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Hello,
I have decided to upload a topic regarding the easiest way to downgrade back to your older Windows just in case some of you have decided that you wont be using this version of Windows for some reason. Here we go!

Stage 1: Backup Your Files.
Ofcourse you can copy your data onto an external drive or a disk, but sometimes it may be too much.

For more information on the safest way to back up your data, follow the instructions from the time1:29 in this video about image backup carefully:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OyM_OQsVlA

After you have backed up in an image you may be able to save it on an external drive or another partition of your hard drive. In case you lose your files, you can be able to open the image file with image reading software, such as Daemon Tools, for example. You can download it from here:
http://www.daemon-tools.cc/downloads

Stage 2: Downgrading

With the backup challenge out of the way we may proceed with the actual downgrade.

1- Click on the Windows 10 start menu icon to open it.



2- Go to Settings.

3- Once you are there, click on Update and Security.



4- After you have done that, you should see a menu on your left. From it, click on Recovery.



5- You will have the Recovery menu opened at this point. From there, under the 'Go Back to Windows' (8.1/8/7) locate the 'Get Started' button and click on it.

6- After click on it, your PC will reset and enter the Downgrade Setup process.



7- When you get in this menu click on the 'Next' button, and then choose one of the reasons for why you downgrade. After that, keep click on 'Next' one more time and the download and install of your old OS will begin.



You should also make sure your device has an active internet connection and is plugged in the power.

After your downgrade, make sure you:

1)Install the drivers of your PC.
2)Install an antivirus software.
3)Install anti-malware program that works well with your antivirus.
4)Update your software and OS frequently.





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Trojan.Ransomcrypt is a malicious ransomware infection and features several different variants. It may steal your passwords but the main activity associated with the trojan is encrypting user files of over 400 different file types.

Here are instructions on how to remove the threat and try and decrypt your files:

http://sensorstechforum.com/restore-files-encrypted-via-rsa-encryption-remove-cryptowall-and-other-ransomware-manually/

This is an open discussion. You may share your experiences with the trojan, ask for any help decrypting files or removing the threats or simply provide more info about it.


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Hello, due to some requests online, I have decided to post a topic about this update since it is believed to finally block out the automatic upgrade to Windows 10. The update states the following:

"This update addresses an issue in which system performance can be decreased during scans. This issue has the greatest effect on computers that have a small amount of physical memory.
-This update addresses an issue in which Windows Update scans can fail and generate a 0x8007000E error.
-General improvements are made to support upgrades to a later version of Windows.
-This update installs a new Group Policy object that enables you to block upgrades to the latest version of Windows through Windows Update.

Microsoft is making Windows 10 available for free for one year from the date of availability to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers for non-Enterprise editions. If you have Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 Pro deployed in your organization, Windows 10 will be offered to you. Computers that have this Group Policy object enabled will never detect, download, or install an upgrade to the latest version of Windows."


Many have observed the Windows 10 updates being set as 'Important' instead of 'Optional' and installed automatically with auto updates for versions 7 and 8.1. What is your opinion on this ?

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Hello, I have decided to open a topic about the following subject:

Which is the safest way to scan your PC and detect and remove various malware from it?

My solution is booting a live OS from a CD or USB drive to scan your Hard-drive remotely, safely and fully with an advanced anti-malware software from distance. The idea for this topic came because I have seen far too many viruses that block out anti-malware programs and change different boot settings of the PC.

I have prepared a tutorial on how to install a live OS here:

Step 1: Download a live Windows OS image.
There are many live images out there that may serve you. Linux distributions are most notorious due to their fast booting and effectiveness. However, most users may not have sufficient experience to use Linix distros and look for live Windows versions. You should be advised that the best way to having a live Windows OS is to make one yourself. In order to make a live Windows image, check this tutorial:

http://www.howtogeek.com/196817/how-to-create-a-windows-to-go-usb-drive-without-the-enterprise-edition/


Step 2: Downloading Rufus.
While you download the OS, download a bootable drive making program, called Rufus. It is recommended that you have a USB Flash drive with memory abouve 4 GB for this. Download Rufus from their official website:

http://rufus.akeo.ie/

PS: For creating a bootable drive, you can also use other programs such as Windows USB/DVD Download Tool. You can download it from here:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/windows-usb-dvd-download-tool

Step 3: Open the downloaded .Zip file and extract the file, called 'Windows 7 live cd from usb' in a folder you know. I extracted it in Documents.

Step 4: Follow the instructions in the image below in order to mount the image and install it onto your removal disk drive(Flash Drive, external Disk Drive, State Drive or any other memory carrier).


Step 5:
When you are done, configure your BIOS menu to boot from USB drives as a priority. To do this:
1-Restart your computer and as soon as the screen blacks out try tapping one of the following keys (For different manufacturers they vary):
-F1, F2, or F3 function keys
-ESC key.
-Delete or Del keys.

Step 6: Once you have booted into your live CD, connect to the internet if not connected (You should be, unless it is a Wi Fi connection) and then download and scan your computer with an anti-malware tool using the tutorials for installing them from here:

http://sensorstechforum.com/forums/malware-removal-questions-and-guides/remove-malware-from-your-pc-completely/

I would use Linux and ClamAV to scan a PC if I musn't reinstall it, what is your take on this? Do you think that it is a necessary thing to do or do you have a better way to do this?









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Here is one of the easiest and most efficient ways to remove different malware and unwanted ad-supported programs in from your Windows 10 device automatically. We have suggested several programs that take care of the issue thoroughly and also a registry cleaner that removes registry values and restores any of your settings. After installing one of the following programs suggested, before scanning and removing the unwanted application from your computer, it is highly recommended that you scan your PC in Safe Mode because it stops third-party applications from running and keeping active connection with foreign domains.

Let’s Begin!
Step 1: Go to the start menu and click on Power. A drop-down menu will appear, that has Shut Down and Restart options.
Step 2: Hold the Shift button and while holding it, click on the Restart button.



The device now should restart and boot into the Advanced Start Up menu.

Step 3: From the Advanced menu click on Troubleshoot

Step 4: From the Troubleshoot menu, click on Advanced Options.

Step 5: From the Advanced Options menu, click on Startup Settings.

Step 6: From the Startup settings choose either Safe Mode or Safe Mode with networking. It is recommended to choose Safe Mode to isolate any viruses and third-party apps if there are any on your PC.

After that your PC will restart and you will boot into Safe Mode. You will know that it is Safe Mode by seeing Safe Mode written in each of the screen’s corners.

Here are instructions for installing and scanning your PC with some of the best anti-malware programs which are able to remove any unwanted adware programs and malware from your PC.


SpyHunter Anti Malware Tool
License: Free Scan. Licensed Removal.
More information: http://sensorstechforum.com/spyhunter-anti-malware-tool/

Here is a quick tutorial on how to install and scan your computer for free and remove malware with SpyHunter.

Step 1: Go to SpyHunter’s download page:

Step 2: Follow the download instructions, depending on your web browser, illustrated on the web page.
Step 3: Once you have installed SpyHunter an update process will be intiated. Simply wait for it to complete.

Step4: After the update process is complete, click on the 'Scan Computer Now' button and disable the Quick Scan option in order to make a full scan of every system file. Of course you can quick scan critical areas, but it is recommended to make sure your PC is safe and scan everything.

Step5: After the scan is complete and any threats are being discovered, you should click on the 'Fix Now' button. It will eliminate all programs and registry entries associated with them that pose direct or indirect risk to your PC.

Step6: Once the threats are removed, you should restart your PC.


Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
License: Free malware removal for 14 days. The paid license is 29.95 Euros and adds the following features:

-Malware scanning and clean-up
-Constant protection with active shield that stops intrusions.
-Blocking of malicious sites.
-Automatically updates.

Here is a quick and easy tutorial on how to install and scan your PC with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware:
Step 1: Go to their download page:
https://www.malwarebytes.org/mwb-download/
Step 2: A pop-up window should appear. If it does, click on ‘Save File’ (or Save As or Save, depending on your Browser). If it does not, click on the Download button and then save the file.


Step 3: After the file is saved on your computer, open it either from your browser or the location you saved it in.
Step 4: An installer will appear. Simply click on the ‘Next’ button.

Step 5: Click on ‘I accept the agreement’ check button if you accept it and click on the ‘Next’ button once more.

Step 6: Click on the ‘Next’ button through the following 4 steps and then click on the ‘Install’ button.

Step 7: After the installation is done click on Finish and leave ‘Launch Malwarebytes Antimalware’ checked.
Step 8: Wait for the software to update and then click on the blue ‘Scan Now’ button.

The system will scan for malware and non-malware risks on your PC. It may take a while but be patient it is worth it.
Step 9: After the scan is complete and all the objects have been detected, click on the ‘Fix Now’ button.

Step 10: Once the threats are removed, you should restart your PC.




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Windows 10 / How To Reset Microsoft Edge to Default
« on: October 08, 2015, 12:19:00 pm »
Since many users have complained about not being able to reset the settings on their Microsoft Edge browser in Windows 10, we have prepared a tutorial for you guys to help you restart the settings of Microsoft Edge.
IMPORTANT: In case you have logged in any online accounts, make sure to backup all your important passwords, because your login will vanish after reset.

Lets begin!
Step 1: Open the File Explorer in Windows.
Step 2: Navigate to this location:

C:\Users\YOUR PC USERNAME\AppData\Local\Packages\

Step 3: Delete the folder, called ‘Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe’



After deleting this folder, Microsoft Edge will not work. This is why we should reinstall its package via PowerShell. To do this:

Step 4: Type 'powershell' in the search engine of your Windows 10 search bar.

Step 5: Click on ‘My Stuff’ above the search in order to let Windows display your system results.



Step 6: Right-Click on the ‘Windows PowerShell’ icon and then click on ‘Run as Administrator’ and click on ‘Yes’ on any permissions requested to run.



Step 7: PowerShell will open in a blue window. In it copy and paste or type this code exactly as it is:

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}

It should display the following result messages if done right.



There you go! You have successfully restarted Microsoft Edge on your PC. Now simply start it again and you should be all set.


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In case you saw a video, containing the aftermentioned photo, it is most likely a Facebook scam. The scamm pops up as a status update by a person in the user's friend list and it invites people ot click on an image resembling a stopped video. However, the video may transfer users to various unknown sites, one of which was reported to ask users to complete a survey prone to watching the video.

The photo itself is an acutal photo of an artist, creating miniature sculptures and people are advised not to believe any other versions related to it, even if it was posted by their friends.

Hoax scams are very popular on social media, due to the fact that they get many inexperienced users to click on them, wanting to make sure it is not real. However, once clicked on the URL, instead of getting a video they get a survey asking for information from them. Although it is no reported they may even give the scamming site permissions to post on their behalf to other users and this is one of the way this scam may spread.



This is an open discussion regarding the 'Small humanoids discovered in the US'  scam. You may share your experience with it, ask questions or help others.

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Similar to DNS Unblocker, DNS Adlocker and DNS Keepeer, DNS Unlocker is a potentially unwanted program that is ad-supported. According to Symantec researchers' report (http://www.symantec.com/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2015-100112-5535-99&tabid=2) it creates the following files in Windows computers:

   '' ProgramFiles>DNS Unlocker>config.ini
    ProgramFiles>DNS Unlocker>ConsoleApplication1.dll
    ProgramFiles>DNS Unlocker>DNSCONTRERAS.cer
    ProgramFiles>DNS Unlocker>dnscontreras.exe
    ProgramFiles>DNS Unlocker>Info.rtf
    ProgramFiles>DNS Unlocker>License.rtf
    ProgramFiles>DNS Unlocker>LogoBlack.ico
    ProgramFiles>DNS Unlocker>LogoGreen.ico
    ProgramFiles>DNS Unlocker>LogoYellow.ico
    ProgramFiles>DNS Unlocker>Microsoft.Win32.TaskScheduler.dll
    ProgramFiles>DNS Unlocker>settings.ini
    ProgramFiles>DNS Unlocker>unins000.dat
    ProgramFiles>DNS Unlocker>unins000.exe
    ProgramFiles>DNS Unlocker>ZonaTools.XPlorerBar.dll
    Windir>Tasks>DNSCONTRERAS.job
''

And is associated with the following registry entries:

''HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\5da059a482fd494db3f252126fbc3d5b
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\Dhcp\Parameters\"{AD4E4E3D-9057-4796-8F2E-EB3CF04ED742}" = "[HEXADECIMAL VALUE]"
''


Here is a screenshot of DNS Unlocker:


The program is mainly distributed via bundling and is also reported to be featured in some online advertisements, offering free access to geo restricted sites.

This is an open discussion. You can ask questions, provide people with your experience of the program and also help others. Write something by clicking on the '➳Reply' button below.

Here is a video with removal instructions for this PUP. Feel free to like, subscribe and comment on it:

''https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKYQxxyooXU''

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Ads by La Superba is a PUP (Potentially Unwanter Program) also classified by security researchers to be an adware type of software. The purpose of this program is to administer advertisements in order to generate profits for its vendors. This is usually done by working with affilicate marketing and implementing pay-per-visit or pay-per-click schemes. The ads may come in various forms - pop-ups, site banners, huge pop-ups on the center of the screen, sometimes including sound and even direct redirects to external locations without any warning. Sometimes they may highlight content in the sites visited by the affected user and generate adveritsements based on the highlighted text.

In this topic you can share your experiences with these ads, discuss the unwanted app, ask questions as well as help people who have it.

Here are quick and easy instructions on removing it manually for your Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 systems:
Removing it if present in Windows Programs and Features:
Step 1 - Press Windows Key + R to open the Run window.
Step 2 - In it write down 'Appwiz.cpl' and press Enter.
Step 3 - Select any program associated with Ads by La Superba with your mouse by clicking it once. Click on Uninstall.

Removing it if present in your Browser:

In order to remove this as an extension in your web browser, please refer to this topic -> http://sensorstechforum.com/forums/pc-tips-tricks/how-to-remove-toolbars-add-ons-extensions-form-your-browser/

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Internet and Networking Security / Facebook Privacy Policy Hoax
« on: September 30, 2015, 05:45:01 pm »
Facebook Privacy Policy Hoax is a notorious Facebook scam. The status is used to make users follow links that may lead to dangerous sites. It may in some cases be administered because of a virus on the source PC. Security engineers highly advise for a PC scan in case you have posts that are not done by you on your Facebook profile. A password change and OS reinstall are always considerable.

This is an open discussion about the Facebook Privacy Policy Hoax. You can ask questions, write about your own experience.

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Hello, here are some instructions on how to remove various browser extensions from the most widely employed web browsers - Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari Browser, Internet Explorer.

Lets begin with Firefox:


Step 1 - Run Mozilla Firefox and open the drop-down menu window.
Step 2 - Choose the “Add-ons” icon.
Step 3 - Mark the questionable add-on and then click Remove.
After the add-on is uninstalled, close Mozilla and start it again.

Now for Chrome:
Step 1 - Run Google Chrome and open the drop down menu.
Step 2 - Drag your mouse over Tools and after that from the extended menu select Extensions.
Step 3 - From the Extensions menu locate the extension you want to remove and click on the garbage icon on its right.
After the questionable extension is removed, close Google Chrome and open it again.

For Internet Explorer:

Step 1 – Open Internet Explorer and click on Tools.
Step 2 – From the drop-down menu select ‘Manage Add-ons’
Step 3 – Look for the setting ‘All add-ons’ in ‘Show’ of the first window – Add-on Types.
Step 4 – Select the add-on you want gone and click ‘Disable’. A window will appear asking for confirmation. Tick all boxes and confirm.
After that restart IE and you should be fine.

For Safari users:
Step 1 – Start Safari
Step 2 – Click on the gear leaver icon on the top right then locate Preferences.
Step 3 – Go to the extensions tab and locate any extensions you want removed.
Step 4 – Click on them and then click on Uninstall.
After this, reset Safari and you should be all set.

Regards,
never


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PC Tips & Tricks / How to boot your Windows PC in Safe Mode
« on: September 30, 2015, 03:03:31 pm »
Here is a quick and simple tutorial on booting your Windows XP, Visa, 7, 8, 8.1 or 10 PC into Safe Mode. Safe mode disables all third-party advertisements on a PC.  :)

Starting Your PC in Safe Mode for Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:

1. Remove any external devices connected to your computer, such as USB flash drives, Memory Sticks, CD or DVD disks that may be bootable.
2. Choose one of these two variants to use:

– For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.

– For PCs with multiple operating systems: Тhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.

3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.

4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account

While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.
Starting Your PC in Safe Mode For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 systems:
Substep 1:Open the Start Menu

Substep 2:Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart. Another way to do it to right-click on the Windows button that opens up your Start Menu. A drop-down menu will appear. Drag your mouse over Shut Down and Restart(A side drop menu will appear)and it and then click on Restart while you hold down the Shift button.


Substep 3:After reboot, the Advanced Startup Menu will appear. From there you should choose Troubleshoot.



Substep 4:You will see the Troubleshoot menu. From this menu you can choose Advanced Options.



Substep 5:After the Advanced Options Menu appears, click on Startup Settings.



Substep 6:Click on Restart.



Substep 7:A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart and boot into Safe Mode.

Regards, never

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Hello, here are some easy-to-do protection tips for your PC  ;)



  • Try downloading an external firewall that will block any other applications.
  • Revise the administrative access of some programs and make sure third-party apps are not allowed through Windows Firewall.
  • Use stronger passwords. Make sure that your passwords contain uppercase, lowercase letters, nubmbers and if possible symbols and spaces.
  • Disable AutoPlay. Turning off this feature makes your PC safer agains flash drives or other devices with malware entering phisically via your USB port.
  • Always set a newtork you connect to as a Public network. This disables file sharing. You can also disable it manually by typing Advance Sharing Options in your Windows search and turning off file sharing from the option for that.
  • Disable any remote service programs. Any software that may grant remote service to your computer in various ways is a potential risk to all the computers using the software in the network. You should switch off Remote Access and look for another solution. One way is to remotely connect online using a cloud browser(Maxton, for example) and a remote desktop service (LogMeIn for example).
  • Look for suspicious processes in Windows Task Manager that are by programs that are not running. Remove those programs from the Windows Programs and Features menu.
  • Always update your Operating System.
  • Make sure you set your mail server to block out all spam and spoof messages. A good tip is to have mail software like Outlook and Mozilla Thunderbird. They have such filters embedded in them as features.
  • Make sure to isolate all computers in your network that are infected by viruses, because if the virus is a downloader or a worm it may spread throughout the network.
  • Provide relevant education to your employees on external information sharing and security practices.
  • Add a site and file scanning extension to your browser. It increases the safety of online browsing significantly.
  • Turn off any non-essential services and devices such as Bluetooth, for example.
  • Insall an anti-malware software on your computer. Most anti-malware programs feature active proteciton against viruses and they also are good in combination with antivirus software. For maximum protection use both.

Regards,
never

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PC Tips & Tricks / How To Reset Your Browser Without Having to Reinstall It
« on: September 30, 2015, 01:30:44 pm »
Hello, here is the most simple tutorial on how to reset Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Internet Explorer without having to reinstall them:

For Google Chrome
Step 1

Right-click on the Chrome icon in your taskbar and then click on ‘New Incognito Window’. This will disable any webpages running on startup.
Step 2

In the address bar type chrome://settings/resetProfileSettings and click on ‘Reset’.
For Mozilla Firefox
Step 1

Open Mozilla Firefox by right-clicking on its icon in the taskbar and clicking New Private Window.
Step 2

In the address bar type about:support. Then click on ‘Refresh Firefox’ and accept the prompt from Firefox to save your old data on your desktop so you can easily access it.
For Internet Explorer
Step 1

Right-click on the Internet Explorer icon in your taskbar and click on Start In-Private Browsing.
Step 2

Click on the gear leaver icon in the top right and from the drop-down menu click on Internet Options.
Step 3

Go to the Advanced Tab and then click on the ‘Reset’ button.
For Safari
Step 1

Open Safari and click on the gear leaver icon.
Step 2

From the drop-down menu click on the Reset Safari button and you should be fine.

PS: Make sure you remember your passwords and write them down somewhere before doing that :)


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