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What's New at PC Pitstop, November 2004
Your Source for Free Online PC Tests & Diagnostics
IN THIS ISSUE
XP Service Pack 2 Rolls On
Windows XP Service Pack 2 was released in late August, but already
more than half of XP users that test at PC Pitstop have upgraded.
Are you lagging behind? Several recent virus and spyware exploits
are taking advantage of problems that have been fixed in SP2. Don't
let your PC be attacked! If the download seems too large, order the
free SP2 upgrade CD from Microsoft:
Keep Kids Safe from Spyware
Are spyware makers targeting children with their tactics? They
sure seem to like the kind of sites and software that childen
and teens use, such as peer-to-peer file sharing and music lyric
sites. We've put together an article that describes some of the
things spyware makers are doing to entice kids, and ways that
you can prevent your PC from becoming a casualty:
Spyware bills die; FTC says "good riddance"
A cynic might say that Congress tackled the spyware issue only
because it was an election year. Both the House and Senate
worked on bills to address the spyware issue, but in the end
nothing was passed. Maybe that's a good thing; the proposed bills
lacked teeth, and Federal Trade Commission head Orson Swindle
has said existing laws are enough to fight spyware. If that's
the case, Mr. Swindle, can we see some FTC action on spyware?
In the meantime, PC Pitstop CEO Rob Cheng proposes a simple way
to tell naughty software from nice. If users aren't aware that
it's being installed, it's probably naughty:
Top 25 Spyware and Adware
PC Pitstop has begun tracking the rise and fall of spyware in
our Top 25 list. Each week we analyze the previous week's tests
to see what spyware and adware was most commonly found on PCs.
Then we publish the results, showing the up-or-down trend for
each one and the percent of PCs that had the infection. Check
it out; while you're there, do a quick scan to make sure your
PC doesn't have any spyware.
Join the PC Pitstop Folding or SETI Team
Can a PC cure cancer? The Folding@Home project uses your spare
CPU time to find proteins that might be useful in the fight
against diseases. SETI@Home puts your computing power to work
searching for messages in the signals we receive from space.
Learn more and join the team at the Distributed Computing
section of our forums!
About PC Pitstop
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