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Group test: what's the best software?

The best software packages available right now

PC Advisor reviews the best software packages you can install today.

5. Symantec Norton Internet Security 2011

Symantec Norton Internet Security 2011
  • Reviewed on: 18 January 11
  • RRP: £49.99 inc VAT for a three PC licence
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

With solid protection across the board and some impressive test results, Norton easily earned our Best Buy crown.

4. Ghostery

Ghostery
  • Reviewed on: 23 December 10
  • RRP: Free
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

If you value your online privacy and would prefer to browse the web without your browsing history and habits being shared with marketeers and advertisers, Ghostery is your friend. This free add-on for most browsers works very well, and is from a company that seems to have no commercial interest other than to restore the rights of individual users who object to being spied upon.

3. UltraEdit

UltraEdit
  • Reviewed on: 9 February 11
  • RRP: $59 (around £37)
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

UltraEdit has a 30-day trial with full functionality. This should be more than enough to decide if it's worth the price. It may not be cost-effective, compared to powerful free tools like NotePad++ or ConText, for those who work with text files only occasionally. The speed, flexibility, and power of UltraEdit make it a clear winner for anyone who works with text files full-time or even reasonably often.

2. Filter Forge 2

Filter Forge 2
  • Reviewed on: 9 February 11
  • RRP: Basic Edition $149 (around £95); Standard Edition $249 (£160); Professional Edition $399 (£255)
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

Filter Forge 2 is the most powerful Photoshop plug-in set on the planet - and great for 3D texture work to boot.

1. Dead Space 2

Dead Space 2
  • Reviewed on: 26 January 11
  • RRP: £49.99
  • Rating: Rated 10 out of 10

It may pose more questions than it answers, but Dead Space is 2 a joy to play.

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