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Windows is the most widely used operating system in the world with a 90% market share. It is also the most hacked. Our latest news will alert you to updates to make and security vulnerabilities to take into account so as not to get your computer hacked.

Microsoft wants to get rid of Windows 10 updates that disrupt its operating system

The goal is to prevent companies from avoiding several other difficulties that may be related to the update.

Last week, U.S. giant Microsoft unveiled a feature called "Known Issue Rollback" that allowed IT administrators the ability to cancel update processes that don't fit as part of security patches if that's a problem.

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In practical ways, it's not uncommon for Microsoft updates on Windows 10 to be often annoying. With the new feature offered by the Redmond giant, the IT professional will be getting a lot of help. In this way, when an update does not appear necessary or useful, administrators will have the opportunity to return to the updated preview when this will cause operational disruptions. Of course, this feature is not about security patches.

Part of this new deployment, the Redmond giant will no longer force its customers to accept the changes that are often included in these updates that are sometimes operationally imperfect. "While quality has improved over the past five years, we recognize that sometimes things can go wrong and go wrong," Senior Program Manager Namrata Bachwani said in a sincerity, in a video posted on March 2 at Redmond's firm's Ignite virtual conference.

"Until now, it's all or nothing, you either had to install the entire update to take advantage of the patches, but also take responsibility for the problems, or you had to ignore everything," Bachwani said. "The administrator could choose not to install the update because he had heard that it was causing a problem, or he could uninstall it if he noticed a problem, and as a result, no longer took advantage of all the other fixes in the package, interesting changes or those that he might need," she continued.

The directors are very familiar with Ms. Bachwani's situation. They have never been able to be in tune with this way of Microsoft to group all the fixes of the operating system. Forcing them to accept them when some were not even useful to themselves. This is unlike the older version of the operating system, where updates were offered separately from Microsoft in a separate and separate way. This situation has revolted many. Indeed, the latter see this as Microsoft's "take it or leave" method, often reluctantly accepting them having no alternatives.

Today it seems then that Microsoft has listened to the complaints. "We listened to you and found a way to deal with this kind of scenario in a targeted, non-destructive way," Bachwani said.

The new "Known Issue Rollback" feature is supported in the 2004 version of Windows 10 also known as 20H1. In this release, administrators have the option to cancel nearly 80% of the changes made by an unwanted update. But this is not the case for all versions. In this case it is that of 1809 and 1909. For the latter, the functionality is only partially supported.

"If a fix causes a serious problem, the services hosted by Azure and Windows work in tandem to update this policy on the device and disable the problematic fix," says Vernon, the program's senior manager.

When it comes to small businesses or the general public, Microsoft is responsible for managing this feature. In this regard, Mr. Vernon states: "The configuration change is done by us in the cloud (…) Devices connected to Windows Update or Windows Update for Business are notified of this change and it takes effect the next restart."

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Windows 10: What you need to know about the blue screen scam

For some time, it has been discovered or even suffered a new form of scam.

It is based primarily on Microsoft's recent Windows 10 operating system.Clearly it is the users of this system who are targeted. How does that manifest itself. Very simply by the sudden appearance of a blue screen as a sign of a problem or technical failure. If you are in this case, do not be fooled, it is not a technical problem. Rather, it was a hacker who counterfeited the screen.

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When the blue screen appears. The user is informed by a message that appears on the screen that tells him that his computer is attacked by a computer virus that is likely to cause him to lose all of his data. It is suggested that the user call a number that appears on the screen, so that he or she can contact a Microsoft game technical advisor to help them respond to problems.

In practice the tactic is very convincing. For any user who is not vigilant enough, it is very easy to be fooled. In any case, users largely do not hesitate to call the number, because of the threat of losing important files.

The authorities informed of this problem did not fail to react immediately to inform as many people as possible as soon as possible. On the cybermalveillance.gouv.fr website, he clarified that the number supposedly directed to Windows technical support is not the right one. The government website did not fail to specify that it is cybercriminals who pretend to be Microsoft technicians for the purpose of Nantes only collecting data but also pushed users to commit missteps. Indeed, cyber criminals when they are contacted by victims, means that they will first take control of the computer in order to be able to correct the problem. They also ask people to pay for software that will be installed to solve the technical failure which in reality is not one. A simple enough technique to extract money from people not alert enough.

For those facing this situation:

– First of all, don't panic.

– Under no circumstances should the number shown on the screen be called

– The user then has to clean up the entire app, or even uninstall the ones that appear suspicious.

The American giant gives some tips to follow when users are faced with this kind of scam:

– If in doubt for Microsoft's technical support number, use another computer or smartphone to check on the Internet.

– The victim must keep enough evidence to be able to file a complaint with the authorities afterwards.

– In addition, the message that appears on the screen may contain errors that may attract the victim's attention. Also, we will have to be vigilant.

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Windows XP: Microsoft's operating system source code available online

A data leak whose impact is measurable at a very high level.

Indeed, the source code of Windows XP is available to anyone interested online. No one knows where it came from and who could have been the initiator. However, on several websites, it is possible to find links that lead directly to the download of this important script. "All these files have been there for ages especially the WR[Windows Research Kernel]K, which anyone with a .edu [compte email]could already download. served a user on the HakerNews platform.

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Why does this make so much news? This is simply because thousands of computers continue to run on this old Microsoft operating system. However, the sources to be able to access this source code increases by the hour. At this point, it will be complicated, let's say it impossible for Microsoft to own its lines of code to be able to intervene.

As we know, the American giant had always kept the code on its operating system secret. Although it has often shared these lines of code with governments in some projects, and even though the American company is much more focused today on its Windows 10 system, the fact remains that the leakage of this information can be detrimental to it in some way.

Microsoft has not yet made any statement regarding this matter. According to some people, the original Xbox's source code would also be available through the same links. But this latest information has not yet been confirmed.

An immediate consequence will be visible after this data leak. This is of course the full analysis and speed up scripts making up the operating system. Seen at the pace at which download links are increasing

In addition, let us look at this case in a slightly broader way. As we know since 2014, the American giant has decided literally to abandon its operating system. No more follow-up, no support. The security vulnerabilities were no longer fixed. It should be noted that many people in the IT industry had hoped to see the announcement that Microsoft would decide to make Open Source Windows XP for the happiness of researchers. But it's slow to come, before this data leak changes the game. It could have been said that if the American giant had been hesitant all this time to make its operating system available to the community of programmers and computer security researchers, it was surely due to the fact that several million terminals around the world continue to run with the system. And even in 2017, Microsoft had provided a security patch to counter the famous WannaCry malware, the ransomware that was beginning to do a lot of damage.

According to figures provided by NetMarketShare, more than 1% of computers in circulation and in use worldwide run Windows XP. So we can consider that Windows XP is installed on nearly 18 million computers. An operating system that is still used in some terminals within some government organizations and even private companies. Indeed, it should be noted that it is not easy to change the operating system of its computer fleet as changes for example a terminal overnight. This is true of the compatibility of the software used and the cost generated. In most cases, organizations will be forced to change, for example, for computers.

But it is held that for American society, security must be beyond all considerations. That's why it published its clear recommendations about Windows XP.

"If you continue to use Windows XP, your computer will still work, but it may become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Internet Explorer 8 is no longer supported, so if your Windows XP PC is connected to the Internet and you use Internet Explorer 8 to surf the web, you may be exposing your PC to additional threats. In addition, as more and more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for newer versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter more and more apps and devices that don't work on Windows XP. ».

In practical terms, this data leak could endanger the millions of computers equipped with Windows XP. Some even that this may be somehow dangerous to the security of windows 8 or Windows 10 users. Because Windows hasn't really changed, apart from a few features and design. There is therefore a good chance that bits of code in Windows XP could have been reused for the design of the two recent models.

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Administrators find Windows updates useless

When asked about the issue several IT infrastructure administrators mentioned the fact that the updates provided by the American giant Microsoft for Windows 10 are not for the majority of useful cases.

And the majority of IT administrators according to a survey have confirmed it. Out of 500 professionals surveyed, 58% of those responsible for managing Windows maintenance in the workplace confirmed that Microsoft's new features to its system are unnecessary.

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It should be noted that only 20% of the professionals surveyed felt that some updates were useful in practice. 22% remained neutral. For them, these updates are neither useful a useful one.

This was discovered following a questionnaire published last month by a computer security and network consultant named Susan Bradley, she runs an online platform PatchMangement.org, for IT infrastructure administrators where they can discuss several topics related to their work.

It should also be noted that this is not the first time the computer security specialist has introduced this kind of survey to her colleagues. For example, in 2018, a similar survey showed that 70% of professionals surveyed found that feature updates provided by Microsoft on Windows were not really useful. 35% rarely found them useful. Only 12% felt that these updates with their usefulness and 18% had decided to remain neutral.

Microsoft has done its best to improve its Windows 10 updates and features. However, the majority of administrators are still not convinced of the usefulness of its new features. Because in 2020 only 4 people found these developments so useful.

For Susan Bradley, "It's clear that Microsoft needs to reconsider its upgrade process… and clarify its objectives." Apparently: "There is a mismatch between Microsoft's efforts and expectations – months of development and testing to produce features and features that customers are supposed to demand – and the responses of an overwhelming majority of customers. It administrators often simply shrug in response to Microsoft's announcements. ». An IT administrator interviewed noted: "I understand the concept of WaaS, and the ability to update the operating system without having to clean or reinstall it is a good concept. But it would be better to focus on useful features, such as improving the file explorer, having a Start menu that still works and having contextual (and useful) help, than proclaiming that the time has come to release a new update, with new useful features, or not." In the same vein, several other professionals interviewed took a rather harsh attitude for the deployment of new features on the part of Microsoft. "I don't know why Microsoft thinks some of these new features deserve time, including on its side," said another professional. Some see this as a waste of opportunity. "It's mostly about gadgets and eye powder," says an IT manager interviewed at the panel. He added: "There is a sense that no fundamental problems are being solved. While updates always lead here and there to new problems in the fundamental features. It seems at least that the editor scratches the subject a little – but without explanation." For her part, Susan Bradley will note: "Microsoft devotes most of its development to the delivery of these semi-annual versions of features… companies are not deploying them quickly enough to take advantage of them."

Obviously agree with the specialist, Greg Keizer, IDG NS will note: "Because companies that use Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Education get 30 months of support for each fall update (the spring update only has 18 months of support), the most agile IT services can afford to skip multiple updates and refresh their PCs only once every two years. Ultimately, this means that businesses and their employees are exposed to all the new features of Windows 10. But not to the rhythm of Microsoft. Again, do these updates deserve the time Microsoft spends on them? Ms. Bradley's poll, as unsur scientific as it was, suggests that "no, they really don't deserve it."

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Windows 10, 8.1 and 7 computers are vulnerable since critical security flaws were discovered

The information was given by Microsoft earlier this week.

Apparently on Windows 10 versions, Windows 8. 1 and 7, there would be a fairly serious security flaw endangering the terminals. According to the American giant, there are possibilities that this security breach has already been exploited, by hackers at the time of talking. At the moment, no security patch has yet developed to fill the vulnerability.

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in Redmond's firm noted on its official page: "Microsoft aware of limited targeted attacks that can exploit vulnerabilities uncorrected in the Adobe Type Manager library and provides following instructions to reduce the risk to customers up to the top of the release of the security update, "

According to Microsoft's various explanations, the security breach would be due to an anomaly that would come from "a bug in the Adobe Type Manager library and a bug in the Windows Explorer's visualization pane. ». however the effects do not seem to be fully expandable. On the other hand, it could be that thanks to this security flaw, a hacker can run to remote malware from the moment the viewing tab is open. Some of the clues collected by Microsoft allowed it to deduce that some hackers have already taken advantage of the vulnerability. And that this may be the case now.

the Windows versions affected by the flaw are Windows 10 and all the others microsoft's operating system. It has also been noticed that the most impacted versions are:

– Windows 10

– Windows 8.1

– Windows RT 8.1

– Windows 7

– Windows Server 2012

– Windows Server 2016

– Windows Server 2019…

However all versions are affected by the security flaw. So many people wondered if Microsoft would produce a security patch for Windows 7 when we know that the American giant had decided to abandon its old system. We don't know anything about it, but what's for sure, Redmond's firm will soon be providing a security patch by April through the famous Patch Tuesday. "Microsoft is aware of this vulnerability and is trying to find a fix. Updates that fix security flaws in Microsoft software are usually released on the Update Tuesday, the second Tuesday of each month.

This fixed schedule allows our partners to plan their quality assurance and IT operations, as well as ensure the reliability and security of the Windows ecosystem for our customers. Versions of the operating system affected by this vulnerability are mentioned below. Check mitigation and workarounds for risk reduction instructions. ». Redmond's firm said on its page.

To protect itself while waiting for the security fix to come, Redmond's firm advises its users to disable certain features that affect the problem file explorer display.

On the Windows 10 version, here's how to disable these features:

1. Open Explorer

2. Click "Show"

3. Turn off the "Visualization Stream" and "Details" options

4. Return to file explorer

5. On the "Show" tab, go to "Options" and click "Change The Search and File Options"

6. Click "Show," "Advanced Settings," check the "Show" feature Always display icons" never use "miniatures"

7. Save your settings once the set is changed.

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