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Firefox 44.0.1

9 February 2016


Mozilla has released Version 44.0.1 of the Firefox browser. This update provides a range of bug fixes.



Java Runtime Environment 8.73

8 February 2016


Oracle has released an Update 73 to the Java Runtime Environment 8.



VLC Media Player 2.2.2

7 February 2016


The free VLC Media Player has been updated to Version 2.2.2. This update improves codec support by adding new formats and providing faster decompression, as well as a large number of security and bug fixes.



AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.1.1 Hotfix Update

6 February 2016


AMD has reissued an updated Crimson Edition 16.1.1 Hotfix driver for the HD 7700, HD 8500 series and above on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10. This updated driver adds a fix for flickering when using the CrossFire profile for Fallout 4.



WinRAR 5.31

4 February 2016


The archival utility WinRAR has been updated to Version 5.31. Changes include addressing issues in Windows high DPI mode, interface improvements for right to left languages, and bug fixes.



Chrome 48.0

4 February 2016


Google has released Version 48.0.2564.103 of the Chrome browser. This version provides security and bug fixes.



Process Explorer 16.11

4 February 2016


Microsoft has released Version 16.11 of the free Process Explorer utility, which is a more detailed version of Task Manager. This version fixes an image path length bug.



Windows Updates

4 February 2016


Microsoft has released a non-critical update for Windows 7 and 8.1 on Windows Update. Note: this is a 'Get Windows 10'-related update (KB3123862).



Skype 7.18

4 February 2016


A new Version 7.18.0.111 of the communications utility Skype has been released. A changelog is not yet available.



Windows Updates

3 February 2016


Microsoft has released non-critical updates for Windows 7 and 8.1 on Windows Update. They are listed in more detail in this Microsoft Article.


Importantly, as announced late last year by Microsoft, and now confirmed by Mary Jo Foley, starting this month, Windows 10 has become a Recommended update under Windows Update on Windows 7 and 8.1 systems. This means that if you don't pay careful attention, Windows 10 will automatically commence installation the next time you run Windows Update. Given the repeated and deceptive manner in which Microsoft is forcing Windows 10 onto Windows users, from this point forward I can only recommend that you use the free GWX Control Panel utility to successfully block these attempts.



Opera 35.0

3 February 2016


The Opera browser has been updated to Version 35.0.2066.37. This version adds mute on tabs, download improvements, more customization options, updates Chromium and provides stability enhancements.




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