Friday, August 12, 2016

Using Windows 10? Great uninstall any other Anti-Virus suit; accept Windows Defender!

May all Windows AntiVirus program suite rest in peace. We have been under their thumb since early 1990's; First under MS-DOS, then Windows 95 through Windows 7.

Video: TWiT Bit 2876: Do I Still Need Anti-Virus on Windows?

The whole idea of anti-virus programs was wrong. The whole idea of antivirus programs looking for specific program signature was doomed. Eventually these patterns would change so quickly that any database based signature program is too costly to run.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Going Without Third Party Anti-Virus &/or Anti-Malware

Quick Tip: Block unwanted sites using the Windows hosts file


Windows hosts file location

Windows has stored the hosts file w/i same path since Windows 95  or so; 
"/windows/system32/drivers/etc/hosts"

Current resources:

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Win X Clean Install Blues

The Microsoft Windows installation software didn't work; Each test machine Win Update Log said, "Win 10 Pro install failed"


Post Question to Microsoft was told win update corrupt & to do:

delete everything in C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution
wuauclt.exe /updatenow

; tried but ReportingEvents.log failed; file was open under System Rights

Had to use "MediaCreationToolx64.exe" to install on three test machines

In preparing for a clean install, ran "find_prod_key.vbs"

Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
MsgBox ConvertToKey(WshShell.RegRead("HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\DigitalProductId"))
Function ConvertToKey(Key)
Const KeyOffset = 52
i = 28
Chars = "BCDFGHJKMPQRTVWXY2346789"
Do
Cur = 0
x = 14
Do
Cur = Cur * 256
Cur = Key(x + KeyOffset) + Cur
Key(x + KeyOffset) = (Cur \ 24) And 255
Cur = Cur Mod 24
x = x -1
Loop While x >= 0
i = i -1
KeyOutput = Mid(Chars, Cur + 1, 1) & KeyOutput
If (((29 - i) Mod 6) = 0) And (i <> -1) Then
i = i -1
KeyOutput = "-" & KeyOutput
End If
Loop While i >= 0
ConvertToKey = KeyOutput
End Function


But each test machine has same prod key: "TY4CG-JDJH7-VJ2WF-DY4X9-HCFC6"
 "MediaCreationToolx64.exe" after creating a USB media install stick reminds to have a prod key

The test machines have not been activated. They might not be till after 30 day trial period where less than 30 days can put back OS within "\Windows.old"

Looks Reinstalling Windows within the Backup/Restore function is only choice for "Clean" Install till a valid product key is located/decoded.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Win X Day; Win Ten Day; Win Jo Day; Win Dix Day; Win Shi Day; Win Desyat' Day

Fine, I had some fun with the title (roman, english, japanese, french, mandarin, & russian).

Last week, Microsoft (MSFT) said Threshold 2 would be out late October 2015, the original release date for Windows X. Paul Thurrott & Mary-Jo Foley discussed this on WINDOWS WEEKLY 423 BITTER, SWEET AND SALTY, You might wish to wait till November with your Desktops running Windows 7 for the reasons laid out in Windows 10 review: Hold off if you use Windows 7.

Just for the laughs, I suggest watching Windows Weekly 433 Live.  Leo Laporte says he will install Windows X on his Dell XPS 13 during the show. The show records live every Wednesday at 2:00pm Eastern / 11:00am Pacific/ 18:00 UTC. Join the chat room to jeer them on.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hacking the Connected Car

The Jeep remote hacking got the news cycle last week.  A Word on Hacking the Connected Car
The Mojio device is alot cheaper than Verizon/Delphi Connect & hotspoting phone; (Yes, I learned about it on NPR.) Mojio is $150 first year and $3/month after.

The make arguement against automakers in WHY AUTOMAKERS CAN’T DELIVER THE CONNECTED CAR EXPERIENCE CONSUMERS EXPECT: EXPECTATIONS VS. REALITY 

FASTEST SHIP IN THE UNIVERSE: HOW SCI-FI SHIPS STACK UP

The Fastest Ship in the Universe : How Sci-Fi Ships Stack Up
The Fastest Ship in the Universe : How Sci-Fi Ships Stack Up Created by: FatWallet.com

Why my son WON'T see ‘Pixels.’ Here’s why.

After reading, I’m not letting my son see ‘Pixels.’ Here’s why. 

No good reason using foul language and girl bashing; Shame, he and I were looking forward to it; laugh at the old Classic games (many Hall of Famers)