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ZoneAlarm Pro, Trend Micro PC-Cillin Internet Security, Spybot – Search & Destroy, Webroot Spy Sweeper can work together and are compatible.

Posted by twoace on September 13, 2007

ZoneAlarm Pro 7.0.362.000
Trend Micro PC-cillin Internet Security 2007 (Program Version 15.30.1239) / 2006
Webroot Spy Sweeper 5.5.7 (build 48)
Spybot – Search & Destroy 1.4

All those program can work together “edited: on my computer (Windows XP Professional SP2)” and are compatible.

The only thing is it’s better to install Spybot – S&D after PC-cillin 2007. But it doesn’t matter for PC-cillin 2006. May refer to http://esupport.trendmicro.com/support/viewxml.do?ContentID=EN-1033903 .

Short configuration:

  • PC-cillin firewall is disabled
  • PC-cillin Mail Monitor is on
  • Spybot S&D Tea timer is not installed
  • ZoneAlarm Anti-virus monitor is off
  • ZoneAlarm E-mail Protection is off
  • Webroot Spy Sweeper almost all shields are on (13 shields)

Once I decided to try (before migrate) Kaspersky Anti Virus (KAV). I experienced that KAV is very slow and I always use firefox which Kaspersky have problem with it. And I feel that it’s kinda conflict with ZoneAlarm too. KAV is a great anti virus (and also according to review) and cheaper than PC-cillin, but I cannot lost computer performance because of KAV.
So I decided to move back to PC-cillin 🙂 and live happily ever after…. I hope PC-cillin will have good price offer later on (or soon!).


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Share problem experience with internet connection after dial-up

Posted by twoace on September 13, 2007

Previously I always had problem with internet connection after dial-up.
First time dial-up is successfully but then after disconnected, there is no possibility to connect to internet anymore! Any kind of connection, like dial-up, Local Area Network, and Wireless Network. I almost had to restart my computer every time after dial-up! I wanted to cry… what’s the matter with my computer?…

Then I found cause of the problem. Ipconfig output:


Part#A (during problem), I see that there are 3 adapters (LAN, Wireless, PPP Adapter which is dial-up adapter).
Part#B (normal situation), 2 adapters (LAN, Wireless).

Part#A. It seems that dial-up adapter was not detached properly after dial-up disconnected. Dial-up adapter still have IP Address and Windows take dial-up adapter as the highest priority (this is default as far as I know). That’s why no matter which connection, connection will always go through this dial-up adapter ( ip address) .

I still don’t know the root cause of this. I tried to find but no idea. Somehow, after try and error many times (including reset winsock), I finally find workaround solution for this! УРА (hurray)….!!!

The idea is to remove dial-up adapter configuration (or reset adapter configuration).
My try and error give me result that WAN Miniport (IP) device should be reset by disabling and enabling again.

Steps are as following:

  1. Run “System” on Control Panel to access Device Manager
    Resetting WAN Miniport
  2. Access Device Manager. Expand Network Adapter. WAN Miniport under Network Adapter is not displayed here.
    Resetting WAN Miniport
  3. To show WAN Miniport under Network Adapter, choose menu “View” -> “Show hidden device”.
    Resetting WAN Miniport
  4. WAN Miniport is shown. Reset WAN Miniport by disabling it first.
    Resetting WAN Miniport
  5. Choose yes for confirmation.
    Resetting WAN Miniport
  6. Enable WAN Miniport.
    Resetting WAN Miniport
  7. WAN Miniport back to normal again.
    Resetting WAN Miniport
  8. Final step is to check ipconfig result again. Dial-up adapter configuration should be disappeared and connection is back to normal again. Part#A is during problem, Part#B is normal time or after resetting WAN Miniport. Picture is the same as before.

Now I’m happy, I don’t have to restart computer again when I encounter this problem.

Good luck!

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Windows Genuine Advantage Notification is …..

Posted by twoace on August 13, 2007

Few days ago, I got Windows Genuine notification when I started my computer. I was so surprised!

WGA Notification
About one month ago, I replaced my hard disk with bigger one, then just now Windows stated that I had to activate Windows in 3 days. 3 days! Can you imagine that? (Unfortunately, I didn’t capture this 3 days and block access statement). If I couldn’t connect to internet in 3 days, then I think that I will get big problem. I will not be able to use my computer and access my data. This is ridiculous! Hmm… what exactly will happen after 3 days??…

What we should do to this:

  1. Activate license via internet in 3 days. This will not be good if you could not access internet in 3 days. Imagine if you were in business trip to some small cities with very bad internet.
  2. Buy new license via internet or shop in 3 days. Internet again! And we also have to spend money which we don’t have to!Windows buy license
  3. Backup data in 3 days, so that we can still access data with other computer.
  4. Install another Operating System on your computer in 3 days. Remember to check File System compatibility so that it can read type of used file system (e.g. NTFS).
  5. Prevention steps to avoid such situation:
    – Always backup data (no. 3)
    – Always have another Operating System on your computer (no. 5).
    – Migrate to another Operating System, open source (like Ubuntu)!

Well, actually Windows is a great Operating System especially after Windows XP.

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If power management is not working properly in normal user (laptop user)

Posted by twoace on July 25, 2007

Well, previously I met problem with Samsung Battery Manager.
I could not configured and used Battery Manager in normal user. It always complained that it should be used only in administrator groups.

If somebody had similar problem, hopefully this will help.
I found some reference to http://blogs.msdn.com/aaron_margosis/archive/2005/02/09/370263.aspx
It seems that registry permission was not set correctly in my case.

Registry modification is needed.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Controls Folder\PowerCfg
Enable permission “Set Value” and “Create Subkey” for corresponding users. In my case, I add permission for “Users”.

Now problem is solved. I’m happy!

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Run explorer as other user

Posted by twoace on July 25, 2007

I got tired everytime I wanted to delete files which were not belong to my current user.
I had to switch user and then did delete. Now not anymore… 🙂

Finally, I found in internet how to run explorer as other user (in this example: administrator).
Run command prompt, and then run following command @ prompt:
runas /user:<username> “explorer /separate”

Change username to which user you want to run as.
Voila! I am happy now.
Internet really helps very much!

Btw, this kind of thing can also be helped with the new Total Commande. It will ask whether we want to delete as administrator!

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Nokia PC Suite connectivity problem

Posted by twoace on July 25, 2007

Just sharing.
If you encountered problem with connection in Nokia PC Suite software, you could try to do following (instead of restarting computer):
1. Exit Nokia PC-Suite.
2. Exit other Nokia software, like Nokia PC-Sync.
3. End task “MPAPI3s.exe” process.
4. Restart service “ServiceLayer”
5. Try to run Nokia PC-Suite again.
Good luck!

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Phone and Modem Options permission in Control Panel

Posted by twoace on July 25, 2007

Well, I am very happy!
Finally, I found an article how to run “Phone and Modem Options” as administrator. At least workaround!

Okay, back to problem.
I always use ordinary user in Windows. It is one of best practices to increase security level against virus and spyware. Using administrators group in Windows is like using user root in Unix.

Sadly, I have to use Power Users group for my work because of some programs. 😦
Fortunately, ordinary user is running okay for homework (at home).

One of the problems in ordinary user I encountered is that it’s not allowed to run advanced function in “Phone and Modem options”. Add, remove modem, and the best part is diagnostic. It’s ridiculous to change user from ordinary user or power user to administrator (ad) and vice versa, in order to diagnose modem if something goes wrong. Especially when you have (different) mobile phone and want to change setting (in example Access Point Name) . Hmm… or may be it’s only happened to me. :))

To make it short.
There is no option to “Run as” in “Phone and Modem Options”. But there is a way as describe in:

Find telephon.cpl @ windows/system32 directory. Right click and choose “Run as”, then type administrator login and password. Voila, you can access full function!

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