Editor Reviews

Editor Reviews

Keeping your Computer fast, clean and error free is of utmost importance if you want to get most out of it. Over the passage of time, many personal computers get clogged with errors, unnecessary or duplicate files and shortcuts leading to fragmented Hard Disk and unnecessarily running programs hurting your Computer’s RAM. To counter these, many multi utility programs are available in the market; one of such programs is Advanced System Optimizer 3.

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

Today, world is connected wirelessly with and without VPN. In coming time, VPN is going to be an absolute necessity for every organization. VPN stands for Virtual Private Network which is required to connect to the network of an organization without actually plugging into that particular network. This helps in better utilization on an organization’s resources such as important files and documents. To create a Virtual Private Network, you need to have special programs and one of the programs is Hamachi from LogMeIn.

  • Publisher: LogMeIn
  • Date: 12-06-2012
  • Size: 3767 KB
  • Platform: Win2000, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows Server, Windows Vista, WinOther, WinVista

Opera mini is a free to download web browser designed for the android platform, and is one of the most popular mobile browsers in  the world, more successful than even the full on desktop version of opera. Opera mini's dominance in the mobile browser market is earned, as the browser is incredibly efficient at loading pages, using a remote server so have the page pre processed before it reaches your device, giving you a massive speed increase by decreasing the amount you need to retrieve from the server, and therefore decreasing the amount of internet you need to use, at the counter of a cost to themselves.

  • Platform: Handheld

Chicken invaders is a free ware arcade shooter game that hasheavy influence from classic titles like space invaders, or arcanoid. What chicken invaders does to the concept, however is add its own level of humour and gameplay to the mix. For instance, the game starts with an over dramatic title sequence explaining the situation, with incredibly over the top music to give the effect that the game will be include an epic storyline, before cutting to the protagonistic, who is actually working at a burger restaurant (in space).

  • Platform: WinOther

Typing invaders is a free ware typing game, which (in short) essentially takes the concept from the game space invaders, and applies it to a fun typing improving game. It does this by taking all the core gameplay elements of space invaders, and then making you control the game with a fun typing tutorial control system. The idea being, since it uses changing parts of the keyboard, while you must keep your eyes on the game screen, you must also remember where your keys on your keyboard are, so the game improves your knowledge of where the keys are on the keyboard, and therefore you ability to type.

  • Platform: Win2000, WinOther

Alex Gordon game (or simply Alex Gordon) is a free ware game which appears platformer game, which is supposedly in the same vein as games such as sonic or Mario. What the game actually turns out to be, is an adventure game (with a  few elements directly taken from platformers to give the feel of a platformer) where you play as a fox named Alex Gordon. While this may sound similar to sonic the hedgehog or Mario the Italian plumber, it both sounds like a blatant rip off of both those characters, without adding any extra character of its own.

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

Opera is a free to download web browser, which is usually overlooked by the majority of people who use web browsers, in favour of the speed for google chrome, or the customisability for firefox. However opera certainly does have its own appeal within the market, and to help you decide whether or not it is an ideal browser for you, this review will be split into a comparison of the various features across the two bigger browsers; firefox and google and compare them to that of opera, to help you decide whether or switch, or just which browser is most useful for you.

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

More and more, access to a computer and the internet is becoming easier and easier to find. Many libraries, hotels, cafes and so on may have computers available for use by the general public. However this poses a problem to administrators, that being how to keep public computers working and secure, disallowing access to the system and modification of settings. Public PC Desktop is a piece of software which can help lock down and secure a Windows system running on a public computer, helping defend it from misuse by members of the public.

  • Publisher: Ixis Ltd
  • Date: 10-06-2012
  • Size: 9463 KB
  • Platform: Win2000, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows Server, Windows Vista, WinOther
  • Sentry
  • License: Shareware
  • Price: 24.95
  • Rating

When you are away from your computer, to most users its important to make sure no one uses or accesses your computer and changes how you left it. Its even more important to make sure no one views your private files, emails, instant messenger conversation logs and so on without your permission. Sentry helps to locks down your computer when you are away from it so that all unauthorized access and use is prevented. Whilst Sentry is enabled, all access to your system is denied, so you can go to make yourself a coffee with peace of mind.

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

Note Genie right from the very beginning seemed like a bit of a strange program to me. Fair enough, I was reviewing the software on Windows 7 when its clearly published as only supporting up to Windows XP, but nevertheless in my rebellious fashion I ventured on and ran the installer. The installation process itself seems pretty ancient, and reminded me of the pre Windows 95 days! I did have a problem installing Note Genie, regarding a certain file being more up to date that another, but I’ll put that down to Windows 7.

  • Platform: Win2000, WinOther

Kryptelite is an application that can help you quickly and simply encrypt your files. File encryption can be very important, as its an effective way to help prevent unauthorized access to your files and their contents, and acts as a layer of protection if files are stolen or lost.

Getting started with Kryptelite is really easy. To simply encrypt a file, right click on it and select Encrypt from the context menu. You’ll be asked for a password to encrypt your file with.

  • Platform: Tablets, Win2000, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

IE Internet Security isn't the program that I thought it’d be. After a bit of Googling, I discovered that IE Internet Security is in fact embedded into one larger application called 1st Security Agent, which is an all in one tweaking application for Windows. 1st Security Agent helps you easily apply system wide and user only restrictions to Windows. Its very simply laid out, consisting of a tree type layout on the left hand side of the window, tick boxes on the right, and with descriptions of each restriction at the bottom.

  • Publisher: Ixis Ltd
  • Date: 09-06-2012
  • Size: 1938 KB
  • Platform: Win2000, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows Server, Windows Vista, WinOther

Wise Registry Cleaner is a free registry cleaner, that is in fact more than just a registry cleaner. Its main purpose is to indeed clean your computer registry, but it also acts as a general system tune up tool, as well as a registry defragmenter, all inside one freeware application. Sounds too good to be true eh? Well I’m happy to report that Wise Registry Cleaner definitely lives up to its first impressions.

Three tabs at the top of the main window perform different tasks to tweak and fine tune your system.

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

Windows WinBest is an application, created to speed up your computer and remove junk files from your system. Right from the second I opened Windows WinBest, I become very skeptical about whether I’d like this application. Almost instantly, I spotted spelling mistakes (for example, ‘serviecs’) and grammar issues, almost making me feel Windows WinBest was untrustworthy - not a great first impression at all. The application is split up into different tabs at the top of the window.

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

For a long time now, Internet Service Providers have been battling it out, attempting to bring their customers the latest and greatest internet speeds available, to beat their competitors and steal their customers. Its always a good idea to know approximately what speed your internet connection is running at. There are several reasons to this, the main one being to check you are getting the service that you’re paying your ISP for! Another being so that you know it’s time to look at other ISP’s if your results are massively below those of your family and friends, and your current ISP isn't prepared to help! But how do you find out what ‘speed’ you are current receiving? Speedtest4free can help.

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

Key Launch is the time saving utility by Konrad Papala, helping you open your applications quicker than using the Start Menu. Instead of clicking the Start Button and using the your mouse or other pointing device to navigate through potentially several menus, Key Launch lets you use your keyboard instead, and brings an idea seen in Windows Vista and 7 to Windows XP, 2003 and 2000.

After the first install, depending on the amount of programs you have installed on your computer, Key Launch may spend a while indexing.

  • Platform: Win2000, Windows Server, WinOther

From right back in the early days of Windows, there has always been a disk defragmenter included as standard, called (funnily enough) Disk Defragmenter. Its changed a lot as times have moved on and Microsoft upgraded Windows. There are many downloadable defragmentation programs too, some free, some not.

Defragmenting your hard drive has always been a good idea, as it helps improve your hard disk performance. Fragmentation makes your hard disk do more work, therefore slows down your computer.

  • Publisher: IObit
  • Date: 05-06-2012
  • Size: 4659 KB
  • Platform: Win2000, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows Server, Windows Vista, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

Hide Files and Folders is a program that will let you password protect files and folders on your Windows system, preventing unauthorized access to them.

Hide Files and Folders gives you five different ways to protect data on your computer, each different and not all involving passwords.

The first protection method available for your files is to simply hide them. This makes the file or folder invisible to Windows and all other programs, as if it had been deleted, however leaves it totally intact.

  • Publisher: IM-Soft
  • Date: 05-06-2012
  • Size: 737 KB
  • Platform: Win2000, Windows Server, WinOther

FILExtinguisher is a simplistic looking data removal tool, that will assist you in totally and completely removing sensitive data from your computer hard drive. This means that you can securely remove your online surfing history, banking details, family photos and documents, and any other personal information easily. Even wipe entire drives such as external hard drives and memory sticks, or unused space. You may want to do this every now and again just to set your mind at rest, or before you donate or sell an old computer.

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

Easy Tweaker is one of the many thousands of applications out there aiming to assist frustrated Windows users with their slow, sluggish and bogged up systems. Easy Tweaker is more than just one application however. It contains a number of different tools and cleaners to help clear out junk, tweak system settings and more, to help you regain some of the speed you experienced when you first purchased your PC.

First of all, you are greeted with the Scan & Clean section.

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

Disk Drive Administrator is a really simple and easy to use program that lets you deny access to and hide different drives, partitions and network shares on a computer. It also lets you disable AutoRun features.

The main Disk Drive Administrator window is simply set out, and consists of only one main window. Its split up into different areas for each letter of the alphabet, relating to a hard drive, partition, external drive, network share, etc.

  • Publisher: IM-Soft
  • Date: 05-06-2012
  • Size: 1936 KB
  • Platform: Win98, WinME, WinNT 3.x, WinNT 4.x, Windows2000, WinXP, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Win8 x32, Win8 x64, Windows2003, Windows Vista

Access Controller is an application that helps secure your computer desktop whilst your away from it. When you're away from your computer, you can enable Access Controller so that a password is required to unlock your desktop and continue working. Access Controller is customizable, and works as a nice alternative to the standard Windows Lock screen.

One of the main features of Access Controller is that you can customize the lock mode - something which stands out, as very little customization is available for the Windows lock screen.

  • Publisher: PC-Safety
  • Date: 05-06-2012
  • Size: 801 KB
  • Platform: Win2000, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows Server, Windows Vista, WinOther

Aqua Pearls game (or simply aqua pearls) is a free ware downloadable game that has many elements of the classic game zuma. In aqua pearls (and zuma) A variety of coloured balls will slowly work their way around the screen on a predetermined path, as shown by the screen shot, until they reach the centre, where your canon is. You must use your canon to fire similar multi coloured balls at the train of balls, attempting to get combo's. When three or more balls are in a row, they will be destroyed, and slow the progress of the game, and the game will end if they reach the centre of the screen.

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

Jewel quest (3) is a free ware downloadable game from Free Ride games, a game development studio with a fair number of high quality games on this website. Jewel quest isn't an exception to this rule. Jewel quest is essentially a clone of the classic concept of bejeweled, where you must switch objects around in a grid to try and line up three in a row. When three objects of the same colour and type are lined up to be in a row, all three dissapear, and you are awarded points accordingly.

  • Platform: Linux, Mac OS X, Tablets, Win2000, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows CE, Windows Mobile, Windows Server, Windows Vista, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

Arctic  quest game (referred to in game as simply arctic quest) is a free ware downloadable game by free ride games, a game development website with a variety of games also downloadable from this site. Arctic quest is a very interesting puzzle game with a completely unique concept, rather than a rehash of another game (although it very, very vaguely resembles tetris), which is very refreshing to see. In addition to being a completely brand new concept, arctic quest also has a massive number of levels, bringing both quality and quantity to the table.

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

Arkout 3d deluxe (or as we'll say from here on, simply arkout 3d) is a three dimensional re imagining of the classic concept of arcanoid, also known as brick or breakout. In the original arcanoid game, the aim is the move your baton across the bottom of the screen, and balance the ball off it, to destroy every block on the level, using angles to make sure the ball will go where you need it to go. Arkout 3d takes the concept, and adds the third dimension (depth) to the concept.

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

Kindergarten is a free ware baby care game / attempt at a day care simulation. In kindergarten, you are a woman running a day care (or as the title seems to suggest, a kindergarten) as lots of children are dropped off at the day care by their mothers early on in the in game day, and you must look after it all day by feeding, changing and entertaining it all day, along with a variety of other children by moving around the room quickly, and tend to their needs before their happiness drains.

  • Platform: Win2000, WinOther
  • My Paint
  • License: Freeware
  • Price: 0.00
  • Rating

Do you own an android phone? Do you find It annoying how there is no visual note storing app (or indeed, any app for storing notes or writing important things down at all)? My paint is a handy downloadable app for the android operating system that will allow you to to perform all of the functions of Microsoft paint for windows (or at least, the vast majority that would be useful from a mobile device).

What would you need a paint app on your phone for? There are a variety of uses for it.

  • Publisher: Azaze
  • Date: 02-06-2012
  • Size: 52 KB
  • Platform: WinOther

Skies of war is a top down plane shooter free ware game which really does reinvent the concept, and add a great deal to it. In skies of war you are a plane tasked with destroying a vast number of bases, enemy units and enemy planes. As you play through the game, you unlock more advanced jets which can hold more weaponry, and more weapons to arm your jets with.

The gameplay of skies of war mainly consists of picking a mission, then watching a brief for the mission, which will show a short cut scene which will explain the mission in detail, including your objectives, and why you are doing it.

  • Publisher: Shmehao.com
  • Date: 02-06-2012
  • Size: 8115 KB
  • Platform: Win2000, Win7 x32, WinOther, WinVista

Windows movie maker, expressed as windows live movie maker in the latest updates, is a piece of video and picture editing software for windows (as the name of the software no doubt suggests) designed to be simple, easy to use while still keeping as many features of the more advanced editing programs as possible, such as the audio balance, colour filters and a variety of others. In addition to this, windows live movie maker is free to download, and has a variety of internet based features, such as directly upload to you tube.

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

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