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Death Knell Sounds for Nullsoft, Winamp

The last members of the original Winamp team have said goodbye to AOL and the door has all but shut on the Nullsoft era, BetaNews has learned. Only a few employees remain to prop up the once-ubiquitous digital audio player with minor updates, but no further improvements to Winamp are expected. Winamp's abandonment comes as no surprise to those close to the company who say the software has been on life support since the resignation of Nullsoft founder and Winamp...

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Removing Spyware, Viruses, and Other Malware from Windows

For nonprofit staff who use computers all day, system glitches can bring important work to a grinding halt. While you can often prevent trouble on Windows machines through regular maintenance, sometimes trouble finds you in the form of malware, software designed to damage or disrupt your computer system. Malware -- malicious software -- includes viruses, worms, and other software installed by hackers. Spyware and adware, while not necessarily malicious, is similarly undesirable. Such software can wreak all sorts of havoc on your computer. It can hog memory, cause crashes, shut down your computer, steal personal data, change your system settings,...

Kerio Personal Firewall: Premium Security That Delivers Strength and Simplicity

If your PC spends a lot of time connected to the Internet — and let's face it, if it doesn't, it's likely gathering dust in a closet — you need to be running some kind of firewall. And while the hardware firewalls found in most broadband routers are a good start and should be considered de rigueur for any small network, they generally deal with traffic only on the level of TCP/IP addresses and ports, and thus offer protection that's incomplete at best. To better protect yourself against threats like rogue applications downloading and running on your PC, you need...

Google Desktop Search: Lightning-Quick Searches for Your PC

In the beginning there was the Internet, which spawned from relatively humble beginnings into a vast global information repository. Next came the search engine, which tried to help us to find specific information within the Internet's vastness, but often produced voluminous amounts of irrelevant data. Then came Google, which improved searching efficiency and produced more relevant results ... so much so that the word "Google" has become nearly synonymous with search and has taken its place in the lexicon alongside words like Band-Aid and Kleenex. With its new Desktop Search utility, Google is hoping to improve the process of text-based...

Mozilla Firefox 1.0: Microsoft Alternative Comes of Age

If you often cheer for underdogs or don't particularly care for 800-pound gorillas, you may like the idea of using a non-Microsoft browser or e-mail client. While Mozilla's open source-based offerings – Mozilla Firefox, an internet browser, and Mozilla Thunderbird, an e-mail client – are free, they're also competent programs that provide some clever features of their own. And there's arguable safety in using non-Microsoft browser and e-mail clients that aren't the number one targets of hackers throughout the civilized world. A no-nonsense browser that competently does its job while serving as a viable alternative to Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox's...

WebSite-Watcher: Save Yourself Time with Automated Site Monitoring

Wouldn't it be nice to see what the competition is up to without having to take time out of your daily routine to check a dozen Web pages for updates that might offer a clue as to your competitors' evolving business strategies? Okay, maybe you never thought of checking their Web sites, but think about it. Competitors may be posting news of customer acquisitions, mergers, new products, or other vital information. And there's often valuable information right out there in the open world of the Web, available to anyone willing to take the time to look for it. Better still,...

KeePass: Keeping Your Passwords Safe and Secure ... and Easily Accessible

How many passwords do you keep track of on a regular basis? Windows network logon, email, online banking, online shopping, regular Web browsing ... the list seemingly never ends. And while it's true that many sites today give you the option of storing your password for future use via the use of cookies and some browsers offer to recall and fill in passwords when you repeat a visit to a page, these helpful measures carry a certain security risk and are also highly unlikely to cover all of your password demands. Many users are wary of such functions, and for...

Opera 7.60 set to offer faster browsing

The next version of the Opera browser will be integrated with SlipStream's Web and email acceleration technology, Opera Software said on Thursday. The company claimed that Opera 7.60, which is due at the end of 2004, will enable ISPs to offer up to six times faster browsing on dial-up and wireless connections. SlipStream's technology works by compressing and streamlining Web content and emails to speed-up access over a network. Michelle Valdivia, a marketing manager for Opera, told ZDNet UK...

Macromedia to Flex new Flash server muscles

This week Macromedia will announce a new version of Flex, its server-side software that was designed to increase the uptake of the Flash format for web graphics and interfaces. Macromedia is set to announce an update on Monday to Flex, the company's server software for adding interfaces to Web applications. Version 1.5 of Flex, set for release in November, will include an expanded menu of components for creating custom interfaces and new tools for turning corporate data into dynamic charts...

Super-powered peer to peer

StreamCast Networks on Wednesday plans to release an updated version of its Morpheus file-swapping software, showcasing new search technology that could dramatically strengthen peer-to-peer networks. Morpheus developers are looking to recapture their onetime leading role in the file-trading world with a network technology called Neonet, written by a pair of former Harvard students. Dubbed "distributed hash tables," Neonet's technology transforms the way that searches happen on peer-to-peer networks, potentially making it more efficient to search a much larger number of computers and more easily surface rare files. Similar technology is also used by eDonkey, a competitor that is on the...