IrfanView – One of the Most Popular Graphic Viewers Worldwide

It has been a while since I have made any mention of IrfanView. It has been around for years and in my opinion, it is not only the most popular graphic viewer, but it is also the best.

Some IrfanView features:

  • 32 and 64 bit version
  • Many supported file formats (click here the list of formats)
  • Multi language support
  • Unicode support
  • Thumbnail/preview option
  • Paint option – to draw lines, circles, arrows, straighten image etc.
  • Toolbar skins option
  • Lossless JPG rotation, crop and EXIF date change (also in batch mode)
  • Slideshow (save slideshow as EXE/SCR or burn it to CD)
  • Show EXIF/IPTC/Comment text in Slideshow/Fullscreen etc.
  • Support for Adobe Photoshop Filters
  • Fast directory view (moving through directory)
  • Batch conversion (with advanced image processing of all files)
  • Multipage TIF editing
  • File search
  • Email option
  • Multimedia player
  • Print option
  • Support for embedded color profiles in JPG/TIF files
  • Change color depth
  • Scan (batch scan) support
  • Cut/crop
  • Add overlay text/image (watermark)
  • IPTC editing
  • Effects (Sharpen, Blur, Adobe 8BF, Filter Factory, Filters Unlimited, etc.)
  • Screen Capturing
  • Extract icons from EXE/DLL/ICLs
  • Shell Extension PlugIn
  • Many hotkeys
  • Many command line options
  • Many PlugIns
  • Only one EXE-File, no DLLs, no Shareware messages like “I Agree” or “Evaluation expired”
  • No registry changes without user action/permission!
  • and much much more

Source: IrfanView – Official Homepage – One of the Most Popular Viewers Worldwide


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SIV – A Comprehensive System Information Tool

If you are a computer tech, SIV may of interest to you. This utility is able to generate comprehensive system information for just about any Windows-based computer to assist with identifying and troubleshooting computer components.

SIV – ‘System Information Viewer’ is a general Windows utility for displaying lots of useful Windows, Network and hardware info – CPU info, PCI info, PCMCIA info, USB info SMBus info, SPD info, ACPI methods, Machine info, Hardware Sensors, Networked computers, Operating System Information and more. SIV is designed for Windows 10, 8.1, 8.0, 7, Vista, XP, 2019, 2016, 2012, 2008, 2003, 2000, NT 4.00 and NT 3.51. Windows 95, 98 and Me are also supported.

Source: rh-software – SIV (System Information Viewer)


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Etcher – An Open Source Software Product To Flash OS Images To SD cards & USB Drives

Etcher (an open source application) is something new to me here at “What’s On My PC”… This software application (for Windows, MacOS, and Linux) is an image burner for SD Cards and USB Drives; featuring a simple user interface that allows quick and easy image burning (with followup validation). Would be used to create a bootable image of an OS…

As an added note, “Etcher” is available as a portable app and would make a great addition to the tech toolbox.

Source: balenaEtcher


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Powerful Software That Allows You To Destroy Data On Your Computer

But why??? You are probably scratching your head in bewilderment and wondering, “Why would I want to destroy the data on my computer?

When your computer has completed its’ life and it is time for a new computer, it is very important to transfer your personal file data to your new computer;  AND, once that you are satisfied that has been completed, then it is doubly important to clean or sanitize (delete) the data on the old computer. By simply erasing the data on the old computer using the delete command just doesn’t cut it; besides, over the ownership period (approximately 5 years or more) of your computer, you accumulate personal data in places that it is impossible to even detect unless you are some kind of computer forensic expert.

What to do? I have assisted folks in this scenario and there are two ways I have made sure their data was gone, zilch, no recover, etc… The first way is, I remove the hard drive, disassemble the drive and destroy the platters. Often I will drill holes in the platters and give the shiny mirror-like platters back to them. Solid State Drives, I will disassemble and drill multiple holes. If you are into target shooting, shoot holes into the platters or SSD. The second way is to use software to sanitize the computer. This process is done in the event the user wants to donate the computer or hand it off to a friend. In this instance, a “FREE” software option to use is “Active@ KillDisk Freeware” which contains a sanitize and erase option called “One Pass Zeros” option where the number of passes is fixed and cannot be changed. When the write head passes through a sector, it writes only zeros (0x00 characters). What this means is the software writes over the existing data to make recovery next to impossible. There are also commercial versions of this software available that has even more options for nuking data.

Sanitizing Hard Disks - Erase Options

Freeware version includes Windows executables, as well as Console Boot Disk ISO image containing KillDisk pre-installed and bootable disk creator for CD/DVD/Blu-ray & USB disks. With Boot Disks you can boot up and sanitize any PC without needing to boot to the computer’s operating system first. System disk (where Windows OS is usually installed) can be easily sanitized this way, which isn’t possible when you run KillDisk under your computer’s Operating System.

So, the bottom line here is; prior to handing over any computer, make sure it is sanitized… If you fail to do this, you are at very high risk of handing over sensitive personal data that could come back to haunt you.

Source: Active@ KillDisk Freeware


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VeraCrypt – FREE Open Source Encryption Software

VeraCrypt is FREE open-source disk encryption software that is used by those who have a need to lock down data from prying eyes. There are many options to using Veracrypt from simply creating a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mounting it as a real disk (or drive) TO encrypting an entire partition or storage device such as USB flash drive or hard drive. If you are looking for encryption software, at no cost, that is as good or better than commerical encryption software, this is it…

Image result for veracrypt screenshot

VeraCrypt never saves any decrypted data to a disk – it only stores the data temporarily in RAM (memory). Even when the volume is mounted, data stored in the volume is still encrypted. When you restart Windows or turn off your computer, the volume will be dismounted and files stored in it will be inaccessible (and encrypted). Even when power supply is suddenly interrupted (without proper system shut down), files stored in the volume are inaccessible (and encrypted).

Veracrypt is currently available on the following platforms: Windows, Mac OSX, Linus AND third party support on Android and iOS. It can also be downloaded and run as a portable app…

Source: VeraCrypt – Free Open source disk encryption with strong security for the Paranoid


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What is the best ebook converter?

The opinion here, at “What’s On My PC”, the best ebook converter is Calibre. This software application is actually a fullscale e-book manager that allows you to do nearly everything and it takes things a step beyond normal ebook software. It’s also completely free and open source and great for both casual users and computer experts.

Calibre has been in development since October 31, 2006, is completely free (open source). Calibre is available for download on the following platforms: Windows (32 and 64 bit), macOS, Linux, and as a portable app.

How popular is Calibre? Active installs: 2,795,543 (those that have started calibre at least once in the last 60 days).

What formats does calibre support conversion to/from?

Calibre supports the conversion of many input formats to many output formats. It can convert every input format in the following list, to every output format.

Input Formats: AZW, AZW3, AZW4, CBZ, CBR, CBC, CHM, DJVU, DOCX, EPUB, FB2, FBZ, HTML, HTMLZ, LIT, LRF, MOBI, ODT, PDF, PRC, PDB, PML, RB, RTF, SNB, TCR, TXT, TXTZ

Output Formats: AZW3, EPUB, DOCX, FB2, HTMLZ, OEB, LIT, LRF, MOBI, PDB, PMLZ, RB, PDF, RTF, SNB, TCR, TXT, TXTZ, ZIP

Source: Calibre – ebook management


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Microsoft “To Do” List App – How To Get It

If you are big into the Microsoft applications, you may want to take a look at their new “To Do” list app… You can read more about the app and instructions on how to download to your computer and mobile devices by clicking on the source link at the bottom of this post.

A To Do list titled My Day on a tablet computer

To Do helps you manage, prioritize, and complete the most important things you need to achieve every day

Source: Microsoft to do list app

Search files faster with File Seek for Windows 10 PC | The Windows Club

The Windows Club is featuring a search utility for your Windows-based computer, called File Seek, which is faster (with more options) than the built-in Windows search options. If you go to the File Seek download page you will see a “full install version” and a version that you can download without the installer (portable app). I typically, with these types of utilities, will download the portable version to test them out; plus, the portable version will typically leave the registry alone.


File Seek Free version offers limited features, but they are still useful. The free version is excellent, keeping in mind the number of features it offers, and how fast it can find the files. You can download it from its homepage.

Search files faster with File Seek

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Today’s Software Picks: FolderChangesView, Foxit Reader, and Stellarium

FolderChangesView 2.30

FolderChangesView is a simple tool that monitors the folder or disk drive that you choose and lists every filename that is being modified, created, or deleted while the folder is being monitored. You can use FolderChangesView with any local disk drive or with a remote network share, as long as you have read permission to the selected folder.

Foxit Reader v9.7.0.29455

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Foxit PDF Reader is a free reader for PDF (eBook) documents. You can view and print PDF documents with it.

Stellarium v0.19.2

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Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer.


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Today’s Software Picks: TeamViewer Portable, WinScan2PDF, and TweakPower

TeamViewer Portable v14.6.4835

TeamViewer is a software that allows you to share your desktop via the Internet.

[UPDATE] WinScan2PDF v5.01

WinScan2PDF is a very small program for scanning documents and saving them on your computer as a PDF by using any installed scanner.

TweakPower 1.0741d

TweakPower is an all-in-one suite that has been designed to keep you and all your family’s computers running at optimal speed and efficiency. It is an intelligent software tool that allows users to fine-tune their operating systems and programs for optimum performance. Protects users from PC problems, while increasing the performance and security of their computer. TweakPower includes advanced performance optimizers, helping you achieve super-fast application load times, work faster and make your games run smoother. Now it’s easier than ever to get a clean PC. TweakPower can quickly remove Windows, program and browser clutter while refreshing your registry and deleting massive disk space hogs. Also, its easy-to-use wizards and diagnostic tools help you find vulnerabilities and errors on your computer.


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Video Combiner – Combine Videos in Different Formats and Resolutions

Neat program…  Also packaged as a portable app where no install is required…

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Video Combiner software tool which combines videos in multiple formats and different resolutions into one single video without losing original video quality.

This powerful video merger application supports video formats recorded from all major smart phones and tablets such as Apple iPhone, iPad, Android Phone, Android Tablet, and supports most of the popular video formats such as MP4, MOV, FLV, 3GP, AVI, WMV, MPG, VOB and more. Video Combiner can mix and concatenate video files in multiple video formats at the same time, so you can easily combine mp4 and join other video file formats into one video at once.

Source: Video Combiner – Combine Videos in Different Formats and Resolutions without Lossing Quality


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Today’s Software Picks: FastCopy, Glary Utilities, and FinalCrypt

[UPDATE] FastCopy v3.85

FastCopy is a file copy and synchronization tool with a variety of available extras. It uses different strategies (multi-threading, buffering) to help ensure maximum device throughput, as well as optional verification to make sure data is transferred correctly. It does not use the system cache, so other processes do not get bogged down during the copy process and a speed setting is also available, including pause. It supports Unix-style include/exclude wildcards filters.

 

Glary Utilities 5.128


Glary Utilities offers numerous powerful and easy-to-use system tools and utilities to fix, speed up, maintain and protect your PC. It allows you to clean common system junk files, as well as invalid registry entries and Internet traces. You can manage and delete browser add-ons, analyze disk space usage and find duplicate files. You can also view and manage installed shell extensions, encrypt your files from unauthorized access and use, split large files into smaller manageable files and then rejoin them. Furthermore, it includes the options to optimize memory, find, fix, or remove broken Windows shortcuts, manage the programs that start at Windows startup and uninstall software. Other features include secure file deletion, an Empty Folder finder and more.

FinalCrypt 5.6.0

Lock down your files with one of the most secure forms of cryptography.


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Today’s Software Picks: OpenOffice, Wireless Network Watcher, and Last Pass

Apache OpenOffice v4.1.7

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OpenOffice.org is is a multi-platform office productivity suite.

[UPDATE] Wireless Network Watcher v2.21

Wireless Network Watcher scans your wireless or small wired network and displays the list of all computers and devices that are currently connected to your network. For every computer or device that is connected to your network, IP & MAC addresses, the company that manufactured the network card and optionally the computer name are all listed.

LastPass 4.33

LastPass automatically fills in saved log-ins and forms with the click of a button. This handy Web freebie and browser plug-in also syncs your data to any computer that you use regularly.


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Today’s Software Picks: DriverMax, FastStone Capture, and Process Lasso

DriverMax 11.13

FastStone Capture 9.2

FastStone Capture is a powerful, flexible and intuitive screen capture utility. It allows you to capture anything on the screen including windows, objects, full screen, rectangle regions, freehand-selected regions and scrolling windows/web-pages. It has innovative features such as floating Capture Panel, hotkeys, resizing, cropping, text annotation, printing, emailing and many more.

Process Lasso (64-bit) v9.3.0.64

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Process Lasso”s ProBalance technology intelligently adjusts the priority of running programs so that badly behaved programs won”t interfere with your ability to use the computer.

TakeStock 2 – Completely FREE Full-Featured Investment Management Software For Windows

There are many online options to track investments; but, I happened upon to a FREE Windows-based software option that you may want to look at and consider. You can do a full install or can be downloaded as a portable app… — Thanks for visiting Rick @ What’s On My PC

Here is a description, screenshot, and features list to help you make an informed decision:

TakeStock 2, the world’s most popular completely free full-featured personal investment management software for Windows. TakeStock 2 is a from-the-ground-up rewrite of the original version first released in 2002, and is used by thousands of independent and professional investors worldwide to help make better informed investment decisions.

Features List:

  • Check the performance of your stocks, ETFs and mutual funds.
  • Track dividends, capital gain distributions, margin equity and cash flow.
  • View a security’s price chart, find historical prices and read company information.
  • Get price quotes (usually delayed by 15 minutes).
  • Be alerted when a security’s target buy or sell price is reached.
  • Easily identify short and long term gains for tax reporting purposes.

Source: TakeStock 2


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Unique and FREE Awesome Wallpaper Manager

I tested this wallpaper app (manager) and it works very well. When downloading, it will download as a zip file and is actually a portable app. Run the executable and the program will load in the system tray where if you double click on the program’s icon it will bring up the configuration settings. If you right mouse click on the program’s icon, you can set the program to autostart (each time you boot the computer). This wallpaper manager is unique in that you can display images, system information and play a video. System information feature looks really nice… Can also play a folder of images (gallery) with presets to rotate the images. — Rick @ What’s On My PC

AwesomeWallpaper is a free wallpaper app that can display images, a gallery, videos, or your system information. You can choose any single image as your wallpaper, or you can select a folder of images. With a folder of images, you can select the interval time, display time, autoplay, transparency, and alignment.

Reputable Download Source: MajorGeeks

Developer’s Web Site: Awesome Wallpaper


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Today’s FREE Downloads – A File Sync and Backup Utility, A Windows Updater, and A Popular Web Browser

[UPDATE] SyncFolders v3.4.527

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SyncFolders supports 3 synchronization modes – Copy, Backup (Mirror) and Two-Way Synchronization on an unlimited number of files and folders. Other features include preview, file comparison by date and size or by content, integration with Windows task scheduler, filters, connections from or to UNC paths, multiple rules in a single rules file, and deleted or overwritten files can be moved to the recycle bin or to a time-stamped history folder. It even can ignore one-hour time stamp differences caused by DST switch for synchronization to FAT file systems.

The program includes logging, command-line parameters and more. SyncFolders is multilingual and comes with a detailed help file.

 

WSUS Offline Update 11.8.1 

WSUS Offline Update allows you to safely and quickly update any computer running Microsoft Windows safely without an Internet connection.

 

Opera Web Browser 63.0.3368.88

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A fast Web browser with powerful features and a new, beautiful minimalistic design.

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Today’s Downloads – HWMonitor, Dashlane, and PingPlotter Free

[UPDATE] HWMonitor v1.41  

HWMonitor is a hardware monitoring program that reads PC systems main health sensors including:

  • CPU temperature, voltage, power consumption and utilization
  • Mainboard voltages, temperatures, fans speed
  • GPU voltage, temperature, utilization
  • HDD temperature

Dashlane 6.1935 

Identity Dashboard

Protect all your sensitive online data across desktop and mobile

PingPlotter Free 5.11.4  

PingPlotter will map the route from your computer to a target and calculates performance metrics that help determine the origin of network issues. It helps pinpoint network problems in an intuitive graphical way and continues monitoring connections long-term to identify issues. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 | Size: 15.2 MB ]

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NEW – Software Downloads Page (with hundreds of titles — updated daily)

Just did a revamping of the software Downloads Page…  The page consists of feeds from numerous reputable software and app sites that primarily specializes in FREE software. I am currently using this as my “go to” source to review software listings and to see what is new and/or has been updated. The list is very, very long…  If you hover your mouse pointer over a software title that interests you, a floating description will appear. 

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