First Look

AutoPilot, search guards, and animal avatars in new Bitdefender

Making their debut in the 2012 version of Bitdefender's security suites are interesting new security features, a simpler, easier-to-use interface, and a mythical half-dragon, half-wolf. (They're not saying which half is which.) Check out what Bitdefender's premium suite Total Security 2012 provides in this First Look video.

You can download Bitdefender Total Security 2012 , Bitdefender Internet Security 2012 , and Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2012 from CNET Download.com

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See what's new in Thunderbird

The latest version of Thunderbird jumps from version 3 to version 5, matching its sibling Firefox as it joins Mozilla's rapid-release program. Thunderbird 5, available to download for Windows, Mac, and Linux, is mostly a bug-fixing release that improves stability. It also shortens and improves the workflow for adding new e-mail accounts.

Watch what the program's got, and what it lacks, in this new First Look video.

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Topics: Mac Software

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Chrome support comes to free Norton betas (video)

With around two months left before they debut, the beta versions of Norton Internet Security 2012 (download) and Norton AntiVirus 2012 (download) provide a solid glimpse of how Symantec wants to protect you in the coming year, including significant updates to its detection engines. See what else is new in this First Look video.

Most interesting of these under-the-hood improvements is the ability to scan downloads not just for viruses and malware, but also to determine if the file... Read More »

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Everything you need to know about Firefox 4

To get you started with the Editors' Choice-winning Firefox 4, here's CNET's First Look at the browser. (Download Firefox 4 for Windows, Mac, and Linux):

One of the best features in the browser is Firefox Sync, which will not only synchronize Firefox across multiple computers, but it will also sync to your Android version of Firefox 4.

Firefox has a deep backbench of add-ons to provide features not found in the standard version of the browser, and you... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

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Take a video tour of CCleaner 3

CCleaner doesn't get major updates often, but this one's definitely worth upgrading to. The popular freeware now offers a drive wiper and "intelligent" browser cookie control, along with a faster scan and improvement tweaks to pre-existing features. Watch what's new in CCleaner 3 in this First Look video.

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Lightweight security from Panda Cloud AV

Panda Security continues to build better features into the company's Cloud Antivirus lightweight security suite, as a Web filter for URL scanning joins the existing protection tools. Watch the First Look video to see how it all fits together in Panda Cloud Antivirus 1.3.

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First Look video: Trend Micro Titanium

A new name heralds some big changes for Trend Micro's Titanium suites. The overhaul to Titanium Maximum Security 2011 brings users a faster suite with a smaller system impact. There's a lot of top-shelf extras to like here, too, but is that enough to sell security on?

Check out our First Look video above for a quick take on the suite, or read our in-depth reviews for Maximum Security 2011 and its sibling suites, Titanium Internet Security 2011... Read More »

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First Look video: AVG Free 2011

AVG Free might've flagged just a little in the past few years, but it's back with a shorter install, better usability, and faster scans. Take a video tour of AVG Anti-Virus Free 2011 and see what makes AVG one of the most respected names in Windows security.

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Firefox's future looks like other browsers (video)

Mozilla's first public beta for Firefox 4 debuts support for future-Web tech, lays the groundwork for better security features, and launches a brand-new look that should be eerily familiar to users of Opera and Chrome.

Want to try it out for yourself? Download Firefox 4 beta 1 for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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Topics: Mac Software

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ZoneAlarm, outbound guardian (video)

Quieter yet more effective, the latest ZoneAlarm Firewall Free should be considered an excellent tool for replacing the otherwise adequate default Windows firewall.

It's a stronger option that includes quieter outbound protection, behavioral detection from the ZoneAlarm Internet security suite, automatic Wi-Fi security setting activation, antiphishing protection, an overhauled ZoneAlarm toolbar that will protect you even when hidden, six months free identity theft protection, and 2GB of free online storage.

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