Wednesday, September 20, 2017

CCleaner malware affected 2 Billion users, use alternative BleachBit instead

Now this is an ironic, Avast anti-virus company distributed the infected CCleaner.

CCleaner (short for Crap Cleaner) is a popular utility tool , which promises to clean up your system for enhanced performance, was hacked to distribute malware directly to its users, Cisco Talos reports.

For a period of time, the legitimate signed version of CCleaner 5.33 being distributed by Avast also contained a multi-stage malware payload that rode on top of the installation of CCleaner

CCleaner boasted over 2 billion total downloads by November of 2016 with a growth rate of 5 million additional users per week. Given the potential damage that could be caused by a network of infected computers even a tiny fraction of this size we decided to move quickly. On September 13, 2017 Cisco Talos immediately notified Avast of our findings so that they could initiate appropriate response activities. The following sections will discuss the specific details regarding this attack.

Full details from Talos


A great and free alternative is BleachBit a new open-source privacy cleaner tool. 

Download open source BleachBit at


I wrote a blog post on how to clean re-spawning Adobe cookies using BleachBit.
How to Delete Google Chrome Adobe Flash Cookies (.sol files) - Respawning Cookies

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

.NET 2.0 Standard is out, check out portability across all .NETs

.NET Portability Analyzer

The .NET Portability Analyzer helps you determine how flexible your application is across .NET platforms for .NET Standard 2.0 compatibility.

Get it here

.NET implementation support

The following table lists all versions of .NET Standard and the platforms supported:

.NET Standard1.
.NET Core1.
.NET Framework (with .NET Core 1.x SDK)
.NET Framework (with .NET Core 2.0 SDK)
Universal Windows Platform10.
Windows Phone8.18.18.1
Windows Phone Silverlight8.0

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Algorithm to create a 3D Face from 2D Profile photo with a free online demo

Below is a demo link where you can upload a normal 2D photo of a face and get back 3D interpolated photo. 

The site prefers that you have a head-shot head on, not at angles and good lighting.

Demo @ 

Note: Unless you state otherwise, images will be deleted after 20 minutes. They will not be used for anything other than that the demo.
 Input a 2D photo
Iggy Azalea
Output 3D image
A Wavefront  3D .OBJ file is available from download and can be made into this using or "The Making and Unmaking of Iggy Azalea" Cover Image

The technical details is a paper "Large Pose 3D Face Reconstruction from a Single Image via Direct Volumetric CNN Regression" available here.