By now, you’d be hard-pressed to find even a novice PC user who doesn’t know that bad things come through browsers and Internet links in e-mail.
It’s amazing that in a battle as old as the Internet, we still don’t have clearly defined strategies for protecting our PCs from all forms of malicious attacks.
We’ve all had those instances when a file is no longer needed but the application that created it won’t let it go.
This usually happens when the application thinks it’s still working on the file, but in some cases the link is not so obvious.
Strange things happen on PCs that make them seem possessed — but Lounge member Tom Riding’s machine is channeling odd radio signals all on its own.
In a thread titled “IE8 Win7 automatically connects to radio station,” Tom describes how the radio signals emanate from his PC even with Internet Explorer closed and when the PC is not in use.
Serious digital photographers spend an inordinate amount of time working with their photo-editing application — usually Photoshop, if they can afford it.
For those who can’t (or for whom Photoshop is just too complicated), there is endless debate about what’s second-best.
The debate over splitting your data and programs into separate partitions for easier backups goes far back into hard-drive antiquity.
It was never as simple as one might have hoped in Windows XP, and based on comments in a lengthy Lounge thread, it’s no easier in Win7.
The firewall is one of the most fundamental components of PC security — and it’s the least understood by the average computer user.
The conventional wisdom is to never run more than one antivirus program at a time and never run multiple anti-spyware apps together — so why do we routinely rely on both hardware and software firewalls?
Regular Windows Secrets readers will note that Lounge Life has a new and expanded design.
Our new table of Windows Secrets Lounge links highlights some of the most interesting — and wide-ranging — topics under discussion.
We’ve all been there — everything looks great in Word Print Preview, but when the final document comes out, it’s wasted paper.
When you’re ready to chuck Microsoft’s ubiquitous document app for something else, the many Word jockeys on the Windows Secrets Lounge are an excellent resource.
File management in Win7 is just different enough from XP’s that even simple tasks can seem non-intuitive.
Using posts in the Lounge and how-to stories in Windows Secrets should make the switch less painful.