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December 23, 2016 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

Not that update errors ever happen, but MS has a new troubleshooting and fixing tool for borked updates, providing the update hasn't rendered the OS unusable...

"This guided walk-through provides steps to fix problems when installing updates. Here are some commonly seen error codes: 0x80073712, 0x800705B4, 0x80004005, 0x8024402F, 0x80070002, 0x80070643, 0x80070003, 0x8024200B, 0x80070422, 0x80070020. These steps should help with all errors and not just the ones listed." - MS

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December 20, 2016 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

Well, it's free and is made to be a high level program for PCs running Windows 7, 8 and 10 (x32 and x64):

RansomFree needs to be installed on the target machine. The protection that it adds to the system is interesting, as it creates a number of files on the system that it monitors for changes.

These files use characters that place them at the top of the directory structure. The idea is that ransomware will parse for files using the same structure so that the created fil...
December 17, 2016 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

Sorry, but it's a mess here...an old pipe broke and an Ark might be more useful than a sleigh...

Anyway, getting stuff fixed and dried out. Not much time to write, but I do want everyone to be safe, so...do read the linked article. Please be safe out there! 

"Here’s how to stay safe online this ChristmasAs is the case all year round, the key to staying safe online is using common sense and reading things thoroughly. Here are some top tips:

Always read who an ema...
December 14, 2016 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

"Yahoo previously disclosed in November, law enforcement provided the company with data files that a third party claimed was Yahoo user data. The company analyzed this data with the assistance of outside forensic experts and found that it appears to be Yahoo user data. Based on further analysis of this data by the forensic experts, Yahoo believes an unauthorized third party, in August 2013, stole data associated with more than one billion user accounts. The company has not been able to...
December 10, 2016 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

Malwarebytes has changed: Used to be, there were three programs: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit, and Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware. The first two were available as free (with limited features) and the third as a beta.

Now, with the advent of Malwarebytes Premium 3.0, all three programs are housed under that single roof with a unified display.

"Good news: Malwarebytes 3.0 comes as a free and premium version. The free version offers a manual scanner only t...
December 7, 2016 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

TechRepublic has published what we can expect will be added to W10 in 2017. Needless to say, MS has a track record to consider when deciding what to believe...they've disappointed in the past. Still, if they fulfill the promise, these features will be coming.

I'll give a short list, but the article (linked) goes into a lot more detail, and is worth the read.

1. Windows 10 phones edge closer to replacing desktop PCs - the Continuum feature. ""With Continuum for p...
December 3, 2016 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

Photoscan has graduated to 2.0.0. And it's pretty good, especially if you also wish to translate what's written on the graphic. The app doesn't do the actual translation, but you can save it to your notepad or other app and then use Google or Bing to translate...but, inaccurate translation is a limitation, as idioms abound, but that isn't the app's fault.

Anyway, I tried it out and found it to be pretty good.

You can find it here: https://www.microsoft.co...
November 19, 2016 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

As you all probably know, the Mirai worm caused large website failures in the recent past. Networks aren't adequately secured. Mirai turned the IoT against websites with DDoS attacks from devices all over the world.

So, 

"Here’s an object lesson on the poor state of the so-called Internet of Things: Robert Stephens plugged a Wi-Fi-connected security camera into his network and it was compromised in… 98 seconds." - Devin Coldewey

Remember, cheap webca...
November 15, 2016 by Uvah on Uvah's Work Shop
Yesterday Win 10 updated itself. New feature added plus a cumulative update a d a security update. Hours it took to download. So I put my laptop to sleep for the night figuring the download would proceed. It did. Woke it up and for some time it was stuck on 8% install for the new feature. Finally the install happen. And do did Windows. Working on updates.....from seven am to noon time to finish working on updates. Then rin disk cleanup to remove all...all of the left overs. I gained 19 gigs on t...
November 12, 2016 by Uvah on Uvah's Work Shop
While organizing files and stuff, clearing space on my hard drive and sending some stuff to my backup HD, my system began to slow down to nearly a crawl. I thought perhaps it was ASC as I recently upgraded to the latest version. Turns out that was not the case. Opening explorer became a pain, almost a full minute to open. So...long story longer...I did a system restore from a backup system image. An hour goes by. System restore completes and restarts...and restarts again after claiming it had en...
November 8, 2016 by starkers on starkers corner
Just when I thought I'd overcome the keyboard and mouse issues that came with Windows Update, Microsux goes a messes thing up again... and not through regular Windows Update... this time.

Last night I was working on some video conversions when all of a sudden my machine BEGINS TO REBOOT: ''Working on Updates.  Do Not Turn Off Your Machine''

Like WTF? Windows Update is disabled.  No, it was done through Scheduled Maintenance which was running in the background ...
November 7, 2016 by Anthony R on TonyR
Been trying out some new vid cards. At first, I installed a Sapphire NITRO+ Radeon RX 480 4GB and it ran great. Great on the burn in,  and great with memory consuming games like DOOM, but when I would go into FOB on MGSV the fan would spike to 100% and go into an infinite loop error. I would shut the game and bring up Trixx to try adjusting the fan, but it was unresponsive and would blue screen. I figured it might just be a minor fix, but I looked and saw that lots of people were having the...
November 6, 2016 by kona0197 on Kona
Thought I would ask you experts here as Google really isn't all that helpful or I don't know how to search properly. Got a newer Dell laptop. Windows 10. Problem is when I hit the power button, this thing refuses to come on 9 times out of 10. Ran across a web page that suggested I take out the battery, unplug the power adapter, and press the power button for 30 seconds, thereby clearing the system of power. It's supposed to help get rid of the small static buildup inside the computer...
November 6, 2016 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
A friend wanted to get "Google Home" as it offers (at first glance) many good things and services. Then this:The folks who enjoy integrated media and the ability to talk to their computers ("get me a plane ticket" or "What time to set the clocks back?") for routine tasks, or to see a flick on the tv, etc. should know there's a big difference between Google Home and the Google Assistant. Don't get me wrong: There are lots of good services Google provides, and useful ones, as well.Google H...
I have several applications which use the public documents folder extensively. I want to relocate the public documents folder to an SSD drive specifically so the various graphical apps don't need to wait for a disk to spin up and to get 9.6 gigs of files off my system drive.
There are two ways I have found to do this. One is straight forward: Boot into safe mode, select the properties of that folder, choose the location tab and change it.


The other way is more dramatic and requires the...