Microsoft has announced that it will begin updating Internet Explorer users to the latest version available for their system automatically.

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Microsoft today, released 13 security updates as a part of the monthly patch Tuesday cycle to close 19 vulnerabilities found in their Windows, Office, Internet Explorer and Media Player/Media Center software.

Although they had planned to release 14 patches, the release of one of the updates had to be delayed. The patch in question was intended to close a vulnerability found in the SSL 3.0 and TLS 1.0 and the reason given for delaying the update was that they found an incompatibility during third party tests. The update will be released later, once the incompatibility issues are addressed properly.

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Microsoft has added another weapon to its arsenal in its fight against malware: an offline version of the Windows Defender software. The software, which is in beta at the moment, scans and removes various forms of malware like its desktop counterpart. But the advantage of the Offline version is that, it can be run from an external media such as a CD or USB drive, even when the OS is not running. This makes it easier to remove certain rootkits and advanced malware which otherwise is difficult to remove when the OS is running.

Here’s a step by step guide on how to run Windows Defender Offline beta.

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This month will see the release of four security updates, of which one is rated critical, two are important and one is moderate. As noted in the below table, Bulletin 1 and 2 patches vulnerabilities that enable Remote Code Execution while Bulletin 3 is for an Elevation of Privileges bug and Bulletin 4 is for a Denial of Service bug.

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Here is my take on the Windows 8 Developer Preview. Understand what’s new with the Explorer, Task Manager, take a look at the Metro Shell UI, and lots more.

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If you have a computer, tablet or smartphone, you might want to add something to it that helps you get into the fun Halloween mood. We have lots of links to cool Halloween stuff for you.

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A new partnership between Microsoft and Qualcomm brings to mind the WinTel alliance of the last decade, which led to Microsoft and Intel dominating their respective markets.

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BlueStacks App Player enables Windows users to run Android apps and games fluidly in full screen mode.

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BluePoison for Windows 8 offers a simple way to skin Windows 8 in addition to offering some simple Metro UI tweaks.

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The Mozilla team has released a new version of its desktop and mobile browser, Firefox 7. The new version takes considerably less memory compared to its predecessor.

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[Interview] Dell is Committed to PC Business: GM, Dell India

Last week I met Mahesh Bhalla, Executive Director and General Manager (Consumer & SMB) at Dell India. We talked about Dell’s business in India, the revolution in devices and form factors, and Dell’s newest line of business – the mobile phones.

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Windows 8 introduces a new Metrofied pre-boot troubleshooting utility that offers System Restore, Factory Reset, and Refresh. Safe Mode is still present; however, it has a new hotkey.

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Metro UI Tweaker for Windows 8 is another handy little tweaking app, which can toggle the Metro and Ribbon interface and add power options to the Start screen.

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Windows 8 tries to provide the best of both worlds by merging the new touch-first Metro UI and the classic desktop shell. However, this approach requires perfect harmony between the various element. Does Windows 8 succeed in pulling it off?

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Quench Your Thirst with 14 Free Oktoberfest Screensavers

These beer screensaver themes are perfect for getting into a thirsty mood for the upcoming October festivities. Warning: Don’t drink and operate a computer.

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