Genius Scan Android App

Posted on June 24, 2013. Filed under: Android, File conversion | Tags: , , , , |

Genius Scan scans documents and converts them to a JPEG graphic or a PDF.

Like any app, it may or may not work well on your device.  Use at your own risk and CHECK THE REVIEWS first — apps may be changed after being included in the store so later updates include malware.

Recommended by ZDNet, this app does cost a little.

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HDDScan – free HDD test utility with USB flash and RAID support

Posted on June 18, 2012. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Hardware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , |

HDDScan is a free HDD test utility with USB flash and RAID support.

Recommended by TechRepublic.

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inSSIDer Wi-Fi Scanner

Posted on June 21, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, networking | Tags: , , , , , , , |

MetaGeek has the inSSIDer Wi-Fi Scanner to check your local wi-fi environment.

Are your neighbors’ wi-fi messing up yours?  Check it with this freeware, get a report, and see if any of them are competing for the same channel your home network is.

If so, use your router software to change to a less- or unused channel.

Works with XP, Vista, 7 and 64-bit Windows versions.

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VueScan Scanning Software for scanners

Posted on December 6, 2008. Filed under: Graphics | Tags: , , , |

VueScan Scanning Software solves the problem of making your old scanner work with a newer version of Windows, a Mac or with Linux.

Can’t find a Windows Vista driver to use for your older scanner?  Got a Linux system, or a Mac?  This might be the substitute software you need. This is NOT a free program — you can get a trial version to see if it works for you, but you will need to pay for it eventually to enable all the features and remove the watermark on the images.

“VueScan supports over 1200 flatbed and film scanners and 142 digital camera raw file types, and is available for Mac OS X, Windows [Windows Vista, x64, XP, 2000, NT] and Linux. It automatically adjusts images to optimum color balance, which reduces the need to manually do this in Photoshop. VueScan includes built-in color calibration of scanners, producing colors that look true to life. Supporting more than 100 brands of negative film, VueScan offers options for scanning faded slides and prints, batch scanning, IT8 color calibration and other advanced scanning features.”

This commercial program is mentioned here only as a possible resource for those having trouble finding drivers for their operating systems; this site does not normally endorse or promote commercial software.

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Fast, good, cheap — pick one or all three

Posted on May 6, 2008. Filed under: Anti-Virus, Security | Tags: , , , , , , |

NanoScan bills itself as the “fastest online virus scan” in this MakeUseOf article.

“It takes only about 1-2 minutes to scan your whole PC for over a million of potential threats. Please note that NanoScan only checks for problems; it doesn’t fix them. However, if it finds some virus or any other kind of undesirable crapware you can click through provided scan reports and access TotalScan. To use TotalScan you’ll need to register, but the good news it’s 100% free. TotalScan will find those threats and remove them.”

Nano Scan – Features:

  • Detects more than 2.7 million of viruses, spyware, trojans, etc.
  • Access NanoScan virus check right from your personal startpage, i.e. NetVibes, iGoogle or PageFlakes.
  • TotalScan: In case NanoScan detects something use Totalscan to remove it.
  • The first time you use NanoScan you will need to download an ActiveX control or a plug-in, depending on what browser you have.
  • Multi-lingual: Available in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian.
  • API (for developers): Integrate Nanoscan service into your website for free.
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Dr. Web CureIt: freeware scanner for anti-virus/malware

Posted on November 14, 2007. Filed under: Anti-Virus, Freeware/Shareware, Malware, Security | Tags: , , , , , |

Clif Notes Newsletter has a review of the Dr. Web CureIt scanner, with a link to it.
A scanner is different from a regular anti-virus in that it runs only when you say, and only once.  It doesn’t normally scan all your incoming stuff.  If you suspect you might have an infection, or just want to take the precaution on a regular basis, it can be helpful.

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