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How to upgrade to Windows 10

Users running genuine Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 will be asked to upgrade to Windows 10, as Microsoft releases this week the largest overhaul of the Windows operating system ever. (Upgrade to Windows 10 - Image source: Flickr) Upgrading to Windows 10 is free until July 29, 2016 for all users who meet the hardware requirements. According to Microsoft, users can reserve a free upgrade to Windows 10 in the Get Window...

180 Million Windows XP Users Exposed to Threats as Microsoft Stops All Security Updates

Microsoft has announced that, as of July 15, all security solutions for XP users will stop receiving updates, leaving users exposed to threats. Windows XP will no longer provide the Malicious Software Removal Tool or updates to Microsoft Security Essentials. “Since real-time protection products have limited effectiveness on PCs that do not have the latest security updates, your PC will still be at risk of i...

Samsung says it will update updater that disabled Windows Update

Talk about a right royal mess. Last week, it was discovered that software pre-installed on Samsung computers had the undesirable (but surprisingly deliberate) side effect of disabling Windows Update, Microsoft's way of automatically keeping your Windows computer secured with the latest patches including security updates. As a consequence, the onus was put on Samsung computer owners to update their devices m...

Google, Microsoft and Mastercard Sign Anti-Piracy Agreement with Danish ISPS

A coalition including Google, Mastercard, Microsoft and anti-piracy organization Right Alliance was formed to tackle the issue of online infringement, according to news reports. Their memorandum of understanding, or ‘Code to Promote Lawful Behavior on the Internet,’ has five key objectives: To help make the Internet a safe and legal platform for consumers and businesses. To stress that copyright is an impor...

Microsoft Tackles Piracy with Free Windows 10 Upgrade

Microsoft announced it will deliver its newest Windows version for free to everyone using pirated copies of the software, according to Reuters. Sometime this summer, Windows users from 190 countries will receive free upgrades to Windows 10, regardless whether their license is original or pirated. The initiative was announced at the WinHEC technology conference in Shenzhen, China by Terry Myerson, Microsoft...

Cryptowall Makes a Comeback Via Malicious Help Files (CHM)

A new spam wave has hit hundreds of mailboxes with malicious .chm attachments to spread the infamous Cryptowall ransomware, malware researchers from Bitdefender Labs found. Interestingly, hackers have resorted to a less “fashionable,” yet highly effective trick to automatically execute malware on a victim’s machine and encrypt its contents – malicious .chm attachments. Chm is an extension for the Compiled H...

Leaked Minecraft passwords aren’t the result of hack, says Microsoft

There's good news if you're a fan of the online game Minecraft. Microsoft, the parent company of Minecraft developer Mojang, has confirmed that Minecraft has not been hacked. Concerns were raised that a breach might have been the reason behind over 1800 users' credentials appearing on Pastebin, as reported by Hot for Security and Heise, however it always seemed more likely that the login details had been st...

Microsoft Ends Support for Windows 7. What You Need to Know

Two days ago the security world watched the official demise of one of the most popular Windows platforms, Windows 7. But what does it really mean and how does it impact users and organizations? Here is what you need to know: Mainstream support vs. extended support Leaving mainstream support does not mean that Windows 7 is dead. It simply will stop receiving new features or technology improvements. Companies...

Zero-Day Remote Code Execution Flaw Disclosed by Microsoft; Workarounds Issued

Microsoft has disclosed on Tuesday in a Security Advisory a Windows OLE zero-day remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability  in PowerPoint and released a quick fix. The vulnerability impacts all Windows versions, except Windows Server 2003 and it is currently being exploited via malicious Office files that contain OLE (Object Linking and Embedding) objects. "The vulnerability could allow remote code executio...

Four Indicted for Stealing Helicopter Software and Gaming Technology

Four people have been indicted by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) for allegedly stealing helicopter software and gaming technology worth over $100 million, according to a DOJ announcement. Charges included copyright infringement, mail fraud, conspiracy to commit computer fraud, wire fraud, theft of trade secrets and identity theft. Two of the defendants pleaded guilty "As the indictment charges, the memb...

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