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Microsoft Security Essentials 4.5 for Windows 8.1

The new version 4.5.216.0 of Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows 8/8.1 (x64 and x86) was released! It is compatible with Windows Vista, Windows 7 and unofficially Windows 8/8.1. The following tutorial shows you how to install it on Windows 8/8.1!

This is not an official updater! The MSE files have not been modified!
It supports Windows 8 RTM and 8.1 RTM, but may work with older versions too.
The author is not responsible for any damages this mod may cause to your system.

PLEASE READ ALL DIRECTIONS BEFORE STARTING INSTALLATION!
Microsoft Security Essentials for Vista / 7 = Windows Defender in Windows 8.1
Please DO NOT install MSE on Windows 8.1 because it is THE SAME program!
If you want, you can install it on Windows 8.1 – I REALLY DON’T CARE!

INSTALLATION / UPGRADE GUIDE (for Windows 8/8.1 only!)

Step 1 –  If Microsoft Security Essentials is installed in your Windows 8 system,
uninstall it by using my uninstaller (Steps 2-3) otherwise go to Step 5.

Step 2 – Open the “Control Panel” and navigate to “Programs and Features”.
Please check the version of MSE and use the correct Uninstaller program.

MSE Uninstaller for version 4.1.522.0 (x64)Download/Dropbox/OneDrive
MSE Uninstaller for version 4.1.522.0 (x86)Download/Dropbox/OneDrive
MSE Uninstaller for version 4.2.223.1 (x64)Download/Dropbox/OneDrive
MSE Uninstaller for version 4.2.223.1 (x86): It was not released!
MSE Uninstaller for version 4.3.216.0 (x64)Download/Dropbox/OneDrive
MSE Uninstaller for version 4.3.216.0 (x86)Download/Dropbox/OneDrive
MSE Uninstaller for version 4.3.219.0 (x64)Download/Dropbox/OneDrive
MSE Uninstaller for version 4.3.219.0 (x86)Download/Dropbox/OneDrive
MSE Uninstaller for version 4.4.304.0 (x64): Download/Dropbox/OneDrive
MSE Uninstaller for version 4.4.304.0 (x86): Download/Dropbox/OneDrive
MSE Uninstaller for version 4.5.216.0 (x64)Download/Dropbox/OneDrive
MSE Uninstaller for version 4.5.216.0 (x86)Download/Dropbox/OneDrive

Step 3 – You must log off and log in or restart your Windows to continue!

Step 4 – Download/unpack and double click on a “MSE_uninstall.reg” file.
MSE Uninstall (Registry Key): Download/Dropbox/OneDrive

Step 5 – Download the official MSE Beta Installer (x64 or x86):
Official MSE 4.0.1111.0 Beta (x64): Download/Dropbox/OneDrive
Official MSE 4.0.1111.0 Beta (x86): Download/Dropbox/OneDrive

Step 6 – Install MSE 4.0.1111.0 Beta (x64 or x86). Don’t forget to run this
program as an Administrator in compatibility mode for Windows 7!

Step 7 – Download and install the unofficial MSE 4.5.216.0 Installer,
run this program as an Administrator.
MSE 4.5.216.0 for Windows 8 (x64): Download/Dropbox/OneDrive
MSE 4.5.216.0 for Windows 8 (x86): Download/Dropbox/OneDrive

Step 8 – You must log off and log in or restart your Windows to continue!

Step 9 – To prevent false detection of MSE 4.5.216.0 in Windows Update List,
please download/unpack and double click on a “mse_4.4.304.0_register.reg” file.
MSE Register v4.5 (Registry Key): Download/Dropbox/OneDrive

Step 10 – Open Microsoft Security Essentials and update the virus definitions.
A further update (virus definitions) will be provided automatically by
Windows Update.

UNINSTALLATION GUIDE (for Windows 8 only!)

Microsoft Security Essentials (FE Mod) can’t be uninstalled in ordinary way, please download and run the unofficial uninstaller from First Ever.

Step 1 –  Follow the Steps 2-4 from the Installation/Upgrade Guide!

Step 2 – Open: “Control Panel” -> “Programs” -> “Programs and Features”

Step 3 – Uninstall “Microsoft Security Essentials”. After uninstalling MSE
you can use Windows Defenter.

 

MSE MODERN ICON (Bonus)

Microsoft Security Essentials Modern Icon: Download/Dropbox/OneDrive

Microsoft Security Essentials Modern Icon

Please register on my website and if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment!

Author: Marcin Grygiel aka Marcin-prv

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Windows 7 on Android Phone (Nexus 5)

This is the FIRST EVER Android device running Windows 7!
Archive: Windows 3.1 on Nokia N95 – Engadget (2006)

More Info Coming Soon! 

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Google Chrome goes 64-bit in 2014!

Please note this is not official information confirmed by Google, this is just my conjecture! I have found a new 64-bit version of Chromium – the open source web browser project from which Google Chrome draws its source code. This is a true 64-bit version, not WoW64 (Windows 32-bit on Windows 64-bit).

We have a long way to stable release – Chrome Release Channels

Chrome Release Channels

Google Chrome WoW64 (x86) vs Chromium Win64 (x64)

Google Chrome WoW64 vs Chromium Win64

Google Chrome WoW64 vs Chromium Win64

Google Chrome WoW64 vs Chromium Win64

I am the author of Chromium Auto Updater – a small and fully automated utility that will update your Chromium browser every day.

Download: Chromium (x86) Auto Updater v1.8 (English)
Download: Chromium (x86) Auto Updater v1.8 (Polish)
Download: Chromium (x64) Auto Updater v1.8 (English)
Download: Chromium (x64) Auto Updater v1.8 (Polish)

Please check this website, if you want to download the latest version of the browser for your operating system.

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Chromium Auto Updater

Chromium Auto Updater is a small and fully automated utility that will update your Chromium browser every day.

 

Now, you can make use of this simple and accessible piece of software to quickly update your browser without having to download the new version every time it updates.

Here are some key features of Chromium Auto Updater:

  • daily update for Chromium browser at 8pm (can be changed)
  • you don’t have to close browser during the update
  • you can update anytime by ‘Start Menu’ icon
  • does not work in the background and does not waste RAM memory
  • can be used (first use) as a Chromium Installer if browser not installed
  • you can install and use Chromium independently of Google Chrome
  • installation and uninstallation takes only 1 second
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WinAMP = The Best Music Player EVER!

Well this is really sad information. The Winamp website, message boards and software will all be closed down. Therefore, you won’t be able to download it from official source anymore, but you can download it from my website (please check links below).

You helped define the 90s and let the way for compressed digital formats!

WinAMP for EVER!

A message on the Winamp website:

Winamp.com and associated web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013. Additionally, Winamp Media players will no longer be available for download. Please download the latest version before that date. See release notes for latest improvements to this last release. Thanks for supporting the Winamp community for over 15 years.

Download the last (free) version of Winamp from First Ever:

Winamp v5.666 Standard – All Languages
Winamp v5.666 Standard – English
Winamp v5.666 Standard – Español
Winamp v5.666 Standard – 한국어
Winamp v5.666 Standard – Svenska
Winamp v5.666 Standard – 简体中文
Winamp v5.666 Standard – 繁體中文
Winamp v5.666 Standard – Français
Winamp v5.666 Standard – Nederlands
Winamp v5.666 Standard – Türkçe
Winamp v5.666 Standard – Italiano
Winamp v5.666 Standard – Polski
Winamp v5.666 Standard – Português Brasileiro
Winamp v5.666 Standard – Deutsch
Winamp v5.666 Standard – 日本語
Winamp v5.666 Standard – Русский
Winamp v5.666 Standard – Limba Românã

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Windows Defender vs MSE on Windows 8.1

Microsoft Windows 8.1 comes with Anti-Malware protection which is Windows Defender. It is replacement for Microsoft Security Essentials and it will protects same way as Microsoft Security Essentials. Can we believe Microsoft?

Defender vs MSE

You can find this information on Microsoft’s site.

“In Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1, Windows Defender provides the same level of protection against malware as Microsoft Security Essentials. You can’t use Microsoft Security Essentials with Windows 8 and Windows RT, but you don’t need to — Windows Defender is already included and ready to go.”

Question: Does it really provides the same level of protection?

Defender vs MSE Comparison

Answer: No, Windows Defender has the outdated virus definition!

 

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Windows 8.1 Security Bug – This Is It!

This is a full story about a bug I found in September 20, 2012.
I participated in the Mitigation Bypass Bounty program and informed Microsoft about a bug in Windows Vista-8.1 and Windows Server 2008-2012 R2, but they ignored it.

Windows 8.1 Bug

You can read all my previous posts about the bug:

22/09/2012 – Marcin Evil – Windows 8 RTM Hack!
16/05/2013 – Did Microsoft not learn anything?
29/05/2013 – Keep Calm and Hack The Planet!
23/06/2013 – Mitigation Bypass Bounty
26/06/2013 – Windows 8.1 Preview Bug – First Hack Ever!
30/09/2013 – Windows 8.1 RTM – still buggy!
12/10/2013 – Windows Security Bug on eBay!
20/10/2013 – Windows 8.1 Bug Disclosure – Final Countdown!

Windows 8 and 8.1 Platform Integrity Architecture (basics)

Windows 8 and 8.1 Platform Integrity Architecture (basics)

Looking for the Weak Link 

Looking for the Weak Link

A Weak Link

A Weak Link

We can use the Narrator from the Ease of Access Center in Windows 8.1
It can use a text-to-speech voice from other installed software.

Third-party Software

I will use IVONA Software, an award winning developer and provider of Text-to-Speech (TTS). January, 24th 2013 Amazon announced that it is acquiring Ivona.
You can download a free trial version here: http://www.ivona.com/en/voices/

Looking for a Bug

We would like the third-party software to show a message window on the Login Screen. Login Screen Bypass Theory:

  1. Some programs may display error messages when you try to use them in the wrong way. For example: change the system date to see activation window.
  2. If the error messages contain links try to run web browser.
  3. In IE, press the Alt key to display the Menu bar and click:
    File > Open > Browse, or press Ctrl+O > Browse.
  4. Use web browser to browse the computer for desired program
    (Run as an Administrator)
  5. Done!

Looking for a Bug

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Change the system date to April 1st, 2013 or at least 30 days back.
  2. Download and install the IVONA 2 Text-to-Speech from: here
  3. Set the correct system date and time on your computer.
  4. Sign Out or Restart your Windows 8.1 system.
  5. Click the “Ease of Access option” icon on the Login Screen.
  6. You will see the following messages: “Ivona 2 Voice – Click to activate!” – click on it.
    Guide 1
  7. Click on “Buy now” link, it will run a web browser (IE, Chrome or other).
    Guide 2
  8. Important! Close the “IVONA Products Activation” window.
  9. In your browser, press: Ctrl+O > Browse.
     Guide 3
  10. Browse the computer for the program you want to run (run as an Administrator). This option is available in the context menu when you right-click on an executable file.
  11. You can use Task Manager (C:\Windows\System32\Taskmgr.exe) or Command Prompt (C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe) to start other programs.
    Guide 4
  12. It can be done remotely via Remote Desktop (i.e. TeamViewer).

The Limitations

  • Try to run only one program for better stability, if you run more this causes the programs to crash.
  • Some programs won’t start and causes an error.
    For example Control Panel (C:\Windows\System32\control.exe)
  • Some programs may work, but not as you expect.
    For example Windows Explorer (C:\Windows\explorer.exe)

Final Words

Is it Text-to-Speech Voice’s or Microsoft Narrator’s bug?

I think Microsoft overlooked that you have to pay for most of the TTS Voices. The activation window will pop up and this is not a bug!

And now a response from Microsoft:

Yes, this does appear to be a security bug in the third party speech software, which should not allow a user to leverage any function outside of the speech functionality without login.

But why Windows allows web browser (IE, Chrome or other) to start and access to data at the logon screen? Please feel free to leave your comments below!

Author: Marcin Grygiel (First Ever)

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Windows 8.1 Bug Disclosure – Final Countdown

As you know I sold my Windows 8.1 Security Bug on eBay: here.
This is surprise for me! The winner of the auction has agreed and
I will disclose all information about the bug on October 21, 2013!
BTW, how can I find a good doctor? 😉

Windows 8.1 Bug - Disclosure Final

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Windows 8.1 not for gamers?

This is bad news for gamers who use Logitech (all) mouse on Windows 8.1. It doesn’t metter what settings you choose, it is not possible to increase the USB polling rate via software or hardware over 180 Hz! In most cases, this is incompatible driver issue. I hope Logitech will fix this, or is this another Windows 8.1 bug?

Logitech & Windows 8.1

Logitech G700 (Logitech Gaming Software 8.50.281) on Windows 8.1

Logitech Bug on Windows 8.1

If anyone else has tried it, please share your results in comments. Download Mouse Rate Checker 1.1b – a little program that measures and displays the sample rate of a mouse – here.

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Windows Security Bug on eBay!

I followed the advice of my readers and I decided to sell all information about a bug in Windows, which allows you to bypass the login password. I wonder if someone will buy it. If not, I will disclose all information about the bug for free on my website!

Windows Bug on eBay

I would like to remind you that, I participated in the Mitigation Bypass Bounty program and informed Microsoft about a bug in Windows Vista-8.1 and Windows Server 2008-2012 R2, but they ignored it. 

If you want to take part in the auction, you can bid online at : eBay

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