By Steve Bass
On March 21, 1991, I stopped using Norton’s security programs.
But I like to see what the dark side is up to, so I recently switched back to Norton. And I’m really happy I did.
Of course, knowing how you always like to hear the dirt, I’ll tell you the back story.
Here’s a news flash. Sometimes Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 will randomly not respond. Wow! No Kidding? So I guess that information and the fact that I see specs of light dotting my back yard on summer evenings shouldn’t surprise me now.
Glad you told me, otherwise I’d be flipping out.
PC Matic now allows you to customize your scanning and cleaning.
Sometimes going with the Big Name isn’t a good choice.
McAfee’s recent update has botched hundreds of thousands of computers with a false positive reading of perfectly legit Windows files. Take a look inside for some interesting links and information.
Phase 1 of a major overhaul of the PC Pitstop website is now complete. Our new home page went live last night. This update marks our biggest
design change since we opened our doors in 2000.
Have a look and please let us know what you think.
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Starting Monday Feb. 24th 2009, updates are available for those lucky souls using Windows 7 Beta. The updates can be found by going to Start/All Programs/Windows Updates, as they are not being announced or installed via Automatic Updates. It must be done manually.
Reports that the updates donâ€™t change anything and are only a â€œpseudo-refreshâ€ seemed somewhat inaccurate. â€Starting February 24, we will be releasing up to 5 test updates to PCs running the Windows 7 Beta (Build 7000) via Windows Update. These updates allow us to test and verify our ability to deliver and manage the updating of Windows 7. We typically verify servicing scenarios during a betaâ€, said Brandon LeBlanc. Instead of the â€œup to 5â€ announced updates, I was presented with 35 suggested updates which downloaded and installed in approximately 25 minutes.
Early voting is underway in many parts of the country and now at PC Pitstop. Who do you plan to vote for?
Itâ€™s been a full 6 months since the release of Windows XP SP3. The unsuspecting public downloaded it faster than Tom Cruise jumps a couch, and it wasnâ€™t long before 25% of us found we had grabbed a ticking time bomb. Endless reboots, blue screens, data loss and reinstalls were the wails coming from every help forum on the World Wide Web. In some cases John Q Public didnâ€™t even know the grenade was coming. It was tossed in the middle of the night by Microsoftâ€™s Automatic Update service. You donâ€™t need to imagine the problems this created because you lived it.
By now everyone is aware of the problems associated with installing Windows XP SP3. The amount of time and money wasted with this demon is immeasurable. The publicâ€™s lack of acceptance of Windows Vista has only added to the feeling of being blindsided by an old friend.
I am outlining the problems and providing information to fix the issues found to date. Above all Iâ€™m telling you to avoid the problems. Donâ€™t be one the unfortunates that is rear-ended while slowing to view the carnage. Stay far away from this Update. I am not telling you to take preventative measures and then install. I’m telling you to wait, “Do not install XP SP3”!
Fact and Fable
Unlike a lot of sequels, Windows XP SP3 is better than the original. Any day now the official release is due to hit the streets. Rumors of 10% performance increases crowd my Googled results. My mind travels to increased scores for benchmarks. Microsoft’s favored son is rising to the position of SUPER HERO. “WINDOWS XP CONQUERS….” Oh, sorry, I’ll get back to earth now.
Commentary: Playing With Fire
Vista Readiness Center Update
Research: Portable Usage With and Without Batteries
Windows Tip: Open Multiple Programs Simultaneously
Windows Tip: Can You Ever Have Enough Hard Drive Space?
Research: Wireless Networking Survey Results
Survey: Portable Computer Safety
Since March 2004, PC Pitstop has been surveying WhenU users about their installation experience with WhenU products. Our first report on this data was published in April 2004, and it validated our anecdotal experience that very few users knowingly consent to installing WhenU.