Thursday, March 26

hijack by godzilla

This post is about a virus i learned about when a friend called me to repair his PC. This were the problems i found on the PC.

  • When using IE , the title bar reads this "Hijack by Godzilla" .
  • For all the Drives, you cannot Double click and open to view the contents of the drive. you need to right click and open to view the contents .
  • When i checked for "My comuter - > Tools - > Folder options" , Everything seemed to work properly, but when i checked "Show hidden files and folders" and restarted the PC, the changes made earlier reverted back.
  • The windows task manger seemed to work fine.(there were many processes ,but i did not take a proper look at them)
The first thing i did was to download avast antivirus . I scanned the PC and found autorun.inf threats in each drive which i then deleted. This solved the problem of drive view which i mentioned in the 2nd point. The folder options and hijack by Godzilla problems still remained.

This is a virus and it is mostly spread via portable drives.

A little google research told me , that there is a script and some files that run everytime when you start your PC and make a entry in the registry.

So the next step was to find wscript.exe in windows task manager and stop these processes. When i opened task manager i did not find this script running.

The next step was to check : show hidden files and folders in tools - > folder options in My computer. also uncheck the Hide extention… and Hide protected operating system file.

Look for autorun.inf and MS32DLL.dll.vbs in all the drives and shift + Delete them permanently.
well in my case , avast already deleted autorun.inf . And i could not locate the MS32DLL.dll.vbs

The "hijack by Godzilla" window title entry is made in windows registry. This can be found here in registry. Go to start - > run - > regedit , click OK. Registry Edit dialogue will display. and

Select HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE --> Software --> Microsoft --> Windows --> Current Version --> Run to delete MS32DLL (press Delete key on keyboard)

Select HKEY_CURRENT_USER --> Software --> Microsoft --> Internet Explorer --> Main to delete Window Title “Hacked by Godzilla” (press Delete key on keyboard)

This should have solved the problem but, once i restarted , the problem was still there.

The next step i did was to download hijack this . HijackThis lists the contents of key areas of the Registry and hard drive--areas that are used by both legitimate programmers and hijackers. The program is continually updated to detect and remove new hijacks. It does not target specific programs and URLs, only the methods used by hijackers to force you onto their sites.

Since , MS32DLL.exe was the process which was a suspicious program which i think triggerd the virus , i used hijack this to remove this process and later when i restarted it solved the problem.






Thursday, March 19

watch youtube videos, flickr and picasa images in your inbox

Google guys are gearing up and often releasing some great stuff. Here's some other features in gmail after most talked offline-gmail. Yes, now you can view any youtube video right inside your mailbox. If anyone sends you a link of a you tube video you can directly view it inside the mailbox inline. So also you can view flickr , picassa and yelp previews in mail.

To take advantage of this feature, you need to first go to your gmail account - > settings - > labs and enable these features. There are a lot of other great goodies. Go and give a try.

I gave it a try myself, sent a counter strike video link from you tube and checked it out into my mailbox. Everything went smooth as expected.

Advantage here is no more redirecting to you tube or flickr or picassa or yelp site. watch video / see photos inside your mailbox. i have not given a try to flickr , or picassa but i am quite sure , they are as functional as the you tube experiment. Good going Google.

Sunday, March 8

Googlemaps API



Google maps have been over the internet from long time now. But it is at this time that i came across it. A little bit of Exploration made me love this product by the GOOGLE. It is very fascinating and enjoyable. A 2D/3D view of the entire world with so much precise information is indeed appreciable. I then decided to try my hands over this and learn the google API.
you can visit here to check the google maps.

Also Google has made available the API so that anyone can use them in their web sites.

GOOGLE MAPS

Google maps is a free web mapping service application provided by google.Google Maps provides high-resolution satellite images for most urban areas in India, US and many other parts of the world.

Google has made these satellite images very user friendly and so also a lot of information can be collected from this maps. For instance, if you just enter a country name, or a state or perhaps a city name, into the search box and hit enter, you get to see the map. The map you are taken to , has almost all the information, the street name, important destinations such as schools, temples, road names , railway tracks etc etc. Along with the map view, we also have a satellite view and a hybrid view. The satellite view helps to get the satellite images and i must say, they are very precise. In no time , i could locate my house. And hybrid is a combination of both map view and satellite view.

The Google map API gives a lot of freedom to developers. It allows to put markers on the map. With the help of markers you can easily and explicitly point out the area of interest for your users.

For eg, if you have a office with a lot of branches spread over in different locations. Use google maps in your web site and provide useful information of all the offices and branches , for easy follow to your customers. Another example could be for a real estate agency, which can provide a lot of information about the plots and flats for sale via google maps so that their customers have a easy choice.

Well, there can be a lot of ways google maps can be helpful. have your idea, use the google map api and execute them.

After studying some api examples i finally managed to make this simple web page showing the google map with my location, my school and my college.