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Malwarebytes AdwCleaner 8.0 makes its bow, unveils refreshed UI to deal with pests
November 27, 2019 – 05:02 | No Comment

Less than a month after unveiling MBAM 4.0, Malwarebytes has released Malwarebytes AdwCleaner 8.0, a major new version of its standalone adware-cleaning tool.
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Advanced SystemCare 13 launches with enhanced email protection
October 24, 2019 – 14:40 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on Advanced SystemCare 13 launches with enhanced email protection

There’s an argument against whether your modern PC will require additional optimization. Windows 10 offers basic but essential tools to keep your system running smoothly and it’s less likely you’ll run out of drive space or require a system purge to make room for a new install.

With the above in mind, system maintenance developers are coming up with new ways of making their tools essential in the modern world. Security remains a constant threat, so adding modules to keep your system safe seems to be the recent priority.

IObit has released Advanced SystemCare 13 and the primary focus is to improve the security of your PC. The new Email Protection module will run in the background and check against phishing attempts made from clicking an unscrupulous link in your mailbox. The enhanced Junk File Clean module will dig even deeper, but now includes support for other accounts, so you can force-clean other users who may have a bad habit of leaving a tonne of unnecessary junk in their trash, taking up vital space on your hard drive. The Privacy Shield has extra support for safeguarding your sensitive data.

Advanced SystemCare 13 gains more tools for protecting against the latest security threats

The Software Updater has had a boost with support for up to 60% additional applications, so you can use Advanced SystemCare to keep your installed software up-to-date. The new Context Menu Manager does what it says on the tin, whilst the rebuilt File Shredder will do a more powerful job of securely erasing your files and folders.

SystemCare’s Turbo Boost function now includes support for Universal Windows Platform Apps, whilst the Ads Removal module includes a wider database for software with annoying adverts.

Question is, do you really need the additional security features you’d find in SystemCare 13 (many which are borrowed from the separate Malware Fighter)? If you have a full-fat security suite from Norton, Bitdefender, Kaspersky or Avast, you will not need the new safety features, but if you are seeking a powerful maintenance toolkit, with additional security tools (which can be turned off if necessary), then Advanced SystemCare is for you.

It’s worth adding Advanced SystemCare 13 is available in two versions. A rather limited Free edition and a more fully-functional paid PRO edition, available for $19.99. The PRO edition contains the PC cleaning and optimization tools, a defrag module, an auto-RAM function to stop your PC from using too much system memory, an Internet booster, premium security features and much more.

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Mozilla’s new Lockwise app will free your passwords from your web browser
October 22, 2019 – 14:16 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | Comments Off on Mozilla’s new Lockwise app will free your passwords from your web browser

Like many users, we prefer to use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox over either Edge or Safari. Problem is, if you use a third-party browser to store your logins and passwords, move to your iOS device and they aren’t stored in your keychain.

Recent iOS changes have enabled third-party password managers to be granted access to any login on your device, so for this reason Mozilla has launched Lockwise which will separate your stored Firefox passwords from your browser.

Quickly access your Firefox passwords from your iOS or Android device

Mozilla Lockwise was launched as part of Firefox 70, but separate apps, for iOS and Android, have been made available.

These apps are incredibly simple compared to other password managers we’ve used. They simply synchronise your passwords from Firefox and then make them available – from the app you can either copy and paste your passwords into your other browsers or choose to autofill.

With Lockwise supporting both Face ID and Touch ID, you can now automatically gain access without requiring a master password.

And that’s about it. Any regular password manager will offer you so much more. For instance, the ability to store your personal ID or your card information, which is essential for purchasing over the internet and, frankly, key information about your card. An independent password manager will generate your login data and warn you if your data has been compromised online.

With the above in mind, is it worth installing the Lockwise app? If you’re an avid Firefox user, potentially. Question is, would they replace our default password manager? Almost certainly not. 1Password for us is our goto manager and will enable cross-browser support, third-party integration within iOS and is truly multi-device. We can access our passwords on a Mac as easily as a Windows PC.

Download Mozilla Lockwise for iOS or Android.

Firefox 70 unveils major privacy reporting tools, promises further performance improvements
October 22, 2019 – 04:34 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Firefox 70 unveils major privacy reporting tools, promises further performance improvements

Mozilla has released Firefox 70.0 for desktop, along with Firefox for Android 68.2 and Firefox ESR 68.2.0.

Despite the landmark version number, Firefox 70’s most visible change is a refreshed icon and new welcome screen. Better support for your OS’s system dark mode is also unveiled, while Enhanced Tracking Protection (ETP) has now been made the default for all platforms and users.

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Calibre 4.2 improves macOS dark mode support, continues tweaking Viewer tool
October 18, 2019 – 11:28 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Calibre 4.2 improves macOS dark mode support, continues tweaking Viewer tool

CalibreRenowned open-source eBook management tool Calibre 4.2 has been released. The cross-platform app, also available in 32-bit form, makes it easy to organise, manage, view, convert and even edit eBooks.

Version 4.2 comes a fortnight after version 4.0 was released. This update promises improvements to macOS dark mode support and the Viewer application, including the generation of covers and table of contents.

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Opera 64 adds new tracker blocking protection, improves Snapshot tool
October 8, 2019 – 05:28 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Opera 64 adds new tracker blocking protection, improves Snapshot tool

Opera Software has released Opera 64, the latest major update to its Chromium-based web browser for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. The major highlight if this new release is the addition of built-in protecting against tracking.

Opera claims the new feature, which sits alongside existing VPN and ad-blocking tools, makes the browser 20% faster than previous releases. Elsewhere, the browser’s Snapshot screengrab tool also gains several improvements.

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 and Premiere Elements 2020 released, add striking user-friendly features
October 4, 2019 – 06:03 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 and Premiere Elements 2020 released, add striking user-friendly features

Adobe has released major new versions of its entry level image and video-editing suites with the joint release of Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 and Adobe Premiere Elements 2020 for Windows and Mac.

Both new products add a smattering of new features to add to their already rich capabilities. Photoshop Elements includes the ability to automatically colourise photos and select subjects in a photo with a single click, while Premiere Elements adds a feature to reduce grain from noisy videos.

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Bullguard 2020 revamps zero-day protection, adds new secure browser
September 26, 2019 – 05:06 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Bullguard 2020 revamps zero-day protection, adds new secure browser

Cybersecurity firm Bullguard has unveiled the 2020 range of its antimalware product family: Bullguard Antivirus 2020, Bullguard Internet Security 2020 and Bullguard Premium Protection 2020.

All three products gain a new advanced machine learning engine to analyse and root out zero-day malware, while Internet Security and Premium users also gain a new secure web browser. Finally, Bullguard Premium users gain a refined and expanded identity production tool.

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Driver Booster 7.0 expands database to over 3,500,000 devices, doubles scan speed
September 18, 2019 – 04:49 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Driver Booster 7.0 expands database to over 3,500,000 devices, doubles scan speed

IObit has released Driver Booster 7.0.2, a major new release of its free and paid-for driver updater tool for Windows PCs.

Highlights of this new release include support for over 3,500,000 drivers, twice the scanning speed of previous versions, a silent mode feature and an enhanced toolbox that promises fixes for a wider range of driver-related issues such as sound, networking and low-resolution problems.

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Audials One 2020 stream recording suite promises “ground-breaking recording quality and speed”
September 13, 2019 – 15:07 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Audials One 2020 stream recording suite promises “ground-breaking recording quality and speed”

Audials AG has released Audials One 2020, a major new version of its comprehensive stream capture suite. The suite brings together all the tools available separately in three other products: Audials Music 2020 (music and audiobook recording), Audials Movie 2020 (video streams) and Audials Radio 2020 (intelligent radio recording).

The 2020 version comes with the promise of significantly faster recording times for music and audiobook, the ability to save recordings in the lossless FLAC format and tools to quickly locate and download music listed on a website streaming service.

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Ashampoo releases Backup 14 with fuss-free cloud support
September 9, 2019 – 10:24 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | Comments Off on Ashampoo releases Backup 14 with fuss-free cloud support

Although we understand backing up our data is essential, finding the right backup tool isn’t easy at all. Many are just too complicated, designed to offer every possible option to suit advanced users. Problem is, most people who need a backup tool just need to get things backed up, swiftly.

You could turn to the cloud yourself, and simply use the storage to keep your files secure, but this isn’t the right solution if you want a backup of your system drive. If you suffer from a ransomware attack or a system meltdown, you’d still need to go through the slow process of re-installing Windows and your applications. With this in mind, we recommend making a system backup rather than individual files and folders.

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Vivaldi launches mobile app – despite title, Vivaldi Beta 2.7 for Android fully featured
September 9, 2019 – 10:03 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Vivaldi launches mobile app – despite title, Vivaldi Beta 2.7 for Android fully featured

Norwegian-based Vivaldi Technologies has released its first mobile web browser: Vivaldi Beta 2.7 for Android. This little brother to Vivaldi for desktop shares its aim of offering users as much control over the browser’s look and functionality as possible.

Despite the ‘beta’ tag, Vivaldi for Android is fully featured from the off. While lacking some key elements likely to appear in future releases, such as support for add-ons, it’s fully functional and supports key elements such as panels and Vivaldi accounts for syncing.

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