Editor Reviews

Editor Reviews

When the concept of using firewall software became popular, standalone firewall solutions were abundant. However, you can find a majority of PC security suites shipping with a firewall component nowadays and Windows also ships with its own firewall module. Security conscious users still opt for dedicated firewall applications. Online Armor Premium Firewall will cater to needs of these people over casual users. There is a free version available as well.

  • Platform: Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows Server, Windows Vista, WinOther

Nowadays, people from literally all age groups need to use computers and browse the web. However, you have to be a little cautious when your kids access the web in your absence. Even if they do not divert towards objectionable contents and sites by choice, they can be vulnerable to malicious users and online traps! To ensure your kids do not fall prey to malicious online sites and users, it makes sense to use a monitoring application. You can try out REFOG Personal Monitor.

  • Publisher: REFOG
  • Date: 08-10-2014
  • Size: 9447 KB
  • Platform: Mac OS X, Win2000, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows 8, Windows Server, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

Now that a majority of computer users have more than one computer at home, PC security suite makers are offering products with multi PC license. However, they cover mostly 3 to 5 computers or so. If you run a small sized organization, you will need something a little more flexible. This is an area where the choices are not aplenty. Typical Business security suites are catered to the computing needs of large organizations. However, you may option for Kaspersky Small Office Security which offers comprehensive protection for 10 PCs and one Server at the same time.

  • Platform: WinOther

Using security software for protecting your computer and data is not simple anymore. A few years back, you could buy a commercial security solution and relax for the next 1 year! That is no longer the case. With malicious lot becoming more tech-savvy and powerful, you need to use specialized third party applications to ensure complete protection for your data. Apart from the media content and documents in your PC, you need to ensure safety for credit card data and sensitive personal information stored in your PC and various online accounts as it is.

  • Platform: WinOther

No matter how powerful or expensive your PC is, its performance depends on the state of key hardware components including the hard disk. Whether it is a SSD or Sata HDD, a hard disk is where all data, OS and media content are stored. Unless the Hard disk is in top shape, you cannot expect top notch performance and speed from your laptop or desktop. Owing to hard disk operational mechanism, the stored data on a PC HDD can get scattered, which affects its speed and performance.

  • Platform: Win7 x32, Win7 x64, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

From early days of video editing in computers, Adobe has been a name to reckon with. Its Premiere Pro software has catered to needs of high end studio and editing setups for more than a decade. Its less expensive sibling aka Premiere Elements has served the needs of consumer video-editing segment well. While the user base of Premiere Elements has consolidated since its inception, competition has also made good progress. Rivals like PowerDirector and Pinnacle Studio has found popularity with each version.

  • Platform: WinOther

Nowadays, using a standalone antivirus suite for PC protection is not enough; you also need a Firewall to bolster the level of defence against malware and myriad online threats. A PC firewall serves as the first line of security against any malware intrusion, covering both incoming and outgoing network traffic. A free firewall may make some security conscious users frown but ZoneAlarm’s Free Firewall has enough elements in it to please demanding users.

  • Publisher: Zonelabs
  • Date: 30-09-2014
  • Size: 2396 KB
  • Platform: Win7 x64, Windows 7, Windows 8, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

Nero is known mostly for its legendary disc burning software that has metamorphosed into a media editing powerhouse over a decade. The multimedia suite offered by the company caters to needs of intermediate and advanced users well but its price and steep hardware requirement often acts as a deterrent for casual users. They refer using less expensive and lighter tools for media burning and management needs. The Nero Kwik Media is basically a revamp of the company’s ageing MediaHub that caters to this section.

  • Publisher: Nero
  • Date: 27-09-2014
  • Size: 178350 KB
  • Platform: WinOther

Sound Mixing and is a sought after profession and creating your own mix is considered to be pretty cool. With Sound Mixing profession, also known as DJing, comes the need of certain software programs which help hugely while in this profession. There are a lot of Sound Mixing software applications on offer in the market, albeit with each with a different feature set and price tag as compared to the other. One of such software programs is Ultra Mixer.

  • Platform: Java, Linux, Linux Console, Linux Gnome, Linux GPL, Linux Open Source, Mac OS X, Mac OS X 10.4, Mac OS X 10.5, Mac PPC, Unix, Win2000, Windows Server, Windows Vista, WinOther

In recent years, popularity of cloud storage services has soared upwards. Gone are those days when you relied on a bunch of DVDs or external drives to take back up of personal data and media content. Now, you can use many cloud services and upload, share and sync data across multiple devices whenever you want. However, like everything else in technology, Cloud storage services come with their downsides too. Not all such services offer adequate security for uploaded data.

  • Publisher: Acomba UG
  • Date: 25-09-2014
  • Size: 2970 KB
  • Platform: WinOther

With time, technologies used in computer software are getting advanced and malware and online threats are also evolving. Gone are those days when you could leave your PC to the care of a standalone antivirus tool. Security conscious users opt for an additional level of protection to safeguard their computer and data nowadays. If you are among them, give Faronics Anti-Executable a try. It ensures malicious software that sneaks past the protection layer of the anti-virus tool, cannot run.

  • Platform: Windows 7, WinOther, WinVista
  • PC Cop
  • License: Shareware
  • Price: 29.95
  • Rating

There are two sides of the same coin, as the old proverb says. Perhaps no one understands this better than a PC user nowadays! With advancements made in computer technology and software, the malicious lot has also become more developed and advanced. Present generation malware and worms can compromise your PC even if you have commercial antivirus software installed. To ensure a malware cannot steal important data from PC by sneaking past security layer of regular security application, you need to use third party tools for added safety.

  • Platform: WinOther

When you own and use a Windows based PC, using a security application becomes absolutely necessary. However, you will be hard pressed to find an anti-virus solution that can be called perfect! Even top notch and expensive antivirus applications come with some caveat or other. While some such applications falter at catching rootkits, others may be less effective in detecting false positives. It makes sense therefore to use an additional security application that will catch rogue applications and malware skipped by your regular anti virius.

  • Platform: Win7 x64, Windows 7, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

The way malware developers and hackers are becoming smarter with time, it is necessary that you choose PC security software carefully. Buying and installing just a standalone antivirus may leave your data exposed to risk of theft and misuse. That explains why security suite makers are integrating various layers of safety in their products in recent times. One such instance is BullGuard Internet Security, which offer multiple layers of protection under its hood.

  • Platform: WinOther

Every year you find PC security suite makers releasing products with year attached at the end of name. PC Tools has chosen to do the opposite by releasing new versions with numeric version numbers attached with name. The 9th incarnation of PC Tools Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus is a comprehensive security suite that offers your PC decent protection from several malware and online threats. It comes with a new feature that lets user choose how much resource that application will use.

  • Platform: Win7 x64, Windows 7, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

When you use a computer at home or workplace, dealing with various types of data becomes inevitable. In certain situations, you may end up deleting some files only to realize later that they would be required again! If you have deleted them from the recycle bin, there is no other option than using data recovery software. There are plenty of such third party applications and some of them come with plethora of features and a steep price tag. If you want basic but capable data recovery software, give iCare Data Recovery a try.

  • Platform: Win2000, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows Server, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64
  • TinyWall
  • License: Freeware
  • Price: 0.00
  • Rating

Nowadays, it is quite hard to locate a computer user who does not need to access the web. While you browse the web for any need, it is imperative that you use security applications to safeguard your computer from various online threats. The threats are no longer limited only to malware that can be handled by an antivirus solution. To thwart stealth attacks and intrusion attempts of malicious hackers, you have to use firewall protection in your computer.

  • Platform: Win7 x32, Win7 x64, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64, Other

You need to use capable third party applications nowadays to protect your computer from virus and other types of malware nowadays. It is even more applicable for you if the computer you use is Windows based. While a typical antivirus solution will offer you safety from malware in general, for enhanced security from attackers, you need to use a firewall application. Windows ships with an integrated firewall but it can be susceptible to attack technique of malicious lot prowling online.

  • Publisher: Datpol
  • Date: 16-09-2014
  • Size: 6963 KB
  • Platform: WinXP, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows 8, WinVista, WinVista x64

The way malware creators and hackers are adapting to newer measures to sneak past PC security, it is no longer enough to stay complacent after installing a standalone antivirus. You never know when a stealthy malware sneaks past its scan and security levels. If you want to ensure your PC stays clean of rootkits, virus and many types of rogue applications, try something like Emsisoft Emergency Kit. This kit is made of several components that eliminate all traces of persistent and stealthy malware and applications.

  • Platform: Win2000, WinXP, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows 8, Windows 10, WinServer, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

Like everything else in PC technology, data storage options are also evolving with time. Not so long ago people used optical media to store their data. They were mostly ditched in favor of USB sticks and small sized external disks touting terabytes of storage capacity. It seems cloud storage services are going to replace external data storage products soon. From home users to MNCs, everyone is switching to online data storage services. The abundance of options however can make the selection tedious.

  • Publisher: CloudMe
  • Date: 13-09-2014
  • Size: 8396 KB
  • Platform: Win7 x64, Windows 7, Windows 8, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

Audio editing is something average PC users may not need to do on regular basis. However, it may be necessary to deal with the task for personal and professional reasons sometimes. There are both freeware and commercial audio editors but selecting the most apt one can be difficult, especially for beginners. If you want a capable audio editor that caters to needs of beginners and advanced users alike, try out Acoustica Premium Edition.

The application needs a PC with Windows XP and later versions to run.

  • Platform: Windows 7, WinOther, WinVista

There is no denying the effect of 3D in websites or paper, the extra dimension adding to the aesthetic appeal. With image editors, you can resort to tricks like applying bevels, creating drop shadow and so on. However, creating real 3D texts and logo is something that requires usage of suitable third party application. Xara 3D Maker is one such contender. It aids you make 3D texts and logos for various design projects and websites. You may even create videos with it.

  • Platform: Win7 x32, Win7 x64, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

Getting rid of malware and other types of rogue applicationlications with a regular antivirus can prove to be a tough task nowadays. The way malicious users are becoming smarter with time; it makes sense to use an additional layer of protection on top of your existing security software. If you do not want to pay for this added security layer but want peace of mind, try Norton Power Eraser. It is no data shredding utility despite the naming. The app works as complementary to existing anti-malware applications.

  • Publisher: Symantec
  • Date: 06-09-2014
  • Size: 5427 KB
  • Platform: WinOther
  • CorelCAD
  • License: Shareware
  • Price: 699
  • Rating

Corel is known for its multimedia applications that offer users a nice blend of creative options and ease of use. That explains why numerous applications from its stable are loved by casual PC users and design professionals alike. When Corel decided to make foray into the niche domain of CAD it did not deviate from the basic philosophy. CorelCAD is ideal for user looking for architectural and mechanical design solutions. This affordable cross platform design application offers excellent native DWG support and smooth switchover between 2D and 3D environments for design.

  • Platform: Mac OS X, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

Among the several hardware components used in a PC, hard disk is very important as it is what contains all data including the operating system. Like all components of your computer, the hard disk also becomes subjected to wear and tear, usage related performance degradation. Over time, it may lead to slower performance and on worse cases, data loss. Therefore, it is important that you use suitable application for monitoring hard disk health, performance and check its capability from time to time.

  • Platform: WinOther

Sony makes some of the most polished and professional software in audio- video segment. Its Vegas is rated as one of the most accomplished video editors in studio setups worldwide. However, if your needs are modest and you can do without truckloads of features try the company’s DVD Architect Studio. It is powerful DVD authoring software nonetheless and you will get the worth of money. The only drawback is its steep learning curve.

DVD Architect Studio runs on PCs with Windows XP and later versions.

  • Platform: WinOther

Nearly every PC user gets into a situation when they fail to understand what to do with a DVD that will not play back on DVD player or PC owing to format restrictions. Some users may also feel irked about a video file downloaded from web refusing to play properly owing to code issues. To make such files play worthy on your PC or mobile devices, you will definitely need to use a video format conversion application. Now, it does not necessarily mean you will have to pay a significant amount of money for buying such third party applications.

  • Publisher: HandBrake
  • Date: 01-09-2014
  • Size: 4813 KB
  • Platform: WinOther

While using an antivirus is need of the day, finding the perfect one for your usage needs can be a daunting task. No matter how expensive or feature rich such apps, they have some drawbacks. One grudge many users have is their security software can block valid apps at times. AppGuard is a security app that takes a different approach to PC security and it is quite a stable performer.

This app can be installed on PCs with Windows XP and later versions.

  • Platform: Win7 x64, Windows 7, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

Nearly every PC user needs to install third party software and remove them when they are no longer required. Generally, the default Windows installer and uninstaller utilities suffice for dealing with such tasks. However, the integrated uninstaller fares poorly with some third party apps. You may find traces of such apps and registry entries are left even after removal. This can affect PC performance and speed in long run. To evade this scenario, you may need to use capable third party uninstaller tools.

  • Platform: Win7 x64, Windows 7, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

With a growing section of computer users using more than one PC or device for web access and data sharing, it has become imperative to use suitable apps for backing up and syncing data across devices. There are popular contenders like Google Drive and DropBox but PC security vendors have jumped on the bandwagon as well. Trend Micro, known more for its popular home and business PC security products have come up with SafeSync. As evident from its name, the app focuses on security of data along with syncing and storage.

  • Publisher: Trend Micro
  • Date: 30-08-2014
  • Size: 8090 KB
  • Platform: WinOther

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