http://www.infopackets.com/index.xml en Step-by-Step: Fix 'I/O Device Error' (Hard Drive, SD Card, etc) http://www.infopackets.com/news/10246/step-step-fix-io-device-error-hard-drive-sd-card-etc <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><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 Greeshma N. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have an external hard drive that has worked fine for years. Now the hard drive won't show up in My Computer, though it shows up under Devices and Printers - very strange! I have tried initializing the disk from Disk Management, but it won't format and I keep getting ' The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error '. I have tried cleaning up the disk by deleting items but it shows 0 bytes free and keeps giving me 'The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error'. What can I do to make this work? " My ... (<a href="/news/10246/step-step-fix-io-device-error-hard-drive-sd-card-etc" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:28:19 +0000 Dennis Faas 10246 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10246/step-step-fix-io-device-error-hard-drive-sd-card-etc#comments f1 Windows Tips Trio Admits Hijacking Home Devices http://www.infopackets.com/news/10245/trio-admits-hijacking-home-devices <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><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">Three Americans have plead guilty to hijacking more than 100,000 internet-connected devices. The group of infected machines (known as a "botnet") was then used to attack websites using a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) to make websites unavailable. While most DDoS attacks are carried out on PCs, this attack in particular targeted weaknesses in smaller devices that use the Internet. This included routers, digital video recorders and wireless cameras. That's a significant point, as the tech security community has generally treated security flaws in such devices as a lower ... (<a href="/news/10245/trio-admits-hijacking-home-devices" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:07:39 +0000 John Lister 10245 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10245/trio-admits-hijacking-home-devices#comments f1 Security Report: AI Trading May Hasten a Stock Market Crash http://www.infopackets.com/news/10243/report-ai-trading-may-hasten-stock-market-crash <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><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">Artificial intelligence designed to make investing more reliable could backfire in the next stock market crash, according to a global business site. The article for website "Quartz" says AI systems might not react well if market conditions suddenly change. The problem is with the increasingly sophisticated way that computer programs can make investment decisions on behalf of human investments. Computers have been used for such processes for many years - but until recently, were simply set to follow basic preprogrammed rules. For example: the program might place a buy order if a ... (<a href="/news/10243/report-ai-trading-may-hasten-stock-market-crash" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:51:56 +0000 John Lister 10243 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10243/report-ai-trading-may-hasten-stock-market-crash#comments f1 Technology Former Exec Slams Facebook for 'Destroying Society' http://www.infopackets.com/news/10242/former-exec-slams-facebook-destroying-society <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><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 former Facebook executive says the site is responsible for "ripping apart the social fabric of how society works." Chamath Palihapitiya says the problem isn't restricted to the US. Speaking at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Palihapitiya said he felt "tremendous guilt" about his role as Facebook's vice president of user growth. Talking about the way Facebook tried to get users to stick around on the site, he echoed the comments of former colleagues in likening it to psychological manipulation. Social Media Works Like Drug He referred to "dopamine-driven feedback loops", referring ... (<a href="/news/10242/former-exec-slams-facebook-destroying-society" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:05:54 +0000 John Lister 10242 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10242/former-exec-slams-facebook-destroying-society#comments f1 Internet How to Fix: Can't Delete Restore Points (C Drive Full) http://www.infopackets.com/news/10241/how-fix-cant-delete-restore-points-c-drive-full <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><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 Bill L. writes: " Dear Dennis, I am a long time reader of Infopackets, and have used several of your articles to help fix problems for myself or friends. I have a similar problem mentioned in one of your previously written articles, where my C drive has magically filled up to almost completely full (with only 5.8GB free) and I am not able to find where the missing space went. I have examined directory on my system and it appears that 244 GB of available space is unaccounted for. I am a retired computer engineer, however my expertise was in large system development, and not ... (<a href="/news/10241/how-fix-cant-delete-restore-points-c-drive-full" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:02:16 +0000 Dennis Faas 10241 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10241/how-fix-cant-delete-restore-points-c-drive-full#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Change Firefox Quantum Black Tabs to Gray http://www.infopackets.com/news/10240/how-fix-change-firefox-quantum-black-tabs-gray <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><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 Jean B. writes: " Dear Dennis, I hope this email finds you well. My system recently upgraded to the newest version of Firefox Quantum (version 57), and so far it is much faster than the previous versions. One of the annoying features of the Firefox upgrade is the black tabs (black background) near the top of the page. Previously the Firefox tabs were gray in color and I prefer that to the black tabs. I have looked in the program preferences but can't find a way to change it back. Can you help? " My response: I am also not a fan of the black tabs in Firefox and am in the ... (<a href="/news/10240/how-fix-change-firefox-quantum-black-tabs-gray" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 19:26:42 +0000 Dennis Faas 10240 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10240/how-fix-change-firefox-quantum-black-tabs-gray#comments f1 Windows Tips YouTube Pulled From Amazon Gadgets http://www.infopackets.com/news/10239/youtube-pulled-amazon-gadgets <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><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 some Amazon gadgets will have to look elsewhere for YouTube videos, after Google announced it will block the site from the devices. It's a tit-for-tat response to Amazon refusing to stock some Google hardware products. YouTube will be blocked from January 1st, 2018 on Amazon Fire TV devices, which include both table-top boxes and HDMI sticks. There's also an immediate block on YouTube on the Echo Show, which is a variant of the 'smart speaker' range that includes a screen. Google had already blocked YouTube on the Echo Show once but Amazon found a workaround. That workaround has now ... (<a href="/news/10239/youtube-pulled-amazon-gadgets" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:47:39 +0000 John Lister 10239 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10239/youtube-pulled-amazon-gadgets#comments f1 Internet New Windows 10 Laptops 'Could Run For Weeks' http://www.infopackets.com/news/10238/new-windows-10-laptops-could-run-weeks <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><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 says new Windows laptops could last more than 20 hours of continued use without needing a recharge. Other changes mean its plausible the machines could be permanently connected to the Internet. The difference is all about the processors: the part of the computer that actually does the calculations which are at the heart of every computing activity. Usually Windows PCs run x86 processors (or compatible), most commonly produced by Intel and AMD. Now Microsoft is making a fresh attempt at Windows laptops that run the rival ARM processors, which are already used in the vast majority of ... (<a href="/news/10238/new-windows-10-laptops-could-run-weeks" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 06 Dec 2017 19:21:20 +0000 John Lister 10238 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10238/new-windows-10-laptops-could-run-weeks#comments f1 Microsoft Facebook Launches Chat For Kids - But is it Safe? http://www.infopackets.com/news/10236/facebook-launches-chat-kids-it-safe <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><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 created a special version of its Messenger tool for users aged under 13. Those are kids that are too young to use the main Facebook site (officially, at least). The core functions of Messenger Kids will be the same as the main Messenger app: users can exchange written messages in real time, or carry out video calls. There'll also be a range of "comedic" filters and effects to overlay on the video. One difference is that there will be no form of advertising whatsoever. There will also be some automated moderation tools that block users from sharing abusive content. Parents Must ... (<a href="/news/10236/facebook-launches-chat-kids-it-safe" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 05 Dec 2017 19:20:48 +0000 John Lister 10236 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10236/facebook-launches-chat-kids-it-safe#comments f1 Internet How to Fix: Gracefully Close Thunderbird using Batch Script http://www.infopackets.com/news/10237/how-fix-gracefully-close-thunderbird-using-batch-script <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><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 Steve T. writes: " Dear Dennis, I am trying to backup my Mozilla Thunderbird emails using an automated backup schedule. The problem is that Thunderbird is always running on my computer and there does not seem to be a way to gracefully close the program so that the backup can start. Without closing the Thunderbird before the backup, I run the risk of having corrupt backups due to files being in use. Can you please tell me if there is a way that I can gracefully close Thunderbird (without terminating the process unexpectedly) so that I can complete my automated backups? " My ... (<a href="/news/10237/how-fix-gracefully-close-thunderbird-using-batch-script" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 04 Dec 2017 19:20:59 +0000 Dennis Faas 10237 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10237/how-fix-gracefully-close-thunderbird-using-batch-script#comments f1 Windows Tips 'Spectacular' Apple Flaw Left Macs Wide Open for Attack http://www.infopackets.com/news/10235/spectacular-apple-flaw-left-macs-wide-open-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><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">Apple has been forced to fix a major security flaw in the latest edition of the Mac operating system. The fix makes it far easier for a thief to access a computer's files. The bug is in MacOS High Sierra, which was released two months ago. It's widely used as its compatible with most Mac computers released in the past eight years or so. The problem is with root access on the system. That's the highest level of access, giving complete control of the computer and even the opportunity to alter key system files. Normally only the most confident users would enable root access (which then acts a ... (<a href="/news/10235/spectacular-apple-flaw-left-macs-wide-open-attack" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 30 Nov 2017 07:55:42 +0000 John Lister 10235 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10235/spectacular-apple-flaw-left-macs-wide-open-attack#comments f1 Security New Google Tool Makes Snoopers Vomit Rainbows http://www.infopackets.com/news/10234/new-google-tool-makes-snoopers-vomit-rainbows <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><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 researchers are working on a way to warn users when someone else might be sneaking a peek at your smartphone. They say it can spot a gaze in just two milliseconds. The project is the work of Hee Jung Ryu and Florian Schroff, who'll demonstrate their work at a conference on Neural Information Processing Systems. It's based on a remarkably simple concept with some smart technology. Front Camera is Key to Tool In its current form, the system runs on a Google Pixel phone and takes advantage of the front-facing camera - the one typically used for face / video conferencing before it became ... (<a href="/news/10234/new-google-tool-makes-snoopers-vomit-rainbows" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 29 Nov 2017 08:58:57 +0000 John Lister 10234 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10234/new-google-tool-makes-snoopers-vomit-rainbows#comments f1 Security Facebook Automated System Scans for Suicidal Posts, Offers Help http://www.infopackets.com/news/10233/facebook-automated-system-scans-suicidal-posts-offers-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><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 to use artificial intelligence to spot posts made by people who might be suicidal. However, it will continue using human moderators to decide how to act over such posts. The site already has a tool that moderators can activate to display special messages to people whose wellbeing may be in question. These messages include details of local professional support services and help lines. The messages also encourage the user to talk over their problems with a friend and even include suggested wordings for how to ask for help. Facebook says this tool was developed with the help of ... (<a href="/news/10233/facebook-automated-system-scans-suicidal-posts-offers-help" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 29 Nov 2017 02:58:02 +0000 John Lister 10233 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10233/facebook-automated-system-scans-suicidal-posts-offers-help#comments f1 Internet How to Fix: FileZilla Server 'Failed to Retrieve Directory Listing' Error http://www.infopackets.com/news/10232/how-fix-filezilla-server-failed-retrieve-directory-listing-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><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 Carl S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I am frequently on the road with my laptop and need to access my files at home on the PC. I have installed FileZilla FTP Server (version 0.9.60 beta) and it works fine at home but when I am remote, I get the error: ' failed to receive directory listing ', and then it disconnects. I am currently using Port 21 to host the FTP and have added it to my firewall, but I don't understand why FileZilla server can't retrieve the directory listing by remote. Can you help? " My response: I asked Carl if he would like me to connect to his system using my ... (<a href="/news/10232/how-fix-filezilla-server-failed-retrieve-directory-listing-error" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 27 Nov 2017 06:58:21 +0000 Dennis Faas 10232 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10232/how-fix-filezilla-server-failed-retrieve-directory-listing-error#comments f1 Windows Tips Windows Bugs Could Be Much More Serious http://www.infopackets.com/news/10230/windows-bugs-could-be-much-more-serious <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><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 key security feature in Windows doesn't work as planned. It's not a vulnerability in itself, but means that hackers who find bugs in software are much more likely to be able to do damage. The problem is with Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR). It deals with the way a computer organizes different programs in memory. As an analogy, it's like organizing vehicles of different sizes and makes in a parking lot. Most operating systems support ASLR, which means that when a program starts up and needs to use the computer's memory, it's assigned a random location. In the analogy, think of cars ... (<a href="/news/10230/windows-bugs-could-be-much-more-serious" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Sat, 25 Nov 2017 00:09:50 +0000 John Lister 10230 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10230/windows-bugs-could-be-much-more-serious#comments f1 Security Google Tracked User Location even when GPS Turned Off http://www.infopackets.com/news/10231/google-tracked-user-location-even-when-gps-turned <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><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 admitted it tracked the location of cellphone users even when they had location services switched off. It says it's now stopped an 11-month program designed to improve "message delivery." Having location services switched on allows an Android phone to collect information about a user's location, commonly combining GPS data, details of nearby WiFi networks, and the location of nearby cellphone towers - all of which can be detected by a phone. Google - and third party app makers - use this data for tools such as mapping, navigation and finding nearby outlets of a particular chain of ... (<a href="/news/10231/google-tracked-user-location-even-when-gps-turned" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 00:17:14 +0000 John Lister 10231 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10231/google-tracked-user-location-even-when-gps-turned#comments f1 Google Website User Tracking 'A Major Security Risk' http://www.infopackets.com/news/10229/website-user-tracking-major-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><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">More than 400 leading websites could be compromising user security by collecting everything the user types - whether or not the user is aware. A Princeton University study also found the collected information was not always adequately protected and anonymized. The problem highlighted by the study was the use of third-party tools that website owners can use to find out more about how people navigate their site. These tools often track precisely where the user moves a mouse cursor along with information they type in, even if they then delete it. In principle these "session replay" tools can be ... (<a href="/news/10229/website-user-tracking-major-security-risk" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 01:27:37 +0000 John Lister 10229 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10229/website-user-tracking-major-security-risk#comments f1 Security How to Fix: Disable Google Drive / Backup and Sync Popups when Inserting USB, DVD, or Smartphone http://www.infopackets.com/news/10228/how-fix-disable-google-drive-backup-and-sync-popups-when-inserting-usb-dvd-or-smartphone <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><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 Jenna R. writes: " Dear Dennis, I installed Google Drive on my system a while ago but it stopped working; I reinstalled the program only to find that Google Drive has been replaced with ' Google Backup and Sync '. Now when I plug in a USB thumb drive to my computer, I see this annoying popup message in the lower right hand corner of my screen asking if I want to backup my photos. This also happens when I plug in my smartphone. Despite clicking ' Remember my choice for this device' and 'Not now' (pic), it never remembers that I don't want to use this feature. It's incredibly ... (<a href="/news/10228/how-fix-disable-google-drive-backup-and-sync-popups-when-inserting-usb-dvd-or-smartphone" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:37:47 +0000 Dennis Faas 10228 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10228/how-fix-disable-google-drive-backup-and-sync-popups-when-inserting-usb-dvd-or-smartphone#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: WPA2 Vulnerability using DD-WRT Firmware http://www.infopackets.com/news/10225/how-fix-wpa2-vulnerability-using-dd-wrt-firmware <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><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 Paul E. writes: " Dear Dennis, I read with interest John Lister's article on the WPA2 exploit (KRACKs) , which explains how hackers can break into any WiFi network. I have 4 TPLink routers in my home that I use as 'hot spots' in various locations. As per your suggestion, I have visited TPLink's website for firmware updates for my routers, but there are none available. I am worried that someone is going to break into my network and steal my financial information. What can I do? " My response: I own a few TP Link routers as well and what I've done is flashed the routers using ... (<a href="/news/10225/how-fix-wpa2-vulnerability-using-dd-wrt-firmware" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:33:59 +0000 Dennis Faas 10225 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10225/how-fix-wpa2-vulnerability-using-dd-wrt-firmware#comments f1 Windows Tips Windows 10 Free Upgrade Loophole ends Dec 31, 2017 http://www.infopackets.com/news/10227/windows-10-free-upgrade-loophole-ends-dec-31-2017 <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><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 final route to getting a free upgrade to Windows 10 will officially end on December 31, 2017. That's when Microsoft has decided to ditch a special program that many users have been using as a free upgrade loophole. Officially home users could only get the free upgrade (from Windows 7 or 8.1) between July 2016 and July 2017 - the one year after the new system launched. That meant avoiding the standalone price of $119 for the Home edition or $199 for the Professional Edition. No Proof Needed For Loophole However, eagle-eyed users noted after this date it was still possible to upgrade by ... (<a href="/news/10227/windows-10-free-upgrade-loophole-ends-dec-31-2017" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:39:49 +0000 John Lister 10227 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10227/windows-10-free-upgrade-loophole-ends-dec-31-2017#comments f1 Microsoft New Firefox Quantum Twice as Fast, 30% Less Memory http://www.infopackets.com/news/10226/new-firefox-quantum-twice-fast-30-less-memory <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><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">Mozilla has launched a new version of the Firefox browser aimed at winning over Google Chrome users. It says the new version is twice as fast as earlier versions of Firefox that were available this year. The key is the "web rendering engine," which is the part of the browser that interprets the code on a website page and visually combines it on the user's computer. Mozilla has replaced its old engine with a new one dubbed Firefox Quantum. It's also put together videos showing that Firefox is now quicker than Chrome to fully load most (but not all) of the more popular websites. ... (<a href="/news/10226/new-firefox-quantum-twice-fast-30-less-memory" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:55:12 +0000 John Lister 10226 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10226/new-firefox-quantum-twice-fast-30-less-memory#comments f1 Internet Facebook: Send Us Photos of You in the Buff http://www.infopackets.com/news/10224/facebook-send-us-photos-you-buff <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><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 come up with a controversial way to help people whose compromising pictures are shared online without their permission. The term is dubbed "revenge porn" - and to solve the problem, Facebook wants users to upload naked pictures of themselves to Facebook servers. Yes, you read that correctly. The test program is known as the "Non-Consensual Intimate Image Pilot." It's designed to counter cases where somebody - often a former partner - tries to humiliate the victim by sharing images of them in revealing situations on the victim Facebook wall. Such behavior can be ... (<a href="/news/10224/facebook-send-us-photos-you-buff" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:00:07 +0000 John Lister 10224 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10224/facebook-send-us-photos-you-buff#comments f1 Internet Firefox 57 to Kill Many Addons: Tab Groups Alternative http://www.infopackets.com/news/10223/firefox-57-kill-many-addons-tab-groups-alternative <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><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 Jean K. writes: " Dear Dennis, Recently my Firefox web browser updated to version 56.0.2. When I go Tools -&gt; Add-ons , I see most of my addons are marked as ' Legacy '. I read online that when Firefox 57 is released, it will use ' web extensions ,' (also spelt " WebExtensions ") which will make the current addons incompatible. This is a big problem! I have been using the ' Tab Groups ' addon by Quicksaver for a while now (which groups my web browser tabs into categories) and cannot imagine life without this incredibly helpful addon. Unfortunately the developer ... (<a href="/news/10223/firefox-57-kill-many-addons-tab-groups-alternative" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 10 Nov 2017 19:38:17 +0000 Dennis Faas 10223 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10223/firefox-57-kill-many-addons-tab-groups-alternative#comments f1 Windows Tips Chrome to Block Sneaky Web Page Popup Ads http://www.infopackets.com/news/10222/chrome-block-sneaky-web-page-popup-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><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">Chrome browser users should see fewer cases of web pages unexpectedly being replaced by ads and other annoyances with some upcoming updates. The changes aim to tackle unwanted content appearing in three ways. The first change deals with the problem of the page the user wants to visit suddenly being replaced by another page, usually advertising and often with no clear way of going back to the desired content. This is usually caused by rogue content in code on third-party ads that are meant to appear besides the content on the original web page. Auto-Redirection Won't Work Once Chrome gets the ... (<a href="/news/10222/chrome-block-sneaky-web-page-popup-ads" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 09 Nov 2017 18:40:26 +0000 John Lister 10222 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10222/chrome-block-sneaky-web-page-popup-ads#comments f1 Internet Driverless Cab Service to Launch in Arizona http://www.infopackets.com/news/10221/driverless-cab-service-launch-arizona <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><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's sister company has revealed it has sent vehicles driving on Arizona roads with nobody at the wheel. It plans to start using the vehicles as a driverless cab service in the next few months, albeit only with invited test customers. Waymo chief John Krafcik announced today that the company has been testing the minivans on public roads in fully autonomous mode since October 19. During the tests, both the driver and passenger seats are empty. A Waymo employee sits in the back of the vehicle and can hit an emergency brake button, but otherwise has no control. It appears to be the first ... (<a href="/news/10221/driverless-cab-service-launch-arizona" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 08 Nov 2017 18:33:55 +0000 John Lister 10221 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10221/driverless-cab-service-launch-arizona#comments f1 Technology Bogus 'WhatsApp' Chat Client Downloaded 1 Million Times http://www.infopackets.com/news/10220/bogus-whatsapp-chat-client-downloaded-1-million-times <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><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">Scammers used a computer code loophole to trick more than a million people into downloading a rogue Android app. The fake variant of WhatsApp appears to have been designed to distribute ads. The bogus app took advantage of the popularity of the genuine WhatsApp Messenger, which has been downloaded more than 60 million times on Google Play alone. It's a tool for exchanging messages with friends or groups over the Internet rather than eating into SMS text message allowances. Extra Space Went Unseen "Update What's App Messenger" was one of numerous bogus apps that tried to mislead users with ... (<a href="/news/10220/bogus-whatsapp-chat-client-downloaded-1-million-times" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 07 Nov 2017 18:43:12 +0000 John Lister 10220 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10220/bogus-whatsapp-chat-client-downloaded-1-million-times#comments f1 Security How to Fix: Combine PST Files - Free (Outlook 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016) http://www.infopackets.com/news/10219/how-fix-combine-pst-files-free-outlook-2007-2010-2013-2016 <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><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 C. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have been using Microsoft Outlook for a number of years as it is my go-to email client. Every so often I need to reinstall Windows for various reasons; when this happens I have to reinstall Outlook and create a new Outlook .PST file, which stores my Outlook data including emails and calendar. The problem is that I have 8 .PST files from each time I've had to reinstall Windows over the years, as Outlook simply - will not - allow you to continue using the same .PST file from where you last left off. From what I can tell, each time the .PST file ... (<a href="/news/10219/how-fix-combine-pst-files-free-outlook-2007-2010-2013-2016" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 06 Nov 2017 19:40:33 +0000 Dennis Faas 10219 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10219/how-fix-combine-pst-files-free-outlook-2007-2010-2013-2016#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Send Encrypted Email to Gmail (Postfix, TLS, SSL Certificates) http://www.infopackets.com/news/10218/how-fix-send-encrypted-email-gmail-postfix-tls-ssl-certificates <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><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 Martin R. writes: " The email newsletter I receive from you is showing in my gmail as "unencrypted," with a red pad lock . There is also a new warning banner that says: 'Be careful with this message. It contains content that's typically used to steal personal information.' The options are: learn more, report this suspicious message, ignore, or 'I trust this message.' This is not the only email I get that shows as unencrypted. What does this mean and how can it be fixed? " My response: Essentially it means that the mail you received (at gmail) was not sent using email ... (<a href="/news/10218/how-fix-send-encrypted-email-gmail-postfix-tls-ssl-certificates" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 03 Nov 2017 20:17:33 +0000 Dennis Faas 10218 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10218/how-fix-send-encrypted-email-gmail-postfix-tls-ssl-certificates#comments f1 Linux Reset Forgotten Windows Password http://www.infopackets.com/news/10247/reset-forgotten-windows-password <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="http://www.infopackets.com/files/styles/thumbnail/public/hash/8/87d/87d107425c071218045e8867f0e1f293.jpg?itok=5Y4xd7g1"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.infopackets.com/files/styles/thumbnail/public/hash/8/87d/87d107425c071218045e8867f0e1f293.jpg?itok=5Y4xd7g1" width="100" height="90" alt="" /></div></div></div><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">Have you ever lost or forgotten your Windows password? Infopackets Reader Steve J. writes: " Last week, a friend borrowed my laptop and changed my password. I didn't realize this until now because I haven't had to reboot the system. Now I am completely locked out! To make matters worse, he doesn't remember what he changed the password to. The laptop is Dell Inspiron 15 running Windows 10. What do I need to do to reset my password?" My response: If you lost your password, there are a few ways you can reset the password to local account. The methods I'll describe below ... (<a href="/news/10247/reset-forgotten-windows-password" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 02 Nov 2017 20:56:54 +0000 Anonymous 10247 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10247/reset-forgotten-windows-password#comments f1 PC Beats Lawyers in Legal Prediction Contest http://www.infopackets.com/news/10217/pc-beats-lawyers-legal-prediction-contest <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><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">Computers can beat lawyers at predicting the outcome of cases according to a recent test. Organizers say an artificial intelligence program might even have uncovered insight into what influences case decisions. The test involved a computer program that has proven more sophisticated than intended. "Case Cruncher" was originally designed as a chatbot - a program that simulates a text conversation with a user - that would answer questions about the law. It was created and 'taught' by four law students in the UK. The team later developed it into a tool called Case Cruncher. Each variant ... (<a href="/news/10217/pc-beats-lawyers-legal-prediction-contest" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:29:04 +0000 John Lister 10217 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10217/pc-beats-lawyers-legal-prediction-contest#comments f1 Technology Google Docs Users Locked Out http://www.infopackets.com/news/10216/google-docs-users-locked-out <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><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 locking users out of their online documents in what appears to be a glitch. The problem has raised questions over how and why Google scans the contents of documents. The problem is with Google Docs, a service that lets users store, edit and share documents online, rather than them having to be stored on a specific computer (and shared by physical media such as USB sticks if necessary). Multiple users are reporting that they've been unable to access files, instead seeing a message saying "This item has been flagged as inappropriate and can no longer be shared" or "We're sorry. ... (<a href="/news/10216/google-docs-users-locked-out" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 01 Nov 2017 17:50:40 +0000 John Lister 10216 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10216/google-docs-users-locked-out#comments f1 Google Facebook to Reveal Details of Advertisers, Ads Used on Site http://www.infopackets.com/news/10214/facebook-reveal-details-advertisers-ads-used-site <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><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 says it will be more transparent about who is running ads on its site. It's also introducing tighter controls on election-related ads. The transparency changes follow questions about the influence of political advertising, particularly when it was unclear who had actually bought and placed the ads. However, Facebook says it will apply to changes to ads of all kind. (Source: fb.com ) Changes Set For 2018 Campaigns The changes will mean that any paid ad on Facebook must be linked to a Page, which is the business or organization equivalent to a personal account on the site. When the ... (<a href="/news/10214/facebook-reveal-details-advertisers-ads-used-site" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 31 Oct 2017 16:44:19 +0000 John Lister 10214 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10214/facebook-reveal-details-advertisers-ads-used-site#comments f1 Politics How to Fix: Stop Windows 10 Update Restart / Reboot http://www.infopackets.com/news/10215/how-fix-stop-windows-10-update-restart-reboot <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><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 Steve P. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a question regarding the Microsoft policy to have Windows 10 reboot after an update automatically. Oftentimes the automatic reboots cause me to lose my work (example: open documents, open tabs on my browser, certain folders open, etc). I would prefer to have it so that Windows 10 doesn't reboot on updates. I understand the policy to reboot on update is forced Windows 10 users but can this be prevented? " My response: You can stop Windows 10 from rebooting on updates using two easy methods, which I will describe below. Before I get into ... (<a href="/news/10215/how-fix-stop-windows-10-update-restart-reboot" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 30 Oct 2017 18:16:46 +0000 Dennis Faas 10215 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10215/how-fix-stop-windows-10-update-restart-reboot#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: 'Avast cannot be installed (directory not empty)' Error http://www.infopackets.com/news/10213/how-fix-avast-cannot-be-installed-directory-not-empty-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><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 Jerry C. writes: " Dear Dennis, I took your advice on antivirus and tried to install Avast! using minimal settings, but the install fails with an error message ' Avast cannot be installed into the folder you entered (directory not empty) '. I have searched for the answer to this but no one seems to know the answer. Can you help? " My response: I asked Jerry if he would like me to connect to his machine using my remote desktop service and he agreed. I have not seen this error message before, and tried running the "Avast Uninstall Utility" to clean up any left-over remnants ... (<a href="/news/10213/how-fix-avast-cannot-be-installed-directory-not-empty-error" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 27 Oct 2017 18:04:13 +0000 Dennis Faas 10213 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10213/how-fix-avast-cannot-be-installed-directory-not-empty-error#comments f1 Windows Tips Amazon Couriers Could Open Your Front Door for Delivery http://www.infopackets.com/news/10212/amazon-couriers-could-open-your-front-door-delivery <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><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 wants customers to let couriers have an electronic key to get inside customer homes for deliveries. The Amazon Key program also appears to be a way to promote customers buying security cameras and smart locks. The Amazon Key feature is only available to customers in the Amazon Prime subscription program, which includes free home delivery and access to streaming video. They'll also need a compatible camera and smart lock, with Amazon bundling the two devices together for $250 including installation. The smart lock technology can be added to an existing standard deadbolt, meaning a ... (<a href="/news/10212/amazon-couriers-could-open-your-front-door-delivery" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 26 Oct 2017 17:57:38 +0000 John Lister 10212 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10212/amazon-couriers-could-open-your-front-door-delivery#comments f1 Technology New Gmail Tools Easily Merge Data with Other Apps http://www.infopackets.com/news/10211/new-gmail-tools-easily-merge-data-other-apps <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><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">Gmail users can now add third-party tools to merge email messages with other programs - without the need to manually load a specific app, then copy and paste data. The idea is similar to using browser extensions on a web browser, but will likely raise privacy and security concerns. Google already has its own tools that connect Gmail with other services. For example, users who receive a message confirming a flight booking or restaurant reservation can often add the relevant information to their Google Calendar tool with a single click. The Google Translate tool is also built in to Gmail. Now ... (<a href="/news/10211/new-gmail-tools-easily-merge-data-other-apps" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 25 Oct 2017 18:05:30 +0000 John Lister 10211 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10211/new-gmail-tools-easily-merge-data-other-apps#comments f1 Google Cheap Apple Watch - If You Exercise http://www.infopackets.com/news/10210/cheap-apple-watch-if-you-exercise <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><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 life insurance company is offering the Apple watch for just $25 to customers. The catch is that they will have to meet health goals as tracked by the watch to be eligible for the discount. The smart watch connects wirelessly to an iPhone and has two main uses (besides telling the time): displaying information so that users don't have to retrieve their phone, and tracking activity for fitness apps. Normally the latest model costs at least $329, so the offer from John Hancock insurance is a significant discount. It's only eligible for people who take out life insurance and sign up for ... (<a href="/news/10210/cheap-apple-watch-if-you-exercise" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 24 Oct 2017 12:51:07 +0000 John Lister 10210 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10210/cheap-apple-watch-if-you-exercise#comments f1 Gadgets How to Fix: Make Windows 10 Stop Flashing on Sound http://www.infopackets.com/news/10209/how-fix-make-windows-10-stop-flashing-sound <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><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 Steve T. writes: " Dear Dennis, I am using a Windows 10 PC. This past weekend, my grandchild made some changes to my PC and now every time there is sound, the screen flashes. I have searched and searched how to fix this but I am cannot seem to find a solution. Can you tell me how I can make windows 10 stop flashing on sound? " My response: I have not heard of this issue before but suspected it may have something to do with the "Ease of Access" mechanism which has been built into Windows as far back as Windows XP. According to Microsoft, Ease of Access "helps make your PC ... (<a href="/news/10209/how-fix-make-windows-10-stop-flashing-sound" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 17:32:04 +0000 Dennis Faas 10209 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10209/how-fix-make-windows-10-stop-flashing-sound#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Attach, Rebuild RAID 5 after Failed Disk (Dell PERC S100, S300) http://www.infopackets.com/news/10208/how-fix-attach-rebuild-raid-5-after-failed-disk-dell-perc-s100-s300 <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><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 Harlen W. writes: " Dear Dennis, I own a Dell PowerEdge T110 server, which runs Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation and is equipped with a Dell Perc 300 RAID card . We have 3 x 250 GB hard drives in RAID 5 format attached to the Perc 300 RAID card. According to the Dell OpenManage Server Administrator (which we use to manage the RAID via the browser), the 'Alert' log file is reporting ' Device failed: Physical Disk 0:1 Controller 0, Connector 0 '. I would like to hire you to help me fix this problem, including testing the failed hard drive . If it passes, I want to put it ... (<a href="/news/10208/how-fix-attach-rebuild-raid-5-after-failed-disk-dell-perc-s100-s300" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 20:05:37 +0000 Dennis Faas 10208 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10208/how-fix-attach-rebuild-raid-5-after-failed-disk-dell-perc-s100-s300#comments f1 Windows Tips Toronto Bayfront to Become 'Smart City' using Google Tech http://www.infopackets.com/news/10207/toronto-bayfront-become-smart-city-using-google-tech <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><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's sister company is to build a mini-city in Toronto that includes a range of technologies built into the infrastructure. It's designed partly to help locals and partly as a test bed for new technology. The 68-acre project on the Lake Toronto waterfront is led by Sidewalk Labs - a spin-off company that's owned by Google's parent company Alphabet. It's a partnership with the city and won't involve Google owning any land or acting as a landlord, though Google will move its Canadian headquarters to the area. It'll be part of a wider regeneration project covering 800 acres. Free Public WiFi ... (<a href="/news/10207/toronto-bayfront-become-smart-city-using-google-tech" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:57:35 +0000 John Lister 10207 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10207/toronto-bayfront-become-smart-city-using-google-tech#comments f1 Google Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Imminent http://www.infopackets.com/news/10206/windows-10-fall-creators-update-imminent <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><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 latest major update to Windows 10 starts rolling out to the general public this week. Some of the most useful changes will be behind the scenes, but there will be the first hints in a longer-term program to revamp the way the system looks on screen. The "Fall Creators Update" is the latest of the twice-yearly major Windows 10 updates that add new features. That's in contrast to the more frequent updates that fix performance and security problems. As usual, it's been available to people in Microsoft's testing programs before this roll out. Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will be a ... (<a href="/news/10206/windows-10-fall-creators-update-imminent" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:36:16 +0000 John Lister 10206 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10206/windows-10-fall-creators-update-imminent#comments f1 Microsoft New Wi-Fi Crack can Intercept Your Data: What You Need to Know http://www.infopackets.com/news/10205/new-wi-fi-crack-can-intercept-your-data-what-you-need-know <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><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 key security protections in WiFi has a serious vulnerability, a researcher has revealed. The exploit has to do with the protocol "WPA2" - currently considered the most secure protocol commonly used on WiFi routers and hotspots. Here's what you need to know about the WPA2 exploit. What's the problem and what does it affect? Security researcher Mathy Vanhoef has published a demonstration for what he's called "KRACKs," short for key reinstallation attacks. That's a way of exploiting a weakness in WPA2 (WiFi Protected Access II), the security system that is most ... (<a href="/news/10205/new-wi-fi-crack-can-intercept-your-data-what-you-need-know" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:34:57 +0000 John Lister 10205 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10205/new-wi-fi-crack-can-intercept-your-data-what-you-need-know#comments f1 Security How to Fix: Touchpad Scroll Not Working in Windows 7, 8 and 10 http://www.infopackets.com/news/10204/how-fix-touchpad-scroll-not-working-windows-7-8-and-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><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 Ready Sally G. writes: " Dear Dennis, I just bought a new Windows 10 laptop and the touchpad scroll does not appear to be working. On my old Vista laptop, I had a scroll bar on the touchpad (on the far right), but the new Windows 10 laptop doesn't have this feature. Normally when I open a PDF file I need to zoom in and out. I would do this on the old laptop by pressing CTRL on my keyboard and using the scroll bar on the touchpad. On this laptop, I am at a complete loss. Can you tell me how I can fix my touchpad scroll? " My response: Each laptop manufacturer has their own way of ... (<a href="/news/10204/how-fix-touchpad-scroll-not-working-windows-7-8-and-10" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:51:10 +0000 Dennis Faas 10204 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10204/how-fix-touchpad-scroll-not-working-windows-7-8-and-10#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Windows Cannot be Installed: the Selected Disk is GPT / MBR http://www.infopackets.com/news/10202/how-fix-windows-cannot-be-installed-selected-disk-gpt-mbr <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><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 Sarah H. writes: " Dear Dennis, A few days ago, my PC got stuck updating Windows 10 (for over 30 minutes), so I pulled the power cord out. After that, Windows wouldn't boot to the desktop. It would give me blue screen of death (BSOD), then reboot, then BSOD, ad infinitum. I knew it was stuck in a reboot loop, so I decided to install Windows 10 again. During the Windows 10 setup, it asks me to select where to install Windows. I selected the C drive, but I get an error message that says: ' Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition ... (<a href="/news/10202/how-fix-windows-cannot-be-installed-selected-disk-gpt-mbr" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:54:53 +0000 Dennis Faas 10202 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10202/how-fix-windows-cannot-be-installed-selected-disk-gpt-mbr#comments f1 Windows Tips T-Mobile Bug Revealed Email Address, Name, and More http://www.infopackets.com/news/10201/t-mobile-bug-revealed-email-address-name-and-more <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><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">T-Mobile has fixed a bug that let hackers get sensitive personal data just by using a phone number. In theory, it could have been possible to collect details on all the company's customers, though T-Mobile denies this. The problem was discovered by Karan Saini, a security researcher who discussed the problem with the Motherboard Vice website. The site then approached T-Mobile about the problem. It said "we were alerted to an issue that we investigated and fully resolved in less than 24 hours. There is no indication that it was shared more broadly." (Source: vice.com ) The bug had to do with T ... (<a href="/news/10201/t-mobile-bug-revealed-email-address-name-and-more" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:26:36 +0000 John Lister 10201 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10201/t-mobile-bug-revealed-email-address-name-and-more#comments f1 Security Bogus 'Adblock Plus' Opens More Ads http://www.infopackets.com/news/10200/bogus-adblock-plus-opens-more-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><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 a popular ad-blocking tool have been warned to watch out for a bogus version of the tool. One copy of the fake Adblock Plus was downloaded 37,000 times before being removed from the Google Chrome store. The legitimate version of Adblock Plus is one of the most popular tools available as a Chrome extension: a third-party tool that can be added directly to the browser itself. The makers claim that more than a hundred million devices are actively using the tool. The bogus version is particularly ironic, though not in a way that victims would appreciate: rather than block ads, it ... (<a href="/news/10200/bogus-adblock-plus-opens-more-ads" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:57:44 +0000 John Lister 10200 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10200/bogus-adblock-plus-opens-more-ads#comments f1 Security Microsoft Admits Defeat On Smartphones http://www.infopackets.com/news/10198/microsoft-admits-defeat-smartphones <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><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 says it won't add any new features or devices for Windows 10 Mobile. It's a sign that hopes Windows 10 would revive the company's smartphone presence have largely failed. While what was then called Windows Mobile was once technically the most common smartphone operating system, it faded behind Apple's iOS and Google's Android as smartphones became more widely used. The attempt to relaunch under "Windows Phone" failed to make a breakthrough, and the system fell well under a one percent market share. The most recent figures suggest just one in every three thousand phones ... (<a href="/news/10198/microsoft-admits-defeat-smartphones" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 17:56:47 +0000 John Lister 10198 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10198/microsoft-admits-defeat-smartphones#comments f1 Mobile How to Fix: Windows Photo Viewer Missing after Creators Edition Update http://www.infopackets.com/news/10199/how-fix-windows-photo-viewer-missing-after-creators-edition-update <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><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 'Giselle' writes: " Dear Dennis, Recently my Windows 10 computer upgraded to the 'Creators Edition', and now the Windows 10 'Photos' app has magically replaced the 'Windows Photo Viewer'. I absolutely can't stand the 'Photos' app and I want Windows Photo Viewer back on my system! I have tried going to Control Panel -&gt; Default Programs to change the settings but Windows Photo Viewer is nowhere to be found! Can you help? " My response: I also noticed that the Windows Photo Viewer went missing with the Creators Edition update. Windows Photo Viewer has been a staple in ... (<a href="/news/10199/how-fix-windows-photo-viewer-missing-after-creators-edition-update" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 09 Oct 2017 18:44:15 +0000 Dennis Faas 10199 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10199/how-fix-windows-photo-viewer-missing-after-creators-edition-update#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: 'Windows Setup has Failed to Validate the Product Key' Error http://www.infopackets.com/news/10197/how-fix-windows-setup-has-failed-validate-product-key-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><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 Jill G. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a Windows 7 Pro machine that we use at work which has a broken Windows Update. I have tried to do an 'upgrade repair' in hopes of fixing the issue, but the Windows installer exits immediately. The major issue we're facing is that our Windows 7 machine has new user accounts on it which we did not create - we suspect that it has become compromised because it has not downloaded Windows Updates in over a year. From what I read online, it is possible to upgrade from Windows 7 Pro to Windows 8 Pro (not 8.1!) which will keep my programs and ... (<a href="/news/10197/how-fix-windows-setup-has-failed-validate-product-key-error" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 06 Oct 2017 18:33:42 +0000 Dennis Faas 10197 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10197/how-fix-windows-setup-has-failed-validate-product-key-error#comments f1 Windows Tips Yahoo Admits: All 3 Billion Email Addresses Hacked http://www.infopackets.com/news/10196/yahoo-admits-all-3-billion-email-addresses-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><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">Yahoo has admitted that a hacking incident in 2013 affected three billion user accounts. That's three times more than it originally disclosed and means every account was affected. The incident was one of two Yahoo hacks revealed last year. The first, announced in September, involved 500,000 accounts being hacked in 2014 . The second, announced in December, was said to have involved a hack of a billion accounts in 2013 . It's the 2013 attack that Yahoo now says it believes "all Yahoo user accounts were affected." It's keen to stress that it only recently discovered that the number was bigger ... (<a href="/news/10196/yahoo-admits-all-3-billion-email-addresses-hacked" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 05 Oct 2017 16:54:23 +0000 John Lister 10196 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10196/yahoo-admits-all-3-billion-email-addresses-hacked#comments f1 Security Google Says Government Data Demands Way Up http://www.infopackets.com/news/10195/google-says-government-data-demands-way <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><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 US government and court system asked Google to provide information about more than 33,000 people in the first half of the year. The figure was a new record. The numbers come from Google's twice-yearly "Transparency Report", which is designed to track trends in the number of requests and prompt debate about the balance between privacy and security. For the US alone, Google received 16,823 requests for data about 33,709 users (though it's possible this may include the same user being counted twice for multiple accounts. That compared with a total of 48,941 requests about 83,485 from ... (<a href="/news/10195/google-says-government-data-demands-way" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 04 Oct 2017 17:55:43 +0000 John Lister 10195 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10195/google-says-government-data-demands-way#comments f1 Google Google Search Results Wrongly Name Man As Vegas Shooter http://www.infopackets.com/news/10193/google-search-results-wrongly-name-man-vegas-shooter <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><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 confirmed its top search results misidentified the man responsible for the Las Vegas shootings. The automated results took the information from a controversial message board site rather than a mainstream media outlet. The information appeared in the results when people searched for the name of a man who was not responsible to or connected with the shooter. Instead the misidentified man shared a surname with a woman who had been named a "person of interest" by police and was in a relationship the actual shooter. Man Misidentified As Shooter When somebody searched for the innocent ... (<a href="/news/10193/google-search-results-wrongly-name-man-vegas-shooter" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 03 Oct 2017 17:12:32 +0000 John Lister 10193 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10193/google-search-results-wrongly-name-man-vegas-shooter#comments f1 Internet How to Fix: VM Can't Connect to Windows Server (No Trust Relationship) http://www.infopackets.com/news/10194/how-fix-vm-cant-connect-windows-server-no-trust-relationship <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><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 Jeff L. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a Windows 7 machine I'm trying to virtualize, which is connected to a Windows Server 2012 network. The issue I'm having is that the newly created virtual machine works fine after it's been virtualized but later it won't work. Whenever I try and login to the network, I receive an error message ' The security database on the server does not have a computer account for this workstation trust relationship. ' I am using VMWare Workstation as the hypervisor. I have tried everything I can think of to fix this but there is absolutely no way for ... (<a href="/news/10194/how-fix-vm-cant-connect-windows-server-no-trust-relationship" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 02 Oct 2017 18:09:02 +0000 Dennis Faas 10194 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10194/how-fix-vm-cant-connect-windows-server-no-trust-relationship#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Disable Full Screen Popup Ads in Android http://www.infopackets.com/news/10192/how-fix-disable-full-screen-popup-ads-android <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><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 Richard A. writes: " Dear Dennis, I am so glad I found your website! I have a major problem with my Samsung S6 Edge (with Android Marshmallow). Recently I started receiving full screen pop up advertisements on my phone - these ads are appearing even when my phone is idle! At first they appeared every few days but now these full screen advertisements are popping up every few hours. I have NO idea where they are coming from. I searched google for 'block popup ads android' and came across an article suggesting it is possible to disable notifications from apps by adjusting the ... (<a href="/news/10192/how-fix-disable-full-screen-popup-ads-android" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 29 Sep 2017 18:05:36 +0000 Dennis Faas 10192 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10192/how-fix-disable-full-screen-popup-ads-android#comments f1 Windows Tips New Internet Explorer Security Bug Exposes Search http://www.infopackets.com/news/10191/new-internet-explorer-security-bug-exposes-search <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><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 discovered Internet Explorer bug means rogue websites can track the next site a user visits, or even the next search the user makes. While it's not necessarily devastating in itself, the researcher who found the bug says it is a sign Microsoft isn't paying enough attention to its old browser. The bug means that a 'rogue' web page could access the content of whatever the user types in to the Internet Explorer address bar as soon as they press the Enter key. This would normally be another website address, but the way Internet Explorer works means it could also be a search term. Security ... (<a href="/news/10191/new-internet-explorer-security-bug-exposes-search" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 28 Sep 2017 17:01:37 +0000 John Lister 10191 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10191/new-internet-explorer-security-bug-exposes-search#comments f1 Security Microsoft Confirms Office 2019 http://www.infopackets.com/news/10190/microsoft-confirms-office-2019 <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><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 confirmed it will sell another standalone edition of the Office suite for people who don't want an annual subscription. It will receive updates, but only for an unspecified period. Despite the name, Office 2019 will come out in the second half of next year. It's described by Microsoft as both a "perpetual release" and a "perpetual update", which is a somewhat unwieldy way to distinguish it from Office 365. (Source: office.com ) Office 365 is a subscription model in which users get continuous updates for as long as they pay either a monthly or annual subscription, but when they ... (<a href="/news/10190/microsoft-confirms-office-2019" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 27 Sep 2017 17:33:30 +0000 John Lister 10190 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10190/microsoft-confirms-office-2019#comments f1 Microsoft Google Video Ads to Get Way More Personal http://www.infopackets.com/news/10188/google-video-ads-get-way-more-personal <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><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 content of video ads you see on YouTube could be personalized based on your online history, thanks to new advertiser tools. The video clips could automatically adjust based on sites you've visited, apps you've downloaded and even the places you've been. It's all possible thanks to Google offering a series of new tools for advertisers. One is known as "Custom Affinity Audiences," which means ads aren't simply placed next to (or before) relevant videos. Instead they are specifically targeted at users who are likely to find the content relevant. While the tool has already been ... (<a href="/news/10188/google-video-ads-get-way-more-personal" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 26 Sep 2017 17:49:39 +0000 John Lister 10188 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10188/google-video-ads-get-way-more-personal#comments f1 Internet How to Fix: Virtualize Dell Windows Server 2003 (PERC RAID) http://www.infopackets.com/news/10189/how-fix-virtualize-dell-windows-server-2003-perc-raid <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><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 Fabian A. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a very old Dell Windows 2003 Server with a PERC RAID card set up for storage. We are trying to convert this old server into a virtual machine, then migrate to Windows Server 2016. I tried using the utility Disk2VHD to image the C drive into a .VHD file, then run the .VHD file using Oracle VirtualBox. Unfortunately, I keep getting 'a disk read error occurred' every time I try to boot the virtual machine. I have read your credentials and am very impressed with your knowledge, and was wondering if you could help us convert this server? ... (<a href="/news/10189/how-fix-virtualize-dell-windows-server-2003-perc-raid" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 20:38:44 +0000 Dennis Faas 10189 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10189/how-fix-virtualize-dell-windows-server-2003-perc-raid#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: VMWare Workstation Network Broken after Oracle VirtualBox Install http://www.infopackets.com/news/10187/how-fix-vmware-workstation-network-broken-after-oracle-virtualbox-install <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><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 Sal S. writes: " Dear Dennis, Thanks so much for helping me fix the remote desktop 'another connection is in progress' error ! I have another question. As I mentioned, we use VMWware Workstation extensively for running virtual machines on our Windows 10 'server' computers. I recently installed Oracle VirtualBox on the same system running VMWare Workstation, and now my network is not working on any of my virtual machines. I cannot connect to the Internet on any of the virtual machines, nor can remote desktop into any of the virtual machines. I have tried uninstalling and ... (<a href="/news/10187/how-fix-vmware-workstation-network-broken-after-oracle-virtualbox-install" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:40:13 +0000 Dennis Faas 10187 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10187/how-fix-vmware-workstation-network-broken-after-oracle-virtualbox-install#comments f1 Windows Tips Microsoft: Windows 10 is now 'Speedier, More Reliable' http://www.infopackets.com/news/10186/microsoft-windows-10-now-speedier-more-reliable <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><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 Windows 10 performance is improving while glitches are less common. It appears one explanation may be a slowdown in the update rollout process. The claims come in a blog post comparing the two most recent 'major update' versions of Windows 10, the twice-yearly updates that bring new features rather than just fixing performance and security bugs. It cites figures collected in telemetry reports, in which it tracks the activity on computers, something that Microsoft says helps improve the system, but raises privacy concerns among some critics. Boot Time And Log-In Speedier ... (<a href="/news/10186/microsoft-windows-10-now-speedier-more-reliable" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:00:10 +0000 John Lister 10186 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10186/microsoft-windows-10-now-speedier-more-reliable#comments f1 Microsoft T-Mobile Raises 'Unlimited Data' Limit http://www.infopackets.com/news/10185/t-mobile-raises-unlimited-data-limit <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><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">T-Mobile is reportedly to let users on "Unlimited" data plans use 50GB of data a month before getting any slowdowns. That will be more than double the soft limit of rivals, though still won't satisfy some linguistic purists. At one point it was almost impossible to find an unlimited data deal on mobile devices, but a combination of competition and growing consumer demand as both tablet computers and streaming video become more popular has led the major companies to all offer an unlimited deal. However, there's still a limit of sorts, often called a "fair use policy." With each ... (<a href="/news/10185/t-mobile-raises-unlimited-data-limit" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:48:40 +0000 John Lister 10185 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10185/t-mobile-raises-unlimited-data-limit#comments f1 Mobile CCleaner Compromised by Hackers - Update Immediately http://www.infopackets.com/news/10184/ccleaner-compromised-hackers-update-immediately <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><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 the popular CCleaner optimization software have been urged to immediately update the program. The software was recently compromised by hackers for almost a month, though it does not yet appear they did any damage. The warning to update is particularly important because CCleaner doesn't automatically update - though it does tell users when a new version is ready. The compromised versions were the 32-bit editions of CCleaner v5.33.6162 and CCleaner Cloud v1.07.3191 . User who currently have these versions should uninstall them immediately, then get the latest copy from the website of ... (<a href="/news/10184/ccleaner-compromised-hackers-update-immediately" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:51:50 +0000 John Lister 10184 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10184/ccleaner-compromised-hackers-update-immediately#comments f1 Security How to Fix: Remote Desktop: Another Connection is in Progress Error http://www.infopackets.com/news/10183/how-fix-remote-desktop-another-connection-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><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 Sal S. writes: " Dear Dennis, My company runs a network of computers. Some of the computers run Windows 10 with 64 GB of RAM and VMWare Workstation (which run virtual machines). I use Windows Remote Desktop (RDP) to manage these 'Windows 10 Servers' remotely. Recently I had to install Oracle VirtualBox on the main Windows 10 server, and now I cannot connect to it using RDP - I have to use TightVNC instead. When I try and connect using remote desktop (RDP), I get an error message: ' Your computer could not connect to another console session on the remote computer because you ... (<a href="/news/10183/how-fix-remote-desktop-another-connection-progress-error" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:39:38 +0000 Dennis Faas 10183 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10183/how-fix-remote-desktop-another-connection-progress-error#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: 'An app default was reset' Non-Stop Popup Notifications http://www.infopackets.com/news/10182/how-fix-app-default-was-reset-non-stop-popup-notifications <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><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 Stephen B. writes: " Dear Dennis, I recently installed 'Ace Player HD' to play p2p video streaming. Everything was fine for a little while, but now Windows 10 keeps popping up every few seconds saying that ' An app default was reset . An app caused a problem with the default app setting for .3gp files, so it was reset to Moves ... (<a href="/news/10182/how-fix-app-default-was-reset-non-stop-popup-notifications" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:33:49 +0000 Dennis Faas 10182 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10182/how-fix-app-default-was-reset-non-stop-popup-notifications#comments f1 Windows Tips Windows 10 Gets Privacy Boost http://www.infopackets.com/news/10181/windows-10-gets-privacy-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><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 give Windows 10 users more details about exactly what an app is able to do on their computer. It's a similar security measure to that available on some mobile device apps. Until now, apps only usually have to get a Windows user's permission when they want to access location data, for example in a mapping tool. That's changing with the 2017 Fall Creators Update, the next major twice-yearly feature update for Windows 10. Microphone and Webcam Access Need Permission The change means apps will need the user's permission to access key hardware components on the computer such as a ... (<a href="/news/10181/windows-10-gets-privacy-boost" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:51:34 +0000 John Lister 10181 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10181/windows-10-gets-privacy-boost#comments f1 Microsoft How to Reset Windows 10 Login or Admin Password http://www.infopackets.com/news/10203/how-reset-windows-10-login-or-admin-password <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="http://www.infopackets.com/files/styles/thumbnail/public/hash/f/fa1/fa10ab840880c9d5b45d799e7bb12bd2.jpg?itok=6RO3sX3w"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.infopackets.com/files/styles/thumbnail/public/hash/f/fa1/fa10ab840880c9d5b45d799e7bb12bd2.jpg?itok=6RO3sX3w" width="100" height="66" alt="" /></div></div></div><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">Has this happened to you? Infopackets Reader Dave C. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have been completely locked out of my Windows 10 machine! I tried to uninstall Avast Antivirus using Safe Mode (as this was recommended), and now Windows is asking me for a password, when before I was using a PIN number. I have NO IDEA what my password is as I have been using a PIN for the last two years. I've tried rebooting without Safe Mode but the option to use a PIN is no longer there. I am desperate! Can you help? " My response: There are a few ways to reset your Windows password - whether you ... (<a href="/news/10203/how-reset-windows-10-login-or-admin-password" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 13 Sep 2017 21:10:28 +0000 Anonymous 10203 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10203/how-reset-windows-10-login-or-admin-password#comments Windows Tips Billions of Bluetooth Devices at Risk of Malware Infection http://www.infopackets.com/news/10180/billions-bluetooth-devices-risk-malware-infection <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><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 majority of Bluetooth devices could be vulnerable to a malware attack. The attack, dubbed BlueBorne, can reportedly spread to devices without needing any action from the victim. The attack takes advantage of a bug in the Bluetooth technology itself rather than a specific operating system. At one point this summer an estimated 5.3 billion devices were at risk, running Windows, Android or Linux, as well as Apple devices running systems before the current iOS 10. Fixing the problem will require patches for specific devices and operating systems. Microsoft has patched the issue already, ... (<a href="/news/10180/billions-bluetooth-devices-risk-malware-infection" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:44:47 +0000 John Lister 10180 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10180/billions-bluetooth-devices-risk-malware-infection#comments f1 Security Microsoft Ends Windows 10 Automatic Download Lawsuit http://www.infopackets.com/news/10178/microsoft-ends-windows-10-automatic-download-lawsuit <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><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 promised it won't download new Windows software to users without permission again. The promise staves off legal action in Germany, though is somewhat outdated with the changes to the way Windows is developed. The legal case followed the discovery in 2015 that Microsoft had automatically downloaded Windows 10 installation files to users regardless of whether they had shown any interest in upgrading to the new system. The idea was to make it quicker for people get up and running if they did upgrade, as well as spreading out the load of Windows download servers to avoid the ... (<a href="/news/10178/microsoft-ends-windows-10-automatic-download-lawsuit" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 17:43:13 +0000 John Lister 10178 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10178/microsoft-ends-windows-10-automatic-download-lawsuit#comments f1 Microsoft How to Fix: Disable Facebook Notifications in Windows 7, 8, and 10 http://www.infopackets.com/news/10179/how-fix-disable-facebook-notifications-windows-7-8-and-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><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 Steve C. writes: " Dear Dennis, I am running a Windows 10 PC, which I share with my daughter. Lately I have begun receiving Facebook notifications / popups on the lower right corner of my desktop. These notifications appear every few minutes and it is literally driving me insane. I cannot figure out how to shut this setting off. Searching Google for 'windows disable facebook popups' isn't of any help because I am getting different answers. One says to disable the Facebook app, another says it's a Facebook setting. I have no idea how to do either because I don't even use ... (<a href="/news/10179/how-fix-disable-facebook-notifications-windows-7-8-and-10" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 11 Sep 2017 18:06:19 +0000 Dennis Faas 10179 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10179/how-fix-disable-facebook-notifications-windows-7-8-and-10#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Malwarebytes MBAMService.exe High CPU Usage http://www.infopackets.com/news/10177/how-fix-malwarebytes-mbamserviceexe-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><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 Ramona A. writes: " Dear Dennis, Recently My Windows 7 laptop kept popping up with ' Windows has detected that your computer's performance is slow ' error messages. I disabled the color scheme to fix the issue (as recommended) but the popups kept coming every 3 minutes or so. I suspected I was infected with malware, so I downloaded Malwarebytes Antimalware and did a scan. MBAM found over 1,700 'threats' - one of them was a rootkit. I quarantined all the items, then rebooted and things are much better, however - now the 'mbamservice.exe' is constantly causing high CPU load ... (<a href="/news/10177/how-fix-malwarebytes-mbamserviceexe-high-cpu-usage" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 08 Sep 2017 18:11:16 +0000 Dennis Faas 10177 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10177/how-fix-malwarebytes-mbamserviceexe-high-cpu-usage#comments f1 Windows Tips