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    • in reply to: Do you need a password manager? #2634561

      I’m a lawyer, so uploading attorney-client data to the cloud has always been off-limits, regardless of how well I think it may be encrypted. I have always been suspicious of the cloud, mainly because most vendors offer small amounts of data free (say under 5 GB). I believe the rubric that if something on the internet is free, then you must be the product. I wonder what vendors look for when scanning uploaded data? I won’t belabor my local backup system here.

      I have hundreds of passwords stored in Roboform. However, they are easily exportable to other password managers if it becomes necessary to change. I’ve used Roboform since 2003 and find myself reluctant to part with it.

      I have some questions and comments concerning the article.

      (1) I suspect that checking your password against the “Have I Been Pwned” website merely adds another password to the database of compromised passwords. Despite the site’s claim that it does not store passwords, Microsoft’s track record for truth-in- advertising has not been good.

      (2) Passkeys (to my mind) are a troubling new development because of their heavy reliance on biometric data, even if the biometrics are allegedly stored on a local device. Unless you disconnect from the internet, local devices are in constant communication with external servers. Non-technical persons like me have no idea what data is being uploaded to those servers.

      Yes, I know TSA is now requiring biometric facial recognition scans to fly domestically, and law-abiding citizens are required to submit biometric data when entering or leaving the country, but that does not make submission of biometric data any more palatable. Good proles, of course, should be willing to submit any biometric data requested at all times and in all places.

      (3) If you refuse to provide biometric data, what options are left? Passkeys apparently can be created with a mere PIN. What if FIDO, Google, Amazon et al. decide a PIN is not good enough? Why are Passkeys are superior to (for example) RSA SecurID or Yubikey? Could SecurID or Yubikey be used as the third leg of a Passkey in lieu of biometric data?

      We are entering a Brave New World of authentication. I find these new methods difficult to understand and somewhat disturbing.

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    • in reply to: Ignore Susan Bradley’s Patch Watch at your peril #2608414

      Just unbelievable. Another nail in the coffin for Windows. Microsoft has been treating customers like beta testers for a long time, but releasing patches that break the system is beyond the limits of acceptable behavior. I refuse to use an OS that forces so much unnecessary work on its customers.

      This article has solidified my resolve to switch to Linux for web browsing and day-to-day tasks. I’ll use a separate, air-gapped Win10 computer (without updates) for the handful of Windows-based programs that have no good Linux alternative.

    • in reply to: SlickRun — A powerful way to launch anything #2606047

      Something else I forgot to mention:

      ImgBurn and a few others may contain PUPs (potentially unwanted programs) if you download them directly from the developer’s website. I’ve found Ninite a good source for obtaining programs like ImgBurn with the PUPs removed. Ninite has figured out how to strip the PUPs embedded in the installers.

    • in reply to: SlickRun — A powerful way to launch anything #2605808

      Yes, all of them work fine on Win10. Have not tried Win11.

      Forgot to mention VLC Media Player.

      Win11 has me seriously considering moving to Linux Mint. Think I’ll run them in parallel for a while to see how they compare.


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    • in reply to: SlickRun — A powerful way to launch anything #2604725

      Freeware I can’t live without (I’ve excluded anything you must pay for, although you can contribute to these developers):

      Attribute Changer
      Everything Search
      Free Batch Photo Resizer
      Geek Uninstaller
      JPEG & PNG Stripper
      Macrium Reflect Free
      O&O AppBuster
      O&O Shutup
      Pazera Password Generator
      ReNamer Light from den4b
      Winaero Tweaker
      Youtube Downloader HD

    • in reply to: Hard-drive imaging — AOMEI Backupper Standard #2601425

      I always like to Image a new machine BEFORE going through the OOBE so if I incur any problems I can return it to OOB condition before requesting a refund or repair.

      I’ve always wanted to do that, but could not figure out how. What is your technique? Do you use Macrium for that?

    • in reply to: Hard-drive imaging — AOMEI Backupper Standard #2597322

      I used Acronis through version 2020, then switched to Macrium because it was free. Now that a full license for Macrium costs $135 per computer, and Acronis has gone to a subscription-only pricing model, I think it is time to ditch both. Will AOMEI read old Acronis or Macrium images? Any guesses how long Acronis 2020 and Macrium 8 Free will continue to work? Neither product blows my socks off, but both have proved simple and reliable in the past.

    • in reply to: Hard-drive imaging — AOMEI Backupper Standard #2596828

      Agree with your analysis.


    • in reply to: Uninstalr — “World’s best cup of coffee” #2589845

      Uninstalr does not have safety built-in

      I think this was Fred Langa’s big complaint.

    • No other accounts on my computer.

    • I checked my registry settings per PerthMike’s suggestion here:

      HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Notifications\ Settings\Windows.SystemToast.Suggested\Enabled = 0 (DWORD)

      My registry entry is identical to that suggested by PerthMike. I did not make the change manually, so I cannot be certain where it came from. Did O&O Shutup work? Did Microsoft push out the change in an update? Who knows?

      In any event, problem solved (for the time being).

    • in reply to: Uninstalr — “World’s best cup of coffee” #2589531

      Took me awhile, but I found one of Fred’s original posts:

      Windows Secrets Newsletter, Issue 440, 2014-07-10

      Jv16 PowerTools — a popular registry cleaner and system optimizer for advanced Windows users — is apparently undergoing major changes, prompting numerous reader emails over the past several months.

      For example, see the previous LangaList Plus items, “Security concerns with jv16 PowerTools” (Jan. 23), and “More questions about jv16 PowerTools” (Feb. 13).


      Bottom line: If jv16 PowerTools works for you, great! There’s no reason for you to stop using it. But I believe its uncertain future, plus the fact that it’s overkill for routine cleanups, make it unsuitable for most users — especially when safer alternatives exist.

    • in reply to: Uninstalr — “World’s best cup of coffee” #2589510

      I successfully downloaded Uninstair from the Macecraft website this morning. When I tried to go back and download another copy on another computer this afternoon, the Macecraft link redirected to jv16powertools.com. Uninstair (as a standalone product) was gone. The download link at Sourceforge was gone. The only download option was the full jv16 powertools suite. I think you can still find Uninstair at commercial download sites like Older Geeks and Major Geeks. Oddly, a search for Macecraft Uninstair using Presearch turned up mostly mentions of articles about how to uninstall Minecraft.

      Back in days of WinXP, I used jv16 powertools frequently. Fred Langa wrote a column (AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.10.0 dated 2019-03-18) stating he had not recommended jv16 PowerTools since 2006. Sometime in the interim between 2006 and 2019, I stopped using jv16 powertools at Fred’s suggestion. I seem to recall that Fred felt jv16 powertools “jumped the shark” around version 2009.

      The appearance and then disappearance of Uninstair looks like bait-and-switch to me. I’m a little hesitant to use either Uninstair or jv16 powertools until the new version becomes an established, proven product. It may be the greatest thing since sliced bread, but I am suspicious of Macecraft’s marketing and the sudden disappearance of download links from the developer.

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    • I’m marking this one resolved. While not an elegant solution, O&O Shutup gave me these options affecting notifications that allowed me to turn everything off:


      One might argue that turning off all notifications is a bad idea; however, I do not remember Windows ever giving me a notification I needed. I tend to put notifications in the same category as Clippy.


    • Ran SFC /scannow and DISM with negative results.

      New one today:


      I also don’t use any third-party apps like O&O Shutup++ to manage my Windows settings …

      I gave up trying to track down all the individual settings in Win10 long ago. I simply don’t have time to track down every setting, research the obscure name, and determine whether to enable or disable it. I let O&O Shutup do the work for me. If that results in some leakage, so be it. But I do not think my notification settings are the problem here.

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