Windows may be the primary target of today’s malware authors, but it’s far from the only one.
Keeping your applications and media players up-to-date is as important as applying the latest patches for your operating system.
Even the sturdiest, most-comprehensive PC defenses won’t stop all malware from finding its way onto your systems.
First, identify the specific pest, and then find the best tool — or tools — to get it off your system for good.
A PC crash can render your password-protected Office files inaccessible.
Losing any password can be as frustrating as locking your keys inside your car, but for Word and other Office programs, a lost password can be much, much worse.
Hollywood has spoiled us; it’s rare in this day and age to see a truly unusual, impressive feat accomplished and recorded without the use of special effects. When such a daring deed is pulled off by unassuming amateurs, it’s even more remarkable.
Readers refute Microsoft’s assertion that Windows Genuine Advantage isn’t required to receive all patches for the operating system.
Even worse, WGA blocks some security patches from being installed on PCs running legal copies of Windows that the Microsoft validator falsely identifies as pirated.
An old urban myth claims that the microprocessors used in PCs and other consumer electronics are designed to fail within days or weeks of their warranty expiration.
For tens of thousands of people who bought Dell and HP notebooks whose motherboards fried — often a few weeks after their warranty expired — there’s nothing mythical about it.