Revo Uninstaller Free: Windows Apps uninstallation added

Revo Uninstaller is a popular established program for Windows to uninstall programs and to deal with traces of uninstalled programs that default uninstallers often leave behind.
Revo Uninstaller invokes the default uninstaller of software programs first and scans the system afterwards for traces. Traces are separated further into leftover files, e.g. in the program directory or temporary files, and data in the Windows Registry.
Tip: you can check out our initial review of Revo Uninstaller here that is updated regularly.
The program is available as a free limited version and a commercial version called Revo Uninstaller Pro.
Revo Uninstaller Free 2.1.0 introduces options to uninstall Windows Apps. The feature was only available in the Pro version of Revo Uninstaller prior to version 2.1.0.

Windows users who run the new version on Windows 8.x or 10 systems will notice that they can select the Windows Apps option in the main toolbar now.
Revo Uninstaller lists installed Windows Apps in the interface on selection. Each application is listed with its name, size, install date, version, and publisher, and you may click on any column title to sort the list accordingly.
Note: While you can remove Windows Apps using the program, you cannot restore them at a later point in time.
Double-click on any installed Windows application to start the removal process. You may also left-click on any app to select it and activate the uninstall button next to initiate the process.
Revo Uninstaller creates a system restore point first before it invokes the built-in uninstaller which is run using a PowerShell command. What follows is the scan for leftovers which you may remove as well if any are found.
The program lists apps that Microsoft tagged as removable only. You won’t find system apps in the listing and can theoretically use the Settings > Apps option to uninstall these apps as well. Revo adds its leftover scanning option to the removal process however.
Closing Words
The integration of options to uninstall Windows Apps and run leftover scans is a long-overdue step as it removes the limitation from the free version of the application. A program uninstaller that can remove only one type of programs looks inferior to uninstallers that support both; that is probably the main reason why the feature has been integrated into Revo Uninstaller Free. The feature is completely optional.
Now You: Do you use a third-party program uninstaller? (via Deskmodder, Techdows)
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A closer look at Firefox's Tracking Protection feature

Tracking Protection is a privacy feature of the Firefox web browser designed to block certain unwanted elements on sites visited in the browser.
All Firefox users have options to control Tracking Protection in the web browser; Mozilla announced in June 2019 that Tracking Protection is enabled by default for new Firefox installations, and that it plans to make it the default for existing Firefox installations as well provided that the user has not customized Tracking Protection.
The announcement raised several questions: users wanted to know more about Tracking Protection, whether the system was good enough to make installed extensions superfluous, whether they could uninstall content blockers, and if there was any downside to enabling the feature.
Tracking Protection Basics

Firefox users may customize Tracking Protection functionality in several ways. One of the easier options is to load about:preferences#privacy in the Firefox address bar and check the “content blocking” section on the page that opens.
Tracking Protection offers three presets: standard, strict, and custom.

Standard (default): blocks known trackers in private windows and third-party tracking cookies in all windows.
Strict: blocks trackers in all windows and third party cookies.
Custom: select what to block:

Trackers: in all windows, private windows, change blocklist.
Cookies: third-party trackers, from unvisited websites, all third-party cookies, all cookies.

Firefox displays a Shield icon next to the site address if Tracking Protection is blocking something on the active site. A click on the icon provides an overview of what is being blocked on the page.

The Content Blocking section of the panel that opens provides the following information and controls:

Tracking Protection status (e.g. custom or standard).
Whether Trackers, Cookies, Miners, or Fingerprinters are blocked, or partially blocked. Note that Firefox displays only the types that are blocked and not the others.
Option to look at blocked content.
Option to turn off Tracking Protection for the site.

A click on a content type that is blocked on the active site displays the list of content that is blocked on it.

Options to interact with the blocked content are not provided but you find a link to the content blocking options in the interface.
Tracking Protection lists and exceptions
Firefox uses lists provided by Disconnect. Level 1 is the default that is used by the browser’s Tracking Protection feature.

Level 1: allows some trackers to avoid site breakage.
Level 2: blocks all detected trackers. Mozilla notes that this may break “some videos, photo slideshows, and social networking features”.

The only option to switch to the level 2 list is to set Tracking Protection to the custom level. Select “change block list” under custom options to do so.

Disconnect maintains a list of trackers that it does not block. If a company runs a tracker on its main site, blocking the tracker would prevent access to the site at all.
You find the current list of unblocked domains here. The list includes sites such as,,, or
There is no option to configure Firefox’s Tracking Protection to block these trackers as well. Since you find CDNs on the list as well, blocking them would break sites that rely on these.
Tracking Protection vs. Ad-blocking
Tracking Protection and ad-blocking share some features but are different in others. Mozilla’s Tracking Protection approach tries to improve user privacy by blocking certain forms of tracking, namely tracking cookies and a list of known trackers.
Ad-blockers focus on advertisement elements on websites and block these, and by doing so, improve privacy as well as they may block cookies from being set by advertising domains.
Tracking Protection may block some ad elements on websites that you visit but others may still be displayed. A content blocker like uBlock Origin blocks all advertisement on a page by default. Some content blockers, especially Adblock Plus, allow certain ads by default.
Tracking Protection History

11.2014 — Mozilla launches Tracking Protection in desktop Firefox Nightly.
12.2014 — Tracking Protection added to mobile Firefox for Android.
03.2015 — Tracking Protection enabled in private browsing mode.
05.2015 — Study suggests that tracking protection reduces page load time by 44% on average.
09.2015 — Option to select different blocklists added.
09.2016 — Tracking Protection Test Pilot experiment launches.
11.2017 — Tracking Protection launches in Firefox 57 Stable (works in non-private windows)
05.2018 — Optional anti-mining and anti-fingerprinting protections added.
06.2018 — Mozilla plans to push Tracking protection.

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Here is what is new in Firefox 67.0.2

Mozilla released Firefox 67.0.2 to the Stable channel on June 11, 2019. The new version of the Firefox web browser is already available and Firefox installations configured to check for updates automatically will pick up the new version eventually to download and install it.
Firefox users who don’t want to wait for that to happen can run a manual check for updates with a click on Menu > Help > Check for Updates.
The new version is also available as a direct download on the Mozilla website.
Firefox 67.0.2

Firefox 67.0.2 is a bug fix release that addresses several issues in the browser. Here is the list of changes and improvements in the release:

Fixed the JavaScript error “TypeError: data is null in PrivacyFilter.jsm” which could “significantly degrade sessionstore reliability and performance”.
Manual proxy setups may have seen multiple proxy authentication dialogs with requests to authenticate in Firefox 67.
Persaon’s MyCloud breaks if FIDO U2F is not Chrome’s implementation.
Fixed an issue in Firefox for Linux and Mac OS X that caused Firefox to display a “profile is to recent” notification to the user if Safe Mode was used prior to the launch.
Fixed problems associated with installing and managing different languages in Firefox on Linux distribution systems.
Fixed a tag copying problem in the Firefox developer tools.
The custom homepage did not work correctly for users who configured Firefox to clear data on shutdown.
Fixed a performance regression for eclipse RAP based application.
Fixed a crash that affected Mac OS X 10.15.
Fixed an issue that prevented the starting of two downloads in parallel.

Firefox users affected by any of the issues may want to consider upgrading to Firefox 67.0.2 immediately to fix the issue that they experience.
Interested users can check out the official release notes. These link each fixed issue to the bug report on Mozilla’s bugtracking website which offers additional information on it.
The next major Firefox release, Firefox 68, is scheduled for a July 9, 2019 release.
Now You: Did you notice any of the issues in Firefox 67?
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Firefox 68: add-on release notes in add-ons manager

The Firefox Add-ons Manager will soon display the release notes of updated extensions directly in the web browser.
Mozilla plans to release the new feature in Firefox 68 which is scheduled for a July 9, 2019 release.
Firefox supports browser extensions; users may install add-ons in the browser to extend functionality of the browser or sites visited in the browser.
Add-ons are updated automatically by default whenever a new version is released by the developer or publisher. Firefox users who want more control over the update process may change the default behavior to turn automatic updates off.
Current versions of Firefox, those prior to version 68, don’t reveal update information to the user. Users don’t know what changed unless they visit the extension’s profile page on the Mozilla Add-ons repository, or, if available, the developer’s site provided that release information is published there.
The profile page on Mozilla AMO lists the release notes of the latest version of an add-on. It is possible to click on “see all versions” on the page to display release notes for previous releases.
Starting with Firefox 68, release notes are also a part of the Firefox web browser.

All you need to do is open about:addons in the Firefox web browser, click on one of the installed browser extensions, and switch to the Release Notes tab.
Note that you can also click on the menu icon (the three dots) next to any extension and select “more options” to open the details page of the installed extension.
Release Notes are pulled from Mozilla’s AMO website when they are opened in the browser; it may take a moment to display them because of that. Implementing an option to integrate release notes with releases so that they don’t need to be fetched separately would be a welcome improvement.
The release notes depend on the content that the developer of the extension or its publisher add to the release notes snipped on Mozilla AMO. Some developers provide extensive information, others barely any information at all.
Closing Words
The option to display release notes directly in the Firefox Add-ons Manager is a welcome step in the right direction. I’d like to see an option get these displayed during add-on updates as well to get even more control over the updating process.
Mozilla could implement these optionally and keep the automatic process the default in coming versions of Firefox.
Now You: What is your take on the change? Anything you’d like to see added to it?
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A look at Win-X Menu 3.0 for Windows

Win+X Menu Editor is a free software program by Happy Bulldozer to change the Windows-X power menu of the Windows 10 operating system. Version 3.0 of the program was released recently; reason enough to take another look at it.
Tip: Check out our extensive customize Windows-X Menu guide for additional information.
Windows 10 users who invoke the Windows-X menu get options to launch a selection of advanced tools and common tasks when it opens. They may open Computer Management, PowerShell, or the Event Viewer from the menu directly, run searches, programs, or shut down the system.
Some of the tools of the menu may never be used, however, and options to customize the Windows-X menu is a common request. That’s what Win+X Menu Editor offers.
Note: The menu helped me several times when Microsoft broke the Start Menu functionality in Insider Builds. Start would not open anymore but Windows-X did. I used it to open tools, run commands, and shut down the system.
Win-X Menu Editor for Windows

Win-X Menu Editor can be run right after you have extracted the archive it is distributed as on the system.  The program is compatible with Windows 8 and Windows 10 systems only, as those are the only two systems that support the Windows-X Menu.
The application separates the tools and links of the menu just like Microsoft does. To remove an item, you’d simply select it using the mouse or keyboard, and activate the remove button afterward. Note that there is no confirmation prompt but an option to restore the defaults in case you want to start with a default menu.
Apart from removing, it is possible to add programs and groups to the menu. Activate “add a program” to add a new item to the selected group. Win-X Menu Editor lets you pick any executable program on the system and a selection of presets including Services, Control Panel items, and Administrative Tools.
Another feature of the application is the option to change the sort order of items. Just select an item and use the up and down arrow icons to move it up or down in the menu.
A click on “Restart Explorer” in the program interface applies the change to Explorer. You may then test the new menu functionality and go back to the drawing board to make further changes. A restart of the PC is not required to apply the changes, but you can restart without restarting Explorer as it will have the same effect.
Closing Words
Win+X Menu Editor is a useful program for Microsoft’s Windows operating system to edit the Windows-X Menu of the Windows operating system. You may use it to customize the menu, e.g. to remove items that you never use or replace them with programs and tools that you use regularly.
Now You: Do you use the Windows-X Menu?
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Firefox 69: support page lists path to Firefox binary

Mozilla added the path of the Firefox binary to the web browser’s support page in Firefox 69 to make it easier for Firefox users to find out from where Firefox was started.
Firefox’s about:support page offers a wealth of information: from links to the profile folder and update folder over information on the multiprocess status and browser version, to modified preferences, installed extensions and Mozilla installed extensions, and WebRender information.
All Firefox users need to do is load about:support in the browser’s address bar to access it. A click on the Firefox menu and the selection of Help > Troubleshooting Information opens it as well.
Firefox versions before 69 list the update folder and profile folder path but not the application directory and binary that was launched. While that is not a problem on a system with a single Firefox installation, it could be difficult to tell which Firefox version was started if multiple versions are installed on systems or used as portable versions.
Users who just install a single copy of Firefox on a system may benefit from the new information as well as it highlights the directory of the Firefox installation.
A new bug was added to [email protected] in May 2019 that confirms the train of thought:
It can be challenging to find out where Firefox is installed from a user since there seems no way in the UI to get it and when a user has multiple installs they might not know which one was started by the OS.

From Firefox 69 on, all you have to do is load about:support in the Firefox address bar and check the Application Binary value under Application Basics near the top of the webpage.
Windows users find the path to the firefox.exe  excutable file there, e.g. C:Program FilesFirefox Nightlyfirefox.exe.
Mozilla aims for a Firefox 69 Stable release; it seems unlikely that the change will be postponed as it is a simple change that adds information to the troubleshooting page only.
Now You: do you use Firefox’s about:support page? Anything you’d like to see on it that you think is missing from it?
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Mozilla might launch Firefox Premium in 2019

Mozilla CEO Chris Beard confirmed in an interview  that the organization plans to offer premium services in the near future.
Mozilla is aware of the organization’s dependency on search and the revenue that it brings in. About 90% of the overall revenue of Mozilla comes from search deals at the time of writing, the remaining ten percent from Pocket, donations, and other revenue sources.
Firefox Premium is an attempt to diversify Mozilla’s revenue without limiting or restricting any of the existing services.
Beard mentions a VPN service as an example of a premium service. Mozilla could offer a free basic VPN service to all of its users and a paid version with improved functionality and features on top of that.
The practice is not uncommon; several VPN providers offer a free basic version with limited bandwidth, server availability or speed, and an upgraded paid product that does away with the limits or extends them. It is unclear if the VPN service would be run by Mozilla or if the organization would cooperate with an existing provider.

Mozilla did cooperate with ProtonVPN in the past already to offer VPN services to Firefox users.
The only other service that Beard mentions in the interview is a data storage service but no information was provided in the interview. Companies that offer data storage services often use a freemium model as well. Users may sign up and get a couple of Gigabytes of storage as free users; those that require more may pay a monthly or yearly fee to get more online storage.
Beard mentioned that Mozilla is considering several premium service options and that Mozilla is aiming for an official release in October 2019.
Mozilla plans to launch individual services in the future. The interview suggests that the organization could launch these services for free initially and premium options later on.
Tip: Check out the best VPN add-ons for Firefox.
Closing Words
Firefox Premium services could launch as early as October of 2019. The services could diversify Mozilla’s revenue streams significantly. It is clear that Mozilla wants to reduce the reliance on search deals especially since the revenue depends to a large part on one of its competitors in the browser market, Google.
A Google not-renewing the search deal scenario looms over Mozilla’s head even though it is unlikely that this is going to happen. Google could negotiate with an iron fist perfectly knowing that Mozilla does not have lots of choices when it comes to search deals partners.
The only viable candidate left would be Microsoft and the company’s Bing search engine. Microsoft did make search deals in the past with companies like Yahoo or more recently Verizon.
If Mozilla gets the premium services right, it could very well establish services that surpass search revenue in the long run. The organization needs to stay true to the attributes it stands for, especially when it comes to privacy, openness, and a user-focused appraoch to things.
I don’t mind the release of premium services by Mozilla provided that core Firefox remains untouched (which it will) and that these services are reasonably priced and have a strong focus on privacy.
Now You: What is your take on Firefox Premium?
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Google Chrome: pin tabs using drag and drop

Google launched a new experimental feature in the Canary version of the company’s Google Chrome web browser recently that introduces options to pin and unpin tabs using drag and drop operations.
Most modern web browsers support the pinning of tabs in the browser’s tab bar. A pinned tab is fixed to a position, usually on the leftmost side of the tab bar. Chrome displays the favicon of pinned sites only in the interface but does not visually distinguish between pinned tabs and regular tabs otherwise.
Up until now, Chrome users had to right-click on a tab in the web browser to pin or unpin it. A right-click on a tab displays “pin tab” or unpin tab” depending on its current state, and activation of the feature changes the status. The selection of the pin command would move it to the leftmost side of the tab bar and pin it next to the rightmost pinned tab (if any) or the left tab bar border if there are no other pinned tabs.
The new feature that Google tests in Chrome Canary currently would add the option to use drag and drop for pinning and unpinning operations. All you do is drag any tab between the pinned tabs area and the regular tabs area. The pinning operation works only if at least one tab is already pinned while unpinning works regardless of that.

The feature needs to be enabled before it can be used. Here is how that is done:

Load chrome://flags/#drag-to-pin-tabs in the Chrome address bar. You can load chrome://flags manually instead and search for Drag to Modify Tab Pinnedness to locate the preference.
Set the status of the experiment to Enabled from Default.
Restart Google Chrome.

Tip: wonder how to find out if a flag is enabled or disabled if set to default?
You should be able to drag and drop tabs between the pinned and regular tab area in the Chrome browser afterward. Simply set the preference to Default or Disabled to undo the change and return to the status quo.
Please note that experimental flags like this one may be removed at any time without notice. It is also possible that these may be implemented natively in Chrome.
Chrome supports drag and drop operations on the tab bar, but only to change the order of pinned or regular tabs, and to create new browsing windows by dragging tabs away from the tab bar of the browser
Closing Words
The new drag and drop tab pinning and unpinning option adds another option to Chrome. Heavy tab pinners — are there any? — benefit the most from the new functionality . The feature could be improved by placing a dedicated pin spot in the tab bar to allow the drag and drop pinning of the first tab by dropping it over that area.
Google is a data driven company and it is likely that its engineers looked at pinning statistics and concluded that a drag and drop feature would probably be appreciated by enough users of the browser.
Now You: Do you pin tabs? How many have you pinned? (via Softpedia)
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Mozilla to run a Firefox Origin Telemetry experiment in development versions of Firefox

Mozilla announced a push to improving privacy for all users of the Firefox web browser recently. The organization began to enable Tracking Protection functionality for all new installations with the release of Firefox 75.0.1 Stable, and plans to flip the switch for existing installations as well if settings were not modified by users already.
The new default level blocks “some” trackers in private and regular browsing windows, and known tracking cookies. The previous setting blocked some known trackers in private windows only.
The companies and individuals that operate these trackers and sites may react to the change, and Mozilla wants to be prepared for that.
The organization plans to run an experiment in development versions of the Firefox web browser to detect workarounds by these organizations and individuals.
Mozilla is aware of the sensitive nature of the data and decided that it would need a better way to analyze the data that would not potentially reveal sensitive information.
Firefox Origin Telemetry

Mozilla developed Firefox Origin Telemetry for that specific use case. The component is built on top of Prio, a “privacy-preserving data collection system developed by Stanford Professor Dan Boneh and PhD candidate Henry Corrigan-Gibbs”.
Mozilla wants to collect blocklist totals only.
We will use Firefox Origin Telemetry to collect counts of the number of sites on which each blocklist rule was active, as well as counts of the number of sites on which the rules were inactive due to one of our compatibility exemptions. By monitoring these statistics over time, we can determine how trackers react to our new protections and discover abuse.
Firefox Origin Telemetry needs to be validated before it could land in release versions of Firefox. Mozilla plans to run a test starting with Firefox 69 Nightly.
Prio requires that data is collected by two independent parties and Mozilla plans to meet the requirement in release versions. For this initial test, however, Mozilla will run both data collection servers.

The collected data falls within the organization’s “data collection policies” for pre-release versions of the Firefox web browser. The test runs on 1% of the Firefox Nightly population as that is all that is required to validate the API.
Firefox Nightly users who don’t want to participate in the experiment may disable Firefox’s ability to install and run studies, and to send technical and interaction data to Mozilla.
Both options can be configured on the about:preferences#privacy under Firefox Data Collection and Use.
Additional information is provided on Mozilla’s Security blog.
Closing Words
Mozilla is open when it comes to the collecting of Telemetry data while companies like Google don’t reveal much at all when it comes to that and the experiments that they run. The openness puts Mozilla in a difficult spot as it may be criticized for the decisions it makes; Google is not criticized nearly as much as it is usually tight-lipped in all those regards.
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Fix chrome.exe appearing on the Windows Lockscreen

Google Chrome users who updated the web browser to version 75 may notice a new element on the lockscreen of the system when they lock it.
Our Deskmodder colleagues report that they noticed a chrome.exe element on the lockscreen along with media playback and volume controls after upgrading Chrome to the new version on a Windows 10 machine.
The module is displayed when Chrome is minimized according to the article. It is unclear if it is necessary to play media or if that is unrelated.
I tried to replicate the issue on a Windows 10 system with Chrome 75 but could not get chrome.exe to display on the lockscreen no matter what I tried (Minimize Chrome, play media, play media and minimize).
Chrome.exe is not the only program that may display media controls on the desktop. Windows 10 supports this since the Windows 10 Anniversary Update release. Back then, Groove, a native music application of the operating system, would display media controls if media played when the screen was locked.
Still, Chrome users who run into the issue can resolve it if they dislike the presence of chrome.exe on the lockscreen.
The feature seems to be linked to the Hardware Media Key Handling flag of the browser. The flag takes over hardware media controls on computer keyboards and that led to media keys not working properly anymore in media applications such as Spotify.
The solution for that issue was to disable Hardware Media Key Handling in Google Chrome, and that is also the solution for the chrome.exe issue on the Lockscreen of the Windows operating system.
Here is how you resolve that issue

Load the page chrome://flags/#hardware-media-key-handling in the Chrome web browser. You may also load chrome://flags and search for Hardware Media Key Handling instead.
Set the experimental flag to Disabled.
Restart Google Chrome.

Google seems to have activated the feature in Chrome 74 by switching the default status from “disabled” to “enabled”; that’s why Chrome users ran into the media key hijacking issue when that version started to roll out in April 2019.
Experimental flags may not be kept forever in Chrome, however. It is possible that Google will revert the setting or keep it enabled and remove the flag so that users cannot disable the feature anymore in the browser.
For now, all you have to do is disable the Hardware Media Key Handling flag to return to the status quo.
Now You: What is your take on this? Should a browser take over media keys?
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