Bitdefender releases free antiransomware tool
March 29, 2016 – 08:01 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Bitdefender releases free antiransomware tool

BitdefenderBitdefender Labs has released BDAntiRansomware, a free tool which keeps your PC safe from some of the most common ransomware threats.

The program “protects against known and possible future versions of the CTB-Locker, Locky and TeslaCrypt crypto ransomware families”, the company explained.

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Never 10 disables automatic upgrades to Windows 10
March 29, 2016 – 05:42 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Never 10 disables automatic upgrades to Windows 10

Never 10Never 10 is a new freeware tool which aims to prevent Windows 7 and 8 systems from automatically updating to Windows 10.

Sounds like a host of other recent update-blockers, we thought – but no. It’s more interesting than that.

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Google Nik Collection now free for all
March 28, 2016 – 04:10 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Google Nik Collection now free for all

Google Nik CollectionGoogle Nik Collection, a powerful set of six Photoshop plugins, is now available for free.

That’s probably not good news if you paid the full $149 for it, but Google has announced that anyone who bought the package this year will receive a full refund.

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View, measure and convert DWG/ DXF files with Autodesk DWG TrueView 2017
March 26, 2016 – 11:49 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on View, measure and convert DWG/ DXF files with Autodesk DWG TrueView 2017

DWG TrueViewWe’ve talked about simple DWG/ DXF viewers before – de-caff, Mini CAD – but while they’re compact and easy to use, they won’t open everything: CAD formats are just too complex.

If accuracy and reliability are key, then you might prefer Autodesk DWG TrueView 2017 – it’s from the people who developed the DWG format, so you can be sure it’ll open just about anything.

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Google Maps for iOS adds taxi services to route options
March 24, 2016 – 08:57 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Google Maps for iOS adds taxi services to route options

Google Maps for iOSLess than a month after its last update, Google has rolled out Google Maps for iOS 4.17. The big news here is the addition of taxi services when comparing route options for six countries, including the US, UK and India.

Supported taxi services include Uber, plus 99Taxis (Brazil), Ola Cabs (India), Hailo (UK and Spain), mytaxi (Germany and Spain), and Gett (UK).

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Game Fire 5 ships with Windows 10 support, new optimization engine
March 24, 2016 – 07:54 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Game Fire 5 ships with Windows 10 support, new optimization engine

Game FireSmart PC Utilities has shipped Game Fire 5, the latest edition of its PC gaming performance booster.

This release brings official support for Windows 10 – both 32 and 64-bit editions – but finally sees Windows XP support dropped.

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Reclaim lost disk space on a USB key with imageUSB
March 24, 2016 – 05:02 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Reclaim lost disk space on a USB key with imageUSB

imageUSBThere are many tools to help you customise a USB key. You could make it bootable, run one or more LiveCDs, lock it to prevent unauthorised access, create encrypted storage areas, and more.

This will often work just as you expect, but sometimes, when you try to use the key to store files again, you might find that some of its drive capacity has disappeared.

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CCleaner 5.16 FINAL tweaks browser cleaning tools
March 23, 2016 – 08:17 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on CCleaner 5.16 FINAL tweaks browser cleaning tools

CCleanerPiriform Software has released CCleaner 5.16 and CCleaner 5.16 Portable for Windows PCs.

Once again, the latest release focuses on fine-tuning the program’s browser-cleaning tools, with tweaks for Opera, Chrome and Edge the major highlights.

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Freeware screen recorder oCam adds mouse click effects
March 23, 2016 – 04:37 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Freeware screen recorder oCam adds mouse click effects

oCamFreeware desktop capture and recorder tool oCam has been updated to version 254 with new mouse effects.

It’s now possible to highlight left and right mouse clicks with various animations, making your actions much clearer to the viewer.

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Can malware detect that it’s running in your sandbox?
March 23, 2016 – 03:04 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Can malware detect that it’s running in your sandbox?

Paranoid FishIf you think an application is suspicious, then you might run it in a sandbox, a virtual machine, maybe use a debugger, and watch what it does. And if nothing happens then that means it’s safe. Right?

Well, maybe not. Malware will often try to detect this kind of trickery, and if it thinks it’s being watched, won’t do anything to raise an alarm.

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ShareByLink is a signup-free file sharing service
March 22, 2016 – 07:21 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on ShareByLink is a signup-free file sharing service

ShareByLinkShareByLink is an open-source file sharing service and application for Windows, Linux and Mac.

The package is all about simplicity. There’s no registration, no account to create, nothing to set up: just install the program, then right-click a file and select “Share file(s) online…”

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