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Avast 2015 update brings remote access for all, integrates browser cleanup
March 3, 2015 – 09:03 | No Comment

AVAST Software has released a new version of Avast Free Antivirus 2015, Avast Internet Security 2015 and Avast Premier 2015.
The big change is that the premier Access Anywhere feature has been replaced by a new …

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Areca Backup is a very flexible backup tool
March 4, 2015 – 06:45 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Areca BackupWhat do you need from a backup program? Set up in seconds, maybe? Complete system backups, full disaster recovery, maybe integration with all your favourite cloud storage providers?

Bad news: Areca Backup doesn’t provide any of that. But if you’re an experienced user who wants a more configurable way to run file-based backups then the program could still be worth a try.

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Essential NetTools: 15+ networking tools in one free suite
March 3, 2015 – 12:36 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Essential NetToolsTroubleshooting network problems can be a nightmare, even for Windows experts, but equipping yourself with the right software can make all the difference.

As we wrote last month, NetCrunch Tools is a useful collection of common network management tools, an easier way to access old standards like Ping and Traceroute.

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HexBrowser.NET identifies mystery files from their contents
March 2, 2015 – 17:35 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

HexBrowser.NETIdentifying a file type is normally just a matter of glancing at the extension: EXE, a program; ZIP, an archive; JPG, an image, and so on.

But what if the extension is missing, or has been changed for some reason? The free HexBrowser.NET analyses the file contents to tell you more.

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Split PDFs into separate pages with SepPDF
March 2, 2015 – 04:41 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SepPDFIt’s happened to us all. You need to carry out a simple PC task, find and download some freeware, but then discover it’s a huge file, requires installation, comes packed with adware, has loads of functions you don’t need, yet still leaves out some that you do.

SepPDF is much more like freeware ought to be: tiny, with a single function – splitting PDFs into individual PDF pages – and absolutely no unwanted extras at all.

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Run text-mode DOS apps in Windows with vDos
February 27, 2015 – 06:25 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

vDosIf you’d like to run a classic DOS game under Windows then DOSBox is the perfect solution: tiny, free, and with enough hardware emulators to support almost anything.

It’s not the only option, though, and if you’re more interested in running text-mode, business-type applications then DOSBox fork vDos may be a better choice.

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Run Android on your PC desktop with Droid4X
February 26, 2015 – 07:35 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Droid4xAndroid apps aren’t just for your phone and tablet. Install Droid4X and you can run Android on your PC, too, taking full advantage of the extra screen resolution and more easily sharing files and data.

As with many similar applications, Droid4X is essentially a wrapper around VirtualBox, with Android 4.2.2 provided on a custom virtual machine. But you don’t need to know any of the low-level details, as the program manages all of those itself.

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Control Explorer’s “Send To” menu with Send To Manager
February 25, 2015 – 18:01 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Send To ManagerWindows Explorer’s “Send To” menu can be a convenient way to copy, send or open files. Just right-click, select “Send To”, and chose whatever drive or application you need.

Most programs don’t make use of the menu, unfortunately, but grab a copy of Send To Manager and you can easily tweak it yourself.

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Technician’s Toolbox is a portable troubleshooting toolkit
February 25, 2015 – 08:33 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Technician's ToolboxUtilities developer Tweaking.com has released Technician’s Toolbox and Technician’s Toolbox Portable, a free-for-personal-use suite of 20+ PC maintenance, monitoring and management tools.

Networking features are a highlight, with a graphical netstat, in-depth details on your network adapters, traffic monitoring, DNS server management, an IP subnet calculator, network scanner and more.

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Firefox 36 FINAL released, allows pinned tabs to be synced, implements full HTTP/2 protocol support
February 24, 2015 – 10:15 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Firefox 36 FINALMozilla has released Firefox 36.0 FINAL for desktop, with Firefox for Android 36.0 due to follow in the coming days.

Version 36 implements one visible new feature: when users pin tiles on the New Tab page, those pins will be synced to other platforms using the Firefox Sync feature. Those using the Android version on tablets will also gain a new, tab-optimised user interface to work with when the app is updated over the coming days.

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View, back up and restore PC drivers with DriverBackup!
February 24, 2015 – 07:29 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

DriverBackupThe average PC user doesn’t need to pay much attention to device drivers, these days, and that’s probably a good thing. Windows supports most devices natively, locates plenty of drivers on its own, and a driver disc (or a download) should add support for everything else.

If you’re managing a lot of systems, though – or maybe you’d like to skip the usual driver installers and their unwanted extras – then you might want to simplify the process with the open-source DriverBackup!.

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Restore files, partitions, broken PCs with Lazesoft Recovery Suite
February 23, 2015 – 11:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Lazesoft Recovery SuiteInstall the free version of a commercial program and you expect to find some restrictions, but undelete tools often go a little too far. You might only be able to recover 250 files, perhaps. With a maximum size of 100KB. And only on Tuesdays. You know how it works.

Lazesoft Recovery Suite Home Edition is refreshingly different. Okay, it’s strictly for non-commercial use, but aside from that the only notable missing feature is one you won’t find in most of the competition, anyway (HFS+ file system data recovery).

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