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Freeware Fridays | Top Tools Of the Week #17

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In case you haven’t seen them, here are the most recent posts in our Freeware category. We hope you enjoy reading about these freebies, and maybe you’ll find a keeper in the mix.


RarZilla Free Unrar Easy Unpacking

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If you download RAR files and need an easy way to unpack them, be sure to check out this great free tool.

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Mac Hard Drive Recovery

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Is your Mac running slower? Do you get error messages during boot? Is it taking forever to boot? Here’s how to handle hard drive problems on your Mac.

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15 Google Chrome Extensions Worth Installing

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Chrome extensions offer convenience with fast page renders, regardless of the platform or the number of other extensions currently attempting to load. This article showcases fifteen extensions that all users should consider Installing.

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Windows 7 Activation Crack Bypasses Windows Activation Technologies (WAT)

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Windows 7 Activation Crack: Software called Windows 7 loader claims to provide a Windows 7 Activation Crack to bypass the Windows Activation Technologies (WAT) which requires users to activate their copies after a trial period.

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Internet Explorer 9 User Interface Screenshot Leaked

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A few new screenshots of IE9 User Interface have been leaked. Leaked screenshots of Internet Explorer 9 User Interface.

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WatchForFolder Monitors All the Changes Made to A Windows Folder

During installation of a program, a folder may be renamed and some files may be deleted or overwritten. If you want to monitor whether a program is changing the contents of some of the important folders of your system, try WatchForFolder

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A Review of Emsisoft Free Emergency Kit

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Free, portable anti-malware software that you can take with you. Clean up those infected PCs quickly with this set of four powerful tools.

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Firefox 4 Beta 4 Adds Sync and Firefox Tab Panorama

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Firefox 4 Beta 4 has added Firefox Sync which also works with Firefox Home and Firefox Panorama a tab management and organizing feature also known as Tab Candy.

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SpywareBlaster Low Impact Malware Protection

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Here’s a way to add some free additional protection to your Windows PC. This program doesn’t even need to be running to do it’s job.

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Google Chrome Opens PDF Files Inline

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Google Chrome now opens PDF files inline within the browser. Users can view PDF files online in Google Chrome.

Gmail Phone Calls Official, Call Rates Pretty Low

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Gmail Phone Calls Official. Google Announced Gmail Phone Calls and Phone Call rates for Calls made using Gmail Google Voice Phone. Gmail Phone Calls to US and Canada free.

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RarZilla Free Unrar – Easy Unpacking

rar-iconFree filesharing services like Rapidshare and MegaUpload are pretty popular these days, since more and more torrent services like Mininova have gone legit or been shut down. I’ve found that many of the shared files I find online are in the RAR format. People new to the file sharing sites might not know what a RAR file is or how to open it.   In case you didn’t know, RAR files are similar to ZIP files and are basically a collection of files and folders that are squeezed into a single file. Putting files into a RAR or ZIP format is like packing up a suit case before going on a vacation. It keeps a collection of files in a single place for easy transport.

If you’ve downloaded a RAR file and you don’t know how to open or unpack it, there are many programs that we’ve suggested for doing that. One good program for unpacking RAR files is called RarZilla Free Unrar. After you download and install it, here’s what it looks like when it first runs.

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To unpack (or unRar) a RAR file, you can hit the Unrarbutton at the bottom and select the RAR file. However, this program also makes it easier to unrar files by simply double clicking on them.   Here’s what you’ll see after selecting a RAR file for unpacking.

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I typically leave the settings as they are. When you hit the OK button, you’ll see the file being unpacked, as shown below.

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Once it’s done, just look for a folder with the same name as the RAR file that you selected.

RarZilla also allows you to unpack password protected and multi-part RAR files. Naturally, you’ll have to know the password for a password protected RAR, and multi-part RARs must have all of the parts available and be named correctly in order to get them unpacked.

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• Download RarZilla Free Unrar

Techie Buzz Verdict:

RarZilla is a great free option for unpacking RAR files. It’s easy to use, yet has plenty of options if you need them. There’s even a portable version available if you need to take it on the road. I will classify RarZilla Free Unrar as highly recommended.

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Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Windows 7 Activation Crack Bypasses Windows Activation Technologies (WAT)

Microsoft has been trying to minimize the impact of piracy of their software by introducing new activation technologies. With the introduction of , it became compulsory for users to activate their installation. However, hackers have been able to circumnavigate Microsoft lockdowns in the past and continue to do so.

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A new software called Windows 7 loader claims to provide a Windows 7 Activation Crack to bypass the Windows Activation Technologies (WAT) which requires users to activate their copies after a trial period.

Though the new Windows Activation Crack is still untested, it claims to be able to crack even Windows 7 Service Pack 1. However, Microsoft still has time to release the SP1 to users and the new WAT might kill the new Windows 7 Activation hacks too.

WatchForFolder Monitors All the Changes Made to A Windows Folder

[Windows only]: The user account control feature in Windows7 alerts users when a program is about to change something in the registry but unfortunately there is no way to determine whether a program is going to modify some folders in your system.

During installation of a program, a folder may be renamed and some files may be deleted or overwritten. If you want to monitor whether a program is changing the contents of some of the important folders of your system, try WatchForFolder

After downloading the package, extract it and run the w4f22.exe file to start monitoring important folders in your system. The program does not require any installation and thus can be used from any removable drive.

Here is how the main interface looks:

First select the folder you want to monitor and then define the changes or events in the “Select the Events to Monitor” section.You can monitor the following changes:

  • Whether new files are created or not.
  • Whether older files are deleted or overwritten.
  • Whether new folders are created or existing folders are deleted or renamed.
  • Whether any new media file has been inserted or older media files are removed.

There is another section named “Select the Action on Events” which allows you to run a program once any of the above actions are performed by Windows. This is useful when you want to get notified when installing new programs changes the content of important folders in your system.

A good idea would be to use an alarm audio file in the “Action on Events” section which will play a sound when any of the defined actions is triggered.

You can configure the program to throw desktop notifications and pop up messages or write the changes in a simple log file as well.

All in all, a simple utility which will be handy if you are a freeware addict and want to monitor changes made to important folders in your system.

A Review of Emsisoft Free Emergency Kit

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[Windows Only]  Emsisoft isn’t a big name in the anti-virus, anti-malware industry, but they are well respected and they’ve been offering great products since 2003. When I first ran into them, they were offering one of the best anti-trojan scanners, named A-Squared. Recently, they’ve come out with a new bundle of anti-malware called Emsisoft Emergency Kit, and it’s completely free.

The first feature of this software kit that I liked, was the fact that it’s also portable. This means that the files making up this bundle can be copied to a CD or a USB flash drive, so that it can be used easily on any PC. All you have to do is download the Zip file and extract it to any drive you want. Below is a screen shot of the files included in this package.

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To start up Emergency Kit, simply double click the start.exefile.   This launches a selection screen and you can choose one of the four main programs included in the kit.

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Below is a list of the programs in the kit and a brief description for each.

• Emsisoft Emergency Kit Scanner

Search the infected PC for Viruses, Trojans, Spyware, Adware, Worms, Dialers, Keyloggers and other malign programs.

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• Emsisoft Commandline Scanner

This scanner contains the same functionality as the Emergency Kit Scanner but without a graphical user interface. The commandline tool is made for professional users and can be used perfectly for batch jobs.

• Emsisoft HiJackFree

HiJackFree helps advanced users to detect and remove Malware manually. With HiJackFree you can manage all active processes, services, drivers, autoruns, open ports, hosts file entries and many more. It’s a tool very similar to the old and much revered HiJackThis, except that it offers more information and the ability to consult an online analysis tool for advice.

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• Emsisoft BlitzBlank

BlitzBlank is a tool for experienced users. BlitzBlank deletes files, Registry entries and drivers at boot time before Windows and all other programs are loaded.

Here’s the Emergency Kit home page for more details and the download: http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/eek/

Note: Another great tool from Emsisoft is the well known Online Armor firewall (free version).

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

I tried out Emsisoft Emergency Kit briefly and I was not disappointed. Even though most of the tools in this kit are for experienced users, the Scanner alone can help almost anyone. It’s not a small download, but it’s portable and most importantly, it’s free. I give it a big thumbs up.

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Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)


SpywareBlaster – Low Impact Malware Protection

[Windows – all versions]

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Way back in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, one of the first security apps I’d install on a PC was SpywareBlaster. These days, I don’t use it as often, however, it’s still excellent PC protection, especially if you are using Internet Explorer as your default web browser. Here’s what the website says about this application:

Multi-Angle Protection

Prevent the installation of ActiveX-based spyware and other potentially unwanted programs.
Block spying / tracking via cookies.
Restrict the actions of potentially unwanted or dangerous web sites.

No-Nonsense Security

SpywareBlaster can help keep your system secure, without interfering with the “good side” of the web. And unlike other programs, SpywareBlaster does not have to remain running in the background. It works alongside the programs you have to help secure your system.

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Here’s a list of web browsers that can benefit from SpywareBlaster’s protection:

Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Netscape
Seamonkey
Flock
K-Meleon
and browsers that use the IE engine, including:
AOL web browser
Avant Browser
Slim Browser
Maxthon (formerly MyIE2)
Crazy Browser
GreenBrowser

SpywareBlaster does not have to run continuously in order to do it’s job. It simply applies a few registry settings to your PC and your browser that will help prevent drive-by downloads and bad ActiveX scripts. After you’ve installed SpywareBlaster, all you have to do is to enable the protection on the main screen.

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The free version of SpywareBlaster requires that you update it manually, however, there is a pro version that can update itself automatically. If you can remember to update it, the free version is fine for all users. The manual update process is very simple.

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There are a few other tools bundled in with SpywareBlaster, one of them is the System Snapshot. If you ever find yourself having a few problems with your web browser, restoring one of these snapshots may be an easy fix.

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Another tool is Hosts Safe. Windows uses the HOSTS file to provide system shortcuts to various websites and some malware programs take control of this file to force your PC to places you’d never go on your own. You can create backup copies of your HOSTS file easily with this tool in SpywareBlaster and restore them later if needed.

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The last tool I’ll mention is a IE Settings section. As you can see, it offers two or three settings that can help you protect Internet Explorer.

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Please note that SpywareBlaster is not a replacement for Firewall, Anti-Virus or Anti-Spyware tools. However, it’s normally quite safe to use it in addition to the tools you already have installed.


Download SpywareBlaster: Download.com

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

SpywareBlaster is a great way to add an additional layer of security to your PC. I like the fact that it does not have to run continuously in the background in order to work. It’s been around for over 10 years and I’ve never seen any serious complaints about it. I can easily recommend it.

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Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Freeware Fridays | Top Tools Of the Week #16

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In case you haven’t seen them, here are the most recent posts in our Freeware category. We hope you enjoy reading about these freebies, and maybe you’ll find a keeper in the mix.


Caderno Is a Free Notepad Replacement With Tabs

Caderno is a free replacement for Windows notepad that offers several features like Tabs, unicode support and syntax highlighting.

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12 Animated National Flag Clock Screensavers

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Do you enjoy seeing your national flag flying high and rippling in the breeze of a bright day? If so, you should take a look at the 12 free animated flag-clock screensavers here.

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Download Last.fm Tracks with Last Recorder

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Love to hear Last.fm tracks ? Why not download them to your computer? Here is a free tool that can help you do that.

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Download and Install Multiple Programs At Once With FreeApps

SOFTWARE FreeApps is a simple website which lets you download a single setup file for multiple software applications. You can use it to download the latest version of all the programs you use daily and install them in the background.

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Be sure to let us know if you have a favorite freebie you’d like to see posted here. Our comments (below) are always open to you.

Caderno Is a Free Notepad Replacement With Tabs

To me, Notepad is an  indispensable  piece of software, however, there are many times when I wish Notepad had a little more features. If you are looking for a text editor that is not as heavy-duty as MS Word or Notepad ++ but does a little more than Windows Notepad, Caderno is a pretty good choice.

In addition to all the basic features of Notepad, Caderno optimizes your editing by letting you work in tabs, display line numbers and even does syntax high-lighting for many programming languages including INI, XML, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP and Java.

Along with built-in crash recovery, unicode support and code and parameter completion for PHP functions, Caderno also lets you manage your work in sessions. The Firefox style find/replace feature also comes in pretty handy when you are editing your text files. The tool works with all Windows OS including XP, Vista and 7, and also has a portable and a U3 version for USB drives.

Here is a quick summary of features that Caderno offers:

  • Tabs
  • Crash recovery
  • Session management
  • Syntax highlighting
  • Unicode support
  • Line numbers
  • Portable versions
  • Supports all Windows OS.

It is a great tool to create and edit simple text documents or code and the main reason why it is so useful is the option to use it as simply as Notepad or as extensively as Notepad ++ depending on your requirements.

Download Caderno here

BitDefender Antivirus Pro And Internet Security 2011 Offline Installer

Bitdefender provides some of the very good products for internet security and the company has recently launched Bitdefender Total Security 2011 which protects your computer from spyware, malware, virus and any kind of malicious threats. The Bitdefender Total Security 2011 suite includes an enhanced firewall, antivirus, file encryption and automatic updates.

The impressive thing about Bitdefender’s latest product is the search advisor feature which shows you warnings in case you click a link which may lead to a phishing website or may contain malware.

You can download all the products as one suite or may choose to install individual setups separately from the Bitdefender downloads page. This includes Bitdefender Internet security 2011, Bitdefender Total security 2011 and Bitdefender Antivirus pro 2011.

Download Offline Installers For Bitdefender Antivirus 2011

I feel really frustrating to use online installers for two reasons. First, when I have to reuse the product at a later time, I have to download it again and can’t use it instantly after a system format.

Second, having two computers at my desk – I have to separately run the online installers on both computers, which is very time consuming.

Following are some links which will let you download the entire offline installer that are included in the Bitdefender 2011 Antivirus suite:

BitDefender Antivirus pro 2011

BitDefender Internet Security 2011

BitDefender Total Security 2011

BitDefender Antivirus 2010

BitDefender Internet Security 2010

BitDefender Total Security 2010

Thanks Mayur for the links !

12 Animated National Flag Clock Screensavers

[Windows Only] Not everyone would consider themselves nationalistic or patriotic. However, most of us do enjoy seeing our national flags flying high and rippling in the breeze of a bright day. NewFreeScreensavers is offering 12 great free animated flag screensavers with an analog clock in the center. The flags are full screen animations that should work well on any Windows display. The settings for the screensavers are simple and allow you to change the display resolution.

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All of the free screensavers at NewFreeScreensavers are completely ad-free and contain no malware. There are dozens of cool free animated screensavers there that you must see to believe.

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Check out the rest of the free screensavers we’ve talked about here at Techie Buzz.

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If you have your own tips on places to find great free screensavers, be sure to comment below or email me.