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07-12-2014


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The most interesting software innovations and events. Release 138

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

HWMonitor 1.26.0

The new version of HWMonitor was realesed. It was designed for monitoring of system status. For this purpose, it reads the key information from the sensors (temperature, power supply and fan speeds) and displays it in a convenient form. The uniqueness of this program is in its ability to read parameters from the sensors that are placed directly on a chip of some modern processors. In general, the utility can display the following information:

  • the temperature of the CPU;
  • temperature and supply voltage to the specific components of the motherboard;
  • the status of key supply lines;
  • the parameters of the internal battery of mobile computers;
  • the temperature of the GPU graphics card;
  • the temperature of the memory modules (if equipped with appropriate sensors);
  • the percentage of CPU and GPU resources.

HWMonitor

HWMonitor 1.26.0 version has the following improvements:

  • monitoring of CPU and GPU resource;
  • monitoring of energy consumption of memory modules (using processors Intel Haswell);
  • support of the platform Intel X99 (DDR4 RAM and processor series Intel Haswell-E);
  • added support for Windows 10;
  • modified program icon.

 Developer: CPUID

Distribution mode: free      

Download: HWMonitor 1.26.0

Setting and optimization of operating system

WinUtilities Free Edition 11.27

If you are interested in a functional and safe tool for servicing OS Windows, we recommend to pay attention to the program WinUtilities Free Edition. It contains a set of useful tools, which is implemented on the basis of comprehensive care for the stability of the operating system, and also provides a significant expansion of its functionality. A list of the utilities is as follows:

  • Disk Cleaner cleans drives up unnecessary data;
  • Registry Cleaner supports the work of registry at an optimal level;
  • Shortcuts Fixer allows you to restore the correct operation of damaged shortcuts;
  • Uninstall Manager allows to remove unwanted programs;
  • Registry Defrag provides defragmentation of registry;
  • Disk Defrag  performs defragmentation of internal drives;
  • Memory Optimizer optimizes the use of RAM;
  • BHO Remover provides control of BHO-modules that are installed in the system;
  • Startup Cleaner provides the ability to edit the list of startup programs;
  • History Cleaner allows to clear the log of user activity, erasing the information on the revised files and folders;
  • Process Security realizes the control function of active processes;
  • EXE Protector allows to set a password to access any EXE-file;
  • File Shredder provides the ability to completely remove the file from your computer without the possibility of the recovery;
  • File Undelete allows to recover deleted files;
  • Registry Backup & Restore allows the creation of backup copies of the registry and restore using them;
  • Registry Search allows to search the registry;
  • Duplicate Files Finder provides the search for copies of existing files;
  • File Splitter and Joiner allows you to split large files into small pieces with the ability to restore the original;
  • System Control allows you to organize and manage the settings of the operating system Windows;
  • System Information provides detailed information about the hardware and software components of the computer;
  • Auto Shutdown allows to convert your computer into a different mode after a certain period of time;
  • Windows Standart Tools contains a set of links to launch the standard tools of the operating system Windows.

WinUtilities Free Edition

List of changes of the program WinUtilities Free Edition 11.27 is the following:

  • updated database for module Process Security;
  • improved graphical interface;
  • updated language files of Russian and Greek localization.

Developer: YL Software

Distribution mode: free      

Download: WinUtilities Free Edition 11.27

CCleaner 5.0.5050

CCleaner is a useful program which won a respect due to a nice design and high functionality. It is used to clean the system from unnecessary and temporary files, and to optimize the system registry. Its user-friendly interface is translated into many languages, which greatly simplifies the rapid activation of its functions. List of key features of the program CCleaner can be supplemented by the following paragraphs:

  • support for uninstall function the installed programs;
  • the ability to edit the list of programs that run with the start of the system;
  • support for full cancel the contents of any disk without the possibility of further recovery;
  • control of system restore points.

CCleaner

The new version of CCleaner 5.0.5050 has the following improvements:

  • significantly updated user interface;
  • improved internal architecture to improve performance;
  • added functionality for working with plug-ins web browser Google Chrome;
  • optimized work with the recovery data;
  • optimized work with 64-bit versions of Windows 8, 8.1 and 10;
  • updated language files;
  • fixed several bugs.

Developer: Piriform

Distribution mode: free      

Download: CCleaner 5.0.5050

Auslogics Disk Defrag 5.1.0.0

A new version of Auslogics Disk Defrag. It was created for the purpose of defragmenting disk space. This action increases the speed of the programs, and systems in general. The key advantages of Auslogics Disk Defrag are:

  • location optimization of the system files for faster downloads;
  • defragment of one file or directory;
  • automatic defragmentation of drive section when the system is idle;
  • free space defragmentation;
  • ability to fine-tune defragmentation.

Auslogics Disk Defrag

Developer: AusLogics

Distribution mode: free      

Download: Auslogics Disk Defrag 5.1.0.0

System test

PCMark 8 2.3.293

PCMark 8benchmark is designed for comprehensive evaluation of the performance level of a wide range of computers: from desktops to tablets. However, it uses six test suites for computing performance in the most typical problems:

  • Home test is designed for entry-level devices. It evaluates the performance of performance when browsing the web, editing photos, playing videos and games.
  • Creative test includes tasks that are typical for enthusiasts and professionals who work with multimedia and entertainment content. The optimal choice for checking middle efficient  system.
  • Work test measures the performance of computer during work with office applications.
  • Storage test (only the paid version) allows to evaluate the performance of HDD-, SSD- or SSHD-drives.
  • Applications test (only the paid version) measures the performance of the system, based on the level of productivity of the popular software packages from Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office.
  • Battery life testing (only the paid version) is designed to test the battery life of the batteries of portable device in actual use.

PCMark

Changes in the new version of the benchmark PCMark 8 2.3.293 are the following:

  • SystemInfo module has been updated to version 4.32;
  • PDF-report of version of Professional Edition now includes information on the screen resolution and memory modules;
  • the Professional Edition has the ability to personalize Storage Consistency test from the command line;
  • fixed some bugs.

Developer: Futuremark

Distribution mode: free Basic Edition/ paid Advanced Edition and Professional Edition  

Download: PCMark 8 2.3.293

Safety and management

Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.7.468

Updated free antivirus Avira Free Antivirus, which has a relatively high popularity throughout the world. It provides a permanent and effective protection for your computer from all sorts of viruses, allowing to find and neutralize known threats. Its key benefits are:

  • heuristic engine, which provides high efficiency and speed;
  • low resources consumption;
  • user-friendly interface;
  • availability of planning module to create a schedule of automatic test system.

Avira Free Antivirus

Developer: Avira GmbH

Distribution mode: free      

Download: Avira Free Antivirus 14.0.7.468

Internet usable programs

Skype 7.0.0.100

A new version of Skype, which is designed for text messaging, as well as for voice or video calls. It is used by many users in daily life or business. List of its functionality can be supplemented by the following paragraphs:

  • does not require additional firewall settings for correct operation;
  • encodes a conversation;
  • supports voice mail;
  • allows free transfer files of any size;
  • allows Skype-forwarding calls to any phone;
  • allows you to send SMS-messages;
  • to create and send video messages;
  • allows to view the latest updates from the pages of friends on Facebook.

Skype

A key change in the program Skype 7.0.0.100 is a modernized graphical interface.

Developer: Skype Technologies S.A.

Distribution mode: free      

Download: Skype 7.0.0.100

Firefox 34.0.5

Everybody can update the web browser Firefox to a new stable version. Recall that it is used for comfortable viewing websites and search for information on the Internet. At the same time Firefox is characterized by the use of user-friendly interface and the presence of broad features that include:

  • support for tool «Awesome Bar», making it easier to search for a desired site after the first letter of its name by automatic substitution options;
  • support for HTML 5 and ECMAScript 5;
  • the ability to synchronize content (bookmarks, passwords, history of web browsing) between different devices, provided that a Firefox-profile;
  • availability of a broad 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

List of the major innovations of the web browser Firefox 34.0.5 is the following:

  • for North America the default search engine Yahoo !;
  • for Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia, the default search engine Yandex;
  • improvements in the search bar (only for en-US);
  • added customer Firefox Hello to communicate in real time;
  • support for HTTP/2 and ALPN;
  • deactivated support SSL v3;
  • improved support for HTML5 and new tools for developers;
  • fixed some bugs and increased level of security.

Developer: Mozilla Foundation

Distribution mode: free      

Download: Firefox 34.0.5


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