Microsoft is Relaunching Power Toys For Windows 10 Users

May 12, 2019 – 7:32 AM

Microsoft announced this week that they will be bringing back the Windows Power Toys so that a new generation of users can enjoy them. To start they will be offering two new Power Toys, but have a list of others that they hope to add.

For those who are unfamiliar with Windows Power Toys, they were small freeware utilities that were created by Windows developers as side projects related to something that they were interested about. They were not supported by Microsoft and were use-at-your-own-risk type of tools.

For Windows users, especially power users, they allowed you to play with Windows internals by tweaking undocumented features, play with fun tools, or to provide functionality that made it easier to get things done.

Some of the more popular Power Toys were Tweak UI that allowed you to enable undocumented features in the Windows Shell and user interface, a virtual desktop manager, and “Open Command Window Here”, which allowed you to open a command prompt within whatever folder you right-clicked on.

While some of these features are now built into Windows, in the past they were not and users enjoyed them as many provided an insight into the Windows internals that mostly Microsoft developers really knew about.

Source:
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/microsoft-is-relaunching-power-toys-for-windows-10-users/

Cylance expands its AI-powered antivirus software to the consumer market

August 12, 2018 – 8:58 AM

The global cybersecurity market is estimated to be a $232 billion industry by 2022, up from around $138 billion last year. As such, it is brimming with well-funded startups, a number of which have elected to go public in recent months, such as Zscaler and Carbon Black. Others have been snapped up by bigger companies, including AlienVault, which was acquired by AT&T this week, and Phantom, which was recently bought out by Splunk.

Cylance is another startup that has been making big strides in the cybersecurity realm. The company recently closed a $120 million funding round, taking its total raised to around $300 million since its inception eight years ago. This also positions it well to grow its enterprise client base ahead of a rumored IPO in the not-too-distant future.

But before all that, Cylance has other plans to bolster its growth. Today, the company announced that it’s broadening its horizons to include the lucrative consumer cybersecurity market.

Source:
https://venturebeat.com/2018/07/12/cylance-expands-its-ai-powered-antivirus-software-to-the-consumer-market/

CCleaner Adds Data Collection Feature With No Way to Opt-Out

August 2, 2018 – 3:59 PM

Like many others, do you also believe that the popular system-cleaning tool CCleaner was performing well before Avast acquired the software from Piriform last year?

If yes, then pop-up advertisements in the previous CCleaner software version was not the last thing you have to deal with.

Avast has released a new version of CCleaner 5.45 that not only always runs in the background, but also collects information about your system without giving you a way to turn the feature off.

CCleaner is a popular application, available in both free and premium versions, with over 2 billion downloads that allow users to clean up their Windows, Mac, and mobile devices to optimize and enhance performance.

Last year, CCleaner made headlines when it suffered a massive supply-chain malware attack of all times, wherein hackers compromised its servers for over a month and replaced the original version of the software with the malicious one, infecting over 2.3 million users worldwide.

Source:
https://thehackernews.com/2018/08/ccleaner-software-download.html

Introducing: Malwarebytes Browser Extension

July 26, 2018 – 6:01 PM

Malwarebytes Browser Extension delivers a safer and faster web browsing experience. It blocks malicious websites and filters out unwanted content (resulting in up to three times faster webpage load times). The filtering is not based on definitions, so the extensions can block previously-unidentified fake tech support scams and their tactics.

What will it do for your browsing experience? It prevents pop-ups, browser hijackers, and browser lockers from harassing you and interrupting your surfing. It also blocks clickbait links and fake news content, stops in-browser cryptocurrency miners, and gives other malicious content the boot. All this while relying on threat behavior patterns rather than on researchers who have to track down, identify the malware, and add it to a database of known threats. (We still need those researchers to make our products better. This is just a different, faster method.)

Speaking of behavior patterns, our browser extension is the first that heuristically identifies and blocks tech support scams‘ browser-locker pages, which scare users into calling fake tech support scammers. So it protects you from unwanted social engineering tactics as well.

Source:
https://blog.malwarebytes.com/malwarebytes-news/betas/2018/07/introducing-malwarebytes-browser-extension/

GDPR/Privacy Emails

May 26, 2018 – 7:58 AM

Tip: Receiving all of these GDPR/Privacy emails is a great opportunity for you to take an inventory of everybody who has your data and/or personal information.