Firefox 55 unveils performance improvements and new features aplenty
August 7, 2017 – 08:35 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

FirefoxMozilla has unveiled one of the biggest updates to Firefox yet with its release of Firefox 55.0 for Windows, Mac and Linux. Firefox for Android 55.0 is also due imminently.

Firefox 55’s many highlights include instant restoration of browsing sessions with a large number of tabs, the ability to reposition the sidebar and a feature for grabbing screenshots of web pages direct from the browser itself.

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Giveaway: Advanced SystemCare 10.5 PRO worth $19.95 for everyone
August 4, 2017 – 05:41 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | No Comment

giveaway-200x175As Summer continues relentlessly, why not escape the sun and spent some time optimising your PC? From today, 4 August 2017, you’ll be able to do just that thanks to our 48-hour Downloadcrew Giveaway, which is for a year’s license for Advanced SystemCare 10.5 PRO, worth $19.95.

This package contains an entire library of essential tools to help you clean up, optimise, maintain and secure your PC.

The fantastic thing about this giveaway is that it’s for the current version of Advanced SystemCare 10.5 PRO, so it offers full support for Windows 10 with Creator’s Update, including the ability to clean up after the Edge browser. It’ll even help you tighten those lax privacy settings set by Microsoft.

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Recover from ransomware with Paragon’s Backup & Recovery 16 Free
August 3, 2017 – 12:08 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | No Comment

Paragon Backup & RecoveryHow often do you hear “it won’t happen to me”, which is the primary reason many of us do not bother to backup our data. Sure, like us you can store some of your most important files in the cloud, but that has storage limitations and none of us wants to spend time trying to salvage our computer when we’re pressed for time.

The rise of ransomware means your computer is vulnerable, even if you have the latest security software. Once your files are encrypted, short of paying the ransom, there’s little else you can do.

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Send money via PayPal from Skype (but would you want to?)
August 2, 2017 – 11:33 by Chris Wiles in News | No Comment

Skype for AndroidWe use Skype through our working day, to keep in touch with the various people who write, develop and produce content for us. It’s really easy to see when someone is online, drop them a quick message when they aren’t around and they’ll pick it up when they are back.

But, Microsoft is aware that Skype is losing its popularity, particularly with the younger generation who have moved across to WhatsApp. With that in mind, recent Skype improvements are aimed at the younger consumer, with a new glossy design which seems to mimic Snapchat. Not ideal if you use Skype for business.

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Kaspersky (partly) launch their 2018 security products
August 2, 2017 – 05:56 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | No Comment

KasperskyEvery year, with a rather confusing release schedule, Kaspersky’s global office will launch and announce their current range, but only in a select number of territories.

As an example, Kaspersky Internet Security 2018 and Total Security 2018 are available in the United States, Australia, Malaysia, but not in the United Kingdom, Europe and most other countries. The launch for the rest of the world will happen in early September when the products are fully localised.

All is not lost though. If you want to download the 2018 edition, earlier than the official launch in your territory, the US English version is available for everyone, right now.

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Malwarebytes for Mac 3 released
August 1, 2017 – 05:06 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | No Comment

malwarebytes3-200-175Although we’re still not convinced you really need additional third-party real-time protection on a Mac, you could always install an “on demand” service which, rather than running continuously in the background, will scan your computer when you’re not trying to render animation, export a 4K video or crunch numbers, which all require vital CPU cycles.

Step up Malwarebytes for Mac 3, which was released yesterday. The previously titled Malwarebytes Anti-Malware was a huge success on the Windows platform, both as a free and premium version and it has now fully transitioned to the Mac OS.

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1Password updates Windows edition with One-Time Password clipboard support
July 31, 2017 – 11:35 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | No Comment

1PasswordA password manager should be an essential tool. Unless you’re prepared to use the same password across many sites (which is a huge security hazard) or have a memory like Einstein, trying to remember all your passwords is nearly impossible.

One solution would be to write your passwords on paper, which you keep at home. We know people that do this and there’s nothing wrong with a hard copy. Problem is, if you need to access a website when you holiday or on the road, you don’t have your passwords to hand.

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Kaspersky releases Internet Security 18 for Mac
July 28, 2017 – 10:09 by Chris Wiles in News | No Comment

KasperskyDo you need security software for your Mac? Whenever we’ve installed any security suite on our Mac they seriously reduce the effectiveness of our computer with almost the minimum advantage.

Apple’s Gatekeeper is designed to stop you installing malicious software, anti-phishing tools prevent dodgy websites from extracting your personal information, whilst the internal firewall can safeguard you from intruders.

Kaspersky is one of the many security developers who still believe Mac users need additional security and has released Internet Security 18 for Mac.

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LibreOffice 5.4 adds more new features, improves Office file format compatibility
July 28, 2017 – 08:02 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

LibreOffice 5The Document Foundation has unveiled LibreOffice 5.4 64-bit and LibreOffice 5.4 32-bit. Again, it’s on time, arriving six months after the release of LibreOffice 5.3.

LibreOffice 5.4 is “the last major release of the LibreOffice 5.x family”, and like other point releases is a major one, adding features across all components and incrementally improving compatibility with Microsoft Office document formats.

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Avast! purchase CCleaner developer, Piriform
July 26, 2017 – 12:04 by Chris Wiles in News | No Comment

Avast 2017It’s been a busy time for the guys at Avast! Last year they integrated AVG into their business and in 2017 they’ve gone out and purchased Piriform, a company better known for their freeware CCleaner, which is one of the more popular system cleaning tools, downloaded by over 130 million PC users.

Avast! claims that CCleaner will remain as a free product (it’s worth noting that there is a Professional edition available for $24.95 with a few additional features), along with the other Piriform products, such as Speccy, Defraggler and Recuva.

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ConeXware releases PowerArchiver 2017
July 26, 2017 – 11:14 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | No Comment

PowerArchiver 2016Despite the rise of fast broadband and various social sharing cloud services, it’s always wise to archive your files for distribution. Indeed, in many cases you never know who is going to download your shared files, so you want to pack them up in the smallest possible archive so the downloader can obtain them as quickly as possible.

An archive management tool is one of our go to applications, especially when working with files each and every day.
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