Ira Wilsker Page      

This page courtesy of the Golden Triangle Computer Club

The GTPCC meets the third Sunday of each month at Howell Furniture Community Room,

6095 Folsom Road, Beaumont TX.

February 17, 2018

Tune Your Windows 10 Privacy With This Free Tool

January 22, 2018

Check If Your PC Is Vulnerable To Spectre And Meltdown


October 17, 2017

Security patch for WiFi routers

These are the router makers that have patched KRACK WPA2 Wi-Fi flaws


September 22, 2017

CCleaner attack may be worse than originally claimed

September 19, 2017

Rogue version of CCleaner may load malware

Piriform - Security Notification for CCleaner v5.33.6162 and CCleaner Cloud v1.07.3191 for 32-bit Windows users

June 18, 2017

 I just completed a major upgrade to my weather page


June 1, 2017

Hidden Tricks Inside Windows 10

May 27, 2017

Discover What Data Your Web Browser Is Broadcasting About You


Browser Privacy - Test IP address, DNS, VPN leaks. Fast & no ads.

May 23, 2017

Turn off obsolete Windows function to protect from malware

May 17, 2017

National Cyber Awareness System:

05/16/2017 05:10 PM EDT
Original release date: May 16, 2017
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an alert about scammers sending out fake emails that look authentic to trick you into sending money to them. Users should be suspicious of unsolicited phone calls or email messages from individuals asking about your information. If an unknown individual claims to be from a legitimate organization, try to verify his or her identity directly with the company.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to refer to the FTC Scam Alert and the US-CERT Tip on Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for more information.

April 29, 2017

How to disable ads in File Explorer in Windows 10

March 27, 2017

'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled in to US court

March 19, 2017

Verizon is getting out of email; now what?

Verizon sent me a troubling note saying it's getting out of the e-mail business and wants me to move to AOL. How am I supposed to notify everybody of my new address in 30 days? A. The New York-based telecommunications giant's impending shutdown of its own e-mail service and proposed migration of those users to AOL's system has many recipients of an Important notice regarding your email service e-mail worried they'll have to change addresses. They don't, but many will need to plug in new e-mail settings to keep their Verizon addresses.Verizon's notice is reasonably clear about outlining the two options: have your mail moved to AOL and keep your address or try another provider and lose the address. But I suspect many people are not used to the idea of one mail service letting you use a different company's address.

February 28, 2017

Boca Bits New Issue- FEBRUARY

Boca Bits New Issue- MARCH

February 26, 2017

Dear Trails End Computer Club Member

Your weekly club Bulletin for week of February 26, 2017 may be viewed at .

CLICK on Bulletin selector then on February 26, 2017.

Highlights include:

A Bit of This - A Bit of That By Greg Skalka, President, Under the Hood Computer User Group, CA  president (at)
All About Streaming By Pam Holland, President & Instructor,

TechMoxie, Pam (at)

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 Meeting, in the Library

Four Lesser-Known Wi-Fi Security Threats And How To Defend Against Them

Gmail vs. Google Inbox: A Users Real-World Comparison Of The Two
If you use Gmail and can't decide whether to stay with it or switch to Google Inbox, check out this post comparing the two.

How To Force Flash Updates In Chrome
Flash should be automatically updated in Chrome, but sometimes it doesn't happen. This post tells you how to force the update.

How To Say Goodbye To Hotmail Spam For Good
I haven't used Hotmail myself for quite awhile. But, I know there are a lot of you who still do. This MakeUseOf post explains how to get less spam.

6 Different Ways To Load eBooks On Your Kindle
This post explains that you are not locked in to a specific way of getting your ebooks onto your Kindle. I only use 3 of these methods, but it is nice to know about alternatives.

Why I am Not A Full-Throttle FOSS Advocate
The opinions given in this article resemble my own.
Like Robin, I use whatever is best for me.

February 6, 2017

TUGNET's February Keywords

January 31, 2017

Malwarebytes annual report

January 30, 2017

Free System Mechanic (100% discount)

January 24, 2017

Free software to protect from Ransomware

January 16, 2017

Don't let your router be a gateway for cycbercriminals

Many of us give little thought to our routers, but they are very important to our digital lives Ś and if you are reading this online, you are using one. A router is a networking device used to transfer data between your computer and the Internet. Routers also are an essential part of your home network security, acting as a firewall in protecting the devices on your local network from malicious attacks coming over the Internet. Unless proper security precautions are taken, your router can put you in danger of being hacked, becoming a victim of identity theft or having your computer taken over in a botnet and used by cybercriminals to spread malware.

January 9, 2017 

Kaspersky system Checker (free)

December 31, 2016 

Boca Bits New Issue

December 28, 2016

Engelmann Media GmbH | Gratis Software 

December 5, 2016

Time To Update Your Ultimate Boot CD

November 24, 2016

Configuring the Windows firewall | Malwarebytes Labs

November 20, 2016

Web sites discussed by Ira during GTPCC Presentation

November 16, 2016

 Office Depot Allegedly Diagnosing Computers With Nonexistent
 Viruses To Meet Sales Goals

Office Depot Allegedly Diagnosing Computers With Nonexistent Viruses To Meet Sales Goals

November15, 2016

Secrets Of Online Shopping Discrimination


November 8, 2016

Turn on God mode on Windows 7,8,10

November 6, 2016

Interesting TECH news stories


November 2, 2016

101 Best Freeware Programs for Windows


October 29, 2016

How to remove ransom ware


How to Eliminate WiFi Deadspots with These Simple Steps


October 27, 2016

Worst places to download Windows software

October 26, 2016

Fix for Windows storage bug

October 24, 2016

Valuable built-in Windows tools


New tech support scam

October 21, 2016

Free tool protects from master boot record attacks

October 20, 2016

Fixes for Windows 10 Anniversary update

October 19, 2016

Remove Windows 10 bloatware

October 16, 2016

Warning about text message phishing and scams


Myths about WiFi routers

October 15, 2016

Fun things to do with Word


1 year subscription to select TV $19

October 8, 2016

Tools to remove ransomware

October 1, 2016

Microsoft Delivers Yet Another Broken Windows 10 Update


 Latest update to Windows 10 Anniversary causing installation woes for  some

September 20, 2016

Opera debuts free VPN built into desktop browser

September 15, 2016

City of Port Arthur CSAM 2016

September 14, 2016

Top infosec vendors, cops, liberate thousands from ransomware

September 13, 2016

How to Disable All of Windows 10s Built-in Advertising


September 12, 2016

Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you


September 4, 2016

Is it time to switch from iOS to Android?

August 19, 2016

Kaspersky Anti-Ransomware Tool, Prevent PC from Ransom Attack


Windows 10 Worst Feature To Install On Windows 7 And Windows 8


Windows 10 freeze fix


Windows 10 needs proper privacy portal, says EFF

August 18, 2016

Microsoft Blatantly Disregards User Choice and Privacy: A Deep Dive

August 16, 2016

Windows 7, 8.1 moving to Windows 10s cumulative update model


Security expert trolls scammers by sending them ransomware


August 4, 2016

 The No More Ransom Project

August 2, 2016

200M Yahoo accounts go up for sale on black market



 August 1, 2016

Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you from disabling app promos

July 30, 2016

How to Scan and Fix Corrupted Windows Files

July 29, 2016

Trend Micro has FREE anti-Ransomware tools

July 28, 2016

Saved from ransomware thugs... by rival ransomware thug

     Update LastPass now...Zero-day hole can own millions
        of LastPass users, all that's needed is a malicious site

July 27, 2016

9 Windows 10 features that you can safely disable

July 26, 2016

'No More Ransom' helps you fight ransomware without paying

Removing Windows 10's default apps isn't easy, but CCleaner can help

July 25, 2016

10 tips on boosting phone battery life via

July 23, 2016

Possible repeat--myths about smartphone batteries

Many PC speed utilities are snake oil

July 22, 2016

Free your files! No-cost decryption tools released for two ransomware programs

2 ways to get out of Windows 10 Safe Mode - Video - Good Gear Guide

July 21, 2016

3 Ways to Open Advanced Startup Options in Windows 10


Preparing for the Win10 Anniversary Update

July 20, 2016

Easily Detect Computer Hardware Problems With Hardware Identify

July 18, 2016

2 ways to control Windows 10 automatic updates


How to Fix Blank Tiles in the Windows 10 Start Menu

July 17, 2016

How to Set Up Extra Optional Features in Windows 10

July 16, 2016

Many People Refuse the Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Here's Why

July 15, 2016

Don't Become Hacker Bait. Top Tips From The Wall St Journal

Windows and Android security



July 14, 2016

Now it's easy to see if leaked passwords work on other sites

July 13, 2016

Google quietly brings forgetting to the U.S.


Yes, Windows 10 subscriptions are coming, at least for enterprise

What I learned playing prey to Windows scammers

July 11, 2016

Microsoft Windows 10 fix it tools

Gizmo's Freeware: Control Google Tracking With This New Privacy Tool


July 8, 2016

Avast acquires rival AVG for $1.3 billion

 to create a security software giant

July 7, 2016

TP-Link abandons 'forgotten' router config domains

July 6, 2016

Security risk. TP-LINK loses control of two device configuration

How to reset your Windows 10 PC and keep your files | InfoWorld

July 5, 2016

Final push to upgrade to Windows 10

July 3, 2016

Top 10 Places to Download or Stream Movies For Free, Legally

July 1, 2016

Mystery file in preview build hints at Windows 10 subscriptions

June 30, 2016

Boca Bits New Issue

Look at how Google is tracking you

June 29, 2016

A glimpse into Microsoft's Windows 10 upgrade

June 28, 2016

Woman wins damages for forced Windows 10 install via

June 24, 2016

(Jun 2016) POSTS computer newsletter from PATACS correspondence

PATACS.ORG - Serving PC Users & Technology Enthusiasts since 1978

June 24, 2016

Speed up Windows 10

June 22, 2016

Here's what got fixed, improved, and is still broken in Windows 10

for PCs build 14371

June 12, 2016

New malware type,32034.html

June 10, 2016

Malware 'Crysis': New Strain Combines Multiple Threats, Platforms

5 Best Antivirus Apps for Android

June 9, 2016

How to unlock secret settings in Windows 10

June 8, 2016

Finally there's an open source drop-in replacement for MS Office

June 7, 2016

Android keyboard from FLASHphones home to CHINA

June 5, 2016

TUGNET's June Keywords

6-16 Keywords for email.pdf

Consumers Union campaign to stop robocalls

Double Your Internet Speed with One Simple Settings Change



June 4, 2016

BPMUG Help Key Newsletter          

Fw BPMUG Help Key Newsletter .pdf               

June 3, 2016

Microsoft makes blocking Windows 10 'Recommended' update near

Windows 10 usage continues to rise, but users say no to the Edge
 browser | ZDNet

Internet Crime Complaint Center | Tech Support

June 2, 2016

How to Boost Your Wi-Fi Speed Up to 5x With One Quick Fix

3 eBay Scams

IC3 Warns of Extortion Email Schemes

U.S. Department of Homeland Security US-CERT

National Cyber Awareness System: 

06/01/2016 09:16 PM EDT
Original release date: June 01, 2016

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued an alert on extortion schemes that relate to recent high-profile data thefts. Fraudsters often use the news release of high-profile data breaches to scare victims into clicking on a link or paying a ransom.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the IC3 Alert for details and refer to US-CERT Tip ST04-014 for information on social engineering and phishing attacks.

June 1, 2016

"SAMSUNG"  Do NOT install Windows 10 on Samsung computers


May 31, 2016

Microsoft Windows 10 Updates Raise Ruckus - Fortune

May 28, 2016

These are the Android scams you should know about - AndroidPIT

May 27, 2016

Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick' 

May 26, 2016

How To Disable Advertisements on Windows 10 Screens

May 25, 2016

Why Upgrade Windows 7 to 10: Updates - Windows Enterprise Desktop


5 Hidden Windows 10 Features You Should Use

May 25, 2016

Important Security Notice from Trend Micro

Dear Ira,
Microsoft® Windows® users are being advised to uninstall Apple® QuickTime as soon as possible. Apple announced they are no longer supporting QuickTime for Microsoft Windows, meaning Apple will not be fixing any more security vulnerabilities within the video player.
Trend Micro reported two known security vulnerabilities to Apple last November. Instead of fixing the vulnerabilities, Apple officially suggests Windows QuickTime users uninstall the program.
Security vulnerabilities put the security of your computer at risk. While there are no reported cases of attacks through this QuickTime vulnerability yet, Trend Micro highly advises you to uninstall the program.
Note: QuickTime for Apple® devices do not seem to be affected by the two vulnerabilities discovered recently and Apple will continue to update the program for Apple users.
Learn how to uninstall QuickTime for Windows by visiting our blog.
Your Trend Micro Team

May 24, 2016

Problem with Windows 10 upgrade

May 21, 2016

New Windows malware avoids 400 security products

May 20, 2016

How to Say No to Windows 10 on Your PC

May 19, 2016

Windows 10 testers can now get Android phone notifications on their
 PCs | The Verge

May 18, 2016

Microsoft Disables Wi-Fi Sense on Windows 10 ´┐Ż

Krebs on Security


Lawmakers address looming threat of cyber attacks

New tech support scam locks computers

May 12, 2016

Microsoft dumps controversial Windows 10

wifi password sharing via

May 10, 2016

Get Windows 10 for Free After July 29th, with a Little Prep

May 9, 2016

Ransomware news story

May 8, 2016

TUGNET's May Keywords

May 5, 2016

Huge stolen webmail credential cache could drive use of 2FA

May 5, 2016

Top-story-273 million passwords stolen from google, yahoo, microsoft in major security breach

April 28, 2016

Get the Best Windows 10 Features on Windows 7 and 8

April 25, 2016

New Start Menu on Windows 10

April 23, 2016

Delete Windows 10 Update Cache to Reclaim Space

April 22, 2016

Phones and tablets actually replacing PCs and laptops
Phones and tablets are finally replacing computers and laptops via

April 21, 2016

5 Reasons Many Seniors Are Afraid Of The Internet

(and What You Can  Do To Help) | Emsisoft Blog


April 19, 2016

New tasks for the NFC in your smart phone


Krebs on Security has posted a new item.

Microsoft Windows users who still have Apple Quicktime installed should ditch
the program now that Apple has stopped shipping security updates for the
platform, warns the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Computer Emergency
Readiness Team (US-CERT). The advice came just as researchers are reporting two
new critical security holes in Quicktime that likely won't be patched.

April 18, 2016

Homeland Security warns Windows PC users to uninstall Quicktime

The Department of Homeland Security and a top cybersecurity firm have advised Windows PC users to uninstall Apple's Quicktime video player immediately after two new bugs were found in the software.

Sent via the Fox News app for Android. Download the app here:

April 17, 2016

Google Nik Collection Photo Editing Software now FREE

(was up to  $500)

April 16, 2016

Got QuickTime on Windows? Uninstall It Right Now | WIRED

April 14, 2016

Google Nik Collection Photo Editing Software


The Next Web: Tempted to try Windows 10?

let's you do it without installing the OS


'Cloudless' apps make moving large files easier

April 13, 2016

Prevent Unwanted Windows 10 upgrades

April 11, 2016

Aris - Motorola SURFBOARD 6141 Modems vulnerable to hack

April 9, 2016

How Does Google Know Where Your WiFi Router Is?

April 7, 2016

IRS Warns Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia Residents of New  Phishing Scam Targeting National Capital Area

April 6, 2016

Google shutting down the "NEST" LIFETIME smart home hub service

April 6, 2016

Block Windows 10 Upgrade: Steve Gibson to the Rescue

For those of you who are happy with Win 7, or Win 8.1 or have hardware that can't/won't upgrade to Windows 10 properly, there is hope and salvation.

 If you were adventurous or had technical skills, there were registry changes that could be made to eliminate the Win 10 upgrade. For the less adventurous, there were scripts that could be downloaded to accomplish the same tasks.

 Now, thanks to Steve Gibson, there is an easy solution. Steve is the founder of Gibson Research (, a software developer, computer security expert, and all around good guy. From my own personal interactions with him, I would also say he is a nice guy.

 As noted on Hacker News:

 A new free tool, dubbed Never10, provides the user a one-click solution to disable Windows 10 upgrade until the user explicitly gives permission to install Windows 10.

 Never10 has been developed by Steve Gibson, the well-known software developer and founder of Gibson Research, which is why the tool is also known as "Gibson's Never10."
 How to Disable Windows 10 Upgrade on Your PCs
 Go to Gibson's Never10 official site and click on the Download.
 Once downloaded, the program detects if the upgrade to Windows 10 is enabled or disabled on your system and then shows a pop-up. If enabled, Click 'Disable Win10 Upgrade' button.
You will again see a pop-up that now shows Windows 10 upgrade is disabled on your system, with two buttons to 'Enable Win10 Upgrade' and 'Exit.' Click on Exit button.

 That's it, and you have successfully disabled Windows 10 Upgrade on your PC.

 Here's the kicker:

 The best part of this tool is that you don't have to install an application on your PC to do this. Gibson's Never 10 is an executable. So you just need to run it, and it doesn't install anything on your computer. You can delete it when you're done.

 "The elegance of this 'Never 10' utility is that it does not install ANY software of its own. It simply and quickly performs the required system editing for its user," Gibson writes on his page about the new utility.

 According to Gibson, Never10 will be a great help to inexperienced users while advanced users will likely appreciate the fact that no additional software is installed and will be able to refer their family and friends to this easy-to-use utility.

 For more technical details on how this tool works, you can head on to this link.

 Unlike other available Windows 10 blocker tools, Never10 blocks the Windows 10 upgrade, but at the same time, the tool allows you to start the update process in case you change your mind, according to Windows watcher Paul Thurrott.

 However, the primary purpose of Gibson's Never10 is to prevent Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 operating system from being upgraded to Windows 10. As Gibson says:

 "Many users of Windows 7 and 8.1 are happy with their current version of Windows and have no wish to upgrade to Windows 10. 

 "There are many reasons for this, but among them is the fact that Windows 10 has become quite controversial due to Microsoft's evolution of their Windows OS platform into a service which, among other things, aggressively monitors and reports on its users' activities."

 Moreover, just a month ago, Microsoft was caught displaying unsolicited advertisements on its Windows 10 users' desktops.

 These reasons are enough for many users to stay on their previous versions of the Windows operating system.

 If you would like all of the gory details of what Steve's program does, you can read that on his site here. Steve programs in assembly language and takes care that his programs are small, compact, fast, and don't install a lot of extra cruff and bloat. He dots all the i's and crosses all the t's. His programs clean up after themselves and leave nothing untoward behind.

 Additionally, there are several other free programs and utilities available from Use the menu bars on the website to explore and learn what is available and how and why
it might be something you might really need.

April 6, 2016

BPMUG Help Key Newsletter

       BPMUG Help Key Newsletter .pdf 

April 5, 2016

FCC´┐Żs ´┐Żnutrition labels´┐Ż for broadband

April 4, 2016

Free Ransomware Protection Utility

 Ransomware is the latest and most dangerous type of malware to hit computers.

Free Ransomware Protection Utility

April 3, 2016

8 Annoying Windows 10 Issues & How to Fix Them

March 29, 2016

Project Fi ´┐Ż Can Google Save Your Phone Bill?

March 28, 2016

Another smart phone security tip

Top 10 Best Android Apps to Block Calls

March 2016 |

Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader

How to recover deleted text messages on your Android phone - AndroidPIT

March 26, 2016

6 Android Security Apps You Should Install Today

Project Fi: 5 reasons why Google's innovative cell service rocks

Wi-Fi Wireless Routers for Home Networks

This is an example of the kind of deal that Sam mentioned last Sunday, 3/20/16.

Google's high-end Nik Collection photo software is now free, and probably dead

The Photoshop plug-in suite is now completely free, but don't expect any more updates.

The download link is in the article, but I also copied the link in the browser page I went to for you.

March 22, 2016

Direct Link to 9 FREE Windows utilities (normally $440 retail)

Hunt $440 Software Freebies at WonderFox Easter Giveaway[Official]! 9 FREE Software You Need.

March 21, 2016

From USA Today

The typo that can get you hacked

March 20, 2016

Notes from Ira's GTPCC Presentation on Google Fi


As already stated above, Project Fi is not really its own carrier ´┐Ż it´┐Żs an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator). This simply means that it doesn´┐Żt operate on its own towers. The interesting part is that Google´┐Żs wireless services are special in multiple other ways.


Project Fi piggybacks off both T-Mobile and Sprint networks. The device will simply choose whichever is stronger and faster at the time. Likely the most interesting aspect is that Project Fi also harnesses the power of WiFi networks in order to bring you a more affordable price point. When connected to WiFi, calls, messages and data (of course) are routed through the internet, instead of using the network towers, which would cost Google extra cash.


In order to further entice users to stick to WiFi networks, Google can determine which public WiFi hot spots are reliable and require no action to connect to them. Your device will do this automatically. But don´┐Żt freak out just yet ´┐Ż you can definitely turn off WiFi if you prefer.

March 20, 2016

 This weekend's Windows 10 upgrade has users angry, and it's unclear if the ploy will continue

Microsoft upgraded users to Windows 10 without their OK 

View on

March 20, 2016

Readers' Choice Awards 2016: Smartphones and Carriers

March 18, 2016

Beware: Windows 10 Upgrade

March 17, 2016

12 Windows 10 install issues -- and what to do about them

March 17, 2016

Stop or roll back Windows 10 update

Stop or roll back a Windows 10 update

February 20, 2016

Privacy versus national security


February 12, 2016

When it comes to Windows 10 privacy, don't trust amateur analysts

February 07, 2016

Microsoft Wants You to Upgrade to Windows 10 (Now)