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Perceptual Ad Blocker blocks ads by graphic elements, not by code

A few guys from Princeton and Stanford universities have worked together and create Perceptual Ad Blocker, a different piece of adblocking software, that detects ads by the graphical elements, the content dimensions and the sponsored words. The software does not hide the ads completely, but covers them and displays the “This is an ad” text.

As you may know, the classical adblocking software analyzes the source code of pages to identify the ads, while Perceptual Ad blocker does things in a different way. It has been initially released to block the annoying Facebook Ads, after the website has started to integrate the ads in the content better and better, and the classical ad blockers could not block them.

Another good thing about Perceptual Adblock is that it is not discovered by the websites, being an ideal solution for that kind of websites that do not offer the content if you do not whitelist them in your adblocker. It has been tested on 50 websites that usually detect adblockers, but it has been invisible.

For now, Perceptual Ad Blocker is just a proof of concept, available only for Google Chrome, as an extension. For more information, see this thread on the MMO-Champion forum.

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4 things to do to keep your business safe from WannaCry-like internet infections

The WannaCry cyber attack has created a lot of panic, due to the fact that it has infected computers from over 120 countries, being the largest ransomware infection in history.

As I work for an outsourcing IT company, I have noticed that people got very worried that such an attack can destroy their businesses and started to buy backup solutions and to invest more in computer security.

In this article I will give you 4 tips that will save your business from a future WannaCry-like computer virus infections.

Backup the fileserver, user data and the operating system:

The easiest way to backup user files is to create a special folder for each user on the fileserver and to back it up constatly, along with the entire server backup. This way, everything placed by the users in their folders are backed up.

From my experience, it is better to backup a single computer or server from the network, instead of backing up files from all the computers on the network. Without a good network infrastructure, this would make the network unresponsive.

In addition to this, another good habbit is to create full system backups of all the computers on the network, making an bootable image of the fresh operating system, with all the drivers installed, all the license keys added and drivers installed. This way, the reinstall process gets done very quick.

Another good habbit is to have a 2 TB or bigger external hard drive and to use it to perform offline backups for the server, when the automatic one fails.

Antivirus solutions and anti-ransomware software:

While there are a lot of free decent antivirus software, this is not enough in the business environment. We recommend that you buy an endpoint security antivirus, in order to benefit from extra security modules such as email scanning, certificate scanning, port blocking et cetera.

Despite the fact that we like using ESET EndPoint Security, Kaspersky, Bitdefender and Symantec have good security solutions as well.

Added to this, we recommend using an anti-ransomware software, such as CryptoGuard or RansomFree Cyberreason, which are two pieces of free software that close the encryption process, when the ransomware starts it.

For extra security, or for the paranoid users, we recommend Zemana, a secundary antimalware software that can run along other antivirus software, famous for its anti-ransomware protection.

Keep your operating systems up to date:

A good security practice is to use supported operating systems, like Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. While Windows Updates may make the system a bit unresponsive, it is a necessary evil, let’s say.

A good practice is to update the operating system daily, at the end of the working hours.

User training:

Yet another important thing to do is to train the users how to spot malicious emails, ignore the attachments and delete them. In most of the cases, the strange emails are either infected or phishing emails.

I know it’s difficult to keep the network and computers safe, but it’s even more difficult to recover the encrypted data.

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Get ZD Soft Screen Recorder for free

ZD Soft Screen Recorder captures screen/webcam/audio very fast and compresses them into HD videos on the fly, just like a camcorder inside your screen. Anything displays on screen can be captured, such as web pages, streaming videos and game screens. You can not only save screen capture to video files, but also live stream it to internet video websites such as Twitch/YouTube, or securely broadcast it to invited viewers within local area network.

You can use ZD Soft Screen Recorder to create software demo/tutorial/training videos, record online courses/lectures/webinars/meetings, convert PPT presentations into videos, save non-downloadable online videos, capture the wonderful moments of your gameplays, stream your screen/webcam to Twitch/YouTube, share your screen with colleagues/students and so on.

After further testing the app, we’ve noticed that it’s highly useful. It has a lot of features and we will write few details of each and every one of them below.

At first lauch the app will ask you if you want to start with the UI wizard in order to help you out.

zd soft screen recorder - UI wizard

You can choose No and open the basic UI interface of the software. After opening the app without the wizard you will notice a lot of features like Live preview.

zd soft screen recorder - live preview

Also advanced settings to capture the screen like capture a certain regions, a window or full screen capture.

zd soft screen recorder - screen capture settings

Advanced video settings like mirroring your video or flip upside down. Also setting up the frame rate.

zd soft screen recorder - video settings

Setting up the audio format, or capturing the audio from the microphone or not.

zd soft screen recorder - audio settings

Choose to live stream to a media server or local broadcasting.

zd soft screen recorder - live streaming

Record your webcam in a square while you broadcast or record your screen. You also have advanced settings like flipping the webcam or mirroring it.

zd soft screen recorder - webcam

Setup your screenshots captures and save them as PNG, BMP or JPEG / JPG.

zd soft screen recorder - screenshot

Place your logo / watermark your video or screenshots.

zd soft screen recorder - logo

Setup mouse gestures.

zd soft screen recorder - cursor

Create your custom shortcuts for a better use of the software. But be aware of other applications that might use the same keyboard shortcuts.

zd soft screen recorder - hotkeys

Schedule recordings, or limit them. Yet another function that convinced me that the software worth its money.

zd soft screen recorder - timer

And some more advanced features that could be customized by your own way of working with the software.

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Just in case you’ll miss the SharewareOnSale promotion, you can always check the developers website and purchase the full pro version. From our point of a view, the software worth its money because it has a lot of features that we did not see at other free software like Fraps or other apps like it.

Disclaimer

You are allowed to use this product only within the laws of your country/region. Zeroviruses, SharewareOnSale and its staff are not responsible for any illegal activity. We did not develop this product; if you have an issue with this product, contact the developer. This product is offered “as is” without express or implied or any other type of warranty. The description of this product on this page is a marketing description, written by the developer with few more notes written by the ZeroViruses team. The quality and performance of this product is without guarantee. Download or use at your own risk. If you don’t feel comfortable with this product, then don’t download it.

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How to delete your Instagram account

No matter what the reason would be that make you take the decision to give up on your Instagram account (AndroidiOSWindows Phone), we will ofer you two easy solutions for that: temporarily deactivation or permanent deactivation of the account. As the option name states, the first option will allow you to temporarily deactivate your account without losing any data, pictures etc. and all the information from the account will be hidden from other users until you reactivate the account. On the other hand, the second option is a little bit more of a drastic measure that wipes the account permanently including pictures, information or any data the account might held.

Both procedures can be either carried out from the app itself, or from a browser on a PC, laptop, tablet or mobile phone.

Temporarily deactivation of the account

  1. Go to the Instagram website and make sure that you’re logged in.
  2. In the upper right of the screen tap on the „Edit profile“ link.

instagram account- edit profile

  1. In the lower side of the screen you can find the „Temporarily disable my account“ – click on the link, please (either from your account or from the link provided by us).

instagram account - disable account

  1. Write a reason in the field why do you want to temporarily disable your account.
  2. Re-enter your password and tap again on the „Temporarily disable my account“ button.

instagram account - temporarily disable account

Permanent deactivation of the account

  1. Access the Instagram account deletion link (make sure that this is what you want to do, because all of your posts, pictures, data etc. will be permanently deleted and you can not recover that back).
  2. Log into the web page by using your credentials (if you’re not already logged in).
  3. Choose a reason for the deletion of the account.
  4. Re-enter the password and click on the „Permanently delete my account“ once you’re sure that you want to do this.

instagram account - delete account

If by any chance you know another easy way to deactivate or delete your Instagram account, please don’t hesitate to write a comment.

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How to permanently uninstall OneDrive on Windows 10

So… You want to uninstall OneDrive because it is annoying as hell? As you may have noticed, when you open photos on your computer, the Set up OneDrive dialog will automatically open and that could be a little frustrating in time.

And if you do not need OneDrive at all, you should get rid of it for good. In this article we will show you how to completely and permanently uninstall OneDrive, so that it will not annoy you anymore.

This is an easy and straight forward guide, so it can be performed by people that lack IT skills.

How to permanently uninstall OneDrive on Windows 10

Let’s start. The first thing you have to do is open Settings. You can type settings in Cortana or use the key combination Windows + I.

uninstall OneDrive

Next, choose Apps and from the next menu, Apps & Features.

After that, type in onedrive, hit Enter and choose Microsoft OneDrive from the results.

Press uninstall, confirm it with “This app and its related info will be uninstalled” and choose Yes from the UAC window.

uninstall OneDrive

If you need to reinstall the application, you can either download it from the official website or from Windows Store.

Note: the same steps can be performed for uninstalling any unwanted software that came with your new Windows 10 computer or laptop.

That’s all. Enjoy!

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How to enable Dark Mode on YouTube

In this article I will show you how to enable the Dark Mode on YouTube, so that it would provide you a better experience when you are watching videos at night. For now, the below hack works only on Google Chrome, but it might become available for other browsers at well.

If you want to enable Dark Mode for YouTube, do the following:

Open Google Chrome and sign in with your YouTube account.

Press Ctrl + Shift + I to open Developer Tools. Another way to open Developer Tools is to go to Chrome’s menu and press More > Developer Tools.

How to enable Dark Mode on YouTube

Next, switch to the Console tab, paste the below code and hit enter: document.cookie=”VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=fPQ4jCL6EiE”

How to enable Dark Mode on YouTube

Next, close Developer Tools and refresh the browser page. On the YouTube front page, click on your profile photo and click the Dark Mode option to enable it.

How to enable Dark Mode on YouTube

How to enable Dark Mode on YouTube

How to enable Dark Mode on YouTube

Next you are good to go. You can now use your YouTube in Dark Mode.