Beware; your systems might be prone to the malicious attack of zero day. This attack is capable of hijacking your PC via a small vulnerability common in Windows, Office and Lync. If you think the chances of this attack are less then think again. The estimated number of attacks is more than what was considered initially. What makes matters worse is that Microsoft won’t be able to concoct a remedy for this attack anytime soon, and definitely not by next week’s Patch Tuesday blitz.
Using custom TIFF images, attackers use the vulnerability to remotely execute code on the machine. Luckily for the attacker, they get to use the user level rights similar to the victims, for executing this code. So if your system has already been infected, but your administrator account hasn’t, attacked you are safe for now. However if you have the administrator account infected, then the hijacker is in full control of your machine, and there isn’t much you can do about it.
The following Microsoft software are more vulnerable to exploitation:
Though Microsoft was aware of these attacks using the vulnerability, these were first considered to be targeted attacks. However, reports from Fire Eye and Symantec’s security researchers reveal that malware groups are rampantly using the TIFF flaw to hack into many computers.
Though this is a dire situation, there are some points that could be held in a positive manner. In the security post that Microsoft made stating that a fix will not be available in time for Patch Tuesday, Microsoft revealed that mostly Office 2007 is under attack. Other potentially vulnerable software as listed above are not targeted at all at this point. The attacks have occurred predominantly in the Middle East and Asia, using the reports of Microsoft Fire Eye and Symantec.
Soon a fix will be available to fix Microsoft errors leading to this vulnerability. Therefore, those with infected computers need to be patient until a solution can be developed to fix Microsoft errors, and remove the gaping hole in the security. This is a major breach of security, but with any luck, Microsoft can come up with a permanent solution to help the victims of this malicious attack.
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Microsoft Outlook is undoubtedly the most prominent email client across the globe. Due to its simple user interface, easy Outlook email setup procedure, and advanced tools to organize email accounts in an orderly manner, it is appreciated handsomely by business users as well as individuals. Apart from being an email client, Outlook offers numerous personal information management tools to manage calendar entries, tasks, schedules, contacts, as well as documents or files that can be set-up with the help of the webmail service.
Numerous users employ the email client application to configure multiple webmail accounts, and manage separate accounts collectively via Outlook. When an email account is configured with Outlook, it connects to the webmail servers and downloads all the data in the account to the device, and stores them in the allocated space in a specific format. This saved information can be accessed later with ease, even when there is no active internet connectivity.
It is found that business users configure their Yahoo business email to the Outlook email client, and use the program to compose and edit emails when offline. Once the Outlook email setup with Yahoo business is done, it can also be used as a backup for the web-based Yahoo mail service. Follow the below given steps to configure Yahoo email account with Outlook.
If you receive a test email in your inbox, it denotes that all the settings are accurate, and you can proceed with using the email client for your Yahoo email account. Click on the Send/Receive Email button to configure when to send and receive emails from the configured Yahoo account.
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Microsoft Fix It center is one of the platforms, on which the Microsoft users can avail the support service for Microsoft products. Microsoft has a well-established support service network for the all of its products. These are made available across multiple platforms.
About the Microsoft Fix It center
One of the support platforms introduced by Microsoft was the Fix It center website, and the Microsoft Fix It troubleshooting tools. A Windows user trying to find a solution for any of the Microsoft errors can log on to the Fix It center website, and do a search.
If he has the Fix It troubleshooting tool installed in his system, he can use this instead. Then, there are the other support service platforms like Windows Chat support, Windows Remote Assistance, Windows Answers website, etc. The Fix It troubleshooting tool was designed for the Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems.
Other Microsoft support platforms
Windows Support Phone lines are one of the easiest ways to get in touch with a Microsoft technical expert. The user manual that you received with your Windows OS installation disc would have the Windows Support Phone numbers in your area listed. Try them out.
If the Windows problem you are facing in your system is a rather complicated one, which cannot be easily explained over the phone, then send an email message to the Windows tech support email address. Explain in detail the software or hardware problem that you are facing in your system. You may expect a reply at the earliest.
Or, you can post your Windows problem on the Windows Answers webpage. You would need to log in to the website using your Windows ID and password. A Microsoft technical expert or another Microsoft user would enter a reply to your post, detailing the solution. An alert would be sent to your email inbox, once this happens. You can then log on to the site and go through the solution.
Windows Remote Assistance is yet another way of obtaining Windows tech support. Sometimes the error in your system can only be fixed by letting a qualified technician have access to your computer. The Windows Remote Assistance tool facilitates this.
These are some of the different ways, by which a Windows user can access the Windows Support services. Use any one of these options in the event of an OS problem.
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Sony Vaio is one of the leading brands of laptops. Sony Vaio laptops come across minimal number of technical or software related issues as compared to other major brand laptops. Nonetheless, it does not guarantee that users would never come across any technical hitches.
It does encounter with problems but thanks to the user-friendly repair options, anyone with least technical knowledge can troubleshoot common issues on their Vaio laptops. A common problem that many Vaio users report is the dimming screen. According to Sony laptop support, the issue pertains to the faulty backlight.
The best part is that users need not even seek Sony laptop support to fix the issue. If your Sony Vaio laptop screen is getting dim due to broken backlight, you can fix the problem on your own. As part of the repair process, you will have to remove the battery and troubleshoot the problem with the LCD screen.
You have replaced the faulty backlight with the new one. Now, re-assemble the parts as you took them apart. The method is simple, but if you need any further guidance, contact Sony laptop support for assistance.
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You might be quite familiar with Microsoft Internet Explorer, which had always been the favorite among computer users. This unique browser has served to work with different operating systems. But just like other applications launched by Microsoft, they had always tried to launch new versions that enable it to work and support other software programs.
As a regular user of Internet Explorer, you might be aware that there are programs that work only on the older versions of Internet Explorer, whereas a few work on the latest versions. To avoid Microsoft problems with IE, Microsoft has introduced the Modern.IE which works towards simplifying the process of making the browser work on older versions. Modern.IE provides a standard, and helps the developers to design the programs so that these do not conflict with the browser.
The tools included in Modern.IE are site scanner, a cross-browser testing tool and instructions about building sites with good standards. The cross browser testing tool is created with a view to find out the problems with the prior versions of IE. The site scanner, when plugged with the URL, provides information about compatibility issues which are unique for old versions of IE, issues that are quite common and issues that are outdated.
But sometimes the site scanner would suggest you to contact the Microsoft tech support team. Modern.IE also recommends running your website using Compat Inspector. Even though they are found useful in inspecting serious issues they cannot be used for cross browser testing.
The suggestions provided by Microsoft are that to test with Modern.IE, you can add two fragments that consist of a specific code from Microsoft. Developers may not recommend using this. The initial fragment is harmless, and it consists of an image that can be added by the user to the Windows 8 home screen. This picture is inserted as a tile on the desktop. The second fragment is about adding a CSS support to the MSPointers API.
Microsoft has a partnership with BrowserStack. BrowserStack offers services that are web based, live, and tested through using virtual machines. To do a complete analysis, Microsoft has offered the back level versions of IE and Windows as virtual images. Modern.IE lastly has “20 tips for building modern sites, while supporting old versions of IE” and code, with standards.
These are the different things that can help in browser testing. The Microsoft problems with a browser can be dealt with by a Microsoft technician in a proficient manner.
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