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  1. I have been running Win 7 Pro for a few years,...

    I have been running Win 7 Pro for a few years, and about two years ago I completely UNinstalled every bit, every trace of Java from my PC. To my surprise, I have never encountered any need for it...
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    Well, Google Voice has the option of converting a...

    Well, Google Voice has the option of converting a voice message into text.
    So the caller dials the GV number, and leaves a voicemail.
    Then the receiver (owner of the GV number) can set it up so...
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    Very interesting. I just got a Roku3, and it...

    Very interesting. I just got a Roku3, and it seems to be a Wifi hotspot on its own. I think that it communicates with its remote by WiFi instead of infrared or bluetooth. So I wonder if Roku...
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    This is certainly interesting, but what happens...

    This is certainly interesting, but what happens when one loses the physical YubiKey?
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    I have been using LastPass for a couple of years,...

    I have been using LastPass for a couple of years, with no complaints.
    I would like to check something about how it works, from the more knowledgeable folks here.

    I believe that there is an...
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    I have no experience with Win 8.1, my laptop runs...

    I have no experience with Win 8.1, my laptop runs Win 7 Pro SP1.
    After installing IE 11, it seems to work just fine, but I have not stressed it since my default browser is Firefox 27.0.1
    IE 11...
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    I thought it might be helpful to others to report...

    I thought it might be helpful to others to report my experience so far in migrating from IE 9 to IE 11.
    First, set IE 9 as the default browser (instead of Firefox).
    Then I checked the IE 11...
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    Thank your Bruce for the advice and the two...

    Thank your Bruce for the advice and the two links. I am impressed and appreciative of the work done by folks at FireEye and CERT.

    Meanwhile, I wondered why you emphasized IE11 OR EMET. Would...
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    IE 9-10-11 patching

    I hope I am posting in the correct forum.

    My Thinkpad laptop runs windows 7 Pro SP1, and I have no plans to use Win 8.
    I use Firefox for my browser most of the time, but I do patch Internet...
  10. Thank you Susan and everyone here for your...

    Thank you Susan and everyone here for your excellent advice over the years.
    In doing my end of the month maintenance, I see that MS Windows Update is still offering me some patches for Office 2010....
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    Kb2864058 ms13-083

    I try to keep up with the Patch Watch column and only install MS updates when Susan Bradley gives the OK, holding off when she says "wait" or "skip".

    A few times a year, I run the Secunia PSI...
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    I have to agree with mrjimphelps that MSE is...

    I have to agree with mrjimphelps that MSE is really good for naive users because it really requires no attention after installation, so those who never update anything have at least some protection....
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    I got a suggestion to run Microsoft's System File...

    I got a suggestion to run Microsoft's System File Checker (in other words "SFC /scannow")
    which also showed no errors.

    Do you mean that CCleaner (which is a tool that I have run occasionally for...
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    Yes, I agree that those numbers probably have...

    Yes, I agree that those numbers probably have little meaning, and vary with the age of the machine and the specific updates selected over the years.

    Anyway, malwarebytes results were clean, and my...
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    My c:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution folder has...

    My c:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution folder has 2,488 files in 118 folders taking up 357 MB.
    Is that comparable to anyone else?
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    OK, I will do a MalwareBytes full scan and report...

    OK, I will do a MalwareBytes full scan and report back over the weekend. Thank you!
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    windows update history has disappeared

    Well, I am running Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit on my Lenovo T61 laptop.
    Every few weeks, I check in with Susan Bradley's Patch Watch column, and install the patches that seem to be relevant and OK. I...
  18. sometimes Java is quite unnecessary

    FWIW, I removed all traces of Java from our XP and Windows 7 PCs last year when the first hints of major security issues began to appear. To my surprise, it has not been missed AT ALL. As...
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    I recommend AdBlock Plus (ABP) and DoNotTrack...

    I recommend AdBlock Plus (ABP) and DoNotTrack (DNTMe), which I have been using for a long time.
    As I understand it, they do quite different things and can be used together.
    Here is my naive...
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    KB2775511 Hotfix Rollup has 90 hotfixes

    I saw a posting from ZDNet Must-Read News today, with the following headline:

    A hidden Patch Tuesday gem: A Windows 7 hotfix rollup
    Even though Microsoft supposedly is done releasing...
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    On several machines, I simply used the regular...

    On several machines, I simply used the regular Windows Control Panel Add/Remove to uninstall Java.
    After a reboot, I looked into the contents of the Java folder, and decided to delete the folder....
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    FWIW, I completely removed Java (not Javascript)...

    FWIW, I completely removed Java (not Javascript) from two PCs last August. One is an XP SP3 laptop and the other is a Win 7 Pro 64-bit laptop. I figured I could always re-install the latest...
  23. Thanks so much for the advice, I went ahead and...

    Thanks so much for the advice, I went ahead and installed KB2565063; no problems so far!

    Security Update for Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Service Pack 1 Redistributable Package (KB2565063)...
  24. KB2565063 Security Update for Visual C++ 2010 Service Pack 1 Redist

    Microsoft Windows Update is currently offering me KB2565063 - "Security Update for Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Service Pack 1 Redistributable Package" with a publication date of 4/5/2012.

    I usually...
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    Thanks for the advice. I went ahead and let...

    Thanks for the advice.

    I went ahead and let Windows Update try to install. KB 2656369 was successful.
    But the other two patches, KB 2656353 and KB 2656370 failed with Error Code 0x643.

    A...
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