Close All Programs And Eject USB Drive With EjectUSB

We have already covered some softwares that help you eject your USB drive smoothly, so why this new one? EjectUSB is a little different and more useful compared to other USB ejections program.

EjectUSB is a freeware that closes all your portable programs that are running and then attempts ejection. All you need to do is specify the drive and EjectUSB would close all programs running from that drive. I find it a very useful application for times when you are trying the windows feature to eject your USB drive but a warning pops up saying you have some programs running.

EjectUSB also offers some extended functionalities like flushing the file cache, closing explorer windows, removing registry entries and removing any document shortcuts referencing the specified drive. Click here to checkout a demo video for EjectUSB.

Download EjectUSB here.

How To Backup And Restore uTorrent Settings

[Windows] µTBackup (uTBackup) is a simple and nifty utility that lets us backup all our uTorrent settings and program configuration files and later import them into another installation. uTBackup also backs up all the torrents that you have loaded into uTorrent and makes the task of backing up super easy.

You will need to backup uTorrent data in case you are shifting all your data to another computer/operating system. And keeping a backup is also recommended at all times just in case something wrong goes with your system and it is not able to restore the data itself. It happened once with me, and I lost all my torrents. Anyhow, uTBackup solves this problem now.


You won’t need to install anything. uTBackup is a simple exe file that works wherever you take it (i.e It’s portable). Once opened, click the Backup uTorrent files’ option. A dialog box will open where you will select the location the backup will be stored. Give the backup file a name and select save. The backup file will be bearing the extension .utb

uTBackup will backup your uTorrent preferences, settings, labels and other configurations. It will also backup all the torrents loaded into the application. Whenever you need to restore the backup, just run the utility, click the Restore option and select the backup file. Your data will be restored.

Note: Make sure that uTorrent is closed completely when backing up or restoring data.

If you don’t want use another utility to backup data, you can also do this all by yourself without using any software. The folder that uTBackup backs up is located at %APPDATA%\uTorrent that becomes

Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\uTorrent

Windows Vista: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\uTorrent

You can simply copy these folders, archive them into a zip file and store them somewhere else. That’d create your entire backup and you can restore it simply by pasting the folder back. (The application data paths should be as mentioned above, unless you changed them while installing uTorrent.)

As FileShareFreak mentions, uTBackup isn’t officially supported for Windows XP, but it runs alright. I tested it on XP and it works great. Although, to make it run on XP, you’d need Windows Installer 3.1 and .Net Framework 3.5 installed. You probably have them, if not, install them from the linked pages.

Also worth noting is that uTBackup DOES NOT backup the downloaded data of the torrents, it only backs up the meta torrent files (the .torrent files)

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Find Linux Alternatives For Windows & OSX Software

Linux is growing fast and a lot of people are switching from Windows and OS X. There are tons of very useful software available for Linux but sometimes it is not real easy to find.

LinuxAppFinder not only lets you find Linux apps for any certain task, but also lists Linux alternatives for any Windows or OS X application. You can search for a software or browse the listings in alphabetical order. For almost every Windows or OS X software, there are 3-4 Linux alternatives listed. Just click on the one you like to see more details and instructions on how to install.

If you don’t find the software you are looking for, you can make a request through the forums. A regularly updated news sections is also there to keep you informed of new and upcoming Linux apps.

Autorun Eater Helps You Remove Suspicious Autorun Files

We previously showed you how to stop USB drives from loading programs automatically, so you can protect yourself from viruses that get into your autorun files. However, there are times when preventing all the autorun programs is not the ideal solution. This is where Autorun Eater can help.

Autorun Eater is a freeware utility that removes only those autorun files that it thinks are suspicious. This clean-up is performed even before the drive is accessed by the user. All the removed files are backed up incase the user wants to access them. You can also use Autorun Eater to completely disable Autoplay so no applications are automatically loaded.

Autorun Eater can help significantly in adding an extra layer of security and preventing your computer from malware that creeps into the autorun.inf files.

You can download Autorun Eater here.

Create, Delete and Manage Disk Partitions With Active@

We previously mentioned EASEUS as a great software to manage disk partitions in windows. However, if you don’t want to go for a paid software, there is an alternative.

Active@ Partition Manager is a free software that lets you create, delete and manage your disk partitions. You can also rename or format the partitions without shutting down the system. Most of the changes you made are applied immediately. You can also use Active@ to create partitions on your external hard drives and even your USB flash drives.

Here are some of the key features for Active@ Partition Manager:

. Create a partition or logical drive
· Format a logical drive or partition (FAT16, FAT32, NTFS)
· Assign or change partition attributes
· Format a Flash memory as NTFS
· Delete a partition or logical drive
· Create FAT32 partitions greater than 32GB in size (up to 1Tb)
· Mark partition as active.
· Create several partitions on a USB flash memory device
· View the properties of a partition, logical drive or hard drive device

It is a light application and works for all windows OS.

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Service Manager Plus Bring Better Service Management for Windows

Windows services are processes that run in the background, many of these are set to start with Windows and take care of various system operations.

As a novice user, you seldom require to deal with services and with tools that allow you to manage startup items you can also manage which services should start with Windows.

Also Read: Best Windows Task Manager Alternatives

However as a advanced user you would want to have more control over how these services are run and also control other aspects of Windows Services.

Windows Service Manager Plus

Service Manager Plus is a handy that provides users with a more sophisticated control over Windows services.

With service manager plus you have;

  1. Complete control over the service configuration.
  2. Improved service recovery configuration.
  3. Ability to review the events from the event log that are related to a given events.
  4. Smarter service restarts.
  5. Ability to display & edit kernel drivers/services.

If you are looking to optimize windows services, you may also want to check out Vista services optimizer.

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Backup Your Google Docs With GDocBackup

We have previously mentioned a few ways to back up your Google Docs files. However, the tools and methods we mentioned previously worked for a limited number of scenarios. Gladly, there is an application now that will work for everybody.

GDocBackup is a freeware utility for Windows and Linux, that lets you backup your Google Docs to your local drive. After you have downloaded and installed GDocBackup from here, it will prompt you for your Google account details. Once you have entered your user name and password and specified a folder location, GDocBackup will download all your files from your Google Docs account.

You can also specify the formats you want to download your documents in such as downloading presentations as PDF files. After the first backup, each subsequent backup will only download the new files that have been added to you Google Docs.

ZuiTube: YouTube For Kids

KidZui is one of the most popular browsers for kids, and now the people behind KidZui have come up with a video website dedicated to children. The videos on ZuiTube are all coming from YouTube but have been extensively filtered by parents and teachers.

The range of videos include movies, cartoons, humor, animals and sports. The video count has already surpassed 60,000, contained within over 6,000 different channels. Kids have the power to create channels and tag videos.

With a neat graphical representation, search suggestions and spelling corrections, the search feature of ZuiTube has been specially tailored for kids. As a video gets searched and played more and more times, it starts coming up in the search rankings. The features of ZuiTube comply with the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA).

Similar to KidZui, ZuiTube is also free of any adware or potentially misleading links.

ViewLikeUS: View a Website In Different Resolutions

We have previously talked about testing a website in different versions of IE and testing a website on iPhone. However, along with the cross-browser testing, it is also critical to see how your website would appear to users using different screen resolutions. Depending on the computer and the monitor settings, screen resolutions can go from 800 x 600 to 1920 x 1200.

One way to test a website in different resolutions is to use different monitors and/or adjust resolutions on your computer. The other way, a much simpler one, is to use an application like ViewLikeUs. ViewLikeUs is a free web app that lets you view a website in 9 different screen resolutions. It is an Ajax based tool so you don’t have to download anything and you don’t have to register for an account. Simply enter the URL of the web page you want to view and off you go.

Here are the different resolutions you can view a website in using ViewLikeUs:

ViewLikeUs also allows you to view a website the way it would appear on an iPhone and a Wii browser.

What Happened To Windows? Why Did It Show A Blue Screen and Crash?

Blue screen of death more popularly know as BSOD is a common problem that occurs with Windows, the error may occur due to hardware failure, driver errors or something else.

But looking at the error messages only a technical person can figure out what went wrong? But what if you don’t have access to a technical person, can you figure out what went wrong?


BlueScreenView is a handy utility that will allow you to see what problems can check why the blue screen was displayed, you can also view the actual blue screen error message using this tool.

BlueScreenView Features

  • Automatically scans your current minidump folder and displays the list of all crash dumps, including crash dump date/time and crash details.
  • Allows you to view a blue screen which is very similar to the one that Windows displayed during the crash.
  • BlueScreenView enumerates the memory addresses inside the stack of the crash, and find all drivers/modules that might be involved in the crash.
  • BlueScreenView also allows you to work with another instance of Windows, simply by choosing the right minidump folder (In Advanced Options).
  • BlueScreenView automatically locate the drivers appeared in the crash dump, and extract their version resource information, including product name, file version, company, and file description.

Previously mention WhoCrashed is a similar tool that lets you analyze the BSOD errors and fix them.

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