Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Is Apple's QuickTime Installed On Your Windows Based Computer? Remove It Now!

Apple's QuickTime media player has been around since the early 90's. Applications like QuickTime and Adobe Flash have always been prone to exploits, particularly when their respective plugins are enabled in your Internet Browser. The "bad guys" look for holes that will allow malevolent code execution on your PC.

QuickTime

QuickTime has largely been replaced by html5, on the web, and Apple has stopped issuing security patches for the Windows version. The latest version contains several vulnerabilities, and the US Department of Homeland Security is advising Windows users to uninstall the application immediately. This does not apply to Quicktime for Mac.

QuickTime is usually bundled with ITunes, so if your computer has ITunes installed, you probably have QuickTime, as well. Fortunately, it is simple to remove. Go to Control Panel >> Category View >> Programs >> Uninstall a program. Select QuickTime, click uninstall and you're done. It is unlikely that you will miss it and your safety and privacy will be considerably enhanced. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Don't Want To Upgrade To Windows 10, and Hate The Microsoft "Nags"? - Get Never10, It's Free.

Windows 10 has been gradually gaining acceptance as we approach the July 29, 2016 deadline. This is the last date that an individual can grab the upgrade - free. Will Microsoft stick to this deadline? Some analysts think this may be an arbitrary date designed to force as many upgrades, as possible. There is no doubt that Microsoft has been pushing users toward Windows 10. Everyone using Windows 7 or 8.1 has seen the "nagging" GWX Control icon, periodically, popping up asking you to move to Windows 10. Some users have been "tricked" into installing the upgrade - thinking it was a normal Windows security patch.



Personally, I have found no major issues with Windows 10. Nevertheless, you may be one of the many folks that simply, do not want Microsoft's "latest and greatest." Perhaps you presently have software or hardware that is incompatible with Windows 10. Maybe you object to some of the privacy policies or dislike the Tile Interface (in spite of the recent changes). Whatever the reason, you should be allowed to stick with your present version "nag free".

If you fall into this category, you may want to download Steve Gibson's free utility - Never10  This tiny application removes the constant popups and deletes the 6-7 GB of upgrade files that Microsoft has already downloaded to your computer. Don't let the name fool you. You can always re-enable the Windows 10 upgrade (via the app), as needed. Never10 does not install any extraneous files on your computer - the process runs from a single executable file. It's fast, simple and completely reversible. 

So, if you want to stick with Windows 7 or 8.1 check out Never10.