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Best Free Program Launcher 6 hours 26 min ago dlibertine

I have two machines, a laptop and a desktop, both with Win 7. Launchy 2.5 works fine on my laptop, but not on my desktop. I was able to download the 2.1.2 version, and it works fine.

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Get A $30 PDF Compression Utility For Free If You Act Quickly 7 hours 50 min ago MidnightCowboy You can find all you want by using Google. MC - Site Manager. view
Get A $30 PDF Compression Utility For Free If You Act Quickly 7 hours 54 min ago footpatrol

On further investigation this MAY be safe.
No problems with site at hxxp://www.unmaskparasites.com/ AND hxxp://sitecheck.sucuri.net/scanner/ online scanners as well.

If there are posts/articles on McAfee SiteAdvisor problems please post links of these reviews. Thanks.

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Get A $30 PDF Compression Utility For Free If You Act Quickly 8 hours 3 min ago MidnightCowboy

Mcafee is notorious for false results and IMO is not worth the disk space it occupies. MC - Site Manager.
https://www.virustotal.com/en/url/cdbdbf70fa2f71cee68949fcdb4354d6fda2cf...
https://www.virustotal.com/en/url/77abe286067ab7c008c5b9a34cfdc206576444...
http://www.urlvoid.com/scan/pdfcompressor.net/

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Get A $30 PDF Compression Utility For Free If You Act Quickly 8 hours 11 min ago footpatrol

Mcafee notes this site as Threatware/Shareware with Medium Risk.
May want to re-consider this.
SEE :hxxp://www.mcafee.com/threat-intelligence/site/default.aspx?url=http://www.pdfcompressor.net/giveaway.html

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Best Free Software for Linux 14 hours 29 min ago Panzer "... CouchPotato (CP) is an automatic NZB and torrent downloader ...": https://couchpota.to/ view
Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility 20 hours 55 min ago DanielM

There is new tool for synchronization purposes. It is cloud based, and works quite well. I was a bit shocked how it synchronized Google account, iCloud and my Office 365. Nothing to install into my machine, simple steps to configure and sync. It is called SyncGene, you can give it a try at www.syncgene.com.

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Get A $30 PDF Compression Utility For Free If You Act Quickly 22 hours 50 min ago godwinq8

There is another site with same name www.freepdfcompressor.com ending com which does same job for free , I have been using it andits better then http://www.pdfcompressor.net.

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Opera 1 day 3 hours ago Fairportfan

If only because of the way they emasculated the browser's bookmark manager, Opera from 15.xx on doesn't deserve the name.

Also, the company was (at some time in the past) sold to a Chinese company, which does NOT reassure me regarding security.

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Get A $30 PDF Compression Utility For Free If You Act Quickly 1 day 3 hours ago sgodlovitch

Tried to pack down a 27MB music score file. Result: 27MB with degraded quality.
Stan

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Get A $30 PDF Compression Utility For Free If You Act Quickly 1 day 4 hours ago papavonschoen

It keeps wanting to upgrade. I do it once and then get the upgrade message everytime I start it. Maybe I should uninstall and put in the key? As it stands I get the watermark also.

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Get A $30 PDF Compression Utility For Free If You Act Quickly 1 day 5 hours ago Joe A.TT

So the file got bigger instead of smaller? Try FileOptimizer instead...

http://nikkhokkho.sourceforge.net/static.php?page=FileOptimizer

It's free and it's portable.

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Best Free Program Launcher 1 day 6 hours ago Panzer Cerebro - another cross-platform extendable open-source launcher: https://betapage.co/product/cerebro view
Best Free Software for Linux 1 day 6 hours ago Panzer Cerebro - another cross-platform extendable open-source launcher: https://betapage.co/product/cerebro view
Get A $30 PDF Compression Utility For Free If You Act Quickly 1 day 6 hours ago Gravwell

Tried it. It managed to compress a 3 mb file into a 7 mb file with a significant reduction in quality. Sometimes "free" is too expensive!

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Get A $30 PDF Compression Utility For Free If You Act Quickly 1 day 9 hours ago csatech

I've used online compression in the past but I thought I'd give this a try out of curiosity (I don't need to do compress my PDF's often). My file actually INCREASED in size! it went from 687KB to 1696KB

I think I'll pass on this one!

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Get A $30 PDF Compression Utility For Free If You Act Quickly 1 day 9 hours ago e.normus

Installed on a Win 7 Pro 64 laptop. Tested this with an existing 157KB PDF document with very small graphic content. The compressed file became more than 700KB..... 4 times times larger than the size of the original file! Tried it again, using the default settings. Original document, no graphics 113KB, compressed file 735KB. What a waste of time this was.....

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Get A $30 PDF Compression Utility For Free If You Act Quickly 1 day 10 hours ago jmjsquared

This works properly on scanned PDF's that have not been previously compressed ONLY, as explained here: http://www.pdfcompressor.net/tutorial.html

I tried PDFCompressor on one, scanned page of a TIME magazine article using a mid-range HP All-in-One machine. HP's native scan utility gave me a very good quality file of 2209 KB.

Adobe Acrobat XI and Adobe Acrobat DC both gave me good quality files of 111 KB each. Neither Adobe "Reduce " or "Optimize" options reduced the file-size any further.

PDFCompressor INCREASED both Adobe scans' file-size from 111 KB to 326 KB. However, it did REDUCE the HP Scan from 2209 KB to 375 KB.

BOTH PDFCompressor-processed files were noticeably reduced in quality, with generally 'pixilated' text, washed out colors, and even sections of lines and images missing!

Even for free, I see no value in this software.

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Get A $30 PDF Compression Utility For Free If You Act Quickly 1 day 12 hours ago Krunk

You must upgrade and add the free license key to compress without a watermark. However, the one file I tried INCREASED in size 5 fold!!

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Get A $30 PDF Compression Utility For Free If You Act Quickly 1 day 12 hours ago Fairportfan

You need to register ("update") it (teeny-tiny link at bottom right of front page) using the code that's on the linked download page.

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Get A $30 PDF Compression Utility For Free If You Act Quickly 1 day 12 hours ago Fairportfan

Not my experience with the two files i've tested so far - the size reduction was significant, but text and images were visibly degraded.

I'll mess with it some more.

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Get A $30 PDF Compression Utility For Free If You Act Quickly 1 day 13 hours ago Rick_S

An excellent product! I compressed a photography instruction manual that was over 225k down to 37k. Viewing each page in a pdf viewer, the pages looked identical. Even the photographs.

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Best Free Media Player 1 day 14 hours ago Panzer

"... Soda player:

Key features:
- Can play local, web and Bittorrent video files in all formats instantly.
- Embeds its own optimized VPN that is used to protect your privacy when playing non-local files.
- The app will automatically find subtitles in many languages for whatever you are playing (we’re very proud of our matching algorithm, from our tests it works better than current subtitles tools out there).
- Best part for the end, ALL of the above works on Chromecast and Airplay, just one-click away! ...":

https://www.sodaplayer.com/

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Get A $30 PDF Compression Utility For Free If You Act Quickly 1 day 14 hours ago aftoora

Compressed an all-text document by about 10% but left a "watermark" in something like Times New Roman 18 on every page saying it was a Compressed Pdf Document.

I'll pass on this free utility.

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 day 15 hours ago Panzer

Iris:

http://iristech.co/iris/

 

Iris mini:

http://iristech.co/iris-mini/

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Get A $30 PDF Compression Utility For Free If You Act Quickly 1 day 19 hours ago tommyzulu

Didn't work for me at all! installed the programme; wouldn't work on any files
BUT
There are lots of very good FREE online pdf compression sites! which work perfectly!

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Get A $30 PDF Compression Utility For Free If You Act Quickly 1 day 22 hours ago Kiahuna

It may be an indication that the programmer may not speak English as their first language. But then again that may reflect a lack of quality? Hmmm....

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Get A $30 PDF Compression Utility For Free If You Act Quickly 1 day 23 hours ago ScottyG

Compress Quality is "Recommanded" ??
Hopefully this is not indicative of the quality of the rest of the program.

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Get A $30 PDF Compression Utility For Free If You Act Quickly 2 days 50 min ago ektorbarajas

Excellent finding!!!

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Get Classic Windows 7 Games in Windows 8 and 10 for Free 2 days 2 hours ago eikelein

@aaronb:
150 Mbytes is not too much when you have seen the number of system libraries that have to come with it. Just think: These programs all use libraries that are part of Windows 7 but not in Win 8 or 10.

And you fear of viruses is understandable but in this case definitely not warranted. I have it on all our five computers at home and on dozens of customer machines. None of the (IMHO at least) best cleaner-upper programs has ever found anything after installing and/or using these programs. Hand on my heart.

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Get Classic Windows 7 Games in Windows 8 and 10 for Free 2 days 2 hours ago aaronb

150 Mbytes for a handful of games? Someone needs to explain to me why this makes sense before I will extract this virus bomb on my computer.

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Finds of the Week: Windows 10 upgrade still free? / Most Common Passwords of 2016 / Gmail phishing technique fools almost everyone / Windows 10: Skip Lock and Login screens 2 days 9 hours ago rhiannon

Your welcome, I'm glad you found the information useful. ☺

 

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Finds of the Week: Windows 10 upgrade still free? / Most Common Passwords of 2016 / Gmail phishing technique fools almost everyone / Windows 10: Skip Lock and Login screens 2 days 13 hours ago bili_39

Thanks rhiannon for interesting reading. Especially for letting us know about that phishing scam.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 days 18 hours ago Panzer Screeny: http://www.kaemsoft.de/CM/index.php/produkte/screeny view
Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 2 days 18 hours ago Sanjay Kumar

Testudaan is leading Project Management Training provider with Best Faculty; 12 Simulated Tests and 100% Pass Guarantee. We have a record of converting 100%. more info please visit https://www.testudaan.com/

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Best Free Hash Utility 3 days 7 hours ago dark matter

A thoroughly functional and productivity-enhancing hash generator/comparator is QuickHash. This is another product from Nick Shaw (Foolish IT) who has given us d7 and CryptoPrevent. It is portable, fast and feature rich. From its own page [https://www.foolishit.com/free-tech-tools/quickhash/]:
"QuickHash is a utility to quickly display the MD5, SHA1, SHA256, SHA384, SHA512, (and SHA3 in v2.x) hashes of any selected file, and optionally compare the hashes with any hash string."

"QuickHash comes in two versions:
v1.x – does not require the .NET Framework (suitable for usage in older Windows operating systems such as Windows XP – Windows 7 that may not have the .NET Framework installed, and also WinPE environments) but may hang or report invalid data on files approaching 2GB in size.
v2.x – adds the newest SHA3 hash support in addition to supporting files greater than 2GB in size, but requires the .NET 4 Client Profile (this is already installed by default on Windows versions 8.0 and newer.)"

"New Features in QuickHash v2.x
Ability to select and hash multiple files within a single tabbed interface
Ability to enable/disable hash calculations per hash type (click on text box area to calculate/recalculate on demand)
Ability to submit malicious files to Foolish IT for review (allowing hash definition creation for use within our other products such as CryptoPrevent Malware Prevention, dFunk (d7II PC Technician Software), KillEmAll v5, etc.)
Display the time in seconds it took to calculate the hash type
Built in updating feature
Added optional debug logging information
Using a config file to save settings for portability"

"License for all versions of QuickHash
QuickHash is FREE for both personal and commercial usage."

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Best Free iPhone Apps 3 days 7 hours ago PegM_4

1Password no longer seems to be free. It is only a free trial then $9.99 per month.

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Beware The New Adobe Acrobat Chrome Add-In 3 days 11 hours ago i8spombots

Thanks a lot Rob, I installed without looking, silly me I know. Greatly appreciate your warning.

It want straight in the uninstall bin.

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LastPass Is Now Free Across Multiple Devices 3 days 13 hours ago Anupam

If you read the article in full, you must have noticed a link to blog of LastPass with the announcement, based on which this article is written. So, how can it be over-enthusiastic reporting?

Even on LastPass homepage, the heading clearly says:

You can use LastPass on all your devices, for free!

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Beware The New Adobe Acrobat Chrome Add-In 3 days 13 hours ago lowndesw

Thank you, Rob!! I had clicked on the download noticing the "security" reference. When I read this, I went back to correct and found there was a problem with the download!! My Mother used to say, "God watched over fools and idiots." Guess I'm double covered, thank goodness.

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LastPass Is Now Free Across Multiple Devices 3 days 15 hours ago LittlestMac

It seems that there is a conflict of information between this article and what the LastPass website says. I just received a notice to renew my subscription. I don't think that "LastPass Is Now Free Across Multiple Devices", as the title of this article states. Hmmmm... perhaps a bit of over-enthusiastic reporting?

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Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 3 days 18 hours ago Phil_J

Cool, Thanks for this.

I'd be interested in the best free files archivers that don't require you to download software, and can be done online (I currently use WebZip.co, but there are some other good ones out there).

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Rainlendar Lite 3 days 21 hours ago jlgg

I have used this for years, and export events regularly to my Google calendar so I can sync it on my phone. If Rainlendar ever comes out with an Android app, it would be worth paying for, as it's the best desktop calendar I have ever used, fully customizable, small footprint and no impact on resources.

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Best Free Video Editing Program 4 days 1 hour ago Mesh

That's probably a technical problem within the website links on their servers, since it had you stuck in circles you would want to contact Davinci resolve support so that they can help you with this problem. sorry for any inconveniences.

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Beware The New Adobe Acrobat Chrome Add-In 4 days 2 hours ago BajaDave

Looks like this does the same thing, https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/take-webpage-screenshots/mcbpblocgmgfnpjjppndjkmgjaogfceg

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Beware The New Adobe Acrobat Chrome Add-In 4 days 2 hours ago pvilan

Thanks Rob for your valuable advice!
Peter

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Best Free Calendar, Reminder and To-Do Program 4 days 9 hours ago K5JIC

Re "Best Free Calendar, Reminder and To-Do Program " article, I like COZI . It's not a program -- it's a free Web-based service that can be used on iPhone/iPad, Android and Windows7/8/10.

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Best Free Calendar, Reminder and To-Do Program 4 days 9 hours ago howiem

You might want to check out the freeware version of System Scheduler from Splinterware.com. It just has a tray icon and messages pop up as often as you set them up to. It is quite easy to edit alarms, appointments and you can schedule applications to run. I've been using it for about 6-7 years and it has always functioned flawlessly in Win XP and now in Win 7 Ultimate.

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Best Free File Manager for Android 4 days 11 hours ago Anupam

I decided to go with FX Explorer. It's bye to ES File Explorer after using it for years. I now really like the plain and simple clutter free interface of FX.. much better than ES.

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Best Free Calendar, Reminder and To-Do Program 4 days 11 hours ago RedSkywalker

I used to rely on Google's calendar when you could choose to have it send you an sms reminder - sadly they have now withdrawn this service and I have forgotten quite a few appointments!

Anybody know of a calendar which sends sms reminders?

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Sandboxie 4 days 14 hours ago clas

Wife and I have been using sandboxie for years. Two different computers, both being used 6-8 hours a day and constantly downloading and trying stuff, music, videos, programs and more. We never have a problem, never a virus or this or that using sandboxie. same version on win7 for years...great program and I would recommend highly.

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EssentialPIM 4 days 14 hours ago movrshakr

I'd love to switch to a calendar/reminder program that would sync with mobile devices, but it must be able to import my (thousands?) of appointments currently in Outlook. I see this says email and contacts can be imported from csv--but not appointments !!!

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Best Free File Manager for Android 4 days 21 hours ago Anupam

I tried X-plore File Manager and Total Commander, but they are not for me. I like a simple and easy to use interface like ES. I like FX Explorer, and I think I will be keeping it. It's more suited for my needs and use.

Asus File Manager is also getting popular and has a good rating, but I don't feel like using it.

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Best Free Streaming Media Recorder 4 days 22 hours ago everythinggoingwell

Have you tried Allavsoft?
It has the function of record
It even can directly download video via copy and paste video url.

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The Simplest, Easiest PC Linux Ever 5 days 49 min ago vandamme

I'm a retired vacuum tube engineer, been using Linux for about 6 years now.. There's over a hundred distros of Linux, so finding the best one for you could take a while. Just start with an easy one. Mint, Ubuntu MATE, ZorinOS, Elementary, Solus are my top recommendations. If you have an older PC (ten years), Lubuntu. Go to distrowatch.com and hit the search button up top, and put "beginners" or "old computers" in the search box. See what you like.

As for Pixel, well, that's OK for a Raspberry Pi. And maybe for a machine you use to program the Pi. But you can't install it on a hard disk? I'd rather use Puppy, which gives you that option.

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Best Free File Manager for Android 5 days 5 hours ago Joe A.TT

X-plore File Manager is what I use now. I also use SD Maid which has a file manager that's okay.

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Best Free PC Cleaner 5 days 8 hours ago Mythman

What about Revo Uninstaller?

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Best Free File Manager for Android 5 days 10 hours ago Anupam

I tried FX Explorer, and Amaze File Manager. Amaze is totally free, but quite simple for my use... it doesn't have a text editor, which I require.

Found FX Explorer to be great. Will use it for a few days, and if I like it, which I think I will.. then bye bye ES.

Might give a try to Total Commander and X-plore sometime.

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Best Free File Manager for Android 5 days 11 hours ago Cthulhux The reason MiXplorer is not covered here yet is its continued beta status. Once it has been "released", I'll add it here. view
Best Free File Manager for Android 5 days 11 hours ago Anupam

Thank you for the link. I looked around, and yes, ES File Explorer does seem to be getting a lot of flake. I have been using it for years now, but I did start to think lately that it is becoming bloated. To be fair, I haven't come across ads or the turbo charging thingy on my phone yet... so for now I am okay with it. But yes, if I did come across it, I would also surely think of giving up on ES File Explorer.

Anyways, this made me look around for other worthy file managers, and the few names that I came across which users were recommending were FX Explorer, Total Commander, Amaze File Manager, X-plore File Manager, and MiXplorer. Few of them are already covered here. Will try these out, and see if I like one to keep. MiXplorer is available from XDA forum only. I will skip that.

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The Simplest, Easiest PC Linux Ever 5 days 14 hours ago alexxx46

Good text, thank you.

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Best Free File Manager for Android 6 days 6 hours ago Bruce_Fraser

ES File Explorer has been kicked out on many Android review sites. It's because the developer has added bloatware and lots of ads. Example: https://www.androidpit.com/this-is-why-you-should-not-use-es-file-explorer.

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How to Find Out the Actual Quality of an Audio File? 6 days 15 hours ago Rockfella

Check this image please. Is this very god quality FLAC or just the opposite?

[IMG]http://i66.tinypic.com/zvbnlc.jpg[/IMG]

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Best Free File or Disk Catalog Organizer 1 week 8 hours ago DavidFB

I don't use the Virtual section. Not sure if I even explored that.
I just used File, New to create a VVV catalogue (3 of them) which are saved in the same folder. I then add disc "volumes" to one or other of them by using the Open button and choosing the file (catalogue) I want to save the disc to.

All the discs (volumes) in the file show in Physical view. I've got nothing in Virtual.
The only reason I have separate catalogues is the type of content - file archives, app & OS, utilities. I digitize my music so don't catalogue those discs (the meta data tells me the album it comes from) and as mentioned I use a different program for movies.

It appears you'd use Virtual folders to intermix volumes like Favorites. As I use VVV mainly to find things across the archive, I have no need for that.

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Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 1 week 10 hours ago MidnightCowboy Unfortunately the editor who created this and many other articles is no longer with us so there will be no further updates until someone else volunteers to take it over. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free File or Disk Catalog Organizer 1 week 10 hours ago Phylis Sophical

Thanks for the quick reply, David. And 'Duh!' on my part. Think I went brain dead from looking at so much stuff. Downloaded VVV and yes, it is incredibly straight forward and has the newest update to any of these programs. (Sept. 2016). However, I'm having a problem viewing all catalogs. Another Duh! moment I'm sure:

I cannot get multiple catalogs to show in 'Physical' or 'Virtual Folder'.
I create catalog A, then click the Virtual icon and create a new Root Folder, called 'Thumb Drives'.
Go back to 'Physical view', Right click on the catalog A, and add it to the virtual folder named 'Thumb Drives'.
All's good.
But when I create a second catalog,(B), the first one (A) no longer shows under 'Physical' and from Virtual view, No Root Folders show (Thumb Drives).
What am I missing?

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Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 1 week 11 hours ago Catsup22

FYI to Gizmo staff and Gizmo users: A large portion of the torrent information at this site is WAY out of date with much invalid info. For example, many of the listed sites for torrent searches have been seized by the government or are otherwise no longer valid (ie. the KAT sites).

I really appreciate Gizmo and I know it is a lot of time-consuming work. I hope some of the staff will soon revamp all the torrent information on this site. I depend on it and I know many others do, too. It is critical to everyone to always have the latest scoop on all facets of using torrents.

Thank you! :)

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Best Free Video Editing Program 1 week 23 hours ago im5049

Having a problem with DaVinci Resolve. The readme file says that Desktop Video is required. Downloaded Desktop Video. Installation license says it is "Subject to payment of applicable license fees". Installation then fails.
Tried to start Resolve anyhow. Window pops up saying it needs a license dongle, or you can download free from their site. Well, this is the free version from their site. Resolve then fails to start.
So far this isn't turning out to be very useful.

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Best Free File or Disk Catalog Organizer 1 week 1 day ago DavidFB

Hi Phylis
VVV = Virtual Volumes View, as mentioned in the post I was replying to. I've continued to use it happily for my file archives.
In Search, I always change to "Contains" rather than the default to get more complete results.
It handles BD-Rs just fine too and can index hard drives, thumb drives or anything else you choose. Just make sure you use sensible naming conventions so you can find it (search for it) later.

For movies and DVD's, I use EMDB (Erics Movie Database). Thats working really well for me and is updated regularly. I've turned off Cast photos as I don't need all that but it successfully imported my old listing after I'd prepared it properly. (I had built a custom database but it choked on an update) I was then able to batch-update via IMDB. I mostly use the visual bookcase view.

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Best Free File or Disk Catalog Organizer 1 week 1 day ago Phylis Sophical

DavidFB, what program are you referring to. I only see 'VVV' in your post. Do you mean Virtual CD?

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Duplicate Cleaner Free 1 week 2 days ago Chigwells

Jan 2017.
Hi Everyone, well I would like to feed back that I downloaded both the free (3.2.7) and pro (4.0) versions. According to VirusTotal, the free version has adware, whereas the Pro version does not. I installed the Pro version first, on its 15 day trial, and got on very well with it. I am a photo enthusiast and store my Raw files on an external hard drive, and was in a bit of a muddle with duplicates local and external. I found I didn't need the extra photo specific extras that the Pro version offers, and installed the free version (well I probably would find them very useful but didn't get that far). I got on very well with the software, the tabbed interface is excellent, as well as the video tutorial (its the only offering on their tutorials page) which I found enjoyably easy to understand.

When I next rebooted, Internet Explorer and WinPatrol informed me that it had had its homepage changed. I uninstalled the free version with Revo Uninstaller but IE still wanted to have its homepage changed. In the end had to do a system restore to get rid of the changes.

I checked out the other offerings here and found this best suited my not-too-techie abilities very well. All in all I love the software. These days of massive hard drives, it is so easy to gain duplicates scattered about. And yes, my hard drive is a bit of a mess lol! I was able to comfortably delete gigs of duplicates. I would like to use the free version but because it has bundled crapware in it I will not.

Reading through your overview page 'Best Free Duplicate File Remover' I see in the comments RandyDoqa in Nov 2013 notes it is bundled with OpenCandy. Then in March 14 inthefog claims it no longer has toolbar bundling. Currently on their download page, next to the free version, is a fancy blue shield thingy proudly stating '100% Clean' and next to it, 'No toolbars, bundling or other unwanted extras'. however VirusTotal would disagree with the statement: virustotal.com/en/file/2c020730883b340031acb91463b63c0517b7456185d7a2c5963152a428ac3c3e/analysis/1484158995/, as would I.

They are not doing themselves any favors by bundling in all this trouble!

Hope this is useful!

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Control The Amount Of Personalised Ads You See (Europe Only) 1 week 2 days ago HA

I live in US, but out of curiosity I took a look. I saw the whole menu. Lots of them claim to be tracking me.

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Control The Amount Of Personalised Ads You See (Europe Only) 1 week 2 days ago rutherfordpaul

Waste of Time.
The "menu" stops at the letter "L".
Where is the next page?
Of the 50+ listed UK sites, this turned off just 3 of them.

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Best Free Technical Support Sites 1 week 2 days ago shannf

Tech Support Guy is excellent. They have helped me several times in the past, and just sorted out a complex problem with a Windows 7 computer in less than 24 hours.

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Best Free File Manager 1 week 2 days ago crombierob

Softpedia still has the free version available.
Here are their links -
http://www.softpedia.com/get/File-managers/XYplorerFree.shtml
http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/System/File-management/Portable-XYplorerFree.shtml

If any of you have not tried XYPlorerFree, do yourself a favor and download it whilst it is still available.
It is a gem

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Best Free File Manager 1 week 2 days ago GJW

Note that the free edition of XYplorer has been discontinued as of 10-Jan-2017.

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Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility 1 week 2 days ago BuckSkin

I can also vouch for the free version of Synchredible; it truly is incredible and can handle tremendous folder trees without choking as so many of the other programs do.
Many of these programs can handle a few hundred files in a very few folders, but then start making big mistakes the more you throw at them.
I was also able to download and install Synchredible without getting any undesirable hitch-hikers in the process.

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Best Free PDF Tools 1 week 3 days ago Jojo Yee It's free Ehorwitz1 for their online conversion services only as covered in this article. I've not tried their desktop version which is trialware. view
Best Free PDF Tools 1 week 3 days ago ehorwitz1

Looks like Nitro PDF-to-Word and PDF-to-Excel are no longer free. I've used them both successfully in the past, but now the screen is asking for a password. I've never set up an account there and there is no "Forgot ID / Password" help available. From looking at the site, it seems like the previously free version is now their Cloud product and requires a monthly or annual subscription. Their whole product can be downloaded as a free trial valid for 14 days.

If I've got this wrong please tell me. I could use the help!

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Get This 1000-Page Book For Free 1 week 3 days ago Lee Wilkerson

What's the point of clicking all of those links and D/Ling each individual chapter? Waste of time!
And what would be the point of D/Ling one or two chapters?
It would be far easier for the web page designer to include all of the links into one complete work and I would be more than happy to pay someone a nominal fee to compile all of those links into one.

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Get This 1000-Page Book For Free 1 week 3 days ago Lee Wilkerson

That is NOT a LINK!

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Monitor Your DSL Connection In Minute Detail 1 week 3 days ago Lee Wilkerson

Great! Now how about one for the rest of us who don't have the selected chipset?

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Monitor Your DSL Connection In Minute Detail 1 week 3 days ago Hopalong

@ Australia on 10. January 2017 - 0:08
+1
Best wishes to all.

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Best Free Desktop Search Utility 1 week 3 days ago Australia

Have been using this website Techsupportalert, since its inception
Have probably read this section over the last 5 years, and not a lot of the main recommendations have changed. Time to see where the dust has settled

I recently installed the latest version of Agent Ransack 2016 Build 865, and I recommend it highly
Previous versions just didnt work as I expected them to work

I have installed another search program, Locate32 in the past, but that program relies on creating an index, and keeping it current
Using Locate32, you also need to flip between 3 tabs to setup a search

Agent Ransack you can create a search all on the one place
Agent Ransack is very similar to the Windows interface (at least Windows 7, which I am using), and the program works on a 64bit system
It doesnt rely on an index
The program also understands that if I search for "factory receipt" (in quotation marks), I just want documents that contain 'factory receipt', not all documents that contain the text "factory", or "receipt" or "factory receipt"

I successfully found text, existing in .doc files, docx files, and PDF files
On another occasion, I found a txt document on my computer, a Ukranian text file, and I copied the text "LangName=Українська"
During a search, Agent Ransack found the document with this text in it !

The homepage suggests you also install "Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Packs" which was available as a link, but this is only needed if you need to search within more exotic Office files, such as OneNote documents, which I dont use

In summary, Agent Ransack is now my go to application for 'text searches within files'
For file name searches, with a very fast program startup time, I dont use Everything (which is always recommended by most Tech sites), but MasterSeeker (also freeware)

Both applications can be found on reputable freeware sites, and I have no affiliation with either program

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The Simplest, Easiest PC Linux Ever 1 week 3 days ago MidnightCowboy

Whilst this is true to an extent, most people are capable of finding out how to do something the same as they had to learn Facebook, Twitter and how to setup a smart TV and Android apps for themselves. At least with Linux they don't need to spend half their life configuring a firewall and antivirus software. I've watched novice users attempting this and mostly the end result is less protection than they had with their default Windows install. Some Linux distributions do not come with hplip installed by default but this is easy enough to find using the package manager and the process thereafter is easier than with Windows. The configuration after install might need some research for anyone not able to work this out for themselves, but pretty much every distro forum or wiki gives this information in an easy to understand format. MC - Site Manager.
http://i.imgur.com/opOuQJG.png

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The Simplest, Easiest PC Linux Ever 1 week 3 days ago Australia

Thats great guys.

The article was about setting up a new linux distro set for someone else (a novice computer user)
"to use for someone who's overwhelmed by the complexity of Windows"

You guys are computer users, not novice users, and set up a Linux distro that connected to your specific printer

My point remains, be sure that if you are giving a Linux system to someone else, that you ensure that recipient has a compatible printer, and you will often need to set up the OS with the relevant Linux printer configuration

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The Simplest, Easiest PC Linux Ever 1 week 3 days ago MidnightCowboy Me too. I have a HP Deskjet 1516 and have no problems using it across a wide range of distros. MC - Site Manager. view
The Simplest, Easiest PC Linux Ever 1 week 4 days ago Jojo Yee

I have been using some HP printers on Linux systems and they generally work well with HP Linux Imaging and Printing Drivers (HPLIP).

Here's a list of printer drivers for Linux which is useful for Linux users, not all printers are supported though.

http://www.openprinting.org/drivers

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The Simplest, Easiest PC Linux Ever 1 week 4 days ago Australia

I think any recommendation about Linux, should always discuss the hardware support for that Linux version
An internet connection, and setting up printing capacity to a specific printer, are required, before handing the computer to a new user

If users wish to connect to the internet, are there likely to be issues with Raspberry Pi ?
?modem compatibility
?is wifi supported 'out of the box'

If they do wish to print, is this possible ?
Will the recommended Linux version allow people to print, use their existing printer ?
A quick internet search suggests that for you to use a printer with Raspberry Pi, there is a fair amount of technical expertise required in the initial setup

These seem like small issues, but for the vast majority of computer novices, hardware issues are paramount
New users invariably will want to print within a few months of using their computer

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The Simplest, Easiest PC Linux Ever 1 week 4 days ago abrandt

This might make sense for someone with a strong Linux preference... but does not yet carry sway for me to make the Linux transition. Thank you. ~ Alan

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Monitor Your DSL Connection In Minute Detail 1 week 4 days ago Australia

Welcome back Rob. Wishing you health and prosperity in 2017
Keep up the great work

Techsupportalert.com remains the most reliable and trustworthy tech site online, regarding free software
The "Hot Finds" section is instructive, helpful, and a goldmine of interesting news and software !

Your contributions reveal a true passion for computing and software
Inspiring

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Background Eraser 1 week 4 days ago papavonschoen

(Commercial content removed as per site rules) Both programs will let you remove backgrounds and use layers. It would be nice to have a desktop program, for Windows, to make this easier. Rarely do I edit my photos on my phone or camera. They get transferred to the computer, edited and placed back on my mobile device.

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Best Free Disk De-fragmenter 1 week 4 days ago himanshux22

I think the Windows PC inbuilt defrag tools is best for optimizing the PC and defrag it. The third party software only has few additional tools and options to defrag the PC more effectively.

It dosen't matter which software you use. The only thing is you need to defrag the Hard drive partition.That can be performed by the simple window defragment option.

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PicsArt Photo Studio 1 week 4 days ago rameshsanapala

Good to see this app. I have seen other apps but compare to other Image editor PicsArt app this the best one have lot of best features. I am going to try this now. thanks for sharing

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Best Free Download-Upload Meter 1 week 5 days ago Gibbs.Slap

I have been using http://www.speedtest.net/ for years and have never had a problem with it. I keep it pinned to my task bar and use it anytime I feel there may be a slow down of my download speed.

Give it a try if you wish...

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Best Free Live Wallpapers for Android - Updated 2017 1 week 5 days ago krzychu

Check out the best Snow Globe Live Wallpaper! It's completely free.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jmcoworking.snow

Now your wallpaper can become a snow globe. A bit of winter in your pocket.
Shake the phone to make a snowstorm! Rotate to see the flakes falling in different directions!

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Best Free Download-Upload Meter 1 week 5 days ago Anupam

Yes, both Networx and Network Scanner are no longer freeware. Happened only a few days ago.

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Best Free Download-Upload Meter 1 week 5 days ago astral_cyborg

Same thing happened with Network Scanner of the same company. Used to be my favorite free scanner.

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Best Free Download-Upload Meter 1 week 5 days ago EldonW

What a pity NetWorx now costs $29.00 (for up to 5 devices).
It could be free for a single device.

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The Simplest, Easiest PC Linux Ever 1 week 5 days ago MidnightCowboy

Assistance with this is beyond the remit of the comments sections so you will need to use the forum. Suffice to say the OS featured here is not suitable for what you want but the specs of your machine will run about 100 others that are. :) If Linux alternatives for the specialist software you use are not available, you can always install a copy of Windows as a guest in a VirtualBox Linux host. This is how I work and have done for several years. MC - Site Manager.
http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/02/linux-on-the-nuc-using-ubuntu-min...
http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/boards-and-kits/000005499...

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