Chrome 45

Are you ready for a faster browser? Chrome 45 delivers. There are a ton of improvements and it uses less power as well.

From PCMag:

The new Chrome does more than just browse the Internet, though. It now detects if your computer is running low on resources, and automatically stops restoring tabs in an effort to save memory. Just click to refresh later, if necessary.

Google has also trained Chrome to identify when a webpage isn’t busy, and use that free time to clean up unused memory.

“In practice we found that this reduced website memory usage by 10 percent on average, but the effect is even more dramatic on complex Web apps,” product manager Ryan Schoen wrote in a blog post.

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Best Free Antivirus of 2015 covers the best free antivirus software of 2015. Although, the latest Windows 10 version has a built-in antivirus, it just doesn’t do a good job. There are commercial versions, but why pay if the free versions are good enough. In my experience, I usually end up using several free antivirus tools to get rid of viruses and malware. Here’s the list based on rankings:

  1. Panda Antivirus
  2. Bit Defender
  3. MalwareBytes
  4. Ad-Aware
  5. Avast
  6. AVG
  7. Qihoo
  8. Comodo
  9. Forticlient

I use Avast, MalwareBytes, and Ad-Aware to clean up my PC. What’s your favorite?

Chrome Will Pause Adobe Flash Ads

Google Chrome will start pausing Adobe Flash Ads starting this week. Flash technology slows down a website and kill batteries. The Flash ads are still available, but users need to click on them to play. Google prefers HTML5 video since it’s much more efficient. Flash also poses a security risk. They have been exploited by hackers again and again. Google shouldn’t stop there. Google should work on blocking Javascript popups next. The most annoying one is JQuery modal overlays which are used for displaying ads, registrations, sign ups, and short videos.