Spotify Free Users Complain of Malware-Infested Ads; Company Addresses Issue

Spotify Free Users Complain of Malware-Infested Ads; Company Addresses Issue

Some Spotify Free users were treated to malware-infested ads with their ad-supported music streaming service. Some users have reported on the company’s forum that random, malicious ads pop-up on the default browser while running Spotify’s freemium service.

The Next Web reports that while the original report was based on a Windows 10 machine, the malware also seems to pop up on other operating systems as well including Linux and macOS. Spotify has acknowledged the malvertising issue and told Engadget that the issue is an isolated on and has since “shut it down”.

(Also see: Spotify Debuts in Japan, Complete With Karaoke Lyrics)

“If you have Spotify Free open, it will launch – and keep on launching – the default Internet browser on the computer to different kinds of malware / virus sites,” wrote user Tonyonly on the company’scommunity page. “Some of them do not even require user action to be able to cause harm,” he added.

In a reply to the user’s complaint, Spotify said, “We’ve identified an issue where a small number of users were experiencing a problem with questionable website pop-ups in their default browsers as a result of an isolated issue with an ad on our Free tier. We have now identified the source of the problem and have shut it down. We will continue to monitor the situation. If you see this issue again, please let us know the exact date and time in this thread.”

In 2011, Spotify faced a similar issue where it displayed malicious ads to some users. The company rectified the problem and issued a public apology.

While Spotify confirms to have fixed the issue, users should still maintain caution and download ad-blockers if running Spotify Free, or shift to the company’s ad-free version instead.

Tags: Spotify, Music Streaming, Streaming, Malware, PC, Laptops, Virus

Microsoft Releases Fix for Users Affected by Windows 10 Cumulative Update Issue

Microsoft Releases Fix for Users Affected by Windows 10 Cumulative Update Issue

Last week, Microsoft released Cumulative Update KB3194496 for users running Windows 10 Anniversary Update (version 1067), and, this caused problems for some users – trapping them in a loop after the installation failed. The issue only affected those who were previously on the Windows Insider Program before migrating the the public branch earlier this year, as well as some users still on the Windows Insider Program , Microsoft has now come out with a fix.

ZDNet reports that an email statement from Microsoft confirms that the update released for Windows 10 version 1607 on September 29 failed to install and would roll back for many users. The company claimed that a small number of customers in the Windows Insider Program that were running a previous build of the OS were affected.

(Also see: Windows 10 Now Running on 400 Million Active Devices, Says Microsoft)

“We became aware of an issue with the recent Windows 10 cumulative update that impacted a small number of customers in the Windows Insider Program that were running a previous build of the OS. We have created a solution to resolve this issue, which is now live and can be accessed here.”

Users affected by the update reported that after the system reached the 100 percent mark, they would get a prompt saying the process could not be completed and thereby reverting the changes, resulting in a loop of failed attempts.

Microsoft has released a patch that fixes the issue. That link takes you to the Windows 10 1607 (RS1) Script fix to unblock update for Insider.

There is no clear indication as to how many users have been affected although Microsoft says it’s a “small number”. However, ZDNet’s Ed Bott claims “the number is probably in the hundreds of thousands, representing systems that were in the Windows Insider Program, receiving preview releases, during the first half of 2016 before switching to the public branch.”

Tags: Microsoft, Windows 10, Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Bug, Windows Insider Program, Computing, PC, Laptops


AMD Promises New Driver to Address Radeon RX 480 PCIe Power Draw Issue

AMD Promises New Driver to Address Radeon RX 480 PCIe Power Draw Issue


  • Early reviews reported power draw spikes beyond the rated 150W
  • AMD promised to investigate and release a statement on July 5
  • New drivers will allow users to impose a cap on power draw

Following complaints from early reviewers that new Radeon RX 480 graphics cards were pulling too much power from the PCIe slots of the motherboards they’re plugged into, AMD has released a statement promising a new driver update which will limit PCIe power draw.

Some reviewers who were able to test reference Radeon RX 480 cards from AMD prior to the launch date noted that while the company claimed a total power draw of 150W, actual usage showed spikes well beyond that while running heavy loads. Tom’s Hardware and PC Perspective observed that their samples were pulling up to 168W, potentially putting undue stress on the motherboard’s power distribution capabilities.

AMD responded to the criticism through Reddit and in an official statement, saying that the Radeon RX 480 had passed PCIe standards compliance testing and this was an issue that seemed to affect “some cards worldwide” in “select scenarios where the tuning of some RX 480 boards was not optimal”. Further questions arose on forums across the Internet as the problem seemed inherent to the design of these cards. The company also said it was looking at its drivers and would release an updated statement on July 5.


Now, shortly before midnight in the USA, AMD confirmed that it will release a new driver within two days, which will address power distribution and lower the current draw from the PCIe slot. The company did not specify whether this will impact performance and involve a BIOS flash, which is most likely. This update, which will be released as Catalyst 16.7.1, is the result of a worldwide team working through the weekend since the issue first came to light.

AMD says it is confident that the reported power draw levels do not pose any risk of damage to motherboards or other PC components, but for those who do have concerns, there will also be a new option that users can select to impose a “compatibility” power draw cap on their cards. This will have “minimal performance impact”. However, as with all new driver releases, this one will incorporate tweaks that improve performance in some games by up to 3 percent which should “substantially offset the performance impact for users who choose to activate the ‘compatibility’ toggle”.

Reviewers reported that there was no instability, but test environments are not necessarily indicative of real-world conditions. While most high-end motherboards can handle spikes of this nature, not all will be able to, and longer-term effects are unknown. Overclocking and using a second card in CrossFire mode would only add to the stress on the motherboard.

AMD has outfitted reference cards with only a single 6-pin PCIe power connector, limiting the amount of power the card can draw beyond the 75W permissible through a PCIe slot. A single 8-pin connector or a second 6-pin connector would have alleviated this problem, but AMD seems to have wanted to boast about low power consumption, choosing to forego that overhead. Third-party manufacturers including Sapphire, Asus and MSI will most likely beef up the power inputs on their custom-designed cards.

The Radeon RX 480 was launched in India on June 29 but controversy over the unusually high Indian pricing soon erupted. The company later backtracked, reducing prices by Rs. 2,000 and confirming that all import and distribution overheads were accounted for within that price. AMD is expected to launch its lower-end Radeon RX 470 and Radeon RX 460 within the next few weeks or months.  Stay tuned for our own review of the AMD Radeon RX 480, coming up soon.

Tags: AMD, AMD Radeon, AMD Radeon RX 480, AMD Radeon RX 480 power draw, Radeon, Radeon RX 480,Radeon RX 480 PCIe power draw, Radeon RX 480 power draw



Skill gap is a big issue

A poultry farm of the Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University at
Pookode in Wayanad.

A poultry farm of the Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University at Pookode in Wayanad.

A lead paper on ‘Clean and Green Poultry production’ presented by P. V. K. Sasidhar, Associate Professor, School of Extension and Development Studies, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, at the Annual Conference of the Indian Poultry Science Association and National Symposium at College of Avian Sciences and Management of Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Thiruvazhamkunnu in Kerala, stressed the need for starting polytechnic colleges to cater to the technical manpower needs of the poultry sector at the lower level.

Poultry science education departments and research institutes have played an important role in the transformation and development of India’s poultry sector.

Veterinary graduates constitute major technical manpower to manage middle level technical and administrative positions in the poultry sector. There are about 2,530 million chickens as per recent poultry statistics.

At the rate of one veterinarian / million birds, about 2,530 veterinarians are required for the poultry industry alone in India. It was estimated that about 2,050 veterinarians are working in the private poultry sector.


In the government and public sector undertakings almost 43,000 veterinarians are employed. Out of them at least 10 per cent are working in poultry related fields.

Therefore, the total numbers of veterinarians working in private and public poultry sectors are approximately 6,350 on full time basis.

Currently, 200 veterinarians are joining the poultry sector every year.

In the next decade as compared with the poultry production sector, the equipment, poultry pharmaceutical industries, poultry processing industries, egg powder plants, value addition, packaging, marketing and exports are likely to increase substantially, which would require more number of poultry veterinarians for quality control, certification etc.

The poultry sector also needs technical, diploma and certificate holders to work as farm supervisors, hatchery and feed mill operators, processors, chick sexers, artificial inseminators, vaccinators, debeakers and the like.

Growth rate

With a minimum expected growth rate of 10 per cent per annum in the sector, poultry sector alone needs 708 and 1,140 veterinary graduates in 2015 and 2020, respectively.

Skill gap is a big issue in the poultry industry in the country, Dr. Sasidhar added.

In order to fill this gap Directorate of Entrepreneurship of KVASU will formulate skill development programmes in association with Agriculture sector skill council of India, said Dr. T. P. Sethumadhavan, Director of Entrepreneurship , KVASU.

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Keywords: Agri-Business, livestock sector, Clean and Green Poultry production