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Q&A with CIPCUG Session 208

Lisa Toth   I have a Family tree subscription.  I used to have an subscription but they are very expensive.  Some years ago a speaker talked about Gramps.  I really have a hard time spending time on these because I get sucked in and hours later I realize I have been at the computer following one lead after another.  I found this article. I’m just wondering what your opinion about these apps is.

Tony Pizza   Windows defender reported an unwanted program, “Win32/drivertoolkit.” I told Defender to remove it. It declared it blocked. It says it’s in c:\$recycle.bin, but nothing’s there. ADWcleaner didn’t find anything.  It keeps showing me the shield with the warning exclamation. Is there a way to reinstall Defender, which might make the warning stop, or should I ignore it?

News Item:  Zoom passwords hacked

News Item:  TikTok’s Chinese owner offers to forego stake to clinch U.S. deal

News Item:   Samsung Electronics to halt production at its last computer factory in China

News Item:  Apple removes thousands of game apps from China store

News Item:  Arm Accuses China Venture Ex-CEO of Blocking its Business

News Item:  Facebook puts global block on Brazil’s Bolsonaro supporters

News Item:  US government sites abused to redirect users to porn sites

News Item:  Microsoft now detects CCleaner as a Potentially Unwanted Application

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 207

Roger Houston   On Saturday I tried to join with headphones since wife was sleeping. PC Bluetooth connected to headphone, but no sound; external speakers were loud with NO volume control, no mute either. After exiting meeting, YouTube video worked perfectly with headphones. Returning to meeting, same audio problem. Dumbfounded. Any explanations??

Kenneth H Smith   Listening to you yesterday, is it time to get away from email? Is gmail an OK choice? What decent free choices do we have?

News Item:  Microsoft Edge now blocks abusive notifications to reduce web spam

News Item:  Remove unwanted Windows 10 apps with Bloatbox

News Item:  New ‘Meow’ attack has deleted almost 4,000 unsecured databases

News Item:  Apple begins assembling iPhone 11 in India

News Item:  5 severe D-Link router vulnerabilities disclosed

News Item:  Trump and Biden attack social media on social media

News Item:  Yahoo News Suspended Its Comment Section

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 206


Michael Megowan   My brother lives in a condo where his new Ring doorbell which is 1 story down cannot connect to his router.  He got one range extender that didn’t work and is returning it.  He also has a garage door controller that is Wi-Fi enabled and is two stories down from his router and at the opposite end of his unit.  What type/brand of range extender will solve his connectivity problems?

Lisa Toth   There are several rebate and coupon apps available.  I’m reluctant to download any of them.  Just got one from Capitol One, we have a credit card through them.  They are calling their app ‘wikibuy’.  It is a coupon finder.  Any reservations about these programs?

Fred Krueger   I go to an online ordering site approximately every 14 days and just recently I am unable to get to the company’s webpage.  This happens in the search bar and the address bar.  After a restart and was able to go the website.  I tried this again just prior to sending this question and the same thing, had to do a restart.  I am curious as to why this may be happening.

Andy Toth   I can find appropriate video cards but they are PCI  Express 2.0. How can I determine the PCI Express version on the desktop computer?

News Item:  Superspreading events propel coronavirus pandemic

News Item:  Seven ‘no log’ VPN providers accused of leaking user logs onto the internet

News Item:  Mozilla rolls out VPN

News Item:  Inside surveillance software tracking child porn offenders across the globe catches 12,000

News Item:  Federal agencies told to patch wormable Windows DNS bug in 24 hours

News Item:  Russian hackers target COVID-19 vaccine research with custom malware

News Item:  Scammers hacked Twitter and hijacked accounts using admin tool

News Item:  FCC: Phone carriers that profit from robocalls could have all calls blocked

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 205

K Edward Lynch   found a VHS video capture software that works  like a charm:  OBS Studio with the Razzle Dazzle USB adapter.

Tony Pizza   I had to install Java to run an app PDFsam, to merge a bunch of PDFs. At one time, the advice was to uncheck “Suppress sponsor offers when installing or updating Java.”  In the current advanced settings in the Java console, I didn’t see that setting.  Is Java safe to have on the computer, or should I remove it when I don’t need to merge PDFs anymore?

Sue Nethercott   If Spotify, Waze or various apps weren’t working on iPhone for you Friday, it’s not you.  Facebook’s sdk upgrade broke iOS.

News Item:  Use Windows 10’s Storage Sense to free up Disk Space

News Item:  How to protect your Verizon number from SIM swapping attacks

News Item:  Traffic Analysis of Home Security Cameras

News Item:  EncroChat Hacked by Police

News Item:  TikTok pulls out of Hong Kong while US ponders TikTok ban

News Item:  The F-16’s Replacement Won’t Have a Pilot at All

News Item:  TomTom charged for infotainment on a car sold last year

News Item:  US Senate panel OK’s backdoors-by-the-backdoor EARN IT Act

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 204

Lisa Toth:  Is there a way to sort rules in Outlook? Also what is the difference between rules and move?

Tony Pizza: Two questions related to Kim Kommando’s column:
1. She says for privacy and safety, you can use The Onion Router or Tor, for short, She says it’s hard to set up, but says there’s a (unnamed) browser that makes it easy to use. Is it worth it?
2. She recommends using Quad9 maintained by IBM and The Global Cyber Alliance as a DNS service. She says it instantly checks any site you wish to visit against IBM XForce’s threat intelligence database of more than 40 billion analyzed webpages and images. Is it better than the ones you have mentioned?

Bob G and Toby disagree on Ccleaner

News Item: Disinformation on COVID-19 produced by state-backed media outlets in Russia, China, Turkey and Iran is being shared more widely on social media than stories from more reliable news sources.

News Item: Malwarebytes AdwCleaner now removes malware from the command line

News Item: Stanford research provides a snapshot of a new working-from-home economy

News Item: Walmart is converting its parking lots into pop-up drive-in theaters for the summer

News Item: A Medical Device Maker Threatens iFixit Over Ventilator Repair Project

News Item: Windows 10 Previews DNS Over HTTPS

News Item: The Security Value of Inefficiency

News Item: Bank Card “Master Key” Stolen


Q&A with CIPCUG Session 203

Fred Krueger   I have  a Netgear C7000 modem/router, and I find that I cannot login to settings. After several attempts I went the Netgear support and the forums and several people mention that you cannot login to this router. It has to be accessed by the ISP.  I

cannot change any settings. Is this correct??

News Item:  IBM Differential Privacy Library: The single line of code that can protect your data

News Item:  On Facebook, she denounced a Starbucks worker who asked her to wear a mask.

News Item:  Charter seeks FCC OK to impose data caps and charge fees to video services

News Item:  Almost 17,000 Protesters Had No Idea A Tech Company Was Tracing Their Location

News Item:  Facebook starts tagging news from politicians that violates their standards

News Item:  Microsoft removes manual deferrals from Windows Update  ‘to prevent confusion’

News Item:  California COVID-19 Modeling Website, Open-Source Tools For ‘Citizen Scientists’

News Item:  Microsoft developed a Windows 10 File Recovery tool

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 202

Lisa Toth   I have a Surface Pro with windows 10, 1903.  It is so slow to load pages. It is like having an old win version.

Andy Toth   I am installing Oracle’s VirtualBox on a windows 10 computer to have a version of winXP available. When I am creating the virtual winXP machine in VirtualBox, I get the message “The hardware virtualization is enabled in the Acceleration section of the System Page although it is not supported by the host system. It should be disabled to start the Virtual system.” How do I locate this System Page?

The Desktop in question is a HP P7-1007PC. It was a Win7 computer upgraded to win10. the onboard NVIDIA graphics chip is powered by the win10 drivers and the OEM drivers that were part of the purchased desktop. The only setting I can seem to access is the resolution.

Fred Krueger   An update on my prime video problem, I uninstalled Firefox and reinstalled. You tube is now working fine, Prime video still not working, went to help and disabled add-ons and prime is working even with VPN enabled.

News Item:  T-Mobile outage caused by fiber circuit failure, not DDoS attacks

News Item:  Apple Re-Closes 11 Stores Just Weeks after Re-Opening Them

News Item:  Microsoft fixes printing issues for all affected Windows 10 versions

News Item:  Windows 10 Fresh Start and Reset this PC Merged in 2004

News Item:  Adobe Flash Is Finally Going to Die end of December

News Item:  Microsoft planning Windows 10 2004 rollout for devices near EoS

News Item:  Bank of America phishing email bypasses spam filters?

News Item:  Turn on MFA Before Crooks Do It For You

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 201

Andy Toth   I have migrated to a new computer and will be wiping the previous laptop hard drive and reinstalling win10 Home. OneDrive on previous computer is set up to keep copies of the OneDrive files on the hard drive. I login in with a local account on that computer.  The only option given to me on the new laptop was to login in with my Microsoft account.

I believe that in order to wipe the old laptop is to break the link with OneDrive. If I log out of my one drive account from the old laptop will I also be logged out on the new laptop? Is the Microsoft account login specific to a specific computer. logging out of one computer will keep me logged in on the other?

Fred Krueger   Using Firefox I have been trying to log into Amazon Prime and found out Firefox is blocking Amazon video? I can still use Firefox to order things on amazon but not watch video. Had to go to Edge and Prime video works there.

Fred Krueger   You can do almost anything from your phone. Why is there not an app that can marry your phone to your car so you can lock, unlock, start and stop the engine, disable the car, etc. the car would not operate without the phone. I think this would be a good idea with the uptick in vehicle thefts.

Andy Toth   I recently migrated to another laptop running windows home 1909. The major difference between the two computers are larger amount of RAM and an i7 processor. I went to partition the 500GB drive and discovered that there was only 305GB of space available. The previous computer with the same SW installed had almost 400GB free space. I am using the installed windows partition application. Any idea why so much more space is used on the hard drive?

News Item:  IBM Cloud global outage caused by “incorrect” BGP routing

News Item:  FBI warns of increased hacking risk if using mobile banking apps

News Item:  Apple and Google’s COVID-19 contact-tracing could be useful, but so far only 3 states have agreed — and none has started to use it.

News Item:  2020 June update bonks some printers

News Item:  Facebook announces the winner of its Deepfake Detection Challenge.  The winning submission spotted tampered video 82 percent of the time.

News Item:  Twitter deletes over 170,000 accounts tied to Chinese propaganda efforts

News Item:  Chinese Phishing Attacks against Trump and Biden Campaigns

News Item:  U.S. lawmakers ask Zoom to clarify China ties after it suspends accounts

News Item:  Patch your computer now






















Q&A with CIPCUG Session 200

Craig Ladd   LSEV – low speed electric vehicle, suppose to be the market of the future,$26 billion – computers involved

Fred Krueger   Does anyone have a good recommendation for a QR reader

Jerry Crocker   G-Mail has aliases

Sue Nethercott   You could talk about the conspiracy theory that the coronavirus pandemic is a cover for a plan to implant trackable microchips and that the Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is behind it.

News Item:  Some computers are blocked from Windows 10 2004

News Item:  Contact-tracer spoofing is already happening – and it’s dangerously simple to do

News Item:  UK data watchdog claims coronavirus Test and Trace program flouts GDPR

News Item:  Google sued for $5 billion over alleged privacy violations

News Item:  Microsoft blocks Trend Micro from Windows 10, rootkit detector product pulled from site

News Item:  To test its security mid-pandemic, GitLab tried phishing its own work-from-home staff. 1 in 5 fell for it

News Item:  REvil ransomware creates eBay-like auction site for stolen data

News Item:  Self-driving cars could only prevent a third of U.S. crashes

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 199

Andy Toth   I’ve been investigating rooting my android phone.

Andy Toth   For an existing IMAP Outlook email setup on a computer, is it possible to change to a pop3?

Andy Toth   How to create the path and pst file? When you archive or auto archive does it get saved in the same pst file? How do you get the folder structure in your outlook email to transfer to the pst file? I will be setting up a new computer. what is the best way to export all email for input into a new installation of outlook?

News Item:  Windows 10 2004 upgrade may be blocked due to old graphics drivers

News Item:  Microsoft Edge to save edits made to PDF files without saving a copy each time

News Item:  Zoom’s New, Stronger Encryption and Security Will Protect Paying Clients

News Item:  Waymo to bring self-driving minivans back

News Item:  Left and right criticize Section 230

News Item:  Comcast, Charter and ViacomCBS Join Forces to Make TV Commercials More Targeted

News Item:  Well-known web sites port scan their visitors

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