Archive for January, 2010

Hitman Pro 3 – the all-in-one tool against malicious software

Hitman Pro 3 is a fast all-in-one tool to locate, identify and remove viruses, spyware, trojans, rootkits and other malware. Hitman Pro 3 will quickly show if your PC is infected with malicious software.
Research shows that many computers are infected, even if they have an up-to-date security suite installed, and that a combination of different anti malware programs would be required to prevent infection.
Hitman Pro 3 uses innovative cloud computing techniques to detect and remove potential malware threats with minimal impact on system performance.

Advantages of Hitman Pro 3

  • Recognizes and removes viruses, trojans, rootkits, spyware and other malware.
  • Revolutionary innovation in scanning technique to distinguish between malicious and safe software without signatures.
  • Short scan time – searches the system within a few minutes.
  • No extra system load.
  • Impossible to make false positives on important system files thanks to “profiling” and whitelisting.
  • Multi-vendor identification of malware in our real-time “Scan Cloud”.
  • Automatically restores common system alterations made by malicious software.
  • Contains quarantine to backup infected files before cleaning them.
  • Creates a check point in System Restore before removing malicious software.
  • Removes resistant threats using native NT boot-time deleter.
  • Removes references to malicious software (like shortcuts and registry entries).
  • Free malware scan.
  • Free online support in English, German and Dutch.

How does Hitman Pro 3 work?

The Hitman Pro 3 executable can be downloaded and run straight from a USB Flash Drive, CD/DVD, local or network attached hard drive and will quickly reveal the presence of any malware.
It will scan your PC in a few minutes and detect files that are potentially malware using a Behavioral Scan.
The actual identification of these potential malware files is then done on the Hitman Pro servers – the “Scan Cloud”.

To understand how Hitman Pro 3 works we first need to describe a few fundamental characteristics of malicious software and your Windows PC.

Like everything else, malicious software always has a purpose. The malware writer only wants one thing: money. The traditional virus that cripples or destroys your PC is now quite rare. To make money the virus needs to be run and stay resident on the PC. This way the malicious software can steal your personal data, show pop-ups, or install fake software programs. The software can even turn your PC into a zombie as part of a botnet, using your PC to send spam or be part of a cyber attack. Of course, all this is going on without you noticing anything. To keep doing this, the malicious software needs to start automatically and protect itself from being removed by security software.

On a single Windows PC there are thousands of files with a limited number of these files being “executables” and “associated data files”, which have file extensions like EXE, DLL, SYS, etc. They belong to for example a word processor, a spreadsheet program or a photo editing program.
To work properly, the malicious program must be an executable file.

Hitman Pro 3 looks for executables like drivers and other automatically starting software programs. These are active in memory, communicate with the internet and potentially try to make themselves invisible. From an average of 400,000 files on your PC typically only 2000 are interesting enough for Hitman Pro 3 to classify. Hitman tries to determine:

  • where a file comes from
  • how it got on your PC
  • which publisher created it
  • what purpose it has
  • whether it can be uninstalled appropriately
  • if it is visible for the user and through Windows API’s
  • if it’s communicating with unreliable computers on the internet
  • if it’s compressed or encrypted
  • if it has anomalies commonly found in malicious software
  • what people say about the file on security related websites

These are just a few of the details that Hitman Pro 3 collects, understands and associates. This method is what we call the Behavioral Scan..

Hitman Pro 3 uses as many characteristics of safe and malicious software as possible. After classifying only a handful remain interesting enough for further investigation. Each file is fingerprinted and sent to our Scan Cloud. This cloud determines if a file is safe, unsafe or unknown.

Unknown files on your PC are physically sent to the Scan Cloud where the files are scanned, in just seconds, by trusted anti-malware software from our trusted partners.

Purpose

Hitman Pro 3 does not leave a program running in the background that continuously checks incoming e-mail and downloaded files for malware. Therefore you need to scan your PC regularly to ensure your PC is not infected.
Hitman Pro 3 can be used in combination with any other security suite. Scanning your PC for malware with Hitman Pro 3 will always be free so if you already have a security suite on your PC, it is an ideal program to make sure your security suite has not missed anything.

Behavioral Scan

The Behavioral Scan in Hitman Pro 3 does not need to monitor your system constantly to discover suspicious behavior. Most behavioral blocking programs need to monitor continuously. Hitman Pro 3 uses the knowledge from multiple anti-malware partners to identify the files on your system, which makes it exceptionally usable for non-technical computer users, who cannot answer incoherent questions about for example new system services or registry entries. In addition, Hitman Pro 3 knows upfront which files are not interesting and which belong to the operating system. This is done by checking the (valid) digital signatures on executable files and a white list containing signatures of known safe files. Hitman Pro 3 has signatures of all important files from Windows 2000 to Windows 7 (RC). After a quick check, these files are automatically detected as safe.

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Hitman Pro 3.5 | Build 86 | January 18, 2010 | What’s New

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Unlimited free scanning and free 30-day version to remove detected malware
Runs on Windows XP/Vista/2000/2003/2008 and Windows 7

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Free Download Manager (FDM) is a light-weight, powerful and easy-to-use application, a full-featured download accelerator and manager. Moreover, FDM is 100% safe, open-source software distributed under GPL license. FDM allows you to download files and whole web sites from any remote server via HTTP, HTTPS and FTP. With FDM the downloading process will be as easy as never! With FDM you needn’t start the downloading from the beginning after casual interruption. You can resume unfinished download from the place where it have been interrupted. Also this program warns you if some servers don’t support download resuming. It allows you to make a decision about the downloading. So with FDM you save your time and money.

Change log:

  • “Download done” small notification window
  • Option: Check if a new download is the mirror for existing one
  • Improved monitoring for Internet Explorer
  • Google Chrome up to version 4.0 support
  • An Internet Explorer 8 related problem fixed
  • General bug fixes

News source: Official website
Download: Free Download Manager 3.0.870

We have previously shown you how to create system restore points in Windows 7 and now we will show you a way to recover from a more serious error – like when you can’t even access the System Restore screen.

System recovery options can help you repair Windows if a serious error occurs, such as corruption of the OS. To use system recovery options, you’ll need a Windows installation disc or access to the recovery options provided by your computer manufacturer. If you don’t have either of those choices, you can create a system repair disc to access system

recovery options.

To start making system repair discs, go to the Control Panel then click the Backup and Restore icon. In the Backup and Restore window, click the Create a system repair disc link at the left side.

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It will ask that you put a recordable disc in your disc drive – put a blank CD disc (don’t use a blank DVD or Blu-ray disc since it will only take less than 200MB of space).  If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.  Click the Create disc button to burn the disc.

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The burning process is quick and uses up about 140+MB of files.

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Now you have a ready to use disc to let you access system recovery options if you boot from it later on.  To use the disc, insert the system repair disc into your CD or DVD drive. Then restart your computer using the computer’s power button.

If prompted, press any key to start the computer from the system repair disc. If your computer isn’t configured to start from a CD or DVD, check the information that came with your computer. You might need to change your computer’s BIOS settings. It will boot up the recovery disc then will guide you to the rest of the process.

Do you have some home movies that you want to convert into a nice-looking DVD playable on any standard DVD player? Most computers come with some kind of DVD authoring software

, but if you aren’t already using something, check out DVDStyler.

DVDStlyer is a free DVD authoring program that lets your create professional looking DVDs with full menus easily.

create dvd menus

So what are some of the features that make DVDStyler a program you would want to install on your PC?

  • Ability to create and burn DVDs with fully interactive menus

Networking

Planet Broadband
By Rouzbeh Yassini and Stewart Schley and Leslie Ellis and Roger Brown
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Planet Broadband
Signaling System No. 7
By Lee Dryburgh and Jeff Hewett
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Signaling System No. 7
Troubleshooting Remote Access Networks
By Plamen Nedeltchev
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Troubleshooting Remote Access Networks
Troubleshooting VPNs
By Mark Lewis
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Troubleshooting VPNs

Below is a list of free materials for Cisco Certification, found them while browsing net.

Cisco Certification

CCNA Practical Studies
By Gary Heap and Lynn Maynes
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CCNA Practical Studies
CCNP Practical Studies: Routing
By Henry Benjamin
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CCNP Practical Studies: Routing
CCNP Practical Studies: Switching
By Justin Menga
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CCNP Practical Studies: Switching
CCNP Practical Studies: Troubleshooting
By Donna L. Harrington
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CCNP Practical Studies: Troubleshooting
CCIE Practical Studies, Volume I
By Karl Solie
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CCIE Practical Studies, Volume I
CCIE Practical Studies, Volume II
By Karl Solie and Leah Lynch
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CCIE Practical Studies, Volume II

Belarc Advisor The Belarc Advisor builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, CIS (Center for Internet Security) benchmarks, and displays the results in your Web browser. All of your PC profile information is kept private on your PC and is not sent to any web server.

  • Operating Systems: Runs on Windows 7, 2008 R2, Vista, 2008, 2003, XP, 2000, NT 4, Me, 98, and 95. Both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows is supported.
  • Browsers: Runs on Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and many others.
  • File size: 2193 KB.
  • License: The license associated with this product allows for free personal use only. Use on multiple PCs in a corporate, educational, military or government installation is prohibited. See the license agreement for details.
  • Wish to run the Belarc Advisor on your corporate network, see FAQs below.

Belarc’s commercial products are used for software license compliance, hardware upgrade planning, cyber security status, information assurance audits, IT asset management, configuration management, and more.

General Purpose Applications *updated 11/10/2009*
7APL (Windows 7 Application Launcher) – [Screenshot, Screenshot 2, Screenshot 3, Screenshot 4, Video]
With jumplist support, interactive thumbnails, hot keys, application grouping/profiles, gadget mode, and more. Beta testers needed.

7stacks – [Screenshot, Screenshot 2, Screenshot 3, Screenshot 4]
Extends some functionality to the Superbar by allowing you create stacks.

AIMP – [N/A]
Integration to Win7 TaskBar, Simple Scheduler. Alternative link here

Astroburn Lite 1.1.0 – [Screenshot]
Shows progress bar states

c2i GMailNotifier – [Screenshot]
Integration with the Windows 7 taskbar

Connectify.me – [N/A] *new*
A handy utility that will make use of the Windows 7 virtual wifi feature.

EmEditor Professional 9.00 beta 2 – [N/A]
A text editor that supports JumpLists and progress bar states.

Gmail Notifier Plus – [Screenshot, Screenshot 2, Screenshot 3, Screenshot 4]
Windows 7-only Gmail notifier that will sit in the taskbar.

Google Chrome (build 3.0.197.11 or greater) – [Screenshot]
A web browser with JumpList support.

ImgBurn – [N/A]
Supports progress bar displayed in taskbar icon.

iTunes – [N/A]
Supports playback controls in thumbnail preview.

Jumplist Launcher – [Screenshot, Video]
Create your own JumpLists.

LameXP – [N/A]
Added experimental support for Windows 7 taskbar progress indicator and overlay icons.

LocalHostr Uploadr – [Screenshot]
Jumplist support, when uploading files progress bar appears in task bar icon.

Maxthon Browser 2.5.10 Beta2 – [N/A] *new*
Supports new Windows 7 features like task bar preview, jumplist, aero shake, multi touch (for touch screen) etc.

MediaMonkey 3.1.2.1279 RC1 – [Screenshot, Screenshot 2, Screenshot 3]
Full Windows 7 shell integration (interactive thumbnails, jumplists, and icon status).

MusicBee 1.1 RC1 – [Screenshot, Screenshot 2]
Windows 7 support including Aero-Peek and Jump-List support.

MyPhoneExplorer – [N/A]
Supports jump list and task button progress bar.

Paint.NET – [Screenshot]
Aero glass, jumplist support, and use of DirectWrite (instead of GDI) which gives even better performance and quality.

PowerArchiver – [Video]
Full Windows 7 support with jump lists, taskbar progress and taskbar icon overlays.

Proxy Switcher – [N/A]
Support for Windows 7, including Jumplists.

RSS for your taskbar – [Screenshot]
A taskbar RSS reader that implements interactive thumbnails.

Steam Client Beta – [Screenshot] *new*
Join the optional beta program for the Steam Client to download it (available in File-Settings). It provides jumplist support in Windows 7.

Taskbar Meters (CPU/Memory Usage) – [Screenshot, Screenshot 2, Screenshot 3] *new*
Quick access to Task Manager and the Resource Monitor to determine what’s slowing down your computer. The update frequency and percentages that determine “yellow” and “red” states are configurable.

TeraCopy – [N/A]
Support for Windows 7 Explorer. Progress indicator in Windows 7 Taskbar.

Trillian Astra Beta – [N/A] *new*
The new Trillian Astra 4.1 beta has full Windows 7 integration now, including taskbar status and jumplists.

Ultramon 3.07 Beta – [N/A]
Extends the Superbar to a second monitor (no jumplist/pinning support yet implemented).

Windows 7 Firewall Control – [Screenshot, Screenshot 2, Screenshot 3]
Now with buttons in the thumbnail taskbar preview.

xrecode II – [N/A]
Win 7 Support for showing Progress in Taskbar.

Zune 4.0 Software – [N/A]
A great media player with support for JumpLists, mini-toolbar mode, and more.

Plugins/Extensions *updated 9/2/2009*
Messenger Plus! Live – [N/A]
Extension for Windows Live Messenger and integrates interactive tabbed thumbnail features.

win7shell plugin for Winamp – [Screenshot, Screenshot, Screenshot 3]
Adds JumpList + interactive thumbnail + progress bar (song progress) support to the popular media player Winamp.

Windows 7 Shell Integration plugin for foobar2000 – [Screenshot]
Adds JumpList + interactive thumbnail support.

Winfox – [Screenshot, Screenshot 2]
Adds JumpList to Firefox.

Winfox – Adds Jump Lists to Firefox
Taskbar Overlord – Tweak Windows 7 taskbar
Jumplist Launcher – Create your own Jumplists

Commercial Applications (no free versions) *updated 9/3/2009*
DisplayFusion – [N/A]
Multi-monitor/wallpaper software. Only Pro (paid for) version supports Windows 7 Aero + thumbnail previews.

WinDVD 2010 – [N/A]
Moving up to the exciting new user experience of Windows 7? WinDVD Pro 2010 DVD software is ready and waiting. Optimized for the new operating system, it supports key Windows 7 features, including Windows Touch, Jumplists, and Taskbar integration.

Apps with little to no Windows 7 features (but still made with Windows 7 in mind)

Tools/Utilities *updated 9/23/2009*
File hash Checker – [Screenshot]
This simple tool will allow you to compute the MD5 and SHA1 hash of any file. Shows progress bar in icon.

Power Plan 7 – [N/A]
Power Plan Assistant is a smart power management application designed specifically for Windows 7.

Windows 7 RTM ISO Image Edition Switcher – [N/A]
Converts any edition of Windows 7 (in ISO format) to another edition (eg. Ultimate to Professional).

Tweak/Customization Applications *updated 11/10/2009*
7 Taskbar Tweaker – [Screenshot] *new*
Another app to tweak the taskbar.

Default Programs Editor – [Screenshot]
It is a context menu editor, an autoplay editor, and default programs association editor.

Desktop Peek Tweak – [Screenshot]
This is a quick utility to adjust Desktop Peek delay time when you hover the mouse over the appropriate button on the desktop.

Library Icon Changer – [Screenshot] *new*
Tool for easy change of the Windows 7 Library Icon

Login Screen Rotator – [Screenshot]
Configurable app which allows you to cycle through login background screens.

Taskbar Overlord – [N/A]
Allows you to tweak Windows 7 taskbar.

Tweaks Logon Changer (for Windows 7) – [Screenshot]
Provides an easy way to customize the logon screen background with just a few clicks.

Ultimate Windows Tweaker – [Screenshot]
Is a freeware Tweak UI Utility for tweaking and optimizing Windows 7 & Windows Vista, 32-bit & 64-bit.

Windows 7 Logon Background Changer – [Screenshot]
Windows 7 Logon Background Changer is a free open source (source code available soon) software that let you change the wallpaper of the Windows 7 login screen.

XQDC X-Setup Pro – [N/A]
It has a multitude of tweaks available and supports many versions of Windows, including Windows 7.

LogonStudio 1.7 has been released from Stardock.  LogonStudio has been the most popular way to change the logon screens in Windows to one of the thousands available for download on popular customization sites.  LogonStudio also lets users easily create their own custom logins using their favorite image or wallpaper by simple dragging and dropping to the LogonStudio window.

LogonStudio works with Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7.

Download: LogonStudio 1.7 (free)

Screenshot: LogonStudio configuration

Google SketchUp is software that you can use to create 3D models of anything you like.

Get started right away.

Most people get rolling with SketchUp in just a few minutes. Dozens of video tutorials, an extensive Help Center and a worldwide user community mean that anyone who wants to make 3D models with SketchUp, can.

Model anything you can imagine.

Redecorate your living room. Design a new piece of furniture. Model your city for Google Earth. Create a skatepark for your hometown, then export an animation and share it on YouTube. There’s no limit to what you can create with SketchUp.

Get models online for free.

You can build models from scratch, or you can download what you need. People all over the world share what they’ve made on the Google 3D Warehouse. It’s a huge, searchable repository of models, and it’s free.

Download: Google SketchUp 7.1.6860 | 37.09 MB (Freeware)
View: Google SketchUp Website