The End of all things is near.

Well, sort of…  Like a horse gone lame, Microsoft is putting down our beloved OS as of April 8th.Notification_thumb_34BA09E7
Windows XP support is being discontinued by Microsoft and the ageing OS will no longer receive the monthly security updates
on “Patch Tuesday
While this is a bit distressing for many die-hard XP users,
I like to think of it as an opportunity to upgrade to a
newer, more secure and stable OS. While you can upgrade your old computer to Windows 7 or 8 or 8.1, it may also
require some hardware upgrades like RAM or a larger hard drive. If your computer
is still running an older single core processor like the Intel Pentium 4
or an AMD Athlon XP, a newer OS from Microsoft is not going to be a
good choice. But regardless of your hardware configuration, it is time to move on.
This is where I would give Ubuntu Linux a try.

“You can surf in safety with Ubuntu — confident that your files and data will stay protected — thanks to the built-in firewall and virus protection. And if a potential vulnerability appears, we provide automatic updates which you can install in a single click.
It’s clean fresh look and feature rich GUI will amaze you.”

Pay per Click

It’s amazing what kind of garbage can get installed by a “single” innocent click to download an update or free program.

Here’s the scan log from the secretary’s computer.

# AdwCleaner v3.010 – Report created 27/10/2013 at 11:39:26
# Updated 20/10/2013 by Xplode
# Operating System : Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 (32 bits)
# Option : Clean

***** [ Services ] *****

Service Deleted : DefaultTabSearch

***** [ Files / Folders ] *****

Folder Deleted : E:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Conduit
Folder Deleted : E:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\eSafe
Folder Deleted : E:\Program Files\Conduit
Folder Deleted : E:\Program Files\DefaultTab
Folder Deleted : E:\Program Files\Desk 365
Folder Deleted : E:\Program Files\MyPC Backup
Folder Deleted : E:\Program Files\Common Files\337
Folder Deleted : E:\Documents and Settings\Sandy\Local Settings\Application Data\Conduit
Folder Deleted : E:\DOCUME~1\Sandy\LOCALS~1\Temp\CT3303000
Folder Deleted : E:\Documents and Settings\Sandy\Application Data\Desk 365
Folder Deleted : C:\Documents and Settings\Sandy\My Documents\optimizer pro
Folder Deleted : E:\Documents and Settings\Sandy\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\2ime821w.default\CT3303000
Folder Deleted : E:\Documents and Settings\Sandy\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\2ime821w.default\Extensions\{37a7edb7-afda-4373-9865-02bf8160e677}
[!] Folder Deleted : E:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kdidombaedgpfiiedeimiebkmbilgmlc
File Deleted : E:\END
File Deleted : E:\Documents and Settings\Sandy\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\2ime821w.default\searchplugins\Conduit.xml
File Deleted : E:\Documents and Settings\Sandy\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\2ime821w.default\user.js
File Deleted : E:\Documents and Settings\Sandy\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Storage\hxxp_search.conduit.com_0.localstorage
File Deleted : E:\Documents and Settings\Sandy\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Storage\hxxp_search.conduit.com_0.localstorage-journal

***** [ Shortcuts ] *****

***** [ Registry ] *****

Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\Extensions\kdidombaedgpfiiedeimiebkmbilgmlc
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\DefaultTabBHO.DLL
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\esrv.EXE
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\DefaultTabBHO.DefaultTabBrowser
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\DefaultTabBHO.DefaultTabBrowser.1
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\DefaultTabBHO.DefaultTabBrowserActiveX
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\DefaultTabBHO.DefaultTabBrowserActiveX.1
Key Deleted : HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Eventlog\Application\DeskSvc
Key Deleted : HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Eventlog\Application\WsysSvc
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CrossriderApp0044162.BHO
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CrossriderApp0044162.BHO.1
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CrossriderApp0044162.Sandbox
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CrossriderApp0044162.Sandbox.1
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Toolbar.CT3303000
Value Deleted : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run [ConduitFloatingPlugin_edakhebdfmenljamaknlnnallmchcdei]
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{72D89EBF-0C5D-4190-91FD-398E45F1D007}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{960DF771-CFCB-4E53-A5B5-6EF2BBE6E706}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{EA28B360-05E0-4F93-8150-02891F1D8D3C}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{3C471948-F874-49F5-B338-4F214A2EE0B1}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{7F6AFBF1-E065-4627-A2FD-810366367D01}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{11111111-1111-1111-1111-110411411162}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{55555555-5555-5555-5555-550455415562}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{66666666-6666-6666-6666-660466416662}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{44444444-4444-4444-4444-440444414462}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{7F6AFBF1-E065-4627-A2FD-810366367D01}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{11111111-1111-1111-1111-110411411162}
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{7F6AFBF1-E065-4627-A2FD-810366367D01}
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{11111111-1111-1111-1111-110411411162}
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Settings\{7F6AFBF1-E065-4627-A2FD-810366367D01}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\PreApproved\{7F6AFBF1-E065-4627-A2FD-810366367D01}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\PreApproved\{11111111-1111-1111-1111-110411411162}
Value Deleted : HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\StandardProfile\AuthorizedApplications\List [E:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\eSafe\eGdpSvc.exe]
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\Conduit
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\ConduitSearchScopes
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\Cr_Installer
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\smartbar
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\YahooPartnerToolbar
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\AppDataLow\{1146AC44-2F03-4431-B4FD-889BC837521F}
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\AppDataLow\Software\Crossrider
Key Deleted : HKLM\Software\{1146AC44-2F03-4431-B4FD-889BC837521F}
Key Deleted : HKLM\Software\{6791A2F3-FC80-475C-A002-C014AF797E9C}
Key Deleted : HKLM\Software\Conduit
Key Deleted : HKLM\Software\DefaultTab
Key Deleted : HKLM\Software\Desksvc
Key Deleted : HKLM\Software\DomaIQ
Key Deleted : HKLM\Software\InstalledThirdPartyPrograms
Key Deleted : HKLM\Software\V9

***** [ Browsers ] *****

-\\ Internet Explorer v8.0.6001.18702

Setting Restored : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main [Start Page]

-\\ Mozilla Firefox v21.0 (en-US)

[ File : E:\Documents and Settings\Sandy\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\2ime821w.default\prefs.js ]

Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3303000.FF19Solved”, “true”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3303000.UserID”, “UN34203952171980520”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“”, “true”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3303000.fullUserID”, “UN34203952171980520.IN.20131027094131”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3303000.installDate”, “27/10/2013 09:41:34”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3303000.installSessionId”, “{EBF3B54B-9410-4189-A814-3E75CA287852}”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3303000.installSp”, “TRUE”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3303000.installerVersion”, “”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3303000.keyword”, “true”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3303000.originalHomepage”, “hxxp://”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3303000.originalSearchAddressUrl”, “”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3303000.originalSearchEngine”, “Search”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3303000.originalSearchEngineName”, “Funmoods”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3303000.searchRevert”, “false”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3303000.searchUserMode”, “2”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3303000.smartbar.homepage”, “true”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3303000.toolbarInstallDate”, “27-10-2013 09:41:31”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3303000.versionFromInstaller”, “”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“CT3303000.xpeMode”, “0”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“Smartbar.SearchFromAddressBarSavedUrl”, “”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“”, “Vafmusic7 Customized Web Search”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“”, “Vafmusic7 Customized Web Search”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“”, “hxxp://{searchTerms}”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“”, “Vafmusic7 Customized Web Search”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“browser.startup.homepage”, “hxxp://”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“extensions.funmoods.aflt”, “iron2”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“extensions.funmoods.autoRvrt”, false);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“extensions.funmoods.cntry”, “US”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“”, “cv5”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“extensions.funmoods.dfltLng”, “”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“extensions.funmoods.dfltSrch”, true);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“extensions.funmoods.dnsErr”, true);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“extensions.funmoods.envrmnt”, “production”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“extensions.funmoods.excTlbr”, false);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“extensions.funmoods.hdrMd5”, “A2AFB9A01D118DF07B2D648C6159721C”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“extensions.funmoods.hmpg”, true);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“extensions.funmoods.hmpgUrl”, “hxxp://”)[…]
Line Deleted : user_pref(“”, “00609720E73C0161”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“extensions.funmoods.instlDay”, “15620”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“extensions.funmoods.instlRef”, “iron2”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“extensions.funmoods.isdcmntcmplt”, true);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“extensions.funmoods.lastVrsnTs”, “”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“extensions.funmoods.mntrvrsn”, “1.3.0”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“extensions.funmoods.newTab”, true);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“extensions.funmoods.newTabUrl”, “hxxp://[…]
Line Deleted : user_pref(“extensions.funmoods.prdct”, “funmoods”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“extensions.funmoods.prtnrId”, “funmoods”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“”, “none”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“extensions.funmoods.smplGrp”, “none”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“extensions.funmoods.srchPrvdr”, “Search”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“extensions.funmoods.tlbrId”, “base”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“extensions.funmoods.tlbrSrchUrl”, “hxxp://[…]
Line Deleted : user_pref(“extensions.funmoods.vrsn”, “”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“extensions.funmoods.vrsnTs”, “”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“extensions.funmoods.vrsni”, “”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“extensions.funmoods_i.newTab”, true);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“extensions.funmoods_i.smplGrp”, “none”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“extensions.funmoods_i.vrsnTs”, “”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“keyword.URL”, “hxxp://”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“smartbar.addressBarOwnerCTID”, “CT3303000”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“smartbar.conduitHomepageList”, “hxxp://,hxxp://[…]
Line Deleted : user_pref(“smartbar.conduitSearchAddressUrlList”, “hxxp://”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“smartbar.defaultSearchOwnerCTID”, “CT3303000”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“smartbar.homePageOwnerCTID”, “CT3303000”);
Line Deleted : user_pref(“smartbar.originalHomepage”, “hxxp://”);

-\\ Google Chrome v

[ File : E:\Documents and Settings\Sandy\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\preferences ]


AdwCleaner[R0].txt – [12231 octets] – [27/10/2013 11:37:32]
AdwCleaner[S0].txt – [12317 octets] – [27/10/2013 11:39:26]

########## EOF – E:\AdwCleaner\AdwCleaner[S0].txt – [12378 octets] ##########

Be careful out there kid! It’s a jungle…

Windows 7 File Server

Boy, this is weird..

I just built a new desktop PC for my personal workstation.

Windows 7 Ultimate for the OS and now I find out it won’t share files with XP computers…


My old workstation ran Windows XP Pro and faithfully served up files for my shop network for many years. Never once balking at sharing with Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Server 2008, Windows 7 and 8 and even with an occasional (Ubuntu) Linux machine or Mac. Well I worked around the problem for the last couple weeks but them last night it got the best of me. I was angry!!  grrrrr

When I get mad, IT GET’S FIXED !!!

Yup that’s right, I “Googled” it..


You’re gonna love this, Windows 7 is NOT a file server OS. I guess I should have spent another $800 and purchased Windows Server 2008 or 2012 to do this simple task, after all that must be how Microsoft sees it.

It took me an hour of digging on the net but thankfully there are folks out there that are a lot smarter than I am, and I am very grateful they have chosen to share their wisdom.

The fix was a couple quick changes to the computers registry and a reboot.
Now I’m Happy! Windows 7 is sharing nicely. I think I’ll keep it around for a while. 🙂