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With the powerful and free disk cleaning up software such as CCleaner, hardly anyone really uses the Windows Disk Cleanup to remove temporary files anymore. You can run Disk Cleaner by clicking the Start button, Go to All Programs, Accessories, System Tools and click the Disk Cleanup shortcut. By default it is able to clean Downloaded Program Files, Temporary Internet Files, Offline Webpages, Recycle Bin, Setup Log Files, Temporary Files, Thumbnails, Per user archived Windows Error Reporting File, Per user queued Windows Error Reporting Files and System queued Windows Error Reporting Files.

There is a trick on how you can add 10 more extra items to the disk cleanup making it a total of 20 items. The extra 10 items are Temporary Setup Files, Debug Dump Files, Old Chkdsk files, Previous Windows installation(s), System error memory dump files, System error minidump files, Temporary Windows installation files, Files discarded by Windows upgrade, System archived Windows Error Reporting Files and Windows upgrade log files.

You will need to run command prompt as Administrator, and then type the following command:

%SystemRoot%\System32\Cmd.exe /c Cleanmgr /sageset:65535 & Cleanmgr /sagerun:65535

Disk Cleanup Settings will then appear with 20 items in total for you to clean up. Just select the items that you would like Disk Cleanup to automatically clean up and click the OK button. This works with Windows XP as well but it only adds 3 more extra items making it a total of 15 items.

You can restrict your users from using certain iTunes features. This is sometimes referred to as parental controls. The Automatic and user-initiated checking for new versions of iTunes and device software updates features can be restricted by specify parental control preferences that will be inherited by new user accounts, these can be created under the following keys:

On Windows XP and 32-bit Windows Vista:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Apple Computer, Inc.\iTunes\Parental Controls\Default\

On 64-bit Windows Vista:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Apple Computer, Inc.\iTunes\Parental Controls\Default\

In general, you will want to make sure that the kParentalFlags_Locked is set in AdminFlags to prevent the parental controls from being modified by a limited user.

Note that there is no user interface support in iTunes for setting the following flags, and these flags are only respected in AdminFlags when kParentalFlags_Locked is set. These flags are always ignored in UserFlags, they must be set in AdminFlags. If AdminFlags is not locked, iTunes will ignore them in favor of UserFlags.

UserFlags/AdminFlags Name Hexidecimal Value
(only when manually editing the client registry value)
Decimal Value
(only when deploying registry value via Group Policy)
kParentalFlags_DisableCheckForUpdates 0x00000100 256

This is for advance user user only and don’t forget to backup your registry before start

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Overnight a group of developers hacked the Apple App Store and hacked accounts of iTunes users. Then overnight they spent estimated thousands of innocent users money buying their apps and bringing them up to the top apps in the Books category. The main apps that where purchased by hacked accounts were made by MyCompany, Praise Morgan, JINGANG CHIEN, DY Software, X-Asia Media, and Mobido LLC, but we suspect more. The strange thing is that all these companies are not English companies and apps, they are all Russian, Asian, or European and all of their apps happen to be version 1.0 which means they are the first release. They must have planned this on the eve of Independence Day because they must have known that Apple would be celebrating and not working so they wouldn’t expect a cyber attack. Proof: several comments have been posted on some of these apps saying that their accounts have been hacked and hundreds of dollars on their accounts were spent on those apps. Other comments posted by other hacked accounts say things like “very interesting” and “the story good” which are basic phrases and not in good English which means the foreign developers must have hacked the accounts and written these comments but there language skills left a trial. The only source we have on the companies are their websites,,, and Expect these apps to go down before the end of the day because the developers will remove so Apple can’t catch them and they will just wait for Apple to send the payment out. Sources say that the UK app store was unaffected, we figured this since the UK is closer to Asia where they can possibly be caught. The possible the reason they hacked the US app store is that where we expect they live is outside of US jurisdiction. We recommend, if you have been hacked, to call your credit card company or anti-theft insurance company and have them help along with trying to login to the app store and if you get in changing your password. If you aren’t sure if you have been hacked check your recent purchases and change your password. Remember this is not Apple’s fault and they probably have someone on it now.Quote: Someone out there is hacking into people’s itunes accounts. This just happened to me last night. Luckily, my bank is right on top of things like this and did not authorize release of the funds and closed the account. Keep a watchful eye and change your account information…often!

Other people weren’t as fortunate

Quote: Some unknown person has hacked into my account and purchased almost $200 of these Conan and Vien Ngoc Rong apps. I managed to stop the downloads before any of them were even started. I have my bank and itunes investigating this, and if there is anyway on refunding my money that would be great since I was just laid off and that was my last paycheck.