Review: Kaspersky Internet Security 2011
June 10, 2010 – 12:37 by Mike Williams in Reviews | 14 Comments

Review: Kaspersky Internet Security 2011

At first glance Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 looks much like many other internet security suite. Antivirus engine – check; real-time protection – check; firewall – check; safer surfing tools – check; parental controls – check, it’s all seems very much business as usual.

Spend a little more time with the program, though, and you’ll soon begin to realise that this isn’t just another identikit security tool. A strong attention to detail, extreme configurability and some uniquely powerful features are a few of the positive reasons that help Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 stand out from the crowd. There are some negatives, too, but it’s still an interesting package overall, and if you’re looking for a new security suite then Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 deserves to be high on the candidate list.

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Backup your PC's recovery partition using Macrium Reflect Free
June 8, 2010 – 15:41 by Nick Peers in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Backup your PC's recovery partition using Macrium Reflect Free
Only a short while back, manufacturers gave away a bona fide Windows installation disc with their PCs. For reasons of cost and convenience, the Windows disc was eventually replaced with a recovery disc that contained a complete backup of the PC’s hard drive when it left the factory. Restoring this rather than reinstalling Windows was easier for end users and tech support alike.

Then, something happened. As the size of Windows installations grew, the prohibitive cost of providing two or more recovery DVDs persuaded manufacturers to go for the ultimate cheap option: storing the recovery image on the computer’s hard disk. That’s fine until something happens to your recovery partition, or your hard drive fails and needs replacing. If this is the only copy of Windows you have, you could find yourself having to pay your system manufacturer a pretty penny for a set of recovery discs – assuming they have any to sell, of course. Before this happens, then, you should take steps to protect your recovery partition.

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Solve Windows video playback problems with the K-Lite Codec Tweak Tool
June 4, 2010 – 14:22 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Solve Windows video playback problems with the K-Lite Codec Tweak Tool

The web is a great place to share and download videos. Playing them back on your own PC, though, can often be a difficult process, prone to complex problems with no obvious solution.

You may find that a particular video type doesn’t play at all on your system, for instance. Or it may play, but only partially: you get sound, but no images, perhaps. Most frustrating of all, you’ll sometimes find that videos which played perfectly last week, now can’t be viewed at all – so what’s going on?

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Read Kindle ebooks on your Mac or PC
June 4, 2010 – 11:28 by Mark Wilson in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Read Kindle ebooks on your Mac or PC

eBooks have been available in various forms for a number of years now, with PDFs being the most obvious example of electronic publishing. But more recently, dedicated ebook readers have meant that there has been a surge of interest in this type of book.

The Sony Reader and Amazon Kindle make it possible to take a large collection of books with you when you travel without getting weighed down. Using Kindle for Mac and Kindle for PC, you can buy and read ebooks on your computer – and it does not matter if you own a kindle device or not.

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Partition a new hard drive using Paragon Partition Manager 11 Free
June 4, 2010 – 10:05 by Chris Wiles in News | Comments Off on Partition a new hard drive using Paragon Partition Manager 11 Free

With 1TB hard drives costing less than $100, there’s never been a better time to go for a large hard drive, whether this in addition to your internal drive or an external unit. Either way, this drive will need to be partitioned and Windows doesn’t make this easy, at least for a novice user. For this reason, you need third-party drive partitioning software and there are few better tools than Paragon Partition Manager 11.

This week, Paragon Partition Manager 11 Free was released and this contains enough functionality to perform the partitioning basics. And we really do mean the basics. If you have a large external hard drive, Partition Manager 11 Free will enable you to create a new or resize existing partitions. You can’t work on your system partition; you’d need Paragon Partition Manager 11 Personal to do this. There are no backup tools either. Neither does the Free version ship with 64-bit support.

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Synchronise data between your Macs with fruux
May 28, 2010 – 11:40 by Mark Wilson in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Synchronise data between your Macs with fruux

If you have more than one Mac, it is likely that you will want to be able to access the same information on each of them. Having two separate address books, calendars and set of bookmarked site invariably means either a period of extensive data entry, or the risk of not having the information you need available on the computer you are using.

One solution is to make use of MobileMe, but if you do not like the idea of paying an annual subscription, fruux is a free tool that can be used to keep key data in sync between your Macs. Although the application is currently in beta, fruux already makes it possible to synchronise your address book, calendars, tasks and bookmarks between computers.

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Review: Auslogics BoostSpeed 5
May 27, 2010 – 19:57 by Mike Williams in Reviews | 4 Comments

Review: Auslogics BoostSpeed 5

Most PC speedup programs are, let’s be frank, a disappointment. They’re often packed with ineffective options that make no difference to your system’s speed at all. And some are so poorly written that they can actually slow you down.

There are some high quality exceptions to this rule, though, and Auslogics BoostSpeed 5 is one of the very best. The program ignores the dubious tips recommended by so many of the competition, and instead concentrates on genuinely useful techniques and technologies that really can revitalise just about every area of your PCs performance. And, best of all, you don’t need to be a Windows expert to make this happen.

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Ashampoo Burning Studio 2010 Advanced, FREE this weekend!
May 25, 2010 – 16:30 by Chris Wiles in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

From midday Friday through to midnight Sunday, you will be able to download Ashampoo Burning Studio 2010 Advanced, exclusively and completely free of charge, from the V3.co.uk Software Store. If you already use Ashampoo Burning Studio 2010 and are wondering what’s in this updated version, Ashampoo reassure us that it has a major update to the burning engine, improved drivers support including the very latest burners and an improved user-interface.

Keep one eye on the V3.co.uk Software Store through the weekend. There will also be another full application for download from Monday, for 24-hours only! More info to follow soon.

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Lavasoft Ad-Aware Plus FREE this Thursday
May 24, 2010 – 16:56 by Chris Wiles in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Lavasoft Ad-Aware Plus FREE this Thursday

Back in early April, the V3.co.uk Software Store gave web users the opportunity of downloading the very latest Lavasoft Ad-Aware Plus, which includes a 1-year license. This was hugely popular and some users missed out on the promotion.

The V3.co.uk Software Store is repeating the Lavasoft Ad-Aware Plus 8.2 exclusive promotion, for one day only. This means, between 9am Thursday and 9am Friday, GMT, you can download the full current Ad-Aware Plus, which includes a years license. You can download this and use at home, in your office, your department or wherever. It includes a single license for the installed computer.

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Review: Genie Timeline Professional 2.0
May 22, 2010 – 15:31 by Mark Wilson in Reviews | One Comment

Review: Genie Timeline Professional 2.0

There is certainly no shortage of choice when it comes to backup tools for Windows – there are so many backup programs available, it can be hard to work your way through the clutter and work out what is best for you. Some backup software is incredibly basic, offering little more than the ability to copy files from one location to another – and in reality this is something any computer user could do themselves. Genie Timeline Professional 2.0 is an advanced, and yet instantly accessible, backup tool which aims to make backing up data not only as simple as possible, but also incredibly flexible.

After the installation of Genie Timeline Professional, a wizard appears to guide you through the process of configuring backup options. A selection of backup destinations is displayed and once one has been chosen, the program invites you to select precisely what you would like to backup. The type of data that will be backed up is broken up into a number of categories, such as Office files, email, the contents of your desktop and pictures.
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Review: Avanquest SystemSuite 10 Professional
May 22, 2010 – 10:04 by Mike Williams in Reviews | One Comment

Review: Avanquest SystemSuite 10 Professional

There’s a great deal of competition in the PC utility suite market, and it’s not easy to make your package stand out from the crowd. Avanquest have succeeded with a simple tactic, though – they’ve packed SystemSuite 10 Professional with so many features that it demands you take a closer look.

The program includes a complete security suite, for instance: antivirus, firewall, identity and browsing protection. There’s a stack of PC recovery tools, including file undelete modules, the System Restore-like Recovery Commander, and a Rescue Disc to get an unbootable PC working again. Other utilities will optimise your Registry, hard drive, startup programs and Windows settings for improved performance. And a host of other features will variously diagnose problems, maintain your system, clean up junk and generally ensure your PC is always running at its best.

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