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.

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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Should you use AOL’s free antivirus?

Are you ready to trust products from the “new” AOL? I’m not.

A careful reading of an AOL software license reveals all-too-familiar patterns
that set off my alarm bells.

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When your Recovery Console goes bad

Software and hardware are supposed to help us. But sometimes our tools turn against us, causing more problems than they solve and leading to
frustration, delays, and costly failures.

Today, I look at some normally docile, usually helpful tools — such as Windows’
Recovery Console, which is software, and laptop batteries, which are hardware —
to see how they can run amok, and what you can do about it.

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Free antivirus, a new firewall, and IP sniffing

Welcome to the first issue of the new, combined Windows Secrets & LangaList!

Although the newsletter format is different (and better!) than the old LangaList,
I’m still getting
the same kind of great reader questions and tips as always. This week,
I discuss new products from the makers of two immensely-popular software utilities
— AVG AntiVirus and
Ad-Aware — plus a concern about IP data-mining.

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They Loaded The Code

Here’s another eclectic sample of reader sites— some professional, some
very personal:

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