Probz.com/WindowsReinstall.com Newsletter (Winrag) - ( 14th October 2004 )

Season 2 - Issue 5

 (c) www.Windowsreinstall.com, Mark Walmsley 2004

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Welcome

  

Welcome, its time for issue 5, season 2. Last months issue did not appear due to reasons beyond my control, however we will try to make up for it soon by releasing an extra newsletter in between issues. This month we are going to begin looking at the registry and registry tweaks, so be careful and always follow the warnings given to make the experience safe for your computer. 

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Detecting and Removing Spyware

  

Over the last decade the Internet has changed from being mostly a source of information into a worldwide marketplace. Today, all sorts of people and companies are trying to find new ways of making money online. Since information is critical to any kind of marketing, the Internet has also created a whole new business of gathering and selling information about possible customers. Interesting information can be anything from your surfing habits to your hobbies, name, and email address. One method of gathering personal information that has become increasingly popular over the last few years is the use of software agents bundled with many common "freeware" programs. By downloading and installing the freeware program, you will also install a spyware agent. The spyware can then run in the background gathering information about anything you do on your computer and uploading that information to a server somewhere on the Internet. Even if the information is never used or seen by anyone, most people feel very uncomfortable with invisible processes uploading private information to the Internet.

Finding Invisible Processes
WinTasks 5 lists all processes running on your computer, including invisible background processes like spyware. Since WinTasks also assigns more user-friendly names to each process, such as Internet Explorer instead of iexplore.exe, as well as the full executable path, finding and terminating spyware processes is relatively easy.

Permanently Removing Spyware
With WinTasks 5 Professional, it is possible to prevent the spyware processes from loading the next time you reboot.To do this, you simply open the Autostart window in WinTasks and select the spyware executable. By disabling the spyware from this window, it will be removed from the registry autostart sections and will not be started the next time you reboot your system. You can either temporarily disable the spyware, to find out whether you have disabled the right program, or you can permanently remove it from the registry. In WinTasks 5 Professional there are also a number of other features like scripting and CPU usage logs that can be used to detect and remove unwanted processes and to increase overall system security.

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WinTasks 5

A perfect tool now made even better…

 

I don’t really need to ask this question…..every one of us had his computer attacked by spyware and Trojans.  Firewalls and anti-virus software can, of course, provide your computer with the first line of defence.  BUT they are not enough.

With the release of WinTasks 5, it is now easier to protect and secure your computer!  WinTasks 4 was already a great product, but now this perfect tool is made even better.

WinTasks 5 helps you stop the security threats already lurking among the processes running on your system. By providing a wealth of real-time information, combined with simple explanations for thousands of processes, WinTasks 5 makes locating and stopping unwanted processes a snap!  Thus, with Win Tasks 5, your computer will run safer and faster.

This award-winning product gathers detailed information on all running processes.  WinTasks 5 is also connected to a process library which gives all the information about every process that can run on a computer, indicating whether it is a dangerous process or an indispensable process for your computer.

With the new version of WinTasks 5, you get the following NEW features:

  • Automatic updates:  you can keep WinTasks and the build-in process library up-to-date by using an automatic update feature.
  • Block-and Allow-lists: with the new blocking feature, WinTasks makes it extremely easy to block any unwanted process.  For maximum security, the allow list gives you the option to choose exactly which processes are allowed to run on your systems.
  • Searchable Process Library: WinTasks now lets you search the entire process library for any process including the ones not currently running on your system.

 

For more information on WinTasks 5 click here. In our opinion get it now - Winrag.com rating 5/5

     


 

2  Commandos Strike Force

 



EIDOS ANNOUNCES COMMANDOS STRIKE FORCE

MULTI-MILLION SELLING WWII COMMANDOS SERIES GOES FIRST PERSON SHOOTER

Eidos, one of the world's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, announces the return of the legendary Commandos in the World War II first person shooter Commandos Strike ForceTM. Developed by Pyro Studios, Commandos Strike Force will be released worldwide in spring 2005 on PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC.

In a new direction for the multi-million selling series, Commandos Strike Force takes you right into the heart of the action from a first person perspective. Take control of the three members of the 'Strike Force' unit, each with their own play style. Switch between the Green Beret, always at the heart of the action with his expertise in combat and the use of heavy weaponry, the Sniper with his nerves of steel and expert marksmanship, and the Spy, stealthily striking at the heart of the enemy. However, it is up to you how you execute plans of attack by combining the Commandos' unique skills.

Set in war torn Europe amid the backdrop of World War II, you must take your elite group of Commandos behind enemy lines on a series of linked missions through France, Russia and Norway. Destroying a Nazi ship, ambushing enemy troops, freeing French Resistance prisoners and kidnapping a general are a few of the large range of missions. As well as a compelling single player campaign, the game features a variety of original online multiplayer modes. In the most fearsome war ever fought emerged the most fearless soldiers.

Ignacio Perez, ceo of Pyro Studios says:
"By combining the tactical approach of the previous Commandos games with the intense action of a fps, Commandos Strike Force will provide a more cerebral approach to the war game genre. Strike Force is our most ambitious project ever and we believe that this game will set a new benchmark for World War II videogames."

Mike McGarvey, ceo of Eidos says:
"The Commandos series has established itself as one of the most popular and enduring franchises within the World War II genre. With this evolution of the series coupled with Pyro Studios' proven expertise, we are confident that Commandos Strike Force will be the greatest episode in the series to date."

Website: www.commandosstrikeforce.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

 


 

3  Windows Keyboard Shortcuts Part 1

 

Why do we need shortcuts ? Well believe me when you start using them you will understand why. I find them very useful especially in word or even when the mouse is more than 2 inches from hand, why bother reaching just use the keyboard shortcuts.

 

SHORT CUT

WHAT IT DOES

   
CTRL+C Copy highlighted text or image
CTRL+X Cut highlighted text or image
CTRL+V Paste highlighted text or image
CTRL+Z Undo 
Delete (DEL) Delete highlighted text or image
SHIFT+Delete (DEL) (Delete the selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin) 
F2 Rename selected item
CTRL ESC Display start menu
F3 Search
ALT+TAB Cycle between open items
F6 Cycle through the screen elements in a window or on the desktop
SHIFT when you insert a CD-ROM Stop CD from auto running

  

This list is by no mean complete but represents what we find most useful.

 


     

4 Windows Keyboard Shortcuts Part 2

 

The shortcuts we will cover here are Internet Explorer Navigation ones.

 

SHORT CUT

WHAT IT DOES

   
CTRL+B Organize Favorites
CTRL+E Search bar
CTRL+F Find utility
CTRL+H History bar
CTRL+I Favorites bar
CTRL+L Open dialog box
CTRL+N Start another browser
CTRL+P Print dialog box
CTRL+R Update Web page
CTRL+W Close the window

 


 

5  Registry - Set position of desktop wallpaper

 

Don't like the position of your desktop wallpaper, offset or is it in the way. Well there's a way to set it texactly where you want..

First, before editing your registry remember to always back it up first, just incase you do something wrong. The registry when modified is an instant change and cannot be undone.    

BACK UP REGISTRY: So to open the registry editor click on "START", "RUN", then type "REGEDIT" (No speech marks). The registry editor will now open, click on "FILE" then "EXPORT". From the save window that appear type in a file name (ie regback.reg), now click on "SAVE". Your registry has now been backed up.

CHANGE POSITION: Now on the left hand panel click on "HKEY_CURRENT_USER" then "Control Panel" and then "Desktop". Next search for "Wallpaperoriginx" (horizontal offset) and  "Wallpaperoriginy" (vertical offset) in the right hand panel. If they are not present then simply create them by doing the following: 

Right click on "DESKTOP" select "NEW" then left click on "STRING VALUE". Name the new string value in right hand panel as "Wallpaperoriginx". 

Repeat the process and then name the 2nd value as "Wallpaperoriginy". Exit registry editor and reboot windows.

After reboot return to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Control Panel/Desktop" in the registry editor, and set the values as required by your photo or image. The image is offset from the center of your desktop, so you can use positive and negative values. The value is rated in distance by pixels.

 

Disclaimer: This information is provided as is and we cannot guarantee that editing the registry will not cause serious damage. You use this information at your own risk.

      


  

6 Registry - Set drop down menu alignment

  

By default all windows drop down menu's align to the right. This little registry tweak will allow you to align your menu either to left or right, at your discretion. 

First, before editing your registry remember to always back it up first, just incase you do something wrong. The registry when modified is an instant change and cannot be undone.    

BACK UP REGISTRY: So to open the registry editor click on "START", "RUN", then type "REGEDIT" (No speech marks). The registry editor will now open, click on "FILE" then "EXPORT". From the save window that appear type in a file name (ie regback.reg), now click on "SAVE". Your registry has now been backed up.

SET ALIGNMENT: Now on the left hand panel click on "HKEY_CURRENT_USER" then "Control Panel" and then "Desktop". Next search for "MenuDropAlignment" in the right hand panel. If they are not present then simply create them by doing the following: 

Right click on "DESKTOP" select "NEW" then left click on "STRING VALUE". Name the new string value in right hand panel as "MenuDropAlignment". 

Now to set the value, double click on the string value and set it's value to "1" for right alignment or "2" for left alignment. As you can see this a nice little tweak.  

Disclaimer: This information is provided as is and we cannot guarantee that editing the registry will not cause serious damage. You use this information at your own risk.

     


  

7  Registry - Restoring Backed up registry

   

As the changes in the registry are permanent then you might make a mistake which will cause problems in windows. So what you will need to know is how to restore your backed up registry. Fortunately the process is quite simple.

First if you can't access windows from a normal boot then you will need to access safe mode. To do this simply tap the "F8" key on boot (Before the Windows splash screen) and when the boot menu appears select "Safe Mode"". Once in safe mode go to the next step.

So to open the registry editor click on "START", "RUN", then type "REGEDIT" (No speech marks). The registry editor will now open, click on "FILE" then "IMPORT". Now select the file you used to backup your registry with, and select "OPEN". Now exit the registry editor and reboot Windows your registry will now be restored.

Your computer should now be working 100%.

    


  

Conclusion

 

Well that's it for this month, I hope you all enjoyed this issue, and we look forward to seeing you next month, 

Best Regards

Mark 

webmaster@windowsreinstall.com

 

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