Set A Custom Boot Logo For Windows 8 Or 8.1 With 8oot Logo Changer

When you boot your Windows computer, the first thing you see after the POST (the initial power-on self test) is the Boot Screen carrying a Windows logo at the center. This is a process during which Windows is loading the required system files to get the OS up and running. Swapping this boot logo with a custom image of your choice isn't a new concept, and there have been tons of tools available for the purpose for pretty much every version of Windows so far. However, most of these existing tools don’t yet support Windows 8 and 8.1. Fortunately, there’s now a new tool called 8oot Logo Changer that can replace the default boot logo of both these versions of Windows quickly and easily. Read More

Desktop VLocker Is A Portable, Password-Protected Lock Screen For Windows

If your computer is placed in an area where other people may have easy access to it while it’s up and running, then you should consider setting up a password to lock it down when you’re not around. Fortunately, Windows allows you to easily lock your screen to prevent unauthorized access by using a username and password, but if it's a shared computer without a password-protected account configured for you, other users of the computer can easily unlock it. If you are looking for a third-party tool for the purpose, try Desktop VLocker. It’s a portable app that lets you quickly lock your screen on the go with a password of your choice that doesn't have to be the password of that computer, by simply placing the app on your USB flash drive. It’s user-friendly, lightweight and sports a decent UI, and also offers you a way to customize the lock screen background. Read More

TripAdvisor Brings Its Travel Guide App To Windows 8.1

When you are travelling in foreign places where everything is alien to you – from people’s culture to their food, places, names and clothing etc. – it’s not unusual to feel intimidated and lost. That’s why it’s always handy to have detailed information about the country that you plan to visit before you book your flight. is a popular travel website that provides a huge directory of information and reviews related to travel. The company has now launched its first Windows 8 app dubbed TripAdvisor Hotels Flights Restaurants. The Modern UI app works on Windows 8, 8.1 and RT, and aims to be your handy companion should you plan to take your Windows PC or tablet along on your next tour, by providing you with a bevy of information regarding popular hotels, great restaurants and destinations around the globe. Read More

MediaFire Desktop Comes To Windows & Mac With Syncing, Sharing & More

In the past couple of years, the use of cloud storage has become increasingly common with internet users. You can choose from a vast range of cloud services and apps with different features and price plans; Dropbox, Bitcasa, SkyDrive, Google Drive, are just a few among the many popular choices available. Speaking of popularity, MediaFire has become pretty much a household name when it comes to file sharing. Up until now, the company was known primarily for online file sharing only, but now they are taking it all to the next level with the release of their Windows and Mac desktop apps. MediaFire Desktop will provide users with a bevy of welcome features, such as the ability to sync files in a manner similar to Dropbox, up to 50GB of cloud storage, a new Following option to sync and share files with other users, and more. Read More

CyberDragon Is A Portable, Privacy-Centric Web Browser With An Anonymous Proxy Fetcher

The web can be a dangerous place. Malware can infest your computer, while hackers can steal your confidential data, crack your passwords and do a lot more damage to your life than you could imagine. We usually presume that our web browser that we use to surf the internet is safe – how wrong we are. This tantalizing prospect is exactly what CyberDragon aims to resolve. The open source web browser is designed as a secure medium of browsing the internet, so no one can track your online presence, intercept your sessions, and monitor your browsing habits. It lets you privately browse the web by blocking internet trackers, disabling cookies that do not have secure HTTP attributes, controlling proxy settings, and some other security features. Read More

Remove Preinstalled Bloatware From Your Windows PC With Decrap

Desktop and laptop manufacturers like HP, Sony, Asus and Dell often load their computers with a ton of bloatware out of the box, making the end user experience sluggish. These apps are often deeply integrated into the operating system, making them hard to remove by users. I don't know anybody who wants that crappy navigation software from Dell, or Toshiba’s clean up tool to get rid of junk files. It’s your PC, and you should have the complete control over it. If you are looking for a handy Windows software that can easily get rid of all such preinstalled unwanted apps off your computer in one go, then look no further than Decrap. It’s a small program that enables you to easily and safely remove all bloatware that comes preinstalled by different PC manufacturers, without any hassle. Read More

[Ask The Readers] Winamp vs. iTunes, MediaMonkey, Xbox Music: Your Favorite Windows Music Player?

We've previously discussed and asked you about your favorite archive manager, and now it's time for discussing a subset of the media player category: music managers. I'll be discussing why I prefer a certain music manager, before leaving the stage to hear your opinions about your favorite software for managing your ever-growing digital music library. Read More

Easily Password-Protect & Hide Folders Without Installing An App

Keep your computer locked when not in use and chances are unlikely that someone’s gonna tinker with your confidential data. But one can't be too careful, and may end up leaving an unlocked computer unattended at times, especially when it's a shared computer used by different family members. In such cases, application that let you lock specific folders can come handy? When it comes to finding a good application for the purpose, portability is often an attribute users seek, especially for locking folders on their thumb drives. Anvide Lock Folder is a portable Windows application built for that very purpose. It allows you to hide or lock multiple folders via a master password. You can use it on your hard disk, or place its tiny executable on a USB flash storage and slip it into your pocket for keeping your files secure on the go. From its intuitive UI to its easily understandable set of options, the tool keeps things dead simple. Read More

Separate Devices & Drives In ‘This PC’ Section Of Windows 8.1 Explorer

Most users of Windows must aware of the Windows 8.1 update that was released back in October as a free update to existing Windows 8 users via Windows Store. While the update brings many welcome additions to the table, it has also made a few changes that users are finding fiercely annoying. Once such nuisance is the Devices and Drives section in This PC. In contrast to Windows XP, 7 and 8, This PC displays all hard disk drives, USB devices and CD/DVD drives under one combined section labeled 'Devices and drives' section, while earlier versions of Windows had separate sections for ‘Hard Disk Drives’ ‘Devices with Removable Storage’. While you cannot bring the exact same functionality to Windows 8.1, Vishal Gupta at AskVG has shared an awesome tip that will let you separate hard disk partitions and USB or CD/DVD drives shown under This PC. Read on for full step-by-step instructions. Read More

Flipboard Comes To Windows 8.1 & RT; We Go Hands-On [Review]

When we talk about news readers and magazine apps for different mobile platforms out there, Flipboard has got to be among the first names that comes to mind. The popular virtual magazine has gained a lot of praise across both iOS and Android from users and critics alike, for offering an immersively pleasant experience of reading popular as well as self-curated news stories from around the world and social media in its beautiful interface. With the rather moderate yet steady rise in the popularity of Windows 8.1 and RT platforms, and with more and more tablets as well as other touch-screen computers sporting the OS hitting the market, it was only a matter of time before the developers behind Flipboard would notice the natural demand for their app on these devices, and the release of Flipboard for Windows 8.1 on Windows Store is testimony to that. The app brings its same highly visual reading experience to computers and tablets sporting Windows 8.1 or RT, complete with all its gestures, flipping animations as well as magazine discovery and curation tools that it has come to be known for. Join us, as we take an in-depth look at the app and all its features. Read More

Drawboard PDF Is A Modern UI PDF Editor & Annotation App For Windows

When recently looking for a PDF editor on Windows Store, I came across Drawboard PDF a Modern UI PDF annotation tool for Windows 8/8.1 and RT platforms – and found it to be extremely handy. What makes this app different from others I've seen in this genre is its user-friendly layout. Moreover, I had yet to see a fully-featured PDF editor for the RT platform, so this made it even more interesting. Drawboard's purpose is to allow you edit all your PDF documents using Windows 8’s touch-enabled UI. It supports a radial menu that contains an extensive array of tools designed to let you add custom shapes, text and other tidbits to your PDF document and save it as a new file. The app supports both stylus and finger touch gestures. Details after the jump. Read More

Drag & Drop Files & Folders To Securely Delete Them From Your PC

When you delete files in Windows, they are actually not completely erased ; only the links to where the files are located on your hard disk are removed from the operating system. So, even if you delete everything personal from your computer before selling it to someone else, it will not be enough to make sure your data has been permanently erased from that disk. The best method to permanently get rid of that data is by using a file shredder. File shredders come in a variety of shapes and sizes, all of which have one basic purpose: to permanently wipe files from the hard disk itself by rewriting blank sectors on it. Previously, we've covered a lot of file shredders for Windows such as Moo0 File Shredder, EraserDrop, Freeraser etc. Securely is another such user-friendly tool that sports an intuitive design and offers a variety of shredding methods. Read More

How To View The Date & Time When Windows Was Installed

So, you want to find out when was the last time you installed Windows on your machine? Since you're reading this post, the answer to this question is probably yes. I’m not sure about you, but many simply feel that re-installing Windows at regular intervals – after a year, let's say – keeps the system in optimal state. I wouldn't argue with that theory, but in such a case, having a reference date of your last Windows installation does make sense. Or you might want to know about the date and time of your Windows installation just out of curiosity. Fortunately, then there are several different ways available to do that, which I will explain step by step, right after the break. Read More

Easily Create & Schedule Copy & Backup Operations On Windows With Cyotek CopyTools

So, you turn on your PC one fine day and bang! The hard drive isn’t working anymore, all your files are lost for good, and it's no longer a fine day. That’s why keeping a backup of your data is a wise choice. Though having to manually create one regularly can be a hassle. If you want to automate backup operations for all your data from local hard drive to network location or USB flash drive, look no further than Cyotek CopyTools. This Windows application is designed to let you copy, mirror and move files from source to destination directory with a single click. You can also use it to create compressed ZIP archives of your files to save disk space. What’s more, it lets you create multiple backup profiles and assign different run schedules to them so you don’t have to manually do the whole thing. Details after the jump. Read More

Keeper Is A Cross-Platform Password Vault With WiFi Sync & Cloud Backup


Many of us use weak passwords and to make things worse, reuse the same ones on different websites. The reason behind this is the difficulty in remembering different passwords; the lengthier and more complex a password is, the more secure it is, but at the same time, the harder it becomes to remember. Password managers provide a handy solution to this problem by letting you store your login information for different websites in one secure vault, and reuse it whenever needed. There are the basic kinds of password managers that store information offline on your computer’s storage, and then there are more advanced ones that not only save login data online, but also have apps for smartphones like iPhone and Android. Keeper is one such application that is quite feature-rich. Sporting a really great design, it protects your login information in an encrypted database, and sync it across Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, iOS and Android.

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Roccat Power Grid Is A Customizable PC Remote Control, Gamepad & System Monitor For Android & iOS

Roccat is a popular name among PC hardware enthusiasts. The Germany-based company is completely focused on developing accessories for computer gamers and keeping a close connection with them as one of their strengths, which enables them to produce high quality peripherals such as keyboards, mice, and headsets that meet the requirements of their users. The company has built an app by the name of Roccat Power Grid that enables you to manage your PC from Android and iOS. It’s a fully customizable PC remote that lets you create custom controllers to monitor your system and even play games without touching the keyboard or mouse. Read More

Block Incoming Connections From Malicious Websites With Bot Revolt Anti-Malware

Computer security is a crucial factor for everyone with an online presence or activities. Most of us use an antivirus program of some sort to get rid of viruses and other malware, and keep our computers protected from them. However, from time to time, a malicious piece of software still manages to get its way through our defensive measures. On the bright side, as these malware are continually evolving, the security experts are fighting back with equally robust, top-notch security solutions. Bot Revolt Anti-Malware, for instance, is a Windows application that provides effective protection against viruses and malware by blocking potentially harmful incoming connections to your PC via the internet. Read More

Cometdocs For Desktop Adds A PDF Converter To Windows Context Menu

A common situation many users face when dealing with digital documents is having to convert PDF files to other formats such as Word, JPEG, TXT etc. Fortunately, there are a bunch of PDF converters out there that can get the job done, though finding the best one can become tedious at times. Back in February, we reviewed a handy online service dubbed Cometdocs that allows you to host any kind of document to the cloud and perform PDF conversion to other formats via its web-based interface. Cometdocs for desktop a standalone tool by the same developer – brings the same conversion features to Windows. The tool makes document conversion a breeze, thanks to its context menu integration. And besides converting PDF to many other formats, it also lets you easily create PDFs out of other files. Details after the jump. Read More

Auslogics Browser Care Is An All-In-One Maintenance Solution For Chrome, Firefox & IE

If you’re one of those people who install a ton of extensions, add-ons and toolbars on their browsers, you shouldn’t overlook the fact that too many of these can eventually slow down or even crash your web browser and hinder your browsing experience. While many of these extensions and add-ons can be quite useful, unwanted toolbars like the infamous one from Ask toolbar and Babylon usually come bundled with freeware and are unintentionally installed by users. And even besides their shady installation methods, getting rid of such toolbars can be a tedious task. Previously we’ve reviewed a few applications such as Avast Browser Cleanup and Toolbar Cleaner that are designed to rid your system of the aforementioned pesky toolbars. Auslogics Browser Care is yet another great tool that aims to mark its name in this genre by letting you get rid of unwanted add-ons and toolbars, reset your browser home page and search engine, and clean up temporary browser data. Even better, it supports Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer all in a single package. Read More