OT: worldwide worm

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With Win7, in the Start Box, you type 'power' (without the commas), which brings up powershell, and then paste the appropriate cmdlet. But XP doesn't have powershell, but you can install it if you have XP SP3.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/968929/windows-management-framework-windows-powershell-2.0,-winrm-2.0,-and-bits-4.0 http://tinyurl.com/kk4z9uq
Perhaps it's possible to turn off SMBv1 via the registry using regedit as described for Win7 in that article I linked to at the top, but that assumes the same registry layout for XP.
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I had a look in the registry, but there doesn't seem to be anything in it about SMB, of any flavour.
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"Handsome Jack" wrote in message

I had a look in the registry, but there doesn't seem to be anything in it about SMB, of any flavour.
http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4012598&ranMID $542&ranEAID=TnL5HPStwNw&ranSiteID=TnL5HPStwNw-7AHF69bVaEU5oWGmUfsQGA&tduid=(128f40c208390c34d5cb3e860f54defd)(256380)(2459594)(TnL5HPStwNw-7AHF69bVaEU5oWGmUfsQGA)()
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Thanks. I've already installed that update, but I have no idea what it actually did. Does it turn off SMBv1?
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On Sun, 14 May 2017 19:18:13 +0100, Handsome Jack wrote:

This might help - tells how to remove/disable SM1 on various Windows versions: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/filecab/2016/09/16/stop-using-smb1/
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On Mon, 15 May 2017 09:54:07 +0100, mechanic wrote:

Oops, SMBv1.
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On 15/05/17 16:14, mechanic wrote:

and doesn't mention hoary old XP...
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It doesn't tell you how to remove it [SMBv1] from XP. Which, it seems, is really what is needed.
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AIUI, what SMBv1 needs is to be patched so it no longer has the buffer-overflow vulnerability.
Interestingly, such vulnerabilities were used by the Internet Worm that got loose in November 1988.
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On Mon, 15 May 2017 19:07:53 +0100, Tim Streater wrote:

A lot of people who upgraded from XP years ago will find that info re-assuring though. Not many home users still on XP - most of the issues for those large organisations which seem to be stuck with XP is if there is a connection to some hardware that is fragile or poorly understood or otherwise very expensive to upgrade. No such excuses for home users. Commercial users are probably using the Enterprise Edition that apparently has extended support.
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Which is presumably what the Microsoft patch for XP does. Unless it patches in SMBv2 or 3. I did look for a description, but couldn't find anything.
I've spent all day today patching and updating laptops for people, plus calls asking for advice on upgrading. I'm trying to decide whether an 84yo lady would be better with W7 or 10. She wants a desktop because she has the desk for it to sit under.
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I'm still using Win7. On both desktop and laptop. MS seems to follow a bath curve - a new OS starts out flaky, reaches a peak, then gets slower due to the millions of patches. And by the time the last bit happens, the current one is usually at its peak. So that's the time to change.
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My current thought is this, after getting stuck with a load of other peoples' queries and problems yesterday:
W10 seems generally OK, although I suspect MS update servers have been overloaded by a frantic rush to check update status.
W7 is a disaster waiting to happen as so many machines in the hands of normal people have not been updating since Microsoft messed with the updating process. My memory stick with the two crucial updates has been working overtime.
Vista is probably similar to W7, as updates have been similarly borked.
XP is less of a problem because many XP machines are just used offline to support specialist hardware. However, morally Microsoft should not have delayed issuing their patch until disaster struck, support or no support. It was a design fault in their software that they knew about, and they must know that there are still hundreds of thousands of users around the world.
I'm still unsure about the advice and help for the 84 year old.
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Eh? I get regular W7 updates here - and I've not changed anything. Actually had several in the last week or so - unusually busy.
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Well, this long winded post (I can't find the shorter original) points to what Microsoft (who rewrote someone else's work) advised people to do
http://tinyurl.com/znbu9mm
The problem seemed to hit those who didn't use their machines regularly and somehow missed some updates when they first came out.
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I'm wondering if there's a problem for those who leave their machines on 24/7? Mine installs the updates when I power down. Probably what I told them to do in the mists of time.
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On Tue, 16 May 2017 16:25:37 +0100, "Dave Plowman (News)"

Not with mine (Win7), on 24/7, sending AIS data to the University of the Aegean*. The computer alerts me when there are updates to Win7, and apart from those related to Win10, I invariable download them. Sometimes it requires a restart to actually install them, but not always. Whether it installs them automatically, or after asking, or never, is a selectable option.
* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MarineTraffic
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Hey, that's more interesting than failing Windows.
I've been trying to use WesselFinderFree on Android, but the yacht in question is never out when I remember to look.
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Are you sure the yacht in question has an AIS transmitter? Not all small boats and pleasure craft have them. Obligatory only for vessels of over 300 tonnes displacement, AIUI.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automatic_identification_system
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Yes, it has AIS and I've found the yacht's picture on the Marine Traffic website and checked with my son. It will probably be out and switched on on Friday next week so that gives me time to have a look around.
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