Sunday, November 14, 2010

Ubuntu Tutik Remix 10.10 Extreme

The new Ubuntu Tutik Remix 10.10 Extreme (64-bit) is out!

- optimized for 64-bit systems;
- fully functional out-of-the-box;
- more performance tweaks;
- visual improvements;
- and many more... 

Desktop + AWN

Global Menu

Gnome Do


Gnome Menu & Folder View


More Themes

Download Ubuntu Tutik Remix 10.10 Extreme (64-bit)
md5sum: 061be6c339cbde4985f6a083fbde75ab 

In case the LiveDVD takes you to the login prompt, type ubuntu as username and leave the password blank.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Ubuntu Tutik Remix 10.10 DVD Edition

This edition is a faster, more polished, and more comprehensive version of Ubuntu Tutik Remix. It comes with a broad range of applications chosen for their ease-of-use, functionality, stability, and better integration with the desktop environment. 

Key features:
Light on resources (stripped-down Gnome DE, some default Ubuntu apps were removed)
Optimized performance
User-friendly UI
Out-of-the-box multimedia codecs (including W32codecs)
Workarounds for some Maverick Meerkat issues (crackling sound, etc.)
Can operate smoothly on low-end hardware
Additional desktop themes
Nautilus Elementary
Firefox add-ons (Fasterfox, Adblock, Download Helper, DownThemAll, Low Quality Flash)
More fonts
Lots of improvements under-the-hood

Added applications:
Games - Frozen Bubble, PlayOnLinux
Graphics - Blender, Comix, Dia, Gimp, Inkscape, Scribus
Internet - Frostwire, Google Earth, Skype
Office - Adobe Reader
Snd & Vid - AcetoneISO, Arista, Audacity, Avidemux, Cheese, K3b, SMPlayer, Sound Converter
System Tools - Device Manager, Virtualbox, System Profiler, Ubuntu Tweak
Others - Wine, AptOnCD, GParted, ntfs-config, Samba, Testdisk, Cover Thumbnailer, qtconfig
Removed Applications:
Compiz, Ubuntu One, Mono, Evolution, Remote Desktop, erlang, Couchdb, Ubuntu-docs
With performance, simplicity, and usability in mind, and a no non-sense approach to computing, this distro is ideal for people looking for an operating system that is fully functional out-of-the-box, and doesn't need a high-end system to operate smoothly.


Download Ubuntu Tutik Remix 10.10 DVD Edition
md5sum: 00a062b0242fc8ca23aa285c50dd2f4d

In case of keyring not accepting your password, type this in the terminal:
sudo rm ~/.gnome2/keyrings/login.keyring
This will reset the keyring password. when the system prompts you for a keyring password again, leave it blank (just press enter). 

In case the LiveDVD takes you to the login prompt, type ubuntu as username and leave the password blank.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Ubuntu Tutik Remix 10.10

Ubuntu Tutik Remix 10.10, a customized version of Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat is here!


  • Simpler user interface
  • Light on resources
  • Optimized performance
  • New desktop theme (Elegant Gnome Theme)
  • Nautilus Elementary 
  • Out-of-the-box multimedia codecs
  • Workarounds for some issues/bugs (crackling sound, failure to scan from an Epson Perfection 640, etc.)
  • Medibuntu repository enabled 


Shotwell Photo Manager
Simple Scan

Empathy IM Client

Midori (Webkit-based internet browser)
Transmission BitTorrent Client

AbiWord (Wordprocessor)
Gnumeric Spreadsheet

Sound & Video
Arista Transcoder (Convert various multimedia formats)
Brasero Disc Burner
Movie Player
Pitivi Video Editor
Rhythmbox Music Player
Sound Converter
Sound Recorder

System Tools
Device Manager
System Profiler and Benchmark


Tomboy notes
Firefox (replaced with Midori)
Evolution (replaced with Gnome Office)
Ubuntuone client
Remote desktop

Download Ubuntu Tutik Remix 10.10 here
md5: fd8271fbff273315b3872b7bf451e8ff

Monday, August 23, 2010

How to Fix an Ubuntu Error: "No init found. Try passing init= bootarg"

This morning, a friend came to me with his laptop that won't boot. At every boot attempt, his Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx system outputs the following error messages:

mount: mounting /dev/disk/by-uuid/***************************** on /root
failed: Invalid argument
mount: mounting /sys on /root/sys failed: No such file or directory
mount: mounting /dev on /root/dev failed: No such file or directory
mount: mounting /sys on /root/sys failed: No such file or directory
mount: mounting /proc on /root/proc failed: No such file or directory
Target file system doesn't have /sbin/init
No init found. Try passing init= bootarg

Busybox v1.13.3 (Ubuntu 1:1.13.3-1ubuntu7) built-in shell (ash)
Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands
(initramfs) _

Booting into "Recovery Mode" as well as choosing the other kernels listed in grub didn't help at all.


1. Boot from the Ubuntu Live CD;

2. Open/Run Terminal;

3. Type: sudo fdisk -l (to get the device name) then press ENTER;

Disk /dev/sda: 250.1 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: **********

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 30238 242886703+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 30239 30401 1309297+ 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 30239 30401 1309266 82 Linux swap / Solaris

The device name for my friend's system based on the above: /dev/sda1

4. Type: sudo fsck /dev/sda1 then press ENTER;

5. Restart the system and boot normally.

* The laptop booted normally after the fix.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Desktop Fun: 21 Cool Ubuntu Wallpapers - How-To Geek

Desktop Fun: 21 Cool Ubuntu Wallpapers - How-To Geek

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Use the "Windows" Key to Launch the Main Menu in Ubuntu

If you're a Windows user and new to Ubuntu, you may prefer to have the "Windows" key (the key with a Windows logo) launch the main menu. To do this, you need to run the Gnome Configuration Editor:

1. Press ALT+F2 and type: gconf-editor in the dialog box, then press ENTER;

2. On the left pane, go to Apps-->metacity-->global_keybindings;

3. On the right pane, double-click the panel_main_menu, change the value to: Super_L then click "OK".

That's it. Now everytime you press the "Windows" key, the main menu will pop up.

How to Make Globe/Smart/Sun Broadband Work in Ubuntu Tutik Remix

1. Insert the broadband USB stick to any available USB port on your computer and wait for a few seconds, or until the LED indicator turns steady blue (ZTE MF627 modem);

2. Left-click the Network Manager applet located on the system tray;

3. Select "New Mobile Broadband (GSM) connection";

4. Click "Forward";

5. Choose country (Philippines);


6. Choose your ISP (Smart/Globe/Sun);

7. Click "Forward";

8. Click "Apply";

9. If the system asks you for a keyring password, assign a password then press "OK" (leave it blank to disable keyring password prompt at startup);

10. To connect your broadband, left-click the Network Manager applet then click on your ISP (Smart/Globe/Sun).

Friday, July 2, 2010

Ubuntu Tutik Remix 10.04 DVD Edition

Ubuntu Tutik Remix 10.04 DVD Edition, a customized version of Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx, is now available for download! It is basically the same as the previously released Tutik Remix, but with more applications.

This edition comes with the latest updates as of July 2, 2010 and includes the following additional applications: K3b 2.0, Wine, SMPlayer + 1080p video workaround, Audacity, AcetoneISO, APTonCD, Scribus 1.3.7, Inkscape, Gimp + plugins + extras, Google Earth, Skype, Ubuntu Tweak, Powerpoint Viewer, Blender, Yofrankie, Frozen Bubble, Dream Chess, Sudoku, NTFS-Config, and Samba.

Download Ubuntu Tutik Remix 10.04 DVD Edition
MD5:  8dfac7d91bc2fe8ee1150a84073b61a4

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

3 Easy Ways to a Snappier Firefox

In terms of speed, Opera, Google Chrome, and Safari beat Firefox hands down. However, these easy steps could give it some reprieve:

1. Install FasterFox Lite add-on, which allows you to easily tweak many network and rendering settings, though its default configuration would be more than enough for most.

2. Install Low Quality Flash add-on, which sets Flash objects to "Low Quality" to improve performance especially on slower platforms (i.e. older computers, netbooks, and Firefox Mobile).

3. Install Adblock Plus add-on, which gives you more browsing speed by removing online advertising and blocking all known malware domains.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Opera Browser Performance Tweaks - Improve Page Load Times

The already fast Opera browser got even speedier with the release of its 10.60 Beta version. But as always, there's room for improvement. You can further improve (significantly) its page load times by doing the following:

1. Type opera:config in the address bar

2. Click "Performance", configure the following settings then save:
Max Connections Server = 32
No Connection Keepalive (checked)
Non-Compliant Server 100 Continue (checked)

3. Click "Extensions", check "Delayed Script Execution" then save

4. Restart Opera

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Ubuntu Tutik Remix 10.04

A customized Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx LiveCD/Installer designed to be light and fast without compromising usability.

1. Light on resources (Gnome desktop environment minus the heavyweight)
2. Multimedia codecs out-of-the-box
3. Optimized performance
4. User-friendly UI
5. Additional desktop themes
6. Latest updates (June 12, 2010)
7. Audio and video converters out-of-the-box
8. Epson T10 printer and the like should now work without any workarounds
9. Yoville now works flawlessly

Download link 1

Download link 2 (Megaupload - single link)

MD5SUM - d2132ccecbcc036fd9f031079a294d2f



Shotwell Photo Manager
Simple Scan

Empathy IM Client
GYachE Improved (Yahoo Messenger for Linux)
Midori (Webkit-based internet browser) + adblocker
Transmission BitTorrent Client

AbiWord (Wordprocessor)
Gnumeric Spreadsheet

Sound & Video
Arista Transcoder (Convert various multimedia formats)
Brasero Disc Burner
Cheese Webcam Booth
Movie Player
Pitivi Video Editor
Rhythmbox Music Player
Sound Converter
Sound Recorder

System Tools
Device Manager
System Profiler and Benchmark

Universal Access
onBoard (On-screen keyboard)

Tomboy notes
Firefox (replaced with Midori)
F-spot (replaced with Shotwell)
Evolution (replaced with Gnome Office)
Ubuntuone client

Saturday, May 29, 2010

How to Enable Subpixel Font Rendering in Lubuntu 10.04

Currently there is no GUI option to turn on subpixel font rendering or smoothing in Lubuntu 10.04. But don't lose hope, we always have the terminal. Just follow these easy steps:

1. Click the "Menu" panel button;

2. Go to "Accessories" and click "LXTerminal";

3. In the terminal, type this command: sudo nano ~/.Xresources then press Enter;

4. Copy and paste the following:
Xft.dpi: 96.0
Xft.hinting: true
Xft.hintstyle: hintslight
Xft.antialias: true
Xft.rgba: rgb

5. Press CTRL+X;

6. Press Y then Enter;

7. Restart your system.

Friday, May 28, 2010

How to Make Epson T10 Printer Work in Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

The Epson T10 printer, which previously worked in Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala using the T20 driver does not work anymore in Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx. It gets detected and installed but won't be able to print. When sending a print command, the printer just makes noises for a few seconds, blinks the indicator light, and sits there without printing at all.

The problem lies on the following packages:

libgutenprint2 v5.2.5
cups-driver-gutenprint v5.2.5

To make the printer work in Lucid, you have to downgrade the above packages to v5.2.4.


1. Remove the existing packages by typing the following in the Terminal:
sudo apt-get remove libgutenprint2 cups-driver-gutenprint

2. Download the following packages, depending on your system (32 or 64 bit):
libgutenprint2 v5.2.4 (32-bit)
libgutenprint2 v5.2.4 (64-bit)
cups-driver-gutenprint v5.2.4 (32-bit)
cups-driver-gutenprint v5.2.4 (64-bit)

3. Proceed to the folder containing the downloaded packages, then double click libgutenprint2_5.2.4-0ubuntu2_*.deb to install (cups-driver-gutenprint depends on this package so you have to install it first).

4. Install the cups-driver-gutenprint_5.2.4-0ubuntu2_*.deb package.

5. Now it's time to lock the packages to keep them from being upgraded. Run Synaptic Package Manager and search for the packages you just installed, highlight the package. Once the correct package is selected, click Package -> Lock Version.

If you want to use the Terminal:

a. Open the terminal
b. Type sudo -s and hit enter
c. Enter your password for sudo
d. Type echo libgutenprint2_5.2.4-0ubuntu2_*.deb hold | dpkg --set-selections
(replace * with either i386 or amd64, depending on your system)
e. Type echo cups-driver-gutenprint_5.2.4-0ubuntu2_*.deb hold | dpkg --set-selections
(replace * with either i386 or amd64, depending on your system)
f. Run sudo apt-get update and then sudo apt-get upgrade.

That's it! The printer will now work in your system.

Set a Video as Your Desktop Wallpaper with VLC - How-To Geek

Set a Video as Your Desktop Wallpaper with VLC - How-To Geek

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

How To Setup a USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 7 - How-To Geek

How To Setup a USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 7 - How-To Geek

How To Use Backup and Restore in Windows 7 - How-To Geek

How To Use Backup and Restore in Windows 7 - How-To Geek

How to Restore Safe Mode When it Gets Disabled by a Virus

Safe mode is a special way of booting Windows when there is a system-critical problem or a virus that interferes with its normal operation. The purpose of Safe Mode is to allow you to troubleshoot Windows and try to determine what causes it to not function properly. In safe mode, Windows will have reduced functionality, thereby allowing you to easily troubleshoot your system and attempt removal of viruses (many of them won't start when Windows is running in safe mode). Unfortunately, many computer viruses today such as Bagle, Virut, and Sality disable Windows' safe mode by deleting the SafeBoot registry key and its subkeys. Some even go far by continuously monitoring the registry and will delete the registry keys again as soon as you restore them.

Making use of a LiveCD, or scanning your system hard drive for viruses from a virus-free computer is still the best way. However, in case you don't have access to a LiveCD or another computer, you can do the procedures below:

- Run a program that will restore the SafeBoot registry with permission entries that will deny Administrators and System accounts to delete the key. This way, the virus can’t delete the keys because it lacks the permission to do so.
Extract and double-click "UndeletableSafebootKey.exe" to run the program.

- Restore the subkeys by merging the appropriate .reg file with the Windows registry.
Extract and double-click the .reg file appropriate for your system and click "yes" to merge it into the registry.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Free Ebooks: 7 Great Ebooks to Help You on Your Linux Journey

A complete guide to using Linux, taking you from beginner level  to an intermediate user with ease. It will show you how to install Linux, navigate around the desktop, use common software, add more programs and fix any problems you may encounter.  It's based around a slightly older version of Ubuntu Linux so there may  be some minor differences with newer releases, but you can always download  the latest version from or get a CD sent by post at

This hands-on guide will teach you everything right from logging in, basic file management, backup techniques up to the basics of networking. It is what you need if you are having difficulty figuring out how to get to that resume file you saved just now. The guide explains  the Linux file structure and introduces you to the basic commands and text editors as well.
A 160-page book geared towards people who are competent with using Windows, who have never attempted to use Linux but are interested in giving it a try.

A comprehensive 170-page ebook that will get you started with Ubuntu. Ubuntu is one of the most popular distributions, new users look up to when trying out Linux. This guide takes you from installing and configuring Ubuntu to adding and managing software and securing your system.

This guide is for anyone who is interested to learn about the tools (also known as commands) available to them when using their GNU/Linux based operating system. Why would you want to learn how to use the command-line (and available tools)? The Command Line-Interface (CLI), while difficult to learn, is the quickest and most efficient way to use a computer for many different tasks. The CLI is the normal method of use for most UNIX system administrators, programmers and some power users. While a GUI is better suited to some tasks, many operations are best suited to the CLI. Download this guide and learn how to use the command line in Linux to your advantage.

This one is not for the faint-of-heart! There is enough Linux juice in this book to keep even the intermediate to advanced users interested. The book begins humbly by presenting the basic commands and tools, however before you know it, you are learning everything from regular expressions to shell scripting to C programming to networking.

A must-have for every administrator that wants to learn about Gnu/Linux Networking. Beginners and experienced users alike should find the information they need to cover nearly all important administration activities required to manage a Linux network configuration.

Network-based Ubuntu Installation

This article, outlines how to install Ubuntu using the network installer. This utility allows you to install directly over the network, instead of using a CD or DVD image. It does require a small CD boot image, but beyond that, it is entirely network dependent.

These steps can be used to install over the WAN from a public Ubuntu repository, or over the LAN from an exported Ubuntu CD or private repository. Network installations are generally faster than CD based installations, particularly when done over a Local Area Network.

How to Install Support for MP3, Unencrypted DVD Playback, Microsoft TrueType Core Fonts, Flash Plugin, and Audio/Video Codecs in Ubuntu

ubuntu-restricted-extras is a software package for Ubuntu that allows the user to install essential software which is not already included due to legal or copyright reasons. Installing this package will pull in support for MP3 playback and decoding, support for various other audio formats (GStreamer plugins), Microsoft fonts, Java runtime environment, Flash plugin, LAME (to create compressed audio files), and DVD playback.

- Open  Ubuntu Software Center.
- Search for "Ubuntu Restricted Extras".
- Click "install"


- Open the Terminal
- Type  "sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras", and press the "enter" key.  

NVIDIA 196.75 Driver Alert

NVIDIA has hit some snags with their latest round of WHQL drivers. The drivers have been interfering with the fan operation on certain NVIDIA video cards, resulting in the GPU overheating. NVIDIA has taken down the drivers in question, and has asked to pass along the following message:

We are aware that some customers have reported fan speed issues with the latest 196.75 WHQL drivers on Until we can verify and root cause this issue, we recommend that customers do not download this driver. Instead, please stay with, or return to 196.21 WHQL drivers. Release 196.75 drivers have been temporarily removed from our website and we also are asking our partners and others to remove temporarily this 196.75 WHQL driver as well.

Here’s a link for instructions on how to roll back your driver. 

Driver Rollback/Removal Instructions

Option 1: Roll Back To Your Previous Driver:
If you installed your current driver without first uninstalling the previous version, you can simply roll back your driver to the previous version using these steps: 

Windows XP steps to roll back your driver:
Click Start
Click Control Panel
Click Performance and Maintenance and then System (in Category view) or System (in Classic view)
Select the Hardware Tab
Click Device Manager
Double-click on Display Adapters
Double-click on your NVIDIA GPU
Select the Driver Tab
Click on Roll Back Driver
Windows Vista or Windows 7 steps to roll back your driver:
Click Start
Click Control Panel
Windows Vista: Click System and Maintenance and then System or simply System (in Classic view). Windows 7: Click System and Security and then System.
In the left pane, click Device Manager
Double-click on Display Adapters
Double-click on your NVIDIA GPU
Select the Driver Tab
Click on Roll Back Driver

Option 2: Uninstall the Current Driver:
When you installed your current driver, if you first uninstalled the previous driver you won’t be able to roll back. In this case, follow the same steps that you previously used to uninstall your driver. Once complete, you can then download and re-install the recommended driver. 

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Windows 7 - Native Support for ISO/IMG Disc Image Burning

An ISO image is an archive file (also known as a disc image) of an optical disc in a format defined by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). It is basically a single (usually large) file with an ".iso" extension that represents the entire contents of a CD or DVD, and is a format often used to distribute large programs over the internet.

The most important feature of an ISO image is that it can be easily rendered or burned to a DVD or CD by using a media authoring or disc burning software. It can also be opened using archival applications such as 7-Zip file manager or the WinRAR shareware archiver. ISO burning is now typically a native feature of modern home and business computer operating systems.

In Windows 7, the new native support for ISO image burning addresses something that’s been on the wish list of many Windows users for a long time (before Windows 7, you have to download a third-party software in order to burn an ISO image to a CD or DVD).
To access this feature, double-click on the ".iso" file and a "Windows Disc Image Burner" dialog box will appear.

Software to Record Skype Audio and Video Calls for Free!

Skype is a great software application that allows users to make voice and video calls over the internet. You can make free PC to PC calls using Skype. However, you need third-party software applications (most of them aren't free), if you want to record those calls. This morning, I managed to come across this freeware that can record Skype audio and video calls:

Tapur for Windows 2000/XP/2003Server/Vista/7 -  An answering service, and voice/video call recorder for Skype.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Better(?) Font Appearance in Ubuntu and How to Install Windows Fonts

Everyone has their own preference when it comes to fonts, and some users, like me, are not happy with Ubuntu's huge default fonts.

1. Install Windows fonts (most websites will render nicely with these fonts installed).
In the Terminal, enter the following command:
sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts
sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer
2. Download this tar file for additional fonts (MacOS fonts):
click here to download
3. Navigate to your /home folder (~/) and press ctrl+h to show hidden files and folders.
4. Create a new folder named .fonts and extract the fonts from the tar file to this folder.
5. Setup your system fonts. Go to Preferences->Appearance->Fonts.
In my system, I have the following font settings:
 Application font: Bitstream Vera Sans Roman (8.6)
Document font: Aquabase (9)
Desktop font: Lucida Grande (9)
Window title font: Trebuchet MS Bold (9)
Fixed width font: Bitstream Vera Sans Mono Roman (10)
6. To change the font rendering settings, choose "subpixel smoothing (LCDs)" and click the "Details" button. Under "smoothing", choose "Subpixel", and choose "Slight", under "hinting."
 7. Reboot and enjoy. :)

Ubuntu's New Look

Canonical is updating Ubuntu's look and feel with a new style that departs from the popular Linux distribution's traditional brown theming.

Hands-on: a close look at Ubuntu's new non-brown theme

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Opera 10.5 vs. Google Chrome 4.0 vs. Mozilla Firefox 3.6

The full-release of Opera 10.5 just came out, featuring a redesigned user-interface and sporting the new Carakan JavaScript engine and Vega graphics library. Click here for more features.

I decided to test its new JavaScript engine using SunSpider JavaScript Benchmark and came out with the following results:

lesser is better
Opera = 606.0ms
Chrome = 958.2ms
Firefox = 1822.4ms
Winner = Opera 
System specs:
Lenovo Xuri Laptop
Intel Celeron M CPU 520 @1.6Ghz
Windows 7 32-bit Ultimate

Download Opera 10.5 here.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

How to Create an Ubuntu-based Bootable USB Anti-virus Rescue Kit to Scan a Windows Drive

One thing I like about Linux is its versatility. It has no hardware restriction, unlike other operating systems. So versatile, in fact, that you can even install the whole system on a bootable USB flash drive.

One advantage of having a bootable Linux anti-virus rescue USB is that you can scan a malware-infested drive without booting into your native operating system. You can just boot from the flashdrive and scan the drive from there.

Step 1.   Create the Ubuntu Live USB.
Download Ubuntu ISO from here
Create the Ubuntu Live USB (from Windows)
Create the Ubuntu Live USB (from an Ubuntu Live CD)
Create the Ubuntu Live USB (Ubuntu Startup Disk Creator with screenshots)

Step 2.   Boot from your Ubuntu Live USB.

Step 3.   Open Mozilla Firefox and download Avira AntiVir Personal - FREE Antivirus for Linux.
Download Avira binary
Download License file for Avira

Step 4.   If the downloaded Avira tar file location is not in your /home/ubuntu (~/) folder, copy or move the file (together with the license file - hbedv.key) into that folder (for easier installation).

Step 5.   Extract the tar file by double-clicking (GUI) or using the terminal.
Launch the Terminal (Applications->Accessories->Terminal)
Extract the tar file "tar xvpzf antivir_workstation-pers.tar.gz"
You /home/ubuntu folder, after extraction, should contain the Avira installer

Step 6.   Using the Terminal, change current directory into the Avira installer folder/directory. "cd antivir-workstation-pers-"

Step 7.   Install Avira (follow on-screen instructions, but answer "n" when it prompts you to install dazukofs). "sudo ./install"

Step 8.   Change location to your /home/ubuntu directory ("cd ~/") and copy the license file to /usr/lib/AntiVir directory. "sudo cp hbedv.key /usr/lib/AntiVir"

Step 9.   Start avguard ("sudo avguard start"), then update the virus database (may take a while). "sudo /usr/lib/AntiVir/guard/avupdate --product=Guard"

Step 10.  Mount the drives you want to scan and run Avira with the following options. "sudo avscan --scan-mode=all -e -del /media". This will scan all files, try to repair the infected ones, and delete the ones it could not repair. Read the manual for more info (/home/ubuntu/antivir-workstation-pers-
Other advantages of using the Live USB:
- Recover or access data from a drive with corrupted operating system.
- Recover a damaged partition table.
- Resize or repartition a drive.
- Boot onto other computers that may be unsecure, unsafe, or may have virus/malware.
- Avoid keyloggers or other programs designed to steal information when logging into your important accounts such as a bank account.
- Diagnose various computer problems such as hardware and software issues.
- many more...

* Post updated to reflect latest Avira version (antivir-workstation-pers- as of July 28, 2010

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Lorkan Anti-Malware for Windows XP/Vista/7

A fast and easy-to-use automated malware removal tool for Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7.

Key Features: 

- Fast malware detection and removal for fixed and removable drives.
- Quarantine files for later restoration in case of false-positive.
- Detect and remove some unknown malwares (experimental).
- Restore missing NTLDR of connected System hard drives.
- Delete-on-next-reboot ability.
- Scan paths listed inside autorun files.
- Unhide folders hidden by malware.
- Registry fix and optimization.
- Restore Safeboot functionality.
- Fix critical Windows services damaged by malware.
- Remove debugger values cause some programs not to run.
- Cleanup "TEMP" files and folders.
- Restore Winsock settings.


Upon launching the program, a message box will appear, prompting you to proceed. After clicking "Yes," it will automatically do the following: 

(everything will be done automatically - no prompts!)
- Close any running process that may pose as security threat.
- Close explorer.exe temporarily (desktop will reappear after the scan).
- Scan the memory for known threats and "quarantine" those threats.
- Scan any drive connected to the system, including USB flashdrives.
- Look for Browser Helper Objects (BHO).
- Verify previously scanned files to reduce, if not eliminate, false positives.
- Restore malware corrupted registry values.
- Check Windows installer - repair if invalid.
- Check Network settings and reset winsock.
- Perform drive cleanup (tmp files, browser cache, etc.)
- Check Windows explorer - repair if necessary.
- Check if NTLDR exists - restore if not detected.
- Perform minor registry tweaks to improve system performance.

Back from the Great Firewall

Eight months behind the "Great Firewall of China" coupled with my very busy schedule prevented me from updating this blog. Over the years, China's leaders have attempted to deny their citizens Internet access to subversive ideas by constructing the Great Firewall of China—or as the Chinese Ministry of Public Security prefers to call it, the Golden Shield Project. The Firewall was instituted in 1998 and censorship has grown increasingly strict ever since. It is estimated that some 30,000 people are employed by the Ministry of Public Security to monitor and block offending websites. The Firewall prevents Chinese citizens from accessing at least 18,000 foreign websites, including such subversive sites as Twitter and YouTube. - source:

Even using proxies and virtual private networks to leap over the wall has become harder. As of yesterday, the only proxy I found that could actually work is ( won't work).

Talk to Memnoch (A.I.)