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Mozilla has added Java 7 Update 7 to its add-on block list after it found the plugin vulnerable. This means, if you have Java 7 Update 7 installed on your computer (be it Windows, Linux or Mac), Firefox will automatically block the Oracle Java plugin.

Oracle Java 7 Update 7 is admittedly not the latest version of Java, as of now, that is, November 24, 2012, Java 7 Update 9 is the latest version available for download and install. So, if you want to re-enable Java on Firefox, you need to download the latest version of Java and install it.

According to Mozilla, Java 7 Update 7 plugin poses a serious risk to the users and thus it had to add the plugin to its blocklist. Mozilla further states that the discovery of the critical security hole in the plugin potentially allows attackers to compromise user’s system, and the bug is currently being exploited in the wild.

CCleaner is the most popular and trusted Windows cleaning tool. It is also our favorite tool for cleaning junk files off our PC. Piriform, the parent company has released CCleaner 3.20.1750 which brings in support for Windows 8 operating system. The updated CCleaner also brings several improvements over earlier versions. A new feature is now available that allows users to edit the context menu items.

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.

Device Manager normally displays only non-Plug and Play devices, drivers, and printers when you click Show hidden devices on the View menu. It doesn’t display hidden devices that are installed but not connected anymore to the computer (also called “ghosted” devices). So, basically in Device Manager, there are two types of hidden devices in addition to the devices that are displayed; Typical, hidden devices like non-Plug and Play devices and Phantom (Ghosted) devices that are not connected to the computer.

As you go on attaching and removing different devices to Windows, the number of ghosted or hidden devices increases. This causes different types of errors related to driver install. It also hampers system performance (though often negligible), since Windows tries to find all these devices at start-up. There is a simple workaround to display these ghosted devices in Device Manager. After displaying them, you can remove ghosted devices from your computer.

There is also a simple free application which helps you remove all hidden devices in one go. More on the app later in this article. First, lets see how we can make Device Manager display Hidden (ghosted) devices. From now on, I’ll interchange and refer to hidden devices as ghosted devices or vice versa.

Whenever you uninstall application from your Windows operating system, theoretically, it should uninstall completely. Sadly, in reality, sometimes you will find that when you uninstall an application, it has left few files and unwanted registry entries behind. Down the road, you will notice Windows starts giving performance and compatibility issues. Manually finding and deleting leftover items is very cumbersome and risky.

Utilities like CCleaner are effective to some extent in cleaning up the leftover registry entries and temporary files. But using advanced application uninstaller that can completely uninstall apps makes more sense to keep Windows operating system in good shape. Revo Uninstaller is one such application that can completely uninstall an app and is an alternative to “Windows Add or Remove Programs” applet. Let’s see if it really can do what it claims for.

Recently, there is a huge controversy going on around Carrier IQ and the Internet has been abuzz with mentions of it.

If you don’t know what Carrier IQ is, well here is a brief introduction about it. Carrier IQ is a software that runs on more than 140 million mobile phones (according to Carrier IQ website). It is a monitoring software to track user activities, including their personal information, locations, network communications, phone calls, messages and more. If you want to know about Carrier IQ in-depth read this article by Engadget.

Carrier IQ was apparently designed to give metrics to help mobile carriers improve their services, but in some circumstances, the software is not offered as an opt-out feature and in many cases users don’t even know it’s there, tracking all interactions with their mobile phone.

Coming back to the main purpose of this article, we are here sharing some free tools for Android users that will help them find out if their Android device has Carrier IQ or not. Click on the title of the app to download it from the Android Market.

Microsoft on Tuesday delivered the third and last service pack for Microsoft Office 2007 suite and SharePoint 2007.

The service pack includes all public updates, security updates, hot fixes and other updates that were released for Office 2007 through September 2011. According to Microsoft, SP3 also includes “general product fixes and improvements in stability, performance and security.”

Microsoft will retire Office 2007 suite from mainstream support on April 10, 2012. Microsoft will than supply security updates only during a five-year extended support phrase until April 11, 2017. Microsoft will halt all security updates to SP2 after a year from now.

While in the quest to find the best Windows security program, we install trial and free version of different security suites. Ranging from Anti-virus programs, anti-spyware to full-fledged total security suites (basically called Internet Security Suites by different vendors) gets installed. We always use the program’s inbuilt uninstaller to uninstall the security program. But in the long run Windows takes the blow when the suites left behinds drivers, registry entries and other unwanted stuffs. The operating system becomes slow and starts showing different kinds of errors.

One solution to this problem is to completely uninstall the security suite using the special uninstall tool developed by the vendor of the security suite. Earlier we’ve posted an article titled “Ultimate Collection of Popular Antivirus/ Security Suite Removal Tools” covering almost all the special uninstall tools of popular antivirus and security suites. We’ve also covered article’s on How To Completely Remove Kaspersky Anti-Virus/Internet Security and How To Completely Remove AVG Antivirus. You can follow those articles for removing all the left-over files, left by the antivirus and security suites.

Just like SSDownloader which basically lets you download different security programs and Windows utilities, AV Uninstall Tools Pack is a freeware collection of the special uninstallers. The package comes bundled with around 40 different official tools to completely remove antivirus software, anti-spyware programs and firewalls. These utilities completely remove all files, drivers, services and registry entries that are left behind by the inbuilt antivirus programs uninstallers.

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is an important update that includes previously released security, performance, and stability updates for Windows 7. Installing SP1 helps keep Windows 7 up to date, but if you encounter a problem with hardware or a program after installing the service pack, you might want to temporarily uninstall it to troubleshoot the problem.

In this article, we will show you how to uninstall Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1). The process is simple and you can do it by using the Programs and Features or using the Command Prompt.

Internet Explorer 9 is already available for download and you may have installed it already just to see whats new. Now, if you are looking for how to uninstall Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) off Windows 7/Vista or if you don’t want to keep IE9 and want back previous version of IE installed, IE8 or IE7. Then we have just found an easy way to do so.

Since IE9 is installed as a Windows Update and is not like other programs on your computer, you won’t find IE9 listed on the “Uninstall” or “Change a program” screen.