5 Apps to Help You Organize your Home Life

June 22, 2016

Computer Desk

Technology permeates nearly every aspect of 21st century life. From business and industry to schools and even homes, electronic gadgets are essential for our daily routines. At Modernize, we think that families and homeowners can embrace the many benefits of technology in order to provide a coherent and organized home life. Here are 5 of the top apps to help you organize your life at home.

Kitchen assistants

Epicurious

Epicurious is a free iOS recipe app that allows you to access and store over 35,000 recipes from all over the Internet. More than just a standard recipe app, Epicurious has an intelligent kitchen timer function that tells you how long a particular ingredient will take to cook and offers voice control in Cook Mode to keep you hands free while cooking. A recipe app like this one will revolutionize your home life instantly.

Also recommended: KitchenMath

An inexpensive conversion app, KitchenMath is only $0.99 on iOS and takes the stress out of unit conversion and temperature conversion. A must if you cook often (and aren’t a fan of math).

Productivity/to-do lists

Wunderlist

Every functional home needs a way to keep track of tasks and lists. Wunderlist lets you create and edit shareable lists, syncing automatically as updates come in. You can also delegate tasks and subtasks to members of the family and add due dates and deadlines to particular items. The basic version of this app is perfect for family organization, but for $4.99 per month you can choose the Pro option with unlimited access and help your family business or freelance work get organized as well.

Also recommended: Evernote

If you want a free shareable note-taking app that also functions as a to-do list, Evernote is for you. Create and edit your own notes and files in and out of the application, share with your family, and access anywhere.

Finances

PocketGuard

Managing home finances is complicated to say the least, so make your budget management less stressful with PocketGuard, a free bank account tracker and budget management app. PocketGuard categorizes expenditures and funds, remembering your regular bills, loan payments, and debits so you don’t have to. The In My Pocket feature lets you track funds across all accounts and lets you know exactly how much money you have at any given time. Supporting all major US banks, this app will take complications out of bank balancing.

Also recommended: Wally

Wally is a free personal finance app that allows you to set financial goals, balance your budget, and save your data to iCloud while remembering your preferences and functioning as a smart (ie. learning) application.

Calendars

Fantastical 2

Perhaps even more important than to-do lists, a calendar app will become essential for your organized home life. Fantastical 2 is on the higher end of the price scale at $4.99, but its pleasant user interface and multiple calendar views take it from basic calendar to premium app instantly. This app also shows event location maps and lets you set reminders for particular events using predetermined parsers, dictations, and normal language. Like all good calendar apps, Fantastical 2 supports and syncs with other calendars so everyone can access your schedule.

Also recommended: iOS Calendar

If you don’t want to shell out for a calendar app (and if you and your family all use iOS devices), Apple’s Calendar app works perfectly well for shared calendars and event reminders and comes pre-installed on iOS devices.

For kids

iAllowance

Keep your kids’ finances all in one place with iAllowance, an allowance manager, chore chart, and reward app. Although it costs $3.99 to download, this app is easy to use and has an attractive chalkboard style UI. Create banks for any and all of your children’s funds, separating funds by child, and see transaction lists, give rewards, assign chores, and credit regular allowances. Parental controls and automatic syncing between devices will allow you and the other adults in your home keep control while letting your children safely see where their money is going.

Also recommended: Disney Movies Anywhere

Disney Movies Anywhere is a Disney subscription app that is free to download, letting you access your purchased Disney films from anywhere. Who doesn’t need a babysitter every once in awhile ?


What is “Remote Desktop Protocol” ?

June 21, 2016

Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) – A proprietary protocol developed by Microsoft, which provides a user with a graphical interface to connect to another computer over a network connection. The user employs RDP client software for this purpose, while the other computer must run RDP server software.

Clients exist for most versions of Microsoft Windows (including Windows Mobile), Linux, Unix, OS X, iOS, Android, and other operating systems. RDP servers are built into Windows operating systems; an RDP server for Unix and OS X also exists. By default, the server listens on TCP port 3389 and UDP port 3389. Microsoft currently refers to their official RDP server software as Remote Desktop Connection, formerly “Terminal Services Client”. The protocol is an extension of the ITU-T T.128 application sharing protocol.

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AVG AntiVirus PRO for Tablets for Android (5.3.0.2) – Paid Android App Review

June 16, 2016

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. 7.5 – “AVG AntiVirus PRO for Tablets App Review Template

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Tested On A: Nexus 7 (2013) (Model: ME37OT)

Operating System: Android (V5.1.1)

Price: $14.50 USD (Google Play App Store)

Is This App Worth The Price – Without a doubt it is the best way to have piece of mind. In regards to a safe and secure Tablet.

A. Installation AVG AntiVirus PRO for Tablets – 5.0 Excellent” – Very easy just click on AVG Anti-Virus Free  App icon and press Install.

B. Un-installing AVG AntiVirus PRO for Tablets4.5Great – It could be a little easier to remove. Just follow the steps below to un-install your AVG App.

B1. Go to your “Settings

B2. Then go to “Applications“.

B3. Then choose the “Anti-Virus App“.

B4. The press and hold your finger on the app

B5. There should be a screen that appears where you can un-install the AVG App.

B6. Wait a few seconds till the App is fully un-installed

B7. Then your good to go

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C. Stability Of Program – 5.0 Excellent” – No crashes or freezing. Since I downloaded the app.

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AVG Anti-Virus PRO for TabletsProtection

D1. App(s) Protection5.0Excellent” – AVG will tell you is the app is rouge and not affiliated with the Android App store. It does an excellent job at this. Thus far it has warned me 3 times.

D2. Settings Protection5.0Excellent” – This option is very simple yet very important. It makes sure in your options to install and download apps of “unknown sources” will not be allowed to occur. Other then that super important job. I saw no other reason for this Protection option.

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AVG Anti-Virus PRO for TabletsPerformance

E1. Battery Usage4.0Great“- This option could of been so much more then. Here’s your phone and this where you are at ##% wise.

E2. Task Killer – 3.0 Average This option is exactly what you would expect and nothing else.

E3. Clean Junk4.0Great” – A great app to clean out al thous useless files

E4. Data Plan – 4.0Great” – Great, if you are on a set data plan.

E5. Storage Usage – 4.5Great” – A really great option to check on both your Internal Memory and your SD card memory stats.

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AVG Anti-Virus PRO for Tablets Anti-Thief

G. Camera TrapNot Tested

G1. Device Lock5.0Excellent” – This option will lock up your Smart Phone if someone tries to remove your SIM chip and put their own in.

G2. Anti-Theft PIN5.0Excellent” – This option will allow you to unlock your Smart phone in case it ever gets locked up.

G3. Enhanced Protection5.0Excellent” – This option allows you to remotely wipe your phone and use the Camera trap remotely from your lock screen.

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AVG Anti-Virus PRO for Tablets Privacy

F. App Locker4.0Great” – A great app to lock up all your apps on your Smart Phone. With a 4 digit pin code.

FF. App Backup 4.0Great” – This option allows you to back-up all your apps on your SD card.

F1. Online Privacy4.0Great” – This option helps protect all your sensitive social media data from falling into the wrong hands.

F2. Wipe SD Card5.0Excellent” – Great for when you are upgrading your devices memory or if you wish to trade or sell your SD card.

F3. Wipe Device  (AKA. Factory Re-set) – 4.0Great” – Great tool for people who unwittingly corrupted or infect their device with something really nasty.

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H. Speed of Scan4.0Great – Way faster scans then in past versions of this app. Way to improve AVG Team.

I. Updating4.0Great – Updates Automatically. So you have one less thing to worry about.

J. AVG SupportNot Tested

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My Overall Score: 88/100

88 % = A

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My Final Verdict –Part 1 The main difference with AVG AntiVirus PRO for Tablets. Is that is it split into 4 different layers of protection.

The 1st layer would be Protection

1. Apps -This is where the scanner will pick up any rouge apps. That are not certified via the (Google Play App Store).

2. Content – This is where you’ll find out if you downloaded or transferred a virus on to your smart phone. Via Wi-Fi, USB or Bluetooth.

3. Settings – Is also very important and often overlooked when people first get their phone. Often there are settings with in setting that make your smart phone less then secure. Such as letting unknown or un-certified apps to collect your private data, Or transmitting your location without your permission (Also known as Geo-tagging).

The 2nd layer is the AVG AntiVirus PRO for Tablets Performance

1. Battery Usage

2. Task Killer

3. Clean Junk

4. Data Plan

5. Storage Usage

The 3rd layer is the AVG AntiVirus PRO for Tablets Anti-Theft

1. Camera Trap

The 4th layer is the AVG AntiVirus PRO for Tablets  Privacy

1. App Lock

2. App Backup

3. Wipe Device

4. Online Privacy

5. Wipe Data By Category

6. Wipe Device

My Final Verdict –Part 2 Now performance wise. This is no watered down version of the full blow PC version of AVG. Yes, there are less options and scanning is a lot slower. Due to mobile phone limitations. But other then that you get what you would expect.

**As per the norm it is highly recommend that you upgrade to the newest version of AVG AntiVirus PRO for Tablets when available. 

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Here are 1 links to download AVG AntiVirus PRO for Tablets App:

1. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.antivirus.tablet (Google Play App Store)

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Danny


What is “Refresh Rate” ?

June 14, 2016

Refresh Rate (most commonly the “vertical refresh rate”, “vertical scan rate” for cathode ray tubes) – The number of times in a second that a display hardware updates its buffer. This is distinct from the measure of frame rate in that the refresh rate includes the repeated drawing of identical frames, while frame rate measures how often a video source can feed an entire frame of new data to a display.

For example, most movie projectors advance from one frame to the next one 24 times each second. But each frame is illuminated two or three times before the next frame is projected using a shutter in front of its lamp. As a result, the movie projector runs at 24 frames per second, but has a 48 or 72 Hz refresh rate. On cathode ray tube (CRT) displays, increasing the refresh rate decreases flickering, thereby reducing eye strain. However, if a refresh rate is specified that is beyond what is recommended for the display, damage to the display can occur. For computer programs or telemetry, the term is also applied to how frequently a datum is updated with a new external value from another source (for example; a shared public spreadsheet or hardware feed).

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What is “RAW Data” ?

June 7, 2016

Raw Data (also known as primary data) – A term for data collected from a source. Raw data has not been subjected to processing or any other manipulation, and are also referred to as primary data. Raw data is a relative term (see data). Raw data can be input to a computer program or used in manual procedures such as analyzing statistics from a survey. The term can refer to the binary data on electronic storage devices such as hard disk drives (also referred to as low-level data).

In computing, raw data may have the following attributes: possibly containing errors, not validated; in different (colloquial) formats; uncoded or unformatted; and suspect, requiring confirmation or citation. For example, a data input sheet might contain dates as raw data in many forms: “31st January 1999”, “31/01/1999”, “31/1/99”, “31 Jan”, or “today”. Once captured, these raw data may be processed stored as a normalized format, perhaps a Julian date, so as to be easier for computers and humans to interpret during later processing.

Raw data (sometimes called “sourcey” data or “eggy” data) are the data input to processing. A distinction is sometimes made between data and information to the effect that information is the end product of data processing. Raw data that has undergone processing are sometimes referred to as “cooked” data.

Although raw data has the potential to become “information,” extraction, organization, and sometimes analysis and formatting for presentation are required for that to occur.

For example, a point-of-sale terminal (POS terminal) in a busy supermarket collects huge volumes of raw data each day, but that data doesn’t yield much information until it is processed. Once processed, the data may indicate the particular items that each customer buys, when they buy them, and at what price. Such information could then become data for processing predictive marketing campaigns. As a result of processing, raw data sometimes ends up in a database, which enables the raw data to become accessible for further processing and analysis in any number of different ways.

Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of the World Wide Web) proposes that sharing raw data is important. Inspired by a post by Rufus Pollock of the Open Knowledge Foundation his call to action is “Raw Data Now”, meaning that everyone should demand that governments and businesses share their information as raw data. He points out that “data drives a huge amount of what happens in our lives… because somebody takes the data and does something with it.” To Berners-Lee, it is essentially from this sharing of raw data, that advances in science will emerge.

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AVG Internet Security 2016 (2016.81.7639) – Paidware Review

June 2, 2016

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$59.99 USD / For 1 year and 1 PC

A. Installing AVG4.0 Great” – There is no doubt that AVG has improved in this area. But saying that we had very mixed results with some of our team getting AVG Internet Security installed the first go around. While other team members took 3 or 4 times to install AVG Internet Security 2016.

B. Un-installing AVG – 4.5 Great” – AVG Free Anti-Virus 2015 is a lot cleaner un-installer this time around. Much better compared to previous versions of AVG 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 – 5.0 Excellent – Automatic and manual updating is great. No more issues here compared to AVG 2014 manual update lag spikes.

G. Does AVG Free Do Automatic Updates By Itself Without Any Issue5.0 Excellent – 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 XP – 4.0Great

1B. Windows Vista – 4.0Great

1C. Windows 74.0Great

1D. Windows 84.0Great

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2. Residential Shield Test 4.0Great – 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 Scanner4.5 Great“ – Not a fan. But it can be very useful to some.

4B. Online Shield – 4.5 Great“ – Not really sure what this option does. But it seems to work really well.

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Identity Protection

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

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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. File Shredder4.0Great – I found this addition to be very useful. But lacking the multiple layer shredding options that Spybot – Search & Destroy or even Advance System Care 7 has.

9. PC TuneUp) – 4.5Great– Very useful at tuning up your PC. With lots of tools to work with. Some of which I have not even tried yet.

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

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 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: 93.5/125

74.5 % = B

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My Final Verdict – AVG Free Anti-Virus 2016 takes the same approach. That AVG 2015 took with regards to the UI (User-Interface) and streamlined interface.  It is very simple and easy to navigate. Just the way that an anti-virus program should be.

**As per the norm it is highly recommend that you upgrade to the newest version of AVG Internet Security 2016 when available and or prompted. 

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Remy “Se7en”


AVG Free Anti-Virus 2016 (2016.81.7639) – Freeware Review

June 1, 2016

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. Installing AVG4.5 Great” – There is no doubt that AVG has improved yet again. I personally thank G-d that this time around it did not take me more then twice to install AVG Free Anti-Virus 2016. As oppose to AVG Internet Security 2016 (which we will talk about in that review tomorrow) took several attempts to install. So again, well done AVG for getting it right this time.

B. Un-installing AVG – 4.5 Great” – AVG Free Anti-Virus 2016 is a lot cleaner un-installer this time around. Much better compared to previous versions of AVG going back 5 or 6 years.

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C. Stability Of Program5.0 Excellent – The UI (User Interface) got a beautiful HD makeover. No more glitchyness or jenkeyness in this version. As oppose to what we have seen in past versions of AVG.

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D. Has AVG Free Been Compromised By Hackers Or Virus – 5.0 Excellent – No reports of AVG being compromised.

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

F. Updating – 5.0 Excellent – Automatic updating is fine.

G. Does AVG Free Do Automatic Updates By Itself Without Any Issue5.0 Excellent – 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 Test3.0Average” – 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 XP – 4.0Great

1B. Windows Vista – 4.0Great

1C. Windows 74.0Great

1D. Windows 84.0Great

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2. Residential Shield Test 4.0Great” – 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. File Shredder – 4.0Great” – I found this addition to be very useful. But lacking the multiple layer shredding options that Spybot – Search & Destroy or even Advance System Care 8 has.

9. PC Analyzer (AKA. PC TuneUp) – 0.5Abysmal“- If you don’t mind that this option just reports errors on your computer and does not even allow you to correct said error. Even once as was the case in the past.

Then your probably are like me and you probably feel this options is both somewhat misleading and out right bait to buy this expensive $39.99 CAD/USD add-on on an annual bases. Then you are probably with me on my conclusion. That it should not be there in the first place. Try giving us features that are fully functional and at least somewhat useful like the shredder option.

10. 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: 77.5/100

77.5 % = B +

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My Final Verdict – AVG Free Anti-Virus 2016 takes the same approach. That AVG 2015 took with regards to the UI (User-Interface) and streamlined interface.  It is very simple and easy to navigate. Just the way that an anti-virus program should be.

**As per the norm it is highly recommend that you upgrade to the newest version of AVG Free Anti-Virus 2016 when available and or prompted. Also important is to update your AVG virus definitions as often as possible. Which in the case of this program there are new virus definitions everyday.

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Kirbe


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