Consumer Watch for January 5, 2006

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

January 5, 2006

A software giant is trying to fix a fatal flaw in a popular computer operating system. Also, a trip to the theater may be getting easier.

It's one of the most widely used computer operating systems in the country and it's now infecting computer with viruses. A security flaw in some of Microsoft's Windows operating systems could leave consumers open to viruses and other malicious programs.

A computer can be infected just by viewing a web page, e-mail or instant message containing a contaminated image. Microsoft is working on a fix for the problem, but it's not expected until next week.

Until then, Microsoft said to stick with safe computing practices. Stay away from unfamiliar web sites and ignore web links and e-mail from unknown sources.

Movie lovers may soon have a choice about the quickest way to watch their favorite flick at home. The Wall Street Journal reports cable companies and film studios like Walt Disney, Warner Brothers and Twentieth Century Fox are talking about ways to release movies on pay-per-view, cable, and DVD at the same time.

That means consumers could order their favorite movie from home or still trek to the store to pick it up. Right now, it can take weeks or months for movies to reach video-in-demand channels after a film is released on DVD.

Movie companies are hoping to boost profits with this new change.

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