Spybot is an adware removal tool similar in nature to the Adaware spy removal tool many of you are familiar with. This one goes further in that it includes additional steps to rid your system of spyware. Check it out over at PepiMK Software.[PAGEBREAK]
What does SpyBot-Search & Destroy?
SpyBot-S&D searches your harddisk for so-called spy- or adbots; little modules that are responsible for the ads many programs show. But many of these modules also transmit information about your surfing behaviour and more to the net.
If SpyBot-S&D finds such modules, it can remove them - or replace them with empty dummies in case their host won't work any more with its bot removed. In most cases, the host software still runs after removing the bot.
For a list of 'supported' bots see the feature lists below. Spybot-S&D works with an easy interface that allows updates by just replacing a file of about 1k size. Those updates come by my software mailinglist.
Another feature of Spybot S&D is the removal of usage tracks, which makes it more complicated for unknown spybots to transmit useful data. The list of last visited websites, opened files, started programs, cookies, all that and more can be cleaned. Supported are the three mahjor browsers Internet Explorer, Netscape Communicator and Opera.
Last but not least Spybot-S&D contains some routines to find and correct invalid entries into the registry.
Depending on the license agreement of some software that uses spy/adbots, the usage of the software itself is no longer allowed after removal. Please read those license agreements fist!
And remember: the best way to remove ads is to pay the shareware fee!
Hardware Extreme has compared the Raedon 8500LE card with the Raedon8500, the GeForce3 Ti500, and the GeForce4 MX440. I would've like to have seen it compared to a card in the GeForce 4 Ti series, but you can't have it all Read the entire review.
Based on benchmark scores, the ATi Radeon 8500 LE offers performance incredibly close to, if not better than, that of a regular ATi Radeon 8500. Moreover, this low-end Radeon 8500 can outperform a high-end GeForce3 Ti500 too. It also puts up an impressive fight in NVIDIA optimized benchmarks.
In our short time with Rambus's RIMM 4200, we can without a doubt say that it's a fantastic memory solution for the Pentium 4. It provides the most bandwidth and best overall system performance in comparison to any other memory solution on the market. The single module design will make installing and upgrading RDRAM systems much easier as well. Beyond the fact that these modules aren't out on the market yet, we see a lot of potential for this new Rambus technology.
Well, what can we say? We have been working with the SyncMaster 151MP for quite a while now, and we have been very impressed by its looks and features, as well as its improvements over its previous version, the SyncMaster 150MP; the TV tuner function is great, as well as the included remote control. We have everything from a Playstation gaming console to cable TV hooked up to this thing, and it has constantly delivered. The quality of VGA signals was excellent, and no dysfunctional pixels were present. The quality of the TV tuner was also quite good, though it’s still not near the quality of watching cable directly on a dedicated CRT television; however watching TV using the picture-in-picture feature was great as you could watch TV while “working” on your computer. Aside from being able to watch TV and work on your PC at the same time, it also has support for a wide variety of other simultaneous video input display combinations. The only combination that we missed was having the PC in the picture-and-picture while watching TV on the main screen. Overall the SyncMaster 151MP is another great monitor by Samsung.
The performance numbers on the 8K3A were not the best we have seen, but their differentiation from the faster boards was very small. As I mentioned at the end of my Shuttle AK35GT2R review, all of the KT333 motherboards are performing the same, and it is the features, overclocking and price that will help you decide which of the many boards is the right choice for you. And while Shuttle wins in the battle of costs, the Epox board isnt nearly as expensive as its MSI counterpart.
For $103 as the lowest on Pricewatch, you can’t go wrong with the 845G MAX-L whether you plan on utilizing the integrated graphics or throwing in an add-in AGP card. With a variety of overclocking features, onboard High Speed USB 2.0, Ethernet, Bluetooth PC2PC support, and unofficial DDR333 support, the MSI 845G MAX-L shouldn’t be passed up if you’re looking for a basic board without any fancy features.
Overclocker's in New Zealand reviewed the GeForce5 Ti4200 card and explained why it's ideal for gamers with not a lot of money to spend. I just wish they had compared it to the Ti4400 as well :\ Read the review.
The price of 128Mbit products has now landed at US$3, while highs for 256Mbit reached no higher than US$6. Module makers predict that DRAM prices will continue to slide and are unlikely to rebound before the end of June.
While reinstalling my burner software and having to take a trip over to the Adaptec site to download the latest ASPI software, I noticed they have a new version 4.71 available. This new version corrects the following-
Previous versions of aspi32.sys for Windows 2000 and XP may not return the proper Maximum Number of Targets (HA_MaxTargets) in reponse to Host Adapter Inquiry (HA_INQUIRY).
Ypu can download it for free over at the Adaptec site. The new version supports all windows versions except Win 95 which you need to use version 4.60
Cnet has made a very interesting article on cheaters in MMOGs.[PAGEBREAK] The theft happened in the virtual world of "Ultima Online," one of the first popular online role-playing games, but it was a headache nonetheless and an example of the kind of cheating likely to thwart game publishers as they try to push more customers online.
Thanks to some stupid movies Intel has made in the European market, AMD's stock is now under $10 which is said to be a very good deal and is expected to reach about $20 before the end of the year. Read more from CNet.
The balance tilts in favor the Shuttle board, but only 0.1FPS difference between AK35GT2R and 8K3A+. All these benches show that Shuttle has done it again. Based on the very good layout of the AK35GTR, the AK35GT2R not only brings support for DDR333 and ATA133, but also lives up to the name of it's predecessor. (The benchmarks were ALL about the same)
The C3 series of processors is a unique offering from VIA. If they can get performance up to par with other processors from Intel and AMD while maintaining the small die size and low power consumption, it should be quite an interesting story in the processor market.
HP has lowered some desktop models up to $100 in the past two weeks, while others such as Sony have made more modest $50 cuts, according to ARS, a firm that tracks retail sales. These new lower prices are a direct reversal of the round of PC price hikes seen earlier in the year.
Leadtek has come to the forefront of video cards by offering high quality cards based on high powered GPU's. Leadtek is also known for their agressive styling and cooling methods, and this card is no exception. Obviously not everyone in the world can afford a GeForce4 Ti4600, but for those with the means it is the only card that can claim to be the fastest gaming card on the planet. This card has been such a great performer that it has become the standard card in AMDZone motherboard tests. Check out SocketA.com for all the tests with the WinFast A250 Ultra TD.
To sum up, if you're after a solid Ti 4600, from a respected manufacturer, with a comprehensive warranty, and have no real need for VIVO functionality, the ASUS V8460 Ultra Geforce4 Ti 4600 really should make it on your shortlist.
What, then, is there to sway the customer into a purchase? Surely, the NV25 chipset is a selling point in its own right, offering the most power in a GPU. At $400 dollars, however, there needs to be something special offered. The craftsmanship of the card was good, but the GPU was not completely covered with thermal paste, thereby leaving room between it and the HSF. This could have caused problems after long use since proper heat dissipation would not occur. While there was a helpful manual and installation CD, there were no bonuses in the box to whet my appetite. Based on the small difference in the scores between the two Abit GF4 cards, it was hard to say that the $200 difference in price was well spent. It’s still a great card, but there is room for improvement, and my score for the Abit Siluro GeForce 4 Ti 4600 will be a 7.5 on the HotHardware HeatMeter.
It seems AMD has been very conservative in regard of its first Hammer processors at 800 MHz. They are optimized on stability for hardware and software developers and not really on performance results. An indication: While testing the system the aluminium heatsink with its relatively quiet fan didn't even get hand-hot. That says something about the low power consumption of the rather small die.
So, what's the final verdict? Is the KT3 good, bad, somewhere in between? The answer is up to whoever wants to buy it and what the needs are. There is no support for the Memory Stick or the Secure Digital media, there is no real hardware audio, there is no integrated network controller. Instead, there are RAID, AC97 and USB 2.0. And there is some potential ...., quite honestly, I personally like the KT3.
Of all the three sticks of memory that we tested which are at or above the PC2700 speed, only the Crucial PC2700 is JEDEC compliant; the others, the KingMAX and OCZ PC3000 are both compatible. If one was to buy memory right now the Crucial PC2700 is the best bet since it's damn fast, damn cheap, and pretty damn good!
The ABIT AT7 MAX is innovative in its design, offers great performance when compared to earlier generation chipsets and it has a grip of features chucked onboard. ASUS, with the A7V333, offers even better performance, a tried and true approach to the board layout, outstanding stability and a handful of onboard devices. The AT7 owns the comparison where overclocking is concerned, as it offers greater tweakability of the system BIOS, and at the end of the day was able to push our chip the farthest. ASUS does offer overclocking toggles in their BIOS but not to the extent that the AT7 offers. The A7V333 was, however, a much more stable board in our testing, but this may be a case of just a bad board from ABIT and not indicative of a standard off the shelf retail AT7. Speaking of stability, on a couple of instances we lost power to the AT7's USB bus and thus we were unable to access the BIOS because there are no legacy PS/2 keyboard or mouse ports. So if you find yourself in a situation where your USB input device fails, you can not just slap in an older keyboard or test the USB ports functionality by swapping the keyboard to the legacy port.
Although, as we've reported earlier, you can find boards at many places at the Computex show, two separate sources at chipset companies have told us that the Clawhammer, for example, is far from ready and may be delayed even beyond December. One said that realistically we were talking nine months from now. If that's true, this will be a real blow not only to people waiting for the uniprocessor systems but also to AMD.
There's a little writeup over at THG about the newly released 1Ghz C3 from VIA. Looks to me like this little cpu is starting to catch on with the masses, in an era of high powered and albiet noisy PC's these days.
In an effort to quell the nine US states seeking the demise of Microsoft, the company is releasing a new service pack that has many option that (basically) bog down the OS. You'll go to even remove Internet Explorer!!![PAGEBREAK] The service pack will introduce four options for managing, customizing or removing Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, Windows Media Player, Windows Messenger, Microsoft's version of the Java Virtual Machine, and competing so-called middleware from other companies. The States have not considered this action as retribution just yet.