How to Turn On or Off Mail app Signature in Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with a new Mail app. The new Mail app brings improved performance and a familiar three-pane email UI, with a toggle to quickly move between your email and calendar. Mail includes customizable Swipe Gestures, letting you swipe right or left to take actions like delete, flag, move or mark as read/unread. Also check out the new email authoring experience. Mail leverages the familiar and rich capability of Word to that allows you to easily insert tables, add pictures and use bullets and color to your text. The new Mail apps support Office 365, Exchange, Outlook.com, Gmail, IMAP, POP and other popular accounts.

By default, the Mail app automatically attaches the default Sent from Mail for Windows 10 signature to the bottom of all emails sent from the Mail app.

This tutorial will show you how to turn off or turn on and change the signature used by the Mail app for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Import or Export Google Chrome Bookmarks as HTML in Windows

You can keep track of the websites you visit frequently by storing them as bookmarks in Google Chrome. The bookmarks bar is a toolbar in Chrome that you can also add your favorite websites you visit frequently on to make opening them faster and more convenient.

This tutorial will show you how to import or export your Google Chrome bookmarks as a .html file in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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AMD – New 2017 Ryzen CPU chipset announced

AMD has recently announced their new 2017 Ryzen CPU processor series  

AMD Unveils Cheap, Powerful Flagship Ryzen CPUs
http://www.pcmag.com/news/351883/amd-unveils-cheap-powerful-flagship-ryzen-cpus

After four years of development and amidst the building speculation of gamers and PC enthusiasts, AMD today announced that its Ryzen CPUs are now available for pre-order and will ship on March 2  Like their chief competition—Intel’s Core i7 processors—Ryzen will come in several flavors, which you can pre-order starting at $329. That price gets you the base model, the Ryzen 7 1700, an eight-core, 16-thread processor with a base clock speed of 3GHz that can be boosted to 3.7GHz. The next step up is the $399 Ryzen 7 1700X, which increases the clock speed to 3.4GHz with a 3.8GHz boost. Finally, there’s the top-of-the-line $499 1800X, which runs at 3.6GHz and can be boosted to 4.0GHz. Like the 1700, the 1700X and 1800X both have eight cores and 16 threads.

How to Delete All Bookmarks in Google Chrome for Windows

You can keep track of the websites you visit frequently by storing them as bookmarks in Google Chrome.

Sometimes you may want or need to reset and clear all your bookmarks in Google Chrome.

This tutorial will show you how to delete all bookmarks in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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SpywareBlaster Database Update – February 22, 2017

15 Internet Explorer
0 Restricted Sites
0 Firefox

17616 items in database

http://www.brightfort.com/downloads.html

What is a SCCM OSD Boot Image?

What is a SCCM OSD Boot Image?

ConfigMgr Operating System Deployment (OSD) has it’s fair share of three-letter acronyms. In this FAQ we explain what a Boot Image is.

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Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for February 2017 Issued: February 21, 2017

This bulletin summary lists security bulletins released for
February 2017.

The full version of the Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for
February 2017 can be found at
<https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms17-feb>.

Critical Security Bulletins

MS17-005

– – Affected Software:
– Windows 8.1 for 32-bit Systems:
– Adobe Flash Player
– Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems:
– Adobe Flash Player
– Windows Server 2012:
– Adobe Flash Player
(Windows Server 2012 Server Core installation not affected)
– Windows Server 2012 R2:
– Adobe Flash Player
(Windows Server 2012 R2 Server Core installation not affected)
– Windows RT 8.1:
– Adobe Flash Player
– Windows 10 for 32-bit Systems:
– Adobe Flash Player
– Windows 10 for x64-based Systems:
– Adobe Flash Player
– Windows 10 Version 1511 for 32-bit Systems:
– Adobe Flash Player
– Windows 10 Version 1511 for x64-based Systems:
– Adobe Flash Player
– Windows 10 Version 1607 for 32-bit Systems
– Adobe Flash Player
– Windows 10 Version 1607 for x64-based Systems
– Adobe Flash Player
– Windows Server 2016 for x64-based Systems
– Adobe Flash Player
(Windows Server 2016 Server Core installation not affected)
– Impact: Remote Code Execution
– Version Number: 1.0

Spybot Search & Destroy Weekly Update – February 22, 2017

2017-02-22
Adware
++ Ad.EnhanceEmpire + Ad.EnhanceTronic + bProtector + Firseria
PUPS
++ Conduit.Vgrabber + GameVance.PlaySushi + PU.Jawego.PCCleaner + PU.Mindspark.ProductivityBoss ++ PU.PCHelpSoft.PCCleaner ++ PU.PCSpeedupPro ++ PU.SmartSystemCare
Trojans
++ Win32.Agent.idas + Win32.Banker + Win32.OnLineGames.gen
Total: 2625884 fingerprints in 836922 rules for 7790 products.

»www.safer-networking.org ··· updates/

False Positives with Avast!

Looks like a signature malfunction is causing massive false positives. Avast says they have fixed it

https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=197572.0

 

MS releases Flash Player Update

Security Update for Adobe Flash Player (4010250)

 Despite delaying the entire February Patch Tuesday until March, MS has released a critical Flash Player Update.

Removal instructions for Disk Defrag Free

What is Disk Defrag Free?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Disk Defrag Free is a “system optimizer”. This one also bundles two other products from the same company and tries to hijack your browser(s) startpage and default search provider.
On top of that it has a featured software advertizing function.

https://forums.malwarebytes.com/topic/196706-removal-instructions-for-disk-defrag-free/

How to Enable or Disable Virtual Memory Pagefile Encryption in Windows 10

Encrypting the pagefile prevents malicious users from reading data that has been paged to disk, but also adds processing overhead for filesystem operations.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable virtual memory pagefile encryption in Windows 10.

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How to Clear Virtual Memory Pagefile at Shutdown in Windows 10

Virtual memory support uses a system pagefile to swap pages of memory to disk when they are not used. On a running system, this pagefile is opened exclusively by the operating system, and it is well protected. However, systems that are configured to allow booting to other operating systems might have to make sure that the system pagefile is wiped clean when this system shuts down. This ensures that sensitive information from process memory that might go into the pagefile is not available to an unauthorized user who manages to directly access the pagefile.

Some third-party programs can temporarily store unencrypted (plain-text) passwords or other sensitive information in memory. Because of the Windows virtual memory architecture, this information can be present in the paging file.

Although clearing the paging file is not a suitable substitute for physical security of a computer, you might want to do this to increase the security of data on a computer while Windows is not running.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to clear the virtual memory pagefile when you shut down or restart Windows 10.

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Microsoft Security Updates – FEBRUARY 2017 to be bundled with MARCH 2017 release

During final QA testing apparently some issues was discovered that warranted further improvement prior to distribution to millions of users.  Microsoft will merged the FEBRUARY 2017 security updates into MARCH 2017 release, allowing time to resolve all issues.

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/msrc/2017/02/14/february-2017-security-update-release/

Our top priority is to provide the best possible experience for customers in maintaining and protecting their systems. This month, we discovered a last minute issue that could impact some customers and was not resolved in time for our planned updates today. After considering all options, we made the decision to delay this month’s updates. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this change to the existing plan.

Microsoft – Proposes Global Cybersecurity Accord for 2017

Microsoft & other vendors have proposed improved cybersecurity initiatives on a collective basis during coming year.

http://www.technewsworld.com/story/84311.html

Microsoft has called on governments around the world to create a “digital Geneva Convention” as a way to normalize international cybersecurity rules and protect civilian use of the Internet.   President Brad Smith, who is also Microsoft’s chief legal officer, addressed the issue at the annual RSA conference, saying that governments — with the assistance of technology companies in the role of NGOs — need to establish international rules to protect civilians from cyberthreats during peacetime.

“The tech sector plays a unique role as the Internet’s first responders, and we therefore should commit ourselves to collective action that will make the Internet a safer place, affirming a role as a neutral Switzerland that assists customers everywhere and retains the world’s trust,” Smith wrote in an appeal posted online.   There are two key focal points:

1 — Economic Damage Seventy four percent of the world’s businesses expect to be hacked every year, with the economic losses from cybercrime averaging US$3 trillion per year, according to Microsoft.  Cyberattacks historically have focused on military and economic espionage, Smith noted.

2 — Institutional Threat — Microsoft is not alone in promoting cybersecurity cooperation among government institutions.  The Electronic Privacy Information Center earlier this week announced a new Democracy and Cybersecurity project, designed to address growing alarm about the impact of cyberattacks on democratic institutions.  The organization has urged the U.S. Congress to update federal data protection laws, and to establish a data protection agency designed to address the increased risks of identity theft and data breaches, said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of EPIC.

What methods does SCCM provide for deploying operating systems?

What methods does SCCM provide for deploying operating systems?

In this FAQ we look at the various methods ConfigMgr provides for deploying operating systems.

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Pale Moon 27.1.1 Released February 21, 2017

Pale Moon: Release notes

27.1.1 (2017-02-21)

This is a stability and bugfix update to the browser.

Changes/Fixes:

    • Implemented a fix in media handling to prevent crashes with
      concurrent videos and/or rapidly starting/stopping video playback in
      the browser.
    • Fixed the way the Adobe Flash plugin is detected to prevent
      confusion with other plugins that identify themselves as “Flash” (e.g.
      VLC).
    • Windows: Solved stability issues caused by the release build process, resulting in unexpected behavior (e.g. hangups).

https://www.palemoon.org/releasenotes.shtml

Removal instructions for AllInOneDocs

What is AllInOneDocs?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that AllInOneDocs 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.com/topic/196614-removal-instructions-for-allinonedocs/

Technologies to Follow in 2017

Introduction

A lot is happening and it’s difficult to keep track of everything. Based on my work and on what I see over the Internet, I decided to write a post about the technologies – tools, languages, servers, operating systems, etc – that I find more interesting and promising. I know, some of these will be controversial, others are not exactly new, I am even mixing totally different things together, but, hey, it’s my opinion – feel free to share your objections here! Winking smile

I am not going to cover the myriad of JavaScript frameworks, because they’re just too many. I will only talk about what I know. For that same reason, I’m not talking about Akka, Go, Scala, Python, Ruby, Erlang, etc, because, honestly, I never used them. Also, I don’t cover Java, although Kafka is written in Java, because I haven’t used Java in anger for more than 10 years. I read that it’s having some problems, with some key people leaving Oracle, persisting security problems and the delaying of releases, but I’m sure Java is here to stay. Others will be more fit to talk about it.

.NET Core

.NET Core is Microsoft’s next version .NET framework, only this time totally modular, open source and multi-platform. Runs on Linux and MacOS, not just Windows. Still doesn’t have all the features of classic .NET, but it will get there: next version (2.0) will more than double the supported APIs. Right now, it’s perfect for writing .NET MVC apps and web APIs that need to run in other operating systems, including inside Docker containers. Get it from https://github.com/dotnet/core.

Node.js

A JavaScript runtime for the desktop instead of the browser. Uses an event-driven, asynchronous I/O model for high performance and scalability. Has probably the largest ecosystem of open source libraries in the world – NPM. Free and open source, with new features continuously being released. Currently uses Google’s V8 engine, but Microsoft submitted a patch to allow it to run Chakra, it’s JavaScript engine! Exciting times! Its site is https://nodejs.org.

Docker

You favorite container technology! Now supported in both Amazon Web Services and Azure, and with native support in Windows Server 2016. This is a must have for highly scalable applications. Free but it’s possible to get a paid repository online. A lot going on around it, the only problem is that things tend to change in non-retro-compatible ways, still need maturing. See more at http://docker.com.

Elasticsearch

A distributed and open source search engine based on Lucene. A blazing fast NoSQL database with replication capabilities, it is the most widely known component of the ELK stack, together with Kibana (for reporting and visualizations), Logstash (for data import) and Beats (for data shipping). Even Azure Search uses it behind the covers. Free but some tools are paid. Get it from http://elastic.co.

ECMAScript 2015

The next generation JavaScript, also known as ECMAScript 6. Heavily influenced by TypeScript, it offers a number of features from compiled languages, such as lambda functions, classes, type safety, etc. Before it’s available everywhere, people are using Babel.js to compile it to classic JavaScript. Google Chrome’s V8 engine already supports a great deal of it, as does Firefox. The specification is available here: http://www.ecma-international.org/ecma-262/6.0/.

HTML5

Is there any other, I hear you ask? Well, except if you need to support that old two-letter browser who had an infamous version 8, not really. Together with HTML 5 came a wealth of APIs that now allow us to have near-desktop quality apps on the web, and in some mobile browsers too. Latest standard is 5 but 5.1 is due to come out this year. Interestingly, HTML5 is more and more not just about web applications but also being used for desktop ones: for example, the Spotify desktop client is an HTML5 app. The specification is available at https://www.w3.org/TR/html5.

Kafka

A high throughput, low-latency open source message broker from the Apache foundation. Can stream data in real-time for massive simultaneous clients and has bindings for several languages. Similar to a distributed transaction log with exactly once semantics. More info here: https://kafka.apache.org.

TypeScript

A superset of JavaScript offering type safety and class-based object-oriented features. Nice wrappers around promises using similar syntax to C#’s async/await. It is compiled to JavaScript, so it can run anywhere JavaScript can. Free license. The official site is https://www.typescriptlang.org.

MongoDB

An open source NoSQL document database designed for high performance and with interesting clustering features. Mappings for all common languages, including scripting ones. With it you get JSON storage, indexes and automatic expiration. With free and commercial licenses. See more at http://www.mongodb.com.

Git

A free and open source distributed source control from the author of Linux. Now being used everywhere, even Microsoft is using it instead of their own TFS. Not an easy beast to master, I may add. Also worth mentioning GitFlow, a proposed workflow for branching and release management. The official site is https://git-scm.com.

Nginx

A high performance web server, HTTP cache and reverse proxy server for several TCP protocols. Can serve .NET and any other language, probably best used as a reverse proxy, particularly in the case of .NET Core. Runs on Windows and several UNIX flavors. It is free to use. Available from https://www.nginx.com.

Octopus Deploy

An automated deployment and release management tool for .NET applications. Latest versions can deploy both web apps as well as Windows services. Plays nicely with Continuous Integration and build tools such as Jenkins and TeamCity. Both free and commercial licenses. The web site is https://octopus.com.

Azure

Microsoft’s Cloud offering, the competitor of Amazon Web Services. Loaded with powerful services and features, which include amazing machine learning services, containerization as a service, queuing, and anything that can be expected from a Cloud service. Possible to get a time-limited trial for free. The official site is https://azure.microsoft.com.

Amazon Web Services

One of the two major players in the Cloud market, the other being Azure. Still has the biggest market share and offers a number of interesting features. Leaning slightly more towards Java and JavaScript than to .NET. Anyone can get a free account, as long as a credit card is supplied. See more at https://aws.amazon.com.

Linux

The free and open source operating system that just a few years ago Microsoft compared to a virus! Based on UNIX, now not just for geeks, it is everywhere, especially with the arriving of Docker. Several distributions available, to match anyone’s preferences, some free and some commercial. Windows 10 now even runs bash natively! See more at https://kernel.org.

Visual Studio Code

A powerful and extensible yet lightweight IDE from Microsoft based on GitHub’s Electron, which can run in a number of platforms, from Windows and Linux to MacOS. Includes support for a number of languages, Git integration, debugging capabilities – which make it stand from others such as Sublime or Atom – and an extension mechanism. Hey, it’s free! Get it from http://code.visualstudio.com.

Xamarin

A cross-platform implementation of .NET, for Windows Phone, Android and iOS. Before .NET Core came along – in fact, even after that – it is the preferred tool for creating applications that need to target multiple platforms. Now offered for free by Microsoft. but the Enterprise version will require a Visual Studio paid license. Microsoft promised to make it open source. Official site is https://www.xamarin.com.

Google Analytics

A web analytics service offered for free by Google, although paid subscriptions also exist. Can be used to track not only traffic but also custom events, and also in mobile apps. It’s unbelievable the amount of information that one can get out of it. See it in https://analytics.google.com.

SQL Server 2016

In-memory tables, JSON support, Query Store, integrated R, row and column-level security, etc, make this one of the most interesting versions of SQL Server ever. Available for free with limitations as Express edition, and as a paid license. More info from http://microsoft.com/sqlserver.

Let’s Encrypt

Free SSL certificates for the masses! No need to pay for a certificate, now you can get any number for free. Easily installable in any server (even IIS), but expires every 90 days. Get yours from https://letsencrypt.org.

TensorFlow

TensorFlow is Google’s second generation open source library for machine intelligence. It uses data flow graphs to represent mathematical operations and is the core of several Google products, such as Gmail, Google Photos and others. It offers Python and C++ bindings and recently it compiles on Windows as well as Linux and Mac OSX. Get it from https://github.com/tensorflow/tensorflow.

GitLab

GitLab is a free (with an enterprise license too) repository manager built on Git. It is fast moving with a plethora of very useful features. You can install it on premises or run it in the cloud. Offers integration with LDAP servers for authentication, offers a pretty decent Continuous Integration feature, plus a lot of other cool stuff. Check it out at https://about.gitlab.com.

Redis

A distributed cache with open source implementations in Linux and Windows. Currently, probably the most used one. Offered by both Azure and AWS. Not just BLOB cache, offers interesting structures. Learn about it at https://redis.io.

Conclusion

So, what are your thoughts – am I missing something? Do you agree or disagree with my choices? I’d love to hear from you!

How to Manage Virtual Memory Paging File in Windows 10

Paging is a memory management scheme by which a PC stores and retrieves data from secondary storage for use in main memory. In this scheme, the operating system retrieves data from secondary storage in same-size blocks called pages. Paging is an important part of virtual memory implementations in modern operating systems, using secondary storage to let programs exceed the size of available physical memory.

For simplicity, main memory is called “RAM” (abbreviated from “random-access memory”) and secondary storage is called “disk” (a shorthand for “hard disk drive”), but the concepts do not depend on whether these terms apply literally to a specific computer system.

Virtual memory is a memory management technique that is implemented using both hardware and software. It maps memory addresses used by a program, called virtual addresses, into physical addresses in computer memory. Main storage as seen by a process or task appears as a contiguous address space or collection of contiguous segments. Windows manages virtual address spaces and the assignment of real memory to virtual memory. Address translation hardware in the CPU, often referred to as a memory management unit or MMU, automatically translates virtual addresses to physical addresses. Software within Windows may extend these capabilities to provide a virtual address space that can exceed the capacity of real memory and thus reference more memory than is physically present in the computer.

The primary benefits of virtual memory include freeing applications from having to manage a shared memory space, increased security due to memory isolation, and being able to conceptually use more memory than might be physically available, using the technique of paging.

Basically, a paging file is an area on the hard disk that Windows uses as if it were RAM when you run out of available RAM.
By default, Windows automatically manages the pagefile settings for you, but there may be times you may need to manually manage your pagefile. For example:

  • If the C: drive that Windows is installed on is small in size, you may wish to remove the pagefile from that drive, and add a paging file to another drive with more space instead.
  • If you use a lot of memory, then you may wish to add a pagefile to another drive to have available if needed.
  • If you don’t use a lot of memory and your pagefile is large in size, you may wish to use a smaller custom size.
  • If you are getting a BSOD PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA or KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR or Low Memory type error, you may need to use a larger custom size for the pagefile.

This tutorial will show you how to manage the virtual memory paging file for each drive on your Windows 10 PC.

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