HandBrake 1.0.0 released
December 25, 2016 – 17:11 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on HandBrake 1.0.0 released

HandbrakeVeteran video transcoder HandBrake has finally hit version 1.0.0, more than 13 years after development began.

The most obvious change is in the pile of new presets. Whether you’re after a quick general-purpose option (HQ 720p30 Surround) or something more device-specific (now including Chromecast, Fire TV and Roku), it’s only a click away.

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PhotoDonut is a very versatile image processor
December 23, 2016 – 15:22 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on PhotoDonut is a very versatile image processor

PhotoDonutPhotoDonut is a powerful cross-platform photo processor which provides a host of interesting ways to enhance and improve your images.

You could use the program as a quick way to enhance any photo. Open the picture, choose a lighting or colour effect from options like “Gold Sun” or “Columbian Parrot”, and save the result as a JPG, PNG, TIF, PSD and more.

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Five powerful Windows command-line tricks
December 23, 2016 – 12:27 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Five powerful Windows command-line tricks

nuePanelI’ve updated my Control Panel alternative nuePanel with five powerful new troubleshooting commands covering file monitoring, disk checking, DNS servers, filter drivers and keyboard testing.

You don’t have to download the program to try them out, though– they all make use of regular Windows commands you can include in your own scripts.

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Comodo Antivirus, Firewall and Internet Security 10 released
December 22, 2016 – 12:32 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Comodo Antivirus, Firewall and Internet Security 10 released

COMODO Internet SecurityComodo Group has released Comodo Internet Security 10, Comodo Antivirus 10 and Comodo Firewall 10.

Internet Security 10 Free now includes Comodo’s Secure Shopping, an isolated virtual environment which prevents malware intercepting any of your online transactions.

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Back up, restore or migrate an Oculus Rift install with AOMEI vrBackupper
December 21, 2016 – 11:25 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Back up, restore or migrate an Oculus Rift install with AOMEI vrBackupper

vrBackupperOculus Rift may be a powerful and well-designed VR system, but its file and application management abilities aren’t so smart. Early versions would only install on your system drive, games and apps are always installed to a library in the same location, and if you uninstall Oculus then all your software disappears as well.

AOMEI vrBackupper is a 64-bit Windows 10 program which can back up, restore or migrate your Oculus Rift installation or just your installed games and applications.

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IObit Advanced SystemCare Ultimate 10 strengthens protection, tweaks optimization tools
December 21, 2016 – 09:39 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on IObit Advanced SystemCare Ultimate 10 strengthens protection, tweaks optimization tools

advanced-systemcare-10-logoIObit has released Advanced SystemCare Ultimate 10, a major new release of its flagship system security and optimisation product for Windows. The new release centres around offering a larger anti-virus database through the integration of a new BitDefender antivirus engine.

Elsewhere, the application includes a number of new features already introduced when its little brother, IObit Advanced SystemCare Free, was updated in October. These include a new FaceID feature and component for managing start-up items.

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IrfanView 4.44 released
December 21, 2016 – 09:12 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on IrfanView 4.44 released

IrfanViewThe superb freeware image viewer IrfanView has hit version 4.44 with a pile of tweaks and additions.

A much-improved histogram is now modeless, and offers curves, RGB and other viewing selections.

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RansomFree keeps your PC safe from ransomware
December 20, 2016 – 07:12 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on RansomFree keeps your PC safe from ransomware

RansomFreeCybereason has released RansomFree, a free anti-ransomware tool for Windows.

The program uses behaviour monitoring to watch your system for ransomware-like actions, detecting and suspending any malicious process once encryption starts.

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Install and run WordPress on a local desktop
December 19, 2016 – 08:55 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Install and run WordPress on a local desktop

WP ExpressWordPress is a fabulous website builder, and it’s very easy to learn the basics. Just sign up for a free blog at WordPress.com and start to play.

If you’re a serious developer, though, you might prefer to run WordPress locally. There’s no data transfer delays, no waiting for connections, and you can be sure that no-one else will ever be able to see your work-in-progress.

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Ellp automates PC tasks with a click
December 18, 2016 – 07:24 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Ellp automates PC tasks with a click

EllpEllp is a free tool which delivers very simple, script-free automation of common PC and other tasks.

There are no menus, no complex dialog boxes, no command-line arguments, nothing to learn at all. You can get started in seconds and leave Ellp to do all the real work.

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How to test anti-keylogger software
December 16, 2016 – 13:13 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on How to test anti-keylogger software

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Installing any good antivirus program will protect you from known keyloggers, but you’ll still be vulnerable to the very latest threats.

Specialist anti-keyloggers such as SpyShelter take a very different approach. Instead of trying to detect and remove malware, they focus on preventing anything intercepting your keypresses.

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