Network – Router – Internet tools

Some tools you may (will) want to add to your collection

Router Commander

Setup a Static IP Address
Open Port Check
Try the Port Forwarding utility (not free)

Open Visual Traceroute (Windows/Linux/Mac) 
3d Traceroute
GeoData IP (Opera plugin)
WIP Geo-tools for Firefox

IPv6 Readiness Test
IPv6 Speed Test

DNS Benchmark

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

Tools collections

Internet Router traffic

Using XP beyond the deadline


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

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”.

Administrator privilages

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

Transform XP into a newer looking OS 

Christmas Mashups

Here you will find Christmas music, that won’t make you feel sick.
…Enjoy X …


Christmas Mashups 2013
Santastic 8

Stenchman- Dubstep Christmas 2010
:headbang: (This one is a bonus for those who like it a bit heavier!) :headbang:

Download Hereor here

Christmas Mashups 2010

Santastic V (5)

Christmas Mashups 2009


Christmas Mashups 2008

Santastic 4

Mirror 1Mirror 2

Christmas Mashups 2007

Santastic 3

Christmas Mashups 2006
Santastic 2

Winter Wondermash


Christmas Mashups 2005
Santastic: Holiday Boots 4 Your Stockings

Streaming video

 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;
* Dailymotion
* Livestream
* Twitch/
* YouTube Live
* UStream

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)
2) Download and install the latest “Livestreamer”
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
# yourself.

# 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"
#player="D:\Program Files\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="D:\Program Files\MPC-HC\mpc-hc64.exe"

# MPlayer2
#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

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” (without the quotes) will report the current streams available.
Add your choice of stream to the address and try again.
eg. “livestreamer mobile_chunked”
“livestreamer 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.

Web-Mail and Email

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.

Webmail settings/configuration
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):  (port 993) (use SSL)
Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP): (port 465) (use SSL) (use authentication)

Hotmail/Outlook POP3 and IMAP email configuration
Incoming Mail Server (IMAP): (port 993) (use SSL)
Incoming Mail Server (POP3): (port 995) (use SSL)
Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP): (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): (port 995) (use SSL)
Incoming Mail Server (IMAP): (port 993) (use SSL)
Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP): (port 465) (use SSL) (use authentication)

AOL IMAP email settngs
Incoming Mail Server (IMAP): (port 993 or 143) (use SSL)
Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP): (port 587 or 465) (use SSL)(use authentication)

Google Gmail IMAP email settngs
Incoming Mail Server (IMAP): (port 993) (use SSL)
Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP): (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).

OpenPGP (all OSs)

Report Users and spam.



Security related sites, and tools.

Check for vulnerabilities

Security for communications (Guide to Webserver SSL Certificates)

DNSSEC – Secure DNS Lookups   UltraDNS   UltraDNS       Google       Google    UUNET  UUNET    UUNET  UUNET  UUNET    UUNET  BT

Browser plugins


Security Now! podcast
Security Now (Video-LO)

EFF RSS Newsfeed

Report Phishing  (verify  phish)

Unsubscription and Opt-out info (choose your country)

Online Anti-Malware

Check your current system for insecure software.
Secunia Online Software Inspector (OSI)


WOT – Web Of Trust

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Opera – – – – – Other browsers


EFF HTTPS Everywhere

Calomel SSL validation

“Safe Preview” for FireFox/Geko

Uses multiple services

Stay Secure SD
Opera plugin


Bitdefender Safego (Facebook app)
(Facebook and Twitter)

ESET Social Media Scanner

(Facebook app)

F-Secure Safe Twiit

(Twitter app) Facebook scanner and app advisor.

ZoneAlarm Privacy Scan

(Facebook app)

Avira Social Network Protection

AVG Privacy Fix for browsers and facebook

FURTHER READING How to “harden” your browsers.


Cloud based scanners

Herd Protect 

G Data CloudSecurity 

Jotti’s online malware scan
(Uses many Anti-malware databases)

Bitdefender QuickScan

ESET UK Online Scanner

ESET Online Scanner

Kaspersky UK Online Scanner

Kaspersky Online Scanner

Microsoft safety scanner

Audit My PC

(test your PCs security + many other online tools)

More scanners:

Anti-Bot and Hijacker tools
Process Explorer (enable Virus Total)

Submit new/unknown site or suspicious files
X-Ray 2.0
Auto Submit Suspicious Files to Antivirus Analyst

 How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors. By Chiron


Report a Phishing URL


AVG Virus submission and False Positive Detection


VirusTotal – URL and File scanner

VirusTotal Uploader (Windows)
Adlice VTUploader

NoVirusThanks Uploader (many other free tools)

URLVoid – Check Reputation of Domains and Subdomains
(Also Scan URLs with Multiple Antivirus Engines)

Quttera Site Check

Sucuri Site Check

AVG site safety check

ThreatExpert – malware Sandbox File scanner

and ThreatExpert Submission Applet

COMODO Automated Analysis System

Anubis – malware Sandbox – URL and File scanner

Wepawet – Analyze web-based Flash, JavaScript, and PDF. (formerly

ThreatTrack (Was GFI, Sunbelt Labs, CWSandbox) on-line malware analyzer

Unmask Parasites site checker


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:

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
DrWeb CureIt!
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

 Web Of Trust