How to protect your PC from the latest ransomware called not-petya

by Andrew Brett Watson

How to protect your PC from the latest ransomware called not-petya

Ok, so this is just to help anyone on a PC who is afraid of the ransomware virus called "not-petya". It’s a pretty nasty ransomware and I found this batch file on the internet which will vaccinate your machine against it.
 
It works by creating three empty files that can’t be overwritten with the same name that the virus uses. Then if the virus tries to get on your system, it can't save to the hard disk, so it simply won’t work.

If you are paranoid (not a bad thing) you can open the file in a text editor like notepad first and see what it is doing. Even if you don’t understand the script, you can clearly see where it creates the dummy files, and that it doesn't download any virus or malware.

You will also find information in the batch file about the creators.

Instructions for protecting your PC from the latest ransomware called not-petya:

  • CLICK HERE to download the batch file.
  • Right-click the file and click "run as administrator"

Of course, you should NEVER run anything you are not sure about as administrator even if you are told to do so by some random guy on the internet. This is why I encourage you to open it in notepad first to see what is does.

The batch file will create the dummy files needed to stop the not-petya ransomware/virus from installing on your system.

NOTE: This only protects your PC from ransomware named not-petya. You need to stay vigilant and keep your system up to date to have maximum protection against other threats.

With that said, the next thing you should do is:

  • Run Windows Update
  • Open you Virus checker and select "update/download new virus definitions"
  • Search in Google for "Adobe Flash Download" then download and install it to update your flash player.

You don’t need the last three steps to protect your PC from not-petya, but they will help your PC be more secure again al other threats in the future.

By the way, if you are interested, its call 'not petya' because originally people thought it was the petya virus. Some also call it 'sorta petya' becuase it is similar.

Suddenly "no posts found" in your Wordpress backend

by Andrew Brett Watson

Suddenly no posts found in your Wordpress backend with PolyLang.

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Did you suddenly find no posts found on your Wordpress backend? I did, and I couldn’t work out why despite having lots of blog posts. I solved not seeing any posts in the Wordpress administration area by simply checking the language flags at the top of the screen.

Take a look at this screenshot. When I saw “No posts Found”, I started frantically looking online for a solution.

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Handbrake Constant Quality, Which is better, higher or lower? #video #webdesign #streaming

by Andrew Brett Watson

Read more: Handbrake Constant Quality, Which is better, higher or lower? #video #webdesign #streaming

 

Constant Quality, Which is better, higher or lower? The quick answers (because that’s what you want right?):

  • Does going up or down improve quality on using "Constant Quality" on handbrake: Sliding the slider to the right and decreasing the number reduces compression and increase quality.
  • What is the best setting for high quality with "Constant Quality" on handbrake: There really isn’t any need to go with a number lower than 19 you will get larger file sizes but hardly notice the difference.
  • What is the best setting for a low file size with decent quality: 22 is your go-to number in "Constant Quality" if you want low file size by ok quality. Use 23 or even 24 if you really need a low file size, 21 if you are looking for the best mix of quality and low files size (i.e. low file size is important, but not your primary goal).
  • What setting in Handbrake will help me prepare the file for streaming on the internet? If you are going to stream on the internet, click the option Web Optimised. This will prepare your video so that that it downloads section after section in the right order and can start playing faster.

Handbrake is my go-to video squishing software. Get it free here.

 

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Help! My Fusion Builder button has disappeared and all I see is code using Avada theme on Wordpress.

by Andrew Brett Watson

Read more: Help! My Fusion Builder button has disappeared and all I see is code using Avada theme on Wordpress.

 

Sound familiar? You changes something in Wordpress and now the fusion builder button is not appearing in your post or pages, instead all you see is code. I’m not talk bout the little Fusion shortcode generator button, I’m talking about the big Fusion Builder button which allows you to build pages using the Fusion Builder, you’ve lost it, it doesn’t even appear at the top of of your Wordpress post or article. Sound like the issue?

Worry not. I might have the solution.

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Two possible solutions to the error “The data connection could not be established. ETIMEDOUT attempt timed out Directory listing aborted by user” when connection via FTP

by Andrew Brett Watson

Read more: Two possible solutions to the error “The data connection could not be established. ETIMEDOUT...

When accessing a server for the firs time using FileZilla or some other form of FTP program it’s surprising how often people get and error “The data connection could not be established. ETIMEDOUT attempt timed out Directory listing aborted by user”. Read more: Two possible solutions to the error “The data connection could not be established. ETIMEDOUT...

Change the texture of a duplicated prefab in unity (How to) #unity

by Andrew Brett Watson

Read more: Change the texture of a duplicated prefab in unity (How to) #unity

Help! I can't change the texture/map of a prefab I duplicated without also changing the original Prefab in unity game engine!

Does this sound like the problem? You duplicated a prefab in Unity and when you go to change it's texture, map or colour you find the original prefab changes too? You ask yourself; Is this an instance? Are the prefabs connected? Do I have to somehow ungroup them, disconnect them or break them?

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How to export html and run it off the Hard Drive with Mail Designer from Equinux

by Andrew Brett Watson

Are you using Mail designer or Mail designer pro (the Mac app by Equinux) and want to do a test? The easiest way I found is to output as html and then double click the HTML file so you can test the email in your browser.

There is just one problem. How do you set the path so that the images are displayed when you output HTML Mail Designer (normal and Pro 3) from Equinux and open the file locally.

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The solution is simple. The path to put into the “Export design as website” dialogue so that it will work locally is ./

It’s as simple as that. To make the email html file work off you hard drive when using Mail Designer from Equinux jus put ./ as the “prefix images with” path.

Putting ./ in the “prefix images with” are of the Export design as website dialogue box will tell Mail Designer to write that into the code and now when you double click the html, it will load up perfectly.

How to flip normals in Cinema 4D #3D #Cinema4D

by Andrew Brett Watson

Flipping normals in cinema 4D. It's easy. But when I had a 3D game object which was viewed from the ouside but was invisible to the renderer because the normals weren't on the correct side, do you think I could find a quick explanation? So if you are looking to find out how to flip normals in Cineam 4D I hope this helps:

Read more: How to flip normals in Cinema 4D #3D #Cinema4D

This pic show how you can flip the normals in Cinema 4D is easy,... once you know how.

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Cheapest printers to run (lowest cost of ownership).

by Andrew Brett Watson

So, I made a short video because one of the biggest problems people have is finding a printer that is cheap to run. At home or in the office the problem generally with home printers is that they cost to much to use.


Because I've been in the printing industry for twenty years, I know the one thing you need to look out for when you want a cheap printer. It's not the cost of purchasing it, it's the running cost. This video shows a new type of printer which drastically brings down the running cost making these printers the lowest cost per page and the

to own and run.


One thing I will say though, they aren't fast. If you're organised like me, it's not a problem. Where I work it's a different story. They suddenly want pages and pages of print without any warning and they are always complaining about how slow the printer is (so the are going to replace it with a machine which will cost about 150€ per month more for the same amount of print).

Anyway, if you want a printer with the lowest per page cost, this is it. It's great for the home or office just prepare for the fact that it is slow: