Archive for January, 2008

Lappy got ‘viral’ fever

Jan 17th, 2008 Posted in General | Comments Off on Lappy got ‘viral’ fever

“Lappy” is our laptop. Lappy is helping me with all my experiments including this site. Poor fellow was affected by the {en:Brontok_(computer_worm)|Brontok.I} worm for the last few days.

Symptoms

Main symptoms of this disease are:

  • When the system starts, windows explorer is not starting. So I had to run the task manager by pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL and run “explorer” task to get the desktop.
  • Folders can’t be open. Windows explorer is restarting every time
  • If I try to search the net for a solution, the system restarts!!!
  • Somehow I managed t gather some information regarding the worm and understood that the above things happen because of change in some registry entries by the worm. So when I tried to edit the registry, I got a message saying “Registry editing has been disabled by your administrator”!!! I wondered who the hell is this “administrator”!!! Then I read that the registry editing is also disabled by Brontok by changing another registry key.

Treatment

  •  Performed a full system scan with Moon anti virus. It detected the worm and cleaned.
  • But the changes made to registry by the worm were still there. To change them, first thing is to get the registry editable. I got this reg_enable.vbs script  from WinHelpOnline.com. Open a command prompt by clicking Start-> All Programs-> Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.

    Switch to your Desktop directory and type the following command and press ENTER

    wscript.exe reg_enable.vbs

This will revive the registry editing permission.

  •  Now run “regedit” and go to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon. See the value of the key “Shell”. It was “Explorer.exe KanjiSosial.exe”. change it to “Explorer.exe”
  • Other changes made by Brontok in registry are explained in WikiAnswers.

Thus now lappy seems healthy and that is why I’m able to post this now!!!

SunGam 2008

Jan 6th, 2008 Posted in General | 2 comments »

Fashion show Saturday night was party time for SunTecians and their families. We celebrated the 16th anniversary of the company at Leela Kempinsky hotel, Kovalam with a carnival and various cultural programmes by staff and their children. There was a fashion show which paraded SunTec couples as well!!!

SunTec was started by Mr K Nandakumar in 1992.

Save YouTube Videos

Jan 6th, 2008 Posted in Jack's Tools | 2 comments »

Wants to save videos from popular sites like {en:YouTube|YouTube} and Google Videos to your hard disk? Try the site http://www.keepvid.com/

You can paste the video’s URL in Keepvid and save the videos as .FLV files

Sploder-Create Your Own Flash Games!

Jan 6th, 2008 Posted in Jack's Tools | 3 comments »

Bored with all those combat games you got from net? Why not create one of your own and play? Sploder is a great site where you can create online games easily and publish them.