Before everyone started taking and sharing pictures from their smartphones and digital cameras, there used to be film based photography where your pictures were printed out on high quality 4x6 cards that made it impossible to cut out photo bombers or that one cousin no one really likes from the family picture. With digital photography, if you have the right software, the required skills and a few hours of time to kill, removing unwanted objects from a photograph is possible. For photographs with many subjects, you might need a very feature app to do the trick and considerable image editing skills on your part but for ordinary images (like ones you might have snapped on vacation), you can use a simple app like Intelligent Scissors
to get the job done. Intelligent Scissors is a Mac app worth $3.99 in the Mac App Store that allows you to identify and remove unwanted items from a picture. The app is easy to use and gives you a live preview of the changes you make. Output is saved in JPG format.
During manual cleanup of our hard disks, sometimes we find an empty folder without any file in it. In the same way, sometimes we stumble upon an empty file inside a folder, which is not useful for anything. Most of the times, these empty files and folders are remnants of uninstalled applications. For instance, when you download and install new software, it often creates a directory on your hard drive to save all its executable and log files. However, when you uninstall it, all of those files are folders are not always removed with the software. Some of the folders are often left behind, even though all the files in them are deleted. If you have the habit, or your work requires you to install a lot of applications, you are sure to have a lot of these empty folders and files in your computer. They are not exactly harmful, but can really clutter up your hard drive. Hunting for them manually can be a tedious task since Windows provides you with no way to search for empty folder. Today we found two tools by the same developer, FMS Empty Folder Remover
and FMS Empty File Remover
, which allow you to remove empty folders and files from your hard drive in order to reduce clutter.
Some apps play nice, others not so much. At some point, we download a seemingly innocent app that will do what it says and be easily banished when we’re tired of it or have no use for it. However, it later turns out that app is there to stay, whether we like it or not. Evil apps? Not necessarily. Some apps have more files than others, and depending on what they do, they copy those files to different locations. While you can delete these apps, finding and tracking down the rest of the files isn’t easy. If you haven’t enabled viewing hidden files, it is likely you won’t get to the Saved Application State
folder in Library,
and will retain some files from an installed, and later removed, app. App Zap
is an app uninstaller for Mac that is worth $4.99 in the Mac app store that not only lets you delete files, but also view and selectively remove files created by the app or the app itself.
We recently covered an app, Easy File Hider
, worth $1.99, which allows you to change the visibility attribute of a file to Hidden
. In the spirit of hiding things from the world and anyone who uses your Mac, here is a little tip to keep files from appearing in Spotlight search and in ‘All Files’ in the Mac Finder. The fact is, hidden files will be visible if you’ve enabled Mac to show them in Finder. They can be searched for from Spotlight, and if you were to view All Files in Finder, they will be listed with their respective file types. Hiding folders and their contents from Spotlight and All Files involves nothing more than a quick visit to the System Preferences.
If you’ve ever seen a Photoshop transformation work on an image, you probably would've found yourself wishing you knew how to use the software as well to fix some of your own pictures. For people who end up with bad photos, or photobombs, for that matter, Inpaint
is a Mac app that offers an easy solution. The app lets you remove unwanted items from an image by letting you mark it and replacing it with a duplication of the image in the surrounding area. The app works like a cloning tool that you find in image editors, allowing you to remove a part of an image and replace it with the surrounding objects.
Of the many visually appealing aspects of Mac, drop shadow is one of them. They make app windows feel more alive, but admittedly have no real function. ShadowKiller
is a simple Mac app that lets you remove the drop shadow if you find them unappealing or even obtrusive. The app is simple and needs only to be run once to do the trick. It has no interface, so unless you’re looking at the shadows around a window, you might think nothing happened.
Metadata is used to identify files by their attributes, such as color depth, resolution, time of creation, authors name, camera model etc. This data may include some personal information that you may have entered while editing the metadata (if you want to add and edit metadata
, try PhotoMe), which can create a privacy issue if you are giving these images to someone else, or choosing to distribute them over the internet. Removing the metadata of each file can be quite a tedious and time taking task if there are a large number of files. Today, we have an application for you called BatchPurifier Lite
that solves this issue. It is a batch metadata removal tool for Windows that lets you delete all the metadata information from JPEG images in one go. It removes metadata, including XMP, Comments, ICC Profile, EXIF, Photoshop Image Resources and Other hidden data.
Facebook has just rolled out some major design changes and all of Facebook’s population will be split in to three groups; the ones who are complaining about how God awful the new look is and threatening to stop using the site, the ones who have just joined the social networking site and really don’t know why everyone is complaining about this awesome design and those select few who know from experience that complaining isn’t the way to get rid of a Facebook feature you hate, a browser extension is. Unannoying Facebook
is a Chrome extension that removes two of the new features that some might find annoying; the news ticker and the top bar that now sticks to the top when you scroll down.
is a free tool for Windows that assets a user in removing potentially unwanted programs such as spyware, trojans, adware, viruses and worms. According to the developer, this tool works by scanning a large number of locations where unwanted software has a known record of appearing or leaving traces.
Once you have installed this tool, run it and click Start Scan.
If a virus attacks your system, the first thing you will do is to remove the virus with an anti-virus software. But what then? Your system will still likely to remain corrupted. This is because some types of viruses usually tweak the system registry and file systems. If you remove the virus, your system registry and file systems will still remain corrupted. Virus Effect Remover is a free opensource tool which helps you to remove the effect of viruses from the Windows Registry and File System easily. Also it can detect the registry error caused by a virus.
You must have noticed that some viruses disable task manger, registry editor, folder options, etc, you can use this tool to enable them back instantly. Read More
In December I covered a way to permanently delete files
from Windows, but a reader meadowmuffin
points out another great app for completely removing sensitive files. Eraser
is a free opensource tool for Windows that completely removes files that you no longer need, in other words it’s a secure data removal tool. it works by overwriting your data several times with carefully selected patterns.
Note: When you delete a file from your hard disk using the Windows delete button, the file is only temporarily removed(even through you have emptied the recycle bin) and can be easily recovered. To permanently remove an important file and make it unrecoverable you have to use 3rd party tools like RightDelete, Eraser, etc.
There comes a time when our hard disk becomes cluttered. There are multiple files lying around and we don’t know about it. Sometimes we download a software and few months later a new version is launched and we forget to delete the old setup file. Sometimes we have a same song, picture, or document in multiple directories. Having duplicate files can consume a good amount of hard disk space.
Do you want to remove Norton anti virus
or any other security software that you may have installed? Security software like antivirus and antispyware are not easy to uninstall. If you uninstall them using Windows build-in tool, it is not enough. There are still files deep inside your system such as registry files that have not been removed properly, that is because it can’t be removed using the Windows build-in Uninstall Program
Earlier today in a post titled Minimize Your Running Applications To System Tray Instead Of Taskbar, you will see that TrayIt! allows users to minimize the applications to system tray instead of taskbar. Another great feature of this software is that it allows you to remove icons from your system tray. Read More
Do you have a Nvidia Graphic card? The latest firmware from Nvidia installs a script that enables Nvidia Control Panel on desktop right-click context menu. This can slow down the loading speed of the context menu when you right-click on the Desktop if you are using a low-end computer. In my case, I simply don’t need this option because it’s useless. If you are in same situation like me, its time to disable/remove it. Read More
Have you ever noticed that some applications like Antivirus software, WinZip, SmartFTP, and others, add some items to the context menu when you right-click on a file or folder? Apart from Windows Vista, these software install shell extensions to add applications in the right-click context menu. If you delete the appropriate shell extension in the registry, you won't get these additional menu items.
Are you facing trouble opening Add/Remove Programs from your Control Panel? Does it give you the error saying that it has been disabled by administrator? Some days back we covered a post on How to enable show hidden files and folders when disabled by a virus, the problem of Disabled Add/Remove program is also a registry tweak caused by some virus and is quite frustrating for those who wants to uninstall a software but this dialogue box won’t just open up. This problem has a pretty easy solution. Read More
Honestly speaking, I do love Windows 7 / Vista but there are so many small awkward stuffs around that makes it look just stupid. Desktop shortcuts is one of them. Have you ever noticed a large arrow on lower-left corner of the icon in every desktop shortcut program? I hate this arrow, and if you have same feelings like me, welcome to the post where I am going to teach you how to remove it in the most easiest way. There are two methods, tweaking the registry and through a software.
We covered a way to manage startup programs easily so that it can increase system performance here
almost 2 weeks back. Today we will explain another method to stop startup programs through Windows Defender that is installed by default in Windows Vista.
If your computer seems to be starting up slow, it is most likely because of startup programs. These are programs, often unnecessary, that boot up automatically when the computer does. New computers are notorious for having this problems as vendors reduce the price of their computers by making deals with software providers to preinstall their programs. These programs are often worthless, and are usually trials and not even the full program and such programs are normally referred to as bloatware. This said, below is an outline of ways to remove these unnecessary start up programs from starting up automatically. This method also works in Windows XP.
AutoPlay or AutoRun dialog pops up whenever a removable drive such as digital camera or CD/DVD disc has been inserted into computer or placed into optical drive, with plenty of action choices in a list of options for the users, which they can choose to perform. Each item in the AutoPlay list is called a handler, installed by various applications to show as an option for a particular events or content types such as Pictures, Videos, Data, etc. By a simple change in registry, you can remove any entry or item from the AutoPlay menu.