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Windows SYSInternals Process Explorer 15.04

If you’ve ever had a problem with your computer, perhaps it’s running slowly or a strange, new program has appeared which you don’t recall installing etc, and a search of computer help forums suggests you open Task Manager to see what programs, or processes in particular, are running, you might well be bemused at exactly what you are looking at. Continue reading →

SOTHINK Web Video Downloader

There’s nothing more irritating than, when you’re watching some of your favorite videos on, say YouTube or similar, and it keeps stopping midway through a great song for buffering, or you have to wait for it to start downloading then hit pause quick and wait a while for it to download almost completely before you play it. It would help, therefore, if there was a way to download your oft-watched videos to your hard drive to eliminate the wait next time. Continue reading →

NEOSMART EASYBCD 2.0

I’ve been using Windows XP, relatively happily, for many years now and, despite two more operating systems being released since, support for XP being withdrawn, and the fact that I have a huge amount of software designed for it, I can’t imagine, for the moment anyway, not using it.

It appears that almost all software developers are fully aware that, should a software release not be compatible with Windows XP, they’d be shooting themselves in the foot by excluding a huge swathe of their potential customer base, which creates problems for MS of course, whose strategy to make it attractive to “upgrade” to the latest OS version necessitates that software authors also make their software compatible only with the latest version. Continue reading →

DISKTRIX ULTIMATE DEFRAG 1.72 (Free Version)

Over time, as you write, move and delete files to, between and from your drives, inevitable fragmentation occurs; however, as Windows will happily write files into any old bit of free space it finds first, whether it’s contiguous or otherwise, there’s little you can do about it at the time of writing, moving or deleting.

Although a little fragmentation of scarcely accessed files is hardly likely to affect system performance to any noticeable degree, as time goes on, the degree of fragmentation will become greater and system performance, specifically the time it takes to seek, read and write files, will start to suffer. It might only be by milliseconds, but they do add up. Continue reading →

Ontrack EasyRecovery Professional Review

Most of us have, at one time or another, deleted some files convinced that we don’t need them anymore, or have already backed them up to another location, only to realise later that we hadn’t finished with them and hadn’t backed them up either.

Luckily, there’s the Recycle Bin, to which most deleted files which are moved until such time as you actually empty the bin, or from where you can recover the file you accidentally deleted. Unless, of course, the files you deleted were on a USB drive or camera memory card, for instance.

In such a situation, all is not lost, and you can make use of a data recovery program, such as the one we’ll look at here, Ontrack EasyRecovery Professional. Continue reading →