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  1. Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 review

    Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 review

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    Photoshop Elements 5 benefits from an excellent photo organiser, smart enough to detect and remove red-eye as it imports your images. It's supremely easy to tag files, organise them into collections and find the shots you need.

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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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    Ambient Design ArtRage 2.5 review

    Ambient Design ArtRage 2.5 review

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    Much as we love Photoshop, it's primarily a way to edit existing artwork rather than creating art from scratch. Traditionally, if you wanted to do a painting or drawing on your Mac, you turned to Corel Painter, but now there's a new kid on the block: ArtRage.

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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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    On One Software Genuine Fractals 5 review

    On One Software Genuine Fractals 5 review

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    Some of the latest cameras, like the Casio EX-Z1200, offer as much as 12Mp resolution, so why would you want more? For one thing, most only have a 3x optical zoom lens, so you can find yourself wanting to crop in and enlarge small areas of photos

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    Flock 0.90 review

    Flock 0.90 review

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    Most people use one of three browsers: Internet Explorer, Firefox or (for Mac users) Safari. However, there are a few browsers with small market shares but devoted audiences

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    VCom Fix-It Utilities 7 review

    VCom Fix-It Utilities 7 review

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    If you have owned your laptop for a time, it is likely you've noticed it runs slower than it did. This is due to the nature of computers - scattered programs and extra Registry entries all aim to slow you down.

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    Swiss Security Wireless SS review

    Swiss Security Wireless SS review

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    Latest statistics put wireless adoption in laptops at 95 per cent. So even if you don't intend on using the technology, you're likely to find it in your laptop. And setting up a network at home has never been easier

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    PC Tools Spyware Doctor 5.0 review

    PC Tools Spyware Doctor 5.0 review

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    We admit that we had high expectations for the latest release of Spyware Doctor, version 5.0. Our expectations were tempered prior to testing, however, by the fact that things change quickly in the anti-spyware sector

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    Nero Linux 3 review

    Nero Linux 3 review

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    Disc burning under Linux is dominated by one application: K3b. It's favoured by novices and power users alike, so much so that even the staunchest Gnome fans sometimes find themselves reaching for the KDE burning tool.

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    Roxio Crunch 1.0 review

    Roxio Crunch 1.0 review

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    Roxio's Crunch is another program designed to fill a gap in the market that Apple has left wide open for no well explored reason. In essence, the problem is that Apple TV and the video iPod will only play movies encoded in particular formats

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    X-OOM Internet Movies 3 review

    X-OOM Internet Movies 3 review

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    They might have tiny screens, but 5G iPods and Sony PSPs are commonly used for watching video. Even mobile phones can be used to watch video on the go. With so many formats around, getting videos to work on your portable device can be tricky

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