.htaccess archived on AskApache.com

AskApache searchAn old copy of my .htaccess for AnimorphsfanForum.com seems to have been archived on AskApache.com.

http://static.askapache.com/htaccess-files/htaccess-sample.txt

I hope that it is helping some people.

Update : Following this post, the .htaccess was removed from the site. You can still search for it using Google, though.

The AskApache.com admin has kindly informed us that the file was mistakenly not moved over during a host switch. It has been restored now.

Fixing “Windows Help and Support has stopped working”

Sometimes Windows gives the error message :

Windows Help and Support has stopped working – A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available.

The Help and Support center stops to function after this. Here’s how to resolve it.

Open up the command prompt by going to Start>Run>cmd. Type the following commands one by one :

net stop helpsvc
cd /d %windir%\pchealth\helpctr
rd packagestore /s /q
cd binaries
start /w helpsvc /svchost
netsvcs /regserver /install

After doing this, open the Task Manager by pressing [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Del]. Go to the Processes tab, select the following process and stop them by pressing the [Del] key.

helpsvc.exe
helphost.exe
helpctr.exe

Start the command prompt again, and type in :

net start helpsvc

Windows Help and Support should be back to it’s previous self again.

Drive showing “Open with” instead of opening

Last night, I cleaned up a virus infection in one of my friends’ portable hard drive. After cleansing the drive of all malware, I found that I couldn’t open the drive by double-clicking on it, or even by right-clicking on it and selecting “Open” or “Explore”.

Here’s what to do if such a thing happens :
(We will assume that the drive which is malfunctioning is denoted by L:)

  • We need to delete the autorun.inf file(if any) in the root of the drive and replace it with an empty one.
  • To do this start command prompt by going to Start-> Run-> cmd.
    Type in the lines of code one by one.

    L:
    attrib -S -H -R autorun.inf
    del /F autorun.inf

    We have now successfully deleted autorun.inf from the root of the drive.We now need to create an empty autorun.inf in the root.

    copy con autorun.inf
    Press “Ctrl+Z” and then “Enter” key.

    Now try to open the drive. If this method doesn’t work, don’t worry, we have more where that came from.

  • We will now re-register the .DLL files in hopes of fixing this issue. Go to Start >Run. Type in regsvr32 /i shell32.dll. You should get a dialog box as shown below.

    RegSvr32

    Now try to open the drive. If it opens, you are in luck. If it doesn’t, don’t fret. We have some more tricks up our sleeve.

  • Start the registry editor by going to Start >Run >regedit. When the registry editor opens, press Ctrl+F, and search for MountPoints2. Delete all MountPoints2 keys you find. After you are done, close the registry editor. Now your drives should open normally.

If you have any queries, or you know of another way to fix this issue, feel free to leave a comment.