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Rogue antivirus apps now masquerading as utility software, too

Once upon a time, rogue antivirus apps were pretty much one-trick ponies. They tried to closely mimic the interfaces we recognize from apps like AVG and Microsoft Security Essentials and use goofily-combined names like Super Windows Antivirus 2010 Gold Pro. However, as Sunbelt reports on their official blog, malware authors are now branching out into other types of bogus apps in order to lure mor...

Scott's Gmail Alert hits version 5, adds more Google notification goodness

Scott's Gmail Alert (SGA) has been a great desktop notifier for a long time. In the just-released version 5, however, SGA has added a handful of new features which make it even better than its predecessors. SGA 5 can also notify you of upcoming events from a Google Calendar (even password-protected ones), changes in your local weather forecast, and new messages sent to you via Google Talk. As b...

Firefox 4 UI update brings snazzy, new alert pop-ups

Lest you think blogger Long Zheng is all about Microsoft apps, our Australian friend has a keen eye on all kinds of bleeding-edge software. -- including Firefox 4. Today he noticed a change in the Firefox 4 nightly build -- sexier, semi-translucent alert dialogs, complete with a blur effect to obscure the webpage content in the background. The new alerts fit well with Firefox 4's default Strat...

Google Chrome now alerts you if a site has its own extension (check it out!)

I discovered this new feature completely by chance: I was simply reading the morning news on The Independent. It seems to work for Stable, Beta and Developer builds of Chrome (version 4.X or newer) -- so check it out! Some preliminary searches don't seem to turn up anything... but if it works in the Stable build, the functionality must have existed for some time. I can't see anything obvious i...

Clean XP Antivirus and other fake alert infections with McAfee Stinger

Malware infections are the most common problems I see on my workbench. While there are plenty of different kinds, fake alerts and rogue antivirus programs seem to be the most widespread. They end up on my customers' systems with many different names -- Antivirus XP, Personal Antivirus, Spyware Protect, XP Antivirus -- and they're all major annoyances. If you've fallen victim to one of these na...

Scott's GMail Alert 4.0 is an even better desktop notifier for GMail and Google Calendar

I wrote about Scott's GMail Alert last year. It's a terrific desktop notifier with support for multiple GMail accounts (including GoogleMail and Google Apps), Google Calendar, and RSS feeds. Version 4.0 is now out, and Scott's app is better than ever. As you can see in the screenshot, Aero transparency is now supported. You can also now change the location where your alerts appear and choose t...

Pingdom Desktop Notifier tells you when your web site goes down

A little while back, the Pingdom crew released a handy iPhone app which enables on-the-go monitoring of your website through their service. Now they've added a desktop application to the mix - perfect for those times when you're relaxing comfortably at your workspace. The notifier runs on Windows XP, Vista, and 7, and it's dead simple to set up and use. Install it, enter your credentials, and ...

b2 GMail Notifier brings insipid Incredimail style alerts to your webmail

So you've switched to GMail but pine for the days of yore when that snooty butler hand delivered your new Incredimail messages to you? Well, you're in luck! Among the dozens of options available for GMail inbox alerts is b2 Notifier. Think of it as a combination of one part something Download Squad readers love (GMail) and two parts things they hate with a passion (Adobe Air and Incredimail). An...

Scott's GMail Alert is a kick-ass GMail, Google Calendar, and RSS notifier

Plenty of apps will give you a simple tap on the shoulder when new mail arrives arrives in your GMail inbox. There's GMail Assistant, GMail Notifier, GMail Notifier Plus, and of course Google offers their own app. Today's entrant into the battle for GMail notification supremacy -- Scott's Gmail Alert -- has a lot going for it. Way more than just the fact that it doesn't use the word notifier in ...

Snarl: Growl-like notification system for Windows

Mac users love Growl, a global alert system that displays notifications from your favorite apps for various events (like a new email message or a completed download). Now Windows users can get in on the fun, with Snarl. While Snarl isn't a straight-up Growl clone, it provides a lot of the same features, like customizable notification styles. Snarl isn't completely new, but the last time Download ...

Torment (or help) your users with MsgBoxToy's Windows alert boxes

While there are certainly some good ways to put MsgBoxToy to use - say, prompting users to save their work or take a computing break - it's also a lot of fun to create dialog boxes simply to mess with your co-workers. The program's interface is incredibly simple: choose a title, enter up to four lines of text, and enter button labels. You can also select the type of icon to display: stop, alert,...

Never miss a Woot! with these handy trackers

If you're a fan of the deal-of-the-day Web site Woot! then you know Woot-offs (like, ahem, today!) are a big deal. That's when the deal-of-the-day becomes the "the deal that changes at random intervals throughout the day." There are some great bargains to be had -- if you have the time to babysit the site all day and wait for the new deal to be announced. If you have, you know, a life, then do...

Loopnote launches

Loopnote is a way to keep everyone in the loop. You setup your group of friends, fans, band members, family, whatever, and Loopnote will basically broadcast alerts to everyone via RSS, SMS, Email, or IM. Fused with the ability to search or browse loopnotes socially, you can subscribe to notes from other users. Honestly, I am not quite sure what the value is to that right now, unless you already ...

Toshiba recalls 340,000 Sony batteries

Toshiba now recalls 340,000 laptop batteries that were made by Sony and were shipped with laptops made between March and May this year. The BBC states that the batteries may lose all their power. This is the largest battery recall in computer history (if you hadn't heard), and Toshiba joins an list of companies whom Sony has effectively screwed with bad batteries. The recall is in effect for Dynab...