Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
TeraCopy is a compact program designed to copy and move files at the maximum possible speed for Windows users. The first question comes to mind is why you need to have an additional utility, if Windows can copy files with no extra add-ons. If you ever tried to copy big files or directories from one drive to another, you probably have already an answer. Windows standard copy utility lacks any advanced functionality and if you have the piece of broken data, the process will be interrupted, and you might be unaware which information has been already copied, and which one has been left. If the copy process took some significant amount of time, this operation outcome will be disappointing and annoying. TeraCopy covers the gaps and allows being in absolute control of this seemingly simple operation.
The software is small and free for personal use. Portable version is available.
OS: Windows XP /
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
In spite of the known limitations, Microsoft Outlook is the most popular email client for the Windows users. With lightweight free add-in TwInBox, you can easily link your Twitter account to Outlook, bringing Twitter online functionality with no need to open its web interface.
Sending Tweets from Outlook with TwInBox
- Update your Twitter status directly from Outlook.
- Receive your friend updates in Outlook.
- Archive, manage, group and search your tweets the same way you manage your email.
- Search, track keywords. TwInbox will automatically download ALL tweets matching the keywords you specify, even if you are not following the tweet sender. This feature is perfect for keeping up to date with the Twitter buzz on your name, brand, interests, etc.
- Group tweets by sender, topic, etc using the Search feature.
- Upload and post picture files and Outlook email attachments.
- See new tweets at a glance.
- Assign custom folder and categories to new messages.
- Use Outlook's "Reply" and "ReplyAll" commands to send twitter direct messages and @replies.
- Automatically sort new tweets into per-sender folders.
- Shorten URLs with tinyurl.
- See graphs of your Twitter usage statistics.
- Tweets sent to you (@replies and direct) are marked with high importance, so you can see them at a glance.
- Microsoft® Windows® 2000, XP, Windows Vista® or Windows 7 with the latest Service Pack.
- Outlook 2003 SP3, 2007 SP2.
- TwInbox does NOT work with Outlook Express.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
"Svchost.exe" (Generic Host Process for Win32 Services) is an integral part of Windows OS. It cannot be stopped or restarted manually. This process manages 32-bit DLLs and other services. At startup, Svchost.exe checks the services portion of the registry and constructs a list of services that it needs to load.
Under normal conditions, multiple instances of Svchost.exe will be running simultaneously. Each Svchost.exe session can contain a grouping of services, so that many services can be run depending on how and where Svchost.exe is started. This allows for better control and debugging.
Svchost.exe groups are identified in the following registry key:
Each value under this key represents a separate Svchost group and appears as a separate instance when you are viewing active processes. Each value is a REG_MULTI_SZ value and contains the services that run under that Svchost group. Each Svchost group can contain one or more service names that are extracted from the following registry key, whose Parameters key contains a ServiceDLL value:
To view the list of services those are running in Svchost:
- Click Start on the Windows taskbar, and then click Run.
- In the Open box, type CMD, and then press ENTER.
- Type Tasklist /SVC, and then press ENTER.
The svchost.exe file is physically located in the folder C:\Windows\System32. However, one of the most important services organizers can also be used as a driving vehicle and a hiding mechanism for viruses, spyware, Trojans, or worms.
The possible symptoms of the infections are:
- Your system becomes sluggish and you find that something called svchost or dllhost is taking nearly 100% of your CPU.
- Your system reports that svchost has performed an illegal operation and will be terminated. After that, various things fail to work properly, if at all.
- After you log in, your system automatically reboots in one minute.
The approach of hiding dangerous content in svchost is understandable, since you need to have pretty advanced computer skills for its troubleshooting. The free Svchost Process Analyzer free utility is letting anybody analyze and troubleshoot the system in terms of the presence of the dangerous files and processes. The software lists all svchost instances and checks the services they contain. This makes it easy to uncover Svchost worms like the infamous Conficker worm.
- 100% freeware.
- Doesn't require runtimes.
- Doesn't require installation (absolutely portable).
- Doesn't write to the registry.
- Doesn't modify files outside of its own directories.
- Does not contain adware / malware / spyware.
- Small, single executable file, does not require significant computer resources.