Take control of the heart of your computer with this Ashampoo HDD Control

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Your hard drive is the heart of your computer. If the CPU is the brain, then your hard drive is definitely the heart. It pumps information throughout your PC and allows you to perform and complete tasks that can make your life a lot easier. However, like any body, when the heart is sick, the body can’t do well. This is why you need to keep your PC’s heart – your hard drive – working as well as it can. This is where applications like Ashampoo’s HDD Control come in. It’s a Windows app that can help you keep your hard drive working at its best possible ability.

Ashampoo HDD Control monitors, maintains and defragments hard drives. The software supports not only all common IDE and SATA hard drives, but also provides improved support for external USB hard drives and SSD’s. The extended user interface gives an overview of the status of your hard drive’s health, performance and temperature. It also offers lots of technical information on the drive’s supported features and current status. The software supports S.M.A.R.T and will check for electric and mechanic problems of hard drives as well as adjustment of the noise level and power management, if supported by the drive.

With just a few clicks, HDD Control finds unused files and Internet traces, and then delete the data, with support for different erasing methods. If something goes south and you accidentally remove the wrong information from your drive, HDD Control can also help you get it back. Once you’ve got the space you need, the app can also proactively defragment your drive as well.

Speaking of SSD’s, HDD Control works well with Windows-based SSD’s. Its Duplicate Finder can help locate and delete duplicate files so you don’t waste space on these limited volumes. You can use its filtering mechanism to search for specific file types and extensions, to help you keep a handle on your disk usage.

Ashampoo HDD Control bundles all of the essential information about your PC’s hard drive on its start screen in a clear and concise manner. From here, you have a clear, detailed picture of the state of your drives within seconds and can take instant action of you need to.

The app’s history view can show you drive’s long term performance trends and allow you to predict if and when your drive may fail. You’ll be able to take the appropriate precautions in order to save your data from corruption or overall drive failure.

The app’s interface is non-standard; but it’s a decent application and it does a great job of keeping an eye on your drive and its performance. The app is a bit on the expensive side by today’s prices, but if you’ve got a home network and have a great deal of storage on it, this could be the tool that helps you keep things running at peak performance.

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Convert movies and videos for use on just about any of your devices with Ashampoo Movie Shrink & Burn 4

I love movies and videos. I’ve got a huge iTunes library and a huge 27″ Thunderbolt Display to play them on. However, when I’m out and about, I obviously can’t take that huge display with me. An iPad or other portable tablet is handy for viewing video on the go, but sometimes, the video isn’t in the right format or is too big for the display you have. This is where apps like Ashampoo’s Movie Shrink and Burn come in handy. It’s a cool Windows-based, video management tool for your mobile devices.

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Ashampoo Movie Shrink & Burn 4 tailors your videos to your device, whether it be smartphone, tablet, gaming console or PC. Supported devices include all the latest consoles and gadgets such as Sony PlayStation 4, iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S5. The app has an intuitive step-by-step user approach that guides you from start to finish. Its so easy, anyone can do it. The latest version provides a fresh, modern design with state of the art handling. The app employs the latest software technology with multi-core support for blazingly fast results.

The app also includes burning technology. With it you can burn your movies to DVD and Blu-ray from within the app. The app supports HD; and you can use the app’s burning features to archive your video collection on Blu-ray and navigate it easily using the intuitive on screen menus.

Ashampoo makes some of the best software titles on the internet today. Movie Shrink and Burn hasn’t been updated in a while, and Ashampoo is not only bringing back a great app, but its providing support for all the latest handhelds, tablets and gaming consoles where you would want to view converted and compressed titles. It takes advantage of some of the more advanced processor types, so the app is fast and quickly converts videos and will burn them to DVD or Blu-ray if you want.

The app’s price is fair; and if you’re an Ashampoo member, then you’re likely going to get a discount on the title as well.

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Ashampoo WinOptimizer 11

Keep your Windows PC running in tip-top shape with this must have optimization utility.

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Security and performance optimization are some of the most needed, important computer features today. With all of the security issues that seem to be cropping up now-a-days, the more you can do to protect yourself, the better off you’re going to be. Having the right tools in your toolbox for this is important, and its one of the biggest reasons why I like WinOptimizer 11 from Ashampoo. Its one f the best Windows utilities you can find on the internet today.

Taking care of your PC is often difficult. With WinOptimizer, you get all the assistance you need. It gives you the most your PC can deliver, allowing you to concentrate on your work, rather than concerning yourself with its performance. For example, new in Ashampoo WinOptimizer 11 is Game Booster. With it, you can automatically free system resources and shut down non-essential system services during game play so that your games run faster and more efficiently. It kills all non-gaming essential services (but not processes) and enhances multimedia processing.

Services for mobile devices support, VoIP, browsers that consume a lot of RAM and Office apps like Word or Excel and their associated services will be shut down; but can be easily restored when you’re done playing your game. The best thing is that Game Booster can be activated manually through Live Tuner’s system tray context menu, a shortcut on the apps overview page, or automatically when a game or system intensive app is started.

One of the app’s newest and biggest features is User Rights Manager. This is a comprehensive module that allows anyone with admin rights to the box adjust system restrictions for a single user or for multiple accounts, based on the internal Windows system Policy Editor. A backup of all user restrictions is created automatically in the background before changes are saved.

For example, you can set policies like always opening flash drives as write protected. You can prevent access to admin features by non-admin users, hide varying shutdown options, prevent access to Control Panel’s System properties that control Display, Bluetooth, Power Management, Network connections, etc. If you have shared computers anywhere in the house and inquisitive computer users, limiting access to these things can save you a lot of grief and troubleshooting later.

I’m always very critical of system utilities for a number of reasons. In many ways they make self service a whole lot easier. However, the more advanced THEY get, the more advanced YOU must get in order to understand the system changes you’re enabling. The biggest reason why I like WinOptimizer from Ashampoo is that they give you the options and capabilities without overwhelming you with all the technical mumbo-jumbo that goes along with it.

WinOptimizer 11 is one of better Windows utility apps on the market today. Its fast, easy to use and understand, yet gives you access to all of the options that many corporate system admins have via the Windows Group Policy Editor, without having to deal with its much more complicated interface.

Ashampoo is one of my favorite software publishers. They have some really awesome apps, and this is definitely one of them. The addition of User Rights Manager and Game Optimizer alone justify the upgrade costs. However, it has a great deal MORE to offer. Download this now and find out for yourself why Soft32 thinks this is a must have for your PC.

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Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD

Tell the story of your life with this must have Windows app.

As you get older, you find yourself looking back through old photos, remembering the good times. As many do… as I do, I find myself grouping like occasions together, at least in my mind, to form a story or tale. I even create a sound track for the story. Again, at least in my head. With Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD, you can do this in real life. You can create a slideshow of your pictures with Slideshow Studio HD, and its totally cool.

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The process is pretty easy:

  1. You select a theme
  2. You apply background music and sound effects
  3. You narrate your story
  4. You add captions and illustration, and
  5. You publish and share

When you set a theme, you can select between various templates for every occasion. If you can’t find something that suites you, you can customize an existing theme, or design your own. After your design is established, you can add music and sound effects to set the appropriate mood.

Slideshow Studio HD will allow you to add your own voice to the story and tell it as you see it. You can record from any registered Windows recording device; and add depth through captions and illustrations. When you’re done with that, you can add, text, subtitles image or shape overlays. When you’re done with that, you can render the slideshow as an HD movie. You can also burn the video to either DVD or Blu-ray.

If you have digital pictures, then, quite simply, you need Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD. Its easy to use, offers a creative way for you to customize your creations and for you to share them via video as well as via DVD and Blu-ray. The application is affordable and will be a welcomed addition to any Windows user’s software library.

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Keep your Windows PC safe with Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014

ashampoo_antivirus_2014_logoIf there’s one thing that I really like, its options. There are a lot of different kinds of malware out there, and finding and USING a malware scanner that works the best for you is important. This is one of the reasons why I like Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014. It’s a really cool virus scanner for Windows.

There’s a lot of malware out there. A lot of it effects Windows PC’s and that’s a problem, because a lot of people use Windows PC’s.  However, Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014 makes computing a lot easier. The nice thing about it is that once the app is installed, you don’t have to configure it.  It blocks malware right out of the box.  If that’s not, “set it and forget it,” then I don’t know what is.

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If malware is found, it can be removed with little interaction from the user. In many cases, you won’t even know you got a bug. Malware is removed and removed fast.  Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014 doesn’t sacrifice speed over security.  Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014 is fast and light weight.

The bad thing about bad guys is that they are constantly trying to come up with new ways to get to your data, financials and other valuable information.  Thankfully, Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014 has daily AV signature updates.  That way, you stay ahead of the curve.

Unfortunately, getting malware on your PC appears to be a part of modern computing. However, with Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014, you can stay protected and malware free. With its daily signature updates and set it and forget it feature set, it protects your PC in the background with little or no intervention from you. Ashampoo makes some of the best software on the internet today, so trust Soft32 when we tell you this is one of the best apps in our catalog.

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Ashampoo Burning Studio 6 FREE

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I’ve heard a lot of people say that the optical disc is dead; and while there may be something to what they’re saying – most software is delivered via digital download instead of optical discs – most of what everyday people want or need their CD and DVD drives for is still valid. Many people like to transfer and share music, pictures and movies with friends and loved ones. One of the easiest ways to do this is with an optical disc; and that’s why I like applications like Ashampoo Burning Studio 6 FREE because it makes life with them easy. It’s a cool, must have Windows app.

Ashampoo Burning Studio 6 FREE is one of the easiest to use disc burner apps on the market today. The app has a multi-disc file backup module and an integrated audio CD ripper. If you have a Blu-ray drive on your PC, you’re in luck. Ashampoo Burning Studio 6 FREE has improved Blu-ray support for discs with up to 25 gigabytes per layer from over 1700 different CD, DVD and Blu-ray burners.

The app continues to support WAV, MP3, FLAC, WMA and Ogg Vorbis files that you can burn audio CD’s with. You can also burn MP3 CD’s as well. If video is your preference, you can burn video DVD, VCD and S-VCD (super video CD’s) with your Windows compatible video files. You can also use the built in disc copying applet to make copies of your audio, video or data discs.

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I love Ashampoo Burning Studio 6 Free. Most of what I want and need in an optical disc burning app is here. You can use nearly every type and format of disc on the market and the app has Blu-ray support. The price is right; and Ashampoo software is some of the best software available on the internet. This is one of the biggest no-brainers I’ve seen in a while. If you have an optical drive, then you need to give Ashampoo Burning Studio 6 FREE a shot.

 

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Meet the new security solution Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014

ashampoo_iconAshampoo the popular German software developer enters the battle for the security supremacy with their first anti-virus solution Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014. This is their first attempt to launch a full-featured antivirus on the market, a product that can face all the major security threats from the online domain. Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014 is the successor program of Ashampoo Anti-Malware, but unlike it ancestor, Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014 is a true anti-virus which combines the Bitdefender and Emsisoft engines to help keep you safe online.

Featuring a sophisticated real-time protection with a good balance between security and resources needs, Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014 is a light breeze in your computer. Just install it, start it and let it do its work without any external intervention.

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In terms of user interface, this anti-virus is extremely easy to use. Large buttong are well placed so you can easily access the main processes: scanning your computer, or running the bonus tools like the startup programs manager, Winsock layers viewer, hosts file examiner, or the web tracks cleaner which will monitor all the main browsers installed on your computer. For the ones that are not used with the classical light theme, you can choose a second dark one which is the opposite in terms of look.

Being at version 1.0.0.0, the application is not at its peak form, so you should expect some glitches even while the Quick Scan is running, and the reports are not quite precise. But overall Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014 is a capable tool with enough power to secure you home PC. At $24.99 1 year license (offer available until October 8th) and 10 days trial which can be extended to 40 days if you give them you email address, Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014 is a powerful solution for your regular PC and can become a ferocious contender for the best anti-virus if the German developer will constantly improve it.

Highlights

  • – Real-time protection neutralizes attacks as they happen
  • – Behavior blocker monitors application behavior and also eliminates not yet classified threats such as zero-day exploits
  • – On-access guard effectively neutralizes infection attempts during file operations
  • – Multi-engine scanner with two scan engines for maximum accuracy
  • – Integrated self-protection to prevent program manipulation through malware
  • – Daily updates keep protection always up to date

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Burn your CD, DVD and Blu-ray Disc in Full HD quality quickly and easily with Ashampoo Burning Studio 11

Take complete control of your DVD and Blu-ray burning process with this great Windows application.

HD movies are awesome, but not everyone has the bandwidth to be able to stream and view home movies on the Internet. With three kids, and two of them under the age of 7, my wife and I are always taking movies of the kids for relatives who live out of state. Helping them view those movies can be a challenge, as not everyone has the level of Internet service that I do. This is why I really like Ashampoo Burning Studio. It’s a complete CD/DVD utility for Windows.

Ashampoo Burning Studio is fast, easy to use and efficient, as it handles all of your data – files, audio and video authoring tasks without sacrificing its famous ease of use. In version 10 they added a bunch of new features, but the program is still easy to use. Everything is explained to you as you do it.

The application’s main focus is its authoring capabilities for building video and audio discs. It fully supports 720p and 1080p HD video for Blu-ray discs. All the encoding is handled by Ashampoo Burning Studio. All the authoring tools have been overhauled. You now use the same new integrated editor for building DVD and Blu-ray video disks with menus.

In addition, there is a new Autoplay Editor module that you can use to build auto-starting data discs with attractive interactive menus. It also has a new Audio Player that plays audio files and audio CDs without leaving the program.

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