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Spy Wiper Help

Filed under: Scum,Spy Wiper — Patterico @ 10:27 pm

SPY WIPER HELP: For those looking for help because their browser was hijacked by Spy Wiper, read this post and the comments. A potential fix is in the comments; let me know if it works.

UPDATE: I am keeping this post at the top of the page for at least the rest of the day, and possibly longer, due to the interest this is getting from people victimized by this company. This also means that you may be missing new posts if you stop reading with this one.

UPDATE x2: Xrlq has useful links on the topic.

UPDATE x3: If that didn’t help, try the links in this post. Also, there is a lot of information in the comments below.

UPDATE x4: A complaint against Spy Wiper has been filed with the FTC! Further information, including information on how to contact the FTC, is available here. I urge anyone who has had their browser hijacked by this company to follow up with the FTC.


Filed under: Blogging Matters,Humor — Patterico @ 10:27 pm

You have been looking for it for days — maybe weeks. Well, your long search can stop right now. That’s right, folks, it’s here, and it’s yours for the asking — entirely free!

I’m talking, of course, about Google traffic — courtesy of Wizbang. Sure, said traffic consists of people looking for the Paris Hilton tape (Wizbang had a post that referenced the tape which somehow ended up high on the Google results). And sure, they ain’t gonna find it here. But I am realistic enough to know that perverts are people too. Heck, some of my best long-time readers are perverts! (You know who you are.) So I refuse to be snooty and turn my nose up at the traffic. Bring it on!


Filed under: Crime,Morons — Patterico @ 8:42 pm

Regarding the Michael Jackson case, renowned legal idiot expert Jeffrey Toobin says: “The Jackson team trashed this kid, and that’s an interesting approach.”

“Interesting” how? As in “unpredictable”?? We never thought Mark Geragos would trash the victim??? What in the hell are you talking about, Toobin?



Filed under: Media Bias — Patterico @ 8:01 pm

The British rag The Independent shows it is a serious news publication with this headline about Bush’s trip to Iraq: The Turkey Has Landed. (Hat tip: Calpundit.)


Filed under: Political Correctness — Patterico @ 8:00 pm

: From Best of the Web comes this silly story:

Gonzaga University has reaffirmed the value of freedom of speech after unfairly disciplining a student group for posting fliers with allegedly ‘discriminatory’ language,” the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education announces in a press release.

As we noted last month, the Young Americas Foundation chapter at the Catholic campus in Spokane, Wash., got in trouble for using the word hate — though it was merely citing the title of guest speaker Daniel Flynn’s book, “Why the Left Hates America.”

“Administrators chose to place a disciplinary letter in the group’s file for using the words “the left hates” on the fliers, suggesting that that use of the word ‘hate’ was ‘discriminatory’ and might constitute ‘hate speech.’ ” This presented administrators with a logical conundrum, since if the word hate is “hate speech,” all they can say without running afoul of their own stupid rule is that it might constitute “speech.”

I assume that administrators will not be troubled by the conundrum, but will rather apply adapt Congress’s age-old rule that “the rules we make don’t apply to us.”


Filed under: International — Patterico @ 1:22 pm

Israel cannot even get a resolution passed by the United Nations calling for the protection of Israeli children. As explained in this BBC story:

Israel has withdrawn its first United Nations draft resolution in nearly 30 years in the face of strong opposition. The Israeli draft, which called for the protection of Israeli children from terrorism, mirrored one on Palestinian children passed earlier this month.

But mostly Arab opponents of the text introduced changes Israel could not accept, ambassador Dan Gillerman said.

(Via Watcher of Weasels.)


Filed under: Crime,Immigration,International — Patterico @ 1:22 pm

Meet the only guy on the planet who wishes that he were a Mexican citizen rather than an American citizen: David A. Garcia. Yesterday, Garcia was arrested in Mexico for the murder of a Burbank police officer, and was turned over to U.S. Marshals. As our local Dog Trainer explains:

Mexican authorities have previously resisted returning fugitives to the United States to face the death penalty, but most of those cases have involved Mexican citizens. Garcia, like his parents, is a U.S. citizen.

Too bad.


Filed under: Blogging Matters — Patterico @ 10:51 am

I have discovered a great aggregator called BlogLines. It was recommended by The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler. It has many advantages over AmphetaDesk, which I had previously used. It requires no downloads. It allows you to organize your blogs into folders. Most important, it remembers what you have read so that you don’t need to scroll through miles of already-viewed items.

This tool will save you hours of time. Check it out now.


Filed under: Watcher's Council — Patterico @ 8:13 am

The Watcher’s Council has spoken. The winners are:

Winning Council entry: The Weaseliest of Weasels by Free Will


Winning non-Council entry: Revolution – Beyond Instalanche by The Politburo Diktat (aka the Commissar).

A special congratulations to the Commissar for the latter post, which is (like most of the Commissar’s entries) quite entertaining. And I’m not just saying this because I have a place (Pattericosk) on the Commissar’s Map of the Blogosphere, which is explained at this post.

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