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HP releases Synaptics driver update that removes disabled keylogger

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 14:41:29 +0000

HP released updates for Synaptics touchpad drivers recently for HP notebooks that removes a disabled keylogger from the driver. Again, HP? A security researcher disclosed on GitHub that he discovered a keylogger in the keyboard driver of HP notebooks. While deactivated by default, anyone with elevated access to the machine could enable the logging of […]

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Changes to Opera’s VPN service

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 06:30:11 +0000

The Opera browser is the only major web browser that comes with a built-in VPN service / browser proxy that users may activate to improve the privacy while they are using the browser. While limited to the Opera browser, as opposed to standalone VPN solutions which cover all programs that connect to the Internet, it […]

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Install and use Teamviewer 13 for GNU/Linux remote access and support

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 16:53:51 +0000

I have a friend who is about as skilled with computers as I am with nano-technological engineering. That’s a thing, right? Anyway, every month or two, he asks me to ‘fix his computer’ which usually means cleaning junk, malware, and uninstalling anything he shouldn’t have installed. Often, I do this from my computer at home, […]

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A solution to ETAg tracking in Firefox

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 08:27:26 +0000

The ETAg -- entity tag -- is a web cache validation method that web servers use for identifying resources. The core idea behind the feature is to use it to compare resources to determine whether they are identical or not. As is the case with many Web features nowadays, they can be used for good […]

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Microsoft releases ProcDump tool for Linux

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:58:16 +0000

Microsoft released a version of the company's ProdDump application for Linux. ProcDump is a long standing command line utility by Sysinternals, maker of widely used applications such as AutoRuns, ProcessExplorer or Process Monitor. ProcDump allows you to monitor processes for CPU spikes, and have it generate crash dumps during spikes for analysis. The application supports […]

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Add a scrolling minimap to Firefox

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 10:59:03 +0000

Minimap Scroller is a new browser extension for the Firefox web browser that adds a minimap that you can scroll to the web browser. Minimaps are best known from computer games; they are used to provide orientation in games, and also often for navigating to certain locations using the map. The browser extension adds a […]

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How to enable Strict site isolation mode in Google Chrome

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 06:34:51 +0000

Strict site isolation is a new experimental feature of Google's Chrome web browser that ensures that processes are limited to pages from one site. Chrome's multi-process architecture was introduced with the release of the browse. It improves security and stability of the browser at the expense of computer memory. Security is improved as it becomes […]

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Should you delete online accounts?

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:14:06 +0000

If you stop using an online account, should you delete that account or keep it? The question has no simple answer, as several factors play a role in the decision making process. If you decide to delete the account, it may or may not be removed from the server of the company or individual operating […]

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Ghacks Deals: Ultimate Windows File Management Suite (90% off)

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:35:52 +0000

Ultimate Windows File Management Suite is a bundle of four software programs by German company O&O. The company is known for its high quality programs, and the four programs that are included in the bundle make no exception to that. Included are O&O DiskRecovery 12, O&O AutoBackup 6, O&O SafeErase 11 and O&O DiskImage 11. […]

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ProtonMail Bridge: encrypted email for Outlook, Thunderbird, and other email clients

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:07:41 +0000

ProtonMail Bridge is a new desktop program for Windows, Mac and Linux devices that integrates ProtonMail email accounts in desktop email clients such as Thunderbird, Outlook or Apple Mail. We reviewed ProtonMail twice in past years. First in 2014 when the service was announced, and then just a month ago when we published our getting […]

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Why is Google rolling out Chrome updates over time?

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:10:38 +0000

Whenever the Chrome team releases a new version of the web browser to the stable channel, it highlights that the release will be rolled over time. Yesterday's release of Chrome 63 Stable for the desktop for instance does so in the first paragraph on the Chrome Releases blog. The Chrome team is delighted to announce […]

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Ghostery 8 improves anti-tracking and ad-blocking functions

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 05:47:00 +0000

A new version of Ghostery, Ghostery 8, was released yesterday featuring new AI-powered anti-tracking capabilities and enhanced ad-blocking. Ghostery, which was acquired by German company Cliqz some time ago, is a cross-browser privacy extension that started out as an extension to block tracking predominantly but has since then transformed into a content blocking solution with […]

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Microsoft removes HEVC codec in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, adds it to Store

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:24:24 +0000

New installations of Microsoft's most recent version of Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update version or version 1709, come without support for the HEVC codec. Users who install the system anew or for the first time may notice that the codec is missing, and may install the HEVC Video Extension from the Microsoft Store to […]

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Microsoft Office December 2017 Patch Day

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 12:39:41 +0000

Microsoft released updates for Microsoft Office 2010, 2013 and 2016 on the December 2017 Microsoft Office Patch Day. The company releases non-security updates for supported versions of Office on the first Tuesday of each month, similarly to how it releases security updates for Windows and Office on the second Tuesday of every month. Updates have […]

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Google to block YouTube on Amazon Fire TV

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 08:48:51 +0000

Google will block access to YouTube on Amazon's Fire TV from January 1, 2018, and on Echo Show effective immediately. If you fire up the YouTube application on the Fire TV right now, you are greeted with a notification that tells you that YouTube will become unavailable on the device starting January 1st, 2018. Google […]

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Disqus commenting platform sold to big data and analytics firm Zeta Global

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 08:12:35 +0000

Big data and analytics company Zeta Global announced that it has acquired the commenting platform Disqus. Disqus is best known for its commenting system that sites all over the Internet use. It is a third-party system that webmasters embed on sites. Disqus offers analytics, monetization and other services on top of the actual commenting system. […]

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Christmas Gift ideas for GNU/Linux Fans!

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 05:02:45 +0000

You cSo, every year we see commercials for just about every type of Christmas gift one can think of...The sports equipment, the cars, the romantic getaway... But what about the Linuxbeard guy behind the twelve monitors? What do you get him? Well, here are some awesome gift ideas for the techy we all know! Star […]

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Ghacks Deals: Pay What You Want: The Ultimate White Hat Hacker 2018 Bundle

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:50:59 +0000

Pay What You Want: The Ultimate White Hat Hacker 2018 Bundle is a big eLearning bundle that is all about ethical white hat hacking. You get one of the courses if you pay the minimum of $1, and all eight courses if you beat the average price which is $11.39 at the time of writing. […]

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Automatically download and set Reddit wallpapers on Windows

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:13:03 +0000

Reddit Wallpaper Changer is a free program for Microsoft's Windows operating system that pulls wallpaper images from Reddit to set them as the desktop background on Windows PCs. Reddit is a treasure trove for all kinds of images including wallpapers. The site has hundreds of groups that focus on desktop wallpapers; many cater to different […]

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Vivaldi launches build for ARM-based Linux devices

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 11:06:21 +0000

Vivaldi Technologies AS, the company behind the Vivaldi web browser, released a first build of the browser for Raspberry Pi and other ARM-based Linux devices today. Vivaldi browser is currently available for the desktop operating systems Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. The new version, called Vivaldi for Linux ARM, adds ARM-based Linux devices such […]

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Firefox 58: Off-Main-Thread painting promises performance improvements

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 10:03:08 +0000

Mozilla plans to introduce Off-Main-Thread painting in the next stable version of the Firefox browser to improve the browser's performance significantly. Basically, what Mozilla did was move rasterization to its own thread. When Firefox renders a web page, certain activities happen in the background. Three of the four, making a display list, assigning layers and […]

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CyberSight RansomStopper anti-ransomware for Windows

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 06:35:58 +0000

CyberSight, a new computer security company based in California, released the first version of the anti-ransomware software RansomStopper yesterday. RansomStopper is available as a free version for non-commercial use, and a paid version for commercial and Enterprise use. The program is compatible with Windows 7 and newer versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system, and […]

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Getting Windows 7 Update error 80248015? You are not alone

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 17:07:22 +0000

If you run a device that is powered by Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system, you may have noticed already, or not, that the system's update functionality may be broken completely. A check for updates returns the error message "Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running. You may need to […]

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Is Classic Shell dead? Developer quits

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 12:49:27 +0000

The developer of the popular Classic Shell application for Microsoft's Windows operating system released the last version of the program yesterday. Classic Shell is a free program for Windows that restores classic versions of the Windows Start Menu, Explorer, Internet Explorer and Shell on user request. It is used by many to restore the classic […]

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Script Safe for Firefox: better privacy and security controls

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 09:07:20 +0000

Script Safe, a popular extension for the Google Chrome web browser, has been ported to the Firefox web browser by its author. Tip: check out our review of Script Safe for Chrome if you use the browser, or another Chromium-based browser. Script Safe is a privacy and security extension that gives Firefox users better control […]

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DNSTrails: find any domain someone owns

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 05:52:27 +0000

DNSTrails is a new Internet service that provides you with the tools to find any domain someone owns among other things. The service has more to offer than that, as you may use it to display IP neighborhoods, display DNS and Whois records of any domain, and historical DNS data. DNSTrails is available as a […]

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Allow only manual updates on Windows 10

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 17:01:13 +0000

Microsoft removed updating controls when it released the Windows 10 operating systems so that it has become less trivial to set the updating process to manual or disable updates altogether. This is true especially when it comes to Windows 10 Home. One of the better solutions to regain controls over updates was to disable the […]

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A look at Skype for Linux

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 06:43:50 +0000

I remember for a long time that Skype on GNU/Linux systems was a nightmare. The official application was terrible, and solutions like Pidgin were lacking in some crucial features such as video calling. Thankfully, finally, Microsoft seems to have stepped up their game when it comes to an official Skype for Linux. Installation Users can […]

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Microsoft releases KB4051963, KB4052342, KB4055237 and KB4054022 for Windows 10 version 1709

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 08:33:50 +0000

Busy Microsoft released a total of four updates for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update; one cumulative update that addresses several issues, two dynamic updates and a servicing stack update. KB4051963 is the major update for Windows 10 version 1709. It brings the build of the operating system to 16299.98, and was released on November […]

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Mozilla’s revenue increased significantly in 2016

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 06:05:43 +0000

Mozilla, makers of the Firefox web browser, released the State of Mozilla annual financial report for the year 2016, and things could not look better from a financial point of view. The Mozilla Foundation and subsidiaries saw revenue increase in 2016 by 99 million US Dollars from 421 million US Dollars in 2015 to 520 […]

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NoScript’s rating drops after Firefox Quantum release

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 14:00:09 +0000

The Firefox add-on NoScript was one of the best rated add-ons on Mozilla's Firefox Add-ons website. It had a solid five out of five star rating by about 1600 different users, and more than 1.7 million active users in total. If you check  the rating and users of the extension today, you will notice that […]

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Nvidia Driver 388.43 WHQL restores NV Tray

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 11:53:07 +0000

Nvidia released a new WHQL graphics driver 388.43 for Windows earlier today which brings back NV Tray and Game Ready support for Doom VFR. The new driver is already available on the official Nvidia download drivers web page for download. Tip: You can use TinyNvidiaUpdateChecker to check for driver updates and install them without using […]

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How to change the language of Microsoft Office

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 09:54:16 +0000

Microsoft Office uses the language of the system to display interface elements usually. That's usually what users of the program want, but some users may want it to use a different language instead. I for instance prefer to run the English version of Microsoft Office. The reason is simple: whenever I write an article about […]

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Google to block third-party code injections in Chrome

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 05:57:02 +0000

Google published a schedule for blocking third-party code injections in the company's Chrome web browser yesterday. Code injections by third-party software affect about two-thirds of all Chrome users on Windows operating system devices so Chris Hamilton, a member of Chrome's Stability Team. Chrome installations with code injections are 15% more likely to crash according to […]

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Ghacks Deals: Microsoft Certified Engineer 27-Course Super Bundle: Lifetime Access (98% off)

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 18:05:39 +0000

The Microsoft Certified Engineer 27-Course Super Bundle is a big eLearning bundle that includes 27 different courses and nearly 300 hours worth of content. The bundle is discounted by 98% to $49 already, but you can use discount code CYBER70 to get 70% off of it on top of that. Here is the list of […]

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Opera 44 for Android with UI refresh and fast news access

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 16:17:45 +0000

Opera Software announced the general availability of Opera 44 for the Android operating system earlier today. The new version focuses on delivering news faster to users of the mobile browser, and refreshes the browser's user interface as part of that. All major browser makers, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla and Opera, have added or are in the […]

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Fix Excel 2016 opening a blank document

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:04:03 +0000

For about a week now, I experienced an issue when double-clicking on Excel spreadsheets to load them in Microsoft Excel 2016. Excel would open as expected, but instead of loading the selected spreadsheet, the application opened a blank document instead. More precisely, it did not open a spreadsheet at all, not even a blank one, […]

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Google launches Datally data saving app for Android

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 11:32:43 +0000

Google launched its new data saving app Datally: mobile data-saving & WiFi app for the Android operating system today. Datally requires a device running Android 5.0 or higher, and is available globally. While Google hopes that Datally will help Android users save data when using mobile data connections, it is not a compression or proxy […]

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Microsoft reaches 3/5 of its 1 billion Windows devices goal

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 06:29:19 +0000

Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system has reached a new milestone recently; the operating system is installed on more than 600 million devices as of November 2017 according to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella who revealed the figure at the company's annual shareholder's meeting. When Microsoft launched Windows 10 back in 2015, it set a very ambitious […]

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Windows Sets is more than a tabbed interface for programs

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 20:36:34 +0000

Windows Sets is a new feature that Microsoft is working on currently. It is designed to bring a tabbed interface to any program window on any Windows 10 machine. Think of how web browsers like Microsoft Edge handle tabs, but for any window and with the option to open any program in tabs. Microsoft gave […]

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