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Google saddened by Chrome crashes due to outdated video drivers

Gamers and other enthusiasts know the importance of keeping their video card's drivers current, but it's not something the vast majority of the computing public pays any attention to. If the computer is running OK, there's no need to update drivers, right? As it turns out, there's a very good reason to update: your old driver might be causing your Web browser to crash excessively. That's wha...

AVG Free update cripples Windows 7 64-bit

Demonstrating quite clearly why you should never jump straight on an update the moment it's released, and that good backups are imperative, the latest update to AVG's free antivirus offering prevents Windows 7 64-bit from booting after a forced post-installation reboot cycle. The 271.1.1/3292 (432/3292) definition update, which requires users to reboot their PC after installation, blocks Windows ...

Textarea Cache text - and life - saving Firefox add-on now supports Firefox 4

Textarea Cache is a longtime Download Squad favorite. In fact, it has been featured in our 2009 Firefox add-on pack, and I've been using it for ages. It's a very simple add-on that constantly saves the contents of whatever text area you're writing in. Then, if (or rather when) Firefox crashes, you still have your text. If you only compose Gmail messages, it may not be very handy (because Gmail pe...

Mozilla puts Firefox auto-updates temporarily on hold due to crash issue

Following a spate of reports from users, Mozilla has temporarily suspended updates to Firefox 3.6.8 and 3.5.11. Mozilla's Mike Shaver told InfoWorld, "We've limited updates to Firefox 3.6.9 and Firefox 3.5.12 at this time as we evaluate some early feedback which indicates that a subset of our user base may be finding the releases unstable." Once the startup crash bug has been rectified, the au...

Firefox 3.6.4 with 'crash protection' released

Stop the press! Mozilla has just released Firefox 3.6.4 -- you can download it by clicking 'Check for Updates' in the Help menu, or by visiting the Firefox website. Firefox 3.6.4 brings crash protection for Adobe Flash, Apple QuickTime and Microsoft Silverlight plug-ins -- under Windows and Linux (Mac will have to wait, it seems). With 3.6.4, if a plug-in crashes, you will be able to simply rel...

Firefox for Android development gets a boost as crash reporting goes live

If you're trying to work out bugs in a new application, automatic crash reports can be extremely helpful. It's the kind of thing that could really come in handy if you were trying to polish off a mobile version of a web browser, for example. Not suprisingly, the team at Mozilla feels the same way. In the latest nightly builds of Firefox for Android, crash reporting has been turned on. The mobi...

Microsoft states the obvious: those damn toolbars cause 70% of IE crashes

So this might not seem obvious to everyone, but as a guy in the trenches I'm not at all surprised by the statement Ars Technica quoted this morning from a new Microsoft whitepaper: "Add-ons cause most browser crashes, accounting for over 70 percent of Internet Explorer 8's crashes. Slowdowns in Internet Explorer 8 are very often caused by add-ons-especially when you open a new browser window or ...

Session Buddy is a killer session management extension for Google Chrome

Google Chrome has basic session recovery and can load a specific set of URLs upon launching, but it's nothing too exciting. If you're after a more powerful alternative, check out the Session Buddy extension. Once installed, you can save and restore tabs and windows from previous browsing sessions. You can also remove specific tabs or windows prior to restoring -- just in case there are pages y...

Out of process plug-ins to land in Firefox this quarter?

Back in December of last year, out of process plugin support finally landed in Firefox's trunk builds. Today, CNet reports that Mozilla is working toward implementing the feature in a minor update - possibly Firefox 3.6.5. What it boils down to is that the crash-proofing kung fu could appear in more mainstream Firefox builds as early as this quarter. Firefox chief Mike Beltzner told CNet "It's...

Installers and updates crashing in Windows 7? Here's your fix.

Despite all the shouting about Windows 7 being good enough to run as an every day OS, here's another reminder that there's still work to be done. Many users are reporting crashes during install operations, including Windows Update. Rafael Rivera of Within Windows has found the issue arises from a problem with the Software Quality Management Client. How ironic. The problem only seems to occur when...

Keep vehicle traffic flowing (or not) in Crash - Time Waster

When I was working in downtown Cleveland 12 years ago, I remember this amazing traffic cop that used to dance in the middle of the rush hour craziness to direct the vehicles. The guy sure made traffic management seem like a lot of fun. Fortunately for all of us, anyone that wants to give it a go can do it by playing Crash rather than throwing on a bright orange vest, grabbing a whistle, and busti...

Application Manager restarts crashed Windows apps

Application Manager is a tiny Windows utility that monitors your running processes and compares it with a user-configured list of applications. If Application Manager notices that one of the apps you specify is not running, it will relaunch that program. In other words, it will restart any program that crashes. Say you want to make sure that your instant messenger or desktop Twitter application ...

Sitemeter bug takes down thousands of web sites (for Internet Explorer users)

Thousands of web sites are currently inaccessible to Internet Explorer 5.5, 6, and 7 users thanks to a new Sitemeter bug. Sitemeter is a free web analytics service used by many popular blogs and web sites including Lifehacker, Gizmodo, and Consumerist. They all appear to be affected as of this morning. It's worth noting that the bug only affects Internet Explorer users. The web sites load just f...

29% of Windows Vista crashes caused by NVIDIA drivers

If you were an early adopter of Windows Vista, there's a pretty good chance you became familiar with one of Vista's coolest new features: an automatic crash reporting utility that will recommend solutions if and when they become available. Or to put it another way, if you tried running Windows Vista on many machines, there was a good chance your computer crashed. A lot. Even if the manufacturer...

Top 12 ways to overcome PC disaster

PC World has put together a round-up of ideas to save you from the worst things that could happen to you. These end-game scenarios include: Your computer won't boot You just told off the CEO in an e-mail and instantly regret it No PCs show on the network Your identity has been stolen! Your Net connection is dead You're being sued by the RIAA/MPAA Your device just got doused w...