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MicroSLOTH Once Again Fucks Over Its Userbase.
« Reply #45 on: July 22, 2019, 06:51:23 PM »
Once again, M$ fucks over its user base. Win 7 is getting close to EOL, so they decided to slip in a backdoor disguised as a security update (for the 2nd time in as many years.)
They pulled the same shit with XP, pushing updates that hobbled the OS and made it run horribly slow - in order to force users to update.
Please understand this backdoor is stealing your usage habits and that that information is being sold to the highest bidder. Don't believe the WinBLOWS BullSHIT line that they want to better understand their customers in order to make a better product. This is outright theft and invasion of privacy - plain and simple.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3408496/new-windows-7-security-only-update-installs-telemetrysnooping-uh-feature.html

Since this is the Exploits and Mitigation thread, you may want to check out the following.
WARNING ! ! !    I Have NOT Vetted The Software Mentioned.
Please use due dilligence.

https://www.getblackbird.net/

The documentation in the above link goes into detail abot what the .exe does. If I was still running a Doze box, I'd probably be using this software instead of trying to manually disable it myself, then again...  .
One more thing, the author is of the same bent that I am - LOL.    "Fuck Google"   Heh, heh, heh.   :D
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Re: Exploits And Mitigation
« Reply #46 on: July 23, 2019, 04:01:35 PM »
I just love you.

I still have an in the box desktop computer with XP Home or XP Pro, not sure. Think it's from 04 or 05. I can't imagine starting it up and plugging it in to the shitty new world.


Also, are you a kickboxer and a chess player?
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Re: Exploits And Mitigation
« Reply #47 on: July 26, 2019, 02:13:48 PM »
I just love you.

I still have an in the box desktop computer with XP Home or XP Pro, not sure. Think it's from 04 or 05. I can't imagine starting it up and plugging it in to the shitty new world.


Also, are you a kickboxer and a chess player?
LOL - Yes.   ;)
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Re: Exploits And Mitigation
« Reply #48 on: July 26, 2019, 07:15:17 PM »
Yes.

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Re: Exploits And Mitigation
« Reply #49 on: July 26, 2019, 11:32:11 PM »
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Re: Exploits And Mitigation
« Reply #50 on: August 05, 2019, 03:12:22 PM »
Dammit @Whistler I installed blackbird and it fucked up my computer seeing the network drive. I tried the fix from blackbird but it didn’t work. Then I had blackbird go back and reset everything to default and the computer still won’t open the drive. Windows troubleshooter can’t find the problem. A laptop that I did not install blackbird on still sees the drive, so the problem is with the changed computer. I should have known better.

If you’re thinking about installing this software, be careful.

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Re: Exploits And Mitigation
« Reply #51 on: August 28, 2019, 06:42:57 AM »
Dammit @Whistler I installed blackbird and it fucked up my computer seeing the network drive. I tried the fix from blackbird but it didn’t work. Then I had blackbird go back and reset everything to default and the computer still won’t open the drive. Windows troubleshooter can’t find the problem. A laptop that I did not install blackbird on still sees the drive, so the problem is with the changed computer. I should have known better.

If you’re thinking about installing this software, be careful.
@ juan, you goof-ball    ;)
You didn't RTFM, did you ?     :o

I hope you're not just fucking with me, with this post.

 
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LAN / VPN / misc. network issues:
Blackbird disables 2 services, SSDP Discovery & UPnP Device Host, which are required to run Network Discovery on your PC

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Betcha didn't make a Bkp before messing w/ the system either ?   :(

If you don't understand what certain terms mean, please do look them up and what they entail instead of just going ahead with the proceedure and hoping everything will be okay.
It plainly states that network discovery will be disabled, using the industry standard  (different) terminology for network sharing.


Alright, let's get into S.O.P (Standard Operating Proceedure.)
These are things I take for granted becuase I assume (there's that word again  -  ASSUME: makes an ASS out of U and ME  ;)  ) that most people follow precautions when messing with their system. I have a tendency to forget that not everyone has my training, technical ability, (or paranoia, for that matter.)  ;)
I'm used to dealing w/ other SE's, programmers, and business personnel.

So here it is; anytime you decide to mess w/ your system, or use a software that does so, a backup of your important files should be made. This doesn't neccisarily mean the entire system - just the files that have changed since the last Bkp.
(I know it's obvious, but, save the backup off of the disk (external to the one) you will be working on.)
For instance; save off anything you have downloaded or saved to the system you are going to be working on. Ex: My Documents, My Videos, etc... plus any folders you have created for storage since the last time you did a Bkp - including the Desktop.

Here's the other thing, when installing a new Operating System, and getting everything tweaked the way you like it, and registered (WinDoze and other proprietary OSes,) do a complete Bkp so you have a pristine, reloadable / reinstallable OS if things really go South and fixing it is beyond your technical abilities, or just plain impossible.

If you're at a loss of what Bkp solution to use, there are 3 that I've used in the past that work well w/ Doze. Each has a particular strength depending upon your situation, but it is best to pick just one and get used to using it. That way you are familiar with its' capabilities and limitations.

Before backing up, it is always best to defragment w/ windows built-in defragging option, or a 3rd party app - BE CAREFULL WITH 3rd PARTY APPS.
I've always had good luck with UltraDefrag, but I haven't used any Defragmenting programs since Win 7. CAVEAT EMPTOR !

  Tips:
        1. NEVER, under any circumstances, interrupt a defrag operation - even if there is a
           pause button. Allot enough time to let it complete. (defragging will take hours
           if you haven't done it in a while; or ever.)
        2. Don't ever run on batteries while defragging - plug that bitch in.
        3. If it's your first time defragging, depending on the size of the drive,
           expect a minimum of hours, or days with a very large drive.
        4. Defrag as often as you want with an HDD, SSDs should be defragmented when the ssd
           is noticably lagging. Every write to an SSD decreases its life and the defrag
           operation rearranges the entire drive.

These are all freeware backup solutions, which are just fine for home users and small businesses.
I've used all of these at one time or another.
Listed in no particular order -

ReDo Backup:
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Easeus ToDo Backup
Allows for differential backups

Drive Image XML
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Allows you to browse the files on a stored backup, and also to hot Bkp (while the system is running.)


Here's another thing; if you have a fairly recent backup, you can give the bird to any ransomware that comes your way as long as you don't constantly leave your backup drive plugged into your running system. (Everyone should have a dedicated drive for backups that only gets plugged in when they are doing a Bkp and Are Offline !   ;)

You may also want to check out the Ultimate Boot CD.
This is a system utility disk.
Be Careful though. The programs on that disk are extremely powerful.
(That means you can really hose your system if you use them improperly, or in ignorance.)


I hope you can recover / fix your system.   :)


Now, I have a kernel to compile.
I'll catch you guys later.    ;)
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Re: Exploits And Mitigation
« Reply #52 on: August 28, 2019, 11:09:15 AM »
@Whistler
Of course I made a full backup.
The software claims there is a fix to the network problem. It doesn't work.
At least this incident made me get off my ass and set up my otherwise unused Mac Mini as a proper server.

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Re: Exploits And Mitigation
« Reply #53 on: August 28, 2019, 11:14:22 AM »
@Whistler
Of course I made a full backup.
The software claims there is a fix to the network problem. It doesn't work.
At least this incident made me get off my ass and set up my otherwise unused Mac Mini as a proper server.
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