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UserAssist 2.6.0.0

Discover exactly which programs are being used on a Windows 7 PC

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit)
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 18 July 2012
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Downloads To Date: 23905
Developer: Didier Stevens
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UserAssist
Discover exactly which programs are being used on a Windows 7 PC

UserAssist is a small, free, portable tool which may be able to reveal the programs that are being used on a particular Windows 7 PC.

If you're curious about what your kids are doing on their computer, say, or how an employee might be spending their time on a company PC, then UserAssist may be able to help. Just run it, and you should see a lengthy list of exactly what software has been used on that system, along with a "Last used" date, various counters and other interesting information.

Why does Windows record all this? We're not entirely sure, but if you'd prefer it didn't then UserAssist allows you to erase the current list (Commands > Clear All) or stop it collecting data in future (Commands > Logging Disabled).

Alternatively, there are some system cleaning programs which will remove it for you. CCleaner, for instance, can wipe the list every time it's run (click Cleaner, choose the Windows tab, scroll to Advanced and check that User Assist History is checked).

Please note, if you'd like a version of the program that runs on earlier versions of Windows then try the UserAssist page on the author's site.

Verdict:

UserAssist is an interesting privacy tool which reveals more about just how much data Windows can collect about your activities, and allows you take more control over these features in future.

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WhatsApp Messenger 2.19.30

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WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

What's New in Version 2.19.30 

• Adding contacts using WhatsApp is now easier. You can enter a phone number and check if it's on WhatsApp before saving it. Tap "New Chat" > "New Contact" to get started.

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