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Category: Security

23/09/2018
1,168
Freeware

Disable Windows telemetry and privacy leaks

 
21/09/2018
18,076
Freeware

Seek out and destroy the most common malware with a click

 
21/09/2018
12,403
Freeware

Seek out and destroy the most common malware with a click

 
21/09/2018
7,469
Freeware

Increase the safety of connections to web sites by encrypting them

 
21/09/2018
6,899
Freeware

Increase the safety of connections to web sites by encrypting them

 
20/09/2018
243,954
Freeware

Protect your computer and enjoy unrestricted internet access when using wifi hotspots

 
19/09/2018
7,671
Freeware

Malwarebytes' next-generation do-everything product

 
19/09/2018
782
Freeware

Quickly remove browser toolbars, addons and more

 
19/09/2018
7,223
Freeware

Preserve your privacy by clearing out private data from Chrome

 
18/09/2018
13,357
No Trial Available. Purchase Only

Protect and maintain PCs, Macs and Android devices

 
18/09/2018
1,641
Trial Software

AVG fuses AVAST technology to create a powerful security suite

 
18/09/2018
1,520
Freeware

Combined AVAST and AVG technology for one powerful free security tool

 
18/09/2018
32,284
Freeware

Completely remove all traces of AVG Antivirus to overcome installation problems

 
18/09/2018
6,969
Freeware

Protect all your sensitive online data across desktop and mobile

 
17/09/2018
599
Freeware

Keep your Internet passwords within one central manager

 
17/09/2018
665
Freeware

Secure password manager which helps to keep your login details safe.

 
17/09/2018
1,671
Freeware

A command line malware remover

 
17/09/2018
15,193
Freeware

Quickly detect and remove malicious processes (and a few others, probably)

 
17/09/2018
3,639
Trial Software

Protect your PC from malware, spam, dangerous websites and more

 
17/09/2018
734
Trial Software

Antivirus, firewall, spam filter, parental controls, online backup - this suite has it all

 
 

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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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    RRP: $179.98 Our Price: $49.99
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    RRP: $49.95 Our Price: $22.95
  3. AVG TuneUp - Unlimited 2018 [2-YR]
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Spotlight: Editor's Choice

VirtualBox 5.2.18

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 5.2.18 (see changelog for more)?

- VMM: See user manual.
- VMM: fix loading with recent binutils and self-built versions of VirtualBox (bug #17851)
- NAT: fix --nataliasmode sameports which is a valid setting (bug #13000)
- VRDP: fixed VM process termination on RDP client disconnect if 3D is enabled for the virtual machine

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23 August 2017, Jack Edward Alexander
That also has a free version which is just perfect for simple once a day backups to an external disk...
22 August 2017, Ed Cornish
On extraction of the zip file I can see nothing that will run this program! Where is the .exe file?...
18 August 2017, JW vanLohuizen
I have used Process Lasso for many years and tried CPUBalance. Since then he separated them. ...

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