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:
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.
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?
I don’t know if you’ve seen this— the offer’s gotten a
lot of publicity on various sites (and thanks to those readers who gave a "heads
up" on it)— but Microsoft is giving away free USB drives, at least as of the
time of this writing.
Hi Fred, I just got around to reading the
June 20, 2005, Langa List article (and its counterpart in Information Week)
on password security. I’ve long been a proponent of really good passwords
(much to my wife’s annoyance, since I refuse to let her use our kids’s
names, etc.) and I have also used Roboform for a number of years both to
generate and save my passwords (I have something like a six or seven hundred
accounts, services, etc, that require passwords, so a good tool is
essential, and RoboForm is well worth the price many times over IMHO).
Fred, I’ve read your feelings on the ISP spam
filters. For a while I had mixed emotions about them until I looked into
what my ISP is doing.
Several readers who know far more about Gmail than I do
wrote to correct a misperception I had:
Jouni Vuorio— the "jv" of the fabled "jv16 PowerTools,"
which included one of the best Registry Cleaners ever— is back with his last
scheduled ad in the Standard Edition: offering a 25% discount to the first 500
respondents from the LangaList, AND a free upgrade to the upcoming JVPowerTools
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:
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: