Inside “Easy Disk Drive Repair” malware with VB Decompiler
January 23, 2015 – 11:32 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

VB Decompiler LiteIf you regularly download brand new programs from unknown developers then there’s an above-average chance you’ll find some malware. Antivirus software won’t necessarily pick up on the very latest threats, and so you’ll need further tools and strategies to identify potential dangers.

We recently wrote about “Easy Disk Drive Repair”, and explained how we realised this promising-looking program was actually a trojan which turned off UAC and modified browser files. We used fairly simple and straightforward techniques, but if you want to get really technical, there’s a way to find out much more about how the program works.

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Get more from your CPU with ParkControl
January 22, 2015 – 17:42 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

ParkControlWindows power plans seem simple, at least in theory. Launch the “Power Options” applet, then select “High performance” on desktops for maximum CPU speed, “Power saver” on mobile systems to optimise for energy use, or “Balanced” for somewhere in between.

That’s most how it works, too, but Windows also has a hidden setting which can fine tune the results, maybe saving more energy or further improving system speeds.

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Labrys is an alternative Start Menu for Windows 7+
January 22, 2015 – 07:55 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

LabrysMicrosoft’s decision to drop the Start Menu in Windows 8 persuaded many developers to produce their own alternatives, and there’s no shortage of free options to explore (Classic Shell is probably still the best)

Finding yet another example in the new Labrys didn’t exactly fill us with excitement, then, but despite several flaws it’s different enough to be interesting.

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LastPass for OS X puts password manager directly on the Mac desktop
January 21, 2015 – 11:54 by Nick Peers in Featured, News | Comments Off

LastPass for MacLastPass has released LastPass for Mac 3.2.0, a desktop version of its popular password-management tool. The app, also available as a series of browser extensions for Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Opera, now sits at the heart of the user desktop.

Once installed and launched, LastPass for Mac places an icon into the menu bar. It also creates a new Quick Search tool for speedily accessing, viewing and editing stored passwords and other notes.

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Quickly transcribe audio files with pmTrans
January 21, 2015 – 09:18 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

pmTransWhether you’re typing up an entire interview, or just trying to note a few song lyrics, the endless clicking of Play/ Pause/ Rewind means it’s usually a very tedious process.

PmTrans is an easy-to-use Java-based application which can help in various ways. There’s no installation, the program is a single JAR file which you can download and run right away.

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Chrome 40 for iOS brings browser Handoff support, Material Design UI
January 20, 2015 – 17:30 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Google Chrome for iOSGoogle has today announced the release of Chrome 40 for iOS.

The big addition to version 40.0.2214.61 is Handoff support, which enables mobile users to continue from Chrome to their default browser on OS X.

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IObit Malware Fighter 3 Free extends browsing protection
January 20, 2015 – 14:21 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

IObit Malware FighterIObit Malware Fighter Free has been updated to version 3 with a range of new features and enhancements.

The “Browser Protect” module provides real-time protection for your home and search pages, blocks some malicious sites, eliminates malicious toolbars, and prevents malware modifying your system DNS settings.

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Screen Reader reads on-screen text as you point at it
January 20, 2015 – 09:21 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Screen ReaderScreen Reader is a compact free tool which reads on-screen text out loud, as you point at it.

If you’re thinking this sounds a lot like Windows’ built-in Narrator, then you’re right – Screen Reader even uses the same core Microsoft speech engine to do its work. But the program also has a few advantages which might justify its download.

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Anvi Ultimate Defrag now free
January 20, 2015 – 06:26 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Anvi Ultimate DefragAnvisoft has released Anvi Ultimate Defrag 1.2, and announced that the program – once an eye-watering $29.98 – is now free.

Unsurprisingly, that does introduce some other issues. Setup now installs another Anvisoft product by default (you can avoid this with a click), and Ultimate Defrag’s interface is now spoiled by an “Anvi Slim Toolbar PRO” ad (this can be hidden, but returns when you next launch the program).

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Identifying malware with PEStudio
January 19, 2015 – 11:14 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

PeStudioThere are many technical tools which can help you identify and understand malware, and we used a few of these very recently while investigating Easy Disk Drive Repair.

You don’t have to master all of these to pick out potential threats, though. The compact and portable PeStudio can help you identify suspect programs in seconds.

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MiniTool Partition Wizard Free 9 simplifies OS migration, adds Storage Spaces support
January 19, 2015 – 08:41 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Partition Wizard 9.0MiniTool has unveiled a major new update to its partition management software for Windows with the release of MiniTool Partition Wizard Free 9.0, which is free for personal use.

The new build – also available in bootable form – adds a new wizard for migrating the OS to a new hard drive as well as extending full support to Windows 8, 8.1 and the Windows 10 Technical Preview.

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