IE users in no rush to discard old versions after Microsoft’s support


Users of Internet Explorer (IE) were in no hurry last month to discard older versions, even after Microsoft told them that their browsers will drop off the support list in early 2016.

In a surprise announcement on Aug. 7, Microsoft said that after Jan. 12, 2016, it would support IE9 only on Windows Vista, IE10 only on Windows Server 2012, and only IE11 on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

IE7 and IE8 will drop off support completely, but others on certain editions of Windows — like IE10 on Windows 7 — will also get the patch axe.

The browsers will continue working, but Microsoft will halt technical support and stop serving security updates for the banned versions. Because of the large number of critical vulnerabilities Microsoft patches in its browser — 110 in the last three months — it will be extremely risky running an unsupported version.

But Microsoft’s mandate did little to change the user share of the various versions of IE last month as measured by metrics vendor Net Applications.

Microsoft’s asking more than two-thirds of current Internet Explorer users to ditch their browser by January 2016.

IE9 actually gained ground. The browser, which is the newest able to run on Vista, added two-tenths of a percentage point to its user share to average 9.2% for August. But because Vista currently powers just 3% of all Windows computers, a majority of IE9 runs on Windows 7, which must dispense with the 2011 browser in under a year and a half.

IE8 will be an even bigger problem. The browser, which is the default for many of the Windows XP PCs still in operation, also was adopted by large numbers of businesses as the standard for Windows 7. That showed in Net Applications’ statistics: IE8 accounted for 21.4% of all browsers last month, down just two-tenths of a percentage point, and 36.6% of all copies of Internet Explorer.

(The difference between the numbers for all browsers and only IE was because Internet Explorer has a 58.5% share of the browser space, not 100%.)

IE6 and IE7 also declined last month, but by minuscule amounts of two-tenths of a point and less than half of one-tenth of a point, respectively. IE6, although no longer supported on Windows XP, is still patched on Windows Server 2003, which is slated for retirement in July 2015.

IE10 barely moved, too: Its user share dropped by less than one-tenth of a point to 6.2% of all browsers, and to 10.6% of all copies of IE.

The only bright spot was 2013’s IE11, which gained about eight-tenths of a percentage point to average 17.6% of all browsers, 30% of all copies of IE.

By the numbers, Microsoft’s customers will have a very hard time scrubbing out-of-date versions of IE by 2016. If IE8 was to magically disappear — which it will not — it would have to shed 1.3 percentage points each month. That would represent an increase of more than 2,000% from its six-month average decline.

Likewise, IE9 will have to be aggressively suppressed. Even if every copy of Vista runs IE9 — certainly not the case — Windows 7 PCs must increase their IE9 disposal rate by 630% to make the monthly quota towards zero.

Overall, the numbers are daunting: Microsoft has taken the unprecedented step of demanding that nearly 70% of its current IE user base migrate to a newer browser, and do so, for enterprises at least, in a very short time.

Little wonder, then, that Gartner analyst Michael Silver last month said, “This is huge” when asked to characterize Microsoft’s announcement.

Net Applications calculates user share by mining data from the approximately 160 million unique visitors each month who browse to the sites it monitors for customers.


How to know you are running a 32-bit or 64-bit Ubuntu?


Open Terminal. Go to Applications > Accessories > Terminal and type in the following command (or to use copy/paste method): sudo uname –m and hit  Enter

  • If the response is i686, you have a 32-bit version of Ubuntu.
  • If the response is x86_64 for example, you have a 64-bit version of Ubuntu.

Check out other information as needed. You have other commands for other information also, so type those commands or to use copy/paste method to the Terminal:

  • sudo uname –s,  shows you the kernel name
  • sudo uname –n, shows you the network node host name
  • sudo uname –r, shows you the kernel release
  • sudo uname –v,  shows you the kernel version
  • sudo uname –m, shows you machine hardware name
  • sudo uname –p, shows you the processor type or “unknown”
  • sudo uname –i,  shows you the hardware platform or “unknown”
  • sudo uname –o,  shows you the operating system.



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Antivirus software: AVG, Avast are solid free choices

Ever since the creation of computers, the threat of computer hackers has existed. Today there are a number of antivirus options, but which one is the best?

Thankfully, users don’t even have to pay to get decent antivirus software, as a number of great free options are available. Among those free options are AVG and Avast Antivirus, which many see as better than many of the paid options.

AVG, which stands for Anti-Virus Guard, has long been a favorite among consumers. In fact, it is the most popular antivirus software on the market, and is often considered to be the best option for removing viruses and other forms of malware.

One of the best things about AVG is its LinkScanner cloud technology, which keeps it always up to date on being able to stop the newest viruses. AVG also promises its customers that it will remain the best software on the market, improving with every new release.

Avast, on the other hand, is short for Anti-Virus Advanced Set. It is very common among consumers as a choice for virus and malware protection. Avasts detection rates have been tested and configured and the software is comprehensive protection against a variety of viruses and malware.

Another great thing about Avast is its user interface, which allows users to easily configure and navigate the software, even for those who might not be as computer-savvy as others. Avast provides a number of features that cannot be found in AVG, such as Boot Scan, iTrack and P2P shield, which ensure even more protection.

While AVG and Avast are surely industry leaders when it comes to antivirus software, they aren’t the only options available. Norton AntiVirus is another leader in the industry, although it is a paid option. It has a level of protection that reaches 92 percent, and is a good option for avid users of social media, as it protects against links that may include malware.

When considering the options for antivirus software, it is important to remember that antivirus software exists to help prevent viruses and malware from accessing your computer. Do not wait until you already have a virus to install this software, as by the time it is installed, the damage can already be done. In fact, if a computer is suffering from virus problems, it is often difficult to install antivirus software.

It is also important to consider which types of malware and viruses each software prevents, as no two antivirus programs do exactly the same thing. Despite this, when it comes to choosing between AVG and Avast, for the general consumer it’s hard to go wrong.



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Microsoft giving away free Windows 8.1 for IoT fans

Microsoft has developed a “non-commercial version of Windows based on Windows 8.1” for developers who buy Intel Galileo boards.

According to , it is a “pared-down, proof-of-concept” version of the operating system that is designed to work specifically with that hardware.

Given that the Galileo board runs a Quark X1000 processor, that is essentially an enhanced Pentium 400MHz CPU, it’s interesting to see that Microsoft did not go down the route of Windows Embedded 8, but instead opted to customise “full-fat” Windows 8.1.

That is despite both being targeted at the same embedded, connected market commonly known as the Internet of Things (IoT).

A spokesperson for Microsoft commented: “The preview Windows image is another opportunity for makers and developers to create, generate new ideas and provide feedback to help Microsoft continue making Windows even better on this class of device”.

A number of retailers are now selling the soon-to-be-retired first generation of Intel’s Galileo for under £40, which is less than twice the retail price of its arch-rival, the Raspberry Pi.

Galileo was launched earlier this year as part of Intel’s Arduino-certified development boards based on its ubiquitous x86 architecture. The Windows preview runs only on the Intel Galileo Gen 1 with v1.0.2 firmware




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If your PC won’t stay asleep it’s often because a device is configured to bring it out of standby when triggered. Identify the culprit by pressing the Windows key and [R], type “cmd” and press [Enter].

Type the following line and press [Enter]: powercfg –devicequery wake_armed

Now press the Windows key and [R] again, but this time type “devmgmt.msc” to open Device Manager. Find any devices listed earlier, then double-click them and look for an Advanced or Power Management tab.

Check if the device is allowed to bring the PC out of standby – if it is, untick all the boxes that wake it. Click OK, close Device Manager and test it worked; repeat the process if necessary.

AVG Antivirus

AVG Premium Security 2014 v14.0.4744

AVG Premium Security 2014 is an extended version of AVG’s Internet Security 2014 which includes some very useful extras.

Identity Alert, for instance, is a web service which can scour the web looking for personal details like your credit card number, email address or telephone number. If it finds anything suspicious – a hacker has dumped your details online somewhere, perhaps – you’ll be sent an email alert, giving you valuable time to inform your bank, change passwords and so on.

And Quick Tune is a simple but straightforward PC cleanup tool aims to enhance your system’s performance by fixing Registry errors, removing junk files, defragmenting your hard drive and detecting and deleting broken shortcuts.

Of course you also get all the regular AVG Internet Security 2014 features. And these start with the core antivirus engine, which is not only a little more accurate in this release, but will also scan your system up to 36% faster.

Elsewhere, browsing protection sees the program scan web pages for danger before you even get to see them. A smart firewall blocks network attacks and intelligently controls access to your internet connection (so there are no annoying popups and alerts), while in our tests AVG’s spam filter now blocks around 88% of all junk emails at its default settings (and that’s an impressive 60% improvement on the previous edition

All this is presented in a clean, simple and very Windows 8-like interface, which makes it easy to access the program’s various features and functionality.

And there are plenty of other improvements across the suite. AVG Premium Security 2014 is now fully Windows 8.1-compatible, for instance; there’s support for touch screens; and the package now loads more quickly, uses less resources, and generally has a reduced performance impact on your PC.

With the 2014 edition, AVG has added a File Shredder module, for securely erasing important documents, a Data Safe function, where you can securely store data in a password-protected virtual disk, plus improved detection for finding the most stubborn malware.

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McAfee Antivirus

The line between simple antivirus and full-on security suite continues to blur, as some vendors load up entry-level antivirus tools with features more typically found in a full security suite. For example, McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2014  adds a powerful firewall and a number of useful security tools. In testing, it was better at blocking malware attacks on a clean system than at hunting down and destroying existing malware infestations.

McAfee’s large main window devotes large panels to four important functional areas: Virus and Spyware Protection, Web and Email Protection, McAfee Updates, and Your Subscription. Smaller panels represent Data Protection and Backup and PC and Home Network Tools. The display is just fractionally misleading, in that this product doesn’t actually include backup and the link to “firewall and anti-spam settings” reveals that anti-spam isn’t present either. To get those features you’ll need McAfee’s actual full-scale security suite.

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