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A Reader Wants To Know – What’s On My PC?

With due apologies to my good friend Rick Robinette – whose blog is aptly called – What’s On My PC.

imageI get a wide variety of questions here, from the very simple to the complex – all of which are equally as interesting. The following question was recently posed by a reader.

“Could you give your readers a list of the programs you run on your computer. I often wondered what the computer experts really use on their personal computers, so we newbies can make better decisions on which to keep or which to delete.”

Seems as if that’s an easy question to answer – just take a screen shot of my Desktop (as the reader suggested) and send it on. But, the question is deeper than that – a little more complex I think.

You’ll note, in the following screen capture, that many of the applications I run on my personal machine, are “old.” For example – WinPatrol, was the second application I installed on my first Internet connected machine (after the free version of ZoneAlarm Firewall). I continue to rely on WinPatrol today, as much as I ever have. CCleaner, Glary Utilities, ImgBurn, are other applications that fit into the “old” category.

Sure, in the interim, a ton of freeware applications have been released that duplicate and perhaps, in some cases, even exceed the capabilities of the applications I have come to depend on. But, I’m not into the “latest and greatest” – which, often enough –  are frequently lacking in the “greatest” department.

No, I’ll stick with the applications I’ve come to know that perform as advertised; that do the job I need done, with as little fuss as possible. Remember of course, that it is the latest edition of these “old” applications which run on this system.

The following screen shot illustrates the applications currently installed on my home system. Those that are annotated with an arrow icon, have been reviewed here previously.

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A selected few previously reviewed applications.

Zemana Antilogger – I’ve long considered Zemana AntiLogger a must have security application for my Internet connected machines. In fact, I would never connect my web cam without first ensuring that Zemana AntiLogger was up and running. To drive home that point (and others), I’ve reviewed this application several times.

AVG – I’ve been running with AVG AntiVirus Free 2013 on a primary home system (a Windows 8 machine), since September 5, of last year. The verdict? I’m impressed – very impressed.

CCleaner – What can you say about CCleaner (the granddaddy of all system cleaners – it’s been around since 2004), that hasn’t already been said of this freeware system optimization, privacy, and cleaning tool.

EULAlyzer – This free application quickly scans a EULA, and points out words, statements, and phrases, that you need to consider carefully. Results are rated by “Interest Level” and organized by category, so it’s easy to zero-in on the issue that concern you the most.

Glary Utilities – Glary Utilities Free, is a reasonably complete set of system tools with which even a relative newcomer to the computing game can tweak, repair, optimize and improve system performance. Since discovering Glary Utilities years ago, it has remained my go-to application for system maintenance and cleanup.

History Viewer – Here’s a little freeware application – History Viewer – which doesn’t approach the robustness of  SForensics Beta – but nevertheless, will let you take a peek at various Window’s histories.

ImgBurn – I’ll jump ahead here – directly to my conclusion. ImgBurn is a superior CD/DVD burning application. No hesitation – this application ROCKS.

IrfanView – IrfanView which is one of my favorite photo applications (not just mine; there have been over 34 Million downloads), is not just an image viewer, but an image browser, converter, and an editor as well. Best of all, you’ll find the interface intuitive and very easy to use. If you’re curious, this application is named after its developer Irfan Skiljan.

MakeMKV – MakeMKV is the best one-click free solution to convert owned video that I’ve found, to date. This is a very impressive application – straightforward, and easy to run –  even for a relatively new computer user.

MalWareBytes – I run Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware every day, as a secondary malware scanner, since I have absolutely no faith that a single security application offers adequate protection. The free version of this speed demon (it’s faster at scanning than any anti-malware program I’ve tested in the last 2 years), is used by millions of people worldwide to protect their computers.

MozBackup – In addition to backing up a Firefox profile, MozBackup will create profile backups for the following applications – Mozilla Thunderbird, Sunbird, Flock, SeaMonkey, Mozilla Suite, Spicebird, Songbird and Netscape.

MWSnap – MWSnap is a highly rated small, yet powerful, Windows program for snapping (capturing) images from selected parts of the screen. I use it daily to create high-quality screen captures for presentations, documents, and most particularly – application screen captures for my Blog.

NirSoft Wireless Network Watcher – This free utility scans your wireless network and displays the list of all computers and devices that are currently connected to your network.

There are additional applications, including specialty applications, which I run occasionally from either a USB flash drive, or a CD/DVD – but, these applications are generally outside the scope of an average user’s needs.

For example – an application which you will not see here is CurrPorts – a portable application which allows a user to view a list of ports that are currently in use, and the application that is using it.

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Lift The Hood On Your PC – Take a Peek With These 5 Free System Information Utilities

imageIf you think developing information, including diagnostics, on your computer’s operating system and hardware is a tough task, you can relax. Here are 5 small, free applications, that make it easy to probe your computer system and create a detailed profile which can include hardware, installed software – motherboard, CPU and GPU specs, remaining drive space, and your operating system security hotfixes – and a lot more.

Belarc Advisor 8.2.7.14:

Belarc Advisor is a free program that automatically generates a detailed audit report of the hardware and software on your computer. It records essential information such as, operating system and processor details, the amount of RAM installed, and drive specifications.

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The report also includes a comprehensive list of the software installed on your system, as well as software license numbers and product keys. In addition, it lists the status of the Microsoft hotfixes on your system. If any hotfixes need reinstalling, you will be advised of this.

The results are displayed in a formatted HTML report. The report is clearly formatted for ease of understanding and divided into appropriate categories. Hyperlinks within the report allow you to quickly navigate to different parts of the document, find out more about a particular hotfix entry, or see where a listed software product is installed.

All of your PC profile information is kept private on your PC and is not sent to any web server.

System Requirements: Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, 2003, XP. Both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows support.

Download at: MajorGeeks

LookInMyPC 2.10.3.158

LookInMyPC is a free application which, like Belarc Advisor, records essential information such as, operating system and processor details, the amount of RAM installed, drive specifications and so on. But, it digs much, much, deeper.

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The following graphic shows a very small (I do mean very small) portion of a scan result, run on my test platform. The data shown here is pretty standard stuff.

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System requirements: Windows 2000, XP, 2003/8, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.

Download at: MajorGeeks

A portable version is also available.

SIW (System Info) 2011.10.29i

SIW is an advanced System Information utility that analyzes your computer and gathers detailed information about system properties and settings and displays it in a very comprehensive manner.

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The data generated is divided into major categories:

Software Information: Operating System, Software Licenses (Product Keys / Serial Numbers / CD Key), Installed Software and Hotfixes, Processes, Services, Users, Open Files, System Uptime, Installed Codecs, Passwords Recovery, Server Configuration.

Hardware Information: Motherboard, CPU, Sensors, BIOS, chipset, PCI/AGP, USB and ISA/PnP Devices, Memory, Video Card, Monitor, Disk Drives, CD/DVD Devices, SCSI Devices, S.M.A.R.T., Ports, Printers.

Network Information: Network Cards, Network Shares, currently active Network Connections, Open Ports.

Network Tools: MAC Address Changer, Neighborhood Scan, Ping, Trace, Statistics, Broadband Speed Test

Miscellaneous Tools: Eureka! (Reveal lost passwords hidden behind asterisks), Monitor Test, Shutdown / Restart.

Real-time monitors: CPU, Memory, Page File usage and Network Traffic.

System requirements: Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000

Download at: MajorGeeks

Speccy 1.17.340

Speccy (from our good friends over at Piriform – the CCleaner guys), is not quite as comprehensive as the applications described previously. Even so, you can count on this free application to provide you with detailed statistics on every piece of hardware in your computer. Including CPU, Motherboard, RAM, Graphics Cards, Hard Disks, Optical Drives, Audio support. Additionally Speccy adds the temperatures of your different components, so you can easily see if there’s a problem.

Typical info screens.

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System requirements: Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista and XP (32-bit and 64-bit)

Download at: MajorGeeks

PC Wizard 2012.2.10

PC Wizard has been designed for hardware detection but, it really shines in analysis and system benchmarking. It will analyze and benchmark CPU performance, Cache performance, RAM performance, Hard Disk performance, CD/DVD-ROM performance, Removable/FLASH Media performance, Video performance, and MP3 compression performance.

Typical info screens.

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System requirements: Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP (32-bit and 64-bit)

Download at: MajorGeeks

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What’s INSIDE Your PC? 6 Free System Information Utilities For Non-Geeks

imageIf you think developing information on your computer’s operating system and hardware is a tough task, you can relax. Here are 6 small, free applications, that make it easy to probe your computer system and create a detailed profile which can include hardware, installed software – motherboard, CPU and GPU specs – remaining drive space, and your operating system security hotfixes.

Belarc Advisor:

Belarc Advisor is a free program that automatically generates a detailed audit report of the hardware and software on your computer. It records essential information such as, operating system and processor details, the amount of RAM installed, and drive specifications.

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The report also includes a comprehensive list of the software installed on your system, as well as software license numbers and product keys. In addition, it lists the status of the Microsoft hotfixes on your system. If any hotfixes need reinstalling, you will be advised of this.

The results are displayed in a formatted HTML report. The report is clearly formatted for ease of understanding and divided into appropriate categories. Hyperlinks within the report allow you to quickly navigate to different parts of the document, find out more about a particular hotfix entry, or see where a listed software product is installed.

System Requirements: Windows 7, Vista, 2003, XP, 2000, NT 4, Me, 98, and 95. Both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows support.

Download at: Download.com

LookInMyPC:

LookInMyPC is a free application which, like Belarc Advisor, records essential information such as, operating system and processor details, the amount of RAM installed, drive specifications and so on. But, it digs much, much, deeper.

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A number of features keeps this application a cut above the average:

The results are displayed in your Web Browser in a formatted HTML report. The report is clearly formatted for ease of understanding and divided into appropriate categories. Hyperlinks within the report allow you to quickly search for additional information.

As well, the report can be zipped, and then forwarded as an email attachment to your favorite “tech support” person.

The following graphic shows a very small (I do mean very small) portion of a scan result, run on my test platform. The data shown here is pretty standard stuff.

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System requirements: Windows 2000, XP, 2003/8, Vista and Windows 7.

Download at: LookInMyPC

A portable version is also available.

SIW – System Information for Windows:

SIW is an advanced System Information for Windows tool that analyzes your computer and gathers detailed information about system properties and settings and displays it in a very comprehensive manner.

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The data generated is divided into major categories:

Software Information: Operating System, Software Licenses (Product Keys / Serial Numbers / CD Key), Installed Software and Hotfixes, Processes, Services, Users, Open Files, System Uptime, Installed Codecs, Passwords Recovery, Server Configuration.

Hardware Information: Motherboard, CPU, Sensors, BIOS, chipset, PCI/AGP, USB and ISA/PnP Devices, Memory, Video Card, Monitor, Disk Drives, CD/DVD Devices, SCSI Devices, S.M.A.R.T., Ports, Printers.

Network Information: Network Cards, Network Shares, currently active Network Connections, Open Ports.

Network Tools: MAC Address Changer, Neighborhood Scan, Ping, Trace, Statistics, Broadband Speed Test

Miscellaneous Tools: Eureka! (Reveal lost passwords hidden behind asterisks), Monitor Test, Shutdown / Restart.

Real-time monitors: CPU, Memory, Page File usage and Network Traffic.

System requirements: Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000

Download at: Download.com

Speccy v1.12:

Speccy is not quite as comprehensive as the applications described previously. Even so, you can count on this free application to provide you with detailed statistics on every piece of hardware in your computer. Including CPU, Motherboard, RAM, Graphics Cards, Hard Disks, Optical Drives, Audio support. Additionally Speccy adds the temperatures of your different components, so you can easily see if there’s a problem.

Typical info screens.

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System requirements: Windows 7, Vista and XP (32-bit and 64-bit)

Download at: Download.com

WinAudit:

I haven’t personally tested this one, but you can read a review of this free computer audit application What’s really under the hood of that computer? on fellow Blogger Rick Robinette’s site.

PC Wizard:

PC Wizard has been designed for hardware detection but, it really shines in analysis and system benchmarking. It will analyze and benchmark CPU performance, Cache performance, RAM performance, Hard Disk performance, CD/DVD-ROM performance, Removable/FLASH Media performance, Video performance, and MP3 compression performance.

System requirements: Windows 7, Vista, XP (32-bit and 64-bit)

Download at: Download.com

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What’s In Your PC? Take A Look With Free LookInMyPC

image Do you have a detailed profile of your computer system which includes details on hardware and installed software? What do you know about your computer’s motherboard, CPU and GPU, remaining drive space, or your operating system’s security hotfixes?

To effectively maintain your computer, and proactively deal with problems that may occur, you can make the diagnostic process much easier if you have specific and accurate details of your computer.

If you need help from a computer support group, from a tech support line, or from a computer knowledgeable friend, you will need to provide specific and accurate details of your computer. Without these details, it can be very difficult for even the most knowledgeable computer tech to be time efficient.

So it is important for you to create a detailed profile of your computer system before problems occur, and retain a printed copy of the report. Normally, creating such a profile can be very time intensive. But there are time saving solutions.

One such solution is LookInMyPC – a free program that automatically generates a detailed audit report of the hardware and software on your computer. It records essential information such as, operating system and processor details, the amount of RAM installed, drive specifications, and much, much, more.

You may get one or more security warnings (as illustrated below), during the install, since this applications digs deep into the system.

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The graphic below indicates just how deep this application digs.

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The following graphic shows a very small (I do mean very small) portion of a scan result, run on my test platform. The data shown here is pretty standard stuff.

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But, in this portion of the report, the data shown is more complex and could be helpful (along with a huge amount of additional available data), in system diagnostics.

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A number of features keeps this application a cut above the average:

The results are displayed in your Web Browser in a formatted HTML report. The report is clearly formatted for ease of understanding and divided into appropriate categories. Hyperlinks within the report allow you to quickly search for additional information.

As well, the report can be zipped, and then forwarded as an email attachment to your favorite “tech support” person.

System requirements: Windows 2000, XP, 2003/8, Vista and Windows 7.

Download at: LookInMyPC

A portable version is also available.

I have been using this program for some time, and find it invaluable for troubleshooting, and diagnostics.

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Inventory Your Software License Keys With Free “All My Software”

imageOK, we’re going to start off with a short test – I want you to pull out all your installed software registration keys, or licenses. That was a little tougher than you thought, I’ll wager – if you’re a fairly typical user. Couldn’t find that slip of paper you just know you copied that office suite’s registration key to, huh?

The good news is – you’re not alone. The most frustrating part of being the tech support guy for friends, I can tell you, is dealing with their lost registration documentation when a reinstall is the only solution.

The bad news is – if you can’t locate your registration documentation, and you don’t know how to recover keys from the Hard Drive (not always easy), it’s more than possible that the money you spent for the application, has just gone down the drain.

But, with a little planning, and a little attention to detail, you’ll never be faced with the “lost registration key” blues. That’s were the free application,  All My Software comes in.

This small program will scan your Windows registry for all installed software, including support and contact information, links, and even order date and number, if found, and save this data to a database.

The following screen capture illustrates the scan results from my test system. (Click on any graphic to expand).

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Following the scan you will have access to the following wizard. You’ll notice the application has taken note of the installed applications, as well as support and contact information, links, and more.

You then enter the registration key in the field provided for the selected program.

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Once you’ve finished, you simply saving the database to a location on your Hard Drive. Additionally, you have the option of exporting the saved database to Excel. Prudent users will save the database to a Flash Drive, or a CD/DVD, as the following tip suggests.

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Fast facts:

Auto scan for installed/uninstalled software

Ability to quick uninstall the software products

Flexible backup reminder

Ability to encrypt the database with a password

Simple list or tree-like database structure view

Database export to MS Excel

Single click to go to each developer’s web site

Single click to create an e-mail message to a particular developer’s support team

Easy to use search features

There are additional features in All My Software not covered in this review.

System requirements: Windows 98, Me, 2000, XP, Vista, Win 7

Download at: the developer’s site (Bolide Software) – registration required.

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AddonFox – A Multi Firefox Add-on Download Wizard

imageThroughout the year, we’ve looked at a number of what I call ”bulk downloaders” – services/applications that download and install multiple user selected applications, in one pass.

So far this year we’ve looked at Ninite, which provides a generous listing of freeware applications, LiberKey which installs up to 180+portable applications, and ZeuAPP, which makes it easy to download a host of freeware programs. As well, we looked at a number of others that, in the end, were not up to the task.

The basic premise with all these services/applications is – you choose your applications from a smorgasbord menu.

I must admit, that based on readers’ comments, these applications are not as popular as I expected. Who knew? Still, given that I perform an OS reinstall at six month intervals on each of my home machines, I find this type of application, especially Ninite, a valuable addition to my utility toolbox.

Linkular, has taking this multi download concept to another level by releasing AddonFox, which is described as “an install wizard for Firefox addons, enabling users to choose which categories they are interested in. The user is then presented with a list of extensions to choose from, which are then installed en masse.”

The following screen captures should give you a good feel for what you can expect if you choose to install this extension/wizard.

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For illustrative purposes, I have chosen to display both the “Customization” and the “Media” add-on menus, only.

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Clicking on any “More Info” link opens that particular add-on’s information page. In this representative example, I clicked on the Cooliris “More Info” link which then opened the appropriate page.

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AddonFox includes over 100 add-ons in its smorgasbord style menu, neatly broken down into the following categories.

Customization

Downloads

Fun

Languages

Media

Programming

Security

Privacy

Social

Visual

There’s not much point in reinventing the wheel, so the following information has been taken directly from the publisher’s Mozilla page.

Main Features

✔ Multiple addons are installed automatically according to your choice (We have over a hundred in the collection)
✔ Each addon is accompanied by a concise description and a link for more information
✔ You can personalize AddonFox by adding or removing addons after initial installation
✔ Many addons are configurable for a better user experience
When initially installing AddonFox, not all the addons included are on by default. We started you off with our editors’ choices but you can always add or remove any addon to suit your personal needs.

The following categories and addons are included:

Customization

Add to Search Bar – Make any pages’ search functionality available in the Search Bar
Autofill Forms – Enables you to fill out web forms with one click or a keyboard shortcut
Firefox Sync – Access your history, passwords, bookmarks, and open tabs across your devices
Google Shortcuts – Display all of your Google Services as buttons anywhere you like
Greasemonkey – Customize any site using thousands of user scripts
Menu Editor – Rearrange menu items in the context menu and the main menu bar
New Tab King – Adds most visited sites, recently closed tabs, and suggested sites to new tabs
Organize Search Engines – Organize your search engines with separators and folders
Organize Status Bar – Organize your status bar icons
QuickJava – Quick enable and disable of Java, Javascript, Flash, Silverlight and images
Samfind Bookmarks Bar – Quickest, easiest way to access your favorite websites
Speed Dial – Direct access to your most visited websites
Tab Mix Plus – Duplicate tabs, control tab focus, undo closed tabs and windows, etc.

Downloads

Download Manager Tweak – Open the download manager in a tab or sidebar, and get more info
Download Statusbar – View and manage downloads from a tidy statusbar
DownThemAll – Download manager and accelerator
NetVideoHunter – Download videos and music from video sites like Youtube
SkipScreen – Skips unnecessary pages on sites like Rapidshare, Megaupload, zShare, etc.
Fun
Destroy the Web – Turn any webpage into a shoot-em up video game
FootieFox – Live soccer scores for over 200 leagues and cups of 60 countries
Kidoz TV – Turn your browser into a safe kids Web TV, safe easy and fun
KidZui – Turns Firefox into fun, kid-safe browser and online playground for kids 3-12
Puzzle – Turn any image to puzzle pieces and play
StumbleUpon – Get random websites suited to your tastes with one click
Zoodles – Turn Firefox into a safe, virtual playground for kids 3-8
General
Billeo – Flags your search results where discounts and promotions are available
Context Search – Changes the context menu search into a menu with installed search engines
Feedly – Organizes your favorite sources in a magazine-like start page
Forecastfox – Adds live international weather forecast icons to the statusbar
FoxClocks – Puts small world clocks in your statusbar
Linkification – Converts text links into genuine, clickable links
Open IT Online – Open documents and images online without the need of additional software
PriceTrace – Do price comparison between online stores like Amazon, Newegg, Walmart, etc.
ReloadEvery – Reloads web pages every so many seconds or minutes
ReminderFox – Displays and manages lists of reminders and ToDo’s
Resurrect Pages – When going to a missing page, easily search for cached version of it
SimilarWeb – Instant access to the best sites related to the one you are browsing
WindowShopper – Instantly compare prices, find deals, and see similar items as you shop

Languages

Converter – Contextual unit, timezone, and currency converter on any web site
Dictionary Switcher – Switch between installed dictionaries and the current one in the statusbar
FoxLingo – Web page and text translator, dictionary, grammar checker, text-to-speech, etc.
Quick Locale Switcher – Switch Firefox default language
Media
Cooliris – Scroll an infinite 3D Wall of content from Facebook, Google, YouTube, Flickr, etc.
ImageZoom – Adds zoom and rotation functionality for images
Fire.fm – Fire.fm gives you access to the extensive music library on Last.fm
FireShot – Creates screenshots of web pages with editing and annotation tools
Flash Game Maximizer – Click a button or hit the hot-key to maximize (almost) any Flash content
FlashVideoReplacer – Replace embedded flash videos with mplayer compatible videos
FoxyTunes – Control almost any media player and find lyrics, covers, videos, bios, etc.
MediaPlayerConnectivity – Launch online videos in an external application
Picnik – Add a menu options and a toolbar icon for editing images online
Screengrab – Save webpages as images (saves an entire page, just a selection, or a frame)
TinEye Reverse Image Search – Find where an image came from and if it has a better version
TweakMDB – The Ultimate IMDB Enhancer, instantly add many tweaks to IMDB.com
TweakTube – The Ultimate YouTube Enhancer, instantly add many tweaks to YouTube
VideoSurf – Get visual video summaries and related videos on Twitter, Google, YouTube, etc.

Programming

Addon Developer Helper – Restart Firefox, restart and clear XPCOM cache, or restart chrome
Console2 – Improves the JavaScript console with filtering, removing duplicates, and more
Extended Statusbar – A Statusbar with speed, percentage, time and loaded size
Firebug – Edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page
FireFTP – FTP client
FoxyProxy – An advanced proxy management tool
HttpFox – HTTP analyzer
IE Tab – View sites in Internet Explorer within a Firefox tab
Nightly Tester Tools – Use addons that don’t support the newest Firefox version
Pixel Perfect – Overlay a webpage image on top of an actual webpage (requires Firebug)
SQLite Manager – Manage any SQLite database on your computer
Web Developer – Adds a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools
YSlow – Analyzes web pages and why they’re slow based on Yahoo!’s rules
Security & Privacy
Adblock Plus – Blocks ads automatically on any web page
BetterPrivacy – A safeguard which protects from LSO’s on Google, YouTube, Ebay, etc.
BlockSite – BlockSite is an extension, which automagically blocks websites of your choice
Flashblock – Blocks Flash from automatically playing
Ghostery – Protect your privacy, see who’s tracking your web browsing and block them
LastPass Password Manager – Online password manager and form filler
LinkExtend – Provides meta-site-ratings for computer safety, child safety, popularity, etc.
NoScript – Allow active content (like Javascript) to run only from sites you trust
Password Exporter – Export your saved passwords to XML or CSV files that can be imported
ProCon – Filter web pages containing explicit content based on text on websites
Tamper Data – Use tamperdata to view and modify HTTP/HTTPS headers and post parameters
Unhide Passwords – Shows passwords as you are typing them in password fields
Social
AddThis – Share any page using social networking, bookmarking, blogging, and e-mail services
Better Gmail – Extra features for Gmail including hierarchical labels, attachment icons, and more
ChatZilla – A clean, easy to use and highly extensible Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client
Integrated Gmail – Combines Gmail with Google Calendar, Google Reader, Gmail Labs, and more
Facebook Dislike – Add a Dislike feature on Facebook.
Facebook Like – Share web pages you like and see how many people like the page you are on
FaceMoods – Add animated smileys and crazy emoticons to your Facebook chat
TwitterBar – Post to Twitter from your address bar
WebMail Notifier – Checks your webmail accounts and notifies the number of unread emails
WiseStamp – Empower your email signatures in Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, AOL, etc.
Yoono – Get updates, update your status, and share across Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.

Visual

ColorfulTabs – Colors every tab in a different color and makes them easy to distinguish
Default FullZoom Level – Change or reset zoom level of a page from the statusbar
Fission – Combines address bar and progress bar (Safari style)
FoxTab – Flip between open tabs with a 3D display
Hide Caption Titlebar Plus – Maximize screen space by removing the Firefox window title-bar
NoSquint – Change zoom levels and color settings for all sites or per site
Personas Plus – Skins for Firefox (over 60,000 designs)
Readability – Makes reading on the Web better by removing clutter around what you’re reading
Searchbar Autosizer – Autosizes the searchbar as you type
Smart Bookmarks Bar – Hide bookmark names from the bookmark bar
Smart Stop/Reload – Combines the Stop and Reload toolbar buttons
SmoothWheel – Scrolls the page smoothly when scrolling the mouse wheel
Stylish – Install user generated themes and skins for any website
Tab Progress Bar – Provides a progress meter for each tab

Overall, I think this add-on has value. Particularly for those techies who volunteer as the “IT department”, for friends and relatives. Or, for those users who want to quickly get an idea of the categories available in the ever expanding world of Firefox add-ons.

Download at: Mozilla

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Profile Your Computer System With Free Belarc Advisor Version 8.1

image Do you have a detailed profile of your computer system including hardware and installed software? What do you know about your computer’s motherboard, CPU and GPU, remaining drive space, or your operating system security hotfixes?

To effectively maintain your computer and proactively deal with problems that may occur, it is essential that you have as much information about your system as possible.

If you need help from a computer support group, from a tech support line, or from a computer knowledgeable friend, you will need to provide specific and accurate details of your computer. Without these details, it can be very difficult for even the most knowledgeable computer tech to be time efficient.

So it is important for you to create a detailed profile of your computer system before problems occur, and retain a printed copy of the report. Normally, creating such a profile can be very time intensive. But there are time saving solutions.

Belarc Advisor (last updated September 16), is a free program that automatically generates a detailed audit report of the hardware and software on your computer. It records essential information such as; operating system and processor details, the amount of RAM installed, drive specifications, and much, much more.

The following screen capture shows only a very small portion of the audit report.

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The report also includes a comprehensive list of the software installed on your system, as well as software license numbers and product keys. In addition, it lists the status of the Microsoft hotfixes on your system. If any hotfixes need reinstalling, you will be advised of this.

The results are displayed in a formatted HTML report. The report is clearly formatted for ease of understanding and divided into appropriate categories. Hyperlinks within the report allow you to quickly navigate to different parts of the document, find out more about a particular hotfix entry, or see where a listed software product is installed.

I have been using this program for 5+ years and find it invaluable for troubleshooting, and diagnostics.

System Requirements: Windows 7, Vista, 2003, XP, 2000, NT 4, Me, 98, and 95. Both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows support.

Browser Requirements: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and many others.

Download at: Download.com

Belarc Advisor is free for personal use only.

Additional free computer audit applications include:

SIW – System Information for Windows…

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WinAudit

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Free LookInMyPC – Probe Your PC’s Secrets

image Do you have a detailed profile of your computer system which includes details on hardware and installed software? What do you know about your computer’s motherboard, CPU and GPU, remaining drive space, or your operating system’s security hotfixes?

To effectively maintain your computer, and proactively deal with problems that may occur, you can make the diagnostic process much easier if you have specific and accurate details of your computer.

Creating a detailed profile of your computer system before problems occur, and retaining a printed copy of the report, will put you one step ahead. Normally, creating such a profile can be very time intensive. But, there are solutions.

One such solution is LookInMyPC – a free program that automatically generates a detailed audit report of the hardware and software on your computer. It records essential information such as, operating system and processor details, the amount of RAM installed, drive specifications, and much, much, more.

The graphic below indicates just how deep this application digs.

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The following graphic shows a very small portion of a scan result, run on my test platform.

Look in My PC

The report is generated in your Web Browser, nicely formatted and easy to read.

Two features make this application a cut above the average:

Many of the items in the report are hyperlinked making it easy to search for additional information.

The report can be zipped, and then forwarded as an email attachment to your favorite “tech support” person.

System requirements: Windows 2000, XP, 2003/8, Vista and Windows 7 – (A regular reader reports that this app is compatible with Win 7 x64).

Download at: LookInMyPC

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Probe Your PC’s Secrets With Free Belarc Advisor

image Do you have a detailed profile of your computer system including hardware and installed software? What do you know about your computer’s motherboard, CPU and GPU, remaining drive space, or your operating system security hotfixes?

To effectively maintain your computer and proactively deal with problems that may occur, it is essential that you have as much information about your system as possible.

If you need help from a computer support group, from a tech support line, or from a computer knowledgeable friend, you will need to provide specific and accurate details of your computer. Without these details, it can be very difficult for even the most knowledgeable computer tech to be time efficient.

So it is important for you to create a detailed profile of your computer system before problems occur, and retain a printed copy of the report. Normally, creating such a profile can be very time intensive. But all is not lost!

Belarc Advisor is a free program that automatically generates a detailed audit report of the hardware and software on your computer. It records essential information such as, operating system and processor details, the amount of RAM installed, and drive specifications.

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The report also includes a comprehensive list of the software installed on your system, as well as software license numbers and product keys. In addition, it lists the status of the Microsoft hotfixes on your system. If any hotfixes need reinstalling, you will be advised of this.

Critically important is the category in which your computer is given a security rating, based on the Center for Internet Security (CIS) benchmark test which involves testing for: System Security Status, Virus Protection, and Microsoft Security Updates.

The results are displayed in a formatted HTML report. The report is clearly formatted for ease of understanding and divided into appropriate categories. Hyperlinks within the report allow you to quickly navigate to different parts of the document, find out more about a particular hotfix entry, or see where a listed software product is installed.

I have been using this program for 5+ years and find it invaluable for troubleshooting and diagnostics.

System Requirements: Windows 7, Vista, 2003, XP, 2000, NT 4, Me, 98, and 95. Both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows support. Note: I have not tested this on Win 7 x64.

Browser Requirements: Internet Explorer, Opera, Mozilla, and FireFox.

Download at: Download.com

Belarc Advisor is free for personal use only.

To read a review of another great free computer audit application WinAudit, checkout “What’s is really under the hood of that computer?” on fellow Blogger Rick Robinette’s site, What’s On My PC.

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What’s On Your PC? – Find Out With Free Belarc Advisor ((Version 7.2x))

belarc-logo In order to effectively maintain your computer and proactively deal with problems that may occur, it is essential that you have as much information about your system as possible.

If you need help from a computer support group, from a tech support line, or from a computer knowledgeable friend, you will need to provide specific and accurate details of your computer. Without these details, it can be very difficult for even the most knowledgeable computer tech to be time efficient.

So it is important for you to create a detailed profile of your computer system before problems occur, and retain a printed copy of the report. Generally, creating such a profile can be very time intensive. But all is not lost!

Belarc Advisor is a program that automatically generates a detailed audit report of the hardware and software on your computer. It records essential information such as, operating system and processor details, the amount of RAM installed, and drive specifications.

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The report also includes a comprehensive list of the software installed on your system, as well as software license numbers and product keys. In addition, it lists the status of the Microsoft hotfixes on your system. If any hotfixes need reinstalling, you will be advised of this.

Critically important is the category in which your computer is given a security rating, based on the Center for Internet Security (CIS) benchmark test which involves testing for: System Security Status, Virus Protection, and Microsoft Security Updates.

The results are displayed in a formatted HTML report. The report is clearly formatted for ease of understanding and divided into appropriate categories. Hyperlinks within the report allow you to quickly navigate to different parts of the document, find out more about a particular hotfix entry, or see where a listed software product is installed.

I have been using this program for 5+ years and find it invaluable for troubleshooting and diagnostics.

Belarc Advisor is free for personal use only.

System Requirements: Windows Vista, 2003, XP, 2000, NT 4, Me, 98, and 95.

Browser Requirements: Internet Explorer, Netscape Opera, Mozilla, and FireFox.

Download at: Download.com

To read a review of another great free computer audit application WinAudit, checkout “What’s really under the hood of that computer?” on fellow Blogger Rick Robinette’s site, What’s On My PC.

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