Today’s Software Downloads @ What’s On My PC

November 12, 2019


Today’s Software Downloads:

Keep your PC safe from malware (Avira); a powerful virus and malware scanner (Emsisoft Emergency Kit Portable) and remover with an easy to use GUI; AND, an easy and comfortable way (Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool) to download genuine Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 disk images (ISO) directly from Microsoft’s servers, as well as Office 2010, Office 2013, Office 2016, Office 2019, Expression Studio and Office for Mac.

Windows ISO Downloader

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November 10, 2019


Today’s Software Downloads:

A secure and reliable (SmartFTP) client for FTP, FTPS, SFTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, Backblaze B2, Google Drive, OneDrive, and SSH Terminal; a tool for converting video (Handbrake) from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs; AND, connect to the closest Earth Networks, NWS, and CWOP weather stations to deliver the most accurate and up-to-date weather information (Weather Watcher).

Weather Watcher

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November 9, 2019


Today’s Software Downloads:

A free-floating form (SlickRun) to make access easy no matter what you are doing and where you are doing it; A new browser (Vivaldi) from a team lead by Jon S. von Tetzchner, the co-founder of Opera; AND, a FREE Chrome extension (Black Menu) that enables you to easily access all the most commonly used Google services…

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Zoho Notebook – A FREE Alternative to Microsoft OneNote, Evernote, and Google Keep

Some years back I can remember exploring a note-keeping application called Zoho Notebook, that was in its’ infancy. Recently I revisited Zoho Notebook and boy was I in for a surprise. This application rocks and I am now committing myself to moving all of my note-keeping data from other platforms where I have data stored (i.e. Microsoft OneNote, Evernote and Google Keep). The reason for my decision is that Zoho does what all of the other applications do, but better (in my opinion).  Zoho Notebook works on nearly all OS platforms and devices out there.

Below is a verbatim (best description) I could find on Zoho Notebook. You can judge for yourself.

  • Take notes, add files, create checklists, sketches, record audio, and capture moments. All your notes are instantly synced across your devices and to the cloud.
  • The simple, intimate joy of Notebook comes from using the app. We’ve been meticulous in our design, paying attention to every detail. Notebook is 100% free and ad-free.

TAKE NOTES

Notebook provides different ways to take notes and capture your thoughts.

– Write notes. Start with text, add images and sketches, checklists or audio, all in the same note.
– Add PDFs, word documents, spreadsheets, and more with the dedicated file note card.
– Create and mark checklists to get stuff done with the dedicated checklist note card.
– Record ideas, meetings, and lectures with the audio note card.
– Capture moments using the dedicated photo note card.
– Sketch ideas and take hand written notes using your finger with the sketch note card.

SMART CARDS

Content added to Notebook gets intelligently formatted into beautiful, distinct cards.

– Recipe Card automatically pulls the recipe photo and description, creates a checklist for ingredients, and provides step-by-step cooking instructions. See zoho.com/notebook for supported sites.
– Video Card automatically pulls video preview and, once opened, plays in a distraction-free space. Works for YouTube and Vimeo.
– Link Card pulls headline or page title, along with the main image, creating a beautiful note card.

ORGANIZE NOTES

– You can organize various notes into notebooks.
– Notes can be grouped together.
– You can reorder your notes within a notebook.
– Move or copy note cards between notebooks.

SYNC

– Synchronize all your notes and notebooks across devices and to the cloud.
– Take a note on one device, add to it from another.

CUSTOMIZE

– Change the color of your note cards.
– Choose a notebook cover or create your own.

SECURE NOTES

– Lock individual notebooks and notes

FIND NOTES

– Search your notes within a notebook or across notebooks.

SHARE

– Share your notes through email and other options.

Source: Zoho Notebook

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FREE Security and Privacy Software for Google Chrome

Google Chrome is an excellent browser (PRO); but, at the same time, it is a data collection software apparatus that reveals a lot about you (CON) through your browsing history (and other means). Google Chrome is also key when it comes to owning a Chromebook where the operating system is Google Chrome. What I have found that people do not understand all of this and do not know you can go into the settings in Google Chrome to clean out the history, cookies, etc… that are the tidbits of information that reveals where you have been on the internet. Going through these steps to clear out this data can also be a pain, even for the seasoned user.

The solution that I use, on my Windows computer and my Chromebook, to protect my privacy (and recommend) is a Chrome browser extension called “History Eraser“. Once installed, you simply click on the eraser icon, on the toolbar, then click on “Run Eraser”. It doesn’t get any easier than that and I can guarantee you will see a performance boost, especially if you have not done any browser cleaning in a very long time or at all. I usually run this following each browser session.

There are other settings in “History Eraser” to look at, as well. For example, I placed a “checkmark” next to “Close All Tabs Before Cleaning” to reduce the memory load and to ensure the cleaning process is accurately performed. You will also see “Easy-Medium-Hard” buttons at the bottom of the window. My advice for folks at home is to leave it at the default settings and you will be good to go. The more advanced buttons are more technical in nature and may only get you into trouble.

If you look at the screenshot above you will see that “History Eraser” (by the default settings), cleans out many items and will do it safely. I have been using this software (browser extension) for a very long time and it has worked well for me.

Source: HotCleaner – History Eraser

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Today’s Tech News Briefs, Downloads, Deals, etc…

November 4, 2019 @ What’s On My PC

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Today’s Tech News Briefs:

Google “UPSIZES” the city landmark icons on Google Maps; Read how facial recognition technology could  cause a scenario where we achieve an almost-accidental surveillance state; Why did Google buy Fitbit? Here’s 5 reasons why; Top 10 pirated movies for this week; You can now do “Photoshop” on the iPad; AND, Scammers trying to fool Office 365 users into giving up their log in information.

Today’s Downloads:

A small utility (PingInfoView) that allows you to easily ping multiple hostnames and IP addresses, and watch the result in one table; A portable application (Farbar) designed to run on Windows XP, Windows Vista, & Windows 7/8/10 in normal or safe mode to diagnose malware issues; AND, Preserve your family history for generations to come with this FREE (My Family Tree) Windows software.

Today’s Amazon Deals:

A brightly backlit “wireless and rechargeable” keyboard with illuminated characters for easy typing by a prominent keyboard maker (Logitech)…

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Get this  (SimpliSafe) 9 Piece Wireless Home Security System w/HD Camera – Optional 24/7 Professional Monitoring (no contract) at a “get it now” price…

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Today’s Tech News Briefs:

Microsoft Edge is getting a new logo; How to pin a tab in Google Chrome; The best “phablets” (smartphones over 6.3″); Will my phone change for Daylight Saving Time automatically?; A new version of Monopoly for Android and iOS was announced last month, and now you can pre-register for it on the Play Store; Alarming and chilling takeaway that savvy social media users outside the U.S. are gaming President Donald Trump’s Twitter habits; AND, Two Great FREE Streaming Services Compared…

Today’s Downloads:

An Open Source utility (Simplenote) that allows you to sync your essential notes on all your devices automatically; A mildly customizable text to speech application (Balbooka) that is capable of utilizing all the installed computer voices on your PC; AND, A cutting-edge extension (LASER CAT) for the popular Firefox or Chrome web browser software.

Today’s Amazon Deals:

ON SALE NOW – How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray + Blu-ray + Digital) for $13

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World [Blu-ray]

GREAT RATINGS and ON-SALE NOW – Heat Press Machine For T Shirts and HTV Vinyl Projects

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Today’s Tech News Briefs, Downloads, Deals, etc… November 2, 2019 @ What’s On My PC

Today’s Tech News Briefs: Check out “why” the popularity of Chromebooks have dramatically increased; Learn how a NEW Russian “Internet Sovereign Law” will ultimately provide a path to internet disconnect in Russia; A company in Wisconsin is recalling its’ ground beef because the beef may contain metal; Google confirmed Friday it had agreed to purchase the fitness tracker company Fitbit for $2.1 billion; Here are the winners out of 18 coolers as tested by c|net; Tubi TV adds NEW movie titles to its library for the month; AND, Microsoft plans to migrate the MSDN and TechNet databases to a new website called Microsoft Q&A.

Today’s Downloads: A simple yet beautiful Windows desktop clock; FREE and reliable P2P Bittorrent client; AND, Looking for a powerful and free alternative to Microsoft Office? This is it.

Today’s Amazon Deals:

High Customer Reviews on these LED, 800 Lumens, Dusk-to-Dawn A19 Frosted Light Bulbs

The ULTIMATE (reasonably priced) Reclining Gaming Computer Desk Chair with Adjustable Massage Lumbar Pillow and Footrest

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Today’s Tech News Briefs, Downloads, Deals, etc… November 1, 2019 @ What’s On My PC

Today’s Tech News Briefs: A new edition to Pluto TV in time for Christmas is coming; Google is restoring a tab management tool they removed after people got p*ssed; Motorola may be setting the stage to update a popular clamshell phone to a NEW foldable-screen phone; Google is rolling out “incognito mode” in its’ Android mapping app; It is “Black Friday” already at Dell…

Today’s Downloads include: A FREE web browser from the founders of the original Opera Web Browser; AND, a software option to perform screen recordings.

Today’s Tech Deals include:

Save some big bucks on this Acer Chromebook

Good Consumer Ratings on this
Solar Powered Motion Sensor Light

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Today’s Downloads, News, Deals, etc… October 31, 2019 @ What’s On My PC

Today’s Downloads, News, Deals, etc… is a new experiment here at “What’s On My PC”… Not sure how long this experiment will last but will depend on if visitors like the format or not.

Ok, now that we have that out of the way, today’s findings are a browser guard you may want to consider installing; an open source super fast file copying program; 2019’s worse cybersecurity threats; Chromebooks are becoming more popular; a very unique all-in-one  lamp, bluetooth speaker and wireless charger; a Microsoft Excel tip; and, with Christmas around the corner, a small utility to make it snow on your computer’s desktop.

Malwarebytes Browser Guard for Chrome is a free extension designed to bring the protection of Malwarebytes direct to your browser. It is designed to provide you with a safe and fast browsing experience blocking malicious websites while filtering out unwanted content potentially giving you webpage load times up to 3x faster. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 | Size: 14.7 MB ]

An Open Source file management utility designed for fast copying, moving, and transferring of files/folders.

2019’s worst cybersecurity threats and the fact that consumers and businesses alike need to take cybersecurity education more seriously.

In 2019 alone, we’ve seen nearly fifty Chrome devices hit the market and a ton more on the way in the coming months. Compare that to just over one hundred models in the span of seven years between 2011 and 2018. That’s some serious growth.

Coupon savings of $20 on this very unique Masdio by Ampulla Bedside Lamp with Bluetooth Speaker and Wireless Charger

Microsoft Excel – Make your worksheets look more compact and focused by hiding unwanted columns or rows. Hidden rows/columns still work in calculations, they can be referenced in formulas etc. It’s pretty straightforward.

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.

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Today’s Downloads, News, Deals, etc… October 30, 2019 @ What’s On My PC

A “sample” of today’s roundup includes the World Series stats, thus far; some Google news; how to go “incognito”; the best value 4K TV; an open-source disk cloning program; and, MORE…

We are going to game 7 of the World Series (Nationals and Astros). It has been an exciting series so far. If you have missed the previous games, here are the stats.

Google is putting one of the final nails in Adobe Flash’s coffin. The company announced it will stop indexing pages that use Flash, as well as standalone “.swf” animation files. That means about three percent of all websites (or eight percent of the top 1000) will become less discoverable by the end of the year, while almost everyone else has already migrated to more modern web technologies.

This year’s Halloween Google Doodle is a real hoot, especially if you like animals. Google’s annual tradition continues with another fun, festive, and interactive homepage doodle just in time for Oct. 31. But this year, Google got some guidance from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Here’s how to go “incognito” in Google Chrome…

Check out this very reasonably priced, portable and collapsible Nulaxy Adjustable Phone and Table Stand

Whether you’re concerned about home intruders or just need to spy on your dog, these cameras can stream a live video feed straight to your smartphone.

Head over to Newegg if you want to grab the cheapest and probably one of the best value-for-money 4K monitors (that doubles as TV) in the market today, with an incredible price of only $189.99.

HomeGuard is an advanced parental control and activity monitoring tool for family and child safety online and offline. Once installed HomeGuard will silently and automatically block all pornographic and inappropriate content online and record detailed website activity including time of visit and time spent on each website.

An Open Source partition, disk imaging and cloning program similar to True Image or Norton Ghost.

Free disc burning tool which can cater for all your CD and DVD creation needs

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Today’s Downloads, News, Deals, etc… October 29, 2019 @ What’s On My PC

A good round-up of news and downloads today… Starting with, Facebook’s announcement of their preventative health tool; to Apple’s warning to iPhone 5 users; to a computer cleanup tool that is new to me here at What’s On My PC; to bluetooth wireless earbuds with a very high customer review rating; PLUS, a lot more.

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Facebook’s Preventative Health tool will offer health resources and checkup reminders to its users.

Roku Streaming Stick vs. Amazon Fire Stick vs. Chromecast vs. Apple TV, and more. Which streaming device is best for cord cutters? Our buying guide will help you pick the right accessories for your TV.

Apple warns iPhone 5 owners to update devices before November 3. After that date, over-the-air updates won’t work.

The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. ‘The Lion King’ tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw’. ‘Spider-Man: Far from Home’ completes the top three.

Coupon Savings TOZO T10 Bluetooth 5.0 Wireless Earbuds with 【Wireless Charging Case】 IPX8 Waterproof TWS Stereo Headphones in-Ear Built-in Mic Headset Premium Sound with Deep Bass for Sport… Very high customer review ratings…

Learn five best practices for storing and naming files and folders in Google Drive.

Amazon is turning up the heat once again in the world of groceries, and specifically grocery delivery, to make its service more enticing in face of competition from Walmart, as well as a host of delivery companies like Postmates. Today, the company announced that it would make Amazon Fresh — the fresh food delivery service it now offers in some 2,000 cities in the US and elsewhere — free to use for Prime members, removing the $14.99/month fee that it was charging for the service up to now.

Clean Space can remove unneeded files that waste space on your drive as well as protect your privacy by making the deleted files unrecoverable. A good choice to safely clean and shred your computer of junk files without spending hours trying to navigate a cluttered interface or going through tons of options and settings. Sometimes simpler is better. [License: Freemium | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: 14.2 MB ]

Notepad replacement that is well designed for editing code

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Today’s Downloads, News, Deals, etc… October 28, 2019 @ What’s On My PC

Today’s roundup includes everything from new doorbells; tips on keeping your puppy safe; how Windows update is affecting the “Start Menu”; a FREE password manager; a $100 savings on a robot vacuum; and MORE…

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Searching for a new doorbell? Start here.

Most dogs love going for rides, but the fur and the claws and the slobber can do a number on your interior. Here are a few tips and products for keeping your car clean and your puppy safe.

In observance of National First Responders Day, T-Mobile announced a new discounted plan for first responders that takes 50% off family lines.

Halloween is right around the corner, and Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and other streaming services are happy to serve up some of the best scary movies around.

The latest iPhone models ship with a gesture-based navigation system, and President Donald Trump isn’t too thrilled about that.

Doxing, or collecting and spreading private information about a user online, is a form of cyber harassment, stalking, and even a potential threat to physical safety. Here’s what you can do to protect yourself against it.

Samsung Electronics has hit upon a new technology through internal research which will make it possible for smartphones below the premium segments to sport RAMs higher than 10GB.

Doing more with less, Bose challenges the Sonos Move and almost prevails.

Coupon Deal – Save up to $100.00 on the LEFANT M520B Robotic Vacuum

The Start menu is at the heart of Windows 10, so any problems with it have serious repercussions. Included in Microsoft’s recent batch of bug-riddled updates, however, there have been two — KB4515384 and KB4524147 — which have broken the Start menu in various ways.

When two or more people have access to content in Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides, these four practices may help make collaboration proceed smoothly.

Free password manager to securely store all your account information, passwords, and also open/edit KeePass database files.

A free remote computer access tool.

FREE Software that scans the Windows Registry for Windows product keys and other serial numbers and licenses.

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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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Today’s Downloads, News, etc… that include Pixlr X, Black Menu for Google, Q-Dir and News About A Major Data Breach

Today is a good day to start you out on a good (FREE) online photo and graphic editor called Pixlr X. The previous version of Pixlr required “Flash” and it appears Pixlr X is coded in WebGL. I have tried them all and what I do like about Pixlr X is that it is FREE and is relatively easy to use. I often use Pixlr when drafting posts here on the blog where images are involved.

There are many applications you will see me post over and over, that are that good and are updated frequently (to make them better). Black Menu for Google is an example of that. Black Menu for Google is a Browser extension that takes all the best apps and services of Google and combines them into one single, convenient experience that’s always just a click away. This extension, I have installed on all my PC’s makes it easy to go to all the Google services that I use without having to go to each site individually.

Q-Dir is another app you will see me push to you. I cannot say enough about how good this quad directory explorer is. I typically, instead of using the quad panel, drop it down to a dual-panel view. I just realized recently that you can also use tabs in this directory manager, as well. I use this directory manager instead of the file explorer built into Windows.

I am beginning to believe, really believe, that our online presence is a real risk… The personal data of nearly 7.5 million Adobe Creative Cloud users was exposed earlier this month when an unsecured database was discovered online. The database, which could be accessed by anyone without the need for a username or password, included information such as email addresses, member IDs and payment status. People accessing the database were also able to see which Adobe products were used by individuals, the country they live in, and whether they are Adobe employees. See also: Adobe issues patches to fix scores of bugs in Adobe Acrobat and Reader, plus other software US sanctions force Adobe to… [Continue Reading]

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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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Today’s Software Picks: BlueStacks App Player, Malwarebytes AdwCleaner, and LibreOffice Portable

There are several Windows-based software applications that will allow you to run Android apps on your computer. One such software application, that was recently updated, is the BlueStacks App Player. Many people use this application as an Android gaming platform on their PC; but, I have found it will run many other Android apps, as well.

Have you ever experienced one of those scam popups on your computer that tells you your computer is infected and to call a phone number for assistance? If so, Malwarebytes AdwCleaner may be the solution in removing the issue from your computer. AdwCleaner is a compact and portable tool which can help you to remove toolbars, adware and similar browser-based pests.

Noticed that the “Portable Version” of LibreOffice was recently updated. This application as described on the site, “is a full-featured portable version of LibreOffice for Windows – including a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation tool, drawing package and database – packaged as a portable app, so you can take all your documents and everything you need to work with them wherever you go”.  Great compatibility with Microsoft Office…

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Daily Deal: ON SALE NOW – NEW Norton 360 Deluxe – Antivirus software for 3 Devices with Auto Renewal

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Today’s Software Picks: TeamViewer, Microsoft Edge (Canary Chromium Edition) and Firefox

The first selection today I point you to “The Portable Freeware” web site to download TeamViewer. This is a good selection if you need to remote into a PC to assist Mom and Dad (or others). TeamViewer is a well-seasoned screen sharing, remote control, and collaboration tool.

You may have known that Microsoft is currently working on changing the Microsoft Edge browser and is using Chromium as its’ base. If you currently use Chrome, you will be right at home with Edge. If you go to “Major Geeks”, you can download the canary version of Edge. For you folks at home; anytime you see the terms, “canary, alpha, beta”, these are test versions and have not been released to the public in general.

Finally, I am seeing where Firefox version 70.0 has been released. I never thought I would see the day where software versions reach into the high double digits, but here we are. This version is about 8 digits higher than my age–LOL. Anyhow, Firefox is an excellent browser that you should consider that is available on my platforms.

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Today’s Software Picks: Wireless Network Watcher, WifiInfoView, and GoodSync

First up today is Wireless Network Watcher, a NirSoft Tool, that I personally use on a regular basis to determine who and what devices are connected to the wireless network in my home. I especially like that this utility pinpoints the IP address of each device. You will be surprised at how many devices you use wirelessly; especially, if you own computers, smartphones, and smart devices.

Moving on… Since we are on the NirSoft site, you need to take a look at WifiInfoView that was recently updated. This is another wireless network utility that will look for and generate a host of details on wireless networks within range of your wireless router. This utility, combined with the previously mentioned Wireless Network Watcher, I have installed on my PC, and use them regularly. I have also used these tools as troubleshooting tools when assisting others.

Last in the lineup is GoodSync… If you have been a regular visitor at What’s On My PC, I am sure you know how I feel about backing up your personal files and data. GoodSync is a good choice in helping you backup your files. There is a FREE and commercial version of GoodSync…

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Today’s Software Picks: PDF Anti-Copy, Shotcut and WPS Office Suite

Today’s software picks feature a utility called PDF Anti-copy that prevents anyone from copying or converting your PDF Documents. I can see this coming in handy when managing legal documents. Second, on the list is a popular open source (FREE) video editor called Shotcut. Then, if you are in a pinch for a FREE Office Suite that is very compatible with Microsoft Office you may want to take a look at WPS Office Free 2019. Here at “What’s On My PC”, I use WPS as my main office suite, but with one caveat. If you go to the WPS site download the 2016 version. I have found that it is less complex in appearance, minimal ads, and uses less drive space.

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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Shhh… Pre-Release NirSoft Tech Tools (password included)

The NirSoft website offers a broad array of tech utilities that has had a following in the tech community for years. Buried in their site is a page that features “pre-release” Nir-Soft Tools that I found to be interesting.

These tools, as a result of being in current development (most likely in alpha stage), do not have their own icons, no screenshots, no help files, and no translations; however, there is a short description of each tool. The introduction to these tools on their ‘pre-release” site specifically states, “If you choose to download and try to use them, do it with extreme caution, and of course it’s at your own risk !!”. That is all I needed to see. Like the curiosity of my cat, “Emma Faith Clementine”, I had to take these utilities for a ride (download and run). Each utility is in the zip file. format and require a password to unzip the file (shhh… the password is: SoftNirPre987@ ).

The tools that I ran worked “for me” with no issues. My favorite on the list, that I decided to keep in my tech toolbox, was BrowserDownloadsView. This tool was forensic in nature in that it displays the list of the latest files downloaded in Chrome and Firefox.

So if you are like most computer techs with that cat curiosity (and nine lives), you may want to explore these utilities (with caution, of course)…

Source: Pre-release NirSoft Tools


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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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The is a good Google Chrome Browser Extension – Shortcuts for Google™

For those of you who use the Google Chrome browser, “Shortcuts for Google” is a good browser extension that will help increase your productivity.  This extension serves as a launcher (that can be customized) to display Google™ shortcuts as buttons in a space-saving popup next to your address bar. Reach services like Gmail, Google Drive, Google Maps, Google Calendar, and many more in just two clicks from your browser. The extension includes more than 500 Google services and websites. What sold me on this extension was not only the option to get to my favorite Google services but the option to create buttons to my favorite URL’s (or websites), like Facebook, my local newspaper, etc…

Source: Shortcuts for Google™ – Chrome Web Store


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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…

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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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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

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.

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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: 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: HWiNFO, Slimjet, and WifiInfoView

HWiNFO (Portable 32/64-bit) v6.12

HWiNFO (Portable 32/64-bit) v5.04 screenshot 1 / 4

HWiNFO32 (Portable) is a professional hardware information and diagnostic tool supporting the latest components, industry technologies and standards.

[UPDATE] Slimjet v24.0.4.0

Slimjet is a web browser based on the Google Chrome engine with additional features and customizations. The program includes integrated ad-blocking, video downloader, customizable toolbar, form filler, photo upload enhance/shrink, translation, address aliases, flexible new tab controls and more.

Slimjet includes Facebook integration and is compatible with Google account import history/bookmarks. The program claims compatibility with almost all plugins and extensions from the Chrome web store.

WifiInfoView 2.47

WifiInfoView scans the wireless networks in your area and displays extensive information about them, including: Network Name (SSID), MAC Address, PHY Type (802.11g or 802.11n), RSSI, Signal Quality, Frequency, Channel Number, Maximum Speed, Company Name, Router Model and Router Name (Only for routers that provides this information), and more… When you select a wireless network in the upper pane of this tool, the lower pane displays the Wi-Fi information elements received from this device, in hexadecimal format.


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Today’s Software Picks: WSCC, SUPERAntiSpyware, and LibreOffice Portable

WSCC (PortableApps) v4.0.1.2

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WSCC (PortableApps) is a free, portable program that allows you to view, execute and organize the utilities from various system utility suites.

SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition v8.0.1044

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SUPERAntiSpyware claims to be the most thorough spyware remover on the market. It detects and removes all the malicious software from hard drives, memory, registry and removable media.

[UPDATE] LibreOffice Portable v6.3.1 Rev 2

LibreOffice is a complete productivity suite including word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, database, drawing tool and more. Includes strong compatibility for 100s of file formats including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio etc.). The program is similar to OpenOffice, a program that it was derived from, but has added many new features and improvements.

LibreOffice Portable is a special build developed in conjunction with the publisher. On systems without Java installed, some functions such as document creation wizards and the Base database application etc. can be enabled by adding jPortable, though this is optional and can be skipped if those functions are not needed. Alternatively, X-LibreOffice is also available.


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Daily Deal: Save 75% on Norton Security Deluxe – Antivirus software for 5 Devices with Auto Renewal

If I were going to buy Antivirus software, this is the package I would get. Appears to be a 75% reduction in the original retail price and can use on up to 5 devices.

Norton Security Deluxe – Antivirus software for 5 Devices with Auto Renewal

AUTO-RENEWAL Never have a service disruption since this product auto-renews annually. If you do not wish to renew, you can cancel in your Norton account anytime

ONGOING PROTECTION Download & install protection for up to 5 PCs, Macs, iOS or Android devices in minutes

REAL-TIME THREAT PROTECTION Advanced security that helps defend against existing and emerging malware to your devices, and helps protect your private and financial information when you go online

Source: Amazon – Norton Security Deluxe – Antivirus software for 5 Devices with Auto Renewal


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Today’s Software Picks: StorURL, Wireshark, and TurnedOnTimesView

[UPDATE] StorURL v3.0.25.6


StorURL is a customizable bookmark manager that can import from most popular browsers or add manually. Bookmarks can be then organized in a unlimited number of categories. The program includes verification, the ability to launch in a custom browser, grab website icons, search, always remain on top, minimize to tray (with bookmarks launched from the tray), floating tool-bar, password-protection and more.

Wireshark v3.0.5

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Wireshark is one of the world’s foremost network protocol analyzers, and is the standard in many parts of the industry.

[UPDATE] TurnedOnTimesView v1.42

TurnedOnTimesView analyses the Windows event log, detecting the time ranges when your computer was turned on. For those time frames, startup/shutdown time, duration, shutdown reason, type and process, as well as shutdown code are all displayed.

The program works on your local computer as well as from remote computer on your network if you have privileges to view the Windows event log remotely. Although primarily for system administrators, it can also help track down system issues and in testing.


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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.

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