Thursday, October 22, 2009

Super PoliGrip Now Contains Zinc Warning

Adhesive has been linked to poisoning


By Jon Hood, ConsumerAffairs.com

The makers of Super PoliGrip have apparently caved to consumer pressure, adding a zinc-related warning to packages of the popular denture cream. The move by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) comes after dozens of lawsuits and a prominent medical article outlined the danger of zinc poisoning resulting from overuse of denture adhesives.

Zinc, a type of metal, is abundant in the earth's crust and is one of the most commonly found elements on the planet. Zinc is an essential human nutrient, and some amount is present in all foods. Indeed, a diet deficient in zinc can ultimately lead to nausea, an inhibited sense of taste, and decreased immune function.

That said, getting too much zinc is no picnic either. Excessive zinc intake over a long period of time can ultimately lead to anemia, pancreatic diseases, and decreased levels of HDL, also known as the "good cholesterol."

Read the entire article here.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Plum Organics Recalls Baby Food Due To Bacteria

Contamination may cause botulism


By Lisa Wade McCormick, ConsumerAffairs.com 

Plum Organics announced today that it is recalling one batch of its baby food because the products may be tainted with a bacteria that causes botulism.

The Emeryville, California, company voluntarily pulled off the market all its Apple & Carrot Baby Food in Portable Pouches with the best by date of May 21, 2010 and universal product code (UPC) of #890180001221.

The company sold the baby food nationwide at Toys-R-Us and Babies-R-Us stores.

Read the entire article here.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Diamond Pulls Premium Edge Cat Food from Shelves

Thiamine deficiency found in some bags of the product


By Lisa Wade McCormick, ConsumerAffairs.com

Another pet food company has quietly withdrawn some of its products from store shelves.

Deficiencies in the thiamine levels of certain bags of Premium Edge Finicky Adult and Premium Edge Hairball cat food have prompted Diamond Pet Foods to pull the products from distribution.

The company made that announcement on Premium Edge’s Web site.

The action comes just days after Nutro Products quietly removed from the market three types of its puppy food because of a production error.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Safety Alert Issued For Lifeline Pendant Personal Help Buttons

'Lifeline' could be deathline 


By James Limbach, ConsumerAffairs.com

The Food and Drug Administration today is warning people who wear personal emergency response buttons around the neck of a potential choking hazard.

The agency says it is aware of at least six reports between 1998 and 2009 of serious injury or death, including three deaths in the United States and one in Canada, from choking after the cord on the Philips Lifeline Personal Help Button became entangled on other objects worn around the neck.

More than 750,000 people use these devices in the United States and Canada. By pushing the "help" button on the device when in distress, users can call for emergency assistance to their home. Philips Lifeline says the device is used primarily by seniors living independently, who feel they are at risk for falls or other medical emergencies.

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Children's Tylenol Products Recalled

Manufacturing problems could cause contamination


By ConsumerAffairs.com 

McNeil Consumer Healthcare is recalling certain children's and infant's Tylenol products that were manufactured between April 2008 and June 2008. The company said potential manufacturing problems could result in bacterial contamination.

No contamination has been found in any finished product, McNeil Vice President Edwin D. Kuffner, M.D., said. He said Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) was detected in some of the raw material used in the manufacture of children's Tylenol products but he emphasized that, so far, none has been found in finished products.

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

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Recalls

Clarks Children's Shoes


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WoodMaster Outdoor Furnaces Recalled


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Trudeau Garlic Slicers Recalled


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Big Lots Recalls Wooden Bunk Beds


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Grand Trunk Recalls Parachute Hammocks


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Preparing For Flu Season

By Fred Cicetti, ConsumerAffairs.com 

Flu season in the northern hemisphere can range from as early as November to as late as May. The peak month usually is February.

However, this coming season is expected to be unpredictable because of the emergence of the H1N1 influenza virus or swine flu. The H1N1 has caused the first global outbreak—pandemic—of influenza in more than four decades.

There is concern that the 2009 H1N1 virus may make the season worse than a regular flu season. It is feared that there will be many more hospitalizations and fatalities this season. The 2009 H1N1 virus caused illness in the U.S. during the summer months when influenza is very uncommon.

The 2009-10 flu vaccine protects against the three main flu strains that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season. The seasonal vaccine is not expected to protect against the 2009 H1N1 virus. A vaccine for 2009 H1N1 is being produced and may be ready for the public in the fall.

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Report Finds Toxins Common in Products for Children, Pets

Car seats, backpacks, pet toys contaminated with lead, PVC, arsenic, other toxins


By Lisa Wade McCormick, ConsumerAffairs.com

Hundreds of common household products -- including children’s backpacks, car seats, and even pet products -- are tainted with lead, arsenic, and other toxins, according to test results released by a national environmental group.

Tests conducted by HealthyStuff.org -- part of the Michigan-based Ecology Center -- also found toxins in lunch boxes, pencil bags, purses, and several new and used vehicles.

The group tested the products for such chemicals as lead, brominated flame retardants (BFR), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), cadmium, arsenic and mercury, which studies have linked to birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity, and cancer.
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New Rogues

Every day we add hundreds of new consumer complaints and comments to our site. And each day sees the addition of companies and products that haven't previously appeared in our Rogues Gallery. Here are today's newcomers:
From ConsumerAffairs.com
Enlightened Wealth Institute
Valspar Paint
Intuit Payroll
Destinations Unlimited
Soul Planet Travel
AirTel Prepaid
Blue Casa Communications
Captains Cove Marina
Get Physical Software
Posh Pet Shop

Favor Warehouse
Exotic Tour and Travel
World Education Services
Healthsalesreps.com
National Employee Benefit Group
Global Relogistics
Global Contact Inc.
Allied Interstate

Boniva
Americas Servicing Company
Kemwel
Texas Workforce Commission
Conair
Nordyne
Market Reader Pro
DPI Energy
Plan 4 College
Universal City Nissan

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Thank you!

First, I want to thank Jim Ames from UFOHQ.ORG.  He donated $20 to help me out and started a campaign for me! 

I also want to thank everyone that has kept me in their prayers and thoughts. It worked! I got the job. It isn't full-time, but it's a job and has the potential for more hours eventually.

I don't know if it is going to help in time to keep my Internet going without interruption, but at least I know I won't be down for long if it does happen. So please don't give up on me if I do disappear for a while.

Love and BIG hugs to everyone!


~Sandy G.


Saturday, September 19, 2009

FDA Warns Against Use Of Stolen Inhalation Meds

 

Consumers cautioned about Albuterol and Ipratropium solutions 

By James Limbach, ConsumerAffairs.com
The Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers not to use certain respiratory medications purchased after Sept. 8, 2009 and manufactured by Dey L.P., a subsidiary of Mylan Inc., because the medications might have been part of a shipment being transported on a tractor-trailer stolen in Tampa, Fla., on Sept. 8, 2009.

The respiratory medications, Ipratropium Bromide Inhalation Solution, 0.02%, and Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Solution, 0.083%, unit-dose vials, have not been recovered and may be dangerous to use because the drugs may not have been stored and handled properly.

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~Sandy G.


California Firm Recalls Beef and Bean Burritos for Possible Listeria Contamination



Windsor Foods, a Riverside, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 2,268 pounds of beef and bean burrito products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

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Quorn Foods Sued For Not Disclosing Potential Allergic Reactions


Vat-grown mold tastes like chicken but allegedly makes some violently ill

By James Limbach, ConsumerAffairs.com
An Arizona woman has filed a class action lawsuit accusing Quorn Foods of not disclosing on labels the fact that some people have serious allergic reactions to the main ingredient in its Quorn line of meat substitutes.

That ingredient happens to be a fungus-mold, actually-discovered in the 1960s in a British dirt sample. The company grows the fungus in vats and processes it into a fibrous, proteinaceous paste.

But more than a thousand people have reported to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) that they have suffered adverse reactions, including nausea, violent vomiting, uncontrollable diarrhea, and even life-threatening anaphylactic reactions after eating the patties, cutlets, tenders and other products made with Quorn's fungus.

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~Sandy G.



Thursday, September 17, 2009

Study: Common Pain Cream Could Protect Heart During Attack

Researchers compare treatment to acupuncture effect

By James Limbach, ConsumerAffairs.com
New research from the University of Cincinnati shows that a common, over-the-counter pain salve rubbed on the skin during a heart attack could prevent or reduce damage to the heart while treatment is administered.

Keith Jones, PhD, a researcher in the department of pharmacology and cell biophysics, and scientists in his lab have found that applying capsaicin to specific skin locations in mice caused sensory nerves in the skin to trigger signals in the nervous system. These signals activate cellular "pro-survival" pathways in the heart, which protect the muscle.

Capsaicin is the main component of chili peppers and produces a hot sensation. It is also the active ingredient in several topical medications used for temporary pain relief.

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~Sandy G.


Levaquin Manufacturer Hit With Three More Suits


Claims allege permanent tendon damage

By Jon Hood, ConsumerAffairs.com  
The manufacturer of Levaquin is facing three lawsuits from consumers who claim the medication caused them permanent tendon injuries. The actions follow a similar lawsuit filed two weeks ago.

The latest suits were filed by Illinois residents who took the drug and say they suffered serious tendon damage as a result. All three groups are represented by Corey & Danis and the Lowe Law Firm, which also brought the earlier suit.

The plaintiffs allege that they were unaware of the increased risk of tendon rupture for patients over 60 or those who are on corticosteroid therapy, which uses steroids to fight osteoporosis, arthritis, and a number of other ailments.

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~Sandy G.


Saturday, September 12, 2009

Feds Unveil New Food Safety Web Site

New site features latest government food safety and recall information

By James Limbach, ConsumerAffairs.com
The government has a new food safety Web site for consumers up and running.

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack say the site, www.foodsafety.gov, is designed to help families get all the latest information on food safety and recalls in one convenient place.

The new site will feature information from all the agencies across the federal government that deal with critical food and food safety information, including preventive tips about how to handle food safely, alerts on life-saving food recalls, and the latest news from the key agencies.

Consumers can sign up in one easy place to receive email and RSS alerts on recalled or potentially unsafe food and hear from the top scientific experts across the government on food safety. Later phases of the site to be launched will include recall feeds for texting and mobile phones.

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~Sandy G.



Recalls

SRAM Recalls Bicycle Chains, Links


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Grizzly Recalls Bandsaws


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Children's Animal Masks, Pendants


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~Sandy G.


Thursday, September 10, 2009

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Recalls

Baby Jogger Recalls City Mini Strollers


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Frigidaire, Kenmore Smoothtop Electric Ranges Recalled


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OfficeMax Recalls Office Chairs


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Wal-Mart Expands Durabrand DVD Players Recall


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Pirelli Recalls Pzero Corsa Tires


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Toyota Recalls Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Scion XD & Pontiac Vibe


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~Sandy G.


New Internet Scam Targets Yahoo! Users

WSLS News Staff, news@wsls.com
A new internet scam is making its way through Southwest Virginia.

The Tazewell Co. Sheriff’s Office says the scammers are targeting Yahoo! account holders.

Investigators say the scam works by sending a request to the Yahoo! user to update their Yahoo! account. When the user does this, the scammers then gain access to the Yahoo! account holder’s e-mail contacts.

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~Sandy G.




How Much Radiation Does Your Cell Phone Emit??


Cellphone radiation levels vary widely, watchdog report says

By Leslie Cauley, USA TODAY
Some cellphones emit several times more radiation than others, the Environmental Working Group found in one of the most exhaustive studies of its kind.

The government watchdog group on Wednesday releases a list ranking cellphones in terms of radiation. The free listing of more than 1,000 devices can be viewed here.

Concerns about radiation and cellphones have swirled for years. Scientific evidence to date has not been able to make a hard link between cancer and cellphones. But recent studies "are showing increased risk for brain and mouth tumors for people who have used cellphones for at least 10 years," says Jane Houlihan, senior vice president of research at the Washington-based group.

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~Sandy G.



Tuesday, September 08, 2009

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Recalls

Child's Strangulation Death Prompts Vertical Land Window Blinds Recall



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Lutron Recalls Roller Shades



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Victoria Classics Recalls Roman Shades Sold at Target



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Pottery Barn Kids Recalls Roman Shades



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IKEA Recalls Roman Blinds



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Lewis Hyman Recalls Roll-Up Blinds, Roman Shades



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~Sandy G.


This "Webmaster" Is A Hacker

Scam seeks access to victims' email accounts

By Mark Huffman, ConsumerAffairs.com
If you got an email purporting to be from the individual in technical support who is administering your email account, you'd likely pay attention. If you did what this particular email asks, your email account would probably be promptly hacked.

"We are pleased to announce that we are currently carrying out scheduled maintenance and upgrade with our new F-SecureR HTK4S anti-virus/anti-spam 2009 version from our data base," says an email arriving in email inboxes worldwide. "You are therefore advised to submit your username (e.g.user@name.net) /email address, and password to our technical officer within 7working days to enable us upgrade your mailbox."

The email provides an email link where you can send your user name and password. But hold on--take a closer look at this document.

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~Sandy G.



FDA Conducting Safety Review Of Weight Loss Drug

Review includes both prescription drug Xenical and OTC drug Alli

By James Limbach, ConsumerAffairs.com
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing adverse event reports of liver injury in patients taking the weight loss drugs Xenical and Alli, also known as orlistat.

Between 1999 and 2008, the FDA received 32 reports of serious liver injury in patients taking orlistat. Of those cases, 27 reported hospitalization and six resulted in liver failure. Thirty of the adverse events occurred outside the United States. The most commonly reported adverse events included yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes (jaundice), weakness, and stomach pain.

ConsumerAffairs.com has received two reports of adverse effects of the drug.

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~Sandy G.



What You Need To Know About Weight Loss Surgery

Five tips for those considering an operation

By James Limbach, ConsumerAffairs.com
America is a fat country.

Sixty-six percent of all U.S. adults are overweight or obese according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And, faced with heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes, many are shopping for bariatric surgery to help manage these conditions and, in some cases, cure them.

What should a consumer look for in a bariatric program? Stephen Hamn, M.D., medical director of the weight loss surgery program at Baylor Medical Center at Frisco, an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, offers these tips:

• Take your time choosing a program. Weight loss surgery is a not a magic bullet, but requires life style changes to be effective. A good-quality program will tell you up front about the different options for weight loss surgery and the post-operative work -- exercise and changes in diet -- required for each option. Weight loss surgery is not an emergency. Take time to consider at least two programs.

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~Sandy G.



Monday, September 07, 2009

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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Telltale Signs You're Dealing With A Scammer

When a salesman uses a "fake voice," he just might be a scammer

By Mark Huffman, ConsumerAffairs.com
Countless times each day consumers encounter sales people online, over the phone and in person, who use deception to take their money. They may appear to be salesmen, but people who deceive you for a buck are actually scammers.

Wouldn't it be nice if there were an easy way to identify a scammer? Well, there are signs you're being scammed, if you'll only be aware of them.

We often think of a conman as smooth and sophisticated, and some of the really good ones are. But more often than not, the people responsible for taking your money are nothing more than common thugs, and they behave that way.

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~Sandy G.



Tuesday, September 01, 2009

12 steps for victims of identity fraud

1. Notify affected creditors or bank

If a bank account or existing credit line has been affected, shutting it down should be the first order of business. Working with the credit card company or the bank as soon as possible can save you money. In general, most credit cards have zero-liability policies, but the Fair Credit Billing Act specifies that your maximum liability for unauthorized charges is $50.

ATM or debit cards and electronic transfers from your bank account fall under the Electronic Fund Transfer Act. Under this act, consumers have to move fast. Reporting a lost or stolen ATM or debit card before any fraudulent transactions means the victim is off the hook for any that happen afterward.

But if purchases or withdrawals are made, consumers have a small window of two business days to report the unauthorized charges or transfers and get a $50 liability limit. After that, there is a $500 liability limit for up to 60 days after the statement reflecting the fraud is mailed. After 60 days, consumers are exposed to unlimited liability.

Consumers should also notify banks of any lost or stolen checks.

2. Put a fraud alert on your credit report

"Contact any one of the three credit reporting agencies and request a fraud alert. By doing so, a fraud alert will be put on all three of your credit files," says Steven Katz, director of consumer education for TransUnion's TrueCredit.com.

The fraud alert will last 90 days. After you've filed a police report or filled out the ID theft complaint form from the FTC, you can put an extended fraud alert on your credit file which will last seven years.

"Filing a fraud alert is probably the best step for someone who is unsure if they are a victim," says Katz.

A credit freeze will provide more protection but can be restrictive when applying for credit.

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~Sandy G.



New Rogues

Every day we add hundreds of new consumer complaints and comments to our site. And each day sees the addition of companies and products that haven't previously appeared in our Rogues Gallery. Here are today's newcomers:
From ConsumerAffairs.com
Zales
Colonial Health Insurance
TripAdvisor.com
Lug-nuts.net
Tickets At Work
Planetfone
Desert Dental, Las Vegas
Liberty Equity Solutions
Red Flannel Dog Food
Paperbackswap.com
Dermapril
Sharp TV
Emerson Microwave
Valencia Dental, Valencia, CA
World Car Nissan, San Antonio
Boston Sports Clubs
Abcircle Pro
Smile Brite
Smith Barney
Clayton Homes
Hilton Hotels
Champion Chevrolet, Houston
All Star Mitsubishi, Sayreville, NJ
Integra Telecom
Rowenta Steam Irons
AnimeDVDSupply.com
Skyway USA
American Garage Door

We want to hear from you. If you've had a problem -- or a pleasant experience -- with a company, product or service, please let us know, using our secure complaint form.


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Sunday, August 30, 2009

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Heart Experts Recommend Reduced Intake Of Added Sugars

High intake of added sugars implicated in numerous poor health conditions

By James Limbach, ConsumerAffairs.com
That's advice from the American Heart Association, which recommends limiting the consumption of added sugars and is providing information about the relationship between excess sugar intake and metabolic abnormalities, adverse health conditions and shortfalls in essential nutrients.

A new scientific statement, published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, for the first time, provides the association's recommendations on specific levels and limits on the consumption of added sugars.

Added sugars are sugars and syrups added to foods during processing or preparation and sugars and syrups added at the table. High intake of added sugars, as opposed to naturally occurring sugars, is implicated in the rise in obesity. It's also associated with increased risks for high blood pressure, high triglyceride levels, other risk factors for heart disease and stroke, and inflammation (a marker for heart disease), according to the statement's lead author Rachel K. Johnson, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., associate provost and professor of nutrition at the University of Vermont in Burlington.

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

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Recalls

Black & Decker Recalls Thermal Coffeemakers


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D’lite ST and Solo ST Child Trailers Recalled


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Ridgid Recalls Table Saws Sold at Home Depot


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Krell Amplifiers Recalled


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Felt Cyclocross Bicycles Recalled


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Pensi Ceiling Fans Recalled


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Weight Watchers Recalls Plush Hungry Figures and Magnets


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Wal-Mart Recalls Durabrand DVD Players


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~Sandy G.

Recalls

Maytag, Magic Chef, Performa by Maytag, Crosley Refrigerators



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Pella Recalls Casement Windows



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Wal-Mart Recalls 'Your Zone Loft Collection' Entertainment Stands



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Eebee's 'Have a Ball' Cloth Books Recalled



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~Sandy G.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Black And Decker Recalls Thermal Coffeemakers


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~Sandy G.

11 ways to avoid hurricane costs

By Craig Guillot, Bankrate.com
It's hard to protect a home from a monster Category 5 hurricane, but many readily available products can reduce or minimize the impact and save homeowners big bucks in repairs and insurance premiums.

The peace of mind that can result is priceless.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, predicts the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season, although a bit less active than normal, will spawn three to six hurricanes -- one to two of them major. And while the season got off to a slow start with no named storms by early August, it's important to remember Hurricane Andrew roared offshore just south of Miami on Aug. 24, 1992.

"Forecasts of an average season should not lead to complacency," says Claire Wilkinson, vice president for global issues at the Insurance Information Institute. "An average hurricane season was also forecast in 1992 when Hurricane Andrew caused more than $23 billion in property losses.

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~Sandy G.



Beware Of Health Clinics Pushing Credit Cards

Some consumers signed up without their knowledge

By Mark Huffman, ConsumerAffairs.com
Health care credit cards are designed to help consumers pay for uninsured health costs. They're supposed to be a better deal than regular credit cards, but they seem to draw the same kinds of complaints from consumers.

Amanda, of Newnan, Georgia, got a GE Money CareCredit card nearly two years ago to finance some extensive dental work. The terms were excellent - pay it off in 24 months and there would be no interest charges. She says she rapidly paid down the balance.

"I received a letter in February stating they were reducing my credit limit from $4,000 to $1,000 because of my credit score," she told ConsumerAffairs.com. "Well my credit score hadn't changed until they closed my account."

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~Sandy G.



The 10 cheapest cars to own and operate

1. Hyundai Accent

2. Nissan Versa

3. Chevrolet Aveo5 LS

4. Suzuki SX4 Sedan

5. Pontiac G3

6. Mazda3 iSport

7. Honda Fit

8. Pontiac Vibe

9. Toyota Yaris

10. Nissan Sentra


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~Sandy G.

"Black Screen Of Death" Afflicts Many Flat Screen TVs

Set power supplies appear prone to fail

By Mark Huffman, ConsumerAffairs.com
Millions of consumers went out and purchased a flat screen television set 12 to 24 months ago, hoping for years of trouble-free viewing. Increasingly, some of these consumers are encountering the same frustrating - and expensive - problem.

"My children were sitting and watching TV and it all of sudden went black," Angela, of Anaheim, California, told ConsumerAffairs.com. "The sound was still on so I thought maybe the video cord was loose or something. I tried everything and realized that nothing was going to work to fix this problem. Got the same run around as everyone else. The TV costs more to fix than I paid for it."

Angela's lament is one of 61 complaints about Vizio flat screen TVs received at ConsumerAffairs.com in the last 12 months. Many of the complaints describe the same problem; suddenly the picture disappears, leaving a blank screen - "the black screen of death," as it has been dubbed by some consumers.

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~Sandy G.



BMW Recalls 2009 Z4, 30I, 35I Models

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~Sandy G.



Tougher Safety Requirements For Children's Products Now In Effect

Lead limits, product tracking among areas affected by new regulations

By James Limbach, ConsumerAffairs.com


New requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) aimed at making children's products safer and increasing consumer confidence in the marketplace are now in effect.

To that end, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is launching a program that it says will educate domestic and overseas manufacturers, importers, and distributors of children's products and other consumer goods about what it calls "these important new safety requirements."

CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum is promising that the CPSIA's new requirements "will be "enforced vigorously and fairly." She adds that by ensuring that toys and other children's products meet strict lead limits and can be tracked in the event of a recall, "children will be better protected in their homes."

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~Sandy G.



Friday, August 14, 2009

Recalls


Little Tikes Recalls Children’s Toy Workshop Sets, Trucks



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Homelite, Husky, Black Max Generators Recalled



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Nautilus Recalls Dip Stations



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~Sandy G.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Video - Help For Pelvic Pain


Stretches, Tips to Relieve Pelvic Pain



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Hiring Tricks That Job Seekers Must Know

By Maria Hanson, for LiveCareer
In this highly competitive job market, employers and recruiters are using unconventional techniques to screen candidates. It's not enough to just be prepared for the interview; job seekers need to be prepared to be judged even when it's not clear they're being judged.
Here are some secret tricks that real recruiters and hiring managers use to weed out candidates:


They inspect your car.

Tina Hamilton, of HireVision Group, knows a corporate president who would find out which car belonged to the candidate he was interviewing. "The receptionist ... would then go outside and look in the candidate's car to see how neat and clean the car was, if there were food wrappers ... how well maintained the car was," says Hamilton. "The owner considered this a definition of the candidate's character."

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~Sandy G.



Wii Battery Recharge Stations Recalled

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~Sandy G.



Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Seeking Lessons in Swine Flu Fight

By LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN, M.D., The New York Times
As the three-month-old outbreak of swine flu raises havoc during the winter season in the Southern Hemisphere, officials in the United States are carefully seeking clues from there to deal with its likely return in this country in the fall, before a vaccine can protect large numbers of people.

Although much about the swine flu pandemic and the virus remains unknown, experts say this outbreak has exposed several weaknesses in the world’s ability to respond to the sudden emergence of a widespread illness.

Over all, the pandemic’s severity has been “moderate” compared with past influenza pandemics, the World Health Organization says, although it has spread with “unprecedented speed” to at least 168 countries. And although influenza typically strikes in colder months, the swine flu virus, A(H1N1), has swept through summer camps in the United States and Canada. That pattern has led to the prevailing belief that many more people will get swine flu than seasonal influenza this fall and winter, but that the country could face outbreaks of both strains, perhaps at different times.

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~Sandy G.



Saturday, August 08, 2009

Free program to save money and electricity

From Kim Komando's Download Of The Day
Edison is a free power management program from a company called Verdiem. It has helped people the world over reduce the waste of energy from IT devices. It is available for Windows XP and Vista.

You can learn more about Edison and download it here. Please also be sure to visit Kim Komando's site. She is a computer expert and has a ton of great, free advice and downloads and she has several different emails you can subscribe to. You can also find out what radio station near you hosts her weekly show.

I am not affiliated with Kim Komando or Verdiem in any way, nor am I being paid to post this.


~Sandy G.


Phony Debt Collectors Calling Consumers Nationwide

Scamsters loaded with personal info

By James Limbach, ConsumerAffairs.com
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has put out a national alert about phony debt collectors that are calling consumers nationwide, warning of imminent arrest if they don't pay on a defaulted payday loan immediately.

Claiming to be lawyers, the scammers say they are with the "Financial Accountability Association" or the "Federal Legislation of Unsecured Loans" and are equipped with a disconcerting amount of personal information about their potential victims.

"Because the scammers have so much information about potential victims, BBB is concerned that this may be the result of a data breach," said Randall Hoth, president and CEO of the Wisconsin BBB. "Thousands of people may have had their personal information compromised, and given the scammers' tactics, it appears that those who have previously used payday loan services could be particularly at risk."

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~Sandy G.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Recalls

Target Recalls Circo Booster Seats

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Graco Recalls Doorway Jumpers

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Dorel Expands Safety 1st Stair Gate Recall

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~Sandy G.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Recalls

Spalding In-Ground Basketball Hoops Recalled

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Black & Decker Reissues Trimmer/Edger Recall

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Ross Stores Recalls Plant Stands

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Polaris Recalls Ranger Side-by-Side Vehicles

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Kaplan Recalls Baby Hammocks

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Nova Natural Toys Recalls Baby Hammocks

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~Sandy G.

High Cholesterol In Midlife Raises Risk Of Late-Life Dementia

Study shows even moderately elevated cholesterol level boosts dementia risk

By James Limbach, ConsumerAffairs.com
Elevated cholesterol levels in midlife -- even levels considered only borderline elevated -- significantly increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia later in life, according to a new study by researchers at Kaiser Permanente's Division of Research and the University of Kuopio in Finland.

The four-decade study, appearing in the journal Dementia & Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, found that having high cholesterol in midlife (240 or higher milligrams per deciliter of blood) increases, by 66 percent, the risk for Alzheimer's disease later in life.

Even borderline cholesterol levels (200-239 mg/dL) in midlife raised risk for late-life vascular dementia by nearly the same amount: 52 percent. Vascular dementia, the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer's disease, is a group of dementia syndromes caused by conditions affecting the blood supply to the brain. Scientists are still trying to pinpoint the genetic factors and lifestyle causes for Alzheimer's disease.

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~Sandy G.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

CDC Makes Recommendations For Use Of Swine Flu Vaccine

Five key populations targeted for vaccine against novel influenza A (H1N1)

By James Limbach, ConsumerAffairs.com
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is out with its recommendations on who should be vaccinated against swine flu.

The recommendations determine which groups of the population should be prioritized if the vaccine is initially available in extremely limited quantities.

The committee recommended the vaccination efforts focus on those who are at higher risk of disease or complications, those who are likely to come in contact with novel H1N1, and those who could infect young infants.

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~Sandy G.

Findings May Explain Gap in Cancer Survival

By RONI CARYN RABIN, The New York Times
Scientists say they have made a discovery that may help explain the racial gap in cancer survival, providing clues to why white patients often outlive blacks even when they have what appear to be the same cancers.

The insights come from research at the University of Maryland into throat cancer and squamous-cell cancers of the head and neck, which have been increasing sharply in recent years, apparently because of the human papillomavirus — the same sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer and is the target of a vaccine for girls.

The virus can also be spread through oral sex, causing cancer of the throat and tonsils, or oropharyngeal cancer.

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~Sandy G.

Lack of Study Volunteers Hobbles Cancer Fight

By GINA KOLATA, The New York Times
Not long ago, at a meeting of an advisory group established by Congress to monitor the war on cancer, participants were asked how to speed progress.

“Everyone was talking about expanding the cancer work force and getting people to stop smoking,” said Dr. Scott Ramsey, a cancer researcher and health economist, who was participating in that January 2008 meeting of the President’s Cancer Panel. “Lots of murmurs of approval.”

Then it was his turn.

The biggest barrier, in his opinion, was that almost no adult cancer patients — just 3 percent — participate in studies of cancer treatments, mostly new drugs or drug regimens.

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~Sandy G.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Feds Announce New Food Safety Strategies

Steps outlined for leafy greens, tomatoes, melons and ground beef

By James Limbach, ConsumerAffairs.com
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack have announced new strategies designed to safeguard the food Americans eat every day.

Three draft guidances prepared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an agency within HHS, are aimed at minimizing or eliminating contamination in leafy greens, tomatoes, and melons that can cause foodborne illnesses.

"These proposed controls provide a guide for growers and processors to follow so they may better protect their produce from becoming contaminated," Sebelius told a group of growers, consumers, businesses, food safety advocates, and others gathered at the Eastern Market, a public fresh-food market in Washington, D.C.

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~Sandy G.

Fender Recalls SWR Bass Amplifiers

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~Sandy G.

Recalls


Crosley, Frigidaire, Kelvinator, Kenmore, Wascomat, and White-Westinghouse Clothes Washers Recalled



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Little Tikes Recalls Clubhouse Swing Sets



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Domestications Recalls Bed Steps



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~Sandy G.

Lawsuit Seeks Warning Labels for Hot Dogs

Dangers of processed meat cited in class-action suit

By Jon Hood, ConsumerAffairs.com
Many modern-day baseball stadiums prohibit smoking, but cancerous danger apparently still lurks around the corner: an anti-meat consumer group alleges in a class-action that hot dogs pose serious health risks and need to carry warning labels.

The lawsuit was filed by The Cancer Project in Essex County, New Jersey on Wednesday. Among the named defendants are Nathan's Famous, the well-known hot dog chain; Kraft Foods, which manufactures Oscar Mayer wieners; Sara Lee; ConAgra, which makes Hebrew National franks; and Marathon, manufacturer of Sabrett, “the frankfurter New Yorker's [sic] relish.”

The plaintiffs envision a warning label similar to the one currently on cigarette packages. The wording would look something like: “Warning: Consuming hot dogs and other processed meats increases the risk of cancer.”

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~Sandy G.

House Passes Food Safety Bill

Measure to improve FDA wins on second try

By Martin H. Bosworth, ConsumerAffairs.com
The House of Representatives voted 283-142 to pass the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 (aka H.R. 2749), designed to improve the Food & Drug Administration's (FDA) ability to police food suppliers and processors for signs of foodborne illnesses and unsafe practices.

The bill was originally introduced on June 29, but failed on a vote of 280-150 as the rules required a two-thirds majority for passage. The bill was reintroduced today only requiring a simple majority to pass the chamber.

229 Democrats and 54 Republicans voted to pass the bill that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called "strong legislation that will protect lives and prevent illness."

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~Sandy G.

"Cash For Clunkers" Suspended

Program ran out of funding after four days

By Martin H. Bosworth, ConsumerAffairs.com
The much-vaunted "Car Allowances Rebate System" (CARS)--more popularly known as "Cash For Clunkers"--where buyers could trade in their old gas-guzzler for a $3,500 or $4,500 voucher towards a more eco-friendly car, has been suspended after less than a week and roughly 250,000 cars sold.

The program certified 22,782 car trades since Monday, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but a survey of automobile dealers found that there was a backlog of 25,000 trades still awaiting clearance. The agency also rejected many claims due to illegible or incomplete paperwork, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Many auto dealers around the country were reporting brisk business as a result of the program, while others were claiming the procedure for approval was too difficult and was leaving them unable to make transactions.

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~Sandy G.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Apple: Jailbreaking Could Knock Out Transmission Towers

By JEREMY KIRK of IDG News Service\London Bureau
Apple has told the U.S. Copyright Office that modifying the iPhone's operating system could crash a mobile phone network's transmission towers or allow people to avoid paying for phone calls.

The claims are Apple's contribution to the Copyright Office's regular review of the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), a law that forbids the circumvention of copy control mechanisms.

Apple says that modification of the phone's software, a process known as jailbreaking, could lead to major network disruptions. Jailbreaking gets around the copyright control features that prohibit, for example, the installation of applications unapproved by Apple.

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~Sandy G.

Extra '&' in Microsoft development code gave hackers IE exploit

Company's security development expert confirms reports by outside researchers

By Gregg Keizer, ComputerWorld
Microsoft yesterday confirmed that a single superfluous character in its own development code is responsible for the bug that has let hackers exploit Internet Explorer (IE) since early July.

A pair of German researchers who analyzed a vulnerability in a Microsoft-made ActiveX control came to the same conclusion three weeks ago.

"The bug is simply a typo," Michael Howard, a principal security program manager in Microsoft's security engineering and communications group, said in a post Tuesday to the Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) blog. Howard, who is probably best known for co-authoring Writing Secure Code, went on to say that the typo -- an errant "&" character -- is the "core issue" in the MSVidCtl ActiveX control.

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~Sandy G.

Researcher reveals massive 'professional thieving' botnet

A nasty piece of malware that's infected up to a million PCs is stealing financial information from consumers and businesses at an alarming rate, a noted botnet researcher said today.

By Gregg Keizer, ComputerWorld
A ferocious piece of malware that's infected up to a million PCs is stealing a "tremendous" amount of financial information from consumers and businesses that log on to their bank, stock broker, credit card, insurance, job hunting and favorite e-shopping sites, a noted botnet researcher said today.

"Clampi is the most professional thieving pieces of malware I've ever seen," said Joe Stewart, director of malware research for SecureWorks' counter-threat unit. "We know of few others that are this sophisticated and wide-ranging. It's having a real impact on users."

The Clampi Trojan horse has infected anywhere between 100,000 and 1 million Windows PCs, said Stewart -- "We don't have a good way of counting at this point," he acknowledged -- and targets the user credentials of 4,500 Web sites.

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~Sandy G.

False-positive swindles grow rapidly online

Fake anti-virus programs set to rule the roost

By John E. Dunn, Techworld
The phenomenon of fake anti-virus (AV) software is growing at such a pace that it could grow to eclipse all other types of malicious software, one security company has suggested.

The Business of Rogueware, the latest threat report from PandaLabs, the research wing of Spanish AV company Panda Security, contains the usual round of statistics on malware growth found in all such vendor reports, but it is the section on rogue anti-virus that should make PC users sit up and pay attention.

In the first quarter of 2009, the company detected more bogus anti-virus files or variants than in the whole of 2008, 111,000 in total. Unconfirmed second quarter figures show that this rose during the second quarter to 374,000. This rise accords with similar statistics published last week by rival Sophos, which said that it was now detecting 15 new bogus AV sites a day, compared to five a day in the latter half of 2008.

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~Sandy G.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Recalls

Nutracoastal Recalls S-DROL, STEAM Dietary Supplements

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2005-2007 Hyundai Accent, Azera, Elantra, Sonata, Tucson Recalled

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Subaru Recalls 2005-2006 Baja

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~Sandy G.

Microsoft rushes patches to fix 'big deal' programming flaw

Developers who used the buggy code 'library' must redo software, update customers

By Gregg Keizer, ComputerWorld
As promised, Microsoft Corp. today patched six vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and Visual Studio with the first "out-of-cycle" update since last October, when it plugged a hole that the Conficker worm later used to run rampant.

Microsoft has been working on the Visual Studio bugs, and coordinating with third-party developers who may have crafted vulnerable software using Visual Studio, since early 2008.

As some had speculated, Microsoft rushed the patches to users this week to preempt a presentation slated for tomorrow at Black Hat by several security researchers. The researchers plan to demonstrate a way for attackers to bypass the "kill-bit" defenses that Microsoft frequently deploys as a stop-gap measure for fixing bugs.

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~Sandy G.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Recalls


Enviro-Flo Fuel Containers Recalled



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Baby Bjorn Balance, Air Bouncer Chairs Recalled



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Reflections of Magic Mirrors Recalled



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~Sandy G.

Microsoft rushes clutch patch for 'deep' bug in Windows, third-party apps

Researchers say move may be tied to this week's Black Hat security conference

By Gregg Keizer, ComputerWorld
The emergency patches Microsoft plans to rush out this week will fix a flaw that runs through several critical components of Windows and an unknown number of third-party applications, according to a pair of security researchers.

On Tuesday, Microsoft will slap a permanent patch on a video streaming ActiveX control used by Internet Explorer (IE), addressing a vulnerability that it has known about, but not fixed, for more than a year. Two weeks ago, Microsoft issued a "kill bit" update that, rather than address the underlying problem, disabled the ActiveX control to stymie attacks that were already in progress. It's also slated a fix for Visual Studio, Microsoft's popular development platform.

Although Microsoft has not spelled out exactly what it will patch with the two "out-of-band" updates -- the term for security updates released outside the company's once-a-month schedule -- earlier this month researchers pointed fingers at the Active Template Library (ATL), a code "library" used not only by Microsoft's own developers, but also by third-party software programmers to access some features within Windows.

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~Sandy G.

Monday, July 27, 2009

The 10 most damaging botnets in the U.S.

America's 10 most wanted botnets ranked by size and strength


By Ellen Messmer, Network World
Botnet attacks are increasing, as cybercrime gangs use compromised computers to send spam, steal personal data, perpetrate click fraud and clobber Web sites in denial-of-service attacks. Here's a list of America's 10 most wanted botnets, based on an estimate by security firm Damballa of botnet size and activity in the United States.


No. 1: Zeus


3.6 million compromised U.S. computers. The Zeus Trojan uses key-logging techniques to steal sensitive data such as user names, passwords, account numbers and credit card numbers. It injects fake HTML forms into online banking login pages to steal user data.

No. 2: Koobface


2.9 million compromised U.S. computers. This malware spreads via social networking sites MySpace and Facebook with faked messages or comments from "friends." When a user is enticed into clicking on a provided link to view a video, the user is prompted to obtain a necessary update, like a codec -- but it's really malware that can take control over the computer.

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~Sandy G.

Friday, July 24, 2009

New Rogues

From ConsumerAffairs.com
Every day we add hundreds of new consumer complaints and comments to our site. And each day sees the addition of companies and products that haven't previously appeared in our Rogues Gallery. Here are today's newcomers:


eFindoutthetruth.com

eLuxurymall.com

Calcoast Financial Services

Green Credit Solutions

Express Oil & Lube




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~Sandy G.

Swine flu could hit up to 40 percent in US

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer
ATLANTA – In a disturbing new projection, health officials say up to 40 percent of Americans could get swine flu this year and next and several hundred thousand could die without a successful vaccine campaign and other measures.

The estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are roughly twice the number of those who catch flu in a normal season and add greater weight to hurried efforts to get a new vaccine ready for the fall flu season.

Swine flu has already hit the United States harder than any other nation, but it has struck something of a glancing blow that's more surprising than devastating. The virus has killed about 300 Americans and experts believe it has sickened more than 1 million, comparable to a seasonal flu with the weird ability to keep spreading in the summer.

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~Sandy G.

Adobe Warns Of Critical Flash Vulnerability

Echoing security warnings issued earlier this year, Adobe is warning users of Flash Player, Reader, and Acrobat to exercise caution online due to a zero-day vulnerability that's being actively exploited.

By Thomas Claburn, InformationWeek
Adobe on Wednesday issued a security advisory about a critical zero-day vulnerability that affects its Flash Player, Reader, and Acrobat software across all major operating systems.

"A critical vulnerability exists in the current versions of Flash Player (v9.0.159.0 and v10.0.22.87) for Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems, and the authplay.dll component that ships with Adobe Reader and Acrobat v9.x for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX operating systems," the company said. "This vulnerability (CVE-2009-1862) could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system."

US-CERT, which operates in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security, warned users to disable Flash in Adobe Reader 9 on Windows computers and either to disable Flash Player or to enable only known safe Flash content.

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~Sandy G.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

New Rogues

From ConsumerAffairs.com
Every day we add hundreds of new consumer complaints and comments to our site. And each day sees the addition of companies and products that haven't previously appeared in our Rogues Gallery. Here are today's newcomers:

Samsung Printers


Adorama Camera


Elizabeth Cotton


Cruises.com


Mexico Paradise Getaways


We want to hear from you. If you've had a problem -- or a pleasant experience -- with a company, product or service, please let us know, using our secure complaint form.


~Sandy G.

Recalls

Foamorder.com Recalls Natural Sense Foam Blocks

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Sevylor Tow Behinds Recalled

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LeapFrog Recalls Electronic Plush Toys

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~Sandy G.

Experts Warn About Electronic Cigarettes

E-cigarettes could increase nicotine addiction

By James Limbach, ConsumerAffairs.com
A laboratory analysis of electronic cigarette samples has found that they contain carcinogens and toxic chemicals such as diethylene glycol, an ingredient used in antifreeze, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Electronic cigarettes, also called "e-cigarettes," are battery-operated devices that generally contain cartridges filled with nicotine, flavor and other chemicals. The electronic cigarette turns nicotine, which is highly addictive, and other chemicals into a vapor that is inhaled by the user.

These products are marketed and sold to young people and are readily available online and in shopping malls. Additionally, they do not contain any health warnings comparable to FDA-approved nicotine replacement products or conventional cigarettes. They are also available in different flavors, such as chocolate and mint, which may appeal to young people.

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~Sandy G.

Erin Andrews 'Nude Video' May Install Computer Virus

Searching online for that nude video of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews? Better not, say computer security specialists.

Crafty hackers have created a fake CNN Web page housing what purports to be the video of the glamorous sports reporter undressing — but when you click on it, you're asked to download a specialized video player, which is full of digital nastiness to infect your computer.

Macintosh users are not immune to this one — in fact, the hacker software detects what kind of computer you're using and dumps an even nastier Trojan horse onto Macs than it does PCs.

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~Sandy G.

Report: Federal Documents Detail iPods Overheating, Catching Fire

Apple iPods have burned users or caught fire more than a dozen times, but neither the company nor the federal government has disclosed this to the public, according to a Seattle television station.

In a report posted on its Web site Tuesday, KIRO-TV says it used the Freedom of Information Act to get more than 800 pages of Consumer Product Safety Commission documents regarding iPod-related injuries and property damage.

Within the documents were details of at least 15 separate incidents where iPods overheated, sparked, smoked, caused burns or caught fire, KIRO-TV said.

The station became interested when Jamie Balderas of Arlington, Wash., was mystified by a penny-sized burn on her chest in Nov. 2008.

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~Sandy G.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

New Rogues

From ConsumerAffairs.com
Every day we add hundreds of new consumer complaints and comments to our site. And each day sees the addition of companies and products that haven't previously appeared in our Rogues Gallery. Here are today's newcomers:

Beechnut

Chipotle

e-cig.com

Queens Family Dental, Astoria, Queens

Oak Tree Collections


We want to hear from you. If you've had a problem -- or a pleasant experience -- with a company, product or service, please let us know, using our secure complaint form.


~Sandy G.