Ask Leo! #558 – Free Windows 10?, Mysterious Windows, Career Advice and more…

Saved! Backing Up with Macrium Reflect - Second Edition

If you already own Saved! Backing Up with Macrium Reflect, you already own the second edition, and you can access it via your "My Books" page out at But you may want to share what follows with friends and family that don't already have the book.

The price is changing.

It's actually pretty simple:

  • 1st Edition Price: $19.97(ebook/Kindle), $24.97(paperback). Note: includes both book and videos.
  • 2nd Edition Price: $38.97(ebook). Note: includes both book and companion video course.
  • 2nd Edition Price: $14.97(ebook/Kindle). $19.97(paperback). Note: THIS IS THE BOOK ONLY. (There will be a way to "add on" the videos later at an additional cost.)

There's now a less expensive "book only" option that does not include the companion video course, and of course the complete book and video course bundle, at a higher price.

Now, here's the deal: if you own the first edition you get the second edition book and video course bundle included.

So it makes more sense to buy the first edition while you can, for $19.97, and automatically get $38.97 worth of second edition included for FREE.

I can't do this for much longer, so there's a deadline: the first edition will be removed from sale on August 1, 2015.

You have only until then to get the better deal.

So just do it now. You can get it here.


Will Windows 10 be free?

I keep reading about Windows 10 updates being free. Will it be a free update forever, or until Microsoft comes out with Windows 12?

If you're looking for confusion, you need look no further than Microsoft. When it comes to Windows 10's free offer, there's plenty of it.

While there are a lot of things we don't know, there's much we do, and much that we can infer.

Continue Reading: Will Windows 10 be free?

What program is displaying this window?

There's a window on my screen, and I can't tell what program it's from. Is there a way?


And it's useful about 80% of the time.

I'll show you how, and explain why getting the answer isn't always helpful.

Continue Reading: What program is displaying this window?

On Career Change

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Prepare for the worst - Bounce back from the inevitable

How to back up, step by step,
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Learn how to use it and never lose data again!

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Glossary Term


The term Zero-day is typically used in conjunction with terms such as "vulnerability" or "exploit".

A zero-day exploit refers to a vulnerability discovered in software, for which:

  • there is no available remedy – end users have no way to fix or "patch" the vulnerability
  • there is known malware actively exploiting that vulnerability to infect, damage or otherwise compromise computers on which the vulnerable software is running

"Zero-day" refers to the amount of time that the software authors have to fix the issue: zero – ideally it needs to be resolved immediately.

Any vulnerability that is first discovered by finding malware in the wild that exploits it can be considered "zero-day".

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Featured Comments

To Flash or not to Flash? That's a good question!

Mark Jacobs writes:

Now that I have Flash blocked by default, I find it surprising how many website designers who should know better are still using Flash. A couple of prime examples. PC-World (duh you guys harp on the dangers of Flash and still use it) and Time magazine (OK I gotta say I shouldn't expect better as it's turned into an almost exclusively click bait site.)

Leo writes:

In everyone's defense, it's very easy to use Flash without realizing it. I have fallen into this trap myself. My audio player was flash (until I changed it), and my video player on the members-only site still is. I did not choose to use flash - I chose to use a library that made audio and video easy without realizing (or caring, at the time) that flash was being used. I suspect I'm not alone.

Kade Medina writes:

Yes flash is very buggy and vulnerable, but used by so many websites (required) that it's an essential plugin to have installed still. So as Leo mention above, use a flash blocker add-on/extension for Google Chrome, Opera, IE, Safari, Firefox and Pale Moon. You can also just enable the built in click-to-play per-element option, a.k.a "detect and run important plug-in content" in Chrome and "remove from all website and ask to run" in IE and of course keep it updated. This way you have it when needed (installed), but it won't be a security risk and it will not use up a lot of bandwidth/system resources (RAM) while browsing.

John writes:

At last! Someone with a sane outlook regarding Flash. So tired of authors dishing out advice (mostly read on and/or copied from other sites) to remove Flash immediately, without offering really viable alternatives or detailing the consequences of uninstalling it. It is simply not feasible to completely remove it at this stage, unless the Net is extremely low on your priority list. I am not a torrent user, nor do I play games, only rarely watch a video or listen to audio, yet I cannot do much unless I have Flash on my system. The same goes for Java. Even my ISP and my accounting auditors use Java. I have installed Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit, but after about 2 months I have encountered only one site where it popped up a warning. I shall simply continue to upgrade to newer versions of Flash and Java until I can realistically do without it.

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