Thursday, June 1, 2017

How to disable the Customer Experience Improvement Program within Windows 7

To disable the Customer Experience Improvement Program within Windows 7, click on the Start Menu and type “customer”.  One of the available selections should be Control Panel –> Change Customer Experience Improvement Program settings.  Once launched, select the “No” option and use the Save Changes button.


Several scheduled tasks may be present under Microsoft –> Windows –> Customer Experience Improvement Program that can be disabled.


Additional scheduled task entries can be disabled under Microsoft –> Windows –> Application Experience.


The screen captures below are from Windows 8.1.



Acunetix Free Manual Pen Testing Tools

Acunetix has released a free set of security-related utilities.  Some of the tools are a HTTP Editor, a HTTP Sniffer, and a HTTP Fuzzer.


The plugs-in URL within Google Chrome

Starting with Google Chrome version 57, the existing URL of chrome://plugins was removed.  The URL of chrome://settings/content allows control of Adobe Flash content, and chrome://components to display the version of Flash installed.



Issue with .MP3 files on a SD card within Android

Media such as .MP3 files are copied to an external SD card.  But the default media player would not recongize the files.  One potential issue is the present of a .nomedia file on the SD card.


Once this file was removed, applications such as VLC detected the .MP3 files that were present on the SD card.  Additional information can be found at the link below.

vCenter Cluster Performance Tool

vCenter Cluster Performance Tool is a Powershell script that uses vSphere PowerCLI to obtain performance data for a cluster by aggregating information from individual hosts.

Chrome Cleanup Tool

Google offers a cleanup utility for Chrome for the Windows platform.



Sn1per is a penetration testing automation scanner that can be used during a penetration test to enumerate and scan for vulnerabilities.  It performs several different tasks, such as testing for anonymous FTP and LDAP access.


Ettercap is a comprehensive suite for man in the middle attacks. It features sniffing of live connections, content filtering on the fly and many other interesting tricks. It supports active and passive dissection of many protocols and includes many features for network and host analysis.

Exchange Analyzer

Exchange Analyzer is a PowerShell tool that scans an Exchange Server 2013 or 2016 and reports on compliance with best practices.