GoDaddy Down

Godaddy.comWell, there are lots of news about GoDaddy.com being down, now more than 4 hours, but the question is: How Godaddy.com will compensate the losses?!

People hosting their websites on Godaddy.com servers, and its resellers, lost lots of money in this outage.

“Over 50 local Myrtle Beach hotels that use GoDaddy services through Fuel Interactive could be impacted by as much as $30,000 an hour, collectively, for each hour the sites are down.” says Wmbfnews. (1)

On the other hand, Disa Johnson says that Godaddy didn’t resolve the issue by themselves. It was the hacker who “had a heart” and let go!!!! (2)

How can making troubles for others be called “having a heart”??

Just search about this outage on Google News and Twitter (@Godaddy) and you will see that millions of websites were affected…

1- http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/19505927/hack-of-godaddy-sites-impacts-myrtle-beach-area-businesses
2 – http://airdisa.tumblr.com/post/31297877089/godaddy-dns-tangodown

Emergency code

Who to call in case of website emergency?

Due to some yet unknown issue, WordPress version 2.8.2 might be causing server errors.

Lunarpages, my “current” and might become “ex” webhosting company, shut down Gibni.com yesterday without any prior notice, saying they’ve taken an emergency action, as the “index.php” script in my wordpress root was using huge server resources, and could cause a server crash.

First problem is, not only they changed the “index.php” permissions to “000”  (no read permissions) but they took ownership of the file, so neither I could make any changes to the file, nor analyze it for troubleshooting.


Secondly, they made the domain return an “internal server error” to all visitors.


Third, they did not manage to put an “under maintenance” page at the root untill the issue is solved.


Anyway, thanks to my linux skills, I managed to put an “under maintenance” page for Gibni, and get the site back online very soon.


Until I figure out what caused wordpress to eat server resources, and was it really wordpress or Lunarpages’s poor servers and administration, was it the running theme which ran without any issue for months or even the plugins installed on wordpress a year ago; I’ve decided to switch back to wordpress default theme and upgrade to wordpress 2.8.4.

After all, I believe that you should now:


  • Enjoy Gibni, Ad free!
  • Always have a maintenance page and an emergency code, just in case!
  • Be careful choosing your webhosting company!

Windows Delayed Write Failed Error – Solutions

Window Delayed Write Failed ? Solutions are here!


This topic is researched, tested and written by Amir Hossein Moradi.

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This is the third article on the Windows Delayed Write Failed error occurring with hard drives (mostly external ones with USB/Firewire/Network connections). On 28th December 2007, I wrote the Windows – Delayed Write Failed – Solved! article which had more than 190,000 views, and helped many users till date. On 9th June 2008, the second article on this topic – Windows Delayed Write Failed – Latest Solution – which had more than 34,000 views till date, was out and is still getting many users out of trouble.

 

Now, it’s time to write the 3rd article and sum up all possible solutions for the Windows Delayed Write Failed error.

 

about_write_delayed_failedAbout Delayed Write:

Windows uses a special subsystem for certain disk functions, which caches write operations and performs them when the system is idle. This can improve system performance, but it’s typically turned off by default. The term for this kind of operation is “delayed writing”.

 

You can see how write-caching is handled for a particular volume by right-clicking on the icon for the drive in the “Disk drives” subtree of the Device Manager and selecting the Policies tabs. The options typically are “Optimize for quick removal” (everything is written to the drive immediately) and “Optimize for performance” (writes are cached).

 

about_write_delayed_failedAbout the error:

“Windows Delayed Write Failed” error occurs usually when the caching process gets interrupted or the files to be cached get corrupted, either because of a drive failure, a cable failure, or a USB interface fail!

This error might happen to brand new drives as well as good working old ones.

 

write_delayed_causeCause:

This error might be caused by several factors:

 

  • Cache settings
  • System Restore settings
  • Device drivers
  • Media error, drive failure
  • USB/Firewire host controllers
  • Drive overheating
  • Mis-configured BIOS settings
  • Ultra Direct Memory Access (UDMA) mis-configuration
  • Unmatched cables
  • Faulty cables
  • Memory parity conflict
  • Power management drivers

 

write_delayed_solutionResolutions:

Here are different resolutions to the problem, I’ve arranged them in such a way that the most probable and easy to apply is at the top of the list. Read all resolutions carefully before any attempt on your drive(s) and/or computer(s).

 

1. System Restore Settings:

Users reported that Windows might try to write system restore data on the external drive, or try to monitor the drive in case of a system crash. This procedure might be a cause for the Delayed Write Failed error. What to do is quite simple. Just follow this photo tutorial:

 

Open your Control Panel:

click-control-panel

 

Open System:

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Go to System Restore tab, choose your external drive, and click the Settings button:

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Check the Turn off System Restore on this drive checkbox and click OK:

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Now, you need to restart your computer, and if System Restore configuration was the issue, it should be solved.

2. Device drivers:

Some older RAID device drivers are known to cause the Write Delayed Failed issue, so do check with you hardware manufacturer for the latest device drivers.

I suggest that you check for:

  • latest RAID drivers for your hardware,
  • latest BIOS for your motherboard,
  • latest chipset drivers,
  • latest USB hub (host controller) drivers,
  • latest graphics card drivers.

 

3. Overheating:

First thing to try is to see if your drive is not over heating!

According to Seagate, “the operating temperature range for most Seagate hard drives is 5 to 50 degrees Celsius”.[5]

This is true for most of hard drives on the market, either you have a Maxtor, Seagate, Samsung, Western Digital or other brands of hard drive, you should keep it under 50 degrees Celsisus ( equivalent to 122 degrees Fahrenheit)

 

4. Faulty cables:

Check your cables!

Old USB (or FireWire) cables, can be faulty and cause packet loss. Faulty cables can cause severe damage to your hardware, so check your cables and it’s recommended that you buy some new and good quality cables.

 

5. Unmatched cables:

Check your cables, again!

If you got an IDE drive, then you should check the connector to be the right one! You are using a 40-wire connector cable to connect the UDMA drive to the controller instead of the required 80-wire, 40-pin cable! Fix this and you should be finished.

Read this article from Microsoft:  You receive an error message when you save or move documents in Windows XP: “Delayed Write Failed”

 

Remaining resolutions are on the next page(s).

 

Making money online, avoiding the scams

Making money online…

Making money online is one of the most researched topics for many of web developpers, bloggers and website owners. It takes a lot of efforts to produce quality content and get enough traffic, to be able to rank better in search results and improve your different ranking factors. After a while of being online, website owners will get advertising offers from different companies, which might be interesting at first.

Well, this is a good sign, as it means that your site is getting some interest and attention; but it’s also an alert, warning you to be cautious.


There are lots of scams out there, which try to fool you by offering great business opportunities and make you run some ads or malicious scripts on your website. They (the scammers) will try to get detailed information about you, your website, personal details and even your bank account(s). scam


You Should be carefull…

You would get an email, from an unknown party, who shows interest in your website and usually represents himself as an advertising company who wants to buy some ad space, or publish some content on your website (or blog) for one of his clients.

First thing to do is : DO NOT reply with your personal information and  DO NOT show that you’re very interested!

Second, start to gather some information about the company who sent you the email. See its WHOIS record (you can use InterNIC WHOIS ) to find out more about the website owner, registrar, their address, and phone numbers if any.

Use your favorite search engine to find out more about the company, visit their website, check their “About us” page, check their portfolio, recent clients, latest works…

Look for user reviews on the company, search to find out if ” {the company name} + scam ” returns anything in your search engine? Search and investigate a little bit to keep your website (blog) safe from advertisement scams.

Use SiteAdvisor form McAffee to check if the website is a safe website or not.

If you come across any types of scams, just DO NOT reply to their emails and ignore them. You would help other website owners and bloggers if you write a post on how to identify scams and spams and how to avoid scams.

You can share this post and link back to it from your website (given that you mention the source).


Recently I’ve came across a scam from Production-Time.com . They’ve sent me an email in French, in which they shown interest in Gibni.com and asked me to reply if I wanted some more information.

I’ve done a WHOIS research and some investigation and found out that the email, even if it was well personalised, has been sent to thousands of people and some website owners have already announced Promotion-Time.com as a scam. I’ve found a detailed article about this scam in EPN.dk, which I translated to English to be able to understand it.

Here’s the a part of the email they’ve sent me:


Bonjour,
J’aimerais vous faire part d’une proposition commerciale à propos de votre site Web, qui pourrait très fort vous intéresser.
En effet, ma société Promotion-Time, souhaiterait vous rémunérer pour la publication d’une petite publication textuelle sur votre site pour un de nos clients.
Il s’agit d’une annonce francophone ciblée qui convient à certaines pages de votre site.
N’hésitez pas à me contacter si vous avez besoin de plus amples informations.

Sincèrement,
Francq Petit
francqp@promotion-time.com

Si vous ne souhaitez plus recevoir d’emails de Promotion-Time, répondez à cet email avec comme sujet : STOP.
It is possible to continue this correspondence in English, if you prefer to do so.


Here in this post, you can help the community by letting other know about the scams you faced and also know about scams already running on the internet. Type in the information you have in the comments section (Be carefull not to spam the comments section) .


Making money online, avoiding the scams, aims to help you avoid scams, help spread the word and show your support.

Remove Conficker (Downup, Downadup or Kido)

About Conficker:

If you ever heard about Microsoft (the maker of Windows and a full bundle of problems attached to it), and if you have already heard about Conficker, or also called Downup, Downadup or Kido, I suppose that you’ve already taken steps on protecting yourself and your friends from this computer worm (or computer virus as some may call it!).


I’m writing this urgent post to warn everyone and help my dear visitors protect themselves and repair their infected computers.

Please spread the word and get people to read this article so you can help and save them! (

Immediately)


Conficker was born in October 2008, and targets Microsoft Windows Operating systems, so if you run Windows on your computer, YOU ARE A TARGET FOR CONFICKER! So, let’s get straight to the point, that is how to know if you’re already infected and how to remove the worm and how to protect yourself from later infections.

Symptomes of infection according to Wikipedia are:

  • Account lockout policies being reset automatically.
  • Certain Microsoft Windows services such as Automatic Updates, Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS), Windows Defender and Error Reporting Services are automatically disabled.
  • Domain controllers respond slowly to client requests.
  • System network gets unusually congested. This can be checked with network traffic chart on Windows Task Manager.
  • On websites related with antivirus software, Windows system updates cannot be accessed.
  • Launches a brute force dictionary attack against administrator passwords to help it spread through ADMIN$ shares, making choice of sensible passwords advisable.


The worm spreads through movable drives (USB Flash drives, Memory cards, network drives, shared devices with storage memory and networks (the internet, your office’s LAN, your home’s network…) Conficker uses the Autorun feature (if you can call it a feature!! 🙂 ) of Windows and a specially crafted RPC query to spread it self. more information and advanced technical details on how the worm operates is available on my other post: Conficker Worm, Advanced Technical Details (Coming Soon)

 

On the next page(s) I’ll discuss detailed solution to remove the Conficker virus and Patch your computer…

Conficker

About Conficker:

On October 23, 2008, Microsoft released a critical security update, MS08-067, to resolve a vulnerability in the Server service of Windows that, at the time of release, was facing targeted, limited attack. The vulnerability could allow an anonymous attacker to successfully take full control of a vulnerable system through a network-based attack, the sort of vectors typically associated with network “worms.” Since the release of MS08-067, the Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC) has identified two variants of Win32/Conficker in the wild to date:

(Source: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/dd452420.aspx )


For detailed “How to remove Conficker worm” instructions, visit this post: How to Remove Conficker (On Gibni)



If you ever heard about Microsoft (the maker of Windows and a full bundle of problems attached to it), and if you have already heard about Conficker, or also called Downup, Downadup or Kido, I suppose that you’ve already taken steps on protecting yourself and your friends from this computer worm (or virus as some may call it!).

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On February 12, 2009, Microsoft announced a U.S. $250,000 reward for information that results in the arrest and conviction of those responsible for illegally launching the Conficker malicious code on the Internet. Microsoft’s reward offer stems from the company’s recognition that the Conficker worm is a criminal attack. Microsoft wants to help the authorities catch the criminals responsible for it. Residents of any country are eligible for the reward, according to the laws of that country, because Internet viruses affect the Internet community worldwide. ( http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/dd452420.aspx )


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According to Yahoo Tech news:

“The criminals behind the widespread Conficker worm have released a new version of the malware that could signal a major shift in the way the worm operates.

The new variant, dubbed Conficker B++, was spotted three days ago by SRI International researchers, who published details of the new code on Thursday. To the untrained eye, the new variant looks almost identical to the previous version of the worm, Conficker B. But the B++ variant uses new techniques to download software, giving its creators more flexibility in what they can do with infected machines.

The new B++ variant uses the same algorithm to look for rendezvous points, but it also gives the creators two new techniques that skip them altogether. That means that the Cabal’s most successful technique could be bypassed.”

Also known as Downadup, Conficker spreads using a variety of techniques. It exploits a dangerous Windows bug to attack computers on a local area network, and it can also spread via USB devices such as cameras or storage devices. All variants of Conficker have now infected about 10.5 million computers, according to SRI.


Here’re some statistics according to SRI:  ( http://mtc.sri.com/Conficker/ )


Total IP Addresses: 10,512,451
Total Conficker A  IPs:    4,743,658
Total Conficker B  IPs:     6,767,602
Total Conficker AB IPs:   1,022,062OS Breakdown:
WinNT=0, 2000=163395, WinXP=10189556, 2003 Srv=75361, Vista=82495, Win98=44, Win95=32, WinCE=3, Other=1565Browser Breakdown:
IE5=26,525, IE6=7,494,466, IE7=2,988,039, FireFox=893, Opera=150, Safari=166, Netscape=12



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SRI says that China is the most infected country by Conficker, and follow Brazil and Russia.

I’ve noticed that Indonesia, Thailand and India are some of the most infected countries today and people are actively searching about this virus/worm.

To note that more than 9 million computers are infected worldwide till date!

For detailed “How to remove Conficker worm” instructions, visit this post: How to Remove Conficker (On Gibni)