Cyberlink YouCam provides a rich collection of tools to spice up your video conversations and recordings. The program is compatible with the most popular video messengers out there, Skype and Yahoo Messenger. To apply effects in real time, you just have to select YouCam as your webcam in your video messenger. You can add over 200 effects in your live video session that include 3D virtual places, emotions, frames and particle effects. Moreover, you can change video parameters such as brightness, contrast, sharpness, and exposure to enhance the quality. The program is capable of face recognition that allows you to add face avatars and headgears in real time.
Most users use windows control panel to remove/delete installed applications. Windows control panel only uses the uninstaller associated with the application to remove its data. This may be good enough in some cases, but most applications have the tendency to leave traces on your computer even after they have been uninstalled. These can be in the form of folders, files, and registry entries. Initially, they may not cause any kind of issues, but eventually these accumulated traces will drastically reduce the performance of your system.
Soft Organizer is an application uninstaller for Windows that has been designed with simplicity. It lists all the applications in the main interface where you can sort and group applications according to their install date, name, developer and trace status.
It adds a “Install with trace” command in the windows context menu. Tracing is a powerful feature that creates a detailed log of the changes made to the system during installation of the application. This log is later used to uninstall and undo the changes made during the installation process.
If you are new to image editing and have very little knowledge about it, then photomizer is the right program for you. It is an extremely easy to use image enhancement program that uses a number of photographic tools for image manipulation. With photomizer you can automatically enhance your dull photos by re-adjusting tonality, increasing contrast, re-sharpening matt images and correcting white balance.
You may be using the same account password on social media, forums, banking and other websites because it is easy to remember. The password created by you may be strong with random letters, number and symbols but it still poses a major security risk. If the user credentials of even a single site is breached, hackers can get try and get access to your other accounts. That is why you should always use unique passwords for each website.
Remembering so many password combination is never easy. Steganos Password Manager, as the name suggests, manages your online account by storing the address, username and password information for any website, and in future, it enters this information automatically to save you from having to remember all the passwords.
Ashampoo HDD Control is a Hard Drive diagnostic software that includes a rich set tools to allow users easily monitor and maintain their hard drive.
The program supports almost all commonly available IDE and serial ATA drives. The monitoring function provides the user with all important facts and information, including the firmware version, cache size, number of configured partitions, drive space and current temperature, while the benchmark function provides a clear, graphic overview of the Hard Drive’s performance. Additional maintenance tools like defrag, internet cleaner and drive cleaner protects privacy and improves system performance.
1-Click Backup is a reliable backup tool designed for the windows operating system. The application has a limited backup functionality as it allows you to only backup entire drives, but not files and folders. On first install, you need to set the backup options before you can start backing up data with a single click. You need to set the following backup options: source drive (drive that needs to be backed up), target location (where the backup is going to be saved), backup schedule (if you want to backup on demand, then you should select disable automatic backup), and number of old backup versions.
After you have set the backup preferences, you can activate the backup plan and backup your drives on demand or automatically on a daily or weekly basis.
UnHackMe is designed to detect and remove a specific type of malware known as rootkits. Traditional antivirus and security programs cannot detect rootkits due to their advanced encryption and compression techniques. Rootkits work by providing system level access to hackers without the permission and knowledge of the system administrator. Remote connections and all operations carried out by hackers are kept hidden by appearing to be a system process.
UnHackMe analyzes the boot process of windows until the desktop loads to detect rootkits. The interface of the program is nothing out of the ordinary. To start a scan, you have to use the “Check me now” button, which provides two different scan options: online multi antivirus scan and anti-malware scan. The first option uses Virus total to scan your files, while the second option scans your files using the local database. The developers claim that the program is also capable of removing Trojans, backdoor programs, viruses, worms, adware, and search redirecting malware.
VPN (Virtual Private Network) provides you a secure way of connecting to the online world. This is particularly essential if you are using a public network to access the web. F-Secure Freedome is a VPN service for windows, android and iOS devices that offers additional security by blocking harmful sites and applications.
All unsafe sites and attempts to hack your device is automatically blocked in the background. You can later view these attacks in settings. Freedome currently offers five different VPN locations that you can connect and set your virtual location. Locations include US, UK, Germany, Finland, and Sweden.
Bitdefender Total Security, which is the company’s flagship product, combines the power of Bitdefender Antivirus and Bitdefender Internet Suite to provide the best high-end security to home users. Bitdefender Total Security 2014 features streamlined installation and requires half the time to install compared to the previous edition. Like other security suites, Bitdefender has stopped using a version number in their product interface. The suite retains the same interface as last year’s 2014 edition.
Photon is one of the new technologies included which increases scanning speed by gradually adapting to the PC. Photon memorizes the files that have been scanned and on future scans, it skips files that have not been modified since the last scan. Wallet is another new feature that has been added this year. Wallet allows you to store website credentials and when you visit those websites, it automatically logs you in.
CDRWIN is a reliable disk-burning suit that will allow you to burn CD, DVD and Blu-ray disks. The interface is simple, and on first glance, you will be able to figure out what you can do and cannot do on this suit. It has the ability to backup disks in the form of an image (ISO), burn images to disk (ISO, CUE, BIN, XMD), create data disks and audio CDs, and erase rewriteable disks.
You cannot author disks, but you can burn pre-authored DVD and Blu-ray disks. Other noteworthy features include the ability to rip Audio CDs and view the sectors of a disk.
Avast is back with another exiting promotion. Anyone can get a single user one-year free subscription of Avast Antivirus Pro by just completing a simple survey. The promotion is hosted in collaboration with Techradar, and is valid until June 19. If you feel that the free subscription period of the previously shared Avast Internet Security is too short, than you should try this. However, please note that Antivirus Pro lacks some protection features, such as, anti-spam and firewall.
Avast Antivirus Pro has good ratings from most of the independent antivirus testing firms. We recommend it over the free edition as it includes two additional tools, namely, SafeZone that allows to safely bank online, and Anti-hijack protection that protects you from malware and phishing sites.
Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Backup and Recovery Compact is a toned down version of the professional edition, and only includes three modules that allows you to carry out backup, recovery and transfer tasks. The backup tool is accompanied by a wizard that guides you through the whole process. You can backup files, folders or the entire hard drive on a virtual disk. The same goes for the recovery tool that allows you to restore your data in just a few clicks. You can also modify, create or delete your backup capsules using the capsule manager.
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.
Wonderfox DVD Ripper is a professional converter designed to rip DVDs to commonly used video formats. The program can rip all types of DVDs including encrypted DVDs like CSS protected DVDs, Sony ArccOS DVDs and all region 1-6 DVDs.
With Wonderfox DVD Ripper users can also convert and transfer their favorite DVD videos to portable media devices, such as, iPhone, Apple TV, Android Mobile Devices, XBOX, PS3, PSP, Wii and more. Apart from ripping DVDs, the program is also capable of extracting audio from DVDs and grabbing screenshot in BMP or compressed JPEG format.
Not everyone can afford expensive suits like Adobe Acrobat Pro or other PDF editing programs to manipulate PDF files. This is one of the reasons why PDF converters are so popular. Wondershare PDF Converter helps you convert PDF files to editable office document formats, plus other formats, such as, PowerPoint, EPUB, HTML and Text formats. Edit, annotate or fill PDF form as per your desire. It can handle all kinds of PDF documents, including encrypted and scanned files without issues, as it features OCR technology that recognizes text from scanned or image PDF automatically.