Finally a solution for Downadup

Bit Defender

Downadup is second to the notorius SQL slammer worm that devastated the Internet in 2003 . It exploits a bug in the Windows Server service used by Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Server 2003 and Server 2008. It spreads primarily through a buffer overflow vulnerability in Windows Server Service where it disables the operating system update service, security center, including Windows Defender, and error reporting.  Its difficult to remove because of its in-built update service .

Its devastation was so terrible that Microsoft had to implement a hotline to enable people to report about Conficker developers .

Finally , BitDefender seems to have come with a solution .It claims to have made the first vaccination tool to remove the Conficker virus .

The downadup removal tool is available here .

Issues on Youtube videos


Youtube will be removing all premium music videos from its British site , today (10th March).This action is the result of the dispute between Youtube and Performing Rights Society (PRS). Majority of the videos would be removed today . Google’s action has disappointed many music lovers ,but the former has no other better alternative . Steve Porter, head of the PRS, said he was “outraged, shocked and disappointed” by the move and said it harmed both music fans and artists, urging YouTube chiefs to reconsider.

Meanwhile in 2007 , a muslim MP for Dewsbury named Shahid Malik , demanded Youtube to remove  a series of racist items from its website after a video alleging he was a “pervert” remained available for three weeks.

[Ubuntu Tip] Creating users and groups through command line

Just follow these simple tips to create a new user or group through command line in Ubuntu .

Creating a new user :

You must use the “adduser” command for this . Here you can see that i have created a user named “captain” . You would be prompted to enter your password twice and it wont be displayed as you type it .


Now to add a new group you use “groupadd” command as follows :


here I have created a new group called CaptainFans. ‘ usermod ‘ command is used to change the attributes related to a user . Here we use the -G option with it to include user captain into the group .

Karmic Koala : successor to Jaunty Jackalope

karmic koala

With Ubuntu users eagerly awaiting the release of Jaunty Jackalope or Ubuntu 9.04, The open source community has even announced the successor to Jaunty : Ubuntu 9.10 or Karmic Koala ,which will see the light of day in October 2009.
yes ! Koala will be the official mascot of ubuntu 9.10 !!

Here’s what the Ubuntu community feels about the features they expect in Karmic Koala :

  • Smooth and flicker free startup
  • Newer look
  • Support for opensource version of Microsoft’s Surface techonolgy
  • Probably an interface similar to OS X (not in style but in effects).
  • Ububox – an Openbox mod designed for Ubuntu!