Windows 10 – Countdown clock for WIN7 and WIN8 users

This link shares the exact time in which the free upgrade offer expires for WIN7 or WIN8 users to upgrade to WIN10 free of charge (about 2 days from now)

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/WindowsForBusiness/buy

 

 

Latest leap second plan poses a dilemma for conscientious sysadmins

Bet you didn’t know that every year or so, an extra “leap second” is added to UTC time… Me neither…¬† ūüôā

Latest leap second plan poses a dilemma for conscientious sysadmins

The Sundown exploit kit delivers a Zeus Panda variant that targets UK banks

Spybot Search & Destroy Weekly Update – July 27, 2016

2016-07-27
Adware
++ Ad.Clicky ++ Ad.DiVapton ++ Ad.Fralimbo ++ Ad.IESuper + Ad.QvodPlayer + Firseria + Install.DomaIQ
Keylogger
+ Win32.ActiveKeyLogger
PUPS
+ PU.MultiInst
Spyware
+ Marketscore.RelevantKnowledge
Total: 2620542 fingerprints in 831680 rules for 7684 products.

¬Ľwww.safer-networking.org ¬∑¬∑¬∑ updates/

SQL Server 2016 Cumulative Update 1

Microsoft has released the Cumulative Update 1 for SQL Server 2016 (RTM):

The following picture shows you the areas where bugs are fixed:

SQL Server 2016 CU1 593x423

Enjoy!

Removal instructions for VMC Media Player TSS

What is VMC Media Player TSS?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that VMC Media Player TSS is a Tech Support Scam. These so-called “Tech Support Scammers” try to trick you into calling their phone number for various reasons, all of which turn out to be fraudulent in the end.
This particular one uses the Winlogon-Shell registry value to lock up the victim’s system.

https://forums.malwarebytes.org/topic/186250-removal-instructions-for-vmc-media-player-tss/

Microsoft Security Bulletin Minor Revisions Issued: July 26, 2016

Summary

The following bulletins and/or bulletin summaries have undergone a
minor revision increment.

Please see the appropriate bulletin for more details.

* MS16-058

Bulletin Information:

MS16-058

– Title: Security Update for Windows IIS (3141083)
– ¬Ľtechnet.microsoft.com/li ¬∑¬∑¬∑ 058.aspx
– Reason for Revision: V1.1 (July 26, 2016): Bulletin revised to
add Updates Replaced information to all entries in the Affected
Software table. This is an informational change only. Customers
who have already successfully installed the updates do not need
to take any action.
– Originally posted: May 10, 2016
– Updated: July 26, 2016
– Bulletin Severity Rating: Important
– Version: 1.1

Microsoft¬ģ Windows Insider MVP
Microsoft¬ģ Consumer Security MVP, 2004 – 2016
DP’s Security Bits

How to Turn On or Off Align Desktop Icons to Grid in Windows 10

The desktop is the main screen area that you see after you turn on your PC and sign in to Windows. Like the top of an actual desk, it serves as a surface for your work. When you open programs or folders, they appear on the desktop. You can also put items on the desktop, such as files, folders, and shortcuts, and arrange them however you want.

If you turn on Align icons to grid, your desktop icons will automatically be snapped into place as designated by an invisible grid on your screen. The grid keeps the icons aligned with each other to prevent them from overlapping.

If you turn off Align icons to grid, your desktop icons will no longer be snapped into place by grid.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off align desktop icons to grid for your account in Windows 10.

Read more…

How to Turn On or Off Auto Arrange Desktop Icons in Windows 10

The desktop is the main screen area that you see after you turn on your PC and sign in to Windows. Like the top of an actual desk, it serves as a surface for your work. When you open programs or folders, they appear on the desktop. You can also put items on the desktop, such as files, folders, and shortcuts, and arrange them however you want.

If you turn on Auto arrange icons, your desktop icons will automatically be arranged in columns along the left side of your screen.

If you turn off Auto arrange icons, you can arrange your desktop icons how and where you like on the desktop.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off auto arrange desktop icons for your account in Windows 10.

Read more…

Firefox will begin blocking Flash

Good news on the “Flash must die” campaign. Firefox will begin blocking Flash on select sites starting next month and all together in 2017.

Can’t come too soon for me and many others.

Firefox sets kill-Flash schedule

Removal instructions for Genieo

What is Genieo?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Genieo is a browser hijacker. These so-called “hijackers” manipulate your browser(s), for example to change your startpage or searchscopes, so that the affected browser visits their site or one of their choice. This one also displays advertisements.

https://forums.malwarebytes.org/topic/186211-removal-instructions-for-genieo/

Side-by-side comparisons of the CrypMIC and CryptXXX Ransomware Infections

Here’s my first look at Windows 10 Anniversary Update

“Toymaster” has released Security Mailer Volume16 #30

“Apple updates everything; Cisco Security Advisories; Critical Java updates (patch now); Linux updates + notes on Ubuntu Forum hack; Microsoft Bulletin revisions; General Security entries including TOR changes and ASN1 C security vulnerability

There is also a rundown of all 52 Flash Player vulnerabilities patched last week, the Microsoft Pro section is rather large, and you should check the SANS section as well

Part 2

1- .NET Framework (spreadsheet) covers the End Of Life information on all versions of .NET Framework

2- How to Run Graphical Ubuntu from BASH Shell in Windows 10 – interesting article for the advanced user/experimenter and I have some cautions at the end

3- Pokemon GO – article covering what you need to know for safety before playing

4- Microsoft Support Lifecycle .NET Framework – more information on .NET Framework and when support ends for each version”

Security Mailer V16 #30

This Tinder scam promises to verify your account, but actually sells porn

If Tinder appears to offer to verify your account….. don’t do it.

This Tinder scam promises to verify your account, but actually sells porn

Removal instructions for MyStart Toolbar

What is MyStart Toolbar?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that MyStart Toolbar is a browser hijacker. These so-called “hijackers” manipulate your browser(s), for example to change your startpage or searchscopes, so that the affected browser visits their site or one of their choice. This one also displays advertisements.

https://forums.malwarebytes.org/topic/186165-removal-instructions-for-mystart-toolbar/

How to Change Taskbar Location on Screen in Windows 10

The Windows interface includes a special application desktop toolbar called the taskbar. The taskbar will show on the bottom of a display screen by default.

If you have more than one extended display connected to your PC, then the taskbar will show on all displays by default. The main taskbar will include the notification area on it, and is on your main display by default. The other taskbars show without the notification area on any other connected display that is not set as your main display.

You can change the taskbar location to be at the left, top, right, or bottom edge on a screen.

You can also move the main taskbar to be on any connected display screen other than on the default main display.

This tutorial will show you how to change the taskbar location on screen for your account in Windows 10.

Read more…

Introduction to Microservices

I have been playing around a lot with Azure Service Fabric which can be used for microservices. ¬† When explaining this to some coworkers, who were not IT people, I realized they didn’t know what microservices are so I thought I would try to explain it in non-technical terms.

In technical terms, according to Wikipedia,¬†microservices are “…services in a microservice architecture¬†are processes that communicate with each other over the network in order to fulfill a goal”. ¬†So what does that actually mean? ¬†Let’s break it down ¬†a bit.

The first half of the sentence states that a microservice is a process.  So what is a process.  Just about anything can be a process.  In everyday life, making a pizza, getting the house ready to go to bed at night, taking a shower, etc.  Basically it is a series of steps to produce an outcome.  So for making a pizza you would have things like roll-out the dough, add the sauce, add the toppings, preheat the oven, bake at a certain temperature for a certain amount of time, and so on.

Since not all pizzas are made the same way you may have different processes for creating different pizzas or you can use the same process with some optional steps, like using pesto sauce rather than tomato sauce, to make the different pizzas.  The main point is that there are steps to take to get something done.

The rest of the sentence states that the various processes communicate with each other to complete a job. ¬†So to take our pizza¬†scenario to the next level imagine you work in a pizzeria. ¬†You may be the person that makes the pizza but then you hand it off to someone else to do the cooking and someone else to serve it to the customer. ¬†Each person’s job would be a separate process and the communication could be as simple as shouting to each other that your step is done and the next step is ready to go. ¬†All of you do your own thing, the process, and communicate with each other, the shouting, to get the goal, getting a pizza to the customer, complete.

So if you think of it this way, each person would be a separate microservice that communicate with each other to achieve the goal of getting the pizza out. ¬† With a bit more thought you can see that this can be expanded to include the hostess, the bus boy, the manager, etc…

Some small steps in combating Ransomware

Researchers release free decryption tools for PowerWare and Bart ransomware

Chrome updates Stable Release

“The Chrome team is delighted to announce the promotion of Chrome 52 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux. Chrome 52.0.2743.82 contains a number of fixes and improvements — a list of changes is available in the log. Watch out for upcoming Chrome and Chromium blog posts about new features and big efforts delivered in 52.”

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