Editor Reviews

Editor Reviews

No matter how costly a desktop or laptop is, it is necessary to keep a tab on its hardware components. While you can spot signs and symptoms of hardware malfunction and impending failure in some instances, some mishaps may just strike you out of the blue. All your data is stored in the hard disk of the computer. If the hard disk fails unexpectedly, the result may be catastrophic. Would not it be better if you use a hard disk monitoring utility that assesses health status of your hard disk and alerts you if something is wrong? The good thing is that some such nifty utilities come for free.

  • Platform: Windows 7, WinOther, WinVista

Nowadays, it is quite risky to use a computer without having suitable security suite or antivirus installed in it. Your computer’s security can be breached any moment without a suitable antivirus or Internet security software. There are so many online and offline threats. However, that does not mean you will always have to shell out a considerable amount of money to use security software. There are some freeware alternatives that offer decent level of protection to your PC.

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

There was a time people preferred CDs as the media for enjoying audio visual entertainment and it was later succeeded by DVDs. Now, it is time for the DVDs to make room for standards like BluRay and various portable storage devices. However, you need a way to save the contents of numerous DVD discs you bought previously. A suitable DVD conversion app is what you need for this. You can try WonderFox DVD Ripper, feature rich and affordable software that rips DVD videos with ease to various formats.

  • Platform: WinXP, WinVista, WinVista x64, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Win2000, Windows2000, Windows2003, Windows Vista

Even if using office productivity apps and internet browsing is your primary need for using computers, it may so happen that you end up using the PC for other needs at times. For example, you may have to use the PC for occasional image editing needs. If the vacation photos snapped by the digital camera need some retouching or you want the birthday pictures to look better, using an image editor becomes necessary. However, you need not spend a lot of money to buy a fully fledged app for such needs.

  • Platform: WinOther

There is hardly any computer user who does not want to keep the PC running at top speed. However, unnecessary software and bloatware can reduce the speed and performance of your PC. Such Apps often come pre installed with laptops and desktops. Even reputed PC vendors bundle third party tools with their models that most users do not need. In some other cases, PCs used by many people often get loaded with less used apps. To ensure your PC’s performance does not get affected by such unwanted apps, you need to use suitable app to remove them.

  • Platform: WinOther

It is true that you need a powerful CPU and adequate amounts of RAM to keep your computer running smoothly. However, it is also necessary to ensure that the hard disk remains in top condition. Hard disk needs to be properly optimized and partitioned to extract maximum performance from any laptop or desktop. To ensure your PC’s hard disk keeps performing well and stays in good shape, you can use apps like MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition.

  • Publisher: MiniTool
  • Date: 03-01-2015
  • Size: 19421 KB
  • Platform: Win2000, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows 8, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

Video conversion can be a need for even general PC users these days. From converting piles of DVDS to change the downloaded videos to a format of your choice, it can be necessary sometimes. There are so many video converter apps you can pick from nowadays. However, you can try MacX HD Video Converter Pro if hassle free and comprehensive conversion software is what you need. It does not come for free but offers stellar performance and bonus features.

  • Platform: Win2000, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Win98, WinVista, WinVista x64, WinXP, Other

Nowadays, PC users often resort to tasks that were limited to studio setups and media professionals even a few years back! Now you can shot HD resolution videos with a top notch smart phone or tablet easily. The web is also replete with millions of video tracks that are downloaded regularly by users. As it is natural, you may have to perform light to mid level editing on some of those clips to rectify problems and enhance quality. You need not buy steeply priced video editing software for such needs.

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

For majority of computer users, the default way to delete data and files from hard disk is by using the usual “shift+del” key combinations or emptying the recycle bin. However, the reality is the process does not actually remove deleted data from the hard disk. Deleted files can often be recovered by using specialized data recovery software. This can be detrimental for security conscious users, especially business users. To ensure deleted data gets erased completely from the PC hard disk and cannot be recovered, you need to use data shredding apps.

  • Platform: WinOther

While computer and the web have become an inseparable part of life, they do come with their limitations or pitfalls too. Your kids may need to use computer for school projects or browse the web for doing reference work. However, they may become addicted to PC gaming or visiting objectionable websites, unless you are careful. To ensure the kids do not get lured or affected by such menaces, you need to install and use suitable parental control and monitoring software.

  • Publisher: Hidetools
  • Date: 01-01-2015
  • Size: 3983 KB
  • Platform: Win2000, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows Server, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64
  • HotShots
  • License: Freeware
  • Price: 0.00
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Screen capture software comes in handy in a number of situations, as it is. If you want to show some web content worth your interest to friends or prepare an interactive tutorial, such apps are useful. Needless to say, Windows inbuilt screen shot utility is not adequate for such needs. You will have to use feature rich third party apps. HotShots is one such small sized but capable screenshot software. It is among the top freeware screenshot capture tools and aces competition through its multiple monitor support feature.

  • Publisher: xbee
  • Date: 01-01-2015
  • Platform: Windows 7, Windows 8, WinOther, WinVista

With continuous usage, every computer becomes laden with junk files, invalid registry entries and elements that can bottleneck its performance. This can happen even with a PC with robust hardware configuration. In such situations, you need to use specific software to clean the junk files and fix erroneous entries. If Windows integrated utilities do not seem adequate for your needs, resort to capable third party apps. Some such apps are free yet offer decent PC cleanup and tweaking features.

  • Platform: WinOther

The need to use suitable security software in computers is universal and without such apps your PC is left unprotected to myriads of web based and offline threats. While you can use any of the popular antivirus software, that may not be enough at times. Some cleverly designed malware like Trojan worms can fool your existing security software and this may be dangerous. While you are unaware, your confidential data may be stolen and sent to others by such apps sitting stealthily in the PC.

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

Having an internet connection can turn out to be a dual edged sword for many persons, more so for parents with tech savvy kids. On one hand, you literally cannot do without the web- you need it for banking, shopping, socializing, entertainment and myriad other needs. On the other hand, it has become hard to evade the risks and loopholes of the internet. No matter how hard you try, it may not be possible to keep tab on your kid’s online activities at all times.

  • Date: 31-12-2014
  • Platform:

Not every PC user needs to run system diagnostics and benchmarking apps on their laptops or desktops. However, hardcore gamers and performance enthusiast users need such specialized apps. These apps enable users to find out performance level of their computes and specific hardware components such as the CPU and GPU. If you want a feature rich and robust PC diagnostic and benchmarking utility, AIDA64 Extreme Edition is a worthy contender. Designed for demanding and advanced computer users, this tool comes with in depth hardware, software diagnosis and benchmarking utilities.

  • Platform: WinOther

Using video conversion software is something most PC users have become accustomed to nowadays. Given the fact nearly all smart phones, tablets sport HD recording features and cameras have become small enough to be put in pockets, recording voices has become easier than earlier. Besides you also need to download gigabytes of video clips from the web. To convert all those clips to a format of your preference, using apt conversion software is a prerequisite.

  • Publisher: Zebra-Media
  • Date: 27-12-2014
  • Size: 11383 KB
  • Platform: Win2000, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, WinServer, WinVista, WinVista x64, WinXP

People use computers for various reasons including official work and entertainment. However, it is quite natural for a workaholic to play music files to alleviate boredom at times. If you have no penchant for the WMP bundled with your copy of Windows, there are so many third party apps to choose from. In fact, you can take your pick from some excellent freeware contenders. One such example is Xion Audio Player.

This freeware media player app has a small footprint and comes with extensive customization options.

  • Publisher: r2 Studios
  • Date: 27-12-2014
  • Size: 3471 KB
  • Platform: WinOther

Computer users may experience data loss owing to a number of situations. It can be caused by unexpected hard drive failure or accidental deletion by other users. No matter what the reason is, you need to retrieve the lost or deleted data. Thankfully, there are several applications that can be useful for getting back deleted and lost data from PC hard drives. In fact, such apps can also retrieve data from external hard drives. StrongRecovery portable is one such instance you can try.

  • Platform: Win7 x64, Windows 7, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64
  • LastPass
  • License: Freeware
  • Price: 0.00
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Nearly every computer and internet users need to deal with a lot of passwords and this number only goes up with time! Remembering so many passwords becomes tedious with time and that can add to inconvenience. While you can assign the task of remembering passwords for various websites and online services to a web browser, that is not entirely safe. It makes sense to use a capable password manager app that can store all your passwords securely and simplifies web browsing simultaneously.

  • Platform: WinOther

There are plenty of screen capture applications that PC users can deploy to take screenshots or record videos. However, few such apps can offer you the amazing ease of use and flexibility given by Replay Video Capture. This nifty screen capture application lets you capture videos playing back on your PC monitor from numerous sources. You can capture videos from webcam streams and websites as well.

Replay Video Capture runs on computers equipped with Windows XP SP 2 and later versions.

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

Up to the late 1990s, the web browser used by the bulk of Windows users was invariably Internet Explorer while Netscape played the second fiddle. The scene was relatively identical post 2000 but emergence of Firefox and later Google Chrome changed the scenario. The new open source rivals incorporated features that caught fancy of users fast and their user base went on increasing drastically. Microsoft was a bit late in responding to the changes in the segment and the successors to ageing IE 6 did not stop erosion in the user base.

  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • Date: 22-12-2014
  • Size: 20480 KB
  • Platform: Win7 x64, Windows 7, Windows 8

Windows comes with a set of integrated utilities to let users maintain and cleanup their computers. While you can always delete files and folders from partitions, that is not a fail proof method. The data remains on hard disk in reality and any other person can recover those deleted files with several third party data recovery tool. This can be inconvenient when you want to delete sensitive documents and data. There are several file shredding utilities you can pick rom.

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

Editing video or converting from one format to another is no longer restricted to studio setups and editing professionals. Average PC users need to deal with huge amounts of video clips derived from various sources these days. You may need to convert the downloaded online videos to a format that is compatible with your Android phone. Similarly, you may feel like editing some video clips recorded with your digital camera during vacation. Nowadays, you need not stick to high end video editing apps for such needs.

  • Platform: WinOther
  • Focusky
  • License: Comercial
  • Price: $19.80
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Teachers, professors or even corporate sector professionals often need to capture attention of viewers and present an idea through visual demonstrations. Nothing works better than an immersive audio visual presentation. Of course, you need communication skills along with expressive body language but a well made presentation is the main weapon in this case. While Windows users can opt for PowerPoint and several third party alternatives, Mac users can choose Focusky.

  • Date: 21-12-2014
  • Size: 219 KB
  • Platform: WinOther

Nowadays, computer users need to deal with various types of audio and video files. Apart from playing back such content, you also need to convert them into specific formats sometimes. Making slideshow with digital images or burning movies with vacation clips is something even average users need to do. For such tasks, using specific third party apps is required. Would not it be nice if you had versatile media management software that can take care of all such usage needs? That is precisely where CyberLink MediaShow steps in.

  • Platform: Windows 7, WinOther, WinVista

There is no shortage of apps for editing videos for Windows users but at times it becomes necessary to edit the audio part in such clips. If you want a feature rich editor, the options are not aplenty exactly, and Adobe’s shift to subscription based model may make Audition unsuitable for you. In such situations, you can try CyberLink AudioDirector. It is ideal for enhancing audio files, especially those in video footages. Its support for 32-bit, 192 kHz 7.

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As a computer user, you may need to deal with several types of applications. For a lot of Windows users, the integrated tools of the OS may not suffice at times. They may need to use several third party apps for needs such as entertainment, productivity or maintenance of the system. There are many system maintenance and tweaking apps but you need not pay for all of them. dMaintenance is a simple software for automating maintenance in Windows based computers.

  • Publisher: Foolish IT
  • Date: 17-12-2014
  • Size: 389 KB
  • Platform: WinOther

PC security apps are in high demand these days, given the rampant growth of malware attacks and attacking exploits worldwide. To stave off the rising competition in the sector, security suite makers try to bundle in additional goodies with their offerings, more so with top of the line products. You will find such software being offered with modules like backup, PC tweaking tools and various additional utilities. BullGuard Premium Protection, being the top notch contender in the company’s offering, packs in nearly everything you can think of.

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You can find so many third party utilities that can be used to maintain a Windows based PC and extract maximum performance from it. While these tools offer better performance than Windows in-built utilities, the plethora of choices can make selection tough for average users. If you want a capable third party tool to tune the PC and automate maintenance tasks, choose Argente Utilities. It offers plenty of option to optimize the PC, keep it safe from malware and repairs system errors, all without costing you anything.

  • Platform: WinOther

There was a time when Flash was perceived to be the most popular and emerging web technology for creating animation and interactive web content. Every web site owner wanted to embed flash content owing to its excellent interactivity and medic support. With time, technologies used in web development and design changed and that eventually led to decline in Flash usage and demand. Adobe, the software behemoth making Flash had to find a substitute to continue its dominance in web.

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