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4 Best PC Tools for Tech Savvy

4 Best PC Tools for Tech Savvy

Slowing down of computers irritates everyone. It results in frustration, resulting in fingers drum first, and slamming keyboards then. Slowing down of system results in lower productivity of the user. However, there are number of slowness of the system starting from the restarting of the system for software updates, hard drive corrupted, not enough space on hard disk, virus or malware, too many background programs, outdated drivers, processor overheating, memory upgrade required, etc. Some people should deal with this all while using system.

There are many tools for addressing the respective problem, and I suggest, you should use these for faster processing and greater productivity. Following are some PC tools for tech savvy which you might want to consider.

1. MiniTool Data Recovery Software

MiniTool is data recovery tool developed by MiniTool Solution Limited. It is used to assist users in recovering deleted files, lost drive, and lost partition. The other features include CD/DVD recovery. This is easy to use; free file recovery software is available for home users. You need not to have technical background to use it. Few data recovery steps need to be followed to recover data and the lost data will be back.

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It doesn’t only recover data from RAID device and hard disk, but also supports DVD, CD, flash drive, memory stick, and memory card. The damaged partition recovery feature gives opportunity of deep scanning of memory in order to establish RAW files and recover corrupted, formatted, and damaged files within a partition. With lost partition recovery module, you can check for partitions which are formatted or corrupted by malware. It will look for sectors where files are situated in the partition and try to recover most of the data.

The files which cannot be recovered will eventually be saved in a folder, named “RAW Files”, and they won’t have their original names. In case of deleted file recovery, it is believed that once file is deleted in OS, some segments of the file remain in the drive of the system. Thus, this module uses algorithms to scan through sectors of hard drive and try to assemble what remains of the files.

It can also support specific media items, such as .mp3 files or .jpg pictures. This free data recovery software has standard for its deleted file recovery scanners, which helps to recover data that was deleted accidentally. Even though we call this a “recovery software”, keep in mind that results may vary depending on when file was deleted, whether or not memory drive is formatted, and the type of files.

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2. CCleaner

CCleaner tops among the list of free registry cleaners. The main reason is that it works well with all versions of Windows and is completely free. It helps to clean Windows Registry, clear out temporary files, erases browser histories, and so on. It works with 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and other older versions of Windows as well.

There are two installation methods available; i.e. installer and portable versions. In the installer version of CCleaner, you can download the setup files from the official website and install it on your PC. The portable version doesn’t require any installation.

CCleaner is more than just a registry cleaner. It’s a system cleaner because it actually cleans much more than registry. It removes entries from Windows Registry which refer to programs, files, or some other resources that no longer exist. It also removes invalid registry entries such as file extensions, DLL files, type libraries, applications paths and application, help files, fonts, sound events, installers, and services that no longer exist.

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Apart from registry entries, CCleaner removes temporary browser data like history, cookies, and cache of popular browsers. One can also empty Recycle Bin, clear MRU list, remove old log files and memory dumps. It has Tools area where you can automatically uninstall programs, change and view programs on Windows startup, find duplicate files, look and remove file which are taking up much of disk space, and remove restore points.

3. Microsoft Security essential

This is a free malware protection tool which has become the most popular security package. It is well designed anti-malware tool which has capabilities of both anti-malware and antivirus. Microsoft Security Essential is part of security tool; i.e. Microsoft’s Forefront suite which is based on Forefront Endpoint Protection used on enterprise desktops. There is no slowdown observed when it runs. There will be a tiny taskbar icon that shows whether the system is protected or not. You can run scan option simply by clicking on settings tool and then run scan with choices of full, quick, or custom scan.

The installation is easy and quick. Microsoft Security Essential is replacing Windows Defender which was built in anti-spyware. Once you have installed this, it will keep on downloading and updating its malware definitions from Microsoft’s servers and scans system. It is available for Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 7 in both 64- and 32-bit version.

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The built-in tools of MSE let you to exclude specific locations and files from scanning and specific processes and file types even. There is custom scan option that will check specific drives, files or folders, and full scan option will check everything on PC. The advanced options in settings tab enable to include removable drives in scans. The History tab is used to see and remove malware, and have links to online information about it, so you can decide whether to delete or not.

4. BandWidthPlace

We all like to download stuff from internet, be it movies or music, and we all love to have good bandwidth connection. If the bandwidth is low, even the smallest file can take hours to download. But, in order to avoid that, a number of tools are available to check your upload and download speed; simplest among them is BandwidthPlace. You just need to click the start button and sit back. It will test your upload as well as download speed.

The speed will be showed on analog speedometer, and once it’s completed, you can see the speed of bandwidth connection in KBPS or MBPS for both downloads and uploads. This software is a simple tool and registration is not required.

These tools will help you gain better productivity of the system and of your time while working on the task.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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