Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18965

Hello Windows Insiders, today we’re releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18965 (20H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. IMPORTANT: As is normal with builds early in the development cycle, these builds may contain bugs that might be...

Phishing Attacks Scrape Branded Microsoft 365 Login Pages

An unusual new phishing campaign is probing email inboxes via attacks using the targets' company-branded Microsoft 365 tenant login pages to add more legitimacy to the scam. The attackers are also using Microsoft's Azure Blob Storage and...

Chrome devs propose Privacy Sandbox to balance ad targeting and user privacy

Google Chrome engineers have announced today a new technical proposal that they hope will help restore the balance between user privacy and ad targeting on the internet.

Named the Privacy Sandbox, this is a new open web technology that Google would like to embed in Chrome, but would also like other browsers to adopt.
It consists of new APIs that will allow advertisers to show targeted ads, but without having direct access to users' personal details, as they do now.

An advertiser loading ads on a website will be able to ping a browser for details about a user who accessed a domain. A browser, Chrome in this case, will respond to these API queries with general information detailed enough for the advertiser to get an idea about the user, but not detailed enough to break the user's anonymity.

The plan is for browsers to share enough information about users so advertisers can organize users into general groups, rather than create detailed individual profiles.

"Fundamentally, we want to limit how much information about individual users is exposed to sites so that in total it is insufficient to identify and track users across the web, except for possibly as part of large, heterogeneous groups," Google devs said in one of the technical specs.

Google said this system was inspired by the Differential Privacy techniques the company has been using in Chrome for nearly five years to collect anonymous telemetry data from users.

YouTube discontinues it's private messaging feature; Sept 18th

YouTube is shutting down its private messaging feature on September 18th, the company announced in a support post. It said it made the decision after choosing to focus its attention on public conversations, like the Stories feature it launched last year. YouTube launched its in-app messaging feature back in August 2017, meaning it will have been live on the service for just over two years before being discontinued.

Apple accidentally unpatched an older vulnerability in iOS 12.4 -- Working on a Fix

Apple has mistakenly made it a bit easier to hack iPhone users who are on the latest version of its mobile operating system iOS by unpatching a vulnerability it had already fixed. Hackers quickly jumped on this over the weekend, and publicly released a jailbreak for current, up-to-date iPhones—the first free public jailbreak for a fully updated iPhone that's been released in years.

Security researchers found this weekend that iOS 12.4, the latest version released in June, reintroduced a bug found by a Google hacker that was fixed in iOS 12.3. That means it’s currently relatively easy to not only jailbreak up to date iPhones, but also hack iPhone users, according to people who have studied the issue.

Re-branding Android & Logo: Android Q is Android 10

Android Q is Android 10

"First, we’re changing the way we name our releases. Our engineering team has always used internal code names for each version, based off of tasty treats, or desserts, in alphabetical order. This naming tradition has become a fun part of the release each year externally, too. But we’ve heard feedback over the years that the names weren’t always understood by everyone in the global community.

For example, L and R are not distinguishable when spoken in some languages. So when some people heard us say Android Lollipop out loud, it wasn’t intuitively clear that it referred to the version after KitKat. It’s even harder for new Android users, who are unfamiliar with the naming convention, to understand if their phone is running the latest version. We also know that pies are not a dessert in some places, and that marshmallows, while delicious, are not a popular treat in many parts of the world."

Read more: A pop of color and more: updates to Android’s brand

Open-source spyware makes it on the Google Play Store

The Android app that did this is called Radio Balouch, also RB Music, an app for streaming Balouchi music, specific to a geographical region and population that spreads across Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

Cyber-security firm ESET said this app, besides containing a legitimate radio streaming component, also integrated AhMyth, an remote access tool that has been available on GitHub as an open source project for more than two years.

In a technical report published today detailing Radio Balouch's features, ESET said this was the first known instance of a malicous app based on AhMyth reaching the Play Store, something which should have never happened due to AhMyth's age and availability as an open source project of which the Play Store security team should have known about.

"The malicious functionality in AhMyth is not hidden, protected, or obfuscated," said Lukáš Štefanko, malware researcher at ESET, who conducted the investigation into the malicious app. "For this reason, it is trivial to identify the Radio Balouch app - and other derivatives - as malicious and classify them as belonging to the AhMyth family."

"Nothing special was used to bypass either Google's IP or postpone the malicious function. I think it wasn't detected because users first had to set up the app - set the language, allow permissions, go through a couple of 'next' buttons, for an app overview and only then would the malicious code be launched," he told ZDNet.

IObit Driver Booster Pro-6 months

Driver Booster 6 can update all outdated/faulty/missing drivers with just 1-click. In this version, the driver and game component database is greatly expanded from previous 1,000,000 to present 3,000,000, which ensures almost all outdated drivers and game components can be updated for all users. And by providing drivers that pass Microsoft WHQL tests and strictly follow IObit Review Rules, the accuracy and security of driver updating are guaranteed. Besides, Driver Booster 6 also offers auto driver update service so that driver download and installation can be performed while the system is idle, which saves users a lot of valuable time.
Most notably, Driver Booster 6 adds a brand new feature, Boost, to bring users the best gaming experience by boosting the system with 1-click. Moreover, the 7 useful tools in Driver Booster 6 helps users to restore the system, view system information, and fix the common, but bothersome problems such as no sound, network failure, bad resolution, and device error. In summary, Driver Booster 6 not only updates outdated device drivers and game components, but helps to fix common, but tricky problems to increase the system compatibility & stability, and also boosts system for a better gaming experience.
Please note: the license is provided for 6 months

Bitdefender fixes Privilege Escalation Bug in Free Antivirus 2020

A vulnerability in the free version of Bitdefender Antivirus could be exploited by an attacker to get SYSTEM-level permissions, reserved for the most privileged account on a Windows machine.

Privilege escalation vulnerabilities are used in a later stage of an attack, after the threat actor already compromised the target host and needs elevated permissions to establish persistence or execute code with the privileges of the most powerful user.

Looking for missing DLL
Identified as CVE-2019-15295, the vulnerability is owed to lack of verification that loaded binaries are signed and come from a trusted location.

Peleg Hadar of SafeBreach Labs says that Bitdefender's security service (vsserv.exe) and the updater service (updatesrv.exe) started as signed processes with SYSTEM authority.

However, they tried to load a missing DLL file ('RestartWatchDog.dll') from various locations in the PATH environment variable.

One of the locations is 'c:/python27,' which comes with an access control list (ACL) open to any authenticated user. This makes privilege escalation trivial because a user to normal permissions could write the missing DLL and have it loaded by Bitdefender's signed processes.
Hadar tested the theory with an unsigned DLL that wrote to a text file the name of the process loading it, the name of the user executing it, and the name of the DLL file.

His assumption was confirmed, and his 'RestartWatchDog.dll' file was loaded without a hitch.

The root of the issue is the ServiceInstance.dll library that attempts to load the missing DLL.
SafeBreach disclosed the vulnerability responsibly to Bitdefender on July 17 and on August 14 received validation from the antivirus maker.
On Monday, Bitdefender rolled out a patch for its Antivirus Free 2020 product. Users with an internet connection received the update automatically.

"An Untrusted Search Path vulnerability in the ServiceInstance.dll library versions and lower, as used in Bitdefender Antivirus Free 2020 versions prior to, allows an attacker to load an arbitrary DLL file from the search path." reads Bitdefender's advisory
SafeBreach published last week a report on a similar DLL hijacking issue in Trend Micro's Password Manager.

Anyone able to get to the F-Secure Beta website?

I'm trying to get to to download the beta software and install it on a few machines on my network, but it's been down for days. Their forums are pretty sparse, and the last anyone mentioned it was 3 weeks ago, when an employee said "It should be fixed now".

My username has expired, or I'd post over there. And of course, I can't register again, since the site is down.

Anyone else have any luck getting there?

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18965

Hello Windows Insiders, today we’re releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18965 (20H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.

IMPORTANT: As is normal with builds early in the development cycle, these builds may contain bugs that might be painful for some. If you take this flight, you won’t be able to switch Slow or Release Preview rings without doing a clean-install on your PC.

If you want a complete look at what build is in which Insider ring, head over to Flight Hub. You can also check out the rest of our documentation here including a complete list of new features and updates that have gone out as part of Insider flights for the current development cycle.

Not seeing any of the features in this build? Check your Windows Insider Settings to make sure you’re on the Fast ring. Submit feedback here to let us know if things weren’t working the way you expected.

What’s new in Build 18965

Control over restarting apps at sign-in

As some of you already know, apps have the ability to register for restart, which helps in a few situations, including enabling you to get back to what you were doing if you need to restart your PC. Previously this option was tied to the “Use my sign-in info to automatically finish setting up my device” option under Sign-in options in accounts settings. We’ve heard feedback that some of you would prefer more explicit control over when Windows automatically restarts apps that were open when you restart your PC, and with 20H1 we’re bringing that option to you.

Windows now puts you in control with a new app restart setting. When turned on, Windows automatically saves your restartable apps when signing out, restarting, or shutting down Windows, and restarts them next time you sign in. This setting is off by default and you can change it any time in Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options, and can find it by searching for “restart apps” in Start or the search box.

Showing Sign-in Settings, with the separated toggles described above.

Other updates for Insiders

Feedback Hub updates

The Feedback Hub team has been hard at work lately to bring you some app updates based on your feature requests, and we have a few changes and improvements to share about the latest version that’s currently rolling out to Insiders in the Fast ring.

Feedback Search UI updates

On the Feedback section of the app, you will now be able to more clearly see the differentiation between Problems and Suggestions, with each showing an icon, color, and labels Problem or Suggestion displayed above each feedback entry. We also have updated iconography and displays for Adding similar feedback to problems, upvoting suggestions, and adding comments to feedback.

Showing the view when browsing for feedback in Feedback Hub.

Adding similar feedback

In the past, Feedback Hub allowed two kinds of participation on feedback: upvoting and adding more details. The notion of voting on Suggestions makes a lot of sense – engineers at Microsoft want to know which features the community wants us to build next, and voting on feature suggestions is a great way to see where your interest lies.

However, voting on Problems was trickier – problems are not a matter of popularity, and what helps engineers here resolve problems is having clear descriptions of how the issue arose. Feedback is especially helpful if it includes a reproduction of the problem, diagnostics that help our teams pinpoint what went wrong so they can fix issues faster. Voting on the search page often did not provide enough detail as to what was happening, and we saw that few people went into existing feedback to add their personal reproductions of the issues.

With the new Add similar feedback feature, selecting a problem with symptoms that match your own will take you to the feedback form, with the title pre-filled. You edit the title or add your own description to let us know exactly what was happening when you encountered the problem. We’ll already have your category selected to ensure the right feature team sees your feedback, and in our new Similar Feedback section, the feedback you selected will already be selected. As usual, the last step involves optionally adding your own reproduction of the issue or any attachments you like.

Windows Insiders Achievements

We are excited to announce a refresh of the Windows Insider Achievements page. We’ve made achievements more discoverable by moving them from your profile page to their own landing page, and we added additional features that allow you to categorize and track your progress. Be sure to check it out today and begin unlocking badges. We would love to hear your feedback on social media by using the hashtag #Builds4Badges.

View of the refreshed Windows Insider Achievements, grouped by categories.

The information previously found in your profile (Device ID and User ID) is now located in the settings section of Feedback Hub.

As always, we appreciate your feedback – if you have any suggestions or problems to report, you can share them in the Feedback Hub under Apps > Feedback Hub.

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • We fixed an issue resulting in the screens shown while updating Windows unexpectedly saying “managed by your organization” for some Insiders.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the taskbar unexpectedly hiding sometimes when launching the touch keyboard.
  • We fixed an issue where some of the colors weren’t correct in Language Settings if using High Contrast White.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in background tasks not working in certain apps.
  • We fixed an issue where if you set focus to the notification area of the taskbar via WIN+B, then opened a flyout and pressed Esc to close it, then the focus rectangle would no longer show up correctly anymore.
  • We fixed an issue where on the Bluetooth & Other Settings page, the device type wasn’t read out loud when using a screen reader.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in help links not being accessible when adding a new wireless display device on the Bluetooth & Other Settings page if the text scaling was set to 200%.
Known issues

  • Insiders may notice a new “Cloud download” option in the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) under “Reset this PC.” This feature is not working quite yet. We’ll let you know once it is, so you can try it out!
  • There has been an issue with older versions of anti-cheat software used with games where after updating to the latest 19H1 Insider Preview builds may cause PCs to experience crashes. We are working with partners on getting their software updated with a fix, and most games have released patches to prevent PCs from experiencing this issue. To minimize the chance of running into this issue, please make sure you are running the latest version of your games before attempting to update the operating system. We are also working with anti-cheat and game developers to resolve similar issues that may arise with the 20H1 Insider Preview builds and will work to minimize the likelihood of these issues in the future.
  • Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. We are investigating the issue.
  • We’re working on a fix for an issue resulting in the minimize, maximize, and close title bar buttons not working for certain apps. If you’re using an impacted app, Alt+F4 should work as expected to close the app if needed.
  • Some WSL distros will not load (Issue #4371).
  • We’re investigating reports that DWM is using unexpectedly high system resources for some Insiders.
  • There’s an issue impacting a small number of Insiders which started on the previous flight, involving a lsass.exe crash and resulting in a message saying, “Windows ran into a problem and needs to restart.” We’re working on a fix and appreciate your patience.
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If you want to be among the first to learn about these Bing features, join our Bing Insider Program.

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What's the difference between SpyShelter Premium vs SpyShelter Firewall vs SpyShelter Silent?

What is the differences ? Which is the best one ?

Sorry for a stupid question.

I tried finding a chart that listed the differences but couldn't find one.

Can't remember the name, but which VPN allowed me to connect to their public WiFi, even though they disallowed VPNs?

Does anyone know what I am talking about ?

I can't remember the name of the service but it was like a VPN but allowing you to safely use a coffee shop wifi when they wouldn't allow a vpn

Is anyone else here addicted?

Opera 64.0.3416.0 developer update

Hi all,

It’s time for our weekly developer update. We’ve fixed the clear button on opera://settings/keyboardShortcuts and the incorrect tab order after a session restore. The download indicator now matches the progress on the downloads page. This update also contains context menu and Crypto Wallet fixes for Linux.

Known issue: No update for macOS.

The full list of changes and improvements can be found here.

Installation links:

Norton Family 3.7.3 update for Windows has been released

We have released Norton Family 3.7.3 update for Windows.

Note: This update is being released in phased manner.

Below are FAQs that address some common questions:

1. What is the version number for this update?

Norton Family 3.7.3
for Windows

2. How can I receive this update?

If your device is connected to the Internet, Norton Family checks for updates at regular intervals and can automatically update to the latest version. But if your device is not connected to the Internet for a long time or if you had automatic-update issues, use the Update Norton Family to the latest version instructions to manually update Norton Family.

Note: A system reboot may be required to apply this update.

3. What's new in build Norton Family 3.7.3?

  • Https domain level filtering for web supervision - Customers (children) will be protected with Https domain web filtering as a second layer of protection, when
    • Norton Family browser plug-in is disabled/removed
    • Browsing in Incognito, Private & Safe browsing modes
    • Using Unsupported browsers including Microsoft Edge
  • Fixed a few crash issues
  • Branding & icon change
  • Other minor fixes & performance enhancements

4. Where can I post my queries?

Visit our Norton Family forum to post your queries or Norton Family Knowledge base articles for more information

Sign-in and sync with work or school accounts in Microsoft Edge Insider builds

A top piece of feedback we’ve heard from Microsoft Edge Insiders is that you want to be able to roam your settings and browsing data across your work or school accounts in Microsoft Edge. Today, we’re excited to announce that Azure Active Directory work and school accounts now support sign-in and sync in the latest Canary, Dev, and Beta channel preview builds of Microsoft Edge.

By signing in with a work or school account, you will unlock two great experiences: your settings will sync across devices, and you’ll enjoy fewer sign-in prompts thanks to single sign-on (Web SSO).

Personalized experiences across devices

When signed in with an organizational account on any preview channel, Microsoft Edge is able to sync your browser data across all your devices that are signed in with the same account. Today, your favorites, preferences, passwords, and form-fill data will sync; in future previews, we’ll expand this to support other attributes like your browsing history, installed extensions, and open tabs. You can control which available attributes to sync, once you enable the feature from the sync settings page. Sync makes the web a more personal, seamless experience across all devices—the less time you have to spend managing your experience, the more time you’ll have to get things done.

Single sign-on across work or school sites

Once you’ve signed in to your organizational account in Microsoft Edge, we’ll use those credentials to authenticate you to websites and services that support Web Single Sign-On. This helps keep you productive by cutting down on unnecessary sign-in prompts on the web. When you access web content which is authenticated with your signed in account, Microsoft Edge will simply sign you in to the website you’re trying to access.

To try this, just navigate to while signed into Edge with your work or school account. Notice that you didn’t need to sign in with your username and password—you are simply authenticated to the website and can access your content immediately. This also works on other web properties that recognize the organizational account you are signed in to.

How to sign in with your work or school account

To get started with an organizational account in Microsoft Edge, all you have to do is sign in and turn on sync. Just click the profile icon to the right of your address bar and click “Sign In” (if you’re already signed in with a personal account, you’ll have to “Add a profile” first and then sign into the new profile with your work or school account.)

Screenshot showing the Sign in profile button in Microsoft Edge

At the sign-in prompt, select any of your existing work or school accounts (on Windows 10) or enter your email, phone, or Skype credentials into the sign-in field (on macOS or older versions of Windows) and sign in.

Once you’re signed in, follow the prompts asking if you want to sync your browsing data to enable sync. That’s it! To learn more about sync, check out our previous article on syncing in Microsoft Edge preview channels. You can always change your settings or disable sync at any time by clicking your profile icon and selecting “Manage profile settings.”

What do you think of sign-in with your work or school account?

We are excited to bring you work/school account sign-in and sync in the Microsoft Edge Insider channels. We hope to make your everyday web surfing experience a breeze. However, we want to be sure that sign-in, as well as all the personalized experiences, actually work for you. Please give sign-in a try and let us know how you like it – or not. If you run into any issues, use the in-app feedback button to submit the details. If you have other feedback about work/school account sign-in or personalized experiences, we welcome your comments below.

Thank you for helping us build the next version of Microsoft Edge that’s right for you.

Avi Vaid, Program Manager, Microsoft Edge

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Our MT Buddy, Fabian Wosar in the News

The US should be doing more to help victims and tackle cyber-criminals, says Fabian Wosar, head of cyber-security company Emsisoft, which has donated more decryption tools to the project than anyone else.

Mr Wosar told BBC News: "Projects like No More Ransom have been crucial when it comes to fighting ransomware on a global level, with pretty much all major parties cooperating on a global and daily basis, sharing intel[igence] in real-time - except for the US.

Security expert Fabian Wosar is in hiding after costing ransomware authors hundreds of millions of dollars since 2012
The German-born IT security expert was even forced to move countries to outrun his pursuers and he continually shifts from location to location in London to outrun an estimated 100 ransomware gangs trying to track him down.
He moved again just a few days before speaking with Micky.

For anybody new or not familiar with our Emsisoft friend --


Mozilla & Google takes action to protect users in Kazakhstan

Today, Mozilla and Google took action to protect the online security and privacy of individuals in Kazakhstan. Together the companies deployed technical solutions within Firefox and Chrome to block the Kazakhstan government’s ability to intercept internet traffic within the country.

The response comes after credible reports that internet service providers in Kazakhstan have required people in the country to download and install a government-issued certificate on all devices and in every browser in order to access the internet. This certificate is not trusted by either of the companies, and once installed, allowed the government to decrypt and read anything a user types or posts, including intercepting their account information and passwords. This targeted people visiting popular sites Facebook, Twitter and Google, among others.

2.4 Million Attacks Blocked by Trend Micro Cloud App Security in 2019

Credential phishing is still on the rise. This form of cyberattack, which involves the theft of email account credentials via fake or compromised login pages, can expose organizations to a wide range of crimes that include fraud, espionage, and information theft, which in turn make them vulnerable to monetary loss and operational disruption.

In the first half of 2019 alone, the Trend Micro™ Cloud App Security™ solution detected and blocked 2.4 million attacks of this type — a 59% increase from 1.5 million in the second half of 2018.

Figure 1. Trend Micro Cloud App Security credential phishing detections in 2018 2H and 2019 1H

The countries with the highest numbers of credential phishing attack detections were the Netherlands, the U.S., and Japan.

Figure 2. Top three countries with the most credential phishing attacks detected

Given these numbers, organizations worldwide must continue to be vigilant against credential phishing. The risk of falling victim to an attack is increased not only due to its prevalence — cybercriminals are also crafting new techniques for a greater chance of deceiving email users.

Secure TV & secure printer

Phishing Attacks Scrape Branded Microsoft 365 Login Pages

An unusual new phishing campaign is probing email inboxes via attacks using the targets' company-branded Microsoft 365 tenant login pages to add more legitimacy to the scam.

The attackers are also using Microsoft's Azure Blob Storage and Microsoft Azure Web Sites cloud storage solutions to host their phishing landing pages, a common tactic used by phishers to trick their targets into thinking that they're seeing an official Microsoft login page.

"[The campaign] utilizes a novel method of scraping organizations’ branded Microsoft 365 tenant login pages to produce highly convincing credential harvesting pages," detail researchers part of Rapid7’s Managed Detection and Response (MDR) services team.

How is Emsisoft Anti Malware's ransomware protection comparing with the ransomware protection of Kaspersky Internet Security?

I have a license for both products and I am currently using KIS 2020 which works perfectly but how is Emsisoft Anti Malware Ransomware protection comparing with ransomware protection on Kaspersky Internet Security?

Which one do you recommend to use on my PC as I have licenses for both?

Backdoor Found in Utility for Linux, Unix Servers

Backdoor was intentionally planted in 2018 and found during the DEF CON 2019 security conference when researchers stumbled upon malicious code.

In an unnerving twist, when a critical zero-day vulnerability was reported in a Unix administration tool, called Webmin, it was revealed the flaw was no accident. According to researchers, the vulnerability was a secret backdoor planted in the popular utility nearly a year before its discovery.

The backdoor gave anyone with knowledge of its existence the ability to execute commands as root, meaning an attacker could take control of the targeted endpoint. According to Jamie Cameron, the author of Webmin, the bogus version was 1.890. Two additional versions were found with near identical backdoor code, version 1.900 and 1.920.

An updated version of Webmin 1.930 and Usermin version 1.780 address the vulnerabilities.

“Neither of these were accidental bugs – rather, the Webmin source code had been maliciously modified to add a non-obvious vulnerability,” Cameron wrote in a post outlining the issues.

Grayed-out Exclusions

Hey there everyone,

I was cleaning my computer today and I stumbled upon my exclusions list which had some suspicious grayed-out exclusions in it that I could not remove.

I tried to remove them from the registry but that did not work (see image).

I also installed Malwarebytes and scanned my computer and removed the threats but when I restarted my computer and went onto my exclusions list, the grayed-out files were still there.

The last possible option I can think of is to factory reset my pc but I have two concerns for that, one being it would take a long time to do and it would be annoying to do it and the second being the fear of the exclusions/malware coming back after I restore the old data back to my computer.

Please help me with this problem, I've been trying to fix it for days!!

IFA 2019: Dell adds new 10th Generation Intel Core processors to XPS 13 and Inspiron systems, makes XPS 13 2-in-1 available

Just before the IFA tradeshow in Berlin, Dell announces the expansion of its consumer portfolio with brand new form factors and the addition of new 10th Generation Intel Core processors, delivering performance gains needed for compute-intensive, demanding, multi-thread workloads – while still efficiently handling 4K content.

Photo of a woman working on a Dell XPS 13, from behind, with her hands on the keyboard
XPS 13

Bingeing series or always working on the go? Turn to the XPS 13, which will now include Intel 10th Generation Core U series processors, with up to i7 hexacore chips (available in October). With the new Killer AX1650 (2×2) built on Intel Wi-Fi 6 Chipset, wireless connectivity is three times as fast as the previous generation. Along with Dell CinemaColor and Dolby Vision and an optional 4K Ultra HD InfinityEdge display, the XPS 13 will remain eye candy for those glued to their screen.

Photo of four XPS 13 2-in-1 devices, in both tablet and keyboard modes
XPS 13 2-in-1

And you can now buy the XPS 13 2-in-1, a COMPUTEX d&i award winner. The 2-in-1 is also the first laptop available with Intel’s new 10th Generation Core, with its 10-nanometer silicon processors.

Photo of the Inspiron 14 7000, open and tilted at an angle, with another one behind it closed to show the cover
Inspiron 14 7000

The new Inspiron 14 7000 ultralight laptops will also have the latest 10th Generation Intel Core processors. With the new lid-open sensor, Connected Modern Standby and fingerprint reader built into the power button, the system signs on securely and starts in a flash. The laptop, made of magnesium alloy, has four-sided narrow borders with 100% sRGB color coverage, perfect for mobile multitasking.

Photo of an Inspiron 27 7000 display, showing a woman and a young girl on Skype smiling at the camera
Inspiron 27 7000

Other Inspiron systems have been upgraded or are now available (and, depending on the model, these Inspiron systems run on either Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 in S Mode):

  • Inspiron 14, 15, 17 3000; Inspiron 13 5000; Inspiron 14, 15 5000; and Inspiron 14, 15 5000 2-in-1 have been updated with the latest 10th Generation Intel Core processors.
  • Inspiron 13 7000 (available only in China, Japan and Brazil), an ultralight laptop with a starting weight of less than 1 kg*. Made from magnesium alloy and featuring a lid-open sensor, this device offers mobility and productivity.
  • Inspiron 13, 15, 17 7000 2-in-1 first announced at CES 2019 and a Computex Design Innovation Award winner, is now available globally (North America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Greater China and Asia Pacific Japan), with the addition of USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 3 support and in an optional silver chassis.
  • Inspiron 14, 15 5000 (available only in non-North America regions): packed with features, is built for reliability and multitasking. You can find them in the following colors (based on regional availability): Platinum Silver, Iced Lilac, Iced Mint and Iced Gold (14-inch only).
  • Inspiron 24 5000 and 27 7000 All-in-One (AIOs) desktops, first announced at Computex 2019, will be available Aug. 23. They fit in your living room or dorm room as a simple and attractive entertainment system or TV replacement.

Find out more about these and other Dell announcements at IFA 2019.

* Weights vary depending on configuration and manufacturing variability.

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Help me to choose a gaming laptop

Currently I'm using an home desktop for my private tasks, accounting, bank accounts, internet shopping, personal memories (photos, videos ...), watching movies, listening music and also for gaming.
Due to changes in my privacy I need a laptop to be able to enjoy these same functions wherever I go.
What I search is a laptop with great gaming abilities because the other tasks are usual for almost all the laptops.
Till today I never use this kind of laptop, only laptops for my work.
I would like to choose from the following brands: DELL, HP, ASUS, MSI
The important criteria for me are at least 16 Go of Memory, processor speed, audio quality, silence during intensive gaming, reliability, guarantee and after sale service.
My budget is 3 K € or a little more; of course less is better ;)
Thanks in advance for your help. Hacked to Inject Payment Card Stealing Script

A curious case of web-based card skimming activity revealed that the Poker Tracker website had been compromised and loaded a Magecart script - code that steals payment information from customers.

Online poker enthusiasts use the Poker Tracker software suite to improve their winning chances by making decisions based on statistics compiled from the opponents' gameplay.

A report on August 8 indicated that Malwarebytes anti-malware blocked Poker Tracker from connecting to a domain known to host credit card skimmers - scripts that copy payment card details on checkout pages and delivers them to the attacker.
Read more below:

1 in 5 Americans are hit by ransomware

The Harris Poll survey conducted recently says that 1 among 5 Americans were hit by a ransomware attack in this year. And researchers say that the conclusion was driven after gathering responses from over 2000 American respondents.
Cybersecurity study conducted by the New York-based analytics company also suggests that government and businesses should indulge more in building up their defensive line against cyber attacks as such cyber incidents have the potential to encourage or discourage registered election voters from participating in the electoral event.
Although the government is trying its best in making Cybersecurity as a priority, lack of funds and awareness is making the fed go weak in thwarting such attacks says the poll survey.

Silence Advanced Hackers Attack Banks All Over the World

The activity of the advanced hacker group the researchers call Silence has increased significantly over the past year. Victims in the financial sector are scattered across more than 30 countries and financial losses have quintupled.

The group started timidly in 2016, learning the ropes by following the beaten by other hackers. Since then, it managed to steal at least $4.2 million, initially from banks in the former Soviet Union, then from victims in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

Researchers at Group-IB, Singapore-based cybersecurity company specializing in attack prevention, tracked Silence early on and judged its members to be familiar with white-hat security activity.

Introducing Microsoft Edge Beta: Be one of the first to try it now


Today I’m thrilled to announce that a Beta release for the next version of Microsoft Edge is now available for all supported versions of Windows and macOS. Our goal with Microsoft Edge is to create better web compatibility with better performance for our customers while ensuring less fragmentation of the web for all web developers. Our community has been with us on this journey from the beginning and your feedback is making it possible to rapidly improve. To date, there have been more than one million downloads of our preview builds, across all supported versions of Windows and Mac, from which we have received more than 140,000 individual pieces of feedback. Thank you!

Now that the Beta channel for the next version of Microsoft Edge is available, I’d like to call on all of you to jump in today and be some of the first to download and try it!

Microsoft Edge Beta Channel: The next chapter

Illustration showing construction of the Microsoft Edge Beta browser on a laptop

Beta is the third and final preview channel which will come online before launch. As we release Beta, we remain committed to delivering a high-quality product and nailing the fundamentals of a great browsing experience. Beta represents the most stable preview channel, as features are added to Beta only after they have cleared quality testing in first the Canary channel and then the Dev channel. Major version updates can be expected roughly every six weeks, alongside periodic minor updates for bug fixes and security.

While still in the preview stage, with this announcement the next version of Microsoft Edge is ready for everyday use. In the Beta today, you will see new ways to personalize your experience, along with support for 14 languages. With new tab page customization, you have the ability to choose what you want to see when you open a new web page by selecting either a Focused, Inspirational or Informational layout. You can also set a dark theme or visit the Microsoft Edge Insider Addons store or other Chromium-based web stores, such as the Chrome Web Store, to add your favorite extensions.

You can personalize your experience further by enabling tracking prevention, a feature designed to protect you from being tracked by websites that you don’t visit. Today, this feature is behind a flag but you can enable it in the Beta builds. When enabled, a customer will be able to choose from three levels of privacy – Basic, Balanced and Strict. Additional features that we showed at the Build 2019 Conference will come to the Beta channel in the coming months. Collections is already available for testing in the Canary channel today.

Microsoft Edge is getting even better for business

Beta also includes many of the commercial features we announced at our Build conference, such as:

  • Microsoft Search built-in to Bing, which will reduce the time spent looking for things at work by intelligently connecting an organization’s people, documents, sites, locations and conversations.
  • Internet Explorer mode, which streamlines today’s not-so-great experience of viewing the web through two different browsers by bringing Internet Explorer 11 compatibility directly into Microsoft Edge, creating one simple experience. This is an important feature for the more than 60% of worldwide organizations that use both IE as well as another browser.

  • Windows Defender Application Guard helps to isolate enterprise-defined untrusted sites, protecting the company while employees browse the Internet.

Additional features, like the enterprise-focused new tab, will be coming soon to the Canary and Dev channels as well.

Security Bounty Program for Edge Beta

With this Beta release, we are also announcing that we have extended the Microsoft Edge browser security bounty program to cover the Beta and Dev channels. We welcome researchers to seek out and disclose any high-impact vulnerabilities they may find in these channels and offer rewards up to US$30,000 for eligible vulnerabilities. See the MSRC blog for more details.

Chromium contributions

We are also continuing our commitment to be an active contributor to the Chromium community. To date, we’ve contributed more than 1,000 commits to the Chromium project, and we look forward to continuing our active engagement with the community in the shared pursuit of making the web better for everyone.

Time to try! Download Microsoft Edge Beta today

If you are an enterprise customer, the next version of Microsoft Edge is ready to pilot with either Beta or Dev builds.
We invite you to check out the enterprise tab of the Microsoft Edge Insider site, download a build and begin trialing it in your organization.

If you are a consumer who is comfortable testing a beta, visit the Microsoft Edge Insider site to learn more and download the builds. Your feedback is critical in helping us build the future of Microsoft Edge and we’re excited to hear what you think.


As with the Canary and Dev builds, if you’re not comfortable using early release software there is nothing for you to do today. Keep using the Microsoft Edge you know and love, and we’ll let you know when it’s time to make the move to the next version of the browser.

Thanks again to everyone who has continued engaging with us on this journey. Stay tuned for more as we get closer to launch!

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Opera 63 initial release


Today, we are releasing the first browser from the 63 line. Opera 63 comes with an improved private browsing mode.


Improved private mode

The first thing you’ll notice when you open a private window in Opera 63, is information about the way it works. We want to make sure you know what kind of data is cleared once you leave private mode. However, we would also like you to be aware that some data from private browsing (like new bookmarks you create) will still be visible in normal mode. Please check below for details.

Directly after you close a private window, Opera will remove:

  • Browsing history
  • Cookies and site data
  • Information entered in forms

In case you’d like to save some data while browsing, Opera will keep:

  • Speed dials
  • Downloaded files
  • Bookmarks

When you decide to save a bookmark, Opera will remind you that the bookmark will be saved and visible in the bookmarks manager, bookmarks bar or start page when you leave private mode.

What is Private Mode?

Private mode, also known as “incognito mode,” is a feature which gives you more privacy while browsing. This mode creates a separate session for browsing, one that doesn’t appear in your browser’s history. In addition, all data stored during that session – form data, for example – can be wiped out completely.

When and how to use Private Mode

You can use private mode to search for something without leaving a trace in your browser’s history. It can be used when you’re looking for gifts or other curiosities and you don’t want the content to show up in ads (or spoil the gift-receiver’s surprise!). Another reason to use private mode is to log into a service using different credentials than in a non-private one. Finally, you can also use it to prevent websites from tracking you. The cookies created in private mode will be removed when you close the private browsing window.

You should remember, however, that when using private mode, you won’t be anonymous to your internet service provider, school or employer. So, any place or organization that provides your internet access might still be able to see the pages you visit.

To summarize, you can use private mode to:

  • Use a web service, but log in using different credentials
  • Search for something and not leave traces in your history
  • Do a bit of browsing on the side and quickly get rid of all tabs and data
  • Search for health issues
  • Share your computer’s folders with another machine
Saving Bookmarks

Based on your requests, a default location for saving bookmarks will be the Bookmarks Bar instead of the Other Bookmarks folder. You can still choose a different location yourself in the bookmarks popup when saving. Later, you can edit the bookmarks bar in bookmarks manager as well.

That’s it from us for now. We’ll keep you posted about further updates.

The full changelog can be found here.

Installation links:

Collections is now available to test in the Canary channel

Today, we’re releasing an experimental preview of Collections for Microsoft Edge. We initially demoed this feature during the Microsoft Build 2019 conference keynote. Microsoft Edge Insiders can now try out an early version of Collections by enabling the experimental flag on Microsoft Edge preview builds starting in today’s Canary channel build.

We designed Collections based on what you do on the web. It’s a general-purpose tool that adapts to the many roles that you all fill. If you’re a shopper, it will help you collect and compare items. If you’re an event or trip organizer, Collections will help pull together all your trip or event information as well as ideas to make your event or trip a success. If you’re a teacher or student, it will help you organize your web research and create your lesson plans or reports. Whatever your role, Collections can help.

The current version of Collections is an early preview and will change as we continue to hear from you. For that reason, it’s currently behind an experimental flag and is turned off by default. There may be some bugs, but we want to get this early preview into your hands to hear what you think.

Try out Collections

To try out Collections, you’ll need to be on the Canary Channel which you can download from the Microsoft Edge Insider website.

Once you’re on the right build, you’ll need to manually enable the experiment. In the address bar, enter edge://flags#edge-collections to open the experimental settings page. Click the dropdown and choose Enabled, then select the Restart button from the bottom banner to close all Microsoft Edge windows and relaunch Microsoft Edge.

Screenshot of the Experimental Collections feature flag in edge://flags

Once the Collections experiment is enabled, you can get started by opening the Collections pane from the button next to the address bar.

Animation of adding a page to a sample collection titled Amy's wishlist

Start a collection

When you open the Collections pane, select Start new collection and give it a name. As you browse, you can start to add content related to your collection in three different ways:

  • Add current page: If you have the Collections pane open, you can easily add a webpage to your collection by selecting Add current page at the top of the pane.

Screenshot of a sample collection titled Amy's wishlist, with the Add current page button highlighted

  • Drag/drop: When you have the Collections pane open, you can add specific content from a webpage with drag and drop. Just select the image, text, or hyperlink and drag it into the collection.

Animation showing an image being dragged to the Collections pane

  • Context menu: You can also add content from a webpage from the context menu. Just select the image, text, or hyperlink, right-click it, and select Add to Collections. You can choose an existing collection to add to or start a new one.

Screenshot of the Add to Collections entry in the right-click context menu

When you add content to Collections, Microsoft Edge creates a visual card to make it easier to recognize and remember the content. For example, a web page added to a collection will include a representative image from that page, the page title, and the website name. You can easily revisit your content by clicking on the visual card in the Collections pane.

Screenshot of cards in the Collections pane

You’ll see different cards for the different types of content you add to Collections. Images added to a collection will be larger and more visual, while full websites added to a collection will show the most relevant content from the page itself. We’re still developing this, starting with a few shopping websites. Content saved to a collection from those sites will provide more detailed information like the product’s price and customer rating.

Edit your collection

  • Add notes: You can add your own notes directly to a collection. Select the add note icon
    Add note icon
    from the top of the Collections pane. Within the note, you can create a list and add basic formatting options like bold, italics, or underline.
  • Rearrange: Move your content around in the Collections pane. Just click an item and drag and drop it in the position you prefer.
  • Remove content: To remove content from your collection, hover over the item, select the box that appears in the upper-right corner, and then select the delete icon
    Trash can icon
    from the top of the Collections pane.
Export your collection

Once you’ve created a collection, you can easily use that content by exporting it. You can choose to export the whole collection or select a subset of content.

  • Send to Excel: Hit the share icon from the top of the Collections pane and then select Send to Excel. Your content will appear on a new tab with pre-populated table(s) that allow you to easily search, sort, and filter the data extracted from the sites you added to your Collection. This is particularly useful for activities like shopping, when you want to compare items.

Screenshot highlighting the Send to Excel button in the Collections pane

  • Copy/paste: Select items by clicking the box in the upper right. A gray bar will appear at the top of the Collections pane. Select the copy icon
    Copy icon
    to add those items to your clipboard. Then, paste it into an HTML handler like Outlook by using the context menu or Ctrl+V on your keyboard.

Sending content to Excel is available for Mac and Windows devices running Windows 10 and above. We’ll add support for Windows devices running Windows 7 and 8 soon. Additional functionality, like the ability to send to Word, will also come soon.

Send us feedback

This is the just the first step in our Collections journey and we want to hear from you. If you think something’s not working right, or if there’s some capability you’d like to see added, please send us feedback using the smiley face icon in the top right corner of the browser.

Screenshot highlighting the Send Feedback button in Microsoft Edge

Thanks for being a part of this early preview! We look forward to hearing your feedback.

– The Microsoft Edge Team

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Hyper-V - Safe To Test Malware Files?

Hi Guys!

I installed Hyper-V and Windows 10 18950 for test some malware files (with WD) but i don't know, some viruses can access network and can affect host pc. So, Hyper-V, its good idea?

Router Network Isolation Broken By Covert Data Exfiltration

Software-based network isolation provided by routers is not as efficient as believed, as hackers can smuggle data between the networks for exfiltration.

Most modern routers offer the possibility to split the network into multiple segments that work separately. One example is a guest network that works in parallel with the host.

The boundary insulates sensitive or critical systems from others that enjoy less strict security policies. This practice is common and even a recommended security measure. It is a logical separation that occurs at software level, though, and it is not airtight.

Researchers at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev discovered multiple methods to carry data across two segregated network segments on the same hardware.

They achieved this through direct or timing-based covert channels and tested the findings on seven routers in various price ranges from multiple vendors. The methods do not allow exfiltration of large amounts of data but shows that it is possible to break the logical barrier.

Why Privacy Matters

Adwind Remote Access Trojan Hits Utilities Sector

Attackers are targeting entities from the utility industry with the Adwind Remote Access Trojan (RAT) malware via a malspam campaign that uses URL redirection to malicious payloads.

Adwind (also known as jRAT, AlienSpy, JSocket, and Sockrat) is distributed by its developers to threat actors under a malware-as-a-service (MaaS) model and it is capable of evading detection by most major anti-malware solutions.

While the Adwind Trojan manages to avoid detection by some anti-malware solutions, sandbox- and behavior-based antivirus software should be capable of detecting and block it successfully.

This allows its operators to successfully compromise their targets' computers without raising suspicion, and perform a wide range of malicious tasks from stealing sensitive info like VPN certificates and credentials from Chrome, IE, and Edge to collecting and exfiltrating the victims' keystrokes.
Read more below:

Open Source-Based Ransomware Targets Fortnite Players

A new ransomware family specifically targeting users of the Fortnite game is based on the open source Hidden-Cry malware, Cyren’s security researchers have discovered.

Dubbed Syrk, the newly discovered ransomware is attempting to monetize on the popularity of the game by masquerading as a game hack tool for Fortnite. Once executed, the malware starts encrypting files on the victim’s machine, appending the .Syrk extension to them.

Analysis of the malware, Cyren explains, has revealed that the threat is, in fact, the open-source Hidden-Cry that adds a different extension to the encrypted files.

The ransomware attempts to trick users into paying the ransom as soon as possible by deleting files every two hours, but Cyren’s researchers believe victims can recover these files and that they can also decrypt the encrypted data without paying the attackers.

YouTube Sues Alleged Scammer Over DMCA Extortion Scheme

An alleged scammer who tried to extort money from YouTubers by abusing the site's "three strikes" exclusion scheme is about to get his comeuppance. A lawsuit filed by YouTube in a US federal court seeks compensation and an injunction against US-resident Christopher Brady in response to abuse of the DMCA, harassment, extortion, and an apparent 'swatting' incident.

Obtaining multiple unresolved copyright complaints on a YouTube account can prove fatal to those who rely on the platform to make a living. For those obtaining “three strikes”, it can mean the closure of an entire channel and along with it, access to potentially hundreds of otherwise revenue-generating videos. Back in January, it was reported that a YouTuber known as ‘Obbyraidz’, who focuses on Minecraft content, was having this system turned against him. After receiving two bogus strikes against his account, he took to Twitter to complain that he was being extorted by a scammer identifying as ‘Vengeful Flame’, who threatened a third and debilitating strike unless money was paid via PayPal or bitcoin.

Western Digital SN720 OEM NVMe SSD is always operating at 55 C - 60 C degrees? Is it normal?

Can I use an SSD only for Windows OS , and keep the 1TB HDD for all other files?

I have a 512 GB NVMe SSD which partitioned as exFAT and APFS each for 256 GB and can I format the exFAT partition to NTFS and put only the Windows OS on that SSD and use 1 TB SSHD for all other programmes including users/ Downloads etc, pagefile and even programme files?

Keystrokes leading hackers to Passwords

Google is deepening its involvement with Egypt’s repressive government

GOOGLE IS SET to re-staff its Cairo office, which more or less went dormant in 2014, following the military coup that brought President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to power in Egypt. The move comes against the backdrop of well-documented abuses by the Sisi government against dissidents and activists, which it facilitates using mass and targeted internet surveillance, and by blocking news, human rights, and blogging websites.

Google said it would begin recruiting full-time staff for the office after a meeting between Egyptian ministers and Google staff led by Google MENA head Lino Cattaruzzi, according to a June press release from the Egyptian government. The company also recently consulted with the Egyptian government on a data protection bill. And it is in talks to partner with the Egyptian government to expand its “Maharat min Google,” or “Skills From Google,” program, which has provided digital training for entrepreneurs through partner organizations over the past year. The expansion would be overseen by a government ministry.

Adguard Lifetime

For anyone who might be looking for a lifetime Adguard:

Only $29.95!

  • Blocks all types of ads including video, flash, and other unconventional ads
  • Restricts websites w/ inappropriate content for children (Windows users only)
  • Knows which sites can be trusted (uses Web of Trust data)
  • Blocks ads before pages load into your browser
  • Protects from phishing and malware websites
  • Speeds up website loading times & saves bandwidth
  • Includes use w/ 2 computers & 2 Android devices
Important Details
  • Redemption: must redeem within 30 days of purchase
  • Restrictions: includes use on 2 Android devices + 2 computers (4 total)
  • Length of access: lifetime
  • Child restrictions are currently only available for Windows users
  • Updates included
System Requirements
  • Android 4.0.3 and up
  • Windows
  • Mac OS X 10.7+, x64 (not compatible w/ iOS)
  • Works with all major browsers, if not simply add it in settings

Heimdal Thor Foresight Lifetime

Looks like a great deal:

Any Heimdal Thor Foresight users have a comment? $59.95 for lifetime for this software sounds great, but is it as good as I am imagining?

System Requirements

  • Operating systems: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, or Windows 7
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.1
  • 25 MB disk space
  • Local administrator rights during installation
  • User rights during execution
  • Internet access
Important Details

  • Length of access: lifetime
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Updates included
  • Access option: desktop
  • Max number of devices: 3

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18362.10014 & 18362.10015 (19H2)

Hello Windows Insiders!

Today we are releasing 19H2 Build 18362.10014 and Build 18362.10015 to Windows Insiders in the Slow ring. As a reminder, we are testing the ability to ship these updates with features turned off by default so that we can then turn them on via controlled feature rollouts. This helps us gain better feedback on overall build quality. A subset of Insiders in the Slow ring will have features turned off by default, and another subset will have them turned on by default. This means not everyone in the Slow ring will see new features right away:

  • IF you are on 19H2 Build 18362.10012 – you will receive Build 18362.10014 with features turned OFF by default. This includes the below mentioned features as well as the features from the previous release.
  • IF you are on 19H2 Build 18362.10013 – you will receive Build 18362.10015 with features turned ON by default.

If you’re on the Windows 10 May 2019 Update and just joining your PC into the Slow ring to take 19H2 updates, it’ll be a virtual “coin toss” as to whether your PC gets features turned on or turned off.

Other than one update has features turned off, and the other has features turned on – the two updates released today and highlighted above are identical and contain the following features in addition to the what was included in the last 19H2 update:

  • We have enabled Windows Defender Credential Guard for ARM64 devices for additional protection against credential theft for enterprises deploying ARM64 devices in their organizations.
  • We have enabled the ability for enterprises to supplement the Windows 10 in S Mode policy to allow traditional Win32 (desktop) apps from Microsoft Intune.
  • We’re updating the search box in File Explorer to now be powered by Windows Search. This change will help integrate your OneDrive content online with the traditional indexed results. More details here. [UPDATED for clarity.]
  • We have added the ability for Narrator and other assistive technologies to read and learn where the FN key is located on keyboards and what state it is in (locked versus unlocked).

As always, Insiders are encouraged to report any issues they experience with these updates through Feedback Hub.

Dona and Brandon

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You can now pre-order ‘Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition’ and buy ‘Age of Empires: Definitive Edition’

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition illustration with the faces of various characters

You can now pre-order “Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition” – which releases Nov. 14 – at the Microsoft Store and Steam. It has four brand-new civilizations, three new campaigns, cross-network play and a transport ship full of game improvements. You’ll also be able to play it using the Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta).

And now, you can also play the definitive first chapter of the “Age of Empires” franchise (“Age of Empires: Definitive Edition”) on Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta) and buy it from the Microsoft Store and Steam. It now supports cross-network play across all available platforms, which means you can now play with anyone, anywhere.

Read more over at Xbox Wire.

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gamescom 2019: Dell and Alienware expand PC gaming ecosystem with new hardware and designs

Dell and Alienware arrive at the 11th annual gamescom with a complete PC gaming ecosystem aimed at satisfying both die-hard gamers and newer players.

Photo of the Alienware Aurora tower
Alienware Aurora

The Alienware Aurora brings the new Legend Industrial design – introduced at CES earlier this year – to a desktop for the first time. It provides improved airflow, along with Intel’s latest 9th Generation Core Processors and NVIDIA GeForce graphic cards. A tool-less upgrade option offers product longevity and scalable performance.

It’ll be available in the U.S. Aug. 20, starting at $969.99.

Photo of the Dell G5 desktop
Dell G5

For the new PC gamer or those who are looking for budget-friendly gaming options, the new Dell G5 Desktop extends the G Series brand into the realm of desktops. It’s designed to offer game-ready power, graphics and features in a compact, upgradeable form.

Play uninterrupted with the powerful performance and split-second responsiveness of up to i9 K-Series CPUs and VR-capable NVIDIA GeForce GTX and RTX or AMD Radeon graphic cards. It’s easy to expand or upgrade with a tool-less entry and additional storage slots inside. In the Alienware Command Center, you can set the best thermal mode depending on whether you’re gaming, working, studying or watching videos.

It’ll be available in the U.S. Aug. 19, starting at $629.

Photo of the Alienware 55 OLED Gaming Monitor wit The Elder Scrolls on its screen with a dragon bearing down on players
Alienware 55 OLED Gaming Monitor

Marking yet another milestone, Alienware rolls out the world’s first 55-inch OLED gaming monitor* with the Alienware 55 OLED Gaming Monitor (AW5520QF). It has a 120Hz variable refresh rate, a response time of 0.5ms (gray-to-gray) and low-input latency, so images get to the screen much faster. Gamers experience the colors as they were designed with color accuracy and depth at 98+% DCI-P3 color coverage.

The sharp 4k UHD resolution allows for either sitting up close for intense gaming, or farther away with a gamepad for a more casual experience. AMD Radeon FreeSync minimizes graphic distortions such as tearing and artifacts for smooth and steady imagery. Customize the gaming experience with AlienFX lighting, gaming-centric on-screen display (OSD) and a remote control whether having the monitor placed on the gaming desk or mounted on the wall, thanks to the included VESA mount adapter. Built-in speakers are tuned with Waves MaxxAudio for audio accuracy and clarity.

It’ll be available in the U.S. Sept. 30, starting at $3,999.99.

Alienware also introduces fast IPS (in-plane switching) technology with the new Legend Industrial design to its gaming monitor line-up for the first time, with the new Alienware 34 Curved Gaming Monitor (AW3420DW) and Alienware 27 Gaming Monitor (AW2720HF).

Photo of Alienware Low-Profile RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, with multiple colors lighting up the keyboard
Alienware Low-Profile RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Guided by the gaming community and pro players, Alienware is rolling out a newly designed assortment of Legend Industrial design peripherals, completing the Alienware battle station. These include keyboards and mice, such as the Alienware Low-Profile RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (AW510K) and Alienware RGB Gaming Mouse (AW510M).

Photo of Alienware RGB Gaming Mouse
Alienware RGB Gaming Mouse

As part of its 10th anniversary celebration, the Alienware Arena relaunches Aug. 19 with a new design that includes side-scrolling items and an enhanced mobile experience. Its community has grown to over 7 million members worldwide over the past decade. They’ll find daily login bonuses and weekly promotions, as well as new ways to earn Alienware Reward Points, exclusive user customization options and unique content from gaming publishers. Members will also see improved forums for quicker posting, new Friends management, one-stop news for “all things gaming” at Dell and, true to its original mission, new community tournaments.

Another bonus, if you’re a member of Alienware Arena, or become one: Starting 10:30 a.m. CST Aug. 19, you can claim a free 30-day Xbox Game Pass for PC beta code in the Giveaways section of the website. Play the highly anticipated “Gears 5” when it releases or rediscover the Halo saga with “Halo: the Master Chief Collection.” Xbox Game Pass for PC delivers immediate access to more than 100 high-quality games on Windows 10, with new games added all the time.

Find out more about Dell and Alienware’s gaming portfolio at gamescom 2019.

*Based on Dell analysis of publicly available data, July 2019.

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Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Beta 1.13 Build 98 released

We're happy to announce the release of Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Beta 1.13 Build 98.
This is a full Beta version with premium features available to Free users:
Download this Release version here
  • Improved protection techniques for browsers and MS Office applications
  • Improved exclusion capabilities
  • Updated shield list to include Chrome and Edge Browsers
  • Improvements to reduce False Positives
Stability/issues fixed:
  • Improved Logging capabilities
  • Internal Product Improvements

Norton Password Manager 6.4.1 for Android is now available!

We have released Norton Password Manager 6.4.1 for Android customers.

Note: This release is being done in a phased manner.

The FAQs below addresses some common questions:

1. What is the version number for this patch?

Norton Password Manager for Android

2. How can I receive this update?

To receive the update, simply visit Norton Password Manager on Google Play. Go to Settings -> Help -> About to verify if you have received the update

3. What are the changes in this build?

  • Fix for an issue where UI stays at "Loading" when accessing vault
  • Fix for Credit card scan issue
  • Fixes for app crashes
  • Engineering enhancements
  • Other minor bug fixes and performance enhancements

4. Where can I post my queries?

Visit our Other Mobile Products forum to post your queries