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Windows 10 tip: Stop using the horribly insecure SMBv1 protocol

Posted on May 17, 2017. Filed under: Malware, Security, windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , |

ZDNet has a post: For years, Microsoft has been recommending that you disable the vulnerable SMBv1 protocol. The recent WannaCry ransomware outbreak underscores the need to take this important step. Here’s how.

Source: Windows 10 tip: Stop using the horribly insecure SMBv1 protocol | ZDNet

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Add New Options To Your Right-Click Explorer Menu with ExtraBits

Posted on October 18, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Utilities, windows | Tags: , , , |

Gizmo’s Freeware has a post: ExtraBits is a free Windows utility program that adds some additional functions to the right-click menu in Windows Explorer. You can copy and paste the filename of the files or folders you’ve selected, for example. And you can automatically extract a compressed file.

Source: Add New Options To Your Right-Click Explorer Menu | Gizmo’s Freeware

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8 Tools that can Help Keep Your PC Secure | www.infopackets.com

Posted on October 18, 2016. Filed under: Anti-Virus, Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Malware, Security, windows | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

At Infopackets we’re often asked to recommend security software and tools or give our opinion on specific products. While every product has its pros and cons, as the old saying goes, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. With that in mind, I thought I’d run down the actual tools I use in my day to day life rather than when we’re testing out products. That means trying to find the balance of staying protected without taking up too much time and attention or computing resources.

Source: 8 Tools that can Help Keep Your PC Secure | www.infopackets.com

Covers:

  • Microsoft Security Essentials
  • Rapport
  • Lastpass
  • CCleaner
  • Malwarebytes
  • Process Explorer
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How to Block (or Allow) Certain Applications for Users in Windows

Posted on October 18, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Security, windows | Tags: , |

HowToGeek has a post, especially for parents: If you’d like to limit what apps a user can run on a PC, Windows gives you two options. You can block the apps you don’t want a user to run, or you can restrict them to running only specific apps. Here’s how to do it.

Source: How to Block (or Allow) Certain Applications for Users in Windows

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Linux survival guide: These 21 applications let you move easily between Linux and Windows | ZDNet

Posted on September 3, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Linux, windows | Tags: , |

ZDNet has a Linux survival guide: These 21 applications let you move easily between Linux and Windows

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How to Set Up Your Brand-New Windows PC

Posted on September 3, 2016. Filed under: Everything, windows, Windows 10 | Tags: , |

So you just bought a brand-new Windows computer—now what? The Wirecutter will walk you through the setup process, from taking it out of the box to configuring your Windows settings and all the rest.

Source: How to Set Up Your Brand-New Windows PC | The Wirecutter

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How To Clean Malware from an Unbootable or Unusable System

Posted on September 22, 2015. Filed under: Anti-Virus, Malware, Security, windows | Tags: , , , |

Dave’s Computer Tips tells How To Clean Malware from an Unbootable or Unusable System .

This includes several freeware programs to help on Windows systems.

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Windows Compatibility Center

Posted on September 9, 2015. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, windows, Windows 10 | Tags: , , , , , |

See what works on the latest Windows versions.  You can also download software updates and device drivers for your products.

Source: Windows Compatibility Center

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How to Cancel Windows 10 Reservation (Properly)

Posted on June 19, 2015. Filed under: windows, Windows 10 |

Infopackets has a post on How to Cancel Windows 10 Reservation (Properly).

While you can also image your current system WITHOUT buying Acronis (this is just another way of doing something Windows offers built-in), this post also discusses how to avoid the automatic download and installation of Windows 10.

Past experience has led a number of users to recommend a full backup or image of your current system, and then installing a complete fresh iso file of a new Windows operating system, rather than trying to “upgrade” an older version of Windows.

Meanwhile, ZDNet has a post  on how-to-turn-your-windows-10-upgrade-into-an-iso/ which you might prefer.  “You can start the upgrade, wait until the installer files are fully downloaded, and then cancel. In either case, you’ll find the large installer file stashed in a hidden folder called C:\$Windows.~BT, in a subfolder called Sources.”

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You can now run Android apps on a Mac or PC with Google Chrome

Posted on June 4, 2015. Filed under: Android, windows, Windows 7, Windows 8 | Tags: , , , |

TheVerge has a post about how You can now run Android apps on a Mac or PC with Google Chrome.

You simply need to download the ARC Welder app and obtain APKs from Google’s Play Store. There are some limitations: only one app can be loaded at a time, and you have to select landscape or portrait layout and whether you want the app to run in phone- or tablet-style. However, you can load multiple apps by selecting the download ZIP option in Arc Welder and extracting it and then enabling extension developer mode to load the folder of the extracted APK. “

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4 Ways to Run Android on Your PC

Posted on June 4, 2015. Filed under: Android, windows, Windows 7, Windows 8 | Tags: , |

4 Ways to Run Android on Your PC and Make Your Own “Dual OS” System.

Some are for dual boot (pick one or the other to use) or you could run it in a Virtual Machine such as VirtualBox.

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