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Registry Commander wins another award

Posted: December 29th, 2011

Registry Commander has been reviewed by the editors of Software Informer and got the “100% Clean Award”

About Software Informer:

Software Informer – one of the projects by Informer Technologies Inc. It is designed to keep users informed about the latest trends and developments of software, while providing them with a base for opinion exchanges and a place to belong as part of the social network.

ActiveX Errors and How to Crush Them

Posted: December 27th, 2011

ActiveX is a programming language commonly found in different programs. What it does is allow programs to function with each other, and within each other, which is why it’s commonly found in web browsers. You’re also likely to encounter the majority of your ActiveX errors in relation to your web browser as a result.

Why these errors occur is often related to the registry, particularly a cluttered registry. This is because the registry stores all of the important file and program associations, as well as other setting and preference information. When these files become outdated or corrupt, programs, such as your web browser, will not have the proper information to run other programs, leading to errors.

The best way to eliminate these errors is to use a good registry cleaner to eradicate old settings and registry files from the registry. This will ensure your program associations are up to date, and all of your programs are running smoothly. You should have no problem watching videos, playing web games, listening to music, or any performing any other similar task in your browser from that point on.


Softarama team.

Important Features to Look For in a Registry Cleaner

Posted: December 25th, 2011

Not all registry cleaners are created equal. While many come with at least the same basic features and functions, the similarities often end there. To help you separate the vital functions from the extraneous one, we’ve compiled this list of the most important features to look for in a registry cleaner.

Most users are going to have difficulty understanding what each registry entry does and its importance, so it’s vital for a good registry program to clearly mark the importance of each entry and its overall function. This should give the user enough information to be able to make an informed decision about what they want to do after the results of a scan.

The dynamics of computer hardware and software are constantly changing and evolving, and this makes find a program that regularly updates to stay on top of the latest trends a must. Updates should be frequent enough that performance is optimized and unobtrusive enough that you won’t even know they’re happening.

Performance Analysis
A good registry cleaner will be confident in its ability to improve system performance and should be willing to prove it. By monitoring and keeping track of your system start up time, and the launch times and execution of other important system functions, it should be able to show you the increase in performance that has been achieved courtesy of its use. Even when that increase appears only marginal, say a few seconds, that indicates a much improved registry and overall system performance.

Automatic Backups
Registry values are a sensitive thing that can affect the performance of any and all facets of your computer. While a good cleaner should not do anything it (and you) will regret, it should automatically make a backup in the event that something goes horribly awry, and changes made to the registry need to be reverted.

These are a few key things to look for when choosing a registry cleaner such as our own Registry Commander, and features which we feel should not be underestimated.

10 Useful Keyboard Shortcuts
for Windows 7/XP

Posted: December 22nd, 2011

The keyboard is filled with plenty of keys we don’t often use, and even more key combinations that we aren’t even aware of. Many of these can call up useful services or perform valuable functions. Here are 10 of the best ones you should commit to memory, as they’ll serve you well when the time comes.

Windows key + F = Search

The following three are very useful, as not all programs allow you to copy or paste data from them in any other way.

CTRL + C = Copy

CTRL + X = Cut

CTRL + V = Paste

[Alt] and [Esc] = Switch between running applications

There’s a running joke with this, where people will tell you that Alt+F4 will accomplish something great, usually in online games. Don’t fall for it; this command will close the current application.

[Alt] and [F4] = Quit active application or close current window

Windows+M = Minimize all open windows

Left ALT + left SHIFT + PRINT SCREEN = Switch High Contrast on and off.

ALT + ENTER = View the properties of the selected item.

And if you need to find out the shortcuts available for a particular window, use this one.

ALT + SPACEBAR = Opens the shortcut menu for the active window.

Happy Shortcutting!


Softarama team

Online privacy is becoming an increasingly sensitive issue

Posted: December 15th, 2011

privacy sentinalNot only are there greater threats out there than ever before, but we’re increasingly putting more and more of our own personal and private information online, on social networking sites such as Facebook, often without even knowing who has access to that information. We’re also entering our personal information and credit card information into more sites than ever, as we turn more often to the internet to purchase even common items.

Sites like Spokeo now collate data on just about every user on every social network they can,
and even augment that information with stuff like satellite images of your house, and give that information away to anyone willing to pay them $40 for it. You should truly only ever post something that is of no consequence to you if anyone else sees it. You now have to assume that anything you put online can and will be seen by anyone, so discretion is the key. Even posting seemingly innocent things like your general travel plans could leave your house open to theft, or your friends the victim of a common scam where they impersonate you and beg for money.

Recent statistics also show that as many as 25-30% of users are being affected by viruses and malware each year, issues which could be serious enough that they lead to a loss of data, or the theft of your banking information and personal identity. Keep yourself well protected while online, and always be aware of links you’re clicking, and sites you’re visiting.

The online realm is fraught with peril, but if you protect yourself adequately and always have an eye on your surroundings and a thought on your privacy, you should have no problems navigating it safely and securely.


Softarama team

Captain Optimizer wins yet another award

Posted: December 13th, 2011

Captain Optimizer has been reviewed by the editors of Software Informer and  got the  “100% Clean Award”

About Software Informer:

Software Informer – one of the projects by Informer Technologies Inc. It is designed to keep users informed about the latest trends and developments of software, while providing them with a base for opinion exchanges and a place to belong as part of the social network.

Demystifying Defragmentation

Posted: December 2nd, 2011

If you’re like many computer users, you’ve probably heard of defragmentations, commonly shortened to defrags, before. You may even have delved into the depths of your computer’s settings and options and figured out how to perform one yourself. Yet even if you’re one of those people, chances are you don’t really know what a defrag does, and how it accomplishes that feat.

To understand defragmenting, you should probably know what fragmenting means. After all, you can’t defrag something if it hasn’t already been fragged. Well as the name would suggest, fragmenting is when certain files or installed programs are broken up into smaller chunks and stored in separate areas on your hard drive.

Some programs will do this automatically, while for other programs or files, this occurs unintentionally, as a result of there not being enough contiguous space available to write the entire file to. This is bound to happen after someone has been writing and deleting files and programs to their hard drive over a moderate length of time. When a file is fragmented all over the hard drive like this, it makes it more difficult for the hard drive to access the file, as it must scan all over the drive to find and read all of the different chunks.

What a defrag does is simply reorganize the hard drive, so that any extra chunks of data are all moved to one area, rather than being scattered throughout the drive, freeing up large chunks for other programs and files to be written to in sequential order. This saves your hard drive some extra work, and you, some loss in performance.

One of our Captain Optimizer’s great features is an affective and simple to use defragmentation tool called “Optimize Hard Drive”.


Softarama team

Uninstall Those Unused Programs

Posted: November 20th, 2011

uninstallerMany of us have trouble discarding items that are of limited use to us, and this leads to clutter in our homes. This same hoarding mentality is also prevalent on our hard drives, where we continually install programs on a whim, only to rarely use them, if at all. These programs are then left to idle and rot on our hard drives.

It used to be that our hard drives were quite limited in capacity, which gave us greater incentive to remove those useless programs. But with hard drives pushing the terabyte barrier now cheaper and more affordable than ever, the space alone isn’t enough to convince most people to delete.

Space isn’t the only reason to remove unused programs though. Programs can cause conflicts with other programs, which may be difficult to diagnose. Excess programs also clutter your registry with data, which can lead to further conflicts and a slowdown in performance.

You have two main methods of deleting programs. You can go into the program’s folder and find the uninstaller, and run that. An easier way is to go into your control panel and access the add/remove programs function. This will bring up a list of all of your installed programs, making it easy to see them all at a glance, and get rid of them with the press of a button.

So go ahead and delete some of those unused programs. Your computer and hard drive will thank you, and in the event you ever decide you need that program again, you can always simply go ahead and re-install it.


Softarama team

Why You Should Always Backup Your Files

Posted: October 17th, 2011

Hey everyone,

If there’s one flaw I think many of us fall prey to, it’s the notion that nothing bad will ever happen to us. We can be told time and time again to take certain actions or precautions, and we shrug it off, believing the risks of it actually occurring are low. And though low they may be, the risk is always there, ever present. This is very true of data loss. Everything you’ve built up in your time online, all the files, photos, work documents, music, and everything else could be lost in the blink of an eye, or more literally, the crash of a computer.

There’s really no excuse not to backup your files now. External storage devices are cheap and can store wads of data. There are several cloud services, and many more on the way, which allow you to upload your files to a private storage area for safe keeping. These cloud services also offer the convenience of being able to access your files from anywhere, and on any device that can handle them. Lastly, there are software programs like our own Captain Optimizer that allow you to make backups of all your files.

So though the risks may be low, is it really worth it not to backup your files, especially when it’s so easy to do? Well, it was meant as a rhetorical question, but the answer, in case you’re wondering, is no.

So what are you waiting for? A giant thunderstorm to strike right above your house? The latest supervirus enjoying a grand buffet, with your files as the main course? Backup your most important files and rest easy.



Softarama team.

An interview with our CBDO

Posted: July 27th, 2011

Our Chief  Business Development Officer, Gal Har-Zvi, was recently interviewed by Ryan Malone regarding Seniorama. Ryan is the creator of the “by families, for families” approach to elder care which teaches families how to make elder care a positive experience. He is the author of several elder books, a frequent public speaker and marketing consultant.

There is so much innovation in senior care right now.  Much is being created along the care side, but few companies have dared to propose new technology directly to seniors.

It’s a tough nut to crack. Even thought seniors are getting more  comfortable with technology, it still takes a special solution to be able to make technology engaging and useful.

I had the chance to speak to Gal Har-Zvi of Softrama, the makers of Seniorama Pointer 2011. It’s a software application that transforms your existing computer into a senior-friendly operating system.  Below is the transcript of our interview with some screenshots of the application at the end of the interview.

You can read the full interview on Ryan’s website.  Ryan also agreed to give our readers this coupon code for his great books – TWENTYOFF.