Mar 252008
 


WinPatrol is a robust Security Monitor that will alert you to hijackings, malware attacks and critical changes made to your computer without your permission or knowledge. WinPatrol uses a heuristic behavioral approach to detecting attacks and violations of your computing environment. WinPatrol takes snapshot of your critical system resources and alerts you to any changes that may occur without your knowledge.

Windows is also a multi-purpose utility enhances the functionality of the software from being Security Monitor to a system utility.

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Mar 252008
 


Accessing Safe Mode is a rarity and only when you have problems to troubleshoot. However, accessing safe mode can get a bit tricky wherein you have to wait for the POST to go through and keep hitting F8 to enter the Startup menu and you may still miss the Startup Menu. A simple option would be add an entry for Safe Mode onto the default Boot menu wherein everytime the system restarts, you get an option to start Windows in Normal mode or in Safe Mode. This procedure should work in Windows 2000,Windows Xp and Windows 2003.

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Mar 172008
 


Sometimes when you log into the Windows XP or Windows 2000, you may see the System32 folder opening up at the startup. This could be due to an incomplete or an invalid entry in the Windows Startup registry key. This could be for example a null value (“”) or a string value with only one quotes (“).

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Feb 272008
 

I used to use MSCONFIG utility in Windows to control the startup options, applications, services in Windows XP, Windows 2000 (not installed by default) and always appreciated what it offers. But, look at Autoruns from Sysinternals (now Microsoft owned), you cannot find another more comprehensive application that looks in and shows all the startup items from every nook and corner of your PC. You do not have to use msconfig or edit Windows Registry to edit modify any of the stuff. Most if not all modifications are as simple as a right-click.

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Feb 202008
 

When you are troubleshooting a problem with your Windows especially a Windows Start up problem, the best place to start would be to create a Boot Log. This would create a file named Ntbtlog.txt in the C:\Windows directory with the list of drivers that tries to load. It adds entries for every successfully loaded driver referred by “Loaded Driver” and failed drivers reffered by “Did not load driver”.

This could define the root cause of the problem. It could be a device driver or a startup item that Windows tries loading at the startup. Once identified you can then fix the driver or startup item by either disabling it or updating to a proper version.

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