XP users who plan to upgrade directly to Windows 7 will have to completely erase their existing installations to do so.
The Windows 7 installer may help you move your XP files and settings, but you’ll still have to reinstall all your applications.
Microsoft touts Internet Explorer 8 as a big improvement over previous versions of the browser in terms of security, speed, and compatibility.
While that’s basically true, the inevitable new-release glitches — which are already appearing — suggest you should wait at least a month before upgrading.
Version 3 of Symantec’s Norton 360 security software includes a new “Safe Web” feature that competes directly with McAfee’s SiteAdvisor.
But are Safe Web’s real-time checks of the sites you’re visiting any more effective than SiteAdvisor’s database approach?
The UltraVNC and TightVNC virtual-networking programs are widely used to control PCs remotely.
A vulnerability was discovered recently that makes both programs susceptible to an overflow assault.
The free SiteAdvisor browser add-in claims to protect you by labeling Web sites green, yellow, or red to indicate that they are safe, questionable, or dangerous.
But a good or bad SiteAdvisor rating can persist for as long as a year after the site’s content has changed, raising serious questions about the service’s usefulness.
A piece of malware in circulation since last September redirects links in search results to hacker sites.
Reports of infection are widespread, but fortunately, you can remove this persistent threat relatively easily.
Microsoft recently announced that a special, out-of-cycle patch would be released on Dec. 17 for Internet Explorer’s latest security vulnerability, the so-called XML exploit.
If you’d like to avoid similar weaknesses that are certain to be discovered in IE in the future, the simple solution is to use a different browser, such as Firefox, with a few easy customizations that allow you to switch to Microsoft’s browser only for sites that absolutely require IE.
Bots can wreak havoc on your network and endanger your data, but they’re not difficult to eradicate.
A new tool tracks down bots, intercepts their communications, and produces reports that can aid you in removing them from your systems.
If you use the first version of the Wireless Protected Access (WPA) standard to protect your Wi-Fi network, your security may be imperiled.
Any Wi-Fi router that doesn’t support the more robust AES-CCMP or WPA2 standards needs to be replaced.
Your most important programs run in the same environment as your operating system — which means if they pick up malware, Windows does, too.
A free utility lets you run each app in its own virtual environment to prevent any interaction with your vital system files.