Microsoft Security Programs Compromised Due to Security Gap New reports confirmed Microsoft’s security programs, including Windows Defender, are suffering from a major security vulnerability. The security gap found is within the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine (MMPE), and if it goes unpatched, will allow hackers to do significant damage. In order for the vulnerability to be exploited, […]
Latest Microsoft Patch Update Causes USB Problems Microsoft issues a new patch the second Tuesday of every month. If additional updates are needed and they cannot wait a full month, the company may also release a patch update on the fourth Tuesday of the month. No one would be surprised if another update is released […]
New Microsoft Feature Added to Stop Ransomware Attacks Microsoft recently released a new product feature, controlled file access, in an attempt to increase the security of endpoints. The concept of this technology runs on a default deny approach. Controlled file access allows users to control which files are able to be accessed and altered by […]
Malware Exploits Microsoft PowerPoint Vulnerability A new malware campaign has been sent into the wild, and most security programs are not detecting it. Remcos, the malware variant, is bypassing detection by exploiting a Microsoft PowerPoint vulnerability. Remcos is hidden within a malicious attachment that is being distributed via email. The email is disguised as an […]
Just months ago, Russian-based cyber security company, Kaspersky filed an antitrust complaint with Russia’s Federal Anti-Monopoly Services (FAS). The complaint was centered around the concern of Microsoft using their market share in the PC industry to push end-users to Microsoft’s security program, Windows Defender. A specific issue sited included Microsoft blocking third-party security vendors from […]
Database Breached – Leaving Microsoft Source Codes Exposed Microsoft recently confirmed an unknown number of source codes were leaked onto a repository named BetaArchive. Exposing the source codes would allow hackers to find vulnerabilities in some of Microsoft’s most trusted pieces of its operating system. Gizmodo reports, “The Register claimed the data dump was 32 […]
Windows 10 S – How Good Is It? Microsoft recently touted Windows 10 S does not allow “any known ransomware” to execute on its systems. They claim the increased security is based on the controls in place which allow users to only use programs that are in the approved app store. However, this methodology has […]
Does Kaspersky Have a Point? Last week an article was written regarding Kaspersky filing an antitrust complaint to the European Union, targeting Microsoft. Kaspersky claimed Microsoft has put up various road blocks for third-party anti-virus (AV) companies, making it impossible to stay on a level playing field. The article published last week generated a large […]
Antitrust Complaint Filed Against Microsoft Kaspersky has filed a complaint with the European Union (EU) against Microsoft. The complaint claims Microsoft is putting up road blocks up against security companies from having the ability to compete on a level playing field. According to Bloomberg, Kaspersky believes Microsoft is driving up the cost of third-party security […]
Microsoft Patched Security Gap in 48 Hours A massive hole was recently found in Microsoft’s malware detection engine, allowing specially crafted files to execute. This engine is used in Windows Defender, as well as six additional Microsoft security solutions for both home and business users. According to PC World the list of compromised security solutions […]
Microsoft Patched Exploits There has been a lot of news swirling around, claiming the published exploits stolen from the NSA can be used against current Microsoft products. According to ArsTechnica, that is not the case. Instead, Microsoft patched the exploits a month prior to the exploits being published. However, this is causing major speculation. Did […]
End of Support for Microsoft Windows Products – What does it mean? Windows Operating Systems life cycle report, which Microsoft maintains, provides end-of-support dates for each of Microsoft’s Windows products. Based on the report, support for Windows Vista happens in April of 2017. Source: Windows Lifecycle Fact Sheet – Dec 2016 The life cycle report […]
Reverse engineer and analyst, Jakub Kroustek, recently discovered a new Microsoft scam that ties in a twist of ransomware. Vindows Locker is a support scam that locks your files, like ransomware, until a payment of $349.99 is received. Along with the payment demand, a phone number is provided. If users call the phone number, they […]
A security vulnerability within the Microsoft software has been exploited and there is yet to be a patch to fix the issue. Fortune reported Google notified Microsoft of the security issue on October 21st. Typically when a vulnerability is found by Google, they provide 60 days for a patch; however, since this particular vulnerability has already […]
Keeping your computer updated is critical, and Microsoft just released nine new updates for your Windows PC…
Ransomware attacks are targeting users by sending a fraudulent Microsoft alert their way…
Two researchers have found a major security gap in Windows 10, and Microsoft has no plans to address it…
Operating System Adaptation Trends As Microsoft continues with a steady stream of operating system options and service packs, we here at PC Pitstop, have an insider’s view into the world of Microsoft Windows. In particular, we have a front row seat to the rate at which Microsoft’s latest operating systems are accepted into the market […]
Microsoft employees extend a holiday olive branch to their neighbors at an Apple store.
April marks 40 years since many of us married Microsoft.
Today, Microsoft announced plans to offer free upgrades to the new Windows 10 OS for those running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows Phone 8.1.
This week Microsoft rolled out a record number 66 fixes for flaws within Windows and Internet Explorer.
Is it time for Microsoft to abandon all hope for Windows 8 and move on to Windows 9?
Microsoft announced this week that it would purchase Nokia as part of its new thrust into devices. Rather than trying to pivot into an area which it has little experience nor expertise, it should get back to its core competency of writing great software.,
Leo Notenboom offers his thoughts about the end of the Steve Ballmer (the person who brought Leo to MSFT) era.
Charlie Rose of 60 Minutes recently talked with Bill Gates about his final visit with Steve Jobs
In this infographic we take a look at the History of Microsoft Technology covering a wide range of products…
That’s according to a survey of 100 IT managers, 48% of whom said they plan to standardize on Microsoft OSes…
Microsoft introduced a new logo for the first time since 1987.
With a sound ecosystem consisting of the Xbox platform, Windows 8, and Windows Phone platform Microsoft is on the edge of a paradigm shift. The Metro interface across multiple platforms combined with new technologies such as Smart Glass has Microsoft poised to take over the mobile marketplace in 2013.
Microsoft wants you to experience the true power, speed, and elegance of Windows – and the company will only charge you $99 to do so. That’s the price of Microsoft’s new Signature service, which removes third-party crapware from your PC, and promises to boost performance. Read on to find out if it’s worth the money…
You buy a PC. There is crapware all over it. Unwanted trial programs slow your brand new system to a crawl. We’re talking about the programs installed by the OEMs, you know, HP, Sony, Dell, those guys. The programs we’re talking about are the trial office and antivirus, games and photo albums. You name it and it’s there. You don’t need it and you shouldn’t want it.
At PC Pitstop, with the success of PC Matic and Super Shield, we now have a very large and active user base. On top of that, these cloud based applications proivde us with a unique look into how computers are being used. In this article, we share some of these amazing insights and take a closer look at the Microsoft applications that are being used the most.
You may love Microsoft or you may hate Microsoft, but if you step back for just a second and look at the big picture, it sure does seem like the Redmond giant gets more than its fair share of hate no matter what it does.
Whether you are a brand new user or a seasoned veteran, there are some basic procedures that every computer user must know. These few items will go a long way towards making you a happy Windows user.
In the summer of 2011, Microsoft released a video internally – that called out Google for its acknowledged scanning of “content and context of Gmail as part of its ad system”. Recently the video was made public.
Are you analytical and enjoy testing out the latest and greatest software and tools out there? Do you hesitate to install the latest version of a set of drivers, software update, etc. or do you just go without even backing up your data? Do your family and friends call you for tech support and helping them with their computers?
Well, if you answered yes to any of the above questions then you just might have what it takes to be a beta tester.
Not all bugs will be fixed – or fixed quickly. Not all bugs are even actually bugs. I’ll look at why some bugs might never get fixed.
Dear Microsoft: Here is my list of things that I would like to see in Windows 8. Please try to do some of them.
Starting today, Tuesday, September 13th, 2011, @ 9:00AM, is the new event known as BUILD. It is designed to show hardware and software developers how to take advantage of the latest Windows, Windows8.
Download Windows8 Developer Preview NOW!
For one of the most successful, profitable, all-around-important inventions of all time, the PC has never gotten much respect.
Chances are that if your laptop has Windows Vista installed, it could be upgraded to make it perform better. The following experience highlights this.
By Leo Notenboom
A very common scam has people supposedly from Microsoft or your ISP or other authorities calling to help you with computer problems. Don’t fall for it.
Using Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts just makes everything so much easier, quicker, and in this day and age, who has the time to wait for anything?
Microsoft’s Kinect technology is now more than just a cool gaming control system…it shows incredible potential as an input system for more serious purposes.
For Vista and Win7 users, the time has come to upgrade your browser to IE 9.
What you need to know about Windows 7 before upgrading or buying a new PC.
Changing the settings on your computer to see file extensions in Windows is a handy way to help identify file types. Back in the days of Windows XP we almost needed to see file extensions just to recognize what file that was. However now days with Windows 7 and Windows Vista we have pretty icons for each file type. For example if you are looking at a Microsoft Word file in your documents folder it would be very obvious because it would have a big W on the icon. Sometimes file types are not so obvious and you will need to see file extensions in Windows to recognize what file type it is. This is one of the most basic Windows Tips that people often neglect and totally forget about
The reasons for reinstalling Windows can be varied. Perhaps your PC is slow and you think it may be time to start fresh to see if you can regain the ‘zip’ your computer had way back when. Or, you may have installed various software that has caused problems and either uninstalling it and/or trying system restore did not solve them. Virus infestation is another reason many have had to reinstall Windows.With that thought in mind let’s look at 3 ways you can refresh Windows.
What’s the weakest link in your security? You are! When you’re phone rings don’t believe anything you hear. That Microsoft employee your talking to could be eating sardines and swigging vodka while empties your bank account. This is big, very big. If you live in the US you have a one in seven chance of being contacted. Don’t be caught wondering what happened. Exercise the one precaution that can save your money.