Windows: The Hosts file – Three good reasons to use it.

The host file is best known by administrators for its misuse by malware creators (Pestilent Hordes). In this post I will describe the host file and three good reasons to use it. The hosts file is a non-suffixed file that resides in the following location: c:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc Its purpose is to help resolve names to IP addresses much like DNS. The important thing to understand about the Hosts file is that it can be used to preempt DNS queries and thus the reason why Malware providers have been known to misuse the file. Here are some legitimate uses. To find internal … Continue reading Windows: The Hosts file – Three good reasons to use it.

Emulating Windows Mobile 6.5 with networking

Today I am investigating using VOIP from mobile phones. Rather than fiddle with a phone in a testing environment I decided I would use the emulators to test things out and then once I had settled on a configuration expose an actual phone to testing. For this type of testing, the Windows mobile 6.5 emulator can be used and this download link is useful..http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=20686a1d-97a8-4f80-bc6a-ae010e085a6e Note: Emulation that requires networking uses the Virtual PC driver which is inculded in VPC 2007 and requires you to download that product as well. If you do not preinstall VPC 2007 you will be prompted with … Continue reading Emulating Windows Mobile 6.5 with networking