Steam Cleaner is a portable tool for removing junk game files left behind by Steam, Origin, Uplay and GoG.
The program is as simple as this kind of application can be. It’s a single executable, no installation required, no settings to think about, not even a "Scan" button -- just launch it and within a second or two you’ll see a list of any game leftovers. The developer says Steam Cleaner can clear up "gigabytes" of data in a few seconds. It found more than 100MB of junk on our tiny Steam setup, so this could be plausible.
BMP Wrap is a free tool which can temporarily convert any file into a valid BMP image, and restore the original file later.
This is a familiar idea, but BMP Wrap does have one or two features that make it stand out. In particular, as a single 20KB executable, it’s probably the smallest steganography application we’ve ever seen.
SetACL Studio is an industrial-strength free tool for managing all your Windows security permissions: files, folders, registry keys, printers, drives, network shares, services and more.
The program is aimed at sysadmins and other Windows experts, but you don’t have to know about DACLs to find it useful: there’s something here for everyone.
FREE users will benefit immediately with speedy "Pushed Priority Updates", ensuring they get the same immediate protection as users of the commercial products.
CSearcher is a speedy portable search tool with a wide range of search options and features.
Basic operations are simple and straightforward. Type all or part of the file or folder names to search (this is plain text, not regular expressions), specify a starting folder, press Enter and wait for the results. That won’t take long -- it’s super-fast.
NetSpot is a free tool for discovering local wireless devices and creating color-coded heatmaps.
Launch the program and it immediately detects all your local Wi-Fi devices, displaying their details in a table: SSID, BSSOD, Signal (current/ min/ max/ average), band, level, width, vendor, security, mode, and when it was last seen.
Kaspersky System Checker is a free portable tool which scans your PC for a wide range of problems: malware, missing updates, poorly configured Windows or application settings, and more.
The program is just a checker, and doesn’t provide any way to directly fix the issues it finds, but sometimes just being pointed in the right direction is useful enough.
Image to ZX Spec is a free Java-based application which shows you how your pictures and videos might have looked on the classic old ZX Spectrum home computer.
Never heard the Spectrum? It was released almost 35 years ago so that’s no great surprise, but all you really need to know is its extremely basic graphics specs: a cramped 256×192 resolution, about a 20th of a megapixel, and a palette limited to 7 colors at two levels of brightness each, plus black.
HashCheck is a lightweight, open-source tool for creating and verifying file hashes. The program is tiny (an 85KB download), has no frills, and as the last version came out in 2009, probably won’t be extending its feature list any time soon. And yet, it still does a worthwhile job.
Ease of use is a plus. Select and right-click a folder or a group of files, choose "Create checksum file", and the program quickly saves their hashes to a "checksums.md5" file.
By default Windows Explorer displays drive names first, letters second, like "OS_Install (C:)", but if you mostly use the letters this might not make much sense.
DriveLettersTool is a tiny portable application which tweaks Explorer settings to use one one four name and letter ordering schemes.
Cloud storage-friendly screenshot tool CloudShot has just hit version 5.7. An improved OAuth implementation means you can now directly upload your screenshots to Google Drive and OneDrive, as well as Dropbox, Imgur or your own FTP server, as well as saving it to local or network drives.
The autoupdate system is now based on the open-source Squirrel framework, as used by big-name projects like Slack and Visual Studio Code. Keep in mind that this isn’t supported in the portable build.
Cloud storage-friendly screenshot tool CloudShot has just hit version 5.7.
An improved OAuth implementation means you can now directly upload your screenshots to Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Imgur or your own FTP server, as well as saving it to local or network drives.
Classic freeware HOSTS manager HostsMan has seen its first update since November 2015. The new release now supports eight HOSTS file update sources, including hpHosts, MVPS Hosts, Cameleon and -- new this time -- "Dan Pollock’s host file".
The URLs for "Peter Lowe’s AdServers List" and "Malware Domain List" have been updated, so they should be working again.