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March 26, 2020 by DrJBHL
Seems as if all we do is about viruses, anymore, eh? Well, there's a new zero day vulnerability in Windows and you really should fix it as you could end up infected with ransom ware as a result of its exploitation. MS has found two cases of that, and now that they have described the exploit, chances are much higher of getting hit by it. To get a good description of the problem, check the linked article. If you wish to read the original MS notification, it's here. "On 23rd March, Micro...
March 14, 2020 by DrJBHL
This spring, Windows10 v. 2004 or 2020 first half year update (code named 20H1) will be coming and it's feature heavy, with some meaningful changes such as those in Cortana  and notepad, Windows subsystem for Linux (WSL 2), Windows explorer with much better local search and tied to OneDrive, sandbox and virtual desktops, and a beefed up Task manager. There are more, and I suggest reading up on them in the link above. And have a good weekend! 😉
February 26, 2020 by DrJBHL
Ghacks is an excellent tech website. It was recently sold, however, the tech content has remained in Martin Brinkmann's extremely capable hands.  So, I was perusing there, as I really didn't want to do an article about MS killing the useless Live Tiles in W10, because Start10 beats anything MS has offered with W8 onward, nor about new icons coming to W10 as I think the icons created here beat them hands down, and always have. So, Brinkmann discusses the findings of this study, which l...
February 15, 2020 by DrJBHL
The external link is a really useful explanation of how to add some power to the W10 context (right click) menu by Brady Gavin at How to Geek. I won't waste your time with copying exactly how to do a registry edit, but I will reproduce the universal warning about editing the Windows registry: "The Registry Editor is a powerful tool and, if it’s misused, it can render your system unstable or even inoperable." A useful link: https://www.howtogeek.com/school/using-windows-a...
February 2, 2020 by DrJBHL
Razvan Serea wrote a good review of Windows Ultimate Tweaker 4.7 over at Neowin, including the change log. There are more than two hundred new tweaks, and most pertinently new ones in the privacy and security sections...nice for the folks who are new to W10 from W7 and who are (rightfully) concerned about the former. The full list of the tweaks are here: https://www.thewindowsclub.com/list-of-tweaks-available-in-uwt4 . Here's a screenie showing privacy tweaks. The red arrow si...
January 23, 2020 by DrJBHL
Jafo made the remark on a post of mine recently that he does no banking on his phone. There's an excellent reason not to. I'd heard it wasn't wise because of the vulnerability of phones, and public networks (man in the middle attacks), though not because of SIM swap fraud! So, I have to admit, this one's a new one for me. SIM swap fraud. Turns out they’re easy pickings for hackers. So, what’s SIM swap fraud? "SIM swapping occurs when someone contacts your wireless carrier and i...
January 20, 2020 by DrJBHL
The new Edge is here, promising more extensions and a far better search engine, based on Chromium, the same engine powering Google's Chrome browser. This makes it more compatible with websites other, less popular browsers have problems with.  This also means that after granting Edge permission, it can use Chrome extensions from the Google Playstore, which has far more than Microsoft's.  Downloading and installing are explained in the linked article, above. You don't have to unins...
January 14, 2020 by DrJBHL
W7 ran its course from 2009 to 2020. MS has notified that there will be no more support for W7, meaning its kernel will become vulnerable to attack: "Security updates are essential to staying safe online, and Windows 10 is getting them while Windows 7 isn’t. Many flaws found in Windows 10 will also apply to Windows 7. Attackers will hear about them and can start attacking those vulnerable Windows 7 systems. As more time goes by, more unpatched, known flaws will exist in Windows 7 for...
January 6, 2020 by DrJBHL
Remember how useful God mode was? I haven't seen how to create it in W10...until good old Tech Republic (link above) mentioned it in a simple "how to". Just make sure you're the Administrator, right click on your desktop and create a new file. Name it: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} and press "Enter".This is what you should see when you double click on the blue file:Mine is dark mode enabled from my prior article (https://forums.wincustomize.com/498171/page/1/#37674...
January 5, 2020 by DrJBHL
Dark mode has become popular for its eye and battery saving properties. I get daily updates from gHacks.net. Lo and behold, three days ago I got this email from them.  The app works not just on W10 1803 and later, but also on Chrome and firefox. W10's dark mode can be accessed without this app, but it takes time, and frankly, this is easy-peasy: "Advantages of Easy Dark Mode: Enables quick switching between Light and Dark display modes in Windows 10.Selectable Hotkey.Fully suppo...
October 24, 2019 by DrJBHL
  TouchTasks, Stardock's newest productivity app was reviewed by Martin Brinkmann at gHacks yesterday. In his closing comments, he wrote: "TouchTasks is a handy software for Windows 10 touch devices like the Surface Pro to improve productivity. It is quite flexible when it comes to the actions that you can assign to zones; the default actions are handy for the most part and the ability to launch any application from a zone is great as well especially when using fullscreen applicati...
October 19, 2019 by DrJBHL
Windows Defender is an excellent antivirus and antispyware. On my machine, I use it and Malwarebytes Premium. I also try to use common sense as to where I visit, and what I open. Advanced Threat Detection was added to Defender (MS) as a voluntary service. It was originally part of Enterprise solutions. I opted to add it to my system. I've had to remove it, since I didn't want to roll back the update and wait hopefully for a bug fix which would break something else. "Microsoft Defender ATP ...
September 3, 2019 by DrJBHL
Yet again insiders warned of processor spike and shortened battery life only to be ignored. This time your bluetooth connection can be broken, as well all due to a botched update to Cortana. https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2019/09/01/microsoft-windows-10-update-problem-cpu-performance-warning-upgrade-windows-10/amp/  
February 19, 2019 by DrJBHL
Was culling my email and found this article with links to some truly great recovery/repair and restoration disks and tools. Hope you never need them, but if you do, it's great to have one on hand.   Source: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-best-rescue-disks-windows-system-restore/      
February 6, 2019 by DrJBHL
In this day and age of massive data breaches, one runs to change passwords quickly, and perhaps without need. The link above will put Password Checkup extension on Chrome. Imho, it's worth it because it "will automatically check whether your passwords have been exposed in a data breach. Once installed, the extension checks any login details you use — Google says “most” US sites are supported — against a database of around four billion usernames and passwords, and warns...