How to restore Start menu and files hidden/deleted by a virus

METHOD 1 – automatic

Download and run UnHide

Note 1. If the first run doesn’t fix the issue, try to re-run UnHide.
Note 2. If any temporary file cleaner has been run after the infection, the above method will NOT work.

(credit goes to Grinler at http://www.bleepingcomputer.com)

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METHOD 2 – semi-automatic

Vista/Windows 7

IF folder C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Local\Temp\smtmp exist…

Copy all content of this folder:
C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Local\Temp\smtmp\1
and paste it to this folder:
C:\Program Data\Start Menu

NOTE. “Start Menu” folder is a system folder, so in order to see it, in Windows Explorer, go Tools>Folder Options>View tab and UN-check “Hide protected operating system files”.
In order to access “Start Menu” folder, you may need take ownership of that folder: http://www.howtogeek…-menu-in-vista/

Copy all content of this folder:
C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Local\Temp\smtmp\2
and paste it to this folder:
C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

NOTE. “Quick Launch” is also a system folder. See note above.

Copy all content of this folder:
C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Local\Temp\smtmp\3
and paste it to this folder:
C:\Users\user-name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar

Copy all content of this folder:
C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Local\Temp\smtmp\4
and paste it to this folder:
C:\Program Data\Desktop

NOTE. “Desktop” folder is also a system folder. See note above.

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Windows XP

IF folder C:\Documents and Settings\user_name\Local Settings\Temp\smtmp exist…

Copy all content of this folder:
C:\Documents and Settings\user_name\Local Settings\Temp\smtmp\1
and paste it to this folder:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu

Copy all content of this folder:
C:\Documents and Settings\user_name\Local Settings\Temp\smtmp\2
and paste it to this folder:
C:\Documents and Settings\user_name\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

Copy all content of this folder:
C:\Documents and Settings\user_name\Local Settings\Temp\smtmp\3
and paste it to this folder:
C:\Documents and Settings\user_name\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar

Copy all content of this folder:
C:\Documents and Settings\user_name\Local Settings\Temp\smtmp\4
and paste it to this folder:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop

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METHOD 3 – manual

If, for any reason, Method 1, or Method 2 don’t work you can…

***** …restore the defaults for the Start Menu, Accessories and Administrative Tools as follows:

Windows 2000 US English
http://download.blee…00-sm-reset.exe

Windows XP Pro 32-bit US English
http://download.blee…it-sm-reset.exe

Windows Vista 32-bit US English
http://download.blee…32-sm-reset.exe

Windows Vista 64-bit US English
http://download.blee…64-sm-reset.exe

Windows 7 32-bit US English
http://download.blee…32-sm-reset.exe

Windows 7 64-bit US English
http://download.blee…64-sm-reset.exe

(credit for the above goes to Grinler from http://www.bleepingcomputer.com)

***** …manually recreate “All Programs” entries, following these steps…

NOTE. In case programs links shows as (empty) see HERE

  • Download App Paths
  • Double click on AppPaths.exe to run the program.
  • Keep the program open.

In this example I’ll recreate an entry for Avast antivirus program.

  • Go Start>All Programs.
  • Right click on Avast entry, click “Properties”.

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NOTE. Make sure, you right click on Avast program, NOT on Avast folder.

  • You’ll see this window:

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Due to the damage caused by the infection, you’ll find “Target” box empty.

  • Go back to AppPaths window and find Avast entry.
  • Right click on Avast line, click “Edit”.
  • A pop-up window will open:

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  • Highlight everything in “Path” box, right click on it, click “Copy”
  • Go back to Avast “Properties” window, right click inside “Target” box, click “Paste”.
  • IMPORTANT! Add quotation marks at the beginning of the path and at the end
  • Click OK and you’re done.

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In case, program’s link shows as (empty):

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  • Open Windows Explorer, navigate to Avast folder in Program Files
  • Right click on Avast “.exe” file, click “Create shortcut”:

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  • Copy that shortcut, go back to Start menu.
  • Right click on avast!Free Antivirus, click “Paste”.
  • You’ll see Avast shortcut recreated replacing (empty) entry.

Alternatively….
…you paste that shortcut in:
(XP) – C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Avast
(Vista/7) – C:\Program Data\Start Menu\Programs\Avast

How to Add Padding to Images using CSS

The CSS padding properties define the space between the element border and the element content.


Padding

The padding clears an area around the content (inside the border) of an element. The padding is affected by the background color of the element.

The top, right, bottom, and left padding can be changed independently using separate properties. A shorthand padding property can also be used, to change all paddings at once.

Possible Values

Value Description
length Defines a fixed padding (in pixels, pt, em, etc.)
% Defines a padding in % of the containing element

 


Padding – Individual sides

In CSS, it is possible to specify different padding for different sides:

Example

{
padding-top: 25px;
padding-right: 50px;
padding-bottom: 25px;
padding-left: 50px;
}

Try it yourself »

 


Padding – Shorthand property

To shorten the code, it is possible to specify all the padding properties in one property. This is called a shorthand property.

The shorthand property for all the padding properties is “padding”:

Example

{
padding: 25px 50px;
}

Try it yourself »

The padding property can have from one to four values.

  • padding: 25px 50px 75px 100px; 
    • top padding is 25px
    • right padding is 50px
    • bottom padding is 75px
    • left padding is 100px
  • padding: 25px 50px 75px;
    • top padding is 25px
    • right and left paddings are 50px
    • bottom padding is 75px
  • padding: 25px 50px;
    • top and bottom paddings are 25px
    • right and left paddings are 50px
  • padding: 25px;
    • all four paddings are 25px

A Few Key Tips When Editing (or Creating) a WordPress Post or Page

To Edit/Create a WordPress Post

1) Login to your admin site by opening up a browser tab and adding “/wp-admin” to the end of your company URL — i.e. http://yourcompany.com/wp-admin

2) You should be seeing the admin site with the Dashboard on the left side menu.

3) Once logged in, edit an existing page/post by navigating to that page/post on the left side menu. Or, you can create a page/post by hovering over “New” on the top menu.

4) If you know some HTML, we strongly recommend that you edit/create a page or post using the “Text” editor instead of the “Visual” editor.

5) Remember to click the “Publish” or “Update” button when you are done.

To Link to an Uploaded File (i.e. PDF document)

1) Type the name of the document and highlight it.

2) Then select the “Add Media” button.

3) You will notice that there is some HTML code surrounding the name of the document you highlighted in Step #1:

<a href=”http://yourcompany.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/name-of-document.pdf”>name of document</a>

4) In order to cause the link to be opened in a new Window/Tab of your web browser, add the following — target=”_blank” — to the first half of the HTML code. It should look something like this:

<a href=”http://yourcompany.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/name-of-document.pdf” target=”_blank”>name of document</a>

5) Remember to click the “Publish” or “Update” button when you are done.

Creating a Hyperlink

To create a hyperlink to a page/post on the same website you are already browsing (i.e. http://yourcompany.com)…

1) Highlight the name of the link and click “link.”

2) Type URL in box — i.e. http://yourcompany.com/page1

3) Leave the checkbox for “Open link in a new window/tab” blank.

4) Remember to click the “Publish” or “Update” button when you are done.

To create a hyperlink to a page/post on a different website (i.e. http://anothercompany.com)…

1) Highlight the name of the link and click “link.”

2) Type URL in box — i.e. http://anothercompany.com/page1

3) Make sure the box for “Open link in a new window/tab” is checked.

4) Remember to click the “Publish” or “Update” button when you are done.

Changing a Site Title or Tagline

1) Login to your admin site by opening up a browser tab and adding “/wp-admin” to the end of your company URL — i.e. http://yourcompany.com/wp-admin

2) You should be seeing the admin site with the Dashboard on the left side menu.

3) Once logged in, on the left menu, navigate to Settings > General

4) Type a new “Site Title” or “Tagline.”

5) Click the “Save Changes” button at the bottom of the page.

Replacement for LogMeIn – Chrome Remote Desktop

The previous app we were using to remotely access PCs (LogMeIn) got rid of their Free Edition so we decided to find a different solution.

On the remote PC, ask the person to install a Chrome browser extension called Chrome Remote Desktop. You will have to follow the same installation procedure on your PC (the computer you will use to connect to the remote PC).

On the remote PC, instruct the person with the remote PC to follow these steps:

1) Open Chrome browser.
2) Launch “Chrome Remote Desktop.”
3) Under “Remote Assistance,” click the “Share” button.
4) An Access Code will be auto-generated — ask the person with the remote PC to send you this code.
6) On your PC, click the “Access” button and enter the code that was created in Step #5.

The code is unique so each time you need to connect to a remote PC, you will have to follow these steps.

Ubuntu: How can I download the latest version of Dropbox

Sometimes, the Ubuntu Software Center doesn’t have the most up-to-date version of a particular software.

I encountered this the other day with Dropbox and Ubuntu 14.04.

While trying to switch accounts on my old installation of Dropbox, I got a message that I had an older version of Dropbox and needed to upgrade. When I checked the Ubuntu Software Center, the latest version of the Dropbox still wasn’t there.

In this case, you can always download the latest version of Dropbox by going here.

Alternatively (this method is easier), I recommend that you install Dropbox via the command line. The Dropbox daemon works fine on all 32-bit and 64-bit Linux servers. To install, run the following command in your Linux terminal.

1) Open Terminal

2) For 32-bit, type the following:

$ cd ~ && wget -O – “https://www.dropbox.com/download?plat=lnx.x86″ | tar xzf –

3) For 64-bit, type the following:

$ cd ~ && wget -O – “https://www.dropbox.com/download?plat=lnx.x86_64″ | tar xzf –

4) Run the Dropbox daemon from the newly created .dropbox-dist folder by typing the following:

$ ~/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd

Configuring Dyn and Untangle for Remote Access

After completing the setup of an Untangle firewall for your network, one of the first things you will probably want to configure is remote access.

To configure remote access of your Untangle firewall, follow these steps below:

1) Enable HTTPS administration.

2) You will have to spend approximately $25/year (as of 2014) the “Remote Access” option at Dyn in order to associate a hostname with a Dynamic IP address.

3) Create a hostname to correspond to your Untangle firewall.

4) Install Dyn Updater on a PC on your network. This will keep the Dynamic IP Address of your ISP router in sync with the hostname you created in Step #3.

5) On your ISP router, enable Port Forwarding or access from the internet to HTTPS (port 443).

Ubuntu 13.10 How to install Canon Pixma MX452

1) Download this – http://support-sg.canon-asia.com/contents/SG/EN/0100515301.html

2) Extract and copy directory to Desktop

3) Open Terminal and type “cd Desktop”

4) Type “cd cnijfilter-mx450series-3.90-1-deb”

5) Type “chmod +x install.sh”

6) To run install.sh script, type “./install.sh”

7) Plug in printer to USB and follow prompts.

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