http://www.infopackets.com/index.xml en How to Fix: 'Use the other installation disc that says 64-bit' Error http://www.infopackets.com/news/9877/how-fix-use-other-installation-disc-says-64-bit-error <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Tom M. writes: " Dear Dennis, I am running Windows 10 that came with my computer. I decided I want to do a clean install of Windows 10 while I'm still logged into my Windows 10 desktop - this is possible if you run setup.exe form the disc, then select "Custom" during the installation procedure. I used the Media Creation Tool (from Microsoft) to download Windows 10 x64 10586, and I burned that to disc. However, when I try to run setup.exe from the disc, it gives me an error that says: 'Use the other installation disc that says 64-bit. When you insert it, Windows setup will ... (<a href="/news/9877/how-fix-use-other-installation-disc-says-64-bit-error" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:47:29 +0000 Dennis Faas 9877 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9877/how-fix-use-other-installation-disc-says-64-bit-error#comments f1 Windows Tips Fake Tech Support Scam Gets New Twist http://www.infopackets.com/news/9876/fake-tech-support-scam-gets-new-twist <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A newly-publicized take on a long-running scam involves on-screen messages that falsely appear to be from a user's Internet service provider. It's a trick with a variety of ways to profit from the customer. For many years, scammers have been calling people on the telephone claiming to work for Microsoft or other computer companies, saying the person receiving the call has a virus. The scammer will then usually try to get the victim to pay for bogus tech support services. While most people realize it's a scam, the idea is to call enough people so that even a small percentage of ... (<a href="/news/9876/fake-tech-support-scam-gets-new-twist" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 16:31:42 +0000 John Lister 9876 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9876/fake-tech-support-scam-gets-new-twist#comments f1 Security GoToMyPC Remote Access Hit By Hackers http://www.infopackets.com/news/9875/gotomypc-remote-access-hit-hackers <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Users of remote access tool GoToMyPC will need to reset their passwords as a security measure after an attack by hackers. Although creators Citrix describe it as a "very sophisticated" attack, it's simply another case of hackers targeting people who continue to re-use passwords on multiple sites. GoToMyPC is a tool that lets users remotely access their PC or Mac using another computer or mobile device. As with most such tools, the computer being remotely accessed must be switched on and connected to the Internet. The actual system that powers GoToMyPC, and its database of login ... (<a href="/news/9875/gotomypc-remote-access-hit-hackers" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:44:15 +0000 John Lister 9875 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9875/gotomypc-remote-access-hit-hackers#comments f1 Security Microsoft claims Edge Browser 'Most Battery Efficient' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9874/microsoft-claims-edge-browser-most-battery-efficient <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft claims its Edge browser uses far less battery power on laptops than rivals such as Google Chrome. The claims come as it publishes details of further tweaks to the browser's power demands. To back up its claims, Microsoft has released the results of tests it carried out using its own Surface Book computer, along with data gathered remotely from Windows 10 computers. As with any such non-independent tests, it's always worth remembering that not only could the setup of the tests be designed in a way that favors Microsoft, but there's no way of knowing that Microsoft hasn ... (<a href="/news/9874/microsoft-claims-edge-browser-most-battery-efficient" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 16:47:24 +0000 John Lister 9874 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9874/microsoft-claims-edge-browser-most-battery-efficient#comments f1 Microsoft How to Fix: Increase Thumbnail and Icon Size in Windows 7, 8, 10 http://www.infopackets.com/news/9873/how-fix-increase-thumbnail-and-icon-size-windows-7-8-10 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Denise N. writes: " Dear Dennis, Thanks for your article on ' How to Fix: Increase Taskbar Thumbnail Preview in Windows 7, 8, 10 '. I have a similar question. I recently purchased a new PC with Windows 10, and the monitor resolution is 1920 x 1080. The problem is that when I go to My Pictures folder, the picture thumbnails are too small and I have a hard time figuring out what is in the picture thumbnail preview. I have tried setting the icons to 'Large', which is a bit too small, but when I set it to 'Extra Large' it is way too big. How can I make the picture thumbnails in ... (<a href="/news/9873/how-fix-increase-thumbnail-and-icon-size-windows-7-8-10" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 17:11:30 +0000 Dennis Faas 9873 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9873/how-fix-increase-thumbnail-and-icon-size-windows-7-8-10#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Increase Taskbar Thumbnail Preview in Windows 7, 8, 10 http://www.infopackets.com/news/9872/how-fix-increase-taskbar-thumbnail-preview-windows-7-8-10 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">How to Fix: Increase Taskbar Thumbnail Preview in Windows 7, 8, 10 Infopackets Reader Tim R. writes: " Dear Dennis, I just purchased a brand new laptop with Windows 10 and it has a 4K screen resolution of 3840 X 2160 (exactly twice the resolution of Blu-Ray, at 1920 x 1080). The problem is that when I have many programs open on my task bar, I cannot see the taskbar thumbnail preview - it is far too small to read. Therefore I have a very difficult time figuring out which thumbnail belongs to which program I have open. Is there any way I can increase the taskbar thumbnail preview so it is ... (<a href="/news/9872/how-fix-increase-taskbar-thumbnail-preview-windows-7-8-10" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 17:31:19 +0000 Dennis Faas 9872 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9872/how-fix-increase-taskbar-thumbnail-preview-windows-7-8-10#comments f1 Windows Tips Spam King Finally Pays Price http://www.infopackets.com/news/9871/spam-king-finally-pays-price <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A man once dubbed the "Spam King" has been jailed for two and a half years. However, Sanford Wallace's sentence is for emails which were fraudulent rather than simply unwanted. Wallace first came to infamy by sending unwanted faxes before it became illegal. In the late 1990s he became one of the first mass spammers and was sued by several Internet providers, including AOL. He was so open about sending spam, that at one point he even got the attention of lawyers at Hormel Foods (the company which makes Spam - a meat product), in which they claimed Wallace was breaching trademark ... (<a href="/news/9871/spam-king-finally-pays-price" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 16:53:45 +0000 John Lister 9871 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9871/spam-king-finally-pays-price#comments f1 Courts Federal Appeals Court Upholds Net Neutrality Rules http://www.infopackets.com/news/9870/federal-appeals-court-upholds-net-neutrality-rules <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">An appeals court has upheld rules on net neutrality that stop broadband providers blocking or slowing web traffic. The legal battles will likely continue, but this week's verdict is a big blow to those arguing to block the rules. Net neutrality is the principle of treating all Internet traffic in the same way with the only exception being illegal content. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has tried several times to bring in rules to enforce the principle, with bans on carriers deliberately slowing or blocking some types of traffic (such as streaming video) or taking payments ... (<a href="/news/9870/federal-appeals-court-upholds-net-neutrality-rules" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 16:37:32 +0000 John Lister 9870 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9870/federal-appeals-court-upholds-net-neutrality-rules#comments f1 Courts Microsoft Pays a Whopping $26B for LinkedIn Buyout http://www.infopackets.com/news/9869/microsoft-pays-whopping-26b-linkedin-buyout <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft has agreed to buy business networking site LinkedIn for $26 billion. Analysts are less than certain about what it plans to do with the site. For those not familiar, LinkedIn works a little like Facebook but is designed primarily for business rather than personal contacts. It has a reported 100 million active users that access the site at least once a month. That compares to reports of 1.65 billion active users for Facebook. One of the most popular uses is to find potential clients or employers through mutual contacts. It's also possible to "endorse" a contact for ... (<a href="/news/9869/microsoft-pays-whopping-26b-linkedin-buyout" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 16:18:24 +0000 John Lister 9869 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9869/microsoft-pays-whopping-26b-linkedin-buyout#comments f1 Microsoft How to Fix: SD Card Error 0x8007045D When Copying Files http://www.infopackets.com/news/9868/how-fix-sd-card-error-0x8007045d-when-copying-files <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader William O. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a Samsung smartphone with a 16 GB SD card, which I use to store all my pictures and videos. I have taken the SD card out of my smartphone and placed it into an SD card reader, so I can copy files over to my computer. I get about 13% through the transfer and then I get an error message that says: 'Error 0x8007045D: the request could not be performed because of an I/O device error.' I then have the option to skip the current file; when I click that, the transfer resumes, but then it says it will take over 1 day to complete the transfer ... (<a href="/news/9868/how-fix-sd-card-error-0x8007045d-when-copying-files" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 13 Jun 2016 17:23:49 +0000 Dennis Faas 9868 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9868/how-fix-sd-card-error-0x8007045d-when-copying-files#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Can't Shrink Volume in Windows 7, 8, 10 http://www.infopackets.com/news/9867/how-fix-cant-shrink-volume-windows-7-8-10 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Pat S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I am running Windows 7 and I'm trying to shrink my C drive, but Windows won't let me shrink it to the desired size - even though I have tons of free space. I have a 500 GB drive and I'm trying to shrink the volume to 250 GB. Whenever I try to shrink the C drive it only lets me shrink 70GB. Can you help? " My response: I have had this problem many times in the past - especially when I am trying to shrink the C drive for my clients so that I can split the drive in half and make a disk image backup onto the second partition. The reason why you can ... (<a href="/news/9867/how-fix-cant-shrink-volume-windows-7-8-10" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 10 Jun 2016 18:00:39 +0000 Dennis Faas 9867 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9867/how-fix-cant-shrink-volume-windows-7-8-10#comments f1 Windows Tips Report: Millions of Online Databases Unsecured http://www.infopackets.com/news/9866/report-millions-online-databases-unsecured <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Belgian computers are most exposed to hacking according to a new study, with the US in 14th place. It's all because of millions of computers having open, unsecured connections to the Internet. Research firm Rapid7 looked at the full range of data connection services on the Internet beyond just the more familiar HTTP that most users use while browsing the web. These include FTP (file transfer protocol) SSH (secure shell for remote connections), and SMTP (simple mail transfer protocol), used for many email services. To carry out the research, the company embarked on the massive task of ... (<a href="/news/9866/report-millions-online-databases-unsecured" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 09 Jun 2016 16:17:30 +0000 John Lister 9866 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9866/report-millions-online-databases-unsecured#comments f1 Security TeamViewer Remote Access Customers Hacked http://www.infopackets.com/news/9865/teamviewer-remote-access-customers-hacked <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Management at TeamViewer, a remote access computer tool, have confirmed that a "significant number" of users have fallen prey to hackers. However, the company insists that all evidence suggests that there is no flaw in the system, but is instead pointing fingers at its users. TeamViewer allows users to login to a remote computer (even their own) from anywhere with an Internet connection. Once connected, users can operate the computer just as if they had physical access to the machine. The security for the system works in two ways: first, users get a reference number that identifies ... (<a href="/news/9865/teamviewer-remote-access-customers-hacked" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 08 Jun 2016 16:28:00 +0000 John Lister 9865 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9865/teamviewer-remote-access-customers-hacked#comments f1 Security Facebook Chief Online Accounts Hacked http://www.infopackets.com/news/9864/facebook-chief-online-accounts-hacked <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Two online accounts belonging to Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg have been hacked. The incident, thought to have resulted from a LinkedIn data breach, is a high profile example of the dangers of poor password choices. The hackers, calling themselves OurMine Team, took control of Zuckerberg's Twitter account and posted a message informing him of the breach. They also claimed to have accessed his Pinterest account (which appears to be correct) and his Instagram account, which doesn't appear to be the case. Perhaps the one point of relief for Zuckerberg is that his Facebook account was not ... (<a href="/news/9864/facebook-chief-online-accounts-hacked" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 07 Jun 2016 16:39:24 +0000 John Lister 9864 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9864/facebook-chief-online-accounts-hacked#comments f1 Security How to Fix: Windows 10 Keeps Asking: 'How do you want to open this file?' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9863/how-fix-windows-10-keeps-asking-how-do-you-want-open-file <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Leonard C. writes: " Dear Dennis, I just upgraded to Windows 10 recently. Every time I click on a link in my emails, Windows 10 keeps asking me 'How do you want to open this file?'. It gives me three choices: 'Internet Explorer', 'Microsoft Edge', and 'Look for an app in the store'. How can I get rid of this annoying window? I am currently using Microsoft Outlook 10 as my email program and I use Internet Explorer to browse the web. " My response: If you are running Windows 10 and if you ever come across the window which says: "How do you want to open this file?", it is ... (<a href="/news/9863/how-fix-windows-10-keeps-asking-how-do-you-want-open-file" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 06 Jun 2016 17:22:31 +0000 Dennis Faas 9863 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9863/how-fix-windows-10-keeps-asking-how-do-you-want-open-file#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: SysMenu.DLL Error When Starting Windows http://www.infopackets.com/news/9859/how-fix-sysmenudll-error-when-starting-windows <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Jason B. writes: " Dear Dennis, I recently upgraded my laptop to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1. After a few days of the upgrade, I keep getting a strange DLL error message stating that 'SysMenu.dll could not be found'. The error message always seems to appear right after I boot or reboot the computer, and about 2 or 3 minutes after I gain access to the desktop. The error message is: 'There was a problem starting C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\System\SysMenu.dll. The specified module could not be found.' I have searched Google from high to low on how to fix this error, but the solutions ... (<a href="/news/9859/how-fix-sysmenudll-error-when-starting-windows" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 03 Jun 2016 15:51:49 +0000 Dennis Faas 9859 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9859/how-fix-sysmenudll-error-when-starting-windows#comments f1 Windows Tips Bloatware from 5 Major PC Firms 'A Security Risk' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9862/bloatware-5-major-pc-firms-security-risk <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A security firm says that laptops from five major PC manufacturers have inherent security flaws which make the systems open to attack the very first time they are used. The problem deals with the automatic update tools installed by the manufacturer. Duo Labs explored the pre-installed manufacturer software on laptops from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo. In total, they found 12 vulnerabilities which they described as being ridiculously simple to exploit. (Source: duo.com ) The software is what's officially known as Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) software, but commonly referred to ... (<a href="/news/9862/bloatware-5-major-pc-firms-security-risk" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 02 Jun 2016 16:28:29 +0000 John Lister 9862 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9862/bloatware-5-major-pc-firms-security-risk#comments f1 Security Facebook Instant Messages Get More Secure http://www.infopackets.com/news/9860/facebook-instant-messages-get-more-secure <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Facebook is reportedly planning to offer encryption on its messaging tools, which means that neither Facebook, nor governments could read the contents. It's also working on an option to integrate standard text messaging into its Messenger app. The idea is to offer end-to-end encryption, meaning that if a message is intercepted at any point between leaving the sender's device and arriving at the recipient's device, it would be unreadable. As well as being a selling point to users who worry about snooping, the tool could also mean Facebook would have a simple answer if law ... (<a href="/news/9860/facebook-instant-messages-get-more-secure" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 01 Jun 2016 12:04:53 +0000 John Lister 9860 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9860/facebook-instant-messages-get-more-secure#comments f1 Internet Four Major Site Login Databases Stolen http://www.infopackets.com/news/9858/four-major-site-login-databases-stolen <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A series of massive but dated breaches of high-profile sites is yet another reminder of the dangers of poor password security. While the sites in question are taking preventative measures, experts warn that hackers could use the stolen details to access other sites. In the past few weeks, hackers have offered up massive hauls of stolen login details from four major sites. They include details of 360 million accounts from MySpace and 65 million accounts from Tumblr, both lists appearing to date from 2013. Questions Posed For Sites And Users This follows 164 million account details from ... (<a href="/news/9858/four-major-site-login-databases-stolen" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 31 May 2016 16:35:07 +0000 John Lister 9858 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9858/four-major-site-login-databases-stolen#comments f1 Security How to: Reset / Disable Windows 10 Email Login Password http://www.infopackets.com/news/9857/how-reset-disable-windows-10-email-login-password <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Sam S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I recently upgraded to Windows 10. During the installation procedure, it asked me to enter in an email address. I did that, however, now I can't remember what password I used for the email address - and now I can't login to Windows 10! I am completely locked out of the system. How can I get back in if I don't know my email password for Windows 10? If I'm able to get back in, how can I set it up so I can login without having to use the email login? " My response: This is a very frequently asked question. The short answer is that you can attempt ... (<a href="/news/9857/how-reset-disable-windows-10-email-login-password" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 30 May 2016 17:14:10 +0000 Dennis Faas 9857 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9857/how-reset-disable-windows-10-email-login-password#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Windows 10 Sound Not Working http://www.infopackets.com/news/9856/how-fix-windows-10-sound-not-working <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Jim N. writes: " Dear Dennis, Ever since I upgraded to Windows 10, I have no sound. I have looked at all of my speaker / headphone volume settings, and have searched Google for 'windows 10 sound not working' and 'windows 10 sound drivers', but nothing seems to apply to my situation - my sound simply does not work. I realize that this is a very common problem, but having no sound in Windows 10 is driving me nuts. Is there a simple fix for this or should I go back to Windows 7? " My response: I can tell you that based on my experience, the sound in Windows 10 cuts out ... (<a href="/news/9856/how-fix-windows-10-sound-not-working" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 27 May 2016 16:55:07 +0000 Dennis Faas 9856 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9856/how-fix-windows-10-sound-not-working#comments f1 Windows Tips Windows 10 RAM Requirement Doubles http://www.infopackets.com/news/9855/windows-10-ram-requirement-doubles <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Windows 10 will officially require more memory to run on many computers this summer. It's only a minor change but is the first time the official specifications for Windows have significantly increased in the past seven years. The biggest of the changes is the minimum memory specification for 32-bit computers, which is doubling from 1GB to 2GB. The specification for 64-bit machines was already 2GB and will remain unchanged. The change doesn't mean machines with 1GB of RAM will stop working. Instead, it means computer manufacturers will now have to include at least 2GB of RAM to be ... (<a href="/news/9855/windows-10-ram-requirement-doubles" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 26 May 2016 11:43:05 +0000 John Lister 9855 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9855/windows-10-ram-requirement-doubles#comments f1 Microsoft Google Works On New Alternative To Password http://www.infopackets.com/news/9854/google-works-new-alternative-password <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google is working on an option to replace password logins on mobile devices with a "trust score" based on multiple factors. The idea is to combine all sorts of factors that aren't secure enough on their own. The idea is to balance the need for security with the hassle of remembering passwords by building on the concept of two-factor authentication. That's an existing philosophy that deals with the inherent weakness of using a single login factor such as a password. Two-factor authentication combines a password with another factor such as using a specific device or having ... (<a href="/news/9854/google-works-new-alternative-password" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 25 May 2016 16:11:33 +0000 John Lister 9854 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9854/google-works-new-alternative-password#comments f1 Security More Users Hit By Surprise Windows 10 Upgrade http://www.infopackets.com/news/9853/more-users-hit-surprise-windows-10-upgrade <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft's attempts to get all users running Windows 10 has taken yet another step further. It's now rolling out a sneaky way of getting users to "consent" to the update. As we've previously covered, Windows 10 is now classed as a "Recommended update" which means it will download and attempt to install on all Windows computers where the user hasn't actively changed the update settings from their default. After that reclassification, some users started seeing a pop-up message saying that Windows 10 was ready to install and the scheduled upgrade time. The ... (<a href="/news/9853/more-users-hit-surprise-windows-10-upgrade" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 24 May 2016 16:35:02 +0000 John Lister 9853 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9853/more-users-hit-surprise-windows-10-upgrade#comments f1 Microsoft How to Fix: No WiFi After Windows 10 Upgrade http://www.infopackets.com/news/9852/how-fix-no-wifi-after-windows-10-upgrade <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader 'Sisi' writes: " Dear Dennis, After I upgraded to Windows 10, I can no longer connect to my wireless network. However, when I connect my laptop to my router using a ethernet cable, it works fine. How can I get my wireless network to work again? " My response: There's a lot of reasons that the WiFi won't work after upgrading to Windows 10. The top two reasons are that the driver for your wireless network adapter needs to be updated, or it's possible that Windows 10 does not support your wireless adapter. With that said, I'll describe a systematic approach to resolving this ... (<a href="/news/9852/how-fix-no-wifi-after-windows-10-upgrade" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 20 May 2016 20:11:25 +0000 Dennis Faas 9852 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9852/how-fix-no-wifi-after-windows-10-upgrade#comments f1 Windows Tips Judge says FBI can Keep Firefox Bug a Secret http://www.infopackets.com/news/9851/judge-says-fbi-can-keep-firefox-bug-secret <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A judge has refused Mozilla's request that the FBI be forced to hand over details of a potential security bug in its Firefox browser. Mozilla argued there was a risk of the bug becoming public, which would then put anyone using its browser(s) at risk of an online attack. The request follows a separate criminal case involving a website engaged in indecent content depicting children. The site isn't available through ordinary web browsers such as Firefox, but instead runs through the Tor network. The Tor network works using the world wide web, but data is sent on a different channel (so ... (<a href="/news/9851/judge-says-fbi-can-keep-firefox-bug-secret" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 19 May 2016 16:40:08 +0000 John Lister 9851 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9851/judge-says-fbi-can-keep-firefox-bug-secret#comments f1 Courts Irony Strikes As Hacking Site Hacked http://www.infopackets.com/news/9850/irony-strikes-hacking-site-hacked <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A major website used by hackers to exchange stolen data has itself been hacked. The breach has exposed hundreds of thousands of user accounts. The site called "Nulled" hosted discussion forums for users to exchange tips on how to hack into websites. It also included a section for buying and selling data such as stolen account information. Ironically, given the new development, the site had the slogan "Expect the unexpected." At the time of writing, the site was offline for "temporary unscheduled maintenance," with its database leaked onto other websites for ... (<a href="/news/9850/irony-strikes-hacking-site-hacked" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 18 May 2016 16:52:02 +0000 John Lister 9850 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9850/irony-strikes-hacking-site-hacked#comments f1 Security Google Faces $3.4B Fine for Search Bias http://www.infopackets.com/news/9849/google-faces-34b-fine-search-bias <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google will reportedly face a fine of more than $3 billion for a series of alleged breaches of European competition laws. The penalty would be one-sixth of the maximum that could be imposed, but would still dwarf previous records. The penalty would come from the European Commission. Among many other roles, the commission oversees competition rules which apply to firms doing business across 28 European countries. For the record, this is a separate case launched last month , which the European Commission formally accused Google of using unfair rules in the way it pressures Android device ... (<a href="/news/9849/google-faces-34b-fine-search-bias" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 17 May 2016 16:58:46 +0000 John Lister 9849 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9849/google-faces-34b-fine-search-bias#comments f1 Google Explained: If I upgrade to Windows 10, will my Virtual Machine Stop Working? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9848/explained-if-i-upgrade-windows-10-will-my-virtual-machine-stop-working <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Dave C. writes: " Dear Dennis, I am currently running Windows 8.1 and am thinking to get the free version of Windows 10 before the deadline on July 29, 2016. I am currently running Hyper-V on my system and have a very important virtual machine that I've compiled. I was wondering if I upgrade to Windows 10, is there a chance that my virtual machine will stop working? I do not want to lose it. " My response: One of the beautiful things about virtual machines is that they are portable. So, if one of your virtual machines grew to eat up a lot of resources (for example), you can ... (<a href="/news/9848/explained-if-i-upgrade-windows-10-will-my-virtual-machine-stop-working" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 16 May 2016 17:28:10 +0000 Dennis Faas 9848 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9848/explained-if-i-upgrade-windows-10-will-my-virtual-machine-stop-working#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error http://www.infopackets.com/news/9847/how-fix-request-could-not-be-performed-because-io-device-error <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Terrel W. writes: " Dear Dennis, I installed Windows 10 on my laptop about 2 months ago. Just recently the laptop has been extremely slow; whenever I click on anything, the cursor will spin for literally 3 to 5 minutes before I am able to do anything. Any action I take on the computer - whether it's a right click on the desktop, or launching the browser - results in the same spinning. This is not normal behavior! I have tried the Windows 10 Reset but it gives me an error. Can you help? " My response: I asked Terrell if he'd like me to connect to his system using my remote ... (<a href="/news/9847/how-fix-request-could-not-be-performed-because-io-device-error" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 13 May 2016 12:43:27 +0000 Dennis Faas 9847 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9847/how-fix-request-could-not-be-performed-because-io-device-error#comments Windows Tips Google Refuses Payday Loan Ads http://www.infopackets.com/news/9846/google-refuses-payday-loan-ads <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google is to refuse to carry advertising for payday loans companies. It's the biggest such ban for something other than illegal activity or matters of taste. The ban will apply to all Google's advertising systems. That includes both the ads that appear alongside search results and the ads that are placed by Google for clients on third party websites. The move however will not stop payday loan companies showing up in search results. Google has defined the affected ads as ones for loans where the repayment is due within 60 days of taking out the loan. While this will apply worldwide, a ... (<a href="/news/9846/google-refuses-payday-loan-ads" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 12 May 2016 11:25:21 +0000 John Lister 9846 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9846/google-refuses-payday-loan-ads#comments f1 Google Facebook 'Trending News' Accused of Political Bias http://www.infopackets.com/news/9845/facebook-trending-news-accused-political-bias <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Facebook has rejected claims that its staff manually 'suppressed' conservative-slanted news stories in its trending topics feature. That hasn't satisfied a Senate committee which has now demanded more information about how the feature works. The feature is the list of news articles that appears on the Facebook web page when users are logged in. It's presented as a list of the news topics and stories that users are most sharing and talking about on the site, with the impression being that its a purely objective ranking based on raw numbers. Trending Topics is separate to the ... (<a href="/news/9845/facebook-trending-news-accused-political-bias" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 11 May 2016 11:29:15 +0000 John Lister 9845 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9845/facebook-trending-news-accused-political-bias#comments f1 Internet Phone Manufacturers, Carriers Under Security Probe http://www.infopackets.com/news/9844/phone-manufacturers-carriers-under-security-probe <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Two government agencies are investigating the way smartphone manufacturers and wireless carriers issue security updates for devices. They say they are particularly worried about older devices being left unpatched. It's a rare joint probe by both the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). While the FCC usually handles issues relating to the Internet and smartphones, the FTC usually only gets involved in cases of misleading advertising or unfair contracts. That may suggest officials are exploring whether companies have overstated the security their ... (<a href="/news/9844/phone-manufacturers-carriers-under-security-probe" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 10 May 2016 11:41:19 +0000 John Lister 9844 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9844/phone-manufacturers-carriers-under-security-probe#comments f1 Security How to Fix: Can't Resolve Windows Server 2012 Host Name (Remote Desktop) http://www.infopackets.com/news/9843/how-fix-cant-resolve-windows-server-2012-host-name-remote-desktop <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Giovani S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I happened to stumble across your website the other day -- very informative! I am using Windows 10 as my main PC, but I also installed Windows Server 2012 as a virtual machine. I am trying to connect to the Windows Server 2012 via Remote Desktop, however, the the UNC path of the Windows Server (\\server2012r2) will not resolve when I try and access it. I have googled this question a million times with a million different 'solutions', but I can't seem to find the answer. The only way I can connect to the Windows Server 2012 using remote ... (<a href="/news/9843/how-fix-cant-resolve-windows-server-2012-host-name-remote-desktop" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 06 May 2016 12:43:36 +0000 Dennis Faas 9843 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9843/how-fix-cant-resolve-windows-server-2012-host-name-remote-desktop#comments f1 Windows Tips Hacker Gives Away 272 Million Stolen Accounts for $1 http://www.infopackets.com/news/9842/hacker-gives-away-272-million-stolen-accounts-1 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Stolen usernames and passwords from Yahoo, Google and Microsoft's webmail services are reportedly being traded by Russian criminals. They are said to be among a batch of 272.3 million accounts, though most are from a popular Russian service. The trade has been revealed by Hold Security in a discussion with Reuters. Hold's founder says his staff uncovered the batch when trawling an online forum used by hackers. The person who provided the information claimed he had a total of 1.17 billion records, but agreed to hand over a portion of them. It seems that while many criminals buy and ... (<a href="/news/9842/hacker-gives-away-272-million-stolen-accounts-1" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 05 May 2016 11:25:53 +0000 John Lister 9842 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9842/hacker-gives-away-272-million-stolen-accounts-1#comments f1 Security Google Gets Hands On Patient Records http://www.infopackets.com/news/9841/google-gets-hands-patient-records <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google has been granted access to millions of patient medical records in the United Kingdom. It plans to use it to develop a way to spot patients at risk of developing serious kidney conditions. Although officials say personally identifying details will remain encrypted, the move has raised controversy with questions about the scope of the data involved. The records cover every patient who had dealings in the past five years with one of three specific hospitals in London overseen by the same NHS Trust. That's the local organizational body that delivers government-funded healthcare. ' ... (<a href="/news/9841/google-gets-hands-patient-records" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 04 May 2016 11:25:16 +0000 John Lister 9841 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9841/google-gets-hands-patient-records#comments f1 Google Phone Fingerprint Lock Sparks New Legal Dispute http://www.infopackets.com/news/9840/phone-fingerprint-lock-sparks-new-legal-dispute <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A federal court has ordered a woman to use her finger to unlock her iPhone. It's the latest legal tussle in the ongoing debate pitting security and law enforcement against constitutional rights. The case involved a Los Angeles woman who had been arrested for identity theft. The FBI wanted to access the contents of her phone, which was protected by a fingerprint lock. Officials have not publicly revealed exactly why they wanted to access the data, or whether it directly related to the identity theft charges. Court documents show she was the girlfriend of a known member of a major LA ... (<a href="/news/9840/phone-fingerprint-lock-sparks-new-legal-dispute" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 03 May 2016 11:19:52 +0000 John Lister 9840 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9840/phone-fingerprint-lock-sparks-new-legal-dispute#comments f1 Courts How to Fix: Windows 10 Windows Mail Frozen http://www.infopackets.com/news/9839/how-fix-windows-10-windows-mail-frozen <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Marion writes: " Dear Dennis, I am running Windows 10 and my Windows Mail won't work; every time I load Windows Mail it just freezes. For example, normally when I load Windows Mail, the left hand side of the screen displays my Accounts, Inbox, Sent items, Drafts, and Archives - however, almost all of these headings are completely blank. If I move my mouse over top of each section it will show its heading, but I know that isn't right. I can only see a few items in my Sent box but no mail comes through the Inbox. Any ideas? " My response: I contacted Marion and she agreed to ... (<a href="/news/9839/how-fix-windows-10-windows-mail-frozen" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 02 May 2016 11:11:42 +0000 Dennis Faas 9839 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9839/how-fix-windows-10-windows-mail-frozen#comments f1 Windows Tips Hackers Weaponize Obscure Windows Feature http://www.infopackets.com/news/9838/hackers-weaponize-obscure-windows-feature <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft has detailed the intricate and carefully crafted attack techniques of a longstanding group of online spies. They include taking advantage of a now-retired Windows feature for easier updates. Thankfully for home users, the attacks from the group Microsoft dubs "Platinum" have been highly targeted at government, defense, communications and intelligence agencies and organizations. That's promoted speculation a government may be behind the attacks. The details come in a report by Microsoft's Windows Defender Advanced Threat Hunting. It notes that while some attacks are ... (<a href="/news/9838/hackers-weaponize-obscure-windows-feature" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:19:16 +0000 John Lister 9838 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9838/hackers-weaponize-obscure-windows-feature#comments f1 Security Cellphones in India to Include Panic Button http://www.infopackets.com/news/9837/cellphones-india-include-panic-button <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Varying attitudes around the world to cellphone use are reflected in two new policies. India is to mandate 'panic buttons' in cellphones, while a German city has taken drastic measures to keep phone users safer. The Indian rules begin to take effect next January when all cellphones on sale will have to include some form of panic button. The measure is designed to deal with growing fears for safety on the streets, particularly among women. Officials reportedly concluded that while cellphones make it much easier to call for help than in the days of relying on payphones, the process of ... (<a href="/news/9837/cellphones-india-include-panic-button" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:16:20 +0000 John Lister 9837 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9837/cellphones-india-include-panic-button#comments f1 Mobile 'Secure' Phone Could Cost $15,000 http://www.infopackets.com/news/9836/secure-phone-could-cost-15000 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A new manufacturer plans to sell ultra-secure smartphones for as much as $15,000. They won't be the most expensive ever made, but will be the costliest outside of gimmick "luxury" handsets. Sirin Labs, a company based in the United Kingdom and Israel, has raised $72 million in investment funding. It plans to launch its first handset in a dedicated retail store next year. (Source: reuters.com ) The company has released relatively little detail about the handset, but has been working on it for almost three years. It says the big selling point is that it will offer military level ... (<a href="/news/9836/secure-phone-could-cost-15000" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 16:04:03 +0000 John Lister 9836 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9836/secure-phone-could-cost-15000#comments f1 Mobile How to Fix: CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED Error - Step by Step http://www.infopackets.com/news/9835/how-fix-criticalprocessdied-error-step-step <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader 'Lee' writes: " Dear Dennis. I have done a clean install of Windows 10 and downloaded all updates; however, I keep getting a blue screen error message that "CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED". Prior to that I was running Windows 7 - but also had the same error CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED. I have done several clean installs, but no luck. I've run chkdsk (check disk) and did a memory check - but neither report any errors. I did the 'sfc /scannow', but receive an error that 'windows resource protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them'. Can you please help? " My response: ... (<a href="/news/9835/how-fix-criticalprocessdied-error-step-step" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 16:52:20 +0000 Dennis Faas 9835 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9835/how-fix-criticalprocessdied-error-step-step#comments f1 Windows Tips Google Accused of Unfair Competition http://www.infopackets.com/news/9834/google-accused-unfair-competition <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">European officials have formally accused Google of breaching competition rules in the way it handles the Android system. They say the company unfairly used the system to push its search services. The claims come from the European Commission, the equivalent of the executive branch of the European Union. It oversees some elements of competition law that apply across 28 countries. The Commission has issued a Statement of Objections, which is formal notification that it is investigating alleged breaches. Google now has 12 weeks to respond to the claims. If found guilty it could face financial ... (<a href="/news/9834/google-accused-unfair-competition" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 16:43:45 +0000 John Lister 9834 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9834/google-accused-unfair-competition#comments f1 Courts Global PC Sales Continue To Slump http://www.infopackets.com/news/9833/global-pc-sales-continue-slump <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Worldwide PC sales have fallen to their lowest level in almost a decade according to new estimates. It's also now four years since sales rose year-on-year. The figures come from analyst Gartner, which gathers together data from a range of sources. Strictly speaking, it estimates shipments to retailers rather than actual sales to consumers and businesses. That can have a lag effect, but doesn't affect overall trends - over the long run, sales affect how many units retailers order. (Source: gartner.com ) According to the company, shipments between January and March this year totaled 64. ... (<a href="/news/9833/global-pc-sales-continue-slump" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:39:54 +0000 John Lister 9833 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9833/global-pc-sales-continue-slump#comments f1 Technology Authors Fail in Legal Challenge to Google Books http://www.infopackets.com/news/9832/authors-fail-legal-challenge-google-books <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The Supreme Court has rejected claims by authors that Google Books violates copyright. It ends a legal battle dating back 12 years. The legal issues originally centered on Google Library, in which the company scanned millions of books that were no longer being published and made them available in full. Later on Google used the same technology to scan books that are in print and add them to its search database alongside web pages and other forms of information. When users carry out a search that matches content in a scanned book, they can now see the relevant section as part of the search ... (<a href="/news/9832/authors-fail-legal-challenge-google-books" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 16:48:24 +0000 John Lister 9832 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9832/authors-fail-legal-challenge-google-books#comments f1 Courts How to: Use Gparted, VMWare to Increase /dev/sda Partition (LVM) http://www.infopackets.com/news/9831/how-use-gparted-vmware-increase-devsda-partition-lvm <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Todd G. writes: " Dear Dennis, I am using Windows 10 and I have VMWare workstation installed. I have been playing around with a CentOS (Linux) virtual machine for the last few months. When I first created the virtual machine, I selected the default size for the operating system which is 8 gigabytes. However, I'd like to create a larger partition because I am running out of space. I am using the Ext4 file system with a logical volume for my primary partition. I tried using gparted to increase the volume size on /dev/sda, but when I rebooted, the 'df -h' command shows that my ... (<a href="/news/9831/how-use-gparted-vmware-increase-devsda-partition-lvm" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 18:23:16 +0000 Dennis Faas 9831 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9831/how-use-gparted-vmware-increase-devsda-partition-lvm#comments f1 Windows Tips How to: Access Windows Shares using an Android Device http://www.infopackets.com/news/9830/how-access-windows-shares-using-android-device <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Sonja S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a very perplexing question that has been bothering me for the last little while. For the longest time, I have been using an app called ES File Explorer for my Android smartphone, which allows me to connect to a shared Windows folder on my Windows PC using my WiFi connection. However, it appears that ES File Explorer now contains a bunch of bloatware and is constantly scanning my SD Card, and alerting me of programs 'requesting sensitive information'. I was wondering if you can tell me if there is another Android app I can use to share ... (<a href="/news/9830/how-access-windows-shares-using-android-device" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:10:34 +0000 Dennis Faas 9830 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9830/how-access-windows-shares-using-android-device#comments f1 Windows Tips New Luxury Kindle Carries Price to Match http://www.infopackets.com/news/9829/new-luxury-kindle-carries-price-match <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Amazon has released a luxury version of the Kindle e-Reader, with a price tag to match. It's drawn comparisons to Apple's high-priced iPads, despite being a single-purpose device. New Kindle editions over the past few years have mainly involved very small tweaks to an established design. The new Kindle Oasis has been redesigned to be easier to hold. The most notable difference is that the device is no longer a perfectly flat device. One side of it is the thinnest a Kindle has ever been, at barely an eighth of an inch. However, the other side has a tapered bump that takes it up to a ... (<a href="/news/9829/new-luxury-kindle-carries-price-match" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 12:30:31 +0000 John Lister 9829 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9829/new-luxury-kindle-carries-price-match#comments f1 Gadgets Windows Blue Screen of Death to Get Revamp http://www.infopackets.com/news/9828/windows-blue-screen-death-get-revamp <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft is to make the dreaded "Blue Screen of Death" (BSOD) a little less likely to leave people feeling helpless. Users may be able to hold a smartphone up to the screen and get a link to an explanation of the problem. The screen appears when Windows encounters a serious problem that causes it to completely crash. When this happens, a blue screen with a cryptic error message is displayed, and sometimes the system will reboot automatically. For the most part, a blue screen involves an incompatibility or fault between Windows and software or a hardware device. At the moment, the ... (<a href="/news/9828/windows-blue-screen-death-get-revamp" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 11:23:31 +0000 John Lister 9828 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9828/windows-blue-screen-death-get-revamp#comments f1 Microsoft Researchers Claim to Unlock Ransomware Encryption http://www.infopackets.com/news/9827/researchers-claim-unlock-ransomware-encryption <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">One of the nastiest ransomware variants may have been defeated. Two security researchers have reportedly figured out a way to recover access to an encrypted computer without paying an extortion fee. Most forms of ransomware involve infecting a victim's computer and then individually encrypts files. That leaves the victim able to run Windows, but unable to access any of their data. The Petya variant is more dangerous as it encrypts the hard drive's master file table. That's a database which has the details of every files on a computer, including those for Windows itself. If the master ... (<a href="/news/9827/researchers-claim-unlock-ransomware-encryption" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 11:47:56 +0000 John Lister 9827 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9827/researchers-claim-unlock-ransomware-encryption#comments f1 Security How to Fix: Svchost.exe High CPU Usage http://www.infopackets.com/news/9826/how-fix-svchostexe-high-cpu-usage <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">How to Fix: Svchost.exe High CPU Usage Infopackets Reader Ben J. writes: " Dear Dennis, I just reinstalled Windows 7 on my machine, and from the get-go the machine is very slow to use. I ran Windows Task Manager to see what is going on, and the svchost.exe process is consuming 50% of my CPU. I have disabled the sleep mode on my computer and let svchost run for a few days, but nothing has come of it - it's still causing high CPU usage. I should also mention that I have not yet received any Windows Updates on my computer for the last week. What is causing the svchost process to run at high CPU ... (<a href="/news/9826/how-fix-svchostexe-high-cpu-usage" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 13:29:11 +0000 Dennis Faas 9826 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9826/how-fix-svchostexe-high-cpu-usage#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Trojan Keeps Coming Back, Won't Remove http://www.infopackets.com/news/9825/how-fix-trojan-keeps-coming-back-wont-remove <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Jason B. writes: " Dear Dennis, Thanks for all your excellent articles! Somehow my PC got infected with the Trojan: Trojan.Agent.Gen - it was detected by Malwarebytes Antimalware after I ran a scan. Malwarebytes said it needed to reboot to clean the infection; I did that, but after another scan, the Trojan is still on my system - I can't remove it! The filename and path of the Trojan is located at %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\windows.vbs. I have also tried removing Trojan.Agent.Gen using Microsoft Security Essentials and ADWCleaner, but neither program will remove it and ... (<a href="/news/9825/how-fix-trojan-keeps-coming-back-wont-remove" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 08 Apr 2016 16:45:43 +0000 Dennis Faas 9825 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9825/how-fix-trojan-keeps-coming-back-wont-remove#comments f1 Windows Tips New Bogus Invoice Emails Could Lead to Ransomware Attack http://www.infopackets.com/news/9824/new-bogus-invoice-emails-could-lead-ransomware-attack <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The people behind phishing emails appear to be getting more sophisticated. Reports from both sides of the Atlantic say such emails are including more personal details, something that was previously used only for high value target. Phishing emails are a way to try to trick people into either providing confidential information such as bank details or online passwords, or by clicking on links that install malware, usually through security weaknesses in web browsers or office software. More and more phishing attacks now involve trying to install ransomware that locks up a computer until the ... (<a href="/news/9824/new-bogus-invoice-emails-could-lead-ransomware-attack" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 07 Apr 2016 11:35:48 +0000 John Lister 9824 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9824/new-bogus-invoice-emails-could-lead-ransomware-attack#comments f1 Security Windows 10 Getting Two New Changes http://www.infopackets.com/news/9823/windows-10-getting-two-new-changes <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft has unveiled a couple of changes to improve Windows 10: smartphone owners will be able to see notifications on their computer screen, while many Chrome extensions could be coming to the Edge browser. A forthcoming update will introduce something called "notification mirroring." That will mean pairing a Windows or Android smartphone or tablet with a Windows 10 computer. Users can then automatically have any notifications that normally appear on their smartphone or tablet show up on their computer screen instead. The idea is that while somebody is working on their computer, ... (<a href="/news/9823/windows-10-getting-two-new-changes" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 06 Apr 2016 11:48:33 +0000 John Lister 9823 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9823/windows-10-getting-two-new-changes#comments f1 Microsoft Broadband Pricing to be Clearer, using 'Labels' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9822/broadband-pricing-be-clearer-using-labels <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has unveiled a standardized way for broadband providers to give details on pricing and other contract terms. The "consumer broadband labels" resemble, and are based on, the nutritional information labels seen on packaged food. The labels were developed with the input of both broadband providers and consumer groups. Although providers won't legally be required to use the labels, it is very much in their interests to do so. Companies which do use the labels will, assuming they have been honest and accurate with the information, ... (<a href="/news/9822/broadband-pricing-be-clearer-using-labels" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 05 Apr 2016 12:03:48 +0000 John Lister 9822 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9822/broadband-pricing-be-clearer-using-labels#comments f1 Internet How to Fix: Windows 10 Start Menu Not Working http://www.infopackets.com/news/9820/how-fix-windows-10-start-menu-not-working <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Sam S. writes: " Dear Dennis, A few days ago I booted my computer to the Windows 10 desktop, but now my Windows 10 start menu doesn't work. If I click on the start menu, it doesn't do anything at all - no menu, no tiles - nothing at all! The only options I have are the Windows 10 task bar which allows me to click on Microsoft Edge browser, so I can at least get on the Internet. Can you tell me why my Windows 10 start menu disappeared? I need to get into my tiles so can access my apps. Thanks for any help you can offer. " My response: This is a very vexing problem (based on ... (<a href="/news/9820/how-fix-windows-10-start-menu-not-working" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 04 Apr 2016 13:31:09 +0000 Dennis Faas 9820 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9820/how-fix-windows-10-start-menu-not-working#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Another Installation is in Progress Error http://www.infopackets.com/news/9819/how-fix-another-installation-progress-error <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader 'David' writes: " Dear Dennis, I have Windows 10, and the updates keep failing. Also, when I try to update Creative Cloud (to upgrade my Adobe Photoshop), it gets to 54% complete and then I receive a message stating that 'Another installation is in progress' error. I also received a very strange error message when attempting to install Classic Shell: 'User System has previously initiated an install for product (Microsoft Office). That user will need to run that install again before they can use that product. You current install will now continue.' I click OK and it will ... (<a href="/news/9819/how-fix-another-installation-progress-error" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 01 Apr 2016 13:17:47 +0000 Dennis Faas 9819 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9819/how-fix-another-installation-progress-error#comments f1 Windows Tips Windows 10 Redstone: Major Update Due Summer 2016 http://www.infopackets.com/news/9818/windows-10-redstone-major-update-due-summer-2016 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft has unveiled some of the features for the next major update to Windows 10. Among the biggest surprise is better support for the world of Linux. The new features and tweaks will come in an update that's been codenamed Windows 10 Redstone. It's expected some time this summer and is planned to be the biggest update yet. Microsoft has likened Redstone to the level of change that came with Windows 8.1, though thankfully this time it will be less about undoing changes in the initial release that went down badly. Cortana &amp; Action Center Overhauled The most visible changes for ... (<a href="/news/9818/windows-10-redstone-major-update-due-summer-2016" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 12:07:16 +0000 John Lister 9818 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9818/windows-10-redstone-major-update-due-summer-2016#comments f1 Microsoft Ransomware Takes Nasty New Twist http://www.infopackets.com/news/9817/ransomware-takes-nasty-new-twist <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The FBI has asked businesses for urgent help dealing with a new form of ransomware. The attack is designed to compromise an entire network, rather than just a single computer. Ransomware is a form of malware that damages a computer in a way that's usually reversible - but only by the malware creators. Commonly it involves encrypting files or even an entire hard drive so that they can't be accessed without a key, which is only provided when the victim hands over a fee. Last month the FBI put out a warning of a form of ransomware dubbed MSIL/Samas.A. It targets a security vulnerability ... (<a href="/news/9817/ransomware-takes-nasty-new-twist" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 11:58:32 +0000 John Lister 9817 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9817/ransomware-takes-nasty-new-twist#comments f1 Security Microsoft Alters Windows 10 to Please China http://www.infopackets.com/news/9816/microsoft-alters-windows-10-please-china <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft has finished work on a special edition of Windows 10 for Chinese users. It appears to be designed to keep the country's authoritarian government happy. The edition is known as Windows 10 Zhuangongban, which translates as Specially Provided Edition, and will be aimed mainly at government agencies and government-owned businesses. The new software is described in an article on Chinese website Caixin, though its unclear how free the site was to cover the news without either direct censorship or self-censorship. Software Meets 'Special Needs' Based on an automated Google ... (<a href="/news/9816/microsoft-alters-windows-10-please-china" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 29 Mar 2016 12:44:23 +0000 John Lister 9816 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9816/microsoft-alters-windows-10-please-china#comments f1 Microsoft How to: Run 16-bit Programs on Windows 10 64-bit http://www.infopackets.com/news/9815/how-run-16-bit-programs-windows-10-64-bit <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader 'Colin' writes: " Dear Dennis, I have Windows 10 64-bit and when I try and run an old Visual Basic software program, it says 'This app cannot run on your PC'. I believe the Visual Basic program uses 16-bit architecture. So the question is, how can I run 16-bit programs on Windows 10 64-bit? " My response: The simple answer is that you cannot run 16-bit applications on 64-bit Windows directly , including Windows 10 64-bit. The same holds true when trying to run 16-bit applications on Windows 7 64-bit or Windows 8 64-bit. That said, there are workarounds to the problem. ... (<a href="/news/9815/how-run-16-bit-programs-windows-10-64-bit" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 28 Mar 2016 13:03:16 +0000 Dennis Faas 9815 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9815/how-run-16-bit-programs-windows-10-64-bit#comments f1 Windows Tips Explained: Do I need a VPN? Are VPNs Safe for Online Banking? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9814/explained-do-i-need-vpn-are-vpns-safe-online-banking <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Janie T. writes: " Dear Dennis, I wanted to know if I should use a VPN (virtual private network) to connect to my bank website. A service I came across called saferweb.com claims that they will encrypt my connection, but I don't know if they can be trusted or not. What do you think? PS: I love your daily infopackets letters - they are very informative. " My response: This is a good question. When visiting saferweb.com I noted the following statements on their site: "Safer Web gives you an extra layer of security against Internet hackers. By hiding your IP, we keep your ... (<a href="/news/9814/explained-do-i-need-vpn-are-vpns-safe-online-banking" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 25 Mar 2016 15:14:22 +0000 Dennis Faas 9814 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9814/explained-do-i-need-vpn-are-vpns-safe-online-banking#comments f1 Windows Tips FBI May Unlock iPhone Without Apple's Help http://www.infopackets.com/news/9813/fbi-may-unlock-iphone-without-apples-help <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The FBI says it may be able to unlock the San Bernadino shooter's phone without Apple's help. But it's refusing to reveal details of its apparent solution. Apple recently refused to comply with an order to assist law enforcement officials with unlocking the phone, leading to a planned courtroom hearing this week. The FBI then asked for the case to be put on hold until next month, saying it wanted to investigate a method it discovered this past weekend that may make Apple's help irrelevant. The argument isn't about decrypting the data on the phone, something that's ... (<a href="/news/9813/fbi-may-unlock-iphone-without-apples-help" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 11:45:14 +0000 John Lister 9813 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9813/fbi-may-unlock-iphone-without-apples-help#comments f1 Security Email Security Likely to Get Boost http://www.infopackets.com/news/9812/email-security-likely-get-boost <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Some of the biggest tech firms have joined together to call for new standards that could make emails more secure. The proposals have gone to the Internet Engineering Task Force, which develops voluntary but widely used technical standards for the Internet. These days around 30 percent of Internet traffic from North American users is encrypted, meaning that if somebody intercepts it on route, they'll struggle to be able to read it. That figure is expected to jump to 60 percent this year, though that's largely a quirk caused by a change in policy by Netflix. In any case, it's now ... (<a href="/news/9812/email-security-likely-get-boost" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 23 Mar 2016 11:32:48 +0000 John Lister 9812 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9812/email-security-likely-get-boost#comments f1 Security Kindle eReaders May Lose Connectivity if not Updated http://www.infopackets.com/news/9811/kindle-ereaders-may-lose-connectivity-if-not-updated <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Owners of older Kindle eReaders have been warned to update their devices today or temporarily lose Internet connectivity. The loss won't be irreversible, but will cause added hassle. The issue affects all Kindle eReader models released before 2013. That includes the Keyboard, Touch and DX versions, along with the 5th generation and earlier of both the standard Kindle and Paperwhite editions. (Source: amazon.com ) The only unaffected models are those released from 2013 onwards, specifically the Paperwhite 6th and 7th generation, the 7th generation standard Kindle and the Voyage model. The ... (<a href="/news/9811/kindle-ereaders-may-lose-connectivity-if-not-updated" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 22 Mar 2016 12:19:02 +0000 John Lister 9811 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9811/kindle-ereaders-may-lose-connectivity-if-not-updated#comments f1 Gadgets How to: Compare Video Cards - Quick and Easy http://www.infopackets.com/news/9810/how-compare-video-cards-quick-and-easy <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Tim S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I am upgrading the hard drive and CPU on a computer for a friend of mine. His computer does not have a dedicated video card; as such, he is using the onboard graphics built onto the motherboard, which is very outdated and slow compared to today's standards. I would like to buy him a used video card, but am not sure which model to get, as the model numbers seem to be very confusing - whether it's an AMD video card or an Nvidia card. How can I compare video cards so I know which card is better than the other? " My response: This is a very good ... (<a href="/news/9810/how-compare-video-cards-quick-and-easy" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 21 Mar 2016 13:05:00 +0000 Dennis Faas 9810 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9810/how-compare-video-cards-quick-and-easy#comments f1 Windows Tips