A new Version 5.51.6939 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. The main change in this update is a new ‘subscription management’ button.
Mozilla has released Version 64.0 of the Firefox browser. The changes in this major update include enhanced tab management, improved performance management under about:performance, additional sharing features, an option to remove add-ons by right-clicking on their toolbar buttons, along with security and bug fixes.
Google has released Version 71.0.3578.80 of the Chrome browser. This update provides a range of improvements, as well as security and bug fixes.
Adobe has released Version 126.96.36.199 of the Flash Player plugin for browsers. To download the full offline installer, use these links depending upon your browser: Internet Explorer or Firefox or Opera. Use Windows Update to update the built-in Flash Player in IE11 under Windows 8 and 10, and Edge under Windows 10. Update to the latest version of Chrome to update its built-in Flash Player.
Google has released Version 66.0.3359.117 of the Chrome browser. This major update provides improvements, including a trial of the Site Isolation feature, as well as security and bug fixes.
Microsoft has released Windows 10 Cumulative Updates available via Windows Update.
Chinese electronics giant ZTE has been effectively kicked out of the US for seven years after admitting to trading with North Korea and Iran.
The company’s initial guilty plea was met with up to $1.2 billion penalties and fines, along with the dismissal of four senior employees, along with more fallout for lower-level employees. As part of the initial agreement, ZTE was allowed to continue to work with U.S. companies, assuming it adhered to the rules laid out in the agreement. The DOC, however, contends that ZTE failed to significantly penalise those employees.
“ZTE made false statements to the U.S. Government when they were originally caught and put on the Entity List, made false statements during the reprieve it was given, and made false statements again during its probation”, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement provided to TechCrunch. “ZTE misled the Department of Commerce. Instead of reprimanding ZTE staff and senior management, ZTE rewarded them. This egregious behavior cannot be ignored.”
A senior department official said that the company “provided information admitting that they had made false statements.”
The penalty is steep, given that US companies are believed to provide more than a quarter of the components used in ZTE telecom equipment and mobile devices. The list includes Qualcomm, which provides Snapdragon processors for the company’s flagship devices.
It is also happening as President Donald (Prince of Orange) Trump starts a trade war with China. ZTE has also been repeatedly name-checked by US intelligence officials over spying concerns, along with Huawei. ZTE has managed to make more inroads with US carriers over the years, regularly showing up around fourth place in market share.
A major Security Alert has been issued warning of malware contained in the installer of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility. Piriform, makers of CCleaner, have confirmed that the affected version is CCleaner 5.33, available from 15 August 2017 to 12 September 2017. Importantly, Piriform says the malware only affects Windows 32-bit users. If you’ve installed version 5.33, you should upgrade to the latest Version 5.34.6207 of CCleaner or newer. If you believe you’ve been infected, at present the only way to be sure of removing the infection is to do a Windows reinstall or restore from an unaffected backup.
Google has released Version 61.0.3163.91 of the Chrome browser. This version provides security and bug fixes.