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  1. The Seattle Police Department launched a program this week to let the public notify them they could be potential victims of a “swatting” hoax, according to Ars Technica. Swatting is a crime in which a malicious party deceives police into thinking a dangerous situation is developing at someone else’s address in the hopes that officers will carry out their grudges for them. Many cases have involved streamers or online personalities whose enemies, or just random jerks, want to harass them. “Many of these people the connections you build with these streamers are intense and personal connections,” James Feore, director of the Seattle Online Broadcasters Association, told K5 News. “If they reach a point where they dislike a person, that feeling of hatred becomes that much more intense.” The crime is at least somewhat predicated on the idea that U.S. police forces won’t use a reasonable amount of judgment and instead come down on the target in a heavy-handed fashion. Sometimes it turns deadly, as in the case of Tyler Barris, a Los Angeles man authorities allege was a serial swatter. He’s been charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly escalating a Call of Duty dispute into a deadly scenario, phoning in a hoax that lead to a police officer killing otherwise uninvolved and unarmed Wichita, Kansas man Andrew Finch. (Authorities have declined to charge the officer, though Finch’s family filed a federal civil rights lawsuit.) Other targets of swatting have included mass shooting survivor David Hogg, whose Parkland, Florida home was surrounded by officers and a police helicopter over a hoax in June 2018 while he was in DC to accept the RFK Human Rights award. The SPD has set up an official swatting resources page and issued a public service announcement on YouTube warning of the hoax, Ars Technica wrote. They also set up a dedicated system for emergency dispatchers in which users can submit specific addresses for law enforcement to double-check before determining a response. Ars Technica wrote: Source
  2. A8yss

    New Member

    Hey, just wanted to say hello, Well I came across this site by accident ? I started reading and before I knew it 3 hours had gone, I'm hungry to learn im a Website designer and my passion is to learn how to write programs obviously starting very simple. So if anyone has the time I'm a very quick learner..........just please help by pointing me in the right direction. thank you so much for taking the time to read my introduction, hope to chat soon.
  3. The free antivirus market has been dominated for years by several well known and popular names, it’s also an area where new products traditionally struggle to make any impact. The one exception in recent times is probably Panda Security, whose free cloud-based antivirus has not only proved to be effective but also gained a solid following. With new (reputable) alternatives as scarce as rocking horse manure, I was pleasantly surprised to see that security company Sophos has now joined the fray with a free antivirus called Sophos Home. Who is Sophos? For those who may not be familiar with he name; Sophos is a well established security company with 30 years experience in the industry. Originally founded in the UK (in 1985) Sophos has since expanded its operations worldwide, including across the South Pacific, US, Canada, and Europe. Sophos has primarily concentrated on providing IT and enterprise solutions for large companies, including the likes of Xerox, Ford, Avis, and Toshiba. As you can deduce from the information above, Sophos is no small concern, according to Sophos… “our products help secure the networks used by 100 million people in 150 countries and 100,000 businesses.” So, when a reputable company like Sophos offers a free antivirus solution for home users, one tends to sit up and take notice. Introducing Sophos Home Sophos Home can be installed on up to 10 computers per account, all managed from a central online console – or “dashboard”. As is the norm with cloud-based management, the first requirement is setting up an account. Once you’ve set up your account and logged in you can then access your dashboard and get things rolling: You won’t be able to download and install the software until you reach this stage. So, the next step is obviously to click the Install button under “Add this Computer”. Initial download is 14.7Mb but more files will be downloaded during the installation process so you must be connected to the internet. Once the installation process has completed you’ll see the Sophos Home icon displayed in the system tray, right clicking the icon presents two options… 1) Open Sophos Home and 2) Update now. Clicking Open Sophos Home will display the program’s interface: As you can see from the above screenshot, the interface is extremely minimal, with seemingly no provision to access settings or change preferences. That’s because, as mentioned earlier, everything is managed in the cloud from within a central Dashboard. Click on the Home Dashboard button, log-in to your account, and you’ll see that the PC on which you just installed the software is now listed: Sophos Home – Settings Click on the name (in this case “WIN-DBSOUN7751H”) to view and manage settings for that particular device. Sophos home includes just three components each of which can be individually switched on or off – Automatic Virus Protection (or real-time protection), Detect Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) in real-time, and Web Protection: Obviously you’ll want to keep real-time protection enabled. However, the option to turn if off temporarily can come in handy for certain situations. Scroll down the settings a little further and you’ll come across what I consider to be one of Sophos Home’s most beneficial features – web content filtering: This would be particularly useful in a family situation where children are involved. A parent creates the master account, then installs Sophos Home on the children’s PCs. From there, the parent has complete control over what content the children are allowed to view and can customize filtering per computer to suit each child individually. This is something which I firmly believe should be included with ALL antivirus products. The settings page also provides options to set exceptions for items that Sophos Home would otherwise block… … as well as providing a useful overview of any suspicious activity associated with each computer under Sophos Home’s protection: Example only Bottom Line It’s way too early yet to get a handle on Sophos Home’s overall efficacy. However, emanating from a well established and reputable security company with a history of providing commercial grade antivirus solutions, I’d be surprised if it doesn’t do the job very nicely. Also, not sure how relevant it might be but Sophos Free Antivirus for Mac recently scored a perfect 100% detection rate from the well respected AV-TEST: I installed Sophos Home in Windows 10 Insider Preview a few weeks ago and what I can tell you is that it is very light on resources, unobtrusive, and extremely simple to work with. If you’re anything like myself and getting to the stage where you’re fed up with the increasing bloat, constant nag screens, underhanded tactics to monetize, and other sundry irritations generally associated with free antivirus solutions, Sophos Home could be an alternative well worth considering – and the built-in customizable web content filter is a terrific feature for families. Links: Access the Sophos Home website here: https://www.sophos.com/en-us/lp/sophos-home.aspx Make sure to check out the Sophos Home “Getting Started” page here: https://home.sophos.com/getting_started Article source
  4. Media Player Classic Home Cinema, or short MPC-HC, is a popular open source media player for Microsoft Windows devices. The program is available as a 32-bit and 64-bit version for Windows, and may be installed or run as a portable program. MPC-HC is a fork of the Media Player Classic application for Windows. The player interface looks similar to that of Windows Media Player 6.4, a legacy version of the built-in media player for Windows, but similarities between the two programs end there. You can read out initial review of Media Player Classic Home Cinema that we published in 2008 here. Media Player Classic Home Cinema is a full blown media player. It plays virtually any media format out of the box, but lacks some of the advanced features that popular media players such as VLC offer. Is this the last version of MPC-HC? The developer of Media Player Classic Home Cinema released a new version of the player yesterday. MPC-HC version 1.7.13 introduces new features and changes to the program. The program requires a CPU with SSE2 support for instance now, and several of the libraries and filters were updated. The announcement on the official website of the project suggests that it may be very well the end of it. The main reason for that is that development contributions have reached a new low, as the developer count has reached zero. While the project maintainer has hope that developers will reach out to him to continue development of Media Player Classic Home Cinema, it seems that the project will be abandoned if that does not happen. This, unfortunately, means that the project is officially dead and this release would be the last one. …Unless some people step up that is. So, if someone’s willing to really contribute and has C/C++ experience, let me know on IRC or via e-mail. Otherwise, all things come to an end and life goes on. It’s been a nice journey and I’m personally pretty overwhelmed having to write this post. Please note that the decision won't affect the second high profile fork of Media Player Classic, Media Player Classic Black Edition. Closing Words It is always disappointing from the point of view of a user if a popular highly respected application is abandoned. While there is still hope that new developer blood will revive the project, it seems very likely at this point in time that MPC-HC is dead. (via Deskmodder) Article source
  5. XMeters is a program for Microsoft Windows devices that displays the resource use of the computer on the Windows taskbar. You have plenty of options when it comes to monitoring the resource use of a Windows PC. From using built-in Windows tools like the Task Manager or Resource Monitor, to third-party solutions like GKrellM, My System Monitor or Rainmeter with its system widgets. XMeters is a bit different, as it adds the information to the system tray area of the Windows taskbar. It is not the first program to do that, Drivegleam or TrayStatus do so as well, but it well designed and displays plenty of hardware readings on the taskbar. XMeters The free version of XMeters may display CPU, memory, storage, and network readings in the system tray area of the Windows operating system. The program is compatible with Windows 7, 8 and 10, and needs to be installed. The installer does not hold any surprises. You are prompted for confirmation on first program start before the hardware information is listed in the taskbar area. The program's configuration window opens as well at that time which you may use to disable some of the readings. If you are only interested in CPU and RAM for instance, then you may disable network and storage. You may configure each of the readings individually as well: CPU -- switch from bars to pie or text, change colors to distinguish between system and user, and select whether to show individual cores, and to separate user and privileged utilization. Storage -- Change colors, and select between displaying aggregate information of all hard drives, or the resource usage of an individual drive. Network -- Change the type from text to bar or pie, change colors, and switch the network interface that you want to monitor. Memory -- Change the type from pie to bar or text, and change colors. The refresh rate slider that you see on the screenshot above is reserved to the professional version of the application. This is the only difference to the free version. The professional version is available for $4.99 on the developer website. XMeters looks like this on the Windows taskbar if you keep all four modules enabled (from left to right: cpu cores, hard drives, network, memory). The benefit of displaying the hardware stats on the taskbar is that they are in sight all the time with the exception when fullscreen apps run on the system. A left-click on any of the modules displayed on the taskbar opens the Windows Task Manager. You cannot terminate the display in the taskbar the usual way though, as it displayed as a toolbar there. So, if you don't want to see the information anymore right-click on the taskbar instead, and uncheck XMeters under toolbars. It is difficult to assess the resources that XMeter requires, as it does not run as a standalone application (XMeters.dll is loaded by Windows Explorer). Verdict XMeters is a handy system monitor for the Windows taskbar that provides you with important real-time hardware readings. It offers customization options to a degree, but could use a couple more (opening another program instead of Task Manager for instance, or colors to distinguish heavy resource use better). Download XMeters: https://entropy6.com/xmeters/ Article source
  6. What's going to happen to the Thunderbird email client? This was one question that most users of the desktop program asked themselves when it was revealed that Mozilla wanted to drop the program. Mozilla's intention in cutting the ties to Thunderbird were mostly caused by a desire to free up resources, and to avoid having to make sure Firefox changes don't impact Thunderbird in a problematic way. Thunderbird's future was cloudy back then when the Thunderbird Council began talks with various organizations that could become the new home for the project. Among the candidates were the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC), the Document Foundation (TDF), and also a new deal with Mozilla Foundation. The council rejected the idea to establish an independent Thunderbird Foundation at the time as the first step. The reason why SFC and TDF were not picked as Thunderbird's new home is pointed out in the official blog post: Legally our existence is still under the Mozilla Foundation through their ownership of the trademark, and their control of the update path and websites that we use. This arrangement has been working well from Thunderbird’s point of view. But there are still pain points – build/release, localization, and divergent plans with respect to add-ons, to name a few. These are pain points for both Thunderbird and Firefox, and we obviously want them resolved. However, the Council feels these pain points would not be addressed by moving to TDF or SFC. The Council managed to generate revenue by collecting donations, and has also made the first steps to migrate the infrastructure. This lead to an interesting revelation: while Mozilla wants to cut the ties to Thunderbird to improve and focus on Firefox development, it also wants the email client to do well, and does not really mind keeping it close under its own umbrella. While Mozilla wants to be laser-focused on the success of Firefox, in recent discussions it was clear that they continue to have a strong desire to see Thunderbird succeed. In many ways, there is more need for independent and secure email than ever. As long as Thunderbird doesn’t slow down the progress of Firefox, there seems to be no significant obstacles for continued co-existence. Philipp Kewisch announced today on the official Mozilla Thunderbird website that the new home of the Thunderbird project is its old home. While that sounds like a surprising turn of events at first, things won't be as they were when Mitchell Baker made the announcement back in 2015. To continue being Thunderbird's home for the foreseeable future, the following is required of the Thunderbird Council: The Thunderbird Council and Mozilla Foundation "maintain a good working relationship and make decisions in a timely manner". The Thunderbird team makes "meaningful progress in short order on operational and technical independence from Mozilla Corporation". Both sides are allowed to give the other a six months notice if they wish "to discontinue the Mozilla Foundation's role as the legal and fiscal host of the Thunderbird project". Basically, what this means is that Mozilla is giving the Thunderbird project team time to become fully independent. This means, among other things, that the Thunderbird Council is responsible for all operations and the infrastructure. As far as the future of Thunderbird is concerned, the following was noted: Thunderbird will continue to rely on the Gecko engine in midterm. The long term plan is to migrate the code to web technologies. Article source
  7. F.Lux 4, a new beta version of the blue light filtering application for Windows, introduces presets, and options to whitelist programs. If you work late at night on a computer, or early in the morning, you may have experienced the effect that artificial light can have on your health. F.Lux has been designed to filter out blue light to make colors warmer to make them more eye pleasing, and improve sleep. Companies like Apple or Microsoft have begun to implement similar functionality into their operating systems. Microsoft will introduce the Night Light feature in the Windows 10 Creators Update. F.Lux 4 new features and changes F.Lux 4 is offered as a beta version for Windows currently. This means that things may change before the final release, but it seems unlikely that this is going to happen. The new version ships with several new features, including the option to disable F.Lux by application, and new presets that may help you customize the filtering. The new app filtering works in the following way: Open the program that you want to whitelist. Whitelisting means that F.Lux won't filter light when the program window is active. Right-click on the F.Lux 4 system tray icon, and select the "disable for" option displayed there, e.g. disable for Firefox. Repeat this for any other program that you want whitelisted. This can be extremely useful for apps like Adobe Photoshop, screenshot taking tools, or photo viewers, that the filtered light conditions may interfere with. You had to disable the filtering manually previously each time you needed to use one of those programs. With the new whitelisting option, you make the change once and don't have to worry about it anymore. Another new feature of F.Lux 4 is support for presets. You may use them from the system tray context menu, or when the program window is open. Select a preset like recommended colors, working late or daytime eyestrain to have settings adjusted automatically. It is naturally still possible to use custom filter settings if you prefer that. The new version of F.Lux ships with new color filters on top of that, and options to use a wider range of color settings. These filters can be set from the system tray menu directly. Colors can also be adjusted with the two new hotkeys Alt-Shift-PageUP or Alt-Shift-PageDown. The new bedtime mode makes light warmer automatically before you to go bed to improve sleep on top of that. Another new feature is the backwards alarm clock. It reminds you not to stay up to late automatically. You can disable the feature in the program options. As far as changes are concerned, there are two that are worse of note. The first is that the F.Lux interface is now resolution independent. It should look identical on all resolutions, even on high DPI displays. Gamers who run F.Lux in the background while playing games may benefit from a reduced impact on game framerates. Windows users may download the beta version of F.Lux 4 from the official forum. Closing Words The ability to whitelist programs to disable the light filtering while those programs are active is a welcome addition. It should make life a lot easier for users who had to disable F.Lux manually in the past whenever they needed to use a program that could not be used with the filtering enabled. It may also bring in new users who did not use F.Lux for that reason. Article source
  8. vitorio

    Windows 10 Typing Magic-free

    Typing Magic is a Windows 10 speed typing app which will help you improve your typing speed with the typing courses and practice exercise involved. The app is pretty easy to use and you have to follow the course given in the app step by step. The app will let you know which letter needs to be typed by which finger. Regular practice using this app will help you learn and improve on your typing speed a lot. The app is presently available for free, otherwise it is a paid app, so take advantage of this free offer and download the app now. The Windows 10 speed typing app can be downloaded from the Windows 10 store or from the link given at the end of this article. When you start the app you will see a screen like the one shown in the screenshot below. The first screen will give you a course overview, it will show you all the lessons in the course and some instructions on the right side. Click on continue to lesson one button, and you will see a screen like the one shown below. Features of this Windows 10 speed typing app: Learn speed typing. The app analyzes your typing skills and creates exercises which fit you. The on screen keyboard is color coded to support QWERTY, QWERTZ, AZERTY layouts. 5 different typing courses. Each lesson teaches you a couple of new keys. Fun typing games and exercises. Available in 6 different languages. Your typing statistics are shown in graph form. Typing Magic is a efficient app when it comes to improving your typing speed. You can go through the courses one by one, and with each course you will be introduced to new letters. There are lots of exercises which will also help you out in improving your typing speed. You can also play typing games, which are fun as well as help you out with your typing speed. Just using this app everyday for a few minutes can help you improve upon your typing speed. So do give it a try and as I pointed out in the beginning of the article that this app is available for free only for a few more days, so go ahead and take advantage of that now. Check out Typing Magic for Windows 10 here. Source: http://www.ilovefreesoftware.com/03/windows-10/windows-10-speed-typing-app.html?ref=ILoveFreeSoftware&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=shop_with_cash_at_amazon&utm_term=2017-04-04#
  9. Actions is an automation program and file launcher for the Windows operating system that is provided as a free limited version and a commercial version. The main idea behind the program is to provide you with a recipe-based system of tasks that you can run with the mouse or by using hotkeys. The program ships with a set of default actions that are useful in understanding how the program works. The "ask for text and encrypt it" action for instance consists of five steps that include asking the user for text, encrypting the text, and showing the encrypted text to the user. Actions The program interface looks noisy at first, but it is well thought out actually once you understand how the different panels work. The top left pane lists the tasks that are available at the time. You can run any task with a double-click of the mouse, or by using the hotkey instead if one is mapped to the action. New actions are created here as well. Once you select an action, all of its current steps are listed on the right. You may add or remove steps there, or reorder them. Another useful feature you find listed there is the ability to run the action step by step which can be useful for debugging purposes to make sure it works correctly. The step chooser pane lists the available steps that you can add to an action. More than a hundred steps are listed there that allow you to manipulate files and windows, work with strings, or use the mouse or keyboard. Some steps support variables which you can -- and often need to -- make use of. The settings pane finally lists variables or parameters that some steps make use of. You may add a "from" email address there for instance, or change date and time variables. I suggest you check out the library on the official website first before you start creating your own custom actions. You find dozens of actions there created by users of the app that you can add to your own actions or use on their own. Here is a short selection of available templates: Save the clipboard text to the desktop Save a screenshot to the desktop immediately Open calculator on top of other windows at 75% transparency Add a quick note to a file on my desktop Remind me to go to bed at 10pm Search Google for the clipboard text To import a template, copy the steps listed on the library page to the clipboard first, and use the import icon afterwards (or Ctrl-i) to create a new action using the steps you just copied to the clipboard. Free vs. Paid The free version of Actions has a limitation of 10 actions, and can only be used in non-commercial environments. There is no way to increase that limit for free, but you may remove some of the default actions to make room for others. Still, ten actions may not be enough to make real use of the application. Closing Words Actions is an interesting, well designed program. It has a learning curve when it comes to the creation of custom tasks though. It is probably a good idea to analyze some of the default tasks or actions from the library to get a feel for the program before you start creating custom actions. AlomWare Actions Article source
  10. GUIPropView -- which stands for Graphical User Interface Properties View -- is a new program by Nirsoft that lists all open program windows and their properties in its interface. While I cannot really say how useful it is to get access to the information dump in the program, it could be an eye opener for some users as the program may show open windows that are not really visible on the screen. When I ran the program on a Windows 10 machine for instance, it highlighted that Photos, Store and Settings windows were open even though they were not visible at all on the screen. GUIPropView GUIPropView is a portable program. This means that you can run it from any location after you have downloaded it and extracted the contents of the downloaded archive. The application is provided as a 32-bit and 64-bit copy for Windows, and is compatible with all versions of Windows starting with Windows XP and going all the way up to Windows 10. The program displays the list of open top level windows right on start. Each window is listed with its handle and ID, title if available, state and visibility, as well as position and size, style, process and thread ID, class name, process and instance file name, and more. Note: The program does not display "most" invisible top level windows. You need to turn on the feature with a click on TopLevel > Display Hidden Windows. You may also enable the display of windows with a size of zero by selecting the appropriate option. All child windows of the selected window are listed in the lower pane. Information are nearly identical with the exception of parent handle. The information provided can be useful. Since process IDs are listed, it is easy enough to identify "hidden" windows by opening the Windows Task Manager or a third-party program like Process Explorer. You can use the information then to find out why a window / process is open, and to find a solution on how to stop it from being opened automatically on the system. GUIPropView ships with a couple of extra features that you may find useful. You can use the crosshair icon in the program toolbar to identify any program window you drop it on. A right-click on a window displays powerful context menu options. you may use the options to switch to the selected window, close it, show it, maximize or minimize it, or perform a variety of options on the selection. GUIPropView ships with the usual Nirsoft program options to create HTML reports, save the selected items to various formats such as XML or csv, or use the built-in search to find windows of interest quickly. Closing Words GUIPropView is another niche but powerful program by Nirsoft. It is an ideal addition to a tools collection as it is portable and tiny. GUIPropView Article source
  11. We reported back in June 2016 that KeePass, a popular password manager, was getting a security audit by the European Commission's EU Free and Open Source Software Auditing project (EU-FOSSA). EU-FOSSA is a pilot project to create a formal process for contributing software security reviews to open source communities. The project created an inventory of open source solutions used by the Commission, published studies into the security practices of 14 open source communities, and reviewed two popular open source solutions. KeePass is a password manager created for Windows -- also working on Linux -- that uses a locally stored encrypted database. The program ships with an impressive list of options. You can enable a global login shortcut for instance, or improve security of KeePass by modifying settings. The password manager supports plugins and forks thanks to its open source nature. Plugins enable users to extend the program's functionality, for instance by integrating it in web browsers or synchronizing the database using online storage providers. KeePass audit The research team audited the code of KeePass 1.31, and not of KeePass 2.34. While KeePass 2.34 is not mentioned anywhere in the report, it appears reasonable that KeePass 2.34 would fare similarly in a code audit. KeePass 1.x is the legacy version of the password manager. The version does not require Microsoft .NET but lacks features that only KeePass 2.x ships with. It does not support linking KeePass to the Windows user account or one-time passwords for instance. You find a full edition comparison table here. The KeePass audit went through all 84622 lines of code and found no critical or high-risk issues in the code. It did find five medium rated, three low rated, and six information only rated issues however. No critical or high-risk findings were detected. Among the remaining findings, five medium and three low risk results were detected. The remaining six were of an informative nature. The issues that were found by the researchers are detailed in the audit report which you can download from the project deliveries page on the EU-Fossa website. There you find listed the Apache security audit as well (look under WP6: sample code review near the bottom of the page). Closing Words KeePass is an excellent, secure, password manager for Windows. The results of the code audit suggest that it is a well designed program with no critical or high risk issues. Article source
  12. Shutdownblocker is a simple tool which intercepts and blocks shutdown, restart, logoff and related commands. The program offers some protection from user mistakes or poorly designed software which forces a restart, as well as preventing forced Windows 10 Update restarts. Getting started is easy. Launch the program as an administrator, check "When blocking, also intercept shutdown.exe…", click Hide and shutdownblocker adds an icon to your system tray. Has it worked? Open a command window, enter shutdown.exe /? , and you should see, well, nothing at all. The command prompt moves to the next line, but there's nothing else. Shutdown.exe no longer does anything, whether it’s launched manually or from a process. It's the same story with musnotification.exe, a file used by Windows 10 to force system restarts (typically for Windows Update). You can still manually shut down or restart your system in the usual way, for example from the Start Menu. You'll be warned that shutdownblocker is running, in the same way you'd be told that Notepad has a file open, but choose the "shut down anyway" option and your system will close. Shutdownblocker also offers a right-click "allow shutdowns" option from its system tray icon. Although we found shutdownblocker swallowed our test shutdown commands, it has a few wrinkles. In particular, you need to launch the program with admin rights to assign or remove its maximum protection. But if you don’t do that, shutdownblocker doesn’t recognise it or display any warning. You might choose the “Allow” option and think you’ve disabled the program, but the protection will still be active. If you have problems removing shutdownblocker’s protection, reboot, launch it as an administrator and click Allow > Quit, then enter shutdown.exe /? at a command line to confirm it works (if you see help on shutdown’s options, shutdownblocker is gone). Shutdownblocker is a free tool for Windows 7 and later. Article source
  13. Sysmon 5 is the latest version of the popular monitoring program for Windows that writes activities to the Windows Event log. Sysmon, which stands for System Monitor, is a background monitor. This means that it will do its work once installed without user interaction or graphical user interface. In fact, all you have to do to install it is to run a short command from the command line to install the monitoring service. This is done by tapping on the Windows-key, typing cmd.exe, holding down the Shift-key and Ctrl-key before hitting the Enter-key, and typing sysmon -accepteula –i in the Sysmon program directory. Tip: to uninstall Sysmon again, run the operation again but this time with the command sysmon -u. The program logs directly to the Windows Event log which means that you need to open it using the native viewer or a third-party program such as Event Log Explorer to access the data. Sysmon 5 All events that Sysmon 5 tracks are stored in Applications and Services Logs/Microsoft/Windows/Sysmon/Operational in the Event log. The following events are tracked by the application: Event 1: Process creation -- any new process that is created on the system is listed under this event ID. Event 2: File creation time changes. Event 3: Network connections -- disabled by default. To enable it, run the install command with the parameter -n. Event 4: Sysmon service state changes. Event 5: Process terminated. Event 6: Driver loaded. Event 7: Image loaded. This is disabled by default. To enable it, run the install command with the parameter -l. Event 8: Create Remote Thread -- logs when a process creates a thread in another process. Event 9: Raw Access Read -- logs when a process uses reading operations from the drive using \\, and \. Event 10: Process Access -- Logs when a process opens another process. Event 11: File Create. Event 12: Registry Event (Object Create and Delete) -- Logs when processes create or delete Registry objects. Event 13: Registry Event (Value Set) -- Logs when processes set values in the Registry. Event 14: Registry Event (Key and Value rename) -- Logs when Registry keys or values are renamed. Event 15: File Create Stream Hash -- Logs when a file stream is created. Event 255: Error. Filtering is supported which means that you can use Event Filtering to filter for specific events you are interested in. The new Sysmon 5 introduces new monitoring options that log file create and Registry modification events. This major update to Sysmon, a background monitor that records activity to the event log for use in security incident detection and forensics, introduces file create and registry modification logging. These event types make it possible to configure filters that capture updates to critical system configuration as well as changes to autostart entry points used by malware. Closing Words Sysmon 5 improves an already great program further by introducing Registry modification and file create events to the logging capabilities. Since nothing else has changed, it is a no brainer to upgrade the existing copy of the program to the latest version to benefit from the additional event logging options. Sysmon 5 Article source
  14. Two days back, Piriform has released CCleaner 5.24.5839 that has improved Windows Explorer cleaning. Today, another update is available for CCleaner — CCleaner 5.24.5841 — without any change log. Though the company hasn’t officially announced the reason for issuing another update for the same version, we came to know from the discussion in their forums that ‘ The Dev Team released a ‘patch’ to fix an issue they found that was not yet discovered by users.’ What’s that issue is not disclosed by Piriform. Anyway to avoid issues with CCleaner, ensure you’re using the latest version of the tool, you can find CCleaner 5.24 change log below. What’s new in CCleaner 5.24 Improved Firefox History cleaning Improved Opera and Vivaldi Session cleaning Updated Internet Explorer and Edge Cache cleaning Updated Windows Explorer MRU Cache cleaning Improved Monitoring notifications Minor GUI improvements Minor bug fixes Download CCleaner 5.24.5841 Article source
  15. SoftPerfect has released SoftPerfect RAM Disk 4.0 with a major license change: the program is no longer free for home users. After the 30-day trial is up, version 4.0 now requires a $29 license for home users. As before, it’s $49 for businesses. If you’re happy with a previous version, there’s no need to upgrade and you can carry on using your existing build. SoftPerfect is also offering a free license to anyone who helps create or improve one of the program’s translations. Grab the official Language file for more details. From official website: Alternatively, you could switch to one of the competition. Dataram RAMDISK is easy-to-use, but its free-for-personal-use edition is limited to disks of 1GB. AMD Radeon RAMDisk is based on Dataram technology, but supports drives up to 4GB. IMDisk Toolkit is more technical than the others, but it’s also free, unrestricted, and has many other image-mounting and other drive management features. SoftPerfect RAM Disk 4.0 is available as a 30-day trial for Windows XP and later. Article source
  16. AllDup 4.0 has been released; the popular duplicate file finder for the Microsoft Windows operating system ships with search, interface, and customization improvements. You may download the new version of the program as a portable version that you can run from any location after download and extraction, or as an installer if you prefer it that way. The program opens with an interface that has been redesigned. Especially the iconography is different and may be easier to understand for first time users. The program displays two rows of icons on start. The first lets you start searches or look at search results, switch between profiles, open the options, or logs. The second defines the search parameters. There you find options to select one or multiple folders for the search, define search methods and options, filters, and enable or disable file previews. AllDup 4.0 The sheer number of options, toggles and switches can be intimidating at first. While advanced users may find AllDup to be the holy grail of duplicate file finders, inexperienced users should not give up on the program either. While you may configure the search and filter options in detail, it is not necessary to run searches. You can get your first search underway in a matter of seconds. All you have to do is select a folder that you want searched, and hit the start search button afterwards. That search is limited to file name comparisons though which is not the best way to find duplicates as different names or files with identical sizes may not be included in the results. Search method lets you define comparison criteria in detail. You can select one or multiple options there, for instance to search by file content and size, or by similar pictures. The performance of file content searches using hashes has improved by about 50% according to the developer, and similar pictures is a new file comparison option that finds identical and "almost identical" pictures. The latter can be useful to find duplicate pictures that use different file extensions, or have slightly different resolutions. Other new options include ignoring ID3 tags of mp3 files and metadata of FLAC files, and new file name comparison options to only compare the characters at the beginning of files, or requiring a set percentage for partial file name matches. The program displays a log window will the search runs which keeps you updated on the progress. A truckload of new options have been added to the search results window. Some allow you to display or hide information, e.g. displayed toolbars, or new search options. AllDup 4.0 supports two new command line parameters. The parameter -c runs a file content comparison search from the command line for instance. As far as negatives are concerned, there are two but they may not matter to most users. First, Windows 2000 is no longer supported by the program. Second, all profiles, program settings or stored search results from version 3 cannot be carried over to the new version. Closing Word AllDup is a powerful duplicate file finder with an impressive set of features and options. The new AllDup 4.0 version improves the program further in many regards without taking away functionality or introducing an awkward interface that is harder to use or navigate. AllDup Article source
  17. I've long since admired a program called the gDoc Digital Binder. It's a personal organizer, rather like the filofax paper-based system of old (apologies to anyone who still carries one). Unlike Microsoft's OneNote, Digital Binder actually resembles a ring binder on screen, with pages that you can turn. You can include absolutely any type of information in a binder, including Word documents and PDF files. My single main criticism of gDoc until now has been its unusual pricing policy. When you download and install the program, you can create one binder with up to 32 tabs. To create more binders, you have to purchase upgrades, and each pack of 10 binders costs almost $40. Imagine what would happen if Microsoft charged for Word by the number of documents you created! Thankfully, the company has finally seen sense. On November 1st, the new release of the product will still cost $40 but you'll be able to create unlimited binders. At which point, it seems likely that they'll withdraw the free version. So you have until the end of this month to get it. Remember, the free version lets you create a single binder with up to 32 tabs, which is plenty of space to store and organise loads of your documents, files and notes. Replace your ring-binders with a digital version that feels like paper. All the familiarity of a paper binder with the power of digital Connect to OneDrive and Office 365 No need to change how you work Bridges the gap between paper and digital Have your binders with you wherever you go Personalise your binder and organise it the way you want Scribble and make notes on pages Easy to share with friends and colleagues The download is a rather large 167 MB and you'll find it at gDocinspired :: Digital Binder Article source
  18. TechSmith has unveiled Camtasia 9 ($199), a major release for the comprehensive video creator. License changes don’t usually top the "new features" list, but this one is big: buying a single license now allows you to install Camtasia on both Windows and Mac. Behaviors are new motion effects -- bounces, rolls, fades, slides, jumps -- for your text, images and video. You can apply them by dragging and dropping, or fine-tune every aspect of the animation to suit your needs. A library of "Video Assets" gives you intro slides, backgrounds, music tracks, icons and assorted other professionally-designed components, ready to enhance your projects. New video editing options include adjustments for colors, brightness, contrast and saturation. The program is now 64-bit only, which should improve performance in some areas. An interface redesign has changed the layout in some places, updated icons and made some very drastic changes to some of the menus. Fortunately, TechSmith has gone to a lot of trouble to explain exactly what's changed and help long-term users adapt, and you'll find a guide here. Even the list of "additional updates" has some important extras, including animated GIF support, and a Properties panel for precise control of every timeline element. Camtasia 9 can be yours for $199, or $99.50 as an upgrade, and a 30-day-trial is available. Camtasia requires 64-bit Windows 7 or later. Article source
  19. Windows and Office Genuine ISO Verifier is a free program for Microsoft Windows operating systems that enables you to verify the authenticity of Windows or Office ISO images. You may want to verify ISO images before you use the image to install a version of Microsoft Windows or Office. While you could say that this should not really be an issue if you have downloaded the ISO from Microsoft, it is still better to be safe than sorry. This is true especially if the ISO came from a third-party source. Making sure that the ISO image is genuine ensures that the image has not been tampered with. A basic example are manipulated ISO images that will install the operating system or Office just fine, but add malicious programs to the mix on top of that. Windows and Office Genuine ISO Verifier Note: The application requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 Client Profile. It is compatible with all versions of Microsoft Windows from Windows XP to the very latest version. Windows and Office Genuine ISO Verifier is an easy to use program. Simply extract the archive after you have downloaded the application. The interface lists just a couple of options that are easy to understand. Click on the three dots next to input file to select an ISO image stored on the local device that you want the program to check. Click on the verify button afterwards, and wait for the program to compute the SHA-1 (sometimes also MD5) hash value. Once done, that value gets compared to the list of hashes the application ships with. If a match is found, you get a green genuine status followed by the source the ISO image came from. If the has does not match, you get a red "not genuine" status instead. Windows and Office Genuine ISO Verifier may also list the file name that the ISO image was offered as under "results of verification". The application supports a wide variety of Windows and Office versions. Basically, any client and server version of Windows is supported, and as are all Office releases from Office 95 to Office 2016. Closing Words Windows and Office Genuine ISO Verifier is an easy to use program to authentication Windows or Office ISO images. While you need to trust the author of the application first and foremost, as all checks are based on the hash database the program ships with, all ISO images that I checked during tests verified correctly. It is certainly possible to verify the hashes of downloaded ISO images manually, but that requires that you have a base hash that you can compare the computed results to. All in all a handy program provided that it will be updated regularly by its author. Windows and Office Genuine ISO Verifier Article source
  20. Australian developer SoftPerfect has shipped World Route 1.0, a free for Windows (commercial for Mac) visual traceroute which plots your internet traffic on a world map. The package is built for simplicity. Type your destination domain or IP address in a box, press Enter and the program begins listing the IP address and geographic location of each hop. Once it’s done, the route is drawn over a Google-sourced map, and some summary stats list the total distance of all hops and their round-trip time. While this works in a basic way, the presentation is poor. The route is drawn with minimal detail on the map, there are no graphic labels to show you where a point on the line might be, and you can’t zoom in to see more (it’s a bitmap, not a live instance of Google Maps). Even more annoying, there’s no one-step way to save the list of IP addresses and locations (you can only save IP addresses or locations of each hop individually), and there’s no option to save the map. We’re normally fans of SoftPerfect products, but it’s hard to get enthusiastic about World Route. It’s compact, easy to use and doesn’t require installation, but the lack of features means it’s for users who need the very basics only. Open Visual Trace Route has the same core idea as World Route, it’s much more powerful and complex, and this does bring some issues of its own (you’ll need Java, the program installs WinPcap if you don’t have it already, there are many more tools and options to explore). Once you’re set up, though, even network novices will quickly spot the improvements over World Route. The program offers far more detail per hop (country, town, latitude, longitude, hostname, IP address, latency, more), a graph highlighting latency and DNS lookup time per hop, plots the route on a fully navigable 3D globe, and can take screenshots, export data to the clipboard or save it as a file. World Route 1.0 is available for Windows XP and later, and Mac. Open Visual Trace Route runs on Windows 7 and later, Linux and Mac. Article source
  21. Fakenet NG is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices that allows you to monitor network traffic of programs by simulating a fake network environment. Designed specifically to find out about malicious programs, it can be used for other purposes such as finding out if a program phones home, which executable file it uses for that, and to which servers it tries to establish connections to. While a firewall provides you with some of those information as well, Fakenet does provide you with additional information that firewalls usually don't offer. Fakenet The tool allows you to intercept and redirect all or specific network traffic while simulating legitimate network services. Using FakeNet-NG, malware analysts can quickly identify malware's functionality and capture network signatures. Penetration testers and bug hunters will find FakeNet-NG's configurable interception engine and modular framework highly useful when testing application's specific functionality and prototyping PoCs. Here are a couple of things you need to know about Fakenet before you start the program: Fakenet takes over DNS on port 53 It listens to the TCP ports 80, 443 and 25 It supports DNS, HTTP and SSL protocols. This means that any traffic that goes through these ports will be recorded by Fakenet, but it won't go through (as it ends in the fake network environment). It makes sense to stop most programs that connect to the Internet prior to running Fakenet. Basically, you get the best results when you just run the program you want to analyze. You will still get some noise from Windows itself and maybe background processes that you cannot just terminate. The program uses ini files which you find in the config directory. You may add ports that you want to monitor, or block ports from being monitored using these files. The config file uses a simple syntax. It is probably best if you simply copy one of the available presets and edit it to add ports that you want the program to monitor as well. You may use the "redirectalltraffic" preference to capture traffic on all ports. This can be useful if you are not sure which ports a program will use for communication. Please note that Fakenet will ignore all other ports. If a program communicates using different ports, then it won't be logged by the application. Once you are done with all of that, you may run Fakenet NG. The program is provided as a 32-bit and 64-bit application. All network traffic that it captures is echoed in the program interface. This may not be overly usable considering that there is no pause option available. Fakenet saves the data to a pcap file however which you may open in programs like Wireshark that support it. Closing Words Fakenet NG is an interesting program to analyze the network traffic on select ports or all of them on a Windows machine. Designed to analyze the network activity of malicious programs, it can be used to monitor any program that runs on the Windows machine. Since it saves the logged data as pcap files, it is best to analyze the findings in programs like Wireshark as it will make things easier. The main difference to firewalls is that Fakenet NG will provide you with additional information that firewalls may not provide you with. Fakenet NG Article source
  22. CAPCOM games using gamepads received improvements The Wine development team announced a new maintenance release to the stable, 1.8.x series of the open source software project that lets Linux users run various Windows games and apps on their computers. Coming hot on the heels of Wine 1.9.20 and Wine Staging 1.9.20, Wine 1.8.5 is now available, and while there aren't any new features implemented, it attempts to address quite a lot of bug fixes reported by users since the previous stable update, namely Wine 1.8.4. According to the release notes, Wine 1.8.5 includes no less than 58 changes improving support for many popular Windows applications and games. Among the Windows apps that received improvements in Wine 1.8.5, we can mention Windows Movie Maker 2.x, Microsoft Publisher 2007, Microsoft Publisher 2010, Microsoft Relog, PDF Factory 3.x, PDF Factory 4.x, EasyPal August 6 2012, SmartMusic 2012, SmartMusic 2014, Nikon Capture NX 2.4, ArchiCAD 16, and Microsoft Word and Excel 2010. Additionally, there are improvements for the PlotSoft PDFill 10, UltraISO, sdb2xml, PhysX 9.15.0428, ZaraRadio, Saturn PCB Design Toolkit 6.86, Lego Mindstorms EV3, UFile, Linksys USB Wireless Adapter Installer, VMware, Regedit, GOG Galaxy, Battle.Net Launcher, Hauppauge Capture, CPU-Z, 3DMark03, and MiTeC System Information X apps. The Nvidia GeForce GT 740M graphics card is now correctly recognized Wine 1.8.5 also brings various bug fixes for some Windows games, among which we can mention Unreal Tournament 3, Age of Mythology: Extended Edition, Cabal II, Alien Shooter, When Monster Strikes, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Redux, Borderlands (Steam), Far Cry 4, and some CAPCOM games using gamepads. Last but not least, Wine 1.8.5 makes the Nvidia GeForce GT 740M graphics card to be correctly recognized, and improves support for the TASCAM US-16x08 soundcard controller. You can download the Wine 1.8.5 sources right now via official website or update via the stable repositories of your GNU/Linux distribution. Article source
  23. Ultimate Settings Panel is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices that list links to a massive number of system tools and configuration items. If you run Windows 8 or newer, you know that Microsoft uses a two-tiered approach to settings currently. There is the classic Control Panel, and the new Settings application. While Microsoft announced years ago that it wanted to move all Control Panel items to Settings, this has not happened yet in the latest Windows 10 version. This means that users have to juggle between the two tools to configure and manage Windows. But even if you run Windows 7, you will find that the Control Panel is not a one-stop for all administrative tools as there are numerous tools available that you can only access manually. Ultimate Settings Panel Ultimate Settings Panel has been designed to provide you with links to the majority of tools and configuration items on Windows. So, instead of juggling between various programs and the command line, you may use it to launch tools rather quickly. Note: The application requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 or higher. Also, you are asked to enter an email address and name before the download becomes available. When you start Ultimate Settings Panel for the first time you are greeted with a massive list of links to various tools and options. The program displays a tab bar at the top that you may use to switch to various groups of interest. There is a group for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 respectively for instance, one of the Control Panel, Server Administration, and some for programs like Outlook or Chrome. This layout can be quite confusing as it may not be clear immediately where a particular entry is filed under. You launch any item listed in the program interface with a click on it. Please note that there is no option to run a tool as administrator, unless you launch Ultimate Settings Panel with elevated privileges. As far as tools are concerned that you can open with Ultimate Settings Panel; these can be divided loosely into system tools, commands, and third-party tools. The system tools group includes all Control Panel and Settings options, but also standalone tools such as the Event Viewer or the Character Map. Commands like ipconfig or netstat can be run right from within the application. The output is echoed in a small overlay window. This makes it a tad easier to process the output directly. Third-party tools finally let you launch Firefox or Chrome in various ways, e.g. session restore or kisok mode, or run various clean up operations on Outlook. Closing Words Ultimate Settings Panel offers a massive list of links to various system and third-party tools on Windows machines. The program has a couple of usability issues that need to be mentioned. First, it is not always clear where you will find a setting or tool you are interested in. A search would be quite useful for that purpose, but it is not available right now. Another issue that you may have is that the listings all look alike. All have blue background and white text. This may make it hard to focus on those entries, especially if you go through all of them. I'm not entirely sure how one could improve this, maybe with basic text links without background, or by alternating background colors. Another feature that I'd like to see integrated is a custom page option that you may use to add links to to create your own custom administrative launch pad for tools and such. Ultimate Settings Panel Article source
  24. Simple Disable Key is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices that enables you to block non-system hotkeys. Hotkeys are useful most of the time as they provide quick access to functionality. They provide -- often -- faster access to features and functions as you simply tap on the key combination to invoke the command instead of having to go through various menus to do the same. Not all hotkeys are useful however. When I work on a WordPress site for instance, I sometimes press the shortcut Ctrl-Shift-F by accident. This switches the editor to full screen view which I never use. First time I invoked the full screen editor I had to look up the shortcut as I could not reproduce it. Simple Disable Key Simple Disable Key comes to the rescue. You can use the free program to block keyboard shortcuts from triggering on Windows machines. Note: Simple Disable Key requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 to run. The program is really easy to use. Simple enter the key and modifiers, and click on the add key button afterwards. A new menu loads that you use to define when to disable the key. The options are: Always -- this is the default option. It blocks the hotkey completely on the Windows machine. Program -- narrows down the blocking to one particular program. Schedule -- allows you to narrow it down to days of the week, and a start and end date. If you want to make sure a hotkey is not triggered at all, select always. Program may be useful if you can pinpoint a shortcut to a specific application, or if you notice that two programs that you are using use the same shortcut. This would make it possible to block the shortcut in one program so that you may use it in another. Schedule of the week finally appears to be more of a business or work option. The disabling of hotkeys and shortcuts works well for any non-system key. I was able to block WordPress' Ctrl-Shift-F key for instance, but could not get system hotkeys like Windows-W to be disabled. You may use the system tray icon to enable or disable all shortcuts that you have added to the program. Closing Words Simple Disable Key is a straightforward little program that has its uses. This is especially the case if you happen to trigger certain keyboard shortcuts by accident regularly. Please note that the program needs to be running in the background. If it does not, the hotkeys are not blocked. The program requires quite a bit of memory while running in the background (about 30-40 Megabytes). Simple Disable Key Article source
  25. The company has announced support for the suite will be stopped on January 10, 2017. Windows Essentials 2012 is a suite of free programs that can help you organize and edit photos and videos, manage email, create blog posts, and keep your files in sync. You can choose which programs you want to install or you can install all of them. Windows Essentials 2012 works with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. Windows Essentials includes the following programs: Photo Gallery. Everything you need to organize, edit, and publish your photos. Movie Maker. Tell your story in style. Make a polished movie from your photos and videos in just a few clicks. Windows Live Writer. Create stunning blog posts in minutes, with photos, videos, maps, and more. Then publish them to any of your favorite blog service providers. Windows Live Mail. Manage multiple email accounts, calendars, and your contacts, even when you're offline. OneDrive. With OneDrive installed on all your computers, you can get to the latest version of your files wherever you are. The edition of Windows Essentials you can download depends on which version of Windows you're running. Check the following list for more information and then choose which language and edition to download. Download Windows Essentials Replace Windows Essentials in Windows 10
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