Sabtu, 06 September 2008

FLV to MP4 Converter


Need a FLV to MP4 converter? (Or in other words, do you need a program to convert your online video downloads?). Check out what’s available here.

Alternatively, you can check out convert-and-download online services like Zamzar and YouConvertIt.

Kamis, 04 September 2008

About Viruses Variant

All Information

Overview -

-- Update August 29, 2008 --
The risk assessment of this threat has been updated to Low-Profiled due to media attention at:


This description is for a password stealing trojan which attempts to steal user information for certain online games.

The characteristics of this password stealer with regards to passwords stolen, sites accessed, files downloaded etc will differ, depending on the way in which the attacker had configured it. Hence, this is a general description.


  • Trj/Lineage.BZE [Panda]

  • Trojan.Win32.Vaklik.bkh [Kaspersky]

  • Trojan:Win32/Meredrop [Microsoft]

  • W32.Gammima.AG [Symantec]

  • W32/Autorun-CL [Sophos]


Characteristics -

-- Update August 29, 2008 --
The risk assessment of this threat has been updated to Low-Profiled due to media attention at:


When executed, this password stealer drops a copy of itself in the following locations:

  • %windir%\system32\tavo.exe
  • %windir%\system32\tavo0.dll [Injected into many running processes]

  • %temp%\lawb.dll

The tavo0.dll file harvests the names of gaming servers, players passwords, PIN numbers and other information for well known online games and this information may be uploaded to a pre-defined site as configured by the attacker.

The malware also attempts to download an updated copy of itself, from the following URLs:


These downloaded files drop the following files which are new variants of the same malware:

  • %windir%\system32\tavo.exe
  • %windir%\system32\tavo1.dll

  • %windir%\system32\kavo0.exe
  • %windir%\system32\kavo0.dll
  • %systemdrive%\
  • %systemdrive%\autorun.inf
  • %windir%\xmg.exe
  • %windir%\tt.exe
  • %windir%\rb.exe
  • %windir%\system32\mmvo.exe
  • %windir%\system32\mmvo0.dll
  • %windir%\system32\ckvo.exe
  • %windir%\system32\ckvo0.dll

The malware also creates the following registry keys to ensure the malware's execution at system startup:

  • HKEY_Current_User\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "kava"
    Data: %windir%\system32\kavo.exe

  • HKEY_Current_User\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "tava"
    Data: %windir%\system32\tavo.exe

The following security related processes may be terminated by the malware:

  • Kav.exe
  • Rav.exe
  • Avp.exe
  • Kavsvc.exe

This password stealer is also capable of spreading through removable devices by dropping a copy of itself along with an AutoRun.inf configuration file in all removable devices, the root of all fixed drives and the system folders.

"Autorun.inf" is a text based configuration file which instructs the Windows operating system to perform some action upon opening a network shared drive, local folder, floppy drive, CD-ROM drive or the insertion of a removable disk drive.

This configuration file is usually intended as a convenience feature, however is often misused by malware authors to create malware that spread automatically without any user interaction.


%System% is a variable that refers to the System folder. By default, this is C:\Windows\System32 for Windows XP

Given below is a screenshot of the contents of a typical Autorun.inf configuration file:

Miscellaneous Information:

Users who would like to prevent worms which execute without any user interaction using an “AutoRun.inf” file, can disable the Windows AutoRun feature completely with the help of the Windows group policy editor (Gpedit.msc).

ScreenShot below:



Symptoms -

  • Presence of files and registry entries mentioned earlier
  • Software based firewall, if any installed on the machine, might alert about an unknown program attempting to connect to the internet

Method of Infection

Method of Infection -

This password stealer may spread by copying itself to removable devices, along with an “Autorun.inf”.

Infection starts either with manual execution of the infected file or by simply navigating to the folders containing the infected files, whereby the “Autorun.inf” file could cause automatic execution of the worm.

The malware can also spread manually, under the premise that the executable is something beneficial. It may also be received as a result of poor security practices, or un-patched machines and vulnerable systems. Distribution channels include IRC, peer-to-peer networks, email, newsgroups postings, etc.

Rabu, 03 September 2008

Books Or E-books?


Even though I love the idea that practically everything is going electronic (for example, e-mail replacing snail mail, etc.), there are just some things that I prefer the old fashioned way.

Like books, for example.

There are a lot of e-book readers out there but I haven’t really considered getting one myself. I don’t know, the idea of flipping thru a book seems more fun, hahaha.

But if you’re looking for a good e-book reader, then you might want to check Kindle 2.0!

So, books or e-books?

Books or E-books?

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[ Image source from Engadget ]

Sony Wireless Keypad For PS3 Controller, Key Zone Turns Into Touchpad

Sony Wireless Keypad For PS3 Controller, Key Zone Turns Into Touchpad

Sony has unveiled a keypad accessory to plug on top of the PlayStation 3 controller. There’s a mode which you can turn the key area into a touchpad. $49.99, release on 30th November.

The Wireless Keypad includes a mode that turns the key area into a touchpad, allowing users to control an on-screen cursor with their fingertips, tapping to activate a link. The keypad also features two short-cut buttons, enabling quick access to the XMB’s “Friends” icon and the “Message Box.” The pad also can be paired with other Bluetooth devices (e.g., a smart phone) and will be released in late November.

Where To Buy:

{Playstation 3 Wireless keypad}

Image: Sony | Via: Joystiq

NOKIA Mobile Phone : Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte for the luxurious third quarter

Carbon Arte

You might be familiar with the Nokia Arte and the Sapphire Arte, which were the two phones that defined Nokia’s fashion line in early 2008. For Q3, Nokia is expanding the Arte line to the brand new Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte.

Nokia Arte Carbon 8800

The 8800 Carbon Arte is made of a carbon fiber body. It comes with 3G and a 3.2MP camera and its body is coated with Nokia’s anti-smudge technology for eliminating those ugly prints! The device is set to cost at around 1,100 Euros.

Chuck Norris: Bring on the Pain by Gameloft (I kid you not!)

Oh yeah! Chuck Norris forever!Chuck Norris Bring on the Pain

Heads up! I heard Chuck Norris is coming this way!, screams the rebels as you play as Chuck Norris. Gameloft had mentioned that Chuck Norris was in a “weakened state” as he traveled around the world and got into an accident. So not like Chuck Norris, but fine, we’ll play along. But if Chuck Norris hears about this ….

Chuck Norris!More Chuck Norris!

Chuck Norris: Bring on the Pain is out NOW by Gameloft. It plays a side-scrolling hack and slash and shoot and gun Chuck Norris as he goes around the world cleaning up the bad guys and sending them into “Retirement +10.”

Chuck Norris is coming to your mobileChuck Norris!!!!

I first thought this game was fake — since no one is bad ass enough to play as Chuck Norris. But no, Gameloft is indeed releasing this epic title this month! And PROPS to Gameloft for successfully taking this cult into the next level. The dialogue is absolutely hilarious and the premise for Chuck Norris to be able to punch through buildings and burn down forests while defeating Communism is ….. well…. expected of Chuck Norris.

More screencaps here!

Contest: Giving away TWO sets of TatSkinz for your iPhone or iPod

It’s contest time once again! We’re giving away two sets of TatSkinz this time around. So these sets of Skinz are compatible with your iPod or iPhone. The creators of the BodyGuardz protective film took an artistic step forward and now have artistic expression tattooed onto the film.

TatSkinz Designs

TatSkinz are custom skins, featuring one-of-a-kind designs from original artists, are miraculously thin (devices still fit in docks) and yet semi-protective. They are reusable and easily adjustable, leaving no sticky residue.

TatSkinz are unique in that they are a thin, repositionable sticker featuring original artists’ designs. The skins will feature a tough, dependable protection also found in NLU Products’ flagship line of products, ScreenGuardz, but with a stylistic twist that lets users express themselves.


Compatible models:

iPhone, iPod Classic, iPod 5G (video), iPod nano 3G, iPod Touch, and of course the new iPhone 3G.


1. Leave a comment to enter the raffle. Your comment must answer the question “What is my artistic inspiration?”. We will be using Luck of the Draw to choose our winner. You can enter the raffle as many times as you want as long as you leave different answers to the question, “What is my artistic inspiration?”. Please leave a valid email address so we can contact you if you win!

2. The contest is valid from today, Monday September 1 2008 to 11:59 PM of Sunday September 7 2008.

3. We will be raffling off two TatSkinz. Winners will be able to choose between the following models: iPhone, iPod Classic, iPod 5G (video), iPod nano 3G, iPod Touch, and of course the new iPhone 3G.

4. This contest is open to everybody around the world!

Red Alert Available as Free Download


Kudos to EA for making Command and Conquer: Red Alert available as a free download, in preparation for the release of Red Alert 3—and in celebration of the RTS franchise’s 13th anniversary. Interested parties should visit this page, and set aside enough time for the 1GB download (500MB for each of the two game disks). The downloads are ISO images for burning onto CDs, a task easily accomplished by Totally Free Burner.

Download Command and Conquer: Red Alert (1GB)

Pre-order Red Alert 3 (buyers score a free copy of Red Alert 2 if they pre-order before October 27)

The Web In 3D


There’s a great piece of software that allows you to view certain web sites in a 3D wall. Have you seen the iTunes commercial with the wall of album art? It’s similar to that.

CoolIris is a browser plugin for both Mac and Windows that allows you to transform your browser into a 3D viewing wall. It’s perfect for viewing youtube videos, photos at flickr. etc.

It currently works with Google Image Search, YouTube, Facebook, Flickr, MySpace and other sites. Check here for the full list.

The plugin is currently available for Firefox 2 and 3 for both Windows and Macs. IE for Windows and Safari for Mac. Check the downloads page here.

I tried it and I must say it’s sweet. It’s a good way to browse through the media available in the above mentioned sites. Plus, the cool factor when the chicks see you browsing. So go check it out.

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August 25th, 2008

More iPhone 3G Philippine Launch Pics

Here are some more pictures from the iPhone 3G launch last Aug 22. Thanks to PhilMUG member Skint for the pictures.



More pics after the jump…

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Selasa, 02 September 2008

Apple iPhone 3G Badness


Here’s some of the current badness related to Apple’s supposedly superior smartphone:

Apple iPhone ad banned - The Advertising Standards Authority lays the smackdown on Apple, banning them from promising access to “all parts of the internet” with the iPhone. Read More