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Ransomware – Cryptoware

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There have been a lot of computers that have come in lately that have been infected with Ransomware. These type of infections encrypt your data (Document, pictures, etc.) with a strong encryption and then demand that you pay them a large amount of money to give you the decryption key to unlock your files. Most security experts are recommending that you don’t pay the ransom since this could open you up to other problems. Because of these types of Ransomware infections, it is always a good idea to have one, if not two backups of your important files (external hard drive and a cloud based backup). There are also a few ways to prevent these infections. Don’t open emails that you don’t who they are from and if you do know who they are, still be careful of attachments. Malwarebytes.org has a beta program that they say will prevent these infections. The website www.foolishit.com has a program called cryptoprevent that should protect you as well. Always make sure you do your Windows updates and have a good antivirus that is activated and up to date.


Removing the Windows 10 Upgrade Nag Icon

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Microsoft has now made the “Upgrade to Windows 10” an important update instead of a optional update.  There are some people out there that are content to run Windows 7 and not upgrade.  After all, Windows 7 will be supported until Jan. 14, 2020 (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/lifecycle).

If you’re tired of seeing the Windows 10 upgrade notification, you can remove it.  Launce Control Panel, Click on Programs or Programs and Features, and in the left side of the screen hit the “View installed updates” section.  Look for KB3035583 in the list, right-click it and choose the remove option.  That will get rid of the nag but it will come back if you do the update again.  You can right click on the update and choose hide this update and it won’t install it.  Hopefully this will help some of you out there that do not want to upgrade.


Windows 10 Update may remove programs automatically

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If you’re running Windows 10 and you’ve installed the latest Windows 10 Version 1511 update, you may have noticed that there are some programs missing from your computer that used to be there.  Well, that’s because the new update automatically gets rid of programs that it deems is not compatible with Windows 10.  No notice.  No info before the upgrade that it going to remove the program.  After the upgrade it tells you that it removed a program.  There is no way around this except to find and updated version of the missing program that Windows 10 thinks will not cause harm.  What has been your experience with this update?