Left 4 Dead MOTD Preview Template

This tutorial will show you how to make a template for viewing your MOTD offline so you can see how your MOTD is going to look without logging into your game. If you have the time, creativity, and some HTML and Photoshop skills this can help you really put some work into the design of your MOTD instead of just some text. This is not really a tutorial for making your MOTD. If you need more details on that visit Left4Dead411.com they have a nice explanation.

I have prepared a template with this method already that you can download here. My template is in the resolution of 1650×1080.

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Remove AVG LinkScanner Search-Shield update

The installation wizard of AVG has been updated and you no longer need to run fancy command lines to install without Link Scanner or remove it.

1. Download the newest build of AVG from free.grisoft.com
2. Run the installation.
3. Choose ‘Custom installation’. If you already have AVG installed, it will ask what setup type you want to perform… Choose “Add or remove components.”
4. Hit Next twice.
5. Uncheck AVG Search-Shield.
6. Finish the installation Wizard by clicking Next until Finish.

source: avg faq

If you like to install your programs in command line:
c:\avg_free_stf_*.exe /REMOVE_FEATURE fea_AVG_SafeSurf /REMOVE_FEATURE fea_AVG_SafeSearch

Besides how one may feel about the programs performance on their computer, webmasters have also been experiencing issues. What I didn’t think about was all the times AVG is checking every website in search results and generating a lot of hits to web servers.

AVG has made an official response:

As of this date, Search-Shield will no longer scan each search result online for new exploits, which was causing the spikes that web masters addressed with us.

[…] AVG still offers full protection against potential exploits through the LinkScanner Active Surf-Shield [….], which checks every page for malicious content as it is visited but before it is opened.

We’d like to thank the web community for bringing these challenges to our attention, as building community trust and protecting all of our users is critical to us.

How to disable AVG LinkScanner

UPDATE: The following post is outdated and the best solution can be found in my new post about AVG

AVG8 is has a really nice, new, and organized interface. The control panel and virus scanning are all under the same screen, except for virus vault and history log which are popups.

AVG8 has a new feature called LinkScanner which puts green checkmark stars next to your search results on sites like Google. This is to verify that a link is safe. You can also report links. However, I think it is rather annoying and intrusive. You can disable LinkScanner in AVG but it will constantly warn you that you may not be protected. Continue reading How to disable AVG LinkScanner

How to embed m0n0wall graphs.

Wanting to share your network traffic graph on an intranet page? Here’s how.

Creating A User:
Login to your m0n0wall firewall and go to User Manager.
Create a group called “graphs” or whatever you like and check the box for “Diagnostics: Interface Traffic – graph.php”.

You’ll notice an option further down for “status_graph.php” which is the page you visit in the m0n0wall gui to view your traffic, but this is not what we need and you’ll see why in a bit.

Next you need to create a user and assign them to the group you just created.

You are done with the User Manager now. So let’s move on to embedding the graph.

Finding The Graph Embed
Logged in as the Admin, visit your Traffic Graph page under Status. Right-Mouse Click the page and View Source.
Scroll down a bit and look for:
<embed src=”graph.php?ifnum=xl0&ifname=WAN” type=”image/svg+xml”
width=”550″ height=”275″ pluginspage=”http://www.adobe.com/svg/viewer/install/auto” />

If you want to view the LAN interface, then select it in the drop box and view the source again for a different interface number and ifname=LAN

Put the embed tag into the page you want it on and add your absolute path with login and IP:

src=”http://graphuser:password@YOURIP/graph.php………”

You now have a graph on your site and if someone looks at your source they cannot login to your firewall with the limited user account.

You can create multiple groups for different graphs or you can create one Graph group with one account to accessing all graphs.

Another use for this is if you just want to look at your graphs from time to time. You can create a link on your desktop to “http://graphuser:password@YOURIP/graph.php………”. This way you just open the page and do not have to login to m0n0wall.