Crazy Screen Shots – Big Files

Today I created the single largest file of my life, 14.6 Terabytes, thanks to Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 R2:

14.6 TB file in Windows Server 2012 R2 with Storage Spaces

This file was created on a 1U Dell C1100 server with NO external storage.

  • 4 each Western Digital Red WD40EFRX 4TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" NAS Internal Hard Drive
  • 1 each Kingston SSDNow V300 Series SV300S37A/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive

Because I can.

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Crazy Screen Shots – Got Cores?

I’ve been saving up my crazy screen shots for a while, here are a few.

Got Cores?

Yep - 24 cores

Photos from the future:

Photos from the future

Back to the future:
We come from the year 30,044

He’s dead, Jim:

Google Chrome error

And this is what killed him, Jim:

Successful execution

Anti-virus definition version mismatch?

177, 587 - yep, they match

UAC dares you to click Continue:

Go ahead, click Continue (if you can find it)

Jurassic Defrag:

You say that your computer is slow? REALLY?

9-year-old XP Pro Service Pack 2 box spotted in the wild:

9-year-old XP Pro Service Pack 2 box spotted in the wild

Awesome failwhale page on the website: failwhale page

What is he doing to that pyramid?

What is he doing to that pyramid?

My ancestors started this StorageCraft ShadowProtect backup:

My ancestors started this backup job (76 years ago)

Last, but not least…

As an IT admin, you try to protect people from bad things on the Internet.

You try telling people not to surf ‘personal’ stuff at work, but do they listen?

Nope, they do not.

And what happens when Trend Micro blocks your surfing habits when you’re logged into a Windows Multipoint Server?

EVERY EMPLOYEE on the WMS sees this message too:

Don't surf bad places on company computers, people. Especially not on WMS 2011

Nice job, dude. I tried to warn you…

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Crazy Screen Shots – Dell Brand SSD Drives

Checked the price on an SSD drive for a Dell T610

Dell 100 GB SSD costs $2,055.99

Yep, that’s $2,055.99 for 100 GB of storage.

For that price you could buy 10 OCZ Agility 2 SSD 100 GB drives and have 1 TB of SSD from Come on Dell, get real with your pricing, will ya?

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How To Spot Fake AV Malware

So you’re surfing the internet, minding your own business, and suddenly a message pops up that warns “you’re infected”. It is true? Sometimes. Unfortunately, these days the fake AV software looks more real than ever.

Here’s a good example of some fake AV that looks fairly convincing:


At first glance, a lot of people see this and believe they’re actually infected.

To make matters worse, even if you don’t click on the “Erase infected” button, after a few moments another window pops up:


Sadly, many users click “Yes, protect my PC now” and then it’s too late.

How Can You Tell It’s Fake?

Other than the obvious (knowing the name of the REAL antivirus software you have installed and knowing what it looks like), there are numerous ways to spot the fake AV. Get a well known antivirus such as Zonealarm mobile Security.

Browser version:
(This machine has IE8, Fake AV says IE7)
Wrong browser version reported 

Number of drives / letters:
(This machine doesn’t have a D: drive)
Reporting infections on drives that don't exist.

Incorrect navigation bars:
(Fake AV displays a modified Vista navigation bar on Windows 7 machine)

Fake AV

Fake AV menu

Real Windows Vista

Real Vista menu

Real Windows 7

Real Windows 7 menu


Typos or incorrect punctuation:
(Apostrophes pointed the wrong way)

Typos in dialog boxes are a clue that the software isn't legit. 

Virus warnings that are displayed in a web page:

Web page pretending to be virus warnings


Train your users by showing them what the REAL AV software looks like, and show examples what the fake software looks like.

The best way to show the real software in action is to trigger an actual virus alert. Then you can screenshot your current AV software. But instead of using a real virus to trip the alert, you can use the EICAR test file.

The EICAR is a harmless file that is available in several different file formats:
EICAR virus test file

Here’s what it looks like inside the file:
Inside the EICAR file

You can use the EICAR file to generate end-user documentation on what your real AV software screens look like.

Example: Microsoft Security Essentials

1) Initial “infection” (triggered by clicking on the file)

Microsoft Security Essentials - Virus found

2) After clicking Show details

Microsoft Security Essentials - Show Details

3) After clicking Clean computer

Microsoft Security Essentials - Virus removed

You can create a one-sheet “Virus Response Document” to print out and give to your users and include your phone number on the bottom. A little education up front can save lots of lost time and expense cleaning up after an infection or fake AV software removal battle.

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Crazy Screen Shots – Outlook Takes 5 Days to Send

Sender complains that when they send an email the recipient doesn’t get it until 5 days later. Inbound email works fine. This is on a POP3 account (with no Exchange involved).

The source of the problem was located in the Outbox:

You've Got Mail!

Yep, that’s right, a 95 MB email attachment (sent twice). Smile

Once those items were deleted from the Outbox, email flow returned to normal.

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Crazy Screenshots – Geek Heaven

Today I have been to geek heaven… and it’s full of stars!!

Where exactly is geek heaven? Here:

  • Playing Pac Man
  • In a Safari web browser
  • Which is on the home page
  • Running on a Mac
  • Which is a virtual machine
  • Running on VMware
  • Running inside Windows 7 64-bit

Folks, Geekdom does NOT get any better than this:

Playing PacMan on the home page in Safari on a Mac in a virtual machine on Windows 7.

Today, I truly earned my “Uber-Geek” license plate.

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