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Audials One is not a new name for My Technology Guide readers. We have reviewed the earlier versions of the software so many times that it doesn’t need a new introduction. Still, if you are late to join in, Audials One is one the best all in one multimedia application that allows you to record online audio and video, remove DRM from protected media files, copy protected and unprotected DVDs, convert audio and video files, online radio player, record and manage podcasts, and features a complete media center. Recently, Audials One 2017 is released, so we are here to put it under the microscope and see what has changed.

You just started downloading a large file before going to bed, hoping it will finish by the time you woke up. Imagine how you will feel when, after waking up, you find your Windows PC in standby mode? Here is another scenario. Suppose you just started uploading your home video on YouTube to share it with your friends and family members. As the process will take a while, you leave your PC to keep the upload process running. After a while you come back only to find your PC in standby mode instead of the uploaded message. You will be frustrated and wish you could control your PC and prevent Windows from entering standby mode, sleep mode or hibernate mode. Stand-Bye! is the application you may be looking for.

GWX Control Panel is one of the most popular app among Windows users to fight against Microsoft’s aggressive Windows 10 upgrade campaign. GWX Control Panel helps Windows 7, Windows 8.1 users prevent their PCs from being automatically upgraded to Windows 10. The program received an update today with additional new options. According to its developer, the new update makes the app much more effective and protects its users against any accidental Windows 10 upgrade.

Piriform has released a new update of Speccy, bumping the version number to 1.29. If you have never heard about Speccy, it is a useful freeware Windows application that helps you get insight about your computer system. Simply speaking, it is a system information tool for Windows users.

According to the official blog, Speccy 1.29 comes with improved Windows 10 compatibility. It has also improved support for the latest Intel Skylake and Broadwell processors. In addition to the above notable improvements, Speccy 1.29 also strengthens hardware detection with its updated hardware detection algorithm.

Windows 10 is no doubt one of the most successful operating system launch in the history of Microsoft. Thanks to the big PR campaigns, Windows Insider Program, the free Windows 10 upgrade offer, and letting users upgrade their existing Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 directly through Windows Update. But not everyone wants to upgrade to Windows 10. To let users upgrade to Windows 10 through Windows Update, Microsoft installed few updates on existing Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 computers. Mostly these updates were delivered without asking the users. After the updates are installed a user is asked to register for Windows 10 free upgrade.

In reality, users can get the free upgrade without registering for it. Now, if you are one who is constantly getting nagged to update to Windows 10, here is something that you may like. No, I will not ask you to mess with the registry or do tasks that may be hard for you to understand. Here is a portable freeware app known as GWX Control Panel (formerly known as GWX Stopper) to do the task for you.

CCleaner is one of the most popular utility among our readers here at My Technology Guide. CCleaner helps you run your Windows PC smoother and faster. It removes temporary files and useless junks that accumulated in the Windows registry entries. It helps your PC to run smoother and faster like you just got it new. Here’s some good news for CCleaner fans who are testing Windows 10 or are getting ready to get it. You’ll be happy to know that the latest release of CCleaner adds support for Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.

Sticky Password is one of the most popular platform independent password manager available. It supports all major platforms including Windows, Mac OS X, iOS (iPhone, iPad), Android. The password manager also supports BlackBerry OS10, Amazon Kindle Fire, Nokia X too. In the first week December, Lamantine Software released a major update of the password manager. Sticky Password 8 features many new and improved functions.

Sticky Password is not a new name for My Technology Guide’s regular readers. We have been testing out all the major versions of the password manager since Sticky Password 6, and later Sticky Password 7. Now that the latest version is available, we couldn’t wait to test it and share our review of Sticky Password Premium. We took the Windows version of Sticky Password Premium for our test. We used Android and iOS version to check the sync functions. Our experience with the Mac OS version will be updated on this page soon.

Web browsers are the window to the open world of Internet. It doesn’t matter which operating system you are using, web browser is your most used application. Today’s cloud centric approach towards everything makes browsers a necessary. That’s one reason cyber-criminals loves your browser so much. They try to manipulate browser settings in many ways. Sometimes, it’s a pesky toolbar that doesn’t go away easily. Sometimes they change browser settings, your browser home page or tabs that redirects you to a malicious website of their choice. Almost all popular web browsers now enhances its functionalities using add-ons or extensions. Be it Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera or Safari, all supports add-ons or extensions. Unwanted and malicious browser add-ons and extensions thus has become a popular way to infect the browser. Although most web browsers comes with a reset button that are supposed to clean up your browser. Most of the time the reset button doesn’t hold well against the hard to get rid of unwanted items or settings. That’s when you need third-party tools like Avast Browser Cleaner to clean up your browser. Now, Google has released its own tool, aptly named “Software Removal Tool” to clean up Chrome web browser.

Duplicate files may seem harmless to many computer users. If only users knew that these files causes more trouble than good. They eat up hard disk space and system resources, further slowing down your computer. Before you will even know, your large 1 TB or more hard disk space gets filled up. All of these unneeded files causes chaos and increases disorganization in your computer system.

Recently, I started facing this inevitable issue myself. My hard disks, (internal and external, which is more than 6 TB in total) got filled up with files. As happens to any user having tons of disk space, I never organized them properly. I just saved them where ever I found space. Be it on the internal hard disk or external drives. The same version of files mercilessly cloned are now scattered across the different hard disks. That’s when the thought of organizing files came in my mind. But before that I should remove all the duplicate files from all the different storage drives. I tried to find the best free duplicate file finder software for Windows PC to help me out. During this search to find the best, I came across a number of freeware duplicate file finders. I am saying “best” as I had a few requirements in mind before I try the software.

File compression or file archiving is nothing new for the computing world. In fact its pretty much de-facto for users who regularly downloads files or share files. The concept of packing multiple files into a compressed archive before sending it to someone was very important in the earlier days of the Internet with very less bandwidth. Although the Internet is much faster now with lots of bandwidth, the concept of file compressing is still going great. People still compress files (multiple files) into a single file before sending them over the Internet. One of the advantages of using file compression is it reduces the chances of forgetting to attach an important file. It’s also very frustrating for the person who is receiving the file. Instead of downloading multiple files one after another, he/she just needs to download a single archive. This also bypasses (if the compressed file is password protected) the compressed files from the prying eyes of various email or cloud storage services.

Natively, almost all operating systems can open ZIP files, the most popular file compression format. Although the built-in compression feature on Windows operating system leaves a lot of space for improvement. The ZIP file format is good enough for most users but the world has moved on from using ZIP format to compress files. Many different open-source and proprietary formats like RAR, ARC, TAR, 7Z, etc. are in use now. All these different archive formats has made the need for a dedicated file compression app on Windows a necessity. Here’s a quick look at the five best free file compression software for Windows.