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AVG Internet Security 2011

AVG Internet Security 2011 is aimed at those looking for a do-it-all piece of software, offering anti-virus, anti-spyware, a rootkit detector and killer, firewall, link scanner, online shield, email scanner, identity protection, spam killer and more...

Google Docs better; ready to take on Office?

The new version of Google Docs sports considerable collaboration tools, as well as improved editing and formatting, a faster, more useful spreadsheet and new collaborative drawing software.

Norton Internet Security 2011 public beta

As protections against garden-variety <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/topic/85/Malware+and+Vulnerabilities">viruses and malware</a> have become more effective, malware writers have turned to new ways to infect computers in the pursuit of prof...

Microsoft turns 35: Best, worst, most notable moments

The year is 1975. Gerald Ford is in the White House, South Vietnam falls, Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Frazier in the "Thrilla in Manila" world championship boxing match, the late-night comedy show NBC's Saturday Night (later called Saturday Night Live) ...

Windows 7 tricks: 20 top tips and tweaks

Just got your hands on Windows 7 and want to bend it to your will? No problem. We've got plenty of tips, hacks and secrets to keep you busy for a long time, including automatically opening Windows Explorer to a folder of your choice, speeding up task...

Opera 10.0

Opera has always been a try-harder browser packed with features. Despite this, it hasn&#8217;t yet managed to get the same kind of publicity that Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome garner. And that&#8217;s a shame, becaus...

Wyzo 3

If you're of the opinion that the world needs a browser specifically designed for power downloaders, then Wyzo 3 may well be for you. The free browser includes a set of tools that downloaders will welcome including multi-sourced downloads for faster ...

A Windows guru spends two weeks with a Mac

I've been on the front lines of the Mac-PC war for as long as I can remember. My first work computer was an IBM PC with an 8088 CPU. I liked it so much I forked out the money to buy my own machine: an IBM PC XT clone running an 8086 chip, and bulging...

Password Manager

If you&#8217;re tired of having to remember passwords for web pages, and are looking for a way to help ensure that your private information stays private, you&#8217;ll most likely find the $50 Password Manager a help. Tell it your passwords for any ...

Downloads for Managing Your Media

If you're a multimedia fan, you probably have a hard disk full of videos and songs. Keeping track of them all, playing them all, and managing them all can be tough. To help, we've assembled a selection of downloads that can do all that for you and mo...

Windows Vista SP2 beta

In the initial beta of Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2), the changes made aren&#8217;t immediately obvious. And even the under-the-hood changes are incremental rather than earth shattering.

Vista SP2 beta: Nothing obviously new has been added

If you install the beta of Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) expecting to see visible changes to your version of Vista, you'll be sorely disappointed. At least in this initial beta, all the changes are under the hood, and even they are far from eart...

20 Best Vista tweaks

So your looking for software to get the most out of Windows Vista. Aren&#8217;t we all. As yet, there hasn&#8217;t been a flood of great downloads designed specifically for Microsoft&#8217;s latest OS. But that didn&#8217;t stop us from searching hig...

20 tools to get the junk off your PC

Your PC is full of crud, junk, and gunk that harms performance, clogs up your hard disk, and makes system crashes more likely. Some of the junk came with your PC, but much of it has accumulated over time, as a result of installing and uninstalling pr...

101 Fantastic Freebies

Want to make your PC more productive, secure, informative, and entertaining? These downloads and services will do the trick -- and they don't cost a cent.

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