Sunday, January 3, 2010


ScreenToaster is an online screen capture utility.  The web site URL is:

The application is an Java applet, so Java must be present on the local machine.


Once the applet loads, a dialog box will appear with the shortcut key to start recording.


Once finished, several different output options are available.


You must register with the site before being allowed to publish or save any clip.

Macrium Reflect Free Edition

A free personal backup utility.

Information Security Cheat Sheets

The page below contains cheat sheets for various security topics such as incident response.

Disable AutoRun within Windows

This procedure should disable the AutoRun feature within Windows.

Launch gpedit.msc with local administrative authority.

Under Computer Configuration, expand Administrative Templates, expand Windows Components, and then click Autoplay Policies.

In the Details pane, double-click Turn off Autoplay.

Click Enabled, and then select All drives in the Turn off Autoplay box to disable Autorun on all drives.

Reboot the computer.



Certain versions of Windows (such as XP Home) will not have the local Group Policy editor by default.  So AutoRun can be disabled via the Registry.

Access HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer\NoDriveTypeAutorun.  Set the value to FF (Hexadecimal) to disable all drives.  Reboot the computer.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Security and Privacy Extensions for Firefox

Below are some extensions for Firefox concerning security and privacy.

JS Switch - Add a toolbar button or an option in Tool menu to toggle JavaScript

NoScript - Allow active content to run only from sites you trust

BetterPrivacy - A safeguard which protects from usually not deletable LSO's

Web of Trust - Warns you about risky sites that cheat customers, deliver malware or send spam.

Grep utilities for Windows

Below are some grep tools for Windows.

Bandwidth Monitoring Applications

The applications below offer details concerning the amount of bandwidth used with a Windows computer.

Friday, January 1, 2010

List of free DNS services

The following sites offer information concerning free DNS services.

Change the listening port for RDP

The default listening port for RDP is normally 3389.  To change this value, run Regedit and go to this key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations\RDP-Tcp

Find the "PortNumber" subkey and notice the value of 00000D3D, hex for (3389). Modify the port number in Hex and save the new value.


Malware Example Sites

The sites below contain links to malware-related domains or network addresses.

Display short URL addresses

The sites below take a short URL from services such as and tinyurl and displays the destination.

Classic Shell Utility

The Classic Shell utility offers older style menu options and Start Menu looks to Windows versions such as Windows 7.

Microsoft Security Essentials command-line options

The Microsoft Security Essentials product has a few command-line executables available.  The main executable to know is mpcmdrun.exe, which has several different options available. 


One option is to run a manual scan:


Another would be to perform a signature update:


The msseces.exe will launch the main GUI window:


The update.exe will check for new product versions: