PeStudio 8.51 adds VirusTotal URL checking
August 18, 2015 – 03:59 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

PeStudioPopular malware investigator PeStudio has been updated to version 8.51 with extended VirusTotalsupport.

Drag and drop an executable onto the new build, and after checking the file with VirusTotal to see if it’s a known threat, a new Network Watchdog will update the VirusTotal score automatically.

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Acronis True Image Cloud 2016 gets mobile backup
August 17, 2015 – 17:20 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | No Comment

Acronis True Image 2016Acronis has unveiled its 2016 consumer range, with Acronis True Image 2016 handling all your local backup needs, and the new Acronis True Image Cloud 2016 adding much-improved cloud tools.

Strong mobile supports means the Cloud edition can back up pictures, videos, contacts and events from iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones and tablets, and Windows tablets, and transfer them to other devices.

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Explore mystery files with Detect It Easy
August 17, 2015 – 04:58 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Detect It EasyYou’ve been emailed a strange attachment, downloaded something dubious, or maybe just found a file that’s lost its extension. You need to find out more, and Detect It Easy is the ideal tool to help.

It’s portable, cross-platform, and – initially, at least – very easy to use. Just drag and drop your target file onto the program and it’ll tell you more about it.

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AdwCleaner 5.0 ships with new engine, Windows repair tools
August 15, 2015 – 13:35 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

AdwCleanerPopular adware hunter AdwCleaner has hit version 5 with the addition of a new and improved generic detections engine.

The program can optionally reset a range of Windows settings – proxies, winsock, TCP/IP, firewall, IPsec, the BITS queue – as well as IE and Chrome policies.

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Troubleshoot your hard drives with DHE Drive Info
August 14, 2015 – 04:52 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

DHE Drive InfoModern hard drives are generally very reliable, and may survive the entire lifetime of your PC without any problems at all. There are no guarantees, though, so it’s wise to have one or two diagnostic programs to hand, and DHE Drive Info makes a feature-packed first choice.

The program is portable, just unzip and run, and a list of drives and partitions covers all the basics: drive model, type, temperature, health score, capacity, free space, read/ write indicators and more.

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Panda Security releases 2016 range
August 13, 2015 – 16:44 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Panda Internet Security 2016Panda Security has unveiled its 2016 consumer range, including Panda Free Antivirus 2016, Panda Antivirus Pro 2016 ($43.99), Panda Internet Security 2016 ($54.99), Panda Global Protection 2016 ($76.99) and Panda Gold Security 2016 ($98.99)

All editions come with a new engine and make better use of Panda’s Collective Intelligence, which the company says now provides greater protection with less impact on performance.

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LaunchBox 5 brings home theater-style game management
August 13, 2015 – 07:46 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

LaunchBoxPortable game manager LaunchBox has been updated to version 5.0 with Big Box Mode, a home theater-style view which allows you to browse your massive game database in all its full-screen glory (there’s a video here).

Big Box Mode is only available in the $20 LaunchBox Premium, sadly, but the free build also gets new features, including the power to automatically find images, videos, music and manuals and associate them with your games.

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FastCopy 3.0 ramps up your PC performance
August 13, 2015 – 05:43 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

FastCopyIt’s been a long three years since the last update, but open source Windows file copier FastCopy has just roared back to life with a major new release.

New support for overlapped I/O should improve file transfer performance, especially for network copies. It’s now possible to run multiple FastCopys in parallel if they’re using different drives, and the 64-bit edition may be able to improve speeds even further by using a buffer of 4096MB or more.

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Edit huge files faster with PilotEdit Lite
August 13, 2015 – 04:14 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PilotEditWindows Notepad is an easy way to create scripts, lists and other small files, but it’s not optimised for larger files. Open anything really big and many operations are reduced to a crawl.

PilotEdit ($30) is a Windows editor with a free edition which is designed for larger files, both text and binary. It has no file size limits, loads them at speed, and won’t leave you staring at an hourglass cursor just because you dared to turn on Word Wrap.

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Twitter removes 140-character limit from Direct Messages
August 13, 2015 – 03:25 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Twitter for iOSTwitter has officially removed the 140-character limit from direct messages across all its platforms, including the web, Twitter for iOS, Android and Mac.

The limit, which has also been removed from the company’s web-based TweetDeck platform, still applies to publicly sent Tweets.

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Tor 5 brings auto-update, better fingerprint blocking
August 12, 2015 – 06:27 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

TorProjectThe Tor Browser Team has announced the first stable release of Tor Browser 5.0.

The new release features a host of updates, including Firefox 38.2.0esr (which gives you much-improved support for HTML5 video on YouTube, as well as the privacy benefits), OpenSSL 1.0.1p, HTTPS-Everywhere 5.0.7 and NoScript 2.6.9.34.

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