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Why did Windows Defender block Camtasia?

Camtasia

Episode 1529

Thomas from Vancouver, WA

Thomas was running into problems with Windows Defender blocking Camtasia and OBS from saving files. Leo thought that if he had been running as a limited or standard user, that he simply wouldn't have the permissions for that, but he's running as administrator. Leo says this does seem suspicious. Thomas should set up a shortcut for Camtasia and OBS to run as administrator. When you right click on an application, one of the options that comes up is "run as administrator." It may be that those apps need more permissions.

Why do my apps time out in Android?

Episode 1277

Shannon from Nebraska

Shannon updated his mobile phone to Android Marshmallow and now his apps time out after a few minutes. Leo says that Marshmallow added a feature called Doze, which is supposed to help with battery life, and Shannon should go into the application manager settings and see if the permissions are set to allow backgrounding. It may be that they are being blocked to work in the background. For the apps that are stalliing, Leo suggests uninstalling them and then reinstalling them, paying close attention to the permissions it asks for.

Why do apps require so much access to my phone?

Apps

Episode 1136

Brian from New Hampshire

Brian doesn't understand why apps ask permission for so much access to his smartphone in order to run. Leo says that while being able to have denied permissions would be nice, it could break the app since most aren't written that way. But Leo believes we'll eventually get there.

In iOS 8, users get the ability to refuse the permission for apps to ask for contacts. But sometimes those permissions need to be given even for basic functions of the app.

How can I get my start button back in Windows 8?

StarDock Start8

Episode 1120

Mark from Anaheim, CA

Mark's computer died, so he got a new one running Windows 8.1 and he hates it. He's heard of StarDock and wants to know if he should get it. Leo says there's several options including StarDock's Start8, which only costs about $5. It'll bring back the Start Button and works really well. Classic Shell is another option, and it's free. Leo says that Start8 does a better job though and is worth paying $5 for.