Privacy and security are two sweet words, especially for those who want it in their lives. Since the Internet came along, you need to become aware of a whole lot of things you’d once have thought useless. If you’re someone who owns multiple computers on which people come to surf the web, do research and stuff, you really could do with some monitoring software so you can keep the entire network, and the computers they connect, safe from viruses and wrongful copying of files that don’t belong to certain people. What you’re going to read about here is a software called WhoIsConnected, and it doesn’t get simpler than that. It helps you keep track of a network and all the users who are on it at any given time. You’ll read something about the benefits and all that you receive in terms of personal power over a situation. No longer can you be ignorant of a viral attack on your network or worry about people doing illegal stuff on it. Everything is noticed, giving you time to act. Besides, the fun part shouldn’t be forgotten. Imagine what you can do with this software to connect gamers and see what each one is up to as well. The possibilities with this simple online tool are huge. And it’s free too!
Initially, iTunes started out as a program called SoundJam MP, which after being purchased by Apple, became the base for the popular iTunes as we know it today. As Apple has grown and expanded into other markets and innovative platforms, they have brought iTunes along with them to include TV, Movies and even Games. Each new product line from Apple brings further amendments to iTunes, and sometimes even hints as to what future products Apple might release.
Apple lovers would definitely stick to iTunes but Windows users would think that iTunes is one big bloat for a media player. If for some reason iTunes cannot be uninstalled properly on Windows computer, you can do it with iTunes Removal Tool called ByeTunes. All you need to do is run the tool and click Yes asked to confirm on removing iTunes. Explorer.exe process will be terminate and clicking the I Agree button will start the removal of iTunes. It removes services from the registry, terminate process, unregister and remove DLLs, remove registry traces, program from startup, files, uninstall information, quick launch shortcut, start menu shortcut, desktop shortcut and directories.
ByeTunes is a portable single executable file which can be ran without any dependencies. ByeTunes was last updated on Sep 5, 2007 but it worked on our computer during testing. By the way this tool is called ByeTunes and not Bye iTunes.
ASK is one of the top search engine but it is not as famous as Google, Yahoo or Bing. It was previously known as Ask Jeeves but now has been renamed to ASK. One annoying thing about ASK.com is the bundled toolbar with many software such as Nero, ZoneAlarm, SkyDownloader, VDownloader and many more. If a user did not read the agreements carefully during software installation and simply click on the Agree button, they will end up with an ASK toolbar replacing the browser’s home page and also search bar.
Fortunately ASK.com toolbar is not a spyware and it can be easily uninstalled from Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP or Programs and Features in Windows 7. If for some reason that you facing problems with the uninstallation, you can use ASK Toolbar Remover.
ASK Toolbar Remover has been designed specifically to remove every last trace of the entries of the Ask Toolbar. This portable free ask.com toolbar removal tool is used to facilitate its removal but not to advice you to remove it. All you need to do is run the executable file and click Execute Removal button. Do note that this remover only works on ASK Toolbar version 4.0.x, 4.1.x and OEM 1000. The current ASK Toolbar is at 5.6 and this tool doesn’t support removing this latest version of ASK toolbar.
Vinyl and cassette tapes are the things in the past and now has been replaced by CD, DVD and even probably blu-ray. Many old school DJs that were using vinyl many years ago has also started to scratch on discs rather than vinyls. If you have many vinyls or cassette tapes, you can create a backup by recording them to MP3 on your computer. One of such software that can easily help you achieve that is LP Recorder.
LP Recorder is a shareware that normally cost $39.95. All you need to do to record vinyl is connect the tape or line output from your stereo to the line input of your soundcard, select the recording input, enter a filename and press the record button. For a time limited, you can download the full version of LP Recorder for free and this promo expires on 11 June 2010.
Do note that when you try to run LRSetup.exe in Windows 7, you will get the error “Version 10.0 LP Recorder or later is required for Windows 7” This can easily be bypassed by right clicking on LRSetup.exe file, select Properties, go to Compatibility tab and check “Run this program in compatibility mode for: Windows XP (Service Pack 3)”.
The Show Desktop icon from quick launch toolbar for previous versions of Windows such as XP is really useful and convenient. However when it comes to Windows 7, many users though that the Show Desktop feature is gone since the quick launch toolbar has been removed. However, it is in fact still available which is located at the bottom right corner of the taskbar after the time and date. You will see a small short bar and clicking on it will show the Desktop.
This change by Microsoft has gotten a mixed reactions as some users complained that the Show Desktop is too far as a user normally stays around the Windows 7 start menu. If for some reason you do not want the Show Desktop button in Windows 7 showing in the bottom right of the taskbar, you can use the Windows 7 Show Desktop Button Remover to hide the button.
The Windows 7 Show Desktop Button Remover is a simple and portable tool which allows you do to just that, which is to remove or add show desktop button in Windows 7. By simply clicking a button on the tool, the changes is taken effect immediately without require to reboot.
Most if not all operating system comes with a HOSTS file. In Windows, the hosts file is without an extension and it is located in Windows\system32\drivers\etc. By default the hosts file is blank with a few lines of examples being commented out. The HOSTS file is used to manually map hostname to IP address but not the opposite. It is useful to block out unwanted websites such as advertisements or spyware. It would also be useful when a webmaster has changed the IP address of the server and needs to immediately have the changes.
HOSTS file can get very big and unoptimized if the file is too large which might contain duplicated entries and also unusably commented lines. HostsOptimizer is a free, portable and simple to use tool that optimizes the Windows hosts file by rearranging the content to a maximum of 9 host names in a single line, removing comments and disabled entries and searching for duplicate host names.
HostsOptimizer can automatically detect the location of your HOSTS file and allows you to backup your original hosts file before optimizing it. If for some reason HostsOptimizer corrupts the HOSTS file, it can be restored to the version before optimization.
jv16 PowerTools 2009 is a Windows system utility suite which allows you to clean, optimize and repair your system with ease. The program offers a range of advanced tools that provide a safe yet powerful way of getting “under the hood” of your computer.
In the right hands, jv16 PowerTools 2009 is a very safe and powerful tool. Yet, even the most novice users can take benefit from its power if they just remember a few general rules. The most important thing to bear in mind is that you are the one who always makes the final decision, that’s why it’s very important that you don’t do anything with things you are not familiar with. For example, if there are some items in the Registry Manager or in the Registry Cleaner that you don’t know or can’t identify, it’s always the safest and best option to leave those items alone. jv16 PowerTools only makes suggestions based on its analysis. You always make the final decision, so you’ll have to know what you’re doing.
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