Windows software of the day [April 2, 2012]

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Software for April 2, 2012


Another day, another tool for listing your system information. However, Speccy has a unique twist that not many system stats programs provide: the temperatures of your components.

Speccy is another utility from the makers of CCleaner. It can give you information about your operating system, such as whether UAC is on and when Windows Updates are scheduled, and information about your hard drive, like the average temperature of your CPU.

It presents all the information you’ll need when troubleshooting your computer: motherboard model numbers, PCI slot information, optical drive information, network card information, and much more. Speccy is an easy to use tool that presents a large amount of information while still maintaining a small package.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.16.317

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7

Download size: 4.3MB

Malware scan: VirusTotal scan results 1/42

Speccy homepage


Firefox is not responding. Ha ha!

Computers get slow as they age. As they get slower, you’ll notice more and more applications freezing, and that frozen applications take much longer to close. SuperF4 fixes that with a convenient, kill-it-now keyboard shortcut.

When you start SuperF4, an icon will appear in your taskbar. That’s it! Now, whenever you come across an icy cold app just hit Ctrl+Alt+F4 and it’ll disappear in the blink of an eye. It also has an xkill mode, which like the popular *nix command, allows you to kill an app just by clicking on it.

SuperF4, like all really awesome programs, is free and open source.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.2

Supported OS: Windows (unknown)

Download size: 126KB

Malware scan: VirusTotal scan results 0/43

SuperF4 homepage


Often you search for something, find it, and then can’t find it again weeks later. Looking through your browser history is one option, but often the pages found don’t actually include the name of what you were searching for, so you have to go back and redo all your searches.

MyLastSearch is a tool that lets you skip that step by taking you right back to your previous searches. Using your Chrome, Firefox, IE, and Opera browsing histories, it will show you all the things you’ve previously searched for.

MyLastSearch, a free and tiny NirSoft utility, is a great addition to one’s mobile toolkit.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.55

Supported OS: XP/Vista/7

Download size: 56.0KB

Malware scan: VirusTotal scan results 0/42

MyLastSearch 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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  • @John: @Paul: @Chet Morton: I’ve always thought it was just a photoshop of a swimming fox combined with some snow. How else would its fur be so clean!?

    Regardless, I’m going to replace the image.

  • John

    The frozen fox is fine, and apropos. And who says it’s a real frozen fox anyway?

  • Paul

    @Chet Morton: Obviously I hadn’t taken enough notice. I agree.

  • Chet Morton

    In my opinion, the picture of the fox that froze to death in the water is in poor taste… I see no humor in it…

  • RobCr

    Thanks, it only happened when I closed Speccy, and within a few seconds of my closing Speccy.
    The latest Avast nags me on every flippin program that I open, but not a peep on that one.

    With the Temperature, there may be ‘a cooling off period’
    (Hope that terminology is not unique to Australia ?)

  • tejas

    @RobCr: I don’t see any setup.exe running………

    Nice program, except according to Speccy, my GPU is 286F……. that can’t be right.

  • RobCr

    Thanks for reminding me about Speccy.
    I had it on my main PC, but had forgotten about it.
    I was given a PC that is about 1 year newer than my others.
    Managed to get it working, after a couple of days. One of the 4 mounting pins of the CPU fan is a bit broken, so it is tricky getting the fan sitting squarely, without fully locking all the pins (it is sort of sitting there).
    Thus I wish to keep an eye on CPU temps for some time.
    Speccy looks as good a way as most, and will allow me to identify more of the hardware.

    I fired it up on my main PC, and it mentions that a service is being created.
    I closed it a couple of minutes later, and my PC was then close to locked up (100% CPU useage on a service/process called setup.exe). No running program was mentioned, just a process.

    There are two possibilities –
    1) It is a punishment from risky surfing I did the last time I used the PC.
    2) It is related to Speccy.

    Could you’all keep an eye out for that, and let me know if anyone else cops that.
    Else, I will be having nightmares about my risky surfing.


  • Paul

    Speccy is as slow as a wet week of Sundays, at least on my machine. SIW leaves it for dead.