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Computeractive is the UK’s best-selling computer magazine and your friendly guide to PCs, gadgets and the web! It includes regular news updates, project ideas, help and advice on popular reader queries, articles on anti-virus software, features on consumer rights, and a whole lot more to help you get the very best out of your computer. Get PC advice in plain English today – get Computeractive!

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Dennis Publishing UK
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1 min.
from the editor

Computeractive moved offices recently, so we needed a big clearout. It’s astonishing how much clutter had grown around my desk. It seemed to have spread like Japanese Knotweed through a Cotswolds garden. And yet I was still nervous about what to throw away. Would I need that old coffee-stained notepad? Whose phone number is on that Post-it note? Should I pack the kitchen sink? I know that many of you have similar doubts when clearing junk from your PC. You realise how important it is to do, but worry that you’ll accidentally uninstall files that are essential to how your PC runs. So in this issue’s Cover Feature (page 50) we explain precisely what’s safe to remove, and what you must keep. I hope you’ll find it useful, but I’ll understand if…

3 min.
now wannacry can hack w10 (but it’s actually good news)

The WannaCry ransomware that paralysed tens of thousands of computers in May worldwide can be used to attack Windows 10, security researchers have said. Experts at US company RiskSense have created a Windows 10 version of the security flaw – called EternalBlue – that WannaCry exploited in order to better understand how future attacks can be prevented. No Windows 10 computers were affected by WannaCry during the attack last month. Despite initial reports that XP machines were most at risk, analysis suggests that 98 per cent of hacked computers were running Windows 7. RiskSense’s research is known as ‘white hat hacking’, in which the security of software and systems are tested by experts looking to find flaws before criminals do. It has published a report explaining how WannaCry can infect Windows 10, but left…

1 min.
wannacry hackers ‘were chinese speaking

Chinese hackers were behind the WannaCry ransomware attack that crippled tens of thousands of computers around the world in May, new evidence suggests. After examining the ransom message displayed by WannaCry, researchers at US security company Flashpoint found that the grammar and punctuation in the Chinese versions indicated the writer was “native or at least fluent” in the language. They claim with “high confidence” that the language “is consistent with that of Southern China, Hong Kong, Taiwan or Singapore”. The ransom note was displayed in 28 different languages, including French, German and Russian. But Flashpoint says only the versions in Chinese and English were written by humans, with the others showing grammatical and punctuation errors indicating they had been translated using Google Translate. Flashpoint says the reason the hackers are more likely to be…

1 min.
6,000 drivers use phone despite fines

Nearly 6,000 drivers were caught using their mobile phones while driving in the month after the Government increased penalties for the offence. The figures equate to 200 drivers per day in the 28 days from 1 March, when the Department for Transport (DfT) doubled the penalties to a £200 fine and six penalty points. Additionally, motorists caught using their phone within two years of getting their licence can now lose it entirely. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said at the time that using a phone at the wheel is “as inexcusable as drinkdriving”. The Press Association used a Freedom of Information request to obtain the statistics, which show police punished 5,977 drivers in March. Just over 2,000 incidents took place in London. Drivers reported to the police included a man using his phone while driving…

1 min.
in brief

MOBILE-PHONE CALLS GOING UNDERGROUND Commuters on the London Underground may soon be able to use their phones to browse the web and make calls. Under plans from the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, telecoms companies will be invited to bid for the contract to provide a 4G service. Many stations currently offer Wi-Fi on platforms, but this isn’t available on trains. AMAZON ‘TO SELL MEDICINE ONLINE’ Amazon is planning to sell prescription medicine online, according to reports. The company is advertising in the US for a “pharmacies market general manager” to tap into a market that is worth an estimated $300bn a year. It raises the possibility of a similar venture in the UK, although the company would need to register with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency. Tomorrow’s world Will parachutes soon replace…

1 min.
kaspersky takes microsoft to court for removing its antivirus

Kaspersky has filed a legal complaint against Microsoft for abusing its dominant position by recommending its “inferior” Windows Defender antivirus. The Russian company alleges that Microsoft removes third-party antivirus software from PCs when users upgrade to Windows 10, pushing them towards Defender instead. It has filed an anticompetition lawsuit with the European Union, claiming that Microsoft’s promotion of Defender uses “questionable methods”. In a scathing blog post (www.snipca.com/24596) Kaspersky’s boss and founder Eugene Kaspersky lashed out at Microsoft, accusing it of deliberately confusing users by casting doubt on the effectiveness of running third-party antivirus. He criticised Windows for repeatedly asking users ‘Do you want to run this program?’ when they try to run antivirus software, and for showing the warning ‘You should only run programs that come from publishers you trust’ (see screenshot). Kaspersky said…