Stop ransomware infecting your MBR with MBRFilter
October 21, 2016 – 10:42 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

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 | No Comment

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 | No Comment

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 | No Comment

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 | No Comment

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 | No Comment

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 | No Comment

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 | No Comment

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 | No Comment

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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Create flowcharts, sketches, mind maps and more with SimpleDiagrams
October 14, 2016 – 09:44 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SimpleDiagramsFlow charts and mind maps are useful tools which can help anyone to organise their ideas, but creating them can be a challenge. Choose the wrong package and it’s all too easy to be buried in enterprise-level detail about SysML or entity relationship diagrams.

SimpleDiagrams (Windows, Mac, $29) takes a friendlier approach. It can create flow charts, sketches, mind maps, UI flow diagrams and more, yet has a straightforward interface which anyone can pick up right away.

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ImBatch 5.10 now creates animated GIFs
October 13, 2016 – 15:34 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

ImBatchVersatile image batch processor ImBatch has been updated to 5.10 with a simple “Save to animated GIF” task. The current image list acts as your frames, and you can set one delay to cover all transitions.

The “Set EXIF/IPTC Tag” task has also seen a major extension with new support for file and image attributes.

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