Chinese Star N9500 Phone Comes Pre-Installed with Malware

Plenty of phones comes with bloatware, but most of the time, manufacturers tend to limit the scope of these and won’t include malware. Well, the Chinese seem to have taken it up a notch, and will deliver you a phone that comes standard with malware!

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XP Antivirus & Computer Problems

Well, I think that I almost managed to eradicate all of the viruses from my main computing rig, after running anti-virus programs non-stop over the last few days. It took a very long time to run the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware program. While Kaspersky ran pretty thoroughly and never crashed, from time to time, it looked like Malwarebytes crashed so I stopped the process.

This was a mistake, since it took about 8 hours to run a quick scan (!). So today when I restarted the rig, it’s the first time since Saturday that FF booted normally. The XP Antivirus tips that I saw from Gina Trapani didn’t work exactly like she had said, but they did the job in the end.

I had problems creating a reg file and merging it with the registry, so I opened the registry myself and deleted the entries manually. If you do so, you have to be careful. The XP Antivirus virus will not let you run .exe files, which means that you can’t run any of the normal commands that you are used to, even through the Run dialog.

Also, I was already fighting a war that I had the upper hand. I could run .exe files if I really wanted to. I just right-clicked on it and selected Run as. Then, uncheck the option that protects your computer from running .exe files. I guess that this is what the XP Antivirus did. It got me to update the software on my laptop and my rig. I got some blank DVDs and plan on burning some to back up at least another 80GB. Then, I’ll format a few times and install Win 7.

I thought about reinstalling Windows XP, but I think that it would be better with Win 7. NTNU gave us copies of Win 7 and the new Office so all I’ll have to find is Photoshop and that would be it.

My main rig hasn’t been formatted in almost 4 years.

While I do enjoy laptops, they are slow buggers and sometimes awkward to get used to if you are used to working on a desktop. That being said, from 2008-2009, I used a laptop exclusively without any problems.

Still, given the option, I prefer a desktop, though I don’t think I’ll buy another one in Taiwan. I’m pretty sure that I’ll get a MacBook Pro 17 sometime this year.