chrlauncher is a free Chromium updater for PCs
January 25, 2016 – 06:25 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on chrlauncher is a free Chromium updater for PCs

chrlauncherIf you like Chrome, but aren’t so keen on Google’s tracking code and other extras, then you could switch to Chromium, its open-source browser engine.

Sure, you’d lose the integrated PDF viewer, various codecs, the Flash player (actually, that might be a good thing).

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Calculate file hashes instantly with fHash
January 23, 2016 – 10:57 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Calculate file hashes instantly with fHash

fHashIt wasn’t easy to work up much enthusiasm for fHash, at least initially. It’s only an MD5, SHA1, SHA256 and CRC32 hash calculator, after all – how interesting can it be?

But then we tried it, and… Okay, fHash is “only” a file hash calculator, but nicely implemented, with a lightweight, easy-to-use interface that makes it well worth a few minutes of your time.

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O&O RegEditor is a handy free REGEDIT alternative
January 21, 2016 – 06:07 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on O&O RegEditor is a handy free REGEDIT alternative

RegEditorO&O Software has shipped O&O RegEditor, a powerful freeware Registry editor for Windows Vista and later.

The package extends RegEdit with enhanced search tools, full copy and paste support, improved editing and more.

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KillEmAll 5.0 instantly closes everything on your Windows desktop
January 20, 2016 – 12:48 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on KillEmAll 5.0 instantly closes everything on your Windows desktop

KillEmAllFoolish IT has released the first beta of KillEmAll 5.0, a portable tool designed to close all non-essential applications at the click of a button.

The program could be very useful in emergencies – maybe to close all open browser windows if you’ve got a malicious popup – but is also a handy timesaver whenever you need to clear your desktop in a hurry.

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IObit Driver Booster 3.2 debuts new fix-it tool, widens driver update database
January 20, 2016 – 11:54 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on IObit Driver Booster 3.2 debuts new fix-it tool, widens driver update database

DriverBooster200-175IObit has released a minor, but significant update to its driver update tool, Driver Booster 3.2 FREE. The new release, also available as a performance-enhanced Pro version, adds a new driver fix-it tool.

The update also includes various optimisations to improve user experience, performance and stability, plus widens the tool’s driver database engine to the latest updates.

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Foxit Reader 7.3 integrates with OneDrive and Google Drive, adds word count tool
January 20, 2016 – 11:52 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Foxit Reader 7.3 integrates with OneDrive and Google Drive, adds word count tool

Foxit Reader 7.0Foxit Software has unveiled Foxit Reader 7.3, its free PDF reader and creation tool for Windows PCs. The new release debuts a number of significant features, including Google Drive and OneDrive integration, plus a new word count tool and official support for Office 2016.

OneDrive and Google Drive integration can be found in the program’s File menu under ‘Add a place’, and work in a similar way to later versions of Microsoft Office by allowing users to create shortcuts to cloud-based locations.

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How “fake” video downloads can install malware
January 19, 2016 – 13:07 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on How “fake” video downloads can install malware

VideoIt’s been a common Windows malware trick for years: you download some dubious video, it claims it won’t play unless you install a “codec”, but the file you’re offered is a Trojan or virus. Oops.

You might think you’d never be caught out by something so obvious, but it only takes a moment, you’re not paying attention, and — too late.

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3 Screen Recorder extensions for Chrome
January 19, 2016 – 07:33 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on 3 Screen Recorder extensions for Chrome

ScreencastifyFrom tutorials to troubleshooting, game walkthroughs, presentations or just sharing desktop activity, everyone can use a screen recorder occasionally.

This used to mean tracking down and installing some low-level native application, but there are now some surprisingly capable Chrome extensions which just might do everything you need.

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Doro PDF printer adds color conversion, page rotation controls
January 18, 2016 – 08:01 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Doro PDF printer adds color conversion, page rotation controls

DoroLightweight virtual PDF printer Doro has been updated with new color conversion and page rotation settings.

If the default “UseDeviceIndependentColor” color conversion strategy doesn’t work, then you can now convert to RGB, CMYK or grayscale, or just use the colors in the source document.

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Disable those “Get Windows 10” pop-ups with GWX Stopper
January 18, 2016 – 06:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Disable those “Get Windows 10” pop-ups with GWX Stopper

GWX StopperWhile it’s great that Microsoft is offering free upgrades to Windows 10, it’s maybe less impressive that they’re using regular pop-up ads to tell us about this. Over, and over, and over again.

If you’re happy with Windows 7 or 8 then there are various ways to get rid of these alerts, but GWX Stopper is probably the simplest of all.

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Sophos Home: super-simple free antivirus for Windows and Mac
January 15, 2016 – 10:51 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Sophos Home: super-simple free antivirus for Windows and Mac

Sophos HomeAvira, Avast, Baidu: plenty of developers offer free antivirus these days, and it can be as reliable as the commercial competition.

It’s tough for a new product to stand out from the crowd, then – but the new Sophos Home has found a way.

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