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Windows 8.1 Update Start Screen

Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

Microsoft is urging users running Windows 8.1 to update their systems soon, since the company plans to drop patch support for early versions of the operating system. Redmond said that after May it would only issue updates for systems running the Windows 8.1 Update release and later. The move means that Windows 8.1 systems which …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Apr 2014

Redmond patches 66 flaws on Patch Tuesday

Microsoft has released updates for critical flaws in Word, Office, and Internet Explorer, along with firmware updates for its Surface 2 tablet line. Redmond said that the June edition of Patch Tuesday would address a total of 66 common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVE)–class vulns, most of them in Internet Explorer. In total …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jun 2014
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TIME TRAVELLERS needed to secure Windows 7

Microsoft has forced Windows 7 users to apply an April update in order to receive June's patches for its Internet Explorer 11 browser. The demand does not affect users of earlier versions of its flagship browser or operating system. Microsoft did not provide reasons for the move but it appeared to have simplified its patching …
Darren Pauli, 16 Jun 2014

Office, IE and Windows in line for critical fixes from Redmond

Microsoft is planning to deliver seven bulletins next week in its scheduled monthly update. The company has posted its advance notification for the upcoming Patch Tuesday security release, which it said will consist of two critical bulletins and five others rated as important. According to Microsoft, the critical bulletins will …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Jun 2014
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Windows 8 aims to make security updates less painful

The next version of Microsoft's Windows operating system will introduce changes that are designed to make automatic updates less disruptive by eliminating popup notifications and reducing the number of times machines must be restarted. In a blog post published on Monday, Microsoft Program Manager for the Windows Update Group …
Dan Goodin, 16 Nov 2011

Microsoft: You know we said NO MORE XP PATCHES? Well ...

Microsoft has released patches for the latest critical security vulnerability plaguing Internet Explorer, including for Windows XP – despite months of claiming that it would never release another patch for the outdated OS past April 8 of this year. According to a blog post by Microsoft's general manager of Trustworthy Computing …
Neil McAllister, 01 May 2014

Dodgy Google, Yahoo! SSL certs nuked in Windows – finally

One week after Google spotted an SSL certificate issuer dishing out certs that could be used to impersonate Google and Yahoo! websites, Microsoft has taken action to block the illicit certificates from being used on its software. The certs, issued by India's National Informatics Centre (NIC), were detected on July 2 by Google's …
Iain Thomson, 10 Jul 2014
Windows 8 new start screen

It's true, the START MENU is coming BACK to Windows 8, hiss sources

Microsoft's forthcoming wave of Windows updates will streamline the OS and will even see the return of the much-missed Start menu, according to new reports. Rumors that Redmond is planning a new round of updates to the various forms of its OS first surfaced last week, with ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley reporting that Microsoft will …
Neil McAllister, 09 Dec 2013
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Future Firefox to slurp updates silently

Mozilla is changing the way Firefox installs on computers in an apparent concession to enterprise users it previously ruled were irrelevant. Future versions of the open-source browser will download and install silently on your machine, saving you the bother of downloading and authorising the update. It is hoped switching to …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Oct 2011
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Sophos pulls out spade, fills in holes in Web Appliance

Sophos has pulled out the weeds in its web-scanning software after Core Security identified multiple holes in its Web Protection Appliance versions 3.8.0, 3.8.13 and 3.7.9 and earlier. The Core Security advisory states that if a remote attacker can gain access to the appliance's web administrator interface, the attacker could …
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Mozilla puts brakes on auto Firefox updates

Patch Tuesday from Microsoft coincided with browser updates from both Mozilla and Google this month. Mozilla released a new version of Firefox 4 Beta that's designed to fix a pair of stability bugs that caused problems for some testers. One of the tweaks addresses a problem with plugins for the Mac version of the browser that …
John Leyden, 15 Sep 2010

Cheat Win XP DEATH: Little-known tool to save you from the XPocalypse

Windows XP's date with destiny has passed. As of Tuesday, Microsoft will NOT be releasing any new security updates. With one in five PCs still running Windows XP, there's a chance you are among those whose computer is now running an unsupported operating system. What now? Doing an in-place upgrade to Windows 7 isn't a good …
Liam Proven, 10 Apr 2014
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Windows XP repair disk kills automatic updates

A commonly used method for repairing Windows computers can disable the automatic installation of Microsoft updates, or patches, it was revealed this week. The company is getting a kicking from critics for this - the same people who slammed the company two weeks ago when Microsoft forced a Windows patch on users who had turned …
Dan Goodin, 29 Sep 2007
Microsoft Surface Pro

Microsoft ships Surface firmware fixes with April patch batch

Along with the usual Patch Tuesday fixes for Windows, Internet Explorer, and other software, Microsoft's April 9 updates also include hardware driver and firmware fixes for its Surface RT and Surface Pro fondleslabs. The releases mark the fifth time Redmond has issued fixes for hardware issues with Surface RT, which shipped in …
Neil McAllister, 09 Apr 2013
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Office 2007 SP1 goes automatic for the people

Microsoft will start automatically pumping out its first service packs for the Office 2007 suite next month. The software giant said in a statement late yesterday that it plans to stagger automatic updates and has earmarked 16 June* as the big day when distribution will begin. Office 2007 service pack one (SP1) was released as …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 May 2008
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Free tool inspects all your personal 'ware automatically

Secunia has taken the wraps off a new version of its consumer patch management tool, Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) version 3.0. PSI v3.0, released today, offers a free Windows security scanner for private PC users that covers applications from more than 3,000 vendors. The technology differs from previous versions in …
John Leyden, 29 Jun 2012
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Microsoft finally ships Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7

Following a protracted development process, Microsoft has at last shipped the release version of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7, with the new browser due to begin rolling out to customers via Windows Update within the next few weeks. In the meantime, customers who can't wait for the automatic update to arrive can download …
Neil McAllister, 26 Feb 2013
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Harvester garners iFans with first UK Passbook e-voucher

Harvester, the Mitchells & Butlers-owned Berni Inn de nos jours, is offering iPhone fans a fiver off a £30 bill if they turn up at one of the branded restaurants with a handset running iOS 6 and at least one other person, and do so before 20 October. Just don't use iOS 6's Maps app to find your nearest hostelry... The offer …
Tony Smith, 05 Oct 2012
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Microsoft disables automatic IE 8 downloads

Microsoft will cushion you from the Internet Explorer 8 standards mess with software to prevent automatic download of its next browser to your machine. The company has released an IE8 Blocker Toolkit that will stop users installing IE8 via its Automatic Update service before compatibility testing has been finished. Microsoft's …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Jan 2009
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Microsoft issues emergency IE bug patch

Microsoft has released a 26.9MB patch which fixes five vulnerabilities, including the zero day flaw that is cracking Windows systems via the most common versions of Internet Explorer. The MS12-063 update provides a fix for the flaw, which is in use by hackers against some companies. The patch also has four more flaw-fixes, which …
Iain Thomson, 21 Sep 2012

Microsoft dispels rumors of stealth Windows updates

Microsoft officials are seeking to dispel rumors the company is performing stealth updates on Windows machines. They are also pledging to be more transparent in the future to prevent such misunderstandings from happening again. Reports of secret updates began circulating after at least two sites reported that Windows Update …
Dan Goodin, 14 Sep 2007

Symantec releases software as Amazon Machine Image

Symantec has made its new O3 cloud identity and access control suite available as an Amazon Machine Image (AMIs), the company's first foray into selling software as a hosted virtual machine. AMIs are virtual machines that are listed in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) marketplace and can be deployed to AWS' EC2 cloud computing …
Simon Sharwood, 17 May 2012

Google tells Microsoft IE shops: We can help you with those 'legacy apps'

Google is chucking Chrome at businesses whose applications are hardwired to Internet Explorer - and coupled its offer with a snub to Redmond, claiming its once-proud browser has become "legacy". The Chocolate Factory today released the Chrome Legacy Browser Support extension that - with additional fiddling courtesy of your IT …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Apr 2013
Borked computer keyboard

How to stop intruders without knocking out the workers

For a sysadmin, fighting malware feels like an uphill battle that you are never going to win. Security software vendors are in a constant catch-up game, trying to create definitions to protect their customers from the latest round of malware. Sysadmins have the tough job of using their various security software and devices, …
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Microsoft issues IE 10 Flash flaw fix for Windows 8

Hot on the heels of an update that fixed the recent zero-day flaw discovered in Internet Explorer versions 7, 8, and 9, Microsoft has released a separate patch that solves issues related to the Adobe Flash Player component of Internet Explorer 10. The current Flash vulnerabilities only affect IE 10 running on Windows 8 and …
Neil McAllister, 22 Sep 2012
Windows Vista teaser

MS misses restart button on desktop auto-updates

Microsoft has been forced to halt automatic updates to Vista service pack one (SP1) because of glitches with its Dynamics Retail Management System (RMS), which has already laid waste to XP SP3. The Dynamics RMS bug delivered a nasty shiner to the software giant late Tuesday. Now it’s emerged that Vista SP1’s auto distribution …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 May 2008
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Microsoft warns of RDP attack within next 30 days

Microsoft has released six updates in this month's patch Tuesday, including one critical hole that Redmond warns will be hit in the next 30 days. The critical flaw covers all versions of Windows and is found in the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). It allows attackers to run code remotely behind the firewall, although Vista users …
Iain Thomson, 13 Mar 2012
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Oracle 'fesses up: Java security flaws more than storm in teacup

Oracle has broken its silence to admit there are security issues with Java in web browsers - but it insists the tech is solid on servers and within mobile and desktop apps. In a blog post published on Friday, Oracle noted the "media firestorm" around the recent Java vulnerability, admitting users may have been left "frustrated …
John Leyden, 30 Jan 2013
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If Google got a haircut, a tie and a suit, would it be Microsoft?

Prepare yourself. It's a new month, and that can only mean a tsunami of articles on the popularity of Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox will flood the globe's news aggregators. For non-mobile computers, March followed the trend emerging over the past 12 months: growth for Chrome, a drop in use of IE and Firefox stuck in a …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Apr 2013
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Surprise! Microsoft patches latest IE10 Flash vulns on time

Microsoft surprised Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 users on Monday by issuing a patch that fixes 25 security vulnerabilities found in the Adobe Flash Player component of Internet Explorer 10, mere hours after Adobe issued its own patch for the Flash Player plug-in used by other browsers. Unlike earlier versions of Internet …
Neil McAllister, 09 Oct 2012
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MS preps service pack blocker tool for Windows 7, Server 2008 R2

Microsoft has prepped its Windows Service Pack blocker tool kit to include its upcoming service packs for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. The SP1s for both operating systems hit Release Candidate status late last month, but they’re not expected to reach manufacturers until early next year. Ahead of that, MS has updated …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Nov 2010
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Fakers beware: no more MS updates for you

Microsoft is no longer providing updates to non-genuine versions of its Windows XP operating system. From today, the company has switched over to a full launch of its Windows Genuine Advantage Programme as part of its ongoing anti-piracy campaign. Users will now have to join the WGA authentication program if they want to …
Lucy Sherriff, 26 Jul 2005
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MS updates: real Windows users only need apply

Microsoft is to stop providing updates to non-genuine versions of its Windows XP operating system as part of its anti-piracy campaign. The company also says it is changing the way some of its Certificates of Authenticity (COAs) are matched during activation. This is because "a significant number" of COAs are stolen from …
Lucy Sherriff, 26 Jan 2005
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Facebook goes all a twitter with Beluga buy

Facebook has stepped firmly into Twitter's territory with the purchase of messaging start-up Beluga, sure to be pushing status updates to a phone near you any day now. Beluga provides closed group messaging: users create "pods" and invite people to join them, messages addressed to the pod are then bounced out to pod members like …
Bill Ray, 02 Mar 2011
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Thanks ever so much Java, for that biz-wide rootkit infection

Right on cue, Java has responded to my hatred in kind. Shortly after I awoke to discover my previous article denouncing the language had been published, a client called to inform me his computer had contracted some malware. Java has, if you'll forgive the anthropomorphization of a bytecode virtualization engine, decided to exact …
Trevor Pott, 03 Sep 2012
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'When you disagreed with Steve Jobs, you lost'

This was the week when Android updates started making their way very slowly to Samsung Galaxy S2s and HTC mobes. And there was loads of chat about the imminent arrival of the new iPad, including the shock news that there would be shortages on the day of release. Gasp! (Fanbois were hurt in the making of this story). This was …
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Mozilla to shift 12m surfers off 2-year-old Firefox 3.5

Mozilla is planning to shunt 12 million users, who are still surfing the web on its aged Firefox 3.5 browser, over to a more recent version. "We need a plan to obsolete [sic] Firefox 3.5 as we can't support it into perpetuity," said Mozilla. "We have been frustrated with our efforts to move users off of old releases and are …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 May 2011
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Gates plans invisible, automatic updates for WinXP users

Most of the reporting of Bill Gates' WinHEC keynote on Monday has focussed on the Tablet PC announcement, but you'd also do well to take a look at what he had to say about Windows Update. In WinXP it's back, it's bigger than ever, and this time, maybe, resistance is futile. Bill says: "One of the key elements for us is Windows …
John Lettice, 28 Mar 2001
Coffee table gaming Pi

Ten pi-fect projects for your new Raspberry Pi

There was an article a while back, in Scientific American I think, that posed the question: given a super-powerful computer, with infinite computing power shoe-horned into a coke can, what would you do with it?* The arrival of the Raspberry Pi (RPi) prompted a similar sort of question: given an (almost) disposable PC with late- …
Richard Dyce, 14 Mar 2013
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If the name’s not on the whitelist it can’t come in

The poor old corporate endpoint has had a bit of a battering in the last few years. Malware is more widespread and complex than ever and it is easy to get infected simply by visiting legitimate sites that have been hacked. Now that the internet has become such a dangerous neighbourhood, are malware blacklists enough to keep the …
Danny Bradbury, 14 Oct 2011
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Skype's mega-FAIL: exec cops to cause

Chastened by its pre-Christmas mega-FAIL, Skype on Wednesday explained in detail why the titanic titsup takedown happened and how the company plans to ensure that the globe will never again go VoIP-less for an extended period of time. For those of you tuning in late, last Wednesday the online telephony service began to wobble, …
Rik Myslewski, 29 Dec 2010
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Firefox update fixes critical bug brace

Mozilla published a new version of its Firefox web browser on Tuesday that fixes five security vulnerabilities, two of which it rates as critical. Firefox version 3.0.2 fixes a memory corruption bug and a separate critical bug involving privilege escalation and the XPCnativeWrapper component of the browser. Both create possible …
John Leyden, 24 Sep 2008
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Nokia pulls memory-gobbling Java overhaul

Nokia has completely rewritten its Java implementation for S60 devices, linking the new Java environment with Ovi as well as improving performance at an apparent cost of greater memory consumption. The new Java implementation is currently a beta release, though no problems have been reported except the additional memory …
Bill Ray, 01 Jul 2009
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Microsoft finally debuts Euro-choose-a-browser screen

Microsoft has unveiled its EU-mandated Web browser choice screen, and will start rolling it out next week. Redmond's deputy general counsel Dave Heiner warned Explorer users "what to expect", in a not at all grudging blog posting. He said the design and operation of the screen "was worked out in the course of extensive …
Team Register, 19 Feb 2010
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Microsoft security report shows worms are returning

Microsoft's latest security intelligence report shows a resurgence in worms, although rogue security software also remains a big issue. Rogue security software was found and removed from 13.4m machines, compared to 16.8m last time. It is still an issue but numbers are falling. Worm figures doubled in the first six months of …
John Oates, 02 Nov 2009
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Windows Home Server fixes bugs with Power Pack 2

Microsoft has rolled out the latest update to Windows Home Server (WHS) with today’s release of Power Pack 2. The minor update comes loaded with fixes for known bugs as well as a handful of tweaks to the product’s feature set. Microsoft has made improvements to remote access configuration, enhanced functionality for computers …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Mar 2009
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Nokia Software Updater for Mac Beta

There was a time when having to use anything but a Nokia phone would evoke fears of disorientation and a general unease about straying from my comfort zone. Sony Ericsson? Where is everything? Motorola? Does it do iSync? Samsung? Er... Even though Nokia never actually overwhelmed Mac users with its support for the platform, if …
Bob Dormon, 18 Mar 2011
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Microsoft beta tests Office subscription software

Microsoft has launched a private beta test of a subscription version of its Office and security software. Dubbed Albany the package includes Office Live and OneCare - Microsoft's bundle of security and anti-virus products. It is aimed at consumers rather than businesses - Microsoft is already trialling similar offerings for …
John Oates, 21 Apr 2008
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Hackers root Motorola Droid

Hackers have successfully rooted Motorola's Droid smartphone, allowing users to install applications or services of their choice outside the set menu offered by operators. A hardware modder, rejoicing in the name Zinx Verituse, has developed and published a Droid rooting exploit. Instructions on how to break open Droid …
John Leyden, 11 Dec 2009
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Prism Firefox extension hits beta

Mozilla Labs has released a beta of a Firefox extension that turns any website application into a desktop app. The not-for-profit outfit launched the standalone web app late on Friday. Dubbed Prism, it comes with its own site and an updated API for developers to play with. Prism 1.0 beta comes loaded with several nifty features …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 May 2009