SyncBack 7 adds cloud backup support
October 14, 2014 – 08:49 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

2BrightSparks has unveiled SyncBackSE 7 ($39.95) and SyncBackPro 7 ($54.95), a major update for its powerful backup and file sync application.

The Pro build now supports cloud backup to Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, Box, and Glacier via S3.

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Firefox 33 FINAL reveals performance tweaks, search improvements, more robust session restore
October 14, 2014 – 05:35 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Firefox 33 FINALMozilla has released Firefox 33.0 FINAL for desktop, with Firefox for Android 33.0 due to follow in the coming days.

Like the previous release, the desktop build of Firefox 33 boasts no major new features, but its Android counterpart gains vastly improved tab management tools as well as the ability to send videos to both Chromecast and Roku devices.

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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.03 improves multitasking, adds keyboard navigation support
October 14, 2014 – 05:10 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Malwarebytes Corporation has released Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.03, a significant update for its anti-malware tool.

A new option to run scans at a lower priority (Settings > Advanced Settings > “Reduce priority…”) may reduce their impact on other applications. This is a good idea in principle, although we noticed it had no effect whatsoever on our test system, with both process and I/O priorities remained stubbornly unchanged.

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Want the Windows 10 look without the fuss? Install the Windows 10 UX Pack or Windows 10 Transformation Pack
October 13, 2014 – 11:48 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Windows 10 Transformation PackWindowsX has released the Windows 10 UX Pack 1.0 and Windows 10 Transformation Pack 1.0, tools that skin Windows and – in the case of the Transformation Pack – patch system files to provide a look and feel that’s close to the current preview version of Windows 10.

Of the two, the UX Pack is the preferred choice for those running Windows 7 or later, as it makes changes without patching system files; however, the Transformation Pack does work with Vista and XP as well as later versions of Windows.

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Three ways to repair a malware-damaged PC
October 13, 2014 – 10:01 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Malware causes all kinds of PC problems, and they don’t always go away once the threat has been removed. You might still find you can’t run certain programs, web browsers don’t work properly, there are network issues, and more.

You can’t simply turn to System Restore or your last backup, either: restoring old files might reinfect your PC, and make your problems even worse.

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Run multiple programs in one desktop window with TaskSpace
October 12, 2014 – 05:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Running multiple PC programs side-by-side isn’t difficult, but can require a little preparation as you move, resize and reorganise each window.

TaskSpace offers an interesting alternative, running multiple programs in a single desktop window, and so making them much easier to manage.

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ChrisPC DNS Switch 2.0 brings a new Pro edition
October 11, 2014 – 10:06 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

ChrisPC has released ChrisPC DNS Switch 2.0, a significant update for its free DNS selection tool.

The core DNS list has been updated, and in a click or two can set your PC to use OpenDNS, Google Public DNS, Comodo Secure DNS, Norton, Yandex, BlockAid, DynDNS and many more. There are 34 servers in total and you can add another 15.

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Pale Moon 25.0 released, moves further away from Firefox, drops Windows XP support
October 10, 2014 – 10:45 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Pale Moon 24Moonchild Productions has released a major update to its Firefox browser variant for Windows with the release of Pale Moon 25.0 and Pale Moon x64 25.0, which sees the browser drop support for Windows XP.

Version 25.0 sees the version number jump for the first time since the browser forked away from its Firefox parent due to major changes in the way the browser identifies itself.

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Chrome 39 Beta brings new developer features
October 10, 2014 – 08:38 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Google has released Google Chrome 39 Beta to the Beta channel with some major developer-oriented additions.

Web Animations support has been enhanced with a playback control. This supports methods like play(), pause(), and reverse(), as well as adding the ability to jump to a specific point in a timeline, greatly expanding its usefulness.

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TCP Monitor Plus is a handy network toolkit
October 10, 2014 – 07:27 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

When you need to understand what’s accessing your PC’s internet connection then installing a network monitor will tell you more. GlassWire is a great example, easy to use yet providing in-depth reports on all your internet traffic.

If you’re troubleshooting issues on someone else’s PC, though, a portable toolkit like TCP Monitor Plus could be a better choice. It’s smaller, simpler, with nothing like the same depth of reporting, but still has more than enough power to investigate any network problems.

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Skype for Mac 7.0 and Skype for Windows 7.0 Preview unveils radical new look, moves in line with mobile
October 9, 2014 – 14:38 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

SkypeMicrosoft has released Skype for Mac 7.0 and Skype for Windows 7.0 Beta, unveiling a major redesign of its Skype desktop client in the process.

Version 7.0’s new design mirrors closely that found on Skype’s mobile platforms, and is designed to provide users with a more unified experience across all devices they use it on.

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