Webstarts.biz Browser Hijacker Removal Guide

The Webstarts.biz program from the Adware/ShortcutHijacker family of browser hijackers that is bundled with other free software that you download off of the Internet. Once it is installed it will change your installed browser's home page and search engine to Webstarts.biz without your permission. This adware will also infect your web browser shortcuts by adding an argument like http://webstarts.biz/?ssid=[timestamp]&a=1107409&src=sh&uuid=[uid],1475145726748 to them so that the Webstarts.biz site is opened every time you launch your browser.
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McAfee’s new security suites tap the cloud for stronger defences

McAfee's new security suites tap the cloud for stronger defences

Intel Security has pushed out a fresh range of McAfee security solutions for 2017, featuring a new anti-malware engine which ramps up its power using the cloud.

McAfee AntiVirus Plus, McAfee Internet Security and McAfee Total Protection – the firm's security suites which step up the levels of protection as you move up the range – all benefit from the new malware-munching engine, as does LiveSafe, which provides antivirus along with identity and data protection.

The 'real protect' anti-malware engine is made more efficient and effective by offloading analysis to the cloud, Intel Security notes. It boasts fresh methods of detecting malware that employ behavioural analytics along with machine learning to better spot threats when they first emerge.

The products provide defensive measures across all devices, not just PCs but also Macs, along with tablets and mobiles, both Android and iOS. And the company boasts that the new 2017 offerings considerably boost protection for Mac and Android devices, as shown by some of the latest testing by the major antivirus labs (for example, Intel cites a 100% detection result in the latest AV-Comparatives test).

True Key, which is multifactor authentication for website logins that makes use of biometrics such as fingerprint or facial recognition, has also been bolstered with the ability to import data from other password managers, and the introduction of a master password reset option.

Protection pledge

Anyone buying a McAfee subscription which is set up to renew automatically will also now benefit from Intel's 'virus protection pledge'. This guarantees that if a user runs into a virus infection they can't deal with, the tech support team will solve the issue, or the customer will get a full refund on their purchase.

John Giamatteo, corporate vice president and general manager at Intel Security, commented: "People are enjoying more and more connected devices as part of everyday life – in their homes, in their cars and even in the things they wear. This wave of new connectivity is exciting, and a reminder that security is more important than ever.

He added: "We're dedicated to delivering innovative products designed to protect all manner of connected devices and the people who use them. Our 2017 line-up demonstrates this level of commitment."

McAfee will once again become an independent company early next year, when Intel spins it off as we heard last month.

Via: Betanews

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Renting a supercomputer costs you as little as £90 an hour

Renting a supercomputer costs you as little as £90 an hour

Need some heavyweight computing work doing? Then you might be interested to learn that Edinburgh University has made its Cirrus supercomputer available for businesses to rent.

Cirrus is described as a 'mid-range industry standard Linux cluster' which cost £1.45 million to build, and it's housed at the uni's advanced computing facility.

It's an SGI ICE XA supercomputer which boasts 56 compute nodes, each of which contains a pair of 18-core Intel Xeon E5-2695 processors, offering a total of 2,016 cores (double that using hyper-threading). Time on the beefy machine will cost you a reasonable seeming 3.69 pence, per core, per hour, although that doesn't include VAT.

Launch promo

However, the university is running a promotion for the launch of the service, and the first 20 companies who stake their claim and apply to make use of Cirrus will get a thousand core hours of usage for free. So if you get in quick enough with your application, you could be due a nice bonus.

In a statement to the press, the university said: "Businesses could dramatically cut the time taken to bring new products and services to market with help from our new supercomputer. Its applications could include helping to create efficient engineering devices, solving complex genetic calculations, or optimising the design of buildings."

It further noted that the service is "fully supported" and that users would have the benefit of the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre's expertise and advice in high-performance computing and the arcane art of data crunching.

Those fortunate companies who score with the freebie offer will also get full support, as well.

Of course, Cirrus isn't exactly in the same category as big cheeses like Sunway TaihuLight, which was crowned the new fastest supercomputer in the world back in June, and boasts no less than 40,960 nodes with a total of 10,649,600 computing cores.

Its Linpack performance benchmark hit a jaw-dropping 93 petaflop/s (93 quadrillion calculations per second), but you won't be accessing it for less than a hundred quid per hour...

Via: The Register

Image Credit: Callum Bennetts/Maverick Photography

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Downloads: Download of the day: Vivaldi

Downloads: Download of the day: Vivaldi

Download of the day: Vivaldi

Download Vivaldi freeVivaldi is a fully customizable open source web browser built around the same technology as Google Chrome. You can add, remove and edit every single feature to suit the way you prefer to surf, and create your own quick shortcuts and links for easy access to all your favorite sites and tools. It not only supports keyboard shortcuts – you can also define your own gestures for use with a mouse or touchscreen.

Once you've experimented with Vivaldi, you might never go back to your old browser.

Why you need it

Vivaldi's standard homepage is a set of customizable tiles (a little like your Bookmarks list) that can be refreshed so you can check for new content without visiting each site. You can create as many of these pages as you like, or open one or more websites in tabs instead.

The browser offers an excellent choice of search engines (you aren't automatically tied to Google or Bing), and if your preferred option isn't listed you can easily add it manually.

Vivaldi has an optional sidebar for displaying a second site, which is perfect for Twitter or RSS feeds, and you can choose whether your tabs are positioned at the top, bottom or beside the page. Tabs can also include a small thumbnail of the current page, making them easy to navigate, and can be arranged into stacks to keep them organized (great if you often have dozens of tabs open at once).

The interface can be customized with a co-ordinated theme, individually selected colours, or hues that shift to match the page you're currently viewing to make the browser as unobtrusive as possible.

If all that isn't enough, Vivaldi also supports Chrome extensions, making it almost infinitely expandable.

Key features

  • Fully customizable interface
  • Intelligent tab organization and previews
  • Bespoke keyboard and gesture shortcuts
  • Support for Chrome plugins

Works on

Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10

Price

Free

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