Malwarebytes ships Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware beta
January 26, 2016 – 06:31 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Malwarebytes Anti-RansomwareMalwarebytes has released the first public beta of Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware, a stand-alone ransomware blocker for Windows XP or later.

The application is lightweight, and designed to run alongside other security products without conflict, looking out for ransomware-like behaviour and blocking the process before it can encrypt your files.

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Firefox 44 adds H.264 video support on desktop, supports cloud printing on Android
January 26, 2016 – 05:02 by Nick Peers in Featured, News | No Comment

FirefoxMozilla has released Firefox 44 FINAL for Windows, Mac and Linux, with Firefox 44 for Android hot on its heels. Like the previous release, the most visible changes are reserved for the mobile build.

Android users gain support for cloud printing and improved search tools, while desktop users can now watch H.264 video on supported systems. Most other changes are under the hood or aimed at developers.

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TreeMapFs is a versatile disk space analyzer
January 26, 2016 – 02:45 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

TreeMapFsStorage space may be cheap these days, but wasting it is still a bad idea: the more you fill a drive, the longer file searches, antivirus scans and other system-wide operations will take.

TreeMapFs is a Windows application which provides various ways to analyze drive space usage, highlight resource hogs, and generally help keep your system running efficiently.

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FBackup 6.0 debuts cloud backup
January 25, 2016 – 10:56 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

FBackup Softland has shipped FBackup 6.0, a major update of its freeware file backup tool for Windows.

The new release finally brings support for cloud backups, with an option to save your data to Google Drive.

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chrlauncher is a free Chromium updater for PCs
January 25, 2016 – 06:25 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

chrlauncherIf you like Chrome, but aren’t so keen on Google’s tracking code and other extras, then you could switch to Chromium, its open-source browser engine.

Sure, you’d lose the integrated PDF viewer, various codecs, the Flash player (actually, that might be a good thing).

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Calculate file hashes instantly with fHash
January 23, 2016 – 10:57 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

fHashIt wasn’t easy to work up much enthusiasm for fHash, at least initially. It’s only an MD5, SHA1, SHA256 and CRC32 hash calculator, after all – how interesting can it be?

But then we tried it, and… Okay, fHash is “only” a file hash calculator, but nicely implemented, with a lightweight, easy-to-use interface that makes it well worth a few minutes of your time.

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O&O RegEditor is a handy free REGEDIT alternative
January 21, 2016 – 06:07 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

RegEditorO&O Software has shipped O&O RegEditor, a powerful freeware Registry editor for Windows Vista and later.

The package extends RegEdit with enhanced search tools, full copy and paste support, improved editing and more.

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KillEmAll 5.0 instantly closes everything on your Windows desktop
January 20, 2016 – 12:48 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

KillEmAllFoolish IT has released the first beta of KillEmAll 5.0, a portable tool designed to close all non-essential applications at the click of a button.

The program could be very useful in emergencies – maybe to close all open browser windows if you’ve got a malicious popup – but is also a handy timesaver whenever you need to clear your desktop in a hurry.

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IObit Driver Booster 3.2 debuts new fix-it tool, widens driver update database
January 20, 2016 – 11:54 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

DriverBooster200-175IObit has released a minor, but significant update to its driver update tool, Driver Booster 3.2 FREE. The new release, also available as a performance-enhanced Pro version, adds a new driver fix-it tool.

The update also includes various optimisations to improve user experience, performance and stability, plus widens the tool’s driver database engine to the latest updates.

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Foxit Reader 7.3 integrates with OneDrive and Google Drive, adds word count tool
January 20, 2016 – 11:52 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Foxit Reader 7.0Foxit Software has unveiled Foxit Reader 7.3, its free PDF reader and creation tool for Windows PCs. The new release debuts a number of significant features, including Google Drive and OneDrive integration, plus a new word count tool and official support for Office 2016.

OneDrive and Google Drive integration can be found in the program’s File menu under ‘Add a place’, and work in a similar way to later versions of Microsoft Office by allowing users to create shortcuts to cloud-based locations.

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How “fake” video downloads can install malware
January 19, 2016 – 13:07 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

VideoIt’s been a common Windows malware trick for years: you download some dubious video, it claims it won’t play unless you install a “codec”, but the file you’re offered is a Trojan or virus. Oops.

You might think you’d never be caught out by something so obvious, but it only takes a moment, you’re not paying attention, and — too late.

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