IObit has unveiled a new edition of its all-in-one PC maintenance suite, Advanced SystemCare 9.
A new "Speed Up" section includes modules to control Windows startup programs, close resource-hungry apps or processes, remove unwanted browser add-ons and optimize Windows and application settings.
Configuring and optimizing a PC takes some thought, a lot of experience and, usually, a great deal of time. So it’s all the more annoying if your carefully tuned settings are altered by something else, without your permission.
Sometimes you’ll have an idea when this happens. You might install something, carry out a particular action, and the setting changes. If you can’t see when or why a change happens, that could be even worse, especially if it’s something security-related -- perhaps malware was involved. Whatever your situation, you need to investigate further, and a good first step is to monitor the Registry, find out more about what’s being changed, and when. The best way of doing this depends on your precise needs, but here are five possible options.
VirusTotal has announced the availability of sandbox execution for OS X apps, including DMG files, Mach-O executables, and ZIP files containing a Mac app.
Users may submit files via the website, OS X uploader app or API, but reports now contain a "Behavioral information" tab which lists details like the processes launched, DNS queries made, and any files opened, read or written.
Setting up a web server can be a lengthy and complicated process, with so many components to download, set up and manage.
A WAMP server (Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP) like VertrigoServ makes life easier by bundling together everything you need, and adding its own centralized management tools.
You’re watching something great on YouTube, but you’ve also got real work to do elsewhere. Which do you choose? Decisions, decisions…
Sideplayer is a free Chrome extension which enables you to do both, watching YouTube clips in a floating player window while also carrying on browsing elsewhere.
Emsisoft has announced the release of Emsisoft Anti-Malware 11 and Emsisoft Internet Security 11. Scanning has improved with better detection of ransomware, file-less malware, and threats which try to exploit script parsers and other host processes.
The products are smarter, too, and are now able to block many intrusion and exploitation attempts without annoying alerts.
Wondering what other users might be doing on your PC? Checking browser or application histories might give you some clues, and monitoring software can also help.
But the simplest route is probably to build a file timeline, something which shows you when files were created or modified on your PC.
Websites often go through redesigns to keep them looking "fresh", changing colors, backgrounds, layouts and more. Which is fine, if you wanted something new -- but not so great if you were happier before.
Stylish is a free browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari which uses custom CSS code to restyle websites, changing colors, replacing fonts, dropping content and generally improving their look and feel.
Finding out what others are doing on your PC can be difficult. You might spend an age exploring various histories -- browsers, applications launched, documents opened -- and still not be entirely sure.
Hidden Capture is a free tool which can help by automatically taking screenshots of your desktop at regular intervals.
Hit File > Open in any modern edition of Microsoft Office and all your OneDrive cloud files are just a couple of clicks away.
That’s less than helpful if you keep your files on Google Drive, of course, but fortunately there’s a simple solution.
ASCII art is a graphics design technique dating back to the 1960s, where pictures are produced entirely from text characters.
The results are, well, basic. But they can have plenty of retro appeal, and producing them is a whole lot easier than you think.
Most internet security suites include some kind of browsing protection which blocks access to known malicious websites.
But if you don’t have anything installed -- or you’d just like to add a second layer of protection -- then you might be interested in the Windows freeware Hosts Block.