Popular utilities developer Sordum has released Easy Service Optimizer 1.0, a free tool for optimizing system services on Windows XP and later.
The program works much like an automated version of Black Viper’s classic tuneup site. …
ImageUSB is a free Windows application for creating and writing images of USB drives. It sounds much like many other free tools, but wait – this one is much better than you might expect.
The program comes from a trustworthy developer, PassMark Software, so you can download it with confidence. That won’t exactly take long – it’s a very compact 463KB – and there’s no installation required, just unzip and go.
You’re working on some web research project, part way through a lengthy page, when it’s time to go and do something else. Annoying, because while you can bookmark the site, when you next return you’ll still have to find all the most important quotes and paragraphs all over again.
Super Simple Highlighter is a Chrome extension which makes it easy to highlight one or more sections of a page, restoring them when you return (usually) so you can carry on where you left off.
Whether you’re working on your PC or not, there are always plenty of processes running in the background: system services, program updaters, security tools, scheduled tasks and so on.
Windows uses a range of techniques to decide how your system resources are shared out, but you may still find some processes grab more than you’d like, drastically cutting the performance of everything else.
Run a Windows program and it’ll often try to access functions or data in a Dynamic Link Library (a DLL file). If the program has provided a copy of the DLL then Windows will load that, otherwise it’ll search various folders on your system to find a copy.
Sounds great, in theory, but there can be problems. If you have multiple copies of a DLL scattered around your system, applications won’t always get the versions they expect. And if malware copies a DLL to a preferential point in the Windows search order – so-called “DLL hijacking” – then you could be running malicious code whenever it’s requested.
Version 15 comes with four new features, two of which (better support for portable devices and timestamping improvements) are restricted to Pro users only. The tool already boasts tabbed and multi-paned browsing, batch rename, directory print and quick file compare tools among its broad feature set.
Maybe a download failed, an archive was damaged, a CD just got too old – it doesn’t really matter. All you know is that one of your most important JPEGs has been corrupted, and there’s no obvious way to restore it.
Sounds like a case for JPEG Repair Shop, a free portable tool which can fix some types of corruption in a click or two.
If you're looking for a free Office-compatible suite then there's plenty of choice around, with tools like LibreOffice and OpenOffice.org offering a host of powerful features.
Another option is simply to install Microsoft's Office 2010 Starter ...
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Advanced SystemCare 8 Pro is a comprehensive suite of tools which aims to clean, optimise and generally speed up your PC.
There's plenty of competition around, but SystemCare impresses immediately with its lengthy feature list. It ...
Avast is famed for its free antivirus, which the company claims "offers the most-trusted security in the world", protecting "more than 220 million people, businesses and mobile devices".
If you need more power, the commercial Avast ...
Keeping your hard drive running smoothly isn't always easy. From partitioning to file and image backups, data wiping to disaster recovery, there are many different tasks involved.
You could research every aspect individually and build up ...