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

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.

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

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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.

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

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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 β€œOthers” 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 πŸ™‚

New BIOS v3505 released for ASUS Sabertooth X99!

Another BIOS release for Sabertooth X99 motherboard. Wanted to post it two days ago, but I was so invested into overclocking my RAM with new BIOS I totally forgot lol πŸ˜€ The changelog is quite hefty this time around πŸ™‚

Changelog:

  • Improve System Performance.
  • Improved DRAM compatibility
  • Fixed TPM issue
  • Add in turn-off function of LED under S3/S4/S5 status.
  • Fixed Samsung device (SM961, printer) issues.

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