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Saturday, September 8, 2007

Troubleshooter applications

1) System Configuration Utility
[MSCONFIG], Registry Editor or Task Manager, does not show when executed. (necessary in helping to rid your computer of a viral infection.)
xp_emegencyutil.exe creates alternate copies which viruses will not able to intercept.

To use: Download the file and save it to your hard drive. Double-click the file and extract xp_emergencyutil.exe to your hard disk. To run the EXE just double click it, there is no installer. You will have the option of running the programs automatically, after the copies are created.

Operating Systems: Windows® XP and Windows® Server 2003 only. Requires VB 6 Runtime Libraries, included in Windows® XP.

NOTE: Your antivirus software may warn of a potentially malicious script. This is normal, as the Windows Scripting Host is used to create the "copies" of these 3 utilities. If you found this utility helpful, please consider making a contribution to support the producer continuing efforts to maintain and improve his site, and the utilities presented here. Click here to contribute.

2) ShutdownXP Enforcer

Shuts down your system in the twinkle of an eye. I use it in normal circumstances without problem when I have to rush but it is still advisable to use it when an application that refuses to close, a system freeze, etc..

Create keyboard shortcut keys just in case your mouse freeze too.

A very powerful tool to immediate Shutdown or Restart Windows 2000 and XP Operating Systems' based computers (the last chance before the Reset button).

Use it only if you have serious reasons not to follow the ordinary Shutdown/Restart procedure (i.e. an application that refuses to close, a system freeze, etc.).
It's a System Tray Application and uses a very small amount of resources when running.
It gives you the ability to create a Shutdown and a Restart shortcuts on your Desktop for the occasion of a System's Tray failure.

Windows 2000/XP
1.24 mb


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3) EFix - General purpose fix for Internet Explorer
IEFix - is a general purpose repair utility for Internet Explorer which repairs Internet Explorer by registering it's core DLL files and reinstalls using the IE.INF file. More Information is given below. Suitable for Windows 98/ME/2000/XP systems.

Requires Microsoft VB6 runtimes for Windows 98/ME systems.

Download: IEFix ( Zip ~14Kb)
(IEFix v1.6) May 19, 2006

Fixes the following problems

  • When you click a hyperlink in an e-mail message or on a Web page, or right-click a hyperlink on a Web page and then click Open in New Window, you may experience one or more of the following issues:

    • Nothing happens

    • The new window may be blank

    • You may receive a scripting error message

  • When you use the Print command or the Print Preview command in Internet Explorer, nothing may happen.

  • When you try to connect to Web folders, you may receive the following error message: "The current operation could not be completed because an unexpected error has occurred."

  • Internet Options Advanced tab is completely blank.

  • Internet Explorer About box version information is completely blank.

  • Address bar search does not work.

  • Unable to type in text boxes in a search engine or website.

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4) HijackThis

* License:Free
* Requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
* Limitations: No limitations

HijackThis: A general homepage hijackers detector and remover. Initially based on the article Hijacked!, but expanded with a lot of other checks against hijacker tricks. It is continually updated to detect and remove new hijacks. It does not target specific programs/URLs, just the methods used by hijackers to force you onto their sites.
As a result, false positives are imminent, and unless you are sure what you're doing, you should always consult with knowledgable folks before deleting anything.

a) Unzip, doubleclick HijackThis.exe, and hit "Scan".

b) When the scan is finished, the "Scan" button will change into a "Save Log button.
c) Press that, save the log, load it in Notepad, and copy its contents. Most
of what it lists will be harmless or even essential, don't fix anything yet.
d)Then go to where you'll get expert help.
e)Just Sign in, or post as a guest,and go to the Spyware and
Hijackware Removal section. Press "new topic", explain your problem, and
copy and paste the contents of the Hijack This log into your new message.

Merijn sold HijackThis to TrendMicro. Download HijackThis V2 (version 2), and the quick start guide for it can be found here. Unless you’re using Windows Vista, HJT v2 is not required.

The official HijackThis QuickStart for posting on the SpywareInfo forums is available here.

5) AIMFix

AIMFix was created to remove all known AOL Instant Messenger-related viruses in one consolidated removal tool. It is designed to end the virus processes, delete the files, and remove registry keys created by the virus. The publisher Jay Loden update the fix tool very frequently, and try to make sure it removes all AIM viruses. As long as he is aware of the virus, it is removed by AIMFix. So, if you have trouble with AIMFix not detecting the virus on your system, let Jay Loden know and he will update it for you! He can be reached on AIM as HolisticDriving or via the contact form.
AIMFix download:

File last updated on Wed Jan 9 01:50:55 2008

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6) Regedit Disabler 1.0
Regedit Disabler is a tool that enables users to easily disable the registry editor for the current user logged
Regedit Disabler is a tool that enables users to easily disable the registry
editor for the current user logged, preventing unauthorized or undesirable registry editing.

Disables or enables the registry editor REGEDIT for the current user logged, with a click of a button!
Regedit Disabler Ver. 1.0 (568 KB)

Task Manager Fix

Task Manager Fix is a FREEWARE system utility to fix task manager disabled by spywares, trojans and displays error message : Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator“, which blocks access to Windows Task Manager.

When you try to open Windows Task Manger, by pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL the following error may appear:

This error message appears due to restriction placed in the Windows Registry. One can easily enable the Task Manager by editing some registry settings. For a normal user editing registry is not easy and a bit risky.

Task Manager Fix is designed to enable disabled Task Manager. Download the FREE Task Manager Fix tool to quickly enable Task Manager.

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Mirror Download Task Manager Fix v1.0

8) Uninstall or Remove Windows Messenger
Windows Messenger is a tool that is installed by default or automatically at the time of Windows XP installation, whether it is Windows XP Professional or Windows XP Home Edition installation. The Remove Windows Messenger Tool will help and allow you to uninstall Windows Messenger from your PCs permanently.
Remove Windows Messenger is designed to remove or uninstall installed Windows Messenger. Download the FREE Remove Windows Messenger tool to quickly uninstall or disable Windows Messenger.
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9) Windows Worms Doors Cleaner v1.4.1
Little tool to disable DCOM, Locator, NetBIOS, UPNP, and MESSENGER
Most of the worms, in particular the most famous, use known vulnerabilities in Windows services which are enabled by default and that can't be disabled via the OS's configuration.
Even with these services patched with Microsoft security fixes, they are still exposed to the Internet at large ready to be exploited by the next exploit.

These ports/services are DCOM RPC (listen on port 135), RPC Locator (port 445), and eventually NetBIOS (ports 137/138/139) which cause obvious security risks. RPC Locator has first been patched (Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-001), but another exploit has followed (Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-007). These services are useless for personal home use, and can be disabled safely. Since NetBIOS is often used in home LANs, the following tool enables you (by default) to disable NetBIOS to automatically start, and to start it manually in command line (on demand). Of course, you can totally disable it too.

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