And we are back with this week’s segment of top PC apps and extensions. It’s been quite a busy week in the PC world, and many new handy utilities have grabbed our attention.

This week we’ll check out a tool that will let you monitor your website’s performance, a powerful text editor, an app that corrects all your spelling mistakes, and an extension that checks for all vicious adware on your browser. Without further adieu, let’s jump into it.


Tablacus Explorer (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 500 KB)


Tabs aren’t anything new, web-browsers have been handling them for so many years now. But surprisingly, Microsoft hasn’t pushed this feature on to its Windows Explorer. If you’d rather prefer a tabbed version, Tablacus Explorer is a sound choice.

Besides, you will like the hundreds of customization options that the app offers. It doesn’t require an installation and can be executed even from a USB device.

Rankaware (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 5 MB)


Rankaware is a simple, easy-to-use application that allows you to monitor how well your website is doing. The first time you use it, it retrieves information about your site and uses that as a reference for future comparisons. Using Rankware, you can also see how a particular keyword can affect your website’s standing on various search engines.

Replace Genius (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size; 3 MB)


Replace Genius is a powerful text editor that lets you perform a gamut of tasks all at once. You can replace words, change case, reposition the lines, alter the formatting, and perform a bevy of other operations. It’s a nifty tool that uses minimal system resources and lets you perform all these advanced operations.

Hyper for YouTube (Type: Free, OS: Windows 8+, Size: 0.4 MB)


While YouTube can be streamed from about any web-browser, if you fancy some advanced settings, you can use Hyper for YouTube, a dedicated app for accessing the popular video portal. In addition to somewhat better streaming, the app also offers offline viewing, which essentially downloads the video and audio files from the website and stores them on your hard-drive. (Note: this particular feature violates YouTube terms and agreements)

tinySpell (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 650 KB)

The last time we talked about PhaseExpress, a tool that fixes your spelling mistakes across all running applications. This week we have found another such tool which uses less system resources while offering more features.

tinySpell runs in the background and monitors your writing. Whether you are using Hangouts to chat with a friend, or writing a document on Word, tinySpell works regardless of the application you are using.

WinMerge (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 7 MB)


WinMerge is an outstanding application designed to compare/synchronize documents. Besides its exceptionally polished comparison feature, it also allows you to merge two documents. While comparing two files, the app makes it very convenient for the user to notice the changes.

BBC Radio (Type: Free, OS: Windows 8+, Size: Varies)

If you love listening to the radio, this is good news. Although we aren’t sure about the publisher, some useful BBC radio applications have surfaced on the Windows Store. From live sports commentaries, to all kinds of music, there is a wide range of options to cater to everyone’s needs.

Browser extensions

ExtShield (Chrome)

Last week, we were informed about the abundance of adware and vicious tools in the Chrome store. Many Chrome extensions are reportedly infected with adware. ExtShield is an extension that scans your browser for such infections.

about:addons-memory (Firefox)

Ever wondered why your Firefox browser is running so painfully slow? Well, this extension will help you locate the bottleneck. Install this extension, and it will tell you just how much memory a particular extension is hogging.

Free Memory (Firefox)

Now that you know how to locate the memory hogging addons, this extension will help you automatically clear the memory. The tool supposedly makes it possible for you to access hidden memory-cleaning options.

Software upgrade


The latest version fixes the high CPU usage trouble a few users seemed to be having. Furthermore, now the app works just fine even if both Skype users on a call have turned on the High DPI mode.

iTunes 11.1.4

Two noteworthy additions, besides general bug fixes are the ability to see your Wish List and support for Arabic and Hebrew languages.

Tip of the week: Get Asphalt 8 for free!

I don’t know if you have heard this or not, but the popular game Asphalt 8: Airborne is now available for free on the Windows App Store. Actually, it is available for free on Windows Phone Store as well. For a guy who doesn’t really play games, I must say this is an incredibly addictive game. Also, here is another tip: you can upgrade the specs of your car. Why go shelling out all your points buying new cars, when you can enhance the performance of your existing car for fewer points?

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Manish is an Engineering graduate in Computer Science but spends more time in writing about technology. He has written for a number of Indian and international publications including BetaNews, BGR India, WinBeta, MakeTechEasier, MediaNama, and Digit magazine among others. When not writing, you would find him ranting about the state of digital journalism on Twitter.