jbenisek:

This has helped so many people I wanted to re-blog it.

Originally posted on Don't Panic:

I’ve run more and more in to this problem with Keyboards and Mice related to a lock up of one of them. This is during normal user activities and results in the Left Mouse button not opening a program but the programs properties. You can still right click and do open however this is a pain.

I learned the solution in Dos when I was 7 or so before Windows 3.1 was released. Credit should go to Nathan Wilcox who is my cousin and showed me this trick to unlock and reset the keyboard and mouse from Basic but it still applies today in any Windows, Linux or Dos OS.

Fix: You must do all of these at the same time. Left Hand = LCtrl + LAlt + LShift while Right Hand = RCtrl + RAlt + RShift = Keyboard and Mouse reset.

To clarify hold down all Ctrl+Alt+Shift at the same time.

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Dear friends, clients and family

Yes, this email is real and from Jeremy Benisek at Don’t Panic Business Technologies. This is a critical issue you must have backups or there’s little I can do for you after the fact. Please take a few minutes and watch this video then backup your data online! Plugged in external drives aren’t safe! NAS drives, Servers and any Network connected devices aren’t safe.

Crash Plan Pro has a 30 day trial so you can make sure it works for you. I took the time to write this email because this is IMPORTANT! We’re losing the Cyber War and you’re at risk.

Here’s your NEW YEARS Friendly reminder ransom ware is real and you’re at risk! PLEASE BACKUP YOUR DATA NOW!

Video by NBCNEWS.com – Crypto Locker and options for protection and backup.

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/21134540/vp/56781392#56781355

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Posted by: jbenisek | January 20, 2015

How many Centurylink employees does it take?

Took me an hour and talking to 6 people and being told I didn’t have any service with Century link by each of them before someone could open our account. Each one chuckles like I’m the incompetent one calling the wrong company. One employee refused to give his Employee ID or name after excuses why he couldn’t get me a supervisor. If your an employee of CenturyLink let me do your training for you. An M at the end of the account code stands for MIDMARKET! NOT NO ACCOUNT! I just needed to cancel a point to point t1 took 1 minute once a supervisor was contacted. So I give them a 40% chance at really disconnecting it.

After dealing with @CenturyLink for an hour I apologized to Charter for all the mean things I’ve said about them of the last few months since they took @Optimum. Century Link gave me some perspective of real incompetence. Charter’s been pretty bad in the Mountain states but not like this. I once spent 2 hours for one DNS change. No one at then Qwest know what DNS was.

Grrr…. FCC, FTC with ISP’s having lower reputations than Congress maybe it’s time to do something! The current system is broken and it’s your fault!

crashplanpro

Dear friends, clients and family

Yes, this email is real and from Jeremy Benisek at Don’t Panic Business Technologies. This is a critical issue you must have backups or there’s little I can do for you after the fact. Please take a few minutes and watch this video then backup your data online! Plugged in external drives aren’t safe! NAS drives, Servers and any Network connected devices aren’t safe.

Crash Plan Pro has a 30 day trial so you can make sure it works for you. I took the time to write this email because this is IMPORTANT! We’re losing the Cyber War and you’re at risk.

Here’s your NEW YEARS Friendly reminder ransom ware is real and you’re at risk! PLEASE BACKUP YOUR DATA NOW!

Video by NBCNEWS.com – Crypto Locker and options for protection and backup.

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/21134540/vp/56781392#56781355

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Crash Plan Pro – $10/month (Even file servers) Unlimited space, Unlimited Version. The default “check for changes” is every 15 minutes. The Video says $5/month but that’s for a home version of the product vs the business version I suggest for everyone home and work.

http://www.CrashPlanPro.com/

Code 42 makes Crash Plan Pro. The goal is to provide a solution to the backup nightmare and here it is. You can even backup to your external hard drives at the same time for the best redundancy.

http://www.code42.com/

Cost of Equipment loss:

The minimum cost if your computer’s hard drive crashes is $200, if the drive is physically damaged it can cost $1200 to recover. Please send the $120/year to backup all your data.

Rate of creation of new unknown malware.

The growth of malware appears unstoppable. In total, some 20 million new strains were created worldwide in the third quarter of the year, at a rate of 227,747 new samples every day.

Similarly, the global infection ratio was 37.93%, slightly up on the previous quarter (36.87%).

These are just a few of the figures presented by Luis Corrons, Technical Director of PandaLabs, from the latest quarterly report.

http://www.pandasecurity.com/mediacenter/category/malware/feed/

Rates of Real-world detection of known malware.

Here is the information on Antivirus software from a non-profit testing org. The breakdown is Windows Defender built in protection is 84%, you can pay for software that might increase that up to 98% of “known” bugs. But there can be a major performance hit and a lot of false positives.

http://www.av-comparatives.org/

Thank you,

Call me if you have questions.

Jeremy

Jeremy Benisek

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Posted by: jbenisek | January 2, 2015

Sony Hack and our government

North Korea spied on Sony is a joke! There’s so much going on. Lame duck my ass.

Its a wage the dog type of government/media distraction from approving spying on us all in the budget, while collapsing the Ruble and Russian economy not to mention Argentina and Venezuela!
Putin wont suffer anything like his people as they starve to death.
Makes you wonder what the US gave OPEC to cover their losses.
The US during the gulf oil crises made large off shore deals with Brazil. You think this would also suffer.
Oil shell price/cost cant compete and also suffering.

This type of volatility in one of the top world wide resources could trigger massive economic disasters for the dollar too.

Also in the budget was the legalization of old school light bulbs just after destroying the industry and force closing the factories. Now they’ll come from china.
They changed top donations for political funds from $150k cap to $300k+ cap. So this next election could see close to 2 trillion dollars spent on it double the last election.
No talk of a pipeline now!!!
Cuba becomes a friend? No discussion.
US held 50+ unnamed POLITICAL Cuban Prisoners for years upon years! Guantanamo isnt the first and wont be the last unless be hold these men accountable.

We are too big to succeed ‪#‎2Big2Succeed‬

Warning!

There is a nasty bug going around, it looks like it comes from a Adobe Flash update prompt, please do not click these. Once the program is installed over the next few days it will install 10-30 more programs and browser the internet with a hidden browser. One system had 100’s of hidden browser windows going for days.

Only do flash updates if instructed by your IT Staff or if something’s not working.

Posted by: jbenisek | July 4, 2014

doc prescribes cure for Charter Internet ills

doc prescribes cure for Charter Internet ills.

Event ID 372: The document failed to print
The client printer shows up on Windows 2008 R2 but can’t print

The client printer shows up on Windows 2008 R2 but can’t print

Situation: The client installed TS on their DC running on Windows 2008 R2. After that the remote clients using RDC can’t send print job to the printer connecting to remote computer. The printer redirection works fine and we can see them, but when we try to send the print job, it doesn’t print. The Event Viewer also logs this message:

Log Name: Microsoft-Windows-PrintService/Admin
Source: Microsoft-Windows-PrintService
Event ID: 372
Task Category: Printing a document
Level: Error
Keywords: Classic Spooler Event,Document Print Job
User: chicagotech.local\blin
Description:

The document Untitled – Notepad, owned by blin, failed to print on printer 041hp4050 (redirected 4). Try to print the document again, or restart the print spooler.
Data type: RAW. Size of the spool file in bytes: 23044. Number of bytes printed: 0. Total number of pages in the document: 1. Number of pages printed: 0. Client computer: \\laptop. Win32 error code returned by the print processor: 5. Access is denied.

Troubleshooting: It is not recommended to install Terminal Services on a Domain Controller for the security reason. For many small business, they don’t have choice, the resolution is using cacls command to assign permission to spool by following these steps:

1. Click Start, search for cmd.exe

2. Right click on cmd.exe

3. Click on ‘Run as Administrator’

4. Type “C:\” w/o the quotation marks and then Press Enter.

5. Type CD\Windows\System32\Spool and then Press Enter.

6. Type Cacls.exe PRINTERS /e /g users:C and then Press Enter.

7. Restart the computer (I didn’t have to reboot)

I’m still seeing RDP used on servers and desktops and it’s not safe! RDP get brute forced on Administrator account in days. Please close these firewall ports and use LogMeIn or some other more secure solution.

Most people don’t know there’s being brute forced until it’s way too late! Check your event logs on your servers, desktops and firewalls to see china is trying to get in. If you leave RDP open 24/7 and don’t monitor these logs, you’re most likely already infected.

Make sure to use Spiceworks and Hitman Pro to verify you’re not!

 

Found out that we’ll have to pay $5 to pay your bill over the phone with a real person. This added fee will be coming soon for Mountain states, and its my understanding already exists in other states.

This is for residential accounts. I asked about business accounts but didn’t get a clear answer.

This is something Optimum, nor Bresnan charged.

Since the Bresnan office is often very busy and under staffed the automated systems your only option. Good luck.

Another example why we need a option that’s more of a utility. Read More…

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