Wednesday, March 12, 2008

changing VLC player skin

Varun is one guy who doesn't like to use VLC player....well for a simple reason he doesn't find it
appealing well that means it doesn't look good and even if he changes its skin,next time when he
launches it he gets the same look and feel of the i thought let me help him in changing
the skin and make it permanent...well the steps are simple.
  • first download the skin from here
  • now go to Preferences and double click Main interface
  • and now from the options in INTERFACE MODULE choose the option skinnable interface from the drop down men
  • after this from the sub menu of main interface choose skin
NOTE: the advanced option should be checked..
  • now enter the address of the skin in front of option skin to use
and that is it you have a new VLC player with a beautiful (waxed) skin..
and for all those who do not have a clue on waxed skin i might be the wrong person you are asking this...

Sunday, March 9, 2008

HIde ur Partitions ( C , D , E , F)

This trick is for all those guys whose wants to store some personal files or data and don't want any one to see or access it dis trick is for all those guys!!

Click start button>run type gpedit.msc, now move to user configuration > administrative templates > windows components > windows explorer, press double click on "Hide these specified drives in My Computer" after following des steps properly u ll find another option "Prevent access to drives from My Computer" double click on dis option & change it accordingly.

To make it normal again click on "disable" by double clicking on "Hide these specified drives in My Computer" option ..

Dats it ur done with it !!!! enjoy dis trick.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Pen drive Viruses?

The usage of a pen drive or a flash memory has become a very common thing. Also with the cost of memory chips going down (now you can get a 4GB memory stick for Rs.800) have boosted its usage and also an USB flash drive is compact and very easy to carry around. With the increase in the usage of pen drives, viruses spreading through these memory sticks as increased exponentially.
As such you can't completely prevent the viruses but to minimize these viruses and worms spreading to the PCs we can take some preventive measures.
Turn off the Auto Run:-
Pen drives uses the Autorun feature to load certain files when it is plugged into a USB port. Now, the worms and viruses uses this autorun feature to spread itself from the thumb drives to the computers. You can avoid majority of these worms spreading by turning off the autorun feature. To do is very simple just follow these steps,

If you are using Win XP Professional edition:-
  • Click Start button
  • Select Run.
  • Now type gpedit.msc in Run command .
  • You will notice the Group Policy Window opening.
  • Double click Administrative Templates.
  • Select System in the right pane of the window.
  • Now,select(double click)Turn Off AutoPlay .
  • Turn Off Autoplay properties window opens.
  • All Drives from the combo box in that and select Enabled radio button and press OK.

If you are using Win XP Home edition,try these:-
Select Run and type regedit to open the registry editor.
Then navigate as follows

--> Software
--> Microsoft
--> Windows
--> CurrentVersion
--> Policies
--> Explorer.

Now,select NODRIVETYPEAUTORUN and select Modify.
Set the Hexadecimal value to 95 to turn off autoplay in removable drives and use b5 to turn off autorun feature in CD-ROMs and pen drives.
Thus turning off autorun feature just stops many malwares from spreading into a PC from a thumb drive.

Now you can now delete many worms manually some known viruses are Autorun.inf,iexplore.vbs,ifo.exe,raven.exe,rvhost.exe and NewFolder.exe(a worm looks like folder,but is actually an exe file,a worm).Better to use a nice antivirus and scan for viruses in the plugged in drive before opening it as these files will be hidden or access protected.But however you can view those files in command prompt by first entering into your removable drive(eg: J:)then type the following- attrib -h -r -s -a *.*.After typing that you can view those files.But it is better to use a nice Anti-virus software.
You can also many softwares available(like TrueCrypt) to password protect your pen drive .In such a case a window Pops Up every time when you plug in the drive.This would also help preventing the viruses from loading automatically into the pen drive. Using such softwares will also prevent unauthorized usage of data your drive, especially when your having sensitive information in your drive.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

MIRO ::::another universal player

MIRO although not a new media player around but of late it has evolved from being called as democracy player to miro.I would never say that it can act as a substitute to VLC player but the fact is---it plays almost all the video formats that that is there in media circle.Primarily it has been there as a web media player but now is available for various flavours of operating systems right form windows to mac to Linux.some of features which are worth mentioning are
  • good skin interface.
  • sound quality is somewhat better than other simple players.
  • great in organizing & downloading online videos from youtube and its other clones.

Rest i am sure you might discover it yourself.Worth a try.........