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  1. Review - Snappy Driver Installer

    R444 (Apr 21, 2016)

    Really useful software. finds regular updates for all my drivers. No problems at all in the last 3 versions. And best of all it is free of cost, adware and bloatware.

  2. Review - Auslogics Disk Defrag (Oct 24, 2015)

    Good defragmenter, but the guys seem to be now pushing another software BoostSpeed by force to everyone. I have enough cleaners in my PC to do everything I need. I went back to ver But I still get nagging pop up screens to upgrade. Hence I give just 3 stars.
    Boot time defrag is available as "Offline defragmentation". This is accessible from a panel on the left side, which appears only if you install the software, and not if you are using the portable version. Infact this software does a thorough job, defragging all the system files on all your drives.

  3. Review - FreeCommander

    XE 2015 Build 700 Beta (Oct 24, 2015)

    Unquestionably the best. I have been using this as my default file manager for the last several years. Works just as intended. But have not seen much activity in recent times.

  4. 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.

  5. Review - AVG Anti-Virus Free (32-bit)

    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.

  6. Comment - Microsoft to Drop PDF Support in Office

    2014 14.0.4745 (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.