IPv6 – Disabling isatap Teredo and 6to4 in Windows 7

To disable isatap teredo and 6to4 on a Windows 7 workstation, type the following at the prompt. You do of course need Administrative access on the workstation to do this.

If like myself your running dual stack IPv6 via your router or gateway, then there is really no need to have them running.

Thanks for the input guys, I’ve changed the following to set it back to default.

To re-enable isatap teredo nd 6to4, just replace the disabled with type=default.

References:
ISATAP – Wikipedia
6to4 – Wikipedia

Generic host process for Win32 services crashing.

This fixed the problem for me so I thought I would blog it (saves me remembering it) and lets anyone else fix the problem themselves.

To completely solve “Generic Host Process for Win32 Services” problem you should:

1) Scan your PC for the following viruses: CashToolbar Downloader-MY, System1060, CoolWebSearch Svchost32, ADCLICK-AG, ADCLICK-AX, ADUYO-A, AGENT-V, AGOBOT-KL, AUTOTROJ-C.

2) Go to Windows Automatic Updates properties (right-click on My Computer, then click on Properties and switch to Automatic Updates tab).

3) Choose “Turn Off Automatic Updates”, click OK and reboot your PC.

4) Manually update Windows using “Windows Update” shortcut in the start menu.

5) Turn automatic updates on.

6) If your problem is not solved on this step, uninstall old Hewlett-Packard printer and scanner drivers (if any) and download new drivers from the manufactures web site.

7) If your problem is not solved on this step, use the following command to show all svchost.exe instances and associated services or libraries:

tasklist /svc /fi “imagename eq svchost.exe”

Then search for each of services and libraries shown in that list in the Internet to find out whether the entry is malicious or not. In case you find malicious entry, use msconfig.exe utility to disable the appropriate service entry.

This is long but effective way of Generic Host Process or svchosts.exe repair.

Reference:
Generic Host Process Svchost.exe Problem Solution.

GnuPGP Key

First I generated a PGP Key Pair by typing the command
[code lang=”bash”]gpg –gen-key[/code]
You are prompted with the following
[code lang=”bash”]gpg (GnuPG) 1.4.6; Copyright (C) 2006 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.
This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it
under certain conditions. See the file COPYING for details.

Please select what kind of key you want:
(1) DSA and Elgamal (default)
(2) DSA (sign only)
(5) RSA (sign only)
Your selection?[/code]
I usually take the defaults when prompted.

I then read the manual provided at the GnuPGP website. Some other resources I found useful are listed below. Next you need to register your Public Key with a reliable key server, I used one that I found in the UK here.

Below is the command I used to register my public key, yours will be almost exactly the same, apart from the public key 6E8A8EB6 which is mine, your of course will be different.
[code lang=”bash”]billy@linux:~$ gpg –fingerprint billy
pub 1024D/6E8A8EB6 2008-03-18
Key fingerprint = 2133 B30D CCF4 1739 5EC6 AEF0 8690 2B09 6E8A 8EB6
uid Billy Dickson
sub 2048g/08E07B36 2008-03-18[/code]
[code lang=”bash”]gpg –keyserver pgp.uk.demon.net –send-key 6E8A8EB6[/code]

Below is a pretty basic bash script that I wrote to backup my public and private keys. I then copied the resulting file to a CD and hid it in my house (somewhere) 🙂
[code lang=”bash”]gpg -a –export-secret-keys 6E8A8EB6 > sec_key.asc; gpg -a –export 6E8A8EB6 >> sec_key.asc[/code]

Howto – Slipstream SP2 into XP

HOWTO – Slipstreaming SP2 into Windows XP and create a bootable CD

Slipstreaming a Service Pack, is the process to integrate the Service Pack into the installation so that with every new installation the Operating System and Service Pack are installed at the same time.

Slipstreaming is usually done on network shares on corporate systems. But with the advent of CD burners, it does actually make some sense for the home user or small business user to do the same.

Microsoft added the ability to Slipstream a Service Pack to Windows 2000 and Windows XP. It not only has the advantage that when you (re)install your OS, you don’t have to apply the Service Pack later, also if you update any Windows component later, you’ll be sure that you get the correct installation files if Windows needs any.

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AHhhhh IE 7 and XP (How-to disable automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 7)

I just installed Internet Explorer 7 on my Acer Aspire Laptop 1670, rebooted, now I’m getting the error message “The file or directory c:\$Secure is corrupt and unreadable. Please run the Chkdsk utility.” the problem kept getting worse and worse and I was seriously thinking re-installing from an ghost image of I took of the laptop a few months ago.

Then I though, unistall Internet Explorer 7 and voila, no more error message and my laptop is now working fine. I thought that IE 7 was supposed to be out of Beta now pfffff, I think I’ll wait a few months until they get round to ironing out the bugs before I’ll install IE 7 again! and the lesson I learn’t today was, if it’s not broke don’t fix it.

Googled the problem and found a few links associated with this problem.
http://www.tek-tips.com/viewthread.cfm?qid=1196620&page=1
http://episteme.arstechnica.com/groupee/forums/a/tpc/f/99609816/m/520005714731
http://www.pcbuyerbeware.co.uk/HDDProblems2.htm#ghost10
http://www.eggheadcafe.com/aspnet_answers/windowsservergeneral/Apr2006/post26755432.asp
http://help.lockergnome.com/general/Chkdsk-Volume-Dirty-Help-ftopict30855.html
http://miataru.computing.net/windowsxp/wwwboard/forum/33283.html
http://search.webservertalk.com/message1694839.html

How to Disabling automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 7
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