Google Chrome: Extentions At Last

Ok I know its been a while since I last wrote a blog.  But what with Christmas and stuff I have been really busy 12 hour  shifts are horrible. Anyway enough about me and on to what this post is actually about.

Google have finally realised a version of their browser Google chrome which allows the use of extensions. Now im fully aware that extensions have been available for a while for the browser but that the feature had been set to off as default. This is the first time that it has been enabled for all and the extension system seems to be working great.

In my opinion the lack of extension support was one thing that was holding chrome back, I can now see myself using it more often as I have already dropped internet explorer completely. I had only been using it for sites that didn’t like Firefox which is becoming a very rare problem nowadays.

I’m currently running the latest beta version which is 4.0.249.30 and having updated from a few builds ago and so far all seems to working as you would expect still running quick and no crashes so far. You can download it from filehippo here

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Ad-Aware Anniversary Edition

Its that time of year again a little earlier than normal but the release of the new version of Ad-Aware is upon us.

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This time called Ad-Aware Anniversary Edition in celebration of lavasofts 10 years fighting crime err I mean adware, It has a new look as you can see in the screenshot it still will be available in its three flavours of free plus and pro each with new features and and an even faster scanning engine.

The full comparison chart is below.

Ad-Aware Comparison Chart 1

Ad-Aware Comparison Chart 2

I and many others have been beta testing this version and its easily the best version released in the last view years it is faster and uses far less resources not only that but all versions now include automatic updates pinpoint scanning [being able to click a file and scaning it] and real time protection against malicious processes with a basic level of Ad-Watch live.

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I really recommend this it is certainly the best version in the last couple of years and defiantly the best value for more infomation and to download Ad-Aware Anniversary Edtion Click Here

UPDATE

Press release from lavasoft HQ

New Ad-Aware Version Marks 10-Year Anniversary

Gothenburg, Sweden (January 20, 2009) Well-known anti-spyware pioneer Lavasoft today announced the global release of Ad-Aware – Anniversary Edition, the latest version of their flagship product that celebrates 10 years at the forefront of malware detection and removal.

“We were the first on the global market with anti-spyware protection when it was still largely unknown. And now with a decade behind us as a leader in the anti-malware industry, we know that today’s computer users need advanced technology that comes in the form of a light, easy-to-use product,” said Lavasoft CEO Jason King.

King continued, “We have focused our efforts for this new version on our core competence for online security – blocking, detection, removal, and clean-up – and we have poured our technological advances in these core areas instead of simply adding more bells and whistles that generally add to the strain on a user’s computer.”

The repair and clean-up of files after a malware infection is one of the main competitive advantages for Ad-Aware. Most companies today are good at finding and removing malware, but there is a final step of repairing and cleaning-up the aftermath of a computer infection that distinguishes Ad-Aware from other products on the market.

What’s new:

· Radically reduced computer resource use:  Only 18% of CPU during scans – Improved 60% over the previous version, and markedly better than top competitors including AVG, Kaspersky, Norton 360, and PC Tools

· Rapid scans hitting 36 MB per second: Top scanning speed over AVG, Kaspersky, Norton, and PC Tools

· Behavior-based heuristics methodology to pinpoint the newest forms of malware

· Overhauled real-time blocking with the newly integrated Ad-Watch Live!

· Lavasoft SmartSet: Default settings based on our expert recommendations mean you are ‘good to go’ immediately after installation

· Lavasoft Toolbox: includes AutoStart Manager, ThreatWork, Process Watch and Hosts File Editor

· Real-time blocking and rootkit protection now also included with the Free version

· Available in English, Portuguese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, and Spanish, Traditional Chinese (new), Simplified Chinese (new), and Japanese (new).

· Coming Soon: Anti-Virus in the Free version!

The price of Ad-Aware remains unchanged at $26.95 for the Plus version and $39.95 for the Pro version.  Deep discounts are available for multi-user licenses, and technical support is free. Lavasoft continues to distribute a Free version as a no-strings-attached option to ensure that all computer users are able to protect their privacy when connecting to the Internet. For a full performance report and competitive comparison, see http://www.lavasoft.com/company/pdf/ad-aware_ae_performance.pdf

All valid licenses for Ad-Aware receive a free update to the new version.

About Lavasoft

Founded in 1999, Lavasoft is “the original anti-spyware company”, with over 350 million downloads worldwide for the flagship Ad-Aware product. A private company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, Lavasoft provides innovative security solutions for consumer and business channels, including anti-spyware, anti-virus, registry optimization, firewall, digital shredding, and encryption.

The Creature Feature

Ea today officaly released the creature creator tool for maxis coming game spore and i like many have downloaded it and been having a play around. Already a search around youtube and im sure many of the other video and video game sites will bring you up many many weird and wonderful creature that would never have a chance in the real world.

The tool it self is so easy to use it hurts everything is pretty much self explanatory and things can be molded like virtual playdought you start of with I a ball of well I guess flesh with a backbone which you can twist and turn and pull it into pretty much any shape you could want you add things like eyes legs feet weapons mouth and you have yourself a basic creature.

My first creature created with the creature creator
is shown in this video

It probably took 10 mins at most. Now Im using the trial version which as you would imagine has fewer parts and colour’s etc the full version is available but I don’t like the ea downloader thing but even with fewer part there is a ton of options available and i can see me tinkering around for some time with it.

Its really easy to create videos and send them to youtube as its all built into the program you are also able to create animated avatars and still pictures

Animated Avatar created in Spore Creature Creater

For the second creature i made i decided to make something as tall as i could and ended up with treeasorus which looks like a sort of dinasour stick insect.

A few other creatures from around the web. [well, okay youtube ¬_¬]

If you want to have a play you can download the program from EA Here

Link to your creation in the comments I would love to see what you come up with.

Same goes for any that you happen to come across too.

Ad-Aware 08

Its been nearly a year since my last blog post regarding the antispy/malware program Ad-Aware, which if you would like to read you can here. Ad-aware is a program that has had according to its creators lavasoft had over 350 million worldwide downloads. As of today the newest version Ad-Aware 2008 is released to the general public In its paid for and free guises.

I have been using the new versions for a little while now and it certainly is an improvement even on its previous versions. lavasoft have built upon there 2007 versions and have made improvements not only in functionality but also reliability and it also uses less system resources than it has done in the past. making it much kinder to overall system performance.

The three versions that have been released are the free version and the paid for plus and pro version’s each having there own merits. The free version is obviously the version with the least amount of features with each version above it differing and offering more and more functionality.

The pro version which is basically all the other versions rapped into a nice package with some nice added extras contains. straight from the horses mouth as it were.

What’s New in Ad-Aware 2008 Pro?
Integrated Anti-Virus Protection – Our powerful anti-spyware software now includes extended anti-virus protection.
Extended Threat Detection – Protection from more than 1.2 million virus and malware threats with the new extended anti-virus engine.
Enhanced Rootkit Removal System – Guard against hidden threats attempting to access your system with our amplified rootkit removal technology.
Substantially Reduced Use of Computer Memory – Tread lightly on your system’s resources with a significant reduction in computer memory used while in watchguard mode.
Faster, Efficient Updates – Save precious time and resources with compressed files resulting in faster product updates.
Lavasoft ThreatWork – Direct access to submit suspicious files for analysis via ThreatWork, an alliance of global anti-spyware security volunteers actively fighting online threats.
Windows Vista Compatible – 32- and 64-bit platform support

More Key Features
Ad-Watch Real-Time Monitor – Immediate detection of malware, spyware, and viruses means deceptive applications can be safely removed before they are able to cause any damage to your PC.
Advanced Code Sequence Identification (CSI) Technology – Boost your privacy protection with precise detection of embedded malware, including Trojans, worms, spyware and other forms of deceptive malware.
Process Watch Module – View an in-depth snapshot of all running processes and quickly stop known offenders.
Detailed Scan Reports – Conveniently export scan reports to XML and log files as text files.
Advanced Command Line Support– Scan and remove spyware without launching the interface window.
The Scheduler – Set automatic scans and updates to fit your personalized needs and optimize time and resources.
Ad-Watch RegShield – Improved detection of attempted registry changes, a favorite target for many forms of malware.
Ad-Watch Process– Immediately detect all recognized malicious processes to prevent them from further integration into your system.
TrackSweep – Control privacy by erasing tracks left behind while surfing the Web on multiple browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Opera, with one easy click.
Hosts File Editor – Take control of your Web navigation by blocking advertisement sites, reversing browser hijack entries, assisting with parental controls, and creating navigation shortcuts.
Extensive Detection Database – Stay protected with priority updates from our extensive library of identified and analyzed threats, constantly updated to guard your privacy against cyber attacks.
Customized Scans – Save time by scanning selected areas where known spyware programs are located – RAM, registry, hard drives, external storage devices, and optical drives.
Easy to Install and Use – Effortlessly maneuver the complexities of malware

And is well worth a look.

The Free version as I previously said does include less than this but is still easily essential to anyone that want to keep there computer adware and spyware free and it does more than some things out there that you actually pay for. The free version doesn’t have the built in antivirus detection but does have a great deal of other things the key feature list is below.

What’s New in Ad-Aware 2008 Free?
Improved Threat Detection– Powerful protection against cyber threats – including a defense against spyware, Trojans, bots, and other malicious programs – with an expanded threat database.
Enhanced Rootkit Removal System – Guard against hidden threats attempting to access your system with our amplified rootkit removal technology.
Faster Updates – Save precious time and resources with compressed files resulting in quicker product updates.
Lavasoft ThreatWork – Direct access to submit suspicious files for analysis via ThreatWork, an alliance of global anti-spyware security volunteers actively fighting online threats.
Windows Vista Compatible – 32- and 64-bit platform support

The plus version comes somewhere between the two you can see a comparison chart of the differences between the 3 versions Here. I dare say that by now you are wondering what the system requirements are and to be honest they are pretty reasonable in fact any pc with a compatible operating system really should be able to use it with out too much trouble the official system requirements for all versions are as follows.

Pentium 600 MHz or faster processor –And its AMD equivalent no doubt

100 Megs of Ram

50 Megs of hard drive space

Operating Systems

Windows 2000 (Pro and Server)ƒƒ
Windows Server 2003ƒƒ
Windows XP (32- & 64-bit)ƒƒ
Windows Vista (32- & 64-bit)ƒƒ

And finally it supports the following browsers

Internet Explorer (5.5 or higher)ƒƒ
Firefox (1.5 or higher)ƒƒ
Opera (9 or higher)

You can find the official lavasoft blog post regarding its release today here
And you can download it either by following the instructions on that blog post or By getting it from my skydrive Here.
or you can download it from my favourite download site filehippo Here
Obviously I have to say I or anyone else cant be held responsible for any nastiness that may occur from dowloading and/or using the file that I provide. however there shouldn’t be a problem as its unmodified and pulled directly from lavasoft.
Please do comment I would like to know what you think about this blog post and as always any constructive criticism would be appreciated.
Update:
2/6/08 added new download link