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Sysinternals updates Autoruns, Process Explorer, Process Monitor, more
February 18, 2017 – 09:33 | No Comment

Following yesterday’s Sysmon 6 release, Microsoft Sysinternals has announced new releases of Autoruns, Process Explorer, Process Monitor, AccessChk, LiveKD and BgInfo.
Autoruns now lists print monitors, the DLLs responsible for sending data from the Windows print …

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Detect and block Mac ransomware with Little Flocker
February 19, 2017 – 04:32 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Little FlockerWindows ransomware may make all the headlines, but other platforms are vulnerable too. The first Mac ransomware was uncovered last year, and it’s only a matter of time before the next one strikes.

Little Flocker ($19.95) protects your Mac with a firewall-like file system monitor, enabling you to decide which apps have access to confidential files and system resources.

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Transform photos into arty masterpieces with Painnt
February 17, 2017 – 06:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Painnt.200.175Painnt is a Prisma-type app for Windows 10, Android and iOS which transforms your favourite photos into works of art.

Yes, yet another one. But wait– the app has some interesting extra touches which could make it worth your time.

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Hyper is a JavaScript, HTML and CSS-based terminal
February 16, 2017 – 09:03 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

HyperHyper is a very configurable open-source Electron-based terminal. On Windows it uses the regular command prompt by default, but can be tweaked to support PowerShell or whatever shell you’d prefer.

Launch the program and it just looks like a regular command prompt with a slightly different font and window style. But wait: Hyper is powered by Chromium, and some familiar Chrome-type features are just a tap or two away.

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Safely eject almost any drive type with HotSwap!
February 15, 2017 – 06:05 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

HotSwap!200.175Finished with that USB key? Unplugging it risks losing data, so in theory you should click the Windows “Safely remove hardware” icon, choose the drive, and wait to be told it’s safe to unplug.

Unfortunately, the “Safely remove hardware” system is very strict about the drive types it supports. SATA or eSATA drives, fixed drives with a USB connections, even some USB keys won’t appear on the list, and the only guaranteed safe way to swap them out is to grind your way through Device Manager.

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View, hash, split, join and wipe files with PeaUtils
February 14, 2017 – 11:35 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PeaUtilsPeaUtils is a simple suite of file processing tools from Giorgio Tani, the developer of PeaZip.

The program can create hashes, process checksums, analyze and report on files, split and join files, display files in a hex view, securely delete confidential data, wipe drive free space, and more.

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Why you need extra layers of security for your PC – and how to get them for up to 55% off
February 13, 2017 – 11:56 by Nick Peers in Featured, News, Promos | No Comment

malwarebytes3-200-175These days, the threats posed to your PC have never been greater. It’s no longer enough to rely on simple basic anti-malware protection and the built-in Windows firewall. If you want to really close the door to hackers, Trojans and other threats, you need to add multiple layers of security to your computer.

That’s the bad news. Here’s the good news: thanks to the Downloadcrew Software Store, there’s never been a better time to beef up your protection, with great deals for the latest software, from Malwarebytes 3 to Emsisoft Anti-Malware 2017.

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Quickly find Unicode symbols with SymbSearch
February 13, 2017 – 09:41 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SymbSearchNeed to enter a Unicode symbol on your PC? Then launch the Character Map, find what you need to the clipboard and copy it to the clipboard. Sounds easy, right? Until you try it.

The reality is the Character Map gives you hundreds of characters to examine, organised in a way which doesn’t always match their purpose, and displayed in such a small font that you’ll barely be able to see some of them at all.

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TCP Monitor Plus is a portable network toolkit
February 13, 2017 – 07:43 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

TCP-Monitor-PlusPortable network toolkit TCP Monitor Plus has had its first update since 2015, adding a snapshot feature and some handy display tweaks.

The program opens with a scrolling graph of network traffic, and assorted low-level stats on bandwidth, speeds, and packets sent and received.

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Upload videos to Facebook, YouTube, FTP, S3 with Movavi Share Online
February 11, 2017 – 09:53 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

MovaviShareOnline.200.175Movavi Share Online is a free application for quickly uploading images or video files to Facebook, YouTube, VKontakte, S3 and FTP.

Choose your upload destination and you’re able to set up authentication as usual: sign in to Google or Facebook, provide your FTP host name, user name and password, and so on.

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How to find your wifi passwords
February 10, 2017 – 12:58 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

WirelessKeyViewConnect your PC to a wireless network and it usually saves the password, ensuring you won’t have to enter it each time.

But if the password is lost, or maybe you forget it, and it’s not in some convenient place (ie the label on the back of your router), you might want to recover the PC copy.

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Check your PC for malicious shortcuts with Shortcut Scanner
February 9, 2017 – 08:11 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Shortcut ScannerShortcut Scanner is a free tool which scans your PC for potentially malicious shortcuts.

The program looks for multiple indicators. Does the shortcut point to PowerShell, cmd.exe or some other command prompt? Does it include dangerous keywords, have unusually long commands, is larger than 4KB in size?

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