Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 now free on Origin
September 16, 2015 – 05:28 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Red Alert 2Classic RTS game Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 is currently available for free via Electronic Arts “On the house” scheme.

You get the full package, both campaigns – Red Alert 2 and Yuri’s Revenge – and it’s yours to keep forever.

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Avira tops latest AV-Comparatives Protection test
September 15, 2015 – 12:38 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

AviraSecurity lab AV-Comparatives has announced the results of its August 2015 Real-World Protection Test.

AVIRA took first place this time, although it was a very close contest. AVIRA, Bitdefender, Panda and Trend Micro all detected 100% of threats, and it was only the number of false positives which set the packages apart.

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O&O Defrag 19 adds new DiskCleaner, SSD Optimizer
September 15, 2015 – 10:58 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

O&O DefragO&O Software has unveiled the latest edition of its comprehensive drive optimizer, O&O Defrag 19.

The new release now includes O&O DiskCleaner, an integrated app which tracks down and deletes temporary files, internet histories, crash dumps, thumbnail drives and more.

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Opera FINAL 32 adds password sync, improved bookmarks view
September 15, 2015 – 06:20 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

opera_new-200x175Opera Software has unveiled Opera 32 FINAL, a new release of its desktop browser for Windows, Mac and Linux, with an Android update due to follow.

Version 32 is another build light on major new features, with the company keen to promote its recent acquisition of the SurfEasy VPN service. What has been added is password sync, a new view for bookmarks and support for animated background themes.

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Get reading with these three free ePub viewers
September 14, 2015 – 07:10 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ePubEPub is a popular format for eBooks, but PC viewing support is still a little patchy, and the files can be hard to open.

Fortunately there are plenty of free ePub readers around which make it easier to build and browse your own eBook library.

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Bitdefender 2016 brings new ransomware protection
September 11, 2015 – 09:23 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | No Comment

BitdefenderBitdefender Labs has unveiled its 2016 consumer line, including Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2016, Bitdefender Internet Security 2016 and Bitdefender Total Security 2016.

New ransomware protection prevents untrusted applications from tampering with your personal documents, while enhanced behavioural monitoring looks for any ransomware-like activities.

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Encryptr is a cloud-based password manager and e-wallet
September 11, 2015 – 05:48 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

EncryptrStoring personal data in the cloud makes it convenient to access, but there might be security and privacy concerns. Can anyone else access your information during transmission? On the server? Will the company get hacked one day, compromising your account details?

Encryptr is a cross-platform (Windows, Android, OS X and Linux) cloud-based password manager and e-wallet, which might offer a better way.

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Extend Paint.NET with 5 free Photoshop filters
September 10, 2015 – 10:25 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Paint.NETPaint.NET is a great freeware image editor, easy to use and with a stack of essential features.

The program isn’t updated as often as we’d like, but if you need more functionality then it’s easy to extend the latest 64-bit edition with free Photoshop filters.

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Take full control of the Windows clipboard with CLCL
September 9, 2015 – 06:55 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

CLCLIf you’ve been using PCs for longer than 5 minutes then you’ve almost certainly run into the limitations of the Windows clipboard, and tried a few clipboard managers to keep a complete history of your copy-and-pasting.

Testing out yet another example in CLCL probably isn’t high on your list of priorities, then. But wait – it’s way more interesting than you might expect.

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Image batch processor ImBatch 4.20 adds script engine
September 9, 2015 – 03:56 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

ImBatchHigh Motion Software has extended its batch image processor ImBatch with a new scripting engine.

ImBatch 4.20’s Tools menu now includes a Script Editor, enabling users to dynamically change the current batch task based on any criteria, then maybe skipping one task, running something else, whatever they need.

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Ashampoo AntiSpy is yet another Windows 10 privacy protector
September 8, 2015 – 11:43 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Ashampoo AntiSpy for Windows 10German developer Ashampoo has shipped Ashampoo AntiSpy for Windows 10, yet another free tool for tweaking Windows 10’s many privacy and security settings.

There’s support for tweaking 40+ options covering browsing, updates, location features, webcam/ microphone access, Cortana, Contacts and Calendar, and assorted telemetry settings.

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