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 1   General Support / Re: Statistical Outlier  on: Today at 1:32pm
Started by SPOOK | Post by Tom Revell
THere's nothing "odd" happening with the downloads as far as I can see - from looking through the logs sure enough there were 33 downloads, from 21 different IP addresses, across all seven days of the week.

Most browsers were running on Windows as you'd expect, some look to be crawlers:

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 2   General Support / Statistical Outlier  on: Today at 12:18pm
Started by SPOOK | Post by SPOOK
In the 16/10/2017 'List of all skins:' it lists:

FF&F BLK 3 as 33 Downloads

(FF&F BLK 3 RLD ✓ 33 439 25/02/2017)

This my well be completely innocent or some other unknown factor, but could be a form be of 'Download Bombing'.

The average Downloads for the FF&F Skins is about 5 each, at 33 Downloads for 'FF&F BLK 3' the range of deviation is excessive.

Do you have a way or is there a program that can detect 'Download Bombing'?

Don't get me wrong, when I first saw it, it was a great Warm Fuzzy - for about a second.

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 3   General Board / Dear Stickies  on: Yesterday at 11:53pm
Started by Cynthia | Post by Cynthia
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Thanks to Salvatore Vuono for his image "World Flag" from
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 4   General Support / Re: Stickies blacklisted  on: Yesterday at 4:10pm
Started by abyss | Post by Tom Revell
Heh well I could name another app which does those things - it's called Outlook!

Of course, that's published, and signed, by a huge trustworthy organisation, and Stickies is not, so I do appreciate it's not the same thing.

It's every network administrator's place to safeguard their network, so I can't criticise your admin for being cautious. Sure, Stickies is perfectly safe, but then any malware author will tell you the same thing about their software, so how do you tell the difference?

Perhaps you could monitor the app to see when it establishes a listening IP port (and see whether it only does so when that feature is enabled). It doesn't "hook" SMTP or MAPI, but it does speak both those protocols. Sniff the network and see if the exe does anything you don't like. The installer puts a script into the system folder, yes, and it's so that I can get away without writing a proper uninstaller. That one is a bit poor form, but it's a very readable batch file.

Finally, there's the fact that today Stickies has its 18th birthday. What malware would still be around for that long?!

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 5   General Board / Re: Error when starting stickies  on: Yesterday at 2:30pm
Started by whirlpool | Post by Tom Revell
PH is a fine tool, but it does need a bit of knowledge to know what everything it shows you means! The PIDs are unique per process per machine, and will change all the time. If you closed Stickies and reopened it, you'd get a new PID.

Two stickies.exe instances? Is there another user working on that machine at the same time? If you double-click the line, you can see the user (on the Token tab).

If some other Stickies instance was locking the file that would explain it, although it would need to be running as another user really.

To determine which process has a file locked, press Control-F in PH and type the name of the file which is locked.

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 6   General Support / Stickies blacklisted  on: Oct 13th, 2017, 5:18pm
Started by abyss | Post by abyss
I used Stickies for several years already. Few months ago I started to work in a company which recently started to blacklist Stickies as an insecure software.

Among others, here are some indicators pointed by our security department about Stickies: listening TCP port, hooks for SMTP/MAPI server connections, DNS/NetBios resolution calls with gethostbyaddr() function, putting scripts in Windows folder, etc.

I do not believe that there is any malicious intent behind such an activity, but it is a great pity that it prevents the use of Stickies within a corporate environment.
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 7   General Board / Re: Error when starting stickies  on: Oct 13th, 2017, 3:24pm
Started by whirlpool | Post by whirlpool
Hi Tom,

Thanks for the reply!

I can rename the store.mdb file. Weirdly, if I rename it to store1.mdb, I get exactly the same message that the store.mdb file is in use (not the store1.mbd file).
I've definitely renamed the file in the correct location too.

I've got Process Hacker installed (although its alien to me). stickies.exe appears twice in the Processes list (in grey band). I am unable to terminate either instance. PIDs are: 15560 15704.

Hope that helps smiley
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 8   General Board / Re: Error when starting stickies  on: Oct 13th, 2017, 2:58pm
Started by whirlpool | Post by Tom Revell
With Stickies not running, are you able to rename or move that file?

Perhaps the file really is in use by something...?

If so, you might be able to use Process Hacker to work out what process has it locked?

If not ... well come back here and we'll have another think I guess smiley

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 9   General Board / Error when starting stickies  on: Oct 13th, 2017, 08:59am
Started by whirlpool | Post by whirlpool
Hi all,

I am getting an error every time stickies starts up which is preventing me from using it...

I can see the notes in the background but am unable to interact with them. This is the dialog box...
Stickies v9.0d
The Microsoft Jet database engine cannot open the file 'C:\Users\Glynn\Dropbox\Stickies Data\store.mdb'. It is already opened exclusively by another user, or you need permission to view its data.

It was working fine, and I had this pop up when running Stickies 9.0c. I have upgraded to 9.0d and it still isn't working. The store file sits in my DropBox folder (for backup purposes) and it has worked fine previously.

I did have two instances running in task manager so I have removed the shortcut from the start-up folder and added it back and its now only showing it once in task manager.

This seems to have happened since I had my PC in sleep mode... which is something I don't usually do.

Any ideas? it's driving me NUTS! tongue
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 10   Display issues / Re: Font size in title bar is too small  on: Oct 3rd, 2017, 06:37am
Started by OldGrantonian | Post by OldGrantonian
Thanks for all your efforts smiley

on Oct 3rd, 2017, 05:01am, Cynthia wrote:
try it again please.

I tried your latest version, and everything looks fine to me.

I'm actually too young to be using things like "stack" and "roll-on".
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