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CONTENT:
Getting Started
How Repellent Works
Restoring Defaults
Setting up email programs
Cookies


Getting Started

Once you have Repellent installed, start Repellent, click on "Options", then place a check mark in all 5 items under the "Select what you want to repel". If you have already used the Repel function, go to the Repellent folder and delete the file Backup.reg first. Now click on Repel, this will create a backup of all your settings. You are now ready to use Repellent.

Select the Scripts you wish to prevent from running; it is recommended that you select all. You should all select the SCR PIF and BAT files when every you are reading your email.

Now, whenever you click on Repel, you are safe to surf or read your email. If you are surfing and you find a page that uses a Script, and you wish to view it, click on "Restore" and then refresh the page in your browser. The page will now run the Script. You may check this on our home page http://www.easydesksoftware.com/ . Select "Repel" before clicking on the link and after the page opens, click on "Restore" and refresh your browser. You will notice a new paragraph will be added at the top, starting with "Welcome to the Windows Registry experts Web site". This is a VBscript.

Repellent is this simple to use!

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How Repellent Works

Repellent is not a virus scanner. It does not look for viruses on your system or attempt to delete them. Repellent prevents Script viruses from running. Why kill a virus after it starts doing damage, why not just prevent a virus in the first place? Using a virus scanner is like going to the Doctor after you you get in a car accident and smash your head on the windshield because you where not wearing your seat belt. Why not put the seat belt on when you get in the car.

Repellent prevents email and Internet scripting viruses and trojans from running three different ways.
First, Repellent sets your Internet settings in the Internet applet in the Control Panel to prevent them. This is only good for browsers and email programs that read the Microsoft Internet Explorer Internet settings Key in the Registry. Programs like Outlook and others.
Second, Repellent removes information the the Registry that tells Windows what to do when a program wants to run a script. This system works on all browsers and email programs. It also protects you when your are surfing the Internet or reading your email and a java or other script wants to read the Registry to bypass your Internet settings. And if you use the "Disable Registry Files" Repellent will stop anything from running a Reg file to alter information in the Registry.
Third, Repellent renames the files that are used to run a Script. This system ensures that if a Script bypasses the first and second security system it still cannot run a Script, because the required files do not exist.

When you close Repellent , it will tell you if any files have been added to the Windows or System folder. It will also let you know if your Home Page settings have been altered and if the Run = line has changed in the Win.ini file.

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Restoring Defaults

The Restore Defaults button should only be use if a script will not run. Repellent will set all script command Keys to the Windows default settings. If you have customize how scripting runs on your machine, your customizing will be lost.

 

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Setting up email programs

When you are ready to setup Repellent to automatically start your email or browser and disable Scripting, click on "Options" and select the top option. This will allow you to launch your email client from the Repellent shortcut that you have placed on your Desktop of Quick Launch bar. Thus the next time you click on the Repellent icon, it will start your default email program and Repel (disable) Scripting so you may view your email with peace of mind. When you exit your email program Repellent will automatically re-enable scripting, and close.

To have Repellent start a different email program or browser click on the button "Locate" and find the email program you wish to use.

If you wish to retake control manually in the future, you will need to start Repellent, and select the button "I want manual control". Now you can determine when and if to Repel or Restore, and start your email program independently.

If you wish to create a second shortcut that allows you to start Repellent without auto starting your email program and without having to change it in the "Option" window each time; create a new shortcut and add to the command line "NoAuto". Example: "C:\Easy Desk Utilities\Repellent\Repel.exe" NoAuto. The command line is accessed by right-clicking on the icon, and selecting "Properties".

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Cookies

Cookies are small files that are downloaded on to your computer that tell the vendor where you have been, or store registration information for message-boards, and the like. Cookies can be download via email or by surfing the Internet. Microsoft Internet software such as Outlook and Internet Explorer store these Cookies in small files, Netscape stores them in a single file. Repellent is designed to work with the Microsoft system, and any email or browser that stores Cookies in independent files. These Cookies are normally stored in a folder name Cookies.

The location is determined by the Registry Key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explore\Shell Folders, the value name is "Cookies".

You may delete any or all Cookies stored in the Cookie folder by selecting "Options", and then "Cookies". A new window will appear showing all Cookies currently stored in the Cookie folder. Click on a cookie and a menu will appear. If you select "Never Delete" then Repellent will not delete the Cookie when you select "Delete All" or when you select the Option "Automatically Delete all new Cookies". To delete a "Never Delete" Cookie you must select the Cookie and the select "Delete".

The "save" option in the menu will temporarily remove the Cookie from the list so that you may select "Delete All" and not delete the selected Cookie. However this option will not protect the Cookie from being deleted when you select "Automatically Delete all new Cookies" or the next time you use "Delete All"", you will need to "Save" the Cookie again, if you still are not ready to "Delete" it or add it to the "Never Delete" group.

If you uncheck the box "Delete on close only" then Repellent will check for new Cookies ever 30 seconds and delete any Cookie that has been added.

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Updated March 05, 2004