Neowin: Microsoft sued over Windows 10 ‘destroying user data and damaging PCs’. “The case has been certified as a class-action lawsuit filed in Chicago’s US District Court on behalf of every user who upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10. The attorneys of the trio claim that their clients were affected by the aforementioned issues within 30 days after upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10, and that similar issues plague ‘hundreds of thousands’ of users.”
Neowin: DoubleAgent attack may be able to take full control of your Antivirus. “A new Zero-day attack has emerged that may endanger your antivirus (irony, much?). The new attack, termed DoubleAgent, has the ability to control your antivirus using a Microsoft technology called Application Verifier, and a 15-year old Windows XP era vulnerability.”
The Verge: Microsoft is infesting Windows 10 with annoying ads. “I’ve sat back and witnessed the development of Windows 10 and appreciated the speed of new feature releases, but it seems there’s a price to pay for this new ‘Windows as a service’ world. Microsoft has gradually been infesting Windows 10 with annoying ads. The first emerged on the lock screen as ‘tips,’ and then there was the bundling of Candy Crush with the OS, and now Microsoft has started blasting notifications into the task bar and File Explorer.”
Just a reminder from Neowin: PSA: Windows Vista has less than 30 days until Microsoft ends its support. “By April 11, 2017, Microsoft will pull the plug on its support for the nine-year-old OS. After this date, the Redmond giant will no longer provide security patches or hotfixes, and support options will not be available to its users. Mainstream support for Windows Vista already ended back in April 10, 2012, but its extended support for the OS’ second service pack is still valid until the following month.” I love Windows XP, and still keep an off-the-Internet XP box around for work. But Vista?
BetaNews: Microsoft admits mistake, pulls problematic Windows 10 driver. “Microsoft pushed out a mysterious driver to Windows users on Wednesday that caused big problems for some. The driver, listed as “Microsoft — WPD — 2/22/2016 12:00:00 AM — 5.2.5326.4762,” wasn’t accompanied by any details, although we knew from the name that it related to Windows Portable Devices and affected users who had phones and tablets connected to the OS.”
How-to Geek: How to Record Your Desktop and Create a Screencast on Windows. “The Game DVR feature in Windows 10 can create a video of your desktop. Technically it was just designed for capturing gameplay, and other software does a much better job—but it’ll work in a pinch if you need it. If you want something more powerful, Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is a good free program that will do everything you need, but you’ll need a few minutes to learn its interface.”
If you like living dangerously, you might want to check out this third-party patch for a recently-disclosed Windows vulnerability. “A new project going by the name of 0patch has created a ‘0patch’ for a zero-day, addressing the Windows gdi32.dll memory disclosure (CVE-2017-0038) yet to be fixed by Microsoft. As the issue is unlikely to receive an official patch until at least the middle of March, this third-party option is all that’s available for now.”