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 on: April 22, 2017, 09:28:28 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
Google has removed a feature of the Android operating system that has been used in the past in ransomware attacks.

Starting with Android O (8.0), set to be released in the fall of 2017, Google plans to deprecate the following window types: TYPE_SYSTEM_ALERT, TYPE_SYSTEM_ERROR, and TYPE_SYSTEM_OVERLAY.

These are special "system" windows that are shown above any app on the user's screen. As you'd imagine, this is a highly valued reality for ransomware developers, who often aim to obtain permissions to show content via these windows.

Once they manage to obtain such permission, they use these windows to block the user's access to the rest of his phone and show ransom notes.

Google's anti-ransomware efforts sabotaged by OEMs

Starting with Android Marshmallow (6.0), Google reclassified the permissions of these system windows to the "Above dangerous" class.

Previously, Android had only two permission classes: Normal and Dangerous. The difference between the two is that the Android OS itself can grant apps access to Normal permissions (adjusting the timezone, access mundane sensors, etc.), while the user has to grant access to Dangerous permissions himself.

For Above Dangerous permissions, requesting apps can provide instructions and the user has to go to an Android settings section, on his own, to grant access to the SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW permission, similar to how permissions are granted for Accessibility features and Device Administrators, also two other features often abused by ransomware.

Dinesh Venkatesan, Principal Threat Analysis Engineer, says this didn't actually stop Android malware and ransomware authors, who just found various workarounds to get that permission.

It also didn't help that certain Android phone manufacturers didn't move this permission in the Above Dangerous category in their modified Android distributions, nullifying Google's work.

Google adds button to shut down abuse apps

Now, with Android O, for which Google released a developer preview at the end of March, Google has taken this choice away from OEMs and has deprecated three types of system windows often used by ransomware authors. This means ransomware authors will need to find new ways of showing ransom notes and locking users' screens.


New button to shut down apps with annoying system windows,
at the bottom of the Notifications panel [via Symantec]
And to make things even safer, Google is now allowing users to shut down apps that show other types of system windows.

Starting with Android O, when ransomware or other malware attempts to lock users via a system window, the user can pull down the Notifications panel and shut down the app that's locking him out of his phone.

"It should also be noted that while the new OS features should prove to be a good defense against ransomware variants that use system alert windows, they will not affect other ransomware threats such as those that constantly pop up the lock screen using user level windows," Venkatesan pointed out.

Nonetheless, despite these improvements, Google's own Android Security Report showed that malware devs usually target older versions of the Android OS, where these improvements aren't supported. It also helps that there are more devices running Android 4.x and 5.x, less secure Android versions, compared with 6.x and 7.x, meaning malware devs don't have to go through all the trouble to bypass Google's new security features to make profits. So for the time being, ransomware is going to remain a problem on Android, but most likely for users of older OS versions.

Last year, with the release of Android Nougat (7.0), Google also added anti-ransomware improvements, by restricting the ability of malware to "programmatically" change device PINs and passwords.

source:blippingcomputer

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 on: April 22, 2017, 09:15:49 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
Windows 10 Creators Update has got several enhancements. For instance, Windows Defender has got a complete makeover and a new UI called Windows Defender Security Center has taken its place, which includes other functions too. Talking about the user interface, it comes with almost everything that the older version came with. But there are some new categories such as Virus & Threat Protection, Device Performance & Health, Firewall & Network Protection, App & Browser Control, and Family options. Each of the category includes some more options to help protect your PC. However, if you want to use the classic old look Windows Defender, here is how to do that.

Get the old-look Windows Defender back

To get back the old look of Windows Defender, you need to create a shortcut of its executable file which is located in:

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C:\Program Files\Windows Defender


An executable file called MSASCui.exe is what bring ups Windows Defender with the classic look. If you double-click on this file, Windows Defender will open with the old look.

If you wish to, you can create a desktop shortcut – if you need to open the same edition frequently.

So right-click on an empty space on your Desktop, select New > Shortcut. Enter the following path in the location field:

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C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe




Click Next and give it a name and finally save the shortcut. You may also give it a new icon. Now when you double-click on the newly created shortcut file, you can find Windows Defender with the old look.

Now when you double-click on the newly created shortcut file, you see Windows Defender with the old look open up.



If you open the old edition of Windows Defender, you may see a popup window like this-



Basically, it asks users to enable Protection updates so that the antivirus can analyze every threat and provide you better protection.

One thing I noticed that when you run this classic Windows Defender file, it takes a while to open up.

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 on: April 22, 2017, 05:31:00 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
It seems that in case you need a product key for Windows 10 Creators Update, you might as well use an old one because it’ll work just fine.

Activate your copy of the new OS

Microsoft made a weird move when the company took the decision to offer Windows 10 as a free upgrade and then withdraw it. If you postponed upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8.x due to costs, we now have some good news coming our way.

If you download a copy of Windows 10 Creators Update from Microsoft, you’ll see that you are asked for a product key. The surprise resides in the fact that you can use the license code from Windows 7, 8 and 8.1, because they all are going to work just fine.

To fix or not to fix
The free upgrade of Windows 10 ended in the middle of last year and users might have expected Microsoft to somehow fix this unofficial upgrade route, but we are glad to see that it’s still working even with Windows 10.

Bleeping Computer noted that Microsoft failed in blocking this upgrade method in Windows 10 Anniversary Update and then again in its Windows 10 Creators Update.

We can’t possibly know when or even if Microsoft is going to prevent activation by using this specific method, so you are advised to hurry up if you want to enjoy it while you still can. If this way of upgrading is right or wrong from a legal or moral point of view is a decision that only you are able to make, so we’ll leave it up to you.

For now, Microsoft is probably enthusiastic that users are upgrading to Windows 10 no matter the way in which they choose to do it.

source:windowsreport

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 on: April 22, 2017, 05:16:44 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt


With the launch of Windows 10 two years ago, Microsoft changed the user interface for Windows tablets with their new “tablet mode” feature. “Tablet mode” was the first iteration of Continuum and allowed users on hybrid two-in-one devices like the Surface Pro, Huawei Matebook and Samsung Galaxy Book to switch their device from a conventional Windows laptop interface to the Windows tablet interface.

However, one advantage of Windows tablets is having easy access to the full featured file explorer, with the switch to tablet mode from the conventional Windows 8 UI, this advantage seemingly vanishes. Microsoft turns off access to File Explorer by default, with the only way to access it without tweaking any settings being relegated to Cortana or by turning off tablet mode briefly to open File Explorer from the taskbar.

While Windows 10 is more app-centric than older versions of Windows – and its tablet mode more Windows Phone inspired – File Explorer is still a useful tool for many users on multiple form factors. Without a UWP File Explorer, the classic one will just have to do.

Here’s how to access the Windows 10 File Explorer in Windows tablet mode

1. Open the Windows Settings app and navigate to Personalization > Start

2. Under the Start section, search for the sub-menu that lets you “Choose which folders appear on Start”

3. Here, Microsoft lets you turn on several app libraries including, Music, Downloads, Documents and others. Toggle on “File Explorer” to gain access to the File Explorer directly from your start screen. You can also toggle on individual folder libraries for more direct access, though it will add some clutter to your Start Screen.







source:mspoweruser

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 on: April 22, 2017, 05:09:13 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
Intel launched the Core M line of processors a few years ago, to offer a low-power chip that offers significantly better performance than the company’s Atom processors. Core M chips can be used in fanless computers and/or offer opportunities for long battery life due to their low power consumption.

When Intel launched its 7th-gen Core “Kaby Lake” chips, the company only had a single model with the Core M name: the Core M3-7Y30. It used Core i5 and Core i7 names for more powerful variations of the chip, to indicate that the higher-end models offered a significant performance boost.

But now there’s a second Core M Kaby Lake chips: the Intel Core M3-7Y32.

So what’s the difference between the Core M3-7Y30 nd 7Y32? Not much, actually.

Both are 4.5 watt, dual-core processors. The TDP can be adjusted up to 7 watts or down to 3.75 watts for higher performance or improved energy efficiency, depending on a system builder’s needs.

Here’s the difference: both chips support burst speeds that are much higher than the base clock speed, allowing them to operate at higher frequencies for a short period of time (which is part of why these chips offer performance that’s closer to what you’d expect from a Core i3 chip than an Atom or Celeron processor).

But the Core M3-7Y30 processor has a base clock speed of 1 GHz and a top burst speed of 2.6 GHz. The newer M3-7Y32 starts at 1.1 GHz and tops out at 3 GHz.

Both chips support up to 16GB of memory and feature Intel HD 615 graphics with base clock speeds of 300 MHz and top speeds of 900 MHz.

In related news, it looks like Intel also added a new low-power Core i5 chip to its lineup earlier this year. The Core i5-7Y57 processor is a close relative to the Core M3 Kaby Lake chips, but it’s even closer to the Core i5-7Y54 processor that launched last year.

In this case, the only real difference is the maximum burst speed, which has gone up from 3.2 GHz to 3.3 GHz.

source:liliputing│via:cpu world

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 on: April 22, 2017, 04:55:45 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
Microsoft is expected to unveil a low-cost “Cloudbook” laptop in early May. It’ll probably be aimed at the education market, and it could be one of the first devices to run a new, stripped-down version of Windows called Windows 10 Cloud. But while Microsoft will sell its own hardware, it’s probably hoping not to be the only company offering Cloudbooks.

And now the folks at Windows Central have obtained a document detailing the minimum specs for upcoming Windows 10 Cloud hardware. It’s likely that Microsoft’s Cloudbook will at least meet these minimum specs, but they could also pave the way for a whole new generation of cheap laptops with decent hardware.



Keep in mind, these are the minimum specs, which means we could see some Cloudbooks with better hardware. But he’s an overview:

■ Quad-core Celeron or better processor

■ 4GB of RAM

■ 32GB of storage for 32-bit systems

■ 64GB of storage for 64-bit systems

■ 40Wh battery

■ Fast eMMC or SSD storage

Touchscreen displays and support for pen input are listed as “optional,” which means they’re not exactly minimum recommended specs… but Microsoft does expect some device makers to offer those features.

Overall the goal is to offer a user experience that’s comparable to what you’d expect from a Chromebook, and the document posted by Windows Central is surprisingly frank: Microsoft expects to be competitive in terms of battery life and resume-from-sleep. But the targets for cold boot speed and first sign-in are a bit slower than those for Chromebooks (although Windows boot and login speeds have come a long way from years past when it could take minutes for a Windows computer to boot).

At a time when Chromebooks are becoming increasingly common in the classroom due to low cost, ease-of-use, all-day batteries, and strong security, it makes sense for Microsoft to develop an alternative.

What remains to be seen is whether a Windows 10 Cloudbook will hold any appeal outside of the classroom. One of the big differences between Windows 10 Cloud, Home, and Pro editions is that the Cloud version is expected to only support the installation of Windows Store apps, which means that it’s much more tightly locked down than the consumer and professional versions of Microsoft’s operating system.

While that might be a selling point for educators (and maybe some business customers), it makes Windows 10 Cloudbooks seem like less-capable siblings to existing low-cost Windows notebooks, which could lessen their appeal.

Of course, the ability to run some Windows apps could still make a Windows 10 Cloudbook more attractive to some folks than a Chromebook, which only runs web apps and Android apps (unless you install Linux or use Windows emulation software). But given the sad state of the Windows Store (and the addition of the Google Play Store to many recent Chromebooks), you could argue that Chromebooks may be more capable than Windows 10 Cloudbooks.

Or maybe Microsoft has some surprises for us that’ll change our way of thinking about the Cloudbook platform. I guess we’ll find out on May 2nd.

source:liliputing

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 on: April 22, 2017, 12:38:42 AM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt


Every week numerous trailers release for upcoming Xbox One games and many represent magnificent experiences. While some are just promotional materials like the Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition trailer, there are a few gems in there. We thought it would be beneficial to do a roundup of the most unique games which got trailers recently.

ELEX



Today ELEX, an upcoming fantasy role-playing game set for release later this year, got a new trailer. The prolog recounts the events on Magalan, home to a civilization of millions after the comet hit. Earthquakes shattered its cities and firestorms swept the planet. As Magalan fell into darkness, the survivors faced the world that was unrecognizable. The prolog leads up to the point where players will be thrown into this world, now controlled by a substance called Elex.

HUNTING SIMULATOR



To exhibit in full detail all of the available content within Hunting Simulator, Bigben and Neopica release the first video out of revealing the true authenticity of the hunting experience.

OUTLAST 2



Outlast 2 is coming out next week and it just got a launch trailer. The title is an eerie experience which tasks you with finding your wife after your helicopter crashes into a territory occupied by a terrifying cult. If you haven’t played the prequel and its expansion before, there’s also an Outlast Trinity bundle available for sale. Outlast 2 is very similar to Resident Evil 7 but you don’t have access to any weapons. Stealth and evasion are your only options.

SNIPER: GHOST WARRIOR 3



There are plenty of ways to play Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 that cover a variety of styles. Control and modify the drone, equip a wide variety of weapons, interrogate enemies, and explore 3 large open worlds filled with hidden secrets and dangerous threats–you being the most dangerous threat of them all.

SYLVIO 2



The original Sylvio was an interesting game because it put you in the shoes of a ghost hunter recording Electronic Voice Phenomena. Sylvio 2 appears to be an Xbox One console exclusive and should provide plenty of scares as well as a compelling story when it releases later this year.

All of these games look like enjoyable experiences and you should check them out. Many of these titles are coming out in the next few weeks so you won’t have to wait too long to play them! Out of these games, Outlast 2 and Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 stand out the most.

source:mspoweruser

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 on: April 21, 2017, 11:19:24 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt


Bandai Namco recently announced Code Vein for release on major home consoles in 2018 with a slew of screenshots. Feast on the blood of enemies through a journey across a massive interconnected world to unlock its mysterious sanguine past in this grueling action role-playing experience.



In the not too distant future, a mysterious disaster has brought collapse to the world as we know it. Towering skyscrapers, once symbols of prosperity, are now lifeless graves of humanity’s past pierced by the Thorns of Judgment. At the center of the destruction lies a hidden society of Revenants called Vein. This final stronghold is where the remaining few fight to survive, blessed with Gifts of Power in exchange for their memories and a thirst for blood. Give into the bloodlust fully and risk becoming one of the Lost, fiendish ghouls devoid of any remaining humanity.



After stumbling into the Vein, players are tasked with going into the world with a companion picked from the various residents of Vein to uncover lost memories and an exit out of this new demented reality. The world of Code Vein is dangerous, full of vicious enemies and monstrous bosses to put players’ combat skills to the test.



Revenants also have access to Blood Veils, devices capable of draining the blood of their enemies in order to enhance their own abilities. Exploiting these enhanced abilities, players can change their form to increase their strength, weaken enemies, and utilize new weapons with overpowered attacks. Using the vast arsenal along with each character’s build, players can adapt and strategize to a variety of battle conditions that suit their playstyles. The title seems to be a game along the lines of Dark Souls III but with vampire-like creatures.

source:mspoweruser

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 on: April 21, 2017, 04:17:31 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
Windows 10 Cloud is the latest Windows 10 edition created for Chromebooks in the education area. It’s pretty similar to the Windows 10, but it has a few features of its own. Let’s check them out.

Windows 10 Cloud  is not a Cloud OS

Even if its name is Windows 10 Cloud, it’s not any different than the other versions of Windows 10. There is no real cloud-element, apart from the usual OneDrive sync support.

Hardware manufacturers could get Windows 10 Cloud for free

Microsoft might offer the Windows 10 Cloud as a free version for hardware manufacturers to preload it on their low-end devices or, who knows, even on their high-end ones.

The same strategy was used by Microsoft with the Windows 8.1 with the edition called Windows 8.1 with Bing which was the same thing as all other versions of Windows 8.1 aside from the fact that hardware manufacturers had to set Bing as Internet Explorer’s default search engine. The hardware makers got a free edition which came with their affordable low-end devices.

Windows 10 Cloud won’t let you install third-party apps

Windows 10 Cloud is locked to the Windows Store for all games and apps. In other words, if you download programs from the web, they won’t work because Windows 10 will not install software unless it comes from Windows Store.

Windows 10 Cloud is locked to the Windows Store for all games and apps. In other words, if you download programs from the web, they won’t work because Windows 10 will not install software unless it comes from Windows Store.

Due to the fact that the Windows 10 Cloud is locked to the Windows Store, users think that it’s a “lite” version of Windows 10. This is nothing but a misconception, as the Windows 10 Cloud has the ability to run full Win32 programs, just like any other version of Windows 10.

It looks like Windows 10 only with a different wallpaper

Windows 10 Cloud is similar to any other Windows 10 edition you can find on today’s market, but it features a slightly different default wallpaper when it’s being set up for the first time.

Windows 10 Cloud adds extra-security

When using the Windows 10 Cloud, you’re going to have more security, because app installers can’t execute from outside the Windows Store. And we all know that everything in Windows Store is safe as it’s screened by Microsoft’s app approval system.

Office is an essential area of Windows 10 Cloud

Microsoft is probably going to push the full version of Microsoft Office 2016 on Windows 10 Cloud. Currently, you’ll find Word 2016, PowerPoint 2016, Excel 2016 and OneNote pinned to the Start menu. They’re not installed by default, but clicking on them will automatically take you to Windows Store, and you’ll be able to download them.

Microsoft is probably going to reveal Windows 10 Cloud at the spring event, on May 2, together with the Surface hardware.

source:windowsreport

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 on: April 21, 2017, 05:37:40 AM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
Windows PCs come with many pre-installed applications, and these applications keep running in the background until you disable them. No matter you are using those applications or not. OneDrive app is one of them, however, it is enabled only when you are logged in with your Microsoft Account.

Remember that disabling OneDrive and uninstalling OneDrive completely are two different things. However, it is one and same thing because the disabled applications are no longer in function until you re-enable them. You can remove or uninstall OneDrive from Windows 10 completely.

Disabling OneDrive will remove it from your File Explorer too and you can re-enable whenever you want. Before the Windows 10 Creators Update disabling OneDrive was a bit tricky but Windows 10 v1703 now allows you to easily uninstall Microsoft OneDrive app via the Settings panel. In this post, we will learn how to disable the OneDrive app from your Windows 10 PC.

Uninstall OneDrive in Windows 10

Press Win+I and open the Settings Panel-> go to App & Features and look for Microsoft OneDrive.

Double click on the app and click on the tab Uninstall.



If you haven’t yet updated your Windows PC with the Windows 10 Creators Update, you can disable the OneDrive app in a different way via Run Command. Here is how you can uninstall OneDrive in Windows 10 or even on your Windows 8 PC.

• Open Run dialog by pressing Win+R.

• Type cmd to open the command prompt.

• Type TASKKILL /f /im OneDrive.exe to kill the running OneDrive process.

If you want to uninstall OneDrive completely from  your Windows 10/8 PC type the following commands in a CMD prompt:

♦ type: %systemroot%\System32\OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall – for a 32-bit system,

♦ type: %systemroot%\SysWOW64\OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall – for a 64 bit system.

These commands will remove OneDrive completely from your PC but some files and folders related to the app may still reside somewhere in your PC. Files and folders present in your OneDrive will remain intact even after you remove the app. To remove the residual files and folders of the app, search for OneDrive in ProgramData, LocalAppData and UserProfile folders and delete them manually.

The residual OneDrive registry keys from your PC, open Registry editor and delete the following keys-

=► HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}

=►HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}

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