As I started writing this post my machine blue screened.Something that it hasn’t done in a while and something that’s been much better after making a little change to windows that helped with errors.

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Windows10 does updates relentlessly, you can’t stop them end of story.

Your only option is to delay them. This is something windows10 can do by simply selecting one tick box in the right place.

Windows10 updates have in recent time been as buggy as Samsung’s now dead Note7. Some of the more prolific failure have been things like the network failing after an update and thus not being able to connect to the internet for a fix. Machine with their system restore enabled was able to recover by simply rolling back, but I had one that did have this on and it took hours to fix.

Having you machine update and then not work is one of the most frustrating things that can happen in your day. So it is important that when updates do happen ( and remember they are going to happen ) you want as little chance as possible to have them ruin your day.

Delaying update do this by having you machine not update till a few weeks after an update’s been released. So if there is a bad one they can recall and reissue it before it hits your machine. Microsoft have a history of releasing unfinished software and then patching with updates as they go.

To defer updates do the following.

Click the windows start button.
start typing ” Update Settings”
it will show you ” Windows Update Settings”
Select this and it will show you this screen.

Update settings

Updates Settings

 

 

 

 

Select advanced options,
On the following screen tick defer updates.

Advanced options

Advanced Options

close the window and you’re all done.

As I said at the start I still had a blue screen so it doesn’t fix all your problems.
but they become much less frequent.

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ransomware

What is Ransom ware?

Ransom ware is the generic term for any malicious software that, as its name suggests, demands a ransom be paid by the computer�s user. Ransomware will prevent access to files on your computer unless an extortionist amount is paid.

15 Items to Check if You Want To Keep Your System Safe From Ransomware

Excerpt taken from this article https://heimdalsecurity.com/blog/what-is-ransomware-protection/

This is a promise that I want you to make to yourself: that you will take the threat of ransomware seriously and do something about it before it hits your data.

I’ve seen too many cries for help and too many people confused and panicking about a ransomware attack.

How I wish I could say that ransomware is not a life and death kind of situation! But if you work in a hospital and you trigger a crypto-ransomware infection, it could actually endanger lives.

So here’s what I want you to promise me:

Locally, on the PC

  1. I don’t store important data only on my PC.
  2. I have 2 backups of my data: on an external hard drive and in the cloud – Dropbox/Google Drive/etc.
  3. The Dropbox/Google Drive/OneDrive/etc. application on my computer are not turned on by default. I only open them once a day, to sync my data, and close them once this is done.
  4. My operating system and the software I use is up to date, including the latest security updates.
  5. For daily use, I don’t use an administrator account on my computer. I use a guest account with limited privileges.
  6. I have turned off macros in the Microsoft Office suite – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

In the browser

  1. I have removed the following plugins from my browsers: Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, Java and Silverlight. If I absolutely have to use them, I set the browser to ask me if I want to activate these plugins when needed.
  2. I have adjusted my browsers’ security and privacy settings for increased protection.
  3. I have removed outdated plugins and add-ons from my browsers. I only kept the ones I use on a daily basis and I keep them updated to the latest version.
  4. I use an ad blocker to avoid the threat of potentially malicious ads.

Online behavior

  1. I never open spam emails or emails from unknown senders.
  2. I never download attachments from spam emails or suspicious emails.
  3. I never click links in spam emails or suspicious emails.

Anti-ransomware security tools

  1. I use a reliable, paid antivirus product that includes an automatic update module and a real-time scanner.
  2. I understand the importance of having a traffic-filtering solution that can provide proactive anti-ransomware protection.



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