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Volumouse 2 goes 64-bit, adds per-application volume control

Nir Sofer (of NirSoft) makes loads of useful little Windows utilities. One of our favorites, Volumouse, has a new beta available and it offers some nice improvements over its predecessor. To start, Volumouse beta 2 adds support for Windows Vista and Windows 7 per-application volume settings. There's also a new "send hotkeys" feature which lets you use the mouse wheel to fire off custom...

CCleaner updates with full Internet Explorer 9 and Firefox 4 support

CCleaner continues to be one of the most popular Windows maintenance programs we cover here at Download Squad, and Piriform has released a minor (but important) update. CCleaner version 3.05 now includes full support for both recently-released Web browsers, Internet Explorer 9 and Firefox 4. The update doesn't stop there, however. CCleaner is now better at scanning your registry for unused...

Climsy shares images on your clipboard via Dropbox and Imageshack

Every now and then, there's screen capture or image you stumble across that you just have to share. Climsy is a nice, simple Windows program which makes the process dead simple. It works the way FluffyApp does: take a screenshot or right-click and copy an image to your clipboard in any application, and Climsy will file it to a folder of your choosing or upload to either your Dropbox account,...

True System Security Tweaker customizes over 400 Windows options

Setting up policies and restrictions on a Windows computer isn't all that hard using built-in tools, but it's always nice to have a utility on hand which can further simplify the process. True System Security Tweaker (TSST) is a free, portable tool you can use to modify nearly 500 settings on your Windows systems. Both 32 and 64-bit Windows installs (from XP to Windows 7) are supported, and...

Sumatra PDF, the open-source Adobe Reader replacement, improves performance, printing

Sumatra -- the lightweight, open source alternative to Adobe Reader -- has just updated to version 1.3 and lead developer Krzysztof Kowalczyk has delivered some welcome improvements. Sumatra now uses libjpeg-turbo for faster rendering of some PDFs and its printing support has been improved. Documents can also be zoomed and rotated using your keyboard via the + and * keys, respectively. Sumatra...

Auspex is a free text replacement app for Windows with tons of potential

Finding a really good free text replacement/expander app for Windows isn't an easy task. Yes, AutoHotKey is an excellent program, but it's not a good fit for people who don't enjoy hacking plain text configuration files. Breevy is an extremely nice GUI app, but it's shareware. Auspex -- developed as part of NANY 2011 at Donationcoder -- might be the free program we've been waiting for. The...

PortableApps.com releases Private Browsing enhancement for Portable Firefox

PortableApps.com has posted a new remix of Portable Firefox that includes additional privacy enhancements out-of-the-box. Simply called Private Browsing, the app includes a pair of pre-installed privacy add-ons -- AdBlock Plus and Flashblock. AdBlock is pre-subscribed to the EasyPrivacy list. As for the browser itself, the PortableApps crew have disabled features like persistent cookies, browsing...

BleachBit privacy app gets a big upgrade, offers nice alternative to CCleaner

BleachBit -- the open source system clean-up utility for Windows and Linux -- has added several new features to its latest version that make it an even better tool for removing unneeded files files from your computer. Support for Google Chrome and Chromium has been greatly improved: BleachBit can now remove everything from DNS prefetch data, to autofill history and DOM storage. Support for HTML5...

FotoSketcher 2 adds new effects, improves performance

FotoSketcher 2 is here, and a lot has changed since Erez first wrote about the photo stylizing app. For starters, there are new filters like sepia, vignette and "old photo texture," and four new frame effects have also been added. FotoSketcher 2 now even offers real-time brushstroke previews. The new version can also perform lossless 90-degree rotations and one-touch contrast adjustments, and...

Fat32Formatter easily prepares external hard drives for use with your PS3

Setting up a new external hard drive for use with your PlayStation 3 should be a simple task. Maybe, however, when you plugged the drive into your Windows system and attempted to right-click and format it you only had two options: NTFS and exFAT, neither of which plays nice with your PlayStation. While you could use diskpart to take care of things, not everyone enjoys command-line tinkering....

CCleaner 3.01 update makes it faster, nixes reboots, adds Adobe Reader X support

CCleaner just hit version 3.0 recently, but Piriform has already pushed an incremental update to the popular clean-up app. What's new in CCleaner 3.01? For starters, there's support for Adobe Reader X and Acronis True Image, better cookie detection for users of Firefox 4 beta 7, and improved handling of 7-zip, Chromium-based browsers like SRWare Iron, MMC, Silverlight local storage, and Adobe...

CCleaner version 3 goes 64-bit, adds secure disk wipe, Windows 7 integration

When it comes to system cleanup programs, CCleaner is pretty much the hands-down favorite with Download Squad readers. It's been a trusted tool for years, and the newly-released CCleaner 3 is better than ever. What's new in v3? To start, there's now a native 64-bit version in both the installer and portable CCleaner. Windows 7 users also get the benefit of a handy jump list, which offers quick...

Opera 11 adds portable install option

Opera 11 already looks like it's going to be a solid browser once complete, with support for extensions, and even faster JavaScript and rendering engines. Over at TechieBuzz, they spotted one more feature addition: the option to install Opera 11 to an external device. During the install, just click the options button instead of accept and install. You'll be taken to the screen above, where you...

Feewhee lets you instantly resize windows and make them transparent

Weighing in at a massive 4 kilobytes for the portable version, Feewhee does exactly two things, and does them well: First, get the program and run it. Then, hover your mouse over the title bar of any window. Now scroll the wheel, and watch the window resize up or down, according to the direction of your scroll. Press shift and scroll, and watch the window gradually become less opaque (or more...

SafeMSI lets you install and remove apps in Safe Mode

One thing that's always bugged me about cleaning up and repairing systems for my customers is the fact that the Windows Installer Service doesn't run in Safe Mode -- not by default, anyways. That means there's additional tinkering involved before I can remove any number of annoying and useless applications -- and installing useful programs which require the Installer service to be running. ...