The Tech Labs Mon, 28 Mar 2016 16:19:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 BleachBit by Andrew Ziem Mon, 28 Mar 2016 16:14:58 +0000 Like anything you use on a regular basis, your computer eventually starts to fill with junk and clutter. This happens naturally over time and isn’t necessarily because of things you’re doing.

BleachBit app logoFor instance, installing and uninstalling apps may leave behind registry entries that can bloat the Windows registry. This can result in slower boot times, decreased performance, and other problems.

It’s not just the registry that gets bloated over time, however. Other directories fill with junk too like those for temporary files, internet browser history, application cache files, and more.

Apps like BleachBit and CCleaner are designed to streamline the cleaning process and make it easier for everyone to get their computer running in tip-top shape again, even those with little to no tech experience.

What is BleachBit for?

BleachBit is a comprehensive cleaning and maintenance tool that helps you remove unnecessary content that’s just wasting space – and resources – on your computer.

Compared to similar applications, BleachBit is completely free and was released by its developer – Andrew Ziem – under the GNU General Public License. Even though it is a fairly simple application, there are no locked features or paywalls to deal with.

Why Would You Want it?

By default, Windows comes with a very basic set of maintenance and cleaning tools. Most of them are separate, however, and managing all the different functions can be a pain. BleachBit consolidates most of those functions into a single, simple application.

It will scan your computer and perform a variety of cleaning functions to rid it of unnecessary clutter and junk that builds up over time. If you’ve ever used CCleaner before, then you’ll feel right at home as this tool is remarkably similar.

Aside from the cleaning functions, BleachBit can also perform several other maintenance tasks:

  • Secure file deletion and multi-pass tool to prevent data recovery
  • Free space overwriting tool (to hide previously deleted content)
  • Command Line interface support for scripting and automation
  • Prepare disk images for compression by wiping free space, this allows you to make smaller backups

Our quick review covers the Windows version of the application, but there is a Linux version available too.

Anything I Should Be Aware of?

BleachBit is available in a portable package, which means that it can be run from the download directory without installing anything. This is great if you want to store the application on a removable flash drive and use it on several computers.

Because it’s free, you don’t have to worry about managing software licenses or user profiles, either.

Where Can I Download BleachBit Safely?

The best and safest place to download BleachBit is directly from the official site using our download button.


Rating: 10/10


  • Windows
    • Versions: 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista and XP
  • Linux

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Boostspeed by Auslogics Wed, 23 Mar 2016 19:54:22 +0000 Over time, your computer slows down. Hardware can be a contributing factor in this, however, it’s most often a software issue.

Auslogics BoostSpeed LogoThe best way to describe it is through this scenario. When you first get a desk it’s usually pretty empty. Over time, the clutter builds up and you start getting more junk, including old papers, files you don’t need, pictures of your family and colleagues, and maybe even some figurines or something. This can severely impact your productivity, especially when you need to look for a specific file. You have to sort through all the junk cluttering your desk just to find it.

The same thing happens with a computer. If you don’t clean the junk regularly using a maintenance tool, it can impact performance.

Auslogics BoostSpeed is a comprehensive maintenance tool that can scan your computer for unnecessary clutter, remove it, and get you running in tip top shape again.

What is BoostSpeed for?

Auslogics BoostSpeed is a comprehensive performance and maintenance tool that aims to take care of all potential problems that could be affecting performance on your computer.

It has several tools built in that are capable of cleaning out junk. They are:

  • Disk space cleaner
  • System stability cleaner
  • Computer speed cleaner
  • System privacy analyzer and cleaner

Of course, other tools allow you to schedule regular cleaning sessions, monitor live performance ratings, take further actions (download additional software), and clean your browser.

The initial scan consists of the disk, system stability, and computer speed tools. It will scan your computer for issues, identify potential performance problems and allow you to fix them all in one fell swoop. If you would rather have more control over what is cleaned, you can enter each tool individually and monitor what files are being removed.

This tool is remarkably similar to CCleaner, with exception to the fact that it cleans a bit more thoroughly, provided you have a premium license. That said, CCleaner is completely free in comparison.

Why Would You Want it?

Simply put, if you feel that your computer has been bogged down by a lot of junk files, system based or otherwise, then BoostSpeed can help you remove them.

Anything I Should Be Aware of?

Auslogics BoostSpeed is not completely free, as most of the tools are reserved for premium license holders only. For instance, the system stability and computer speed cleanup tools are not available to use to free users. You can scan your computer and see potential issues, but you cannot take care of them – as you’d expect – unless you register a premium license key.

You can scan and use the disk space cleaner for free, however!

Where Can I Download Boostspeed Safely?

The best and safest place to download Auslogics BoostSpeed is directly from the official site using our download button.


Rating: 7/10


  • Windows (32 and 64 bit)
    • Versions: 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista and XP

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Eraser by The Eraser Team Fri, 18 Mar 2016 01:43:05 +0000 For the sake of this review, let’s say you have stored some extremely sensitive files on your computer. To hammer it home, let’s say these files are confidential and can get you in hot water with your employer, or the authorities should they ever be compromised.

Eraser LogoYou can always delete the content, but even so, it’s never truly gone. If someone wanted, they could recover the deleted files and open them like a blossoming flower to see what was inside, with ease we might add.

For a situation like this, you want a thorough and remarkably secure tool to not only remove the files on your computer but wipe any trace of what they contain.

Eraser is that tool.

What is Eraser for?

Simply put, Eraser is a secure data removal tool for Windows. It is “secure” because it uses a multi-pass write feature that ensures the content is deleted and unreadable.

If you have sensitive data that you want to get rid of, and you want to make sure no one can ever read that data, Eraser is the application you should go to.

Why Would You Want it?

We’ll let the official team explain for us:

Most people have some data that they would rather not share with others – passwords, personal information, classified documents from work, financial records, self-written poems, the list continues.

Perhaps you have saved some of this information on your computer where it is conveniently at your reach, but when the time comes to remove the data from your hard disk, things get a bit more complicated and maintaining your privacy is not as simple as it may have seemed at first.

Your first thought may be that when you ‘delete’ the file, the data is gone. Not quite, when you delete a file, the operating system does not really remove the file from the disk; it only removes the reference of the file from the file system table. The file remains on the disk until another file is created over it, and even after that, it might be possible to recover data by studying the magnetic fields on the disk platter surface.

Before the file is overwritten, anyone can easily retrieve it with a disk maintenance or an undelete utility.

That’s where Eraser comes into play. You can use this tool to truly make sensitive content unreadable, essentially wiping it from existence forever.

Anything I Should Be Aware of?

Like many of the apps we’ve reviewed here at The Tech Labs, Eraser was not only designed to be free, but also to be portable. That means you can run the executable right from the download directory. This allows you to store the application on a portable flash drive or mobile device, for use with any computer that it is connected to.

Furthermore, you do not need to install any software or packages to get this application running. Just download the content package, uncompress the files and go.

Where Can I Download Eraser Safely?

The best and safest place to download Eraser is directly from the official site using our download button.


Rating: 10/10


  • Windows (32 and 64 bit)
    • Versions: 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista and XP, Server 2003, Server 2008, Server 2012
    • Additional Versions: Windows 98, ME, NT, 2000 (version 5.7 of Eraser)

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SpaceSniffer by Uderzo Software Wed, 16 Mar 2016 13:19:19 +0000 Let’s imagine for a moment that your hard drive is nearly full, or that you just want to clean out some of the junk you have stored on it. If you’re actually trying to free up space, the best way to approach it is to find the largest files and work backward.

SpaceSniffer is a free Windows application that analyzes all the content stored on a hard drive and shows you through a visual representation which files are taking up the most room.

What is SpaceSniffer for?

SpaceSniffer LogoSpaceSniffer is essentially a file browser with a unique twist. It shows the content stored on your hard drive in order of the size it’s taking up, from largest to smallest. It’s structured so that you can select each element in a window to get more detail.

It displays elements in a tree view, with boxes to represent the size of the content. At first, you are presented with all the major directories on your hard drive and how much space they have consumed. When you click on a single directory, it opens in the window and you can further see how that directory is broken down.

It works similar to Windows File Explorer, but it’s much better at differentiating between larger and smaller data chunks.

If you want to get rid of files on your hard drive and you need to know how much space each directory, folder, or file is taking up then SpaceSniffer is the way to go.

Why Would You Want it?

Aside from the fact that it’s free, and portable, SpaceSniffer is a much more detailed file organizer than Windows File Explorer.

You can specify specific media or files types to look for – such as all JPG files – through a filter system. You can also do the opposite and exclude certain file types from a scan.

Furthermore, SpaceSniffer makes it remarkably easy to discern what files and directories you’ve already looked at. You can tag elements in the window one of four colors, that lets you know you’ve already checked out that directory or you’re considering removing it. Later, you can tell the filter to only show content that’s been tagged a certain color.

You can even filter files by their age, allowing you to delete the oldest files on your computer first.

Why would you want to do any of this, you ask? To help you better organize your content and remove the junk, plain and simple. This is an excellent tool if you’ve nearly filled up your hard drive, and you need to free up some space. It’s also a great tool to help you get a little spring cleaning done. We all know how much junk seems to pile up on your desktop.

If you’d like an explanation of all SpaceSniffer’s features in more depth, you can head on over to the official developer’s site.

Anything I Should Be Aware of?

SpaceSniffer is available in a portable package, which means that you don’t need to install the application to use it. Instead, you can run it right from the download directory. This also means that you can store the application anywhere, including a removable USB drive, for portable use.

Where Can I Download SpaceSniffer Safely?

The best – and safest – place to download SpaceSniffer is from the developer’s official site using our download button.


Rating: 10/10


  • Windows
    • Versions: 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP, 2000

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IP Hider Ever by iProxyEver Tue, 15 Mar 2016 20:10:28 +0000 Every time you connect to the internet your actions are logged to a specific IP address. This works similar to your physical home address, meaning it’s possible for someone to do a reverse IP lookup and see who it belongs to and where you’re browsing from.

IP Hider Ever IP masking tool logoIf you use the same IP address regularly – which is extremely likely – then it can also be used to build a profile of your habits. This means that a third party could easily track what websites you visit, how often you visit them, and how long you spend on each portal. This may not seem like much on its own, but when combined with other personal information the personal profile can become pretty accurate and scary.

That’s why VPN or virtual private network tools exist. They mask your real IP with another address, generally from a completely different country, so that it’s much more difficult to track what you’re doing when you browse the web.

IP Hider Ever is essentially a proxy or VPN tool that can be used to hide your IP address so that you can keep your internet traffic truly private, as well as your current location or physical address.

What is IP Hider Ever for?

IP Hider Ever works like a VPN to mask your IP address so that you can hide your internet traffic, and also personal information tied to an IP, such as your physical address. According to the developers, it offers “government-level safety protection” from snoopers and intruders.

Why Would You Want it?

IP Hider Ever is a privacy and security solution for anyone that wants to mask their assigned IP address from outside parties. This could be to protect their personal information tied to an IP such as their name or home address, or it could also be to protect themselves from spying. Everything you do when connected to the internet can be traced back to the IP. This includes browsing adult websites, shopping and online transactions, social media use, and much more.

IP Hider Ever is an easy-to-use IP masker or VPN tool. You can choose from a variety of masked IPs located in remote countries such as Germany, Russia, Singapore, or other areas of the United States.

You can essentially choose what you want your new IP – which will be masking your real one – to be. The masking process is carried out with the click of a single button, quick and easy.

Additional options allow you to keep the same IP address every time you browse, or you can allow the program to automatically assign a new IP every 1, 5, 30 or 60 minutes for an extra layer of protection.

Furthermore, all incoming and outgoing traffic through the IP Hider Ever service is encrypted, so that not even your ISP or network admins can see what you are doing.

Anything I Should Be Aware of?

IP Hider Ever is free to download and try, however, it does require a subscription if you plan to continue using the service. Prices are $4.95 a month for up to 2 users, $9.95 a quarter (every 3 months) for up to 5 users, or $29.95 annually for an unlimited number of users.

There are free VPN and IP masking tools available, although premium services generally offer the best features.

Be sure to give IP Hider Ever a try first before paying for a subscription, as there are plenty of other tools out there if you do not like this one.

Where Can I Download IP Hider Ever Safely?

The best – and safest – place to download IP Hider Ever is from the developer’s official site using our download button.


Rating: 9/10


  • Windows
    • Versions: 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP

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