After reading the
issue of Brian’s Buzz, with its report on hackers changing the Hosts file
(as described in the Top Story, above), Jerry Dallal wrote in about a
free program that tells him about attempts to change several
aspects of Windows:
It’s nice to be able to use the free Adobe Reader (formerly Acrobat Reader),
but the darn thing is so-o-o slo-o-o-o-w! This is especially true of the newer
version 6 of the Reader, which is much larger and more molasses-like than
the old reliable 5.x.
Microsoft has increasingly placed limitations on attachments in its e-mail
programs, beginning with Outlook 98. These restrictions attempt to cut down on
viruses’ unchecked use of Outlook to broadcast infected messages.
The new version 1.1 of PS Hot Launch, a freeware product from PS Soft Lab,
was posted on Feb. 14, and it’s a great Valentine for any Windows user or
administrator who’d like to simplify some complicated processes.
A new 5.0 version of ServersCheck, a networking monitoring utility,
was released this month, adding to the capabilities of this
highly-rated software package.
It’s always frustrating to try to create an on-screen demonstration
that shows end users how to operate a particular piece of software.
There are Windows applications that can do this, but they tend to be
big and cumbersome, such as PowerPoint, and most of them are not
particularly well-suited to the job even then.
This week’s new free software answers the question that all of us ask
from time to time: What the heck does that Windows error code mean?
Some of the best free software programs aren’t things you install on your PC,
but services that you can access over the Internet. Such an offering
has just become available, and it’s called Jiwire.com: a compendium of
Steve Gibson, the developer of the SpinRite disk guardian,
is a respected security consultant who’s
made many tools available without charge over the years. I’d say he’s outdone
himself this time. He’s completed a major overhaul of his “ShieldsUP!”
diagnostic service plus releasing a completely new utility that’ll
solve your “messenger spam” problem for good.
TweakUI, a configuration utility that’s gone through many versions over
the years, has become one of the most popular downloads from Microsoft -
even though the Redmond company always officially denies that the program
is even supported.