desktop

Thu
06
Oct
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'Wez's Evil Shell', and 'Resize Desktop Icons'

Wez's Evil Shell A replacement for the default Windows XP desktop, includes: graphical shell (taskbar, start menu and tray). The default explorer shell uses quite a lot of run-time resources and can be quite slow to use for "Power Users". This shell ... provides the lots of features but uses only a fraction of the resources that explorer.exe uses. http://evildesk.netevil.org/index.php Resize Desktop Icons Customize your desktop by resizing the icons to suit you. Included is the ability for 16px, 24px, 32px, and 48px sizes. http://www.veign.com (view more)

Tue
04
Oct
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PowerUp XP Platinum 2 Review

Great news! Just this past Wednesday, I received wind that Ashampoo has released their flagship tweak utility, "Powerup XP Platinum", version 2. Reminder: What is Ashampoo PowerUp XP Platinum? PowerUp XP Platinum takes the hassle out of optimizing ... and fine-tuning a Windows PC and combines everything into one easy to use, tidy package. Rated 5/5 by the editor's at Download.com, PowerUp XP Platinum 2 includes all the powerful features that made its predecessor the favorite tuning tool of many Windows users -- plus it adds many new terrific and unique features that yield even more ... (view more)

Sun
18
Sep
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'Winext Desktop Bar', and 'Quicktime Alternative'

Winext Desktop Bar Customize your desktop with a horizontal bar that gives you easy access to all your programs and documents. WinExt is not an alternative to the windows shell, but a good expansion which gives your shell at set of new features. By ... letting you customize appearance, content, and features makes your desktop environment more personal and suited for your needs. http://winext.hulubulu.dk/ Quicktime Alternative QuickTime Alternative will allow you to play QuickTime files (.mov, .qt and other extensions) without having to install the official QuickTime Player. It also supports ... (view more)

Sat
10
Sep
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Upgrade from USB 1.0 to USB 2.0 high-speed Hub?

Infopackets Reader Jules E. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a low-speed USB (Universal Serial Bus) connection on my computer. Can you tell me if there is a way to convert this to a high-speed USB adapter, and is it possible to do so without replacing ... the existing unit? I have an external USB DVD drive and would like to burn at 8x and 16x speed, but my current hardware configuration prevents me from doing this. Any help you can offer is greatly appreciated. " My response: It is not possible to "convert" a low-speed USB hub to a high-speed USB hub, per se. Also, most USB ... (view more)

Thu
11
Aug
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Remove Smitfraudc Trojan 0028 C0011e36 Vxd

Infopackets Reader 'Faskia' writes: " Dear Dennis, One of my PCs is now failing to connect to the Internet, and is showing a Security Warning screen on a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). The blue background reads, 'A fatal error in IE has occured at ... 0028.C0011E36 in VXD VMM(01)+00010E36. Error was caused by Trojan-Spy.HTML.Smitfraud.c.' Would you please give me some simple steps to remove Smitfraud from my PC? " My response: The problem is that your computer has been infected with Spyware. According to the F-Secure web site, Trojan-Spy.HTML.Smithfraud.c is a phishing scam where "a ... (view more)

Thu
11
Aug
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Remove Smitfraud.c Trojan (0028.C0011E36 VXD)?

Infopackets Reader 'Faskia' writes: " Dear Dennis, One of my PCs is now failing to connect to the Internet, and is showing a Security Warning screen on a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). The blue background reads, 'A fatal error in IE has occured at ... 0028.C0011E36 in VXD VMM(01)+00010E36. Error was caused by Trojan-Spy.HTML.Smitfraud.c.' Would you please give me some simple steps to remove Smitfraud from my PC? " My response: The problem is that your computer has been infected with Spyware. According to the F-Secure web site, Trojan-Spy.HTML.Smithfraud.c is a phishing scam where "a ... (view more)

Mon
25
Jul
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My Screen Recorder Review

Synopsis: What's the best way to teach someone how to use a computer? By *showing* them, of course! With My Screen Recorder, you can create stunning website and software demos by capturing the actions you make via the Windows desktop! The advanced ... screen capturing tool can capture anything you see on the computer screen, including: the entire desktop, windows, menus, cursors, and even video with sound! Next to physically being in the same room as the "student", there is nothing better than demonstrating your actions with My Screen Recorder! My Screen Recorder: Details You can use My Screen ... (view more)

Wed
13
Jul
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Cute Reminder Review

Synopsis: Is your computer desktop covered with leaflets of paper reminders? Want to recover your previous desktop space and reclaim your sanity? Then why not try Cute Reminder?! With Cute Reminder, you can create simply-to-use (and non-annoying!) ... reminders to manage your desktop notes with just one or two mouse clicks! Cute Reminder's extremely easy to use interface provides comfort at your workplace whether you're in the office or at home. With the help of Cute Reminder software, you can easily create desktop sticky notes and make reminders for an appointment, birthday, phone call, bill ... (view more)

Fri
17
Jun
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MetaProducts Links Organizer Review

Synopsis: Do you have a bazillion Internet Favorites (bookmarks) stored in your web browser and aren't sure which ones work and which ones don't? Is your Start Menu ultra-cluttered with so many program links, that the list goes off the screen every ... time you click "Start"? If so, then you *need* Links Organizer! Links Organizer was developed to provide quick access to most kinds of links on your system -- from Start Menu and Desktop, to Internet Favorites and Bookmark links. Using Links Organizer, you can inspect, edit and exchange links between categories. It also includes a links ... (view more)

Wed
23
Jun
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PowerUp XP Platinum

Infopackets Reader Bill C. writes: " Dear Dennis, After reading your review, I downloaded and installed WinOptimizer Platinum Suite . So far, it freed up almost 1.5 gig of space on my system. I was impressed. I also happened to come across another ... program called PowerUp XP Platinum, and was wondering if you would consider writing a review? It looks equally as good. Thanks in advance! PS: I have been enjoying your newsletters for quite some time. They're always informative and to the point. Please keep up the good work! " My response: Thanks for the kind words. I did a bit of ... (view more)

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