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Free PhotoDirector, HD drones, and other Black Friday deals

Welcome to Download.com's Black Friday Software Deals page. Here we'll post all of the best deals on the top products in the Download catalog and from our partners. Some deals are already live while others are still rolling in. We'll be constantly updating this page to bring you the very best savings, so stay tuned.

Top Offer Get CyberLink PhotoDirector 5 for free. Go to the giveaway page and use code PhD5CNET. | CyberLink  Name your own price StackSocial's  Must-Have Mac Bundle (including Starry Night, Hotspot Shield VPN Elite, Pixa, MacJournal, Data Backup, Spotdox, … Read more

Save up to $250 with Rosetta Stone's Autumn Sale

Ever dreamt of an all-expense-paid tour of Europe? While we can't swing that, we can offer you the ability to order dinner, ask for directions, or whisper sweet nothings to locals in the native language when you get there. Blending reading, writing, listening, and speaking, Rosetta Stone's unique, immersive curriculum is guaranteed to get you speaking in foreign tongues faster. You'll receive up to 50 percent off on all available courses right now with Free Shipping or Instant Download. With these savings, you'll be able to sock more away in that vacation fund.

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6 apps with Windows 10 features

Microsoft has just announced Windows 10 for 2015, which will work across PCs, tablets, and phones. If you're in the Windows Insider program, you can try a preview build now, but you'll be installing software that's still being tested. Instead, here's how to get Windows 10 functionality right on your Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 PC.

Curb Start button withdrawal with Start8 or Start Menu 8

Killing the Start button was a bad call. Microsoft tried to appease users with the largely unhelpful Windows 8.1 pseudo-Start. Windows 10 will resurrect the button with some … Read more

Get IObit Malware Fighter for 55 percent off

If you're looking for a supplemental anti-malware program that is both light on system resources and your wallet, IObit is offering its popular Malware Fighter for 55 percent off for the next 2 weeks.

What you'll get with Malware Fighter:

"Smart One-Stop Solution" to remove all security threats in one click. Ad blocking while surfing. Security Reinforce to enhance system protection -- especially for Windows XP. Real-time protection technology to protect your PC in an unobtrusive and intelligent way. Fast scans without slowing your PC down.

Whether security is your main concern or you're just … Read more

Windows XP security

Though Microsoft ended support for Windows XP in April, the popular OS refuses to die. Roughly 25 percent of desktop users are clinging to the OS, meaning XP still has four times as many users as Windows 8 or 8.1, according to NetMarketShare. Recently, independent security lab AV-Test investigated whether the outdated XP can be adequately protected.

Is Windows XP still safe?

The answer is a resounding yes. AV-Test found that the majority of security vendors have been able to defend against most of the known or recently discovered exploits. Vulnerabilities and other issues no longer being fixed by … Read more

48-hour giveaway: ACDSee Pro 6

Editor's Note: 4:40 p.m. PST 9/3/2014 UPDATE: Unfortunately we are unable to continue this promotion due to a fault in the ACDSee license key dispersal system. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We will continue to secure more fruitful giveaways in the future. Sorry about that folks.

2:50 p.m. PST 9/3/2014 - Due to an overwhelming response, ACDSee's registration site is experiencing difficulties. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause with registrations and request your patience while we aim to resolve this issue.

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Get MacBooster 2 for 35 percent off

To celebrate the release of MacBooster 2, IObit is offering Download.com users discounted pricing on its popular Mac cleanup tool. Get 35 percent off MacBooster 2 for a limited time and pay just $25.97.

It's hard to keep track of all the unnecessary, device-slowing files left behind after app removals. Enter MacBooster, a toolkit to help you clean up these pesky leftovers. MacBooster 2 is able to remove up to 13 different types of junk files: Application Junk Files, System Cache Files, Log Files, Shortcuts, Language Files, Photo Caches, Software Updates, and more.

Features

Deep clean to … Read more

Capture and share your screen with HyperCam 3

Whether you're trying to create a presentation, capture video game footage, or record a Skype call, HyperCam will help you accomplish your goal. A screencast and editing multitool, HyperCam can be used to create basic screencast clips or produce professional-quality videos. Capture both video and audio content and convert them to AVI, WMV, or ASF formats quickly and easily with the all-new HyperCam 3. For a limited time, you can get this advanced screencast editor for half the regular price -- that's only $19.97.

New features in HyperCam 3:

Record Skype video and audio calls. New UI. … Read more

Get Ashampoo Photo Commander for half off

Few photo editors can fulfill most users' needs. Editing software is often either too limited even for beginners or an overwhelming set of tools that would intimidate most pros. Ashampoo rises above the rest by offering something for everyone in one convenient application. Get this highly rated universal toolkit for half off the regular price -- at only $24.99.

If Paint.Net and Adobe Lightroom created a product, it would aspire to be as cool as Photo Commander. With Ashampoo, you'll be able to edit, add effects, perform automated fixes, and share all of your photos and images … Read more

9 apps for the 4th of July

We celebrate the Fourth of July with backyard BBQ and "Independence Day" reruns. But the holiday's about honoring America's fiercely independent spirit and the patriots who fought for our enduring political freedoms. Nothing symbolizes the spirit of independence better than fireworks, which have been part of Fourth of July festivities since 1777. To find, photograph, or even play with fireworks, check out our picks for the best fireworks-themed apps.

Eventful

Not sure where to go for the best view of the fireworks? Eventful (iOS) is like Yelp for local activities. Get alerts and search for nearby … Read more