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The most interesting software innovations and events. Release 135

Every day a huge amount of different software is produced and updated. To help you to sort out these updates our portal continue to provide a series of articles devoted to the most interesting events in the world of software industry. For ease searching all programs and utilities are divided into topics.

Setting of PC components

GPU-Z 0.8.0

GPU-Z utility is used to obtain the maximum possible information about the installed graphics card, monitor of some changes of its parameters and diagnose certain problems. List of its key advantages can be supplemented by the following paragraphs:

  • does not require installation (optional package of installing files);
  • is gentle for system resources;
  • allows the validation procedure of graphics settings;
  • absolutely free.

GPU-Z

List of modification is the following:

  • s full support of graphics cards NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 and GeForce GTX 980;
  • improved BIOS save function the for graphics cards based on GPU NVIDIA Maxwell;
  • added support of graphics cards AMD Radeon R5 M240, R5 M255, FirePro W2100, W4100, W8100, FireStream 9270, FirePro 2450;
  • added support of graphics cards NVIDIA Quadro K420, K620, K2000D, K2200, K4200, K5200;
  • added support of the full range of mobile graphics processor of lineup Intel Haswell;
  • added preliminary support of GPU AMD Topaz;
  • fixed information of GPU AMD Tonga;
  • added support of sensor PerfCap for improved synchronization of technology NVIDIA SLI;
  • several errors were fixed.

Developer: TechPowerUp

Distribution mode: free      

Download: GPU-Z 0.8.0

Setting and optimization of operating system

Wise Care 365 Free 3.31.287

If you are interested in a comprehensive tool for maintaining an optimal state of the operating system, then you should look at the program Wise Care 365 Free. It combines a number of utilities and modules intended for cleaning of unnecessary files, optimization registry, defragment drives and other implementation of maintenance of Windows. Wise Care 365 Free has a fairly simple multi-lingual graphical user interface that provides quick access to its basic features:

  • search and delete unnecessary temporary files;
  • cleaning the registry from obsolete and unneeded records;
  • optimization of the operating system;
  • defragment drives and system registry;
  • optimization of the system boot time;
  • delete files without possibility to restore them;
  • cleaning the disk without the possibility of recovery of its contents;
  • password generation and much more.

Wise Care 365 Free

The program Wise Care 365 Free 3.31.287 includes the following improvements:

  • added functional module Mutual Assistance;
  • supports of cleaning the programs SketchUp, CDBurnerXP, Directory Opus, Gom Player, MailWasher Pro, Foxit Phantom PDF, Gadu-Gadu, Anonymizer, InkScape, PDFArchitect, PDFCreator and DVDFab;
  • improved cleaning of visited websites in the web browser Mozilla Firefox;
  • several errors were fixed.

Developer: WiseCleaner

Distribution mode: free      

Download: Wise Care 365 Free 3.31.287

Driver Booster 2.0.3

There is a new version of the program Driver Booster. It allows you to analyze computer hardware and identify outdated drivers. Moreover, only a single mouse click Driver Booster activates the process of searching the internet and install the current version of outdated drivers. This ensures support of optimal performance and stability of the system, because very often new versions contain fixes bugs or errors, and optimize the work of hardware components. If a new version is unstable, it is possible to return to the already proven.

Driver Booster

The key changes in the program Driver Booster 2.0.3 should be highlighted:

  • extended database of the drivers;
  • ability to come back to a previous version of the driver;
  • speed up the loading of new drivers;
  • improved graphical interface;
  • added mode «Smart Installation», which in the process of updating of drivers does not interrupt operation of other applications;
  • reduced source files of the program;
  • improved module Rescue Center;
  • added support of updating in game components (DirectX, ActiveX, and others);
  • implemented support of Windows 10 Technical Preview;
  • added support of the new language localization;
  • optimization of the code.

Developer: IObit

Distribution mode: free      

Download: Driver Booster 2.0.3

WinMend Folder Hidden 1.5.2

Quite often there are situations when you need to hide certain files on your computer. That's what the program WinMend Folder Hidden was developed. Firstly, it assures complete safety of the protected data in its original form: they will not be modified or lost. Secondly it provides a very high speed of opening and hides files, even if they take tens of gigabytes. Thirdly, the program WinMend Folder Hidden supports external storage media (flash drives and external drives). Fourthly, a reliable protection I guaranteed: even reinstalling of the operating system, or attempt to open the hidden files on the other computer does not provide access to them. You need to use the utility WinMend Folder Hidden and password specified in the protection. Fifthly, it is absolutely free and has a pleasant interface.

WinMend Folder Hidden

Developer: WinMend.com

Distribution mode: free      

Download: WinMend Folder Hidden 1.5.2

System test

3DMark 1.4.780

A new version of the benchmark 3DMark. It is positioned as a universal solution for testing and comparing the performance levels of different devices, from smartphones and ending of desktop computers. At the same time they can be running under different operating systems: Windows, Windows RT, Android or iOS. Thus, 3DMark is an effective tool not only for competitions overclockers, but also to select the optimum device to the parameter price/performance.

Benchmark 3DMark is represented as three different sets of functionality:

  • 3DMark Basic Edition is the basic free version, which includes all necessary components for testing different devices;
  • 3DMark Advanced Edition is enhanced paid version that offers the possibility of changing the settings, has at its disposal several preset modes and additional tests, can display graphics performance and has a number of other advantages;
  • 3DMark Professional Edition is the paid version for business users, which has a maximum functionality.

3DMark

The new version of the benchmark 3DMark 1.4.780 has improved support of laptops with hybrid graphics subsystem (mobile graphics card + integrated graphics core) having the support of technology NVIDIA Optimus.

Developer: Futuremark

Distribution mode: free basic version/ paid advanced version      

Download: 3DMark 1.4.780

HWiNFO 4.46-2330

A new version of the program HWiNFO. It is a convenient and functional tool which is designed to obtain the maximum possible information about the hardware configuration of the computer as well as for diagnosis and testing of its individual components. The advantages of this program should be highlighted:  

  • presentation of the received information about the system in the form of tables, graphs or Log-file;
  • reading data from internal sensors (temperature, voltage, and other);
  • support of 32- (version HWiNFO32) / 64-bit (version HWiNFO64) platforms;
  • monitoring of the system state;
  • testing of some internal components to determine their level of performance.

HWiNFO

HWiNFO 4.46-2330 version has the following improvements:

  • added support for the new series of graphics processors NVIDIA Maxwell;
  • improved support of graphics cards NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 and GeForce GTX 980;
  • improve monitoring of sensors on motherboard ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX;
  • improved reading of information from the sensors of the processor;
  • added support of the temperature sensor Atmel AT30TSE004 in DIMM-modules;
  • implemented an advanced method of activation the graphic core from sleeping mode;
  • a function Drag & Drop for window sensors;
  • improved support for monitoring sensors Series motherboards GIGABYTE X99;
  • added support of controllers ITE IT8606E and IT8626E;
  • several errors were fixed.

Developer: Martin Malik

Distribution mode: free

Download: HWiNFO 4.46-2330

Safety and management

avast! Free Antivirus 2015 10.0.2206

avast! Free Antivirus 2015 is one of the most popular free software antivirus in the world, which are used for the permanent protection of the system in real time. It provides high speed, excellent functionality, nice GUI and high efficiency. List advantages of avast! Free Antivirus 2015 should be supplemented by such items:

  • availability of the function Software Updater to safely upgrade the most important set of programs;
  • presence of module Browser Cleanup for safe and effective cleaning of the web browser;
  • the ability to scan TLS/SSL-secure network traffic to protect against viruses that try to enter from the network;
  • the ability to run Windows-process in a secure virtualized environment, completely isolated from other applications to improve safety;
  • ability to use the function Home Network Security to scan your home network for vulnerabilities (the status of Wi-Fi, connected devices, configure the router default password, and others);
  • availability of mode «Smart Scan» for easy and convenient scanning
  • support of the mode «Remote Assistance» to provide access to your computer through the Internet connection.

avast! Free Antivirus

Version of antivirus avast! Free Antivirus 10.0.2206 has at its disposal:

  • an updated graphical interface;
  • the ability to scan TLS/SSL-secure network traffic to protect against viruses that try to enter from the network;
  • component Avast NG to run each process in Windows-safe virtualized environment, completely isolated from other applications to improve safety;
  • ability to use the Home Network Security to scan your home network for vulnerabilities (the status of Wi-Fi, connected devices, configure the router default password, and others);
  • mode «Smart Scan» for easy and convenient use;
  • optimized code.

Developer: AVAST Software

Distribution mode: free

Download: avast! Free Antivirus 2015 10.0.2206

AVG Antivirus Free 2015 Build 5557a8402

To the joy of all fans of free antivirus AVG Antivirus Free 2015 is introduced a new version with an improved interface. As it is known, it is designed to protect the base of the entire system in real time. Developers characterize it as a solution to the high speed and low consumption of system resources. The program AVG Antivirus Free 2015 includes several modules, each of which has its functional purpose:

  • Anti-Virus - performs search and neutralization of various kinds of viruses;
  • LinkScanner - provides scanning of links real time, away from the transition to a potentially dangerous resources;
  • E-mail Protection - checks the input emails for viruses or other suspicious objects;
  • Smart Scanning - monitors the use of system resources by not allowing antivirus significantly slow down your computer;
  • Anti-Rootkit - scans for dangerous rootkits that can be hidden inside programs, drivers or libraries dll;
  • PC Analyzer - monitors the performance level of the computer and signals about detected errors;
  • Identity Protection - helps protect digital user's personal information from being stolen by different types of viruses.

AVG Antivirus Free 2015

Developer: AVG Technologies

Distribution mode: free

Download: AVG Antivirus Free 2015 Build 5557a8402

Internet usable programs

Firefox 33.0.1

Web browser Firefox has been updated to the stable version 33.0.1. It is widely used for comfortable viewing of websites and search for information on the Internet. Thus it is characterized by using a convenient interface, and the presence of significant features, which include:

  • support of tool Awesome Bar, which allows to simplify the search for the desired site after the first letter of its name by automatic substitution possibilities;
  • support of HTML 5 and ECMAScript 5;
  • the ability to sync content (passwords, web browsing history) between different devices, provided that a Firefox-profile;
  • the availability of a wide set of tools to facilitate the work of web developers;
  • the ability to install additional plug-ins and modules that significantly extend its functionality.

Firefox

Summarizing the extensive list of new features we want to specify only the key points:

  • added support of plug-in codecs OpenH264;
  • improve process of information search through the address bar;
  • speed up the processing of JavaScript;
  • implemented the connection to the HTTP-proxy via HTTPS;
  • improved process of restoring the interrupted session;
  • improved support of HTML5 and some tools for developers;
  • improved safety and fixed some bugs.

Developer: Mozilla Foundation

Distribution mode: free

Download: Firefox 33.0.1


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