Blog Update #319 – This Week (CSW) Reviews The Latest Versions Of AVG Anti-Virus

April 20, 2014

Dear Readers,

This week the (CSW) crew will be bring you 3 AVG Anti-Virus reviews.

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1. AVG AntiVirus FREE Smart Phone Android App (4.0.0.1)

**Review will be posted April 22nd at 00:15 EST**

2. AVG Free Anti-Virus 2014 (2013.0.4569)

**Review will be posted April 23rd at 00:15 EST**

3. AVG Internet Security 2014 (2013.0.4569)

**Review will be posted April 24th at 00:15 EST**

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-Between April 14th, 2014 – April 20th, 2014-

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Erin


Drippler – Top Android Updates (2.07.3) – Android App Review

April 19, 2014

Drippler – Top Android Updates (2.07.3)

Cost Of App: Free (Google Play App Store)

Is there a paid upgrade option ?: No

App Description: (See Below)

Install Drippler to discover daily tips, new features, top apps, Android updates, accessories and more. Join millions of users getting the latest:

✓ Android tips, tricks & secrets
✓ Android apps & games
✓ Software updates & firmware upgrades
✓ Android widgets & tools
✓ Android manuals & guides
✓ Android themes, wallpapers & accessories

What are the best Android apps for my Galaxy S4? Where can I find help or easy how to guides for my Nexus 10 tablet? What are the latest Android updates & upgrades for my Nexus 5? Drippler has all the answers!

★ Press
✓ “Turn Your Phone Into the Best Damn Phone It Can Be” – Gizmodo
✓ “A must-have for Android owners” – TheNextWeb
✓ “Drippler offers news on Android updates and useful apps” – The New York Times
✓ “Try Drippler. It’s like a Flipboard edition for your mobile device” – GigaOm
✓ “A useful way to stay current on the rapidly changing mobile landscape” – TechCrunch
✓ Recommended by Samsung, Amazon, Verizon and AT&T

★ User Reviews
“Thanks to Drippler I found many cool accessories, Android app sales and the best system updates for my Galaxy S4!”
“Drippler is where I read about Android kitkat first, and in general a great app discover source”.
“Love the new tablet app! Drippler is like an Android assistant or a user guide built specifically for my tablet, with the best tips, updates and daily apps in the Android market”.

★ Drippler supports Android version 2.3 and up
Android Honeycomb (Android 3.0, 3.1, 3.2), Android Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), Android Jelly Bean (Android 4.1, 4.2, 4.3), Android Kit Kat (Android 4.4)

★ Tested on
Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 7 2013 (Nexus 7 2), Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0 & 10.1), Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (7.0 & 10.1), Motorola Droid Razr (Hd, Maxx HD), LG Optimus

★ Permissions
✓ Access to external storage – to enable moving the app to SD card
✓ Prevent phone from sleeping – only when getting new drips and will only prevent sleeping for a few seconds
✓ Accounts – for Google+ sign in

★ We LOVE connecting with our users, please reach out!

Facebook – http://facebook.com/drippler
Google+ Community – http://goo.gl/Inr269
Google+ – http://goo.gl/0Qvkay
Twitter – http://twitter.com/drippler

Are there in App ads ?: Yes

A. Ease Of Use: 4/5 – Very easy to use. You set your notifications in your Drippler settings. Then when ever there is a new story. It will pop up, then just click on it and it will bring you there. You can then back out and see the list of ten or so top news stores related to Android devices.

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

C. Usefulness: 3/5 – It’s not the best news app out there. But it is very targeted to Android users.

D. Tablet Slowdown: No lag, that I noticed.

E. Type Of User I Would Recommend To Use This App: Anyone who wants a directed / targeted news app for Android users. Then you maybe happy with this app. But, if you want a wider spectrum type of new app. Don’t bother downloading this app because you’ll be very disappointed.

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Remy “Se7en”


EPD 194: Fan Mail Friday’s (04/18/2014)

April 18, 2014

Dear (CSW) Team,

What is your one tech device that you could not live without ? Not including your PC or Laptops………

Sent In By “Tech-no Driv-in

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What is your one tech device that you could not live without ?

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Remy’s Reply: If I can’t say my desktop I’d have to say my smart phone. The main reason is it keeps me on the ball and out of trouble.

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Matt’s Reply: Hmm good question. I guess I’d have to say that the one device I can’t do without is my mobile phone, as I need it every day for both my work life, to book and update appointments with my computer clients, my social life with my mates and friends when I can, and my online life, so that I can download and play certain games that I find relevant and interesting.

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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”


IObit Malware Fighter (2.3.0.13) Pro – Full Review

April 17, 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
  • N/A – Not Available and or Not Applicable to this program

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V. 6.5 CIObit Malware Fighter Pro Review Template + Windows 8 Tested

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Price: $19.95 USD/CAD

A. Installation IObit Malware Fighter - 5.0 Excellent– Fast, Safe and Simple. With absolutely no issues in any of my tests

B. Un-installing IObit Malware Fighter – 5.0 Excellent – Fast, Safe and Simple. With absolutely no issues in any of our tests

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C. Stability Of Program – 5.0 Excellent” – The issues I had with the previous version of IObit Malware Fighter has been patched. So we are all good now and 100% stable at least from our tests.

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D. Detection Rate Test:

D1. Windows XP - 4.0 Good

D2. Windows Vista -4.0 Good

D3. Windows 7 -4.0 Good

D4. Windows 8 -4.0 Good

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E. Speed of Scan - 5.0Excellent– Scan times for me came to nearly 1 hour after scanning about 2.5TB of data.

EE. Types Of Different Scans Available - 3.5 Average” – Program features 3 different scan types, which are Smart Scan (scans the most critical parts of the system), Full Scan (scans your entire system, including all of your files/folders), and Custom Scan (allows the user to choose which files, folders or section of the PC you want the program to scan).

F. Update Process -  3.5 Average The Pro version of this program features automatic updates – unlike the freeware version, which only has manual updates.

G. Scan Logs 2.0 Poor – The scan logs are really hard to find. I find the scan logs are super hard to read understand, But unfortunately, what stops this from getting a higher score. Is due to the process log which is rather hard to understand and rather messy, with no real user friendly-way of reading / understanding it.

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1. Start-up Guard – 3.5Average– It’s very basic, and requires no work at all. It has scanned and found nothing.

2. Browser Guard - 3.5Average– Works very well, and has scanned a few items, with no detection’s found so far.

3. Network Guard - 3.5Average– It has found no detection’s on my network. Seems to do it’s job.

4. File Guard - 3.5Average – Works pretty well, and has found no detection’s so far.

5. Cookie Guard - 3.5Average– Like the rest in this section, it is very simple and perfect for the basic PC user, with no detection’s found thus far.

6. Process Guard – 3.5Average” – Also very simple, basic, and requires very little work. It’s found nothing thus far.

7. USB Disk Guard – 4.5Great” – Most of my files are secured on a 500 GB external hard drive or my many 8 to 32 gig USB flash sticks. That is connected to my Windows Vista desktop (On a mass rotation depending on what I am doing) and after scanning through all my USB drives and IObit Malware Fighter found some infected files. That I had put on a random USB stick to test this feature out.  So it does it’s job very well.

8. Malicious Action Guard - 3.5Average– Very basic and requires very little, or no work at all. It has alerted me to a number of registry changes.

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H. Cloud Support - 3.0Average- I don’t think this is a good idea at all. That you can view the number of safe files and threats that IObit has found, and then that information is streamed over the cloud to your IObit Malware Fighter. Plus you can even join in and upload your own scan logs to the cloud on IObit’s servers, which allows everyone and not just IObit, but also other users to see what is safe and a threat via a percentage bar in green and red. I wouldn’t recommend using this feature for the security of your own PC’s sake.

I. IObit Support – 4.0Great- Just like in the Freeware version of the program, you have their “Virtual Technical Support” or “Community Forum“. But with the paid version you also get Online Support.

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My Overall Score: 81/105

77.1 % = B +

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My Final Verdict: IObit Malware Fighter Pro. Is a very simplistic program. Which is actually works in its favour. There are still no real out features (As of yet). IObit Malware Fighter preforms on almost every level as well as it’s competition.

Although there are three different scan levels to this program, it is recommended that you just stick to the Smart Scanning method and allow the program to run in the background while you get on with other daily tasks. All of the IObit Malware Fighter features such as Start-up Guard, Browser Guard, Network Guard, File Guard and Cookie Guard also work well and require no work on your behalf. As long as you keep the program running and definitions updated.

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Important Program Side Note: IObit has decided to add this program to their already full freeware suite. Via their ACTION CENTER. Which you may have already noticed has now fully swallowed all but one of their freeware programs. And now has become their new UI (User Interface) for most IObit programs. Other then IObit Uninstaller. To tell you I am unhappy with this new development is an epic understatement. I hate having programs I want mate with programs, I don’t want. Just for the fact that they are made by the same company.

I much rather not have Advanced System Care Free at all on my computer. Instead I am forced by their new freeware suite. That sort of beats you over the head to have it installed and updated or face a more then annoying LARGE RED error message notice to “FIX ALL PROBLEMS/ERRORS“.

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Here is a link to download IObit Malware Fighter Pro:

1. http://www.iobit.com/malware-fighter-pro.html (IObit Malware Fighter Download Section)

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Till The Next Review,

Danny


IObit Malware Fighter (2.3.0.13) Free Edition – Freeware Review

April 16, 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
  • N/A – Not Available and or Not Applicable to this program

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V. 6.5 BIObit Malware Fighter Freeware Review Template + Windows 8 Tested

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Price: Free

A. Installation IObit Malware Fighter5.0 Excellent” – Fast, Safe and Simple. With absolutely no issues in any of my tests

B. Un-installing IObit Malware Fighter5.0 Excellent – Fast, Safe and simple with 100% full software removal.

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C. Stability Of Program5.0 Excellent” – The issues I had with the previous versions of  IObit Malware Fighter has been patched. So we are all good now and 100% stable at least from our tests.

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D. Detection Rate Test:

D1. Windows XP4.0 Good

D2. Windows Vista  – 4.0 Good

D3. Windows 7  - 4.0 Good

D4. Windows 84.0Good

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E. Speed of Scan5.0 Excellent – Scan times run on average anywhere from under 10 minutes with quick scan. And just under 1hr for a full system scan.

EE. Types Of Different Scans Available - 3.5 Average” – There are 3 different scan types. But they are the same scan types as pretty much every other program in this category.(Smart Scan , Full Scan, Custom Scan)

F. Update Process3.5 Average” – Needs to be manually updated.

G. Scan Logs2.0 Poor – The scan logs are really hard to find period. (Other then that minor issue). I find the scan logs are super hard to read understand, But unfortunately, what stops this from getting a higher score. Is due to the process log which is rather hard to understand and rather messy, with no real user friendly-way of reading / understanding it.

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1. Start-up Guard3.5 Average” – Very basic. So far only no detention.

2. Browser Guard3.5 Average” – Very basic. So far only no detection.

3. Network Guard3.5 Average” – Very basic. So far only no detection.

4. File Guard3.5 Average” – Very basic. So far no detection.

5. Cookie Guard3.5 Average” -  Very simple for the basic PC user, with no detection found thus far.

6. Process GuardN/A – Not available in the Free version

7. USB Disk GuardN/A – Not available in the Free version

8. Malicious Action Guard - N/A – Not available in the Free version

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H. Cloud Support – 3.0Average“- I don’t think this is a good idea at all. That you can view the number of safe files and threats that IObit has found, and then that information is streamed over the cloud to your IObit Malware Fighter. Plus you can even join in and upload your own scan logs to the cloud on IObit’s servers, which allows everyone and not just IObit, but also other users to see what is safe and a threat via a percentage bar in green and red. I wouldn’t recommend using this feature for the security of your own PC’s sake.

I. IObit Support3.0 Average“- You have their “Virtual Technical Support” or “Community Forum

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My Overall Score: 61.5/85

72.3 % = B

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My Final Verdict: IObit Malware Fighter Free. Is a very basic  program with no real stand out features. That I can speak of. IObit Malware Fighter preforms on almost every level as well as it’s competition.

But what Malware Fighter does have are some extra features over other freeware programs of this type. IObit Malware Fighter has 5 active features / guards (Start-up Guard, Browser Guard, Network Guard , File Guard and Cookie Guard) That are available and active even in its freeware version package.

  That alone makes IObit Malware Fighter better off features wise, then say Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free. Which only really has manual update and 3 manual scan options.

But not better off then say SuperAntiSpyware Free or Spybot – Search & Destroy Free.

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Important Program Side Note: IObit has decided to add this program to their already full freeware suite. Via their ACTION CENTER. Which you may have already noticed has now fully swallowed all but one of their freeware programs. And now has become their new UI (User Interface) for most IObit programs. Other then IObit Uninstaller. To tell you I am unhappy with this new development is an epic understatement. I hate having programs I want mate with programs I don’t want. Just for the fact they are from the same company.

I much rather not have Advanced System Care Free at all on my computer. Instead I am forced by their new freeware suite. That sort of beats you over the head to have it installed and updated or face a more then annoying LARGE RED error message notice to “FIX ALL PROBLEMS/ERRORS“.

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http://www.iobit.com/malware-fighter.html (IObit Malware Fighter Download Section)

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Erin


What is a “Computer Network” ?

April 15, 2014

Computer Network (Data Network) - is a telecommunications network that allows computers to exchange data. In computer networks, networked computing devices pass data to each other along data connections. The connections (network links) between nodes are established using either cable media or wireless media. The best-known computer network is the Internet.

Network computer devices that originate, route and terminate the data are called network nodes. Nodes can include hosts such as personal computers,phones, servers as well as networking hardware. Two such devices are said to be networked together when one device is able to exchange information with the other device, whether or not they have a direct connection to each other.

Computer networks support applications such as access to the World Wide Web, shared use of application and storage servers, printers, and fax machines, and use of email and instant messaging applications. Computer networks differ in the physical media used to transmit their signals, the communications protocols to organize network traffic, the network’s size, topology and organizational intent.

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Source: Wikipedia


Opinion Outpost – Survey Site Review (April 2014)

April 14, 2014

Name: Opinion Outpost

Link:https://www.opinionoutpost.com (US Site) or http://www.opinionoutpost.ca (Canadian Site)

Who Is Eligible To Participate: US or Canadian Residences Only

Type of Award Or Payment: Cash (points) / Instant Prize / Sweepstakes / Donation To Red Cross / Amazon e – Gift Certificates / Alawar PC Game Online Gift ID / Paypal Payment / Request a Cheque -Only for US residence- /

(10 point = $1.00 USD/CAD)

You must have 100 points or $10.00 CAD/USD to redeem for a $10.00 Amazon E- Gift Certificates

But to redeem for a Paypal payout. You must have at least 100 points or $10.00 CAD/USD in your account to redeem.

Points or Cash Normally Earned Per Survey: 0 – 100 points

Sign-Up Time: Very Lengthy

How Many Survey Invitations Should You Expect Per Week: 1 – 30 (Generally, you’ll see at least one general invite in your inbox everyday. But saying that does not means you’ll get any points.)

How Long Does It Take To Collect A Reward Or Cash Out: About half a months to 1 year. Doing all the surveys sent to you in full. It really does depend on your level of engagement and interest in Opinion Outpost.

(Sometimes it can take a lot longer, Depending on how much you want before you claim your reward or cash out) -Example $50.00 or $100-

Do They Spam You: No

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5Opinion Outpost seems to have smoothed out most of it’s rough edges. Most of the issues that plagued it during my last few review are not completely gone. They are still  have been some major hindrances in the overall difficulty of the surveys and qualifying for the rewards. I have often found myself in mid-survey. When I am kicked or glitch-ed out for no reason (What So Ever). I don’t even get the screen. That asks me if I want to try for an Instant Prize/Donate/ or Leave.

That is honestly a really rather sad situation. When we put in the time and effort into said survey. And are receiving ABSOLUTELY nothing in return, other then the run around or just really rather lame excuses why it is our fault. That to me is just unacceptable in every respect.

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Extra Important Information: You must complete your full profile as well as update it at least once a year. To continue to receive your survey invites from Opinion Outpost. If you fail to do so, Opinion Outpost will just stop sending you survey invites to you without any warning at all.

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Remy “Se7en”


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