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Browsing safely with WOT

Posted by brainfoldb4u on March 12, 2010

Web attacks are getting more frequent now a days and its very hard for an average user to identify which site is good and which site will harm his computer. Our browser of chose becomes to play a big role in protecting our computers.  Despite browsers like Firefox, Google chrome, IE, Opera and safari gives a level of protection, its still worthy to have a assurance from an independent body regarding the worthiness of the website from an  unknown source.

I came across this application/add-on from a company called Web of Trust providing a significant level of assurance regarding the website that we are visiting. Say if your web site sells something or “sign up here”button, people are in real dilemma to trust or not the web site. Instead of clicking be not being sure  now with Web of trust a website cab show  that your online business is trusted by millions of members of  Web of Trust. The WOT community has rated 26 million websites for trustworthiness, vendor reliability, privacy and child safety. Use it to your advantage!

WOT is available as an add-on for major browsers for download here (Firefox, Google Chrome, IE)

Installation on Google Chrome:

Installing WOT on Google Chrome is very easy as adding another addon.

WOT as an add-on for Google Chrome

Once you have accepted the license agreement and Chrome has started, the WOT button will be located at the right side of the address bar (default location). As with other aspects of the Google Chrome  interface, you can easily move the WOT button to a new location that best suits your needs. You may click the “O” symbol to change its setting.

WOT Sceen shot with setting option

Setting page gives us more options like Guide to educate how the websites are rated, option to customize your feel of protection, WOT search page and pop up options.

WOT Searching page sample

WOT protecting level settings page

Its pretty much the same procedure to install in Firefox. It got some end user license and  user name registration procure with firefox. Upon installing you will find WOT symbol at left hand side of the URL box.

Checking the rating of a website

After installing the add-on, Go to a web site for which you want to check the reputation scorecard and click the “O” symbol on your left hand side of firefox.

WOT Icon

WOT Scorecard

Score card for a chosen website would look like the above screen shot.  User have an option to provide their opinion about the particular website. But users opinion does not affect the website rating.

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Process Explorer: Windows Task manager alternative

Posted by brainfoldb4u on March 12, 2010

Process Explorer v11.33 is a freeware from Microsoft showing information about which handles and DLLs process have opened or loaded. We all would hit Ctrl +alt+delete when PC hangs up and to kill the current process running and bring up the task manager. some power users may click CPU column twice to see which processes are sucking up most of the CPU’s power. Alternatively we may scan the process list for suspicious items. Here i saw this pretty useful tool from Microsoft simplifying task manager and even gives more granular details about a process including its icon, command line, full mage path, memory statistics, user account, security attributes and more.

Process Explorer

Process explorer showing system information details in graphical representation

Process explorer with system information

Process explorer with system information

The Process Explorer display consists of two sub-windows. The top window always shows a list of the currently active processes, including the names of their owning accounts, whereas the information displayed in the bottom window depends on the mode that Process Explorer is in: if it is in handle mode you’ll see the handles that the process selected in the top window has opened; if Process Explorer is in DLL mode you’ll see the DLLs and memory-mapped files that the process has loaded.Process Explorer also has a powerful search capability that will quickly show you which processes have particular handles opened or DLLs loaded.

The unique capabilities of Process Explorer make it useful for tracking down DLL-version problems or handle leaks, and provide insight into the way Windows and applications work. You can right -click and kill a process as in Task Manager, with the obligatory warning that killing a process can destabilize the system. Process Explorer’s added ability to kill a process and all of its descendant processes may forestall stability problems. Process Explorer can also suspend a process’s execution and resume it later. Say you’ve got a number-crunching utility that’s tying up the CPU and you want to stop for a minute while you check your e-mail. With Process Explorer, you can suspend the app briefly without going through the hassle of shutting it down and starting all over again after checking your mail.

Task Manager helps you figure out what program a given process represents by displaying its internal description, if available. Process Explorer goes a step farther by adding the company name. Still puzzled? Double-click the process and click the “Strings” tab in the resulting properties dialog—it lists all text strings found embedded in the process’s executable file. The properties dialog also reveals the full pathname and command-line for the process, lists and graphs performance statistics, and even displays TCP/IP activity.

Selecting the process corresponding to an on-screen window is a snap—just drag the utility’s  icon onto the window. You can also enable a lower pane that lists all DLLs used by the selected process or all handles opened by that process. And a search option makes it easy to get a list of all programs currently using a specific DLL or identify which program is holding a certain file open.

Process explorer showing information about skype process running

Process explorer showing information about skype process running

Process explorer showing a process string

Process explorer showing a process string

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