Updates 2011-02-22

Hey folks!

Microsoft has released several out-of-cycle updates today, including the first Service Pack for Windows 7. Service Packs incorporate all previous updates as well as new updates released up to the date of release. The Windows 7 SP1 package ranges from 73mb to 2gb based on how many previous updates you’ve applied. Use Windows Update to obtain this update, as well as updates to Silverlight, and bugfixes for the XPS parser, WPS service and DirectX. This includes security updates. A reboot is required.
  http://update.microsoft.com/

Adobe released security updates for Flash Player and Shockwave this week. Use all three of the links below to download the current versions, close all browsers after download and then install them one at a time. Don’t forget to UNCHECK any “offers” during installation.
  https://12pd.com/click?flash
  https://12pd.com/click?flashie
  https://12pd.com/click?shockwave

Java 6u24 is released, which corrects nearly two dozen security issues. All browser windows will need to be closed. If you REQUIRE Java or already have it installed, be sure to upgrade using the links below. If you’re running a 64-bit processor, you should install both versions below. All users should update ASAP:
  http://java.com/en/download/manual.jsp#win
32-bit installer:
  http://javadl.sun.com/webapps/download/AutoDL?BundleId=47363
64-bit installer:
  http://javadl.sun.com/webapps/download/AutoDL?BundleId=47155

If you haven’t yet updated Adobe Reader, please install this update ASAP by visiting Help, Check for 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.

Driver Updates

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

ATI Catalyst 11.2 provides improvements in texture filters, tessellation control, and additional hardware support. This is not a security update.
  http://game.amd.com/us-en/drivers_catalyst.aspx

Email Updates

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

OutlookAttachView 1.57 adds an exclusion filter for attachment exports. 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.

Trillian 4.2.0.25 corrects an issue with Google Talk. This is not a security update.
  http://www.trillian.im/download/

Codec Updates

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

Win7 Codec Package 2.7.5 updates included codecs and adds x264 encoder. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application. Don’t forget to uninstall the Bing toolbar that this installs in the background! This is not a security update.
  http://shark007.net/win7codecs.html

Vista Codec Package 5.9.1 updates included codecs and adds x264 encoder. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application. This version works for both Windows XP and Windows Vista. Don’t forget to uninstall the Bing toolbar that this installs in the background! This is not a security update.
  http://shark007.net/vistacodecpackage.html

Win x64 Codec Support 2.7.9 updates included codecs and adds x264 encoder. This update applies only to 64-bit computers, and requires either the Win7 Codec Package or the Windows Vista Codec package. Don’t forget to uninstall the Bing toolbar that this installs in the background! This is not a security update.
  http://shark007.net/x64components.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Paint.net 3.5.7 improves reliability of saving function, improves copy/paste and fixes other minor bugs. This is not a security update.
  http://www.getpaint.net/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Fraps 3.2.9 fixes a crash bug, sound sync and browser app monitoring. This is not a security update.
  http://www.fraps.com/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

RoboForm and RoboForm2Go 7.2.5 fixes a number of bugs, particularly stability issues within Chrome and Firefox. This is not a security update.
  https://12pd.com/click?rf

Goodsync and Goodsync2Go 8.6.3.3 provides a number of minor bugfixes. This is not a security update.
  https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ActivePerl 5.12.3.1204 corrects several bugs, adds keys and values for array handling. This is not a security update.
  http://www.activestate.com/activeperl/downloads

Inno Setup 5.4.1 and Inno Setup QuickStart 5.4.1 provide only minor tweaks and IDE changes. This is not a security update.
  http://www.jrsoftware.org/isdl.php

Web Package Updates

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

phpMyAdmin 3.3.9.2 is a security update correcting an SQL injection exploit. This is a security update, and should be installed over any previous version of phpMyAdmin immediately.
  http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

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

Regards,

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

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