Tuneup Utilities 2011

If you have had your computer for one year or more, you may find that it is running slower than it once did. If you are really unlucky, you may even find that your computer is experiencing frequent crashes or freezing. The good news is, you can fix these common computer problems with the help of a good maintenance package. The new Tuneup Utilities 2011 includes a variety of different features that can help you clean up your computer and prevent common computer annoyances such as freezing and crashing. Below is a complete Tuneup Utilities Review to help you discover what the program can do for you.

Tuneup Utilities 2011 Review – Functions

Tune up Utilities has over thirty different features that help you to repair and optimize the functionality of your computer. Because there are so many, we are not going to mention every single one here. However, we will discuss the main categories that each of these features can be divided into to help you get a sense of the different uses that Tuneup Utilities provides. The first category is status and recommendations. Upon startup of the Tuneup Utilities program, it will provide you with a list of recommendations for your computer. If, for example, the program has found an error, it will display it for you. It will also provide you with a button you can click that will take you directly to the solution for the error.

Tuneup Utilities also works to optimize your system. With over nine different optimization features, Tuneup Utilities allows you to erase any problem errors that may be slowing down your computer, allowing you to see increased performance immediately. As you may already know, another thing that can cause your computer to slow down is a full disk. The Tuneup Utilities program has two features that allow you to clean up your disk and speed up your performance. It also performs over 200 other checks that will help to maximize your computer’s performance.

Finally, Tuneup Utilities has several features that are designed to allow the user to customize their computer. Whether you want to personalize the look of your desktop, add animations, or run a flashy new screensaver, you can do so with the help of Tuneup Utilities.

Tuneup Utilities 2011 Review – Disadvantages

You can see that the Tuneup Utilities program has many advantages, but it also has its disadvantages. The first is that many users find the program difficult to install. However, if you are having trouble installing the software, Tuneup Utilities does have a customer service line you can call.

The second downfall of Tuneup Utilities is that it is one of the more expensive optimization programs on the market. The full version of Tuneup Utilities is $49.95, which may be considered pricey, especially if you are not trustworthy of new products. However, if you are iffy about paying $49.95 for a product you have never tried before, you can try this one first! Tuneup Utilities offers a 15 day free trial download to anyone who is interested in taking the product for a test run.

Tuneup Utilities 2011 – Summary

In sum for this Tuneup Utilities 2011 review, this program is great. Yes, it can be difficult to install and it does cost more than the regular optimization product. With that said, it also offers many more features than the regular optimization product. The best part? You don’t have to take my word for it, you can try it for 15 days absolutely free. So what are you waiting for? Give it a shot – it’s free!

Video Converter Software and its Advantages

If you happen to be someone that watches a lot of videos on the computer, and you don’t have video converter software, you’re going to need it soon.  Because one day when you decide to kick back and watch a movie, you will press play, and the video won’t start.  You’ll probably waste a lot of time trying different things to ‘fix’ the computer or the video, and then finally realize that your computer is just not able to read that particular video format.  That’s where video converter software comes in.  It can convert a video from one format to another, with just the click of a button.

Using video converter software is an easy way to deal with videos that you would like to watch, but your computer cannot play.  Video converter software can change the format of the video, so that it is able to work with your computer.  However, there’s no need to be intimidated about using the software, because it really is very simple to use.  If the video you would like to watch is not compatible with your computer, then you just have to load it into the video converter program.  All you will have to do next; is to click a button, and the software will convert the video into a format that meets the needs of the system.

Of course one of the main advantages of using video converter software, is you get to view your video really quickly.  The other option would be to adjust your computer system.  This will likely mean buying costly upgrades, or searching the internet for downloads that will enable you to adapt your computer’s system.  Either way, using video converter software is a lot easier and faster.

When you are buying video converter software, remember that there are millions of videos, with a lot of different formats.  Therefore, the best video converter software should be able to work with videos that use common file formats like MPEG, and WMV.  You want to ensure that the software will be able to convert the video format that you have, so make sure to choose the right software.

In selecting the best video converter software, be aware of two things.  Firstly, make sure you know the format of the videos that need to be converted, and secondly, know the format that the video need to be converted to.  If you select software that supports common file formats, then it is likely to cover your computer needs, but always check this beforehand to be sure.

Another advantage of using video converter software is that you will be sure that the quality of the video remains intact. When converted, the video quality will be almost equal to that of the original video.  However, you need to get the best video converter software, which is one that has the features you need to ensure high speed conversion.

The various gadgets we have such as computers, MP3 players, and mobile phones, all utilize different video formats.  Therefore, getting good video converter software is an excellent idea, because whenever you need to change a video format in order to play it on your gadget, it’s pretty easy to do.

Buy Diablo 3 – Pre Order from Amazon

The long awaited Diablo III is expected to be released at the end of this year (Dec 2011) or most probably on January 2012. When it will be released though, you will not be able to buy it immediately due to high demand. Stores will run out of stock and it may take weeks to manage to purchase this incredible game.

Amazon however is offering a pre-order option on their online store. For $59.99 you can pre-order Diablo 3 and you will get it as soon as it is officially released by Blizzard Entertainment. You will have it shipped for Free as well. Another great advantage of Amazon pre-ordering is that if the price of the game changes between now and the release date, you will get the lowest price from Amazon. This means that although the price now shows as $59.99, if Amazon offers a lower price in the future, you will get charged with the lower price.

Buy Diablo 3 from Amazon below:

Diablo 3 Release Date

Diablo3 will be the new game from Blizzard which is eagerly expected by millions of players worldwide. Diablo 3 is a role-playing fantasy action game with cooperative multiplayer concept. Its predecessor, Diablo 2, has been the favorite online game for millions of people all over the world, from ages 5 to 90!! So there is no doubt that the new version will be a great success as well.

This game has been in development since 2001 (around 10 years ago) and will be a great fantasy game for the fans of this genre. The developers tried their best to make this game better than the older ones. Blizzard has not stated an official release date, but in May 2011 they announced that Diablo III will be available as beta testing in the third quarter of 2011 (which means around October). However, the official release date to the public has not yet been revealed.

We have researched though through game forums, websites, official reviews etc and we have collected several potential dates which are likely the dates of the official release. From our research it seems that Diablo III most likely will be released on January 2012 . Some other websites say that they will release the game on December 31, 2011 which is a likely option as well.

Whatever the release date will be, you can get Diablo 3 for Free (some details apply) from the banner below (only for USA though):

The new game will be available for both Windows and Mac computers. The company is also working to develop a console version as well, thats why they are hiring programmers for developing the console game.

So to summarize: There is NO official release date of Diablo3 announced yet from Blizzard. However, from our research from reputable gaming sites and forums, it seems that the game will be released most likely on January 2012 and as a second option on December 31, 2011. Time will show!!!.

New products from Apple

Improved and faster MacBook Air and Mac mini, new Apple ThunderBolt Display screen and launch of the Mac OS X Lion are the new series of products introduced by Apple.

The new MacBook Air is faster than ever, the brand new Mac mini is very powerful despite its small size, and the new Apple ThunderBolt Display is the first screen in the world with the ThunderBolt technology. Also, Apple’s new operating software is released, called Mac OS X Lion.

The upgraded MacBook Air, offers next-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors and is 2.5x faster than the previous generation. It also has a built in ThunderBolt port for fast data transfer. Available in models with 11 inches and 13 inches, it has a backlit keyboard, flash storage and long-lasting battery for up to 7 hours.

Regarding the new Mac mini, it is twice as fast with dual-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, and equipped with the new graphics card AMD Radeon HD which provides sophisticated graphics for more fun. It also has a ThunderBolt port for much more scalability. Finally, it is also available in version with Lion Server installed.

Also, Apple launched its new 27 “LED backlit monitor, the Apple ThunderBolt Display, the first screen in the world with ThunderBolt technology to enable the user to link a Mac that has a ThunderBolt port and create a truly impressive workstation.

Finally, it became available the long awaited Mac OS X Lion, the eighth update of the most advanced operating system for computers in the world. The Lion, which is available through the Mac App Store at a price of 23,99 €, brings over 250 new features to the MAC.

Cyber Attacks to Sega

The latest cyber attacks have now hit Sega, another gaming company after Sony and Nintendo.

As BBC, Reuters and AFP reported, Sega announced that data for their users was compromised from their online network, Sega Pass. Confidential information such as names, birth dates, email addresses, passwords etc were stolen, while stating that the credit card numbers remained unaffected. The company admitted that data information were stolen from the database for approximately 1.3 million customers.

The Sega Pass network was shut down in order to mitigate the attack and reinforce the level of security, Sega said, and apologized to customers for the problem. Remains unknown when the network will operate again.

The violation in security was found last Thursday by the European Sega subsidiary company and was not revealed until recently. The hacker group Lulz Security, which has claimed responsibility for many of the recent major cyber-attacks, but not for the last one, voluntarily offered to help Sega to discover the culprit and punish him.

Site to Site VPN between Cisco ASA and Router

In this post we will configure Site-to-Site IPSEC VPN between a Cisco IOS Router and ASA Firewall. ASA configuration is not much different from Cisco IOS with regards to IPSEC VPN since the fundamental concepts are the same. Let’s start our LAB example and we’ll see how it’s done.

Consider the following diagram. The first site (Remote1) is equipped with a Cisco ASA firewall (any model) and the second site (Remote2) is equipped with a Cisco Router. Remember that a Cisco ASA firewall is by default capable to support IPSEC VPN but a Cisco Router must have the proper IOS software type in order to support encrypted VPN tunnels.

Equipment Used in this LAB:

  • ASA 5510 – Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance Software Version 8.0(3)
  • Cisco Router 2801 – C2801-ADVIPSERVICESK9-M Version 12.4(9)T4


LAN of Remote1 must be connected to LAN of Remote2 via VPN Tunnel. The most usual scenario is that the WAN cloud is the Internet, so secure connectivity shall be provided between the two LAN networks over the Internet.

First of all we shall make sure that the outside interfaces of ASA and router must be reachable over the WAN. Now let’s start IPSEC VPN configuration.

Cisco ASA Configuration

First I started ASA configuration.

I’ve created an Access list, which will match the interesting traffic which is the traffic to be encrypted. If source is and destination is, then traffic will be matched by the access list as “interesting traffic” and will be encrypted and pass through the tunnel.

ASA(config)# access-list vpn extended permit ip

! I’ve created a phase1 policy. This policy provides secured process of exchanging Keys.

ASA(config)# crypto isakmp policy 1

! For authentication I used Pre-shared. This method is most frequently used today.
ASA(config)# authentication pre-share

!For encryption I used 3des.
ASA(config)# encryption 3des

! Hashing md5.
ASA(config)# hash md5

! I used second group of diffie-hellman. Group1 is used by default. The most secured is Group5.
ASA(config)# group 2

! configure crypto key. The keys must match to each other between peers. Otherwise Phase1 will not be completed.
ASA(config)# crypto isakmp secretsharedkey address

NOTE: Crypto key is hidden in ASA configuration. If we look at configuration, it will be shown in following way.
tunnel-group ipsec-attributes
pre-shared-key *

! Activate policy on Outside interface.
ASA(config)# crypto isakmp enable outside

! IKE PHASE #2- VPN Tunnel is established during this phase and the traffic between VPN Peers is encrypted according to the security parameters of this phase.

! I created Transform-set, by which the traffic will be encrypted and hashed between VPN peers.
ASA(config)# crypto ipsec transform-set ts esp-3des esp-md5-hmac

! Apply the access list created earlier for matching the interesting traffic.
ASA(config)# crypto map vpn 10 match address vpn

! I indicated address of Remote2 peer public outside interface.
ASA(config)# crypto map vpn 10 set peer

! Apply also the transform-set.
ASA(config)# crypto map vpn 10 set transform-set ts

! Attach the already created Crypto-map and VPN to outside interface.
ASA(config)# crypto map vpn interface outside

ASA configuration is completed here (regarding the VPN config of course). Now let’s start Router Configuration below.

Cisco Router Configuration

ISAKMP Phase 1

! Enter crypto-isakmp policy configuration mode for configuring crypto isakmp policy.
Router(config)# crypto isakmp policy 10

! Turn on 3des as an encryption type.
Router(config)# encr 3des

! I indicated MD5 as a hashing type.
Router(config)# hash md5

! I indicated pre-share authentication.
Router(config)# authentication pre-share

! I used second group of diffie-hellman. group1 is used by default.
Router(config)# group 2

! I defined peer key same as ASA site.
Router(config)# crypto isakmp secretsharedkey address

It’s not necessary to match policy numbers. The most important is to match corresponding parameters of policy. Otherwise negotiation of Phase1 will not be successful.

! Access list for matching interesting traffic.
Router(config)# ip access-list extended vpn
Router(config)# permit ip

! Create IPSEC transform-set, by which the mechanism of hashing and encryption is determined, by which the traffic will be hashed/encrypted in VPN tunnel later.
Router(config)# crypto ipsec transform-set ts esp-3des esp-md5-hmac

! Enter into crypto-map configuration mode.
Router(config)# crypto map vpn 10 ipsec-isakmp

! Indicate IP address of peer.
Router(config)# set peer

! Indicate IPsec transform-set created above.
Router(config)# set transform-set ts

! Apply access list created above.
Router(config)# match address vpn

! Apply crypto-map to interface.
Router(config)# interface FastEthernet0/0
Router(config)# crypto map vpn

With this, VPN configuration is completed so let’s start verification.

! In the output below it is shown that ISAKMP PHASE1 is active, which means that negotiation of PHASE1 is completed successfully.

ASA# show crypto isakmp sa

Active SA: 1
Rekey SA: 0 (A tunnel will report 1 Active and 1 Rekey SA during rekey)
Total IKE SA: 1

1 IKE Peer:
Type : L2L Role : initiator
Rekey : no State : MM_ACTIVE

Router# show crypto isakmp sa
dst src state conn-id slot MM_ACTIVE 1 0

! Checking ISAKMP PHASE2. Here we see that IPSec is working and the interesting traffic flows in VPN Tunnel.

ASA# show crypto ipsec sa
interface: outside
Crypto map tag: vpn, seq num: 10, local addr:

access-list vpn permit ip
local ident (addr/mask/prot/port): (
remote ident (addr/mask/prot/port): (

#pkts encaps: 344, #pkts encrypt: 344, #pkts digest: 344
#pkts decaps: 344, #pkts decrypt: 344, #pkts verify: 344

#pkts compressed: 0, #pkts decompressed: 0
#pkts not compressed: 344, #pkts comp failed: 0, #pkts decomp failed: 0
#pre-frag successes: 0, #pre-frag failures: 0, #framents created: 0
#PMTUs sent: 0, #PMTUs rcvd: 0, #decapsulated frgs needing reassembly: 0
#send errors: 0, #recv errors: 0

Router# show crypto ipsec sa

interface: FastEthernet0/0
Crypto map tag: vpn, local addr

protected vrf: (none)
local ident (addr/mask/prot/port): (
remote ident (addr/mask/prot/port): (
current_peer port 500
PERMIT, flags={origin_is_acl,}
#pkts encaps: 344, #pkts encrypt: 344, #pkts digest: 344
#pkts decaps: 344, #pkts decrypt: 344, #pkts verify: 344

#pkts compressed: 0, #pkts decompressed: 0
#pkts not compressed: 0, #pkts compr. failed: 0
#pkts not decompressed: 0, #pkts decompress failed: 0
#send errors 0, #recv errors 0

VPN Tunnel is established and works.

Top iPhone 5 Features To Look Out For

The magnificent communication device, iPhone, is expected to witness another re-launch in the second half of 2011. Although the official release date of the device is yet to be disclosed the gadget lovers across the globe are already anticipating a mega launch in the upcoming months. As per the industry analysts, the new iPhone 5 would be glazed with some of the finest set of features that would make it a class apart device amongst the league of the rest.

Apple has set new benchmarks in the industry and rest of the equipment manufacturers often draw their inspiration from the marvel design and feature set that Apple has offered to all its customers. One of the much appreciated aspects about the device is that it has the most sensitive touch screen amongst similar smartphone touch devices. The new iPhone 5 would be powered on A5 processor and the front ending OS platform would be iOS4.3. Only iPad 2 has been powered on the new OS and it would be really interesting to note the performance of the device on the robust hardware support. The new iPhone is all set to take the world by surprise with its finest set of features and support on the go.

It is anticipated that the global launch of their most beloved device would be on a higher and better scale than iPad 2. Analysts are also anticipating enablement of 5 MP or more in the new iPhone 5. The end users should not be surprised if Apple provides 8 MP camera on the new device. Apple’s competitors, primarily Samsung, are keen to cover on the aspects where Apple hasn’t concentrated while launching the product.

The new iPhone 5 might be even sleeker than iPhone 4 as far as the depth size dimension is concerned. However, the overall design would be kept same by the equipment manufacturer. There were certain rumours about Apple releasing an abridged version of iPhone 5, however, all that seems to be past and it looks like an unlikely move by apple at the moment. Though there could be few free apps installed this time round. These would be pertaining to music and business. The new iPhone would be the order of the day amongst professionals and students.

They are anticipating the phone to be cheaper and a real value addition when slated against their daily deliverables. The connectivity options would be restricted to Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G and local USB. The 4G support is not that matured enough at this point in time and Apple too would refrain from over committing its customers on the feature set. It would be interesting to note the approach of the equipment manufacturer in the competitive times.

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