Latest Windows Update Breaks Fonts!

If you turned your PC on last week and found that certain fonts had completely stopped working, you’re not alone. Many users are reporting the same complaint. And it turns out that it is caused by a security update from Microsoft (update reference KB2753842) designed to f...

Prevent Restore Points From Wasting Hard Drive Space

System Restore creates automatic backups of important system files and the registry (e.g. when you install a new application) so that if there is a problem with changes you have made to the system you can undo them, and revert to a previous configuration which you know will ...

Reset a Lost Password in Windows XP

A reader sent me the following message last week: On my tablet PC, when switching the computer on, after the Windows logo, I click my user name (id) and the next line asks for the password. It had been working perfectly well until now. After clicking the id, and on typing m...

Enable BIOS Support for USB Keyboards

If you have a USB keyboard or mouse, you may find that it doesn’t work correctly, or it isn’t usable while Windows is booting up. This can be a big problem if you need to access the Windows Advanced Options menu, and your [F8] key isn’t working. If thi...

Hackers Learning New Virus Techniques from the Spooks

A few months ago I wrote about the Stuxnet worm. If you recall, this is the malware that, it turns out, was created by the US government and designed to infect enemy computer systems. The worm's payload was targeted to attack a certain type of industrial control computer sy...

Security Alert: Disable Desktop Gadgets Now!

Microsoft have issued an urgent security warning to all Windows 7 & Vista users: you must disable the Desktop Gadgets feature immediately. It turns out that hackers have discovered a security flaw in the Desktop Gadgets subsystem, which can allow them to take over your ...

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