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James_A

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  1. It's difficult to keep up with the Notepad++ updates. There were three for last month (November) alone -- 5.8.3, 5.8.4 & 5.8.5. Though, that doesn't stop Don Ho's Notepad++ from being one of the best editors available. .
  2. Not any more! According to the Microsoft Partner SMB Community blog:- From last October, MSE is:- .
  3. Microsoft have released Version 2 of Microsoft Security Essentials. My copy is version 2.0.657.0. If you already have MSSE (version 1) you can upgrade directly. The full download is also smart enough to detect an existing install and switches to "upgrade". Version 2 includes:- better integration with the Windows Firewall; Network Inspection System. This feature enhances real-time protection by inspecting network traffic to help proactively block exploitation of known network-based vulnerabilities. (Vista and Windows 7 only); New and improved protection engine. The updated engine offers enhanced detection and cleanup capabilities with better performance. The interface is little changed from version 1. You can now:- limit the CPU percentage used during a scan; opt completely out of SpyNet. Website: http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/ In my (limited) testing, MSE has already found trojans that have previously been missed by McAfee VirusScan (enterprise version). .
  4. DVI was supposed to replace VGA. Then UDI (proposed by Intel) was supposed to replace DVI. It failed. The problem with HDMI is that manufacturers are charged an annual $10,000 royalty fee to put HDMI ports on their equipment. .
  5. This update brought down servers, as well as workstations. More information (including how to fix it) is available here:- Corporate:- http://www.avg.com/faq?num=4079 AVG Free:- http://free.avg.com/faq?num=4080 .
  6. That's the one place I was unable to find it. The download page (.../mbam-download.php) doesn't provide a download, it just redirects to another page hosting a script (https://.../purl-mbam-download) which in turn just redirects out of Malwarebytes' site to cnet/techspot/betanews/majorgeeks/bleepingcomputer, etc etc. Each of those runs their own download server. Proliferation is where the problem lies. .
  7. Well, there's Online Armor Free 4.5, (see http://www.online-armor.com/downloads.php or just go direct to cnet/other download sites) It's said to be quite good, but I'm told that it also demands an email address from you during installation. .
  8. I happen to agree, especially as Malwarebytes don't actually provide a download, they just redirect you to cnet, techspot, betanews, majorgeeks or anywhere else that takes their fancy. But at bleepingcomputer, if you get redirected there, you end up with mbam-setup-1.50.0.0.exe but not if you go to bleepingcomputer first, then you get just mbam-setup.exe .
  9. There's a whole bunch of new stuff in Process Explorer 14:- .
  10. In case you missed it, Firefox 4 Beta 7 has been released on November 10th. Get it here: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/all-beta.html It's available in 57 languages, including 3 varieties of English: "British", "South African", and "US" Firefox 4 Beta 8, due to be released Today (Friday, November 12th, 2010) under the first revised schedule, is now re-scheduled for "November 30 (tentative)". .
  11. Well, that was the intention, but work and an intermittent crashing problem intervened. Over the weeks the laptop would randomly crash, causing some corruption to the filing system. It got so that Windows would not reboot, it just crashed during startup. Even a Repair Install of Windows failed to fix it. Nothing seemed to fix it. That's the first time that I've not had either Recovery Console or a Repair Install of Windows get a computer up and running in some fashion. Eventually I used a live CD to repair the file-system damage, then used a second live CD to resize the partition. Finally, I created a new parallel install (from CD) of Windows on a newly-created second partition. That worked. It worked, that is, until I progressed my way through the list of drivers needed to connect all the hardware showing as unknown devices. As soon as I installed the modem driver, however, everything started failing again. (IBM Thinkpads have connections to just about everything once connected to the dock: PS/2 for keyboard & mouse, USB, PCMCIA, parallel, serial, Ethernet, telephone for Modem, infra-red (IrDA), VGA, DVI-D ...) I finally narrowed it down to failing hardware on the mini-PCI daughter card attached to the motherboard. This holds an Intel Ethernet connection and a Xircom modem. It was the Xircom modem part which was failing. Install a driver for it and reboot, the driver tries to initialise the modem at boot, but crashes instead, bringing down Windows with it. That's the second of three of those that has failed on me, so a look through the IBM Service Manual and a hunt on eBay brought me the alternative card by 3Com, instead. About 90 updates later and Windows is running again. This weekend, I'll re-install the Agnitum Outpost firewall and then maybe I'll pick up the story again. .
  12. It's also very thin, so it'll depend just how good the keys feel.
  13. Mozilla have finally updated the Release Schedule for Firefox 4, after having missed the release date for Firefox 4 Beta 7 by a considerable margin. The latest information on the mozilla wiki now shows Firefox 4 beta 7 will ship in "early November". There will then be 3 further Beta releases, coming at 14 day intervals, followed by the RC (Release Candidate) in "early 2011". Source: mozilla wiki .
  14. Silly NewsBot! It's been double-posting again. (fixed) BTW, please use the new links to CCleaner given in my first post, above, since the ccleaner.com domain is no longer being used by Piriform. All it does is redirect you straight back to www.piriform.com. .
  15. Adobe Reader 9 is actually faster than some of the earlier versions. Yes -- really! Not much information about the Windows package for Evince, but it's version 2.30.3, which is under 4 months old and is the last in the 2.30 series, before version 2.32 was released about a monthe ago for Ubuntu. .
  16. Remember how Adobe warned of "zero-day attacks against an unpatched vulnerability in its Reader and Flash Player software products" less than 4 months ago? If not, then see this Backpage News item. Well, it's happened again: As before, the file authplay.dll is at fault and, as before, the mitigation is to delete / rename it until a patch becomes available. See the Security Advisory for all the details: http://www.adobe.com/support/security/advisories/apsa10-05.html .
  17. CCleaner 3.00.1303 has been released. Piriform CCleaner is a freeware cleaning and maintenance tool for Windows. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your temporary internet files, cookies and history. CCleaner can also clean very quickly, usually taking about ten seconds to run. The latest 3.0 release of CCleaner is a major upgrade and adds native support for 64-bit systems and a new Drive Wiper tool that can be used to securely erase the contents of free space on a specified drive. Download: CCleaner - Slim (Installer, no toolbar) Download: CCleaner - Portable (Zip file, no installer) View: Screenshots View: Version History Homepage: CCleaner .
  18. Well, no it was more like 24 hours, but it took 12 hours for the news to leak out to bloggers. Nevermind. It's still outstanding work to fix it that fast. At the time it was discovered, as far as I can tell, detection of the trojan by Anti-Virus companies was ZERO. Amongst other things, it modified the registry to run a trojan file called "symantec.exe". My advice: if you're still on an earlier version of Firefox: update it to 3.6.12 NOW! .
  19. Amazing! This new release comes in response to a 0-day vulnerability discovered "in the wild" on the Nobel Peace Prize website. The vulnerability was only discovered yesterday. 12 hours ago, bloggers were still announcing the vulnerability and expecting a fix "by the end of the week". A fix within a day. That's fast. .
  20. Firefox 3.6.12 has been released Firefox (referred to as Fx) is a web browser descended from the Mozilla Application Suite, managed by the Mozilla Corporation. Firefox is a highly customizable browser that allows you to enhance it using Add-ons. Some examples of Add-ons that you can use to customize Firefox are AdBlock Plus, CuteMenus - Crystal SVG, DownThemAll!, TabMixPlus and many more. Tabbed browsing is one of the many features that helps to make Firefox an enjoyable browser. Firefox does not use ActiveX which helps make it a more secure browser. Firefox does make use of many plugins to enhance your web experience. From Shockwave, Flash, Quicktime and more; your browsing experience reaches new levels with the Firefox browser. The Release Notes say: This release fixes a single critical Security issue, (MFSA 2010-73) "Heap buffer overflow mixing document.write and DOM insertion". Downloads: Firefox 3.6.12 | All builds View: Release Notes Homepage: Mozilla Firefox .
  21. Looks like they've fixed the not-marking-forums-as-read bug! Edit: But not the not-marking-parent-forum-of-a-subforum-as-read bug. (Lots of "not"s in the above, but I know what I mean, even if no-one else does.) .
  22. I know. Version 8.0.552.5 was released to the Dev (development) channel over a week ago. And the stable version has just been re-released as a new build, now up to 7.0.517.43 Wonder why they are bumping the major version numbers up so fast? Is it so they can get to version 9 whilst Internet Explorer 9 is still in Beta? .
  23. As Eldmannen has already noted (HERE) Google have released Chrome version 7.0.517.41 as a stable release, six days after releasing the same version as a Beta. (Source: http://chrome.blogspot.com/2010/10/bringing-another-chrome-release-to-you.html) .
  24. Looks like I made it to the front page with this item (with some editing, because I left out the links - now corrected)! But, the NewsBot has now double-posted it back on this Backpage... .
  25. Firefox 3.6.11 is out Firefox (referred to as Fx) is a web browser descended from the Mozilla Application Suite, managed by the Mozilla Corporation. Firefox is a highly customizable browser that allows you to enhance it using Add-ons. Some examples of Add-ons that you can use to customize Firefox are AdBlock Plus, CuteMenus - Crystal SVG, DownThemAll!, TabMixPlus and many more. Tabbed browsing is one of the many features that helps to make Firefox an enjoyable browser. Firefox does not use ActiveX which helps make it a more secure browser. Firefox does make use of many plugins to enhance your web experience. From Shockwave, Flash, Quicktime and more; your browsing experience reaches new levels with the Firefox browser. The Release Notes say: This release actually fixes 9 Security issues, (MFSA 2010-64 through MFSA 2010-72). Five of them are rated critical. Downloads: Firefox 3.6.11 | All builds View: Release Notes Homepage: Mozilla Firefox .
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