Windows software of the day [April 9th, 2012]

Windows has hundreds of thousands of programs. Because of this great volume and lack of a central store, software discovery (aka finding new and useful programs) is extremely difficult. With our Windows Software of the Day initiative, dotTech aims to change that. Everyday we post three programs, allowing our readers to discover new software, daily. Enjoy! [Subscribe to our Windows section to never miss an article: RSS Feed | E-mail]

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Software for April 9th, 2012

shutDownAgent

Lots of people leave their computers up overnight to dob things like run updates or finish downloading files. If you do this, however, you may be wasting a lot of electricity and lowering your computer’s lifespan.

shutDownAgent is a nice little program that lets you automatically shut down your computer when certain programs close. To use it, just choose a program from the list of programs on the left and a shutdown option. You can either automatically shut down the computer at a time, shutdown the computer after a time and after the programs are closed, or just wait until the programs are closed.

shutDownAgent is a nice little program for anyone who wants their computer to shut down at a certain time depending on active programs.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.0

Supported OS: Windows (unknown) with .NET 4.0

Download size: 12.5KB

Malware scan: VirusTotal scan results

shutDownAgent homepage

UAC Pass

Let’s face it, UAC is annoying. But many people don’t want to disable it. How can you make it so you can use programs like Everything without having to accept a UAC prompt every time? Actually, with UAC Pass, it’s quite easy.

For a long time it’s been possible to create UAC-free shortcut using Windows Task Scheduler, but it’s a hassle and takes a while. UAC essentially automates this process: just drag a shortcut that requires UAC onto UAC Pass and it’ll create a UAC-free shortcut in either your desktop, your start menu, or even pin it to your taskbar. Therefore, it’s very easy to make these kinds of special shortcuts.

UAC Pass is a tool that’d I’d recommend keeping in your toolkit – you never know when you’ll need a UAC-free shortcut.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.5

Supported OS: Windows Vista/7

Download size: 312KB

Malware scan: VirusTotal scan results 2/41

UAC Pass homepage

X-Ray

No antivirus is created perfectly. For this reason, tools like VirusTotal were created: you can submit your files to them to see if they’re malicious or not. However, sometimes you want to send files directly to antivirus companies so they can test them themselves and add the file to their databases.

Uploading to VirusTotal also has the downside that you have to upload the entire file just to find out if it’s been analysed before. X-Ray is a very well designed tool that solves all these problems by making submissions automatic.

Price: Free!

Version discovered:

Supported OS: Windows XP SP3+

Download size: 932KB

Malware scan: VirusTotal scan results 1/41

X-Ray homepage

dotTechies: We have tested all the software listed above. However, Windows Software of the Day articles are not intended as “reviews” but rather as “heads-up” to help you discover new programs. Always use your best judgement when downloading programs, such as trying trial/free versions before purchasing shareware programs, if applicable.

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10 comments

  1. Peter

    “Uploading to VirusTotal also has the downside that you have to upload the entire file just to find out if it’s been analysed before.” The tool downloadable at VirusTotal calculates a checksum and sends that to VT. Only if there is no report according to the checksum in their archives the file needs to be uploaded.

  2. Locutus
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    @Mike: We’ve implemented some changes tonight that bring software titles to the RSS feeds and the home page. Depending on how that works out I’ll try to sneak a blurb in, but that all depends on how Ashraf configured the backend, which I won’t be able to see until tonight when all you can as well. So starting on April 11th we’ll hopefully all have blurbs!

  3. Mike

    @ed neff: Ditto. I also suggested this yesterday or the day before, and that the names of the software and a brief, even parenthetical explanation of the software’s function (e.g. “UAC workaround installer software”) appear in the website’s page one placeholder blurb about the software.

  4. mike

    Thanks Guido for recommending http://dimio.altervista.org/eng/

    I did not find the dshutdown useful since I personally see no point of using any shutdown type of softwares when I can just configure shutdown properties using Windows built in Task Scheduler.

    But I am interested in DSpeech because I have been finding a free alternative text to speech program for a long time. Dimio’s Dspeech looks really awesome. Thanks for the referral!!!

  5. ed neff

    Hi

    I have a suggestion about the new format

    is it possible to just list the names of the software applications each day in the email. That would make it easier to decide if I should look at the days post

    thanks a lot
    ed

  6. vjott

    @wandering: UAC is User Account Control. It is the supposed safety mechanism introduced in Windows Vista and also present in Windows 7 that presents a dialogue box requesting the user’s permission before installing programs and running certain programs. The mechanism is not perfect, in my opinion, because many users have trained themselves to simply click the button to grant permission without even reading the dialogue box or paying it any real attention.