Where to find Panda Free Antivirus’ Quarantine

If you’re wondering where to find the above,

  • For Windows 32-bit: C:\Program Files(x86)\Panda Security\Panda SecurityProtection\LostandFound
  • For Windows 64-bit: C:\Program Files\Panda Security\Panda SecurityProtection\LostandFound

At the time I needed this info, I was using Windows 8.1 & Panda Free Antivirus 2015.

Thanks as123 for the tip.

Which services does Authy support?

Authy thinks making an official list of services it supports is “too much work.”

If you wanna enable two-step verification (more commonly known as Two Factor Authorization or simply 2FA), Authy is the best current solution due to its multiplatform support. Unfortunately, there’s no official list of services it natively supports. The stated reason:

One can only chuckle at the irony of a security startup thinking a complete feature/support list is “too much work.”* Fortunately, you can find out which services are covered by doing the following in the Android app:

  1. Add an account in the app.
  2. When the above is done, tap the menu button.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Tap the Accounts tab.
  5. Tap the account you just set up.
  6. Tap the SELECT ANOTHER ONE response to the WRONG LOGO? question. A list of services with 1st party support will pop up as shown below:

    You have download the app and set up an account to discover which service Authy supports. Something tells me that's deliberate. It's also sly.
    You have download the app and set up an account to discover which service Authy supports. Something tells me that’s deliberate. It’s also sly.

That said, here’s the list of 19 services:

  1. Google
  2. Dropbox
  3. Microsoft
  4. Facebook
  5. Gmail
  6. Outlook
  7. App.net (pretty much dead, so doesn’t count.)
  8. Github
  9. Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  10. Linode
  11. Dreamhost
  12. LastPass
  13. Guildwars 2
  14. Evernote
  15. WordPress
  16. Digital Ocean
  17. Heroku
  18. Stripe
  19. Tumblr
  20. Bitcoin

Unfortunately, Authy does not support Twitter, albeit through no fault of their own:

Technically, Authy supports any TOTP-enabled service, but as the preceding link shows that number is disappointingly small. Two Factor Auth List has a comprehensive list of services that provide some level of 2FA, but bear in mind that only a subset of those with Software Implementation checked can be used with Authy, as quite a few services use proprietary schemes.

*Authy should be taken out to the woodshed for this level of blatant laziness. There’s no reason why a security service can’t reasonably offer a list of what it provides native support for. NONE.

Which sources to use in HostsMan

Only 3 of the suggested sources are usable, and you may want to add another custom source.

If you hate ads, you’ve probably already tried an ad blocking solution like AdBlock Plus (ABP). If you’re reading this, you probably also discovered the huge negative impact of in-browser ad blocking on browser performance. And so now you’re trying HostsMan instead.* Unlike ABP, however, HostsMan doesn’t make it obvious which hosts file sources you subscribe to. Enabling all of them sounds like a good idea, but doing so hoses some functionality such as social sharing bookmarklets.

I’m still testing HostsMan in lieu of ABP on my Windows 7 64-bit and Windows 8.1 August Update 64-bit PCs, but so far the following hosts subscriptions have blocked ads without compromising useful features:

  • MVPS Hosts
  • Peter Lowe’s AdServers List
  • Malware Domain List

You can also add AdAway‘s** list by doing the following:

  1. In HostMan’s Manage Update Sources dialog, click Add Source…
  2. Enter an appropriate name in the Name (ex: Example’s hosts file): field.
  3. In the File name or URL: field, enter https://adaway.org/hosts.txt.
  4. Click Test Connection to ensure you entered the right details.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Force an update from HostsMan’s main window.

You don’t have to reboot for changes to take effect, though your internet connection might hiccup while the OS becomes aware of the new hosts file.

What your HostsMan Manage Update Sources options should look like.
What your HostsMan Manage Update Sources options should look like.

More specific reasons I disregard the remaining hosts sources:

  • hpHosts (all): far too aggressive and insufficiently specific.
  • Cameleon: not updated often enough. As of this writing, the most recent update was in April 2014.

Sadly, Cameleon’s state betrays one major downside of ad blocking using hosts files: they aren’t updated nearly as frequently as ABP lists. EasyList, for example, is updated daily. Of the sources I recommend, the most recently updated is the Malware Domain List at October 31, 2014. Peter Lowe’s list was updated on October 10, while MVPS and AdAway were updated on September 30. Yikes.

*More thorough comparison of ABP and HostsMan.

**AdAway does for Android what HostsMan does for Windows. However, it needs root permissions and you definitely need to reboot between hosts file updates as there’s no other way to make the OS aware of the changes.

How to fix the Windows Store’s “current internet connection is slow” error

After successfully installing the new TripAdvisor Windows 8.1 app on my desktop, I tried installing it on my laptop, but was met with this error message:

Your purchase couldn’t be completed

This app can’t be purchased because your current internet connection is slow. Please try again using a different connection.

Another day, another Windows Store error.
Surprise: your internet connection isn’t the issue here.

Switching to a different internet connection didn’t work. Fortunately, Googling the problem turned up this thread with a few fixes that only worked for me after I applied them in a certain order, which is what this post is about.

Here’s how to fix the problem:

  1. Ensure the PC is not connected directly to the internet, i.e. is on a LAN and behind a NAT/SPI firewall.
  2. Reboot the PC.
  3. Upon rebooting, disable your antivirus software (Avast 2014 in my case).
  4. Press Windows key + R.
  5. In the window that pops up, enter “wsreset.exe” without the quotes.
  6. Click OK or hit Enter. The Windows Store loading screen will appear as below. Be patient as it may take up to 15 minutes to load completely.* Wait for it to complete and your problem should be resolved.
  7. Install the app you wanted.
  8. Re-enable your antivirus software.
I have a dream that one day Windows NUI will the resurrect progress indicator.
I have a dream that one day Windows NUI will the resurrect progress indicator.

In my experience, most Windows Store bugs are due to interfering security software. I’m not sure if this is due to the NUI/RT not being designed with such software in mind, or just bad testing/development on the part of security software dev shops.