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News about new stuff, new program releases and my new tools, tweaks or fixes…

Stay away from Onavo Protect VPN app!

Recently, Facebook started promoting Onavo Protect VPN as means of protecting user privacy when browsing online for smartphones. Without disclosing that Facebook owns Onavo company since 2013! I find it absolutely disgusting that they weren’t disclosing this even back then and not surprised they still haven’t done the same today.

Now, ask yourself, Facebook, the cancer for privacy that it is, would you trust them routing ALL your traffic through their VPN “pipeline” to “protect” your privacy? I sure as hell wouldn’t, I have all their shit blocked on all webpages and stay as far away from their services as possible. I can’t really say anything more than to stay away from this shit. It’s sleazy, low and it’s not even protecting anyone’s privacy, it’s just moving literally EVERYTHING you view online through it, served to Facebook on a silver platter. Even data passing through is encrypted, they still see who is visiting what website and that’s already too much. AVOID!

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Killing Floor 2 Tweaker v2.1 released!

KF2

Another day, another huge update for the Killing Floor 2 Tweaker. Spend nearly 2 days testing parameters for shadows and finally managed to figure out correct ones (darn you Only Stream-In Textures setting invalidating all other settings when disabled!). Long hours in the early morning paid off after all 😀

New features in version 2.1 (2018-02-08)

  • Dramatically improved Ultra High Quality Shadows feature (smoother shadows edges, higher shadows resolution and higher shadows draw distance)
  • Removed old “Smooth Framerate” setting under “Performance” section and replaced it with full separate controls for it
  • Redesigned RESTORE DEFAULTS once again, making it faster to use and more granular on a single settings page
  • RESTORE DEFAULTS doesn’t touch INI files that are not in any way manipulated by KF2 Tweaker (except RESET ALL option)
  • Improved 3D Audio settings
  • Updated settings descriptions
  • Minor bug fixes

Recommended to reset “Engine Settings” and “Game System Settings” and re-apply tweaks again due to significant changes in KF2 Tweaker. Not doing so may leave certain tweaks unchanged “in the background” without controls to change them back.

Ultra High Quality Shadows showcase

When Ultra High Quality Shadows feature is enabled, Killing Floor 2 Tweaker sets shadows parameters beyond normal Ultra preset selectable within game settings, making shadow edges dramatically smoother, shadows are more detailed and are rendered significantly further away from player’s point of view. Not only that, distant lower quality shadows now have more details which makes transition between distant lower quality shadows and closer detailed shadows less visible. Performance difference in my tests on GTX 1080Ti are insignificant, but may affect lower end graphic cards slightly.

Visit Killing Floor 2 Tweaker micro page for download:

Killing Floor 2 Tweaker

ASUS released new firmware v3.0.0.4.382.50010 for ASUS RT-AC87U router!

ASUS has just released a hefty update for RT-AC87U router. It includes quite a long list of security fixes as well as bug fixes and new features. It’s highly recommended to update it!

ASUS RT-AC87U Firmware version 3.0.0.4.382.50010

Security fixed

  • Fixed KRACK vulnerability
  • Fixed CVE-2017-14491: DNS – 2 byte heap based overflow
  • Fixed CVE-2017-14492: DHCP – heap based overflow
  • Fixed CVE-2017-14493: DHCP – stack based overflow
  • Fixed CVE-2017-14494: DHCP – info leak
  • Fixed CVE-2017-14495: DNS – OOM DoS
  • Fixed CVE-2017-14496: DNS – DoS Integer underflow
  • Fixed CVE-2017-13704 : Bug collision
  • Fixed predictable session tokens (CVE-2017-15654), logged user IP validation (CVE-2017-15653), Logged-in information disclosure (special thanks for Blazej Adamczyk contribution)
  • Fixed web GUI authorization vulnerabilities.
  • Fixed AiCloud XSS vulnerabilities
  • Fixed XSS vulnerability. Thanks for Joaquim’s contribution.
  • Fixed LAN RCE vulnerability. An independent security researcher has reported this vulnerability to Beyond Security’s SecuriTeam Secure Disclosure program
  • Fixed remote code execution vulnerability. Thanks to David Maciejak of Fortinet’sFortiGuard Labs
  • Fixed Smart Sync Stored XSS vulnerabilities. Thanks fo Guy Arazi’s contribution.
  • Fixed CVE-2018-5721 Stack-based buffer overflow.

New features

  • HDD Hibernation
  • URL filter black/white list
  • Bandwidth limiter on guest network
  • URL filter support https website

Bug fixed

  • Fixed CTF related issues
  • Fixed AiCloud smart sync issue.
  • Fixed client icon modification issue when client name includes special characters.
  • Fixed AiCloud smart sync problem.

Grab it here:
https://www.asus.com/us/Networking/RTAC87U/HelpDesk_BIOS/

Killing Floor 2 Tweaker v2.0 released!

KF2

It has been a while since my last update. Have dropped a small update yesterday and decided to dig into Killing Floor 2 settings files again. And found quite few new gems. So many of them in fact that I’ve decided to skip few minor versions and release 2.0 because there are so many new things. A lot of them performance related, some of them visual quality related. I’ve also entirely redesigned the “Restore Defaults” feature which is now more reliable and easy to use since it properly resets the game settings and gives you the control to keep or also reset keybinds (game controls).

New features in version 2.0 (2018-01-23)

  • Removed both of old “Restore Defaults” features because many settings don’t have absolute defaults, but depend on system you’re running KF2 on.
  • Added separate “Restore Keybinds Defaults” option to only reset keybinds to game default.
  • Added new “Restore Defaults” which resets all settings back to your system defaults except keybinds.
  • Added “Smooth Framerate” toggle
  • Added “Instanced Rendering” toggle
  • Added “Compute Bloom and SSAO” toggle
  • Added “Combine Similar Mappings” toggle
  • Added “System Memory Usage (RAM)” allowing you to dedicate more system memory (RAM) to KF2.
  • Updated many settings descriptions
  • Minor bug fixes

Visit Killing Floor 2 Tweaker micro page for download:

Killing Floor 2 Tweaker

Kaspersky Antivirus Free finally released for everyone!

Kaspersky offered Kaspersky Antivirus Free to certain countries for quite a while. But yesterday, Kaspersky finally released it for everyone to use, worldwide.

KFA1.png

Kaspersky Antivirus Free however does come with few limitations however (no way, really? 😀 ). As you can see from the main panel image, they disabled few options. And this trend continues in settings as well…

KFA2.png

While most features missing in settings aren’t big show stoppers, lack of SystemWatcher however is. A bit. SystemWatcher is Kaspersky’s flagship behavioral blocker which is very powerful. Missing this component in Free version means it’ll perform considerably worse than their paid versions. Only consolation is the fact that Free version still connects to KSN, Kaspersky’s cloud system which does interact with SystemWatcher component on paid versions, meaning Free users benefit from SystemWatcher, but indirectly rather than directly. In an essence, a paid user of Kaspersky has to encounter a super brand new malware, that person will then supply the detection metrics to the KSN and you as a Free user will receive protection against that malware from someone else’s SystemWatcher indirectly via KSN.

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This is how a detection dialog looks now on Windows 10. It’s utilizing native Windows notification system to show malware detection alerts.

Conclusion

While I don’t think it’ll pose an immediate threat to avast! or AVG which do provide full behavior blocker even in their Free version, it’s nice to have another option among free antiviruses. Kaspersky, despite lacking some core protection features will for sure still provide sufficient protection beyond what most of other free antiviruses provide. That especially applies to Windows Defender.

Only thing that is still uncertain is the fact that license says it will last for 365 days. What happens after that? avast!, AVG, AVIRA, Panda Antivirus free, all these are free forever. Will Kaspersky Antivirus Free only be “free” just for one year and then the fun is over or can you extend/renew this? Can’t find any info on this. We’ll see I guess…

UPDATE 2017/07/27

It seems Kaspersky Antivirus Free will be available for more than 1 year (365 days license). Some user on Kaspersky forum changed his date to 2020 and Kaspersky Antivirus Free said it expired and that it has limited functionality. After clicking RENEW button, he got another 365 days license. So, I guess that explains it all. Things may change down the line, but it seems to be set for free renewals as things stand now.

DOWNLOAD

https://www.kaspersky.com/free-antivirus

ASUS released new firmware v3.0.0.4.380.7743 for ASUS RT-AC87U router!

ASUS RT-AC87U Firmware version 3.0.0.4.380.7743

Security fixed
– Fixed CVE-2017-5892 (JSONP Information Disclosure)
– Fixed CVE-2017-7494 (Samba remote code execution vulnerability
– Improved brute-force protection for SSH, Telnet connection.

Bug fixed
– Fixed web history issue.
– Fixed URL filter, keyword filter, network filter time related issue.
– Fixed USB Modem/ Tethering UI issue.

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

AMD Radeon RX Vega release date hint

AMD announced via Facebook today that RX Vega will in fact be released this quarter (April-June 2017 timeframe). Which falls within the 1st half of 2017 as announced by AMD months ago.

However, today, a guy named “uuuaaaaaa” posted this on TechPowerUp…

The star known as Vega is 25.05 light years away from earth. Wouldn’t it be cool if it was released on the 25th of may? :D

Anyone else thinks this can’t be just a coincidence? 25th May? It also falls in line with Prey 2 which was heavily advertised along with RX Vega as well as Alien:Covenant, also getting released in May…

It never crossed my mind, but now that I know it, it’s kinda interesting. Maybe we’ll see Vega in May already as predicted from this 🙂