Archive | Software

Software, programs and applications make up the bulk of the reviews on this website. We Mainly cover Windows Software but review the occasional Mac and Linux Software as well. All reviews are written by expert software testers with years of experience. We always make sure to list compatibilities on the review pages so that you know if a program is compatible with your operating system version, or not.

The majority of apps that we review here on Ghacks Technology News are free to download and use. Sometimes developers make available free and paid versions of their programs, in which case we review the free program and describe what the paid version offers on top of that in the article.

The two categories that Windows users will be most interested in in regards to software reviews are portable software reviews and Windows software reviews. Both are about software for the Windows operating system, but the first only highlights programs that you can run without installation.

We have also released a couple of overview articles and guides for Windows, including a backup software list, or one that is
a guide covering Windows Update.

networkcounterswatch nirsoft

NetworkCountersWatch is a free program for Microsoft Windows by popular developer Nirsoft that displays system counters and information for each network interface of the device. The program comes with the usual Nirsoft software traits. It is tiny in size, and portable so that you may run it from any location on the system without installation. […]


DiskMax is a free program for Microsoft Windows that you may run on devices running Windows to clean the computer system. Computer users have two main reasons for wanting to clean old or temporary files from their devices. First, because it frees up disk space that they may use for other data, and second, because […]


Hashing is a free open source program for Microsoft Windows that you may use to generate hashes of files, and to compare these hashes. Hashes are used for a variety of operations, for instance by security software to identify malicious files, for encryption, and also to identify files in general. You may use hashes to […]


You may use the free OneShot for Windows program to annotate images, for instance by adding text or arrow icons to them. If you use a screenshot tool like SnagIt or one of the free screenshot taking alternatives, you may have access to annotation and image editing tools already. The same is true if you […]

locale emulator

Locale Emulator is a free open source program for Microsoft Windows devices to run programs in a locale other than the default locale of the operating system. Designed specifically for playing computer games that require a specific locale, it can be used to run any program -- be it game or application -- as if […]

alternate directory

Alternate Directory is a free program for Microsoft Windows that you may use to find and delete files of specific types on connected storage devices. The program has been designed to remove unneeded file types, for instance temporary file types or files that are created automatically. Handy to remove thumbs.db or Spotlight V-100 files on removable […]


FastWindowSwitcher is a free portable program for Microsoft Windows devices that you may use as an alternative to the Alt-Tab window switching mechanic of the operating system. Windows users may use the shortcut Alt-Tab (and Shift-Alt-Tab) to quickly go through the list of open program windows to activate one and bring it to the front. […]

sublime text 3.0

Sublime Text 3.0 is the new version of the cross-platform code and markup editor that features an UI refresh among other new features. The new version is out for all supported operating systems already -- Windows, OS X and Linux -- and may be downloaded from the official Sublime Text website. Users who run the […]


QTranslate 6.4 is a new program update for the popular translation and OCR software for devices running Microsoft Windows. I reviewed QTranslate back in 2012 for the first time; the program has been updated by its author regularly since then, and the release of version 6.4 is as good a reason as any other to […]

wiztree 3.10

WizTree 3.10 is an important update for the software that displays the size distribution of files on Windows PCs; the new version comes with a new Visual Treemap display mode, new keyboard shortcuts, and other improvements. We reviewed WizTree 3.0 less than a month ago. The version introduced a dedicated 64-bit program, support for NTFS […]

windows 10 dominator

Windows 10 Dominator is another entry in the ever growing list of privacy applications for Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system. Privacy tools serve two purposes: make it easier to modify settings to improve privacy, and make available settings that are not that easy to change. The first reason is pretty much self-explanatory, the second may […]

tiny nvidia update checker download

TinyNvidiaUpdateChecker is a small open source program for Microsoft Windows devices to update Nvidia drivers without relying on Geforce Experience. While it is possible to update Nvidia drivers manually by downloading driver packages from the Nvidia website, the only built-in option to update drivers automatically is part of Geforce Experience. Using Geforce Experience has its […]

crucial storage executive

Crucial Storage Executive is an official program for many Crucial Solid State Drives (SSD) to manage, tweak and monitor hard drives. While you may use the program without any Crucial drive installed, most functionality is only available if at least one Crucial drive is installed. The Windows 10 test system I ran the program on […]

Minitool ShadowMaker Free is a backup software program for Microsoft Windows that you may use to create automated system and disk backups. The main feature of the program is to create backups of any physical disk that is connected to the computer it is run on without sacrificing important features such as compression, encryption or […]

regseeker 4

RegSeeker is a multi-purpose tool for Microsoft Windows devices to manage processes and the Registry, work with startup entries, and clean the computer. The free program, which has a size of just 1.6 Megabytes unpacked, ships with an impressive set of features when you take its size into account. Note: RegSeeker Standard (the free version) […]

fileoptimizer 11

FileOptimizer 11 is the latest version of the popular program for Windows which you may use to reduce the size of certain file types. I use the program to optimize images using Google's Guetzli compression algorithm which reduces the size of images without affecting the visible quality of the files. The optimization of image files […]


R-Undelete Home is a free file recovery software for Microsoft Windows devices that can recover files from FAT partitions only (limited to 64 Kilobyte or smaller files on NTFS). The Home version of the application is limited to FAT file system recovery, but it will highlight files that it can recover from NTFS file system […]

exif pilot

Exif Pilot Editor is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices to view, edit and create Exif, IPTC and XMP data. The photo metadata is embedded in digital image formats, usually when a photo is taken or an image is created using a computer program. The data reveals information; depending on the metadata format, it […]