Enable display of older help files in Windows 7 and Vista

Ever since Windows 3.1, Microsoft has included the Windows Help program (WinHlp32.exe) with new releases. Starting with Windows Vista, Microsoft doesn’t bundle the Windows Help program used to view .HLP files meant for older Windows programs with the OS. Apparently, Microsoft made this decision because the program hasn’t had a major update for many years, […]

Disable user authentication after resuming from Stand By mode

By default, Windows will ask for your password every time your computer resumes from the stand-by mode. This may be useful for a public workstation or unattended laptops; but for a personal computer, it’s useless and to some extent, annoying. To disable to authentication, follow these steps : Windows XP Go to Start-> Control Panel […]

How to avoid restarting your computer after a software install

Many a times, a program you just installed refuses to work without a restart. It’s genuinely annoying to restart your computer again just to use the software. Well, there’s a workaround. Most of these programs demands a restart because they want the Windows Registry to be re-read. An actual restart is required only for hardware […]

The activities of an “in-the-wild” malware

Today, out of boredom, I decided to check the kind of spam I receive in my Gmail inbox. Since all the spam emails had the the same kind of spammy-attractive titles, I decided to check the first one, succulently titled “Video Paris Hilton Nude !”. The email had a conspicuous hyperlink with an H1 anchor […]