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The 5 most popular software downloads

Software your PC can't live without

We've trawled the PC Advisor download section, which offers the latest and best software downloads for your PC, to bring you the five most popular programs that your PC just can't live without.

1. Microsoft Fix It Center 1.0.90

When a problem starts to affect your computer, attempting to work out the cause can be an immensely frustrating experience. However, this free tool from Microsoft has been designed to help diagnose and fix a range of software and hardware problems with your computer through the use of automated troubleshooters.

There are a number of troubleshooting tools available covering everything from Internet Explorer crashes to problems with hardware attached to your computer. Because the tool is able to scan your computer and determine precisely which hardware and software you have installed, it is able to provide tailored advice that could take a long time to track down online.

Download Microsoft Fix It Center 1.0.90

2. Hotspot Shield 1.571

Despite the name, Hotspot Shield can be used to protect both wired and wireless internet connections, and it has been designed to allow safe, secure internet access wherever you may be. From wireless hotspots in towns and cities, to making use of free internet connections in airports and hotels, there are risks associated with access the internet on the move. Hotspot Shield create a virtual private network which in turn helps to secure your internet connection and protect personal information from potential hackers.

Your IP address is kept private making it possible to browse the internet anonymously, but the key focus is on security. The program also has a number of other benefits. By acting as a proxy, Hotspot Shield makes it possible to access parts of the internet that might otherwise be blocked. Websites that are restricted to visitors from particular countries can be accessed regardless of where you are.

Download Hotspot Shield

3. CCEnhancer

CCleaner is a powerful tool for locating and removing leftover files that might be cluttering up your hard drive. But CCEnhancer makes it better still by adding support for more than 270 applications to the program, which means it'll be even more effective at removing junk files from your hard drive and free up even more valuable hard drive space.

These extra application definitions should work just as well as those installed by default, but if you have any problems then they're easy to remove. Launch CCleaner Enhancer, click Extra, then Delete Custom Rules and any changes made to CCleaner's configuration will be reversed.

Download CCEnhancer

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