Updates 2017-02-14

Hi, Folks!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s Patch Tuesday – and a weird one. Both Adobe and Microsoft have self-imposed delays on their staged updates this month. Instead of installing those updates anyway, I strongly suggest you wait for the “all clear” — there’s no telling just how serious the problems are until they are resolved. Installing them anyway could leave your device even less secure or potentially unbootable.

Everything else should be safe, though, so let’s get started. The typical computer should see roughly 800mb in updates today.

Apple released updates for iOS 10.2.1, macOS Update 10.12.3, Safari 10.0.3, GarageBand 10.1.6, watchOS 3.1.3, iTunes 12.5.5, iCloud for Windows 6.1.1, tvOS 10.1.1, Logic Pro X 10.3 and Security Update 2016-003 Supplemental. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

Google Chrome OS 56.0.2924.87 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 24.0.0.221 is a security update. Flash is being actively replaced with HTML5 on most sites and services, however, so unless you’re 110% positive you need it for critical functions, you should remove it instead. And, within those browsers that have it embedded (Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer 11+) your best option is to disable it. It’s just not worth the risk.
Win: http://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: http://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: http://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Don’t forget to check your mobile devices, too! Many updates will also apply to your tablet, phone, kindle or television – so check your device-appropriate App Store and install updates.

Important Notes

Everything above this section should be checked by everyone on every computer. Chances are good that close to every single computer you touch will be affected by those updates. This is not the case with the items below, though you should still check each line item below to see if it applies to software you have installed.

Please remember that while I list many different applications within these updates, most people should ONLY install updates for a program if they already have a previous version of that program installed.

It is essential to maintain all the applications you have installed on your computer, but often you can minimize the time investment and the potential for exploitation simply by uninstalling software you do not need.

Also note that using the applications own “check for updates” function, when available, will best preserve your current settings, and often avoid any crapware that might come with a fresh installer. Use this option if it’s available to you.

Finally, if you’re sick of doing this all yourself, let me! Call or email me any time, and we can set you up with subscription SaferPC updates which will be installed each month whenever necessary. Click, call or email for more details:
http://saferpc.info/updates/
209-565-12PD
shawn@12pointdesign.com

Driver Updates

If you’re using this hardware – these updates are for you.

BullZip PDF Printer 11.0.0.2588 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.5.3 improves cleanup, and fixes bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Browser Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Google Chrome 56.0.2924.87 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Firefox 51.0.3 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Email Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

NK2Edit 3.27 adds column auto-sizing. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_nk2_edit.html

OutlookAttachView 2.98 fixes a serious key binding bug that could result in lost data. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Thunderbird 45.7.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

OutlookTools 3.0.0 is a complete redesign and adds support for newer Office releases. This is not a security update.
http://www.howto-outlook.com/products/outlooktools.htm

Internet Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

DiscordApp 31.1.2017 adds search (with filters). This is not a security update.

Skype 7.32.0.104 improves performance and stability, adds several new GUI features including camera switching, touch-friendly popups, and customizable keyboard shortcuts. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?skype

Mumble 1.2.19 is a security update.
http://wiki.mumble.info/wiki/Main_Page

aria2 1.31.0 improves logging detail, resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://aria2.github.io/

uTorrent 3.4.9 Build 43295 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.utorrent.com/downloads

FileZilla 3.24.0 fixes a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
http://filezilla-project.org/

MaxMind GeoIP 201702 is a data refresh. This is not a security update.
http://dev.maxmind.com/geoip

BrowsingHistoryView 1.95 adds quick filtering. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

DNSDataView 1.50 adds command-line options for export. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_records_viewer.html

Google Earth 7.1.8.3036 is a security update.
http://earth.google.com/index.html

Adobe Shockwave 12.2.5.196 does not provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update. Unless you are 110% sure you need this, you’re better off uninstalling it.
http://12pd.com/click?shockwave

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.5.5 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

CDBurnerXP 4.5.7.6521 fixes a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cdburnerxp.se/

MusicBrainz Picard 1.4 is the first update in years – and it adds more than a hundred bug fixes, features and improvements. This is not a security update.
http://musicbrainz.org/doc/MusicBrainz_Picard

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.4.3.15631 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

Office Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to most people.

LibreOffice 5.2.5 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.libreoffice.org/

Notepad++ 7.3.2 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?npp

Kindle for PC 1.19.2 Build 46095 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?kindle4pc

Security Software Updates

One or more of these is likely to be of interest to most people.

Tails 2.10 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/index.en.html

Avast! Home Edition 17.1.2286 improves UI, stability, and apples new defaults. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Wireshark 2.2.4 is a security update.
http://www.wireshark.org/

Junkware Removal Tool 8.1.0 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/junkwareremovaltool/

Wireless Network Watcher 2.05 fixes a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

OpenSSL Binaries 1.1.0d is a security update.
http://slproweb.com/products/Win32OpenSSL.html

RogueKiller 12.9.7 adds detections. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Greenshot 1.2.9.129 fixes several bugs and improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/greenshot/greenshot/releases

XSplit Broadcaster 2.9.1701.1615 improves plugns for FTL. This is not a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 2.9.1701.1609 fixes a dozen bugs and adds support for several new services. This is not a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

FFmpeg 3.2.2 updates components, fixes bugs and adds features. This is not a security update.
http://ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg.html

DVDFab 10.0.2.2 adds support for new encodings, newer hardware, and bug fixes. Thsi is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Handbrake 1.0.2 fixes several bugs and improves quality and reliability of exports. This is not a security update.
https://handbrake.fr/

MKVToolNix 9.8.0 fixes several bugs, and adds several new features. This is not a security update.
http://www.videohelp.com/software/MKVtoolnix

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

RoboForm 8.2.9 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?rf

GoodSync 10.3.3 fixes several bugs and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?goodsync

NTLite 1.2.0.4830 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

CGMiner 4.10.0 fixes quite a few bugs and style changes. This is a security update.
https://github.com/ckolivas/cgminer

Cygwin 2.7.0 improves randomization, entropy and locale detection. This is not a security update.
http://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 4.55 improves reliability in Windows 8 and Windows 10. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Easy2Boot 1.89 adds trial keys, updates libraries, and improves menu customization. This is not a security update.
http://www.easy2boot.com/download/

FilExile 3.00 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/filexile/files/

IsMyHdOK 1.26 improves reliability on Windows 10 and Windows 8. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

Kingston SSD Manager 1.0.1.7 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.kingston.com/us/support/technical/ssdmanager

FileLocator Pro 8.1.2702 fixes several bugs, improves search speed for indexed content, adds exclusions for type. This is not a security update.
http://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

FolderChangesView 2.05 adds entry modification timestamps. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

MyEventViewer 2.25 adds time range settings. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/my_event_viewer.html

SearchMyFiles 2.80 adds time range settings and fixes a bug in export. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

SimpleWMIView 1.22 fixes a bug in export. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

TcpLogView 1.27 fixes a bug in export. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/tcp_log_view.html

WifiInfoView 2.15 adds more display information. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

CCleaner 5.27.5976 improves cleaning, adds new software, fixes bugs. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

PointerStick 2.79 improves reliability in Windows 10 and Windows 8. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

ProduKey 1.88 adds “Save All Items” option. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

RapidEE 9.1 build 932 updates language support. This is not a security update.
http://www.rapidee.com/en/download

Rufus 2.12 updates components and adds several fixes and improvements. This is not a security update.
http://rufus.akeo.ie/

SystemRescueCD 4.9.2 is a security update.
http://www.sysresccd.org/

TaskSchedulerView 1.25 improves the display. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

WSUS Offline 10.9.1 adds support for new software, updates components and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

PSAppDeploy 3.6.9 fixes several bugs and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
http://psappdeploytoolkit.com/

WinScan2PDF 3.25 improves the GUI. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GitHub Desktop 3.3.4 updates components, fixes hang bug. This is not a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

SQLite 3.17.0 improves performance, reliability, security and stability. This is a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

StrawberryPerl 5.24.1.1 includes new core perl version 5.24.1, updates libraries and included modules. This is a security update.
http://strawberryperl.com/

Expresso 3.1.6224 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.ultrapico.com/expressodownload.htm

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 5.1.14-112924 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

These are likely to be of interest only to web developers.

WordPress 4.7.2 is a security update.
http://wordpress.org/

phpList 3.3.1 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.phplist.com/download

Piwigo 2.8.6 is a security update.
http://piwigo.org/

Plupload 2.3.1 updates components and fixes several bugs. This is a security update.
http://www.plupload.com/

TinyMCE 4.5.3 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.tinymce.com/download/

Drupal 8.2.6 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

MailEnable 9.61 fixes several bugs. This is a security update.
http://www.mailenable.com/

phpMyAdmin 4.6.6 is a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

ScreenConnect 6.1.12292.6236 fixes several bugs and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
http://www.screenconnect.com/Download

Antispam Bee 2.7.0 fixes several bugs, restores country-level checking, adds several other features. This is not a security update.

Contact Form 7 4.6.1 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 3.7.15 fixes several bugs. this is not a security update.

Postie 1.8.31 fixes bugs. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 0.9.5.2 is a security update.

WooCommerce 2.6.14 fixes several bugs. Thsi isnot a security update.

WPtouch 4.3.11 improves SSL support. This should be treated as a security update.
While that’s all for now – you can safely expect an out-of-cycle update in the coming days.

Keep it clean out there. 😉

Regards,

Shawn K. Hall
http://SaferPC.info/
http://12PointDesign.com/

Facebook & Chrome Desktop Notifications

Facebook deployed a new feature today (2015-12-14) to use Chrome’s built-in “Desktop Notifications” feature. This feature allows popup notifications like Outlook “new mail” alerts or Trillian’s message or event notifications. It’s a great feature for low-volume use, or if your computing doesn’t extend far outside of Facebook. However, if Facebook isn’t central to your computing experience, you’ll find that these are little more than an annoyance.

Note that the instructions here are not limited to Facebook, and can be applied to any other site that offers Chrome Desktop Notifications.

The first time Facebook prompts you, you’ll see the following new popup in the top-left corner of your browser. It’s likely already done so and you didn’t know what to click. That’s okay, keep reading.

This popup will be located within the browser viewport immediately below the SSL lock icon Chrome SSL Lock Icon, and it will cover or overlap the bookmarks toolbar and other toolbars if you have any enabled. If you get a lot of notifications or don’t want Desktop Notifications to appear, click Block to prevent it from showing notifications. If you get few notifications, don’t use your computer for much else, or just want to see how Desktop Notifications work, click Allow.

Facebook Desktop Notifications Request

Facebook Desktop Notifications Request

Polite Warnings

You should now be prompted with the Chrome message showing you that you can change your mind later.

Desktop Notifications: Second Chance

Desktop Notifications: Second Chance

It’s Not Too Late!

Whether you clicked Block or Allow, if you’ve changed your mind, that’s okay! It’s easy, and it just takes a couple more clicks.

First, click the SSL lock icon Chrome SSL Lock Icon, then click the drop-down option list beside Notifications. You can now select to use the default (typically Ask), Always allow on this site, or Always block on this site, by clicking on your preferred option:

Facebook Desktop Notifications Setup

Facebook Desktop Notifications Setup

The change takes effect immediately, and unless you decide to change your mind again, is permanent.

That’s All Folks

This feature is available to all SSL-enabled websites through Chrome, but must be individually enabled for each site (unless you’ve changed your settings). You can change the default to always allow (I strongly recommend against this!), or to never allow by going to Menu, Settings, scroll to the bottom and click show advanced settings, scroll down a little tiny bit to the Privacy section and click the Content settings button, and finally scroll to the Notifications section. Or you can click chrome://settings/content and scroll to the Notifications section (about half way down the list). Select your new default Notifications preference and click Done to save your new preference.

Change Chrome Global Settings for Notifications

Change Chrome Global Settings for Notifications

You can optionally select or manage exceptions by clicking Manage exceptions. From this window you can add or remove permission to display Desktop Notifications for existing websites and for non-SSL websites.

Leave your questions in the comments below.

 

Updates 2015-11-10

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday! The typical computer should see roughly 350mb in updates today spread across dozens of updates. Let’s get started.

Windows 10 is about as stable as it’s going to get. In the next few months, it will be switched from an “optional” update to an “important” update for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, which means that it will attempt to automatically install whenever you install updates, and will also download (~3gb!) whether or not you plan to install it. The privacy controls for some features are buried in places most people won’t look, and the defaults for some options are very insecure. My recommendation is to make some time to install it. Immediately after installation go to All Settings and review every single option. If you have problems with Windows 10, revert to your existing OS. If you need help blocking the upgrade, contact me.

Microsoft released a dozen updates to address 53 published vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer, Edge, Office, Hyper-V, Journal, NDIS, .NET, Skype, various security packages and MSRT (~135mb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.
http://update.microsoft.com/

Apple released updates for OS X, OS X Server, Xcode, Mac EFI, iTunes, OS X El Capitan 10.11.1, Safari, watchOS and iOS 9.1. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 9.1 is a security update, and fixes quite a few other issues.

OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 improves stability. It doesn’t feel nearly as sloppy now.

Adobe AIR 19.0.0.241 is a security update.
Win: http://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: http://12pd.com/click?airmac

Adobe Flash Player 19.0.0.245 is a security update.
Win: http://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: http://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: http://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Adobe is also now pushing Adobe Reader DC as the new baseline Reader version. It’s stable, but the look is very different from 11 and prior.

Don’t forget to check your mobile devices, too! Many updates will also apply to your tablet, phone, kindle or television – so check your device-appropriate App Store and install updates.

Important Notes

Everything above this section should be checked by everyone on every computer. Chances are good that close to every single computer you touch will be affected by those updates. This is not the case with the items below, though you should still check each line item below to see if it applies to software you have installed.

Please remember that while I list many different applications within these updates, most people should ONLY install updates for a program if they already have a previous version of that program installed.

It is essential to maintain all the applications you have installed on your computer, but often you can minimize the time investment and the potential for exploitation simply by uninstalling software you do not need.

Also note that using the applications own “check for updates” function, when available, will best preserve your current settings, and often avoid any crapware that might come with a fresh installer. Use this option if it’s available to you.

Finally, if you’re sick of doing this all yourself, let me! Call or email me any time, and we can set you up with subscription SaferPC updates which will be installed each month whenever necessary. Click, call or email for more details:
http://saferpc.info/updates/
209-565-12PD
shawn@12pointdesign.com

Driver Updates

If you’re using this hardware – these updates are for you.

NVidia 341.92 is a security update.
http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Samsung SideSync 4.0.2.309 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.samsung.com/us/sidesync

Browser Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Google Chrome 46.0.2490.86 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Firefox 42.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

SeaMonkey 2.39 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Email Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

OutlookAttachView 2.85 adds logging support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Internet Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Skype 7.13.0.101 is a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?skype

Trillian Mac 3.3.0.23 adds several new bug fixes.
https://www.trillian.im/

WinSCP 5.7.6 is a security update.
http://winscp.net/eng/index.php

PuTTY 0.66 is a security update.
http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html

Dropbox 3.10.11 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

FileZilla 3.14.1 is a security update.
http://filezilla-project.org/

MaxMind GeoIP data updates for November 2015.
http://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

Adobe Shockwave 12.2.1.171 is a security update. Consider removing Shockwave instead of updating. Chances are very good you don’t actually need it.
http://12pd.com/click?shockwave

Java 8u65 is the quarterly Java security update.
http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDBurnerXP 4.5.6.5931 updates external libraries. This is not a security update.
http://cdburnerxp.se/

Plex Media Server 0.9.14 is a security update, with dozens of other bug fixes.
https://plex.tv/downloads/1/archive

iTunes 12.3.1 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 9.10.1.1501 fixes several bugs and improves compatibility with OS X El Capitan. This is not a security update.

PS4 3.11 improves stability, follow and messages. This is not a security update.
http://us.playstation.com/support/systemupdates/ps4/pc_update/index.htm

SteamOS 2.49 is a security update.
http://store.steampowered.com/steamos/download/?ver=custom

Office Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to most people.

Artweaver 5.1.1 improves stability. This is not a security update.
http://www.artweaver.de/

Krita 2.9.9.0 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://krita.org/download/krita-desktop/

Notepad++ 6.8.6 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?npp

OpenOffice 4.1.2 fixes many bugs and improves the layout for smaller devices. This is a security update.
http://www.openoffice.org/download/

Adobe Reader DC Patch 15.009.20077 is a security update.
http://get.adobe.com/reader

Kindle for PC 1.13.0 Build 42039 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.amazon.com/kindleforpc

Security Software Updates

One or more of these is likely to be of interest to most people.

MSRT 5.30 is a security update.
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/malicious-software-removal-tool-details.aspx

Avast! Home Edition 11.1.2241 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Wireshark 1.12.8 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.wireshark.org/

Wireless Network Watcher 1.90 adds reassignment support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

SuperAntiSpyware 6.0.1208 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VideoCacheView 2.91 corrects an association bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/video_cache_view.html

XSplit Broadcaster 2.6.1510.2621 fixes several bugs and adds several new encodings, features and hardware compatibility options. This is not a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 2.6.1510.0741 fixes several bugs and adds streaming bitrate support. This is not a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MKVToolNix 8.5.2 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.videohelp.com/software/MKVtoolnix

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CintaNotes 3.0.1 fixes several bugs and improves search and scroll. This is not a security update.
http://cintanotes.com/

7-Zip 15.10 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.7-zip.org/

GoodSync 9.9.33.5 several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?goodsync

BFGMiner 5.4.0 adds quite a few new performance features and bug fixes. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/luke-jr/bfgminer/

Bitcoin 0.11.1 is a security update.
http://bitcoin.org/en/download

Cygwin 2.3.0-1 improves several functions and adds prlfs support. This is not a security update.
http://cygwin.com/

Everything 1.4.0.709b fixes several bugs, improves options. This is not a security update.
http://www.voidtools.com/

iExplorer 3.8.7.0 now groups notes by account and fixes a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.macroplant.com/iexplorer/

FileLocator Pro 7.5.2109 fixes cosmetic bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

DevManView 1.47 now displays an error message on failure to enable or disable a device. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/device_manager_view.html

Password Security Scanner 1.35 adds support for Outlook 2016. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/password_security_scanner.html

QuickSetDNS 1.15 adds registry grouping support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/quick_set_dns.html

SearchMyFiles 2.65 adds duplicate name search functionality for quick location of duplicate files. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

SimpleWMIView 1.09 is a cosmetic change. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

USBDeview 2.50 adds Driver Inf* details. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

WifiChannelMonitor 1.40 improves diagnostics and reliability. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_channel_monitor.html

ProduKey 1.81 adds JSON export support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

CCleaner 5.11.5408 improves compatibility with various apps. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

Rufus 2.5 fixes a minor bug and adds several new security checks. This is a security update.
http://rufus.akeo.ie/

GPU-Z 0.8.6 adds support for DirectX 12, improves stability and reliability, adds support for new hardware, and adds CLI support. This is not a security update.
http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/SysInfo/GPU-Z/

Autoruns 13.5 now shows 32-bit Office addins and font drivers, and enables resubmission of known images to Virus Total for a new scan. This is a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Sigcheck 2.30 now includes updated Windows 10 certificate OIDs, support for checking corresponding MUI files, and now shows the version company name as well as signature publisher for signed files. This is a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

RAMMap 1.4 is compatible with Windows 10 and includes a crash bug fix. This is a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

BgInfo 4.21 now correctly reports Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016, and fixes a display bug on high DPI devices. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Sysmon 3.11 fixes a memory leak for DLL image load event monitoring and removes a misleading warning when processing configuration files. This is a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

SystemRescueCD 4.6.1 is a security update.
http://www.sysresccd.org/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Redemption 5.10.0.4312 fixes a significant stability bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.dimastr.com/redemption/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VMware Player 12.0.1 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

VirtualBox 5.0.10-104061 fixes many bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

These are likely to be of interest only to web developers.

ownCloud Client 2.0.2 fixes dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://owncloud.org/install/

phpList 3.2.2 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.phplist.com/download

TinyMCE 4.2.7 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.tinymce.com/download/download.php

Drupal 7.41 is a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

phpMyAdmin 4.5.1 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

ScreenConnect 5.4.9849.5781 fixes several bugs.
http://www.screenconnect.com/Download

Joomla 3.4.5 is a security update.
http://www.joomla.org/

Easy Bootstrap Shortcode 4.5.1 updates available shortcodes. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.7.22 is a cosmetic and security update.

Redirection 2.4.3 changes requirements, improves URL checks. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 6.4.1 is a security update.

WooCommerce 2.4.10 is a security update.

That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. 😉

Regards,

Shawn K. Hall
http://SaferPC.info/
http://12PointDesign.com/

Updates 2015-10-13

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday! Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, Google and more have updates for us today. The typical computer should see roughly 300mb in updates today. Let’s get started.

Windows 10 is becoming more stable but my hold off recommendation still holds. There are still upgrade woes with various hardware that might create problems for you, and the privacy controls for some features are buried in places most people won’t look, and the defaults for some options are very insecure. Hold off at least another couple weeks — let other people experience the problems so you don’t have to.

Microsoft released a dozen updates to address issues in Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, and MSRT (~120mb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.
http://update.microsoft.com/

Apple released updates for OS X, Safari, iOS, printer drivers and WatchOS. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 9.0.2 is a security update, and fixes cell data problems as well as a few other issues.

OS X El Capitan (~6gb) is released and available for download. It’s very much like Yosemite, and you’re unlikely to feel much of a difference. My recommendation is to hold off. Yes, it runs, but it feels “sloppy”. It’s a little sluggish and it takes longer to boot. I expect the next minor patch will iron out these issues, probably in late October.

Adobe AIR 19.0.0.213 is a security update.
Win: http://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: http://12pd.com/click?airmac

Adobe Flash Player 19.0.0.207 is a security update.
Win: http://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: http://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: http://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Don’t forget to check your mobile devices, too! Many updates will also apply to your tablet, phone, kindle or television – so check your device-appropriate App Store and install updates.

Of important note is that the “tap to talk” display bug on Android was resolved a few days ago, so if you install the current Google App update, you should no longer experience the overlay problem when the Tap to Talk widget rotates or your device sleeps.

Important Notes

Everything above this section should be checked by everyone on every computer. Chances are good that close to every single computer you touch will be affected by those updates. This is not the case with the items below, though you should still check each line item below to see if it applies to software you have installed.

Please remember that while I list many different applications within these updates, most people should ONLY install updates for a program if they already have a previous version of that program installed.

It is essential to maintain all the applications you have installed on your computer, but often you can minimize the time investment and the potential for exploitation simply by uninstalling software you do not need.

Also note that using the applications own “check for updates” function, when available, will best preserve your current settings, and often avoid any crapware that might come with a fresh installer. Use this option if it’s available to you.

Finally, if you’re sick of doing this all yourself, let me! Call or email me any time, and we can set you up with subscription SaferPC updates which will be installed each month whenever necessary. Click, call or email for more details:
http://saferpc.info/updates/
209-565-12PD
shawn@12pointdesign.com

Driver Updates

If you’re using this hardware – these updates are for you.

BullZip PDF Printer 10.23.0.2529 updates translations. This is not a security update.
http://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

WinCDEmu 4.1 fixes a bug in Windows 10 compatibility. This is not a security update.
http://wincdemu.sysprogs.org/download/

Intel Driver Update 20151008 adds support for Windows 10. This is not a security update.
http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Kingo Android Root 1.4.1 improves performance and fixes bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.kingoapp.com/android-root/download.htm

Browser Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Google Chrome Mac 46.0.2490.71 is a security update. Use Menu, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 41.0.1 is a security update. Use Menu, About to install the most current version.

SeaMonkey 2.38 is a security update. Use Menu, About to install the most current version.

Email Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

OutlookAttachView 2.83 fixes several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Internet Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Skype 7.12.0.101 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?skype

Dropbox 3.10.8 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?dropbox

uTorrent 3.4.5 Build 41202 fixes stability issues. This is not a security update.
http://www.utorrent.com/downloads

Codec Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Vista Codec Package 7.0.0 updates included codecs and fixes subtitle crash under x64. This should be treated as a security update.
http://shark007.net/vistacodecpackage.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Plex Media Server 0.9.12.13.1464
https://plex.tv/downloads/1/archive

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PS4 3.00 adds Events, Communities, remote viewing, improvements to Messages, YouTube broadcasting, Twitter clips, improved Notifications and parental controls. This is not a security update.
http://us.playstation.com/support/systemupdates/ps4/pc_update/index.htm

Office Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to most people.

IcoFX 2.12.1 fixes several bugs, improves output defaults to be more dynamic. This is not a security update.
http://icofx.ro/

Krita 2.9.7.6 isn’t really new, but I just discovered it and I love it! Check it out:
https://krita.org/download/krita-desktop/

Lightworks NLE 12.5.0 adds many configurable export formats, and new media support. This is not a security update.
http://www.lwks.com/

OpenOffice Dictionary 2015.10.01 is not a security update.
http://extensions.openoffice.org/en/project/english-dictionaries-apache-openoffice

Adobe Reader 11.0.13 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to install the most current version.

Security Software Updates

One or more of these is likely to be of interest to most people.

MalwareBytes’ Anti-Malware 2.2.0 is a security update. Use the Update button to install the most current version.
http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free

DNSQuerySniffer 1.50 improves adapter information details. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

SuperAntiSpyware 6.0.1206 improves Windows 10 support and adds support for Edge. This is not a security update.
http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

XSplit Broadcaster 2.5.1509.0823 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 2.5.1507.3024 improves performance and fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 1.79 improves Windows 10 support, fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 9.2.1.5 improves Blu-ray support and fixes network connection bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

MakeMKV 1.9.7 adds support for new encodings and improves Blu-ray conversion. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?makemkv

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

7-Zip 15.08 adds support for more Linux file system images. This is not a security update.
http://www.7-zip.org/

GoodSync 9.9.32.5 improves Windows 10 support, fixes several bugs and adds pause support. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?goodsync

CintaNotes 3.0 adds attachment and image support, and improves sync. This is not a security update.
http://cintanotes.com/download

DiskMaker X 5.0.1 adds support for OS X El Capitan. This is not a security update.
http://diskmakerx.com/

Everything 1.4.0.705b fixes several bugs, improves preview and automation. This is not a security update.
http://www.voidtools.com/

iExplorer 3.8.5.0 adds text export for notes and improved handling of iCloud photos, and fixes a crash. This is not a security update.
https://www.macroplant.com/iexplorer/

ImageUSB 1.2.1006 does not provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.osforensics.com/tools/write-usb-images.html

FolderChangesView 1.80 adds multiple source support, and autosizing of columns. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

NetworkTrafficView 2.00 improves adapter display information. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

SearchMyFiles 2.62 improves application sanity when using Open With. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

WifiInfoView 1.90 adds channel width and channel range columns. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

OSForensics 3.2.1003 adds support for new file types in index, improved device support, and performance update to EmailViewer. This is not a security update.
http://www.osforensics.com/download.html

CCleaner 5.10.5373 improves cleaning for various applications and bug fixes. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

Rufus 2.4 fixes several bugs and improves session option durability. This is not a security update.
http://rufus.akeo.ie/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

TortoiseSVN 1.9.2 improves performance and stability, and fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://tortoisesvn.net/downloads.html

MySQL 5.6.27 updates libraries, fixes dozens of bugs and improves Windows 10 and El Capitan compatibility. This is a security update.
http://www.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

Redemption 5.10.0.4294 improves Outlook 2016 support. This is not a security update.
http://www.dimastr.com/redemption/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PPSSPP 1.1.1 fixes several bugs and improves compatibility with various games. This is not a security update.
http://ppsspp.org/downloads.html

VirtualBox 5.0.6-103037 fixes several bugs, and compatibility improvements. This is not a security update.
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

These are likely to be of interest only to web developers.

phpList 3.2.1 fixes several bugs and adds export support. This is not a security update.
http://www.phplist.com/download

TinyMCE 4.2.6 fixes several bugs, including key handling. This is not a security update.
http://www.tinymce.com/download/download.php

phpMyAdmin 4.5.0.2 fixes dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

ScreenConnect 5.4.9675.5750 fixes several bugs and adds quite a few features, including the much-awaited sub-groups. This is not a security update.
http://www.screenconnect.com/Download

Anti-Splog 2.1.7 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 2.3.4 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

Easy Bootstrap Shortcode 4.5.0 improves language support. This is not a security update.

Multisite Enhancements 1.2.1 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.7.17 fixes several bugs and adds several more parsers. This is not a security update.

WP Edit 3.5 is a security update.

WPtouch 3.8.8 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. 😉

Regards,

Shawn K. Hall
http://SaferPC.info/
http://12PointDesign.com/

Updates 2015-09-22

Hi, Folks!

It’s not Patch Tuesday, but Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, Google, Mozilla, WordPress and more have released updates this week. The typical computer should approximately 300mb of updates. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released out-of-cycle security updates to address issues in Internet Explorer and Windows. This includes security updates. A reboot is required.
http://update.microsoft.com/

Apple released updates for iTunes, Xcode, OS X Server 5.0.3. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released iOS 9 and watchOS 2, which is a major update for their mobile platform. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install this update. As with all iOS updates, I recommend you hold off at least a month before installing. Many applications will have issues and there will be a flurry of updates and fixes released in the near future. Wait a month and you’ll save yourself some frustration and possible security issues from an initial OS release.

Adobe AIR 19.0.0.190 is a security update.
Win: http://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: http://12pd.com/click?airmac

Adobe Flash Player 19.0.0.185 is a security update.
Win: http://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: http://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: http://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Don’t forget to check your mobile devices, too! Many updates will also apply to your tablet, phone, kindle or television – so check your device-appropriate App Store and install updates.

Important Notes

Everything above this section should be checked by everyone on every computer. Chances are good that close to every single computer you touch will be affected by those updates. This is not the case with the items below, though you should still check each line item below to see if it applies to software you have installed.

Please remember that while I list many different applications within these updates, most people should ONLY install updates for a program if they already have a previous version of that program installed.

It is essential to maintain all the applications you have installed on your computer, but often you can minimize the time investment and the potential for exploitation simply by uninstalling software you do not need.

Also note that using the applications own “check for updates” function, when available, will best preserve your current settings, and often avoid any crapware that might come with a fresh installer. Use this option if it’s available to you.

Finally, if you’re sick of doing this all yourself, let me! Call or email me any time, and we can set you up with subscription SaferPC updates which will be installed each month whenever necessary. Click, call or email for more details:
http://saferpc.info/updates/
209-565-12PD
shawn@12pointdesign.com

Driver Updates

If you’re using this hardware – these updates are for you.

BullZip PDF Printer 10.22.0.2525 improves performance and updates translations. This is not a security update.
http://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

NVidia GeForce 355.98 adds new hardware support and fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.geforce.com/drivers

Browser Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Google Chrome 45.0.2454.99 is a security update. Use Menu, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 41.0 is a security update. Use Help, About to install the most current version.

Internet Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Dropbox 3.8.9 adds OS X 10.11 support and improves camera upload. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?dropbox

uTorrent 3.4.5 Build 41073 vastly improves stability and security by running HTML out of process. This is a security update.
http://www.utorrent.com/downloads

FileZilla 3.14.0 is a security update.
http://filezilla-project.org/

BrowsingHistoryView 1.76 improves duplicate filtering. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

IPNetInfo 1.65 adds the ability to auto-size columns on update. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ipnetinfo.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.3 is a major update to add iOS 9.0 compatibility and resolve several bugs. This is a security update.

Security Software Updates

One or more of these is likely to be of interest to most people.

Avast! Home Edition 10.4.2233 has not provided a changelog yet, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

XSplit Broadcaster 2.5.1509.0807 fixes dozens of bugs, improves responsiveness and stability. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 9.2.1.2 adds support for new encodings, improves stability on certain hardware, and fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

MKVToolNix 8.4.0 improves the GUI, fixes several bugs, and adds various merge features. This is not a security update.
http://www.videohelp.com/software/MKVtoolnix

AVStoDVD 2.8.3 fixes several bugs, adds various features and updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
https://sites.google.com/site/avstodvdmain/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

7-Zip 15.07 adds WIM, VDI, QCOW2 and GPT support, and fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/sevenzip/files/7-Zip/

RoboForm 7.9.16 improves stability, especially in Firefox and Windows 10. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?rf

GoodSync 9.9.30 adds support for Windows 10, improved protocol support and various bug fixes. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?goodsync

TeamViewer 10.0.47484 fixes Outlook compatibility, and bugs in chat. This is not a security update.
http://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows.aspx

iExplorer 3.8.4.0 adds support for iOS 9. This is not a security update.
https://www.macroplant.com/iexplorer/

ImageUSB 1.2.1005 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.osforensics.com/tools/write-usb-images.html

LicenseCrawler 1.48 build-868 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.klinzmann.name/licensecrawler_download.htm

DevManView 1.46 fixes a tray icon problem. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/device_manager_view.html

DriverView 1.47 fixes a driver display problem. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/driverview.html

NetworkInterfacesView 1.10 adds device controls, improved CLI support, and 64-bit build. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_interfaces.html

TcpLogView 1.25 now displays process names and improves application identification for bit-incompatible versions. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/tcp_log_view.html

USBDeview 2.46 adds elevation support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

Recover Keys 9.0.3.168 is a major update, adding Windows 10 support, reduces dependencies, and SQL export support. This is not a security update.
http://recover-keys.com/en/download.html

SystemRescueCD 4.6.0 updates kernel and libraries. This is a security update.
http://www.sysresccd.org/

TaskSchedulerView 1.11 adds instances column. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

WSUS Offline 10.1 improves performance, and corrects several fixes. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Web Package Updates

These are likely to be of interest only to web developers.

phpList 3.2.0 fixes dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
http://www.phplist.com/download

phpMyAdmin 4.4.15 fixes several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

SMF 2.0.11 is a security update.
http://www.simplemachines.org/

Joomla 3.4.4 is a security update.
http://www.joomla.org/

WordPress 4.3.1 is a security update.
http://wordpress.org/

Contact Form 7 4.3 adds reCAPTCHA support. This is not a security update.

Easy Bootstrap Shortcode 4.4.6 fixes minor bugs and adds new style support. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.7.11 fixes several bugs and improves styling support. This is not a security update.

Redirection 2.4.2 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 6.4 updates reCAPTCHA, adds new login options, fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 2.4.7 fixes dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.

WPtouch 3.8.7 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. 😉

Regards,

Shawn K. Hall
http://SaferPC.info/
http://12PointDesign.com/