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Meltdown & Spectre Simplified

So, 2018 has started with disclosure of two huge cybersecurity vulnerabilities, called “Meltdown” and “Spectre”. These are not like most of the “exploits” that hackers use. They affect almost all modern computers.

Sites like MeltdownAttack.com and Defiant.com (previously “WordFence”) have covered the tech details well. So, here’s a simplified summary of what non-techies need to know.

Why You Should Care About Meltdown & Spectre

Most vulnerabilities affect software. Meltdown and Spectre affect CPUs — the core computer chips — mostly those built by Intel since 1995. So they don’t just affect PCs, or Windows, or Macs, or Linux. They affect computers, regardless of what software or operating systems you use. In short — yes, this affects your computer(s) and phone(s).Read the rest

Windows 10 Slow? Try These Two Quick Fixes

Do you Windows 10 Quick Fixfind Windows 10 slow at times? That it goes from speedy to sluggish for no obvious reason? Well, before you start worrying about malware (which used to be the most common culprit), try these quick fixes.

  1. Open the Command Prompt in Admin mode. You can right-click on the Start menu and choose “Command Prompt (Admin)” – or try one of these other ways to open the command prompt.
  2. If a “User Account Control” warning appears, click “Yes” – you do want to let this app to make changes to your device. If nothing seems to happen, check your taskbar for a new icon – this warning sometimes hides behind other windows.
  3. Once you see a black box with the title “Administrator: Command Prompt”, click into it and type the two following commands, one after another:
        net stop "Windows Search"
        net stop superfetch

You should see an improvement within seconds of these two services stopping.… Read the rest