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Worms infesting PCs worldwide: Microsoft

A Microsoft security report released on Monday warns that cyber crooks are digging into computers for weak spots to penetrate with worms - malicious software that steals control or data.

Rogue security software remained the top hacker threat to computers during the first half of this year, but the number of infections was dropping while penetrations by worms doubled, according to the Security Intelligence Report.

Windows 7 Marketshare Jumps Past 3 Percent

Windows 7 has officially been a part of the worldwide mass market for more than a week and a half and now makes up more than 3.6 percent of all PCs tracked by research firm Net Applications.

Net Applications tracks OS usage statistics through information reported by internet browser software. On October 21, the day before the official launch, Windows 7 usage was at 1.89 per cent, according to Channel Register. By launch day, the number hit 1.99 per cent, constantly rising to 3.67 percent it hit on November 1.

Unidentified bug causes massive CPU spike on 27-inch iMacs

Owners of the recently introduced 27-inch iMac have encountered an unidentified bug that reportedly causes massive spikes in CPU usage.

"I just upgraded my 24-inch iMac to the new 27-inch iMacs that just came out. Well, now EVERY Flash-based site like YouTube or Hulu runs unbelievably slow," a user named Subcide wrote on the Apple forum. "Looking at activity monitor, Flash is hitting about 100-110 percent of my CPU. It basically makes the browser unresponsive and the video is choppy."

Forum participant PenSilveltMEKY reported similar performance issues.

New DHL Notice Campaigns Deliver Backdoor Threat

Researchers with BitDefender are tracking the emergence of a new spate of phony overnight delivery notice attacks, calling out a set of threats currently in circulation that attempt to create backdoors that leave affected machines almost completely under the control of their assailants.

AMD dumps DirectX 9 card support under Windows 7

We were surprised to see that customer oriented AMD has decided to leave its all DirectX 9 supporters hanging. According to AMD's support site, its DirectX 9 cards won’t be officially supported under Windows 7.

Crucial Memory SSD Firmware Updates Now Available

I’m pleased to report that after much testing and evaluation within our Crucial Performance Lab, firmware 1819, with support for the TRIM command in Windows 7, is now available at: http://www.crucial.c...

If your Crucial M225 Solid-State Drive has firmware 1711, you must first revert back to the 1571 firmware prior to updating to the new 1819 firmware version. Instructions and the 1571 firmware are available on the Crucial.com support page as well.

Sony Vegas 9c Update Released

The Vegas Pro 9 collection integrates two powerful applications that work seamlessly together to provide an efficient and intuitive editing environment for video and broadcast professionals. From acquisition to delivery, from camera to Blu-ray Disc™, the Vegas Pro 9 collection delivers exactly what you need to produce outstanding results.

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Bring Halloween to Your Firefox

Bring Halloween to your browser by selecting from over 40 different community-created persona designs. And if you don’t have Personas installed, get it in less than 60 seconds and begin asking yourself: What will my Browser be this Halloween?

Pystar's Rebel EFI Reviewed

Psystar's Rebel EFI is an interesting tool, but it is very limited when it comes to the selection of hardware that you can use. The company really needs to create a compatible hardware list and post that on its Web site -- and it also needs to create some usable documentation.

Hasta la Vista, baby: Ars reviews Windows 7

With much fanfare and even a few parties, Windows 7 has arrived. In this extensive review, Peter Bright dives deep into Microsoft's new OS offering to see what's new, what's still the same, and whether it's worth upgrading.

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