ASUS released new firmware v3.0.0.4.380.7266 for ASUS RT-AC87U router!

ASUS RT-AC87U Firmware version 3.0.0.4.380.7266

Bug fixed
– Fixed Android phone tethering mode detecting issue in quick internet setup process.
– Fixed PPPoE related issue.
– Fixed client rename issue in network map.
– Fixed network tool issues.
– Fixed wake on lan issues.

Modification
– Added automatic standby mode for CE Ecodesign directive.

Grab it here (select “Others” as OS version):
http://www.asus.com/us/Networking/RTAC87U/HelpDesk_Download/

I now have a Patreon page!

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I’ve been writing stuff here, creating tweaks and tools, guides, help and all sorts of other stuff for years and I’ve been doing this without ever asking for anything in return. It’s just something I like to do in my free time. And I intend to keep it this way, but people are still asking me if I have any page where they could donate something. So, I’ve decided to make one…

PayPal is not an option because they don’t make payouts to bank accounts for non-US residents and that’s a big no-no. So, I went with Patreon instead which does. It’s a bit different, but if things go well, maybe I’ll be able to support various projects I run more thoroughly, buy proper domain instead of free one that I currently use and also post a lot more often. I literally have no expectations and I don’t have anything special on Patreon in terms of rewards and stuff at the moment. I don’t even understand it perfectly yet and since I don’t have any Patrons yet (obviously), I really have no idea how things will work or how they should work…

If you want to support me financially, visit my Patreon page with a Donate/Support Me button above in the blog navigation bar or by clicking here. Whatever amount you decide to pledge, I greatly appreciate it!

How to fix horrendous Resident Evil 7 performance on PC

I was banging my head against brick wall why the hell performance is so bad with this game. Don’t get me wrong, it looks reasonably nice and works great all maxed out, but it just shouldn’t run as bad when you walk into certain sections of map where it feels like it’s only 15fps for no logical reason. It’s even worse when some sections of levels work super fast one moment and when you reload the game, it’s lagging like insane. I’ve tried everything from monitoring my GPU clocks to even refreshing Windows 10 installation and nothing helped.

But later, fiddling with settings systematically and later talking to someone on TechPowerUp, I came to realization that game is indeed bugged. And for the dumbest reason.

The offending graphics setting appears to be “Shadow Cache”. Not really sure what’s the purpose of it to be quite honest. The thing is, this setting caches shadow maps into VRAM and if you “only” have 4GB like I do on my GTX 980, this game will run like absolute garbage because this cache is taking space in VRAM that needs to be there for other more important things than caching shadows data that works “on-the-fly” anyway just fine. At first I resolved it by changing Shadow Quality from Very High to High, but this appears to be even better solution. It runs just as fast while shading and shadows look way better. The Shadow cache is enabled by default even though it shouldn’t be. In fact I’m not even sure what’s the purpose of it. I mean, caches are usually there to speed things up. If it runs faster with it disabled, what does that tell to you?

Resident Evil 7 PC performance fix:

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Set Shadow Cache to Off and crank everything else to the max. Wasted like half of the game ranting over idiotic garbage performance just because someone didn’t do his job in QA department. It’s unacceptable and stupid that gamers, who are suppose to enjoy this thing, we have to dissect it instead and figure it out why it’s broken. Ugh.

Well, at least now I’ll be able to enjoy it a lot better… Stupid Shadow Cache…

Major avast! version 17 released!

AVAST Software launched their brand new, major release of their flagship product avast!, this time with version number 17 (skipping 5 versions because of AVG acquisition). It’s probably one of the greatest and most complex releases of them all in a very long avast! history.

avast! v17 (example of Premier Edition)

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New branding with trademark orange amoeba, new grey, white, green and purple color scheme. This is the new face of avast! 🙂

What’s new in version 17

  • Improved user interface – simplified navigation, new brand colors, notification center
  • Behavior Shield – better protects you against ransomware by monitoring running programs for suspicious behavior
  • Game mode – helps reduce distractions and lag times by automatically prioritizing your game’s performance and suspending all unnecessary background notifications and processes while you play
  • Free version no longer requires email registration
  • Performance improvements – faster webpage loading and app launching thanks to optimized hashing algorithms
  • Wi-Fi Inspector – previously called Home Network Security, this feature now detects even more problems and vulnerabilities on both home and public networks
  • Passwords – faster UI and improved browser integration
  • Real Site – our new name for SecureDNS, which prevents DNS hijacking to help you avoid visiting fake websites
  • SafeZone browser – common settings for all modes, faster startup of bank mode, currency converter

Under the hood changes and features

I’m not going to bore you with really technical details, all I can say is this new version will provide SIGNIFICANTLY enhanced protection. DeepScreen has been moved to CyberCapture system, removing (for some) annoying “DeepScreen scanning…” popup, scan engine gained many cool features from AVG creating a hybrid engine of best features from both scan engines and lastly, the biggest addition, Behavior Shield. A feature I’ve been waiting for since version 5 and now it has finally made a debut in v17 in all its full glory. It’s a behavior based analysis system which continuously monitors execution process of each and every program on the system. Malware writers can use most sophisticated packers and crypters, but Behavior Shield doesn’t care about any of it. All it cares about is how program behaves on a higher level. If it’s doing suspicious or malicious things to your files or system, it’ll terminate the offensive program and reverse the changes. I’ve made an early test during BETA testing phase and it detected pretty much everything I’ve thrown at it. I’ve also seen internal operation of Behavior Shield during my visit of avast! HQ and it constantly feeds detection and sensors data back into their cloud, processing all the data in near real-time and feeding it back to users and into other avast! systems, progressively increasing protection with every sample processed. It’s already outstanding against ransomware, as well as all sorts of other malware types like file infectors (viruses), trojans, backdoors and worms. It’s gonna catch ’em all! 😉

Plans for the future

I can’t go into exact details due to NDA, but I can tell you avast! team is already working on additional anti-ransomware measures that will proactively protect whole system and personal user files from ransomware. One involves proactive measures and another one generic whitelist based protection where only programs on extensive avast! whitelist are allowed to modify user documents. This gives outstanding generic protection with nearly perfect user experience since users will still be able to edit their personal files using safe tools like image and text editors.

Phishing protection will also be moved from browser extension into Web Shield module, providing extended protection against phishing websites without the need to use browser extensions.

There are also extensive plans on interface upgrade. First stage is the main interface which you can already see in screenshot above. Next stages through March, April and later will evolve certain deeper menus even further, making them look nicer, more consistent with the new design theme and also more user friendly.

There are also many other smaller changes that I’m not covering here which will be included in upcoming monthly releases.

It’s a bright future ahead for avast! and I can’t wait to see how it will do in AV-Comparatives and AV-Test with the new Behavior Shield as well as all the other protection goodies. 🙂

DOWNLOADS:

Home page:
https://www.avast.com

My referral link (you get a download, I get a referral point):
https://www.avast.com/get/PylIx3WC

Online installers (recommended, always up to date install):

http://files.avast.com/iavs9x/avast_free_antivirus_setup.exe
http://files.avast.com/iavs9x/avast_pro_antivirus_setup.exe
http://files.avast.com/iavs9x/avast_internet_security_setup.exe
http://files.avast.com/iavs9x/avast_premier_antivirus_setup.exe

Offline installers (only use if no connection on destination PC during installation):

http://files.avast.com/iavs9x/avast_free_antivirus_setup_offline.exe
http://files.avast.com/iavs9x/avast_pro_antivirus_setup_offline.exe
http://files.avast.com/iavs9x/avast_internet_security_setup_offline.exe
http://files.avast.com/iavs9x/avast_premier_antivirus_setup_offline.exe

Stop calling everyone a “Nazi” you stupid Americans

It’s been a while since I posted anything politically related after GamerGate thing kinda died out. But the crazy left just never let us have a break.

Now, before anyone rushes into calling me an alt-right Trump supporter, this is where I align politically…

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And yes, for some stuff I actually do support things Trump does, because the left has dragged shit so far to the left it has become regressive, we need some of the right’s actions to restore balance again. Call me whatever you want for it, I don’t give a shit. What I believe in is balance between both sides and even though I lean slightly more to the left, it proves my point even more if I at the same time support some of the right’s actions.

Now that we got this shit out of the away, let me continue with something that annoys me quite a lot as an European observing the shit going on in America…

After the crazy far left has called literally everyone a sexist, racist, homophobic, bigoted misogynist rapist a year or two ago (not that they have stopped doing that) and watered down the meaning and seriousness of those definitions, they are now doing yet another utterly moronic thing. They are now calling anyone they disagree with either a “Nazi” or a “Fascist” (often spelling fascist wrong which kinda proves how uneducated they are from all the useless social studies garbage).

The Antifa

The front runners of this nonsense are so called “Antifa” group in USA which is (allegedly) anti-fascist and their mission is to fight Nazis. All fine and well if they were actually fighting fascists. Here’s their definition from official webpage…

Antifa_Mission_Statement.jpgI’m not kidding, this is from their actual, official webpage. Who are fascists for them? Pretty much anyone who happens to disagree with them really. I mean, they are so deranged, they even placed, and I kid you not, FIREFIGHTERS on the list of who fascists are.

Antifa is as far left authoritarian as one can possibly position them on the political compass and anyone positioned anywhere else is literally a Nazi.

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Want to see more of these absolutely insane people who call themselves “anti-fascists”?

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The first one is especially a sparkling gem. “This is your country and you have the right to free speech.” Only irony here is, they go on and shut down anyone who they yet again disagree with, from expressing THEIR right to free speech. Last biggest incident was a Milo Yannopoulos speech at UC Berkeley (The Faggot Tour, look it up) which got shut down by these actual fascists. Here, they talk about freedom of speech and then they go on and shut down a flamboyant conservative Jewish gay speaker. Now, who do such people remind me off… ooooh, right, the actual Nazis!

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The “Punch a nazis” is no less idiotic. Now that we established that they hate literally everyone, they go on justifying violence on people by calling those everyone a Nazi and then committing violence on them and their property. Which they clearly displayed during Trump’s inauguration riots as well as recent UC’s Berkely riots where they knocked a man unconscious with flag poles, hit women  who were just standing in the wrong place, pepper sprayed a girl who was just giving an interview to someone while wearing a red hat which wasn’t even a MAGA hat, it actually said “Make Bitcoin Great Again” on it and they felt obliged to assault her just because she roughly resembled a Trump supporter. They torched and smashed businesses that have nothing to do with any of this. Especially businesses like Starbucks which often panders to these actual fascists and they just smashed it anyway.

I mean, does this speech looks to you like something a fascist white nationalist would say?

And no, they aren’t stopping just here either, they are going down route of threats as well…

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Yup, threatening people and their children with violence, now you’re really showing them who’s a real Nazi! Boy oh boy, your arguments are just flawless!

The outcome of left’s riots

The end result of these riots and threats of violence and actual violence committed upon different thinking people was pretty sweet in a way despite it being horrible. These idiots have such a short fuse they’ll never realize they are just ensuring Trump’s re-election for second term and even stronger position of the right. Milo had a talk to maybe 200-300 students at Berkeley. After the cancellation of his event, he was given a nation wide interview which gave him audience of several million people. Congratulations idiots, your senseless and violent rioting is doing the opposite of what you’re supposedly trying to achieve, and that is silencing people with different opinions. I don’t necessarily agree with everything Milo says, but I love to listen to his speeches. And he opened my eyes for certain things that were on the very liberal side of my mindset, but he proved that doing that in a more conservative way is actually better. Challenge your beliefs and allow others to speak up. Exchange of ideas is the core element of free speech and if you’re shutting down one side, you’re the fascist who needs to be shut down!

The Nazism and Europe

Now that we have come to a conclusion who are the real Fascists and Nazis (the Antifa), let me go back to my starting statement why I find this disturbing as an European.

They have watered down the meaning of words like sexism, rape and racism by calling everything not even by far related to these things, these exact things, they are doing this to Fascism and Nazism as well. For them, it’s just a buzzword to be thrown around and to somehow justify senseless violence, for us Europeans, it’s a very strong historic reminder of what should never ever happen again. Granted, I haven’t lived through that period of time and I’m grateful for that, but my grandparents have. And they have told me of all the horrible things that happened during that time. Europe actually lived through that while most Americans had no clue what’s going on across the Atlantic and now all of a sudden a bunch of spoiled American millennials think they are fighting Nazis and Fascism? Give me a fucking break. Open a 20th century European history books and learn something about dark times of Europe instead of spouting out this absolutely pointless drivel and destroying an actual meaning of these words yet again.

Until then, YOU are the actual Fascists, beating people, smashing businesses and property and silencing people who’s ideas don’t strictly align with yours. You are the fucking Nazis and you deserve to be called a domestic terrorist organization and be shut down immediately!

New Sound Blaster Z 13.1.01.10 drivers released!

Been quite a while since last driver release of drivers for Sound Blaster Z. And Creative just released a new update. The changelog is as cryptic as the one ASUS releases for their devices…

Changes for version 13.1.01.10

  • Bug fixes and general improvements for Windows® 10

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Strange folders and files appeared on my disk

I’ve noticed an increased number of people asking about strange files and folders appearing on their computer drives. Like this…

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These folders and files are named randomly to avoid being targeted or ignored by ransomware writers.

I’ve instantly recognized the pattern with users asking about these “strange” files…

It’s Cybereason’s RansomFree Anti-Ransomware tool, the one I’ve actually wrote about here and I’ve even tested it myself and it’s very effective. You can read more about it here.

Cybereason RansomFree also notifies users about this, but either people click over it quickly or forget about it…

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These folders and files are called “honeypot” files and they are placed there to trick ransomware into fiddling with them and when ransomware does that, RansomFree pounces on it. Ransomware is captured and you don’t actually lose any of your real documents.

Be aware that if you have such strange files and you haven’t installed Cybereason’s RansomFree or any other security product that uses similar protection mechanism, I suggest thorough scanning of the computer with security software (antivirus).