O&O Defrag Professional 18 launched, integrates with Syspectr platform, promises reduced defrag times
September 17, 2014 – 06:09 | No Comment
O&O Defrag Professional 18 launched, integrates with Syspectr platform, promises reduced defrag times

Berlin developer O&O Software has unveiled O&O Defrag Professional 18.0 32-bit and O&O Defrag Professional 18.0 64-bit, a major new build of its renowned Windows drive defragmentation tool.
Version 18 introduces two new features of note: …

FileOptimizer 7.0 beta adds lossless FLAC compression
September 17, 2014 – 05:57 | No Comment
FileOptimizer 7.0 beta adds lossless FLAC compression

Javier Gutiérrez Chamorro has released the first public beta of his one-stop lossless compression tool, FileOptimizer 7.0.
The major new feature is support for optimising FLAC files. Our first tests suggest this is going to take …

AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 debuts zero-day protection, redesigned user interface
September 10, 2014 – 09:11 | No Comment
AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 debuts zero-day protection, redesigned user interface

AVG Technologies has updated its entire range of PC products, launching AVG AntiVirus Free 2015, AVG AntiVirus 2015, AVG Internet Security 2015 and AVG PC TuneUp 2015.
After the relatively major changes introduced in the 2014 …

Review: System Mechanic 14
September 10, 2014 – 07:51 | No Comment
Review: System Mechanic 14

Keeping your PC running smoothly can be a complicated, time-consuming business. There are so many important issues to consider that even expert users can struggle to monitor them all.
Iolo’s System Mechanic 14 claims it can …

Voralent’s Antelope compresses JPGs and PNGs with a click
August 30, 2014 – 05:20 | No Comment
Voralent’s Antelope compresses JPGs and PNGs with a click

Earlier this year we looked at Voralent’s JPGMini and PNGMini, easy-to-use tools which reduced JPG and PNG file sizes without affecting image quality.
The developer has now released a replacement, Antelope, which handles JPG and PNG …

MacBooster 2 released, adds System Status, Photo Sweeper and Security modules
August 28, 2014 – 08:57 | No Comment
MacBooster 2 released, adds System Status, Photo Sweeper and Security modules

IObit has released MacBooster 2.0, a major new build of its shareware cleaning and optimisation tool for Macs. The app, which is available as a 14-day trial download, includes a number of new and improved …

CCleaner 4.17 improves browser cleanup
August 26, 2014 – 13:51 | No Comment
CCleaner 4.17 improves browser cleanup

Popular system optimisation tool CCleaner has been updated to version 4.17 with a series of mostly browser-related improvements.
The official release notes say the new build – also available in a portable version – adds “Google …

Mini review: Argente Utilities
August 25, 2014 – 06:33 | No Comment
Mini review: Argente Utilities

Argente Utilities is a one-stop PC maintenance suite with tools to clean, optimise, repair and generally improve your system speed and reliability.
It’s a relatively lightweight, portable package, arriving as a 7.5MB zip file, and there’s …

Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 6 adds new portrait tools, photo effects, delivers UI improvements
August 11, 2014 – 13:16 | No Comment
Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 6 adds new portrait tools, photo effects, delivers UI improvements

German developer Ashampoo has unveiled Photo Optimizer 6, the first major new build of its fast, user-friendly photo tool for over two years.
The program adds a number of new portrait-enhancing tools and a slew of …

CCleaner 4.16 widens cleaning to include TeamViewer and OneDrive, adds repair option
July 24, 2014 – 12:01 | No Comment
CCleaner 4.16 widens cleaning to include TeamViewer and OneDrive, adds repair option

It’s that time of the month when Piriform issues its regular CCleaner update for Windows PCs, and undeterred by the recent CCleaner for Mac 1.08 release, the company has shipped CCleaner 4.16 and CCleaner Portable …

CCleaner for Mac 1.08 adds support for Yosemite Developer Preview, improves browser cleaning
July 22, 2014 – 15:17 | No Comment
CCleaner for Mac 1.08 adds support for Yosemite Developer Preview, improves browser cleaning

Piriform Ltd has released CCleaner for Mac 1.08, a minor update to the Mac version of its freeware cleaning tool. Unlike the Windows version, which is updated monthly, CCleaner for Mac’s updates are more sporadic …