Wednesday, October 30, 2013

How to Remove Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications

Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) notifications occur when your computer hasn't passed the validation test. The validation test can be failed because you installed a pirated non-genuine copy of XP, or because you have changed your XP product key to a software-generated key, or sometimes it just happens for no reason at all. Here's how to get rid of the annoying notifications.


Method 1 of 5: Task Manager

  1. 1
    Run as an administrator with no other user accounts running.
  2. 2
    Launch Windows Task Manager (Processes). Leave it open.
  3. 3
    Navigate to to C:\Windows\System32, and find WgaTray.exe.
  4. 4
    Right-click on WgaTray.exe, and select Delete. Leave the deletion confirmation box open.
  5. 5
    Go back to Windows Task Manager and click Wgatray.exe.
  6. 6
    Click End Process. When you are prompted for a confirmation to terminate the process, align the “End Process” confirmation box with the previous “Delete File” confirmation box, or at least have them close together. Do this because you'll need to do both actions quickly — at least within 2 or 3 seconds.
  7. 7
    Click Yes in both boxes, quickly. Click on Yes on the Task Manager prompt (to “end the process”) and then quickly press Yes on the deletion confirmation (to delete the actual file). You’ll need to repeat this if you miss it.
  8. 8
    Launch the Registry Editor. Click Start, then Run, and enter regedit.
  9. 9
    Browse to the following location:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Notify
  10. 10
    Delete the folder WgaLogon and all its contents.
  11. 11
    Reboot Windows XP.
  12. 12
    Check your work. As a precaution, after you have followed the above instructions:
    • Go to Control Panel > Security Center > Automatic Update Settings.
    • Select the third option, “Notify me but don’t automatically download or install them."
    • Click OK.
    • The next time the “Windows Updates” icon appears in the system tray, click on the icon and it will display a list of available updates. Windows won’t automatically download and install them anymore.
    • If “Windows Genuine Advantage Notification Tool” is there, uncheck it and press enter to download everything else (if you want to). You can right-click to “hide updates” that you don’t want.
    • Select “Don’t notify me about these updates again”, so that they will be ignored every time updates are downloaded.
    • Just remember, from now on, make sure to check the list of downloads so that you don’t install any new versions of this “tool”.

Method 2 of 5: Command Delete

  1. 1
    Try system restore first. If you have only just installed Windows Genuine Advantage notifications, simply using the system restore function will remove the program. Then refuse to accept the WGA update next time Windows updates. Otherwise, proceed as detailed below.
  2. 2
    Open a Command Prompt window. Click on Start, then Run. Type CMD and press OK.
  3. 3
    Change Directory into the System32 Folder. Type "cd \windows\system32" (without quotation marks).
  4. 4
    Open Notepad window. Type the following lines:

    taskkill -IM wgatray.exe

    del wgatray.exe

    del wgalogon.old
  5. 5
    Highlight and copy the three lines above to the Clipboard.
  6. 6
    Paste the contents of the Clipboard to Command Prompt. This should kill the wgatray.exe process from the Taskbar and immediately delete both files wgatray.exe and wgalogon.dll.

Method 3 of 5: Executing a Batch Script

  1. 1
    Right-click on your desktop. Choose New, then Text Document.
    • Enter the name as "remove.bat" without the quotes.
    • A message should appear saying that you are changing a file type. Click Yes. If the message does not appear, and the file icon is a picture of a piece of paper, then you need to enable "show file extensions for known file types" in the Windows Explorer Tools ->Folder Options dialog.
  2. 2
    Right-click on remove.bat and select Edit. Notepad will open.
  3. 3
    Paste the following lines into Notepad, then save and exit:

    taskkill -IM wgatray.exe

    del wgatray.exe

    del wgalogon.old
  4. 4
    Double-click on the remove.bat icon. A command prompt window should briefly appear, then close automatically.

Method 4 of 5: System Tools

  1. 1
    Open System32 by either of the following methods:
    • Click Start, then Run. Type "system32" (without quotes), and click OK.
    • Find system32 manually by clicking Start, My Computer, (C:) (or whatever your drive letter is), WINDOWS, then system32.
  2. 2
    Hide extensions. In system32, go to Tools, then Folder options. Click on the tab, View, and uncheck "Hide extensions for known file types" if it is not already.
  3. 3
    Check to make sure the window that comes up has a full screen of various files. The files are in alphabetical order, which makes it easier to locate the specific file.
  4. 4
    Find WgaLogon.dll. Rename it "WgaLogon.dll.bak" (without quotes).
  5. 5
    Create an empty copy of WgaLogon.dll.
    • Right click on a blank space in system32 and select New, then Text Document.
    • Leave the text document empty and label it "WgaLogon.dll" (without quotes). Press Enter (on your keyboard).
    • You may get a warning from the above step that says, "If you change a file name extension, the file may become unusable. Are you sure you want to change it?" Click Yes on this warning.
  6. 6
    Be ready to complete the next two steps very quickly.
    • Find WgaTray.exe in system32 and delete it.
    • You will then have 5 seconds to find WgaTray.exe in the Task Manager.
    • Note that if you remove the files mentioned above while you are in Safe Mode, the next step is unnecessary.
  7. 7
    Immediately open Task Manager. You can do this three different ways:
    • Press Ctrl, Shift, and Esc simultaneously.
    • Press Ctrl, Alt, and Delete simultaneously.
    • Right click the Taskbar and select Task Manager.
  8. 8
    Click on the process tab and select WgaTray.exe. Click on End Process.
    • Note that if you take longer, do not panic! All that will happen is that WgaTray.exe will keep reappearing in the processes list (i.e. you won't be able to delete it as required). To remove the notifications after this, return to system32. You will find two files:WgaLogon.dll.bak (the one you renamed) and an Application Extension (0KB) called WgaLogon.dll. Delete the Application Extension, rename WgaLogon.dll.bak to WgaLogon.dll and repeat the process at a greater speed, from deleting WgaTray.exe from system32.
  9. 9
    Restart your computer when finished. All the notification messages should be gone.

Method 5 of 5: Renaming

  1. 1
    Open a Command window. Click on Start, then Run. Type CMD and click OK.
  2. 2
    Open Notepad. Click Start, then Run, and type NOTEPAD. Click OK.
  3. 3
    Type or copy the following lines into the Notepad window:

    CD %systemroot%\system32

    rename wgatray.exe wgatray.exe.bak

    rename wgalogon.old wgalogon.old.bak

    rename LegitCheckControl.dll LegitCheckControl.dll.bak

    taskkill /F /T /IM wgatray.exe

    del wgatray.exe.bak

    del wgalogon.old.bak

    del LegitCheckControl.old.bak
  4. 4
    Leave a blank line. Make sure there is a blank line at the end of the text document, right after the last line of text.
  5. 5
    Select all the text (Ctrl-A) and copy to the clipboard (Ctrl-C).
  6. 6
    Paste the clipboard into the CMD window. Right click and select Paste, or Press Ctrl-V.
    • This should kill the wgatray.exe process and delete the files it uses.

Tips

  • If task manager processes are moving, click the title of the "image name" row to freeze them.
  • You can also rename WgaTray.exe to WgaTray.exe.bak if you can't remove WgaTray.exe from your Taskbar. Press Ctrl+Shift+Escape to do so.
  • In case WgaTray.exe cannot be deleted, you need to do the following steps: go to Task Manager, click on WgaTray.exe then End task. In the screen that pops up do not click Yes yet. Go to System32 and delete WgaTray.exe with SHIFT+DELETE. Do not click yes on the pop-up screen where you are asked if you really want to delete. Now arrange the two pop-ups very close. Very fast (within 1 second) click yes first on the first pop-up, from Task Manager and then click yes in the pop-up from delete. WgaTray.exe is gone. If it doesn't work (you receive an error), try again, faster. It should work at least for WindowsXP.
  • If you are not using a genuine version you will still receive critical updates.
  • If you don't have a genuine version of Windows, it's better to get it because you will be eligible get non-critical updates, IE7/8, and Media Player 11.
  • This process will only get rid of the notifications, and will not validate your copy of XP. It will remove the timer at the beginning of your XP log on, the white notice on the log on screen, and the annoying yellow star that appears in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  • This is not required for systems older than Windows 2000, as older versions of Windows do not have WGA installed. This list includes Windows 3.1, 95, 98, NT 3.51, and NT4. (WGA now installs for Windows 2000 searching for the most commonly used pirated keys.)
  • If you have problems changing files in the system32 directory, you will have to turn off System Restore. Go to "Start" -> "Control Panel" -> "System" -> "System Restore" and check the "Turn off system restore" check box.
  • The failed validation installs three types of notifications on your computer: one on the log in screen, one log in timer, and one balloon. It also stops updates from Microsoft and disables your ability to install IE7 and Windows Media Player 11. This solution can get rid of all three notifications, even though you will still not be able to update through Windows Update. You will not be able to download things from Microsoft that requires a valid license either.
  • You will not be able to use Automatic Updates anymore; instead, you have to manually update them. In External Links, there is a program that will allow you to update any system, regardless of if it is genuine or not.

Warnings

  • If you modify the wrong file, you may crash your computer. This can be resolved with a reinstall in the worst case scenario, but if you are new to computers make sure you have a method of reinstalling without loosing your data before you attempt this. A disk image of your system partition and keeping your data on a separate partition is the ideal way of achieving this because of the speed of restoring an image. You can find instructions on drive imaging and reinstalls on here.
  • Do not edit anything but what is told in system32, or it could cause system start up failure.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Domainr

Description

Worldwide domain search.

Fast, free, worldwide domain search.

There’s a whole world of domains out there — hundreds at the top-level and even more beyond. Whether you want a short URL or something big, Domainr helps you explore them all.

Features:

- Search all domains, including country-code domains
- Internationalized domain name (IDN) support
- Registrars for all domains
- Keyboard shortcuts — Up & Down arrow keys navigate search results, and Enter opens a tab with the search on domai.nr

Permissions:

- the "Your tabs and browsing activity" permission lets the extension open a new tab when you click a search result.

Official Site : 
-www.domai.nr

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

SIMPLEMODAL

SIMPLEMODAL is a small plugin to create modal windows. It can be used to generate alert or confirm messages with few lines of code. Confirm configuration involves the use of callbacks to be applied to affirmative action; it can work in asynchronous mode and retrieve content from external pages or getting the inline content.
SIMPLEMODAL is not a lightbox although the possibility to hide parts of its layout may partially make it similar.




Tuesday, October 15, 2013

How to use Free Video to JPG Converter


Step 1. Download Free Video to JPG Converter

This is a clearly free program. There is no spyware or adware. It's absolutely safe to install and to run!

Step 2. Launch Free Video to JPG Converter

Free Video to JPG Converter: launch the program

Follow Start > All Programs > DVDVideoSoft > Programs > Free Video to JPG Converter or just click the DVDVideoSoft Free Studio icon on the desktop.

The interface is rather simple and self explaining.

Step 3. Select Input Video File(s)

Free Video to JPG Converter: select input files

Click the upper Browse... button to select an input video file(s) on your computer.

Step 4. Select Output Location

Free Video to JPG Converter: click Browse to select output location

Click the lower Browse... button. Choose the location where you would like to save your snapshots. Click Ok.

Step 5. Configure "Extract" Options

Free Video to JPG Converter: select presets

Set the video frames you want to save as snapshots.

For example you can extract every hundredth video frame, frames in every 10 seconds, total 50 frames or even every frame.

Note: Be carefull with the "Every frame" option. The total size of the extracted images may be several times bigger than the input file size!

Step 6. Extract Frames

Free Video to JPG Converter: extract frames

Click the Extract button and wait images to be extracted.

Note: Before clicking the Extract button you can set to turn off computer after the process is completed. Just go to Options... and make sure the appropriate box is checked.

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Size: 24.26 MB, Version: 5.0.29.925

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Top 5 Free Screen Recording Softwares For Windows

Screen recording can be useful when you need to record a how-to video to help someone learn how to use a program, record a game walkthrough, or prepare for a presentationRecord here means you can create a video of whatever you are doing on your desktop, save the recording as a video file and send it to a friend or upload it on YouTube.

We've featured screen capturing tools before, and you know a few ways to take screenshots on your computer. For something more than just a still image, here are 8 free screen recording programsthat will help you record every action you make on your Windows desktop.

Free programs at times come with drawbacks or limitations, and watermarks are common in many free screen recording softwares. However, the following list of programs has been tested to not have any watermarks and can export to a file format recognizable to most video editing softwares.

1. Ezvid

Ezvid is a screen recorder program that comes with an in-built video editor where you can split your recordings and add text in between two clips, creating a slideshow effect. There is no way to export the video you recorded. However, you can upload the video to YouTube through the program itself.

Ezvid Program

For gamers, there's an option to enable 'Gaming mode' where it records the windowed mode of your game. The program comes with a few music clips. However if you decide to have no music, it will be replaced with a 'Silent machine' which sounds like a small fan from a computer. You can add in other pictures and video clips, as well as add in your voice after you're done editing your clip.

2. BlueBerry FlashBack Express Recorder

BB (short for BlueBerry) FlashBack Express Recorder lets you use your webcam to record yourself while recording the activities that are happening on your desktop. After you have stopped recording, it creates an FBR file which can be edited with its packaged video editor.

Flashback Express

If you did not enable your webcam, you can skip the video editor program and export it to the AVI file format right away. Otherwise, you can use the software to position and resize your webcam box before exporting it. Although it requires you to register (for a free account) after 30 days of usage, it still provides you with all of its functions before you register.

3. Screenr

Screenr is an interesting way to share a screencast (recording of your screen) online without installing a program on your computer; it requires Java to work. You select an area on your screen which you want to record (max: 5 minutes). All recordings are saved into your account.

Screenr Webpage

After recording you'll be given a link which you can share. You can also export your video to MP4 or upload it on YouTube.

Screenr also provides a bookmarklet so you can record without going to the website. Register with your Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn, Yahoo or Windows Live account in order to use Screenr for free.

4. Rylstim Screen Recorder

Rylstim just records your screen after you hit the 'Start Record' button. This will be useful for people who do not want to configure anything and just want a basic recorder. This program does not record sound from input devices like a microphone.

Rylstim Program

The only options available determine if you want to show your left or right mouse button clicks in the video. If you enable the mouse click options, a red ripple will appear at your cursor when you left click and a green ripple appears for right clicks. This mouse click ripple effect will only be visible when you view your recording.

5. CamStudio

CamStudio comes equipped with many options to tweak the way it records. There are options to enable or disable your mouse cursor, record sounds from programs or a microphone (or have no sound at all) and the option to enable custom screen annotations.

CamStudio Program

You can also choose to record a particular area on your screen or a program window so that the rest of your desktop isn't showing on the recording. It can record at different frame rate speeds; for example 1 FPS (frames per second)to create a time lapse video effect, or 30 FPS for a smooth video.

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