McAfee has released a new version of their enterprise antivirus.  I would advocate that it is indeed a good idea to make sure to upgrade your antivirus regularly, not only the definitions files mind you – newer version or patches for existing versions as well.  More than once I have seen that upgrading an existing installation revealed malware or other infections.

McAfee’s Enterprise Virusscan is in my opinion on of the better products on the marked, its fast – only informs you when there is something to inform about – and its highly tweakable.  That said, then most antivirus products are quite similar today – so I guess its a lot up to personal preference.

Hmm, from what I can see it looks more like a beta, but I may be wrong..

Just had a friend on the line, “I think I have a virus..”..  in this day in age even if you have a decent antivirus installed, is no guarantee for an infection-free existence.

Anyhow, my suggestion to him was; try some or all of these online scanners (its free and besides the time it takes to scan it’s fairly painless), actually for the rest of us it’s a decent idea to sometimes get a second opinion (from our installed antivirus) even if we think everything is fine.

So get scanning;
(or goto McAfee and search for McAfee Free Scan)

A collection of various utilities (page is in Danish, but links to international sites)

If you are about to give up, then there is one final hope – McAfee offers an online service where they will assist you in removing your infection for US$ 89,- and if the sh.. really hits the fan, then $89 may not be that bad a deal).

Have some spare time? want to learn how not to expose all your confidential information to the  Google crawler, well, take a swing by here is a guy, that has devoted a lot of time into mapping how to utilize Google to search for all sorts of “interesting stuff”, stuff you were never supposed to see. 

This is an eye opener for most, you really need to think before exposing anything to the Internet – be that webcams, alarms or just your dishwasher otherwise you may end up on a page like this.

You may have heard about Microsoft’s antivirus solution (Forefront Client Security, the corporate version – there is also a home user version), well now there is an additional way of deploying it (see button link) – untested, but sounds like piece of pie 🙂

Microsoft’s Live Care (home user version);

Microsoft Forefront Client Security;

Corporate deployment (New method);

A few web-casts that may also be interesting (have not seen them myself yet);

Ever tried re-installing a file/print server?  And ever had to manually recreate a number of printers / print cue’s?  Its a horrible way to spend an evening :-/

And actually its a total waste of good (Battlefield playing) time, if you use “Print Migrator” from Microsoft to export the printers in advance you can simply re-import all printers and cue’s in minutes.  In order for this to work properly, you should export your printers from time to time (as a disaster recovery preemptive step).

Print Migrator is a Microsoft utility, and its free 😉

Additional disaster recovery hints;
Be sure to backup;
DHCP scopes,
Shared folder info (a reg key) – “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServiceslanmanserverShares” (you can once you have restored all data simply import this registry key and all shares are restored with correct NTFS).

Export data via commandline this way;
Create a C:ackup directory
use this commandline:

regedit /e c:ackupshares.reg HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServiceslanmanservares

printmig -b c:ackup\

Now you will have a dump of your printer cue’s and the setup of all your shares on this server/machine, these can be found in c:ackup.

This will reduce your recovery time tenfold.

I use a scheduled script like this to ensure I have a current backup of printers and shares;

@Echo off
Echo *************************************************************************************
Echo * SYSTEMBACKUP SCRIPT V 20081104        *
Echo * This script will backup printers, dhcp and shares to c:systembackup directory    *
Echo *************************************************************************************

rem   To schedule at 12:00 /interactive /every:sa “c:systembackupsystembackup.cmd”

mkdir c:systembackup
mkdir c:systembackupdhcp
mkdir c:systembackupprinters
mkdir c:systembackupshares

Echo System Backup Commencing… [SHARES]
regedit.exe /e c:systembackupshares\%computername%-shares.reg HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServiceslanmanserver
Echo System Backup Commencing… [PRINTERS]
c:systembackup oolsprintmig.exe -b c:systembackupprinters\
Echo System Backup Commencing… [DHCP]
del /F /Q c:systembackupdhcp*.*
copy %systemroot%system32dhcpBackup
ew c:systembackupdhcp
regedit.exe /e c:systembackupdhcp\%computername%-dhcp.reg HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesDHCPServerParameters
netsh dhcp server dump > c:systembackupdhcpDHCPconfig.cfg

Echo Done.

If you have a MySQL database somewhere you obviously need to back it up, now I am not much into the inner workings of a MySQL database and have limited access to my hosted services, however I managed to find a link to a utility you can use ‘offsite’, its called “MySQL Administrator 1.2” dooh 😉

Anyhow, you can get it from here; (you may need to do some digging as versions change and I thus not can provide a permanent download link).

How to backup your DB (Danish link);

Want to expand your knowledge in the security field? ofcause you do, its cool 🙂

Spend some time visiting; – tons of cool stuff and tutorials – a cool show with neet stuff from modding to hacking.

Looking to expand into Pentesting, then you should take a look at;

Now this is not for noobs, its hardcore – but hey that is what you need working in this field.

Another link would be Backtrack (a linux boot cd with all the stuff you need);

Caution Note,if starting out in this field, be sure to NOT try pentesting random sites/networks, you may do it only for fun and to learn, but it may be illegal (depending on regional law, and on what tests you perform) furthermore the sysadmin on the other end may not enjoy your ‘school project’ and take it very serious.

Ever tried Knoppix?  The cd/dvd bootable version of linux..

Its fairly cool and useful if you need to mess around with linux, but don’t want to reinstall your machine with linux..

Well cd/dvd boot is all very well, but would it not be cool to do it from a USB stick instead?  You could have it in your pocket ready for use anytime!?

Yeah, I think so too, so without further delay here is a link to a how to guide 🙂  Enjoy..

We all recall PGP the cool email encryption master of the 90’s, however after going commercial and tumbling a bit around the idea more or less died out, maybe because of the introduction of certificate based counterparts.

Never the less it was very cool and worked very well, and now for the good news, it has gone GNU and is awailable once again as free software, now I make it sound like this is breaking news – its not but I just recently stumbled upon it :-).

It also integrates into MS Office 2003/2007 nice

Check the website;

Just stumbled across yet another GNU open PGP util, have not tried it and it does not appear to have support for Office, but may still be worth a look;
Enigmail –