Fix Corrupted Windows Services After Virus Infection


Yesterday a client rang about a slow computer, it had recently had a virus removed from it but still wasn’t working quite right. Closer inspection revealed that a lot of the Windows Services were corrupted and would not start at all, while others were missing completely!

Some of the error messages that you might run into that are symptomatic of this problem include:

  • Windows Firewall service (MpsSvc): Error Code 5 or Error Code 0x8007042c.
  • Windows Update: Service cannot be started or service is missing from services list.
  • Base filtering engine (BFE): couldn’t be started (Error 5: Access is denied).

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Best Free NetStumbler Alternative

A few years back I started dealing with wireless network installations in homes and business. I was relatively new to the technology and one of the tools I found that helped me greatly was NetStumbler. NetStumbler scans for wireless access points and gives you a pretty graph of signal strength so you can move the access points around and test antennas to get the best reception. It was also useful for testing the range of a particular device. Continue reading “Best Free NetStumbler Alternative”

How to enable Telnet on Windows 7 & Vista

Today I tried to Telnet into a Cisco switch at work today not remembering that Windows 7 doesn’t have Telnet enabled by default, neither does Vista for that matter. I guess in an attempt to make Windows a little more secure as Telnet by it’s self is not a very secure form of communicating.

Regardless of security there are times when Telnet is going to come in handy and there is a very quick and easy way to re-enable it on Windows Vista and Windows 7. Both should use the same method. Continue reading “How to enable Telnet on Windows 7 & Vista”