Windows 7 USB Install

I’ll post the tl;dr version first.

Open a command prompt

DISKPART

LIST DISK

SELECT DISK #

CLEAN

CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY

SELECT PARTITION #

ACTIVE

FORMAT QUICK FS=NTFS

ASSIGN

EXIT

E:

CD BOOT (Mounted/DVD with Windows Install)

BOOTSECT.EXE /NT60 H:  (Where “H” is your USB drive letter )

Copy Contents of Windows Install to USB Drive

Done.

(Long Version)

Procedure:

1. Plug-in your USB flash drive to USB port and move all the contents from USB drive to a safe location on your system.

2. Open Command Prompt with admin rights. Use any of the below methods to open Command Prompt with admin rights.

*Type cmd in Start menu search box and hit Ctrl+ Shift+ Enter.

Or

*Go to Start menu > All programs > Accessories, right click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.

3. You need to know about the USB drive a little bit. Type in the following commands in the command prompt:

First type DISKPART and hit enter to see the below message.

Next type LIST DISK command and note down the Disk number (ex: Disk 1) of your USB flash drive. In the below screenshot my Flash Drive Disk no is Disk 1.

4. Next type all the below commands one by one. Here I assume that your disk drive no is “Disk 1”.If you have Disk 2 as your USB flash drive then use Disk 2.Refer the above step to confirm it.

So below are the commands you need to type and execute one by one:

SELECT DISK 1

CLEAN

CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY

SELECT PARTITION 1

ACTIVE

FORMAT QUICK FS=NTFS

(Format process may take few seconds)

ASSIGN

EXIT

Don’t close the command prompt as we need to execute one more command at the next step. Just minimize it.

5. Next insert your Windows7/Windows 8 DVD into the optical drive and check the drive letter of the DVD drive. In this guide I will assume that your DVD drive letter is “D” and USB drive letter is “H” (open my computer to know about it).

6. Maximize the minimized Command Prompt in the 4th step.Type  the following command now:

D: CD BOOT and hit enter.Where “D” is your DVD drive letter.

CD BOOT and hit enter to see the below message.

7. Type another command given below to update the USB drive with BOOTMGR compatible code.

BOOTSECT.EXE /NT60 H:

Where “H” is your USB drive letter. Once you enter the above command you will see the below message.

8. Copy your Windows 7 or Windows 8 DVD contents to the USB flash drive.

9. Your USB drive is ready to boot and install Windows 7 or Windows 8. Only thing you need to change the boot priority at the BIOS to USB from the HDD or CD ROM drive. I won’t explain it as it’s just the matter the changing the boot priority or enabling the USB boot option in the BIOS.

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Jenni Messenger Bot

Jenni is some sort of messenger bot/virus/account hijacking bitch. I’ve located the bot on some other websites, it appears to do the same thing to other people. Here’s what they don’t tell you.

A friends account got hijacked by this thing recently, so I thought I would do some digging. I notified him of it, but he failed to fix it. It was signed in for a good week or so on my block list.Before you assume my computer, or his, is infected, I’m testing all of this on a Virtual Machine. Nothing is infected locally.

What does it do?

It signs into your MSN Messenger, changes your display name to ‘Jenni Goode’, or a different last name every time it signs in. It also puts a link to a website hottiehookup.com. It changes your display picture to a nude, and might I add, a not-too-shabby display picture. Then it spams everyone on your list with this garbage.

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It starts off by breaking the ice with the cheesy pick-up line you see above. It works its way up to sending you a link to click. You can see my trigger words and her responses. These seem to be consistent and are similar to an IRC bot.

Here is where it gets interesting. I log into the hotmail account, and change the password. I also change the Security Question and Answer, as well as all the other personal account information such as City, State, Zip, etc, so anyone with the current information cannot reset the password. I sign into MSN Messenger with the new account, change the info back, and sign out.While viewing from another email account that is on the contact list, several minutes later, Jenni is back. How? This is where you point your finger and say my machine is infected. It’s not. Neither was the original machine to which the person was using.

I changed the password from the original password, to ‘password123’. Note that this wasn’t the exact password I used, but it was one word plus the 123.  Jenni was back, changed it to ‘password1234’, Jenni still came back. MSN Messenger showed as having the account signed in from 2 places. (VM-PC) the Virtual Machine I was testing from, and ‘HOME-PC’, the apparent bastard centralization for Jenni.

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Solution:

I changed the password 4 or 5 times, one right after the other. As fast as I could. Obvious solution right?  It kept up with my password changes. Even after signing it out of MSN Messenger. Only after I changed them rapidly did it finally go away. Might I add the passwords I used were completely different with numbers and $%^&* characters.

I changed the password back to the original password I made out of curiosity.  ‘password1234’.  And 5 minutes later, Jenni pops back up on the account list.  This bot not only kept up with password changes, but remembered the previous ones and kept trying them.

I guess this brings me to my point. Microsoft has no security features to protect something like this from happening.  The bot isn’t on any of the previously used computers, as I used a VM and my friend hasn’t signed into that account in months. I’m assuming it’s on one of Microsoft’s servers. Not even the “Add Trusted PC” in Hotmail’s security feature settings blocked this. I’d like to hear other thoughts on this.