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Instantly Switch Between Two Different Mouse Speed Settings On Laptop with Shortcut Key

Having an external USB mouse as an alternative to replace the touchpad mouse on laptop is a solution for you who find that using the touchpad is somewhat difficult or not comfortable. Still, switching between these two mouses with different settings all the time isn’t something you can do instantly. Imagine that you have to configure the different speed and sensitivity for each mouse every time you switch the mouse.

Mouse Speed Switcher is the free utility that lets you instantly switch different mouse settings with a shortcut key. As you can see from the screenshots below, the first one displays that you can quickly switch from touchpad mouse setting to the the external mouse or vice versa right from the system tray if you don’t want to remember more shortcut keys.

The second image shows the Settings window where you can specify the shortcut key to switch the different settings between two mouse. Check the “Run at system startup” box if you want to automatically launch this program when you start Windows.

Speed Mouse Switcher screenshots

switch from system tray image

laptop vs external mouse settings image

Download Speed Mouse Switcher or go to the homepage

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Completely Uninstall MSN Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Messenger

It’s a pain, but sometimes some of us have to deal with the difficulties of the installation of MSN Messenger, Windows Live Messenger or Windows Messenger. If you have been through this, then you should’ve recognized at least one of these annoying messages:

  • Another version of the product is already installed.
  • Your computer has a newer version of MSN Messenger than the one you are trying to install.
  • Your computer has a newer version of Windows Live Messenger than the one you are trying to install.
  • The feature you are trying to use is on a network resource that is unavailable.

bla..bla..bla.. I’ve got enough headache here.

Luckily, ZapMessenger comes up. Created by Jonathan Kay and released at 11/19/2008, this freeware can help you to completely uninstall MSN Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, or Windows Messenger from your computer system.

MSN Messenger Uninstaller

However, it isn’t “completely clean” because the application will not remove your personal data. It’s great if you want so, but if not then you should wait for the next version of this program as Jonathan is considering to add this ability.

ZapMessenger is a portable freeware and requires at least Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0. It seems Jonathan forgot to mention the Windows version this application supports, but from what I read it seems that ZapMessenger can run well under Windows XP and Vista.


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Close & Open Multiple Windows at Once

There are certain circumstances that you might want to close all the opened folders, files and running applications. For example, installing a new software. I myself never close any when installing and find no problem at all so far even though I install/uninstall new software almost every day, but this freeware surely useful for you who prefers to be more careful. Or, perhaps you have found yourself have to suddenly close all the opened windows when something urgent needs to be done immediately.

Close & open multiple windows at once

What is good from this freeware isn’t only its ability to close multiple windows, but also how it closes the windows and then restore them back to their last positions. Let’s say you have Image to PDF Converter, CCleaner, AutoDelete and Windows explorer being open. If you close these opened windows with SmartClose, don’t forget to configure it first to take a quick system snapshot which then should be saved as a file. All selected windows will be closed once you hit the OK button.

After that, you can easily restore the windows in the positions just like before you close them.

SmarClose is one of the free applications that I put under my favorite freeware collection. Too bad that it is no longer updated anymore since March 9, 2005. Still, it works very well in closing and opening multiple windows at once. It works under Windows XP, 98, NT 4, 95.


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Change the Theme of Kaspersky Antivirus 7.0 and Kaspersky Internet Security 7.0.

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Many users use Kaspersky though free anti viruses are spreading around across the net since they believe that it provides a better protection for their computers from viruses and other kind of malwares. This is a mattter of individual taste, so we cannot blame anyone who says that Kaspersky is the best anti virus ever made. Anyway, what I actually want to share here is that Kaspersky enables the user to change its standard theme or skin into another theme.

If you have Kaspersky Antivirus 7.0 and Kaspersky Internet Security 7.0, there are various free Kaspersky themes you can download to replace the standard themes.

Kaspersky theme screenshots



How to change Kaspersky 7 theme:

  1. Download the themes from this page.
  2. Extract the zip file into a folder.
  3. Launch the main window of Kaspersky, select the Settings option and then select Appearance.
  4. Browse the extracted theme and apply.

Do you know other Kaspersky themes that can be freely downloaded? Don’t forget to always update the Kaspersky definition list!

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Free ISO Converter Portable – Convert to ISO Application

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ISO isn’t the only associated file format for a disk image. In fact, every disc imaging software like Nero could use their own formats. The question is, can you find a burning software that supports all of the various disc image formats? In this case, converting the unsupported formats to a popular one like ISO so that your favorite burner application can burn the files is a good solution to go for with this free ISO converter, AnytoISO Converter.

Free ISO converter


No complicated stuff. With the program on your side, you can simply browse and add the disc image file you want to convert to ISO. The conversion starts once you hit the convert button. It is relatively fast, but the speed of course depends on the size of the disk image being converted.

AnytoISO Converter is portable, free, and the download size is only 157 Kb. It can convert BIN, MDF, PDI, CDI, NRG, B5I, IMG CD/DVD-ROM images to ISO in Windows.

UPDATE: (July 31, 2009) If you take a look at the screenshot, you’ll notice that it was still version 1.0 when I posted this software here and it was really free and portable. The newest version, 2.5, isn’t completely free and isn’t portable anymore. That’s why I removed the download link to the software.

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Cannot Unzip Zip Files? CRC Errors? Partially Download?

3 Comments | Posted in Recovery

It is pretty obvious that if you cannot unzip a zip file, then it means the zip file is broken. The causes could be because the zip isn’t completely downloaded from the source, CRC errors, or perhaps there are scratches on the CD when you copy the zip files from it to your harddisk. Either way, the point is you can’t open the zip files and what matter the most is to get the zip repaired. Yes, it is possible to repair broken zip files.

There are many paid broken zip repair software if you’re willing to let go some of your money out of your pocket. If this is not something you intend to do, there is also a free zip utility that can repair damaged zip files called as Object Fix Zip. You can try to repair one or multiple zip files at once.

It’s easy to use. When running the application, you will be guided in a wizard style that finally leads you to the options of what things that the program should do: test zip file integrity, fix the archive without modifying the original file, or/and directly extract the corrupted zip file into a destination folder. The choice is yours.

Object Fix Zip

Object Fix Zip runs on Windows Vista, XP, 2000, NT, ME, 98, 95. It isn’t a perfect application that guarantees that every broken zip file you discover will be able to be recovered, but at least it provides a free solution before you finally consider to use the other paid zip recovery tools if later you find the program fails to do the job. Give it a try and share your experiences here in using this freeware so others can find out if it is worth to download for.

Object Fix Zip

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