As somewhat related to last month’s Malware checklist, I thought this would be a good follow-up about spotting malware on an infected site. Maybe yours.
Someone very close to me who is computer adept was tricked into downloading and running a sneaky Flash installer that actually installed malware. This exercise was a good time to review my checklist for finding and fixing this situation. I was pleasantly surprised to discover some new useful tools and updated my checklist for 2018.
Don’t think you are immune because you know more than others. If your computer is connected to the internet and you use a web browser it can happen to you, especially if you use Outlook (aka Lookout!).
One of the simple steps in Bad App Alert was to add the startup item and what made this simple was using a free app. After following the app’s recommendation to update, it is no longer free to add or otherwise manage startup items. That’s ok, I’m sure there is another free utility out there makes this overcomplicated task simple.
Bad App Alert? You could take this to mean that I’m alerting you of a problem with an app or that I’m showing you how to be notified when an app is behaving badly. It’s a little of both.
Over the years I feel like I’ve learned a thing or two about building new systems. “New systems” is a generic term you can apply to just about anything you do. This could apply to adding a new feature to a car, or coming up with a new idea for an app, or anything in your field of interest or expertise. While the shiny and whiz-bang features get all the attention, none of it matters one bit if the development of this new thing doesn’t start with the following three S’s.
If you are a Smarty expert then this will be very dumb. I knew about the cool Smarty tag, strip, but hadn’t found a really good use for it. When you are using Smarty you are changing the how the HTML is created when the page is loaded. In some cases, how the code is formatted affects how the browser displays it, especially for IE. One of the most common areas I’ve seen this is when formatting using an indented structure and having an image at the end of a block. By having the closing block tag (/div, /td, etc.) on a new line an extra bit of space is added behind or below the image. This extra space is usually noticeable and causes page rendering differences among browsers. Here is an example of this piece of code:
<img src="myimage.gif" alt="" /> </div>