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  • How to Turn On or Off PC Charging Slowly over USB Notification in Windows 10
    If you charge your PC battery over USB, you might get a notification that says your PC is charging slowly. This might happen if you’re using a charger that didn’t come with your device. This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off showing a PC is charging slowly over USB notification for your account in Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Sunday, May 27, 2018By Brink
  • How to Change Pen Shortcut Button Settings in Windows 10
    If your Windows 10 device has a pen or another type of stylus, you can customize what your pen does and how it works with your PC. If your pen has a shortcut button, you can choose what to do when you click once, double-click, and press and hold the button. You might need to pair your pen via Bluetooth first. Starting with Windows 10 build 17661, you can now select Screen Snipping as an option for Click once. This tutorial will show you how to choose what to do when you click once, double-click, and press and hold the pen shortcut button for your account in Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Sunday, May 27, 2018By Brink
  • Security Mailer Volume 18 Number 21
    Security Mailer V18 #21 Browser section – Mozilla Thunderbird email client updated Cisco security advisories Open Source – vulnerabilities in BIND Linux updates Microsoft security advisories, issues with Windows 10 build 1803 General Security entries Review last weeks vulnerabilities new Spectre and Meltdown variants critical bug in 7-Zip Wireshark updates VMware advisories Also added a 4 document series covering Web Tracking & Browser Security to the Public Dropbox folder with links on the website.  It is a different approach than what I have done in the past and does not have screenshots so it will be easier to maintain and keep it up to date since the browsers are changing so rapidly anymore, and many of the changes are major. ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Sunday, May 27, 2018By hankshelp
  • WMI and CIM accelerators
    In PowerShell an accelerator is a shortcut to a .NET type. The WMI accelerators have been around since PowerShell v1. The WMI accelerators were heavily used in v1 fill some of the gaps in cmdlet coverage. The CIM accelerators appeared in PowerShell v3 (I think – only discovered them recently!). This is how you use the WMI and CIM accelerators.   There are three WMI accelerators wmiclass is shortcut for System.Management.ManagementClass wmi is shortcut for System.Management.ManagementObject wmisearcher is shortcut for System.Management.ManagementObjectSearcher   And four CIM accelerators are ciminstance is shortcut for Microsoft.Management.Infrastructure.CimInstance cimclass is shortcut for Microsoft.Management.Infrastructure.CimClass cimtype is shortcut for Microsoft.Management.Infrastructure.CimType cimconverter is shortcut for Microsoft.Management.Infrastructure.CimConverter plus CimSession which is a shortcut for Microsoft.Management.Infrastructure.CimSession. Use this to set a parameter type.   Notice that there isn’t a direct correspondence between the WMI and CIM accelerators. PowerShell v6 only has the CIM accelerators   The WMI accelerators are used like this: WMICLASS This can be used for creating new instances of CIM classes PS> $p = [wmiclass]’Win32_Process’ PS> $p.Create(“notepad.exe”) This is easily replicated using the CIM cmdlets PS> Invoke-CimMethod -ClassName Win32_Process -MethodName create -Arguments @{CommandLine=’notepad.exe’}   WMI The [wmi] accelerator is used to find an instance BUT you have to ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Saturday, May 26, 2018By richardsiddaway
  • How to Turn On or Off Show Cursor and Visual Effects when using Pen in Windows 10
    If your Windows 10 device has a pen or another type of stylus, you can customize what your pen does and how it works with your PC. You can turn on or off to show a cursor when you hover your pen over the screen. You can turn on or off to show visual effects (ex: ripple) when you touch your pen on the screen. This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to show a cursor and visual effects when using a pen for your account in Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Saturday, May 26, 2018By Brink
  • Necurs delivering Flawed Ammy RAT via IQY Excel Web Query files
    Necurs delivering Flawed Ammy RAT via IQY Excel Web Query files “We have got a new delivery method appearing this afternoon via what looks like the  Necurs botnet, using iqy files which are Excel Web Query and Internet Inquiry  files. “ ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Saturday, May 26, 2018By hankshelp
  • Removal instructions for QuizFunWow
    What is QuizFunWow? The Malwarebytes research team has determined that QuizFunWow 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/230666-removal-instructions-for-quizfunwow/ ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Friday, May 25, 2018By don
  • How to Turn On or Off Ignore Touch Input when using Pen in Windows 10
    If your Windows 10 device has a pen or another type of stylus, you can customize what your pen does and how it works with your PC. If you find yourself bumping the screen while using your pen, you may want to turn on the Ignore touch input when I’m using my pen setting to avoid potential issues. This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to ignore touch input when using a pen for your account in Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Friday, May 25, 2018By Brink
  • How to Rename Groups of Tabs Set Aside in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10
    Microsoft Edge is a new web browser that is available across the Windows 10 device family. It is designed for Windows 10 to be faster, safer, and compatible with the modern Web. Starting with Windows 10 build 15002, you can set aside groups of tabs to save them for later viewing. The tabs you’ve set aside will remain set aside until you either restore or remove them, even after closing Microsoft Edge or signing out of Windows 10. Starting with Windows 10 build 17677, it is easier to organize the groups of tabs you’ve set aside by now allowing you to rename them, so you can remember what’s in each group when come back to it later. This tutorial will show you how to rename groups of tabs you set aside in Microsoft Edge for your account in Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Friday, May 25, 2018By Brink
  • How to Turn On or Off Allow Pen to Act as a Mouse in Windows 10
    If your Windows 10 device has a pen or another type of stylus, you can customize what your pen does and how it works with your PC. Starting with Windows 10 build 17661, there is a new option in Pen & Windows Ink Settings that allows your pen to behave like a mouse instead of scrolling or panning the screen. This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off allowing your pen to act as a mouse in legacy apps instead of scrolling or panning the screen for your account in Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Friday, May 25, 2018By Brink
  • FBI – Fake threats are serious federal crimes
    The FBI encourages all users of social networks to “Think Before You Post” … A major new wave of Hoax threats have occurred recently.  These are serious federal crimes as 1st responders may be sent & there is even a risk of human injuries during these dangerous situations. https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/hoax-threats-awareness-052318 In recent months, the FBI and law enforcement around the country have investigated a number of hoax threats of targeted violence against schools and other public places. These threats—often issued via text message or posted on social media—are taken very seriously. Hoax threats are not a joke, and they can have devastating consequences—both for the public and for the perpetrators. Issuing a threat—even over social media, via text message, or through e-mail—is a federal crime (threatening interstate communications). Those who post or send these threats can receive up to five years in federal prison, or they can face state or local charges. With a thoughtless remark on social media, young people risk starting out their adult lives in prison and forever being labeled a felon. “The Bureau and its law enforcement partners take each threat seriously. We investigate and fully analyze each threat to determine its credibility,” said FBI Deputy Director ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Thursday, May 24, 2018By harrywaldron
  • Removal instructions for TotalAV Antivirus 2018
    What is TotalAV Antivirus 2018? The Malwarebytes research team has determined that TotalAV Antivirus 2018 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/230630-removal-instructions-for-totalav-antivirus-2018/ ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Thursday, May 24, 2018By don
  • #WindowsInsiders: we are NOT flighting a build this week
    #WindowsInsiders: we are NOT flighting a build this week. We found some rollback issues and it's a long weekend in the US, so many folks on our team will be taking time off to spend with their families. Have a wonderful week! <3 — Dona Sarkar (@donasarkar) May 23, 2018 ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Wednesday, May 23, 2018By don
  • How to Backup and Restore Groove Music app Settings in Windows 10
    The Groove Music app is a preinstalled UWP (Universal Windows Platform) app in Windows 10. You can listen to your favorite music in Groove on your Windows, iOS, and Android devices. Create a playlist with music you’ve purchased or uploaded to OneDrive or pick your background music on Xbox One. See also: Groove Music and Spotify: FAQ | Microsoft Support If you use the Groove Music app, you can manually backup your settings to manually restore as needed to any account on any Windows 10 PC. This tutorial will show you how to manually backup and restore your settings for the Groove Music app in Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Wednesday, May 23, 2018By Brink
  • How to Backup and Restore Maps app Settings in Windows 10
    The Windows Maps app is a preinstalled UWP (Universal Windows Platform) app in Windows 10. Maps is your guide to everywhere. Find your way with voice navigation and turn-by-turn driving, transit, and walking directions. Search for places to get directions, business info, and reviews. Download maps to use when you’re offline. Tour the world virtually with breathtaking aerial imagery and 360 degree street-level views. Plus, you get the same experience across all your Windows 10 PCs and phones. If you use the Maps app, you can manually backup your settings to manually restore as needed to any account on any Windows 10 PC. This tutorial will show you how to manually backup and restore your settings for the Maps app in Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Wednesday, May 23, 2018By Brink
  • How to Backup and Restore Camera app Settings in Windows 10
    The Windows Camera app is a preinstalled UWP (Universal Windows Platform) app in Windows 10. If your PC has a built-in camera or a connected webcam, you can use the Camera app to take photos and videos. If you use the Camera app, you can manually backup your settings to manually restore as needed to any account on any Windows 10 PC. This tutorial will show you how to manually backup and restore your settings for the Camera app in Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Wednesday, May 23, 2018By Brink
  • How to Backup and Restore Photos app Settings in Windows 10
    The Microsoft Photos app is a preinstalled UWP (Universal Windows Platform) app in Windows 10. This app lets you view and edit your photos and videos, make movies, and create albums. You can use the video remix feature to instantly create a video from photos and videos you select. You can use the video editor for fine-tuned adjustments — change filters, text, camera motion, music, and more. You can even add 3D effects like butterflies, lasers, or explosions that magically appear in your video. If you use the Photos app, you can manually backup your settings to manually restore as needed to any account on any Windows 10 PC. This tutorial will show you how to manually backup and restore your settings for the Photos app in Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Wednesday, May 23, 2018By Brink
  • Spybot Search & Destroy Weekly Update – May 23, 2018
    2018-05-23Adware + AirAdInstaller + bProtector + Install.DomaIQ + weDownloadMgrMalware + VirusProtectProPUPS + PU.AdvancedPCMechanic + PU.Bundlore + PU.DriverAgentPlus ++ PU.DriverToolkit ++ PU.Mindspark.EasyFileConvert + PU.PCSpeedCat + PU.PinnaclePCPerformance ++ PU.Polarity.TodaysBreakingNews + PU.RealTimeGamingTrojans + Backdoor.Ranta ++ RAT.Remcos.qq ++ Win32.RKeynamTotal: 2641609 fingerprints in 852642 rules for 8211 products. »www.safer-networking.org ··· updates/ ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Wednesday, May 23, 2018By don
  • Removal instructions for MapsFrontier
    What is MapsFrontier? The Malwarebytes research team has determined that MapsFrontier 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/230560-removal-instructions-for-mapsfrontier/ ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Wednesday, May 23, 2018By don
  • PowerShell parameter sets
    PowerShell parameter sets allow you to control which parameters can be used together. If a parameter isn’t in the parameter set you’re trying to use you’ll get an error message. PS> Get-VM -Name XYZ -id (New-Guid) Get-VM : Parameter set cannot be resolved using the specified named parameters. At line:1 char:1 + Get-VM -Name XYZ -id (New-Guid) + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ + CategoryInfo : InvalidArgument: (:) [Get-VM], ParameterBindingException + FullyQualifiedErrorId : AmbiguousParameterSet,Microsoft.HyperV.PowerShell.Commands.GetVM   You can also use parameter sets to help control the processing within your function as this example shows: function Convert-Temperature { param ( [Parameter(ParameterSetName='Celsius')] [double]$degreeC, [Parameter(ParameterSetName='Fahrenheit')] [double]$degreeF, [Parameter(ParameterSetName='Kelvin')] [double]$degreeK ) $temps = New-Object -TypeName psobject -Property @{ 'Temperature-Celsius' = 0.0 'Temperature-Fahrenheit' = 0.0 'Temperature-Kelvin' = 0.0 } switch ($psCmdlet.ParameterSetName) { "Celsius" { $temps.'Temperature-Celsius' = $degreeC $temps.'Temperature-Fahrenheit' = [math]::Round((32 + ($degreeC * 1.8)), 2) $temps.'Temperature-Kelvin' = $degreeC + 273.15 } "Fahrenheit" { $temps.'Temperature-Celsius' = [math]::Round((($degreeF - 32) / 1.8), 2) $temps.'Temperature-Fahrenheit' = $degreeF $temps.'Temperature-Kelvin' = $temps.'Temperature-Celsius' + 273.15 } "Kelvin" { $temps.'Temperature-Celsius' = $degreeK - 273.15 $temps.'Temperature-Fahrenheit' = [math]::Round((32 + ($temps.'Temperature-Celsius' * 1.8)), 2) $temps.'Temperature-Kelvin' = $degreeK } default {Write-Error -Message "Error!!! Should not be here" } } $temps }   Each of the input parameters is in its own ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Tuesday, May 22, 2018By richardsiddaway
  • Windows 10 – Cumulative Update for MAY 2018
    Microsoft has just released a new Windows 10 cumulative update to fix a few issues recently found for version 1709 as described below https://wccftech.com/microsoft-windows-10-cumulative-update/ It’s no longer a surprise when Microsoft sends multiple cumulative updates in a month. We may as well just stop referring to Patch Tuesday as one but the company does send updates on that day too… The Windows maker sent some post-Patch Tuesday updates last week to the Creators and the Anniversary Update. Now, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is also receiving a fresh new cumulative update, addressing some issues. Windows 10 Fall Creators Update aka version 1709 is receiving build 16299.461 (KB4103714). Here’s the complete changelog: Previewing support for same-site cookies in Microsoft Edge ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Tuesday, May 22, 2018By harrywaldron
  • Leadership – PMBOK version six MAY 2018
    The following article from IIL shares the value of Project Management disciplines.  It highlights PMBOK (version 6) and other disciplines, that can effectively define tasks & resources leading to project successful completion. What is Project Management? Projects have been around for thousands of years. Ever see a picture of the Pyramids of Giza? That’s a project. How about the Great Wall of China? Yup, another project. What about the International Space Station? You guessed it — another project. Projects come in all shapes and sizes. Have you planned a summer vacation lately? Well, that’s a project. And, how about all those home “projects” that take up our evenings and weekends? The name says it all, doesn’t it? And these projects were led by competent and highly trained individuals, appropriately named Project Managers, who applied knowledge, skills, techniques, and tools, to all the project activities to produce the end result that met the requirements. That’s called Project Management.  Let’s get a bit more formal. According to the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), project management is defined as “the application of knowledge skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Tuesday, May 22, 2018By harrywaldron
  • How to Measure How Many Items on Start Menu in Windows 10
    Items on your Start menu are the total count of shortcuts displayed in All apps and pinned tiles combined. All apps in the Start menu displays an alphabetical list of shortcuts to all installed Windows apps (Microsoft Store) and desktop apps on your Windows 10 PC. Some of these shortcuts are grouped into folders with the folder name in the alphabetical list. Pinned tiles are the apps, contacts (People app), folders, drives, library, network, etc… that you pinned to Start and have sized, arranged into groups, group names, and used in Live Folders as part of your Start layout. By default, the Windows 10 Start Menu only supports showing up to 2048 items. If you have more than 2048 items, some or all items may no longer show. This tutorial will show you how to measure how many items you have on your Start menu for your account in Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Tuesday, May 22, 2018By Brink
  • PowerShell version
    Discovering the PowerShell version you’re using can be an interesting task. The automatic variable $PSVersionTable was introduced in PowerShell v2. On my Windows 10 version 1803 machine for Windows PowerShell I get PS> $PSVersionTable Name Value —- —– PSVersion 5.1.17134.48 PSEdition Desktop PSCompatibleVersions {1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0…} BuildVersion 10.0.17134.48 CLRVersion 4.0.30319.42000 WSManStackVersion 3.0 PSRemotingProtocolVersion 2.3 SerializationVersion 1.1.0.1   $PSVersionTable is a hashtable so the order in which items are displayed may vary. The contents of the hashtable have changed over time as well.   The important parts of $PsversionTable include: The version of PowerShell itself PS> $PSVersionTable.PSVersion Major Minor Build Revision —– —– —– ——– 5 1 17134 48 PS> $PSVersionTable.PSVersion.Major 5 This a simple test for version.   The edition is also important PS> $PSVersionTable.PSEdition Desktop Desktop means its full CLR – in other words Windows PowerShell   The WSMAN version is also important PS> $PSVersionTable.WSManStackVersion Major Minor Build Revision —– —– —– ——– 3 0 -1 -1 You need v3 to use CIM sessions.   With PowerShell v6 you get a few more options PS> $PSVersionTable Name Value —- —– PSVersion 6.0.1 PSEdition Core GitCommitId v6.0.1 OS Microsoft Windows 10.0.17134 Platform Win32NT PSCompatibleVersions {1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0…} PSRemotingProtocolVersion ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Tuesday, May 22, 2018By richardsiddaway
  • US CERT – Warning for 2 new SPECTRE variants in MAY 2018
    The US CERT has issued a vulnerability warning for new SPECTRE variants that are based more on hardware designs and the need for O/S processing to take new pathways to avoid side channel memory compromise issues https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA18-141A TA18-141A: Side-Channel Vulnerability Variants 3a and 4 CPU hardware implementations— known as Spectre and Meltdown—are vulnerable to side-channel attacks. Meltdown is a bug that “melts” the security boundaries normally enforced by the hardware, affecting desktops, laptops, and cloud computers. Spectre is a flaw that an attacker can exploit to force a CPU to reveal its data. Spectre Variant 3a is a vulnerability that may allow an attacker with local access to speculatively read system parameters via side-channel analysis and obtain sensitive information. Spectre Variant 4 is a vulnerability that exploits “speculative bypass.” When exploited, Variant 4 could allow an attacker to read older memory values in a CPU’s stack or other memory locations. While implementation is complex, this side-channel vulnerability could allow less privileged code to Read arbitrary privileged data Run older commands speculatively, resulting in cache allocations that could be used to exfiltrate data by standard side-channel methods. Corresponding CVEs for Side-Channel Variants 1, 2, 3, 3a, and 4 are found below: ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Tuesday, May 22, 2018By harrywaldron

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