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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Microsoft Being Sued Over Windows 10 Upgrade Damages

Posted by David Bernstein

If you don’t know already, Microsoft has the tendency to try and force Windows users to upgrade to the “latest and greatest” version of their operating system. Of course this is understandable but when they force it upon you without your permission or try to sneak it onto your computer during an update then that’s going a little too far.

You might remember the recent issues end users were having with Windows 10 being installed on their computers without them knowing or without them approving the upgrade. If you are a power user then you most likely would have caught the attempts and would have been able to stop them but for the average user things ended up working out a little differently. Many people ended up with partial installations or upgrades that didn’t successfully install causing lost files and unusable computers.

Now there is a group of people who have started a lawsuit claiming these Windows 10 upgrades caused data loss and damage to their computers causing the individuals to lose valuable time and money and in some cases having to buy a new computer or hire professional help to get them going again. So far there are 3 people involved in the lawsuit but a group of lawyers are getting involved to start a class action lawsuit aimed at Microsoft on behalf of potentially hundreds of thousands of people affected by the upgrade.

Microsoft has responded saying there were multiple warnings and alerts related to the upgrades and that users had the option not to upgrade during the free upgrade time period. But in their defense these warnings were not clear for the average computer user. Microsoft also says that there is a rollback option to revert back to your previous operating system version but there were many users who had issues trying to do that as well.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

You still may be able to get your free Windows 10 upgrade

 Posted by David Bernstein 

Most of us remember the way Microsoft pushed Windows 10 upon us as a free upgrade and how it got to the point for many people that they got upgraded whether they wanted to or not. Now that the Windows 10 free upgrade offer has expired on July 29th some of you may be wishing that you didn't put it off after all, especially if you are running Windows 8! If you still don't want to upgrade its ok because Windows 7 will be supported until 2020 and Windows 8 will be supported until 2023.

But if you do want to upgrade it turns out that Microsoft's activation servers are still running and you can still get a free upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8. Its also still possible to upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Professional by using a product key from a previous business edition of Windows 7 or 8 which can save you some money.

To get your upgrade make sure you have an activated copy of Windows 7 or 8 and go to the Windows 10 download page below and download the Media Creation Tool. You can either run the tool or save it for later or to be used with a different PC. Once the upgrade is complete you will have a digital license for Windows 10 that is tied to that computer.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Malwarebytes Coming Out with Anti-ransomware Software

Posted by David Bernstein

If you don’t know what ransomeware is, then hopefully you will never find out. If you know what ransomeware is first hand because you have experienced it yourself then you realize how awful an experience it can be when it makes its way to your computer.

What ransomeware does is infect your computer and encrypt all of your files essentially holding them hostage so you don’t have any access to them. In order to get your access back you need to pay a “ransom” to the people who encrypted your files. These people are most likely overseas where you don’t have any legal means to get your files back. Once you pay the ransom which can be hundreds of dollars or more you will then get a key to unlock your files. Then again sometimes you will pay and never get a key and be out of luck.

Malwarebytes who are known for their effective anti-malware software are developing new anti-ransomware software which is now in beta testing. They bought EasySync Solutions which was the creator of CryptoMonitor and hired its developer to help create their new software called Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware. The software uses proactive technology that monitors what ransomware is doing and stops it before it gets to your files.

If you want to be a beta tester you can go to their site and download the software and run it on your computer. They recommend that you don’t do it in a production environment but rather on a test computer that you don’t have anything important on. As of now it’s kind of buggy but hopefully when it’s done it will be an effective anti-ransomware solution… and also free!

You can try it out for yourself here.