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Virus Updates & Alerts / Patches for Older Windows
« Last post by Mr.Victor on June 25, 2017, 02:22:00 pm »
Microsoft has recently released security patches for most of the currently unsupported versions of Windows. This was prompted by various NSA exploits that remained unaddressed. These patches must be downloaded manually, and installed to take effect. You'll need to lookup your specific Windows version. To find your specific version of Windows, go to START, then select RUN, type in " WINVER " and then "Enter".  Your current version should now be displayed in a separate pop-up window. Please read the Microsoft Security Advisory 4025685 first before you download these patches.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/4025685

Here is Microsoft's Patch Download link below:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4025687/microsoft-security-advisory-4025685-guidance-for-older-platforms
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Virus Updates & Alerts / Ransomware Removal
« Last post by Mr.Victor on May 14, 2017, 02:00:12 pm »
If you're a victim of Ransomware, here are links with methods of removing most types:

https://noransom.kaspersky.com/
https://www.bitdefender.com/solutions/anti-ransomware-tool.html
https://esupport.trendmicro.com/en-us/home/pages/technical-support/1105975.aspx
http://www.avg.com/gb-en/ransomware-decryption-tools#apocalypse
https://www.avast.com/c-ransomware
https://blog.malwarebytes.com/malwarebytes-news/2016/01/introducing-the-malwarebytes-anti-ransomware-beta/

What is Ransomware?  https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/security/portal/mmpc/shared/ransomware.aspx

To prevent future Ransomware on your PC, please follow these steps:

 1. Backup your computer immediately

You should have a backup of your data of an external hard drive. This will save you from significant stress, time and money in the event when your computer becomes infected.

2. Immediately update
your Windows with the recently released fix.

3. Do not in any case click suspicious links in emails and on websites. Ransomware can infect computers via phishing emails, malicious website advertisements or through the installation of unverified software. Avoid clicking them.

4. Use a firewall. Activate a DNS Firewall from within the VPN settings. Additionally, install a firewall software or turn it on it if you have one.

5. Make sure you keep your software updated. Update your VPN, your firewall and anti-virus software regularly. Developers usually launch patches that fix vulnerabilities and help to prevent leaks. [/color][/size]

See these links for articles on Ransomware:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2084002/security/how-to-rescue-your-pc-from-ransomware.html

http://www.techworld.com/security/best-ransomware-removal-tools-how-clean-up-cryptolocker-cryptowall-extortion-malware-3626974/

https://us.norton.com/ransomware

https://www.verizonwireless.com/support/knowledge-base-180118/  (Android Phones)



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Questions & Answers / Using alias "send as" in Gmail
« Last post by N2IE on April 04, 2017, 04:34:52 pm »
I have been attempting to set up my Gmail account to always send mail as from another address.  In other words, the recipient of my Email will see, not my Gmail address in the FROM line, but another Email address.  All the help postings I see online for this direct me to click on buttons I can't find in the Gmail settings.  I'd like to communicate with someone who has successfully navigated this swamp!
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General Computer Discussion / Whats my computer doing?
« Last post by Mr.Victor on March 13, 2017, 01:28:07 pm »
How many times have you heard the hard drive being accessed or seen the indicator blinking and wondered "Whats my computer doing?".These days with all the malicious activities going on, we need to be more vigilant. There are a few programs you can use to see whats going on with your computer, and even keep a running log.  Here's an article that does a good job of describing 5 utility programs that will help;

https://www.raymond.cc/blog/find-out-what-program-is-secretly-accessing-your-hard-disk-drive/


See other great articles on the Raymond website !  https://www.raymond.cc/blog/

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General Discussion / VPN Lifetime $39
« Last post by Mr.Victor on February 13, 2017, 07:44:23 pm »
Here's a great deal on a top rated VPN from the folks at KeepSolid. I have used this for a few years now with good results.
Get a lifetime license now for only $39 ! New members of NEOWIN get 10% off. Check for daily prices deals as low as $29.


https://deals.neowin.net/sales/vpn-unlimited-lifetime-subscription

Reviews of VPN Unlimited:
http://www.pcmag.com/review/344816/keepsolid-vpn-unlimited

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/software/utilities/keepsolid-vpn-unlimited-1325618/review

https://www.bestvpn.com/blog/32567/vpn-unlimited-review/

If you're not sure what a VPN is, and why you would need one or not, check my past post below:
http://www.wnycomsoc.org/community/index.php/topic,1291.0.html

NOTE: Some VPN's can disconnect without notice, leaving you unprotected without your knowledge.
These free utilities at the link below will automatically stop your connection if the VPN drops out.

https://www.raymond.cc/blog/automatic-vpn-kill-switch/
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Internet SIG / Re: Web of Trust Browser Extension Breach of Privacy
« Last post by jheart on December 29, 2016, 02:08:20 am »
BitDefender TrafficLight which is available as an addon for Firefox and Chrome  and Safari is a good  alternative to WOT

http://www.bitdefender.com/solutions/trafficlight.html

Jerry


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Internet SIG / Web of Trust Browser Extension Breach of Privacy
« Last post by Bill H. on December 29, 2016, 01:19:26 am »
I saw an article in pcmag.com regarding a serious breach of privacy by the Web of Trust Browser Extension. Spiegel Online reports that Mozilla has already removed the WOT extension from its Firefox Add-ons page due to guideline violations. Details on this are in the link below.

http://www.pcmag.com/news/349328/web-of-trust-browser-extension-cannot-be-trusted
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Internet SIG / Roboform now available for Microsoft Edge
« Last post by Bill H. on December 20, 2016, 12:34:21 am »
Roboform is now available for Microsoft Edge. You install the extension within the Edge browser as explained in the following link.

https://roboform-blog.siber.com/2016/12/15/roboform-is-now-available-on-microsoft-edge/
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General Computer Discussion / IPv6
« Last post by jheart on November 18, 2016, 03:40:28 pm »
I configured my router to connect to websites using IPv6. You must have a modem and router that supports it (most newer models do). And your ISP must support it. TWC (Spectrum)  now has IPv6 capability. I tested it out using different IPv6 websites and was able to reach them. It gives you a different type of IP address looking like this: 2604:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx.

Some IPv6 urls:

http://ipv6.google.com

http://v6.testmyipv6.com/

http://www.v6.facebook.com/



Jerry
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