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  1. A new security issue was found in the Windows Wi-Fi driver that let hackers break into your PC through wireless networks. This flaw, which is now fixed, allowed attackers to run malicious programs on affected computers. It impacted all modern versions of Windows and Windows Server, and the hackers didn’t need to have any previous access to the target computer. Fortunately, Microsoft has released a security update that addresses this Wi-Fi driver vulnerability. However, it’s crucial to keep your software up-to-date and follow best practices to minimize the risk of such attacks. Microsoft admitted there weren’t any known active attacks utilizing this security hole. However, it described the vulnerability itself as fairly easy to exploit. The vulnerability affects every supported version of Windows, including unpatched versions of Windows 10 and Windows 11. It also affects all Windows Server versions from 2008 onward. Cyberguy Article
  2. Fake software fixes fuel money-stealing malware threat Fake pop-ups make you install malware while using Google Chrome or Microsoft Word. Online protection firm Proofpoint warns that new and sophisticated malware that impersonates Google Chrome and Microsoft has the potential to steal money from Windows device owners. Multiple groups of cyber criminals are using this malware, including some known for sending spam emails that can infect computers with malware or ransomware. “Although the attack chain requires significant user interaction to be successful, the social engineering is clever enough to present someone with what looks like a real problem and solution simultaneously, which may prompt a user to take action without considering the risk,” warns ProofPoint. When the PowerShell script runs, it checks if the device is a valid target. Then, it downloads more payloads. These steps include clearing the DNS cache, removing clipboard content, showing a fake message, and downloading another remote PowerShell script.
  3. lightfootfan

    Windows Recall?

    The world is up-in-arms over Windows Recall, but why? It stems from Microsoft’s seeming lack of care for Windows and its users. It’s a nightmare scenario for Microsoft. The headlining feature of its new Copilot+ PC initiative, which is supposed to drive millions of PC sales over the next couple of years, is under significant fire for being what many say is a major breach of privacy and security on Windows. That feature in question is Windows Recall, a new AI tool designed to remember everything you do on Windows. On paper, it’s a cool idea. As CEO Satya Nadella described it, Windows now has a photographic memory that uses AI to triage and index everything you’ve ever done on your computer, enabling you to semantically search for things you’ve seen using natural language. It’s a new and improved way of finding things on Windows, and in our testing of the feature, it works really well. However, for a tool like this to be feasible, trust between the user and the platform is required, a luxury Microsoft doesn’t appear to have with its Windows user base right now. Recall operates by taking and storing captures of your screen every few seconds to build a database that the user can later search… Read more at WindowsCentral.
  4. When your hard drive starts to fill up, you don't have to dig through File Explorer to see what's using space. You can use a disk space analyzer to scan your drive (or just a single folder) and see exactly which folders and files are using space. You can then make an informed decision about what to remove and quickly free up space. Link
  5. When you're Microsoft, and can't figure out what the heck happened to basically take control of everyone's computers, you simply call it a "Bug". They are blaming it on the Windows App store, which doesn't install a lot of confidence, since like Android, the store is known to be inhabited by some malware. With MS wanting to move everyone to the store for their programs, it will get real interesting, real fast, when the move is done. Windows just had everyone jump through hoops, and many had to buy new computers for “better security”. Yet, they are going to an App Store model like Android. When you download from an official store, most would assume you're safe. Yet, here is a prime example of what Android users go through with apps in the Google stores. But I digress. The HP printer app is appearing on many computers where the owners don't even have an HP printer or computer. MS called it a bug "in the store". Why would a bug send only an HP item to ALL computers, without request. Sounds like either someone from HP, or MS themselves, wanted to push HP. However, MS says there are already drivers on Windows for HP. Just think, however this was done, it could have been an app, containing malware that would have encrypted drives, or corrupted systems. It could render useless 2/3 of the world's Window machines before being noticed. MS isn't the only one doing stuff like this. Verizon's phones are seeing games and “helpful” apps from the Google Store, showing up during updates. You have to uninstall them as you notice them. You pay nearly a thousand for a phone, and the maker gets to monkey with what you have on it? HowToGeek Article Thoughts? Have you gotten the "Bug" and not have an HP printer? or HP computer?
  6. First, for those of us, that don't understand what the “cloud” is. It's not some type of ethereal world. When someone says, you're using cloud based services, it simply means, that you are connecting to someone else's computer that runs the program you wish to use. Sort of like if you shared your computer with another person, to remotely log into and use your program. You, would then be a “cloud provider”. I predicted (as did others) years ago, when Office 365 came about, that they would work towards getting Windows “in the cloud”. The time is coming. There is no set cost as yet, although you can look up Windows 365 or Office 365 and get a feel for what businesses pay to use the service. Your programs, will no longer live on your computer. You will access them, by connecting to the machines that provide the program like Microsoft. Think of it like this forum, I pay for space on massive machines that give us a tiny slice for a monthly amount, but the forum is on their machine, which to us “the cloud”. I am linking some articles that are interesting, from the man that has been watching this unfold since about July, when it was accidentally leaked through court proceedings. Your Windows, in the future, will be hosted by Microsoft on their machines (the cloud). Based on your subscription tier, you can get more memory, speed, storage etc. It's like a virtual machine where they hold your data and programs. Oh, and you will be paying for more and more “apps” to use on your computer, and they will live on Microsoft's cloud, as well. Such is the world today/ I look for them to get in earnest during the last part of 2025, and start forcing people into the cloud. They just stopped reliable access to Office 2016 and 2019 in their cloud service. It's Office 365, or nothing. https://www.computerworld.com/article/3704148/the-windows-desktop-is-dying.html https://www.computerworld.com/article/3710389/the-end-of-the-standalone-application.html So, in the future, our computing, will be dependent on Microsoft. I remember the outages a couple of years ago, where businesses that use the MS cloud, were stuck twiddling their thumbs when the MS cloud went down. Just like when our cable goes out, we will just have to find something else to do if and when it goes down for a bit. Me? I'll still be a surfing and reading, just like always. Plus, I will still have all my apps free, unless I see one that I would pay for, which hasn't happened in about 6 or so years. Your thoughts?
  7. Keyboard shortcuts, are sometimes overlooked. We all love our input devices such as the mouse, trackball, or even our finger. Keyboard shortcuts help with physical keyboards at time. Share what shortcuts you use, what OS they are on, and how often they are used, and do you find them helpful.
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