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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mozilla Firefox Version 31.0 Released

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Mozilla sent Firefox Version 31.0 to the release channel. At this time, no security updates are listed as being included in the release.

Highlights of the new version include a search field added to the New Tab Page and preferences to modify the browser.tabs.closeButtons was removed.  If you have modified close tabs, this update changes it to default (one close button for each tab).  To restore the setting, an add-on such as Classic Theme Restorer is suggested.

The issue introduced with version 29.1 that many users have experienced with slow shut downs resulting in the "Firefox is already running" warning continues unresolved.  In the meantime, Firefox users having this issue may want to refer to the KB article, "Firefox is already running but is not responding" error message - How to fix it.

What’s New

  • New -- Add the search field to the new tab pag  
  • New -- mozilla::pkix as default certificate verifier (learn more)
  • New -- Block malware from downloaded files (learn more)
  • New -- Partial implementation of the OpenType MATH table (section 6.3.6) see documentation about mathematical fonts and the MathML Torture Test for details
  • New -- Support of Prefer:Safe http header for parental control.
  • New -- audio/video .ogg and .pdf files handled by Firefox if no application specified (Windows only)
  • Changed -- Removal of the CAPS infrastructure for specifying site-specific permissions (via capability.policy.* preferences). Most notably, attempts to use this functionality to grant access to the clipboard will no longer work. The sole exception is the checkloaduri permission, which may still be used as before to allow sites to load file:// URIs.
  • HTML5 -- WebVTT implemented and enabled (learn more)
  • HTML5 -- CSS3 variables implemented (learn more)
  • Developer -- Numerous Developer Tools and other changes.  See Release Notes for details.
  • Fixed -- Search for partially selected link text from context menu (985824)

Known Issues

  • unresolved -- Slow shut downs lead to 'Firefox is already running' warning (see 966469 and 985655)
  • unresolved -- PDF.js: With some fonts, some characters might not be displayed. Affects a very small number of PDF (1028735)
  • unresolved -- Mac OS X and Windows: Citrix Receiver no longer works. As a workaround, mark the plugin as Always Enable in the addon manager (1025627)
  • unresolved -- GNU/Linux and Windows XP: Google Maps Street View displays a black screen (1034593)
  • unresolved -- Mac OS X: cmd-L no longer opens a new window when no window is available (1008793)


To get the update now, select "Help" from the Firefox menu at the upper left of the browser window, then pick "About Firefox."  Mac users need to select "About Firefox" from the Firefox menu.

If you do not use the English language version, Fully Localized Versions are available for download.


Remember - "A day without laughter is a day wasted."
May the wind sing to you and the sun rise in your heart...

Monday, July 21, 2014

WinPatrol v32 Update

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WinPatrol Scotty

As I have said, "WinPatrol is the first program I install on my computers.  I recommend WinPatrol to my friends and to people I have helped with malware removal.  I wouldn't think of surfing without Scotty covering my back."

After the last update to WinPatrol, that statement needs to be supplemented to include that WinPatrol users are extremely dedicated to Scotty and not only quick to point out any quirks but also ready to help resolve those quirks.

Prior to the WinPatrol update to version 32, a dedicated group of WinPatrol users provided information to Bret and Bill about issues they were experiencing with Delayed Start.  Although the version 32.0.2014 update partially addressed the issues, there continued to be a bit of a problem.

Bret and Bill followed the discussion closely and Bret quickly provided a diagnostic tool so volunteers could provide the information he and Bill needed to resolve the remaining issues.  The end result was the release of WinPatrol version 32.0.2014.5. 

From WinPatrol 2014 Upgrade Version 32.0.2014.5
"Thanks to the quick reports from our dedicated fans a new release is available that resolves some errors due to a change to a new default folder. Using a new tool from Ruiware for inspecting registry data and the cooperation of folks in the Landzdown Forum we tracked down some remaining failures in the Delayed Start program list.

Other reports from the first day of downloading indicated some files from the previous BillP Studios folder we not copied to the new folder as planned. In particular, the history.txt was not copied and is useful if a startup program needed to be restored.

Quoting* Bill at LandzDown:
"It's been a long day but I need to let everyone know how grateful I am for help, patience and guidance. The posts we've read along with Bret's tool to inspect the data has been critical in finding problems with the initial release of version 32 quickly.

You'll find a new version 32.0.2014.5 which has a number of changes that will stablize the Delayed Start list.
I also thought I had considered the impact of having a new default folder but some of our thoughts were not implemented. I can't say for sure if the new version will include everything we wanted for folks who have installed 32.0.2014.5 but for new downloads, it will correctly copy any previous data in the BillP folder to the Ruiware folder.
If you still have the BillP Studios folder, you can manually copy the history.txt file to the Ruiuware folder. If you noticed any subfolders copy those as well.

Special thanks to Corine and the Landzdown folks for convincing me this was the place to have a WinPatrol Forum.

Thanks again,
You can find the WinPatrol forum at LandzDown here: WinPatrol Help & Information.

*Minor typos corrected in quote.

Remember - "A day without laughter is a day wasted."
May the wind sing to you and the sun rise in your heart...

Saturday, July 19, 2014

WinPatrol v32.0.2014 From Ruiware Released!

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WinPatrol Scotty

Through the combined efforts of Bill Pytlovany and Bret Lowry, version 32.0.2014 has been released.  As WinPatrol fans know, Bill will be consulting with Bret in the transition.  (More about Bret in my earlier post here.)

An important take-away from the information provided on the update at WinPatrol v32.0 from Ruiware is the included notice of Bret's commitment to everyone using WinPatrol both that the free version will continue and also that purchases of WinPatrol PLUS continues to be a lifetime license.

New Start Menu and System Tray Icons

After considerable discussion about the changes to the Scotty system tray icon, the following changes have been made:
  • The Scotty system tray icon now has Scotty on a green background.
  • When a scan for changes is in progress, the icon will have a yellow background
  • If a notification is generated, the icon will remain yellow until the change is accepted or rejected.
  • The Blue Orb will be used by the installer, wpsetup.exe. 
For anyone with a Start Menu, the tile icons will also change:  WinPatrol(Green), WinPatrol Explorer(Blue), Uninstall(Purple) and Help(Yellow).

Pale Moon

The problem of detecting Pale Moon cookies on computers where Firefox was not installed has been corrected.  If WinPatrol finds that Pale Moon has been installed it will include the Mozilla option for setting up cookie filters. 

Safe Update Version Info

The Safe Update button will now include version information for security programs Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Microsoft Security Essentials when installed.

WinPatrol runs on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 systems, including x64 versions.

Download WinPatrol 32.0.2014!

Remember - "A day without laughter is a day wasted."
May the wind sing to you and the sun rise in your heart...