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What’s a rootkit, and how can I check for rootkits installed on my machine?

A rootkit is a term used to describe mechanisms that allow malware such as viruses and spyware to hide their existence from tools that are designed to eradicate them. Rootkits commonly open back doors to systems so that malicious intruders can access the system with administrative credentials or intruders use them on the machine to maintain their access. See here for more information about rootkits.

How do I disable Internet Explorer password caching?

When you are prompted to type your security credentials into the Enter Network Password dialog and you check Save this password in your password list, you have cached your password.

To disable password caching:

1. Open a CMD.EXE window.

2. Type the following command and press Enter:

REG ADD “HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet Settings” /V DisablePasswordCaching /T REG_DWORD /F /D 1

NOTE: REG.EXE is built into Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. It is installed on Windows 2000 from the Support Tools folder on the Windows 2000 CD-ROM.

NOTE: To enable password caching, use:

REG ADD “HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet Settings” /V DisablePasswordCaching /T REG_DWORD /F /D 0

Oct 27, 2005 - Exchange, General, Windows 2003    No Comments

My Microsoft Exchange Server database has reached its 16GB limit, and I can’t perform any actions to clear space. What can I do?

Microsoft added functionality in the Exchange 2000 Server post-Service Pack 3 (SP3) rollup to enable an extra 1GB of database growth for a standard edition database. You can use this extra space to perform maintenance in emergency situations when you run out of database space. This capability is standard with Exchange Server 2003. To access this additional storage, perform these steps:

1. Start the registry editor (regedit.exe) on the Exchange server.
2. Move to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesMSExchangeISSAVDALDC01Private-.
3. From the Edit menu select New – DWORD value.
4. Enter a name of Temporary DB Size Limit Extension and press enter.
5. Double-click the new value and set it to a value of 1. Click OK.
6. Close the registry editor. You should immediately perform the database maintenance to reduce its size, then delete the temporary size limit extension value.

As the name suggests, this extra space is temporary, and if you use up this 1GB you have no options left (except upgrade to Exchange 2003 SP2 or buy Exchange 2003 Enterprise Edition). You need to dismount and mount the Store for the change to take effect.

Aug 26, 2005 - General, Scripting, Windows XP    1 Comment

How do I disable the Windows XP balloon tips?

To disable the Windows XP Notification Area balloon tips:

1. Use the registry editor to navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced.

2. on the Edit menu, press New and DWORD value.

3. Type a Value Name of EnableBalloonTips.

4. Double-click EnableBalloonTips and type 0.

Alternately, open a CMD.EXE window and type:

REG ADD “HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced” /V EnableBalloonTips /T REG_DWORD /F /D 0

How can I determine which groups I’m a member of for my current logon session?

You can use the whoami command with the /groups switch to display all the groups in the currently logged on user token as the following command and output show:

whoami /groups

C:Documents and Settingsali>whoami /groups

[Group 1] = “UKDomain Users”
[Group 2] = “Everyone”
[Group 3] = “MERCURYDebugger Users”
[Group 4] = “BUILTINAdministrators”
[Group 5] = “BUILTINUsers”
[Group 6] = “UKDomain Admins”
[Group 7] = “UKEnterprise Admins”
[Group 8] = “UKSchema Admins”
[Group 9] = “LOCAL”
[Group 10] = “NT AUTHORITYINTERACTIVE”
[Group 11] = “NT AUTHORITYAuthenticated Users”

Why do 10 million people play World Of Warcraft ?

An excellent article on lesessais.com about the issues dealt with people trying to quit this game:

Here. Bear with me. Let me describe an emotional state, and you come up with the cause. First, emptiness. Emptiness like hunger, ravenous hunger; emptiness like the blackness that descends behind closed eyelids at the crepuscule before sleep; emptiness as need; emptiness as blind desire; emptiness visualized as a gaping hole where the heart once held court. Then, regret. Regret for loss, regret that the emptiness exists, regret that the memory of what once filled the hole—the heart, now, the heart, remember—lies dead and dies more each and every passing day; regret that the knowledge of what other people do to fill up their life has been lost along countless missteps and misspent hours trying to find the path on which you once, as a child, so deftly picked your way; regret that something is gone and has left an emptiness as deep as the blackest reaches of outer space. Anger, next. Anger that emptiness is remembered with regret; anger at the witless world that allowed such a gain that could become a loss that could be defined as emptiness with vast regret; anger that you, who once were so strong, so supple, so springboard-ready to bounce back to a mean emotional state, a psychical purpose, can see yourself suffering and maundering over the black heart, its regretful state, and your pointless rage. Despair, finally, that you will ever be another way.

Love, you say? If you did, and I hope you did, then you got it right, at least in purpose and point of origin, for though it smacks of the lovelorn puppy dog ministrations of a mooney-eyed lover, the emotional state I described was of an addict’s absence of soul, of spirit, of the will to experience. Which is to say, they are not all that different.

Unhealthy obsessions, selfish solipsism…the fables and myths that give us succor and teach us morals warn against anything so monomaniacal: it is hardly necessary to think of Narcissus to extend any story’s teleology to death by personal infirmity, moral laxity, or, quite simply, gazing too long at a mirrored self. Love, the quaint excuse for the angst-ridden teen’s outrageous outcries—the union of two souls! Death by dissolution! Not life, no, but bliss!—is seldom more than a mirror made to trick the viewer into seeing a better self. What of other mirrors? Other tricks? What of those that mask the truth but lightly, and in the dancing points of light you can see the fiction, the misdirection, life not lived but carefully avoided, painted in unearthly colors and brighter, happier, than even the most stunted man-child could ever want life to be? We could say that the infirmity is weaker, the morals ignored with more purpose and pain, the waters of immurement approached with more knowledge, dire knowledge, that it is death the soul seeks.

All this is pretty heavy-handed for someone talking of love. Still more for someone speaking of a video game. But there it is. Here. Where love once filled the hours of thousands of men and women who had nothing else to divert their attention away from the painful, plodding progress of life as we know it, we have a game. To be sure, there are other diversions, some do drugs, others take to drink, but for general amusement, for avoiding thinking, there have always been games and activities meant to satisfy other base yearnings—accomplishment, pride, mental facility, physical prowess, social adaptability—but no game quite like this…

Click here for full article and the source

Also ….
PICTURE: What will a World Of Warcraft player look like in the year 2030?

Jul 28, 2005 - General    4 Comments

Propagate Public Folder Permissions On Exchange 2003

You can use Exchange System Manager to propagate permissions for public folders using the following steps:

  • Exchange System Manager
  • Goto the public folder you want to adjust permissions on
  • Properties
  • Permissions
  • Hold Ctrl while clicking Client Permissions

You should now be able to set permissions to public folders and propagate to child objects

Import / Export IP Settings Using Netsh

To quickly export your IP (inc dns / wins) settings to a text file, use the following command:

netsh -c interface dump > c:\work-net.txt

When you connect to another LAN

netsh -c interface dump > c:\home.txt

Once you have everything in a text file, you can use this command to import the settings depending on your location

netsh -f c:\work-net.txt

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