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The Very sale is on, here are our five favourite deals from ‘Pink Weekend’

The new Very sale is live and there are some excellent bargains to be had in the ‘Pink Weekend’ event. We’ve had a deep dive through the latest deals and have highlighted our favourite picks across a few categories that we hope you’ll find useful.

To make sure you’re getting the best deal though, we’ve compared and double-checked the newly discounted prices at Very.co.uk with other retailers too, in order to make sure these are the cheapest offers and you’re not missing out on a better deal. Deals are live now and will end July 17. If you’d like to see the full collection of deals, head on over to the Pink Weekend Very Sale homepage.

TechRadar’s top five deals in the Very sale

HP Stream X360 2-in-1 laptop £199.99 (save £20)
Available in purple or blue, this stylish 2-in-1 laptop/tablet hybrid is ideal for users with modest needs. Maybe you just need something to do a bit of work on and browse the internet? You’re also getting a year of free access to Office 365 Personal. Very’s sale sees the price go £20 cheaper than the nearest competitor, Currys.

Dyson V6 Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner £259.99
Very may well be claiming a £189 saving compared to its usual price, but compared to the other retailers, this is only about £20 cheaper than the next best deal from the Dyson store. Still, given the expensive nature of these excellent vacuum cleaners, we’ll take any discount we can get, especially at this time of year. Very has a few more discounts on the pricier models too if you fancy a bigger upgrade. Here’s a link to the other Dyson deals.

Black or White PS4 Slim with FREE game £229.99
Very has a few decent PS4 Slim deals at the moment, especially if you’re not bothered about huge multi-game bundles. Follow the link above and there are multiple single-game bundles with the likes of WipEout: Omega Collection, Uncharted 4, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Ratchet & Clank and Horizon: Zero Dawn. The cheapest PS4 we’ve seen on its own this weekend is £224, so getting one with one of these games for a few quid more looks like a great deal to us.

GHD IV Styler £79
GHD are one of the UK’s most popular brands in hair straighteners and they can be more than a little pricey. Very has knocked a massive £30 off today though meaning you can get one of the best devices around for straightening and curling your hair. We’d be surprised if stock lasted throughout the weekend to be honest and you could be waiting until Black Friday to see a price this good again. Update: Amazon has just price-matched this GHD IV Styler deal, but both retailers are way cheaper than other UK stores.

Candy Smart Touch CS492D3W 9KG load washing machine £199.99
We know, not exactly exciting, but we’re hoping you’ll find this one useful. We’re highlighting this washing machine deal because this is incredibly cheap for a 9KG capacity washer – that allows for a serious amount of clothing and is a solid pick for family homes. The same model is £229.99 at Argos. Head on over to Currys and you’ll find the 9KG washing machines cost £249.99 and upwards.

More from Very’s Pink Weekend Sale

Want to see what else is on for Very’s Pink Weekend sale? Take a look at the links below as we’ve broken the sale into different categories for you to get straight to the things you might be interested in. Fingers crossed you get a great deal.


Switching to the NBN? This infographic will help

NBN Co has been achieving milestones every month – by the last week of May, 5.03 million premises had connected to the national broadband service and by earlier this month, 50 per cent of the country had been hooked up.

“5.7 million Australian homes and businesses [are] now able to order a service from their retailer,” said NBN Co. Despite that broad availability, however, less than half of these premises have actually adopted an NBN connection.

So while the service may be approaching readiness for the average Australian, it seems the average Australian isn’t quite ready for the NBN.

To prepare potential new customers for the arrival of the NBN, the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network, or ACCAN, has put together an infographic that explains the five things consumers need to know when switching from their traditional broadband connection to the NBN, as well as how to deal with installers.

Courtesy ACCAN


The best popup blocker 2017

‘Popup’ seems a bit of an understated term given the increasingly manipulative form of today’s invasive advertising. Yes, they pop up. But they also pop under, hide themselves offscreen until you least expect them, leap up as new browser tabs and, most gallingly, shout annoying things at you until you seek them out and shut them down. Nobody wants to deal with a popup.

Before we get into the best tools to do away with them, however, it’s worth pointing out that most modern browsers include built-in options to disable popup windows. In Google Chrome, for example, click the three-dot icon, select ‘Settings’, click ‘Show advanced settings’, then select ‘Content settings’ below ‘Privacy’. In the box that appears, you’ll be able to select whether to allow or disallow popups – the latter will be true by default – and add whitelisted sites.

Here’s the thing, though: whichever browser you use, you’ll no doubt have noticed that its default popup blocking skills leave a lot to be desired. Time to enlist the best third-party popup blocker you can find.

1. Poper Blocker

The best popup blocker for Google Chrome, with active user support

Available as an extension for Google Chrome, it was a head-to-head battle between this and Popup Blocker Pro over which would make it on to our list. The slightly anonymous authorship (and occasional suspicious triggering of our antivirus software) of Popup Blocker Pro saw Poper Blocker come out on top, but it has a lot going for it besides trustworthiness.

Designed specifically with the web’s most popup-ridden sites in mind – we’re sure you know the sort of thing – Poper Blocker does a great job at quashing the majority of popups, popunders, unwanted new tabs, and even those supremely-irritating site overlay layers. It’s not, primarily, an ad blocker; yes, it’s designed to work harmoniously alongside them if you so wish, but you can equally run Poper Blocker alone to support your favourite sites without being hit by the most egregious of online ads. With active, personalised support from its developer, Poper Blocker is only getting better as time goes on.

Download here: Poper Blocker

2. AdwCleaner

Malware is a common source of popups, so wipe infections out for good

We recommended AdwCleaner a couple of years ago, and we’re maintaining our recommendation here. Not necessarily because of its capabilities at protecting your browser – although it does a brilliant job at squashing home page hijacks and removing toolbars – but because of its ability to clean up undesirable software that you might not even realise is there. If you’ve ever had a mysterious popup outside of your browser, or a cryptic (or simply bothersome) system message, there’s probably some kind of malware present. That’s not just bad from an irritation standpoint; you never know what kind of data it’s collecting about you.

So, regularly fire up ADWCleaner – first in its Scan mode, and then in its Clean mode – to hunt through your system for adware and expunge everything from fake Firefox profiles to full-blown hidden advert factories. It’s now owned by Malwarebytes, which means one of two things: either ADWCleaner will inherit technology from its new parent and get better, or it’ll be folded into Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and disappear.

Download here: AdwCleaner

3. Noscript Security Suite

Prevent sneaky Javascript operations that produce popups

Made specifically for Firefox (and with functional equivalents like ScriptSafe available for Google Chrome) Noscript Security Suite isn’t what you’d traditionally think of as a popup blocker – it doesn’t, technically, block popups at all. What it does is offer you fine control over the Javascript items which are allowed to run in your browser, meaning the sneaky scripts which manage to weasel their way past Firefox’s built-in popup blocker won’t get a chance to run.

This is, naturally a boon to internet safety – with scripts on all sites blocked unless you specifically whitelist those locations, there’s no way anything malicious, let alone a popup, could run without your permission. This includes the likes of cross-site scripting attacks and so-called ‘clickjacking’. Granted, you’ll have a bit of a battle facing you until you’ve whitelisted your favourite sites, but you’ll quickly settle in to a world of popup-free bliss

Download here: Noscript Security Suite

4. Goodblock

A popup blocker that soothes your conscience with charity fundraising

We were consciously avoiding covering direct ad blockers in this list, but this one is a little bit different, so we’ll give it a pass. Goodblock will, naturally, keep the worst Chrome popups at bay, block ads on sites unless you use its quick menu to whitelist them, and stop you being tracked as you browse around the web. It’ll also, er, show you its own ads.

That practice is not as cross-purpose as it seems, because this is an ad-and-popup blocker for those with a conscience. Once a day, its cute butterfly mascot – the irrepressible ‘Tad’ – will pop up in the corner of your browser. Give him a click, watch the curated ad that pops up in a new window, and you’ll raise a little money for charity. The ads themselves are generally rather good, too; we’re not going to say you’ll want to click on them, but you equally won’t regret it.

Download here: Goodblock

5. Opera

The browser with the best built-in popup blocker, able to differentiate between annoying ads and popups that are actually useful

We’ve had a look at the TechRadar stats, and we have a serious question: why does nobody use Opera? It’s one of the best browsers around, one of the fastest and lightest of memory. It has a built-in proxy/speedup tool in the form of its Turbo mode – which is handy for dodging international or ISP restrictions – and (yes) it includes the absolute best popup blocker of any browser on the market today.

By default, Opera’s blocker does its best to distinguish between ads and legit popups, and does a sterling job at that. Using the Settings / Websites panel, you can set it to block everything (with a quick whitelist option for sites you trust), or block nothing at all, and also restrict other content like popout videos or Flash. For additional protection, Opera is extendable – there are, naturally, popup blockers in its extension library. Try Popup Blocker (strict) if Opera doesn’t match your expectations by default.

Download here: Opera


Black Friday 2017 for business: everything you need to know about B2B deals

Don’t think that Black Friday is a purely consumer-focused event. Increasingly over the past few years, startups, micro-enterprises and small businesses have benefited from the massive price cuts that happen around this period.

This could save them thousands of Pounds off products and services they would normally have bought anyway; savings are often amplified by the sheer number of employees that benefit from price cuts.

That’s a massive boost to the bottom line and profitability; Black Friday is not restricted to Friday 24 (yes that’s when it happens in 2017). Amazon, which popularised the concept in the US, has already confirmed that Black Friday sales will last two whole weeks.

Black Friday tech deals: Laptops

  • Cheapest Core i3 laptop. Lenovo B50-50 Core i3 laptop with 128GB SSD and 4GB of RAM. Was £339.98, now £289.97, a saving of £50. Purchase it from Laptops direct now or with a 500GB hard drive from BT for £280.
  • Cheapest Core i7 laptop. HP 250 G5 Laptop with Core i7, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD. This business laptop costs £469 with free delivery, a saving of £130. Get it now from Ebuyer.
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Type Cover Bundle. Intel Core i5-6300U, 128GB storage. Was £958.99, now £699, a saving of £260. Get this deal from Currys on eBay.
  • HP ProBook 440 G3 Laptop. 14-inch Full HD display, Intel Core i3-6100U 2.3GHz processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD. Was £549.99, now £449.99, a saving of £100 or 18%. Ebuyer is the place to head for this deal.
  • Acer ES15 15.6-inch laptop. Intel Pentium 3558U CPU, 4GB RAM, 1TB hard disk. Was £279, now £199, a saving of £80 or 28%. Head over to Tesco to grab this notebook.
  • HP 250 laptop with 15.6-inch display, Pentium N3710 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive. Was £399, now £260, a saving of £139 or 35%. Buy it straight from Ebuyer.
  • Samsung Galaxy TabPro S convertible tablet with keyboard and 128GB storage. Was £849.99, only £549.99 with free delivery. A saving of £300 or 35%. Check out this deal at Currys.
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 4 12.3-Inch Tablet with Keyboard, Intel Core M3-6Y30, 4GB RAM, 128GB Storage. Was £799.99, now £549.99, save £250 or just over 30%. Buy it from Amazon (or the Microsoft Store has it for £599).
  • MSI GT62VR 6RD-014UK workstation with an Intel i7-6700HQ CPU, NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5, 15.6-inch FHD IPS screen. Only £1,559.99, was £1,699.99, save £140. Grab this deal from Overclockers.
  • Lenovo IdeaPad 510 15.6-inch laptop with full HD display and 1TB hard disk drive. Was £459.99, now £299, a saving of £160.99 or 34%. Get this deal at Currys.
  • Lenovo Yoga 900 Convertible Laptop. Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 13-inch QHD+ touchscreen. Was £1,099.95, now £699.95, a saving of £400. Nab this deal from John Lewis here.
  • Acer Aspire E5-773g laptop with 17.3-inch full HD screen, Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, 2TB storage. Was £800, now £639.95, a saving of £160 or 20%. You can get this deal from John Lewis here.
  • HP 15-ay103na Laptop. 15.6-inch, Core i3-7100U processor, 16GB of RAM, 2TB storage. Was £599, now £399, with a £200 discount applied using the e-voucher code BLACK3 at checkout. Snare this deal from HP’s online store here.
  • MSI Titan SLI GT80S 6QE-039UK 18.4-inch laptop with workstation-level power. Core i7-6700HQ CPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB + 256GB SSD storage, GeForce GTX 980M 8GB. Was £2,975, now £2,250, a saving of £725. Laptops Direct has this offer right here.
  • Asus X555LA Full HD 15.6-inch Laptop. Core i5-5200U CPU, 8GB RAM, 1TB storage. Was £449.99, now £299.97, a saving of £150. You’ll find this deal at Currys here.
  • PC Specialist Defiance III BD15-XS 15.6-inch laptop with workstation-level power. Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz CPU, 16GB, 1TB + 256GB SSD storage, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB . Was £1,705, now £1,530, a saving of £175. Grab this deal over at Laptops Direct.
  • Lenovo Ideapad 310 Laptop. 15.6-inch Full HD display, AMD A12-9700P quad-core, 8GB RAM, 1TB storage. Was £459.95, now £329.95, a saving of £130. John Lewis is offering this deal here.
  • Acer TravelMate B117-M-C80X 11.6-inch laptop. Intel Celeron N3050 1.6GHz CPU, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD. Was £269.98, now £199.97, a saving of £70. This deal is over at Laptops Direct.
  • Acer CB5-571 15.6-inch Chromebook. Intel Celeron 3205U processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB SSD, offers up to 9 hours battery life. Was £229.99, now £199.99, a saving of £30. Snag this discounted Chromebook from Currys.
  • Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW 15.6-inch laptop. Core i7-6700HQ processor, 12GB RAM, 512GB storage, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M, with a 3840 x 2160 resolution display. This notebook has been discounted by 26% down to a price of £1,199.97. You’ll find this deal over at Laptops Direct.
  • MSI Titan Pro GT73VR 6RF-220UK 17.3-inch laptop with workstation-level power. Core i7-6700HQ processor, 16GB RAM, 1TB + 256GB SSD storage, GeForce GTX 1080 8GB. Was £2,750, now £2,350, a saving of £400. Get this offer from Laptops Direct.
  • HP 255 G5 15.6-inch laptop. AMD A6-7310 2GHz processor, 4GB RAM, 1TB hard disk, DVD rewriter, Windows 7 Professional. Was £362.97, now £279.97, a saving of £83. This offer comes courtesy of Laptops Direct.
  • Asus K501UQ 15.6-inch laptop. Intel Core i7-6500U 2.5GHz processor, 12GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics. Was £749.99, now £699.97, a saving of £50. Bag this deal from Amazon here.
  • Asus Transformer Mini T102HA 10.1-inch 2-in-1 convertible. Intel Atom x5-Z8350 CPU, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC storage. Was £499.99, now £399.99, a saving of £100 or 20%. You’ll find this offer over at Currys.

Black Friday tech deals: Desktop PCs and servers

Black Friday tech deals: Printers

  • HP M477fnw LaserJet Pro Multi-Function Colour Laser Printer with free delivery. Was £274.98, now £193.99 after cashback, a saving of £81 or 30%. Buy it from Ebuyer.
  • Dell C1760NW Wireless Colour Laser Printer with a free paper ream. Was £109.98, now £89.99, a saving of £19.99 or 18%. You can get this deal from Ebuyer.
  • Canon PIXMA MX925 All-in-One Wireless Printer and Fax Machine. Reduced to £85, a saving of 40%. Get this deal from John Lewis here.
  • HP Officejet Pro 6960 All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer with Fax. Was £109.99, now £69.99, a saving of £40, plus there’s a 10% discount code (PRINTER10) at checkout and £20 cashback available to make the total outlay £42.99. Get this deal from PC World.
  • HP Envy 5646 All-in-One Wireless Printer. This MFP allows you to print, scan and copy, and it comes with two months of HP Instant Ink. Was £99.95, now half-price at £49.95. Score this deal from John Lewis here.
  • Samsung ProXpress M3320ND A4 Mono Laser Printer. Free 8GB memory stick, also ships with 3k toners. Was £138, now £78 (a saving of £60 which you get via cashback). Hop on over to Printerland to benefit from this offer.
  • Canon Pixma MG4250 Wireless All-in-One Inkjet A4 Colour Printer. Was £47.49, now £34, a saving of £13.49. This offer comes courtesy of Tesco.
  • HP Envy 4524 All-in-one wireless inkjet printer. Comes with 5 months free instant ink. Was £49.99, now £35, a saving of £14.99 or 29%. Check out this deal at Currys.

Black Friday tech deals: Broadband

  • BT’s cheapest unlimited deal. Unlimited BT Broadband + unlimited UK weekend calls for £22.99 a month inc. line rental. £9.99 upfront. Save £120 across 12 months. Get this deal from BT direct.
  • BT’s cheapest unlimited fibre deal. Unlimited BT Infinity + unlimited UK weekend calls for £27.99 a month inc. line rental. £59.99 upfront. Save £144 across 12 months. Get this deal from BT direct.
  • BT’s cheapest combo fibre deal. Unlimited BT Infinity + unlimited UK weekend calls + BT TV Entertainment Starter for £29.99 a month inc. line rental. £69.99 upfront. Save £166 across 12 months. Get this deal from BT direct.
  • Relish 4G unlimited wireless broadband (with a refurbished modem) costs only £15 per month on a 12-month contract. That’s a massive 25% saving or £60 over the duration of the contract. You will need to check your coverage first though. Check out the deal at Relish.

Take a look at the best Black Friday VPN deals.

Black Friday tech deals: Software

  • With the release of the new version of Internet Security, BullGuard will be offering 40% off Antivirus, 70% off the new Internet Security and 70% off the new Premium Protection from Monday 22 to Friday 27.
  • Incredible Mac bundle. Get Parallels, 1Password, PDFpen, Pocket Premium, Kaspersky Internet Security and many more Mac apps for only £34.99, a saving of nearly 90% or £344. Only a few days left on this one – you can grab it direct from Parallels here.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan. Photoshop CC plus Lightroom (12-Month Licence). Reduced to £69.99 at Amazon.
  • Mega virtualisation bundle. VMWare is offering savings of 40% on new Fusion Pro and Workstation Pro licenses and upgrades till November 27. New customers can also save 30% on Fusion and Workstation player, a staggering 50% on Fusion Pro/Workstation Pro bundle, a whopping 55% on Fusion vs Parallels and 25% on VMWare certification and training discount. Get it here.
  • Nuance has Black Friday deals on OmniPage Ultimate and PaperPort Professional 14, which have had price cuts of 30% and 50% respectively. Grab OmniPage Ultimate for £120 here (a saving of £50), and get PaperPort Professional 14 for £50 here (that’s half price).

Black Friday tech deals: Web hosting

  • Save a massive 50% off your business hosting packages with UK2.net. A year’s worth of WordPress Hosting costs only £59.82 excluding VAT as part of their autumn deal.

Black Friday tech deals: Miscellaneous offers

  • BlackBerry Priv Android business smartphone. Was £549, now £288, a saving of £261 or 48%. Available directly from BlackBerry online.
  • Asustor AS-304T 4 Bay Desktop Network Attached Storage. Was £260, now half price at £130. You’ll find this deal at Box here.
  • Netgear R7000-100UKS Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Gigabit 11AC router. Was £199.99, now £129.99, a saving of £70 or 35%. Grab this offer from Amazon.
  • Asus RT-AC51U Dual-Band Wireless AC750 Cloud Router 802.11ac. Was £44.79, now £25.99, a saving of £18.80 or 42%. Buy this router from Amazon here.
  • Packt will be offering 50% off everything on its site until Monday. The deal includes everything from eBooks and videos to Mapt Pro Annual Subscriptions. Grab yourself a half-price bargain here.
  • Vistaprint is offering discounts of up to 60% across its entire site via the promo code VP2911. This offer, which you can avail yourself of here, ends on November 29.
  • EE Osprey 2 Mini Mobile Wi-Fi with 6GB 4GEE Data. This mobile Wi-Fi solution lets you connect up to 10 devices online simultaneously. Was £80, now £40, half-price. Grab this deal from Ryman.co.uk here.
  • Netgear GS208-100UKS Desktop Switch. This is an 8 port Gigabit Ethernet Desktop Switch ideal for home and small office networks. Was £24, now £14, a saving of £10 or 42%. Head on over to Amazon for this deal.
  • HP Pavilion 24xw monitor. 23.8-inch IPS LED screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, two HDMI ports, 1 VGA port. Was £149.99, now £99.99, a saving of £50. Head over to PC World to get this offer.

Buying for business on Black Friday?

If you or your company are planning to purchase technology or office products during the Black Friday promotions, here are a few hints.

1. Have a product hit list

Businesses, big or small, usually have a list of technology products either listed on a “want” memo or a “to be refreshed” spreadsheet. Black Friday is the perfect opportunity to tick products off those two lists, helping businesses save money. If possible, have the exact URLs of the items themselves. Bookmark these and any alternatives should your first choice be unavailable.

2. Ask your suppliers

Openly query retailers on their marketing plans for Black Friday, either over Twitter or Facebook. Chances are they this request may get momentum from other potential customers as well. Vendors are more than happy to disclose information this way.

3. Software and services

Hardware deals are the most popular on Black Friday but the best deals are likely to be on software and services because margins are usually higher on these. Black Friday is an excuse for providers to shore up new customers with exclusive, so keep a close eye on potential deals on broadband, security and VPN deals.

4. Be wary about availability

Bear in mind that stocks are always very limited on Black Friday deals so the likelihood of bulk purchasing 10 or 20 units of a particular laptop model, for example, is likely to be prohibited by the retailer.

5. Beyond Black Friday

Keep an eye on Small Business Saturday, a scheme launched in 2010 by American Express to encourage people across the country to support small local businesses by buying from them. There’s also Cyber Monday which takes place three days after Black Friday. At least two retailers told us they won’t be doing Black Friday and will focus on Cyber Monday instead.

What Black Friday business deals will be listed here?

Visit Techradar’s main Black Friday page for even more deals


The best free security software 2017

Reliable antivirus is essential for any internet-connected PC, but you can bolster your protection with additional security software that runs alongside it.

Your security software should also protect you from malware – programs that don’t behave like viruses, but are nevertheless a nuisance and a threat to your security. All it takes is forgetting to uncheck a box when you download an otherwise legitimate program, and your PC is compromised.

Your main security software must provide real-time scans to help you avoid an infection in the first place, but on-demand scanners also have their place, identifying and removing any malicious software if your PC has started to behave strangely.

Your online accounts are a particularly juicy target for criminals too, so it’s also wise to use a password manager to create strong logins and store them in a secure vault.

We’ve ranked the best free security software in order of priority, starting with strong general purpose packages, through to preventative tools for specific threats. Combining several of these will enable you to create your own free security software suite, but bear in mind that you should only install one antivirus tool at a time.

1. Avast Free Antivirus

Avast safeguards your PC from threats the moment they appear

Avast Free Antivirus has millions of users, which helps it identify threats as soon as they appear. It scans your PC in real time, and if it comes across a piece of code that looks suspicious, it’s sent to Avast’s labs for testing. If it’s found to be malicious, Avast creates a ‘vaccine’ to eliminate it, which is then sent to every user worldwide.

Avast Free Antivirus can remove unwanted browser extensions and toolbars, which are easy to accidentally install if you often download free software, and there’s also a program updater to patch any recently discovered vulnerabilities in your installed software. It even includes a password manager to keep your logins secure.

Avast Free Antivirus the most powerful and comprehensive free security software suite around, and the perfect foundation for your online safety toolkit.

Review and where to download: Avast Free Antivirus

2. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Supplement your core security software with on-demand malware scans

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware runs in tandem with your main security software, providing specific protection from threats other than viruses.

The free edition of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware gives you reliable protection for malware and spyware, as well as rootkits, which give software access to crucial parts of your system without your permission.

The free edition of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware gives you a two-week taster of its premium features, including real-time scans, and protection from malicious sites, exploit attacks and ransomware (which it differentiates from other malware).

Once that trial period is up, you’re left with a no-frills on-demand scanner that’s ideal for removing unwanted software and identifying the cause of strange browser behaviour or taking back control of your browser if it’s been hijacked by adware.

Review and where to download: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

3. KeePass Password Safe

Free security software that keeps your logins under lock and key

With so much of our data now stored online – including work, photos, emails, bank account details – strong passwords have never been more important. Unfortunately, the sheer number of online accounts necessary for everyday life means it’s hard to think up and memorize a different strong password for every service.

KeePass Password Safe does the hard work for you, and stores the resulting strong passwords in an encrypted vault protected by a master login or key file.

Keepass encrypts usernames, passwords and notes using the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and Twofish algorithms, and they remain encrypted while the program is running so they won’t be cached to disk. Unlike Avast Free Antivirus’s built-in password manager, Keepass is portable, so you can carry it on a USB stick and it won’t save anything to your Windows registry.

Best of all, because it’s open source, it’s in constant active development and any security vulnerabilities can be patched the moment they’re discovered.

Download here: Keepass

4. Emsisoft Emergency Kit

Emergency security software to save your bacon if your PC is already infected

If your antivirus software has failed and your PC’s security has been compromised, you need Emsisoft Emergency Kit.

Like Keepass, Emsisoft Emergency Kit can be saved to a USB stick and run on any PC without being installed (somewhat confusingly, it does have an ‘installer’, but this just extracts the necessary files and saves them to a location of your choice).

Not only does Emsisoft Emergency Kit check for viruses, trojans and worms, it also looks for malware on your PC, including adware, spyware and keyloggers. Bear in mind that these threats are constantly changing, so you’ll have to wait a minute for the security software to update its database of definitions before you can begin scanning.

Emsisoft Emergency Kit won’t conflict with any existing antivirus software on your PC, making it a great little tool to keep on hand. Even if you never need to use it yourself, it might be a lifesaver for a friend or family member who’s a little less cautious about their online security.

Review and where to download: Emsisoft Emergency Kit

5. Unchecky

Uncheck tick boxes automatically to catch malware before it can install itself

Unchecky won’t detect or remove malicious programs, but it can help you avoid installing them in the first place by automatically unchecking the boxes in software installers and alerting you if the app you’re installing is bundled with something else.

As security software, Unchecky isn’t perfect – it doesn’t pick up all unwanted programs, and some installers try to catch you out by taking an unchecked box as consent – but it’s nevertheless a useful tool in your PC security arsenal.

Combined with a common sense approach (only download software from a source you trust, select a ‘custom install’ option if it’s offered, and read each step of software installers carefully), it will help protect you from unwanted extras that pose a threat to you online.

Download here: Unchecky


The best broadband and TV deals in July 2017

best broadband deals

If the last thing you want to do on your evening or weekend is to spend time shopping around for broadband contracts and TV plans, TechRadar is coming to the rescue. Not only will our price comparison tool above find you the cheapest prices, but we’ll show you how buying a package broadband and TV deal will save you time and money.

BT and Sky Sports, movie channels, the latest US TV imports, 24/7 music – whatever your passion, there are TV packages to suit everybody. And whether you’re content with a standard ADSL connection or require superfast fibre broadband, you’ll be sure to end up with the combo to suit you with our price table. There are broadband and TV deals available from BT, Sky, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and NOW TV.

See also: Broadband deals | BT broadband deals | Sky broadband deals | Virgin Broadband deals | Fibre broadband deals

Which broadband and TV packages have Sky Sports?

Sky Sports has long been the destination for serious sports fans. Building its reputation in the 90s as the only place to watch Premier League football, you’ll still need to grab a Sky Sports subscription to watch Test match cricket, golf majors and most of the Formula One season.

You can add Sky Sports to the following broadband plans:

  • Sky Fibre
  • BT Unlimited Broadband and Infinity fibre
  • Virgin Media broadband
  • TalkTalk Fast Broadband and Faster Fibre
  • NOW TV Brilliant Broadband

Which broadband and TV packages have Sky Cinema?

Formerly known as Sky Movies, Sky Cinema features more films than you can shake a celluloid stick at. And it doesn’t matter whether you like a laugh, crave nail-biting action or enjoy having your spine chilled – Sky Cinema channels include Comedy, Disney, Crime & Thriller, Sci-Fi & Horror and Premiere for all the best new flicks.

You can add Sky Cinema to the following broadband packages:

  • BT Unlimited Broadband and Infinity fibre
  • Sky Fibre
  • Virgin Media broadband
  • TalkTalk Fast Broadband and Faster Fibre
  • NOW TV Brilliant Broadband and Fab Fibre

Which broadband and TV packages have Sky Atlantic?

You don’t need us to tell you that we’re in a Golden Age for television drama and box sets. Sky Atlantic is the network’s way to make the most of the small screen’s new wave of high-quality broadcasting from the US. Premiering the likes of Ray Donovan, The Affair and Westworld to these shores, most of you are probably after Sky Atlantic for one thing and one thing alone…Game of Thrones.

You can add Sky Atlantic to the following broadband plans:

  • Sky Fibre
  • NOW TV Brilliant Broadband and Fab Fibre

Can I get BT Sport with my broadband and TV package?

Until the end of July, BT Infinity and broadband deals come with BT Sport for absolutely free. That all changes on 1 August when you’ll have to pay £3.50 per month to enjoy BT Sport’s exclusive coverage of Premiership and Champions League football, Premiership Rugby.

Virgin Media is the only other internet provider that allows you to add BT Sport to your broadband plan. You have to add BT Sport to one of Virgin’s broadband and TV bundles.

What broadband speed do I need?

After you’ve chosen what TV channels you want, the next thing to decide is how much to splash on the broadband element of the deal. Very simply, the faster the connection, the higher the monthly tariff, with the cheapest rates on standard ADSL internet.

If you rely on the internet for streaming or downloading TV, films and music, then it makes sense to pay a few quid more a month and go for a fibre broadband deal instead. Learn more about the different available broadband speeds and which you may need below.

0-25Mb The entry-level internet connection you can get is called ADSL, sometimes simply referred to as ‘standard’. It delivers speeds of up to 17Mb, which equates to just over 2MB per second. It best suits small households who want to surf the web, handle their emails and stream non-4k catch-up TV.

25-50Mb Fibre broadband speeds start at up to 38Mb, so more than double what you get with standard ADSL. It’s the sweet spot between fast speeds and good value and just the ticket for a family household where four or five members are all streaming, downloading and surfing at once.

50+Mb You need to crank up the speeds if you want to, say, stream 4K Ultra HD content TV and films. Most providers have speeds of 52MB and 76Mb, but only Virgin Media broadband can offer 100Mb and over – that’s an incredible 12.5MB per second.

Can I get fibre broadband where I live?

If you think superfast broadband is what you need for your home, there may be a slight snag. Most households can now get it, but there’s still around 10% of UK homes that still can’t get it – and that rises to 40% where Virgin cable connections are concerned. So be sure to type in your postcode in our fibre broadband checker above to see whether superfast internet deals are available in your part of the country.

What contract length should I go for?

BT, Virgin and NOW all offer 18 month package deals, Sky does 12 monthers and TalkTalk gives the option between either. Virgin Media offers 30 day rolling contracts for broadband and TV contracts as well, but we wouldn’t recommend them – the price shoots through the roof for these short term agreements.

Will I have to pay anything upfront for broadband and TV?

Afraid so. Unless you manage to catch one of the providers during one heck of a good promotional offer, you’ll always have at least something to pay up front. This can include the costs of delivering the router and set-top TV internet box, but the likes of Virgin and BT also charge an activation or set-up fee.

Expect to pay at least £25 when you sign up for a TV and broadband deal, but it shouldn’t cost you any more than around £70 at the outset.

BT broadband deals and speeds

BT Unlimited Broadband | Up to 17Mb
BT is still the most popular broadband provider in the UK. You get the Home Hub 4 with its standard internet, as well as a Reward Card that you can spend anywhere Mastercard is accepted (the amount varies from week-to-week, so check our comparison chart for more details).

BT Unlimited Infinity | 52Mb-76Mb
Infinity is the name BT gives to its fibre optic broadband service. Infinity 1 gives speeds of up to 52Mb (around 6.5 MB per second download speed), which is faster than most other companies’ entry-level fibre. Upgrade to Infinity 2 and crank the speed up to 76Mb. With both, you get the rangey BT Smart Hub router and a more bountiful Reward Card.

View and compare BT broadband and TV deals

Sky broadband deals and speeds

Sky Fibre | 38Mb-76Mb
Sky only lets you add TV channels if you go for one of its superfast broadband options. Sky Fibre is the cheapest plan, but be wise to the fact that you’ll be limited to using, downloading and streaming up to 25GB of data per month. Pay more for Sky Fibre Unlimited, or extra still for Sky Fibre Max giving you up to 76Mb speed (around 9.5MB per second) and a Sky Q Hub router.

View and compare Sky broadband and TV deals

Virgin broadband deals and speeds

Virgin VIVID fibre broadband | 100Mb-300Mb
Not currently available on Virgin’s cheapest VIVID 50 plan, you can instead choose from 100Mb (12.5MB per second), 200Mb (25MB per second) or 300Mb (a jaw-dropping 37.5MB per second). If you’re also into gaming, you can choose VIVID 200 Gamer instead, which has better upload speeds and surpasses online traffic management to give you full speed even at peak times.

View and compare Virgin broadband and TV deals

TalkTalk broadband deals and speeds

TalkTalk Fast Broadband | Up to 17Mb
Don’t let the name fool you, TalkTalk’s fast broadband offers only standard ADSL 17Mb speed.

TalkTalk Faster Fibre | Up to 38Mb-76Mb
TalkTalk’s fibre optic broadband plans are some of the cheapest around. And with its maximum speed of around 9.5MB per second, you can pay extra for Speed Boost and a Super Router.

View and compare TalkTalk broadband and TV deals

NOW TV broadband deals and speeds

Brilliant Broadband | Up to 17Mb
We can’t help thinking of Paul Whitehouse when we hear the name ‘Brilliant Broadband’. It’s NOW TV’s standard speed. Combine it with a TV plan and the prices can be very attractive indeed.

Fab Fibre | Up to 38Mb
Like the above, Fab Fibre comes with the NOW TV Hub router. The speeds head rise to around 4.75MB per second, which should be more than enough for streaming, downloading and surfing without frustration.

View and compare NOW TV broadband and TV deals


Download of the day – Planetarium

Planetarium, as its developer is keen to point out, isn’t a game – it’s a planet generator – but it’s great fun to tinker with.

You can make your own planet using the small selection of controls, but the real fun is in discovering the 250-odd planets it already contains. These can be found by typing words into the search box at the bottom right, then tapping Enter to see what appears. Move your mouse over the planet – if you’ve been lucky, you’ll see a description written by the planet’s creator.

The Planetarium Subreddit contains a list of planets discovered by players. If you find something interesting, you can take a screenshot by tapping 4 on your keyboard. Planetarium is only available for Windows at the time of writing.

Download here: Planetarium

Download of the Day is our pick of the best free software around – whether it’s useful, fun, or just plain silly. If you have any recommendations, please send them to downloads@techradar.com.


Net Neutrality Day of Action: what is it and what does it mean for you?

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed a major rollback of net neutrality laws, and in protest the public along with some of the biggest companies in the world are taking a stance during the Net Neutrality Day of Action.

The protests range in arguably how effective they are, but the point is the same: the rollback of net neutrality laws could seriously damage the internet as we know it.

Today’s being called the Net Neutrality Day of Action, or Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality, and there are dozens of companies taking part, including Google, Facebook, Amazon and Reddit.

Why are these giants of the industry being so vocal about net neutrality? There are a few reasons. From a business perspective, limitations on what pages people can access could ultimately lead to fewer people viewing certain pages. For example, if you have to pay extra to access Facebook, fewer people will end up using Facebook, which is bad news for Facebook as well as users who would have to pay.

This is by far not the only reason companies are taking part, of course. Here’s a rundown of what net neutrality is, what the major tech companies are saying during the Day of Action, and why all this matters to you.

What is net neutrality?

To understand what the Net Neutrality Day of Action is all about, it’s important to know what net neutrality is in the first place.

The dictionary definition of net neutrality is: “the principle that internet service providers [ISPs] should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.”

Net neutrality is the idea that internet service – regardless of what’s being accessed or who’s accessing it – shouldn’t be restricted. Without net neutrality rules in place, this unrestricted, open internet access is put in jeopardy.

What major tech companies are saying today

Here’s a look at what some of the major tech companies are saying and doing today as part of the Net Neutrality Day of Action:


Facebook may not have done anything official today, but founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a note in support of net neutrality on his personal Facebook page.

“Right now, the FCC has rules in place to make sure the internet continues to be an open platform for everyone,” he writes. “At Facebook, we strongly support those rules. We’re also open to working with members of Congress and anyone else on laws to protect net neutrality.”

It’s a strong position from one of the tech industry’s most prominent leaders.


Reddit’s approach on the Day of Action is a little more ingenious.

When you head to Reddit today, you’ll see a pop-up message that appears to load slowly, and reads “the internet’s less fun when it loads slowly, isn’t it?” Not only that, but the Reddit logo is also animated so it looks like it’s loading slowly.

The point here is to demonstrate what throttled internet speeds could look for users like if net neutrality protections are rolled back.


Google’s protest against the rollback of net neutrality laws comes in the form of a statement, which reads in part the company hopes “you’ll make your voice heard.”

”Thanks in part to net neutrality, the open internet has grown to become an unrivaled source of choice, competition, innovation, free expression, and opportunity. And it should stay that way,” Google writes.

The search and technology giant stopped short of any prominent pop-up, banner or throttled speeds on google.com, but it’s position on the matter of net neutrality is clear.


Amazon’s protest is a more hidden than some others. When you head to the Amazon home page and scroll down a ways, you’ll notice a small section to the right that reads “Net Neutrality? Learn More.”

Click here, and you’re taken to the Internet Association’s page, which reads prominently: “Save The Open Internet”. There’s also this helpful explainer video on the page:


Twitter also posted a blog post today protesting the rules rollback, arguing net neutrality is extremely important in maintaining competition and in reaching global customers.

It also noted that you currently “don’t have to be a big shot to compete” – a reality that could change for smaller companies if net neutrality laws are rolled back. Twitter’s PublicPolicy arm is promoting Net Neutrality Day with a special #NetNeutrality hashtag.


Netflix’s protest is slightly more in-your-face than a staid blog post. When you head to Netflix today, you’ll see a banner that reads “Protect Internet Freedom. Defend Net Neutrality,” along with a prompt to “Take Action.” Clicking on this will take you to the Internet Association’s page on net neutrality.


Mozilla has long supported net neutrality, and in celebration of today’s event the company posted a nine-hour long video of narrators reading pro-net neutrality comments written to the FCC. It’s a slightly different protest, and a little bizarre, but it certainly sends a message.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), known for defending the rights of people in their digital lives, today posted a fake message from “Atcast” telling users they had to pay extra for the “premium bundle” in order to access the website.

Of course, another pop-up then explained the first message is fake, but this demonstrates what could actually happen without net neutrality protections.

Why does this matter for you?

Net neutrality is an increasingly important issue, and one that could eventually affect everyone who uses the internet.

Without net neutrality, ISPs such as Comcast and Charter could throttle your internet access depending on the websites you use.

So, for example, while you might pay $40 per month for a basic internet package, you may then have to pay an extra $5 just to use Facebook or Twitter. Or, you might have to pay extra to get a certain speed, depending on the websites you access.

That’s not good new for users, obviously, but it means mega-giant ISPs could stand to make a lot of money at the expense of keeping access to the internet unrestricted.

What can you do about all this? For starters, head to the Internet Association’s website and click the button to “tell the FCC to keep net neutrality.” You can send your comments to the FCC to let the commissioners know you want the internet to remain open.


The new Surface Pro’s sleeping problem may soon be fixed

If you’re one of the many newly-minted Surface Pro owners that sees your shiny new tablet take impromptu naps from time to time, rest assured that Microsoft is on the case.

However, a cure to the latest Surface Pro’s sleeping problem is going to take a little while, as the fix that Microsoft is working on was not included in the firm’s Patch Tuesday updates for the week of July 9. Whatever fix Microsoft has in store needs more testing before it rolls out.

“Just wanted to provide additional information that this fix was not included in the 7/11 Windows update, as testing still continues,” Microsoft forum moderator known as ‘BryanH’ wrote recently in a lengthy thread. “I will update this posting when the update is available, also the Surface Pro Update History page will also be updated with the details when it launches.”

Old habits die hard

If you, like us, aren’t experiencing this problem with your Surface Pro unit, then you likely haven’t paid much mind to the countless Reddit and Microsoft forum threads populated with complaints of the issue. Specifically, many Surface Pro units since launch will randomly enter a sleeping state, at times losing place of users’ work – not a good look for a flagship productivity tablet.

That said, this is not the first time a Surface device has struggled with narcolepsy. Both the Surface Pro 4 and original Surface Book suffered from this problem at launch, with the issue having persisted for months before finally receiving a fix.

Here’s to hoping that the time between BryanH’s July 12 forum update and the implementation of this fix will come in days or weeks rather than months. Otherwise, the new Surface Pro is the most impressive Microsoft tablet we’ve reviewed to date.

Via Neowin


Amazon Prime Day: Coolpad Note 5 and Cool 1 selling with massive discounts

Coolpad is a big part of Amazon’s Prime Day sales with two of its handsets currently selling with sizable discounts. The Coolpad Note 5 is currently selling for Rs 8,999, which is a discount of Rs 2,000 on its original price. The Coolpad Cool 1 is also available with a discount of Rs 1,000 with the 32GB + 3GB RAM variant selling for Rs 9,999. The 4GB variant is priced at Rs 12,999, although it doesn’t appear to be a part of the Prime Day sale.

Amazon specifies that both deals are only applicable to members of Amazon Prime, so it makes sense to get a Prime subscription as soon as you can to avail further benefits on products. In addition to discounts on items, Prime members are entitled to expedited shipping on Prime approved products and unlimited access to Amazon Prime Video, the company’s on-demand video streaming service.

The Coolpad Note 5 and the Cool 1 are pretty exciting smartphones in the Indian budget segment and the price reduction makes them a hot favorite on Amazon right now.

The Coolpad Note 5 comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) panel, a 13MP rear camera, an 8MP front camera with LED flash, and the octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor. The phone comes with 4GB of RAM by default accompanied by 32GB of internal storage, which is expandable via microSD. Rounding off the specs sheet is a 4,010mAh battery and Android 6.0.1 with the company’s proprietary CoolUI on board.

Coolpad Note 5 at Rs 8,999 @ Amazon (save Rs 3,000)

The Coolpad Cool 1 features the same 5.5-inch Full HD display on board and comes with the octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor. This is also one of the only budget phones to come with dual-cameras on the back (13MP + 13MP). There’s an 8MP front facing camera on board with “Selfie Beautification” to further enhance your self-portraits. The entry level variant comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage, which appears to be preferred choice for many. The handset comes with a 4,000mAh battery and Android 6.0 Marshmallow with CoolUI.

Coolpad Cool 1 at Rs 9,999 @ Amazon (save Rs 2,000)

You can also check out the best smartphone deals on Amazon Prime Day here.