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More ways to prevent phantom devices

Windows Secrets
readers are talented ghostbusters!


That’s been
proven time and time again in the Windows Secrets reader mail, and
was shown once more in the discussion on preventing and removing
phantom devices.

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How to prevent and remove ‘phantom’ devices

A little ghostbusting is all it takes to free your system of nonexistent
devices.

Windows sometimes displays USB drives and other removable devices that are no
longer connected to your system. Here’s how to cure the problem and prevent it
from happening again.

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Hundreds of hard-drive repair tips!

Having hard-drive trouble? Don’t panic! Odds are, there’s a fix.

If the CPU is your PC’s brain, then the hard drive is its heart,
pumping necessary data throughout your system. Hard drive troubles
are the PC equivalent of a heart attack, but the tips
below will ensure that your data has a long life!

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Improving your Windows networking defaults

Free online tools can help speed your downloads and Web browsing.

First, use a free connection analyzer to find out exactly what your optimum settings
should be. Then, use a free tweaking tool to actually make the changes.

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User Account Control offers improved security

Vista’s User Account Control (UAC) helps defend your system
against all sorts of malware.

This week, I discuss whether or not it’s a good idea to disable
UAC and explain how to disable it, if you want to. (Note: Fred Langa is taking the
week off and will return in the next newsletter.)

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