Monday, January 26, 2009

adsense finally ....

I finally recieve an email from google saying that they finally aprove my request to add an adsense to my blog ( ) hopefully in the future i can make alots of money from this adsense, and hopefully you won't mind clicking the adsense for me so we can go for a better sites... :D

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Vista Fast Boot Registry Hack

Recently we've discussed Speed Up the Shut down progress in Vista. On the other hand,people are trying to find ways to speed up the boot progress of Vista, one of which is to shorten the boot screen scroll time. Then, how?

*Press WIN+R to run regedit

*Navigate to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters

*Hit “EnablePrefetcher” on the right panel and set its value to "0"


Saturday, January 17, 2009

How to speed up windows vista shutdown process?

some people might have the same question...well here's some easy step to do the tricks..

Windows shutdown command issued, the need to inform the services, apps and processes has been loaded. Windows won't shutdown untill they are closed one by one. And the pagefile needs to be cleaned. In theory,these progresses can not be omitted, or the system will be unstable.

As a result, users, in order to speed up Windows Vista off the pace in ensuring the stability of the system, we need to cut down the hung up time rather than skip them. Then,how?

Wwe can modify the registry option to adjust accordingly to achieve.

1.Cut down latency time of Services

To speed up the pace of Windows Vista's shutdown, first of all, we can shorten the waiting time for services to achieve. Open the Registry Editor, locate the following registry entries:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ System \ CurrentControlSet \ Control

In the right panel, you will see a "WaitToKillServiceTimeout" of the registry. Double-click to modify it and set the default value 20,000 (in milliseconds) to a smaller value such as 5000 or even 1000, and so on. So if Vista has not received any signals of closed services in 5 seconds (5000) or 1 second (1000) , the system will pop up a warning window to inform users that the service can not be ended.

2.Cut down latency time of Apps and Processes

Situation's same as the services. System won't close the running apps untill the latency time is over. So, we can speed up the shudown progress by shorten the latency time.

Navigate to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Control Panel \ Desktop

Double-click on the right side of the panel "WaitToKillAppTimeout", set the default value 20000 (in milliseconds for the same) to a smaller 5000 or 1000.

In the right side of the panel, still there is one called "HungAppTimeout" which is the time to wait for not responsing apps to close. Set the default "5000" to "1000."

Then, in the following registry branch:

HKEY_USERS \. DEFAULT \ Control Panel \ Desktop \

Repeat the above operation, that is to modify the value of the registry "WaitToKillAppTimeout" and "HungAppTimeout"

3. Auto End Tasks During Shutdown and Log off

However, even if we set "HungAppTimeout" to a small value, it does not mean that Vista will automatically end the tasks after the procedure or process. Actually the system will continue to pop-up a dialog box for users to confirm . If you feel it too complicated, so by modifying the registry key we can make it possible to end tasks automatically.

Find the following registry branch:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Control Panel \ Desktop registry

Find "AutoEndTasks" and set the default value "0" to"1" .

Although with the above methods, we can significantly speed up the pace of Windows Vista's shutdown. However, should be emphasized that, both "WaitToKillServiceTimeout", "WaitToKillAppTimeout" and "HungAppTimeout" are very important and essential in windows. Inproper modification will lead to Instability. it is dangerous to set any of the following registry value to "0".

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Where is Vista Run Command ?

A friend of mine ask me about where the hell is run command in the windows vista start menu? maybe you have the same question as him, so here's another share. What I should have done was simply use Vista's new Start Search dialog box, in the same way I used the old 'Run' command in XP. All that you need is to type the name of the executable, e.g. cmd, in the Start Search dialog box.

As you configure Vista so you will come to love the way that the new Start Search subtly combines the best of the old XP 'Run box', with the improved Vista Quick Search. What I particularly liked was the way the interface displayed all the matching programs as I typed just the first few letters.

Oh, one last thing. Why not use windowskey+r ? maybe this is the simplest way to access the run menu, i'm glad microsoft still use this shortcut in to their latest OS (hope they still gonna use it in windows 7)

Saturday, January 10, 2009


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Quick Vista tips : Mouse Scroll Wheel Resizes Icons

it'a quick, easy, yet flashy Vista tip. We are going to resize the desktop icons by holding down the Ctrl key, and scrolling the mouse wheel. See how icons such as the Recycle Bin enlarge or shrink as you turn the mouse's wheel. By scrolling you can get over 20 different sizes of icon, there is bound to be one that suits you. Incidentally, this a classic for learning a tip once, on the Vista Desktop, and then applying wherever you go, for example try Ctrl + scroll the mouse wheel when you are next in Windows Explorer.

Friday, January 9, 2009

How to secure your Vista PC in 10 easy steps

While Windows Vista may be Microsoft Corp.'s most secure operating system ever, it's far from completely secure. In its fresh-from-the-box configuration, Vista still leaves a chance for your personal data to leak out to the Web through Windows Firewall or for some nefarious bot to tweak your browser settings without your knowledge.

But by making a few judicious changes using the security tools within Windows Vista -- and in some cases by adding a few pieces of free software -- you can lock down your operating system like a pro.

1. Use Windows Security Center as a starting point

For a quick overview of your security settings, the Windows Security Center is where you'll find the status of your system firewall, auto update, malware protection and other security settings. Click Start, Control Panel, Security Center, or you can simply click the shield icon in the task tray. If you see any red or yellow, you are not fully protected.

For example, if you have not yet installed an antivirus product on your machine, or if your current antivirus product is out of date, the malware section of the Security Center should be yellow. Windows does not offer a built-in antivirus utility, so you'll want to install your own. For free antivirus, I recommend AVG Anti-Virus 8.

2. Use Windows Defender as a diagnostic tool

The malware section of Windows Vista also protects against spyware using Windows Defender. The antispyware protection in your antivirus program usually trumps the protection Microsoft provides, but there are several good reasons to keep Windows Defender enabled. One is that every antispyware program uses a different definition of what is and is not spyware, so redundant protection can actually offer some benefit.

Another reason to keep Windows Defender enabled: diagnostics. Click Tools, and choose Software Explorer from the resulting pane. You can display lists of applications from several categories such as Currently Running Programs, Network Connected Programs and Winsock Service Providers, but Start-up Programs is perhaps the most useful. Click on any name in the left window, and full details will appear in the right pane. By highlighting, you can remove, disable or enable any of the programs listed.

3. Disable the start-up menu

Windows Vista keeps track of all the documents and programs you launch in the start-up menu. This can be convenient for some users, but it can also compromise your privacy if you share a computer within an office or household. Fortunately, Windows Vista provides an easy way to tweak this setting. To protect your privacy, follow these steps:

  • Right-click on the task bar and select "Properties."
  • Click on the Start Menu tab.
  • Uncheck "Store and display a list of recently opened files."
  • Uncheck "Store and display a list of recently opened programs."
  • Click "OK."

4. Get two-way firewall protection

No desktop should be without a personal firewall, but even if the Security Center says you're protected, you may not be. The Windows Firewall within Vista blocks all incoming traffic that might be malicious or suspicious -- and that's good. But outbound protection is not enabled by default. That's a dangerous situation if some new malicious software finds its way onto your PC.

Microsoft did include the tools for Windows Vista to have a true two-way firewall, but finding the setting is a little complicated. (Hint: Don't go looking the Windows Firewall settings dialog box.

To get two-way firewall protection in Windows Vista, do the following:

  • Click on the Start button; in the search space, type "wf.msc" and press Enter.
  • Click on the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security icon. This management interface displays the inbound and outbound rules.
  • Click on Windows Firewalls Properties. You should now see a dialog box with several tabs.
  • For each profile -- Domain, Private and Public -- change the setting to Block, and then click OK.

Even if you do this tweak, I recommend adding a more robust third-party firewall. I suggest either Comodo Firewall Pro or ZoneAlarm, both of which are free and fare very well in independent firewall testing.

5. Lock out unwanted guests

If you share your computer with others -- and even if you don't -- Windows Vista includes a neat way to keep unwanted guests from guessing your systems administrator password. When you set up users and declare one user as administrator with full privileges, Windows Vista allows outsiders unlimited guesses at the password you chose. Here's how to limit the guesses.

  • Click Start, then type "Local Security Policy."
  • Click Account Lockout Policy.
  • Choose Account Lockout Threshold.
  • At the prompt, enter the number of invalid log-ins you'll accept (say, three).
  • Click OK and close.

6. Now audit your attackers

With the Account Lockout policy in place, you can now enable auditing to see any account attacks. To turn on auditing for failed log-on events, do the following:

  • Click the Start button, type "secpol.msc," and click the secpol icon.
  • Click on Local Policies and then Audit Policy.
  • Right-click on "Audit account log-on events policy," and select Properties.
  • Check the Failure box, and click OK.
  • Right-click on "Audit log-on events policy" and select Properties.
  • Check the Failure box and click OK.
  • Close the Local Security Policy window.

You can then use the Event Viewer (by running eventvwr.msc) to view the logs under Windows Logs and Security.

7. Secure your Internet Explorer settings

The Windows Security Center will also report whether your Internet Explorer 7 (or IE 8) security settings are at their recommended levels. If the screen shows this section as red, you can adjust the settings within the browser itself.

  • Within Internet Explorer, click Tools in the menu bar.
  • From the drop-down menu, click Internet Options.
  • Choose the Security tab.
  • Within the Security tab, click Custom Level.

Here you'll see a window with all the security options for the browser. If any are below the recommended level (if, say, some malware reconfigured your browser settings), these options will be highlighted in red.

To change an individual setting, click the appropriate radio button. To reset them all, use the button near the bottom of the tab. You can also change the overall security setting for Internet Explorer from the default Medium-High setting to the recommended High or Medium, if you wish. Click OK to save and close.

8. Use OpenDNS

Domain Name System (DNS) servers act as a phone book. When you type "" in the address bar, for instance, your browser sends that common-name request to your Internet service provider's DNS servers to be converted into a series of numbers, or an IP address.

Lately, DNS servers have come under attack, with criminals seeking to redirect common DNS preferences to servers that they control. One way to stop such abuse is to use OpenDNS.

Go to Start, Control Panel, Network and Internet, and then click Network and Sharing Center. Under the tasks listed on the left, click Manage Network Connections. In the Manage Network Connections window, do the following:

  • Right-click on the icon representing your network card.
  • Click Properties.
  • Click Internet Protocol Version 4.
  • Click the Properties button.
  • Select the Use the following DNS server addresses radio button.
  • Type in a primary address of
  • Type in a secondary address of
  • Click OK.

9. Live with User Account Control

One area where some people might want to see the Windows Security Center turn red is User Account Control (UAC), perhaps the most controversial security feature within Windows Vista. Designed to keep rogue remote software from automatically installing (among other things), UAC has a tendency to thwart legitimate software installations by interrupting the process several times with useless messages.

In Windows 7, you'll be able to set UAC to the level you want. Until then, you do have some options. One is to disable UAC. I would caution against that, since UAC is meant to warn you of potential danger.

Instead, install TweakUAC, a free utility that enables you to turn UAC on or off as well as provides an intermediate "quiet" mode that keeps UAC on but suppresses administration-elevation prompts. With TweakUAC in quiet mode, UAC will appear to be off to those running as administrator accounts, while people with standard user accounts will still be prompted.

10. Check your work

Now that you've tweaked Windows Vista, you can keep tabs on your system's security with the System Health Report. This diagnostic tool takes input from the Performance and Reliability Monitor and turns it into an information-packed report that can spotlight potential security problems.

  • Open Control Panel.
  • Click System.
  • In the Tasks list, click Performance (near the bottom).
  • In the resulting Tasks list, click Advanced tools (near the top).
  • Click the last item on the resulting list -- "Generate a system health report."

The report will list any missing drivers that might be causing error codes, tell you whether your antivirus protection is installed and declare whether UAC is turned on. You may want to run this report once a month just to make sure everything's still good.

Source: ComputerWorld