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.

Adware Away— A Good Start

Fred – Just a simple testimonial for "Adware
Away" to remedy very nasty variants of browser hijackers. I have spent hours not
only searching for "geek" sites to get rid of a hijacker, but also additional
hours with all kinds of potential solutions advanced by many experts. I went to
the registry, I went to Windows Services, I went everywhere one might think to
go….trying to figure out what the various "experts" were suggesting. But in
less than 5 minutes after stumbling across "Adware Away" ( ). I now have
a fully restored start page, search page, and home page set once again to MY
preference instead of some nasty adware forced-page. I would recommend it HIGHLY
for those suffering from the absolute plague of many different kinds of
hijackers. It really works and it’s quite simple to use. It’s free for as long
as you need it and, of course, "purchasable" thereafter. Although I have solved
my vexing hijacker issue, I will definitely register and forward them the
purchase price, as I am forever grateful for such a wonderful and easy solution.
Keep up your good work with the Newsletter and wizardry you are so well known
for. —Chris G. Echsner

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“ShellconHiddenWindow” Unmasked

I am a relatively new subscriber to
LangaList. I often get the message "ending the program ShellconHiddenWindow"
when I turn off my computer. I don’t know what this is. I can’t find it
anywhere. Do you have any ideas as to what it

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A Better Recycle Bin

Hi, Fred. Is there a way to configure the
Recycle Bin so that it frees up disk space as needed, rather than waiting until
newer items are deleted (to permanently delete older items)? If it worked that
way, there would be no reason not to use a large Recycle Bin, if I understand it
correctly. Thanks. —Russell A. Dewey, PhD

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They’re Still Coming And Coming….

Well over 4,000 of your fellow readers have "loaded the code." Have you?
Check out for
the details.

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More Malicious Malware

Hi Fred, I just came across this article in
Yahoo-news ("Spyware Researchers Discover ID Theft Ring",1895,1845248,00.asp ).

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PLEASE READ: Summer Hiatus

Short form: I have to move my office, so the LangaList will be shut down for
a while. Subscriber email will not— cannot— be answered for a while; and
there’ll be no new issues published. There also are other factors at work (see
below), so the
combined downtime will be significant— at least 6-8
weeks. I *will* get to your letters and subscription service requests, but

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Reinstall XP Without Losing Any Software Or Settings

This technique lets you completely and nondestructively
rebuild, repair or refresh an existing XP installation while leaving
already-installed software alone (no reinstallation needed!). It leaves user accounts, names, and
passwords untouched; and also takes only a fraction of the time a full,
from-scratch reinstall does. And unlike a traditional full reinstall, this
option doesn’t leave you with two

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Dude, Where’s ‘My Documents’?

I’ve looked forward to each issue of Plus for
years. The other day I installed Microsoft Office Professional 2003. The next
day I booted up my PC to check and reply to some emails. I wanted to insert a
picture and found that all the Folders and Files I added to My Documents were
gone, other than I had when I first installed WindowsXP Professional and
Service Pack 2. How can I access everything that was there before installing,
Microsoft Office Professional 2003? —Dwight Stilson

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Two Mice Installed At Once

Fred, I have a Logitech Trackman Marble Wheel which
I use for day-to-day work but when I do graphics work it’s not as sensitive as
I need it to be. Is it possible to use two different pointing devices (mice)
without unplugging one to plug in the other? —Riley

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