7+ Taskbar Tweaker: Windows 10, the first major update

Hi guys and gals!

A couple of days ago, the first major update for Windows 10 was officially released. Unfortunately, the update has introduced enough changes to break compatibility with 7+ Taskbar Tweaker, as many of you have noticed.

I can’t tell when a compatible version of 7+ Taskbar Tweaker will be ready, but I hope to make an alpha version available in a week or two.

Posted in Programming, Updates at November 17th, 2015. 4 Comments.

Unchecky v0.4

I’m happy to announce that Unchecky v0.4 is now available!

Here is what’s new in this version:

Support for browser offers

This feature was requested since the first version of Unchecky was released, and I’ve been planning to implement it for a long time. Now, Unchecky is finally able to combat offers in the browser. Just like for native installers, the checkbox is automatically unchecked, and a warning is displayed when a checkbox with an offer is clicked.

Warning tooltips

When you click on a button which causes an installation of a potentially unwanted program, Unchecky shows a warning message box. But until now, you could not know whether a button causes an installation of a potentially unwanted program before clicking on it. Unchecky v0.4 provides a new option, which allows to display a tooltip while hovering on such a button. That way, you can know which buttons to avoid even before clicking on them!
The new option can be enabled in the Settings page of Unchecky.

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Posted in Software, Updates at October 12th, 2015. 2 Comments.

FollowImmediateConstant (an OllyDbg 2 plugin)

Adds the missing option to follow immediate constant in OllyDbg 2, just like in OllyDbg 1.10.

Screenshot (clickable):

zip follow_immediate_constant.zip (21.58 kB)

Posted in Software, Updates at August 28th, 2015. No Comments.

7+ Taskbar Tweaker v5.0, with Windows 10 support

After extensive alpha and beta testing, 7+ Taskbar Tweaker v5.0, the first stable version to support Windows 10, is available!

I want to thank everybody who supported the porting effort: Mike T, Fraser Ntukula, and other contributors.

Posted in Software, Updates at August 22nd, 2015. 38 Comments.

7+ Taskbar Tweaker for Windows 10: beta version

About a week ago, Windows 10 became generally available for updating. Today, I’m happy to present the beta version of 7+ Taskbar Tweaker, which is compatible with Windows 10. All the existing options should work, except the following advanced options: list_reverse_order and tray_icons_padding. These two options cannot be tweaked in Windows 10 using the same tricks that the tweaker used in earlier Windows versions, so they don’t work in Windows 10. I might look at reimplementing them for Windows 10 in the future.

Please try the beta version, and if you encounter any issues, please let me know.

Posted in Software, Updates at August 7th, 2015. 74 Comments.

Unchecky has been acquired by Reason Software Company

I’m happy to announce that Unchecky has been acquired by Reason Software Company Inc., the company behind Should I remove it? and herdProtect, and has been integrated into the new Reason security product, Reason Core Security.

The Reason Company has a vision similar to Unchecky, which aims to protect users from potentially unwanted programs and offers. Reason Core Security is a comprehensive anti-malware security suite, designed to keep the users safe from malware, as well as to prevent accidental installations of unwanted programs.

For existing Unchecky users, nothing will change: if you don’t need the power of Reason Core Security, you can continue to use Unchecky, which is not abandoned – it will continue to be developed as a standalone program as well as a Reason Core Security component.

I would like to thank everybody who supported Unchecky during its development, and I’m sure that it will become a part of a great product, which will provide a comprehensive solution to the problem of malware and potentially unwanted programs.

Posted in Software, Updates at April 14th, 2015. 20 Comments.

7+ Taskbar Tweaker for Windows 10: early alpha version

Windows 10 Technical Preview was recently released by Microsoft, and as you might have noticed, 7+ Taskbar Tweaker doesn’t run on it. A while ago I wrote a blog post, which answers some of the questions about 7+ Taskbar Tweaker and Windows 10.

I’m happy to announce that the very first alpha version of 7+ Taskbar Tweaker for Windows 10 (Technical Preview) is ready for some testing. Those of you who have donated for the porting effort can get the alpha version here (link removed).

Please note that this version is not complete. While several options work well, others don’t work as expected, and some don’t work at all. Most of these issues are known, and will be fixed in future alpha versions.

Alpha version changelog

  • v4.5.9.2 (November 7): fixed many bugs.
  • v4.5.9.3 (November 14): fixed several bugs, and included 7+ Taskbar Tweaker beta changes (including the “disable_taskbar_transparency” advanced option).
  • v4.5.9.4 (November 28): added support for Windows 10 Build 9879 (and dropped support for previous Windows 10 builds).
  • v4.5.9.5 (February 21): updated for build 9926.
  • v4.5.9.6 (February 21): bugfixes.
  • v4.5.9.7 (March 27): updated for build 10041.
  • v4.5.9.8 (March 28): bugfixes.
  • v4.5.9.9 (May 8): updated for build 10074.
  • v4.5.9.10 (May 15): Korean translation.
  • v4.5.9.11 (July 31): updated for the RTM build, 10240. Fixed several incompatibilities with Windows 10.
  • v4.5.9.12 (August 5): many many fixes for Windows 10.

Update (August 7, 2015): The first public beta version is available! More details here.

Posted in Software, Updates at October 24th, 2014. 133 Comments.

Unchecky v0.3

Introducing Unchecky v0.3!

The new version of Unchecky provides you with more visual feedback:

  • A tray icon is visible as long as the Unchecky service is running.
  • When an offer is rejected, a notification message is shown (see screenshot below).


Also, Unchecky v0.3 has an activity log, which was the most requested feature on UserEcho. You can see which installers were handled by Unchecky, how many offers were rejected, and how many warnings were displayed:


As you can see from the above screenshot, there are also social network buttons, which allow you to tell your friends and family about Unchecky. Please use them! We have great plans about Unchecky, and we need your help to spread the word.

Posted in Software, Updates at October 7th, 2014. 12 Comments.

7+ Taskbar Tweaker and Windows 10

Windows 10 Technical Preview was just released by Microsoft several days ago, and I’ve already received many questions about 7+ Taskbar Tweaker support for it. I’d like to answer some of those.

Q: I tried to run 7+ Taskbar Tweaker on Windows 10 Preview and I get a messagebox that says it’s only for win7/8. Do you reckon it would work if you disable the windows check inside 7+ TT?

A: No, that won’t work. What you’ll get instead is a different error message box, or, if you’re less lucky, an explorer crash.

Q: If 7+ Taskbar Tweaker works fine on Win 8.1, I guess it’s a small adjustment to make it work in Win 10, isn’t it?

A: That’s kind of correct, depending on what you’re considering as a “small adjustment”. But that’s not something that can be done in a couple of minutes. Or hours. While that’s obviously less work than writing 7+ Taskbar Tweaker from scratch, it requires careful tuning for the memory layout of the new explorer, and the fact that it looks/behaves just like explorer from Windows 8.1 doesn’t help here.

Q: Can donations, as in the case Windows 8.1, accelerate the situation?

A: Yes, it will help. You can donate here.
Include the w10p (Windows 10 Porting) word in the donation comments to specify that your donation is targeted for the porting.

Below is a progress bar of the donations, with the goal set as the estimated time the porting is going to take, with an average wage.

$1173 out of $1000

As with the Windows 8.1 Update 1 porting progress, all donors will get access to early alpha versions during the porting process.
Also, the top three donors will get mentioned in the changelog.

Thanks in advance for your help! If things go well, I’ll try to allocate time for it next week.

Update (October 24, 2014): The first alpha version is available! More details here.

Update (August 7, 2015): The first public beta version is available! More details here.

Posted in Software, Updates at October 4th, 2014. 53 Comments.

7+ Taskbar Tweaker is five years old today!

Exactly five years ago, 7 Taskbar Tweaker v1.0 was released (changelog).
Here’s how it looked:

And here’s where it all started.

Happy birthday!

Posted in Software, Updates at September 30th, 2014. 18 Comments.