June 24, 2009  6:24 PM

Did you see this? – SYSTEM CLEANING: GETTING RID OF MALWARE FROM INFECTED PCS



Posted by: Troy Tate
anti-virus, antivirus, av, availability, bot, botnet, information security, integrity, malicious software, malware, registry, Security, trojan

I don't know about you but I do get frustrated when a white paper is advertised and it has little or no meat to it. Most times it seems like the whitepapers offered by vendors today are light marketing fluff with little substance to help IT folks do their job better. I came across a...


April 2, 2009  8:53 PM

5 Things we learned from the Conficker non-event



Posted by: Troy Tate
anti-virus, antivirus, Conficker, endpoint, endpoint protection, information security, lessons learned, malware, Microsoft, network, patches, patching, predicting future, Security

1. The media can take a story about Information Technology and say nothing of substance. What did the 60 Minutes story do for the IT industry? It made Symantec look like they could not effectively...


March 31, 2009  3:32 PM

Simple Conficker Scanner tool released – find the infected machines



Posted by: Troy Tate
anti-virus, antivirus, Conficker, detection, diagnostic tools, honeynet, ms08-067, patches, scanning, vulnerability, vulnerability scanning

A Simple Conficker Scanner (SCS) tool has been released by members of the Honeynet Project. This tool can be run under linux or Windows. It runs a...


February 11, 2009  8:08 PM

Tracking down that user/computer that locks AD accounts



Posted by: Troy Tate
account management, Active Directory, AD, administration, analysis, anti-virus, antivirus, Data security, diagnostics, howto, information security, malicious activity, malware, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, network security, Password, password management, policy enforcement, reporting, risk, risks, scanning, search, Security, security notification, tools, troubleshooting, Windows

With an environment spanning 18+ sites and more than 3000 computers around the globe, you could understand how challenging it would be to track down what device/user might be locking user accounts. There are tools out there that you can pay for that can help do this. However, Microsoft has some...


January 21, 2009  5:10 PM

Microsoft guidelines for Turning off Windows AutoRun do NOT work properly!



Posted by: Troy Tate
anti-virus, antivirus, CERT, digital picture frame, information security, risks, Security, security notification, trojan, Windows

One of the information security lists I subscribe to is the US-CERT Technical Cyber Security Alerts. US-CERT is the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team. If you have information security responsibilities, I highly recommend that you...


December 10, 2008  1:19 PM

The larger world of free technical support – Craigslist computer forum



Posted by: Troy Tate
anti-virus, awareness, documentation, education, howto, IT education, malware, Networking, online identity, patching, professional, risk, tools, troubleshooting, web, website

I recently came across the computer forums on Craigslist. I had heard of Craigslist previously but was not aware of the significant scope of what it offers besides classified ads. I'm not suggesting that folks leave ITKE to the Craigslist computer forums for support - far from that. I have been...


December 3, 2008  3:50 PM

Holiday greeting cards, holiday shopping and computer security awareness



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, anti-virus, antivirus, awareness, Browsers, data loss, Data security, education, Firefox, Firewalls, homeland security, IT education, malware, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, online identity, phishing, risk, Security, spam, SSL, vulnerability


October 6, 2008  1:12 PM

Did you see this? – Process monitor now does TCP/UDP monitoring



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, analysis, anti-virus, Data security, debugging, diagnostics, forensics, howto, internet, LAN, malware, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, Monitoring, network analysis, Networking, packet capture, Performance, performance monitoring, recovery, reporting, research, Sandbox, Security, Sysinternals, toolkit, tools, troubleshooting

If you ever need to get under the covers of running Windows processes for investigating why a system is running slow, then the Sysinternals toolkit has an updated tool that will help you. Per the website:

Process Monitor is an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows...


October 3, 2008  7:59 PM

Did you see this? – Open Source Tools University



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, analysis, anti-virus, blog, blogging, Data security, debugging, design, diagnostics, Firewalls, forensics, howto, internet, IT education, LAN, Metrics, Monitoring, network analysis, Networking, packet capture, Performance, performance monitoring, podcast, reporting, research, Sandbox, Security, SSL, toolkit, tools, troubleshooting, WAN, wireshark

If you are like me, you like those little goodie tools like nmap and wireshark that do something that is actually pretty complex but do it well and have a great following. I just came across this website that I am going to have to take some time to go through and find all of the nuggets it offers....


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