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    • in reply to: Adblocker Review and Warning #2276617
      Lars220
      AskWoody Lounger

      Thanks Microfix, here is a reminder / or notice, that Chris Hoffman at How-to Geek website has updated his article about browser extensions:

      Browser Extensions Are a Privacy Nightmare: Stop Using So Many of Them
      Chris Hoffman
      @chrisbhoffman
      Updated June 29, 2020, 1:33pm EDT

      https://www.howtogeek.com/188346/why-browser-extensions-can-be-dangerous-and-how-to-protect-yourself/

      Adblockers

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      Lars220
      AskWoody Lounger

      Here is a little more information from an interesting NASA website:

      “Behnken and Hurley were among the first astronauts to begin working and training on SpaceX’s next-generation human space vehicle and were selected for their extensive test pilot and flight experience, including several missions on the space shuttle.”

      https://www.nasa.gov/specials/dm2/

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      in reply to: Share menu problem in Win10 when using Open with #2265211
      Lars220
      AskWoody Lounger

      Has anyone any ideas on how to get rid of the “Share” option?

      I have used the Winaero Tweaker utility / tool to remove 4 unwanted and un-needed Right Click Context Menu items that I never used, they were: Cast to device, Edit with Paint 3D, Share, and Give access to.

      Recently Sergey Tkachenko has released version 0.17.1 of Winaero Tweaker:

      https://winaero.com/blog/winaero-tweaker-0-17-1-is-here-with-2-fixes-and-1-new-feature/

      Check out these attached pictures and maybe this will work for you:

      Context-Menu-Changes
      Context-Menu-Tweaker

       

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      Lars220
      AskWoody Lounger

      Lawrence Abrams (bleepingcomputer) says this update is being forced:

      https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/new-windows-10-intel-microcodes-released-in-forced-kb4497165-update/

      “Microsoft has started to roll out a new version of the Windows 10 Intel Microcode KB4497165 update that is not optional, will automatically be installed, and your computer will be restarted”

      A scary and concerning comment at the Bleeping Computer article by nonsparks who posted:

      “I applied this patch this morning. My computer began crashing after reboot with WHEA UNCORRECTABLE ERROR. seems to be. Attempted to uninstall. At one point, got Recovery error 0xc0000001. Get it every time I try to reboot. Attempted full system restore, but same error. Tried fixing boot record, but getting access denied from the command prompt. I have a $1500 desk ornament. Microsoft support has not been especially helpful.”

      Thank you PKCano for posting the link to wushowhide so we can hide it. I wonder if we will hear more complaints about this microcode update, or if it is a limited “one off” above.

      in reply to: Update from 1903 to 1909 now? #2263020
      Lars220
      AskWoody Lounger

      It was back on February 28, 2020 that Woody made at least one recommendation to move to Windows 10 version 1909, both in a blog and a Computerworld article. Here are two links that may provide some information that the Original Poster (OP) xyzzy is asking about:

      “As an added surprise… I’m moving my production machines to Win10 version 1909.”

      https://www.askwoody.com/2020/ms-defcon-3-get-the-february-patches-installed/

      “Running Win10? I’m moving to version 1909 and suggest you do, too. – – – At any rate, I’m moving my production machines to 1909.”

      https://www.computerworld.com/article/3530133/in-spite-of-the-disappearing-windows-desktop-bug-now-s-a-good-time-to-install-the-february-patches.html

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      in reply to: How to Enable DNS over HTTPS (DoH) in 2004 #2263016
      Lars220
      AskWoody Lounger

      Additional information from Bleeping Computer and a Request / Question for Fast Ring Insider curious testers, and brave experimenters also,  – (a little bit lower in this post):

      Windows 10 gets DNS over HTTPS support, how to test
      By Sergiu Gatlan – May 13, 2020 – Bleeping Computer

      “Microsoft announced that initial support for DNS over HTTPS (DoH) is now available in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19628 for Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. – – –
      Although DoH support is included in the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19628 release, the feature is not enabled by default, and Insiders who want Windows to use encryption when making DNS queries will have to opt-in.”

      https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/windows-10-gets-dns-over-https-support-how-to-test/

      So far Microsoft Windows 10 DoH is currently opt-in for testing purposes, the bleeping computer website also has instructions for Insiders to edit the Registry to enable.

      My Request / Question: =
      Are there any AskWoody participants who are Insiders who would be willing to test if Microsofts DoH ignores the etc/hosts file ? Many old timers like using hosts files from the likes of MVPS, or Steven Blacks github customizable hosts files.

      https://github.com/StevenBlack/hosts

      Request to Firefox users: Check if DoH is enabled by Default = (bad Mozilla !)

      Firefox continues push to bring DNS over HTTPS by default for US users

      Thank you Retired Geek for an informative forums topic thread:

      Did you know this about browser history?


      I think DoH should be voluntary opt-in, definitely = Not enabled by Default.

      in reply to: Outlook and Outlook.com Problem #2262494
      Lars220
      AskWoody Lounger

      For the past few weeks the Outlook.com account keeps asking for the password

      It might be worth a try to use the Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant (SaRA), it can sometimes help repair issues. Review following links for more information:

      War Stories: Microsoft SaRA Repairs Rotten Outlook Situation
      By Ed Tittel – May 13, 2020

      “SaRA is a great tool, and indeed should be in any Windows 10 Admin’s toolkit.”

      War Stories: Microsoft SaRA Repairs Rotten Outlook Situation

      How to Use Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant in 8 Steps
      Written by Nicolas Bouchard – August 15, 2017

      “Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant for Office or Microsoft 365 is an application introduced by Microsoft that helps users fix problems within Office 365 applications like Outlook, Power BI, and Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) through a few simple steps.”

      How to Use Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant in 8 Steps

      Download SaRA link, scroll down below Ad, 70 MB:

      https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/100607

      MS-SaRA

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      in reply to: Weekend hunt for a browser #2261094
      Lars220
      AskWoody Lounger

      Sad news for fans of web browser choices and alternatives, recently the developers of the Firefox based Cliqz browser have declared that the Cliqz story is over. For those of us that like to experiment with different browsers, this is the loss of one decent Firefox based option.

      Cliqz Team Blog – April 30, 2020

      “Dear Cliqz friends, Yesterday we’ve announced with a heavy heart the Cliqz story is over. It is a terrible decision, but it is the only one possible. There is no future for Cliqz as it is today. – – –

      Thank you for believing in something that was unlikely from the beginning, but worth believing in.
      The Cliqz story as we know it is over, but it was worth the ride.
      Farewell, Your Cliqz Team”

      https://cliqz.com/en/magazine/farewell-from-cliqz

      TC – Tech Crunch has some more information:

      Cliqz pulls the plug on a European anti-tracking alternative to Google search
      by Natasha Lomas – May 1, 2020

      “It’s been a long road for Cliqz, which was founded back in 2008 — initially focused on German-speaking markets. The browser was a fork of Mozilla’s Firefox, and Cliqz went on to take investment from Mozilla, in 2016, when it was eyeing expanding to more markets. – – –

      While the Cliqz browser and search is being shuttered, the company is not closing down entirely — and a spokesman confirmed Ghostery will continue.”

      Cliqz pulls the plug on a European anti-tracking alternative to Google search

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      in reply to: Support of Offsite Employees #2261091
      Lars220
      AskWoody Lounger

      I am not a professional like others here, but I like to read zdnet articles, and maybe these working from home articles might help ? – The mobile hotspot router looks interesting.

      Working from home 101: Every remote worker’s guide to the essential tools for telecommuting – By Greg Nichols | April 9, 2020

      https://www.zdnet.com/article/remote-working-101-professionals-guide-to-the-tools-of-the-trade/

      Work from home: Essential gadgets and gear for productivity and good health – By Adrian Kingsley-Hughes for Hardware 2.0 | March 24, 2020

      “If your internet connection fails then you’re productivity will take a nosedive, which is why I like to have a backup. While turning your smartphone into a mobile hotspot works as a short term solution, I much prefer to have a mobile hotspot device. I’ve had fantastic success with the Netgear Nighthawk M1…”

      https://www.zdnet.com/article/work-from-home-essential-gadgets-and-gear-for-productivity-and-good-health/

      Netgear Nighthawk M1 Mobile Hotspot Router Review
      By Indiana Lang – January 23, 2020

      “Can’t get a cable, DSL, or any other landline to a location? – – –
      Netgear has a solution and it’s completely wireless.”

      Netgear Nighthawk M1 Mobile Hotspot Router Review

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      in reply to: Did you know this about browser history? #2260210
      Lars220
      AskWoody Lounger

      Firefox DNS over HTTPS bypasses the local hosts file
      by StevenBlack / hosts
      “Heads up!
      Firefox’ DNS over HTTPS feature is potentially really great.
      One problem: this evidently bypasses the local hosts file. So if this is enabled, you get the full advertising/tracking browsing experience.”

      Consider unchecking the box “Enable DNS over HTTPS” in Firefox Settings General > Scroll to bottom > Network Settings > click the box labeled ‘Settings…’ to the right of ‘Configure how Firefox connects to the internet. Review picture at github Steven Black link:

      https://github.com/StevenBlack/hosts/issues/1182

      Also consider Hackaday article:

      DNS-over-HTTPS Is The Wrong Partial Solution
      by: Maya Posch – October 21, 2019
      “The idea of also encrypting DNS requests isn’t exactly new, with the first attempts starting in the early 2000s, in the form of DNSCrypt, DNS over TLS (DoT), and others. Mozilla, Google, and a few other large internet companies are pushing a new method to encrypt DNS requests: DNS over HTTPS (DoH).”

      DNS-over-HTTPS Is the Wrong Partial Solution

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      in reply to: Youtube trackers #2257969
      Lars220
      AskWoody Lounger

      Here is a link to an informative article about Tracking Cookies,
      I use the browser add-on extensions: Disconnect, Privacy Badger,
      and uBlock Origin to control cookies, and have the browser settings
      set to delete cookies when I close the browser.

      How cookies track you around the web and how to stop them
      By Dennis – February 24, 2018 Privacy.net

      “If you use a web browser like Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge, or Safari, then you’ve probably picked up a few cookies along the way.
      Tracking cookies can be so invasive that many antivirus programs classify them as spyware. Despite their bad reputation, they have become so ubiquitous that it’s nearly impossible to avoid them. In this article, we’ll go into detail and explain how tracking cookies record your web activity, why they’re so popular, and how to stop them.”

      How cookies track you around the web and how to stop them

      Cookie-Blockers

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      in reply to: Why so many Firefox processes? #2256109
      Lars220
      AskWoody Lounger

      I noticed this also. I use Firefox 75.0 on Windows 10 v1909.720 and my 2013 computer has just been upgraded to 16.0 GB of RAM from the previous 8 GB of RAM. But yes, Firefox likes to use many processes and especially with more tabs open. Here is a link to support mozilla org with some interesting information and some items to try / check out.

      “At times, Firefox may require significant system resources in order to download, process, and display web content. If you are experiencing periods of sustained high resource usage while using Firefox, this article presents some options for you to review.”

      https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/firefox-uses-too-much-memory-or-cpu-resources

      Maybe one of our AskWoody tech experts can further enlighten us   🙂

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      in reply to: Patch Lady – would you opt in for tracking? #2255947
      Lars220
      AskWoody Lounger

      Contact tracing apps unsafe if Bluetooth vulnerabilities not fixed:
      With governments increasingly looking to use contact tracing apps to help contain COVID-19, such initiatives are likely to spark renewed interest in Bluetooth attacks which means there is a need for assurance that these apps are regularly tested and vulnerabilities patched.
      By Eileen Yu for By The Way | April 25, 2020 — 10:51 GMT

      https://www.zdnet.com/article/contact-tracing-apps-unsafe-if-bluetooth-vulnerabilities-not-fixed/

      Germany pivots from centralized coronavirus tracing app to privacy-protecting alternative:
      The move will likely be applauded by privacy and civil rights groups.
      By Charlie Osborne for Zero Day | April 27, 2020 — 10:39 GMT

      https://www.zdnet.com/article/germany-pivots-from-centralized-coronavirus-tracing-app-to-privacy-protecting-alternative/

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      in reply to: Click-Wrapped End User License Agreements #2255037
      Lars220
      AskWoody Lounger

      Ha,  Thanks  Michael Austin,  here is a  Spoiler Alert:  The Winner Is:

      And-Winner-Is

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      in reply to: Microsoft Store – internet connection #2232155
      Lars220
      AskWoody Lounger

      Just a thought I have not noticed mentioned before, have you tried to repair Windows 10 using DISM, and the SFC Utility from an Administrator Command Prompt? As a reminder, you can right click the Start button and find a Command Prompt (Admin) shortcut link, and be online / connected to internet when running the Command Prompt commands found at the below link. I would save time and skip CheckHealth, ScanHealth, and just use RestoreHealh, be patient and let run, then run sfc /scannow. Review article for more information:

      How To Repair Windows 10 Using DISM and SFC Utility
      Last updated Mar 9, 2020
      Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
      sfc /scannow
      Open command prompt as administrator

      https://windows101tricks.com/repair-windows-10-using-dism-sfc-utility/

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