The best of LangaList Plus — 2011

Fred langa By Fred Langa

Every issue, the LangaList Plus technical Q&A tackles difficult — and sometimes esoteric — problems sent in by Windows Secrets subscribers.


For this last LangaList Plus of 2011, we’ve assembled some of the most popular Langa stories of this past year; we cover topics ranging from working around a Windows 7 networking bug to 14 free tools for digging out stubborn malware infections.

Win7 network stuck in ‘Public’ mode

A bug in Windows 7 can make your PC think that safe home or work networks are unsafe Public networks — and prevent you from correcting the problem!

(Editor’s Note: Fred’s solution below was picked up by Microsoft and published, in modified form, as Knowledge Base article 2578723, which includes a one-click Fix It. However, Microsoft’s treatment skips several of Fred’s steps that help ensure success. Here’s Fred’s original write-up, which includes all the steps.)

Reader Pam’s Public network settings are stuck and are blocking her connections.

  • “I accidentally checked the box that says ‘make all future networks public and do not show this again,’ not realizing it was for an

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About Fred Langa

Fred Langa is senior editor. His LangaList Newsletter merged with Windows Secrets on Nov. 16, 2006. Prior to that, Fred was editor of Byte Magazine (1987 to 1991) and editorial director of CMP Media (1991 to 1996), overseeing Windows Magazine and others.