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Advanced SystemCare Ultimate review

Advanced SystemCare Ultimate combines a top antivirus program with a complete system utility suite. The antivirus program is the well-known Bitdefender, providing standard protection against viruses, malware, and adware. The utility suite contains more than 25 handy system tools.

Pros

Complete solution: Advanced SystemCare Ultimate sports an unusually wide range of functions: we have to admit that during the five days of testing we did not feel any need for extra protection or PC tuning support.

Exhaustive array of utility tools: The rich toolbox fine-tunes every part of your machine, with all tools in plain view because the minimal mode … Read more

Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary, 8th Edition review

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, 8th Edition is a complete resource for anyone looking to improve their vocabulary and understanding of the English language. With its smooth, efficient interface and highly customizable display settings, you'll quickly find this program to be an indispensable companion.

Pros

Spoken words and sentences: For each dictionary entry, there are buttons to have the word spoken in either British or North American English. Many listings also have example sentences in both dialects that you can download individually as you want to hear them or in a complete batch. The entire batch in one dialect … Read more

Advanced SystemCare Pro review

Advanced SystemCare Pro is a powerful and versatile healthcare tool for your PC, and it boasts a host of features to keep things running smoothly. It covers everything from slow Internet speeds to viruses and malware.

Pros

Turbo boost: One of the nicest features of this program is the Turbo Boost, which uses a variety of methods to maximize your Internet speed. There are also options to optimize for work or for games, so you can have the best setup for whatever you're doing at the moment.

Two modes: Depending on your experience level, you may choose to run … Read more

Advanced Download Manager review

Advanced Download Manager makes file downloading easier by helping you download up to three files simultaneously and breaking larger files into smaller parts to speed up the process. It comes with a helpful but basic browser, sound notifications, and the ability to pause and resume downloads, as well as to save specific file types in different folders. If you constantly download non-Torrent files on your smartphone or tablet, this app will make your life easier.

After an effortless install, Advanced Download Manager greets you with a polished interface that quickly lets you start a new download by adding the file … Read more

Samsung launches ultrasonic Galaxy Core Advance cover, optical stand

Samsung on Friday announced a few new accessories for its Galaxy Core Advance.

First up is an ultrasonic cover that fits atop the smartphone and detects objects to help users navigate around an area or unfamiliar places. When heading towards an obstacle, the cover vibrates. The cover can target objects up to 2 meters away, said Samsung, and it could be especially useful for the visually impaired.

In addition to the ultrasound cover, Samsung announced an Optical Scan Stand. The accessory is essentially a stand that positions the Galaxy Core Advance to point directly at printed material. That then activates … Read more

AMD's first ARM processor is 8-core and 64-bit

Advanced Micro Devices is trying to make an impression with its first ARM processor.

And it may succeed. The AMD Opteron A1100 series -- targeted at servers -- can integrate 8 processor cores and will be one of the first ARM chips to be 64-bit.

AMD is tapping the Cortex-A57 processor design, the "highest performing processor," according to ARM.

Sample shipments of the silicon will begin this quarter along with a development platform, AMD said Tuesday.

The chip supplier is highlighting the 64-bit aspect of the processor.

"AMD is collaborating with industry leaders to enable a...64-bit … Read more

Review: Clean and tweak your Windows PC with Advanced Win Utilities Free

Advanced Win Utilities Free is a uniquely versatile Windows toolkit. It's easy to use for regular operations like shredding files or erasing Web browser tracks, as well as less frequent tasks like managing passwords, purging duplicates, joining files, or recovering deleted data. Advanced Win Utilities' roster includes broken shortcut and empty folder removers, driver backup, Registry cleaner, file shredder, startup manager, and uninstaller. It has extras that few other toolkits offer, such as an EXE resource extractor, file and program encryption, file and folder monitor, keylogger, auto clicker, and autoshutdown. There's even a Wi-Fi Hotspot Creator. Help includes … Read more

Review: Create PDFs from scanners, cameras, and files with Advanced Scan to PDF Free

Advanced Scan to PDF Free creates high-quality PDFs from your scanner, camera, files, and other sources and saves them or sends them. It's designed as an easy means of sending digitally signed paper documents over the Internet using the PDF format, which is practically universal to business. But it's a good choice for anyone since it's easy to use, handles a wide range of image and document formats, works with most scanners and cameras, and creates accurate facsimiles of source material.

Advanced Scan to PDF Free's layout and ribbon toolbar take styling cues from Microsoft's … Read more

Review: Advanced SystemCare 7

Pros:

Lots of Tools: IOBit's everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach to Advanced SystemCare means you're bound to find something useful for your machine in its massive library of tools, tweakers, and cleaners.

One-Click Fix: Despite its daunting list of options, users shouldn't have trouble finding some kind of fix-all option. When in doubt, most users will probably opt for just that.

Cons:

Lackluster Redesign: Claims of a Metro-friendly redesign amount to nothing more than color changes, font tweaks to a thinner sans-serif type, and icon packs. Many tools are shortcuts to separate applications that are visually inconsistent and offer questionable … Read more

Review: Scan the Windows Registry for errors with Advanced Registry Care Free

Advanced Registry Care Free is one of the fastest registry cleaners you can try, but its free version doesn't performs deep scans. It actually failed to completely clean errors in the Registry, even after multiple attempts.

Advanced Registry Care Free comes with two add-on programs that will take over your browser if you let them through during the install. They're relatively easy to avoid, though. Using the program is just as easy. In only two clicks, the program was able to scan and fix hundreds of Registry problems -- 996 to be exact. Though it claimed to fix … Read more