Category Archives: Windows XP

Alert Win32/Exploit.MSword.SMtag trojan – Nod32

The following message “Win32/Exploit.MSword.SMtag trojan” was being generated by Nod32 when attempting to compress MS Word documents that were part of a file package.

nod32 virus definition error 3217

The initial thought was that the their machines have been infected or compromised. However after digging around this Nod32 error was actually due to Virus Signature Database version: 3217. This is outlined from Nod32′s website under:

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How to enable disabled Outlook Addins the easy way

This post outlines the process of enabling disabled Outlook Addins using Outlook Disabled Items applet.

Not long ago I posted the article “Outlook 2003 Out of Office Assistant Error: The command is not available. See the program documentation about how to use this extension” which discussed how to enable the disabled Outlook Addin (in this case the Out of Office addin) via the Registry.

Basically it was a matter of launching the Registry Editor (regedit) and crawling to find the entry to delete.

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Download Free Microsoft Windows Software

Ultimate List of Free Microsoft Windows Software – by Blake H

We all know if you’re using a Microsoft software there’s certainly a chance that you either paid for a licence (or the business you work for did) or it’s pirated. As I found out very recently that last point is not entirely true. There are infact countless “free” utilities and applications from Microsoft. I discovered this listing from Blake H Live Space.

I was amazed at the size of the listing. The category listing includes:

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Windows XP Hard Drive Utility


The internet is littered with hard drive utilities for Windows XP. However I find WinDirStat as one of the most valuable hard drive utilities used by our help desk. Workstations provided to our staff have the business standard operating environment(SOE) running Windows XP but these machines are not locked down. These means users can install non-business applications (like iTunes) on their workstations or clutter the local hard drive with music files, photos, etc. Most users don’t realize they’ve used up all the hard drive space until Windows XP notifies them.

(Note: There are many pros and cons on having a lock down machine. However these are beyond the scope of this topic.)

Running WinDirStat can quickly generate reports on what’s occupying the hard drive space and where these files are located. It even displays the file types. You can instantly identify where the video files, mp3s, office documents and application install files are. From the reports we can instantly make decision on which files to delete from the hard drive.

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