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6,300
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Preserve your privacy by clearing out private data from Chrome

 
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Give your system a speed boost by cleansing and optimising your PC

 
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Give your system a speed boost by cleansing and optimising your PC

 
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Access and control a remote PC from any host PC or Mac

 
25/05/2018
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Make the most of your multi-monitor setup using this handy utility

 
24/05/2018
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New commercial cross-platform email client that offers a range of professional features

 
24/05/2018
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Manage your files and folders with this dual pane tabbed Explorer replacement

 
24/05/2018
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An advanced replacement for Windows Explorer

 
23/05/2018
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22/05/2018
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Backup, synchronise & share important files

 
22/05/2018
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Backup, synchronise & share important files

 
22/05/2018
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Wireshark provides detailed information about network traffic and usage through deep analysis

 
22/05/2018
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Wireshark provides detailed information about network traffic and usage through deep analysis

 
22/05/2018
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Protect your computer from internet and network threats with this easy to use firewall

 
22/05/2018
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Keep your drive in shape by running checking for fragmentation with this defrag tool

 
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Ensure your hardware drivers are up to date with this automated tool

 
22/05/2018
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Host and run a virtual operating system on your computer

 
22/05/2018
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Get a comprehensive list of installed system components using this information tool

 
22/05/2018
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An advanced video conversion tool with x264 support

 
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Disc burning tool which can cater for all your CD and DVD creation needs

 
 

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Spotlight: Editor's Choice

O&O Defrag Free Edition 14.1.431 (64-bit)

Free, for personal-use only

Let us be frank: the Windows Defragmentation tool is best described as functional. Defragging your hard drive is an essential part of PC maintenance as otherwise files get scattered in multiple segments (or fragments) all over your drive, forcing the disk’s mechanical parts to work harder to piece them back together when they’re needed. Net result: files are slower to access, so computer slows down, but another side-effect is that the drive’s temperature increases and its moving parts wear out that much quicker.

XP’s Defrag tool doesn’t even run automatically, so it’s essential you find another solution. And even though Windows 7 and Vista do attempt to run on a weekly basis, the default timing isn’t great and the results are barely adequate. Your hard drive is the biggest bottleneck in your system, so it pays to make sure it’s defragged regularly to give it the best possible chance of performing at a half-decent level.

Third-party defrag tools have long trumped Windows’ own meagre efforts, and in recent years a number of powerful, versatile and feature-rich freebies have come on to the market, such as Puran Defrag Free and Auslogics Disk Defrag. That probably explains why O&O – one of the pioneers in disk defrag technology – has finally wised up to the fact it needs to provide a free version of its own defrag tool to appeal to the home market.

The net result is this: O&O Defrag Free Edition. It’s based on its Professional big brother, so you enjoy the top-notch performance gains and light system footprint that it brings. The downside is that it’s actually a cut-down version, so you’re only able to use one of two defrag methods (as opposed to eight in the full version), neither of which will keep your drive defragged in the background as you work. There’s no boot-time defragmentation either for system files, and while the program comes with three “zones” for placing files in for best performance on your drive, you can’t actually configure them as you can with the Pro Edition.

It sounds churlish to mention these limitations in the free version, but we do so because many of these options are available in other free tools, so should be noted here. However, if you’re looking for a “set-it-and-forget-it” solution and are happy for your drive to be defragged on a regular basis, then O&O Defrag Free definitely represents a step up from the basic tool provided by Windows itself.

This is the 64-bit version of O&O Defrag Free Edition: a separate build is available for 32-bit versions of Windows.

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Spotlight: Editor's Choice

VirtualBox 5.2.12

Open Source

Oracle VM VirtualBox is an industrial-strength open source virtualisation tool that makes it easy to create virtual machines (VMs), simulated computers that run on your PC but act as though they were separate systems. It's a powerful capability that has many different applications.

If you'd like a closer look at Windows 8 before you upgrade, for instance, then you could install Microsoft's latest in a VM, then access it in a window on your XP or Vista desktop.

Or maybe you've upgraded to Windows 8 and find a favourite old app doesn't work any more? Create a Windows XP VM and you might be able to run it again.

VirtualBox can also be a useful security tool: if you download and test apps in a VM, then any malware you might encounter will be isolated from your main system.

And it's the perfect choice if you want to try out another operating system with the minimum of hassle. Right now you can install Google Chrome OS, all the mainstream Linux variants (2.4 and 2.6), OpenBSD, OS/2, ReactOS, SkyOS, DOS, and just about every version of Windows there's ever been. (Of course you'll need to have the system discs to hand.)

VirtualBox 4 included an interface redesign, making it easier to view and manage your virtual machines. VM displays can now be scaled, so you can reduce a window size by half (for instance) and still see everything that's going on. The ability to limit a VM's CPU and IO time means the program will be less of a drain on your system's resources, and there are a host of other performance optimisations and bug fixes available.

What's new in VirtualBox 5.2.12 (see changelog for more)?

- Serial: fixed possible data corruption when sending data under certain circumstances
- Video recording: fixed starting / stopping recording under certain circumstances
- Linux hosts: support Linux 4.17 changes. Thank you Larry Finger
- Linux guests: support Linux 4.16 and EL 7.5 kernels (bugs #17676 and #17678)
- Linux guests: 3D fixes for recent guests (bug #17623)

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On extraction of the zip file I can see nothing that will run this program! Where is the .exe file?...
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