Send Messages to Other PCs over LAN on Windows

Long since I’ve posted any PC tips, so here we go. This post will introduce you to the net send and msg.exe and tell you how to use it to send messages to other PCs which are connected to your LAN. :)

The net send command works for most of the versions of Windows upto Windows XP SP 2. Due to the use of the command for spamming over the WWW, this command was replaced by msg.exe in Windows Vista and Windows 7. (more…)

Detect & Block Trojans Manually

Block Trojans
Block Trojans

Sometimes, even antivirus softwares fail in removing the trojans, or they don’t even get to know that a trojan is residing on your PC…

Here’s what you can do if that happens, and also manually protect yourselves from them and have some fun yourselves blocking them without using any other software :)

1.Get a list of Services that’re running on your PC…

The list of the processes that you see in the Task Manager isn’t the complete list of the processes/services running on your Pc…
To get the list of all the services that are currently running on your PC, follow these 2 steps:

  1. Go to “Run“(Windows Logo Key + R) and type “services.msc” and hit Enter.
  2. There you are! A complete list of services running on your PC would be there for you…And you know, this list can be used to terminate trojans that are residing on your PC!

2.How to Detect Trojans using it?

It’s really easy, just browse through the list and look for *weird* and *unusual* service names…most of the names that you find will be the ones that you might have came across before, like the words that begin with “Windows”. There will be a bunch of such names, and you can easily make out which one does what by looking at its description, and then note down the suspicious names.

3.Clear your Suspicion

Time for some research…time to see if your suspicions are really harmful or not :)

Try your suspicious names in the TrendMicro ThreatEncyclopedia and see if you get it there…If you don’t,then Google the suspicious  names, you’ll surely find them :D

If you find some positives, then carry on to the next step

4.Got the Culprits? Shut them off!

  • Right-click on the Trojan service and go to “Properties”
  • Click the “Stop” button.
  • In the “Start-up type” choose “Disabled”.
  • You’re done with it…

You have blocked a trojan manually, now the next time you turn on your PC, go  to services and check if it worked :D

How to remove “Recent Items” from the Start Menu in Windows Vista

You know, disabling the recent times does more than just protecting the Privacy– it also speeds up the loading time of the Start Menu at start-up and saves the memory used to store Recent Items.

To disable “Recent Items” follow these:

  1. Right-click on the Taskbar and select “Properties“.
  2. In the properties window, browse to “Start menu“.
  3. Under “Start Menu“, look down for “Privacy” and disable (un-check) the first option, i.e., “Store and display a list of recently opened files“.
  4. That’s it, press F5 and open the Start Menu, you won’t see the “Recent Items” :)

Disable Windows Security Alerts

That notification box is really bugging…and the icon with a red armor with a X seems really odd at the taskbar’s tray!

Security alerts are good but they become no-good when you want to ignore the alerts. Especially, when you’re on a PC with pirated Windows, and most of the pirated windows can’t do automatic there’ll always be a notification in the taskbar’s tray reminding you that the updates are off, and you can’t really help it out.


  1. Go to “Security Center”.
  2. Look on the left pane for “Change the way Security Center alerts me”.
  3. In XP, uncheck all of them and in Vista, choose the appropriate option.
  4. That’s it you’ve dumped that notification…

Rename All Files At Once

Imagine you have transferred images from all your devices such as Digital Camera, Mobile, etc. etc. into the same folder!
Everything seems fine, except…the file names…the devices had given a separate name to your image files, and you want them to be one.
Its really simple to rename all files at once.

  1. Just select all the files (Ctrl + A) and right-click on the first file and select “Rename…
  2. Rename the first ile and you will notice that all the files have been renamed by that name, ie. mypix.jpg, mypix(1).jpg, mypix(3).jpg

Was that tough?
You can also use this to rename any other files other than images :)

Exit A Progam Directly

What do you do when a program gets stuck? Most of you would try to close it by clicking the close button, by using Alt + F4 or by using the Taskmanager…all of these ways will give you errors and take-up a lot of time to close that program.

There’s another way to close a program without wasting any time and without getting any errors!

  1. Go to “Task Manager” (Windows Logo Key + R, then type “taskmgr” and hit Enter).
  2. Instead of closing the program by usng the “Applications” tab, go to “Processes” tab and look for the process which you want to close, check the description of the process to see if you are selecting the right process and then, press “Del” + “Enter“.
  3. For example, if my explorer windows are stuck while copy+pasting something, I would first end the process “explorer.exe” and then start it agian…

Clean-up Your Temp Folder

The “Temp” folder contains the temporary files in Windows. The files which are to be used by the system temporarily are stored in the Temp folder, like the files used by the running programs or the files waiting to be burned to a DVD.
The files in this folder are flushed after the computer is shut-down, but sometimes this doesn’t happens and the folder gets junky with some unuseful files which can result in the decrease in the performance of the system.
To avoid this, we can manually delete the temporary files manually, or by creating a BAT file that automatically cleans-up the Temp Folder (the hacker’s way).

Deleting manually:

  1. Type “%temp%” in Run (Windows Logo Key + R). This should pop-up the Temp folder.
  2. Select all the files (Ctrl + A) and delete them.

Deleting by using a BAT file:

  1. Copy the following to your favorite text editor and save it as “ClearTemp.bat” and select “All Files” in the “File Type“.
    del %temp% /F
  2. Confirm the action to delete the Temp files. Then it would give you a list of files which weren’t deleted because they were in use.