Setting up a complete home network can be both extremely frustrating and exceedingly rewarding. Well-designed home networks give quick access to documents, storage, printing, and the Internet from anywhere in your house.
We’re all used to the constant stream of patches from Microsoft. Windows Secrets covers them in the twice-monthly Patch Watch column. Most of these patches are initiated by the diligent work of security specialists. But a recently released Microsoft Fix it patch, KB 2578723, springs from our very own ace writer Fred Langa, and his weekly LangaList Plus column. In his May 12 article, “Win7 network stuck in ‘Public’ mode,” Fred gave his steps for fixing network-location problems. Later, Fred wondered if those steps could be made more simply with a Microsoft Fix it button. So he contacted fellow columnist Woody Leonhard, a Microsoft Thailand MVP. Woody in turn passed the suggestion on to Microsoft, and the rest is, as they say, history. Congratulations Fred! This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
You’re more advanced than the typical Windows user — you read Windows Secrets! So what do you do when you have PC trouble?
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.