8 not-so-obvious reasons to try Ultra Virus Killer
November 23, 2015 – 16:39 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

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 | No Comment

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 | No Comment

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 | No Comment

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 | No Comment

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 | No Comment

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 | No Comment

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 | No Comment

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 | No Comment

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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VertrigoServ is an easy-to-manage WAMP server
November 17, 2015 – 11:06 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

VertrigoServSetting up a web server can be a lengthy and complicated process, with so many components to download, set up and manage.

A WAMP server (Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP) like VertrigoServ makes life easier by bundling together everything you need, and adding its own centralised management tools.

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How to download the latest Windows 10 ISOs with ‘Threshold 2’
November 17, 2015 – 07:50 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Windows 10Windows 10 version 1511 (codenamed ‘Threshold 2’) is here, and it’s smarter, faster, with new features for Cortana, Microsoft Edge, Mail, Maps, Photos, Xbox and a whole lot more.

Windows 10 updates can take a while to roll out to everyone, though, so if you want to jump the queue – or you’d like to set up a new system or virtual machine from scratch – then it’s quicker and easier to download an ISO image of the latest build.

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