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January 2016



Nvidia GeForce 361.75 WHQL

28 January 2016


Nvidia has released the 361.75 WHQL certified graphics driver. This driver is for GeForce 400 and higher graphics cards under Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10. It is the recommended driver for Rise of the Tomb Raider and The Division Beta. It also adds beta support for external GPUs over Thunderbolt 3, and contains updated SLI profiles and bug fixes. The driver package contains PhysX version 9.15.0428 and updates GeForce Experience to version 2.9.1.


Note: These drivers may add a new GPU-related 'Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media' USB icon to the Notification Area. Nvidia has stated that: "This is part of the new beta support for external GPUs however this message will be removed from the next driver." It is harmless if left alone, but can be hidden under Settings>System>Notifications & actions>Select which icons appear on the taskbar. Furthermore, the drivers also add the Nvidia Backend and Nvidia Settings programs to your startup, even if you don't install GeForce Experience; both can be safely disabled as covered on this page of the Nvidia GeForce Tweak Guide, which I've now revised and clarified.


Update: The 'Eject GPU' item can be completely removed by going to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\nvlddmkm key in the Windows Registry and setting SurpriseRemovalSupport to 0, then rebooting.



Windows Updates

28 January 2016


Microsoft has released non-critical updates for Windows 10, including a new Cumulative Update, on Windows Update. They are listed in more detail in this Microsoft Article.



Chrome 48.0

28 January 2016


Google has released Version 48.0.2564.97 of the Chrome browser. This version provides security and bug fixes.


Update: Apologies, I screwed up and posted the changelog from Chrome OS instead of Chrome browser!



Firefox 44.0

27 January 2016


Mozilla has released Version 44.0 of the Firefox browser. The most significant changes in this update include enabling H.264 or WebM/VP9 video decoding depending on system capabilities, improved warning pages, web push notifications, support for Brotli HTTPS compression, along with security and bug fixes.



Windows Updates

27 January 2016


Microsoft has released an Update for the .NET Framework on Windows 7.



CCleaner 5.14

26 January 2016


A new Version 5.14.5493 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. Changes include a new Browser Plugins section, improved Opera, Chrome, TeamViewer and PDF Creator cleaning, improved Disk Analyzer scanning, as well as minor improvements and bug fixes.



CPU-Z 1.75

23 January 2016


A new Version 1.75 of the CPU-Z information utility has been released. This version adds support for new chipsets.



Chrome 48.0

21 January 2016


Google has released Version 48.0.2564.82 of the Chrome browser. This version updates the Flash Player, and provides security and bug fixes.



Java Runtime Environment 8.71

21 January 2016


Oracle has released an Update 71 to the Java Runtime Environment 8.



Opera 34.0

21 January 2016


The Opera browser has been updated to Version 34.0.2036.50. This version updates Chromium and improves stability and performance by fixing Turbo.



Foxit Reader 7.3.0

21 January 2016


The free Foxit PDF Reader has been updated to Version 7.3.0.0118. Changes include OneDrive and Google Drive integration, Office 2016 support, word count, time stamps, PDF sign improvements, vertical split view, as well as bug fixes.



Skype 7.18

20 January 2016


A new Version 7.18.0.109 of the communications utility Skype has been released. A changelog is not yet available.



Flash Player 20.0

19 January 2016


Adobe has released Version 20.0.0.286 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.



Chrome 47.0

14 January 2016


Google has released Version 47.0.2526.111 of the Chrome browser. This version provides security and bug fixes.



Nvidia GeForce 361.60 Hotfix

13 January 2016


Nvidia has released the 361.60 Hotfix graphics driver. This driver is for the GeForce 400 series and above under Windows 7, 8 and 10. It addresses crashes in Photoshop & Illustrator, as well as install & clocking related issues.



Acrobat Reader DC 2015

13 January 2016


Adobe has released a new Version 2015.010.20056 of its free software for viewing PDF documents, now known as Acrobat Reader DC. This update contains security and bug fixes.



Microsoft Security Updates

13 January 2016


Microsoft has released its monthly set of Windows security updates which you can view here and obtain via Windows Update. This includes a new Cumulative Update for Windows 10.



Opera 34.0

12 January 2016


The Opera browser has been updated to Version 34.0.2036.47. This version updates Chromium, changes the Turbo icon, and provides bug fixes.



Skype 7.18

12 January 2016


A new Version 7.18.0.103 of the communications utility Skype has been released. A changelog is not yet available.



QuickTime 7.7.9

9 January 2016


Apple has released a new Version 7.7.9 of the QuickTime media player. This version has security fixes.



AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.1 Hotfix

8 January 2016


AMD has released the Crimson Edition 16.1 Hotfix driver for the HD 7700, HD 8500 series and above on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10. This driver provides a range of bug fixes.



Firefox 43.0.4

7 January 2016


Mozilla has released Version 43.0.4 of the Firefox browser. This version fixes a startup crash for users of a third party antivirus tool, and re-enables SHA-1 certificates.



Autoruns 13.51

6 January 2016


Microsoft has released Autoruns 13.51, updating this free startup software identification utility. This version adds back the ability to selectively verify the signing status of individual entries, emits a UNICODE BOM in the file generated when saving results to a text file, and fixes a WMI command-line parsing bug.



Process Explorer 16.1

6 January 2016


Microsoft has released Version 16.1 of the free Process Explorer utility, which is a more detailed version of Task Manager. This version adds a column in the handle view that reports the text version of handle access masks, as well as several bug fixes.



Flash Player 20.0

3 January 2016


Adobe has released Version 20.0.0.270 of the Flash Player plugin for Internet Explorer only. To download the full offline installer, use this link: Internet Explorer. Use Windows Update to update the built-in Flash Player in IE11 under Windows 8 and 10, and Edge under Windows 10.



7-Zip 15.14

1 January 2016


A new Version 15.14 of the free 7-Zip archival utility has been released. This update improves the Open file from archive operation and the Tools/Options window, as well as providing bug fixes.



Skype 7.17

1 January 2016


A new Version 7.17.0.106 of the communications utility Skype has been released. A changelog is not yet available.



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