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How To Stop 404 Errors Redirecting To

(a.k.a.: How to remove the Conduit search virus)

There's an evil Firefox plugin distributed with some downloadable software which reconfigures Firefox to redirect to whenever it encounters a 404 error from any website. I know it's evil because it's installed without your consent.

It's also confusing and massively annoying because you don't get to read the text of the 404 page which could actually help you find what you were looking for. Instead, you get to look at Conduit's crappy search engine. I know it's crappy because they need to install malware just to get you to visit it.

I searched forever to find how to remove this beast, and it seemed to keep on coming back all the time! I'd like to stamp this Conduit malware on the head and get it detected by virus scanners. So please submit it as malware to your chosen security software firm, … Continue reading…

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How to Disable wp-cron Running in the Background

To keep your blog running smoothly, WordPress often needs to schedule tasks to run at certain times, or at some point in the future. Examples include scheduling posts for publication at a future date, generating backups and newsletters at regular intervals.

In order to make this happen, WordPress has an internal feature called wp-cron. In order to make WordPress easy to install, a nasty hack is used to execute wp-cron every time a visitor hits your site, or you do anything on the dashboard.

There are several problems with this:

  • It increases the load on your server, especially if you have a lot of visitors

  • It's erratic, especially if you have few visitors or use a caching plugin like W3-Total-Cache

  • There's a bug that can cause it to execute multiple times in parallel, leading to annoying problems such as duplicate MailPress newsletters
  • It's a hack

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