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  1. All done! For any WipEout fans on the forum, the task scheduler file I made ended up being exactly 2097 characters long. I was tempted to give it an 8.3 filename like I usually do, but I decided against it this time. Verify System Integrity.zip
  2. The GUI version of the Task Scheduler really needs a "Run Minimized" checkbox when setting an action to run a program. As for DISM and SFC, the main issue I have is setting the latter to only run when the former has finished successfully. Thank you for the materials, I'll come back if I still can't figure it out.
  3. My main character in Shadowrun actually works for MalwareBytes. The first Technomancer hire of the newly established Houston, Texas branch. The company has gone lots of places by 2080, but maintains the reputation of their real-world counterpart and the principles they were built-on.
  4. I wasn't disagreeing with you on citing Google, I was merely elaborating on the issue so that others who weren't as well-informed wouldn't be super confused when reading this thread. As it stands, Google never was a search company in the first place, they have always been a marketing company. Their revolutionary search engine was just the first step in their master plan. We live in a world run by con artists. We live in Shadowrun, but slightly less violent and without all the awesome fantasy and science fiction elements.
  5. Yeah, but as I said... I, unfortunately, can't afford new hardware just yet. I'm still trying to get into college and still seeking employment.
  6. On the Amazon video app for the PS4, a short commercial will play in between episodes of shows, including ones that we've actually purchased and aren't available for free via an Amazon Prime membership. Oh, and Google also explicitly puts advertisements in the middle of YouTube videos to try to get people to pay for YouTube Premium with the "No more interruptions" selling point. And even though a lot of people use YouTube or Twitch as their primary means of income, they won't actually get that income anymore because of copyright abuse, where something that falls within fair use (or in some cases, has nothing at all to do with something that's copyrighted) will either receive a copyright claim (at which point, all revenue goes to whoever placed the claim), or will receive a copyright strike (where the video is taken down entirely). After three copyright strikes, your entire channel is deleted. And we have bots all over the internet looking for anything that even barely resembles copyrighted material in the loosest sense of the word and basically machineguns copyright strikes at people. And let's not forget the demonetization bots, which will flag your videos as being "unsuitable for advertisers" if your video contains anything which the bot classifies as offensive or controversial, which is A LOT of things (not only needlessly broad definitions, but false positives on top of that) and you won't get any revenue from it at all. And yet advertisements will still play. What exactly does "unsuitable for advertisers" even mean, anyway? People would still be watching the video, and would still be forced to see advertisements. And if you get a false positive, tough luck, because YouTube support is specifically trained to be as unhelpful as possible. By the way, Google's official reasoning for demonetization bots? "To stop terrorism". Yeah, because clearly, all anyone ever watches on youtube are videos of people wearing ski-masks beheading anyone who's not also wearing a ski-mask. The demonetization and copyright strike bots on YouTube, which rely on machine learning, have hardly any training at all before they're released into the wild and given administrative privileges. It would be like taking a toddler with only the barest sense of right from wrong, giving them a box of superhero cartoons on VHS and a five minute crash course on the law and criminal justice, and then giving them a badge and gun and putting them in charge of an entire swat team with the purpose of "stopping bad guys" with a license to completely disregard collateral damage. And by the way, this entire paragraph is being extremely generous. Those bots need to be put on a leash, and the people who authorized their release are long overdue for their rabies vaccine.
  7. Amazon still makes you watch advertisements, though... which pisses me off more than a little bit. As much as I love and rely on the internet, I feel like only after a complete collapse of the system would things have even a chance of improving. Same thing with current economic and political structures.
  8. You really ought to have more faith in humanity. There's a lot that a user can do to improve their experience and personal security on Windows 10. For instance, I use WuMgr so that I can block automatic updates, and instead update Windows on my own terms, and mine alone.
  9. I have a mix of reasons. For starters, it's Windows 10 running on an old laptop, and Windows Update has never been the most reliable for me. Also, I have an old hard-disk that isn't doing too well, and I'm paranoid about file corruption, but until I can afford an SSD to replace it (or better yet, a new computer entirely) I need to make do with what I have and make sure that the system integrity is always as close to intact as possible. I often encounter random issues on my computers that don't seem to have any discernible root cause, which I have begun to attribute to gremlins. That, and having a sort of "self-healing" thing already in place in the event of future errors occurring somewhere down the line just seems like it would be a smart idea. This isn't a proper long-term fix or treatment plan so much as a stopgap solution to extend the life and usability of my system a little longer, albeit also having elements of being a bit of an experiment where I actually put an idea I have to the test. In this case, having a continuous version of DISM / SFC running was inspired by the self-healing capabilities of ReFS, along with the frequent risk of filesystem corruption caused by various other factors. I do have both Windows Defender and MalwareBytes set up to protect my system from threats, but the one enemy they can never truly defend against is entropy itself. On a semi-unrelated note, once I know how to create a script such as this, I can also set it up on my grandparents' computer to make their lives just a little bit more reliable, since I will often have to go over there to fix problems that unexpectedly develop for a variety of reasons.
  10. I'm looking to create a scheduled task, PowerShell script, or command executable that would automatically run the commands DISM /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth and sfc /scannow in the background, and specifically in that order, both on startup and on a regular schedule, and most importantly without requiring a prompt for user input or requiring a UAC prompt. However, as I am not experienced with the task scheduler or with PowerShell, and I've never created a command executable before, I don't have the first clue how actually go about creating what I'm looking for. Could I have some help?
  11. It is no secret that companies have trade secrets. In fact, I would be more surprised if security vendors like MalwareBytes didn't have any trade secrets. But while trade secrets aim to protect a design through obfuscation, they serve no good once somebody else has already copied the design, which is where a patent comes in. However, filing a patent requires exposing details of the design. This leaves me with two questions: 1. For my own purposes (future endeavors), is it possible to get the benefits of having a patent on something while still keeping the really important stuff a trade secret? 2. Purely to satisfy my curiosity, does MalwareBytes happen to own any software patents?
  12. I too would like to see this significantly improved upon.
  13. What kind of easter egg (hidden messages in a program or game; often for the purposes of humor, showing appreciation, or dedicating to someone's memory) would you include in software that you develop? When I was still trying to learn Python, I wrote a utility for tabletop BattleTech which would throw in-universe quips at you if you gave invalid input or out-of-bounds design parameters. For instance, if you tried putting an engine in your mech that was too heavy, it would tell you that the mech had collapsed under its own weight. One more easter egg I had included was that ot would say Out Of Cheese Error -- Redo From Start if you calculated a negative engine rating (a Terry Pratchett reference). I was inspired to create this thread by previous discussion about the pirate easter egg in MalwareBytes.
  14. A lot of older routers have vulnerabilities in your firmware. The second best thing to do is to factory-reset a router and install fresh firmware on it, but some back doors may still be present following a factory reset and firmware update depending on the model of router, so the first best thing to do is to get a new router entirely and make sure that you always have up-to-date firmware on it. And yes, always change the default password. If you are willing and able to fork over additional dosh, then I'd also suggest getting a hardware firewall setup to protect your network equipment, and sticking to wired connections whenever possible. Fun fact: I received that exact same email in the past, which is what actually prompted me to start looking into cybersecurity. Even if you've already changed your password, you will still receive that email. It is not actually sent from within your account, but the sender is obfuscated to trick the server into thinking that it was sent from your account.
  15. MalwareBytes 4, you say? Shall I fuel up the hype train?
  16. Yeah, still trying to get my hands on the replacement drive in the first place.
  17. So, it turns out that the Epic Games Launcher has been stealing user data from Steam-related directories and Registry keys, and sending it to Epic, even before they launched their store. It also appears that this is in fact the intended functionality. Not only does the Epic Games launcher accurately match the description of Spyware or a Trojan, but Epic's behavior is downright illegal. The Steam API exists for a reason! I have some friends who might wish to share their experiences, but in the meantime I would recommend running the program in a sandbox, enabling both UAC Virtualization and Controlled Folder Access, and cranking up the Windows Defender and MalwareBytes anti-exploit and firewall settings around that program. If you actually use it, I mean. Otherwise, it may be better to just uninstall it if you have Steam.
  18. I feel like these sorts of public service announcements deserve an all points bulletin.
  19. I got an E6510 with an aging hard disk (160 gigabytes of failing sectors), a hand-me-down of sorts. Also, my dad has mistakenly put Windows 10 32-Bit on it. I'm desperately looking for a way to upgrade to 64-Bit without losing anything, and also trying to get my hands on a new SSD to migrate to.
  20. I don't use sleep mode on my laptop at all. When it goes to sleep, it never wakes up and I have to hard reboot it.
  21. Fast Start is actually a reduced version of Hibernate; while Hibernate saves your current session to the hard disk and loads it into memory as soon as the computer starts, Fast Start just saves the current status of the kernel. What @Porthos is thinking of is Hybrid Sleep, which combines Sleep Mode and Hibernate. There is honestly no reason to use Hybrid Sleep, and if you have an SSD then Fast Start isn't very helpful either (in general, it causes more harm than good). There are tweaks you can do to disable Fast Start but still have the option of manually performing a Hibernate operation, while keeping the power button's default function as an actual shut down.
  22. That seems a bit overkill, seeing as some people rely on advertisement revenue as their primary source of income. There are a few extensions which are themselves extensions for uBlock Origin. One of them allows you to Whitelist individual YouTube channels for displaying advertisements (I think it's just called YouTube Channel Whitelist), and another disarms anti-adblock content locks, called Nano Defender. They both require some setup though. On Google Chrome, there's also an extension called Fair AdBlocker, which limits the maximum number of ads which can be displayed on a webpage and will replace the advertisements with ones that are significantly less-tailored and are also verified to not contain anything malicious. However, there is nothing like that for Firefox, and it is also still susceptible to Anti-Adblocks. Plus, MalwareBytes' own adblocking does conflict with it a little. I prefer using Fair AdBlocker because it allows people to still gain ad revenue, and I really wish that it was available for Firefox while being made uBlock Origin compatible. Maybe in the future, there will be a MalwareBytes partnership?
  23. Yeah. Last time I tried using the hpHosts version of the HOSTS file, I actually completely lost internet access. If your HOSTS file is too big, it disables the DNS service, and in Windows 10, editing the HOSTS file at all can cause all sorts of problems that didn't occur in previous versions of Windows.
  24. I can't believe that the NSA would just open-source one of their tools.
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