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Programs that start automatically with Windows can be useful – it saves you from having to manually launch apps you want to use straight away such as a chat client, for example – but there can also be a darker side.

Install a large number of apps on your computer and the number of startup programs can reach a level that means performance starts to be compromised. There is also the possibility that viruses and malware can install themselves a startup item, so it’s important that you monitor which program are in your list of automatic runners.


Spyware, malware, viruses, rootkits; the list of online threats just goes on and on. There are plenty of tools out there that claim to offer protection but, certainly in the realms of free solutions, it is the same names that crop up time and time again.

Spybot Search & Destroy has long been the malware protection tool of choice for numerous Windows users and the newly released version 2 gives the app a much needed reboot which includes a completely new look, faster performance and a handful of new features.


There are countless threats that face computer users these days, including viruses, malware and hackers. To help you to combat such issues, there are a wide range of antimalware and security tools available.

But Returnil System Safe enables you to take your security to the next level, and it works in quite an interesting way – it create a virtualized clone of your system to prevent any damage from being done.