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Tue
10
Jan
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Backup Premium v2.0 Review

Synopsis: Need a reliable, secure, and equally flexible solution to backup your valuable data? Look no further -- Backup Premium v2.0 is the answer! With its well-designed user interface and flexible built-in scheduler, wide media support, and data ... integrity testing, Backup Premium v2.0 makes archiving data as pleasant as it is simple! Backup Premium 2.0: Screenshots Click to view: Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3. Backup Premium 2.0: Features Drilldown Wide Support for Backup Medium, including: external and internal hard drives, network drives (including SAN, NAS, and LAN locations), all types of ... (view more)

Fri
06
Jan
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Rootkits and Windows

Infopackets Reader S. Frisch recently asked a question regarding rootkits: " I've been hearing a lot of talk these days about 'rootkits' and how they can infiltrate Windows (regardless of whether or not you have a Firewall installed). What is your ... opinion of rootkits? I've also heard that there are programs that can help to defeat rootkits (with frequent updates): Rootkit Revealer, Ghostbuster and Blacklight. Do you think any one is better than the other? Do you think installing these programs is necessary? And if so, are there any others that are better?" Before answering this question, let' ... (view more)

Wed
28
Dec
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Top 10 Must-Have PC Maintenance Utilities

Die-hard Infopackets Reader Paul B. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have been a faithful subscriber to your newsletter for a few years now. While I immensely enjoy reading your articles (especially the software reviews), I am constantly second-guessing ... myself as to which utilities *I* need to keep my system running smoothly. As a newbie, I would like to know how many of these 'fix all programs' are really necessary? For example, which utilities do I need for: speeding up, uninstalling, defragging, anti-Spyware, anti-spam, firewall, anti-virus, registry cleaning / fixing... etc. I mostly use my ... (view more)

Wed
28
Dec
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AudiMovie Review

Synopsis: Extract audio from DVD, VCD, SVCD, or MPEG movies and save them into .WAV or .MP3 format for portable audio on the go! With AudiMovie, you can select audio quality and volume, audio language stream/track, Dolby Surround/AC3/DTS, PAL/NTSC, ... and customization of output audio resolution -- and then burn straight to CD! AudiMovie uses the latest video technology and is optimized for Intel and AMD processors. Default settings are provided for beginner users, so ripping the audio from your first movie is a snap! AudiMovie: Screenshots Click to view: Page 1. AudiMovie: Features Drilldown ... (view more)

Fri
23
Dec
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Registry First Aid Platinum Review

Synopsis: Tired of Windows crashing? Sick of having software lock up on you or taking forever to load? The problem might very well be the result of software installations and un-installations that went awry! If you are having problems with your ... system and want to ensure it stays fine tuned and error free, you need Registry First Aid Platinum! Registry First Aid was honored by the industry at the Shareware Industry Conference annual awards banquet in 2003 and again in 2005, and honored with a People's Choice Award. Find out why! Why is it necessary to maintain the Registry? Not all software un ... (view more)

Thu
22
Dec
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4Diskclean Gold Review

Synopsis: Unwanted temporary files build up over time as a result of daily computer use and Internet surfing; if left unchecked, these files can clutter up your hard drive and cause a significant deterioration in system performance. 4Diskclean Gold ... is an award winning collection of tools designed to optimize system performance, and keeps your computer running like new. 4Diskclean Gold deletes all sorts of unneeded files, including: temporary data, old backups, duplicated files and DLLs [Dynamic Link Libraries], all files viewed in Web browser and stored in browser cache, the history of URLs ... (view more)

Thu
01
Dec
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Windows Registry

In computing, the Windows registry is a database which stores settings and options for the operating system for Microsoft Windows 32-bit versions. It contains information and settings for all the hardware, software, users, and preferences of the PC. ... Whenever a user makes changes to "Control Panel" settings, or file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in the registry. As time goes on, an aged Windows installation can have a very large registry database. This can slow down the computer's startup and has led to frequent criticisms that the ... (view more)

Tue
08
Nov
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First Programming Tools, Part 1

It occurs to me that there are a lot of folks that, like me, enjoy using the computer. It becomes more than a fancy typewriter or a games machine or even a jukebox for playing music. We start thinking about how much we would like to make the ... computer do what we want. We want to 'program' the machine! Strangely enough, it doesn't take years of education at the college level to do that. There are tutorials and free software available that we can collect and use to become the magician. Not to mention the thousands of books that are sold in bookstores that cover the subject. So, exactly what ... (view more)

Thu
03
Nov
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Recover Data from a Bad Burn?

Infopackets Reader Michel S. writes: " Dear Dennis, First, thank you for this very informative and welcoming website. My question today is in regard to a corrupt DVD disc. After having burned some of my favorite downloaded files to DVD disc (using ... the 'D-well' brand blank DVD), some files appear to be OK, but part of the DVD disc cannot be accessed at all. ;-( I am using an ASUS DVD writer and Nero 6.0 for my backup. So far, my computer friends haven't been able to help me with this issue. I'd certainly appreciate if you can help me to clarify this mystery. Thank you in advance! " ... (view more)

Wed
02
Nov
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Conceiva DownloadStudio Review

Synopsis: Are you a download-a-holic? Do you suffer from slower than average download speeds? Do you often get disconnected in the middle of a download? Do you use Internet Explorer and wish there was a way you could resume a broken download (and ... avoid having to start from the beginning)? Do you have trouble remembering where your last downloaded file was saved to? If you answered 'Yes' to any of these questions, then you'll definitely want to find out why PC Magazine bestowed the Editors' Choice Award to Conceiva DownloadStudio for best Internet Download Manager -- but only if you read ... (view more)

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