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If you're experiencing issues and errors with your drivers, considering installing DriverFinder.

DriverFinder is an easy to install and use program that will scan your system and will locate all outdated drivers. The scan itself takes just a couple of minutes. Once the scan is done, you will see a list with information about the status of your drivers.

It's obvious that the developers of the program knew what they were doing. The program is designed to scan currently disconnected devices.

It also provides information about each driver - the version currently installed on your machine and the latest one that you should update to.

For more information:

Have you used the program, and if yes, do you like it? If you don't like it, can you recommend other similar software profucts?

Software Reviews / ParetoLogic Internet Security - Bad or Good?
« on: March 22, 2016, 02:27:47 pm »
The average PC user is constantly facing the problem of multiple choices. In other words, the more is offered to us, the more confused we become. This is absolutely true with software products. The thing is you cannot really touch or try on a software product, so how can you know if it's good or bad? Well, that's why we have software reviews.

If you're currently in search for a new security program, consider trying ParetoLogic Internet Security. First off, ParetoLogic is a small company that started from a small family business. Today ParetoLogic is a Microsoft partner and has also collaborated with Kaspersky.

Internet Security
itself is not a bad security solution at all.

Before you consider installing it, have a look at the system requirements:

Windows 8 64-bit
2 GB Memory (RAM)
1 GHz Processor Speed

Windows 8 32-bit
1 GB Memory (RAM)
1 GHz Processor Speed

Windows 7 64-bit
2 GB Memory (RAM)
1 GHz Processor Speed

Windows 7 32-bit
1 GB Memory (RAM)
1 GHz Processor Speed

Windows XP 32-bit
Service Pack 3
256 MB Memory (RAM)
300 MHz Processor Speed

The program offers many interesting and useful features:

  • Firewall – blocks inbound and outbound online threats;
  • Active protection – stops malware from downloading onto your PC;
  • Quarantine – provides a list of threats quarantined by ParetoLogic;
  • Web Shield – blocks malicious websites;
  • Email Security – prevents malware from reaching email clients such as Outlook and Windows Mail;
  • Ignore List – lets you control folders and files that you don’t want to be scanned;
  • Lockdown Computer – let’s you shut down all network traffic in case you believe malware is transmitting information to and from your computer;
  • Anti-Rootkit Technology – prevents rootkits from gaining admin-level control over your system;
  • Automatic Scheduled Scans – let’s you create full or quick scan schedules to run daily or weekly;
  • Frequent Definition Updates – the software receives antivirus, antispyware, and antimalware databases and intrusion detection system updates to protect your machine against cyber threats.

Internet Security also offers three types of system scan - quick, full, and custom. The quick and the full scan can be scheduled.

More information is available here:

Zemana AntiLogger is a program that adds another layer of protection against hackers, spies and keyloggers, and would run with your antivirus program. Unless your AV is any of the following:

   - Agnitum;
   -  Bank of China Bocnet Client;
   - Blue Ridge Networks;
   -  eSafe;
   - Quick Heal;
   - Snoop Free;
   - System Protect.

Zemana AntiLogger has a free and a paid version, both of which provide sufficiency to your system's security.

It is a small program that is not too demanding in terms of system resources.

Have you tried it and, if yes, what do you think of it?

Software Reviews / Is the Privacy Controls Program Worth It?
« on: March 12, 2016, 03:19:51 pm »
Privacy Controls is a program appropriate for users who think about their online behavior and presence. The program is available at the price of 29.97$.

Privacy Controls positive features:

  • It's small and light;
  • It's fast in scanning time;
  • It has a good user interface;
  • It has a DoD standard for file shredding;
  • It's not demanding in terms of resources.

However, some things can be improved:

  • It can be suitable for computers with higher resolution;
  • More shredding options can be added.

Have you ever considered using a privacy-concerned program such as Privacy Controls?

Read more about it:

Software Reviews / Disk Drill Pro Data Recovery Tool
« on: March 12, 2016, 03:08:10 pm »
Disk Drill Pro is a well-known data recovery program which is free-of-charge for Windows users and for Mac users it is $89 (1 user and up to 3 Mac books).

Its good features include:
  • The fact that's available both for OS X and Windows;
  • It's fast, small and light;
  • It can save damaged partitions in .dmg;
  • It's very good at recovering photos and documents.
Please share if you have used the program and whether you like it or not.

For more information, visit this article:

Software Reviews / Delete Doctor Review - Share Your Thoughts
« on: March 12, 2016, 02:59:57 pm »
Delete Doctor is a simple yet very effective program for deleting third-party files. All you need to do is run it as an administrator. It's a very handy tool that has been around long enough to make a good impression on many users.

Why is Delete Doctor good?

  • It's simple and works properly;
  • It's very light and won't get in the way;
  • You can run multiple entities with it;
  • You can delete all objects in a folder.

However, things would be even better if the program was available for other operating systems besides Windows. It could also offer a mobile version.

More about Delete Doctor:

Software Reviews / Ninite Software - Your Opinion?
« on: March 12, 2016, 02:51:03 pm »
Ninite is a program designed to allow users to install multiple free programs directly on their machines through its panel. The best thing about this program is that it is free of charge.

Some of the best features of the program are:

  • It's easy to navigate and choose, download and install apps with it;
  • Its speed is quite good;
  • Is is a light program.
  • You can customize the installer before it is downloaded.
Some features that can be added

  • An option to report a problem if such happens;
  • An option to choose between updating or reinstalling an app that already exists.

Have you tried the program yourself, and if yes, what do you think of it?

More about Ninite:

Off-Topic Discussions / What if you didn't own a smartphone?
« on: March 07, 2016, 04:46:58 pm »
I often wonder if I would be better off without a smartphone. When I have it with me and I'm connected to the Internet, which is like... all the time, I just have to look every time I receive a notification. It's annoying but in the same time addictive. Addiction is bad. Smartphones=addiction.

Shouldn't we just go back to these...

Web Browsing Practices / Attention, Baidu browser users!
« on: February 24, 2016, 11:20:39 am »
If you're based in China, or are Chinese for that matter, chances are you are using Baidu browser regularly. Well, no matter where you are, you should know that Baidu has been involved in a privacy scandal.

Researchers recently discovered that the Baidu browser collects personal information about its users and then sends it to its servers without having it properly encrypted. Or if it was encrypted, it wasn't encrypted safely enough to 'resist' decryption.

Baidu browser would also check for updates and download them without applying code signatures. A lack of code signatures could cause MitM (man-in-the-middle) type of attacks. In such a scenario, an attacker can send out malicious files to users, masqueraded as Baidu updates.

The security firm that made those findings is Citizen Lab:

Software Reviews / Is PC Password Shield a good choice?
« on: February 23, 2016, 04:10:43 pm »
Password management is probably the best way to secure your passwords and respectively your accounts. Even though I still haven't tried a password manager, I am willing to give it a try and see how it goes.

PC Password Shield seems to be  good choice. Its price is affordable - $29.95. However, I'd be glad if anyone who has used it, gives an opinion from a user's point of view.

Besides giving it a try yourself, software reviews (done by independent and unbiased reviewers) seem to be the best way to choose your software.

According to SensorsTechForum's review, here's what is appealing about PC Shield Password:

  • Password generator;
  • Password strength meter;
  • Copy to clipboard button;
  • Advanced and thorough settings;
  • Settings for password generating;
  • Simple user interface;
  • Convenient search;
  • Free tech support;
  • Customizing password groups.

Is there something missing in the program? Apparently, a couple of things can be improved, like it does not hide the user's database file completely.

Here's more insight on the software:

Software Reviews / Your opinion on APO Encryption Sofware
« on: February 23, 2016, 03:56:58 pm »
APO Encryption is a program developed for both home and enterprise users. APO uses the strong AES-256 algorithm and is used to encode secret files. This algorithm is so strong that it would take hundreds of years to penetrate it, and a very powerful machine as well.

The program is suitable for Windows and is available at the price of $24.95.

There are several features that make APO a great choice for security-concerned users:

  • Good speed when encrypting files;
  • Many options and settings to play with;
  • Ability to shred, compress and transport data;
  • FIPS certification;
  • Army level of encryption - AES-256 algorithm.

On the other hand, only one drawback of the software has drawn the attention of security researcher Ventsislav who reviewed the program: "The program has easy access to the settings where the location of the “.key” file used for the decryption of the files can be seen by anyone who opens it."

Here's his whole review:

Would you consider using such software to protect your data? Do you have any insight on encryption software?

Off-Topic Discussions / Do you use public wifi?
« on: February 23, 2016, 03:25:33 pm »
I am asking this question not just out of curiosity. A new experiment was just performed by Avast during Mobile World Congress currently held in Barcelona.

It turns out that more than 2,000 people connected to three WiFi spots set up by Avast experts, and exposed their PII.

Read more about the experiment and its results:

So, do you use public wifi on a regular basis, or just when you're abroad and cannot afford using your data?

Acecard is an Android Trojan that first landed the mobile malware scene back in 2014, when it was first detected. However, back then Acecard didn't really catch the attention of malware researchers. It was a simple looking sniffer, nothing special.

Today, Acecard appears to be one of the most dangerous Trojans ever created for the Android ecosystem. It distributes itself through smartly crafted phishing emails, and can represent itself as Adobe Flash for Android.

Acecard’s most recent version can compromise about 30 banks’ client applications and payment systems, definitely a number that is no longer neglected by the malware research community. Acecard can also overlay any application upon command, meaning that the number of targets can easily be bigger than 30.

As stated by Kaspersky Lab researchers, Acecard can overlay:

Software Reviews / Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery - Technicians License
« on: February 22, 2016, 04:51:18 pm »
If you've spent some time researching data recovery utilities, you have definitely come across the tools developed by Stellar Phoenix. All of their software is qualified to do as promised. However, one version stands out, and it is the SPDR's Technicians License.

SPDR's Technicians License

This particular version includes more advanced features for data recovery from the Hard Drives, Solid Stat Drives, external drives (USB, MicroSD) and RAID servers.

Overall, the program:

  • Is low in size;
  • Offers remote recovery option;
  • Offers raw recovery restricted to specific file extentions;
  • Has an option to choose between filesystems (FAT32 and NTFS).
License Price: 299$

Obviously, it's a pricey utility but it appears to be worthy. Have you tried it?

Let's transform all the famous meme characters out there and make them a bit more geeky. Something like our own 9gag in the context of PC viruses and PC security :}

Let me begin!

(the meme is taken from this article:

Come on, guys, don't be shy! :]

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