EPD 195: Fan Mail Friday’s (04/25/2014)

April 25, 2014

Dear (CSW) Team,

What is one website you could not live without ? and what is one website you wish you could do without (Or don’t dare use) ?

Sent In By “Fear of The Web

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What is one website you could not live without ? and what is one website you wish you could do without (Or don’t dare use) ?

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Remy’s Reply: This one is really easy my site I can’t live without is http://torrentz.eu/ with an honorable mention of WordPress because without WordPress there would be no (CSW). The site I do without is even easier and that is Facebook. It truly is a virus on mankind / people kind

Matt’s Reply: The one is quite easy to answer, as there are actually two sites I couldn’t live without each day. The first is my own site, Hybrid Games, as I update it six days a week, and the other is (CSW), as I also work on here every day. The one site I could do without is probably either Facebook or the Bing Search Engine, as I use Google.

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So if you are keen and want all the latest (CSW) news, reviews and features. You can follow us via our main Twitter Page @ https://twitter.com/#!/Computer_Savvy or via his own personal Twitter Page https://twitter.com/#!/RemySe7en .

PS: Just a heads up to all our readership. He does indeed follow everyone back. If you follow him on his own personal Remy “Se7en” Twitter account.

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Remy “Se7en”


CCleaner (4.13.4693) Change Log

April 24, 2014

The following is the full change log for CCleaner new (4.13.4693) version:

  • v4.13.4693 (24 Apr 2014)

    - Added Windows 8.1 Update 1 and Server 2012 R2 Update 1 compatibility.
    - Improved Chrome cleaning: Internet History, Last Download Location and Startup item management.
    - Improved Opera 15 and newer cleaning: Internet History, Last Download Location and Startup item management.
    - Added Firefox plugin activation mode support.
    - Improved handling of removed and unmounted disks.
    - Improved Windows keyboard shortcut support.
    - Improved Shutdown after cleaning and /AUTO command-line.
    - Added Wondershare Video Converter Pro, Aimersoft Video Converter Ultimate, Real Player Cloud cleaning.
    - Improved Java, Windows Defender, FrostWire, CuteFTP 9, Winamp, FileZilla, SUPERAntiSpyware, OpenOffice 4 cleaning.
    - Added Mongolian language.
    - Minor GUI Improvements.
    - Minor bug fixes.

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Link To View Original Change Log Or To Look Back At Older Change Logs: http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/version-history

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Link To Download CCleaner: http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

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William


New CCleaner (4.13.4693) Version Is Now Available To Download

April 24, 2014

Dear Readers,

Ok, everyone there has been a brand new version of CCleaner available to download. Which just came out earlier today -April 24th, 2014- and this would be version (4.13.4693) for all of us who are still keeping track.

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Link To Download CCleaner: http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

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Till The Next Update,

William


All-In-One Toolbox (29 Tools) (4.4) – Android App Review

April 24, 2014

All-In-One Toolbox (29 Tools) (4.4)

Cost Of App: Free (Google Play App Store)

Is there a paid upgrade option ?: Yes

App Description: (See Below)

★ Over 4 million users, 20 languages
★ Editor’s Pick from AppEggs, AndroidApps website
★ Featured by Lifehacker, CNET, AppBrain, XDA & much more.
★ #1 system optimization and Cache Cleaner App in 32 countries, top 10 in 56 countries in the Productivity category.

【Top Features】
System Cleaner – clean all unnecessary contents to boost phone/SD Card memory
- Cache Cleaner
- History Cleaner (clipboard history, browser history, Google Play search history, Gmail search history, Google Maps history, Google Earth history and several supplementary history killer)
- Call/SMS Cleaner (clean call logs, text messages)
- SD Card Cleaner (clean temporary files, thumb images, invalid files, log files, empty folders)
- Apk Cleaner (clean non-installed apks, installed apks, duplicates)
- App Leftovers (clean residual files left by uninstalled apps)

Memory Info and Task Killer – memory information of the device, Task Killer and more…
- Memory status report (RAM, ROM, SD Card memory and CPU) and quick boost to release memory
- Task killer with detailed memory/CPU/battery usage information of each running task
- Homescreen widgets and shortcuts
- Battery Booster (battery level, battery temperature and more…)
- System information

Package Manager – all tools needed to deal with app management
- Batch Install
- Batch Uninstall (uninstall all apps with one single click)
- Backup & Restore (backup apps to SD Card and restore with one click)
- System App Uninstall (root)
- App2SD (move apps to SD Card with one click)

General—supplementary management of the device and the SD Card
- Add to Startup (add favorite apps to start with system)
- Boot Speedup: Startup Manager (disable apps from starting with system boot)
- File Manager

Plugins—tools to choose upon personal needs and likes
- Ad-detect Plugin (detect ad networks embedded in each app with ad type and accessable privacy info)
- Applock Plugin (lock apps to protect privacy)
- Compass Plugin
- Flashlight Plugin
- Permission Check Plugin (detect critical permissions )
- QR and Barcode Scanner
- Quick Settings Plugin (network and screen management)
- Sensor Box Plugin
- Timer Plugin (auto cleaner & manager)
- Toolbox Pro Key Manager
- Volume Settings Plugin
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HIGHLIGHTS

-EASY TO USE
*Simple and interactive user interface
*Tweak all system optimizing features at ease

-ALL IN ONE
*Embrace all system optimizing techniques
*Comprehensive one-click optimization

Are there in App ads ?: Yes

A. Ease Of Use: 4/5 – Super easy to use. But some of the features are very well hidden or lack explanation of what they are actually gonna do.

B. Security: No impact to smart phone or tablet security

C. Usefulness: 5/5 – By far the best all around freeware app of it’s kind.

D. Smart phone Slow Down: Some minor lag, that I noticed. (Based on device and connection/network speed)

E. Tablet Slow Down: No lag at all, that I noticed. (Based on device and connection/network speed)

F. Type Of User I Would Recommend To Use This App: Anyone who wishes to optimize their mobile device and they are not afraid of a little trial and error. Then I say go for it as there really is nothing quite like it on the Android App. I’d say you’d be really missing out if you did not give this free app a quick go. There really is nothing to lose other then wasted space.

Important App Use Side Note: Please be aware that some option will delete your information and you will not be able to get it back. So make sure to back up your call logs and text messages if you wish to do so. Also know if you are clearing your cache that is often where your game save files are. So back them up as well or risk losing your game progress. Another important note is that. If you do decide to clear your history or cache your device maybe slightly slower. As the temp files have been removed and will need to be re-acquire by sites such as the Google Play App Store. Before reloading again. Again the speed of this process will depend on device and connection speed.

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Remy “Se7en”


AVG Internet Security 2014 (2014.0.4569) – Paidware Review

April 24, 2014

The Rating Scale Breakdown:

  • 0  – 0.5 – Abysmal
  • 1.0 – 1.5 – Terrible
  • 2.0 – 2.5 – Poor
  • 3.0 – 3.5 – Average
  • 4.0 – 4.5 – Great
  • 5.0 – Excellent
  • Undetermined – Too soon to tell or lacking evidence to provide a solid answer
  • Not Tested – Has yet to be requested or there is some limitations to prevent accurate test results

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Price$54.99 CAD/USD – For 1 year and 1 PC

A. Installation AVG4.5 Great” – There is no doubt that AVG has improved in this area 10 fold. I personally thank G-d that this time around it did not take more then once to install AVG Anti-Virus 2014. As oppose to AVG Anti-Virus 2013 that took more then a dozen times to install it on my PC’s. So well done AVG for getting it right this time. Better late then never.

B. Un-installing AVG3.5Average” – AVG Free Anti-Virus 2014 is very sloppy un-installer. But that is not a surprise to me. So has every other previous AVG version going back 5 or 6 years.

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C. Stability Of Program5.0 Excellent – The UI (User Interface) seems to have been completely fixed in AVG 2014. Along with the jenkey manual update option.

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D. Has AVG Free Been Compromised By Hackers Or Virus4.0Great” – No reports of AVG being compromised.

E. Speed of Scan5.0 Excellent – Very quick on most computers.

F. Updating - 4.0Great” – Automatic updating is fine. But if you want to manually update your AVG. Expect some epic slowness. I’m still not sure why. I have often run into times where it will stall on 30%, or 50% and it seem like forever before you get the 100% completed notice.

G. Does AVG Free Do Automatic Updates By Itself Without Any Issue5.0 – Yes, you can now with, no doubt. But leave the manual update option alone unless you want to invite stability related issues.

H. Internet Browser Cookie Detection Rate And Removal Test2.0 Poor- You are way better off with something like SUPERAntiSpyware or CCleaner that is more dedicated to removal of Internet cookies. AVG Internet cookie detection rate is terrible even with the option active and checked off.

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1. Anti-Virus Detection Rate Test:

1A. Windows XP4.0Great

1B. Windows Vista4.0Great

1C. Windows 74.0Great

1D. Windows 84.0Great

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2. Residential Shield Test - 3.5Average – I still find AVAST and AVIRA seems to grab the virus way before AVG does.

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Computers Protection

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3A. Anti-Virus Scanner 4.0Great” – AVG has finally beaten their just average score. And that should tell you a lot.

3B. Anti-Rootkit Scanner4.0Great” – Great option. Works well.

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Web Browsing Protection

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4A. Link Scanner4.5Great – Not a fan. But it can be very useful to some.

4B. Online Shield2.5Poor” – Completely in-effective and worthless.

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Identity Protection

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5A. Identity Protection - 2.0Poor” – Completely in-effective and worthless.

5B. Identity Alert – This feature appears to need a further upgrade. Beyond your main purchase of AVG Internet Security 2013.

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E-mail Protection

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6A. E-mail Scanner3.0Average” – Utterly baseline and average. I found no use for it.

6B. Anti-Spam3.0 Average” – Utterly baseline and average. Not even worth the setup.

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Firewall

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7. Firewall5.0 Excellent – By no means perfect. But way better then your standalone Windows built in Firewall

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Extra Features

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8. PC Analyzer (AKA. Fix Performance) – 0.5Abysmal“- If you don’t mind that you only can fix your errors for free once then great. But if you are like me and you probably feel this options is both somewhat misleading and out right bait to buy this extremely expensive add-on. Then you are probably with me on my conclusion.

9. Mobile ProtectionN/A – This option is pretty much just a bullet point reminder. As you can download the AVG Free Smart Phone or Tablet app from the Google Play Store. Again let me make it clear even thou you have paid for AVG Internet Security 2013. You don’t get AVG Pro Smart Phone app.

10. File Shredder3.5 Average – I found this addition to be very useful. But lacking what Spybot – Search & Destroy or even Advance System Care 6. Advanced File shredder options.

11. Tech Buddy Support0.0Abysmal” – This is just a money grab. Completely worthless as well as falsely advertised and overally misleading to the end user.

12. AVG Direct Support0.5Abysmal” – With only a free forum and a phone number to call for support.

You will often find yourself ether being told to go to the free forum or they will recommend you go to further specialized support team via Tech Buddy. Which like I said above is an epic MONEY GRAB. Completely worthless as well as falsely advertised as well as overally misleading.

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My Overall Score: 85/125

68.4 % = C +

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My Final Verdict - AVG Internet Security 2013 takes what it once was and flips it on its heads. Then presents itself as a new more user friendly version of its past iterations. “Well sorry guys, That won’t fly with me.” But you got to love the File shredder even thou it is so very basic.

This version of AVG and I’m talking about all AVG 2013 versions. Are clearly tailored first to Windows 8 and then to Windows 7. If you don’t have ether. Then you maybe as disappointed as I was. When I first upgraded from AVG Internet Security 2012.

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Till The Next Review,

Remy “Se7en”


World Clock & Widget (1.5.9) – Android App Review

April 23, 2014

World Clock & Widget (1.5.9)

Cost Of App: Free (Google Play App Store)

Is there a paid upgrade option ?: No

App Description: (See Below)

Simple and easy to use world clock application & widget.

If your location is missing, find a place in the same time zone & change the clock title:

(1) Find another city/location in the same time zone, and add it.
(2) Click on the new city and select “Edit Clock”.
(3) Rename the clock title & description and click on “OK”.

Features:

* Customizable widget background.
* Multiple clocks support.
* Quick search for locations.
* Displaying 12H or 24H clock format.
* Optional display of date

Are there in App ads ?: Yes, but only a very small random logo

A. Ease Of Use: 5/5 – Super simple. Select your desired location (AKA. Place like London or Time Zone like PST) Then decide if you wish to have a widget on your home screen or no widget and only have the clock in your Google apps list.

B. Security: No effect on Smart Phone or Tablet security.

C. Usefulness: 4/5 – Again only really useful if you intend to use it. If not it is just taking up space on your phone or tablet.

D. Smart phone Slowdown: None

E. Tablet Slowdown: None

f. Type Of User I Would Recommend To Use This App: Anyone who wants to keep track of different time zones other then there own. Then this is a very easy call to make. So go ahead and download it and don’t by accident call your mate at 3am his time. Because you were unaware of his time zone difference.

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Erin


AVG Free Anti-Virus 2014 (2014.0.4569) – Freeware Review

April 23, 2014

The Rating Scale Breakdown:

  • 0  – 0.5 – Abysmal
  • 1.0 – 1.5 – Terrible
  • 2.0 – 2.5 – Poor
  • 3.0 – 3.5 – Average
  • 4.0 – 4.5 – Great
  • 5.0 – Excellent
  • Undetermined – Too soon to tell or lacking evidence to provide a solid answer
  • Not Tested – Has yet to be requested or there is some limitations to prevent accurate test results

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Price: Free

A. Installation AVG4.5 Great” – There is no doubt that AVG has improved in this area 10 fold. I personally thank G-d that this time around it did not take more then once to install AVG Anti-Virus 2014. As oppose to AVG Anti-Virus 2013 that more then a dozen times to install on my PC’s. So well done AVG for getting it right this time. Better late then never.

B. Un-installing AVG 3.5Average” – AVG Free Anti-Virus 2014 is very sloppy un-installer. But that is not a surprise to me. So has every other previous AVG version going back 5 or 6 years.

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C. Stability Of Program5.0 Excellent – The UI (User Interface) seems to have been completely fixed in AVG 2014. Along with the jenkey manual update option.

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D. Has AVG Free Been Compromised By Hackers Or Virus4.5Great” – No reports of AVG being compromised.

E. Speed of Scan5.0 Excellent – Very quick on most computers.

F. Updating - 4.0Great” – Automatic updating is fine. But if you want to manually update your AVG. Expect some slowness.

G. Does AVG Free Do Automatic Updates By Itself Without Any Issue5.0 – Yes, you can now with, no doubt. But leave the manual update option alone unless you want to invite stability related issues.

H. Internet Browser Cookie Detection Rate And Removal Test – - You are way better off with something like SUPERAntiSpyware or CCleaner that is more dedicated to removal of Internet cookies. AVG Internet cookie detection rate is terrible even with the option active and checked off.

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1. Anti-Virus Detection Rate Test:

1A. Windows XP4.0Great

1B. Windows Vista4.0Great

1C. Windows 74.0Great

1D. Windows 84.0Great

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2. Residential Shield Test - 3.5Average – I still find SUPERAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware seems to grab the virus way before AVG does.

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Computers Protection

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3A. Anti-Virus Scanner 4.0Great” – AVG has finally beaten their just average score. And that should tell you a lot.

3B. Anti-Rootkit Scanner4.0Great” – Great option. Works well.

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Web Browsing Protection

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4A. Link Scanner4.5Great – Not a fan. But it can be very useful to some.

4B. Online Shield – Not available In the Free Version

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Identity Protection

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5A. Identity Protection - Not available In the Free Version

5B. Identity Alert – Not available In the Free Version

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E-mail Protection

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6A. E-mail Scanner3.0Average” – Utterly baseline and average. I found no use for it at all.

6B. Anti-Spam - Not available In the Free Version

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Firewall

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7. Firewall - Not available In the Free Version

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Extra Features

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8. Fix Performance (AKA. PC Analyzer) – 0.5Abysmal“- If you don’t mind that you only can fix your errors for free once then great. But if you are like me and you probably feel this options is both somewhat misleading and out right bait to buy this extremely expensive add-on. Then you are probably with me on my conclusion.

9. Mobile ProtectionN/A – This option is pretty much just a bullet point reminder. As you can download the AVG Free SmartPhone app from the Google Play Store.

10. File Shredder3.5 Average” – I found this addition to be very useful. But lacking what Spybot – Search & Destroy or even Advance System Care 7. Advanced File shredder options.

11. AVG Direct Support0.5Abysmal” – With only a free forum and a phone number to call for support.

You will often find yourself ether being told to go to the free forum or they will recommend you go to further specialized support via Tech Buddy. Which like I said above is an epic MONEY GRAB. Completely worthless as well as falsely advertised and overally misleading to users.

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My Overall Score: 73/100

73 % = C +

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My Final Verdict - AVG Free Anti-Virus 2014 takes what disappointed me with AVG 2013 and up the ante. It is still not AVG 2012 which seemed a lot smoother. Also again this appears to clearly tailored first to Windows 8 and then to Windows 7. If you don’t have ether. Then you maybe as disappointed as I was yet again.

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Kirbe


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