|MEETING STARTS - 09:30 - JULY 12th
VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY, ST. AUGUSTINE, ROOM 110
Unlike years past we are depending on crowd sourced topics and presenters
for main meeting program presentations. As of this time there are no main
presentation topics in the queue and no presenters in the queue.
So we will be having just an extended round-table of free form topics.
As the club becomes smaller, it becomes more important than ever to respond
to meeting invitations distributed from my Google Calendar. If I do not receive
enough YES responses indicating member intentions to participate in a meeting,
the meeting will be cancelled!
ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
- DUES FOR NEW MEMBERS
are $10.00 if you join in Oct -> Mar. $7.50 if you join in Apr -> Jun
or $5.00 if you join in Jul -> Sep. Make your check PAYABLE to MLCUG and
SEND TO: John Deker, Treasurer, 2210 Lantern Lane, Lafayette Hill, PA
19444-2211. Be sure to send a MEMBERSHIP FORM
- CLUB MEMBERSHIP
entitles you to receive a copy of the newsletter and access to our email
list server, which is run for the benefit of our members. Please do not
hesitate to post club and computer related notices and problems to it. If
we can't solve your problem remotely, we can be alerted to it ahead of the
monthly meeting where more hands-on may help resolve your problem.
- A few of the regular attendees usually partake of LUNCH
AT THE CAMPUS CORNER RESTAURANT near the intersection of
Routes 30 and 320 just off the Villanova University campus. So, after the
meeting, why not join us? It's an opportunity to get more help and to
discuss our common interests.
LAST MONTH'S MEETING
11 people in all attended the meeting on Saturday, June 14th. Two of the 11
attendees were virtual attendees via Google+ Hangout video chat.
Main Meeting Q&A:
We began last month's meeting with our normal round of questions and
announcements. Among the questions and
John D -
- Reminded everyone of the 6 topics he had posted in his emails since last
month's meeting. Some of these topics elicited discussion.
- Sent his 20+ year old Amiga computers to his township recycling
- Spoke about his need for members to respond to meeting announcements so
he can determine if a sufficient number will attend to justify holding the
Tom J -
- Stated he was having a problem with group mailings from his Windows Live
Mail (WLM) client. Note: group lists in WLM contacts are called
Bill B -
Peter W -
- Spoke of an audio problem with his Pioneer AV receiver system. This
included a discussion of HDMI cables.
Ted K -
- Discussed having problems with a PDF download to FoxIt. The download to
the FoxIt PDF
reader was halting at 80 to 90 percent. It was suggested he first
download the PDF as a file to his hard drive and then see if FoxIt would
load the PDF locally. By separating the 2 processes he would be able to
better identify the problem as either a download problem or a PDF that
FoxIt couldn't display.
Don W -
- Was having a problem figuring out how to view a Microsoft document
attached to his email. It was suggested he install the free Microsoft Office
document viewers for Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
Layton F -
- A hard drive failed in his Buffalo NAS. He described his reason for
selecting a Western Digital
Red drive to replace it.
- Showed a case with Bluetooth keyboard he bought for his LG G Pad.
- Showed a portable USB IRIScan
Express 3 document scanner he bought
John M -
Rich T -
- Discussed his Windows 7 backup options. He is interested in being able to
easily rotate backups to various backup devices including network
- Had some questions about his use of SDcards including being able to
access a Linux partition from his Windows computer. For this it was
suggested he try the Paragon
Ed C -
- Has a Dell Dimension that wil not recognize the already partitioned drive
he install. It was recommended he boot from a Live CD or USB drive and
re-partition the installed drive.
- Had some USB toaster related issues
- Had questions about the services being run by Windows svchost.exe file as
one instance was using 25% of his CPU capacity. A follow-up email after the
meeting pointing to a web site should be one step to identifying the cause
of his problem.
- Wanted to know if it were possible to re-purpose a Tivo as a dumb
recorder with no subscription.
Main Meeting Program:
There was no main meeting program agenda.
This section contains web links & other info related to the club email
or some of the subjects we discussed during our round table discussions and
ABOUT SVCHOST.EXE PROCESSES
Topics covered by the above link:
- What is SVCHOST.EXE ?
- Why are so many processes named SVCHOST.EXE running?
- Can I reduce the number of running processes and associated services?
- Using the tasklist
- Using the Task Manager
- Using the Sysinternals Process Explorer
- Disabling services
- Could this be a Virus?
According to Microsoft: “svchost.exe is a generic host process name for
services that run from dynamic-link libraries”.
Those services are organized into logical groups, and then a single
svchost.exe instance is created for each group. For instance, one svchost.exe
instance runs the 3 services related to the firewall. Another svchost.exe
instance might run all the services related to the user interface, and so
The above link explores the following topics.
Table of Contents
- The purpose of this guide
- What is CryptoLocker
- Known file paths and registry keys used by CryptoLocker
- What should you do when you discover your computer is infected with
- Is it possible to decrypt files encrypted by CryptoLocker?
- Will paying the ransom actually decrypt your files?
- How do you become infected with CryptoLocker
- Known Bitcoin Payment addresses for CryptoLocker
- CryptoLocker and Network Shares
- What to do if your anti-virus software deleted the infection files and
you want to pay the ransom!
- How to increase the time you have to pay the ransom
- Messages from the ransomware author and information about the
CryptoLocker Decryption Service
- How to restore files encrypted by CryptoLocker using Shadow Volume
- How to restore files that have been encrypted on DropBox folders
- How to find files that have been encrypted by CryptoLocker
- How to determine which computer is infected with CryptoLocker on a
- How to prevent your computer from becoming infected by CryptoLocker
- How to allow specific applications to run when using Software Restriction
- How to be notified by email when a Software Restriction Policy is
- CryptoLocker 2.0: New version or Copycat?
- CryptoLocker Timeline
Current reputable anti-virus programs offer protection from currently known
forms of the CryptoLocker trojan, but may not protect you from future
SOFTWARE WORTH A LOOK
Paragon ExtFS for Windows
Paragon ExtFS for Windows is a special utility which allows you to get full
access to Ext2 / Ext3 / Ext4 in Windows. With Paragon Ext for Windows, you can
work with a Linux native file system using Windows. Just plug in your hard disk
with Ext2/3/4 partitions to your PC and you can instantly modify files on Linux
Key Features & Benefits
- Run at startup and automount feature
- Useful tray application and support for safe eject
- Support the latest Windows 8.1
- The only solution with Ext4 read-write support!
- Provides fast and transparent access to Ext2 / Ext3 / Ext4 under
- And, it's easy to install!
Import/Export files and folders from/to Ext partitions. For example, if the
hard drive is taken from NAS storage and you need to open a Linux partition and
copy from it or place a new file there, Paragon ExtFS for Windows eliminates
the need to install the hard drive or configure it for network access. Simply
connect a hard drive via the eSATA connector or USB-to-SATA adapter to the PC
and access your files.
Open documents and multimedia directly from Ext2 / Ext3 / Ext4 partitions.
If you want to watch movies or open large documents contained on a Linux
partition, simply connect the drive directly to the PC to get instant
DIRECTIONS TO MEETING ROOM
Meetings are in the St. Augustine Center (SAC) at Villanova University.
These monthly sessions normally meet in Room 110.
Enter from the ITHAN AVENUE main gate, then proceed to the upper deck of the
2-level parking garage adjacent to the St. Augustine Center on the Ithan Avenue
side of the building. (Click
for link to Google Map)
NOTE: additional map & direction links on our website home page - http://mlcug.org/
Editor: John W. Deker, Jr. 2210 Lantern Lane, Lafayette
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