December 26, 2014

Change Your Forgotten Windows Password with the Linux System Rescue CD

It happens sometimes to forget your password, and can't login to your account. Today we’ll show you how to reset your windows password easily using Linux System Rescue CD.

Note that if you are using standard Windows encryption for your files, resetting the password will permanently disable access to those files. In that case you should crack the password, which is something we’ll cover in an upcoming article.

Creating the System Rescue CD

Before you can do anything else, you’ll need to download a copy of the System Rescue CD and burn the ISO image to disc. For this task, I prefer the simple ImgBurn utility, but you are free to use whatever burning application you prefer instead.
If you are using ImgBurn, click the Write image file to disc button…
Click the File button near Source and then pick the ISO file, then click the Burn button near the bottom. That’s about all there is to it.

Resetting Your Password
Now that you have your boot CD, you’ll want to boot from it, which will take you to this very informative prompt, with some basic instructions on how to use the CD.

The first thing we’ll want to do is mount the hard drive, using this command. (Note that you might not need to use the –o force argument, it’s only really for when the system didn’t shut down correctly)
ntfs-3g /dev/sda1 /mnt/windows –o force
You can use the df –m command to verify that the drive has been mounted and that it’s the right drive. Note that it’s mounted on /mnt/windows at this point.
Now you’ll want to change directory into the Windows/System32/config directory inside of your windows installation. For mine, the full path was something like this, but it might be different on yours:
cd /mnt/windows/Windows/System32/config
Once you are in that directory, you should see that there is a SAM file, which is where we’ll want to change the passwords.
To change the password we’ll use the chntpw command, and it’s most useful to use the –l argument first to list out all the usernames in the file.
chntpw –l SAM

Now you can add the –u argument with your username, which will end up being something like this command, except you’ll want to replace geek with your username:
chntpw –u geek SAM
This will present you with a wizard type screen:

I’m going to assume that you want to set a new password, so just type “2” at the prompt, add in your password, and remember to use the “y” key when prompted to save.
At this point your password has been changed, so you can issue the reboot command to restart the computer (should take the disc out of the drive)
And now you should be able to login with the new password:
Note that I tested this technique on both XP, Vista and Windows 7 with good results.
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December 23, 2014

Top 3 Tools To Restore Deleted Files After Emptying the Recycle Bin

So you’ve emptied your recycle bin and then realized that you’ve deleted a file that you still need.  If you act fast enough, you may be able to recover the files before the computer overwrites them with something else.  In the following article, I would like to show you some tools that can help you recover your files after you have emptied your recycle bin.

One of my favorite quick recovery tools is called Restoration. It’s a stand-alone Windows based file recovery program that allows you to restore deleted files even after they have been emptied from the recycle bin. Restoration requires no install and because of this, you can put it on your flash drive and take it with you wherever you go.  Here is how to use it.

1 - Restoration :

Step 1: Download Restoration onto a drive other than the one that you want to recover files from.
Step 2: Run Restoration. If you are using Windows 7 or Windows 8 then you may have to right-click Restoration and choose “Run as Administrator”.  Next, choose the drive you wish to scan.  If you know the file name or at least part of it, type it into the “All or part of the file” box. If you don’t then just leave it blank. You can check the box “Include used clusters by other files” but if this applies to the file you are trying to recover then it will probably be corrupt. You can now click “Search Deleted Files”.

Step 3: When it is finished scanning you, can search through the file list to find the file that you would like to restore. Once you find it, highlight it and click “Restore by Copying”.

Step 4: You will now be asked where to save the file. If you try to save it to the same drive you are scanning you will be asked if you would like to select a different drive so you don’t overwrite the original data. Once you have finished restoring the file you should be able to open it.

2 - Recuva :

If Restoration can’t do the job then the next tool I recommend using is Recuva.  Just like Resoration, Recuva is a free utility that let’s you undelete files after you have emptied your recycle bin.  It has different scanning methods than Restoration including a “deep scan” feature to use when the standard scans aren’t working.  Here is how to use it.

Step 1:  Download Recuva onto a drive other than the one that you want to recover files from.
Step 2: Run Recuva. You will be presented with a wizard to ask you what type of file you want to recover.  If you aren’t sure then just choose “All Files”.

Recuva Screenshot 1

Step 3:  Next you will be asked where the files are located.  If these files were deleted from the recycle bin then choose “In the Recycle Bin”.
Recuva Screenshot 2

Step 4: You are now ready to start your scan.  This is also where you can choose to Enable Deep Scan if Recuva is having trouble finding the file.

Recuva Screenshot 3

Step 5: Once the scan has finished, you can now choose the file you wish to recover.  Select the file and click the “Recover” button.  Choose a location that is not on the drive you are trying to recover from, otherwise, you may overwrite your file.

Recuva Screenshot 5

Hopefully, after using these file recovery utilities, you now have your files back.
When you delete a file, Windows flags that space as usable free space again.  Therefore, there is always the possibility that Windows has already overwritten the deleted file with something else.  If this is the case then Restoration or Recuva will not be able to recover your file or your recovered file will be corrupt.  So the faster you act from the time you delete a file, the greater your chances are of recovering it will be.

3 - Mac Data Recovery :

If you are using a Mac, then I recommend using the MiniTool Mac Data Recovery utility.  It will restore files for free up to 1GB.  If they are larger than that then you must pay for the full version.

MiniTool Mac Data Recovery Screenshot

Please share your experience with Restoration, Recuva, or any other file recovery programs that have helped you retrieve deleted files.

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December 22, 2014

Download Hiren's Boot CD 15.2 USB 2014 – everything in one only CD

Hiren's Boot CD is a boot CD that features a vast array of tools and software like partitioning programs, data recovery tools, BIOS tools, system benchmarks, antivirus programs, malware and spyware programs, disk cloning and imaging tools and many more.

Have all of your installations under one place with this program. 

You can Install Hiren's BootCD on a CD or a flash drive (USB).

In this post, I will show you how to download Hiren’s Boot CD 15.2 and how to prepare a memory stick with Hiren’s Boot. Hiren’s Boot is the most used tool by the technical personnel because it has several systems of beginning as the mini Windows XP, beginning Linux and a beginning D.O.S this added to a great quantity of tools (which I show you clearly in several tutorials that you will find in this page) they do it the suitable tool for any technician in computer science.

Advantages of preparing a memory stick with Hiren’s 

Boot CD :

  1. The speed of beginning is faster than a CD.
  2. You can use it in PC’s that do not have optical readers
  3. Avoid the expense of a CD. A memory can be re-used all the times we want.

Downloads needed for Hirens Boot 15.2

  1. memory stick of 1 Gb (minimal capacity)
  2. Download Hiren’s Boot CD 15.2 or Here
  3. And finally we will need to download Universal USB Installer  (wait 5 Seconds and click in the yellow button).

How To Install ?

  1. We create a folder called Hirens Boot in the office.
  2. Double click in the file Hirens. and then we unzip it in the folder that we created in the previous step.
  3. We execute the Program Universal USB Installer.
  4. In the drop-down menu we select the option Hiren’s Boot CD give him click to the button browser and look for ISO in the office in the folder Hirens Boot.
  5. We select our USB memory and select the cabin “We will format?:\Drive ace Fat32 (the information will be erased of the USB memory).
  6. Finally we click in the button “Create “

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December 09, 2014

How To EASYLY Unslock Any Android Phone /Tablet Screen, In Less Than 10 Seconds

Sometimes, you forget wich scheme you used for an old tablet/phone and can't figure out how to get your data (videos, photos,...).

You may also have left your phone and your child tried the scheme many times to open your phone, so your are required to use google account to recover the scheme. But guess what? you didn't have internet access (wifi disabled, ...).

That's very frustrating! isn't it? That's why we wrote this tutorial, we will use a tool for those who don't know programming, in order to unlock your phone / or tablet, without knowing the scheme used. We hope it can resolve your problem :-P.

# Special offer: Download the APK
some of you might not be familiar with programming, or Android SDK, just download the APK below, follow the instructions to enter your phone again.

First, Download this APK File.

#1, Plug in your phone to your PC/MAC

#2, run command to install the APK, then start it

adb install crack_screenlock.apk
adb shell am start -n com.test.adm/.UnlockerActivity

#3, you will see the screen lock disappeared. If you will do a lot of operations , you'd better change the screen timeout to a bigger value. Otherwise, you might see the screen lock again..

You can now use the phone to change your settings or do a Factory Reset.

#4, Make a factory reset, just click the "Reset this phone" button. System will ask you to assign some power to the application. Click "Activate".

#5, After you click "Activate", screen will show "Power off", then phone will run the reset program.

This worked for me with my sumsung galaxy S4. If anything didn't work properly, write a comment below.

October 27, 2014

ScreenToGif : Powerful And EasyTool For Making GIFs from ScreenCast

ScreenToGif is a free executable utility that records a screencast and saves it as GIF. It doesn’t convert from an video format to a GIF, instead you record a GIF. You select the frame rate and the recording area, and when you click record, it starts to capture the GIF.

You can manage the playback rate, and choose to loop it and if that isn’t enough, the app also lets you add text to your GIF, insert title or image frames, and edit each individual frame. It is about as complete as a GIF making app gets and it’s fast.

As a GIF maker, ScreenToGif is suited for quick feature demos; it can capture the mouse cursor when recording the GIF and also show mouse clicks. Launch the app and resize the window so that the area you want to record fits inside it. You can set a custom frame size down to the pixel using the tools at the bottom of the window. In the box next to the stopwatch, you set the frame rate. The higher the frame rate, the better the quality of the GIF. Click Record when you’re ready.

You can manage the speed of the GIF, and enable a looped GIF from Image settings. In the app’s settings, you can select the output folder, enable cursor capturing, and disable the two second countdown that runs before recording begins.

Screen To Gif settings

When recording, you can pause a GIF, and resume it. Once the GIF has been recorded, it opens in an editor where you can watch it playback. ScreenToGif lets you add frames both from an image file, or a title frame from Options in the top bar. You can add captions, text, export frames, and delete everything after or before a certain point in the GIF. You also add a color filter to the GIF, pixelate or add a blur effect. Each individual frame can be edited. Use the arrows at the bottom right of the editor to move to the next or previous frame. Last but not least, you also have a free drawing tool in addition to the text and frame insertion features.

The GIF quality is excellent to say the least and there are no watermarks whatsoever on the final file. ScreenToGif isn’t meant for creating reaction GIFs foor witty internet comments. It is one of the best tools we’ve found for creating useful GIFs.

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