Make It Snow On Your Computer Desktop… The Kids Will Love This!

If you have kids around, DesktopSnowOK will bring a big smile to their face as you work the magic. This utility is by the makers of SoftwareOK.com and is designed with one purpose in mind; to make it snow on your desktop with 5 to 2000 snowflakes. You can even control “how fast” it snows. If you get fed up with the snow, you can change the snow to other patterns such as leaves and baseballs.

Let it snow, let it snow on: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Server 2000, 2008, 2016, Windows XP, Ultimate, Pro, Enterprise, Home, Business, Edition, 64-bit & 32-bit edition. Very small portable app…

Add a little winter magic feeling on your Desktop!


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Downloads, News, Etc… Blue Messenger, TheSage, Earth Alerts and Facebook News

Most everyone does Facebook… Here is a web browser extension called Blue Messenger that gives you the smartphone version of Facebook in your browser. With built-in alerts, you will never miss a FB message or post again, with this extension. Appears Blue Messenger is available for Chrome, Opera and Firefox (with Edge coming soon).

If you are a writer or someone that struggles with words and their definitions, I highly recommend TheSage (a comprehensive dictionary and thesaurus). I know you can look up words on Google, but TheSage is even better in that it is right at your fingertips when working from your computer. There is a FREE version of TheSage and a version you can buy (with more features). I usually download the portable version of this software.

Last on the list today is Earth Alerts. This software application gives you the ability to monitor global activity occurring, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, and tropical cyclones (typhoons, hurricanes, tropical storms, tropical depressions and other disturbances). Like we need more disasters in our life…

Facebook sure has been in the news a lot lately and now I am seeing where they are rolling out their own curated “News” tab that will highlight news it believes is relevant to individual users — read more @ engadget


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A “Ready Made” Tech Toolbox for Computer Repair, Diagnostics and Malware Removal

If you are someone that works as a computer tech, an I.T. Manager; or, you are someone at home who helps family members and friends when computer problems arise, then you need to have the necessary tools to get the job done. Putting together these tools (and keeping them up-to-date) is time-consuming; and, if you are like me, as I continue to age, I often forget or don’t keep up on what is current.

This is where the “Windows Repair Toolbox” comes into play. This portable application is probably the best application put together that I have found that provides an interface that serves as a launcher and updater of just about every important portable diagnostic software and portable anti-malware software that you can find. Not only that, the “Windows Repair Toolbox” will help you keep these software applications up-to-date. If there is a portable software tool that you see that is not included, you can custom add it to the toolbox.

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For you folks at home, who possess that technical expertise in helping family and friends, do this: 

  • Download, unzip the program to a flash drive with at least 8GB of space. Make that flash drive your tech toolbox.
  • After downloading, open the toolbox and click on the buttons on the “Windows Repair Toolbox” of the apps you think you will most likely use (when assisting others). Be patient as each of these apps download and install to your flash drive.
  • After completing these tasks, I keep the drive plugged in. By doing this I occasionally will perform the updates so that I am ready to go; PLUS, it makes me become more knowledgeable of each of the current applications, making it sort of an educational experience, as well. Also, I periodically run some of the applications to scan my PC for malware and/or Windows problems.

Here at “What’s On My PC”, I rank the “Windows Repair Toolbox” as a top-notch application and have included it in the “Bookmarks4Techs” collection.


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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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Q-Dir – Best Alternative To The Windows File Manager

To this day, I cannot figure out why Microsoft does not have a multi-pane file manager baked into the OS.  This is why you will see Q-Dir frequently featured here at “What’s On My PC”. This Quad-Directory-Explorer makes your files and folders easy to manage, either installed or as a portable Windows program as an alternative to Microsoft’s file manager. Definitely one of my favorite “FREE” software applications…

Q-Dir

The Quad-Explorer for Windows 10!

Source: SoftwareOk.com – Q-Dir


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Display System Information On Your Desktop With Desktop Info

This post is more for those that are geeks at heart, manage test servers, or multiple PC’s in a network setting. This utility, called Desktop Info, is a portable app (just download, unzip and run), that allows you to display and monitor every kind of metric about a Windows-based system. You can actually configure this portable app to run as a screensaver. Instructions on doing that and other configuration options are included in a manual that is packaged in the zip file.

Desktop Info v1.91 screenshot 1 / 1

Once the Desktop Info is running you can kill it via the right click context menu or from Task Manager. Open the desktopinfo.ini file or select Configuration from the right click context menu and adjust each item in the items section to control visibility, refresh times, colors and other properties. The display updates itself automatically when you save the ini file. Desktop Info ships with a sample configuration file. The first time you run the application, the sample ini file will be copied to the working ini file. You are now free to modify it as needed using any text editor.

Source: Glenn’s Page – Desktop Info


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: 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: McAfee Stinger Portable, Icecream Screen Recorder, and WinToUSB

McAfee Stinger Portable 12.1.0.3302 (common virus remover)

A new version of McAfee Stinger Portable has been released. McAfee Stinger removes 6,000 common viruses and ‘fake alert’ malware on-demand. It is not a replacement for a full antivirus, but handy in many situations. It’s packaged in PortableApps.com Format so it can easily integrate with the PortableApps.com Platform. McAfee Stinger is freeware for business and personal use.

 

Icecream Screen Recorder 5.994 

Take a screenshot

Record, edit and share videos of your desktop

 

WinToUSB 5.0 

Windows To Go Creator

WinToUSB (also called Windows To USB) is the best free Windows To Go Creator that allows you to install and run Windows operating system on an external hard drive or USB flash drive, using an ISO/WIM/ESD/SWM/VHD/VHDX image file or CD/DVD drive as the…

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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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Today’s FREE Downloads – A Disk Cleanup Tool, A Memory Tester, and A PDF Editor

Cleanmgr+ 1.2.4.784 

Cleanmgr+ is a portable freeware app that builds upon the Microsoft Disk Clean-up Tool (Cleanmgr.exe) by adding additional features and deleting more junk than the Disk Clean-up Tool. Cleanmrg+ does an excellent job of recreating the classic Disk Clean-up tool feel and function with all its features easily allowing users to remove files that are no longer needed or that can be safely deleted. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 | Size: 173 KB ]

[UPDATE] MemTest v6.3 

MemTest tests the RAM on your system to evaluate your computer memory’s ability to store and retrieve data accurately. This is a useful test to run on a new computer, when you install new or additional RAM, or overclock your machine.

IceCream PDF Editor 1.30

IceCream PDF Editor is an all-in-one software for Windows PC which lets you edit PDF docs in many ways: edit text, manage pages, converting and more. Get access to all the tools and PDF editing modes you need with the help of smart tools panel.

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Today’s Downloads – Ultra Adware Killer, KCleaner Portable, and Black Menu for Google

Ultra Adware Killer 7.6.5.0

Ultra Adware Killer is a simple but powerful free adware remover for Windows. It removes browser toolbars, add-ons, plugins, unwanted search providers and hijacked homepages, and also potentially unwanted programs (PUP’s). It also allows resetting Chrome and Firefox preferences optionally. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: 9.98 MB ]

KCleaner Portable 3.6.4.103 (local PC cleaner)

 

KCleaner Portable is a local PC cleaner to clean caches, history, cookies, and more to recover disk space.. It’s packaged as a portable app so you download on the go and it’s in PortableApps.com Format so it can easily integrate with the PortableApps.com Platform. It’s freeware for personal and business use.

KCleaner is packaged for portable use with permission from the publisher.

Black Menu for Google (Firefox) 20.9.0  

Black Menu for Google is a free Firefox add-on that will enable you to access easily all the most commonly used Google services. Perfect for users wanting to search through pretty much all of Google’s capabilities with little fuss. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: 1.12 MB ]

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Download DSpeech v1.73 (freeware)

by Dimio – download @ Afterdawn

I use DSpeech to read back the text in my blog articles… It is one of those software applications where the developer has dedicated himself to constantly improving his work... Rick @ What’s On My PC.

DSpeech is a freeware text-to-speech program with functionality of ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition) integrated. It is able to to read aloud the written text and choose the sentences to be pronounced based upon the vocal answers of the user.

Source: Download DSpeech v1.73 (freeware) – AfterDawn: Software downloads


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Build A Complete Tech Toolbox With WSCC (aka Windows System Control Center)

by KLS SOFT

If you are a computer tech, WSCC is something that you may want to include in your arsenal of tech tools. WSCC supports the commandline utility tools from the Sysinternals Suite and NirSoft. I also noticed that other utilities can also be installed into the WSCC platform that are included in Windows and from a developer called MiTec. Digging deeper into the settings options it appears you can also install and add your own utilities.

From the WSCC platform, you can install, update, execute and organize these utilities effortlessly. In other words, WSCC is a launcher that will assist you in managing these utilities from one location, making it easy to find and launch the tool that you specifically need. The portable edition (which I recommend) does not require installation and can be run directly from a USB drive… — Rick @ What’s On My PC

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Artweaver Free v7.0.1 – FREE Image Editor

at The Portable Freeware Collection

Artweaver is an image editor that tries to simulate natural brush tools eg. chalk, charcoal, pencils. It supports common image formats such as BMP, GIF, JPEG, PCX, TGA, TIFF, PNG and PSD, in addition to its own format (AWD). Image editing functions includes selection, gradient, crop, fill, transparency, layers, effects (sharpen, blur, emboss, mosaic etc.).

Source: Artweaver Free – The Portable Freeware Collection


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Software Selection for 08/20/2019 – PeaZip Portable 6.9.0

PeaZip Portable 6.9.0

Download Source: FreewareFiles

Author: PeaZip.org

(Windows XP/2003/Vista/7/8/10 (32-Bit/64-Bit)

rar zip file browser explorer

PeaZip is free file archiver utility, based on Open Source technologies of 7-Zip, p7zip, FreeArc, PAQ, and PEA projects.

Cross-platform, full-featured but user-friendly alternative to WinRar, WinZip and similar general purpose archive manager applications, open and extract 180+ archive formats: 001, 7Z, ACE(*), ARC, ARJ, BZ2, CAB, DMG, GZ, ISO, LHA, PAQ, PEA, RAR, TAR, UDF, WIM, XZ, ZIP ZIPX – view full list of supported archive file formats for archiving and for extraction.


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Software Selection for 08/15/2019 – IsMyHdOK 1.84

IsMyHdOK 1.84

Source: SoftwareOK.com

(Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Server 2000-2016, XP, Vista, x64/x32/x86)

IsMyHdOK is a small program but effective solution to easily check the Performance of a Windows Volume eg. Partition!

Key Features in HD Test Tool

◆ Benchmark Suitable for SSD and HD and other drives
◆ Arbitrary Test Time:
◆ Quick Test (~ 15 sec)
◆ Short Test (~ 30 sec)
◆ Long test (~ 60 sec)
◆ Very long test (~ 4 min)
◆ Screenshot after the Benchmark

Calculate The HDD / SSD / SHDD / SC / USB Speed!


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Software Selection for 08/05/2019 – PicPick Portable 5.0.6 (screen capture, editor, color picker) Released

PicPick Portable 5.0.6 (screen capture, editor, color picker) Released

Source: PortableApps.com

A new version of PicPick Portable has been released. PicPick is an all-in-one program, primarily system tray-based, that provides a full-featured screen capture tool, an intuitive image editor, a color picker, a color palette, a pixel-ruler, a protractor, a crosshair and even a whiteboard. It’s packaged in PortableApps.com Format so it can easily integrate with the PortableApps.com Platform. PickPick Portable is freeware for personal use only.


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What’s On My PC – Software Selection for 07/28/2019

[UPDATE] Desktop Info v1.18.0

(Windows, Portable App)

Desktop Info displays system information on your desktop in a similar way to some other desktop information tools. Unlike others, this application looks like wallpaper but stays resident in memory and continues to update the display in real-time. Uses very little memory and nearly zero CPU. Perfect for quick identification and walk-by monitoring of production or test server farms. Everything is customizable including language.

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Portable (Minimalistic) Graphic Viewer and Editor

While checking out Windows-based software apps this morning, happened across a portable (minimalistic <1MB) graphics viewer and editor called “Tom’s Viewer” that you may want to consider (see features list below).

Features

  • Minimalistic design
  • Less than 1 MB
  • Single EXE file
  • Can be run in portable mode. No installation required
  • Can ready 200 image formats and save to 70 formats
  • Can screenshot Windows desktop, Youtube video or any website
  • Can convert any image into a Windows screensaver (.SCR)
  • REAL Freeware. Can be used for free for private AND commercial use
  • You can jump between different images in the folder by pressing LEFT or RIGHT ARROW. Or use PREV and NEXT options from the menu
  • Drag & drop images onto the program to open them instantly
  • Associate the program with various supported extensions so you can click on a file to open it in Tom’s Editor Desktop
  • Save images AS BMP, JPEG, PNG, GIF and PNM
  • Load images in 200 formats, eg.: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, DDS, PSD, PCX, TGA, ITHMB, PNM, KOA, MAC

Source: Tom’s Viewer

How To Scan Documents To PDF Using FastStone Image Viewer

I have written about FastStone Image Viewer here on the blog in the past and can attest that it is probably one of the best, if not the best, image viewer out there. As a matter of fact, it carries a 5 star CNet rating. I think if you use it you will find that it is more than just an image viewer

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 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).

For example, buried in Fastone Image Viewer is an option where you can scan documents and save them as PDF files. I personally use this all of the time to convert my paper documents to the digital PDF format.

To get to this feature, launch FastStone Image Viewer, click on the File menu, and select Acquire Image From Scanner.

FastStone - Scan to PDF

You will then be taken to the Acquire Image From Scanner workspace where you simply click on the scan button to begin your scans.

Typically, by default, this will launch your scanner software.  You can scan single documents or perform batch scans were you scan one document after another. When done, select save and select the PDF Format option.

FastStone - Scan To PDF

Also, on an added note, you can also save image files in FastStone Image Viewer to the PDF format, as well.  Very powerful image viewer utility that can either be installed or used as a portable app.

KeePass Password Safe

I highly recommend that you use a password manager to manage and store all of the passwords that you use. Typically, most folks use the same password for many sites and accounts and are careless in maintaining their passwords; often storing them in and around the computer. KeePass will assist you in generating strong passwords and will assist you in securely storing your passwords. Also, check further on their website for ported versions of KeePass to other operating system platforms, such as Android. KeePass is available as a full install or portable app.

KeePass is an open source password manager. Passwords can be stored in highly-encrypted databases, which can be unlocked with one master password or key file.

Source: KeePass Password Safe

Highly Recommend MiniTool Portable Partition Magic For Quick Disk And Partition Management

Highly recommend this software (MiniTool Portable Partition Magic); especially, the portable version to manage disks and partitions on your Windows PC. Typically, this type of software is something that most people do not need on a regular basis; thus, the reason I recommend the portable version. Simply download, unzip and run; when you need it.

As an example, I recently used this software to delete a partition and to extend the system partition to capture the space that was being used to store a Windows factory restore on an older HP laptop (that really no longer needed the restore files) that is now running Windows 10. In the end I gained 10GB of space and the computer runs more efficiently.


Free download portable partition software – MiniTool portable partition magic to manage disks and partitions on Windows PC.

Source: MiniTool Portable Partition Magic Brings Easier Disk/Partition Management

DSynchronize – Recommended Software To Backup Files On Your Computer

This is the software utility that I use to backup the files on my computer to an external drive. Once you set up the source and destination, you are good to go. Many options available (in plain sight) that makes this a great backup utility in preserving your files. DSynchronize is FREE and requires no installation.

DSynchronize – Periodically synchronize two or more folders locally or remotely.

Source: D-Software by Dimio

A FREE Document Scanning Solution That Is Easy

The document scanning software that is typically found associated with the scanners that you connect to your computer is not very user-friendly (difficult to navigate). WinScan2PDF may be the solution you are looking for where you simply select your scanner (the source), click on “Scan To PDF” and save the file to your computer.

WinScan2PDF is a very small and portable program that allows you to scan documents and save them on your computer as a PDF by using scanner!

Source: SoftwareOk.com – WinScan2PDF

Backup Your Gmail With MailStore Home

Here is a good Windows software option, called MailStore Home, that you can use to download and backup your Gmail. I can also see using this to archive a Gmail account that is getting full.

 

MailStore Home is a free email archiving and email backup software for personal use.

With MailStore Home you can backup all emails in a central archive, even if they are distributed across different computers, programs or mailboxes. You can do this either on your PC or on a USB drive as a “portable” option.

Source: MailStore Home – Free Email Archiving and Backup for Home Users

Destroy Adware (and its’ friends) With AdwCleaner

AdwCleaner is one of those programs that I keep on my computer, that is engineered to target (and remove) adware, spyware, potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), and browser hijackers. If you download this program, you will have to manually run it in order for it to work its’ magic. There is no install involved (simply download and run). I typically download it and run it at least every couple of weeks. I have had great success with this program over the years and highly recommend it to help keep your computer in a healthy state.

Source: Malwarebytes – AdwCleaner

Multi-Launcher And Folder Switcher For Windows

Quick Access Popup may be of interest to you if you are into increasing your productivity and like program launchers or an easier way to toggle between folders. This program, available as a full install or portable app, allows you to customize a popup menu to fit your own specific needs or you can stick with the folders already baked into the program. Below is a screenshot to give you and idea what the program is about and the ways it can be launched.  I especially am in favor of the portable version that I can take with me from PC to PC. You can explore Quick Access Popup more by clicking on the source link below.

SOURCE: Quick Access Popup

 

PingInfoView – Ping to multiple host names/IP addresses

One way to test the reachability of a host on the internet is to “ping” the IP address of the host or the hostname (i.e. http://www.google.com). When you perform a ping, it measures the round-trip time for the message to be echoed back to your computer.

A nice little utility, with a GUI, is PingInfoView by NirSoft. PingInfoView is a small utility that allows you to easily ping multiple host names and IP addresses, and watch the result in one table. It automatically pings to all hosts every number of seconds that you specify, and displays the number of successful and failed pings, as well as the average ping time. You can also save the ping result into text/html/xml file, or copy it to the clipboard.

Source: PingInfoView – Ping to multiple host names/IP addresses

BleachBit Portable 2.0 (disk, cache, history cleaner) Recently Released

Cleaning utilities, such as BleachBit, are great in freeing disk space, removing junk files, erasing your cache, deleting cookies and clearing your internet history. This all goes toward protecting your privacy.

BleachBit wipes clean 90 applications including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Adobe Flash, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari, and more. Beyond simply deleting files, BleachBit includes advanced features such as shredding files to prevent recovery, wiping free disk space to hide traces of files deleted by other applications, and vacuuming Firefox to make it faster. Better than free, BleachBit is open source.

It’s packaged in PortableApps.com Format so it can easily integrate with the PortableApps.com Platform. And it’s open source and completely free.

Source: BleachBit Portable 2.0 (disk, cache, history cleaner) Released | PortableApps.com – Portable software for USB, portable and cloud drives

Jan 23, 2018 AnyBurn v4.0 Released

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…

Screenshot

Main Features:

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.

SOURCE: AnyBurn

 

TraceRouteOK | FREE GUI Interface For the Trace Route Command

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.

Features:
– Very small program
– Variable host name query time
– Selectable timeout for pings
– Very fast data route query
– Portable
– Multilingual

SOURCE: SoftwareOK.com -TraceRouteOK

DesktopOK – a powerful tool that can store up to 32 different desktop icon layouts

If you are someone that has the tendency to load your desktop up with icons, then DesktopOK may be of interest to you. First off, I can tell you this little program has been around for awhile and progressively keeps improving in helping you manage the icons on your desktop. In a nutshell, it is a powerful tool that can store up to 32 different desktop layouts.

Features:
► Save your favorite icon locations for each screen resolution.
► Easily minimize all of the windows on your screen
► Launch at Windows startup.
► Each user can then have his own arrangement.
► Portable Windows app.
► Autosave the Desktop Icon Layout
► Change Language
► Maximize the number of windows desktop icon
► Change Windows Desktop Icon Size
► Minimises to tray area for easy access.
► Multilingual
► Automatically hide and display desktop icons


SOURCE: SoftwareOK – DesktopOK

Computech Windows Tweaker 1.0.0.0

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 1.0.0.0

If you are experiencing network or internet connectivity issues, try this program…

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

Turn Your Windows 10 Updates On and Off With The “Windows 10 Update Switch”

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

Glary Utilities 5 – System Optimization and Maintenance Tool Featuring Over 20 tools to maximize your Computer’s performance

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

Windows Repair Toolbox (freeware) – Helps you repair a Windows system, by making the process faster, easier and uniform…

When you diagnose or repair a computer problem there are specific software tools that are readily available to help resolve those specific issues. Most techs will carry with them software tools on a stick (flash drive) to test, diagnose, fix, resolve malware issues, recover data, etc… You have to be knowledgeable of what software tools to download and where to download them from. This can be a problem when you are not familiar with these tools.

A solution that has really helped me is the Windows Repair Toolbox. The Windows Repair Toolbox is free software that has been set up to help you gather up (download) the software that you need and then serves as a dashboard to launch the software. For example, I am not in the business anymore of helping people with their PC’s at home; however, when Mom called with a malware infection, I used the Windows Repair Toolbox to download the software that I needed in order to resolve the problem.  I cannot say enough about how valuable this software is. As a matter of fact, I keep a copy of this software on each of my computers to perform regular maintenance…

The tools are categorized by their function, and the program will automatically download the correct version for the Windows edition in which you’re working. When you finish, simply uninstall the tool, and all downloaded software is also removed. Or you can choose the portable version of Windows Repair Toolbox, and just run it from a pen drive.

– Ability to select several tools to run successively in unattended mode, in order to perform malware removal, system cleaning and repair, and disk defragmentation. A email letting you know that the automatic repair is complete, and containing the logs, can be sent to you.

– Displays relevant information about the computer to be repaired: CPU temperature, name and % time; amount of RAM installed on the system and % of use; Disk model, capacity, rotation, SATA version, basic health check; amount of free space left in the system partition; Windows edition and install date; System boot time; and more.


SOURCE: Windows Repair Toolbox

Any Burn – My Favorite Burning Software Just Got Better

Noticed this morning a version upgrade to Any Burn Portable at FreewareFiles. Followed up by checking the official site. Any Burn is my favorite burning software due to its’ simplicity and the fact that there is a portable version that I can carry on my flash drive.

AnyBurn is a light weight but professional CD / DVD / Blu-ray burning software that everyone must have. It provides a free and complete solution for burning and disc imaging.

Features:

  • Portable, no installation needed.
  • Burn image file, directories and files
  • Convert CD / DVD / Blu-ray to ISO or BIN/CUE images
  • Erase rewritable disc
  • Burn Audio CD from mp3/ape/flac…
  • sector by sector copy function

SOURCE: Any Burn

Snipaste – A FREE, Customizable, and Portable Screen Capture Program

I love screen capture programs and I can tell you that Snipaste is a keeper. Simply download either the 32bit or 64bit version, unzip the file, start the application and press F1 to start snipping. You can also press F3 to paste whatever it is you snipped into its’ own floating Windows. Due that this program is a little different than what I was accustomed to when it comes to screen capture utilities, there was a short learning curve involved. Once I conquered that, I was very impressed with Snipaste (especially, its’ on-the-fly editor) and see where it will increase my productivity; especially, when using images in my blog posts.

Due this program was a little different than what I was accustomed to when it comes to screen capture utilities, there was a short learning curve involved. Once I conquered that, I was very impressed with Snipaste (especially, its’ on-the-fly editor) and see where it will increase my productivity; especially, when using images in my blog posts.

Snipaste is an easy screen capture and image edition program, with the ability to detect windows and menus and supporting pixel-level control. Both captured images and various clipboard content can be pasted as a floating window to the desktop. Windows can be moved, organized into groups, saved to file, as well as basic editions like rotation, zoom, translucence etc.

The program can grab colors, supports themes and includes multi-screen support. The default keys (which can be customized) are F1 for Snip and F3 for Paste.


SOURCE: Snipaste

Windows Repair Toolbox – Best FREE Portable Software To Help Diagnose And Solve Windows Computer Problems

There are many good (FREE) software utilities out there to help fix specific problems with your Windows computer; however, you need to know where to find them.

The Windows Repair Toolbox solves that problem by giving you a dashboard menu of choices to perform malware removal, system cleaning and repair, and disk defragmentation. These tools can be run successively in an unattended mode; and, when done, will send you an email (with log results) to let you know that the automatic repair is complete. You can even add your own software utilities to the Windows Repair Toolbox; however, from what I see that is included, they are some of the best out there.

I do have to advise you, that when you use tools to diagnose Windows problems, you are doing so at your own risk; however, when your back is against the wall and you have run out of solutions, Windows Repair Toolbox may be that shot in the dark you were looking for. Windows Repair Toolbox is available as a portable app, which makes it nice for those who run around helping others with their computer problems.

Features:

  • Download and run “on-the-fly” the best free portable software when it comes to diagnose and solve several kinds of Windows problems. The tools are categorized by their function, and the program will automatically download the correct version for the Windows edition in which you’re working. When you finish, simply uninstall the tool, and all downloaded software is also removed. Or you can choose the portable version of Windows Repair Toolbox, and just run it from a pen drive.
  • Ability to select several tools to run successively in unattended mode, in order to perform malware removal, system cleaning and repair, and disk defragmentation. A email letting you know that the automatic repair is complete, and containing the logs, can be sent to you.
  • Displays relevant information about the computer to be repaired: CPU temperature, name and % time; amount of RAM installed on the system and % of use; Disk model, capacity, rotation, SATA version, basic health check; amount of free space left in the system partition; Windows edition and install date; System boot time; boot environment.
  • Allows you to add your own favorite tools to the program;
  • Allows you change the program icon and title bar text;
  • Allows you to perform quality assurance tests after the repair is complete;
  • Allows you to save notes about the repair process;
  • Provides 1-click access to some useful Windows tools;

SOURCE: Windows Repair Toolbox 

Use WizTree To Find The Files And Folders Using The Most Space On Your Hard Drive

Is your computer running slower due to low disk space? If so, run the portable version of WizTree to determine where the space hogs are located. Just be careful in what you end up deleting.

I am quite impressed with WizTree in the fact that it includes a visual treemap that allows you to spot large files and large collections of smaller files at a glance.

  • Finds the files and folders using the most space on your hard drive
  • VERY Fast! WizTree reads the master file table (MFT) directly from NTFS formatted hard drives (similar to the way Everything Search Engine works)
  • Visual Treemap allows you to spot large files and large collections of smaller files at a glance
  • Finds the largest files on your hard drive. Every single file on your hard drive can be sorted in order of size.
  • File Name Search – quickly locate files by name or wildcard match
  • Sort the contents of your entire hard drive by folder size and optionally delete files and folders
  • Scan ALL hard drive file system types (NTFS, FAT, FAT32, network, etc) and/or individual folders

SOURCE: Antibody Software – WizTree

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