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Malicious Software Removal Tool now cleans Cycobot infections

You may have noticed Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool in your list of available Windows Updates. Heck, you may even have seen it in your Add/Remove Programs and wondered where it came from. The MSRT can actually be quite useful, and it's a fast, simple way to remove a number of common malware infections. In an update pushed yesterday, Microsoft added Cycobot to the list of malware...

BleachBit privacy app gets a big upgrade, offers nice alternative to CCleaner

BleachBit -- the open source system clean-up utility for Windows and Linux -- has added several new features to its latest version that make it an even better tool for removing unneeded files files from your computer. Support for Google Chrome and Chromium has been greatly improved: BleachBit can now remove everything from DNS prefetch data, to autofill history and DOM storage. Support for HTML5...

Malwarebytes 1.5 detects and cleans more malware faster than ever

Malwarebytes is one of the most trusted and effective tools for removing all kinds of malicious software. Over at the Malwarebytes forums, there's big news today: MBAM 1.5 has been released, and it's faster, smarter, and better than ever. Startup time has been trimmed to just a few seconds and scanning speed improved by as much as 500%. There's also a host of new detection algorithms which allow...

CCleaner 3.01 update makes it faster, nixes reboots, adds Adobe Reader X support

CCleaner just hit version 3.0 recently, but Piriform has already pushed an incremental update to the popular clean-up app. What's new in CCleaner 3.01? For starters, there's support for Adobe Reader X and Acronis True Image, better cookie detection for users of Firefox 4 beta 7, and improved handling of 7-zip, Chromium-based browsers like SRWare Iron, MMC, Silverlight local storage, and Adobe...

15+ free Windows apps to help you tackle Thanksgiving tech support

digg The holiday season has always been a time for gathering -- but in recent years, it's also been a time when family and friends come bearing gifts of computer troubles. Their computer friends -- people like the Download Squad team and you, our readers -- get asked to do everything from installing RAM upgrades to the annual computer tune-up. We're happy to oblige, of course, because there's a...

CCleaner version 3 goes 64-bit, adds secure disk wipe, Windows 7 integration

When it comes to system cleanup programs, CCleaner is pretty much the hands-down favorite with Download Squad readers. It's been a trusted tool for years, and the newly-released CCleaner 3 is better than ever. What's new in v3? To start, there's now a native 64-bit version in both the installer and portable CCleaner. Windows 7 users also get the benefit of a handy jump list, which offers quick...

DLS review: System Ninja complements CCleaner, doesn't replace it

Using the word "ninja" in the name of an application is a good way to grab a geek's attention. Enter System Ninja, a CCleaner-like cleaning and tune-up utility for Windows. After reading about System Ninja this morning on Freeware Genius, I decided to give it a go. In addition to performing file clean-ups, System Ninja includes a handful of other utilities. However, I don't need to use a...

iReader extension is like Safari Reader for Google Chrome and Firefox

One of the most talked about features in Safari 5 has been its Reader function -- Apple's built-in implementation of the Readability bookmarklet. Both are nice ways to reformat articles on blog or news sites for distraction-free reading. If you like the look of Safari Reader but would rather not change from Google Chrome or Firefox, don't worry. The iReader extension brings the same...

SUPERAntiSpyware goes native -- x64, that is

Due in no small part to the popularity of Windows 7, 64-bit desktop computing is finally starting to take off. Some developers were quick to get on board, but we're still a long way away from seeing the disappearance of the 32-bit compatibility layer (if it ever disappears). Mozilla recently started making x64 builds of Firefox available to Windows users, and now the popular anti-malware tool...

Strip the fluff from Digg with Chrome extension minimal.digg

I have no idea how long this extension will be around -- has the jury returned a verdict on whether ad-blockers are ethical? -- but for the casual user, minimal.digg is awesome. By removing the fluff, the crust, the non-essential verdigris, minimal.digg gets you to the content faster. In fact, unless you're deeply entrenched in the Digg community, I can't see why you wouldn't use this extension....

Clean XP Antivirus and other fake alert infections with McAfee Stinger

Malware infections are the most common problems I see on my workbench. While there are plenty of different kinds, fake alerts and rogue antivirus programs seem to be the most widespread. They end up on my customers' systems with many different names -- Antivirus XP, Personal Antivirus, Spyware Protect, XP Antivirus -- and they're all major annoyances. If you've fallen victim to one of these...

Readability 2 makes webpages printable, pasteable and uncluttered

I've written before about the Readability bookmarklet, a handy way to make cluttered sites more easily readable (and printable). Well, TUAW blogger and talented designer Brett Terpstra has made some improvements that result in an even more minimal page. Print/email links and logos are cut out, and only essential images are included. For most sites, that means you'll be left with some...

FlexTK Makes File Management Easy

If you're like us, your hard drive is anything but tidy. That's because us power users can't be bothered to keep things organized - there are just too many awesome things out there to download, extract, and forget about because half of them turn out to be garbage. FlexTK for Windows helps make short work of cleaning up after yourself, offering a full complement of file management tools in one...

Facebook - Spring cleaning in January with extended profile

Facebook made an announcement earlier and promised a clean up tool that would make profiles visible again under the clutter of applications. Well, the tool is here now, most likely to the dismay of developers trying to monetize Facebook, but it does make profiles a lot "tidier." Now, you have option to move your application boxes to your extended profile - allowing you to essentially keep both a...

Keep your PC clean with nCleaner

If you run Windows, your operating system, web browsers, and other applications have a tendency to tie up system resources with all sorts of "temporary" files that never seem to get deleted. nCleaner helps you remove thousands of unnecessary files in one fell swoop. Like other system cleaners, nCleaner lets you clear disk cache, user history files, and also invalid Windows registry settings. But...