• In order for the computer to work for us, we must first work on it: install the OS and all necessary programs. But how boring to sit and endlessly press the “Next” button! That is why humanity has invented the auto-installers of software, which we will talk about today.

    Judge for yourself: in the case of Windows, in addition to installing the OS itself, you will have to install many programs: a browser (maybe not one), a player (audio and video), a messenger, several utilities (for recording discs, a file manager, service utilities, etc. etc.), antivirus, reader, office suite, libraries (Java, .Net, Shockwave, etc.), etc. If all this is downloaded and installed manually, then this process will take a very long time.

    It is much more convenient, of course, just to mark the necessary software and get the bootloader, which is in “silent” mode (for those who do not know – “silent” mode is the program installation mode without showing windows or the installation process, which is performed in automatic mode download distributions and install them.

    Someone will say: “But what about the WPI-packages?”. The main difference between the services presented in the review (however, not all) from WPI is that they download only the latest software versions, and besides, the user should not download the cumbersome 30-GB WPI package for a couple of programs.

    So today we will talk about:

    Action1
    Ninite
    Milouz Market
    Npackd

    Action1

    http://www.action1.com

    This free remote software installation utility deploys software without using any specialized software deployment tools and acts similar installing software remotely using wmic, command line tools (such as if you installed software remotely with psexec) or PowerShell scripts to install software silently on multiple computers in your network. Action1 includes this free remote installation software, which allows to perform automated software deployments without using any expensive and complicated solutions.

    Pros: free, works from cloud, execute actions on multiple computers simultaneously
    Cons: not yet found

    Ninite

    http://www.ninite.com

    Ninite is very convenient because on the site you just need to mark the necessary programs and click the big green “Get Installer” button. A bootloader with a weight of about 300 Kb will be downloaded, and absolutely selected software will be installed absolutely “insanely”. The site offers about 90 of the most popular programs of all categories (plus libraries). By the way, Ninite can disable the installation of various adware that comes with the software. The Linux section contains only 16 of the most necessary utilities, about a quarter of which are already pre-installed in various distributions.
    For $ 9.99 per month, the service of automatic updating of installed programs is provided using a special utility. And there is Ninite Pro – a service with which (a separate utility is downloaded) you can automatically install and update software in a local network or Active Directory domain. It is worth the pleasure of $ 20 per month.

    Pros: convenience, disable adware.
    Cons: not enough programs.

    Milouz Market

    http://www.market.milouz.com

    This service also offers to download the client first, and install the necessary software from it. 194 applications are represented in the market, and these are the most popular programs. The Milouz Market client has several interesting features, including the ability to select the application distribution channel (alpha, beta or stable) and the language to be installed, speed limits, automatic refusal to install adware, there are even the beginnings of a scheduler. Unfortunately, the client is very slow, and using it is uncomfortable. There is also an update manager, installation of silent updates (both in automatic and manual mode), as well as a built-in uninstaller.

    Pros: a couple of distinctive features.
    Cons: poor client performance, little software.

    Npackd

    http://www.market.milouz.com

    It’s open source project. Here you also need to first download the client, and then later update or install the application. If necessary, you can send the developer the address of the repository of your program, and it will be included in the general list.
    The program has almost no settings, when it starts up, besides loading the list of repositories, it also scans the PC for all installed programs. And this is where the confusion arises – the window displays all the programs intermixed (although they can be sorted), including all installed updates and add-ons for various applications (especially many in the case of Microsoft Office). For some reason, the program incorrectly determines the names of the programs, their versions, etc., which is why it offers to install already installed (only two were available for updating, and then the libraries: JRE and Visual C ++ Redistributable). There is also a standard option to remove this or that application.
    In general, Npackd does not lag behind other services in the number of software offered, but the incomprehensible definition of software does not allow working normally.

    Pros: a good number of programs.
    Cons: incorrect definition of already installed applications.

  • I totally agree with Michael. We have the right to protection of personal data, and it is absolutely incorrect to use someone’s information for personal purposes in order to obtain benefits. So, it’s a main reason why this article had been written.

  • The Windows 10 operating system can remember all the words that users type on the keyboard, including touch. It does this automatically and transfers all data to the Microsoft server. However, you should not immediately sound the alarm, because this feature can be disabled in the settings.

    To get rid of tracking what the user enters, you need to open the Settings app.

    Then go to the section “Privacy”.

    Next, the Edit Privacy Settings window appears on the screen. Then you should find the item “Send Microsoft info about how I write..” and drag the slider to the left and turn off data transfer

    After such easy manipulations, Windows 10 will stop collecting data about typed words, both on the physical keyboard and on the virtual one. In theory, this increases the security of the entire operating system. After all, memorizing any data creates an additional threat in the event of a hacker attack.

  • Hearing impaired users may have difficulty listening to audio tracks and stereo sound tracks. Windows 10 provides the ability to combine the left and right audio channels into one.

    To turn on mono sound, go to the Options → Special features → Sound panel, and then switch the “Enable mono sound” switch to the “On” position. Changes are applied automatically.

    Quickly go directly to the desired parameter will help search for the query “Enable or disable mono sound.”

  • System Guard Secure Launch Fails to Boot Windows in UEFI Mode.

    Specialists responsible for information security in enterprises may experience difficulties in booting Windows 10 (1809) and Windows Server 2019 with UEFI safe boot enabled. The problem occurs when using Microsoft Security Baseline with the System Guard Secure Launch feature activated, regardless of whether the hardware supports this feature.
    According to Microsoft expert Aaron Margosis, after installing the updates, the device reboots and a blank screen appears. It is impossible to predict the occurrence of a problem, since it appears when a number of conditions collide. The problems are related to the authentication of the catalog file, and their occurrence depends on the settings and the order of the signed components in the download path. In other words, a failure in loading Windows 10 (1809) and Windows Server 2019 can occur at any time, and it is impossible to predict it.
    As already mentioned, the problem affects only Windows 10 (1809) and Windows Server 2019, whose administrators have installed the Microsoft Security Compliance Toolkit 1.0 and enabled the System Guard Secure Launch feature (ConfigureSystemGuardLaunch). Moreover, only the Windows 10 Education and Windows 10 Enterprise versions are affected, since the Home, Pro and Business policies have not added the ConfigureSystemGuardLaunch policy.
    Setting Group Policy System Guard Secure Launch protects the Virtualization Based Security environment from exploiting vulnerabilities in device firmware on supported hardware.
    Currently, Microsoft is working to fix the problem, but for now, in order to prevent problems with booting the system, users can disable ConfigureSystemGuardLaunch.

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    • I guess the fix will be useless for those systems that are already affected because if they no longer boot up you can’t patch them. So System Guard Secure accomplished the perfect DOS attack. 🙂

  • How tab grouping works in Chrome Canary

    Google has been working on adding tab grouping to the Chrome browser for some time. And this function can already be tested, although so far only in the version for developers Chrome Canary.

    Firstly you need to download and install the latest version of Chrome Ccanary. Then the algorithm of actions is as follows:

    -Go to chrome: // flags and activate grouping;
    -Open multiple web pages;
    -Right click on the first tab and select “Add to New Group”. A “Group 0” will be created;
    -To add tabs to the same group, right-click the tab and add the necessary elements to the existing group. Similarly, you can create a new group, which will be called “Group 1”.

    As noted, this feature will be useful for combining related websites, such as social networks or research topics, which will allow the user, for example, to close all tabs in a group at the same time. It also allows not only to collect tabs in groups, but also to save and synchronize the latter. All this is expected to solve the problem of transferring a large number of open sites from the device to the device.

    So far, it is not reported when a new feature will appear in the release. At the moment, the group is visually no different from the usual tab, so this has to be fixed. It’s noted that earlier Mozilla’s browser had similar functionality, however, due to its low popularity, it was removed from the main codebase and transferred to an extension. A similar plugin was for Chrome, but, as we see, here the development goes in the opposite direction – along the way of integration into the main program code.

  • In Microsoft will stop to support Windows 7. And it will happen soon.

    In order not to put the user’s work at risk, the company recommends upgrading to Windows 10.

    The site of the corporation has information that ahter one year, from January 14, 2020, the company will stop supporting and issuing security updates for the Windows 7.
    After this date, all subsequent system updates will occur only on a fee basis. It is noted that without patches and security updates coming out as part of the extended support for Windows 7, the system will not stop working, but will become less protected.

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsforbusiness/end-of-windows-7-support

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    • I think it remains to be seen if Microsoft sticks with this schedule. There are still so many Windows 7 machines out there and many businesses don’t want Windows 10. We have seen before that Microsoft was forced to offer security updates after the official support ended.

  • Microsoft has closed fifty holes in Windows, Office and other products.

    Microsoft has released a voluminous set of patches that eliminate vulnerabilities in various editions of Windows and Windows Server operating systems, Edge and Internet Explorer browsers, Office suite, SharePoint, Exchange Server, Visual Studio, .NET Framework, .NET / ASP.NET Core and other software products.

    According to the information presented on the Microsoft TechNet technical resource website, the entire software giant’s experts have closed fifty gaps, including critically dangerous, which in theory allow unauthorized access to the remote computer and the execution of arbitrary malicious code on it.

    In view of the danger of a number of “holes” found, Microsoft recommends that users and IT administrators not delay the installation of updates and install them as soon as possible.

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