A FREE Scriptable Open-Source Forensic Data Collection Tool (for the Tech Toolbox)

May 24, 2016

Here is a NEW tool for the tech toolbox (that can be carried on your flashdrive), called Achoir

Best information I found on this tool is at BetaNews and at the Download Crew …  Best place to download is Download Crew.

In summary, Achoir is considered a forensic data collection tool that uses other free or open-source tools, in concert (as in a choir) to gather basic system and hardware information, installed applications, drivers, user groups and accounts, network adapters, running processes (copies of the executables, not just the names), currently open network connections, browsing history, and raw data including dumps of RAM, NTFS data (MFT, UsnJrnl etc), event logs, Registry hives and more.


News! John’s Background Switcher 4.13 Has Been Released

May 22, 2016

John’s Background Switcher is a Windows wallpaper switcher that changes your background at a time interval of your choosing. What makes this background switcher so special is that you can choose your personal picture collection to randomly be displayed, in various formats, as a snapshot scrapbook. It is a great way to look at all of those memories that you have collected. This is just one of many features and options of this software. I have been following John’s Background Switcher since its’ inception and can attest to its’ greatness…

 John’s Background Switcher


NEW – Organize And Listen To Your Music With Dopamine

May 16, 2016

I have been noticing an audio player being circulated around the software sites that I do not recognize and is apparently a NEW development.  It is called Dopamine…  If interested, you can take a look at it HERE 

Dopamine


Avira SafeApps – A Safe Download Portal For PC Software

May 11, 2016

Computer software is and has always been my passion. Over the years I have developed (what I think) is a sixth sense when it comes to determining what software is safe to download and install. Most folks at home are reluctant to install any software these days due to the privacy and security risks that can be associated with a bad software installation. As a result, many are missing out on some great software.

A remedy to this problem (that is currently in beta) is the Avira SafeApps download portal. What you find on the portal is a collection of software packages that has been determined by Avira to be safe… I have added SafeApps to the Downloads page under the software and apps site.

SafeApps

“Avira detects 30 million threats every day – many of these originate from download portals. By scanning every app for hidden toolbars, installers, and adware, Avira SafeApps offers you a secure download portal, free of malware and junkware”.


Get The Newest Version Of Anvir Task Manager Free

May 9, 2016

While browsing the web today, noticed that Anvir Task Manager FREE has been upgraded. What I love about this utility is that it is available in a portable version (for the tech toolbox), contains a comprehensive set of tools, and will actually provide a level of protection for your PC when any new application adds itself to startup. This is one heavy duty task manager that will definitely sway you from the task manager that ships with Windows. To get to the downloads section for the portable version of Anvir Task Manager FREE — CLICK HERE

AnVir Task Manager is a swiss knife


Doesn’t Get Any Easier Than BurnAware

May 5, 2016

Does not get any easier than BurnAware. Recent upgrade to v9.1… Free and paid version available.

BurnAware

BurnAware Features:

Burn your files to CD, DVD or Blu-ray Discs
Append or update Multisession discs
Create Bootable CD or DVD
Create Audio CDs and MP3 discs
Create DVD-Video discs
Make standard or boot disc images
Copy disc to ISO image
Copy CD, DVD or Blu-ray Discs
Erase or format rewritable disc
Check disc for read errors
Extract files from multisession or corrupted discs
Write ISO to multiple recorders simultaneously


Malwarebytes’ Junkware Removal Tool

May 2, 2016

… and, MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAK STUFF (#2016-018)

Malwarebytes has a junkware removal tool that I was unaware about that will aggressively perform the following tasks:

  • Removes adware that spawn popup ads, such as Conduit
  • Uninstalls unwanted toolbars and browser helper objects, including the Ask and Babylon toolbars
  • Removes potentially unwanted programs (PUPs)
  • Cleans up traces left behind by PUPs

I am a big user of the Malwarebyte products and decided to give this tool a test run. To run the tool, simply download and run it. A command-line window will open up that will prompt you to hit a key on your keyboard to launch the program.  If you have any browser windows open, they will automatically be closed. In the end I found that the tool is pretty aggressive in its’ cleaning to the point it actually removed one of my Chrome browser extensions that I use on a regular basis.  With that being said, I recommend you make a note of what extensions you have. If you are in a situation where you find your PC running slow and suspect an infection, you may want to run this tool.

Malwarebytes Junkware Removal Tool

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MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAK STUFF

Free Alternative to Office365 Called Open365I Love Free Software has a great article about LibreOffice’s new alternative to Office365 called Open365. After reading the article I went ahead and opened an account (for FREE) at Open365  (which appears to be in beta). Once I opened the account, client software was downloaded to my PC; which, I opted to not install. Instead, I went directly to the cloud-based version of Open365. First impression, not bad…  Will be keeping an eye on this.

Open365

Open365

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ZOTAC ZBOX E series Mini PC
with Intel Core i5 4200U, dual-core, 1.6 GHz, Turbo up to 2.6 GHz Barebone System

ZOTAC ZBOX E series Mini PC

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Easy Screen Capture MP3 Direct Cut

 Remove QuickTime Windows 10 Interruption

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