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 youโ€™re using this hardware โ€“ 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Regards,

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

Updates 2016-06-14

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday. Quite often you’ll read my posts about what needs to be updated and when, but this month I’d like to take the opportunity to remind you to remove stuff. If you’re not using it, remove it. If you don’t need it, remove it. If you aren’t sure whether you need something, chances are good you don’t, so remove it. You can almost always reinstall whatever you remove, so if you’re not sure, ask your IT guy (or me) and *then* you can remove it.

One of the primary principles of security is to “reduce the attack surface.” What this means is to make yourself a smaller target for attackers in order to avoid at least some of the attacks that might otherwise get through. Installing regular updates is the most important thing you can do, but removing unsupported software is a very close second. Beyond these two principles are several other behavioral changes (user education) which can make the difference between victim and victor.

Here’s a couple examples of recent software where the vendor will no longer support it, and the risk of leaving it on is too great:

IBM/Lenovo has discovered a security vulnerability in their Lenovo Accelerator Application, and instead of releasing an update to it they advise all users remove it immediately.
https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/product_security/len_6718

This is a good time to remind you that Apple QuickTime for Windows is also unsupported and has known security vulnerabilities. If you have it installed, remove it, now!
http://saferpc.info/2016/04/on_the_death_of_quicktime/

Now back to Patch Tuesday…

The typical computer should see roughly 1.5gb in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to Windows, Office, Edge, Internet Explorer, .NET, DNS, Group Policy, SMB Server, Netlogon, WPAD, Kernel drivers, Exchange, Windows PDF, Active Directory, Windows Diagnostic Hub, and Windows Search (~1.2gb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.
http://update.microsoft.com/

Apple released updates for OS X El Capitan 10.11.5, Safari 9.1.1, tvOS 9.2.1, watchOS 2.2.1, iOS 9.3.2, iTunes 12.4.1, AirPort Base Station 7.7.7 and Brother Printer drivers. These are security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

Be aware that while iOS 9.3.2 is released, there are known problems with it bricking certain hardware. Caveat Emptor!
http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2016/05/16/apple-ios-9-3-2-ipad-pro-problems/#6646f5f05db7

Adobe AIR 21.0.0.215 is a security update.
Win: http://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: http://12pd.com/click?airmac

Adobe Flash Player 21.0.0.242 is a security update. Another Flash security update will be released this week.
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 youโ€™re using this hardware โ€“ these updates are for you.

Display Driver Uninstaller 16.0.0.2 fixes a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.wagnardmobile.com/DDU/

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 51.0.2704.84 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Firefox 47.0 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 3.21 is a cosmetic update. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_nk2_edit.html

OutlookAttachView 2.93 is a cosmetic update. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Thunderbird 45.1.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Internet Updates

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

Skype 7.24.0.104 is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?skype

WGet 1.18 is a security update.
https://eternallybored.org/misc/wget/

aria2 1.23.0 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://aria2.github.io/

curl 7.49.1 is a security update.
http://winampplugins.co.uk/curl/

DynDNS Updater 5.3.1 fixes a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dyndns.com/

Dropbox 4.4.29 is the first stable update in the new major release. Dropbox doesn’t provide a detailed changelog, so this should be treated as a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?dropbox

Evernote 6.1.2.2292 fixes several bugs and adds Quick Search, improved switching and zoom. This is not a security update.
http://www.evernote.com/

FileZilla 3.18.0 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://filezilla-project.org/

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201606 updates geolocation data. This is not a security update.
http://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

DNSDataView 1.46 adds select-all support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_records_viewer.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDBurnerXP 4.5.7.6139 updates libraries, new default behaviors. This is not a security update.
http://cdburnerxp.se/

FastStone Viewer 5.7 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

iTunes 12.4.1 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.

Battle.net Client 20160520 removes Windows XP support (!) so be aware that your games will no longer run on your older hardware.
http://us.battle.net/en/app/

Minecraft 1.10 adds polar bear, Husk, Stray, auto-jump, structure blocks, underground fossils, Magma block, Nether Wart and Red Nether bricks, and much more. This is not a security update.
http://www.minecraft.net/

Office Updates

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

Adobe has released security updates to Creative Cloud Desktop Application, DNG Software Development Kit (SDK), Brackets, and Cold Fusion.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/creative-cloud/apsb16-21.html
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/dng-sdk/apsb16-19.html
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/brackets/apsb16-20.html

LibreOffice 5.1.3 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.libreoffice.org/

Notepad++ 6.9.2 adds log monitoring. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?npp

Adobe Reader DC 15.016.20045 is a security update.
http://get.adobe.com/reader

Kindle for PC 1.16.0 Build 44025 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.

Wireshark 2.0.4 fixes several bugs. This is a security update.
http://www.wireshark.org/

RogueKiller 12.3.3 adds themes, detections, and stability problems. This is a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Symantec Anti-Virus 20151.1.1.4 is a security update.

SuperAntiSpyware 6.0.1220 updates detection. This is not a security update.
http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

SnagIt 13.0.0 adds several new features. This is not a security update.
http://download.techsmith.com/snagit/enu/snagit.exe

XSplit Broadcaster 2.7.1602.2244 is a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 2.7.1602.1938 is a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 9.3.0.4 is a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

MKVToolNix 9.2.0 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.videohelp.com/software/MKVtoolnix

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

NTLite 1.1.0.3960 updates drivers and fixes bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

SpaceSniffer 1.3.0.1 improves performance and fixes bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.uderzo.it/main_products/space_sniffer/

7-Zip 16.02 add multi-volume zip support and fixes bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.7-zip.org/

RoboForm 7.9.19 fixes several bugs and improves performance. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?rf

CintaNotes 3.1.4 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cintanotes.com/download

iExplorer 3.9.6.0 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.macroplant.com/iexplorer/

FileLocator Pro 8.0.2657 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

FolderChangesView 1.90 adds auditory feedback and autocomplete support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

NirCmd 2.81 fixes bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd.html

SearchMyFiles 2.71 fixes several bugs and adds several new features. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

SimpleWMIView 1.17 adds several new features. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

WifiInfoView 2.05 adds a cosmetic change. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

CCleaner 5.18.5607 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

Recuva 1.53.1087 improves partition support and fixes bugs. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?recuva

Rufus 2.9 adds support for new partition structures, fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://rufus.akeo.ie/

SystemRescueCD 4.7.3 is a security update.
http://www.sysresccd.org/

TaskSchedulerView 1.21 adds export encoding support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

TeamViewer 11.0.59518 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en-us/download/windows/

WizTree 2.01 fixes a restart loop bug. This is not a security update.
http://antibody-software.com/web/software/software/wiztree-finds-the-files-and-folders-using-the-most-disk-space-on-your-hard-drive/

8GadgetPack 19.0 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://8gadgetpack.net/

HWMonitor 1.29 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

Connectify Hotspot 2016.4 is a stability fix. This is not a security update.
http://www.connectify.me/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MySQL 5.7.13 is a security update.
http://www.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

StrawberryPerl 5.24.0.1 updates to core Perl and bug fixes. This is not a security update.
http://strawberryperl.com/

Web Package Updates

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

Adminer 4.2.5 is a security update.
http://www.adminer.org/en/

Coppermine Gallery 1.5.42 is a security update.
http://coppermine-gallery.net/

ownCloud Client 2.2.1 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://owncloud.org/install/

ColdFusion 2016.2, 11.9 and 10.20 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/coldfusion/apsb16-22.html

phpList 3.2.5 is a security update.
http://www.phplist.com/download

Plupload 2.1.9 is a security update.
http://www.plupload.com/

TinyMCE 4.3.13 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.tinymce.com/download/

WP Update Server 20160611 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/YahnisElsts/wp-update-server

Drupal 8.1.2 does not provide a detailed changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

jQuery 3.0 is a new major release adding several new features and the end-of-life of previous versions 1.12.4 and 2.2.4, which will now only receive critical updates.
http://blog.jquery.com/

MailEnable Enterprise 9.13 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.mailenable.com/

phpMyAdmin 4.6.2 is a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

ScreenConnect 5.6.10870.6001 adds dozens of new features and bug fixes. This is not a security update.
http://www.screenconnect.com/Download

BuddyPress 2.5.3 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

Multisite Enhancements 1.3.5 improves site detection. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 6.4.5 fixes several bugs and updates requirements. This is not a security update.

WP Edit 3.8.1 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

WPtouch 4.1.4 fixes several bugs and updates libraries. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 2.6.0 fixes many bugs, adds new features and improvements. This is not a security update.

That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Regards,

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

Updates 2016-05-10

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday.

The typical computer should see roughly 1gb in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released 16 updates to address vulnerabilities in Windows, Office, Edge, .NET, Internet Explorer, Remote Desktop, and MSRT (~700mb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for Xcode 7.3.1 and Apple Remote Desktop. These are security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 21.0.0.226 for Mac is a security update.
Mac: http://12pd.com/click?flashmac
Adobe will be releasing Flash updates again on Thursday, and may release AIR updates then as well.

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 youโ€™re using this hardware โ€“ these updates are for you.

Intel Driver Update 2.5 is a security update.
http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 50.0.2661.94 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Opera 37 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 46.0.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

HTTrack 3.48.22 is a security update.
http://www.httrack.com/page/2/en/index.html

Email Updates

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

NK2Edit 3.20 adds several new features and improvements. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_nk2_edit.html

OutlookAttachView 2.92 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Thunderbird 45.0.0 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.

Skype 7.23.0.105 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?skype

Mumble 1.2.16 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://wiki.mumble.info/wiki/Main_Page

aria2 1.22.0 improves threading and fixes bugs. This is not a security update.
https://aria2.github.io/

DynDNS Updater 5.3.0 adds CLI support and ability to opt-out of DynDNS recursive DNS.
https://www.dyndns.com/

Dropbox 3.20.1 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?dropbox

Evernote 6.0.6.1769 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.evernote.com/

FileZilla 3.17.0.1 is a security update.
http://filezilla-project.org/

FreeNAS 9.10 is a security update.
http://www.freenas.org/download-freenas-release.html

MaxMind GeoIP 201605 updates data. This is not a security update.
http://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/geolite

IPInfoOffline 1.43 updates internal database and fixes a selection bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ip_country_info_offline.html

IPNetInfo 1.72 fixes a selection bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ipnetinfo.html

Codec Updates

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

Vista Codec Package 7.1.0 is a security update.
http://shark007.net/vistacodecpackage.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Plex Media Server 0.9.16.6.1993 updates services and media flags. This is a security update.
https://plex.tv/downloads/1/archive

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 9.12.1.43352 is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

SteamOS 2.70 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.

IcoFX 2.13 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://icofx.ro/

Adobe Reader 11.0.16 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to install the most current version.

Adobe Reader DC Patch 15.016.20039 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to install the most current version.

FrameMaker 2015.0.3.1 is a security update.
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=6047

Security Software Updates

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

Bitmessage 0.6.0 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?bitmessage

OpenSSL 1.0.2h is a security update.

Avast! Home Edition 11.2.2262 fixes crashes, stability and excess logging. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Wireshark 2.0.3 is a security update.
http://www.wireshark.org/

Junkware Removal Tool 8.0.6 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/junkwareremovaltool/

MalwareBytes’ Anti-Exploit 1.08.1.1196 is a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antiexploit/

MSRT 5.36 is a security update.
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/malicious-software-removal-tool-details.aspx

Wireless Network Watcher 1.97 improves display options. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

OSFClone 1.1.1001 fixes bugs. This is a security update.
http://www.osforensics.com/tools/create-disk-images.html

RogueKiller 12.2.0 is a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

SuperAntiSpyware 6.0.1218 is a security update.
http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VideoCacheView 2.96 fixes bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/video_cache_view.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 1.81 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cdex.mu/?q=download

MakeMKV 1.9.10 adds support for newer media, fixes bugs. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?makemkv

DVDFab 9.2.3.9 adds support for newer media, fixes bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

MKVToolNix 9.1.0 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.videohelp.com/software/MKVtoolnix

AVStoDVD 2.8.4 is a security update.
https://sites.google.com/site/avstodvdmain/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Java 8u91 is a security update. If you are not 100% sure you require Java (not JavaScript!), remove it instead of updating.
http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

SpaceSniffer 1.3.0.0 is a security update.
http://www.uderzo.it/main_products/space_sniffer/

7-Zip 16.00 adds multi-volume Zip support, fixes bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.7-zip.org/

Bitcoin 0.12.1 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://bitcoin.org/en/download

Cygwin 2.5.1 is a security update.
http://cygwin.com/

GSmartControl 0.8.7 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://gsmartcontrol.sourceforge.net/home/index.php/

Drive Snapshot 1.44 adds support for Windows 10, and cleaner restore. This is not a security update.
http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en/

ImageUSB 1.3.1001 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.osforensics.com/tools/write-usb-images.html

FileLocator Pro 8.0.2651 improves installer, fixes bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

DiskSmartView 1.20 adds support for external USB drives, improved SMART data parsing, and improved refresh. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/disk_smart_view.html

DriveLetterView 1.42 adds Cluster Size and 64-bit build. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/drive_letter_view.html

FolderChangesView 1.87 adds change-monitoring export support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

NetworkTrafficView 2.02 improves display options. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

SimpleWMIView 1.16 improves display options. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

WakeMeOnLan 1.76 improves Windows 8 and Windows 10 compatibility. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wake_on_lan.html

WhosIP 1.15 adds IPv6 support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/whosip.html

WifiChannelMonitor 1.42 improves display options. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_channel_monitor.html

WifiInfoView 2.00 improves display options. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

CCleaner 5.17.5590 fixes several bugs, improves application support. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

Sysmon 4.0 improves filtering. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Procdump 8.0 improves support for lightweight reflection dumps, and other fixes. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Sigcheck 2.51 is a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

TeamViewer 11.0.59131 adds chat support, display improvements, fixes bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en-us/download/windows/

WSUS Offline 10.6.2 fixes several bugs. This is a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Seagate DiscWizard 18.0.6030 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/item/discwizard-master-dl/

Remix OS 2.0.205 fixes several bugs and adds storage options. This is not a security update.
http://www.jide.com/en/remixos-for-pc#downloadNow

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

TortoiseSVN 1.9.4 is a security update.
http://tortoisesvn.net/downloads.html

Redemption 5.11.0.4476 fixes CTR bugs, adds several new features. This is not a security update.
http://www.dimastr.com/redemption/

StrawberryPerl 5.22.2.1 updates Core and common modules. This is a security update.
http://strawberryperl.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VMware Player 12.1.1 is a security update.
http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

VirtualBox 5.0.20-106931 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.

ColdFusion 2016.1, 11.8 and 10.19 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/coldfusion/apsb16-16.html

Piwigo 2.8.1 is a security update.
http://piwigo.org/

TinyMCE 4.3.12 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.tinymce.com/download/

Drupal 8.1.1 fixes bugs. This is not a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

MailEnable 9.12 fixes bugs, improves reliability and web admin. This is not a security update.
http://www.mailenable.com/

phpMyAdmin 4.6.1 fixes bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

WordPress 4.5.2 is a security update.

bbPress 2.5.9 improves user mentions behavior.

Contact Form 7 4.4.2 improves validation, updates language support. This is not a security update.

Email Log 1.8.2 improves logging and parsing. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.7.32 improves header parsing. This is not a security update.

Really Simple CAPTCHA 1.9 is a security and stability update.

WPtouch 4.1.3 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

Zemanta 1.3.1 improves performance. This is not a security update.

That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Regards,

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

Updates 2016-03-23

Hi, Folks!

It’s not Patch Tuesday, but Microsoft, Apple, Mozilla, Google, Adobe and more released updates today. The typical computer should require approximately 250mb of updates. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released out-of-cycle security updates to address issues in Windows Update (~10mb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.
http://update.microsoft.com/

Apple released updates for Apple Software Update, Apple Remote Desktop, iOS 9.3, iTunes 12.3.3, OS X, Safari, tvOS, watchOS and Xcode. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update (no joke) to install these updates.

Adobe AIR 21.0.0.176 is a security update.
Win: http://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: http://12pd.com/click?airmac

Adobe Flash Player 21.0.0.197 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 youโ€™re using this hardware โ€“ these updates are for you.

Cisco Wireless Residential Gateway security updates have been released. Check for your specific hardware through it’s web interface.

Display Driver Uninstaller 15.7.5.2 fixes several bugs and adds newer hardware support. This is not a security update.
http://www.wagnardmobile.com/DDU/downloads.html

Intel Driver Update 2.4 adds support for newer hardware.
http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

nVidia 341.95 is a security update.
http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 49.0.2623.95 is a security update. Use Menu, About to install the most current update.

Firefox 45.0.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Opera 36 is a security update. Use Menu, About to install the most current version.

SeaMonkey 2.40 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.

Thunderbird 38.7.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Internet Updates

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

Java 8u77 is a security update. I’ll say it as many times as it takes: if you don’t need it (and you probably don’t), you’re far better off removing Java than upgrading. Do it now. If you decide to keep it, make sure you update ALL installed versions and REMOVE all the others.
http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

BIND 9.9.8-P4, 9.10.3-P4 and 9.9.8-S6 are security updates.

DynDNS Updater 5.2.0 is a security update.
https://help.dyn.com/update-clients/

Dropbox 3.16.1 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?dropbox

Evernote 5.9.8.9906 fixes many bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.evernote.com/

Nmap 7.10 is a security update.

FileZilla 3.16.1 is a security update.
http://filezilla-project.org/

OpenSSH 7.2p2 is a security update.

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDBurnerXP 4.5.6.6059 re-signs the code using a higher strength algorithm and fixes a format bug. This is not a security update.
http://cdburnerxp.se/

Plex Media Server 0.9.16.3.1840 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://plex.tv/downloads/1/archive

iTunes 12.3.3 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

iOS 9.3 for iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, and iPad 2 and later 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.

Battle.net Client 20160319 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://us.battle.net/en/app/

Lego Digital Designer 4.3.9 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://ldd.lego.com/

Security Software Updates

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

CertData 2016-02-26 is a security update. If you roll your own certificates, re-roll them now.
http://mxr.mozilla.org/mozilla-central/source/security/nss/lib/ckfw/builtins/certdata.txt

KeePass 1.31 adds regex search support, per-user start options, HTML export, rich text conversion and other bug fixes. This is not a security update.
http://keepass.info/.

Junkware Removal Tool 8.0.4 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/junkwareremovaltool/

MalwareBytes’ Anti-Malware 2.2.1 is a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

Nmap 7.10 with many great improvements! It’s got 12 new NSE scripts, hundreds of new OS/version fingerprints, and dozens if smaller improvements and bug fixes.

Defraggler 2.21.993 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?defraggler

RogueKiller 12.0.3 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1-RU6-MP4 is a security update.

TinyWall 2.1.8 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://tinywall.pados.hu/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

XSplit Broadcaster 2.7.1602.2231 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 2.7.1602.1927 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.

DVDFab 9.2.3.3 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

RoboForm 7.9.18 fixes several bugs and updates signing algorithm. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?rf

iExplorer 3.9.2.0 fixes a stability bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.macroplant.com/iexplorer/

CurrPorts 2.22 fixes elevation bug. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports.html

DevManView 1.48 improves external device display. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/device_manager_view.html

FolderChangesView 1.85 adds summary mode. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

SimpleWMIView 1.12 adds ability to launch new instances. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

WakeMeOnLan 1.75 improves command line interface. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wake_on_lan.html

TaskSchedulerView 1.17 is a cosmetic update. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

OSForensics 3.3.1002 fixes several bugs and improves file system support. This is not a security update.
http://www.osforensics.com/download.html

CCleaner 5.16.5551 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

Rufus 2.8 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://rufus.akeo.ie/

WSUS Offline 10.6.1 fixes several bugs and updates components. This is a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

StrawberryPerl 5.22.1.3 is a security update.
http://strawberryperl.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PPSSPP 1.2.2 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://ppsspp.org/downloads.html

Web Package Updates

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

ModSecurity 2.9.1 is a security update.
https://github.com/SpiderLabs/ModSecurity/releases

TinyMCE 4.3.8 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.tinymce.com/download/

jQuery 1.12.2 and 2.2.2 fix several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://jquery.com/download/

phpMyAdmin 4.6.0 fixes dozens of bugs, including security updates.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

Joomla 3.5.0 is a major performance boost and adds over 30 features. This is not a security update.
http://www.joomla.org/

Anti-Splog 2.1.8 is a security update.

Autoptimize 2.0.2 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 2.5.1 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

Register IP โ€“ Multisite 1.7.1 fixes a minor bug. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 2.5.5 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Regards,

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

Updates 2016-01-12

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday! The typical computer should see roughly 250mb in updates today. Let’s get started.

If you’re still running Windows 8 (not 8.1), you will no longer receive Windows updates. You MUST install 8.1 to continue to receive security updates for Windows.

Today is the last day for updates to “older” versions of Internet Explorer. Historically, this means that a critical security issue will be discovered and exploited as early as tomorrow. Upgrade Internet Explorer to the latest version supported by your operating system NOW. Yes, this means you’ll lose DQSD. ๐Ÿ™ Even if you’re not using Internet Explorer as your primary browser, many applications including Office, Windows Explorer and third party components will still utilize Internet Explorer “under the hood”. Thus, whether you want it or not, you MUST install the current version to ensure you continue to receive security updates that *do* impact you.

Windows 10 will be switched from an “optional” update to an “important” update for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 today, which means that it will attempt to automatically install whenever you install updates (and sometimes just for fun at 3am) 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. The delay and potential issues you may experience from neglecting to either update or block the update can have serious repercussions.

My recommendation is to make some time to install Windows 10 as soon as possible. Typically the installation will take between 2 and 6 hours, with no ability to do other things on your computer while it’s installing. During installation you will be prompted with several option pages to enable/disable options and features. Disable them all. Yes, every single one. Uncheck every box and slide every slider “off”. Immediately after installation disable Cortana’s web-integration functionality, then go to All Settings and review every single option. If you have problems with Windows 10, you can revert to your existing OS.

If you are running software that’s not compatible with Windows 10, or need to prevent the installation for some other reason (such as my wife’s patented “I don’t wanna”) then your best option is to use GWX Control Panel to block the icon and disable OS upgrades (the first two options).

Now back to our regular patch notes.

Microsoft released 18 updates to address vulnerabilities in Windows, Edge, Internet Explorer, MS Office, MSRT, Silverlight, Visual Basic, and Windows Live Essentials (~125mb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.
http://update.microsoft.com/

Apple released updates for OS X, QuickTime and iTunes to address security vulnerabilities. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

Adobe AIR 20.0.0.233 is a security update.
Win: http://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: http://12pd.com/click?airmac

Adobe Flash Player 20.0.0.270 are security updates.
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
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Driver Updates

If youโ€™re using this hardware โ€“ these updates are for you.

Display Driver Uninstaller 15.7.3.0 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.wagnardmobile.com/DDU/downloads.html

Ext2IFS 1.12 adds hibernate support and improves stability. This is not a security update.
http://www.fs-driver.org/

Intel Driver Update 20151221 improves hardware support. This is not a security update.
http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 47.0.2526.110 is a security update. Use Menu, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 43.0.4 is a security update. Use Help, About to install the most current version. If you have an older version you may need to repeat this process until you get to the current release.

Email Updates

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

OutlookAttachView 2.87 adds the ability to append to log files. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Thunderbird 38.5.0 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.

Adobe Shockwave 12.2.3.183 is a security update. Instead of updating, please consider removing Shockwave!

Silverlight 5.1.41105 is a security update.
http://www.microsoft.com/getsilverlight/

QuickTime 7.7.9 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

Skype 7.18.0.103 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?skype

Trillian Mac 3.3.0.24 fixes an echo bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

Dropbox 3.12.6 fixes a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?dropbox

Nmap 7.01 fixes over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
http://nmap.org/

uTorrent 3.4.5 Build 41628 fixes several bugs and adds ad-free premium support. This is not a security update.
http://www.utorrent.com/downloads

IPInfoOffline 1.42 updates the included IP country database. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ip_country_info_offline.html

WGet 1.17.1 is a security update.
https://eternallybored.org/misc/wget/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Plex Media Server 0.9.14.6.1620 fixes several bugs and improves Sync and iOS/Apple TV support. This is not a security update.
https://plex.tv/downloads/1/archive

iTunes 12.3.2 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 9.11.2.10120 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

PlayStation PS3 4.76 improves stability. This is not a security update.
http://us.playstation.com/support/systemupdates/ps3/pc_update/index.htm

PlayStation PS4 3.11 improves stability. 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.

Notepad++ 6.8.8 fixes a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?npp

Paint.net 4.0.9 fixes quite a few crash bugs and improves quality and performance. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.getpaint.net/

Krita 2.9.10.0 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://krita.org/download/krita-desktop/

LibreOffice 5.0.4 fixes many bugs and improves stability. This is not a security update.
http://www.libreoffice.org/

Scribus 1.4.6 doesn’t yet have a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.scribus.net/

Adobe Acrobat XI 11.0.14 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Adobe Acrobat DC 15.009.20077 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Adobe Reader 11.0.14 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Adobe Reader DC Patch 15.010.20056 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Kindle for PC 1.14.0 Build 43019 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.

BelArc Advisor 8.5c doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

TDSSKiller 3.1.0.9 improves detection and removal. This is a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?tdss

DrWeb CureIt! 10.0.10 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.freedrweb.com/download+cureit+free/?lng=en

KeePass 1.30 fixes a couple dozen bugs and improves search handling. This is not a security update.
http://keepass.sourceforge.net/

Wireshark 2.0.1 fixes dozens of bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.wireshark.org/

Junkware Removal Tool 8.0.2 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/junkwareremovaltool/

MalwareBytes’ Anti-Malware Chameleon 3.1.28 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/chameleon/

MalwareBytes’ Anti-Malware Mac 1.1 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/mac/

MalwareBytes’ Anti-Rootkit 1.09.3.1001 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antirootkit/

MalwareBytes’ Anti-Exploit 1.08.1.1045 improves a number of detection methods. This is a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antiexploit/

MalwareBytes’ FileAssassin 1.06 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/fileassassin/

MalwareBytes’ RegAssassin 1.03 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/regassassin/

MalwareBytes’ StartUpLite 1.07 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/startuplite/

DNSQuerySniffer 1.51 improves compatibility with Netmon3. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

Wireless Network Watcher 1.91 updates the internal MAC address database. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

RogueKiller 11.0.7 adds new detections and ADS black/whitelisting. This is a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

TinyWall 2.1.7 improves stability, display on hi-res devices and application database. This should be treated as a security update.
http://tinywall.pados.hu/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VideoCacheView 2.95 improves Yandex Browser compatibility. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/video_cache_view.html

XSplit Broadcaster 2.7.1512.2124 adds support for new hardware, fixes several bugs and improves social integration. This is a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 2.7.1512.1833 adds support for new hardware, Record live stream on Dailymotion, and social logins. This is not a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MakeMKV 1.9.8 improved compatibility, fixes several bugs, updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?makemkv

DVDFab 9.2.2.4 fixes a crash bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

IsoBuster 3.7 adds breadcrumbs, improved navigation, improved performance and stability, and updated libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.isobuster.com/isobusterdownload.php

MKVToolNix 8.8.0 fixes several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.videohelp.com/software/MKVtoolnix

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

RoboForm 7.9.17 fixes several bugs including stability, hi-res display issues, and more. This should be treated as a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?rf

7-Zip 15.14 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.7-zip.org/

TeamViewer 11.0.53254 fixes several reliability and performance bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en-us/download/windows/

GWX Control Panel 1.7.0.2 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/

iExplorer 3.8.8.0 adds iOS 9.2 compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.macroplant.com/iexplorer/

FolderChangesView 1.81 adds support for the Windows Explorer context menu. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

SearchMyFiles 2.66 adds wasted space column, and now defaults to opening the properties window on double-click. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

SimpleWMIView 1.10 adds option to automatically update on class/query change. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

USBDeview 2.51 adds option to open INF file. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

WakeMeOnLan 1.72 adds scanning to selected IP addresses option. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wake_on_lan.html

WifiChannelMonitor 1.41 updates the internal MAC address database. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_channel_monitor.html

CCleaner 5.13.5460 adds Opera and Chrome Media Cache cleaning, improves application support. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

Rufus 2.6 simplifies zeroing a device, fixes mode support, crash bugs and stability. This is not a security update.
http://rufus.akeo.ie/

Sigcheck 2.4 improves certificate trust list validation. This is a security update.
http://live.sysinternals.com/

Sysmon 3.2 adds support for logging raw disk access. This is a security update.
http://live.sysinternals.com/

Process Explorer 16.1 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://live.sysinternals.com/

Autoruns 13.51 fixes a WMI parsing bug, selective verification of signing status of individual entries and BOM flag in export file. This should be treated as a security update.
http://live.sysinternals.com/

AccessChk 6.01 fixes registry parsing bug and a kernel access bug. This is a security update.
http://live.sysinternals.com/

SystemRescueCD 4.7.0 updates kernels. This is a security update.
http://www.sysresccd.org/

TaskSchedulerView 1.15 improves refresh. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

WSUS Offline 10.3.1 fixes a bug in .NET installation. This is a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

TortoiseSVN 1.9.3 many bugs. This is not a security update.
http://tortoisesvn.net/downloads.html

ActivePerl 5.22.1.2201 is a security update.
http://www.activestate.com/activeperl/downloads

StrawberryPerl 5.22.1.2 is a security update.
http://strawberryperl.com/

Inno Setup 5.5.7 improves defaults, adds support for new CLI options, indexing behavior, and bug fixes. This is not a security update.
http://www.jrsoftware.org/isdl.php

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VMware Player 12.1.0 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

VirtualBox 5.0.12-104815 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.

Dada Mail 9.0.2 is a security update.
http://dadamailproject.com/

BIND 9.9.8 and 9.10.3 are security updates.
https://www.isc.org/downloads/bind/

Drupal 8.0.2 is a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

Joomla 3.4.8 is a security update.

jQuery 1.12.0 and 2.2.0 fix several bugs and introduce new features. This is not a security update.
http://jquery.com/download/

phpMyAdmin 4.5.3.1 is a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

WordPress 4.4.1 is a security update.
http://wordpress.org/

Autoptimize 2.0.0 is a major improvement, adding several new controls and features, cache controls, optimizations and bug fixes. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 2.4.3 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

Email Log 1.8.1 fixes a bug. This is not a security update.

Multisite Enhancements 1.3.2 fixes a cosmetic bug. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.7.27 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 6.4.3 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

Top Commentators Widget 1.5.1 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 2.4.13 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

WP Edit 3.7 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

WPtouch 4.0.2 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Regards,

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