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  1. I don't know if there's any truth to the story ... I thought it was strange the hackers were only demanding $100,000 from Apple. I would have thought there would be a few more '0s' on that amount. I am reading that Apple is denying any accounts have been hacked but maybe passwords should still be changed ... so the new article says. Apple denied the massive iCloud hack (but you should still change your password) By Chris Smith Published March 23, 2017 A hacker group claiming to have access to hundreds of millions of iCloud accounts threatened to remotely wipe iPhones associated to these accounts unless Apple pays a ransom amounting to up to $100,000 in cryptocurrency or iTunes gift cards. Just as we suspected at the time, Apple has now confirmed that its servers were not breached. But that doesn't change the fact that some hackers out there believe they can remotely wipe iPhones linked to certain Apple IDs so it's time to change passwords again. "There have not been any breaches in any of Apple's systems including iCloud and Apple ID," a company spokesperson told Fortune. "The alleged list of email addresses and passwords appears to have been obtained from previously compromised third-party services." Apple did not confirm the authenticity of the data the Turkish Crime Family says it has, as the report notes. A person familiar with the email accounts and passwords contained in that data set says it matched the LinkedIn breach from 2012 when hackers grabbed information tied to more than 100 million accounts. The LinkedIn hack was only revealed last year, but that's enough of a reason to change your passwords, especially if you haven't done it since then -- and especially if you use the same password for several different accounts, including the Apple ID you use on your iPhone. Apple, meanwhile, is "actively monitoring to prevent unauthorized access to user accounts and are working with law enforcement to identify the criminals involved," the same spokesperson said. "To protect against these type of attacks, we always recommend that users always use strong passwords, not use those same passwords across sites and turn on two-factor authentication." The company says it has taken measures according to "standard procedure," without elaborating on what's been done.
  2. They may have access to 300 million Apple accounts ... Hackers claim to have breached hundreds of millions of Apple accounts Chris Smith March 22nd, 2017 at 11:35 AM Apple’s iPhones and Apple IDs are a tough nut to crack for hackers, but it’s not be impossible. At least that’s what a group of hackers seem to suggest, as they’re currently attempting to blackmail Apple for up to $100,000 before they start remotely wiping millions of iPhones. Can they actually do it? Should you be worried? It’s unclear at this point. The hackers apparently engaged in conversations with the media to force Apple’s hand. The Turkish Crime Family hacker group, which spoke to Motherboard, want either $75,000 in Bitcoin or Ethereum, or $100,000 worth of iTunes gift cards. “I just want my money and thought this would be an interesting report that a lot of Apple customers would be interested in reading and hearing,” one of the hackers said. Apparently, the hackers have been in contact with Apple’s security team for quite a while now. They even posted a video on YouTube to prove they have actual access to iCloud accounts, access which can be used to remotely wipe iPhones. Apple, understandably, doesn’t appear to be willing to pay up the ransom. “We firstly kindly request you to remove the video that you have uploaded on your YouTube channel as it’s seeking unwanted attention, second of all we would like you to know that we do not reward cyber criminals for breaking the law,” a screenshot of a message purportedly coming from an Apple security team member reads. The hackers say they have access to more than 300 million Apple email accounts, including @icloud and @me domains. The number is the source of some confusion though, because a different hacker from the group claimed they had 559 million accounts in all. They have not explained how they gained access to Apple ID credentials. The hackers are threatening to move forward with remotely wiping Apple devices on April 7th, unless Apple pays up. Apple hasn’t publicly commented on the matter at this point. On the off-chance that the hackers are indeed holding access to millions of iCloud accounts, you might consider changing your password to protect your Apple ID. ...
  3. After Roffen asked for help last Thur with the POS registry entry ... I got to thinking maybe I could at least update IE 8 on my WinXP setup. I quit getting any WinXP updates after April 2014. So my IE 8 has had no updates since then ... a few days ago heinoganda posted a manual Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 8 for WES09 and POSReady 2009 (KB4012204). I really am not too interested in all the 'extra' WinXP updates that have been released starting in May 2014 but I have thought having IE 8 updated might be nice. Anyway, after installing the POS registry entry the IE 8 Cumulative Security Update did install ... so that part of IE 8 should be a little better on my setup. I am not sure what all the IE 8 Cumulative Security Update supplies ... maybe all the updates since I last updated IE 8 in 2014 ... since the word Cumulative is used. I'm sure I am missing some other IE 8 security updates but I have no way of knowing what all those would be since 2014. I don't really use IE 8 anymore ... this was just an idea and an experiment. I tried the MS update just now and it just ran for 15 minutes with nothing except my CPU building up heat. I am reading about others waiting forever for updates. I'm not interested in going that route but in the future I can at least apply the IE 8 Cumulative Security Update. ...
  4. Thanks guys for the clarification on all the Firefox versions. I guess I will just wait and let it update automatically to version 52 in April. I just ran a Google search in December asking for the latest FF ESR version and downloaded that. monroe
  5. I'm curious as to how everyone has Firefox v52 ESR? I switched from regular Firefox Portable to Firefox Portable ESR around December. My version is Firefox Portable ESR v45.7.0 and when I run the FF update check ... it says 'Firefox is up to date'. Just checked it again before posting this. Where's the FF ESR v52 coming from or does the portable version go with a different version number?
  6. So after reading your post I guess a person should still apply these certificate updates ... even if they no longer receive any WinXP updates or no longer use any version of Internet Explorer. Ok ... thanks for your reply, I will continue to download newer versions.
  7. Just a simple question or two about these certificate updates. I think I saw this mentioned many pages back in this thread but not sure. I want to get this cleared up for all future discussion. These current updates are 'only' for the IE browser that a person uses with WinXP ... probably mostly IE 8 with most people. So if a person no longer uses IE 8 or IE 6 with WinXP but another browser like Pale Moon, Firefox and such ... these updates really mean nothing or are of little use ... am I correct on this? I am not using the WinXP POS updates ... my WinXP updates stopped in early 2014. However, these newer certificate updates can benefit those people still updating WinXP and using a version of IE. So my question ... if I no longer use IE 8 for anything then these certificate updates have no benefit and are not needed? If a person uses Pale Moon or any other browser ... these certificate updates are of no use to any other browser that a person might be using on their computer? Sorry for repeating or going over everything more than once but I want to nail this down once and for all ... thanks.
  8. Thanks Bersaglio for the help explanation. I got the download ... I was not familiar with using the Zippyshare download site. I did seem to be going around in circles at times. I'm not sure how I got the Torch browser download. monroe
  9. Can someone please give me a good download link to heinoganda's Cert_Updater.exe ... all I keep getting is a download button for the Torch Browser. I know nothing about that browser and have no need for it ... I would like to download the cert updater by heinoganda. thanks ... ... if that is a good browser for WinXP then I will download if others here are using it.
  10. Article says ... 'Google has since apologised for 'surprising' locals in the Autazes area.' ... there are several pictures. Google's 'Project Loon' internet balloon crashes in the Amazon forest Huge inflatable plummeted from 11 miles in the sky, above remote town in Brazil It was launched by Google to bring internet to remote villages in the Amazon Google has since apologised for 'surprising' locals in the Autazes area By Central European News and Cheyenne Macdonald For 2 March 2017 A hot air balloon launched by Google to bring the internet to remote villages in the Amazon has crashed in the rainforest. The large balloon, which was part of the internet giant's Project Loon, fell from the skies and landed on the jungle floor. The huge inflatable plummeted from 11 miles in the sky, above a remote town in Brazil, where it was helping to provide a wireless internet network. ... more at the link
  11. For several days I have been searching for a nice free program to extract a small portion of audio from an .avi file ... wanted about two minutes of the audio in this file. Tried several (many) free programs but they always have the better version with 'everything' only if you buy it. Of course there's nothing wrong with that but I like to search for programs that might be available before going that route. I kind of gave up for a day and then came across the perfect program ... it does exactly what I wanted. I can extract to the second exactly what I want. Many programs I tried didn't allow an exact starting and ending time ... for example ... start: 7 m 12 sec and end 9 m 12 sec. This program allows that and the .mp3 sound is great in the headphones. There may be other programs out there but I have stopped looking since my find. There is no help file but it was easy for me to figure out after about 5 minutes. I downloaded the 'portable version' ... works just fine with Win XP or a newer OS. At the second link they do not list XP as working but it does with the portable version but other sites do list XP. Also at the second link there is a Quick Start and a Tutorials link but as I said earlier ... it's easy to work with, if I can figure it out then everyone can do it. The free program has no ads or junk included ... at least in the portable version. I haven't come across anything so far. Quick start: How to use the Pazera Free Audio Extractor Tutorials: How to convert AMR files MP3, How to convert Ogg files to MP3. Pazera Free Audio Extractor v2.4 (December 3, 2016) Pazera Free Audio Extractor is an absolutely free application that extracts audio tracks from video files without loss of sound quality or convert them to MP3, AAC, AC3, WMA, FLAC, OGG or WAV format. The application supports all major video formats (AVI, FLV, MP4, MPG, MOV, RM, 3GP, WMV, VOB and other), moreover, allows the conversion of music files, so it can be used as a universal audio converter. GUI for ffmpeg. Version 2.4 (03.12.2016) Now program is also available in a 64-bit version. New conversion engine (FFmpeg) and multimedia information library (MediaInfo). New output formats/codecs: M4A - ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec), WavPack, AIFF. Better support for FLAC files. Additional navigation buttons. Ability to set a prefix and suffix for the names of the generated files. New visual style: Cobalt XEMedia. Improved compatibility with Windows XP. Minor bug fixes and enhancements. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Pazera Free Audio Extractor 2.4 Extract audio tracks from video files to MP3, AAC, AC3, WMA, OGG, FLAC, M4A, WV, AIFF or WAV. Universal audio converter. AVI to MP3, FLV to MP3, AVI to WAV, FLAC to MP3, Ogg to MP3, SHN to MP3. Pazera Free Audio Extractor is an absolutely free application that extracts audio tracks from video files without loss of sound quality or convert them to MP3, AAC, AC3, WMA, FLAC, OGG, M4A (AAC/ALAC), WV, AIFF or WAV format. In addition, the program allows you to split input files based on chapters (often found in audiobooks). The application supports all major video formats (AVI, FLV, MP4, MPG, MOV, RM, 3GP, WMV, WebM, VOB and other), moreover, allows the conversion of music files, so it can be used as a universal audio converter. The program has a number of predefined settings (profiles) specially designed for novice users. While more advanced users can customize audio encoding parameters used by encoder: audio bitrate, sampling frequency, audio channels, audio volume. The application allows to extract/convert full audio track or selected range only. The Pazera Free Audio Extractor interface is very simple and user-friendly. To extract audio tracks from video files, just drag & drop them into main window, select proper profile from list, and click the Convert button. If the audio quality is poor, increase audio bitrate. ... just to add, the nice thing about this program is that you can set the exact time in seconds to start and stop ... you can even use milliseconds to really be exact. I had downloaded another good working program but it only had a 'slider bar' to set start and stop times ... and it was always about five seconds early or late in that respect. ...
  12. After reading this post by sdfox7 ... I decided to go back in time to 2013 and download that October update in case that problem should occur again. It's an old update but then I came across this article that the October update stopped working and a newer update in December 2013 was released to fix the problem again. I remember having this problem but then it was fixed but I don't remember in what timeframe it was fixed ... maybe it was October or maybe December or even later in 2014 before the last WinXP updates were released. I'm sure I have these updates on a CD somewhere but could I ever find it again if needed? The update mentioned in the article replacing KB2879017 is KB2898785 ... published on 12/06/2013. Windows XP SVCHOST.EXE, WUAUCLT.EXE CPU 100% Fix by Marcel Brown on January 8, 2014 ... this is a small part of the article ... "When I first started investigating this issue heavily a few months ago, the fix I found involved installing MS13-080/KB 2879017, which was released in October 2013. Ironically this patch is described as a Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer and does not mention fixing Windows Update Automatic Update Client. This did seem to fix the issues I was working on at the time. Later, however, it appeared that this fix no longer worked. It seemed that there were new Cumulative Security Updates for Internet Explorer. First came MS13-088/KB2888505 in November, followed by MS13-097/KB 2898785 in December. At the time of this writing, MS13-097/KB 2898785 seems to be the magic bullet for most situations. That being said, given the history of this issue, I would not be surprised if we see the problem re-emerge when the next Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer is released. I will update the article if/when this problem returns and/or if Microsoft finally fixes the root cause of the issue on their end. For brand new Windows XP SP3 installs, where the SVCHOST problem rears its ugly head almost immediately, I have confirmed that manually installing MS13-097/KB 2898785 fixes the issue. Running Windows Update or Automatic Updates proceeds normally and in fact, is much quicker than it has seemed in years. Likely we have been experiencing this issue for a long time and simply chalked it up to Windows Updates being slow in general. Oh, the wasted hours! On deployed machines, if you’re lucky the Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer will be installed by Automatic Updates. Likely this is what is happening for most people that have Automatic Updates turned on and they simply never notice the slowdown that SVCHOST causes. However, if you run into this issue in the field, it can be very time consuming to run Windows Updates since the SVCHOST problem makes the computer run like molasses. In this situation, you should kill the SVCHOST.EXE process in Task Manager which will then free up the computer’s CPU so that you can quickly manually download and install the update. After restarting, you may notice that SVCHOST still spikes the CPU when Windows is searching for updates, but it should be brief and the effect should be negligible." In the article, he has links that still work to MS for the KB 2898785 update for IE6, IE7 and IE8. So I guess it wouldn't hurt to have these updates stored on a CD for a new WinXP install or maybe repair. From the article link above ... The Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer is dependent on the version of Internet Explorer installed, as I list below for quick reference: MS13-097/KB 2898785 Windows XP SP3 Internet Explorer 6 MS13-097/KB 2898785 Windows XP SP3 Internet Explorer 7 MS13-097/KB 2898785 Windows XP SP3 Internet Explorer 8 ...
  13. There is a newer version of System Information Viewer (SIV) just released on January 21, 2017. No installation required ... System Information Viewer (SIV) v5.15 Softpedia Major Geeks ...
  14. Came across this article about Kaspersky System Checker. I had not heard of it and probably have no need of it since I'm using WinXP ... but there is a review here and it may be of interest to someone with a newer OS ... he mentions Windows 10. Kaspersky System Checker – A Short Review The Kaspersky System Checker (KSC) is a free and portable utility. Free and Portable are two of my favorite words, especially when used in the same sentence. I downloaded this little beauty, tried it out, and would like to share my experience with you. Downloading Kaspersky System Checker Admittedly, I had a bit of a problem finding KSC on the Kaspersky Site. It’s probably obvious to anyone else, but it is buried under the link at the top of their Home Page labeled Free Security Tools. Scroll down a bit and you’ll see it prominently displayed. They don’t call me “Lightning” for nothin’. A friend of mine was kind enough to point out one day that they don’t call me “Sunny”, either. When he saw the confused look on my face he told me it meant I wasn’t that bright. I have since forgotten his name. Let’s move on, shall we? Put the KSC launcher in a folder of your choice and run it. When I first ran KSC a window popped up saying there was an update, so I let it update. It didn’t take long and we were off to the races. Note: KSC creates a sub-folder with a little over 70MB of stuff in it. I thought I should let you know beforehand. Running Kaspersky System Checker ... .... there are pictures and more information at the above link. This is the page with the Kaspersky FREE SECURITY TOOLS & APPS ...
  15. JodyT ... thanks for the browser list, I will check each one out ... a few I have heard about but most are new names to me. I really did like QT-Web and used it for a long time but it was never updated anymore. In fact just a few days ago I went to the web site to check on the latest version ... nothing new. I was using QT-Web and K-Meleon as my two main browsers years ago. I never heard of the Arora browser ... I will read up on it for the information. I'm really disappointed with the K-Meleon announcement in Dec, many people were hoping for a newer version for 2017. sdfox7 ... that's very interesting about 'spoofing your browser' ... I do that with the User Agent but was not aware of changing a browser name or version. Have you talked about this already in another area? I will check it out on Google. I went to the web site to check my browser ... which as I write this is an older version of K-Meleon ... it was actually a development of the new K-Meleon browser but I don't think many people probably bothered with it. Anyway, that KM forum member in the last two years left ... deleted his download link and all his postings .... everything and moved on. Someone said he was from Bosnia but he has moved on. I went to that browser test web page ... whatismybrowser and got this information: Whoa! We can't figure out what browser you're using! We're working hard to write detection code for all the different types of web browsers, but it looks like we haven't figured yours out yet. And occasionally, either because of a problem or a changed configuration, sometimes web browsers don't provide the necessary information for us to detect exactly what you're using. Hopefully soon we can detect your web browser, until then; check out your User Agent string: DuckDuckBot/1.0; (+ Hopefully that can give you a hint about what exactly you're using. ------------------- I started using that UA for general browsing in the last month or two ... it seems to work everywhere so far even on banking sites ... I have two other UAs on KM ... FF with XP and FF with W7. I have not changed anything on my Firefox ESR setup ... it still the 'pure' download with two updates since I installed it almost three months ago. ..