Author Archives: Fred Langa

Fred Langa

About Fred Langa

Fred Langa is senior editor. His LangaList Newsletter merged with Windows Secrets on Nov. 16, 2006. Prior to that, Fred was editor of Byte Magazine (1987 to 1991) and editorial director of CMP Media (1991 to 1996), overseeing Windows Magazine and others.

Are Registry cleaners worthwhile?

For some, Windows Registry cleaning is a waste of time. For others, it’s

Here’s how to tell if your PC might benefit from a thorough cleaning of its

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Make more space by deleting log files

Log files can be useful, but they mainly just take up space.

Trim away your useless log files to gain space and make your backups and
restores smaller and faster!

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New hardware doesn’t have to cause problems

Usually a major hardware change causes endless software hassles. It doesn’t
have to be this way.

If your current PC doesn’t have "PCI Express" technology, your next one most
likely will. Here’s the scoop on PCI Express and what it means for Windows

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What’s the value of a .name domain?

There are currently 265 different "top level domains" (.com, .edu, .org,
etc.) to choose from when registering your domain. What’s best?

First, let’s help a reader who’s wondering if he got ripped off in buying a
.name domain name.

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When your antimalware tools disagree

One tool says your PC is infected. Another says you’re clean. Which do you

No need to flip a coin! With a little sleuthing, you can get to the bottom of
just about any malware confusion.

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Should you choose Intel or AMD?

The CPU wars won’t be over any time soon. In the meantime, which CPU chip —
Intel or AMD — is best for Windows?

Benchmarks can help, but the full answer lies elsewhere. I’ll cover that, plus
crash sleuthing and lots more in today’s issue!

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More cases of adware running amok

Don’t you hate it when software refuses to uninstall? I sure do. So, today’s issue begins with help in rooting out recalcitrant software.

Don’t you hate it when software refuses to uninstall?

I sure do. So, today’s issue begins with help in rooting out recalcitrant
software. I then cover a free utility, an IE 7 speed-up, and lots more!

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An explosion of info on passwords

Wow! What a hot button! My Jan. 4 article on "Easier
but safer passwords" generated a veritable flood of reader mail.

Here’s a
sampling of a few of the best comments. Also, I have some info you need to
know about “Windows Live Toolbar" and installing the new Windows Vista.

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How to ease your password hassles

Just as in 2006, one of 2007’s top themes is likely to be online security.

So, let’s begin the New Year with some very useful password security tips and
tools, and then look at an "update aggregator" service — and more!

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What to do when a DLL goes missing

There’s an easy way and a hard way to replace missing or corrupted DLLs.

As you can probably guess, I’ll show you the fast and easy way! Then I’ll
discuss a free "ultra-high security password generator," continue our
coverage of AOL’s antivirus tool, and more.

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