Desktop enhancements

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 Recently, independent security lab AV-Test investigated whether the outdated XP can be adequately protected.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

Advanced SystemCare 7 Pro only $15

When it comes to Home PC diagnostic software, there's no better name than IObit's Advanced SystemCare (ASC). With over 150 million sold worldwide and a consistent top spot as our most-downloaded diagnostic program, ASC is the preferred tool for many of our users to keep their systems tidy. You, too, can keep your PC error free and running smoother than ever with Advanced SystemCare 7 Pro. Starting this week, ASC Pro goes on sale for $14.99 -- $5 off the regular price -- exclusively on Download.com.

What makes Advanced SystemCare 7 Pro stand out?

Continuously boosts … Read more

Get Hotspot Shield Elite for half off

When it comes to VPN services, no name is as well recognized as AnchorFree's Hotspot Shield. Now for three days only, you can get an entire year of Hotspot Shield Elite for only $14.99 -- half off the original price.

Why use a VPN service?

VPN allows you to browse the Web anonymously without being tracked, protects you from hackers on public Wi-Fi networks, and gives you access to any blocked Web site/content anywhere in the world.

Elite features:

Gives you access to blocked and censored Web sites and apps anywhere in the world. Makes you anonymous … Read more

Get Ashampoo WinOptimizer 11 free for 40 days -- at 30 percent off

Clean out your PC just in time for spring with the new Ashampoo WinOptimizer 11. Try it out for free with full support for 40 days (details below) or just purchase it now for $27.99, at 30 percent off the regular price.

Consistently one of our users' favorites in the optimization category, WinOptimizer 11 is the Pro version of the free WinOptimizer 2013 with some great additional features:

A comprehensive User Right Manager module, giving you more control of Windows operations. Game Booster to free up resources for those intensive applications. Detailed System Information to give you the scoop … Read more

5 tips for running Windows XP relatively safely

Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP, an OS still used by approximately 20-25% of Windows customers. That means one in four PC users must upgrade to a more secure, supported version of Windows or risk their un-updated, un-patched version of Windows XP catching a virus or other Internet bug. As a rule of thumb, we always recommend upgrading your OS and then updating it as often as possible to protect your system. If you're switching to a new OS, read how to migrate easily from Windows XP. However, if you're a die-hard who wants to keep a Windows … Read more