Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Microsoft Surface high resolution scaling fix by Dan Antonielli

Dan provides excellent solution for scaling issues with some Adobe Creative Cloud apps under new Windows and latest high resolution laptops / tablets. Ironically this fix works not only for Adobe, but for many other older applications unaware of high DPI displays:

http://www.danantonielli.com/adobe-app-scaling-on-high-dpi-displays-fix/

Thank you Dan!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Ransomeware infection - free Anti ransomware tools

If you are home or small business user running in a non-enterprise environment where comprehensive Anti-Virus / Anti-Malware protection, advanced file services and encrypted backups are unavailable, you can protect your personal computers with light and free Anti Ransomeware tools by Malwarebytes or BitDefender (among others).

Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomeware - running on the background consumes around 14 MB of memory. Product is still in Beta but being actively developed. Download link: https://forums.malwarebytes.org/topic/177751-introducing-malwarebytes-anti-ransomware-beta/

Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomeware


Bitdefender Anti-Ransomeware - running on the background consumes around 5 MB of memory after initial startup. Very light signature with the pleasant and simple interface. Download link: https://labs.bitdefender.com/2016/03/combination-crypto-ransomware-vaccine-released/

Bitdefender Anti-Ransomeware

If you are running fully featured commercial protection software, this feature may already be integrated. Check with your vendor tech support or product support forums.

Always treat your email attachments with healthy suspicion - especially files with EXE , ZIP,  TAR and even DOC / XLS / PDF extensions as some documents may be programmed to run nefarious  scripts and macros . If you are not sure what to do, please, ask someone who does.


Update for server administrators: Enabling "Shadow Copies" on your server drives may not guarantee recovery of encrypted documents using "Restore previous versions..." option. Some ransomware strains now manage to delete all cached checkpoints on affected drives where the only remaining recovery option is to have reliable data backup.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Outlook crashes randomly - bad Microsoft security patch KB 3097877

To uninstall bad Windows Update:

Open Control Panel --> Programs and Features -->View Installed Updates (left side of the window) -->Search for KB2097877 (top right search box on the window) --> Right-click --> Uninstall

Reboot the computer...

Updated info on the subject:
http://www.infoworld.com/article/3004441/microsoft-windows/microsoft-surreptitiously-reissues-botched-patch-kb-3097877-for-windows-7.html


Update: If your Outlook stuck on splash screen and refuses to open try to run Outlook /safe command (add-ins disabled) from start menu and check if any add-in responsible for preventing your Outlook from opening correctly. You may want to disable the most obvious ones first (FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.). Here is more information on this procedure: https://www.msoutlook.info/question/88