If your needs are basic, the ES File Explorer app has built-in compression tools that might be all you need. However, if you're a power user and need things like, multivolume support, archive repair, encryption, … Read more
WinMetro transforms your Windows 7 desktop into a tiled display that mimics the look of the Windows 8 interface in style and substance. If you like the look of the new Windows but don't want to have to upgrade your operating system, this app provides a convenient alternative.
There is a helpful tutorial that pops up when you first install WinMetro that gives you a good overview of the features of the interface and where to find everything. The WinMetro home screen has the tiled look of Windows 8 and uses the same colors. Clicking on one of the … Read more
Open-source apps must maintain accountability when it comes to security. They have an active community of developers and users who help discover vulnerabilities, peer-review code, and perform routine audits on a mass scale. Security holes are patched at a rate that discourages programmers from placing back-door malicious codes. Though not every open-source app is secure, the ones that are benefit from the community in a way that closed-source programs and applications can rarely duplicate.
Many of the apps listed here have been so widely distributed and scrutinized that even RSA Conference attendees trust and recommend them.Gpg4Win
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Advanced Win Utilities Free is a uniquely versatile Windows toolkit. It's easy to use for regular operations like shredding files or erasing Web browser tracks, as well as less frequent tasks like managing passwords, purging duplicates, joining files, or recovering deleted data. Advanced Win Utilities' roster includes broken shortcut and empty folder removers, driver backup, Registry cleaner, file shredder, startup manager, and uninstaller. It has extras that few other toolkits offer, such as an EXE resource extractor, file and program encryption, file and folder monitor, keylogger, auto clicker, and autoshutdown. There's even a Wi-Fi Hotspot Creator. Help includes … Read more
On Thursday, the long-awaited update for Windows 8 was finally released into the wild. Windows 8.1 brings a slew of new features, upgrades, and overall improvements to the operating system and every app that comes with it.
If you've been using the Preview version of 8.1, many of these features should already seem familiar: swiping up from the base brings up the All Apps drawer, desktop backgrounds can move in parallax effect, and of course, the obligatory "Start" button is back (though it's just a visual icon for the home screen).
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AOMEI Backupper for Win7 has what we like in a full backup solution, starting with the ability to completely restore your system from a backup (with the help of a bootable system restore disc also created by Backupper). Backupper can back up partitions, volumes, and entire discs. It creates full or incremental backups, either automatically or manually, with the usual compression and encryption options found in premium backup tools -- except it's not a premium backup tool. The one thing Backupper lacks, we can do without: a price tag. AOMEI Backupper for Win7 is freeware. And it's not … Read more
Digiarty's WinX Mobile Video Converter is a program that converts video files (audio, too) to play on your mobile devices, whatever they are. All you need to do is select the appropriate output profile for your device or needs, and it does the rest. Although it's extremely easy to use, it's not stripped down or lacking in features or performance; in fact, it also joins, crops, and edits videos and can add external subtitles, too. It comes with 320 video codecs, 60 audio codecs, and 200 about profiles, including support for many HD formats. WinX Mobile Video … Read more
WinPatrolToGo is the fully portable version of the same tool that keeps your PC running smoothly. Like WinPatrol, it's the freeware version of shareware, WinPatrol Plus. All versions of WinPatrol let you access and edit your PV's Startup programs, Services, Hidden Files, and IE helper objects, among other features. But it doesn't take much experience to access your Services or Startup Menu directly, you say, and that's true, except WinPatrol's family of tools does more, such as warning you when a program tries to set itself up in your Startup Menu, providing instant information about … Read more
WinZip zips and unzips files very quickly and even includes some extra features that make getting to your documents easy. It might be even better than the desktop software you know and love. It won't wow you with its looks, though.
Though you probably might not have any on your phone, this program handles ZIP files really well. It can zip or unzip a folder in seconds, even if the folder is larger in size. It even works on encrypted files. Finding things is easy thanks to WinZip's list menu, but it definitely sacrifices style for substance. Unlike … Read more
On Wednesday, Microsoft released their highly-anticipated preview build of Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 promises numerous improvements to search, the Windows app store, cloud storage, and enhanced personalization features. In particular, Windows 8.1 also promises a potential "revival" of the oft-missed Start button.
Microsoft has also released an in-depth preview guide for users to showcase some of their major changes to the flagship OS.