Sunday, 17 July 2011

Windows Software

FRAPS Realtime Video Capturing & Benchmarking

Fraps is a universal Windows application that can be used with games using DirectX or OpenGL graphic technology. In its current form Fraps performs many tasks and can best be described as:

Benchmarking Software - Show how many Frames Per Second (FPS) you are getting in a corner of your screen. Perform custom benchmarks and measure the frame rate between any two points. Save the statistics out to disk and use them for your own reviews and applications.

Screen Capture Software - Take a screenshot with the press of a key! There's no need to paste into a paint program every time you want a new shot. Your screen captures are automatically named and timestamped.

Realtime Video Capture Software - Have you ever wanted to record video while playing your favourite game or movie (anything onscreen)? Come join the Machinima revolution! Throw away the VCR, forget about using a DV cam, game recording has never been this easy! Fraps can capture audio and video up to 2560x1600 with custom frame rates from 1 to 120 frames per second.

Fraps v3.4.3 Build 13411 Retail - FOSI • Full Registered Version New Release: May 12, 2011
Get it here

New: WinPatrol Update 20.5.2011

Read what's NEW and special about WinPatrol

You don't have to be doing anything wrong on the Internet to become a casualty of malware. WinPatrol takes snapshot of your critical system resources and alerts you to any changes that may occur without your knowledge. WinPatrol was the pioneer in using a heuristic behavioral approach to detecting Zero-Day attacks and violations of your computing environment. WinPatrol continues to be the most powerful system monitor for its small memory footprint.

WinPatrol's easy tabbed interface allows you to explore deep inside your computer without having to be a computer expert. A one-time investment in WinPatrol PLUS provides a unique experience you won't find in any other software.

WinPatrol PLUS is a great investment!

One Time fee includes for ALL future WinPatrol versions.
No Hidden or Reoccurring Subscription Fees.
Single License valid on all your personal desktops and laptops!
No Toolbars or other unwanted software
WinPatrol PLUS is quicker and faster.
Upgrade Now with No Additional Download

Download the plus version here

Developers site

WinPatrol works its best under Windows 7 but is still the best optimized monitor for Windows XP & Vista systems.

.DLL Hijack Scanner

scan every .dll on ur windows machine in case any have been injected with malware, get the tool here
follow instructions in the readme.txt difficulty level - 1/10
XMBC (Media Centre)

XBMC is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub for digital media. XBMC is available for Linux, OSX, and Windows. Created in 2003 by a group of like minded programmers, XBMC is a non-profit project run and developed by volunteers located around the world. More than 50 software developers have contributed to XBMC, and 100-plus translators have worked to expand its reach, making it available in more than 30 languages.

While XBMC functions very well as a standard media player application for your computer, it has been designed to be the perfect companion for your HTPC. Supporting an almost endless range of remote controls, and combined with its beautiful interface and powerful skinning engine, XBMC feels very natural to use from the couch and is the ideal solution for your home theater.

Currently XBMC can be used to play almost all popular audio and video formats around. It was designed for network playback, so you can stream your multimedia from anywhere in the house or directly from the internet using practically any protocol available. Use your media as-is: XBMC can play CDs and DVDs directly from the disk or image file, almost all popular archive formats from your hard drive, and even files inside ZIP and RAR archives. It will even scan all of your media and automatically create a personalized library complete with box covers, descriptions, and fanart. There are playlist and slideshow functions, a weather forecast feature and many audio visualizations. Once installed, your computer will become a fully functional multimedia jukebox.

.SCR Windows Screensavers

Asteroid Impact [HD]
HD_Universe [H.D] 230MB
Milky [Hi RES]
£ screensavers converted to .scr by me enjoy
all exe files are 100% malware free, feel free to upload any files on this page to virustotal.
Add ”Take Ownership” to Explorer Right-Click Menu in Win 7 or Vista

Taking ownership of system files or folders in Windows 7 or Vista is not a simple task. Whether you use the GUI or the command line, it takes far too many steps.

Thankfully somebody created a registry hack that will give you a menu item for “Take Ownership” that will handle all the steps for you. (If you are the person that originally made this script, let me know and I’ll give you credit)


Download and unzip the files contained in the zipfile. Double-click the InstallTakeOwnership.reg file and click through the prompts. No reboot necessary.


Double-click the RemoveTakeOwnership.reg file and click through the prompts. No reboot necessary.
how long does it take your windows 7 to boot up ??

would u like to know exactly how long it takes ur windows 7 machine to boot up ? heres a visual basic script which will do just that, after executing the script it will reboot ur computer, upon boot the first thing u will see is a dialouge box telling u exactly how long the boot process took,get it here
Njoi cirrus WINDOWS 7 ONLY
SARDU – Multiboot USB Creator (Windows)

SARDU is another nice Windows based Multiboot USB Creator that can also be used to create Multiboot CD/DVD's.
Created by Davide Costa, SARDU enables you to create a Multiboot UFD containing your basic essential Utilities,
Antivirus, and Windows XP/7 Installers.
On top of that, SARDU offers the built in ability to Defragment your USB Drive, and burn an ISO to CD/DVD.

Download from above, Unzip and Run latest version of SARDU
(1) Click the ISO Icon to select the folder containing your ISO's
(2) Select your USB Drive
(3) Click the USB Icon to Create the Multiboot USB
(4) Restart your PC, setting your BIOS or Boot Menu to boot from the Flash Drive. Proceed to boot from the USB and enjoy.

Visit the developers website for a more indepth tutorial & tutorial video
Virustotal uploader 2.0

 Scaffolders spanner award goes to this shell extension that will add virustotal to the :send to option in your context menu, it uploads files quickly to Virustotals 40+ A.V engines (20MB per File Limit)
so its easier than ever to check any suspect files

Every so often you download a file, and when your finished with it, you go to delete it and then you get the famous error message. ” Windows was not able to remove the selected file because it is currently in use” this just drives me nuts when I see it. Ok, right so I just go and close whatever window I had open that caused the file to be in use and try again.

Nope still doesn’t work. Right then, I’ll close every single window and program, that should do the trick. Try to remove the file again, but nope still you keep getting that error message.

You’re getting worried at this stage, is this a virus or what? So you go and reboot your machine, then you go once more to delete the file, but still no luck, error message yet again.

So what do you do? Are you stuck with this file forever? Well not anymore, now there is a program called “Unlocker” which will solve all your problems.

recyclebin Remove Those Stubborn Files From Windows 7

It works with both Windows 7 32 bit and 64 bit (there is a different version for each so be sure to download the right one) and even better it’s free.

It works out which processes are running and causing the file to be in use, and kills them which then allows it to delete the file. What’s more, you don’t even have to reboot your machine unlike other file removal programs.

Just a word of note though, because of the nature of this program, several antivirus programs mark it as a false positive and think it’s malware. But rest assured, it’s not and there’s proof of that on the developers blog

You can download the

32 Bit version here

64 Bit version here
Njoi Cirrus

If ur anything like me you will hate having to type in usernames and passwords all the time, sure the browser can save them, but lastpass is much more secure and the best bit is, if u have more than one pc then Lastpass is all you need to sync all your usernames/passwords between pc's, This software gets a scaffolders spanner award from me, try it out im sure u will be impressed
LastPass is a password manager that makes web browsing easier and more secure.
Never forget a password again and log into your sites with a single mouse click.
it'sEVERYWHERE even has an app for mobile devices, check out the download link below.

Automatically synchronizes your data: access it from anywhere at anytime.

Protect yourself against phishing scams, online fraud, and malware.

All of your data is encrypted locally on your PC - only YOU can unlock it.

No catches or gimmicks.
It's free to use on all your computers!

Using a Mac, Windows, or Linux?
LastPass works everywhere.

Download it here

Dont use for sensitive sites ie. online banking/paypal/shopping sites

Windows sidebar.exe Memory Leak Fix Vista & 7

As a sysadmin I like to know what is happening on my computer. Knowing what processes are running and how much memory they’re using seems to be a common pass time for a lot of people. While I run Linux servers and nothing else, my preferred workstation operating system is Windows. Currently I’m running Windows 7, but I’ve noticed this problem also exists in the Windows Vista version as well.

Quite some time back when using Vista, I noticed the sidebar.exe process generally consumes vast/large amounts of memory. My Googling concluded consumption varied depending on degrees of usage, what gadgets are being used and the system uptime. This blogger recorded 1.3Gb of RAM hogged by the sidebar.exe process. I just wanted to make a blog post though and say, if you’re reading this… you’re not alone in your confusion brother.

What is this all about? If looking in task manager and running the Windows Sidebar application, you might notice sidebar.exe using lots of memory. There’s a lot of confusion over why it uses so much memory and what the cause is. When a process eats into available memory and doesn’t release unused memory to the point of exhaustion – it is called a memory leak (more at Wikipedia).

Most people will tell you, just “restart your computer”, “kill the process”, “just don’t use it” or “delete the gadget” and it will fix the problem. Well… I have to stop right here and have a rant… Any person with a lick of common sense will tell you it doesn’t fix the damn problem!! It’s infuriating to read posts by n00bs who honestly have no idea what they’re on about, suggesting these dumb ideas. There is a problem! Covering your eyes and saying “I can’t see it” doesn’t fix it!

Some people (including myself) actually value the easy accessibility of information the side bar can deliver. There are lots of great gadgets out there which will give you cool key information about your system, operating environment and access social networking feeds like Twitter, etc.

So what is the deal with this memory over consumption thing anyway? Well I found this excellent blog post by Mark Russinovich, “The Case of the Frozen Clock Gadget” which takes a detailed look into the problem. He concludes the problem is “down to a leaky Sidebar API” – which doesn’t seem surprising considering Microsoft.

Being Microsoft, and knowing this problem has prevailed through both Windows Vista and Windows 7 now – I’m getting the sense we’ll be lucky to ever see this sidebar memory leak problem resolved. To think, just a minor tweak or rewrite of a function could potentially spark spontaneous celebration and world peace should it even appear on Microsoft’s radar. A little bit of me dies each time I think about it – knowing if Windows was open source, we’d all have this problem nailed by now.

So what can you do to fix this problem? Nothing it seems. While others have suggested you can simply not use Windows Sidebar, restarting the process (killing and starting again), or restarting the computer will temporarily recover your lost memory, it isn’t a long term fix. Really though, considering the amount of RAM we’re running on these days it doesn’t make that much difference personally to my usage. Even if my overall usage does get extreme, the operating system should page/swap the unused memory from RAM to disk. The only downside to that is temporary degraded performance during swapping/paging.

ive written a batch script, and confirmed this works in Windows 7 (should work in Windows Vista too).

get it here sidebar .bat

You can make it a task scheduler entry or just keep it handy in the start menu for when u notice sidebar.exe not releasing ram.
2 classic arcade games from the 80's

                                Moon Cresta (make rockets dock)
both have been checked @ virustoatal and i can confirm both are spotless
Icon Pack
Hi res icons & png some ripped from windows 7 & some ripped from hyperdesk themes

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