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SSuite NoteBook Editor: not just another WordPad replacement
February 8, 2016 – 08:27 | No Comment
SSuite NoteBook Editor: not just another WordPad replacement

If you’ve tried your share of WordPad replacements then you’ll know they’re usually identikit me-too products with barely any interesting ideas of their own.
SSuite NoteBook Editor is a rare exception which manages to bring something …

Sidebar Diagnostics is a stylish system monitor for your desktop
February 8, 2016 – 05:24 | No Comment
Sidebar Diagnostics is a stylish system monitor for your desktop

Sidebar Diagnostics is a well-designed professional system monitor for Windows Vista and later.
No, we’re not usually interested in this kind of tool, either, but wait – this is a package you might actually want to …

How to boot a USB key in VirtualBox
February 5, 2016 – 08:23 | No Comment
How to boot a USB key in VirtualBox

VirtualBox is an amazing virtualisation tool, ideal for all kinds of software testing situations – unless they involve booting from USB, where there’s no direct support at all.
There’s a workaround which will sort-of solve the …

Protect your PC from the latest threats with Shade Sandbox
February 4, 2016 – 06:26 | No Comment
Protect your PC from the latest threats with Shade Sandbox

Sandboxing is a smart technology which isolates programs from the operating system, preventing them from making any permanent changes.
Run your browser in a sandbox, say, and it won’t matter if you’re hit by a drive-by …

Build your own Windows 10 update-blocker with Aegis
February 3, 2016 – 06:23 | No Comment
Build your own Windows 10 update-blocker with Aegis

There are now a pile of Microsoft telemetry and Windows 10 update-blockers around, all claiming to protect your privacy and get rid of annoying “upgrade to Windows 10” alerts.
Unfortunately most give very few details of …

Download files from a script with fGet
February 2, 2016 – 07:39 | No Comment
Download files from a script with fGet

Foolish IT has released fGet, a freeware portable tool which enables downloading files from a script.
The program uses Internet Explorer components to handle the tricky bits, which means the fGet executable can be a tiny …

netboot.xyz boots PCs from an image on the web
February 2, 2016 – 06:05 | No Comment
netboot.xyz boots PCs from an image on the web

If you’ve been managing computers for a few years then you’ve probably build up a library of supporting discs or USB keys. OS installers, antivirus rescue discs, backup tools, partition repair, hardware checkers, and the …

AnVir Task Manager Free 8.0 now available
February 1, 2016 – 13:03 | No Comment
AnVir Task Manager Free 8.0 now available

After three years without a major update we thought AnVir Task Manager Free was dead, but no: the developer released a beta 8.0 version late last month.
What’s new? Unfortunately AnVir forgot to tell us, but …

Tron is the ultimate PC cleanup script
February 1, 2016 – 07:38 | No Comment
Tron is the ultimate PC cleanup script

Your PC is misbehaving, and there’s no obvious cause? Then it’s usually time to start working through the generic “fixes”: run an antivirus scan, clear your temporary folders, enter “sfc /scannow” and more.
But if you’ve …

Ultra Virus Killer 7.6 adds VirusTotal support
January 29, 2016 – 08:24 | No Comment
Ultra Virus Killer 7.6 adds VirusTotal support

Carifred has updated its malware hunter Ultra Virus Killer with integrated VirusTotal support.
No need to manually launch checks on individual files any more: just open the Process, Autorun, Service or Modules lists and a new …

Mount cloud storage as local drives with Mountain Duck
January 28, 2016 – 11:55 | No Comment
Mount cloud storage as local drives with Mountain Duck

Iterate GmBh has shipped Mountain Duck 1.0, a smart tool which mounts remote volumes as local drives in Windows Explorer and the Mac’s Finder.
Based on the developer’s Cyberduck technology, Mountain Duck connects to FTP and …