software

Thu
11
Aug
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Spyware

Spyware is a broad category of malicious software intended to intercept or take partial control of a computer's operation without the user's informed consent. While the term taken literally suggests software that surreptitiously monitors the user, ... it has come to refer more broadly to software that subverts the computer's operation for the benefit of a third party. Spyware differs from viruses and worms in that it does not usually self-replicate. Like many recent viruses, spyware is designed to exploit infected computers for commercial gain. Typical tactics furthering this goal include ... (view more)

Thu
11
Aug
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'Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool', and 'Google Earth Hacks'

Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool checks computers running Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows Server 2003 for infections by specific, prevalent malicious software -- including Blaster, ... Sasser, and Mydoom -- and helps remove any infection found. When the detection and removal process is complete, the tool displays a report describing the outcome, including which, if any, malicious software was detected and removed. Microsoft releases an updated version of this tool on the second Tuesday of each month. You can run the tool from ... (view more)

Wed
10
Aug
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MailWasher Pro 5 Review

Synopsis: According to "Jupiter Research", unwanted email or Spam messages occupy at least 50% of email sent around the world! And there doesn't seem to be a fix anytime soon: research has shown that junk mail will continue to increase exponentially ... over the next few years. So what's the most effective way to combat Spam and Viruses on the Internet? Answer: MailWasher Pro, of course! MailWasher Pro saves you oodles of time by allowing you to preview and delete unwanted email *before* it actually gets downloaded to your computer! MailWasher Pro takes Spam complaints to the next level by ... (view more)

Thu
30
Jun
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Infopackets Summer Fund Raiser 2005

Yesterday, I announced that our web site will be hosting a special fund raiser. To quickly recap: I will be compiling special reviews (once a week over the summer), featuring really great software at ridiculously cheap prices; a percentage of the ... proceeds will be used to fund our web site. Yesterday's Summer Sizzler was "SpeedUpMyPC": an award-winning system optimization program used to monitor and boost your PC's performance when you need it the most (click here to read -- you won't want to miss it!). Today's newsletter announcement is an email I received this morning, and deals ... (view more)

Wed
08
Jun
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Can't download pictures to PC: missing digital camera software and cable?

Infopackets Reader Karen S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I ordered a new computer, digital camera (Kodak: model CX7530), and an Easy Print and Share printer from Dell a little while ago. I've recently had some time off work, and had a technician come over ... and set everything up for me. To my dismay, the technician told me that I am missing the digital camera software, power cable, and transfer cable (so I can transfer my photos to the computer). I called Dell for assistance, but they were unable to help me because I waited too long after my order to place a complaint; I was, however, able to ... (view more)

Thu
02
Jun
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Acoustica MP3 CD / DVD Burner v4 Review

Synopsis: Confused about burning music CDs? Worry no more! Designed to be super-easy-to-use, Acoustica MP3 CD / DVD Burner is an intuitive music burning program jam packed full of user-friendly features! Not only will Acoustica MP3 Burner burn your ... music in the order you want it, but it will let you edit each song to get rid of silence, extra long applauses or even fade in and out incomplete songs! And because Acoustica MP3 Burner can also boost, equalize, or normalize each song individually, you won't have to constantly adjust the volume dial on your stereo! With Acoustica MP3 CD Burner, you ... (view more)

Thu
14
Apr
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Spyware Doctor 3.2 Review

Synopsis: Instantly remove thousands of Spyware and adware traces, Trojans, keyloggers, tracking threats, and other nasty Spybots from your PC with the multi-award winning Spyware dection removal utility -- Spyware Doctor! Spyware Doctor 3.2: ... Screenshots Click here to view: Page 1 | Page 2. Spyware Doctor 3.2: Description Did you know that every keystroke you type, every web site you visit, and every conversation you have may be monitored by unscrupulous software companies? When you consider the amount of valuable personal information stored on your PC, including credit card and banking ... (view more)

Wed
23
Mar
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Acronis True Image Review (version 8): In Depth

Continuing on with our in-depth discussions on backup solutions , this article will review Acronis True Image version 8.0. This will be the final article in our 7-part series, stretching back almost 1 month to date: Choosing a Backup Solution: An In ... Depth Look 6 Key Elements for any Backup Strategy Backup Made Easy: A Six Point Guide to Buying Backup Software Genie Backup Manager Review System Restore and similar Registry Reverting utilities -- pointless? The results are in: which Disk Imaging Backup software is best? Acronis True Image Review (version 8): In Depth RE: Disk Imaging software ... (view more)

Tue
22
Mar
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The results are in: which Disk Imaging Backup software is best?

Recall -- Following with our recent theme on " backup software ", I announced last week that I be compiling an in-depth review on a disk imaging software. In a subsequent newsletter, I asked Infopackets Readers to send me their opinions (good or ... bad) on their favorite imaging program. Responses have been strong, with about 60 opinions to date. Based on those opinions, the consensus is that Acronis True Image is ranked as the favorite recommendation, providing best overall feature set and the least amount of bugs and incompatibilities. One other strong point brought to my attention ... (view more)

Wed
16
Mar
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Genie Backup Manager: Trial Download

Infopackets Reader Skip 'BigFoot' writes: " Dear Dennis, I just finished reading your stellar review of Genie Backup , and was very interested in making it my primary backup solution. The problem is that many of the backup programs I've tried in the ... past have fell short of their promises, leaving me with a bad taste in my mouth (for lack of better words). Before I decide to purchase the Genie Backup program, I would like to obtain a trial version first to see if it will work with my system. Is this possible? " My response: As far as I understand, the Genie-Soft web site (home page ... (view more)

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