BreakthePaywall now available in Google Chrome

BreakthePaywall is now available as a Google Chrome Extension.

Visit the Breakthepaywall home page: http://www.breakthepaywall.com

Or search in the Chrome store for ‘BreakthePaywall’

Or click this direct link: 

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/breakthepaywall/ddlcmnkkbojfnfclfhbdfkcmhfaebhgc

The Chrome version utilises referer and agent hacks but does not perform any cookie deletion or other storage manipulation. However, this should be enough for most paywall websites.

The Extension adds a simple BTPW button to the Chrome toolbar which you can use to toggle BreakthePaywall on and off. When it’s coloured blue it’s on and grey is off.

Windows XP SVCHOST at 100% Solved

Was updating an old laptop with Windows XP on it and it started going really slow.

Windows update icon was always on and stuck at 1%.

Task manager reported SVCHOST process at 100% CPU.

Problem is with certain Windows updates on XP that sieze up the windows update process.

Solve it by downloading and installing an IE cumulative update i.e. KB2888505, which you can download here:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41074

 

Tight VNC and Windows XP Fast User Switching

We use TightVNC for connecting into home workers machines when troubleshooting and came across a problem with one particular user – occasionally we could not connect.

We discovered that their machine was using Fast User Switching – husband and wife who had separate accounts.

When both are logged on e.g. the wife logged on early morning and then our worker logged on later in the day TightVNC was not connecting but when only one of them was logged on it did connect.

What is happening is that the user you’re logging on as is getting assigned a “session” other than session zero, and the TightVNC server is then restoring session zero to the console because that’s the session it’s capable of remoting.

You should be able to fix things by logging off all of the users from the XP system and then re-connecting via TightVNC. We came across no other way around this problem.

DNS Records not updating for DHCP clients

When we setup Microsoft DHCP and DNS servers we found that when client machines obtained new DHCP IP addresses on the local subnet the relevant A and PTR records were not added to the DNS server. This manifested itself when client machines could not be pinged.

Apparently the DNS records are not updated unless a client machine requests it – which does not happen when a new address is obtained.

To change this behaviour:

This is a modified configuration supported for Windows Server 2003-based DHCP servers and clients that are running Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000, or Windows XP. In this mode, the DHCP server always performs updates of the client’s FQDN and leased IP address information regardless of whether the client has requested to perform its own updates.

To configure a DHCP server to register and to update client information with its configured DNS servers, follow these steps:

  1. Open the DHCP properties for the server
  2. Click DNS, click Properties, click to select the Enable DNS dynamic updates according to the settings below check box, and then click Always dynamically update DNS A and PTR records.

 

Does not print or prints strange characters when using Terminal Server/RDP Easy Print service

We recently upgraded to Windows 2008 R2 terminal services/RDP and started getting reports from Windows XP users that they could not print and were getting error messages or were getting strange characters being printed when using the new Easy Print service.

Easy Print uses the local printer drivers rather than requiring the drivers to be installed on the terminal server – very useful to admins!

To solve this make sure that .NET framework 3.5 is installed.

Made sure that youhave Version 7 of TS client installed on the XP machine.

You can download this from: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=20609
(Note: even though this is version 7 it shows up as V6.1 under the file version in XP!)

Renamed this file: c:windowssystem32TsWpfWrp.exe to TsWpfWrp_OLD.exe (this was version 3.0.6920.1109 on our XP machines) just as a backup.

Copy a Win 7 version of the file to the same location – latest version we found was 3.0.6920.1201.

This solved both the error coming up and weird characters being printed.

Uninstalling from the Command Line

If a programme is not appearing in add/remove programs goto the following registry location:

HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentversionUninstall[name of
application]ModifyPath

If there is no modify path under the applications name then check through each GUID for the programme concerned.

Copy contents to command window and change the /I for a /X if neccessary.

e.g.

MsiExec.exe /I{CDC86F04-DA60-4043-B177-B870CE081040}

The GUID is unique for each programme installed.

Change to:

MsiExec.exe /x{CDC86F04-DA60-4043-B177-B870CE081040}

This should force the programme to uninstall – you can check by seeing if the GUID entry has disappeared.

You can also use this command on any MSI install package including drivers:

e.g.

MsiExec /x ‘c:driversWin_x86_SES_Driver.MSI’

 

See ms article for MSIExec details:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc759262(WS.10).aspx

Breakthepaywall 1.3.0 now available

BreakthePaywall! is a free add-on for Internet Explorer 7 or higher using Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 that simplifies using the various methods for circumventing website paywall restrictions.

NEW Version 1.3.0 now available! – this latest release solves the problems with Microsoft’s August 2011 update for IE which changed the way cookies are stored and also adds functionality for deleting Flash cookies and HTML5 DOM Storage. Go to the download area to install the latest version.