2013

Auslogics Antivirus 2013 review

Auslogics Antivirus 2013's features and performance make it comparable to big-name programs costing much more. In addition to real-time virus protection, Auslogics Antivirus 2013 also includes antimalware, antiphishing, antifraud, update management, and many other features and extras. It's free to try for 30 days.

Pros

Powerful yet low-maintenance: Auslogics Antivirus 2013 is built around robust antivirus and antimalware engines with good test records, but it requires little attention from users, especially in Autopilot mode.

Privacy protection: Auslogics Antivirus 2013 also blocks keyloggers and other threats. Its Vulnerability Scan probes your PC for weak points, evaluates password strength, and … Read more

HTTPS Everywhere for Chrome review

A plug-in alpha port based on a Firefox plugin, HTTPS Everywhere for Chrome works silently in the background, forcing HTTPS compliant Web sites to exclusively operate in this secure mode instead of inadvertently switching to HTTP operation. It's a handy piece of software to have, but it's not yet as good as its Firefox counterpart.

Pros

Automatic operation: HTTPS Everywhere for Chrome requires hardly any actions on your part except for selecting the sites to be included in HTTPS Everywhere activity, although this is not something you have to do often. For sites where content cannot be loaded … Read more

iTools review

iTools lets you manage your Apple devices through an intuitive interface on your Windows computer. Import your photos, manage your apps, and more with this convenient alternative program.

Pros

Ringtone maker: In addition to all of the features you'd expect from a program that helps you manage your device's data, iTools also lets you create ringtones from music on your computer and then load them to your phone. Just pick the track you want to use, and let the app do the rest.

iTunes access: From iTools, you can access all of your iTunes backup files, as well … Read more

IPL-2013 review

IPL-2013 acts as a mobile-friendly, stripped-down version of IPLT20.com, enabling you to keep track of the latest scores and news, and check the schedule of upcoming games of the Indian Cricket League. It may annoy you with its ads and unpolished interface, though.

Pros

Works as intended: On the home screen you can find the latest scores, news, videos, and the points table all in the same place. If you're an avid cricket fan, it will save you the trouble of having to open your browser and check the full Web site, which isn't at all optimized … Read more

Wifi Hacker 2013 Gold review

Despite its promising title, Wifi Hacker 2013 Gold doesn't actually hack Wi-Fi passwords; it only lists networks and generates random, occasionally funny passwords that you can use to trick your friends into thinking you're a hacker. This app is the ad-free version of software developed by Ape Widgets, who are notorious for their prankish apps.

Pros

Possibly amusing: Wifi Hacker 2013 Gold can invent passwords that may amuse your geeky friends, like 12345678 or mylittlepony, provided that you use it with a network whose true password none of your friends know.

Add-free: This version of the app offers … Read more

Free Business Desktop Icons review

Free Business Desktop Icons has plenty of options, but none of the icons it presents are real home runs. There are too many retreads and repeats that limit your choices. While you'll probably be able to get some use out of these, you'll be downloading a lot of stuff you'll never use to do it.

This is a collection of animated icons that you could use to decorate a business card, Web site, letterhead, or other official business document. Though there are dozens upon dozens of options, there are only nine designs that are made in multiple … Read more

Review: eFile your small business or contractor taxes with H&R Block 2013 Premium

H&R Block's 2013 Premium Webware is an affordable eFiling option for contractors, rental property owners, and self-employed individuals. Its online storage and search features, live and real-time support, and reassuring guarantee of support if audited make it a good choice as a primary tax tool.

H&R Block's main Web site lets you view and compare its online tax tools side by side and start using any of them for free. The first step is to create or log in to an H&R Block account; but it's free, too, so you're … Read more

Review: Prepare and file your business taxes with H&R Block's Premium and Business software

H&R Block's Web-based Premium and Business might be the only tax software your business needs. It handles corporate, partnership, and LLC returns, produces payroll and employer forms, and helps you maximize your expenses. Best of all, you can store, prepare, and file up to five business returns securely from the comfort of home. Add the guidance and assistance that draws on H&R Block's tax knowledge, including real-time chat with tax experts, free unlimited business state program downloads, and H&R Block's guarantees -- and it's hard to beat at any price, … Read more

Review: Contractors and the self-employed can eFile with H&R Block 2013 Premium

H&R Block's Premium online 2013 tax service lets contractors, rental property owners, and self-employed people prepare and file their taxes from the kitchen table (or anywhere) like other taxpayers. It includes everything found in HRB's Free, Basic, and Deluxe services plus priority real-time support and expert help with Schedule C and E, maximizing deductions and other tax questions you're likely to have. You can file your state taxes, too, for a small, extra fee. H&R Block guarantees you the largest return or smallest bill, just like its local offices. You can run through … Read more

Review: Prepare and file online with H&R Block Free

H&R Block Free for your 2013 taxes stands out among online tax prep services because the site is streamlined and the service's step-by-step process makes preparing your taxes easy. Plus, you can file your income taxes online for free (state taxes, too, for a fee). H&R Block Free includes free advice from tax experts and free in-person support if you're audited, and it guarantees you the lowest tax bill or largest return, depending on what you've got coming to you.

We visited H&R Block's store-like Web portal and clicked the … Read more