XP AntiSpyware 2009 Removal

Not too long ago a close buddy of mine, got his computer infected with a virus. Only because a message popped up saying his computer was infected and that he should run a scan. Little did he know that the alert was a fake. It was actually the virus asking for permission to install itself on his computer. Needless to say… even if you aren’t tech savvy you need to know what is and isn’t installed on your computer. In the end I got the virus off for him and his system was saved but it took some work to get rid of it.

Okay, enough rambling. It’s called XP AntiSpyware 2009. It is disguised as a real anti-spyware program…

What it does is sends out fake alerts urging you to fix your computer. Be alert. If it gets access to your system, porn links and the such will abound your desktop.

There is software on the net to remove it, but the only one I was able to find to actually work and for free is this one… Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware. So, if you run into the mentioned virus, give it a try.


Making Media Player Always Show Song Title…

I needed a way of making Windows Media Player 11 always show the current song’s title while in toolbar/mini-player mode. This isn’t an option when it should be, so if you want this done you’ll have to go into it’s registry and add an entry. And I quote…

You [fix] this in v11 by creating REG_DWORD value named “DeskbandFlyoutTimeout” under
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\P references . If you set it to 0x0, it’ll never show up. If you set it to 0xFFFFFFFF it’ll always show up. Anything in between it’ll show up for that many milliseconds. The normal setting is I believe 3000ms. If that value is not present, the default is used.”

I found this method here… in one of the anonymous comments. I didn’t reference the original forum thread because it is no longer valid.

Opening UIF Files

A friend recently came across an uif file and couldn’t open it. Why? Well, it’s quite simple he is too cheap to go buy a copy of MagicISO. What did he do? That’s simple too, he asked me to open it for him like I was some sort if tech geek. 🙂 Anyways, I told him what I normally do, which is…

  • Go to download.com and download a trial version of it, linky.
  • Extract
  • Uninstall

Downfall… the trial version has a limitation, the file size must be 300mb or less. You guessed it, his file was 800mb. So, another method was needed. I did some Googling and hit a gold mine by the name of UIF to ISO Converter GUI. This simple yet very useful program did the job perfectly. All credits go to Luigi Auriemna for the program and Janis Elsts the GUI. Thank you both.

Yes, this program only converts the file to the ISO format. The only difference is there are a handful of free ISO programs, while MagicISO (you have to buy it) is the only one that handles uif files.

Final Thoughts: In the end I walked away from helping someone in need with a nifty little program. NICE!

Turn Off XP Error Reporting

XP Error Report is today’s subject. Specifically, if you wish to turn it off because it is super annoying… this is how you would go about doing it…

1) Go to your Control Panel
2) Select System Properties
3) Select the Advance Tab
4) Click on the “Error Reporting” tab
5) Turn it OFF

You will see that it is possible to turn all off or do it for specific programs; this is especially useful if you have a third party software that consistently causes the errors but want to know of all the XP Operating System errors.