Clean PC Smart is a fake Registry cleaner
November 5, 2016 – 09:35 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Clean PC Smart is a fake Registry cleaner

peEXERunning Registry cleaners generally makes us nervous, as they’re far more likely to remove some important setting than make any measurable difference to your system speed.

Most developers try to address this by building real intelligence into their code, but “Clean PC Smart” takes a different route: despite listing thousands of “issues” and claiming to fix them, it never deletes anything at all.

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Capture and analyze your network traffic with Dripcap
November 4, 2016 – 12:33 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Capture and analyze your network traffic with Dripcap

DripcapDripcap is a cross-platform open-source packet analyzer which allows even total network novices to inspect their network traffic.

The program is simple to set up, as there’s no installation or third-party capture tool required– just unzip the download to any convenient folder.

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WindowBlinds 10.5 adds universal app skinning
November 3, 2016 – 06:38 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on WindowBlinds 10.5 adds universal app skinning

WindowBlindsStardock has released WindowBlinds 10.5, the latest edition of its desktop customisation tool, with new support for skinning universal apps.

There’s no extra work involved for the user, nothing else to configure– just choose a visual theme and your desktop, applications and apps all get the new-look interface.

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Explore malicious executables with Adlice PEViewer
November 2, 2016 – 09:00 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Explore malicious executables with Adlice PEViewer

Adlice PEViewerAdlice PEViewer – aka RogueKillerPE – is a free tool for analysing and exploring Windows executables.

The results can help you troubleshoot programs, find out more about what they’re doing, and perhaps identify malware that your regular antivirus tool has missed.

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RealVNC rebrands as VNC Connect 6.0, switches to subscription-based model
November 1, 2016 – 15:28 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on RealVNC rebrands as VNC Connect 6.0, switches to subscription-based model

RealVNC VNC ConnectRealVNC Ltd has unveiled RealVNC VNC Connect 6.0, the newly rebadged and updated version of its VNC server and client package for Windows, Mac and Linux.

There’s a shift from a perpetual license keys to a subscription-based model, plus a large number of new features, including cloud connections, team-based remote access and sharing, and support for improving remote access.

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Analyze and compare video quality with QCTools
November 1, 2016 – 10:14 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Analyze and compare video quality with QCTools

QCToolsQCTools is an open-source cross-platform tool for analysing and objectively measuring video quality.

The program is aimed at helping professional users identify problems with digitized footage, but it could also help to compare video codecs, conversion tools and more.

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Prevent malware changing your DNS with DNS Lock
October 31, 2016 – 09:14 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Prevent malware changing your DNS with DNS Lock

DNS LockFreeware developer Sordum has released DNS Lock, a free tool which prevents malware (or anything else) changing your IPv4 DNS addresses.

Launch the program’s single executable and it prompts you to enter your primary and secondary DNS IP’s.

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AllDup 4.0 finds visually similar images
October 31, 2016 – 07:12 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on AllDup 4.0 finds visually similar images

AllDupFreeware duplicate file finder AllDup has hit version 4.0 with some major additions and updates.

The program can now detect visually similar pictures in the image formats BMP, JPG, GIF, PNG and TIF, even if they’ve been flipped, rotated, reduced in quality or colours, or marginally cropped.

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Automatically clear your clipboard with ClipTTL
October 29, 2016 – 10:03 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Automatically clear your clipboard with ClipTTL

ClipTTLYou’re working away in one app, but realise you need data from another. So what? That’s what the clipboard is for: copy here, paste there and it’s sorted in seconds.

But the story isn’t over. The information you copied will remain in the clipboard until it’s replaced, visible to others, consuming RAM (maybe a lot, if it’s an HD image), and annoyingly appearing in other documents if you accidentally hit “paste”.

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Screen recorders for Chrome: ViewedIt vs Openvid
October 28, 2016 – 11:39 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Screen recorders for Chrome: ViewedIt vs Openvid

Openvid Screen RecorderRecording what’s happening on your desktop can help you create presentations, share ideas, troubleshoot problems, or just impress others with your gaming skills.

Getting started is surprisingly easy. There’s no need for complex native clients, just installing a free Chrome extension like ViewedIt or OpenVid Screen Recorder could give you everything you need.

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SoftPerfect File Access Monitor now freeware
October 27, 2016 – 09:37 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on SoftPerfect File Access Monitor now freeware

SoftPerfect File Access MonitorThe comprehensive hard drive activity tracker SoftPerfect File Access Monitor is now freeware.

The program enables logging and filtering all the file system activity on a PC, including file creations, reads, writes and deletions.

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