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.

Firewall News

Often, we consumers are the losers when companies merge or
buy each others’ product lines. But here’s a happier outcome:

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Free File Unlocker

Dear Fred,
Love the newsletter. I came across a problem this past week when I finally
decided to remove Norton and all its programs from my computer. I replaced with
Zone Alarm pro and AVG antivirus program. Saved space and sped up my computer.

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More OS-On-A-Stick Options

Dear Fred:
Another great issue  of The LangaList Plus ! Your summary and
step-by-step article on " XP On Your USB Thumb/Flash Drive " ( ) was superb. Your
readers may be interested in the following interesting OS platforms for the USB
Thumb/Flash Drive:

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Russinovich On Rootkits

Well-known Sysinternals computer security expert Mark Russinovich
( ) had some comments on a
recent issue:

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A “Serious Speed Up”

You’ve mentioned the TCPOptimizer before, available free at,
and I recently used it to seriously speed up my
old Windows 98 system when installing a new DSL modem.  The tip?  Run the
Optimizer *before* you do anything else!  I had a rough time getting the
modem set up because even though everything was connected properly, the
default settings in my system were preventing the configuration website from
loading all the way.  I hope this is useful to others – maybe only a few
others! – who are about to move up from dialup.
Thanks for a terrific newsletter,
Pete Glarborg

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Free Icon Tweaker

Hello Fred,
First of all, thanks for a fabulous newsletter.  Your knowledge and perspective
are very much appreciated.  I’ve been a plus subscriber almost from the
beginning, and never miss an opportunity to recommend (or gift) the Langa list.

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Quicktime Sans iTunes

Hi Fred,
Your Plus newsletter is great and very informative.  Recently I downloaded and
installed Quicktime 7 which is bundled with ITunes 5.  When I booted up again I
was unable to find my icons for my DVD drive and my CD-RW drive.  I contacted
Dell support who after checking advised me to delete two registry entries which
they said were corrupted and were the reason that my icons vanished.  When I
booted up again after deleting the entries the icons appeared.  I believe that
ITunes was the cause of the problem.  Now when I double click on the ITunes icon
I get an error message stating that the registry settings used by the ITunes for
importing and burning CDs and DVDs are missing and asking me to reinstall ITunes. 
Based on my prior experience I hesitate to reinstall ITunes.  Have you heard of
this problem caused by installing ITunes?  Also, I contacted Quicktime Support
who advised me that there is no free support for ITunes only $50 per incident
support.  Any help would be appreciated.  Thanks. 

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