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RoboForm review

RoboForm is far more than a form-filling and password-managing browser add-on; this inexpensive shareware is one of the most useful browser enhancements we've encountered. RoboForm saves and enters log-in data and passwords, as well as your address, contact data, or any form fields you're always entering the hard way in Web sites and Windows programs. It also manages bookmarks, downloads, notes, and much more. RoboForm costs just under $10 with a free 30-day trial.

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Everywhere or Desktop: You can install RoboForm to save data only on your main PC, or you can create an online account that … Read more

Soft4Boost Toolbar Cleaner review

Soft4Boost Toolbar Cleaner scans your computer to find all installed toolbars, and then removes the ones you don't want to keep. If you're like most users, there are likely many that you don't use and that just take up space on your hard drive. So to keep your computer running smoothly, you can use this app to find and remove any extras.

During Soft4Boost Toolbar Cleaner's installation, you can choose the language you want to use from a list of quite a few options including Dutch, Danish, Spanish, French, Italian, English, and more. Once the program … Read more

Google kicks toolbars out of Chrome Web Store

Google is kicking toolbars and other "multipurpose extensions" out of the Chrome Web Store in an effort to keep its browser's interface uncluttered and to protect users from unpleasant surprises.

The change will be disruptive to many extension programmers, but Google is giving them until June 2014 for existing extensions. New ones must abide by the new rules immediately, said Chrome engineering director Erik Kay.

"Extensions in the Chrome Web Store must have a single purpose that is narrow and easy to understand," Kay said in a blog post on Thursday. "While this has … Read more

Review: Smart Toolbar Remover nixes most browser toolbars without a hitch

Smart Toolbar Remover dispatches toolbars from your browser in no time, and it does it without bogging down your processor or installing its own nasty toolbars, as well. If your browser or home page has been hijacked by an add-on program, this program will get rid of it for you.

Smart Toolbar Remover is geared toward eliminating toolbars that inject themselves into your browser during another program's install. It scans for nasty add-ons right when you activate the program and it did return results in our test scans. It finds any program that it believes is a toolbar in … Read more

Download FLV videos with Video Download Toolbar

There are any number of programs now that can download FLV files from YouTube and other Flash videos sites. Video Download Toolbar is a straightforward utility that makes downloading a snap. It works so quickly and with so little hassle that at first we weren't sure that it was working at all. But opening the downloaded files revealed that Video Download Toolbar had done everything it promised

One great thing about this program is that it works with multiple browsers; we tried it with both Firefox and Internet Explorer, and in both cases it worked fine. Video Download Toolbar … Read more

Security Toolkit: Best 4 lesser-known malware programs

For most computer users, the idea of having malware or adware creeping onto your machine has become an accepted fate that comes with being online. More-tech-savvy users can manage to stay clean for a while but, like the flu, everybody gets it eventually. Whether it was through a questionable e-mail sent by a friend or from a moment of weakness when you clicked on that video link promising playful kittens, suddenly you find your beloved computer starting to behave strangely. It might be a quick process; it might not happen right away, but you will know right away something is … Read more

Avira 2013 expands features to cover social networking, tracker blocking, and Web site verification

Review: Avira returns to the security field with a second major revamp in as many years of its flagship free antivirus and paid upgrades. Whereas last year's overhaul focused on a breezy new installation and modernizing its interface, the 2013 version is all about offering competitive and forward-thinking security features.

All that sounds well and good, and Avira has even killed off its obnoxious, interrupting pop-up in the free version. However, some aggressive components of those features gave us pause when using the suite.

Installation Last year's improved, zippy install has been changed slightly, and that may cause … Read more

YouTube video conversion

The Best Video Downloader is an application that works through your Internet browser to convert and download YouTube videos in a number of format choices. It allows you to view or listen to the audio of your favorite videos on any electronic device that supports these formats.

We were surprised by how the Best Video Downloader worked. Once it's downloaded, all you have to do is go to YouTube and there will be a new button listed under the YouTube video you're viewing. It will say Download, and after selecting it you will be given 10 format choices … Read more

Find cashback deals more easily with the Ebates Toolbar

As a general rule, I am not a fan of toolbars. When I sit down at a friend's PC and see half a dozen toolbars littering their browser, I read them the riot act. (That may explain why I don't get invited over much.)

That said, there are two I'll allow on my system: Web of Trust and the new Ebates Cash Back Toolbar.

The latter makes it quicker and easier to identify and score cash-back deals from online stores. As someone who uses Ebates pretty religiously, it's a no-brainer addition to my browser.

For those … Read more

Q&A: MacFixIt Answers

MacFixIt Answers is where to go for all your questions.

This week people wrote in with issues ranging from how to replace missing or damaged foot pads for Apple's MacBook systems to what versions of iOS will work on specific iPod Touch models. One reader's CD drives are not accepting any discs, another is missing toolbars in programs like Mail, and one user wants to know how to migrate from a PC to a Mac. We welcome alternative approaches and views from readers, so post your own suggestions in the comments!

Question: New feet for a MacBook system … Read more