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Neuter your DAP Download Accelerator Plus

Posted October 2002 by Steve Sinchak

Here's how to completely neuter your DAP so it can't call home to update it's ads...

  1. In Windows Explorer, go to the Download Accelerator folder, click on the ads folder and remove everything in it.

  2. Then right click on the ads folder itself, and go to Properties.  Click Hidden and Read Only and then apply.

  3. Go into REGEDIT (Start>Run>REGEDIT) and find:

HKLM\Software\Speedbit\Download Accelerator\Ads

Find the "DefaultCategory" string--right click and Modify, clear the Value Data (SecondMedia) so it's blank, and then OK

Right click on "Default Server" and Modify the Value Data to --you just sent it right back to your computer instead of home...

Right click on the Second Media key and delete it.

Click on the NoTrigger\Always key and delete all the entries there except the first one that says

Also remove every DWORD and String in the WhenFound and WhenNotFound keys.

Then, maybe most importantly, BLOCK it's access to it's home through your firewall.

It calls home every 15 to 22 minutes to update it's ad folder, and if it can't even call home, you won't see any ads magically reappear in the ads folder.

It's home addresses are:

Set your firewall to block access to these specific ip addresses on all ports both TCP and UDP and both inbound and outbound--but remember to let it get out to any other ip on any port, or it won't work at all!

On Norton Personal Firewall 2003, go to Personal Firewall > Configure > Program Control > Add (if DAP isn't already there, Modify if it is.)

Manually Configure Internet Access > Add > Block > Connections to and from > Only the computers and sites listed below > Add

In the entry field, enter the two ip addresses.

TCP and UDP > All Types of communication (all ports local and remote)  > Then just name it and you're done!

**Remember to set your firewall to ALLOW DAP.exe access to the internet in another firewall rule, otherwise all this trouble will be in vain!!!

Reboot to let XP take the change. don't you feel better, you've just de-nutted Download Accelerator Plus!

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