Author Archives: Fred Langa

Fred Langa

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.

How to ease your password hassles

Just as in 2006, one of 2007’s top themes is likely to be online security.

So, let’s begin the New Year with some very useful password security tips and
tools, and then look at an "update aggregator" service — and more!

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What to do when a DLL goes missing

There’s an easy way and a hard way to replace missing or corrupted DLLs.

As you can probably guess, I’ll show you the fast and easy way! Then I’ll
discuss a free "ultra-high security password generator," continue our
coverage of AOL’s antivirus tool, and more.

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Should you use AOL’s free antivirus?

Are you ready to trust products from the “new” AOL? I’m not.

A careful reading of an AOL software license reveals all-too-familiar patterns
that set off my alarm bells.

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When your Recovery Console goes bad

Software and hardware are supposed to help us. But sometimes our tools turn against us, causing more problems than they solve and leading to
frustration, delays, and costly failures.

Today, I look at some normally docile, usually helpful tools — such as Windows’
Recovery Console, which is software, and laptop batteries, which are hardware —
to see how they can run amok, and what you can do about it.

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Free antivirus, a new firewall, and IP sniffing

Welcome to the first issue of the new, combined Windows Secrets & LangaList!

Although the newsletter format is different (and better!) than the old LangaList,
I’m still getting
the same kind of great reader questions and tips as always. This week,
I discuss new products from the makers of two immensely-popular software utilities
— AVG AntiVirus and
Ad-Aware — plus a concern about IP data-mining.

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Did You *Really* Send An Infected E-Mail?

Hi Fred – Love the list. I’m writing about
item 4 from your 11/1 newsletter ("Message Says, ‘You’ve Sent Infected

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Getting “Snippy” With Web Pages

Hello Fred! Like everyone else, I am addicted to your
newsletter and I can hardly wait to see and experience all the new changes.

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Does Your Page/Swap File Deserve Its Own Drive?

Dear Fred, What about giving the paging
[aka "swap"] file
its own dedicated drive? I’ve done this on several machines with no problems
(although I did *once* receive a "Windows is running out of Virtual Memory"
message while running CorelDraw, which I suspect is not good about releasing memory). In any case, a useful utility is Mark Russinovich’s System File
Defragmenter ( ), which
defrags not only the paging file but also the Registry on bootup. I suspect you
mentioned this at one time or another; I get most of my most useful utilities
from your newsletter. —Jim Allen

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A Very Happy Anniversary

Nine years ago, the very first issue of the LangaList was
published to a small— OK, *tiny* <g>— number of subscribers. To put it
mildly, it was pretty lame. 8-),

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