January 28, 2017

A firewall utility that enables to monitor the network activity, view bandwidth usage statistics and block applications from connecting to the Internet

Although you may not always be notified about it, processes and applications sometimes connect to the Internet to send or receive data. Because of this, your computer can get hijacked or infected by malware, especially if you are not aware of the vulnerability and you do not take any measures to protect the system against unauthorized access.

Monitor applications and network activity

GlassWire is a software utility that provides you with around-the-clock security when it comes to your Internet connection, by monitoring the incoming and outgoing network traffic. Hence, it is able to detect and display information about every service or process that is currently making use of your bandwidth, as well as the IP addresses of each third party connection.

In order to make the data easier to read, the utility display this information in graph form, which is updated every few seconds with your network's activity feed. In addition, the notification service also alerts you whenever a new connection is detected and you can view separate feeds for applications and regular Internet traffic.

Block or allow applications through the firewall

The firewall capabilities of the utility can be used to protect yourself from any unwanted connections, as well as block certain applications from being able to transfer data over the Internet. Thus, you are able to choose which programs are allowed to use the network and send or receive information, by simply clicking on them in the provided list.

As far as your bandwidth is concerned, GlassWire is capable of monitoring every byte of data that passes through the system, as well as display the information in an intuitive manner, using graphs and statistics. Thanks to this, you can see exactly which applications use the most bandwidth, as well as the IP address at the receiving end and the protocol used in the transfer.

A vigilant system protector

All in all, GlassWire provides you everything you might need in order to monitor network activity and protect your computer against unauthorized connections. In addition, the modern interface is intuitive and easy-to-use, making it very simple for anyone to take full advantage of its capabilities, without any previous experience required.

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 Developer: GlassWire
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DEMO .28-01-2017
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An ideal tool offering basic protection against all types of spyware and viruses, providing you with real-time protection and a scan scheduler

Trustport Antivirus is an antivirus and anti-malware application that comes packed with a modern interface and effective solutions for removing e-threats, designed for all types of users, regardless of their skill level. It also features a real-time shield.

The interface offers quick access to the on-access scanner and application inspector. You can run a quick scan, or verify all disks, local disks, removable media, the registry, or selected targets.

During the scanning procedure, you can ask the tool to automatically power off the computer when it finishes. It is possible to specify the type of files to scan (e.g. compressed items, network drives), use heuristic analysis, scan the memory on startup, and to create an exclusion list with extensions and objects.

Results show total scanned, repaired, quarantined, renamed and deleted files, boot sectors and registry keys. The application inspector blocks untrusted programs and the ones with no digital signature, and lets you specify the severity level.

Other options of Trustport Antivirus let you manage quarantined items, schedule scans, set the archive depth level, scan email databases, detect adware and riskware, and more.

The application may take a while to finish a scan job, and it uses low CPU and RAM. We have not come across any issues throughout our evaluation; the tool did not hang, crash or pop up error dialogs. All in all, Trustport Antivirus supplies users with the necessary security measures for their systems.

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 Developer: TrustPort
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A simple-to-use and powerful program that helps you access various blocked websites and enhance your browsing speed, as well as manage Wi-Fi connections

Hola! is a handy and reliable program designed to remove restrictions imposed by various websites for your area.

It relies on the effort of the community, which share resources for the benefit of all. In addition to this, it also boosts your Internet speed so you can browse faster.
Internet Connection
What's New in This Release:
Chrome Extension: Various bug fixes
Chrome Extension: UI improvements
Windows: Various bug fixes
Chrome Plugin: Various bug fixes

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 Developer: Hola
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Freeware .08-06-2015
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A multi-layered system protection utility that enables you to keep your computer safe from malware and create a whitelist to include the trusted applications

Antivirus protection is a must-have nowadays, especially since almost everything is connected to the Internet one way or another, whether it is your smartphone, TV, or the applications on your computer that require constant access to the web. Hence, you are always prone to malware attempts, which can put your system in jeopardy.

Constant protection against viruses

SecureAPlus is a software solution that enables you to protect your computer from any kind of local or online threat, by constantly scanning your file system for dangerous items. Since you can manually choose how many system resources you are prepared to sacrifice to maintain the background scanner, the utility can efficiently optimize the process for every particular system.

In addition, you are also provided with an application whitelist mode, which enables you to add them into a list of trusted programs and allow them to run unhindered. Alternatively, you can switch between interactive and lockdown mode, depending on how secure you want your computer to be. Hence, the first option displays a prompt whenever an application that is not in the trusted list is trying to bring modifications to your file system, while the lockdown mode automatically blocks any such requests without notifying you.

Extra security with the Universal AV mode

Although the utility comes with an offline antivirus engine to scan your drives, you cannot always be sure that it can handle every kind of threat you might happen to stumble upon. Thus, built as an additional security layer on-top of the already existing modules, SecureAPlus also employs an online scanner, which verifies suspicious files against a dozen other anti-malware engines.

In order to achieve this, the application makes use of its cloud capabilities and uploads the aforementioned items to specially designed servers, where it is closely scrutinized by various antivirus software. In case your Internet bandwidth is limited at a fixed value, the utility enables you to choose a connection plan and avoid abusing the feature and running out of traffic. Furthermore, since the entire operation is performed on the online servers, none of your own computer resources are utilized, leaving you able to make full-use of your other applications.

A multi-layered security solution

In the end, SecureAPlus provides your computer with state-of-the-art multi-layered protection against almost every type of threat, thanks to the efficient antivirus utility and the integrated online scanner. In addition, despite the fact that you have to keep it running in the background, the application does not hinder your ability to perform other tasks in the meantime, since it consumes a low amount of system resources.

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 Developer: SecureAge Technology
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A web browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology for delivering streamlined and secure browsing sessions

Google Chrome is a web browser that aims to deliver a fast and simple Internet navigation mode while bundling several powerful features, such as bookmarks, synchronization, privacy mode, extensions, themes, automatic web page translation, and some more.

Clean browsing sessions

Simplicity is at the core of Chrome’s philosophy and is the word that describes best the GUI. Chrome is the type of browser that doesn’t get in your way. It provides a seamless navigation mode and easy-to-trigger customization options.

Another big plus is the clean look that it has to offer, as you may focus solely on your work without being distracted by unnecessary buttons or extra configuration settings.

Search and navigation possibilities

You can work with multiple tabs, pin your favorite ones and have them opened automatically every time you launch Chrome, as well as make use of the drag-and-drop support for rearranging tabs in the preferred order.

The web browser integrates a single search box, the so-called Omnibox, where you are allowed to perform search operations on the web and access different websites. The auto-completion feature proves to be particularly useful as it provides suggestions as you start typing.

Other power functions for enhancing your daily web browsing on the Internet include a build-in PDF viewer (resizing, saving and printing options are supported), custom keywords for your favorite websites, as well as the browser’s ability of remembering previously opened tabs.

Themes can be used for personalizing the way your web browser looks like while extensions give you the freedom to take screenshots, track discounts, read RSS feeds, and more.

Security tools

Chrome isn’t all about streamlined looks and easy-to search options, as it bundles a phishing detector that lets you know each time you land on websites suspected of containing malware or phishing, implements the sandboxing technology for preventing malware from installing itself on your computer, as well as an automatic updating system for making sure you run the latest security features and fixes.


When it comes to keeping your private sessions anonymous, the developers from Google created the well-known Incognito mode. This ensures that your websites visits and downloads are not saved in the browsing and download histories and all cookies are automatically deleted when you close the incognito tabs.

You can also clear your browsing data, be it browsing and download history, cookies and plug-in info, cached images and files, passwords, autofill form and hosted app data, or content licenses. Additionally, you may control your privacy preferences for cookies, images, JavaScript, and plugins. For example, cookies may be allowed to run for certain websites and blocked for all other sites.

Sync mode

You may sign in with your Google account and save your applications, themes, extensions, autofill forms, passwords, bookmarks, and other settings, so you can access them on all your devices.

An overall reliable and easy-to-handle browser

Chromes manages to mix up a clean and simple interface with an advanced set of configuration settings for delivering streamlined and secure browsing sessions. This makes it the perfect browser basically for every type of user out there.

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 Developer: Google
Price and Added Date
Freeware .28-01-2017
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Organize your photos, perform various image editing tasks, create web galleries and collages, with this comprehensive piece of software

StudioLine Photo Classic is a professional software application designed to help users perform photo editing operations.

Clean feature lineup

Although it comes packed with a multitude of dedicated parameters, it sports a clean and straightforward interface that gives users the possibility to import images from cameras, scanners, or from the computer.

Editing operations

StudioLine Photo Classic allows you to alter metadata (e.g. name, description, copyright, file type, camera details) and use several editing tools in order to crop and rotate the photos, and enable the red eye removal feature.

Additionally, there's support for photo correction options, such as auto-tone levels, white balance, gradation, image enhancement, exposure correction, colour balance, sharpness.

What’s more, you can select between various special effects (e.g. colorize, RGB mixer, black and white, sepia), embed text messages, adjust the transparency level, and rotate the photos to different angles. When it comes to exporting options, you can save the edited items to an image file format, burn them on DVDs and CDs, create KML files, or print them.

Last but not least, the program features backup options, and you can undo or redo your actions, sort images by name, camera or file date, rate photos, import GPS data, create archives, as well as design slideshows.


During our testing we have noticed that StudioLine Photo Classic offers excellent image quality, and no errors showed up throughout the entire process. It doesn’t eat up a lot of CPU and memory, so the overall performance of the computer is not affected.

Bottom line

All things considered, StudioLine Photo Classic provides a complete suite of tools for helping you edit your photos.

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 Developer: H&M Systems Software Inc
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Contains the latest virus definitions for the F-Secure product line, including Workstation, Antivirus and Internet Security, which can be deployed when offline

With threats that increase in both number and diversity, it's necessary to make sure your computer and the data stored on it are secure. To this extent, not only that you must keep an antivirus with real-time protection capabilities running on the PC, but also make sure its virus definitions are up-to-date.

Like many of its competitors, F-Secure released a manual updater for the virus signatures, offering a solution to updating definitions when the Internet connection is down. The updater contains the latest definition files for various F-Secure products, including F-Secure Antivirus (for Workstation / Client security), F-Secure Internet Security and some of the business editions.

The offline definitions can be used in situations when the Internet connection is down. In this case, the automatic definition updater in each F-Secure product will not work, since it cannot download the signature files from the F-Secure servers.

The FSUpdate utility must be downloaded periodically, transferred to the offline computer and launched with administrative privileges. The updater reveals a command line window that deploys the latest definitions. Please note that the virus definitions do not update themselves. In other words, to update again, you must download and run the utility once again.

Manually updating the F-Secure products requires nothing more than the offline updater and a little bit of patience. Still, on a computer connected to the Internet, the most convenient way to have the virus definitions updated is to allow the F-Secure product to phone back home and grab the files from over there. But no matter where you decide to get it, you should know that the FSUpdate tool includes all the virus databases, not just the virus one (spyware and spam, parental, and so on).

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 Developer: F-Secure Corporation
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Enhance your images and correct them in various ways, then print them using customized layouts, with this comprehensive application

Viewing and editing digital pictures through a dedicated application are common activities for many users and proof for this is the great number of dedicated programs that are available for these purposes. Among them, a specialized utility called Qimage Ultimate will make it possible for anyone to lad and modify images using a wide variety of functions.

Through a nice looking interface, this tool offers quick access to all its features, so you will be able to look at your photos, personalize and enhance them, or send them to an available printer. The main window consists of several areas which accommodate the file thumbnail previews, the folder tree and the print preview, with all the related adjustments at hand.

Right-clicking on any of the thumbs will reveal a comprehensive menu in which a plethora of actions are at your disposal. Thus, from image editing and file operations you can even go as far as to choose the hover operations, rate the selected pic or add it inside an album.

In order to change the appearance of a selected photo, you have a varied choice of predefined filters or you can create new ones and save them so they can be reused with other pictures. The editing module of Qimage Ultimate will enable you to make improvements to brightness, contrast or sharpness, define the saturation, white balance, resolution and auto-correct parameters as well.

The customization of the application's running options can take a few minutes because there are many modifications that can be brought to the user interface, printing, logging, color management, 3D photo and RAW handling features, to name just a few.

All things considered, Qimage Ultimate offers a pretty good package insofar the functions are concerned, but the ease of use is somewhat diminished in many respects and less experienced users may have to spend some time to learn how to use it properly.
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 Developer: ddisoftware, Inc.
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January 27, 2017

Monitor system performance and stay up to date with your PC's behavior using this application that won't intrude upon your workflow

FreeMeter is a program developed to monitor system performance and provide plenty of details regarding both the CPU and memory.

With a professional-looking GUI, FreeMeter groups the essential data right in a single screen, showing not only free space on the local drives, but also CPU and disk usage.

The dedicated panel aimed at local drives displays free, used and total space, while the two available graphs present CPU and disk activity. Furthermore, there are special panels to displays physical memory and page file information, again with stats concerning the available, used and total data.

The configuration screen is the one that requires much more attention because it groups tons of options concerning not only the built-in features, but also the way the app looks.

You can for example set transparency, configure meters and alerts, but also change update times and other application options.

FreeMeter also places an icon in the Windows System Tray to show real-time stats, regardless if we’re talking about CPU and memory usage, file server traffic or disk transfer rates.

FreeMeter works smoothly on all Windows versions and doesn’t even require administrator privileges on Windows 7 workstations.

To sum up, this is undoubtedly a handy product, although we all agree that a bit more user-friendly approach could come in very handy. While it’s a good thing that it comes with so many configuration options, they must be displayed in a better organized layout, thus making everything easier for both rookies and those more experienced.
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 Developer: David M. Bowman
Price and Added Date
Freeware .27-01-2017
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Seamlessly create the schematics for the rooms you plan to renovate or your new house using this intuitive and straightforward software solution

Irrespective of whether you are planning to renovate the attic, basement, a room or your entire house, there is a good chance that you are looking for a tool that allows you to seamlessly create the plans for your project. Home Designer Pro is a feature-rich piece of software that enables you to create and edit schematics for interior design modifications in a user-friendly environment.

Enables you to create advanced floor plans

The program comes with a plethora of features and functions that are neatly organized in a clean and airy interface. While the largest percentage of the interface is dedicated to the canvas, you can easily find the tools you need to create or edit a plan via the top toolbar.

You should know that the application includes numerous templates that you can use to get started, a feature that can come in handy for users who do not have too much experience with CAD utilities. In fact, editing a template is as simple as it gets and entails removing or adding new objects into the plan via drag and drop.

Among the tools that you can employ to create your schematics you can count walls, windows, doors, railing, cabinets, stairs, roofs, frame, floors, so on and so forth.

Allows you to analyze your home plans minutely via the 3D View

Not only does the application allow you to design plans to the very letter, but also provides you with the means to analyze your schematics. Therefore, you can render your project in 3D and examine possible measurement errors or flaws via a more realistic view. You will be happy to learn that the tool allows you render the whole project or only specific areas that might concern you.

Last, but not least important, the program comes with extensive documentation that can provide you with more details about how to perform a certain operation, from creating your first design to customizing the tool to match your needs and preferences.

A comprehensive, yet user-friendly CAD software solution

All in all, Home Designer Pro is a feature-rich application that includes a plethora of utensils and tools suitable for all types of renovation and remodeling projects, from changing the wallpaper in the basement to building a new house from scratch.

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 Developer: Chief Architect, Inc.
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