Fix MSE Utility – Repair Microsoft Security Essentials

Repair Microsoft Security Essentials with Fix MSE Utility from The Windows Club.

We are pleased to release the Fix MSE Utility v 1.0. This freeware portable utility will reset all the Registry and other settings of Microsoft Security Essentials to default value.

Microsoft Security Essentials is a new antivirus from Microsoft. It provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free* download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up to date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology. It’s easy to tell if your PC is secure — when you’re green, you’re good. It’s that simple.

Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so that you are free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want—without interruptions or long computer wait times.

Microsoft Malware Protection Center

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Resizeable Textarea add-on for Firefox

A lot of forums and boards provide very small textareas for postings. If you type a long post you have to scroll up and down to read and edit what you have written. This can be very annoying!

The Resizeable Textarea extension lets you resize most textareas in online forums and message boards. Works great! Give it a try. Resizeable Textarea for Firefox

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Add-ons Blocklist | Mozilla

UPDATE: Mozilla has now removed the extensions from the block list after Microsoft clarified some information in its bulletin on how Firefox users were affected. More information: Mozilla unblocks one sneaky Microsoft add-on

I just got a pop up in Firefox saying it’s blocked some Microsoft add-ons because of high security risks.

Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant 1.1
Windows Presentation Foundation 3.5.30729.1

The two add-ons were automatically added to Firefox as a part of recent Windows updates without approval from the user (us) or explaining what they do and if they are actually needed. Microsoft even goes so far as to change the user agent string of Firefox by appending the user’s current .NET framework version to the end of the existing string!

Now it looks like Mozilla has had enough with Microsoft’s antics and have decided to fight back by disabling these unneeded and unauthorized add-ons. Here is the page you go to when clicking ‘More information.’ Add-ons Blocklist | Mozilla

I wonder if this is a big war in the making? As long as our browsers don’t become the battle field then let them go at each other. Ultimately a war should make a better, stronger browser for everyone no matter if you use IE or Firefox. At least that’s my hopes.

Edit: The officail Mozilla blog post. .NET Framework Assistant Blocked to Disarm Security Vulnerability

MojoPac

MojoPac turns any USB 2.0 storage device, such as iPods, USB flash drives, portable hard drives, USB-enabled cell phones, and USB-enabled digital cameras, into a portable computing environment. The term “MojoPac” is used by the company to refer to the software application, the virtualized environment running inside this software, and the USB storage device that contains the software and relevant applications. MojoPac supports popular applications such as Firefox and Microsoft Office, and it is also high performance enough to run popular PC Games such as World of Warcraft and Half-Life 2.

It looks and acts like a new install of Windows, it has it’s own Desktop, My Computer and also any programs that you install into it. I found the easiest way to install a program into it, is have it all set up and then drag the .exe onto your Pen drive using your host computer, then go back into Mojopac and double click the .exe.

The video explains it much better than I can. http://www.mojopac.com

MojoPac Installation instructions.


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Mozilla Plugin Check Now Live

From my earlier blog post.

The Mozilla Plugin Check Is Now Live. It has a new URL and no more security warnings about the certificate being out of date.

The official Mozilla announcement is as follows.

A little over a month ago, I talked about a project we had started to inform users when their plugins were out of date. This is a really important project for us, because old versions of plugins can cause crashes and other stability problems, and can also be a major security risk. In the first phase, we focused on the popular Adobe Flash Player plugin, and we were thrilled to see more than 10 million Firefox users click through to Adobe’s download page to get themselves updated in the first week.

Today, we’re bringing the rest of the story. Our web team has just pushed the full plugin check page live, checking the status of more than 15 popular plugins, with more still in the works. Visitors to the page can see which plugins they have installed and, for any that are outdated, follow an easy link to the update site.

Plugin list with update information

In the upcoming release of Firefox 3.6, we’ll also include built-in support for helping users keep up to date. When you visit a page with Firefox 3.6, we’ll use this same service to let you know if any of the plugins used on the site have updates available.

We’ve got a pretty strong list of plugins and versions already but we’ll continue to maintain and grow it based on our conversations with plugin authors and our users. If you want more information, or are interested in helping out, check out the web team’s post. Did the plugin check uncover any surprises for you?

Johnathan Nightingale
Human Shield

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Microsoft Patch Registration Cleanup Tool

On a computer that has a Windows Installer based product installed, you may receive an error while installing an update for the product and the installation of the update may fail. Installation errors caused due to incorrect patch registration may be corrected using this tool.

System Requirements

  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000; Windows 7; Windows Server 2003; Windows Server 2008; Windows Server 2008 R2; Windows Vista; Windows XP

Additional Information

Please see the Knowledge Base Article KB976220 for more information.
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Preview a TinyURL

This is a great feature if you are like me and hate clicking on unknown URL’s.

Preview a TinyURL. Don’t want to be instantly redirected to a TinyURL and instead want to see where it’s going before going to the site? Not a problem with our preview feature. See here: http://tinyurl.com/preview.php

You can also add the preview feature to TinyURL links you post by adding ‘preview’ to the link.

Example: This is actually the link to my blog. http://tinyurl.com/c6usbr

Preview: Add ‘preview’ to the link, http://preview.tinyurl.com/c6usbr and it will take you to the TinyURL Preview page so the users can see where they are going instead of just bounding into an unknown website or download link.

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