Posts Tagged ‘patch’

Windows 10 KB4015438 Fixes Crashes and Hangs

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Apparently, last week’s security updates caused a couple of new problems which have now (hopefull,) been fixed.

The new cumulative update for Windows 10 version 1607 (Anniversary Update) KB4015438 patches two issues introduced by last week’s Patch Day. This raises the version of the Anniversary Update version of Windows 10 to 14393.969. The KB4015438 update seems to fix two issues introduced last week that affected some users of the operating system after devices were updated with last week’s security updates.

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Microsoft to Retire Security Bulletins in January 2017

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

This will obviously mean a huge change in the way that Microsoft handles security updates, but unfortunately, many of the details as to exactly how this new service will work haven’t been revealed yet.

Microsoft announced on yesterday’s Patch Tuesday for November that it plans to retire the publication of Security Bulletins in January 2017. Security bulletins like MS16-129 reveal information about patched vulnerabilities. This includes information about the vulnerability, affected software, severity ratings, deployment information and more.

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Microsoft Resurrects Telemetry Updates KB2952664 and KB2976978

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

So you’re a loyal Windows 7 or 8 user, and you thought those annoying “Get Windows 10” notices would no longer be a problem after the free upgrade period ended? Think again.

The past year has not been easy for system owners or administrators on devices running Windows 7 or Windows 8 who don’t want their systems to be upgraded to Windows 10. The main reason for this was that Microsoft pushed a myriad of patches to devices running previous versions of Windows with the sole aim to get those Windows versions upgraded to Windows 10.

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Would You Pay a Subscription Fee for Windows?

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Although Microsoft hasn’t taken this step yet, it does seem to be the way of the future. Software companies have discovered that subscription fees generate additional revenue, so it’s pretty obvious that they’ll eventually go that route.

Ever since Microsoft introduced Windows 10’s free for the first year upgrade offer, rumors circulated around the Internet that the company would introduce subscriptions after that time period that all users who had upgraded to Windows 10 for free would have to pay. While those rumors are not true as far as I can tell, it is clear that software companies have been moving towards subscription-based services in the past couple of years.

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Speed Up the Windows 7 Update Rollup

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Those who are faced with the challenge of updating a fresh install of Windows 7 will probably find this article helpful.

It can take hours or even days to update a freshly installed version of Windows 7 using Windows Update. Windows Update displays a “checking for updates” prompt when you run the first update check after installation that seemingly does nothing at all. This can be extremely frustrating, especially since it is not recommended to run a copy of Windows that is not patched and have that copy connected to the Internet.

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Beware, KB3135173 for Windows 10 May Reset Default Apps (Again)

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Apparently, many users have reported problems with one of the recent patches for Windows 10.

Reports are coming in that the recent patch for Windows 10 with the identifier KB3135173 may reset default applications on systems it is installed on. We have talked about Windows 10 resetting default applications before, the first time happening shortly after release of the operating system.

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AVG Putting Millions of Chrome Users at Risk

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

If you’re a Chrome User and you rely on AVG for security, you should probably give this a quick read …

Security company AVG, well known for its free and commercial security products that offer a wide range of security related safeguards and services, has put millions of Chrome users at risk recently by breaking Chrome security in a fundamental way in one of its extensions for the web browser. AVG, like many other security companies offering free products, is using different monetization strategies to earn revenue from its free offerings.

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And the Product with the Most Distinct Vulnerabilities in 2015 is …

Monday, January 4th, 2016

The three manufacturers that lead this list are somewhat surprising.

Rarely a day goes by without news of another vulnerability hitting an operating system, software, device, or service on the web.  These reports have become part of everyone’s online life and all users can do is stay informed and close security issues as soon as companies make available patches for them to do so. While it is sometimes possible to mitigate vulnerabilities, often users are left with no other recourse but to wait for a company to release a patch. Sometimes, that patch is never produced.

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Emergency Patch for Windows Vulnerability MS15-078 Released (KB3079904)

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

I guess this explains why my PC rebooted itself last night …

Microsoft pushed out an emergency patch yesterday via automatic updates to all supported versions of its Windows operating system that patches a critical issue that could allow remote code execution when exploited successfully. Specifically, the vulnerability exploits an issue in the Windows Adobe Type Manager Library when specially crafted documents with OpenType fonts are loaded on the system.

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How to Remove Installed Windows Updates and Block Them Afterwards

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

If a recent Windows update has messed up your PC, here’s one way to deal with it …

If you have installed the updates that Microsoft released on this patch day you may have noticed issues with your machine afterwards. Users on Windows 7 started to notice that Windows Defender would not start up anymore for example, and that the Diagnostic Tool of the operating system was not working correctly as well.

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