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NVIDIA issues fix for Windows 11 22H2 Performance Issues

NVIDIA has addressed the performance issues many GeForce GPU users have been experiencing as a result of last week’s Windows 11 22H2 update. The downside is this fix/update for their GeForce Experience software suite is currently in Beta and therefore users will need to manually install this update. For those who don’t want to install the Beta version they will need to wait until Nvidia the release version is pushed out later this week. “Some users may observer lower performance in games or applications after updating to Microsoft Windows 11 2022 Update,” the company says in a support article published over the…

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Windows 11 22H2 Enhanced Phishing Protection

A new security feature (though this is not enabled by default) has been introduced in the newly released Windows 11 22H2 update. Enhanced Phishing Protection is more targeted towards enterprise users as phishing attacks are the most common way hackers/attackers breach corporate networks. In some cases, simply typing your password in a phishing login form, and not submitting them, is enough for them to be stolen by threat actors. To combat this behavior, Microsoft introduced a new feature called ‘Enhanced Phishing Protection’ that warns users when they enter their Windows password on a website or enter it into an insecure application. When enabled, Microsoft…

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Weekly Roundup: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

It is Sunday, September 25th and time for a new weekly feature where we look back at the tech news this past week and highlight one each of the: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. This week as a bit of a slow week even with Microsoft’s Windows 11 22H2 update. The Good There has been much talk these days about slowing down climate change and reducing C02 emissions by getting people to ditch their ICE vehicles in favor of battery Electric Vehicles (EVs). However, the effects of climate change (extreme heat/cold) are taking its toll on the US…

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Windows 11 Annual and Intermittent Updates + Side Effects?

This month’s Microsoft’s Update Tuesday (September 20th) was a big one with the release of the Window 11 2022 Update (Windows 11 22H2). Windows 11 22H2 was the first major update since Windows 11 was released back in October 2021. Microsoft has committed to and appears to be sticking too as well a schedule for major Windows 11 updates on an annual basis. However, Microsoft will be introducing small fixes and new features when they are ready. Via Ars Technica: Nearly a year later, it has become abundantly clear that Microsoft isn’t holding back changes and new apps for the…

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Microsoft to Support Windows 10 Until 2025

Windows 10 users need not be concerned with the major Windows 11 update released this week. Microsoft has re-confirmed they will continue to provide support for Windows 10 until October 2025. “We remain committed to Windows 10 and will continue to service Windows 10 through October of 2025,” said John Cable, vice president of program management for Microsoft’s Windows Servicing and Delivery, in a briefing with reporters. Technically, the fact that Microsoft will continue to support Windows 10 until 2025 isn’t anything new, as Microsoft has been saying this since June 2021. Still, Microsoft said then that Windows 10 would be…

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Spellcheck is a blessing and a curse. On one hand you get instant feedback if you mistype something. On the other hand, it causes people not to know how to correctly spell. However, if users have opted-in to use Chrome’s Enhanced Spellcheck or Microsoft Editor (add-on) in Edge, users could unknowingly be sending Personally Identifiable Information (PII) to Google or Microsoft. Users can check if they opted-in to use Chrome’s Enhanced Spellcheck. by entering: chrome://settings/?search=Enhanced+Spell+Check in the Chrome address bar. Enhanced spell check setting in Chrome needs to be opted-in (BleepingComputer) Now you may be wondering what kind of PII could I…

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Microsoft Edge Users Beware: Tech Support Scam via Newsfeed

Microsoft’s Edge Browser is built off of Chrome is the default (and if S Mode is enabled only) browser for Windows 10 and 11. Some users are being feed fake stories in their Microsoft Edge Newsfeed which when clicked-on can bring up a fake Microsoft Defender Security Center landing page with a toll-free number to call Microsoft. Alternatively, clicking the ‘ad’ may bring the user to a decoy page. This is yet another variation of the ever evolving and popular Tech Support Scams. These fake ads/stories have a catchy headline and picture such as ‘Man Finds a Hidden Cave Inside…

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Google’s Fails to have EU Anti-Trust Ruling Overturned

While Google failed to get Europe’s General Court to overturn the Commission’s ruling on its Android antitrust case, they did manage to get their fine reduced from €4.3 Billion to €4.125 Billion (~$4.121 Billion USD). The Commission previously found that Google acted illegally by making it mandatory for Android manufacturers to pre-install its apps and its search engine. By doing so, the Commission said that the company was able to “cement its dominant position in general internet search.” Approximately 80 percent of smart devices in Europe as of July 2018 were running Android OS, and people tend to be content…

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Windows Defender Throwing False Win32/Hive.ZY Alert

Windows users world wide are in a panic today as Windows Defender is throwing a false Win32/Hive.ZY Alert when certain popular apps (including Microsoft’s own Edge browser) are opened. A bad Microsoft Defender signature update mistakenly detects Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Discord, and other Electron apps as ‘Win32/Hive.ZY’ each time the apps are opened in Windows. The issue started Sunday morning when Microsoft pushed out Defender signature update 1.373.1508.0 to include two new threat detections, including Behavior:Win32/Hive.ZY. Microsoft is aware of the issue and is pushing out new security intelligence updates. To check for new security intelligence updates Search for and open Windows…

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Japan Declares War on Floppy Disk for Government Use

Last week when I posted the article about Microsoft’s Biggest Release and seeing the image of all those floppy disks it took me back to my childhood. I honestly have thought floppy disks have gone the way of landlines, VHS and Betamax tapes. Especially considering many kids today only know the floppy disk as the ‘save icon’ not as removable media that was the standard of any PC up until the mid/late 90’s when CD-ROM’s took over. Then I come across an article today discussing how Japan is declaring war on floppy disks for ‘government use‘. Wait Japan?! I would…

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