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      AskWoody Lounger

      currently i don’t dare to try it…

      Is there an obstacle that prevents reversing the changes if MSE fails to update?

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      in reply to: Patch Lady – uh best to be on guard while surfing #2298558
      SteveTree
      AskWoody Lounger

      You might try Quad9 DNS, as well. They have an app for Android. No rooting required.

      Quote:

      Unlike many of the reputable public DNS services that are managed by for-profit corporations, Quad9 is run by a non-profit entity. Called the Global Cyber Alliance, it is founded by various law enforcement and research organizations to help reduce cyber-crime. The group launched Quad9 in partnership with IBM and Packet Clearing House (PCH) with the goal of protecting users from the deluge of malware-propagating malicious domains

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      in reply to: Why do Windows 7 patches keep appearing? #2295872
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      AskWoody Lounger

      Windows may (or may not try) be trying to install the Malicious Software Removal Tool. I never run it, relying on other malware programs.

      Belarc Advisor (free) will tell you what Windows is trying to install.  I’ve crippled Windows Update and use Belarc to do all my Win 7 updating. You need discipline to do that (but an alternative is to load Belarc via task scheduler).

      An advantage of Belarc is when MS products fail to find a required update (as in my case with Office). Belarc does find them (as in my case with Office updates).

      Belarc will warn you EOL for Windows 7 and EOL with SQL Server 2008. Ignore those.

      If Belarc tells you any other updates, do your research before installing. Askwoddy search is a good place to start.

      Free version of Belarc Advisor

       

       

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      in reply to: Windows 7 2020-03 ESU #2199909
      SteveTree
      AskWoody Lounger

      4540671 Will not attempt until the end of the month (someone else can be the test dummy);

      4541500 Failed to configure and reverted – tested twice;

      4550735 MSU that installed OK

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      in reply to: Patch Lady – what about media center? #2040819
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      AskWoody Lounger

      I use Media Center and TV capture card as a recorder.  Occasionally.  I am unable to find another program that can equal it for ease of configuration or feature appeal (which may be different for everyone else)

      I had been dithering about what to do beyond January but the path now seems clear.

      • Keep running 7 on the desktop machine (about 8-10 years old i7 SSD).
      • Move everything important of that machine, including links to cloud services.
      • Isolate it from the network
      • Make a full image backup
      • Use the W10 laptop for important things.
      • Revise laptop backup requirements (now using Windows backup onto USB drive and full image to external drive before backup)

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      in reply to: Microsoft to start pushing Win10 1809 customers onto 1909 #2016235
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      AskWoody Lounger

      Not reading much lately so, forgive me if this is already covered.

      Background:

      I use Onedrive location as my download path (download something, it is the same location on my second computer). I have a portable program in the same directory.

      I ‘upgraded’ to 1909 about a week ago.

      Change:

      Before upgrade, Sort by ‘Date modified’ sorted folders at the top and files separately. Now, when I use the portable program (and it presumably changes a file date inside the folder), its folder ‘Date modified’ is changed. It sorts to the top.

       

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      in reply to: Macrium Black Friday sale 2019: 50% off #2012073
      SteveTree
      AskWoody Lounger

      There is a free version.

      Assuming you mean Macrium (and my memory is correct), the free version does  bare-metal image back-up is crippled. Bare metal re-image is the easiest way to recover from an update disaster.

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      in reply to: How to switch AV from MSE to Bitdefender at EOL #1996391
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      AskWoody Lounger
      1. If contemplating the free version, it will toss advertising at you.
      2. When I trialed it, despite not using the firewall I found the AV was writing a firewall log in the Windows directory (search for *.log to check if that is still happening). I wrote to Bitdefender about the issue. Their response was unhelpful. I uninstalled and told them to remove my account. They responded along the line, “if you do that you won’t be able to create another account”. I confirmed delete my account. They removed it

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      in reply to: Sandboxie is now a free tool #1965103
      SteveTree
      AskWoody Lounger

      it give me the error below when the browser starts.

      UPDATE:

      It is running without error message since Chrome was updated about one week ago. Try updating your browser if you see SBIE2101.

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      in reply to: SpeedyFox #1958260
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      AskWoody Lounger

      As the sole user, I’m quite happy to store the history of my main browsers:

      Whereas I am quite happy to have a clean session every time.  It is very much a personal choice. The only message I intended to deliver was if people are using Click & Clean, they may not derive much benefit from SpeedyFox.

      The implication is other extensions that do things with databases may do similar.

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      AskWoody Lounger

      I use Click & Clean with settings that delete databases. I am NOT suggesting others do this but am saying, if you use Click & Clean and select to delete databases, SpeedyFox may not do a lot for you (other than whatever you allow it to do enabling Internet access via firewall).

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      in reply to: Sandboxie is now a free tool #1953058
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      AskWoody Lounger

      Testing it now (when I remember).

      When first tried after installation it kept throwing up an error. The error number was not listed in the error number list, nor was it located on the Sandboxie forum. Restart fixed that. Now it give me the error below when the browser starts. However, the browser works and the Sandbox has content to empty when the browser session ends. Presumably that indicates it is working (I still need to research that one).

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      in reply to: The new new PowerToys are here #1941169
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      AskWoody Lounger

      I miss things like the Image Resizer Powertoy,

      There’s no need to miss it. https://www.bricelam.net/ImageResizer/

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      in reply to: Let's debate password managers #1931342
      SteveTree
      AskWoody Lounger

      Perhaps I’ve seen too much of the dark side of humanity but IMO endorsing is not enough. ABC123 written on a PostIt stuck on a monitor may seem to have little value but if that’s what a user chooses to do, that is the key to the safe. Overall security is only as strong as the weakest point.

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      in reply to: Let's debate password managers #1929583
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      AskWoody Lounger

      Paul T ( #1927395 ) has made a very interesting comment here, including a link to an article (in the site of a company called “Enzoic”) about a new set of proposed password-management guidelines coming from the National Institute of Standards (NIST), that this is required to provide, whenever opportune, as advice to the government to be implemented across all government agencies, once approved. A proposal that, as the article explains, could turn upside-down existing best practices (and, in my opinion, even that is an understatement!)

      Agreed. I read that as applying  in government and large organisations (often closed systems) where many people are less than cautious with passwords and take the laziest method possible to comply with rules. They write passwords on desk blotters, sticky notes, deliberately share them… all sorts of bad practices. Forcing password changes and rules probably does increase the incidence of sloppy habits.

      People access public networks are more likely to be exposed to hacking activity (in my case, logon details nabbed twice but not cracked).

      Complex passwords and regular password changes increase security. In a high risk environment it makes sense to beef up personal security no matter what government guidelines recommend.

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