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Daily Archives: November 5, 2019

  • November 2019 Office non-Security updates are available

    Posted on November 5th, 2019 at 13:49 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The November 2019 non-Security Office updates have been released Tuesday, November 5, 2019. They are not included in any DEFCON-4 approval for the October 2019 patches. Unless you have a specific need to install them, you should wait until Susan Bradley (Patch Lady) approves them and any problems have been reported.

    Remember, Susan’s patching sequence and  recommendations are based on a business environment that has IT support and may have time constraints on the updating process. Consumer patching should be more cautious due to limited technical and mechanical resources. The latter is the reason for the AskWoody DEFCON system.

    Office 2016
    Update for Microsoft Access 2016 (KB4475539)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4484138)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4484137)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4475588)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4475552)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4484145)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2016 (KB4484139)
    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 (KB4484134)
    Update for Microsoft Word 2016 (KB4484135)

    There were no non-security listings for Office 2007 (which is out of support), Office 2010, or Office 2013.

    Updates are for the .msi version (persistent). Office 365 and C2R are not included.

    Security updates for all supported versions of Microsoft Office are released on the second Tuesday of the month (Patch Tuesday).

  • Firefox users don’t be fooled: The “Contact Windows support” message is fake.

    Posted on November 5th, 2019 at 13:19 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    Dan Goodin at Ars Technica takes a shovel to this message, now appearing in Firefox:

    Apparently the message appears as the result of a bug in Firefox and it appears if you venture onto an infected site — you don’t have to lift a finger..

    The attack works on both Windows and Mac versions of the open source browser. The only way to close the window is to force-close the entire browser using either the Windows task manager or the Force Close function in macOS.

    Looks like the Firefox folks are working on a fix.

    Thx CA…

  • Microsoft just slipped in a bug fix for the new PowerToys – version 0.13 now available

    Posted on November 5th, 2019 at 10:11 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I skipped the wave of announcements about the bulk-file-renaming app in the nostalgically named – but still underwhelming – collection of Microsoft utilities called PowerToys. There’s an official description of version 0.12 here.

    The old XP-era PowerToys were great. But this is the new show.

    Anyway, it seems that the bulk-file-renaming app, called PowerRename, had some significant bugs. And it looks like the snap-to-any-location app called FancyZone had other bugs, which were fixed about a week ago.

    Being the occasionally gullible soul that I am, I went through the usual process to install:

    Step 1. Over on GitHub, click PowerToysSetup.msi to download it

    Step 2. Run the MSI file to step through the Setup Wizard, which is relatively painless.  I personally chose to NOT run the program(s) on startup.

    Step 3. Reboot.

    My first attempt was to prepend the text “Test” to a bunch of files that I’ve selected (in File Explorer, select the files, right-click and choose PowerRename). Ends up I didn’t have the right syntax:

    See how the “Rename” button is grayed out? So I went through the documentation and decided that I needed to use a different syntax involving the “%1” match key:

    That didn’t work either. (Again, Rename is grayed out.)

    So I uninstalled the app. There are much better and more capable (albeit harder to understand) and simpler but predictable third party bulk renaming utilities out there….

  • Surface Pro X review embargo just lapsed

    Posted on November 5th, 2019 at 03:15 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If you look around, you’ll see a flood of reviews of the Surface Pro X, which apparently went off embargo around 10 pm Redmond time. That’s how the hardware review business works: Publications line up to get free first-run machines, promising to hold off on reviews until a specific date and time. Looks like the alarm just went off.

    Of course, Microsoft doesn’t send me review units. (You thought otherwise?) So I just read the reviews like anybody else. Of course, given the Surface support history and the fact that it’s an ARM-based machine with all the compatibility headaches that implies, I would never buy one. But still it’s cute seeing Microsoft’s response to the iPad.

    Part of a natural ARM progression: Windows RT was a joke. Surface RT died a horrible death. Windows 10 in S Mode was an embarrassment. Now Surface Pro X. The review practically writes itself — although Microsoft will assure you ten ways from Tuesday that the Surface Pro X is better and different because it’ll run Windows desktop apps.

    Yep. Pull the other finger.


    Brad Sams at Petri: Surface Pro X Review: A Classic Look For The New Mobile Worker

    Cherlynn Low, Engadget: Surface Pro X review: Gorgeous hardware marred by buggy software

    Sam Rutherford for Gizmodo: Microsoft’s Surface Pro X Goes Full Batman

    Dan Ackerman at CNet: Surface Pro X review: A Surface evolution, but the software hasn’t caught up yet

    Jacob Krol, CNN: Microsoft’s Surface Pro X is for many, but not everyone yet

    And on and on…

    Just in case you were wondering, yes, absolutely, Microsoft vets their reviewers carefully. For example


  • Malwarebytes gets a full version bump

    Posted on November 5th, 2019 at 02:56 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    There’s a new version of Malwarebytes and it seems pretty spiffy.

    See the detailed review from Lawrence Abrams at BleepingComputer:

    New scanning engine, a new user interface, threat statistics and more. If you wish to upgrade to this new version you will need to download the installer directly from Malwarebytes site… With this release, Malwarebytes considers itself an antivirus replacement and will now register itself with the Windows Security settings as the primary antivirus solution on the computer.

    Now available at