Malicious files — and even some benign ones — can sometimes be very hard to remove from your system.
Don’t take no for an answer when Windows tells you it can’t delete a particular file.
They may be rare, but Windows’ delayed-write errors can mean immediate data loss.
These glitches can also be a bear to sort out, but I’ve found a bunch of first-rate troubleshooting resources for the problems.
Keyloggers quietly keep a record of every keystroke you make on your PC — usually without being spotted by your security software.
While there are some aboveboard and totally legitimate reasons to use keyloggers, there’s also a world full of illicit and unethical reasons for doing so.
A bad naming decision by Microsoft means you have two different “Explorers” on your XP system.
Here’s what to do when the lesser-known one starts causing trouble.
Don’t tell PETA, but there’s more than one way to skin the XP SP3 cat.
When a service pack breaks your software, sometimes you have to work the solution from the other end.
You know that you have to keep your PC up-to-date, but what do you do when Windows Update is unavailable or broken?
Here are some easy alternatives to use when you can’t use Windows Update — or if you simply choose to update your PC on your schedule, not Microsoft’s.
Why do some Windows XP installations lose their ability to format a floppy while others don’t?
There are three likely culprits, but (fortunately) fixing them is usually fast and free: even a worst-case fix costs only about $10!
Which of the many thousands of Web and e-mail hosting services is right for you?
If you work the problem two ways, you can find a good answer in just a few minutes.
After more than 30 years of battling tech-writing deadlines, I found last May that it was time for something completely different.
A hair-raising encounter with a tornado is just one of the adventures I’ve experienced since then.
My final Windows Secrets column prompts some reflection and summation.
Thirty years after getting my first PC, it’s time for me to hang up my mouse.