Friday, October 31, 2008

Scotia Fire Dept Holloween Cider and Doughnuts

Village family’s again enjoy the annual Cider and Doughnut wagon thanks to the Scotia Fire Department and its dedicated volunteers. The wagon was greeted warmly at its first stop on the corner of Ten Broeck and Catherine Streets.
Scotia Fire Department Cider and Doughnut wagon
Scotia Fire Department Cider and Doughnut wagon

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Holloween Cider and Doughnut Schedule

Happy Halloween
Trick or Treat Safely!

Come one and all for Halloween Cider and Doughnuts
 compliments of the Scotia Fire Department.

4:30Catherine & No. Ten Broeck St.
4:45Holyrood @ Fourth and Houston St.
5:00N. Toll and Lark St.
5:15S. Toll and Sanders Ave.
5:30Orlinda Ave. and S. Holmes St.
5:45Glen Ave. and Pleasantview Ave.
6:00Sanders Ave and S. Ten Broeck St.
6:15Washington Ave. and Livingston Ave.
6:20Washington Ave. and Washington Rd.
6:35Spearhead Dr.
6:45Deerfield Place and Red Coach Dr.
6:45Glenview Dr. and Holly Blvd.
7:10Holly Blvd. and Fawn Dr.
7:25Parkland Ave and Uncas Dr.
7:40Cuthbert and Concord St.
8:00Porch Lights Off

From Chief John C. Pytlovany:
We are asking that all residents celebrate Halloween between the hours of 4 P.M. and 8 P.M. on Friday, October 31st, 2008.
We would ask that children complete their "Trick or Treating" and that residents turn off their front porch lights at 8 P.M.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

How to Stop and/or Remove AntiVirus 2009

I usually keep my BitsfromBill technical blog separate from my local community posts but this one is so important I wanted to share. For those of you who wonder what I really do besides community activism, this should give you a clue.

I’ve often said, even some of the smartest folks I know can find themselves infected with malware. Last week a family member found themselves with frequent pop-ups telling them they were infected.  They didn’t do anything wrong. They just couldn’t stop all the pop ups telling them to download a video codec.  They finally gave up and downloaded extortion-ware called Antivirus 2009. 

It happen to me today as well.  I clicked on a legitimate link and suddenly received the following pop up.

Rogue AntiVirus 2009
May appear just by being on the Internet, that’s all.

It won’t do you any good to click any button including the X.  The result will always be a fake scan by Extortion-ware Anti Virus 2009

Fake scan by AntiVirus 2009
Stop here.  Clicking the Red X won’t help.

Eventually, most folks give up and end up downloading Antivirus 2009 which turns into Extortion-Ware.  They try to convince you that upgrading and paying is the only way to clean up the viruses listed above.

Solution: Ctrl-Alt-Del
The answer to this situation is quick and simple. As soon as you experience your first pop up that can’t be closed by the X in the upper right-hand corner your next step should be Ctrl-Alt-Del.  This is your opportunity to open the Windows Task Manager. Check the list of Applications and Kill your browser.

Windows Task Manager
Windows XP Task Manager

You could also use WinPatrol’s Active Task list to kill the browser but since you only need to kill a single task, Ctrl-Alt-Del is even easier.  If however you did download AntiVirus 2009 you’ll want WinPatrol so you can sort, select and kill multiple tasks in a single operation.  You can also use WinPatrol to “Delete on Reboot” any files which don’t seem to want to go away. WinPatrol users see

Your next step is to make sure you’ve downloaded all the available Windows security updates. I typically recommend against automatically installing new Windows updates on the day they’re released. Last month Microsoft did release a number of new security patches. Guess what?  IT’S TIME TO UPDATE!  If you see a little yellow shield in the lower right-hand corner it may be telling you to update Windows.