NirSoft releases PC forensics tool ExecutedProgramsList
January 12, 2015 – 03:59 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

ExecutedProgramsListUtilities developer NirSoft has announced the release of ExecutedProgramsList, a portable PC forensics tool which lists programs and batch files previously launched on a PC.

For every program, ExecutedProgramsList displays the .exe file name, product name, version, description, and – sometimes – when it was last executed.

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BlueLife Hosts Editor: a one-stop HOSTS file manager
January 10, 2015 – 09:14 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

BlueLife Hosts EditorThe HOSTS file is an important element in most networks, a simple structure which maps host names to custom IP addresses.

HOSTS can be used to block ads, or prevent access to certain sites. It’s occasionally used by viruses to redirect web access from legitimate sites to somewhere more malicious. Windows doesn’t make it easy to view or control any of this, but fortunately the free BlueLife Hosts Editor provides just about everything you’ll need.

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AOMEI PXE Boot Free: boot PCs from an image on your network
January 9, 2015 – 12:24 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

AOMEI PXE Boot FreeIf your PC won’t start then you might try to recover the situation by booting from some other recovery environment: your Windows DVD, an antivirus disc, backup tool, whatever it might be.

If you can’t find that disc – or maybe your computer doesn’t have a working disc drive – then you can alternatively boot from an ISO image held on another computer, with a little help from AOMEI’s new PXE Boot Free.

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Capture email, web, FTP logins with Password Sniffer Console
January 9, 2015 – 07:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Password Sniffer ConsoleSet up an email, web or FTP account in any internet software and it’ll probably store your login details, ensuring you won’t have to remember them in future.

You’ll still need your user name and password at some point, though, if only to reinstall your software or enter your details elsewhere.

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Automatically update Windows device drivers with DriveTheLife
January 8, 2015 – 12:52 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

DriveTheLifeKeeping your Windows software up-to-date is almost always a good idea, bringing new features, perhaps improving security and fixing bugs.

The benefits of updating your device drivers aren’t quite as clear-cut: it may be worthwhile, but if the new driver is buggy – or you just make a mistake during the update process – then you could seriously mess up your PC.

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Advanced SystemCare Ultimate 8.0 promises enhanced security with no performance penalty
January 8, 2015 – 07:59 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Advanced SystemCare Ultimate 8.0Two months after unveiling Advanced SystemCare Free 8.0, IObit has released Advanced SystemCare Ultimate 8.0.1, a major new update for its top-of-the-line system optimisation, maintenance and security tool.

Ultimate users gain the same improvements and new features as found in the Free and Pro versions of the software, but also benefit from enhanced real-time protection from worms, Trojans and other malware, as well as new and improved browser security tools.

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Protect your Firefox settings with Preferences Monitor
January 8, 2015 – 05:05 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Preferences MonitorFirefox is an excellent browser, and its configurability is a major plus. If you don’t like some aspect of the program then there’s probably a tweak which can help.

Keeping your preferred settings can be more of a challenge, though, especially if an extension changes one or more of them without asking. Preferences Monitor is a Firefox addon which can help by monitoring all your about:config changes, warning you of any that seem dubious, and allowing you to undo them with a click.

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FORCEdraft: a text editor which won’t let you quit…
January 7, 2015 – 11:55 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

FORCEdraftTwitter, Facebook, emails, eBay – any web-enabled PC has a pile of distractions to prevent you doing real work.

FORCEdraft is a free text editor which offers an unusually strict solution: it just won’t let you access any other programs until you’ve finished the job.

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Anvi AD Blocker Ultimate now free
January 7, 2015 – 09:58 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Anvi AD Blocker UltimateAnvisoft has released Anvi AD Blocker Ultimate 3.2, the latest edition of their web adblocker, and announced that the product is now free.

It didn’t look that way when we installed the program, unfortunately, as a web page opened post-setup inviting us to buy it.

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Cut video file sizes in half with IFME
January 6, 2015 – 09:33 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Internet Friendly Media EncoderHEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding, aka H.265) is an amazing video standard which is just as good as its name suggests, routinely producing videos half the size of their H.264 equivalents.

It’s becoming more widely supported, too: the iPhone 6 can use it for FaceTime, Android Lollipop and Windows 10 handle it out of the box, some major applications (CyberLink’s PowerDVD, for example) added support last year.

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Textarea Cache: save web form text as you type (Firefox)
January 5, 2015 – 10:32 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Textarea CacheIt’s happened to us all. You’ve spent an age at a website, deep in thought, working on a lengthy forum post or similar wall of text, when the browser window closes unexpectedly – and you’ve lost everything.

You could get angry, maybe throw things, before calming down and starting again. But it might be better to install Textarea Cache, a free Firefox addon which saves the contents of text fields locally, as you type, and makes them ready for recovery in seconds.

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