After a brief hiatus, we are back with our weekly Windows software roundup! For our new readers, this is a weekly roundup where we talk about handpicked software and browser extensions that you are going to find very useful!

This week, we’ll be talking about two applications that help investigate on the running processes, and find out where the bottleneck is; an application that identifies the title and artist of any YouTube video, and an app that makes it seamless to transfer your programs and settings to a different computer, and many more.

Desktop Software

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

PC Hunter

There are several tools available on Windows which will help you investigate on running processes. Even Windows built-in Task Manager can do most of your work quite succinctly. However, if you want detailed information on a process — such as the port it is using to communicate, the kernel module and other relevant information, most of the process managers are inefficient to meet your needs. That’s where PC Hunter comes in play. Using it you can also determine what processes are using the network, and can easily prevent the ones if you feel your network is being hogged.

Hijack Hunter (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 1MB)

Hijack Hunter

Another gem tool for investigative purposes is Hijack Hunter. The only difference you will find is that with Hijack Hunter, you only investigate for the things that are causing troubles to your system. Hijack Hunter allows you to manage startup files, hosts files, boot files, and BHOs. It scans through your computer to find the suspicious file.

Todo PCTrans (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 21MB)

Switching across computers and operating systems is always a jarring task. You have to move your files from all the drives and whatnot. Most people aren’t even aware that they can move the applications and settings as well. With To PCTrans, it is so easy to manage things. It allows you to select the applications you want to move across the computers (and/or operating systems). However, the free version only allows you to move up to two files. Take it out for a whirl, and let us know how you like it!

Q-Dir (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 512KB)

Several people don’t find the stock Windows Explorer very intuitive, and they are right. The default file explorer, while being efficient to do most of the tasks, is more often than not, clumsy to use. File navigation experience across various volumes leaves a lot to be desired. For those, there is a free utility called Q-Dir which as the name might have hinted away, gives you four panes to work across. Not only does it better integrate all your drives and files together, but also provides you with several tools and one-click shortcut to command prompt.

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

DocuFreezer

DocuFreezer allows you to convert your PDF files, Word documents, excel spreadsheets and several other file formats into plain image files. This way, you can send the files to your friends without worrying of any compatibility issues. Furthermore, DocuFreezer is a portable app, which means that it doesn’t require you to install the software into your system.

Audentifi (Online Service)

audentifi

If you ever come across a YouTube song, but you aren’t able to figure what the title or singer name is, Audentifi can come handy on such occasions. In my brief testing, I found the product fairly accurate on most of the weird tracks I could find. Once it is able to identify the song, it will provide you with several relevant pages such as song’s Last.fm link etc.

Browser extensions

MailTrack (Chrome)

Sometimes it can be crucial to know whether someone has read your email or not. On several instant message services, this feature comes built in, but what if you could add similar features to your mailbox? MailTrack, a Chrome extension integrates well with Gmail and lets you know when your email was read. If that wasn’t enough, it will also tell you on which device was your email read.

Instalink (Chrome)

Instalink is a Chrome extension, which lets you send code, text and other snippets to your friends. What’s even great about Instalink is that it preserves the original formatting of the text throughout the process.

Download Notifier (Chrome)

If you use the stock download manager of Google Chrome, than you might have noticed that it lacks most of the elementary features. Download Notifier fixes one of those. While downloading a file on Chrome, upon completion there is no other way but to check manually. Download Notifier will bring you a notification when the file has been downloaded.

FoxReplace (Firefox)

Now here’s a fun tool. FoxReplace is a Firefox add-on that replaces select text into something you want it replaced with. So whether it is swearing that you don’t wish displayed on your computer, or just any game’s or show’s spoilers, Foxreplace is here for rescue.

Software Updates

Lots of applications snagged update over the last few weeks. Some of these apps include LibreOffice, Spotify, Google Chrome, AVG, Thunderbird and more.

Tip of the week: Chrome is draining your laptop’s battery

Ian Morris of Forbes in his investigation found that Google Chrome has a “bug” that results in excessive battery drainage. The said bug has been there for at least 4 years now, yet Google is yet to provide a patch. Perhaps time you switched to a different browser. You can read the complete explanation here.


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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.