Sysinternals ships Sysmon 5.0, Process Explorer 16.20
November 19, 2016 – 12:33 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Sysinternals ships Sysmon 5.0, Process Explorer 16.20

Process ExplorerMicrosoft Sysinternals has released updates for some of its best tools, including Sysmon 5.0 and Process Explorer 16.20.

Sysmon gets a major update, with new support for recording file creations, Registry create and delete options, value sets and key and value renames.

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Prevent forced system shutdowns and restarts with shutdownblocker
November 19, 2016 – 11:09 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Prevent forced system shutdowns and restarts with shutdownblocker

shutdownblockerShutdownblocker is a simple tool which intercepts and blocks shutdown, restart, logoff and related commands.

The program offers some protection from user mistakes or poorly designed software which forces a restart, as well as preventing forced Windows 10 Update restarts.

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Batch identify file formats with DROID
November 18, 2016 – 17:11 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Batch identify file formats with DROID

National ArchivesDROID (Digital Record and Object Identification) is an open-source Java-based tool for the batch identification of file formats.

Point the program at a folder tree, it’ll scan the contents and any subfolders and display a detailed report of the contents.

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Firefox Focus for iOS promises to tighten privacy while browsing
November 17, 2016 – 11:53 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Firefox Focus for iOS promises to tighten privacy while browsing

Firefox FocusMozilla has unveiled Firefox Focus 2.0, a brand new privacy conscious web browser for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Despite the version number, this is the first public release of the app.

The app aims to counteract two increasingly prevalent trends in web browsing: one, a lack of privacy, as users find their web activities tracking across multiple devices, and two, an increasingly cluttered web space where adverts jostle for attention and overwhelm basic content.

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Combine clipboard text snippets with clipLogger
November 17, 2016 – 08:21 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Combine clipboard text snippets with clipLogger

clipLoggerIf you’re researching online, or maybe browsing a collection of local documents, you might sometimes want to copy chunks of text elsewhere for later reference.

Sounds simple, but most solutions are either bulky (use a web clipping service or clipboard manager) or tedious in the extreme (copy text to the clipboard, Alt+Tab to Notepad, paste and Alt+Tab back).

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Betternet is a simple, free and “unlimited” VPN
November 16, 2016 – 09:45 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Betternet is a simple, free and “unlimited” VPN

BetternetConnecting to a virtual private network can shield your IP, maintain your privacy on insecure wireless hotspots and perhaps help you access websites you couldn’t reach normally.

VPN’s usually require paying a chunky subscription fee, but Betternet promises an unlimited service for absolutely nothing at all.

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Protect your privacy with SafeErase Professional 11
November 15, 2016 – 11:55 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Protect your privacy with SafeErase Professional 11

SafeErase Professional 11O&O Software has released the latest version of its commercial secure-deleting privacy protector, SafeErase Professional 11 (64-bit).

The interface has been revamped for ease of use, while the core engine is even faster at wiping every trace of your confidential files.

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Malwarebytes 3.0 beta released
November 15, 2016 – 07:09 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Malwarebytes 3.0 beta released

MalwarebytesMalwarebytes has unveiled a beta of its next-generation, do-everything product, Malwarebytes 3.0.

The package combines anti-malware, anti-exploit, anti-ransomware and web blocking technologies for the maximum all-round protection.

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Firefox 50 trims start-up times, widens download protection
November 15, 2016 – 04:47 by Nick Peers in Featured, News | Comments Off on Firefox 50 trims start-up times, widens download protection

FirefoxMozilla has released Firefox 50.0 for Windows, Mac and Linux, with Firefox for Android 50.0 due imminently. For the second release in a row it’s launched a week late, but this time the reason behind the pause is different.

The extra week gave Firefox 50 time to unveil its headline new feature: significant start-up improvements, achieved through an overhaul of the application’s add-on SDK module system. Elsewhere download protection covers a wider range of executable files, plus Firefox 50 introduces a smattering of useful usability improvements.

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Google Play Music gets smarter music recommendations
November 14, 2016 – 08:34 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Google Play Music gets smarter music recommendations

Google Play MusicGoogle Play Music (Android, iOS) is being revamped to deliver more intelligent context-sensitive playlists and recommendations.

The system now takes account of your location, what you’re likely to be doing and why you might be listening when making its choices.

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Restart your graphics driver instantly with this hotkey
November 13, 2016 – 15:50 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Restart your graphics driver instantly with this hotkey

DriverYour PC suddenly locks up. Nothing responds. The screen turns black. It looks like disaster…

But no. There’s a beep from the speaker, your screen comes back to life, and a message explains that your display driver stopped responding, but had now recovered.

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