Friday, June 29, 2007

Restore Taskmanager, Regedit, Folder Options disabled by virus

Let's face it. All of us have been infected by virus before. Even if you have anti-virus installed, you can still be infected by a new or custom virus that is not recognized by your anti-virus. Sometimes after removing the virus completely from our system, you'll face new problems such as you can no longer bring up Windows Task Manager from CTRL+ALT+DEL. You get the error message saying "Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator".
Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator

You think that it's easy to fix this problem by going to Registry Editor but you can't! You get the error message "Registry editing has been disabled by your administrator".
Registry editing has been disabled by your administrator

Folder Options and even Show Hidden Files & Folder is disabled! How frustrating! Don't worry, here's how to restore your Windows Task Manager, Registry Editor, Folder Options and Show hidden files & folders.

This problem is most commonly caused by a virus called "Brontok". Brontok virus will make some changes to the system restrictions in order to hide itself from easy detection and also from easy cleaning.

Here's a free tool called Remove Restrictions Tool (RRT) which is able to re-enables all what the virus had previously disabled, and gives you back the control over your own computer.
Restore windows restrictions

Remove Restrictions Tool is able to re-enable:
- Registry Tools (regedit)
- Ctrl+Alt+Del
- Folder Options
- Show Hidden Files

Small and easy to use. Make sure you boot in to Safe Mode to use Remove Restrictions Tool (RRT). Just click on the buttons and it'll do it's job.

Download Remove Restrictions Tool (RRT)

Think You're Computer Smart? Play this to prove it

What makes this logic game different from others? This logic game has something to do with computer and will test you if you're computer smart enough to figure out both the question and answers just by looking at what is presented in front of you. Some of the test include viewing HTML source code, searching Google, picture editing, sound editing and etc... If you don't know how to view HTML source code, edit picture and audio, then you need to improve your computing skills before you play this logic game. On the first day when this game was open to public, it already hit 3000 unique players! They are targeting 10000 players now...

When I started playing, it "looked" kind of easy. But when after getting the answers wrong again and again, I started to pay more attention what's on the screen. I think it'll be a challenge to all computer geeks who thinks he knows it all but then couldn't even get far on this game.

OddPawn is a game of logic. You need to see what is presented in front of you and then figure out how you can use that in order to answer the question on hand. Sometimes you need to look really hard to find both the question and the answer.
Test your IQ

It's easy to play this game. No complicated registration required. Just click on the image that says "START THE GAME". The page thing you need to do is provide your name for OddPawn to identify you.
Play logic IQ game

Please take note that OddPawn recognizes you by your IP address. If you play on the same network, everything stays as you left it. There is no need to save anything as you're automatically remembered by the system. So if you play OddPawn on another network with a different IP address, you'll have to start all over again.

Currently there are official hints up to level 7. Here's a good hint for you to go far in this game... "Google is your best friend".

Before starting this game, a simple rule for all of you to remember. Do NOT be a spoiler and reveal answers that you already know. If you post out the answers, it wouldn't be fun anymore for honest players. So keep them to yourself okay?

Last but not least, I hope you'll leave a comment on up to which level you've reached. For me, I am still at Level 4 (feeling shy). I will continue when I have more time.

Play OddPawn

Rapidshare Premium Account Alternative

Need to download some files that is around 1GB from RapidShare very urgently and can't afford the wait time? 1GB equals to 10 parts because RapidShare only supports 100MB per upload. Definitely a lot of time will be wasted in waiting. Thinking of signing up RapidShare Premium account but none the packages are worth it because you very seldom download files from RapidShare.

Here's a cheaper alternative which you can use to download from RapidShare, Megaupload, Megarotic, and more to come without paying for full RapidShare Premium account packages.

FileDownloader is a small and simple application which allows you to download any file from famous file sharing websites such as RapidShare and Megaupload in fast and easy way. All you need is to paste the links to FileDownloader and the download will start automatically. No flat-rates on fixed monthly fee. The benefits of using FileDownloader is that you pay for downloaded traffic. Just 0.5$ for 1GB.
FileDownloader - Download from RapidShare Megaupload no limits

Although just $0.5 for 1GB may seems cheap, but let's calculate to understand in what situation will FileDownloader be worth using.

FileDownloader charges $0.50 for 1GB.

RapidShare Premium account packages. RapidShare allows 5GB download per day.
48 hours(10GB) = $6
30 days(150GB) = $9.39

Let's calculate and compare FileDownloader with RapidShare Premium for 2 days/48 hours.
RapidShare Premium 48 hours(10GB) = $6
FileDownloader 10GB = $0.50 x 10 = $5 (CHEAPER)

Compare FileDownloader with RapidShare Premium for 1 month.
RapidShare Premium 1 month(150GB) = $9.39 (MUCH CHEAPER)
FileDownloader 150GB = $0.50 x 150 = $75

As you can see, FileDownloader will be useful IF you're downloading less than 10GB. That includes if you won't be downloading anything from RapidShare for the whole month. Otherwise, it will be more worth it to get the 1 month RapidShare Premium account.

The author of FileDownloader, Alexander Vetrin, is kind enough to provide me with free 5GB for me to test out FileDownloader. I've tested it and it is able to download files from RapidShare and Megaupload without limitations until your credit or balance runs out. One thing I noticed is that you won't be able to select which servers to download from for RapidShare. Some of the Rapidshare servers are very slow to me and if I use that server to download, the download speed will only reach about 30KBps when my connection can go up to 100KBps.

And one more thing, FileDownloader acts like a download manager that supports download resuming. If you'd like to stop downloading and continue the next day, it is able to start from where you previously stopped downloading.

The author of FileDownloader explains to me that he did not use any proxy or hacking method to bypass the RapidShare and Megaupload download restrictions. He buys premium accounts for various filesharing websites in bulk and then use it on FileDownloader.

A great solution to those people who needs to download short-term from RapidShare without waiting.

Download FileDownloader

MySpace launches YouTube rival

Online social networking powerhouse MySpace has set out to knock YouTube from its throne by launching a website devoted to Internet video and television shows.

MySpaceTV is a platform for homemade video and professional productions, such as news programs and "webisodes" made for the Internet of US shows like Prom Queen.

"This works just as well for NBC and Fox and for the aspiring Steven Spielberg as it does for the kid doing skateboard tricks on the weekend," MySpace vice-president Jeff Berman told AFP.

"We've seen video explode as a way for users to connect."

The test program unveiled is customised in seven languages for the US Internet firm's users worldwide.

The site's creators hope to replicate the success of MySpace, which gets more visitors than any other website in the United States and is the most popular online social community in the world, according to industry statistics.

The teen-oriented website is a forum in which people share pictures, journal entries, videos, music and more on personalised profile pages.

MySpaceTV is taking on YouTube, the undisputed king of online video sharing.

Its share of the US market surged 70 per cent in the first five months of 2007, reports tracking firm Hitwise.

Since February, MySpace has gained on Google-owned YouTube when it comes to the numbers of videos streamed to people's computers