The internet can be a malicious environment if you’re not careful. There are safety precautions that are important to abide by while browsing the web. However, if you happen to be caught off guard and find yourself with an infected PC, completely removing the malware is absolutely vital in order to resume your day-to-day activities.

While there are many tools available that will scan and remove malware from your system, one particular program known as Malwarebytes has been my trusted partner in crime for many years. Malwarebytes is a free anti-malware application that has a reputation for finding just about any trace of malicious software and removing it without leaving any evidence of the offending software’s existence.


The vast majority of people upgrading will not have any issues, but there is always that stray use-case scenario that will encounter an error. In the past, Microsoft has done a great job with compatibility, and even shown that they are willing to make their OS backwards-compatible with older hardware and as much of the software as possible.

With that said, one of the biggest issues that can bite end-users is driver problems. A printer here or audio card there can wreak havoc with what you assume will be a simple upgrade.


I’m a big fan of working with two or more monitors, and it’s something I’ll continue to recommend to everyone who spends any length of time working with their computer. The next best thing is to work with a virtual desktop program to gain access to extra workspace, but Dexpot is an app that combines the best of both worlds.

Even if you already have multiple monitors in use, surely you could still make use of a little extra space or some better organization? As well as being tremendously useful, Dexpot also gains points for being incredibly good looking – this is more than just your average virtual desktop tool.


Our sponsor this week is @MAX SyncUp, a great tool that helps you back up your data. It allows you to create backups or synchronize your files to lots of places, including your Google Drive cloud storage.

Losing data is a heart rending affair but being on top of your data isn’t a cake walk either. Just figuring out which parts of your data need to be updated is tedious.

This is where @MAX SyncUp comes in. You can create incremental backups that allow saving and recovering file versions. Backups may be saved as locally as well as in the Internet on the FTP-servers or to Google Drive as well.

You can also execute bi-directional synchronization of a PC with a laptop or android-smartphone. It may be started manually, scheduled or in according with specified events as change of files or when connecting an external drive — a nifty feature to have.

Speaking of nifty features, you can set up non-standard synchronization with Google Drive, e.g., for several folders or several accounts, update a web site using FTP or compare and synchronize two folders in a few clicks. The app has numerous options for nice setting and it’s small-sized and has fairly low system requirements.

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A few Fridays back marked the launch of the latest version of Microsoft’s eponymous Office lineup, and to celebrate we are going to be releasing a series of Office 2013 posts, including Reviews and How-Tos, to find out what Microsoft have brought to the table in this shiny new suite of Productivity software.

Today we’re talking about everyone’s favourite spreadsheet package, Excel!


I am one of those people who has the compulsive need to be so darn punctual and pre-plan every tiny bit of thing that happens around me. I have multiple apps that keep me organised on my desktop but I have been searching for a good mobile app for days and I finally came across Tasks.

Tasks is a simple but an excellent app for planning and organising your day to day affairs. It gives you the luxury of creating to-do lists, notes, project and add multiple to-do tasks and notes to it. Is it worth your time? Let’s find out!


It’s been a long time since writers were forced to become accustomed to the ‘clickety-clack’ of a typewriter and now with writing on your PC becoming normal, more and more software is being released to make this task easier, more enjoyable and improve the overall quality of your writing.

If you’re reading this you probably have an interest in writing, whether you already write or thinking of taking it up – writing is not only a fun and cheap hobby, it’s also extremely productive and helps enhance skills necessary for everyday life. When I first started writing on my PC I used Microsoft Word to do this, but I quickly grew tired of how many features were in my face when all I really wanted to do was tap-out a short story.

Fast forward several months and it’s been a long time since I’ve had to look at the often over-complicated Microsoft Word on a daily basis to type out an English essay. Instead I have found software suites that offer a perfect place to type out my thoughts. I’ve also come across software that helps me plan out my writing, get it done faster and manage the writing tasks at hand – so read on to find out how you too can get the ultimate software collection for writers on your PC.


Booking your transport is always a difficult task. Finding the cheapest fares for your specific destination is something which is necessary but time consuming. There are many apps which relate to flights, but, there seems to be much less that allow you to book train tickets directly. Virgin Train Tickets is an apps which helps you to book trains all over mainland UK quickly and securely.

Not only does this app book your tickets, it also lets you track the ones you’ve already purchased. With all the data in the same place you’ll never miss a train again. Read on to find out more!


We all know the classic Biblical tale of the Tower of Babel – Humanity, looking to prove its worth and prowess in the field of fancy architecture, decides to construct the largest tower ever, which seemed like a rather decent idea. God, on the other hand, wasn’t too pleased about this, and decided to crush humanity’s efforts in a rather unorthodox fashion; by bestowing upon the workers the ‘gift’ of multiple languages. As Google Translate was not quite available at the time, the project had to be scrapped due to the obvious ensuing communications issues. It remains a classic story of the price of hubris, and has been adapted into a rather light-hearted game, which has now made its way to Windows Phone.

The port, brought to us by Ubisoft, is more than a fitting homage to the source material. Not in any way because it is a well-made title, though! On the contrary, Babel Rising can sadly only be described as a disaster of Biblical Proportions, one that not a thousand prayers could give salvation to. Read on to see how Babel Rising would steer even the devil himself away.


A year back, if you’d told me that Microsoft would beat Apple in unifying all your devices I would’ve laughed at your face. Plus, knowing Microsoft of the past, one would’ve expected them to botch it up, even if that were true. When legendary Allard, godfather of Xbox, quit the company, everyone, including me, started screaming that MS’s future is on the brink of destruction.

But this new Microsoft under Ballmer had other plans in mind. It was evident when they launched WP7. It was not just another wrapper on their old broken mobile engine. Rather it was a completely thought through, totally revamped product, focused on improving your experience. It turned out to be one of the best mobile platforms and the user experience is particularly phenomenal.

Still, even for Microsoft, Windows 8 is a greater leap, and far from their comfort zone. Many people are still looking out for the Start button, while others are busy calling names. Amidst all this hoopla, Windows 8 was launched recently and Microsoft has been under incredible pressure. It’s facing a never seen before competition from Apple and Google, threatening to erode it completely. Today we’re going to take a look at the challenges faced by Microsoft.


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