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Old 26. May 2010, 01:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Two V3.co.uk giveaways

V3 are running two free giveaways starting tomorrow, Thursday 27th.

The first one is for Lavasoft Ad-Aware Plus 8.2. The link to the offer is here

The second is for Ashampoo Burning Studio 2010 Advanced. This offer runs from Friday 28th through to midnight Sunday, the offer is here .. if they're of use to anyone.
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Old 26. May 2010, 02:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thanks for this deya. I think I will download the Ashampoo Burning Studio. Some people do not like Ashampoo products, because of the emails they send. But, I think their software like Burning Studio which they offer for free are good. I have tried their other product Ashampoo Clip Finder HD, and I found it to be good too. They do not spam the inbox with a lot of emails, but they just send at regular intervals... which is tolerable, atleast for me. I just delete them, no issues. Their Burning Studio is comparable to Nero, and offered for free, it can be a good deal.

Although, I must share that I had a bad experience with Ashampoo Burning Studio 2009. I had to test a video CD, which I wanted to test on RW CD, so that I could erase it later. I burned the disc as Video CD, and finalized it. But, after that I found that the CD had been turned into a dud, no player was able to open it. So, I am afraid to use it again for that purpose. But, still I think its a software worth having.
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Old 27. May 2010, 12:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That's a fair comment about Ashampoo and their emails, Anupam. I have a couple of their programs but just use an email account that I set up to register for that kind of thing, but to be honest I don't get bombarded with stuff from Ashampoo so I can live with that. I use Burning Studio 2009 and have to say it works well for what I use it for, although I'm not into DVD and video so I use it for backing up data, burning mp3 and music discs. I've never had a problem with it in that respect and I agree with you that it's worth having, for free.

As for Ad-Aware .. I haven't used that for a heck of a long time so I've no idea as to it's performance or effectiveness these days. So if anyone's thinking of trying it it's probably best to read some reviews before downloading it, as should be the case for any software that anyone is thinking of trying for that matter.

Just looking at the V3 site page for the Ad-Aware offer I noticed that you can get Ashampoo WinOptimizer 2010 Advanced for free as well, for anyone who's interested. The link to that is here
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Old 27. May 2010, 05:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Ad-Aware was a popular and effective product years earlier, but it somehow lost its way, like Spybot. I would have liked to tried out new version of Ad-Aware, but it has got so much bloated, and its a hefty download. Also, I have not read much about its effectiveness in present times. I read somewhere about someone telling it was good, but I haven't seen much instances. I think I will pass for now.

Spybot is not much popular or effective these days, but still I think its worth keeping it. Once I had a PC which was badly infected. After cleaning with MBAM, and SAS, and the AV, I had tried Spybot too, and it had found stuff which all others had missed. So, still worth keeping for removing adware. It has not released a new version in a long time though.

About Ashampoo, I think its worth having, if you want a free alternative to Nero. Maybe my RW CD becoming a dud was some mistake... maybe I should not have finalized the disc. I would still give Ashampoo Burner a chance.
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Old 27. May 2010, 08:14 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thank you, Deya for posting the information on the Ashampoo WinOptimizer giveaway. I decided to try it. I would never have found it save for your post.

Regards, Kyuzo.
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Old 27. May 2010, 09:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Ok. I'm going to ask a dumb question (actually one out of ignorance).

Why do I need Ashampoo Burning Studio 10 if I have Windows 7? I've already burned a DVD with Windows 7 built-in tools. It did everything that I needed it to do. So, why do I need this program/software?

(Ok, I admit that I don't burn many DVD's....)
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Old 27. May 2010, 11:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm no help to you on that as I don't have 7, but if the amount of emails sent to me by Ashampoo is any proof, Burning Studio must be necessary for survival in the Modern Age!
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Old 28. May 2010, 08:22 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Why do I need Ashampoo Burning Studio 10 if I have Windows 7? I've already burned a DVD with Windows 7 built-in tools. It did everything that I needed it to do. So, why do I need this program/software?
I don't use Windows 7, so I don't know what are the capabilities of its in-built burning tools. But, if you have used Nero Burner, you will know that its a complete burning solution... means it can burn data, music, video CD/DVD. Many of the free burning software miss out on feature like burning Video CD/DVD. Like Nero, Ashampoo Burning Studio is a complete burning solution, with all features of Nero. And with the Ashampoo offer, you get it for free.

Sometime ago, I was looking for a free burning software, with which I could burn video CD, but I was unable to find one, and I was very surprised to see that there was no such free software which offered that feature. I was able to find it in Ashampoo Burning Studio. An old version 6 is freeware, and I was able to make use of it. After that, I got version 2009 from an offer.

Kyuzo, I have Ashampoo products, and I have registered for them... but I do not get the amount of emails that people talk about. I get emails only occasionally, and I think that's fair.
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Old 28. May 2010, 09:18 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Kyuzo, I have Ashampoo products, and I have registered for them... but I do not get the amount of emails that people talk about. I get emails only occasionally, and I think that's fair.
I've lots of promotional spam emails to my Gmail a/c, they all automatically go to a spam folder, or you can even set it to. All spam mails are gone with one-click. Never a concern to me.
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Old 28. May 2010, 03:10 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I get a few emails per week from Ashampoo. It's almost always prompts to buy Burning Studio. I really don't mind Ashampoo emails because their customer service personnel are very kind and efficient. I could always cancel receipt of the emails, but I've had pleasant contacts with their people and used their products in the past so it's no inconvenience. I'm currently trying WinOptimizer and like it reasonably well, so I'll keep the pipeline open.
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