Adobe introduces new Update Mechanism for Adobe Flash Player

A few days ago Adobe released a security update for Adobe Flash player and with that update Adobe also introduced a new mechanism for Flash Player updates. When deploying Adobe Flash player within a controlled corporate environment you most likely want to prevent the player from automatically updating itself or show notifications about a new version being available. When installing Adobe Flash Player 11.2 you will find the following: A new Scheduled Task called Adobe Read More …

Skype Group Policy Settings

Just recently one of our customers requested the Skype (Business version) Application to be packaged for software distribution, so I wondered what the status is these days with regard to locking down Skype with Group Policy. Well the results are sobering. Despite the fact that Skype is part of Microsoft since a while, there has not been much progress in making Skype more Group Policy aware. The settings that can be configured using Group Policy Read More …

Scheduled Tasks for Windows Games

When opening the Windows Task Scheduler you might see a Task called “UpdateCheck_” located within the Games folder of the Task Scheduler Library. To enable or disable this Task open the “Game Explorer” within Windows and then select options. When selecting “Automatically check online for updates and news, then notify me when the’re available” a scheduled Task is automatically being created. When selecting “Never check online for updates or news, I’ll do it manually” the Read More …

Windows Mobile 6.1 Hot Fix for Sending POP and IMAP E-mail

Once again, there is always a solution for every problem, it’s just that it can take a while until you find the solution. Since months I have had issues with “sending” e-mails from my Windows Mobile 6.1 device. I have several mail accounts configured on my mobile, but the one that is configured to use IMAP simply wouldn’t work. Today I stumbled upon a patch that fixes this. If you happen to have the same Read More …

Managing Microsoft Security Essentials from the Command Line

Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is Microsoft’s free Antivirus Software which helps protecting clients against viruses and spyware. For years I had used other free Antivirus programs on my home based clients, but have switched them all to MSE since it’s release in September 2009. The MSE binaries are located in the following folder: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Essentials. In that folder we also find the MpCmdRun.exe which provides a command line interface for MSE. The tool Read More …