How to Turn On or Off Play Windows Startup Sound in Windows 10

Windows 10 can play a sound at startup to let you know it’s loaded and ready.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off the Windows startup sound for all users in Windows 10.

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Beware the ‘Windows Self-Healing Tool’ app

I’ve never trusted “automatic repair” utilities. You should know what any utility is doing and have the option of selecting the actions you want to have done. “Black Box” types of utilities are almost always doing something you don’t want done. the “windows Self-Healing Tool” is one of these. From Ed Bott’s research, it’s worse than useless.

Beware the ‘Windows Self-Healing Tool’ app

Thinking about a Windows Phone? Think twice.

If you were considering buying a Windows smart phone, better think again or go for it now. Looks like it’s becoming a very small bit player (2.55 market share to 0.6% in one year!).

Windows smartphone sales collapse

Removal instructions for EveryDayManuals

What is EveryDayManuals?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that EveryDayManuals 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.
EveryDayManuals is a Mindspark/Ask toolbar now known as IAC Applications.

https://forums.malwarebytes.org/topic/187339-removal-instructions-for-everydaymanuals/

Microsoft Security Bulletin Releases Issued: August 22, 2016

Summary

The following bulletins have undergone a major revision increment.

* MS16-099 – Critical
Bulletin Information:

MS16-099

– Title: Security Update for Microsoft Office (3177451)
https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms16-099.aspx
– Reason for Revision: V2.0 (August 22, 2016): Bulletin revised to
announce the availability of the 14.6.7 update for Microsoft
Office for Mac 2011 (3179162) and the 15.25 update for Microsoft
Office 2016 for Mac (3179163). Customers running affected Mac
software should install the appropriate update for their product
to be protected from the vulnerabilities discussed in this
bulletin. Customers running other Microsoft Office software do
not need to take any action. See Microsoft Knowledge Base
Article 3179162 and Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 3179163 for
more information and download links.
– Originally posted: August 9, 2016
– Updated: August 22, 2016
– Bulletin Severity Rating: Critical
– Version: 2.0

“Toymaster has released Security Mailer Volume 16 Number 34

Wow! Has the year flown by! Up to week 36 already!!

Security Mailer V16#34

Part 1

  • Browser updates for Pale Moon and Firefox
  • Cisco Advisories + Shadow Brokers
  • Linux updates
  • Microsoft Security Bulletin revisions
  • PowerShell goes open source
  • big changes coming to Windows Update and .NET Framework
  • General Security entries

    The Cisco section is very important to those running a Cisco Firewall or Adaptive Security Appliance as the resent NSA hack involving the Shadow Brokers also involves Cisco.

    Part 2

  • Cisco and the Shadow Brokers – The Cisco blog complete with technical details explaining the Shadow Brokers and how the NSA hack affects Cisco products.  I have also added the Cisco advisory for you that explains what to expect and what to do if it affects your environment

Removal instructions for MySafeSavings

What is MySafeSavings?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that MySafeSavings is adware. These adware applications display advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing.

https://forums.malwarebytes.org/topic/187298-removal-instructions-for-mysafesavings/

How to Turn On or Off Lock Screen Private Notifications in Windows 10

The lock screen is the screen you see when you lock your PC (or when it locks automatically after you haven’t been using it for a while). The lock screen will also show at startup, and when you are signed out and idle for at least one minute.

If you turn on to show notifications on the lock screen, then you can also turn on or off to keep notifications private on the lock screen by only showing what sent it with Private for the details. This can be handy for email notifications from the Mail app.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to keep notifications from specific apps and other senders private on the lock screen for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Notification Sound from Senders in Windows 10

The Action Center in Windows 10 collects and shows notifications and alerts from traditional Windows applications and system notifications, alongside those generated from modern apps. Notifications are then grouped in the Action Center by app and time. When the Action Center gets a new notification, it will briefly show a notification banner above the taskbar notification area to let you know.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off playing a sound when a notification arrives from specific apps and senders for your account in Windows 10.

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Memory Compression in Windows 10 RTM (Channel 9)

MS Forum: Partitions may be missing after installing the Anniversary Update

 

How to Turn On or Off Notification Banners from Senders in Windows 10

The Action Center in Windows 10 collects and shows notifications and alerts from traditional Windows applications and system notifications, alongside those generated from modern apps. Notifications are then grouped in the Action Center by app and time. When the Action Center gets a new notification, it will briefly show a notification banner above the taskbar notification area to let you know.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off showing notification banners from specific apps and senders for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Showing Notifications in Action Center in Windows 10

The Action Center in Windows 10 collects and shows notifications and alerts from traditional Windows applications and system notifications, alongside those generated from modern apps. Notifications are then grouped in the Action Center by app and time. When the Action Center gets a new notification, it will briefly show a notification banner above the taskbar notification area to let you know.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off showing notifications in action center from specific apps and senders for your account in Windows 10.

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Poll on MS decision to combine updates starting in October

As you may recall:

http://blogs.msmvps.com/hankshelp/wp-admin/post.php?post=451&action=edit

MS has decided to eliminate individual updates in favor of a combined “Rollup”. A lot of us feel that that’s a problem. IMNSHO, it’s really the techies and busines folks that are going to be impacted the most. Also, Consumers who encounter problems, We will not be able to uninstall a single update to resolve an issue.

Have an opinion? Here’s your opportunity to express it.

Do you agree or disagree with Microsoft’s new servicing plan for Windows?

How to See if a Process is 32-bit or 64-bit in Windows 10

If you have a 32-bit Windows installed, processes can only be 32-bit.

If you have a 64-bit Windows installed, processes can be 32-bit or 64-bit.

This tutorial will show you how to see if a running app or process is 32-bit or 64-bit in Windows 10.

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Windows 10 – Anniversary update changes for PIN and Windows Hello Behavior

After the recent Windows 10 “Anniversary update” (1607), The capability to use the PIN functionality is now restricted by Global Group policy settings that must be turned on in advance for use of this feature.

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/ash/2016/08/13/changes-to-convenience-pin-and-thus-windows-hello-behaviour-in-windows-10-version-1607/

The purpose of this post is to quickly publish details of some changes designed to create distinction of our next generation credential, now called Windows Hello for Business and its associated PIN. If you are currently managing an enterprise computing environment utilizing Windows 10 with Windows Hello then you should read this article to determine if you need to take action.

So, What’s Changed? — Starting in Windows 10, Version 1607, the default behavior to allow convenience PIN creation has changed.  The new default is that convenience PINs cannot be created on domain joined machines unless you specifically enable it via policy:

In summary, if you are looking to deploy Windows Hello for Business (formally Microsoft Passport for Work) then this might be the perfect opportunity to move to that more secure credential and not re-instate the convenience PIN sign in. However, if you have happy with the convenience PIN sign in functionality and security, you should enable the “Turn on convenience PIN sign-in” GP setting before you upgrade so that users can continue to use Windows Hello and not be interrupted by the upgrade.

Windows 10 – Anniversary update issue for Webcams using MJPEG and H264 encoding

After the recent Windows 10 “Anniversary update” (1607), an issue surfaced for webcams using an older MJPEG and H264 encoding standard. The use of the older webcam standards was more prevalent than originally anticipated and will likely be restored soon during a future update.

https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/76719/microsoft-broken-millions-webcams-windows-10-anniversary-update

On August 2nd, Microsoft released the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 and when the bits arrived on computers around the globe, it brought with it new features and also broke webcams for millions of consumers. If your webcam has stopped functioning since the release of the Anniversary update, you are not alone but the good news is a fix is coming, hopefully in September.

Microsoft made a significant change with the release of Windows 10 and support for webcams that is causing serious problems for not only consumers but also the enterprise. The problem is that after installing the update, Windows no longer allows USB webcams to use MJPEG or H264 encoded streams and is only allowing YUY2 encoding.

Why did the company remove these options? The short answer is that with the Anniversary update there are new scenarios for applications to be able to access the webcam and the MJPEG or H264 encoding processes could have resulted in duplication of encoding the stream (poor performance) so the company limited the input methods to stop this from happening.

This issue impacts a wide variety of webcams including the popular Logitech C920 that both Paul and I use for podcasting. Paul has been having this issue for months where every time the camera tries to go into HD on a video call, it would freeze and now I am experiencing this issue as well. When Paul started having these issues a few months ago, we figured it was either a bad driver from Logitech or possibly even the Skylake CPU.

Youndoo Adware hijacks Browser Homepage using DLL Hijacking

No more choosing what patches to apply to Windows 7 or 8.1

No longer will you be able to select which updates or patches to apply to Windows 7 or 8.1. As with W10, W7 and W8.1 will, starting in October, only get “cumulative” updates. Honestly, for the average users, it’s not going to make a big difference. For techies, support and corporate users, though. it might spell big problems.

How many times have we had a problem after applying a set of Patch Tuesday updates and had to uninstall one or more updates to get it to work?

Further simplifying servicing models for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

Shop at Eddie Bauer this year? Better check your credit cards!!

Looks like Eddie Bauer is the latest victim of Point-of-Sale malware. If you used a credit or debit card this year there, you need to check and monitor your activity.

Malware Infected All Eddie Bauer Stores in U.S., Canada

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