Saturday, September 3, 2011

Create an Outlook Email Signature


With today’s high speed internet access its imperative that you protect yourself from the outside world. One of the best ways to do this is to install a broadband router or firewall between the internet and you computer(s). Routers have dropped in price over the years so there is no reason not to have one.

Routers are used to block or filter certain types of network traffic from reaching your computer. They are configurable so you can tell it what you want to come in and what you want to stay out.

Different signatures can be used for new messages, replies or forwards and also for different email accounts if you have more than one configured in Outlook. Signatures can contain plain text, HTML, images, links and business cards. These signatures are customizable and you can apply themes as well as different fonts to them.

To add a signature to Outlook, click on the Tools menu, then Options and then the Mail Format button. Finally click on the Signature button. For Outlook 2010 go to the File tab, then click on Options, Mail and then the Signatures button.
The first thing you want to do is make sure you are setting up the signature for the right email account from the drop down list on the right. If you only have one email account in Outlook then you don't need to worry about this part.
Outlook Signature
Click on the New button and type a name for your signature. This is in case you have more than one that you want to use and makes it easy to choose between them. Now you can choose if you want to use the signature for new messages, replies/forwards or both. After you name your signature you can type in what you want it to say and then format it to your liking. You can also add a picture or link etc to customize it further. When you are finished click on Ok and it will be inserted next time you click on New Message.
Outlook Signature

Computer Help Resources and Fixes


Service Pack 1 for and Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?
Service Pack 2 for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/dd262148.aspx
Virus Information and Utilities
Spyware Removal Tools and Information
Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool:
http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx
Miscellaneous links
Startup item database. If you ever wondered what all those startup items on your computer are for, here is where you can find out.
http://www.windowsstartup.com/wso/browse.php?l=0
or
Ever wanted to test the speed of your DSL or cable line? Check out this link.
http://www.speedtest.net/
Definitions for those “techie” terms you are always hearing.
http://www.webopedia.com/
Clean your PC for free.
http://www.ccleaner.com
Make a password reset boot disk for Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=305478

Setting Up a Cable/DSL Router With Wireless


Some routers/firewalls will also monitor outgoing traffic for suspicious behavior associated with viruses etc. They can help keep viruses out of your computer but are not 100% effective.
Broadband routers are a form of a hardware firewall. There are also software firewalls which are less effective.
Some of the more common and inexpensive brands of routers for home use are made by Linksys, Netgear and D-Link. They usually range from $50 to $100 for the average home router. This is an example of a Netgear wireless router. A non-wireless router will not have the antenna.

Installing a broadband router is fairly simple, especially if you don't need wireless capabilities. We will cover both types of installations here.
Wired installation
If you don't plan on going wireless then you will be performing a wired installation of your router.
The first thing to find out is whether you have a static or dynamic IP address. Most of the time it will be dynamic so if you don't know then you can assume it dynamic and you should be ok. If you have a static IP address then you will need to know what it is to enter it in your routers settings.
Next you need to know if you use a name and password to get online. Some companies like SBC make you sign on to use the internet. These settings can be stored in the router so you do not have to enter them to get online each time.
Now you can determine your physical setup. The basic setup consists of the phone line coming from the wall into your Cable or DSL modem. From there you will have a network connection using a Category 5 network cable that will run from the network or Ethernet port on the modem to the WAN or Internet port on the back of the router. From the back of the router you will have 4 or 5 ports that you can use to connect the router to your computer(s) network/ethernet port. Your setup will look something like this.
As you can see you can have multiple computers sharing the same high speed internet connection at the same time.
If you do not use a name and password to get online or have a static IP address you should be able to hook up your equipment like shown and then get right online. You should power on your modem first, then the router and then your computer. The router gets its information from the modem and your computer gets its information from the router. You should make sure DHCP is enabled on the router if you don't use a static IP address so that your computer will get its IP address from the router.
To access your router to check the settings you need to open a web browser and type the IP address of the router into it. Most of the time the IP address will be 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1. Your manual will tell you which one to use.
Then you will need to put in the name and password to gain access to the router. Most of the time the name is blank and the password is admin. Once again refer to the manual to make sure. You should also change the default name and password to make your network more secure.
Here is an example of the type of screen you will see when you log into your router. Its fairly self explanatory once you get in there.
On this screen you can see where you can put in your user name and password if your ISP requires it for connectivity.
You can also check whether you get your IP address from your ISP or if you use a static IP address.

Wireless installation
Setting up your wireless network requires a little more skill and patience. You will still need to hook up the equipment like shown in the wired example except you will not have the cable going from the router to your computer.
You need to make sure you have a wireless port or card on your computer and make sure it is on to be able to use the wireless internet connection.
Finding your wireless connection will vary depending on what version of Windows you are using and if you are using the software that came with the router or having Windows try and find it for you. Since most Windows users use Windows XP, we will use that for our example.
Once you have everything hooked up, Windows should find your wireless connection. Keep in mind that if you see more than one connection it may be finding your neighbors router as well. You can name your router in the setup so you will know for sure which one is yours. You should get a popup message like the following.

From here you can click to view the available wireless networks. If you don’t get the popup message you can right click the computer icon and pick view wireless networks. Once you do this you will see a screen that shows what wireless networks Windows has found. In this example there were two networks found.
You then would click on your network and click on Connect. If you have setup a WEP key you would enter the key in the Network Key box. WEP stands for Wired Equivalent Privacy and provides security by encrypting data over the wireless radio waves. You can setup a WEP key in the WEP settings under wireless security in your router. What this does is block others from accessing your wireless network unless they know the key that you have entered in the router. Once you put the key in there you won’t have to re-enter it again.
Once you have connected to your wireless network you can now start using the internet. You can double click your connection icon by the clock to see the status of your network and strength of your connection.
From here you can disable the connection and check the properties of the connection such as your IP address.
One important thing to check if you are having connection problems is to make sure Windows is managing your wireless settings. You can go to your network places or connections and right click the wireless connection and choose properties. From here click on the Wireless Networks tab and make sure the Use Windows to configure my wireless settings box is checked. You can also view the available networks from here and set the priority of the available connections that Windows can connect to.

Windows 7 Wireless Connection Management


To open the wireless management tool open the Network and Sharing Center from Control Panel and choose the Manage wireless networks link on the left. If you have any wireless networks in use they will be shown here.
Win7 Wireless
You can right click your connections to get to their properties to change settings for that connection. You can change things like connecting automatically when the signal is in range, moving it up the list and changing or viewing the security key. You can also rename the connection if needed.
Clicking on Add will allow you to manually setup a wireless connection where you will enter the network name, choose a security type, encryption type and security key for the connection.
Win7 Wireless
There is also an option to create an ad hoc connection which is a temporary network connection used for sharing files or an internet connection between 2 or more computers. You can also use security settings and security keys with this type of connection.
Win7 Wireless
Clicking on Adapter properties will open the typical Windows network connection interface where you can manage things such as IP address, DHCP settings, file and printer sharing and adapter settings.
Wireless Properties
Profile Types is where you can choose which users of the computer can use the wireless accounts. All-user profiles only will let anyone with an account on the computer use the wireless connections. Per-user profiles will let other users create their own wireless connections that they can modify and control.
Wireless Profiles

WPA vs. WPA2 Wireless Security


If you have a wireless router at home then I'm sure you have setup some type of wireless security. If you haven't then you better think about doing so ASAP. 


You may have noticed all the different types of options you have to choose from to secure your wireless network.

One of the options you may see would be WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy). WEP is an older method and is now considered to be inadequate because it can easily be hacked because of flaws in its encryption methods. WEP works by using secret keys, or codes to encrypt data. Then there is the next level called WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) which offers stronger encryption compared to WEP.

If you have newer networking equipment you should have an option for WPA2. WPA2 is a newer version of WPA and has been available on all certified wireless hardware since 2006. If your wireless router is older than 2006 then it may be time for an upgrade if you are worried about security.

Although WPA is still very secure it has been found to be vulnerable to hacking in some cases. WPA2 provides stronger wireless security than WPA and is stronger than WPA due to its superior encryption algorithm. WPA2 is part of the 802.11i standard and has been designed from the ground up. 802.11i uses the concept of a Robust Security Network (RSN) which supports additional security capabilities. WPA2 requires the use of stronger wireless encryption than what WPA does making it harder to hack. WPA only supports TKIP encryption while WPA2 supports the AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) based encryption mode with stronger security. WPA2 also doesn't allow the use of the TKIP (Temporal Key Integrity Protocol) algorithm like WPA does which has known security holes.

One potential downside to WPA2 is that it requires more processing power compared to WPA and it can slow down a network if you are using older hardware that is not in sync with WPA2. If your wireless network hardware is compatible with WPA2 then performance hits will minimal and you most likely won't even notice.

Most home users should be ok with either WPA or WPA2 as long as you have a proper password. You should make sure your password is as complex as you can by using upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Lost your Windows password? Here’s what you can do to get around

Due to the security features built into Windows XP, it is virtually impossible to get back into the system without the password.
You have several options to try and get around this problem.
If you have access to another user account with administrator rights, you can use that account to change the password of the account that is locked out. You can also use the default Administrator account that is built into Windows XP.
First you need to boot the system into Safe Mode.
  1. Restart your system.
  2. When you see the blue screen, press the ( F8 ) key about 3 times a second.
  3. You should get the Windows startup menu. Use the (Up or Down) arrow keys to highlight (SafeMode).
  4. Press (Enter) on (Safe Mode), then press (Enter) on (Windows XP).
  5. The system should boot to Safe Mode.
Once you are at the Account Log on Screen, click on the icon for the user account with administrator rights, or click on the icon for the administrators account.
Note: For Home the Administrator account isn’t normally shown & in Safe Mode you have to press Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys twice to show. For PRO you can do this in normal mode
When the system has booted to the desktop, use the following steps to change the accounts password.
  1. Click Start, Control Panel, Administrative Tools.
  2. Click Computer Management.
  3. Double click Local Users and Groups, double click the folder Users.
  4. Right click on the account name that is locked out, and click on Set Password.
  5. You may get a warning message about changing the password, simply click proceed.
  6. Leave the New Password box blank, also leave the Confirm Password box blank.
  7. Click OK, and OK again.
  8. Then close all Windows, reboot the system and try to log in.
There are also applications that can recover the password for you.
If the above information does not help in recovering the password, the only option left is to format the hard drive then reinstall Windows and the system software

How To Uninstall An Application That Has No Uninstall Program

If you want to uninstall an application that has no uninstall program and it is not listed in the Add/Remove applet of Control Panel (or that uninstall doesn't work), then just delete the directory/files.

  • Make a backup of the registry

  • Shutdown the application, if it is running (If WinNT+ check also for services)

  • Search the registry for any references to the directory where the application resides, and remove them

  • Search the registry for any references to the name of the application, and remove them

  • Start Regedit and drill down to :


  • [HKEY_CURRENT_USER \Software \]
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \Software \]
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \Software \Microsoft \Windows \CurrentVersion \SharedDLLs]



  • Rename the directory in which the application was installed in the first place

  • Reboot and if everything goes well, then delete the renamed directory

  • Use Explorer to to remove the entries from the Start Menu in either
    C:\Documents and Folders\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\ and/or
    C:\Documents and Folders\(your username)\Start Menu\Programs\
    If there is an entry in the Add/Remove list, start regedit go to:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall
    Locate the entry and delete it. If the app has a service, edit:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services
    and scroll down till you locate it. Then delete it. If this app starts automatically and there is no entry in the StartUp folder(s), then use Regedt32 to edit:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Windows
    Aaron Stebner discribes another method in his Aaron Stebner's WebLog
    Also worth to check : http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314481 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/Q247501 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/Q247515 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/Q290301

    Add Remove Program Cleaner 2 :This program allows you to clean up the Add/Remove programs list in the control panel. It should only be used to remove entries that are broken and cannot be removed by running the uninstall program.
    SparksSpace023
    Add-Remove-Program-Cleaner |Sys Req:Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista | Freeware | 940KB

    Disabling Windows Vista UAC

    There is an easy way to disable Windows Vista UAC (User Account Control), it will only take seconds.
    1. Click on the Start menu and click on the Control Panel
    2. From the Control Panel search box, type and search for "disable uac" (without quotes)
    3. Click on the "Turn on User Account Control (UAC) to make your computer more secure", then uncheck "Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer"
      Disable Windows Vista User Account Control (UAC)
    4. If you're done just click on the OK button, reboot you're computer when prompted

    How to turn off Low Disk Space warning in Windows XP ?

    Annoyed by the Low disk space warning that comes in the tray icon whenever your disk runs out of space ? Do you want to turn of the Low disk space warning ?
    • Open your registry editor by typing " REGEDIT " in the run prompt .
    • Navigate as follows : HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Policies\ Explorer.
    • Now Right Click in the right pane , Click New -> Dword and name it as NoLowDiskSpaceChecks. .
    • Double-click on NoLowDiskSpaceChecks, and enter the value as 1, and press OK.
    Thats it . From now on you wont get annoying Low disk space error .

    How to remove RAVMON Virus from your PC ? Show hidden files and folders not working ? Computer shuts down automatically ?


    Is your right click context menu showing some Chinese scripts ? Is your show hidden files and folders not working ? Is your command prompt , Registry Editor and task manager disabled ??

    If all these things are happening to your Computer , the reason is that it has got infected by a virus named " RAVMON " .What can this Virus do ??
    • Disables task manager , Registry Editor and Command prompt .
    • Right click menu shows some Chinese scripts as shown in the figure.
    • Computer shutdown automatically and slogs a lot.
    • Folder Options disappear
    • Show hidden files and folders Option won't work.
    With all these things not working , I can understand what can go with you !! I saw this thing on my friends PC . Then only I decided to write the solution for this.So how are you going to remove this ?

    Download it and remove the Virus.

    Download the RAVMON virus removal Tool
    Note : Wait for the page to load and then click start download


    One you download the tool , you can see the menu as shown in the figure.Click on the three of them.and press OK.If you are not infected with RAVMON then the tool automatically shows the error message.So download it and enjoy using your PC.

    Speedup Folder Browsing.

    You may have noticed that everytime you open my computer to browse folders that there is a slight delay. This is because Windows XP automatically searches for network files and printers everytime you open Windows Explorer. To fix this and to increase browsing significantly:

    1. Open My Computer
    2. Click on Tools menu
    3. Click on Folder Options
    4. Click on the View tab.
    5. Uncheck the Automatically search for network folders and printers check box
    6. Click Apply
    7. Click Ok
    8. Reboot your computer

    Save Google Presentations as (.PPT) Powerpoint Files

    The issue that concerns users the most when adopting trends of cloud computing is the compatibility of web applications with desktop sofwares. Google Docs today added a new feature to Google Presentations that will allow users to save Google Presentations as (.PPT) Powerpoint Files thus adding backward compatibility.

    To save a Google Presentation as a (.PPT) Powerpoint File open the File menu in Google Docs and click on the new option that says “Save as PPT”. This new feature will now allow you to edit your Google Presentation on Microsoft Powerpoint and vice versa so you can work on it anywhere, anytime even offline.

    How to remove Virus from USB Drives

    One of the ways by which a virus can infect your PC is through USB/Pen drives. Common viruses such as ’Ravmon’ , ‘New Folder.exe’, ‘Orkut is banned’ etc are spreading through USB drives. Most anti virus programs are unable to detect them and even if they do, in most cases they are unable to delete the file, only quarantine it. Here are the things which you can do if you want to remove such viruses from your USB Drive
    Whenever you plug a USB drive in your system, a window will appear similar to the one shown below
    USB
    Don’t click on Ok , just choose ‘Cancel’. Open the Command Prompt by typing ‘cmd‘ in the run box. In the command prompt type the drive letter: and press enter . Now type dir /w/a and press enter.
    This will display a list of the files in the pen drive. Check whether the following files are there or not
    • Autorun.inf
    • Ravmon.exe
    • New Folder.exe
    • svchost.exe
    • Heap41a
    • or any other exe file which may be suspicious.
    If any of the above files are there, then probably the USB drive is infected. In command prompt type attrib -r -a -s -h *.* and press enter. This will remove the Read Only, Archive, System and hidden file attribute from all the files. Now just delete the files using the command del filename. example del Ravmon.exe. Delete all the files that are suspicious. To be on a safer side, just scan the USB drive with an anti virus program to check whether it is free of virus or not. Now remove the drive and plug it again. In most of the cases, the real culprit turns out to be the “Autorun.inf” file which mostly gets executed when someone clicks Ok in the dialog window which appears above. Thus the infections can spread
    Security Tip
    Disable the Autoplay feature of USB drives. If you disable the Autoplay feature of USB drives, then there are lesser chances of the virus spreading. A tool which can perform such a function is Tweak UI. Download it from here install it.
    Tweak UI
    Run the program. Now you can disable the Autoplay feature of the removable drives as shown above. By following the above steps, you can keep your USB drives clean.
    Update: Tweak UI is a freeware software you can download it here: http://www.filehippo.com/download_tweakui/

    Disable USB Ports

    Here is a way to disable USB ports in an Active Directory Domain


    In Active Directory Users and Computers, open an existing GPO or create a new one and open it. Use the security settings of that GPO to specify which computers it affects.

    In that GPO, go to Computer Configuration – Windows Settings – Security Settings – File System and create a new entry (right-click File System and select Add File). Specify the location of USBSTOR.INF (usually SystemRoot%\Inf\USBSTOR.INF)
    Change the security settings of the new entry. The security settings that you specify here will be enforced on the USBSTOR.INF of every computer to which the GPO is applied. This process is not additive, which means that the previous security settings of USBSTOR.INF will be overwritten by the ones given in the GPO. It is therefore recommended to grant full control to SYSTEM and local administrators. But unlike in the default security settings of USBSTOR.INF, you should not grant any priviledges to Everybody. You do not need to explicitly deny access – just omit an entry for Everybody. Optionally, you can grant read access to a certain group. Members of this group will be able to use USB storage.

    Repeat the above two steps for USBSTOR.PNF.

    Download USBSTOR.ADM.

    Back in the GPO, right-click Administrative Templates under Computer Configuration and select Add/Remove Templates. Click Add and browse to the location of USBSTOR.ADM. Close the dialog.

    You should now have an additional entry called Services and Drivers in Administrative Templates. Click on it. If it is empty, select View from the menu and uncheck Show Policies Only. Click back on Services and Drivers in Administrative Templates. It should now show the USB Storage policy. Double click it, select Enabled and pick Disabled from the Startup Type drop down. Again, the policy must be enabled wheras Startup Type must be Disabled.
    Close the dialog as well as the GPO and boot/reboot one of your workstations. Make sure no USB strorage device is connected to that computer. Log on with administrative privileges and check the permissions of USBSTOR.INF and USBSTOR.PNF. Check the value of the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\UsbStor\Start. It should be 4. It is also ok if the UsbStor key doesn't exist at all.
    On the same workstation, log off and back on as a user that should not have access to USB storage. Connect a USB memory stick or a similar device. Nothing should happen. Remove the memory stick.

    Log on as a user that should have access to USB storage and execute net start usbstor in a command shell or at Start – Run before connecting the memory stick. The memory stick should initialized and mapped to a drive letter. If USBSTOR fails to start, it's probably because this is the first time a memory stick is plugged into the workstation in which case USBSTOR is not yet installed. Nevertheless, the memory stick should be initialized and mapped correctly but you need to reboot in order to reapply the administrative template such that USBSTOR is disabled again. Alternatively, you can disable it manually by downloading and double clicking USBSTOR.REG as well as executing net stop usbstor.

    Instruct the users with access to USB storage that they need to execute net start usbstor before they can connect a USB storage device.

    Increase Hard Disk speed in Windows

    If you like to increase/optimize your Hard Disk I/O - read/write speed without buying expensive software utilities to do that job or changing the HD, just follow next steps. With doing these steps you will increase Hard disk speed (depends of manufacture and specification, but its worth to try). The most speed improvement is visible with IDE drives; however there are reports that this tweak also does good for SCSI disks.

    In any case, it won't harm your system, so try it yourself and let me know what you find!

    Steps:

    1. Run SYSEDIT.EXE from the start & then Run command.
    2. Expand the system.ini file window.
    3. Scroll down almost to the end of the file untill you find a line called [386enh].
    4. Press Enter to make one blank line, and in that line type
    5. Irq14=4096 (note: This line IS CASE SENSITIVE)
    6. Click on the File menu, then choose Save.
    7. Close SYSEDIT and reboot your computer.
    8. Restart windows!

    The speed improvement will be noticed just after the system reboots, any system info. software can be used to check the improvement.

    How to Stop the Autorun PC Virus Infection ?

    The free Panda USB Vaccine allows users to vaccinate their PCs in order to disable Autorun completely so that no program from any USB/CD/DVD drive (regardless of whether they have been previously vaccinated or not) can auto-execute. This is a really helpful feature as there is no user friendly and easy way of completely disabling Autorun on a Windows PC.




    Panda USB Vaccine is a 100% free utility. Its tested under Windows 2000 SP4, Windows XP SP1-SP3, and Windows Vista SP0 and SP1.

    http://download.cnet.com/Panda-USB-Vaccine/3000-2239_4-10909938.html

    Thursday, January 20, 2011

    Increase your BitTorrent Speed with Acceleration Patch 4.7.3

    BitTorrent Acceleration Patch description - An innovative plug-in for BitTorrent that boosts your download speed.

    BitTorrent Acceleration Patch is an innovative plug-in for BitTorrent. Architecture of the program is designed to permit you downloads of MP3s, movies and other desired files at highest speed.
    Bandwidth of your Internet connection is managed as efficiently as possible and BitTorrent Acceleration Patch will help you find more sources to download.BitTorrent Acceleration Patch is a BitTorrent plug-in that allows you to download MP3s and movies.

    Here are some key features of "BitTorrent Acceleration Patch":
    · Automatically resumes paused downloads;
    · Configuration from last run is saved and auto loads on start-up;
    · Clean and free, without any adware or spyware;
    · Finished and wrong files are cleaned automatically;
    · Finds more sources at user-specified intervals;
    · Interface is easy to use and good-looking;
    · Interface is easy operable by a system tray icon.

    Requirements:
    · BitTorrent installed;
    · Internet connection.

    Increase Hard Disk speed in Windows

    If you like to increase/optimize your Hard Disk I/O - read/write speed without buying expensive software utilities to do that job or changing the HD, just follow next steps. With doing these steps you will increase Hard disk speed (depends of manufacture and specification, but its worth to try). The most speed improvement is visible with IDE drives; however there are reports that this tweak also does good for SCSI disks.

    In any case, it won't harm your system, so try it yourself and let me know what you find!

    Steps:

    1. Run SYSEDIT.EXE from the start & then Run command.
    2. Expand the system.ini file window.
    3. Scroll down almost to the end of the file untill you find a line called [386enh].
    4. Press Enter to make one blank line, and in that line type
    5. Irq14=4096 (note: This line IS CASE SENSITIVE)
    6. Click on the File menu, then choose Save.
    7. Close SYSEDIT and reboot your computer.
    8. Restart windows!

    The speed improvement will be noticed just after the system reboots, any system info. software can be used to check the improvement.

    Disabling Msn Messenger At Startup

    It is quite irritating that MSN Messenger pops up every time you start windows.

    To disable Messenger MSN from running at startup, try the following :

    (1) Go to the start menu >> RUN >> type "regedit" >> Press enter.

    (2) The Registry editor will now have opened. Navigate to the following Key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft

    (3) Now create a new key by selecting Edit from the main menu bar. Now select New then Key. Name this new Key: Messenger .

    (4) Now select the newly created Messenger Key and create another new Key. Only this time we are going to name it: Client

    (5) Next we have to create a DWORD value. So Right Click the new Client Key and select New then DWORD.

    Name the DWORD PreventRun
    Set's it Data Value to 1.

    Now restart Windows XP and you will have successfully Disabled Messenger MSN.

    Configuring BitTorrent ot MuTorrent To Get Fast Downloading Speed.

    Normally when downloading torrents through torrent clients (Mu torrent etc) one does not get good downloading speeds and it becomes very annoying especially on slow internet connections. Actually it is not the software or torrents at fault but the default settings of MuTorrent (Or BitTorrent) are the culprits. When you download a torrent it is not only downloaded but also uploaded at the same time (Actually it is “Sharing”). Thus uploading also take your bandwidth reducing downloading speeds. By tweaking some settings you can reduce uploading speeds and increase downloading speed. Just follow the below given instructions:

    1. Launch Mu Torrent and go to “Options/Preferences” (Or simply press Ctrl+P keys)
    2. Change the default settings according to the below given snapshots i.e. the settings must be changed exactly as in the pictures below.
    3. Click “Apply” and then “OK” and you are done

     

    Installing and configuring a Wireless Router

    A wireless router affords laptop or portable computer users greater mobility in their homes and businesses. In most home networks, wireless routers are connected to a cable or DSL modem, and the router sends the signals and information that make up an Internet protocol (IP) thread to the user's computer via radio signals rather than wires.
    To communicate with the wireless router, individual computers house transceivers such as an internal expansion card, a peripheral docked by USB or, in the case of laptops, a PC card or hard-wired internal device. For those accessing the Internet through a high-speed connection, a wireless router can also serve as a hardware firewall (as opposed to a software program), enabling protection from undesirable outside computers without exhausting as many system resources as traditional firewall programs. 
     

    Installing a Wireless Router 

    First, turn off the PC and modem, then remove the Ethernet cable from the PC and plug it into the router's WAN port. Install a second Ethernet cable between the PC's Ethernet port and one of the router's Ethernet ports. Power the modem, router and then PC, waiting for the system to boot and initialize before attempting an Internet connection.
    Most routers are programmed with the manufacturer's default settings, including the network's name or service set identifier (SSID), channel and sign-on password. These default settings generally may be changed using included software or an online setup utility provided by the router's manufacturer.
    Configure the router by entering the router configuration IP address at the URL provided, followed by the configuration utility ID and the default password. To find your router's default IP address and the default login info, refer to the owner's manual. If you own a Linksys router, a popular brand, the IP address is usually 192.168.1.1. Two other popular brands, D-Link and Netgear, generally use 192.168.0.1

    Connecting a Printer to a Wireless Router 

    First, check the documentation that came with your printer to determine how it's designed to connect to computers. Connections made through Ethernet, USB and (obsolescent) parallel ports are common, but newer printers are sometimes wireless-enabled and allow you to simply add them to your wireless network.
    Refer to the owner's manual for your particular wireless router. Inside, find the default IP address and the default login info. If you own a Linksys router, the IP address is usually 192.168.1.1. Other popular brands D-Link and Netgear generally use 192.168.0.1. 

     


     

     

    How to open office 2007 files into Office 2003

    Today tip will help you to resolve the compatibility issues between the Office 2003 and Office 2007. Because all programs in office 2003 used the old file extensions for its different programs.  For example Word 2003 saved files with extension .doc, Excel 2003 with .xls and PowerPoint with .ppt. but on the other office 2007 used the new file extensions for its different programs.  For example Word 2007 saved files with extension .docx, Excel 2007 with .xlsx and PowerPoint with .pptx. Now the problem is that when you will try to open office 2007 files into office 2003 and you will not open the file due to compatibility issues between both office versions.  Microsoft provides a free compatibility pack to convert office 2007 documents to the office 2003 format. There are many third party free converter are available but here we are using Microsoft office compatibility pack.
    Follow the given steps to download free Microsoft compatibility pack and install it.
    To use this feature, you will need to be logged into your computer with administrative rights.
    Visit the following link to download the Microsoft compatibility pack:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=941b3470-3ae9-4aee-8f43-c6bb74cd1466&displaylang=en

     

    How to access the sharing data offline

    • Access the shared data offline allows you to keep using your shared files, folders and software programs when disconnected from the data server. When you reconnect to your data server, all files will be synchronized to the files on the network.  
      There are two types of configurations required to set the access shared folders offline available, one for data server and other for client computer. 
      Configuration on Data Server.

      First locate the folders that you would like to share or make new folders then share these folders so they can be accessible to any one on the network.
      Now right click on that folder and click on the option "Sharing and security".

      A small dialog box will appear with the title "data properties". Under the "Sharing" tab, select the check box "Share this folder on the network" under the "Network sharing and security".

      Now set the share level permissions that you want to give the users on every folder. Enable cache of share folders by click on cache button (by default it will be enabled).

      Configuration on Client Computer 
      On the client computer, first open My Computer then click on Tools.
      In Tools menu bar, click on Folder Options, a window will appear with the title Folder Options.
      Under the Offline File tab, check the option Enable Offline File. Here you can choose the synchronization process "Synchronize all offline files when logging on", "Synchronize all offline files before logging off" and others.

      Click on Apply button to save the settings and then Ok button to close this window.
      Now sitting on the client computer, try to access the shared folder from the data server.
      First Right click on the shared folder and Click on Make available offline.
      To synchronizing the offline work from client computer to data server, again open My Computer then click on Tools. Click on Synchronize then click on synchronizing button.
       

      After that down to data server and then try to access share folders by give the UNC (Universal Naming Convention) path of data server. But it will be accessible weather the server is down or up.
    Boot Or Start Computer Faster

        Many computers take a lot of time to boot (or start ).This is due to many reasons.

    Some slight changes can do wonders for your system:

    1. Press start->run then type msconfig and press enter.

    Go to the startup tab. Here you will see a list of startup items. These are all the programs that automatically start when you boot your PC. It is these that slow down the boot up process.
                                     So uncheck all the unwanted items like ms-office, messengers other utilities that u may not need at startup). Don't uncheck your antivirus software.

    Restart your Pc to and see for yourself, your pc will now boot faster....  
        
    2. A great new feature in Microsoft Windows XP is the ability to do a boot defragment. This places all boot files next to each other on the disk to allow for faster booting. By default this option is enabled, but on some systems it is not, so below is the information on how to turn it on:

    Go to Start Menu and Click Run
    Type in regedit then click ok
    Find "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Dfrg\BootOpt imizeFunction"
    Select "Enable" from the list on the right
    Right on it and select "Modify"
    Change the value to Y .
    Reboot your Pc and see the change yourself.
     
    3.SPEED UP BOOT BY DISABLING UNUSED PORTS.!!
    You may have tried many tweaks like modifying windows XP start-up applications, prefetches, unload DLLs method, etc. And yes those methods do work for me.
                        I have just accidentally found out another way to give you an extra boost in windows XP's boot performance. This is done by disabling your unused devices in Device Manager. for example, if you don't have input devices that are connected to one of your USB's or COM ports, disabling them will give you an extra performance boost in booting. Go to Control Panel -> System -> Hardware tab -> device manager Disable devices that you don't use for your PC and then

    Gmail Drive guide to use Gmail space as online storage drive hack

    Free Gmail drive help to use gmail space as external drive
    Gmail is really famous among users of all the email clients available on the web and that is not because it has a cool interface rather it is famous for its reliability and huge space which includes storage space of 6000 megabytes  and increasing. Google doesn’t stop here and recently Google announced that users can now buy more online storage for Google services just by paying a little amount. So why not use this online storage space and use it externally probably as a network drive or one of your own computer hard drives.

    Use Google Storage Space as Google Drive
    I am going to show different methods by which your can use your Gmail account space as your external hard drive that too free. You will be able to download (or should I say copy) attachments from your Gmail account to your computer just as you would do from a drive on your computer. You can also use this space to upload content direct from your computer and save it online in your Gmail account.
    1. GMAIL DRIVE
    Gmail Drive Guide free
    GMail Drive is a Shell Namespace Extension that creates a virtual filesystem around your Google Mail account, allowing you to use Gmail as a storage medium.
    GMail Drive creates a virtual filesystem on top of your Google Gmail account and enables you to save and retrieve files stored on your Gmail account directly from inside Windows Explorer. GMail Drive literally adds a new drive to your computer under the My Computer folder, where you can create new folders, copy and drag’n'drop files to.
    With GMail Drive you can easily copy files to your Google Mail Account and retrieve them again.
    When you create a new file using GMail Drive, it generates an e-mail and posts it to your account. The e-mail appears in your normal Inbox folder, and the file is attached as an e-mail attachment. GMail Drive periodically checks your mail account (using the Gmail search function) to see if new files have arrived and to rebuild the directory structures. But basically GMail Drive acts as any other hard-drive installed on your computer.
    You can copy files to and from the GMail Drive folder simply by using drag’n'drop like you’re used to with the normal Explorer folders.

    Because the Gmail files will clutter up your Inbox folder, you may wish to create a filter in Gmail to automatically move the files (prefixed with the GMAILFS letters in the subject) to your archived mail folder.
    Please note that GMail Drive is still an experimental tool. There’s still a number of limitations of the file-system (such as total filename size must be less than 65 characters). Since the tool hooks up with the free Gmail Service provided by Google, changes in the Gmail system may break the tool’s ability to function. I cannot guarantee that files stored in this manner will be accessible in the future.
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    2. PHP GMAIL DRIVE (PGD)
    free guide for php gmail drive pgdPhp Gmail Drive is a new type of file sharing utility. Unlike typical file servers (say xDrive) it uses Gmail as backend file server. You can enjoy it simply by hosting a small PHP script in your web site without any database. Gmail file space is more than 2GB, so you can imagine you already have such a big space on internet. However, you will require a Gmail account (If you don’t have any Gmail address, go GmailSwap or ask your friends.). PGD automatically connects Gmail server and fetches list of all attached files and generate downloadable links in a tree like view. If you are looking for a file server to upload your music or notes without any hassle, PGD is ideal for you. Technically speaking PGD is wrapper of Gmailer . Thought there is  no need to know hecks of PHP or Gmailer.  Just you have to check that your PHP hosting service provider has curl extension of PHP to handle HTTP/HTTPS traffic.
    Features

    * Successfully connects to Gmail and only grabs list of Attachments in Gmail messages.
    * List of attachments are displayed with inbuilt Javascript engine. You can customize output to any other formats.
    * 100% compliant to GMAILFS. So you can upload with Windows Gmail Shell extension or Linux GmailFS utilities..
    * Supports Multiple Gmail accounts in the same script .
    * Supports all browsers.
    * Total size is less than 100 KB.

    Download Latest version
    3. GSPACE
    Free Gspace Guide to use gmail as drive

    Gspace is the FON friendly site that provides FREE Online Storage to access your files everywhere.
    Gspace turns the 2GB of your Gmail account into free online storage. With Gspace you can manage unlimited Gmail accounts to store all type of files within its simple, user friendly interface.
    Listen your favourite stored music directly from your Gspace, view your collections of pictures and manage your Gdrive files as well.
    Gspace works with Windows Os, Linux, and MAS OSX
    Download (I think Gspace is no longer working)

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    Remove Windows Genuine Advantage with WGA Notification 1.5.708.0 All in one

    Recently, Microsoft has updates the latest WGA 1.5.708.0 tools to prevent Windows legit copy since the previous WGA tools has been crack by WGA software patcher. This latest WGA which consists of LegitCheckControl.dll and LegitCheckControl.inf that is installed to whoever that wants to download WGA-protected downloads and software from Microsoft Download Center. But i found a blog site already publish the solution to overcome or bypass the latest WGA 1.5.708.0.
    The solution is WGA (Windows Genuine Advantages) Notification 1.5.708.0 All in one package tools where AIO package tools that consist crack tools to bypass the latest Windows Genuine Advantage 1.5.708 and a couple of useful utilities as below:
    • MS Download Center Code
    • Genuine Validation Status Tool
    • RockXP_v4
    • Windows XP KB905474-x86-1.5.540.0.exe
    • Ms Anti_Piracy WGA nag screen
    Remove WGA
    The AIO package has pack up all crack tools into one executable file with a nice graphical user interface. Using this AIO package, you can make your Windows become genuine from a non-genuine one. The Function of AIO tools like validate your Windows genuine status, changing your Windows product key with KEY PROVIDED, crack the LegitCheckControl.dll to allow Windows Update and crack the Microsoft Anti Piracy nag screen.
    Note: Downloading and using AIO package is your own decision and risk. I do not take any responsibility if you get into trouble with this AIO.
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