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Cheeky New CryptoLocker Variant This week researchers uncovered yet another piece of crypto-ransomware for Windows machines called ZeroLocker. Like its predecessors, such as CryptoLocker, the malware encrypts files on infected machines with a strong encryption algorithm. The attackers then demand the victim pay a sum of money in order to buy the decryption key and Read more


Following on the theme from last weeks games article (6 Free Portable Retro Games), here is another portable retro remake. Asteroids+Plus from Cubex Digital Entertainment Asteroids+Plus is what Asteroids always wanted to be when it grew up. Utilize an arsenal of weapons and missiles against the alien armies that are bent on annihilating Earth. Pick Read more

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Lose those Windows XP blues!  You too can have an exciting new operating system and desktop, personalised to your own needs and desires, and a fun and interesting learning experience at the same time.  You’ll be the envy of your friends and colleagues as you widen your career prospects and become an open-source guru.  Enjoy Read more

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A recent analysis of Chrome browser extensions performed  by USENIX, The Advanced Computer Systems Association, has revealed a relatively high number of malicious and suspicious extensions, many of which have been downloaded by millions of users. In a PDF document issued by USENIX detailing their findings, the researchers noted: The amount of critical and private Read more


In response to an article we published recently regarding System Restore, reader “Chris” submitted a comment saying that his Windows 7 does not retain system restore points. This appears to be a quite common issue with Windows 7, where existing restore points are deleted on reboot. The same issue also applies to my Windows 7/8.1 Read more

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Microsoft has pulled a number of recent security patches because of users reporting issues after installing the updates. The main culprit appears to be KB2982791 which was delivered during August and, according to Microsoft’s support website, can cause several issues, the most serious of which is a persistent BSoD leading to an unbootable Windows. Microsoft Read more


Should Microsoft Change Internet Explorer’s Name? Apparently, Microsoft recently looked at the possibility of changing its famous browser’s name. Then, after due consideration, decided to leave it as is. This makes a lot of sense to me on both levels. Firstly, a re-branding may well help overcome Internet Explorer’s negative public image. Let’s face it, Read more

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These are all small, lightweight, portable games based on classic oldies. All have been tested and worked fine in Windows 8.1. Free Retro Game #1 – Shootapede This is a simple remake of the classic Atari game Centipede. Shootapede has all the familiar foes vying to take you out and is easily controlled via mouse. Read more


A recent discussion on the DCT Forum reminded me of Malwarebytes’ new anti exploit software which, when I last looked into it, was still in Beta stage. Malwarebytes Anti Exploit is now out of Beta and available in the usual Free and Premium editions. Malwarebytes released the new software following its acquisition of ZeroVulnerabilityLabs, including Read more