Month: March 2009

Conficker Worm Removal

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Making it’s first appearance in late October of 2008, the Conficker worm is due to morph from its current developmental stage and sprout wings on April Fools Day 2009. Is it a big deal? Big enough for Microsoft to put a bounty on the head of this
outlaw and it’s creator, to the tune of $250,000.00.

PC Pitstop Newsletter March 2009 #2

    Long Live the PC
    Windows 7 Tweaks
    Ask the Pros – Free Security
    Follow Us on Twitter
    Introducing Chris Pirillo
    Bits from Bill: Conflicker April Fool’s Doom
    TechBite: 6 Handy Web Tools
    Technologizer: IE8 Web Slices
    Chris Pirillo Video: How to Open Mysterious Files
    Life Online Survey
    March Madness Contest Standings
    Tip #1: Share Tabs
    Tip #2: Shortcuts to online services
    PC Pitstop Driver Library

Introducing the PC Pitstop Driver Library

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PC Pitstop is proud to announce the launch of an important new reference point for all PC users. The PC Pitstop Driver Library is free to all users and provides a detailed online database of the latest drivers we have identified. Through the millions of scans that have been and are currently being run at PC Pitstop, we are uniquely able to identify the latest and greatest drivers for your PCs.

Check out the PC Pitstop Driver Library Now!

WinPatrol Touted by USA Today

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Congratulations to our good friend and guest columnist Bill Pytlovany.

Last week, USA Today singled out WinPatrol as a “terrfic tool” in the fight against “poisoned SEO results (that) can re-direct your browser to a website serving up all sorts of malicious programs.”

Welcome Chris Pirillo

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Wake the kids, phone the neighbors! PC Pitstop is proud to announce a new partnership with Chris Pirillo. Chris is the founder of the tech blogging network, Lockergnome and previously served as host of TechTV’s Call for Help show. Chris’s insightful and entertaining how to videos will now be featured in the PC Pitstop newsletters and highlighted at techtalk.pcpitstop.com and pcpitstop.com.

Windows7 Tips and Tweaks

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It’s here and it’s coming at you like a freight train. We’re not even out of the beta and I’m thinking about tweaking this latest release from Microsoft. So before I get into some great tweaks, let me share some news about the progress of Windows 7 on its way to market.

Rumor has it that Windows7 RC1 could be released to some select testers on April 10th. I’ve been using the Windows7 beta 7000 build that was initially released to the public and while there have been others, 7022, 7048 and 7057, there have also been reported fake releases seen on some of the torrent site

ASK THE PROS 2009 Free Security and Fast Boot

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Lots of new questions in the Ask The Pros box this week. This first, answered by Doug Bender, will help not only Dave, but anyone who might have a compromised system. Taking advantage of the talent on our forums is an area of PC Pitstop that many people miss. Help from our fourms is a big part of our fight to keep your system clear of malware and running in top form.

Q. Dave Asks: “Hi Pro’s, Here’s my problem. Sometime after my daughter’s last visit from college my computer stopped recognizing me as the “administrator” on my “network.” Since then I have lost my control panel and can’t make any changes to my system.

Long Live the PC!

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There has been a lot of buzz lately about the iPhone replacing the PC. Here’s one from my buddy, Harry McCracken. The owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban, wrote a piece as well. There is certainly a lot of buzz and hype about the iPhone, but as a practical matter, the iPhone is nowhere near able to significantly encroach onto the venerable PC’s territory. As I write this, I am thinking of all my friends that have iPhones, and the look of pride on their face. I am not trying to rain on that parade, I just honestly do not think of the iPhone in the same category as the PC. Here’s why.