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IE Restorator fixes common Internet Explorer problems

Over at The Windows Club, a user has contributed a handy little utility, which takes care of some common problems that affect Internet Explorer. IE Restorator can reset Internet Explorer to its default settings, re-register both 32 and 64-bit version of IE, and perform Winsock resets and flush the DNS cache. It's also totally portable and makes an excellent addition to your flash drive or ne...

Mozilla fixes startup bug, Firefox auto-updates are go!

It certainly didn't take long for Mozilla to jump to the pump and address a very-recently-announced bug affecting automatic updates to Firefox 3.6.9 and 3.5.11. A patch has been pushed, and users can now allow auto-update to do its thing without fear of winding up with a browser that won't start properly. Mozilla's Christian Legnitto voiced his surprise about the bug in comments on Bugzilla, st...

Find out what Windows error codes mean with a free, portable program

I don't have to look up Windows error codes often. You know the ones I mean -- they're those lovely hexadecimal heads-ups that sometimes pop up when a program acts up? When I do, however, it would be nice to have a simpler way to do it than sifting through Google or MSDN search results. ErrMsg is a free, portable utility which makes decoding those messages about as simple as it can get. Launch...

ReProfiler for Windows can fix your corrupt or unavailable user profile

I don't often run into corrupt or unloadable user profiles on my workbench, but when I do they can be very tedious to repair. There's a lot of registry tweaking and permission setting that I'd love to be able to leave up to an application -- like ReProfiler, a free, portable tool designed to fix exactly this problem. Highlight a user account, then click the properties button to see what detail...

Microsoft FixIt Center beta fixes Windows 7 and Vista errors automatically

Just yesterday I wrote about FixWin, a free program which helps fix a number of Windows Vista and Windows 7 errors. It's a lot like Microsoft's web-based FixIt solutions. Today, there's another option and it comes straight from Microsoft. Their new Fix It Center is a program you can download for free which provides automatic fixes for a wide range of bugs and annoyances. Choose the issue you...

Prevx says "LOL sry" to Microsoft re: black screen of death uproar

Oh Ed Bott, what would we do without you? Seriously. Amidst the 1.3 trillion "black screen error" posts recently published on every blog in the Milky Way, Ed's breakdown today was the first to really dig in to the reality behind Prevx's claims that recent Windows 7 patches were rendering systems totally unusable. You might have wondered why you didn't read about the "story" earlier this wee...

Avast has a freak out, goes on a false positive spree

Earlier this morning, we received a tip from a developer that his office encountered a rather serious issue: Avast started detecting all binaries created with Delphi as malware - a gigantic problem if you happen to be developing Delphi apps in-house. At first it looked like an isolated incident, but it now appears to be anything but. Avast's user forums [update] have been getting hammered for ...

How to fix a Windows 7 upgrade from Vista that is stuck at 62%

A number of message boards around the net have been receiving comments from users upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7 who have been unable to complete the upgrade install. Once the installer hits 62% complete, it locks up. You can sit and wait as long as you want, but it's not going anywhere. The problem occurs when the Windows IPv6 helper service (which allows automatic IPv6 connecti...

Adobe Acrobat bug more dangerous than originally thought

The Adobe Acrobat vulnerability that was reported here back on February 20th remains unpatched, and it now appears that the risk the bug presents is even greater than originally thought. Because of the way Adobe integrates into Windows explorer - to provide metadata information about PDF files - there is a chance that your system could become infected without ever opening a single file. Since the...

Error message cake: Or why human proofreaders are still needed

I lived in New Jersey for a few years, and the best thing about living in Jersey (OK, it might have been the only good thing besides cheap gas), was that I lived near a Wegman's supermarket. The store offers a huge selection of items and has an excellent bakery. But here's something I didn't know about Wegman's until this week. Apparently you can order a cake with a custom message by sending an ...

Red Alert! Google warning errors persist in Gmail

While the more glaring problem of flagging the entire internet as untrustworthy was quickly resolved yesterday, it appears as though the Google bug hasn't been completely crushed underfoot. I was originally tipped off by our own Christina Clark, who advised our team to check the spam folder for incorrectly flagged messages. Lo and behold, several tips from our loyal readers had been erroneously ...

Torment (or help) your users with MsgBoxToy's Windows alert boxes

While there are certainly some good ways to put MsgBoxToy to use - say, prompting users to save their work or take a computing break - it's also a lot of fun to create dialog boxes simply to mess with your co-workers. The program's interface is incredibly simple: choose a title, enter up to four lines of text, and enter button labels. You can also select the type of icon to display: stop, alert,...

ErrorZilla: Useful error messages in Firefox

Ooh, I like this. ErrorZilla is a free add-on (i.e. extension) for Firefox by Eric Hamiter that replaces Firefox's error messages, which are out of the box not completely uninformative, but not entirely useful either, with something much more useful. In addition to the familiar "Try Again" button, ErrorZilla adds five more: Google Cache, Wayback, Ping, Trace, and Whois. I'm especially excited for...