Last issue, we discussed what seemed to be a problem with
a new version of the "Windows Genuine Advantage" tool. Now, a few days later,
the topic has taken off:
After their site was listed in the last "Load The Code" section, this reader
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
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.
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.
Hi Fred. A thousand thank yous for the
The item "Mothballing A PC" (
), which covered how to store a PC for long periods of disuse, brought this
additional suggestion from a reader:
Fred- Basic question from a Plus subscriber:
I have a small office network- NT 4.0 server, 4 XPPro clients, hardwired
ethernet. One of the clients connects to the Net with DSL. The server
connects to the net thru the client, but very rarely. The client that
connects to the net runs ZoneAlarm firewall (free version) and works fine. I also run ZA on the server to protect it. Is this necessary? It tends to
cause minor problems and blockages. If I remove ZA from the server, will it
be vulnerable or will the ZA on the client protect the whole network? If
not, is there an easy way to disconnect the server from the internet, and
reconnect it only for the very rare times (1-2/yr) that I would need to
restart ZA and get onto the net? Thanks for all you do. —Michael Halpert
Fred, When I checked my spam folder I found a marketing
message from BellSouth to its customers. I thought it was very ironic that
its own spam filters caught a company message and placed it in the spam
filter, probably never to be seen by many.
I have been using XP-Professional on my system for about 17 months now. Today,
on starting my computer, it came up with a screen saying I had to again
"Activate" the OS. I have no idea why that occurred — I wonder whether had MS
installed some sort of update that caused that to happen, along with its regular