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For anyone experiencing a problem with Internet Explorer crashing instantly after starting, and the issue began December 15th: Take a look in Start Menu -> Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs and uninstall Yahoo Toolbar if you have it, then try Internet Explorer again.  
Possibly either Yahoo pushed an update that is causing a problem on some computers, or one of the Microsoft updates of 12/14 is conflicting with the Yahoo toolbar. 
If this does nto help, or you need additional support, please do not hesitate to reach me in the Technical Assistance Center (TAC).
Brice Stevens
Technical Support
(540) 443-3398
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Cisco BotNet Filter Proves Itself (Fast) in a Compromised K-12 Environment
Tony Rector, Sr. Support Engineer, CCIE

Botnets are an increasing source of concern for everyone. They are extremely difficult to detect, can propagate and mutate quickly, and pose numerous security risks, from data leakage to denial-of-service attacks. The Cisco ASA 5500 Series Botnet Traffic Filter is a great new feature available with the Cisco ASA 8.2 Software Release for botnet traffic detection. We recently put this solution in place for a school that was struggling with massive traffic issues, rouge devices, compromised PCs and large unnecessary downloads. The reporting functionality gave me so much insight that I was able to help the client rapidly pinpoint problem areas and then correct them.
It's a inexpensive subscription based SW solution that provides multiple levels of endpoint protection monitoring. It checks network ports for rogue activity and by detecting infected internal endpoints and bots sending command and control traffic back to a host on the Internet. The command and control domains and hosts associated with botnets and malware distribution are accurately and reliably identified using a dynamic database managed by the Cisco Security Intelligence Operations center. The reporting is very good, and you can easily obtain very important information about your network.
A free trial is available for qualified Cisco ASA 5500 users. Please contact your ALI Account Manager to initiate a request. If you are not sure who to contact, a quick email to will get someone in touch with you quickly. As always, if you are experiencing security issues with your network, I am available for assistance via our Service Desk at (800) 283-2648 and push option 1 to speak to Jane Bankovich who schedules me.

Linux tip:
How to find out the most recent installed packages with RPM

You probably know the last software package you installed, but are you aware of all the dependencies that were also installed?  Here's a tip to help you.

Use this command to show the newest installed packages at the top:  rpm -qa - -last

The newest packages will be at the top. Since the list is probably long, you might want to pipe the output to less:

rpm -qa - -last | less

Type q to exit less. You can also pipe the output with grep to search for a specific day or date with Jun as an example like this:

rpm -qa - -last | grep Jun

You can also pipe the request to a text file:

rpm -qa --last > filename

Looking for more help with your Linux systems?  Contact us and we'll be happy to set you up with an engineer who can help!

Tuesday, Microsoft released an out-of-band security update to address the .LNK vulnerability described in Microsoft Security Advisory 2286198. Microsoft Security Bulletin MS10-046 addresses one vulnerability in Windows, has a maximum severity rating of Critical, and an Exploitability Index rating of 1. The security vulnerability affects all supported editions of Windows including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

It is recommended that customers deploy the update as soon as possible to help protect their computers from criminal attacks. The security update protects against attempts to exploit the vulnerability by several malware families.

IT professionals may also want to view the out-of-band bulletin release overview webcast with Christopher Budd, senior security response communications manager, Microsoft, for a quick synopsis of the highest risk and impact scenarios. More information on the webcast can be found on the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) blog.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Technical Assistance Help Desk at (540) 443-3398.

If you find your C drives on Microsoft Small Business Server edition 2008 mysteriously filling up, check the logfile folders in C:\inetpub\logs\LogFiles.

WSUS seems to like to accumulate multiple gigabytes' worth of logfiles in at least one of those folders, with single files clocking up 100-300 MB!

If you need assistance on this issue, don't hesitate to give a call to our Help Desk and we can help.

Brice Stevens
Technical Assistance Center
(540) 443-3398