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  1. Sphinx Windows er, 10, Firewall Control

    I don't think it's a big risk, and it far outweighs the other option: IP only. For example, Microsoft has a zillion IPs. How am I to restrict rules based on that? Even if we assume domain names are a higher risk, you need to strike a balance between security and usability. See UAC's initial incarnation in Vista.
  2. Is there a setting or utility to force "new style" Open/Save dialogs to the older "Office 2000" style? (At least ones that aren't customized by the software that uses the dialog). My main beef is the Navigation Pane to the left. The old Places Bar had large buttons that are easy to target (touchpad, etc.), and only a few items (99% of the times I only use one). The new Navigation Pane includes small items, and I don't use any besides "Favorites" (the other groups can be turned off, but the small item sizes and the "Favorite" heading item remain).
  3. What's in the UnistoreDB directory?

    These two things are quite different. Which one is it? Someone oughta create a site dedicated to specific info on all the databases Windows keeps about your files and usage. Anyway, Win10 keeps on being worrying.
  4. Any idea what Win10 stores in %homepath%\AppData\Local\Comms\UnistoreDB ? It holds files such as: USSres00001.jrs, USSres00002.jrs (3MB each, but practically empty) USS.log, USStmp.log (also 3MB each) store.vol
  5. A recent Security Essentials update was noticeably smaller than the previous one I had, from a few months ago. I think it went down from 133MB to 112MB. Is it improved compression, or did they remove a lot of stuff? It's not the first time I noticed a newer update being smaller, but this is by far the largest difference I recall.
  6. I don't have answers, but maybe I see something similar. On 8.1, sometimes when I manually start updates in Defender's GUI, it works, fully fills the progress bar, then concludes by saying "update failed". And yet, the virus definitions version and date do show a newer version. I haven't yet ruled out my firewall settings being to blame. Re scan-on-boot, dunno. But it's ironic that with all the talk about fast boot and kernel hibernation for quick restarts, after that quick restart/boot you have a minute or two of bad responsiveness when a whole bunch of unclear services or tasks chug and chug. Compare with WinXP. Restart/boots may take a few more seconds, but after the shell loads the system is responsive almost immediately.
  7. Sphinx Windows er, 10, Firewall Control

    Isn't it common, being able to use domain names? I seem to recall that even AtGuard, in the late 90s, supported it. Sadly, and strangely, domain names don't work in Jetico Firewall v2, at least not on Win8. Not even when alerting on access attempts in "learning mode". But I think it worked in v1 on WinXP. It's a sad state of affairs when it comes to Windows firewalls. Not only there are no good ones available, there's barely anything available, unless you consider anti-virus-combined system-monopolizing monstrosities a valid option.
  8. Sphinx Windows er, 10, Firewall Control

    What do you mean by "name base"? And don't you have a problem with the underlying engine actually being Microsoft's? Who knows what special secret rules it has, or what changes might be applied to it by a random Windows update.
  9. I mean while using the most updates possible on 8.1. I did manually cull and skip updates on 8.1, but since Microsoft switched to combo-updates it's difficult or impossible to know what's included in each. Nvidia's thing sounds annoying, but I assume it's a dedicated EXE which is easier to detect and disable, or at least to block completely from network access. With Microsoft, network access will likely be from svchost.exe, which is more difficult to block selectively.
  10. Yes. For me it worked through all updates of Windows since Win8.0.
  11. Since Win8 shifted to all-in-one updates things have become more difficult. What are the current best practices to avoid "telemetry" and similar updates or components? Any cleaner/disabler programs?
  12. Something is odd about the way Aero Peek behaves for you. All I had to do to get rid of the transparent window behavior was to uncheck the mentioned setting. I think it works for other people as well. Maybe start a new topic on this specific issue to see if other people encountered it? I don't know of a way to hide the Metro junk windows from the old-style AltTab switcher. But I can't say I've explored it in depth since I've always used the modern Metro one, after the obligatory tweaks
  13. Did you try unchecking "Enable Peek" under System Properties \ Advanced \ Performance \ Settings? I thought of changing the program to add a scheduler rule instead of a startup shortcut but: crashes don't happen often, scheduler tasks are still more sneaky and hidden for most people, and I'd have to waste some time doing it. Doesn't Winlogon event 1002 happen only after explorer.exe has loaded? I recall it worked fine when used directly, but it's been quite a while since I looked so maybe I'm wrong. I haven't checked in detail the Z-order changes, but I guess it's not something I encounter often. If I need to switch in a "complex" way I usually press and hold Alt-Tab then use the arrow keys. Or else, WinKey+number to target based on taskbar order.
  14. Hey GCRaistlin. There wasn't a need to develop anything in quite a while because AltTab.dll stayed the same. At least as far as I know, as I haven't checked if recent Windows updates changed it. Do you mean Aero Peek? If so, there's a setting for it in Windows: http://www.intowindows.com/fix-use-aero-peek-to-preview-the-desktop-grayed-out/
  15. Reasons for choosing Windows 8.0?

    - If you mean running EXEs in compatibility mode, I do see Win95 and up in Win8.1. - The 6 Library folders can be removed by deleting or renaming the 6 CLSIDs under HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\ Is there a real use for WEI? Isn't it just a very limited benchmark tool?