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  • SpywareBlaster Database Update – January 21, 2019
    SpywareBlaster Database Update – January 21, 2019 14 Internet Explorer 0 Restricted Sites 0 Firefox 17975 items in database http://www.brightfort.com/downloads.html ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Monday, January 21, 2019By don
  • PowerShell v6.1.2
    PowerShell v6.1.2 was recently released – https://github.com/PowerShell/PowerShell/releases   There doesn’t seem to be any new functionality or breaking changes. Most of the changes seem to be internal to the project.   The issue with PowerShell not starting after installation over the top of an existing version seems to have been resolved.   The issue with PowerShell WorkingDirectory parameter and any directory changes in your profile don’t seem to have been fully resolved. ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Monday, January 21, 2019By richardsiddaway
  • How to Export and Import Registry Keys in Windows
    System configuration information is stored centrally in a hierarchical database called the registry. You can use Registry Editor to add and edit registry keys and values, restore the registry from a backup or to default values, and to import or export keys for reference or backup. This tutorial will show you how to import and export registry keys using a .reg file for Registry Editor in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Monday, January 21, 2019By Brink
  • Windows 10 Mobile – EOL set for DEC 10th 2019
    Windows 10 Mobile O/S is set to end support on December 10, 2019 as documented below https://redmondmag.com/articles/2019/01/18/windows-10-mobile-ending-in-december.aspx Microsoft will end support for the Windows 10 Mobile operating system on Dec. 10, 2019, according to an announcement.   It really will be the end for Microsoft’s flagship mobile OS, which first got released back in November of 2015 but never gained a strong market foothold. Individuals and organizations still using Windows Phone devices running Windows 10 Mobile are being advised by Microsoft to switch to devices running Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android mobile OSes instead. Microsoft is planning to put its future mobile app development efforts behind the iOS and Android platforms, going forward. That notion is described in Microsoft’s end-of-support FAQ document: With the Windows 10 Mobile OS end of support, we recommend that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device. Microsoft’s mission statement to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, compels us to support our Mobile apps on those platforms and devices. Microsoft’s end-of-support announcement is actually dated Dec. 21, 2018, but it’s just now getting publicized, it seems ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Monday, January 21, 2019By harrywaldron
  • Removal instructions for CPU Guardian
    What is CPU Guardian? The Malwarebytes research team has determined that CPU Guardian 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. More information can be found on our Malwarebytes Labs blog. https://forums.malwarebytes.com/topic/241688-removal-instructions-for-cpu-guardian/ ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Monday, January 21, 2019By don
  • Refactoring and testing a Delphi app
    While writing my last article, something occurred to me: what if the app uses an external dll for some functions, how can I package them to send them to the store. Once you are sending an app to the Windows Store, everything it needs to start and run must be packaged, or it won’t be certified. When using an installer to package an app, all you must do is to include the main executable and all the needed files in the install script and the installer will take care of packaging everything. But when your are packaging an app for the Windows Store, there is no such thing as an install script. If you are packaging a Delphi app, just compile it to the Store and voilà!, an appx file is created. With Visual Studio, you can create a packaging project, add all the projects in the solution that you want and it will create an appx file for you. But sometimes, you need to use an external dll, which you may not have the source code, and it must be packaged with the main executable. In this article, I will show how to package an external dll with the ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Monday, January 21, 2019By bsonnino
  • How to Specify Automatic Maintenance Time to Run in Windows 10
    Automatic Maintenance is when Windows automatically runs maintenance on a daily schedule when you’re not using your computer. This includes tasks such as software updates, Windows Updates, security scanning, and system diagnostics. This maintenance will run daily if you aren’t using your computer at the time you’ve chosen. If your computer is in use at the scheduled time or maintenance is behind schedule, Automatic Maintenance will run the next time the computer is not being used. The goal of Automatic Maintenance is to combine all background maintenance activity in Windows and help third-party developers add their maintenance activity to Windows without negatively impacting performance and energy efficiency. Additionally, Automatic Maintenance enables users as well as enterprises to be in control of maintenance activity scheduling and configuration. You can use the Automatic Maintenance Activation Boundary policy to specify a daily scheduled time at which Automatic Maintenance starts. If you enable this policy setting and specify a time, the Run maintenance tasks daily at Automatic Maintenance setting will be grayed out and cannot be changed. If you set this policy setting to the default Not Configured or disable it, the Run maintenance tasks daily at Automatic Maintenance setting can be changed. This ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Sunday, January 20, 2019By Brink
  • Marriott reveals data breach affecting 500 million hotel guests
    Marriott reveals data breach affecting 500 million hotel guests “International hotel chain Marriott announced today a security breach during which the personal details of 500 million hotel guests was stolen. The breach happened in 2014, but Marriott says it became aware of it on September 10, two days after its staff spotted an alert from an internal security tool about an attempt to access the Starwood guest reservation database in the United States.” ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Sunday, January 20, 2019By hankshelp
  • WiFi firmware bug affects laptops, smartphones, routers, gaming devices
    WiFi firmware bug affects laptops, smartphones, routers, gaming devices List of impacted devices includes PS4, Xbox One, Samsung Chromebooks, and Microsoft Surface devices. ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Sunday, January 20, 2019By hankshelp
  • Security Mailer Volume (2019 #3)
    Security Mailer Volume 2019 Number 3 Browser Pale Moon updated Cisco Security Advisory Oracle released Java updates Linux updates Microsoft update revisions General Security review of last weeks vulnerabilities New email data breach of immense proportions were made public ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Sunday, January 20, 2019By hankshelp
  • How to Enable or Disable Automatic Maintenance to Wake Up Computer in Windows 10
    Automatic Maintenance is when Windows automatically runs maintenance on a daily schedule when you’re not using your computer. This includes tasks such as software updates, Windows Updates, security scanning, and system diagnostics. This maintenance will run daily if you aren’t using your computer at the time you’ve chosen. If your computer is in use at the scheduled time or maintenance is behind schedule, Automatic Maintenance will run the next time the computer is not being used. The goal of Automatic Maintenance is to combine all background maintenance activity in Windows and help third-party developers add their maintenance activity to Windows without negatively impacting performance and energy efficiency. Additionally, Automatic Maintenance enables users as well as enterprises to be in control of maintenance activity scheduling and configuration. The Automatic Maintenance wakeup policy specifies if Automatic Maintenance should make a wake request to the OS for the daily scheduled maintenance. If you enable this policy setting, the Allow scheduled maintenance to wake up my computer at the scheduled time Automatic Maintenance setting will be checked (on) and grayed out. If you disable this policy setting, the Allow scheduled maintenance to wake up my computer at the scheduled time Automatic Maintenance setting will ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Saturday, January 19, 2019By Brink
  • Microsoft Security Update Minor Revisions Issued: January 18, 2019
    ******************************************************************** Title: Microsoft Security Update Minor Revisions Issued: January 18, 2019 ******************************************************************** Summary ======= The following CVE has undergone a minor revision increment: * CVE-2019-0647 Revision Information: ===================== – CVE-2019-0647 | Team Foundation Server Information Disclosure Vulnerability – https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/ advisory/CVE-2019-0647 – Reason for Revision: Added FAQ information. This is an informational change only. – Originally posted: January 15, 2019 – Updated: January 18, 2019 – Aggregate CVE Severity Rating: Moderate – Version: 1.1 ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Saturday, January 19, 2019By don
  • Removal instructions for Controller
    What is Controller? The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Controller is a forced Firefox extension. The extensions that belong to this family are capable of downloading code after the installation to perform several functions: https://forums.malwarebytes.com/topic/241616-removal-instructions-for-controller/ ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Friday, January 18, 2019By don
  • Removal instructions for DriverFix
    What is DriverFix? The Malwarebytes research team has determined that DriverFix is a “driver updater”. These so-called “system optimizers” often use intentional false positives or exaggerated results to convince users that their systems have problems. Then they try to sell you their software, claiming it will remove these problems. More information can be found on our Malwarebytes Labs blog. https://forums.malwarebytes.com/topic/241580-removal-instructions-for-driverfix/ ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Thursday, January 17, 2019By don
  • How to Disable Ad Snippets on New Tab Page in Firefox
    Mozilla uses Snippets to display tips, suggestions, updates, and messages about Firefox. Some people have reported advertising displaying at the bottom of the New Tab page in the desktop version of Firefox. The advertisement is powered by the Snippet Service of Firefox, and is intended to assemble and deliver content snippets to the about:home page in Firefox. Mozilla provided the following statement: “This snippet was an experiment to provide more value to Firefox users through offers provided by a partner. It was not a paid placement or advertisement. We are continually looking for more ways to say thanks for using Firefox. In a similar vein, earlier this month we offered Firefox users a free opportunity to enjoy a live concert from Phosphorescent. In addition to adding value to Firefox users these efforts are intended to support an open ecosystem. When users see such offers no data is being shared with a partner until users have made the choice to enter a relationship. We hope that this strategy sets a positive example.” If you are seeing ads on the bottom of the New Tab page in Firefox and don’t want to see them, then you can disable Snippets in Firefox to ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Wednesday, January 16, 2019By Brink
  • Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18317 – January 16, 2019
    Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18317 (19H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. REMINDER: As is normal with builds early in the development cycle, builds may contain bugs that might be painful for some. If this makes you uncomfortable, you may want to consider switching to the Slow ring. Slow ring builds will continue to be higher quality.
    Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18317 ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Wednesday, January 16, 2019By don
  • CES 2019 – New physical and computer security products
    CES 2019 show introduced new security products for the coming year ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Wednesday, January 16, 2019By harrywaldron
  • Removal instructions for Stream-All
    What is Stream-All? The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Stream-All is a search 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. https://forums.malwarebytes.com/topic/241530-removal-instructions-for-stream-all/ ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Wednesday, January 16, 2019By don
  • Patch available for W7 SP1 and Server 2008 R2 problem with network folder problems
    Description of the update for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2: January 11, 2019 “This update resolves the issue where local users who are part of the local “Administrators“ group may not be able to remotely access shares on Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 machines after installing the January 8th, 2019 security updates. This does not affect domain accounts in the local “Administrators” group.” ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Wednesday, January 16, 2019By hankshelp
  • Support for i.MX8 being added to Windows IoT Core
    The latest addition to the Windows IoT Core lineup is the NEW i.MX8 processor. Really excited about this one. First out of the gate is support for the i.MX8M dev kit from NXP. Check out the public preview. ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Tuesday, January 15, 2019By dvescovi
  • How to Change Theme in Google Chrome
    You can personalize Google Chrome on your computer with any custom theme you want. The theme appears around the border of the browser and as the background when you open a new tab. Your Chrome themes are stored in your Google Account, so when you sign in to Chrome on any computer, you see the same theme. This tutorial will show you how to change the theme in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Tuesday, January 15, 2019By Brink
  • Security – US CERT warns of DNS Hijacking attacks JAN-2019
    US CERT sharing following new warning for DNS Hijacking attacks   https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2019/01/10/DNS-Infrastructure-Hijacking-Campaign The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), part of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), is aware of a global Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure hijacking campaign. Using compromised credentials, an attacker can modify the location to which an organization’s domain name resources resolve. This enables the attacker to redirect user traffic to attacker-controlled infrastructure and obtain valid encryption certificates for an organization’s domain names, enabling man-in-the-middle attacks. NCCIC encourages administrators to review the FireEyeand Cisco Talos Intelligence blogs on global DNS infrastructure hijacking for more information. Additionally, NCCIC recommends the following best practices to help safeguard networks against this threat: Implement multifactor authentication on domain registrar accounts, or on other systems used to modify DNS records. Verify that DNS infrastructure (second-level domains, sub-domains, and related resource records) points to the correct Internet Protocol addresses or hostnames. Search for encryption certificates related to domains and revoke any fraudulently requested certificates ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Tuesday, January 15, 2019By harrywaldron
  • Microsoft Security Update Releases Issued: January 15, 2019
    ******************************************************************** Title: Microsoft Security Update Releases Issued: January 15, 2019 ******************************************************************** Summary ======= The following CVEs have undergone a major revision increment: * CVE-2018-8416 * CVE-2019-0545 * CVE-2019-0546 * CVE-2019-0624 * CVE-2019-0646 * CVE-2019-0647 Revision Information: ===================== – CVE-2018-8416 | .NET Core Tampering Vulnerability – https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-us/security-guidance – Reason for Revision: Revised the Security Updates table to include PowerShell Core 6.1 and 6.2 because they are affected by CVE-2018-8416. See https://github.com/PowerShell/Announcements/issues/11 for more information. – Originally posted: November 13, 2018 – Updated: January 15, 2019 – Aggregate CVE Severity Rating: Moderate – Version: 2.0 – CVE-2019-0545 | .NET Framework Information Disclosure Vulnerability – https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-us/security-guidance – Reason for Revision: Revised the Security Updates table to include PowerShell Core 6.1 and 6.2 because they are affected by CVE-2019-0545. See https://github.com/PowerShell/Announcements/issues/10 for more information. – Originally posted: January 8, 2018 – Updated: January 15, 2019 – Aggregate CVE Severity Rating: Important – Version: 2.0 – CVE-2019-0564 | ASP.NET Core Denial of Service Vulnerability – https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-us/security-guidance – Reason for Revision: Revised the Security Updates table to include PowerShell Core 6.1 and 6.2 because they are affected by CVE-2019-0564. See https://github.com/PowerShell/Announcements/issues/12 for more information. – Originally posted: January 8, 2018 – Updated: January 15, 2019 – ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Tuesday, January 15, 2019By don
  • Windows 10 – v1903 introduces new 7GB Reserved Storage area
    Future WIN10 installs may use a new Restored Storage 7GB reserved area in future — to better hold & manage installation objects in a more controlled manner than current processing.  The 7GB can be reduced slightly according to user experiences & amount of software installed. https://redmondmag.com/articles/2019/01/11/microsoft-reserved-storage-for-windows-10.aspx Microsoft wants about 7GB of your PC’s storage space to keep Windows 10 up to date and reliable.  The 7GB space allocation will take effect with a new “Reserved Storage” feature that’s coming in Windows 10 version 1903, according to a Microsoft announcement this week. Windows 10 version 1903 will be Microsoft’s spring “semiannual channel” release. It’s a new operating system release that perhaps will be arriving in April of this year. However, the Reserved Storage feature is available for testing now. It can be found in the latest Windows Insider Program test release of Windows 10, which was announced on Wednesday. Availability of Reserved Storage Feature Current Windows 10 users will only get the Reserved Storage feature if their systems get “clean installed” to Windows 10 version 1903. Here’s how Microsoft’s announcement described it: Reserved storage will be introduced automatically on devices that come with version 1903 pre-installed or those where 1903 was clean ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Tuesday, January 15, 2019By harrywaldron
  • CES 2019 – Key Technology highlights
    U-Tube has some excellent summaries of CES 2019 … it is noted as “the world’s gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies” ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Tuesday, January 15, 2019By harrywaldron

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