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As you'll probably guess from the name, RansomFree is an entirely free anti-ransomware tool from the enterprise security company Cybereason. Not ‘free for personal use’, not a cut-down version of something...
Developed by the Korean security company CheckMAL, AppCheck is a comprehensive and easy-to-use anti-ransomware tool for Windows.AppCheck offers three layers of protection. The first is a real-time detection...
Burn4Free DVD Copy
The Burn4Free DVD Copy installer uses an irritating download manager which tries to install a couple of unwanted extras, but they are optional if you keep your eyes open.Burn4Free DVD CopyWhere to download:...
Google Drive App for Mac and PC Will Shut Down on March 2018
Google has officially announced in a blog post that its Drive application for desktop is being shut down to make way for the next generation cloud synchronization solutions. Support for the existing app...
Google is pulling the plug on its Google Drive desktop software
If you use the Google Drive desktop software to keep your important files synced, you've got until 12 March 2018 to switch to an alternative.Google will stop supporting the client on December 11 2017,...
The best file compression software 2017
With the right file compression software, sharing and archiving files is easy. The ever-growing size of hard drives means the need to reduce file sizes when storing data has been reduced, but SDDs still...
MetaCDN is an Australian company which combines the CDN networks of Amazon Cloudfront, Fastly and Verizon's EdgeCast into a single service.The package looks like any other CDN, and there's no extra setup...
Free media player MediaMonkey can cope with any file format you can throw its way. It's a heavyweight tool designed to handle collections containing hundreds of thousands of videos and audio tracks effortlessly.MediaMonkeyWhere...
Microsoft won’t pre-load Windows installation files without consent ever again
Way back before Windows 10 debuted, Microsoft engaged in all manner of controversial tactics in order to push free upgrades onto Windows 7/8 users, and one major annoyance was the pre-fetching the installation...
Universal CDN (UCDN) is a premium content delivery network owned by XBT Holdings, a group which includes companies like Webzilla, Root and Servers.com.The service caches all the usual static file types,...
K7 Antivirus Premium
K7 Computing may not have the profile of the big-name competition, but there's more to the Indian company than you might think: 25 years of antivirus experience, VirusTotal and OPSWAT partners, a range...
Malwarebytes is a Californian company best known for Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, a hugely popular tool which specialised in removing adware, spyware and similar pests.The latest edition of the product,...
TrustPort Antivirus Sphere
TrustPort is a Czech Republic-based company which offers a range of antivirus and network security software to home and business users.As you'll guess from the name, TrustPort Antivirus Sphere is the...
Quick Heal AntiVirus Pro
Quick Heal is an Indian company which develops security software under its own name, and produces enterprise offerings under the Seqrite brand.Quick Heal AntiVirus Pro is the company’s starter product...
Google Drive's new app will back up any file or photo stored on your computer
Backing up and syncing files can feel like a daunting though necessary task at times, and to help ease the burden Google Drive will soon roll out a new app that stores any file and photo on your computer.Called...
Despite what its name suggests, free audio editor mp3DirectCut does much more than just dissect compressed audio files – you can also use it to make a new recording, normalize volume, apply fades, detect...
The best free alternative to Adobe Lightroom 2017
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom has two main functions: processing images, and organizing them (through tags, naming, rating, and metadata). It's hugely popular among professional and hobbyist photographers...
French experts find way to save WannaCry-infected files without ransom
French researchers said on Friday they had found a last-chance way for technicians to save Windows files encrypted by WannaCry, racing against a deadline as the ransomware threatens to start locking up...
As developer AOMEI notes, backups are always the best defense against ransomware, including the WannaCry virus that hit systems worldwide last week. However, that knowledge isn't always enough – if you're...
Understanding media file formats can be rather like measuring spaghetti or trying to insert a USB device: no matter what you do, you’re doing it wrong. If you’ve ever had a PNG when you needed a JPEG,...
Free Download Manager
Downloading files from the internet has always been a fairly painful experience, and even today slow servers and network congestion can make downloading big files a real pain. That's why you need a dedicated...
Hackers who infected 200,000 machines have only made $50,000 worth of bitcoin
Hackers who locked files on 200,000 computers globally and asked for a bitcoin ransom payment to unlock them, have only made around $50,000, an industry source told CNBC, despite the large scale of the...
What is the WannaCry ransomware cyber threat?
It started with U.K. hospitals and has since spread to over 14 countries – the WannaCry ransomware was holding millions of files hostage unless companies or governments pay up.Security experts say the...
Windows 10 OneDrive is finally getting the feature you want
Over at Build 2017, Microsoft has revealed that the next major update for Windows 10 will see the introduction of a new (and much-requested) capability: OneDrive Files On-Demand.With the new system, files...
When it comes to Usenet services, the unfortunate truth is that many offerings are tricky to use and require significant technical expertise. And obviously enough, those less confident in the world of...
Iolo System Mechanic
CCleaner might be the biggest name in PC maintenance, but it’s not the only tool that promises to clean up unnecessary files and give your machine a performance boost. Iolo System MechanicDownload here:...
Piriform CCleaner is a free system tool that removes unnecessary or redundant files, fixes errors and optimizes software to speed up your PC and protect your privacy. It's one of the most popular PC cleanup...
The best free alternative to WinRAR 2017
The best free alternatives to WinRAR1. 7-Zip2. PeaZip3. Zipware4. Bandizip5. Ashampoo Zip FreeRead on for our detailed analysis of each programWinRAR is an excellent tool for compressing and archiving...
As you might be able to guess from the playfully-spelled name, Recuva is designed to recover deleted data. It takes advantage of the fact that when files are files, they are not actually removed from...
7-Zip's remit is simple: it compresses and decompresses files. With hard drives and SSDs now larger and cheaper than ever, you might well wonder just why such tools are still needed. Two key reasons are...
Judge orders Uber to search servers, work harder to find Waymo’s 14,000 files
Enlarge / The US District Court building in San Francisco.JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images reader comments 9 Share this story SAN FRANCISCO—The federal judge overseeing the trade secret litigation between...
WikiLeaks' latest leak reveals alleged CIA exploits for Mac and iPhone
WikiLeaks has released a new set of documents related to alleged CIA spying techniques, this time detailing tools purportedly used by the agency to gain access to Apple Mac computers and iPhones. It's...
Microsoft’s new tool means it’s never been easier to switch from Mac to Surface
Microsoft has released a new utility to help those on a Mac transfer all their files across with a minimum of fuss when switching to a Surface device.As spotted by WalkingCat, a Twitter user who picks...
Wikileakes Publishes Purported CIA Document Trove on Cyber Operations
Security experts are not surprised by the capabilities described in the documents, but worry over the impact that the leak will have on the intelligence community. Wikileaks published a trove of more...
The best free system utilities 2017
The best free system utilities1. CCleaner2. Autoruns3. Recuva4. Auslogics Duplicare File Finder5. Revo Uninstaller FreeRead on for our detailed analysis of each programA new PC is rather like a car. That...
The best CD ripper 2017
When you want to archive your CD collection, you can just rip the tracks using Windows Explorer or your regular media player. However, the quality of those files will never be as good as the original...
Watershed SHA1 collision just broke the WebKit repository, others may follow
Enlargeyoungthousands reader comments 22 Share this story Thursday's watershed attack on the widely used SHA1 hashing function has claimed its first casualty: the version control system used by the WebKit...
Mac ransomware locks your files and throws away the key (if you’re a pirate)
It’s been an unfortunately busy time for Mac malware over the past couple of weeks, with matters getting worse today as a fresh ransomware threat has been discovered.The ransomware payload is hidden in...
At death’s door for years, widely used SHA1 function is now dead
Bob Embleton reader comments 16 Share this story For more than six years, the SHA1 cryptographic hash function underpinning Internet security has been at death's door. Now it's officially dead, thanks...
The best free cloud storage service 2017
Free cloud storageCloud storage has really taken off thanks to fast, reliable internet connections. The appeal is understandable; you can store your files online and then access them from any device that's...
Download of the day: Format Factory
Format FactoryMedia file formats are rather like measuring spaghetti or trying to insert a USB device: no matter what you do, you’re doing it wrong.If you’ve ever had a PNG when you needed a JPG, or wished...
Bored with ho-hum cloud backups? Use Usenet (yes, Usenet!) instead
Stay with us, but we've got an idea so crazy it just might work(s).20th Century Fox reader comments 6 Share this story Cloud backups these days are all the rage—for good reason. Rather than dealing with...
“Take your sweet time”—how I scammed a tech support scammer for nearly two hours
Tech support scammers in India got trapped on the phone with me for nearly two hours, and all they got was a revocation of their remote access software ID.Aurich Lawson reader comments Share this story...
Zombie files rise from dead due to Dropbox metadata bug
Enlarge / You thought you deleted it. But it came back—and it wouldn't die.Gage Skidmore reader comments 3 Share this story Bug-fixing is often a thankless task in the software world. But when a bug is...
Top 10 ways to share files securely
The internet is made for sharing and it’s perfectly understandable that the moment you snap a picture of a new addition to the family, or some other unmissable photo, you want to show it to your loved...
Download of the day: Launchy
LaunchyWith Launchy, opening any program, file or folder is as simple as typing the first few letters of its name. No more tedious searching or trawling through your list of installed apps - everything...
Hacking Group 'ShadowBrokers' Release NSA Exploits, Then Go Dark
The hacker group "ShadowBrokers" releases 61 files said to contain exploit tools used by the National Security Agency, which could fuel a race between attackers—trying to create their own exploit tools—and...
NSA-leaking Shadow Brokers lob Molotov cocktail before exiting world stage
EnlargeВвласенко reader comments 13 Share this story Shadow Brokers, the mysterious group that gained international renown when it published hundreds of advanced hacking tools belonging to the National...
Worried about ransomware? Things just got harder for the bad guys
Folks who are concerned by the prospect of having their files encrypted and ransomed by malware should be heartened by the fact that the ‘No More Ransom’ project just benefited from a number of additional...
Why you should download CCleaner (for free) if you want to speed up your PC
Performance and securityThe premise of CCleaner is simple: improve your PC's performance by deleting unnecessary files (including temporary files, cookies and the contents of your Recycle Bin) and protect...
Cerber Ransomware Broadens Database Encryption Attack Targets
Trend Micro researchers discover that popular ransomware family has a new version that is going after database files to cause the most trouble for victims. Ransomware authors aim to make money by encrypting...
NES Classic joins the “can it run Linux” club, has custom distro installed
reader comments 12 Share this story Enlarge / Yes, the tiny, new Nintendo boxes can run Linux. Specifically in this case, a customized distro of Ubuntu.https://twitter.com/6f70/A lucky few were able to...
60 common Windows 10 problems and how to solve them
Losing files after a disaster hits because you didn't back them up is a hugely frustrating experience, but fortunately it's one that can be avoided easily.To create a backup, purchase an external hard...
Guccifer 2.0 posts DCCC docs, says they’re from Clinton Foundation
Enlarge / Reduce, reuse, recycle those hacks.Ildar Sagdejev reader comments 16 Share this story WikiLeaks celebrated its tenth anniversary today by teasing a release of documents that would damage presidential...
Mac Week: The 50 best Mac tips, tricks and timesavers
Bet you didn't know your Mac could do all thisYour Mac can do millions of things, but sometimes even the best of us forget some of the cool stuff it can do – so we're here to help jog your memory. Some...
GNOME 3.22 Offers Flatpak Cross-Linux Distribution Framework
GNOME 3.22, the second major update this year to the GNOME desktop environment, debuted Sept. 21—and since then, has made its way into the repositories of Linux distributions, including Fedora and openSUSE....
Mac Week: How to manage storage in macOS Sierra
One of the conveniences Apple has added in macOS Sierra is Optimized Storage, which helps you to keep plenty of space free for whatever task you take on next.The feature is tucked away in the About This...
Downloads: Download of the day: Recuva
Download of the day: RecuvaRecuva is a free app that can recover deleted files from a hard drive, SD card, USB stick or other storage media. It can be a real lifesaver, and is an essential part of any...
How Box's shift to an enterprise 'content platform' is becoming a reality
Introduction and new toolsAlong with a new interface, an app for working with notes that you make on files, and a way to see cloud files from inside Explorer and Finder on Windows and Mac respectively,...
How to recover deleted iCloud files
The iCloud Drive app for iOS is largely straightforward, yet it provides several ways to get certain things done. If you've accidentally deleted an important file, but it's been backed up to iCloud from...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark