CCleaner 3.18 adds support for Firefox 12, Chrome 20
April 25, 2012 – 12:34 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Piriform Inc has updated its freeware Windows cleaning tool with added support for the latest versions of Firefox and Chrome. CCleaner 3.18 also adds a multi-select tool to the detailed results view, providing users with more control over choosing which items to clean from their computer.

Version 3.18, which is also available as a standalone portable tool, also adds cleaning tools for a handful of new applications, plus a number of feature and interface improvements, and minor bug fixes.

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Oops! I did it again. Deleted files by accident? Wise Data Recovery gets them back
April 25, 2012 – 12:33 by Mark Wilson in Freebies, News | Comments Off

Wise Data RecoveryHow many times have you done it? After deciding to spring clean your computer you empty the Recycle Bin only to realise that it contained some files that you meant to copy out. Or you may be browsing through files over the network and delete some files on another machine, bypassing the Recycle Bin altogether. We have all found ourselves needing to restore files that have been deleted in haste, and this is something that Wise Data Recovery can help with.

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CyberLink Media Suite 10: the ultimate multimedia bundle?
April 25, 2012 – 11:55 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | Comments Off

CyberLink has released Media Suite 10, which combines eleven of the company’s most powerful applications in a hugely comprehensive multimedia bundle.

PowerDVD 12 is a very capable media player, for instance. Power2Go 8 caters for all your disc burning needs. MediaShow 6 is an excellent media management tool, and PowerDirector 10 is arguably the best consumer video editor available today.

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Forget sticky notes – Norton Identity Safe is a free password manager
April 25, 2012 – 08:38 by Mark Wilson in Freebies, News | Comments Off

You’ve no doubt noticed that a huge number of web sites require you to log into an account before you can do anything useful. This could be your banking web site, a forum, a social network, or almost anything else imaginable and in all likelihood you have a huge number of passwords to remember. Some people get around the issue of having to remember all of these passwords by using the same password for everything, but this has obvious security implications. Norton Identity Safe is one possible solution that rivals tools such as KeePass and 1Password as it stores all of you log in details in a secure database.

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Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0 now available
April 25, 2012 – 07:00 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Microsoft has released Security Essentials 4.0, the latest version of its lightweight, straightforward antivirus package.

The bulk of the changes this time are under the hood. MSE’s “Automatic Remediation” now does a better job of quarantining threats on its own, for instance, no user intervention required. And Microsoft claims scanning performance and malware detection rates have both improved on the previous build.

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Google Drive finally released – 5GB for free with this Dropbox challenger
April 24, 2012 – 15:38 by Mark Wilson in Freebies, News | Comments Off

Google DriveOne of the most eagerly anticipated online storage services – and one of the worst kept secrets in computing – has finally seen the light of day. Google Drive has, at long last, been unveiled after years of rumors and speculation, working in much the same way as the likes of Dropbox and providing users with 5GB of cloud storage free of charge. In many ways, the release of Google Drive can be seen as more of an update to Google Docs, and this is clear for Android users who will find that their Google Docs app will update and become Google Drive.

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jAlbum 10.6 improve language support, fixes bugs and more
April 24, 2012 – 12:51 by Mark Wilson in News | Comments Off

jAlbum 10.6Web album creator jAlbum has been updated to version 10.6 with a range of bug fixes and feature enhancements. Mac users can now take advantage of a native file chooser that can be used to add folders and images to an album, but there are also numerous tweaks and updates to the Windows and Linux versions of the app to take a look at.

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Dropbox adds new option for file sharing using links
April 24, 2012 – 11:25 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Cloud-based backup pioneer Dropbox has rolled out a new file-sharing feature for its free and paid-for backup, sharing and sync service. Now users will be able to share folders and file by hyperlinks, which can be emailed or copied to the clipboard for sharing by other means.

The new feature, which is available through the web interface, desktop tool and mobile apps for iOS and Android.

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New SkyDrive adds simpler, Dropbox-like file syncing
April 24, 2012 – 07:18 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | 5 Comments

Microsoft has revamped and extended its SkyDrive service to deliver simpler, more straightforward cross-platform data storage and file synchronisation.

Perhaps the most immediately obvious change is the Dropbox-like addition of a new folder to your file system, which then represents your online account. Drag and drop files or folders here and they’ll be synchronised to your account and other devices. Similarly, if you rename or delete a file on your phone, say, the change will be synced to your PC right away.

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Opera 12 boosted with hardware acceleration, new icon and RTL interface
April 24, 2012 – 07:14 by Mark Wilson in News | Comments Off

It is only a week since Opera 12 was graced with the addition of support for cameras, and since then two new builds have been released that push the development of the browser even further. Performance is of utmost importance for every computer user, and the latest builds of Opera Next have been improved with the implementation of hardware acceleration. Interestingly, hardware acceleration has been made an opt-in feature.

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Find previously undiscovered malware (maybe) with Mandiant Redline
April 23, 2012 – 12:21 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

If your PC gets attacked by some previously discovered specimen of malware then it’s relatively easy to spot. Your antivirus package will scan the new file on access, realise there’s a match for something in its virus database, and the threat will be quarantined immediately, before any real damage can be done.

If you’re attacked by some brand new specimen, though, it’s a very different story. Every antivirus package claims it can also detect new threats by behaviour alone, but this is vastly more difficult: there’s a good chance that it’ll be missed. And so if you think your system might have been compromised, then it’s a good idea to get a little third-party scanning help from the free Mandiant Redline.

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