The other day I was again using CombFix to clean what turned out to be a keylogger on a client’s PC.
I found, though, that when I tried to run ComboFix.exe, the file downloaded, nothing happened.
So I renamed the file (and I suggest you do this as you save the file when downloading it just to avoid a potential problem) temp.exe instead of ComboFix.exe and I was able to run it and clean the computer.
Note also that I had booted into Windows XP “Safe Mode with Network” by pressing the F8 key just after the system powered up, thus activating the Windows XP boot menu.
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Acronis True Image Home 2011 is the latest version of my favorite disk imaging software. Windows 7 includes an imaging utility, but like most built in Windows apps, lacks full features.
Acronis True Image Home is reasonably priced and makes backup and restore much easier.
Improvements include integration in the Backup and Restore section of the Control Panel; ability to view and restore previous file or volume versions from the Context menu; backup and restore of Windows libraries; and the ability to launch Acronis® True Image Home 2011 from the Windows 7 Taskbar.
Some of us have never felt the user interface was the best it could be with True Image, and thankfully the UI has been improved.
A redesign of the GUI includes new features like Drag and Drop for faster navigation. Wizards and One-Click configuration tools select the best backup and restore options for your needs.
Red light and speed cameras suck. There is no officer to explain the situation to. Pretty much no appeal. Some municipalities are even making SURE you don’t try to fight the ticket by assessing $500 – $2500 administrative penalties on you if you try to fight it and fail.
Do I like it when people blow a red light? NO! But I have seen a squad car pull out and nab an offender. The officer KNOWS there were no mitigating circumstances, but the driver immediately gets to face his accuser anyway (in a manner of speaking). Cameras watching our every move are NOT the answer.
Especially when some cities SHORTEN THE YELLOW LIGHT coincident with installing red light cameras.
Here is the scoop on the Bluff City, TN website and domain name:
The Bluff City, TN webmaster was on sick leave; the domain did not get renewed on time. This enterprising individual was at GoDaddy at the right time and grabbed the rights to the Police Department’s domain.
So what would YOU do if you had YOUR Police Departments domain name and could put up the website of your choice?
Here are some ideas I can think of:
Post ads for radar detectors with GPS positions of known traffic cameras
Upload photos & videos “honoring” the local Police force:
Here’s one of Sgt. Joe Blow doing what he does best – Eating a donut! Oh-O, Sgt. Joe, that belt looks like it’s getting kinda tight..
Here’s a video of Car 12 making a left turn into a parking lot WITHOUT using his turn signal – “Where’s a cop when you need one?”
This is me pacing Car 2 (the lieutenant) doing 41 in a 30. Hope he doesn’t look in his mirror and see me tailing him because, unlike the Lt., I am NOT above the law.
Provide a list, with map & photos of all the favorite spots the Police Department use for speed traps – the old fashioned kind where there is actually a POLICE OFFICER writing the ticket.
Here is an idea that is already being put to use at BluffCityPD.com – links to helpful articles on how to get out of paying red light and speed camera tickets.
Advertise for attorneys who you can hire to fight tickets.
Put up a petition asking for signatures to take the cameras down.
This is just for starters.
Please add comments with ideas of your own.
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Hello there, i am in no way a computer “techie” but i am in need of some help. I have a Dell Inspiron e1505 and what i want to do is replace the hard-drive on that computer with a larger one because i have occupied the space on the hard-drive i have currently. Is it as simple as putting in Acronis True Image 2010 and copying the hard-drive onto the disk and then sliding in the new hard-drive then copying it? Or is there more to it. My idea seems to be way to simple, but if it works i wouldn’t be disappointed! Thank you for your help and great videos!
Here is my answer:
Question: do you have an external hard drive with plenty of space on it?
If so, you can install Acronis True Image, create a recovery CD.
Boot from the recovery CD and image the old HD onto the external one.
Then install the new hard drive
Boot from the recovery CD and restore from the external HD to the new, bigger internal one.
If you do NOT have an external hard drive, you can either get one (I recommend a compact model that gets power via the USB cable, although they are not as high of capacity…)
Get a Vantec USB HDD Adapter, use that to connect the new HD to the laptop and CLONE directly from the old HD to the new HD after booting from the recovery CD.
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