Updates 2018-08-14

Hi, Folks!

The next build of macOS, Mojave (10.14), is on the horizon. It will be released next month, and this means that devices running El Capitan (10.11) or older will no longer be supported. Your options are to either upgrade to at least Sierra (10.12) or replace your device. Mojave will not run on all Macs, just as High Sierra and even Sierra made some devices unusable. If in doubt whether your device will be able to support an operating system upgrade, be sure to perform a full disk backup prior to upgrade.

This last month has also brought an enormous increase in phishing attempts worldwide. More about phishing and what you can do to protect yourself in an article due soon.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program. Today is Patch Tuesday and it’s a big one.

The typical computer should see roughly 3gb in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to Windows, .NET, Internet Explorer, Edge, Flash, and MSRT (~3gb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Supplemental Update for MacBook Pro. This is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

Google Chrome OS 68.0.3440.87 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 30.0.0.154 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.

The now-current release of the Windows 10 (1803) will cause your computer to feel unusually slow until it is installed. 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 youโ€™re using this hardware โ€“ these updates are for you.

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.9.1 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Intel Driver Update 3.5 improves reliability, adds support for newer hardware and NUCs, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Logitech Gaming Software 9.00.42 adds support for newer games, adds support for newer hardware, and resovles bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.logitech.com/en_us/software/lgs

Logitech Options 6.90.138 resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.logitech.com/en_us/software/options

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 68.0.3440.106 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 61.0.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. This build introduces automatic restore of browser tabs, which means that you will no longer be able to simply force-close Firefox to escape the trend of Fake Security Warning sites. I recommend changing this option to False (unfortunately, it defaults to False or True currently based on the whim of Mozilla). Instructions to make this change can be found here.

SeaMonkey 2.49.4 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.

NK2Edit 3.37 resolves a bug with GOOG records. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_nk2_edit.html

Thunderbird 60.0 is a major new update with many new features and bug fixes. This 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.

DynDNS Updater 5.4.6 updates the installation signature and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.dyndns.com/

FileZilla 3.35.2 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 10.3 improves logging, adds new macros and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201808 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/geolite

BrowsingHistoryView 2.17 adds support for using environment variables in settings. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

Java 8u181 is a security update. If you actually use Java, install the update immediately. If you are unsure if you use Java (or think that Java and JavaScript are the same thing), then remove Java.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MusicBrainz Picard 2.0.3 updates libraries, resolves several bugs, and improves stability. This should be treated as a security update.
https://picard.musicbrainz.org/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.5.24.5022 resolves many 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.

Adobe Experience Manager (all versions) has security updates available.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/experience-manager/apsb18-26.html

Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop Application 4.5.5.342 is a security update.
https://creative.adobe.com/products/download/creative-cloud

Adobe Reader DC 18.011.20058 is a security update. Use Help, About to install the most current version.

IcoFX 3.2 adds support for High-DPI, resolves several bugs, adds support for new formats and improves features. This is not a security update.
https://icofx.ro/

LibreOffice Still 6.0.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Notepad++ 7.5.8 resolves several bugs and improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

Security Software Updates

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

Avast! Home Edition 18.5.2342 resolves several bugs and improves notifications and user interface. This is not a security update.
https://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Wireshark 2.6.2 is a security update.
https://www.wireshark.org/

DNSQuerySniffer 1.71 now displays the active network adapter on the window title. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

SmartSniff 2.28 now displays the active network adapter on the window title. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/smsniff.html

RogueKiller 12.12.31 adds detections. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Intel-SA-00086 Detection Tool 1.2.007.0 improves detection of SA-00086 vulnerability. This is a security update.
https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/27150

SuperAntiSpyware 6.0.1260 improves stability, and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

SnagIt 12.4.1 is a security update.

XSplit Broadcaster 3.4.1806.2229 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 3.3.1805.0406 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 2.07 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.2.0.7 resolves several bugs, improves reliability and performance, adds support for new encodings. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

MakeMKV 1.12.3 improves support for mastering defects, adds support for new encodings, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?makemkv

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

NTLite 1.6.3.6400 improves compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

GoodSync 10.9.6 improves stability and performance, resolves several bugs, and improves licensing. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

Beyond Compare 4.2.6.23150 improves cloud service reliability and stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.scootersoftware.com/download.php?zz=dl4

Bitcoin 0.16.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://bitcoin.org/en/download

CPU-Z Installer 1.86 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

DesktopOK 5.55 resolves several bugs and adds compatibility with the current beta of Windows 10. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

CrucialScanner 20180810 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.crucial.com/systemscanner/index.aspx

DiskMaker X 7.0.1 resolves many bugs, and improves user experience. This is not a security update.
https://diskmakerx.com/

DMDE 3.4.4.740 adds GUI versions for macOS and Linux, resolves several bugs, and improves reliability for EOF scanning. This is not a security update.
https://dmde.com/

IsMyHdOK 1.44 updates language files. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

NetworkTrafficView 2.15 now displays the active network adapter on the window title. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

SearchMyFiles 2.85 adds compare mode for duplicate name search. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

OSForensics 6.0.1004 improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

PointerStick 3.21 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

Autoruns 13.91 improves stability. This should be treated as a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

TaskSchedulerView 1.42 now restores to the previous position and size. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

TeamViewer 13.2.5287 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/

WinScan2PDF 4.33 improves duplex capability detection for HP and Epson scanners. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MySQL 8.0.12 is a security update.
https://www.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

Web Package Updates

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

TinyMCE 4.8.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.tinymce.com/download/

Drupal 8.5.6 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

MailEnable 10.18 resolves several bugs and updates third-party libraries. This is not a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

ScreenConnect 6.7.19388.6796 resolves several bugs and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.screenconnect.com/Download

Joomla 3.8.11 resolves many bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

WordPress 4.9.8 improves privacy controls. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Contact Form 7 5.0.3 improves cosmetic behaviors and adds several new features. This is not a security update.

Custom Facebook Feed 2.7.2 improves reliability but requires rekeying authentication for unowned Facebook pages. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.24 improves logging. This is not a security update.

Redirection 3.4 improves redirect detection and adds compatibility warnings. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 7.0.10 resolves several bugs including fatal PHP compatibility. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.4.4 fixes many bugs. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2018-05-08

Hi, Folks!

The next build of Windows 10 v1803 was released last week. While Microsoft has given 1803 the nod, on half the computers I’ve tested it on there are driver conflicts. Don’t be the guinea pig. For at least the next month, when you’re prompted that “the new version of Windows is ready,” just say no! I’ll report here when I believe it is safe for most users. Unfortunately, if you’re running the Home version of Windows 10, you may not be given the option to say no. Restart your computer during the 1803 download and this will buy you some time.

Note that since 1803 is now released, some older versions are EOL (end-of-life). If your version of Windows 10 is older than 1607 (build 14393), then it is no longer supported and CAN NOT be secured: Update now, or remove it from the Internet.

It’s Patch Tuesday and it’s a big one.

The typical computer should see roughly 2.6gb in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to Windows, Edge, .NET, Office, Flash, Internet Explorer, and MSRT (~2gb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released macOS Security Update 2018-001 10.13.4, Safari 11.1 (11605.1.33.1.4, 12605.1.33.1.4, and 13605.1.33.1.4), and Security Update 2018-001 Swift 4.1.1 for Ubuntu 14.04. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 11.3.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 66.0.3359.137 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 29.0.0.171 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Fedora 28-1.1 is a major update, adding several new features including improved battery life and security. This is a security update.
https://getfedora.org/en/workstation/download/

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.

The now-current release of the Windows 10 (1803) will cause your computer to feel unusually slow until it is installed. 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 youโ€™re using this hardware โ€“ these updates are for you.

UniFi Controller 5.7.23 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ubnt.com/download/

BullZip PDF Printer 11.7.0.2716 resolves setup issues, 64-bit compatibility improvements, and bug fixes. This is not a security update.
https://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.8.6 adds support for the latest release of Windows 10, and removal improvements. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Dymo Label 8.7.1 resolves performance issues. This is not a security update.
https://dls.dymo.com/en-US/Pages/DLS8Download.aspx

Intel Driver Update 3.3.1 adds support for newer hardware, improves reliability, and resolves upgrade bug. 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 66.0.3359.139 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 59.0.3 improves stability. This is not a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 52.7.4 improves stability. This is not a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

SeaMonkey 2.49.3 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.

Thunderbird 52.7.0 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.

FreeFileSync 10.0 removes installer ads, adds parallel sync support, GUI improvements, and more. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201805 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

Npcap 0.99-r5 is a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Java 8u171 is a security update.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

FastStone Viewer 6.5 improves Import and Video Player, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

VLC Media Player 3.0.2 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.5.18.58059 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

PlayStation PS4 5.53-01 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps4/

RetroPie 4.4 adds support for newer hardware, and updates libraries. This is a security update.
https://retropie.org.uk/

Office Updates

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

Scribus 1.4.7 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.scribus.net/

Kindle for PC 1.23.1 Build 50133 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.amazon.com/kindleforpc

Security Software Updates

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

Wireshark 2.6.0 adds several new features, updates libraries, adds support for new protocols and capture formats. This is a security update.
https://www.wireshark.org/

Gpg4win 3.1.1 is a security update.
https://www.gpg4win.org/download.html

RogueKiller 12.12.16 adds detections. This is a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

SanDisk SecureAccess 3.01 improves performance and start-up, support file streaming, adds automatic logout on time-out. This should be treated as a security update.
http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2399

TDSSKiller 3.1.0.17 is a security update.
https://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/utility#TDSSKiller

Fedora Security 28-1.1 is a security update.
https://labs.fedoraproject.org/security/download/index.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

XSplit Broadcaster 3.3.1805.0302 resolves several bugs, including crash issues. This is not a security update.
https://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 3.3.1805.0401 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 2.02 improves reliability and resolves several bugs.
https://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.0.9.0 adds support for new encodings and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

MakeMKV 1.12.2 adds support for new encodings, improves reliability and stability. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?makemkv

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

7-Zip 18.05 is a security update.
https://www.7-zip.org/

NTLite 1.6.0.6174 improves integration and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

8GadgetPack 26.0 adds support for the next release of Windows 10. This is not a security update.
https://8gadgetpack.net/

GoodSync 10.8.9 improves performance and resolves bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

RoboForm 8.4.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

CPU-Z Installer 1.85 adds support for newer hardware, adds Spectre detection, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

DesktopOK 5.18 resolves a detection bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

CurrPorts 2.51 adds creation timestamp column. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports.html

WifiInfoView 2.32 adds option to save to JSON. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

Sysmon 7.02 resolves a memory leak. This should be treated as a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

TaskSchedulerView 1.41 resolves command line option bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

WinScan2PDF 4.22 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 3.21 resolves several bugs, improves performance and stability, and extends export options. 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/

WSUS Offline 11.3 removes support for 1511, resolves several bugs, including the removal of UPX packing to reduce false detections.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Android Studio 3.1.2.0 resolves several bugs. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.
https://developer.android.com/studio/index.html

GitHub Desktop 3.3.6 updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

MySQL 8.0.11 resolves dozens of bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

SQLite 3.23.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

StrawberryPerl 5.26.2.1 is a security update.
http://strawberryperl.com/

Web Package Updates

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

Joomla 3.8.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

Drupal 8.5.3 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

phpList 3.3.2 is a security update.
https://www.phplist.com/download

TinyMCE 4.7.12 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.tinymce.com/download/

phpMyAdmin 4.8.0.1 is a security update.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

ScreenConnect 6.6.18120.669 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.screenconnect.com/Download

myStickymenu 2.0.5 cleans up admin code. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.2.3 adds support for Facebook profiles and pages, improves security and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.

Postie 1.9.21 resolves compatibility with older versions of PHP.

Sucuri Security 1.8.15 adds filtering for options, improved controls. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 0.9.7 resolves several bugs, improves several options, including default behavior and configuration improvements.

WooCommerce 3.3.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2018-02-13

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday and while they’re large this month, there aren’t that many.

The typical computer should see roughly 1.8gb in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to Windows, Internet Explorer, MS Office, .NET, and MSRT (~1.8gb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Google Chrome OS 64.0.3282.144 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 28.0.0.161 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 youโ€™re using this hardware โ€“ these updates are for you.

Seagull Scientific print driver 2018.1 adds support for new vendors, improved RFID support, improved compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.seagullscientific.com/drivers/windows-printer-drivers/

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.8.3 improves compatibility, cleanup, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 64.0.3282.167 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 58.0.2 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.

NK2Edit 3.35 adds quick filter support. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_nk2_edit.html

Internet Updates

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

DiscordApp 2.1.2018 adds Spotify integration, Oxford comma for 3+ active users, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://discordapp.com/download

FreeFileSync 9.8 adds option to auto-close progress dialog, update sync time if no differences found, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201802 is a data refresh. This is not a security update.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

IPInfoOffline 1.46 improves IP parsing to correctly parse IP when a port number is included. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ip_country_info_offline.html

Evernote 6.9.6.6729 resolves several bugs, adds dedicated sharing for business users, and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.evernote.com/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.5.10 adds TTS for chat, improves game launcher, stability, in-game purchases, third-party integration, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

Lego Digital Designer 4.3.11 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://ldd.lego.com/

Office Updates

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

Adobe Reader 2018.011.20035 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

LibreOffice 6.0.1 is the new major beta version of LibreOffice. It provides several major new features including rotation and style, “Grammar By” spell checking, additional functions in Calc, various improvements in import and export capabilities, and many resolved bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice 5.4.5 is now the official stable release of LibreOffice. This version has been tried and tested for over a year, and this build resolves several minor bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Security Software Updates

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

RogueKiller 12.12.4 adds detections. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Intel-SA-00086 Detection Tool 1.1.169.0 improves SA-00086 vulnerability identification.
https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/27150

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 1.99.1 improves stability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.0.8.1 adds support for new encodings and resolves a crash bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

MakeMKV 1.12.0 adds support for new encodings and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?makemkv

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

NTLite 1.5.0.6025 adds support for the next build of Win10 and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

DesktopOK 4.99 adds several new options and fixes autosave. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Everything 1.4.1.895 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.voidtools.com/

WifiInfoView 2.31 updates internal MAC addresses file. This is not a security udpate.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

GoodSync 10.7.7 rebrands licenses, improves compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

Cygwin 2.10.0 adds several features, integrates multiple APIs and security precatiouns, and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://cygwin.com/

FileLocator Pro 8.2.2764 improves performance, improved CLI support, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

ProduKey 1.92 adds build number for Windows. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

SystemRescueCD 5.2.0 is a security update.
https://www.sysresccd.org/

TaskSchedulerView 1.37 improves the Quick Filter feature. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

WinScan2PDF 3.99 improves compatibility, adds several new features and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

Web Package Updates

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

Adminer 4.6.1 improves render speed, resolves several bugs, adds MySQL via SSL support, improved access to help, sticky action support, and more. This is not a security update.
https://www.adminer.org/en/

MailEnable Enterprise 10.13 adds several new stability features, integrates Auto-Signup to core and greatly expands its usefulness, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

WordPress 4.9.4 is a security update.

Contact Form 7 5.0 adds several new features, improves API capabilities, adds many new tags, hooks, and other form-tag features. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.0.3 resolves a minor bug. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.1.4 adds new formatting tags, improves compatibility, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Redirection 3.2 adds several new redirection flags, improves responsiveness, and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.3.1 resolves dozens of bugs, improves integration, improves default appearance for themes that do not explicitly support WooCommerce, adds several new features including thumbnail regeneration, shortcodes, thresholds, and log search. This is not a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 1.2.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WPtouch 4.3.26 improves escaping of JS output and core theme support. This should be treated as a security update.

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2018-01-17

Hi, Folks!

It’s not Patch Tuesday, but there were a handful of updates released that you should be aware of. Security updates for Java, MySQL, VMWare, and WordPress have been released.

The typical computer should see approximately 100mb of updates. Let’s get started.

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

Internet Updates

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

Java 8u161 is a security update. If you are not using Java, remove it – don’t install it.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

FreeFileSync 9.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Npcap 0.98 is a security signing update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Technic Launcher 4/355 improves Solder integration, ratings and categorization. This is not a security update.
https://www.technicpack.net/download

Office Updates

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

Paint.net 4.0.21 resolves the paste to small canvas clipping bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

LibreOffice Fresh 5.4.4 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Security Software Updates

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

Wireshark 2.4.4 is a security update.
https://www.wireshark.org/

Gpg4win 3.0.3 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.gpg4win.org/download.html

RogueKiller 12.12.0 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

XSplit Broadcaster 3.2.1711.2927 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 1.98 improves album cover processing and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cdex.mu/?q=download

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

NTLite 1.5.0.5930 resolves several bugs and improves component management. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

CCleaner 5.39.6399 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

WinScan2PDF 3.83 adds multipage TIFF support and updates language files. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WSUS Offline 11.1.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MySQL 5.7.21 is a security update.
https://www.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VMware Player 14.1.1 is a security update.
https://www.vmware.com/products/player/

VirtualBox 5.2.6-120293 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.

WordPress 4.9.2 is a security update.

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2017-11-01

Hi, Folks!

It’s not Patch Tuesday, but Apple, Microsoft, Google and more have released updates this week.

The typical computer should see approximately 2gb of updates. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released an out-of-cycle security update for Flash Player 27.0.0.183. Use Windows Update to install the most current versions.

Apple released updates for macOS High Sierra 10.13.1, Security Update 2017-001 Sierra, Security Update 2017-004 El Capitan, iOS 11.1, watchOS 4.1, tvOS 11.1, Safari 11.0.1, iCloud for Windows 7.1, iTunes 12.7.1 are security updates. Use the Apple App Store or Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

iOS 11.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version.

watchOS 4.1 is a security update. Use your updated iPhone to install the most current version through the Watch app.
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204641

tvOS 11.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Updates to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 62.0.3202.74 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 27.0.0.183 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 youโ€™re using this hardware โ€“ these updates are for you.

Seagull Scientific Driver collection 2017.1 improves compatibility, reliability and more. This is not a security update.
https://www.seagullscientific.com/drivers/windows-printer-drivers/

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.7.7 improves cleanup, compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 62.0.3202.75 is a security update.

Firefox 56.0.2 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 52.4.0 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.

Line 7.14.0 improves camera integration. This is not a security update.
https://line.me/update

aria2 1.33.0 resolves several bugs and adds a couple new features. This is not a security update.
https://aria2.github.io/

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201711 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/geolite

IPInfoOffline 1.45 updates IP database and adds column autosizing. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ip_country_info_offline.html

Npcap 0.96 integrates several new Type selectors, improves memory handling, expands license. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/nmap/npcap/releases

WGet 1.19.2 is a security update.
https://eternallybored.org/misc/wget/

iCloud for Windows 7.1 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to get the most current version.

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.7.1 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to get the most current version.

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.5.5.5003 improves game management, storage options, and many cosmetic improvements. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

PlayStation PS4 5.01 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.

OpenOffice 4.1.4 is a security update. You are strongly advised to REMOVE OpenOffice and switch to LibreOffice!
https://www.openoffice.org/download/

Kindle for PC 1.21.0 Build 48017 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.

Wireshark 2.4.2 is a security update.
https://www.wireshark.org/

RogueKiller 12.11.22 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 3.1.1709.1535 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 3.1.1708.2941 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 1.93 resolves compatibility issues. This is not a security update.
http://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.0.6.4 adds support for new encodings, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

NTLite 1.4.1.5675 resolves several bugs and upgrades components. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

1Password for Mac 6.8.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

GoodSync 10.6.5 resolves dozens of bugs, improves reliability and consistency, and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

RoboForm 8.4.3 improves stability and version compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

CintaNotes 3.11 resolves several bugs and improves clicking. This is not a security update.
http://cintanotes.com/download

DesktopOK 4.85 resolves improves AutoHide behavior. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Easy2Boot 1.96 improves compatibility with some virtual images, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.easy2boot.com/download/

HWMonitor 1.33 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

ImageUSB 1.3.1004 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/write-usb-images.html

IsMyHdOK 1.29 improves detection. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

CurrPorts 2.36 adds auto-size columns support. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports.html

WakeMeOnLan 1.82 removes an inactive menu item. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wake_on_lan.html

OSForensics 5.2.1001 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

CCleaner 5.36.6278 improves cleanup and adds automatic updates. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

PointerStick 2.92 adds crosshair with arrows support. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

WinScan2PDF 3.71 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 3.15 adds MFT association, and resolves several bugs. 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/

WSUS Offline 11.0.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

.NET Framework 4.7.1 improves accessibility options, performance, reliability, and more. This is not a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/net/

Java 8u151 is a security update. Consider removing Java instead of upgrading if you are not 100% sure you require it.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MySQL 5.7.20 is a security update.
https://www.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

SQLite 3.21.0 improves performance and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 5.2.0-118431 is a major update with several improvements to stability, reliability, and performance. 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.

phpMyAdmin 4.7.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/news/

ScreenConnect 6.4.15083.6507 resolves dozens of bugs, improves compatibility, and adds several new features. This is not a security update.
https://www.screenconnect.com/Download

WordPress 4.8.3 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Contact Form 7 4.9.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.0.7 resolves a couple dozen bugs. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.10 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Redirection 2.8.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.2.2 resolves dozens of bugs and adds several features. This is not a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 0.11.1 improves compatibility with older versions of PHP. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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