A tip-filled conversation with Andrew Brandt, director of threat research at Solera Networks, reveals some of the ways hackers sneak malware into PCs.
There are very few alternatives to Microsoft Office. Two — Open Office and LibreOffice — provide the core functionality of classic versions of Microsoft Office and are completely free!
“Hello. This is Microsoft Tech Support. Your PC has notified us that it has an infection.” The call is a scam — an extremely prevalent one. Here’s how it works and what you need to know to stay out of the trap.
Part One of this Windows Secret’s House Call tackles preparing an old system for donation.
Legit software unlocks BitLocker-, TrueCrypt-, and other encrypted files.
The latest Java doesn’t eliminate the chances of catching a Java exploit.
Windows’ Services tool gives you very fine control over how and when your system services run.
During and after the storm Internet providers scrambled to remain online.
Win8 is unique among Windows versions; every experienced Windows user will feel significant disorientation on that first journey into the new OS.
During recent travels around the western U.S., I asked many computer salespeople about Windows 8 — and was truly shocked at inaccurate information provided about the new OS.
E-mail, Facebook, texting, etc. are all good ways to share new digital stills and videos; but they’re typically an image-by-image, select-and-send process. Dropbox can eliminate those extra steps with its Camera Upload option, available on Android and iOS devices.
The Windows Task Scheduler can run almost any program automatically — at a time and in a way you set.
Microsoft’s EMET app can help fight off an attack until there’s a patch.
Standard drive- and file-wiping tools are no longer adequate for completely removing data — especially when used with the newest hard drives.
Four free tools offer safe and certain ways to pare your boot times to the minimum.
When the need arises to check system RAM, try the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool that comes with Vista and Windows 7 — and is a free download for XP.
Here’s what’s likely to happen as Windows 8 makes its way to store shelves.
A few tools designed to auto-update your software can actually worsen your PC’s condition.
Why you should kill your Windows gadgets now and how seemingly innocuous accessory apps could now be used to subvert systems.
Helene had a houseful of PCs (running XP, Vista, and Win7) exhibiting a variety of problems. I was there to help.
It’s the home stretch for the new OS, but success remains anyone’s guess. The next steps for Windows 8.
Resource Monitor provides a clear and simple view into Win7’s operations. Windows’ Performance Monitor is the key to understanding the details of your PC’s operation.
Three little-known apps from Microsoft can put some unexpected novelty back into your images.
For Windows users who manage their own system updates, the patching process is a bit like going to the dentist — you really hope it’ll be pain-free.
For making that twice-monthly chore a little easier, here are some simple tips and tricks to avoid patching woes.
Windows has a long and honorable history of including advanced tools and options that help unlock the operating system’s full potential. Learn how to access Windows’ hundreds of diagnostic tools quickly and easily.
Despite recent headlines, the DNSChanger virus threat is essentially over.
Microsoft offers a complex mix of its OS — Win8 won’t make choosing any easier.
Getting a handle on the maddening process of placing images in Microsfoft Word 2010.
Cleaning up Windows’ system files & settings restores a PC’s performance.
Web services provide content filtering, for more protection from malware.
Time to ensure the latest Windows and Office service packs are installed
Con job includes obviously bogus PayPal, Western Union, and FBI e-mails
Using virtual PC software top safely set up Windows 8 for a test driver ; step by step.
A hands-on look at Microsoft’s controversial Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Whether this Web-based service is ready for business is an open question.
Our Windows Start menu super guide, Part 1, covers pinning folders and files.
We compare resource usage among six popular, free antivirus applications.
iPad, Kindle, Nook, or an Android-based tablet ….whats best for you?
Microsoft wants to strong-arm us into abandoning IE 6 and embracing its latest browsers.
Pushed by Win8, the archaic BIOS gets an enhanced look and capabilities.
Free & cheap products that let Android phones and Win PCs work as a team.
Every issue, the LangaList Plus technical Q&A tackles difficult — and sometimes esoteric — problems sent in by Windows Secrets subscribers.
Microsoft’s newly released beta version of Windows Defender Offline, a rootkit-sniffing and Windows-rehabilitation tool, should be the latest addition to your bag of Windows-repair tricks.
An ad hoc wireless network is a quick way to share files between two PCs.
Reports of a hidden app collecting smartphone data caused a media frenzy.
With the clock ticking down on XP support, MS has no plans for an XP SP4
Updates on root-cert problems and Windows Secrets’ problem-patch chart
How using a simple password on a casual site leads to a costly break-in.
A powerful diagnostic applicaton is being used to get cash from PC users.
A quick and easy guide to setting up and using Really Simple Syndication