Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Disable SSDP traffic within Google Chrome

By default, Google Chrome sends SSDP network broadcast traffic on the local subnet.

M-SEARCH * HTTP/1.1
HOST: 239.255.255.250:1900
MAN: "ssdp:discover"
MX: 1
ST: urn:dial-multiscreen-org:service:dial:1
USER-AGENT: Google Chrome/65.0.3325.162 Windows

To disable the media router feature, launch Chrome and enter chrome://flags/

Search for “media router” and disable the feature.

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How to disable auto-playing videos within Chrome

To disable the auto-playing of videos within Chrome, enter the following URL:

chrome://flags/#autoplay-policy

Use the dropdown to choose “Document user activation required” and restart the browser.

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Windows previous versions documentation

Older TechNet documentation for Windows versions prior to Windows 10 can be found at the link below.  This also includes older versions of Windows Server.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/previous-versions/windows/

Cloudflare DNS Service

Cloudflare has a DNS service available for public use that claims not to retain log data.

https://blog.cloudflare.com/announcing-1111/

https://blog.cloudflare.com/dns-resolver-1-1-1-1/

https://1.1.1.1/

OpenSnitch

OpenSnitch is a host-based firewall for Linux.  It is a GNU/Linux port of the Little Snitch application firewall on the Mac OS X platform.

https://github.com/evilsocket/opensnitch

Microsoft SQL Operations Studio

Microsoft’s SQL Operations Studio is a free database management utility.  It it available on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.  It supports SQL Server, Azure SQL Database, and Azure SQL Data Warehouse.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/sql-operations-studio/what-is?view=ssdt-18vs2017

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/sql-operations-studio/download?view=ssdt-18vs2017

PowerShell commands to enable cloud-protection within Windows Defender

The two following PowerShell commands can be used to enable the cloud-protection options within Windows Defender.

Set-MpPreference -MAPSReporting Advanced
Set-MpPreference -SubmitSamplesConsent Always

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https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security/threat-protection/windows-defender-antivirus/enable-cloud-protection-windows-defender-antivirus

Rtings.com

Rtings.com is a review site currently for televisions, headphones, and monitors.

https://www.rtings.com/

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Potential solution to issue with error 0x80070bc2 with Windows 10

With a few different Windows 10 machines, an error was found when installing a cumulative update with the code of 0x80070bc2:

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To solve this issue, use the following commands within an elevated command prompt and reboot the computer in question.  Attempt to install the update again.

SC config wuauserv start=auto
SC config bits start=auto
SC config cryptsvc start=auto
SC config trustedinstaller start=auto

https://ugetfix.com/ask/how-to-fix-windows-update-error-0x80070bc2/

Microsoft’s malware demo site

The site below is intended as offering tests for Windows Defender.  This site can be used to generate alerts.

https://demo.wd.microsoft.com/?ocid=cx-wddocs-testground