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Q&A with CIPCUG No.50

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imagesJohn Weigle   Windows started installing Creators Update, which took a while, then rebooted, did some more and finally ended with a message that it had found a problem with the computer. So it rebooted, reinstalled the old version and didn’t seem to leave any message about what failed. As I’m writing this, I got a new message that it’s ready to install the latest updates. Failed second time, too.

Tony Pizza   I just started the Creator upgrade on my 3rd computer. It needed some updates to 1607, which took repeated tries because I kept getting an error with KB4019472. I tried a restart, failed, tried a shut down and reboot, also set the power off settings for screen and sleep to never. It succeeded after that, probably a coincidence.

Lisa Toth   Sometimes a ghost page starts to appear on my screen then disappears. I’m wondering if it is my pop-up blocker blocking an ad. This just started happening a week or so ago.

Michael Megowan   I am having a problem with Firefox sometimes locking up my computer when I go to open a new tab. Even CTRL-ATL-DEL won’t get me out. I have to do a power switch reboot.  This problem started a couple of months ago.  I have tried to do a clean reinstall of Firefox, but the problem persists.  I am running Windows 7. The computer is a Core-i5 with 16Gb of RAM.  Chrome blue screens, but not on opening tabs.

Lisa Toth   I am noticing a new phenomenon when scrolling down through pics I get by email. I get vertical lines beside the pictures. Sometimes they eventually disappear.

Tony Pizza posted a news item:  Kim Kommando recommends “Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer. This free tool examines your Windows and Office settings for any potential problems, especially contamination”.  Anyone used it?

Lisa Toth posted a news item:  The No. 2 computer maker, HP, accidentally shipped an unknown number of laptops with a keylogger vulnerability built right into it.

Sue Nethercott posted a news item:  Hackers break into centralized password manager OneLogin

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 49

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Roger Houston   Not sure about the usefulness of

Last Pass Authenticator. CrockMaskIs it helpful? How?

News Item:  A photo of a person’s eye taken at a medium distance is more than enough to trick a Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone login iris scanner, according to researchers from the Chaos Computer Club (CCC).

News Item:  Google now knows when its users go to the store and buy stuff

News Item:  Leaked!  Facebook rules that allow death threats, pictures of animal torture and videos of self-harm

News Item:  WannaCry update.

Follow on Question:  In light of Heathrow airport being shut down because computers can’t route luggage to the proper airplane, how likely is it that some virus, worm or just poor planning could shut down major portions of civilization?

Pictured:  Jerry Crocker, our photographer extraordinaire (in his disguise)

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 47

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map of places infected by wanacry worm


Lisa Toth
   duplicate files finder you mentioned in an answer to finding duplicate files. I went out to the site as my computer is loaded with such things. It doesn’t mention windows 10 at all. Are you using it on that platform?

Rosalie Sherbrooke  Can anyone recommend a program that will eliminate the duplicate photos/files on my computer?

John Weigle   The Intel Discovery Tool tells me:  “Based on the version of the ME, the system is Vulnerable” and refers me to two documents that are not terribly helpful to me. What should I do to get it fixed, or do I have to wait for Intel to come up with a solution for the motherboard and the chip?

Lisa Toth   I am considering the purchase of a Fitbit device. Some of the devices offer certain options that require bluetooth LE to work. How can I figure out if my laptop (Toshiba win 10 has this capability?

News Item:  Windows 10 Edge, IE: We’re now blocking sites signed with SHA-1 certs, says Microsoft

News Item:  WannaCry Cryptovirus (actually a worm) is dormant for now.  Why?  And will it be back?

Q&A With CIPCUG, Session 46

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Lisa Toth   I sent a question about “snap” What the heck is it?

Sue Nethercott   Given that companies are wont to end services without warning, like AOL AIM chat outside the US, how can I download all my emails from gmail in a useful format?

Sue Nethercott   People have been having problems finding decent chat software since problems arose with java. Is IRC any good?

Lisa Toth   What is Tor browser, and is it safe?

K Edward Lynch   What’s the name of the Form software that has been recommended at CIPCUG?

K Edward Lynch    Chrome book or Surface???

Lisa Toth   I need a refresher course on basic computer skills. I was once a power user. I taught other people how to use and set up their computer. Now I feel like a dunce. what can I do?

News Item:  Hundreds of privacy-invading apps are using ultrasonic sounds to track you

Q&A with CIPCUG: Session 45

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Lisa Toth:   Andy and I have Microsoft phones with AT&T. They came with an email program on

them. An AT&T product I surmise. We seem to be unable to delete mail except for one at a time.  This is very annoying as I get 60 or 70 emails a day.

News Item:  Google and Facebook have confirmed that they fell victim to an alleged $100m scam.

News Item:    A FuturePets.com database with critical information on over 100,000 customers was left exposed for six months.  The unprotected data included:

  • Customer names
  • Shipping addresses
  • Credit and debit card details – This included 16-digit numbers, expiration dates and cardholder names
  • Email addresses
  • Phone numbers
  • Plain-text passwords

News Item:  N.S.A. Halts Collection of Americans’ Emails About Foreign Targets

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