Opera 41 slashes start times, improves newsreader feature
October 25, 2016 – 04:39 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Opera 41 slashes start times, improves newsreader feature

OperaOpera Software has released Opera 41 for Windows, Mac and Linux, making reduced start times its major priority. The headline new feature is accompanied by a number of other performance improvements.

Opera 41 also includes a majorly revamped personalised newsreader, containing a wide list of tweaks and enhancements to give users some extra features to play with on top of the under-the-hood updates.

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Lock down any PC with Simple Software Restriction Policy
October 24, 2016 – 08:29 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Lock down any PC with Simple Software Restriction Policy

Simple Software Restriction PolicySimple Software Restriction Policy (SSRP) is a free tool which gives complete control over the folders where software can be executed.

Program Files, System and other folders are allowed by default. But commonly-exploited locations like your desktop and temporary folders are blocked, instantly protecting you from a host of potential threats.

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Stop ransomware infecting your MBR with MBRFilter
October 21, 2016 – 10:42 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Stop ransomware infecting your MBR with MBRFilter

Talos GroupCisco’s Talos Group has released MBRFilter, a Windows disk filter which prevents malware overwriting a drive’s Master Boot Record (MBR).

This can stop some ransomware variants – Petya, Satana – from installing and taking full control of your PC.

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Emsisoft ships Emsisoft Anti-Malware 12 with 3-for-1 license deal
October 20, 2016 – 07:44 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Emsisoft ships Emsisoft Anti-Malware 12 with 3-for-1 license deal

Emsisoft Anti-MalwareEmsisoft is celebrating the latest editions of its consumer security suites, Emsisoft Anti-Malware 12 ($39.95) and Emsisoft Internet Security 12 ($49.95), with a limited-time launch deal– buying one license will cover you for up to 3 PCs.

The new builds aim to keep you safe from even the very latest ransomware with their improved behaviour blocking.

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Photo-to-painting converter FotoSketcher gets a test Android release
October 20, 2016 – 06:19 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Photo-to-painting converter FotoSketcher gets a test Android release

FotoSketcherThe popular PC “photo-to-painting” converter FotoSketcher is now available on Android in a very basic, advanced-user-only test release.

This alpha app is only available as a stand-alone .apk file, and if you manage to install it anyway you’ll find there’s only a single painting effect, and even that is a work-in-progress.

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Foxit Reader 8.1 adds Box integration, improves annotation features
October 19, 2016 – 12:26 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Foxit Reader 8.1 adds Box integration, improves annotation features

Foxit Reader 8.0Foxit Software has released Foxit Reader 8.1, a point update of its Windows PDF viewer and creator. Version 8.1 widens the app’s cloud integration with two new services, including an extension of Foxit’s recently launched ConnectedPDF online document management tool.

Elsewhere, the new release also improves annotation workflow and collaboration, plus adds JavaScript form submission support.

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Wise Program Uninstaller 1.97 removes Windows 10 Universal Apps
October 19, 2016 – 08:14 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Wise Program Uninstaller 1.97 removes Windows 10 Universal Apps

Wise Program UninstallerFree cleanup tool Wise Program Uninstaller has been updated to version 1.97 with new support for removing Windows 10 Universal Apps.

It’s easy to use. The interface now lists apps along with your desktop applications, and to remove one you just select it and hit “Safe Uninstall”.

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NirSoft’s EncryptedRegView decrypts and displays secret Registry data
October 19, 2016 – 06:00 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on NirSoft’s EncryptedRegView decrypts and displays secret Registry data

EncryptedRegViewNirSoft has released EncryptedRegView, a free tool which finds, decrypts and displays Registry data protected by Windows’ DPAPI encryption scheme.

DPAPI isn’t widely used, even by Microsoft products, but the program managed to find Outlook passwords, Microsoft Edge details and a few other interesting items on our test PC.

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Morphine: a web distraction-blocker you might actually use
October 18, 2016 – 12:37 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Morphine: a web distraction-blocker you might actually use

MorphineHowever busy you might be, it’s all-too-easy to waste time checking Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and many other distracting domains.

Browser add-ons can help you block these sites, but they’re often too restrictive. Limiting access is good, but if they go too far you’ll just uninstall them in a day or two and carry on as before.

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rclone syncs cloud storage files from the command line
October 17, 2016 – 06:57 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on rclone syncs cloud storage files from the command line

rcloneRclone is an open-source command line tool which enables copying and syncing data to and from a host of popular cloud storage providers.

Supported technologies include Google Drive, Amazon S3, Openstack Swift / Rackspace cloud files / Memset Memstore, Dropbox, Google Cloud Storage, Amazon Drive, Microsoft One Drive, Hubic, Backblaze B2, Yandex, and – if all else fails – your local file system.

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ScreenWings prevents malware capturing your screen
October 16, 2016 – 17:31 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on ScreenWings prevents malware capturing your screen

ScreenWingsScreenWings is a free Windows tool which prevents malicious software capturing your screen.

The program is convenient to use. There’s no drivers or services involved and it doesn’t require installation, so you can run it from a USB key whenever necessary.

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