Tech & Gaming

Computeractive 552

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!

United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
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in this issue

1 min.
from the editor

Success can be the worst thing that happens to software. Programs that start as nimble tools, offering simpler ways of doing things, often become just as clunky as the established software they aimed to usurp. Developers get carried away with the popularity of their programs, thinking it means users want more updates (no matter how disruptive), more redesigns (no matter how confusing), and more pre-installed junk (no matter how many times we Name and Shame them – see page 21). Perhaps they rely on ‘user inertia’: the theory that customers stick with what they know not because they like the service, but to avoid the hassle of switching. But we’re talking software here, not banks or utility companies. Uninstall what you’ve stopped liking, then install its replacement. Easy(ish). I’m glad to say…

2 min.
delay windows updates by 35 days – from late may

You’ll be able to delay the next Windows Feature Update (version 1903) for up to 35 days, longer than Microsoft has ever let you before. It seems that it will be given as an option when you choose to install the May Update, due at the end of May. This was previously called the April Update, but was renamed when Microsoft pushed back its release date, deciding it needed to be tested for longer before being made available publicly. You can delay the update for only seven days at a time, but you can do this five times in order to postpone it for the 35-day maximum. Many Windows 10 Home users will welcome the opportunity to postpone updates, but it’s still much shorter than the 365-day delay Windows Pro customers can choose. Microsoft has…

1 min.
what we think

Thanks, Microsoft, you made us look like April Fools. No sooner had we gone to press with Issue 551, asking on the cover whether you should delay the imminent update, than it pushed the date back and renamed it. Still, no matter: Microsoft did the right thing. Too many recent updates have been released before problems were fixed, so a month’s delay for lastminute checking is fine by us – as is the option to postpone it for 35 days. It potentially means you won’t need to face the update until July.…

1 min.
go ahead – remove your usb sticks!

Windows 10 will no longer warn you that you may lose data on your USB sticks if you remove them without properly ‘ejecting’ them, after Microsoft changed how the operating system handles storage. Until now, you’ve been told to click through a series of menus to safely eject the stick - a message many users always ignored. This was because by default Windows delayed saving data on the stick to maximise speed, increasing the risk of losing data were you to abruptly pull it out. But starting from the May Update, Windows will use the ‘quick removal’ setting to store data, which means you can safely remove USB sticks without jeopardising data. You can switch back to the previous setting - called ‘better performance’ - by opening Disk Management, right-clicking the name…

1 min.
govt to regulate web to punish sites for ‘online harms’

Websites could be fined, ‘named and shamed’ or even removed from search results if they fail to tackle “online harms” such as child abuse and terrorist propaganda, under plans outlined by the Government. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has recommended that an independent watchdog should set up a code of practice for tech companies to follow. In addition to child abuse and online extremism, the Online Harms White Paper covers hate crimes, harassment, fake news, and ‘revenge porn’, in which sexually explicit content filmed by a couple is shared online by one of the partners after the relationship has ended. Ministers also said it would cover content that promoted self-harm or encouraged users to commit suicide. As well as websites like Google, Facebook and Twitter, the rules will apply to…

1 min.
malware adds fake tumours to lung scans

Security researchers have created malware that adds fake cancerous tumours to medical scans, fooling doctors into making an incorrect diagnosis. The team, from Israel’s Ben Gurion University, built the malware to show how easy it is to bypass the security systems used by hospitals to protect their medical equipment. They said hackers would have total control over the size, location and number of tumours added. In tests, the malware altered 70 images, tricking three radiologists into thinking the patient had cancer. Even after they were told about the fake tumours, they couldn’t tell the images apart. An artificial intelligence algorithm also failed to distinguish them. The malware added malignant growths to images of lungs (pictured) taken by MRI and CT scanning machines. The researchers also programmed the malware to remove real tumours, which in…