Category Archives: Windows
Recurring problem with 8ta 3G Modem
I have previously enthused over the 3G service package from 8ta Telkom South Africa, but mentioned one problem with the modem or software in my 1st month use review.
“the application has a tendency to ‘freeze’. It shows it is connected, but other apps, e.g. browsers and mail clients cannot connect to the net. A manual disconnection just leaves the modem reporting it is disconnecting, and cannot be closed without using Task Manager to force a close”
At the time of posting the article I mentioned I suspected it was something to do with my system, not the modem or the software.
“This may be a purely local issue with the PC in use”
Finally got round to sort out a few things for myself that have been left for ages.
Huawei Modem Instability fixed
The Huawei E1820 Modem software app was uninstalled, and the modem moved to a rear panel USB port, instead of the front panel port it had been plugged into initially…
Additionally, the no longer used modem drivers and software (for the previous Voda service modem) were removed from the system.
End result – modem has been completely stable now for 8 days – more than 100 hours of connection time.
Possibly the older Voda software drivers were causing the problem, more likely the Huawei E1820 prefers the USB2 port it now inhabits (the front panel ports are USB1). Better still, it is now connected to a USB cable, whereas when using the front port, it would only work plugged directly in to the socket – suspect a power availability issue there
A local system problem only
The conclusion must be drawn that the 8ta 3G modem problem was purely a local machine problem and not anything wrong with the hardware or software. The service remains in my view the best value mobile connectivity option available in South Africa at present.
Article about Trojan Horse Generic24.cgol
I thought now would be a good time to post an update. The .cgol variety seems to have died down somewhat, however it seems everyday that a new version is detected. Recent references I found include;
- trojan generic 24 cjgk (also generic24.cjgk (20 Sept 2011)
- trojan Generic24.BRQA
- trojan Generic24.BRQD
- trojan Generic24.BRQF etc (Full list at AVG)
- Trojan Horse generic24.TSU (21 Sept 2011)
- trojan Generic24.BUOM
- Generic24.BVUA (22 Sept 2011)
- trojan generic24 pnt (12 Sept 2011)
- GENERIC 24.CPQJ (23 Sept 2011)
- trojan-generic24-aawj (12 Sept 2011)
- Trojan horse Generic24.CAVY (21 Sept 2011)
- GENERIC 24.CPQJ (23 Sept 2011)
- Generic24.BIVS (2 Sep 2011)
- Generic24.FLZ (05 Oct 2011)
- Trojan horse Generic24.PYB (01 Oct 2011)
- Generic24.ATJW (03 Sept 2011)
- Trojan horse Generic 24.WMQ (24 Sept 2011)
The list goes on; these are from recent forums and other articles found via a search engine, from Sept this year.
There are literally thousands of similar malware trojans with the name ‘generic’
One common factor is they are generally considered hacking malware, opening a backdoor to other viruses which capture personal information from the user of an infected PC.
Again I stress the importance of early intervention should one of these trojans infect your PC.
The removal tips at the above web address can be used to fix most early infections by looking for similar HKEY references to those mentioned for FireFox