From Security Standpoint, You May Want To Forget a Windows 10 Upgrade

From Security Standpoint, You May Want To Forget a Windows 10 Upgrade

Hello all, Blogmaster here – who also has run a Community Free help site for malware removal and information etc since around 2005. Here and there, more and more seeing many writings about the new Windows 10 from a security standpoint – well for me it is forget it. I will probably never buy one and certainly will not upgrade. I would rather switch to Linux forever than go through what they have going on now.

There is a circumvention of security with a more or less full blown allowance to third party ad network type activities. A lot like downloading software with adware and spyware bundled secretly inside and installs. It is a thumbing of the nose at the public for dollar$ gained through this type of harvesting. When this began around 2001-2002 and 2003, all laws and softwares were created to make it illegal as well as block and detect and remove it from any PC. This is when and where adware and spyware were discovered.

One hand washes or shakes the other on the internet as far as trying to get money to pay bills through ads etc. Most of the innocent are actually welcomed across the board – an ad here there – but sometimes irritating. Depends if you are surfing or studying. The infection by adware creates the continual intermittent pop up annoying ads and can as well be leaking personal information to third parties. This is how legally antispyware companies were legally allowed to create antispyware and as well, publicly declare these as adware infections without libel suit.

So the whole point here is basically that with Windows 10 – the world wide web is returning to those days of allowance and naivete to those days immediately preceding the spyware category of threats being discovered. (I have noticed some security products do not block browser leaks as much as you would think.) They’re sticking it to the newbies again, in a reverse manner of trying to help with UAC being released in Vista forward and much else to make security as automatic as possible for novices (newbies). If you were around for those “XP Years” when this was the day, you’ll see and get this feel all over again in reading this great blogpost below describing security and Windows 10. (Emsisoft Antimalware is all I have recommended as top product for several years now – which indeed blocks any attempt of a browser leak with user choices as you can plainly see in a free trial).

Of course for veteran users who tweak security settings across the board in Windows – there is going to be a lot to turn off and block anywhere possible which may be the cure. Some services will obviously be forget it -don’t use it, just use Windows as it was still 7 or 8. But read this blog for sure, if new or experienced user, and get a good eye full of what Windows 10 is doing to computing security. I won’t doubt there may even be lawsuits for data breach causing ID Theft long the near future.

The truth about Windows 10 spying on almost everything you do
In Security Knowledge
by Carla September 2, 2015 |

You have probably heard the news by now: Microsoft has updated a controversial service agreement that lays out in scary detail how your personal data is being used and abused – at least, that’s what the major tech blogs are saying. But the reality is, even if you read the 12,000 word service agreement, it’s still confusing and vague at best. ….

…..”Cortana is your voice-activated personal assistant, much like Siri and Google Now. But in order for her to operate, Windows 10 collects your personal information to better serve you. This includes calendar events, contact information, alarm settings, what you view and purchase, your browsing history, emails and text messages… “and more”.” …..

….. “OneDrive is Microsoft’s cloud storage system, and it comes with the Windows 10 territory. You might think it’s great because there is no additional sign up or installment required and you can access it from any of your Microsoft devices. But this new convenience comes with a price.
Every time you are signed into your machine with your Microsoft account, your operating system immediately syncs your settings and other data to company’s servers. This includes browser behavior and history, as well as mobile hotspot and Wi-Fi network passwords.” …..



O&O ShutUp10
Free antispy tool for Windows 10
O&O ShutUp10 means you have full control over which comfort functions under Windows 10 you wish to use, and you decide when the passing on of your data goes too far.
Using a very simple interface, you decide how Windows 10 should respect your privacy by deciding which unwanted functions should be deactivated.
O&O ShutUp10 is entirely free and does not have to be installed – it can be simply run directly and immediately on your PC. And it will not install or download retrospectively unwanted or unnecessary software, like so many other programs do these days!


O&O ShutUp10
The telemetry components of Windows 10 and the way they affect the user’s privacy is a controversial topic ever since the release of the most recent iteration of Microsoft’s operating system. While many options can be tampered with during setup, there are applications out there specifically tailored to allow the manual tweaking of Windows 10’s security settings. One of them is O&O ShutUp10.
Various range of tweaks for Windows 10
Requiring no installation, O&O ShutUp10 provides users with a simple means of customizing the privacy options in Windows 10 and thus decide which data collection options will stay enabled and which should be blocked.

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How Secure is the Windows Clipboard? Clipboard Hijacking

How Secure is the Windows Clipboard?
It is always a good idea to be concerned about the security of your data, especially when it comes to your login credentials for websites. With that in mind, just how secure is the Windows Clipboard? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a worried reader’s question.
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clipboard hijack attack


BLOG: Remember Clipboard Hijacking – Archived Help
June 21, 2011 — bluecollarpc

CCleaner – (Recommended: very popular, safe, Genuine Freeware/donate, used by millions) CCleaner supports the cleaning of temporary and unneeded files from …
Get – CCleaner

Recommended Settings and use of CCleaner – Temporary Internet Files Clean Up Browsers, Applications

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Lenovo Slipped Superfish Malware Into Laptops (Windows 8.1)

Lenovo Slipped Superfish Malware Into Laptops (Windows 8.1)

If you have missed the security furor over Lenovo pre-installing adware (antispyware catagory of antimalware products) you may want to check out these news links for information, degree of danger, and most importantly removal instructions (easy).

It is absolutely recommended to remove this immediately by all. Lenovo has been caught and publicly apologized. Just about all new computers come with what they used to call “bloatware” which is a handful of extra softwares which some may find useful. They take up space and may even slow down performance. But this is a big no-no Lenovo has done. It became as infamous as the Sony Rootkit malware they bundled in downloads, of music I believe it was, a good while ago.

A snippet…. (Removal help/instructions below)

“…The furor blew up because Lenovo installed Superfish adware on consumer laptops sold between September 2014 and January 2015. All these laptops were running Microsoft Windows 8.1. Your laptop fits the time frame, but you may have escaped for two reasons. First, Superfish was not installed on Lenovo’s business machines, such as ThinkPads. Second, it was not installed on laptops running Windows 7, which is still the business standard…..”


US-CERT: Lenovo Superfish Adware Vulnerable to HTTPS Spoofing

Lenovo Slipped ‘Superfish’ Malware Into Laptops
LenovoComputer maker Lenovo has been shipping laptops prepackaged with malware that makes you more vulnerable to hackers — all for the sake …

Lenovo computers come with pre-installed adware and MITM proxy
Posted on Feb 19, 2015 10:45 am
If you have recently bought a new Lenovo computer, you’re in for a nasty surprise: the company has been shipping them with pre-installed adware. And, what’s even worse, the software in question is…
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Lenovo apologises for preinstalling malware on its PCs that can snoop on
its customers’ bank …
The preinstalled malware, known as Superfish, intercepts and decrypts
secured HTTPS connections, which are used to send sensitive information …

US cyber-cops declare WAR on Superfish ad-spewing malware lurking in Lenovo laptops
The Register
The US government’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) today said the Superfish ad-injecting malware installed by Lenovo on its …


Superfish Uninstall Instructions (Lenovo Website)
NOTE: Please download and run the Automatic Removal tool executable to ensure complete removal of Superfish and Certificates for all major browsers.

Superfish malware: how do you know if your computer is affected? And how do you get rid of it?
Belfast Telegraph
The Superfish malware that was revealed last week to have been installed onto Lenovo laptops could allow hackers to watch your internet activity and …

How to wipe Superfish adware and offending cert from your Lenovo laptop
Posted on Feb 20, 2015 12:38 pm
After the recent revelation that Lenovo has been shipping some of it laptops with pre-installed adware that’s also breaking the security of secure connections by using self-signed MITM SSL certificate…
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How to remove the dangerous Superfish adware preinstalled on Lenovo PCs
You can revoke that certificate manually, however. Here’s how, as told to PCWorld by Chris Boyd, a malware intelligence analyst at Malwarebytes. ….

25th anniversary of the firewall for computers

The 25th anniversary of the firewall: Celebrating a new generation
Posted on Jul 24, 2014 10:40 am
This month marks the 25th anniversary of the firewall and, like a parent looking back on the life of his children, I wonder where the time went. The McAfee Infographic that depicts the ‘lifetime’ of t…
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Firewalls / Information Links:

Comodo Personal Firewall [new, advanced users]
(Genuine Freeware, and rated by international tests as about world’s best – now includes antivirus real time)

Sygate Personal Firewall Free 5.6.2808 [Not supported, extinct]
(Old favorite now owned by Symantec)

ZoneAlarm Free Firewall
Protect your PC with #1 Free Firewall

Ashampoo FireWall Free 1.2 (popular) [wrkx w/ Netbooks]

Online Armor Personal Firewall Free [new/advanced users]
Online Armor Free provides both a firewall and a whitelist approach to program security for Windows NT, 2000 and XP. It does not show pop-ups for many
known good programs, and it scans all your installed programs when it first runs so that you can quickly tell it what to do with apps it doesn’t know about.
Operating Systems:  Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Vista
What is firewall? – A Word Definition From the Webopedia Computer …
This page describes the term firewall and lists other pages on the Web where you can find additional information.

Internet Firewalls: Frequently Asked Questions
3.1 What are some of the basic design decisions in a firewall? … Can’tI just poke a hole in the firewall and tunnel that port? …

Windows Firewall in Windows XP Service Pack 2
Learn the basics about the new Windows Firewall in Windows XP Service Pack 2, plus find out hot to adjust your firewall settings if you need to.

Firewall Builder
Firewall Builder is multi-platform object oriented firewall configuration and management tool. It consists of a GUI and set of policy compilers for iptables …

Guide to install & configure for Windows Mac or …Firewall Net is a guide for installation and configuration of firewall with windows 95 98 NT 2000 Me Millenium
XP, linux or mac , using : conseal atguard …

Firewall Q&A (Questions & Answers)
A whitepaper on relevant firewall questions and answers. The knowledge of this subject relates to firewalls in general use, and stems from NAT and proxy …

Home PC Firewall Guide
Learn how to protect home computers and networks from Internet outlaws by using personal firewall, antivirus and anti-spyware software plus low-cost …

Howstuffworks “How Firewalls Work”
An introductory explanation of how a firewall works and the various filtering methods used, with related links.

IPCop Firewall
A secure Linux distribution managed through a web-interface. It turns an old PC into a firewall and VPN gateway. Features an Intrusion Detection System.

OpenOffice (comparable to Microsoft products) is the leading open-source office software suite  for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available
in many languages  and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from
other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.


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Why you should immediately apply any Adobe Flash Updates

Why you should immediately apply any Adobe Flash Updates

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National Cyber Awareness System:
Adobe Releases Security Updates for Flash Player and Air
07/08/2014 03:17 PM EDT
Original release date: July 08, 2014
Adobe has released security updates to address multiple vulnerabilities in Flash Player and Air. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

The following updates are available:

Adobe Flash Player for Windows, Macintosh and Linux
Adobe Flash Player for Linux
Adobe AIR for Windows, Macintosh and Android
Adobe AIR SDK and Compiler for Windows, Macintosh, Android and iOS
Adobe AIR SDK for Windows, Macintosh, Android and iOS

Why you should immediately apply any Adobe Flash Updates…..

Read this over (blogpost) which is more common now in various form. It is imperative to apply any Adobe Flash Player updtaes immediately which are security updates to correct any security holes found in the software/plug-ins.


Forensics: “Unknown Flash Movie Virus”
May 7, 2013 — bluecollarpc
Forensics: “Unknown Flash Movie Virus”
By bluecollarpc — Last updated: Tuesday, May 7, 2013

How to check your version of Adobe Flash Player Installed

Click > Start (lower left) > Control Panel > double click Flash Player > on small pop up panel click tab Advanced.

On the Advanced tab note your version number installed. Click > Check Now…. your browser will open to the Adobe Flash Player website and will display your version installed and also the latest versions available. Match the numbers. Do you have the latest installed ? You are good to go. If not, click install the latest version.

Alternatively you can uninstall the older version from the computer first at Start > Control Panel > Programs and Features > click Adobe Flash Player and wait as it will uninstall automatically. THEN go back to the Adobe Flash Player website and install the latest. Note this is done usually when a new full number version is released such as jumping from 13 to 14 something (13.111 to 14.1 example) to avoid any hack into the system through old files unused. The full number like 14 and point somethings (14.1141 example) are generally add in or ons or patching existing.

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Using Microsoft Silverlight, Malware exploits are here – Netflix

Using Microsoft Silverlight, Malware exploits are here – Netflix 

It may be time to uninstall Microsoft Silverlight ? Read….

Angler exploit kit starts wielding Silverlight exploits
Posted on May 20, 2014 04:39 pm
“Silverlight exploits are the drive-by flavor of the month,” claim Cisco researchers. “Exploit Kit owners are adding Silverlight to their update releases, and since April 23rd we have observed substan…

Vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash and Oracle Java have long been preferred targets of exploit kit developers, but as those two firms have been increasingly improving their patching efforts, the malware developers have realized that Silverlight users make also make good potential targets.

Silverlight, the framework for writing and running rich Internet applications that Microsoft created as an alternative to Adobe’s Flash, has not, so far, surpassed the latter when it comes to user numbers. Still, it has been used to provide video streaming for many high profile events and is currently used by popular video streaming service Netflix……

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NOTE you can uninstall Microsoft Silverlight (add on like flash) at Control Panel > Programs and Features – or for Firefox check your Add-Ons to see if installed. Silverlight is not a necessary program, adds view features for some sites using it. About a year or so ago it was in the news that Microsoft may discontinue Silverlight.

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Report: Softwares responsible for 76% of vulnerabilities – install Secunia PSI

Report: Softwares responsible for 76% of vulnerabilities – install Secunia PSI

Third-party programs responsible for 76% of vulnerabilities in popular software Posted on Feb 27, 2014 11:28 am Third-party programs are responsible for 76% of the vulnerabilities discovered in the 50 most popular programs in 2013, say the results of Secunia’s Vulnerability Review 2014, which is based on a samp… Read in browser »  

NOTE this was the great efforts and design and reasons for Microsoft creating Windows Vista, as it was shown and proven that Windows was NOT the reason for so much malware as an inadequately safe operating system. It was the third party – or simply all other softwares users installed on their computers that were the causes of malware infections via poor inadequate security coding and mainly always using Administrator Privileges were it was not necessary which gave malware administrator rights to run on the system. UAC – User Account Control was born in Vista which mitigated this. Bill Gates and Microsoft addressed ALL software creators worldwide to design safer hard coded softwares security-wise and not using administrator rights continually where not appropriate or necessary to run.

The security re-designed Windows Vista was on the heels of the Windows XP launch and years – where much of today’s malware was created and invented such as spyware itself, which did not exist before Windows XP. Here we are again with this reliable, credible, and well respected Secunia report. Malware is infecting systems thru weak softwares and NOT because of the Windows Operating System design. 

It is more than highly recommended for all users to install this free software for Home Users from Secunia (which I use too) which is a reliable durable software program that will scan the web for software updates that get issued for all softwares you may have installed. It can be set to automatically update them or manually. It can set to run with each computer start up in the background or to manually start and run a scan periodically as once a week or twice monthly. Now to do this manually can take hours and hours going to the software home website to check if updates are available, which many times are too hard to find at the site or not even posted there. Many softwares today finally added a Check For Updates button, which again can take all the time to continually open and close each software to check for Updates. The Secunia PSI automates these tasks ! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AND IS FREE TO HOME USERS !

(NOTE this will not install software Upgrades to next versions like on paid-for softwares were it will cost more for an upgrade. It scans for updates to your existing version.)

Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI)
(Download at website)  
The Secunia PSI explained
The Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) is a free computer security solution that identifies vulnerabilities in non-Microsoft (third-party) programs which can leave your PC open to attacks. Simply put, it scans software on your system and identifies programs in need of security updates to safeguard your PC against cybercriminals. It then supplies your computer with the necessary software security updates to keep it safe. The Secunia PSI even automates the updates for your insecure programs, making it a lot easier for you to maintain a secure PC. Using a scanner like Secunia PSI 3.0 is complementary to antivirus software, and as a free computer security program, is essential for every home computer.  

(From Secunia) :

PSI 3.0 Walkthrough  

Tim and Dave
Short animated story about security and why Tim is happier than Dave.  

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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