Over the years, Windows Secrets has accumulated a vast amount of information about Windows and Windows-related hardware and software. To make your computing life easier, the Windows Secrets editors pored through several years of published information and compiled the PC Maintenance Guide — an e-book with the best tips from Fred Langa and the other Windows Secrets contributors.
The good news is that Google has eliminated a security hole that could allow a hacker to get into your Gmail account, as I reported in an
The bad news is that Google chose to remain so tight-lipped about the change that even its own engineers and many security researchers were unaware of the fix, something that doesn’t inspire confidence.
XP users who plan to upgrade directly to Windows 7 will have to completely erase their existing installations to do so.
The Windows 7 installer may help you move your XP files and settings, but you’ll still have to reinstall all your applications.
Version 3 of Symantec’s Norton 360 security software includes a new “Safe Web” feature that competes directly with McAfee’s SiteAdvisor.
But are Safe Web’s real-time checks of the sites you’re visiting any more effective than SiteAdvisor’s database approach?
The UltraVNC and TightVNC virtual-networking programs are widely used to control PCs remotely.
A vulnerability was discovered recently that makes both programs susceptible to an overflow assault.
A piece of malware in circulation since last September redirects links in search results to hacker sites.
Reports of infection are widespread, but fortunately, you can remove this persistent threat relatively easily.
Bots can wreak havoc on your network and endanger your data, but they’re not difficult to eradicate.
A new tool tracks down bots, intercepts their communications, and produces reports that can aid you in removing them from your systems.
If you use the first version of the Wireless Protected Access (WPA) standard to protect your Wi-Fi network, your security may be imperiled.
Any Wi-Fi router that doesn’t support the more robust AES-CCMP or WPA2 standards needs to be replaced.
Most of us have old vinyl albums and cassette tapes that we thought we’d never enjoy again. But in this helpful e-book, Converting Vinyl LPs and Cassette Tapes to CDs and MP3s by Jake Ludington, you get straight-forward solutions to preserve your memories using the playback equipment you probably already own. He rates free and low-cost software that makes it easy for you to convert your LPs and cassettes.
Your most important programs run in the same environment as your operating system — which means if they pick up malware, Windows does, too.
A free utility lets you run each app in its own virtual environment to prevent any interaction with your vital system files.