No doubt that Windows XP is one of the best Operating Systems, but there are still some who don’t know much about it; just as normal Window. I am going to tell you five awesome tips which Windows XP users can try on their Operating systems. These are some untold tips which are hard to find on internet. These are:
How do I get the “Administrator” name on Welcome Screen?
– To get Admin account on the “Welcome Screen” as well as the other usernames, make sure that there are no accounts logged in. Press “CTRL-ALT-DEL” twice and you should be able to login as administrator. It will work fine just remember all accounts have to be logged out first.
Create a Password Reset Disk
– If you’re running Windows XP Professional as a local user in some work group environment,
you can create a password reset disk to log onto your computer when you forget your
password. To create the disk just follow these simple steps:
Click Start, select Control Panel, and then click User Accounts.
Click your account name. Under related Tasks, click Prevent a forgotten password.
Follow the directions in the Forgotten Password Wizard to create a password reset disk.
Store the disk in a secure location because anyone using it can access your local user
Change Web Page Font Size on the Fly
– If your mouse contains a scrolling wheel, you can change font size of the web pages while
viewing them. To do so:
Press and hold CTRL. Scroll down to enlarge the font size and Scroll up to reduce the font
Create a Shortcut to Lock your Computer
You can create a shortcut on your desktop to quickly lock the keyboard and display. To create a
shortcut on your desktop to lock your computer:
Right-click the desktop. Point to New, and then click Shortcut.
The Create Shortcut Wizard opens. In the text box, type the following: rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation
Enter a name for the shortcut. You can call it Lock or choose any name you like.
Now just double click this shortcut next time you want to lock your computer.
Instantly Activate a Screen saver
– Now you can activate a screen saver just by double clicking a shortcut on your desktop:
Click the Start button, and then click Search.
In the Search Companion window, click All file types.
In the file name box, type *.scr
In the Look in box, choose Local Hard Drives (C or the drive where you have system files stored).
Click Search. You will see a list of screen savers in the results. Pick a screen saver you want. You can preview it
by double-clicking it.
Right click on the file, choose Send To, and then click Desktop (create shortcut).
To start the screen saver, double-click the icon on your desktop.
I hope you liked the tips. Do share your comments. :)
You already know that if you want to lock down your Wi-Fi network, you should opt for WPA encryption because WEP is easy to crack. But did you know how easy? Take a look.
Today we’re going to run down, step-by-step, how to crack a Wi-Fi network with WEP security turned on. But first, a word: Knowledge is power, but power doesn’t mean you should be a jerk, or do anything illegal. Knowing how to pick a lock doesn’t make you a thief. Consider this post educational, or a proof-of-concept intellectual exercise
I had to make use of a software which was running under trial period, and I had almost forgotten it that I had that software on the PC…it was damn urgent and I didn’t have a penny in my PayPal account to buy it.
This is when I remembered of a software called *Time Stopper*, which claims to run trials forever. But I thought to try doing things myself, what the software is supposed to do :) (more…)
It was a good evening & I had planned to download some cool stuff. I got the download links and started downloading the files, the files were hosted on MegaUpload.com. Downloaded two files and then came the number of third one, tried to download it and got a message that my download limit has exceeded or else I had to wait for some additional time to the default waiting time (45 seconds).
This seemed very annoying to me, and I wanted to download the files somehow without waiting for a long time. After thinking for a some time, an idea came up in my mind. It was “cookies” (not the cookies you eat :P), the browser cookies!
And if you clear those cookies, Megaupload would think that you haven’t downloaded files in the past time and you would have to wait the default 45 seconds.
Here are the steps:
After downloading one or two files, go to the download link of the third file. Don’t enter the code and don’t start the download.
Now go to” Tools->Options…” in the Menubar. Switch to the “Privacy” tab in the “Options” window.
In “Privacy” tab, under the subheading “Cookies”, click on “Show Cookies…”.
A window would pop-up with the title “Cookies”, there would be a search box in that window. In that search box, type “MegaUpload.com”.
This will filter all the cookies and bring up the cookies which are from MegaUpload. Then, select all those MegaUpload cookies using shift, and press the “Remove Cookies” option at the bottom.
Then refresh the download page and start the download.
Repeat these steps to continue downloading more file. :)
Saving Passwords on IE, Firefox, Yahoo Messenger, etc helps you to easily access your account next time, without inserting your password, but this idea is no-good. Why? Read further to know the reason.
If someone has physical access to your computer, he can easily see your passwords using the softwares mentioned below, and there are other ways of password-theft online.
What these softwares basically does is it finds the file in which the passwords are saved, decrypts them and makes them visible to the user. You can carry these softwares in your Flash Drive and use them on your victims.
The easiest way of getting into other computer and getting access to its files is via “‘File and Printer Sharing’ Exploit”…
I’ll explain all the things in detail (as it is a step-by-step tutorial)
Files and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Clients is a feature of Windows which lets its users to Share Files and Printer over the Network. But hackers think differently, for them it’s the easiest way to get into a computer.
These are the steps that a hacker would take:
Get your IP.
Check for “File and Printer Sharing” vulnerability. By Going to Run/cmd.exe and typing: nbtstat [Ip address here] -N (it should be capital)…
He would get something like: (note that this command is “nbtstat -n” not “nbtstat [ip address] -N”, both command s are different. nbtstat -n tells about the Local Address)
The 2 digits in the <> brackets are Hex Codes of different services used…The Code to search for is <20> which means that “File and Printer Sharing” is enabled.
Once he knows that it is, then he can Get into the files and folders you have shared!
I’ll tell you to do that too.
Now what he would do is:Net view \\
He would get a response such as:Shared resources at \\ip_address Sharename??????????????????? Type?????????? Comment MY DOCUMENTS??? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Disk TEMP??????????????????????? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?? Disk The command was completed successfully.
Now when he has got the list of shared resources, he could easily access them by using the “net use” command. Here’s what a ‘net use’ command would look like: Net use x: \\\MY DOCUMENTS
That’s it…The Hacker has got access to the “My Documents” Folder…
Now, when I have explained about the lack of security due to the “File and Printer Sharing”, I would also explain how to securify it in my next post… Be back to check it soon or Subscribe to Hacker’s Lane RSS Feeds