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Terminal Server Patch

There's a nice patch for WindowsXP Pro SP3 to enable concurrent RDP sessions. For your (and my) convenience, here are the files again:
$ ls -lgo termsrv.* 
-rwxr--r-- 1 295424 2010-08-26 15:47 termsrv.dll
-rwxr--r-- 1 295424 2008-04-13 17:12 termsrv.bk1

$ md5sum termsrv.*
56f4867bae6fd78e5365a3a7afa59c82  termsrv.dll
ff3477c03be7201c294c35f684b3479f  termsrv.bk1
After patching termsrv.dll (and backing up the original, and escaping Windows File Protection), we still have to add a new registry key:
  HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\Licensing Core\
  EnableConcurrentSessions=1 (DWORD)
Reboot, and we should be done.

How to remove the popup ads in Avira Antivir

When working with certain systems one might have to install some antivirs software. The Personal Edition of Avira Antivir does its job pretty well, I think: at least I feel safer by having some magic virus catcher installed :-) However, every time Antivir gets its (daily) updates, a nag screen pops up. Here's how to disable this popup ad:

  1. Start, Run, secpol.msc
  2. Right click "Software Restriction Policies," choose "New Software Restriction Policies"
  3. Right Click "Additional Rule" folder, click "New Path Rule"
  4. Where it says Path, Type the path of avnotify.exe on your computer
  5. Make sure the "Security Level" Dropdown menu is selected as "Disallowed"
This should be it. Thanks, Wikihow editors :-)

Update: there's a new nag screen, listing current offers and urges one to buy their premium version. I'm fine with the free version but I'd like to get rid of the advertisments too. Adding some more path rules to the Software Restriction Policies and disallow their execution above should do the trick:

  • ApnIc.dll
  • ApnStub.exe
  • ApnToolbarInstaller.exe
  • avnotify.dll
  • avnotify.exe
  • ipmgui.exe - ?