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Editor Reviews

HDD Mechanic is the Windows tool for recovering data from damaged drives and partitions.

The first thing I noticed about the utility was that it appeared rather user friendly – as soon as I executed the application after a successful installation, I was displayed a friendly wizard screen to help me work my way through recovering my data. After this point, the process appeared very simple. Once I selected the drive or partition I wanted the software to scan, I had to simply select the type of file system.

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

Visual Clipboard is a handy utility for Windows. Its purpose is to help you manage what’s added to your clipboard in Windows, and speed up productivity. Installation of Visual Clipboard is very easy and straight forward.

When Visual Clipboard is first launched, you are asked whether you want to change any of the default display and control settings for interacting with the application. I thought this was a nice feature as it meant you could set up Visual Clipboard as you liked, and then proceed straight into using it.

  • Publisher: Alzex
  • Date:
  • Size: 1327 KB
  • Platform: Tablets, Win2000, Windows Server, Windows Vista, WinOther, WinVista
  • Arkanix
  • License: Freeware
  • Price: 0.00
  • Rating

Arkanix is another entry into the arcanoid or "brick breaker" genre, and instead of just going down the route of being a generic clone of the original game, arkanix decides to take it a step further. Instead of simply breaking the bricks, and winning by breaking ever brick on screen, in arcanix there are a variety of game types, all of which mix it up from the regular game mode of "break the bricks" to add challenge and fun to game the game.

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

About vampires is a top down shooter which has emphasis entirely on gameplay, from the very beginning. Without even a level select or overall story the game moves straight into the action of vampires being after you, and you having to kill them with your crossbow. Needless to say, the game moves fast and leaves no time for questions, which matches the pace of a shooter perfectly, so it scores points for that.

The actual gameplay itself is pretty standard for a top down shooter, there are enemies (in this case vampires) after you, and you are armed with just a crossbow to try and reach the end of the dungeon.

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

Skype recorder is a free recorder to record the audio conversations you have on Skype. If you ever need to record conversations between two or more people, for a podcast, or any similar collaborative audio commentary a skype recorder is essential, and skype recorder works great in that role.

Skype recorder is also actually incredibly simple to use and start recording. First of all, close/quit skype (this may interfere with skype recorders installation) then download and install skype recorder, it's a very fast download and install process, taking under a minute.

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

Falco chess is a freeware chess game, as you can probably guess from the name, and contains many of the features that you would expect from a PC version of chess, the game functions perfectly, has many customizable rules and settings, and you can play against an AI of varying difficulty. Once again, everything you'd expect. However the one feature it has that puts it above any other video game version of chess is its multiplayer capabilities, being able to play against not only and adjustable AI, but against other players playing this game through the it.

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

Lock My Computer is an interesting utility, which I feel could actually revolutionise the job of an IT security manager in a public place, such as a library or internet café. It lets an administrator take a lot of control over a standalone Windows system, and lock it down with ease to secure levels before allowing public access to it.

In terms of the level of restriction available, Lock My Computer is actually very flexible. It incorporates a very simple and easy to use interface, consisting of different system categories, to which different restrictions can be applied.

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

Windows 7 Manager is a tool for tweaking and personalizing the latest and greatest version of Windows from Microsoft. Its full of different features, and a powerful addition to any installation of Windows 7, allowing you to change it much more than you can through the standard Windows Control Panel. Windows 7 Manager is split up into different main areas, those being Information, Optimizer, Cleaner, Customization, Security, Network and Misc Utilities.

  • Platform: Win7 x32, Win7 x64

LoL blocks is a puzzle game which innovates on the formula of a puzzle game slightly more than other games within its genre. While this does lead to the game becoming a lot more fun and unique than any other game of its type, there is a pretty steep learning curve for players looking to access the game, so take this as a warning it's a fairly hard to learn game.

The game consists of lots of coloured blocks, amusingly depicted as having emotions tied to their colour, and the aim of the game is to get all of the blocks of the screen.

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

Shape shifter is a game that really takes the term “tetris clone” to a whole new level. While the game does keep its base mechanics from tetris, it evolves on them in ever conceivable way.

First of all, the entire game skin has changes from the original tetris game, letting you know that you are playing an entirely new game. Aesthetics aside, the game has integrated into modern gaming by including an achievement system never seen in the retro equivalent of the game.

  • Publisher: ConGames
  • Date:
  • Size: 49900 KB
  • Platform: WinOther, WinVista

Startup Master is a great little utility, which allows anybody to look at what runs as soon as they log on. Startup programs cause all sorts of problems for users, especially performance issues! I found Startup Master to be a great help, as it lets you easily and simply control and limit these kinds of problems.

After a long installation – lengthened further by .Net Framework 4 installation and a restart – Startup Master opened, displaying a very simple grid containing a list of all the applications that currently start up with my system.

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

If you ask the Windows PC users that what they are missing the most? Then, most of the users would tell that they are missing the interface of Mac OS. Are you feeling the same way? It is possible to have a Mac-like interface on your PC, running on Windows platform. The answer goes a Yes! With the ObjectDock app, you could change your traditional and boring interface to a new, refreshing and easy-to-use one like that of the Mac.
 
Like every other software from Stardock, ObjectDock is simple and light.

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

Easy File Protector does exactly what it says on the tin – it protects your files, easily.

Installation of Easy File Protector was pretty smooth, but did consist of one restart; however it wasn’t really a problem. After opening, I was slightly confused as to what to do first or how the application works, however to my joy, it was in fact very easy!

Down the left hand side of the window is a list of user accounts currently created on your Windows system, and below that is a timetable.

  • Publisher: IM-Soft
  • Date:
  • Size: 746 KB
  • Platform: Win98, WinME, WinNT 3.x, WinNT 4.x, Windows2000, WinXP, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Win8 x32, Win8 x64, Windows2003, Windows Vista

Build fast is an interesting free ware game, that combines two very similar classic game concepts into one, tetris, the more popular, and 99 bricks, the lesser known of the two. It does this by taking the concept of 99 bricks, which is to stack as many bricks as possible in a row to build the tallest tower possible, and then taking the tetris approach to levels, and the tetris blocks from tetris. What this hybrid then creates is a fun game where you must stack all the bricks you have into a tower, and the only objective is to make sure no bricks fall of stage.

  • Platform: Win2000, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64
  • WinRAR
  • License: Shareware
  • Price: 29.00
  • Rating

WinRAR is a utility for Windows that can be used to easily extract or unpack many common archive formats, such as .ZIP files. It can also compress down files into .ZIP and .RAR archives. It’s an easy and effective application to use, however unfortunately isn’t free – a big disappointment. It’s available to try for 40 days however, so could tend to all your short term compression needs.

It’s really easy to get started with WinRAR; just drag and drop files you want to archive into the WinRAR window, or use the optionally enabled file tree on the left hand side to select your files.

  • Publisher: RARLAB
  • Date:
  • Size: 1704 KB
  • Platform: Win7 x32, Windows Server, WinOther, WinVista

Trooper assassin 2 is the sequel to the game trooper assassin, which is also featured on this site, so download that game first if you want to ease into playing this. Trooper assassin 2 is a first person shooter from a rail perspective, meaning you are unable to move your actual character during the game itself, and are limited solely to moving your gun and your cross hair from standing to shoot enemies. This is a simple enough premise for a game, and actually leads to quite a bit of fun.

  • Platform: WinOther

Full Uninstall is a tool by ChemTable Software that claims to completely uninstall programs from your computer, leaving no trace of it ever being installed.

At first look, Full Uninstall has a similar look and feel to the Add/Remove Programs utility found in Windows 2000/XP, and an even closer similarly to the newer, revived Programs and Features found in Windows Vista and Windows 7. I like this similarity, as most users have uninstalled a program before through Add/Remove Programs or Programs and Features, and this piece of software instantly reflects the same process and procedures, giving it an enjoyable, similar and ‘safe’ feel for new or less confident users.

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

Trooper Assassin is a shooter game that takes place from the first person perspective, however as it takes place from a fixed location on every level with no actual movement, it is actually a first person shooter mixed with a rail shooter. This is a pretty interesting genre for a game to choose, as it makes the game an entirely accuracy based affair, which for some is great and makes the game a definite choice, and for others strips the game of all its fun, so which category you fall in to will probably determine your enjoyment of this game.

  • Platform: WinOther

Cute bomber man is an interesting re invention of the classic game bomber man, for the fifth generation consoles. For those of you not so much into retro gaming, bomber man is a   four player game (although 3 of the players are usually computer controlled) where four players are placed inside a maze full of destroyable elements. Dropping a bomb will cause this bomb to explode in a few seconds, causing an explosion to go in all four directions of it.

  • Platform: WinOther

Before the release of Windows Seven, using a windows operating system was a very humdrum and dull experience. There very no official themes available apart from Classic look, similar to Windows 98 look. Even after the release of Windows Seven, there have not been many changes regarding the same. Yes, Microsoft has released better looking themes and a few nice looking and functioning gadgets but they are not very well supported and developed. In addition to poor support, there are very few customization options available with them.

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Auto tweet script is a PHP script you can add to your website to perform the handy automated task of daily tweeting for you. There is a great deal of use to be found from this daily tweeting, for instance if you own a website and want to tweet out statistics such as the number of users you have on your website, the auto tweet script handles it great. Or if you want to tweet out the number of winners of a contest of some form, auto tweet script has a vast sea of potential.

  • Platform: Linux, Linux GPL, Linux Open Source, Mac OS X, Unix, Win2000, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows Server, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

Perfect detonation is a free ware game, which falls under the “object removal” sub genre of puzzle games. In perfect detonation, there are two key objects in every level, a spiky ball, and a nuclear ball of some form. The objective is to get the spiky ball to the nuclear ball, creating a “detonation” (or you could say, a perfect detonation). This is done by removing purple and blue objects from the stage, and making the (box2d) physics make the various objects bump and interact in a way to get the two balls to touch.

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

Bulletproof Public PC has really impressed me over the short time I’ve been trialling it! Its primary function is to make a standalone Windows system secure and locked down enough to leave in a public place, for public use – and it definitely does that!
 
At first glance, I was actually slightly confused by Bulletproof Public PC’s interface, in comparison to other desktop security software packages. However after a few minutes of playing around with it, it’s actually relatively straightforward to use.

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

A computer could not be imagined without an internet browser. Most of the people are now using computers to browse internet and internet browsing is not at all possible without an internet browser. At the same time, the internet browser should be an efficient one. So, you should make sure that the browser you have is the best one available under the sun. Let us discuss about one browser here and try to find out, whether that browser is the best one available in this planet or not.

  • Platform: Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows 8, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

Baby Mario is a platforming game which centres around using a child version of the popular Nintendo character Mario. The "baby" part of baby Mario isn't really very serious, and the game is essentially just a generic Mario clone, with coins, art and enemies taken from the Mario series. Although it is just a Mario clone, baby Mario isn't a totally awful game, however and it actually has some unique and interesting gameplay which isn't directly ripped from Mario games.

  • Platform: WinOther

Perfect detonation level pack is as the name suggests, a level pack for perfect detonation/ Perfect detonation is another free ware game on this site, and I'd recommend you give it a play before reading this review and playing this game. Although this game is a direct level pack to another game, it does not require the installation of perfect detonation to play, so you can play this game as a stand alone release, without needing to have played perfect detonation at all, which makes the game fairly positive right from the outlook.

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

Almost every single Windows user has applications that run automatically in the background at startup. A lot of programs automatically start themselves at logon without the users consent, and in the majority of cases, after a while, this really starts to have an impact on system performance. Startup times may be drastically increased, and your system may start to slow down due to all the unnecessary running background processes.

SterJo Startup Monitor is a simple application which can help you manage what happens at Windows Startup.

  • Platform: Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows Server, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64
  • WinISO
  • License: Shareware
  • Price: 29.95
  • Rating

WinISO is a professional and stylish looking ISO file editing application. It fits perfectly into the existing Windows UI.

At first launch, WinISO creates a new, empty ISO file, ready for the user to start adding to. What I instantly loved about this application is the fact that it is as simple as dragging and dropping pictures, documents, videos, and any other file type into the new ISO file to add to it. This makes it incredibly easy for new users to use this software without going into too much technical depth.

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

Caldera Legends is a game set in the medieval period (as the loading screen, menu screen and pretty much every other screen in the game), specifically medieval fantasy Europe, and is somewhat a tower defence mixed with a strategy game.  The objective of the game is to protect the left side of the screen from the enemies which come from the right side of the screen.

Although this sounds like a pretty basic concept, there are quite a lot of twists on it which make it fun and strategic.

  • Platform: WinOther
  • WinZip
  • License: Shareware
  • Price: 29.95
  • Rating

WinZip is a file compression piece of software. This means that it takes a file (or a group of files) and compresses them into a zip folder. This zip folder (.zip) will need to be extracted before the files can actually be used or accessed (which WinZip also can do) which is arguably an inconvenience, as unzipping time is based on the file size and can take hours if the files are gigabytes huge, but unfortunately the decision on  whether to download a zip or not is not usually up to you, so having the best program to unzip it at your disposal is probably your best option.

  • Platform: Win10, Win8, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, WinServer, WinVista, WinVista x64, Other

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