You may have noticed Bitdefender discontinued Bitdefender Free with beginning of year 2022. However, things changed as war in Ukraine happened and more and more concerns rose over Kaspersky’s ties to Kremlin. A lot of people are ditching Kaspersky in fear or just out of protest. Bitdefender, a Romanian security company decided to bring back their popular free solution for everyone who want antivirus protection, but can’t pay for full program or simply don’t need the features paid versions offer, particularly for those who ditched Kaspersky. I don’t know if that was their official statement, but it was clearly a motive to fill in the gap.
I present you the all new Bitdefender Free antivirus…
At first I wasn’t interested if they just brought back the old one, because it had so many issues and bugs they never managed to fix, that I just wasn’t willing to even try it. But then someone posted a screenshot that got me interested. It’s a complete redesign and from the looks of it, this alone fixed a lot of issues that existed before after I actually tried it.
It can still be just install and forget just like the old free version, but now you have some more settings under control and also no issues that I used to have before. Still requires registration, which is a bit annoying, but oh well, it’s free and can be used on 3 systems by 1 user.
I don’t think using Kaspersky is an issue, particularly if you’re a regular user and not a company or organization. But still, if you have concerns and don’t want to use anything else, Bitdefender has always been good performer.
Some time ago I’ve bought myself Gigabyte G27Q monitor and it has a neat feature to create custom virtual crosshairs that act like an overlay. Main benefit is that you don’t need to create a rendered overlay or inject anything into games, making it friendly for online games as it’s entirely undetectable to anticheat systems. And can also be useful for single player games because it’s just so simple to enable and will work with any game. Sometimes games just have rubbish in-game crosshairs or you like to complement existing ones with custom one. Usually Diagonal one works well since it can fill the gaps of built-in crosshairs and can function as a guideline for example when character in game is sprinting and games usually disable crosshair. This way you always know exactly where you’ll be aiming when you stop sprinting for example. Call it cheating if you want, but it’s useful. We used to paint dots on monitors back in the day when none of this was available so why the heck not 😛
Since Gigabyte OSD Sidekick allows exporting of crosshairs, I thought, why not release them if anyone else wants them. So, here it is 🙂
You need to connect your Gigabyte G27Q monitor with USB cable and install Gigabyte OSD Sidekick. Then you can easily import these through OSD Sisdekick app. Or even create your own. Might even work with other Gigabyte monitors that have custom crosshairs support, but that is untested. If it doesn’t work, you can use the screenshots of crosshairs above to recreate them yourself and modify them to your liking.
I’ve just released new version of Firefox Tweaker 2.9 that can enable preview of Mozilla’s new Proton Interface. Proton is Mozilla’s redesigned interface for Firefox which is planned to be released to all users with Firefox 89. You can try it out now in Firefox 88. While some things are a bit weird, some are surprisingly better. Like the god awful oversized twitching URL bar which feels much better under Proton. Give it a try if you want.
The tweak controls several parameters at once. Parameters are listed under Help button of Proton interface and you can individually adjust them under about:config if you desire to do so. I’ve decided to pack them all under single checkbox for convenience purposes.
I just want to let you all know I’ve released a new tool called Permanent Process Priority Tool (PPPT) which allows you to permanently set a specific process priority for any program in just few clicks.
I’ve created Permanent Process Priority Tool (PPPT) because I had to set Shadow of Tomb Raider to High priority to fix its stupid sound stuttering problem, but there simply isn’t any program or tool that has such functionality where you can set process priority and it would just stick forever. Windows Task Manager doesn’t offer such functionality and most others haven’t been updated since Windows XP or Windows Vista days and basically all of them require you to have a program running that then enforces selected process priority and a lot of them are really buggy, problematic or clumsy and cause all sorts of bizarre problems. PPPT doesn’t have any of such problems, is simple to use and doesn’t have to be running all the time to function. It only has to be run when setting process priority for a program and after that, Windows itself will set the program to user specified process priority. How cool is that. 🙂
For more info and download, visit PPPT’s micro page:
Was checking what new is there to tweak in latest Firefox 83 and I stumbled upon a tweak I was looking for ages and couldn’t find. And now I tripped over it by chance 🙂
I’ve included new “Disable Developer Tools” option under “Browser Components” tweaks section.
What this tweak does is the following:
Disables F12 key shortcut for quick access to Developer Tools panel
Disables Developer Tools in Menu Bar
Disables Developer Tools in right click context menu
The logic behind this is that large majority of users will NEVER need any of these tools, yet they are just there, making clutter by being present in right click context menu all the time or accidentally pressing F12 and the panel pops up.
I have also included this option into “One Click Configuration” so this component gets disabled when using this feature to quickly configure browser. And of course into Restore Default Settings feature.
I’ve been busy making this little new app that allows you to use multimedia keys on regular keyboards without said multimedia buttons. Basically it emulates the multimedia buttons with hotkeys that are just combinations of buttons/keys found on any keyboard. If you love listening to music, these controls are a must and I can’t imagine using Windows PC without them. Yeah, PC as whole because they also control Windows volume and toggle MUTE. Super useful stuff. And because a lot of keyboards don’t have them, this app steps in and fills that void. I made it for myself so I won’t have to make compromises when picking new keyboard which might not have multimedia buttons and then thought, why not just polish the app, make it all fancy with few extra cool features and release it to you guys. And so, here we are.
Check out its dedicated micro page with more details, screenshot and download links.
Even though a lot of people like to take a piss at avast! for privacy related stuff they’ve done in not that distant past, I still consider it as one of best antivirus options. You just have to uncheck data sharing in Privacy settings (except CommunityIQ which is responsible for cloud protection) and you’re good to go.
New addition with avast! Free version 20.5 is gaining of Ransomware Shield. This feature places a barrier between apps and your sensitive files like documents and photos. If an app that isn’t included on the whitelist tries to modify them, it’ll block the action and notify you about it. However, if app on the whitelist tries to modify those files, the action will be allowed.
This way some random EXE downloaded from internet won’t be allowed to modify (encrypt) your photos, but Paint.NET will be allowed. And thanks to huge whitelists maintained by avast! team, the experience is super seamless and painless.
For example, Windows Defender had this feature for many years and even with latest Windows 10 2004 update, it’s still noisy and annoying. It blocked bunch of legit software. At least now it has a less annoying way of allowing the programs to exclusion list. Something you’ll rarely have to deal with avast! when it comes to Ransomware Shield.
I think it’s a nice addition and I welcome it in the free version.
With preparation for Firefox 78 release landing really soon, I’ve prepared updated version of Firefox Tweaker that uses new “ui.prefersReducedMotion” parameter to turn off the moronic oversized URL bar introduced with Firefox 75.
This means all the old parameters used till this point are now obsolete. I’ve also removed CSS method from Firefox Tweaker 2.4.2 in favor of this reduced motion thing. Unfortunate downside of Mozilla dicking around so much with this thing is that bunch of tweaks need to be left behind inside prefs.js because it complicates things removing them correctly as means of cleanup. I believe performance penalty for leaving them there is immeasurable. As people are reinstalling systems or Firefox browser and new versions of Firefox Tweaker (after version 2.4) won’t be inserting them anymore, it’ll eventually get purged from systems on its own.
You can clean things up yourself deleting/reverting the following entries in about:config:
Mozilla annoyed all of us with introduction of idiotic new oversized URL bar in Firefox 75 browser. But we found a “browser.urlbar.update1” switch for it in about:config and while stupid, it was a matter of flipping a switch and puff, that dumb shit was gone. I even made Firefox Tweaker for this very purpose so even most clueless users who just want browser work their way can do it easily. Fast forward to Firefox 77 release and Mozilla in all their wisdom (or lack of it) decided to kill the “browser.urlbar.update1” switch and now we are stuck with that oversized, twitching annoying fuckery of an URL bar they introduced. Guess what’s the new method of disabling that annoying URL bar? You need to learn to code fucking CSS. And flip ANOTHER switch in about:config because custom userChrome.css are disabled by default. This is the kind of shit that made me stop donating to Mozilla months ago. I’m not gonna support an organization that keeps on throwing such fuck you shit at users without giving us simple and clear way of controlling it through god damn settings. No one asked for this dumbass new URL bar, they cooked it in their dumb thick skulls because all they fucking do is sit in front of telemetry stats like absolute morons and cook up shit based on that. And results are dumb shit like this new URL bar. I’ve seen their MO long ago how they literally don’t give a shit what users say or complain about and it’s yet again obvious if you look at the Firefox subreddit. Bunch of fanboys extinguishing the rage of annoyed users. Telemetry is Mozilla’s holy grail and they’ll do everything based on that.
And even if I’d somehow believe an oversized URL bar is a must, because it somehow brings attention to users (I don’t know, I’m already clicking on it, I don’t need fucking more attention from it), do it fucking properly at least. Instead of doing cheap increase in size, how about keeping the size we had before and use GLOW effect around the URL bar. You know, a fucking soft, semi transparent glow that doesn’t just cover other elements and looks like someone who just started coding threw it in. The glow would look professional and pleasant to the eyes. It could also be displayed gradually instead of instant popup in size like current URL bar does. Or just make the edge double the thickness in a shade of blue and leave it at fucking that, not adding 8 fucking pixels on every side of it. Not to mention getting rid of fucking oversized URL bar can only be done now by clicking into webpage area of the browser. Clicking anywhere on tabs, empty tabs section, toolbar or bookmarks bar doesn’t get rid of it.
It’s literally like they put zero fucking thought into it and just smacked it into a fucking stable channel and 2 versions later enforced it by hardcoding it to a point you need to write a fucking custom CSS to override it. And then I’m the annoying one for complaining over it. Do your fucking job properly and no one will be angry and shit you implement will actually function and look nice. Not be this butt ugly half ass implementation that looks like something I’d only dare to release as “prototype”. Yet it’s here in a stable final version.
Deep inhale. I’ve released Firefox Tweaker 2.4 today which now has to fucking shuffle userChrome.css around in order to override this god damn new URL bar. It’s a hack and it will suck if you’re already using tweaks in userChrome.css, but at least I managed to hack this shit so you can turn off the damn thing with just ONE checkbox. Just imagine if Mozilla gave users that one fucking checkbox to control it in settings. Instead, some fucking randoms on interwebs have to make hacks to fix their fuckups. Year 2020 really is a fucking gem and we’re only half way into it…
Go to Firefox Tweaker micropage to grab version 2.4: