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How do I adjust the password policy for a standalone Windows 2008 server

From the Start window, type “Local Security Policy.”

1) Go to Security Settings > Account Policies > Password Policy.

2) Disable the option “Password must meet complexity requirements.”

3) Make sure that the “Maximum password age” is set to zero. The rest of the options can be zero as well.

Should be all you need to do.

How can I connect remotely to my home computer?

Logmein is a great little app, which bypasses all the mess. If you like the mess and you are an IT person who wants to connect remotely the hard way just because then read on.

First, you are going to have to determine your public IP. If you have a home internet provider like AT&T DSL/Cable, then you will probably not have multiple public IPs assigned to your network. You have 1 public IP which is the one that goes to your DSL modem/router. I have an Actiontec router. To determine your public IP, go to

Now, you want to assign a domain name to redirect to that public IP address. To create that mapping, go to and register.

Third, you are going to need to install a VNC server on the computer you want to remote into and a VNC client on the client computer that you are going to connect from. I use

Fourth, you need to create a firewall rule or port forward all traffic from the Cable/DSL modem/router to the computer on your network that you want to remote into (use it’s local machine name or private IP such as 192.168.x.x).

Using the TightVNC client, you can connect over port 5900. From a web browser, you can connect over port 5800.

Remember, you can test locally using the machine name plus port 5800 — http:\\machine_name:5800

Or you can connect via the VNC client. To test the public address, you must be connected from outside your home (ie Starbucks). It will look something like from a web browser or port 5900 from a VNC client.

How do I download an audio file / mp3 instead of launching Quicktime in a browser

  1. Using Firefox for Mac or PC

    • Ctrl click (Mac) or right-click (PC) the link and then select “Save Link as….”

    • Choose the folder in which to save the MP3 file, using the dialog box. For example, you may choose to save the file on the desktop or in Music/iTunes/iTunes music.

    • Navigate to the location where you saved the MP3 file. Double-click the file to open it in your media player.

    Using Safari for Mac

    • Ctrl click the link and select “Download Linked File.”

    • Double-click the file on your desktop in order to open it in iTunes.

    • Ctrl click the link and select “Download Linked File As” if you prefer to save the file directly to the Music/iTunes/iTunes music folder on your hard drive. Then use Finder to navigate to the MP3 file and double-click it to open in iTunes.

    Using Internet Explorer for PC

    • Right-click on the MP3 link. Select “Save target as…”

    • Save the file to the desired location on the hard drive using the dialog box.

    • Navigate to the location of the file and double-click to open it in the media player.

How do I view PowerPoint files on Windows 7

Download and install microsoft’s powerpoint viewer (you don’t need the full-blown application) —

How to Remove XP Anti-virus 2011

XP Anti-Virus 2011 or also known as Vista Anti-virus 2011 and Win 7 Anti-virus 2011 is a rogue program that will be installed on multiple operating system. XP Anti-virus 2011 is a variant that will be installed on the system running under Windows XP as detected by the Trojan. It has the capability to gather system’s specifications to match the OS and make itself look like a legitimate application.  Regardless of the name, they are all one program that was developed to persuade computer users and convince them to buy the licensed version of the program by deceptive means. Either by pop-up alerts or task bar warning messages, XP Anti-virus 2011 will declare that computer is dealing with virus problems and removal must be accomplished using the paid version of XP Anti-virus 2011.

Instead of patronizing this potentially unwanted application, immediately run a full scan of the PC using a legitimate security product. Anti-malware application are known to combat rogue programs like XP Anti-virus 2011. On this page is our suggested removal tool that was tested to remove counterfeit applications. Download, install and update the database before running a full scan on the system. Remove all detected threats and if possible run a scan while the computer is in Safe Mode.

Screen Shot Image:

Alias: XP Antivirus 2011, Vista Antivirus 2011, Win 7 Antivirus 2011

Damage Level: Medium

Systems Affected: Windows 9x, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7

XP Anti-Virus 2011 Removal Procedures

Manual Removal:
1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del on keyboard to stop process associated to “XP Anti-Virus 2011″. When Windows Task Manager opens, go to Processes Tab and find and end the following process:
(random characters).exe

2. You need to update your installed antivirus application to have the latest database.
3. Thoroughly scan the computer and any detected threats must be removed. If removal is prohibited, it is best to quarantine the infected item. Manually locating and deleting of malicious files should also be performed. Please see files below that are related to XP Anti-Virus 2011 Virus.
4. Registry entries created by XP Anti-Virus 2011 must also be remove from the Windows system. Please refer below for entries associated to the rogue program. [how to edit registry]
5. Exit registry editor.
6. Get rid of XP Anti-Virus 2011 start-up entry by going to Start > Run, type msconfig on the “Open” dialog box. A windows containing System Configuration Utility will be launched. Go to Startup tab and uncheck the following Start-up item(s):
(random characters).exe

7. Click Apply and restart the computer.

XP Anti-Virus 2011 Removal Tool:
In order to completely remove the threat from a computer, it is best to download and run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Sometimes, Trojans will block the downloading and installation of MBAM. If this happens, download it from a clean computer and rename the executable file before executing on the infected computer.

Using Portable SuperAntiSpyware:
To thoroughly clean a computer, it is best to do a separate scan of another security program so that other infected files not detected by anti-virus application can be remove as well. Download and runSuperAntiSpyware Portable Scanner.

Technical Details and Additional Information:

If XP Anti-Virus 2011 is installed on the computer, it will begin to display fake alerts as an scare tactics to mislead victims:

XP Anti-virus 2011 Firewall Alert
XP Anti-virus 2011 has blocked a program from accessing the internet
Internet Explorer is infected with Trojan-BNK.Win32.Keylogger.gen
Private data can be stolen by third parties, including credit card details and passwords.

Malicious Files Added by XP Anti-Virus 2011:
%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\.exe

XP Anti-Virus 2011 Registry Entries:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\shell\open\command “(Default)” = ‘”%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\<random 3 letters>.exe” /START “%1″ %*’
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\shell\open\command “IsolatedCommand” = ‘”%1″ %*’
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\shell\runas\command “(Default)” = ‘”%1″ %*’
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\shell\runas\command “IsolatedCommand” = ‘”%1″ %*’
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile “Content Type” = ‘application/x-msdownload’
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command “IsolatedCommand” = ‘”%1″ %*’
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\runas\command “IsolatedCommand” = ‘”%1″ %*’
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command “(Default)” = ‘”%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\<random 3 letters>.exe” /START “%1″ %*’
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\FIREFOX.EXE\shell\open\command “(Default)” = ‘”%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\<random 3 letters>.exe” /START “C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe”‘
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\FIREFOX.EXE\shell\safemode\command “(Default)” = ‘”%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\<random 3 letters>.exe” /START “C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe” -safe-mode’
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\IEXPLORE.EXE\shell\open\command “(Default)” = ‘”%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\<random 3 letters>.exe” /START “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe”‘
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe “(Default)” = ‘exefile’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe “Content Type” = ‘application/x-msdownload’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\DefaultIcon “(Default)” = ‘%1′ = ‘”%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\<random 3 letters>.exe” /START “%1″ %*’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\open\command “IsolatedCommand” = ‘”%1″ %*’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\runas\command “(Default)” = ‘”%1″ %*’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\runas\command “IsolatedCommand” = ‘”%1″ %*’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\exefile “(Default)” = ‘Application’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\exefile “Content Type” = ‘application/x-msdownload’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\exefile\DefaultIcon “(Default)” = ‘%1′
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\exefile\shell\open\command “(Default)” = ‘”%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\<random 3 letters>.exe” /START “%1″ %*’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\exefile\shell\open\command “IsolatedCommand” = ‘”%1″ %*’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\exefile\shell\runas\command “(Default)” = ‘”%1″ %*’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\exefile\shell\runas\command “IsolatedCommand” – ‘”%1″ %*’
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\DefaultIcon “(Default)” = ‘%1′

How to remove Win 7 Anti-Virus 2011 (Windows 7)

Change folder options

You can change the way files and folders function and how items are displayed on your computer by using Folder Options in Control Panel.

Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clickingAppearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.

How to remove Win 7 Anti-Virus 2011

Win 7 Anti-Virus 2011 is a rogue antispyware program, clone of Win 7 Antimalware 2011. The program reports false infections, displays numerous fake security alerts and blocks legitimate Windows applications from running in order to trick you into purchasing its full version. So, do not trust anything that this malware will display you and remove Win 7 Anti-Virus 2011 from your system as soon as possible. Read below what you’ll want to know though is what does this malware do and how to remove the rogue from your computer for free.

Like other rogues, Win 7 Anti-Virus 2011 is installed via trojans without your permission and knowledge. Immediately after launch, it will register itself in the Windows registry to run automatically every time when you start an application (files with “exe” extension). The rogue also uses this method of running to block the ability to run any programs, including legitimate antivirus and antispyware applications.

Once running, Win 7 Anti-Virus 2011 will perform a system scan and detect a lot of infections. Then it will ask you to pay for a full version of the program to remove these infections. Of course, all of these infections are a fake. This malware want to scare you into thinking that your computer is infected with malicious software. Thus do not trust the scan results, simply ignore them!

While Win 7 Anti-Virus 2011 is running, it will display numerous fake security alerts. Some of the alerts are:

System danger!
Your system is in danger. Privacy threats detected.
Spyware, keyloggers or Trojans may be working in the
background right now. Perform an in-depth scan and removal
now, click here.

Attention: DANGER!
ALERT! System scan for spyware, adware, trojans and viruses is complete.
Win 7 Anti-Virus 2011 detected 35 critical system objects.

Last but not least, Win 7 Anti-Virus 2011 will hijack Internet Explorer and Firefox, so it will display a fake warning page instead a site that you want to visit. The fake warning is:

Win 7 Anti-Virus 2011 ALERT
Internet Explorer alert. Visiting this site may pose a security threat to your system

Of course, all of these messages, warnings and alerts are a fake and supposed to scare you into thinking your computer in danger! Just like false scan results, ignore all of them!

As you can see, Win 7 Anti-Virus 2011 is a scam which created with one purpose to scare you into thinking that your computer in danger as method to trick you into purchasing the full version of the program. If your computer is infected with this malware, then most importantly, do not purchase it! Uninstall the rogue from your PC as soon as possible. Use the removal guide below to remove Win 7 Anti-Virus 2011 and any associated malware from your computer for free.

Use the following instructions to remove Win 7 Anti-Virus 2011 (Uninstall instructions)

Step 1. Repair “running of .exe files”.

Method 1

Click Start. Type in Search field command and press Enter. It will open the command prompt. Type into it notepad and press Enter.
Notepad opens. Copy all the text below into Notepad.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


@="\"%1\" %*"

"Content Type"="application/x-msdownload"

Save this as fix.reg to your Desktop (remember to select Save as file type: All files in Notepad.)
Double Click fix.reg and click YES for confirm.
Reboot your computer.

Method 2

Click Start. Type in Search field command and press Enter. It will open the command prompt. Type into it notepad and press Enter.
Notepad opens. Copy all the text below into Notepad.



HKCU, Software\Classes\.exe
HKCU, Software\Classes\pezfile
HKCR, .exe\shell\open\command

HKCR, exefile\shell\open\command,,,"""%1"" %*"
HKCR, .exe,,,"exefile"
HKCR, .exe,"Content Type",,"application/x-msdownload"

Save this as fix.inf to your Desktop (remember to select Save as file type: All files in Notepad.)
Right click to fix.inf and select Install. Reboot your computer.
Note: if Windows returns error message “Installation failed”, then you need disable UAC control. Click Start, Control Panel, User accounting, Click “Turn User Account Control on or off”. Uncheck “Use User Account Control (UAC)” and click OK. Now try install fix.inf once again.

Step 2. Remove Win 7 Anti-Virus 2011 associated malware.

Download MalwareBytes Anti-malware (MBAM). Once downloaded, close all programs and windows on your computer.

Double-click on the icon on your desktop named mbam-setup.exe. This will start the installation of MalwareBytes Anti-malware onto your computer. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the installation process. Do not make any changes to default settings and when the program has finished installing, make sure a checkmark is placed next to “Update Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware” and Launch “Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware”. Then click Finish.

MalwareBytes Anti-malware will now automatically start and you will see a message stating that you should update the program before performing a scan. If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.

As MalwareBytes Anti-malware will automatically update itself after the install, you can press the OK button to close that box and you will now be at the main menu. You will see window similar to the one below.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Window

Make sure the “Perform quick scan” option is selected and then click on the Scan button to start scanning your computer for Win 7 Anti-Virus 2011 infection. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient.

When the scan is finished a message box will appear that it has completed scanning successfully. Click OK. Now click “Show Results”. You will see a list of infected items similar as shown below.
Note: list of infected items may be different than what is shown in the image below.

Malwarebytes Anti-malware, list of infected items

Make sure all entries have a checkmark at their far left and click “Remove Selected” button to remove Win 7 Anti-Virus 2011. MalwareBytes Anti-malware will now remove all of associated Win 7 Anti-Virus 2011 files and registry keys and add them to the programs’ quarantine. When MalwareBytes Anti-malware has finished removing the infection, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.

Note: if you need help with the instructions, then post your questions in our Spyware Removal forum.

Win 7 Anti-Virus 2011 creates the following files and folders


Win 7 Anti-Virus 2011 creates the following registry keys and values

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\open\command | @ = “”%AppData%\hee.exe” /START “%1″ %*”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\open\command | IsolatedCommand = “”%1″ %*”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe | @ = “pezfile”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe | Content Type = “application/x-msdownload”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\pezfile\shell\open\command | @ = “”%AppData%\hee.exe” /START “%1″ %*”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\pezfile\shell\open\command | IsolatedCommand = “”%1″ %*”

How do I root my Android Phone in order to tether my wifi connection

I used these simple steps to root my Motorola Droid.

First, you have to install the USB drivers (i.e. pdanet).  Then, you can connect your phone via USB cable. Make sure USB Debugging is turned On.

Next, you can download and run SuperOneClick. Click Root.

Reboot phone when complete.

Go to the Android Marketplace and install Wireless Tether application.

Connect your computer to the AndroidTether network and you should be good to go.

[If it doesn’t work, here are some optional steps below]

– After connecting your Turn USB Debugging OFF

– Click Root

– When it says: Waiting for Device, Turn USB Debugging ON

It’ll now run RATC

When it says: Starting ADB Server…
– Turn USB Debugging OFF
– Turn USB Debugging ON
– Turn USB Debugging OFF
All BEFORE it says “Waiting for device…” again

How do I embed a vimeo video in wordpress (hosted wordpress) now allows for a new syntax —


switch to HTML tab, then


2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,600 times in 2010. That’s about 16 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 56 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 260 posts.

The busiest day of the year was February 18th with 239 views. The most popular post that day was Motorola Droid Icons and What They Mean.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

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