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By Sandro Villinger, Technical Product Consultant, TuneUp

The imminent release of Windows 8 has us all on the edge of our seats, and wondering how big the performance and power enhancements will be. Will the new operating system actually live up to its hype?

Test scenario: 150 programs. 2 months

In conducting preliminary benchmarks, we found that Windows 8 managed to beat Windows 7 in the performance department in almost every discipline. With our interest peaked, we decided to take our tests one step further to identify how the installation of third-party applications, or crapware, affect the new operating system’s performance. To do this, we added 150 programs [Figure 1] to our solid 2009 Core 2 Duo with 3 GHz, 4 GB RAM and a 256 GB SSD drive using the RTM version of Windows 8, and measured the impact on resource usage, boot time, application launch speed and battery life, among other areas, over a two-month period. So, how did Windows 8 fare under the stress of the 150 programs?  Let’s check it out!

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You can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, released on October 26th, 2012 in a number of ways. This guide will show you your options and show you how to upgrade based on your choice:

  • Upgrade from Windows XP, Vista, or 7 via upgrade Disc
  • Upgrade from Windows XP, Vista, or 7 via online purchase
  • Upgrade a Windows 7 PC purchased between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013
  • Order a PC with Windows 8 Pre-installed
  • Try before you buy

Note: Prices listed are in USD and will vary by locality.

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In this guest post, Amy shares ten freeware programs you should definitely check out. Find out more about Amy at the end of this post. 

MacBook Pro, August 2012

It seems like the internet is consistently becoming more regulated, and also more expensive. No matter how bombarded you are with ads for anti-virus software, video and audio tools, photo editors, and more, you might be surprised how many free tools are still available to cover all your online needs – even perform tasks you didn’t know were possible. Here are just a few of the best ways to maximize your PC without even touching your bank account.

1. AVG Anti-Virus

There are many different decent freeware programs to protect you from spyware and malware, but AVG is consistently rated highest when it comes to providing complete virus protection comparable to the kind you’d normally purchase at an expensive rate. AVG is known for its fast scanning capabilities, virus detection and quarantine, and disabling nearly all malware infections. It’s the first stop for protecting your PC without spending money.

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Internet Access is an essential feature on smartphones promising to make our daily lives easier, simpler and more fun. And by all means they might be right. However, there is of course a downside to being permanently online. Data Usage may cause your phone bill to skyrocket without you even knowing how, when or why. Every Smartphone (not only iPhone) are a potential threat to your economy. Sometimes the phone will download huge amounts of data, without any apparent reason. Why? No one knows for sure. Some some say that the OS developers (Apple or Google) use faulty code. Others blame it on APPs that continue to stay online – even when they are supposed to be offline or “shut off”. No matter the cause, even if you are tech-savvy or not, you can do a lot to prevent costs from rocketing.

8 tips to reduce your costs

The word Android in this article refers to all phones using Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) as OS tho many of the settings may still be available in older versions of the OS as well. The Settings for iPhone are tested on iOS5.

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HTTPS SecurityThis is a guest post written by David Ritchie.

As the World Wide Web takes on more and more enormous importance in our modern life, the security issues become of the most immediate interest now. The risk of personal information pilfering is constantly increasing. In this regard, such terms as antiviruses and brandmauers are no more strange being widely used. Most people realize that private data such as personal correspondence, account details, passport and phone numbers should be transmitted via secured connection to eliminate or, at least, reduce the loss of valuable information. This article is concerned with HTTPS constituting one of the most popular protocols for ensuring data transmission security.

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Do you disable Autorun on your PC? Many viruses execute malicious code by running automatically on your PC via a thumb drive, network drive etc. If you haven’t yet disabled Autorun, I recommend you do. This guide will show you the easiest way to disable Autorun in just a few minutes and will potentially save you from getting an avoidable PC virus that takes time (or money) to clean.

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