Updates 2018-01-09

Happy New Year, Folks!

The new year brings a lot of FUD regarding the CPU security issues Meltdown and Spectre. Yes, every CPU from the last 20 years is affected. Yes, it’s a security issue that allows evil apps to access memory they shouldn’t be allowed to. Yes, the fix is going to effectively slow down devices in order to secure them. But NO, it’s not really any more severe than any other hardware or software vulnerability. It still requires the evil app to get onto your computer, which means you either have to install it or fail to patch and secure your operating system and other applications, enabling the attacker to put evil apps on there. In other words, you’re at no significantly greater risk today than you were last week. As always, patching your operating system and applications, removing unwanted and unused applications, back up your data often, and “behaving” online remain the rule of the day.

That said, the updates today address some of these CPU issues. Unfortunately, there are higher-than-normal failure rates for this patch since it was rushed out. This means you should be more wary than usual about failures following Patch Tuesday this week. If you haven’t backed up your data recently or created a system restore point: NOW is the time to run backupsbefore you install updates this week. Back to our regularly scheduled program…

It’s Patch Tuesday and it’s a pretty big one. The new year has begun, and there are lots of updates for almost everything.

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

Microsoft released updates to Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, .NET and MSRT (~1gb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for macOS High Sierra 10.13.2, macOS Sierra 10.12.6, OS X El Capitan 10.11.6, iOS 11.2.2, Safari 11.0.2 (again! v. 11604.4.7.1.6 and 12604.4.7.1.6), Pro Video Formats 2.0.6, and tvOS 11.2.1. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current versions. A reboot is required.

Apple released security updates for AirPort Base Station 7.7.9 (wireless ac models) and 7.6.9 (wireless n models).

iOS 11.2.2 is a security update for all iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPod touch 6th generation and newer hardware. Previous generations of hardware are no longer supported. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Google Chrome OS 63.0.3239.86 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 28.0.0.137 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://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.

I’ve had a lot of calls recently from people whose computers seem unusually slow since late October. This is a side-effect of the Windows 10 upgrade cycle, which pushes out 6gb through Windows update to get you to the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, it will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients at The Farmory, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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:
https://saferpc.info/updates/
209-565-12PD
shawn@12pointdesign.com

Driver Updates

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

Crucial Storage Executive 3.5 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.crucial.com/usa/en/support-storage-executive

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.8.2 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Intel Driver Update 3.1.1 improves detection and reporting. This is not a security update.
https://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 63.0.3239.132 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 57.0.4 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.

Thunderbird 52.5.2 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.

DiscordApp 21.12.2017 adds animated emojis, improves screensharing quality and adds PayPal support. This is not a security update.
https://discordapp.com/download

WinSCP 5.11.3 is a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Evernote 6.8.7.6387 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.evernote.com/

uTorrent 3.5.1 Build 44332 is a security update.
https://www.utorrent.com/downloads

FileZilla 3.30.0 improves logging for update failures. Since updates often include security updates, this should be treated as a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201801 is a data refresh. This is not a security update.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

BrowsingHistoryView 2.15 adds support for Pale Moon browser. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VLC 2.2.8 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PlayStation PS4 5.03 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps4/

Office Updates

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

Notepad++ 7.5.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

OpenOffice 4.1.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.openoffice.org/download/

Paint.net 4.0.20 adds a dark theme, improves high-DPI support, and resolves many bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

Security Software Updates

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

Norton Power Eraser 20171218 is a security update.
https://support.norton.com/sp/en/us/home/current/solutions/kb20100824120155EN_EndUserProfile_en_us

Avast! Home Edition 17.9.2322 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

KeePass 1.35 resolves several bugs and updates libraries. This is a security update.
http://keepass.sourceforge.net/

DNSQuerySniffer 1.70 adds TEXT and improves data preservation. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

RogueKiller 12.11.32 improves compatibility and adds detections. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

XSplit Broadcaster 3.2.1711.2916 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 3.1.1708.2943 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 1.97 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.0.7.7 adds support for additional encodings. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

IsoBuster 4.1 adds XML and DFXML exports, MFS, DC42, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.isobuster.com/download.php

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

NTLite 1.5.0.5855 resolves several bugs. Ths is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

1Password for Windows 6.8.492 is a huge update with dozens of fixes, improvements, new features, and more. This is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

GoodSync 10.7.2 resolves several bugs, improves service compabitility and performance, and now provides local-device encryption (non-portable) for authentication storage.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

RoboForm 8.4.6 improves reliability and Edge support, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

BFGMiner 5.5.0 updates libraries and resolves a dozen bugs. This is a security update.
https://github.com/luke-jr/bfgminer/

DesktopOK 4.93 adds autosave support. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

HWMonitor 1.34 adds support for newer hardware and Windows 10 1709. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

DevManView 1.50 adds quick-filter support. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/device_manager_view.html

NetworkTrafficView 2.12 improves detection of Microsoft services. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

USBDeview 2.73 adds port name detection. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

WifiChannelMonitor 1.50 resolves a live detection bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_channel_monitor.html

OSForensics 5.2.1004 improves reporting, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

PointerStick 2.99 improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

WinScan2PDF 3.81 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WSUS Offline 11.1 resolves several detection issues. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Autoruns 13.81 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

BgInfo 4.24 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

Handle 4.11 now exports data to %TEMP% on 64-bit machines. This is not a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

Sysmon 7.01 resolves reliability bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VMware Player 14.1.0 is a security update.
https://www.vmware.com/products/player/

VirtualBox 5.2.4-119785 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

Drupal 8.4.4 corrects dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

MailEnable Enterprise 10.11 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

phpMyAdmin 4.7.7 is a security update.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

ScreenConnect 6.4.15787.6556 adds several new features. This is not a security update.
https://www.screenconnect.com/Download

Akismet 4.0.2 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.

Autoptimize 2.3.2 improves resolves a couple bugs and adds cache-busting. This is not a security update.

Multisite Plugin Manager 3.1.6 adds WP CLI compatibility. This is not a security update.

Register IP – Multisite 1.8.0 adds column sortability and proxy support. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 6.4.10 resolves a couple bugs and improves security handling. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.2.6 resolves over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 1.2.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WPtouch 4.3.23 improves custom footer logic and corrects a typo. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2017-07-11

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday. It’s pretty quiet this month: no major ransomware events and no major new infection vectors. I hate to say it, but it feels like it’s the calm before the storm.

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

Microsoft released updates to Windows, Internet Explorer, .NET, Flash, POSReader, and MSRT (~900mb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for various printer and scanner drivers, and Apple Remote Desktop Client. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

Adobe AIR 26.0.0.127 is a security update.
Win: http://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: http://12pd.com/click?airmac

Adobe Flash Player 26.0.0.137 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.

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.6.9 adds a timeout for service actions and improves GPU detection. This is not a security update.
http://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Intel Driver Update 2.8.1 resolves bugs and improves detection. This is not a security update.
https://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 59.0.3071.115 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Google Chrome for Android 59.0.3071.125 is a security update. Use the Play store to install this update.

Firefox 54.0.1 resolves several bugs, improves stability, and improves cross-platform reliability. This is not 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.

NK2Edit 3.30 improves SMTP preference assignments, adds WaitAutoClose and EXToSMTP script commands. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_nk2_edit.html

OutlookAttachView 3.02 allows resizing the properties window. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Thunderbird 52.2.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.
http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/

Internet Updates

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

Skype 7.38.0.101 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Line 7.6.0 adds in-chat message search. This is not a security update.
http://line.me/update

Trillian 6.0.0.60 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

Silverlight 5.1.50907 is a security update.
http://www.microsoft.com/getsilverlight/Get-Started/Install/Default.aspx

WinSCP 5.9.6 is a security update.
http://winscp.net/eng/index.php

uTorrent 3.5.0 Build 43916 improves AV detections for Pro version, warn before executing files with masked extensions. This is a security update.
http://www.utorrent.com/downloads

FreeFileSync 9.2 resolves several bugs, improves reliability and security. This is a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

MaxMind GeoIP 201707 is a data refresh. This is not a security update.
http://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/geolite

IPNetInfo 1.76 now filters duplicate IPv6 addresses, improves tabbing. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ipnetinfo.html

Nmap 7.50 adds dozens of new fingerprints and scripts. Updates libraries. This is a security update.
http://nmap.org/

PuTTY 0.70 is a security update.
https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.4.13.6637 adds speed throttling controls, FPS meter, interface improvements, improved networking, and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

Steam 2017.07.10 improves performance, reliability, and resolves many bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.steampowered.com/platform/update_history/index.php?skin=0&id=0

PS4 4.71 improves system performance. 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.

Artweaver 6.0.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.artweaver.de/

LibreOffice 5.3.4 resolves well over a hundred bugs. This is a security update.
http://www.libreoffice.org/

Notepad++ 7.4.2 improves find and replace, SWIFT language support. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?npp

Adobe Reader DC 17.009.20058 is a security update.
http://get.adobe.com/reader

Adobe FrameMaker 2017.0.2 is a security update.
http://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=6173

Adobe Connect 9.5.7 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/connect/apsb16-35.html

Security Software Updates

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

Fedora 26-1.5 is a security update.
https://getfedora.org/en/workstation/download/

MSRT 5.50 is a security update.
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/malicious-software-removal-tool-details.aspx

Tails 3.0.1 is a security update. Note that version 3.0 also removes 32-bit support.
https://tails.boum.org/install/index.en.html

Avast! Home Edition 17.5.2302 adds a new warning system, redesigned popups, and counter on tray icon. This is a security update.
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Gpg4win 2.3.4 is a security update.
https://www.gpg4win.org/download.html

Hashcat 3.6.0 adds several new algorithms. This is not a security update.
http://hashcat.net/hashcat/#downloadlatest

DNSQuerySniffer 1.65 adds ‘Quick Filter’ feature. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

RogueKiller 12.11.6 adds detections. This is not a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

XSplit Broadcaster 3.0.1705.3117 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 3.0.1705.3131 resolves dozens of 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 1.87 improves stability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.0.4.6 adds support for new encodings, several tools, and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

IsoBuster 4.0 improves performances, major cosmetic changes, advanced search functionality, block analysis, history browsing, and more. This is not a security update.
https://www.isobuster.com/download.php

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GoodSync 10.5.2 resolves several bugs, improves action auditing, and defaults to use SNI for SSL traffic. This is a security update.
http://www.goodsync.com/

RoboForm 8.3.7 adds support for the new Firefox extension platform, resolves bugs and improves performance. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?rf

1Password for Windows 6.6.439 is a major update, adding duplicate detection, favorites, trash support, and native automatic-when-idle updates. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

Bitcoin 0.14.2 improves performance and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
http://bitcoin.org/en/download

CCleaner 5.32.6129 improves cleaning. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

CintaNotes 3.8.1 improves attachment support and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cintanotes.com/download

Cygwin 2.8.1 now allows unpriviliged symlink creation in Windows 10, adds two new APIs. This is not a security update.
http://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 4.72 improves Windows 10 support. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Easy2Boot 1.93A adds offline CHOCO support, and works around a Windows Creator bug to assign a drive letter for USB drives that are not given them by Windows. This is not a security update.
http://www.easy2boot.com/download/

Kingston SSD Manager 1.1.0.0 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.kingston.com/us/support/technical/ssdmanager

NetworkTrafficView 2.10 adds logging on timer support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

RegFileExport 1.08 fixes a reliability bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/registry_file_offline_export.html

WifiInfoView 2.26 improves filtering, adds select/deselect all, and resolves a CLI vs options bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

OSForensics 5.1.1001 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.osforensics.com/download.html

Speccy 1.31.732 improves Windows compatibility, updated hardware detection, 32-bit compatibility and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?speccy

PointerStick 2.82 improves reliability in Windows 10 Creators Update. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

TeamViewer 12.0.78716 improves reliability in Windows 10 Creators Update. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en-us/download/windows/

WinScan2PDF 3.51 improves Epson and Brother scanner support. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WSUS Offline 11.0 removes Vista support, updates scripts and libraries, and improves update detection. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

WSUS Offline 9.2.2 (ESR) adds support for the post-EOL updates for XP, Vista, Windows Server 2003, and Windows 8, updates scripts and libraries, and improves update detection. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Sysmon 6.03 fixes a bug that prevented imageload include filters from working in some configurations. This is not a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

TortoiseSVN 1.9.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://tortoisesvn.net/downloads.html

SQLite 3.18.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VMware Player 12.5.7 is a security update.
http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

Web Package Updates

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

Piwigo 2.9.1 is a security update.
http://piwigo.org/

Drupal 8.3.5 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.2.1 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.org/en/download

MailEnable 9.75 resolves seeral bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.mailenable.com/

phpMyAdmin 4.7.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

ScreenConnect 6.3.13446.6374 resolves dozens of bugs, and improves performance and reliability. This is not a security update.
https://www.screenconnect.com/Download

Joomla 3.7.3 is a security update.
http://www.joomla.org/

Autoptimize 2.2.2 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.

BuddyPress 2.8.2 adds several new features. This is a security update.

myStickymenu 1.8.9 adds ability to disable on certain posts and pages. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Redirection 2.6.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Sucuri Security 1.8.7 improves performance and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.

Top Commentators Widget 1.5.3 fixes an icon bug. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.1.0 resolves dozens of bugs, improves style and setup. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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

 

Updates 2016-09-13

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday.

The typical computer should see roughly 1500mb in updates today. It’s a big one. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to Windows, Silverlight, Microsoft Office, Exchange, .NET, Internet Explorer, Edge, Flash and MSRT (~600mb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for OS X, iOS (9.3.5, 10.0 and 10.0.1), watchOS 3, Xcode 8, print drivers and iTunes 12.5.1. Xcode 8 is a security update, and adds support for iOS 10. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 10.0.1 is the first security update to the new version of iOS 10 that was released this morning (and reportedly bricking devices). Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

Adobe AIR 23.0.0.257 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?airmac

Adobe Flash Player 23.0.0.162 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://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:
https://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 10.25.0.2552 reduces output PDF size, improves usability and resolves PDF reader bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.2.0 fixes several bugs and improves AMD removal. This is not a security update.
http://www.wagnardmobile.com/DDU/

Intel Driver Update 2.6.1 resolves the re-download problem, fixes several bugs, adds new categories and improves manual search. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

nVidia 372.70 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 53.0.2785.113 is a security update. Use Menu, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 48.0.2 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.

Thunderbird 45.3.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

NK2Edit 3.25 adds import from message store, and logfile support under the GUI. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_nk2_edit.html

OutlookAttachView 2.95 resolves a crash bug. 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.

DiscordApp 20160824T175021 adds new emojis, profile fields, user sync, and other fixes. This is not a security update.
https://discordapp.com/download

Skype 7.27.0.101 adds new styling to Skype. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

aria2 1.26.1 fixes a bittorrent bug and improves naming for pre-existing files.
https://aria2.github.io/

curl 7.50.2 is a security update.
http://winampplugins.co.uk/curl/

WinSCP 5.9.1 is a security update.
http://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Dropbox 10.4.25 still doesn’t provide a change log, so should be treated as a security update, or preferably, abandoned. Software that doesn’t provide change-logs uses the fancy magical ability called “ignorance” to convince you to upgrade, possibly to a hacked or hijacked version, with no hope of validation from the author. A company like Dropbox, valued at $8 BILLION, should be able to spare someone on their build team to compose something more detailed than “The desktop client is regularly updated with many improvements and fixes.”
https://12pd.com/click?dropbox

Evernote 6.2.4.3244 doesn’t provide a change log, so should be treated as a security update, or abandoned.
http://www.evernote.com/

uTorrent 3.4.8 Build 42576 fixes security issues with ad integration, as well as several other fixes. This is a security update.
http://www.utorrent.com/downloads

FileZilla 3.21.0 is a security update.
http://filezilla-project.org/

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201609 is a data refresh.
http://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/geolite

BrowsingHistoryView 1.87 adds secondary column sorting and resolves a crash bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

Google Earth 7.1.7.2600 fixes several cosmetic issues, crash bugs, cache inconsistencies, and adds support for newer hardware.
http://earth.google.com/index.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.5.1 adds support for macOS and iOS 10. This is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to get the most current version.

CDBurnerXP 4.5.7.6321 adds keyboard shortcuts to control media player, cover printing, and fixes a MDS burning bug. This is not a security update.
http://cdburnerxp.se/

FastStone Viewer 5.9 fixes issues with straighten/rotate, drag and drop, and several other bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

Office Updates

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

Paint.net 4.0.12 fixes a crash bug and a selection bug on certain hardware. This is not a security update.
http://www.getpaint.net/

LibreOffice 5.2.1 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.libreoffice.org/

Adobe Digital Editions 4.5.2 is a security update.
https://www.adobe.com/solutions/ebook/digital-editions/download.html

Kindle for PC 1.17.0 Build 44170 doesn’t provide a change log, so should be treated as a security update, or abandoned.
http://www.amazon.com/kindleforpc

Kindle hardware security update:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=202048000

Security Software Updates

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

Bitmessage 0.6.1 adds Tor, SMTP and fixes several bugs. This is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?bitmessage

Avast! Home Edition 12.3.2280 improves performance. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Gpg4win 2.3.3 is a security update.
https://www.gpg4win.org/download.html

DNSQuerySniffer 1.57 now activates WinPCap automatically if found. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

Wireless Network Watcher 2.01 is a cosmetic update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

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

RogueKiller 12.6.2 adds PowerShell path support, WMI support, more detections, and bug fixes. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

SuperAntiSpyware 6.0.1224 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.

XSplit Broadcaster 2.8.1607.1936 fixes over 100 bugs. This is a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 2.8.1607.2027 fixes almost 50 bugs. This is a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

FFmpeg 3.1.3 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg.html

DVDFab 9.3.1.2 adds support for new media and fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

MakeMKV 1.10.2 adds support for new media and fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.makemkv.com/download/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

NTLite 1.1.0.4210 improves support for Windows 10 1607 and 14905, and fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

RoboForm 7.9.22 improves compatibility resolves several stability issues. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

CintaNotes 3.3.1 improves drag and drop support, adds Rules support, and several bug fixes. This is not a security update.
http://cintanotes.com/download

Agent Ransack 2016.863 fixes many bugs, adds exclusion support, IFilter support, boolean support, color highlighting, tabbed interface and more. This is not a security update.
http://mythicsoft.com/agentransack/download

Cygwin 2.6.0 adds support for new APIs, structures, more partitions, AzureAD and removes support for old operating systems. This is not a security update.
http://cygwin.com/

dupeGuru 4.0.1 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.hardcoded.net/dupeguru/

Easy2Boot 1.83 resolves a bug in grub4dos, updates sync and drive creation tools, adds SDI_CHOCO and more. This is not a security update.
http://www.easy2boot.com/download/

GPU-Z 1.11.0 adds support for newer hardware and displays Device IDs, which can be used for the GTX 970 lawsuit.
http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/SysInfo/GPU-Z/

iExplorer 3.9.11.0 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.macroplant.com/iexplorer/

Kingston SSD Manager 1.0.1.3 doesn’t provide a change log, so should be treated as a security update, or abandoned.
http://www.kingston.com/us/support/technical/ssdmanager

FileLocator Pro 8.0.2669 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

NetworkTrafficView 2.04 now automatically loads the WinPCap driver if found. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

SearchMyFiles 2.73 corrects multiple single file matches bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

SimpleWMIView 1.20 adds command line option to perform query immediately. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

WakeMeOnLan 1.77 updates the internal MAC addresses file. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wake_on_lan.html

WifiChannelMonitor 1.45 adds audio notifications. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_channel_monitor.html

WifiInfoView 2.07 updates the internal MAC addresses file. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

CCleaner 5.22.5724 improves support for various applications.
https://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

Rufus 2.11 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://rufus.akeo.ie/

Sysmon 4.12 introduces more powerful filtering capabilities, now reports the status of CRL checking and fixes a bug where certain configuration files could cause the driver to blue screen. This is a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Sigcheck 2.54 fixes a bug that could result in it reporting signed files that have been modified as having a valid signature. This is a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Autologon 3.1 now validates credentials before accepting them. This is a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Process Monitor 3.31 fixes bugs that caused it to crash when processing some boot logs and when saving logged events to a backing file. This is a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

SystemRescueCD 4.8.1 is a security update.
http://www.sysresccd.org/

TeamViewer 11.0.65452 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en-us/download/windows/

WSUS Offline 10.7.3 fixes several bugs and updates libraries. This is a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio 3.0.399 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/c9eb3ba8-0c59-4944-9a62-6eee37294597

GitHub Desktop 3.3.0 updates libraries and fixes a cosmetic bug. This is not a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

MySQL 5.7.15 fixes dozens of bugs, including security issues. This is a security update.
http://www.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

Visual Studio 2015 CE 3 adds a dozen new features including Universal Apps tools, node.js tools, cordova improvements and much more. This is not a security update.
https://www.visualstudio.com/downloads/download-visual-studio-vs#d-community

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 5.1.6-110634 fixes dozens of 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.

TinyMCE 4.4.3 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.tinymce.com/download/

Drupal 8.1.9 fixes dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.1.0 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.org/en/download

MailEnable 9.18 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.mailenable.com/

ColdFusion 11.10 and 10.21 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/coldfusion/apsb16-30.html

phpMyAdmin 4.6.4 is a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

ScreenConnect 6.0.11299.6071 provides a new cleaner user interface, adds support for newer operating systems, improves integration, and more. This is not a security update.
http://www.screenconnect.com/Download

WordPress 4.6.1 is a security update.
http://wordpress.org/

Akismet 3.2 adds WP-CLI support, fixes bugs. This is not a security update.

Antispam Bee 2.6.9 fixes a couple bugs. This is not a security update.

Autoptimize 2.1.0 improves GUI and fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

Custom Facebook Feed 2.4.5 fixes several bugs, adds locale support. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster (SNAP) 3.6.10 fixes several bugs, adds support for new services. SNAP is awesome, and you should drop everything now and buy it while it’s still on sale.

WordPress Importer 0.6.3 fixes several bugs and adds support for term metadata. This is not a security update.

WP Edit 3.9 doesn’t provide a current changelog, so should be treated as a security update.

WPtouch 4.2.5 fixes a couple bugs. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

Shawn K. Hall
https://SaferPC.info/
https://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: https://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?airmac

Adobe Flash Player 21.0.0.197 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://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:
https://saferpc.info/updates/
209-565-12PD
shawn@12pointdesign.com

Driver Updates

If you’re using this hardware – 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.
https://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.
https://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.
https://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.
https://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 – 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. 😉

Regards,

Shawn K. Hall
https://SaferPC.info/
https://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. 🙁 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: https://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?airmac

Adobe Flash Player 20.0.0.270 are security updates.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://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:
https://saferpc.info/updates/
209-565-12PD
shawn@12pointdesign.com

Driver Updates

If you’re using this hardware – 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.
https://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.
https://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.
https://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.
https://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.
https://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.
https://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.
https://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.
https://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. 😉

Regards,

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