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Comment Re:To stop all communication with Microsoft = work (Score 1) 108 108

It takes a good amount of powershell, registry editing, and dism to script-remove this malware from windows 7, and if you were letting windows update since April, the damage is already done.

You are the only or first person (not in the loop) I've encountered that knows this ie: KB3035583 (Install date April 4th). If you read my journal please forgive the CWX reference, it's GWX (cataracts have since been removed).

Comment Yes, HOSTS file repost from $10 Solitaire (Score 1) 108 108

Mentions a HOSTS file editor, a reply to that will show you how you can block what bothers you.

Microsoft is tricky to block, a lot of the times you end up blocking a certification site. has two programs I use HTTPNetworkSniffer and smartsniff (both require Wincap) as well as reading ToS's is how I determine what's needed to be blocked. is what I use to make sure I'm not blocking something I shouldn't.

I've no reason to upgrade, Win7 is a fairly decent OS.

8.1 (spare laptop) got a lot easier after learning the Win key takes one to a normal screen and putting a shutdown shortcut on the desktop: Shutdown.exe /s /f /t 10 -But it's just a container for music/movies and not connected to the Internet, no reason at all to screw with it.

Comment Re:host file level adblock (Score 1) 146 146

use this system wide adblcoking.

I'll give it a try, I edit my HOSTS file by hand and UltraEdit, HostsXpert I've used but has a tendency of replacing the space after local host with a tab.

Microsoft is tricky to block, a lot of the times you end up blocking a certification site. The very first thing your system (Win7) does is send a request to Microsoft, that I blocked after KB3035583. has two programs I use HTTPNetworkSniffer and smartsniff (both require Wincap) as well as reading ToS's is how I determine what's needed to be blocked. is what I use to make sure I'm not blocking something I shouldn't.

Editing ones HOSTS file is becoming quite an exercise.

Comment Re:Windows Solitaire?? (Score 1) 146 146

Well, I've always said it was the only decent software Microsoft ever wrote...

New Bank branch was opening the next day, I was installing the security system. The tellers, managers, all had nothing to do, they had been trained and ready, everyone of them were at their station playing solitaire.

Comment Sonic Booms (Score 1) 29 29

With my Dad in the Air Force sonic booms were common place, the SST (Super Sonic Transport) battle made them stop entirely (only certain situations are they allowed anymore). It's rare to hear them anymore. I've even a story that shows one can even be accused of firing a weapon when one happens, people just aren't used to them, or never heard one before.

Comment Re:Don't buy the cheapest cable (Score 1) 335 335

It's worth paying a bit more for solidly-built cables that meet spec (and especially for Ethernet cables, for some guard on the cable that keeps the clip from snagging or breaking off it you need to pull it through a tangle).

You mentioned everything needed but one, the wire needs to be Copper and not Aluminum


Anything beyond that is a bit silly. see the arrows? Signal is best if the arrow points to the input :)

Comment Re:If I had 8 and couldn't go back to 7... (Score 1) 482 482

If I was running 8 or 8.1 and could not conveniently or inexpensively go back to 7, then I'd upgrade the machine to 10. Or put Linux on it, maybe, depending on what I was using it for.

I have that spare 8.1 on a laptop sitting around, it's an Acer Aspire_V5-571-6499 (a total POS), the wireless system was made to consume very little power, so little it won't work. 8.1 ain't that hot either, it's lose lose situation and how I came about the laptop.

I've transferred all of my movies/music to it, and now replaces (as much as it can) my PS3 that quit.

I've little want or need for Windows 10.

-On the bright side after many many years I was finally able to use the cross over cable (null modem) I wired into a cat 5 cable.

Comment Re:Update in question, Do you wish to upgrade -Win (Score 1) 482 482

I'd go as far as saying it was KB3035583.

Just looked at the update description, it's since changed; it used to read "it was to allow for an easier upgrade to windows 10" nothing else just that.
Updated update

Comment Update in question, Do you wish to upgrade -Win10 (Score 1) 482 482

This icon leads to MS' colorful spiel for why you want to install the free Win10 upgrade.

First things first. It's obvious from my email today that this icon and MS pitch alone are confusing many users. They've never seen anything like this appear before and many think it's a virus or that their system has been otherwise compromised.

In fact, this notification is triggered by a Windows Update that MS slipped into their update stream some time ago, which the vast majority of users probably accepted without realizing what it was.

I'd go as far as saying it was KB3035583. I did the alerts and all the expected actions, just at some point I began referring to it as CWX; and wondering why it wasn't taken seriously.

C:\Windows\System32\GWX was added by KB3035583. April 4th for 24 hours it recorded your cache and actions preformed (you can view my installation of new video drivers), my HOSTS file kept the file from being sent out so I'm able to view what was collected. Everybody else in the world sent it out to a third party after it had collected what it was after.

The file in control and file sent were named the same config.xml, there were two other config.xml files which I saw as future events (I have long since removed the GWX directory), this must be one of it's actions.

It's in my journal, just always referred to as CWX instead of GWX, I have since had my cataracts removed.

Submission + - Hackers Trick Email Systems Into Wiring Them Large Sums-> 1 1

schwit1 writes: Cybercriminals are exploiting publicly available information and weaknesses in corporate email systems to trick small businesses into transferring large sums of money into fraudulent bank accounts, in schemes known as "corporate account takeover" or "business email fraud."

Companies across the globe lost more than $1 billion from October 2013 through June 2015 as a result of such schemes, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The estimates include complaints from businesses in 64 countries, though most come from U.S. firms. Both "organized crime groups from overseas and domestic-based actors" are typical perpetrators, said Patrick Fallon, a section chief in the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division.

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Submission + - Researchers Claim to Have Developed Faster, More Secure Tor

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and University College London published a paper this week describing a faster and more secure version of Tor called HORNET. On one hand, the new onion routing network can purportedly achieve speeds of up to 93 gigabits per second and "be scaled to support large numbers of users with minimal overhead". On the other hand, researchers cannot claim to be immune to "confirmation attacks" known to be implemented on Tor, but they point out that, given how HORNET works, perpetrators of such attacks would have to control significantly more ISPs across multiple geopolitical boundaries and probably sacrifice the secrecy of their operations in order to successfully deploy such attacks on HORNET.

1000 pains = 1 Megahertz