With school closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, some kids are creating malware to keep themselves occupied. Such is the case with a variety of new MBRLocker variants being released, including one with a Coronavirus theme.

MBRLockers are programs that replace the ‘master boot record’ of a computer so that it prevents the operating system from starting and displays a ransom note or other message instead.

Some MBRLockers such as Petya and GoldenEye also encrypt the table that contains the partition information for your drives, thus making it impossible to access your files or rebuild the MBR without entering a

Active Directory (AD) admins can mitigate the recently disclosed and actively exploited remote code execution (RCE) zero-day found in the Windows Adobe Type Manager Library in large AD environments using group policies.

Microsoft warned on March 23 of limited ongoing targeted attacks against Windows 7 devices attempting to exploit two unpatched vulnerabilities in the Adobe Type Manager Library.

The security flaws impact devices running both desktop and server Windows releases, including Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, and multiple versions of Windows Server.

Since countries have begun enforcing shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders during the Coronavirus pandemic, the Zoom video conferencing software has become a popular way to keep in touch with friends and family, and even to join online fitness classes.

However. with Zoom’s rise in popularity, a type of attack called ‘Zoom-bombing’ has also seen more and more activity.

Zoom-bombing is when someone gains unauthorized access to a Zoom meeting to harass the meeting participants in various ways to spread and hate and divisiveness, or to record pranks that will be later shown on social media.

Just yesterday, the FBI released an

Microsoft has released an out-of-band Windows 10 update to fix a bug that was causing internet connectivity issues on devices with proxies, including virtual private networks (VPNs).

Earlier this week, Microsoft stated that there was a bug in Windows 10 that was causing popular apps such as Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Office, Office 365, and Outlook to not be able to connect to the Internet if using a VPN.

“Devices using a manual or auto-configured proxy, especially with a virtual private network (VPN), might show limited or no internet connection status in the Network Connectivity Status Indicator (NCSI) in the notification

Windows 10 contains programs, such as Notepad and Task Manager, that we have come to love and use often as part of our daily use of a Windows computer.  Sometimes, though, you may find that you want to replace these programs with more feature-rich third-party programs, but still be able to launch them like you have gotten used to.

While we can install third-party programs and just use them directly, some users, like myself, prefer to simply type ‘notepad’ or ‘calc’ like we have been doing for many years and still have these new third-party programs launch instead of the

Microsoft is releasing a new app for Windows 10 called the “Windows News Bar” that will display a docked bar containing news stories from Microsoft News and acts as a stock picker for monitored stocks.

Previously spotted by Windows sleuth WalkingCat in February, the Microsoft Store page has been recently been updated with screenshots of the actual program in use.

The News Bar is being developed through Microsoft News where they state that the offered news will be shown from over 4,500 news outlets.

“Microsoft’s Windows News Bar works just like the Windows Taskbar. It’s there when you need it,