How to Open Settings in Windows 10

Starting in the Windows 10 Preview 9901 build, PC settings and zPC settings have been merged and replaced with a new Settings app now.

Most of the settings you’ll want to change in Windows 10 are in Settings. Settings is organized into the separate System, Devices, Network & Internet, Personalization, Accounts, Time & language, Ease of Access, Privacy, and Update & recovery categories. You can click/tap on a category to view and change more settings for that category.

This tutorial will show you different ways on how to open the Settings app in Windows 10.

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Removal instructions for AVC Plus

What is AVC Plus?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that AVC Plus is a fake anti-malware application. These so-called “rogues” use intentional false positives to convince users that their systems have been compromised. Then they try to sell you their software, claiming it will remove these threats. In extreme cases the false threats are actually the very trojans that advertise or even directly install the rogue.

https://forums.malwarebytes.org/index.php?%2Ftopic%2F162433-removal-instructions-for-avc-plus%2F

Removal instructions for TotalComicBooks

What is TotalComicBooks?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that TotalComicBooks 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/index.php?%2Ftopic%2F162423-removal-instructions-for-totalcomicbooks%2F

AVLab Internet Security Removal Guide

AVLab Internet Security is a rogue anti-spyware programs from the Rogue.FakeRean-Braviax family of computer infections. This infection is considered a rogue anti-spyware program because it purposely displays fake scan results, false security warnings, hijacks your web browser, and does not allow you to run your legitimate Windows applications. This scareware is promoted through web sites that have been hacked with scripts that try to install the software by exploiting vulnerabilities on your computer. It is also promoted through Trojans that pretend to be legitimate programs that are required to view an online video, but instead install the infection.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-avlab-internet-security

Windows 8.x – Server 2012: Créer un groupe de tuiles

Bonjour Ă  tous,

Cette semaine, une question pratique m’a Ă©tĂ© posĂ©e par un utilisateur dĂ©butant de Windows 8.1 aprĂšs une longue pĂ©riode sous Windows XP.

“Comment fait-on pour crĂ©er un groupe de tuiles/Vignettes personnalisĂ© ?”

Il existe évidemment plusieurs méthodes pour créer ce groupe. Soit :

  • Il est crĂ©Ă© Ă  la demande des services lors du dĂ©ploiement du systĂšme d’exploitation. On se place alors dans le cas de l’entreprise.
  • L’utilisateur Windows le crĂ©e lui-mĂȘme manuellement lors de la phase de personnalisation du systĂšme.

A ce propos, si le sujet liĂ© Ă  la phase de dĂ©ploiement vous intĂ©resse, Ben Hunter (Solution Architect with Microsoft Consulting Services) a publiĂ© un billet de blog expliquant comment procĂ©der Clignement d'Ɠil


http://blogs.technet.com/b/deploymentguys/archive/2012/10/26/start-screen-customization-with-mdt.aspx
Et ici
http://blogs.technet.com/b/deploymentguys/archive/2009/10/29/configuring-default-user-settings-full-update-for-windows-7-and-windows-server-2008-r2.aspx
Egalement les pages Microsoft Technet
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/library/jj134269.

Ceci étant précisé, nous pouvons maintenant revenir au but de ce billet
 Voyons comment faire.

StartScreen

Il faut savoir que l’écran d’accueil de Windows n’est pas un objet figĂ©; vous pouvez ajouter, dĂ©placer, grouper des tuiles (ou vignettes) qui ne sont ni plus ni moins que des raccourcis d’applications que vous avez connus avec les versions prĂ©cĂ©dentes de Windows. A ceci prĂšs que ces tuiles ou vignettes peuvent ĂȘtre dynamiques et donc afficher des informations “temps rĂ©el”, si vous ĂȘtes connectĂ©, comme c’est le cas pour les applications Courrier, Contact, Agenda


Depuis cet Ă©cran, vous pouvez :

  • lancer vos applications,
  • Ajouter, dĂ©placer, organiser ces applications,
  • Effectuer des recherches de ces applications ou de fichiers,
  • ParamĂ©trer Windows ou votre profil utilisateur,
  • AccĂ©der au bureau de Windows (comme si vous Ă©tiez sur XP ou Windows 7),
  • AccĂ©der au Windows Store pour acquĂ©rir des applications gratuites ou payantes,
  • Utiliser Internet Explorer


CrĂ©er un groupe d’applicationsApps

  1. InsĂ©rer la premiĂšre vignette en allant la chercher dans l’affichage des applications installĂ©es. Cliquez sur la flĂšche, en bas Ă  gauche de l’écran

  2. A l’aide du clic droit de la souris, cliquez sur l’icĂŽne de la premiĂšreEpingler application Ă  ajouter au groupe puis, sĂ©lectionner Epingler Ă  l’écran d’accueil.

    PrĂ©cision: La barre des tĂąches est celle que vous connaissez depuis les versions prĂ©cĂ©dentes de Windows oĂč s’accumulent les icĂŽnes d’applications ouvertes sur le bureau, les zones de lancement rapide et de notifications,  Clignement d'Ɠil. Barre des tĂąches qui, Ă©galement, n’est pas figĂ©e puisque vous pouvez la dĂ©placer, Ă  l’aide de la souris en haut, Ă  droite ou Ă  gauche de l’écran Clignement d'Ɠil.
  3. Depuis l’écran d’accueil, repĂ©rez la tuile, ici, Nettoyage de disque puis, Ă  l’aide deCrĂ©erGroupe la souris, faites la glisser entre 2 groupes de vignettes afin de faire apparaitre le nouveau groupe, matĂ©rialisĂ© par une barre verticale transparente. LĂącher la vignette; elle est maintenant dans le nouveau groupe


     

     

  4. Nous allons nommer ce groupe afin qu’il soit mieux identifiable. Cliquez au-dessus de la premiĂšre vignette puis,NommerGroupe sĂ©lectionnez Nommer les groupes.
  5. Saisissez le nom désiré puis cliquez en dehors de la zone de texte pour quitter le mode modification.
  6. Nous allons Ă©pingler Ă  l’écran d’accueil uneGlisserTuile deuxiĂšme vignette. Pour cela, nous procĂšderons comme en 2.
  7. A l’aide de la souris, dĂ©plaçons maintenant la nouvelle vignette vers ceDeplacerTuile groupe


Et voilĂ , ce n’est pas plus difficile que cela. Il est finalement plus long de l’expliquer que de rĂ©aliser cette personnalisation Clignement d'Ɠil

Pour ajouter d’autres vignettes au groupe, il suffit alors de reprendre les points 2, 6 et 7.

Bonne continuation avec Windows 8 Clignement d'Ɠil.
Patrice.

Removal instructions for DealPly

What is DealPly?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that DealPly 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/index.php?%2Ftopic%2F162390-removal-instructions-for-dealply%2F

Removal instructions for HD+v3

What is HD+v3?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that HD+v3 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/index.php?%2Ftopic%2F162380-removal-instructions-for-hdv3%2F

Selecting AD properties

Saw a question on the forums about selecting name properties using the Microsoft AD cmdlets.  By default Get-AdUser returns a limited subset of properties:

ÂŁ> Get-ADUser -identity richard


DistinguishedName : CN=Richard,CN=Users,DC=Manticore,DC=org
Enabled           : True
GivenName         :
Name              : Richard
ObjectClass       : user
ObjectGUID        : 7c42be70-c6b2-401f-8296-46de9ee7446c
SamAccountName    : Richard
SID               : S-1-5-21-195014076-723736408-1406369008-1104
Surname           :
UserPrincipalName : Richard@Manticore.org

 

Given name = first name

 

if you want other properties you have to explicitly aske for them using the –Properties parameter. You can use a wildcard * but if you have a big AD that could be a lot of unrequired data you are pulling back. On the other hand if you want a lot of properties its often simpler to use the wildcard. As with most PowerShell related things there is no answer that is right all of the time.

 

The user asking the question wanted the first name, last name and department for all users in a given OU.  Use the OU as the –SearchBase.  The property you need to explicitly ask for is Department:

ÂŁ> Get-ADUser -Filter *  -SearchBase ‘OU=Testing,DC=Manticore,DC=org’ -Properties Department | select GivenName, SurName, Department | fl *


GivenName  : Dave
SurName    : Green
Department : Testing

 

Selecting AD properties can be a little bit awkward if you forget that the default set is limited.  If in doubt of a property name – display them all for one user:

Get-ADUser -identity richard -Properties *

Reusing Validation Messages in AngularJS

One of the many new features in AngularJS 1.3 is the ability to reuse validation messages.

When displaying validation messages, you may find that you often reuse very similar messages:

“Class name must be entered.”  “Start date must be entered.”  “End date must be entered.”

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could reuse error messages instead of repeating them throughout the application? Angular 1.3 provides an ngMessagesInclude directive as part of the new Angular ngMessages module that allows you to share error messages throughout an application.

This post shows you how to use this new feature.

For more information about the new features in AngularJS 1.3, check out my latest Pluralsight course, authored with Joe Eames:

What’s New in Angular 1.3

screenshot

Reusing validation messages in Angular requires the following steps:

  1. Create an HTML file for the common messages.
  2. Include the HTML file in the same element as ngMessages.
  3. Override any messages as required.

Let’s take it one step at a time.

NOTE: If you are new to using ngMessages, check out the Angular 1.3 course.

Create the Messages File

The first step is to create the HTML template file for the common message text. In this file, add HTML with an ng-message attribute for each message. The value of the ng-message attribute must be a valid $error object key. That key is often the name of the validation type, for example: required, minlength, or maxlength.

The message text itself should be generic, meaning it should not refer to specific field names or field requirements.

The resulting HTML file could look something like this:

<span ng-message=”required”>
This item cannot be blank.</span>
<span ng-message=”minlength”>
You have not met this item’s minimum length.</span>
<span ng-message=”maxlength”>
You have exceeded this item’s maximum length.</span>

Include the HTML File

The next step is to include the messages HTML file for each input element that wants to reuse the messages using ng-messages-include. Insert this directive in the same element containing the ng-messages directive.

The following shows an Email field with a label, textbox, and validation. The entire form-group is shown below to provide context for the validation messages.

<div class=”form-group”
     ng-class=”{‘has-error':classForm.inputInstructorEmail.$invalid &&
                            classForm.inputInstructorEmail.$touched}”>
    <label class=”col-md-2 control-label”
           for=”inputInstructorEmail”>Instructor’s Email</label>

    <div class=”col-md-4″>
        <input class=”form-control”
               type=”email”
               id=”inputInstructorEmail”
               name=”inputInstructorEmail”
               placeholder=”instructor’s email”
               ng-model=”vm.class.instructorEmail”
               required
               minlength=”6″ />
    </div>
    <span class=”help-block has-error”
          ng-if=”classForm.inputInstructorEmail.$touched”
          ng-messages=”classForm.inputInstructorEmail.$error”
          ng-messages-include=”app/errorMessages.html” >
        <span ng-message=”email”>
            Instructor’s email must be a valid email address.
        </span>
    </span>
</div>

Notice that the only ng-message directive included in the code above is for an invalid email address. This one is required here because it was not included in the messages html file.

Override Messages as Required

There may be times when you want a customized message. In those cases, you can easily override a message by simply adding a child element with an ng-message directive. The child element ng-message will always override any message defined for the same key in the included messages file.

    <span class=”help-block has-error”
          ng-if=”classForm.inputInstructorEmail.$touched”
          ng-messages=”classForm.inputInstructorEmail.$error”
          ng-messages-include=”app/errorMessages.html” >
        <span ng-message=”email”>
            Instructor’s email must be a valid email address.
        </span>
        <span ng-message=”minlength”>
            Instructor’s email must be at least 6 characters in length.
        </span>

    </span>

Use this technique any time you want to reuse messages throughout your application.

Enjoy!

Spybot Search & Destroy Weekly Update – December 17, 2014

2014-12-17
Adware
+ BetterSurf + Firseria + InstallMonetizer
Malware
++ Fraud.VaccineScan
PUPS
+ OutBrowse
Spyware
+ AdRotator
Trojan
+ Win32.Bifrost ++ Win32.Siscos
Total: 2602326 fingerprints in 813132 rules for 7381 products.

http://www.safer-networking.org/about/updates/

Paperback Version of Learn to Code in Swift Now Available!

The paperback version of my latest book, Learn to Code in Swift, is now available on Amazon!

Learn to Code in Swift on Amazon

All the best!
Kevin McNeish
Author: iOS App Development for Non-Programmers book series
Twitter: @kjmcneish

Swift Programming 101: The Power of Extensions



Step-by-Step tutorial shows you how to create useful extensions that speed your app development.

Swift Programming 101: The Power of Extensions

All the best!
Kevin McNeish
Author: iOS App Development for Non-Programmers book series
Twitter: @kjmcneish

AVC Plus Removal Guide

AVC Plus is a rogue anti-spyware programs from the Rogue.FakeRean-Braviax family of computer infections. This infection is considered a rogue anti-spyware program because it purposely displays fake scan results, false security warnings, hijacks your web browser, and does not allow you to run your legitimate Windows applications. This scareware is promoted through web sites that have been hacked with scripts that try to install the software by exploiting vulnerabilities on your computer. It is also promoted through Trojans that pretend to be legitimate programs that are required to view an online video, but instead install the infection.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-avc-plus

Microsoft Security Updates – DECEMBER 2014

Critical Security updates to Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer,  Office and other products became available on Patch Tuesday.  A patch for the Exchange server based product is also available.  This is a large security update and users should promptly update to enjoy best levels of protection. So far, no issues encountered in early use after installation at home & work.

https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Microsoft+Patch+Tuesday+-+December+2014/19043

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms14-dec 

Setting a build version in a JAR file from TFS build

Whilst helping a Java based team (part of larger organisation that used many sets of both Microsoft and non-Microsoft tools) to migrate from Subversion to TFS I had to tackle their Jenkins/Ant based builds.

They could have stayed on Jenkins and switched to the TFS source provider, but they wanted to at least look at how TFS build would better allow them to  trace their builds against TFS work items.

All went well, we setup a build controller and agent specifically for their team and installed Java onto it as well the TFS build extensions. We were very quickly able to get our test Java project building on the new build system.

One feature that their old Ant scripts used was to store the build name/number into the Manifest of any JAR files created, a good plan as it is always good to know where something came from.

When asked as how to do this with TFS build I thought ‘no problem I will just use TFS build environment variable’ and add something like the following

<property environment="env"/>

<target name="jar">
        <jar destfile="${basedir}/javasample.jar" basedir="${basedir}/bin">
            <manifest>
                <attribute name="Implementation-Version" value="${env.TF_BUILD_BUILDNUMBER}" />
            </manifest>   
        </jar>
</target>


But this did not work, I just saw the text ${env.TF_BUILD_BUILDNUMBER}” in my manifest, basically the environment variable could not be resolved.


After a bit more of think I realised the problem is that the Ant/Maven build extensions for TFS are based on TFS 2008 style builds, the build environment variables are a TFS 2012 and later feature, so of course they are not set.


A quick look in the automatically generated TFSBuild.proj file generated for the build showed that the MSBuild $(BuildNumber) was passed into the Ant script as a property, so it could be referenced in the Ant Jar target (note the brackets change from () to {})

<target name="jar">
        <jar destfile="${basedir}/javasmaple.jar" basedir="${basedir}/bin">
            <manifest>
                <attribute name="Implementation-Version" value="${BuildNumber}" />
            </manifest>   
        </jar>
</target>

 


Once this change was made I then got the manifest I expected including the build number

Manifest-Version: 1.0
Ant-Version: Apache Ant 1.9.4
Created-By: 1.8.0_25-b18 (Oracle Corporation)
Implementation-Version: JavaSample.Ant.Manual_20141216.7

Source: Rfennell

Fujitsu fi-6220C scanner and Windows 7 64bit

Fujitsu fi-6220C scanner

The driver was listed only as supporting Vista.
Would not be ‘seen’ as a scanner on Windows 7.

I was thinking dang, I’m going to have to buy a portable scanner just for this one off field job.
Found this – http://www.hamrick.com/
$29 and the scanner driver in it works perfectly on a Windows 7 x64 laptop.

If at first the vendor says to upgrade, try looking around for options.

How to Generate Report of Battery Usage in Windows 10

A battery usage report will help you know more about the usage, health, and life estimates characteristics of your PC’s battery over the lifetime of the system.

This tutorial will show you how to generate a detailed battery usage report for your Windows 10 PC (ex: laptop, Surface, or tablet) that runs on a battery.

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How to Open a Command Prompt in Windows 10

A command prompt is an entry point for typing computer commands in the Command Prompt window. By typing commands at the command prompt, you can perform tasks on your computer without using the Windows graphical interface.

This tutorial will show you different ways to open a command prompt in Windows 10.

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WMI — identifying writable properties

One common mistake I see is people trying to set the value of a read only property on a WMI class.  There isn’t a quick way to see if a property is writable. Get-CimClass can be used but you have to dig into the Qualifiers for each property.

 

You can use this function to determine the readwrite settings on all of the properties of a WMI class

function get-cimreadwriteproperties {
[CmdletBinding()]
param (
[string]$classname
)

$props = @()

$class = Get-CimClass -ClassName $classname
$class.CimClassProperties |
foreach {
  $prop = [ordered]@{
    Name = $psitem.Name
    Read = $false
    Write = $false
  }
 
  $psitem |
  select -ExpandProperty Qualifiers |
  foreach {
    if ($_.Name.ToLower() -eq ‘read’) {
      $prop.Read = $true
    }
    if ($_.Name.ToLower() -eq ‘write’) {
      $prop.Write = $true
    }
  }

  $props += New-Object -TypeName PSObject -Property $prop
}

$props

}

 

Take the class name as a parameter and use Get-CimClass. Iterate through the properties and foreach create an output object. Test each qualifier to determine if read or write and set out to true. Add to array and output.

 

The output looks like this

 

ÂŁ> get-cimreadwriteproperties -classname Win32_bios | ft -AutoSize

Name                  Read Write
—-                  —- —–
Caption               True False
Description           True False
InstallDate           True False
Name                  True False
Status                True False
BuildNumber           True False

etc

 

 

ÂŁ> get-cimreadwriteproperties -classname Win32_LogicalDisk | ft -AutoSize

Name                          Read Write
—-                          —- —–
Caption                       True False
Description                   True False
InstallDate                   True False
<truncated>

ErrorMethodology              True False
NumberOfBlocks               False False
Purpose                       True False
<truncated>
VolumeDirty                   True False
VolumeName                    True  True
VolumeSerialNumber            True False

Mouse down!!! – Updated..

My once trusty Microsoft Mouse 5000, part of the Microsoft Comfort 5000 desktop set is KAPUT. Two days ago, the scroll wheel just let go. It still clicks but it doesn’t scroll, and on a 19” widescreen monitor, websites require a lot of scrolling.

What about the scrollbars, you may ask? Well, if it wasn’t for the Windows 8 Charms thing flying out at me even though it is set NOT to fly out, it may not have been so bad, but alas.. Smile

So now I have the curious Logitech M600 Touch mouse running alongside my MS Comfort 5000 keyboard. See here for my post on the M600..

http://blogs.msmvps.com/mikehall/2014/05/15/the-logitech-m600/

Fortunately, it doesn’t clash with the MS Dual Receiver which enables the keyboard, so all is not as bad as it could be.

Replacing the MS 5000 mouse will not be easy because it is not made anymore and is the ONLY MS mouse which would respond to the dual receiver, as far as I am aware.

What next?

Well, I have a keyboard I really like and a mouse which works, but I have a feeling that the computer will try to re-install the MS Mouse 5000 as soon as it realizes that I have removed it. The batteries are out of it so there is no way that the mouse can directly affect anything. It remains to be seen whether the software will conflict with the Logitech M600.

When the keyboard goes West, I will be looking for a Logitech keyboard which can be paired to the ‘unifying receiver’ of the M600 and my many years of using Microsoft input devices will be over. Needless to say, I am hoping that the keyboard holds up as I simply don’t have the funds to replace it.

Smile

Update.. After a really heavy blast through the aperture where the scroll wheel surfaces, it is scrolling again, which is incredibly good news as I really like the Comfort 5000 desktop set and I don’t want to lose it.

While in panic mode, I looked at both Microsoft and Logitech hardware websites. My, hasn’t the range been chopped down. There is hardly anything left on either sites, and curved keyboards have pretty much disappeared completely. Ouch!!

A desktop user could get to hating tablets, ya know.. Smile

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