Category Archives: Computers

Reset and Fix Windows Updates

The following commands help to reset Windows Update History along with resetting and re-registering components.  Open an elevated command prompt and type (or copy and paste) the following (in italics)- (References below –  double check before running) net stop bits … Continue reading

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WhySoSlow Beta fow Windows

Want to know what resources are being consumed by Windows and ‘see’ why your computer is so slow? WhySoSlow by Resplendence is in Beta and is an excellent program that can guide you to why your computer may be slow. … Continue reading

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Remove Viruses with Boot Utility

If you work on computers, you need to be aware of SARDU and its ability to download recovery ISOs.   This utility can create a boot DVD or USB to remove viruses, recover Windows or break passwords (legally if the … Continue reading

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Protecting your network by pen testing it

This post is for educational purposes and any use of these tools against a network without explicit permission could be illegal.   Metasploit is designed to identify weaknesses in networks and hardware/software on a network.  Do NOT use metasploit for … Continue reading

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Best Free Wi-Fi Tools

One of the best wi-fi tools you have on your Windows based computer is netsh.   Netsh can be used to find out information about wi-fi. Open a command prompt and you can use these tools… netsh wlan show networks … Continue reading

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Understand hacking to understand security

In order to understand security properly, you should also have an understanding of hacking.  Understanding hacking gives users and IT professionals an understanding of how a breech occurs and tells how you can protect your network.  A comprehensive guide can … Continue reading

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Wireless Networks and GPS

Vistumbler is an excellent program to detect wireless networks and hotspots.  Vistumbler was originally made for Windows Vista but now works with Windows 7 flawlessly.  With live Google Earth tracking, you can add a GPS to your laptop and map … Continue reading

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Slow SQL Connection or Network in Windows 10 – Update

Finally found a small problem with Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.  After upgrading, we have discovered that Windows  was responding slow to our SQL Server 2008.  What we discovered is below. Slow response times in Windows to a SQL … Continue reading

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AlphiMAX PTP Estimator provides an excellent way to align your wireless antennas

Need an excellent program to estimate your wireless bridges from building to building?  AlphiMAX provides an excellent online program to estimate your wireless links. Sign up is easy and fast.  The PTP Estimator requires that you have the Latitude and … Continue reading

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Check Your Computer’s Security with these 14 links

With October being Cyber Security Awareness Month, these links help you see if you are secure. http://daol.aol.com/security/computer-checkup http://www.auditmypc.com http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html http://shop.ca.com/STContent/Resources/Resources.aspx http://www.eset.com/online-scanner http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/default.htm?s_cid=sah http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner http://us.mcafee.com/root/mfs/default.asp http://www.pandasecurity.com/activescan/index/?track=1&Lang=en-US&IdPais… http://www.symantec.com/securitycheck http://housecall.trendmicro.com/housecall/start_corp.asp http://www.webroot.com/En_US/land-ss-promo-freescan.html https://browsercheck.qualys.com http://www.qualys.com/stopmalware

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Map a drive to your own computer’s drive

Network admins and programmers generally use a shared folder to develop and test software.   Usually there is a program that is shared to multiple computers and there is a common drive letter assigned to and mapped to workstations. An … Continue reading

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Microsoft Research TCP Analyzer – Check Out Your Network

Microsoft Research TCP Analyzer (Link) is a network analyzer that allows you to analyze network traces of Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) connections. Given a Microsoft Network Monitor trace, the analyzer provides various performance statistics and visualizations for the captured TCP … Continue reading

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DHCP Network Hint

Network interfaces in Windows 7 now cache the current configuration and network information once they make a connection to a network.   When a user moves to a second network and then back to the first network, both networks are … Continue reading

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The easy way to subnet your network

Why?  The Golden Question All over the internet you will find information on ‘How to Subnet’.   Suddenly you are thrown into a world of bits and binary and given charts of ‘How to Subnet’.   But why do you subnet? Subnets … Continue reading

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Antenna Patterns

EMS Quest Viewer and predefined patterns are available for download here. This Viewer allows you to see the RF signals generated by different types of antennas.

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MiTeC Network Scanner finds your Network Devices and Computers

MiTeC offers a free network scanner that has several dozen features.  With capabilities to shutdown or remotely execute programs, MiTeC’s powerful features include: Network neighborhood Ping IP Address MAC Address (even across routers) MAC Vendor Device name Device domain/workgroup Logged … Continue reading

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MTU Settings for Ubuntu

Setting your MTU settings adjust your internet connection.  With my connection, a default setting of 1500 causes some webpages not to display at all (i.e. Ebay, Microsoft, etc.) My optimal settings are 1492 to change yours, open a terminal and … Continue reading

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Driver Packs for Windows – Snappy Driver

Need the latest drivers for your computer?  Use Snappy Driver to comb the internet for your drivers. http://sourceforge.net/projects/snappy-driver-installer/?source=typ_redirect

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SSD drive with Intel chipset – Performance is in RST

Do you own a computer with an Intel chipset?  If you do,  you probably need to make sure you are running Intel’s Rapid Store Technology to make sure the appropriate drivers are installed.   By loading the drivers, I saw … Continue reading

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How to make an ODBC connection to a SQL Database

Need to make an ODBC connection to an SQL Database?   First off, what is it?  An ODBC connection uses SQL drivers to connect programs such as Microsoft Access to your database allow you to have a ‘front-end’ to develop forms … Continue reading

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