Software Reviews by Klatuu

The reviews and opinions below are posted by SnapFiles visitors. They do not necessarily reflect our opinion, and they are solely based upon the experience of individual users.

360 Total Security Essential 360 Total Security Essential

A good program ruined 1 stars
Loved this and gave it a glowing review when it was 360 Internet Security. But this latest version, which automatically replaced 360 Internet Security Essential is horrible. Tags way too many programs that are perfectly safe as viruses, and also tags any URL's you may save to your desktop as viruses! In some cases to get these things whitelisted takes multiple steps and screen locations to actually have it whitelist! Total Security Essential is absolutely horrible. What a shame since 360 Internet Security was fast and reliable! Unless the only thing you use your PC for is to web browse and email, don't even think of using this! Price: Free
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SynciOS Manager SynciOS Manager

This one is worth it 5 stars
I've tried a few other programs to get around using iTunes, and most were pretty lame. While this does require you to install iTunes to operate, once you do you'll never use iTunes again to connect to your device. This is so much simpler - using categories for what is on the device so you don't have to move, install, copy everything. One recommendation - create a folder on your hard drive to manage the files, since this program cannot. Then once you have a folder (and iTunes installed) launch SyncIOS and manage away - backup your iPod or phone to your drive, move media on and off, etc. Far better and easier than iTunes, and no more nagging to update every time you load it like iTunes does. Price: Free
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uTorrent uTorrent

Older version was superior 1 stars
I originally had a 5 star review for this program. If you still have a far older version of it - keep it! The original was a stand alone single file that was fast and simple. Now it installs, has ads, is slower, and even the interface has become too cluttered. Price: Free
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Sothink Photo Album Maker Sothink Photo Album Maker

Good, but now has a loading glitch 4 stars
I think this is a great program, but it now takes a long tome to load, and can even give you the "Close the Program" or "Wait to see if it loads" warnings. If you click the WAIT choice in Windows, it will eventually load. The problem? There's an embedded URL that displays on the final 'Generate Album' tab that links to a web page on SoThink that no longer exists. You can't edit this in the Registry - it's in a DLL file. This is why I now only give this great little program a FAIR in Interface. I'd still recommend it, but beware that it will time out loading in Windows, and you have to tell Windows to give it more time because of the broken link. Hopefully SoThink hasn't abandoned this freebie and they will do an update. Price: Free
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avast! Free Antivirus avast! Free Antivirus

I can no longer recommend Avast 1 stars
For years Avast was the only free Anti-Virus I would use or recommend. But as of version 8, they lost me. First, I hate the Windows 8 style interface. But more importantly, Avast removed come settings and abilities in version 8 as well. And now with version 9 they have made the registration go through a return email, rather than doing it right within the program, which was far more convenient. And the final reason I am moving away from Avast is that it seems to take longer and longer for Windows to boot up with it installed. Avast won me away from Norton Anti-Virus back in the day, simply because it was so fast starting up Windows. This is no longer the case. So the lack of controls that allow you to change settings on ads and pop ups and the more confusing interface might be tolerable, but the slow speed is not. At this point I think AVG, while not quite as good at protection (but very close) is the way to go. Price: Free
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CopyTrans Manager CopyTrans Manager

Needs iTunes 1 stars
The company web site now claims to offer a driver you can install so there's no need to install iTunes, but after several tries I could not get it to install. So the bottom line here is you need iTunes after all, which is pretty horrible, and I didn't find this software to be much better. Not their fault, I think Apple needs to provide a better interface that acts like a simple file manager where you can create folders, drag and drop, etc. The best thing I found so far is to install iTunes, and then use Windows File Manager. Still not the best, but it's a start. Price: Free
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Default Programs Editor Default Programs Editor

Fixes the conflict that Microsoft created 5 stars
Vista and Windows 7 removed the "File Types" tabsettings from Explorer, and replaced it with "Default Programs" in Control Panel. However, the ability to assign program defaults to certain file types remains, and can be accessed by software that asks which files to open. However, the way they redesigned the registry causes a conflict between their "default Programs" and "file type" listings, preventing you to be able to change this in some situations. This program easily fixes the flaws in the registry and allows you to assign files and programs how ever you choose. It works perfectly. Price: Free
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SMPlayer SMPlayer

Move over VLC, there's a new kid in town 5 stars
I was a big supporter of VLC since it had so many more features than Windows Media Player. However there have been several bugs in it recently that made me (and many others) look for something else. SMPlayer not only fit the bill, it surpassed VLC in every way. It can sync audio - a vital feature of VLC. It loads and plays faster. It can instantly play in full screen, which many media players including VLC have problems with in Win 7. I do recommend choosing to custom install and checking off the additional codecs - can never have enough of those. And I personally turned off several logs and playlists to save drive space - but you may want the custom ini files that can save playback settings per video - another powerful feature if needed! It works better than any other video player I've tried, I prefer the interface and find it's controls and menus very easy to use, it is faster, and so far it plays everything with ease. What more could you want? Price: Free
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SE-TrayMenu SE-TrayMenu

Very capable, and easy on the system! 4 stars
I was in need of a launcher that I could see at a bit of a distance for a living room media PC. I was using Nexus, which is absolutely beautiful and very customizable, but it's running on an older PC and I would have problems with hang ups or Nexus crashing, probably due to it's special effects. SE-TrayMenu is simpler, yet can be modified to look pretty nice as well. It is incredibly stable, doesn't crash or hang, and if you want a nice roll-over effect you can modify the Font Sizes for both the display and AccessRollover. Make the rollover font 2 points larger and Bold, and you achieve a similar special effect that Nexus and others offer! Nexus probably works fine on a newer, faster PC, but if you want something a bit more basic and reliable, TrayMenu fits the bill nicely! The one thing I miss and would like to see added is the ability to change the Icon for a program. For example, you can link to folders and launch them, but they are all going to have the same Windows Folder Icon. (Of course, loading different Icons may add to the overhead on the CPU and RAM, so it may be a good thing - or not.) That's the only downside I see to this program, and it's minor since the Text displayed can be edited to tell you what folder is what, etc. Price: Free
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UltraDefrag UltraDefrag

The only one to trust 4 stars
After testing several defrag programs on 64-bit systems, this is the only one that seems to work. Others can destroy restore points. It's very fast, and very safe - and while the interface isn't anything to write home about, it is fine once you figure it all out. This is the only defrag program I'd recommend - period. Price: Free
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Classic Shell Classic Shell

Excellent 5 stars
If your computer use is about getting things done rather than glitz, Windows 7 can disappoint. But by turning off the Aero and other effects and installing Classic Shell, Windows will be faster and more responsive, and you will once again have a Menu that allows you to organize things they way you want. Program works great - highly recommended for serious computing. Price: Free
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BatteryBar BatteryBar

A must have! 5 stars
Most people who install this program and use it once or twice will not see how it really works. The Windows Battery display only gives an estimate of TimeCharge left, and is not that accurate. Windows always starts out assuming tons of full charge life, and re-reads the battery charge and nosedives as the battery is used, but it's only guessing on actual time remaining. It has no idea what the original factory spec on your battery is, or it's current condition, etc. After using Battery Bar for over a year now, I can see how much time I have remaining running on the Battery, or time to charge - accurate almost to the minute! But this only happens over time as Battery Bar monitors real time, real world use. You can't install it and immediately expect miracles. The other nice feature of Battery Bar is that it gives a very accurate full charge time estimate, and lifespan of the battery remaining. On an older notebook such as mine, I no longer get 3 hours of use, but rather 1:48 according to Battery Bar - and it's CORRECT! I also see that I have about 49 of usable life remaining in the battery before I need to purchase a new one. If you use a notebook, use Battery Bar! Price: Free
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Auslogics Disk Defrag Auslogics Disk Defrag

Kills restore points 1 stars
Like many Free Defrag tools today, if you use this on a 64bit OS like Windows 7, it will destroy all your restore points. So far the only Free Defrag I've seen that does not do this is Puran. Price: Free
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IObit Smart Defrag IObit Smart Defrag

Not so smart 2 stars
I found this program to be a very fast defragging tool, but I`ve also discovered that there is a serious flaw. (At least in Win 7 64-bit) Using it to Defrag Only is fine, but when you choose the Smart Defrag option, it also defrags the Registry. This is normally not a problem, but twice now several of my programs failed to work after this procedure, and I even lost all my Restore points once as well. My system is Virus/Spyware free, so it`s not me. I`ve now switched to another Defrag software and the problem seems to be resolved. I therefore cannot recommend this software. Price: Free
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Ad-Aware Free Antivirus Ad-Aware Free Antivirus

Same old story 2 stars
As with AdAware versions of the past, the automatic updates are fine when the latest version is first released. But once the program is a few months old, updates take forever. There are other Freeware Spyware blockers with system monitoring that do not have this problem. It's a pretty good program, but updates take forever and to me, that makes this undesirable. Price: Free
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