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The dreaded “Blue Screen of Death” has been an unfortunate part of the Windows experience since the early days of desktop computing, but now it is being used to the advantage of scam artist.  Microsoft has put out a warning over a recent batch of malware that mimics a “Blue Screen” crash and encourages users to call a fraudulent hotline. Microsoft has called this malware Hicurdismos, and warns that it …

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Microsoft Office is ubiquitous among businesses, so it is not surprising that it is also one of the most common attack vectors for malware.  Macro viruses are a type of malware that makes use of the macro scripts that run in many programs within the MS Office Suite.  Last week, Microsoft delivered an update that allows organization admins to control the macro settings of files. Macro based malware was almost …

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Windows 10 launched earlier this week, and for the most part, has been well received by critics and public alike.  Unfortunately, one new feature has left many early adopters rightfully uncomfortable. Upon upgrading to Windows 10, users are presented with the same type of Privacy Statement that 99% of all customers ignore, but what is written there is enough to make anyone uneasy.  The following is an excerpt from that …

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The Windows 10 release day is less than a week away, but there is nothing typical about this launch.  Because the majority of PC users will receive Windows 10 as a free upgrade, Microsoft has staggered the release of the operating system.  Current opt-in upgrade users will get first access, with everyone else following later in the year. Windows 10 will be officially released to the public on July 29th, …

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The Windows 10 rumor mill has been in full swing since January of last year, but up until now, there was very little concrete information about the next operating system installment.  This week, Microsoft confirmed that Windows 10 will be a major paradigm shift in the traditional operating system business model.  Not only that, but for one year, Windows 10 will be offered as a free upgrade to all users …

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Recent reports and information leaks have shown that Microsoft may be considering a new method of operating system distribution.  A week ago, the well-known Windows leaker WZor revealed the existence of a new Windows SKU, now called Windows 8.1 with Bing.  The new version of Windows is believed to be designed as a free or low-cost upgrade for Windows users. Early reports on Windows 8.1 with Bing show that it …

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A recent information leak reports that Microsoft is on course to drop its much maligned Windows 8 operating system sooner than anyone expected.  Tech blogger Paul Thurrott reported earlier this week that Microsoft will announce a new update, codenamed “Threshold”, at its Build conference in April.  Threshold will reportedly skip Windows 8.2 in favor of re-branding the product line as Windows 9 in an effort to distance itself from the …

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Windows 8 has received negativity since it was first announced but earlier this week Microsoft released information regarding the launch price that is likely to silence many  critics. Microsoft revealed that if your PC is running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 you will qualify to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99.  To further sweeten the deal Microsoft is offering the option to add …

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Windows 8 has a tough road to follow.  The operating system is set to make the biggest interface redesign and user experience changes since the early days of Windows 95.  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer describes Windows 8 as the “deepest, broadest and most impactful” operating system the company has made to date. Ballmer also predicts that the OS will be in use on 500 million systems by 2013.  Despite these …

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