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Bitdefender Total Security 2015 beta released
April 23, 2014 – 17:23 | No Comment
Bitdefender Total Security 2015 beta released

Bitdefender has released its first public beta for Bitdefender Total Security 2015.
The interface has been revamped, automatically adapting to different resolutions and (Bitdefender says) working “fluidly on any touch screen device”.

SX Antivirus Kit bundles all SecurityXploded virus-hunting tools
April 23, 2014 – 05:30 | No Comment
SX Antivirus Kit bundles all SecurityXploded virus-hunting tools

SecurityXPloded has announced the release of SX Antivirus Kit, a collection of its system checking and malware detection tools.
Despite the name, there’s no antivirus engine here, nothing to directly detect and remove threats. The 14 …

NirSoft releases Wifi Collector – for Android?
April 22, 2014 – 06:03 | No Comment
NirSoft releases Wifi Collector – for Android?

NirSoft has announced the release of Wifi Collector, its first Android app.
Yes: Android. NirSoft’s Nir Sofer may be best known as a prolific developer of Windows utilities, but he’s now decided to branch out into …

Troubleshoot application launch issues with WinPrefetchView
April 21, 2014 – 09:10 | No Comment
Troubleshoot application launch issues with WinPrefetchView

Prefetching is an excellent Windows technology which records the files loaded when an application starts, helping the system to optimise its launch time in future.
Normally this all happens entirely in the background. But if you’re …

Compress your JPEGs by up to 20% with wxPackJPG
April 20, 2014 – 06:44 | No Comment
Compress your JPEGs by up to 20% with wxPackJPG

JPEG compression is amazingly efficient, but while this is normally good news, it’s a little disappointing when you’re archiving. Store your JPEG library in a zip file and you’ll barely cut their size at all.
Choose …

Explore hidden Windows icons and bitmaps with NirSoft’s ResourcesExtract
April 19, 2014 – 16:58 | No Comment
Explore hidden Windows icons and bitmaps with NirSoft’s ResourcesExtract

The software you run on a PC may be packaged in several different formats: EXE, DLL, CPL and so on.
These file types aren’t just for executable code, though. They can also contain resources for the …

Trend Micro releases free Heartbleed scanners for Android, Chrome
April 18, 2014 – 06:27 | No Comment
Trend Micro releases free Heartbleed scanners for Android, Chrome

Trend Micro has announced the availability of two free scanners for the Heartbleed bug.
The first, a Chrome add-on, allows users to enter and check any specific URL.

Rain Alarm: a handy weather alert app that works almost anywhere
April 17, 2014 – 12:01 | No Comment
Rain Alarm: a handy weather alert app that works almost anywhere

As you might guess from its name, Rain Alarm is a smart app which can warn you about imminent snow or rain. That doesn’t sound too special – there are a host of tools promising …

WordPress 3.9 brings faster, easier media editing
April 17, 2014 – 08:13 | No Comment
WordPress 3.9 brings faster, easier media editing

WordPress.org has announced the release of WordPress 3.9, a significant update which brings a host of worthwhile improvements.
Uploading your images is now as easy as dragging and dropping them into the editor. Once there, quicker …

FileOptimizer 6.50 adds HTML optimisation support
April 17, 2014 – 05:56 | No Comment
FileOptimizer 6.50 adds HTML optimisation support

Lossless compression tool FileOptimizer has been updated to version 6.50.302 with new HTML optimisation support.
If you’re wondering how any HTML optimisation can be guaranteed to be “lossless”, then you might have a point. Currently “tidy” …

Emsisoft, Kaspersky top AV-Comparatives March Real-World Protection test
April 16, 2014 – 16:50 | No Comment
Emsisoft, Kaspersky top AV-Comparatives March Real-World Protection test

Independent security testing lab AV-Comparatives has revealed a summary of its March 2014 Real-World Protection Test, where top antivirus products are exposed to a test set of 1,264 current threats.
Topping the chart this time were …