Author Archive | Martin Brinkmann

greasemonkey 4

The developers of the popular userscript extension Greasemonkey for Firefox have announced Greasemonkey 4, a new version of the browser extension. Greasemonkey 4 will be compatible with Firefox 57 as it will be released as a WebExtension. Mozilla plans to drop support for the legacy add-on system of Firefox when Firefox 57 Stable is released. […]


ccleaner 2nd payload

A new report by Cisco's Talos Group suggests that the CCleaner hack was more sophisticated than initially thought. The researchers found evidence of a second payload during their analysis of the malware which targeted very specific groups based on domains. On September 18, 2017 Piriform reported that the company's infrastructure distributed a malicious version of […]


ccleaner 5.35 digital signature

Piriform, the company behind the highly successful Windows cleaning software CCleaner, released version 5.35 of the application on September 20th, 2017. The new version was signed with a brand new digital signature, the only change of the release. The company's infrastructure was attacked successfully recently, and a modified signed version of CCleaner was distributed for […]


firefox offline storage

The Firefox web browser like any other modern web browsers uses IndexedDB to store persistent data that is associated with the browsing profile. A report on German computer magazine Heise suggests that Firefox's handling of the storage may impact user privacy on the Internet. Websites may store IndexedDB data when a user connects to the […]


vivaldi downloads panel

Vivaldi Technologies AS released Vivaldi 1.12, a new version of the company's web browser, to the public on September 20, 2017. Vivaldi 1.12 ships with three new features that improve the usability of the browser, and add functionality to it. The new version is already available via the browser's automatic update functionality, and also on […]


Sticky Password is a feature rich password management service and software that is available as a free and premium version. The password manager supports all the things you'd expect it to including auto filling of passwords, password management, form filling, cloud syncing but also features such as local wi-fi syncing or biometrics support that others […]


chrome extension crypto miner

Google's automatic verification system for Chrome extension uploads to the official Chrome Web Store is a wreck; less than a day after the Steam Inventory Helper incident, another Chrome extension was found to abuse user trust by using user systems for crypto currency mining. The most recent version of Steam Inventory Helper transfers any page […]


steam inventory helper

A recent update for the popular Google Chrome extension Steam Inventory Helper added a monitoring component to the extension that monitors the browsing activity. Steam Inventory Helper is a popular Chrome extension for the gaming platform Steam that improves inventory management, trading, buying, and selling. It is particularly popular with CounterStrike Global Offensive players, but […]


oneshot

You may use the free OneShot for Windows program to annotate images, for instance by adding text or arrow icons to them. If you use a screenshot tool like SnagIt or one of the free screenshot taking alternatives, you may have access to annotation and image editing tools already. The same is true if you […]


locale emulator

Locale Emulator is a free open source program for Microsoft Windows devices to run programs in a locale other than the default locale of the operating system. Designed specifically for playing computer games that require a specific locale, it can be used to run any program -- be it game or application -- as if […]


Piriform, makers of the popular file cleaner CCleaner, confirmed on Monday 18th, 2017 that hackers managed to attack the company's computer network successfully. The hackers compromised two versions of the CCleaner in the attack which have been used by up to 3% of the company's user base. The affected versions are CCleaner 5.33.6162 and CCleaner […]


alternate directory

Alternate Directory is a free program for Microsoft Windows that you may use to find and delete files of specific types on connected storage devices. The program has been designed to remove unneeded file types, for instance temporary file types or files that are created automatically. Handy to remove thumbs.db or Spotlight V-100 files on removable […]


cloudflare edge pass

If you connect to the Tor network or VPN services regularly, you may have noticed an increase in CloudFlare captcha challenges whenever you are connected to these networks. Depending on which sites you visit, to which network you are connected, and how the site is configured, you may need to solve captchas quite often, and […]


fastwindowswitcher

FastWindowSwitcher is a free portable program for Microsoft Windows devices that you may use as an alternative to the Alt-Tab window switching mechanic of the operating system. Windows users may use the shortcut Alt-Tab (and Shift-Alt-Tab) to quickly go through the list of open program windows to activate one and bring it to the front. […]


amazon browsing history

Amazon stores your browsing history when you are on the shopping site, and may use the information to display item suggestions to you. If you have been to Amazon before, chance is that the shopping site displays suggestions to you whenever you visit the site again. It happens that Amazon displays suggestions to you that […]


microsoft edge double search bar

Reports are coming in that Microsoft Edge started to show two search bars instead of one search bar on the browser's new tab page. Windows 10 users who run Microsoft Edge on the operating system may get two search bars on the New Tab page after installing the recent updates. Systems affected by this display […]


windows security updates september 2017

Microsoft released updates for all versions of Windows and other company products on the September 2017 Patch Day. The company listed only three known issues related to updates that it released on that day. While that is better than no information at all, it appears that the updates have caused quite a large number of […]