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The primary focus of “What’s On My PC” is to provide tech-related information for people at home (i.e. Microsoft Windows, Chrome OS, Android, How-To’s, Tech News, Software Downloads, Apps, Security, Features, Tech Deals, Reviews & more).

My name is Rick Robinette and I have been maintaining the “What’s On My PC” blog since July 2008. CLICK HERE – to see the archive of all my blog posts, that literally consists of thousands of postings. My passion for blogging about computers and information technology have not diminished. Please visit frequently and share the site with others…

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Zamzar – Online Converter (1200+ formats)

Free online video converter, audio converter, image converter, eBook converter. No download or account required.

Zamzar - Video Converter, Audio Converter, Image Converter, eBook Converter

  • Convenience – No software to download. Just select your file, pick a format to convert to and away you go.
  • Speed – We aim to complete all our conversions in under 10 minutes.
  • Formats – We support 1200+ file formats, more than any other converter.
  • Experience – We have been successfully converting files since 2006 with millions of happy customers.
  • Support – Got a file you can’t convert? Just email us and we’ll ask our dedicated engineers to take a look for you.

Source: Zamzar – video converter, audio converter, image converter, eBook converter

Robocopy: Best practices for working with this helpful Windows utility | TechGenix

As someone who grew up using the old DOS “copy” command, copy is often my go to when I only need to copy a few files. However, Windows includes another file copy utility called Robocopy. Robocopy is far superior to the old copy command, and is well-suited to the task of performing large or complex file copy operations.

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Source: Robocopy: Best practices for working with this helpful Windows utility

Quick Tip: Try this to get the NEW Android Auto Update

If you been waiting for the Android Auto Update with the new interface that folks have been raving about and it still has not rolled out to your phone; then, give this a try to see if you can make it happen sooner.

  • Open Android Auto on your phone.
  • Tap the “Hamburger Icon” in the upper left corner.
  • Select “Settings”, then (if eligible) you should see at the top of the screen an option to “Try the new Android Auto”. Toggle that option to activate it.
  • Once activated this should begin the process to update your Android Auto to the new Android Auto interface and you should see the new interface when you plug your phone into your car.


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Chrome Browser Extension: Worldwide Radio

Worldwide Radio

Source: Google Chrome Web Store

(Google Chrome Browser Extension)

Worldwide Radio is a favorite here at What’s On My PC…

Listen to live radio stations from around the world! Worldwide Radio – is more than 30,000 radio stations from around the world: USA, Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Belgium, Spain, Australia, Brazil, France, Italy, Canada, Mexico, Holland, etc. For more comfort, you can create your favorite lists of your favorite online radio stations.


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Here Are “Five reasons Chromebooks are better than Windows laptops”

Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols, at ZDNet makes a good argument with “Five reasons Chromebooks are better than Windows laptops“.

I can honestly attest to being a Windows user all my time being associated with computers, until last year when I purchased my first Chromebook. Yes, Windows can be a powerhouse; but, there are so many negatives with Windows vs. the positives of a Chromebook that I came to the conclusion for home-based users, a Chromebook is all you really need.

Asus C302CA-DHM4 Chromebook Flip 12.5-Inch Touchscreen Convertible Chromebook, Intel Core M3, 4GB RAM, 64GB Flash Storage, All-Metal Body, USB Type C, Corning Gorilla Glass, Chrome OS

I encourage you to read Steven’s article to see the five reasons he listed. In his final closing summary to his article, he said this (for which I totally agree):

“If you want a laptop that does all the bread-and-butter internet and office work, get a Chromebook. If you have a friend or relative who needs a safer machine, give them a Chromebook. If you need a flexible system that can juggle Android, Linux, the web, and a bit of Windows, get a Chromebook. You’ll be glad you did.”

Source: ZDNet – Five reasons Chromebooks are better than Windows laptops


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A New Gmail Feature Will Soon Be Checking Your Grammar

According to an article posted by Taylor Kerns, at Android Police, “Gmail will soon let you know just how bad your grammar sucks” with a new built-in grammar checker (and enhanced spellcheck that will auto-correct spelling errors). The rollout of these features are scheduled in September for G Suite users; with no rollout date set at this time for regular Gmail account users at home (like you and me). For us at home, be patient, it will come; and, when it does this will be a welcome addition.

Source: Android Police – Gmail will soon let you know just how bad your grammar sucks


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Chrome Browser Extension: Overlay Clock

Overlay Clock

Source: Google Chrome Store

(Google Chrome Browser, Chrome OS)

I have to say, I really like this clock. It is a digital clock that is an overlay to any page you load in the browser. There are options to change the colors, etc… Due to it being an overlay interface you can click on the digital interface to temporarily clear the clock from the screen to get to whatever is underneath the clock. Very useful clock in my opinion…

Displays a small digital clock at the corner of the screen, on a small semi-transparent patch. Colors and opacity are configurable. You can choose a 12- or 24-hour clock. The clock can be restricted to fullscreen mode only, which makes it ideal when reading text, e.g. with the Kindle Cloud Reader. Based on the original Overlay Clock extension by mk, improved to eliminate web site conflicts.


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Software Selection for 08/20/2019 – PeaZip Portable 6.9.0

PeaZip Portable 6.9.0

Download Source: FreewareFiles

Author: PeaZip.org

(Windows XP/2003/Vista/7/8/10 (32-Bit/64-Bit)

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PeaZip is free file archiver utility, based on Open Source technologies of 7-Zip, p7zip, FreeArc, PAQ, and PEA projects.

Cross-platform, full-featured but user-friendly alternative to WinRar, WinZip and similar general purpose archive manager applications, open and extract 180+ archive formats: 001, 7Z, ACE(*), ARC, ARJ, BZ2, CAB, DMG, GZ, ISO, LHA, PAQ, PEA, RAR, TAR, UDF, WIM, XZ, ZIP ZIPX – view full list of supported archive file formats for archiving and for extraction.


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Is Amazon Prime’s $129 A Good Deal?

After reading the article by  Brian Fagioli (at betanews) , “I canceled Amazon Prime and you should too” makes me think and question; “Who is taking advantage of who?”. Is the $129 I am spending every year to take advantage of Amazon Prime (i.e. free 2-day shipping, movies, tv show, whole foods, etc..) worth it?

I would love to hear what people think about this… Read the article that Brian posted. It makes a whole lot of sense and you may be throwing $129 out the window that could be used for something else more valuable; PLUS, Brian gets into the flip side of things where Amazon graciously cancelled (reimbursed in full) his annual subscription; but, at the same time Amazon has a reputation of not treating their employees too good. The last part, “not treating their employees too good” may be enough for me to cancel right there.


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Android App Selection for 08/19/2019 – Eye Protector

Eye Protector

Source: Google Play

(Android OS)

This app is ad-free and is one of the easier-to-use apps for setting up your screen to read your phone during the night time hours. I currently use this app… Protect & care your eyes, reduce the blue light. Make your eyes feel more comfortable when you watching cellphone. You can make the screen darker, or set other plans to fit your eyes, set the scheduled task. Besides, you are able to shake to catch screenshot and share.

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Software Selection for 08/19/2019 – License Crawler

LicenseCrawler

Source: Klinzmann

(9x/ME/2000/XP/20003/Vista/2008/7/8/10)

This application comes in handy in the event you need to set up your computer again. LicenseCrawler is a sweet little application that scans the Windows Registry for Windows product keys and other serial numbers and licenses. The LicenseCrawler can discover application product keys and other serial numbers or licenses very quickly and supports all versions of Windows operating system from Windows 95 over Windows 7 to Windows Server 2008 R2 (64Bit).


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10 Essential Chromebook Tips for Students | Laptop Mag

While navigating the operating system is simple, the pool of students underutilizing their Chromebooks gets larger with each semester. From shortcuts to multitasking, we’ll help you make the most out of the speedy and lightweight operating system. Bust out your comfy sweatpants, grab yourself a pumpkin spice latte and prepare to free up your schedule this semester with these back-to-school tips for Chromebooks.

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Quick Tip: Creating A Windows Desktop Shortcut With Google Chrome

Creating a desktop shortcut using Google Chrome is quite easy. By creating a shortcut on your Window’s desktop to a favorite site will get you to the site quickly by simply clicking on the shortcut. I personally have shortcuts on the desktop to my Gmail, my calendar, my notes, my Google Drive, etc…

Here are the steps to create a Windows desktop shortcut with Google Chrome:

  • Open Google Chrome and go to the site you desire to create a shortcut for. In my case, I went to my site at www.whatsonmypc.net.
  • Once the site loads, go to the top right corner of the browser and click on the three vertical dots to open the Google Chrome Menu.
  • When the menu opens, click on “More Tools”; then click on “Create Shortcut”

  • When the “Create Shortcut” dialog box appears, you can name the shortcut whatever you want to name it. In this case, I named the shortcut “What’s On My PC”. I typically keep the name of the shortcut to a short easily identifiable name.

  • You will also see an option where you can open the shortcut as a Window if you desire. My advice, leave the box unchecked.
  • Click on “Create” and the shortcut will be created on your Windows desktop where it makes it easy for you to go directly to the site.
  • If you decide you no longer want the shortcut, simply delete it from the desktop.

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Software Selection for 08/16/2019 – Click&Clean

Click&Clean

Source: Google Chrome Store

(Browser Extension – Google Chrome, Chrome OS)

A super easy Google Chrome browser extension that is engineered to delete typed URLs, Cache, Cookies, your Download and Browsing History…instantly, with just 1-click on Click&Clean button! Over 2.5 million users… with super user ratings!

Click&Clean is an innovative and totally free solution for your PC, Mac or Chromebook, that will help you to:

– Scan your PC for Malware
– Delete your browsing history
– Remove download history
– Erase temporary files
– Clear cookies and Empty cache
– Delete client-side Web SQL Databases
– Remove Flash Cookies (LSOs)
– Protect your privacy by cleaning up all traces of your internet activity,
– Clean up your hard drives and Free up more disk space, icluding secure file deletion using external applications, like CCleaner or Wise Disk Cleaner.


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Today’s Deal: A Ruggedized and Water Resistant Chromebook

The ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS04 is ready for drops and spills with rugged construction with reinforced rubber guards, easy-grip handles, and a spill-resistant keyboard. This Chromebook is lightweight (2.65-pound body) and rugged (can be dropped from 3.9 feet).

ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS04

Powered by the Intel Celeron N3060 Processor (2M Cache, up to 2.48 GHz)
4 GB DDR3 RAM; 32GB Flash Storage


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Software Selection for 08/15/2019 – IsMyHdOK 1.84

IsMyHdOK 1.84

Source: SoftwareOK.com

(Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Server 2000-2016, XP, Vista, x64/x32/x86)

IsMyHdOK is a small program but effective solution to easily check the Performance of a Windows Volume eg. Partition!

Key Features in HD Test Tool

◆ Benchmark Suitable for SSD and HD and other drives
◆ Arbitrary Test Time:
◆ Quick Test (~ 15 sec)
◆ Short Test (~ 30 sec)
◆ Long test (~ 60 sec)
◆ Very long test (~ 4 min)
◆ Screenshot after the Benchmark

Calculate The HDD / SSD / SHDD / SC / USB Speed!


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Microsoft Patches Two Critical Windows 10 Security Flaws | Digital Trends

If you’re running any version of Windows 10, you should update your computer as soon as possible. Microsoft recently alerted users that it patched two critical remote code execution (RCE) “wormable” vulnerabilities, which could have allowed hackers to spread malware to both your — and others — PCs without your knowledge or any interaction.

Source: Microsoft Patches Two Critical Windows 10 Security Flaws | Digital Trends

Windows Defender Gets Perfect Scores in Antivirus Test | Tom’s Hardware

Windows Defender is the default antivirus software that comes pre-installed on Windows 10 and is the antivirus software that I use here at “What’s On My PC”. The best part is that it is FREE!

Performance issues, privacy concerns, and other problems make it harder than ever to recommend third-party antivirus solutions on Windows. Now it’s about to become even more difficult: TechSpot reported that AV-Test, an independent organization that evaluates security products, gave Windows Defender perfect scores across its three evaluation categories after testing 20 antivirus products made for Windows 10 throughout May and June

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Quick Tip: See All Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts By Using A Keyboard Shortcut

The Chromebook, which runs off the Google Chrome OS platform, is a different beast in itself; BUT, let me tell you this, “I love my Chromebook”… I find myself using it more and more. If interested in seeing the different Chromebooks and their pricing — CLICK HERE

If you are the proud owner of a Chromebook here is a quick way to get to a guide that will show you all the “Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts”. To get to the guide, simply Press Ctrl + Alt + ?  at the same time on your keyboard. You can browse through the different keyboard shortcuts or you can search for them. Below is a screenshot of what I am seeing on my Chromebook. If your Chromebook OS has not been updated you may see a screen overlay of a keyboard instead.

My favorite keyboard shortcut is Ctrl + Shift + []]] button (above the 6 key). This shortcut will allow you to take a partial screenshot.


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Android App Selection for 08/14/2019 – SmartNews: Breaking News Headlines

SmartNews: Breaking News Headlines

SmartNews delivers high-quality news headlines and breaking news from top news publishers: NBC News, MSNBC, USA Today, TIME, The Huffington Post, Bleacher Report, Quartz, The Verge, VICE, VOX, AP, Reuters, Buzzfeed, Fast Company and more.

Source: Google Play Store

(Android OS)

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Breaking News —
Notifications for breaking news headlines.

Smart Mode —
Readability mode for optimal news reading experience.

Offline News Reading —
Fetch trending news and read it offline.


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Software Selection for 08/13/2019 – SearchMyFiles 3.01

SearchMyFiles 3.01

Source: NirSoft

(Windows 7/8/10/2000/Vista/XP)

SearchMyFiles is an alternative to the standard “Search For Files And Folders” module of Windows. It allows you to easily search files in your system by wildcard, by last modified/created/last accessed time, by file attributes, by file content (text or binary search), and by the file size. SearchMyFiles allows you to make a very accurate search that cannot be done with Windows search. For Example: You can search all files created in the last 10 minutes with size between 500 and 700 bytes.


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Quick Tip: When getting rid of your iOS, Android or Windows devices it is important to wipe the data. Here’s how…

What I have found that most people when they get rid of their devices they neglect to erase or wipe the device clean of their personal information (files, pictures, contacts, messages, etc…). The National Cyber Security Centre,  UK’s independent authority on cybersecurity, has a nice tech writeup on resetting (wiping clean) and reprovisioning your iOS, Android and Windows Devices (see source link below).

Quick Reference

For each platform, the most useful restore methods are explained in full, alongside the risks of using them. We then recommend one of the methods to use for the following four common scenarios:

  • Scenario 1: Sanitising a device believed to be compromised with malware
  • Scenario 2: Preparing a device which has not previously been managed
  • Scenario 3: Reissuing a device to a different user in the same security environment
  • Scenario 4: Sanitising a device for release to lower security domain or sale

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Quick Tip: Learn How To Digitally Preview Your “U.S. Mail” In Your “Email” Before You Go To The Mailbox

Did you know that the U.S. Postal Service has a feature available that allows you to digitally preview what mail you have arriving before you even go to your mailbox? 

It is called “Informed Delivery” and it is available for FREE through the U.S. Postal Service. To get started — CLICK HERE — to sign up… It is a 3-step process where you will create your account, verify your identity, and receive notifications.

Once your account is created, it may take a period of time before you will start seeing the notifications in your email account. Once you start receiving the notifications in your email you will be able to view grayscale images of the exterior, address side of letter-sized mailpieces scheduled to arrive soon. You can also check the delivery status of packages and when they’re scheduled to arrive. If for some reason you do not start seeing the email previews, make sure you check your spam folder in your email client.

I have been using the service for quite a while and has saved me from making unnecessary trips to the mailbox.


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Android App Selection for 08/12/2019 – HiPER Scientific Calculator

HiPER Scientific Calculator

HiPER Scientific Calculator is a popular calculator with more than 16 million downloads and 100,000 five-star ratings.

Source: Google Play Store

(Android OS)

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The calculator has many functions, such as:

– basic arithmetic operations including percentage, modulo and negation;
– fractions (in the expression mode any expression including nested fractions can be entered as a numerator and a denominator);
– mixed numbers;
– periodic numbers and their conversion to fractions;
– unlimited number of braces;
– operator priority;
– repeated operations;
– variables and symbolic computation;
– derivatives and integrals;
– graphs of functions and integral area;
– calculation details – extended information about a calculation like all complex roots, unit circle etc.;
– complex numbers
– conversion between rectangular and polar coordinates
– advanced number operations such as random numbers, combinations, permutations, common greatest divisor, etc.;
– trigonometric and hyperbolic functions;
– powers, roots, logarithms, etc.;
– degrees, minutes and seconds conversion;
– fixed point, scientific and engineering display format;
– display exponent as SI units prefix;
– memory operations with 10 extended memories;
– clipboard operations with various clipboard formats;
– result history;
– binary, octal and hexadecimal numeral systems;
– logical operations;
– bitwise shifts and rotations;
– haptic feedback;
– more than 90 physical constants;
– conversion among 250 units;
– Reverse Polish notation.


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Software Selection for 08/12/2019 – Ultra Adware Killer 7.6.4.0

Ultra Adware Killer

Source: MajorGeek.com

Author: Carifred

(Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP)

Ultra Adware Killer

Ultra Adware Killer is a simple but powerful adware remover for Windows, which has the ability of detecting and removing adware for all the users in a system.

It removes browser toolbars, ad-ons, plugins, unwanted search providers and hijacked home pages, and also potentially unwanted programs (PUP’s). It also allows to optionally reset MS Edge, Chrome and Firefox’s preferences.


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8 ways to improve security on smart home devices | Malwarebytes Labs

If you own any smart devices at home, you may want to read this article at Malwarebytes Labs that will teach you how to tighten the security on those devices. Like anything else that is connected to the internet, there is always the risk of being compromised.

Let’s face it: No matter how often we warn about the security concerns with smart home devices, they do make life more convenient—or at the very least, are a lot of fun to play with. It’s pretty clear this technology isn’t going away. So how can those who’ve embraced smart home technology do so while staying as secure as possible?

Here are eight easy ways to tighten up security on smart home devices so that users are as protected as possible while using the new technologies they love.

8 ways to improve security on smart home devices

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Quick Tip: Should I Turn My Computer Off At Night?

Here at “What’s On My PC”, since the beginning of time, I shut down all my computer’s at night. In the morning I power the computers back up and let the computers go into sleep mode during the day when not using the computers (if I am at home). If I leave home, I shut the computers down. I do all of the above for online security reasons, home safety reasons and I like the idea that every day the computers are being refreshed when starting up in the morning. Computers sort of have a mind of their own… If you click on the source link below, you will find a good read where various gamers tell you their thinking on this.

Depending who you ask, turning off your PC at night is either a good way to save electricity or a good way to speed up the deterioration of your hardware. Or maybe it’ll help prevent the build-up of dust. Or maybe powering down and then up again uses more electricity than just leaving it to hibernate would. Or maybe the RGB gremlins will get sad if you don’t leave a light on for them. At this point there’s so much conflicting advice, it’s tempting to just throw up your hands and stop caring.

Source: Do you turn your PC off at night? | PC Gamer

Windows 10 Version 1903 Will Be Coming Soon, Microsoft Warns | Redmondmag.com

Here at ‘What’s On My PC’ I am hearing the version 1903 feature update this is starting to show up on Windows 10 computers at home. As with any Windows 10 update, expect the process to be time-consuming (and leave the computer “on” during the update process).

Windows 10 version 1903 will be arriving soon for many of those individuals and organizations not presently using it.

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Quick Tip: How To Send (and Request) Money Using Gmail

Who would have ever thought you would be able to send (and receive) money using email. With Google’s Gmail, you can. When composing an email in Gmail, at the bottom, you will see a “$” sign. If you click on that “$’ sign you will be walked through the process of sending money where a Google Pay, Debit or Bank Account is required. You can send the money to any email recipient, does not have to be another Gmail account, and it is free so long as you have one of the three bank accounts as mentioned. The first time a recipient receives money through Gmail, they will need to add a debit card to transfer the money to. After that first time, whenever someone sends money through Gmail, it will automatically and seamlessly transfer to that card.  You can also “request” money using the Gmail ‘$” feature, as well.


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Software Selection for 08/09/2019 – WebBrowserPassView v1.91

WebBrowserPassView v1.91

Source: NirSoft

(Windows 2000 to Windows 10)

WebBrowserPassView is a password recovery tool that reveals the passwords stored by the following Web browsers: Internet Explorer (Version 4.0 – 11.0), Mozilla Firefox (All Versions), Google Chrome, Safari, and Opera. This tool can be used to recover your lost/forgotten password of any Website, including popular Web sites, like Facebook, Yahoo, Google, and GMail, as long as the password is stored by your Web Browser.

After retrieving your lost passwords, you can save them into text/html/csv/xml file, by using the ‘Save Selected Items’ option (Ctrl+S).


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