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DosProbie

Your Favorite Apps for Windows 8 and 8.1

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Have you got a favorite program ( or applications that  you have created )  for Windows 8-8.1 that you think is useful and would like to share?  Just to kick things off here is Free standalone WiFi manager program that I ran across that works really well and brings back some network management features missing from Windows 8. Feel free to add any appication that you  think may help others.

Enjoy..DP :yes: 

 

Wi-Fi Network Manager 1.0.0 -  http://main.kerkia.com/Products/WinFi/description.aspx

Description:

WinFi is your new WiFi network manager for Windows. As Windows 8 removed abilities to manage network profiles and perform various actions such as forgetting networks, changing their priorities, etc., WinFi was built to bring you all you need within one handy, complete, nice-looking utility that will not only save you lots of time but also help you solve connection issues and optimize your WiFi experience.

 

Winfi was built initially because abilities to manage profiles and forget networks were removed from Windows 8.1. Alternatives involve using the netsh command line utility which is cumbersome for most users.  Gives full management of user profiles with a easy graphical interface.

 

 

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Of course there are the BIG ones, like Classic Shell and Aero Glass for Win 8, but one of my favorite little free utilities (not written by me) allows me to turn off automatic Windows Updates entirely, and notifies me of the availability of updates in much the same way the notifications came through with Windows 7:

 

http://www.quppa.net/wunotify/

 

-Noel

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Thanks, Noel!

I use that one as well, another feature that Windows 8 and 8.1 did away with,.. :}

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AdwCleaner v3.208 by Xplode

 

Have you or someone you know installed a program only to find out that it came with unwanted toolbars, browser hijacker and crapware?

AdwCleaner is a portable freeware app that aggressively targets and removes adware, toolbars, browser hijackers, and other potentially

unwanted programs and works with Windows 8 and 8.1.  I recently received a customer laptop infected with the V9.com portal virus

and spent about 2 hrs manually trying to remove it (even Malwarebytes Pro had no effect)  but Adw did it in a matter of seconds!

Enjoy!..DP :thumbup

http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/adwcleaner.html

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QtTabBar
http://qttabbar.wikidot.com/
Adds tabs, features, configurability, to Windows/Files Explorer. Too bad it's mostly .NET, so it's a bit slow to start and I suspect memory leaky, but so far it's the best file manager I've found for Windows. (There's also a less developed branch on SourceForge.)
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7+ Taskbar Tweaker
http://rammichael.com/7-taskbar-tweaker
Taskbar behavior tweaks, slight visual configurability, and a few extra features.
7+-Taskbar-Tweaker.png

FileMeta
http://filemeta.codeplex.com/
Adds the ability to add/edit file comments which can be viewed in an Explorer column. Editing is from File Properties, or Details Pane. Can also edit other file metadata (tags, rating, etc.). The metadata is stored in an ADS (alternate datastream). But it's not as straightforward as it could've been due to NT6's limitations; it needs to register separately for each file extension, and it can't coexist with other property handlers, such as the stock handlers that show OLE or media file metadata in Explorer.

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Just tried AdwCleaner, and think it's rather good. Won't run it for the second time in the future, though!

 

Generally, I don't like applications that force users to restart Windows without a choice to cancel it!

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It reboots because of cleaning up the registry and then prints log file when back at desktop..DP

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Quero Toolbar for adding a dedicated Search box back into the top chrome of IE11.  You can turn off everything it does and still have the search box, and it interacts just the way I expect it to.  I put it on the same line as my menus.

 

http://www.quero.at/

 

 

IE11WithQueroSearchBox.png

 

-Noel

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Sweet!, Thanks Noel and the ad blocker is a nice addition as well..DP

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