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Google+

Google+

We duck out from the Google+ party to report that things are in full swing. You’d be forgiven for giving Google+ a lukewarm response when it was heralded as the new social network. Today’s Twitter is often tomorrow’s Bebo with these things, but after two weeks of using it, we have found it does some […]

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TuneUp Review

TuneUp Review

Music library in a mess? You need a TuneUp. If you’ve been collecting MP3s for years now, there’s a good chance that your music library is a hopeless mismash of different bitrates, with ID3 tags more filled with holes than the plot of a Michael Bay film. If this sounds like your digital music library, […]

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Facebook Video Calling Review

Facebook Video Calling Review

Will Facebook’s video-calling service powered by Skype be enough to keep it ahead of Google? Do we really need any more ways to connect with people? Are we not sufficiently catered for already with a plethora of instant communication networks for us to talk with whoever we want to – in a way we want […]

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Microsoft Defender Antivirus

Microsoft Defender Antivirus

For everyday home use on a Windows 10 or 11 PC, Microsoft Defender Antivirus is efficient, accurate, and all you need to protect your PC. Pros Built into Windows 10 & 11Extremely accurateRansomware defence Cons Windows 7 & 8.1 are no longer supported Key Features Gaming modeNotifications can be disabled to make Microsoft Defender run […]

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Avast Free Antivirus

Avast Free Antivirus

If you’re running an older version of Windows, Avast Free Antivirus should be your go-to malware protection of choice. Pros Works on Windows 7 & 8.1Very accurateRansomware defence Cons No more effective than Microsoft Defender Key Features Per-folder ransomware protectionSelect specific folders to be protected against unauthorised changes Gaming modeCeases notifications and CPU-intensive activity when […]

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Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition

Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition

Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition offers effective and unobtrusive real-time protection, but is deliberately light on other features. Pros Works on Windows 7 & 8.1Extremely simple to use Cons Less effective than some rivalsNo ransomware defence or scheduled scans Key Features One account can manage up to 25 systems:Bitdefender allows one account to be used with […]

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Trend Micro Maximum Security

Trend Micro Maximum Security

Trend Micro Maximum Security isn’t one of the best antivirus options right now. It has lots of great features, but they’re rarely best-in-class. The biggest issue, however, is that it was outperformed by free alternatives such as Microsoft Defender when it came to handling live malware. Pros Useful range of security and performance optimisation tools […]

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McAfee Total Protection Review

McAfee Total Protection Review

The McAfee Total Protection anti-malware engine is definitely effective and it comes with some useful tools. However, it can be difficult to uninstall, renewals are expensive, and its wide range of auto-renewal bonuses and semi-connected services is more confusing than helpful. Pros Very accurate malware detectionFair range of extra tools Cons No more accurate than […]

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Kaspersky Internet Security

Kaspersky Internet Security

Kaspersky Internet Security provides extremely effective malware defence, with specific modules to protect against webcam hijacking and your in-browser financial transactions. But think before you spend, because Microsoft Defender does most of the same things just as well, for free. Pros Super-accurate malware detectionClearly highlights auto-renewal optionsWide range of useful tools Cons Price increases upon […]

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ESET Internet Security

ESET Internet Security

With clear explanations of every module and even clearer pricing, ESET Internet Security is a reliable malware protection suite. However, although its accuracy is good, rivals from Kaspersky and Microsoft are better. Pros No price increase upon subscription renewalGood malware detectionExcellent range of features Cons Less accurate than some rivals Key Features Webcam protectionSpecify exactly […]