Download WinX DVD Ripper special edition free on Jan 1, 2010 (save $29.95)

WinX DVD Ripper Special Edition is an advanced edition of WinX DVD Ripper, which can be downloaded free on Jan 1, 2010 as a New Year gift.

The advantage of WinX DVD Ripper Special Edition is that it can rip (into avi, for example) and backup recent DVD movies that are protected with a new form of protections.

The program offers fast ripping speed with best video/audio quality. Beside the basic functions, it is also capable of customize video by adjusting parameters, clipping video segment, grabbing picture from DVD videos.

You can download this licensed DVD ripper for free on Jan 1, 2010 to backup your favorite DVD movies. A free version is also there.

Take high quality screenshots with 7 Capture

7capture is a freeware screen capturing tool that can take high quality screen shots. This tool automatically handles complicated transparency problems such as rounded corners and Aero semi-transparent windows backgrounds.

No matter what Windows version you are using, 7capture will do its magic: clean rounded corners on Windows XP, alpha transparency in Windows Vista and Windows 7.

7 Capture is a very simple tool. Just install and run it whenever you want to take a screen shot. Select the item (or double click on the item) from the windows to take a screen shot.

Download 7 Capture [via – Webtrickz]

Open With - Browser-Switch Shortcuts for Firefox

Open With is a ‘browser switching’ add-on for Firefox browser. It lets you view the web page you are currently viewing in another browser like Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, Opera, etc with a click.

This extension displays a list of your browsers on your View/Main Context/Tab Context menus in Firefox. Clicking on the menu items takes you to the page you're looking at in the browser of your choice.

On Windows, Open With will load a list of browsers from the Windows Registry. You can add your own entries using the Options panel (go to Tools > Add-ons, click on Open With, and then Options)

Download Open With for Firefox add-on site

Instantly access applications & features of Windows 7 with Windows 7 Application Pandora Box

Windows 7 Application Pandora Box is a new portable tool for Windows 7, which can be used as a program launcher for easy accessing frequently used applications & features of windows 7 like system tools, programs, etc.

The utility can be pinned to your Windows7 taskbar or as a shortcut to Start menu/desktop and you have an easy & faster access to Windows features & Applications.

Following are the some of the tools included in the Windows 7 Application Pandora Box: 1. Accessories - Calculator, Command Prompt, Notepad, Paint, Snipping Tool, Sound Recorder, Sticky Notes, etc.

2. Programs - DVD Maker, Internet Explorer, Journal, Windows Fax and Scan, XPS Viewer, etc.

3. Tools - DirectX Diagnostic tool, IEexpress Wizard, Phone Dialer, Windows Version, Volume Mixer, Windows Firewall, etc

4. Administrative Tools - UAC Settings, Group policy Editor, Registry editor, System configuration, Local Security policy, Memory Diagnostic Management, etc.

5. System Tools - Control Panel, System Restore, Resource monitor, Task scheduler, Disk Cleanup, Disk defragmenter, etc

6. System Properties - Advanced, Computer name, Performance, Protection, Remote, hardware, DataExec Prevention.

7. Ease of Access – Magnify, On-Screen Keyboard, Narrator, and Ease of Access Center.

8. Display - Color management, Display settings, Display color Calibaration, Clear type text Tuner.

Windows 7 Application Pandora Box is still in Beta phase and works on Windows7 32bit with .net framework 4 installed.

Get Fast DVD Ripper Pro Free From DVDFast

Fast DVD Ripper from DVD Fast is an easy to use, fast speed and powerful DVD ripping and converting software that can be used for converting DVD formats to all popular video formats, such as AVI, FLV, WMV, MPEG, MP4, RMVB, 3GP, etc.

You can rips the latest movies to your PC and convert them for viewing on your iPod, iPhone, PSP, cell phone, or other portable device.


It is fully compatible with normal DVDs, CSS protected DVDs and region 1-6 DVDs. You can download a free copy of Fast DVD Ripper PRO worth $24.95 from DVD Fast as a Christmas gift.

Reduce your printing cost by up to 50% with iPrint

iPrint is a software tool (now it is free) that helps you save printing cost by up to 50%, (according to the developer) by using a smart ink and page saving technique.

How iPrint achieve this? iPrint saves you time by automatically detecting and removing pages with no content.

If you find additional unwanted pages, you can quickly select them and delete with one simple click.

One of the ways iPrint saves you cost is by scaling down pages so that you can fit two or four pages on each sheet of paper. This can add up to a huge savings fast, especially when you have large print jobs.

iPrint (For Windows7, Vista and XP)can be downloaded at http://www.clicktoconvert.com/iPrint/

Thumbnail Database Cleaner


Most of you might already know what is thumbs.db file (thumbnail database) in Windows? This is a hidden system file created by Windows to speed up the thumbnail view of an image in folders.

Even if the original image has been deleted, the thumbnail cache still stores details about the image like when the image was saved, its names and storage locations.

Tweak and fix issues of Internet Explorer with IE Tweaker


If you are an Internet Explorer user this tool might be a good companion. The portable, freeware tool, IE Tweaker has over 90 tweaks and fixes and will help you to enable/disable any options with ease and without getting in to registry.
IE Tweaker will work with various versions of Internet Explorer (IE 6, 7and 8) and has the following menu options for tweaking and repairing IE.

Restore lost features and functions of Windows 7 with 7 Quick Fix


Windows7 is a new operating system, and there is less chance for issues. However, if you have lost some features or functions of Windows 7 like Aero, task manager, control panel, no drive, etc either by user intervention or virus attack, here is a solution.
7 Quick Fix is a free, portable tool that can fix 21 common Windows 7 issues with a click. In the past we had covered topics on similar tools (here / here), this one has more options than them.

Download free Rogue AV Cleaner from ESET for removing fake malware programs


Nowadays the Internet is loaded with several fake antivirus programs and rogue applications which are available for download. If installed, these programs pose a security risk to the users and it was the toughest to remove.
If you are experiencing trouble removing fake programs like AntiMalwareGuard, VirusRemover2008, AdvancedCleaner, DoctorAntivirus, etc (full details here) you can download and use a standalone Rogue AV Cleaner from ESET

Google URL shortening add-on Goo.gl for Firefox browser

Recently Google launched a URL shortening service at Goo.gl and is available with their toolbar.

Here is a simple extension to Firefox browser called Goo.gl lite, which let you use Google’s URL shortener service without installing their 2Mb toolbar (There is an add-on to Google Chrome also).

Eject CD/DVD with a hotkey or eject automatically at Windows shutdown with Anti-lost CD Ejector


Here is a handy tool called Anti-lost CD Ejector, which helps us in the following situations. When we forgot to eject a CD/DVD from the drive at system shutdown/restart or when the eject button of the drive not working.

In the latter case, though you can eject CD drive by right clicking on the drive, but with this tool you can close/eject CD drive with one keyboard shortcut key.

Returnil Virtual System 2010 Home Lux Free for 1 year from Softpedia


Returnil Virtual System (RVS) is a powerful virtualization technology for windows that doesn’t let anything affect the windows installation drive. The new version uses a combination of antivirus and virtualization technologies , so your system is safe from both malicious software and unwanted changes.

The program creates a theoretical layer over the main (C) drive, if enable the RVS, any changes on ‘C’ drive will be automatically saved only in this layer and will be automatically erased up on the next reboot.

Disable JavaScript in Foxit PDF reader to prevent any possible threats

Security issues in Adobe Reader is not a new thing. A recent example is 0-day exploit in Adobe Reader & Acrobat. Security experts say the flaw lies in the way Adobe's PDF reader & Acrobat executes JavaScript code.
Adobe suggested a few workarounds and encouraged to incorporate them by disabling JavaScript in Adobe PDF Reader/Acrobat.

Swith between Google Public DNS and your current DNS with Google DNS Helper

You might have heard about the newly launched Google Public DNS resolution services. It can be used as an alternative to your current ISP’s DNS for faster and secure web surfing.

Although, changing your current DNS address is extremely simple, here is a freeware tool called Google DNS helper which makes this job even more simple.

Gooogle DNS Helper is coded in .NET using C# (required .Net framework installed on your computer). It backs up your current DNS server address and then changes it to Google’s DNS. You can restore your old DNS anytime you want.

As simple as that! You can download it here. Developers page (via)

Re-enable Windows lost functions and features with WinRecover

Having problems with your PC ...? Lost some functions and features like task manager, control panel or folder option due to a virus attack or by a user intervention ...?

There is a freeware, portable tool called Winrecover that will help you bring back lost functions and features of your Windows with a click. (Previously we posted about a similar tool with same functions, see here).

Main features of WinRecover :

  • Re enable Task Manager if it's not working;
  • Registry editor,
  • Fix files that can not be opened;
  • control panel;
  • Windows Update;
  • Folder option, and much more ....

Download Winrecover

How to know which application is locked a file from deleting and how to solve such issues?

Most of you might have such situations that when you trying to change, move or delete a file/folder Windows denied it , and says it is used by another application.
Windows only suggests closing all applications that may be using the file, but it's not clear what specific applications are meant. Though, often it can be solved by a rebooting, but not always. Is there any effective method of handling locked files and folders without a reboot?

EMCO Unlock IT is a neat free utility that helps you to take control of any file or folder when it is locked by some application or system.For every locked resource, it enables you to see a list of processes that control it.
You can identify respective applications and close them down in a natural way by following all required procedures, such as saving opened files, etc, or you can kill the processes directly from tool. This can be helpful when you remove any viruses or spyware that grabbed control of your files.
EMCO Unlock IT is a very simple to use tool. After installation, slect a file or folder that causing trouble to you (or by just right clicking on the file or folder) and click on ‘Check’ button to see the details. Then click on Kill button to terminate all process.
EMCO Unlock IT works with Windows 7, Vista and XP (32/64bits). Download it at source.

Resize image by right clicking

Resize Image is a handy tool for resizing images by just right clicking. It is quite simple to use, it adds an item in the context menu, right click on an image and select a image resize option.

The program weigh just 332 kb in size and requires .NET 2.0. It works with Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7.

After installation, right click on an image and select ‘Reize image’.

Right-clicking on the image gives you an Resize Image option

Download Resize Image

Windows Surface Scanner for Detecting Bad Sectors (Free full version)

Windows Surface Scanner is a powerful software tool for Windows (XP, Vista and Windows 7) that will quickly scan your hard drives and let you know if there are any sector errors.
It will read each sector of a physical drive that is currently mounted on your Windows system. Each sector is examined for a read error. If a read error occurs the error counter will increment.

How to view only particular images in Firefox?

Opera has a built-in feature to block particular images from loading. If you want to block images from a particular site on a whole then you can simply specify the address of the site. This can help you safely visit sites that has controversial or obscure images that you would rather not load.

The add-on ImgLikeOpera lets you have the same feature in Firefox browser. It allows load only the images that you want in Firefox browser. This extension is very useful for non broadband users.

The addon has the following features:

  • Placeholders for blocked images
  • (re)load image from context menu or Ctrl+right mouse click;
  • forced expiration time (5 minutes - 3 months);
  • Policies for tabs: don’t load images, load cached images only, load images for the originating Web site only and load all images.
  • Filters for web addresses.

Download ImgLikeOpera from Mozilla add-on site

Free Full Version of East-Tec Eraser 2009 worth $49.95

Softpedia in coordination with East-Tec.com is offering East –Tec Eraser 2009 worth $49.95 absolutely free for a limited time period (expires Jan 31, 2010).

East –Tec Eraser is a military standared security software for permenently erasing all evidence of your computer and online activities. It can permanently remove Internet history, Web pages, pictures, unwanted cookies, chatroom conversations, confidential documents you want to get rid of or files deleted in the past.

East-Tec Eraser 2009 offers a privacy guard which erases sensitive information from your PC and your Internet activity.

It lets you completely eliminate your e-mail (supports many email clients like Thunderbird, Outlook, Eudora, Pegasus, Incredimail , etc). It also has a feature to clean your computer of any old stuff that you 'deleted' in the past and that you thought it was deleted.

You can also delete entire disk drives or your USB stick or your rewritable CDs in a manner that no one can recover the information

Moreover , you can permanently delete any individual file by right clicking on it.

You can get this free offer from here. Just enter your name and email address to get a free license key and download link.

Check your PC for protection status, viruses and performance with Norton PC Checkup

If your computer is not secured, it may become vulnerable, thus causing identety theaft and data loss.

Norton PC Checkup is a free tool from Symantec that will check your system’s protection status, performance and scans for viruses and spyware.

PC Checkup will check for:

  1. Viruses, spyware, malware and other threats
  2. Issues that may be slowing down your computer
  3. Problems with your computer's security and protection
  4. You’ll receive a custom report with scan results and fix recommendations

If you give prime importance to your computer security, try Norton PC Checkup now.

Similar Free tool: Symantech Security Check is another tool that will test your computer's exposure to a wide range of online threats. This free, effective online tool helps determine your Internet security needs.

Download Platinum Guard for free (save $14)

There are several software programs for removing unwanted temporary and unused junk files from your system, Platinum Guard (v.3.6.0) is such a well-built program that allows your computer to perform better and run faster while also freeing up valuable hard disk space.

The benefits offered by this program are: Improve your computer's performance by getting rid of junk and temporary files that clog the system.

Recover the valuable free hard disk space that otherwise would have been occupied by junk and temporary files.

Completely clear your tracks to render invisible your recent activity on your personal computer.

Compatible with all the latest popular web browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, and Google Chrome.

Platinum Guard is compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 (both 32/64bits). Reohix in collaboration with Softpedia has come up with free full version of Platinum Guard giveaway without any registration or third-party software bundles. (via – Blogsdna)

Browsers statistics over the years through a super visualization

Here is a super visualization for browser statistics. With this web tool you can easily understand internet browsers market share over the years from Jan 2002 – 2009.

You can see the statistics by just hover your mouse over the circular graphics. The circle is divided up into colors based on the most popular browsers.

This web tool is quite interesting and it shows how one browser falls while another one comes in to take its place. (via)

Download SoftMaker Office 2008 for free

SoftMaker Office 2008 (current version 2010) is the best alternative to Microsoft Office and lets you complete on the road all the tasks for which you use Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

You can open, edit, and save any Microsoft Word, Excel, or Power Point files directly, without conversion, retaining all the formatting, functions, and contents of your Office files.

Softmaker office 2008 includes the following features:

TextMaker 2008: the reliable and friendly word processor that reads and writes all Microsoft Word files without a hitch.

PlanMaker 2008: the fully Excel-compatible spreadsheet that lets you create the most intricate worksheets

SoftMaker Presentations 2008: It combines user-friendliness with many powerful features. You can create striking and informative presentations quickly and effectively. It’s fully compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint.

BasicMaker 2008: a scripting language and environment that lets you automate recurring tasks. You can control TextMaker, PlanMaker and other VBA-compatible programs using SoftMaker Basic scripts.

Interested users can get more information and free download from: http://www.loadandhelp.de/home-en.html [via]

Userpass: A program to generate highly secure usernames and passwords

A highly secure, strong password is a must for keeping your online account safe from hackers. Previously we posted a few tools and online services for generating passwords.

Here is a new password generator that can generate between 1 and 250 usernames with a secure, complex password for each username.

If you only want 1 username/password, the program displays the generated output at the bottom of the screen.

If you generate more than 1 username/password combination, the program creates a CSV file that you can import straight into your username database.

You can also use the program to generate a complex password for a specific username. Userpass works with Windows7, Vista and XP

Firefox 3: Multiple Instances of Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo mail

If you have more than one Gmail accounts (Yahoo mail or Hotmail accounts) and want to open them all at the same time in your Firefox browser are normally not possible. (You can do this in IE 8 without any add-on).


However, there is a very good add-on for Firefox browser called Multifox that allows you to connect to websites using different user names simultaneously.

After installation, this add-on will create a new menus ‘New Identity Profile’ in File menu. Just click on it open a new Firefox session.

How to limit the access or lock your computer?

Tired of people using your computer when you are away and messing up custom settings? Or do you want to limit the access of your system? The program called dWinlock will help you.

dWinlock is a portable, easy to use program (trial version, but fully functional, limited only by a warning message) and allows you to disable certain functions and key combinations of windows.

dWinlock offers the following functions:

Disabling keystrokes such as Ctrl+Alt+Del, Win+E, Win key, mouse buttons, keyboard mouse key or any key that you specify.

It can also hide or replace the desktop elements like desktop, taskbar, start menu, shutdown button, etc.

Moreover, you can hide dWinlock and can be enabled using a hotkey (default Ctrl+Alt+W) and can be password protected it.

Besides, all options can be activated or deactivated during runtime. No reboot is required to apply changes. dWinloack Works with Windows7, Vista, XP and 98.

Download Free E-Book Windows 7 Tips & Tricks

The e-book ‘Windows 7 Tips & Tricks’ is a compilation of one of the finest Tips n Tricks about Windows 7. It contains more than 50 Tips and tricks and you can use them to enrich the Windows 7 Desktop experience of yours

No doubt that Windows 7 is Microsoft’s most exciting Windows version in years. If you love this new operating system and want to go a step further for the Experience provided by this wonderful OS, this e-book is for you.

Download the e-book (pdf) free at source

Backup Emails, Profiles, Address book, Themes, Extensions and more of Thunderbird 3 with TEBE

Thunderbird Environment Backup Extension (TEBE) is a nifty tool that allows you to instantly backup all your installed thunderbird Extensions along with themes, address book, message folders, profiles and more.

This new release (beta) for Thunderbird 3.0b1 -3.1 comes with few bug fixes, and allows automatic or manual Backup. You can schedule the backups on daily, weekly, or monthly basis.

Moreover it allows uploading the backups to your Box.net account which may help you to synchronize Thunderbird in your Home or Office.

Download Thunderbird Environment Backup Extension for Thunderbird 3 (to install the extension, download the zip file and change the zip extension to xpi and click Tool menu – Add on – Extensions – Install)

Download Handy Shortcuts and Create Windows Desktop Shortcuts Easily

Shortcuts always help us to speed up work, save time and significantly improve productivity.

Handy Shortcuts is a freeware, portable utility that will help you create desktop shortcuts for most commonly used Windows programs like Shutdown, Restart, Clear Clipboard, Uninstall Programs, etc.

With a click you can create the following program shortcuts on your Windows desktop:

Lock WorkStation, Switch Account. Shutdown, Restart, Log Off, Hibernate, Show Desktop, Uninstall Programs, Device Manager, Security Center, Windows Defender, Windows DVD maker, Flip 3D, Launch Screen-saver, Disable Windows Firewall, Enable Windows Firewall, Clear Clipboard, Connect to Internet, Safely Remove Hardware and a Master Control Panel.

Download Handy Shortcuts at the source (For Windows Vista/7)

A Best Free Tool to Control Your Child’s Computer/Internet Usage

Would you like to control your child’s computer or internet usage? You might be able to control their computer usage when you are at home. But what if your kid wants to use computer while you are away at work?

There is a smart free application (computer time limit software) called Romaco Timeout that can limit the amount of time your child (ren) can use the computer, or spend online.

It works in sessions, or can restrict access on a day to day basis and you can specify how long the computer runs for a specific user.

Moreover, you can protect the program with passwords, so that no one can close the program without a proper password.

Romaco Timeout works well with Windows7/Vista/XP.

Download National Geographic Theme for Windows 7

To spice up your Windows 7 desktop, here is a new theme pack compiled from high quality National Geographic photographs.

The National Geographic Theme for Windows 7 consists of 12 select wallpapers from the Official National Geographic Wallpaper Website released in 2007, 2008 & 2009. Interested users can download it free from here

Official Windows 7 themes can be downloaded from Microsoft’s personalization gallery. Users who want to create their own Windows 7 theme this tutorial may help.

Users who want to download National Geographic wallpapers, this wallpaper downloader specially designed for downloading wallpaper from Nat Geo website can help.

BingPaper automatically set your desktop wallpaper to the daily Bing image.

BingPaper is a desktop enhancement tool which makes it easier to set your desktop wallpaper to the daily Bing image. It will download the current Bing image and set it as wallpaper.

You'll no longer have to right click, save the image and then set it as the wallpaper. You can set this up as a scheduled task to completely automate the process.

Here is some topics related to Bing. Download BingPaper