Wednesday, December 07, 2005

How to make your computer's drives invisible?

Ever wish that you could make one of your computer's drives invisible to anyone snooping around on your system? haha, whether you have sensitive docs, pictures, or any other files, this is one of the easiest ways to keep them safe.

You'll still be able to access your hidden drives; you just won't see that they exist in Windows Explorer or the My Computer folder.

CAUTION: Back up your registry before you start the steps below!

Note: The simple way to backup registry is to use System Restore. Windows Me and XP users can create System Restore points, which back up all data (including the Registry) so you can restore your system to that precise state. You should run System Restore manually before you make major hardware or software changes or try to work with the Registry. Click Start, Programs ( All Programs, in XP), Accessories, System Tools, System Restore, choose Create a restore point, click Next, and follow the directions.

More info on System Restore.

After backing up registry, you can start:

1. Open Regedit.

2. Navigate to one of these strings:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\WindowsCurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer - this only changes the settings for the current logged in user

HKEY_LOCALMACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsCurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer - this changes the settings for all users on the machine. You may have to create the key folder "Explorer" manually.

3. In the Explorer key folder, create a new DWORD value by right-clicking Explorer, then choosing New DWORD value. Name the value "NoDrives" (without the quotes). This value defines local and network drive visibility for each logical drive on the computer. All drives will be visible as long as this value's data is set to 0.

4. Following the table below, enter the decimal number corresponding to the drive(s) you want to hide as NoDrives value data. When you right-click on NoDrives and choose Modify, make sure you select Decimal base, not Hexadecimal.

Drive Number to hide
A: 1
B: 2
C: 4
D: 8
E: 16
F: 32
G: 64
H: 128
I: 256
J: 512
K: 1024
L: 2048
M: 4096
N: 8192
O: 16384
P: 32768
Q: 65536
R: 131072
S: 262144
T: 524288
U: 1048576
V: 2097152
W: 4194304
X: 8388608
Y: 16777216
Z: 33554432
All drives 67108863

If you want to hide more than one drive, you simply add the drive amounts together for a combined total.

For example, to hide the D:/ and T:/ drives, add the decimal value for the D:/ drive to the decimal value to the T:/ drive.

8 (D) + 524288 (T) = 524296

To disable all of your visible drives, set the value to 67108863.

haha, remember to reboot your PC to see the changes. Have fun! :)

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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Trojans target unpatched IE flaw

Two exploits that use the recently disclosed vulnerability were reported by antivirus company Sophos on Friday. Called Clunky-B and Delf-LT, the exploits could allow malicious code to be executed remotely on a user's PC.

Microsoft issued an advisory last week, on "the way Internet Explorer handles mismatched document object model objects". Systems running Microsoft Internet Explorer on Windows XP Service Packs 1 and 2 are vulnerable to attack. Machines running Windows 98, Windows 98 SE, Windows Me and Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 are also vulnerable to the exploits.

Microsoft is not due to issue another round of security patches until 13 December. Some security experts have suggested the company should roll out an unscheduled patch before this time to address this flaw. However, it's not clear whether the flaw will even be addressed in the next Microsoft security bulletin.

Details of the next Microsoft security bulletin will be available here from 8 December.

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Monday, December 05, 2005

Videophone Calling looks better

The Skype 2.0 software offers the ability to see as well as hear computer-to-computer callers — provided that both parties have webcams.

With the Skype 2.0 update, the picture is far clearer, larger and more stable. So much so that this may be the long-awaited application that brings video telephony to the masses, especially now that webcams can be bought for as little as $30.

Version 2.0 — which so far is available only for Windows PCs — retains the Skype desktop contact list that can be used to store information on people with whom you regularly Skype (like Google, the name has reached the status of a verb). If someone on your call list has the updated software and a webcam plugged in, a little video camera icon shows up beside his or her name. You double-click the name and, if your call is accepted, you'll see in a few seconds live video of the person you called, and that person will see you.

The audio quality, always good on Skype, remains excellent — sometimes better than even on a land-line phone.

For some reason, adding video brings a bit more humanity into a conversation, even if it's basically a business call. For one thing, you have to be on better behavior; it's probably harder to make a cutting remark if you are face to face.

Nevertheless, the image is hardly perfect, even when both parties are using fast Internet connections. There is a general haziness to the images, and the picture quality washes if the chatter is in low light. Movement causes some pixelation.

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