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.

More Print Queue Tricks

Some readers had additional suggestions to add to our
previous discussion of  "Print Queue Won’t Quit" (

http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-02-13.htm#5 ). A sampling:

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Winfixer’s Ba-a-a-a-a-a-a-ck

Hi Fred, Long time reader and fan. I am having a whale of a time getting rid
of the "Winfixer" popup. I am using ad-aware, spybot and MS anti-spyware to
no avail. I undestand it may be associated with the vundo trojan? My Norton
anti-virus recently found that trojan and I have used the Symantec tool
twice to remove it. I use a firewall and everything is current. "Winfixer"
is the most annoying thing I’ve come across in a long time. How do they
figure they can strong arm a product? Any ideas? Sincerely, Paul F. Wells

These things seem to come in waves; Winfixer was a
widespread problem about 18 months ago, too. We covered it then, and included a
number of tricks that should specifically help with Winfixer, but from which you also
can generalize to counter similar, but different, problems.

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S.M.A.R.T, Backup Verification, And More

Hi Fred – Thanks for your Newsletter. When
setting up, I noticed that SMART was recommended to be disabled. Why would
that be, and what is SMART anyway?

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Windows’ Free Disk Management Tool

I referred to Windows’ free Disk Management tool as a
"hidden gem" in the current (free) Information article at

http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=180207718 , and many of you agreed, as shown by letters like this:

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Dominoes Still Falling

A while ago, we discussed "domino effects," where a seemingly small initial
problem grows and spreads and seems to cause consequential problems in other
areas until you’re left with a real mess. <g> The original item is here:

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