Some warnings about a toolbar and cellphones

Almost three million Android phones, many of them used by people in the US, are vulnerable to code-execution attacks that remotely seize full control of the devices. Researchers have cataloged 55 known device models that are affected. The most affected manufacturer is US-based BLU Products, which accounted for about 26 percent, followed by multinational Infinix with 11 percent, Doogee with almost 8 percent, and Leagoo and Xolo with about 4 percent each.

Each of these manufacturers sell low priced Android cell phone. The firmware was developed by a Chinese company called Ragentek Group and doesn’t encrypt the communications sent and received to phones and doesn’t rely on code-signing to authenticate legitimate apps.

 

According to a report, the ask.com Toolbar Updater is currently being compromised to deliver malware. The program and its updater is often downloaded by unsuspecting users and considered by some to be a potentially unwanted application.

Therefore if you have it, remove it. To check:

  1. Go into your Control Panel.
  2. Click on Programs and Features.
  3. Look for ask.com Toolbar and/or ask.com Toolbar Updater [the names may vary].
  4. If found [for each], right click on the line and select Uninstall. Follow the directions and agree to everything during the uninstallation [that makes sense]. If brings you to a web page, close that page.

 

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Computer tip: Resetting Internet Explorer

Either by malware or some crappy toolbar, something will take over your home page and/or search engine in Internet Explorer. Sometimes you feel that things aren’t quite normal but you don’t suspect malware or anything.

The following procedure will reset Internet explorer by removing certain settings. It will disable just about every add-on and toolbar. So you will need to enable the ones that are required such as Adobe Flash Player [listed as Shockwave Flash Object], maybe Java, etc.

Note: Once the reset begins, you can’t go back!

Note: Try the procedure below. If it doesn’t work, then try what is mentioned in the last paragraph. The reason I say this is that the last paragraph will do a more serious job and may be unnecessary in some cases.

  1. Click on the Tools menu in Internet Explorer.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of that menu and click on Internet Options.
  3. Select the Advanced tab [last in the window].
  4. Click in the Reset… button at the bottom of the window.
  5. Click on Reset. Don’t check the box next to Delete personal settings in the window.
  6. When done, exit Internet Explorer and then open it up. You will have to change your home page and other settings. When asked, choose the express settings.

If this doesn’t work, follow the same procedure above except at #5, check the box next to Delete personal settings in the window. This does a more complete reset as if you used IE for the first time.

Fixing disappearing toolbars in Windows 7

Ever miss the days of the Quick Launch toolbar? Some do. Here is how you can get it back in the taskbar for Windows 7:

1. Right-click on the taskbar and select “Toolbars”.

2. In the “Toolbars” sub-menu select “New Toolbar….”.

3. In the folder field copy and paste %appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch and click on “Select Folder”.

Oddly the desktop Quick Launch is found under Internet Explorer.