TuneUp360

Protect and repair your PC with this cool Windows utility.

tuneup360Taking care of your PC isn’t always easy. There’s no end to things that can go wrong. That’s why I like apps like TuneUp360. It’s a complete toolbox utility for Windows.

Half the time when things go wrong with your computer, determining the cause is most of the work. TuneUp360 makes easy work of diagnosing and fixing various system errors with its intelligent error knowledge base. With it, you can prevent computer freezes and crashes by comprehensively fixing various system errors, system conflicts and misconfigurations.

TuneUp360 protects your internet security and privacy by tuning your computer’s security settings to close up backdoors that can be hijacked by viruses, Trojans, and spyware. You can dramatically speed up your computer and internet by fixing all issues slowing your surfing down. When you’re done surfing, TuneUp360 can cover your tracks, by eliminating your browsing history and surfing habits.

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If your PC’s registry is bloated, TuneUp360’s Redundancy Cleaner can clean your computer’s unnecessary and useless registry entries. This, in conjunction with its PC Stability Checker helps improve your PC’s stability by scanning your Windows, registry and application errors. It will even help you optimize system services and release more resources for Windows and other running software.

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Keep your PC safe with one of the best security app – AVG Internet Security

AVG Internet SecurityComputing is complicated these days. With viruses, worms, phishing and all other kinds of malware out there, keeping your PC clean and your private data private, isn’t easy. That’s why I really like AVG Internet security. It’s a PC antimalware and security app for Windows.

AVG Internet Security provides 100% virus detection. Its scanning engine has received numerous awards for its detection of previously unknown viruses. Its unique combination of detection methods provides full protection against viruses, worms and Trojans.

AVG Internet Security has cutting-edge anti-spyware technology. It uses the latest, state-of-the-art detection technology, so spyware, adware, DLL-Trojans, key loggers, and much more don’t live long on your PC. Malware hidden in data streams, archives, or the Windows registry are also detected. Its powerful Resident Shield provides maximum protection by scanning every file opened, executed, or saved. It also prevents the opening or executing of infected files. For your protection, files can be included or excluded from being scanned based on individual file extensions; and can handle exceptions for potentially unwanted programs such as adware.

AVG Internet Security

AVG provides full email protection and checks every e-mail sent or received. It can protect your computer from any and all e-mail-borne threats; and includes spam and phishing protection and filtering. AVG supports all leading e-mail clients, including MS Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, The Bat!, Eudora, and all other SMTP/POP3-based e-mail clients, such as Outlook Express; and supports encrypted connections using SSL.

AVG Internet Security is one of the best internet suites available on the internet today. If you’ve got a home network, you have complete control over all network access. Its built in firewall monitors all communication to and from your computer, blocking external attacks and preventing Trojans from stealing confidential data. Its configuration wizard automatically creates access rules for all popular software and can switch profiles automatically, based upon the current connection type (LAN to Wi-Fi and back), ensuring seamless changeover for notebooks. If you don’t have an internet security suite, this is a great choice.

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Keep your web surfing habits private with Ultrasurf

UltrasurfProtecting your privacy while surfing on line is a big problem, and something that we take seriously here at Soft32. This is the biggest reason why we like applications like Ultrasurf. It’s a privacy application for windows that helps keep your surfing habits secret.

Ultrasurf provides strong privacy protection with none of the confusing setups of other proxy tools. You’ll be ready to privately and securely surf the internet with Ultrasurf’s fast, private proxies moments after installation finishes. Ultrasurf is very easy to configure.

When you launch this program for the first time, Ultrasurf loads Internet Explorer automatically. Thankfully, it also supports other browsers. Ultrasurf has a very simple interface with Home, Retry, Option, Help, and Exit buttons. However, its golden lock icon, which showed up on our Windows Taskbar after we started the program, is a bit awkward. However, we were able to hide it.

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If you like to protect your privacy or can’t access certain Web sites due to censorship, Ultrasurf will be the easiest gateway for you. It doesn’t have a lot of options, but it does what it’s designed to do.

Overall, Ultrasurf is very easy to use and page-loading time while browsing is fast. Its ideal for people who don’t know much about how proxies work. You don’t have to assign any port numbers or play with the features in order to hide your IP address. Those who are familiar with proxy servers can also change their settings manually if they wish.

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Protect your home network, personal identity, and online activities with Trend Micro Internet Security

Over the years, the world of internet security has expanded beyond that of the major players whose names have come to the fore via long-established relationships that has seen their platforms bundled alongside operating systems – it can be hard to compete when the name of certain internet security platforms comes up the moment someone switches on their new computer.

This is not to say, though, that alternative forms of internet security are inferior, and there is no better an example of the great products available than Trend Micro Internet Security. Trend is a great new free-to-try internet security product that protects PCs against all the usual suspects including: Viruses, Spyware and Identity theft.

Trend Micro Internet Security gives you the peace of mind to be able to go about your usual computer-based activities without having to worry about the threats that can make you and your computer vulnerable.

As far as internet security software goes, Trend Micro Internet Security has the capability to offer more than adequate protection to the average home user of a PC, and is especially good when it comes to considering the family, with well thought out options for protecting kids against the many dangers of the web.

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Keep hackers and data thieves out of your computer with ZoneAlarm Free

While more people use antivirus and antispyware software now than they used to, that software may not offer you the full level of protection you need. A firewall is the third point to your security triangle that will protect you while you surf the web.

A firewall acts as a bouncer to your computer. Every time someone tries to come in or leave, the firewall checks whether you want it to or not. Settings can be saved obviously, so you won’t need to tell them that your email client is safe every time you switch it on.

ZoneAlarm Free Firewall is, in our eyes, one of the best free firewalls. It has been around for over a decade and as a result, ZoneAlarm has gotten pretty good at blocking bad data. ZoneAlarm offers paid-for versions of the firewall as well, and while most of the additional features aren’t necessary (support for example), the ‘download protection’ is something worthwhile missing from the freeware.

ZoneAlarm Free is definitely better than having no firewall at all, but it still misses some security features that would be worthwhile having. ZoneAlarm isn’t the best looking software package and can seem a little intimidating to configure for a beginner, yet these are minor flaws for an application that could potentially save you from a hacker or software intrusion.

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Keep your data and your family safe with K7 TotalSecurity

Cybercrime is everywhere. No one is immune, you just haven’t been victimized yet. Millions of computer users suffer due to fraudulent online activities. Every time you connect to the internet without the right protection, you risk being attacked by cyber criminals. Be it swindling money from your bank account, misusing your credit card, crashing your computer or even splashing your children’s pictures all over internet, they can attack without reason, rhyme or warning; and the results, depending on their success, can be devastating. This is one of the reasons why Alike tools like K7 Total Security. It’s a security package for Windows systems.

K7 Total Security is one of the most comprehensive PC security suites available today. Its abilities are recognized by industry insiders all over the world, it provides complete security against hackers and other evolving cyber threats. With it, you have comprehensive device control. You can set read/write/execute access to external devices (USB drives, and other storage devices, for example). It can scan USB disks as soon as they are plugged in and prevents malicious auto runs when any external device is plugged in, effectively vaccinating your USB drive before it gets infected.

K7 Total Security has one of the best scanning engines on the market today. Its Vulnerability Scanner detects vulnerable applications and informs the user about exploits that can be used through them to infect their computer. Its Enhanced Scan Engine scans for Flash and PDF based malware. Its enhanced Real Time Scanner algorithm is designed to provide zero impact on your system; and is capable of detecting exploits in any file type on your PC.

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No pop-ups and interruptions with BitDefender Internet Security 2012

Silence is golden, the old cliche says, and that’s certainly the selling point of BitDefender. It’s designed to offer a wide variety of security measures that operate without the user needing to pay much attention to what’s going on.

The real beauty of the application is that you don’t need to make decisions. It scans potential threats in the background and deals with them as necessary. It’s not completely “silent” as it does use pop-up notifications to tell you when it’s encountered a threat and what action it took.


Such a set-up would be relatively useless if the system either let genuine threats through, or created a lot of false positives. Fortunately its reference database is generally good quality: indeed, it’s been licensed to several other security software applications.

There are some additional features such as online back-up, anti-spam tools and parental controls. These are something of a mixed bag and should be seen more as a bonus than a primary reason to buy.

There will be people for whom BitDefender isn’t a best buy, but that’s more about the person than the software. If you want to have extensive control over what your security software checks and how, this may not be ideal. If you don’t mind putting in a little extra work to make the best use of free alternatives, the purchase price may be offputting. If, however, you are happy to pay to get peace of mind, this is one of the more reliable options out there.

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Kindle Fire Lacks (even BASIC) Purchase Controls

Let’s face it, despite what Amazon has to say, the Kindle Fire really just isn’t kid friendly…

I bought my wife a Kindle Fire for Christmas. After a couple of days hesitation with the device, she really got into it, and now, really likes it. Small, easy to carry and for her AND the kids to use, it’s become a standard in her daily gadget line up. In fact, neither her nor the kids have it far from them during the day. Clearly, a sign of a good purchase and gift decision on my part.

However, the tablet, and subsequently Amazon’s ecosystem, have a major flaw in them; and it’s one that you won’t even bump into unless you either have kids that share your Fire or you lose/misplace the device – it has absolutely NO purchase controls.

If you order the device directly from Amazon, the device comes in a clearly MARKED box and comes preactivated with links directly to your credit card and your account. Anyone smart enough to intercept the shipment will have the ability to purchase away inside of Amazon’s online store, with YOU responsible for all of the purchases.

Strike one – Pre-activation

The device itself doesn’t have any method, or way of either excluding your purchasing credentials/credit card info or even password protecting all purchases with your Amazon.com site password. If you have the device, again, you have direct access to your account, and as long as you have money in your debit account, available credit on your card, etc., anyone possessing the device can make all the purchases they want.

Strike two – Have device, can purchase

When I confronted Amazon with this HUGE security (and frankly, clearly common sense) hole, they let me know that Amazon addressed this by putting a password on Wi-Fi access, so if you wanted to prevent purchases, you could password protect the device’s ability to get online.

This made me to a double take; and really ticked me off.

Strike three – Failure to address the specific issue: Purchase control

I think Amazon wants to differentiate themselves in the tablet market by giving their users the clear ability to purchase anything and everything they would want or need on the Kindle Fire without having to enter a password. Really..?! Am I the only one who sees this huge security hole? I give them points for wanting this to be easy, but talk about your advanced identity theft tools..! Apparently, all I need to steal someone’s credit is not their credit card number, their social security number or any of their personal, private information. All I really need is their Kindle Fire.

Nice.

Let’s forget the real world scenario that I bumped into with my 4 year old ordering an entire season’s worth of Olivia, and that I just want to gate purchases on the device with the linked account’s Amazon password (which you see on every Apple iDevice in town, including the iPad). According to Amazon, this is unreasonable. It’s also something they are NOT going to address.

They’ve given users the ability to limit the use of Wi-Fi instead. You need Wi-Fi to make purchases. With Wi-Fi password protected, you can’t purchase new content. That’s true; but it also fails to address the problem. The Kindle Fire is a content streaming device.

Amazon Prime’s streaming service requires an internet connection. The Fire is a Wi-Fi only device, and in order to view/stream content that I’ve already purchased, Wi-Fi must be on. Effectively want Amazon is telling me is that I have to unlock Wi-Fi every time my child wants to view content that’s already been purchased…and once they are streaming content, I have to watch them watch it so that they don’t go looking for something else.

But, as I said, let’s forget this and the fact that its backwards.

The unlocked device represents a huge security hole. Amazon needs to address this with a software update and needs to require the account holder’s Amazon password for all purchases and not for Wi-Fi access. Until it does, Kindle Fire, and really ALL Kindle owners, need to be careful about where they store their Kindle, who has access to the device, and who is using it. You could find yourself the recipient of a HUGE content bill if your kids, or worse, a thief, happen to get a hold of your device and make unauthorized purchases.

NOTHING you can do, either on the web site or on the device, aside from crippling it, can prevent unauthorized purchases; and this is clearly documented by a number of different complaints and posts in Amazon’s own forums.

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