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TeamViewer 11 comes with the promise of better network performance, redesigns toolbar
December 1, 2015 – 07:43 | No Comment

TeamViewer GmbH has released the final version of TeamViewer 11, its remote access tool for Windows, Linux and Mac computers. The new release, also available as a portable build for Windows users, launches with an …

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How to extract the contents of a setup file without installing it first
December 1, 2015 – 07:53 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Inno Setup UnpackerApplication installers are supposed to save you time, automatically configuring your PC to properly run their host application.

Unfortunately, many setup programs only exist as a way to get adware onto your system, sometimes without you even noticing.

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Share from PowerPoint to Facebook and Twitter with Microsoft’s Social Share
November 26, 2015 – 05:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Social ShareBuild a great presentation and PowerPoint gives you various ways to share it with the world: by email, as a OneDrive link, individual slides, an online presentation, and more.

Social Share is a free Office add-in which also enables PowerPoint to directly share presentations via Facebook and Twitter.

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Freemake Video Converter 4.1.9 adds drag and drop support
November 25, 2015 – 06:06 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Freemake Video ConverterFreemake Video Converter is a great media conversion tool with a pile of features, and just one small but annoying omission.

No drag and drop support meant you had to click the Add button and manually select your target files.

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Malwarebytes exposes adware that disables antivirus
November 25, 2015 – 05:18 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

MalwarebytesMalwarebytes has issued a detailed report explaining the various tricks Vonteera adware uses to compromise your PC – and it makes for uncomfortable reading.

Unwanted adverts, unknown Windows services, modified shortcuts, forced installation of uninstallable Chrome extensions, even a way to prevent you running antivirus software – it’s all here.

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Monitor what’s running on your PC with apps tracker
November 24, 2015 – 10:37 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

apps trackerApps tracker is an open source tool that logs which programs are being run on your PC, and for how long.

The program is portable, so there are no intrusive drivers or Windows services to worry about. Just launch it, click the window close button and it minimises to your system tray.

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Automatically set your PC’s volume levels with SoundVolumeView
November 24, 2015 – 04:49 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SoundVolumeViewChanging your baseline volume level in Windows is easy – click the speaker icon, spin the mouse wheel – but if you want to adjust the volume of some other device then it quickly gets more complicated.

You might click the “Mixer” link, for instance. Or maybe the speaker icon. And then the levels tab. And then you adjust the various levels for that device, but what if you want to tweak something else…?

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8 not-so-obvious reasons to try Ultra Virus Killer
November 23, 2015 – 16:39 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Ultra Virus KillerIf you’re running a great security suite, with an accurate “second opinion” scanner on hand, then installing a program called “Ultra Virus Killer” might not seem a high priority.

But wait: despite its name, UVK isn’t just about malware hunting. It has a pile of other PC maintenance and management tools to explore.

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Windows 10 finally adds a new Path editor
November 23, 2015 – 11:32 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Environment EditorThe Path environment variable is an important setting which has been around since the days of DOS, yet for some reason Windows has always made it awkward to view and edit.

Fortunately that’s changed with Windows 10’s November update (1511), which finally offers an interface you might actually want to use.

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7-Zip 15.2 final released
November 20, 2015 – 06:16 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

7-ZipAfter five years of stop-start development, 7-Zip has just released a new stable version 15.2.

It’s been a long wait, but if you’re still using the latest stable build – 9.20 – then there are plenty of reasons to upgrade.

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Colortypist is a full-screen color viewer
November 20, 2015 – 04:56 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ColortypistSelecting the best colors is a key part of any graphic design project, yet most color pickers only display your chosen shades in tiny boxes.

Colortypist is a portable Windows freebie which allows you type color names or codes and displays them full-screen, in real time.

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CorzSpaZio is a versatile disk space monitor
November 19, 2015 – 09:03 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

CorSpaZioMonitoring your PCs disk space isn’t difficult, at a basic level: just launching Explorer will get you started, and there’s plenty of freeware around to take the process a little further.

That’s probably enough for general home use, but if your system is complex – more drives, several drive types – then it might be time for an industrial-strength solution.

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