January 9th, 2014 IPCUG Meeting Minutes

 Minutes by Laura, Secretary

Meeting started at 6:30pm by President Hugh. 27 in attendance.


  • “Meeting after the meeting” at Denny’s
  • IPCUG Board Meeting at Elmer’s, Thursday January 23rd, 7:00pm
  • No-host breakfast at Golden Corral, Saturday January 11th, 9:00am
  • Linux User’s Group at the Boise Public Library in the Gate’s lab, Wednesday February 5th, 6:30pm

New Virus-Cryptolocker

  • Spread through e-mail attachments
  • Uses two keys to encrypt and decrypt, delivered first through the Malware and second when you pay to unlock it
  • Infected users are instructed to pay $300 to receive a private key to unlock it. In some cases, it may be possible to recover previous versions of the encrypted files using System Restore
  • So far, this has only attacked Windows
  • There is no way for you to know if you have this virus until it is too late and it is done with its process.
  • The only way to try to protect yourself from this virus is to keep Java up to date (or turn it off), and be careful with opening attachments from e-mails.

Q&A Session

  • If you format your computer, will it take Cryptolocker off?
    • Yes.
    • Problems with pop-ups in the browser (while using Firefox). Is there a good blocker?
      • No-pop. This is available in Firefox through the add-on section.
      • Crypto-prevent. This is available through FoolishIT.com

First Presentation by Gregg: Setting up and using Windows 8.1

  • Gregg provided a handout that showed a helpful list of Quick Links and various steps to change your settings on Windows 8.1
  • Shortcut website: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/keyboard-shortcuts
  • To change the login key to a four digit Pin, complete following CHARM settings:
    • Place Pointer to screen’s upper right corner (this will bring up your CHARM list), click Settings
      • Once in settings, click on picture password, then under PIN click “change,” enter account password, click OK, enter the new PIN that you want to use, then click OK.
      • SkyDrive is an option under PC Settings that provides cloud storage.
      • While clicking on the screen’s upper right corner opens the Charms, clicking on the screen’s upper left corner will pull up a list of your recent apps.
      • Microsoft automatically sets the search engine to Bing. To change this, go to PC Settings, Search and apps, and then choose the Search tab.
      • Response to a question: you can right-click on the app icons at the Start menu, which gives you options to un-pin or resize the icon. If you un-pin it, it will remove it from the Start menu, but still be available in the apps list.
      • Response to a question: you have to set up a separate account from the Administrator account.

Second Presentation by Hugh: Installing and Using Classic Shell in Windows 8.1

  • Classic Shell is a free download that allows Windows 8.1 to run with the display of Windows 7, Windows XP, or Windows Vista. Download at ClassicShell.net (not .com!)
  • To change the settings of Classic Shell, right-click on the Start button.
  • To return to the original Windows 8.1, un-install Classic Shell.

Third Presentation by Mike: Windows 7 Libraries

  • Libraries are not folders, but rather a way of collecting all your related programs. However, you can treat a Library like a folder, such as copying files into a Library.
  • In Properties for the Library, you can choose which folder files go into, if you move a file into the Library.
  • You can make your own Libraries by going to the Library Directory, and click “Make Library.”

“Teaser” by Brian: ChromeCast

  • Will be raffled off in two months. Tickets are $1 each, or 6 tickets for $5.
  • ChromeCast is used to stream anything in your browser or apps. You need a HDMI port which connects into the TV.

Meeting adjourned at 8:52pm by President Hugh. Next IPCUG meeting will be February 13th, 6:30pm.

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