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Should you choose Intel or AMD?

The CPU wars won’t be over any time soon. In the meantime, which CPU chip —
Intel or AMD — is best for Windows?

Benchmarks can help, but the full answer lies elsewhere. I’ll cover that, plus
crash sleuthing and lots more in today’s issue!

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More cases of adware running amok

Don’t you hate it when software refuses to uninstall? I sure do. So, today’s issue begins with help in rooting out recalcitrant software.

Don’t you hate it when software refuses to uninstall?

I sure do. So, today’s issue begins with help in rooting out recalcitrant
software. I then cover a free utility, an IE 7 speed-up, and lots more!

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An explosion of info on passwords

Wow! What a hot button! My Jan. 4 article on "Easier
but safer passwords" generated a veritable flood of reader mail.

Here’s a
sampling of a few of the best comments. Also, I have some info you need to
know about “Windows Live Toolbar" and installing the new Windows Vista.

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How to ease your password hassles

Just as in 2006, one of 2007’s top themes is likely to be online security.

So, let’s begin the New Year with some very useful password security tips and
tools, and then look at an "update aggregator" service — and more!

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Beware of unexpected holiday gifts

now you’ve opened your presents and you’re playing with your new tech
toys — but don’t let the Grinch spoil your holiday season.

Let’s take a quick look at some flaws that Microsoft hasn’t yet patched,
and which people may use to try to scam you this season.

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LangaList is merging with Windows Secrets

I have important news for everyone who uses Windows. The LangaList — a respected e-mail newsletter that’s uncovered the tips and tricks
of Microsoft’s operating system for nine years — is merging with the
Windows Secrets Newsletter.

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IE 7 needs tweaking for safety

Microsoft’s new Internet Explorer 7.0 browser, which was released to the
public last week, includes several security improvements but still has weaknesses
inherited from IE 6.

I’ll show you an easy way to “harden” IE 7 so you’re protected against
hacker threats that haven’t even been invented yet.

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Vista changes lock out antivirus makers

Microsoft is making

statements claiming it’s going to let security
vendors such as Symantec and McAfee
have access to the Vista kernel. I don’t believe it.

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MS OneCare halts flow of antivirus info

When Microsoft
announced it was entering the antivirus biz, the usual nattering nabobs of
negativism moaned and groaned about unfair competition and unlevel playing

But several recent events seem to confirm the worst: Microsoft may well be using its
desktop monopoly to trump its AV competitors. What do you think?

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Readers reveal the secrets of IE 7

Microsoft’s new browser, Internet Explorer version 7.0, will ship sometime
soon with updated features and better security — so of course our contributing
editor Woody Leonhard explained on
Sept. 14 how to
prevent version 7 from automatically downloading to your PC.

It’s not that there’s anything wrong with IE 7, mind you. Woody just thinks
other people, not you, should be the first to get bitten any point-oh bugs.

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