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Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Google Releases Desktop Search 1.0

On Monday Google officially launched Desktop Search 1.0. The beta version of the program first launched in October, and now version 1.0 adds the ability to search PDF, music, video, and image files. In additio, Desktop Seach 1.0 supports the Firefox and Netscape browsers and the Thunderbird and Netscape e-mail clients. To top it off, Google is making APIs available to software developers in order to spur development of plug-ins for the program, which will add the ability to search other content types.

Google states that Desktop Search is the first to search the full text of webpage history. In addition, it is currently the only desktop search program that searches AOL instant messages. A new free-standing search box also comes with the full version of the program that can be placed anywhere on the desktop. A nice feature that users will find handy is the ability to recover lost documents/text via the software's caching feature.

Desktop Search also takes security concerns into consideration, enabling users to block HTTPS webpages. Password-protected Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel documents are also excluded from its searches.

You can download Google Desktop Search for free. Requirements: WinXP or Win2K with Service Pack 3.

More info from Google's Press Release.


F-Secure Announces Another Mobile Virus

Antivirus company F-Secure announced that it had found a new virus affecting Nokia Series 60 based smartphones late Monday. The virus spreads through MMS (Multimedia Message Service) when it is opened. Called CommWarrior, it searches the phone user's address book for numbers to replicate itself.

F-Secure believes that the virus has its origins in Russia as the text within the file, "OTMOP03KAM HET!" roughly means " No to braindeads" in Russian. Although the virus seems more of a nuisance than dangerous, it reflects an increased interest among virus makers to target smartphones. In late February, the mobile phone virus Cabir made its first appearance in the United States.

Source: BetaNews

Another MSN Messenger Worm Attacks Users

Over the weekend MSN Messenger users were bombarded with messages to visit a web site that when visited, infected their computer with a virus.

The new worms making the rounds this week are known as Kelvir.a and Kelvir.b. The worm installs a file that opens a backdoor to your PC, allowing an attacker to gain access to your machine without your permission.

Kelvir spreads by messaging all users on your IM list to visit a link that contains a .pif ending. A Pif file or Program Information File, is a format that can store window settings for DOS applications. These settings include screen and font size. Today, .pif is the format choice for hackers when creating and distributing new worms.

In addition to Kelvir, a worm called Sumon.a is making its way around Peer to Peer networks and also works by spreading through MSN Messenger. Sumon tries to disable security software and edit a users HOSTS file to prevent access to popular web sites.

Users are strongly recommended to not visit any links without confirming they were sent legitimately from yours friends, and as always, keep your virus definitions up to date.

Source: andPOP