Windows cannot access the specified Device Path File – Permission

by Cygnetics IT Solutions

Today, I had to download couple of portable antivirus, malware and adware scanners. Upon download, whenever I tried to run the application (portable) I was welcomed with this error. This error occurred because of permissions (so to speak) on the file. So, I modified the file permissions ( Right Click on file > Properties > Security Tab ) to make sure I had Full Control over this file. Which I did but the problem was there. Further, I added Everyone user group to the security group as well but I still had no access to this file. Everytime I try to execute this portable app I was greeted with this below error.


As the time was slipping through my hand, I was getting paranoid with it until while I suddenly discovered the solution. The culprit in my case was my antivirus program (Avast Antivirus) blocking this application to run. My solution, I had to add exclusion to this file to my avast anti virus and voila the problem was solved in blink of an eye. Very happy with my achievement

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have a great weekend ahead.


Secure Empty Trash – EL CAPITAN

by Cygnetics IT Solutions

Hello there once again, So, many of you may have noticed that with the latest update of Apple OSX EL CAPITAN, the Secure Empty Trash option has disappeared. If you disagree then try now and you will be disappointed. Detailed information can be found on this LINK of in the image below.


The image above has information from Apple Computers Website and that information can be obtained by following the above link. That aside, what is the solution to the problem? Well, you can still securely delete any of the file using Terminal.

Here is how to do it…

Secure Empty Trash (File)

Open terminal by pressing Command + Space Bar & typing Terminal in the spotlight search window.

In the terminal window type

srm -v /path/to/the/file.extention

or simple drag the file to the terminal after typing the srm -v command. This will securely remove the file and -v flag will display the progress of the operation.

Secure Empty Trash (Folder)

The above method will work for deleting a single file, What about folder? Here is the solution for folder deletion/removal.

In the terminal window type in the following command

srm -rv -v /path/to/the/folder

or simple drag the folder to the terminal after typing srm -rn -v command. The above command will securely remove the folder from you MAC OSX, However the issue is if that particular file or folder that you have created had a duplicate file sitting at some other location on your hard disk drive and that (duplicate file) was only deleted using normal method then it can be recovered buy some unauthorized person who may have too much interest in you. That sounds like a problem, does't it? To cater that problem, we will be using diskutil syntax in the command line window of the terminal.

diskutil secureErase freespace LEVEL /VOLUMES/DRIVE

but before we do that here is some very very important information to accomplish the above task.

LEVEL is the security level that you want to erase you file under. 1-3 and 1 being the lowest security level will be the fastest in performance and 3 being the highest security level will be the slowest and will take the longest time to complete. What each level of security includes in the erase process is listed below…

  • 1 Single pass randomly erases the disks overrides deleted files only once
  • 2 US DoD 7 pass secure erase overrides deleted files 7 times
  • 3 This will write Zeros 35 times over and over and known as Gutmann Algorithm overrides deleted files 35 times

Please note that higher secure erase number you choose to erase the disk the longer time it will take.

Thank you for reading. Cygnetics

DISCLAIMER: Perform these operations at your own risk. We are not liable for any data loss or disk failure. This article is my experience. Yours might be different.

Reset Firewall Password

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Fortigate 80C

This post is about FORTINET's Fortigate 80C firewall running FortiOS 4+.

How to reset firewall password? If you are unable to access the firewall configuration at all then follow these simple steps.

Connect the serial cable to your PC/Server and Firewall

  • Run you terminal emulator (for example Putty)
  • Change settings to the following image settings


  • Once the Serial cable is Plugged into the Firewall and The PC/Server click Open in the above window.
  • A black windows will appear.
  • Start the firewall, the blank black screen will change to the below screen.

  • One the firewall is initialized and boot process is complete, you will be prompted with the login prompt.
  • From this point you have 15-20 Seconds to finish the login process
  • Enter user name maintainer

Then you will be prompted with the password prompt. Your password for the maintainer account is

  • bcpb+YOU FIREWALL's SERIAL NUMBER (as it appears on the firewall)

If you have entered you details correctly, you will be greeted with Welcome prompt. If you see the following screen that means you have successfully logged in otherwise its an expensive and big paper weight.


The above screen is the indication that in have logged into the firewall successfully. Now lets start the admin account reset password process. Follow the instructions on the below screen to reset the password process.


And that's it, You have successfully changed the password of your FortiOS 4.0+

Finally If you want to change the Firewall to Factory Defualt Settings then run these commands

execute factoryreset

Firewall will reboot, it may take a minute or two. Then login to the firewall using FortiOs default IP address Username would be admin and leave the password field blank.

Hope this was informative for you all and thank you for reading.