Patch Tuesday Brings New Windows 10 Update

As for the Creators Update, Microsoft is releasing Windows 10 Build 15063.413 for PCs and Build 15063.414 for Mobile devices. The build includes security updates for some of the core components of Windows, and it also includes a fix for the lock screen on Windows 10. Here’s the full changelog:

  • Addressed issue where the user may need to press the space bar to dismiss the lock screen on a Windows 10 machine to log in, even after the logon is authenticated using a companion device.
  • Addressed issue with slow firewall operations that sometimes results in timeouts of Surface Hub’s cleanup operation.
  • Addressed issue with a race condition that prevents Cortana cross-device notification reply from working; users will not be able to use the remote toast activation feature set.
  • Addressed issue where the Privacy Separator feature of a Wireless Access Point does not block communication between wireless devices on local subnets.
  • Addressed issue on the Surface Hub device where using ink may cause a break in the touch trace that could result in a break in inks from the pen.
  • Addressed issue where Internet Explorer 11 may ignore the “Send all sites not included in the Enterprise Mode Site List to Microsoft Edge” policy when opening a Favorites link.
  • Addressed additional issues with time-zone information and Internet Explorer.
  • Security updates to Windows kernel, Microsoft Windows PDF, Windows kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Uniscribe, Device Guard, Internet Explorer, Windows Shell, and Microsoft Edge. For more information about the security vulnerabilities resolved, please refer to the Security Update Guide.

Head over to Windows Update to grab the latest patches, and have the best patch Tuesday ever!

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Skype Gets Big Update

Skype is getting its biggest face-lift in years, ditching its light-blue theme for a customizable interface and features aimed at the way young people communicate, from emojis to a Snapchat-like recap of the day.

In addition to the cosmetic changes being made by Microsoft, the update modernizes Skype’s underlying infrastructure, years in the making, in an effort to give the service the reliability needed to compete with upstarts in the crowded world of communications software.

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The service’s former backbone — peer-to-peer connections that linked a caller to their target through a direct line — is being replaced in the update by Microsoft’s network of data centers. Some of users’ complaints about the service, including phantom notifications or calls that were missed entirely should – for the most part be resolved by this upgrade.

Skype, which Microsoft scooped up for $8.5 billion in 2011, was a pioneer in voice and video calls made over the internet, instead of wired telephone connections or cellular networks.

Today, such internet communications tools are commonplace, and some have lapped Microsoft’s product in usage.

Facebook Messenger and Facebook-owned WhatsApp each boast more than one billion users. China-focused QQ and WeChat aren’t far behind, and Google and Apple are both investing in communications tools tied to their expansive mobile platforms.

A year ago Microsoft said Skype had 300 million “monthly connected users,” little changed from 2013.

In addition to the new Snapchat-like “Highlights” feature that compiles recent photos and videos into a shareable reel, the update places greater emphasis on tools to find friends and quickly fires off emojis or reactions in response to chats and videos.

Automated chatbots, a push by Microsoft as it aims to build more intelligent software, have been given a prominent home in the new Skype. Through a text window, users can summon Expedia to search for flight prices, or ask StubHub about concert tickets. But that functionality remains limited, and many software developers are only now getting their hands on the tools to make such Skype bots.

The update will began going out late last week, first targeting mobile devices running Android and, afterward, iOS. The software is expected to make its way to the desktop edition this summer.

Skype’s workplace cousin, Skype for Business, isn’t affected by the change.

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Keyboard Tricks for Windows

Another quiet week in the tech world gives us some more time for actual technology tips. Lets look at some keyboard shortcuts you can use to make your life easier with Microsoft’s Windows.

High Contrast: SHIFT + ALT + PRINT

In its default setting, this shortcut opens a warning window before applying any changes. Click Yes or simply hit Return to switch to the high contrast setting.

This will enlarge the font on all open windows and change colors to high contrast. For example, the desktop will turn black, what was black text on white background before will be reversed. Clicking the same key combination again reverts the changes.

Switch Between Open Windows: ALT + TAB

This keyboard shortcut launches a layover window that shows all open programs. Hold onto the ALT key and click the TAB key to move to the next application. Release both keys to open the selected window.

You can reverse the direction by holding ALT + SHIFT while pressing the TAB key.

Delete Without Confirmation: SHIFT + DEL

Do you hate these nagging windows asking you whether you really want to do this or that. If you want to quickly delete something, without being harrassed for a confirmation, use this shortcut.

Do you want to make the instant delete route your default setting? Right click the Recycle Bin on your desktop, select Properties, and remove the checkmark next to Display delete confirmation dialog.

Show Desktop / Restore Open Windows: Windows key + D

Rather than moving your mouse into the bottom right corner of your screen to see your desktop, press this keyboard shortcut. Press it again to restore your windows exactly as they were before.

Lock System: Windows key + L

You should never leave your desktop unattended. Before you head out to the loo or to grab another coffee, press this keyboard shortcut to lock your system. When you return and log back in, all programs and windows will appear the way you left them.

Run Command Prompt as Administrator: Windows key + R, type cmd, hold CTRL + SHIFT, hit ENTER

This is one complex chain of commands. But if you manage to do it right, you’ll have instant Administrator access to the command prompt.

Unfortunately, this shortcut doesn’t seem to work anymore as of the Windows 10 Creators Update. Alternatively, press Windows key + X to open the Quick Access Menu, then use the UP/DOWN arrow keys to move the Command Prompt (Admin) entry, and hit ENTER.

Shut Down: Windows key + X, U, I / U / R / H / S

You can shut Windows down with a few button clicks. It all starts with Windows key + X to open the Quick Access Menu, followed by the U key to expand the Shut down or sign out options. Finally, press I to sign out, U to shut down, R to restart, H to hibernate, and S to sleep.

Create Your Own Desktop Keyboard Trick

Are there folders or applications you need a lot? Why not create your own keyboard shortcut to quickly access these tools.

Note: This will only work for shortcuts located on your desktop!

First you need to create an actual desktop shortcut. In Windows 10, this has become a little more tricks. Right-click on the application in its program folder or send it from the Start Menu to the Taskbar and SHIFT + right-click its Taskbar icon, then select Create Shortcut from the context menu.

Make sure the shortcut sits on your desktop. Now right-click the shortcut and select Properties. You should see a line that says Shortcut Key: None. Click that line and then click a letter on your keyboard, for example P. This will create a shortcut, here CTRL + ALT + P.

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And there you go, now you have your own personal shortcut key.

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Fixing Adobe Acrobat in Windows 10

Life is good. Microsoft Edge is your new default web browsing experience on Windows 10, and it offers a new streamlined interface, speed improvements, and a lot of new features, including the ability to open PDF files. However there is where a problem emerges for some of us.

While the PDF reader is a convenient feature, it currently only offers some basic functionalities, and out-of-the-box, Windows 10 makes it your default system PDF reader whether you like it or not. If you prefer to use a more advanced application, such as SumatraPDF, Xodo, or Adobe Acrobat Reader, or after a Windows 10 upgrade your settings aren’t preserved, you may want to change your settings to disable Microsoft Edge as your default PDF reader every time you open a file.

Lets walk through the steps to change your system settings to stop opening PDF files in the web browser by default.

How to disable Microsoft Edge as default PDF reader

In order to disable Microsoft Edge’s PDF feature, you need to change the file association, which you can do with the following steps:

Using the Settings app
  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Apps.
  3. Click on Default apps.
    • Note: If you’re still running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, the path is Settings > System > Default apps.
  4. Click the Choose default apps by file type link.
  5. Scroll down and find .pdf (PDF File), and click the button on the right side, which is likely to read “Microsoft Edge.”
  6. Select your app from the list to set it as the new default.
  7. Click the Switch anyway link to confirm the change.

Once you completed the steps, Microsoft Edge will no longer open PDF files by default in the web browser.

Using the file context menu

Alternatively, you can quickly make another app as your default PDF reader, using the following steps:

  1. Right-click a PDF file.
  2. Select Open With.
  3. Click on Choose another app.
  4. Select the PDF application you want to use.
  5. Check the Always use this app to open .pdf files option.
  6. Click OK.

If you don’t see the app you want to use in the list, click the More apps link at the bottom of the list. You can also click the Look for another app on this PC to find the PDF application you want to set as default.

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Microsoft Looks to Invade Your iPhone

I love my iPhone. However I have been slowly morphing it into a Windows Phone. If you are a long time dedicated reader you surely know that I was a big fan of Microsoft’s much maligned smartphone. I do still hold out hope for Microsoft in the smartphone world but I would not bet much on it. However all of that being said there are quite a few Microsoft apps that can help you get the Microsoft experience you deserve and improve the iPhone experience along the way. Here are a couple of my favorite Microsoft apps.

Microsoft Word Flow

Word Flow, the keyboard Microsoft puts it brand on, has grown from an experiment to a charming and fully-realized alternative in recent months.

Word Flow’s big hook is that, with a couple of taps, you can contort the keyboard to a shape that rounds out on the left or right. This is less accurate than its full-sized mode, but it does work, and it makes Word Flow the most convenient option to use with one hand.

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The keyboard itself isn’t as snappy or active with suggestions as SwiftKey, but it yields few complaints with both swipe and touch typing. It’s all stable and smooth. There are several themes to use with it, too.

Word Flow’s narrow lead comes from its search function — as of late last year, you can search Bing for GIFs and web links that can be shared right from the keyboard. You can look up Microsoft-using contacts as well. This is all much faster than going in and out of a browser.

Put it all together, and you have a surprisingly full-featured option that’s both smart and comfortable.

Outlook

Outlook’s design is very clean, but still unique. That’s fine; I’m not looking for something to mimic Mail.app exactly. Do I want it to be a complete departure from the normal look and feel of iOS? No, but I want a unique experience.

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Outlook has 5 icons across the bottom: Mail, Calendars, Files, People, and Settings. The way it’s laid out makes it feel like a complete communications/file management ecosystem. You are only one tap away from getting what you need. It uses a light theme with black and blue text throughout. I know some people like darker themes, but I feel like the design is very easy on the eyes. I don’t ever feel like the UI is distracting; it melts away and allows me to focus on what I need to see.

From a usability perspective, Outlook really shines. It provides me with just enough options to make it my own, but not so many that I am overwhelmed or spend time tinkering.

I love the built-in calendar function. I love being able to see email and my schedule in one app. The compose screen is simple to use as well. It allows me to change which account I am sending from, add files, photos, send calendar invites, or see my calendar availability.

One important aspect of all third-party email apps is which types of email services it supports. Outlook supports Office 365, Outlook.com, Exchange, Yahoo, iCloud, Google, and IMAP. (POP3 isn’t supported, so if you require it, you need to look elsewhere.)

Outlook has support for iPhones with 3D Touch features. From the 3D Touch menu, you can hop right to your calendar, create a new event, or start a new email. I find myself using the View Calendar function frequently. A Notification Center widget and watchOS app are included as well.

Outlook supports push notifications for new emails, or just “important ones” with a feature Outlook calls Focused Inbox.

Focused Inbox sorts your email so you see the important ones first. It does this by considering past emails from a particular sender and your address book. You can also reclassify emails as you go in order to help train it. The calendar feature can also notify you of upcoming appointments as well as send short emails letting the people in your meeting know you are running late.

The snooze/delay function of email was made popular by Mailbox, but has since become adopted by a handful of other apps. Outlook offers a feature that allows you to control which folder your snoozed emails are stored. Your options for snoozing are in a few hours, this evening, tomorrow morning, or a custom time. Outlook doesn’t offer the ability to customize these times, and I’d like to see that added in the future.

Like I mentioned earlier, I love the fact that Outlook has a built-in calendar. It also has native support for a number of file systems. It includes OneDrive, Dropbox, Box, and Google Drive. While this isn’t as important for attaching files (due to document providers), it does offer some advantages. There is a file screen that shows your most recent files for cloud document apps, as well as making saving attachments faster.

A recent update added third-party app integration through “add-ins.” Add-ins let you turn any email into a Trello card, save a message to Evernote, insert a GIF, translate messages, and more. These are currently only available to users with Office 365 email addresses, however.

Overall, Outlook is the best Mail.app replacement, especially if you are a Microsoft 365 user.

Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint & Word

These are full-fledged mobile versions of Excel, Word and PowerPoint. All of the apps are jam-packed with advanced formatting and editing features, although they don’t include quite as many options as the desktop versions. They’re also beautifully designed and touch optimized, with big, easy-to-tap buttons.

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Protecting Yourself Against WannaCry

The WannaCry 2.0 ransomware is turning out to be one of the biggest security threats of recent times. It has spread in over 150 countries and affected more than 200,000 computers. This situation could’ve been avoided if the users had downloaded Windows security patch released in March. Well, you can still download the update and follow some basic safety measures to keep yourself away from such attacks.

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Ransomware has seen an abrupt rise in the recent years, and the present-day developments are only making this threat more infamous. If you love to keep yourself updated with the latest developments in the tech world, you might have heard about the notorious WannaCry ransomware, which is locking down people’s computers. It also goes by the other names like WannaDecrypt0r, WCry, and Wanna Decryptor.

What is WannaCry Ransomware?

More than 150 countries have been affected by WannaCry ransomware, which exploits EternalBlue vulnerability and uses phishing emails. The NSA was the first to discover this flaw, and it was made public by ShadowBrokers in April. After taking over a computer, WannaCry locks down the machine and asks for about $300 as a ransom. If the user fails to pay the ransom, the price increases with time.

Microsoft did release a patch for this leaked vulnerability in April, but many computer users and network administrators didn’t update their systems. As a result, they are at risk.

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How to Prevent Getting WannaCry and Other Ransomware

This malware is primarily impacting businesses and spreading through their network to control an entire company. But, it doesn’t mean that everyone else is safe.

So, if you’re using a computer which runs Windows operating system, you must take a few precautionary steps.


It is incredibly important to do the following:

  • Always make sure that you install the latest updates & patches for your operating system, especially Microsoft Windows.
  • Make sure you have an up to date anti-virus program running on your computer.
  • Do not click on links or attachments in email unless you are 100% certain it is legitimate and that you have requested it. If you are not sure about a hyperlink or attachment contact the sender directly to ask about it.
  • Do not visit questionable able websites.
  • When you are browsing website be certain to read carefully any dialog box that pops up before clicking on it.

Last but not the least, make sure that you run a backup of your system files regularly. If your PC gets infected and your important files are encrypted, you can get them later.


Microsoft’s Response

While Microsoft quickly issued fixes for the latest versions of Windows last month, this left Windows XP unprotected. Many of the machines attacked today have been breached simply because the latest Windows updates have not been applied quickly enough, but there are still organizations that continue to run Windows XP despite the risks. Microsoft is now taking what it describes as a “highly unusual” step to provide public patches for Windows operating systems that are in custom support only. This includes specific fixes for Windows XP, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2003. You can read my report about this here.

If you want to learn more you can read many of my ransomware related articles here.

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Windows XP Gets an Emergency Patch

If you are still using Windows XP (which you shouldn’t be) Microsoft is actually releasing an emergency patch for the retired operating system.

Why is Microsoft doing this?

Microsoft has taken the unprecedented step of issuing patches for unsupported operating systems, including Windows XP  as a result of the massive WannaCrypt ransomware attacks against organisations across the globe.

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Businesses, governments and individuals in 74 countries across the globe have been victims of more than 45,000 attacks by this one strain of Ransomware in the space of just a few hours.

What is Wannacrypt?

Wannacrypt ransomware demands $300 in Bitcoin for unlocking encrypted files – a price which doubles after three days. Users are also threatened with having all their files permanently deleted if the ransom isn’t paid in a week.

Hospitals across the UK have had systems knocked offline by the ransomware attack, with patient appointments cancelled and doctors and nurses resorting to pen and paper and NHS England declaring the cyberattack as a ‘major incident’ – a total of 45 NHS organisations are now own to be affected.

The Dangers of Ransomware

Cybersecurity researchers have suggested the ransomware attacks are so potent because they exploit a a known software flaw dubbed EternalBlue. This Windows flaw is one of many zero-days which was apparently known by the NSA before being leaked by the Shadow Brokers hacking collective. Microsoft released a patch for the vulnerability earlier this year, but only for the most recent operating systems.

I applaud Microsoft for taking the action of patching their retired operating systems which is an effort to protect all of us.

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Saving Disk Space with Windows 10

Windows 10 Creator’s Update makes saving disk space easier then ever before. Let’s take a look at how you can reclaim some of that hard drive space on your PC or laptop – perhaps saving you some cash along the way.

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How do you manage all those files you don’t need anymore? Do you dump everything in the Recycle Bin? Are you one of the few people who uses the excellent Shift + Delete shortcut? Or are your desktop and file hierarchy a mess thanks to years of poor folder management?

Whichever category you fall into, the bottom line is that staying on top all your old files is entirely your responsibility.

Or is it? Well, no. Not anymore. The Windows 10 Creators Update has brought a much-welcomed update to the already excellent Storage Sense feature.

But what is it? What can it do for you? And how you use it? Keep reading to find out.

What Is Storage Sense?

Microsoft released Storage Sense as part of the original Windows 10 back in 2015, though it’s been part of Windows Phone since the days of the 8.1 release. It offered you a way to manage the apps and files on your hard drive.

The feature could tell you how much of your system’s memory was being occupied by each individual file type and let you specify onto which storage media you wanted to save your apps, documents, music, pictures, and videos by default.

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All those features are still present in the Creators Update version of Storage Sense, but the core purpose of the app has changed. Now you can use it to automatically monitor and free up storage space on your computer. It can delete old files, monitor for specific file types, and a whole lot more. I’ll discuss it in more detail shortly.

Why Is the New Version of Storage Sense Needed?

As I touched on in the introduction, managing old files and folders can be a mammoth task. Lots of people simply aren’t disciplined enough to keep themselves organized.

For example, Microsoft designed the Recycle Bin to be a safety net — it theoretically prevents you from accidentally losing an important document. But did you know it has a default maximum size? Windows will automatically delete the Bin’s contents on a “first-in-first-out” basis once you’ve reached the limit. If you abuse the purpose of the app and never empty out the junk, it could come back to haunt you.

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If you’re curious, you can change the default size of the Bin by right-clicking on the app’s icon, heading to Properties > General and altering the Custom size number.

Other file cleaning tools, such as Disk Cleanup (Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Disk Cleanup), are not easy to use nor automatic.

n short, the new Storage Sense feature aims to fix a long-standing Windows problem that users have been complaining about for years.

How to Enable Storage Sense

There are two parts to Storage Sense: you can choose to simply enable the feature and run with the Windows default settings, or you can customize it to meet your personal requirements.

If you want to merely turn on Storage Sense, head to Start > Settings > System.

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Now locate the menu item labeled Storage in the panel on the left-hand side on the Settings window and scroll down until you see the Storage Spaces option. You’ll see a sliding toggle. Set it to the On position.

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If you make no further changes and quit the app, the Windows 10 Creators Update will automatically delete any junk files from your PC. That includes data files left over from long-since-uninstalled apps, some temporary files, and any items in the Recycle Bin that are more than 30 days old.

If you leave the feature turned on for a few months, you’ll even be able to see a month-by-month history of your storage savings.

How to Customize Storage Sense

If you want to make Storage Sense work in a different way from the pre-prescribed defaults, there are some options you can change.

Once again, you need to head to Start > Settings > System > Storage > Storage Sense. This time, click the link titled Change how we free up space.

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The new window allows you to choose whether you only delete old Recycle Bin files, only delete temporary files that your existing apps aren’t using, or delete both. Slide the toggles accordingly to make your choices.

A little further down the page, there’s also a third option called Free up space now. If you click on the Clean now button, Storage Sense will perform the clean-up actions immediately.

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As you can see from the image above, my system instantly found 83.9 MB of new space. It might not sound like much, but I religiously keep my Recycle Bin empty and stay on top of old files — even in the hidden AppData folder. If you’re not as particular as me, the savings could be enormous.

Where Are the Old Features?

I mentioned earlier that some Storage Sense used to be about managing your storage locations and getting a snapshot of your various drives’ file breakdown.

Even though Microsoft has revamped the Storage Sense feature, you can still do those things, but you’ll now find them in a slightly different place.

Navigate to Start > Settings > System > Storage and scroll down to More storage settings. There are two options: Change where new content is saved and Manage Storage Spaces.

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Change Where New Content Is Saved

Clicking on Change where new content is saved will give you a list of six filetypes: Apps, Documents, Music, Photos and Videos, Films and TV Programmes, and Offline Maps.

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Under each filetype, you can choose your preferred location from the drop-down box. The app will list all your drives, including any removable disks.

Manage Storage Spaces

Choosing Manage Storage Spaces allows you to create pools of drives. Any content you save will be added to both drives, thus protecting you against drive failure and accidental deletion.

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Click Create a new pool and storage space to create your pools.

Local Storage

Lastly, you can still see a breakdown of your current drives by content type.

Go to Start > Settings > System > Storage and click on the drive you want to view.

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The app will show you a full list of your content along with the amount of space needed by each type.

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What Other Features Would You Like to See?

There’s no doubt that the new Storage Sense feature will be a boost to anyone who feels like they’re drowning under the weight of old content.

That said, the release of the Windows 10 Creators Update only marks the first iteration of the app. Presumably, Microsoft will add a lot more functionality in future updates.

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First Patch Arrives for Windows 10 Creators Update

Last month Microsoft released the Creators Update for Windows 10 and although not all users have been offered the updated version of the OS on Windows Update many did manually install the new version of Windows.

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So what’s in this scheduled patch?

There is also a security update for Adobe Flash Player for Windows 10 Version 1703 (KB4020821) and the standard monthly release of the updated Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (KB890830).

There are also other updates for Microsoft software on this Patch Tuesday and we will explore those later today to let you know what you should be focused on in this batch of updates.

So, KB4016871 is cumulative security update that is available for PCs (Build 15063.296) and Mobile (15063.297) and addresses the following issues:

  • Addressed issue with Surface Hub devices waking from sleep approximately every four minutes after the first two hours. 
  • Addressed issue where autochk.exe can randomly skip drive checks and not fix corruptions, which may lead to data loss. 
  • Addressed an issue where Microsoft Edge users in networking environments that do not fully support the TCP Fast Open standard may have problems connecting to some websites. Users can re-enable TCP Fast Open in about:flags
  • Addressed issues with Arc Touch mouse Bluetooth connectivity.
  • Security updates to Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows SMB Server, Windows COM, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows kernel, Windows Server, and the .NET Framework.

As with any other cumulative update, there are no new system features in this patch but the updates & fixes noted above are very important.

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Windows Defender Hit by Security Flaw

This weekend, Google Project Zero researchers announced on twitter that they had discovered a “crazy bad” loophole in Microsoft’s built-in Windows anti-malware software package, Windows Defender, that leaves your system susceptible to remote attacks.

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What is particularly scary is that the attack could take place over email – without even reading or opening the full email.

The security experts proceeded to say they have reported the issue to Microsoft, adding that further details will be revealed once the bug has been eliminated – and it appears the time has finally come.

Microsoft today started to roll out a fix for the flaw that is now available via Windows Update. As explained in the report, the exploit resided in the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine and allowed attackers to “execute arbitrary code… and take control of the system.”

Here is Microsoft’s official announcement regarding the security flaw.


An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could execute arbitrary code in the security context of the LocalSystem account and take control of the system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

To exploit this vulnerability, a specially crafted file must be scanned by an affected version of the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine. There are many ways that an attacker could place a specially crafted file in a location that is scanned by the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine. For example, an attacker could use a website to deliver a specially crafted file to the victim’s system that is scanned when the website is viewed by the user. An attacker could also deliver a specially crafted file via an email message or in an Instant Messenger message that is scanned when the file is opened. In addition, an attacker could take advantage of websites that accept or host user-provided content, to upload a specially crafted file to a shared location that is scanned by the Malware Protection Engine running on the hosting server.

If the affected antimalware software has real-time protection turned on, the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine will scan files automatically, leading to exploitation of the vulnerability when the specially crafted file scanned. If real-time scanning is not enabled, the attacker would need to wait until a scheduled scan occurs in order for the vulnerability to be exploited. All systems running an affected version of antimalware software are primarily at risk.


Microsoft states that the patch will arrive on your system automatically over the course of the next two days.

According to the initial security report filed by Google, the exploitable Malware Protection service is “enabled by default” in Windows 8, 8.1, 10, Server 2012 and several more versions of the software.

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