Opposite this strange car-park there is a small but very important organisation.
What is it, and what does it do ?
Some tools you may (will) want to add to your collection
Setup a Static IP Address
Open Port Check
Try the Port Forwarding utility (not free)
Open Visual Traceroute (Windows/Linux/Mac)
GeoData IP (Opera plugin)
WIP Geo-tools for Firefox
IPv6 Readiness Test
IPv6 Speed Test
Windows own network info does not give you much feedback, so..
LanLights (up to XP)
tbbMeter (very useful for mobile and limited accounts)
AddGadgets Network Meter (Vista and up)
BT Network Optimiser (basic)
SpeedNeed (v.basic. updated for Win7)
Test your tweaks
Internet Router traffic
After the last day of official updates you will be able to continue using Windows XP securely, but you will have to change the way you use it.
You can continue receiving updates for a few more years by changing your XP to show as an embedded EPOS version.
32 and 64 bit Windows require different methods to patch. You can find the info in the forum linked here
WARNING: This will only keep some Microsoft software updated.
If you want a full security review of the software on your PC, use “Secunia Personal Software Inspector“
Firefox and Chromium browsers still install on XP.
Many Anti-Virus programs still install and protect XP
First, you may want to collect all the current fixes and updates available from the site, with the handy little tool “Autopatcher” from www.autopatcher.net
Download the update fetcher tool from the first thread “THE Autopatcher Download”
Unpack the zip (very small) to a new folder with a sensible name. In this folder you should now see a file called “Apup.exe”
This tool fetches the framework (any new Apup) and all available Microsoft updates and extras, including XP Powertoys.
Once Apup has downloaded everything you want and then closed, you should now see in the same folder a file called “Autopatcher.exe”
This tool is the installer framework, and you can now choose what you want to install.
If it can see that you already have an update, it will be coloured blue and will not pre-select.
All important updates that you are missing will be already selected.
You can also download all the extra recommended Microsoft files including the last DirectX 9 update and Windows Defender . Autopatcher also has various registry tweaks you can use to tighten security more.
Once you have the complete collection (it may fit on a CD) you will be able to re-install XP at any time in the future, and update with all the fixes you need.
It also works as an updater for MS Office and will fetch the rather large .Net installers, as well as the small Visual C installers, so can save a lot of time and bandwidth.
I generally advise XP owners install Defender and disable the realtime scanner after updating. It is a handy backup Anti-malware program that you can re-enable if you need, and still update.
This does not replace a good Antivirus but can be a handy “last-resort”.
The main change you will have to make is not running the computer as an “Administrator”.
You will have to create a dedicated admin profile, and downgrade any user profiles to a “Limited” account.
When you need to install any software, or do anything that requires Admin privilege, you can right-click on the icon and “Run-as”. You then choose the admin account from the window that opens.
XP Pro users will have been asked to provide a password for the built-in Admin account when Windows was first installed.
Test your current XP for vulnerabilities
Test your browser
Firefox is your safest option
Opera 12 is still secure
IE 8 is not safe to use
Some extra privacy and security protection for web browsers.
For more enhanced protection of Windows, Microsoft have the “Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET)
It is also possible to patch XP to use DirectX10
April 8, 2014 #450: How the Heartbleeds
The end of updates for Windows XP, AnyDVD, the Heart Bleed Bug, and more. Download or subscribe to this show at http://twit.tv/sn
Snowden’s SXSW appearance
Here you will find Christmas music, that won’t make you feel sick.
…Enjoy X …
Christmas Mashups 2013
Stenchman- Dubstep Christmas 2010
:headbang: (This one is a bonus for those who like it a bit heavier!) :headbang:
Download Here – or here
Christmas Mashups 2010
Christmas Mashups 2009
Christmas Mashups 2008
Mirror 1 – Mirror 2
Christmas Mashups 2007
Christmas Mashups 2006
Christmas Mashups 2005
Santastic: Holiday Boots 4 Your Stockings
Sometimes watching a live stream in a web-browser is an awful experience, with extra advertising and flash plugins, hogging RAM and slowing everything down.
There are alternatives for playing just the video content for many sites (including Youtube)
:star: Both “Media Player Classic – Home Cinema” and “Media Player Classic – Black Edition” are excellent streaming and capturing programs, and Black Edition will recognise Youtube links, and can even play Youtube playlists :yes:
For live streams things get a little messy, but I intend to make it simpler :doh:
The CLI program Livestreamer Can stream data from many sites including;
* YouTube Live
For the full list, visit this link
Livestreamer fetches the data, and hands it to a player capable of streaming from “STDIN”
VLC is the main choice, and the config is preconfigured with VLC options.
However Windows XP users still have the same problem of most software only using DX10 functionality for hardware GPU decoding. VLC is too slow for XP, unless you are watching a low quality stream.
The Media Player Classic series can all decode using DX9 functions, so you will need to add a new line to the Livestreamer config when it opens.
1) Download and install at least version 1.7 of “MPC-Home Cinema” (Black Edition currently does not support Livestreamer) http://mpc-hc.org
2) Download and install the latest “Livestreamer” http://livestreamer.tanuki.se
At the end of the install, it will ask you if you want to edit the config. Say yes (it is a pain to find).
Notepad should open with the current config. Adjust for the location and software you use.
eg. player=”C:Program Files\Media Player Classic – Home Cinema\mpc-hc.exe”
This is a copy of my config, so you see how I have it set;
# Format is option=value. Lines starting with a # is considered comments
# and are ignored.
# By default livestreamer will attempt to locate VLC on your system
# and use that, but you can also specify the location of a player
# Important: You must use a quoted path if there are spaces in the path. This
# is because the player command is parsed like a shell command to allow
# parameters to be passed to the player.
# Here is a few examples of players:
#player="C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe"
# Using --file-caching is recommended, but is only supported in VLC 2.0+
#player="C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe" --file-caching=5000
#player="D:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe" --file-caching=5000
# MPC-HC, must be at least version 1.7 to be used
#player="C:\Program Files (x86)\MPC-HC\mpc-hc.exe"
#player=C:\mplayer2\mplayer2.exe -cache 4096
Adding or removing a # switches a line off or on.
If you need to find it later, look in “C:\Users\yourname\AppData\Roaming\livestreamer”
3) Playing the streams and saving favourites is best done by making batch files for each channel, and saving them somewhere convenient.
For my example, I will make a batch file to watch Sp00ney at Twitch.tv
First we need to know what streams are available, so we use Livestreamer to find them.
It runs from the “Command Line Interface” (DOS/CLI), so first you have to open a DOS-box by typing “CMD” in the “Run” box on the start menu.
In the DOS window that now opens, typing “livestreamer http://twitch.tv/sp00ney” (without the quotes) will report the current streams available.
Add your choice of stream to the address and try again.
eg. “livestreamer http://twitch.tv/sp00ney mobile_chunked”
“livestreamer http://twitch.tv/unrealengine worst”
If everything works fine, you should now be watching the live stream.
To make it quick and easy to watch a channel with my settings, I now save that line in a plain txt file as “sp00ney.bat” etc.
This can now be simply double-clicked to open the channel.
Accessing your Email via a web page is a convenience not the recommended way to do it.
Using a web browser is usually less secure.
For use in a normal/standard email program/client/phone app.
“IMAP” is more flexible than “POP3”, so try IMAP first.
After you have setup your software, you will be able to claim a free SSL security certificate, or install PGP key based encryption.
Vivaldi Mail IMAP settings
Incoming Mail Server (IMAP): mail.vivaldi.net (port 993) (use SSL)
Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP): mail.vivaldi.net (port 465) (use SSL) (use authentication)
Hotmail/Outlook POP3 and IMAP email configuration
Incoming Mail Server (IMAP): imap-mail.outlook.com (port 993) (use SSL)
Incoming Mail Server (POP3): pop-mail.outlook.com (port 995) (use SSL)
Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP): smtp-mail.outlook.com (port 25 or 587) (use SSL) (use authentication)
Yahoo! POP3 and IMAP email settings
* First, log into Yahoo Web-mail & enable “POP” from the “Mail Options”
Incoming Mail Server (POP3): pop.mail.yahoo.co.uk (port 995) (use SSL)
Incoming Mail Server (IMAP): imap.mail.yahoo.com (port 993) (use SSL)
Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP): smtp.mail.yahoo.co.uk (port 465) (use SSL) (use authentication)
AOL IMAP email settngs
Incoming Mail Server (IMAP): imap.aol.com (port 993 or 143) (use SSL)
Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP): smtp.aol.com (port 587 or 465) (use SSL)(use authentication)
Google Gmail IMAP email settngs
Incoming Mail Server (IMAP): imap.gmail.com (port 993) (use SSL)
Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP): smtp.gmail.com (port 465 or 587) (use SSL) (use authentication)
Google POP3/IMAP Config help
Arclab List of SMTP and IMAP Servers
Extra free privacy and security
SSL Certificates (Digital signature)Comodo does not give free users a profile, and certificates are only linked to the email address. If you want something more anonymous use this (Export a backup when you install it).
CAcert is a “community-driven Certificate Authority”. I have not tested CAcert, but it reminds me of the PGP community. Certificates generated here will be for authentication as much as encryption (You will need to install their Root Certificate).
Actalis Italian security provider and Cert Authority. (Not tested).
http://www.gnupg.org (all OSs)
Report Users and spam.
Public LDAP Servers (OLD REFERENCE)
Check for vulnerabilities
Security for communications
https://calomel.org/ssl_certs.html (Guide to Webserver SSL Certificates)
DNSSEC – Secure DNS Lookups
Security Now! podcast http://leoville.tv/podcasts/sn.xml
Security Now (Video-LO) http://feeds.twit.tv/sn_video_small
EFF RSS Newsfeed https://www.eff.org/rss/updates.xml
http://www.phishtank.com (verify phish)
Unsubscription and Opt-out info
http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices (choose your country)
Check your current system for insecure software.
Secunia Online Software Inspector (OSI)
Opera – – – – – Other browsers
EFF HTTPS Everywhere
Calomel SSL validation
“Safe Preview” for FireFox/Geko
Uses multiple services
Stay Secure SD
FREE ONLINE ANTI-VIRUS/ANTI-MALWARE SCANNERS
Bitdefender Safego (Facebook app)
(Facebook and Twitter)
ESET Social Media Scanner
F-Secure Safe Twiit
Secure.me Facebook scanner and app advisor.
ZoneAlarm Privacy Scan
Avira Social Network Protection
AVG Privacy Fix for browsers and facebook
FURTHER READING www.techsupportalert.com How to “harden” your browsers.
G Data CloudSecurity
Jotti’s online malware scan
(Uses many Anti-malware databases)
ESET UK Online Scanner
ESET Online Scanner
Kaspersky UK Online Scanner
Kaspersky Online Scanner
Audit My PC
(test your PCs security + many other online tools)
More scanners: http://cleanbytes.net/malware-online-scanners
Anti-Bot and Hijacker tools
Process Explorer (enable Virus Total)
Submit new/unknown site or suspicious files
Auto Submit Suspicious Files to Antivirus Analyst
How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors. By Chiron
AVG Virus submission and False Positive Detection
VirusTotal – URL and File scanner
VirusTotal Uploader (Windows)
NoVirusThanks Uploader (many other free tools)
URLVoid – Check Reputation of Domains and Subdomains
(Also Scan URLs with Multiple Antivirus Engines)
AVG site safety check
ThreatExpert – malware Sandbox File scanner
and ThreatExpert Submission Applet
COMODO Automated Analysis System
Anubis – malware Sandbox – URL and File scanner
mwanalysis.org (formerly cwsandbox.org)
ThreatTrack (Was GFI, Sunbelt Labs, CWSandbox) on-line malware analyzer
Unmask Parasites site checker
> CLICK HERE <
Report malicious software to Google
Trend Micro Web Reputation Query
IP and Advert-blocking
MVPS HOSTS at winhelp2002 (IP blocking at network level)
BISS – Bluetack Internet Security Solutions BISS FORUM
Creator of the original online Block list converter (free)
I-Blocklist (Block-Lists from various authors)
Country IP blocker: http://services.ce3c.be/ciprg/
Independent Antivirus comparisons
Virus Bulletin : VB100 award – latest comparative
AV-Comparatives : test reports
Boot Disks/Live CDs/ISOs can be installed to CD or USB drive.
Bitdefender Rescue CD (excellent tutorials)
Avira AntiVir Rescue System
Kaspersky Rescue Disk
AVG Rescue CD
SARDU – Shardana Antivirus Rescue Disk Utility :ninja:
Misc. Free security tools
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
Secunia Online Software Inspector
MABSOFT Net Tools 5 Over 175 network and security tools in one package.
Comodo malware and security tools
Live Virus maps