Friday, August 19, 2011

Windows XP and Virus Problem - Solved!

Here it is!
- Aug 19th, 2011

Brief history:
I installed Windows XP OS long time back (OS is operating system, that on which all our programs like Windows Word, Power point, Excel, etc. or your favorite notepad, etc., or on which the Internet Explorer thru which u browse internet,etc. exists) I remember, got virus on Windows XP, and the computer reboots (restarts) as soon as I login (enter user name, and password), with-in a minute of time. This loop continued of I try to login, then I get a message saying, computer is going to restart in 1 minute, forever.

That was long ago.
I was novice that time, could not make out what it was exactly
suffered a lot. :-)

Right now:
I am a advanced user, I shud be able to do all things myself.
So, soon i tried my on old system (computer), installing the same Windows XP.
By this time, Windows XP (the original released one, also called as RTM), has 3 service packs (SP1, SP2, SP3), actually SP1 is called as SP1a, and SP1a is almost identical to SP2, for our context, lets say, they both are same.
By the way, a service pack is a collection of patches (similar to cloth patch that some occasionally make for a pant or shirt) that are released over a year by the creator of Windows XP, i.e; The Microsoft Company, into one single .exe that you can install at once (instead of all the patches one-by-one, wasting your precious time). By the way, each patch covers a hole in OS (i.e; Windows XP here) thru which the virus comes in from the INTERNET or some other external media like USB/PenDrive/Floppy/CD/DVD,etc.

Fine. :-)

What is the summary?

Microsoft company released, Windows XP OS & related, in the below order:

1. Windows XP RTM
2. SP1a
3. SP2 (mostly same as SP1a)
4. SP3

Ok, since u have a Windows XP on your system, you would have a CD thru which you can install the Windows XP again.

Assuming you have CD that contains Windows XP, lets continue.

Important things to do before going ahead with below:
1. Take a print of this page/ or write down the whole/important parts that you would require)
2. If key is written on Windows XP CD, write it down on a paper.
The key contains alphabets and number combinations
If you don't have the key, it will be inside the CD too.
3. If you are connected to INTERNET, with a wire connection, unplug (remove) the cable

Windows XP installation
So, you have Windows XP OS on CD, you put it in the CD drive (hardware, i.e, physical one that you can touch, insert a CD into, press the "triangle facing upward" button the CD drive will open, place the CD inside it so that the writings on the CD face upward, again press the same "triangle facing upward" button, so that it closes back)

If its already restarting by itself, then nothing to do
Else restart you system, by pressing "Start" button on ur screen, the click on "Turn Off Computer", then click on "Restart" button (WAIT! if you are reading this, take a print, or write down, then do the above)

While you restart computer
You will be asked to press DEL key to go to CMOS screen (or something), goto "Advanced Peripherals", then select the "FIRST BOOT" as "CD Drive" (instead of Floppy or something that you already have), follow the screen instructions, possibly instructions are written on the bottom of the screen, for me, it was "Page Up" and "Page Down" keys (on keyboard) to change the above setting.
Ok, once done, press Escape key (on keyboard) to go back to main screen, and then using arrow keys (on keyboard), select "Save And Exit" (or something similar) and press Y to exit, the computer will restart and, this time, it boots from CD (not the hard disk, where the Virus is there)

You will asked/given number of options to select
do you want to install on which drive, to format the drive, etc. - select as you require - or press next where possible - make sure you install a "fresh" copy instead of "repair" (Windows XP has so many viruses that we cant imagine)

Installation takes some 30 minutes time
The computer will restart multiple times

Then you will be asked:
1. Network settings
give "automatic"
or, if you have a DNS and other settings give them
2. Users
if you are asked users of the computer
give your name (ex: User1 account) & some other user name (ex: User2 account)

Once all done, you will be shown User1 and User2, to login, for now there wont be any password, so enter into User2

After you login to User2, goto below path:
Start > Control Panel > User Accounts
1. Click on "Home" button, click on User1
2. click on "Change User Type", select the "Limited" (instead of Administrator), click OK
3. Click on set password, give a password (ex: Password1)
Repeat the above steps 1 and 3 (not 2), and set password for User2 (ex: Password2)

Now log-off from User2
Start > Log Off

Enter into User1 (with password given, Password1 in my case)

What did we achieve till here?
We logged in as a Limited User, not Administrator User -- this does the trick, Virus now cannot do any thing to ur computer
Side effect:
As you are Limited User (with less rights on the computer) you cannot install any software, but that is not a problem, what you need is to Right Click on install file (.exe/.msi) that you want to install, and click on "Run As", give credentials of User2 (who is administrator, i.e; the one who has full rights), installation is always one time only (unless something goes wrong later), and later, to the run the installed program, you can directly double-click on the icons on your desktop, etc.


>> Download Windows XP SP2 from here:

when prompted for "Save", always save in D:\ or E:\, else save on C:\ (you cannot save on CD drive)


>> Download Windows XP SP3 from here:


>> Install the above downloaded "Windows XP SP2" (with "Run As" option mentioned above)
then, similarly
>> Install "Windows XP SP3"

Each of the above installation may take 1/2 to a full 1 hour of time, depending on your computer speed (CPU) and memory (RAM), and for both you will be prompted for restart, and promptly do so.

Till now, what did we achieve?
We installed Windows XP, then SP1, then SP2

>> Download "Internet Explorer 8" for "Windows XP" from here:

>> Install the "Internet Explorer 8"

this is the program thru which u can browse (that is supported for Windows XP)

>> Download "Avast" Anti Virus from here, click here.

>> Install "Avast" Anti Virus

Ok, if you have experienced the Virus, u know what it is
if you dint, it shows you horror film (in which you are a victim), everyday.
So, Anti Virus, is the one who will rescue you, and give a peaceful life.
So, install the above.

If the Avast asks for registration, then its simple, give details as asked, your email id, etc. - you wont be asked again for registration until next year (then u can re-register with the same email)
Also, don't worry about virus anymore, the Avast Anti Virus updates (also called as VPS) itself daily as you connect to INTERNET and saves you.
If you don't have internet, then you can install Avast Anti Virus updates (VPS) manually, by downloading them from here:


Almost we are at the end of this horror essay :-)

From the next time onwards, you always enter the computer, with Limited user only (User1) --- only if you need to install anything user the "RunAs" method above with User2 (who is Administrator, i.e; who has rights to do anything)

As you are logging in as User1, a Limited user, you are safe for ever (atleast we can say so for as of today, unless something very intelligent happens, that AntiVirus cannot find, i.e; it happens when your antivirus database (VPS) is out-of-date, i.e; you didn't connect to INTERNET for a number of days, and you dint install it manually)

Thats it!

You can launch the Internet Explorer
Browse Internet
Go on with life...
At peace!

Your Virus Problem - Solved!

Best of luck!

Feel free to comment
(my hand is paining, as I typed this entry, so long!)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Check your emails thru Windows Live Mail 2011 email client

An email client is a program that pulls all the emails to ur desktop, so no more browser required, very swift and user-friendly

With the below simple 4 steps, you can add/check your Hotmail/Live/Gmail and other (i guess, not yahoo) emails thru Windows Live Mail 2011, an email client, its really productive & time saving:


Download the Windows Live Mail 2011 email client from below link:

Friday, February 11, 2011

Download Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate (IE9 RC) - Offline Installer - Windows 7/ Windows Vista/ Windows Server 2008

Internet Explorer 9 - Release Candidate (IE9 RC)

offline installers (once downloaded you won’t need Internet connection while installing or reinstalling IE9)


Windows Vista/Windows Server 2008 (32-bit)

Windows Vista/Windows Server 2008 (64-bit)

Windows 7 (32-bit)

Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)

previously, Internet Explorer 9 (IE 9) it was in Beta testing
now it is in Release Candidate, which is almost final version

from this what we can gain is…
we can use a stable version of HTML 5, next major revision of the HTML standard, some parts of which are still in draft stage by W3C group
that means, good to start learning HTML 5, as it wud be future of web, which has canvas, audio, video, etc. so shud be replacing Silverlight/Flash programming in about 5 yrs as soon as HTML 5 spec becomes a Candidate Recommendation stage during 2012, and other browsers than IE 9 too support HTML5, which is most likely due to browser wars

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Buying a 3G phone? - Buy a HSPA 3G mobile phone/datacard (instead of W-CDMA 3G mobile phone/datacard)

If you are buying a 3G phone/datacard
Buy a HSPA 3G phone/datacard which is very fast (not W-CDMA 3G phone/datacard, which will be very slow)

Some of the HSPA mobile phones are listed below:

Exact speeds & more details are mentioned here:



3G (3rd Generation of cellular wireless standards)
3G is all about fast internet speed
3G system must allow simultaneous use of speech and data services, and should provide peak data rates of at least 200 kbit/s, according to the IMT-2000 specification

3G Standards
> UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) standardized by 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project) which specifies standards for 3G technology based on evolved Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) specifications
> CDMA2000 system standardized by 3GPP2 (3rd Generation Partnership Project 2) which specifies standards for 3G technology based on IS-95 (CDMA), commonly known as CDMA2000.

3 G phone (3GPP family) types Downlink data rates Uplink data rates
3G W-CDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) 384 kbps 384 kbps
3G HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) (3.5G, 3G+, turbo 3G, enhanced 3G) (3GPP Release 5) 0.9 Mbit/s to 14.4 Mbit/s 0.73 Mbit/s to 5.76 Mbit/s
Evolved HSPA (aka. HSPA+) (3GPP Release 7) 17.6 Mbit/s to 42.2 Mbit/s 11.5 Mbit/s
Dual-Cell HSDPA (3GPP Release 8) 23.4 Mbit/s to 42.2 Mbit/s 11.5 Mbit/s
DC-HSDPA w/MIMO (3GPP Release 9) 46.7 Mbit/s to 84.4 Mbit/s 23 Mbit/s

Buy a HSPA 3G phone/datacard (instead of W-CDMA 3G phone/datacard)...

3G providers in INDIA:
BSNL, MTNL, Tata Docomo, Reliance Communications, Bharti Airtel

3G providers already/to come in this 2011:
Vodafone, Idea and Aircel

Nokia 5233 has no 3G

Nokia 5230 has 3G (HSDPA, 3.6 Mbps)

Friday, December 31, 2010

Very Happy New Year - & - Don't go out-of-luck

‘m alive :) - got busy in trying to read C++ & STL, wil send links to good ones later

Wish you a Very Happy New Year

No images in this blog post - less bloating! :P

IF you thought, I had some good posts for your here, this year…
THEN ...

Here is a small extract from a very-good film, that I would want you to read today! :), yes mandatory :)

Film: The Matador - - (Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Hope Davis, Philip Baker Hall)

Julian (Pierce Brosnan, the James Bond 007 guy), a hitman, who kills for living?, etc.
Danny, a luckless-salesman, who looses his son in an accident? & is mostly jobless?, etc.

Julian & Danny become friends at a bar

Later, one night, Danny asks Julian, a favour to kill Danny's competitor so that his job becomes secure or something, to which Julian tells the below to the luckless-Danny:

--- not exact words - take the intent ---
... "You are tired working all whole day, and actually, all the luck in the world is with you right now, and your entire life you think that you are not lucky, belive me, you dont want me to do what you asked for, though others would have done so, because once I kill your competitor, you would become out-of-luck, and each day later you will curse yourself why you did that, that day, your entire life" ...
--- not exact words - take the intent ---

In simple, dont go out-of-luck... just because this is last-day of this year, or whatever, or whenever later in the new year – & don’t forget the story - dont go out-of-luck :)


:) – – u shud have posted comments to me already by now – oh! watever.. - :):):)


good day!!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Microsoft Office for Rs.3000, for 3 Home PCs

This offer is as-on 15th Nov 2010.

MS Office has reduced its personal/home version to Rs. 2,999, can be installed/used on for 3 Home PCS – possibly 3 friends can buy one office, and use the same key, and register once with their own email ids, and use the sw forever (?) or until MS Office 2010 is supported for any security patches


For a free MS office software alternatives, check below: