How to recognize a virus coming in, read these articles!

This is a step by step article of how I believe 85% of our customers get infected.  It installs the virus by following these steps.  This also bypasses the Antivirus program that is installed on the computer.

http://windowssecrets.com/top-story/lizamoon-infection-a-blow-by-blow-account/

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2385522,00.asp

http://techtalk.pcpitstop.com/2011/06/07/malware-minute-whats-in-the-box/?


Top Software at Capterra | Software & Software Reviews For Business & Nonprofit

Capterra helps millions of people find the best business software. With software reviews, ratings, infographics, and the most comprehensive list of the top business software products available, you’re sure to find what you need at Capterra.

Source: Top Software at Capterra | Software & Software Reviews For Business & Nonprofit


Everything You Need to Know About DFU Mode for iOS Devices – iFixit

Apple doesn’t want you to go into DFU Mode, and won’t tell you how. But sometimes you need to get in and fix your iPhone. Here’s how.

Source: Everything You Need to Know About DFU Mode for iOS Devices – iFixit


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In order to determine if the Tristar IC is functioning properly, test the voltage of the battery terminal–after you confirm that the phone is pulling amps using the ammeter

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How Virtual Avatars Help Stroke Patients Improve Motor Function | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

At USC, Dr. Sook-Lei Liew is testing whether watching a virtual avatar that moves in response to brain commands can activate portions of the brain damaged by stroke.

Source: How Virtual Avatars Help Stroke Patients Improve Motor Function | News & Opinion | PCMag.com


Lawrence Lessig Is Fired Up About Campaign Corruption, Dangers of AI | PCMag.com

Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig discusses digital privacy, running for President, and why he agrees with Elon Musk about artificial intelligence.

Source: Lawrence Lessig Is Fired Up About Campaign Corruption, Dangers of AI | PCMag.com


The Attack on Net Neutrality Is Just One Small Part of a Much Bigger, Dumber Plan – Motherboard

The end goal is blind deregulation of federal and state oversight of big telecom.

Source: The Attack on Net Neutrality Is Just One Small Part of a Much Bigger, Dumber Plan – Motherboard


“Burn” bootable Windows Vista or Windows 7 .ISO to USB Flash drive | Experior Tech

Source: “Burn” bootable Windows Vista or Windows 7 .ISO to USB Flash drive | Experior Tech


Microsoft Employee Installs Chrome Mid-Demo After Edge Keeps Crashing – ExtremeTech

Source: Microsoft Employee Installs Chrome Mid-Demo After Edge Keeps Crashing – ExtremeTech


How to Sync Your Phone With Windows 10 | PCMag.com

One of Microsoft’s big pushes with Fall Creators Update is to integrate your smartphone with your PC

Source: How to Sync Your Phone With Windows 10 | PCMag.com


CCleaner Malware

Check this link for the article.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/09/ccleaner-malware-outbreak-is-much-worse-than-it-first-appeared/?inf_contact_key=5946cb818d01cedac6d1d45f3034163e12084daac6d62eb8344d671efbe245c5


Iphone restore

How to restore an iphone. Click on the link.

 

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3225480/apple-ios/how-to-restore-an-iphone-and-use-recovery-mode.html?idg_eid=066b984d9dd83f741976d3216f238d2c&email_SHA1_lc=5eca941529f72911af6dfe45703373c571ad0624&cid=cw_nlt_computerworld_enterprise_apps_2017-09-19&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Computerworld%20Enterprise%20Apps%202017-09-19&utm_term=computerworld_enterprise_apps


Why you should NEVER search for tech-support numbe… – Webroot Community

So you’re having some issues with the Canon digital camera you just got, or maybe that HP printer you bought is on the fritz (when aren’t they) .

Source: Why you should NEVER search for tech-support numbe… – Webroot Community


Two Mac malware-as-a-Service offerings uncovered – Help Net Security

Two Mac malware-as-a-Service offerings, likely created by the same developer, are being offered for sale through two separate dark web portals.

Source: Two Mac malware-as-a-Service offerings uncovered – Help Net Security


Tech Support Scammers Lose Their “Hard Earned” Money in FTC Settlements

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has settled with a collective of tech support scammers, who were forced to forfeit assets valued at nearly $6 million.

Source: Tech Support Scammers Lose Their “Hard Earned” Money in FTC Settlements


Internet Phone Scams

Here is good article on scams.

 

Anatomy of a scam: how phone frauds harvest millions from us


CIA Has been infecting routers for years

https://arstechnica.com/security/2017/06/advanced-cia-firmware-turns-home-routers-into-covert-listening-posts/


Microsoft Removes instaled AV with upgrade

https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/118722/microsoft-admits-one-kaspersky-allegation?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9sYAgT2O7iKCJbgevm7Hvox2t0iSFSUiO0mWqwXB3B6MO7B7cS9pW8OaQstbY9GJn8GNdDFcbQ1v9-71rlxMKGkoZqXQ&_hsmi=53381211


Wannacry Virus Ransomware

 

Here is good article about the new ransomware.

http://www.pcmag.com/article/353670/wannacry-ransomware-what-you-need-to-know?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title


Use the Web instead

Something we all should be aware off. Check out this article.

https://ruben.verborgh.org/blog/2016/08/05/use-the-web-instead/


HP Scam Alert

http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c05404707/


Learn how to clone a large HDD to a smaller SSD without reinstalling Windows 10/8/7 and applications. Free AOMEI Backupper allows you to easily clone hard drive to a smaller SSD without a scratch.

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How to Fix the Most Annoying Things in Windows 10

Windows 10 is great, but it has its issues. Here’s how to fix them.

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Requirements Test

Requirements test. Find out if your computer meets or exceeds the requirements for a computer game.

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Lenovo switches to Windows 10 Signature Edition image for its future ThinkPad laptops – MSPoweruser

Ahead of CES 2017, Lenovo today announced the major changes coming to its ThinkPad lineup of laptops and PCs. Most of them are very welcome changes and consumers are going to love the new improvements. First, Lenovo has decided to ship 2017 ThinkPad models with Microsoft’s Signature Edition Windows 10 right out of the box. […]

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The Best Computer Monitors of 2017 | PCMag.com

The right monitor can really change your daily outlook. Our buying guide outlines the specs that matter most and offers up our top-rated displays in a variety of sizes and at various price levels.

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Support for Windows Essentials Ends in January – Thurrott.com

A moment of silence, please, for a dear old friend: Microsoft will end support for Windows Essentials on January 10, 2017.

Source: Support for Windows Essentials Ends in January – Thurrott.com


Caveat Emptor: USB-C cable compatibility and safety are turning into a nightmare – ExtremeTech

Source: Caveat Emptor: USB-C cable compatibility and safety are turning into a nightmare – ExtremeTech


Microsoft’s New Windows 7/8 Rollup Patches To Be Released Starting Tomorrow – Petri

Microsoft is making significant changes to how it updates Windows and Server products; these updates go live starting tomorrow which means it is important for you to be prepared.

Source: Microsoft’s New Windows 7/8 Rollup Patches To Be Released Starting Tomorrow – Petri


Ridgecrop Consultants Ltd

Note If you find fat32format a bit fiddly to use or these instructions a bit hard to follow you should try the replacement for fat32format. It is a Windows application with a GUI. Try it here

I recently got a SATA 250GB disk for testing FATLIB. It turns out that Windows XP won’t let you format a volume bigger than 32GB with FAT32. I could use NTFS, but that’s not what I FATlib supports. In fact, NTFS can only be written safely by Windows XP – there are as far as I know no other drivers for other OS’s, unlike FAT which is supported by virtually anything.

As Microsoft put it here

You cannot format a volume larger than 32 gigabytes (GB) in size using the FAT32 file system during the Windows XP installation process. Windows XP can mount and support FAT32 volumes larger than 32 GB (subject to the other limits), but you cannot create a FAT32 volume larger than 32 GB by using the Format tool during Setup. If you need to format a volume that is larger than 32 GB, use the NTFS file system to format it. Another option is to start from a Microsoft Windows 98 or Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me) Startup disk and use the Format tool included on the disk.

Using Windows 98 obviously opens up other issues – It doesn’t support USB 2.0 or SATA as far as I know. Formatting a huge disk will take ages. It suports IDE, but not 48bit LBA, which is required for drives greater than 137GB. Also, you need to patch format.exe and fdisk to work with disks greater than 64GB. Even then scandisk will corrupt large disks unless you disable it. It can be done, but basically, this is ancient 16 bit code, and using it on modern hardware is not a good idea. There is a port of mkdosfs from Linux to Win32. I tried it, and chkdsk complained about being unable to test a RAW filesystem. It also uses funny cluster sizes, only 4K for normal sized disks.

Actually, looking back at the Microsoft comment, if I could format the volume myself, all would be OK. Fat32 is pretty simple, so it occured to me to write a fast format routine to do the job. Note that the 32GB limit is a limit of the formatter in Windows XP. FAT32 itselft should be OK to 2TB, limited by a 32 bit sector count in the boot sector. XP comes with a partitioning tool, called Disk Management. It even has Wizards for partitoning. This should be a cinch.

I’ve tested this with a SATA disk as follows. Power off the computer and connect the disk. Power up again – check the Bios finds it. If you have a IDE or SATA disk, make sure you power off before connecting, USB and Firewire ones can be connected with the power on.

Click Start menu, select Run and enter diskmgmt.msc

If it asks you to initialise the disk, make sure you select a Basic disk, as opposed to a Dynamic.

There’s a guide on Disk Management here You need to find the disk with unallocated space. Right click on it and select “New Partition” and follow these steps, clicking “Next” to get move on at each stage.

  1. Partition Wizard starts, just click next to move on
  2. Select Primary Partition.
  3. Enter the maximum size for the Partition Size
  4. Choose assign a drive letter. I used F:
  5. Select “Do not Format this partition”
  6. There will be a dialog box, summarising all the previous stuff. Click Finish

Now you have a drive letter, this is what we will pass to the formatter

Now download a copy of fat32format. Extract the single EXE file to somewhere suitable, like C:\.

Click Start->Run and enter

    cmd

When the command prompt opens, type this – C:\ is the place you extracted the exe file to. Note if this sort of command line stuff makes your head hurt, you should probably give this a try instead

    CD /D C:\

press enter and then type this. You need to replace f: with the drive letter you are trying to format.

    fat32format f:

You should see this displayed

    Warning ALL data on drive 'f' will be lost irretrievably, are you sure (y/n)

Now when it says this, it really means it. If you format the boot sector, FATs and root directory will be filled with zeros. By typing pressing Y and hitting return, you’re also absolving me of liability for whatever was on the disk before.

Assuming you don’t bail out at this point you should see something like this –

    Warning ALL data on drive 'f' will be lost irretrievably, are you sure
    (y/n) :y
    Size : 250GB 488392002 sectors
    512 Bytes Per Sector, Cluster size 32768 bytes
    Volume ID is 1bdb:2c1d
    32 Reserved Sectors, 59604 Sectors per FAT, 2 fats
    7629261 Total clusters
    7629260 Free Clusters
    Formatting drive f:...
    Clearing out 119304 sectors for Reserved sectors, fats and root cluster...
    Wrote 61083648 bytes in 0.988463 seconds, 61796609.106193 bytes/sec
    Initialising reserved sectors and FATs...
    Done

This means that all has gone according to plan. It should take about 4 seconds per Terabyte to format the disk. You can run chkdsk f: at this point if you’re curious, and see something like this –

    The type of the file system is FAT32.
    Volume Serial Number is 1BDB-2C1D
    Windows is verifying files and folders...
    File and folder verification is complete.
    Windows has checked the file system and found no problems.
    244,136,352 KB total disk space.
    244,136,320 KB are available.
    
         32,768 bytes in each allocation unit.
      7,629,261 total allocation units on disk.
      7,629,260 allocation units available on disk.

This shows that my calculations match up with the ones inside Windows, which is good news

It is also possible to set the cluster size with a -cN parameter where N is the number of sectors per cluster. On a hard disk, which is the only sort we support, one sector is 512 bytes. The cluster size will be N times 512. I played around with this, and it seems that Windows XP supports small cluster sizes, except that chkdsk runs very slowly, presumably because it needs to read the huge FAT that results from these settings. Given the nature of FAT32, you can’t reduce the cluster size such that the number of clusters is more than 228. I’d recommend using the default cluster sizes, which are the Microsoft recommended ones, unless you need to force them for testing or something

You can download either just the fat32format binary ~20K or the fat32format binary and source ~30K The source code can be compiled with Vistual Studio 6.0 or later. The current version number is 1.01.

There are a couple of things you need to know before running fat32format. You need to have Administrator rights on XP for it to work, since it opens the drive in raw write mode. You also need to make sure that there are no open files on the volume – if there are you will see a message like this –

    Warning ALL data on drive 'f' will be lost irretrievably, are you sure
    (y/n) :y
    Failed to open device - close any files before formatting
    Are you SURE you're formatting the RIGHT DRIVE!!!

Incidentally, if you are running admin and it still complains about open files, you can use Process Explorer to find out which process is guilty. Run it, Press Ctrl+F and enter the drive letter, e.g. E: and close any processes that have it open

This should make it a bit harder to lose data, assuming that you have at least one open file on the drives with data you want to keep. The drive that Windows is currently running from will have lots of files open – the pagefile, registry etc. I usually keep an Explorer.exe open in the root directory of any other drives to block format from running. Finally, it will only work with hard disks with 512 bytes per sector. If you have a DVD-Ram disk, format using the Windows formatter. If you have an optical disk drive bigger than 32GB, send me a sample and I’ll port to it.

One last thing – fat32format is designed to format disks quickly. It doesn’t check for bad sectors. If you need integrity checks, run a chkdsk /R f: after the format.

Finally and most importantly, it isn’t possible to recover your data if you format the wrong disk, be careful using it. It is licensed under the GPL license – you may distribute source and binaries. You can build it into an open source application. If you want to build it into a closed source application you should approach me for licensing it under a BSD style license for a fee.

Update

If you find this software useful, please send me an some money via Paypal. I’ve had >170000 downloads, and a lot of emails, 99% successes. There are some fails, but they seem to be with hard drives which nothing else can write to either. If you have this, try to testing combinations to find out which is causing the problem. E.g. if you have Disks A and B and USB cases C and D, try the combinations AC, AD, BC and BD to work out which is bad. Return the bad component for a replacement, and you’re good to go. If you bought a single unit, try getting it replaced.

Update 2

As of now, fat32format has worked on disks from 40GB to 2TB

Interfaces tested include IDE/PATA, SATA, eSATA, USB and Firewire

The formatted disks work on XP, Mac, Linux, the iPod (40gb), various Nas boxes and mediaplayers and Norton Ghost 2003

Formatting works on Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 and Vista. Note that Windows 9x/Me are not supported and do not work, but you can use the format.exe supplied with them instead

If it fails send me an email, please put FAT32 in the subject.

Update 3

If you have problems creating partitions bigger than 137GB on an ATA (IDE) disk connected to the motherboard, make sure you have SP1 or later and an LBA48 compatible bios. Check your motherboard site for a bios update.

Vista

fat32format works with Vista. The UI has changed a bit when creating drives and UAC makes the whole process a bit more cumbersome.

To create drive letters, Right Click on My Computer and Select Manage. UAC prompts you to escalate privileges, do so. You can right click on empty drives and Initialize them. Once you’ve done that you can create new volumes by right clicking on them and selecting New Simple Volume. Fast formatting them with NTFS is quick and should detect a completely dead drive.

If you have Vista there is a quick way to get an Admin cmd prompt. Click the Start button/ Windows flag in the bottom left of the screen and enter cmd like on XP but press Ctrl+Shift+Enter, you’ll get a privilege escalation dialog click OK and you end up with an Admin command prompt, helpfully labelled as Administrator: C:\Windows\system32\cmd.exe

This is the best way to run fat32format. It’s always been Admin only, it’s just that on XP most power users ran with Admin rights all the time.

Versions

1.02
A couple of people asked me about 64K cluster size. There are compatibility problems with this, as 16 bit set up programs sometimes assume that the cluster size will fit in a 16 bit integer. When calculating disk space, they thus end up with a value of zero. Fat32format disables cluster sizes bigger than 32K for this reason. However, some people need this, so the current version has the check disabled. You still need to force the cluster size by hand though, e.g. fat32format -c128 f:
1.03
Fixes for making partitions created above sector 0xffff bootable, and a cosmetic fix for the drive size printout when formatting drives bigger than 1TB ( 0x7fffffff sectors )
1.04
Fix for “Failed to set partition info”. Some drives have no partition table, so you can’t set the the partition type.
It was possible to set the cluster size too high resulting in too few clusters, or too high resulting in too many – fat32 must have between 2^16 and 2^28 clusters because of various compatibility considerations. Added code to check that.
Fixed an error where it crashes if people use /? to get help
1.05
Added support for bytes per sector values of other than 512
1.07
GPT support, fix for boot sector when using Windows AIK’s bootsect.exe, FSCTL_ALLOW_EXTENDED_DASD_IO

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A new piece of ransomware pretending to be a Windows Activation Screen is targeting American users. The copycat locks the victims` screens and then asks th

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It’s time to power up your Windows 10 PC. Now that the Anniversary Update is out and millions of people are already running it, let’s take a look at some of the best hidden features, tips, and tricks underneath the hood in Windows 10.

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Whether you’ve got a brand-new Galaxy Note 7 or an older Android phone or tablet you just want to spruce up, these are the apps that matter.

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The 100 Best Android Apps of 2016 | PCMag.com

Whether you’ve got a brand-new Galaxy Note 7 or an older Android phone or tablet you just want to spruce up, these are the apps that matter.

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Nvidia stuffs desktop GTX 1080, 1070, 1060 into laptops, drops the “M” | Ars Technica

In everything from 4K thin-and-lights to huge machines with 120Hz G-Sync screens.

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Respect: Windows 10 security impresses hackers | CSO Online

Windows is a popular attack target for criminals and researchers alike, but Microsoft has done a good job of making it harder to target security flaws in the OS

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An anonymous group claims to have stolen hacking tools that might belong to the NSA and is auctioning them off to the highest bidder.

Source: NSA hacked? Top cyber weapons allegedly go up for auction | CSO Online


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AMD has revealed that Zen will have double the performance of the FX 8350 and will trade blows with Intel’s eight core i7 5960X Extreme.

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Microsoft is making big changes to the way that it will release patches for many of its popular Windows products that will impact how IT Pros patch their environments.

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Thanks to some internal Microsoft documentation I recently saw, I can now publicly reveal the answers to your burning Windows 10 activation questions. Why Microsoft isn’t more forthcoming with this critical information is unclear. But here it is.

Source: Your Windows 10 Activation Questions, Answered – Thurrott.com


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No, it’s not only you—some user interfaces today intentionally want to confuse and enroll.

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Some people imagine the future and a few actually make it happen. Here is why Elon Musk is the latter.

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James Newman was tired of trying to intuitively understand how modern microprocessors work — so he built his own

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Microsoft overhauls Windows 7 and 8.1 updating — but don’t call it a service pack | InfoWorld

KB 3125574

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Convenience rollup update for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

Describes a convenience rollup package that is available for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.

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Tools for OSForensics – ImageUSB – Write an image to multiple USB Flash Drives

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Rufus – Create bootable USB drives the easy way

Source: Rufus – Create bootable USB drives the easy way


Rufus – Create bootable USB drives the easy way

Source: Rufus – Create bootable USB drives the easy way


How to Install Windows 7 with only USB 3.0 Ports

Learn how you can install Windows 7 using a USB 3.0 port. Step-by-step instructions for creating a customized bootable USB installer that works with USB 3.0

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New PC motherboard teases Intel Skylake chipset, integrated GTX 1070 | ExtremeTech

There might be a new kid in town in the GPU/motherboard integration game: How does a 1070 attached to Skylake sound?

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Google Demonstrates Why Bringing Android Apps to Chromebook is So Disruptive – Thurrott.com

A few weeks back, Google announced that it would bring its Android app and Google Play Store ecosystems to Chromebook, dramatically improving the portable PC alternative. Now, we can see how these two platforms will work together.

Source: Google Demonstrates Why Bringing Android Apps to Chromebook is So Disruptive – Thurrott.com


Researchers crack new version of CryptXXX ransomware

Researchers from Kaspersky Lab have developed a method of decrypting files affected with the latest version of CryptXXX, a malware program that combines ransomware and information stealing capabilities.

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4 Google SEO Best Practices to Help Get Your Small Business Noticed

As Google adjusts its search algorithm, your small to midsize business (SMB) can maintain its high ranking if you follow these four search engine optimization (SEO) practices, compiled in honor of National Small Business Week.

Source: 4 Google SEO Best Practices to Help Get Your Small Business Noticed


Game Plan: System Builders Say Intel’s New NUC Mini PC Kit Will Wow Enthusiasts

Intel’s new Skull Canyon NUC packs a sixth-generation Core i7 processor and integrated higher-end Iris Pro graphics 580 chipset, two improvements that partners say are key to the gaming enthusiast space.

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The U.S. vs. Apple: Does the FBI Have a Case?

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IDC: PC Sales Experienced Record Decline in 2015 As Expected – Petri

Despite a modest improvement in the fourth quarter, PC sales in 2015 met expectations and delivered the largest year-over-year decline in history, with PC makers selling fewer than 300 million units for the first time since 2008.

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Skylake users given 18 months to upgrade to Windows 10 | Ars Technica

And next generation processors, including Intel’s Kaby Lake, won’t be supported in old Windows.

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Where’d It Go? 10 Key Features That Have Moved In Windows 10 (and How To Find Them) – ComputerShopper.com

Where’d It Go? 10 Key Features That Have Moved In Windows 10 (and How To Find Them) – ComputerShopper.com.


Even with Updating Changes, Windows 10 Will Retain 10 Year Support Lifecycle – Petri

Even with Updating Changes, Windows 10 Will Retain 10 Year Support Lifecycle – Petri.


When stolen data can ‘phone home’ | CSO Online

When stolen data can ‘phone home’ | CSO Online.


Can My PC Run Windows 10? How To Check – ComputerShopper.com

Can My PC Run Windows 10? How To Check – ComputerShopper.com.


DSN Now

DSN Now.


10 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 | PCMag.com

10 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 | PCMag.com.


Privacy talk at DEF CON canceled under questionable circumstances | CSO Online

Privacy talk at DEF CON canceled under questionable circumstances | CSO Online.


Backup Windows product key in Windows 8 (VBScript)

Backup Windows product key in Windows 8 (VBScript).


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10 Tips to Help You Get the Most Out of Windows 10 | PCMag.com

10 Tips to Help You Get the Most Out of Windows 10 | PCMag.com.


Microsoft deletes older Ask.com browser toolbars, but ignores Oracle’s new crapware | IT News

Microsoft deletes older Ask.com browser toolbars, but ignores Oracle’s new crapware | IT News.


Unchecky – Keeps your checkboxes clear

Unchecky – Keeps your checkboxes clear.


30 Tips Every Evernote User Must Know – Slideshow from PCMag.com

30 Tips Every Evernote User Must Know – Slideshow from PCMag.com.


12 Tips to Make You a Chromebook Pro – Slideshow from PCMag.com

12 Tips to Make You a Chromebook Pro – Slideshow from PCMag.com.


Secrets of the Windows Control Panel | PCMag.com

Secrets of the Windows Control Panel | PCMag.com.


Future Crimes

Future Crimes.


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Windows Keeps disconnecting and reconnecting USB devices/Hard Drives [Solved] – Windows – Windows 7

Windows Keeps disconnecting and reconnecting USB devices/Hard Drives [Solved] – Windows – Windows 7.


Windows 8 USB 3.0 Problems

Windows 8 USB 3.0 Problems.


A USB 3.0 drive randomly disconnects and reconnects from a PC

A USB 3.0 drive randomly disconnects and reconnects from a PC.


An IT Pro Perspective on Lenovo Superfish – Petri

An IT Pro Perspective on Lenovo Superfish – Petri.


How to Find and Remove Lenovo Superfish Adware – Petri

How to Find and Remove Lenovo Superfish Adware – Petri.


Clean PC: Download Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 Setup Media Legally – Thurrott.com

Clean PC: Download Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 Setup Media Legally – Thurrott.com.


Tools of the Trade: Windows USB/DVD Download Tool – Thurrott.com

Tools of the Trade: Windows USB/DVD Download Tool – Thurrott.com.


Windows 7 – Universal Windows 7 installation DVD or USB Flash Drive – Microsoft Community

Windows 7 – Universal Windows 7 installation DVD or USB Flash Drive – Microsoft Community.


Reversible USB Type-C cables can replace HDMI and DisplayPort | Chips | Geek.com

Reversible USB Type-C cables can replace HDMI and DisplayPort | Chips | Geek.com.


Tech Support scammers rip big brand security software with fake warnings | Malwarebytes Unpacked

Tech Support scammers rip big brand security software with fake warnings | Malwarebytes Unpacked.


IObit Uninstaller, Uninstall Tool, Advanced Uninstaller – IObit

IObit Uninstaller, Uninstall Tool, Advanced Uninstaller – IObit.


Meet Minilock, a powerful new encryption tool built on ChromeOS | The Verge

Meet Minilock, a powerful new encryption tool built on ChromeOS | The Verge.


SHOCKING: Listen To COMCAST Phone Rep TORTURE and VERBALLY ABUSE Loyal Customer!! – YouTube

SHOCKING: Listen To COMCAST Phone Rep TORTURE and VERBALLY ABUSE Loyal Customer!! – YouTube.


Shocker Symantec Admits That Antivirus Is Dead

Shocker Symantec Admits That Antivirus Is Dead.


Download Windows 8 ISO From Microsoft

Download Windows 8 ISO From Microsoft.


PCI Vendor and Device Lists

PCI Vendor and Device Lists.


Windows desktops and apps as cloud service – VMware Horizon DaaS | United States

Windows desktops and apps as cloud service – VMware Horizon DaaS | United States.


VMware one-ups Amazon for Windows desktops as a service | Virtual desktop – InfoWorld

VMware one-ups Amazon for Windows desktops as a service | Virtual desktop – InfoWorld.


How To Automatically Start Programs In Windows 8 – Liberian Geek

How To Automatically Start Programs In Windows 8 – Liberian Geek.


Remove “Reminder! Your computer is not backed up” pop-up virus

Remove “Reminder! Your computer is not backed up” pop-up virus.


Don’t blame the NSA—App developers are the ones exposing your data | CSO Blogs

Don’t blame the NSA—App developers are the ones exposing your data | CSO Blogs.


Microsoft Report Shows Why You Should Abandon XP Now | Daves Computer Tips

Microsoft Report Shows Why You Should Abandon XP Now | Daves Computer Tips.


The History of Adware

The History of Adware.


Conduit Update

Conduit Update.


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