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.

Free/Very Low Cost Defraggers

Dear Fred, With regard to the defrag problem
mentioned in the last newsletter ("Defrag Just Won’t Finish;" ) I’d suggest
looking into DIRMS (see This is a superb defragging program that runs in
a command window under Windows; it does the best defrag job of any program
I’ve seen. —Jim Allen

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Free Firewalls

Hi Fred, What [about] free firewalls these

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Yet *Another* Code Load Success Story

After their site was listed in the last "Load The Code" section, this reader

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Too Many “KB” Files Cluttering Disk

Fred, I have been getting updates for xp for quite a while now.
So, in windows explorer I have a very long list of files named KB… . Would
it be safe to make a folder and put them all in it and archive it. OR perhaps
just delete them. Some way my AV program doesn’t look at them every time it
runs. Plus subscriber for some time now. Thank you. —David nelson

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“NTLDR is missing”

Dear Fred, I thoroughly enjoy your letter. Now I’m not
particularly geeky. I run a small architectural firm which means I do the
computer fixes for the most part.

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Defrag Just Won’t Finish

Hello Mr. Langa.
I hope you can help me with this problem. My computer will not defrag. This is
the first time I’ve had a problem with it. When I run defrag it gets to about
12 percent and stops  with a message saying some files cannot be defragmented.

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