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Microsoft Security Monthly Rollup update for October 2019

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/windows-10-cumulative-update-kb4517389-and-kb4519338-released/

One of my users has reported a boot problem today, but the OS is Windows 7, not Windows 10.

As usual, the fix is to run system restore to rollback the update and let the OS to fix the boot problem on its own.

Are you affected?

If yes, share your experience with us.
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Attention all Article and Mini Video Tutorial Authors

One of our highly valued members and authors - Joe Winograd - has written a small program that any author at Experts Exchange should find highly useful. Links below:

Article: How to download number of Views, Endorsements, Points for Experts Exchange Articles and Videos

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Check them out and be sure to endorse one or both if you find it as useful as I have!

Regards, Andrew
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Free License for Revo Uninstaller Professional

Recently Revo Uninstaller Pro was updated to v4. I've owned a license for this tool since v2.0 and recently paid for the v4 major upgrade. I can highly recommend Revo Uninstaller from personal experience.

A campaign whereby you can get a V3.0 Professional License for Free has been launched, so be sure to take advantage of it. Version 3.0 works very well on Windows 10 - I was still using it until a few months ago. Grab a free key now using the link below. If you like the tool you will have a cheaper upgrade path if you want to go to the latest version later.

https://www.revouninstaller.com/campaigns/facebook-campaign-email-activation.html

I've tested the above link and can confirm it's genuine as I now have another valid Revo Professional v3.0 license.

Cheers, Andrew
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Enable Sound when booting in Safe Mode with Networking

What for you may ask?

Well, for one thing, it's *very* useful for Blind people who make heavy use of screen readers and need to boot into safe mode. I've made the solution available from a public folder on my website using the following link:

https://www.computerhelpzone.com.au/publicdocs/SoundInSafeMode.zip

Credits for this great solution:

Brian Vogel - The author of this solution. Brian tutors the blind and is a volunteer moderator at Bleeping Computer forums

Bill Prew - Trusted Expert at Experts Exchange who very kindly assisted greatly with the debugging and rewriting of the included batch file to allow flawless execution when I reached out to him for help

Hope it helps someone out.

Regards, Andrew
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Formatting a hard drive is enough security if giving a computer away - or is it?

I recently had cause to recount an experience with one of my clients several years ago at another forum.

A client of mine was once convinced that despite my advice, nothing short of forensic recovery would put his old data at risk when he decided to donate some old workstations to a youth hostel. He wanted me to just delete the partitions the OS was sitting on, format and reinstall Windows. I did that on one machine right in front of him. Then I asked him to give me a few hours with that box on my own.

I returned the machine to him several hours later, with PDF copies of a few of "his" clients Tax Returns (complete with Tax File numbers) and a variety of other highly sensitive data sitting on the computer's desktop ready for the reading on a freshly installed copy of Windows 7 Pro. The entire exercise took about 4 - 5 hours, less than 30 minutes of actual hands-on work on my part. He was so grateful for my taking the time to show him what he was risking that I scored a $200 voucher to a high-end restaurant in Melbourne on top of my fee. Some people just need to physically "see" the proof of the pudding in order to believe.

What's your take? Are you still finding people insist on knowing better? I'm contemplating writing an article on this topic, but it seems so obvious to me that I wonder if it's going to turn out to be a wasted effort?

Regards, Andrew
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I bought a 2nd hand EIDE hard drive from a PC refurbisher on eBay many years ago.  There was an ID written on the label in felt-tip pen containing the letters "NHS".  This is a well known acronym for the National Health Service in the UK.  Out of curiosity I ran GetDataBack on it and recovered a massive amount of very confidential information relating to psychiatric patients at one of the NHS hospitals in the area where the eBay seller was located.

After many emails and phone calls I finally managed to speak with the IT manager who was responsible for phasing out old IT equipment and passing it on through a recycling / refurbishment company.  I told him that I had recovered a lot of highly personal data from a hard drive that had come from a PC at the named hospital and told him who I had bought it from so that he could review the procedures and companies used.  I was met with a patronising wall of denial accompanied by an explanation of how drives are securely wiped, and was more or less told that I was lying and perhaps trying to extort money.

I printed about 20 of the documents I had recovered and posted them to the patients' home addresses with an anonymous note saying that the information had been recovered from NHS IT equipment sold on eBay.

I felt quite satisfied that at least a few of those patients would demand an explanation from the NHS as to how the documents came into 3rd-party hands and that the IT Manager would most likely be grilled about it.  (Note: it wasn't Pete Long :-)
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Trust no one. I have read accounts of personal data getting out when someone donated a system or gave it to a friend without first fully wiping the drive. Said drive was removed and never used and then put back into the system when it was passed on to the next person and surprise! Hacker got the data.
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Stop using Internet Explorer, warns Microsoft's own security chief

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2019/02/08/stop-using-internet-explorer-warns-microsofts-security-chief/

Heads up for those of you that might be doing so.
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Fuller quote from the bottom of the article (and I have read others like it)

""We want you to use IE for the sites that need it - what I'm trying to say here is that I hope you don't use it for everything else,” Mr Jackson said in a comment on the blog post.
Microsoft will end support for Internet Explorer 10 in January 2020, while Internet Explorer 11 will remain as the final iteration of the software."

Some servers do not have (and have not been able to update to) IE 11.  This was not in the article but I have read it along with the statement that Server updates would be revised to use IE 11. I am not sure about Server 2008 but certainly Server 2012.
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by:Brian B
The headline is somewhat sensational, the message is just good security practice.
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Having problems reaching Windows Update Servers?

Then check out this AskWoody Article and see if it applies to you.

The Windows Update servers are having hiccups



Hope it helps.

Regards, Andrew
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The Windows 7 update out today and listed as an optional update fixes the invalid file handle error successfully. Requires a restart and blue screen "updating windows" message.

I have a folder mapped to my Windows 7 VM from my Windows 10 host.

Works, Fixed, Done.   At least for now.
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Thanks for summarizing the title of my post.
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How Microsoft helped imprison a man for counterfeiting software it gives away for free

https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/25/how-microsoft-helped-imprison-a-man-for-counterfeiting-software-it-gives-away-for-free/

Wondering if he hadn't made these disks look like Dell's this would have made it to court.

I would guess he's either really annoyed someone or the DMCA supporters want a scalp.

He's organised, at his own cost, for 1000's of reinstallation DVDs for Windows 7 to be produced, in doing so he's had them made to look identical to the Dell DVDs that are shipped free when you buy a new computer.

This is where it gets messy legally.

Reinstall DVDs from manufacturers just contain software. They are provided "free" with a new PC.
(Actually there's a nominal cost to the PC manufacturer in manufacturing them but it works out at pennies - the convicted guy was creating these and his costs would have been a little higher as he was making 1000's while PC manufacturers make 1,000,000's). They have printed on them "Please do not make copies of this disk".

Windows software requires a license to use. When you buy your PC with Windows from Dell, Dell have bought a Windows license from Microsoft and are selling it on to you. The cost - around $20 compared to $140 for the full retail version.

The short version of the court case is two-fold - (1) Microsoft say they've lost out on 1,000's of $20 licenses AND (2) because the disks look identical to Dell's originals they …
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Intel is dropping plans to patch old CPU's for the Meltdown patch.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/intel-we-now-wont-ever-patch-spectre-variant-2-flaw-in-these-chips/?bhid=23164040498209351948461508422926&ftag=TRE-03-10aaa6b

So it really is time for people to move on. New machines means better hardware security and Windows 10. It can easily be made to look and feel like Windows 7.

Time to upgrade software also to improve security.

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In continuation to my previous post https://www.experts-exchange.com//posts/3606/Had-the-following-issue-and-took-these-steps-to-solve-it-I.html  where I pointed out that when it comes to troubleshooting you should always start from the bottom and work your way up. The previous post was about cmd, this one will be about booting in safe. And few examples of my own experience.

Example one
Computer started and got till the dotted circling [windows 10] and there it got stuck. Since I did not hear any noise from the computer, I did not start in the direction of hardware diagnostic, rather I rebooted and logged in safe mode without networking. Why without networking as said start as low you could and work your way up. Okay I was able to log in. now I tried to login to safe mode with networking [one step up], ow was not able to login. Okay so now I know the issue is related to network, I took a step back and logged in again in safe mode without networking. from my experience I find many times components drivers like network or graphics card to be the causes of not being able to login or computer crash, I opened device manager, expended network adapter, right click, uninstall driver (don’t worry about the drive windows will reinstall it at the next login), reboot and issue solved.

Note: driver issues are more common on refurbished computers or windows 7 PC upgraded to windows 10. My recommendation when you update a driver to do it from the component manufacturing’s site …
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I changed my computer's to download Windows Updates Automatically a few months ago, but I've never really trusted it.

Today my mistrust in counting on things to happen automatically was vindicated when I manually opened Windows Update to check manually for updates and promptly got a Windows Update Error 0x80070003

Windows 7 Action Centre, set to warn me if there was a problem with Automatic Updates, reported no problems.

After fixing the problem and getting Windows Updates to work again, (the standard fixes didn't work - a hotfix needed to be installed) it's now installing about ~700MB of critical updates that it just downloaded as I type.  

The moral of this post?

Don't trust automatic Windows updates!  In fact, don't trust Automatic anything. Use automated updating by all means, I even encourage it to all my clients, but periodically check to ensure that whatever you've set to update automatically is in fact, updating.  

According to a google search, the problem I just fixed on my Win 7 Pro 64bit system has been reported occurring on Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows 10 systems during December of 2017 and January of this year.  It seems to only happen on certain system configurations.

Just a heads up folks.
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Thanks for your comments John.  For reference of any doubters, here is how my Windows Update Settings were (and continue to be) set on my Win 7 Pro 64 Bit System.

Windows Update settings
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That is how my own Windows 7 VM is set. But it is normally off. So when I started it late last week (monthly at least), and let it run for 5 minutes, it started downloading updates and then installed them. I only had to restart.
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According to tech support site BleepingComputer, victims can "trick" the program into shutting down: once they reach the PayPal purchase screen, they can hit Ctrl+O to open a dialogue box, and then enter http://hitechnovation.com/thankyou.txt. This makes the program think they've paid the $25, and it shuts down.

https://www.cnet.com/news/this-scam-tricks-you-into-buying-fake-tech-support-software/
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Great Post and Heads Up Kyle.
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I see this over and over and over in here:  "Windows 10 forces me to update and my decade old legacy software won't work with the newest updates"

I wonder if these poor souls can connect the dots.

They turned off Windows 7 Updates to keep their legacy software running, and then they complained to Microsoft that their machine was hacked. It was hacked because security updates were turned off.

Microsoft's response:  "We have had enough!  New systems will update like it or not"

Is this any surprise to anyone?
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Pull off the access to the Internet is the only way to keep legacy application working...
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A day after a BSOD a client called about 'instability' and degradation, examining event log I saw this occurring every minute or so...  Would love an Expert opinion.
Recurring warning, Win7 Pro, System, Warning, Code 219
The driver \Driver\WUDFRd failed to load for the device WpdBusEnumRoot\UMB\2&37c186b&2&STORAGE#VOLUME#_??_USBSTOR#DISK&VEN_GENERIC&PROD_COMPACT_FLASH&REV_0.00#00000000000006&0#
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by:Nicholas
Did you mean to ask this as a question
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by:Robert Nevans
Yes - my apologies. How do I permanently correct this error? No one in the firm has ever used compact flash.
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Network folder disappears after creating it as a mounted volume.  I have a MS 2K8R2 file server vm.  I map users to a directory called Department via GPO.  Users are able to see their own department folders but not other department folders due to access based enumeration.  This system has worked very well and without issue for 5 years.  The drive began to fill up.  It's limited to 2TB due to the fact that it's a vm on a VCenter5 host.  I created a new drive and "mounted volume" then moved the data for the operations department to the new drive.  The problem is that the users, intermittently, can no longer see their "Operations" department drive.  It appears some times but not others when trying to save a document to their network department drive.  Has anyone experienced this with a GPO mapped network drive to an access based enumerated mounted volume?

This appears to happen for Windows 7 clients but not Windows 10.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)
You may want to post this to a Windows 2008 Server topic area, as a Question.
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by:Shawn Klingensmith
done.  thanks
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Hello,
I am using the RAID-1 configuration for my HDD . Before starting the Windows installation i have set the RAID in BIOS .
then go to CTRL+I and create the raid for my HDD and console was showing NORMAL ( GREEN)
STEP 2 : Now when i start the windows installation , the Windows need the raid driver for detecting my HDD . i provide it and HDD detected . The Windows installation starts . ..

Now When the installation reached the last STEP of WIndows 7 installation : " COMPLETE INSTALLATION STEP"

and the System Restart . I see one problem ..

The RAID HDD status changes from NORMAL to INITIALIZE MODE . so can any one answer actually i want the HDD to be in NORMAL Mode only . please suggest is this normal ?
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Were you looking for help on this? You might want to ask it as a question to get more Experts to see it. https://www.experts-exchange.com/askQuestion.jsp
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Creating image (wim) in Windows 7.  For some reason scrubbing local user account previously entered at OOBE screen during the audit process does not do so completely.  After sysprep the OOBE screen comes up and asks for user name and when typed in it says it's already there.  Is there some hidden trace of this account I'm not getting rid of?  During audit mode profile was deleted and wasn't even showing up in registry anymore.
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by:divesh garg
Hi,

Actually after the sysprep ( audit Mode , Generalize , Reboot) , you need to delete the User account from 2 Places .
1st place . goto start --> type user profile --> then you see the search result click on it . check if the local user account exits , Please delete
2nd place .Goto Manage --> user --> see if the loal user account exits  , please delete from here as well .

Now run sysprep( OOBE,Generalize , shutdown )

I sure this will  help ..

thanks
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by:Ranbro7
Before running sysprep I removed the account in question.  Could it be created in the imagex capture process from something in unattend.xml?
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OWASP: Forgery and Phishing
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trying to restore a pc using the HP disks.  Drive erased but then its prompting for windows 7 home edition.  Pc next cd supplied is windows 7 professional.  How do i get this version installed?
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by:Brian B
You have entered this as a post. You might get more response if you ask it as a question.
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Go to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
Create Windows 10 installation media with a usb stick that is at least 16GB
Plug it into the PCs and run installation.  I know its not Windows 7, but Windows 10 is definitely worth using over its predecessors like Windows Vista, Windows 8 and apparently uses less resources than Windows 7.  I'm currently using Windows 10 for work and its been great!
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A recent post by Brian Matis motivated me to make this alternate post to see what sort of reaction others might have about these recent revelations.

A recent article on The Verge claims that "The older operating system was less vulnerable that anyone expected"

Windows XP computers were mostly immune to WannaCry

Another article from the same source claims "Windows XP was ‘insignificant,’ researchers say" with regards to helping the WannaCry outbreak spread.

"Almost all WannaCry victims were running Windows 7"

Lots of folks (from their perspective) with a genuine need to keep running on Windows XP suffered a lot of grief in Tech forums as being one of the root causes of giving WannaCry a platform to spread and thrive from, yet now it appears all the criticism may have been a little premature and unjustified.

For the record, I personally don't condone anyone using unsupported operating systems and actively encourage everyone I deal with to get themselves up to date, but I am also sympathetic to those who feel they have a genuine need to do that, so also think they shouldn't be …
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
We have too many XP computers at my institution (some with only SP2) - mostly due to budgets and instrumentation.
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by:Andrew Leniart
Hi Thomas,
Have you considered purchasing an XP Updates agreement with Microsoft? Might be an easier solution if budget restraints prevent you from upgrading? I wouldn't feel comfortable with a lot of XP machines in an environment as it would be a case of when, not if, it will come back to bite you.  Patches are available, just at a cost.

Incidentally, SP3 for XP is still provided by Microsoft - why not install it?

Steps to take before you install Windows XP Service Pack 3

How to obtain Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)

Cheers..
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by:Kyle Santos
ddaaannnngggg
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by:Brian Matis
Huh... this reminds me that I have an old desktop in the garage that's still running 7. Good thing I haven't turned it on in months...
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What have we learnt today about the WannaCry ransomware attack, what you should do.

1. do not block the URL KILLSWITCH - This will stop the spread in your network.

2. Make sure your Anti-Virus Definitions are up to date. 30% of Vendors had definitions updated by end of play Friday 15th May. This will stop trojan exeuting.

3. Patch Risky OS first e.g. Windows 2003 and XP, there are PATCHES available! - This will stop the payload exploit getting into the server.

4. Patch Windows 7, 8, 10, 2008, 2012 and 2016.  Check for a Security Rollup since March 2017.
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Goodbye Windows Vista! Today is the day Microsoft has finally ended support for it. Considering Vista came out in November 2006, that's almost a 10 and half year lifespan. Seems like a pretty good run! Personally, I never really liked Vista very much and was quite happy when Windows 7 came out. Vista always sort of felt like the beta test for 7...

Any of you going to miss it? Or are you thinking "good-riddance"?
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by:Brian Matis
Nice! Yeah, I imagine having a new system that came out with Vista would have been much better. I was upgrading an older system, and yep, it was a Dell. These days though, my Windows system is one I built myself. At least this way I've got a much better understanding of the various parts :-)
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by:Brian Matis
And you're very right that Vista did introduce a lot of pivotal enhancements for Windows! I was just checking out the Wikipedia page for it and was reminded of how it introduced the Aero GUI, instant search, Windows Defender... tons of good things.
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Windows 7 is an operating system from Microsoft. Features include multi-touch support, a redesigned Windows Shell with a new taskbar, referred to as the Superbar, a home networking system called HomeGroup, and performance improvements.