Bug AV-Test.org - best Windows AV for home - Dec.2021
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The best Windows antivirus software for home users

During November and December 2021 we continuously evaluated 20 home user security products using their default settings. We always used the most current publicly-available version of all products for the testing. They were allowed to update themselves at any time and query their in-the-cloud services. We focused on realistic test scenarios and challenged the products against real-world threats. Products had to demonstrate their capabilities using all components and protection layers.

Evaluation based on a point system

All products can achieve a maximum of 6 points each in the three categories of protection, performance and usability. This means 18 points are the best possible test result.

At 10 points or higher, a product is awarded the AV-TEST seal of approval.

At 17.5 points or higher, AV-TEST also issues the "TOP PRODUCT" award. Additional details ›
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Information Firefox 96.0.3 and Firefox 91.5.1 ESR fix search Telemetry data sending issue
Posted by: harlan4096 - 8 minutes ago - Forum: Browsers News & Tips - No Replies

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Mozilla will release Firefox 96.0.3 Stable and Firefox 91.5.1 ESR, Extended Support Release, later today. The new versions of Firefox address a Telemetry data sending issue in the browser.The rollout of the new versions of Firefox begins on January 27, 2022. Firefox installations with automatic updates enabled will receive the new version of the browser automatically. Rollouts of updates happen over time, and users may speed up the process by running manual checks for updates once Mozilla unlocks the release on the server side.

Selecting Menu > Help > About Firefox displays the installed version of Firefox and runs a check for updates. Firefox will download and install updates that it finds automatically by default.

The official release notes are not published yet. They will contain one entry only (likely):
Quote:Fixed an issue that allowed unexpected data to be submitted in some of our search telemetry.

The information that is provided does not provide details, but it looks as if data was submitted by Firefox that was not supposed to be submitted. The data was submitted as part of the browser's search Telemetry feature.

The linked bug listing on Mozilla's bug tracking site, bug 1751746, is unhelpful as the bug is not publicly visible.

The term "unexpected data" could refer to any kind of data that the search Telemetry module is not designed to collect.

Firefox users who have disabled Telemetry in the browser were not affected by the issue. Users can turn off Telemetry in the following way:
  1. Load about:preferences#privacy in the web browser's address bar.
  2. Scroll down to the Firefox Data Collection and Use section on the page that opens.
  3. Uncheck all options of the group, including:
    1. Allow Firefox to send technical and interaction data to Mozilla.
    2. Allow Firefox to make personalized extension recommendations.
    3. Allow Firefox to install and run studies.
    4. Allow Firefox to send backlogged crash reports on your behalf.
The new versions of Firefox address the issue. We will update the article if Mozilla reveals additional information about the data that was submitted erroneously.
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Information Windows 11 will be offered to all eligible PCs ahead of schedule
Posted by: harlan4096 - 10 minutes ago - Forum: Microsoft Windows News - No Replies

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Microsoft changed the rollout status of its Windows 11 operating system to broad deployment on January 26, 2022; the new status means that Windows 11 will be offered to all eligible devices ahead of schedule.Windows 11 was released in October 2021 but offered to select devices only initially. The staged rollout starts with devices that are most likely to experience no or little issues. Microsoft's initial plan was to offer Windows 11 to all eligible devices by mid-2022.

Tip: here are instructions on blocking the Windows 11 update.

Now, Microsoft believes that it can complete the rollout to all eligible devices earlier than expected, as devices are upgraded at "twice the rate" the company saw for Windows 10.
Quote:The upgrade offer to Windows 11 is entering its final phase of availability and is designated for broad deployment for eligible devices*. Since the launch of Windows 11 in October, we have seen strong demand and preference for Windows 11 with people upgrading their eligible PCs at twice the rate we saw for Windows 10. Based on this trend, we are advancing the pace of the rollout faster than we originally announced and entering the final phase of availability for Windows 11 ahead of our initial plan of mid-2022.

Windows 10 customers may use the PC Health Check application or third-party apps, such as Windows 11 Requirements Check Tool or  to determine whether a device is compatible with Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system.
Quote:If you are using Windows 10, you can determine if your device is eligible for the upgrade using the PC Health Check app or checking Windows 11 specs, features, and computer requirements. If you have an eligible device, open Windows Update Settings and select Check for updates. Once the upgrade is ready for your device, you will see the option to download and install. Eligible Windows 10 devices must be on version 2004 or later, and have installed the September 14, 2021 security update or later, to upgrade directly to Windows 11.
Microsoft changed the system requirements of Windows 11 and limited support to devices with modern processors and TPM 2.0. While it is possible to bypass some of the requirements -- even Microsoft did publish instructions on installing Windows 11 on unsupported PCs -- it is not supported officially and some features may not work properly.

You can check out our guide on installing Windows 11 without TPM 2.0 here.

The Windows 11 update is only offered to devices that meet system requirements. Windows 10 version 2004 or newer is required for the upgrade via Windows Update. Microsoft notes that a Microsoft Account, or MSA for Home editions, is also required.

The "check for updates" button of the Windows Update app should list the Windows 11 upgrade as an option if the PC meets all requirements. Customers may also upgrade via an in-place upgrade or by installing Windows 11 from installation media.

Now You: do you use Windows 11 already? Are all of your devices compatible?
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  Vovsoft Domain Checker [for PC]
Posted by: ismail - 1 hour ago - Forum: Thirdparty Giveaways - No Replies

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Checks domain name availability
Vovsoft Domain Checker is a simple, but powerful WHOIS lookup tool for users that require a bulk domain availability checker software. The ability to batch process multiple entries makes it a worthwhile tool, when several options are being considered for the future site. The application features an efficiency-geared GUI that allows one to quickly generate simple or advanced scans.

The application employs several auxiliary windows, which are accessed either from menu, or from the large topside buttons. Besides manual input of desired items, one can also import lists from files. You can scan through huge word-lists easily and add pre/suffix words too.

Key Features

  • Fast WHOIS lookup multiple addresses
  • Built-in support for 400+ TLDs
  • User definable WHOIS (TCP port 43) server list
  • User definable delay between each check
  • Internationalized domain names (IDN)
  • Emoji domain names
  • Export results to PDF, CSV, TXT file
  • Extract domain names from text
  • Optional proxy server (SOCKS) connection
  • Domains by Char & Domains by Formula
  • Domains from word-list file
  • Domains for all TLDs
  • Domain Wizard
  • Cross-Mix Words
  • Ability to run for hours without interruption
  • Ability to handle up to 100 million domain names

System Requirements:
Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (32-bit and 64-bit)

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  Turbo Play [for Windows]
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All in one content creator: Video editor, Audio editor, Image editor etc.

An all in one video, audio, image, lighting and animation editor and sequencer, with more than 300 GPU accelerated video, image and audio effects.
Supports ASIO,VST, HLSL, ShaderToy, H264/H265 hardware rendering, multiple layers, OpenCV intelligence and automatic updates.

More Info:

Windows 10; Most features work with Windows 7; English

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  IM-Magic Partition Resizer Pro [PC]
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Resize Partitions Safely, Get More Free Space
Running out of space on your hard drive? Before you go running out to get a new, larger drive, take a gander at today’s discount software promotion, IM-Magic Partition Resizer Pro!

IM-Magic Partition Resizer Pro lets you resize partitions on Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP, redistributing disk space and improving free space. With IM-Magic Partition Resizer Pro, you’ll be able to extend the system partition when it’s running out of space without worrying about messing up your data. The whole process is 100% safe, even if you have bad blocks on your disk or there’s a power surge!

No matter what your setup, you can benefit from IM-Magic Partition Resizer Pro! Featuring support for all brands of hard drives up to 2TB in size, and compatibility with 32-bit and 64-bit systems, there’s no reason not to pick up a copy of IM-Magic Partition Resizer Pro today!


System Requirements:
Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10, 11(32 and 64 bit)

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Information Microsoft to roll out Android apps preview for Windows 11 next month along with Taskb
Posted by: harlan4096 - 4 hours ago - Forum: Microsoft Windows News - No Replies

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Windows 11 is set to bring some improvements to the user experience such as the Taskbar, a new Media Player and a Notepad app next month. The company is also set to roll out Android apps for Windows 11 as a public preview.If you can recall, the Redmond company announced that it had partnered with Amazon to bring the latter's App Store to Windows PCs, allowing users to access mobile apps and games on their desktop.
It is obvious why Windows 11 was rushed out the door, to drive the sales of new computers, laptops, which shipped with the new operating system during the holiday season. The problem however was that the OS wasn't very well optimized at launch, and Microsoft had to focus on fixing the issues. This meant pushing some features to a later date, including support for Android apps. A month or so later, the Windows Subsystem on Android (WSA) debuted as a limited beta for users in the US. Some users found a way to get it to work on the stable channel of the OS, and we have a guide that shows you how to install Android apps on Windows 11.

Android apps preview for Windows 11

While Microsoft delayed support for the feature, Google reacted to it quickly, and announced its own way to use Android apps on Windows 10 and 11. The search giant is prepping its iteration, called Google Play Games for PC, and is currently available in a limited beta for users in Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan.

It almost feels like a race at this point to who gets Android apps on Windows first, so it's not really surprised that Microsoft wants to push the feature to users soon. That said, it won't be available to the stable channel just yet, a blog post by Panos Panay, CPO of Windows Devices, states that the feature will be released as a public preview next month.

Upcoming features in Windows 11

If you are a regular reader, you may be aware that we have written about these features, having tested them when they were introduced in the Windows Insider Preview builds. Here's a rundown of what you can expect from them.

Taskbar improvements

Windows 11 will allow you to adjust the volume by scrolling the mouse wheel over the Taskbar's volume icon. It also brings a new button that will appear when specific apps are running such as Teams, clicking on which will mute and unmute the microphone. In order to help users collaborate with their contacts during video calls, Windows 11  lets them share their open program windows directly from the Taskbar. The Widgets button in Windows 11 will be moved to the left edge instead of its central location, and it will display the weather information, such as the current temperature, directly on the Taskbar.

While these maybe impressive additions, the Windows 11 Taskbar menu experience is nowhere close to what its predecessor offered. Drag and drop support for the Taskbar is another feature that has been requested by many users, though it could arrive in the future.

New Notepad and Media Player apps

Microsoft is set to replace the Notepad app with a new one that has a slightly refreshed design. It retains the features from the previous version, but also adds a couple of new options such as a Dark theme, and multi-level undo.

The Media Player app which replaces Groove Music has a fluent design, that adheres to the Windows 11 standard. The legacy Media Player will continue to be available for users. The new version is perfectly capable of playing videos, music tracks, and also lets you play streaming media. It may not offer the more advanced options that you may be used to in VLC, PotPlayer, MPC, MPV, etc., but the new Media Player maybe sufficient for the average user.

If you can't wait to try it, here's a guide on how to install the new Media Player in Windows 11 right now.

What features would you like to have on Windows 11?
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Information Purported AMD Ryzen 5 6600H Benchmark Shows a 25% Gain Over Previous Gen
Posted by: harlan4096 - 6 hours ago - Forum: Hardware News - No Replies

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Third party Rembrandt tests back up AMD's boasts from the CES 2022 unveiling.

An interesting new AMD CPU benchmark result has appeared in the Geekbench online results browser, notes Twitter's Benchleaks. The result appears to show one of AMD's yet-to-be-released 'Rembrandt' Ryzen mobile chips, the Ryzen 5 6600H (6C/12T), being put through its paces. Benchleaks highlights that AMD's upcoming middle-of-the-pack mobile processor hits an average clock of 4,527 MHz during the tests and is 6% faster in single-threaded work and 23% faster in multi-threaded work than the previous-gen Ryzen 5 5600H.

AMD has already unveiled its Rembrandt mobile APUs at CES 2022, so we don't need Geekbench to confirm the hardware tech specs, as those are publicly available. However, we expect to wait until sometime in February to find an AMD Ryzen 5 6000 powered laptop for review / in retail. We need a customary sprinkle of salt with the numbers, in either case.

Geekbench Scores
Single-Thread / Multi-Thread

Ryzen 5 6600H (Lenovo 82RD)  1472 / 9954

Ryzen 5 5600H (Lenovo 82L5)  1383 / 6188

6600H %age  +6%  /  +23%
gain over

Geekbench isn't the best benchmark for comparing chips from different vendors, but its results can give some worthwhile insight when comparing processors from the same family. With this in mind, Benchleaks thought it would highlight the newly unearthed result by comparing the mobile Ryzen 5 5500H (Zen 3+ 6C/12T, 45W) to the desktop Ryzen 7 5800X (Zen 3 C/16T, 105W). It found the new mobile processor was about 15% slower in single-threaded tests and 25% slower in multi-threaded tests.

While the above is an interesting comparison, we have picked through the Geekbench databases and reckon the Ryzen 5 6600H vs 5600H is a more worthy battle. Interestingly, as you can see from our table, the new and old chips are featured in 'Lenovo 82XX' laptop designs with 16GB of RAM, which is a nice comparison setup.

In our chosen Geekbench 5 comparison, the new processor makes its architectural advances quite apparent with a 6% uplift in the 1T benchmarks and a 23% uplift in nT benchmarks.

The above is pretty good news for folk looking at new laptops from February onwards. However, our recent reviews of the first crop of Alder Lake laptops, such as the 2022 MSI GE76 Raider and Alienware x17 R2, show that the new ADL mobile processors are clear leaders (but we've only seen the top-end Core i9-12900HK in action, so far, so can't definitively comment on the mid- and lower-end mobile ADL chips).

As well as packing the Zen 3+ CPU cores, Rembrandt is expected to bring added frills and thrills with its RDNA 2 graphics cores. Sadly, iGPU testing is missing from the purported Geekbench scores from the mid-pack AMD Rembrandt chip. During the CES 2022 launch, AMD showed the Ryzen 7 6800U absolutely trouncing the previous-gen 5800U and Nvidia MX 450 mobile discrete GPU in gaming. We would be eager to see third party confirmation of this quality of Rembrandt.

Remember to add a pinch of salt with the above Geekbench data, and stay tuned for reviews and analysis of the first AMD Rembrandt-powered laptops when they become officially available.
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Lightbulb Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Review: Theoretically Mainstream
Posted by: harlan4096 - 7 hours ago - Forum: Hardware News - No Replies

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$249 sounds great, if supply can keep up (it won't)

Our Verdict

Nvidia's RTX 3050 delivers good performance for its theoretical $249 starting price. Unfortunately, that also means there's not a snowball's chance in hell that it won't sell for radically inflated prices. It lands between the previous-gen RTX 2060 and GTX 1660 Super, both of which currently sell for far more than Nvidia's asking price.

  • + Theoretically good price
  • + Much better than AMD RX 6500 XT
  • + Comes with plenty of VRAM
  • + Full PCIe 4.0 x16 connection
  • - Little chance it will sell for MSRP
  • - Slower than RTX 2060 and RX 5600 XT
  • - 8GB means it can mine crypto
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 feels a bit like a breath of fresh air after last week's rather unimpressive launch of the AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT. On paper, there aren't any major compromises to speak of, and the launch price falls squarely into the mainstream market at $249. Unfortunately, GPU prices are still extremely inflated, and while cryptocurrency prices have plummeted, that doesn't mean we'll see reasonable prices on the best graphics cards any time soon. But setting aside real-world pricing and supply, how does the RTX 3050 stack up to the competition?

Thankfully, Nvidia hasn't put the Ampere architecture on the chopping block to create the desktop RTX 3050. While the GA107 used in mobile RTX 3050 Ti and RTX 3050 only uses an x8 PCIe interface, the desktop RTX 3050 uses the larger GA106 chip and includes full PCIe 4.0 x16 connectivity, along with full support for all the latest video codecs. It also includes 8GB of GDDR6 memory, though on a narrower 128-bit interface than the RTX 3060. Here's the full specs overview of Nvidia's RTX 3050, along with some competing GPUs.

Along with the RTX 3050, we've included the RTX 2060, GTX 1650 Super, and RX 6500 XT as points of reference. The official launch prices are obviously a bit of a joke right now, with most of these cards costing 50–100% more than the suggested values, but that's not likely to change any time soon. A key difference between the RTX 3050 and its nominal predecessors, the GTX 1650 and GTX 1650 Super, is that the 3050 adds RT and Tensor cores to the mix. That brings Nvidia's ray tracing and DLSS support to a new tier of hardware, and like all Ampere GPUs, these are second-gen RT and third-gen Tensor cores.

Of course, that makes performance comparisons between the old and new GPUs sort of pointless in some cases. For example, Nvidia showed how RTX 3050 with RT and DLSS delivered performance compared to the GTX 1650, GTX 1050 Ti, and GTX 1050. So naturally, those GPUs all scored zero in RT and DLSS tests since they can't run either one. Meanwhile, the GTX 1660 series can support ray tracing (in some games) but still lacks Tensor hardware. So, in effect, every GTX GPU scores zero on RT + DLSS performance, and the same applies to all AMD GPUs. That's not a particularly helpful comparison.

One interesting item to note is the die size for the various chips. Nvidia hasn't revealed a die size for the (currently) laptop-only GA107, but GA106 ends up roughly the same size as the TU116 chip used in the GTX 16-series cards, and 150% larger than AMD's tiny Navi 24. Some of that is thanks to TSMC's N6 process, and the cost per square mm for TSMC N6 is certainly higher than Samsung 8N, but die size definitely favors AMD.

At the same time, we've already said we think AMD went too far in cutting features and specs to keep the Navi 24 chip as small as possible. Look at all the other specs and RTX 3050 should easily dominate over AMD's RX 6500 XT, and it might even give the RX 6600 some competition at times. We'll have the RX 6600 in our performance charts, along with some other current and previous-gen GPUs. One thing to keep an eye on is how the RTX 3050 compares to the RTX 2060. It has quite a bit less bandwidth but also more compute performance. RTX 2060 will be faster for mining purposes (not necessarily a good thing) as well, which means the RTX 3050 will likely end up in the hands of more gamers going forward.

Obviously, real-world pricing and availability will be the deciding factors for any current graphics card purchase. Nvidia told us it has been working to build up inventory before launching its new GPUs, and it knows the RTX 3050 will be in very high demand thanks to its lower price. It's still going to sell out, but hopefully we'll see a decent number of cards available at reasonable prices with tomorrow's launch. However, once the initial supply gets cleared out, we'll have to wait and see how things develop going forward.
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Information KB5008353 Update for Windows 11 fixes File Explorer lag and SSD performance issues
Posted by: harlan4096 - 7 hours ago - Forum: Microsoft Windows News - No Replies

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Microsoft is rolling out the KB5008353 Update for Windows 11. This is a preview update that addresses several problems that were reported by users.In December 2021, many users reported poor SSD performance in Windows 11. The concerns were later acknowledged by Microsoft, and that it was investigating the cause. Shortly after this, Windows Update KB5008215 was released with a patch to resolve the bug, but feedback from users were divided on the matter.

KB5008353 Update for Windows 11 fixes File Explorer lag

But after today's update, users are claiming that KB5008353 seems to have actually fixed the issue. The change log for the update mentions that it addresses a performance regression issue that occurs when you enable the update sequence number (USN) journal.

I have only been using the computer for a few hours since installing the update, but I can already notice a marked improvement in File Explorer's responsiveness. The speed of the desktop right-click menu and Explorer's context menu have also been improved. This is with an m.2 SSD mind you, if you have an NVMe Solid State Drive, your computer should perform even better.

Your Microsoft Account

The Settings app has a new page in the Accounts category, it's called Your Microsoft Account, and has shortcuts to view your rewards, manage your payment options, order history, get account and billing help. This page is available for Windows 11 Home and Professional Editions.
Fixes in the KB5008353 Update

The update fixes an issue that was causing app icons to be displayed on the system tray, even if the apps weren't running. The taskbar's auto-hide reliability has been improved in multi-monitor setups. Devices should not stop working when connected to multiple displays. Icons will be displayed properly on the taskbar on secondary monitors.

The bug that was causing Windows 11 to render colors correctly on HDR displays has been patched. The responsiveness of the auto-brightness function has been improved for low light conditions. Hardware-accelerated Bluetooth audio devices will no longer cause the audio service to stop responding. The volume icon will no longer display the muted icon when the audio hasn't actually been muted. Battery percentages for connected Bluetooth devices should now indicate the proper level in the Settings app's Bluetooth and other devices page.

ARM64 devices will install applications properly and not stop responding while entering hibernation or waking up from it. The Input Method Editor (IME) will allow the input of strings. A problem related to Microsoft Intune and third-party mobile device management (MDM) tool that was causing VPN profiles to disappear has been patched. Devices with a Microsoft Account can now access the touch keyboard from the lock screen. Printer companion applications will be installed when a printer device driver is being installed. An issue that was causing the error “IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL” has been patched.

The only known issue in the update is that the Microsoft Outlook desktop app will not display recent emails in the search results, if the data has been stored locally in PST or OST Files. If the program is set to use server search, the issue only affects the advanced search. The KB5008353 patch is a Cumulative Update, you will need to restart your computer to apply the changes in it.  For a full list of fixes, please refer to the official knowledge base article.

While I had not experienced major lags in the OS, the new update seems to have made the user experience snappier. I'll continue testing it with my regular usage and with games to see if there are any performance gains.

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