Thursday, July 29, 2010

How to read and open blocked attachments in MS Outlook?

CodeTwo Attach Unblocker allows fast and convenient configuration of Microsoft Outlook to unblock attachments blocked by Outlook by default (for example, .exe, .url, .reg files). The program is setup directly in Microsoft Outlook, which ensures quick and convenient editing.

From Microsoft Office 2000 with Service Pack 2 version (E-mail Security Update) onwards, Outlook has not allowed opening some attachment types due to safety reasons. These attachments are considered to be potentially dangerous as they may contain viruses or can damage the system. A dangerous attachment can neither be opened, nor saved on the hard disk.

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It will also be deleted while attempting to forward the message. Therefore, it is not possible to read such an attachment in Outlook.

CodeTwo Attach Unblocker will enable you to read all previously blocked attachments. In order to define the attachment types that should not be blocked, choose Tools, Options in the top menu of Outlook 2010 and earlier or go to the Backstage view by clicking File in Outlook 2010 menu and go to the CodeTwo Attach Unblocker tab. In the textfield, enter the file extension (the attachment type) you wish to unblock and click Add.

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The file extension will be added to the Unblocked attachments list and after restarting Outlook attachments of that type will no longer be blocked and you will be able to save them on your hard drive.

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More than one type of attachment can be entered in one edit field by separating the types with a semicolon. The types are not case sensitive.

CodeTwo Attach Unblocker is completely free software. You can free download and use it as long as you like.

System Requirements
Microsoft Outlook 2010 / 2007 / 2003 / 2002 / 2000 / 98
Microsoft Windows 7 / Vista / 2003 / XP / 2000

Note that there are two downloading link on the page: one for 32-bit version, another – for 64-bit version. Download the correct one, based on your Operating System. 

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

FileSeek: Fast and Free File Search for Windows

Have you ever needed to find a file buried somewhere in your computer? Have you ever needed to find a specific string of text inside a file? There are no Windows built-in utilities to perform the desktop search efficiently and fast. But FileSeek can do all these specified tasks, and much more.

FileSeek is lightning fast, small and super easy to use. It can even be integrated right into the Windows Explorer right-click menu to provide quick and easy access. FileSeek doesn’t use background indexing, so when FileSeek is closed your computer’s performance won’t be affected.

Main Features:

* Search for text string matches inside any kind of file
* Match Regular Expressions inside any kind of file
* Search a folder and all of its sub-folders
* Match 1 or more file patterns, like *.jpg, file?.txt or anything else you can imagine
* Exclude 1 or more file patterns from your search, like *.exe or *.dll
* Filter results by the last modified date
* Never indexes files in the background

You have to options of the system use: with program installer and absolutely portable version, not requiring installation on Hard Drive.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Kantaris All-in-One Media Player

Kantaris is a new (free and open-source) media player based on code from famous Videolan client (VLC) and Bass audio library. Kantaris has a graphical user interface similar to that of Windows Media Player, but possess more power and flexibility than the standard media player built in the Windows package.

Main Features:

* Plays almost all multimedia formats without the need for installing any separate codecs (supported formats AVI (DivX, Xvid, H264), MPEG, MGEG-AVC, WMV, MOV, MKV, FLV, MP3, WMA, OGG files, and more).  
* Connects to an online subtitle database, finds subtitles that are a perfect fit to the played media.
* Plays RAR-archives without first extracting the media.
* Offers beautiful music visualizations.
* Plays DVDs and audio CDs.
* Portable version is available, not requiring the utility installation on your Hard Drive.

The latest version of Kantaris has a unique new feature which no other player presents. It is able to automatically detect character encoding of subtitles by analyzing the text. This means that you never have to manually set the character encoding again.

Author: Christofer Persson, Sweden

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Troubleshooting Blue Screen of Death (BSoD)

In Windows, one of the major problems, you might be dealing with, is a Blue Screen of Death, or BSOD for short. It represents the major Operation System crash, and presents a significant challenge to recover the computer functionality in many cases. Aside from being cryptic and difficult to decipher -- especially since some BSODs can have multiple causes -- they're just plain annoying. Granted, BSODs happen much less frequently these days, but when they do it's no less of a chore. One of the best tools you can use for help in the BSoD troubleshooting is a free utility BlueScreenView, developed by Nir Sofer (NirSoft).

When a BSOD occurs the results are, whenever possible, saved into a dump file that can be examined later. BlueScreenView scans your system for these files and produces a report from them, which you can read within BlueScreenView itself or save to HTML for separate analysis. Each line in the report describes the BSOD's crash code, the time and date of its occurrence, any parameters that might have been passed with the crash (useful for debugging), and a slew of other minor details. The results are searchable, so you can hunt for a particular crash code, driver, or DLL that you think might be present.

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Another thing BlueScreenView does is list all of the device drivers that were running at the time of the crash. If a particular driver was listed as the cause of the crash, it's flagged and displayed in red. You can filter out all the other drivers that were loaded at the time if you just want to focus on the culprit. You can also load dump files copied in from elsewhere by pointing to a folder, or even from computers accessible across the local network (provided you have permission to do so).

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BlueScreenView Features
  • Automatically scans your current minidump folder and displays the list of all crash dumps, including crash dump date/time and crash details.
  • Allows you to view a blue screen which is very similar to the one that Windows displayed during the crash.
  • BlueScreenView enumerates the memory addresses inside the stack of the crash, and find all drivers/modules that might be involved in the crash.
  • BlueScreenView also allows you to work with another instance of Windows, simply by choosing the right minidump folder (In Advanced Options).
  • BlueScreenView automatically locate the drivers appeared in the crash dump, and extract their version resource information, including product name, file version, company, and file description.
System Requirements
  • BlueScreenView works with Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, and Windows 7, as long as Windows is configured to save minidump files during BSOD crashes.
  • BlueScreenView can read the MiniDump files of both 32-bit and x64 systems.

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