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14 Softwa re re­moval PC De­crapi­fier

Whether you’re cleans­ing a new PC of its pre-in­stalled bloat­ware or trim­ming down an ex­ist­ing ma­chine to get rid of the stuff you re­ally don’t need, PC De­crapi­fier does the job fast, and it makes it easy. No other pack­age is quite as in­formed on the aw­ful soft­ware that man­u­fac­tur­ers so thought­fully in­clude, and how safe it is to ex­cise it – while you won’t use it often, this is def­i­nitely one of those por­ta­ble apps you’ll want on your USB flash drive tool­kit. www.pcde­crapi­

15 Sys­tem cle an­ing CCleaner

Win­dows is, among its many other jobs, like a cut-price jan­i­tor. Sure, it puts on a good show: It’s packed with tools, and it claims they’ll scrub your OS clean, but it’s lack­adaisi­cal. It doesn’t go as far as it could, and it often leaves filth around the edges. For the rest, you need some­thing heavy, such as CCleaner, which can do away with Registry arte­facts, files left over af­ter unin­stalling, and much more. www.pir­i­

16 VPN Tun­nelb ear

There are stacks of free VPNs out there, but never un­der­es­ti­mate the im­por­tance of trust when it comes to some­thing that’s pur­port­edly there to pro­tect your web traf­fic – you need to know you’re safe, not just fun­nelling your en­tire bit­stream through a crim­i­nal server. Cud­dly ol’ Tun­nel­Bear can be trusted, and it’s com­pletely un­com­pli­cated: It just works. It’s fast, it’s solid, and the 500MB of monthly free band­width should see you through all of your se­cure on­line transactions. www.tun­nel­

17 An­tivi rus Bit­de­fender An­tiVirus Free

Whichever way you slice it, how­ever care­ful you may be, you can’t get away without hav­ing anti-virus in­stalled. If you’re go­ing free, pick some­thing with low sys­tem load, min­i­mal amounts of no­ti­fi­ca­tion spam, and a de­cent en­gine be­hind it. Bit­de­fender’s lat­est up­date fits the bill – it’s ul­tra­ef­fec­tive against mal­ware, and ex­tra light on re­sources, with a sim­ple in­ter­face that just gets on with the job. Try Avira in­stead if you’d like a touch more con­trol. www.bit­de­

18 Anti-mal­ware Mal­ware­bytes Free

Ad­mit­tedly, Mal­ware­bytes’ free tier doesn’t do a huge amount – it’s not a pre­ven­ta­tive, it won’t steer you away from the seed­ier cor­ners of the web, and it can’t do any­thing about ze­ro­day mal­ware threats, un­less you pony up some cash. What it does, though, is pre­cisely what you need it to: Run it once you think you’ve fallen foul of some ter­ri­ble mal­ware threat, and it’ll kill that pesky in­fes­ta­tion un­til it’s well and truly dead. www.mal­ware­

19 Pass­word man­ager Dash­lane

If you’ve never used the same pass­word for mul­ti­ple sites be­cause you don’t trust your mem­ory, you’re in the mi­nor­ity, and if you came

up with that pass­word your­self, chances are it’s in­se­cure in some way. Us­ing Dash­lane does away with the fal­li­bil­ity of the hu­man brain. Re­mem­ber one mas­ter pass­word, and you need never even know the com­plex, nigh-un­hack­able pass­words it au­to­mat­i­cally gen­er­ates and types into web forms on your be­half – even Dash­lane it­self doesn’t know them. www.dash­

20 File de­struc­tion Eraser

You are prob­a­bly al­ready aware that delet­ing a file doesn’t ac­tu­ally delete it. It’s not un­til its lit­tle cor­ner of drive space is reused that its data ac­tu­ally goes away, and even then there may be some trace of it left be­hind to be foren­si­cally re­cov­ered. Eraser en­sures that those files you want well and truly re­moved are fully de­stroyed, us­ing spe­cially se­lected pat­terns of bytes over mul­ti­ple passes to re­move any dig­i­tal mem­ory of those files ever ex­ist­ing.

21 Sys­tem pro­tec­tion Uncheck y

Prob­a­bly the most com­mon cause of mal­ware in­fes­ta­tion is inat­ten­tion – click­ing through a seem­ingly in­no­cent in­staller, ac­ci­den­tally skip­ping past the page where it of­fers to in­stall a bril­liant browser tool­bar, curs­ing your­self af­ter­ward. Unchecky dou­bles up: It unchecks those cheeky check­boxes (as you might ex­pect from its name), and also sniffs out un­trust­wor­thy in­stall­ers, warn­ing you when you’re about to ac­cept an of­fer of ques­tion­able value.

22 File Re cove ry Re­cuva

It doesn’t mat­ter if you’ve ac­ci­den­tally deleted a file, for­mat­ted a drive, or suf­fered some sort of hor­rific crash, Re­cuva can take a good stab at analysing your drive, and get­ting your data back in one piece. It’s not in­fal­li­ble, but if you have the time (and your hard drive has enough life left in it) to let it run a deep scan, you’re more than likely to see re­sults. It’ll also do a se­cure over­write, if you’re look­ing to do the op­po­site. www.pir­i­

23 Bac kup EaseUS Todo Back up Free

Easy, se­lec­tive and au­to­matic. EaseUS’s so­lu­tion to backup is prob­a­bly the most sen­si­ble we’ve seen. You can plug in an ex­ter­nal drive (or point it at a NAS ), and just set and for­get – it pe­ri­od­i­cally cre­ates an in­cre­men­tal backup of your se­lected fold­ers (or those it’s cho­sen us­ing its smart backup fea­ture), without any more in­volve­ment from you. If you want to take a more spe­cific backup, you can, and restor­ing later on is in­cred­i­bly easy.

PC De­crapi­fier jet­ti­sons the junk from your sys­tem – es­sen­tial for new PCs.

Want to make sure those files you deleted are gone for good? It’s time to turn to Eraser.

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