Saturday, October 18, 2014

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.3

Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware Key Features:

  • Light speed quick scanning.
  • Ability to perform full scans for all drives.
  • Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware Protection Module. (requires registration)
  • Database updates released daily.
  • Quarantine to hold threats and restore them at your convenience.
  • Ignore list for both the scanner and Protection Module.
  • Settings to enhance your Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware performance.
  • A small list of extra utilities to help remove malware manually.
  • Multi-lingual support.
  • Works together with other anti-malware utilities.
  • Command line support for quick scanning.
  • Context menu integration to scan files on demand.

The following numerous updates and changes have been undertaken in this latest version of Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware:

New Features:
Scans may now be set to run as lower priority processes to improve multi-tasking under Advanced Settings.
Added support for keyboard navigation of user interface. Added support for JAWS and Windows Narrator screen readers.

Malwarebytes Chameleon enhanced to be more effective against active malware infections in getting Malwarebytes Anti-Malware running. Notification for outdated databases now configured to 7 days by default rather than 1 per user feedback. All scans with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware now create an entry in protection logs. Failed update checks are now logged in protection logs. Updating Malwarebytes Anti-Malware should now function even when the Scan tab is awaiting action from the user. Support for scanning encrypted drives improved when rootkit scanning is enabled.
Issues Fixed:
Google Chrome users should no longer experience Malwarebytes Anti-Malware getting stuck or hanging during heuristics scans with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Scans should no longer hang during filesystem objects scan on some systems Several crashes in Malwarebytes Anti-Malware fixed. Runtime errors during installation or upgrade of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware should no longer occur. Rootkit scanning should no longer flag sectors on non-system volumes as forged when those volumes are encrypted. Rootkit scanning should now work properly on Bitlocker encrypted drives.
Scanning TruCrypt encrypted system volumes with rootkit scanning disabled no longer results in the filesystem not being scanned.

Issue with repairing rootkit infected drivers on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 fixed BSOD when using Driver Verifier software on a system running Malwarebytes Anti-Malware fixed. BSOD when using Boxcryptor software fixed. BSOD[Blue Screen of Death] when using Malwarebytes Chameleon or self-protection in Malwarebytes Anti-Malware under certain conditions fixed.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware should no longer crash when using the “Copy to Clipboard” function under certain circumstances.Dashboard banner text should now reflect language changes in Malwarebytes Anti-Malware instantly.Several issues with tray notifications fixed. Display problems with some languages fixed.
Malware Exclusions and Web Exclusions should no longer display duplicate entries following database updates.
Occasional crash of MBAMService when upgrading from version 1.75 of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware should no longer occur. Several issues with the right-click “Scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware” function fixed. Several problems with access policies fixed. Several UI performance issues fixed. Several UI and user experience enhancements implemented. More than one Malwarebytes Anti-Malware tray icon should no longer be displayed on system start under some circumstances.
Issue with Malicious Website Protection not enabling after install under some circumstances on Windows Vista fixed.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Microsoft Project Spark Launched

In the third quarter of 2013, Microsoft introduced to everybody, Project Spark.
If you don’t know about Project Spark it is basically a tool that has been created by Microsoft to entice gamer on the Xbox One and Windows platforms to produce games of their own.

There are lots of hit indie games that are available, so it stands to reason that Microsoft is trying a way of encouraging gamer to try and achieve a way to make quality independent games for a potentially large audience.

Project Spark
The technology giant has recently announced that they have formally launched the tool, so Project Spark has officially come out of beta! The tool had been undergoing beta testing for the past six months and Microsoft was aiming for an October release.

Floating Text in Photoshop

External shadows appear behind wherever the light source is. Multiple light sources cause multiple shadows and without consciously thinking about it, we pick up a lot of information from shadows like depth, texture, solidity and position.

A simple trick to make an image or text appear to float above the layer behind it, is to repeat an opaque mask of the same image at an offset position, the mind presumes it is an actual shadow and it gives the impression that the image or text is floating. The larger the offset, the great the distance from layer to layer.

Photoshop does most of the hard work for you by offering an automated Drop Shadow option in the Blending menu. It’s primarily used to give text a feeling of depth, but it does has other exciting uses. Try it out by creating a text layer, then right clicking and choosing Blending Options. Then click on Drop Shadow to bring up the variables menu for that blend.

Blend Mode for Drop Shadows works in the same way it does for any layer, it defaults to Multiply which suits shadows so well since it takes the existing layer and shades it, but you can choose Normal for a starker shadow if you are working with more flat colours.

Changing Opacity (how transparent the shadow is), Angle (the direction of the shadow, remember not to have different shadows pointing different ways), Distance (how far away the shadow is from the object, so how far from the layer the illusion of height appears), Spread (the percentage of fade at the edge of the shadow) and Size (unsurprisingly, the size of the shadow).

At the very bottom the Layer Knock Out Drop Shadow tick box can be useful if your text layer is transparent, it allows the layer to cover the shadow, leave it alone unless your text is unfilled or transparent, but worth using if your text is transparent or partially filled. Try ticking it and unticking it to see if you get a satisfactory result.

So with just a few clicks you can really make a layer stand out and give that 3D hovering look to any image or text, all by creating the illusion of a shadow.

Why Microsoft skipped Windows 9 and unveiled Windows 10

Microsoft surprised the world by naming its new version of Windows as ‘Windows 10’ and not Windows 9.

Where did Windows 9 fade off? Why did Microsoft directly jump from Windows 8 to Windows 10?  Windows 8 straight to 10? Where did 9 go? I hope 7 didn't eat 9. These were some of the questions posted on Twitter by its fans.

Joe Belfiore stated, ‘Windows 10 is built for ‘screens from 4 to 80 inches. The fullness in this upgraded version of the Windows product seems more appropriate in giving it a name ‘Windows 10’ comparatively. Its fullness applies to Windows Phone, too, which will see Windows 10 as its next major upgrade.’

In an interview with Tech radar, Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of Microsoft's Operating Systems Group, said ‘Windows 9 name ‘wouldn't be right’ given the new One Microsoft internal strategy. Hence the move to Windows 10.’

Till date, the company hasn't been that clear in giving out an explanation for skipping Windows 9. The different possibilities of naming it Windows 10 is as follow:

Windows 9 could prove bad luck to Microsoft: Reports state that the number ‘9’ is considered as an unlucky number in Japan. So Microsoft decided not to create a name, which will bring ill will to this upgraded version of Windows.

Another reason can be that the company wanted its users remember that the Windows OS features their most demanded feature the ‘Start Menu’. The company expects its fans to rate this OS as ‘10 out of 10’.