If you care about your computer performance, you should think about defragging your hard disk from time to time. If we perceive a file as a whole, for our operating system a file – a document, photo, song, is nothing more than various bits of information scattered all over the hard drive. It can’t keep the files in blocks, because it can’t afford to waste space on the HDD. Defragging is the process through which file fragments are clustered to speed up their reading.
Smart Defrag 2 is a third-party defragging tool from IObit that bundles some useful hard disk maintenance features, like boot-time fragmentation, automatic fragmentation, schedule defrag tasks, analyzing of the files and folders for the fragmentation level, etc. It addresses both to the average computer user and the advanced user.
BitTorrent as a protocol of sharing files over the Internet is extremely popular, offering its users access to scores of files and increasing the speed of downloads. There’s no shortage of BitTorrent clients on the market, but few of them offers the bundle of features μTorrent can provide, matched with a high management of computer’s resources. Using μTorrent, one can download several files simultaneously, schedule the downloads, set the level of priority of each download, without giving you the possibility to notice an increase in the used RAM memory.
Installation and support
The process of installation is smooth and straightforward, due to the lightweight installing kit (only 218KB). During the installation process you are offered the chance to download a free music album. You can also opt to install the UTorrent bar, but you can skip this step, if you want. You’re also warned against attempts to commercialize uTorrent, which is a free BitTorrent client. The free utility is supported only by Windows: Windows 2000, NT, XP, 2003, Vista and 7. So, if you want a BitTorrent client for Mac OS X, Linux, etc, you must appeal to a different one.
There aren’t too many free media players to impress with their functionality and design like GOM Player does. It’s extremely user-friendly and it can satisfy all kinds of users, from the ones who prefer a basic video and audio player to those who want a higher degree of customization. It supports most of the more popular formats as AVI, DAT, DivX, MPEG, XviD, WMV, ASF, MOV and the major codecs: FLV1, AC3, OGG, MP4, and H263.
Installation and Support
After one chooses to download GOM Player, the installment process will run smoothly and rapidly. You just have to make some options, opting for creating a shortcut icon on the desktop, making it run in the start menu, opting for the storage place, etc. You can also choose to install GOM Encoder. Unfortunately, it offers to install Google toolbar and you must pay attention to deselect this feature in the installation process. In order to install GOM Player on your computer, you just need 20MB free of storage space. The media player is supported for all Microsoft Windows versions.
Even if most of us use USB sticks and external HDDs to transport information from one computer to another, burning your own disk with music, movies, etc, and collecting them in our library is a feeling most of us will never want to give up. Deepburner 1.9 is a free burning tool with all the basic functions a beginner needs. DeepBurner Free supports a very wide range of internal and external DVD and CD writers. With this extremely user-friendly burning software one can burn any data, copy discs, make backups, make ISO CDs and DVDs, create labels and booklets.
Installation and support
The 2.65 MB setup kit guarantees an easy installation, due to the fact that it doesn’t come bundled with other programs that need to be installed. It supports all Windows-based operating systems, beginning with Windows 2000.
I don’t know what your favourite Internet browser is, the competition between the latest versions of the Web browsers is really close. But I do know how to improve their performance using the right settings. Today I’ll bring Mozilla Firefox into your attention, showing you how to speed it up like a stud from the far West. Bear with me, I’ll tell you to exact steps to do it, with screenshots.
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Step by Step Tutorial:
1. Take a deep breath…and type about:config into the address bar and press enter. It’s the bar in which you type the name of the sites you’re looking for, starting with http:/www…Look at the first screenshot if not sure where to type. You’ll receive a warning about the fact that you’re going to mess with some settings, click OK if you feel sure.
Partitioning the hard disk is nowadays an easy task that everyone can do if he possesses the right utility tools. EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition offers the average user the possibility of safely accomplishing this task, once performed only by advanced users. It brings the essential partition management options and some additional goodies, like: support for RAID, data destruction through zero-fill, deleted files recovery, possibility to hide/unhide the partition. All these come into an intuitive interface, providing the customer with relevant information for him to understand each step it takes.
Interface and features:
The intuitive interface is splits in three main sections: a lateral panel with the set of options, a list of drives in the right, and the toolbar and menu bar in the top with roughly the same functions as the operations in the right panel.
EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition is a downgraded version of the Professional Edition and it may lack some additional features some advanced users would like to have, but the essential functions are there: you can create and delete partitions, resize or move them.
Not everybody affords to get a paid anti-virus, but everybody needs protection against threats. The solution would be a compromise: a free anti-virus which, in combination with other kind of software, like disk defragmenters, data backup utilities speeds up your computer and reduces the risk of losing some vital data. More than 130 million users are currently running Avast! on their computer, benefiting of the program’s constant upgrades and updates offered by Avast software. Even if there are obvious shortcomings in using a free antivirus solutions, Avast performs the essentials tasks and its virus databases are kept up-to-date.
Installation and support
The 50Mb installation kit is quite lightweight for an antivirus, making the installation process an easy task. All you have to do is the choose the configuration you want: typical or minimal, but we didn’t see in fact any difference between them, even the sizes seem to be the same. If you don’t have Google Chrome installed on the computer, the application will offer to install it.
So, you’ve bought a new phone with an impressive video camera and you want to see your results on a PC monitor instead of a small phone screen. What you basically need is a media player (preferably a free one) which can play 3GP files and, why not, MPEG-4, 3G2, etc. 3GP player is a quite basic media player which meets your needs, being capable to playback the videos on your mobile phone with ease.
Installation and Support
Like many other free programs, 3GP comes bundled with adware: as soon as you double click to install, you’ll be offered to install a Reganam toolbar for Internet Explorer and FireFox and to change your default homepage. After you opt to install these or not, the installation process will be a smooth one, the size of the downloading kit being around 12 MB. Unfortunately, these’re no 3GP Player for Mac or Linux; it only works on Windows XP upwards.
Some of us are quite disappointed with big companies who monopolize some software markets and we just want a fresh approach. Foxit Reader provides a lightweight reader which loads pretty quickly, with more than decent features, even if it’s meant more for reading PDFs than changing and creating them. Fortunately, it supports bookmarks, has search capability, allows to annotate PDF files and can also print PDFs.
The installation is quite smooth, but there is an aspect you should pay attention at: in our case, no matter if we checked or unchecked the install the Firefox plugin option, some shortcuts were automatically checked: the desktop shortcut boxes, start menu shortcut and quick launch shortcut. Still, Foxit Reader’s installation kit is 12Mb, while Adobe is 320Mb, so it installs and open a lot faster. The diference between them is that Foxit Reader doesn’t boasts its cousin’s crowdy plug-ins, credit lists, etc. Foxit Reader is supported on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.
Even if Frostwire’s interface doesn’t resemble Limeware too much, this P2P file sharing client is based on Limeware, a BitTorrent client that works on Gnutella network, used to download files off torrent sites. Unlike Limewire, which comes in three versions: Limeware basic, Pro and Extended Pro, out of which just the first version is free, the other two offering advanced features like turbo-changed downloads and search results, Frostwire comes in just one version, and it has built in almost all the features Limeware Pro comes with.
Installation and Support
In order to install FireWire, one just needs 256mb of RAM, a connection to the internet, Java 1.6 and any operating system, quite low requirements for our modern times. Another good piece of news of that FrostWire supports a wide array of operating systems: Windows (2000/NT/XP/Vista/7), Mac OS X 10.5 or later, Linux including Debian, Red Hat, Fedora and Ubuntu. and Android (2.1 Eclair or higher). A somehow bad news is that the program can be classified as a adware, offering to install Ask toolbar. In the installation process will appear the setup wizard, giving you the possibility to configure the program, choosing from an array pf options before running the program.