Quick tip to change the default search engine from Internet Explorer, bing to google

Hi everyone

 

Today I will show a small tip to change bing to google for your new tab in Internet Explorer.

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First you go select Manage add-ons

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You click Find more search provider

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You select Add on Google Search

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You click Add again

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In the add-ons’s windows, make sure the Default is set to the one you want

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Now you should be ok to change the search provider !

Meltdown / Spectre quick check and update status

A quick way to see if you are at risk for CVE-2017-5754 (Meltdown) and CVE-2017-5715 (Spectre)

PS > Install-Module SpeculationControl

PS > Get-SpeculationControlSettings

If you see those red line you are at risk;

Hardware support for branch target injection mitigation is present: False

Windows OS support for branch target injection mitigation is present: False

Windows OS support for branch target injection mitigation is enabled: False

Windows OS support for kernel VA shadow is present: False

Windows OS support for kernel VA shadow is enabled: False

 

Now on another note, the patch KB4056892 (OS Build 16299.192) break a lot of Antivirus.

If automatic updates are enabled, the January 2018 Windows security update will be offered to the devices running supported anti-virus (AV) applications. Updates can be installed in any order.

A quick and dirty tip, if the install is installed is to add that registry key for disabling the fix for the time your Antivirus get updated;

Contact your Anti-Virus AV to confirm that their software is compatible and have set the following  REGKEY on the machine

Key=”HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE”Subkey=”SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\QualityCompat”
Value Name=”cadca5fe-87d3-4b96-b7fb-a231484277cc”
Type=”REG_DWORD”
Data=”0x00000000”

Reference:

ADV180002 | Guidance to mitigate speculative execution side-channel vulnerabilities

January 3, 2018—KB4056892 (OS Build 16299.192)