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My icon for the Auslogics Registry Cleaner, on my Windows 7 START MENU, got corrupted as soon as I had installed Auslogics Registry Cleanter on January 26, 2010.

I even posted a picture for you folks. I reported it to Auslogics.

I kind of got used to it … that being human nature when working with Microsoft.

Last night I went to invoke Auslogics Registry Cleaner. Something looked different. It was late. Past midnight. I wasn’t at my best. Severe neck problems. Talk about a pain in the neck. Yes, talk to me about a pain in the neck.

The icon on the START MENU was magically restored.

A miracle? Should I report this to the Vatican? << Talking of which, I am on the Newsweek Web site today, talking about the Catholic Church >>

Yes, I ran Registry Cleaner last week. Maybe it got restored at that point. I do not know.

But, it is scary that a START MENU icon that was corrupted gets restored … automatically.

By the way, the Auslogics stuff seems to work. Last night I got to run Auslogics Registry Defrag for the second time. Boy, was I excited. So far so good. I am using their Disk Defrag every couple of weeks. I do not miss System Mechanic. I still get solicitation emails from them. Screw iolo. They screwed me for long enough.

So …

Good luck. Check your Windows 7 machine. Maybe you have had a miracle too.

Cheers,
Anura Guruge

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FireFox 3.6.2 continues to test my patience and mettle. Crashed again last night. Second crash in 48 hours. Both times was when I was trying to upload a file via a pop-up window. I do this most days. One is from my online GoDaddy file backup site, the other at Typepad.com (where I have www.popes-and-papacy hosted).

Playing around on my XP machine I noticed that there is a difference between FireFox 3.6.2 and FireFox 3.6 rc2. So I reinstalled FireFox today. Not sure whether it will help. Install finished normally. BUT, when I went to restart Windows 7 for the Windows 7 Update … I got a message that FireFox was not installed properly and needs to complete its installation. It did that. Not sure what that was all about.

Hope this helps. Good luck.

Cheers,
Anura Guruge

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Windows Update KB980182 was a cumulative security update for IE 8 for Windows 7. Here is a list of the security exploits it supposedly fixed. I rarely, if ever, use IE … but decided to install this update for the rare occasions I fire-up IE.

Last night I also installed KB915597 — the latest Windows Defender definition updates. That is the second one in four days, and the seventh during the month of March. Wow.

So far, so good. KB980182 insisted on a restart. So I restarted. I am still alive. So, so far so good.

Just to let you know. We probably will get more updates next Tuesday … since we will be in April.

Good luck. All the best.

Cheers
Anura Guruge

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If you are sick to your eye teeth with frequent hangs with FireFox 3.6 rc2 YOU may want to consider the FireFox 3.7 alpha.

Alpha precedes beta. Beta testing refers to customer testing. Hence, alpha testing denotes in-house testing. So the software will have more than its fair share of bugs. From my experiences in the past with FireFox ‘betas’ (never alpha) you may also find that essential FireFox add-ons, for example, ‘Delicious’ may be missing. So don’t rush into this. But, if you can tolerate some instability … and you can argue, what can be worse that the frequent hangs with FireFox 3.6 rc2 … then give this a try.

You can download it from <here>.  It should be OK. I have used ‘softpedia’ before for downloads.

FireFox 3.7 is said to be the first version of to support Windows 7 — in particular the task bar. Maybe, full Windows 7 integration will make it more resilient. We will see. My goal today was to just give you a heads up.

Good luck.

Cheers,
Anura Guruge

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There are a couple of ‘security’ conferences taking place right now where professional hackers from around the world are showcasing their considerable talents to win cash prices and kudos.

A couple of them managed to hack past IE 8 and get into Windows 7, maliciously, with ease. But, other hackers also managed to skirt past security on FireFox running on Windows 7. So that is not good. As far as we know none of these ‘exploits’ are being exploited right now to hack into Windows 7 systems. All it means is that there are people out there who know how to do it, IF they wanted to.

No updates from Microsoft or Mozilla as yet.

So just a heads up. Here are two good links you may want to read: < link1> & <link2>.

All the best.

Cheers
Anura Guruge

P.S. No Windows 7 updates today, i.e., March 26, 2010

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Since I now appear to be the arbitrator of Windows 7 updates, I checked too see if there were any … today … a Thursday.

There were TWO. I was surprised. One was a new Windows Defender Update. Qu’est-ce que c’est passe?

We had one yesterday, and another today. Is Windows 7, like Democrats, under attack? Don’t get it.

Also an OPTIONAL update for the Realtek PCIe GBE controller. That is what I have on my ASUS motherboard.

That also happens to be the second in 4 days. What is cooking? I guess the update is OK. My Ethernet is still working … otherwise I would not be typing this.

Not good. Just a heads up.

Good luck. All the best.

Cheers,
Anura Guruge

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Just two Windows 7 updates this week, i.e., March 24, 2010.

One was the usual Windows Defender Definition Update, the 5th in March … and the other KB980302, Update for IE8 Compatibility View List [i.e., an update to the list of Web sites that look ‘better’ in IE 8 despite not meeting the latest and greatest Web design guidelines].

I installed them both. System is still up. I haven’t restarted. Didn’t have to. Might restart soon. I am BUSY again.

I did this for YOU folks, just to make sure the updates are OK.

Good luck.

Cheers,
Anura Guruge

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