While there are tons of PC optimization and file sweeping applications out there on the web, few offer a complete solution that gives you hard drive clean up, registry error fixing, and other ways of speeding up your computer. While programs like CCleaner and Revo Uninstaller can tackle one or a few of these features at a time, CleanMyPC by MacPaw has them all. But does it successfully pull it off? Keep reading to find out!

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Have you ever wondered what’s under the hood of a new computer you’ve just purchased, or had the desire to boot up a system and instantly know what’s at the heart of the build that you’re working with? Speccy, an application from Piriform Ltd, allows you to do just that by aggregating system information about all of your components, and displaying it in one convenient place.

Within this in depth review, we will be examining the usability, design, interface, and overall performance of Piriform’s Speccy. This article is the final segment of our series examining the free to use applications available from Piriform Ltd. Hit the jump to find out just how well you really know your PC.

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All computers, sooner or later, start to act up, and frustrate the user with unresponsiveness. And often, there is no solution — we just accept it and push through. In other cases, some programs cause our computer to crash unexpectedly, and for no known reason. System optimization is one of the most important technical tasks that every user should carry out, but it’s also one that is neglected most often. And this leads to a whole host of computers being way slower than they could be. But what can you do about this problem?

Enter Soluto – self-defined as anti-frustration software. The idea is to use the power of the crowd to provide support. Launced in 2009, Soluto has grown to a large user-base, rendering its service even more powerful. But what exactly does it do? Read on to find out.

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Best of AppStorm in October

We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in September. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, iPad, Web, Windows, or Android apps, there’s bound to be something you didn’t spot over the course of the month. Now would be a good time to explore a part of the AppStorm Network you’ve never seen before!

Thanks for reading AppStorm, and I hope you enjoy looking over some of our favourite posts from last month!

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I have a confession to make: I never really gave Microsoft Paint a chance. When I first started out as a web developer, I thought I needed the best of the best and got a copy of Photoshop 7. When I did try to go back to it on machines where it was the only option, it seemed trivial and lacking. I did realize I didn’t always need Photoshop though, and gave some other image editors a whirl. In this roundup, let’s take a loot at some alternatives to Paint for both image creation and photo editing/touch-ups.

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As I promised in my Flight Simulator article, today I am reviewing the Orbiter Space Simulator. A single-man project created by Dr. Martin Schweiger, Orbiter has existed for around five years.

Despite being a single-man project, Orbiter is beautifully made with the greatest care and attention to detail put into making it realistic, and enjoyable.
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Microsoft recently released the developer build of their upcoming operating system Windows 8, aiming to renew their appeal to more users and the more modern uses of technology – mainly but including more social aspects and building it with tablets in mind.

Today, I’m going to guide you through installaing and using Windows 8 as a Virtual PC. Sounds interesting? Let’s get started after the jump.

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There’s never been a better time to be a fan of movies, music and television. We now have HD TVs offering crystal-clear picture quality, Blu-Ray discs with enhanced features and 3D content and audio solutions to suit every need and taste. Content has also become easier to come by, thanks to online music stores, movie streaming services and TV channels that are served via the web.

If you’re looking to bring all this together to create the ultimate home entertainment experience, you might want to consider a web-enabled set-top box or better yet, a HTPC (home theater personal computer) setup. There are a number of options available in this segment, including Google TV, Apple TV and Roku but at present, Boxee seems to be the most compelling. Is it really that good? Let’s find out!

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Recuva is a program from Piriform Ltd, which attempts to simplify the process of file recovery by empowering users to find deleted files in rewritable media. This includes files of just about any type, from any rewritable source, including internal and external hard drives, memory cards, USB flash drives, or even an iPod. Recuva also promises the ability to potentially save recoverable files from damaged or formatted hard disks.

So how does it operate under real world conditions? In this article, we test many of these assertions and report back our findings. This in depth review is segment three of four in which we examine the consumer level products from Piriform Ltd.
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Despite what fanboys from the rival camp claim, Windows is a self contained operating system in most aspects. It has gotten better with every new version and given the number of legacy hardware and software it supports, it’s no mean feat to make the operating system so user friendly. Yes, there are some shortfalls when it comes security and maintenance.

But since all of us don’t need power user features and there literally are a ton of apps to bridge the gap, I don’t usually understand what the fuss is all about. While not very pretty looking, these apps get the job done and in most cases are available for free too. After the break we have compiled a list of awesome apps that help boost the performance of your PC. Do read on!

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