January 23, 2018
AnyBurn is a FREE CD/DVD/Blu-ray burning and imaging software is very easy to use; especially, for those who never burned CDs or DVDs. It is pretty much self-explanatory, very small in install size and is available as a portable app (for the tech toolbox). There is also an online tutorial to get you started (click here). A new version of AnyBurn was just released…
Burn all CD / DVD / Blu-ray disc image files.
Backup or add files and folders to CD, DVD, or Bluray disc
Burn Audio CD which can be played in regular CD player from mp3, m4a, ape, flac, wma files…
Rip Audio CD to MP3, FLAC, APE, WMA, WAV files.
Copy disc using sector by sector method.
Create image files from hard disk files or CD / DVD / BD discs.
Convert disc image files between various formats.
Create bootable USB drive for Windows 7, 8, 10, or Linux
Support both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows.
January 22, 2018
This blog post is for the people out there that carry a tech toolbox. If you are one of those people, then I am sure you are familiar with the Windows trace route command (tracert). The traceroute command is a computer network diagnostic tool for displaying the route (path) and measuring transit delays of packets across an Internet Protocol (IP) network.
To further enhance the use of this command I came across a FREE utility called TraceRouteOK that provides an easy to use GUI. To make TraceRouteOK portable, you will need to create in the TraceRouteOK working directory a file named TraceRouteOK.ini … Notepad can be used to create this file.
– Very small program
– Variable host name query time
– Selectable timeout for pings
– Very fast data route query
SOURCE: SoftwareOK.com -TraceRouteOK
December 13, 2017
If you are a computer tech, this utility (called Computech Windows Tweaker) may be of interest to you. Based on what I am seeing at the Major Geeks software download site, Computech Windows Tweaker is described as a “niche utility for anyone looking to hide or show drives, disable the Firewall, USB storage, UAC, Remote RPC, Security Center, Offline Files, and Action Center temporarily. It might also be able to re-enable these, especially after a virus or malware infection”. It appears (based on the version number) it is a relatively new app; which means, this will only get better as the development progresses. Also, I downloaded and found that this is a portable app.
SOURCE: Major Geeks – Computech Windows Tweaker 188.8.131.52
November 28, 2017
Here is a portable program for the tech toolbox (or can be installed), called “Complete Internet Repair” that may be able to help you if you are experiencing any of the problems reflected below that is related to network and/or internet connectivity issues:
- Internet or network problem after removing adware, spyware, virus, worm, Trojan horse, etc.
- Loss network connection after installing/uninstalling VPN, firewall or other networking programs.
- Unable to access any website or can only access some websites.
- Pop-up error window with network related problem description.
- No network connectivity due to registry errors.
- DNS lookup problem.
- Fail to renew the network adapter’s IP address or other DHCP errors.
- Network connectivity issue with limited or no connections message.
- Windows update does not work.
- You are having problems connecting to secured websites (ex. Banking).
- Internet Explorer stopped working or crashes all the time.
- Sticky proxy server settings.
- A few other internet errors, but we will not discuss all here.
SOURCE: Rizonesoft – Complete Internet Repair
November 24, 2017
Currently, Windows 10 does not offer up an option to turn Windows Updates “on” and “off”. This is where the “Windows 10 Update Switch” can help. It is a third party software option that allows you to toggle the Windows 10 Updates “on” and “off”. This software is especially helpful when you are on a limited broadband connection, such as satellite broadband; where you are allotted a certain amount of data per month. The “Windows 10 Update Switch” not only allows you to turn the updates “on or off”; it also allows you to set the computer to a metered connection where the updates are delayed and prevents Windows from gobbling up bandwidth. The metered connection, from a security standpoint, is probably your best bet…
Windows 10 Updates Switch is a FREE utility and is available as a portable app (for your tech toolbox)…
SOURCE: Rizonesoft – Windows 10 Update Switch
November 6, 2017
I have featured Glary Utilities on the blog in the past and thought I would do a re-visit to see where the program is at this time. Glary Utilities has been around for a long time and I have installed/uninstalled it many times over the years. Today, after looking at an interface that is new to me, I decided to re-install Glary Utilities and use it as my main system optimization and maintenance tool. One important thing I like about this utility is that you can download it as a portable app and keep it on your flash drive (tech toolbox). There is a FREE version of this software, as well as a professional (paid) version.
The interface of Glary Utilities is super easy to navigate (with one click functionality) with options to perform maintenance options automatically. The program includes over twenty system utilities (such as a Registry Cleaner, Spyware Remover, Startup Manager and Shortcuts Fixer) and features a “Windows Boot Time Monitor” that will tell you how fast your computer starts up. This time is then compared with other Windows users. This is useful in determining if there is something causing your computer to lag at boot up.
Glary Utilities, according to their site, is compatible with all versions of Windows.
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SOURCE: GlarySoft – Glary Utilities 5