Daily Archives: September 23, 2004

Do The “Security Tango”

Fred – The many suggestions your readers
share helps this senior citizen stay online.  The subject of security
is often frightening but I have found
http://www.securitytango.com/ .
Nothing in it is new to your readers but it gives those of us who remember
adding a motor to an adding machine as a great technological advance <g>, a
source to help us recall what is needed to "stay safe".

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A Resurrected NetLaunch

Hello Fred,
My all-time favorite dial-up Internet dialer, Netlaunch, from win98 has "risen
from the ashes" after 5 years with a version for XP.  I have tried other
freeware dialers and none of them hold a candle to Netlaunch.  I am very happy
to have it after upgrading to XP Home last week.  Here is the info:

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Single User / Multiple Accounts

Fred –
I have a question that I’d like your professional opinion on (really just
want to know if my way of thinking is the same as yours).  It "seems" that
the number and ability of today’s viruses to wreak havoc on our systems has
increased many fold.  Assuming we are using W2K or XP on our systems, if
the current user was just an average user, NOT one with administrative
privileges, would that not tremendously reduce the ability of most viruses
to do damage to our systems?  If the user does not have the right to modify
or change OS system files, we’d be better off.  The complaint I always hear
it that it is a pain to log off and then log back on as an administrator to
perform some task (like adding programs etc).  Second question, assuming I
know what you are going to say regarding the first question is, how do you
sell that notion to management? —Dan

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Cookie Cleanup Issues

Hi Fred, I’m running WindowsXP-Home. It has a utility called Disk Cleanup. I run
this every few days and I thought it was deleting cookies. I also run
Ad-Aware 6.0 which claims to delete cookies.

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More Printer Driver Bugs

Hi Fred,
I had a problem like Bob’s (see "’Spoolsv’
Eats 99% Of CPU Time"

http://langa.com/newsletters/2004/2004-07-12.htm#3 ) when I bought an HP940c in 2001. It turned out to
be HPZSTATX.EXE, a totally useless program. Here’s what I found after many
days of searching:

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Ripoff Or Not?

Hi Fred, Enjoyed your LangaList article on
spyware removal, because we are currently having an issue in my office. The
outside IT firm my boss uses is taking our desktop machines away — to the
firm’s office— to remove spyware. They maintain that they must remove the
hard drives & hook them up separately to san & clean them. There are no
plans to do anything to the server.

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The Pleasure Of *Not* Having To Update

Hi Fred. It’s
always been my experience with large service packs from Microsoft, that
they’re best applied immediately following a fresh install of the
software to be updated. Even better, they may be "slipstreamed" or
"integrated" into the software first. SP2 for XP is no exception, and
after slipstreaming it and creating a new XP install CD from the
original, I’ve done a fresh install and experienced no problems….
Best of all, I no longer have 100MB of updates waiting for me after a
fresh install of XP SP1! All my favorite apps and games are running
normally…. Randolph Way
Indeed, Randolf, making your own "prepatched" setup
CD is surprisingly easy— a point and click
exercise with only a few geeky parts. Your hybrid install CD will
work exactly as the original one did, even to the point of using the same
25-character Product Key, but it will be completely up to date with all patches
and updates, up to and including SP2. Any system you set up with the hybrid CD
will be pre-patched to current levels, in one step. You’ll be totally up to date
from the start, rather than facing maybe an hour or more of additional downloads
to bring the new installation or reinstallation to SP2 levels.

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