Like bad pennies and Nigerian money scams, those bogus offers to speed up your online connection keep coming back.
Most of these speedup come-ons give bad advice — disable Windows’ networking Quality of Service feature.
Sometimes, what seems to be a networking problem is actually caused by the actions of a totally different PC subsystem.
By making simple adjustments to that second system, you can often resolve the networking problem.
It’s always tempting to buy the fastest-possible hardware, but sometimes it’s just a waste of money.
Fortunately, some free tests can help you ensure that your networking gear is the right speed for the tasks you actually perform.
Normally, applying software patches to applications such as Microsoft Office goes smoothly — but sometimes, things just go horribly awry!
To make matters worse, Microsoft has discontinued its classic Windows Installer CleanUp Utility, which used to be the go-to tool for correcting this kind of trouble.
The next standard for Internet addressing — Internet Protocol Version 6 or “IPv6″ — is almost here.
Here’s a quick update on IPv6, its status, and what you need to know for the rollout.
Data-wiping — securely overwriting deleted files with random ones and zeros — makes deleted data much harder to recover. But is it worth the hassle?
In most cases, the answer is no. There are much simpler methods for making sure deleted files are truly gone.
A flood of reader mail (and comments in the Lounge) followed my report of a six-month, real-life test of Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE).
Many reader remarks questioned the uncontrolled nature of the test as well as MSE’s suitability for novices.
“Available RAM” statistics can be confusing and even lead to poor hardware decisions.
But once you know what the numbers really mean, you can make an informed judgment about your PC’s RAM requirements.
After half a year of real-life testing, Microsoft’s Security Essentials anti-malware application is batting 1.000.
All nine test computers — a mix of Windows 7, Vista and XP systems (including two portables with 20,000 miles of travel) — remain malware- and virus-free.
Losing Windows’ file names can be almost as bad as losing the files themselves.
Getting all your data back the way it was may be possible, but it’ll take some serious digging.