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Updates 1/10/17 - "Microsoft + Adobe" Tuesday, CryptoPrevent

This thread is currently "under construction", and will be edited for the remainder of today.   Please excuse any blank spaces or crossed-out "placeholders" for items expected to be announced.

Today is Microsoft Tuesday --- the SECOND Tuesday of the month --- on which Microsoft is expected to release its monthly cycle of Windows security updates.   Based on previous history, they should become available at 1 P.M. [USA - Eastern STANDARD Time]

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Please use Windows/Automatic Updates to determine which updates are applicable to your particular system.

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Adobe will be joining-in, with updates for Acrobat/Reader and Flash.

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RE: Updates 1/10/17 - "Microsoft + Adobe" Tuesday

Adobe Flash has been updated to version 24.0.0.194

In today's scheduled release, we've updated Flash Player with important bug fixes and security update.

These updates address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.  

 
NOTE:   It appears that the direct downloads (no bundled junk) for Windows 7 and earlier have been abandoned --- as Adobe had indicated it planned to do several months ago.   Unless something changes, users now have no choice but to download Flash from https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
BE SURE TO UNCHECK ANY OFFERS FOR UNWANTED BUNDLED PROGRAMS 
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EDIT:   Revised installer links located toward bottom of:  https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/installation-problems-flash-player-windows.html
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emoticon.Star.title Flash (ActiveX) for IE/Edge in Win8.1/10 will be updated to 24.0.0.194, via Microsoft Update:
 
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-003 - Security Update for Adobe Flash Player (3214628)
 

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RE: Updates 1/10/17 - "Microsoft + Adobe" Tuesday

Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Acrobat and Reader, for Windows.  

These updates address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. 

 

Adobe Reader XI, sequential update (starting from any Windows 11.x version) to 11.0.19

https://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=6122

 

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Remark:   For people using Reader DC (Document Cloud), or other Reader versions for Windows, you can locate your appropriate update here:  https://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=10&platform=Windows

 

For people using Acrobat  for Windows, you can locate your appropriate update here:  http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=1&platform=Windows

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Documentation has been released as https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/acrobat/apsb17-01.html

and https://www.adobe.com/devnet-docs/acrobatetk/tools/ReleaseNotes/11/11.0.19.html

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RE: Updates 1/10/17 - "Microsoft + Adobe" Tuesday

The Adobe Reader/Acrobat updates insist on reactivating several associated StartUp programs (registry entries) and Service that you might have previously disabled.

I've found the most effective way to stop them is to use CCleaner, select Tools / Startup , and then click-on and DISABLE each of the Adobe entries (if present):

Acrotray (Adobe Assistant)

ARM

SpeedLauncher

[ Not sure why, but CCleaner is doing a better job on these Adobe "pests" than WinPatrol.... ]

The Adobe Acrobat Update Service can be disabled via WinPatrol.

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RE: Updates 1/10/17 - "Microsoft + Adobe" Tuesday

The Microsoft Updates for January are listed here: 

https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms17-jan

4 updates... 2 critical ; 2 important

Remark:   Since Windows Update now offers users only the "Monthly Quality Rollup", I am no longer going to list the individual updates here... those interested can consult the above link.

Starting in February, see https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-us/

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RE: Updates 1/10/17 - "Microsoft + Adobe" Tuesday

WARNING:  The link for this separate download of the MSRT is now pre-checking a box to also download "MSN default homepage & Bing default search engine".    Be sure to uncheck this, unless you really want it!
 
Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT, MRT) for January, version 5.44
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Reminder:   Users who are paranoid about the remote possibility of a FP can opt to run this tool from a Command Prompt, appending a   /N   parameter [for "detect only" mode].
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This month's MSRT adds detection/removal of... ???
EDIT:   NO information (no updates) as of 1/12:   https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/mmpc/

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RE: Updates 1/10/17 - "Microsoft + Adobe" Tuesday

Looks like CryptoPrevent v8 has finally been released!

NOTE:   I have NOT yet tried/tested it

  • ... if you do so, you're on you're own.
    https://www.foolishit.com/cryptoprevent-malware-prevention/
  • It's gotten a review here:   http://www.thewindowsclub.com/prevent-cryptolocker-ransomware-cryptoprevent

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  • EDIT:   This new CryptoPrevent installs a Monitor SERVICE, which runs in REAL-TIME, to monitor its "FOLDER WATCH" and "e-Mail protection".   I'm tempted to stick with the old version, until others test it, and report that the changes are really significant/beneficial.
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