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How To Install Microsoft Orca MSI Editor

Every time I need to install Microsoft Orca for editing and/or reviewing MSI files, I am searching where Microsoft have hidden this tool. Despite some comments on the Internet, Orca is not gone. I believe that Microsoft discontinued development, but it is still downloadable and you can definitely get it installed. There are a couple of ways to install MS Orca, but here is what I do to get it installed on my machine (Windows 10):

  1. Download the Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (ISO)Windows 7 SDK
  2. Mount the ISO file (or burn on DVD > insert disk)
  3. Navigate to folder \Setup\WinSDKTools
  4. Open cab1.cab
  5. Right click WinSDK_Orca_Msi_5E20C107_DAA3_4D49_AFAE_7FB2594F0CDC_x86 –> Extract to a folder of your choice
  6. Add .msi to the file name
  7. Install

Once installed you will see a new option (Edit with Orca) in the right click menu of a MSI file.

‘DQA keeps stopping’ error message on my new Galaxy S8 plus

On Friday (04/21/17) afternoon I received my new Samsung Galaxy S8 plus. Quickly unboxed it, installed the Spigen case that I purchased a week ago and dived right into it.

The phone is absolutely stunning and a piece of art. The screen is gorgeous and everything that you can expect from a good Samsung AMOLED screen. As a long time iPhone user, it will take me a little bit of time to get acclimated to Android, but honestly, I think the biggest challenge will be to re-train my brain to recognize the alerts sounds as they are different from the iPhone ones. That speaks volumes on how much Android has closed the gap to the iOS devices.

So, I am enjoying my new Galaxy S8 plus, going through the options, installing my apps and familiarizing myself with the different options when I get a message that there is an update. It is 2:00AM and I decided to install it and call it a day. To my surprise, I woke up to a nasty and persistent error message on my phone. Its said “DQA keeps stopping” and the only option given was to close the app. No big deal I thought – restarted my Galaxy S8 plus but the message kept coming up. After a quick Google search I found that everyone who installed the security update is having the same issue. “DQA” is short for data quality assessment, which monitors Wi-Fi data connections. Hence the most popular “fix” for now is simply turning off Wi-Fi. This is obviously not ideal and Samsung is working on a fix, but in the meantime there are a couple of other methods you can try.

Method 1: Reboot your device

Just reboot your smartphone a couple of times and the error may not show up again. NOTE: this did not work for me!

Method 2: Clear cache using Recovery. Be careful and take your time.

  • Power down your phone and then press and hold, the power, volume up and Bixby button together.
  • On the no-command screen, hold the power key and press volume up to enter recovery.
  • Use the volume keys to move through the menu, and select Wipe cache partition option and then press power key to select.
  • Then select Yes, and press power key again. Reboot your phone.

Method 3: Disable high-performance mode

  • Open Settings
  • Search for Performance Mode and select it from the search result.
  • Change the option to Normal and apply

Method 4: Force-quite DQA app

  • First, go into Settings > Apps and tap the overflow menu.
  • Select show system apps and then find the DQA app.
  • Tap on it and then on Force Stop.

LastPass Works To Fix Second Big Vulnerability In Two Weeks

March 27, 2017 — “For the second time in two weeks, developers of the popular LastPass password manager are working to fix a serious vulnerability that could allow malicious websites to steal user passwords or infect computers with malware,” Computerworld reports. “Like the LastPass flaws patched last week, the new issue was discovered and reported to LastPass by Tavis Ormandy, a researcher with Google’s Project Zero team.” Leaving out any technical details, Ormandy publicly disclosed the vulnerability on Twitter and said it “affects the latest version of the LastPass browser extension for all major browsers.” He also said he has successfully exploited it on Windows and Linux. “If the extension’s binary component is also installed, the vulnerability allows attackers to execute malicious code on users’ computers when they visit a rogue website,” Computerworld says. “If the component is not present, the flaw can still be used to extract passwords from users’ secure password vaults.” Ormandy has also reported that simply having the extension in the browser is enough for attackers to exploit the vulnerability. In a blog post, LastPass says it is “actively addressed the vulnerability.” It continued to say the “attack is unique and highly sophisticated. We don’t want to disclose anything specific about the vulnerability or our fix that could reveal anything to less sophisticated but nefarious parties.”

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