Microsoft has been very, very busy in its preparation for Windows 10. More than just a superficial update, the company is rebuilding a lot of its software components from the ground upwards, including its famed surfing client. Internet Explorer’s time passed many years ago, and over the past few months, we’ve seen tidbits of its successor, which was codenamed Project Spartan. Today, at the software maker’s BUILD dev gathering, Project Spartan has been officially named Microsoft Edge, and while you’re probably glad to see the back of IE, there are plenty of reasons to instead be more excited about what Spartan has to offer.
It’s often the case that a “remake” of an old app amounts to little more than the odd lick of paint allied to a couple of functionality tweaks, but such is the general apathy towards Internet Explorer that most would have seen through a thinly-veiled makeover. Thankfully, as we saw when Edge was first showcased as Spartan back in January, this is not the case with Microsoft’s new browser, and both Chrome and Firefox’s user bases will be prime targets for Microsoft Edge adoption.
As we’ve seen through the Windows 10 technical preview, Microsoft Edge is all about fluidity, and instead of serving as a clone to Chrome, Firefox, Opera et al, includes a number of unique functions and quirks that Satya Nadella and Co. will be hoping pay dividends. As well as baking the intriguing Cortana voice assistant into the pie, users will also be able to draw, type and write notes directly onto a Web page in Note Mode, which can then be either saved or shared with consummate ease.
If you are a diehard Chrome or Firefox user, then you’ll be pleased to learn that Edge will support extensions from the former two browsers. In short; Microsoft has the stage set for potential new users. But at this point in time, the software giant hasn’t really cleared up how these extensions will be installed. We’re sure to learn more about this in the days to come.
After bringing forth a Modern interface that nobody wanted with Windows 8 and essentially dressing Internet Explorer up to comply with the new look, Microsoft’s Windows 10 looks an OS worthy of both mobile and desktop. The Microsoft Edge browser’s significance in proceedings cannot be overstated, of course, and Nadella and the rest of the head honchos at Microsoft will know just how important it is that Edge is well-received by the masses.
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A spam e-mail has been sent to Windows users that claims to offer decryption keys for the malware which has emptied millions from bank accounts worldwide.
The campaign by hackers claims to unlock any personal files on a PC that have been locked but then downloads onto a computer a dangerous virus.
Experts have warned people not to open any unsolicited e-mails which offers a solution to CryptoLocker and Gameover Zeus.
Raluca Stanciu, a malware researcher at tech firm BullGuard who identified the threat, said: “Cyber criminals have been quick off the mark following the widespread media coverage around CryptoLocker and Gameover Zeus.
“They’re trying to exploit fear and uncertainty. As a rule, unsolicited emails like this should be ignored.
“But that said, we can expect to see more similar-themed emails in the coming weeks.”
Computer users are being urged to protect their machines from malware which allows hackers to steal financial data.
British investigators have been working with the FBI to trace the hackers behind ongoing attacks, and the botnet system used by the targets has been temporarily disrupted.
But the UK’s National Crime Agency says people have just two weeks before the system could be functioning again, and urged people to protect their computers from an expected “powerful computer attack”.
Bogachev is said to use the online monikers ‘lucky12345’ and ‘slavik’
Between 500,000 and one million machines have so far been infected worldwide, according to court documents.
US officials have accused a Russian hacker of masterminding the scam – and prosecutors say those involved have already raked in more than $100m (£60m).
The NCA is urging people to back up important files and make sure their security software and operating system are up to date.
Two pieces of malware software known as GOZeuS and CryptoLocker are responsible for the alert.
They typically infect a computer via attachments or links in emails.
If a user clicks on GOZeuS, it silently monitors activity and tries to capture information such as bank details.
“(The links or attachments) may look like they have been sent by genuine contacts and may purport to carry invoices, voicemail messages, or any file made to look innocuous,” the NCA warned.
“These emails are generated by other victims’ computers, who do not realise they are infected, and are used to send mass emails creating more victims.”
The Cryptolocker malware is activated if the first attack is not profitable enough.
It locks a user from their files and threatens to delete them unless a “ransom” of several hundred pounds is paid.
Some 234,000 machines were hit by Cryptolocker – bringing in $27m (£16m) in payments – in its first two months, the US Justice Department said.
Computers running Windows software are said to be most vulnerable
More than 15,500 computers in the UK are infected and “many more” are at risk, according to the NCA.
Stewart Garrick, a senior investigator with the NCA, told Sky News the threat was mainly against individuals or businesses running Windows-based computers.
Thirty-year-old Russian Evgeniy Bogachev is the alleged leader of the gang behind the attacks, FBI executive assistant director Robert Anderson told a news conference in Washington DC.
US and other agents seized servers around the world this weekend and freed 300,000 computers from the infection.
“They (the FBI) have disrupted the network and taken control of it,” said Sky’s Tom Cheshire.
“So when the hackers try to speak to the computer that’s affected, that line of communication has been cut off.
“You now have a chance to clean up. The first thing you should do is update your operating system – especially if you’re on Windows, then look to scan your computer for viruses and it should be able to find it.”
For more information visit www.getsafeonline.org/nca.
What SG Recommend,
To ensure that your computer does not get infected we recommend the following:
- You are a running an up to date Operating System For example Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1. If you are currently running Windows XP then you will have a high risk of getting infected. If you are running Windows XP then we recommend that you upgrade NOW!
- Make sure that you have installed ALL Windows updates for your computer.
- Install a premium Anti-Virus package to ensure that you have the best protection for your computer, some of the free products will not give you enough protection.
- Just because you have an Anti-Virus product installed does not mean it is running efficiently, make sure that your Anti-Virus is running properly and is fully up to date.
- Make sure you have a backup of all your data, this includes Photos, Documents, Videos and emails. If you do not have a backup and you are infected with the Crypto Lock malware then your data will be lost forever. Make sure this does not happen to you!