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CyberPatrol Parental Controls Software

Different people look at the internet in different ways. Some feel that it is the invention that truly changed the face of the Earth while others believe that it is one of the major factors that is causing the youth to behave in an irresponsible manner. A lot can be said on both sides. I do agree that the there are certain sites on the net that are creating a lot of ruckus and they are affecting the minds of the youth adversely, but we cannot say that the internet in general has a negative impact on children. There are many software that is available in the market that will help you to keep track of what your child is viewing on the internet or to be more specific block social networking sites or adult sites.

Today we are going to talk about One of the best software that is available in the market for this purpose, that  is the CyberPatrol Parental Controls.

Overview of CyberPatrol Parental Controls Software

The CyberPatrol Parental Controls enables the children to play and surf the internet and at the same time controls the time that is spent online. It can allow and block specif sites depends on your preference, such as blog social networking sites like Facebook etc. You can protect up to three computers with the help of one package and it restricts all the bad sites that you child can intentionally or accidentally end up browsing.

Main Features of the CyberPatrol Parental Control Software

1. The most important feature that makes the CyberPatrol Parental Controls a must have in case you have kids in the house is that the software restricts the entry of the user to any adult site or any other site that is shady and may have a negative impact on the child’s mind.

2. You can restrict the user from visiting social networking site such as Facebook and Twitter and YouTube as well. Other than this there are nine other categories that are available that you can block so that the kids do not venture into the darker areas of the internet. As a careful parent who does’t want to Block social networking sites ?

3. Another striking feature of the software is that you can limit downloading to certain sites only, thus preventing a possible virus attack.

4. The software lets you chat with people without disclosing your identity and whereabouts and you can also restrict your kids from chatting and entering the various chat rooms that are available on the internet with the help of the software.

5. You will receive in depth information about all the sites and pages that your child has visited in your absence and the duration of the visit as well. So you can leave the child alone and get on with your work and later go through the history of the software and know what all the child did in your absence.

6. If you are worried that your child spends too much time on the internet in your absence, then this software will help you to put a restriction on the time as well. This means that you can set a time period for which there would be internet connectivity, after this the connection would automatically break, even if you are not there.

CyberPatrol Parental Controls is the perfect choice among all the other such software that are available in the market and the basic reason for this is the fact that the software is loaded with features that it’s useful for every parent or person looking for kind of internet filtering software.

Introduction to BCD and BCDEIT

Introduction to BCD and BCDEIT

In my earlier tutorial on “Introduction to BCD and BCDEIT,”  we have seen the basics and what BCD ( Boot Configuration Data) is and what are the available commands which can be used to modify the settings as per your needs. In this article, we are going to see how can you add a legacy OS Loader (Legacy means the one which is earlier to Windows 7 bootloader) into your existing BCD configuration store.

There can be a couple of reasons why you want to add a legacy OS in BCD store including adding NTLDR or some Linux type bootloader like Grub inside BCD.

In this tutorial, we will learn how to add Legacy Bootloader or Windows XP to a Windows 7 Bootloader.

To Add Windows XP or another  Legacy Boot Loader like Grub you have to add an application OS loader in BCD.

Below are the commands to add windows XP to BCD. We will see each component one by one and then combine them together to get our job done.

Let’s get started by adding  a new OS loader entry.

[stextbox id=”grey”] bcdedit /create /d “Name of the Entry” /application bootsector[/stextbox]

The result will look like this:

[stextbox id=”grey”]The entry {05d33150-3fde-11dc-a457-00021cf82fb0} was successfully created.[/stextbox]

Note down the The long string {05d33150-3fde-11dc-a457-00021cf82fb0} is the id for this entry.

Then, use the following commands to set boot parameters:

(replace {id} with the actual id returned from the previous command.)

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bcdedit /set {67bc6121-f766-11df-b1a0-00247eea28eb} device boot

bcdedit /set {67bc6121-f766-11df-b1a0-00247eea28eb} path \ntldr

bcdedit /displayorder {{67bc6121-f766-11df-b1a0-00247eea28eb} /addlast

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From the earlier tutorial on “Introduction to BCD and BCDEDIT, we have seen the details of each command mentioned above so there should not be any problems in understanding the command line and parameters of each command we just typed.

[stextbox id=”info”]Summary : How to Add NTLDR or any other bootloader in BCD [/stextbox]

To add a legacy OS loader you can simply run below commands and it will add any type of OS loader in BCD store.

Introduction to BCD and BCDEIT

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bcdedit /create /d “Name of the Entry” /application bootsector

bcdedit /set {67bc6121-f766-11df-b1a0-00247eea28eb} device boot

bcdedit /set {67bc6121-f766-11df-b1a0-00247eea28eb} path \ntldr

bcdedit /displayorder {{67bc6121-f766-11df-b1a0-00247eea28eb} /addlast

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Replace the GUID in above commands with the GUID returned by the first /application OS loader command.

In our next tutorial on BCDEDIT, we will see how to modify BCDEDIT to boot directly from a VHD (Virtual Disk ).

How to detect drive letter of a flash drive from cmd

I saw a question on a popular forum asking How to detect drive letter of a flash drive from cmd (Command prompt).

Detecting drive letter from the command prompt is possible but a bit tricky, First we have to get into Diskpart then identify the disk type and obtaining the drive letter. Scripting this can be difficult. Instead of going this route Why not try an easy VBScript ?

In this tutorial, We will see a vb-script which will detect the drive letter of a USB removable drive and output either on screen or on the cmd console.

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‘ DetectFlashDriveLEtter.vbs
‘ VBscript to detect the drive letter for a flash drive

Option Explicit
Dim objWMIService, objItem, colItems, strComputer
Dim strDriveType, strDiskSize
On Error Resume Next
strComputer = “.”

Set objWMIService = GetObject _
(“winmgmts:\\” & strComputer & “\root\cimv2″)
Set colItems = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
(“Select * from Win32_LogicalDisk”)

For Each objItem in colItems
Select Case objItem.DriveType
Case 1 strDriveType = “Drive could not be determined.”
Case 2 strDriveType = “Removable Drive”
Case 3 strDriveType = “Local hard disk.”
Case 4 strDriveType = “Network disk.”
Case 5 strDriveType = “Compact disk (CD)”
Case 6 strDriveType = “RAM disk.”
Case Else strDriveType = “Drive type Problem.”
End Select

If objItem.DriveType =2 Then
Wscript.Echo objItem.Name
Else

End If

Next

WSCript.Quit

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As you can see, here we have 5 different type of drives which can be identified using this script. Those are

Removable Drive
Local hard disk.
Network disk.
Compact disk (CD)
RAM disk.
So if I have to get the drive letter of CD ROM, I would change the drive type in below line and leave rest as it is.
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If objItem.DriveType =2 Then
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How to use this Script to detect drive letter from CMD –

To usethis script to detect drive letter of flash drive from cmd, Follow below steps : –
Save it as DetectFlashDrive.vbs in a directory.
Open CMD
Switch to the directory where you saved this vbs
type cscript DetectFlashDrive.vbs and hit Enter.
Example is shown in the screenshot below

If you look closely, I have typed 2 different commands and they gave different output. First command output includes Microsoft script host logo whether 2nd does not include it. So if you have to hide the logo, add /nologo after cscript.Further, You can assign this output to a variable and later use in a batch script – To assign this output as a variable call this :[stextbox id=”grey”]for /f %a in (‘cscript/nologo DetectFlashDrive.vbs’) do set drive=%a [/stextbox]

Now the USB drive’s letter is assigned to the variable ”%drive% which can be called from anywhere in your command session. To call this type “Echo %drive%.

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