Showing posts with label System Software. Show all posts
Showing posts with label System Software. Show all posts

Thursday, July 2, 2009

How to get Virtually unlimited online backup storage with Live Mesh

As you may already know Live Mesh Online Storage currently offers 5GB of online storage. This amount of data is enough if you are backing up documents as DOCs or plain text files, but if you want to store music, photos, large multimedia files, storing them into one account will quickly add-up to the limit. To expand this 5GB limitation we will use an excellent sharing functionality of Live Mesh.

Lets looks at the example. We want to setup backup for our Photos, Music, Documents. We will need to create a separate live or hotmail accounts for each of them, say,, and All these accounts will need to link with main account say


After creating my_docs account login into using it and connect to Live Desktop.

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Double click on ‘Create new folder’ Icon and enter ‘Documents’ in the name field.

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Once folder is created double click it to open it and click Members and then Invite to enter address of your main account.


After clicking OK Email will be sent to account which will have a link to accept an invitation. After that ‘Documents’ folder will be linked to your main mesh account and will be visible in the list of folders.

These steps need to be repeated for photos and music and add virtually unlimited number of folders.


Friday, May 22, 2009

Free Windows Security Tools and Online Security Scanners

In this post I want to list different windows Security tools and online Security Scanners that can be used to check and fix windows.

Free Online Security Services

Below is a list of available Online Security Scanners. It is recommended to run them in Internet Explorer and under Vista IE should be run in Administrative mode.

Free Windows Live OneCare Online Services

Below is a list of free Services provided by Live OneCare. The only problem I run into is I selected to delete 2GB of Hibernation data and Hibernate option was no longer available under Vista. If you get the same problem have a look at Re-Enable Hibernate Option in Windows Vista from the How-To Geek.

Other Free Online Virus and Spyware Scanners

Free Online Virus and Malware Scanners

Free Desktop Security Tools

CClearner - (Freeware) system optimisation and privacy tool.

Windows Defender - Spyware Protection for Free.

Avast! 4 Home Edition - is a full-featured Antivirus and Anti-Spyware package. Requires Free Registration.

Malwarebytes - an easy-to-use, simple, and effective anti-malware application.

KeePass Password Safe - the free, open-source, light-weight and easy-to-use password manager.

Sandboxie - creates virtual space to run program in.

nCleaner - contains an advanced system and application cleaner with over 90 cleaning items available

HijackThis – TrendMicro HijackThis™ is a free utility which quickly scans your Windows computer to find settings that may have been changed by spyware, malware or other unwanted programs. HijackThis™ creates a report, or log file, with the results of the scan.

Secunia (PSI) - Personal Software Inspector.

Secunia (PSI) - Personal Software Inspector.

Password Meter - Checking the strength of the passwords.

TrueCrypt - Free open-source disk encryption software for Windows Vista/XP, Mac OS X, and Linux.


GMer - is an application that detects and removes  rootkits.

Trend Micro RootkitBuster - is a rootkit scanner that scans hidden files, registry entries, processes, drivers, and Master Boot Record (MBR) rootkits.

Additional Resources

IIA Security Portal

Norton Safe Web, from Symantec

Radix Anti-Rootkit


Anti-Malware Toolkit

FixUp Restrictions

Comparatives of Anti virus Software

3 Tools to Test Run your AntiVirus/Spyware Program

Best Free Ways to Protect Your Private Files


Thursday, April 16, 2009

Install/Uninstall and Manage Windows Service using Service Control (sc.exe)

Service Control program is a powerful tool that can be used to Install/Uninstall and perform other actions on Windows Services. Sample screenshot shows different parameters and options for sc.exe tool.


I will base my example on creating SVN version control Windows Service.

To install SVN Windows Service run

sc create "Subversion Server" binpath= "path_to_subversion\bin\svnserve.exe --service --root "C:\SVNRoot""

    displayname= "Subversion Dev Repository" depend= Tcpip start= auto

To Uninstall SVN Windows Service run

sc delete "Subversion Server"

Make sure that you put space after ‘=’.

Once SVN Windows Service is created allow svnserve.exe in Windows Firewall.


How to create a Windows service by using Sc.exe

Setting up a Subversion Server under Windows


Friday, December 19, 2008

Download Windows Updates for offline install

Recently I performed a complete reinstall of my desktop computer and now require to download all windows updates again. With only 1Gb of available download and upload a month it will be easy to quickly use up all of it if with these updates. For these who want to save distributable copies of patches Microsoft provides two web sites to download updates from.

It is possible to find windows updates for XP, Vista and any other windows flavour, just search for KB# like (KB956391) which is shown in Automatic Updates window.