More and more people are being infected by Adware lately, especially since its creators have now expanded into the Apple universe. Adware is basically software that gets installed on your computer’s browser. In the best case scenario it causes endless popup menus to show up on every page that you open; in the worst case you are unable to browse the internet. This type of malware is often packaged together with other software installers. So if you notice that you are suddenly being bombarded with unwanted advertising and pop windows you were likely infected by software that you recently installed sometimes inadvertently.
Since Adware is not officially malware, most virus removal tools can’t detect and remove it. Luckily people have devised ways to remove it. I recently became infected with Downlite adware on a Macbook Pro and a Macbook Air and this is my story.
As expected the price of apps in the Canadian Apple App Store have increased. Previous apps for 99 cents now cost $1.19 and apps that were $1.99 now cost $2.29.
According to reports on CBC and iPhone in Canada websites, Apple is set to increase prices of its Apps in Canada within the next day. According to Boy Genius Report this price increase will involve the Mac App Store as well. The increase is a result of the recent changes in the Canadian-American exchange rate. Changes are also expected in all EU countries as well as Russia. So get those 99 cent Apps while you can.
Just a couple of short weeks after it’s emergency patch of the “Goto fail” bug Apples today released iOS 7.1. It is available for all iPhones including the iPhone 4 and newer as well as the iPad 2 and newer.
Although Apple released an update to its Macintosh operating system this week to combat serious security flaws, Snow Leopard was not included in the update. This is the first time that Version 10.6 of its computer operating system has been left out and signals an end to updates for the 4.5 year old OS despite the fact that up to 19% of Mac computers still run it. Users of Snow Leopard are strongly encouraged to update to a version that is being updated as it leaves them vulnerable to security flaws. Microsoft will also abandon an older version of its operating system, Windows XP, in April but in this case notice was given to its clients months in advance. It is estimated that approximately 30% of PC’s still run the 12 year old XP operating system.
As reported earlier Apple has had to deal with a pretty serious security flaw on its mobile operating system. It has now addressed the same issue on it operating system running on Macs with the latest update, 10.9.2. If you were not aware both versions of the operating systems had a SSL vulnerability that could allow third parties access to your device. So if you have not gotten the update yet you should visit the Mac App Store and download it now. Although it is now only available for Mavericks it will soon be available for other versions of OS X.
Don’t forget to update your Apple TV which is also running iOS.
Apple just released iOS 7.0.6 to deal with SSL connection verification issues. Conspiracy theorists believe this will fix a back door that the NSA was exploiting but most people think that it is just a plain old security vulnerability. Whatever the reason you should download the over the air update as soon as you can.
Apple released OS X 10.8.3 this week with a number of fixes and enhancements, including official support for Boot Camp for Windows 8. The update also brings with it the ability to redeem iTunes gift cards in the App store by using the built-in iSight camera. Other enhancements include:
Boot Camp support for Macs with a 3 TB hard drive
fix for 2011 iMacs that suffer from audio stutter
fix for an issue that causes your desktop picture to change after logging out or restarting
ability for the Slideshow screen saver to display pictures located in a sub-folder
reliability improvements while using a Microsoft Exchange account in Mail
The new release also includes Safari 6.0.3 which itself addresses a number of fixes and adds a number of performance improvements. Some of these are: improved scrolling on Facebook and while zoomed in on a webpage, improved performance on web pages with plug-in content, and a fix for issue that could prevent Safari from restoring the last position on a webpage.