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    Vivek Kowshik

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  1. Review - Snappy Driver Installer

    R320 (Aug 23, 2015)

    This is a laudable effort without doubt, to produce a free software that can automatically detect the hardware and download plus install the required drivers for it. But trying it on my Dell Inspiron gave me a different result.

    The drivers on my laptop were already updated with ioBit Driver Booster, but yet this one seemed to find drivers more recent and supposedly better. However after installation, I found the laptop would not shutdown fully, leaving a couple of status LEDs ON. This would happen even when the laptop goes into hibernation. This gave me the impression that the developers are choosing to install drivers that are still in beta and not fully tested. This will not do any good for the software's reputation.

  2. Review - AVG Anti-Virus Free

    2014 14.0.4745 (Nov 29, 2014)

    I have been using this AV for years. I have realized now that these vendors are in overdrive mode, cramming more aggressive features that mess up with the OS and other security software.

    This one would cause freezing of my OS (Win8 on a Dell Inspiron 3537), each time there was a major AV update. I then switched to Avira, and found it turned ON the Windows firewall, although I had Comodo FW installed, and then the frequent freezing and crashing of the OS, disabling of my touchpad etc.

    I have now decided I had enough of this overly aggressive junk, and installed Panda cloud AV. Although it is just a few days old, I faced no such issues. I suppose a cloud based AV loads a lot less stuff on your PC, and therefore is lighter and less prone to causing problems of incompatibility and the like. I recommend all those who have faced similar issues to use a cloud based AV, with Comodo FW (which has some AV features) with a back up scanner such as Malwarebytes, and a browser protection software - Malwarebytes Antiexploit. and I guarantee, you will be free of problems.

  3. Review - Opera for Windows

    26.0.1656.24 (Nov 23, 2014)

    Quite OK for most parts, but keeps crashing my Win8 installation on a Dell Inspiron 3537. No such problem in Chrome or Firefox.

  4. Review - Start Menu Reviver (May 2, 2014)

    I got a poor rating and a red doughnut, plus a warning from my WOT plugin on Firefox for this website. I would be extra careful with this developer. I wonder how this developer has not got in touch with the developers of WOT to clear his name.

  5. Review - Opera for Windows

    16.0.1196.62 (Aug 27, 2013)

    Several people blogging here seem to be only concerned about the type of rendering engine that the browser uses, or a missing feature here and there, or the size of the download, but are least concerned about whether the browser does what it has to do correctly, and without issues. If this is true, you are wasting everybody else's time here. Why don't you people just download version 12 of the browser when it is still available, and keep your mouth shut??

    It was a well known fact that the Presto engine used in Opera 12 and before had innumerable issues with even the most commonly visited news sites. I have myself reported a number of issues to them, and seen how every new version of the browser came up with newer bugs. I gave up on Opera, and said so in my feedback to them.

    Understand this clearly that the old Opera is dead and not the newer versions. As far as features are concerned do you think Opera programmers are as short sighted as you are, that they will have no more to offer than Chrome does right now??? If they want their browser to do well, they will have to add more features to differentiate themselves from the crowd (Have a look at Maxthon. Is it not also based on webkit?? Does it not look totally different?? Does it not do better than Chrome in HTML5 benchmarks??). This obviously takes time, as any one with a little common sense will understand. You guys have proved that common sense is after all not as common as it sounds. I very much agree that the current version is much better and so far I have had no issues at all with it. I am willing to wait till the features are added, to fully switch over. 5 stars for taking the plunge to webkit.

    And YESSSS!!! Stop stooping to such levels of calling people insulting names if you have some self respect or decency. Such people have no business being here. The topic of discussion here is the software, and not the people who express their opinions.

  6. Comment - Microsoft to Drop PDF Support in Office

    16.0.1196.62 (Jun 4, 2006 - 2:32 AM)

    This looks like the most likely scenario. Microsoft has a history of trying to acquire rights to a certain technology that has grown enormously popular (where they don't have a significant presence), and then introducing their own versions that are not consistent with existing standards.
    They would probably in the meantime introduce their own version of a file format like the Microsoft document imaging format that they have introduced in the latest version of MS office and build the reader into their OS.
    Fragmenting an existing technology is the only way they can oust somebody else's technology from the marketplace, if they cannot just buy it out.