Editor Reviews

Editor Reviews

In PC security sector, McAfee is a big name. Along with Symantec, this is one of the contenders catering to the PC users for a long time. However, with time, several new contenders have appeared on horizon and some of them are giving the old players a run for their money. The latest iteration from stable of McAfee, namely McAfee AntiVirus Plus comes with plenty of bells and whistles along with core antivirus protection to continue its legacy and stave off the competition.

  • Publisher: Mcafee
  • Date: 10-09-2015
  • Platform: WinOther

There is hardly any computer user who does not require protection from various types of malware and internet based threats these days. Instances of malware creators and hackers breaking into top corporate firms and celebrity websites can send a chill down your spine, truth be told! While picking an antivirus suite from myriads of existing contenders is not easy, you may try Normal Antivirus. Not to be confused with more popular Norton Antivirus, this suite is offered by a Norwegian computer security company and they have been in this sector since 1984.

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For every type of computer user, backing up data has become near compulsory. Apart from data loss caused by hardware snags, you cannot rule out the risk of data loss caused by malware attacks. That explains why millions of PC users back up their data using various methods and software. While external devices used to be the most preferred data backup option earlier, user preferences are changing with time. After advent and rapid growth of cloud based data storage, a lot of users are choosing it over local backup methods.

  • Platform: Win2000, Win7 x64, Windows 7, Windows 8, WinOther, WinServer, WinVista, WinVista x64

With storage capacity and options going up with time, PC users have got numerous options to back up their important data, whether you need to store your music, movie collection or other types of data safely, using the PC’s HDD may not be enough. Like any hardware, a traditional HDD is prone to wear and tear and you need a secondary option. That explains why backup software has become so important and popular in recent times. There are so many data backup apps that can prove to be savior in events like HDD failure or data loss caused by malware attack.

  • Platform: WinXP, WinVista, WinVista x64, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows Vista

Not so long back, a majority of people used either desktop or laptop for web access and general computing needs. However, things have changed a lot in recent years. Nowadays, it is not uncommon to find people who use laptop, desktop and tablet for such needs, at workplace or home. It is quite obvious that they will need to use suitable Security suite for PC and devices. A computer specific antivirus suite cannot be installed on a Smartphone simply because the OS and architecture is different.

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Technology has made life easier for humans beyond doubt but it comes with the downfalls too. The web serves as the source of entertainment, income and resource for several things for most people. However, the internet can also become a source of distraction and worry for a lot of PC users. You may be worried about how much time your family spend on social media sites and how this is hampering their study. Some people find themselves to be glued to certain online services but find it hard to get rid of the habit.

  • Platform: Win2000, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows Server, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

It is quite true that Macintosh users generally get fewer tools to pick from than Windows users but they have some solid and impressive software to work with. One such example is Apple’s professional image editing and organizing tool, Aperture. Available exclusively at Apple App Store, it locks horns with Adobe Lightroom. With Aperture you can organize all images you have in a centralized image library, execute basic editing, perform RAW conversion and share them using various means- smoothly.

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PC security has become a vital aspect of computing nowadays and business users face the heat more than home users. While installing and handling a standalone antivirus suite is neither tedious nor time consuming, the scenario is different in networked office environments. If you want comprehensive and robust security solution for protecting workstations and servers in office network setup, try avast! Endpoint Protection Suite Plus. It comes with features like console based remote management and deployment.

  • Platform: Windows

When it comes to professional level video editing, there are plenty of tools available for computer users nowadays. While a lot of studio professionals swear by apps like Adobe’s powerhouse software Premiere Pro and Mac users stick to Final Cut Pro, there are some capable third party contenders as well. If budget is not a concern, you can try out feature rich and well performer apps like Avid Media Composer. The software has been a name to reckon with in nonlinear editing, more so in film and television sector.

  • Platform: Mac OS X, Win7 x64, Windows 7, WinVista, WinVista x64

For higher end video editing and post production related needs on Mac OS, the preferred choice is FCP in most instances. However, not all Mac users need to deal with a feature laden, sophisticated editor for casual needs. For casual to moderate video editing iMovie is more than adequate. Apple’s user friendly and entry level video editor is light on wallet too. The update that came with OS X 10.9 Mavericks sports several enhancements and workflow changes.

  • Date: 06-07-2015
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No matter if you use a computer for personal needs or work in a networked setup, listening to music is commonplace. It is required for relaxation amidst work and nearly every user indulges in it. For music playback on PC, the WMP is not the only option you have! There are so many third party freeware and commercial software for audio and media playback needs. If you want a capable media player app that allows download of music tracks to various mobile devices through Cloud, choose Style Jukebox.

  • Platform: WinOther

There is no denying the huge importance of internet in human life. Without the web, it has literally become imposable to carry on a lot of personal and professional activities, irrespective of your age, gender and qualification. While the web serves as source of all types of information, entertainment and many more, it does have flip sides. There are malicious users trying to attack other PCs or lure young users into various traps. Worse, your toddlers may get caught in such traps online, often unknowingly.

  • Publisher: Sigmaguard
  • Date: 25-06-2015
  • Size: 3277 KB
  • Platform: Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows 8, Windows Vista, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

PC performance benchmarking is something that may not interest average users much but tech savvy lot resort to such apps to find out prowess and capability of their laptops and desktops. While there are quite a few PC benchmarking apps in market, not all of them come for free or runs on PCs with entry level hardware components. If you do not want to spend after PC benchmarking utility and seek a user friendly solution, try NovaBench. It is aimed at average PC users rather than seasoned geeks.

  • Platform: WinOther

Data loss can occur owing to a number of reasons, both within and beyond your control. Whether you have lost data owing to careless of another user or a hard drive failure has occurred, it is important to retrieve the data at any cost. There are so many data recovery tools available nowadays but you need to pick one that matches your budget and usage needs well. One suitable contender is Magic Uneraser, a user friendly deleted data recovery app that requires minimal system resources.

  • Platform: WinXP, WinVista, WinVista x64, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Win2000, Windows2000, Windows2003, WinServer, Windows Vista, Win98, WinME, WinNT 3.x, WinNT 4.x, Win95, Win 3.1x

Video conversion can become a necessity for average PC users who find it increasingly hard to manage an ever growing collection of media and video files. The DVDs, videos obtained from web and clips shot with mobile devices keep growing. Over time, you may feel the need to convert videos of varying resolutions and formats to a format of your choice. There are several third party apps for this. However, you need not pay a steep amount for using video conversion software.

  • Publisher: Freemake
  • Date: 10-06-2015
  • Size: 10240 KB
  • Platform: Windows 7, WinOther, WinVista

There are many ways to bypass the restrictions imposed on users by governments and ISPs for accessing specific websites and online services. One of them is using a capable VPN application. A VPN app basically lets you camouflage the real IP address of desktop or laptop and thus bypass region based web access limitations. It also serves as an additional layer of safety for your data. While a lot of users deter from using VPN apps because they are not tech savvy and feel confused about configuring various settings, there are easier alternatives.

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

No matter whether you are a casual PC user or deal with a number of computers for professional needs, taking care of hardware components is a necessity. Among all hardware components used in laptop or desktop, hard disk is the most important one. It is where all the data and OS are stored. For usage needs, you may have to format or delete one or more partitions in the hard disk. Merging and splitting partitions can also become necessary. While advanced users may resort to the Windows inbuilt HDD tools, less tech savvy users prefer using third party apps that offer more features and ease of use.

  • Platform: Win2000, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows Server, Windows Vista, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

Keeping computers clean of redundant and junk data is a prerequisite and these are various methods to do that. Apart from integrated utilities that come with Windows, you can also use third party utilities to keep PC clean of junk files and cache. However, for people dealing with a network of computers, mostly at workplaces this can be tedious and time consuming task. Network users can resort to CCleaner Network edition for such needs. Administrators can deploy the app on a number of desktops and laptops through LAN.

  • Platform: Windows

Data security has become a serious issue for billions of computer users worldwide. From using encryption apps to backing up data in cloud, users are resorting to various measures to ensure safety of their data nowadays. However, you also need to be careful about sensitive data residing in the hard disk of your PC. When you delete files and folders from Recycle bin they still remain in the HDD before getting overwritten by new data sequences. This means others can retrieve deleted data from your PC unless those are erased beyond recovery.

  • Publisher: Bodrag, LLC
  • Date: 24-05-2015
  • Size: 2723 KB
  • Platform: Win2000, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows Server, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

Whether you use a laptop or desktop, with time it is likely to show deficit in performance and speed. This is owing to the inherent limitations of Windows OS and things can vary based on your usage pattern. Traces of removed programs existing in registry, pile up of junk data can affect performance of the PC to an extent. Seasoned users may venture into fixing and cleaning up the PC but that is not everyone’s forte! Average PC users often seek third party apps that can keep PC running well and clean up junk content from hard disk.

  • Platform: Win2000, Windows Server, Windows Vista, WinOther

Web designing has evolved lot compared to the early days of the internet. You can pick from a number of web design apps and frameworks that take away the pain of manual coding and debugging to a large extent. Even then, it may be necessary to tinker with manual coding and testing when making complex and interactive websites. If you want to design stunning websites that render seamlessly in various browsers and still evade coding, try out WebSite X5 Evolution.

  • Publisher: Incomedia
  • Date: 16-05-2015
  • Size: 87069 KB
  • Platform: Tablets, Win2000, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows Server, Windows Vista, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

Even if you use an expensive desktop or laptop with beefy hardware and have the latest version of Windows installed, it is not unusual to find your system running sluggishly after prolonged usage. This has got more to do with inherent working mechanism of the OS than your PC hardware. After using a computer for some time, the registry gets clogged with invalid entries; hard disk gets loaded with junk data. Similar issues can affect speed and performance of the PC.

  • Publisher: Uniblue
  • Date: 12-05-2015
  • Size: 20684 KB
  • Platform: Win7 x32, Win7 x64, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

While internet access has become cheaper and faster over the years, certain downsides of the World Wide Web still looms and affects users. Even if you have the resources and monetary capacity to afford a blazing fast and unlimited internet connection, certain online services still may remain inaccessible to you. Certain Google services are not accessible to users outside the USA for example. In certain countries, Governments impose some web access restrictions on citizens as well.

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

Editing videos was a complicated task even a few years back and it was restricted to studios and post production areas in general. However, advancements in computer technology and advent of numerous portable video capture devices have made things totally different in the last decade. Nowadays, average PC users can pick from so many video editing tools and create sleek and appealing videos. If you are not tech savvy yet want to create professional looking videos with ease, MAGIX Video Easy HD can be a good choice.

  • Platform: Win7 x32, Win7 x64, WinOther, WinVista
  • PCMark 8
  • License: Shareware
  • Price: .price.
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Not every PC user would have penchant for running new benchmarks and benchmarking software in their computers. It is only hardcore gamers and seasoned users who like tinkering around with various settings in PC benchmarking tools. Such apps also help you evaluate your PC and you can decide whether it needs an upgrade or not. FutureMarks is one company that is very popular with tech savvy PC users. Its PCMark benchmark app has been used as an industry standard app to measure performances for the last decade.

  • Publisher: pcmark.com
  • Date: 04-05-2015
  • Size: 313497 KB
  • Platform: Windows

There are so many ways available to browse the web nowadays. You can use a plethora of devices and pick from various service providers to get online. However, tech savvy users resort to additional measures to access the internet without being monitored and bypass regional restrictions. That explains why an increasing number of PC users are resorting to personal VPN software. CyberGhost VPN is one such solution you can use for anonymous and secure web browsing.

  • Platform: Win2000, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows 8, Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8, Windows RT, Windows Server, Windows Vista, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

Making backups of data and media content has become extremely important for computer users nowadays. Owing to hardware failure, you may end up losing gigabytes of precious data. Besides, you may not want to leave sensitive data accessible to all users in your home or office computer. Such data should be backed up securely. For all such needs, it becomes necessary to use a suitable backup application. There are several third party PC backup apps but you can try Backup Dwarf Home edition.

  • Publisher: KRKsoft
  • Date: 29-04-2015
  • Size: 7470 KB
  • Platform: Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows Server, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

Not many PC users ventured into editing video clips even a few years back. It was a task reserved for studio setups and professionals. However, emergence of mobile video recording devices, access to internet has changed things in recent times. Average PC users need to deal with a mammoth amount of video files derived from a number of sources like internet, Movie DVDs and videos, to name a few. It makes sense to use suitable video editor or converter to edit and manage such clips.

  • Platform: Win7 x64, Windows 7, Windows 8, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

When you use computers, there is no way you can escape using specialized third party software. These need to be used for various needs including office productivity, web access, taking back-up and ensuring proper synchronization across multiple PCs. PureSync is a third party app you can use for seamless data synchronization and backup. It caters to needs of both beginners and seasoned users.

PureSync Personal edition is free and it supports Windows XP and subsequent versions.

  • Platform: WinOther
  • MacPilot
  • License: Shareware
  • Price: .price.
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The Mac OS contains many advanced features that can make computing a different experience altogether. However, not all Mac users are aware of such deep rooted features of the Apple OS. The usual surface customizations are what most of them remain content with. However, thinking the customization options in Mac OS remain limited in the System Preferences is a mistake. The Terminal does give you access to such hidden features in Mac OS but only advanced users prefer dealing with commands.

  • Platform: Mac OS X

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