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Reviews by: Nick Peers

27/04/2018
157,379
Open Source

Check out the next version of Firefox before it's released

 
26/04/2018
2,582
Trial Software

Back up individual files or take entire disk images with O&O’s powerhouse backup tool

 
26/04/2018
1,661
Trial Software

Protect your privacy and security by making sure data is shredded from your hard drive

 
25/04/2018
3,220
Open Source

Looking for a powerful and free alternative to Microsoft Office? This is it.

 
25/04/2018
48,689
Freeware

Opera's stable channel introduces faster ad blocking

 
25/04/2018
42,243
Freeware

Get an early look at the developer version of Opera without affecting your stable installation 

 
24/04/2018
39,977
Freeware

Extend this free Skype alternative to your desktop or laptop

 
24/04/2018
2,123
Function Limited Demo

Recover data from optical discs (and other media)

 
24/04/2018
1,930
Shareware

Capture screenshots quickly and easily with this powerful, but resource-friendly, tool

 
23/04/2018
3,268
Freeware

Preserve your desktop icon layout with this handy backup tool

 
23/04/2018
3,912
Free, for personal-use only

Encrypt online storage folders on your computer with the help of Boxcryptor

 
22/04/2018
108,317
Open Source

Play just about any video or audio format using this versatile media player

 
22/04/2018
153,778
Open Source

Play just about any video or audio format using this versatile media player

 
22/04/2018
5,568
Open Source

Test drive the beta version of Mozilla’s email client

 
20/04/2018
3,353
Trial Software

Quite simply the most comprehensive tool for working with compressed files

 
20/04/2018
67,918
Freeware

Get an early look at the next version of Opera without affecting your stable installation 

 
20/04/2018
27,882
Freeware

Block all ads on all web pages to speed up browsing in Google Chrome

 
20/04/2018
5,897
Freeware

Protect all your sensitive online data across desktop and mobile

 
19/04/2018
3,425
Freeware

Protect yourself from dangerous and untrustworthy websites and weblinks with this free add-on

 
19/04/2018
528,459
Freeware

The latest stable Chrome is a rather minor update

 
 

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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 5.2.10

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 5.2.10 (see changelog for more)?

- VMM: Fixed missing NULL pointer check in MMIO code
- Storage: fixed having multiple NVMe controllers with ICH9 enabled (5.2.0 regression)
- Network: fixed wireless detection regression when bridging to adapters with unbound IP protocols (bug #17543)
- Network: fixed VERR_INTNET_FLT_IF_NOT_FOUND when bridging to some adapters on Windows hosts (possibly related bugs #15294, #15060, #13481)
- Audio: Fixed interrupt storm in FreeBSD guests with HDA (bug #17219)
- Keyboard: Introduced a small delay to fix old software which expects to be able to read an incoming scan code more than once (bug #17592)
- Windows installer: Removed the "Ignore" action in the case the current VBox installation is still running, as the (successful) update will not work until a host reboot is performed
- NAT: Handle nameserver 0.0.0.0 which is a valid setting (bug #17584)
- BIOS: INT 15h/87h service must disable A20 gate when done
- Linux Guest Additions: fix a hang starting KDE Plasma

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