Rename A Start Button – Windows xp

To rename the start button, you will just need to do is download Resource hacker.

Resource HackerTM is a freeware utility to view, modify, rename, add, delete and extract resources in 32bit Windows executables and resource files (*.res). It incorporates an internal resource script compiler and decompiler and works on Win95, Win98, WinME, WinNT, Win2000 and WinXP operating systems.

To Download Click here

First Step : The first step is to make a backup copy of the file explorer.exe located at C:\Windows\explorer. Place it in a folder somewhere on your hard drive where it will be safe. Start Resource Hacker and open explorer.exe located at C:\Windows\explorer.exe
The category we are going to be using is String Table In Resource Hacker. Expand it by clicking the plus sign then navigate down to and expand string 37 followed by highlighting 1033. If you are using the Classic Layout rather than the XP Layout, use number 38. The right hand pane will display the stringtable as shown in Fig. We’re going to modify item 578, currently showing the word “start” just as it displays on the current Start button.

There is no magic here. Just double click on the word “start” so that it’s highlighted, making sure the quotation marks are not part of the highlight. They need to remain in place, surrounding the new text that you’ll type. Go ahead and type your new entry.

Compile and save (actually save as) with another name like expmann.exe

Second Step: Modify the Registry Now that the modified expmann.exe has been created it’s necessary to modify the registry so the file will be recognized when the user logs on to the system. If you don’t know how to access the registry I’m not sure this article is for you, but just in case it’s a temporary memory lapse, go to Start (soon to be something else) Run and type regedit in the Open: field. Navigate to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows NT\ CurrentVersion\ Winlogon

the Right pane, double click the Shell entry to open the Edit String dialog box as shown in Fig.  In Value data: line, enter the name that was used to save the modified expmann.exe file. Click OK.

Close Registry Editor and reboot the entire system. If all went as planned you should see your new Start button with the revised text.

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A major flaw in Mcafee URL shortner

Mcafee claims its products to be top and most popular security product, Today I heard about Mcafee url shorting service, As I visited the Mcafee Url shortning website, I found that they claimed that their url shortner is safe and secure.

So I thought to test it, I created a Facebook fake login page and tried to shorten it with Mcafee url shortner, hoping that it was detect it and will not allow to shorten it, but I was shocked to see that Mcafee actually showed that the website is safe, see the image below:

As lots of people trust on mcafee and a hacker could take an advantage of Mcafee Url shortning service and steal thousands of email accounts, this shows that one should not always rely on softwares for security,

Hope Mcafee fix this very soon

How to surf web anonymously with TOR

We all many times use proxies for staying anonymous on internet. Lets quickly check out , what we are actually doing while using proxies. We first connect to a proxy server which brings resources requested by us from the web server.

Thus a proxy server hides our identity by acting as an intermediary between us and the web server that we are accessing. Suppose we break into a server using a proxy server thinking that we are anonymous. But what if owner of web server starts enquiring about the clients connecting to it using the proxy server  and it is possible that owners of proxy server might  reveal our identity. This means we cant actually rely on proxy servers for being anonymous online. Here comes the concept of THE ONION ROUTING (TOR) into picture. By using this , the client traffic is supposed to be passed from three different servers or nodes before reaching to actual web server. It may randomly take any path through any three nodes.

Lets consider it has taken path shown by green arrows. Now

* Node 1 knows only actual origin(client) but not actual destinantion(web server).
*Node 5 neither knows actual origin nor actual destinantion.
*Node 9 knows actual destination but not actual origin.

Thus no one exactly knows which client is accessing which web server. So it is highly anonymous.

Installing and Using TOR:

Step 1. Download the TOR client from the given link and run the setup .

http://www.ziddu.com/download/12331095/vidalia-bundle-0.2.1.26-0.2.10-1.exe.html

Note: You need to install a Mozilla firefox add on which is included in package you have downloaded to use Tor.

Step 2. Open the ‘Vidalia Control Panel’ from the task bar and Click on ‘Start Tor’.

Step3. Now open Mozilla Firefox browser, single click on red highlighted ‘Tor Disabled’ on right corner of browser and it will turn to green highlighted ‘Tor Enabled’.

Now just log on to ‘www.whatismyip.com‘ and you will see your new public IP address that will keep changing after an interval of time according to the path randomly taken by web traffic through three different nodes.