Comodo 8 brings smarter sandboxing
November 19, 2014 – 07:44 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

COMODOComodo Group has announced the release of Comodo Antivirus 8 and Comodo Internet Security 8.

The new build brings smarter sandboxing with a new default “auto-sandboxing policy”, keeping unknown programs isolated from your system.

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Google Chrome 39 FINAL goes 64-bit on Mac, promises performance, stability improvements
November 19, 2014 – 06:03 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Google ChromeGoogle has unveiled Chrome 39 FINAL for Windows, Mac and Linux. The big news with version 39 is the long-awaited arrival of a native 64-bit build for Mac users.

Unlike the Windows version, which offers both 32-bit and 64-bit builds, the Mac build is now 64-bit only, and existing users with supported Macs will be automatically upgraded to the new version.

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IObit releases Start Menu 8 v2.0 beta
November 18, 2014 – 08:15 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Start Menu 8IObit has released a first beta for Start Menu 8 v2.0, its free alternative Start Menu.

The improvements start with more comprehensive searching. Enter a file name and the program now crawls your entire drive for matches, displaying hits wherever they might be.

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Ashampoo HDD Control 3 adds network monitoring, duplicate file finder tools
November 18, 2014 – 07:38 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Ashampoo HDD ControlAshampoo has unveiled a major new build of its hard drive maintenance and monitoring tool with the release of Ashampoo HDD Control 3.

The new release adds two major new features: support for monitoring up to three PCs over a network, and an addition to the program’s Clean System component, a tool for locating duplicate files.

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Force HTTPS connections for any app with SSL Enforcer
November 17, 2014 – 09:28 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SSL EnforcerAccessing websites via an encrypted HTTPS connection is a great way to protect your personal information, and especially important when you’re using public wifi.

It’s easy to forget, of course, or use HTTP by accident. But that’s where SSL Enforcer comes in. It’s a free system-level tool which looks out for HTTP connections from any application, reroutes them to use HTTPS, or otherwise blocks them entirely.

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Zoom images online with Power Zoom (Chrome)
November 17, 2014 – 07:30 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Power ZoomPower Zoom is a Chrome extension which makes it easier to browse thumbnail images online.

There’s no clicking, no opening images in a new page or tab, no need to click Back afterwards: just hover your mouse cursor over the thumbnail, the linked full-size image is downloaded, and displayed in a pop-up over the current page. Move your mouse away, it disappears, and you can repeat the process elsewhere.

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Files 2 Folder: a faster way to sort, organise and move your files
November 16, 2014 – 06:35 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Files 2 FolderOrganising files in Windows can be a tedious experience. You’ll view your source files, maybe create a few destination folders, select each group of files, move them to their new home… Then start all over again.

Sounds familiar? Then Files 2 Folder might appeal. It’s a free Explorer extension which can automatically move files into new folders based on your preferred rules.

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CCleaner 5.0 first beta gets a flat new(-ish) look
November 15, 2014 – 14:34 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

CCleanerPiriform has released the first beta for CCleaner 5.0, its popular system cleanup tool.

The only change so far is the move to a flat interface, and even that is largely cosmetic. Functions and features are organised just as they were before, but the toolbar icons are replaced by plain stencils, and the title bar is now also a stark-looking white, whatever your Windows settings happen to be.

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Review: Advanced SystemCare 8 Pro
November 14, 2014 – 13:26 by Mike Williams in Reviews | No Comment

Review: Advanced SystemCare 8 Pro

Advanced SystemCare 8 Pro is a comprehensive suite of tools which aims to clean, optimise and generally speed up your PC.

There’s plenty of competition around, but SystemCare impresses immediately with its lengthy feature list. It doesn’t just empty your temporary folders and display Windows startup programs: the package also removes malware, cleans and defragments the Registry, updates software and drivers, manages browser plugins, undeletes files, optimises internet settings, fixes common Windows problems, finds duplicate files, and a whole lot more.

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O&O DiskRecovery Professional 10.0 released, offers to repair corrupt data before recovery
November 13, 2014 – 09:03 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

O&O DiskRecovery 10O&O Software GmbH has released a major new version of its general-purpose data-recovery software for Windows, O&O DiskRecovery Professional 10.0. The update follows on from the recent release of companion product O&O MediaRecovery 10.0.

Version 10.0 ships with a redesigned user interface, adds support for Windows 10 Technical Preview and introduces new data repair capabilities.

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Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool out of beta
November 13, 2014 – 08:32 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Bitdefender Adware Removal ToolBitdefender has announced the final release of Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool, its free portable malware hunter.

As with the beta, the finished program is basic in the extreme. There’s no real-time protection, no Explorer integration, no choice about what to examine: just a single Scan button which checks your entire system.

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