Saturday, 23 May 2009

Free Windows Security Tools and Online Security Scanners

In this post I want to list different windows Security tools and online Security Scanners that can be used to check and fix windows.

Free Online Security Services

Below is a list of available Online Security Scanners. It is recommended to run them in Internet Explorer and under Vista IE should be run in Administrative mode.

Free Windows Live OneCare Online Services

Below is a list of free Services provided by Live OneCare. The only problem I run into is I selected to delete 2GB of Hibernation data and Hibernate option was no longer available under Vista. If you get the same problem have a look at Re-Enable Hibernate Option in Windows Vista from the How-To Geek.

Other Free Online Virus and Spyware Scanners

Free Online Virus and Malware Scanners

Free Desktop Security Tools

CClearner - (Freeware) system optimisation and privacy tool.

Windows Defender - Spyware Protection for Free.

Avast! 4 Home Edition - is a full-featured Antivirus and Anti-Spyware package. Requires Free Registration.

Malwarebytes - an easy-to-use, simple, and effective anti-malware application.

KeePass Password Safe - the free, open-source, light-weight and easy-to-use password manager.

Sandboxie - creates virtual space to run program in.

nCleaner - contains an advanced system and application cleaner with over 90 cleaning items available

HijackThis – TrendMicro HijackThis™ is a free utility which quickly scans your Windows computer to find settings that may have been changed by spyware, malware or other unwanted programs. HijackThis™ creates a report, or log file, with the results of the scan.

Secunia (PSI) - Personal Software Inspector.

Secunia (PSI) - Personal Software Inspector.

Password Meter - Checking the strength of the passwords.

TrueCrypt - Free open-source disk encryption software for Windows Vista/XP, Mac OS X, and Linux.


GMer - is an application that detects and removes  rootkits.

Trend Micro RootkitBuster - is a rootkit scanner that scans hidden files, registry entries, processes, drivers, and Master Boot Record (MBR) rootkits.

Additional Resources

IIA Security Portal

Norton Safe Web, from Symantec

Radix Anti-Rootkit


Anti-Malware Toolkit

FixUp Restrictions

Comparatives of Anti virus Software

3 Tools to Test Run your AntiVirus/Spyware Program

Best Free Ways to Protect Your Private Files

Monday, 18 May 2009

System.Web.Hosting.HostingEnvironmentException: Failed to access IIS metabase.

Recently I was installing CruiseControl.Net Server and got the following error when tried to open Server Dashboard “Server Error in '/ccnet' Application. Failed to access IIS metabase.”Appears that if IIS Server was installed after installing .Net Runtime then it will not have .Net correctly registered with it. To fix this all we need to do is to run

aspnet_regiis.exe /r
apsnet_regiss.exe /i if running Vista. /r option is not available under Vista.

Above utility is very useful for solving .Net related issues and have different options to work with .Net.