Malicious applications posing as antivirus software are not new, but they’re more common than ever — and more sophisticated.
They pop up on your screen, warning you that your system is infected with all kinds of viruses. It’s true, your PC is infected — but the infection is the warning, itself.Read More
Microsoft’s words and actions sometimes directly contradict each other; in several places, the Windows 7 license agreement prohibits actions that the setup software then allows or even automates.
All Microsoft end-user license agreements suffer from defects, but with Win7, the conflicts, contradictions, and confusion have reached new heights — or depths.Read More
If you’ll be setting up Windows 7 on more than a couple of computers — or if you need to add Win7 to a PC without a working DVD drive — save yourself time and bother by converting a USB drive into a Windows setup “disc.”
With a couple of free utilities, a 4GB or larger USB drive, any Windows 7 setup DVD, and a little time, you can build your own Win7 universal USB installer.Read More
Now that Windows 7 has arrived, many people will be mixing and matching systems running Win7, Vista, and XP on their home and small-office networks.
Setting up such heterogeneous networks isn’t as hard as you might think … if you follow a few simple rules.Read More
Fast, full-featured, and free, Microsoft’s new security suite is drawing accolades from experts and howls of agony from competitors.
If you’re tired of your bloated and expensive security suite exhorting/extorting you for more money — and you can’t stomach the way free AV products try to scare you into paying — it’s time to try something new and better from an unexpected source.Read More
The most misunderstood new feature in Windows 7 may be homegroups, which lets you share files, media, and printers across Win7 PCs quickly and easily — if you know a few tricks.
I’ve seen a lot of bad advice online about Windows 7 homegroups, however, so let’s delve into the belly of the beast to learn the facts.Read More
Recently, many Windows Secrets readers — me among them — discovered that they could no longer send e-mail, although they could still receive messages.
In an attempt to reduce spam, many ISPs, including Verizon as of a few months ago, now block all outbound traffic on what used to be the de facto avenue for e-mail, port 25 — leaving customers in the lurch.Read More
If you use Outlook Express in Windows XP or Windows Mail in Vista, you need to wake up and smell the cyanide; Microsoft gave up on both e-mail programs years ago, and it’s time you followed suit.
Now that the company has dropped OE and Windows Mail — and yanked e-mail from Windows 7 altogether — think about moving your mail and contacts to an alternative e-mail app.Read More
Top Story about potential pitfalls in upgrading to Windows 7 generated a torrent of questions that Microsoft hasn’t yet addressed publicly.
Here’s a partial list of what we don’t yet know about Windows 7 — think of it as a Windows 7 anti-FAQ.
Late last month, Microsoft released a public beta of Security Essentials — code named Morro — and invited “genuine” Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 users to give it a try.
While free antivirus and antispyware from Microsoft resonates with this Windows victim, you need to be aware of privacy concerns and other compromises entailed in using MSE before you test the program.Read More