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These days we all worry about security, and with good reason.Viruses and malware abound on the internet. Phishing scams capture well-meaning users. Today’s internet  user can’t make a move without wondering what the consequences are. Fortunately there is software to help out — Windows 8 comes with Windows Defender built right into the operating system and programs like Malware Bytes offer added protection.

However, if you want a complete audit of your system from hardware to software to security then Belarc Advisor may be your new best friend. It provides both information about your system, as well as security data.

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Network admins have to think about looking after large numbers of computer, but even home users find that there are often two, three or even more PCs to tend to. If you find yourself having to maintain multiple machines, you’ll probably want to avoid having to physical access each one wherever possible.

This is something that AdminToys Suite can help with, making it possible to monitor and administer not only the computer you are sitting in front of, but also others that are connected to the same network.

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You might be asking why you would want to use a third-party remote desktop application seeing as Windows comes with Remote Desktop as standard. Many of the reasons do not become apparent until you actually use another application for remote desktop and realise what else is possible…

With TeamViewer, the way you connect to your computer is different (in a good way), but leaving that aside for the moment, the real strength of TeamViewer is its multi-platform nature. The supported platform list includes; Windows (including Windows 8), OS X, Linux, the TeamViewer web app, Android devices and iOS devices. As you can see the list of supported platforms is pretty exhaustive! This article reviews the Windows application, and gives a brief rundown of a couple of the other platforms.

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We’re big fans of virtual desktop tools here at Windows.AppStorm; any utility that can be used to gain extra desktop space without having to buy a new monitor is to be welcomed. Previously I’ve looked at nSpaces and WindowsPager but DeskSpace is something quite special.

DeskSpace takes the idea of virtual desktop not only to the next level, but to the next dimension. Rather than presenting you with a flat, two-dimensional representation of your workspace, you can instead flip between your desktop in three dimensions.

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The clipboard might be the most useful thing we take for granted in our computers. The ability to take something in one program and insert it somewhere else using the same process whether dealing with text, an image, or a file makes editing and creating so much easier. The common area means that you don’t have to worry about if two programs know how to talk to each other, they both only have to know how to talk to the clipboard.

The biggest drawback to the traditional Windows clipboard is that it can only hold one item at a time. When you cut or copy an item into the clipboard, anything already there is now lost. Much of the time this works well. If you’re only copying or pasting a line of text from one document to another document or another place in the same document, you only need to hold one item. Otherwise, it tends to become a problem. Surely, there must be a way around this!

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How many times have you have you tried to install a program, or perform some other task, only to be told that you need to close all of the programs you have running? In all likelihood, this is something that has happened to you more than once, and it can be deeply annoying.

SmartClose is a great tool to have on hand to when situations like this arise. Not only can it quickly shut down all of your running applications and processes, but also temporarily disable your screensaver to prevent it from interrupting whatever you are doing.

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There are two piece of hardware that almost every computer user works with on a daily basis – a keyboard and mouse. A keyboard is not just used for typing; it can also be used to interact with programs with keyboard shortcuts.

It is likely that you are working with a keyboard that has a standard QWERTY layout, but this does not mean that you are stuck with it. Using KeyTweak, you can change the function of any of the keys to do something else.

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Over the years, Microsoft has bundled several useful utility apps with their flagship Windows Operating systems. Sadly, screen capturing is not one of them. Sure, you can press “Prnt Scrn” and paste it in Paint as you’ve always done, but it doesn’t work for most of us.

Today, we’re going to take a look at a very light-weight utility, Shotty, to capture beautiful screenshots. Join me after the jump to find out how it works.

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The graphical interfaces we normally interact with are a relatively recent invention. Underneath, and still accessible, lurks the older command line text based interaction with the computer. For most day to day activities, the graphical interface provides an easier and more intuitive way to control your computer. Sometimes you need (or want) to work at the command prompt.

Windows built-in terminals, the command line and PowerShell, are useful and powerful shells, but the terminals are limited. Multiple sessions require opening completely separate windows. The customization options to match your preferred work style are limited. Can Console improve the command line?

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Passwords remain a necessary evil. Necessary because almost every web site you want to use wants you to create an account and log in. Evil because anyone that gets your password can login to the site as you.

The problem is that a password must be easy for you to remember, but hard for someone else to guess or crack. Is Roboform the answer?

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