30 June 2009

Remove the automatic appearance of your Password in the Password Box

Internet surfing with Internet Explorer allows you to remember your user name and password in the user name box or password box if you agree to do so when you first visit a particular web page.

It is quite a useful feature called AutoComplete which gives you convenience as you don’t need to retype your name and password every time you want to access the web page. Having said that, it is also quite risky as you need to compromise your personal security information if other people use your computer.

If you are not comfortable with this feature offered by IE, you can readjust and turn off the AutoComplete settings so that the browser will not remember any more login name or password.

To modify your settings for the AutoComplete feature and clean all items from the list of form or password suggestions, just follow the steps below:

1. Go to Tools menu and click on the Internet Options

2. Click the Content tab and choose “AutoComplete” under Personal Information.

3. Click the appropriate AutoComplete check boxes, or click Clear Forms or Clear Passwords to clear all saved items from the appropriate AutoComplete history

4. Click OK to complete the task.


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26 June 2009

To create or delete a folder named CON in Windows XP

Did you tried to create a folder with the name con or prn or nul. It is not possible to create a folder by a name Con?.

These words (CON, PRN, NUL, AUX, COM1, COM2, COM3, COM4, COM5, COM6, COM7, COM8, COM9, LPT1, LPT2, LPT3, LPT4, LPT5, LPT6, LPT7, LPT8 and LPT9) are reserved keywords called SYSTEM FOLDERS and can’t be created directly in Windows Explorer or Command Prompt. What’s the reason behind it?

It’s simple, Con is a reserved name from the early days from DOS, it stands for the “CONSOLE” I/O device, since it is already used by the system.

Like Con, many other reserve words are there which we can’t create.
They are,
PRN - It stands for printer.
AUX - It stands for Auxiliary device.
COM0, COM1, COM2, COM3, COM4, COM5, COM6, COM7, COM8, COM9 - They stands for serial ports.
LPT1, LPT2, PRN - They stands for Parallel ports.
NUL - It stands for Bid Bucket.

But you can achieve creating those folders through Command Prompt.
Just follow these instructions.
  • Go to start -> Run ->cmd or command
  • To create a folder named con in your C drive then, type this in the command prompt, md \\.\c:\con and hit Enter
  • Similarly to create a folder named con in your D drive then, type this in the command prompt window down and press Enter, md \\.\d:\con and hit Enter
  • Now you get the folder like this:

  • If you want to delete this folder, type this in the command prompt, rd \\.\c:\con
  • In place of con you can write any desired name of your folder as if for now you can even try folder names like prn, nul and many others too.

Create a Nameless File and Nameless Folder in Windows XP

  • If you like to make a file or folder without naming it. Why would I create a folder which is nameless but yeah if you have some evil plans like wanting to show something to your family or friends.
  • Here the simple trick which enable you to create a nameless file or folder.
  • i.e., file or folder without a name in it.
  • Here’s the step to create it:
  • Just create a new folder and hold Alt key and type 255 on the number pad at the same time.
  • Your nameless folder is ready.

Another method:

  • Just create a new folder and hold Alt Key and type 0160 on the numpad at the same time.
  • Reason - This puts an ASCII code instead of typically qwerty keys or say that they are using the special character which resembles ’space’.
  • But if you wanted to create another nameless file or folder in the same directory?
  • For this you will have to rename the file or folder with 2 spaces.
  • Here’s the steps involve to get it work.
  1. Select file or folder and press F2.
  2. Hold Alt key and type 0160 from numpad.
  3. Release the Alt key, now without doing anything else; again hold Alt key and type 0160.
  4. Press enter and you will have second nameless file or folder in the same directory.
  5. Repeat step3 to create as many nameless file or folder in the same directory.
  • Now you can get a nameless folder like this:


Disable USB Ports and Enable USB Ports

In some office, the administrators disable the USB ports to prevent employees from inserting any USB device into their computer.

Here is a method to disable and enable USB port.

  • Go to start -> Run ->regedit hit Enter
  • Open the Windows Registry and open the following keys



  • Now in the Right pane, double-click Start and type 4 in the Value data box (Hexadecimal) and quite the registry editor.

  • To enable the USB storage devices, change the Start value back to 3.



Another Method:

  • Go to start -> Run ->regedit hit Enter .....

  • Open the Windows Registry and open the following keys.



  • Now add a new DWORD called WriteProtect and put the value as 0 to disable write privileges to the USB port.
  • To reverse the step, either delete the WriteProtect REG_DWORD or toggle the value to 1 which will enable the port.

Note: It works only with Windows XP SP2.


To Delete Specific URLs from your browser (Firefox & IE)

Sometimes a situation comes that we have to delete certain specific website address (url) only from the web-browser location or address bar then you have two methods to delete the website links either delete all the urls from the address bar or only the specific one (recommended).

  • In Firefox, you just need to move your mouse over the website entry and press

Shift + Delete Key combination to delete the desired address from the history.

  • For Internet Explorer, follow the steps exactly as described bellow; do editing the registry with the following steps:
  1. Close any open Internet Explorer window
  2. Go to Start->Run -> regedit hit Enter to launch the registry editor

  1. Navigate to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\TypedURLs
  2. Delete the desired URL