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Get Avast Internet Security 2015 for 25 percent off

Hard on the heels of the Avast Internet Security 2015 release, Avast is offering its enhanced antivirus protection suite for only $37.49 (originally $49.99). Featuring the same intelligent antivirus engine of its popular AV, Avast Internet Security also features:

SafeZone: An isolated virtual space that'll keep you safe while banking, shopping, or paying bills online. SafeZone will also prevent malware spying or keylogging and can be set to launch automatically on your preferred websites.

Avast Firewall: A more robust... Read More »

Tags: Windows , antivirus , security , Windows software , Vista , XP

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 Recently, independent security lab AV-Test investigated whether the outdated XP can be adequately protected.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

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Get Driver Booster for 70 percent off

Having the latest driver means your device and system are running at optimum levels. But performance is only one of many reasons to keep your system up-to-date. New drivers will often patch security flaws and keep your PC safe from exploits. An updated driver can also introduce new features or increase compatibility of your existing devices. Although Windows does a great job of finding the correct driver when you first plug in a new device, it... Read More »

Tags: Windows , security , Windows software , utilities , XP

How to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7, 8

As of today, Microsoft has stopped support for Windows XP. To keep your system up-to-date and safe, Windows XP users should move to Windows 7 or Windows 8 (and for those who insist on clinging to their old OS, see our tips for making Windows XP more secure). To help you through the pains of migration, we've compiled apps and tips for transitioning to either Windows 7 or 8. If you're considering upgrading to Vista...don't.

File Transfer

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Topics: Android Software

Tags: Windows , Windows software , XP

Contrasting Windows: New feature comparison

Since 2002 when Microsoft introduced Windows XP, its signature operating system has proved to have more stamina than anybody would have originally thought. Despite missteps in Vista, that OS still managed to introduce useful new features, and set the stage for Windows 7.

This chart provides a rundown of some of the major features introduced in each Windows iteration, as well as a quick look at the minimum hardware requirements for XP, Vista, and 7. Keep in mind that Windows 7... Read More »

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Windows desktop bling

If you're glued to your computer, you should make it as inspiring as you can.

That was our goal back in September 2006 when we first put together a collection of top desktop enhancement apps.

Since then, Microsoft's spiced-up graphics have added a charm to Vista that XP out-and-out lacked, but is the blue look you, or can you still do better? We've picked out the best free and free-to-try downloads to give you a brightly colored taskbar, animated wallpaper,... Read More »

Tags: Windows software , search , Vista , desktop , XP

iPhone's Air Mouse 1.5: A universal PC, Mac remote

Forget the iTunes Remote. The newly released Air Mouse 1.5 ($5.99) makes a mean universal remote out of the iPhone and iPod Touch. With it, you'll be able to control almost any program on your Mac or Windows computer.

I was always a big fan of this app, which works with the help of a Windows and Mac servers to establish a local network between the computer and the iPhone. It then gives you two modes for controlling... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , Mac , iPod Touch , Windows software , Vista , XP

Hands-on: WinOptimizer 6

Since its early days, WinOptimizer has folded a ton of PC-optimizing tools into an attractive, compact, and easily navigable interface. WinOptimizer 6, released on Wednesday exclusively on CNET Download.com, adds some new tweaks to keep things interesting and efficient. We've got the summary and pros and cons below.

What's new AntiSpy module: This tool claims to "deactivate potential spy functions." Upon closer inspection, the module really goes after apps and services that send data back to Microsoft. That's ideal for privacy... Read More »

Tags: Windows , Windows software , Vista , XP , registry , optimize

Quick Tip: Customize your Windows Vista cursor

If desktop eye candy never gets too sweet for your tastes, you may already know about CursorFX.

The free cursor-enhancing tool that used to be known as CursorXP keeps polishing its cursor choices and effects to bring interest to your screen. CNET Executive Editor Molly Wood talks you through CursorFX in this Quick Tip video.

P.S. It also glorifies plain pointers for Windows XP.

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Quick Fix: Put your paging file to work

The all-singing, all-dancing embodiment of frustration is when my computer acts sluggish for no good reason. I know I've got plenty of RAM and a decent processor, so why won't the blasted contraption do as it's told? RAM boosting programs just never seem to work as well as they should, and so a few weeks ago I began digging into other possible sources of those embarrassing and annoying computus interruptus moments.

One possible solution is to manually adjust your virtual... Read More »

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