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  1. Webroot Window Washer 6.5 review

    Webroot Window Washer 6.5 review

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    If you're the paranoid type, a program like Window Washer will appeal. It's designed to eliminate all traces of your activity, enabling you to wipe your Internet trail, reset program settings or clean free space on your hard drive.

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    UMU Scan Mobile Anti-virus review

    UMU Scan Mobile Anti-virus review

     

    Once there was a time when the idea of shelling out a yearly fee to keep PCs from being attacked by a malicious program seemed faintly ridiculous. Now, of course, it's a different story.

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    PC Tools Spyware Doctor 5.1 review

    PC Tools Spyware Doctor 5.1 review

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    As the saying goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Over the course of the past few years, Spyware Doctor has been at the top of its game. The program's one of a handful of anti-spyware tools that has managed to not only keep up with these threats, but also beat back even the toughest of challengers.

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    O&O DiskImage 2 Professional review

    O&O DiskImage 2 Professional review

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    O&O has made a name for itself with its disk-based tools, so it's no surprise that there's a drive-imaging utility among its rapidly expanding array of products. O&O DiskImage 2 has plenty of neat features bundled up in its uncluttered, pleasing interface.

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    Laplink PCmover 3.0 review

    Laplink PCmover 3.0 review

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    While Windows Vista's built-in Easy Transfer Wizard handles files and settings with ease, it can't transfer entire programs from your old PC to your new one. Sure, you can set things up manually, but you may lose settings - and what happens if you've mislaid the program discs?

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    BitDefender Internet Security 2008 review

    BitDefender Internet Security 2008 review

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    Rather than relying on a series of different security tools from a hotchpotch of vendors, home users are increasingly making the switch to a single, unified solution for their PC security needs.

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    Intego FileGuardX4 review

    Intego FileGuardX4 review

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    FileGuardX4 creates virtual 'safes' on your Mac, which you can fill with files and folders. Drag items in and protect them behind passwords; once the 'safe' is locked, the contents don't even show up in Finder or Spotlight searches

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    MacAce.net MacMate review

    MacAce.net MacMate review

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    The harder Apple tries to make us keep signing up for .Mac, the less inclined we feel to join them. Until now, though, alternatives were hard to come by. You could cobble something together from various services, but the main missing link was always iDisk.

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    Symantec Norton AntiBot review

    Symantec Norton AntiBot review

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    AntiBot is as subtle, effective and automated as the pesky programs it aims to stop. During normal day-to-day usage it didn't flag up anything legitimate as suspect, and quarantined any malware we threw at it.

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    O&O DiskImage 2 Professional Edition review

    O&O DiskImage 2 Professional Edition review

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    At first glance, DiskImage 2 seems like a simple and rapid imaging application. It takes just a few clicks to make an image and mount it virtually, and the PE CD is easier than creating a boot disk.

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    Symantec Norton AntiBot review

    Symantec Norton AntiBot review

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    Although most anti-virus and anti-spyware tools use heuristic techniques to try to block malware based on its behaviour, Norton's new product goes one step further in basing its diagnosis solely on what an app does, rather than what it is

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    Paragon Hard Disk Manager 8.5 review

    Paragon Hard Disk Manager 8.5 review

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    Two of the most important tools for a hard drive are a decent back-up tool and a partitioning tool. Paragon's Hard Disk Manager is an amalgam of its Drive Backup and Partition Manager programs (available separately), so it offers all this functionality in spades.

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    O&O Defrag 10 review

    O&O Defrag 10 review

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    Optimising hard disks and cleaning them up is an essential PC process. Why Windows' native products are so poor is anyone's guess, but a dedicated solution is always better.

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    VMware Fusion 1.0 review

    VMware Fusion 1.0 review

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    For almost a year and a half, Parallels had the Mac virtualisation sector to itself. But now it has competition from the biggest name in the market: VMware

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    Hyperbolic Software TidyUp 1.2.9 review

    Hyperbolic Software TidyUp 1.2.9 review

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    This is a duplicate file finder with a customisable range of ways to search out redundant duplicate files. It's especially good at handling the files once found. We put it to work on a heavily used PowerBook G4 with 64GB of files

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    Webroot Spy Sweeper 5.5 review

    Webroot Spy Sweeper 5.5 review

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    Webroot added Sophos anti-virus to its package in version 5.2 and now the version 5.5 update includes email scanning. You may well think that such a feature should have been included from the start but in some respects this seems to show Webroot's thinking about computer security.

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    Norton 360 review

    Norton 360 review

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    We approached Norton 360 with some trepidation, as previous Symantec products have been large intrusive suites that take over your laptop without so much as a by-your-leave, but we were in for a pleasant surprise.

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    McAfeeTotal Protection 07 review

    McAfeeTotal Protection 07 review

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    McAfee wheels out the big guns with its Total Protection 2007 suite that lists a total of ten different features that include the usual anti-virus and anti-spymare/malware, but which goes on to 'improve performance' by giving your laptop a spring clean.

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    Iolo System Shield 3 review

    Iolo System Shield 3 review

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    iolo technologies is so achingly cool that it doesn't use capital letters in its name. Its System Shield 3 is similarly pared down as the software contains only the bare essentials of anti-virus, anti-spyware and a firewall for online protection.

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    AVG Internet Security 7.5 review

    AVG Internet Security 7.5 review

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    AVG has an interesting take on the pricing for its Internet Security 7.5 suite as the default price of £42 (inc. VAT) covers you for two years. If you choose, you can pay £32 to keep one laptop updated for one year and there are discounted rates for two, three or five laptops for one and two years.

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    Parallels Desktop 3 for Mac review

    Parallels Desktop 3 for Mac review

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    It's hard to argue with Parallels' might. It's the leading VM on OS X by a long shot, and the features just keep rolling in. Perhaps the most significant is 3D graphics support, which would theoretically let you play your Windows games under virtualisation

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    Yosemite Backup 8.5 & FileKeeper 2.7 review

    Yosemite Backup 8.5 & FileKeeper 2.7 review

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    Yosemite Backup isn't an established name in the home market - traditionally, it's aimed at businesses. Yet since the company's acquisition of FileKeeper's software, a home and small business product is available

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    Symantec Norton Ghost 12.0 review

    Symantec Norton Ghost 12.0 review

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    In a perfect world Windows would back up your entire PC automatically, and restoring it to a working state would take no more than a few clicks when required.

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    Genie Backup Manager Pro 8.0 review

    Genie Backup Manager Pro 8.0 review

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    Genie Backup Manager has been up there with the best for years. Its wizard-based approach, support for a range of back-up media and expandability thanks to hundreds of plug-ins has always made it worth considering, but there have been question marks

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    CA Internet Security Suite (Flash Drive) review

    CA Internet Security Suite (Flash Drive) review

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    Obvious gimmicks wear off pretty quickly. Indie band Keane thought they were going to change the face of music by releasing a single on a USB drive rather than CD, but it never really caught on. It's much the same with PC security.

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