Patch My PC

Posted on May 8, 2018. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , |

Dave’s Computer Tips has a post recommending Patch My PC freeware.

“Patch My PC – VERDICT

I’m impressed with Patch My PC, by far the best of these types of applications I’ve come across, plus the fact that it’s portable adds heaps of appeal. I’ve always tended to manually update my software and openly admit I was quite surprised when Patch My PC flagged six installed programs for updates. In the future, I’ll be running Patch My PC periodically to keep an eye on this situation. Highly recommended.”

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Android security check

Posted on April 16, 2018. Filed under: Android, Everything, Security | Tags: , , , , , |

ZDNet has a post on SnoopSnitch, an Android app that checks your Android phone or other device and “will outline not only vulnerabilities that have been patched, but also patches that are missing, as well as new vulnerabilities that have yet to be patched.”

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How To Save Loads Of Time After A Windows 10 Update

Posted on July 2, 2017. Filed under: Windows 10 | Tags: , , , |

Gizmo’s Freeware posts: When Windows 10 installs an update, only a small amount of the work is done during the installation of the patches. Much of the update only happens when you first log into your computer after the update has been installed. It’s a well documented problem. Your PC installs updates during the night, and when you log in the next morning it can take up to half an hour or more before your desktop actually appears.

ACTUALLY: go to Settings, then Update & Security and then Advanced Settings to find this check box.

Source: How To Save Loads Of Time After A Windows Update | Gizmo’s Freeware

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Get all security patches without WGA nightmares

Posted on August 7, 2009. Filed under: Microsoft Windows, Security, Techniques | Tags: , , , , , , |

Windows Secrets has a post on how to Get all security patches without WGA nightmares.

In an April 16 Windows Secrets story, contributing editor Ryan Russell argued that WGA poses a risk to the world because Microsoft prevents machines that fail WGA validation from getting some security patches through Windows’ Automatic Updates mechanism. Unpatched machines are vulnerable to remote attacks that enroll them in hackers’ bot armies.

In today’s Known Issues column, several WS readers report that WGA wrongly disabled software they’d legitimately purchased. (An Ars Technica article back in January 2007 estimated at least 5 million WGA false positives, based on Microsoft’s own numbers.)”

The article describes how to avoid the WGA and get the patches yourself if you want to avoid this problem.

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Patching and updating Windows

Posted on November 6, 2007. Filed under: Everything, Microsoft Windows, Security, Utilities, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , , , |

Updating Windows has become increasingly controversial, especially when Microsoft has (a) delivered updates that turn out to be defective or cause other problems, and (b) made changes on your computer without notifying you it was being done. Windows has some alternatives to Windows Update that will let you keep up to date but retain more control than Microsoft normally allows.

Software Patch This site is recommended by Windows and has patches, drivers, and updates for lots of Windows regular updates and program updates, as well as recommended software downloads.

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