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Security Alerts & Briefings / Re: Microsoft February 2020 Security Update
« on: February 20, 2020, 03:07:07 PM »
Before I allowed the update, I moved all folders/files off my desktop since loss of desktop files was being reported by some users after the update.    Happy to report that the test folder I left on the desktop was still there after the update, so everything appears to have updated successfully.     I hope windows gets their act together soon.  It is wearying that there  always seems to be some new angst related to the monthly update.

Security Alerts & Briefings / Re: Microsoft February 2020 Security Update
« on: February 16, 2020, 06:48:43 PM »
Thanks,Corrine.  I have updates paused because of the reports of this issue. At the time I started the pause, there was a note in the update manager that updates were ready to download.  I'm assuming that meant they hadn't been downloaded to my machine yet.

Does this mean its safe to unpause now?

Quote from: winchester
The file itself is still vulnerable, but since you have turned IE off and don’t use it to surf the web it can’t be exploited.

That was exactly my question---could it be exploited if I was not using it.  It seems not. Thanks!

*goes off to worry about something else....*

I turned IE off.   It is uninstalled, but apparently the files remain so that it can be turned on again.

Is it still vulnerable in this state?

LandzDown Lounge / Re: If you want to kill your time
« on: January 26, 2020, 01:56:30 AM »
Hey great to see your post!  Hope all is well with you guys!

Security Alerts & Briefings / Re: Microsoft January 2020 Security Updates
« on: January 20, 2020, 02:47:21 AM »
I read some reports that some users were not able to install this critical update, and that Microsoft's  recommendation was to download the KB and install it without using the internal updater. 

However, I was finally offered this update this morning and it installed without incident. 

I was also happy to find that Skype still works after the restart too. :)

Thanks. I usually wait for an update to be offered. But since this addresses an active exploit, I initiated the update this time.

Does this affect PaleMoon?

I guess this disproves that old theorem that "insanity is repeating the same actions and expecting different results".

I'm sure that at least one of the time I tried to uninstall/reinstall I had also uninstalled the microsoft store app version.  I'm not sure what was different this last time.  Maybe it was just putting the restart in the right sequence.

Solved. She had the tablet on battery power, so it was just a power-saver setting.  On second or third call now, and still working well.

Just did a video call with my sister.   Everything seems to be working ok on this end.   Ironically, she was having a first time issue with the screen going to sleep on her tablet during the call.  She kept having to touch it to bring it back.  So she's troubleshooting that now.

I will report back.  I should be able to get someone to test with me later today.

Thanks for the icon explanation, Dr M.  I got it now. :)

Ok, so I did the steps in Corrine's post and of course messed it up the first  time by not checking the task manager after the restart.  (There were no instances of skype present in task manager before the restart after uninstalling)    And, the new download of desktop skype did the same as before when installed---opened the first screen, but was stuck on the loading animation.  Just for historical record, I'll attach an image of the frozen screen.

So I uninstalled skype,  and restarted again.  No instances of skype appeared in the task manager after restart.   I downloaded a new installer,  which behaved differently.   The installer icon did not immediately appear on download as before,  but showed up as two separate icons that resolved to the installer icon after a few seconds.   After installation, Skype opened, and seems to be back to normal!   I have no idea what magic there was to checking the task manager after the restart, but that was the only difference in my sequence.

Now whether my group chats will behave or not remains to be seen, but for now, skype seems to be functional. Video and audio work. I'll try a video chat soon.    I guess the next test will be the next time I try to open skype after a restart.

One thing I did notice when I had both desktop and windows app skype installed together,   I had to sign out of one to use the other.    When the desktop skype crashed, I was still signed in, and there was no way to sign out.   So maybe signing into the windows app while still being signed into the desktop one had something to do with the video problems in the windows app?  Just a thought.  When the desktop skype finally opened, I was still signed in.

I'm going to be out for a while, so I'll try the instructions when I get back and report what happens.

Thanks for your kind attention!

The stuff about what icon should be in my task bar if only running the windows store Skype app is confusing to me.  What icon version should it be for that?

Wow, IObit sounds problematic from that link.  Thanks for the information.

As for the icon on your taskbar, is probably just an icon. If you click on it, it will lot lead you anywhere, because the program is not installed. You can just remove it from the taskbar.
Actually, it does open and close the skype app screen.  It also opens panels that lead to settings and such.  So it is operating as a taskbar icon normally would. Its just the wrong icon.

I will wait for Corrine before doing anything. It is sounding like you are recommending that the first thing to try is the system restore.  How to I check to see my list of restore points without actually initiating the restore?

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