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Build the perfect portable toolkit with SyMenu
January 26, 2015 – 09:08 | No Comment
Build the perfect portable toolkit with SyMenu

If you regularly work on other people’s PCs then it can be wise to bring along some software of your own.
Add portable Firefox and GIMP to a USB stick, say, and you won’t need to …

Inside “Easy Disk Drive Repair” malware with VB Decompiler
January 23, 2015 – 11:32 | No Comment
Inside “Easy Disk Drive Repair” malware with VB Decompiler

If you regularly download brand new programs from unknown developers then there’s an above-average chance you’ll find some malware. Antivirus software won’t necessarily pick up on the very latest threats, and so you’ll need further …

Get more from your CPU with ParkControl
January 22, 2015 – 17:42 | No Comment
Get more from your CPU with ParkControl

Windows power plans seem simple, at least in theory. Launch the “Power Options” applet, then select “High performance” on desktops for maximum CPU speed, “Power saver” on mobile systems to optimise for energy use, or …

Labrys is an alternative Start Menu for Windows 7+
January 22, 2015 – 07:55 | No Comment
Labrys is an alternative Start Menu for Windows 7+

Microsoft’s decision to drop the Start Menu in Windows 8 persuaded many developers to produce their own alternatives, and there’s no shortage of free options to explore (Classic Shell is probably still the best)
Finding yet …

Quickly transcribe audio files with pmTrans
January 21, 2015 – 09:18 | No Comment
Quickly transcribe audio files with pmTrans

Whether you’re typing up an entire interview, or just trying to note a few song lyrics, the endless clicking of Play/ Pause/ Rewind means it’s usually a very tedious process.
PmTrans is an easy-to-use Java-based application …

Chrome 40 for iOS brings browser Handoff support, Material Design UI
January 20, 2015 – 17:30 | No Comment
Chrome 40 for iOS brings browser Handoff support, Material Design UI

Google has today announced the release of Chrome 40 for iOS.
The big addition to version 40.0.2214.61 is Handoff support, which enables mobile users to continue from Chrome to their default browser on OS X.

IObit Malware Fighter 3 Free extends browsing protection
January 20, 2015 – 14:21 | No Comment
IObit Malware Fighter 3 Free extends browsing protection

IObit Malware Fighter Free has been updated to version 3 with a range of new features and enhancements.
The “Browser Protect” module provides real-time protection for your home and search pages, blocks some malicious sites, eliminates …

Screen Reader reads on-screen text as you point at it
January 20, 2015 – 09:21 | No Comment
Screen Reader reads on-screen text as you point at it

Screen Reader is a compact free tool which reads on-screen text out loud, as you point at it.
If you’re thinking this sounds a lot like Windows’ built-in Narrator, then you’re right – Screen Reader even …

Anvi Ultimate Defrag now free
January 20, 2015 – 06:26 | No Comment
Anvi Ultimate Defrag now free

Anvisoft has released Anvi Ultimate Defrag 1.2, and announced that the program – once an eye-watering $29.98 – is now free.
Unsurprisingly, that does introduce some other issues. Setup now installs another Anvisoft product by default …

Identifying malware with PEStudio
January 19, 2015 – 11:14 | No Comment
Identifying malware with PEStudio

There are many technical tools which can help you identify and understand malware, and we used a few of these very recently while investigating Easy Disk Drive Repair.
You don’t have to master all of these …

Transform photos into 3D animations with PhotoAnim
January 19, 2015 – 07:16 | No Comment
Transform photos into 3D animations with PhotoAnim

Converting regular 2D images to 3D can be a very effective way to give them some extra impact, and it’s simpler than you might think.
PhotoAnim is a formerly commercial, now free application which helps you …