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  Comodo anti virus drive restore
Posted by: turkeydog - 1 hour ago - Forum: Security Discussions & Tips - No Replies

HI! I'd like to restore my c drive, but i don't want to lose my comodo anti virus software, I don't even know how it got on my computer. I think it came with the ice dragoon browser, but I don't know for sure. (I DID NOT PIRATE IT) at first I was going to delete it, but I've grown to love it. I don't want to lose it. is there a way to transfer it to a hard drive and reinstall it from the program folder? or some other way?

I apologize if this is in the wrong place.

Thanks for any help!

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Exclamation Microsoft releases April 2020 Office updates with crash fixes
Posted by: silversurfer - Yesterday, 14:58 - Forum: Windows News - No Replies

Quote:Microsoft released the April 2020 non-security Microsoft Office updates that come with crash fixes, as well as performance and stability improvements for Windows Installer (MSI) editions of Office 2016.
For instance, this month's series of Office non-security updates fix an issue where Word 2016 would crash when trying to save certain documents and an unexpected crash issue impacting OneNote 2016 when the user agent string is longer than 128 characters.
After installing the Office 2016 KB4484101 and the OneNote 2016 KB4475586 updates, you will be able to save any document formats and use OneNote with user agents of any length without the apps crashing unexpectedly.
April's updates also patch an issue affecting Microsoft Skype for Business 2016 where HID "flash" commands are not ignored during Microsoft Teams calls.
The updates issued today by Microsoft can be downloaded via the Microsoft Update service or from the Download Center for manual installation.
These Microsoft Office updates do not apply to Office subscription or Office 2016 Click-to-Run editions such as Microsoft Office 365 Home.
Depending on the update, you might also have to install prerequisites for the issue to be fully addressed or the improvement to be applied on your Windows device, as is the case of the KB4484286 update that requires KB4011099 or KB3203472 to also be installed.

Read more: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/mi...ash-fixes/

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  Zoom Caught in Cybersecurity Debate — Here's Everything You Need To Know
Posted by: Imran - Yesterday, 14:14 - Forum: Privacy & Security News - No Replies

Quote:Over the past few weeks, the use of Zoom video conferencing software has exploded ever since it emerged the platform of choice to host everything from cabinet meetings to yoga classes amidst the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and work from home became the new normal.

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Exclamation iOS 13.4.1 and iPadOS 13.4.1 are out with a fix for FaceTime
Posted by: silversurfer - Yesterday, 12:38 - Forum: Apple macOS & iOS News - No Replies

Quote:Today, Apple released iOS 13.4.1 and iPadOS 13.4.1, introducing a few key fixes. The update is the 12th since iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 were originally released, and they're not the last either, with version 13.4.5 currently in beta.
Both updates have a handful of key bug fixes. For one thing, there was an issue that causes iOS 13.4 devices from being in FaceTime calls with users on iOS 9.3.6 and earlier, and OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 and earlier. This was resolved on both iOS and iPadOS.
Another fix for both platforms is for a bug with choosing Bluetooth from the quick actions menu, causing it to fail. Finally, there's one fix that's exclusive to iPadOS, and more specifically, the fourth-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro and second-generation 11-inch iPad Pro, fixing an issue that caused the flashlight to not turn on when it was accessed through Control Center.
These updates do not include any security fixes, at least according to Apple. iOS 13.4.5 should be the next update, and that will likely arrive in a few weeks or so, followed by betas for iOS 14 and other major updates after the WWDC keynote in June.

Source: https://www.neowin.net/news/ios-1341-and...r-facetime

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  Google requires all devices launching with Android 11 to support seamless updates
Posted by: silversurfer - Yesterday, 12:35 - Forum: Android News - No Replies

Quote:Google added a useful "seamless updates" feature in Android 7.0 Nougat that greatly sped up the process of installing a software update. The feature required OEMs to create an "A/B partition setup" that would allow the OS to automatically create a copy of inactive partitions that could be updated in the background, with only a reboot being required to switch between them.
In a nutshell, this meant that your device would automatically create a second copy of the system and a few other partitions and install the new update on it. Then, the user would only have to restart their device to switch to the updated partition with the latest software thereby greatly speeding up the entire process of installing a software update. Google never made seamless updates a mandatory feature which is why we are yet to see the likes of Samsung and other OEMs implement this feature on their devices. One of the downsides of the feature was that it required an additional internal storage space which is perhaps why many OEMs have shied away from implementing it.
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Nonetheless, Google is going to make it mandatory with the release of Android 11 that all devices ship with seamless updates support. As spotted on the AOSP Gerrit, a commit updates the Vendor Test Suite to reflect this change and it will be compulsory for all devices running Android 11 or higher to have a virtual A/B partition setup. The commit is yet to be merged, though that should happen before the final release of Android 11 to AOSP. Unless something changes, what this means is that the next flagship devices from all Android OEMs that launch in late 2020 or early 2021 with Android 11 will come with seamless updates feature as well.

Source: https://www.neowin.net/news/google-requi...ss-updates

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Information Netflix rolls out parental control features, including PIN-protected profiles
Posted by: silversurfer - Yesterday, 12:32 - Forum: Software & Services News - No Replies

Quote:On Tuesday, Netflix rolled out a number of features, updating parental control on the streaming platform. Now, titles that parents deem aren't appropriate for their children can be filtered out through an age filter. Netflix says the filters will follow your country's standards in order to be more intuitive. Additionally, profiles can now be password protected, in order to prevent children from accessing them.
Moreover, individual series or films can be blocked by title, so they won't show up on the kids' profile. Netflix is helping parents be more vigilant by letting them see what their kids have been watching on their profiles, and turn off auto-play of episodes in these profiles. If parents want to review these settings, they can do so by using the "Profile and Parental Controls" hub within account settings.
As billions across the world are stuck at home to curb the spread of coronavirus, there has been a surge in the usage of online streaming platforms. Netflix has provided parents these additional controls so they can keep tabs on what kids are viewing during the crisis.

Source: https://www.neowin.net/news/netflix-roll...d-profiles

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Information Edge Dev 83.0.474.0 is out with Edge 84 on the way
Posted by: silversurfer - Yesterday, 12:31 - Forum: Browsers News & Tips - No Replies

Quote:This week's Edge update in the Dev channel is out, and it's version 83.0.474.0. Interestingly, Microsoft noted that this is going to be one of the last builds of Edge 83 before it heads on to the Beta channel. This is due to the updated release schedule.
Edge 82 is completely canceled, which is why Beta is on Edge 81 and Dev is on Edge 83. In fact, Google is doing the same thing with Chrome. That means that all of the versions around it are on a modified schedule, and Chromium 83 is going out early.
As for this build, there are only a few minor new features. Here's the changelog:
  • Added the ability to show which folder a favorite is in when you search for a favorite on the Favorites management page and then right click a result.
  • Added the ability to create a list of sites that are exempt from the deletion of cookies when the browser is configured to delete browsing data upon closing.
  • Added an option to use quieter website notifications that don’t show unprompted popups.
  • Added a search box to the Mac Touchbar when there is only one tab open.

Read more: https://www.neowin.net/news/edge-dev-830...on-the-way

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Lightbulb Avast Blog_Tips & Advices: Encrypted browsers belong on every device
Posted by: harlan4096 - Yesterday, 08:23 - Forum: Avast Blog News and Info - No Replies

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The amount of online threats lurking behind every click and tap has gotten out of hand

People are increasingly choosing their mobile phones over their computers for browsing, communication, banking and more — in fact, last year, mobile devices accounted for nearly half of worldwide web page views. As our workflows and daily lives have changed for the foreseeable future, it’s a good time to pause and brush up on ways to keep yourself safe and secure, and where might be an area you haven’t thought about protecting before. Like your browser.

Especially on your mobile phone, your activity could be exposed to cybercriminals, advertisers, even your own internet service provider (ISP). Mechanisms are in place to follow you from site to site, which is why you see the same ads cropping up no matter where you go. “Why me? What makes me a target?” you might ask, and the answer is, it’s not you. It’s everybody. Anyone using the internet can be a target, whether for ads or something worse.

Even if you don’t use apps and services known for tracking your behavior, your ISP monitors your activity for a number of reasons; they have to adhere to government regulations, and some even sell user data.

Cybercriminals are always looking for new victims, and in these uncertain times are casting their nets widely to snag as many victims as possible. Often this happens over vulnerable public Wi-Fi or through common vectors like weak routers or phishing attacks. And have you ever wondered how those ads were following you around the internet. That also relies on tracking your every move on the internet.

Fortunately, all these prying eyes and grasping hands can be wiped away with the right tools, and the first step is an encrypted browser.

So, what exactly is an encrypted browser?

First, it’s important to understand that your ISP is not the internet. It provides you access to the internet and thus has a front row seat to all your online activity. An encrypted browser establishes a tunnel via your ISP to the internet that your provider, and anyone else, cannot see inside. This hides any data you share over the internet, including the names of the websites you visit, so that even your own ISP won’t be able to see and log them. Sounds like every browser should do these things, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, they don’t.

Right now, it is critical that we all have protections in place at every gateway to the internet, meaning the browsers on our devices and the browsers on our desktops. Changing your browser to a secure browser is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself online. It’s both dangerous and unnecessary to take chances with online threats. Shut them down before they can get their hooks into your system.

Today, we’re proud to introduce Avast Secure Browser for Android because it’s even more than just an encrypted browser. It’s a Swiss Army knife of useful tools for comprehensive defense against mobile online threats. Along with encrypting your data, it also includes a VPN to keep you anonymous online and protect you over public Wi-Fi, and adblock that restricts pesky ads, allowing your webpages to load faster.

As for data encryption, our browser encrypts more than any other browser, including your bookmarks, your downloads, your videos and pictures, your IP address, your DNS queries, and everything you stream. It’s the all-in-one browser solution that lets you play, shop, and bank online safely without worry.

Learn more about Avast Secure Browser, available on Android, Windows, and Mac. Later this year, we will be releasing a version for iOS as well. These are not simply good tools to have, but essential tools for today’s digital world. Stay smart, everyone, and stay safe.
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Lightbulb Avast Blog_Tips & Advices: The citizen’s guide to spotting fake news
Posted by: harlan4096 - Yesterday, 08:04 - Forum: Avast Blog News and Info - No Replies

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How to be more skeptical about what you read online

Truth and facts are hard to come by these days. Most of us want to understand what is true and what is not. What’s more, we want our kids to understand the difference between fact and fiction. But sifting through our social media -- and even ordinary news reports -- does require some work. I have put together some resources in this blog post to help you discriminate the truthiness (as Stephen Colbert might have said) of what you find online.

The sheer amount of disinformation, lies, conspiracy theories -- call them what you will -- is staggering. Back in 2016, the Oxford Dictionaries declared “post-truth” the word of the year. It has only gotten worse. A study done by researchers at University of California at Berkeley found numerous videos posted to YouTube that promoted various claims such as aliens created the Giza pyramids, that the government is hiding secret technologies and that the moon landings were faked. (These were each espoused in separate videos, although perhaps there is one that rolls them all up in a single viewing!)

And recently Facebook and Twitter took down dozens of accounts that were operated by Russian state actors attempting to influence our 2020 elections.

But it isn’t just wacko conspiracy theories that we have to be concerned about. Even websites can appear to be news-oriented but are constructed exclusively to promote click fraud. The report Simulated media assets: local news from Russian researcher Vlad Shevtsov shows several seemingly legit local news sites in Albany, New York and Edmonton, Alberta. These sites constructed news pages out of evergreen articles and other service pieces that have attracted millions of page views, according to analytics. Yet they have curious characteristics, such as being viewed almost completely from mobile sources outside their local geographic area. Sadly, they are phonies.

Detecting these sites is equivalent to how security companies detect phishing lures -- which could be one and the same for some of these websites. That is explained in a blog post from Avast here.

Renee Diresta and Shelby Grossman at Stanford University’s Internet Observatory project document how Russian intelligence agents create false data and posts in a report called Potemkin Pages and Personas, Assessing GRU Online Operations. Both of the above sources were cited here in a blog post that I wrote last fall. These fake sites share two common elements:

* Narrative “laundering” or transforming something into a “fact” by frequently repeating it through legitimate sounding sources.

* Hacking and leaking, by posting content to Wikileaks and other sites that are then picked up by news reports.

So let’s talk about some ways you can get smarter about vetting these posts and websites. First is the “infodemic” project from Mike Caulfield, a researcher at Washington State University. He used the coronavirus outbreak as a case study of how to figure out fact from fiction, using a method he calls “SIFT” for stop, investigate the source, find better coverage and trace claims back to the original source of the content. His blog post linked above describes the process, and it has some simple but useful techniques that can be used by anyone to ferret out the facts. Another source is from the radio program On The Media has assembled an 11-point checklist to help you figure out if something you are reading is true or not.

Here is another radical thought, from a colleague of mine Marco Fioretti in Italy. He suggests taking a pause before replying to any social network post. Add a delay of say 10 minutes to any realtime replies to group messages or Twitter streams or whatnot. It could slow down the proliferation of misinformation. Maybe.

The Newseum has put together a training class that will show you various videos you are asked to score as true or not. While geared at students from fifth to twelfth grades, it can be used by anyone, but note that you’ll need to create a free account to access the class.

Finally, journalism schools have put together various lesson plans for a wide range of students, and the New York Times also has several lesson plans and other suggestions for the general public in this 2017 story.

Yes, figuring out your facts will involve some work. But it is best to be skeptical, and take a moment to think about what you are reading before clicking on the “share” button to send the story to all your friends and family.
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Information Unannounced AMD Ryzen 4000 Flagship Coming to a Laptop Near You
Posted by: harlan4096 - Yesterday, 07:55 - Forum: Hardware News - No Replies

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A new flagship is seemingly on the way.

AMD announced its Ryzen 4000 U-series chips for laptops in January, but the lineup doesn't include any Ryzen 9 models. However, a Ryzen 9 4900U was spotted on UserBenchmark by hardware leaker @TUM_APISAK, pointing to a future CPU for thin-and-light laptops.

The chip should be based on the Zen 2 microarchitecture and take advantage of TSMC's 7nm FinFET manufacturing process. Like any other U-series part, the Ryzen 9 4900U is shown rated with a 15W, but it also features a cTDP (configurable thermal design power) between 10W and 25W.

This Ryzen 9 4900U in question shares the same configuration as the already announced Ryzen 7 4800U. You can expect the upcoming flagship to arrive with eight cores, 16 threads and 12MB of total cache. At the end of the day, the higher clock speeds on the Ryzen 9 4900U will ultimately set it apart from the Ryzen 7 4800U.


Processor Cores / Threads Base / Boost Clock (GHz) L3 Cache (MB) Graphics Cores / EUs Graphics Frequency (MHz) TDP (W)

AMD Ryzen 9 4900U*
8 / 16 1.8 / 2.35 8 8 1,750 15
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
8 / 16 1.8 / 4.2 8 8 1,750 15
Intel Core i7-10710U
6 / 12 1.1 / 4.7 12 24 1,150 15
Intel Core i7-1065G7
4 / 8 1.3 / 3.9 8 64 1,100 15

*Specifications are not confirmed.

The scores from the UserBenchmark submission suggest that the leaked Ryzen 9 4900U is very likely an engineering sample. The Ryzen 7 4800U outscores the unreleased chip's numbers by a fairly substantial margin. Only the Ryzen 9 4900U's single-core result is closer to expectations.

Engineering samples aren't true indicators for final specifications. Furthermore, software typically has a hard time reporting unreleased hardware correctly. For what it's worth, UserBenchmark detected the Ryzen 9 4900U with a 1.8 GHz base clock and 2.35 GHz average boost clock; however, the Ryzen 7 4800U has a 4.2 GHz boost clock, so the Ryzen 9 4900U is expected to come with an even higher boost clock, such as 4.3 GHz or more.

Benchmark Results

Test AMD Ryzen 9 4900U AMD Ryzen 7 4800U Performance Difference

136 138 1.5%
198 274 38.4%
383 537 40.2%
538 840 56.1%

The UserBenchmark entry doesn't give any hints on the Ryzen 9 4900U's integrated graphics solution, but there shouldn't be any surprises here. The Ryzen 7 4800U is equipped with eight Vega cores ticking up to 1,750 MHz. The setup will probably transfer over to the Ryzen 9 4900U, unless AMD decides to beef up the clock speed a little.

In Intel's camp, there's the Intel Core i7-10710U hexa-core Comet Lake-U part and i7-1065G7 quad-core Ice Lake chip, which are the respective flagships of their lineups. On paper, the Ryzen 9 4900U has the advantage over the two Intel chips, based on core count alone. However, we won't understand the octa-core chip's real performance until AMD confirms it and it starts showing up in laptops -- which, considering the appearance of these benchmark results, shouldn't be far off.
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