Turn Off Internet Explorer Content Advisor

Gordon writes, How do I get rid of Content Advisor in XP Pro? I started it accidentally & is a real pain on Internet.
Content Advisor is possibly one of the most poorly implemented filtering solutions available for Internet Explorer. If the password is lost you need a registry hack to get rid of the password. Disabling Content Advisor retains the password you set when it was created (or hopefully you set). If the rating system gets corrupted it causes otherwise safe sites to become inaccessible. Fortunately you can override Content Advisor if you need to.

AV Media Copy

If you’ve ever copied music files from one folder to another or over the network, the album art generally doesn’t come with the files. If you copy a playlist of tracks using Windows Media Player, you’ll end up with a stack of songs all in the same folder with either the wrong album art of missing album art. AV Media Copy transfers songs based on your Windows Media Player playlists, transferring songs while maintaining the original folder hierarchy, album art and all music. You’ll save time looking up music data and re-sorting files into the correct album structure. The software developer also makes a handy album art repair tool. [Windows XP $0.00]

Sharing a Hard Drive

Chuck writes, I have a small home network between my computer and my son�s, to share files, internet etc. I purchased and installed a second 300gig hard drive on my son�s computer and I set up 2 partitions, one for him one for me (to back up my pictures, videos, etc). We had no problems at first but now I can not gain access to his computer. When I search for his computer name, it shows up but I get a message that I do not have access to this resource and access is denied. We are using the same workgroup name and file and printer sharing is enabled.
Networking remains one of those things that Microsoft needs to simplify for the average home user. They want to connect an Xbox in every living room to a computer in the office, but don’t make it very easy to figure out what’s going wrong in a network setup on the other hand. There are a number of potential hazards in setting up shared network drive. I’ll step through both an easy way to share files and a more secure method for file sharing. Either should get you to a solution.

WMF Security Expolit Fix

Just before the New Year, I wrote about a potential security exploit in Windows XP from WMF files. Microsoft just released a patch, ahead of their normal security fix schedule in order to close this major security hole. If you have automatic updates turned on, the update should either be available for download or already downloaded for your system. If you don’t use the Windows XP Automatic Update service, it’s time to visit Windows Update and patch your system. This is not something you want to mess around with as the potential hole can be exploited simply by opening a link to a specific type of graphic file.