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Have You Tried Windows Security?

As the number of remote workers continue to climb, safety and security become even more of a priority to OS software. We as Microsoft users understand the basic necessity of keeping our PC safe. Windows 10 includes a built-in app, called Window Security to scan for viruses, along with firewall and network protection. 

In the US alone, data breaches fell to an estimated 1.1 billion in 2020. It is predicted, however, that the number of data breaches in the US will rise to over 1.4 billion in 2021. 

Source: Safety Detectives
Covered Options

To get the most out of Windows Security, click on the Start Menu and type in Windows Security in the search bar. Choose the first app option. You’ll find it covers all bases, providing:

  • Virus & threat protection
  • Account protection
  • Firewall & network protection
  • App & browser control
  • Device security
  • Device performance & health
  • Family options

From the Virus & threat protection tab, you can quickly scan your PC to find any possible threats.

Dynamic Lock

Windows 10 also provides a helpful little feature to assist those who are susceptible to forgetting to lock their home screen. When your Bluetooth, which must be linked to your computer, is out of range, the feature called Dynamic Lock automatically locks your device or PC. Find this feature by following the directions:

  1. Start Menu
  2. Settings
  3. Accounts
  4. Sign-in Options
  5. Dynamic Lock
  6. Check box “Allow Windows to automatically lock your device when you’re away”

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How Many Screens of Death Are there?

In order for Microsoft developers and support to understand the urgency of different computer issues, color-coded screens of death appear. 

Most users who utilize Windows 10 have dealt with the ever-infamous Blue Screen of Death. However, there are a handful more of them out there. Screens of death often result in lost data and an action to restart your PC.

Here are just a few:

The Orange Screen of Death pops up when there are hardware issues occurring. If you use more than one monitor, or if the computer is attempting to turn on from its sleep, this color may show up.

Graphics drivers can cause a Red or White Screen of Death if it is malfunctioning. 

If users are included in the Windows Insiders program, they may come across a Green Screen of Death. This happens when errors in the testing phase occurs. It was said the Green was to distinguish between the Windows Insiders build and the updated release, in which it turns Blue.


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A Few Things to Remember about Windows 11

Last month, many speculations have circulated regarding the forthcoming Windows 11 update. Some speculated that Microsoft made it obvious that Windows 10 will be the final version. Others assumed that the software behemoth had something up its sleeve. This was a huge deal, considering the confusion surrounding the future of Windows. 

Here are a few things to remember about Windows 11, since its release date is set for the last quarter of the year. It’ll be an optional update, as opposed to mandatory. If you’d rather keep using Windows 10, end of support will show up in 2025.

Another thing to remember is that Windows 11 will not be available to everyone immediately.

Windows 11 will also begin rolling out as a free upgrade for Windows 10 users around the same time, though not everyone will be offered the update straight away.

Source: WindowsCentral

Your PC will need to meet certain minimum Windows 11’s requirements, such as 64GB drive and a 9″ display.

The display appears to have a fresh, trendy vibe with its more updated rounded edges and centered Start Menu. Let’s hope it’s a good sign for Microsoft.


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Ransomware Hackers Hits Thousands of Victims

Cyber Researchers shared that the ransomware institution, REvil, has demanded a $70 million charge in Bitcoin for a decryptor device following its assault at the software program seller Kaseya.

This virus might enter a ADP (automatic data processing) system through malicious downloads, email attachments and package update pop-ups. Once a system is infected, the virus restricts access to the pc. Hackers distribute this virus with the purpose of scaring their victims into paying money.

According to CNN, “Kaseya said it would release new information Monday morning, but has yet to do so. In Sunday night’s update, it reported that the attack “has been localized to a very small number of on-premises customers only.””

UPDATE 7/7/2021

It was shared from Malwarebytes that the hackers mimicked a Microsoft security update, shown below:

How to protect yourself

Be sure your antivirus software is up to date on your computer to avoid any and all malicious cyber attacks. Windows 10 adds Ransomware protection to its operating system.

In the Settings app, you’ll find a plethora of protection settings, including Firewall & network protection. You’ll also notice Virus & threat protection, which easily scans your device to search for any possible attacks.

Source: Gilbert Computer Repair Service

If you scroll to the underside of the Virus & threat protection, Ransomware protection is included. To show on this handy feature, simply click on Manage ransomware protection. From there, you’ll be able to turn the toggle On to secure your data on your computer. Recovering files becomes an additional option just incase a threat occurs.


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Microsoft Vulnerability Reports in 2020

Windows 10 was once deemed the most secure OS. With over 1 billion users utilizing the system, the highest priority has to be its security. However, over the years, it continues to experience vulnerabilities.

And it’s not just Windows 10, other Microsoft products, such as its browsers, Edge and Internet Explorer had issues with flaws. Sources say that in 2020, exposures reached to 1,268. This was the highest it has been, with 132 of those deemed critical.

What can help?

The biggest reason for the vulnerabilities involved admin rights. When others are given rights, the risk of attacks heighten. Removing them can lower the risk.

While there were a wide number of vulnerabilities found in various Microsoft products in 2020, for the first time, Elevation of privilege, which occurs when an application gains rights or privileges that should not be available to them, accounted for the largest proportion. It almost tripled in number year over year from 198 in 2019 to 559 in 2020, making up 44% of all Microsoft vulnerabilities in 2020.

Source: TechRepublic

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High CPU Usage Causing Slower PC

A number of factors could result in your PC running slower than usual. It could possibly be low on memory, too many programs opened, or even malware.

Just recently, the Microsoft Feedback Hub was filled with complaints about their PC’s high CPU (central processing unit) usage after updating the OS with Windows 10 patches. Thankfully, the latest patch remedied this particular issue.

“The tech site says that patch KB5001391 has cured this spiking processor usage problem, at least according to reports from some users, although little detail has been provided about what this bug actually was (save for being a ‘race condition’ where two running processes start grabbing an inordinate amount of system resources, slowing everything else down).”

Source: TechRadar

If you are having this same issue with your PC, simply head over to the ‘Check for Updates’ section of the Windows Update in the Settings app. The optional KB5001391 will show up under the “View optional updates” link.

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Windows 10 Feature Gets Mixed Reviews

The first ‘major’ Windows 10 update is right around the corner. Windows 10 KB5001391 cumulative update preview is released, giving you the option to download and install.

One feature brought from this preview is the new News and Interest feed on the taskbar. This gives you the option of personalize what you would like to keep up with, including weather and sports. Its AI fixates on the relevant topics you choose and dismisses others you would rather not see.

Since its release, users have been giving conflicting critiques on said feature. OnMSFT asked their Twitter followers to poll on it. It showed up like this, below:

While more than half of respondents replied in the negative side, less than half thought it was okay. There’s a possibility that this feature won’t last long and will be replaced in a future major update.

I suppose we’ll just have to see about that.


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What if Your Computer Won’t Shut Off

Figuring out what’s triggering your computer’s Windows shut down problem can be complicated at times. Frustration doesn’t even cover how you’re feeling. It could possibly be a software or hardware issue.

Regardless, there are a variety of solutions you can consider, and one of them will most certainly solve the problem.

The power button would not switch off a device to prevent it from being switched off incorrectly when it is running. If the machine is frozen or has other issues, press and hold the power button for 5 to 10 seconds without releasing it. This is what’s called the force shutdown routine.

Run Box

If you’d rather, another way is to utilize a certain command in the Run box as well. Follow the instructions below:

  1. Press the Windows + R keys
  2. Type in the following command: shutdown /s /f /t 0
  3. Click OK

This will immediately send your computer to shut-down mode. From there, you can just press the power button to turn it back on.

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November 2019 Update End of Support

Your version of Windows 10 will reach end of service soon. Click to download a newer version of Windows 10 to stay supported.”

Source: Windows Notification

Microsoft is encouraging users who are still utilizing Windows 10 Update version 1909 to upgrade to the newest version. This should be done by May of 2021. The November 2019 update will no longer offer support after that.

Updating to the latest version is of great importance for continued security from Microsoft. According to Microsoft Docs, end of support begins in Mid-May.


Windows 10, version 1909 will reach the end of servicing on May 11, 2021. This applies to the following editions of Windows 10 released in November of 2019:

  • Windows 10 Home, version 1909
  • Windows 10 Pro, version 1909
  • Windows 10 Pro Education, version 1909
  • Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, version 1909

These editions will no longer receive security updates after May 11, 2021.”


Some users may see an error in the Update application. This states that the May 2020 update is not available to download and install. However, when it’s ready, the update will show up. Hopefully, Microsoft will sort that issue out before end of servicing occurs in the coming months.

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Let’s Talk Bloatware

When it comes to computer terminology, seeing any word ending in ‘ware’ is worrisome. Malware, Ransomware, and spyware are just a few that raise red flags as they are created to sneak into unsecured software. This in turn gives hackers the ability to steal personal information such as social security numbers or bank credentials.

No one wants that. We want to feel safe and secure during our time on the web. I’m sure we can all be in agreement that our computer time, in general, should be a pleasant experience.

So let’s talk about another kind of ‘ware’, named Bloatware. What is it exactly?

So a short answer is, Bloatware is simply unnecessary, preinstalled software.

These preinstalled apps can cause issues within the operating system. You may find a reduction in battery life or a lower quality in performance. Just recently, WindowsLatest shared an announcement made by Microsoft. This statement explains how Microsoft understands some of the preinstalled apps available on Windows 10 are often useless to users.

“When you buy a new device, you expect it to be clean with fewer apps. Unfortunately, most new Windows 10 PCs are clogged with unnecessary preloaded software from Microsoft and OEMs, and even the clean install of the OS includes unwanted apps, such as 3D Viewer and Paint 3D.”

Source: WindowsLatest

Thankfully, Microsoft has shared that their upcoming updates will include an ‘optional’ button for those apps you may not use. This change will most likely be seen in the upcoming Sun Valley update in October or November.


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