Support Alert

Self repairing PCs

IBM has introduced the “Rapid Restore” utility for its line of
PCs that allows end-users to effectively re-image their PCs to
recover from data corruption, virus infections and other
software induced system failures. The utility works by restoring
a system image along with key application data from a hidden
disk partition that cannot be accessed by viruses or
applications.

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Look for Windows Secrets and Support Alert Newsletter

This Thursday, you’ll start receiving the combined publication. It will bear a new logo, Windows Secrets & Support Alert, as shown in the image at left. (This name will be shortened after a transitional period.)

The combined newsletter will have approximately 400,000 subscribers, far more than the 145,000 I’ve been publishing to in recent months. But I’ll have more time to focus on writing as the senior editor of the merged publication. The production help I’m receiving from the Windows Secrets staff is already making my life much easier.

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Are security products a security risk?

This is no surprise. Let’s face it, security products are software and all software products are flawed. What is surprising is just how many flaws were detected in this survey; more than 800 vulnerabilities in all. Maybe we need a new class of software to protect our PCs from our security programs :>)

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Dislike Vista? Then Have Your Say Here

Here’s a site where folks post the many failings in the Vista interface. You can vote for those you agree with or add you own complaints.

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Gizmo’s desert island utilities report

This is a list of the security products and utilities I use on the PCs in my office. Normally this report is only available to premium subscribers to this newsletter but seeing this is the last issue of Support Alert in its current format I’ve decided to make it available to all my subscribers.

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Bundle of Firefox security extensions

You can turn Firefox into an impressive security testing and auditing tool with FireCAT. It’s a free collection of the “most efficient and useful Firefox Extensions oriented [to] application security auditing and assessment.”

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Your questions about the Support Alert/Windows Secrets merger answered

I’ve put together an FAQ covering the myriad of questions I’ve received about the upcoming merger of Support Alert and Windows Secrets newsletters.

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How to print a folder file list from Windows Explorer

It’s often useful to print the names of all the files in a folder, but this capability is not built into Windows by default. Some third party file managers offer this function and there are some specialist utilities that will do the job as well.

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A free reminder program that’s also a PC scheduler

Regular contributor Leib Moscovitz recently wrote to let me know about Kana Reminder. This is a pretty standard reminder program with all the usual features such as popup notification; hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, or annually scheduling etc.

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Hidden trap with USB keyboards

There is another completely reliable way of booting into Safe Mode and that’s by using the MSConfig Utility. This tip is not only useful getting problem USB keyboards into Safe Mode but also for folks who have trouble getting their timing right when pressing the F8 key during the boot sequence.

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