|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