Monday, May 11, 2009

Using xp-AntiSpy

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xp-AntiSpy is a neat little utility to automatically apply different settings to the operating system, which could also be done by hand, but at a higher expense of time.

It’s latest version 3.95 can be downloaded from here

xp-AntiSpy runs on the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows XP Home/Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional

It displays various settings most of which are hidden in Windows.

Now, select Profiles>Suggested and the program will highlight all the important settings, then click ‘Apply Settings’ and restart Windows for the settings to take effect.

Well that part is over.

The next option is ‘Connection Limit’. This option can be used to increase the default connection limit in Windows which is 10.

The following was extracted from the xp-AntiSpy help file:

The connection limit was introduced by Microsoft with Service Pack 2 for Windows XP and Service Pack 1a for Windows 2003. It limits the connection requests at a time to 10. This should prevent malware from goin’ bezerk on your system and spreading its seed rapidly all around the network.

Some programs, for example filesharing software, sometimes reach the limit and therefore cannot perform as required without the limit.

Performance is not meant as bandwidth in this context.

You can check for yourself if your system reaches the limit. Take a look in the event viewer (hit start->run and enter Eventvwr.msc). When you click the System entry, take a look at the row named Event ID. If you see the number 4226 being displayed, then your system has reached the limit at that time.

To increase connection limit go to Special>Connection Limit which will bring up a dialog box with a message. Click ‘Yes,I got it’.

A second dialog box shows up displaying your current Connection Limit.

If the limit set on your computer is 10 then change it to 50 and click ‘Patch’.

Applying this tweak is very useful for filesharing softwares.

That’s it. I hope you found this tutorial useful. Please let me know by commenting here.

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