Check your PC for known malware with System Security Guard
May 22, 2012 – 14:36 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

When you’re manually hunting for malware on a PC then you might start by launching Task Manager, Process Explorer, Process Hacker or a similar tool to see exactly what’s running. But these programs generally won’t directly tell you which processes are safe, and which might be dubious: you’ll have to look at what they’re doing and try to figure this out for yourself.

If this seems a little too much like hard work, though (or you’d just like some pointers to tell you where to look first), then you might be interested in System Security Guard, a very simple tool which can check your running processes for known threats.

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Review: Xara Photo & Graphic Designer MX 8.1
May 22, 2012 – 13:42 by Mike Williams in Reviews | Comments Off

Review: Xara Photo & Graphic Designer MX 8.1

Equipping your PC for professional graphics work normally involves buying several different applications, learning their various interfaces and hoping they’ll somehow all work together.

Xara’s philosophy is a little different, though: their new Photo & Graphic Designer MX 8.1 can handle photo editing, illustration, vector drawing, DTP, web graphics, even simple Flash animation, and all in a single $89 application.

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Tired of having to remember your login passwords? The latest version of Sticky Password 6 can help
May 22, 2012 – 13:40 by Mark Wilson in Freebies, News | Comments Off

Sticky Password 6.0The ever-present need for security means that every account that you have online, and probably on your computer as well, needs to be protected with a username and password. If you have taken the wise step of ensuring that all of your passwords are different this will undoubtedly mean that you have an incredible number of passwords to remember. Sticky Password is a free tool that can store all of your passwords in a secure database and save you having to remember them by automatically filling in login information for you. Sticky Password 6.0 has just been released and there’s a lot to look forward.

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PNotes 9 brings spellchecking, alarm and text-to-speed improvements
May 21, 2012 – 16:14 by Mark Wilson in Featured, News | Comments Off

PNotesSticky notes apps are nowhere near as prevalent as they used to be, but that’s not to say that they aren’t still incredibly useful. There are fully featured PIMs such as Outlook that have somewhat taken over the role of such programs, but when you try out PNotes, you’ll understand once again just how great a simple, dedicated utility can be. The program is available in portable and installable desktop varieties and both offer the same great set of feature and the latest release – version 9 – includes some great improvements and new features.

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Software roundup: 27 downloads you may have missed this week
May 19, 2012 – 04:13 by Mark Wilson in Featured, News | Comments Off

Roundup 19 MayHalfway through May and the software release schedule shows no sign of abating – and this has been a particularly busy week for beta releases. Some of the biggest releases come from security experts Norton, who have updated their 2013 public betas. Norton AntiVirus 2013 v20.0.0.106 beta, Norton Internet Security 2013 v20.0.0.106 beta, and Norton 360 2013 v20.0.0.106 beta provide an early look at what to expect from the upcoming security line, and all of these tools are free during the beta testing period. But Norton is far from the only name in the security world, and ESET Smart Security 6 Beta (32-bit) includes not only antivirus protection but also a firewall and interesting anti-theft features for laptop users; there’s also a 64-bit version of the program available – ESET Smart Security 6 Beta (64-bit).

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LastPass Wallet gives iOS users a secure – and free – place to keep personal information
May 18, 2012 – 10:54 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

LastPass.com, developer of the LastPass family of password-storage products, has released a new free app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. LastPass Wallet is designed to give iOS users a taster of the LastPass feature set by providing a tool for viewing, creating and managing secure notes, one of the service’s lesser known features.

The app provides templates for users to quickly create notes for sensitive personal information often found in the user’s wallet or purse, such as credit card details, passport number and wireless passwords.

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ESET Smart Security 6, NOD32 Antivirus 6 public betas now available
May 18, 2012 – 10:10 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | Comments Off

ESET has released NOD32 Antivirus 6 and Smart Security 6 to public beta, and is attempting to lure early adopters by offering a chance to win one of 500 one-year licences for Smart Security.

Top of the new feature list must be Anti-Theft, a web service which aims to help you locate missing devices. If you’ve enabled anything similar on your phone or tablet then you’ll know what to expect – you can log on with a browser, perhaps see the position of your device on a map, view grabs of the laptop’s screen, and so on – but it’s still a welcome addition to the packages. (Although it’s in NOD32 solely for the beta: normally Anti-Theft will be in Smart Security only.)

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Auslogic updates BoostSpeed and Disk Defrag with minor version number, major changes
May 17, 2012 – 12:35 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Australian software developer Auslogics has released major updates for two of its Windows performance tools. Auslogics BoostSpeed 5.3.0.0 is the company’s flagship tool, an all-in-one performance manager, while Auslogics Disk Defrag 3.4.3.0 - whose functionality is included in BoostSpeed – provides a free (for personal use) hard drive optimization tool.

The latest build includes numerous feature additions, performance improvements and bug fixes, plus introduces “partial” compatibility with Windows 8, with full compatibility promised for version 5.4.

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FeedDemon 4.1 drops Google Reader’s social functions adds new features
May 17, 2012 – 12:18 by Mark Wilson in News | Comments Off

FeedDemonIt’s a strange day when some of the biggest news about the latest release of an application is the fact that a feature has been removed, but this is the case with the latest version of FeedDemon. Some months ago, Google announced plans to make changes to its Reader service and this has ultimately led to FeedDemon removing the sharing features that relied on this particular service – but the slack has mostly been picked up by Google+. But most recent version of FeedDemon also has a number of other changes and additions that are worth mentioning.

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Flipboard adds audio features to its social magazine app
May 17, 2012 – 11:41 by Mark Wilson in Freebies | Comments Off

FlipboardiOS app Flipboard has already earned itself something of a name as a great way to aggregate multiple social networks and news media into a single, more easily managed stream. The latest version of the iPhone and iPad app sees the introduction of support for audio as well as the more usual text and image based content. Audio content can be scanned through just as you would the rest of your feeds, but it can also be played in the background while you continue with your browsing.

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Turn a text file into an animated 3D ebook with Toolwiz FlipBook
May 17, 2012 – 11:41 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Plain, ordinary text files aren’t normally the most interesting of ways to convey information, but if you’d like to change that then Toolwiz FlipBook may be able to help.

Just point the program at a particular TXT file, and in a click it’ll be converted into an executable file. And launching this on any Windows PC will display your file’s contents in a 3D book. Readers can navigate the book via keyboard or mouse, and will see an animated flipping effect as the pages turn.

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