This question stands alone, but also relates to item #1
(above) and to our previous discussions on dual booting, multibooting, and disk
Hi, Fred I am long-time Langalist subscriber
and always enjoy and appreciate your articles in your newsletter and in
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