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Flashget 3.7.0 –Increase your download speed while you’re handling your files more efficiently

Overall Impressions

Even today, when a lot of users enjoy a broadband internet connection, a freeware download manager proves to be extremely useful, not only improving the downloading speed, but also efficiently handling the files. Flashget offers a wide array of features, automating the download process and organizing the files. It boasts a smart downloads management, it’s highly compatible with rapidshare files and with flash movies, and it also contains a free antivirus. And all these for free.

Installation and support

Anyone could download this free download manager in an instant, due to the lightweight 4Mb setup kit. Once you download Flashget, the installation process is fast and user friendly, not having any additional programs. The only disadvantage is that only the Windows’ user can enjoy this gratis software.

 

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Free IP Scanner 1.8– A fast and reliable IP scanner

 

Overall Impressions

Network administrators and advanced home users with a small number of home computers alike want to know what’s happening inside their network and for that they use Internet Protocol scanning utilities. Each computer that operates in a network is designated an Internet Protocol Address or IP and for a network administrator to get an information about each computer operating inside the network he needs to learn the IP, the Mac address, the NetBios details, the open ports, etc. This way, he can ensure that there aren’t any security issues in the network.

The Free IP scanner is a all-in-one software that offers vital information about the IP address, names of the host, MAC address and work group, performing in the same time a port scanning in order to provide data about the open ports, a tool that other IP scanners don’t have. The developer boasts with a scanning speed of more than one hundred scans/minute.

Installation and support

The IP scanner is an extremely light application (0.42 MB) that you won’t need to install and it can be run from an USB device. In other words, it’s a standalone application. It can be launched with a double click, no matter where it’s located. When you’ll run it, you’ll be able to register in order to place your donation, if you choose to. If not, you can just press the “Later” button.

 

 

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K-Lite Mega Codec Pack -All you need to play any video and audio file

Overall Impressions

Videos and songs come packaged in all sorts of formats and most users just want to enjoy them without bothering too much about finding the right codec, which could be a long-lasting operation. K-Lite Mega Codec Pack Full is one of the latest codec packages able to play any video and audio format available for your Windows PC. The codec pack suggests and even makes the updates necessary for you to enjoy any movie format. 

Installation and support

In case you have 50MB available on your PC hard, you’ll be ready to install KLite Mega Codec Pack. The mega codec pack comes in different sizes of 10, 17 and 20 MB, from which you have to choose, each version supporting a different number of codecs not supported in the Windows default package. 

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Smart Defrag 2.2.1: Take care of your hard disk keeping it defragmented

Overall Impressions

If you care about your computer performance, you should think about defragging your hard disk from time to time. If we perceive a file as a whole, for our operating system a file – a document, photo, song, is nothing more than various bits of information scattered all over the hard drive. It can’t keep the files in blocks, because it can’t afford to waste space on the HDD. Defragging is the process through which file fragments are clustered to speed up their reading.

Smart Defrag 2 is a third-party defragging tool from IObit that bundles some useful hard disk maintenance features, like boot-time fragmentation, automatic fragmentation, schedule defrag tasks, analyzing of the files and folders for the fragmentation level, etc. It addresses both to the average computer user and the advanced user.

 

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uTorrent 3.0 Editor's review

Overall Impressions

BitTorrent as a protocol of sharing files over the Internet is extremely popular, offering its users access to scores of files and increasing the speed of downloads. There’s no shortage of BitTorrent clients on the market, but few of them offers the bundle of features μTorrent can provide, matched with a high management of computer’s resources. Using μTorrent, one can download several files simultaneously, schedule the downloads, set the level of priority of each download, without giving you the possibility to notice an increase in the used RAM memory.

Installation and support

The process of installation is smooth and straightforward, due to the lightweight installing kit (only  218KB). During the installation process you are offered the chance to download a free music album. You can also opt to install the UTorrent bar, but you can skip this step, if you want. You’re also warned against attempts to commercialize uTorrent, which is a free BitTorrent client. The free utility is supported only by Windows: Windows 2000, NT, XP, 2003, Vista and 7. So, if you want a BitTorrent client for Mac OS X, Linux, etc, you must appeal to a different one.

 

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GOM Player

Overall Impressions

There aren’t too many free media players to impress with their functionality and design like GOM Player does. It’s extremely user-friendly and it can satisfy all kinds of users, from the ones who prefer a basic video and audio player to those who want a higher degree of customization. It supports most of the more popular formats as AVI, DAT, DivX, MPEG,  XviD, WMV, ASF, MOV and the major codecs: FLV1, AC3, OGG, MP4, and H263.

Installation and Support

After one chooses to download GOM Player, the installment process will run smoothly and rapidly. You just have to make some options, opting for creating a shortcut icon on the desktop, making it run in the start menu, opting for the storage place, etc. You can also choose to install GOM Encoder. Unfortunately, it offers to install Google toolbar and you must pay attention to deselect this feature in the installation process. In order to install GOM Player on your computer, you just need 20MB free of storage space. The media player is supported for all Microsoft Windows versions.

 

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DeepBurner 1.9 – A light and reliable CD/DVD burner

 

Overall Impressions

Even if most of us use USB sticks and external HDDs to transport information from one computer to another, burning your own disk with music, movies, etc, and collecting them in our library is a feeling most of us will never want to give up. Deepburner 1.9 is a free burning tool with all the basic functions a beginner needs. DeepBurner Free supports a very wide range of internal and external DVD and CD writers. With this extremely user-friendly burning software one can burn any data, copy discs, make backups, make ISO CDs and DVDs, create labels and booklets.

Installation and support

The 2.65 MB setup kit guarantees an easy installation, due to the fact that it doesn’t come bundled with other programs that need to be installed. It supports all Windows-based operating systems, beginning with Windows 2000.

 

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Load Mozilla Firefox pages faster

 

I don’t know what your favourite Internet browser is, the competition between the latest versions of the Web browsers is really close. But I do know how to improve their performance using the right settings. Today I’ll bring Mozilla Firefox into your attention, showing you how to speed it up like a stud from the far West. Bear with me, I’ll tell you to exact steps to do it, with screenshots.

Warning: Some pages can load slower with these new settings and some faster. Please give us your feedback about this.

 

Step by Step Tutorial:

 

1. Take a deep breath…and type about:config into the address bar and press enter. It’s the bar in which you type the name of the sites you’re looking for, starting with http:/www…Look at the first screenshot if not sure where to type. You’ll receive a warning about the fact that you’re going to mess with some settings, click OK if you feel sure.

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EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition 9.0

Overall Impressions

Partitioning the hard disk is nowadays an easy task that everyone can do if he possesses the right utility tools. EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition offers the average user the possibility of safely accomplishing this task, once performed only by advanced users. It brings the essential partition management options and some additional goodies, like: support for RAID, data destruction through zero-fill, deleted files recovery, possibility to hide/unhide the partition. All these come into an intuitive interface, providing the customer with relevant information for him to understand each step it takes.

Interface and features:

The intuitive interface is splits in three main sections: a lateral panel with the set of options, a list of drives in the right, and the toolbar and menu bar in the top with roughly the same functions as the operations in the right panel.

EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition is a downgraded version of the Professional Edition and it may lack some additional features some advanced users would like to have, but the essential functions are there: you can create and delete partitions, resize or move them.

 

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avast! Free Antivirus 6.0 Editor's review

Overall Impressions

Not everybody affords to get a paid anti-virus, but everybody needs protection against threats. The solution would be a compromise: a free anti-virus which, in combination with other kind of software, like disk defragmenters, data backup utilities speeds up your computer and reduces the risk of losing some vital data. More than 130 million users are currently running Avast! on their computer, benefiting of the program’s constant upgrades and updates offered by Avast software. Even if there are obvious shortcomings in using a free antivirus solutions, Avast performs the essentials tasks and its virus databases are kept up-to-date.

Installation and support

The 50Mb installation kit is quite lightweight for an antivirus, making the installation process an easy task. All you have to do is the choose the configuration you want: typical or minimal, but we didn’t see in fact any difference between them, even the sizes seem to be the same. If you don’t have Google Chrome installed on the computer, the application will offer to install it.

 

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