)

You will find that some web pages won't respond to your changes because the font sizes have been "hard wired" into the pages by the page designers. And other text won't enlarge because it is actually part of a graphic or illustration.

Blocking Senders in Outlook Express
In Outlook Express, one of the ways in which you can automatically delete unwanted email - spam -  is to use the block senders feature. You have the option of blocking individual e-mail addresses. However, sometimes a much more efficient approach is to block an entire domain.
You can do this within Outlook Express by clicking the Tools menu, pointing to Message Rules, and clicking Block Senders List. From the Message Rules dialog box, make sure the Block Senders tab is selected and click the Add button. From the Add Sender dialog box, type in the domain name. You can then choose what you want blocked: mail messages, news messages, or both. Click OK. Click Ok to close the Message Rules dialog box. Now when a message from the domain is sent to you, Outlook Express will automatically delete the message.

Wallpapers and Icons.
There are hundreds of wallpaper sites on the internet but not too many that also have replacement icons. Here's a source. Pixie Girl offers a good selection (nearly 800) different wallpapers and well over a hundred icons that you can use on your computer. All you really have to do is download them. Most are innocuous - many of the icons are cute - perfect for the kids. As well, Pixie Girl offers tutorials so that if you don't know how to install a new icon, then she'll show you!

Virus Hoaxes
Did you ever get one of those emails from a friend that said something to the effect "Yesterday a friend of mine called and told me about something that happened to him. He opened his E-mail and this BUDDYLST.ZIP was there. When he opened it his computer crashed and when he tried to re-boot he had lost everything! It was a Virus that is being passed around...........BEWARE!
Please forward to as many people as you can so no one will get hurt. These people need to be stopped. Don't download anything form "buddylst.zip" or you will lose all your files."

This is a hoax! All you do by replying to this is send lots and lots of emails and generally do what the hoaxer wants ... to swamp the internet and worry a lot of people.

One place to look for hoaxes is on the anti-virus companies' websites. For example you could visit Symantec. They list several dozen hoaxes. Do everyone a favour - look it up and if it is a hoax - and the vast majority of these warnings are - then DON'T spread the word.

Just a final word - politically incorrect - but you should hear about the Newfie Virus. (Pick any ethnic group - they all have the same virus.) It goes like this:
You have just received the "Newfoundland Virus".

As we here in Newfoundland don't have any programming experience, this virus works on the honor system. Please delete all the files from your hard drive and manually forward this virus to everyone on your mailing list.
Thanks for your cooperation.

PROTECT YOURSELF
If you are on the internet (and you have to be to see this) then there are several pieces of software which are absolute MUSTs!
First is your antivirus software. Not having antivirus software is like eating spoiled food - you will get sick. Viruses have a multitude of intentions - erase your hard drive, turn your computer into a spamming zombie, make your computer an attack zombie to destroy someone else's site, etc. Think of the idiot who keys your car or paints swastikas on garage doors and you know the mentality of virus writers.
Most viruses come in via emails but there are a good number of web sites which will give you a virus simply by looking at their pages. Having antivirus software and keeping it up to date is important. Can't afford it? See if any of your friends ordered Microsoft's February 2004 Security Update CD. It includes a FREE for a year antivirus and firewall!
Don't have that? Then try AVG from Grisoft. You have to fill out a registration form to get the unlock code but there are no other obligations. And updates are free but you have to download them manually.

EMAIL CLIENTS
The topic for today is Email Clients. A client is a program that connects to another computer (the server) and asks nicely for some service - in this case email. The most common email client has to be Microsoft's Outlook or Outlook Express. They are also the most vulnerable to viral attacks for a number of reasons. (Although, Windows XP service pack 2 - SP2, is supposed to solve most of these problems.)

My favourite client - and I've tried several - is Thunderbird. It is very similar to Outlook but is not open to the type of viral attacks that Outlook is. That's not to say you can't get a virus - sure you can. All you have to do is be stupid. You get an email from someone you don't know with an attachment and then you open the attachment. Instant virus! Keep your anti-virus software up to date and you'll reduce these problems too!

If you are going away and need to check your email then there are a couple of answers. If your ISP has webmail then you are fine but if not then take a look at Mail2Web and Email-Anywhere. These two will let you check your email from any browser. Do be sure to erase the browser history and cache if you are using a public computer.