Facebook has been notorious of late with lots of Facebook Scam doing the rounds of the social networking site. Staying away from those Facebook Spam is not easy, however, we have instructions on how you can stay safe on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams and also about removing apps from Facebook and Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.
We recently received a question asking about a new executable called FacebookUpdate.exe running on a Windows PC and whether it was a virus or not? Turns out that it is not a virus and is an official software from Facebook which is used to update the software which is locally installed on a Windows PC.
Quite recently Facebook introduced a new group chat and video calling along with Group video chat with social hangouts. Facebook asked users to download a software to their local PC in order to use the video calling feature in Facebook.
If you have downloaded the said software from Facebook, you will notice that a file called FacebookUpdate.exe is added to the startup on your Windows PC. The location of the file is in your user profile folder and runs with some parameters as shown below
%USERPROFILE%\Local\Facebook\Update\FacebookUpdate.exe /c /nocrashserver
This service is totally safe and is only used to update the software which was installed by Facebook. If you feel threatened by it, you can disable it without problems. If you are not sure how to disable services or startup items, read our earlier guides and articles listed below.
Quite recently we got a new Help Desk question where someone asked us about a new file type they had downloaded but could not open. The file had a extension of .KMP and it was the first time they had seen it.
Files with KMP extensions are basically audio files which contain 8 or 16 bit format. The KMP file extension does not contain any audio but references another file format called .KSF which contain waveforms.
KMP file formats are primarily used by Trion and Trinity workstations which are similar to keyboards and are used to create digital music. The KMP file contains data recorded using a Kong synthesizer.
You will information information on how KMP files are created by visiting http://www.korg.com/. To open a .KMP file or .KSF file, you can use a software called Awave Studio which can be downloaded from http://www.fmjsoft.com/awavestudio.html
If you have any future Help Desk questions, please feel free to ask us in our Techie Buzz Forums or by using the contact us form on the website and we will try out best to answer it.
Further References: http://www.fileinfo.com/extension/kmp
If you have recently been to your task manager and seen some weird tasks like Giraffic.exe or GirafficWatchdog.exe you might have been a little surprised. However, don’t panic those files are not some virus.
Giraffic is a video streaming company which accelerates the distribution of On-demand video to PCs. The company’s website at http://www.giraffic.com has this to say.
The Giraffic Video Accelerator is the Next Generation Fully Distributed Video-on-Demand Streaming Acceleration Technology, enabling online content providers to deliver High Definition VoD and other rich media, regardless of content popularity, or the geographical location of the end user, and at negligible bandwidth costs.
Rest assured the Giraffic.exe and GirafficWatchdog.exe are not viruses and are legitimate executable which are there to help you watch video without buffering.
If you have any other related queries or questions, please feel free to contact us or leave a question for us in the Techie Buzz forums.
Files have the .prc extension can be of different types, the 3 major types of files which end with the .prc extension are:
- Multimedia slideshows created using Corel Presentations.
- Installer package for Palm OS
- eBook file that include DRM protection which can be viewed on the desktop, PDA or devices like Amazon Kindle.
As these files could be of different types, it is hard to tell which application will open it unless you try it with multiple applications.
DAE files or Digital Asset Exchange files are 3D image files which are used to exchange digital assets between multiple graphics programs based on COLLADA (Collaborative Design Activity).
There are several programs which can open DAE files including AutoCAD, Maya and so on. If you are looking for a more simple way to open DAE files you can download DAE Viewer, an application created using Adobe Air.
You will also have to install the Adobe Air framework in order to make use of the DAE Viewer.
.XHTML files are basically HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) that are used to display webpages and websites. The additional X in the .XHTML files indicates that the file uses a certain standard that is set by W3.org.
XHTML files basically use XML standards which is more stricter than HTML and allows for proper navigation of documents programmatically.
If you have downloaded a .XHTML file, it is no threat, you can double click on the file and it will open up in your default browser.
If you want to open the file to view its contents, you can also do that by opening it in notepad or your favorite text editor.
Hotmail recently rolled out free POP3 access for its users, however to start using Hotmail POP3, you will have to set it up in your favorite email client.
Here are the POP3 settings you will require to setup in your hotmail account.
- Incoming Mail Server: pop3.live.com (Port 995)
- POP SSL Required? Yes
- User Name: Your Windows Live ID, for example, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Password: The password you usually use to sign in to Hotmail or Windows Live
- Outgoing Mail Server: smtp.live.com (Port 25)
- Authentication Required? Yes (use your POP user name and password)
- SSL/TLS Required? Yes
If this option does not work, try changing your country to one of the supported ones.