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Category Archives: Software
Just a quick warning to anyone still using Outlook Express in Windows XP: Do not allow any of your mailbox folders (Inbox, Sent, Trash, etc) to exceed 2GB in size. At best it renders you unable to modify the contents of that box, which can halt your mail flow if it’s your inbox. At worst, it prevents Outlook Express from launching correct and in doing so prevents you from fixing the problem. To see how … Read more
So this is 3 months old at this point, but I only just noticed and I think it’s puzzling and significant to note. It seems that Symantec has decided not to allow its line of Norton security products to participate in my favorite impartial antivirus shoot-out at www.av-comparatives.org. I have no idea why they wouldn’t want to appear beside the other big players in home internet security; historically they have compared very favorably in these … Read more
Ok, I know this isn’t all that new, but this week was the first time I’ve had to sync an older Palm device with a 64-bit operating system. Surprise surprise, HP (who now owns PalmONE and “supports” all its products) says it can’t be done via USB. But, third party developer Aceeca has released some 64-bit driver for Vista and Windows 7. And here they are: http://aceeca.com/support/technical-support/downloads/product/drivers-64-bit-usb-windows-driver-for-palmgarnet-os All you need to do is press the … Read more
I couldn’t imagine a better outcome to this story. Now all it needs is developer to pick up the project and run with it. Maybe I should back up though. For many years HijackThis has been one of my favorite tools for detecting and removing unwanted startup items from Windows systems. As the name implies, it was originally written to help fix browser hijacks, however it quickly proved to be just as effective at disabling … Read more
I’ve treated four or five machines in the last week for this nasty new infection: mostly XP machines, but Vista and Win7 are susceptible as well. It has similar symptoms as other rootkits: preventing your antivirus software from running, redirecting your web search results, etc., but this one is a little nastier. It doesn’t just disable your software, it mangles the executable file so the antivirus needs to be removed and reinstalled after the infection … Read more