It’s raining application on Windows platform. In the last few days we have come across several amazing software that anyone, regardless of the profession and field of interest can make use of.

First of all we have the all new version of Firefox which addresses tons of users’ feedback; a browser extension by EFF that protects your computer from being tracked, and a tool that will find the best game deals for you. Without further ado, let’s get into it.

Software

Firefox 29 (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 35MB )

Firefox 29

Firefox rolled out a big update to its browser earlier this week. The developers have been listening to the feedback, and say that they have implemented all the necessary changes. The new version looks quite familiar to Chrome, and in our brief testing the browser was more user friendly, fast and stable. Many new things have been included, which you can read in detail here.

FileSearchy (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 9MB)

File-Searchy

We’ve talked about several 3rd-party search clients, but most of them lack one feature or another. FileSearchy is fast, compact, and sports a user friendly interface with proper spacing and categorization. In addition to looking for files using file name, file size and other similar factors, you can also search for the content inside those files.

Windows Firewall Control (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 500KB)

Windows Firewall Control is a nifty utility that strengthens the functionality of the built-in firewall on the system. It provides you with an option to check how much filtering you want to impose on the system. It lets you block any application, and using this suite you can also lock down your computer from any further changes to system settings and program installation.

WhiteHat Aviator (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 55MB )

Based on Google Chrome’s open source project Chromium, WhiteHat Aviator aims to enhance the privacy and security aspect of the Chrome browser. It uses DuckDuckGo instead of Google – which is known to track users’ data. In addition, WhiteHat Aviator also features Disconnect, an application that prevents sites from tracking your online activities. Besides, it also utilizes sandbox technology to prevent the browser from interacting with other system components.

doPDF (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size:40MB )

doPDF is a nifty utility that disguises as a printer driver and lets user print anything as a PDF file. Once you’ve installed it on your system, you’ll be able to use just about any software – Office 2013, Notepad, Chrome, Firefox, and have the page saved as PDF file. While Chrome and many other applications do provide support to save files as PDF, there are plenty of them that still lack this feature. Give doPDF a try and see how useful it is for you.

Anvi OneStart (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 8MB )

StartOne

When Microsoft removed start menu from Windows 8 it received a lot of bad criticism from computer experts and users from around the globe. While, Microsoft included start button in with 8.1, start menu was nowhere to be found. The software giant has stated that it will bring back some sort of start menu in the next major update, but if you can’t wait that long, you should give Anvi OneStart a try. There are plenty of 3rd-party clients available that do the same thing, but Anvi OneStart is a bit different. It offers a Modern-esque coupled with Live Tiles on the start menu.

PDF Eraser  (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size:39MB )

At many occasions you will want to remove some text or images from the PDF file. It could be because you want to reduce the file-size, or just don’t want to share something specific, PDF Eraser will let you do so. Keep in mind that it isn’t a real editor, as it can only help you remove something. Though, it does let you overwrite on existing things.

Browser extensions

CheapShark

The gamers have a reason to rejoice.  An extension of CheapShark has surfaced on the web. CheapShark, as you know is the website that helps you find the best deals on video games. Although it is an unofficial extension, it still does wonderful job.

VideoStream 

VideoStream is a Chrome extension that can be used on Chromecast to view just about any file-format – AVI, MKV. MP4, you name it. In addition, you can also play a plethora of file-formats from your local storage device such as an HDD, NAS etc.

Privacy Badger 

We’ve never cared about our privacy as much as we do today. Last year when Edward Snowden leaked the classified documents, it changed the way we think about our data and online activities. Over the past few months we’ve featured several apps that will help you safeguard your privacy. Recently, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) too released an extension to protect users’ online tracks. The add-on which is available on both Chrome and Firefox, blocks the scripts on the pages that demand any unnecessary information.

Software update

Windows 8 UX Pack and Windows Transformation pack received a major update that mostly takes care of the bugs. Apache OpenOffice 4.1 in its latest update bring support for visually impaired users. Popular security suite Spy – Search & Destroy now offers notifications. In addition, Foxit Reader and Internet Download Manager picked minor updates.

Tip of the Week: Get rid of unnecessary files from your Windows 8 system

If your system is running out of memory space, you can use an external drive to send some data to it, or just store it in DropBox or OneDrive or any other cloud storage service. However, if you can’t do it for some reason, Microsoft offers several other ways to free up space from your Windows 8 running system (most of it will work in Windows 7 as well).

One of the most efficient way is reducing the size of WinSxS folder, which usually save up several GBs of data.


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Author

Manish is pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Engineering 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.