What began as anti-spyware has grown into a sizable suite that includes comprehensive malware protection; this version of Ad-Aware Internet Security Pro includes antivirus, network protection, and rootkit removal. Lavasoft also offers a free version of the software, Ad-Aware Free Internet Security, which is for home users only; and a more full-featured new suite, Ad-Aware Total Security.

Features

Produced by Lavasoft, a renowned pioneer in the anti-spyware industry, Ad-Aware Pro Security exhibits a consistent focus on fighting off the cyber threats whose aim is to compromise user privacy in one way or another. For attaining the purpose of keeping your most sensitive data intact, this product accommodates real-time protection, secure online banking and shopping, email protection, identity theft countermeasures, advanced two-way firewall, removable media scanning, as well as safe networking and browsing – the benefits of such blend are obvious, considering the prevalent infections at large and their common distribution tactics. In order to secure the web-surfing and online search facets of the regular user activity, the solution integrates a browser toolbar for Internet Explorer and Firefox, checking the visited URLs against the database of unsafe and phishing websites, and allowing quick erasure of private data derivable from the temporary Internet files, cookies, history, passwords, etc.

Pros:
A real solid security software, made in Sweden. Lavasoft`s Ad-Aware doesn’t slow your PC down at all, like the worst of them all AVG,Panda, and also Avast in some amount. Lavasoft`s Ad-Aware is the oldest antispyware program and with 367,254,662 total downloads on a competitors site, speaks for it own.

Cons:
Actually none. But to be picky it takes a bit to load.

Results

While delivering good protection from widespread and prevalent malware, Lavasoft Ad-Aware Pro Security may fail to spot 0-day infections and completely clean a computer system after infestation. According to the latest data from AV-TEST, the product’s protection score amounted to 3.5/6.0, missing the most on defense against zero-days (90% result, while industry average is 92%). When it comes to repair, the score is 4.0/6.0 due to weak results on remediation of critical system modifications after contamination (44%, with industry average amounting to 60%). During our test we ran into one false positive on a legitimate website, which was eventually bypassed through disabling the “Shop & Bank Safely Online” feature. Full system scan launched on our lab machine detected 1 Trojan (high severity level) and 16 tracking cookies (low severity level); all were moved to quarantine and successfully deleted afterwards. To sum it up, as long as you’re dealing with prevalent threats, Lavasoft does its job well. Once new uncatalogued malware comes into play, you might be in trouble. Consequently, Ad-Aware Pro Security is a pretty good pick for basic protection.

Bottom Line

Is it worth paying $29.95 for Ad-Aware Internet Security Pro, when there are many free anti-spyware and antivirus programs out there, including the free version of Ad-Aware? The Free version is much the same as the Pro, except that it doesn’t include integrated download protection, rootkit removal, or real-time protection. Real-time protection is vital in security software, so even home users would do well either to pay for the Pro version or to get the Free version and supplement it with any of the many free pieces of security software that offer real-time protection, such as Microsoft Security Essentials, Avira AntiVir Personal, or Avast! Home Edition.

>> Click Here to Visit Lavasoft Official Website

 

Network Solutions is a company owned and operated by the hosting company Web.com. They offer a large number of services that are designed to meet the web hosting and design needs of customers who are building a website.

Services:

  • Domain registration services
  • Create your own website
  • Various web hosting solution
  • Personalized email services
  • Packages for ecommerce websites
  • SSL certificates
  • Online marketing tools and services
  • Web design and social marketing options

Pricing:

Network solutions pricing strategy varies depending on what you want. They offer three packages for Do it Yourself website design. For $2.95 per month, you will receive the web builder, a free domain name and professional design layouts to choose from. Increase that price to $3.95 monthly and include your business profile in search engines such as Yahoo, Google and Bing and receive SEO consultation with the Network Solutions team.

Want to build a legitimate online commerce store? For $4.95 per month you get everything listed, plus the ability to sell up to 500 products and accept credit cards, selling via a secure shopping cart directly from your website. If you would rather have a dedicated ecommerce website, the options start at $9.95 monthly. Network Solutions also offers the ability to build a mobile website quickly and easily, for as little as $5.99 per month. Uniquely, the mobile option comes with a 1 month free trial.

The Good:

In my opinion, Network Solutions seems to offer many of the features that organizations need to solidly host their websites.

The instant set-up tools are key for users who want to have a hosting account immediately without needing to wait for verifications, validations, and other pre-set-up requirements. I like the easy scalability from basic hosting to advanced or VPS hosting within the same provider.

The Not-So-Good:

However, Network Solutions is hardly a budget hosting provider – that low introductory cost per month for the basic hosting is only for the first month – after that, the annual rate starts at $119.50 ($9.95 per month).

Conclusion:

While Network Solutions may not be the best hosting solution, you may still check it out as it is a one stop solution for all your website setup needs.

>> Click Here to Visit Network Solutions Website

 

CleanMyMac 3 is as the new version of MacPaw’s catch-all utility to scan your Mac and remove gigabytes of assorted kerfuffle and gunk that builds up over time.

The Basics

In a nutshell, CleanMyMac scans your hard drive and displays files that can be safely deleted to free up disk space. This is ideal if you’re running low on space, especially if you’re using a MacBook Air with 128GB storage, or if you find that things are running a bit slow. It also helps to maintain your Mac over time by constantly identifying large and unnecessary files that can be removed and it completely removes apps from the system.

When you launch the app you’ll first see the Welcome screen and you’ll be prompted to scan your entire hard drive. There have been several improvements to the speed of scanning in CleanMyMac 3 and it now scans at a much faster rate when compared to the previous version. I’ve also found that it scans deeper in system areas and scans your hard drive in areas not available before, such as iTunes and Mail. Using CleanMyMac 3 for the first time the scan did take a little longer than normal to complete, but after a clean out any new scans now take significantly less time.

After the scan has finished it will identify safe files to delete and you can easily remove these with one click. I generally like to know what I’m deleting and prefer to browse the files beforehand so that I can add and remove files as required before deletion. I would always recommend that you take the time to do this in case you remove anything that you may need at a later date

Features

MacPaw has revamped the CleanMyMac structure and focused on three major areas: cleaning, maintenance, and monitoring.

Cleaning

  • Easily clean up unused files and folders by initiating an in-depth scan of your Mac with a single click.
  • Smart detection is used to determine which files are “safe” to delete and which need further approval as they may contain important files
  • Support for Mail, iTunes, Skype, and Photos apps that can detect and remove cached files, incomplete downloads, unneeded backups, and previous updates to clear up more space on your hard drive.

Maintenance

  • Dedicated application uninstaller will completely remove applications effortlessly without leaving any unnecessary files behind.
  • Speed up your Mac via spotlight reindexing, repairing disk permissions, and Mail search optimization.
  • Remove individual add-ons like widgets, extensions and plugins from one central panel
  • Curb your digital footprint both online and offline by deleting past browsing history, Skype conversations, Messages, downloads, recently open files and more.
  • Remove data permanently using the “Shredder” tool thus making sensitive information unretrievable with a third-party recovery software.

Monitoring & Health

  • Offer real-time health alerts as to your Mac’s health including memory use, storage limits, and hardware temperatures
  • View a well-organized report showcasing active storage, memory, battery, and processor performance.
  • Receive head-up notifications and actions in regards to system issues including a full trash bin, force quitting unresponsive apps and freeing up RAM.

License Pricing

MacPaw now offers CleanMyMac 3 as a free download for any prospective buyers as a means to test out the software with limited functionality.

I think it is a smart move by MacPaw as consumers now have the ability to get some hands-on experience testing out the software’s interface and feature-set prior to putting any of their money up.

This opportunity will help to determine whether the software is right for your needs and if you are capable of utilizing the software in regards to your technological experience.

When you are ready to upgrade, a standard single license for Clean My Mac 3 is priced at $39.95 just like its predecessor. For most, this price-point is within budget especially when you take into consideration the software’s variety of new features and increased depth of use.

Should you require more than one license, you have the option to purchase a discounted bundle of two licenses for $59.95 or five licenses for $89.95 thus saving $20 and $109.80, respectively.

One of my recommended apps

All in all I have found CleanMyMac 3 to be a solid upgrade with a fresh design, improved speed and several useful new features. If you’re looking for an app that can help clean out the junk and unwanted files from your Mac then I can highly recommend CleanMyMac 3. I would easily put this in my top 10 apps to have on your Mac as it’s something that I use on a regular basis and it provides real results.

>> Click Here to Visit MacPaw Website

MacKeeper

Another highly recommend software to clean your Mac is MacKeeper. With more than 13 million users and accolades from some of the major press outlets including Forbes, TechCrunch, and CNN, MacKeeper comes highly recommended.

>> Read Our Full Review Here

 

Bigcommerce is a solid cart with an impressive following of retailers. Almost 100.000 merchants in a wide assortment of niches have found success with Bigcommerce. Check out our full review to get the whole picture

Bigcommerce features

As discussed above the exact features you get with Bigcommerce depend on the plan you opt for, but basic features include:

  • the ability to sell a wide range of either physical or digital goods, in categories of your choosing and using shipping rates of your choosing
  • integration with Paypal and a wide range of payment gateways
  • full content management (CMS) functionality
  • good search engine optimisation (SEO) options – it’s very easy to add appropriate keywords to your products and site pages
  • integration with several e-newsletter services: Constant Contact, iContact, Mailchimp and Interspire
  • integration with Alibaba.com
  • automated reminder emails to people who abandoned their carts at checkout
  • discount coupons and gift vouchers as standard
  • the ability to tweak CSS and HTML as desired.

Web Design

Bigcommerce has hundreds of templates to choose from including many new additions. They can be used as they are, or can be modified via the WSYWIG editor, or for those that like to customize code-level, a full HTML editor. And Bigcommerce can also connect you with plenty of third-party designers that can make you a custom design for your eCommerce store. Check out the Bigcommerce design and developer network for more info. Needless to say, if you want a truly beautiful and unique site, consider options beyond just free templates.

Payment Processing

Depending on your plan, Bigcommerce offers easy integration with over 40 payment processors. This includes commonly trusted gateways like PayPal Express Checkout, authorize.net, Square, and Stripe. Paypal in particular has seen some advancements within Bigcommerce, including a more seamless payment experience.

Bigcommerce Pricing (updated Jan 2015)

Bigcommerce offers three plans plus enterprise solutions. If you pay for a year at a time you get a 10% discount.

The Silver Plan – $29.95/month

Limits:

  • 1.5% transaction fee depending on the payment gateway you choose
  • 3 Gb Storage
  • No Abandoned Cart Saver
  • No Loyalty Programs and customer segmentation
  • No eBay or Google Merchant integration

The Gold Plan – $79.95/month

This is the plan most people start with – you can always upgrade or downgrade later if you find you do not need everything included. Includes Unlimited storage and bandwidth, abandoned cart saver, customer loyalty groups and integration with eBay, Amazon and Google Merchant center.

The Platinum Plan – $199.95/month

This plan is the best if you are moving from another shopping cart to Bigcommerce because it includes data migration and expert setup & migration (which you would pay more than $600 for on the Gold or Silver plans). The Platinum Plan is also the only plan that allows for Google Trusted Store Datafeed Automation necessary to maintain Google Trusted Store certification.

Bigcommerce support

Bigcommerce support is pretty comprehensive. 24-hour phone support is available, along with live chat and email support (it is not clear what hours the live chat and email support is available however).

There is also a good range of video and text resources available, and a community forum.

Notable Stores Using Bigcommerce in 2015

Collette Dinnigan – International Fashion House – http://shop.collettedinnigan.com.au

Mason Jars – Full site built using Bigcommerce including blog and static pages – http://masonjars.com

Hoka One One – Leading long distance running shoe brand – http://shop.hokaoneone.com.au/

Fugoo – Not the poison fish. Simple marketing site built with Bigcommerce – http://www.fugoo.com/

Conclusion

In short, Bigcommerce is not without its wrinkles, but it has earned its position as a top contender in the crowded Shopping Cart scene. It has done so with its jam-packed feature list, solid SEO, and ease of use. The monthly price point is commensurate with their place in the market; it is very reasonable for the new/small online retailer, yet it is scalable enough to serve any growing business. And the recent plunge in per-swipe transaction fees in the Standard Plan is a particular advantage for startups seeking a powerful shopping cart that won’t undermine them right out of the gate. Bigcommerce absolutely earns every star that we can give it. I would recommend it for most businesses types, with only a few reservations in specific cases.

>> Click here to visit Bigcommerce website for more information

 

 

One.com is an innovative supplier of web hosting services. One.com (B-one) was established in 2002 in Denmark and is today one of the leading companies in Europe within the provision of domain names and sales of web hosting services.

Since the foundation of One.com (B-one) in 2002 by Jacob Jensen, One.com has experienced constant growth and has, today, more than 325,000 customers in 149 countries and handles more than 48,000,000 e-mails and 5,500,000,000 web page queries every month.

Web Hosting Features

  • Customize your disk space; available in increments from 5 GB to 2 TB
  • Unlimited* bandwidth with each plan
  • Domain registration available
  • Unlimited* transfer
  • FTP access
  • Unlimited* email accounts
  • Cloud drive; access your files from anywhere
  • WYSIWYG Web editor
  • Daily site backups
  • PHP
  • MySQL database
  • No strings attached; cancel anytime
  • 24/7/365 tech support via live chat

Pros

  • Simple setup.
  • Website building software included.
  • Add-ons include gallery, cloud storage.
  • Prompt customer service.

Cons

  • Limited applications.
  • Very short money-back guarantee period.
  • Difficult to set up e-commerce store.
  • No phone customer service.
  • No VPS or dedicated hosting.

Pricing

One.com offers only one shared hosting plan, which includes the website builder, one-step WordPress blogging, email, and a few other tools. There is no VPS or dedicated hosting services available.

Pricing depends entirely on storage space, ranging from 15GB ($1.89 per month) to 2TB ($180 per month). I looked at the entry level 15GB tier, which costs $1.89 per month or $22.68 per year. A special promotion waived that cost, as well as the cost for registering a new .com domain ($13.80 per year). For the first year, One.com charged just the $13.80 setup fee. If I hadn’t had the promotion, the basic plan would have come out to $50.28 for the first year. There is no setup fee in later years, dropping the price tag to $36.48 per year, or $3.04 per month.

>> Click Here to Visit One.com Website

 

Template Monster is the largest, most comprehensive website template service on the Internet. Template Monster continues to add more high quality templates, keep up with technology and popular platforms and they provide great customer service.

Currently Template Monster offers more than 20,000 templates in many popular formats, such as CSS with flash, HTML, dynamic sites for compatibility with a variety of screen types and even many in PSD format. In addition, they now offer turnkey websites, which are fully supported and hosted, the perfect solution for small businesses or organizations.

Types of Paid Templates

Basic Templates

It should be noted very quickly that while the customization services mainly deal with WordPress sites (which are really popular these days), TemplateMonster offers a plethora of additional template types including HTML5, Flash, photo gallery templates, SwiSH templates, and PSD templates

Facebook Templates

The last kind of template to keep in mind is the Facebook template. This is a great option for branding your Facebook page. It’s ideal for those who want to build traffic to their online store by establishing a firm presence in major social networks like Facebook.

Corporate Templates

These templates differ from the other ones. They cater to specific corporate needs. You can order corporate powerpoint presentations, logos and full identity packages with letterheads and business cards.

CMS/Blog Templates

These templates rely on technologies in WordPress, Joomal and Drupal to provide you with an easy-to-manage platform that can be used to add more content. It’s great for building content systems, i.e., websites that regularly put out content in the form of articles, press releases and/or blogposts.

eCommerce Templates

These types of templates are considerably more complicated. They upgrade from simple HTML pages and Flash designs by incorporating high-quality e-commerce technologies like Magento, VirtueMart, PrestaShop, Zen Cart and more. They in effect let you build full-fledged e-commerce platforms that you can then use to sell products to the general public.

Free Templates

It should be noted that TemplateMonster also offers a few free templates. We do not recommend using these, because they are really simple and offer few customization options. They are not bad for getting a taste of how the templates work, but if you want to build a legitimate website, then we definitely recommend you invest in a paid template.

Pricing

Through Template Monster you can buy templates individually with a limited use license or you can purchase it as unique and Template Monster will stop selling that template to help ensure that your site appears fresh and distinctive. Template Monster does not offer a membership package; however, most of their sites are available for well under $100.

Royalty-free templates range from about $50 -$150 and can easily be sorted by type and category. Once you have bought a template you can customize it as many times as needed to create content pages for your website. Template Monster offers both unique rights and custom services.

Summary

Template Monster really is the best of the best, and they just keep getting better. They offer more templates than anyone else, keep on top of technology and provide great support and service. If you are a small company or organization without a webmaster, they offer great complete solutions or if you are a designer, they provide high quality templates that will definitely help you keep your clients coming back to you for more. Everyone wins with Template Monster.

>> Click Here to Visit Template Monster Website

 

GraphicRiver is a digital marketplace where people can go to sell stock images, logos, and designs that they have created as a hobby, as a means of promoting themselves, or even as a way to earn a full time income.

GraphicRiver is a subsidiary of Envato, who claims their mission is to help people “earn and learn online.” They operate marketplaces where “hundreds of thousands” of people buy and sell digital goods every day, as well as a network of educational blogs which help people learn creative skills.

Envato says that the top authors on their marketplaces can earn between $20,000 and $50,000 per month selling their stock image, and it is free to create an account on any of their websites.

How to Upload content on GraphicRiver?

First, you need to create an Envato account(this works for all marketplace) by simply signing up. Then, there is a MCQ based test one needs to pass in order to publish their content. This is related to the Rules and Conditions of the Marketplace and is pretty easy(yes! you can guess all of the answers).

You can then upload content to your portfolio. This item can be a kick ass logo,  a psd party flyer, a tee shirt design, a mock up template etc. Either through FTP or their uploader, you can put up your files to the marketplace.

You then have to wait for a reviewer to review you design and if he/she approves your idea, the item gets published and you are notified via email. Normally this takes up to 7 days though there is no guarantee. Also, the price of your item is set according to the marketplace rates.

How to withdraw money?

As soon as someone buys your item, the respective amount is added to your account balance. Envato provides three methods of  withdrawal.

  1. Paypal – minimum payout at $ 50
  2. Wire Transfer – minimum payout at $500
  3. Payoneer Card
  4. Skrill(MoneyBookers) – minimum payout at $ 50

Conclusion

Similarly, other Envato marketplaces work the same way too. Feel free to check them out below:

 

AudioJungle is the world’s fastest growing marketplace for world class royalty-free music, sound effects and audio content! AudioJungle has an audio library of around 200,000 items (at the time of writing this at least) including music loops, music packs, source files, and both full length vocal and instrumental tracks.

At AudioJungle you can buy and sell royalty-free music and sound effects that are completely Podsafe for just a few dollars, which includes a Buyer Fee. The site is home to a bustling community of audio composers and producers.

Audiojungle pricing varies depending on the artist. A typical audio track will cost somewhere between $10–20.

You can find both audio tracks and sound effects (SFX) on Audiojungle.

Some audio tracks are made for looping, which means a 2-minute track could be repeated for 10 minutes without any noticeable gaps.

It’s no secret why The New York Times boasts AudioJungle as a world contender in royalty-free audio. AudioJungle isn’t just a market place however, it’s a community where authors and buyers come together to form successful long lasting business relationships. So whether you’re a producer, an indie film maker or a large production company,they will no doubt have the audio that’s perfect for your upcoming projects!

>> Click Here to Visit AudioJungle Website

 

This week, we review VideoHive. It’s like iStockPhoto but for videos, and can save you literally thousands of dollars in expensive video production.

It’s super easy to use: VideoHive is basically licenses to videos that you can fully customize. So, you remember the old UPS whiteboard commercials that have become really popular? I’m going to show you an example of that, just so you can wrap your head around what you can do with it.

So hopefully, you get the idea. You can customize all of that text, you can add your company logo. And the only thing you need to do that is the program Adobe AfterEffects. You edit it yourself. This video, for example, costs 30 bucks for the license. That’s something that would cost you thousands and thousands of dollars to go make on your own.

Also they have fancier videos at their disposal. If you want videos with 4D cinema, after effects and motion effects, Video Hive has them. You can then use a video editing program to customize the videos to your specific message you are trying to get across.

Animated logo by sound in Cinema 4D Project allows you to make your own 3D intro which will move by your sound.

Pros:

High quality professional videos gives you and your site credibility and authority.
Sort videos by various criteria (date, title, author, price, rating, etc.) to help you nail down the videos you need.
Earn money though Video Hive by selling your own stock if you wish.
Save money and time by buying cheap quality videos instead of spending a fortune to have them created for you or doing them yourself.

Cons:

Videos aren’t geared towards typical internet marketing niches like weight loss and insurance, but with some creativity you can make them relevant.

So, videohive.net, a lot of good stuff to play with on there. Go check it out, hopefully you can utilize it for your own company.

 

CodeCanyon is a marketplace for WordPress plugins, jQuery plugins, Bootstrap plugins and more. Created by Envato.

Envato is based in Australia and was founded in 2006, although their huge network of workers come from all over the world. They are a world class open source (PHP code) and a creative company committed to creating high quality products and services for their worldwide clientele.

The company’s CEO is Collis Ta’eed and the company was co-founded by Collis and Cyan Ta’eed. Some of their many websites include a host of Envato marketplaces where you can buy and sell digital goods: Tuts+, which is a wide network of online educational sites where you can learn online fields in graphics and development, audio and motion productions; FreelanceSwitch, an online freelancer community website; AppStorm, a site for the latest in computer technology; Creattica, a site showcasing online galleries, 3D works, advertising, business cards, web design and more; and Rockable Press, which is an online publishing brand for freelance writers.

At the moment CodeCanyon contains more than 8,000 scripts, plugins and widgets which makes it market leader in delivering top notch products.

How do I shop on CodeCanyon?

If you have decided to purchase any plugin or script from CodeCanyon, there are certain things you should do.

  1. First you need to create your account on Envato here
  2. After easy to fill form and confirmation you will receive your personal secured account
  3. Next you need to add balance to your account, which is the money you need to purchase items from CodeCanyon
  4. Choose ‘Purchase’ and confirm your order
  5. Download purchased plugin and start using it on your WordPress site immediately

P.S. You can also purchase plugin using your PayPal account without adding balance, but take into consideration that additional $2 fee will be applied by Envato in such case.

>> Click Here to Visit CodeCanyon Website