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Commerce Dept. bans sale of Kaspersky antivirus software in U.S.

The U.S. Commerce Dept’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has prohibited the sale of Kaspersky antivirus software to U.S. customers.   This government department will allow Kaspersky to continue some operations such as antivirus code updates in the U.S. until September 29, 2024.

Additional information can be found on their Kaspersky website page and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

Windows 11 – change default settings for Right-click menu

The Right-click (Context) menu option in Windows 11 has changed to a streamlined format.  To temporarily restore some of the original right-click menu settings, select “Show more options (Shift + F10 keys).

To permanently restore the prior Right-click menu in Windows 11, right-click the Start button and type Windows Terminal.

Copy the command from below, paste it into Windows Terminal Window, and press enter.

reg.exe add “HKCU\Software\Classes\CLSID\{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}\InprocServer32” /f /ve

Restart your Windows 11 computer. The Right-click (Context) menu option should be set to the legacy format.

Outlook for Windows will replace Windows Mail

Outlook for Windows will soon replace the current Windows Mail, Calendar and People apps in Microsoft Windows.   Existing data can be imported to the new Outlook version. Outlook can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store or selected from the “Try the new Outlook” toggle switch.  It will be installed by default in on devices running Windows 11 version 23H2 or higher.

Outlook for iOS and Android can be downloaded from the Apple App and Google Play stores.  Support information is available at

Control automatic data conversion in Microsoft Excel

Microsoft has added options to change the Automatic Data Conversion in Microsoft Excel for Windows and Mac.  For example, this will allow you to control removal of leading zeros, etc. when importing data from a text file.   These settings are found under File > Options > Data > Automatic Data Conversion (Windows)  or
Excel > Preferences > Edit > Automatic Data Conversion (Mac).