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Thursday, February 26, 2015

WinPatrol Version 33.1.2015.0 Released

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The long-awaited WinPatrol update for 2015 has been released with numerous fixes, improvements and additions to a favorite system monitoring tool.

Of particular note for BitDefender 2015 customers is the added code that should enable the use of AutoPilot without receiving repeated alerts.

  • Fixed bug in History Restore functionality that cause restore to fail on many occasions.
  • Fixed upgrade bug that results in two versions of WinPatrol running for some customers.
  • Fixed sorting on date columns.
  • Fixed a bug Registry Monitoring that resulted in some keys not being monitored as they should have been.
  • Improved History processing now includes history of any items restored. For example, when a file is removed from the Startup tab it displays “START_Remove”. If the file is restored, an entry is added “START_Restored” to give confirmation and so you can track what has been done.
  • Improved automatic clean-up and removal of files no longer on your computer from the WinPatrol database.
  • Updated alert processing to help eliminate repeat alerts.
  • Program description now displays in WinPatrol Explorer footer when highlighting a program.
  • Added code so that users of BitDefender 2015 should be able to use AutoPilot without receiving repeated alerts.
  • Added “First Detected” column to the Delayed Start Tab.
  • Added “Status” column to the Startup Programs Tab. Currently we do not recognize when 64-bit programs are running, we will have a full 64-bit version of WinPatrol available later this year.
  • Program description now displays in WinPatrol Explorer footer when highlighting a program.
  • Added note to Cookies tab that recommends closing any open browsers prior to editing cookies. We also added improved processing to handle if a browser is open so that you do not lose your changes. But we still recommend closing a browser before editing it’s associated cookies because the major browsers all keep a cache of their cookies and will automatically restore anything they have not themselves removed.

Direct Download Link: WinPatrol Version 33.1.2015.0

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

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

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Mozilla Firefox Version 36.0 Released With Security Updates

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Mozilla sent Firefox Version 36.0 to the release channel, with Firefox ESR updated to 31.5. The update includes eight (8) security updates, of which three (3) are identified as critical, two (2) high, two (2) moderate and one (1) low.

A security feature finally incorporated in version 36.0 is full HTTP/2 support.  Additional information this change is available in the Mozilla Security Blog, Phase 2: Phasing out Certificates with 1024-bit RSA Keys | Mozilla Security Blog.

Fixed in Firefox 36

  • 2015-18 Double-free when using non-default memory allocators with a zero-length XHR
  • 2015-17 Buffer overflow in libstagefright during MP4 video playback
  • 2015-16 Use-after-free in IndexedDB
  • 2015-15 TLS TURN and STUN connections silently fail to simple TCP connections
  • 2015-14 Malicious WebGL content crash when writing strings
  • 2015-13 Appended period to hostnames can bypass HPKP and HSTS protections
  • 2015-12 Invoking Mozilla updater will load locally stored DLL files
  • 2015-11 Miscellaneous memory safety hazards (rv:36.0 / rv:31.5)

What’s New

  • New Pinned tiles on the new tab page can be synced
  • New Support for the full HTTP/2 protocol. HTTP/2 enables a faster, more scalable, and more responsive web.
  • New Locale added: Uzbek (uz)
  • Changed -remote option removed
  • Changed No longer accept insecure RC4 ciphers whenever possible
  • Changed Phasing out Certificates with 1024-bit RSA Keys
  • Changed Shut down hangs will now show the crash reporter before exiting the program
  • Changed Add-on Compatibility
  • HTML5 Support for the ECMAScript 6 Symbol data type added
  • HTML5 unicode-range CSS descriptor implemented
  • HTML5 CSSOM-View scroll behavior implemented allowing smooth scrolling of content without custom libraries
  • HTML5 object-fit and object-position implemented.
    Defines how and where the content of a replaced element is displayed
  • HTML5 isolation CSS property implemented.
    Create a new stacking context to isolate groups of boxes to control which blend together
  • HTML5 CSS3 will-change property implemented.
    Hints the browser of elements that will be modified. The browser will perform some performance optimization for these
  • HTML5 Changed JavaScript 'const' semantics to conform better to the ES6 specification.
    The const declaration is now block-scoped and requires an initializer. It also can not be redeclared anymore.
  • HTML5 Improved ES6 generators for better performance
  • Developer Eval sources now appear in the Debugger
    Debug JavaScript code that is evaluated dynamically, either as a string passed to eval() or as a string passed to the Function constructor
  • Developer DOM Promises inspection
  • Developer Inspector: More paste options in markup view
  • Fixed CSS gradients work on premultiplied colors
  • Fixed Fix some unexpected logout from Facebook or Google after restart
  • Fixed Various security fixes

Known Issues

  • unresolved Style Editor: Extra white space appearing above the editor for a sourcemapped scss file (1128747)


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...

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Safer Internet Day 2015

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Safer Internet Day 2015

As it was last year, the theme of Safer Internet Day 2015 is “Let’s create a better internet together".

What can you do to help create a better Internet?  Following the guidelines below will go a long way:
  1. Think before you post
  2. Connect with respect
  3. Promote the positive online
Additional information and resources are available on the Safer Internet Day website.

Consider also the tips provided by Jacqueline Beauchere, Chief Online Safety Officer at Microsoft, at Safer Internet Day 2015: Keep a positive online reputation.

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