My Search Dial malware

Just had to remove this little Mal ware program from one of my client’s PC.

You will know if you are infected when… has been set as your homepage without your approval?
MySearchDial toolbar has completely taken over the web browsers like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox and Sarari?
MySearchDial automatically turns up as a browser extension when the browser is opened?
MySearchDial compromises your online activities with popping up a lot of unwanted advertisements/adware?
MySearchDial keeps redirecting you to random advertising sites?
MySearchDial is promoting marketing free software downloads?

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Twitter lists

If you use Twitter and have a lot of followers it can sometimes be useful to sort them into themed groups to help clear away some of the clutter.

You can do this with “Twitter Lists

To create a list:
1) Go to your Lists page. This can be done via the gear icon drop down menu in the top right navigation bar or by going to your profile page and clicking on Lists.
2) Click Create list.
3)Enter the name of your list, a short description of the list, and select if you want the list to be private (only accessible to you) or public (anyone can subscribe to the list).
4)Click Save list.

To add or remove people from your lists:
1)Click the gear icon drop down menu on a user’s profile.
2)Select Add or remove from lists. (You don’t need to be following a user to add them to your list.)
3)A pop-up will appear displaying your created lists. Check the lists you would like to add the user to, or uncheck the lists you’d like to remove the user from.

To subscribe to/follow other people’s lists:
1)Click on Lists when viewing someone’s profile.
2)Select which list you’d like to subscribe to.
3) From the list page, click Subscribe to follow the list. You can follow lists without following the individual users in that list.
4)To check to see if the user you wanted to add was successfully included in that list, navigate to the Lists tab on your profile page. Click the desired list, then click Members. 5) The person will appear in the list of members.

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Responsive Anglesey website design

I am in the middle of designing a number of local Anglesey web sites at the moment.It is now relatively straight forward to make your site responsive to the technology that is being used to view the site.

So for example if you view with a PC and then with a mobile or tablet you will see that the display automatically responses to the screen size being used. The site content remains the same but the images and menu resizes to suit.

This really is a step forward as web site hits from mobile devices increase. If you have an Anglesey business that needs to connect to mobile users, a responsive web site is a must so contact us to discuss.


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Set i pad browser home page

Most of us are use to a PC browser opening up at a preferred “Home Page”. However teh safari browser on an i pad works differently and will normally open on the page  last displayed.

To allow the same page to be opened each time follow these steps.

1. Open the Safari app.

2. Go to the web page you want to use for your home page.

3. Tap the arrow icon at the top of the browser screen

4. Tap the “Add to Home Screen” icon.

5. Type in the name of the page, then tap the “Add button”.

6. An icon for the page will be added to your Home screen.

7. Tap your new Home screen icon instead of the Safari icon, and Safari will load your preferred home page.

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Anglesey website design

I have a couple of web design jobs coming up in the next few weeks. At least one will be made using word press. This is a very flexible web site design software system. One of the advantages of wordpress is that web site functionality can be easily added via plug ins.

I have just found this article with links to some useful wordpress plugins


Free social media training in Anglesey

Medrwn Mon and the Daily Post have teamed up to deliver a day of social media training for people in Anglesey. The sessions are free and are designed for people who have never used Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Skype before.

The sessions have been organised thanks to funding from Communities 2.0, the Welsh Government’s Digital Inclusion initiative, which is delivered by the Wales Co-operative Centre.

The training will be led by Lon Vaughan from Medrwn Mon who says, “We will welcome anyone who wants to learn how to use Facebook, Twitter. LinkedIn or Skype safely. There will be informal hands-on sessions with an opportunity for you to ask any questions you have and have a go at social media.”

The Facebook session is from 9.30am-11am

Twitter is 11.15am-12.45pm

LinkedIn is 1.30pm-3.00pm

Skype is from 3.15pm-4.45pm

People are welcome to drop in for the session that interests them or stay for the whole day. For more information contact

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Back up your files “CryptoLocker” is coming to a PC near you

CryptoLocker is a ransomware virus created by criminals. It is being distributed using exploits in your computer security due to out-dated software. Common source of exploit are infected email messages, malicious websites and drive-by downloads.

Notice that as exploit kits rely on out-dated software to infiltrate one’s computer, keeping your operating system and all of the installed programs up-to-date could highly decrease the risk of getting one’s PC infected with such ransomware viruses.


As Windows XP gets to the end of it’s supported life in April 2014 we can expect to see more of these vulnerabilities used.
After successful infiltration CryptoLocker encrypts files on the infected machine and demand to pay a ransom of  $/£ 300  in order to unblock the computer and decrypt the files.

Paying this fine would be equal to sending one’s money to Cyber criminals and there are no guarantees that your files will ever be decrypted. In ideal situation owners of the infected computer should remove this virus and should recover their files from the backup.

CryptoLocker encrypts various types (.doc .xls .ppt .eps .ai .jpg .srw .cer) of files found on the compromised machine. Notice that while the removal process of this virus is not very complicated at the time of writing this article there are no known tools which could decrypt the encrypted files.

ie this means if you do not have a back up you have lost your files


Update 18/9/2013

Vista Business and Ultimate, and all versions of Win 7 have a feature called “Previous Version it is turned on by default, they just don’t provide an interface for it. A freeware program called “Shadow Explorer” provides that interface. Using Shadow Explorer, I was able to grab three day old “Previous Versions” of all the customer’s data.

Also a similar version in Windows 8

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