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Windows 7: Microsoft Urges Users to Shut Down Windows Gadgets or Risk Attack


12 Jul 2012   #21

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Hiyya Littlejay
Well I am glad that someone is with me as one does get fed up with vulnerabilities with stuff like Adobe and such eh?

Yeah mate I have also used Ubuntu in the past when fixing very dead Windows machines and by that I mean getting the info off the hard drive when the owner has forgotten the login password for example. Just a simple job to get the data on to an external and then back to the Windows reinstall, after wiping the original install.

Mind you it sometimes can be quite tedious to sort through what they want to keep but hey better than losing the lot

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12 Jul 2012   #22

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Is there no end to all of this security vulnerabilities in some of the major applications and Windows in particular?
I believe that "there is no end" myself, particularly as there seem to be more & more individuals wanting attention i.e. their "15 minutes of fame" even if it does end-up being "15 minutes of shame" e.g. an interview from their prison cell by Steve Kroft for 60 Minutes.

I've not had any real security problem for years but am still paranoid about it--recently I re-installed WinPatrol PLUS where I already have Comodo CIS installed, owing to BillP's blog about Stuxnet-style vulnerabilities.

I think we can't be too careful.
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12 Jul 2012   #23

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by maxseven View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Is there no end to all of this security vulnerabilities in some of the major applications and Windows in particular?
I believe that "there is no end" myself, particularly as there seem to be more & more individuals wanting attention i.e. their "15 minutes of fame" even if it does end-up being "15 minutes of shame" e.g. an interview from their prison cell by Steve Kroft for 60 Minutes.

I've not had any real security problem for years but am still paranoid about it--recently I re-installed WinPatrol PLUS where I already have Comodo CIS installed, owing to BillP's blog about Stuxnet-style vulnerabilities.

I think we can't be too careful.
Yeah I am with you max my Kaspersky picks up vulnerabilities in Adobe and Java all the time. I have also tried out Comodo on the tester and usually install it for friends who cannot afford paid for stuff and in fact if I was not so sold on KIS I would have CIS myself.
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12 Jul 2012   #24

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Thank you, Gladson, but I think I found the answer I was looking for on Microsofts website.

Quote:
How could an attacker exploit the vulnerability?
An attacker would have to convince a user to install and enable a vulnerable Gadget.
Seeing as I don't even use gadgets (or any one that does), I don't thinks its as urgent as implied. But maybe I'm missing something.
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12 Jul 2012   #25

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Hiyya Littlejay
Well I am glad that someone is with me as one does get fed up with vulnerabilities with stuff like Adobe and such eh?

Yeah mate I have also used Ubuntu in the past when fixing very dead Windows machines and by that I mean getting the info off the hard drive when the owner has forgotten the login password for example. Just a simple job to get the data on to an external and then back to the Windows reinstall, after wiping the original install.

Mind you it sometimes can be quite tedious to sort through what they want to keep but hey better than losing the lot
I use Puppy Linux for the same purpose myself. I like it because it boots up a lot quicker than Ubuntu from live cd.
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12 Jul 2012   #26

Windows 7 Home Pre
 
 

Gadgets , Gadgets you say. I've heard of these, Came out in Vista (biggest Pile of OS i ever seen) with in the Oh and let me QUOTE HERE... "Side Bar" and for the Novices out there had to "Put up with it" as they had no idea on how to stop this from loading so Thus making quite alot of people use them. Windows 7 Hey Freedom, put them ****ers where you like We don't care any more, Windows 8 Oh shit some thing is not right here, OK STOP using them now we don't trust you Novices.

Hassle and more hassle. Nothing but Hassle. So MS is telling the "END USER" too STOP using something that was built into 2 OS's that we PAID for and are now stopping support for it as they have let it get out of control and can't be arsed too FIX.

TELL YOU WHAT MS. STOP MAKING OS's AND SORT OUT THE SHIT YOU STARTED.
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12 Jul 2012   #27

Windows 7 Ultimate x 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mrdemon View Post
Gadgets , Gadgets you say. I've heard of these, Came out in Vista (biggest Pile of OS i ever seen) with in the Oh and let me QUOTE HERE... "Side Bar" and for the Novices out there had to "Put up with it" as they had no idea on how to stop this from loading so Thus making quite alot of people use them. Windows 7 Hey Freedom, put them ****ers where you like We don't care any more, Windows 8 Oh shit some thing is not right here, OK STOP using them now we don't trust you Novices.

Hassle and more hassle. Nothing but Hassle. So MS is telling the "END USER" too STOP using something that was built into 2 OS's that we PAID for and are now stopping support for it as they have let it get out of control and can't be arsed too FIX.


TELL YOU WHAT MS. STOP MAKING OS's AND SORT OUT THE SHIT YOU STARTED.
This is just MS's way to convice people that dropping gadget support in Win8 is a good idea.

If you cast your minds back a month or two, MS killed of the windows gadget gallery site which caused a lot of complaints, so they need to come up with a good scaremonger tactic so people won't be so bothered when the kill the platform off entirely.

I've been using gadgets for ages & my O/S hasn't exploded yet.
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13 Jul 2012   #28

Windows 7 home premium 32 bit
 
 
Are gadgets a security threat?

PCWorld Daily News dated 7/11/2012 states "Microsoft urges users to shut down Windows gadgets". Is this really a serious threat?
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13 Jul 2012   #29

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Not unless you choose to install a gadget you download from a website given to you in an email with a title of "MAKE MONEY FAST! I SHOW YOU HOW!!%!&#"
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15 Jul 2012   #30

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Hum well now I have dropped my gadgets and I hate getting rid of the weather and my Kaspersky one - I tried that Rainmeter and well id that isn't the most confusing app I've tried I'll eat my socks.

Yet people love it - ok it has some nice "skins" but hells bells trying to work out how just to get the weather up takes a Phd in physics for heavens sakes!
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