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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...

Google Chrome adds option to hide any extension's button

Google Chrome extensions can be truly handy, but there's at least one feature power users have been clamoring for since the beginning: the ability to hide an extension's browser action button. Good news, Chrome Geeks: the Canary build now lets you hide extension buttons. Just right-click the icon you want to disappear and select hide button, and it's gone. If you should happen to get removal...

Firefox 4 UI update brings snazzy, new alert pop-ups

Lest you think blogger Long Zheng is all about Microsoft apps, our Australian friend has a keen eye on all kinds of bleeding-edge software. -- including Firefox 4. Today he noticed a change in the Firefox 4 nightly build -- sexier, semi-translucent alert dialogs, complete with a blur effect to obscure the webpage content in the background. The new alerts fit well with Firefox 4's default...

IE9 Tweaker is an easy way to customize Internet Explorer 9

Looking for a way to make a few quick tweaks to your Internet Explorer 9 install? Download IE9 Tweaker from The Windows Club -- it's a small, portable app that provides fast access to a handful of useful adjustments. Among them: setting the menubar to always show, launching all new browsing sessions in fullscreen mode, and starting IE9 with InPrivate filtering enabled. You can also tweak...

Logon Screen customizes your Windows 7 welcome screen

The default Windows 7 welcome screen looks fairly nice, but it's not customizable out-of-the-box like the rest of your desktop is. There are, however, plenty of free apps that allow you personalize the background and add text messages -- and Logon Screen is a good option. Just install Logon Screen, browse for the picture you'd like to swap in, and configure any advanced options you'd like. In...

AeroTweak is an option-filled tweaking app for Windows 7

A while back, I ran down a list of 7 tweaking apps for Windows 7. One more worth knowing about is AeroTweak, a fully-portable Windows tweaking app which allows you to modify and disable a wide range of features. AeroTweak lets you painless flip the switch on things like AeroShake, taskbar thumbnails, and low disk space notifications. It also provides one-click disabling of autoruns on all your...

Make Firefox 4's UI slimmer than Google Chrome - no add-ons required!

Since the release of the Firefox 4 beta, I've been happily using it as my default Web browser once again. Google Chrome had been my primary browser for quite some time, but Firefox 4's improved speed and the fact that it can do three things I've wished Chrome could do for ages have won me back. The three things? A real download manager (plus great add-on options like DownThemAll and Automatic...

Chrome dev channel update brings sync enhancements, unified menu, more

Updates to the Google Chrome dev channel build tend to come fast and furious, and they don't always include noticeable changes. This time, however, there are a few noteworthy UI tweaks to go along with the usual assortment of bug fixes and security updates. For starters, the unified menu we told you about early last month has now been turned on by default. The goal, of course, is to simplify...

GTweak is a Windows tweaking app for CMD fanatics

There was a time when the vast majority of my time spent online was wrapped in the awesomeness of ASCII art and two-color interfaces. If you're anything like Sebastian or me, you get a little excited any time you come across a brand new app which harkens back to the days of the BBS. ... Like GTweak, which eschews the shiny, modern look most Windows tweaking apps go for in favor of good old...

Customize Task Manager colors with Task Manager Modder

You may not call Task Manager up all that often -- and if you do, you've probably grown accustomed to its green-on-black color scheme. If, on the other hand, you're a customizer of all things Windows, you might want to tweak those defaults to something which coordinates better with your overall desktop theme. Task Manager Modder is just the tool for the job. Launch it, adjust the sliders (or...

Enable Remote Desktop connections, concurrent logins on Windows 7 Home Premium

Most people running Windows 7 Home Premium probably don't need to access their system remotely via RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) -- and that's why Microsoft doesn't ship the feature on non-business versions of the OS. However, some users (like a co-worker of mine) might like the option of remoting in to manage downloads or organize files like movies and music. It's especially handy to be able...

Customize the Windows 7 task switcher with Alt + Tab Tuner

I've never made the jump the the more modern, 3d-style task switching provided by win+tab on my system. Alt+tab works just fine for me, though now that I've got a larger display on my desk at home I would like larger thumbnails. Alt + Tab Tuner makes that tweak as easy as moving a slider. Margins, spacing, and icon position can also be adjusted, and Tuner can also change the transparency level...

Vispa does quick but advanced tweaking of Windows 7 and Vista

Ages ago, a friend of mine introduced me to xpy -- a handy tweaking app for more advanced (and possibly reckless) users of Windows XP. Its developer later crafted a Vista-compatible version called Vispa and has been updating it ever since. Recent builds have added Windows 7 compatibility, and Vispa remains an awesome tweaking app. It's definitely not for casual users, though -- if this means...

Chromium Wheel extension provides better, configurable scrolling for Google Chrome

Regardless of what browser their browser of choice is, many users consider a smooth scrolling add-on to be essential. For Firefox fans, Yet Another Smooth Scrolling Add-on is extremely popular. If you've been waiting for a remix to appear in the Google Chrome Extensions Gallery, you're in luck! Recently added was the Chrome Wheel Smooth Scroller, which brings the same highly-configurable...

Skin your Windows 7 taskbar without patching with AeroWorks

Everyone loves a little skin - for their apps, that is. Want a simple way to tweak your Windows 7 superbar? Try AeroWorks, a simple theming program created by DeviantArt user Solo-Dev. It ships with seven skins which can be previewed with one click and applied with another. They're only active while AeroWorks is running, so be sure to click the green minimize arrow and not the red x after...