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Emsisoft Emergency Kit 9 released, overhauls interface to simplify malware cleaning
August 19, 2014 – 12:15 | No Comment

Emsisoft has released Emsisoft Emergency Kit 9, a major new build of its portable malware cleaning toolkit for Windows PCs. The new build jumps from version 4 to 9, which brings its version numbering into …

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Quickly access 30+ antivirus cleanup tools with Antivirus Remover
August 20, 2014 – 06:27 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Antivirus software installations are often complex, involving many low-level alterations to your PC and its settings. Sometimes they don’t work as they should – or the regular uninstaller fails to remove them completely – and this can leave you with all kinds of frustrating problems and system instabilities.

Security vendors often have stand-alone tools to properly remove and clean up after their products. A quick web search should point you in the right direction, but if you’re regularly cleaning up other people’s PCs then the free Antivirus Remover could save you a little time.

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Convert eBooks between 25+ formats with TEBookConverter
August 19, 2014 – 05:35 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

EBooks come in many different formats, and while some are easy to read anywhere (PDF, DOCX) others can be much trickier to handle outside of your regular reader (FB2, PDB). If that’s a problem, you might like to try TEBookConverter, a portable tool for Windows which converts these more awkward eBooks into something you can access just about anywhere.

The program is essentially a shell for Calibre, which immediately gives it support for 25+ common formats: djvu, docx, epub, fb2, html, mobi, pdf and more.

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Make notes, to-do lists or outlines with CherryTree
August 18, 2014 – 10:10 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

CherryTree is a versatile free tool for brainstorming, planning, creating to-do lists, managing tasks, and generally keeping yourself organised.

This works much like many similar programs. You’ll create a few “nodes” – folders on a tree – to structure your ideas. Each node is effectively a separate page where you can enter whatever text notes, links, images, tables, lists, files and more.

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Get more from the command line with EventSentry SysAdmin Tools
August 18, 2014 – 07:18 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Although Windows has a reasonable set of command line tools, they’ve not changed much in recent years. Microsoft presumably hopes you’ll master PowerShell and build anything else you need for yourself.

Alternatively, you could just install EventSentry SysAdmin Tools, a free collection of 35+ (mostly) console-based programs to help you with various file system, network and monitoring tasks.

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HaveClip synchronises clipboards across your network
August 16, 2014 – 05:40 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

There are many ways to exchange data between applications, but the clipboard is probably the simplest. Copy here, paste there: easy.

The open-source HaveClip takes this idea to the next level by synchronising clipboards across your network. Copy text, an image, maybe a file on one computer – Windows, Mac or Linux – and it’ll be (almost) immediately available from another.

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Quickly share a folder of photos online with MyImgur
August 15, 2014 – 08:56 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Sharing photos online can sometimes be an awkward process, where you’re forced to visit some ad-packed website, maybe sign up for an account, then enter all your details before you can do anything at all.

Fortunately MyImgur bypasses all the usual hassles, and allows you to share a batch of photos with almost no work at all.

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lessmsi: browse msi files without installing anything
August 14, 2014 – 12:30 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

lessmsi-200-175An msi file is a setup program based on Windows Installer, and, most of the time, it’s very easy to handle. You want to install some application, you’ve downloaded the appropriate msi, so now just run it and work your way through the setup process.

But what if you’re not sure what the msi file does, what it contains? Maybe you’d like to extract one or two of its files without installing the whole application. Either way, you need a copy of lessmsi.

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ZPAQ: fast, feature-packed archiving for the command line
August 14, 2014 – 07:35 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

It first appeared around 25 years ago, but zip is still a great format for archiving, not least because it’s so widely supported. Send “stuff.zip” to anyone, on any platform, and they’ll have no problem in viewing its contents.

If you’re just archiving files for yourself, though, there are many interesting alternatives – and the command line ZPAQ is a great example.

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Panda 2015 consumer range now available
August 13, 2014 – 13:37 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | No Comment

Panda Security has announced the launch of its 2015 consumer range, claiming that it’s “lighter, safer and easier to use than ever before”.

Protection is improved with the new XMT (Extreme Malware Terminator) Smart Engineering engine. This isn’t just marketing spin, either: the latest AV-Test and AV-Comparatives reports both saw XMT-powered products at the top of the list.

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Windows 8.1 Update 2 is released – sort of, minor improvements and bug fixes the order of the day
August 13, 2014 – 09:27 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Windows 8Microsoft’s long-awaited “Update 2″ for Windows 8.1 users has materialised in the guise of August 2014 update rollup for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Also available separately for 64-bit Windows, the update is currently listed under optional updates in Windows Update.

The update is not as major as the previous Update 1 release, but does nonetheless contain a number of improvements and tweaked features.

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IObit Advanced SystemCare 8 Beta adds new protection modules, support UI theming
August 12, 2014 – 08:59 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

ASC 8.0 BetaIObit has launched the first public pre-release version of its forthcoming system and security suite, IObit Advanced SystemCare 8 Beta. The new build launches with a number of new tools, including brand new Protect Module.

It also showcases another redesigned user interface and introduces support for themes, allowing users to customise the program with photos.

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