Monitor what’s running on your PC with apps tracker
November 24, 2015 – 10:37 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Monitor what’s running on your PC with apps tracker

apps trackerApps tracker is an open source tool that logs which programs are being run on your PC, and for how long.

The program is portable, so there are no intrusive drivers or Windows services to worry about. Just launch it, click the window close button and it minimises to your system tray.

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Automatically set your PC’s volume levels with SoundVolumeView
November 24, 2015 – 04:49 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Automatically set your PC’s volume levels with SoundVolumeView

SoundVolumeViewChanging your baseline volume level in Windows is easy – click the speaker icon, spin the mouse wheel – but if you want to adjust the volume of some other device then it quickly gets more complicated.

You might click the “Mixer” link, for instance. Or maybe the speaker icon. And then the levels tab. And then you adjust the various levels for that device, but what if you want to tweak something else…?

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8 not-so-obvious reasons to try Ultra Virus Killer
November 23, 2015 – 16:39 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on 8 not-so-obvious reasons to try Ultra Virus Killer

Ultra Virus KillerIf you’re running a great security suite, with an accurate “second opinion” scanner on hand, then installing a program called “Ultra Virus Killer” might not seem a high priority.

But wait: despite its name, UVK isn’t just about malware hunting. It has a pile of other PC maintenance and management tools to explore.

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Windows 10 finally adds a new Path editor
November 23, 2015 – 11:32 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Windows 10 finally adds a new Path editor

Environment EditorThe Path environment variable is an important setting which has been around since the days of DOS, yet for some reason Windows has always made it awkward to view and edit.

Fortunately that’s changed with Windows 10’s November update (1511), which finally offers an interface you might actually want to use.

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7-Zip 15.2 final released
November 20, 2015 – 06:16 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on 7-Zip 15.2 final released

7-ZipAfter five years of stop-start development, 7-Zip has just released a new stable version 15.2.

It’s been a long wait, but if you’re still using the latest stable build – 9.20 – then there are plenty of reasons to upgrade.

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Colortypist is a full-screen color viewer
November 20, 2015 – 04:56 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Colortypist is a full-screen color viewer

ColortypistSelecting the best colors is a key part of any graphic design project, yet most color pickers only display your chosen shades in tiny boxes.

Colortypist is a portable Windows freebie which allows you type color names or codes and displays them full-screen, in real time.

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CorzSpaZio is a versatile disk space monitor
November 19, 2015 – 09:03 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on CorzSpaZio is a versatile disk space monitor

CorSpaZioMonitoring your PCs disk space isn’t difficult, at a basic level: just launching Explorer will get you started, and there’s plenty of freeware around to take the process a little further.

That’s probably enough for general home use, but if your system is complex – more drives, several drive types – then it might be time for an industrial-strength solution.

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Skype for Android 6.11 adds improved sharing and tracking tools
November 19, 2015 – 05:46 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Skype for Android 6.11 adds improved sharing and tracking tools

Skype for AndroidMicrosoft has released Skype for Android 6.11, with a focus on helping users share and keep track of what Skype says are “moments that matter”.

New features include the ability to save video messages, contact and chat management tools via a long tap, improved search tools and the ability to share photos directly with groups.

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IObit releases Advanced SystemCare 9
November 18, 2015 – 11:25 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on IObit releases Advanced SystemCare 9

IObit Advanced SystemCare 9IObit has unveiled a new edition of its all-in-one PC maintenance suite, Advanced SystemCare 9.

A new “Speed Up” section includes modules to control Windows startup programs, close resource-hungry apps or processes, remove unwanted browser add-ons and optimize Windows and application settings.

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How to monitor Registry changes
November 18, 2015 – 08:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on How to monitor Registry changes

RegScannerConfiguring and optimising a PC takes some thought, a lot of experience and, usually, a great deal of time.

So it’s all the more annoying if your carefully tuned settings are altered by something else, without your permission.

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VirusTotal adds OS X sandbox reports
November 17, 2015 – 13:03 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on VirusTotal adds OS X sandbox reports

VirusTotalVirusTotal has announced the availability of sandbox execution for OS X apps, including DMG files, Mach-O executables, and ZIP files containing a Mac app.

Users may submit files via the website, OS X uploader app or API, but reports now contain a “Behavioural information” tab which lists details like the processes launched, DNS queries made, and any files opened, read or written.

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