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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software updates, hard drive corrupted, not enough space on hard disk, virus or malware, too many background programs, outdated drivers, processor overheating, memory upgrade required, etc.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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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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