NSA Identifies ‘Critical Vulnerability’ In Microsoft Windows 10

The National Security Agency disclosed that it has identified a “critical vulnerability” (CVE-2020-0601) in Microsoft Windows 10, however neither the agency nor Microsoft has, to date, seen exploitation of the flaw, which affects millions of computers.

But rather than exploit the flaw for its own intelligence needs, the NSA tipped off Microsoft so that it can fix the system for everyone.

The NSA issued a cybersecurity advisory on Tuesday, calling the flaw “severe” and said that “sophisticated cyber actors will understand the underlying flaw very quickly and the consequences of not patching the vulnerability are severe and widespread”.

Optimize Windows 10 For Gaming: Prevent Store Apps From Running in the Background

Microsoft released details about the vulnerability, which could allow an attacker to use a spoofed code-signing certificate to sign malicious software. This would allow the malware to appear to be from a trusted source and could make detection significantly more difficult.

This vulnerability affects Windows 10, and while it has not yet been exploited in the wild, it may be only a matter of time before someone looks to take advantage of unpatched systems.

How to Patch Windows 10?

Microsoft released a software patch to fix the flaw and credited the NSA for discovering it. The company said it has not seen any evidence that hackers have used the technique.

  • If you have Windows 10 Automatic Updates enabled by default, your system will attempt to install the updates when they are downloaded, likely over the next several days.
  • If you want to run your Windows Update manually to get the patch more quickly, follow these instructions from Microsoft and click the “Check for Windows updates” button.
  • Alternatively, click the Start button, select Settings, then Update & Security, then Windows Update, and click Check for updates to run Windows Update manually.

Optimize Windows 10 For Gaming: Prevent Store Apps From Running in the Background

In Windows 10, Store apps (also called universal apps) are applications you install from the Windows Store or come pre-installed on the system, those apps can run automatically in the background to offer certain features. For instance, Store apps can download data from the Internet, show toast notifications, and fetch information to display in their Live Tiles in the Start Menu.

The issue with Windows Store apps is that some of these apps keep running in the background once you launch them even after closing the app window or even if you do not open them at all.

Leaving many apps running in the background would drain battery power, bandwidth, and other system resources and may slow down your computer, thus affecting your gaming experience negatively.

Fortunately, Windows offers an option to prevent Store apps from staying in the background once they have been closed. You can control apps background activities using options in the Settings app or using the Windows Registry.

In this Optimize Windows 10 for Gaming guide, we walk you through the steps to prevent Windows Store apps from running in the background, to help you boost PC performance and enhance your gaming experience.

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Turn Off Background Apps using the Settings app

Step 1: Open the Settings app by clicking Settings in the Start Menu.

Step 2: Click on Privacy.

Windows 10 Settings

Step 3: Select Background apps from the left pane.

Step 4: To disable background activity of all Store apps toggle the Let apps run in the background switch off.

Step 5: If you want to turn off background activities for certain Store apps, Under Choose which apps can run in the background toggle the switches for those apps off so that they won’t run in the background.

Turn Off Background Apps using Windows Registry

Step 1: Press Win + R and Type regedit, then hit Enter or OK.

Step 2: Navigate to the following registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\BackgroundAccessApplications

Step 3: If you don’t see the GlobalUserDisabled value, then right-click, select New, and click on DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the new value GlobalUserDisabled and press Enter.

Step 4: Double-click GlobalUserDisabled and set the value to 1 then hit Enter or OK.

Step 5: Navigate to the following path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search

Step 6: If you don’t see the BackgroundAppGlobalToggle value, then right-click, select New, and click on DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the new value BackgroundAppGlobalToggle and press Enter.

Step 7: Double-click BackgroundAppGlobalToggle and set the value to 0 then hit Enter or OK.

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