10 software releases you may have missed this week

Kingsoft security makes a big comeback into the security market with its renewed Kingsoft Free Antivirus Beta. Based on Cloud Security technology with faster operation and lower CPU utilization, Kingsoft Antivirus 2012 is a completely free solution for detecting and cleaning trojans, spyware, malware and unnamed viruses and protect your computer with system defense K+ and boundary defense.

In the world of file compression and archive utilities, WinRAR 4.20 general compression algorithm has been optimized for better utilization of several processor cores. WinRAR is an archiving utility that completely supports RAR and ZIP archives and is able to unpack CAB, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZ, ACE, UUE, BZ2, JAR, ISO, 7Z, Z archives.

Skype 5.10.0.114 makes it easier to find the contacts you truly care about. This new release has the ability to pin your Favorite contacts to the top of the Contacts tab, as well as merged your Facebook and Skype contacts into a single list. Skype is software for calling other people on their computers or phones. Download Skype and start calling for free all over the world.

Streaming videos to your PC or Mac can be fun and entertaining with PS3 Media Server 1.53, a DLNA compliant UPnP Media Server. Originally written to support the PlayStation 3, PS3 Media Server has been expanded to support a range of other media renderers, including smartphones, televisions, music players and more.

Speaking of digital media management software,  iTunes 10.6.3 allow users to update their devices to the new iOS 6 beta. iTunes syncs content to your iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV. And it's an entertainment superstore that stays open 24/. According to the release notes, version 10.6.3 includes support for OS X Mountain Lion and addresses a number of issues, including a problem where iTunes may become unresponsive when syncing a first-generation iPad and more...

I'm not a very sociable person, and I don't like chat rooms very much, but mIRC 7.25 is arguably the best, both for beginners and experienced users, client for IRC (Internet Relay Chat). It has a clean, practical interface that is highly configurable and supports features such as buddy lists, file transfers, multi-server connections, SSL encryption, proxy support, UTF-8 display, customizable sounds, spoken messages, tray notifications, message logging, and more.

Good news from the browser war front. Opera 12.00 Build 1467 Final has been released. The new version runs plug-ins as a separate process, allowing for more control when a plug-in misbehaves. This feature will enhance security and stability. New, lightweight themes make it easier to customize the browser. Install or change themes at the click of a button, without restarting the browser.  Also the 64-bit version of Opera offer performance improvements for some functions and allow Opera more freedom in allocating memory.

From the same chapter, Torch Media makes his debut with Torch Browser, a fast internet web browser, BitTorrent client and video downloader. Torch Browser is based on the Chromium technology platform, giving it fast browsing capabilities. With Torch, you can share sites you like, download torrents, accelerate downloads and grab videos - all directly from the browser.

Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus 8.0.1.193 delivers complete protection against viruses, spyware, and other online threats without slowing down computer performance or disrupting your normal activities. With its fast scans and one-click threat removal, you can rest assured that malware is eliminated quickly and easily. It uses a radically new cloud-based approach to online security that protects you against the latest threats as soon as they emerge. And it does so at blazing fast speeds, scanning your entire PC in about 2 minutes.

For geeks and greedy software testers, VMware Player 4.0.4 Build 744019 provides an easy way to run multiple operating systems at the same time on your computer. With its user-friendly interface, VMware Player makes it effortless for anyone to try out Windows 8, Chrome OS or the latest Linux releases, or to create virtual "sandboxes" to test pre-release software in.

There is so much excellent software available to download these days that it is easy to take it for granted at times. Join us again the same time next week for another round up of software releases and updates.

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