DoctorLaptop’s Tips #65 and Holiday Special

DoctorLaptop’s Tips #65 and Holiday Special
 
Tip #1: The latest info on the Spanish Facebook security scandal and the €12M fine they received here, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/09/11/facebook-hit-12m-fine-spain-breaking-privacy-laws/
Want a free, secure alternative to FaceBook? Here is a safe Social Media site that takes your privacy seriously, an alternative to data collecting, overly intrusive FB. Many techs and citizen journalists are migrating to it. Join up and then invite all your contacts. https://mewe.com/
 
Tip #2: New Computer? Setting up a new Windows 10 computer can be tricky, tons of settings and options to choose, programs and drivers to install and your data needs to be imported from your old comp. Warning: do NOT inturrupt the initial setup process, if you start you must see it thru till the end or it will may cause severe problems. If you get stuck on a step, just accept the default setting and move on. It can be changed later if necessary. Inturrupting setup often causes a troublesome “hidden” super-admin account to be created which interferes with your normal admin account, and can only be removed by re-installing Windows.
 
Holiday Special: Setup new computer to your requirements, no data imported €40; with data import €55. Extra add-ons available like MS Office and IPTV for an additional fee. Ends 01Jan18.
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DoctorLaptop Alert for Windows 10 Users

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update was released on October 17th. Yes, another huge update. It’s a good idea to make a System Restore Point now, before you get the update, in case it goes wrong. Remember, Win 10 Updates may change settings without alerting you! If you have customized your settings, to eliminate update sharing or whatever, you should check these settings and return them to your preferred setting. Here is a summary of the changes.
-PDFs in Edge. Fill in PDF-based forms within Microsoft Edge and make notes directly on PDFs.
-Better storage management. With Windows 10 Creators Update, we added the ability to automatically remove files you don’t need using Storage Sense. Now, you can also choose to have files in your Downloads folder automatically deleted as well. Be careful with this one or you may find items in your Downloads folder missing without having deleted them! If in doubt, disable Storage Sense in Settings.
-Ransomware protections. Windows Defender Antivirus now has specific safeguards against malicious apps and threats like WannaCry.
-Currency converter in Calculator.
-Get web results in Cortana without opening your browser. It works with movies, celebrities, stock prices, weather, flight status — and a myriad of other topics.
-One Drive Files on Demand. Access your files from in the cloud in File Explorer without downloading and using storage space on your device.
-And many security holes have been patched.

DoctorLaptop Windows Alert 13SEP17

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Immediately Patch Windows 0-Day Flaw That’s Being Used to Spread Spyware (Summary)

Windows 0-Day Flaw

Get ready to install a fairly large batch of security patches onto your Windows computers.

Affected Microsoft products include:
Internet Explorer
Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Windows
.NET Framework
Skype for Business and Lync
Microsoft Exchange Server
Microsoft Office, Services and Web Apps
Adobe Flash Player

Also included in new updates is a patch for

How to Check For and Install Updates in Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista

In Windows 10, Windows Update is found within Settings.

First, tap or click on the Start menu, followed by Settings. Once there, choose Update & security, followed by Windows Update on the left. Check for new Windows 10 updates by tapping or clicking on the Check for updates button. In Windows 10, downloading and installing updates is automatic and will happen immediately after checking or, with some updates, at a time when you’re not using your computer.

In Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista, the best way to access Windows Update is to open Control Panel and then choose Windows Update. Tap or click Check for updates to check for new, uninstalled updates. Installation sometimes happens automatically or may need to be done by you via the Install updates button, depending on what version of Windows you’re using and how you have Windows Update configured.

Hey, Naythan. Went straight from your post to check on my W10 updates and it was downloading the new update.. However it failed to install. ‘Actualizacion acumulativa para windows 10 version 1703 basados en 64 (KB4038788) failed to install on 14/09/17. As far as I know I am not on a metred connection so I fail to understand why it did not install. Everything went well with the download and the P/C did shut down to enable installation. Previous installs no problem. Any ideas please amigo.

Naythan Harris A common prob. You can do this, Direct Download KB4038788 Offline Installer, link at bottom of this page https://www.digitalriser.com/download-kb4038788-windows…

But…?

Hmmm went through all that and it said the update was not applicable to my computer. Guess I downloaded the wrong thing. I cliked windows update…

Naythan Harris Then you may be missing the prerequisite update(s) that must be installed 1st. If it were me, I would go to Power Options/Advanced Setting and turn off Fast Start. Now restart , don’t be alarmed if the first few restarts are slow, the comp is organizing and installing downloaded updates and you may have some catching up to do if Fast Start was on. Manually check for updates after the 4th restart. Fast Start uses the Hibernate service to shorten the powerup time by saving the active settings of the current session, but by doing so blocks the full shutdown/restart cycle that installing some updates requires. Fast Start is a poorly implemented function and I disable it on most Win 10 machines I work on, as most Win 10 problems revolve around the updating process.

DOCTORLAPTOP’S JUNE SPECIALS

DoctorLaptop’s June Specials
1. Windows 10 Upgrade, only €60
Upgrade any computer that had Windows 7 or 8/8.1 originally installed to Windows 10.
This is not a pirate copy of Windows 10. You will retain your original product key and access to Microsoft Support as long as the current system is the original copy of Windows installed at the factory.
Includes a basic package of programs: BitDefender AntiVirus, CCleaner, WPS Office Suite (MS Office and Excel file compatible), WinRAR, Google Chrome Browser, Skype and VLC Media Player.
2. Install full media center package, only €35.
Includes: CyberGhost Free VPN, uTorrent 2.2.1, KODI 17.3 and another program like KODI but more basic for users that find KODI too complicated. Also provided, a half hour lesson on using your media center programs when you pick up your computer. If you require a more thorough lesson, that can be arranged for a small additional fee.
3. Combine deal 1 &2 for only €85
Note:
-Both deals require the computer to have a minimum of 2Gb RAM.
-A Windows upgrade will erase you old data. If you don’t have your data backed up on another device I can save your old data files and programs and replace them into the newly installed Windows 10 for an extra €20.
-Live tv requires a stable internet connection and reasonably fast connection speeds for optimum performance. Sorry campo dwellers, antenna internet connections are less stable than telephone landline or fiber optic, some buffering is to be expected regardless of your speed.
-Use an HDMI cable or casting dongle to connect your media center enabled computer to your tv for a basic home theater setup.
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Stopping the Bot Infection

To prevent bot activity on your computer be sure “heuristic analysis” is enabled in your anti-virus program settings. Heuristic analysis is a method employed by many computer antivirus programs designed to detect previously unknown computer viruses, as well as new variants of viruses already in the “wild”.

Ransomware Update – The Threat Continues, by DoctorLaptop

Ransomware Update – The Threat Continues, by DoctorLaptop
Despite what you may have heard about a solution found to stop the recent ransomware attacks the threat is not gone. Be sure you have protected your computers. A new wave of attacks has begun and we should expect several more waves of attacks in coming months. The new attacks don’t only encrypt your data like classic ransomware. Instead some hijack your system and run hacker programs hidden in the background while your computer is on. This is known in tech jargon as turning your computer into a “bot”. As a result your computer gets slow and all your data and info are exposed. Hackers use armies of bots to accomplish hacking schemes that require massive numbers of computers focused on a task, such as doing “denial of service attacks” and “mining” crypto-currency. Read this article for an explanation in easy to understand terms.  Contact me if you need help or have questions. Email: doctorlaptop@protonmail.com or Mobile 675 993 069 (after 11am please).
https://www.yahoo.com/tech/another-large-scale-cyberattack-underway-experts-194944965.html

DOCTORLAPTOP’S TIPS #61

DoctorLaptop’s Tips #61
Ransomware has returned as an active threat after an 18 month period
where it was not very common. This is due to the recent release of  U.S. NSA
hacking tools. In the last wave of ransomware I advised the installation of
Hitman Alert. If you still have it keep it updated, and be glad you took my
advice and got it while it was free. New copies are no longer free. Here is
what you need to know to protect your computers.
1. Ransomware usually arrives in an email attachment and installs when you
open the attachment. New hacking techniques make it possible for these
booby-trapped emails to appear as if they were sent by someone on your
Contacts list! Do not open any attachments, even from contacts, unless you
are expecting an attachment. Ransomware can also come from other sources like
poisoned websites or infected network connections. Spanish internet service provider Telefonica had servers targeted with ransomware this week.
2. Keep your Windows fully updated. There are no forced Windows 10 upgrades
to worry about anymore. If Windows Updater does not run after a half hour wait then it is probably corrupt, a common problem with Windows 7/8.1. This can be repaired with the proper tools.
3. Only download software from sites with a good reputation. Many sites that
offer free downloads will infect your computer. I suggest using these safe sites:
4. Use a good antivirus and keep it updated. Free, reliable options are
explained on this site, including safe download links.
5. Use a ransomware blocker unless you use BitDefender antivirus, which has
one built in. I suggest using this free one, it will run beside your antivirus without
problems and requires no user actions unless you are attacked. If it detects ransomware it will pop up a window with instructions to complete the removal process. If it asks for permission to update do so. Read the info on the download page to understand how it works, explained in easy to understand language:
6. If you get infected with ransomware, force computer off by using the power button and bring it to me or a true professional repair facility immediately. I can probably remove it and save everything if you get it to me in under 24hrs. Time is of the essence! Do not let untrained techs attempt a recovery or you risk losing all your data and necessitating a full system re-install. This is not a job for amateurs.
7. To remove an unwanted antivirus is now a 2 step process. Windows instructions: First, uninstall in the usual way by going to Control Panel>Programs and Features, then choose the program and click Uninstall. Restart computer. Second, go to one of the download sites mentioned above and use the site’s search-box by entering
“the name of your antivirus + uninstall tool” and click search. Find the appropriate tool, download it. Find the downloaded file, usually in your Downloads Folder, right click it and choose Run As Administrator. Then follow the prompts. Then restart computer. Now run CCleaner and use the Registry function to remove any left over files.
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