Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Optimize Adblock Plus in Firefox and Filter junk ads Faster than ever

There may be hardly few Firefox users who don't know about the Adblock plus extension. Adblock Plus is used as the online ad filter by many users. But using a large number of self defined filters in Firefox can make it really sluggish. Long self defined filter lists makes Firefox sluggish because every page that is loaded is checked against the filters each and every time. However we can solve this problem to a great extend by optimizing the filter lists.
  1. To start with first you have to save your filter list.
  2. Then go to 'Tools'>'Adblock Plus'.
  3. From settings dialogue box open 'Filters'> 'Export Filters'.
  4. Open Windows Explorer and open the text file with an editor like Notepad.
  5. Now select the entire content of the file by pressing [Ctrl] + [A] and copy tit to clipboard by pressing [Ctrl] + [A].
  6. Now go to the website http://adblock.free.fr/optimize/index.php?lang=en and paste the list there by pressing [Ctrl] + [V].
  7. Now check the options that are set. Please check that the 'Optimize URLs' and 'Remove Filters matched by others' options are active.
  8. If you are already using an optimized list the 'Optimize including pre-existing RegExes' option must be activated. This will insert new filter list to the already optimized ones.
  9. Now click 'Optimize'.
  10. A dialog box showing the compressed list will show up.
  11. Select the optimized list and copy it to a new blank text file and save it.
  12. Now in Adblock settings dialog box, Open 'Filters'> 'Import Filters' and now navigate to the new text file and click on 'Open'.
  13. It will ask whether to replace it. Now click on 'Overwrite' if not Firefox will add the new one together with the existing one .
  14. Confirm it by clicking 'OK'. Done !
Now Firefox will filter ads faster than before. Make sure you do this at least once in a month.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Access frequently used system files instantaneously / Faster

Experienced windows users will often visit the 'Program Files', 'System32' , 'Windows Folder' etc. But it is very irritating to navigate to these places using Windows Explorer directory structure. How about navigating to these places at an instant?.

You can open the desired folder in Windows Explorer by using some shortcuts. For this just go to the 'Start Menu' and select 'RUN' (For XP users) and 'Start> All Programs> Accessories> RUN ' (For Vista). The same can be done by just pressing [WIN] + [R]. This will directly bring up the run dialog box. Type ' shell:' in the input field and confirm by pressing the 'OK' button. This will be more faster than typing the directory path in the address bar.
For example the command 'shell:system' will open up the windows folder. Here 'system' is the place which is some thing like 'C:\Windows\system32'. Here is a table which will tell you which name specify which folder. The Windows Environment work just like these names.A list of such details can be obtained by giving the command 'set' in the 'command prompt'.

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Selecting Multiple Elements in Explorer with Mouse alone(Without using Keyboard) in Windows Vista

Want to select multiple files distributed in one directory? So easy, pressing Ctrl key and selecting the files one by one. But what do you do if your keyboard is trouble some or only you one hand is free at that time ? The solution for it is there in Vista.

Selecting multiple files in Windows vista is possible with the help of small check boxes in all versions of Vista with Tablet PC functionality(Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Enterprise and Ultimate Editions). With the [Win] + [E] shortcut you can open Windows Explorer.

Now click on 'Organize' and select 'Folder and Search Options' in the following menu. Then under the 'Folder Options' tab got to the 'View' tab. Now Under the 'Advanced Settings' check the option 'Use Checkboxes to Select Elements' and confirm by pressing the 'OK' button.

Now after when you move your cursor over the icon of a file or a folder, a check box appears in the top left corner of the icon or just before it. The size of it will depend on the selected view. Simply check the corresponding box to select the file.

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Friday, December 19, 2008

How to Prevent/Protect your Pendrives and Harddisk's from autorun.inf virus

These day's it is normal to get affected by the autorun virus when we take our pendrives outside and plug into a another system. Guys, here is a way that can prevent your Pendrives and Hard disk's from being affected by the autorun.inf virus. Actually this trick will fool the autorun virus ie it will not allow the autorun virus to create the file named autorun.inf in the root directory of drives. If you want to use this trick make sure the pendrives and hard drives are free from the autorun virus because this trick is not to remove the virus if it is there but to prevent the drive from being affected by the virus in the future.
  1. Use the command md autorun.inf on all of your drives.
  2. This will create a folder named autorun.inf on the specified drive.So when the virus comes your system will prevent it from being regenerated as it will not allow two files by the same name in one place.
  3. You should use the command md autorun.inf on all of your drives including your pendrive.
  4. Now reboot your system.
  5. Done!
If you want to get the command prompt option in right click menu just copy the following code to notepad and save it as command prompt here.reg.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


Now, you will get the option command prompt in the context menu also.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Minimize all windows to your desktop like Thumbnails instead of minimizing to the Taskbar

What about minimizing all windows as thumbnails on your desktop?. It will be very easy to identify the required windows and your work will also speed up. Yes this is possible.A small utility called miniMIZE can do this job for you. Currently this software works both on Windows Xp and Windows Vista.This software has option to start automatically with windows, so you don't have to start it every time on each boot.Option for changing the thumbnail size, adjusting thumbnails position on desktop, changing opacity etc. are also there. More over this wonder utility is Free!.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Add Safe Mode to Windows Boot Menu/Show Safe Mode without pressing F8 or F5

Hi friends here is a trick to show Safe Mode in the Windows Boot screen. Usually you get the option to boot into safe mode by pressing F5 or F8. But this option can be shown in Windows Boot menu so you don't have to press those buttons again.
  1. Select Run command from the start menu.
  2. Type in Control Panel and press enter.
  3. Open the "System" icon from there and go to the Advanced Tab.
  4. Click Settings under Startup and Recovery.
  5. Now you will see a window in the windows click the option "Edit".Actually when you press edit you are actually opening the boot.ini file of windows.
  6. Now you will see Notepad opening up with some codes.
  7. Copy the last line and paste it under it and now change the newly pasted code to the one like below.

  8. multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Safe Mode" /safeboot:minimal /sos /bootlog
  9. The final code looks some thing like this(This is the boot.ini file in my system).
  10. [boot loader]
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Safe Mode" /safeboot:minimal /sos /bootlog
  11. Change the code accordingly.
  12. Now save the file and quit and restart windows.
  13. You will now get the option to boot into safe mode in the windows boot menu.
  14. Make sure you don't make any mistake while editing the boot.ini file(The file which we have changed just now).

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Increase the Performance\Speed of SATA Hard Disk's in Windows Vista

By default Vista does not make use of the full potential of the new SATA hard disk's. We do not get the actual power of the Hard disk that we use. In order to get it we just need to make a small change.
  1. Call up the Start menu and type Device Manager in the search box.
  2. Expand the Disk Drives section by clicking on the plus sign near it.
  3. Now Look for the internal SerialATA (SATA) drives under it.
  4. Right Click the disk and select properties.
  5. Go to the "Strategies" TAB.
  6. Now check the option "Enable Advanced Performance ".
  7. Select OK and Close the Device manager.
  8. Restart your system.
  9. Done!
You will now be able to get the full power of your SATA Hard Drives from now on!!!.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Block ADS (Advertisements) in Opera like in firefox

Haven't you seen ads getting blocked using the AdBlock extension in Firefox. Well this is one of the greatest advantage of Firefox that they support a variety of plugins. In opera all the unwanted ads gets displayed they will slightly eat up your bandwidth too.! Now here the best way which will help to block advertisements in opera as you do in Firefox.Follow the steps below.
  1. First download the block filter pattern from here.
  2. Now type the following code in your address bar and press enter.
  3. Now go to the location of urlfilter.ini.
  4. Now overwrite the original urlfilter.ini with the one you have downloaded now.
  5. Restart your browser now.
  6. Done!
  7. If you want to add your own filter patterns just go to Tools> Advanced> Blocked Content.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Google Chrome v1.0 released

The most waited google chrome 1.0 is released and has come out of the beta version.Today the version 1 have been released by google.

Download Google Chrome 1.0 now

Download the Offline installer version now

This version has better stability and offers more speed and security according to google.

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Unlock the Locked Features in Windows 7 [updated] bluebadge patch 3

Friends there is way to unlock the locked features in Windows 7 build 6801.This operating system of windows comes with the major features locked. There is patch called "Blue Badge" which will allow users to unlock these features meant to full time microsoft's employees.

Once this patch is applied new features such as panning, new taskbar, gestures, wallpaper changer etc. will get unlocked.
Now the tool have been modified by rafael and this new version can now unlock Aero Peek feature too. Apply the patch and enjoy the new features.

Download the Blue Badge Patch 3 for Windows 7 build 6801 (32-bit)

Download the Blue Badge Patch 3 for Windows 7 build 6801 (64-bit)

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Boot From USB and CD even if Bios or Motherboard Don't support it

I had written a post on how to make pendrives bootable earlier.But if you are in a situation that you Bios don't support booting from USB or from a CD. There is a boot manager called PLoP which can solve this problem very easily.This program can do the job even without installing it on the hard disk.
This PLoP boot manager can be launched from almost any where fro mfloppy drives, networks or from any other boot manager, even from DOS and windows boot menu.

To use this software Download it from here and visit the distributors website from here and follow the instructions given there.

When the program is launched you can boot from USB or a CD even when your motherboard / BIOS don't support it.

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New Trick to send Unlimited SMS FREE for (Airtel Users) 100% Working

Hi friends here is a great trick to send unlimited free sms to any where free from Airtel mobile phones. Follow the steps below.
  1. First of all Create a new message center.
  2. Give any name but the number should be +919810051905.
  3. Select the message center manually in use box.
  4. Now got to the settings > Phone settings > Packet Data.
  5. Change packet connection >when available and access point Airtel Live.
  6. Done.
Now the most important information before sending any new message prefix 0 to the number to send. eg if you want to send to 1234567899 it should be 0123456789. Do as it is .

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Friday, December 5, 2008

How TO DELETE FOLDER contents by retaining Folder Structure in Windows XP

So here is a tutorial to delete the contents of a folder by retaining the folder structure. This option to " Empty folder contents" can be added to the right click menu is so easy follow the steps below.
  1. Go to Start > Run > type regedit.
  2. Browse to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell.
  3. Right click on shell on the left pane and add a new key and name it as "Empty Folder Contents".
  4. Now right click on Empty Folder Contents and create another key(subkey) to it and name it as Command.
  5. Click on Command and on the right pane you will see a key called default.
  6. Then double click on it and enter this value cmd /c “cd /d %1 && del /s /f /q *.*” .
  7. That's it the job is completed.
  8. If you have any difficulty in doing it just download this file and run it.
From now onwards you will get the option Empty Folder Contents in Right click menu. So you can delete the folder contents safely and that too without removing folder tree structure.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Get the Tabbed Browsing in Windows Explorer for Windows XP/Windows Vista

How about browsing the windows explorer as we do in Internet explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Well, QTTabBar is a small utility that helps to get the tabbed browsing feature in both Windows XP and Windows vista. Here is a small tutorial about how to use the tool.

You can get the program from qttabbar.wikidot.com. You need to have Microsoft.NETFramework 2.0 installed to operate this program properly you can get it from microsoft.com .

If you are using windows vista make sure you run the installation by rightclicking the installation file and selecting the 'Run as Administrator' option.

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