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I made some batch scripts to make peoples life easier (Windows Only) Sorry. You can find them at http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=394d82f74bf9688936df4e8dca141969e04e75f6e8ebb871.

Restart Browser(s): This can be used to restart a browser if it crashes or frezes and can’t close (IE, Firefox Works Have Not Fully Tested Rest).

scan HDD: This is used to Maintain any Hard Drive attached to a PC also used to recover sectors. (chkdsk /R)

Start Windows services: This is used to start some services such as Command Prompt also Task Manager…etc. Also some tools for command prompt such as ipconfig and more.

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Hi, This is more of a question then an blog post. I have a tool I am making to download security tools from the web and I am not much of a programmer. I used the idea from SDFix security tool kit how they update their tools and failed it said file destination not found please help. Go to http://www.youngcoders.com/general-web-programming/31812-batch-scripting-download-problem.html

Any articals to places to learn to program would be great I would like to learn to program in assembly and C also I would like to learn to program bash scripts for UNIX baced systems and batch scripts for windows. All help is great!!!!!!!!!:)

Many people want to know if their security can be compromised so they wait to see if their method of security works. People need tools to test it not just wait to see if you get a virus and your virus scanner will detect it. Remember, rootkits are getting more and more clever they latch on to the OS in many different parts (Kernel, system folders, etc…)  and many virus scanners will not detect them. You have to use tools such as “Gmer” Found on http://www.gmer.net or other tools. One day I found an article where it shows links to sites that will test certain aspects of security. I can’t find the link to the page so sorry to the creator of the article .

WARNING I TAKE NO PART WITH ANY SITE HERE BELOW  AND THE SITES ARE FOR TESTING ONLY!!!

Test Your Computers Security!

I thought I’d put together a few ways of testing your systems security setup. These are not virus or malware scanners but various ways of testing your current security software.

Virus Test

The Eicar Virus is a harmless virus that contains a string of characters that will be recognised by all Anti-Virus or Anti-Malware vendors. By downloading it your a/v should detect it and attempt to quarantine it. It can be downloaded in various formats (.txt, .zip) and is available here:

Eicar.org

The file will test that your antivirus is functioning properly.

Trojan simulator is similar but installs a process and a registry autostart entry that your av package should detect:

Trojan Simulator

Firewall Testing

Inbound

A firewall should be able to block incoming attacks from trojans or hackers. To test this ability it is good to see which ports are hidden on your computer or “stealthed”.

A good website to test your stealthed ports is GRC Shields Up! Follow the link below then click on shields up and follow the simple instructions.

GRC Shields UP!

For a firewall to be effective it needs to stop malware from contacting the internet. Malware may connect to upload stolen info, download more malicious software or serve you adverts.

Outbound

To test whether your firewall will allow leaks in different ways you can use the software from Comodo on this page:

Firewall leak testing tools from Comodo

This software when run will try and communicate with the internet in various sneaky ways to try and bypass your firewall. A good firewall should stop these methods. Don’t let your A/V block the file, as it may be detected as a potentially unwanted program but isn’t a virus.

Popups, as well as being really annoying can serve you malware. To test your Browsers Popup stopping ability then try these links:

Popup Stopper Test

Online Popup Blocker Tests

Online Phishing Sites Testing

PhishTank has a list of recently submitted phishes (website forgeries designed to scam in some way).  The confidently brave or secure can check out these by surfing to these links…  But be wary of clicking on these sites as they can often serve viruses. If a phish is detected then your security software’s phishing protection should warn you. Firefox and Internet Explorer in built phishing filters should also provide protection or warnings.

Phishtank.com

Conficker Test

To test whether you have the conficker worm, this website will load an image from some of the websites that the conficker worm attempts to block. The site explains itself better than I can but essentially if you are missing the images you could be infected.

Conficker Eye Chart

Browser Security Testing

Browsers have various security issues and to test your browser then surf here:

Browser Security Test

You may only have vulnerabilities if you are not running the latest version of your browser.

Test Your Email Spam Filter

This website will send you a number of emails designed to test your email software’s spam filtering abilities in a variety of ways:

www.nospamtoday.com

Your Host-File Can be your Best Friend if in Use!!!

Many tools can be used to update your host-file such as “Spybot Search & Destroy” with its “Immunize” feature. This tool in “Spybot Search & Destroy” will add rouge sites any will put them in your host file so you will not be able to go to them. Many tools try to keep them up-to-date but spybot is not a filter system but it helps. I made a list of some tools to update your Host-file and where to get them.

Most links came from the link below!!!

Host-File

http://www.hosts-file.net/

The HOSTS File installer for Windows

Primary

http://support.it-mate.co.uk/downloads/hpHosts-Setup-Win32.exe

or

http://www.montanamenagerie.org/hostsfile/hpHosts-Setup-Win32.exe

or

http://hosts-file.malwareteks.com/hpHosts-Setup-Win32.exe

or

http://temerc.com/hphosts/hpHosts-Setup-Win32.exe

or

http://avant.it-mate.co.uk/dl/Tools/hpHosts/hpHosts-Setup-Win32.exe

or

http://downloads.securitycadets.com/hpHosts-Setup-Win32.exe

or

http://www.calendarofupdates.com/updates/index.php?automodule=downloads&req=idx&cmd=viewdetail&f_id=24

The HOSTS File for Windows/Linux.

Primary

http://support.it-mate.co.uk/downloads/hphosts.zip

or

http://www.montanamenagerie.org/hostsfile/hosts.zip

or

http://hosts-file.malwareteks.com/hosts.zip

or

http://temerc.com/hphosts/hosts.zip

or

http://avant.it-mate.co.uk/dl/Tools/hpHosts/hosts.zip

or

http://downloads.securitycadets.com/hpHosts.zip

or

http://www.calendarofupdates.com/updates/index.php?automodule=downloads&req=idx&cmd=viewdetail&f_id=20

The HOSTS File for Windows/Linux (please only use this if you experience problems with the above 2 packages).

Primary

http://support.it-mate.co.uk/downloads/hosts.txt

or

http://www.montanamenagerie.org/hostsfile/hosts.txt

or

http://hosts-file.malwareteks.com/hosts.txt

or

http://temerc.com/hphosts/hosts.txt

or

http://avant.it-mate.co.uk/dl/Tools/hpHosts/hosts.txt

or

http://www.calendarofupdates.com/updates/index.php?automodule=downloads&req=idx&cmd=viewdetail&f_id=22

The HOSTS File for Windows/Linux, optimized by HostsMan 4 for those that need or want, to keep the DNS Client enabled and running.

Primary

http://support.it-mate.co.uk/downloads/hosts-optimized.zip

or

http://www.montanamenagerie.org/hostsfile/hosts-optimized.zip

or

http://hosts-file.malwareteks.com/hosts-optimized.zip

or

http://temerc.com/hphosts/hosts-optimized.zip

or

http://avant.it-mate.co.uk/dl/Tools/hpHosts/hosts-optimized.zip

or

http://www.calendarofupdates.com/updates/index.php?automodule=downloads&req=idx&cmd=viewdetail&f_id=23

The HOSTS File for the MAC OS

Primary

http://support.it-mate.co.uk/downloads/mac_hosts.zip

or

http://www.montanamenagerie.org/hostsfile/mac_hosts.zip

or

http://hosts-file.malwareteks.com/mac_hosts.zip

or

http://temerc.com/hphosts/mac_hosts.zip

or

http://avant.it-mate.co.uk/dl/Tools/hpHosts/mac_hosts.zip

or

http://www.calendarofupdates.com/updates/index.php?automodule=downloads&req=idx&cmd=viewdetail&f_id=26

ad_servers

This file contains ad/tracking servers in the hpHosts database. This should ONLY be downloaded by those wanting to block ad/tracking servers and nothing else, and requires manual merging.

http://www.hosts-file.net/ad_servers.asp

hphosts-partial

This file contains a list of site’s that have been added AFTER the last full release of hpHosts. This should ONLY be downloaded by those currently using hpHosts, and requires manual merging.

http://www.hosts-file.net/hphosts-partial.asp

Removed

This file contains a list of hostnames removed from hpHosts since 04/02/2009 for whatever reason (usually because they failed the resolution process).

http://www.hosts-file.net/download/removed.txt

Yahoo_Servers

Optional addition containing the Yahoo servers for those that wish to block them.

http://www.hosts-file.net/download/yahoo_servers.zip

Tools

WinDef_Hosts

Restore Windows default HOSTS file

http://www.hosts-file.net/download/WinDef_Hosts.zip

EnDisDNS

Batch files to enable/disable Windows DNS Client

http://www.hosts-file.net/download/EnDisDNS.zip

appendhosts

Append to Hosts VBS Script v1.7 for appending your entries to the HOSTS File.

This script is UNSUPPORTED.

http://www.hosts-file.net/download/appendhosts.zip

hostsdiag

hpGuru’s HOSTS Diagnostic Utility.
http://www.hosts-file.net/download/hostsdiag.zip

hbypass

Hosts Bypass is a Proxomitron filter which allows users to visit sites blocked by their hosts file without the need to remove them after each and every hosts update.

http://www.hosts-file.net/download/hbypass.zip

HostsMan

A small and useful utility for managing the HOSTS file, with automatic updates and a built in server to enhance HOSTS file usage.

HostsMan support forums can be found here

http://forum.abelhadigital.com/index.php?showforum=2

Download via website

http://www.abelhadigital.com/

HostXpert

A small and useful utility for managing the HOSTS file, with automatic updates.

Funkytoad also provide a server (crippled or paid versions) to be used in conjunction with HostsXpert, called Homer.

Download via website

http://www.funkytoad.com/

SecureMecca

These are small tweaks for Homer, by securemecca.com, that improve the usage and experience of Homer.

Download via website (phttpd)

http://www.securemecca.com/phttpd.html