Build your own ransomware blocker with NoVirusThanks File System Protector
June 16, 2016 – 03:54 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Build your own ransomware blocker with NoVirusThanks File System Protector

NoVirusThanks File System ProtectorConstantly in the headlines, ransomware is the menace of the moment, and even the best antivirus engines can’t guarantee to keep you safe.

NoVirusThanks File System Protector can help by restricting access to particular folders and file types, ensuring only trusted applications gets to open or modify your files.

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Auslogics BoostSpeed 9 released with Win10 Tweaker
June 15, 2016 – 14:59 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Auslogics BoostSpeed 9 released with Win10 Tweaker

Auslogics BoostSpeedAuslogics has released Auslogics BoostSpeed 9 ($59.95), the latest edition of its comprehensive PC maintenance suite, with a whole new module of Windows 10 tweaks.

The “Privacy Tools” section has options to enable/ disable wifi-sense, Cortana, location sensing, data syncing, peer-to-peer Windows updates, and more.

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Scan and audit your network with JDisc Discovery
June 15, 2016 – 04:04 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Scan and audit your network with JDisc Discovery

JDisc DiscoveryJDisc Discovery is an industrial-strength network scanning, inventory and reporting tool.

The program quickly checks your entire network (up to 25 devices with a free license), identifies hardware and devices, and collects details on hardware, software and device configuration.

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Flamory is a smart bookmark manager for web pages and local files
June 14, 2016 – 02:37 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Flamory is a smart bookmark manager for web pages and local files

FlamoryFlamory is a free-for-personal-use research tool which allows recording and searching web pages and local files.

This starts with a simple screenshot function. When you’re viewing an interesting website or document, press Ctrl+Alt+A to take a screenshot, and it’s saved locally.

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KeePass 2.34 released, tightens update checking security
June 13, 2016 – 07:52 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on KeePass 2.34 released, tightens update checking security

KeePassOpen-source password-management tool KeePass 2.34 has been released for Windows. The new release’s headline feature is a digitally signed version information file, which is used to check for updates.

The feature was unveiled after a potential vulnerability was discovered whereby hackers could dupe KeePass users into downloading malware through the online update check.

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Batch image processor ImBatch 4.90 gets new transparency tools
June 13, 2016 – 06:59 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Batch image processor ImBatch 4.90 gets new transparency tools

ImBatchPowerful batch image processor ImBatch has reached version 4.90 with the addition of some handy transparency tools.

A new Stroke feature outlines your image with transparency, using a customisable width and colour.

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View and edit music file tags with AudioShell
June 13, 2016 – 05:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on View and edit music file tags with AudioShell

AudioShellAudioShell is a Windows Explorer extension which enables viewing and editing of ID3 and other tags.

You may be able to do some of this already, depending on your Windows version and other software you might have installed, but AudioShell takes the idea further in several ways.

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Reduce Memory is a tiny RAM optimizer
June 12, 2016 – 03:00 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Reduce Memory is a tiny RAM optimizer

Reduce MemoryWould you like a faster PC? One standard tip is to run a memory optimizer, which supposedly cleans, tunes and defragments your RAM, fixes memory leaks and more.

Most of these claims are utter garbage, but the technology may help a little in a few situations, and Reduce Memory offers a quick and easy way to try this out for yourself.

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Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac released
June 10, 2016 – 05:45 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac released

Paragon Hard Disk Manager for MacParagon Software Group has shipped Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac ($39.95), the first OS X version of its popular Windows backup and partition management suite.

A powerful backup module protects all or selected partitions, Windows or OS X, while sector-level imaging and an incremental backup option ensures maximum performance.

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Run DOS programs on Windows with MS-DOS Player
June 10, 2016 – 04:00 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Run DOS programs on Windows with MS-DOS Player

MSDOS-PlayerWindows hasn’t been able to run old DOS programs for a very long time. Double-click and you’re simply told “this app can’t run on your PC”.

MS-DOS Player for Win32-x64 is a tiny DOS emulator which enables running simple commands and programs (not full games) with the absolute minimum of hassle.

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ScanFS is a speedy PC file finder
June 9, 2016 – 04:31 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on ScanFS is a speedy PC file finder

ScanFSScanFS is interesting desktop search tool, easy to use but with some unexpected extras.

The program starts much like any other search app. Enter a file mask, a starting folder, click Enter to view the results: simple.

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