CCleaner Booby Trap

As some of you may know, it was discovered last week that a recent version of CCleaner, the popular Windows clean-up utility, was infected with malware on Piriform’s (the publisher’s) production and distribution servers.  This meant that users who download and installed CCleaner 5.33 32-bit or CCleaner Cloud  1.07.3191 within a 31-day window between the middle of August and the middle of September were infected with this malware.

It was previously thought that no computers in the wild which were infected experienced any damage from the payload.  But as we learn more from this incident, it’s becoming apparent that some infected computers were indeed affected by the mysterious payload.  Read more here: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/09/ccleaner-malware-outbreak-is-much-worse-than-it-first-appeared/

To be clear, this infection apparently only affected CCleaner 32-bit version 5.33, and the CCleaner Cloud  version 1.07.3191.  Avast, the parent company of Piriform, says that installing CCleaner 5.34 (and now 5.35) will remove the malware.  To be safe, it’s recommend to not only uninstall CCleaner 5.33 32-bit and install the latest version (CCleaner Cloud users should have already received the fix automatically), but to also do a full AV scan of your Windows system.

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iPhone X Revealed for $1000

The anniversary edition of Apple’s flagship device, the iPhone X (pronounced iPhone Ten) has arrived.  Initially available in two memory varieties, the price starts at $999 plus tax.  Although that price tag is a tough pill to swallow, the new handset from Cupertino sports some pretty new and cutting edge features.  Apple was expected to deliver something big for the 10th anniversary of the iPhone this year, and perhaps they just did.  Read more here: https://www.techspot.com/news/70952-apple-unveils-iphone-x-most-expensive-smartphone-ever.html

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Trying To Decide on a Cloud Document Provider?

Are you trying to decide on a provider for moving your documents to the cloud? There are many options, and the four most obvious choices are listed in this well-written article: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/onedrive-dropbox-google-drive-and-box-which-cloud-storage-service-is-right-for-you/

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Windows 10 Creators’ Update

Windows 10 update to version 1703 is out, and there are some hidden features:  thetechbeard.com/windows10-creators-update-hidden-features.  Get the Windows 10 update here: www.windows.com.

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TSA is Asking for Social Media Passwords

This is odd, but apparently, since Trump’s executive order on international travel, there are stories about TSA not only checking that laptops and mobile devices are turned on and working, but are now also asking for your social media logins and passwords upon re-entering the US after international travel.  More here: http://techguylabs.com/episodes/1365/tsa-customs-are-asking-social-media-passwords

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QuickTime for Windows is Dead

Just a reminder, if you still have Apple QuickTime installed on your Windows computer, you need to remove it. Apple no longer updates or patches QuickTime for Windows, making it a vector for infection.  Read more HERE and also HERE.

 

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What Is an LCD Mura?

Example of a screen mura spot.

Have you ever owned a laptop that developed one or more white or dark spots on the screen?  Not a sharp dot or pixel, but more of a fuzzy white or dark area?  It’s called an LCD Mura.  Also known as LCD clouding, this condition occurs due to excessive heat and physical pressure to the LCD panel.

LCD mura or clouding can manifest itself as dark or white spots, regions, or streaks.  Since this sort of damage is permanent, the only fix is to replace the LCD panel on the laptop, or to just live with it.  Prevention is best:  Keep your laptop screen away from excessive heat or downward pressure on the top of the laptop.

Here is an illustration of what different types of muras look like: https://www.researchgate.net/figure/239762248_fig1_Figure-1-Illustration-of-line-spot-and-region-Mura.

 

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Read Mac Hard Drives on Windows

Need to access your Mac USB hard drive on Windows? Mac uses a different default file system than does Windows, but with these free and paid solutions you can read and write data to/from your Mac USB drives on a Windows computer.  You can even access your Mac Time Machine backup on and restore data to Windows.  Read more:  http://www.howtogeek.com/252111/how-to-read-a-mac-formatted-drive-on-a-windows-pc/

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QuickTime for Windows is Dead and Dangerous

If you live in the Apple world you’re familiar with and probably use Apple’s QuickTime platform for viewing media.  In the Windows world QuickTime has also been a presence for some time, but Apple has stopped developing it and has stopped patching it for Windows.  That means it’s unsafe to use, and could expose your computer to malware dangers.  You should uninstall it immediately, and use another media player to play QuickTime content in Windows.  I recommend and use VLC as an alternative to QuickTime on Windows.  Read more here: http://www.howtogeek.com/250926/quicktime-for-windows-is-dead-and-you-should-uninstall-it-to-stay-secure/

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Android Keyboard Choices

Use Android? Still looking for that perfect Android keyboard? Here’s an article with some good options for those of us who prefer something other than a stock Android keyboard: http://www.cnet.com/pictures/best-keyboards-for-android/

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