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Automatic Metric Solves Wireless and Ethernet Network Issues

Automatic Metric: Windows 7 Laptop Will Only Connect to Huawei E5372 on UK Three Network, OR the Wired Home Network

Windows 8 Computers Work Fine Though!

Connecting Win7 to wireless and ethernet networks simultaneously

Problem link is shown in red

Automatic Metric is the place to be!

I have two networks essentially:

  • The “normal” wired network (gigabyte ethernet) that links all computers and printers through the Cisco Router.
  • The temporary mobile network that allows the PCs to connect to the internet while we are in temporary accommodation.  It’s a Huawei E5372.

The Issue

After setting up WiFi on the PCs, access to the Ethernet network disappeared – but only for the Windows 7 computer!!!

This meant that file transfers, backup etc between the machines, ceased, as well as access to the wired printer.   The printer worked fine when connected through its USB connection.  It has no WiFi.

In the same way, disconnecting the wireless enabled connectivity to the wired home network (Ethernet).

I searched and many forums had similar “fixes”, none of which worked. e.g.

  • Remove IPv6 leaving just IPv4 on the network adapters.
  • Remove network devices completely and re-install.
  • Try new or updated drivers.
  • Reboot each time.

However, two very small items appeared and worked for me!!  They are network settings, deeply buried and that I’ve never set before.

The Fix(es)

It’s the same in both Win 7 & 8.  Maybe even Vista, but as we know, Vista Means Death.  I did two places that got the Win7 machine to connect to the web through the Mobile WiFi dongle and to the home, wired and routed, network.

  1. Adapters and Bindings
  2. Automatic Metric

So Adapters and Bindings…

Network Adapters And Bindings

Network Adapters And Bindings (as seen in Win8)

  • Network and Sharing Center
  • Change Adapter Settings
  • Advanced on the menu. (Alt+N)
  • Advanced Settings
  • Adapters and Bindings tab
  • Set WiFi at the top

Oh Woe Is Me Again!

At this point, connectivity was still not restored, but it was an interesting setting, totally hidden in Win8!

 And Automatic Metric…

This is the killer setting that worked!!!  You need to do this twice:

  1. once for the Wireless network adapter
  2. and again for the wired Ethernet adapter
Here’s how
  • Network and Sharing Center
  • Network Adapter Wireless - Automatic Metric

    Network Adapter Wireless (Win 7)

    Click the first adapter, the one I need windows to use first.  i.e. The Wireless adapter.

  • Click Properties
  • Scroll down to “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and select it.
  • Click Properties
  • Click Advanced
  • Uncheck Automatic Metric and put a low number (say 1) in the “Interface Metric” box
  • Click OK to save the settings changes.

Now do the second, Ethernet adapter.  Follow the previous method.  However, this time,

  • Network Adapter Ethernet - Automatic Metric

    Network Adapter Ethernet (Win 7)

    Uncheck Automatic Metric and put a high number (say 5000) in the “Interface Metric” box

  • Click OK to save the settings changes.

Conclusion

One commenter on the forum I saw (link to be done) said that just setting the order to 1,2,3 etc wasn’t sufficient.  Setting a large gap between interface metrics did the trick, which is what I did.

What Is Automatic/Interface Metric?

Well, you can do this search, or probably the best answer comes from Microsoft, here.

It sets the priority of network interface access, lowest number first, on an individual machine.

In my case, weirdly, the Windows 8 machines had no difficulty.  The single Windows 7 laptop fell over and caused me immense hair loss until I stumbled across the settings which I have never, ever touched in 17 years of computing and the web!

 

 

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Testing Windows 8 Developer Preview Version

Windows 8 Developer Preview

Win8 Dev Logon Screen

Win8 Dev Logon Screen

I’ve finally decided to test the next Windows edition, probably to be called Windows 8, although things like that are never certain in Microsoft-land.

Virtual Box

Win8 Dev VirtualBox Installation

Win8 Dev VirtualBox Installation

I did a Virtual Box install, which is fairly straightforward.  There are many tutorials on-line now which show how to do this, so I won’t do a walk-through. I installed the 64-bit version which I downloaded from MSDN using my licence.  You can get the installs from the Microsoft Website here, which come in ISO format.  You can also find out more from the horse’s mouth here.

You can also set aside a partition on your hard-drive and install to that.  However, Virtual Box is the safe way to go should the partition install fail and corrupt your current installation somehow.

What I will say, is to use more memory allocation to the virtual installation than recommended elsewhere or as the default,  and to use as many virtual processors as your host machine has.….. My machine is an AMD 955BE, which is quad-core running at around 3GHz.  In other words, if you don’t want it to run like treacle, give it plenty processor and memory room;  at least the recommended values for Windows 7.  You can see all of this in the VirtualBox settings screenshot above.

Fast Install (added 24/11/11))

Windows 7 vs. Windows 8 time to upgrade

Windows 7 vs. Windows 8 time to upgrade

Microsoft, on their MSDN blog, have made a big thing about the rapid installation for Windows 8, particularly for the upgrade route.  See Improving the setup experience.  I can say now that the clean install into the VirtualBox environment was very fast….

Briefly:

  1. You make a virtual machine in Virtual Box
  2. You set it’s parameters – processors, memory size, footprint size, IDE/SATA storage etc
  3. You set the downloaded ISO image to boot from in the settings.
  4. You boot by “Starting” the virtual machine.
  5. You install Windows into the filespace that you’ve previously set aside for it – I gave it a dynamic sized 50Gb.
  6. After that, let windows do it’s thing.  It took 10 minutes or so.
  7. Let it reboot.
Win8 Dev Loggged On Screen

Win8 Dev Loggged On Screen

Following this, you get a green screen from which country specifics are added, a username and finally, you enter your Live.com identity, if you have one, and if you want to!

Appearance

It’s a big green screen.  I don’t have a touchscreen, but it’s obviously designed for one.  It has massive buttons to a host of online services like weather & stocks, plus a few to your computer’s functions.

Win8 Dev Logon Screen

Win8 Dev Logon Screen

If you log off, you get presented with an American Rockies vista of a lonely winding road.  Essentially, the entry into Windows 8 is like a smartphone.  But what’s it like beneath the surface?

Windows 7 Legacy, and Vista Too!

Win8 Dev Double Click Control Panel Screen

Win8 Dev Double Click Control Panel Screen

Obviously, this is a development preview release, and we can expect more of the same to come.

Win8 Dev Double Click Explorer Screen

Win8 Dev Double Click Explorer Screen

But most work has gone onto the main intro screen because beneath the surface, all the various apps and settings controls are the old (current) Windows 7 interface.

Bizarrely, some screens even have vestiges of the green Vista, notably the main screen itself.

Personally, I think it’s very, very dour.  I can’t believe that two years of effort has gone into doing something that Android does on a more than twice-annual cycle….

Win8 Dev Left Corner Hover Screen

Win8 Dev Left Corner Hover Screen

Accessing the menus is the most unintuitive thing I’ve seen for ages!  Following on from the impressive Windows 7, it’s truly not just a user let-down, but somewhat infuriating as well…….    Whereas previously I just typed into the run bar to do almost anything, now I can’t even find programs or files!   No doubt there’s a way – but after Win7, it’s not intuitive and not helpful either.

I hope that’s not the end of the run box, because that feature in Windows 7 is awesome.

Control Panel

Win8 Dev Double Click Control Panel Screen

Win8 Dev Double Click Control Panel Screen

I haven’t checked through many apps (except a few desktop ones like the weird child-like paint thing and the weather which won’t do anywhere except California) but this is the control panel.

Win8 Dev Control Panel More Settings Screen

Win8 Dev Control Panel More Settings Screen

You then drill-down to get the old Win7 control panel on “More Settings”.

Initial Investigation Ends

Well that’s it for now.   To say I’m un-impressed by the big green monstrous front doesn’t give my opinion justice.  There doesn’t appear to be an easy way out of the front-screen apps and to have an app made for a  3-inch screen sat on a 23 inch desktop monitor really demonstrates the infantile  apps for what they are.

Way back in the nineties Microsoft tried their in-house Microsoft Network (MSN) which was a disc install that gave you a black desktop that gave dial-up access to features giving almost the same as this big green toy-town monster.

Not happy.

Watch this space as I delve more….

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It’s Just Like Bladerunner.

It’s Just Like Bladerunner, And Not Just the Weather!

Tears in Rain

Just Like Bladerunner?  This morning's View.

Just Like Bladerunner? This morning's View.

Bladerunner, the movie, based on an old Philip K Dick science-fiction story, was made by Ridley Scott from North-East England, someone I’m distantly related to.  Made in 1982, it presents a very grey, wet, bleak future, heavily referencing Scott’s (and my own!) upbringing of wide, breathtaking Northumbrian vistas, interspersed with the constant oppression of continuous rain in a dense urban landscape.  It’s a metaphor for the continuous duality of freedom and slavery.

Sex Machine

Back in 79-80, when Jeff and I made Crawling Chaos’ Sex Machine, I saw it as a neat tune, with our comically scientific words slapped on top.  The words humorously refer to a future of gene control and designer-led bodies.  Because humans are so sexually fixated, we postulated that this may become the be-all and end-all of most technology, with real work for the betterment of mankind taking second spot.  And of course, the more sex, then the more sexually transmitted diseases (STD) there’ll be.  It’s all in the words.

Reality

Blade Runner Fly ByAmazingly, apart from the flying cars and an army of androids, the world is very much like Bladerunner.  Floods (like the recent ones in the UK, and 2007, and 2005 etc), storms, heatwaves, blizzards, insect plagues, species extinction.  The whole world has had them in increasingly bizarre locations and strengths.

And yet while disasters hit us, those in The West, certainly, are more concerned with celebrity gossip and inane personal acquisitions.  The pursuit of the self.

Drone Plane

The scientists trying to model vast climatic changes are ridiculed for doing so as their words are endlessly quoted out of context by the vested interests of the climate-change-sceptic lobby.  All science indeed is held in contempt by the ignorant classes, except if it can be used for sex or death.

Pudenda and Hymen

  • Remarkably, there’s now a huge cosmetic industry devoted to amending women’s pudenda to some ‘ideal look’ more akin to pre-pubescent girls!
  • Now, in a neat twist on Barry Bucknell‘s DIY skills, there are online designs and instructions so that anyone can make their own sex machine…. a machine-driven giant cock with a flywheel!  Ordinary dildos are not enough!  For males there is an army of sucking machines of various types.
  • Even more bizarrely, women are now having their hymen repaired – just so that they can be filmed having it ‘broken’ again for the porn industry.  And then they get it repaired again!  So it can be filmed being broken, again.
  • Men have penis inserts and painful extensions both mechanical and physically while parliament is petitioned for the ‘rights’ of non-breeding couples to be somehow mated and made to conceive children.
  • Breast implants and augmentation are hardly worth mentioning, they are so commonplace.

Ordinary Sex Machine

All of these things are done to ordinary people.  They are not deformed or burned like some WW2 fighter pilot or Elephant Man.

They are just ordinary folk.

So what is it about ordinary people that makes so many want to be less-ordinary, sexually?  They are not sex slaves, but are slaves to sex, so much so that peer kudos is their sole reason for existence.

Tears in Rain

For me, our song Sex Machine does not sound so odd now, despite the ignorant comments made towards it.  And Bladerunner now seems so prophetic, it’s scary.

Rutger made up the line “Tears in Rain” on the spur of the moment.  It was unscripted and has become one of the most famous lines in film.

I feel the same, because,

I’ve Seen Things You People Wouldn’t Believe…

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Windows 7 Impressive First Experience

Windows 7 Ultimate Install

To say that I’m seriously impressed is an understatement!

Having an MSDN subscription confers certain benefits, but for most Microsoft stuff that I have to use, it’s usually an exercise in teeth-gritting somewhere from the banal to the infuriating as I plod on through.

My personal experience of Vista comes into the latter which is why I’ve never used it and have stuck with XP… like most professionals in the Windows camp have done.

Windows Experience 2.0

Win7 1st install showing it working on minimal system specifications

Win7 1st install showing it working on minimal system specifications

Having only 2 x 256MB memory sticks in my old main-board, and because of it’s on-board graphics there’s only 383MB spare for the operating system, I installed the thing onto a bit of spare hard-drive (an old Samsung 160GB IDE) and was amazingly surprised by the ease of the install…

  • XP is still there and appears on the new boot menu.
  • Networking worked out of the box and I flipped between the configurations with absolute ease.
  • All the drivers were installed straight from the Microsoft website:
    • ATI Radeon system and graphics
    • Realtek sound and network
  • Once drivers were updated, the monitor was detected and set up automatically.
  • The networked HP All-in-One printer installed in seconds…
  • The new taskbar/start-menu right-click pinning works like a charm.
  • IE8 is installed by default and Firefox can be installed and defaulted without any bother
  • I even like the new  way of classifying user files and the concept of “libraries” is intuitive and easy to use and understand.

Absolutely amazing – even the aero interface works!

Windows 7 system requirements

Windows 7 system requirements

For a bit extra speed, the aero has been turned off in the “Themes” area.  Also, I don’t actually like it that much, but that’s just me I guess. More importantly, my system is well below the Microsoft Minimum System Requirements – I only installed it for a laugh and to see what would happen!

You’ll see in the screen-dump above, (which contrasts markedly with the Microsoft Minimum recommendations), that windows rates the system as 2.0 – it recommends 3.0 for the Aero interface.  What I plan to do is stick 1GB of memory in the spare slots from my other PC, and then put new giblets in that one’s box.  I intend to make that one a 4-core 64-bit platform to play with this new Microsoft OS….  Reaper should work fantastically!

Windows Experience

It’s truly an order of magnitude better than Vista and 5x better than XP!

In actual fact, it’s more like the jump from 3.1 to Win98.  I have actually been smiling at how good it is! The effort Microsoft has put in seems to have been worth it – this same install that I’ve just done is supposed to work on netbooks with ARM processors!  In fact, the claim that file-copying is faster on a Win7 Arm laptop than WinXP is probably true – I just copied several gigs of user files from the old partition which went extremely quickly.

All this copying was done after installing Office 2007 Ultimate and ESET’s NOD32 antivirus software (which works much better than on WinXP, by the way).  Microsoft’s Defender is installed and runs by default – it’s a spyware catcher and doesn’t seem to slow stuff up.

However, to show how impressed I am, the copying was done while Windows/Microsoft Update downloaded ~300MB of updates!!!  Before the copying was finished, the long process (about 20mins) of installing the updates had begun…

This is some serious disc and processor activity, I can tell you – and all done on a single 64-bit processor running in 32-bit mode in 383 of system memory!  It never missed a beat or got confused once!

In fact, during the copying, it prompts for Videos/Pictures & Music, which were previously in the \My Documents\My Music\ etc path to go into their correct library!…..   It’s the little touches like this, plus the sensible ease of installing programs (goodbye to Vista mad-clickitty-click HELL) that has put oodles of polish onto an already robust and comforting experience.

Conclusion

  • I’m typing this as Win7 is de-fragmenting the old partition.
  • I’m doing it from within Firefox (running the Web-Developer, Screengrab and British Dictionary plugins)….

……so you’ll guess that I’m impressed by this serious bit of software kit.  With another Gig of Crucial Ballistix memory it should fly even more and be good for another three years!

Finally: Never in a million years could I have dreamed of praising Microsoft so much!!!

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Hacking Attempt Today via FoxReality

Multiple Attempts to Drop Trojan on This Website Failed

These are the Wassup details of the attack

69.65.41.165 2009-06-13 10:48:00

  • User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0b; Windows NT 6.0)
  • OS: WinVista
  • BROWSER: IE 7

As you can see SERVER[DOCUMENT ROOT]= is a part of php code and they’ve attempted to change my domain root to that of http://web.archive.org/web/20130611185214/http://www.foxreality.com/ which is part of Rupert Murdoch’s empire.

NOD32 NAC Trojan

NOD32 NAC Trojan

The hyperlinks above don’t work as the code failed. However, if you are brave, strip out the first bit and just go to as I did, and hopefully, your anti-virus or browser will kick in with a malware warning like mine did!   The malware is identified as a Trojan by my NOD32 anti-virus software as;  PHP/Small.NAC trojan

Conclusion

Someone has dumped a piece of malware on the Fox network and is now going round blogs and other websites to get them to point to the trojan and thus spread the nefarious package. It just needs one click!

As I type this, at 2009-06-13 10:51:43 I had two more attacks!!! That’s nine in the last few minutes.
Checking the web for references, I’ve found this Russian webpage where the trojan has been tested against various antivirus programs – about half don’t detect it and it’s from the end of May this year! See link, translated into English.

This is their test:

Файл test.txt получен 2009.05.27 20:52:02 (UTC)
Текущий статус: закончено Current status: finished
Результат: 16/40 (40%) Result: 16/40 (40%)
Цитата: Quote:
Антивирус.ерсия Обновление Результат Antivirus Version Update Result
a-squared 4.0.0.101 2009.05.27 Backdoor.PHP.Small.o!IK
AhnLab-V3 5.0.0.2 2009.05.27 HTML/Xema
AntiVir 7.9.0.168 2009.05.27 BDS/PHP.ali.1
Antiy-AVL 2.0.3.1 2009.05.27 –
Authentium 5.1.2.4 2009.05.27 –
Avast 4.8.1335.0 2009.05.27 –
AVG 8.5.0.339 2009.05.27 BackDoor.Generic_c.BTI
BitDefender 7.2 2009.05.27 Backdoor.PHP.ALI
CAT-QuickHeal 10.00 2009.05.27 –
ClamAV 0.94.1 2009.05.27 PHP.Shell-23
Comodo 1207 2009.05.27 Unclassified Malware
DrWeb 5.0.0.12182 2009.05.27 –
eSafe 7.0.17.0 2009.05.27 –
eTrust-Vet 31.6.6524 2009.05.27 –
F-Prot 4.4.4.56 2009.05.27 –
F-Secure 8.0.14470.0 2009.05.27 Exploit:PHP/Preamble.A
Fortinet 3.117.0.0 2009.05.27 –
GData 19 2009.05.27 Backdoor.PHP.ALI
Ikarus T3.1.1.57.0 2009.05.27 –
K7AntiVirus 7.10.746 2009.05.27 –
Kaspersky 7.0.0.125 2009.05.27 –
McAfee 5628 2009.05.27 –
McAfee+Artemis 5628 2009.05.27 –
McAfee-GW-Edition 6.7.6 2009.05.27 Trojan.Backdoor.PHP.ali.1
Microsoft 1.4701 2009.05.27 –
NOD32 4109 2009.05.27 PHP/Small.NAC
Norman 6.01.05 2009.05.27 –
nProtect 2009.1.8.0 2009.05.27 Backdoor.PHP.ALI
Panda 10.0.0.14 2009.05.27 –
PCTools 4.4.2.0 2009.05.21 PHP.ShellBot.M
Prevx 3.0 2009.05.27 –
Rising 21.31.21.00 2009.05.27 –
Sophos 4.42.0 2009.05.27 Troj/PHPBdoor-A
Sunbelt 3.2.1858.2 2009.05.27 –
Symantec 1.4.4.12 2009.05.27 –
TheHacker 6.3.4.3.332 2009.05.26 –
TrendMicro 8.950.0.1092 2009.05.27 –
VBA32 3.12.10.6 2009.05.27 Backdoor.PHP.Small.o
ViRobot 2009.5.27.1757 2009.05.27 –
VirusBuster 4.6.5.0 2009.05.27 PHP.ShellBot.M
Дополнительная информация Additional Information
File size: 1165 bytes
MD5…: f1a9b4e4b207cd38641061e1b72d4775
SHA1..: 33c02179e53c19e00897fb0c63501acc0a2233e8
SHA256: 0b3eef46d7111939962db133d2e75530fbb7946d92a33195ca 6b7f2e1affe43a
ssdeep: 24:kwauoGPmXvuH6dcFTGPmXvuH6dc4H6dcZ1Mpn6+YvKsLKPX VwuHENNTh:bBoC
gMQsCgMQfQu1M5XW0SNl
PEiD..: – PEiD ..: —
TrID..: File type identification TrID ..: File type identification
HyperText Markup Language (100.0%) HyperText Markup Language (100.0%)
PEInfo: – PEInfo: —
PDFiD.: – PDFiD.: —
RDS…: NSRL Reference Data Set RDS …: NSRL Reference Data Set

Needless to say I’ve blocked the source IP address now.  It was from GigeNET in Illinois, and they’ve been told!

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