Set window size, transparency, “always on top” with SmartSystemMenu
December 2, 2013 – 07:02 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Set window size, transparency, “always on top” with SmartSystemMenu

SmartSystemMenu is a small, open-source tool which adds five useful functions to your application window system menu.

“Information” displays various details about the window and its process. Most are aimed at developers (Handle, Class, Style), but the Process tab presents the full path of its executable, handy when you need to know where it’s stored.

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WebCacheImageInfo: NirSoft’s latest forensics tool
December 2, 2013 – 06:58 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on WebCacheImageInfo: NirSoft’s latest forensics tool

NirSoft has released WebCacheImageInfo, a computer forensics tool which scans your browser caches (Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer) and displays details on any JPEGs which contain interesting metadata.

The information available can (but won’t necessarily) include the camera used to take the photo; the dates when it was taken, generated, modified or viewed in the browser; and the name of whatever editor was last used to process the image.

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F-Secure Key: a password manager for iOS, Android, Windows, Mac
November 30, 2013 – 05:29 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on F-Secure Key: a password manager for iOS, Android, Windows, Mac

Helsinki-based security company F-Secure has released Key, a password manager for iOS, Android, Windows and Mac.

The program has similar features to many competitors. You can enter your login details for multiple URLs; a secure password generator helps you generate new credentials, and your AES-encrypted database is protected by a single master password.

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Uniblue refreshes system tools lineup with Powersuite 2014 and DriverScanner 2014
November 29, 2013 – 12:35 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Uniblue refreshes system tools lineup with Powersuite 2014 and DriverScanner 2014

powersuite2014-200x175Windows system software developer Uniblue has released two updates to its system tools collection. Uniblue Powersuite Lite 2014 and Uniblue DriverScanner 2014 come with a handful of new and improved features to help keep Windows systems ticking over.

Powersuite 2014 comes with the promise of better in-product help, a new Scorecards feature and improved tools for speeding up PC performance, while DriverScanner 2014 adds improved restoration of previously installed drivers to its feature set.

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Unchecky: a brand new way to avoid adware
November 28, 2013 – 09:59 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Unchecky: a brand new way to avoid adware

It’s happened to us all. You’ve found what looks like some great freeware, downloaded and installed it, only to discover that your browser has a new toolbar, home page, search engine and more. Many setup programs now include these “offers”, unfortunately, and they’ll employ all kinds of tricks to fool you into installing them.

If you’re tired of this situation, though, there’s a new way to fight back. The free Unchecky monitors setup programs, checks for any attempts to install adware, toolbars and other unrelated extras, and uses a couple of strategies to ensure they don’t end up on your hard drive accidentally.

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Sisoft Sandra 2014 adds Windows 8.1 support, new Scientific Analysis benchmarks
November 28, 2013 – 08:10 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Sisoft Sandra 2014 adds Windows 8.1 support, new Scientific Analysis benchmarks

SiSoftware Sandra 2014UK-based SiSoftware has released SiSoftware Sandra Lite 2014, a major new release of its system information, diagnostics and benchmark tool for Windows PCs.

The 2014 version adds official support for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, but also includes a number of new benchmarks as well as updating commercial-only features such as device performance certification validation for benchmark results.

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Ashampoo Burning Studio 14 released: adds encryption, mobile device backup
November 27, 2013 – 09:57 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | Comments Off on Ashampoo Burning Studio 14 released: adds encryption, mobile device backup

German utilities developer Ashampoo has announced the release of Ashampoo Burning Studio 14, the latest incarnation of its disc burning suite.

Top of the new features list is support for AES-256 encryption. The “Crypted disc” project type will encrypt whatever files you burn to CD, DVD or Blu-ray, and only someone who knows the password you’ve chosen will be able to access your data.

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Protect your PC from unwanted changes with Toolwiz TimeFreeze 2014
November 27, 2013 – 08:50 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Protect your PC from unwanted changes with Toolwiz TimeFreeze 2014

Toolwiz TimeFreezeToolwiz has released Toolwiz TimeFreeze 2014, a major new update to its system protection tool for Windows. The new build – version 2.2 – promises better stability with a brand new kernel and engine – plus adds a few minor features.

New features include a desktop floating toolbar allowing users to easily see whether the tool is switched on or off, plus the ability to select folders and files for exclusion from the protection feature.

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Restore Point Creator: an easier way to manage Windows System Restore
November 26, 2013 – 10:42 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Restore Point Creator: an easier way to manage Windows System Restore

Windows System Restore is a very useful PC safety net which regularly backs up your key system settings and files, then helps you restore them later if disaster strikes. So it’s a shame that its interface is so poor, difficult to find and requiring the maximum number of clicks to do anything at all.

Restore Point Creator is a free and portable tool which aims to change all that, and you only need launch it to see major improvements. Everything you need is available in the same dialog: the list of restore points, a “create new” option, a “restore to selected” button, and more.

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Nero BackItUp 2014 offers 5GB free online storage
November 26, 2013 – 08:53 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Nero BackItUp 2014 offers 5GB free online storage

A capable local and online backup tool, Nero BackItUp normally comes bundled with the boxed version of Nero 2014. There is also a stand-alone version offering 5GB of online storage for free, though – so is it worth your time? We took a closer look.

The PC client installs quickly, and has a very familiar interface. As usual, you first select files and folders by checking boxes in an Explorer-type view. And then you choose a local drive or your online account as the destination (although not both as a part of the same job, unfortunately).

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Plex Home Theater 1.0 officially launched, brings Plex Media Server-hosted content to the big screen
November 26, 2013 – 08:36 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Plex Home Theater 1.0 officially launched, brings Plex Media Server-hosted content to the big screen

plexmc_200x175 Plex hits the big screen with the first official release of its media browsing and playback tool. Plex Home Theater 1.0 is the client-side version of Plex’s media suite for Windows and Mac users, and has been 11 months in the making, during which time 15 separate builds were released exclusively to PlexPass subscribers.

Plex Home Theater replaces Plex Media Center, and gives users access to media stored on a computer running Plex Media Server, both over their local network and – via the MyPlex web service – wider internet.

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