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Thanks for the reply!

I ran a MalwareBytes scan and all is clear.
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I have a tendency to just ignore Belarc Advisor and trust Windows update is correct.
I would ignore it too. I like Belarc Advisor and have it installed on all my systems but I don't worry about those errors because I firmly believe, especially with W10, that Windows Update is a refined feature. If you need this, WU will tell you.

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Security Software Programs / Re: MBAE 1.10.x "Perpetual Beta"
« Last post by Digerati on July 23, 2017, 02:25:48 PM »
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"Perpetual beta" is a term used to describe a product that is never fully finished ... it is released but remains in a permanent state of advanced open development and customer testing, adding new features (that may not be fully tested) as the software vendor deems necessary.  As such, users are essentially de facto testers.
I used to be one of 5 or so hardware guys in a large software development company (Northrop Grumman IT - NGIT) with over 400 developers at my site alone. One of my "other hats" was that of an Alpha and Beta tester. That's where I first heard the term "perpetual beta". The "official" definition was as you described above.

However, the unofficial or real reason for the "perpetual" moniker, as explained to me by several developers who worked tech support on our help desk, was as a "cop-out" excuse to avoid blame and responsibility should the "beta" program break a customer's computer.  :( After all, people should know they should never run beta software on a production machine.  ::)

Fortunately, NGIT is a decent company and they eventually realized this practice might, at the very least, "give the appearance" of a deceptive practice - not "transparent", and as a way to shirk responsibility. Not cool! Especially since most of our clients were government departments and agencies, that is, taxpayer funded. So the practice was stopped - and rightfully so, IMO.

Our programs did, of course, remain in "perpetual beta" - that is, under constant development. But that was "in-house" only. When a beta version was determined to be stable, it was then RFD (released for deployment) as a final version or update - not subject to any cop-out excuses.  :)

Only clients who volunteered as beta testers, and who certified they understood the potential consequences of using beta software, got the beta versions. All other clients only received the stable RFD versions. IMO, that's how it should work.
 
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Perpetual beta software is NOT recommended for mission critical machines.
Beta software in general, perpetual or not, is NOT recommended for mission critical systems.

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It was not asking for a renewal, it reported the name on the cert was invalid or didn't match. That could be caused by any number of things - even something as simple as a lost packet during the data transfer.

btrll.com belongs to Brightroll, an advertisement firm for Yahoo and many others. Considering it seems to have happened only once, and the cert, according to your screen shot is valid until Oct 26, and it happened when you were attempting to contact a site (as opposed to while you and your computer were idle) I would call it a fluke and not worry about it. I note also several users have reported this same btrll.com invalid name errors, with Skype, Yahoo, and other sites. It is a little disconcerting, but not really a problem - at least not on your end.

But, just for a warm fuzzy that all is okay, I would probably scan my computer for malware.

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Hmmm. The panels disappearred, so I  ended the task for Skype in the Task Manager, and restarted it and its working as normal.

What do you suppose was going on?
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Security Software Programs / Re: MBAE 1.10.x "Perpetual Beta"
« Last post by winchester73 on July 23, 2017, 12:29:07 PM »
An important note to add ...

"Perpetual beta" is a term used to describe a product that is never fully finished ... it is released but remains in a permanent state of advanced open development and customer testing, adding new features (that may not be fully tested) as the software vendor deems necessary.  As such, users are essentially de facto testers.

If you choose to beta test, you accept the inherent risks associated with using pre-release software. Beta testers should use the software at their own risk.  This means you should back up your computer to ensure that you can restore it prior to the beta installation.  Perpetual beta software is NOT recommended for mission critical machines.
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I updated Skype.  After a reboot of the computer, I am prevented from using Skype because it is asking for somekind of certificate renewal.  It seems to be for the Yahoo ads that track my interests to deliver current ads  and is about:

btrll.com

The details in the left panel of the screenshot say it is:

btrll.com, Yahoo! Inc.

But there is also a note on that panel that says "ensures the identity of a remote computer"
what?  why is there a remote computer involved?  That made me come here to ask about this.

 I wanted to make sure this is ok before I allow it to update the certificate.

Should I go ahead and click the "Install Certificate" button?  Or is there something else I should do to get Skype to let me use it again?


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Security Software Programs / MBAE 1.10.x "Perpetual Beta"
« Last post by ky331 on July 23, 2017, 11:20:13 AM »
MBAE (Anti-EXPLOIT), which is now in a "perpetual beta" phase, has released version 1.10.1.24   The main difference/feature:   what used to be premium features are now available to ALL/free users!

The following information was copied/pasted from https://forums.malwarebytes.com/topic/205225-mbae-110-latest-standalone-beta/


New Features:

    Added Dynamic Hooking Feature to manage conflicts
    Opened up Premium shields to Free users as part of MBAE Beta
    Opened up addition of custom shields feature to Free users as part of MBAE Beta


 Fixes:

    Fixed dll uninjection issues resulting in ghost process
    Fixed dll uninjection issues with chrome extensions
    Fixed false positive with FLTLDR.exe
    Fixed false positive with QTTabBar plugin in Opera


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It is anticipated that existing MBAE users will be automatically updated to 1.10 "soon".   For anyone wishing to try it out now, it can be downloaded from  https://malwarebytes.box.com/s/xhbp0e8xyj4iom093gdtwyervxva0zxh

(Remark: MBAM 3.x PREMIUM automatically includes the anti-exploit protection.)
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Security Software Programs / Belarc Advisor showing a windows update KB2467173
« Last post by pete on July 23, 2017, 10:52:12 AM »
I have just bought a laptop, doing checks etc.

I ran a belarc advisor says I need update KB2467173 (Microsoft Visual c++ 2010 Redistributable Package April 12 2011
When I ran Windows update states I am up to date.

In Programs I have Visual c++ 2010 version 10.0.30319 32 / 64 bit installed.

Acer Aspire ES 15
Windows 10 Home version 1703  Build 15063.483   64 Bit.

I have a tendency to just ignore Belarc Advisor and trust Windows update is correct.

Any advice will be very much appreciated.
 
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Computer Problems, Questions and Solutions! / Re: A question about laptop camera.
« Last post by DR M on July 23, 2017, 09:57:25 AM »
Hello!

I remembered that before Windows 10, my computer had Dell Webcam software installed. I don't know when, how and why this camera software disappeared. Anyway, I installed it, and everything is back to normal now. It can record videos with very high definition, so I'm happy with it. The only ''problem'' is that it has to start with Windows, otherwise it won't open.

As for the Windows Camera app, as I said, it was working fine till July 2016. Suddenly, recording with high definition settings produced videos with signs of corruption. Is it possible the poor quality of the built-in camera to be the cause of this change? But why it was working fine for a year?

Anyway, thank you all for your helpful comments and hints!

P.
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