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May 11, 2016

Microsoft Shuts Down Controversial Windows 10 Feature

 Microsoft is killing a controversial feature introduced in Windows 10 that enabled users to share Wi-Fi login information with contacts, automatically.

When Windows 10 was introduced, a feature called Wi-Fi Sense was borrowed from the mobile operating system used for the Windows Phone to be included into the popular PC operating system. As a feature, it allows users to automatically connect to hotspots and amazingly share users’ Wi-Fi passwords with contacts when they are on the same network.

A simple checkbox enabled the passwords for Wi-Fi networks saved on the user’s PC to be shared with contacts on Skype, Facebook and Outlook.

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February 2, 2016

Password-Stealing Virus Proves Hard to Kill on Windows XP

A computer virus that targeted and successfully infected systems at Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia –over two weeks ago – continues to relent on targeted Windows XP systems.

The Qbot virus is a strain of malware that is known to attack banking systems and capture keystrokes, like a key-logger program. Qbot or Qakbot was first discovered in 2009 and has routinely known to infect Windows machines. Affected versions range from Windows XP to Windows 7.

While it’s easy to dismiss the malware as one to affect legacy systems, zero-day exploits are still rife with Windows XP, even more-so after Microsoft recently discontinued support for the operating system.

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January 12, 2016

Microsoft Unplugs the Internet Explorer and Windows 8, Long after the World Did

Beginning today, January 12, 2016, Microsoft is essentially killing all versions of its flagship browser Internet Explorer, bar its latest version, IE 11. The browser isn’t the only product being cut off from Microsoft support and development. Windows 8 is also seeing a similar fate.

It has been a long time coming. While the world has predominantly adopted browsers such as Google’s Chrome, software giant Microsoft is finally cutting off ties from legacy versions of Internet Explorer that includes Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10.

The announcement was made last year in a blog post by Microsoft. It read:

Beginning January 12, 2016, only the [...]

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December 1, 2015

Enable Adware Protection on Your Windows Machine with a Simple Hack

It was merely a week ago when Microsoft announced a new opt-in feature on Windows to keep unnecessary and potentially harmful adware — often found in installers –at bay. Although the public reveal by Microsoft insisted that the feature is only available for enterprise users, a simple tweak proves that millions of home- and end-users can also gain the much-needed adware protection.

They’re called PUAs or potentially unwanted applications. Those who try new software or update existing software frequently through installers are likely to be aware of “friendly” toolbars, search-engines and other features bundled into package installers. These small add-ons almost [...]

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