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Windows SIG / Windows 9 Preview Screenshots
« Last post by jheart on September 18, 2014, 11:39:35 am »
Here is a look at Windows 9 preview screenshots which will become available for download as a preview edition September 30. It looks like the start menu is back.


Windows SIG / WinXP Unofficial SP4
« Last post by Mr.Victor on August 28, 2014, 08:53:46 am »
With 25% of the PC's still running Windows XP, there is continued interests in Service Pack updates. Microsoft ended XP support this past April 2014, with Service Pack 3 being their last and latest version.

Currently there is an effort by a non-Microsoft software developer, to beta-test and later release a Service Pack 4 for Windows XP. Please note that this will require users to have a minimum of Windows XP Service Pack 1 installed, in order to use the unofficial SP4 version.

My advice is to thread carefully here and not jump in on the beta version just yet.  Wait until it is debugged and fully released. Microsoft won't be supporting this Unofficial Service Pack 4 in any capacity, and users who choose to install it on their systems will be doing so at their own risk. Even small glitches can create huge problems when installing Windows updates and patches.  With no single official source for these distributions, it will be difficult for less experienced users to easily distinguish between 'clean' copies and those that have been corrupted with malware.  In ending its support for Windows XP, Microsoft may have unintentionally created a 'black market' for free software that may potentially expose users to greater risk.

If you have an older PC to experiment on, that is not your main PC, and you do not perform important functions with it, then by all means, try this new SP4. There are no guarantees and little support. I still recommend upgrading to at least Windows 7.

For more Unofficial Windows XP Service Pack 4 info, visit this forum post;

Most current posts on SP4

Google Download Website for XP SP4:

To see my previous post on upgrading your Windows XP to Windows 7 and beyond, see link below;,1246.msg
Announcements/News / HP Recall - Power Cord
« Last post by Mr.Victor on August 27, 2014, 09:00:00 am »
There is a new HP recall which affects around six million of its LS-15 AC power cords, which shipped with HP and Compaq notebook and netbook systems - and with accessories, such as docking stations - between September 2010 and June 2012. Specifically the AC adapter cord, that connects the wall to the power brick are prone to overheating.

The company said that the power cords "may pose a risk of a fire and burn hazard to customers." As Reuters reports, HP has in fact received 29 reports of the cords overheating, with 13 claims of 'minor property damage' and two instances in which customers received 'minor burns'.

HP said in a statement that "customers should immediately stop using and unplug the recalled power cords and contact Hewlett-Packard to order a free replacement." Affected customers can register for a replacement here at the website below, or call Hewlett-Packard toll-free at (877) 219-6676 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Mon-Friday.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Recall Notice:

Check for all HP Product Recalls;
Windows SIG / PC Magazine AV Picks
« Last post by Mr.Victor on July 18, 2014, 03:47:36 pm »
See PC Magazine's latest picks for the top new versions (2015) of Antivirus Programs;  
(click on the software title to see the review),325394,315590,316806

See prior PC Magazine reviews from the past months on older versions here;

Also see prior post on Windows 7 Antivirus Tests Results -,1245.msg1790.html#msg1790
General Computer Discussion / Android safe as iOS
« Last post by Mr.Victor on June 23, 2014, 03:49:10 pm »
In a recent evaluation of the security vulnerabilities of Google's Android versus the Apple iOS,
researchers have found them both to be fairly equal in security against malware and viruses.
There are some differences in protection which were identified in the research findings.
"Android is more vulnerable to harvesting phone call logs and SMS logs and sideloading apps,"
while " iOS is more vulnerable to hostile MDM configuration profiles ".

See article here; 

iOS MDM Vulnerability


New IOS Malware "AdThief" / "Spad"  

Apple iOS Backdoor

See new article on iOS Insecurity;

Free Anti-Virus for MAC PCs

Free Anti-Virus for Android Mobile Devices / Netbooks / Tablets
General Computer Discussion / FBI PC Security Tips
« Last post by Mr.Victor on May 02, 2014, 04:16:52 pm »
In order to protect your computer, the FBI has some excellent advice on computer security at their website.

Also see this Fox News article which also references the FBI recommendations;
Internet SIG / Firefox 29
« Last post by jheart on April 30, 2014, 12:10:09 pm »
Firefox 29 has come out with a new theme. Those who do not like the new theme (myself included) can restore the old theme with this addon: Classic Theme Restorer:

Those who have the Forecast Fox addon cannot use it (it is disabled) in the new theme. If you install the Classic Theme Restorer addon, all you have to do is install the latest version of Forecast Fox (it is not yet posted on the addons page) from this link:

Note: The new theme does not have an Add-on bar so Forecast Fox will not show up unless you install the Classic Theme Restorer addon.

Windows SIG / Windows XP Upgrade
« Last post by Mr.Victor on April 09, 2014, 11:03:52 am »
Windows SIG / Win 7 Antivirus Tests
« Last post by Mr.Victor on March 31, 2014, 12:30:08 pm »
AV-TEST has now completed their Windows 7 Antivirus Program tests.  Top rated programs were Bitdefender and Kaspersky, followed closely by Trend Micro. Also close behind were Norton and McAfee.  See the results at the link below. Note that the more "white blocks" in the rating, the higher the score.

Click this link for the FREE version of Bitdefender Antivirus;
See previous posts for more antivirus and malware related info;,1205.0.html
WordPerfect/Word SIG / MS-Word Exploit
« Last post by Mr.Victor on March 24, 2014, 04:40:22 pm »
Today, Microsoft has issued a out-of-schedule security advisory for an exploit that affects all current and older supported versions of its Word program.  An attacker could cause remote code execution if someone is convinced to open a specially crafted Rich Text Format (RTF) file or a specially crafted mail in Microsoft Outlook while using Microsoft Word as the email viewer.

The exploit applies to :
  Microsoft Word 2013
  Microsoft Word 2010
  Microsoft Office Word 2007
  Microsoft Office Word 2003

Microsoft has released a manual "Fix-it" patch that should close the Word exploit; downloading and installing the patch will not require a reboot of the PC. Microsoft says that installing the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) will also help defend a PC against this software hole. In addition to all Windows and Mac versions of Word, the patch will also fix the same issue in Word Viewer and Word Automation Services on Microsoft SharePoint Server.

More info at Micrsoft's Website;
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