Hard Disk Sentinel (HDSentinel) is a multi-OS SSD and HDD monitoring and analysis software. Its goal is to find, test, diagnose and repair hard disk drive problems, report and display SSD and HDD health, performance degradations and failures. Hard Disk Sentinel gives complete textual description, tips and displays/reports the most comprehensive information about the hard disks and solid state disks inside the computer and in external enclosures (USB hard disks / e-SATA hard disks). Many different alerts and report options are available to ensure maximum safety of your valuable data.
Disk Defrag will speed up your computer by optimizing file system. It can defragment files, consolidate free space and move system files to the faster part of the disk. With Disk Defrag you will get the maximum out of your hard drive performance. Supplied powerful engine and smart algorithm makes it perform much faster than similar programs. And with its comprehensive reports you will always be aware of what have been done. Disk Defrag features fast and safe defragmentation of the disk drives, optimization of clusters structure and file system for even better disk performance.
DVDfab Media Player is designed to playback copy protected DVDs and Blu-ray disks that most free media players fails to playback. The program is available in two different editions free and pro, while the free edition can playback DVD/Blu-ray ISO and folders, playback of encrypted disks with Blu-ray navigation menus is only supported in the pro edition. Both the free and pro edition supports playback of other video files, which includes some of the widely used files such as, MP4, MKV, AVI, WMV, MPG, FLV, MOV, and 3GP.
Recently Panda launched their 2016 consumer line, and like other security vendors, Panda has followed suit with no version numbering on its product interface. The new offered consumer line brings interface changes, new features, improvements under the hood, and most importantly compatibility to Windows 10. Panda is currently offering free 180 days extended trial of the following products:
- Panda Antivirus Pro
- Panda Internet Security
- Panda Gold Protection
- Panda Global Protection
Wonderfox DVD Video Converter is designed to convert DVD videos to any video format of your choice. It can handle all kind of DVDs including the ones that are protected with DVD CSS, region code, RCE, Sony ArccOS, UOPs, Disney X-project DRM and other encryption technologies. The converter is blazing fast in performing conversions with support for NVIDIA CUDA and ATI Stream technologies that further improves conversion speed. Several preset output formats are included that are suitable for playback on computer, media players and portable players.
Screen capture feature is natively built into Windows. The keyboard even has a dedicated key (PrtScn) to grab the current screen, but then you have to use a program like MS paint to save the screen capture in an image format. The feature is limited, as it captures the whole screen and windows clipboard holds only one item, which means you have to save your current capture before you can use the PrtScn key again.
Ashampoo Snap 2015 is a screen capture program that provides multiple capture modes: fixed area, free area, timer-based and more, to cover all possible eventualities. Fixed area mode captures active application window, free area allows the user to select and capture any part of the screen and time-based capture automatically captures the screen at a specific interval. In addition to screen capture, it is capable of recording the live screen with audio and exporting it as a video file.
Forte is a music notation software that allows you to compose music easily without the need for any kind of technical knowledge. The software is suitable for all ages and has been specially designed to be intuitive and straightforward to use. Forte is available in four different editions: Premium, Home, Basic, and Free. Basic is the entry-level edition and is perfect for students and songwriters delving into digital composition. It is also a great product for teachers helping students learn to write musical notations or musicians who wants to chart out the songs you have written with basic chords.
Couple of weeks ago, we shared Sticky Password offer, which is a password manger. RoboForm is another password manager that does the same job. The program is available in two different editions, desktop and everywhere. The everywhere edition stores you data online, which allows you to synchronize your data with multiple computers, and mobile devices. Data saved in your desktop, will also be available in your mobile device. This is not possible with the desktop edition.
O&O DiskImage allows you to quickly create images of your entire hard drive. You must be wondering, how is that better than normal backup? Complete images are safer and quicker in terms of disaster recovery. Images created by DiskImage use an additional compression type that consumes less space, images are easy to transport , and allow quick restoration in just a few clicks.
O&O DiskImage lets you backup an entire computer or individual drives and files whenever you want – even while the computer’s being used. Never again will you have to worry about lost data – The backups you make can be restored with just a few clicks of the mouse – even if you are not able to boot Windows.
Zoner Photo Studio 16 brings in a lot of new features. The interface is now supports touch controls, which allows you to cycle through your photos using just your fingers, zoom in and out using pinch gestures, and select files for editing, viewing or sharing by tapping.
Geotags are now supported, which means if your camera supports Geotagging, then pictures with Geotag information will be displayed on a map. If your camera does not support Geotagging, then you can manually add Geotag information by clicking on a photo and dragging it onto a map.
Avast has gained quite a reputation by offering its highly effective antivirus program free of cost. The company also has paid suits that are more capable, powerful, and secure than the free counterpart. Internet Security is one of the paid suit that has an annual subscription fee of $49.99 for a single-user and $69.99 for a three-user license.
Avast Internet Security contains all the modules that you would expect in a home security suit, such as, anti-malware, firewall, anti-spam, system cleanup and sandbox tool. The suit lacks parental control. However, we found some unique protection features like the network security tool that checks your router settings for security flaws, and secure line VPN that protects all your communication with military grade encryption.
DVDfab Passkey is a tool that works in the background to decrypt DVD and Blu-ray disks on the fly. This allows you to playback or rip encrypted disks using any third party program without any issues. According to the developer, Passkey can decrypt any DVD and Blu-ray protection. There is also a toned down version of the program known as Passkey Lite that is free to use but comes with certain limitations, such as the ability to decrypt AACS V12+, BDAV, AVCREC for Blu-ray and ARccOS, RipGuard protection for DVD. The edition that is currently being given away contains no such limitations and the retail license of it usually costs $40 to purchase.
F-Secure seem to have silently updated their security product line for the year 2016. There is no mention of the new edition on the company homepage, but if you checkout the individual product pages, you will find that the screenshots have been updated to the new edition. Please note this is not a beta version, there is no mention of “beta” anywhere in the product interface and the program is rock solid, so feel free to install. F-Secure has still not announced the changes to the new edition, and we did not find any new features added to the program, apart from the interface that has been re-designed and the key functions are now divided in tabs to allow quick access. Here are some of the well-known features of F-Secure Antivirus:
McAfee Internet Security software 2015 provides comprehensive PC and identity protection to keep users safe from malwares and risky web sites. It offers antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-phishing, two-way firewall protection, anti-spam, parental controls, 1 GB of online backup and SiteAdvisor – a powerful Web site safety advisor so consumers can safely surf the Web.
Wise Care 365 Pro is a powerful system utility suite that includes registry, disk and system tools to keep your PC Secure and running at peak performance. It can repair the windows registry, recover accidently deleted files, clean up disk space, optimize memory usage, manage start up items, and permanently delete sensitive data making them unrecoverable. The developers claim that Wise Care 365 Pro finds more registry errors than CCleaner and has twice the scanning speed of Advanced System Care Pro 5.