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Everything posted by Mcinwwl

  1. No photos this time :> but this evening, at a local grocery/mini market, or however you'll call it, I've heard some glorious XP's login, notification and error sounds coming from store's radio speakers However, which version was it, remains a mystery... I wanted to buy some fresh dill leaves for fried cod, and they got all sold-out this day, so I had to get away with dried one... but at least I stumbled upon XP :>
  2. Well, at work I use three devices with Windows 10 (including Surface Laptop ^^) and on all of them work the way you want - mouse pointer stays on screen. And all are on pretty standard settings. I'll try to investigate that tomorrow. EDIT - it turns out that I was dead wrong, and on all devices mouse cursor hides when I touch the screen. The sad part is that for month I haven't noticed that, and that I thought that it was the opposite...
  3. As long as your router, or any other device do not forward the port 445 or 139 (default ports of the SMB) to the open internet, and SMB is used only on LAN, you should be safe. As Shodan shows, there are over million SMB connections visible from the open internet :> There is no well known and reliable way of running SMB v2 or v3 on XP, and, personally, I'd be more afraid of testing some shady implementation, if the security is a concern. So, from my point of view, I'd personally make sure that these ports are running only locally and not visible to the open internet. This website contains a lot of links how to do so. Second, If you are still afraid, you can try to disable it on the mobile devices using, for example, some firewall rules like 'allow connection only in this particular local network'. I don't know how to do it on Macs, I highly doubt it is possible on iPod/iPad if they support the protocol at all, not even saying about Kindle. Or limit allowed connections only to some particular devices. So, SMB v1 runs in my local network, and yet I'm much more concerned about potential e-mail phishing or malwaretising hooking my relatives attention.
  4. As above - link from the first reply HAS the information you need. It is big and overwhelming, but still better than splitting it into two parallel topics covering nearly the same.
  5. Problem is, that you see the problem in a very binary way. Yes, knowledge and habbits are the best for safety, however, they require time, interestand persistence, which you won't get from most people. And even the interested ones, well, our skills aren't limitless, and there is always some point of failure. As for the zero day attacks, if they are well crafted, nothing can protect you, unless you disassemble and analyze every program before running. Never said that AV will make you fully protected. But it might be part of the defence line, the more important, the less experienced you are - as it will most likely protect you from obvious traps, that power users tend to fall into less likely :> And I'll end with that, as I think we were far too off-topic.
  6. I am aware of that - look at point three. And I remember Stuxnet. But keep in mind that most attacks are not personalized, it's more likely to get infected by a trojan residing in a massively sent e-mail campaign or connecting a pendrive borrowed from a friend. Yes, these are common threats that aware Nerd will easily mitigate, but only if you do not use a shared machine, and that you can vow for life that you'll never do anything negligently under stress, time pressure or bowed down by boredom. @i430VX - thanks for the interest, but i was rather looking for proverb in common use than a direct translation. However, Internet gives such a clues: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/324801/english-equivalent-of-polish-an-ox-forgot-how-it-was-when-it-was-a-calf if any of these are fitting, id be glad to know :>
  7. Which is cool as long as: 1) You are the only use of a computer; 2) You are really, really aware of what danger lies ahead in the web; 3) You are not a target of a persistent, personalized attack. Form most laptops, first point is gone - it might be enough to let a friend 'check an email' to get the ransomware playing. Second is an arcane for most users. I get it, we spend time here amongst geeks, many of whom are IT pros, or even were a pros beck in the Dark Days Before Internet and who have seen the growth of the malware. In Poland we say 'zapomniał wół, jak cielęciem był' - credit for anyone who will give me English counterpart of this proverb. Personally, I am trying to keep myself secure, but the longer and deeper I dwelve into literature and System, the more conscious about how fragile and unaware I really am I become. Truly, get into non-techies community and try to convince them to the safety practices you call the most obvious. Lucky if you won't get called a paranoid, and even then they'll about to loose track in the middle of the lecture. For the third, most of us are not politicians or bank systems admins and thus this most likely away from us. But you'll never know when you'll cross the path of a wrong man, and as history shows, it's enough for someone to want to use your internet camera without your knowledge to obtain unique nudes To sum up - if someone asks about specific anti-malware solution, answer 'lol better use no AV' is not an answer. ------------------------------ And, about Malwarebytes AV module, independent tests performed by users I've read on some polish-only forums say it is not as sensible as other engines, and the signatures are not the most strict. Cannot confirm, because I don't use it daily - it lasts in my magazine, and I use it twice a year for double checking if everything is okay. Only thing I can confirm that it is really good in detecting PUP (Potentially Unwanted Software in bloated installers), as it always asks what to do with my old installers I keep on my disk :>
  8. I didn't need to panic, fixed it myself changing this %Version% to 51.0.
  9. Case is, that I also have supermegaüberparanoid security settings. And it works. He must have supermegaüberultraparanoid settings.
  10. Hey! I am glad to confirm, that after installing manually Office 2007, Office Compatibility Pack Service Pack 3 and Internet Explorer 8 security updates manually scanning for remaining updates using Microsoft Update lasted for about a minute. Not to mention that it means 'less than half updates' but uh, who cares... I can also confirm that update for WordViewer was not applicable for Office 2007/Office Compatibility Pack Service Pack 3. And I have no problem with 'Gray boxes', neither on XP SP3 with Firefox 52 ESR nor on my Win 7 machine with Firefox Quantum. Most likely mixit is innocent.
  11. SRP and all sorts of security are interesting stuff for me, but they have their own drawbacks - they require 'higher' editions of Windows, at least the Professional one, to be fully functional, and they are hard to configure in home environment (except when you like a lot of risky experimenting). In Home editions of windows, many of it's features are still working, the problem is that they can only be edited by manually editing the registry, which is far from convenient. Someone thought for a workaround for that and released a program named Hard_Configurator - SRP GUI for VIsta Home and higher. the program does not offer full replacement for solutions built into Enterprise editions of Windows and is not a complete interface for these SRP. Instead, it offers easy to use way to enable some hardening tweaks and set them up in a way that fits needs of not-so-advanced users. And, well, dev's site will be more informative than me: https://github.com/AndyFul/Hard_Configurator And, uh, as we have some experienced IT pros here, I'd love to hear your opinion about that and how does it compare to the 'Real' SRP :>
  12. So much true! I still own nearly 10 years old HP AIO device. It's been far before I started lurking into how computer works, but even the, with my nearly zero skills, i was surprised to see that my printer made a copy of itself in device manager, and refused to work with 'original' one! Few years later, i decided to clean it out, and after a few reinstalls it seems that HP digital Imaging monitor refused to work without having a copy of the same device seen by windows. It ended up that I gave up HP bloatware and stick with driver. I cannot scan using on-device button and have to go through crappy windows 'wizard', but oh, it works...
  13. And I don't. At home it's unnoticeable, but at work, where I run really slow PC, it's new, optimized way is a real improvement, and ability to kill freezing tab without the whole window is a miracle. Ok, it's windows 10 ugly, but aesthetics are a minor thing to me, and as long as they preserve good old menu bar, I can use it. I will only grieve about 'toggle animated GIFs' add-on, but it's not as common-use as it was when I installed it.
  14. What About #5? Have you forgotten cross-design of UWP apps for Xbox One. :>
  15. To make it clear - we speak about Office 2007 with OR without compatibility pack and/or service pack for Office? We are glad you help to enrich MSFN 'collective mind', But if it's to be stored in first post, I want to be sure. not to put glnz into a shame :>
  16. If I'll have anything to add, I'll connect my 3277 terminal and PM you with it.
  17. From obvious things - didn't you forget to update Windows Update to Microsoft Update first? That's the only thing that comes to my mind. Oh, and please, try to edit previous posts instead of posting one after another.
  18. Due to bug in Windows Update, if you have office 2007 installed and not patched, system will be looking for updates for ages. Some on this topic also reported, that IE8 updates could be slowing down the process. There are three ways: 1) Wait for the updates to pop up... and yes, it can take DAYS on slower machines. 2) Manually install Office patches and maybe IE8 patches. AFAIK there is no full list of Office 2007 patches to install, you will need to make your own investigation which patches supersedes which and install them. After that, WU will work in more gentle manner, and take <1 hour to find updates. 3) Go for Harkaz unofficial XP SP4. Info about slow patch lookup should be in the first post, I think. Maybe I'll send one or two suggestions to you, @glnz, when I'll have more time :>
  19. You got me here, my fault. Which takes us back to the point, that predicting if a drive will be dead or not, is a guessing game.
  20. Knowing how good you are in fetching most... bizarre parts of internet, form your vast archives, makes me worried about what might happen with my posts in near future :>
  21. Sure. However, this still does not calm down my mind, as it will be a workaround not for the problem that just occurred, but the one that is purposely generated using some licence/legal dirty tricks. It simply harms my inner naive idealist. Reference to Outlook Express is quite not fitting, as this piece of software is certainly not secure, self-maintaing or any other adjectives, that marketing couples with ReFS ^^.
  22. On some other board, someone recommended using program HDDScan or similar and checking the number of LBA blocks with high access time (over 300 ms). Check out here: https://safegroup.pl/thread-10938.html if you have patience to play with Google translate.
  23. The only 'Wrong' thing is that they're taking away a thing, that was previously given, forbidding Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Professional from creating ReFS partitions, and moving it to more expensive Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Professional for Workstations. Keep in mind that 'common' users probably don't understand the power that is provided with their Windows 10 Home edition and don't know what a filesystem is, and Windows Pro is 'officially' targeting small business, or at least passionates and hobbyists. Which looks like, again someone within M$ decided to make slightly more money using bad tricks and their near-monopolist position in PC market. Which they are known for.
  24. Don't know how I missed the topic... On XP, I've been using Avira for the longest time. Somewhen around 2012 I got infected and, combining my memories with my current knowledge, it was a Sality or some other polymorphic crap. I asked for help on polish security-related board, and, after a cleanup, someone suggested me using Comodo. Version 5 was then the current one. I set up the Anti-virus heuristics and scanning to the most restrictive settings, tried to get on well with Comodo Defense + (Currently named Comodo HIPS) and their complex firewall... These tools required at least mimimum understanding of what and how runs on the PC, but I found out I like digging deeper into this. No infection after that point, so I might not be such a dumb student B) Comodo was my AV, until some problems with signature updates occurred, not only for me - many netizens reported them, too. Someone tried to track them down on their forum, but after a few months without working signature update, I decided to drop Comodo 5 Antivirus. Going to higher edition was a no-go, because some of HIPS components caused BSOD on my machines, and running newer AV with older "rest-of-the-suite" didn't seem to be possible (not even mentioning sanity of such operation) I uninstalled AV component of the Comodo and installed Avira Antivirus again. This lasted until Avira dropped XP support. Then, I made a minor research, and it turned out that the only free AV solution that supports XP, and will be supporting it within a predictable future was Avast!. I installed this beast, configured, turning off the things that might duplicate Comodo Defense+, and it runs until today. Not without issues, but devs were listening to the bug reports sent by XP users. My Last point of my stronghold is Malwarebytes anti-exploit, which I installed when it was a late beta, and runs until now (with minimal footprint). My PC didn't explode, despite it tried a few times. Currently I'm thinking about dropping Comodo - old machine is used mainly by my relatives, who don't understand what Comodo pop-ups have to say, and replacing it with some whitelist based anti-exe. Avast and MBAE will stay.
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