Sunday, March 11, 2007

Wikipedophilia Raw Data

While Eye Online's research into "pedophile trolling" in the pages of Wikipedia grinds along, the following Google search-engine links might help you to check out a bit of raw data yourselves:

Key words:

Eye Online coverage to date:

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Eye Online Breaking Story: Wikipedophillia History Quietly Being Expunged.

On March 4, 2007, Eye Online posted the article Man-Boy Love Advocate Accused of Using Wikipedia to Troll for Interested Parties. Eye Online has just discovered that, since the article appeared, Wikipedia Administrators have bypassed the entire Wikipedia editing/discussion system and have begun deleting/removing a large number of the online encyclopedia's User and Discussion pages containing pedophilia themes.

While this is sure to be represented as a response to the public's sensitivity about such subjects, the question can not help but be asked: Is Wikipedia rapidly trying to destroy the evidence of years of "pedophile trolling" and "pedophile activism" in its pages? Much of it with the knowledge of its Administrators? With this question in mind, EO has begun downloading the Google caches for these pages. No time to waste. Even one of the cache pages has now gone blank. Stay tuned for further reports.

The following are a few example pages:

From Animal Farm - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Squealer: "...his lies to animals of past events they cannot remember refers to the revision of history texts..."

Also See:

Recent Wikipedia / Wikitruth Coverage.

Wikipedia Mulls Proof Of Credentials
By Thomas Claburn
March 8, 2007

"The point is to make sure that people are being honest with us and with the general public," says Wales on his Wikipedia User Talk page. "If you don't care to tell us that you are a PhD (or that you are not), then that's fine: your editing stands or falls on its own merit. But if you do care to represent yourself as something, you have to be able to prove it." [Go to complete story >>>]

Wikipedia to challenge Google, Yahoo!
Plans to build a search engine
Financial Post
March 8, 2007

Wikia Inc., the commercial counterpart to the non-profit Wikipedia, is aiming to take as much as 5 percent of the lucrative Internet search market, Jimmy Wales said at a news conference in Tokyo. [Go to complete story >>>]

Conservapedia: The Word Says It All
By Rob Mackey
The Lede (NYT blog)
New York Times
March 8, 2007

...some conservatives have given up on Wikipedia and set about building an alternative online encyclopedia they can call their own: Conservapedia.

According to Wired, the Conservapedia project leader, Andrew Schlafly, “started the site in late November 2006 in conjunction with 58 high-school-level, home-schooled students from the New Jersey area”... [Go to the complete story >>>]

Bogus professor resigns as Wiki editor
March 7, 2007

Taking a paying job with Wikia Inc. apparently led to Jordan's unveiling. He has given up that post as well as his volunteer work. [Go to complete story >>>]

Man-Boy Love Advocate Accused of Using Wikipedia to Troll for Interested Parties
by Gilbert Wesley Purdy
Mar 4, 2007
Eye Online

Rookiee's boyloving propensities, it was decided, fell under the category of "sexual preference" and users were not to be discriminated against due to sexual preference. [Go to the complete story >>>]

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Sunday, March 04, 2007

"Honor Killings", "Circumcision", "Dog Shows", "Child Soldiers", "Abortion"

Jason Scott's The Great Failure of Wikipedia (the "Transcription of a presentation/speech given at Notacon 3, April 8, 2006") has recently appeared in the web and garnered considerable attention. Jason can hardly be called anything but a disinterested witness. The quote, here, is only a portion of a piece ("Wikipedia: J. S. on Essajay") with many wide ranging and intelligent observations on the Wikipedia phenomenon:

What is going on in all this, and which I am fearful is going to be missed, is how Wikipedia's Value System functions. "Honor Killings", "Circumcision", "Dog Shows", "Child Soldiers", "Abortion" ... there are thousands of events and values that people engage in every day that are completely inscrutable to a good portion of the rest of the people on the Earth. Sometimes you can see the logic and decide it's just not your cup of joe, but other times you see things that are allowed in one jurisdiction that would have "those people" turned into organ donors anywhere else.

Finally, the massive Wiki Behavioral Problem begins (only begins) to receive its due attention. The effects are pouring out of Wikipedia's virtual anti-Oz into the real world. It isn't becoming a problem. It has long been one.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Recent Wikipedia / Wikitruth Coverage.

Bogus Wikipedia Prof. was blessed then promoted
by Andrew Orlowski
Mar 2, 2007
The Register, UK

Wikipedia's Maximum Leader Jimmy Wales, it transpires, has blessed an identity fraudster who bamboozled journalists last year, by rewarding him with a full-time job and promotion to Wikipedia's politburo. Wales said he had no qualms with the deception. His comments follow an apology issued by The New Yorker magazine this week, after a bogus Professor who claimed to have four degrees, tricked a Pulitizer Prize winning journalist commissioned by the publication. [Go to the complete story >>>]

Jimmy Wales Defends Wikipedia New Yorker Article Fabricator
by Seth Finkelstein
Mar 1, 2007

Actually, I did six hours of interviews with the reporter, and two with a fact checker, but I was really surprised that they were willing to do an interview with someone who they couldn't confirm; I can only assume that it is proof I was doing a good job playing the part. Essjay (Talk) 05:25, 6 February 2007 (UTC) [Go to the complete story >>>]

What The New Yorker Article Fraud Tells Us About Wikipedia
by Seth Finkelstein
Mar 1, 2007

As I read further about the scandal where Wikipedia administrator and now Wikia employee "Essjay" / Ryan Jordan pretended to be a "a tenured professor of religion at a private university" with "a Ph.D. in theology and a degree in canon law.", I ended up feeling more sadness for him than anger. [Go to the complete story >>>]

Wikipedia New Yorker Article Misrepresentation Exposed
by Seth Finkelstein
Feb 28, 2007

The New Yorker Wikipedia article now has an update of how the Wikipedia site administrator "Essjay" "was described in the piece as "a tenured professor of religion at a private university" with "a Ph.D. in theology and a degree in canon law.", but in reality he "now says that his real name is Ryan Jordan, that he is twenty-four and holds no advanced degrees, and that he has never taught. He was recently hired by Wikia - a for-profit company affiliated with Wikipedia - as a "community manager"; he continues to hold his Wikipedia positions." [Go to the complete story >>>]

Wikipedia Biography Deletion Explodes In Internal Controversy
by Seth Finkelstein
Feb 28, 2007

And deeper, this is why I don't like Wikipedia. If there's no mechanism other than God-King divine fiat to override the segment of any population that likes to hurt people, that's an extremely bad statement about the organization. And if the organization has to keep hurting people because doing otherwise would undermine its fundamental driving force, that's absolutely horrible. [Go to the complete story >>>]

Zoeller Sues to Find Author of Web Post
by Brett Thomas
February 23, 2007

Apparently, one article writer took a little liberty with Fuzzy's past, talking about how the golfer was deeply involved in drugs and alcohol. The paragraph, which has since been removed, also discussed him abusing his family - a claim which both he and his family deny. [Go to the complete story >>>]

[Full-disclosure] Wikipedia and Pedophilia
by V Vendetta
January 19, 2007

They believe in censoring anything bad about themselves - yet will continue to spread pedophilic propaganda on #wikipedia in freenode. [Go to complete story >>>]

Five Wikipedia Predictions: A New Year
by Jason Scott
January 1, 2007

Anonymous editors are now a sub-class on Wikipedia whose contributions are to be used but who are not to really be trusted or listened to. [Go to complete story >>>]

Toto, I Don’t Think We’re in Wikipedia Anymore
by Adam
The Substantially Similar Weblog
November 12, 2007

Within a few seconds after I created the article, however, it was “speedily” deleted. A bit surprised, I tried to start an explanation as to why the entry warranted at least consideration for inclusion, and the article was deleted again and I found this message on my “talk” page:

This is your last warning.The next time you vandalize a page, you will be blocked from editing Wikipedia. Diez2 14:55, 9 November 2006 (UTC) [Go to the complete story >>>]

Know It All: Can Wikipedia conquer expertise?
by Stacy Schiff
The New Yorker
Sep 24, 2006
The New Yorker Online

Wikipedia, which was launched in 2001, is now the seventeenth-most-popular site on the Internet, generating more traffic daily than and the online versions of the Times and the Wall Street Journal combined. The number of visitors has been doubling every four months; the site receives as many as fourteen thousand hits per second.


Wales recently established an “oversight” function, by which some admins (Essjay among them) can purge text from the system, so that even the history page bears no record of its ever having been there. [Go to the complete story >>>]

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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Fighting Malware with Standard Windows Tools

While you are looking around for a solution to your computer's malware problem it is important to remember that Windows and Internet Explorer have their own standard management tools that can help you get your situation under control. They may even be able to help you remove your computer's infection.

Windows comes with a System Configuration Utility installed. This utility can be used to disable malware items from starting up. Generally, if malware does not launch at start up it does not run at all. While disabling the infection removes none of it, your job will be easier without the malware being in control of your computer while your effort at removal is underway. To use the System Configuration Utility to this end:

  • Go to your start page

  • Click Start. Your Start Up Menu will deploy.

  • Click Run. A pop-up window wil appear.

  • Type "msconfig" in pop-up window.

  • Click OK. The System Configuration Utility window will appear.

  • Click Start Up tab.

  • Scroll to find offending program.

  • Click on program name to remove check-mark from box.

  • Click Apply.

  • When you exit the System Configuration Utility you will be prompted to restart your system.

  • Click Restart.

  • Your system will be in "Selective Restart mode" so long as a start up item is disabled.

Many malware products are designed to be hidden, from or to disable, the System Configuration Utility, it is true, but it is certainly worth checking to see if your computer's infection is listed or not. If your System Configuration Utility will not deploy it is a good bet that your malware infection has disabled it in order to prevent being removed.

If your infection has registered on your machine as a Browser Helper Object (BHO), and you have a recent version of the Internet Explorer Browser, it should appear as an entry in Explorer's Manage Add Ons utility. Your Explorer toolbar may be hidden in the most recent versions. If so, press the Alt button on your keyboard and it will appear. When the toolbar is displayed, in order to Manage Add Ons:

  • Click Tools.

  • Roll your mouse-pointer down to the "Manage Add Ons" entry.

  • Click Enable or Disable Add Ons

  • Click on name of add on to be disabled. The item will be highlighted, as a result.

  • Click Disable

  • Click OK.

By no means are all malware infections registered as BHOs. Nor is it clear how many may be programmed to interfer with the operation of the Manage Add Ons utility. Again, it is certainly worth checking to see if your computer's infection is listed or not. While disabling the infection removes none of it, your job will be easier without the malware being in control of your computer while your effort at removal is underway.

What may be able to remove at least most of your infection is Window's Add or Remove Program utility. To remove a program by the Add or Remove Programs:

  • Click Start

  • Click Control Panel

  • Click Add or Remove Programs. Wait for the list of programs to load.

  • Click name of program to be removed.

  • Click Change Remove (You may be offered the opportunity to click on Support Information if available to learn more about the program you are removing).

Most malware will not appear in your Add or Remove Programs utility but some adware companies do include an uninstall feature for their software in this area. It is important to remember that the uninstall may still leave tracking and other passive files in your computer. After removal you should check your start up listing with the System Configuration Utility. If you do not find it listed, you should check your start up listing using HijackThis and/or scan your system with your preferred anti-virus scanner(s).

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

SpyWall Information Page

The information in Virtual Grub Street's computer postings is the result of thousands of web searches. It can not, however, possibly be complete. The subject is vast and constantly changing. Moreover, vendor uninstall tools and other freeware removal tools do not necessarily remove all of an infection from your computer. Vendor uninstall tools, for instance, may silently leave cookies or other tracking software installed. It is suggestible to follow up a removal with one or more adware scans and/or to do an inspection using a HijackThis log. The information on the page is not guaranteed correct and any use you may choose to make of it is entirely at your own risk.


Intro. According to its creator, Trlokom:

SpyWall is the first true browser firewall and most powerful anti-spyware solution in the market. It sandboxes Internet Explorer to block spyware/rootkits/keyloggers from infecting and damaging your computer.

SpyWall can:

  • Scan and clean spyware and rootkits;
  • Monitor employee Web usage;
  • Block Web based attacks;
  • Block spyware sites;
  • Block download of executable content without user permission; and,
  • Prevent modification of key registry items.

Remote management features are included for administrators of area networks. Trlokom's SpyWall is available free on a 15-day trial basis.

According to a September 2005 review at IT Observer:

More sophisticated features are DLL usage monitor that examines which DLLs are loaded by the web browser, and a file system access monitor that can limit access to file systems that the web browser is allowed.


Latest Version Covered:

File Size: 3.86 MB.

File Name: spywall_installer.exe.

Most recent update: approx. 02/16/07

Compatible Operating Systems: -- SpyWall is an Internet Explorer add-on.

Compatible Browsers: -- SpyWall is an Internet Explorer add-on.


  • "Trlokom, Inc.'s SpyWall took top honors in the Enterprise Security category of Datamation's Product of the Year 2006 awards."
  • Advanced features may require a higher level of knowledge than the average user possesses.
  • To remove Aurora or Cool Web Search: "Run the regular scan and enable the "System Freeze" option after the scan. Delete all malicious entries found by SpyWall. Audit the BHOs and "Startup" area. Delete the entries you find suspicious. Click on the "Reboot now" button."
  • The following is SpyWalls key file and its location: C:\Program Files\SpyWall\ TrlIETool.dll.
  • Example Spywall logs are available at Trlokom's SpyWall forum. The logs clearly require a level of familiarity with the files resident in the user's system.
  • This software should not be confused with ContraVirus's Spywall software.

Latest Version. SpyWall can be downloaded from the following locations:

Version 4.5.2:

Previous Versions. Previous versions of SpyWall can be downloaded from the following locations:

  • Pending.

Other VGS Freeware/Trialware Information Pages:

Friday, February 16, 2007

Mirar Toolbar's New Uninstall Pages

I have not been to the Mirar Toolbar Uninstall Pages for quite some time and cannot say when exactly its purveyor, NetNucleus, changed its uninstallation format. If the pages are not a direct reply to Sunbelt Software's letter of January 31, 2007, they certainy address most of the uninstall issues cited in the letter.

As of February 16, 2007, there are two uninstall pages for Mirar Toolbar (a.k.a. Related Page). The traditional uninstall page ( uninstall.html) provides a step-by-step removal that one apparently can no longer follow without the site detecting that Mirar Toolbar is installed in one's computer. For this reason, I can not presently describe the uninstall further from direct experience. A check-off box is provided for the user to declare: "I know Mirar Toolbar doesn't launch popups or any other advertising, or modify search settings, but I would still like to uninstall it."

There is also now a "Mirar Support" page (
) that describes uninstalling the toolbar from the Windows "Add or Remove Programs" utility. The "remove" command does not actually remove the software but instead it establishes a link with the Mirar Uninstall page(s). Removal must therefore be accomplished while connected to the Internet.

The uninstall procedure by all appearances still includes a series of advertisements as described in the Sunbelt letter:
...even when the Mirar uninstall entry does successfully open the Mirar web site to download the uninstaller, users are not immediately given the uninstaller. Rather, users are confronted with a long web page imploring them to click through still more advertising for "online offers" (see Figure 4 above). At the bottom of the page is a prominent graphic button to "Submit" the form containing the offers, which users might mistake for a button to continue with the uninstallation. Only users who notice the comparatively small "No Thanks" link at the very bottom of the page will be able to continue the uninstall.
This would seem to be the "survey" described in the text for Step 6 of the support page's step-by-step instructions:
The uninstaller will ask you to complete a survey, if you wish to skip this
step you may do so by clicking "no thanks" at the bottom of the page.
The support page now clearly brings the users attention to the "No Thanks" link but does not describe the nature of the "survey" (a series of product offerings).

What is not clear is whether the uninstall still does not remove all of the toolbar-related files. According to Sunbelt:
...the uninstaller provided to users does not even perform a complete
uninstallation, as it fails to remove the NetNucleus domain additions to the Internet Explorer Trusted sites zone.
NetNucleus has clearly tried to upgrade the public face of its Mirar Toolbar uninstallation process while retaining the advertising advantages it has built into the process. The extent of legitimate improvement remains to be seen. The complete removal of all Mirar-related files would seem to be a key indicator.

It has also added an actual online survey/complaint page at The survey is cognizant of the complaints that have been made against Mirar Toolbar and invites user feedback.

Also See:
  • Sunbelt Tangles with NetNucleus. (February 7, 2007) NetNucleus, purveyor of the Mirar Toolbar, threatens to sue Sunbelt Software for labeling it's product "Adware". Sunbelt replies with a devastating overview of Mirar's stealth installation methods (and more).
  • Is Google Associated with a SearchMiracle Knock-Off? (April 27, 2005). "A question begs the asking: How does NetNucleus generate revenue from its Mirar Toolbar search directory if it enters search terms in the Google Search Engine?"
  • How to Remove Mirar Toolbar. Don't want to uninstall? Then remove it yourself!

Friday, January 12, 2007

Windows How-To's: Safe Mode

Safe Mode uses a minimal set of system files and device drivers to start Windows. Corrupt or missing program files which may prevent a proper Normal Mode start-up may not be called upon to deploy during a Safe Mode start-up thereby allowing repairs to damaged computer software. Most adware/malware files will not automatically deploy during a Safe Mode start-up. Thus, a file (or toggling file pair), which will reinstall itself if removed while in Normal Mode, will not likely be able to reinstall in Safe Mode.

How to Start up in Safe Mode:

For Windows 2000/XP:
  1. Boot/reboot/restart computer
  2. Tap F8 key continuously while boot is in-process
  3. A Menu will appear. Use up-arrow/down-arrow to highlight "Safe Mode" and press "Enter". If user desires to use his or her internet connection during "Safe Mode" operation, highlight "Safe Mode with Networking" instead.

For Windows 98/ME:

  1. Boot/reboot/restart computer
  2. Tap F8 key continuously while boot is in-process
  3. A menu will appear. Use up-arrow/down-arrow to highlight "Safe Mode" and press "Enter" or type "3" for "Safe Mode" and press "Enter".

How to Return to Normal Mode:

For all Windows systems:

  1. Shutdown computer
  2. Restart and allow computer to execute a normal start up.