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My Favourite Ad Blocker. Now Open Source Too
I use an ad-blocker on my web browser. Not only does it block most ads, it also means that pages load much faster. My ad blocker of choice has always been Ghostery. It works, and that's pretty much all I look for in such a program. Yesterday the company behind Ghostery announced that it was now o... Read More

Search 300 Billion Web Pages With The Internet Archive
The other day, a friend of mine posted about his new job. It sounded great, but I didn't even know that the role had been advertised so I was interested to look at the original ad. Google's cache didn't have a copy, so I headed to the best archive of old web pages there is - the Wayback Machine. Ot... Read More

A $30 Screen Capture And Image Editor Tool That's Free For Personal Use
Being able to capture some or all of your screen is useful. An image editor program is also useful for editing photos and screen captures. A rather neat program called PicPick is very handy as it's 2 programs in one. It works as a really good screen grabber, and it also has a built-in image editor ... Read More

Wallpaper of the Week: Shoreline Sunset
This weeks wallpaper is an intensely colored sunset seen from the shoreline. The yellow sun glows as it sets into a sky of deep blue and magenta, casting blue and pink hues over the ocean. Intense oranges and magenta is reflected on wet sand, with dark horizontal bands of what might be kelp or seaw... Read More

A Search Engine For Your Windows Registry
The registry is the most important file on your PC. Almost every setting and configuration option for Windows and for every installed program is held in the registry. Browsing through the registry is both harmless and educational, although editing its contents can cause problems if you don't know w... Read More

Updated with New Top Picks: Best Free Download Manager
Editor George.J has just completed a major update of our "Best Free Download Manager" category with two new Top Picks. Here’s what he says: "Everyone downloads a lot of stuff from the Internet. Be it software, videos, music, documents or images, you fill your hard drive with all of this. To track a... Read More

How to Stop Gmail From Adding The Important Label to Your Email
If Gmail has been adding the 'Important' label to your emails and you would rather that didn't happen, here's how to stop it from happening. Some months ago various new emails in my Gmail accounts started showing up with an 'Important' label (flag) attached to them. Since I don't use labels in my ... Read More

Easily Upload Videos And Photos To Youtube, Facebook, FTP And More
I'm a big fan of a software company called Movavi, which makes video editing and screen capture software. Most of their programs are commercial and cost money, but they also have a really nice freebie available. It's called Share Online, and it makes it really easy to upload photos or videos to You... Read More

This Mobile Browser Offers You A Free Unlimited VPN With Maximum Privacy and Security (Android, iOS)
A virtual private network (VPN) is a service that keeps your browsing the Internet safe, secure and anonymous. It shields your browsing activities from prying eyes on public Wi-Fi and lets you bypass censorship or gain access to region-restricted websites. There are plenty of free VPNs available f... Read More

Free Microsoft App Makes Phone-To-PC Photo Transfer Easier
It's a well-used saying that the best camera in the world is the one that you happen to have on you at the time you need it. Which for most people probably means a phone. Which is why we all have so many photos on our phone which, if it was easier, we'd probably transfer to a PC for safety and for ... Read More

This Screen Capture Tool Handles OCR Too
There are lots of great freeware programs around that capture all or part of your screen. I happen to use one called Greenshot, and just about every screen capture that you've seen in my Hot Find posts over the past few years were produced with it. But here's another screen capture tool which has ... Read More

Finds of the Week: 1 March, 2018
Finds of the Week is a list of websites I've come across lately that are interesting, fun, or useful (or all three). I hope you enjoy them. -Rhiannon - How to install optional updates on Windows 10 - Space Weather - How to change the icon of any shortcut in Windows - How to install optional upd... Read More

A Digital Darkroom. Like Lightroom. But Free
You're no doubt familiar with photo and image editors such as Microsoft Paint, Paint.Net, PhotoShop and others. A few years ago, Adobe launched LightRoom, which is not just a photo editor but more of a digital darkroom. It keeps all your image files in its database, and lets you edit them such as a... Read More

This Could Be My Favourite Screen Capture Tool Ever
I'm a long-time user of Greenshot, which is a handy free screen capture tool for Windows. While the standard PrintScreen key option in Windows lets you grab the entire screen or the current window, Greenshot lets you capture any region you like. Well, as long as it's a square or rectangle of course... Read More

Get The Power Of Digital Thought.
If you have never tried a mind map program before, and you want a way to help you organize your thoughts and information electronically, check out a Windows app called The Brain. It's a commercial product with a 3-digit price tag, but there's also a free version available for personal non-commercia... Read More

Extract, Find And Replace Links In PDF Files With This Clever Tool
PDF Link Editor is a neat tool for Windows that searches for, and displays, all the links in a PDF file. You can then extract all of those links to use elsewhere, or you can replace any of them with links of your own. It's useful if, for example, you want to distribute a certain PDF file to friends... Read More

Win Real Money From This Trivia Game Show (Android, iPhone or iPad)
In this modern age, trivia game shows offering cash prizes to winners are not only conducted on TV or the radio, but also go digital on your mobile. HQ Trivia is a live trivia game show on a mobile platform that allows you to win real cash if you are smart enough to correctly answer a series of mu... Read More

Google Removes 'View Image' Button from Google Image Search (and what you can do about it)
Google has eliminated the 'View image" button from its image search results and is making copyright notices more noticeable in an effort to prevent copyright infringement. If you looked at an image in Google image search in the last few days and noticed the 'View image' button was missing, it's no... Read More

Tune Your Windows 10 Privacy With This Free Tool
You've probably heard about all the privacy-invading features in Windows 10. Microsoft calls it telemetry, designed to enable them to make Windows better. And it probably does that. But it comes at the expense of users' privacy, because lots of information about how you use your PC gets sent direct... Read More

Don't Change Your Browser. Change Your Search Engine.
If you want to change your internet browsing experience, it's easy to install a new browser on your PC. I've written about a couple of browsers over the past few days, which make a welcome change from the common trio of Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft's offerings. But there's another way to freshen... Read More

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