Speaking of antivirus tools:
Dear Fred, In a recent column a reader
addressed the need to keep AV programs updated to be truly useful. This
applies to all the various types of security programs that you may have on
your computer. I know of no better way to stay informed than the Calendar of
Updates. This volunteer staffed site can be found at Calendar Of Updates
Dear Fred; I take care of several
teacher’s laptops at our school and have recently been stumped for a fix for
Internet Explorer 6 under XP Pro SP2. When accessing certain websites,
one of my teacher’s IE browsers displays the site with very large, odd
colored and/or garbled fonts. Not every site does this, just certain ones.
I’ve tried dumping all the temp files and cookies, and restoring all the
defaults for IE; I’ve checked for spyware, adaware and viruses using
all the best solutions (AdAware, Pestpatrol, Spybot S&D, Panda Antivirus,
Trojanscan.com to name a few) all with no luck. I did the registry
hack outlined by Microsoft (
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=318378 ) to reinstall IE6
but no luck. One interesting fact: the problem only applies to
that teacher’s specific XP user account. If I logon as the administrator, or
any other valid user account, there is no IE problem. Any suggestions?
Thanks! —Vicki Worthley
I just finished configuring and loading my new PC. Everything on this
home-built system works correctly, except one nagging device… a mystery
device. Device Manager displays the yellow question mark under Other
Devices: PCI Device.
I was sitting next to a guy on a plane who was running a program on his laptop
that had him roaming over Earth as if from a satellite. He told me it was
World Wind from NASA – a free and beautiful program. A must-have for
educators especially. I can’t stop exploring with it. Here’s the link: http://worldwind.arc.nasa.gov/
Hi Fred –
Bought some Crucial Gizmos after reading your articles about flash drives (
). Like the drives, despise the security software that comes with them. Finally called Crucial the other day and the tech support guy said that
Gizmos no longer ship with any sort of security software (it was all
outsourced) since it was so much trouble for them with tech support calls
all the time.
Hi Fred, Regarding
"Two Problems, Maybe The Same Solution" (
http://langa.com/newsletters/2005/2005-07-21.htm#5 ). I’m a little guy, sole proprietor, PC
consulting, repairs, upgrades, disaster recovery, wireless, SOHO networks, etc.
In every case when the complaint is "slow" PC, I check for current installs and
definitions of Symantec or McAffee products, and when they are not current I
recommend un-installing them, and replacing with good, free, non-invasive,
stand-alone utilities to accomplish virus protection, firewall protection,
adware and spyware protection. In all cases, when the above mentioned products
are done away with, the PC instantly performs remarkably better. This includes
registry edits to get rid of all references to the products.
As a long time reader of your newsletter, I have found much great
RAID technology, derived from the phrase "Redundant Array
of Independent (or Inexpensive) Disks," offers several intriguing benefits,
prompting some readers to ask about it on a fairly regular basis:
Fred, I have MANY software programs I have downloaded from the
web… I’d like to put these on CD’s.. (currently filling up a harddrive)..