Tip & How-To about Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Protect yourself Online use PeerGuardian 2 and Blocklist Manager

Before you read this check out my tip on PeerBlock (PB1) that continues from where PG2 developers left off, its more stable with XP,Vista and 7.

Are you worried about who might be looking over your shoulder in a Big Brother sort of way then protect yourself from spurious PING's from Servers that you don't want to broadcast your IP address too.

PG2 rc1 PeerGuardian 2 for Vista/Windows 7
PG2 6c PeerGuardian 2 for XP/2003
PG2 6b (x64) PeerGuardian 2 for Windows XP/2003 x64 Edition
PG2 6b (NT) PeerGuardian 2 for Windows 2000/XP/2003
PG2 6b (9x) PeerGuardian 2 for Windows 98/ME

PeerGuardian 2 and BlockList Manager Pro can be used to great effect to block both TCP and UDP protocols download these three lists from my sky drive and replace the corresponding files in BLM program files folder

IMPORTS.TXT <-- use this only if you uTorrent with ipfilter.dat
EXCLUSIONS.TXT <-- use this only if you uTorrent with ipfilter.dat
EXPORTS.TXT <-- exports resulting blocklist for use with PG2

To use BLM first press CTRL + U to download and check the standard blocklist you will also need to enable them in the Options menu press CTRL + O to access this you will have to Enable ALL as shown

It will take about 20mins to process the blocklist for use with PG2 don't forget even though you have downloaded my three Sky drive files you will have to click the Export List menu button to convert the newly created Blocklist for use.

When you have finished creating a merged blocklist you will need to add this you you PG2 list manager as shown below the Default name for PG2 is GUARDING however you can use whatever name you like.

Occasionally PG2 may crash if this is the case then all you have to do is Recover PeerGuardian from its Program Files Menu and restart the program this will work 99.9 % of the time if not then restart your PC

And thats it .....

Oh if you want to block HTTP then right click the blue PG icon in the taskbar this will prevent port 80 from displaying websites or in other words block all you browsers you can use this to prevent your kids from surfing the internet when you don't want them too...

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I am currently trying to install win7 ultimate on my gm5632e and i am unsure which drivers i need to pre install during instillation to make it work. if you could give me a link to some instuctions or to the drivers needed for this system i would be most appreciative. if you need more information you have my email address.


Your computer Gateway GM5632e was designed for Windows XP and Vista. You may be successful installing Windows 7 Ultimate on this computer but you will have difficulties finding the right driver for the TV Tuner which was developed and manufactured by Gateway themselves. As always, drivers and sofrwares are limited from the manufacturers release. On the other hand, Windows Vista 64bit has having some issues with its updates. Windows Vista 32bit version can only work if your installer has service pack 1 with it. I suggest, have Windows XP install on your computer as it is stable comparable to the performance of Windows 7. It may not look like Window 7 but surely, Windows XP can still maximize your computer's capability.

I hope this works for you. Kindly reply/comment for further assistance. Good Luck!

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i have HP dv6701au laptop. previously it was loaded with Vista, but now i have installed XP. The problem is that i can't get the appropriate drivers for my laptop. i had already asked the same from HP customer care. Also i had found the drivers but the drivers can't really get loaded in the machine. only the sound driver is working. what to do.

Before downgrading from Windows Vista to Windows XP you should always confer with your computer's manufacturers website to look up your model and see if they support the downgrade. Often times the only way for you to downgrade is to have it done before receiving the computer, since a majority of the hardware on the laptop is made specifically for Vista and is not backwards compatible. Looking on the HP website, I see that they only offer a very limited number of Windows XP drivers for your system, which tells us that downgrading is not possible.
I would recommend that you consider not downgrading but rather upgrading to Windows 7 as it is a much more stable and functional OS than its predecessor Windows Vista. You can even run Windows 7 in Windows XP compatibility mode so you can enjoy the benefits and upgrade of Windows 7 but still have the Windows XP feel and functionality. I will be writing a How-To/Tip on Windows XP Compatibility mode today so you can be on the lookout for more information on that.

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I have F-secure downloaded as atrial but it is causing immense problems to my pc that runs on vista. I am trying to uninstall f-secure but it will not allow it?

The problem is most likely caused by incompatability issues with vista. Microsoft has even admitted that vista was a failure and have since released Windows 7 which is far more stable with old and new software.
I would strongly suggest upgrading to Windows 7 or even downgrading to Windows XP as both of these are far more stable than Vista.

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Windows XP verses Vista

Windows XP is much more stable than Vista. You will also have to purchase more memory if you decide to go with Vista. So many people as for XP over Vista that Dell and HP have started offering it as a default option. As far as upgrading goes, it is pretty much inevitable that at some point you will have to upgrade your Operating System. Windows 7 is the next one coming out.

Hope this helps. If you have further questions feel free to reply.

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