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March 18, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

"Adguard is a third-party web service that allows you to download Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office ISO images from Microsoft services directly....One of the better options to get those is provided by the Windows ISO Downloader program for Windows. You may use the program to grab ISO images of Windows or Office versions or editions straight from Microsoft servers....The Adguard website offers an alternative. If's biggest advantage over Windows ISO Downloader is ...
March 16, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

The easiest way to get rid of the adds in the W10 Start Menu is with Start10.

But say you haven't gotten Start 10 (not here!), there are other places it will appear: Your desktop and file explorer.

Here's a quicky video tutorial from TechRepublic on how to rid yourself of the nuisances: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/windows-10-gets-even-more-ads-heres-how-to-disable-them-all/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=23906934820265111040450294515746 

 

Enjoy! An...
March 15, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

More meanderings and a really good find for the photographers among us.

Lightroom (Adobe) is a great piece of software for image improvement.

The article linked gives five alternatives which are free. I'm playing with two of them at the moment, and they are: RawTherapee and LightZone.

 

You can read about them on their sites. There are screen shots as well as help pages. Steep learning curves, but really good software.

 

 

Download links:
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March 14, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

Wow! Adobe KnowHow has a ton of courses (on its software, of course)...some are free some are paid.

However, there's a programming course for absolute beginners...free...

Anyway, won't cost you anything to take a look.

Here: https://www.adobeknowhow.com/

 
March 5, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

Stumbled across this quite by accident...so, here it is.

The catalog can be found here: https://software.nasa.gov/NASA_Software_Catalog_2017-18.pdf 

It's far too long to quote, but there's just about anything you could want or need...

 "The NASA catalog also contains some super software which can help ordinary computer users. Here are some of the popular tools that have been open sourced by NASA:

Worldview Satellite Imagery Browsing and Downloading To...
March 4, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

Still no real "super winner"...each has pluses and minuses.

There are those who use Windows' included firewall and Defender and are happy with them. Others prefer to add one of the 'free' antivirals like Avast (it has a 'paid' version as well). 

There are sites like The Top 10  and Tom's Guides which review software...and express their opinions, but it comes down to what works best on your system and what you can afford.

How can you know ...
February 25, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

Before dealing with how this sucks and doesn't, download another browser (Vivaldi, Chrome, Brave...etc.) and use it until the Edge/IE vulnerability is fixed. And...last week Google revealed a Windows vulnerability, as well.

You can read about the Edge/IE vulnerability here, if you're of a mind to do so: https://bugs.chromium.org/p/project-zero/issues/detail?id=1011

 

"It is Google's policy to disclose any vulnerability after 90 days if the notified compan...
February 22, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

Neowin reports that MS has released a Critical Update for Flash earlier than its March "Patch Tuesday" for multiple Windows platforms (Ext. link).

You can read about the update itself here: 

https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms17-feb?ranMID=24542&ranEAID=TnL5HPStwNw&ranSiteID=TnL5HPStwNw-QClJXhxHeYdSrnWUFLmyYQ&tduid=(4bbadb17428544e57e0af542ab6f0be2)(256380)(2459594)(TnL5HPStwNw-QClJXhxHeYdSrnWUFLmyYQ)()

 

"...the update "resolves vulnerab...
February 16, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

This just in via our Canadian correspondent Hankers:

Yahoo has been contacting some of its users to warn them that their accounts have been compromised using "forged cookies". It's the latest security embarrassment for the company, which revealed in September that it had suffered a data breach two years earlier that affected 500 million user accounts; and admitted in October that a second security incident had affected around a billion accounts...

"The investigation...
February 12, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

A link in Google search using a 'top of the page' paid for ad by scammers...in this case, a MS Support scam (not really MS).

"On Wednesday, a top Google search result that seemed to be an advertisement for retail giant Amazon.com was actually something much more sinister—a malicious link to a Windows support scam. The problematic ad was first reported by ZDNet, but it seems that this problem has happened before.

Those who clicked on the ad were directed to a fa...
February 6, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

Things seem to get worse, not better. Ransomware is now the most common form of malware.

Now ransomware will lock your OS, as well as hold your data for ransom, bricking your computer unless you pay.

"In the space of a year, ransomware appears to have evolved on from the simple but effective strategy of locking down the files of infected targets until they pay a ransom, to incorporating additional malicious elements, such as stealing personal or financial data ...
January 21, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

January saw Adobe update its extension on Chrome browser systems. It did this silently alongside its "Adobe Acrobat Reader DC" software.

No one saw this in the changelog, nor was there a "Do not install the extension" choice. Supposedly users got a Chrome notification after they opened the browser to enable it or delete it after the update. I don't remember any notification. 

When I checked my extensions, it was there, but not enabled. I've done away with it.

The ...
January 15, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

I've written a good deal about our shrinking privacy, and the Fourth Amendment in the past in connection with the internet and the NSA.

The latest comes in the form of an Executive Order, thus bypassing the up or down vote of the Congress, and will be added to the timelines of the most significant expansions of domestic surveillance in the modern era.

E.O. 12333 further erodes the barriers of between law enforcement surveillance and NSA spying. With access to the NS...
January 7, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

Chrome's "autofill" for forms is a convenient feature, and it would be great, except that it 'leaks' information.

Websites which have forms to fill out can be a pain, and filling out forms is a pain, but what you see on the form is organized into "fields". You don't necessarily see all the fields. Some can be 'hidden' and get information from your browser you might not want the website to get. Pretty sneaky, imho.

At the gHacks link, there's a screensh...
December 20, 2016 by DrJBHL
 

Well, it's free and is made to be a high level program for PCs running Windows 7, 8 and 10 (x32 and x64):

RansomFree needs to be installed on the target machine. The protection that it adds to the system is interesting, as it creates a number of files on the system that it monitors for changes.

These files use characters that place them at the top of the directory structure. The idea is that ransomware will parse for files using the same structure so that the created fil...