Tuesday, March 31, 2009

How to Remove Huelar.exe (mscvhost.exe, winlogos.exe) virus

One of my regular blog reader ask for some advice on how can he remove huelar virus. He said that the only way he knows to remove that pesky virus is to reformat the PC. He ask if there is any possible and alternative way on removing this virus without the need to reformat the PC. Well my friend here is the solution to your problem.

First I will give you an idea about huelar virus. Huelar virus is actually a worm. Once your computer is infected it spreads very fast through your local area network and sends Autorun.inf in every computer connected to the network. It creates the huelar.exe, winlogos.exe and huelarkill.exe folders in your Windows system files directory. It creates a copy of your files and folders and converts them into executables. Once a folder or file is clicked, it will create another copy of the virus, making it very hard to remove. This virus also disables your registry editor and task manager and also your folder options.

What to do if your PC is infected with Huelar virus

First thing that you should do is to disable your autorun, turn off your system restore, start your windows on safe mode, and scan your computer with an updated antivirus. If your antivirus fails to remove this virus, we will now have to delete it manually.

First we will create a batch program to delete all the possible entries of this virus.

Open your notepad then copy and paste the following codes.

@echo off

echo “==============================================================”
echo “Powered by: http://pcremix.com PC Tips and Tweaks”
echo “==============================================================”

:next
taskkill -im mscvhost.exe
taskkill -im winlogos.exe
taskkill -im huelar.exe
:next
tskill -im mscvhost.exe
tskill -im winlogos.exe
tskill -im huelar.exe
:next
REGEDIT /s Huelarkiller.reg
:next
taskkill -im mscvhost.exe
taskkill -im winlogos.exe
taskkill -im huelar.exe
:next
del C:\*.exe
:next
del D:\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\mscvhost.exe
:next
del %Root%\Documents and Settings\\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\mscvhost.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Application Data\Adobe\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\console.exe
:next
del C:\*.inf
:next
del C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\mswinxpa_sp3upd.exe
:next
del C:\*.htt
:next
del C:\desktop.ini
:next
del D:\*.inf
:next
del D:\*.htt
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\#SharedObjects\KW2WSRBN\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\macromedia.com\support\flashplayer\sys\*.exe
:next
del D:\desktop.ini
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\desktop.ini
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\huelar.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\winlogos.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\*.htt
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\x64console.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system\desktop.ini
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system\Folder.htt
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system\x64console.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\console.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\desktop.ini
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\Folder.htt
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\x64console.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\huelar.exe
:next
del My Documents\*.htt
:next
del My Documents\desktop.ini
:next
del My Documents\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Start Menu\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Application Data\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Cookies\*.txt
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Favorites\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Local Settings\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Local Settings\Temp\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\mscvhost.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Default User\Cookies.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\NetworkService\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Cookies.exe
:next
del C:\Program Files\Common Files\*.exe
:next
del C:\Program Files\*.exe
:next
del C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Messenger\skins\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Application Data\Microsoft\*.exe
:next
del C:\Program Files\ScanSoft\PaperPort\UserConfig\My Paperport Documents\*.exe
:next
del C:\RECYCLER.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\Web.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\Web\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\usmt.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogos.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\xircom.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\Tasks.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\twain_32\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\HuelarKiller.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\mscvhost.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\mscvhost.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\WinSxS.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\WinSxS\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\ReinstallBackups.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\ReinstallBackups\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\Restore.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\ShellExt.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\SoftwareDistribution.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\SoftwareDistribution\Setup.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\SoftwareDistribution\Setup\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\drivers.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\twain_32.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\huelar.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\usmt.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Application Data\Macromedia\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\*.htt
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\*.ini
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\*.inf
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\#SharedObjects.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\#SharedObjects\KW2WSRBN.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\#SharedObjects\KW2WSRBN\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Application Data\Microsoft.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Application Data\Microsoft\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Application Data\Microsoft\Installer.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Application Data\Microsoft\Installer\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Application Data\Microsoft\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Application Data\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\ChikkaDefault.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\ChikkaDefault\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\ChikkaDefault\Data\ADS.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\ChikkaDefault\Data\ADS\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\ChikkaDefault\Data\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Desktop\New Folder.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\My Documents\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Local Settings\Application Data\Google.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Picasa2.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Picasa2\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Local Settings\Temp\pft18~tmp.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Local Settings\Temp\pft18~tmp\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Local Settings\Temp\Picasa2\Picasa filecheck.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Local Settings\Temp\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Local Settings\Temp\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Microsoft Office.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Local Settings\Temp\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Local Settings\Temp\OIS.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Local Settings\Temp\OIS\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\ALEO5B74\RSU78X1M.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\ALEO5B74\RSU78X1M\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\Cookies.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\Local Settings\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\directx.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\microsoft.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\Tools.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\wins.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\temp.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\twain_32.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\pchealth.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\pchealth\ERRORREP.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\pchealth\ERRORREP\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\pchealth\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\pchealth\helpctr\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\*.exe
:next
del C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Local Settings\Temp\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\pchealth\helpctr\System\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\pchealth\helpctr\System\images\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\pchealth\helpctr\System\panels\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\pchealth\helpctr\System\Remote Assistance\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\pchealth\helpctr\System\Remote Assistance\Interaction\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\pchealth\helpctr\System\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\pchealth\helpctr\System\sysinfo\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\pchealth\helpctr\Vendors\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\PeerNet.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\Prefetch.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\Profiles.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\Profiles\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\Profiles\All Users\Adobe.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\Profiles\All Users\Adobe\Webbuy.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\Provisioning.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\Provisioning\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\Registration.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\Registration\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\Resources.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\repair.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\Resources\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\Resources\Themes\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\Resources\Themes\Luna\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\security\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\SHELLNEW.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\cf8ec753e88561d2ddb53e183dc05c3e\asms\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\cf8ec753e88561d2ddb53e183dc05c3e\asms\10\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\cf8ec753e88561d2ddb53e183dc05c3e\asms\10\msft\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\cf8ec753e88561d2ddb53e183dc05c3e\asms\10\msft\windows\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\cf8ec753e88561d2ddb53e183dc05c3e\asms\10\policy\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\cf8ec753e88561d2ddb53e183dc05c3e\asms\10\policy\msft\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\cf8ec753e88561d2ddb53e183dc05c3e\asms\10\policy\msft\windows\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\cf8ec753e88561d2ddb53e183dc05c3e\asms\51\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\cf8ec753e88561d2ddb53e183dc05c3e\asms\51\msft\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\cf8ec753e88561d2ddb53e183dc05c3e\asms\51\msft\windows\system\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\cf8ec753e88561d2ddb53e183dc05c3e\asms\51\policy\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\cf8ec753e88561d2ddb53e183dc05c3e\asms\51\policy\msft\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\cf8ec753e88561d2ddb53e183dc05c3e\asms\51\policy\msft\windows\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\cf8ec753e88561d2ddb53e183dc05c3e\asms\51\policy\msft\windows\system\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\cf8ec753e88561d2ddb53e183dc05c3e\asms\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\cf8ec753e88561d2ddb53e183dc05c3e\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\srchasst.exe
:next
del C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Professional\RunTime\*.exe
:next
del C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\THEMES11\*.exe
:next
del C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\*.exe
:next
del C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\*.exe
:next
del C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\7\*.exe
:next
del C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\appmgmt.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\1054.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\2052.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\3076.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\1042.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\1041.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\1037.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\1033.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\1031.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\1028.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\1025.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\3com_dmi.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\CatRoot.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\appmgmt\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\CatRoot_bak.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\CatRoot2.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\Color.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\Com.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\config.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\dhcp.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\ias.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\icsxml.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\IME.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\Macromed.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\mui.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\npp.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\oobe.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\PreInstall.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\ras.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\ReinstallBackups.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\ShellExt.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\mui\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\oobe\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\system32\oobe\html\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\WinSxS\Policies\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\WebJetWizard.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\assembly\GAC_MSIL\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\$NtUninstallKB950749$.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\$hf_mig$\KB951072-v2\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\$hf_mig$\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\$hf_mig$\KB946648\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\$hf_mig$.exe
:next
del C:\System Volume Information.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\assembly.exe
:next
del C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\40.exe
:next
del C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\40\*.exe
:next
del C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\assembly\GAC_MSIL\CLI.Aspect.AForce.Graphics.Dashboard.resources\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\assembly\GAC_MSIL\CLI.Component.Eeu.resources\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\assembly\GAC_MSIL\CLI.Component.Erecord.resources\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\assembly\GAC_MSIL\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\assembly\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\assembly\GAC_MSIL\CLI.Component.Dashboard.resources\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\assembly\GAC_MSIL\CLI.Component.Dashboard.HotKeyManager.Resources\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\assembly\GAC_MSIL\CLI.Component.Dashboard.ProfileManager.Resources\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\assembly\GAC_MSIL\CLI.Component.Systemtray.resources\*.exe
:next
del C:\RECYCLER\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\assembly\GAC_MSIL\CLI.Component.Wizard.resources\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\assembly\GAC_MSIL\PCKGHLP.Foundation.Implementation.resources\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\assembly\NativeImages_v2.0.50727_32\*.exe
:next
del C:\WINDOWS\assembly\GAC_MSIL\CLI.Aspect.MMVideo.Graphics.Wizard.resources\*.exe
:end

Save the this file as cleaner.bat

Next is, we will do a registry entry.

Open your Notepad again and copy and paste the following code.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
“DisableRegistryTools”=dword:0

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Huelar]
“ValueToBeRemoved”=-

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
“Huelar Services 2.0″=”"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
“winlogos.exe”=”"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
“Microsoft Service Host”=”"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
“Huelar Services 2.0″=-

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
“winlogos.exe”=-

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
“Microsoft Service Host”=-

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
“Shell”=”explorer.exe”

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
“Window Title”=”Microsoft Internet Explorer”

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
“Start Page”=”http://yahoo.com”

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
“DisableTaskMgr”=dword:0

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
“NoDriveTypeAutoRun”=dword:255

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel]
“Homepage”=dword:0

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
“NoFolderOptions”=dword:0

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion]
“IeakHelpString”=”I will always be with you, Emman!”

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
“Hidden”=dword:1

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
“ShowSuperHidden”=dword:1

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
“HideFileExt”=dword:0

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
“SuperHidden”=dword:1


Save the file as huelarkiller.reg

Run cleaner.bat then run huelar.reg

Restart your computer

Huelar virus should now be gone on your system.

Monday, March 30, 2009

How to Fix Error 27 on Canon Pixma MP145


1. Press the ON/OFF button and the STOP/RESET button at the same time.

2. Press the ON/OFF button and then press the STOP/RESET button twice to enter maintenance mode (you should see a 0 value on your MP145 LED indicator).

3. Press the STOP/RESET button 4 times to reset the waste ink counter.

4. Turn off your printer.

5. Turn on your printer.

6. If unsuccessful go back to first step and try again until you get your desired result.

How to check if your PSP can have CFW installed

Taken from: atmaxplorer.com

I’ve been receiving tons of questions on how to check if their PSP can have custom firmware installed. Here’s a complete and concise guide to get you going. Make sure to read through the guide fully since it will answer all your psp motherboard related questions.

First of, you need to understand that there are three types of PSPs:

1) 1000 Series (Also known as PSP Phat/Fat)
2) 2000 Series (Also known as PSP Slim or Lite & Slim)
3) 3000 Series (Also known as PSP Brite)

So why install Custom Firmware on a PSP?

People install Custom Firmware so they can run Homebrew, programs developed by people that don’t have a contract with Sony. A PSP with Custom Firmware could also back up your games from the UMD to your computer; it also allows you to play those backups from your Memory Stick (MS). You could also do some serious customizations to your theme. Basically, you free your PSP from the hands of Sony.

Why can’t I install Custom Firmware on my PSP?

Your PSP probably has a TA-088v3 (Found in some 2000 series units) or TA-090v2 (Found in all 3000 series units) motherboard, which are, to-date, still aren’t supported by the current Custom Firmware versions so you can’t install it on them.

From here on, Here’s some clarifications:

All 1000 Series (or PSP Phat) PSPs are crackable to date. You can use Pandora and an MMS to install Custom Firmware or some other method.

The 2000 Series is a split family. It has 3 generations, differentiated by the motherboard installed on them.

1) 1st Generation 2000 Series uses TA-085xx and is supported by Custom Firmware.
2) 2nd Generation 2000 Series uses TA-088v3 and is not supported by Custom Firmware.
3) 3rd Generation 2000 Series uses TA-090v1 and is supported by Custom Firmware.

So if you have a PSP Slim and don’t have TA-088v3 motherboard, rest assured that you can install Custom Firmware on it.

All 3000 Series (or PSP Brite) have the TA-090v2 Motherboard, which is still unsupported by Custom Firmware. Sony has made the latest iteration of the PSP hardware secured under a bigger lock and key. A few enterprising people claim to have the PSP-3000 hacked but it’s nothing more than smoke and mirrors.

Here’s a list of all the Motherboards made & released by Sony:



We all know how to tell if a PSP is a PSP 1000 because of it’s bulk. The same goes for the 3000 Series because of the PSP-3000’s features. What’s difficult is telling if your PSP Slim (PSP-2000) can have Custom Firmware installed.

Here’s 7 ways to tell if you can install Custom Firmware or not:

1) What is the Firmware the PSP came with?
The original firmware that came with the PSP right out of the box is an indication of its Motherboard, & here’s the list:

1) Official Firmware 3.60: Supported by Custom Firmware
2) Official Firmware 3.71: Supported by Custom Firmware
3) Official Firmware 3.72: Supported by Custom Firmware
4) Official Firmware 3.80: Supported by Custom Firmware
5) Official Firmware 3.90: Supported by Custom Firmware
6) Official Firmware 3.95: Supported by Custom Firmware
7) Official Firmware 4.01: Very high chance of no Custom Firmware support


If you’ve bought a PSP with Official Firmware higher than 4.01, chances are it doesn’t support Custom Firmware, any attempt to install it will be met with a Game could not be started error.

Note: If you updated the PSP or the PSP you’ve bought has been upgraded before you got your hands on it then you need to find out what was the first firmware installed on it as the list above only applies to said version.

2) What is the PSP’s Serial Number?
The Serial Number is found on a label where the battery is supposed to go. Refer to the picture below for a better illustration:



Note that this applies to Piano Piano Black PSPs (for now). If the serial starts with HU2, then the PSP most likely has a TA-088v3 Motherboard. Any other serial (Say starting with HC or HB or HJ) can have CFW installed.

3) What’s is the PSP’s Identification Letter
It’s the letter on a label on the box that indicates the version of the unit. A picture is shown below:



Note that this label is only present on the normal PSP box and not those large “Limited Edition” ones.

Anyways, See the G there?

PSP-2000 CW
100v
G


That G is the letter in question. Here’s a list of all the letters that the 2000 series ship with:

1) No Letter) = 3.60
2) A = 3.71
3) B = Doesn’t exist
4) C = 3.72
5) D = Doesn’t exist
6) E = 3.80
7) F = 3.90
8) G = 3.95 (TA-088v1) / 4.01 (TA-088v2) / 4.01 (TA-088v3)


If the letter is absent or is from A to F, then you can install Custom Firmware. If it’s a G then you can’t.

4) What’s the Box’s Serial Number?
If your box doesn’t have a label with a letter in it, like the G in the third method, then it should have a label with another serial that’s not related to the PSP unit.



Note that American 2000 series (2001 PSPs) & Japanese PSPs (Both 1000 series & 2000 series) Don’t have those date codes on them, just like the 2001 Piano Black PSP pictured above.

The 2000 Series Date Codes go as follows:

7C: Supported by Custom Firmware
7D: Supported by Custom Firmware
7(Any later Letter): Supported by Custom Firmware
8A: Supported by Custom Firmware
8B: Supported by Custom Firmware
8C: very high chance it’s not supported by Custom Firmware
8D: Not supported by Custom Firmware


5) Using Dark_AleX’s TA-088v3 Identifier:
It’s pretty straight forward. If it doesn’t work, it’s a TA-090v1 or TA-088v3 meaning you can’t install anything on it.

6) Got a limited Edition PSP?

Daxter Limited Edition Pack:

3.80 OFW & TA-085v2 Motherboard: supported by Custom Firmware


God of War Limited Edition Pack:

3.95 OFW & TA-088v2 Motherboard: supported by Custom Firmware


Madden 09 Limited Edition Pack:

3.95 OFW & a TA-088v2 Motherboard: supported by Custom Firmware
4.01 OFW & a TA-088v3 Motherboard: isn’t supported by Custom Firmware


Now, if you’re still not sure how to proceed, ask a friend who’s familiar with Custom Firmwares to check for you. If you have a suggestion or a question, just post a comment.

New Folder.exe Virus Removal

New Folder.exe virus is a more severe virus with some unusual effects. New Folder.exe virus disables the task manager, folder options, registry editors and creates .exe’s and folders throughout the file system. If you have the New Folder.exe infection, try this fix to remove it from your computer!

1. Download SDFix to your computer, run the .exe after its fully downloaded. It will extract the files to a %systemdrive%- usually C:/SDFix (Save it to your Desktop after)

2. After this has been completed, boot up into safe mode (Hit F8 during your computer start up and in the options, chose Safe Mode)

3. Rightclick on the SDFix.zip folder and choose Extract All. Open the extracted folder - C:\ SDFix and doubleclick on RunThis.bat to start the script.

4. Type in Y and it will run the script. It will automatically remove some registry keys that are/have been infected. Once that has been complete, it will ask you to press any key to reboot– it’s ok to reboot at this moment.

5. Your computer will be slower on reboot but that is normal for this process. Once your machine boots into the operating system, the utility will complete the removal process. When it is done, press any key and your desktop will load like normal!

This should take care of it.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

How to Get Rid of Avira's Nag Screen

After each update Avira puts up a nag screen, asking you to upgrade to the Premium or paid version. If you don’t want to see this screen follow these steps to disable it. This applies to Vista Ultimate and the new Avira 9.0.0.386:

1) Start-> Run. Type secpol.msc to open the Local Security Policy window.
2) Click on Software Restriction Policy-> Additional Rules.
3) Right-click Additional Rules-> New path rule.
4) Click Browse and navigate to c:\Program files\Avira\Antivir Desktop and select avnotify.exe. Set the security level to Disallowed-> Apply-> OK. You won’t see the nag screen again during future updates.

If secpol.msc won't run on your machine, the easiest way to disable the Avira Nag Screen is to Open regedit and navigate to:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]

In the right pane double-click avgnt and add /nosplash at the end of the path (ex. /min /nosplash)

Download DirectX 11 for Windows 7 or Vista

You might know Microsoft has evolved a long way in improving their new OS Windows 7 by coming up with new builds and loads of changes embedded with it.Microsoft has also brought new changes in field of Direct X era to implement latest graphic card features for a wide vareity of Hi-end games and Digitalised features.

After making DirectX 10 available for Windows Vista,now Microsoft has been working on getting DirectX 11 with Direct 3D 11 to existence.Earlier i had blogged that Win Xp users can make use of Warp 10 3d to make use of DirectX10 effects using a DirectX 9 based graphic card as Direct X 11 is not available for Xp Users.

Windows 7/Direct 3D 11 Technical preview is a part of DirectX SDK and mainly contains a preview of Direct2D, DirectWrite, DXGI 1.1.Most important is that its available in DirectX End-user Runtimes.Currently Windows 7/Direct3D 11 (DirectX 11) is supported only on Windows 7 and Windows Vista. I just finished downloading it and its a 514.2 MB file.

Download DirectX 11 for Windows7/Vista (SDK) - 514.2MB
Download DirectX 11 for Windows7/Vista(Web Installer)


Friday, March 27, 2009

Windows Automatically Logs Off – Login Log Off Loop

If the system registry or boot files are corrupted, then a repair install of Windows is a good option. Repair install of Windows will replace corrupted files will the default files found in the Windows Installation Disk.

To do a repair install, boot with the Windows XP installation CD. When it says you want to setup Windows, press Enter. Then you have to agree to the License agreement by pressing F8. Then the process will search for existing installations of Windows. If it finds one, it’ll show you and ask whether you want to repair it or clean install a brand new Windows XP. Select to auto repair the existing Windows XP. It’ll go on with the repairing which is like installing new Windows. This will most likely solve the problem. If the problem persists, follow with the solution 2.

Solution 2: (Virus Attacks Likely)

The logon process is initiated by a file called userinit.exe which is located in System32 directory. If, by some means, it gets corrupted or it gets deleted, the user will not be able to logon. In this case you have to copy this file to your System32 directory again. To do this, boot with Windows installation CD or any other bootable CD (if you have userinit.exe with yourself) which gives access to the hard drive and copy the userinit.exe file back to system32.

The registry value of Userinit must also be directing to the correct path of userinit.exe. To see the Userinit value, go to the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

In the right hand pane, find Userinit and make sure its value is pointing to the correct userinit.exe path. In my case, the path is:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe,


Solution 1: (System Corruption)

If you’re having any problem or solution regarding this, please let me know.

How to Enable/Disable UAC Using Msconfig Tool in Vista

Here is a small but useful guide that shows you how to enable/disable UAC (User Account Control) in Vista by using msconfig tool. Generally, we use msconfig tool to change boot options, remove startup applications & services, and other boot related functions.

Many users don’t the fact that even msconfig tool can be used to enable/disable UAC easily. Though we can change UAC settings in the User Accounts, using msconfig is very simple and straight-forward. Just follow the procedure below to enable/disable UAC via msconfig.

1. In the Start menu search field, type in msconfig and hit enter to open System Configuration dialog box.

2. Click Continue for the UAC prompt (If you see any!).

3. Move to Tools tab.

4. Select the tool labeled Disable UAC (or Enable UAC) and click the Launch button.



5. Once you click the Launch button, a command prompt window will appear displaying the successful message. Exit the Command Prompt and reboot your machine to apply the change.

6. Done!

How to Enable or Disable RegEdit, Task Manager and CMD

Regedit, Task Manager and cmd; These are the most common thing computer virus will target at. Before they infect any other places, they will first disable your access to those 3 and it is always an indicator for users that something is wrong. That is also the moment when people start to panicking around if they have due assignments or projects with their computers. Usually, most people will just declare a full scan using their antivirus praying to God that He still gives the computer a chance to live. No? I think it is just me then.

Sometimes, after the scanning and cleaning, even though the virus itself has gone, it still may leave some traces of it: your Regedit, Task Manager, cmd and Folder Options (occasionally) are still disabled. Then what is your first approach for this?

Today, I have just found out another good vbs scripts. These scripts can enable and disable your Regedit, Task Manager and cmd easily just by double clicking.

Although its effectiveness has not been tested during the virus or trojan infection, it is still necessary to have these scripts on hand for just-in-case. Here are the direct download links for:

[ RegSwitch ] [ TaskmgrSwitch ] [ cmdSwitch ]


The scripts are solely developed by prashanthpai, from a forum. If you find these scripts have helped you in some way, you may consider to leave a thanks for him.

I know some of the antiviruses may have detected the download links as an embedded Trojan, but the scripts themselves are totally safe to use. You should not worry about that. They are detected as Trojan because the scripts can alter your Windows configuration i.e. the task manager, regedit and cmd.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

How To Remove or Uninstall Bonjour and mDNSResponder.exe

Bonjour, also known as zero-configuration networking or Zeroconf. It enables automatic discovery of computers, devices, and services on IP networks. Bonjour uses industry standard IP protocols to allow devices to automatically discover each other without the need to enter IP addresses or configure DNS servers (naming servers).

Why Do I Have Bonjour or mDNSResponder.exe running?

If you’ve installed software like Apple’s iTunes, Adobe Premiere Pro, Skype or Gizmo then you probably already a Bonjour folder in your Program Files directory. The service starts automatically and runs a process named mDNSResponder.exe which cannot be ended by Windows Task Manager. If you wanted to remove, uninstall or stop Bonjour from being on your computer then it can seam impossible to find any uninstaller for it! There isn’t even an entry for it in Control Panel’s Add or Remove Programs.


What is Bonjour and mDNSResponder.exe?

How do I safely uninstall Bonjour and remove mDNSResponder.exe process?

Removing Bonjour from your computer.

1. Click on Start > Run > type the command below and hit OK.

“%PROGRAMFILES%\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe” -remove




2. Open the directory C:\Program Files\Bonjour
3. Rename the mdnsNSP.dll file in that folder to mdnsNSP.bak
4. Restart your computer
5. Once you are back in windows Delete the C:\Program Files\Bonjour folder

Step one above will stop and remove Bonjour Service from your computer. To confirm this, click on Start > Run and type services.msc. Look for Bonjour Service name. Congratulations if it’s not there, you’ve successfully removed it.

Other utilities for removing Bonjour or mDNSResponder.exe
The Gizmo Project has created a small tool TurnOffBonjour - that turns off and removes Bonjour service.

But it will not remove the Bonjour folder from Program Files. You will still need to manually delete the Bonjour folder after restart (Step 5 above). The reason why you don’t delete the folder before a restart is in case there’s a problem then the Bonjour files are still there for you to restore the service.

If you encountered problems after uninstalling or removing Bonjour, you can always download and reinstall Bonjour by using the following link.

There is also a new wizard tool called Au Revoir, Bonjour that will remove the Apple Bonjour Service from Windows computers.

Fix file system errors with Check Disk utility (CHKDSK)

Check Disk is a tool used to verify file system integrity and is also used to locate bad sectors of hard drives. It also helps in recovering corrupted data whenever a system failure occurs that involves data integrity (i.e power failure). Below are steps in Windows for operating Check Disk.

Open windows explorer and right click on the drive you want to perform Check Disk. Then select properties option to launch the properties window.



In the properties window click on Tools and under Error checking click on Check Now button.



In the Check Disk option box select both options and click Start to start the checking process.



In Some cases Check Disk cannot start because the disk you want to check is still being used by the system. So to be able to check your disk for errors click on Schedule disk check on the pop up window. Doing this Check Disk will run on dos mode after you restart your system. Do not press any key after you restart so that Check Disk will continue to run. Wait for the process to finish. The whole thing could take up to an hour depending on your hard disk capacity:



You can also use the Check Disk tool on the Command Prompt. To do this click on start and type CMD on the search bar and press enter to launch the command prompt of windows.

In the command prompt window type CHKDSK /? and press To see the lists of command line parameters for CHKDSK.



You will see here the parameters and the function of each parameter. The syntax of the command is also shown.

In most cases it is enough to use the /F or /R parameters to check the disk for any errors. Example of using the command prompt to use Check Disk : type on the command prompt chkdsk c: /f – this command will check the disk C: using the parameter /F which means fix errors on the disk specified. Or chkdsk c: /r which will locate bad sectors and recover readable information and also fix errors on disk C.

Autodesk's AutoCAD 2010 Review

San Rafael, California-based Autodesk recently announced the next version of its landmark AutoCAD application, this time called AutoCAD 2010. The Test Center spent some time looking at the Release Candidate beta, which launched Tuesday.
Installation isn't any different from most applications, with the typical defaults being fine for most users. The program can be installed on most versions of Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or 3 and Windows Vista with Service Pack 1. An application called AutoCAD VBA Enabler must also be installed afterward.

The first thing that jumps out at you when AutoCAD 2010 opens up is the large ribbon interface at the top of the screen. Introduced in the 2009 version, 2010's ribbon is chock-full of options that make it easy to find just about every tool or setting necessary. As reviewers were new to the AutoCAD world, the updated ribbon menus made experimenting with the program a little less daunting.

Since this was a downloaded beta release, there weren't any manuals (print or electronic) to help guide us, so the explanatory menus were helpful in navigating around.

After experiencing the tutorials in Autodesk's newest iteration of its Inventor Suite, we were disappointed not to find any built into this application. The help file did contain a link to tutorials on the company's Web site, but those hadn't been updated to the latest version yet. We suspect this will change when the program goes live.

Without any background using it, AutoCAD was a bit overwhelming for us. Still, we quickly figured out how to create basic three-dimensional objects and change their textures. As with Inventor, intuitive tools allow the user to manipulate the design in a 3-D environment and view it from any position or angle. Unfortunately, we didn't have enough time to learn how to experience all of the capabilities of this powerhouse.

Many of the new features are improvements of existing elements and include free-form design tools, constraint-based parametric drawing tools and enhanced PDF support. In addition, the program now supports 3-D printing.

Autodesk Design Review 2010 is also available as a free download, and allows for an all-digital design review process between team members.

Overall, in our short time learning to use AutoCAD 2010, it is clear that Autodesk is continuing to give its users what they want (or need). It is a mature, robust application that, although not for the layman, is designed to serve the needs of those who have a use for it. At the time of this writing, price and availability had not been announced.

25 (Most Wanted) Tips For IPhone 3G

We all know that the handy user experience of iPhone is one of the selling point. But not so many people do realize that there are several shortcuts, tips and tricks available on the iPhone which able to make life much easier.

We believe every single iPhone users would like to know all of the tips and tricks for every feature of iPhone. In fact, if you dig and explore a little deeper, you will know that you can actually do a lot more on your iPhone. With these lesser-known goodies, you can easily get the most out of your iPhone.

This week, we’ve collected some really amazing tips from Web and our own experiences to present you 25 most wanted tips for iPhone 3G. Full list after jump!

1) How To Disable IPhone 3G GPRS Or Edge Connection

Tap "Setting - General - Network - Cellular Data Network". In the “APN, Username and Password" field, simply type in some words so iPhone will not pass the correct values to service providers. Restart your iPhone if necessary.



2) How To Set Content Restriction

You can set restrictions for iPod content for the use of some applications on iPhone. For example, parents can restrict explicit music from being seen on playlists, or turn off YouTube access entirely.

Just go to “General - Restrictions” then tap Enable Restrictions and enter a four-digit passcode to restrict your content.



3) How To Customize IPhone Wallpaer As Google Calendar And Notes

gCalWall Lite enables users to add their upcoming Google Calendar appointments to their home/unlock screens.



4) How To Train Your IPhone To Learn New Words

You can train your phone to “remember” words if you type them repeatedly, but this tutorial will teach you a better way to train your iPhone to learn new words on the fly.



5) How To Select Other Domain Name Endings

When you type a website URL in the address bar, you can now hold down the ".com" button to get a selection of other domain name endings and tap on any of the endings to insert them in the address bar.



6. How To Take Screen Shot

Hold the "home" button, then hit the "power/sleep" button, the screen will momentarily flash, and the iPhone’s current screen contents will be saved to the Camera Roll.



7. How To Hide SMS Preview

ith Show SMS Preview disabled you will only get a generic "New Text Message".

Go to "General > Passcode Lock" and enter a 4-digit passcode. After that disable "Show SMS Preview".



8) How To Increase The Volume Of The Ringer

Your iPhone’s ringer volume issue can be resolved by using a custom ringtone rather than ringtones currently available on the iPhone.



9. How To Save Images In Safari And Mail

Just touch and hold an image in Safari or Mai, an action sheet will be presented to enable you to save the image. The image will get stored in the “Saved Photos” library of the Photos app.



10) How To Insert Extra Punctuation Keys

Touch and hold the punctuation key and you get a set of additional keys to choose from.



11) How To Force Quit An App

Have you ever been using an app and it’s become completely frozen? You can actually apply a force quit on it by pressing the Home button for at least six seconds.



12) How To Switch Punctuation Keys To Alphabet Keys Quickly

Mode changes in between the punctuation keys and alphabet keys are pretty annoying. To solve it, just press the “.?123″ key, but don’t lift your finger as the punctuation layout appears. Slide your finger a half inch onto the period or comma key, and release. The ABC layout returns automatically.



13) How To Fast Forward/Rewind Music & Video
Press and hold the skip forward/back arrows to fast forward or rewind rather than skip tracks. Also, press on the album art to manually FF/rewind.



14) How To Access IPod Controls Or Phone Favorites Instantly

Go to "Settings - General - Home Button". You can customize by double-clicking the Home Button goes to Home, Phone Favorites or iPod Controls.



15) How To Maximize IPhone Battery Life
Here’s how to live with the iPhone’s battery life while using it a whole lot.



16) How To Erase IPhone Data Thoroughly

A method that should wipe out almost all remnants of your personal data.



17) How To Backup Your IPhone Contacts

A neat application dubbed IDrive Lite that allows you to backup, share and restore all your iPhone contacts completely free of charge if you’ve updated your iPhone software to 2.0.



18) How To Design IPhone Themes

If you’re bored with your default iPhone theme and plan to get more funky on it, you can visit iPhone Theme Generator and grab your own customized theme. It also provides a very good guide on how to install the theme into your iPhone.



19) How To Access The Scientific Calculator

To access the scientific calculator, just rotate your iphone sideways into landscape orientation while using the calculator.



20) How To Share Your IPhone Apps With Others

Melvin Rivera has a great step by step set up, so if you are a multiple iPhone family then you may want to head on over and check it out.



21) How To Use IPhone As External Disk

DiskAid is a tool (freeware) for PC and Mac which enables to use your iPhone or iPod Touch as external Disk. With DiskAid you can transfer files and folders via USB between your device and your Computer.



22) How To Create Free IPhone Ringtones Using ITunes In Windows

A few steps you can actually convert a DRM-free song into a ringtone using only iTunes in Windows.



23) How To Convert Videos For Your IPhone

An useful resource for converting videos online as well as off. This tutorial also teaches you on how to copy videos to your iTunes and iPhone.



24) How To Sync An IPhone With Multiple Computers

This tutorial allows you to add music/videos/podcasts from multiple machines.




25) How To Migrate Cell Phone Data To IPhone 3G

Fone2Phone can help you migrate contacts, events, tasks, notes, bookmarks, photos, music and movies to the iPhone 3G.

Print Spooler Won't Start

Q: My printer/fax in Control Panel is blank I have tried the service and maintenance start, and it states it is not available. When I try to reinstall the printer driver I get "Processing cannot be continued because the Print Spooler service has been stopped. Restart the computer to start the Print Spooler service and then try again." I have done this to no avail. When I try to start the service manually, I get "Could not start print spooler service. Error 1075 Dependency service does not exist or marked for deletion." Where do I go from here?

A: These symptoms point to a problem that's common with certain Lexmark printers. First, let's check whether that's the case. Click Start, click Run, enter REGEDIT. In the Registry Editor navigate to the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Spooler. You do this just as you would navigate to a particular folder in Windows Explorer. In the right-hand pane (where the files would be in Windows Explorer) you'll find a value named DependOnService. Double-click it to view its data. I'm betting it shows two lines, Lex-something and RPCSS.

Is that what you see? OK, the problem is that this value says the RPCSS service depends on itself. Windows goes into a tail-chasing mode, unable to start the service unless it was already started. The solution is to correct this error, but not in the Registry. Close REGEDIT now.

Click Start, click Run, and enter CMD to launch a Command Prompt window. Now carefully enter these three commands, or copy/paste them. (To paste into a Command Prompt window right-click it and choose Paste from the menu).

sc config spooler depend= RPCSS
net stop spooler
net start spooler

If you're typing it in, note that in the first line there's a space after the =-sign but not before. Once you've done this the printer problem should be fixed.

How to Remove Wrong Programs from Recommended Programs List

If you accidentally open a file with wrong program, you will notice the program used to open the file is added to the recommended program list. The reason is Windows remembers you have used the program to open it once. Once it is added, it will be there forever although it is not the correct program used to open this file. For instance, test.003 is supposed to be opened by using notepad, but if you accidentally open it with Adobe, so you will see Adobe being added to the recommended program list for all file with .003 extension. How to remove the wrong recommended program from the Open With window? Here you can remove it by doing some simple tricks.



To remove the wrong recommended program from Open With window, follow below steps:

1. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\[file extension]\OpenWithList. For example, if you want to delete the wrong recommended program for test.003, then you should look for file with .003 extension.



2. At the right panel, look for the key with value of the wrong program which has been used to open the file, right click on it and choose delete to remove it. For example, delete the key with AcroRd32.exe.



Once you have done above steps, you will notice the wrong program is disappeared from the recommended program list. Hopefully this trick will help you to save some of your time while struggling to change it in simple steps.

How to Stop MSN Messenger spam Message

Spam on MSN Messenger, also know as SPIM, is extremely rare and it’s a fairly simple process to ensure that you never receive messages from strangers.

To protect yourself from Spam:

1) Open the main Messenger window, go to Tools > Options.
2) Go to the Privacy tab and make sure “Alert me when other users add me to their contact lists” is ticked.

When someone tries to add you to their contact list, a dialog box will ask if you want to allow him or her to contact you. If this request is from a stranger or someone you don’t want to hear from, tick “Block this person from seeing when you are online and contacting you” and click OK.

To block unwanted messages:

1) Open the main Messenger window, go to Tools > Options.
2) Go to the Privacy tab, and make sure “Only people on my Allow List can see my status and send me messages” is ticked.

This will prevent people who are not on your contact list from sending you messages and stop block checkers seeing if you are really online.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

How to make Windows Vista/Windows 7 bootable DVD

If you are a computer geek or involved in IT professional job, you usually make custom Windows installation disc to as per your organization requirement that includes unattended installation, slipstreaming updates, optimize Windows OS for best of your office use etc. Then here is simple and straight tutorial that helps you to make bootable DVD of Windows Vista/Windows 7 as Microsoft do.

Requires:

Windows Vista/Windows 7 installation source
Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) – for Windows Vista | Windows 7
Blank DVD and ISO/IMG burning software such as Nero, Raxio etc

How to:

1. First of all, you are to copy whole installation source in a single folder says C:\DVD_Data (your OS image can be either customized or untouched)

2. Now run WAIK Command Prompt as Administrator and execute the following command to make bootable ISO image.

cdimage.exe –l -t -m -u2 –b


Where

-l is used to set volume label of DVD

-t is used to set the time of volume and its contents (Optional)

-m is used to create bigger image file than a CD i.e. 700MB

-u2 is used to create UDF file system for DVD

-b is used to locate boot image of DVD

cdimage.exe –lMY_VISTA_DVD –t03/24/2009 -m -u2 –b C:\DVD_Data\Boot\bootetfs.com C:\DVD_Data C:\VISTA_DVD.ISO


3. Wait for completion and then burn the image to DVD at lower speed to get better results.

How To Fix Data Execution Prevention Error In Windows ?

If you are a regular user of computer means, you might have faced this trouble “Data Execution Prevention Error” and “Windows Explorer” errors. Until you find the solution, it is too difficult to keep working on your system. This error, Data Execution Prevention or DEP happens to prevent the suspicious software at the hardware level and to make the system secured against virus attacks.



You can easily fix the trouble and you have to know which application causes this trouble. You can identify the error on running some particular software; the error will contain the name of particular software. Therefore, you have to take the particular software to Data Execution Prevention Exception list. This is the list, which cannot be affected by these types of errors.
Before adding the software to the list, you have to ensure that, that software does not contain any virus.



Follow the following steps to add the software to DEP list.
•Go to the properties of My Computer by right clicking on it.
•Then go to the Advanced and choose the Data Execution Prevention tab from performance tab.
•In the data execution tab you will find the enabled option “Turn on DEP for Essential windows Programs and Services only”.



•Disable this option and enable the second option as given in the picture.
•Click on Apply and on Ok.
•Restart your system.
•This is all to fix the DEP error in your system

Download New Windows 7 Direct3D 11 (DirectX 11) Release

Microsoft has refreshed its lineup of DirectX offerings at the start of this week, and the company is by no means shy of focusing the spotlight on the evolution of the graphics technology as Windows 7 is contouring. The software giant is offering fresh Technical Previews of Direct2D, DirectWrite, and DXGI 1.1, but also a new TP release of Windows 7/Direct3D 11. The components are available for download as an integral part of the March 2009 iteration of the DirectX Software Development Kit, which is accompanied by the DirectX End-User Runtimes (March 2009) and the DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer. Microsoft delivered the first taste of Windows 7 DirectX 11 through the SDK back in November 2008.

Obviously the releases are aimed at a professional audience. Developers will be able to leverage the latest release of the SDK, combining the DirectX Runtime and additional software designed to permit the building of DirectX compliant solutions. With the March 2009 DirectX update, Microsoft has refreshed the tools and utilities included with the software development kit, but also the code samples, documentation, and the 32-bit and 64-bit runtime debug files.

“This version of the Windows 7/Direct3D 11 Technical Preview ships as part of the DirectX SDK and contains the following new features, tools, and documentation: Technical Preview of Direct2D; Technical Preview of DirectWrite; Technical Preview of DXGI 1.1,” the Redmond company informed.

According to Microsoft: “Direct2D is a hardware-accelerated, immediate-mode, 2-D graphics API that provides high performance and high quality rendering for 2-D geometry, bitmaps, and text. The Direct2D API is designed to interoperate well with Direct3D and GDI. (...) DirectWrite provides support for high-quality text rendering, resolution-independent outline fonts, and full Unicode text and layout support, and much, much more. (...) DXGI 1.1 builds on DXGI 1.0 and will be available on both Windows Vista and Windows 7.”

On top of the March 2009 release of the DirectX Software Development Kit, the Redmond company is also offering for download the DirectX End-User Runtimes (March 2009) and the DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer. Documentation for the latter has not yet been updated on the Microsoft Download Center.

DirectX End-User Runtimes (March 2009) is available in Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Swedish, and English. “DirectX end-user multi-languaged redistributable that developers can include with their product. The redistributable license agreement covers the terms under which developers may use the Redistributable,” the company informed.

Enable Administrator Account in Vista and XP

A step-by-step tutorial on how to enable the built in Administrator account. This works on XP and Vista. Do not use on any computer but your own.

Alright so you have a problem with your computer or you just can not change anything within your computer because of inadequate privileges. For months I searched for the solution and I finally found it while scrounging around. I will teach you exactly what I had done to make this work.

Alright so you want to create a Live CD and place TRK on that CD. The link for TRK (Trinity Rescue Kit) is Trinity Home.org. From their home page you want to go to the sidebar on the left and click "Download". You will be directed to a new page. Scroll down until you see the latest version of TRK and click on any of the links to download.

When you click the link a yellow bar will ask your permission to download. Click on it and click "download file..." Save to your desktop and then make sure you have a CD that can be made into a live CD. I have found that there are some CD's that you cannot write into a live CD.

Write down this: winpass -u Administrator

It will come up with a prompt that asks you to choose the location. I have two drives on my computer and my os or operating system is installed on the second so I would press 2 to continue. Your computer may be different so press the corresponding number for the account you would like to enable. This command will unlock the Administrator account but you are not done yet. After you get the prompt to continue press 4 and Y. This will save the changes and you will have your Administrator account unlocked. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart. *Note* This works on A Macintosh computer if you have windows installed.

Your computer should eject the TRK disk so take it out before it loads it again. On your logon screen there should be a newly enabled Administrator account. This is the built in Administrator account and you can change every setting on the computer.

If you want even tighter security make sure you hide the disk. Before logging off set a password and then go to command prompt and type: net user Administrator /active:no for vista and: net user Administrator active:no for XP