Read Your Browser’s History File With These NirSoft Utilities

July 13, 2012

imageDid you know that when you visit a site on the internet, your web browser archives the site address? This archival process is commonly referred to as the browser history. The main purpose of the history is that if you forget the site address of a site you may have visited, you can go into the history to find the site. I really do not know many home-based computer users who actually do this; but, it is important to know that it does exist. This is especially helpful to know, if you have children or teenagers accessing the internet.

The browser history can tell a story about a person’s browsing habits and patterns, to include the time and date when a site was visited.  If you are at work and your workplace is strict on what you are accessing on the internet (and when), just remember your tracks can be easily traced. It is not uncommon for an employer, on the server side, to capture what sites a person has visited (and when) on the internet; even if you dump the browser’s history file.

On the basic level of things, like at home, and you have a need to know and you need a quick way of grabbing the browsing history on a Windows based computer, I highly recommend the utilities by NirSoft that specifically specialize in reading the history file of the most popular browsers out there. Simply download any of these, unzip, run and watch the magic.

Internet History View

Mozilla Firefox History View

Google Chrome History View

Safari History View

With each of these utilities, you can easily export the history data to text/HTML/Xml file.

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Split Your Chrome Browser Window In Two With Dualless

April 20, 2012

On many occasions, when working on a blog article (or post), I find it useful to open two browser windows side-by-side in order to quickly research information in one browser window and quickly post my thoughts or links in the other browser window. Windows 7 gives us the ability to drag a window to the sides of the monitor to make this happen; however, when using my browser (Google Chrome) there is another (easier way) that requires only two clicks of the mouse.

It is called, Dualless

Dualless

Dualless is a Google Chrome Browser extension that gives you the ability to split your browser window in two (to simulate a dual monitor setup). For example, if you have two tabs open in Chrome, by clicking on the Dualless button on the extension toolbar, you will be presented with various ratios that you can split the browser window (see below). Simply click on a ratio selection and the browser tabs will separate into two windows at the ratio you desire. To return to a full screen window simply click on the Dualless button, select the ratio of “1” and the browser will return to full screen.

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So far I am finding Dualless to be an extremely useful tool when blogging (as I mentioned), researching information and for shopping on the internet.

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Remember To Use The F3 Key When Browsing

March 9, 2012

While making my rounds on the tech blogs, I was reading an article at Guiding Tech and in that article was a side tip informing people about using the F3 key in Google Chrome.

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To expand on that tip, the F3 key is typically used to invoke a search (for text) in your web browser; whether it be Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer. I am pretty certain the F3 key is a standard key used in just about any browser to invoke a text search on a web page. For example, let’s say you pull up a news site and you are looking for an article (or text) related to a specific topic. Simply hit the F3 key and you will be presented with a search box to type in what you are looking for. Once you enter the text and hit “Enter” on the keyboard, every instance of the text on the web page will be highlighted.  Usually there are up and down arrows to navigate through each instance of the text on the page. I found that Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome do the best job in highlighting the text; whereas, Internet Explorer you can lose track of where the highlighted text is located.

Using the F3 key is especially helpful when viewing a list or very long web page and will definitely save you time. When I saw that tip on Guiding Tech, I thought I need to get that tip out there.  This is one key that I definitely recommend remembering…

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#53)

March 24, 2010

It is that time again…  Geek Squeaks’ is a weekly rundown of links to articles posted from the blogs that are associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  If you have a desire to keep up with information technology and computers, then I suggest you make these sites part of your daily routine.

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2000 mw USB Wireless – 2 Watts of Power

Carputer’s News and Computer Tips
100 Free and Useful Portable Apps

I Love Free Software
Penzu – Free Online Personal Diary and Journal

Worthy Tips
BasicTwitter – A desktop client
to manage multiple twitter accounts

Internet Security Blog
Block, Avoid, Identify Paypal, EBay,
Bank Phishing Emails with Iconix

Canadian Tech Blogger
What free email service should I use?

Computer Maintenance
Uninstall Unwanted Programs

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites March 23

AskBillFirst
Do You Really Know Where That Link Is Taking You?

Tech-for Everyone
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Sugarloaf Tech
Uninstall Trend Micro without a password

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TeamViewer – functional remote access tool

Lifehacker
Which Browser Should I Use: Firefox or Chrome?

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thePC Security
Comodo Dragon Review | The Secured Browser on Chromium

AKS-Feel The Change
Linkbait Generator-Generate Catchy Blog Post ideas

Carol’s Vault
My word!!! Please, don’t be rude!

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Security Guard

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Free ThreatFire – Advanced Security Against Malware

Right On Technology
AT&T adding Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus soon

Freeware Pharmacy
Subsonic

Plato Press
Biggest Threat to Endangered Species: the Internet

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Windows Live, Stats and Nostalgia

TuneUp Blog About Windows
Building the Perfect Media Center (Part Two)

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Custom Header Workaround For The New WP.com Theme Titan

What’s On My PC
Test Your Internet Connection Speed

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#45)

January 27, 2010

If you are a person who has a passion (and obsession) for information technology and computers; then, you need to follow Geek Squeaks’.

Geek Squeaks’ is a weekly roundup of articles that have been produced by the bloggers (and site owners) who are associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll community. I endorse each one of these sites and encourage you to visit and bookmark them!

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Remove Start Button-Start Killer

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove PCsSecure

Teck~Line
ShowMeWhatsWrong.com
Is a Awesome Screen Recording Tool
To Help Your Non Tech Savvy Friends

Plato On-Line
Would Jesus be Blogging Today?

Geeked Up
Using Magnets to Organize Your USB Cables

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Delete Stubborn Security Applications With Free AppRemover

thePC Security
Most Commonly Used Password List – Avoid It

Crazy World of G
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Lifehacker
DIY Monitor Shelf Stashes Peripherals Behind Your Monitor

Rarst.net
Kingston SSDNow V+ SNV225-S2 solid state disk

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Johnny Depp car crash death video leads to malware

Free PC Security
Avast 5 Plus Installation Guide

Snakebytez
Android Operating System : Run Android on Your PC

Carputers News and Computers Tips
Another way to get SoftMaker Office 2008 free!

TTC Shelbyville
Speed up Taskbar Thumbnails in Windows 7

I Love Free Software
5 Best Free Screen Capture Software

Worthy Tips
Placefy – Let You Learn New Places Through Online Game

Mrintech
Backup your Online Accounts using Backupify!

Canadian Tech Blogger
Chrome Reaches Version 4 Stable

Internet Security Blog
Setting / Change Default Programs in Windows Computer – DPE

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
The Ribbon Interface, love it or hate it?

TuneUp Blog
How To: Change the Logon Screen in Windows 7

Big Geek Daddy
Free Software

What’s On My
PC Klondike Forever…

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#42)

January 6, 2010

It is unbelievable, especially the older we get, just how fast a week seemingly passes by; but, one thing I look forward to each week is Geek Squeaks’.

Geek Squeaks’ is a compilation of articles, created within the past 7 days, by the members (bloggers) associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll (at the right side of the blog). If computers and information technology is in your blood, then these sites (or blogs) are the ones to follow.

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Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
FreeFixer – A Free, Powerful Anti-Malware Tool

Plato On-Line
Facebook vs. Suicide Machine

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Antivirus PC 2009

AKS-Feel The Change
Merge two or more PDF files

thePC Security
Freeware PC Security Software Download – Rising PC Doctor

Crazy World of G
You Have Wave

Lifehacker
Memorize Makes Virtual Flashcards and More [Flashcards]

Rarst.net
SuggestRSS.com – finds sites like those in your feeds

Sugarloaf Tech
Remote wipe your BlackBerry without BES

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How To Make Word Open A Normal Blank Page*

AskBillFirst
Those Green Doublelined Words on a Web Page

Free PC Security
Online Armor Free Firewall V4

TuneUp Blog
Survey: Replace Rather Than Clean Up a PC?

Computer Maintenance
Data Backup

Canadian Tech Blogger
IE Usage Down, Chrome Surpasses Safari

Mrintech
Free ASCII Art Designer Software for your PC!

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Idea To Convert Your Photo To Hand Draw Sketch On Your Desktop

Technize
3 Ways To Test Your LCD Monitor For Defective Pixels

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WeBuzz.IM – Use Gtalk, Yahoo, ICQ, AIM from Browser

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Repair Internet Explorer

Carputers News and Computer Tips
Learn how to research online…

Snakebytez
Easily and Safely Optimize Vista
by Disabling Unnecessary Windows Vista Services

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MCE Buddy

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A Simple Solution to Backing Up Your Browser Settings

November 6, 2009

The everyday computer user primarily uses the computer to browse the internet. As a result, the web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, etc.) becomes one of the most important pieces of software on the computer. Over a period of time, based on the user’s surfing habits, the browser cumulatively collects bookmarks, cookies, history, toolbar settings, extensions, add ons, etc. that the user ultimately becomes dependent on. The problem occurs is when the computer crashes or the user moves to a new computer AND all of those cumulative browser gatherings by the user are lost. I have actually witnessed users that were more upset that they lost their browser bookmark settings, when their computer crashed, than personal documents they may have had.

To prevent this mishap from occurring there is a backup solution, called FavBackup, that will backup your bookmarks and any other settings that are browser specific (e.g. history, cookies, user preferences, extensions and other elements).

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FavBackup is a portable app that requires no installation and has the capability of backing up the browser settings for various versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari and Flock.  One point to make is that you will be see two different type of backup and restore options:

(1) – Backup or Restore – allows you to select what you desire to backup or restore

(2) – Full Backup or Full Restore – will perform a backup or restore of all settings in one fell swoop.

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FavBackup is very easy to use, fast and efficient; AND is must-have software for any computer user who is tied to their browser. If anything, make FavBackup part of your normal backup routine and use it to at least backup your bookmarks.

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