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Windows Defender does not defend Windows 7 against WannaCry

A number of articles about Wannacry/WannaCrypt point out that Microsoft updated Windows Defender to detect it. But, that's not the whole story for Windows 7 users.

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Microsoft does enterprise no favors when it won't explain Windows 10's schedule

Microsoft has failed to explain to corporate customers the repercussions of its twice-a-year schedule to deliver Windows 10 upgrades in March and September.

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The Windows firewall is the overlooked defense against WannaCry and Adylkuzz

For defending a Windows PC from LAN side attacks, the built-in firewall gets no respect. It can block TCP port 445 and prevent infection by both the WannaCry ransomware and the Adylkuzz cryptocurrency miner. An XP machine with all...

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Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the builds

Now updated for build 16199, released on May 17, 2017: Get the latest info on new builds of Windows 10 Redstone as they roll out from Microsoft.

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Shadow Brokers boasts of more Windows exploits and cyberespionage data

A group of hackers that previously leaked alleged NSA exploits claims to have even more attack tools, as well as intelligence gathered by the agency on foreign banks and ballistic missile programs.

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Surface Pro 4 vs. Surface Book: How to decide

Two great machines, one hard choice. We walk through the pros and cons so you can decide.

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China pays for Windows XP addiction as 'WannaCry' hits

The WannaCry ransomware has wormed its way into tens of thousands of Windows PCs in China, where Windows XP remains relatively popular.

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New WannaCry variant being monitored, DHS official says

A variant of the WannaCry ransomware has been able to infect some of the computers patched after the original malware struck. But attacks in the U.S. appear to be limited so far.

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Patching Windows XP against WannaCry ransomware

Microsoft issued a bug fix yesterday for Windows XP to patch the SMB flaw used by the current WannaCry ransomware. This is a walk-through of installing the patch

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Microsoft issues first Windows XP patch in 3 years to stymie 'WannaCrypt'

Microsoft took the unprecedented step of patching long-demoted versions of Windows, including Windows XP, to immunize PCs from the ransomware.

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Microsoft posts PowerShell script that spawns pseudo security bulletins

A Microsoft manager this week offered IT admins a way to replicate -- more or less -- the security bulletins the company discarded last month.

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May Patch Tuesday delivers fixes critical Windows 10 exploits

For this May Microsoft Patch Tuesday, Microsoft attempts to resolve 56 reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office, Windows, both Browsers and the .NET development platform. Three of the vulnerabilities have been reported publicly...

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Microsoft now claims half a billion Windows 10 devices

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella touted a new number for Windows 10, saying the operating system now powers 500 million devices.

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Up to 60% Savings on Steam Gaming Gear With These Active Discounts - Deal Alert

If you're into Steam Gaming, or know somebody who is, you should consider these deals currently active on Steam gear.

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Third party antivirus programs interfere with Windows Defender critical patch

To install the latest Windows Defender update, I had to fight it out with Avast antivirus. It took a few rounds, but in the end, I won.

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Enterprise alert: Microsoft slates next Windows 10 LTSB release for 2019

Microsoft doesn't plan to release another Windows 10 "Long-term Servicing Branch" build -- the one aimed at businesses -- until 2019.

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Dell takes Intel's cue on PCs, puts enterprise on top of the agenda

For the umpteenth time, Dell Technologies has reiterated that PCs are important to the company, and it won't quit the market.

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Microsoft pulls plug on Windows 10's debut version

Windows 10 1507, which debuted in 2015, will receive its last security patches on Tuesday.

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