Friday, June 20, 2014

Folder Hidden 2.2 – Hide Files and Folders in Local Partitions

Folder Hidden 2.2 – Hide Files and Folders in Local PartitionsFolder Hidden is a free hiding tool which ensures secure and faster way to conceal your personal data from others. It quickly hides files and folders in local partitions as well as removable devices. The data can be disclosed only when you present a valid password for the application. As the data is concealed, other programs or operating systems can’t perceive it. Folder Hidden is strictly for home users only, and is not recommended for commercial purposes where more secrecy is required.

Folder Hidden 2.2 is the latest version which is developed by ‘WinMend’ systems. The main intention behind developing this tool is to ensure complete privacy when share your computer with multiple users. The new version has added a function for automatic update.

Key Features:

  • Safe and Reliable – The technology used for hiding will in no way damage your data.
  • Instant hiding with high speed whether you have GB’s of data or a folder consisting a lot of files.
  • Supports Removable drives – The files and folders can be made invisible on USB or flash drives which are removable from the computer.
  • Drag and Drop facility to import files and folders using the file browser.
  • Sort the files and folders according to name or status.

User Interface:

It sports a clean and intuitive user interface, where you can configure options according to your needs. It is mandatory to set a password when you first time initialize the software, which can be changed later. You can import files and folders by dragging them to the application using the file browser.

Folder Hidden 2.2 - Set Password

To hide files/folders, simply press the “Set to hide” button and the status would be changed from “visible” to “hidden” in the list. You can unhide them anytime you want with a valid password. You can refresh the list, change the interface language, color and password.

The application takes up very little system resources and the main loophole in the application is when you change your password, it will not ask for the old one which is a prerequisite. And, because of that anyone can change your password and access if you leave the application open.

Overall, WinMend Folder Hidden 2.2 is a great tool for user identity and privacy except the fact that it doesn’t ask for the old password, when you are setting a new password.

Friday, June 20, 2014 by Unknown · 0

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Deskman 15 – Advanced Desktop Security Tool

Deskman 15 is an advanced security solution for desktop administrators and power users, which can create secure desktops, restrict application handling, and lock computers as well. With Deskman, the administrators can achieve the desired level of security with the customized restrictions and options available in the tool. The restrictions include Freeze, Safe Start Menu, Autorun Options, Desktop Lockdown, and stopping others from accessing the user security profiles.

This is an excellent desktop security manager for Windows operating systems, where experienced people can administer security all through their computer. The user can even include user groups or individual users in the exception list. The tool enables you to stop particular keyboard shortcuts and mouse gestures. It allows you to terminate apps that are installed on your system.

New Features:

  • New ‘Taskman tab’
  • Ability to disable “Ctrl-Alt-Del” Default hotkey changed to “Ctrl-Shift-F12”
  • Disabling USB drives also disables iPhone access
  • Updated default profiles
  • Ability to add a custom logo to Safe Start Menu
  • Advanced hotkey configuration
  • Improved access to Deskman after elevation
  • Ability to view persistent/recommended restrictions

User Interface:

Although, Deskman is intuitive and developed mainly for administrators and experienced, novice users may find it difficult to work with, because of the language present in the program. Below the menu bar, the interface includes some shortcuts such as Secure, Clear, Profiles, Settings, Help, and Hide for performing tasks faster.

You can customize options by selecting the restrictions you want to apply for Desktop and System related tools. You could deactivate various key and mouse actions, start menu options, Apps, and Web options. You can create a new task by typing the name of a program, document, or resource, to be executed.

Main Features:
  • One-Button Security – Lock down workstations the way you wish.
  • Kiosk Mode – Lock down desktops, allowing only the apps you want.
  • Maintenance Mode – Remove restrictions when needed.
  • You can have a lot of restrictions for System Policies, Start Menu, Apps, Web, etc.
  • Block applications that are meant to damage your secure environment by allowing only a list of programs.
  • It provides Safe Web Browsing that block websites, with your exemptions.
  • Disable USB drives and added reboot adviser icon in the status bar.

With Deskman, the advanced setup options include user exceptions, autologon, silent installation available, user profiles for fast deployment, import/export data file, tight hotkey and password security system without any internet connection. The new version Deskman 15 has fixed startup bug in 32-bit systems, added Deskman process shielding, and fixed other minor changes.

Deskman is available in two different editions – Classic and Network. With “Deskman Network”, you could protect multiple PCs or workstations in your organization and is accessible via web. Download the desired version that best suits your needs.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 by Unknown · 0

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Folder Guard 9.1 – Restrict Access to Your Files, Folders and Windows Resources

Folder Guard 9.1 – Restrict Access to Your Files, Folders and Windows ResourcesA shared computer is more vulnerable to data theft or unauthorized access, especially, when it is shared with your colleagues, friends or family. You have to install a data security program which can lock your files and folders with passwords, to restrict unauthorized access. “Folder Guard” is a potent data security program which uses passwords to block access to files, folders, and other Windows resources. A valid password can only be able to unlock your sensitive information.

With Folder Guard, you can even block access to Control Panel, Start Menu, removable drives, and other sensitive system files from alteration. A single “Master Password” is required to unlock all the files and folders, or set a unique password to each file or folder. The NTFS volumes in Windows XP or Vista do have built-in security to control access, but using Folder Guard, you can get greater security blocking both NTFS and FAT/FAT32 drives.

Installation and User Interface:

When installing, the program creates a restore point backing up everything to the initial state in case the password is forgotten or stored data is affected. After installation, you can configure Folder Guard easily with the intuitive interface.

Folder Guard 9.1 – Unlock Protection

The User Interface offers tree-like folder-view where you can select the desired folder, set the “Access” to Full access, Read-Only, or No access and set the password to that folder. Click Protect -> Apply changes in the file menu. In the Protect menu, you can clear all restrictions, change the master password, and access application settings. In the “Restrict” menu, you can choose the folder visibility or remove all restrictions of the desired folder. You could access Windows tools which include Explorer, Control Panel, Registry Editor, and Policy Editor respectively.

Key Features:

  • Hide your personal folders from friends, family or colleagues.
  • Password-protect and restrict access to file folders.
  • Control access to Windows system tools and files which cause instability while installing applications.
  • Lock access to USB, CD-ROM and other removable drives.
  • Restrict access to Control Panel, Internet Explorer from downloading web content and other computer security tasks.
  • Protect your files without encrypting them.
  • Quickly enable/disable protection of your computer using a specific key combination called “Hotkey” along with your password.
  • Can operate in “Stealth mode
  • Easy recovery in case of emergency
  • Works with drives of both NTFS and FAT/FAT32 drives.
  • Compatible with other disk tools like Folder Lock, etc.
  • The program is enterprise-ready that doesn’t require license validation over the internet.
  • Runs on Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP operating systems.
Folder Guard 9.1 – Choose Protection Method

Overall, Folder Guard is a powerful corporate security program with an efficient set of features, which is recommended to all enterprise users who want their data to be protected.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 by Unknown · 0

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Free Alarm Clock 3.1 – Multiple Alarms and Custom Sounds

Free Alarm Clock 3.1 – Multiple Alarms and Custom SoundsLike in Smartphone, desktops too have some free alarm softwares that can trigger certain events which you configure with custom sounds. “Free Alarm Clock” is one of those softwares that is especially designed for Windows systems which can manage unlimited number of alarms so that you don’t miss even a single event. This program has customizable options to set up alarm sounds of the user’s choice and also showing a notification message. You can set each alarm volume level to a comfortable level depending on the time.

Free Alarm Clock 3.1 has a clean interface with intuitive layout. You must define the time and create a label, when setting up an alarm. You can schedule alarms on specific date and time. You can even set an alarm-tone for formats like MP3, WAV, and WMA from the available sound files or by browsing the hard disk.

If your computer is in sleep mode, even then the program can wake up and turn on the monitor power. You can adjust the alarm volume, enable snooze button and loop until the alarm is dismissed. The program offers various alarm settings such as Time, Repeat, Label, Sound, Loop, Snooze, Turn on the volume, Turn on the monitor power and Wake up computer from a sleep mode.

Free Alarm Clock 3.1 – Setting Alarm

The new version Free Alarm Clock 3.1 includes features like improved DPI Scaling support, improved Volume controller, and other minor enhancements.

Key Features:

  • Full-featured and User-friendly alarm clock
  • Set as many alarms you want
  • Play MP3, WAV and WMV music files to wake up your computer
  • Set an alarm-tone from built-in music library or browsing hard disk
  • Wakes up your system from a Sleep mode
  • Automatically turns on the volume, if you accidentally muted the alarm.
  • Run it directly from your portable USB flash drive
  • Completely free to download and use

Free Alarm Clock 3.1 – Multiple Alarms

All in all, Free Alarm Clock 3.1 is an amazing handy tool for users who are punctual about their work on the computer.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by Unknown · 0

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 Free/Premium – Prevent Malware Infections

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 FreePremium – Prevent Malware InfectionsTired of ineffective anti-malware tools then fire up Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0, the world’s popular malware removal tools available. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) has got the most complicated anti-malware technologies and industry-leading scanner that detects and removes various malware infections such as Trojans, worms, spyware, rootkits, rogues, etc. According to OPSWAT, MBAM is the most popular security product installed by users.

MBAM is obtainable in two different versions – Free and Premium. If you wish to have better protection, think about Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium which instantly checks for malware threats and automatically removes from infecting your PC, thus, preventing hackers from accessing your precious data.

The new version Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.1 has improved several features and fixed various issues related to system crash and performance.

New Features:

  • More responsive Self-protection feature
  • Blank window flashing on screen is removed during system boot
  • Main program window opens to the Dashboard
  • [Fixed] Crashes and BSOD issues with rootkit scanning
  • [Improved] Rootkit Scanning
  • [Fixed] Compatibility issues with certain VPN client software and much more…
  • [Improved] Database is now updated automatically after installation
  • [Reduced] Size of all tray notifications
  • [Reduced] Intensity of colors used for tray notifications and status banners in the Dashboard.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 sports new look that is easier to navigate with fewer tabs, touch-friendly buttons, and adaptive windows. When not in use, MBAM sits in system tray which improves usability. The main interface shows the important details of the program and your system such as Product License, Database Version, Scan Progress, and Real-Time Protection.

You can select three types of scans – Threat, Custom and Hyper (Quick) scan from the user interface.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 Free - Scan Types

Key Features:

  • [FREE]Anti-Malware/Anti-Spyware – Detects and eliminates malware from your system.
  • [FREE] Built-in Anti-Rootkit – Removes rootkits and repairs the files they damage.
  • [FREE] Advanced Malware Removal – Uses industry-leading technology to completely remove malware code.
  • [PRO] Blocks Malicious Websites from accessing your computer
  • [PRO] Offers Real-Time Protection which detects malware automatically before they infect
  • [PRO] Hyper Scan Mode – Scans quickly for active threats
  • [PRO] Scan/Database Update Scheduler – Schedule Automatic Scans and Database updates
  • [PRO] Malwarebytes Chameleon Driver – Prevents malware from closing or stopping Malwarebytes tool or modifying its processes.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 Free - Main Interface

The Anti-Malware feature has improved 64-bit support which comes with integrated Anti-rookit option. There are many utilities available like access managers, automatic schedulers, exclusion options, etc., which can be managed under “Settings” tab. MBAM offers a forum community to discuss issues related to new and existing malware around the globe.

Overall, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 is an excellent malware removal program for both naïve and experienced users. The program is supported in Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP, 2003 and Server 2008 operating systems. The paid version is available for $24.95 or you can try a 14-day trial of the premium and then upgrade if necessary.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 by Unknown · 0

Monday, May 5, 2014

Driver Booster Free – One-click Driver Update from IObit

Driver Booster is a free for Windows 8.1/8 and 7 systems which identifies outdated drivers on your system and updates them automatically with just one-click. The outdated drivers lead to system instability and hardware failures, so it’s important to install a driver updater to keep device drivers up-to-date. With Driver Booster, you can scan the old drivers and update one or all of them with just a click.

Driver Booster is designed by IObit’s most driver update technology, which downloads and installs the right update for your old drivers that saves a lot of time. You must require an internet connection for updating the old drivers. The best part in Driver Booster is the gaming performance is increased so that you can enjoy playing games without any interruptions. A full system reboot is required to effect the changes.

The latest version is available to download i.e. Driver Booster 1.3.1 which has the following new and improved features.

New Features:
  • [Added] Uninstall feature to easily uninstall any old drivers.
  • [Added] 24x7 Toll Free Phone Support (Pro only)
  • [Improved] Stability in Audio and Video Driver Updating
  • [Optimized] Driver Installation Engine with Higher Driver-Device Matching Accuracy.
  • [Expanded] Database to Support More Devices
  • Other Minor improvements

Installation and Interface:

The installation of Driver Booster is quick and clean which offers to install some ad-supported applications which are optional. It is recommended to pay attention while installing the tool. As of interface, you have a big “SCAN” button which, when you click lists out the outdated drivers on your PC. Click “Update” or “Update All” to update the driver(s). Some of updated drivers need to have a full system reboot to take effect based on the level of performance.

You can also install drivers in background automatically without disturbing your regular work. The interface displays the “Driver Performance” level as Bad/Worse/Worst depending upon the driver performance. You can scan automatically when the program is launched or at fixed frequencies.
You can options to automatically create a restore point before a driver is installed and delete installed driver installers.

Monday, May 5, 2014 by Unknown · 0

Friday, May 2, 2014

KMPlayer 3.8 – Improved Playback and Added Mobile Version

KMPlayer 3.8 - Improved Playback and Added Mobile VersionKMPlayer is a specialized audio and video player for Windows from a Korean streaming video company called Pandora TV. Since its initial release, the tool has brought us many exciting features such as a wide range of playback formats, video preview, DirectShow merit system, completely customizable interface, and many more. KMPlayer’s latest stable version 3.8 was released recently with improved features and support.

KMPlayer is one of the world’s most popular and unique multimedia players that has users in 230+ countries and is supported in 36 languages. This tool has several names, but mostly labeled as KMPlayer or KMP. Because KMP has its own internal codec, the user has no need to install other types of codec. It offers an excellent multimedia playback experience supporting several video and audio formats along with various subtitles.

Improved Features:
  • User Interface
  • Defined player and Content services
  • Support playing J2J (Java-to-Java) method modulated files.
  • Drag & Drop files in Zip
  • Changed extended links at Window 8 & UAC
  • Added right Tab On/Off button
Fixed Issues:
  • Screen Black-out error in EVR C/A
  • SKIP from embedded AVI Reader in KMP
  • Bookmark functions
  • Removed the Grid-network
  • Screen-sizing issue, when skin has changed or shade screen is converted
  • IE problems, when the network is offline
Complete Features:
  • Functions - Image processing and resizing functions, Video and Image capture functions, Wallpaper viewing function, Speech processing function, Input/Output color face function, Frequency analysis & wavy pattern output function when playing music, Skin function, Subtitle function, Real-time Broadcast viewing function and Jog & Shuttle for language studying function/section repetition function.
  • Plugins – Winamp (General Purpose and Visualization), RealMedia and QuickTime
  • Integrated Codec+ information that can play any video and audio format
  • Can play damaged/incomplete AVI files
  • Supports live equipments like TV/Camera
  • Easy to use OSC (On-Screen Control)
  • Requires only 30MB of HDD space
  • Supports Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP and 2000 with DirectX 9.0 or higher
KMPlayer 3.8 - User Interface

Mobile Version:

A free and stable mobile version of KMPlayer is available for Android and Apple devices which can be downloaded from their respective App stores. You can watch high resolution videos that don’t require separate encoding. A simple yet sleek interface with essential features is accessible. You can manage multimedia files on your mobile device easily like you did on your desktop.

KMPlayer 3.8 - Mobile Version

Overall, KMPlayer 3.8 is a decent version which includes the above listed features and you may receive the “Cloud KMP” feature ASAP, by which you can easily manage your media library files that were edited in Album Art and can be synchronized anytime, anywhere.

Friday, May 2, 2014 by Unknown · 0

Friday, April 18, 2014

Clover 3.0 – Multi-Tab Functionality for Windows Explorer

All modern browsers have multi-tab functionality which makes web browsing faster and convenient. But if we could do this in our Windows Explorer? There is a practical tool called “Clover” that lets you browse folders in the same window i.e. using multiple tabs. Clover integrates browser-like tabs to Windows Explorer seamlessly that puts together multitasking easier and efficient. You can “Open” tab, “Close” tab, or “Drag” tab in the tab bar with no trouble.

The program installs quickly and completely ad-free. You can download themes from the built-in theme store. To make navigation smoother, the program allows you to put your most-frequently used folders in a bookmark bar.

The latest version Clover 3.0 has accelerated the creation of new tab and improved color for UI elements and Tab strip in case of high contrast and black themes. Few bugs in Windows 8/8.1 are fixed such as IME candidate box, Preview Windows, and Ribbon, that are not shown in the previous version.

Key Features:

  • Ctrl + T to open the page, Ctrl + W to close, and Ctrl + Tab to switch pages
  • Seamlessly integrates with your operating system which makes the file management operation easier.
  • Bookmarks Bar – Press Ctrl + D to bookmark the current path, or drag the folder into the bookmarks bar
  • Low RAM usage
  • You can create a shortcut for certain webpage from the Clover interface, the same way you did from the regular Windows explorer.
  • Can reopen a previously closed tab just using the context menu or the keyboard shortcut

Finally, Clover proves to be an excellent choice for users who wish to increase their productivity in working with files. Clover take less system resources compared to complex file managers such as “Total Commander” or “EF Commander”.

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Unknown · 0

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Norton Zone – Safe Cloud File-Sharing Service and Online Backup Tool

Norton Zone – Safe Cloud File-Sharing Service and Online Backup ToolWhen you don’t have enough memory on your hard drive or want to quickly access some of your important files, you might tend to utilize cloud-based backup service where you can backup all your significant files and documents. ‘Norton Zone’ is one of those online backup tools and cloud file-sharing services where one can easily backup important documents, files, photos, videos, etc. and share them safely from your computer, smartphone, or tablet. When you add Norton Zone, all your files are automatically synced across all of your devices. Norton Zone is available for all Android and iOS devices for anywhere access.

Norton Zone is a cloud-based service operated by ‘Symantec’ which provides client-side encryption and uses encrypted and replicated cloud storage. As the files are shared through many devices, the user is concerned about security of their data. Norton Zone automatically scans files for malware and viruses before they infect your device.

It offers a free 5 GB of online storage and can be extended for larger storage through subscription which starts from $4.99 per month. For business, Norton Zone lets you share files with extreme safety with its built-in control and protection, and most importantly it is enterprise ready and secure. A 30-day trial is on hand for an enterprise ready solution, for further extension you could contact customer support.

Secure File Sharing:

The data you upload into Norton Zone can be accessed across all your devices like Smartphone, Tablet or Computer, securely. You can share a folder with friends or co-workers such that they can edit and share anything with you in that folder. Invite as many people as you want to share a folder with you.

People who have shared your file can be collaborated with comments for more fun than ever before. The files shared are automatically scanned for malware and viruses before the recipient downloads them.

Norton Zone - Uploading Files

You can create a link to any file in your zone and email that link to anyone, so that they can easily download with just one click. There are no size or email restrictions that you might worry. You can post a link to your Facebook wall, with link expiration and download limit settings.

Anywhere Access:

Laptop, Tablet or Smartphone; No matter what device you’re handling, Norton Zone can be accessed from anywhere. The newly added files have instant access because everything is automatically synchronized across all your devices. You can sort files by file type and see the activities associated with your Norton Zone account on any device you wish to.

Norton Zone - Windows 8

Norton Zone is custom designed for devices which include Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows, Windows RT, and Mac OS. Each app is designed according to the devices’ security benefits and technology.

Complete Control & Safety:

Norton Zone has its own data center to manage all your files which are encrypted when they are transferred to data center. You can add people to share, remove them when not required, and manage the links you create. The data is controlled by you and remains secure with Norton Zone’s data center.

Norton Zone is proven to be the #1 online storage & data backup tool because of its design and functionality. Go for it, if you are looking for a great cloud-based storage and backup service.

Sunday, April 6, 2014 by Unknown · 0

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Smart Encryptor 2.3 for Windows XP

Smart Encryptor is a powerful encryption program which uses a strong encryption, AES algorithm (an algorithm followed by the US Government Standard) and Blowfish. You can encrypt all your files and folders directly from your Windows Explorer itself. You need to just right-click on the item you wish to encrypt. It sends files over the internet safely and creates self-decrypting executables.

Smart Encryptor especially designed for Windows XP users, so the modern OS users like Windows 8 and 7 have to wait till the program gets novel. This tool offers ultimate protection when you are sending your important files to others via e-mail. The program is completely free to download and use.

The user interface of Smart Encryptor is very simple and the process involved in encrypting is quite easy to perform. It provides two tabs – one for Encrypting and the other for Decrypting. You can use drag and drop to add files or folders and save encrypted file as .SME. You have to enter the password to secure file encryption. It offers options to wipe source file and create self-extracting files. Hit the “Encrypt” button to start encrypting all the added files.

In ‘Advanced Settings’, you can either of the two encryption methods – AES and Blowfish. You can select the ‘Shredding method’ i.e. US Department of Defence, US National Security Agency or Custom method. In ‘Custom’ method, you can overwrite files with zero, one or random characters.

Key Features:

  • Encryption process is easy to operate with intuitive user interface.
  • Encrypt your significant files or folders directly from Windows Explorer with just a right-click on the desired file or folder.
  • You can select any of two advanced encryption algorithms – AES or Blowfish.
  • Stores all your private files and folders in one archive maintaining the folder hierarchy.
  • Send encrypted files to others using ‘Self-decrypting executables’.
  • Self Extracting Archive – Sends your encrypted data to others along with the software to automatically decrypt it. Thus, the recipient need not required to have Smart Encryptor installed on their systems.
  • Optionally wipe the source files.
  • Option to shred the original file after it has been enciphered.

There are several advanced encryption methods available in the market, but most of them are not effective. As Smart Encryptor is employed with two powerful encryption algorithms that are followed by US government standard, the files and folders are completely secure when sending via e-mail. For Windows XP users, this can be a great tool for sending their files to others without data loss.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Unknown · 0

Monday, March 24, 2014

Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 3 – Create Slideshows with Sound Effects

Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 3 - Create Slideshows with Sound EffectsYou may have thousands of birthday, holiday or wedding pictures, but if they are turned into a beautiful slideshow with music and video effects, then it gives a cinematic experience to everyone who sees it. Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 3, a media management tool developed for mainly for Windows 8, 7, XP and Vista operating systems, have the ability to turn your photos into a slideshow where you can add background music, transitions, texts, subtitles or themes, and more.

Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD has a very user-friendly interface which is instinctive and easy to navigate. You can select the desired aspect ratio of your slideshow project and start importing images either by browsing them via the program wizard or “drag and drop” technique. You can arrange images by date of creation or modification in ascending or descending order, accordingly.

Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 3.0.3 is the latest version which is available for 40-day free trial with nag screen. The new version includes a renovated look with few UI enhancements that gives you a smoother experience. The program also comes with voice recording capability and various sound effects. You need minimum DirectX 8.1 compatible sound card with hardware pixel shader v2.0 to run smoothly.

Key Features:

  • Apply individual sound effects
  • Apply different default timeline and subtitle styles
  • Intuitive User Interface
  • Record your voice from any Windows recording device like a microphone.
  • Apply background music
  • Automatically insert EXIF data, such as filename, size, date, etc. as text objects.
  • Insert Transitions such as Fade, Fall, Blocks, Bubble, Butterfly, Circular, Clock, Diamond, Melting, Sand, Slide Over, Squares, Star, Sweep, Swirl, Flip, Wheel, White Out, Curtains and lots more.
  • Insert Objects like Add, Edit, Rotate and Mirror text, Table, Image and Shape overlays.
  • Fully animated opening and closing credits
  • Fade/display durations for the slides and embedded objects can be adjusted easily.
  • Create Full HD videos and burn Blu-ray & DVD discs.
  • Various occasion-related themes and logos
  • Customizable Ken Burns effect, i.e. Auto-panning and Zooming.
  • Upload directly to YouTube
Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 3 - Adding Transitions

How to Apply Effects:

The program takes a large amount of system resources when executing a task, but output has excellent image and sound quality. You can add various sound and video effects to a single or collection of photos. The basic steps in creating slideshows using Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 3 are:

  • Setting your own or existing theme
  • Applying background music and use sound effects to stir emotions
  • Narrate your story in your own voice by recording with any Windows recording device.
  • Add background info with texts and subtitles
  • Add additional image and shape overlays
  • Convert your slideshows to Full HD compatible video and burn to DVD and Blu-ray if you wish.
Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 3 - Editor User Interface

The interesting feature of Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 3 has been “Ken Burns Effect Editor”, which a popular technique of bringing still images to life through subtle panning and motion. With its wide range of effects, transitions and built-in templates, Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 3 is definitely a strong tool for every user.

Monday, March 24, 2014 by Unknown · 0

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Avast Internet Security 2014 v9 – Next Generation Security Suite

Avast Internet Security 2014 v9 - Next Generation Security SuiteAvast Internet Security 2014 handles most of the emerging malware with the help of new and advanced technologies. This latest version is the company’s nex-gen security suite that comprises of various protection features such as antivirus engine, firewall, web browsing protection, browser cleanup, a software updater, and lots more. The package includes a combination of virus protection as well as PC clean up utiltiies.

Avast Internet Security (AIS) 2014 aims to control the flow of attacks caused by the hackers for the integrity of your personal and important data. It reduces the danger of computer virus infection such that no significant of yours can be stolen. It has built-in firewall and an anti-spam filter, which completely integrates with your PC, detects and removes unwanted email.

The latest version Avast Internet Security 2014 has added new features such as Stream Filtering, ARA/ARC, and Firewall, and has improved Software Updater, Browser Cleanup, and GrimeFighter tools. It has fixed some of the bugs like,

  • Uninstalling Avast! might have been stuck at “stopping service; Avast! antivirus”.
  • Upload issues with Dropbox and Flickr
  • Performance and Stabilization issues in Stream Filter like blocking of ajax calls.
  • Several firewall issues like blocking of Google Earth.
  • General stability has been improved after several crash situations.

Installation and User Interface:

The installation file size is reduced comparatively, and thus the process has been faster compared to prior versions. Once installed, Avast! runs mutely in the background to defend your computer against all sorts of malware. The software runs along with others internet security suites like Norton Internet Security, so the compatibility is good with this package. The issue regarding the uninstallation has been solved.

As far as user interface is concerned, AIS 2014 has the best and unique interface among all the security suites available in the market. The black and light blue color combination feels more pleasant to any user.

Key Utilities:

  • Real-time Shields – File System, Mail, Web, Anti-spam and Firewall
  • Virus Chest – An Isolated place for storing potentially dangerous files that can be handled with special permissions.
  • A fully integrated Anti-spam Filter to detect unnecessary email.
  • A fully integrated  Firewall that monitors all network and blocks unauthorized communication. You can also block external hacker attempts, and thus preventing your sensitive data from accessing.
  • Command-line Scanner – Detects potential malware infections via command-line parameters and the results are exactly the same as running a scan via the standard UI.
Avast Internet Security 2014 - Firewall

Key Features:

  • Intelligent Antivirus engine with new DynaGen technology
  • Anti-malware protection along with Anti-spyware and Anti-rootkit
  • SafeZone for secured payments and banking
  • Silent Firewall against hacker attacks
  • Anti-spam against phishing and scam emails
  • Sandbox lets you browse the web and run program virtually and ensures social networking safety.
  • Hybrid Cloud technology that downloads virus definitions in real-time
  • Silent/Gaming Mode
  • Scan when program when executing; scan scripts when executing; scan libraries when loading.
  • Windows 8.1/8 compatibility
Avast Internet Security 2014 - Software Updater

There are some issues before related to performance and stability which are fixed in this new version. Coming to the scanning module, AIS 2014 has five different methods – Quick, Full, Removable, Custom and Boot-time scan.

Finally, Avast Internet Security 2014 is a complete and professional protection suite with interesting features that has the ability to protect your computer offline and online in real time. It is available for a 30-day trial subscription or $39.99 purchase that is compatible with Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista/XP.

Sunday, March 16, 2014 by Unknown · 0

Friday, March 7, 2014

SpringPublisher 4.0 – Create and Print Business Cards, Letterheads

SpringPublisher 4.0 – Create and Print Business Cards, LetterheadsSpringPublisher 4.0 is a professional desktop publishing software which can create and print high-quality documents, business cards, flyers, postcards, letterheads, labels, and more with the help of powerful multi-layer editor and various templates included. It is free to use for non-commercial purposes that supports all OS versions of Windows including 8.1. It is an advanced document publishing tool that includes an online template store for browsing various templates of your choice. You can add text, images, barcodes, QR codes, maps, and more.

SpringPublisher is in many ways used as a DTP tool with basic and advanced features. A Pro version is also available for just $23.95 that supports high-resolution printing, microperforated paper, and other aspects.

The new version SpringPublisher 4.0 has few added features such as image effect filters of mono, sepia, red, green, and blue; photo adjustment filters of brightness, contrast and gamma; and border effect. It has fixed the issue of importing large size of photos.

Key Features:

  • You can download high-quality templates from the online template store.
  • You can add images, QR codes, texts, maps, vector shapes, logos, artistic QR codes, barcodes and arrange them as you like.
  • It provides various image effects such as shadows, opacity adjustment, rotation, border effect, image filers, etc.
  • Generates high-resolution artwork with a maximum output of 350dpi.
  • You can print your artworks using your own printer or professional printers.
  • Supports Avery and Printworks microperforated paper that enables you to create business cards and postcards more easily.
SpringPublisher 4.0 - Interface

The user interface of SpringPublisher is very similar to Microsoft’s Office with ribbon-style toobars. You can create, save, and print projects easily from the interface. The ‘Page Manager’ tool lets you preview creations before the final output. It installs a browser toolbar along with the main application.

You can expect everything that a DTP tool contains right from adding special effects to printing envelopes and labels. Whereas, you can’t export high quality artworks in free version.

Friday, March 7, 2014 by Unknown · 0

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

McAfee Antivirus Plus 2014 for Windows 8, 7

McAfee Antivirus Plus 2014 for Windows 8, 7
McAfee Antivirus Plus 2014 provides essential anti-virus protection for your PC, with its powerful privacy and optimization tools. The web browsing protection feature called McAfee SiteAdvisor tells you about a website, whether it is dangerous with the help of safety ratings. The new next generation defense protection safeguards your computer against basic and emerging viruses and other malware-related threats. McAfee Antivirus Plus 2014 doesn’t offer premium security features, but definitely supplies effective elements.

McAfee Antivirus Plus 2014 includes firewall, web, and email protection tools with some extra tools like file shredder and defragmenter. It offers real-time and scheduled scans with the assistance of good anti-virus database. The built-in firewall and web protection are the main modules in this antivirus software.

The user interface is completely different from others which has an uncluttered design, although, the users find it difficult to use it the first time. The UI includes three main links on the right-side – Home, Navigation and Help. The “Home” section shows your computer protection which includes Virus and Spyware Protection, Web and Email Protection, McAfee Updates and Your Subscription. All the links for Features, Settings, Reports and History, and McAfee Resources are comprised in “Navigation” center.

Key Features:

  • Real-time antivirus defense protection from Trojans, spyware, viruses, rootkits, and more threats.
  • Advanced Scanning engine – Scans for threats faster without compromising your computer performance and battery consumption.
  • McAfee ActiveProtection and NetGuard Technology – Keeps away from zero-day threats and botnets.
  • McAfee Vulnerability Scanner – Fix security issues in Windows OS and its applications.
  • McAfee Shredder – Removes your sensitive files securely with no chance of restoration.
  • McAfee SiteAdvisor - Displays safety ratings (red, yellow and green) of the websites you visit.
  • Two-way Firewall – Prevent hackers and malicious software from accessing or stealing your private data.
  • Network Intrusion Security – “My Home Network” shows all connected devices of your internet connection, so that you can find out who else is accessing your connection.
  • Protects your Family i.e. monitors your kids’ online activity easily.
  • Anti-spam - Block spam and dangerous email effectively.
McAfee Antivirus Plus 2014 - User Interface

Another special feature in McAfee Antivirus Plus 2014 is “CleanBoot Rescue CD”, a Windows-based bootable antivirus which scans for malware without relying on Windows, so that Windows-based malware threats cannot fight back.

The program prevents potentially unwanted program from running i.e. allowing programs only you can trust. There are three scan types – Quick, Full, Customd and Real-time scan running in the background to detect viruses, spyware and other threats. Sometimes, the system needs a reboot to completely remove malware that’s alive in memory. It alerts you the phishing or fraudulent websites that attempts to steal your login information.

McAfee Antivirus Plus 2014 - Navigation Center

Traffic Controller” is a two-way firewall feature that takes its own decisions about which programs are allowed to access internet connections. Traffic Controller has four accessibility options – Smart Access (Recommended), Monitored Access, Stealth, and Lockdown.

Finally, McAfee Antivirus Plus 2014 has interesting security features, but it has a confusing and unattractive interface which users may find it hard to use and moreover, it doesn’t have no password protection options. The PC users who are willing to have a basic PC protection with effective optimization and privacy tools, then McAfee Antivirus Plus 2014 could be the right choice.

Download Link: McAfee Antivirus Plus 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by Unknown · 0

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free for Windows 8, 7

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free for Windows 8, 7
As external hard disks and online cloud are replacing many storage devices, many still use CD/DVDs to stock up their important data such as documents, videos, music, etc. People look for complete burning software that can provide everything possible. But the problem is most of the burning softwares are expensive, although they are premium in nature. You need a free burning tool that has basic options with reliable performance. Ashampoo Burning Studio Free is one of them to offer.

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free got power, simplicity, and most importantly intuitive to use. With this user-friendly burning software, you can effortlessly undertake all tasks such as burn movies, music and data. You can create audio CDs, data discs, Blu-ray discs, burn backups, rip music and much more.

To install Ashampoo Burning Studio Free, you require minimum 1024x768 resolution and 200 MB HDD space. You need to install LightScribe System Software to run the program smoothly and effectively.

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free - User Interface

The recent version Ashampoo Burning Studio Free 1.12 has removed MyAshampoo Toolbar and improved performance and stability. To get the full features of the program, you have to request a free license key when running the application for the first time.

New Features:

  • Multi-disc file backup and restore on CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs.
  • Integrated Audio CD ripper
  • Set the number of copies before burning
  • Discs are verified immediately without being ejected first.
  • Key Features:
  • Burn data CD/DVD/Blu-ray discs with or without the auto - start functionality.
  • Burn backups of data on one or more CD/DVD/Blu-ray discs.
  • Burn music as audio CD, mp3 or wma collection.
  • Burn Full HD Blu-ray discs from already existing files.
  • Integrated support for 1700+ CD/DVD/Blu-ray burners.
  • Create and burn disc images
  • Create modified copies of already existing discs.
  • Rips music of different formats from CD.
  • Copy CD/DVD/Blu-ray discs
  • Erase Re-writable discs
  • Update previously burned discs
  • Save project files so that you can burn the same discs again later.
  • Interactive troubleshooting assistant for resolving hardware and media issues.
Ashampoo Burning Studio Free - Burn Processing

Apart from offering wide range of features, Ashampoo Burning Studio Free is not completely customizable, but the clutter-free interface helps basic users a lot. Overall, Ashampoo Burning Studio Free provides a strong feature-rich pack which is suitable for all users.

Download Link: Ashampoo Burning Studio Free

Sunday, February 23, 2014 by Unknown · 0

Thursday, February 20, 2014

LicenseCrawler 1.35 – Find Serial Numbers and Product Keys of Installed Software

LicenseCrawler 1.35 – Find Serial Numbers and Product Keys of Installed SoftwareEach purchased or registered software has a unique license or serial or product key and once you setup your computer again, you need to have all the licenses and serial numbers back. LicenseCrawler is a small and portable application which allows you to search your computer remotely for registered and purchased softwares. The program doesn’t require any installation and is simple to handle by any user.

LicenseCrawler can get the serial numbers of numerous applications and softwares such as Nero, Ashampoo, Office, VMware, etc. Your work and time will be saved instead of searching for the keys in your mailbox, manuals and other location. The program supports all versions of Windows OS, including Windows 8.

Since the program is portable, it can be easily accessed from a USB drive, External HDD or any storage unit. You can simply drag and drop the application’s files to any location of the hard drive.

The user interface of LicenseCrawler is uncomplicated where you can select a computer to search in, along with the registry. After completing the scanning process, you can find out the product ID, type and name, purchased owner and serial number of the respective software. The processed details can be exported to a text document with or without encryption.

LicenseCrawler 1.35 – Searching License

Pros and Cons:

  • Finds the serial or license very quickly
  • Searches serials for all versions of Windows
  • Accessible from a USB drive or any other storage device
  • Doesn’t always find the right serial number
  • Program needs admin rights

The recent version 1.35 has updated scan engine and batch processing, along with backing up all computer license data in the network. The program is free for non-commercial use and ad-supported. The non-registered version will show nag screens during each run.

You can scan multiple computers at once by inserting a TXT file from the hard drive. And also you can create a whitelist/blacklist, disable high speed scanning if you wish to lower your computer’s resources and enable a 64-bit scan.

The program has a fair response time, consumes moderate amount of CPU and system resources. If you’ve lost program keys or serial numbers, then download LicenseCrawler to recover them immediately.

Download Link: LicenseCrawler

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Unknown · 0

Monday, February 17, 2014

EaseUS CleanGenius Free 3.2 for Windows and Mac

EaseUS CleanGenius Free 3.2 for Windows and Mac
The computer needs to have basic speed and performance to access the programs, utilities, etc. and the optimization tools will make your PC run more smoothly and efficiently. EaseUS CleanGenius Free is one of the optimization tools that is available for both Windows and Mac OS. If your system is facing issues such as registry errors, invalid entries, fragmentation, etc., then EaseUS CleanGenius Free makes your system error-free and optimizes your PC’s speed with its smart tools. You can get 24x7 reliable technical support.

CleanGenius is an all-in-one cleaner which takes control of your PC and protects your privacy from illegal traces when browsing online or social networking. It detects and deletes hard-to-remove junk files to free up your computer hard disk space. It easily removes unwanted software, plugin, empty files, etc.

The latest version CleanGenius 3.24 supports Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista/XP and Mac OS X 10.9, 10.8, 10.7, & 10.6 operating systems. The Mac version comes as a free 15-day trial with various disabled functions such as Clean up Social Network Service history and Instant Messenger history, Registry Cleaner and Defrag, Cloned File Finder, Context Menu fixer, and Driver backup. Whereas, the Windows version is completely free to download and use.

The new version has added few animation effects, drag and drop facility, option to hide the status in menu bar and other enhancements.

EaseUS CleanGenius Free 3.2 - User Interface

The program has got more options than CCleaner but some are disabled in free version. Still, the free version is impressive and serves more than expected. The tool can scan your computer to clean, revamp and optimize the system with just a few clicks. Some of the advanced tools are still accessible in EaseUS CleanGenius Free edition.

Key Features:

  • Quick and Deep Scan
  • Computer and Internet Privacy Protection
  • Memory Manager to optimize and improve system performance.
  • Driver Backup for backing up Windows device drivers.
  • Uninstall Manager to safely remove unwanted software.
  • Process Manager, an augmented task manager for advanced information regarding system programs and processes running.
  • Disk Defragmenter, Disk Cleaner and Disk Check.
  • Shutdown Scheduler for scheduling power management tasks.
  • Registry Cleaner and Registry Defrag
  • Context Menu Fixer
  • Shortcut Cleaner to remove invalid or useless shortcuts.
  • Top file Finder, Cloned File Finder and Empty Folder Finder.
  • Unlock Locked Files which helps to rename, move or delete locked resources.
  • File Shredder and File Splitter
EaseUS CleanGenius Free 3.2 - Utility Box

EaseUS CleanGenius Free uses less CPU resources and RAM. It has a wide range of tools for perfect computer maintenance, which can be configured by all user levels.

Download Link: EaseUS CleanGenius

Monday, February 17, 2014 by Unknown · 0

Friday, February 14, 2014

Start8 – Windows 7 Start Menu for Windows 8

Start8 is the world’s most popular and stable Windows 8 start menu which brings the old Windows 7-style Start Menu for Windows 8. It is a more enhanced start menu for Windows 8 where you can pin modern applications. You can boot directly to the Windows 8 desktop. You could quickly access your applications, devices, music, videos and documents with Start8 as you did with Windows 7’s Start Menu.

The new version 1.31 includes added bundled language files for Windows 8.1, DisplayFusion fixes, hid the advanced option when closing a metro app, and other unspecified changes.

The installation asks whether you favor the Windows 8 Metro-style or the original Windows 7-style Start Menu. You can customize a few options like style, configure, and control of Start8.

Innovative Features:

With the return of Windows 7-style Start Menu with Windows 8 enhancements, you can access to shutdown, devices, music, documents, and videos with just one-click. You can search for Windows 8 apps, ping desktop and metro app to the start menu. A unified search for apps, settings and files is added. You can boot directly to the Windows 8 desktop. A “Jump List” feature is also included in Start8.


A Clean, streamlined user interface improves Start8’s usability where you can access Windows 8 Start screen from the Start8 menu itself. You can disable all Windows 8 hot corners when at the desktop and automatically go the desktop when you sign in.


The configuration of Start8 made life easy where you can customize what would the user like to see on the menu, such as large icons, recently used applications, open submenus on mouseover, and highlight newly installed applications. You can customize the shortcuts you want on the right-hand side like Administrative tools, control panel, connect to, default programs, etc.

On the other-side, Start8 is limited to 30 days, which will disappoint many Windows 8 users. However, the 30-day trial version gives you full features to use and customize. The full version can be purchased for $4.99.

Download Link: Start8

Friday, February 14, 2014 by Unknown · 0

Monday, February 10, 2014

AVG LinkScanner Free 2014 | Secure Search for Web

AVG LinkScanner Free 2014
Internet threats are passed into your system through malicious web pages which are full of fraudulent content and scripts. Every web user’s basic requirement is to know what web page is to be loaded or what not. This minimum precaution saves your day from internet threats and hackers from accessing your computer. AVG Secure Search, or popularly called as AVG LinkScanner provides an additional layer of security to fight next to emerging, invisible threats, and hacked websites.

AVG LinkScanner validates the safety of web pages you visit, and of links revisited from web searches of search engines – Google, Yahoo! and MSN, so that you can make out the safe and dangerous pages before clicking on it.

AVG LinkScanner Free 2014 was designed to protect all the web users from online users. It works as a browser add-on and runs instantly after the installation. As soon as the installation is over, the system needs a reboot. You can customize the program settings or decide what to do with a virus infected file accordingly. It works in background and the help system provides detailed information and assists you with any formidable task.

The user interface is simple and smooth with minimal changes to the 2013 version. On clicking the “Web Browsing” tile button, it opens up into two basic tools – LinkScanner Surf-Shield and Online Shield. You need to upgrade if you wish to activate “Online Shield”. In “Options” menu, you can update the definitions, check history of blocked websites, exploits prevented, etc.

AVG LinkScanner Free 2014 - Surf Shield

You can disable the system tray notifications like an update and component change notifications from advanced settings. Enable “Game Mode” when a full-screen application is executed so that all the unnecessary notifications and running modules are minimized. You can uncheck the “Animate Transitions” when opening and closing components. To resolve technical issues or problems when installing specific softwares, you can “Temporarily Disable AVG LinkScanner Protection” features from advanced settings.

Key Features:

  • Provides safety ratings (Safe, Risky or Dangerous) for each link you visit, whether directly or in your search results.
  • Unique and Real-time protection while you surf and search, prevents the web page from opening if it is rated “Dangerous”.
  • AVG Do Not Track – Lets you recognize which websites are collecting are tracking your online activities and the data exchanged.
  • AVG Security Toolbar – Alerts you if websites or advertisers are collecting information of your web browsing activity.
  • AVG Rewards – Integrated feature helps you to find some of the best and relevant deals when you shop online from your favorite online e-commerce sites.
  • On-demand Scan – Easily scan a website address in order to detect threats you visit.
  • Protects from malicious codes and dangerous websites such as Exploit, Social Engineering, Scam, and Hoax.
  • Automatic updates whenever the threat intelligence network recognizes a new threat.

As AVG LinkScanner 2014 is not only the option available in the market, one cannot estimate the efficiency of other alternatives if you need extra protection from web threats. Finally, AVG LinkScanner or Secure Search is worth-trying for its additional security layer while surfing and searching from malicious websites.

Monday, February 10, 2014 by Unknown · 0

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Find and Run Robot 2.2 – Advanced Program and File Search Utility

Find and Run Robot 2.2 – Advanced Program and File Search UtilityIt is difficult these days to find documents or programs when you forget the location or name. However, the programs can be found with Windows built-in search tool, the main issue arises with the files or documents. Windows search tool isn’t always accurate as you think. To help to locate programs or documents accurately and faster, you have a brilliant search utility and launcher called “Find and Run Robot”. The utility saves your precious time in finding files, applications, etc. in just a few seconds.

Find and Run Robot (FARR) is a very handy tool, possibly replacing Windows search tool. The tool is available in the normal installer along with the portable version. It supports Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP and 2000 operating systems.

You can download add-ons, plug-ins and SDK for coders. You can get a free license key of FARR if you run a business or for other commercial purposes. All you have to do is sign up at FARR forum and download a free key for FARR. You can also get the license key and extra special benefits by donating some amount to FARR.

FARR becomes very useful if you have a large hard drive and huge amount of data to be accessible. FARR is loaded with a simple keyboard shortcut which is to be set by the user. A “Launch History” tab keeps track of what you’ve launched. The utility runs in your system tray and uses less RAM.

Find and Run Robot 2.2 – User Interface

There are more options available for users more than just launching and searching files such as adjusting the font size, style and color, taking screen shots, web searches, hot-key customization and calculation functions.

Key Features:

  • Ready to run with no configuration needed.
  • Customizable options and settings.
  • Caches programs the user launch for faster searches via a “Launch History” tab.
  • Built-in special commands that allow the user to perform lots of different web searches and other operations.
  • Create and share (xml) alias packs or download them.
  • Powerful Clipboard Monitor and Searcher.
  • A Live Calculator
  • A Bookmark Searcher
  • Fully portable, low system overhead and runnable from a USB drive.
  • Results are up to date with minimal memory use.
  • Dozens of skins and customizable fonts.
  • Full directory browsing function with live search filtering.
  • Customizable Toolbar for regular functions and operations.
  • Customizable hotkey triggers to launch and perform specific searches.
  • Install open source plug-ins to add advanced functionality.
  • Absolutely free to download and use.
Find and Run Robot 2.2 – Options

Find and Run Robot 2.2 is the latest version which has few tweaks and improvements such as network drives listed in options to avoid slowdowns, improved icon lookup times and added tweaks + debugging tab in options.

Overall, Find and Run Robot 2.2 is very impressive and a great tool that comes in handy for users who prefer to navigate their computer more with keyboard rather than the mouse.

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Unknown · 0