Millions Of Windows 7 Users Remain Despite Support Ending

One year ago, Microsoft officially ended support for the venerable Windows 7 operating system. No new security patches have been issued, which means that anyone running a Windows 7 machine at this point is taking a tremendous security risk. That is especially true if that machine is connected to a corporate network. It would be all too easy for even …

New Malware Targeting Windows And Other Operating Systems

Researchers on the Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT) at Kaspersky Lab have recently discovered a new malware strain dubbed PyMICROPSIA, currently being used by a group tracked as AridViper. AridViper operates primarily in the Middle East, focusing mainly on Palestine, Egypt, and Turkey. Their malware was designed specifically to attack Windows-based machines. The group hasn’t been terribly active, having …

Extension Granted For Windows 7 Support For Six Months

Microsoft has had a firm date to end support for Windows 7 on the books for over a year. They’ve insisted repeatedly that there was no flexibility in the date, so Windows 7 users would need to upgrade or risk not being protected by security patches. Then the pandemic hit, and after wrestling with the decision for a number of …

Windows 10 Displays Going Dark Issue Fixed By Microsoft

If you run Windows 10, version 2004, you may have noticed some unusual shenanigans going on where your system’s monitor is concerned. If you’re using a tablet or laptop, with a display that’s built into the machine itself, it may flicker periodically. If you’re using a desktop PC with a standalone monitor external to the CPU, then when you activate …

For Security, Windows 10 Update Removes Adobe Flash Player

In September of this year, Microsoft announced that they would soon be releasing an optional update designed to remove the Adobe Flash Player from any machine applying the update, and rendering it impossible for Flash to be reinstalled on that device. It’s easy to understand how and why the company reached the decision to do this. Flash was one of …

Latest Windows 10 Update May Block Third Party Drivers

If you haven’t yet installed the latest Windows 10 or Windows Server update, here’s something to be aware of before you do. You may not be able to update or install some third-party drivers. When you try, you might receive an error message that reads ‘Windows can’t verify the publisher of this driver software.’ In addition to that, the company …

New Windows 10 Update Shows App Warnings For Malware

A great many malware strains are designed to engage quietly during a PC’s startup process and then idle in the background. They are in the system logging keystrokes, taking screen shots at periodic intervals and uploading them to a command and control server, or doing other nefarious things. Microsoft wants to limit malware’s ability to do that, which is part …

Microsoft Testing User Based Windows Setup For Performance Optimization

What do you primarily use your PC for? It’s a more important question than you might think, because different use cases for your PC require it to be configured in different ways to optimize your user experience. Until now, that’s something that each individual user has attended to, making tweaks as necessary to the core Windows setup to make the …

Update Windows Display Drivers Soon For Security Fix

If you’ve got an NVIDIA graphics card in your PC, and odds are pretty good that you do, be aware that the company recently released a security update. It patches a number of high severity vulnerabilities in the Windows GPU display driver that could allow a hacker to gain complete control over your system via escalation of privileges. If there’s …

Solid State Drives Get Health Monitoring In Windows 10 Update

Do you have a solid state drive (SSD) inside your PC? An increasing percentage of newer models are including them, taking advantage of their better speeds, relative to HDDs. Unfortunately, a recent Microsoft Windows 10 update wasn’t very kind to SSD owners, and caused SSDs to defrag much more frequently than is recommended, which had the effect of shortening their …