Once again we have had site connectivity issues. These issues have been due to poor connectivity within the Level3 network. Level3 controls the Internet Backbone in the US. You can see the state of the network here:
We are installing a Content Delivery Network (CDN) this weekend in hopes it will correct this problem by bypassing Level3. If you experience any downtime this weekend, it could be due to our work in getting the new CDN in place.
Once in place, you won't have to do anything to have the improved connectivity with our site.
Wanna Cry Ransomware
WannaCry Ransomware made it to the world's top headlines this week. This ransomware exploits an SMB (Server Message Block protocol) vulnerability in Windows versions that have not applied the March 2017 Windows-SMB patch. Once infected, your files will be encrypted and renamed into ".WCRY" files. And it will then splash a message asking for 0.3BitCoin (around 300$) for decryption. So far, as of May 13 2017, over 230,000 computers in 99 countries have been infected.
We were able to get some of the latest WannaCry samples and tested them against WinAntiRansom (WAR). Fortunately, WAR was up to the challenge and blocked them all, averting the major effects of this ransomware. At worst case, like in our "FORCED" tests, WannaCry was nothing more than "scareware". It displayed a message saying our system was infected. Though after our analysis, the system and its files remained unharmed.
A piece of advice, never open suspicious email attachments. And if WAR gives you an alarm, block the application if you are uncertain..
WinPatrol PLUS Update
Microsoft is having fun changing how many features work under the covers in Windows 10.
Regrettably, we don't find out about these changes until after they've shipped.
Because of the major changes in the way Microsoft handles startup programs in Windows 10 we are releasing this update to fix Startup program problems in Windows 10.
Startup Tab Fixes
Fixed ability to add start-up programs in Windows 10
Fixed ability to remove start-up programs in Windows 10
PLUS Info Data Collection deactivated
The setting "Allow PLUS info data collection" has been deactivated and removed from the Options Tab. The feature was no longer working due to changes in browsers and simply causing customers not to receive PLUS data upon request.
More updates are on the way, we simply wanted to get this fix out as fast as possible.