The Microsoft Corp. in January released Vista Ultimate, the priciest
version of the company’s new operating system, with the promise of additional downloadable “Extras,” available only for the top-of-the-line product.
Months later, buyers of Vista Ultimate have seen no new Extras since the mere
handful that were offered around the initial Vista
Problems with an important Windows component, svchost.exe, can
consume up to 100% of CPU time.
Now, a beta release of Windows Live Messenger threatens to spread the problem to
even more users, unless their systems are patched soon.
You see them everywhere your Wi-Fi laptop goes: unprotected wireless signals
offering "Free Internet Access" or "Free
But connect to them and you’ll be disappointed. In a few cases,
you may even have your computer hacked. Here’s the scoop on how to protect
For at least a decade, InfoWorld veteran Ed Foster has been writing about the
uses and abuses of end-user license agreements (EULAs).
What began as examples of bad service
agreements that were more funny than dangerous has become a crusade against
complicated language and outrageous requirements and penalties. I talked to
Foster about fighting the good fight.
WindowsSecrets.com maintains a
WSN Security Baseline page to keep you current
on the bare minimum you need to protect your home or small-business systems against
This list is based on our analysis of the reviews and editor’s choices from leading PC
publications and Web sites, including PC Magazine,
These days, most antivirus and other security products come with a
subscription to update your virus definitions.
Signing up usually means forced automatic subscription renewal, in which your
credit card is charged every year, and it’s not easy to opt out —
but I’ll show you how.
To back up its claims that Windows Vista is “the safest version of Windows ever,”
Microsoft requires developers to use digital signatures on all 64-bit drivers for
This requirement, far from making the new operating system safer, actually does
little to stop hackers but may be partially responsible for a shortage of drivers that are needed
Newer processors, such as those from Intel and AMD, support a useful
feature that Microsoft calls hardware Data Execution Prevention
Unfortunately, it’s not enabled for all the software you may be
running. Here’s how to remedy that situation.
In last week’s issue, I told you how to get great prices on Windows
and other software using educational discounts. Unfortunately, not
everyone has the credentials to get these discounts.
For those lacking the academic qualifications, Original Equipment Manufacturer
(OEM) discounts offer a tempting alternative.
Despite hacks and cracks you can find on the Web, the only
legitimate way to run Windows XP or Vista is to purchase a licensed
But you can get copies at half-price or less using “educational
discounts” — and qualifying is a lot easier than you may