''Computeractive'' (sometimes written as ''Computeract!ve'', to reflect the logo) is a fortnightly
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published by
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in the
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History and profile

It was first published in February 1998 by VNU Business Publications, which was bought by
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in 2007. In February 2013 it was sold to
Dennis Publishing Dennis Publishing Ltd. was a British publisher. It was founded in 1973 by Felix Dennis. Its first publication was a kung-fu magazine. Most of its titles now belong to Future plc. In the 1980s, it became a leading publisher of computer enthusi ...
. Its sister magazine is '' The Ultimate Guide series''. Based on fortnightly sales, confirmed by the UK's Audit Bureau of Circulation, ''Computeractive'' is the UK's best-selling computer magazine. The iPad app version of the magazine was launched in January 2012. An ebook version of Computeractive is provided by Zmags, although purchasers cannot read the magazine offline. Future acquired Dennis Publishing and its computing division including ''Computeractive'' in 2021.


The magazine is split into the following sections: *News – summary of recent technology news *Question of the Fortnight – essay on a chosen question *Protect Your Tech – summary of recent security news and latest preventative measures *Letters – letters from readers *Consumeractive – legal help for items bought online *Grow Your Family Tree – tips for making family trees *Best Free Software – reviews of free software *Named & Shamed – warns readers of unsafe programs *Reviews – reviews of consumer hardware and software by the magazine's staff and various freelance journalists. *Workshops & Tips – demonstrates processes which can be done on a device *What's All The Fuss About? – summarises a new technology *Cover Features – special features *Problems Solved – solved reader problems *Reader Support – solves reader problems with software bought from the Computeractive Store *Jargon Buster – explains jargon *Easy When You Know How – special workshop


External links

''Computeractive'' homepageArchived Computeractive magazines
on the
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