Sad to say, I got victimized by the malware known as SearchProtect. This seems to come from Lavasoft’s Conduit application although I have been careful to never install any unwanted program, I got victimized by SearchProtect because curiously, the DIVX installer that got redirected to me came with unwanted bullsheets.

I was surprised after it happened. The WMV format sucks and I was forced to download the codec because Windows’ Media Player cannot play it. Microsoft could have at least redirected me to some links that are not crap.

Instead, I got redirected to a crap site and installed a very annoying malware.

So how to delete it? Skip applications that say they target malware. SearchProtect will only disappear once you uninstall it but it won’t be in normal Windows boot mode.

You need to go into safe mode in order to uninstall it. It is usually found in c:\Program Files (x86). My variation was under MiuiTab. I had to kill the ProtectSearch.exe first since it was run even in Safe Mode. After that, uninstall went smoothly.

Once you go back to normal boot mode, you can uninstall those other nasty annoying applications and browser extensions.

That should do it. And If you are into movies, avoid WMV! Look for AVI, MVK or MP4 instead!

3doodler
Say what? I rarely get impressed on such innovative inventions but this one is one of those rare exceptions. When I read about this in an article in CNN, I was pretty impressed.

As described in CNN, the 3Doodler plugs into an electrical outlet and works sort of like a glue gun. As the pen draws, it oozes heated plastic, which quickly cools and solidifies, allowing its user to build an infinite variety of patterns and shapes. Its makers say it works on surfaces or in the air.

Now, they only asked around 30 grand for an initial Kickstarted campaign. After a few hours, they had a total of more than a million! Impressive! People indeed saw great potential in this product and even I would surely donate if I have loads of cash with me.

So how does the 3-D pen actually creates a solidified version of the one being drawn by the user? Users load spaghetti-like strands of non-toxic ABS plastic – the same stuff that’s in 3-D printers into the back of the pen. Each one foot strand of plastic, available in a wide range of colors, can produce about 11 feet of moldable material.

I wonder how much this will cost in the retail market but it will surely be cheaper compared to 3-D printers. I might buy one myself. Kids are lucky these days. So many inventions, so many things to enjoy!

If you want a sure fire way to get one and have it delivered to you, you can donate to their fundraiser. Check out their Kickstarter page to find out more details!

While reading an e-book about Windows Phone programming, I came across a paragraph that caught my attention. From Microsoft Press’ e-book titled Programming Windows Phone 7, it stated that:

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This tidbit is very informative. This could be why the default background color of smart phones is black. What do you think?

(photo taken from the EPMM website).

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