Bits from Bill: Windows 7 may come with a Steep Price

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By Bill Pytlovany

Windows 7 may come with a Steep Price

So far most of my predictions about Windows 7 have been right on the money. Microsoft has scaled back the number of versions. Computer manufactures confirm they’ll have Windows7 installed on machines in time for Christmas. Unfortunately, the one thing I may have been wrong about was …

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Win $100 Every Month

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Don’t believe it? Check out this link to see the past winners of PC Pitstop’s Tips and Tricks section. I’m showing some tweaks that I use to give you an idea of what we’re looking for. Jump in and grab an extra $100.00.

Get your name in the hat by heading over to our Forums and posting up your submission or just enter them here and if your tip is chosen you’ll be the lucky winner for that month. We’ve had well over 100 people who have contributed and won prizes for their efforts. Why shouldn’t you be one of them?

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PC PITSTOP FIGHTS SCAREWARE – AV2008(9)

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This happened just 2 days ago. On Saturday I installed a new copy of Windows XP. It was a brand new copy and I put it on a brand new hard drive for the purpose of software testing. I finished the install and applied the drivers. I was behind a router which acts as a firewall. I opened the IE browser and went to a favorite site. I read the forums and exactly 23 minutes after the install I was receiving AV2009 popups. It’s scare ware. It told me I was infected and needed to download their program to remove the threat. I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t even have an email client installed, no Instant Messenger.

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The Candidates and Computing

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Everyday we’re bombarded with segments on the worlds sinking economy. Satellite and cable delivers spin on everything from Housing to the cost of corn. But what I don’t see is how the candidates view computing and the internet. It may not seem as important as other issues but since my livelihood depends on it, I worry. Will someone try to limit my access? Will congress tax it out of reach for the average citizen? Will the next president support censoring it into impotency?

What does the next nicely wrapped, political present, have in store for us? That’s what I’m worrying about, and if your job is linked to computing, you might be too.

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VIRUS WARS II

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In the last newsletter, “Virus Wars I” I talked about some of the more recent “custom threats” and how the enemy is becoming more professional in their approach to infecting our systems . Today I want to identify these threats and see what we can do to protect ourselves. Instead of scattering links through-out the article, I’m including them all at the end for convenient reference. Believe me, protecting against these threats isn’t easy. The changes we’re seeing in malware can be organized into three basic categories.

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