The Best Free Software of 2017 | PCMag.com

February 22, 2017

PCMag just posted this and if you are like me and have a passion for software; especially FREE software, then this is for you!

Your phone is full of apps, but don’t neglect the desktop. These programs can make your life better.

Source: The Best Free Software of 2017 | PCMag.com


S10 Password Vault – A Hidden Gem Of A Password Manager

February 22, 2017

The majority of home based computer users use the same passwords (or easy to remember passwords) for nearly every account that they are subscribed to. Hacker’s (or criminals) know this and take advantage of these facts. If your password is easy to remember, then it is easy to hack.

To make your accounts secure, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you use a password manager to manage your accounts and the passwords associated with them. The “go to” password manager that I use (on all my computers and devices); and, have used since its’ inception is the “S10 Password Vault”. It has never let me down… The main feature I like about this software is that I have total control over my password information at the local level.

S10 Password Vault

There are so many features to the S10 Password Vault that I encourage you to visit the developer’s site by clicking the source link below.S10 Password Vault is available for Windows as a standard installer and as a portable version that allows you to run directly from a USB drive (which then also contains your data file). There is also an “S10 Vault” mobile companion app for iPhone/iPad (in the App Store) and for Android devices (in the Google Play Store and Amazon App Store).

Source: S10 Software – S10 Password Vault


A FREE Synchronization Program That I Am Messing Around With

February 21, 2017

I have found that using synchronization software is a very easy way for the home based computer user to backup data vs. the full blown backup type software (which can hard to understand for the home computer user). I am currently messing around with the FREE synchronization program called SyncFolders; that, so far in my testing, could end up being my default (go to) backup software for my computers here at home. If you are interested in giving SyncFolders a try, the source link is reflected below. SyncFolders is also available as a portable app.

SyncFolders

SyncFolders main window...

Features of SyncFolders

  • Supports two-way synchronization of files and folders.
  • Can easily be used as backup tool.
  • Shows a preview before the actual synchronization takes place. You can override actions if desired.
  • Detects conflicts or file collisions when a file has changed in both locations since the last sync operation. Therefore, SyncFolders tracks file modifications and deletions in a local database.
  • Propagates deletions and detects file renames.
  • File comparison by date and size or by content.
  • Default actions can be defined in case of synchronization conflicts.
  • Integrates with Windows’ Task Scheduler to support scheduled synchronizations.
  • Supports file and folder filters.
  • Can handle long file names and files of any size.
  • Synchronization from or to UNC paths is supported.
  • Supports multiple synchronization rules in a single rules file.
  • Deleted or overwritten files can be moved to the recycle bin or to a time-stamped history folder.
  • History files can be deleted after a user-defined period.
  • Unlimited number of files.
  • Synchronization from command line.
  • Can ignore one-hour timestamp differences caused by DST switch for synchronization to FAT file systems.
  • Easy-to-use.
  • Unrestricted freeware.
  • No spyware, adware or malware.
  • Portable, although .NET Framework is required.

MiniTool Mobile Recovery for Android Free

February 16, 2017

There has been quite a few occasions where I had to drill down, using data recovery software, to find deleted files for people. I can’t say I have had to do this on an Android device yet; however, if the occasion does arise, MiniTool Mobile Recovery may be the software option I will be using. This free Android data recovery tool provides 2 recovery modules (recover from phone and recover from SD-Card) to restore Android data regardless of the reasons for data loss. The recovery process requires connecting to the Android device via your computer.

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MiniTool Mobile Recovery for Android Free is the best Android data recovery software which can effectively recover data from Android Phones and Tablets.

Source: MiniTool Mobile Recovery for Android Free | Best Free Android Data Recovery Software for Android Phones and Tablets


FotoSketcher – The Best Photo To Art Freeware Program

February 8, 2017

FotoSketcher is free software program that features over 20 different styles; available from pencil sketches to watercolor or oil paintings, pen & ink drawings and cartoons. Turn photos to paintings (landscapes, architecture, portraits, etc.) automatically!  FotoSketcher is available as a full install or portable app.

Turn your photos into art…

Source: FotoSketcher – The best photo to art freeware program


Hyper Crypt | Portable Encryption Software

January 5, 2017

Looking for a method to protect sensitive files and folders?  If so, Hyper Crypt may be of interest to you (see source link below). Hyper Crypt consists of a standalone (portable) executable file, a pdf manual and an updater that can be run on any Windows computer (Vista and higher)…

hyper-crypt

One thing I noticed that when you encrypt a folder, the files in the folder will appear as they normally would and no copy of the original is left behind. If you attempt to open any of the files, they will not open, due to the encyption. Don’t know if that is good or not, but works for me…

By default if you encrypt a single file, a copy of the original file is left behind; however, there is an option to change that.

Hyper Crypt uses the military-grade AES-256 algorithm for file and folder encryption, along with automatic integrity validation.

With Hyper Crypt, you can easily encrypt any kind of file, from documents, to pictures and videos.

Source: Hyper Crypt | Portable Encryption Software


AOMEI Backupper Standard 4 Now Includes Real-Time Syncing | Betanews

December 17, 2016

AOMEI is an excellent software package that will assist you with backing up your files. The newest version now includes a live syncing option. Read more at Betanews (source link below).

AOMEI has released AOMEI Backupper Standard 4.0, the second major update of its freeware Windows backup, imaging and cloning tool in 2016. Version 4.0 adds an additional arrow to the tool’s bow …

Source: AOMEI Backupper Standard 4 adds real-time file sync, supports backup to cloud


nuePanel – A Direct Dial Control Panel Alternative

November 29, 2016

Here is a tech toolbox (portable app) program called NuePanel that gives you direct dial access to more than 150 Windows applets and tools.

Be aware, because this is a new program, and contains many calls to system tools, it’s highly likely it’ll be flagged as malicious by some antivirus tools.

Source: nuePanel is a comprehensive Control Panel alternative for Windows – nuetools


Remove Adware, PUPs, Toolbars, and Crapware With This Tool | The Windows Club

November 26, 2016

Malwarebytes Junkware Removal Tool is a portable tool that removes all traces of Adware, Potentially Unwanted Programs, Toolbars, Crapware from Windows PC.  This tool is a portable app (just download and run).  Read more about how to use this tool (see source link below).

Source: Malwarebytes Junkware Removal Tool removes Adware and PUPs


Harmony | Free Desktop Music Player

November 23, 2016

Harmony is a free desktop music player for Windows to stream music from Spotify, SoundCloud, Play Music, Last.fm, Deezer, and Hyper Machine.

 

Source: Desktop Music Player To Stream Music From SoundCloud, Play Music, etc


Wise Care 365 Pro Review and 12-month license Unlimited Giveaway

November 22, 2016

Nice PC Optimizer with FREE offer to download the full version license, which is good for a year! Found this at The Windows Club (see source link below).

Wise Care 365 Pro for Windows comes with five tools – disk cleaner, registry cleaner, PC optimizer,& privacy protector. Download full version FREE!

Source: Wise Care 365 Pro Review and 12-month license Unlimited Giveaway


Free Alarm Clock for Windows

November 22, 2016

Free Alarm Clock is a free, full-featured and user-friendly computer alarm clock for Windows.

Source: Free Alarm Clock for Windows


A Tool To Download Genuine Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 ISO Disk Images

November 22, 2016

The Windows Downloader ISO Tool is the easy way to download genuine Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, as well as Office 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2016 disk images (ISO), directly from the Microsoft’s Server. This tool is a must have if you are the person who is called upon to help others that is a definite timesaver.

Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool

Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool


FastStone Image Viewer Now At V6.0

October 29, 2016

Typically, most folks use the image viewers/editors that is built into Windows, that can be, in my opinion, quite confusing. The viewer that is on all of my PC’s is FastStone Image Viewer.  Been using it for years… Available as a full install or portable app!

FastStone Image Viewer is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, retouching and color adjustments. Its innovative but intuitive full-screen mode provides quick access to EXIF information, thumbnail browser and major functionalities via hidden toolbars that pop up when your mouse touches one of the four edges of the screen. Other features include a high quality magnifier and a musical slideshow with 150+ transitional effects, as well as lossless JPEG transitions, drop shadow effects, image annotation, scanner support, histogram and much more. It supports all major graphic formats (BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, animated GIF, PNG, PCX, PSD, EPS, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA) and popular digital camera RAW formats (CRW, CR2, NEF, PEF, RAF, MRW, ORF, SRF, ARW, SR2, RW2 and DNG).


A Lightweight (<1MB) Music Player

October 7, 2016

If you are into minimalistic and portable, then take a look at Kaseto…  This music app is a work in progress.

Kaseto