Delete locked Registry keys with Registry DeleteEx
March 17, 2016 – 05:24 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Registry DeleteExDeleting Registry keys is an important part of removing malware or other stubborn applications, but it’s not always easy. If the key is locked then you might see errors, or find your delete attempts just don’t work.

Registry DeleteEx is a portable free tool which enables deleting of even the most stubborn Registry keys.

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Create and search file lists with File List Maker
March 16, 2016 – 10:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

File List MakerWindows Search is great at locating files on the current PC, but what if you also want to check CDs, DVDs, USB keys, even other computers?

File List Maker is a free tool which offers probably the simplest and most lightweight solution available.

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Selectively extract images from PDFs with PdfTrick
March 15, 2016 – 07:54 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PDFTrickPdfTrick is a free open-source tool for selectively extracting images from PDF documents.

Yes: selectively. Unlike most of the competition, PdfTrick doesn’t dump hundreds of files in a folder – it only saves the images you actually need.

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Opera 36 FINAL takes tilt at Microsoft Edge with major UI improvements
March 15, 2016 – 06:49 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Opera33-200-175Opera Software has unveiled Opera 36 FINAL, a major new release of its desktop web browser for Windows, Mac and Linux PCs. The latest build firnly targets users of Windows 10, with Opera claiming that “surfing with this platform [Opera] can be much better than the one offered by its default browser, Microsoft Edge.”

To that end, version 36 has redesigned its UI to more closely resemble modern apps found in the Microsoft Store, while Opera is keen to stress it’s better integrated native Windows 10 features than other rival browsers.

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Access your clipboard from any PC or Mac with 1Clipboard
March 15, 2016 – 05:12 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

1Clipboard1Clipboard is a free tool which enables sharing your clipboard contents with other PCs or Macs.

The developer says that Android and iOS apps are “coming soon”.

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Animated GIF creator Instagiffer gets a big Mac update
March 14, 2016 – 11:57 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Instagiffer.200.175Freeware animated GIF builder Instagiffer has finally seen its long-awaited full Mac update.

This may not be the end of any problems – the release notes say “fonts and captions should now work in newer OSX versions”, and “it’s been tested on Mavericks and Yosemite only” – but it’s a fun program and worth a try.

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Peer deep inside .NET files with PExe
March 14, 2016 – 10:51 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PExePExe is a tiny free tool for identifying and disassembling .NET executables.

This could be useful for basic troubleshooting (is this a .NET program?), looking inside an application before you run it, detecting signs of malware, and more.

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Expand short links with httpres
March 12, 2016 – 00:48 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

httpresLink shorteners like, and offer a convenient way to share URLs, but they also hide their real destination. Is it a malicious site? Who knows?

Websites like LongURL or CheckShortURL will usually expand short links for you, as long as they’re using a supported service.

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How to free up RAM from the command line
March 11, 2016 – 10:19 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Empty Standby ListMost memory “optimisers” are a pointless waste of time, more likely to slow you down than offer any noticeable performance benefit.

But if you think your PC is using more RAM than it should, then there is one small and very simple tool which might be able to help.

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Free Video Cutter slices and trims your videos without losing quality
March 10, 2016 – 11:19 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Free Video CutterBefore sharing most videos you’ll probably want to cut out unwanted scenes, reducing file size and helping viewers focus on the main content.

Free Video Cutter is a simple tool which strips out the leading and trailing frames you specify, saving the results without any loss of video quality.

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TreeSheets: a smarter way to organise your data
March 9, 2016 – 06:32 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

TreeSheetsTreeSheets is a freeform data organiser, which developer Wouter van Oortmerssen describes as “the ultimate replacement for spreadsheets, mind mappers, outliners, PIMs, text editors and small databases”.

Okay, yes, that is a little over-ambitious, but van Oortmerssen – a software engineer at Google, who formerly worked at Crytek on the original Far Cry – knows what he’s doing, and TreeSheets delivers far more than we expected.

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