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Detect and remove rootkits with GMER

Rootkits are particularly insidious and hard to eradicate. A tool like GMER—one that is dedicated to detecting and removing rootkits—is often a better way to handle a suspected rootkit infection.

Microsoft to patch Windows 8, but stays mum on IE zero-day fix

Microsoft will release seven security updates next week -- including one rated critical for Windows 8 and Windows RT -- to patch 12 vulnerabilities in Windows, Office, SharePoint Server and the company's website design software.

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Internet Explorer had a very good 2012

Internet Explorer regained some of its mojo and recaptured some of its lost market share in 2012.

Microsoft's chief researcher takes new role; will retire in 2014

Craig Mundie has left his role as Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer to become senior adviser to the CEO, as he winds down before retirement.

Microsoft's 13 biggest wins and fails of 2012

From daring gambles to blundering stumbles, Microsoft had one of the busiest years in all of high-tech. Let's recap the company's soaring wins and embarrassing losses.

Final Patch Tuesday of 2012 includes five 'critical' updates

Microsoft is finishing the year with seven new security bulletins--and five are rated 'critical'.

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BlueStacks mulls a utility to run Android apps on Windows RT

The BlueStacks utility enables Android apps to run on PCs and Macs, and is considering making a version for Windows RT. If Microsoft permits it, the move would make hundreds of thousands of Android apps available on the Surface RT tablet.

Microsoft plans patches for IE10, Windows 8 next week

Microsoft today announced it will deliver seven security updates next week to patch 11 vulnerabilities, including the first that apply to Internet Explorer 10, the company's newest browser.

10 must-have features for Windows 9

Desktop users deserve a significant rethink of the Windows 8 gaffes and omissions for the next version of Windows

Windows 8 first-month sales outpacing Windows 7, but who's really buying?

Microsoft claims 40 million licenses sold since launch, but that number raises some questions.

Microsoft updates Visual Studio 2012 with Windows XP support

Microsoft's Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 supports Windows XP and lets users test their work more thoroughly.

Microsoft mulls opening UK stores to push consumer brand

UK high streets might be full of empty shops and closing down sales, but landlords could have found one tenant with good financial record interested in expanding its business – Microsoft.

Windows XP countdown clock ticks under 500 days

The Windows XP operating system will exit support April 8, 2014, when Microsoft serves users with their final security updates.

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Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky, by the numbers

How many times he used 'fast and fluid' at Windows 8's intro, how much his division may have cost the company, and more

After Sinofsky, Microsoft must stop the secrecy, say analysts

The best move Microsoft could make after Steven Sinofsky's departure is to ditch the culture of secrecy he brought to Windows, analysts tell Computerworld.