binvis.io is the visual way to analyse binary files
February 12, 2016 – 08:47 | No Comment
binvis.io is the visual way to analyse binary files

Exploring the structure of binary files can be very useful for identifying malware, and tools like PeStudio and HxD may help point you in the right direction.
But if you find they bury you in fine …

Instantly switch to favorite folders with Quick Access Popup
February 10, 2016 – 07:50 | No Comment
Instantly switch to favorite folders with Quick Access Popup

It happens all the time. You’re working in Explorer, maybe opening or saving a file, but the current folder is so far away that you have to click, and click, and click to get there.
Quick …

Copyfish extends its free OCR to the desktop
February 9, 2016 – 08:17 | No Comment
Copyfish extends its free OCR to the desktop

Copyfish is a free Chrome extension which can extract text from just about anything in a browser tab – images, videos, documents, more – and optionally translate it, too.
That’s great, but it’s just got even …

Covertly monitor PCs and Macs with ActivTrak
February 9, 2016 – 07:02 | No Comment
Covertly monitor PCs and Macs with ActivTrak

ActivTrak is a professional cloud-managed service which can help you covertly monitor activity on PCs and Macs.
The system is extremely easy to set up, very difficult for others to spot, and provides a range of …

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 …