Archive for the ‘Software updates’ Category

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

AltrixSoft released an update for the program designed for monitoring of hard drives. The program is built on the S.M.A.R.T. technology, which is supported by practically all HDDs. Hard Drive Inspector analyzes hard drives and warns a user about possibilities of problem occurrences. If an emergency in the system is about to occur, the program will suggest the user either to backup the files, or to replace the hard drive. There is an option to enable automatic backup procedure. Other program features but limited to creation and emailing of the reports, automatic shutdown in cases of system failure. The data about disks’ performance can also be saved as a log files and printed out.

Monday, September 15th, 2008

A new Trojan program Trojan.Encoder.21 (quite similar to the previous Encoder.19 version) has been detected by Doctor Web. Encoder.19’s principle of functioning is similar to Gpcode that was recently discovered by Kaspersky’s lab. The virus encrypts user files (.jpg, .psd, .cdr, .mov, .doc, .xls, .ppt, .rar, .zip, .mp3, .pdf, etc) stored on the hard drives, and the files become inaccessible. After encryption is performed, the virus creates the “crypted.txt” file that demands the user to pay $89 for a decoder, using a specific payment system. The previous versions of the virus used temporary links, while the new version is constantly stored on some websites (already known as Trojan-“distributing”). This can enable the virus to spread more quickly than before. Experts do not recommend paying the bleeders. Doctor Web created a free utility te19decrypt.exe that decodes the encrypted files and creates new versions without “.crypt” ending. The utility has a graphic interface module that makes the program very handy.

Friday, September 12th, 2008

NewLive Software released a new version of All Media Fixer, a utility that helps restore damaged unplayable media files. This problem usually occurs if a file was damaged, or if its download was not completed properly. All Media Fixer supports such media formats as WMA, WMV, ASF, WM, ASX, AVI ,MP3, MP2, MP1, MPA, MPGA, MPG, MPEG, MPA, DAT, and WAVE. As the developers of the program claim, the percentage of successful media recovery ranges from 82.8% to 97.6%. One of the most notable features of the program’s interface are four cartoon assistants that resemble comic book characters. They guide the user through the process of recovering. Each of them performs its own distinct function: the first regulates the process in general, the second scans the file and checks for errors in it; the third attempts to repair the file, and the fourth manages file structure and suggests data to be replaced.

Friday, September 5th, 2008

DiskInternals announces the update of Mail Recovery, a tool to recover and repair deleted and corrupted email databases. The new release is compatible with all major mail clients; it recovers messages, attachments, contacts, tasks, calendars, and address books. The new version automatically locates, recovers and repairs e-mail databases even when the partition is damaged or inaccessible. The program combines sophisticated data recovery technologies with simple, convenient user-friendly interface and fully automatic operation. The algorithms used in Mail recovery are similar to those in DiskInternals Uneraser that is considered to be one of the best tools in the field. The combination of the recovery techniques and new algorithms allows to fix corrupted email databases after they’ve been recovered. Mail Recovery has a capability to exporting files to Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express formats, as well as eml and vcf files.

Friday, September 5th, 2008

X-Ways Software Technology has developed a new version of a unique hex editor. The program is especially helpful for data and deleted files recovery from damaged hard drives, flashcard drives, and other data storage devices. The program supports systems FAT, NTFS, Ext2/3, ReiserFS, Reiser4, UFS, CDFS, and UDF. The product uses many different recovery methods, has a RAM editor. Among the many features, the most notable are analysis and comparison of files; flexible systems of search and replace; support of such character sets as ANSI ASCII, IBM ASCII, and EBCDIC; support of large files; data backup. The new version now works with large folders stored on a FAT hard drive.

Monday, September 1st, 2008

Corner Bowl Software Corporation a new version of a powerful software product intended for hard drive monitoring has been released. The program is intended for system administrators and enables to track performance of several hard drives simultaneously. DiskMonitor enables to automatically locate all available networks, and then displays a list of all the hard drives. One can choose from the list the monitors to be monitored, and specify the events, the occurrence of which should be treated by the program as a system failure. The notifications about incorrect functioning can be e-mailed, as well as stored as reports that are exportable to such formats as CSV and XML. The program can also track the folders a user works with, as well as the disk objects one uses. The new version of the product has a new interface, supports new types of reports and actions. The engine of the program has been optimized.

Monday, June 9th, 2008

DiskInternals Access Recovery repairs corrupted Microsoft Access databases, and restores or recovers Access 2000-2007 .mdb and .accdb database files from damaged disks. Unlike other database recovery tools, DiskInternals Access Recovery’s capabilities aren’t limited to fixing database headers or repairing damaged structures; the program actually reconstructs the entire structure of a database by splitting it record by record, and assembling the records into a new database. The built-in Uneraser engine makes it possible to automatically restore deleted databases. The PowerSerch engine thoroughly scans the surface of the hard drive to locate all MS Access files on the disk. Even if the disk is damaged, reformatted, or its file system is corrupted, the program is capable of detecting and recovering Access files. One of the new features of the program is the support of Microsoft Money .mny databases.

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Avira announces the new release of its AntiVir products with an incredibly fast virus scanner, AntiVir Scan Engine 8. The new versions boast a graphical user interface with a vertical menu system that provides easier and faster access to the features. The new antivirus engine has increased performance by 20%. The new versions are also strengthened by the new WebGuard module intended for examination of the http-based Internet traffic; the module automatically blocks phishing and malware URLs. The update process has also has been simplifed: a reporting function informs the user about new updates to choose from. The new AntiBot function of the Avira Premium Security Suite tracks all email content, preventing against the improper usage of the computer. The business solution AntiVir Professional also boasts great performance results: the integrated MailGuard tests incoming and outgoing e-mail for viruses and has an option to create white lists.

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Raid Recovery is no doubt a highly valuable tool for users of all types of RAID arrays, since the software is the first tool that detects the type of the original RAID array automatically, while offering an option for manual operation. The handy interface allows specifying parts of the RAID array by dragging and dropping disk icons. The program recognizes all possible configurations of array types, including RAID 0, 1, JBOD, RAID 5, and 0+1. Microsoft software raids (aka Dynamic Disks) are also supported. The last versions support Adaptec RAID Controllers and DDF compatible devices. Raid Recovery makes it possible to recover and backup all files from a corrupted array before fixing it. You can store the files on another hard disk or partition, use a recordable CD or DVD, or upload the files to a net storage. The advanced search algorithms allow to sort out and restore the files (documents, pictures and multimedia) even if there is a missing disk in the array, or if the file system is damaged.