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I was able to get Windows Mail to work on Windows 7 and created a folder for Windows Calendar, put the files there but the program will not execute from Windows Mail. It will run on it's own, but the reminders won't alert me and like I said, it won't run when I click the icon inside Windows Mail. Any suggestions?


I'm trying to ugrade from Vista to Widows 7 but keep getting the follwing message:

[IMG]file:///C:/Users/Megsie/AppData/Roaming/Microsoft/windows/upgrade/images/alert.gif[/IMG] The following issues are preventing Windows from upgrading. Cancel the upgrade, complete each task, and then restart the upgrade to continue.

Windows needs to be restarted so necessary changes to system files can be made before continuing.

[IMG]file:///C:/Users/Megsie/AppData/Roaming/Microsoft/windows/upgrade/images/warning.gif[/IMG] Upgrading Windows will affect the following features:
Windows Mail is no longer included in Windows; however your e-mail files and settings will still be available after the upgrade. To send and receive e-mail you will need to install a new e-mail program. You can get e-mail programs from other software manufacturers or from the Microsoft website.

Windows 7 Parental Controls no longer includes the Web Filtering and Activity Reporting features. You can get similar Family Safety programs from other software manufacturers or from the Microsoft web site.

[IMG]file:///C:/Users/Megsie/AppData/Roaming/Microsoft/windows/upgrade/images/warning.gif[/IMG] Upgrading Windows will affect the following devices and/or programs:

These programs might not work properly after the upgrade. We recommend uninstalling these programs before upgrading. Cancel the upgrade, open Control Panel, and search for "uninstall a program". (Note: Programs marked as * can be safely reinstalled after the upgrade.)
iTunes (Please deauthorize computer prior to upgrade)I have already deauthorised it but it continues to come up - any help would be appreciated please?

Back in August I got a free 1 year EZArmour subscription. I uninstalled
Norton and went with CA. The install when great. I did not install the
firewall, as I felt no need for it. Life was great until I read I had no
e-mail protection in the free version. I then went and bought 3 copies of
EZ Antivirus, and installed on my three WinXP Pro SP2 machines.

On my machine in August I tried to uninstall EZ Armour and install
EZAntivirus to no avail. Each time I tried Security Center said No
Antivirus installed. I finally gave up and stayed with EZArmour. Today I
got an e-mail about vulnerability in specific versions of eTrust EZ
Antivirus. I tried once again to remove EZArmour and add latest EZAntivirus
software. Same problem as before. The other 2 machines updated great.

I have noticed that if a restart Security Center from control
paneladministrator toolsservices it will find and show the computer as
protected. However the first time I reboot the computer, back comes the
Windows Security Alert. It appears the security center service starts
before EZAntivirus kicks in. I truly feel this problem was caused by EZ
Armour not completely uninstalling correctly. Please advise me on how to
fix this, as I prefer to use EZAntivirus on all my machines. CA says its a
Security Center issue, contact Microsoft.

On random occasions I get an audio sound, like an alert, like a doorbell (ding-dong, high pitch to low pitch). It is a full sound, with slight echo and reverb. I don't know what's causing it.
I have gone through all sounds in the Sounds window in the Control Panel. It is none of those. I have modified Windows default to no sounds on all of the events. I have tried to turn off any sounds of email notification both on the Comcast side and the Live Mail.
Experiments to try and cause it by sending, opening, receiving email did not cause sound. I have turned off sound on all games. I have tried watching Task Manager to try and catch activity in processes when a sound occurs, but have not seen anything.
It is starting to drive me nuts.
What can I do to find the source of this sound that just happens from time to time? It is sometimes a couple of times a minute, sometimes only a few per hour. The only task running pretty much all the time is BackBlaze, doing backups of changed files. I have tried changing and deleting files to see if I can cause the sound. Nothing!
I do a fair amount of recording of my piano work using Audacity, but I haven't heard the sound being recorded along with my music.
Any clues?

I downloaded and installed SP2 yesterday. It seems to be
working fine and the popup blocker is sweet. Although I
have one small problem that I was hoping someone knows
the answer to. I use Windows Messenger primarily to alert
me when I get new email to my Hotmail account. Whenever I
get new mail, the little alert "pops" up from the systray
icon of WM. However, now that I have installed SP2, the
systray icon is now linked to Outlook. I was wondering
how do I revert back to the old setting of Hotmail
Notifications. I looked at the options menu for WM, but I
couldnt seem to find anything that would get me back
these alerts. Anyone have a clue as to what I should do?

Microsoft Internet Explorer window.createPopup() method creates
chromeless windows
The Internet Explorer (IE) window.createPopup() method creates
chromeless popup windows. These windows can be used to spoof the user
interface in Internet Explorer, any Windows application, or the
Windows desktop.
I. Description
The visible area of a web browser window can be categorized into two
areas: content and chrome. The content area is where the web browser
renders HTML and other data. The chrome area surrounds the content
area and includes the status bar, address bar, tool bar, and menu
area. In most cases, the entire browser window (chrome and content) is
enclosed with "window management decorations" - title, frame, and
minimize, maximize, resize, and close controls.

The IE Dynamic HTML (DHTML) model supports a proprietary method to
create chromeless popup windows. This method, window.createPopup(),
creates browser windows with the following characteristics:

A window created by window.CreatePopup() has the following

* It contains no chrome
* It has no window manager decoration
* It appears on top of all other windows
* It can be placed anywhere on the screen
* It does not appear in the Windows taskbar
* It cannot be focused
* It is closed when the user clicks outside of the window

Chromeless windows can appear anywhere on the screen. Any part of the
Windows graphical user interface (GUI) can be covered by chromeless
windows, including the IE address bar, IE scroll bar, IE HTTPS padlock
icon, Start menu, system tray, other Windows applications, or the
entire visible screen. When a refresh loop is used, chromeless windows
can remain visible even when the user clicks outside of the window.
II. Impact
By convincing the user to view an HTML document (e.g., web page, email
message) an attacker can deceive the user by changing the appearance
of the GUI. Because of their unique characteristics, chromeless
windows can be used to facilitate phishing attacks. For example, an
attacker can create a fake address bar and HTTPS padlock icon to spoof
a secure website.

More importantly, chromeless windows can be used in combination with
other vulnerabilities to copy arbitrary files to the user's machine.
IE treats arbitrary files as images with respect to drag and drop
operations (VU#526089), allows windows to be manipulated by mouse
events (VU#413886), and allows remote web sites to open windows or
frames that interact with the local filesystem. By convincing the user
to perform drag and drop actions such as clicking an image, selecting
text, or dragging the scrollbar, an attacker can copy malicious code
to the target machine.
III. Solution

Install Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)

Microsoft Windows XP SP2 significantly improves your computer's
defenses against attacks and vulnerabilities. SP2 places constraints
on popup windows created by window.createPopup(), limiting the ability
to spoof the IE and Windows GUI. The constraints a

* A popup window must appear between the top and bottom of its
parent window's chrome, so it does not overlap the Internet Explorer
address bar, title bar, status bar, or toolbars.
* Horizontally, a popup window must always overlap some area of
its parent window.
* A popup window must stay immediately on top of its parent, so it
cannot be placed over other windows.

These enhancements prevent a large number of spoofing attacks with IE.

Disable Active scripting and ActiveX controls

Disabling Active scripting prevents attackers from creating chromeless
windows using window.Createpopup(). Disabling ActiveX controls
prevents IE from making images transparent, which is a component of
publicly available exploit code.

At a minimum, disable Active scripting and ActiveX controls in the
Internet zone and the zone used by Outlook, Outlook Express, or any
other software that uses the WebBrowser ActiveX control or the IE HTML
rendering engine (MSHTML). Instructions for disabling Active scripting
and ActiveX controls can be found in the Malicious Web Scripts FAQ.

Apply the Outlook Email Security Update

Another way to effectively disable Active scripting and ActiveX
controls in Outlook is to install the Outlook Email Security Update.
The update configures Outlook to open email messages in the Restricted
Sites Zone, where Active scripting and ActiveX controls are disabled
by default. In addition, the update provides further protection
against malicious code that attempts to propagate via Outlook. The
Outlook Email Security Update is available for Outlook 98 and Outlook
2000. The functionality of the Outlook Email Security Update is
included in Outlook 2002 and Outlook Express 6.

Render email in plain text

Configure email client software (mail user agent [MUA]) to render
email messages in plaint text. Instructions to configure Outlook 2002
and Outlook Express 6 are available in Microsoft Knowledge Base
Articles 307594 and 291387, respectively. HTML-formatted email
messages may not appear properly, however script will not be
evaluated, thus preventing certain types of attacks.

Maintain updated antivirus software

Antivirus software with updated virus definitions may identify and
prevent some exploit attempts. Variations of exploits or attack
vectors may not be detected. Do not rely on antivirus software to
defend against this vulnerability.

Use a different web browser

There are a number of significant vulnerabilities in technologies
relating to the IE domain/zone security model, the DHTML object model,
MIME type determination, the graphical user interface (GUI), and
ActiveX. It is possible to reduce exposure to these vulnerabilities by
using a different web browser, especially when browsing untrusted
sites. Such a decision may, however, reduce the functionality of sites
that require IE-specific features such as DHTML, VBScript, and
ActiveX. Note that using a different web browser will not remove IE
from a Windows system, and other programs may invoke IE, the
WebBrowser ActiveX control, or the HTML rendering engine (MSHTML).
Systems Affected
Vendor Status Date Updated
Microsoft Corporation Vulnerable 10-Sep-2004

Thanks to Georgi Guninski and Andrew Clover for reporting this

This document was written by Will Dormann and Art Manion.
Other Information
Date Public 10/21/2001
Date First Published 09/10/2004 03:09:38 PM
Date Last Updated 10/27/2004
CERT Advisory
CVE Name CAN-2001-1410
Metric 31.92
Document Revision 60

Jose Manuel Tella Llop
MVP - Windows

When a new e-mail comes in I get a 2 tone sound. Can I change it and how?

Hello All,

I'm in the process of completing an all new program for use with Microsoft Outlook 2002 and Outlook 2000 called WOPR Junk Mail Remover. As it's name implies, the program is an enhanced junk mail filtering program that is specifically for use with Microsoft Outlook 2002/2000.

The program uses Bayesian statistics incorporated into some fairly simple algorithms to generate what is called a "Bayesian" or "Content-Based" e-mail filter. As new e-mail arrives in your Inbox, it is broken down into tokens (i.e. all of its individual words), including any HTML tags, RTF tags, embedded Java Script, and Internet Headers, and then all of those tokens/words are compared statistically against a corpus/dictionary of known "good" (i.e. "Non-Spam") words and known "bad" (i.e. "Spam") words. The combined probability of the most interesting "good" and "bad" words in the e-mail message is then used to determine if the newly arrived e-mail is junk mail or not. The filtering process works so well that it's almost scary!

Since the Bayesian Filter is customized to each user's individual e-mail habits, it must be trained (or taught) to know what e-mails are Non-Spam and which are Spam on each user's system. Thus, when you first install the program the Bayesian Filter will need to be trained by selecting a "Mark Message as Junk Mail" or "Mark Message as Non-Junk Mail" toolbar button when new e-mail arrives. After you get about five or six messages trained/marked, the program will start to take off and it will begin filtering your newly arrived mail. However, the more you train the filter, the smarter it gets. I suggest a minimum of 50 Spam and Non-Spam trainings to start with, but even more than that would be even better (I currently have around 300 of each trained and sitting in my corpus/dictionary).

To backup the Bayesian Filter, there is a complete set of secondary filters that can be used to filter an incoming e-mail message based on all of the normal items (actually the program was originally written around these filters and I only recently added in the Bayesian filter. However, since the Bayesian Filter worked so well it quickly became the focal point of the program). For example, you can define custom filters (using the included "Create New Filter Wizard" tool) to filter incoming message's based on the sender's user name, the sender's domain name, the message's subject content, the message's text/body content, the message's Internet Header fields, the message's country of origin, etc. All of the standard (i.e. "built-in") and "user-defined" filters are managed via the programs Options dialog box (which is accessed via a button on the program's main toolbar).

The program also allows you to define a white list or a "Friends" list where anyone on that list automatically bypasses all of the filters so you are assured of getting their e-mail without it getting trapped by one of the filters (this also has the advantage of speeding up the program since mail from friends doesn't have to be filtered). The program alerts you when new e-mail arrives and keeps a running total of the numbers of mails that have arrived (i.e. accepted e-mail, e-mail from friends, possible junk mail, and confirmed junk mail). The e-mail is flagged in Outlook (using standard red and white Outlook flags) with the reason why it was filtered and it's mail status icon is changed accordingly so that you can easily identify filtered mail. Confirmed junk mail is automatically moved into a "Junk Mail" folder and the folder can be setup to automatically purge its contents after a set number of days have past since the message was first received/filtered (and the Junk Mail folder's location can be changed as well).

There's event a neat little "Message Details" tool that lets you view the plain text content of the message along with all of its Internet Headers. The tool even has an option for showing you a "Word Analysis" of the message where the individual tokens/words in the message are colorized based on their probability of being Spam or not. That way you can get a bird's eye view of how the Bayesian filter sees the message. I personally hate opening Spam because 99% of it is written in HTML format and Outlook always tries to access the Internet in order to download the graphics for the HTML messages. This little tool stops that from happening as all you see is the plain text of the message with all of the HTML stripped out (which is great for looking at those messages that you don't really know if they are Spam or not).

The program has another useful little tool that sends an "Unknown User" error message back to the originator of the junk mail message informing the Spammer that the e-mail address they have sent their Spam to is invalid (even though it really isn't). That way, the Spammer will think that your e-mail address is invalid and will hopefully remove you from their list. A standard error message is provided, but it can be fully customized, and the default action of any filter can be setup to automatically send the error message to the sender or you can do it manually form the program's main toolbar at any time.

If all of this sounds like a lot, it is... The program is quite a piece of work in my opinion and I wouldn't want to be without it. It's very addicting...

Anyway, as I've already mentioned, the program will run under Windows 98 and Outlook 2000, but it really shines when you install it on a system running Windows Me, Windows 2000, or Windows XP (Home Edition or Pro) and Outlook 2002. The reason for this is that the program does some pretty fancy API work to display information messages via the Windows System Tray and that feature only works on systems with version 5.0 or greater of the Windows Shell Library (i.e. any of Microsoft's O.S.'s greater than Windows 98 and NT 4.0). It also looks a lot better if you are running more than 256 colors for your screen display (although it has been tested and will run just fine on 16 color displays and Shell versions less than 5.0. In those cases, the info messages are displayed via the Office Assistant instead.).

The program includes an Installer and an Uninstall so installation should be a total breeze (just follow the on-screen prompts). After you've installed the program, and you run Outlook for the first time, the program will build it's backend database and then prompt you to create an account (since there's no programmatic way of getting the account info from Outlook itself). The account info is simply used by the program to determine your e-mail addresses (for filtering purposes) and to send the "Unknown User" error messages that I told you about above. The "Unknown User" Error Message feature requires that you have a POP3 or IMAP account in order to deliver the error message anonymously (again, since Outlook itself doesn't allow such things). Once you've set up your accounts, the program will prompt you to import your address books into your "Friends" list. After that, you are ready to begin training the program (which is done by selecting one or more messages and clicking on the "Mark Message as Junk Mail" or "Mark Message as Non-Junk Mail" buttons on the programs main toolbar.) Once you've trained it enough, just sit back and watch it filter all of that junk mail. It's absolutely amazing!

I've tried real hard to keep the filtering process as fast as possible, but as you might expect, filtering a large number of messages can take some time (since each incoming message must be broken down into its individual words and then compared against the "good" and "bad" word dictionaries, etc.). Thus, it works best if you let Outlook continually grab your mail every so often.

Anyway, after many months of hard work I think that I'm finally at a stage where I could use some other folks looking at the new "WOPR Junk Mail Remover" program for me. While it still has some minor flaws and still needs a few more loose ends tied up, all in all, I feel that it is working quite spectacularly. In the last week alone, it has removed over 1,000 pieces of junk mail from my Inbox with less than 1% false positives (and the only reason I think I'm getting the false positives is because I don't receive enough "good" e-mail to train the filter as well as I can with all of the "bad" e-mail I get. Once I can get an even balance of "good" and "bad" e-mail trained, I think it will be near flawless in its filtering).

Thus, I'm looking for a very limited number of beta testers who would be interested in helping me test out the new program and get it ready for final release. I'm only looking for around 10 or so serious testers who would have the time available to test the program over the next two weeks and would be willing to provide me with some useful feedback (I'm not only interested in finding bugs, but I'd like to know how you feel about the user interface, if there is anything I can do to make the program easier to use/understand, etc.). If you are interested in testing the program, please drop me a line at letting me know your current operating system (including any installed service packs), your current version of Office/Outlook (including any installed service releases), and what mode you are running Outlook in if you are running Outlook 2000 (i.e. Internet Mail Only (IMO) mode or Corporate or Workgroup (C/W) mode). Please remember that I can't except everyone as the available testing slots are very limited.

I'm looking for one or two of the following testers:

1. Someone running Outlook 2002/2000 on Microsoft Exchange Server (under any O.S.).

2. Someone running Outlook 2000 in Corporate or Workgroup mode (under any O.S.).

3. Someone running Outlook 2000/2002 under Windows 98.

4. Someone running Outlook 2000/2002 under Windows 98 SE.

5. Someone running Outlook 2000/2002 under Windows XP Home Edition

6. Someone running Outlook 2000/2002 under Windows XP Home Edition SP1

7. Someone running Outlook 2000/2002 under Windows XP Pro

8. Someone running Outlook 2000/2002 under Windows XP Pro SP1

9. Someone running Outlook 2002 SP2 (under any O.S.).

10. Someone running Outlook 2000 with WordMail enabled (under any O.S.).

11. Someone running Outlook 2002/2000 with a dial-up connection (under any O.S.)

12. I'm also looking for feedback on how the program looks at a variety of screen colors and screen resolutions, so if you don't mind flipping your system between 16, 256, high color, and true color, or between 640x480, 800x600, and/or 1024x768 or higher screen resolutions, then you'd make a good testing candidate as well.

Thanks for your interest in the new program and I look forward to hearing your comments...

My co-workers are clinicians that deal with crisis calls. What they want to bve able to do is when they receive a crisis call they can press a button on their windows desk top that will make an alert sound to alert the others that they are on a crisis call. Is there a way to program a button on your desktop to do this? If not, what about coding it in outlook, since they all have their mail open? The desk top of course would be ideal. Thanks

I just received an e-mail, looked completely legitimate, like it was the next release of Woody's Windows Watch - when I opened it, McAfee alerted me that the attachment to the file contained a trojan. Any ideas what's going on? I've deleted the e-mail...thought I should warn somebody or at least check it out.



My system = Windows 7, 64-bit, Service Pack 1

WLM was working flawlessly for about 2 years.

I have had the following problem for a few days:


It started happening around day-break on Wednesday.

1. That's a few hours after Windows Update installed.

2. About that time, I was trying to get newgroups working until I found that my ISP had stopped providing the service last month; I've never used newsgroups on this PC before so anything I tried insode WLM was it's "first time" (*sigh* ... I'm such a romantic!).
I then tried Microsoft Communities but it claimed that wlm.exe could not connect (blaming the firewall or AV - even though email was working fine in retrieving emails).

3. I had also added Bing Desktop a few days before but disabled it that morning in Windows startup (because it kept putting the search box on my taskbar; I just wanted it for the desktop images).

That's about all that was going on during the hours before the non-error appeared.

The WLM client :
- was part of Window Essentials 2011 at the time it went rogue.
- has managed 9 email accounts without any problem for a long, long time:
* hotmail x 5
* x 2
* gmail x 1
* ISP x 1
- is booted at startup

The problem:
- when WLM starts, it checks all accounts for new email; there are no errors on this first try (the first account gets a green tick and its status = "completed")
- at 10 minute intervals, it rechecks for new emails; from that 2nd check on, it displays that error in the screenshot (above)
- the error content is always blank
- if I change the order that the accounts are checked (eg. by renaming some to change the first 2 that get checked), exactly the same behaviour occurs; so it seems to rule out a problem with a particular account (it happens to any account that is checked first)
- if I send an email to the first account to be checked, it still gives the error but downloads the test email anyway; this seems to suggest that the problem is not with the email content.
- The list checked (screenshot) does not give a tick or a "completed" status for the first checked account, even though emails in that first account are downloaded ok; it even flags the WLM icon in the system tray that new emails have been downloaded.

What I have tried:
1. rolled back to pre-Windows update using System Restore and restarted; result = no change
2. uninstalled WLM cleanly and restarted;
3. checked WLM registry keys and 'program files' install folders to verify that WLM was removed & no artifacts remaining; yes, they were.
4. re-downloaded WLM client (this time = Windows Essentials 2012)
5. re-installed WLM & restarted
6. ran WLM & set-up the accounts again & re-populated the accounts with emails from the servers.
7. same problem occurs from 2nd check of all emails.

I can't understand why the first email check (after WLM starts) is fine but subsequent checks give that "faux error".

I uninstalled WLM a few times with no joy.
I'm not a computer genius and would be grateful for any help.

The error can't be ignored because, every 10 minutes:
- it pops-up, requiring [x]-iting
- flashes on the taskbar
but I would not care if I could just prevent those 2 "symptoms" from being evident (but I can find no setting to "stop making error alerts").

Thanks for help.

Take it for what it's worth...This is from CNNMoney Website. What code (under advanced settings) are they talking about? Is it "custom install"? That isnt a "code". What is the "code" and where does one type it in?

Users of the new operating system say the upgrading process is buggy. But once the kinks are worked out, customers are liking Windows 7 a lot more than Vista
Microsoft launched Windows 7 in late October to much fanfare. But, just like with previous Windows upgrades, complaints about bugs have already started rolling in.
A whopping 31% of clients have reported problems with upgrading to Windows 7, according to a recent survey of more than 100,000 customers conducted by consumer helpdesk firm iYogi.
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• Windows 7 Student Upgrade Hell"Most of the problems that customers have with Windows 7 have to do with installation, or application and data migration," said Vishal Dhar, co-founder of iYogi. "These are all fixable problems, but they're annoyances and they're time consuming."

One common gripe, experienced by 9% of installers, is that the half-hour to an hour-long upgrade process gets to the "62% completed" point and then freezes. It's a problem that Microsoft is aware of, and can be fixed by rebooting the computer, going into advanced settings, and typing in a code that instructs the computer to ignore plug-ins.

However, issues didn't stop with the upgrade process. Many users still experienced glitches even after successfully installing Windows 7 on their machines.
Most common among those complaints was that basic "applet" programs, like Mail, Movie Maker and Photo Gallery, were missing. That's because Windows 7 deletes those programs and makes users download them from the Windows Live Essential Web site. IYogi said 26% of their customers were confused about that extra step.
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Visit the Family & Home Center Others had problems getting their computers to work properly: Eight percent said their DVD drives couldn't be found and 2% couldn't sync their iPhones with Windows 7.
One in seven users also complained that the sleek new "Aero" theme doesn't work. The Aero theme enables users to see through a window to view the desktop or other programs that are open behind it. According to iYogi, most of the 14% of users that have problems with Aero don't have the graphics capabilities on their PCs to handle the program.
Other common complaints included an inability to view file extensions, too many "mini-dumps" (memory images saved on the computer when it crashes), problems with the "Aero snap" feature, changes to custom icons and problems with the new taskbar.
Microsoft (MSFT), which debuted Windows 7 on Oct. 22, did not return requests for comment.
Smoother sailing once it's debugged. Once the bugs from upgrading have been worked out, users have had a relatively hassle-free experience. And those who bought a new computer with Windows 7 preloaded have seen the fewest issues.
"Customers who finally get it up and running love Windows 7," said Dhar. "We haven't had a lot of people calling for usability issues, because it's a much more intuitive interface than Windows XP."
That's not to say that Windows 7 is perfect.
According to Zeus Kerravala, an analyst at Yankee Group, one of the biggest annoyances with the new operating system is that the "ribbon menus" at the top of programs have been redesigned and must be relearned. In previous Windows versions, the menus remained very consistent (File, Edit, View, Insert, etc.), but in Windows 7, they can be wildly different from application to application.
"It took me a long while to figure out how to print," said Kerravala. "Microsoft tried to improve the user interface, but there's a learning curve because it's inconsistent."
Microsoft also did away with many favorite applications like Windows Movie Maker, which is particularly surprising given the propensity of cell phone videos and Flip video camera movies.
But all of the gripes about Windows 7 pale in comparison to the angry complaints about Microsoft's previous Windows iteration, Windows Vista. That version was an outright disaster after it was released in 2007. Vista was plagued by bugs, software incompatibilities, sluggishness and annoying security alerts. The episode nearly destroyed the tech giant's reputation with consumers.
"While there are a few bugs, I haven't seen or heard of any show-stoppers," said Laura DiDio, principal analyst at ITIC. "In fact, just the opposite. Some Vista users can't wait to upgrade. So far, this has been a home run for Microsoft."

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to nginx! error on SOME webpages

Welcome to

Occassionally getting the above error to sites like Yahoo
Mail,, a few other sites. Seems to be an intermittent problem.
Occurred shortly after downloaded some programs from which
I later learned has some malware attached to those files. SHAME ON CNET.COM!
What should I do next?

I didnt notice anything bad other than 1 unnamed
O3 - Toolbar: (no name) - {CCC7A320-B3CA-4199-B1A6-9F516DD69829} -
(no file)

My Hijack this log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis
Scan saved at 10:39:03 AM, on 5/1/2012
Platform: Unknown Windows
(WinNT 6.01.3505 SP1)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v9.00 (9.00.8112.16421)
mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:Program Files
C:Program Files (x86)IntelIntel(R)
Rapid Storage TechnologyIAStorIcon.exe
C:Program Files
C:Program Files
C:Program Files (x86)AVG Secure
C:Program Files
Browsing Protectionadawarebp.exe
C:Program Files
C:Program Files
C:Program Files (x86)Internet
C:Program Files (x86)Trend
R1 - HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftInternet
ExplorerMain,Search Page = Bing
R0 -
HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain,Start Page = Yahoo!
R1 -
HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain,Default_Page_URL =
R1 -
HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain,Default_Search_URL = Bing
R1 -
HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain,Search Page = Bing
R0 -
HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain,Start Page =
R0 -
HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerSearch,SearchAssistant =
R0 -
HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerSearch,CustomizeSearch =
R0 -
HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain,Local Page =
R1 -
HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet Settings,ProxyServer =
R1 - HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet
Settings,ProxyOverride = *.local
R0 - HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftInternet
ExplorerToolbar,LinksFolderName =
F2 - REG:system.ini:
O2 - BHO: &Yahoo! Toolbar Helper -
{02478D38-C3F9-4efb-9B51-7695ECA05670} - C:Program Files
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHelperStub -
{18DF081C-E8AD-4283-A596-FA578C2EBDC3} - C:Program Files (x86)Common
O2 - BHO: RealPlayer
Download and Record Plugin for Internet Explorer -
{3049C3E9-B461-4BC5-8870-4C09146192CA} -
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{9030D464-4C02-4ABF-8ECC-5164760863C6} - C:Program Files (x86)Common
FilesMicrosoft SharedWindows LiveWindowsLiveLogin.dll
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(x86)AVG Secure Search10.2.0.3AVG Secure Search_toolbar.dll
O2 - BHO:
Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper - {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9} -
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O3 - Toolbar: (no name) -
{CCC7A320-B3CA-4199-B1A6-9F516DD69829} - (no file)
O3 - Toolbar: AVG Security
Toolbar - {95B7759C-8C7F-4BF1-B163-73684A933233} - C:Program Files (x86)AVG
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O4 - HKLM..Run: [Adobe ARM] "C:Program
Files (x86)Common FilesAdobeARM1.0AdobeARM.exe"
O4 - HKLM..Run:
[ZoneAlarm] "C:Program Files (x86)CheckPointZoneAlarmzatray.exe"
O4 -
HKLM..Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] "C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesJavaJava
O4 - HKLM..Run: [vProt] "C:Program Files (x86)AVG
Secure Searchvprot.exe"
O4 - HKLM..Run: [Ad-Aware Antivirus] "C:Program
Files (x86)Ad-Aware AntivirusAdAwareLauncher" --windows-run
O4 -
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O4 - HKLM..Run: [TkBellExe] "C:Program Files
(x86)RealRealPlayerUpdaterealsched.exe" -osboot
O4 - HKLM..RunOnce:
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O4 -
HKLM..RunOnce: [Malwarebytes Anti-Malware] C:Program Files
(x86)Malwarebytes' Anti-Malwarembamgui.exe /install /silent
O4 -
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O4 - HKCU..Run: [cdloader]
"C:Usersuser2AppDataRoamingmjusbspcdloader2.exe" MAGICJACK
O4 -
HKCU..Run: [Messenger (Yahoo!)]
"C:PROGRA~2Yahoo!MESSEN~1YahooMessenger.exe" -quiet
O4 -
HKUSS-1-5-19..Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%Windows SidebarSidebar.exe
/autoRun (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
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C:WindowsSystem32mctadmin.exe (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
O4 -
HKUSS-1-5-20..Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%Windows SidebarSidebar.exe
/autoRun (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')
O4 - HKUSS-1-5-20..RunOnce: [mctadmin]
C:WindowsSystem32mctadmin.exe (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')
O4 - Startup: 3.3.lnk = C:Program Files (x86)
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to
Microsoft Excel - res://C:PROGRA~2MIF5BA~1Office12EXCEL.EXE/3000
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- Extra context menu item: Search Image on TinEye - file://C:Usersuser2DocumentsTinEye 1.0TinEye.js
O9 -
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{219C3416-8CB2-491a-A3C7-D9FCDDC9D600} - C:Program Files (x86)Windows
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem:
@C:Program Files (x86)Windows LiveWriterWindowsLiveWriterShortcuts.dll,-1003
- {219C3416-8CB2-491a-A3C7-D9FCDDC9D600} - C:Program Files (x86)Windows
O9 - Extra button: Send to OneNote -
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O9 - Extra button: Research -
{92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} -
O10 - Unknown file in Winsock LSP:
c:program files (x86)common filesmicrosoft sharedwindows
O10 - Unknown file in Winsock LSP: c:program files
(x86)common filesmicrosoft sharedwindows livewlidnsp.dll
O11 - Options
group: [ACCELERATED_GRAPHICS] Accelerated graphics
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C:Program Files (x86)Internet ExplorerPLUGINSNPRVRT34.dll
O12 - Plugin
for .ivr: C:Program Files (x86)Internet ExplorerPLUGINSNPRVRT34.dll
O13 -
Gopher Prefix:
O15 - Trusted Zone:
O15 - Trusted Zone:
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DPF: {3F0EECCE-E138-11D1-8712-0060083D83F5} (LPViewer Class) -
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DPF: {C1FDEE68-98D5-4F42-A4DD-D0BECF5077EB} (EPUImageControl Class) -
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DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) -
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O16 -
DPF: {E2883E8F-472F-4FB0-9522-AC9BF37916A7} (get_atlcom Class) -
- Protocol: linkscanner - {F274614C-63F8-47D5-A4D1-FBDDE494F8D1} - C:Program
Files (x86)AVGAVG2012avgpp.dll
O18 - Protocol: skype4com -
{FFC8B962-9B40-4DFF-9458-1830C7DD7F5D} -
O18 - Protocol: viprotocol -
{B658800C-F66E-4EF3-AB85-6C0C227862A9} - C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesAVG
Secure SearchViProtocolInstaller10.2.0ViProtocol.dll
O18 - Protocol: wlpg
- {E43EF6CD-A37A-4A9B-9E6F-83F89B8E6324} - C:Program Files (x86)Windows
LivePhoto GalleryAlbumDownloadProtocolHandler.dll
O23 - Service: Adobe
Acrobat Update Service (AdobeARMservice) - Adobe Systems Incorporated -
C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesAdobeARM1.0armsvc.exe
O23 - Service:
Adobe Flash Player Update Service (AdobeFlashPlayerUpdateSvc) - Adobe Systems
Incorporated -
O23 -
Service: @%SystemRoot%system32Alg.exe,-112 (ALG) - Unknown owner -
C:windowsSystem32alg.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: AVGIDSAgent - AVG
Technologies CZ, s.r.o. - C:Program Files
O23 - Service: AVG WatchDog (avgwd) - AVG
Technologies CZ, s.r.o. - C:Program Files (x86)AVGAVG2012avgwdsvc.exe
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C:Program Files (x86)TOSHIBAConfigFreeCFIWmxSvcs64.exe
O23 - Service:
ConfigFree Service - TOSHIBA CORPORATION - C:Program Files
O23 - Service:
@%SystemRoot%system32efssvc.dll,-100 (EFS) - Unknown owner -
C:windowsSystem32lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: Intel(R) Rapid
Storage Technology (IAStorDataMgrSvc) - Intel Corporation - C:Program Files
(x86)IntelIntel(R) Rapid Storage TechnologyIAStorDataMgrSvc.exe
O23 -
Service: ZoneAlarm Toolbar IswSvc (IswSvc) - Check Point Software Technologies -
C:Program FilesCheckPointZAForceFieldIswSvc.exe
O23 - Service:
@keyiso.dll,-100 (KeyIso) - Unknown owner - C:windowssystem32lsass.exe (file
O23 - Service: Intel(R) Management and Security Application Local
Management Service (LMS) - Intel Corporation - C:Program Files
(x86)IntelIntel(R) Management Engine ComponentsLMSLMS.exe
O23 - Service:
@comres.dll,-2797 (MSDTC) - Unknown owner - C:windowsSystem32msdtc.exe (file
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%System32netlogon.dll,-102 (Netlogon) -
Unknown owner - C:windowssystem32lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service:
@%systemroot%system32psbase.dll,-300 (ProtectedStorage) - Unknown owner -
C:windowssystem32lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service:
@%systemroot%system32Locator.exe,-2 (RpcLocator) - Unknown owner -
C:windowssystem32locator.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service:
@%SystemRoot%system32samsrv.dll,-1 (SamSs) - Unknown owner -
C:windowssystem32lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: Sunbelt VIPRE
Antivirus Service (SBAMSvc) - Sunbelt Software - C:Program Files (x86)Ad-Aware
O23 - Service:
@%SystemRoot%system32snmptrap.exe,-3 (SNMPTRAP) - Unknown owner -
C:windowsSystem32snmptrap.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service:
@%systemroot%system32spoolsv.exe,-1 (Spooler) - Unknown owner -
C:windowsSystem32spoolsv.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service:
@%SystemRoot%system32sppsvc.exe,-101 (sppsvc) - Unknown owner -
C:windowssystem32sppsvc.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: TOSHIBA HDD
Protection (Thpsrv) - Unknown owner - C:windowssystem32ThpSrv.exe (file
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(x86)TOSHIBATOSHIBA Service StationTMachInfo.exe
O23 - Service: TOSHIBA
Optical Disc Drive Service (TODDSrv) - Unknown owner -
C:Windowssystem32TODDSrv.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: TOSHIBA Power
Saver (TosCoSrv) - TOSHIBA Corporation - C:Program FilesTOSHIBAPower
O23 - Service: TOSHIBA eco Utility Service - TOSHIBA
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O23 - Service:
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O23 - Service: TPCH
Service (TPCHSrv) - TOSHIBA Corporation - C:Program
O23 - Service:
@%SystemRoot%system32ui0detect.exe,-101 (UI0Detect) - Unknown owner -
C:windowssystem32UI0Detect.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: Intel(R)
Management & Security Application User Notification Service (UNS) - Intel
Corporation - C:Program Files (x86)IntelIntel(R) Management Engine
O23 - Service:
@%SystemRoot%system32vaultsvc.dll,-1003 (VaultSvc) - Unknown owner -
C:windowssystem32lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service:
@%SystemRoot%system32vds.exe,-100 (vds) - Unknown owner -
C:windowsSystem32vds.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: TrueVector Internet
Monitor (vsmon) - Check Point Software Technologies LTD - C:Program Files
O23 - Service:
@%systemroot%system32vssvc.exe,-102 (VSS) - Unknown owner -
C:windowssystem32vssvc.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service:
@%SystemRoot%system32WatWatUX.exe,-601 (WatAdminSvc) - Unknown owner -
C:windowssystem32WatWatAdminSvc.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service:
@%systemroot%system32wbengine.exe,-104 (wbengine) - Unknown owner -
C:windowssystem32wbengine.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service:
@%Systemroot%system32wbemwmiapsrv.exe,-110 (wmiApSrv) - Unknown owner -
C:windowssystem32wbemWmiApSrv.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service:
@%PROGRAMFILES%Windows Media Playerwmpnetwk.exe,-101 (WMPNetworkSvc) - Unknown
owner - C:Program Files (x86)Windows Media Playerwmpnetwk.exe (file
End of file - 15087 bytes

I found this explantion of changes to Messenger due to SP2 and the
webpage has a more detailed explanation.
What does Windows Messenger do?
Windows Messenger is an instant messaging program that lets you communicate
in real time with other people who use Windows Messenger or MSN Messenger.

With Windows Messenger you can:

. Create a contact list of your friends, family, and coworkers who
also use Messenger.

. See when your contacts are signed into Windows Messenger and

. Send text messages back and forth with your contacts.

. Call a phone almost anywhere in the world for a very low rate-and
use your microphone or headset to talk.

. Call a contact's computer for free and see each other while you

. Send pictures, music, or documents to your contacts.

. Link directly to the e-mail inbox of your default e-mail program.

. Invite someone to play a game, look at a program on your computer,
or use a whiteboard together.

. Use Remote Assistance to allow someone to help you with your

. Receive up-to-the-minute information using Microsoft .NET Alerts.

Who does this feature apply to?
All Windows Messenger users should be aware of the changes made to this
feature in Windows XP Service Pack 2.

What new functionality is added to this feature in Windows XP Service Pack
The following features have been added to Windows Messenger in Windows XP
Service Pack 2:

. Block unsafe file transfers

. Require user display name

. Windows Messenger and Windows Firewall

We have set a rule to alert us of new messages. The message that pops up is You've Got Mail. For some reason, when the window appears, the each new message appears in the list twice. Does anyone know why this might be happening? I checked the rules and I only seem to have one up. I tried deleting the rule and putting it up again - but the same problem occurs. I also went to Tools>Options>Email Options> and turned the automatic notification off.

Our system uses with Mozilla 1.5 through Netscape as the email client. I need to send out email alerts from my Access program. I've gotten conflicting information on whether SendObject works with Netscape/Mozilla. I tried SendObject, but when I set the "editmessage" argument to FALSE, the code passes over the statement without creating an error and without sending an email. Changing "editmessage" to TRUE brings up the email composition window, but without the "To:" field completed.

I saw a MS Knowledge Base article that looked relevant, #260819, but their workarounds didn't apply. Is it possible to use SendObject with Mozilla/Netscape? If not, how else can I email from Access without changing the mail client?

Thanks in advance!

Outlook’s Rules and Alerts have never functioned for me, and many users and admins have the same experience. I need an Outlook 2003 filter add-on to *automatically* do the things below after a quick, easy set-up for each rule or filter:

1. file all incoming e-mails from into a folder of my choice, and…

2. that folder is expanded so I notice the message is there, *and* it's left Unread until I attend to it.

3. when e-mail is sent to a particular address, it's automatically filed in the designated folder and marked Read.Do you know of any GOOD programs that does these things? I've tried unsuccessfully to use these programs below on a fresh install of Windows XP Media Center 2002 and Outlook 2003:

* Auto-Mate 5.0 Standard's trial from Pergenex worked especially well. It’s easy to understand and install. But it crashes Outlook on Exit 100% of the time, mysteriously starts an extra Outlook process and frequently freezes Send/Receive.

* QuickFile from Standss was a cleverly-designed near-miss because it's not automatic when a message arrives, but their tech support and software were both unusually good.

* Email Sorter Wizard by alpha Internet Services seemed in principle like it would work but I haven’t been able to make it work.

* SimplyFile says their program won't do automatic filing.

* Caelo's NEO Pro has more features than a NASA spacecraft and I didn't see simple automatic e-mail filing and sorting among them.I'm willing to leave good reviews and mention good programs to friends that need this. Thanks very much.

Here is an attachment inserted by my McAfee A/V to an email proportedly from WWW:

The subject was: WWW #7.03-Win98 support update

****************** McAfee VirusScan ************************
******* Alert generated at: Wed, 04 Feb 2004 17:11:30 -0500 *********
************************************************** *******************

McAfee VirusScan has detected a potential threat in this e-mail
sent by Woody's WINDOWS Watch .
The following actions were attempted on each suspicious part.
We strongly recommend that you report this virus-related activity
to Woody's WINDOWS Watch .

The attachment "E-mail body" is infected with the Exploit-URLSpoof.gen Trojan(s).
This attachment has been quarantined.
================================================== ==

Here's the email header info:

I mangled my email address with

Received: by (iris/0.131:360151); 4 Feb 2004 22:10:10 +0000
Received: from (HELO (
by (iris/0.131:360151) with SMTP
for (rule 360151); 4 Feb 2004 22:10:40 +0000
From: Woody's WINDOWS Watch
Subject: WWW #7.03- Win98 support update
Date: Wed, 04 Feb 2004 17:10:11 -0500
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: Multipart/Mixed;
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit
X-List-Host: Woody's Watch
Reply-To: Woody's WINDOWS Watch


Is the a "Woody" problem?


I have a Westel Versalink modemrouter that has a firewall, and have had it set to "highest" setting for over a year, with no problems.

I recently I could not send mail (recieve was fine), so through troubleshooting with my host, I changed the outgoing port to 587, per their suggestion. Still couldn't send mail, until I lowered the FW to lowest setting.

There is settings for, highest, medium, lowest, none, & custom. For h,m,l setting, there is the ability to "edit", where it takes you to a window to see & edit the "user defined rules". Here are the rules for the medium setting
[ Security Level Medium OUT rules ]

# Protocol Match conditions
pass to port 80 >> done
pass from port 80 >> done
pass protocol udp, to port 53 >> done
pass to port 20 >> done
pass from port 20 >> done
pass to port 21 >> done
pass to port 23 >> done
pass to port 110 >> done
pass to port 119 >> done
pass to port 143 >> done
pass to port 220 >> done
pass to port 25 >> done
pass to port 443 >> done
pass to port 500 >> done
pass to port 587 >> done...Line I added
pass protocol 50 >> done
pass protocol tcp, from addr %LANADDR% >> state, done

# Failed to match
drop to port >= 135, to port > done, alert 4 [Dropping NETBIOS Traffic]
drop all >> alert 1 [ Packet to be dropped unless Service enabled ]

end I tried adding the line in red above, hoping that would allow me to send mail, but that did not work either.

Is there a "rule" that I could insert to allow sending mail, with a higher level for the FW?

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