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  • Snagit 2018.2.2 Released September 25, 2018
    25 September, 2018: Snagit 2018.2.2 Removed goo.gl short links due to service retiring. Previous links will continue to work. Fixed issue where some updates were not being recognized by Snagit updater. Updated registration of GIF codec to prevent repairs during Windows updates. Fixed issue where some machines would not go to sleep when Snagit was running. Resolved last used tool not remembered after closing Snagit. Resolved unable to initiate subsequent captures from the taskbar menu. Improved stability for long webcam recordings and when starting a video with webcam. Resolved some webcams remaining on at all times when Snagit is running. Improved messaging around accessing the microphone due to disabled Microphone Privacy Settings in Windows 10. Improved Bluetooth devices not playing audio while Snagit is running. There may still be issues with certain Bluetooth devices that may still have issues while recording. Enabled Grab Text on cloud virtual machines (e.g., Amazon and Azure). Fixed issue that turned off in-app messages after updating Snagit. Updated French offline help document. Other bug fixes, performance enhancements, and security improvements. »support.techsmith.com/hc ··· 06435067 Download: »www.techsmith.com/downlo ··· /snagit/ ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Wednesday, September 26, 2018By don
  • Metallica Removal instructions for PC Cleaner
    What is PC Cleaner? The Malwarebytes research team has determined that PC Cleaner is a “system optimizer”. These so-called “system optimizers” use intentional false positives to convince users that their systems have problems. Then they try to sell you their software, claiming it will remove these problems. https://forums.malwarebytes.com/topic/237118-removal-instructions-for-pc-cleaner/ ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Wednesday, September 26, 2018By don
  • Windows Server 2019 – October 2018 release date
    At the Microsoft Ignite conference, it was announced that the Windows Server 2019 release is planned for October 2018 https://redmondmag.com/articles/2018/09/24/windows-server-2019-product-coming-oct.aspx Windows Server 2019 will reach “general availability” commercial release next month, Microsoft announced on Monday during its Ignite 2018 conference. Erin Chapple, corporate vice president of Windows Server, indicated that Windows Server 2019 will be available in Essentials (for small businesses), Standard and Datacenter editions when it reaches the final release stage. System Center 2019, Microsoft’s suite of management tools used with Windows and Windows Server, will reach general availability “in the first half of calendar-year 2019,” she added. Windows Server 2019 is designed to support “hybrid” computing environments, she noted. Hybrid means that organizations use Windows Server in their datacenters in conjunction with using public cloud services. The hybrid support is enabled by use of the Windows Admin Center, Microsoft’s browser-based management portal. Windows Admin Center can tap services such as Azure Backup and Azure File Sync, she noted. Organizations can use Microsoft’s Storage Migration Service, which is part of that portal, to move file servers to Azure datacenters. ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Tuesday, September 25, 2018By harrywaldron
  • Microsoft 365 – Windows Virtual Desktop for Azure
    Microsoft on Monday announced a preview of Windows Virtual Desktop, a new service that will deliver virtual Windows desktops and apps to end users from Microsoft Azure infrastructure. https://redmondmag.com/articles/2018/09/25/windows-virtual-desktop-windows-10-vdi.aspx Windows Virtual Desktop includes the following benefits: The only service to enable a multi-user Windows 10 experience, including compatibility with Microsoft Store and existing Windows line-of-business apps while delivering cost advantages previously only possible with server-based virtualization. The best service to virtualize Office 365 ProPlus running in multi-user virtual scenarios. Microsoft Office is the most virtualized app used, and we are committed to deliver the best possible virtual experience. In the months ahead, we will have more to share on our investments in the Office 365 virtualized experience for the Windows Virtual Desktop service. The only service to provide Windows 7 virtual desktop with free Extended Security Updates, giving you more options to support legacy apps while you transition to Windows 10. The most scalable service to deploy and manage Windows virtual machines, using Azure for compute, storage, rich diagnostics, advanced networking, connection brokering, and gateway. You no longer need to host, install, configure, and manage these components yourself—so you can deploy ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Tuesday, September 25, 2018By harrywaldron
  • How to Enable or Disable Screen Saver in Windows
    A screen saver is a moving picture or pattern that displays on the screen(s) of your PC after you have not been active on the PC for specified period of time to wait. Screen savers were originally used to save older, monochromatic monitors from damage, but now they are mainly a way to personalize your PC or enhance its security by offering password protection. This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable screen saver for specific or all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. Read more…   ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Tuesday, September 25, 2018By Brink
  • How to Add or Remove File Explorer on Taskbar in Windows 10
    File Explorer (Win+E), previously known as Windows Explorer, is a file manager application that is included with Windows 10. File Explorer is pinned to the taskbar by default in Windows 10. This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the File Explorer icon on the taskbar for your account in Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Tuesday, September 25, 2018By Brink
  • Removal instructions for My Sys Mechanic
    What is My Sys Mechanic? The Malwarebytes research team has determined that My Sys Mechanic is a “system optimizer”. These so-called “system optimizers” use intentional false positives to convince users that their systems have problems. Then they try to sell you their software, claiming it will remove these problems. https://forums.malwarebytes.com/topic/237079-removal-instructions-for-my-sys-mechanic/ ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Tuesday, September 25, 2018By don
  • Comparing strings and integers
    Saw an interesting problem involving the comparison of 2 numbers. In reality its was comparing strings and integers. The starting point was a CSV file but as I showed last time you can create a CSV in memory PS> $file = @' >> "Count";"Value" >> "3";"Year1" >> "1";"Year1" >> "5";"Year3" >> "8";"Year4" >> "10";"Year15" >> "12";"Year6" >> "88";"Year7" >> "154";"Year2" >> '@ | ConvertFrom-Csv -Delimiter ';' PS> $file Count Value ----- ----- 3 Year1 1 Year1 5 Year3 8 Year4 10 Year15 12 Year6 88 Year7 154 Year2 The goal is to get all lines where Count is greater than or equal to 8.   The obvious starting point is PS> $file | where Count -ge 8 Count Value ----- ----- 8 Year4 88 Year7 Which doesn’t supply the right answer.   Checking the object created from the CSV file PS> $file | Get-Member TypeName: System.Management.Automation.PSCustomObject Name MemberType Definition ---- ---------- ---------- Equals Method bool Equals(System.Object obj) GetHashCode Method int GetHashCode() GetType Method type GetType() ToString Method string ToString() Count NoteProperty string Count=3 Value NoteProperty string Value=Year1 Count is a string   With comparison operators the RIGHT hand side is converted to be the same as the LEFT hand side ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Tuesday, September 25, 2018By richardsiddaway
  • How to Enable or Disable Showing Remote Locations in Jump Lists in Windows
    When you right click or press and hold on an app on the taskbar or Start menu, it will open the app’s jump list. Jump Lists is a feature that lists app specific tasks or items you can quickly open or get to for every day usage. Jump lists can include recently opened items, frequently opened items, tasks, or websites, in addition to pinned items. You’ll always see the same items in the jump list for an app, regardless of whether you view the jump list on the Start menu, taskbar, or File Explorer. If you like, you can disable displaying or tracking items over the network from remote locations in Jump Lists. This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing remote locations in Jump Lists for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Monday, September 24, 2018By Brink
  • Beware of Hurricane Florence Relief Scams
    https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/09/beware-of-hurricane-florence-relief-scams/ Not strictly PC related, but I thought it important to get this to everyone. ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Monday, September 24, 2018By hankshelp
  • CSV cmdlets
    I was reading something and when ConvertFrom-CSV was mentioned it made me pause and think about what that cmdlet actually did. This is a quick explanation of the CSV cmdlets. Export-CSV was available in PowerShell v1. You use it to create a CSV file from PowerShell objects. The code in PowerShell v6.1 is PS> Get-Process -Name p* | select Name, id, StartTime | Export-Csv -Path C:testtest1.csv   In Windows PowerShell v5.1 it would be PS> Get-Process -Name p* | select Name, id, StartTime | Export-Csv -Path C:testtest1.csv -NoTypeInformation The –NoTypeInformation parameter is needed to prevent the type information being written to the first line of the CSV. In v6.1 the default is NOT to write type information to the csv file   Import-CSV again has been a staple of PowerShell since v1. You use this cmdlet to read a CSV file that you have saved on disk. PS> Import-Csv -Path C:testtest1.csv Name Id StartTime ---- -- --------- powershell 14632 24/09/2018 12:27:17 pwsh 9804 24/09/2018 12:40:38 You can then send the objects down the pipeline for further processing. The important thing to remember is that Import/Export-CSV deal with files.   ConvertTo-Csv is used to create CSV strings from objects. In PowerShell ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Monday, September 24, 2018By richardsiddaway
  • Removal instructions for SD App
    What is SD App? The Malwarebytes research team has determined that SD App 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/237037-removal-instructions-for-sd-app/ ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Monday, September 24, 2018By don
  • How to Enable or Disable Show more tiles on Start in Windows 10
    A Tile is an image that represents a pinned app on Start. Live tiles on Start display information that are useful at a glance without opening an app. The default for tile groups on Start is to have 3 columns of medium sized tiles, but Microsoft has heard feedback from many Insiders who wanted the ability to have a 4th column as well, so they could have two wide or large sized tiles side by side in a group. Starting with Windows 10 build 10547, a Show more tiles on Start setting has been added to be able to do this now. . This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to change the Show more tiles on Start setting for all users in Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Sunday, September 23, 2018By Brink
  • PowerShell copy file
    An article I wrote for searchwindowsserver on PowerShell file copy was published recently. The article is available at https://searchwindowsserver.techtarget.com/tip/PowerShell-commands-to-copy-files-Basic-to-advanced-methods ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Sunday, September 23, 2018By richardsiddaway
  • Use Sophos SafeGuard and Windows 10? Read before installing October Upgrade
    Advisory: SafeGuard file encryption – Local Cache corruption interrupts Windows 10 update to version 1809 (Windows 10 October 2018 Update) When updating to the Insider Preview of Windows 10 October 2018 Update a.k.a. Redstone 5 / version 1809, the system may unexpectedly shut down due to a Local Cache corruption. This is known to happen when the following conditions are met: At least one SafeGuard 8.10 file encryption module (File Encryption, Synchronized Encryption, Data Exchange or Cloud Storage) is installed, pure BitLocker clients and previous versions of SafeGuard are not affected. The OS has been updated from a previous Windows version before and the “Windows.old” folder still exists. Symptoms: Unexpected shutdown during the Windows 10 update System not booting any longer The failed update may render the installation useless. In that case you can only re-image or freshly install the system again. The user data should be recoverable. ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Sunday, September 23, 2018By hankshelp
  • Adobe Releases Update for Acrobat & Reader
    Security bulletin for Adobe Acrobat and Reader | APSB18-34 “Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Acrobat and Reader for Windows and MacOS. These updates address critical and important vulnerabilities.  Successful exploitation could lead to arbitrary code execution in the context of the current user. “ ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Sunday, September 23, 2018By hankshelp
  • Security Mailer (September 2018 … Week 38)
    Security Mailer Volume 18 Number 38 Adobe released unscheduled emergency updates for Reader Major update release for Pale Moon browser Cisco Security Advisories Linux updates Microsoft Windows 10 new features Windows file may be collecting your data General security reviews last week cCleaner forcing updates Newegg hacked ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Sunday, September 23, 2018By hankshelp
  • How to Automatically Lock Windows 10 PC with your Phone
    When you lock a computer, it protects it from unauthorized use when you need to step away from the PC, and don’t want to sign out or shut down. Starting with Windows 10 build 15031 (8th Feb. 2017), Microsoft officially introduced the Dynamic lock feature that allows Windows 10 to detect when you’re away and automatically lock the device. If you forget to lock your PC or tablet when you step away, Windows Hello can use a phone that is paired with your device to automatically lock it shortly after you’re out of Bluetooth range. Take your phone with you when you move away from your PC, and it will automatically lock a minute or so after you are out of Bluetooth range. (Note that Bluetooth range varies by devices.) This tutorial will show you how to automatically lock your Windows 10 PC with your phone using Dynamic lock. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Saturday, September 22, 2018By Brink
  • How to Automatically Lock Computer in Windows 10
    When you lock a computer, it protects it from unauthorized use when you need to step away from the PC, and don’t want to sign out or shut down. The Interactive logon: Machine inactivity limit security policy setting allows you to specify an amount in seconds of inactivity to wait before Windows 10 will automatically lock the computer. This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable automatic lock of the computer after specified seconds of inactivity for all users in Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Saturday, September 22, 2018By Brink
  • Determining the PowerShell host
    The PowerShell ecosystem is more diverse than it used to be which makes determining the PowerShell host a bit more difficult. The variable $host, and its Name property, is a good starting point. PS> $host.Name ConsoleHost   You get ConSoleHost if you’re running in the console. For ISE you get – Windows PowerShell ISE Host And for VScode you get – Visual Studio Code Host   If you want to know the PowerShell version as well it’s a bit more awkward. $host.Version works for the console and ISE as it returns the PowerShell version. In VScode however it returns the version of VScode. The best route is to use $PSVersionTable.PSVersion   While you’re at it you may want to check the edition of PowerShell – Core or Desktop PS> $PSVersionTable.PSEdition Core To make that a bit easier function get-powershellhost { New-Object -TypeName PSobject -Property @{ Hostname = $host.Name PSversion = $PSVersionTable.PSVersion PSEdition = $PSVersionTable.PSEdition } }   The function runs in the console, ISE and VScode and was tested across Windows PowerShell v5.1 and PowerShell v6.1 Feel free to add other information as required ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Saturday, September 22, 2018By richardsiddaway
  • You should consider a Credit Freeze..They are Free!
    Credit Freezes are Free: Let the Ice Age Begin Everyone should be doing this, especially now that the are free. Take a couple of minutes to freeze or unfreeze online. IMPORTANT: Be sure to save/remember the code you get. You can’t unfreeze without it! ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Saturday, September 22, 2018By hankshelp
  • Firefox 62.0.2 Released September 21, 2018
    September 21, 2018 Version 62.0.2, first offered to Release channel users on September 21, 2018 Fixed Unvisited bookmarks can once again be autofilled in the address bar (bug 1488879) WebGL rendering issues (bug 1489099) Updates from unpacked language packs no longer break the browser (bug 1488934) Fix fallback on startup when a language pack is missing (bug 1492459) Profile refresh from the Windows stub installer restarts the browser (bug 1491999) Properly restore window size and position when restarting on Windows (bugs 1489214 and 1489852) Avoid crash when sharing a profile with newer (as yet unreleased) versions of Firefox (bug 1490585) Do not undo removal of search engines when using a language pack (bug 1489820) Fixed rendering of some web sites (bug 1421885) Restored compatibility with some sites using deprecated TLS settings (bug 1487517) Fix screen share on MacOS when using multiple monitors (bug 1487419) Various security fixes Reference link to 62.0 release notes https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/62.0.2/releasenotes/?utm_source=firefox-browser&utm_medium=firefox-browser&utm_campaign=whatsnew ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Saturday, September 22, 2018By don
  • How to Enable or Disable Don’t Display Username at Sign-in in Windows 10
    A new Interactive logon: Don’t display username at sign-in policy setting has been introduced in Windows 10 starting with Windows 10 version 1703. This security policy setting determines whether the username is displayed during sign in. This setting only affects the Other user tile. If the policy is enabled and a user signs in as Other user, the full name of the user is not displayed during sign-in. In the same context, if users type their email address and password at the sign in screen and press Enter, the displayed text “Other user” remains unchanged, and is no longer replaced by the user’s first and last name, as in previous versions of Windows 10. Additionally, if users enter their domain user name and password and click Submit, their full name is not shown until the Start screen displays. If the policy is disabled and a user signs in as Other user, the “Other user” text is replaced by the user’s first and last name during sign-in. Your implementation of this policy depends on your security requirements for displayed logon information. If you have devices that store sensitive data, with monitors displayed in unsecured locations, or if you have devices with ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Friday, September 21, 2018By Brink
  • Removal instructions for Trustnav Safesearch
    What is Trustnav Safesearch? The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Trustnav Safesearch 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/236937-removal-instructions-for-trustnav-safesearch/ ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Friday, September 21, 2018By don
  • Splitting paths
    PowerShell has the Split-Path cmdlet that provides the leaf and parent of a path. But what if you’re splitting paths and need one or paths at a higher level. Consider the path PS> $path = 'C:ScriptsHyperVAdminOptimize-VMDisks.ps1'   Its just an arbitrary path from my test machine. Using Split-Path you can get the parent (by default) or the leaf path PS> Split-Path -Path $path C:ScriptsHyperVAdmin PS> Split-Path -Path $path -Parent C:ScriptsHyperVAdmin PS> Split-Path -Path $path -Leaf Optimize-VMDisks.ps1   But what if you want the grandfather path. That starts to get ugly just using Split-Path. PS> Split-Path -Path (Split-Path -Path $path -Parent) C:ScriptsHyperV   The code gets uglier and uglier as you progress up the path I decided I needed an object whose properties gave me a consistent view of the path hierarchy – the parent path was always level 1; the grandfather was always level 2 etc. Something like this Level00 : C:ScriptsHyperVAdminOptimize-VMDisks.ps1 Level01 : C:ScriptsHyperVAdmin Level02 : C:ScriptsHyperV Level03 : C:Scripts Level04 : C:   My solution was to create this function function split-multipath { [CmdletBinding()] param ( [string]$path ) if (-not (Test-Path -Path $path -IsValid)) { throw "Invalid path: $path" } $outpaths = [ordered]@{ Level00 = $path } $l ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Friday, September 21, 2018By richardsiddaway

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