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  • Virus causing sound and video problems?

    Are your sound and video problems a result of a virus? Even though anything is possible with malicious code, says site expert Kevin Beaver, that might not be the problem you're experiencing. 

  • IE6 vulnerability included in Patch Tuesday update

    Check out this month's security updates in the monthly Patch Tuesday announcements by Microsoft. 

  • Questions about using BitLocker Drive Encryption

    Questions about using BitLocker Drive Encryption with Windows Vista? Serdar Yegulalp discusses some myths and other concerns surrounding it. 

  • Patch Tuesday: An after-the-fact checklist

    Serdar Yegulalp explains the steps you should take post-Patch Tuesday to make sure that your system continues to run smoothly after a patch is applied. 

  • Unjoin a domain to avoid a virus

    Windows hardening expert Jonathan Hassell explains how to unjoin a domain to avoid a menacing virus. 

  • Patch management: Are off-cycle, third-party patches trustworthy?

    Often, waiting for Microsoft to release a patch is a bother. One solution is to fix these vulnerabilities with off-cycle, third-party patches. But off-cycle patches are not without their own risks. Brien Posey describes potential problems from instal... 

  • Anatomy of the Blue Pill attack

    Much ado was made of the demonstration of the Blue Pill attack on Windows Vista at Black Hat this year. Security expert Kevin Beaver analyzes the exploit. Find out how the attack worked and whether you should care about it. 

  • Developing a Windows patch methodology

    Patch Tuesday doesn't always make the patch process carefree. Jonathan Hassell recommends developing a good patch policy to ease the pain of frequent patching. Read his list of the essential components of a good policy. 

  • Tuning Windows Vista security: The firewall

    The Windows XP firewall received its share of criticism. So, what has changed in Vista? At first glance, it looks the same, says Microsoft MVP Brien Posey, but with a little digging and some careful tuning, Vista's firewall should be a big improvemen... 

  • Prioritizing desktop patches

    Patching every month -- or sometimes more often -- can be a headache. Try killing the pain with a well-ordered plan. This checklist from contributor Serdar Yegulalp provides guidelines for prioritizing patches.