How to Add or Remove Cast to Device context menu in Windows 10

Cast to Device in Windows 10 is a rebranded and improved version of Play To Device that was used in previous version of Windows. Cast to Device is a feature that allows you to directly (wired or wirelessly) stream media from your PC or tablet to a Miracast or DLNA supported device (ex: TV or Xbox) on your home network.

The Cast to Device context menu is available on media files (music, photos, videos, etc…) and folders that are supported for this feature. Cast to Device is also available as an option in supported apps, such as Microsoft Edge and Movies & TV.

This tutorial will show you how to remove the Cast to Device context menu from files and folders for all users in Windows 10. This can be handy if you don’t use or want the context menu.

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Spybot Search & Destroy Weekly Update – August 24, 2016

+ Ad.Linkular + Ad.QvodPlayer ++ Ad.WSeven + Ad.YiqilaiLyrics ++ Ad.Zdengine + Firseria
+ BubbleDock ++ PU.OtherSearch
++ Win32.Agent.fkap + Win32.VB.ik
Total: 2621161 fingerprints in 832299 rules for 7701 products.

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Removal instructions for WindowsUpdate TSS

What is WindowsUpdate TSS?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that WindowsUpdate 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.

Firefox 48.0.2 Released: August 24, 2016

August 24, 2016
Version 48.0.2, first offered to Release channel users on August 24, 2016

We’d also like to extend a special thank you to all of the new Mozillians who contributed to this release of Firefox!


Fix a startup crash issue caused by Websense (Windows only) (Bug 1291738)

Outlook Hanging with Surface

After months of struggling with Outlook hanging up inexplicably I found something that looks really promising.  I had thought it was because I’m connecting to several Exchange servers.  It was particularly bad if I switched between the Mail and Calendar windows after Outlook had been running for awhile. My solution was to open up my Calendar in a second window as soon as I opened Outlook, but that was really tedious to have to remember to switch windows instead of using the shortcuts at the bottom left of the Outlook window.

Check this out;   File | Options | Advanced – Disable hardware graphics acceleration.


How to Mount or Unmount VHD and VHDX Files in Windows 10

VHD (Virtual Hard Disk) is a file format which represents a virtual hard disk drive (HDD). It may contain what is found on a physical HDD, such as disk partitions and a file system, which in turn can contain files and folders. It is typically used as the hard disk of a virtual machine.

VHDX is a Hyper-V virtual hard disk file format. VHDX has a much larger 64 TB storage capacity than the older VHD format 2TB limit. It also provides data corruption protection during power failures and optimizes structural alignments of dynamic and differencing disks to prevent performance degradation on new, large-sector physical disks.

When you mount a .vhd or .vhdx file, it will be added as a drive in This PC to open it from.

This tutorial will show you different ways on how to natively mount or unmount VHD and VHDX virtual hard disk files in Windows 10.

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Android Nougat 7.0 – Comprehensive FAQ

The new Android Nougat 7.0 phone O/S offers improved security & functionality. Below is a comprehensive

Android 7.0 is officially on its way into the world. So what’s Nougat — the Android software, that is — all about? And what’ll it mean for you? Here are answers to all of your burning questions.

Windows 10 – Ten advanced and hidden usage tips AUG-2016

PC Magazine highlights 10 advanced and hidden usage tips for Windows 10 users as noted below:

Here we present a list of 10 cool tips that will help you get a little bit more out of your Windows 10 experience. Or, at least, there are some things you may have not known about. Some have been available in Windows for a number of generations, while some are native to Microsoft’s most recent OS.

PCMag has some dedicated Windows fans in our readership, so you likely know at least some of these features, but you probably don’t know them all. I tested these on a pair of Lenovo laptops, one running Windows 10 (non-Anniversary Update version) and the other (when accessible) on Windows 7 Professional.

1. Secret Start Menu
2. Secret Desktop Button
3. Rotate Your Screen via Keyboard Ctrl-Alt-D Arrows
4. Enable Slide to Shutdown
5. Enable ‘God Mode’ (power user mode)
6. Right-Click on Tiles
7. Right-Click on the Taskbar
8. Shake – which clears clutter in window displays
9. Drag to Pin Windows
10. Hidden Games in Cortana

Cumulative update for Windows 10 Version 1607: August 23, 2016

Here’s the latest “Cumulative Update” for W10.

Cumulative update for Windows 10 Version 1607: August 23, 2016

Cumulative update for Windows 10 Version 1607: August 23, 2016

Cumulative update for Windows 10 Version 1607: August 23, 2016

This update includes improvements and fixes in the functionality of Windows 10 Version 1607.

Windows 10 updates are cumulative. Therefore, this package contains all previously released fixes.

If you have installed earlier updates, only the new fixes that are contained in this package will be downloaded and installed on your computer. If you’re installing a Windows 10 Version 1607 update for the first time, the package size for the x86 version is 144 MB and the package size for the x64 version is 263 MB.

How to get this update
Method 1: Windows Update

This update will be downloaded and installed automatically.
Method 2: Microsoft Update Catalog

To get the stand-alone package for this update, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

There are no prerequisites for installing this update.
Restart information

You have to restart the computer after you apply this update.
Update replacement information

This update replaces the previously released update 3176931.

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Removal instructions for Window Rates Manager

What is Window Rates Manager?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Window Rates Manager is adware. These adware applications display advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing.
This one belongs to the WinRange family.

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.

Microsoft Security Bulletin Releases Issued: August 22, 2016


The following bulletins have undergone a major revision increment.

* MS16-099 – Critical
Bulletin Information:


– Title: Security Update for Microsoft Office (3177451)
– 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.

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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