Windows software of the day [June 28, 2012]

Today’s Software

  • Right Click Context Menu: add items to desktop and Explorer context menus
  • KillKeys: disable keys such as the Windows key either when gaming or all the time
  • TinyWall: reinforce Windows Vista and Windows 7′s built-in firewall

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Software for June 28, 2012

Right Click Context Menu

Windows 7 actually has native support for adding programs and websites to the desktop and Windows Explorer context menu. However, nowhere in Windows are there any settings for adding programs to the menu. Luckily, you can change that with Right Click Context Menu, a free tool from AskVG.

Adding programs, websites, folders, or even files to the context menu is extremely easy with RCCM. Just select the type, browse for or paste in the location, and optionally add an icon. Then, select where you want it to appear and click Add. The changes instantly appear, with no need to restart Windows Explorer.

With Right Click Context Menu, adding programs, websites, folders, and files to the context menu is easier than ever. Now there’s no reason not to!

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v2.0

Supported OS: Windows 7+

Download size: 784KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: No installation required!

Right Click Context Menu homepage

[via The How-To Geek]

KillKeys

Picture this: you’re about to win a game, when you accidentally hit the annoying and useless Windows key. Your screen goes black as your computer struggles to keep up, and after a few seconds your desktop appears. By the time you’ve gotten back to the game, you’re dead and lying on the ground. KillKeys can prevent this by disabling any key of your choosing, either all the time or when fullscreen applications are running.

To configure KillKeys, start the program and select Options>Open settings from the system tray. Look for the lines labeled Keys and Keys_Fullscreen.

You can choose any key from this list, or just a simple letter/number/symbol from your keyboard. If you opt for the list route, just find the key you’re looking for (ex: the left Windows key, 0x5B) and remove the 0x part (ex: 5B). Then add that to the configuration file, save it, and restart KillKeys. Try your disabled button: like magic, it doesn’t work. Or, if you added only to the Keys_Fullscreen list, open a full screen game and try your button. No more accidentally hitting the wrong key and losing the game!

KillKeys is a super-simple app, and though configuring it may be a bit annoying, it’s an awesome way to ensure you don’t accidentally mess up while gaming.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.2

Supported OS: Windows unknown

Download size: 16-123KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/43

Portability: Portable version available!

KillKeys homepage

[via Addictive Tips]

TinyWall

Firewalls are quite important, but many of them slow down your computer with their many drivers, kernel pieces, and random cruft that’s been added on throughout the years. TinyWall takes a different approach to controlling network traffic, instead opting to piggyback on Windows’ built-in firewall.

TinyWall is quite restrictive by default, restricting access to only whitelisted programs. (Major browsers are whitelisted by default.) If you need to add to the whitelist, that’s also easy; the system tray icon provides easy options for whitelisting the current program or other programs. TinyWall also allows you to block certain types of internet traffic, such as Remote Desktop and File/Printer Sharing.

If you’re feeling the need for complete network control, TinyWall can quickly block all, block all incoming, be entirely disabled, be in normal mode, or even automatically learn what programs you want communicating. All in all, TinyWall is a very impressive firewall that deserves a nice shoutout.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v2.0

Supported OS: Windows Vista+

Download size: 1.0MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Requires installation

TinyWall homepage

[via Ghacks]

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8 comments

  1. Josh

    @nagelfar:
    Thank you so very much. I shall definitely try it then. I have been looking for something like this for a very long time. I have seen a few, but always with reviews indicating that it caused serious problems. Thanks also to Locutus and whoever may have submitted this application.

  2. nagelfar

    @Josh:

    Yes, FileMenu Tools can actually do that :)

    There are tabs devoted to ” ‘Send to…’ menu” and “Commands of other applications” in the FMT configuration program where you can tick/untick any entries present in the right-click menus to get them activated/deactivated for all/individual files, folders, drives and/or shortcuts etc.

    Try and modify any entries, click the “Apply changes” icon in the toolbar and there you have them – your own, nicely-trimmed Windows right-click menus.

  3. Allen H

    Tiny Wall does not work on Windows 7 64 bit, in fact it would not allow me to access any websites and I was unable to uninstall it using Revo uninstall nor Advanced Uninstall Pro, in fact I was forced to rollback my system to an earlier snapshot

  4. Josh

    @nagelfar: Thank you very much for the advice. I have looked at it. I am actually looking for an app that I could use to simply remove unwanted right click entries added by 3rd party programs such as, for instance, Adobe Reader (and some others). I have searched for them in the registry, but no luck. I have also tried Shellxview and Shellmenuview, but they are very complicated and vague and do not show these entries, anyway. Unfortunately the LopeSoft site does not make it clear whether FileMenu Tools can do this, and the screenshots only show basic system items. Can it actually remove these irritating, cleverly hidden 3rd party entries from the right click menu?

  5. nagelfar

    @Josh:
    As for the right-click menu maintenance you should try FileMenu Tools from LopeSoft.com, a free and powerful application for the task.
    I have been using it on my XP-ed PC for quite a while, and must say it does the job perfectly.

  6. Josh

    Pity that Right Click Context Adder only works on Windows 7+ and TinyWall only on Vista+. Millions are still using XP because it still does the job 100 per cent for them. Yes, I know I’ll be told that people should move on, but many simply can not financially keep up with the pace and cost of technology as constant upgrading of hardware and buying newer versions of Windows becomes exponentially more frequent. What to do?