Mike Williams

Hide data inside JPGs with Free File Camouflage


Image steganography is a clever technique for hiding files inside JPEGs, so that the contents appear unchanged, but anyone who knows the secret can easily extract its contents.

Free File Camouflage isn’t so clever -- in fact, it uses the most basic approach we’ve ever seen -- but there are still a few reasons why you might want to give it a try.

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How to kill a Windows process


If you’ve finished with some Windows application then you’ll probably get rid of it by pressing Alt+F+X, clicking the top-right Close button, or following some other documented route.

This is generally the safest approach, too, as it gives the program an opportunity to close down properly, save important data, delete temporary files and generally clean up. But if the application won’t close, or you’re looking to do something more advanced -- close several processes in one operation, maybe -- then there are other options you might want to try.

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Easily transcribe media files with Listen N Write


If you need to transcribe a media file then you could just open it, click Play, launch Notepad and start typing.

That’ll work well, too, for about five seconds, until you have to start hitting Play/ Pause, stepping backwards or forwards, and generally spending more time switching between the apps than transcribing.

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YouTube Kids is a friendly, safe(ish) video browser


YouTube can be a great resource for young children, but there’s also a vast amount of adult content that you probably won’t want them to see.

The regular YouTube app and even the website can place some limits on what you access (Manage Subscriptions > Restricted Mode > On), but if that’s not enough then you might like to try Google’s official YouTube Kids app for Android.

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How to move or resize windows with the keyboard


It’s easy enough to size or position windows with the mouse, but keyboard shortcuts can be quicker and more convenient.

On Windows 7 and later, pressing Win+Left or Win+Right snaps the current window to the left or right half of the screen.

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Cleanly remove software with Bulk Crap Uninstaller


When we first looked at Bulk Crap Uninstaller (BCU) back in April, it was a simple free tool which did little more than uninstall multiple Windows programs in one operation.

Intensive development means that’s all changed, though, and BCU is now a very capable manager and uninstaller for all your Windows software.

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ShareX 10.3.0 now available on Steam


Powerful open-source screenshot tool ShareX has been updated to 10.3 with new scrolling support, enabling the capture of full web pages or anything else larger than your screen.

The technique works much like many similar tools: select the "Scrolling capture" type, choose the window and wait as ShareX grabs it for you.

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Is your Android device secure? Ask OPSWAT Gears


Back in February we checked out OPSWAT Gears, an interesting free tool for checking the security of PCs and Macs.

We had some reservations, but the package did a good job of identifying security issues on our test PCs, and a new Gears Android app brings some of the same features to your mobile devices.

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WebSite X5 v12 gains responsive web design


Drag-and-drop WYSIWYG web designer WebSite X5 has been updated to version 12 with responsive web design support.

Beginners can simply enable the responsive templates and the program automatically optimizes site layouts for mobile, tablet or desktop viewing.

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AVG 2016 ships with new cloud detection system


AVG has announced updates for its consumer product range, including AVG Protection and AVG Performance.

All editions of AVG AntiVirus -- including AVG FREE -- use new cloud detection technology to spot malware outbreaks in real time.

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Handle is a one-stop Gmail, to-do and calendar manager


With so many productivity apps around, time management should be easy. But the reality can be very different, as key areas of your life -- email, calendar, lists -- are often split across several tools.

Handle is a free Chrome extension and iOS app which takes a different approach, combining gMail, to-dos and your calendar in a single view.

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Seven sneaky adware installer tricks

Shock horror

Install the latest freeware and there’s a good chance you’ll find some bundled adware, too, but most people know how to avoid it. Chose the "Advanced Installation" option, click "Decline", clear a few checkboxes and you’ll probably be safe.

Unfortunately some of the adware companies are realizing that the old techniques just don’t cut it any more, and they’re now using even more tricks to try and force that payload onto your PC. Just take a look at what happened when we tried to install a single freeware package on our test PC.

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Easily tweak scheduled tasks with PC Tasks Optimizer


Smart PC Utilities has released PC Tasks Optimizer, a quick and easy way to manage your core Windows scheduled tasks.

There’s no technical talk about "events" or "triggers", as instead the program just displays a list of statements about how you use your computer: "I do not connect any devices via Bluetooth", "I do not use Microsoft Active Directory", "I do not want Windows to routinely defrag my hard disk", "I do not share my media library", "I have disabled Windows Remote Assistance", and a whole lot more.

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ACDSee Pro 9 gains lens correction, Photoshop plugin support


ACD Systems has revealed the next generation of its image management and editing tools, ACDSee 19 ($59.99), ACDSee Pro 9 ($99.99) and ACDSee Ultimate 9 ($149.99).

The Pro and Ultimate editions gain the most this time around, with major new editing features.

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Secretly monitor your PC with Windows Spy Keylogger


SecurityXPloded has shipped Windows Spy Keylogger, a simple PC activity monitor for Windows XP and later.

The package is very easy to use, launching on demand or when Windows starts, and recording any keypresses to a log file in a configurable location.

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