Discover what malware is doing online with FakeNet
October 7, 2016 – 16:25 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

FakeNetFakeNet is a clever Windows tool which tries to detect and display common web access attempts on your PC.

The program isn’t just another packet capture tool. Instead FakeNet redirects internet traffic and handles it locally, so you’ll see any attempts to download “” but they won’t succeed.

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NirSoft’s LastActivityView now displays recent wifi network connects/ disconnects
October 6, 2016 – 11:25 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

LastActivityViewNirSoft’s user-tracking LastActivityView now displays all the recent wireless network connects and disconnects for the current system.

This is particularly handy for computer forensics, as it might help show where a laptop user has been over the past few days.

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Resize and optimise web images with Tiny Beest Image Optimization for Chrome
October 6, 2016 – 09:35 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Tiny Beest Image OptimizerTiny Beest Image Optimization is a free Chrome extension which can resize and optimise web images to reduce their file size.

Once it’s installed, right-clicking an image displays a where you can resize the image to a few standard resolutions (1920px, 1440px, 1280px, 1080px, 600px, 300px).

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Nero 2017 adds HEVC support, 4K templates/ effects, 256-bit encryption
October 5, 2016 – 18:03 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Nero 2017Nero AG has unveiled its 2017 multimedia range, including Nero 2017 Platinum ($129.95), Nero 2017 Classic ($99.95), Nero Burning ROM 2017 ($49.95) and Nero Video 2017 ($49.95).

Top-of-the-range Nero 2017 Platinum gets support for playing, editing and converting HEVC/ H.265 video, and also ramps up its 4K support with 42 4K-optimised video templates and hundreds of 4K effects.

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How to extract images from just about any file type
October 5, 2016 – 08:55 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Document Extracting images from documents makes it much easier to reuse them elsewhere, and there’s a lot of freeware around to get the job done.

Which is best for you? That depends on the file formats you want to use.

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ungoogled-chromium is a completely Google-free browser
October 5, 2016 – 05:16 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ungoogled-chromiumIf you’re a Chrome user concerned about web privacy then you might have tried turning off telemetry settings, maybe switching to Chromium to lose all that Google code.

Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. Even Chromium uses pre-built Google binaries and communicates with Google servers to provide various features.

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Zone Photo Studio X ships with layers and cloud storage integration,
October 4, 2016 – 13:12 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Zoner Photo Studio XZoner Software has shipped Zoner Photo Studio X (aka version 19), the latest edition of its one-stop photo editor.

Top of the “What’s New” list is full Layers support, with all the features and blend modes you need.

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KC Softwares unveils “wifi troubleshooter” dot11expert
October 3, 2016 – 06:56 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

dot11expertSUMo and KCleaner developer KC Softwares has unveiled its latest project, wifi troubleshooting tool dot11expert.

The package displays low-level details about your network adapters, local wireless networks and access points: signal quality, SSID, MAC address, channel, authentication and more.

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Access 280+ Windows applets, settings and tools from Ultimate Settings Panel
October 2, 2016 – 15:05 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Ultimate Settings PanelWindows has never made it easy to find the tool or setting you need, and with options now split between “old” and “new” “Control Panels”, it can seem more difficult than ever.

Ultimate Settings Panel is a once-commercial, now free tool which makes just about every Windows applet, settings panel or tool accessible from a single place.

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View and import REG files safely with RegMerge
October 1, 2016 – 13:08 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

RegMerge.REG files are a quick way of making multiple changes to the Windows Registry. Double-click one, REGEDIT asks if you’d like to apply its tweaks, and once you’ve said “yes” it’ll update every key in the file.

Fast? Yes. Convenient? Certainly. But what if you don’t really want to make perhaps hundreds of Registry changes without having the slightest idea of what they’re doing?

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Record or stream games, videos, your desktop and more with OBS Studio
September 30, 2016 – 09:39 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

OBS StudioOBS Studio (formerly OBS Multiplatform) is a powerful open-source streaming and recording package, crammed with high-end features, yet also with something to offer almost every level of user.

There’s support for a wide range of sources, including media files, audio input (microphone) and output (whatever’s playing through your speakers), application windows, your desktop, games, webcams and more.

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