Google is still the place to go for general Web searches. But
Microsoft’s new Web index entry, MSN Search, is shaping up as a
great alternative when you need something a bit more complicated.
Microsoft released last week a public beta version of Windows AntiSpyware, a program based on the AntiSpyware application from Giant Company Software
of New York, N.Y. Microsoft purchased Giant in December 2004.
A more intriguing announcement, perhaps, was the fact that Microsoft would also be releasing something it called Malicious Software Removal Tools. News reports have described these tools, somewhat erroneously, as being an antivirus solution. In this issue of Windows Secrets, I’ll examine both of these software
Anyone who’s used any version of Windows since Windows 95 knows how utterly
useless the system’s search functionality is.
Sure, it will — eventually — find files you already know exist on
your hard drive. But that’s hardly a fast and convenient solution for most
Sometimes described as the best-kept secret on the Internet, the IMAP
e-mail protocol might more accurately be thought of as “Exchange Server for the
rest of us.”
Many reviewers have touted the better-known features of Windows XP Service
Pack 2 (SP2). But Microsoft’s latest OS update also supports a wide
variety of hidden changes as well. In this issue of Windows Secrets, we
examine some of these changes.
To defend your PC against unwanted pop-ups and other security threats
that propagate on the Internet, your best bet is to install a
Web browser other than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE). Brian and I
recommend the excellent Mozilla Firefox, which has been the subject of previous
columns by both myself and
Brian. We’ll have a complete review of Firefox in the
Windows Secrets Newsletter after the 1.0 Gold version of the new browser is
released, which is expected on Nov. 9.
Last year, Microsoft released an Office family product called
OneNote. You may not have heard of OneNote, because Microsoft
curiously chose not to include it with any of its Office 2003
product bundles (Standard, Professional, and so on). Or you may have
dismissed this application as one you can do without.
MS04-022 (KB 841873): Microsoft issued
seven security fixes on July 13 as part of its regularly scheduled monthly
security patch schedule. Two of these fixes, including MS04-022, are rated as ”
critical” by the software giant.