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It is not only malware and viruses that can affect performance of your computer. Malfunctioning and outdated drivers for hardware components can also affect speed and performance of a PC perceptibly. While seasoned users take the pain of searching manually for updated driver versions and installing them, this is something beginners and less tech savvy people will prefer to avoid. It makes sense for them to opt for a third party driver updater and scanner utility.

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

No matter what type of computer you use, it becomes necessary to use keyboard for typing. This is the case with average home users as well as network administrators working in professional setups. Would not it be nice if you could give your hands and fingers some relief and use your voice to type sentences and paragraphs? That is precisely the reason why voice recognition software has come in to being. While Windows ships with its inbuilt voice recognition feature that does not fulfill needs of advanced PC users.

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There was a time when Dreamweaver used to be the most widely used web design app and competitors from Microsoft or other small players used to lag behind. While the powerhouse app still enjoys a humongous user base worldwide, emergence of new players have created ripples in the segment. One such contender is Muse coming from the stable of Adobe itself. Muse is feature rich web design software that is suited for a diverse user base. You can create professional looking websites with interactive elements using it even if you do not know HTML in depth.

  • Date: 21-04-2015
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Macs are known for their multitasking prowess and near perfect performance over other type of computers. However, after prolonged usage a Mac can also run slower than usual. In such situations, you can try third party clean up and maintenance apps like Mac Cleanse. This is a Mac specific junk data clean up and tweaking app.

To use Mac Cleanse you will need a Mac with OS X 10.6 and later versions. The installation is simple and fast.

  • Platform: Mac OS X
  • Undela
  • License: Shareware
  • Price: 29.95
  • Rating

Computers users may lose data owing to a number of reasons. Data loss caused by hardware failure does not take place regularly. However, there are many instances when you may end up deleting files and folders by mistake. In shared computers, instances of data loss owing to mistakes caused by other users are commonplace. If the recycle bin is emptied and you need to recover the files removed, there are tools for such tasks. There are dedicated deleted data recovery tools that can fetch data deleted by mistake.

  • Platform: WinXP, WinVista, WinVista x64, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Win2000, Windows2000, Windows2003, WinServer, Windows Vista, Windows Media Center Edition 2005

Taking backup of data stored in your PC is quite essential these days, given the fact average PC users deal with tons of data and hardware failure or OS corruption can happen. However, it is also necessary that you pick the right software for backing up precise data. If you want a feature rich data backup application that is easy to use, try Insta Backup Gold by Stellar Data recovery. It lets you take backups of all types of data and it is also possible to clone the entire HDD using the app.

  • Platform: WinOther

Nowadays you can record video using a number of devices including smart phones and tablets. However, some people still prefer using still images and music to create slideshows. Slideshows can be created for preserving fond memories digitally with plenty of customizations. Of course, they can also be used for educational and work purposes. However, PowerPoint and similar productivity apps is not the only choice for making professional looking slideshows.

  • Platform: WinXP, WinVista, WinVista x64, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows2003, Windows Vista, Windows 8

Nearly every PC user needs to browse the web nowadays, irrespective of age and gender. Whether you use a laptop or desktop, it is mandatory to use a web browser to access web or download files. There was a time a majority of Windows users resorted to using IE for accessing web or downloading files. However, with time several third party browsers have appeared on the horizon and they have been well accepted by the users. Spark Browser is a newcomer among these apps.

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

Technological innovations play a pivotal role in changing human lives but they also come with their pitfalls. Perhaps, nothing can be a bigger example of this than the web. You need the internet for education, work, monetary transactions and myriad other needs. Yet the web is also replete with resources of things that are absolutely not suitable for the kids and growing teens! Whether willingly or not, your kids may get trapped by the lure of unwanted websites or become easy prey for malicious users online.

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

Without using suitable security software in PC, you cannot have peace of mind nowadays. Increasing instances of malware attacks and attacking exploits have prompted average PC users to resort to using antivirus and security suites for both home and professional usage. If you want a no nonsense and effective anti malware tool, try Protector Plus Antivirus. It comes with an affordable price tag and offers good protection from malware.

Protector Plus Antivirus can be installed on PCs with Windows XP SP2 and later editions.

  • Platform: Win2000, WinOther, WinVista

Using password becomes mandatory for performing various online operations, at both home and workplace. For accessing email accounts, shopping online, making banking transactions and similar tasks it is necessary to use user ids and passwords nowadays. With time, managing those passwords efficiently and remembering them becomes a tedious task. Storing those passwords safely can also become a challenge for some users. Passwords getting into wrong hands can lead to disastrous circumstances.

  • Platform: WinOther

With advancements in both computer software and hardware, average users are getting into activities that were hitherto reserved for professionals. There are several video editing tools aimed at casual users as well. While professional users working at post production setups and editing studios may stick to expensive apps like Premier Pro and FCP, home users use affordable and user friendly video editors. These tools are ideal for giving your vacation or birthday videos a retouch and add some funky effects before uploading to Social media and online sharing websites.

  • Platform: Win2000, Win7 x32, WinOther, WinVista

The menace of malware and various online threats have grown by leaps and bound in recent times. You no longer can stay assured after installing a regular malware cleaner or antivirus suite like earlier. Security conscious PC users often resort to an add-on security tool or second level of defense against virus and similar threats. The nice thing is that you can use such secondary security apps without paying anything. You can try F-Secure Online Scanner, a nifty portable app that scans PC your hard drives for threats and viruses using Cloud technology.

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

Keeping the Windows registry clean and optimized is essential for getting optimum performance from the PC. While most users do not prefer tinkering with registry settings, it may get laden with erroneous and invalid entries over prolonged usage. This is likely to happen when you install and remove third party software. At times the sections of registry may get corrupted by malware attack as well. Rather than removing in invalid registry entries manually, it is better you use suitable third party apps for the task.

  • Platform: WinOther
  • Cryper
  • License: Shareware
  • Price: 19.04
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Nowadays PC users can no longer rely completely on any security software. Newer ways of data theft and exploits are emerging on the horizon, making PC security a complicated and worrisome thing. If you are particular about the data you store in laptop or desktop, especially information related to monetary transactions, it is advisable that you use a suitable data encryption application. Cryper is one such app you can try. It lets you encrypt data in individual files and directories securely.

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

Performance deficit or unexpected slowdown is something most PC users are acquainted with. Even those with powerful laptops and desktops have to face these issues from time to time. A PC can run slowly when temporary files clutter the HDD or Windows registry gets replete with obsolete and erroneous entries. While there are some inbuilt Windows utilities to deal with these hassles, power users may want to use specialized third party apps that automate the cleanup and tweaking process.

  • Platform: Win2000, Windows Server, WinOther, WinVista

Nowadays, a lot of Windows users need to take screenshots for professional and personal usage needs. It may be required to share an interesting image from web site or part of web pages with friends, making tutorials etc. However, freeware screen capture utilities often fail to satisfy seasoned users and they need to use other third party apps for editing and sharing screenshots in most instances. If you need a feature packed screen capture app that does not cost anything, try Screenshot Captor.

  • Platform: WinOther

Nowadays, PC users look for more than a standalone antivirus software to boost their PC protection level. If you feel concerned about online safety and need a more secure browsing experience, it is prudent that you use an add-on security tool along with existing security software. One such example is McAfee SiteAdvisor Live. This toolbar integrates with your web browser and offers safety from various online threats and unsafe websites and apps.

McAfee SiteAdvisor Live has a smooth installation process.

  • Publisher: McAfee
  • Date: 03-04-2015
  • Platform: Windows 7, WinOther, WinVista

Nowadays, PC users need to deal with several types of third party apps to ensure security and privacy of data. From encrypting files to getting rid of sensitive data, the needs can be numerous. There are many such tools that can be used in this regard. You may try Trustport Tools which is a versatile data deletion and encryption utility. The company, largely known for its PC security suites has packed in enough security features in this app that help enhancing security of your data.

  • Platform: Win2000, Win7 x64, Windows 7, Windows Server, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

To keep your laptop or desktop performing well consistently, it is important to pay attention to some aspects. Using top antivirus utility, cleaning up junk feels periodically are some such examples. However, you also need to keep drivers of hardware components updated. With outdated drivers, components like GPU and sound card ill not offer optimum performance. You may miss out latest features that are offered through driver updates as well. The solution is using a capable driver updater utility unless you want to check the PC for outdated drivers manually.

  • Platform: Windows

Capturing screenshots and webcam streams can become a necessity at times for PC users. There was a time most users resorted to Windows bundled print screen utility but now there are so many choices to pick from. If you want a feature rich and truly versatile screenshot and video capture utility, give Screenpresso Pro a try. It captures images as well as HD quality videos smoothly and records audio. The bundled image editor and quick sharing options make it among the top segment contenders.

  • Platform: iOS 4.x, WinOther

3D animators and post production setups need to use Motion capturing technology extensively for making stunning films, ads and tutorials etc. Over the years, both software and hardware technology used in this segment have evolved by leaps and bounds. Autodesk, a well known name in 3D modeling and animation, makes MotionBuilder, a robust and powerful software utility meant for simulating 3D character animation. It is also deployed for realistic motion capture by animators and video editors.

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When you deal with computers and data, recovering deleted or lost data may become a necessity sometimes. The same thing can happen with digital images. When that happens, you need to use third party image recovery software. One such example is PhotoRescue. It lets you recover deleted images from media types used in imaging devices like CF or SD cards.

The app has a small footprint and installation gets over quickly. It runs on computers with Windows XP and subsequent versions.

  • Platform: Win2000, Windows Vista, WinOther

In Post production setups and 3D animation studios, using specialized CG and special effects app becomes a necessity. ProAnimator is a feature rich 3D design application targeted at motion graphics sector. It is ideal when you want to add some polish and jazzy look to a 3D animation sequence or model. Compared to similar products in this segment, this app adopts a different approach. It has a user friendly workflow and the environment can be customized.

  • Platform: WinOther

Millions of PC users resort to using PDF format for exchanging and sharing documents for a number of needs. PDF is cross platform compatible, print friendly and can contain various objects like text, image and fields. While a majority of people stick to Adobe Acrobat for creating and editing PDF documents, this is not the only option. If you want a low cost alternative to Acrobat for creating PDFs and converting to the format easily, try Simpo PDF Creator Pro.

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

Antivirus or Internet security software has become a mandatory requirement for computer users, including casual users and network administrators. However, it is quite commonplace for average PC users to get a little confused when selecting a suitable security app. In recent times, numerous vendors have joined PC security segment and each product is equipped with specific security technology. If you do not care a lot for big names and want an affordable and well performing PC security app, try Tiranium Premium Security.

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There is no denying the fact that Mac users are often left with fewer third party app choices than those who use Windows based PCs. However, when it comes to imaging, the situation is a little better. If you want a versatile image editor for Mac that does not cost much yet packs in lots of features, Pixelmator can be a worthy choice. It has plenty of bells and whistles to keep even demanding users satisfied. You can use layers, customize brushes and tinker with filters.

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  • SyncMate
  • License: Freeware
  • Price: 0.00
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Just like windows users, Macintosh users also need to sync their data with myriads of other devices and other Macs. It is possible to use Apple’s much touted iCloud to sync a Mac with other iOS based devices but that may not fit everyone’s bill. There are Mac owners who do not use iPhone or iPad. They may need to sync their MacBook or iMac with an Android device, external HDD or maybe a Sony PSP. To cater to needs of such Mac users, Eltima Software has made an app named SyncMate.

  • Platform: Mac OS X

For comprehensive image editing and web designing, millions of professionals use Adobe’s powerhouse and industry leading app, namely Photoshop. While Photoshop continues to be the darling of millions for advanced image retouching and editing, you can also use other alternatives that can serve both as a standalone and complementary tool. One such example is Perfect Photo Suite Premium edition. Made by OnOne Software, this tool integrates with popular editors like Photoshop and Lightroom and you can also use it in standalone mode for various image retouching needs.

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

While Macintosh computers are known for their stellar speed and multitasking prowess they also become subjected to pitfalls of usage. After prolonged use, junk files pile up and bits of installed apps remain scattered on the hard disk. These, over time, affect speed and performance of your Macbook or iMac perceptibly. While seasoned users can resort to using inbuilt OS X utilities or terminal commands, that may not be the case with everyone. If you want a capable third party app to clean up temp and junk files from your Mac and make it perform at its best, try SpeedUp Mac.

  • Platform: Mac OS X 10.5

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