How many times have you been frustrated by a browser message something like "waiting for pain-in-the-ads.com" while your browser spins its wheels, unable to finish loading your site because it's linked to an ad server somewhere? More than a few programs have been written to suppress, prevent, and kill banner ads in Web browsers, instant messaging programs, and social networking apps. Major Share's RemoveAds is an ultrasimple tool that actually works. It blocks banner ads from loading, preventing the adware from trying to contact its home server, so pages load more quickly than they would … Read more
Caesium is a terrific little photo compression tool by Matteo Paonessa that makes your digital pics easier to store and share. This free tool makes quick work of compressing your JPEG, PNG, and BMP files to manageable sizes without compromising image quality. Caesium lets you preview changes even as you set them. It can process batches of images, setting a different compression level to each image to maintain a consistent level of image quality.
Caesium's user interface has an efficient rectangular layout based around a main list view, with a control panel beneath the main view and a right-hand … Read more
SSuite Office - Premium HD bills itself as an office suite for the wide-screen monitor crowd, with large icons and other interface elements that make it easier to navigate. Although it succeeds on that front -- this large collection of applications does indeed have very user-friendly interfaces -- compatibility issues will likely limit the usefulness of the suite for many users.
Where to begin with SSuite Office? It comes with applications that you'd expect, such as a word processor (WordGraph) and a spreadsheet program (Accel), but there are other programs that we didn't anticipate, such as an image … Read more
There's nothing wrong with the Snipping Tool, the screen-capture tool that comes with most versions of Windows, but there's always room for another tool in the toolbox, especially when it's compact and has something extra. FoxArc Screen Capture takes a snapshot of your entire desktop, a window, or a selected region, as well as capturing Print Screen images, and saves them in a variety of common formats as well as few less familiar ones such as TIFF, PCX, and PMN.
Screen Capture's small, rectangular interface has just four buttons: Get Region, Get Window, Get Desktop, and … Read more
Immunos is a free antivirus solution designed for inexperienced users, the sort who typically need antivirus protection the most yet are intimidated by complex software, even when it's free. Immunos is based on the well-regarded Clam AntiVirus cross-platform toolkit. Since ClamAV doesn't have its own GUI, many developers have designed their own user interfaces for platforms such as Windows, including Hipgnosis Vision, Immunos' developer. Unfortunately, its interface may be the program's least appealing aspect. Its virtues (aside from ClamAV) include its focus on simplicity, with few options and enough information to get the point across.
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One of the most popular Firefox extensions, with well over 10 million downloads to its name, has now been made available for Chrome users. FastestChrome by FastestFox is a simple free add-on that helps you browse faster by speeding up common tasks through predictive text input.
FastestChrome is easy to use and all its features are configurable via the options menu. It offers great functionality and is really quite simple to understand. One of our favorites, the Endless Pages feature, will automatically load the next page. No more waiting or unnecessary clicking of Next buttons there. It is simply and … Read more
Abyssal Registry Cleaner is a freeware registry cleaner that offers several advantages, chief among them safety and simplicity. Like other registry cleaners, it scans your system's Windows registry for broken, invalid, and corrupt entries and deletes all or some of them, as you choose. And, like other free registry cleaners we've tried, it tends to emphasize speed and safety over deep cleaning. It automatically backs up your registry before it deletes any files, making it possible to restore the previous version if you need to.
Abyssal Registry Cleaner's user interface resembles many similar tools, with large, colorful … Read more
A big TV without big speakers is just plain criminal. Alas, you can't just buy a pair and plug them directly into your LCD or plasma; you need a receiver to act as the hub and amplify the audio.
Of course, if you've ever shopped for one, you know that receivers can cost a small fortune. But not today.
Today only, and while supplies last, Woot has the Pioneer VSX-521-K 5.1-channel A/V receiver for $134.99, plus $5 for shipping. Unlike many Woot products, this one's new, not refurbished.
The VSX-521-K is nicely equipped for … Read more
Cosmetic Guide Lite cosmetically corrects portraits, especially full-face portraits, with graphics editing tools instead of makeup. The Lite version is a freeware release of a premium tool. Unfortunately, it contains few of the cosmetic-specific features of the paid version, making it of little use beyond demonstrating the paid tool's capabilities with video demonstrations.
Cosmetic Guide Lite is essentially an image editor, like Photoshop and many others, but with reduced and simplified features. The Lite version includes the standard Smudge, Brush, Crop, Resize, and Text tools, as well as the Smart Patch and Bleach Teeth tools from the premium version. … Read more
We've seen plenty of Internet bandwidth speed tests, both the online and standalone kind. Download Speed Test from AB-Tools.com is a standalone freeware speed test, which means it tests your bandwidth from your PC instead of from a Web site. This approach has advantages, such as letting you choose any download for your speed test. Download Speed Test also lets you run continuous tests, yielding a better average score over time.
Download Speed Test's twin automotive-style gauges display the current and average download speed. A line graph beneath the dials displays download times graphically, and the lower … Read more