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For those who come here for awesome freeware: check out NANY 2014

Every year the community of coders at DonationCoder come up with brand new freeware tools for a year-end event they call New Apps for the New Year (NANY). These events typically involve DC members coming up with quirky or interesting ideas for free tools that solve specific problems posted by members or that implement interesting

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DNS Jumper: easy DNS switcher with IPv6 support

Want to switch your DNS on your PC quickly and Easily? How about Switching from IPv4 and IPv6 interchangeably, and being able to backup and restore DNS settings (and categorize them in groups), and checking multiple response times to find the fastest DNS IPs, or even flushing the DNS cache? DNS Jumper is a small

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Bypass the UAC prompt for any program, with ‘ElevatedShortcut’ for Windows 7 and Windows 8

UAC security prompts have becoming a mainstay of Windows since Vista, but especially with the introduction of Windows 7, and they remain so with Windows 8. We’ve written about how to go around these on Windows startup by using the task scheduler to bypass the prompts (see here), or bypassing them by downgrading the UAC

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WizTree is a LIGHTNING FAST utility to find the large files and folders hogging your hard drive

If you don’t know where all of your hard drive space went and are struggling to clear up large files, this terrific FREE program can help. You may be thinking ‘but I’ve already seen excellent programs like this on this very site’, but WizTree has a special feature to recommend it: it is extremely fast.

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Preview system fonts side-by-side with ‘Fonticate’ (Windows)

Ever wished you could view and compare the fonts on your system quickly? If so, then check out ‘Fonticate’, a small free tool that will let you type in any sentence and display it using all the fonts on your system, simultaneously. Somebody asked me if I had a tool like this, and as frequently

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Use your webcam as a mouse with gesture-based freeware ‘NPointer’

Have you ever wished you had an extra hand for the mouse while you’re typing? Or, perhaps you’re one of the many people across the world that is differently abled than others and you need a mouse-control solution that doesn’t require hands and fingers, or maybe you like to see the technology of tomorrow today,

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Protect your PC from data theft by USB or CD, with “URC Access Modes”

If you are a business, public venue, or even a normal user concerned with the illegitimate copying or transfer of files or data from your computer(s) via USB or CD, then this program is for you. ‘URC Access Modes’ is a FREE program that will allow you to shut off and password protect USB and

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Install (or update) some great freeware in batch, with Milouz Market

I will admit: I was quite surprised at the appeal of appstores, which are obviously the way of the future. Users seem to like the notion of going to a single place to install and update apps, rather than hunting for each program on the net and installing updates on an ad-hoc basis. Enter: Milouz

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Create a WIFI hotspot from a WIFI-enabled PC, with Winhotspot

If you have a single PC with WIFI access and you would like to use that connection to broadcast A WIFI signal to other devices then read on: Winhotspot is one of the simplest FREE virtual WIFI programs available, and possibly the easiest to use. Windows 7 (and above) supports the broadcasting of a WIFI

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Backup and restore Windows’ registry and user profiles with Tweaking.com’s Registry Backup

There are many ways to protect your system. You could use Windows’ internal ‘system restore’, for example, or you could make backup images of your system partition. Another way to protect your system would be to backup your registry (and user profiles) and restore them when you need to, and which has the advantage of

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Clear stuck print queues with ‘Print Queue Cleaner’ for Windows

Ever tried to print a document and perhaps waited by the printer, only to realize that the print command is stuck in the queue and will not go through? Typically, and to make things worse, you might find that your print jobs in the clogged print queue are impervious to being deleted, instead displaying an

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Toggle the internet on and off from the system tray, with InternetOff

If you want to be able to turn the internet off (of on) quickly and easily then read on: InternetOff makes this a one-click affair, right from the Windows system tray. Why would you want to turn the internet on and off? The reasons are varied and many, for example, to prevent programs from calling