Install Portable Applications Using ZipInstaller

Portable applications are great since they don’t need to be installed and can be carried on a USB device. However, for people who have several dozen applications on their system, portable applications can be slightly inconvenient. Most portable applications don’t provide any option to create start menu entry or desktop shortcuts. In other words, if you want to launch the utility, you will have to manually browse to its location. The same applies if you want to remove the utility. In the end, most such portable utilities end up being forgotten and lie around unnoticed in some corner of your system.

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ZipInstaller is a free utility which installs all no-install applications which are packaged in zip files. It extracts them to a specified folder, places shortcuts in your startmenu and desktop and even creates an uninstall module which can be accessed from Add/Remove Programs.

Techie Buzz Verdict

ZipInstaller has an obvious limitation – it works only for those applications which are packaged in ZIP files. Like all Nirsoft Utilities, it performs a specific task and does it extremely well. While it will prove to be an indispensable resource to some, others won’t even feel the need for it.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

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Perform Actions When Copying Text to Clipboard

Most of the times when we copy a URL, we want to open it in a web browser. When we copy an email address, we want to send a email to someone. When we copy a explorer path, we want to open and browse the folder.

As you can see, some actions are done to perform another one. Wouldn’t it be awesome, if we had a intelligent software that could sense what we want to do, and automatically allows us perform those tasks, based on what we copy? You guessed right, we found something that will do that for you.

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Clip Monitor is a awesome software, which will automatically detect what you are copying and offer you to perform the default actions based on the text that has been copied. For example, if you copy a URL, it will offer you an option to open a web browser that points to that URL. If you copy a email address, it will offer to open the default email client and open a compose email window. If you copy a explorer location, it will offer to open the explorer window and browse to that location.

In addition to that, if you copy images to clipboard, it will offer you to open your default image editor. If you want to exit the software, just copy the text exitand the software will automatically close itself.

Techie Buzz Verdict

techie-buzz-recommended-software[1] ClipMon is a awesome software and could turn you into a productive powerhouse, if it comes with more customization and options.

Even in its current state it is a really useful software, however, greedy as we are, it would be good if the software allowed users to define custom actions based on clipboard text. For example, say I want to open Microsoft word, i just copy word, and it gives me an option to open Microsoft Word. Having an option to predefine actions and keywords would be something that we want the developer to add to this software.

Rest assured, this is a , without doubt. Go ahead and make yourself more productive.

Techie Buzz Rating: 5/5 (Awesome)

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Download Multiple Images From Google Image Search

There may be lots of times, when you use Google Image search to find and use images in our research and blog posts, but what if you want to download several images on a page at once? In such cases you might have to open each image, and then click on the link to view the original image before you can actually download it.

Multi Image Downloader is a and which will allow you to download multiple images from Google Image search at once, using a handy desktop interface.

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To download all the images from Google search, you will need to copy the URL of the image search and paste it in the input box provided. If you want to start downloading images from the first page of the search results, make sure to add &start=0to the URL. The application will throw an error if the start parameter is missing from the URL.

Tip: If you only want to download stock images, checkout the options you can use to download copyright free images from Google Image search.

You can choose to download images from multiple pages, by changing the page counter and also select the type of images you want to download. Once you have selected the options, click on the Get Image linksbutton to begin scanning for images to be downloaded.

Also Read: Download and Save Images Quickly and Easily in Firefox 

The application will scan all the pages and show you the links for the images, you can double click on the URL to open it in a web browser. If you do not like a image, you can download it from the list by using the delete button. To download the images select the folder and click on the Download button.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Multi Image Downloader would be a really good software if it had an option to preview images within the software itself. Right now, you need to double click on the images to view them in a external web browser. A preview option would make it much more easier to choose images you want to download.

Another annoying thing about this app is that, it is set to stay on top, which means that it remains in front of other windows, even if another application is active. The only way to hide the download window, is to minimize it.

It would also be good if the developer would assume that start is 0, if it is missing, this would save users from having to type it out everytime they want to start downloading images from the first page.

We are going with a low rating for the software as it misses a much required preview pane, it would be really very useful once that feature is added to the app.

Techie Buzz Rating: 1.5/5 (Average)

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A Fast and Easy Control Panel for Windows 7 and Vista

Every day, I learn more about Windows 7 and it’s sometimes hidden features. Since I skipped Vista, a great deal of the options and settings are new to me.

There are dozens of utilities and settings applets built into Windows 7 and Vista. Often the easiest way to find them is to search for them by name in the Start menu.

The problem is that there are far more settings and utilities available than any average user would find on his own. What if you don’t know the name of the app or control you are looking for? What if you didn’t know it existed?

Some people at “The Windows Club” have tried to make it easier to find all the applets and controls with their new “Windows Access Panel“.

Here’s what they say about it:

Windows Access Panel v 1.0 is meant to minimize your trouble in accessing such programs. It has been tested on   Windows 7 & Windows Vista. It can simply be downloaded and used as a portable application. Place it in your Programs Files and Pin its shortcut to your Start menu and you are all set to a faster way of accessing   the ‘hidden’ Windows system utilities.”

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I tried it and it’s simply great, but I do have a couple of recommendations for it’s improvement.

I was not able to resize the Windows Access Panel (WAP)  in any way. It was very large and disappeared from my screen on the sides. I think they need to make this window re-sizable and perhaps add more tabs to better organize the tools into smaller groups.

In the future it might also be nice to be able to add your own shortcuts or commands into WAP.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

It’s safe, it’s useful and will save you time. I especially like the fact that it’s portable. However, I look forward to improvements that will make it a “must have” application.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5

Do you have any questions about Windows 7? Do you have any ideas you’d like to share? Be sure to add a comment below or email me. I’d love to hear from you.

Remove Fake Antivirus from Your System

There are several gullible ads, which prompt users and alert them that their system is infected with virus. Many users fall for the trap, in the process downloading an actual malware software which further affect their systems.

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Power users are well aware of these tricks and drift away from them, however many users are not so tech savvy and end up installing fake antivirus software on their PCs.

Fake Antivirus remover is a useful and security software, which will allow you to uninstall and remove all the fake antivirus software from your PC, with a single click.

Fake Antivirus remover tracks and removes the following Fake antivirus software: Cyber Security, Alpha Antivirus, Braviax, Windows Police Pro, Antivirus Pro 2010, PC Antispyware 2010, FraudTool.MalwareProtector.d, Winshield2009.com, Green AV, Windows Protection Suite, Total Security 2009, Windows System Suite, Antivirus BEST, System Security, Personal Antivirus, System Security 2009, Malware Doctor, Antivirus System Pro, WinPC Defender, Anti-Virus-1, Spyware Guard 2008, System Guard 2009, Antivirus 2009, Antivirus 2010, Antivirus Pro 2009, Antivirus 360 and MS Antispyware 2009

Techie Buzz Verdict

techie-buzz-recommended-software[1] Considering the amount of fake antivirus software that people mistake for real ones, this software is a definite download.

The process of removing fake antivirus software is hassle free and simple, which means that even non tech-savvy users can easily get rid of stupid malware. We recommend all our users to download and install this software, even if they are pro users as it just requires one click to get rid of scumbag software.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3.5/5 (Very Good)

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Download Portable Google Chrome

are very useful when it comes to moving your settings and preferences between several computers, without having to setup software over and over again. You can just dump the portable software on a flash drive and access it from any computer.

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PortableApps is a portable software suite, consisting of applications that provide you with tools for your daily computing life, including a web browser, open source office suite and a multi-protocol instant messenger among other things.

PortableApps have now released a portable version of , which you can download and use from anywhere. Once you download the installer, run it and extract the files directly to your USB drive. Once you have done that, you can easily use Google Chrome from any PC.

Techie Buzz Verdict

techie-buzz-recommended-software[1] Google Chrome is pretty lightweight and allows you for faster browsing, having a portable application will ensure that you do not lose your settings, cookies and preferences when you frequently access multiple computers.

With the help of the portable version, you can easily have access to all your history and saved sessions. Very useful and a definite must download.

Techie Buzz Ratings: 4/5 (Very Good)

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Protect Yourself From USB Viruses With Ninja Pendisk

After the internet, USB devices are the favorite target of malware developers. A huge majority of modern trojan horses, worms and viruses automatically copy themselves onto USB devices and spread by misusing the autorun.inf file.

Ninja Pendisk is a portable application which sits quietly in the system tray and springs into action as soon as any USB device is inserted. It scans the USB drive for commonly virulent files like autorun.inf and ctfmon.exe and cleans it if any malware if detected. It also immunizes your pendrive from further infection by creating a folder called Autorun.inf with elevated privileges.

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Ninja Pendisk is absolutely bare-bones software. There is basically no interface to speak of. All the configuration options are provided through the context menu of the system tray icon. It is completely automated and scans any device as soon as it is plugged-in. However, it doesn’t present any option to scan an already plugged in device or hard disks.

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Techie Buzz Verdict

In my testing I found that the immunization aspect of Ninja Pendisk to be overly simplistic. I was able to delete the autorun.inf folder without any problem. Panda USB and AutoRun Vaccine does a better job at immunization by making it almost impossible to remove the autorun.inf folder without re-formatting the USB Drive. However, it did succeed in removing all the malware from my pen drive. Ninja Pendisk does a decent job at protecting you from USB viruses, but there isn’t any reason why you would need it if you already have an antivirus software.

Techie Buzz Rating: 2/5 (Average)

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Encrypt Your Images With IMGCrypt

Hiding your personal files and folders, is not a good way to keep them safe from prying eyes. There are several scripts and tools which can be used to quickly unhide the hidden folders and files.

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On the other hand, file encryption provides you with better security to protect your information. We have done a rundown of several file and folder encryption tools, along with a review of a useful called TrueCrypt. IMGCrypt is another file encryption , specially created to encrypt and decrypt images.

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To encrypt your images, click on the Encrypt button and select the image you want to encrypt. Once you select the image, you will be asked to provide an password for the image.

The encryption should take some time. After it has completed, you will be asked to save the file to disk. To decrypt the file, just select the encrypted file and enter the password for it.

Techie Buzz Verdict

The app is just OK, and does the job it advertises. However, a lot of things are still left to desire. First, the encrypting process is veryslow, it would be better to get a speed boost in that area. The second thing is that, it does not encrypt the original image, but saves it as a different file, which again takes ages.

Considering that this software is used for encrypting images, the developer of the software was a bit lazy with the interface, as the password field is not hidden.

This app may come in handy, if you are looking to encrypt and send images over the internet, and don’t want someone else to view it, other than the intended recipients.

Techie Buzz Rating: 1.5/5 (average)

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Free PDF Form Designer

Forms are used pretty often these days, to allow users to electronically fill out forms. It is done to go green and save printing costs and paper. There are several expensive softwares out there, which allow you to design and create PDF Forms.

Also Read: Handy PDF Tools & Services you should definitely use

PDF Form Designer is a cross-platform alternative, for creating PDF forms in new and existing PDF files.

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PDF Form designer allows you to use drag and drop controls to create forms. In addition to that, it also allows you to use Javascript in the forms. Javascript code can be used to validate the form or perform other tasks. You can add as many pages you want to the PDF.

The software also allows you to import and edit existing PDF documents. You can choose to import the PDF as a new document, or add it to a existing document.

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Once you have designed the form, you can easily export it as a PDF document. You can then send the PDF to people to fill out. PDF Form designer is a definite must-have software, as it is easy to use and also saves you printing costs and is environment friendly.

Also Read: 18 Handy & Useful Free PDF Tools

PDF Form designer will work on both Windows and Linux based systems. You will require to have Java installed on your PC for this to work. Please note, this software does not have any executable, so you will have to click on the run.bat to open the software.

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Automatically Resize Images in Folders

Last week, we told you about a that will allow you to resize all the images in a folder. Using that tool was easy, but you still had to manually perform the resizing of images.

Dropresize is another tool, which will resize all the images in a folder. However, in this case, it will resize the images automatically, whenever new files are placed into the directory.

Also Read: Compress Image Size on the Fly

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Once you download Dropresize, double click it to run the software. Once it is running, choose the watch folder, where you will drop images for resizing. The software will then monitor the folder and optionally sub-folders for any new image files, and automatically resize them.You can also choose the maximum size and quality of the resized images.

Dropresize is a and does not require installation, once you run the software it will run in the system tray monitoring for new images.

Overall Dropresize does its job pretty well. However, the only limitation right now is that it works with only JPEG images. The author has promised to add support for other image formats in future though.

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