Hijacked Windows Live Account

9:24 AM April 6, 2009

A guy called me because it seemed that his daughter was sending messages to her contacts even when she wasn't online.

Her contacts where receiving messages about going to a certain site to see who was blocking you on MSN/Windows Live Messenger.

I believe the site is whoblocksyou.com - they require you to sign in using your email and email password. Apparently they then start signing in themselves (this person was getting knocked of messenger with a popup box claiming that she already signed in on another computer)- and sending spam links to everybody on her contact list with links to the whoblockedyou site.

I told her how to go to Microsoft and change her password. The lesson - NEVER sign into any service that requires your email and your email account password.

Microsoft has a bad habit of changing things around - here is a link to current info on how to change your password:


Unfortunately, people do sometimes give personal info to the hackers and spammers.

Problem CD/DVD Drive error (code 41)

I had a problem with my CD burner in my old Compaq computer. I thought the drive was damaged so I replaced it with another, but Windows kept displaying the same error:

Windows successfully loaded the device driver for this hardware but cannot find the hardware device. (Code 41)

I replaced the adapter cables but no dice. I had both on separate adapters so I tried putting them on the same adapter - thinking the secondary adapter was shot - still no change. I put the drives in another old computer I have and they work perfectly, so online I went.

I went online and found the following info from www.hardwareanalysis.com

So following info from their posts this is what I did.

The first part involved going into the registry. This is how on my system - WinXP.

Click on Start then Run and then type in regedit and press enter. This opens the registration database editor. Be careful what you do here!

You'll see what looks like folders, in this case they are called keys. Look for the one labeled
click on the little plus sign on the left hand side of it to open up the subkeys (subfolders). Do the same for each of the following
until you get to this key {4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318} Just click on this to highlight it then look in the right-hand side for a key labled UpperFilters and one called LowerFilters - right click on each one and in the menu that pops up click on Delete, then OK.


After that I closed regedit and went to my Control Panel -

Click on Start, then Control Panel (or Settings and then Control Panel, depending on how you're setup).

In the Control Panel window, open System then click on the Hardware tab, then Device Manager, then I right-clicked on the name of the CD drive and then Uninstall. Then I restarted the computer. It picked up the CD drive and reinstalled it - No Problem. Everything is working perfectly now.

NOTE: I recommend clicking on the link on the left-hand side of the Control Panel window that says Switch to Classic View. It makes things easier to find.