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


The Portable Freeware Collection – Snipaste

November 22, 2016

Nice (portable 32bit / 64 bit) screen capture utility.

Source: The Portable Freeware Collection – Snipaste


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).


Having Issues With Google Chrome?

October 19, 2016

If you are experiencing issues with Google Chrome, such as frequent crashes, unexpected ads, unusual start pages or a toolbar mysteriously appears; then, you may want to download the Chrome Cleanup Tool. Simply download to your desktop (or a folder) AND run… This tool is made by Google to help track down issues with the Google Chrome browser. One important point to make here is that this tool will give you an option to set your browser settings to the default (original) settings; so, be aware of that. Otherwise, this is worth a shot if your are in a dilemma…

Chrome Cleanup Tool

Chrome Cleanup Tool 


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


A Portable Tech Tool To Clean Browser Hijackers

September 11, 2016

ZHPCleaner is a portable app that has been developed to identify and remove those unwanted browser add-ons (hijackers) that compromise the security of your computer…. As with any app of this type, it is best you have knowledge of what is safe to remove and what is not.

READ MORE @ Nicolas Coolman

ZHPCleaner


Snipaste – NEW Powerful Snipping Tool

August 2, 2016

Took a little bit of a learning curve; but, learned how to use Snipaste in short order. Snipaste is a windows snipping (or screen capturing) tool that is different in the way that you would normally perform a screen capture that is typical of other similar software…

Snipaste

Snipaste


Portable Windows Security And Vulnerability Scanner

July 14, 2016

Quick post on a tool that is not only a security and vulnerability tool, but could also be used as a forensic and IT audit tool. It is called lastAudit. Take a look at it and let us know what you think. This is an audit tool that I haven’t seen before…

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Features:

  • Free
  • Portable executable
  • Detects and lists: wrong security configuration, vulnerabilities, weak permissions, saved passwords, browser history and cookies, Outlook address book entries
  • Reveals sensitive information from: documents, source files, credential files, email files
  •  Performs WiFI audit: host localization, hotspot history, lists open hotspots
  • Performs LAN port scanning
  • Lists network resources, shares and files
  • Lists Active Directory OUs, users, servers, shares and services
  • Generates HTML reports

Turn Your Desktop Into An Infinite Blackboard

June 28, 2016

Don’t know if this would be any use to anyone (for possibly teaching, presentations, etc…), but is sort of neat. It is called Blckbrd and what it does is that it turns your desktop into an infinite blackboard. You use the mouse to write/draw, like on a real blackboard. If you are like me, writing words with my mouse (on the screen) is a difficult task; however, I’m thinking a touchpad would make it easier. The commands for Blckbrd are reflected below. The main one to remember is “ESC” (to exit the program and continue on with life).

Blkbrd


FREE (for personal use) Multi-Purpose Design Tool

June 27, 2016

Noticed that PicPick, a multi-purpose design tool that features a powerful capture tool, image editor, color picker, color palette, pixel ruler, protractor, crosshair, whiteboard, etc. was recently upgraded and continues to make strides in its’ development. This is a must-have tool that is FREE for personal use. A portable version is available, as well…

PicPick

PicPick


Noticed A Feature In PangoBright That I Never Noticed Before

June 20, 2016

PangoBright is a simple to use screen dimmer utility that I have featured on the blog in the past. Recently, while sitting in my garage watching a ballgame, in the dark, and multitasking on my notebook PC, I needed something to tone down the brightness on the notebook. I remembered PangoBright and downloaded it. When I ran PangoBright it defaulted to a 70 percent screen brightness (which made me happy); but, I noticed something when I clicked on PangoBright’s tray menu. There is now an option to select a fade out color, which further makes this small (116k) portable utility valuable (in terms of reducing eye strain). This option was not there the last time I used PangoBright.

Oh, PangoBright does work on Windows 10…

PangoBright

PangoBright


My Favorite and Only Image Viewer Continues To Get Better

June 7, 2016

My favorite and only image viewer on my computer(s) is FastStone Image Viewer… There are many great image viewers out there, but I’ve been using this one for years and it continues to get better and better. FastStone Image Viewer is available as a portable app and as a regular Windows install…

FastStone Image Viewer

Features Galore:

  • Image browser and viewer with a familiar Windows Explorer-like user interface
  • Support of many popular image formats 
  • True Full Screen viewer with image zoom support and unique fly-out menu panels
  • Crystal-clear and customizable one-click image magnifier
  • Powerful image editing tools: Resize/resample, rotate/flip, crop, sharpen/blur, adjust lighting/colors/curves/levels etc.
  • Eleven re-sampling algorithms to choose from when resizing images
  • Image color effects: gray scale, sepia, negative, Red/Green/Blue adjustment
  • Image special effects: annotation, drop shadow, framing, bump map, sketch, oil painting, lens
  • Draw texts, lines, highlights, rectangles, ovals and callout objects on images
  • Clone Stamp and Healing Brush
  • Superior Red-Eye effect removal/reduction with completely natural looking end result
  • Multi-level Undo/Redo capability
  • One-touch best fit/actual size image display support
  • Image management, including tagging capability, with drag-and-drop and Copy To/Move To Folder support
  • Histogram display with color counter feature
  • Compare images side-by-side (up to 4 at a time) to easily cull those forgettable shots
  • Image EXIF metadata support (plus comment editing for JPEGs)
  • Configurable batch processing to convert/rename large or small collections of images
  • Slideshow creation with 150+ transition effects and music support (MP3, WMA, WAV…)
  • Create efficient image attachment(s) for emailing to family and friends
  • Print images with full page-layout control
  • Create fully configurable Contact Sheets
  • Create memorable artistic image montages from your family photos for personalized desktop wallpapers (Wallpaper Anywhere)
  • Acquire images from scanner. Support batch scanning to PDF, TIFF, JPEG and PNG
  • Versatile screen capture capability
  • Powerful Save As interface to compare image quality and control generated file size
  • Run favorite programs with one keystroke from within Image Viewer
  • Offer portable version of the program which can be run from a removable storage device
  • Configurable mouse wheel support
  • Support multiple program skins
  • Support dual-monitor configurations
  • Support touch interface (tap, swipe, pinch)
  • And much more… 

(Portable) Malware Removal Emergency Kit

June 6, 2016

Hardly a week goes by anymore that I don’t run into someone (or assist someone) that is experiencing a malware infection of some magnitude on their computers. I typically do not commit myself to removing these infections anymore due to the time element (many hours) involved in researching the issue, gathering (and updating) the necessary removal tools, and actually attempting to remove the infection. Removing a malware infection can be frustrating and in the end it is even questionable (after an infection) whether it is completely removed. In the end, probably the best tool to have around is your OS recovery disks.

If you are someone that does provide a service for removing malware, a tool to consider (that is portable), in your tech toolbox, is the Emsisoft Emergency Kit.

The Emsisoft Emergency Kit contains a collection of programs that can be used without software installation to scan for malware and clean infected computers: Emsisoft Emergency Kit Scanner and Emsisoft Command-line Scanner.

I downloaded the kit (approx. 233mb) and launched the “Start Emergency Kit Scanner.exe”; peformed and updated the malware signature database files; and, performed a scan. What I found is that it is pretty easy to use; however, I am not sure of the how powerful the scanner is in comparison to the competitors. If you are familiar with this kit, please feel free to let us know your experiences with it. I like the idea it is portable, can be used in safe mode (or from a recovery environment) and can be run from the command-line in order to remove a particularly stubborn infection. Many malware infections will overtake your computer to the point that you may not be able to run, update and/or install malware removal software; thus, the portability of this kit and other outside the box options are a plus.

 Emsisoft Emergency Kit

Emsisoft Emergency Kit


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.