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ForkLift 3.0 released for macOS, unveils complete redesign and rebuild
February 21, 2017 – 11:11 | No Comment

Binary Nights has released ForkLift 3.0 for macOS. The dual-pane file manager and file transfer client has been two years (and six months of beta testing) in the making, and has been completely rewritten from …

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Instantly block internet access with NetDisabler
February 22, 2017 – 06:00 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

NetDisablerFreeware developer Sordum has unveiled NetDisabler, a freeware Windows application which can disable and restore internet access on demand.

The program stands out immediately for its use of three web-blocking techniques: disabling the network adapter, blocking via DNS or using the Windows Firewall.

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Windows 10 Virtual Desktop Enhancer: a first look
February 21, 2017 – 17:06 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Windows 10 Virtual Desktop EnhancerWindows 10 finally brought virtual desktops to the PC with its Task View feature, but although the system is easy to use, it’s a little underpowered.

Windows 10 Virtual Desktop Enhancer is an open-source portable application which extends Task View with some small but welcome extras.

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Map Puzzle is a versatile Google and Bing map downloader
February 20, 2017 – 17:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Map PuzzleMap Puzzle is a portable freeware map downloader for Windows.

This isn’t just another Google and Bing app. It can also grab data from Arcgis, MapQuest, OSM, ToolServer, various government and specialist sites, and with many variations: satellite images, regular maps (with or without labels), transport maps, artistic maps and more.

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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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Goodbye, Lavasoft: hello adaware and adware antivirus 12
February 14, 2017 – 07:16 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

adaware antivirusVeteran security vendor Lavasoft has announced that it is rebranding to adaware.

The flagship adaware antivirus has been updated to version 12 with a redesigned interface, enhanced protection and faster scans.

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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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