Updates 2019-01-08

Welcome to 2019, Folks! I’ve never been so happy to have a year behind me. 2019 is looking good even if it starts with a huge number of updates.

Today is Patch Tuesday and it’s a big one. Every major vendor has their regular updates, and it looks like every minor vendor took the holiday break to work on updates for their software, too.

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

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

iOS 12.1.2 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

Adobe AIR 32.0.0.89 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?airmac

Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.114 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Google Chrome OS 71.0.3578.94 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

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 (1809) 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 3-6 GB 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, 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.

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.0.6 resolves several bugs and adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Logitech Options 7.10.5 is 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 71.0.3578.98 is a security update.

Vivaldi 2.2.1388.37 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Mailspring 1.5.5 adds preview for common attachment types and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://getmailspring.com/

Internet Updates

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

Skype 8.36.0.52 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

DNSDataView 1.56 adds command-line configuration syntax. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_records_viewer.html

IPNetInfo 1.80 now defaults to detecting IPv6 addresses and provides command-line configuration syntax. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ipnetinfo.html

WinSCP 5.13.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

uTorrent 3.5.5 Build 44954 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.utorrent.com/downloads

FreeFileSync 10.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Npcap 0.99-r8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201901 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/geolite

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VLC Media Player 3.0.5 resolves several bugs, updates libraries and components, and now imposes runtime hardening on macOS. This is not a security update.
https://www.videolan.org/vlc/

MusicBrainz Picard 2.1 resolves many bugs, adds AAC/ADTS/MIDI/SMF support, $delete, $title, and several other improvements. This is not a security update.
https://picard.musicbrainz.org/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.5.32.18460 resolves several bugs and adds data moving. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

PlayStation PS4 6.20 improves performance. This is not a security update. Note that Sony says it is important not to install this update “soon before or soon after” a power outage. If you’re planning to have a power outage, wait for well after it ends before installing the PS4 update. LOL
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.

Adobe Reader DC 19.010.20069 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to install the most current version.

Adobe Connect 10.1 is a security update.
Win: https://www.adobe.com/go/Connectmsi
Mac: https://www.adobe.com/go/ConnectSetupMac

Adobe Digital Editions 4.5.10 is a security update.
https://www.adobe.com/solutions/ebook/digital-editions/download.html

Notepad++ 7.6.2 resolves several bugs and improves the plugin sanity…but requires that you move any plugins you put in %appdata% for 7.6 under %programdata% now with 7.6.1+, but still allows custom user-level configuration of the installed plugins through %appdata%. It’s the right way to do things and will be better for all of us once we get past this. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

Krita 4.1.7 resolves several bugs, including a rather annoying wifi bug introduced by a dependency. This is not a security update.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

LibreOffice Fresh 6.1.4 resolves over a hundred bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Kindle for PC 1.25.0 Build 52064 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.

TDSSKiller 3.1.0.25 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/utility#TDSSKiller

Wireless Network Watcher 2.19 updates the MAC addresses database. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

RogueKiller 13.0.21 resolves several bugs, adds signatures, improves high-DPI support, and updates core engine. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

SuperAntiSpyware 8.0.1026 resolves several bugs and adds ability to disable notifications.
https://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Avast! Home Edition 19.1.2360 resolves several bugs, improves GUI, and reduces clutter. It still doesn’t behave well with low-resolution screens.
https://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

KeePass 1.37 adds several options including the ability to avoid storing data in the clipboard history. This should be treated as a security update.
https://keepass.info/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 2.13 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://cdex.mu/?q=download

AVStoDVD 2.8.8 resolves several bugs, adds several new features, and updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
https://sites.google.com/site/avstodvdmain/

DVDFab 11.0.1.2 adds several new output options, new encodings, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

IsoBuster 4.3 adds support to many new formats, resolves several new bugs, and adds syntax and command-line options, settings, performance improvements, 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.

RoboForm 8.5.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

7-Zip 18.06 improves performance and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.7-zip.org/

GoodSync 10.9.21 improves stability, license management, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

NTLite 1.7.2.6650 adds command-line support and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

1Password for Mac 7.2.4 is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

1Password for Windows 7.2.617 improves stability and compatibility. This should be considered a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

DevManView 1.56 adds command-line configuration support and now returns an error code instead of 0 on error. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/device_manager_view.html

DesktopOK 5.82 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Everything 1.4.1.924 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.voidtools.com/

Sysmon 8.04 reverts a filtering change that broke existing configuration files, and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

Bitcoin 0.17.1 resolves several bugs and improves performance. This is not a security update.
http://bitcoin.org/en/download

PointerStick 3.41 is a cosmetic update. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

SearchMyFiles 2.91 adds duplicate file indication. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

TaskSchedulerView 1.46 adds policy control for multiple instances and a column for network availability requirement. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

WifiChannelMonitor 1.58 adds always on top support and updates internal MAC database. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_channel_monitor.html

WinScan2PDF 4.67 adds support for new translations and improves customization. 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.

Node.js 11.6.0 adds and improves certificate trust and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 6.0.0-127566 is a major update with many resolved bugs. This version adds HiDPI support, export to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, improved setup and maintenance, improved 3D support for guests, surround sound speakers, and Hyper-V as fallback core for compatibility. 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.

TinyMCE 4.9.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.tinymce.com/download/

phpList 3.3.7 resolves a minor bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.phplist.com/download

Coppermine Gallery 1.5.48 is a security update.
https://coppermine-gallery.net/

Drupal 8.6.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

YOURLS 1.7.3 resolves several bugs, adds hooks, and updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
https://yourls.org/

WordPress 5.0.2 resolves over 70 bugs in the 5.0 branch and follows quickly on the heels of the 5.0.1 security update. This should be treated as a security update to 5.0.
https://wordpress.org/

Contact Form 7 5.1.1 improves handling of empty response. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.27 improves support for parent post detection. This is not a security update.

Sucuri Security 1.8.19 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 7.0.12 improves compatibility and reliability. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.5.3 resolves a cosmetic bug for WP5 compatibility. This is not a security update.

WP Add Custom CSS 1.1.3 improves compatibility and uninstaller. 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 2017-05-09

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday.

This month brings some downright scary news in the security world.

Intel announced they made a “minor coding error” in their CPUs designed for Enterprise deployment, which allows unauthenticated third parties to control pretty much every aspect of their computers. Oops.

Microsoft released a critical out-of-band security update yesterday, the day before Patch Tuesday, due to the severity of the bug in the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine (a component used by Microsoft firewalls, Windows Defender, Microsoft Security Essentials and other Microsoft security products). If you’re running Windows 10 the update should be have been installed automatically for you during the definition update process. If running an older version of Windows, it’ll be installed for you today when you install the rest of Windows Updates. You are going to install updates today, right?

Have I Been Pwned announced that another billion (with a B) accounts have been released on the web. If nothing else, consider this a reminder that if you haven’t started using a password manager yet, you’re really only hurting yourself.

The Windows 10 Creators Update (aka 1703, aka TH4) has been out about a month now and is remarkably stable. This major upgrade takes a few hours to install but improves responsiveness and corrects the app reinstall bug that has plagued previous builds of Windows 10. Windows 10 version 1507 (aka 10240) is now End-of-Life, which means that it will no longer receive important security updates. If you’re still running this version of Windows you must upgrade to at least version 1511 (10586) to continue to receive security updates. Use the installer here to get the most current version:
https://12pd.com/click?win10upgrade

Like Win10 1507, Windows Vista is dead. Really. It won’t be missed. If you’re still running Vista, take the machine off the Internet (forever) or switch to Fedora or any other supported operating system:
https://getfedora.org/
If you need help, contact me.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

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

Microsoft released updates to Windows, .NET, Windows Defender, Internet Explorer, Edge, WEPOS, and MSRT (~800mb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Google Chrome OS 58.0.3029.89 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 25.0.0.171 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: 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 17.0.6.4 improves update checking, and is now digitally signed. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 58.0.3029.96 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 53.0.2 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 52.1.0 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.

.NET Framework 4.7 is a major feature update. This should be treated as a security update. Use Windows Update to get the most current version.

Adobe Shockwave 12.2.8.198 is a security update. Shockwave is not required for most users, so you’re better off removing it than updating. If you find that you do require it later on, you can always install the update then.
https://12pd.com/click?shockwave

Silverlight 5.1.50906 is a security update.
http://www.microsoft.com/getsilverlight/Get-Started/Install/Default.aspx

Java 8u131 is a security update. Java is *not* JavaScript, and most computers do not require it. You’re better off removing it unless you are 100% sure you do require it. You can always install it later if you discover an application requires Java.
http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Skype 7.35.0.102 improves stability and reliability. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

Line 7.3.0 adds Ladder Shuffle and Relay. This is not a security update.
http://line.me/update

WinSCP 5.9.5 is a security update.
http://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Evernote 6.5.4.4720 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.evernote.com/

Nmap 7.40 adds several new scripts, updates libraries, and adds new features. This is a security update.
http://nmap.org/

uTorrent 3.5.0 Build 43580 is a security update.
http://www.utorrent.com/downloads

FileZilla 3.25.2 is a security update.
http://filezilla-project.org/

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201705 is a data refresh.
http://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDBurnerXP 4.5.7.6623 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cdburnerxp.se/

MusicBrainz Picard 1.4.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://musicbrainz.org/doc/MusicBrainz_Picard

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.4.9.38188 updates the interface and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

Office Updates

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

Paint.net 4.0.16 resolves a crash bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.getpaint.net/

IcoFX 3.0.3 fixes scaling issues on high-DPI displays. This is not a security update.
http://icofx.ro/

Kindle for PC 1.20.1 Build 47037 does not 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.

Tails 2.12 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/index.en.html

Norton Power Eraser 20170412 is a security update.
https://support.norton.com/sp/en/us/home/current/solutions/kb20100824120155EN_EndUserProfile_en_us

Avast! Home Edition 17.4.2294 resolves several bugs and updates the GUI. This is a security update.
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

KeePass 1.32 improves several features, fixes bugs and updates libraries. This is a security update.
http://keepass.sourceforge.net/

Wireshark 2.2.6 is a security update.
http://www.wireshark.org/

DNSQuerySniffer 1.61 adds ability to show only failed DNS queries. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

MSRT 5.48 is a security update.
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/malicious-software-removal-tool-details.aspx

Wireless Network Watcher 2.11 updates the internal MAC databae. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

RogueKiller 12.10.8 is a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

TDSSKiller 3.1.0.15 is a security update.
http://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/utility#TDSSKiller

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

XSplit Broadcaster 2.9.1701.1640 improves stability on Windows 10 Creators Update. This is not a securty update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 2.9.1701.1621 improves stability on Windows 10 Creators Update. This is not a securty update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

FFmpeg 3.3 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg.html

DVDFab 10.0.3.6 improves stability and compatibility. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

NTLite 1.3.0.5024 improves compatibility with Windows 10 Creators Update. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

GoodSync 10.4.4 improves stability and compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

RoboForm 8.3.3 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

Bitcoin 0.14.1 improves performance, fixes several bugs and stability issues. This is not a security update.
http://bitcoin.org/en/download

CintaNotes 3.7 adds drag & drop from any application, improves printing and stability, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cintanotes.com/download

DesktopOK 4.69 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

AS SSD Benchmark 1.9.5986 improves stability and compatibility within Windows 10. This is not a security update.
http://alex-is.de/PHP/fusion/downloads.php?cat_id=4&download_id=9

LessMSI 1.6.1 improves stability. This is not a security update.
http://lessmsi.activescott.com/

NetworkTrafficView 2.06 adds ability to map source IP address. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

SearchMyFiles 2.82 adds ability to exclude folders by name without path. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

USBDeview 2.66 adds the ability to start the remote registry service even if it’s disabled. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

WakeMeOnLan 1.79 adds a 64-bit version and updates the MAC address list. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wake_on_lan.html

WifiChannelMonitor 1.48 updates the internal MAC address list. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_channel_monitor.html

TaskSchedulerView 1.30 adds quick-filter capability. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

CCleaner 5.29.6033 improves compatibility and application support. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

RapidEE 9.1 build 936 updates translations. This is not a security update.
http://www.rapidee.com/en/download

TeamViewer 12.0.77242 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en-us/download/windows/

WinScan2PDF 3.43 improves compatibility with Windows 10 Creators Update. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Redemption 5.14.0.4776 adds several new objects, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.dimastr.com/redemption/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VMware Player 12.5.5 is a security update.
http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

VirtualBox 5.1.22-115126 resolves 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.

Adminer 4.3.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.adminer.org/en/

Piwigo 2.9.0 is a major update that adds several new features. This is not a security update.
http://piwigo.org/

TinyMCE 4.6.0 adds several features and fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.tinymce.com/download/

Drupal 8.3.2 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.2.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.org/en/download

MailEnable 9.74 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.mailenable.com/

ownCloud Client 2.3.2 resolves several stability and reliability bugs. This is not a security update.
https://owncloud.org/install/

ScreenConnect 6.2.12963.6312 resolves several bugs, and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
http://www.screenconnect.com/Download

WordPress 4.7.4 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/

YOURLS 1.7.2 improves stability and GUI, updates libraries, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://yourls.org/

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

Regards,

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

 

Updates 2015-12-08

Hi, Folks!

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

Windows 10 is about as stable as it’s going to get. Next month it will be switched from an “optional” update to an “important” update for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, which means that it will attempt to automatically install whenever you install updates (and 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. My recommendation is to make some time to install it. Immediately after installation go to All Settings and review every single option. If you have problems with Windows 10, revert to your existing OS. If you need help blocking the upgrade, contact me.

Also beginning in January, Microsoft will stop supporting anything but the most current Internet Explorer and Edge version for all supported operating systems (Vista, Win7, Win8, Win10). This means that you’ll be forced to run the latest browser or you won’t get future security updates (which are released on about a monthly basis now). If you’re running an older browser for compatibility with certain websites or applications (like DQSD), it’s time to find another browser that works and upgrade IE whether you like it or not. Consider this your 35 day warning.

Microsoft released 20 updates to address vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer, Edge, .NET, Skype, Lync, Office, and Silverlight (~120mb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.
http://update.microsoft.com/

Apple released updates for OS X 10.11.2, Security Update 2015-008, iOS 9.2, tvOS 9.1, Safari 9.0.2, watchOS 2.1 and Xcode 7.2 to address over 100 security vulnerabilities. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

Adobe AIR 20.0.0.204 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?airmac

Adobe Flash Player 20.0.0.228 and 20.0.0.235 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

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 47.0.2526.80 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.

NK2Edit 3.11 adds RemoveProperty scripting. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_nk2_edit.html

OutlookAttachView 2.86 adds logfile support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Thunderbird 38.4.0 is a security update. Use Menu, About to install the most current version.

Internet Updates

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

Skype 7.16.0.101 adds a new toolbar to improve sharing links and media with contacts. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

Connectify Hotspot 9.3 improves Windows 10 support and removes uptime limitations from the Lite version.
http://www.connectify.me/

Dropbox 3.12.4 fixes a performance and stability problems. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?dropbox

Evernote 5.9.6.9494 fixes a PDF crash bug. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.evernote.com/

Nmap 7.00 adds dozens of new profiles and several new scripts. This major update also improves Ncat and parsing for multiple cookie headers. This is not a security update.
http://nmap.org/

uTorrent 3.4.5 Build 41372 fixes several bugs including stability, memory leaks and resource usage. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.utorrent.com/downloads

BrowsingHistoryView 1.77 is a cosmetic change. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

.NET Framework 4.6.1 is a security update.
http://www.microsoft.com/net/

Adobe Shockwave 12.2.2.172 is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?shockwave

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 9.11.1.6605 fixes several bugs, including a checkout requirement for free add-on content. 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.

Krita 2.9.9.1 doesn’t provide a changelog, so treat it as a security update.
https://krita.org/download/krita-desktop/

LibreOffice 5.0.3 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.libreoffice.org/

Notepad++ 6.8.7 fixes a very annoying default document type bug, various crash issues and styling problems. This should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

Kindle for PC 1.13.1 Build 42052 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.amazon.com/kindleforpc

Adobe FrameMaker 2015.0.2 is a security update.
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5996

Adobe DNG Converter 9.3 adds support for additional hardware.
Win: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5995
Mac: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5994

Security Software Updates

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

AVG Anti-Virus 2016.2 fixes several compatibility issues with Office 2016, improved safe mode scanning, and performance problems. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.avg.com/us-en/download

Avast! Home Edition 11.1.2245 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

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

Wireshark 2.0.0 fixes many bugs. This is a security update.
http://www.wireshark.org/

OpenSSL Binaries 1.0.2e is a security update.
http://slproweb.com/products/Win32OpenSSL.html

RogueKiller 11.0.2 fixes a search bug. This is a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

VirusTotalUploader 1.6.0 adds update support. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/software/vtuploader/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 9.2.1.9 adds support for newer encodings, Meta Collection support and new output profiles. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

MKVToolNix 8.6.1 changes logic to significantly improve performance in some situations. This is not a security update.
http://www.videohelp.com/software/MKVtoolnix

TEncoder 4.5.10 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://tencoder.sourceforge.net/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Synergy 1.7.5 corrects scaling and edge detection bugs. This is not a security update.
http://synergy-project.org/download/

7-Zip 15.12 is the release version of 7-Zip 15.x, adding several new core features such as ‘move’, support for ext2/ext3/ext4/VMDK/GPT/VDI/WIM/RAR5, and various bug fixes. This is not a security update.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/sevenzip/files/7-Zip/

BFGMiner 5.4.1 improves reliability, fixes bugs and updates libraries. This is a security update.
https://github.com/luke-jr/bfgminer/

Bitcoin 0.11.2 fixes several bugs and addresses policy changes. This should be treated as a security update.
http://bitcoin.org/en/download

CintaNotes 3.1.1 fixes partial word search, autocomplete, GUI improvements and various other issues. This is not a security update.
http://cintanotes.com/

Acronis True Image (WDC) 6126 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://support.wdc.com/product/downloaddetail.asp?swid=119&wdc_lang=en

TeamViewer 11.0.52465 fixes several bugs, including crash bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows.aspx

Everything 1.4.0.713b fixes several indexing bugs, adds options to search and view bookmarks, and improves cosmetics. This is not a security update.
http://www.voidtools.com/

LessMSI 1.4 adds Windows 10 support. This is not a security update.
http://lessmsi.activescott.com/

LicenseCrawler 1.52 build-930 does not provide a current changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.klinzmann.name/licensecrawler_download.htm

BulkFileChanger 1.35 adds EXIF support and the ability to run elevated. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/bulk_file_changer.html

NetworkTrafficView 2.01 fixes a DLL loading problem with certain drivers. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

WifiInfoView 1.95 adds affected channels summary mode. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

WirelessKeyView 1.72 fixes key import and export where certain characters appeared in the key or network name. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_key.html

CCleaner 5.12.5431 improves Firefox and Chrome support, UAC bypass, and portable browser improvements. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

Speccy 1.29.714 adds support for newer hardware and improves Windows 10 support. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?speccy

ProduKey 1.82 adds elevation support for drive mounted recovery. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

TaskSchedulerView 1.12 adds always on top support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

WSUS Offline 10.2.1 fixes several superseded updates. This should be treated as a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

IPXWrapper 0.6.0 fixes several protocol bugs for hardware compatibility. This is not a security update.
http://www.solemnwarning.net/ipxwrapper/

Web Package Updates

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

Coppermine Gallery 1.5.40 is a security update.
http://coppermine-gallery.net/

Dada Mail 9.0.0 re-adds one-click unsubscribe, enhanced login support, improvements to GUI and responsive layout. This is not a security update.
http://dadamailproject.com/

phpList 3.2.4 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.phplist.com/download

ownCloud Client 2.1.0 fixes several bugs, improves performance and stability, and adds several new features. This is not a security update.
https://owncloud.org/install/

Drupal 8.0.1 doesn’t provide a current changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

MailEnable Enterprise 9.01 adds AV and spam filter bypass for authenticated senders, various fixes for webmail, CalDAV and the new MIME library. This is not a security update.
http://www.mailenable.com/

phpMyAdmin 4.5.2 fixes several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

YOURLS 1.7.1 adds PHP 7 support, fixes several bugs, improves readability and search. This is not a security update.
http://yourls.org/

WordPress 4.4 adds many new features and security updates.
http://wordpress.org/

BuddyPress 2.4.2 is a security update.

Contact Form 7 4.3.1 improves reCAPTCHA support. This is not a security update.

Developer 1.2.6 removes MP6 and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

Multisite Enhancements 1.3.1 improves external domain verification. This should be treated as a security update.

WooCommerce 2.4.11 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

WPtouch 3.8.9 fixes 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 2014-01-14

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday! And not just any Patch Tuesday, but the first one of the year — when many vendors implement new behaviors, new schedules and new problems.

On that note…

“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–  Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–  And whether pigs have wings.”

Before we begin, I want to take a moment to warn the many Windows XP users of the upcoming end of support. Microsoft has confirmed that April 8th will be the last day Windows XP will receive updates or support of any kind. The same goes for Microsoft Office 2003.  As a result of this move, I expect a series of new malware for XP to be released *immediately* afterwards, perhaps as soon as 10:01am on April 8th – a minute after the last updates for XP are released.

If you’re still running Windows XP (along with more than 28% of the rest of the world), I strongly encourage you to upgrade to Windows 7 as soon as possible. Windows 7 will run on most hardware running Windows XP and will be supported by Microsoft until 2020. It’s not for retail sale anymore, but you can pick it up on Amazon for as little as $85 (sometimes). This close to the end, availability will suffer. Make sure you get the correct version for your hardware (32bit vs 64bit) and no, the “Anytime Upgrade” is not for Windows XP. One last note: all “upgrades” to Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 from Windows XP require a complete reinstall. You’ll lose your settings & applications and may lose data, depending on how you’re currently set up. When possible, I strongly recommend you install to a new clean drive, even if only temporarily, then migrate your settings and data using the Migration Wizard from the old drive, then you can clone the new install back to the old drive. This is a time consuming process but it will preserve the most data & settings from your existing installation.

…and now back to our regularly scheduled updates.

Microsoft released 4 updates for Office, Windows, Server, MSRT, Windows Defender and Dynamics AX. This includes security updates. A reboot is required.
http://update.microsoft.com/

Apple released updates for OS X, Safari, Motion, RAW Compatibility, Retina, and the first major patch to Mavericks. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

Adobe AIR 4.0.0.1390 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?airmac

Adobe Flash Player 12.0.0.43 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 or kindle – 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.

AMD Catalyst 13.12 adds newer hardware support and bug fixes. This version no longer has Windows XP support!
https://12pd.com/click?atidriver

BullZip PDF Printer 10.2.0.2141 removes the toolbar from the free version, improves color matching, adds FTP & SFTP destinations, additional triggers, increased encryption options and more. This is not a security update.

GMail Drive FS 1.0.20 fixes a login bug due to changes in the Google authentication platform. This is not a security update.
http://www.viksoe.dk/code/gmail.htm

WD TV Live Streaming Media Player 2.01.86 adds several new services, corrects dozens of bugs, and breaks closed captioning for many video types. This is not a security update.
http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/updates/?family=wdfwdtv_live_g3

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 32.0.1700.72 removes automatic instantiation of NPAPI plugins, reducing the attack surface. You can re-enable instantiation (for RoboForm for example) at chrome://plugins. This is a security update. Use Menu, About to get the most current version.

SeaMonkey 2.23 is a security update. Use Menu, About to install the update.

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 24.2.0 is a security update. Use Menu, About to get the most current version.

NK2Edit 2.87 is a bugfix release. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_nk2_edit.html

OutlookAttachView 2.63 is a cosmetic update. 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.

Java 7u51 is a security update. HOWEVER, if you don’t actually need it, remove it instead! If you do need it, get the 32-bit version and ALSO install the 64-bit version if you have a 64-bit CPU — ie; on 64-bit you install both.
32: https://12pd.com/click?java32
64: https://12pd.com/click?java64
http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

BrowsingHistoryView 1.43 corrects a cosmetic issue related to DST. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

Connectify Hotspot 7.2.1 unifies the installer with Dispatch, improves the display, throttling and behavior controls, provides bug fixes and adds smart load balancing. This is not a security update.
http://www.connectify.me/new-release/

Evernote 5.1.0.2217 improves xAuth support and offline security. This is a security update.
http://www.evernote.com/

Google Drive 1.13.5782.0599 does not provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update. Close and re-open Google Drive to update.

IPInfoOffline 1.33 updates the internal country database. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ip_country_info_offline.html

IPNetInfo 1.52 updates the internal country database. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ipnetinfo.html

WinSCP 5.5 is a major update, with dozens of new features including automation, a cleaner interface, faster access to advanced features and a handful of bug fixes. This version also offers the ability to import sites and settings from third-party programs, integrates with alternative SSH clients and queue management. This is not a security update.

Codec Updates

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

Win7 Codec Package 4.4.4 updates included codecs and libraries. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application. This is not a security update.
http://shark007.net/win7codecs.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDBurnerXP 4.5.2.4478 improves UDF, ISO & Joliet support, prefers .NET 4 over 2, imports title & artist from cue sheet for CD-Text. This is not a security update.
http://cdburnerxp.se/

Picasa 3.9.137.69 adds Google+ Auto Backup, improves RAW support, and fixes security bugs. This is a security update. To eliminate the G+AB nag, you can remove it within the control panel. Use Help, Check for Updates to install the most current version.

XBMC 12.3 updates PVR addons, corrects memory leaks, audio channel mapping, crash bugs and more. This should be treated as a security update.
http://xbmc.org/

Office Updates

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

Adobe Reader 11.0.06 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Adobe Acrobat 11.0.06 Pro is a security update Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 7.2.1 is a security update. Use the Adobe Updater to get the most current version.

Notepad++ 6.5.3 corrects a bug with touchpad scrolling and offers a workaround to people facing similar issues. 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 9.0.2011 should vastly improve web performance while also adding crapware within the toolbar. This is a security update.
http://www.avast.com/

Wireshark 1.10.5 updates protocol support and corrects several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.wireshark.org/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Elgato Game Capture HD 1.4 adds streaming to YouTube, Ustream and any custom RTMP server. This is not a security update. Click ‘Check for Updates’ to install the most current version.

Greenshot 1.1.7.17 updates the Box plugin to use v2 API and corrects several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?greenshot

SnagIt 11.4 fixes several bugs, adds Blur feature, and several other GUI changes. This is not a security update.
http://www.techsmith.com/

Open Broadcaster Software 0.592 Beta corrects several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://obsproject.com/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MakeMKV 1.8.7 corrects a stability bug, improves reliability of output and adds support for AACS v46. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?makemkv

DVDFab 9.1.2.2 corrects issues with preview, noise and Apple TV output. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.com/download.htm

IsoBuster 3.3 adds Mpg transcoding, detects encrypted partitions, implements shell integration, provides several bug fixes and a number of new file system and cosmetic improvements. This is not a security update.
http://www.isobuster.com/isobusterdownload.php

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Agent Ransack 2014.816 is a major update providing new reporting information, additional export options, enhanced expressions, UI improvements and bug fixes. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?agentransack

CintaNotes 2.5 adds Remarks field, ‘any text field’ search filtering, improved export controls, import of UTF-8 XML files, upgraded libraries, and many more. This is not a security update.
http://cintanotes.com/

CCleaner 4.09.4471 improves cleaning for various apps and bugfixes. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

Coreinfo 3.21 adds microcode reporting. This is not a security update. Disk2vhd 2.0 adds support for VHDX-formatted VHDs, now supports WinRE volumes, can capture removable media, and includes an option to capture live volumes instead of relying on volume shadow copy. This is not a security update.
http://live.sysinternals.com/

GoodSync 9.7.4 improves locking behavior, fixes crash bugs, and issues with Google Drive, Google Docs, and Linux license activation. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

LogMeIn Win 4.1.3888 alters the host behavior to trigger NPAPI-free browser integration for clients. This is not a security update.

IPXWrapper 0.4.1 adds support for automatically adding Windows Firewall exceptions and experimental support for point-to-point type VPN connections. This is not a security update.
http://www.solemnwarning.net/ipxwrapper/

TeamViewer 9.0.24951 is a bugfix release. This is not a security update.
http://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows.aspx

CPU-Z Installer 1.68 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

BulkFileChanger 1.32 fixes a bug related to DST display. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/bulk_file_changer.html

DNSQuerySniffer 1.15 adds the ability to show the country of the IP result. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

FolderChangesView 1.61 adds the ability to purge the MRU list. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

MyEventViewer 2.07 fixes a bug related to DST display. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/my_event_viewer.html

NetworkTrafficView 1.80 adds the ability to display the hostname and IP addresses to the display mode. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

SearchMyFiles 2.46 fixes a bug related to DST display. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

TcpLogView 1.11 enables the localhost filter to also apply to IPv6 connections. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/tcp_log_view.html

USBDeview 2.28 fixes a bug related to DST display. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Redemption 5.6.0.3644 adds POP3/SMTP account automation, password manipulation, improved Exchange support and corrects a couple dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.dimastr.com/redemption/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 4.3.6-91406 corrects about a dozen non-security bugs.
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

Adminer 4.0.2 adds SimpleDB, MongoDB and ElasticSearch support, SQL highlighting, and many more features. This is not a security update.
http://www.adminer.org/en/

phpMyAdmin 4.0.10 corrects several minor bugs. This is not a security update. phpMyAdmin 4.1.4 corrects several bugs, improves encryption, adds CAPTCHA support, and more. Be aware that the 4.1 branch now requires PHP 5.3 and MySQL 5.5+. If you’re not using these, either upgrade to the required minimums or use an alternative like Adminer.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

Drupal 7.25 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

YOURLS 1.7 improves HTTP request handling, adds proxy support, improved UTF8 titles, and bug fixes. This is a security update.
http://yourls.org/

Coppermine Gallery 1.5.26 is a security update.
http://coppermine-gallery.net/

WordPress 3.8 is a major update offering a very new cleaner look and feel, new annual theme, updated libraries and performance improvements. This is not a security update. Be aware that several popular plugins and themes are still not compatible with this version, so be sure to do a full backup before upgrading!

bbPress 2.5.3 is a bugfix and WP 3.8 compatibility release. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 1.9.1 is a major update many new features and dozens of bug fixes. This is not a security update.

Activate Update Services 1.0.7 is a WP 3.8 compatibility release. This is not a security update.

Contact Form 7 3.6 improves accessibility and Flamingo support, and updates libraries. This is not a security update.

Email Log 1.6.1 improves strict mode reliability, removes deprecated function call. This is not a security update.

Quick Cache 140104 adds automatic update support for Pro and new feed caching options. This is not a security update.

Raw HTML 1.4.11 fixes a compatibility issue with “the_content” being called out of the loop. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 6.3.9 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

Ultimate TinyMCE 5.2 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

WPtouch 3.1.5 corrects bugs with taxonomy parsing, cosmetics, improved internationalization, and validates WP 3.8 compatibility. This should be a major performance update for most sites. This is not a security update.

Zemanta 1.2.3 increases default media size, removes unused code, and validates WP 3.8 compatibility. 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 2013-04-17

Hi, Folks!

This week we’ve got updates for Java (again!), Firefox, Apple, VLC, MBAM and a few others. Not a lot to do, but it still needs done.

Java 7u21 is a security update – this build corrects *42* security vulnerabilities. Are you really still using Java? If you do still have Java installed, update it here:
https://12pd.com/click?java
And please consider disabling it within your browser until you ‘need’ it:
https://12pd.com/click?disablejava

Microsoft broke it. Well, technically, ‘certain third party software’ (Kaspersky Anti-Virus) is incompatible with a recent security update for Windows. If you’re using KAV you’ll want to remove this update in order to ensure that your machine operates consistently. Open Uninstall a Program or Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel, find the ‘Installed Updates’ link and remove “Security Update for Microsoft Windows (KB2823324)”. If your computer won’t boot at all or isn’t stable enough to get into the Windows Intaller, there are more extensive steps at the link below.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2839011

Apple released updates to iPhoto, Java, printer drivers, Safari, Aperture, and iCloud Control Panel. This includes security updates. A reboot is required. Use the Apple Software Updater to get the most current versions.

Looking for an upgrade?

Quite a few people are looking for a replacement computer right now.

The primary considerations you need to keep in mind are the usable life of the computer, software compatibility and post-purchase costs. Windows 8, while fully supported by Microsoft, is not the same Operating System as Windows 7. If you’re forced to use it, especially in a business environment, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll go insane. Windows 8 is designed as an entertainment platform – games, media and ‘effects’. If you’re doing these – go with it. If not, stick with Windows 7. Windows 7 will be supported until at least 2020.

The other initial considerations are really overall performance. The faster you have (with as many CPUs as possible) will ultimately be the cap on your total performance. Typically upgrading the CPU is either impossible or cost prohibitive for retail desktops, so the more powerful CPU you get from go is best.

RAM, on the other hand, can be upgraded pretty inexpensively for newer computers. A machine sold with 8GB can often be upgraded later to 32 or even 64GB. Finally, the last factor is video card. Most games and powerful applications today rely heavily on the video-card (NOT the CPU) to perform most operations.

Video cards can be upgraded later, but doing so usually requires a more powerful power supply so the price can fluctuate from ‘expensive’ to ‘very expensive’ depending on the computer’s initial capabilities.

As always, the more powerful and complete the system is during purchase, the more likely it’s going to either not require upgrades later on or only require inexpensive upgrades. Any computer from the list below should last 5+ years. Choose Windows 7 for business or ‘task’ use or if you are not a gamer. If you’re a gamer, you’ll want Windows 8 and a powerful video card.

Gateway DX4380-UR308 Desktop
https://12pd.com/amazon?B009B8EAWQ
$500 – Quad-Core 3.2ghz with 8GB RAM and Windows 8.

AAC-X4S Gaming Computer
https://12pd.com/amazon?B005J0SZOO
$600 – Quad-Core 3.6GHz with 8GB RAM and Windows 7.

Gateway DX4860-UR14P Desktop
https://12pd.com/amazon?B007W11590
$660 – Quad-Core 3.1GHz with 6GB RAM, Windows 7 and built-in wifi.

ASUS Essentio CM6870-US-2AA Desktop
https://12pd.com/amazon?B007XA7A3K
$800 – Quad-Core 3.1GHz with 12GB RAM, Windows 7 and built-in wifi.

CPU Solutions AM3+ FX-4100
https://12pd.com/amazon?B009H8RES2
$730 – Quad-Core 3.6GHz with 16GB RAM, Windows 8 and an nVidia GTX650 w/2GB. By far the best all-around computer for the price.

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 anytime, 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.

WD SmartWare Software 2.0.0 adds Scheduled Backups, simplified updates and a pro version with additional features, including Dropbox and third-party hardware support. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?wdsmartware

Browser Updates

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

Firefox 20.0.1 is a security update. Use Help, About to get the most current version.

SeaMonkey 2.17.1 is a security update. Use Help, About to get the most current version.

HTTrack 3.47.2 corrects several bugs, including stability and reliability. This should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?httrack

Email Updates

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

OutlookAttachView 2.46 corrects a flickering while scrolling 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.

DownTester 1.29 adds autosizing column support, and fixes the flickering bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/download_speed_tester.html

Codec Updates

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

Win7 Codec Package 4.1.0 updates included codecs. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application. This is not a security update.
http://shark007.net/win7codecs.html

Win8 Codec Package 1.5.4 updates included codecs. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application. This is not a security update.
http://shark007.net/win8codecs.html

Win x64 Codec Support 4.0.9 updates included codecs. This update applies only to 64-bit computers, and requires either the Win7 Codec Package or the Windows Vista Codec package. This is not a security update.
http://shark007.net/x64components.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VLC Media Player 2.0.6 adds Matroska v4 support, fixes issues with more than a dozen formats, improves interface on various platforms, improved performance on newer hardware. This is not a security update.
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Security Software Updates

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

MalwareBytes’ Anti-Malware 1.75 adds compressed file support. This should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?mbam

RouterPassView 1.47 adds support for DD-WRT. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/router_password_recovery.html

Stinger 11.0.0.244 improves detection for current exploit kits. This is a security update.
http://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/stinger.aspx

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 4.2.12-84980 corrects a couple dozen bugs primarily with respect to Multi-screen support, Linux guests and pause reliability. 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 6.3.1 corrects several reliability issues. This should be treated as a security update.
http://dadamailproject.com/download/

bbPress 2.3 adds search, improved Group Forums integration, theming, and adds more forum migration options. This is not a security update.

Email Log 1.0 adds support for Pro addons. This is not a security update.

YOURLS 1.6 is the first release after migrating to GitHub. This version adds a Translation API, custom API actions, support for URLs with common protocols, updated third-party libraries and improved sanitization and escaping. This should be treated as a security update.
http://yourls.org/

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

Regards,

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