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When I "run" scf /scannow I am requested to insert the XP Professional CD. My OS is XP Home, so I do not have an XP Professional CD. When I insert the Home CD, the same screen comes up asking for the Professional CD. Does anyone have any ideas?




I tried to run SFC like I sometimes do, but this time I saw a message that says: "Please insert the Windows XP Pro Sp2 CD."

I never had XP Pro nor SP2. I ran SFC a couple of weeks ago and everything was fine. This began after I installed the latest hotfixes. I checked all the hotfixes listed in Add Remove Programs and everything seems ok, they all affected Windows XP or Win XP w/SP1. I've done too much work on this computer to use System Restore since the hotfixes were installed.

What can I do to correct this error message?




I asked this question in http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_...Q_21427676.html , but had no takers yet:

Which should be the date, the size and the hash code of a legitimate SVCHOST file (Windows XP Home 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600, german if this matters) ?

Alternatively: Where can I download a fresh one ? Did not find a single source, less a reliable one, and I thought I am quite good at internet searching....

According to http://windowsxp.mvps.org/svchost.htm the MD5 of a legit Svchost.exe from XP (Professional ?) SP2 system (probably english) is 8f078ae4ed187aaabc0a305146de6716 determined using the File Checksum Integrity Verifier version 2.05.

What I have is C:WINDOWSsystem32svchost.exe 14,336 .a.. 2004-08-04 1:58:16

The same version of the a.m. tool results into something different, the hash >lenght< is only 24 instead the a.m. 32 characters.

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c:windowssystem32svchost.exe
ZagZsSHrb9q0QA6kK9/+ZA==
Df3uKHFCfpxA7IJUEVaIT/m0v6M=

If I expand C:WINDOWSI386SVCHOST.EX_
I get a smaller and older file C:Testsvchost.exe 12,800 .a.. 2001-08-18 4:55:04

Reason for checking is I suspect having stowaway(s) on board maskerading as legitimate system files:
- Delay of 1-2 minutes between login and desktop appearance
- ZoneAlarm showed regularly pulsing outgoing traffic, without me refreshing or dowloading
- All kinds of services loaded by svchost, they are difficult to identify despite tasklist, procexp and similar tools
- Switched to Sygate Personal, but this Firewall shows more than I can understand yet

Made the usual tests
- SFC / scannow
- Several and updated Anti Virus programs
- Ad-Aware, SpyBot Search & Destroy, HijaakThis
- Online checkers as www.grc.com

Many thanks in advance




The complete list of possible commands is quite large. Collected here is a selection of those that I believe are likely to be the most applicable to home PC use. Many of the commands listed below are also discussed in more detail elsewhere on this site as is indicated by the link "details here". Most commands have switches that are not given in the table. For more information, open a command prompt and enter "commandname /?" (without quotes). Detailed information about these commands and a larger list is available at this Microsoft reference. Selected list of commands
Command: Description: Example: (details here)
assoc: Displays or modifies file name extension associations. Used alone, displays a list of all the current file name associations details here
at: Schedules commands and programs to run on a computer at a specified time and date. Requires the Schedule service. Superseded by schtasks
attrib: Configures file attributes read only, hidden, system details here
bootcfg: Used to repair or edit the boot.ini file details here
cd or chdir: Displays the name of the current directory or changes the current folder (cd folderpath)
chkdsk: Checks hard drives for errors. With switches,does repairs. details here
cls: Clears the screen (cls)
copy: Copies a file from one location to another (copy somefile somefolder)
del: Deletes one or more files details here
dir: Displays a list of a folder's files and subfolders details here
echo: Used to display a message or to turn off/on messages in batch scripts (echo message)
exit: Exits batch script or current command control (exit)
fc: Compares two files and displays the differences between them (fc file1 file2)
for: Runs a specified command for each item in a set details here
fsutil: Displays and configures certain file system properties. A suite of various commands details here
ftype: Displays or modifies file types used in file name extension associations details here
getmac: Returns the media access control (MAC) address for your network card (getmac)
goto: Directs the Windows command interpreter to a labeled line in a batch program details here
if: Performs conditional processing in batch programs details here
ipconfig: Displays all current TCP/IP network configuration values and refreshes Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and Domain Name System (DNS) settings details here
md or mkdir: Creates a directory (folder) or subdirectory (subfolder) details here
more: Displays one screen of output at a time. Used with another command that has extensive output (command |more)
move: Moves a file from one folder to another details here
net: A suite of various networking and service commands details here
netsh: Network services shell . Complex suite of commands. details here
netstat: Displays active TCP connections, ports on which the computer is listening, Ethernet statistics, the IP routing table, statistics for the IP, ICMP, TCP, and UDP protocols details here
path: Sets the command path in the PATH environment variable, which is the set of directories used to search for executable files details here
pathping: Provides information about network performance and conditions at intermediate hops between a source and destination details here
pause: Used in batch scripts pause ping Checks connectivity to other networked computers, routers, or Internet sites details here
popd, pushd: Changes the directory being referenced in a command prompt. Pushd changes the directory and stores the previous directory. Popd changes the current directory to the directory stored by the pushd command (pushd somefolder popd)
powercfg: Manages the power settings such as hibernation. Has numerous switches
reg: Adds, changes, and displays registry entries. A suite of various commands details here
rd or rmdir: Deletes a directory (folder) details here
ren or rename: Changes the name of a file or a set of files details here
sc: Used to obtain information about services and to configure them. A suite of various commands details here
schtasks: Schedules commands and programs to run periodically or at a specific time set Displays, sets, or removes environment variables details here and also here
sfc: System file checker scans and verifies the versions of all protected system files
sfc /scannow shutdown: Shuts down or restarts a computer details here
start: Starts an application or opens a new command window details here
subst: Associates a folder with a drive letter details here
systeminfo: Displays detailed configuration information about a computer and its operating system (systeminfo | more)
taskkill: Ends one or more tasks or processes details here
tasklist: Displays a list of applications and services with their Process ID (PID) for all tasks running details here
tree: Graphically displays the directory structure of a folder or drive (tree somefolder)
type: Displays the contents of a text file (type somefile.txt)
xcopy: Powerful command with many switches for copying and backing up files and folders details here

Acquired from; Windows XP Command Line List and Reference




I ran a sfc /scannow at an Elevated Command Prompt and got the message that there were some corrupted files that it could not fix, to check the CBS.log file. I converted the file to a .text file and have attached it to this post. I have no idea how to interpret this file. I would really appreciate if someone would read the information and give me some advise as to how to proceed further. Thanks so very much in advance! Attached Files CBS.txt (675.7 KB, 16 views) Share Share this post on Digg Del.icio.us Technorati Twitter
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
Computer Type Dell Studio XPS 8000
OS Service Pack 1
Internet Explorer Version 9.0.8112
CPU Type and Speed Intel Core i5 750 @ 2.67GHz Lynnfield 45nm Technology
CPU Idle Temp 71 C
Motherboard Chipset Dell Inc. 0X231R (CPU 1)
System Memory Type 8.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3
System Memory Speed 531MHz (7-7-7-20)
Video Card Type and Speed 1024MB GeForce GTS 240 (nVidia)
Computer Monitor Sony Bravia 40V4100
Hard Drive 699GB Western Digital WDC WD7501AALS-75J7B0 ATA Device (SATA)
Optical Drives HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GH50N ATA Device
Keyboard and Mouse Logitech Keyboard, Logitech Trackball Mouse, Wacom Tablet
Anti-virus Software Microsoft Security Essentials
System Install Date December 2009
Computer Skill Level Basic Understanding
Favorite Application Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
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Join Date Oct 2009 Posts 6,555 Re: Please Help Interpret CBS.log File It looks like tcpmon.in is having the problem. The link below will show how to replace it if you have a copy. The listing show which Windows Package the file was part of, with might be an update.

A good source for files is other computers or image backups. There may be others, but there should be at least two on your system, but the listing also notes the backup is corrupted also. Anyway, something about the file does not pass the test.

2013-01-20 12:39:34, Info CSI 00000139 [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:20{10}]"tcpmon.ini" of Microsoft-Windows-Printing-StandardPortMonitor-TCPMonINI, Version = 6.1.7600.16385, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_AMD64 (9), Culture neutral, VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type neutral, TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in the store, hash mismatch

2013-01-20 12:39:37, Info CSI 0000013b [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:20{10}]"tcpmon.ini" of Microsoft-Windows-Printing-StandardPortMonitor-TCPMonINI, Version = 6.1.7600.16385, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_AMD64 (9), Culture neutral, VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type neutral, TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in the store, hash mismatch

2013-01-20 12:39:37, Info CSI 0000013c [SR] This component was referenced by [l:202{101}]"Microsoft-Windows-Foundation-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.1.7601.17514.WindowsFoundationDelivery"

2013-01-20 12:39:37, Info CSI 0000013f [SR] Could not reproject corrupted file [ml:520{260},l:46{23}]"??C:WindowsSystem32"[l:20{10}]"tcpmon.ini"; source file in store is also corrupted Use the System File Checker tool to troubleshoot missing or corrupted system files on Windows Vista or on Windows 7

If you have an OEM machine, the OEM may have altered the file, which might keep it from checking correctly..




BlazeFind????

blazefind.com
IE SearchBar
http://www.kephyr.com/spywarescanner...ar/index.phtml

BlazeFind
http://www.spywareguide.com/product_show.php?id=724

blazefind. removal instructions
http://www.doxdesk.com/parasite/ISTbar.html

BlazeFind
http://www.regblock.com/spydet_724_blazefind.html
=============

These are all Microsoft files.

msgr3en.dll
Description: Microsoft English Natural Language Server

nls302en.lex = MS Office Dictionary File

srchctls.dll
Description: Search Assistant Controls

srchui.dll
Description: Search Assistant UI

==========

Are these all updated????
Cswshredder , Spybot search & destroy, HijackThis, Bazooka spyware scanner.

Open each one and UPDATE, then run the scan!!

Ad-aware's latest update recognizes BlazeFind.
Spybot S & D recognizes BlazeFind.

Ad-aware
http://www.lavasoft.de/support/download/

You can't just run this right after you download and install it.
You need to UPDATE it first!!
==========

After BlazeFind is gone.

I suggest that you run System File Checker...
Start | Run | Type: sfc /scannow | OK
Have your XP CD ready to stick in your CD drive.

If you have XP Home and it asks for your XP Pro Cd, stick the CD in the
drive *first* and then type the command.

scannow sfc (sfc.exe)
http://www.updatexp.com/scannow-sfc.html

And then look here

Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Click on the ? Icon to Expand
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/top10faqs.htm

[?] Why doesn't Search work?

You'll probably need to install the srchasst.inf file.

This may fix your
[[Error: "A file that is required to run Search Companion cannot be found.
You may need to run setup".]]

--
Hope this helps. Let us know.
Wes

In ,
PSY hunted and pecked:
I have the same problem with others caused by search assistant, my
Spybot detected this thing and I quickly stop my browser. I deleted
some search assistant registry. I run cwsshredder. When I right click
on the task bar, I goto tools , I still can see this Search Assistant
and it is still working.

I prevented it from changing my quick launch and the search box at my
task bar.
However there are few files i couldn't delete in folder
c:windowssrchasst

they are : msgr3en.dll , nls302en.lex , srchctls.dll , srchui.dll

Apart from this, my original Windows explorer's search function was
not working ( click Start Search For Files or Folders)
An error messeage pop up :
"A file that is required to run Search Companion cannot be found. You
may need to run setup."

I have : Cswshredder , Spybot search & destroy, HijackThis, Bazooka
spyware scanner.
Any suggestion to my problem?




Upon checking System Tools > System Information, the Help and Support Center popped up on my desktop; Start > Run > msinfo32.exe yielded the same result. The folder "System Volume Information" was conspicuously absent from C:.

I then visited Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management and found neither System Information nor System Summary at home.

After running the System File Checker the folder "System Volume Information" reappeared - empty. Msinfo still points to Help and Support.

I don't remember having installed something which Windows might have interpreted as offensive, and a search for viruses or trojans came out empty.

Any idea what's happening and why ? And what can I do to restore the status quo ante ? By the way, System Restore didn't do it.

Thank you for any idea,
Oana




Reboot, start tapping F8 until you get a black screen. In this we are using things before the GUI(Graphical User Interface) ie: Windows loads so we have better chance of fixing things.

If this problem just started select Last Known Good Configuration
I have recovered many using this on XP through Win 7 so you must think about this.Worth a try.

Repair your Computer
Select this Hit enter, Select keyboard, Select User and enter Password and we get this screen

Startup Repair
Will fix some things that keep the PC from booting.

System Restore
Backup any files you want to save to a floppy or usb stick before doing this !!!
Choose System Restore and check the box say show more at bottom.
Choose wisely here as we want to go back before this problem started.

Windows Complete PC Restore
Here we can choose to install an image from a backup image. You must create this image before with Windows backup. Best use of this is to create the image somewhere like an external usb drive or dvd. I personally use Acronis True Image Home and haven't tried this to this date but will to see if it work's.

Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool. Here we can select extended and have it run a massive test similar to Memtest.

Command Prompt
This will allow us to run many programs from command line like sfc /scannow (System File Checker) remember that the GUI is not loaded so results may be better.

Dell Factory Image Restore is for my Dell computer and it retores the image they made when they built this. It takes you back to when first started your computer. Some OEM won't have this option.

Happy computing and if this helped please reply




The spellchecker in Outlook doesn't work. I can't give you any detailed information about the error because there isn't any other than the simple error message in the dialog box shown below. What do I do to correct this?

I have run the Office Repair utility, System File Checker and Inbox Repair.

My O/S is XP Home




These words below are mine.I created them,I wrote them.Even though Engel
uses them nearly everywhere.I just do not like somebody to copy and paste
them,to use them fully because these words are NOT created by him. I am angry.

I just post to everybody know and understand who these words belongs to.
They belongs to me...:-)

And a question :
Is there a way to stop and prevent him from coping these words fully ?!

MALWARE REMOVAL INSTRUCTIONS

Follow them carefully and step-by-step.
All cleaning actions should be done
without internet connection

1. Download the necessary software

@ SpyBot Search and Destroy
http://www.safer-networking.org/microsoft.en.html

@ Ad-Aware SE Personal
http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware

@ Microsoft Antispyware (only for genuie Windows versions)
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/secu...s/default.mspx

@ CWShredder
http://housecall.trendmicro.com

@ Antivirus software (if you still do not have)

Panda Titanium 2005
http://www.pandasoftware.com/microsoft

Specific
If you are non-XP user and still do not have firewall,
you should get free one from he
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/secu...s/default.mspx

Optional
There are some malwares that can destroy the internet connection
when you try to remove them.That's why you may get that program
that could restore your internet connection.
I haven't tried it but lots of people like them.

Win Sock XP Fix
http://www.spychecker.com/program/winsockxpfix.html

2. Create a back-up of all your critical information
This is just an option.
You should check it for viruses later.

3. Run a Firewall

Windows XP
has integrated firewall -
Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) for SP1 and
Windows Firewall (WF) for SP2

Windows versions different from XP
They do not have integrated firewall ,they have to use software firewall.

!!! Use only 1 firewall !!!

4. Windows Updates
Connect to internet and
download all the security updates - Critical updates with Express install.

Start - Windows Updates
or
http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com

5. Install and Update

SpyBot Search and Destroy
Ad-Aware SE Personal
Microsoft Antispyware
CWShredder

6. Delete all the Internet Explorer's temporary stuff

Start - Settings- Control Panel - Internet Options

There ,on the General Tab you will see where you can delete
internet temporary files
cookies
history
Delete them all.

7. Delete all Temporary files

| Windows XP users (all new versions) |

The path is :
C:Documents and SettingsUSERLocal SettingsTemp
Delete all files from this folder
and also
C:WindowsTemp

| Windows 98 users (all old versions) |

The path is :
C:WindowsTemp

8. Remove any unwanted programs

Boot in Safe Mode (see how below)
Then ,in Safe Mode, Start - Settings – Control Panel – Add /Remove programs
See if you have any unknown /unwanted software
installed- toolbars and/or known spy programs.
Remove them with the REMOVE button.
Also check for tracks of these programs in
C:Program files and delete,if any.
Then restart with booting in Normal Mode .

9. Run Disc Clean up

Start - Programs - Accessories - System Tools - Disc Cleanup

Make sure you have checked :
Downloaded program files
Temporary Internet files
Temporary files
Recycle bin
Web Client/Publisher content

10. Remove viruses /worms /trojan horses

@ Scan with Microsoft Windows Malicious Software removal tool

http://www.microsoft.com/malwareremove

@ Scan with

Panda Software free Active Scan,where you can check your
PC for ALL TYPES of security threats and clean viruses and worms

http://www.pandasoftware.com/product..._principal.htm

@ Install the antivirus software

Boot in Safe Mode and install the antivirus software
In Safe Mode,because there are viruses
that have the ability to damage an antivirus while installing it

How to boot your computer in Safe Mode

Do this by repeatedly typing F8 while Windows is starting before
Windows logo appears.
Then you'll open the BIOS menu where you can choose to boot
the hard drive in SAFE MODE

(If you are XP user ,find more about Safe Mode
in Help and Support Center ; Start-Help and Suport)

@ Update the antivirus and scan with it

Boot in Normal Mode and update it.
Make sure you have all functions ON
(scanning all files,heuristic,disinfect,scanning for other threats...)

Perform a full scan in Normal Mode first
Then boot in Safe Mode and also perform a scan

@ While still in Safe Mode,scan with these

SpyBot S&D
Ad-Aware SE Personal
Microsoft Antispyware
CWShredder

and remove the junk
!!! They must have already been updated !!!

When the scan is finished,
DO NOT restart ,if you have Win XP or ME

System Restore (for XP and ME only)

Because of the fact malware is a program,
System Restore also stores all malware tracks and when restarting,it can
replicate some infected system stuff and the malware will be back !!!
So you need to delete all the restore points before restarting :

Right click on My Computer-Properties-System Restore
Check Turn off system restore.Click OK

Restart the in Normal mode.

11. For better performance ,it is advisable to check your hard drives for
errors
Open My computer .
Then right click on the hard drive you want to check - Properties - Tools
In the error-checking area ,click "Check now" to start the process.

At the end (when the system is malware-free)
again Right click on My computer-Properties-System Restore
Uncheck Turn off system restore ,so you'll have your Restore function ON.

After these,your computer should be clean !
If you do not understand something,you can post again and ask for
information
If the instructions seems difficult to you,you can take your computer to
a computer store where IT specialist would help you wipe out the junk!
Don't be shame.

--- Useful pages ---

http://www.microsoft.com/athome/secu...s/default.mspx
different kinds of free or trial security software.

http://www.pandasoftware.com/about/r...ldren_internet
Because of the campaign "Children and the Internet"
Panda Software offers 90 day free trial version of one of the best security
software
Panda Platininum Internet Security 2005 awarded with many prizes

http://www.pandasoftware.com/protected/tips.htm ;
useful tips for protecting computers

http://www.pandasoftware.com/product..._principal.htm
Panda Software free Active Scan,where you can check your
PC for ALL TYPES of security threats and clean viruses and worms

http://housecall.trendmicro.com
Trend-Micro free online scanner HouseCall where you can scan for
Viruses and Spywares and clean them. CWShredder is also available here

http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner
Kaspersky free online scanner
and checker for suspicious files.If you have issues with suspicious
file,here is the right place!

http://www.f-prot.com/virusinfo/submission_form.html
Send F-prot AV suspicious files for fast analyze and and it is all for FREE

http://www.microsoft.com/malwareremove
Microsoft Windows Malware Removal Tool

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/u...nfectedpc.mspx
Microsoft MVP Charlie Russel's article about Dealing with malware
Really good and detailed

http://support.microsoft.com
Free Microsoft support and suggestions (for genuie clients)

Now ,when you have cleaned your computer,you need to think about your
security!
Microsoft
suggests 3 + 1 general steps how to protect
your PC and the infomation stored on it,
your privacy and your family
1.Use an internet firewall
2.Enable Automatic Updates for your PC
3.Use an antivirus software
4.Use antispyware software

Goto http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security and learn more
Check the Security Essentials for your OS and also have a look at all
sections!

Panda_man
" Let's beat malware black and blue"
" No new epidemic of all kind of malware - Panda TruPrevent"

| SETTING UP A COMPUTER |

When you first turn on your computer
it is adviseable to first have a look at its setings.

** If you use Windows XP **

1 .Create as many computer accouts as you need

If your computer is going to be used from more than one person
(family members,friends,colleagues ,etc...) ,
make others limited users and you - Administrator
So that you'll have full control of the PC,but they would only be
able to change their files and few settings only !

If you are a parent and would like your children to access the internet,
create the limited user accounts.More about the parental control below

!!! Windows XP has hidden built-in administartor account
accessable and visible only in Safe Mode.
Get into Safe Mode and password protect it.
In Safe Mode,goto Control Panel -User accounts and click on the name
of that hidden account,called Administrator !!!

| How to boot your computer in Safe Mode |

Do this by repeatedly typing F8 while Windows is starting before
Windows logo appears.
Then you'll open the BIOS menu where you can choose to boot
the hard drive in SAFE MODE

(If you are XP user ,find more about Safe Mode
in Help and Support Center ; Start-Help and Suport)

2. Password-protect your account and your files

Make strong password,
with numbers,letters and at least one special character
Start - Settings - Control Panel - User accounts

When you decide to password protect your account,
after creting a password Windows should ask you if you want
to protect your files also.Click YES

or
Click on the folder you want to password-protect-Properties
Click on Sharing tab -Make this folder private

** All Windows Versions **

Start - Settings - Control Panel
or My computer -Control Panel

3. Have a look at

Display settings
Date and time Settings
Mouse and Keyboard settings
Power Options
Regional and language settings
Sound settings
Start Menu Settings

4. I do not recommend any user to install programs like

WinAmp ,Real Player
or WinZip (in Win XP )
Because of the fact Windows has integrated Windows Media Player ( 2 versions)
plus (Zip archiver in XP ) ,it is pointless to install such programs

5. Do install programs like

Adobe Reader / Acrobat because it is useful and with it
you can read PDF files which become more wide-spread everyday
http://www.adobe.com

6. If you do not have Microsoft Office

Download
1. Open Office
http://www.openoffice.org

2.Microsoft Word viewer / Excel viewer / Power Point viewer
http://www.microsoft.com ; ,click on Office

Open Office is free as well as Microsoft viewers.
Open Office is not as good as MS Office but would do the basics

| THINK ABOUT INTERNET |

1. After you go on-line,upgrade to the newest Service Pack available for
your OS .
http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com
Learn more about the SP in Microsoft web-site and read the preparation steps !

2. Also download all critical updates with Express install.

I recommend you to use only Internet Explorer as an internet browser
as well as Outlook Express for your mail program
Many people may think them as not as secure as other but that is not true.

| PARENTAL CONTROL |

Internet is useful for everybody and even for the children
They can search information for school project,listen to music,play on-line
games
and even talk to friends
But it is even dangerous
What I recommend is to talk to your child/children and to explain them about
the activities they don't have to do while online

Then,do not trust your children fully.Install a good software/s/ to help
protect your PC and your family's privacy

So....
1. Create your children limited user accounts in Windows XP

So they will have their own My documents folder
but will not be able to access PC settings
Limited users can download everything but cannot install anything
,so they cannot install any spyware/virus in the family's computer.

Children limited account should NOT be password-protected !!!

Parent administartor account should be password-protected !!!

2. Turn on Internet Explorer's Content Advisor

It would help your children not to open pornographic pages
and pages with bad content
Start- Settings - Control Panel - Internet Options - Content tab
and then enable it and check the settings

2.1 MSN toolbar
This toolbar become more useful everyday
It has either pop-up blocker and also Anti-Phising filter
Recently Microsoft had established this Anti-phishing filter
as an add-in for the Toolbar
http://toolbar.msn.com to get the toolbar
http://toolbar.msn.com ; click on Add-ins and search for the Anti-Phishing

Antiphishing would help to protect your family from online fraud

3. Microsoft has made a component to help protect a computer
that is used by many people.It prevents limited users from access to
^chosen by the admin user^ programs and files and also prevent them
from downloading files and other things
It is easy to use and can be configured to meet everybody's needs
It is called Share access tool

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/s...ccess/faq.mspx

/example : A parent with Administrator rights can prevent a children
with limited account to use a chat program or download a new one /

4. When a child uses the internet ,
the computer should have an antivirus software ON + firewall always ON

http://www.pandasoftware.com/about/r...ldren_internet
Because of the campaign "Children and the Internet"
Panda Software offers 90 day free trial version of one of the best security
softwares
Panda Platininum Internet Security 2005

Please,go through the additional steps below.............

| PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER
AND THE INFORMATION STORED ON IT |

Microsoft suggest 3 +1 steps general steps to help protecting your
computer.Here they are plus some additional !

1. Firewall ON

It is very important to know that you REALLY SHOULD
use only one firewall (to prevent software conflict ) !!!

Firewall is a protective barrier between your PC and the outside world.
It protects you from hackers and other intruders from gaining
remote access to your PC and also from viruses and network worms (like
Sasser).
It also makes your PC invisiable for hacker softwares and
even if hackers find your PC it will block the attack.
Firewalls scans all your incoming (or outgoing) traffic and
immediately block it if it is unsolicated.

** Windows XP **

has integrated firewall -
Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) for SP1 and
Windows Firewall (WF) for SP2

Windows Firewall (for SP 2)
is full firewall ,suitable for all kind of users and connections.
Windows Firewall is designed especially for home users with
not very big computer literacy and that's why it works almost
automatically,asks rarely !

When using it,check the Exception list .
If you are home user and do not want to play network games,exchange files
over chat
or you are connected to internet via none/less secure server, you can check
" Don't allow exception "
This guarantees you maximum protection!

Start - Settings - Contol Panel - Windows Firewall .See its settings.

Users with no Service Pack or with SP 1 you should upgrade to SP 2
because ICF is partial firewall made for direct internet connection only

** Windows versions different from XP **

They do not have integrated firewall and they are not protected
from hackers and intruders,network viruses and etc.
They MUST use software firewall.So choose one firewall

You may get Zone Alarm personal (free) from :
http://www.zonelabs.com

2. Windows Updates ON

Windows Updates can protect your PC from different OS vulnerabilities and
security threats.

** Windows XP and ME **

| Critical updates |

Automatic Updates ON
Right click on My computer - Properties - Automatic Updates -
Download updates automatically but let me choose when to install them

** Different form XP and ME **

| Critical updates |

Automatic updates are not offered
Manually download critical updates
Start – Windows Update or http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com

** All Windows Versions **

| Optional updates |

Because of the fact Automatic updates downloads only critical updates (they
are the most important),
regularly visit http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com
and download some of the optional software and hardware updates available.

3. Virus Protection ON

Antivirus Software can protect you from viruses,worms,trojans and other
security threats

Always use the latest version of your program and update it at least every two days.
The more often you update it ,the higher protection for new threats you have.

Make sure it has real-time scanner which is enabled

Make sure all security settings are turned ON

(e.g. scanning All files,scanning compressed files,mail scanning,
disinfecting, heuristic scan,behaviour analyze
or detecting spyware,hacking tools, jokes and so on…..)

Use only 1 av software .More than one may cause your PC
problems because of the permanent protection ! ! !

Other : List with all Microsoft Anti-virus partners
http://www.microsoft.com/security/pa.../antivirus.asp

| PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR PRIVACY |

1. Spyware protection ON

Spybot Search & Destroy
http://www.safer-networking.org/microsoft.en.html

Ad-Aware SE Personal
http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware

Microsoft Antispyware
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/secu...s/default.mspx

These 3 programs(all free) are the most famous
in the world and ,of course,are the best.
Using two of them guarantees you very ,very good protection !

Microsoft Antispyware is the only one from these above that has
real-time protection,which is very important for dealing with spy junk

2. Manage your Internet Settings

Start-Settings-Contol Panel-Internet Options

| On the General tab |
Delete all temporary internet files,cookies,history ( often do this)

| On the Security tab |
Make sure the Internet level is Medium.Check other levels

| On the Privacy tab |
Make sure the level is Medium High.

| On the Content tab |
Goto Auto complete
Delete(clear) forms and passwords and check the settings

3. Use a pop-up blocker

Internet Explorer 6 with XP SP 2 has integrated pop-up blocker

However ,if you are not XP SP 2 user ,or you are without IE 6
get the Free MSN Tool Bar that has pop-up protection
http://toolbar.msn.com

3.1 MSN toolbar
This toolbar become more useful everyday
It has either pop-up blocker and also Anti-Phising filter
Recently Microsoft had established this Anti-phishing filter
as an add-in for the Toolbar
http://toolbar.msn.com to get the toolbar
http://toolbar.msn.com ; click on Add-ins and search for the Anti-Phishing

4. Other

4.1
( Depending on your mail program - this below is for Outlook Express )
Open Outlook Express
Tools - Options - Security
Make sure you have checked these:
` Warn me when...
` Do not allow...

4.2
Create free web-based mail
Lots of free web-based mail accounts exist.
You may create one in Hotmail , Yahoo , Gmail or Mail.RU

They are all for free with a lot of space and intergrated SPAM and Virus
protection
Yahoo.co.uk and Mail.ru offer free POP 3 / SMTP /HTML access
so you may use them with Outlook Express

4.3
Think first , then click !!!

Nothing can protect the computer from its user.
Even though you could have firewall,av software,
antispyware software and all updates downloaded,
you are not protected 100 %.NOTHING guarantees you 100 % protection.
So if you don't know what exactly to do and when to do it,you'll probably
fall a victim
of a virus , spyware or hacker.
You can find it ridiculous,but it is true! :-)

BE CAREFUL which sites you visit
BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL what you install,especially free or shareware software.
ALWAYS check everything you download from internet with AV and AS software.

4.4
Be aware of SPAM messages and especially PHISHING !!!
Spam messages are unsolicated mail.You really do not want them !
In most cases SPAM is just annoying,however PHISHING is a type of spam that
is
is really dangerous.Someone unknown sends you a messages,which is
trying to get personal information,such as bank account number
and passwords ! That's why :

NEVER give your email and/or passwords to strangers.
Don't post your mail or passwords in forums and chats.
NEVER read email messages from people you don't know. Just delete
them!!!
NEVER answer to strangers or even open the attachments,if any !!!
Delete the mail !
NEVER follow links in email from stranger and in mail that you
doubt and do not trust !

For more info about SPAM / Phishing visit
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security ; - Email section

4.5
Regularly :
Run Disc clean-up (with all checked)
Start - Programs - Accessories - System Tools - Disc Clean-up

Check all hard drives for errors
Back-up all your information (at least montly)
Defragment all hard drives
Scan all your computer with antivirus and antispyware software
(should be twice a week)

--- Useful pages ---

http://www.microsoft.com/athome/secu...s/default.mspx
different kinds of free or trial security software.

http://www.pandasoftware.com/about/r...ldren_internet
Because of the campaign "Children and the Internet"
Panda Software offers 90 day free trial version of one of the best security
software
Panda Platininum Internet Security 2005 awarded with many prizes

http://www.pandasoftware.com/protected/tips.htm ;
useful tips for protecting computers

http://www.pandasoftware.com/product..._principal.htm
Panda Software free Active Scan,where you can check your
PC for ALL TYPES of security threats and clean viruses and worms

http://housecall.trendmicro.com
Trend-Micro free online scanner HouseCall where you can scan for
Viruses and Spywares and clean them. CWShredder is also available here

http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner
Kaspersky free online scanner
and checker for suspicious files.If you have issues with suspicious
file,here is the right place!

http://www.f-prot.com/virusinfo/submission_form.html
Send F-prot AV suspicious files for fast analyze and and it is all for FREE

http://www.microsoft.com/malwareremove
Microsoft Windows Malware Removal Tool

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/u...nfectedpc.mspx
Microsoft MVP Charlie Russel's article about Dealing with malware
Really good and detailed

http://support.microsoft.com
Free Microsoft support and suggestions (for genuie clients)

Now ,when you have cleaned your computer,you need to think about your
security!
Microsoft
suggests 3 + 1 general steps how to protect
your PC and the infomation stored on it,
your privacy and your family
1.Use an internet firewall
2.Enable Automatic Updates for your PC
3.Use an antivirus software
4.Use antispyware software

Goto http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security and learn more
Check the Security Essentials for your OS and also have a look at all
sections!

Thanks very much !!!
Panda_man

" Let's beat malware black and blue "
" No new epidemic of all kind of malware - Panda TruPrevent "




Hardware: Toshiba Satellite A65-S1062, original configuration, with additional memory from Toshiba / Kingston
OS: Windows XP SP2/SP3 Home
Video: ATI Mobility Radeon 7

Problem: The os installed on the hdd hangs after boot selection whether you select normal, safe, or diagnostic boot. The recovery console, my bootable XP SP3 Pro slipstreamed CD, and original Toshiba "Recovery" CD (restore to factory installation) all hang when ntdetect tries to scan the hardware. Once ntdetect has begun, there is no more activity on the hdd or dvd. Also, I tried a bootable Ubunto Linux Live CD that works on my desktop computer, but the laptop saw it as a non-bootable disk.

Incident: (Sorry for the long post.) Power cord was unplugged and then re-inserted into computer. Screen immediately went to black with a few "lines" of color about a third of the way down from the top. After trying the usual fixes--restore, reinstall driver, find new driver, etc--I finally discovered I had to flash the ACPI bios from 1.4 to 1.9 before I could successfully install ATI driver version 6.14.10.6430. Both updates were from Toshiba's support site. After doing this, I decided to perform some maintenance: installed recovery console, updated drivers from Toshiba, installed critical windows updates, including SP3 which somehow got turned off, ran some malware / virus checkers (no issues), ran some windows utilities like chkdsk and sfc.
Everything worked fine, until I plugged in the USB mouse and received an "unknown device" error. Since I had been using the touch pad, I don't know if the mouse stopped working with the original incident or later. Device Manager reported that any device--mouse, thumb drive, external hard drive--plugged into any of the USB ports as "unknown device". However, it reported no problems with the controllers or root hubs (no yellow bangs). It also couldn't "find new hardware" when a device was plugged into the USB ports. I tried a USB light and the ports are getting power. Following Microsoft Article 817900, I was at step 3, disabling USB controllers, when the computer started running very slowly. Taskman reported that System (not system idle process) was using 98-99% of CPU. Eventually, I got windows to reboot and it "found" the new USB controllers, but again System was running at 99%. After about 3 hours, I had to do a hard reboot as laptop was starting to run hot. The result is that now I can't get the system to boot at all, and the USB problem is probably not fixed either At this point, I'm out of ideas.

The only good news I have is the drive was imaged to my network file server after the incident, but before the "fixes". 'The laptop mainly used as the family netbook, but I'd really like to get it operational again. Any help would be greatly appreciated.




Does anyone know whether Dragon NaturallySpeaking 4.0, Trados Workbench Freelance Edition 2.3.0.89 (Build 89), Winzip 8.0 or the current Kaspersky virus checker will work under XP? It seems to be a lot harder to find out software compatibility than hardware. How about a TEAC CD-W54EK CD-RW drive?

Beginner's question, starting from an existing Win 98 installation:
Is it likely that it will be possible to choose "new installation" from the XP home edition upgrade CD to have Win 98 removed and the hard disk reformatted ready for a clean install, or will it be necessary to reformat the hard drive first under the existing Win 98, then boot from the XP upgrade CD?

Despite some earlier postings to the forum, I get the impression that the NTFS file system is a slightly better choice for a purely Win XP installation than FAT32. Windows XP home page says NTFS provides enhanced reliability and stability (main things of interest to me). Is this true, or conversely is there any reason for sticking to FAT32 (other than the possibility of dual boot to Win 98)?

Any comments gratefully received.




Like countless others I've have the dreaded "nvlddmkm.sys has stopped responding and has recovered" error.

Whilst I dont consider myself a hardcore gamer I got this computer/graphics card so I could game with high quality details. So far I've use it to play solitaire and use the internet - the sheer disapointment is beyond belief. I'm seriously contemplating going back to XP!!

I've just recently upgraded from Vista hoping beyond hope this will cure my problem but alas no change, so far I've

tried different Nvidia drivers
Updated the bios
updated the chipset driver
tried differing graphics settings
checked the memory using Memtest & Win 7 own built in checker
Checked the PSU (Amps received by the +12V rails & total received by all etc)
used "driver sweeper & manual removal" all traces of the old driver (from windows & registry) before re-installating the graphics driver
Tried a fix I found on the Overclockers forum by "jembell"

I've done a few other things but cant remember them all, every forum I've read says there is a solution but I cannot find it!! I'm hoping (praying) someone, somewhere can point me in the right direction of a possible solution.

At the momemt it seems I may need to test each memory module (despite what memtest says), or the graphics card itself is faulty OR revert back to XP and or ditch Nvidia graphics card for ATI!

Any other ideas gratefully received.

Here is my basic spec and I'm attaching my system information as a text file should anyone need more detail.

Operating System: Windows 7 64bit (originally Vista Home Premium)
Motherboard Brand: Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P
Motherboard Chipset: 790XT
Processor Type: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 955 Processor, 3200 Mhz
System Memory: 4 GB
2 X 1TB Samsung HDD
Graphics Card: BFG GTX275 OCX
Nvidia Driver: 197.45

Thanks
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Join Date Aug 2007 Posts 10,090 Hi Dezrik,
I notice in your post you state that you 'upgraded' from vista. If this is so then please back up what you can and perform a clean install. You should find that this cures your problem.