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What’s new with the Settings app for the Windows 10 May 2019 Update | Windows Central

In addition to the new features and enhancements bundled with the May 2019 Update (version 1903), Windows 10 is also introducing a slew of changes to the Settings app to help users customize and modify system settings.

Starting with version 1903, the Settings experience revamps the homepage with a new header design (controlled feature) similar to the one found in the Microsoft account page online, and you’ll find many new settings and tweaks.

Source: What’s new with the Settings app for the Windows 10 May 2019 Update | Windows Central

What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 05/22/2019

[UPDATE] Windows System Control Center v4.0.0.5

Windows System Control Center (WSCC) allows you to install, update, execute and organize the utilities from various system utility suites. The program either works as an interface or as downloader. The program can work with both utilities suites downloaded or can dynamically grab and run the programs via a web connection. The included Update Manager can check for newer versions of the utilities already installed and can download and install the missing items.

Works with Windows Sysinternals and NirSoft Utilities suites, but also highlights Windows’ own utilities.

Note: The setup packages are downloaded from the author’s website.

HomeGuard 7.3.1

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.

LibreOffice 6.2.4 64-bit

2176__LibreOffice3_icon.pngLibreOffice is the free power-packed Open Source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs. Writer is the word processor inside LibreOffice. Use it for everything, from dashing off a quick letter to producing an…

DVDFab 11.0.3.2 32-bit DVD/Blu-ray Emulator for PC Windows

3442__dvdfab9_icon.pngDVDFab 32-bit is a DVD/Blu-ray/video processing application. The application allows you to copy any DVD/Blu-ray disc to a computer HDD and then burn it to blank media, or convert it to a variety of video files to be played on either a computer, portable devices or other compatible display. DVDFab 32-bit is an integrated shareware package that inc…

NetWorx for Windows 6.2.5

NetWorx is a simple, yet versatile and powerful tool that helps you objectively evaluate your bandwidth consumption situation. You can use it to collect bandwidth usage data and measure the speed of your Internet or any other network connections. NetWorx can help you identify possible sources of network problems, ensure that you do not exceed the bandwidth limits specified by your ISP, or track down suspicious network activity characteristic of Trojan horses and hacker attacks.

The program allows you to monitor all your network connections or just a specific network connection, such as Wireless or Mobile Broadband. The software also features an array of highly customisable visual and sound alerts. You can set it up to alert you when the network connection is down or when some suspicious activity â such as unusually heavy data flow â occurs. It can also automatically disconnect all dial-up connections and shut the system down.

 

How to properly update device drivers on Windows 10 | Windows Central

Usually, Windows 10 can detect and install drivers automatically using the array of product drivers built into the system and Windows Update. However, on occasion, you may have to update a device manually for a number of reasons. For instance, when a particular piece of hardware isn’t recognized automatically, stops working after an upgrade, Windows Update installs a generic package, or you need to access a new feature or bug fix.

Source: How to properly update device drivers on Windows 10 | Windows Central

Quick Tip: Basic Steps For Setting Up A Wireless Router

I have found that you can follow the basic steps below when setting up and connecting a wireless router to the modem supplied by your internet service provider.

  1. Turn off the modem that was supplied by your internet service provider.
  2. Unplug the modem’s Ethernet cable from the back of your PC (This cable has a connection that is similar to a connection you would find on a landline phone, but slightly larger).
  3. Connect that cable to the WAN or internet port on your new wireless router,
  4. Power on your modem (wait for a minute or two),
  5. Next power on your router (wait for a minute or two),
  6. Now use another Ethernet cable to connect the PC to one of the LAN ports on the wireless router.
  7. Turn on your PC and you should be back online.
  8. To access the wireless router from your wireless devices, such as a laptop, smartphone, tablet, smart-home device, etc…, go into your wireless settings on the device and you should see the name of the wireless router that you just set up. At this point, you will have to enter the wireless password provided by the manufacturer in order to wirelessly access the router and get online.

Example: Back Side View of A Router

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I do encourage you to read the instruction manual for any deviations from the above steps and to learn how to change the admin password and how to change the wireless access password key (that you use to connect your wireless devices.).

If you are interested in purchasing a wireless router  CLICK HERE, to see Amazon’s Best Sellers.

How Google’s rift with Huawei could change Android and smartphones forever | PCWorld

A bad month has just gotten a whole lot worse for Huawei. According to a Reuters report and confirmed by the two companies, Google is preparing to cut off the China-based smartphone maker’s Android license, preventing future Huawei phones (such as the upcoming Mate 30) from using the Play Store and Google’s popular apps and services.

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The bombshell comes just days after President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order barring U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment made by firms that “pose a national security risk.” While the order didn’t single out Huawei, the Commerce Department simultaneously added Huawei to its Entity List, effectively banning the smartphone maker from buying parts and components from U.S. companies without explicit government approval. Together, the two moves make it extremely difficult for any U.S. company to do business with Huawei.

To read this article in full, please click here

 

What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 05/21/2019

Avast Free Antivirus 19.5.4444 for PC Windows

8996__avast_icon_13_2_2017_converted.pngAvast Free Antivirus is an efficient and comprehensive antivirus program. It is one of the most popular antivirus programs available, thanks to the reliable and trustworthy brand that Avast have created. The key features that continue to make Avast Free Antivirus so popular are the easy UI, optimized scanning options and continuously updated databa…

Free Virtual Keyboard 4.2

A free, lightweight, multilingual and finger friendly virtual on-screen keyboard. 2019-05-20

Password Depot 12.0.6

Password Depot is a powerful and extremely user-friendly tool for the management of all your passwords. It uses the latest security algorithms such as BlowFish and Rijndael to encrypt your files. Its file shredding method complies with the directives DOD 5220.22-M of the US Department of Defense and allows you to fully destroy files created with the programme. User-friendly interface similar to Windows Explorer allows for the efficient navigation through your password lists.

How to clean a flat screen TV – Reviewed Televisions

Always use a microfiber cloth or towel—like the ones that come with a new pair of glasses—to clean your TV screen.

Repeat after me: I will never use Windex—or any type of window cleaner—to clean my TV.

Do Not Use Windex or Window Cleaner to Clean a TV Screen

Get the full details on “How to clean a flat screen TV” at the source link reflected below. The same techniques explained work for computer monitors, smartphones, tablets, etc…

Source: How to clean a flat screen TV – Reviewed Televisions

High Power Monocular Scope With Smartphone Clip and Tripod

Don’t know how long this deal will last on this at Amazon… This is a unique product in that it comes with a smartphone adapter, which I found fascinating. Good reviews on this…

See feature list below. If interested, CLICK HERE

High Power Monocular Scope
with Smartphone Clip and Tripod

Features:

1.Monocular with 40X60 magnification
2.The high-quality optics provide high quality image.
3.Suitable for travel, fishing, hiking, birds watching and outdoor activities.
4.Durable, high quality material is also suitable for harsh environments.
5.Works well in low light and night
6.Multi coated optics guarantee superior light transmission and brightness
7.Dual focus capability
8.Single hand operation
9.Powerful, ultra-compact and ultra-lightweight
10.Objective lens: The diameter of the objective or front lens.
11.The larger the objective lens, the more light, and the brighter the image
12.Day night vision.It will help you see things in low light, it doesn’t help you see things in the dark


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What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 05/20/2019

PDFZilla – Free PDF Reader 3.9.0

12192__pdfzilla-logo.pngPDFZilla is a free application for reading and viewing PDF documents. It has a simple user interface wrapped around a standard explorer frame. PDFZilla supports several advanced features including multi view mode, page rotation, text copy, page snapshot and PDF printing.

Notepad++ (64-bit) 7.7 for PC Windows

11194__notepad-plus-plus-icon.pngNotepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL Licence. Based on a powerful editing component Scintilla, Notepad++ is written in C++ and uses pure Win32 API and STL which ensures a higher execution speed and smaller program size.

Mozilla Firefox 64-bit v66.0.5

Firefox (64-bit) is Mozilla’s next generation web browser.

Quick Tip: The Power Of The “Right Mouse Click” Context Menu In Gmail

Gmail has become a very powerful web email application that has many features that we often fail to use. One such feature is the “right mouse click” context menu.

When Gmail is open, if you “right mouse click” on any email that is listed you will be presented with a context menu that is very powerful and will be of great benefit to you productivity-wise.

You can do such things, on the fly, such as:

  • Reply to, or forward, an email in one click from the main page
  • Archive, Delete, Mark as unread, Snooze emails
  • Move, Label or Mute emails
  • Search for all emails with the same subject (if conversation view is turned off)

You can also use this menu when selecting multiple emails at a time to perform batch operations. For example, you could select 5 emails, right mouse click and label them all the same; or move them all together into a specific folder…

Google cuts off some business with Huawei, report says – CNET

If you own a Huawei phone, as I do, it appears we will no longer be getting any Android OS and security updates… Needless to say, “I am not a happy camper”…  Also, appears that any new phones distributed by Huawei will be cut off from the Google Play Store, as well.

Huawei is losing Android operating system updates, a source close to the matter told Reuters, and Huawei’s upcoming phones outside of China will no longer get access to apps and services like Gmail and Google Play. Google also will no longer offer technical support to Huawei, the source told Reuters.

Source: Google cuts off some business with Huawei, report says – CNET

What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 05/19/2019

Geek Uninstaller v1.4.6.140

Geek Uninstaller is an Uninstall utility that can scan for leftovers after a program has been removed from a system.

[UPDATE] TraceRouteOK v1.41

TraceRouteOK tracks the path of data over the web, internet and local network. The program is optimized for a fast list of data tracked and quick query of the data route. The program is useful for various network tests including network latency, detailing network hardware, seeing how many devices are between you and the Internet etc.

WPS Office Free 11.2.0.8310

WPS Office Free is a free office productivity suite that is smaller and faster than most other office suites. Our latest version, Office Free 2013 allows you to save files as DOCX, XLSX formats, export PDF files and more.

Banned From a Social Media Site? The White House Wants to Know | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

Don’t do this… They are collecting your personal information for political purposes and maybe for other purposes… This is on the same lines as a scam!

The Trump administration launched a new site that lets users report when they think a social media platform has censored, suspended, or banned their activities due to their political opinions. But the White House wants a lot of personal information.

Source: Banned From a Social Media Site? The White House Wants to Know | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 05/17/2019

TinyTask 1.71

Portable app that provides basic automation (recording and playback) of your computer activity.

IrfanView 4.53

IrfanView is a fast, simple freeware image viewer and editor that supports all major graphic formats, including BMP, DIB, JPEG, GIF, animated GIF, PNG, PCX, multipage TIFF, TGA, and more. In addition, it features drag-and-drop support, directory viewing, TWAIN support, slide shows, batch conversion, and modifications such as color depth, crop, blur, and sharpen.

The IrfanView PlugIns package offers additional file formats and effects for IrfanView.

WSUS Offline Update 11.7.1

WSUS Offline Update allows you to safely and quickly update any computer running Microsoft Windows safely without an Internet connection.

Quick Tip: How To Create Web-Based Desktop Shortcuts In Google Chrome

If you were at my Windows 10 based desktop computer you would notice various icons on the desktop (and taskbar) for web-based applications such as my personal start page, my email, my calendar, my contacts, my notes, solitaire, etc… These are all shortcuts to the various web-based applications that I use frequently. For example, instead of opening of my Google Chrome browser, then going to the actual web page that hosts my email, I simply click on the shortcut and it will take me directly to the page. These shortcuts are easy to create and will improve your productivity immensely; also, shortcuts can be made to give the illusion they are like an installed software app on your PC.

So, how do you create a desktop shortcut in Google Chrome:

  • Open the Chrome web browser and go to the web page that you want to create the shortcut for.
  • Go to the Chrome menu, located in the upper right-hand corner of the browser and click on the three vertically aligned dots and a menu will open up.
  • Click on “Select More tools” and  then click on “Create shortcut”
  • The following type window will appear and if you notice there is an option to “Open as window”.

    By selecting this option, when the shortcut is created, the web page will open like a normal window that you typically see in Windows. If you do not select this option, the web page will open in Google Chrome as it normally does. In our case, for demo purposes, do not check that option (leave it blank).

  • Next, click on “Create” and voila’, your shortcut should now be on your Windows 10 desktop. By simply clicking on that shortcut, you will be taken directly to the web page that you created the shortcut for.

As an added option, in Windows 10, you can right click on the shortcut icon and select, “Pin to taskbar” and the shortcut will be created on the taskbar at the bottom of your desktop. Typically, I do this, then I delete the shortcut icon on the desktop. It is safe to delete these shortcuts at any time.

What is fun in working computers is trying different things. I encourage you to give this try and I think you will find that this is a great timesaver.

What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 05/16/2019

Vivaldi 2.5.1525.43 Web Browser for PC Windows
7248__vivaldi_icon_converted.pngVivaldi is a new, feature rich web browser that combines an Opera-like interface with a Chromium open-source platform. Vivaldi is very similar to the Opera browser in many ways. There are some pretty cool features which are nice, such as the interface, which fades colours to match the dominant colour on the page as you navigate between sites…

Privacy Eraser Free 4.50.5.2978
6875__privacy_eraser_free_icon_convertedPrivacy Eraser Free has been designed to help you achieve the most secure digital life that you can, by cleaning not only your Internet history and downloads, but also wiping your drives clean and deleting your data beyond recovery. Key Features include: Schedule scans. Multi-user support. Intuitive interface. Rapid scanning tools. Sec…

[UPDATE] Desktop Info v1.15.1

Desktop Info displays system information on your desktop in a similar way to some other desktop information tools. Unlike others, this application looks like wallpaper but stays resident in memory and continues to update the display in real time. Uses very little memory and nearly zero CPU. Perfect for quick identification and walk-by monitoring of production or test server farms. Everything is customisable including language.

5 Stars On This Surge Protector Power Strip

Bototek Surge Protector Power Strip 10 Outlets 4 USB Ports

Wanting to find the faster way to charge your devices?

Still annoy for the bulky adapters which take up superfluous place so that the power strip could not be efficiently used ?

Bototek 10-outlets power strip with 4 USB charging ports is the ideal choice for you! Why Bototek power strips?

— Ultra Compact and Space-Saving

— Smart Charging Maximize the Charge Speed

— Widely compatible

— Dependable Safety Protection

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What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 05/15/2019

Click&Clean for Chrome 9.5.7.5
Click&Clean for Chrome is the perfect solution for erasing your private information, browsing history, saved form information, passwords, download history, and cache from your PC. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: 332 KB ]
Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool v5.72

Detect and remove some common malware from your PC

VirtualBox 6.0.8 Build 130520
Oracle VM VirtualBox allows users to run nearly any operating system on a single machine and to freely switch between OS instances running simultaneously. VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 and AMD64/Intel64 hardware, targeted at…

 

Quick Tip: How To Stop Facebook Videos From Auto Playing

Have you ever noticed when scrolling your Facebook timeline. and you come across a post that consists of a video; that the video will autoplay? This may seem like a real convenience; but, if you are like me, I find it a real nuisance.

To turn the video autoplay feature “off”, follow these steps:

  1. From the top right of Facebook, click on the “” (down arrow) and select Settings.
  2. Click Videos on the menu located at the left side of the screen.
  3. Click the dropdown menu next to Auto-Play Videos and select Off.

Quick Tip: How to block a Nuisance Gmail Sender

Getting a rampant amount of email from a specific sender in Gmail?  If so, simply block them. When you block the nuisance sender, their emails sent to you will land in your spam folder.

Follow the instructions below to block a sender in Gmail. You can use the same steps to unblock them, as well.

When you block a sender, messages they send will go to your Spam folder.

  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. Open the message.
  3. In the top right, click More More.
  4. Click Block [sender].

What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 05/13/2019

[UPDATE] WordWeb Free v8.24

WordWeb is a one-click English thesaurus and dictionary that can look up words in almost any program. It works off-line, but can also look up words in web references such as the Wikipedia. It includes full dictionary and thesaurus for the various English variants including American, British, Canadian, Australian, Indian and global.

A pro version available with additional features.

mrViewer 64 Bit 5.0.4
mrViewer is designed to be a professional video player, interactive image viewer and much more. It is many things including a Flipbook player, HDRI viewer, 4K Video and Audio player, and a video and audio transcoder. [License: Open Source | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: 89.7 MB ]
PrivaZer 3.0.70

Protect your personal privacy with this exceptionally thorough security tool

What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 05/11/2019

Today’s Software selection features a superfast file search engine, a popular torrent downloading program and a Windows repair program…

Everything Search Engine 1.4.1.942 Beta / 1.4.1.932
Everything Search Engine can locate files and folders by name instantly. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: 698 KB+ ]
uTorrent 3.5.5.45231
uTorrent is one of the most popular torrent downloading programs based off of BitTorrent. It was designed to use minimal resources. [License: Ad-Supported / Freemium | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Android | Size: 3.19 MB ]
Tweaking.com – Windows Repair 4.4.9
Tweaking.com – Windows Repair is an all-in-one repair tool to help fix a large majority of known Windows problems including registry errors and file permissions…. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: 37.8 MB ]

Sugru – The World’s First Moldable Glue That Sets Strong By Turning Into Silicone Rubber

Advanced silicone technology that bonds permanently to almost anything, then sets strong by turning into a durable, tactile silicone rubber overnight. Ideal for all sorts of DIY projects for indoors and out: Fix, bond, seal, improve, mount and create. A unique combination of technical properties: waterproof, heat- and cold-resistant, durable, flexible, shock-resistant and electrically insulating (up to 24 volts). Bonds to: glass, ceramic, wood, metal, most plastics & more. Forms a strong bond, mount and hang things without drilling, holds up to 2kg/4.4lb

Get Sugru Here

Quick Tip: How To Find, Lock Or Erase A Stolen or Lost Android Device

There is nothing more distressful than losing your smartphone… If you own an Android device, such as a smartphone, tablet or Chromebook, you most likely performed the initial set up using a Google Account (i.e. Gmail account). As a result, you have a feature where you can remotely find, lock or erase the device in the event the phone is stolen or lost (Note: The phone must be turned “on” in order for this to work). You can even ring the phone and send information to the phone requesting that the phone be returned. You will need to go to a computer, log into your Google account, in order to make this work. Follow the steps below to put you on the road of recovery. You can go ahead and practice this…

  1. Open a browser, like Chrome Chrome. If you’re using someone else’s device, use private browsing mode.
  2. Open your Google Account.
  3. In the “Security” section, select Find a lost or stolen phone.
  4. Select the lost phone, tablet, or Chromebook.
  5. Follow the step-by-step suggestions to help find and secure the device.

ADDED TIP: Also, did you know, if you have a Google Account, and you are logged in, you can perform a Google Search, type in “Find My Phone” and Google (with a map) will find your phone within about 50 feet.

What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 05/10/2019

WifiInfoView 2.46

Find out more about nearby wireless networks

Bvckup 2 v1.79.25.0

Bvckup is data backup software that makes a reserved copy of specified files and folders and maintains it in the perfect sync with the original. In real-time, on schedule or manually.

Small and very lean with a very fast delta copier, excellent user interface, device tracking, shadow copying, move detection, run-as-a-service mode, intelligent and discrete update mechanism.

BurnAware Free 12.3
BurnAware Free is a family of full-featured and free burning software to create CD, DVD and Blu-ray discs of all types. Home users can easily burn bootable discs, multisession discs, high-quality audio CDs and video DVDs, make, copy and burn disc images….

What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 05/09/2019

Opera 60.0.3255.83 Browser for PC Windows
Opera is a secure web browser that is both fast and rich in features. It has a slick interface that embraces a modern, minimalist look, coupled with stacks of tools to make browsing more enjoyable. These include such tools as Speed Dial, which houses your favorites and Opera Turbo mode, which compresses pages to give you quicker navigation, (even w…
ISO Workshop 8.5
ISO Workshop is a free application specifically designed to facilitate disc image management, conversion, and burning operations. [License: Ad-Supported | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: 4.17 MB ]
Evernote 6.18.4.8489

Collect, store & share your notes and media across all your devices

Android App: Fire and Police Scanner 

This is a nice fire and police scanner for your Android phone (or tablet)…

Listen to live audio from over 7,000 fire and police scanners, weather radios, amateur radio repeaters, air traffic and marine radios from around the world. Turn on notifications to receive alerts anytime a scanner has more than 3500 listeners (find out about major events as they’re breaking).

Scanner Radio – Fire and Police Scanner

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Source: Scanner Radio – Fire and Police Scanner – Apps on Google Play

Note: To install on your smartphone or tablet, look for the “Google Play” app. Open the app and search for the title of this application.

Quick Tip: What is an UPS?

If you own a desktop computer, which is an investment or an appliance of value, you may want to invest in purchasing a UPS (uninterrupted power supply). An uninterruptible power supply (UPS), offers guaranteed power protection for connected electronics. When power is interrupted, or fluctuates outside safe levels, a UPS will instantly provide clean battery backup power and surge protection for plugged-in, sensitive equipment. Typically, during a power outage, the UPS will keep the equipment stable for a prescribed amount of runtime (depending on the type/model UPS you install). The time element gives you enough time to safely shut down the computer to prevent component damage and loss of data.  Many UPS will come with a bank of outlets. For example, I own the APC UPS Battery Backup & Surge Protector 650 which gives me a total of 8 outlets (4 on each side of the UPS). The important part to note here is that 4 of those outlets provide “battery back up & surge protection” and the other 4 provide on (surge protection).  I typically plug in the computer, monitor, router, and modem into the battery backup side and other less significant devices (such as a printer) in the other surge protection outlet. This particular UPS (APC UPS Battery Backup & Surge Protector 650) is rated for approximately a half hour of runtime during a complete outage.

APC UPS Battery Backup & Surge Protector 650

In the end, investing in one of these is like having an insurance policy that will help keep your computer and electronics running smoothly, even during those times when you have power fluctuations and outages.

What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 05/08/2019

KMPlayer 4.2.2.26 for PC Windows
KMPlayer is a versatile media player which can cover various types of container format such as VCD, DVD, AVI, MKV, Ogg Theora, OGM, 3GP, MPEG-1/2/4, WMV, RealMedia, and QuickTime among others. It handles a wide range of subtitles and allows you to capture audio, video, and screenshots in many ways. The player provides both internal and external …
BlueStacks App Player 4.70.0.2106 for PC Windows
BlueStacks App Player is a great tool for allowing you to run your favorite mobile apps/games in full screen in your browser using a PC or Mac. BlueStacks App Player Key Features Fully customizable environment Support for multiple OS configurations Google Play integration Play games on Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) Hyper-G Graphics for uncompromis…
Firefox 66.0.5 for PC Windows
Mozilla Firefox is a fast, light and tidy open source web browser. At its public launch in 2004 Mozilla Firefox was the first browser to challenge Microsoft Internet Explorer’s dominance. Since then, Mozilla Firefox has consistently featured in the top 3 most popular browsers globally. The key features that have made Mozilla Firefox so popular are …

What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 05/07/2019

Foobar2000 1.4.4 Advanced Audio Player for PC Windows
Foobar2000 is an advanced audio player for the Windows platform. It is a convenient and flexible media player that can be customized to suit your specific needs and preferences. Foobar2000 does need a fair amount of time to tweak and setup, but once you are done you can use it in just about any way you need to manage your media library. …
[UPDATE] PointerStick v3.51

PointerStick modifies the mouse arrow to appear as a virtual pointer stick. This is helpful for presentations to highlight content and the size, shape and other details of the pointer can be customized.

Feedbro for Chrome 3.41.5
Feedbro for Chrome is an easy-to-configure Chrome-based feed reader for easily connecting to and reading blogs, news, Twitter, Instagram or any RSS, Atom or RDF based feed. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: 1.09 MB ]

Lenovo Chromebook S330 Laptop – A Reasonably Priced Chromebook

The Lenovo Chromebook S330 Laptop is worth taking a look at for the price. One thing that jumped out at me is that there is 64GB of storage on this Chromebook vs. the 16GB and 32GB that you typically see. (see full description below).

Lenovo Chromebook S330 Laptop

  • HIGH PERFORMANCE LAPTOP: The Chromebook S330 is equipped with a MediaTek MTK8173C Processor, Chrome OS, 4 GB LPDDR3, 64 GB eMMC 5.1 and so much more.
  • SLEEK & STYLISH DESIGN: Sleek, stylish and secure, the Lenovo Chromebook S330 is less than one inch thin and 3.3 lbs. light with a 14-inch FHD Display perfect for day-to-day computing and multimedia, on or offline.
  • POWERFUL PROCESSING: Perfect for all your daily computing needs, the Lenovo Chromebook S330 delivers a host of performance features. Enjoy powerful processing for daily tasks, LPDDR3 memory for multitasking, eMMC storage for quick boot-ups, fast software loading and additional 100 GB of cloud storage via Google Drive.
  • BUILT TO CONNECT US: Full I/O support comes standard on the laptop computer with USB-C, microSD and USB 3.0 for effortless connectivity. Further this Chromebook also features powerful 2 x 2 WiFi ac with Bluetooth 4.1, a 720p webcam and two 2W speaker systems for effortless collaboration, all supported via a suite of collaborative apps via Chrome OS.
  • EASY TO USE: The Lenovo Chromebook S330 is easy to use, offers built-in virus protection and keeps going with long battery life. Further no setup is needed, just a Google account so your stuff stays with you via cloud storage of your emails, maps, docs, pics and more.

Quick Tip: Did you know that the Google Chrome browser has a built-in task manager?

Google Chrome has a built-in task manager that will help you troubleshoot what tabs and extensions are causing issues. From the task manager, you can kill or end those processes that may assist you in troubleshooting what may be the culprit. Very, very seldom have I had to use the task manager, but is good to know it is there when things start slowing down.

You can quickly get to the task manager in Google Chrome by hitting the “Shift+Esc” keys together on your keyboard. You can also get to the task manager by accessing Chrome’s menu by clicking on the three dots at the top right corner of the browser, then “more tools”, then “task manager”.

What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 05/05/2019

KeePass Pro Password Safe Portable 2.42.1 (secure password manager) Released

A new version of KeePass Professional Password Safe Portable has been released. Keepass is a secure password manager packaged as a portable app, so you can take your email, internet, banking and other passwords with you. It’s packaged in PortableApps.com Format for easy use from any portable device and integration with the PortableApps.com Platform. And it’s open source and completely free.

DirPrintOK 3.12
DirPrintOK is a fast, portable option for printing the content of a specific directory. It makes the process of printing the content of a directory simple. Select your target, filter the file details like including/excluding MP3 ID3 tag and hit print. It has a print preview with variable aspect ratio and is capable of exporting to XLS/HTML/CSV/TXT. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: 530 KB ]
Tweaking.com – Windows Repair 4.4.8
Tweaking.com – Windows Repair is an all-in-one repair tool to help fix a large majority of known Windows problems including registry errors and file permissions…. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: 37.8 MB ]

Quick Tip: How To Power “Off” and Power “On” Your Android Phone

How do I turn the darn thing off and on?  Typically your Android Smartphone and other Android devices (like your tablet) are made to remain “on” and will go to sleep after a prescribed amount of time; however, it is a good idea (every so often) to turn the phone “off”, then back “on”. This is good to refresh the memory, dump any cached files, etc… Couple other situations where you may need to turn the phone “off” is a situation where you do not want the phone to cause a disturbance (like in Church, at a funeral, at a wedding, a meeting, etc…) OR you may need to turn it “off” when the phone has locked up.

On most Android devices if you do the following, you can turn the device (phone or tablet) “off”:

Press and hold in on the power button. Typically an option will appear that will allow you to select power “off” the device.

Samsung Power Off Restart

On most Android devices if you do the following, you can turn the device (phone or tablet) “on”:

Press and hold in on the power button. Be patient, it may take a bit of time for the boot screen to appear to indicate the device is powered “on”. Also, give the device a minute or more to fully boot up.

What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 05/04/2019

Collectorz.com Movie Collector for Windows 19.3.2

Collectorz.com Movie Collector is a movie database to catalog your collection of DVDs, DivX files, VHS tapes, etc. Adding movies to the database is quick and easy – no typing needed. Just type the movie title and it will automatically download all information from various sources on the Internet (IMDb and DVD Empire), including the cover image. After adding your movies, the resulting database can be browsed, sorted and searched in various ways. Movie lists can be printed and exported to HTML, CSV files or XML. Use the integrated Loan Manager to track which movies you loaned and to whom.

Polaris Office 8.1.790.33822
Polaris Office is a free office suite for Windows and Android that can be used across all your devices and also offers premium upgrades. It includes superior editing capabilities for all document formats – all in a single program: Edit Microsoft Office Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Google Docs, Spreadsheet, Slide, TXT, ODF, and Adobe PDF. [License: Freemium | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP / Android | Size: 79.7 MB ]
Adaware Antivirus Free Edition 12.6.1005.11662

Adaware Antivirus offers seamless protection against the latest online security threats. Its antivirus detection system automatically scans, blocks, and removes the latest threats before they can harm your computer. Antispyware protection safeguards your usernames, passwords, and personal information. Best of all, adaware antivirus stays up-to-date and works in the background for a peaceful online experience.

Adaware Antivirus Free provides you basic protection from cyberthreats so you can focus on the things that matter to you – connecting with friends, checking email and watching videos.

10 Tips to Keep Your Online Bank Account Secure | Make Use Of

I encourage my readers to visit “Make Use Of” (source link below) to learn 10 tips to keep your online bank account secure. One of the tips that jumped out at me is that it is safer to log into your bank account using the bank’s app on your smartphone (through your cellular service), versus accessing your bank account from your desktop or laptop computer which is more susceptible to malicious attack.

Online Banking Mobile App

Switching to online banking comes with some security risks. These tips explain how to keep your online bank account safe.

Source: 10 Tips to Keep Your Online Bank Account SecureT

What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 05/03/2019

HTTPS Everywhere for Firefox, Chrome & Opera
HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox, Chrome, and Opera extension that encrypts many of your communications with most major websites to make your browsing more secure. It automatically switches thousands of sites from insecure “HTTP” to secure “HTTPS” [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: Size Varies ]
CurrPorts 2.55 (64-bit)

Quickly discover which programs on your PC are trying to make internet or network connections

McAfee Avert Stinger 12.1.0.3132 (64-bit)

Seek out and destroy the most common malware with a click

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