We’re back with this week’s supplement of PC tools and services. This week we’ll show how to disallow anyone else from using your WiFi network. We’ll also see how to change the typeface of any website, and look into a powerhouse app for music lovers. As always we have spotted the best browser extensions and have covered all the important software updates.
Pale Moon 24 (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 20 MM)
Many Chrome fanboys (including me) while debating over “Chrome vs. Firefox” always negate Firefox for being slow. Pale Moon 24 is an attempt to break that notion. It is a customized version of Firefox which is apparently faster than the kernel on which it has being built on. It has weeded out many of the built-in tools of Firefox which supposedly makes it even swifter.
Who is on my Wifi (Type: Commercial – $40/$75, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 6 MB)
If your wireless network has been acting a little slow recently, there is a good chance that someone else is using your network and eating your bandwidth. Who is on my Wifi is a nifty utility that detects intruders and alerts you when an unauthorized entity is hogging your network. You can try the trial version to access the software for free for 30 days.
ffdshow (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 5MB)
If you are tired of using alternatives of Windows inbuilt media player (Windows Media player), and are wondering if there is any way the default player could support all files, this plugin package is what you are looking for. It supports a large number of audio and video file formats including the high definition codecs such as H.264, MPEG-4, DTS, AC3, DTC and more. In addition, it also lets you customize various parameters such as volume and subtitles. You can use this tool to amplify the volume of any file.
Ashampoo Snap 6 (Type: Commercial – $20, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 30 MB)
Ashampoo Snap is a desktop snapshot sharing utility. The app is a one stop solution for all the hassle you have to go through from capturing your desktop to sharing it with your friends. The package lets you create, edit and share your desktop activities. With the app you can take screenshot of a specific portion of your desktop, as well as any of the running app. Once you have created the image or video, you can directly upload it to YouTube or Facebook.
Freemake Music box 1.0 (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: )
If you have a gigantic music collection in your hard-drive, and you stream a lot of audio from the web, this is a must have app for you. It is an interactive tool which makes, unlike any of the popular media players feel right when it comes to music. The app can also play audio from YouTube and your iTunes library. It doesn;t require any registration, and there is no embedded adverts either.
Note: While installing the app you will be asked to download some more programs, untick them all.
Browser add-ons & Services
Have you ever wanted to change the typeface of a website? Whether the site doesn’t render things in an appealing font, or you would like to read all blogs in same typeface, Type Wonder can help you do so. Visit the page, enter the URL of the site you want to change the typeface of, and enter it in the big URL box.
Isn’t it annoying when you are booking an air ticket and all of a sudden you get a message that the session has expired? This Firefox extension is designed to prevent such mishaps. The app supposedly keeps reloading some part of the page to stretch the idle time. But, you should know that those session time-out mechanisms have been put there for security concerns.
Available for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, the extension finds you the best product deals. When you are buying a product from an e-commerce site, it automatically detects the product and checks other websites for better deals. Once it has found something, it will open the results on a pop-up window.
While there are many extensions to send images, files and links from your Browser to your Android running device, things are not as easy the other way around. Well now, this Chrome extension can help do that very easily. Setting it up won’t take much of your time, first you will need to download the extension on your browser and then install the app on your Android running device.
If you find filling captcha to prove that you are a human annoying, Rumola can do that job for you. The extension however isn’t free. But the service is quite cheap.
The popular eye protection app F.lux received a major update this week, and also came out of its beta stage. The update brings better hardware calibration and supports more color temperature. It also automagically detects when you are playing movie and adjusts the color of your screen accordingly. Other than that, the app has supposedly got tons of bugs update.
The updated version adds Advanced Memory Scanning technology which safeguards your computer from obfuscated threats. The other handy addition is Exploit blocker which protects your browsers and other applications from cyber-threats. Notably, ESET Smart Security has been updates as well.
The popular security app Norton AntiVirus too got an update this week. The update fixes the bug which was causing abnormal internet termination on Windows 8. The other improvement fixes the weird creation of New Folder while accessing Outlook.
Other than that, .NET Framework, KMPlayer, Spybot Searh & Destroy and Dropbox too received minor updates this week.
Tip of the week: Wait for “OK to remove” confirmation
There is a misapprehension in people that in Windows 7 and Windows 8, they don’t have to safely remove the device. This is not true. Not only you have to manually click it every time, you also need to wait for the “OK to remove” confirmation. Until you have got the confirmation, the external device is still in access. Although the odds of losing data, or corrupting is very scarce, you don’t really want to take the risk.