CCleaner 3.25, the latest build of Windows freeware cleaning tool has been released by Piriform. Over the years it has evolved, adding new features with each update. It started its journey as a temporary file cleaner for Windows. As new features are getting added with each new update, CCleaner is now more than just a temporary file cleaner. One of the most notable feature added to the latest version is Google Chrome Extension management in addition to other features along with a number of compatibility and cleaning improvements.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) is a very popular security app for protecting computers running Windows operating system from malware. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is available both as a freeware and as a paid commercial version with advanced protection features like real-time system protection. But for most users, the freeware version is still very useful to detect malware via manual scan of the system. The parent company behind MBAM, Malwarebytes Corporation, has released another security application, called Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit. Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit is in beta stage of production and may not be suitable for all users.
Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit, as its name suggests, is a standalone rootkit remover. The company advertises the product as a “cutting edge technology for detecting and removing the nastiest malicious rootkits.” Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit is a portable application, which you can carry around in your portable drives and run. Thus its a very vital application to repair a computer system and will also find its place in the must have tools for your system admin toolkit.
Norton Satellite is a freeware Windows 8 App from the house of the security expert Symantec. Norton Satellite scans your files and folders for viruses in your personal cloud or Dropbox account. The free Windows 8 app also keeps your social life on Facebook safe by scanning links in your Facebook feeds. With the help of Norton Satellite you can make sure that the files saved in the cloud, on your PC, or external storage devices are safe before sharing with friends. Read more after the break.
Variety is a lightweight freeware wallpaper changer that officially supports Ubuntu but runs on any Linux desktop environments like KDE, GNOME, LXDE, Xfce and Unity. Variety was created by Peter Levi, for the Ubuntu App Showdown 2012. Variety wallpaper changer works both in offline (local wallpaper sources like saved image folders) and online (online image sources like Flickr) environment.
Variety can automatically rotate wallpapers based on your preferences on a regular interval or on demand. The application supports some unique features like Media RSS support and World Sunlight Map. More about the application after the break.
Almost all Android-based smartphones are affected by a dangerous Android USSD vulnerability. The USSD vulnerability allows any malicious users to wipe completely your Android phone remotely, either by directing you to a URL, or through a text message or scan a QR code or NFC tag linking to the malicious website.
The USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) codes (a code starting with asterisk
*, continuing with hashtags
# or digits, which represent commands or data, and ending with a hashtag) are normally used by handsets to communicate with carriers. A common USSD code used by all handsets is
*#06# which displays the IMEI number of your device.
OutlookAddressBookView, is a portable application for the Windows platform. With the help of OutlookAddressBookView app, Outlook users can view the details of all recipients stored in their Microsoft Outlook address book. The application displays all fields of a contact in a tabular format which is easy to read. It supports both IMAP and Microsoft Exchange accounts.
OutlookAddressBookView can read and display additional contact information for configured Microsoft Exchange accounts such as Address Type, Contact Created/Modified Time etc. You can export the contact list(s) in XML and CSV, HTML, tab-delimited and comma-delimited file format. If you want to export only some selected recipients contact details from the list to local/remote location, you can also do so. The freeware application is developed by NirSoft. We have already covered here some very good portable application from NirSoft like WhatInStartup, CleanAfterMe, WebSiteSniffer and RunAsDate. More details after the break.
Windows 8 comes with its own built-in backup function, titled, File History. File History automatically backs up your Desktop, Libraries, Contacts, IE Favorites, and Microsoft SkyDrive. If you ever lose data due to some mishap or change any file content stored in one of these locations, you can use File History to restore back the data. We’ll discuss more about File History in another dedicated article. Today, we will look at Paragon Image Backup for Windows 8.
As the release of Windows 8 is coming near, Paragon Software has released Image Backup for Windows 8, a simple backup software, which is probably also the first of its kind to support Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft’s new Resilient File System, ReFS.
Windows users always had to deal with malware which spreads by exploiting the autorun feature. Some of the most notorious malware including the famous Conficker worm exploited this feature of Windows to spread across so fast. Microsoft introduced the autorun feature back with Windows XP to help software installers run automatically. This feature was developed to help the non-techie computer users easily install software. Apparently, malware writers and cyber-criminals started exploiting this feature to rapidly infect Windows.
Microsoft has released Fix it solutions to disable autorun in Windows, but that’s not enough to secure Windows from the autorun.inf threats. Even if autorun is disabled, if a user double-clicks on an external infected device, like a USB flash drive infected by the autorun.inf malware, Windows will get infected by the malware.
Audials Light is a freeware easy to use multimedia application that allows you to create playlists, listen to online radio and search video files online. We have earlier reviewed almost all Audials software including Audials Tunebite, Audials Moviebox, Audials One. All of these software were paid versions, but finally, Audials has come up with Audials Light, the freeware version of their popular range of multimedia application.
Windows users knows the importance of keeping their Windows operating system up-to-date. After-all, Windows has security issues, errors, or bugs that are regularly addressed by Microsoft every month through Patch Tuesday. Occasionally the operating system also receives new features through these updates. But, the operating system is not only the weak point for malicious users and hackers to enter your computer system.
Today, malicious programmers have shifted their focus on third-party applications such as Adobe Flash and Java. The reason for shifting their focus on third-party applications from the operating system is most users seldom update their third-party software. It is the truth, and you all will agree with me. After all, have you every checked all your installed apps to see if they are up-to-date? The main problem lies in the way Windows software is delivered to end-users. Microsoft doesn’t have any control over third-party apps so they don’t offer updates for them through Windows Update.