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

Firefox Tweaker 2.8 released!

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.

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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.

Micro page for more details:

https://rejzor.wordpress.com/firefox-tweaker/

AnyKeyboard Multimedia Controls released!

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.

I hope you’ll like it 🙂

AnyKeyboard Multimedia Controls micro page:

https://rejzor.wordpress.com/anykeyboard-multimedia-controls/

avast! Antivirus Free receives Ransomware Shield feature!

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.

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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.

Download:

http://www.avast.com

Firefox Tweaker 2.4.2 released for Firefox 78

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:

  • browser.urlbar.update1
  • toolkit.legacyUserProfileCustomizations.stylesheets

Deleting custom user CSS style sheet:

Use “Open Firefox profile folder” function in the Firefox Tweaker and delete the “chrome” folder which contains “userChrome.css” file

Visit Firefox Tweaker micro page for more details and download:

https://rejzor.wordpress.com/firefox-tweaker/

Firefox Tweaker and dealing with Firefox 77 URL bar

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:

https://rejzor.wordpress.com/firefox-tweaker/

Major Firefox Tweaker update released!

Today, I’ve updated Firefox Tweaker to version 2.2, bringing several big features worthy of extra post about it.

  • Totally redesigned the prefs.js auto detection mechanism and added GUI driven manual selection or override for situations where prefs.js cannot be detected in default location or when multiple profiles are detected.
  • Added name of the exact parameter used for any given tweak under HELP button. Helpful so you know what exactly is being modified and if I’m interpreting some tweak wrong.
  • Added “Enable HTTPS green padlock” (Interface Tweaks)
  • Added “Disable Beacon API” (Privacy Tweaks)
  • Added “Browser Components” category
  • Added “Disable Firefox Accounts” (Browser Components)
  • Added “Disable Pocket” (Browser Components)
  • Added “Disable Screenshots Tool” (Browser Components)

Micro page for more details:

https://rejzor.wordpress.com/firefox-tweaker/

NextDNS is officially launching their private and secure DNS service

NextDNS Inc has announced today they are soft launching their private and secure DNS service globally. What is so special about NextDNS is that it’s not an ordinary DNS service. Sure, at its very core, it’s the same thing as Cloudflare DNS or OpenDNS. What separates it from the rest is their Anycast array of their own servers that are in charge for routing of traffic to nearest location, making them about as fast as Cloudflare.

What separates NextDNS from the rest

What really sets NextDNS apart is their extensive security and privacy feature set. When using NextDNS as public resolver, it logs nothing. It’s just a domain name resolver and that’s that. However, if you create an account, you can also make NextDNS filter traffic for you on multiple fronts, from security where it blocks phishing and malware to more privacy oriented wide selection of popular block lists like EasyList and EasyPrivacy for ads and trackers to manual block and whitelists to blocking of services, blocking of native trackers in common devices and operating systems, extensive configurable logs, statistics page as well as security/privacy settings where you can actually define where you want your DNS account logs stored when you opt for having logs. For now it can be USA, EU or Switzerland specifically. And if you want to keep logs, you can specify for how long and you can also filter things on a deeper level by only hiding IP’s in the DNS queries or even domains.

Wide support on various types of devices

Another amazing thing about NextDNS is native support for almost any type of device. Be it Android or iOS smartphone, Windows PC, Linux, Mac, browsers or even routers. Yeah, you can install NextDNS client directly on a supported router like ASUSWRT-Merlin powered routers and it’ll filter EVERYTHING that connects through that router. It’s freaking amazing service. I’ve been using it since quite early BETA and it has been amazing. It’s really not just a DNS service, it’s a full security suite where you can exactly control your privacy and security of all devices from mobile device to desktop PC or Android TV media device. Of course within limitations of DNS service. For more precise filtering you still need to use something like uBlock which actually combs through webpage code and filters out tracking junk, but it’s still doing pretty damn good job.

Pricing

As far as pricing goes, regular DNS or DNS with DoT/DoH is entirely free and costs nothing to use just like any other public DNS. However, running extensive block/filter lists is only free for 300.000 queries and then it switches back to regular DNS without filtering if you get past this limit. If you want to use it for unlimited amount of queries, it’ll cost you 1.99€ a month or 19.90€ a year, giving you some discount.

Homepage: https://nextdns.io

Changelog: https://headwayapp.co/nextdns-changelog

RSS: https://headwayapp.co/nextdns-changelog/rss

NextDNS on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/nextdns

My verdict on NextDNS

I’ve been using NextDNS for several months and even though there were few tiny issues, it was rock solid and reliable even during BETA. And what I like NextDNS the most is tracking protection. The amount of garbage devices want to send around that can and most probably does compromise your privacy, NextDNS blocks it at the “entry” point. Almost all communication outside of direct IP communication uses DNS resolving to convert fancy names into ugly numbers. And with their filter lists, you can keep a hand over excessive communication. An if none of the lists block what you want to block, you can do it manually. I run it on all my devices and it’s doing amazing job filtering all the garbage. There are bunch of apps for smartphones that cost as much as NextDNS for a single device. Here, you can basically control traffic of ALL your devices for 20€ a year. I think it’s quite worth it. Give it a try. It’s free for 300.000 queries a month which is quite a lot so in most cases even free plan should be enough to get through the month for most users.

As far as filter lists go, I highly recommend only using the following:

  • All 3 “Disconnect” lists (very lite, only block most common trackers)
  • LightSwitch05 (super extensive filter list that makes use of other lists pretty much obsolete)

I was really amazed by the performance of Lightswitch05 list. It blocks huge amounts of internet manure while causing pretty much no false positives. And its maintainer is really cool too, adding or fixing things really fast. There are tons of lists, but I wasn’t impressed by them, especially not by default NextDNS Recommended list. Just too many problems with a lot of lists where above ones work pretty much flawlessly.

Firefox Tweaker 2.0 released!

I’ve released a huge new update for Firefox Tweaker with new interface, bunch of new tweaks and settings and added some convenience to it. It now also has explanation of every tweak inside the app and an all new icon 🙂

Visit Firefox Tweaker micropage for more details:

https://rejzor.wordpress.com/firefox-tweaker/

Firefox Tweaker released!

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Because Mozilla just can’t stop with their endless fuckups when it comes to browser design, I wrote this tool to quickly and effortlessly revert or change their stupid “features” that are either endlessly annoying, ugly or totally not functional or helpful and I was sick and tired of dealing with incredibly time consuming and clumsy about:config page.

Firefox Tweaker allows you to change few super important (but hidden) settings in just few clicks through an easy to use interface. There is also a safeguard in place which backups settings file on first run so there shouldn’t be any problems.

For any questions, problems or bug reports contact me via e-mail or through micro-page comment section.

Visit Firefox Tweaker micro page for more details:

https://rejzor.wordpress.com/firefox-tweaker/

AVIRA Antivirus 2020 got new interface

I’ve been lurking around MalwareTips forums when I noticed someone posted about AVIRA getting new interface in their paid Internet Security package. Turns out, AVIRA Free also got a facelift. So I gave it a spin…

Main reason I did so was because AVIRA literally had the worst interface of all antiviruses in existence for literally decades. It was cumbersome, clumsy, fat, outdated and just plain terrible. It was so bad I avoided AVIRA like plague despite constantly scoring highly in tests. New interface looked promising, but I still had doubts knowing AVIRA and their almost legendarily terrible interface designs. Well, here are the findings in regards of new interface facelift.

What’s new?

Biggest change is ditching of weird “modular” launcher AVIRA insisted on for so long. The main interface now looks more like latest versions of AVG or avast!, even in color scheme. Which is not necessarily bad. It actually looks pretty ok and is quite logically organized. On the left there are categories and when you select them you have options on the right side.

What isn’t so new…

What isn’t so new are some of the old interface elements that got carried over from old interface dating as far as 15 years back in time. Yeah, I’m not kidding here and AVIRA seriously needs to step up the game now they finally done the main interface right. Luke Filewalker scanner is still around, old settings panel is still around and detection popup all look exactly the same as they have back when Windows XP was released and “Luna” theme design was a thing. Yeah, it has Windows XP vibe all over the place and it just feels wrong almost 20 years later.

Screenshots

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Main interface panel

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Security panel

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Protection options panel

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The “new” old settings panel

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Good very old Luke Filewalker…

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“New” detection popup with Luna style close and Details buttons…

Additional info

Manual removal of some components in Programs and Features is required to get rid of things that are annoying and you don’t need, but get installed automatically. Like AVIRA Software Updater, AVIRA VPN and AVIRA Cleanup tools. They are all paid features that won’t have any purpose except eating resources and space as some dig into Explorer context menus and run constantly and eat absurd amounts of memory. Software Updater component for example was eating 450MB of RAM. I have 32GB of RAM, but it’s still absurd and serves absolutely no purpose as it’s paid only feature.

Verdict

New AVIRA interface is certainly a step in the right direction. It’s still not perfect, but it’s at least bearable now. And they need to seriously work on modernizing and integrating old panels and settings into new interface and make it a complete, consistent looking package. If they do this, AVIRA will become a serious competition with good detection and good looks. It’s already half way there and I can finally recommend it as an option.

Give it a try and let me know how you like it. Or just comment on screenshots. Do you like the new design or not?