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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Till The Next Review,

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


New Skype (6.14.0.104) Build Is Now Available To Download

April 10, 2014

Dear Readers,

Ok, everyone there has been a brand new build of  Skype. Which came out (yesterday) April 9th, 2013 and this would be version (6.14.0.104) for all of you who are still keeping track.

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Link To Download Skype: http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/get-skype/on-your-computer/windows/

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Till The Next Update,

William


CCleaner (4.12.4657) Free Edition – Freeware Review

April 10, 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 C“CCleaner” Freeware Review Template

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Price: Free

A. Installation CCleaner5.0 Excellent” – Fast, Safe and Simple

B. Un-installing CCleaner5.0 Excellent” – Fast, Safe and Simple

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C. Stability Of Program5.0 Excellent” – Absolutely no stability Issues

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D. Cleaner

D1. Windows Cleaner4.5Great” – Works very well. Just 1 really important note a warning if you will. You will lose all your data on the items you have decided to check off. So check your list of “Windows Features” you are gonna clean first.

D2. Application Cleaner4.5Great” – Works very well. Just 1 really important note a warning if you will. You will lose all your data on the items you have decided to check off. So check your list of “Windows Applications” you are gonna clean first.

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E. Cleaner Quality Test:

E1. Windows XP5.0Excellent

E2. Windows Vista5.0Excellent

E3. Windows 7 - 5.0Excellent

E4. Windows 85.0Excellent

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F. Registry

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G. Speed of Analyze5.0Excellent – Again, it will be over in about 1 or 2 minutes at max. Unless you are running a really old rig. Then even then it is faster then most paid programs out there.

GG. Speed of Repair4.5Great – It will be over quite quickly you just maybe surprised. But be warned if you decide not to back-up your registry. Before fixing your registry ERROR(S) you’ll be doing it at your own risk / peril. I say that just to warn people. I have never had an issue and I have been using this program for about 10 + years now. Perhaps maybe even longer.

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H. Registry Cleaner Quality Test:

H1. Windows XP5.0Excellent

H2. Windows Vista5.0Excellent

H3. Windows 7 - 5.0Excellent

H4. Windows 85.0Excellent

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I. Tools

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I1. Un-installer3.0 Average” – This option is shaky at best. This option often leaves a mess in its wake. But be warned not all of said un-installed programs components / files maybe completely gone. I often have to run a separate PC utility like Auslogic BoostSpeed or Registry Mechanic (Both are Paidware). If you want to go freeware you can give IObit Advanced System Cleaner 7. But be careful I have had very mixed results with it.

I2. Start-up - 4.5Great- This option is the king of killing start-up programs and process. But there are some that programs for what ever reason fail to yield to this CCleaner option. Be warned you can cause your computer damage if you don’t allow certain programs to run on boot up. You may also cause MAJOR security holes in your PC.

I3. System Restore3.0Average” – It would be awesome if it worked every time. But sadly I only use this option as the last last resort.

I4. Drive WiperNot Tested - I’ve never tried it and don’t plan too anytime soon. Sorry, if you want to give this option a go. By all means let me know the fallout. I’d be more then happy to post your score on the next review we do.

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J. Options

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J1. Settings4.5Great” – Simple and to the point exactly what you want. You can even undo stuff you had to choose when you originally installed Cleaner.

J2. Cookies4.0Great” – this option is only great if you know what you are doing. and my friend this will take a wee bit of Computer Knowledge and a tad bit of Internet Savvy to pull of exactly what you want. And even then you may not get the outcome you want on the first or second go at it.

J3. IncludeNot Tested – I have never used this option and have really no clue what it does. Beyond the very simplistic description it offers above.

J4. ExcludeNot Tested – Same as above. I have never used this option and have really no clue what it does. Beyond the very simplistic description it offers above.

J5. AdvancedNot Tested – Same as above. But it appears simple enough to navigate.

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K. Updating4.0Great – Needs to be updated manually. Sometimes your promoted when there is a new version of CCleaner out. And other times your not. I’m not really sure why that is. I have the option checked off.

L. CCleaner SupportNot Tested – Never needed it before and I doubt I will in the future. But I imagine if it’s anything like CCleaner itself. It would be pretty awesome.

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My Overall Score: 96.5/105

91.9 % = A +

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My Final Verdict -Part 1-: CCleaner still remains top of it’s class when it comes to the freeware model of PC Utility programs. They really don’t make freeware programs like this very often. I have never really had any real issues with CCleaner. Other then maybe it tries to do too much and it falls flat or stretches itself too thin.

Perfect examples of this are the uninstaller and restore features. Why not drop them and add that vim and vinegar in improving other aspects of CCleaner Free.

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My Final Verdict -Part 2-: I have to admit at first glance CCleaner looks too good to be true in it’s freeware package. Even my score is an almost perfect, which absolutely floors me every time. As I don’t normal see that type of score or quality in most programs. Let alone a freeware version of a PC Utility.

I honestly wonder if there will be a time where there will be a small cost to even the basic CCleaner version. I hope not. But I do believe it is possible sat some point down the line. That or they could strip the program down to be even more basic.

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1. http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download (CCleaners Main Download Page)

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Danny


µTorrent (3.4.1) – Freeware Review

April 9, 2014

Con’s

- Sometimes good Torrents are hard to find

- Sometimes it can take hours, days, weeks to download a file and or files. All will depend on your internet connection speed, the size of the file and the souring of the torrent and or torrents you are using.

- There can be some serious virus issues. You may come across at some point.

- Depending on your Internet connection. You can use all your bandwidth for the whole house or business network without evening knowing it. (But there is a tracking option with in the options to prevent that. But I find people tend not to use it or don’t use it correctly.)

- Some options require you to be rather Computer/Internet Savvy person.

- Setting up µTorrent for optimal performance can take some trial and error.

- You can encounter “Disk Overloaded 100% glitch“. This is where you download will bottom out and may even stop altogether. This can take anywhere from minutes to many hours to get a solid download rate going again.

- You can encounter “Disk Flushing glitch“. This is where you download will stop with between 0.01% to 5% download not completed. This will require you to stop the torrent then remove the torrent. Then close down µTorrent. Then re-start µTorrent. Now drag and drop the torrent file again and let it re-check what you haev actually downloaded.  After that then the download should show the correct % complete.

- They have added a ton of new LARGE ads. All I can say is they are one hell of an eye soar. (Then again it could just be my super short attention span.)

- Also you may notice some new annoying UI (User Interface) changes. Again, I found them annoying and not at all needed. But by no means a deal breaker. Nor does it merit a lower score.

Pro’s

- Free

- Simple to use

- There is a ton of customization options wise

-  App add-ons

- Very easy to set download caps and bandwidth caps. So you don’t go over by accident.

- Very easy to use Internet connection setup guide

- Files are generally pretty darn safe. Provided you know what files types you are looking for and or planning to download. (And with the Torrents with positive scores also known as a Green score of anywhere between a 1-10. 10 being the best and 1 being just fine or ok)

- Way better then the bulk of their competition (Even better computer foot print wise VS. Bit-torrent)

- Very slick/clean interface

- Very light on resources (Both Ram and CPU)

- Provided you use a good torrent search sites, you can get some great file sourcing.

- You can find some pretty rare files, movies, music and or books

- Very decent download speeds for most torrents

- It’s very easy to change your ports on the fly

- Can download any type of files you could ever possibly want. (Of course with some exceptions)

- Can download multiple files at a time

- Can download huge files of several 100 gigs with ease.

- Has bandwidth and sourcing encryption

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My Overall Score is a 4 out of 5 – Provided you are using a good torrent source such as http://torrentz.eu/. You should be able to find pretty much anything you could ever want. But be very careful some Torrents can have some very nasty virus hidden inside them. So please use the torrent Positive/Negative numbering rules.  So if there is no score or a 0 out of 10 or negative number rating score. Also known as a RED score posted for that torrent. Then whatever you do don’t download that torrent. If you do decide to download it anyways. You would likely be asking for a possible virus issues or other possible negative outcomes.

So people, please be smart and use your head and use the scoring system of 1-10 Green or 0-10 Red. Associated with each torrent before you download it. 

On the other hand if there is a positive score of 1 to 10 (A Green 10 being the best and a Green 1 being the least. There can also be a neutral 0 score. That will appear in black or bold.) Also known as a Green or Positive Score). Then you should be good.

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Here Is The Link To Download µTorrent (3.4.1): http://www.utorrent.com/utorrent-plus/index/frmnvh

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Kirbe


What is “Ethernet” ?

April 8, 2014

Ethernet - is a family of computer networking technologies for local area networks (LANs). Ethernet was commercially introduced in 1980 and standardized in 1983 as IEEE 802.3. Ethernet has largely replaced competing wired LAN technologies such as token ring, FDDI, and ARCNET.

The Ethernet standards comprise several wiring and signaling variants of the OSI physical layer in use with Ethernet. The original 10BASE5 Ethernet used coaxial cable as a shared medium. Later the coaxial cables were replaced with twisted pair and fiber optic links in conjunction with hubs or switches. Data rates were periodically increased from the original 10 megabits per second to 100 gigabits per second.

Systems communicating over Ethernet divide a stream of data into shorter pieces called frames. Each frame contains source and destination addresses and error-checking data so that damaged data can be detected and re-transmitted. As per the OSI model Ethernet provides services up to and including the data link layer.

Since its commercial release, Ethernet has retained a good degree of compatibility. Features such as the 48-bit MAC address and Ethernet frame format have influenced other networking protocols.

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Source: Wikipedia


Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free (2.0.1.1004) Change Log From The Official Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Forum

April 6, 2014

Dear Readers,

Here Is The Official Change Log For Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free (2.0.1.1004). Straight From The Official Malwarebytes Free Forum.

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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (2.0.1.1004) (Released April 4, 2014)

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Improvements:

  1. Database is now updated automatically after installation
  2. Notifications are no longer displayed if the Dashboard is in focus to reduce redundant information
  3. Significantly reduced the size of all tray notifications
  4. Reduced the intensity of the colors used for tray notifications and status banners in the Dashboard
  5. Database out of date and scan has never been run notifications now reduced in severity to orange instead of red

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Issues Fixed:

  1. All scheduled scans should now run without popping up the main UI so that users are not interrupted

Product Details: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

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Till The Next Update,

William


Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free (2.0) Change Log From The Official Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Forum

April 6, 2014

Dear Readers,

Here Is The Official Change Log For Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free (2.0). Straight From The Official Malwarebytes Free Forum.

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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 (Released March 24th, 2014)

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New Features & Improvements:

1.    Completely redesigned user interface to make the product easier to use, more informative, and providing quicker access to key functionality

2.    Quick Scan has been renamed to Threat Scan, our recommended scan type

3.    Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit integrated into the scanner (available under Detection Settings)

4.    Malwarebytes Chameleon driver integrated to provide self-protection for the Premium version (available under Advanced Settings)

5.    Enhanced version of Malicious Website Protection for Windows Vista SP2 and above (better performance, added ability to exclude processes such as BitTorrent clients from Malicious Website Protection, ability to manually exclude IP addresses and individual URLs/websites by domain name)

6.    Native x64 system location scanning, detection and malware removal

7.    Substantial improvements to core detection and removal technology

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Issues Fixed:

1.    Performance issues when streaming audio on Vista SP2 and newer when using Malicious Website Protection should now be resolved

Product Details: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

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William


ImTranslator (7.8) – Mozilla FireFox Add-on Review

April 5, 2014

ImTranslator (7.8)

A. Ease Of Use: 4/5 – A very easy and straight forward add-on, but there are still some settings that can get a bit tedious to newer Firefox users.

B. Security: Not Applicable To This Add-on

C. Usefulness: 4/5 – Both my life as a member of the (CSW) team and my life on the net would be a lot harder without this add-on. If you ever wondered how to say something in another language, or even if you just ran into a site and or blog that is not in your own native tongue / language.

D. FireFox Slowdown: At times this add-on can really slow down your browser.

E. Computer Slow Down: PC slowdown can occur on the very rare occasion. Often it will occur when you leave this add-on by accident with in your FireFox browser Window, or if you have been in a FireFox session for quite a while. And then you decide you want to translate a large swath of text.

F. Type Of User I Would Recommend To Use This Add-on: Any level of Firefox user could benefit from this add-on.

Very Important Firefox Add-on Compatibility Note: The add-on NoScript (NoScript Review Link) will cause this add-on to crash or not work at all. You will need to add  imtranslator.net to your NoScript White list, which can be found in your Firefox add-ons. Go to the NoScript add-on. Highlight it, then go to options. Go to second tab called whitelist then add imtranslator.net. Then press Allow, and you can then close Firefox, and re-load it. Then everything should be all good.

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Firefox Add-on Download Link: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/imtranslator/

Alternate Google Translator Site Link: http://translate.google.com/

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Kirbe


New Version Of Auslogics Disk Defrag Free (4.5.3.0) Is Now Available To Download

April 4, 2014

Enjoy the latest version of Auslogics Disk Defrag Free. Which is now available to download via the following link http://www.auslogics.com/en/software/disk-defrag/download/

I have checked the above link and it works. But please report via comment or e-mail if this link some how becomes broken.

Till The Next Update,

William


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