Category Archives: Software Problems

Microsoft Office Word – Exploit

An email exploit has been found by Mcafee virus researchers. This exploit targets versions of Microsoft Word that are not patched. This exploit uses Microsoft object and linking embedding.

Attackers are then able to embed malicious code inside Microsoft Word documents. As soon as these files are opened, then this exploit is executed. A Dridex gang than emailed million of users an exploit using this flaw.

Microsoft claims that they will patch this exploit on Tuesday April eleven two thousand seventeen. You can block this exploit by enabling "Protected View Mode". This zero day exploit actually affects all versions of Microsoft Office Word program.

This Driden attack mostly targeted users in Australia.

Apache Struts – Web Server Vulnerability Found

An exploit that was recently patched is being heavily attacked. A security vulnerability is being exploited by hackers in Apache Struts 2. Bans, government agencies, and large Internet corporations are at risk.

This vulnerability can allow a remote user to capture almost full control of a web server. This open source software was patched two days ago. However, since this patch was released, hackers are able to easily compromise systems that have not yet been patched.

This is a code executing bug. Also, there are two variations of this bug available. Jakarta file upload multipart parser is where this bug resides. Hackers are primarily submitting probing commands and releasing malware.

Apache Struts version 2.3.5 to 2.3.31 include this vulnerability. Apache Struts 2.5 through 2.5.10 also include this vulnerability. Web servers running Apache Struts 2.3.32 or 2.5.10.1 should upgrade as soon as possible. This security vulnerability requires no authentication, highly reliable, and are pretty easy to implement.

Peter Bright a technology editor claims that perhaps one reason why this exploit is being compromised so much is that this exploit requires code to become recompiled. Applications using Apache Struts 2 must become recompiled with this patch. Quite often patches are just installed and services for software are restarted or a server is rebooted instead.

Mozilla – FireFox 51.0.1 Released to Fix Two Bugs

Mozilla.org on January twenty six two thousand seventeen officially released Mozilla web browser version 51.0.1. This latest version includes two bug fixes.

* Multiprocess incompatibility registration bug
* Geolocation Windows bug

You can install Mozilla FireFox 51.0.1 manually by selecting "Help" then select "About Firefox". In about Mozilla Firefox you will either see that your web browser is up to date or click on an "Update to 51.0.1" button. You can download and install Mozilla FireFox version 51.0.1.

Another way to upgrade Mozilla FireFox is with automatic updates. Click on "Tools" then select "Options". Click on "Advanced" tab.

Select an "Update" tab. In update you have three options:

* Automatically install updates
* Check for updates
* Never check for updates

Music & TV – App Not Starting Potential Fix For Windows 10

Music & TV application on Windows ten quit working after a recent windows 10 update on November eight two thousand sixteen. Quite frankly I could care less if this application works or not as I do not use it. However, I thought I would try to fix this problem and found some potential solutions to fix Music & TV.

On my Windows ten computer Music & TV application tries to open, but closes after a few seconds. First item I tried, was to make sure that my system date and time were correct. Click on Windows start button, then select settings.

In settings choose "Time & language". Make sure that your time is correct. Also, make certain your day, month, year, and timezone are set correctly.

Now try to see if Music & TV will open properly. Second possible solution is to perform a file system check. Right click Windows start button and choose "Command Prompt (Admin)".

In a black command prompt window type in:

sfc /scannow

Hopefully, that will allow Music & TV to open properly, if not you can attempt to delete libraries from Windows file explorer. Left click a yellow file explorer icon in task bar. Look for Libraries on left hand side.

If you don't see them then click on "View" then "Navigation Pane". Choose "Show Libraries". Under Libraries you want to delete documents, music, pictures, videos by right clicking and selecting "Delete" for each one.

This step does not actually delete these items from your computer, just deletes these items from a libraries feature. Right click Libraries and select "Restore default libraries". Now try to open "Music & TV".

Another potential fix is to try clearing out your temp folder. You want to browse to C:\Windows\Temp folder. Select everything in this folder and delete those items.

None of these a fore mentioned steps worked for me. However, this next step did. Try to remove and reinstall Music & TV application using Windows power shell.

Click on a Cortana icon. Type in "Power Shell" in a search bar. Select first option "Windows Power Shell".

In a blue window type in or copy and paste following command, to remove Music & TV:

Get-AppxPackage *zunevideo* | Remove-AppxPackage

Once this command finishes and Music & TV disappears from both start menu and a tile, then type in following command to install Music & TV application:

Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers| Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

Once again, wait for this command to finish and for Music & TV to show up in a Windows start menu. In order to add Music & TV as a tile again, I had to right click "Music & TV" from start menu and select "Pin to start". Music & TV application successfully opened up the first time I tried, after reinstalling.

Groove Music – Not Starting Potential Fix For Windows 10

Groove Music application on Windows ten quit working after a recent windows 10 update on November eight two thousand sixteen. Quite frankly I could care less if this application works or not as I do not use it. However, I thought I would try to fix this problem and found some potential solutions to fix Groove Music.

On my Windows ten computer Groove Music tries to open, but closes after a few seconds. First item I tried, was to make sure that my system date and time were correct. Click on Windows start button, then select settings.

In settings choose "Time & language". Make sure that your time is correct. Also, make certain your day, month, year, and timezone are set correctly.

Now try to see if Groove Music will open properly. Second possible solution is to perform a file system check. Right click Windows start button and choose "Command Prompt (Admin)".

In a black command prompt window type in:

sfc /scannow

Hopefully, that will allow Groove Music to open properly, if not you can attempt to delete libraries from Windows file explorer. Left click a yellow file explorer icon in task bar. Look for Libraries on left hand side.

If you don't see them then click on "View" then "Navigation Pane". Choose "Show Libraries". Under Libraries you want to delete documents, music, pictures, videos by right clicking and selecting "Delete" for each one.

This step does not actually delete these items from your computer, just deletes these items from a libraries feature. Right click Libraries and select "Restore default libraries". Now try to open "Groove Music".

None of these a fore mentioned steps worked for me. However, this next step did. Try to remove and reinstall Groove Music using Windows power shell.

Click on a Cortana icon. Type in "Power Shell" in a search bar. Select first option "Windows Power Shell".

In a blue window type in or copy and paste following command, to remove Groove Music:

Get-AppxPackage *zunemusic* | Remove-AppxPackage

Once this command finishes and Groove Music disappears from both start menu and a tile, then type in following command to install Groove Music:

Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers| Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

Once again, wait for this command to finish and for Groove Music to show up in Windows start menu. In order to add Groove Music as a tile again, I had to right click "Groove Music" from start menu and select "Pin to start". Groove Music successfully opened up the first time I tried, after reinstalling.

Juniper Networks Finds Backdoor Vulnerability in Their Firewalls

Juniper Networks Incorporated announced on December seventeen two thousand fifteen, that they found a backdoor code vulnerability in their firewalls. Knowledgeable attackers could potentially gain administrative access remotely via Juniper's Netscreen firewalls and decrypt Virtual Private Network connections. Juniper Networks has since released a critical patch update.

These patches have been released for ScreenOS which is Juniper's firewall software. Juniper Networks claim they found this backdoor security flaw through an internal code review. Juniper recommends their customers install recently released patches. Also, Juniper claims they know of no known exploitations of this security risk.

Bob Worrall Juniper Networks' Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer was quoted as saying:

"On behalf of the entire Juniper Security Response Team, please know that we take this matter very seriously and are making every effort to address these issues. More information and guidance on applying this update to systems can be found in the Juniper Security Advisories (JSAs) available on our Security Incident Response website at http://advisory.juniper.net."

All NetScreen devices using ScreenOS 6.2.0r15 through 6.2.0r18 and 6.3.0r12 through 6.3.0r20 are affected and require installation of released patches. This security backdoor vulnerability only affects Juniper Networks ScreenOS software. You can check out Juniper's security announcement for more information.

A user could potentially gain administrative access remotely via Secure SHell or telnet. Also, a user could potentially monitor Virtual Private Network traffic via encryption. Both issues are independent from each other.

This Juniper Security Bulletin addresses more technical information about both of these potential backdoor security flaws.

Microsoft Skype – How to Find Out When Skype is Down

There is a major outage with Skype today September twenty first two thousand fifteen. Users were unable to log in and make calls with Skype. Also, your status in Skype was not functioning properly.

At time of this blog post creation, Skype is working on resolving a network issue. This outage did not affect Skype for Business users. This glitch was a world wide problem.

This outage has not affected all users. Even if you are able to login, you are marked as offline to other users. This makes it impossible for users to make outgoing calls.

Microsoft claims messaging aspect of Skype is not affected, that is if you can log in. If you are not currently logged in, you might have a difficult time signing into Skype. You might want to leave yourself logged into Skype for now.

Changes to your Skype profile might be delayed. You can read this Microsoft Skype heartbeat blog post for further details and updates. Also, you can check out a Skype outage map on DownDetector.com. You may want to bookmark that url for future use.

Finally, in future you can check Microsoft Skype heartbeat blog for updates on any current outages.

Skype VOIP – Why Skype Decided to Retire Older Client Versions

As you might already know, Skype, a Microsoft product, decided in June of two thousand fourteen to retire older versions of its voice over Internet protocal software. This change affects all older versions of Skype up to and including 6.13 on Microsoft Windows operating systems. Versions 6.14 and below are also being retired on Apple MAC computers.

What this decision basically means, is that Microsoft will disable your ability to use older versions of Skype. While Skype's official announcement did not mention Linux, I personally had to upgrade my version of Skype client on Ubuntu Linux 12.04 to version 4.3, because I could no longer signin. You will receive a "Skype Can't Connect" error message.

This has affected quite a few users of Skype voice over internet protocal software. I decided to write this blog post as a viewer of my Anet Computers YouTube channel asked for a remedy for his older Windows XP machine. If you are still running older operating systems whether they are MAC, Microsoft, or Linux, make sure to adhere to Skype's system requirements.

Skype VOIP

If you are running Windows XP, make sure to upgrade to service pack three. That is one requirement for newer versions of Skype to run on XP. On a MAC you need to have Mac OS X 10.5.8+ running.

Microsoft Skype's website did not stipulate what linux kernels, distributions, etc. it supports. However, Qt 4.7, D-Bus 1.0.0, and PulseAudio 1.0 are all system requirements for newer versions of Skype to work on Linux. I hope this blog post helped a couple of users that were using Skype on Windows XP service pack two.

You can read Skype's official making way for the next generation of Skype on desktop announcement.

Skype Can’t Connect – How to Quickly Fix This Error

On August second two thousand fourteen, I was unable to sign in to Skype successfully. I kept getting a "Skype Can't Connect" error message. I was using Linux Ubuntu 12.04 with Skype version 4.2.

I quickly looked on the Internet for some possible solutions. One was to try to delete my Skype folder. On linux you want to browse to your home folder and delete a .Skype folder.

It might be hidden so you can type in "ls -al" in a command prompt so that all your files and folders are listed. Also, you can quickly delete this folder with a "rm -fr .Skype" command. Any commands you type are without quotes.

Obviously you can use file manager to delete this folder, but since it is hidden you will want to enable "Show Hidden Files". On Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8 you want to find a skype configuration folder somewhere under your user profile. On Vista, 7, and 8 you would browse to C:\Users\"your username"\.

Skype Can't Connect

On Windows XP look for your profile under C:\Documents and Settings\"your username"\. Also, on any Microsoft operating system you could use a search tool and look for a Skype folder under your user profile. Make sure to not delete your Skype folder under "Program Files" on Windows XP or "Programs and Features" on Vista, 7, or 8.

Once you delete that Skype configuration folder try to start Skype up again and see if you are now able to successfully sign in. If that does not fix your issue you can try to sign in to your Skype account on Skype.com. If you are able to successfully sign in to web based Skype then it is not a problem with your Skype account.

In my case what fixed that "Skype Can't Connect" error message was when I upgraded from Skype 4.2 to Skype 4.3 on Ubuntu Linux 64 bit. I quickly ran an "apt-get dist-upgrade" and skype was upgraded from a previous 4.2.x.x to 4.3.0.37. Once I upgraded Skype to 4.3.0.37 I tried signing in.

Now I was able to sign in successfully to Skype. Hopefully, these tips will help you to fix your "Skype Can't Connect" error message on Windows, Linux, and maybe even possibly Mac operating systems.

Windows 7 Acrobat 8 – Is Adobe Acrobat Compatible With Windows 7?

Windows 7 tells you that a 5.0 version of Adobe Acrobat, which came installed on your Dell Inspiron 5040 in November two thousand eleven, is incompatible with Windows 7. How do you correct this you ask? If you have a previous version of Adobe flash player installed on your system, you must first uninstall that previous verison.

To do this you can go to an Adobe web page and download an uninstall program. Save that uninstall progam to your desktop and close all programs. Be sure to close all programs as well as that browser before running an uninstall program.

Once you have uninstalled that flash player, you can then install a newest version of Adobe flash player.