http://www.infopackets.com/index.xml en 'Sign in With Apple' Bug Allowed Unrestricted Access http://www.infopackets.com/news/10765/sign-apple-bug-allowed-unrestricted-access <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 paid $100,000 reward to a security researcher who discovered a simple but potentially damaging bug. Until it was fixed, the bug could have let hackers take over a user's account. The problem was with "Sign in with Apple" - a system that lets users sign up to websites via their Apple account rather than having to create specific login details for each site, or go through an email confirmation process it. As with similar systems from Facebook and Google, it only works on websites that support the "Sign in with Apple" feature. When the user visits the third-party site, it ... (<a href="/news/10765/sign-apple-bug-allowed-unrestricted-access" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 05 Jun 2020 17:14:27 +0000 John Lister 10765 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10765/sign-apple-bug-allowed-unrestricted-access#comments f1 Security Some Android Wallpapers Could Crash Phone http://www.infopackets.com/news/10764/some-android-wallpapers-could-crash-phone <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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">Background "wallpaper" can cause Android phones to crash thanks to a bug with the system. At the moment it appears to be an unfortunate glitch but it could be open to abuse. The image in question is viewable at twitter.com , and features a scene with a forest in the foreground, a lake in the midground, and mountains in the background beneath a cloudy sky at sunset. The problem is that once set as the default wallpaper, the image causes the phone to crash. The phone then goes into a loop of restarting and crashing, with the only solution being a factory reset. That's not only time consuming ... (<a href="/news/10764/some-android-wallpapers-could-crash-phone" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 04 Jun 2020 18:07:41 +0000 John Lister 10764 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10764/some-android-wallpapers-could-crash-phone#comments f1 Security Next Big Windows 10 Update Now Available http://www.infopackets.com/news/10763/next-big-windows-10-update-now-available <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 unveiled full details of the next big Windows 10 update, dubbed the May 2020 Update. Users can manually download it right now, though that might seem unwise option for the average home user in due to any unreported bugs in the software. The May 2020 Update is one of the two major updates this year that introduce new features, rather than making minor tweaks or fixing security bugs. Five years into the initial release of Windows 10, and it appears that the threshold for "major" changes appears to be getting lower. The May 2020 Update really only has two completely new features to ... (<a href="/news/10763/next-big-windows-10-update-now-available" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 28 May 2020 16:54:37 +0000 John Lister 10763 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10763/next-big-windows-10-update-now-available#comments f1 Microsoft Win10 KB4556799 Breaks Internet, Audio; Blue Screens http://www.infopackets.com/news/10762/win10-kb4556799-breaks-internet-audio-blue-screens <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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">Continuing what's almost become a tradition, the latest Windows 10 update has brought a string of reported problems. Microsoft says it is unclear how widespread many of them are, but has confirmed some users can no longer get online. The confirmation comes on Microsoft's support page for the update, which has the reference number KB4556799. The Internet connectivity problem is with users who have a wireless wide area network (WWAN) LTE modem. Specifically: anyone that uses mobile broadband for Internet might be affected. To make things worse, Microsoft says the notification area on the ... (<a href="/news/10762/win10-kb4556799-breaks-internet-audio-blue-screens" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 27 May 2020 17:29:05 +0000 John Lister 10762 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10762/win10-kb4556799-breaks-internet-audio-blue-screens#comments f1 Microsoft Microsoft Warns of COVID-19 Email Malware Scam http://www.infopackets.com/news/10761/microsoft-warns-covid-19-email-malware-scam <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 and Sophos have warned users to watch out for emails which claim to offer statistics about the COVID-19 pandemic. They actually harbor a combination of malware and legitimate tools that could easily be abused by a hacker. The emails in question have subject lines such as "Covid-19: [May 22] horrible Charts", claim to come from legitimate sources such as John Hopkins University, and have an attachment that's billed as a spreadsheet file with statistics about deaths and infections. (Source: twitter.com ) Malicious Macro The attachment does indeed have an Excel file, but the problem is ... (<a href="/news/10761/microsoft-warns-covid-19-email-malware-scam" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 26 May 2020 16:41:22 +0000 John Lister 10761 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10761/microsoft-warns-covid-19-email-malware-scam#comments f1 Security Chrome to Encrypt DNS Lookups: What it Means http://www.infopackets.com/news/10760/chrome-encrypt-dns-lookups-what-it-means <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 is increasing privacy on Chrome with a change to the way it connects users to websites. But businesses will be able to disable the move so they can keep tabs on staff. The change is to the way Chrome connects with Domain Name Servers (DNS), which act a little like a telephone directory for the Internet. A DNS takes a website address that a user types into their browser and finds the matching IP address, which identifies the specific connection to the device such as a server (or service) that physically stores the website's files. In the past, the connection between Chrome and a DNS was ... (<a href="/news/10760/chrome-encrypt-dns-lookups-what-it-means" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 25 May 2020 17:49:14 +0000 John Lister 10760 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10760/chrome-encrypt-dns-lookups-what-it-means#comments f1 Internet Chrome to Automatically Block Power-Hungry Ads http://www.infopackets.com/news/10759/chrome-automatically-block-power-hungry-ads <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 is to start automatically blocking online ads that make particularly high use of computer resources. It will be a small change that Google hopes will have a big effect. This will be the second set of changes Chrome has made to the way it handles ads following alterations over the past couple of years to block "abusive" and "deceptive" ads. These include ads which have misleading buttons such as a "play" button that actually downloads a file or a "close window" button that actually opens new pop-up windows. The new change will involve Chrome having an limit on how much resources such as ... (<a href="/news/10759/chrome-automatically-block-power-hungry-ads" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 22 May 2020 19:39:53 +0000 John Lister 10759 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10759/chrome-automatically-block-power-hungry-ads#comments f1 Google Google Bans Popular Podcast App Over COVID-19 Content http://www.infopackets.com/news/10758/google-bans-popular-podcast-app-over-covid-19-content <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 banned a hugely popular podcast app from the Play Store, claiming it breaches a ban on COVID-19 content. It appears to be a spectacular screw-up by Google's filtering system. Podcast Addict is a leading app in its field with more than five million downloads, so it came as a surprise to developers to receive a message from Google saying it had been banned from the Play Store. While it's still possible to install Podcast Addict manually, it's a big blow to its distribution and makes the app inaccessible to potential Android users who follow common security advice to stick to the ... (<a href="/news/10758/google-bans-popular-podcast-app-over-covid-19-content" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 20 May 2020 17:20:21 +0000 John Lister 10758 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10758/google-bans-popular-podcast-app-over-covid-19-content#comments f1 Mobile Explained: Convert Roblox Gift Card to Robux (Step by Step) http://www.infopackets.com/news/10757/explained-convert-roblox-gift-card-robux-step-step <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 Julie F. writes: " Dear Dennis, My daughter is addicted to Roblox and plays it on her tablet for hours on end, every single day. Recently she received two gift Roblox gift cards for her birthday. These cards contain a PIN number and need to be activated online so she can use it within the game. I have successfully entered in the PIN number using a web browser (on a PC), and she now has $50 worth of Roblox credit. From my understanding, I am now supposed to convert the Roblox credit into Robux, which will allow her to purchase items within the game. Every video and written ... (<a href="/news/10757/explained-convert-roblox-gift-card-robux-step-step" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 15 May 2020 18:46:33 +0000 Dennis Faas 10757 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10757/explained-convert-roblox-gift-card-robux-step-step#comments f1 Gaming Windows 10 Search Glitch: Don't Panic http://www.infopackets.com/news/10756/windows-10-search-glitch-dont-panic <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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">Windows 10 has been hit by another bug affecting the search function. Fortunately it seems the problem looks much worse than it really is. The bug in question pops up for some users when they use Windows Search, which looks through both the names of files and the contents of documents. Users have reported a range of unusual effects, the most common being a message reading "This is taking too long to load" above a reload button. In most cases it seems hitting the reload button - or indeed restarting either the search tool or Windows itself - doesn't make any difference. What's particularly ... (<a href="/news/10756/windows-10-search-glitch-dont-panic" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 14 May 2020 18:14:11 +0000 John Lister 10756 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10756/windows-10-search-glitch-dont-panic#comments f1 Microsoft Thunderbolt Flaw Could Bypass Security, Encryption http://www.infopackets.com/news/10755/thunderbolt-flaw-could-bypass-security-encryption <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 researcher has found a major bug with Thunderbolt port technology that could undermine major security measures on multiple computer systems. There's a big mitigating factor though: an attacker would need extended physical access to the computer in order to carry out the exploit. Thunderbolt is a technology that is similar in concept to USB, but adds fiber optic to the usual copper wires. Compared to USB, Thunderbolt has high speed and capacity. Common uses include super-fast device charging (including laptops), 4K video, and extremely quick data transfers. Originally Thunderbolt was only ... (<a href="/news/10755/thunderbolt-flaw-could-bypass-security-encryption" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 12 May 2020 18:18:48 +0000 John Lister 10755 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10755/thunderbolt-flaw-could-bypass-security-encryption#comments f1 Security Microsoft Tackles 'Reply All' Misery http://www.infopackets.com/news/10754/microsoft-tackles-reply-all-misery <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 wants to stop one of the most annoying parts of email. It's going to try cutting the vicious cycle of the "reply all" message storm. The problem arises when somebody sends a group message to a large number of people and then one of the recipients mistakenly (or perhaps worse, deliberately) clicks on "Reply All" rather than simply using "Reply" to address the original sender. Not only does that mean the entire group seeing the reply, but it can quickly spark others to reply, extend a conversation, point out the error, or make a joke. In some cases, the configuration means that all of ... (<a href="/news/10754/microsoft-tackles-reply-all-misery" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 11 May 2020 18:38:16 +0000 John Lister 10754 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10754/microsoft-tackles-reply-all-misery#comments f1 Technology Twitter to Filter, Warn Users Before They Post http://www.infopackets.com/news/10753/twitter-filter-warn-users-they-post <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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">Twitter is testing a program to warn users if they are about to post a potentially-offensive message. It's billed as a way to tackle hot-headedness, but could also tackle the limitations of automatic filtering. At the moment Twitter uses a combination of automated filters that block some content from getting posted, as well as user reports about posts already online. The test will run for several weeks and cover English language tweets only. It will mean users who are about to post something that involves "offensive or hurtful language" see a message giving them the option of revising it ... (<a href="/news/10753/twitter-filter-warn-users-they-post" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 08 May 2020 18:01:03 +0000 John Lister 10753 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10753/twitter-filter-warn-users-they-post#comments f1 Internet Microsoft Drops Dual-Screen Windows http://www.infopackets.com/news/10752/microsoft-drops-dual-screen-windows <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 rethinking its plans for a completely new version of Windows 10. It's no longer going to target "Windows 10X" at dual-screen devices for the simple reason that not many people are interested about such devices right now. Windows 10X was originally designed to be a separate system to the widely used Windows 10. The idea was to get ahead of the game with fold-out laptops that have a touchscreen on both halves of the fold, rather than a screen and physical keyboard. Such devices are designed to give users a large screen space and a more practical way to have multiple windows open in ... (<a href="/news/10752/microsoft-drops-dual-screen-windows" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 06 May 2020 17:36:23 +0000 John Lister 10752 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10752/microsoft-drops-dual-screen-windows#comments f1 Microsoft Windows 10 May 2020 Update Offers Speed Boost http://www.infopackets.com/news/10750/windows-10-may-2020-update-offers-speed-boost <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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">Older computers might feel a little faster after the next major Windows 10 update. That's because Windows 10 is going to get a bit smarter in the way it powers its search tool. Windows 10's Start Menu (accessed by clicking the Windows logo at the bottom left of the screen) includes a search box that doesn't just search the names of files, but also their content. Since the system's release, an update means it will now searches all files on the C drive - not just those in specific libraries such as "Documents" or "Downloads." File Indexing Takes a Toll To ... (<a href="/news/10750/windows-10-may-2020-update-offers-speed-boost" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 05 May 2020 17:31:41 +0000 John Lister 10750 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10750/windows-10-may-2020-update-offers-speed-boost#comments f1 Microsoft How to Fix: Move All Steam Games to Another Drive http://www.infopackets.com/news/10751/how-fix-move-all-steam-games-another-drive <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 David C. writes: " Dear Dennis, I am running out of space on my C drive (SSD) and I would like to move my entire Steam folder to the D drive. Currently I have a 1 TB SSD on C and the D drive is a 4 TB regular hard drive. Every guide I've looked at on the Internet explains how to do move each Steam game one at a time, but I've got over 20 games installed on here and that would take forever. What I would like to do is move all Steam games to another drive in one go. I don't understand why this is so difficult. I'm afraid I may screw something up if I don't do this right - in ... (<a href="/news/10751/how-fix-move-all-steam-games-another-drive" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 04 May 2020 18:29:11 +0000 Dennis Faas 10751 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10751/how-fix-move-all-steam-games-another-drive#comments f1 Windows Tips YouTube Fights Fake News with 'Fact-Checking Panel' http://www.infopackets.com/news/10749/youtube-fights-fake-news-fact-checking-panel <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 is stepping up a fact-checking feature on YouTube. It won't mean removing videos, but rather placing a warning in results for searches on topics associated with misleading information. The "fact check information panels" were first used in Brazil and India last year and will now be rolled out to the United States. They're designed as a way to focus human resources given the sheer quantity of videos uploaded every day. The idea is to deal with misinformation about recent news events where bogus claims can appear and spread quickly. Topics will be selected based on both the amount of ... (<a href="/news/10749/youtube-fights-fake-news-fact-checking-panel" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 29 Apr 2020 17:29:12 +0000 John Lister 10749 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10749/youtube-fights-fake-news-fact-checking-panel#comments f1 Internet Major Antivirus Flaw Deletes Files, Corrupts Windows http://www.infopackets.com/news/10748/major-antivirus-flaw-deletes-files-corrupts-windows <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 security company says it found a simple way to turn antivirus software into a weapon for attackers. Most major manufacturers have now fixed the problem, but it's a reminder to keep such software updated. The discovery by Rack911 Labs effectively meant that a hacker could force the antivirus software to delete files on a computer. That would mean the hacker would need to have gained access to a computer first - whether internally on a network, or remotely using malware. The exploit is based on one of the most fundamental actions of any antivirus software: they scan files, check if they are a ... (<a href="/news/10748/major-antivirus-flaw-deletes-files-corrupts-windows" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 28 Apr 2020 18:01:10 +0000 John Lister 10748 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10748/major-antivirus-flaw-deletes-files-corrupts-windows#comments f1 Security WhatsApp Claims Fake News Success http://www.infopackets.com/news/10747/whatsapp-claims-fake-news-success <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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">Measures to stop misinformation spreading on messaging service WhatsApp appear to be making a difference. The Facebook-owned business says its seen fewer "highly forwarded messages". A couple of weeks back , WhatsApp took action after fears it was being used to spread bogus and potentially dangerous claims about COVID-19. One big worry was that people who saw a message in one group chat would forward it to multiple other group chats, quickly increasing the number of people who saw it. Extra Niggle May Spark Rethink The changes involved any message that had been forwarded at least five times. ... (<a href="/news/10747/whatsapp-claims-fake-news-success" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 27 Apr 2020 18:33:13 +0000 John Lister 10747 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10747/whatsapp-claims-fake-news-success#comments f1 Internet Fake News: Many Twitter 'Debates' are Actually Bots http://www.infopackets.com/news/10746/fake-news-many-twitter-debates-are-actually-bots <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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">Human tiredness could be the key to spotting automated fake posts online, according to researchers at the University of Southern California. They are developing systems to distinguish between posts by humans and those posted by automated programs, otherwise known as 'bots' - which is a short form for robots. Since most of the online world gets their news using smartphones these days, fake news is a serious problem. It's also an incredibly serious issue for social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, where news is often talked about, debated, and forwarded to others. Bots Designed To ... (<a href="/news/10746/fake-news-many-twitter-debates-are-actually-bots" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 22 Apr 2020 20:16:26 +0000 John Lister 10746 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10746/fake-news-many-twitter-debates-are-actually-bots#comments f1 Internet Android Store Hacked; Up to 40M Accounts Leaked http://www.infopackets.com/news/10745/android-store-hacked-40m-accounts-leaked <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 third-party Android app store has been hit by a big data breach. Aptoide users who registered between 21 July 2016 and 28 January 2018 may be affected. Aptoide works in a same way as Google's own Play app store, but isn't subject to its content regulations or security vettings. As with all third-party stores, users must confirm they accept security risks when installing apps from it. A hacker has published data from 20 million users and claims to have details of another 19 million users altogether. That's a big chunk of the 150 million people Aptoide claims have used its service at some ... (<a href="/news/10745/android-store-hacked-40m-accounts-leaked" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 21 Apr 2020 19:32:41 +0000 John Lister 10745 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10745/android-store-hacked-40m-accounts-leaked#comments f1 Security How to Fix Windows Defender Glitch http://www.infopackets.com/news/10744/how-fix-windows-defender-glitch <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 Windows 10 update blunder temporarily left some users without full use of the system's in-built antivirus / antimalware protection. Though enthusiasts quickly spotted a workaround, the problem has now been fixed with a Windows 10 update. The initial problem wasn't actually a system update to Windows 10 itself that caused the issue, but rather an antivirus definition update file for Windows Defender. Essentially, a "definition update" contains details of the latest known threats that the tool can immediately deal with. For some users, the problem only arose when running a full scan ... (<a href="/news/10744/how-fix-windows-defender-glitch" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 20 Apr 2020 18:27:24 +0000 John Lister 10744 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10744/how-fix-windows-defender-glitch#comments f1 Security Microsoft Delays Windows 10 Security Deadline http://www.infopackets.com/news/10743/microsoft-delays-windows-10-security-deadline <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 delaying its end of support for machines running older versions of Windows 10. It's the latest alteration made because of people working from home. The change affects any computers that haven't been updated since the big twice-yearly update in October 2018, formally known as version 1709 for business users and 1809 for home users. It might seem odd that some people are running those versions given the option to automatically have Windows update regularly. However, it's also understandable that some people might have been put off updating at that point as the October 2018 update ... (<a href="/news/10743/microsoft-delays-windows-10-security-deadline" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 16 Apr 2020 18:06:58 +0000 John Lister 10743 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10743/microsoft-delays-windows-10-security-deadline#comments f1 Microsoft Webcam Bitcoin Blackmail Scam Returns http://www.infopackets.com/news/10742/webcam-bitcoin-blackmail-scam-returns <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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">An email scam that aims to exploit embarrassment appears to be back in full effect. The scam involves the recipient getting a message falsely claiming somebody has hacked their computer through an adult website, then accessed their webcam and filmed the person enjoying said website. It goes on to claim the hacker has gathered a list of contacts from the user's email and Facebook accounts and threatens to send a copy of the embarrassing video to the person's friends and family. To stop this, the victim must pay the equivalent of $1,900 in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Email Allegedly Tracked The ... (<a href="/news/10742/webcam-bitcoin-blackmail-scam-returns" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 15 Apr 2020 19:35:59 +0000 John Lister 10742 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10742/webcam-bitcoin-blackmail-scam-returns#comments f1 Internet 56 Android Apps Hijack Devices, Drain Battery http://www.infopackets.com/news/10741/56-android-apps-hijack-devices-drain-battery <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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">Security researchers have warned of 56 infected Android apps that could compromise performance. They've been deleted from the Google Play Store, but could still be on users' phones and tablets. According to Check Point, the apps contain malware designed to hijack phones and simulate user actions to click on ads. That could run down batteries and eat into mobile data allowances. (Source: checkpoint.com ) The 56 apps include 24 supposedly aimed at children, and 32 which offer simple utilities. They all work as designed: the problem is what's happening in the background. (Source: express.co.uk ... (<a href="/news/10741/56-android-apps-hijack-devices-drain-battery" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 13 Apr 2020 18:48:24 +0000 John Lister 10741 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10741/56-android-apps-hijack-devices-drain-battery#comments f1 Security WhatsApp Attempts to Slow Spread of Fake News http://www.infopackets.com/news/10740/whatsapp-attempts-slow-spread-fake-news <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 messaging service owned by Facebook is to change its policies to reduce the risk of people passing on bogus information. The WhatsApp changes follow a "significant increase" in forwarded messages since the COVID-19 pandemic began. WhatsApp lets users form and join multiple chat groups: for example, one for work colleagues, one for personal friends and one for neighbors. One key feature is that it's relatively simple to forward a message from one group to another, which means information can spread rapidly. That's particularly problematic when it comes to false and even dangerous information ... (<a href="/news/10740/whatsapp-attempts-slow-spread-fake-news" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 10 Apr 2020 19:24:59 +0000 John Lister 10740 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10740/whatsapp-attempts-slow-spread-fake-news#comments f1 Internet Windows Update Notifications Changing http://www.infopackets.com/news/10739/windows-update-notifications-changing <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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">Windows 10 users will soon get slightly clearer notifications when an update is ready. They will also get a reminder of the risks of updating a laptop running on battery power. The notifications will appear in the Windows 10 Action Center, located at the bottom right of the screen. Scheduling Updates Easier As well as telling users an update is ready, it will give the chance to click on one of three options. Two options are already familiar: to update immediately ("Restart Now") and to delay the update until later that night ("Restart Tonight"). The latter option simply reschedules for an ... (<a href="/news/10739/windows-update-notifications-changing" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 08 Apr 2020 17:42:50 +0000 John Lister 10739 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10739/windows-update-notifications-changing#comments f1 Microsoft Chrome Cookie Change Put on Hold due to Pandemic http://www.infopackets.com/news/10738/chrome-cookie-change-put-hold-due-pandemic <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 temporarily reversed a change intended to increase security and privacy in the Chrome browser. It says it can't risk disrupting websites when so many people are more reliant on the Internet than normal. The change was to the way Chrome handles third-party cookies . These are small text files placed on a computer when it visits a website. Unlike standard cookies, they aren't accessed by the site in question, but rather a third-party and are often associated with unpopular behavior such tracking a user's activity across the web to build up a profile of their interests to target ... (<a href="/news/10738/chrome-cookie-change-put-hold-due-pandemic" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 07 Apr 2020 17:44:41 +0000 John Lister 10738 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10738/chrome-cookie-change-put-hold-due-pandemic#comments f1 Internet Edge Browser Gets New Features, Based on Chrome http://www.infopackets.com/news/10737/edge-browser-gets-new-features-based-chrome <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 unveiled a range of new features for its Edge browser. They include vertically arranged tabs, enhanced cut and paste, and warnings of potential password breaches. Edge has been somewhat light on new features recently as Microsoft has been concentrating on major behind-the-scenes changes. The browser used to run on Microsoft's own code but is now based on Chromium , the same open source code behind Google's Chrome. Microsoft hopes that will tempt over some Chrome users who should be able to use many of their existing browser extension tools in Edge. However, it's also adding some ... (<a href="/news/10737/edge-browser-gets-new-features-based-chrome" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 01 Apr 2020 18:44:09 +0000 John Lister 10737 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10737/edge-browser-gets-new-features-based-chrome#comments f1 Security VPN, Proxy 'No Internet' Bug Fix Released for Win10 http://www.infopackets.com/news/10736/vpn-proxy-no-internet-bug-fix-released-win10 <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 fixed a Windows 10 bug that meant some users, particularly those running VPNs or proxy servers, couldn't get online. It's an optional update designed only for those who experienced the problem. The bug came to light last week, which was about as bad timing as it gets given the increase in the number of people now working from home. As is now a familiar issue, it seems to have been introduced by a previous update to Windows 10. The problem appears to have affected people running either proxy servers or virtual private networks. Though they use different techniques, both are ... (<a href="/news/10736/vpn-proxy-no-internet-bug-fix-released-win10" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 31 Mar 2020 17:16:16 +0000 John Lister 10736 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10736/vpn-proxy-no-internet-bug-fix-released-win10#comments f1 Microsoft Hackers Infect Routers; Deploy COVID-19 Malware http://www.infopackets.com/news/10735/hackers-infect-routers-deploy-covid-19-malware <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 new attack on Internet users combines multiple tactics into a nasty strategy. The scam includes hacking routers, redirecting users to bogus sites, and preying on fear to trick people into installing malware. The first step in the attack involved the hackers taking control of home and small business routers, with Linksys and D-Link models targeted. Exactly how they are doing this isn't certain, but it appears to involve a brute force attack through the optional feature that lets users access their router settings from any Internet-connected computer. Brute force is effectively an automated ... (<a href="/news/10735/hackers-infect-routers-deploy-covid-19-malware" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 30 Mar 2020 17:37:49 +0000 John Lister 10735 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10735/hackers-infect-routers-deploy-covid-19-malware#comments f1 Security Windows 10 to Only Get Security Fixes http://www.infopackets.com/news/10734/windows-10-only-get-security-fixes <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 switching to a "security updates only" model for Windows from May until further notice. The idea is to limit the risk of creating bugs while many people are working from home without IT support staff. The change affects what are known internally at Microsoft as C and D updates. Those roll out on the third and fourth week of the month and contain previews and testing of new features that are planned for a main release the following month. Microsoft will continue with the B update on the second Tuesday of each month, unofficially known as Patch Tuesday. However, this will now only ... (<a href="/news/10734/windows-10-only-get-security-fixes" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 26 Mar 2020 17:32:51 +0000 John Lister 10734 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10734/windows-10-only-get-security-fixes#comments f1 Microsoft Critical Security Flaw Hits Windows 7 and 8 Hardest http://www.infopackets.com/news/10733/critical-security-flaw-hits-windows-7-and-8-hardest <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 warned users of a significant unpatched security flaw in Windows. It's offered some key steps to take while the problem is being fixed. The problem affects all currently supported versions of Windows, though Windows 7 and 8 machines are affected 'critically' according to the Microsoft advisory bulletin. Attacks on Windows 10 machines are considerably more constrained due to its enhanced security features. Microsoft says its currently only aware of targeted attacks on Windows 7 machines, though that could change now the bug has been made public. (Source: microsoft.com ) Adobe ... (<a href="/news/10733/critical-security-flaw-hits-windows-7-and-8-hardest" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 25 Mar 2020 18:04:37 +0000 John Lister 10733 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10733/critical-security-flaw-hits-windows-7-and-8-hardest#comments f1 Security Warning: Windows Defender May Break (Workaround) http://www.infopackets.com/news/10732/warning-windows-defender-may-break-workaround <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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">Windows 10's built-in security tool Windows Defender has stopped working properly for some users. There's a workaround for those who want added peace of mind. Exactly what's causing the problem isn't yet clear, but some users are finding both manual and automatic scans produce messages such as: "Items skipped during scan: The Windows Defender Antivirus scan skipped an item due to exclusion or network scanning settings." In other cases, the error message reports that the entire scan was skipped. The message isn't proving particularly helpful as it's not clear what items are actually being ... (<a href="/news/10732/warning-windows-defender-may-break-workaround" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 24 Mar 2020 17:48:23 +0000 John Lister 10732 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10732/warning-windows-defender-may-break-workaround#comments f1 Security Google Pauses Chrome Updates http://www.infopackets.com/news/10731/google-pauses-chrome-updates <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 says it won't be adding any new features to the Chrome browser and operating system for the moment. It's switching to security updates only, a move prompted by changing work patterns. Announcing the move, Google wrote: Due to adjusted work schedules at this time, we are pausing upcoming Chrome and Chrome OS releases. Our primary objectives are to ensure Chrome continues to be stable, secure, and work reliably for anyone who depends on them. We'll continue to prioritize any updates related to security, which will be included in Chrome 80. (Source: chromium.org ) Chromebook Use May Rise ... (<a href="/news/10731/google-pauses-chrome-updates" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 19 Mar 2020 16:52:01 +0000 John Lister 10731 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10731/google-pauses-chrome-updates#comments f1 Google Tech Giants Tackle COVID-19 Fake News http://www.infopackets.com/news/10730/tech-giants-tackle-covid-19-fake-news <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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">Leading tech companies have agreed a joint program to week out false information about the COVID-19 pandemic. It could have a knock-on effect on the rest of their services. The program is announced in a joint statement from Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Reddit, Twitter and YouTube. It says they will take steps "to make sure everyone has access to accurate information, stop misinformation and harmful content, and support global health experts, local governments, businesses and communities." (Source: fb.com ) It's part of a four part program of measures from Facebook. The ... (<a href="/news/10730/tech-giants-tackle-covid-19-fake-news" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 18 Mar 2020 17:24:28 +0000 John Lister 10730 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10730/tech-giants-tackle-covid-19-fake-news#comments f1 Internet Apple, Google Differ On COVID-19 Apps http://www.infopackets.com/news/10728/apple-google-differ-covid-19-apps <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 says it's banning any COVID-19 related apps unless it's certain they come from authoritative sources. It's also banning any game or entertainment apps related to the coronavirus pandemic. The move is particularly significant as it's almost impossible to install an app on an iPhone or iPad unless it's been approved by Apple. In contrast, Android users can install unapproved apps from sources other than the official Google Play store, albeit only after confirming they are willing to take the security risk. Apple says that when it comes to COVID-19 content it is "evaluating apps critically ... (<a href="/news/10728/apple-google-differ-covid-19-apps" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 17 Mar 2020 18:09:07 +0000 John Lister 10728 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10728/apple-google-differ-covid-19-apps#comments f1 Mobile How to Fix: Win10 Home Disable Password Complexity, Expiration http://www.infopackets.com/news/10729/how-fix-win10-home-disable-password-complexity-expiration <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 Ginny S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I am running Windows 10 Home and all the sudden it is telling me that I need to change my password and that my Windows password must meet complexity requirements . I have never had this issue before. To make matters worse it tells me that the password needs to be minimum of 8 characters and contain both upper and lower case, plus digits. This has happened twice already and I have a hard enough time remembering my passwords. How can I disable the Windows 10 Home password complexity and expiration ? All the posts I've come across all mention ... (<a href="/news/10729/how-fix-win10-home-disable-password-complexity-expiration" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 16 Mar 2020 19:12:36 +0000 Dennis Faas 10729 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10729/how-fix-win10-home-disable-password-complexity-expiration#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Can't Start Malwarebytes Installer Service http://www.infopackets.com/news/10727/how-fix-cant-start-malwarebytes-installer-service <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 Marlene T. writes: " Dear Dennis, My Windows 10 computer recently upgraded and my desktop icons have gone missing . On top of that, Malwarebytes Antimalware no longer works. When I try to launch Malwarebytes Antimalware, it freezes at the Malwarebytes logo and does not progress. I've tried to uninstall Malwarebytes Antimalware but it tells me that it can't start the malwarebytes installer service . I'm completely lost and need Malwarebytes to run! I need your help! " My response: I asked Marlene if she would like me to connect to her machine using my remote desktop support ... (<a href="/news/10727/how-fix-cant-start-malwarebytes-installer-service" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 13 Mar 2020 20:40:39 +0000 Dennis Faas 10727 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10727/how-fix-cant-start-malwarebytes-installer-service#comments f1 Windows Tips New Ransomware Exploits Excel Format http://www.infopackets.com/news/10726/new-ransomware-exploits-excel-format <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 new ransomware variant takes advantage of a Microsoft Excel feature. It's a good reminder to keep security software up-to-date. The variant has been reported by security company Lastline. It involves a known ransomware called Paradise that operates in the familiar fashion: the attackers find a way to get remote access to a computer then encrypt files and demand a fee to restore access - sometimes in the tens of thousands of dollars, or much higher. In this case, the attackers try to trick victims into opening a file attachment that creates the opening for accessing the machine. The ... (<a href="/news/10726/new-ransomware-exploits-excel-format" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 12 Mar 2020 17:43:54 +0000 John Lister 10726 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10726/new-ransomware-exploits-excel-format#comments f1 Security Official: COVID-19 a Pandemic; Tips to Clean Devices http://www.infopackets.com/news/10725/official-covid-19-pandemic-tips-clean-devices <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 issued new guidance on how to clean iPhones, iPods and laptops. Though it doesn't mention the reason for the update, it's almost certainly a reaction to concerns about COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus. Most of the medical advice for people to minimize the risk of catching or spreading the coronavirus has centered on regular hand washing with hot water for at least 20 seconds and avoiding touching the face. However, portable devices are certainly an area of concern, given how often many owners touch them during a day. Apple already offers official advice for keeping ... (<a href="/news/10725/official-covid-19-pandemic-tips-clean-devices" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 11 Mar 2020 17:35:38 +0000 John Lister 10725 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10725/official-covid-19-pandemic-tips-clean-devices#comments f1 IT Microsoft Revamps Win10 Data Collection Options http://www.infopackets.com/news/10723/microsoft-revamps-win10-data-collection-options <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 changing the options for how Windows 10 computers share data for diagnostic purposes. It's ditching one option and renaming the others, though no PC will start reporting data without the user's permission. The diagnostic data program is where computers send information to Microsoft about their activity and any problems. The idea is to help Microsoft spot any bugs as well as assess how widely features are used and thus which are most worthy of further maintenance and development. Some User Control Because there's an obvious tension between improving Windows 10 and addressing ... (<a href="/news/10723/microsoft-revamps-win10-data-collection-options" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 10 Mar 2020 17:52:38 +0000 John Lister 10723 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10723/microsoft-revamps-win10-data-collection-options#comments f1 Microsoft How to Fix: Program Won't Remove from Programs and Features http://www.infopackets.com/news/10724/how-fix-program-wont-remove-programs-and-features <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 Rick F. writes: " Dear Dennis, I had a problem trying to uninstall a program via the Control Panel (Add or Remove Programs / Programs and Features) and ended up having to remove it manually. The problem now is that the program won't uninstall from Programs and Features . Is there a way to manually fix a program that won't remove from Programs and Features so it's completely removed from the list? It's like I have a phantom entry and I don't know how to get rid of it. I hope what I'm asking makes sense. I've tried to follow so-called guides online to fix this problem but ... (<a href="/news/10724/how-fix-program-wont-remove-programs-and-features" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 09 Mar 2020 20:05:52 +0000 Dennis Faas 10724 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10724/how-fix-program-wont-remove-programs-and-features#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Disable CompatTelRunner.exe (High CPU, Disk Usage) http://www.infopackets.com/news/10722/how-fix-disable-compattelrunnerexe-high-cpu-disk-usage <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 Sharon S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I just purchased a used Acer laptop with Windows 10 on it. The system is slow and Task Manager shows 100% disk usage by CompatTelRunner.exe . Also CompatTelRunner.exe causes high CPU usage . I searched Google on how to disable CompatTelRunner.exe or delete CompatTelRunner.exe but can't seem to find a straight answer. Can you help? " My response: I asked Sharon if she would like me to have a closer look at the issue using my remote desktop support service , and she agreed. Below I will discuss my findings. How to Fix: Disable CompatTelRunner. ... (<a href="/news/10722/how-fix-disable-compattelrunnerexe-high-cpu-disk-usage" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 06 Mar 2020 22:09:47 +0000 Dennis Faas 10722 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10722/how-fix-disable-compattelrunnerexe-high-cpu-disk-usage#comments f1 Windows Tips Malware-Free Cyber Attacks on the Rise http://www.infopackets.com/news/10721/malware-free-cyber-attacks-rise <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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">Most online attacks don't involve malware, according to newly published figures. It's the first time "fileless techniques" have been in the majority. The figures come from an annual report by security company CrowdStrike. It says it analyzed its own customer data along with that from investigations into known attackers and data from reported incidents. According to the report, malware-free attacks made up 51 percent of the total during 2019, up from 40 percent the previous year. The tactics were particularly prevalent in North America, making up 74 percent of attacks. (Source: zdnet.com ) As ... (<a href="/news/10721/malware-free-cyber-attacks-rise" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 05 Mar 2020 19:02:04 +0000 John Lister 10721 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10721/malware-free-cyber-attacks-rise#comments f1 Security Apple to Pay Price for Purposely Slowing iPhones http://www.infopackets.com/news/10720/apple-pay-price-purposely-slowing-iphones <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 is to compensate customers after claims it intentionally slowed down old iPhones to make people more likely to upgrade. Each person eligible in the class action lawsuit will get around $25, but Apple isn't formally admitting any wrongdoing. Back in 2017 Apple admitted it had intentionally slowed down the performance of old iPhones through a software update. However, it denied this was a marketing move and instead said it was a necessary step to extend the lifespan of ageing batteries of older iPhones . Specifically it said sudden spikes in processor demand could cause older batteries to ... (<a href="/news/10720/apple-pay-price-purposely-slowing-iphones" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 04 Mar 2020 19:02:15 +0000 John Lister 10720 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10720/apple-pay-price-purposely-slowing-iphones#comments f1 Apple Unsafe VPN Android Apps Threaten Privacy http://www.infopackets.com/news/10718/unsafe-vpn-android-apps-threaten-privacy <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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">Some of the most popular VPN apps for Android are dangerous to use, according to a leading review site. The VPN apps, which are supposed to protect privacy, actually expose users to attacks according to VPN Pro. A VPN, or virtual private network, is meant to be a way to boost privacy online. It works by re-routing traffic through a middle-man server to make it appear that your IP is in another location. When configured properly, the VPN effectively creates a secure online connection that means even though data is going through the Internet, it can't be read by anyone other than the sender and ... (<a href="/news/10718/unsafe-vpn-android-apps-threaten-privacy" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 03 Mar 2020 19:11:22 +0000 John Lister 10718 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10718/unsafe-vpn-android-apps-threaten-privacy#comments f1 Security How to Fix: Remove Social Icons (WordPress, Drupal, etc) http://www.infopackets.com/news/10719/how-fix-remove-social-icons-wordpress-drupal-etc <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 Suzanne V. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a website that someone created for me a few years ago using the WordPress content management system (CMS). I want to remove social icons from WordPress so that they aren't displayed on my main page and other pages. Specifically, I want to remove the Google Plus social icon, as well as the RSS feed icon. I have logged into the WordPress administration page on my website but I cannot find how to disable or remove the social icons. Can you please help? I will hire you to fix this problem. " My response: Suzanne provided me the login ... (<a href="/news/10719/how-fix-remove-social-icons-wordpress-drupal-etc" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 02 Mar 2020 21:50:31 +0000 Dennis Faas 10719 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10719/how-fix-remove-social-icons-wordpress-drupal-etc#comments f1 IT How to Fix: Dell No Sound After Update (Inspiron 3760) http://www.infopackets.com/news/10717/how-fix-dell-no-sound-after-update-inspiron-3760 <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 Mike P. writes: " Dear Dennis, Thank you for your excellent website and remote desktop service - you've been a great help in the past. I have a new problem: Dell SupportAssist recently popped up with a message stating that I had sound driver updates to apply to Windows 10 , namely: two Intel high definition audio drivers, and one Realtek high definition audio driver. I downloaded and installed the sound drivers onto my PC, but unfortunately, there's been no sound after the Dell update . I've tried to uninstall and reinstall the Dell audio drivers but it made no difference. ... (<a href="/news/10717/how-fix-dell-no-sound-after-update-inspiron-3760" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 28 Feb 2020 19:35:19 +0000 Dennis Faas 10717 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10717/how-fix-dell-no-sound-after-update-inspiron-3760#comments f1 Windows Tips WinX DVD Ripper: Convert / Play DVDs on Windows 10 http://www.infopackets.com/news/10716/winx-dvd-ripper-convert-play-dvds-windows-10 <div class="google_ads"><!-- admin/config/infopackets/google_ads --></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 G. writes: " Dear Dennis, I just upgraded my PC to Windows 10 and I noticed that Windows Media Player no longer plays DVDs in Windows 10 . In Windows 7 it worked without a problem. I researched this issue and it appears that this 'feature' was removed on purpose because newer PCs and laptops do not have DVD players. As such, Microsoft has dropped all support for Windows 10 DVD playback in Windows Media Player. I plan on purchasing a thin ultrabook laptop (with no DVD player) soon. As such, I'd like to convert my DVDs into AVI or MP4 (for example) so I ... (<a href="/news/10716/winx-dvd-ripper-convert-play-dvds-windows-10" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 27 Feb 2020 19:30:55 +0000 Dennis Faas 10716 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10716/winx-dvd-ripper-convert-play-dvds-windows-10#comments f1 Windows Tips