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1 hour 30 min ago Best Free Program Launcher dlibertine

Quick Launch - Qsel has worked well for me for a number of years.

http://www.horstmuc.de/wqsel.htm

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2 hours 24 min ago Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader Jan2311

Google Chrome also has an excellent built-in pdf viewer nowadays, which I find very easy to use. It's really quick: almost instantly loads a 70MB (local) file. It has basic functionality (it lacks access to a table of contents as far as I know), but in 9 out of 10 times all I need is this basic functionality. Since Chrome is installed by default on many systems (well, okay, so is Adobe Reader :D ), no extra software is needed.

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3 hours 48 min ago Manage and Store Your Passwords Securely with Passneitor IO.Hazard

A convoluted setup, indeed. If you need multi-platform syncing and you perform constant password changes/updates, the apps you mentioned are very capable.

There is a good a KeePass' fork called 'KeePass2Android' which works on a very similar way. One of its main benefits is that it has two versions, one with online capabilities and another that works completely offline (no internet permissions required). IMO, that's a very clever way to reach more users while using the same functionality at the core.

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4 hours 18 min ago Best Free PDF Reader for Android IO.Hazard

Wow. Thank you for bringing that to our attention. Truth is new didn't find problems when we reviewed the app. We will check it again using the latest definitions to confirm it. Rest assured we will make any changes necessary to the review once we check that up.

In the meantime, try installing 'PDF Content Viewer' from Qumu Corp. It is a MuPDF fork with gorgeous looks and a very efficient text rendering engine. It will be added to the review in the update, which should happen the next week.

Best regards.

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6 hours 45 min ago Get Tips On How To Improve Your Writing icemandb3

This is no good if you are writing at anything above a 10th grade level. Nice try nonetheless.

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8 hours 8 min ago Best Free Program Launcher oblivion

I think, given your expressed needs, you should have a serious look at a stablemate of FindAndRunRobot's called Launchbar Commander.

I haven't included it in the main list of recommended programs primarily because it takes work -- much of the type you profess to prefer! -- to get it set up properly.

It can do one or more floating or docked docks, popup menus, autohidden menus, and it can be as stark as you want it to be.

I use it myself -- as a launcher for the apps on my portable HD.

Find it at:

http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Mouser/LaunchBarCommander/index.html

DonationCoder -- a site I am a big fan of -- makes their applications and utilities available for free or for an optional donation. You DO have to register, but nobody's going to make you hand over money. And there's an extremely active forum where you can find help on any of their products.

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8 hours 51 min ago Best Free Hard Drive Backup Program Snoopy44

I am interested in the Easeus backup software. If you buy the To BackUp Home, can you use it on all your computers? I have 2 laptops and two desktops. Also, what do you mean by creating a boot disk? I just purchase a new laptop running windows 8.1. I want to backup the entire system to an external HDD and be able to restore everything to this factory state. In case the computer won't boot, I need a boot CD. Are you saying you can't do this with the free version? What is a linux bootable CD? Is that only for if you are using the linux operating system?

Thanks..

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9 hours 46 min ago Get Tips On How To Improve Your Writing Maxo

This looks useful. Thanks!

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11 hours 24 min ago Best Free Hard Drive Backup Program joeguru

If I understand your comment correctly, you seem to have misunderstood Step 2 and the selection of a backup destination. You are not forced to use Comodo Cloud, but it is the default destination. There are 4 other options you can select listed in a row. Look for where it says Comodo Cloud, My Computer, CD/DVD, Network, FTP Server, EMail. Try clicking the one that says My Computer.

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14 hours 33 min ago Best Free Hard Drive Backup Program Redschuart

I don't think you can describe Comodo Backup as unrestricted freeware. When I installed it, I unticked a box so it didn't install their cloud backup service.
When I tried to set up a file backup it forces you to log in or register. The register option takes you to a webpage that then forces you to sign up for one of their cloud backup services. They all cost money. The first offers "90 days free" which indicates after 90 days they will charge you.
That isn't unrestricted freeware in my book.
I did not want 'cloud storage' so didn't register and removed the software.

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17 hours 32 min ago Best Free Music Creation Software ramuzic

theres a site where you can get some good free software www.producertool.com you all should check it out very good site you have to sign up to get downloads but its all free so enjoy

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19 hours 20 min ago Manage and Store Your Passwords Securely with Passneitor famewolf

Thanks for the reply. Just for clarification, keypass and keypassdroid keep all their data "local"...you can then put that data in the cloud and keep it sync'd with various apps such as "foldersync". I just found it strange to recommend a relative newcomer with an unknown history vs more established apps with more functionality.

My personal setup is even more convoluted...I use lastpass for chrome and firefox in linux....so occasionally I export the database to csv and then import it into a keypass database...that database is saved to a dropbox folder encrypted with a long password then keypassdroid automatically uses the same file which is sync'd using foldersync. It's worked fairly well for me.

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19 hours 51 min ago Manage and Store Your Passwords Securely with Passneitor IO.Hazard

If you need cloud backup and syncing, KeePassDroid and Keepass2Android are two good 100% free alternatives.

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19 hours 58 min ago Manage and Store Your Passwords Securely with Passneitor IO.Hazard

Thank you for your kind words about the site.

KeePassDroid is a very good app; it would be a foolish act from us to say otherwise. However, Passneitor can be useful to other people who are always looking for alternatives.

Open-source software is great because it adds, undeniably, an extra value to any app. However, that does not make it impregnable and the recent OpenSSL bug is a good proof of that. Passnetor is aimed at those users who don't like the idea of having sensitive data (such as passwords) stored in the cloud, even if the the data is encrypted. Each app has different capabilities, i.e. KeePassDroid has syncing options that Passneitor lacks, as it stores all the data locally. Conversely, Passneitor has a database self-destruct option that KeePassDroid doesn't.

All in all, every app has its own ups and downs and it is up to the users which one to install based on their own needs. As the old saying goes: "One man's garbage is another man's treasure".

Best Regards.

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22 hours 45 min ago Manage and Store Your Passwords Securely with Passneitor cheesemonkeyboy

famewolf - I am with you = I use KeePass on my computers, and KeePassDroid on my tablet. This combo works great.

Still, I am very thankful for Gizmo's Freeware site, e-mailings, etc. www.techsupportalert.com is my first and best resource for software. THANK YOU!!!

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1 day 48 min ago Manage and Store Your Passwords Securely with Passneitor famewolf

Why would I choose this over keepassdroid which is free, open source and works with the desktop versions for keypass as well as letting you import lastpass's database?

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1 day 1 hour ago Manage and Store Your Passwords Securely with Passneitor MrDog

Since my computing is split between a Windows PC and an Android tablet I need a password manager that can run on both so I can just keep the database in sync. I currently use PasswordSafe which seems fine and I wonder if you have any other thoughts in this area?

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1 day 4 hours ago How to Tell if a File is Malicious BillR

Chiron, please consider briefly mentioning alternatives/supplements to VirusTotal and the tools that encourage their use. Please include your usual insight on when the alternatives might be useful and whether they add substantial information.

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Metascan-Online by OPSWAT (80 MB limit), while similar to VT, would be a useful addition as it:
- offers several additional scanners,
- has slightly different settings on a few overlapping scanners (for better or worse),
- supports larger files (80 v. 64 MB for VT at the moment), and
- has been slightly faster (usually, but my small sample size is small).
www.metascan-online.com

OPSWAT is in the process of adding functionality, including an integrated uploader and both Windows and *nix versions of some scanners (per their blog). They have recently started asking visitors who upload more than ~5 files for an email address and human validation.

VirusScan by Jotti (25 MB limit) also deserves mention, although it is mostly a subset of VirusTotal, as it uses the *nix versions and slightly different settings.
www.virusscan.jotti.org

Of course, more scanners means more opportunity for false positives and conflicting reports from the same vendor due to different products, platforms, settings, or even update cycle (although the latter should be negligible). Many scanners also primarily use signature files provided by other vendors and so add little additional security.

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I think others would be much more likely to avail themselves of the meta-scanners if a download is checked automatically (VT FF downloader) or at least easily (context menu).

I find the JottiQ uploader and PhrozenSoft VirusTotal Uploader useful as well as some of the VT tools, although others may be aware of even better tools.
www.whitehat.dcmembers.com/pages/software/jottiq.php
http://phrozenvtuploader.com/ (BitDefender TrafficLight URL scanner currently issues a false positive warning)
phrozenblog.com/?p=664
www.phrozensoft.com/processdl_24.html
https://www.virustotal.com/en/documentation/ (note, see all three browser extensions and also desktop; look in upper right to navigate between IE/FF/Chrome extensions)

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1 day 4 hours ago How to Tell if a File is Malicious BillR

Please include a change log. I know you will remember but I hope another mention will encourage other readers to encourage authors to follow your example.

Another 5 star article in your outstanding security series. I hope even casual readers will appreciate the knowledge and effort you have contributed.

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1 day 5 hours ago Best Free Drive Cloning Software stephenjvb

I tried ALL the recommended programs. None worked. Some crashed and some spent lots of time copying the data to the new drive. When they were done the drive was still empty. They had fancy GUIs and lots of unexplained options.

Possibly the problem was that I was moving XP from a 28GB FAT32 drive to a 160 GB NTFS drive, even though some software specifically addressed that.

I finally tried xxclone. It was simple and fast (much faster than the recommended programs that didn't work). With a few clicks I had a clone that I'm now using.

It seems that most reviews favor a neato GUI over actual results. Xxclone works, which is the only serious criteria for me.

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1 day 6 hours ago Site Suggestions and Feedback Magic Dragon

04/19/2014 I have often been puzzled about why no one who programs the computerized version of Hearts has not programmed the game in such a way as to prevent someone from "shooting the moon". My mother loves to shoot the moon--and she has been doing that probably since her early childhood. Her mother liked to play cards and I feel sure that she taught her children--at the least the 3 youngest--to play several different card games. Also if you consider the fact that my mother is now in her 80's you will realize that commercial radio was relatively new, there was no television, and that she grew up during the depression. So money was scarce.

The older I get the more I realize that we are meant to take risks, and I feel that learning to take risks at card games is a relatively safe place to start. Most children do not play cards for money, so the worst thing that can happen is that you don't win a hand or a game.

So while it is possible to play the computerized version of hearts, since nobody has programmed the game to prevent someone from "shooting the moon" there is very little risk in attempting to do so.

I will admit that I haven't played hearts on the computer in some time. I have watched my mother play, and I don't think she has failed to shoot the moon anytime she has had a hand that she thinks she can make the attempt.

In addition to suggesting that the program for the Hearts program be changed to make it difficult to shoot the moon, I can't help but wonder if they are ways of making other computerized games more difficult. I know that a lot of adults play cards on the computer, and I am willing to bet that there are a fair number of children who do so also. So how about giving any one who is willing to take a risk a real feeling for what taking a risk is about?

Peace. Joy. Love. Terry Blessing

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1 day 10 hours ago How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk v.laurie

There are a variety of things that could have gone wrong with a download this big. The ISO may be corrupted. The big download can be a pain but did you try downloading another copy of the ISO? As to alternate DVD burning software, many PCs with a DVD drive come with some third-party software and you could try that if you have if you have it.

If you continue to have trouble, please post the details of your problem in our forum: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/.

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I've done a few of these myself, from what I've seen so far the quality of content is very good and there's a great variety of topics/fields and level of learning too. The discussion threads are a nice touch allowing you to chat with other people doing the modules.

My only problem is that I like the look of so many of them that I sign up for loads and then of course don't have time to do them all. Story of my life that. :-)

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1 day 12 hours ago Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software sicknero

It's also quite easy to make a portable version and bypass the installer altogether - http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=583

Alternatively you can use a ready-made PAF version - http://portableapps.com/node/21615

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1 day 12 hours ago How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk sicknero

I'm not familiar with the process as you describe it.

I used FreeDownloadManager to get the ISO (http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/free-download-manager-portable) and ImgBurn to burn it to disk at speed x2.4 (http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=583).

It appears to work fine, by which I mean that I've tested it as far as seeing that the DVD boots ok as far as the install dialogue but I haven't actually run the complete installation.

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1 day 15 hours ago Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software MidnightCowboy

As per the extensive details given for this program in the review, and as with a lot of other software, it contains bundled components, but these are easy enough to avoid if care is taken during the install process. More information at the link below. MC - Site Manager.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/what-else-have-you-just-download...

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1 day 15 hours ago How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk ynsdavid

I have downloaded file X17-58997.iso (win7 Home Premium 64bit). Use Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool, then error message the downloaded file not vaild ISO file. Is there other method to burn into DVD? I want to create Windows 7 DVD Bootable disc, do I use the correct DVD tool?

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1 day 15 hours ago Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software AndyF

NEVER use IMGBURN! I just tried it based on this sites recommendation. It hijacks your home page and search engine with "White Smoke" and is a pain to remove. Completely UN-recommended!

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1 day 15 hours ago How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk sicknero

Vic's download links appear to be working again.

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1 day 16 hours ago Get Tips On How To Improve Your Writing bernardz

I can confirm what Philo stated.

Go control-a then it highlights the writing, you can then delete that and put in your own text.

Interestingly I pasted Rob Schifreen comments above and tested it. It missed the double "The the" completely

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1 day 19 hours ago Best Free PDF Reader for Android Kletus

Just installed Andoc but removed it because Avira said the Domob adware tagged along. Guess I'll try MuPDF

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1 day 22 hours ago Best Free Torrent Search Engines SamRanger

You have a very good list of torrent search engines but my favorite site is not listed there and even the famous isohunt new domain after they were shutdown, is not also listed.

I just give a plus one to this torrent search engine that I found on the net http://veoble.com/torrent/. It uses google search to index and get all torrent files so I assume that it's clean. It is just like an all in search from different torrent sites like piratebay, isohunt, extratorrent, kickass and others. That's why I love it!!! It doesn't have popup ads that annoys the users and sometimes popup ads contains malware.

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2 days 2 hours ago Get Tips On How To Improve Your Writing Philo Vance

In fact, there is no desktop version. If you click the link, it's just a survey asking if you would be willing to pay $5 for the app when it's actually written.

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2 days 5 hours ago Get A Top-Of-The-Range $59.95 DVD Ripper For Free If You're Quick Aninnymous

hey rob.schifreen, you need to perform this operation:

[Link to commercial services edited out]

These guys are selling stuff even on the same page you linked !!!

We must have consistent standards, or why have them at all, neh?

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2 days 5 hours ago A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing Aninnymous

I suspect this is harder than you think without the presence of a device to decode and encode signals to be generated over the power line. However, why even bother with the power lines when they can supposedly employ lasers for direct line of sight hacking, peeking in windows, radio frequency demodulators to interpret keystrokes and cpu response, compromised E-Proms, Roms, & software, and so on.

But all of the above assumes that your physical security kung fu is weak.

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2 days 7 hours ago Future Learn: Learning For Life (Website of the Week) redstick

Very nice find! Thanks, Rhiannon!

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2 days 9 hours ago Future Learn: Learning For Life (Website of the Week) Triggers Broom

Hey . . . .

When you bring stuff to the table, you can criticise. Otherwise keep a lid on

Thanks again Rhiannon; well worth investigating

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2 days 11 hours ago Future Learn: Learning For Life (Website of the Week) kkanalz

It is NOT a "ladder" on the left!

It is a STAIRCASE (to illustrate steps).

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2 days 17 hours ago How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk MidnightCowboy

Unfortunately we are unable to provide individual support in the comments sections. Please post details of your issue here in our forum. MC - Site Manager.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/

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2 days 17 hours ago How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk angieboom

Regarding Windows 2007. Have had the same password for a very long time. Everything working well until yesterday, when signing on to my computer, received a message that the password was incorrect. Quite impossible, I can assure you. Rebooted the computer to no avail. I do not have a password reset disk. I was told by Microsoft that my only option is to purchase Windows 8. I don't think I even have enough memory or the right bit(32/64)for that kind of installation. I'm infuriated. Please help if you can.

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2 days 22 hours ago Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed v.laurie

I have added a sentence to the article about having to refresh.

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2 days 23 hours ago Best Free Desktop Search Utility Australia

Kendall, I found an alternative to "Everything"
I use Windows XP
I have used Everything for the last 3 years, and it is indeed a very fast utility
Two problems:
It has to rebuild its database everytime the computer is restarted for the day, which can take some time
Secondly, for my Windows XP system at least, Everyday seems to sometimes interfere with Windows File Manager/explorer, making it unstable at times

I was informed of a new application, Hddb (version 1.03)
This software is very similar to Everything, but can remember its database, so doesnt rebuild it everytime you start the program
And similar very fast file searching

One weakness with Hddb - it needs to be installed, no portable version. And when you install it, it doesnt immediately recognise external drives including USB drives. For the first use of the software, I had to unplug and reinsert the USB flash drive, or restart my computer, and the external drives were recognised : )

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No love for nPOPuk? Might not replace a full-featured e-mail client but a useful supplementary for quick checks and at least some automated mail management. Small, quick, portable. Recent versions have useful improvements like the preview pane, and better filters, nearly good enough now to replace Magic Mail Monitor (and being in the INI file, they're more easily edited). Also filter boxes, so filters can automatically copy or move mail to permanent folders, etc.

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Cool!

Thank you, Dedoimedo! :-)

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3 days 7 hours ago Some Tips for Using the Online Editor MrBrian

You're welcome, and thank you for changing the article.

It could be condensed a bit more perhaps by replacing "1. [...] 2. [...] 3. [...]" with something like this: "http://www.techsupportalert.com/xxxx => write down /xxxx"

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3 days 9 hours ago Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed v.laurie

You are right that there is considerable confusion about http vs. https sites.

As to the Akamai patch, I am no expert in this area, but I believe they have said that the original bug has been rectified and they have reissued SSL certificates. Whether the update has been applied by everybody I don't know. Also, while Akamai is a major service in this area, there are others.

Whether the various tests for the Heartbleed bug are 100% effective, I don't know. This whole situation continues to be a big mess.

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3 days 9 hours ago Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed howiem

Vic,
Am I missing something? Seems a lot of people are trying to test http sites instead of https sites?
Seems to me there is a lot of hype on this one, and I am not implying that there is no danger. There is, but from my understanding of this, if someone can write an exploit they will have almost unlimited access to any vulnerable site server and there are no protective measures, especially since the Akamai patch was incomplete. But since Akamai says its first patch of OpenSSL was incomplete (akamai failed heartbleed patch cnet seth ), are the tools like this one searching fot the right parameters? Trusting websites based on the tools could be as harmful as trusting them without the tools. I just emailed the vendor of this FF extension to see if he is aware of the Akamai problem.
On the other side of the coin, so far it appears that only the NSA is exploiting this one.
It is hard to have any peace of mind with any tools given the unknowns, but it is probably not yet the time for everyone to put their money in the UTM (under the mattress) Bank.

Off subject: This is a very difficult site to make comments for people who are suffering cataracts.

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3 days 10 hours ago Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed v.laurie

Thanks for telling us your experience. Others have also found that you have to reload. I haven't seen this problem in my own tests and I don't know what particular browser configuration or combination of add-ons causes what you experience.

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3 days 10 hours ago Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed howiem

I', getting red on this one even though it is not a secure site
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ttp://thai.senate.go.th/in/english/back.office/search/resultadv_2_x.php?keywords=Activities+in+the+Senate&Submit=GO!

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3 days 10 hours ago Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed outsida92

Here's my experience. I'm running Waterfox and have Speed Dial, Gmail, Yahoo Mail and this article open and the heart was green. Then I opened up Pirate Bay and it turned yellow. I closed out Pirate Bay but the heart stayed yellow. I clicked on all the tabs and it stayed yellow. So, I decided to Reload All Tabs and then it turned back to green upon doing so. It has worked each time I have tried it. So, evidently you have to reload your tabs after the heart turns a color other than green when you load and subsequently close a site that changes it from green?

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3 days 11 hours ago Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed dwainwood

Try this:
https://ssltools.websecurity.symantec.com/checker/views/certCheck.jsp

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3 days 12 hours ago Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed Lexis from Texas

Thanks for this tip. You're the best.

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3 days 16 hours ago Get A Top-Of-The-Range $59.95 DVD Ripper For Free If You're Quick MikeR

Digiarty never addressed, still less ever apologised for, the issue at the heart of so many complaints: the allegation that it secretly installed a kill-switch in its software so as to disable that software at a time of its own choosing.

No other explanation was ever forthcoming for the sudden simultaneous performance failure of so many examples of a Digiarty software product that had been the subject of a giveaway promotion. Users were emphatic that they had not installed a later version which had had the effect of wiping out an existing installation. Nor had they allowed their installed program to search for updates.

So intense was the storm of complaint that Digiarty eventually issued a statement.

That was curious enough in itself, seeing as how the developer might easily have blamed every user for allowing an update to occur or the subsequent installation of a later version of the program to wipe out its predecessor.

But Digiarty didn't blame any user at all. And that made everything even more curious, because if the users hadn't been the architects of the software failure. . . then who had? Answer was there none. Digiarty didn't then, and has not since, ever once addressed the issue of what seems to have been the deliberate, timed, scheduled, disablement of software installed on individuals' computers.

Instead, Digiarty merely apologised for any inconvenience caused, adding that it was grappling with the serious problem of unethical people who shared Digiarty license keys all over the Net.

As explanations go, that was about as daft as it gets. The Digiarty software concerned was given away by Digiarty *with the same license key for the entire world and his dog.* Asked why, if the company was so concerned about multiple license keys being out in the wild, it couldn't be bothered to protect itself by issuing individual license keys specific to each individual user, Digiarty's response was . . . Silence.

The issue then, of whether or not this developer installed, by stealth, a kill-switch in its software remains unanswered. Digiarty refuses to admit or deny. It seems to hope that apologising for "any inconvenience caused" is enough.

On which basis then, there's no way I'd ever touch a Digiarty product again nor recommend any friend or colleague to do so either.

A new program installed on a computer is as much an unknown quantity as is a stranger visiting someone's house. Trust is all. Sadly, a software developer which stands accused of stealthily installing in its programs, controls that function independently of the user and to the user's disadvantage, isn't one that's ever going to be crossing my doorstep.

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My apologies MrBrian. I mistook this for the way it works when we create a URL alias. You are absolutely correct in this case about adding a leading slash to a relative URL used on a review page. Things could have been changed when the online editor was upgraded.

Thanks for bringing this up and the documentation has now been updated to reflect how it works.

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Update to my previous comment.
well. I tried, but none of the attempts at ripping a simple DVD to disc worked. Tried 5 attempts in different formats and all of them had some strange playback issues rendering them unwatchable. result. not worth installing...

prior comment below.
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Worked for me. Thanks much. and it rips DVD pretty fast and is great compared to free ones.
Tips:
- License clearly says the program does not include upgrades. so if you upgrade to a new release the free license you had goes away. also don't later install on a new pc. license will only activate during this short period.
- If you follow the steps, on step two you will be taken to post the offer on twitter. just return to the signup page rather than hit send on the twitter page. You will see the license code there.

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Thank you. The article has been updated.

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They were heavily chastised for this and issued an apology, plus a new freebie issue without those restrictions, so they MAY have learned their lesson.

But DVD rippers and video converters are frequent giveaways by many companies throughout the year. Is any one companies products in this area markedly better in a technical sense then its competitors?

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3 days 23 hours ago Get A Top-Of-The-Range $59.95 DVD Ripper For Free If You're Quick godel

Interesting item from visiting their web site. Only 130 copies per 12 hour period (00:00 to 11:59:59 UTC).

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Thank you for your feedback. My problem with most of the antivirus reviews is that they tend to put most of the emphasis, in one way or another, on detection of threats. However, I am of the opinion that for a user in the real world what really matters is whether the computer was protected from infection or not, regardless of how it was protected.

As for Avast and Bitdefender, I do understand what you mean about activation. However, hopefully there is a way you can connect your computer to the internet for the small time required for activation. Still, I agree it would be best if they could keep track of users in some other, less intrusive, manner.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Thank you.

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Hi,

So far i used and recommends/install Comodo Internet Security to my neighborhood. Though comodo antivirus never had a chance to be in any top 10 best antivirus reviews in my experience my system is stable so far and can be commercially used that does not required activation. My downside is i never used my pc like i dont care..?! Like i dont go to any site that has bad ratings on it or i feel that a site is a bad site or a link is a bad link - I dont download and open any file which is unknown to me. Bad thing is that few people does that. It was confirmed to me when i recommends it to a company and they installed it to hundreds of computers - they say most of their users dont really care what they click because they know someone will fix it.

I wanted to tried avast and bitdefender but it does required registration and activation - and it is a bad thing for offline users. They should remove registration and activation. And should be a standard for any free software.

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Sorry 'bout that.

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4 days 3 hours ago Some Tips for Using the Online Editor MrBrian

As a test, I added a link to pc/security-tools.html without a slash in front. The resulting URL https://www.techsupportalert.com/content/pc/security-tools.html is incorrect. It works fine however with a slash in front. Furthermore, it seems that every Gizmo link in our article has a slash in front. I'm not sure why I'm getting different results from the documentation.

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4 days 6 hours ago Get A Top-Of-The-Range $59.95 DVD Ripper For Free If You're Quick Lazyboyz

I had absolutely no problems registering. Didn't even need to share it on facebook or twitter! I'm using firefox and onced I clicked on facebook the code appeared, didn't need to log in to facebook and didn't have to share! lol

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4 days 7 hours ago Lightweight Browsers reneeautumn

As a user of several different browsers(all those mentioned)I'm always on the look out for a better mouse trap ...so, i'm bringing to your attention a relatively new one based on chromium...the most secure I've come across out of the box so to speak..here's the link https://www.whitehatsec.com/aviator/..the browser is of course free to use and is called aviator..designded from the ground up according to whitehat...take a look at it, I don't think you'll be disappointed. Oh and you can use all the chrome addons..i have only added WOT and DrWeb.

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4 days 7 hours ago Compose Music Directly On Your PC. No Paper Required Sgluber

I appreciated this article and the suggestions/comments about Forte 5, Finale Notepad and Musescore: tks to all of you, guys! :-)

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4 days 8 hours ago Get A Top-Of-The-Range $59.95 DVD Ripper For Free If You're Quick jmjsquared

Thanks for the treat. As to the anti-social media thingy, no problem: I create the link as required, then immediately log into my account and delete it. They put time constraints on my registering their program. I put one on how long my link would exist.

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4 days 9 hours ago Best Free Project Time-keeping Utility chouhansital

I recommend you to also consider adding the cloud based hours tracking tool from Replicon ( http://www.replicon.com/olp/hours-tracking-software.aspx ) in this list. The tool basically is meant for the time to be tracked and managed in order to reach out to the level of success.

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4 days 9 hours ago Get A Top-Of-The-Range $59.95 DVD Ripper For Free If You're Quick gpc111

This publisher does not have the best track record even on a normal "giveaway". Their programs works great at first but after 3 or 4 months when you try to use the one of the programs, you find it has reverted to only a trial version. I try to avoid this publisher especially for programs that have plenty of free alternatives.

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4 days 9 hours ago Get A Top-Of-The-Range $59.95 DVD Ripper For Free If You're Quick Lexis from Texas

Thanks for this tip. You're the best.

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4 days 10 hours ago Get A Top-Of-The-Range $59.95 DVD Ripper For Free If You're Quick Darmil

Step 1 (download)of WinXDVDRipper ...link works ok. Step 2 (register) does not work at all...in Chrome, Mozilla or IE. Cannot register! Please advise! Thanks!

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4 days 10 hours ago Free File Search Utility is the Best Yet Australia

I use Windows XP
I have used Everything for the last 3 years, and it is indeed a very fast utility
Two problems:
It has to rebuild its database everytime the computer is restarted for the day, which can take some time
Secondly, for my Windows XP system at least, Everyday seems to sometimes interfere with Windows File Manager/explorer, making it unstable at times

I was informed of a new application, Hddb (version 1.03)
This software is very similar to Everything, but can remember its database, so doesnt rebuild it everytime you start the program
And similar very fast file searching

So finally, a rival to Everything has arrived !

One weakness with Hddb - it needs to be installed, no portable version. And when you install it, it doesnt immediately recognise external drives including USB drives. I had to restart my computer, and the external drives were recognised

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4 days 10 hours ago Best Free Torrent Search Engines drago

Another one rather popular torrent search engine with clean WOT reputation is http://torrentus.eu/ that works similar to Torrentz.

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4 days 12 hours ago Get A Top-Of-The-Range $59.95 DVD Ripper For Free If You're Quick CyberWolf64

Be VERY careful with this "giveaway". I too took advantage of their "giveaway" back around Christmas, and when January rolled in, the "giveaway" no longer functioned because it "claimed" that the method of registration had been changed. Although I did complain to them and they did send me a new link with the newer version and a new registration, I would still be very very careful. I am still VERY nervous as to what will happen when/if I ever have to do a complete re-install of system. Be very interesting to see if it still actually works.

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4 days 13 hours ago Best Free Animated GIF Maker Sahil Waste

Hi Shan,

What you are looking for is not a animation program but a screen capturing utility, a screen capturing utility can capture dancing smiling face dragged by mouse. But, as per my knowledge it is not possible with gif animators, if in case i am wrong please correct me, as i love to know this. ;)

But if you are looking for something similar to this(i created this as an example):
http://tinypic.com/r/213ncbd/8

I created this with the help of:

1. A screen session recorder
and
2. A Paint program

you can also create something similar with the help of these or similar products,

Please refer to our Best Free Paint Program(http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-paint-program.htm) and Best Free Screen Session Recorder(http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-screen-session-recorder.htm) sections.

If you need further help, you can drop a reply here or post a topic in our forum (http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum)

-----
Sahil :)

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4 days 17 hours ago Best Free Technical Support Sites not recognized

good luck getting a response on 5 star support

http://tinypic.com/r/2cnh1k2/8

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4 days 17 hours ago Best Free Technical Support Sites not recognized

Last I looked, they had a very busy forum on malware amelioration and prevention

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4 days 21 hours ago Some Tips for Using the Online Editor Jojo Yee

Yes, MrBrian, it's accurate. The path module automatically adds a slash to your URL alias. Typing another slash at the beginning of the URL alias results in double slashes and it won't work.

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4 days 21 hours ago Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed brian99

SUCCESS!!!

Finally everything is working.

This is what I found:

When one of the sites from the vulnerable sites is loaded depending on the problem with the site a number of errors are identified by Heartbleed.
There are may reasons the site may be bad. See FAQ:

https://filippo.io/Heartbleed/faq.html

It almost always marks the vulnerable site correctly, but in at least one instance it found to the site to be: "Uh-oh, something went wrong" and the white center of the Hartbleed hart did NOT turn red.

So in that case unless you place the site address in the Hartbleed tester you would not know it was vulnerable. This site was: adultbay.org:443

In the 6-7 other sites I tried the Hartbleed hart the notification icon instantly changed from a white center to a solid red center.

Thanks for the help.

Brian

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4 days 23 hours ago Heartbleed Effect: Passwords You Need to Change Now howiem

Vic,
This all just got more complicated, since Akamai just announced that the patch it supplied for OpenSSL turns out not to be a complete patch, and the OpenSSL fix is only a partial fix. See the article at
http://www.cnet.com/news/akamai-heartbleed-patch-not-a-fix-after-all/?ta...

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In other words, there is a bug in the patch for the Heartbleed bug, and there will probably be another bugfix coming, but when, we don’t know, and I have no idea how it will affect the scanning tools, like filipo.
Whether changing passwords now will help, will probably depend on the approach that is taken to exploit the bug. If the bad guys are working from a database, then maybe changing passwords now is a temporary workaround, because they will not be able to log in with the old password, But, if the bad guys are rescanning the server data each time before launching an attack, then any target would be vulnerable at any given time, I believe. I am not into cracking, so I cannot say for sure.

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4 days 23 hours ago Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed brian99

Thanks again for the comments.

I closed out the 3 vulnerable web sites and restarted Firefox.

Even before any of the 12 sites that firefox loaded up, the Red bleeding hart showed up in the notification area.

These are the 12 sites that loaded up and with the red hart being displayed are vulnerable:
http://www.7tutorials.com/simple-questions-what-two-step-verification-au...

http://www.howtogeek.com/117047/htg-explains-what-is-two-factor-authenti...

http://www.yubico.com/products/yubikey-hardware/

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-tell-if-website-dangerous.htm

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/twelve-really-useful-links-you-n...

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/cameyo-application-virtualizatio...

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/browser-extensions-protect-heartbleed?utm_...

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-check-if-website-has-been-af...

https://filippo.io/Heartbleed/#55188.com:443

https://gist.github.com/dberkholz/10169691

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/firefox-and-chrome-browser-exten...

I then opened
aremo.com.br:443
Yes, it did come up as vulnerable!
aremo.com.br:443 IS VULNERABLE.

Here is some data we pulled from the server memory:
(we put YELLOW SUBMARINE there, and it should not have come back)

And as expected, the red bleeding hart is displayed at the bottom of the window screen.

NOTE: I should make one correction.
The bleeding hart is actually NOT in the notification area.
It is in the area of the screen where the notification bar is displayed if I close the notification bar by moving the cursor to the window view. That is, the bleeding hart is among the Icons that are displayed when the notification bar is closed.

I am sure that all of the sites that opened are not vulnerable; but if just one is vulnerable would the bleeding hart indicator open and stay displayed until the one vulnerable site is closed?

Thanks for the help.

Brian

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5 days 11 min ago Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed brian99

Thanks for the comments and suggestions.

This is what happened when I loaded three of the vulnerable websites:

adultbay.org:443
Uh-oh, something went wrong: x509: certificate is valid for ,
not adultbay.org

http://55188.com:443/
400 Bad Request The plain HTTP request was sent to HTTPS port
Microsoft IIS 5.0 RelaxPig Edit 10207

[Link removed. As per our site rules, links to red rated WOT sites are not permitted]
WOT Warning: This site has a poor reputation based on user ratings.
NOTE: The hart in the notification area now changed to bleeding!!

However, after the 3 web sites are closed I still have the bleeding hart displayed.

I will send this message and restart Firefox and see if I have the red hart or the bleeding hart.

Thanks for the help.

Brian

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5 days 1 hour ago Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed v.laurie

You can go to https://gist.github.com/dberkholz/10169691 and find sites that test as vulnerable in the list given there. However, I do not know what else is on these sites so you are on your own if you want to try them. I tried one in Firefox and the extension duly turned red.

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5 days 1 hour ago Compose Music Directly On Your PC. No Paper Required Dove777

There should be a link to the other music notation programs already reviewed in Gizmo.

And perhaps someday a comparison of all the programs available? We want the 'best freeware' available after all!

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5 days 2 hours ago Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed v.laurie

I looked at some sites with the Firefox extension and got no red. I don't know why you are seeing all these red ones. Anybody else have this result?

At this time, I do not have a link for a test site. Anybody have one to suggest?

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5 days 2 hours ago Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed brian99

Vic,

Can any post a test site that will show a site that will display as vulnerable?

I have the Heartbleed extension installed on my computer.

When I open 14 sites in Firefox a red heart is displayed in the notification area for every one of them! (Including http://www.techsupportalert.com/ !!!). And when I use the Heartbleed test to check each of them,the test results show that NONE of them are infected!

Is any one else have this problem? Or is there a flaw or problem with the extension?

Brian

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5 days 4 hours ago Don't Like the MS Office Ribbon? Bring Back Proper Menus. alancall

Office 2010 has me struggling for basic commands that I had memorized over a decade ago. 8.1 was OK for tablets, but a disaster on the PCs and (non-touch screen) laptops that most of us use use for business. They are such a one trick pony. Their biggest success (the original Windows OS) wasn't even their idea, they completely stole it from Apple's OS. Nearly identical. Zune, Vista, 8.1... the massive failures keep mounting. Lucky for them they made a fortune on their first Windows OS, or they would have went the way of Netscape. Change for the sake of change, with very little real innovation. They are very out of touch with what people actually want. They will really need Windows 9 to save them. Their dynasty is long over because there are far too many other options now. Apache Open Office, Google Docs, etc. They are in real danger of losing their following. They lost a LOT of goodwill with 8.1. Tens of thousands of public, private and SOHO companies have switched to the highly similar and free Linux, Ubuntu or Open Office. Virgin Airlines, The US Department of Defense, The City of Munich, the US Navy, Google's Chromebooks, etc, etc. all use some version of Linux. It's a shame. I am not a hater. They are a US company that employs thousands of Americans and have greatly enriched it stockholders in its early years. But that was then, and this is now. It's a very different landscape and they need to adjust to the times and realities. I just wish they would do better for all of us. Their future depends upon it.

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5 days 5 hours ago Some Tips for Using the Online Editor MrBrian

"Note: do not have a "/" at the start of your URL; it will not work"

Is that an accurate statement?

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5 days 7 hours ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

That's odd, I have the same thing going on here. I'll have to look into it.

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5 days 8 hours ago Compose Music Directly On Your PC. No Paper Required keithr386

Have used MuseScore for years, and Finale Notepad allows for a common platform for the large Finale community, but I have not heard of Forte 5. I will be interested in taking it for a spin.

KR

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5 days 8 hours ago Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software Anupam

The programs will most likely work on Windows 8 too. You can confirm by going to their home sites, and looking for system requirements. Like, I use BurnAware, and it works fine on Windows 8.

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5 days 9 hours ago Compose Music Directly On Your PC. No Paper Required Oxa

Thanks for that bit of useful info! This took time you were willing to share with us, and I'm grateful. I.O.U.1

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5 days 10 hours ago Compose Music Directly On Your PC. No Paper Required vandamme

MuseScore is a blast. I used Finale for many years, but I finally converted to Linux.

In other news, LMMS has finally reached version 1.0.0. So I can write scores, and render them.

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5 days 10 hours ago Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software MidnightCowboy

This category currently has no editor so there will be no changes until someone volunteers to take it over. MC - Site Manager

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5 days 10 hours ago Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software Rolvenden

I have just read this review, and apparently the Ashampoo program is the only one that runs on Windows 8. Is that correct, and if so are there updates coming?

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5 days 13 hours ago Heartbleed Bug: Time to Check your Android Device Nodrog

I just used both Bluebox and CM on my Galaxy Fame running 4.1.2 and find Bluebox to give fuller results. It states that the phone is running OpenSSL 1.0.1c but heartbeats are disabled so it is safe, and that one app (Virginmedia Smartcall) is using 1.0.0a and advises contacting the developer for further advice.

In contrast the CMSecurity app gives no information on the OpenSSL version on the phone and simply lists all the apps present with all marked safe.

First impressions would tend to suggest going with Bluebox.

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5 days 17 hours ago Cameyo - Application virtualization for Windows Dedoimedo

You can create a package on a 64-bit system, as long as it is a 32-bit application. Much like compiling 32-bit software on a 64-bit architecture. But you can't take a 64-bit binary and run it on a 32-bit system.

Cheers,
Dedoimedo

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5 days 18 hours ago Heartbleed Effect: Passwords You Need to Change Now MidnightCowboy

First news of successful exploits now surfacing together with details about how the exploit itself is being exploited by phishing scams.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27028101

Remains to be seen but IMO although the bug has existed for a long time, I think the majority of those exploiting it only began their operations after the announcement. MC - Site Manager.

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5 days 21 hours ago Cameyo - Application virtualization for Windows BkWdsDrftr

Can you create a package on a 64-bit system, then run that on a 32-bit system? When you launch a package on a remote system, where do any temp files or documents wind up at? Will Cameyo ensure that all my work gets saved to the portable drive? And what if I create a package on a machine that has a malware which infects the package? Will Cameyo prevent that malware from spreading to other machines?

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6 days 30 min ago How Windows 64-bit Supports 32-bit Applications sicknero

Also you could use Virtual Box to run an x86 version of Windows inside your x64 O/S, or you could as Remah says see if it's only the installer itself that is causing the problem. Trying unpacking the installer with 7-zip or Universal Extractor, you might get lucky and find that you can run it without installing it.

In the area of installation monitoring, you might also find this useful - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/cameyo-application-virtualizatio...

I've had mixed results with it but it will at the very least show you exactly what files/folders an installer creates and the locations of them, assuming you can find a pc that will let you run the installer.

Another alternative is to search the internet and see if there's another version of your game available; many old games have been re-created for newer O/Ss, there are also emulators like DosBox and some have been recreated to be played on-line in your browser.

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