Windows Command-Line Kung Fu with WMIC A few weeks ago, uber-handler Tom "I-Write-Spyware" Liston and I were working on some tests of anti-spyware applications. One of the experiments we performed was to take an ultra-infected box and run various anti-spyware tools to see if any of them could clean up the mess. The Windows machine we had was so thoroughly laced with spyware that IE couldn't run, Task Manager couldn't start, and the services control panel was kaput. Pretty much every GUI-based management and analysis tool on the box was hosed. Ouch! And, no, booting into Safe Mode didn't help at all (we tried it of course), because the system was so corrupted.
The top 5 training tools to keep you on track with Microsoft Technology - TechNet UK Blog Ed Jones works for Firebrand Training, a Microsoft Gold Learning Partner. He has worked in the IT training and certification industry for the past 3 years. He is a tech enthusiast with experience working with SharePoint, Windows Server and Windows desktop. The technology industry is evolving at an ever-increasing rate. With new and updated iterations of technology launched on a yearly basis, IT professionals now require near constant training simply to keep pace. Microsoft is no exception.
How to Test Your Computer’s RAM for Problems Is your computer unstable? There may be a problem with its RAM. To check, you can either use a hidden system tool included with Windows or download and boot a more advanced tool. Both of the below tools function by writing data to each sector of your computer’s RAM and then reading it back in turn. If the tool reads a different value, this indicates that your RAM is faulty. Option 1: Run the Windows Memory Diagnostic Essential DOS Commands Introduction DOS (an acronym for Disk Operation System) is a tool which allows you to control the operation of the IBM PC. DOS is software which was written to control hardware. IDRISI, Atlas*GIS, Microstation, AutoCAD, CPS/PC, and ARC/INFO are, in turn, application software which run under DOS. By this we mean that, although IDRISI, Atlas*GIS, Microstation, AutoCAD, CPS/PC, and ARC/INFO were written to accomplish a single task or application (in this case manipulation of spatially related data), they must use DOS to pursue its work. DOS can be used for a wide range of tasks far beyond the requirements of this class.
The Grammar of WMIC Whenever I’m Handler on Duty, I typically write up a little Windows command line tip to help security people and especially incident handlers analyze and understand their Windows systems better. Most of thesearticlesfocus on very specific ways to use a given command, usually the very powerful WMIC command included in WinXP Pro, Win2003, and WinVista. But, you know, quite often, people tell me, “I like to use the WMIC command in this or that specific way, but I don’t really follow the underlying syntax of the thing.” Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 4 of The Best Podcasts Creating Apps for Teachers March 10, 2015 Podcasts are audio shows created with the intent to communicate an idea, tell a story, or to simply share audio recordings of whatever sort. In everyday sense of the term, podcasts are also used to refer to video recordings though many prefer to use the technical terminology: vidcasts or videocasts to refer to them. The educational potential of podcasts is huge and students can use them for a variety of purposes some of which include: delivering research content, creating and sharing audio (video) stories, recording and sharing learning experiences with others and many more. To create a podcast you will need access to an audio recording app.
Six of the Best Open Source Data Mining Tools It is rightfully said that data is money in today’s world. Along with the transition to an app-based world comes the exponential growth of data. However, most of the data is unstructured and hence it takes a process and method to extract useful information from the data and transform it into understandable and usable form. Windows Programming/Programming CMD In Windows NT (2000, XP, Vista, 7, etc.) one is able to write batch files that are interpreted by the Command Prompt (cmd.exe). They can be used to automate file-system tasks such as backups or basic installations and can be used with other command-line utilities as well. The batch files can be considered to be a simple scripting language with logic and jumps. The advantages of using batch files are the ease of writing them, the ability to edit the files without compiling anything, their cross-compatibility across Windows NT Operating Systems and their inherent ability to manipulate file systems due to their basis on MS-DOS. Batch file scripts are not case-sensitive, although strings and data is. The file is controlled by a list of commands separated into lines which are run like normal commands would be at the Command Prompt, although some functionality is different.
Command-Line Ninjitsu Recently I wrote a blog post about using some basic native DOS commands to extract information from a target PC about user accounts, shares, software, networking information etc... What I didn't cover in that post was WMIC (Windows Management Instrumentation Command). If that previous post was say the equivelent of DOS Kung Fu then WMIC to me is the Ninjitsu of DOS. The pupose of this post is to describe and list WMIC commands that can be used to derive information from a target, and that information could be useful to either a Sys Admin, a Malware Hunter or just a plain old Evil Attacker.
15 CMD Commands Every Windows User Should Know Microsoft has slowly but surely pushed the command line aside in the Windows interface. This is not without reason, as it’s an antiquated and mostly unnecessary tool from an era of text-based input that has long passed. 10 Windows Command Line Tips You Should Check Out 10 Windows Command Line Tips You Should Check Out Read More But there still are some commands that remain useful, and Windows 8 even added new features. Here are the commands every Windows user needs to know.
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Simple yet effective: Directory Bruteforcing One thing you learn when you start a career pentesting is: Never assume anything. In my experience hacks aren’t always elegant and elaborate. Sometimes something simple and effective is your avenue of penetration. Ultimate Troubleshooting Guide for Windows 7 Hanging Issues Previously, I wrote the Ultimate Troubleshooting Guide for Windows 7 Homegroup Issues, which a lot of people found useful. Today, I am going to write up a ultimate troubleshooting guide for Windows 7 hanging issues. This includes Windows 7 hanging on startup/boot, hanging when logging off, hanging when shutting down, hanging when installing programs, etc.