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Is there any freeware programs that will fix all registry errors? The short answer to this is "no". There are many different registry scanners out there and each of them will find what other programs will not. If you decide to use such a program, use it carefully. How do I get rid of exclamation marks next to iTunes songs? The problem and solution are discussed in the following thread. Do you advise changing to IE9? You can upgrade to IE9 if you are using Win Vista or Win 7. If you are using Win XP, youre out of luck. Microsoft is not allowing this for XP. Please read through this link: While installing drivers for smartphone, MTP driver fails. Any ideas? in Fire Fox, how do you limit the number of tabs to be closed The answer is at: and at: Looking for a great anti virus software. All the well known products are great. They all work but none is perfect, they all let something through. The free versions are good enough for proper protection. Can Internet Explorer 9 be safely removed from Vista and re-installed? Yes have a look at the Microsoft site to see how:- how do I send someone a link from my website to add to their website Highlight the address of your site in the explorer bar, Copy it (ctrl +C) and then paste it (ctrl +v)in to the email you send them. They then do the same on the web page it is to go on to. How can I reopen a closed ticket? The only way to reopen a ticket is by using the links in the bottom of the email you received when that ticket was closed. Option 2 is to open a new ticket and reference the closed ticket number. Can i plug a powered device, eg printer, into a powered USB Hub? Yes. you can do this without any problem. Can I uninstall iTunes and still maintain files after a reinstall? Follow the directions here: Your music folder should contain a backup folder that is updated every time you sync iTunes. is there a defrag for the mac os please let me know! you could use a tool like iDefrag - OSX will automatically, in background, defragment files under 20mb in size. Files over 20mb are never defragmented. Where is the best place to locate somone who can fix code? Perhaps you would like to explore one of the on-line sites that match projects to coding professionals. The following is an example How can I prevent some programs from loading automatically on startup If you download and install ccleaner from there is an option to stop some programs at startup in the tools section and its easy to use the product rather than changing registration How can I continue to use Hotmail? As far as I have read Microsoft is not discontinuing Hotmail but has expanded it and calls it Outlook Mail. Hotmail users who want to stick with Hotmail can do so withouty problems. 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If you have upgraded to windows 7 you can find out through "Windows Update" in Control Panel. Also you can get updated drivers from the website of each of the manufacturers of each peripheral. What's needed for Win8 pro upgrade from Win 8 on a new computer? All you need is the proper CD Key for the Pro Version upgrade through Control Panel "Anytime Upgrade". This can be obtained via the Microsoft site or from any retailer. What to do when my Explorer is taking over, forcing me to use Firefox Uninstall Firefox with a utility such as Revo Uninstaller. My laptop stops charging when powered on. Will a new battery help? Perhaps, however since a new battery is quite expensive you should perhaps have it looked at by a person where you purchase the battery to eliminate a problem with the computer's charging circuit. How do I uninstall the toolbar and Go to the Add/Remove Programs or Programs and Features section of the Control Panel and remove them, or go here: Is there a marwear for MAC users for free Best Free Mac Software -,2817,2369643,00.asp - gives a good guide to free products for your computer How do I quickly copy contacts from one Gmail account to another? You need to export from one gmail account to a local disk and then import in to the new account - - reverse this and select import to other account How can I synch my Gmail calendar with my Outlook 2010? This is no longer supported for free Gmail accounts. Details at the following link Took a video, when viewed is sideways. Is there a way to rotate it? The page at: shows you just how to do it. How do I make my default email Take a look at this You may need to open a detailed ticket since there are different ways to understand your need. Can a virus still get on a DVD rom disk while burning a movie? Yes. Indeed many viruses are designed to install on any removable media. If you are infected it can happen and act as a vector to infect others. How can I save my Picasa albums to another computer? Review the various solutions found here:!topic/picasa/X57yQGsCD4k, taking special note of the very good solution mentioned by user Robert Brown. Battery indicates fully charged but computer dies when mains are off This seems to suggest that you have a defective battery. It is suggested that you test using a different battery. Is there a removal tool available for ConduitSearch? this toolbar/ malware software needs to be removed slightly differently depending on the browser you use as we can not see which browser you have please open a ticket for more help. What is the best browser to use with XP Google chrome is the fastest, Internet explorer works well with XP as a Microsoft product, firefox, safari are good, support for xp ends in 2014 except for google will continue to support chrome I lost an exel file after a restore; how can I recover it? The best tool I know and use is - Recuva it recovers files deleted from your Windows computer for FREE - What is Strongvault? Is it a virus? StrongVault is not a virus itself but it is related to malware. Details at this link Can I use an adapter on my DVI port to use a second monitor? Yes - Have a look at Will Micorsoft Release service pack 4 when they end support for XP The simple answer from Microsoft today was - There will NOT be a Windows XP SP4 - they prefer you move to newer versions of windows - so no new development on XP exists to that level remove windows 8.1 password start This link tells you how and so does this video How do I turn off my antivirus program? Where do I find it? Often you right click the icon in the system tray and then Disable. But this is really not a good idea. Perhaps you should open a ticket to explore this further. I have used microsoft MSE as my AV for some time now , how good is it? You identify no objective measure ... MSE is good, most of the protection programs are. No program gives perfect protection. What is best free AV, MSE, Avast or AVG It all depends on what you desire. Each has its strengths and weaknesses. A Google or Bing search for "Antivirus Reviews" should tell you which is the best for you. What risk in fixing all items shown after Registry scan in CCleaner? No risk at all. The items listed are all Orphaned Links so they are not used. This is not like a more invasive registry cleaner which works rather differently and best avoided. What format does USB need to save photos. Most cameras save photos in JPG format. However, any storage media attached to any USB port will allow you to store photos in ANY format. Should a USB be formatted in FAT32 or NTFS to show pics on any media? Go with the FAT32 format. Way less issues this way. Windows 7 Backup, does it backup Favorites & saved email? Yes as long as you configure it in that manner. By default it is so configured. How to import bookmarks from Internet Explorer to FireFox Have a look at the step by step guide at - if you struggle after that post a question on our site and one of our techs will help What is the best free spyware program? There really is NO BEST one. It all depends on what OS you are using and what you need. The website at: should be of great help. I need a cure for CRYPTO Virus The page at: gives many cures for it. Usually one or another will do it. Is is safe to uninstall HP Active Support Library? Yes it is. Is it safe to uninstall HP Photoshop Essential? Yes it is. Using Windows 8, which control key(s) allow you choose the boot sequence? Look here: Is it safe to delete the Old Firefox Dataxxx folder from desktop? Yes it is, as long as you are sure it is not being used. Best to rename it first and reboot, if Firefox still works then, yes, delete it. Do I have to pay for this? No. Protonic has always been, and will always be, free of charge. I do not like windows 8. Can I install windows 7 from a new CD? Are there still free website builders with no ads? No. All the free websites support themselves by having ads run on your pages. Can the font size be changed in a pdf document? PDF documents can only display the contents so no changes can be made without copying the text to another document and then editing in another format. You can however zoom in to see the content Are there any free DNS Providers for home use? There are. OpenDNS is probably the most well known, information here Some others are here Should I run "quick scan", "full scan", or both in Malwarebytes, ? Run a full scan and you will be assured of being thorough. If you are pressed for time but suspect a problem then run a quick scan. Can I install Ubuntu and still keep access to win-XP? If so, how? The page at: gives written instructions and the page at is a video telling how. I have down loaded several versions of CCleaner Can I safely DELETE earlier Versions Yes you do not need older versions on your system for it to work. Automatically when you update it deletes the older versions. Updates are a better way of keeping the system fresh Is it a good idea to download and use a free windows boot cd-rom? It would be illegal to use a "free" version of windows from the net - it is to buy from Microsoft. But if you have a legal copy of windows on your computer you can make a bootable disk from the system Is there a list of keyboard shortcuts for windows 8.1? Here are some keyboard shortcuts:!NbXit Will creating a spanned volume from 2 disks cause all data to be lost? Please see the description of spanned volumes at: Can you upgrade from Windows 8 to 8.1 using Windows Wpdate? You can download the free update from the Windows Store more details here at - I keep getting survey pop ups when I go to sites Depending on your Internet browser you can usually switch these off or stop them - tools and internet options - pop up blocker - failing that free products are available search through the Internet Should straight or crossover cable be used between new router & modem? A straight thru cable would normally be used. Just check that you are using the correct port on the router. If you get stuck please open a ticket and give details ... Do you support Windows 8.1 over Windows 7? Win 8 and 8.1 have not been well received. Win 7 is still being sold because people are not warming up to Win 8. Go with what YOU like best. I'm asking quickie questions but not receiving any answers back yet. "Quickies" are answered within one day with a short answer. Like this one. :) Where did you move the download page? We found that is was better to get your downloads directly from the source. How do I stop AVG PC Tuneup pestering me to buy their program? Since it is a "Try before you Buy" the only way to do this is to purchase their program. There are many similar programs that are free have no nags. Use "Ask a Question" on this site for for more. How do i uninstall the torntv V10 You will find a description and removal instructions in the following link If you need further assistance please open a detailed question. Is the Adobe Flash Player update safe? Yes, Adobe Flash Player is safe at the moment. But, as soon as the hackers have figured a hack for it, Flash Player could be deemed unsafe. As always, keep your anti virus program updated. What is IE on Windows and how do you disable it IE is Internet Explorer, a web browser like Firefox, Chrome, Opera, etc. Browsers allow you to explore the web. To disable it check out: How can I stop mail from automatically going to my junk mailbox? Whichever email program you are using, you'll need to check the junk filters and adjust them to stop this. If this doesn't help, please take out a ticket so that we can give you a more verbose answer. Is there a app or program that will add sounds to windows 8 all at onc At this time, there is no app or program to do this. However, have a look here: customize-sound-scheme-used-your-computer I'm not receiving my answers from my quickie questions? Check your spam mail and make sure you do not have protonic mail black listed. Hopefully, you received this one. How can I tell if Ubuntu is up to date on my computer? GUI method: System > Administration > Update Manager. Click "Check". Or, In a terminal type: sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude -y -s safe-upgrade What do you think of comodo ice dragon browser It's good. You may want to try several--Whitehat Aviator is quite secure, and Epic Browser provides speed and security features. Best Clone software Clonezilla, Aomei Backupper, Macrium Reflect, EaseusToDo Visit My computer takes to long to boot up. Try this FREE product: Can you link 4 wire case fans in series? No. If they were wired in series the wrong voltage would be delivered to each and if in parallel 1 wire carries a signal relaying Fan RPM and the other allows the Motherboard to control speed. Internet Explorer, how to cancel asking for security certificates Visit the site at for how to do it. Run Quicken Medical Expense Mgr. on Windows 8.1 ? Quicken stopped this program in 2007 so NO it will not run in windows 8 but may in fact work using compatability mode right click select Properties click the Compatibility tab Hello. Does anyone anyone have any information about a program called Zenmate? ZenMate encrypts and secures your connection. It protects your internet privacy while browsing. How do I delete a corrupted and unreadable folder? This program will fix this for you: How do I add a web site to compatibility view in IE? Please follow the directions give in this link: Hi, is it possible to move "hyberfil.sys" to another drive? Nope-- Why would you keep it? Hibernation takes resources--delete it. The computer should be booting in 30 seconds. Selecting "No Sounds" in Control Panel does not eliminate sounds. If you want to completely silence your system you can simply click the volume icon and then select Mute. Can I run a Vista laptop hard drive on an HP windows 8.1by a usb port? No, Vista doesn't have a Windows-to-Go feature. But Windows 7 and higher, yes! How? What is netengine.exe? Do I need it as a process on my computer? netengine.exe is adware so you do not need it. If you scan with your anti spyware software it should be removed. Is running a VPN within a virtual machine w/ NAT insecure? No, the security of the VPN host and the servers in use would determine the security. The security would = or perhaps be better than simple VPN use by the host. Will Windows Defender run on Windows XP? Please see the information at: Should you use a 64 bit browser with a 64 bit operating system? Yes it would result in faster browsing. However you can, and SHOULD use the latest version of any browser be it 32 bit or 64 bit for the most security. Will external drive compatible with Win8 be compatible with Win10? Yes. It is more of a hardware issue than a software issue. Windows 10 is a software upgrade so any hardware that supports it now will support it under Windows 10. Current free firefox extension similar to what coolpreviews ext did Don't we wish! I never realized how much I used the extension until one day it vanished. I think there is Swift Preview for Chrome. Stardock may be making an extension for a few dollars--pure rumor. When is using indexing on external drive useful or is it? It's a matter of debate; some users like turning indexing off for a perceived performance gain. I don't use indexing; I prefer "Everything" by Void Tools. Where can I get a Moto G Lollipop 5.0.2 user guide or manual? A great place to start is at this URL: Can I download antivirus software without it competing w/preloaded one? No. You have to uninstall the preloaded AV first, then install the new. Should i upgrade from windows 8 to windows 10 Preview? IMHO--absolutely not. Windows 10 Preview and the final release of Windows 10 will continue to have problems for at least six months. If you would like to use a Virtual Machine, it's fine. Cyberfox or Chrome? Your opinion. Chrome repeatedly trounces FF/Mozilla-based browsers. Best bet is to have both of them installed and make your decision based on usage. Is Windows Defender still the best protection for Windows 10? As of this moment, there are no third-party anti virus programs that will work with Windows 10. In the meantime, keep Defender updated, so you will have AV protection. Reset Numlock ON as default start in Windows 10 This is set in the BIOS of most computers. Consult your computer's manual to see how to access BIOS settings. How can I prevent Microsoft's offer to download win 10 when I boot up? where can I get windows 10 themes? will windows 8 themes work? There are many at: . Some Windows 8 themes will work but it is best to get those for Windows 10." Windows 10 mail wont work can you sugest a replacement app . Simple answer would be to use thunderbird which is free. But you can post a question and one of our techs will look at why your mail is not working with you Since Windows 10, my second internal hard drive is not recognized I would perform a clean install, but here are some options: How can I change the IP address of a router (also DHCP addresses)? Many ISPs allow a static IP address and yours may. If that is he case you need to contact them. Otherwise your IP is changed periodically on a rotational basis. In this case you cannot change it. What content blocker works on iPad 4 with iOS 9? Here's a starting point, but I think "Peace" may have been pulled from the store. Looking for a recording device for Samsung TV with Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC) Anynet+ is a function that enables you to control all connected Samsung devices that support Anynet+ with the Samsung Monitors remote. The Anynet+ system can usually be used only with Samsung devices, but Samsung TVs sometimes are able to use devices like the Amazon Fire TV and see it as an Anynet+ device. can someone tell me where i can download kodi v14 not v14.2 or higher What is the last version of java available for Mac Power PC? Go to and let it detect the version you have and let it install the one it recommends. How to make Windows Live work on Windows 10. It works well on Windows 10. I have it on my Windows 10 computer and it works well. Go to live/essentials and download the installer and install it. Why cant I get the Windows 10 update? "Not Ready" Waiting a long time for it to be ready is not unusual, MS is staging its release. Its at download/windows10. Our help page is at . Best FREE registry cleaner? CCleaner just doesnt clean deep enough RegSeeker SlimCleaner Free for general files, etc. Are there any functional reasons to leave an empty key in the registry None of which I know: However, there is considerable debate on the efficacy of deleting the keys. How do I remove iTunes from my Windows 10 PC You should simply be able to do it via Start (button) Settings / type "Control panel" in the box on the top right. Then "Programs and Features" Delete from there. If this does not work please post a Ticket. How to default e-mails to Html in Outlook 2013 converts to text\ In the message window, click Format Text > HTML. see format-to-HTML-Rich-Text-Format-or-plain-text-338a389d-11da-47fe-b693-cf41f792fefa How do you hide sidebars on a netbook to read text without scrolling? You can usually put the page in and out of "Kiosk Mode" by pressing the "f11" key. This may not remove the bar it will improve things. The size of a page is only able to be changed by the sites author.If you have a laptop, you MAY be able to resize the page by "pinching" the Touchpad. See your manual on how to "pinch". Do you advise on updating to Windows 10 now? Please see our Windows 10 guide at . Also Personally I feel that windows 10 is good at this point and if you have a Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 computer that is relatively new you can upgrade. How to secure my PDF documents - against copying, printing, etc. If you have a copy of the full version of adobe acrobat - before saving the file - Select Document > Security > Restrict Opening and Editing - enter the password and then save the file - you will then need the password to open or edit - depends on what you set at the last stage How to disable touchpad on HP Pavilion notebook? Open the Control Panel, then go to System > Device Manager. Navigate to the Mouse Option, right click on it, and click Disable. Having trouble changing themes in Win 7, 64bit. Is the upgrade version of Windows 10 the same as a new computer? Most probably it is. It all depends on when the computer was produced. If it was produced before the upgrade was released in November The upgrade version is newer. The newest version is 1511 Build 10586.104 Best Wireless Driver for IBM Thinkpad T41 2273-7FU (WinXP Pro SP3)? One needs to find drivers by make/model of wireless card, not by computer make/model. From the information given, one can go to Lenovo support and find the original drivers--several are offered: Is there any need/point to install .NET if you dont need it Yes, install NetFramework and keep it updated. Many, many programs require it, but users won't ever know unless they are extremely astute at programming. Later version of Windows have NetFramework listed in Features, not Programs. Do you have a tel number for Microsoft to comment on software problems If you go to the web site and select contact us - each country has a different method of contact and some do not give out a number - others do. But there is a email address and contact details depending on the service you are looking for. What do you think about the Vivaldi browser ? This browser is still in Beta. As a rule we do not recommend Beta software. As to what we think of it, that is a personal decision, It seems safe and configurable. I would say..once it is in production release Try it. You may like it. Better to rip dvd to harddrive then external OR dvd to external? Using a good ripping program the results will be the same. Please give me a reference about Smart Phones. Can they operate alone? Can smart watches be operated alone? Does it need other device to work Where can I find guidelines to clean and protect a Windows 7 laptop? How do I get Google homepage to show in Mozilla Firefox? In Mozilla Firefox, click the "Tools" menu from the menu bar at the top of the homepage. Under the "Tools" menu, select "Options.” On the options screen, select "General" from the menu options along the top of the screen. Within the "General" screen next to "Home Page," enter "" to set Google as your homepage. Im searching for a computer. Do you give opinions?,2817,2372609,00.asp Should I be purchasing added protection from McAfee & Avira? Unless you are very careless as to what sites you visit on the internet and open and install evrything you see, it should not be necessary to add protection. Personally I have NEVER needed anything more than the tools offered by WIndows. Do you recommend an an antivirus program to replace Defender W10 ? Windows Defender is very good IF you practice "Safe Computing". If however you visit unsafe sites, open every attachment that is sent you from unknown sources, install every program you find, visit sites that have a great deal of popups etc., There is NO AV that will protect you. Personally I use Windows Defender only and have NEVER had a problem. How to disable winsat in Windows 10? To turn it off: Start > Task Scheduler (taskschd.msc) Find Task Scheduler (Local) Task Scheduler Library Microsoft > Windows > Maintenance Right click WinSAT Select disable. Should I delete ALL partitions before clean install of windows 10? No need to go through rebuilding the partitions. Just format the partition that has Windows installed on it. My system has been terribly slow. Kindly help to make it faster. Thns. What we typically recommend, and what we typically practice on our personal computers when they are "slow," is a complete, fresh reinstall of the OS. One may want to increase RAM and install a SSD for more speed. We also recommend users of older machines to use Linux--Mint or Linux Lite or Ubuntu. Clients seem to prefer Mint. How do I get rid of a tab in Mozilla Thunderbird? Can you confirm that "WPS Office 2016" by Kingsoft is safe to use? It is safe to use. I use it often, as do a million others. Do you help with TV and Netgear range extender? Yes we do. Please sign into your protonic account and fill out a support ticket for this request. The procedure entry point sqlite3_wal_checkpoint could not be located PC Mechanic ! Good or Bad? If Bad how to get rid of? Some sites online consider it a PUP; others claim it's fine. To uninstall use Revo free or IOBit free--be careful and untick boxes for trialware. How can I run a Windows 98 program on windows 10? Will VMWare do it?? How can I play a Win XP 32 bit game on Win 7 64 bit computer? You MAY be able to do it is a Virtual machine such as VM ware. However video quality may suffer and the gaming experience will probably be not as great as it would with an updated version of the game What is your opinion of Bit Defender as computer protection? It's one of the top three free antivirus programs. Great for smaller machines because it isn't a resource hog. For a desktop solution with lots of processing power, a user may want Avira, but more settings means having to learn the program.,review-2588-5.html should I leave my computer on 24/7 or turn it off It's entirely up to the user. If one thinks he/she has a legitimate need to leave the computer on [e.g. runs a server] and doesn't mind the increased electric bill and wear/tear on the computer hardware, leave it on. Others prefer to give the computer a rest and save electricity. No right or wrong. Inbox missing from Apple Mail toolbar. How do I fix this? How edit my youtube text in my video Adding and editing text requires the use of the YouTube Video Editor. When opening the editor, drag a video into the space for editing, and click Text. how do I edit the text that accompanies my video on youtube? If the text was entered when making the video with Movie Maker or some other video editor, the text needs to be changed within the program originally used. Or, as we mentioned yesterday, you can go to a link such as the following and learn how to edit text in YouTube Video Editor-- How do I replace operating system on Acer Aspire One? Click "Start | All Programs | Acer Empowering Technology." Click "Acer eRecovery Management." Click "Restore" and select "Restore System to Factory Default." The computer will restart and boot into the recovery utility. Click "Yes" when prompted. Click "Yes" again to revert the Acer Aspire One to its factory state. Once finalized can a CD/DVD be written to by backdoor? Finalizing a DVD means you won't be able to change or add anything else to the disk. Drive D not reading CDs. I reformatted by mistake a Hard drive which format was ext4. I stopped the formatting and tried TestDisk on linux and Recuva on xp without success. You can try any number of programs; however, retrieving data from a formatted drive usually means sending the drive to a data recovery center. One out of many possible options: Expect to pay--Recuva is for USBs--small stuff. What is the best free anti virus that is simple to use. Probably, BitDefender.,review-2588-5.html Do you recommend SpamCop to stop spam? We don't make recommendations per se; we do offer links to sites that review products. The best spam fighters according to one site follows: You may want to research online how you can stop spam via browser extensions and safe browsing habits. How to defeat autoplay IE 11 videos? How to log into Windows without a entering password Enter the following phrase in to any search engine of your choice: how to log into windows without a entering password At least fifty links will appear giving instructions. We teach fishing that way you can catch your own fish with a smile of satisfaction. Can I copy files from Google Chrome to a folder on my desktop? Yes, you can. Try not to copy any system files, though. Documents, pictures, and video files can be copied. why do my backspace and delete keys only do one space That is totally normal for a key depression to only do one thing. So pressing delete does one character deletion same with backspace. If you want to delete more then you need to hold down the key or select in a different way depending on the application you are using. Windows 10 upgrade laptop running slow would a reset or refresh help? Refreshing your PC reinstalls Windows and keeps your personal files and settings. It keeps the apps that came with your PC and the apps you installed from the Windows Store. Resetting your PC reinstalls Windows but deletes your files, settings, and apps,except for the apps that came with your PC. Is there a really simple photo editor out there for a beginner? I can stream netflix, amazon and hulu, but Flimstruck no good whats up? How can I get a video off my android phone onto my Ipad? Is ScanGuard antivirus better, than the free version of Malwarebites? No. ScanGuard is not nearly as good.


Gaming on Linux What’s the Achilles’ heel for Linux users?

Let me point that out for you. It’s gaming on Linux.

Don’t get me wrong. Gaming on Linux has improved significantly in recent years, thanks to the effort of companies like Steam, Feral Interactive and We even have Linux distributions specifically for gaming.

In addition to that. Steam has launched its own gaming console range in the form of Steam Machines. These gaming consoles are basically PC hidden inside the casket of a gaming console.

But even with all these, gaming on Linux nowhere close to gaming on Windows. Can this scenario be changed?

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Ubuntu 17.04 release schedule, and features Ubuntu 17.04, the upcoming release of Ubuntu Linux, has been codenamed Zesty Zapus. The release schedule of Ubuntu 17.04 is out.

Long term Ubuntu users might already be aware that 17.04 will be released in April 2017. It’s not rocket science to guess the release month at least, considering that there is a specific logic behind Ubuntu codename and version. In 17.04, 17 stands for the year 2017 and 04 stands for the month of the year (i.e. April).

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Linux distribution for developers Linux distribution exclusively for programmers and web developers? Why not? In the world of Linux, there is a distribution for everyone.

The battle of the best OS is long and forever lasting and the Linux army has a new armor at their disposal. Meet SemiCode OS, a new Linux distribution based on Ubuntu and with a focus on programmers and web developers.

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Random iPhone 6S shutdowns due to faulty battery component, Apple says Apple is offering a free fix after a consumer group in China complained about the problem

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Here's how to check if your Google account is one of the 1 million infected with malware Anyone running an older version of the Android operating system, be warned: Malware is infecting 13,000 Android devices every day, putting at risk the private details of more than 1 million Google accounts.

That's according to cybersecurity software company Check Point, which discovered a new piece of malware called "Gooligan" that's infecting Android phones and stealing email addresses.

Users who download Gooligan-infected apps or click links in phishing messages are being exposed to the malware, which allows attackers to access sensitive information from Google apps like Gmail, Drive, and Photos.

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Email Backup Software MailStore Home 10 released MailStore Home 10 is the newest version of the popular email backup software solution for Windows that supports local and remote email accounts. You can use the free MailStore Home client to back up emails from desktop email programs like Outlook or Thunderbird, local email files such as Mbox, PST or EML, and also from email servers using Pop3, IMAP or Microsoft Exchange.

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Zorin OS 12 Improves Linux Desktop Access for Windows Users The New Zorin OS 12 Linux distribution release aims to make it easier for users of proprietary operating systems to work with Linux.

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Fedora 25 makes Linux easy enough for anyone to try The first thing to know about the new version of Fedora is that you don’t have to download an ISO file and write it to a USB stick. This is an important thing to note, as preparing installation media for Linux is one of the bigger hurdles for newbies. (When I say newbies, I think of my mom trying to download and properly burn a USB image.)

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Office Hub app on Windows 10 The ‘Get Office’ app for Windows 10 has received a considerable upgrade to make it more than a billboard to sell Office 365.
It’s now (or will be) an ‘Office hub’ for access to all things Office. Recent documents, the programs themselves, Office 365 account settings plus help and training.

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Mozilla patches critical Firefox flaw weeks after update Mozilla released a security update to patch a critical flaw in Firefox which could allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

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3 security reports about shopping online for Black Friday and Cyber Monday Researchers list the most and least secure online retailers, warn about vulnerabilities in WordPress e-commerce plugins and warn that crooks are cashing in on top store brands and "Black Friday" to scam consumers.

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How Linux can save small businesses (and old hardware) Many small businesses with tight budgets are facing a tough choice: Stick with obsolete systems and remain vulnerable to hackers, or spend a lot to install new gear. David Gewirtz shows how Linux can help you preserve your investment while staying safe and secure.

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Apple will replace the battery of your iPhone 6s that keeps shutting down First Samsung, now Apple. Battery problems in smartphones are all the rage these days. Of course, Apple's battery problems are very different than the ones Samsung users experienced, notably in that nothing has yet exploded. But what is happening to iPhones? And which models are affected?

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Thunderbird 45.5 email client released A new version of the popular desktop email client Thunderbird has just been released. Thunderbird 45.5 fixes several issues but does not introduce new features.

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Microsoft becomes a Platinum member of The Linux Foundation Today The Linux Foundation is announcing that we’ve welcomed Microsoft as a Platinum member. I’m honored to join Scott Guthrie, executive VP of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise Group, at the Connect(); developer event in New York and expect to be able to talk more in the coming months about how we’ll intensify our work together for the benefit of the open source community at large.

Microsoft is already a substantial participant in many open source projects and has been involved in open source communities through partnerships and technology contributions for several years. Around 2011 and 2012, the company contributed a large body of device driver code to enable Linux to run as an enlightened guest on Hyper-V. Microsoft has an engineering team dedicated to Linux kernel work, and since that initial contribution, the team has contributed improvements and new features

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Apple offers to repair iPhone 6 Plus devices with touch disease Apple is offering to repair at a reduced price iPhone 6 Plus smartphones with display flickering or multitouch issues.

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Another HNAP flaw in D-Link routers CERT recently issued an advisory about a flaw in D-Link routers, specifically, in the parsing of HNAP messages. The advisory warns that "A remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code with root privileges." That's as bad as it gets.

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Nvidia 375.86 driver issues The last couple of weeks have not been good to Nvidia. The company released a new driver with the version 375.57 in late October that caused major issues especially on Windows 10 devices. This issue got patched relatively quickly though.

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Brazil is opting for Microsoft for cost efficiency Apparently, Open Source alternatives to Microsoft Office is not good enough for Brazil and thus they are reverting to proprietary Microsoft Office and other Microsoft tools.

The latest trend in Europe and developing countries was to ditch proprietary Microsoft Office and adopt an Open Source solution such as OpenOffice or LibreOffice. The move was more concerned with cost saving than for the love of Open Source. Whatever may be the reason, at least several government organizations have started to look beyond Microsoft.

But perhaps the euphoria died for some of them. Brazil that had opted for an open source policy is now reverting to Microsoft in an attempt to “generate cost efficiencies and standardize the IT applications portfolio across departments”

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Linux running on more than 99% of the top 500 fastest supercomputers in the world Linux may have just 2% in the desktop market share, but when it comes to supercomputers, Linux is simply ruling it with over 99% of the share.

Linux running on more than 99% of the top 500 fastest supercomputers in the world is no surprise. If you followed our previous reports, in the year 2015, Linux was running on more than 97% of the top 500 supercomputers. This year, it just got better.

#Linux now runs on more than 99% of top 500 #supercomputers in the world

This information is collected by an independent organization Top500 that publishes the details about the top 500 fastest supercomputers known to them, twice a year. You can go the website and filter out the list based on country, OS type used, vendors etc. Don’t worry, I’ll do it for you to present some of the most interesting facts from this year’s list.


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Update your Belkin WeMo devices before they become botnet zombies Owners of WeMo home automation devices should upgrade them to the latest firmware version, which was released this week to fix a critical vulnerability that could allow hackers to fully compromise them.

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Browser add-on caught selling identifiable web histories Web of Trust Services' browser add-on has left the extension libraries for Chrome, Firefox and Opera after a German broadcaster's investigation revealed that Web of Trust was collecting and selling users' web histories to third parties.

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Report: Spotify Fixes Hard Drive-Killing Desktop Glitch Some versions of Spotify's desktop app may be writing excessive amounts of data even when they are idle, potentially shortening the lifespan of users' hard drives, according to posts on Reddit and Spotify's user forums.

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Microsoft fixes Windows flaw that Google divulged Microsoft today patched a Windows vulnerability that was disclosed just over a week ago by researchers from Alphabet Inc.'s Google.

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Enough with the popups Microsoft Microsoft customers on Windows may have experienced yet another popup notification while running their device.

Microsoft's latest informational message is directed towards Office365 subscribers and is pushed to various versions of Windows including Windows 7 and 10. This may come as a surprise considering that those users are already paying customers.

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Microsoft Security Bulletins November 2016 es, it is this time of the month again. Microsoft just released updates for all client and server versions of Windows and other company products.

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Windows Update on Windows 7 is fast again Windows 7 users can finally return to the normal world, where operating system bug fixes are installed in a reasonable amount of time.

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Download of the day - FreeFileSync The days when we did everything on a single computer are long gone. Today we’re flitting around between Macs and PCs and maybe Linux boxes too.

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The continuing slowness of Windows Update on Windows 7 Like millions of Microsoft customers , I like Windows 7. It seems we like it more than Microsoft does. I say this because, for months now, it has taken hours and hours and hours to install patches.

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Windows 10 updates are about to get a lot smaller Microsoft revealed yesterday that it plans to ship an improved updating system called Unified Update Platform (UUP) with Windows 10's Creators Update.

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Thanks again, Brexit - Apple products just got a lot more expensive because of the weak pound Apple computers have received a sharp hike in price, with top of the range models on sale for £500 more than they were last week.
And the products affected are not even new or particularly in demand.
They are as a result of the tech giant catching up with the rapidly changing exchange rate, with the value of the pound having plummeted since the Brexit vote.
The Apple Store went down in the UK on Thursday ahead of the launch of the brand new MacBook Pro laptops.
But when it was live again, some items were much more expensive than before – with the high-powered Mac Pro desktop leaping from £2,499 to an eye-watering £2,999.

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Google's Chromebook End Of Life Policy Gives Your Laptop Five Years to Live Older Chromebooks will lose support after five years, if Google’s Chromebook End of Life Policy has its way. Here’s what to expect as the dreaded date nears.

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Apple issues iOS, macOS updates iOS 10.1 includes a host of enhancements and bug fixes, but the signature addition is Portrait Camera, a feature previously touted by Apple for the iPhone 7 Plus only.

Using the dual cameras of the iPhone 7 Plus, Portrait Camera creates a depth-of-field effect that presents the foreground in sharp focus but the background in a slight blur. iOS 10.1 introduces the feature as a beta, a move Apple has used in the past, most notably with its Maps, to excuse the initial results, collect data from users, then slowly improve the underlying software.

Apple also patched 13 security vulnerabilities with iOS 10.1.

Apple debuted iOS 10 on Sept. 13. The operating system will run on iPhone 5 and later, iPad Pro, iPad Air and later, iPad Mini 2 and later, and the fifth-generation iPod Touch.

macOS Sierra 10.12.1, meanwhile, patches 16 vulnerabilities

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Microsoft Graveyard: What Microsoft has killed in 2016 RIP
Microsoft has rolled out plenty of new things in 2016, including the latest edition of Windows Server, additions to its Azure cloud platform and increased availability of its futuristic HoloLens mixed reality technology. But as always, the company has had to make room for the new by ditching some of the old. Here’s a roundup of products, services and more that Microsoft rid itself of in 2016. (Here’s our broader 2016 Tech Industry Graveyard and our 2016 Google Graveyard)

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The future of Windows: We vet the rumors of what Microsoft may announce this week Microsoft’s press event on October 26 should reveal that all is not quiet on the Microsoft front. For months we've watched rumors fly about new or updated hardware, Windows upgrades, and more—some likely, others not. Here’s what we’re hearing, and how likely each rumor could come true.

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The most secure home computer ever built In this era of information, the security is paramount. Nobody would possibly want their important data to fall into wrong hands. But even though unsecured hardware possesses no lesser threat, most of the time people take security measures only on the software end. ORWL is here to change that.


Well, ORWL is the computer which claims to be “the most secure home computer ever built”, around the community. It is a small saucer shaped computer designed with complete physical security in mind. And physical security matters because it’s a truism among the information security professionals that once someone gains physical access to your machine, it’s game over.

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On the occasion of Ubuntus 12th birthday, - 10 unknown facts about Ubuntu 12 years back, Linux was a geeks only domain. It was back in the year 2004 when a South African astronaut Mark Shuttleworth started this project to make “Linux for human being”. And since then, the world of Linux has changed forever.

During the last 12 years, Ubuntu made Linux easier with a number of “innovation” (or better implementation). Easy to use graphical installer, Wubi installer, App Stores and what not. Ubuntu has given a number of interesting things to Linux community.

But I am not going to bore you with these things. I would rather list 10 facts of Ubuntu which you would be amazed to know.

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How will Microsoft fix bugs that security updates introduce? Microsoft switched how updates are delivered to the client operating systems Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 -- and also server operating systems -- in October 2016.

Updates were provided as individual patches, and classified as security or non-security updates in the past. This meant that users and administrators could pick what they wanted to install on the system; excellent to avoid any Telemetry updates or other updates designed to introduce unwelcome functionality or changes to the operating system.

Also, great for troubleshooting as it meant that you could remove problematic updates while keeping every other update installed.

From October 2016, updates are delivered as so-called rollup patches. Microsoft offers a security-only rollup patch which includes only security updates, and a monthly rollup patch which includes security and non-security updates.

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Windows users face update bloat, and tough choices New cumulative updates for Windows 7 will swell to 500MB a month, Microsoft acknowledges
Windows 10's cumulative updates have ballooned in size, and a similar bloat will also affect the Windows 7 updates that Microsoft revamped this month.

According to data published last month by LANDesk and refreshed by Computerworld with October's numbers, Windows 10 cumulative updates for the three versions of the new OS have surged in size.

Updates for Windows 10 version 1507 -- the debut that launched in July 2015 -- have grown 153% (for the 32-bit edition) and 181% (64-bit), from 184MB and 368MB to 466MB and 1,034MB (or over a gigabyte), respectively,

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KB3199209 yet another Windows 10 patch without information Microsoft released a new update for its Windows 10 operating system today under KB3199209. If you run the release version of windows 10 and have installed the Anniversary Update already, then you may see the new update when you run a check for updates on the operating system the next time.

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KB3192403, KB3192404, and KB3192406: Quality Rollup previews Microsoft has released the three new updates KB3192403, KB3192404, and KB3192406 as optional for Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2.

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Windows 10 runs again but for how long? Microsoft finally issued a patch that released Windows 10 PCs from reboot hell. So why is ungrateful me just bracing for the next awful thing to happen?

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HP releases printer firmware to undo non-HP ink cartridge blocking HP angered many of its customers in September 2016 when a previously released firmware update for company printers would block non-HP ink cartridges from working.

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Microsoft Download Center still offering Windows update downloads Sometimes, I feel like Microsoft's right hand does not know what the left hand does. It does not help if communication is often minimal or non-existent. Vital information are often missing, and it is up to guesswork and not facts when it comes to changes.

As you may know, Microsoft announced a major change coming to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices related to how updates are provided by the company (the same applies to Windows Server products).

The company decided to bring cumulative updates to those operating systems, much like it does for Windows 10.

This means that organizations and end users get only update packages instead of individual updates. Considering that the system did not work too well on Windows 10, it seems likely that users will be hit with issues eventually on Windows 7 or 8.1 devices as well.

Since it is no longer possible to block faulty updates, or uninstall

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Why you should try Linux today: 6 compelling reasons Windows 10’s taking away your choices

There’s never been a better time to give Linux a try.

Wait, don’t slam on that back button! I’m not one of those rabid “Year of the Linux desktop” types. Windows works just fine for hundreds of millions of people, and—sorry, Linux lovers—there’s little to suggest Linux usage will ever be more than a rounding error compared to Microsoft’s behemoth.

That said, there are some pretty compelling reasons you might want to consider switching to Linux on your computer, or at least give it a hassle-free trial run.

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Is Google Working on a New Operating System? The fully open-sourced operating system doesn’t use the Linux kernel.

Google is reportedly working on a new operating system that is not based on Linux. The company hasn’t made an official announcement yet; however, the source code is already available on GitHub.

The project is named Fuchsia OS. According to the GitHub page, “Magenta is the core platform that powers the Fuchsia OS.” Magenta comprises a microkernel and a small set of userspace services, drivers, and libraries required by the system.

Magenta is targeting modern phones as well as desktop PCs. The kernel used in it is capable of running in really small systems such as embedded devices.

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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Cybersecurity awareness has never been more important than it is right now. Governments, businesses, and individuals are increasingly under attack by cybercriminals looking for profit or political gain. It seems like everywhere you look, malware attacks are on the rise, from cyberespionage attempts on mobile phones to ransomware attacks on businesses. The topic even received national attention in the first presidential debate, where Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton said, “I think cybersecurity will be one of the biggest challenges facing the next president.”

It’s a challenge for government and industry, yes, but it’s also a responsibility for each one of us to do our part. And that’s why we’re putting a spotlight on National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM).

NCSAM, observed every October, was created by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance

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Why Linux pioneer Linus Torvalds prefers x86 over ARM Linux pioneer Linus Torvalds is a stand-up guy -- he says what he feels. There's no sugarcoating, and he'll admit to faults, like recent issues with the Linux 4.8 kernel.

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He was full of surprises at last week's Linaro Connect conference, when he was asked about his favorite chip architecture. He didn't blink before saying it was x86, not ARM.

It may have been the long history of x86 with PCs that influenced his answer. There's little fragmentation of software and hardware with x86, and things just work.

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Chrome 55 Promises Big Memory Boost Google's Chrome Web browser has long been plagued by power and battery-management problems, but its next major release might hog fewer PC resources thanks to improved JavaScript handling.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's pay package $17.7M Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella received a compensation package for the year ending June 30 worth approximately $17.7 million, a 3% reduction from 2015, according to security filings.

A preliminary proxy statement submitted Monday to the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission showed that Nadella's pay cut was about a third of the 9% downturn in Microsoft's revenue during the same period.
The chief executive received $1.2 million in salary, the same as the year before; $4.5 in a cash performance bonus, or 3% more than in 2015; and $12 million in stock awards, or 6% less.

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On Oct. 5, 1991, Linus Torvalds officially released the first Linux kernel into the wild Aug. 25 may be Linux's official birthday, but Oct. 5 is in many ways the day it began to make a real mark on the world. That's when Linux creator Linus Torvalds officially released the first Linux kernel into the wild.
"As I mentioned a month(?) ago, I'm working on a free version of a minix-lookalike for AT-386 computers," Torvalds wrote in a newsgroup post on Oct. 5, 1991. "It has finally reached the stage where it's even usable (though may not be depending on what you want), and I am willing to put out the sources for wider distribution."

Torvalds released version 0.02 of the kernel that day, unleashing what went on to become one of the most transformational forces in computing history

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Google Announces Its Own Pixel Phones Google has announced the new Pixel family of smartphones powered by the Linux-based Android operating system. Previously Google partnered with hardware vendors like HTC, LG, and Samsung to sell the Nexus range of devices. With Pixel, Google will have total control over the design and hardware components of their smartphones. Google already sells Pixel Chromebooks and the Pixel Android tablet.

There are two models of Pixel phones: The Pixel showcases a 5-inch display and the Pixel XL features a 5.5-inch display.

Both Pixel phones have identical hardware, except for display size and battery capacity. The Pixel XL showcases a 5.5-inch AMOLED QHD (2560x1440) 534ppi display, whereas the Pixel features a 5.0-inch AMOLED Full HD (1920x1080) 441ppi display. The Pixel XL comes with a 3,450mAh battery, and the Pixel comes with a 2,770mAh battery.

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Linus Announces Linux 4.8 Linus Torvalds announced a new version of the Linux kernel with many notable new features. The two most interesting features of the Linux 4.8 release are support for Microsoft's Surface 3 touchscreen and the Raspberry Pi 3's SoC (system on chip).

Ubuntu 16.10, which is slated to be release in October, will be the first major desktop Linux distribution to use the 4.8 kernel.

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Where's the bottom for Microsoft's Internet Explorer? Millions more deserted Microsoft's browsers last month, adding to what can only be described as a collapse of the company's place in the browser world.

According to analytics vendor Net Applications, the combined user share of Internet Explorer and Edge fell 1.9 percentage points in September, ending the month at 30.6%.

The string of losses showed no sign of letting up: September's decline was the sixth in a row of 1.9 percentage points or more. IE and Edge have shed 18 percentage points so far this year, a 39% decline in just eight months. Simply put, no other browser has bled user share this quickly, with the possible exception of Netscape Navigator

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Cumulative Windows 10 Update KB3194496 installation issues Microsoft pushed out the new cumulative update KB3194496 for Windows 10 that -- again -- mixes lots of updates into a single massive 753 Megabyte patch (420 Megabytes for the x86 version) for the Anniversary Update version of Windows 10.

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Microsoft scrubs Windows 7 PCs of upgrade nagware Ends 18-month campaign that offered free Windows 10 upgrades, and endlessly pestered those who didn't want the new OS
Microsoft has begun yanking the long-lambasted "Get Windows 10" nag software from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs, according to a support document.

The document posted to Microsoft's site Tuesday said that the company was fulfilling a pledge that it would remove the promotional code and content after the free Windows 10 upgrade offer expired at the end of July.
Served to Windows 7 and 8.1 users via Windows Update, the removal process strips seven previous updates that were force fed beginning in early 2015. "This update removes the Get Windows 10 app and other software related to the Windows 10 free upgrade offer that expired on July 29, 2016," the accompanying support document stated.

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Impending cumulative updates unnerve Windows patch experts Microsoft's decision to force Windows 10's patch and maintenance model on customers running the older-but-more-popular Windows 7 has patch experts nervous.
"Bottom line, everyone is holding their breath, hoping for the best, expecting the worst," said Susan Bradley in an email. Bradley is well known in Windows circles for her expertise on Microsoft's patching processes: She writes on the topic for the Windows Secrets newsletter and moderates the mailing list, where business IT administrators discuss update tradecraft.
"Individual patches will no longer be available," Nathan Mercer, a senior product marketing manager, said in an Aug. 15 post to a Microsoft blog.

Instead, Microsoft will transplant the Windows 10 maintenance model onto Windows 7 and 8.1: They will receive updates that cannot be broken into their parts.

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Here's How to Find and Download macOS Sierra It’s the latest Apple desktop operating system.
The time has finally come to download Apple’s latest desktop operating system.

The operating system, macOS Sierra, is available for free through Apple’s Mac App Store starting today. New Macs will come with macOS Sierra already installed.

Sierra is the first desktop operating system from Apple to come with its new “macOS” branding. Earlier versions of the software, including last year’s El Capitan, were named OS X. In addition to a new name, Sierra comes with several important features including compatibility with Apple’s virtual personal assistant Siri across the operating system, the ability to copy-and-paste content from a Mac to an iPhone (and back), and support for iCloud Drive so that users can store content in Apple’s cloud to save storage space on their computers.

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HP firmware update blocks non-HP ink cartridges HP released a firmware update on March 12, 2016 for several of the company's Officejet printers that renders non-HP ink cartridges useless.

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Microsoft Patches Three-Year-Old IE Bug Criminals were already exploiting the vulnerability

Microsoft has pushed September security updates that patch more than 94 security holes in its Internet Explorer browser. The updates also patch a nasty three-year-old critical vulnerability [CVE-2016-3351] that was being exploited by cyber criminals.

This bug was first reported in 2015, but Microsoft didn’t patch it. It was reported again this year by two security firms, Proofpoint and TrendMicro, providing Microsoft with evidence that the bug is being used by criminals. This time Microsoft took it seriously.

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Protect yourself from infected MS Office files OfficeAttacks Attacks on Microsoft Office files are increasing. A multilayered approach is your best protection against this malware.

Attacks based on Office files have increased rapidly in the past few months. They seem to be far less harmless than ZIP or even EXE files in your mailbox, but when combined with a meaningfully worded email, users are too easily tempted to open the infected files. Although macros generally still need to be enabled, the Microsoft Word Intruder (MWI) attack uses unresolved vulnerabilities. Just opening the file compromises the computer.

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Microsoft Security Bulletins September 2016 The following guide provides you with information about Microsoft's September 2016 Patch Day covering all security updates and non-security patches.

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The Top 10 Linux Distributions Of All Time Distrowatch started their much discussed ranking system in 2002.

Whilst only a guide to the success of a distribution it provides an interesting historical view over how the Linuxsphere has changed in the past 14 years.

Each distribution has a page counter which counts the hits it receives each day and these are counted up and used as a hits per day count for the Distrowatch rankings. To prevent abuse only 1 page count is registered from each IP address per day.

Now the merits of the numbers and how accurate they are may be up for debate but hopefully the following list will be an interesting insite into the history of Linux.

This list looks at the rankings since 2002 and highlights the distributions that have hit the top ten in any given year.

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FUCHSIA OS: What you need to know Google is working on a new operating system. Well, we don’t yet know much about it, but we know one thing for sure. And that it is a non-Linux entity.

Pink plus purple equals Fuchsia. Yup, the secret’s out. Pink plus purple equals Fuchsia.

Now on to the topic, there hasn’t been an official briefing from Google, so we are in the dark as to what purpose does Fuchsia OS serve, on which devices will it be deployed, and mainly, will Fuchsia replace Android and/or Chrome OS?

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall: How to return or exchange your faulty phone For those who don't want to wait for Samsung to issue recall instructions, US carriers are offering exchanges or returns. Here's what you need to know.

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Avira PC Cleaner review Avira PC Cleaner is an on-demand scanner that you may use to scan a Windows computer for infections, and remove malicious code that is found by the program.

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Is Time Running Out for OpenOffice? For the longest time, those not wishing to pay money for the "standard" office application suite—Microsoft Office—had a few open-source alternatives: OpenOffice or LibreOffice. That list might soon get sliced in half, however, as recent reports indicate that OpenOffice might be shut down due to lack of resources.

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Apple quashes 3 zero-days with emergency Mac update Apple issued an emergency security update for the Mac, patching the same trio of vulnerabilities the company fixed last week on the iPhone.

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Dropbox changed passwords after 68M account records were compromised Dropbox’s move last week to ask users who had signed up before mid-2012 to change their account passwords followed the discovery of a large dump of email addresses and passwords related to these accounts.

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Samsung Milk Music closes its virtual doors September 22 Samsung will discontinue the streaming service to instead focus on partnerships with other music streaming companies.

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How to check the Microsoft Update Catalog with any browser Microsoft says it'll fix the Update Catalog's dependency on ActiveX someday, but you can bypass IE right now if you know the trick.

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1.7 Million Opera Browser Users Told To Reset Passwords Opera Software is warning 1.7 million users of its Opera web browser sync feature of a possible attack that exposes passwords to hackers. In a security bulletin posted on Friday, the company said its Opera sync system showed “signs of an attack” and asked users to change their Opera sync passwords in addition to any third-party website the sync service was linked to.

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Parents, beware of this SMS scam We’ve recently been alerted to a scam circulating within the UK and causing distress to parents or adults who knows someone by the name of “Sarah”.

The scam comes in the form of an SMS, which contains a message stating that “Sarah”, the purported sender, has been in a “small accident” and is asking the recipient to text back once they’ve received her message. The Teignmouth Police in Devon has shared the below tweet from someone who appears to have encountered the message himself:

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10 easy ways to prevent malware infection Yes, it’s possible to clean up an infected computer and fully remove malware from your system. But the damage from some forms of malware, like ransomware, cannot be undone. If they’ve encrypted your files and you haven’t backed them up, the jig is up. So your best defense is to beat the bad guys at their own game.

While no single method is ever 100 percent fool-proof, there are some tried and true cybersecurity techniques for keeping malware infections at bay that, if put into practice, will shield you from most of the garbage of the Internet.

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A Linux-powered world There is no longer any denying that Linux has, in many ways, achieved world domination. On the web, it powers more than 95 percent of the top 1 million domains. Most of the world's financial markets run it, and so do 98 percent of the top 500 fastest supercomputers. More than 75 percent of cloud-enabled enterprises say it's their primary cloud platform. And for its next trick? Linux is already being used in space, so it will surely find new challenges to tackle on the final frontier.

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Linux at 25: How Linux changed the world A devoted practitioner offers an eyewitness account of the rise of Linux and the open source movement, plus analysis of where Linux is taking us now

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Linux at 25: Linus Torvalds on the evolution and future of Linux The creator of Linux talks in depth about the kernel, community, and how computing will change in the years ahead

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LibreOffice Impress for Better Slide Shows Every hour of the work day, hundreds of presenters begin a slide show – and, as the presenters begin to drone, thousands of listeners lean back and do their best to stay awake and not look bored. Just as many users of word processors fail to learn how to use them properly, very few presenters ever learn a way to create a slide that holds an audience’s interest or conveys information successfully.

Why are slide shows so hard to pull off? According to information expert Edward Tufte, the problem is that slide shows allow only for an exchange of information from the presenter to the audience. Two-way conversations are so difficult that in The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint, Tufte compares slide shows to a Soviet MayDay rally.

To make matters worse, most presenters reduce their entire talk to a series of slides, each with six or seven bullet points.

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Linux Turns 25 Linux has evolved from a “won’t be a professional” project to one of the most professional software projects in the history of computers.

On August 25, 1991, Linus Torvalds made an announcement about a project he was working on. He wrote on the Minix mailing list that he was working on a free operating system for 386/486 AT clones, which he stated was just a hobby and wouldn't be big and professional like GNU.

It’s been 25 years since that announcement, and today, Linux is a dominating presence in the IT world. Linux powers a huge chunk of the Internet, as well as data centers, mission-critical operations like stock exchanges, supercomputers, mobile phones (Android), consumer desktops (Chrome OS), embedded devices, and much more.

Linux has become so dominant in the enterprise space that even Microsoft is now investing in Linux;

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Trend Micro Ransomware Screen Unlocker Tool Trend Micro Ransomware Screen Unlocker Tool is a free program for Microsoft Windows operating systems that helps you unlock the screen after ransomware attacks.

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Scam alert - Neither Microsoft nor Apple will call to tell you your computer has a virus An old scam is making the rounds again, and it’s one that you really need to be aware of.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update Breaks Many Webcams If your webcam freezes, crashes your system, or just doesn't work, you have Microsoft's recent Anniversary Update for the Windows 10 operating system to blame.

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Windows Update update -- you're welcome It took Windows 7, for example, an hour and 45 minutes to install the six bug fixes released in July, and an hour and 49 minutes to install the six released this month. Most of that time was spent figuring out which bug fixes to install.

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Lithuanian Police switches libre office and Linux to replace Windows applications The Lithuanian police force has switched to Free and Open Source office suite LibreOffice. LibreOffice will be replacing proprietary productivity suite on over 8000 workstations. This migration was completed in the month of June.

This is not the only implementation, Lithuanian police department is also testing the use of Ubuntu Linux to replace Microsoft Windows.

Open Source adoption is a growing trend in Europe and several European government departments have switched to the free and open source alternatives in recent years, mainly in order to save money in licensing costs.

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Can I play games on Linux? This is one of the most frequently asked questions by people who are thinking about switching to Linux. After all, gaming on Linux often termed as a distant possibility. In fact, some people even wonder if they can listen to music or watch movies on Linux. Considering that, question about native Linux games seem genuine.

In this article, I am going to answer most of the Linux gaming questions a Linux beginner may have. For example, if it is possible to play games on Linux, if yes, what are the Linux games available, where can you download Linux games from or how do you get more information of gaming on Linux.

But before I do that, let me make a confession. I am not a PC gamer or rather I should say, I am not desktop Linux gamer. I prefer to play games on my PS4 and I don’t care about PC games or even mobile games (no candy crush request sent to anyone in my friend list).

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Best Linux Gaming distributions That time has long gone when gaming on Linux was next to impossible. In fact, gaming on Linux has grown quite stable in recent years.

Although there are hundreds of Linux distros, all with different mantras and for various purposes, distros made for the sole purpose of Gaming are not so common. But, of course, there are some really great options available. We are going to list the best Linux gaming distributions today.

These distros are equipped with various drivers, software, emulators and things for convenient gaming experience so you can just install it and get the gaming going.

Distros listed here is not in any specific order. It is totally up to you which distro best suits you needs.

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Things to do after installing Linux Mint 18 Sarah Linux Mint has gotten mintier with the new Sarah update. Graceful animations, softer performance and a whole lot of Xenial software.

Linux Mint 18 ‘Sarah’ is based on Ubuntu 16.04 and also features the long awaited Cinnamon 3.0 desktop environment. Linux Mint 18 will be using the Linux Kernel 4.4.x and currently comes with Cinnamon and Mate desktop environments and Xfce in beta.

Here is my list of things to do after installing Linux Mint 18 to get a power packed experience out of Your Mint.

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The Top 5 Linux Distributions For The Everyday Linux User There are three questions that I am asked quite regularly:

The questions are as follows:

Which Linux Distributions would I recommend to new users?
Which Linux Distributions should the average user use? (not necessarily asked in that way but in a way similar to this)

The list will contain just 5 distributions because I believe that the Linux distributions that suit new users to Linux are the same that will suit people who just want to go about their day without overly customising and administering their systems/

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An Alternative List Of The Top 3 Linux Distributions For The Everyday Linux User David has come up with three Linux distributions: Lubuntu, Ubuntu MATE and Damn Small Linux.

Ubuntu MATE would definitely be close to reaching my top five and I would recommend Lubuntu for low end computers and older netbooks.

Damn Small Linux might be a bit daunting for non-technical users and for something of that size it might be worth thinking about a Puppy Linux such as Simplicity.

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Microsoft to push all-in-one Windows updates Microsoft announced yesterday that it plans to change how patches for previous versions of the company's Windows operating system are made available.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update freezing: Microsoft offers temporary fix Microsoft confirms that some Windows 10 devices are freezing after installing the Anniversary Update and suggests ways around the issue while it investigates.

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Major Hotel Chains Hacked, Credit Card Details Stolen If you stayed at a major hotel chain in recent months, you might want to check your credit card statement.

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What is Edubuntu? Edubuntu is a grassroots movement, we aim to get Ubuntu into schools, homes and communities and make it easy for users to install and maintain their systems.

We are students, teachers, parents and hackers who believe that learning and knowledge should be available to everyone who wants to improve themselves and the world around them.

Our Goals

Our aim is to put together a system that contains all the best free software available in education and make it easy to install and maintain.

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10 Ways to free up hard drive space on Windows 10 Ways to free up hard drive space on Windows lists ten methods to analyze and clear used hard drive space on Windows computer systems.

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No, 900 million Android devices are not at risk from the Quadrooter monster Another day, another overblown Android security scare. Who's ready for a reality check?

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Microsoft patches 27 flaws in Windows, Office, IE and Edge Microsoft released another batch of security patches Tuesday, fixing 27 vulnerabilities in Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer and its new Edge browser.

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Linux Mint 18 - Fresher Than Ever The Linux Mint 18 Sarah will please long-time users and impress new adopters for its growth in features and overall consistent performance.

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Avast users, if your Windows 10 Anniversary Update is failing, here's why Users who have Avast’s antimalware solution on a PC with Intel microprocessors are reporting Blue Screens of Death (BSODs) when installing the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

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NET Framework 4.6.2 released NET Framework 4.6.2 released NET Framework 4.6.2 released Microsoft released the .NET Framework 4.6.2 yesterday for most supported versions of Microsoft Windows featuring "dozens of bug fixes and improvements".

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Revo Uninstaller 2.0 with full 64-bit support released Revo Uninstaller 2.0 Free is the latest version of the popular software uninstallation program for Windows that performs clean-up operations afterwards.

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