Welcome to the 346th issue of the PC Improvement News. PCIN consists mainly
of news and tips. There is something for everyone, and if this is your first
issue, I'm sure there will be something for you. If you give me two or three
issues, I know that you will come back for more!
I can't believe June is
here already! The weather is great, Andrew and Matthew love their new playset,
and Lisa and I are having fun out in the gardens. I love this time of year.
Speaking of the playset, I've been busy with a lot of AccessNiagara.com stuff
lately, so I haven't had a chance to put up any new family galleries. Here
is a small picture of what the new playset looks like. Dad and Andrea did
a great job!
Most American consumers don't realize Internet merchants and even traditional
retailers sometimes charge different prices to different customers for the
same products, according to a new survey.
The study, "Open to Exploitation," found nearly two-thirds of adult
Internet users believed incorrectly it was illegal to charge different people
different prices, a practice retailers call "price customization." More
than two-thirds of people surveyed also said they believed online travel
sites are required by law to offer the lowest airline prices possible.
Computers running Windows XP Service Pack 2 are 15 times less likely than
those running XP or XP SP1 to be infected by some of the most dangerous forms
of malware, according to a Microsoft security guru.
Jason Garms, who heads the company's anti-malware product team, said Tuesday
that this improvement had been revealed by an internal analysis of SP2's
SP2--a major security update released in August--was designed to turn on
auto-update by default and consolidate security controls into a "security
"A machine that had Windows XP or XP SP1 was 15 times more likely to have
one of the highly prevalent top 20 worms installed than on a machine running
XP SP2," said Garms, who spoke at a conference sponsored by Australia's
national Computer Emergency Response Team, or AusCERT.
With the summer camp season fast approaching, kids across the country will
be stocking up on hiking shoes, bug spray and other necessities for adventures
in the great outdoors. Thousands of others, however, will be enjoying adventures
of the indoor variety: creating video games, building robots and designing
Computer camp, as it was known to an earlier generation, just isn't what
it used to be. With the booming growth of video games, the Internet and digital
media, technology-minded kids have an enormous variety of things to learn
at technology camps, which are often taught on the campuses of major universities.
Never mind that Donald Trump is a graduate of the Wharton School of the
University of Pennsylvania. He says people need the street smarts and skills
to achieve, and they need them fast.
On Monday he launched the online Trump University with courses in entrepreneurship,
real estate and wealth accumulation that last six to 10 hours and cost $300. "I
went to the best business school in the world," Trump said in an interview. "You
don't have to go through four years to learn a lot."
Follow along the progress of Microsoft's next Internet Explorer browser
by keeping tabs on Internet Explorer 7.0 development with this Microsoft
Check it out at http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/default.aspx
Norton Removal Tool
Someone I know was having problems with their computer, and they ended up
having a copy of their registry being restored and so they had to reinstall
a bunch of things. But they couldn't get Norton Antivirus 2005 installed.
I tried everything I could. I removed registry entries, I deleted the folders
that were there, I rebooted dozens of times, but everytime I went to install
it, the process would fail. As I did a search on the Symantec web site, I
came across document
Symantec has a program that removes the programs listed at the beginning
of this document from your computer when Windows Add/Remove programs does
not work. This program is called SymNRT. SymNRT works with Windows 98,
Windows Me, Windows 2000, and Windows XP. Do not use SymNRT unless Windows
Add/Remove programs cannot uninstall your supported program.
The removal tool works with the following programs:
Norton AntiVirus 2004, 2004 Professional, 2005, 2005 3 user
Norton Internet Security 2004, 2004 Professional, and 2005
Norton Internet Security Anti-Spyware Edition 2005
Norton SystemWorks 2004 and 2005
Norton AntiSpam 2004 and 2005
Norton Personal Firewall 2004 and 2005
Norton Ghost 2003 and 9.0
Norton Password Manager 2004
I used the tool, rebooted, and then when I tried to reinstall the software
it worked perfectly. Obviously there was something left over somewhere that
was causing the process to fail. It's a handy tool that you can download
directly from the Symantec
Troubleshooting drivers with XP's hidden Driver Verifier Manager
A great tip from TechRepublic:
The next time you need to identify the cause of a driver problem, turn
to Windows XP's little-known troubleshooting tool called the Driver Verifier
Manager. By going through a few short steps, you'll be able to determine
whether the drivers you choose to diagnose are causing the problem.
PCIN is brought to you by Graham Wing. The opinions expressed are those of
the Editor, Graham Wing and the Assistant Editor, Chris Empey. Graham Wing
and Chris Empey accept no responsibility for the results obtained from trying
the tips in this newsletter.
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