Windows software of the day [May 4, 2012]

Today’s Software

  • Wise Folder Hider: hide sensitive information from prying eyes
  • Antifreeze: temporarily halt all processes to allow you to kill CPU/memory hogs
  • Drop Zone: copy/move files to specified directories without messing around with Windows Explorer’s drag-n-drop implementation

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Software for May 4, 2012

Wise Folder Hider

Do you let people use your computer while you have sensitive data? If you do, you’re putting yourself at a big risk. For instance, they could inadvertently or purposefully stumble across banking information, or worse, confidential client information. Don’t let this happen to you: use Wise Folder Hider to hide both files and folders.

To hide a folder or file, you can simply use the context menu item in Windows Explorer. To show a file, however, takes slightly more work: you’ll have to open up Wise Folder Hider’s main interface and type in your password (set up on first use) to even just list them. In fact, to unhide them, you’ll need to type in a secondary password!

You can also hide thumb drives. To do that, just open the main interface and select Hide USB Drive. From there, select your drive. You’re good to go! With Wise Folder Hider, all of your potentially sensitive data can be safely hidden from sight.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.16Beta

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7

Download size: 1.8MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portable version available? No

Wise Folder Hider homepage


We all know what antifreeze is. It’s a liquid designed to keep water from freezing so it doesn’t damage things like your car engine. Likewise, Antifreeze is software for your computer that lets you keep it running without freezing. When you are in dire need for its assistance (ie, your computer is freezing up), just press ALT+CTRL+WIN+HOME. A box such as the one to the right will appear on your screen.

When this happens, it’ll automatically pause all of the non-critical applications running and allow you to permanently stop all processes hogging either the memory or your CPU. When you’re done ending processes, you can simply exit Antifreeze to continue using all of the programs you didn’t forcefully end.

Antifreeze is a very good idea, and though my computer doesn’t freeze up much, it seems like it could come in handy soon.

Note: it’s been reported that Antifreeze may also freeze when your system is frozen. In these cases the only thing you can do is wait it out.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.0.1

Supported OS: Windows XP+

Download size: 815KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portable version available? No

Antifreeze homepage

Drop Zone

Need to quickly move a lot of files to one location? Good luck using Windows Explorer. You’ll have to guess as to whether it’ll copy, move, or what all else when you drag files into another folder — and that’s if you can find a safe place to plant them. Use Drop Zone instead: after configuration, you’ll have a little square that can either move or copy files to certain directories — even allowing you to choose one of multiple directories.

There’s really not much more to Drop Zone. It’s a simple little tool to make moving/copying things as easy as possible, and it does that with seeming ease.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.0.3

Supported OS:

Download size: 721KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/43

Portable version available? Yes!

Drop Zone homepage

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  • Suze

    @Emrys: Thanks for the detailed description :) I could crack a joke here, but I won’t . . .

  • Emrys

    @Suze: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

    The sgian-dubh (Scottish Gaelic pronunciation: [s?k??n?t?uh]; often Anglicised as skean dhu /?ski??n ?du?/) is a small, singled-edged knife (Gaelic sgian) worn as part of traditional Scottish Highland dress along with the kilt. It is worn tucked into the top of the kilt hose with only the upper portion of the hilt visible. The sgian-dubh is normally worn on the right leg, but can also be worn on the left, depending on whether the wearer is right or left-handed. ;)

  • Suze

    @Rob (Down Under): For those of us who (er) misread “dirk,” and then laughed out loud at the image (!), the definition of dirk (noun) is “A short dagger of a kind formerly carried by Scottish Highlanders.” My bad :)

  • Emrys

    @Rob (Down Under): See As for the dirk, it came to me strapless.

  • Rob (Down Under)

    I recollect both Campbell and Cameron being mentioned as a a child.
    Not sure if they equate to kilts.

    When wearing your kilt do you keep your dirk strapped to your leg ?

  • Emrys

    @Rob (Down Under): I wear a kilt myself. Ross and Robertson clans.

  • Rob (Down Under)

    I’m in Australia.
    Australia is known as the land down under, presumably because we are way south of the rest of civilization.
    We moved here from Scotland during the cold war, to escape the nuclear radiation.

  • smaragdus

    Compared to DropIt, Drop Zone is just lame.

  • Emrys

    @ Rob (Down under something) Under what? Thanks for the info about trayit. I took the idea in a different way. I started Task Manager, right clicked the icon and added it to my task bar. I wonder if any one got Antifreeze to work. I like your idea better anyway.

  • Ashraf

    @Tony Tillis: LMAO!

  • Rob (Down Under)

    Rather than use Antifreeze, wouldn’t it be simpler, and more reliable to just use Task Manager ?
    Then locate the Process that is using the most CPU or Memory, and end the Process.
    To launch Task Manager in XP, just right click the Taskbar, and choose it from the popup menu.
    Personally I keep Task Manager running all the time in the SysTray.
    That prevents me from doing an Elvis (and shooting the monitor), when the PC is ignoring me.

    PS I just checked. Perhaps by default you cannot get Task Manager into the SysTray ?
    I just checked my TrayIt program, and I have it set in there to minimize to the sysTray.
    If any of you don’t have TrayIt, THEN YOU SHOULD GET IT IMMEDIATELY –
    I have a few programs set in there to go to the SysTray –
    – Task Manager
    – FireFox
    – Thunderbird

  • Rob (Down Under)

    I was tempted to chip in (re Antifreeze), before your post.
    My memory of freezes, froze everything, except the mouse.
    Which is a ‘Catch 22’
    And I was tempted to offer to knock up a VB6 program that could be triggered by a mouse move, which could then launch your Antifreeze.
    But perhaps the solution may be as simple, as you adding a shortcut to a ‘launcher’ program that can be brought up by clicking the Launcher’s SysTray Icon ?

  • I had the same thing happen as Tony. As soon as I ran Antifreeze, my system locked up; the only thing not trapped was the mouse. ;)

  • @Tony Tillis: Well that’s nothing short of ironic. I’ll add a note about it not always working.

  • Tony Tillis

    I tried using Anti-Freeze when my system locked up, but it froze ….