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  • Most of us have files and folders on our computers that we would like to restrict access to. It is part of the nature of owning a "personal" computer, and nowadays, almost every aspect of our personal and professional lives is managed and catalogued by data stored on a PC somewhere. Protecting this data from prying eyes and accidential deletion, therefore, should be a chief concern for us all. Wise Folder Hider gives you complete control over the visibility and accessibility of files and folders stored on your computer. more
  • It seems with every iteration of Windows, the folder options in Explorer become less intuitive and harder to get to grips with. Let's hope that this changes in Windows 8, with its new focus on usability. In the meantime, Hifito is a tiny, lightweight tool that offers direct hotkey access to two key Explorer options: Show Hidden Files and Show File Extensions. more
  • There are a number if useful situations in which you would want to capture a screenshot - maybe you saw something on the web that you want to share quickly, or are producing a software tutorial. CapShare is a free desktop utility that allows you to quickly capture any region of your screen and save it as an image file. It also allows you to instantly post it to your Facebook timeline, so you can easily share items of interest with your contacts. more
  • A two, three or even four-monitor setup is great for viewing more applications simultaneously, but that increased desktop size means getting from left to right takes much longer. This can outweigh the benefits of a multi-display setup by slowing you down and increasing the risk of repetitive strain injury. Multi Monitor Mouse is a tool specifically designed for users of multiple displays, allowing them to "warp" the mouse pointer to pre-determined locations on each monitor via hotkeys. more
  • AVG LiveKive is one of a number of cloud backup/restore/sync solutions aimed at professional users and small to medium sized businesses. Easy to setup, it allows you to specify folders and files on your computer to watch and periodically backs them up to a remote server. All data can be accessed via any device with internet capability, from any location - providing internet access is available. Better still, it offers a free 5gb storage account, which is more than enough for most individuals. more
  • There is only one thing more boring than watching paint dry - and that is watching web-pages that don't automatically update data listings, forcing you to hit F5 to reload the page every few seconds. This includes eBay, share price sites and online banking. Many sites will even force you to log back in again after a period of inactivity, and refreshing the page is the only way around this. ReloadEvery automates this process, saving both your sanity and your F5 key from eventual destruction. more
  • If you accidentally delete a file in Windows, it's not the end of the world. Firstly, you can often restore the file by checking your Recycle Bin. If that doesn't help, the data is usually still present on your hard drive and can be salvaged using a file recovery tool such as PC Inspector File Recovery. You have to act quickly, however - and it is much better to have the application installed before the data is lost, to avoid it being overwritten during installation. more
  • Making animated GIFs is still fun, and even though they're not quite as in vogue as they once were, they are still rife in many forums and message boards all around the web. You don't need an expensive program such as Adobe Photoshop to create your own animated GIFs - you can do it just as easily using a freeware application called Photoscape. more
  • Most of us have experienced the "blue screen of death", or BSOD, at one time or another. Usually it is a one-off event caused by a driver failure and never recurs. Sometimes, however, it is symptomatic of an underlying problem that needs to be resolved before the blue screen errors will go away. To help with this root cause analysis is BlueScreenView, a free, portable utility that is much more user friendly than Windows error logs. more
  • All Windows computers get gradually slower over time - even high end models with tons of hard disk space and memory and a super-fast CPU. In fact, the more you use your computer, the more it gets clogged up with junk that impedes normal operation. Kingsoft PC Doctor is the cure for this - not just another third-party system utility, it reaches in and cleanses every dark corner and crevice of your PC, utilising a number of innovative techniques to improve performance considerably. more


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