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Best Free Screen Session Recorder 9 months 3 weeks ago George.J Active Presenter 4.0 released :) view
Best Free Screen Session Recorder 9 months 3 weeks ago George.J Go to this link: http://atomisystems.com/activepresenter/recording-features/ and then to Audio Narration and click the video. It'll guide you how to set up the audio device. view
Best Free File Manager 9 months 3 weeks ago Anupam This category is about file managers, whereas XNView is a graphics viewer and image manager, and therefore does not belong in this category. view
Best Free File Manager 9 months 3 weeks ago OptometristPrime

XYplorer is nice, but another great one is XNView. It doesn't have too much capability for tabbed or pane folder navigation, but everything else it does is awesome & it has great customization!

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If You're Using Windows Remote Desktop You Need To Read This 9 months 3 weeks ago vandamme

I use Remmina on Linux to RDP into Windows or Linux PCs.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 9 months 3 weeks ago andrew1879

I don't know, sorry. I couldn't see it on their website. You could try asking at the Fortinet forums.

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Best Free File or Disk Catalog Organizer 9 months 3 weeks ago DavidFB

Probably looking for Windows components that are no longer present. They mention fixing a bug like this but that was long before your comment so evidently they didn't. No longer being developed.

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Best Free File or Disk Catalog Organizer 9 months 3 weeks ago DavidFB

Sorry - is this a disc cataloguer or virtual drive software?

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Best Free File or Disk Catalog Organizer 9 months 3 weeks ago DavidFB

Cathy doesn't support Win8.

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Best Free File or Disk Catalog Organizer 9 months 3 weeks ago DavidFB

Thanks for the tips.
I've been using DiscCat for years but it's no longer giving decent search results with nearly 200 catalogues. Really annoying when I know its there but its not finding the disc#.

With Cathy not supporting 64 bit properly, thats off the table. I need a database, not Gentibus's extras. Visual CD has not been updated in years. Several people pointed to issues with proprietary formats. No desire to re-catalogue repeatedly.

Virtual Volumes View looks like a great choice - thanks for the review James. The site mentions a prior issue with corrupt MP3 files thats fixed - that may address Geerts issue.

Doesn't appear to search inside Zip files like DiscCat or Visual CD.

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Put A Bing Search Box On Your Desktop. Stunning Wallpapers Optional. 9 months 3 weeks ago Aretas

Thanks, Rob. I am sticking to my silence.

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Best Free Download Manager 9 months 4 weeks ago George.J Thanks, looks interesting. I'll add it to the list. view
Best Free Download Manager 9 months 4 weeks ago George.J I did install XDM before, and it changed my proxy config upon uninstallation, and I had to reset it to get back internet connection. I might not review this product after all, but it held great promise. :( view
Best Free Antivirus Software 9 months 4 weeks ago George.J Allright, do they provide offline database definitions updates like Avast, Avira, AVG? Also I couldn't find a way to pause/stop definition updates... view
How to Search Tweets Without Being Signed Up on Twitter 9 months 4 weeks ago Kahomono

Whoops. The last time I used it you could do so anonymously.

Not that signing into Twitter is anything because you can create and delete Twitter accounts like using and discarding Kleenex. So the only reason to do it this way is Because You Can.

But Twitterfall is a richer set of features.

Whatever

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Best Free Antivirus Software 9 months 4 weeks ago Chiron This seems to be just an assertion. This does not necessarily mean it is true. Have you found any other sources which back this up. I found many which linked back to this same article, but are there any which have reached the same conclusion through analysis of the product itself? Thanks. view
How to Search Tweets Without Being Signed Up on Twitter 9 months 4 weeks ago Geert

>> Welcome to Twitterfall
>> To get started you must sign in with Twitter
So, this is no real alternative since the title of the article was "How to search tweets WITHOUT being signed up on twitter"

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Memrise a new Language 9 months 4 weeks ago Sudhakar_Jha

A very usefull APP.

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How to Search Tweets Without Being Signed Up on Twitter 9 months 4 weeks ago Kahomono

Also have a look at Twitterfall.com - A very visually compelling way of watching your search targets in real time

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Best Free Media Player 9 months 4 weeks ago Panzer ExMplayer: Features: - 3D video playback support - Volume booster - Seekview - Audio extractor - Audio converter - Media cutter - 10 band audio equalizer - video equalizer - Winamp dsp plugins support - 8 Audio effect filters - 17 Video effect filters - Configurable keyboard shortcuts and mouse: http://exmplayer.sourceforge.net/index.html view
Best Free Download Manager 9 months 4 weeks ago naren

Hey Reviewer
When you test Xtreme Download Manager, it changes network connection, is this good? Why it changes network connection? Can you plzz tell me what are those changes?
XDM is detected as malware at VT.
Previously 6-7 scanners detected it as malware.
Latest report 1 scanner detects it as malware.
https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/e6f223b502de73331c8920cd4f283d5dc92d4...

http://xdman.sourceforge.net/

[Moderator's note: Link to software page added. Please include a link when suggesting software.]

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Best Free Antivirus Software 9 months 4 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Your other post was deleted because of the racist content. Implying that something Chinese, or from any other source for that matter, must be bad will not be tolerated here. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free PC Games 9 months 4 weeks ago Panzer Star wars: http://www.minionsoft.com/wordpress/?page_id=160 Mega Rankin Quest: http://gamejolt.com/games/rpg/mega-rankin-quest/22203/ view
Best Free Antivirus Software 9 months 4 weeks ago Oldspice68

Seeing as my last post was deleted, because I dared to mention SERIOUS privacy issues with 360, check out this link.

http://www.ibtimes.com/privacy-issues-chinas-qihoo-360-technology-which-...

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Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software 9 months 4 weeks ago jrlandau

After installing ImgBurn I have a lot of unwanted popups (Firefox). I uninstalled ImgBurn but the popups remain, and I don't know how to get rid of them, but I sure would like to.

I recommend against installing this program.

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Best Free Text Editors 9 months 4 weeks ago muhammad.ahmad.... Hello everyone! My name is Muhammad Ahmad Mujtaba and I am the new section manager of the site and I will be controlling the "Best Free Text Editors" section. But first,how a text editor software is created and used, highly depends upon what and how a user wants from it besides everyone has one's own taste regarding how one uses it's text editor. If someone is normal user, he might just accept only the builtin platform plain text editor, notepad[Windows], gedit[Ubuntu, Debian = Linux] or SimpleText [Mac OS X]. But if there is an author who is interested in create free writing who will likely to have his hands on gedit, leafpad, notepad -neat, clean & easy to use- text editors. If anyone of you is either a programmer or a designer, he will definitely look for more than a simple text editor, may be a semi-IDE[Integrated Development Environment], or syntax higlighting and coloring text editors. There are a lot of uses and lots of users, but there's one thing is common. They all need be single focused and easy to use text editors.No one appreciate complexity for just a simple task of writing. This introduction ends with that I'll try my best to provide you best text editors out of internet and provide you updated information on how they're best and what else you can know new about a text editor. Please, stay connected :) view
Best Free Antivirus Software 9 months 4 weeks ago andrew1879

I don't think that there is unfortunately. At least not for the free FortiClient.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 9 months 4 weeks ago George.J Is there any offline installer for Forticlient? view
Best Free Antivirus Software 9 months 4 weeks ago andrew1879

In the current version of FortiClient (5.2.0.0519) the UI has been changed so that there is no longer an "Update now" button. Version 5.0 also updated automatically for me though, except when my firewall (Privatefirewall) blocked it and needed some configuration to allow the various FortiClient processes.

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Best Free Program Uninstaller 9 months 4 weeks ago Epsilon

Really love your anal ogy. A bit of colour in comments makes them more enjoyable to read.

Cheers.

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 9 months 4 weeks ago movrshakr

The write ups do not much discuss the situation of each program with respect to UEFI, GPT, and secure boot--common on recent machines. I read on other forums that these are real issues with some imaging programs.

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If You're Using Windows Remote Desktop You Need To Read This 9 months 4 weeks ago godzonekid

rob.schifreen states: One of the most useful features built into Windows (but not sadly in the home versions) is Remote Desktop.

To which I say HOORAY. Just one less thing we have to worry about.

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If You're Using Windows Remote Desktop You Need To Read This 9 months 4 weeks ago godzonekid

..."and now you have a pretty beefy 10-character password that would take any brute-force attempt something like 500 years to complete."

This needs a caveat... while it "could" take 500 years to complete it "could" also fluke it on the very first combination attempted. People seem to forget that.

Brute force attacks brings up a combination, then tries it, if unsuccessful, brings up another combination and so on.

Generally though, brute force attacks start with the usual suspects, you know them, password, 12345, notmypassword, abcdefg etc.

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Best Free Download Manager 9 months 4 weeks ago naren

Hey Reviewer

A new free download manager/accelerator. Plzz review this too.
Download Ninja
http://downloadninja.com/

Lot more info here
http://malwaretips.com/threads/download-ninja-new-internet-download-mana...

Regards
Naren

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If You're Using Windows Remote Desktop You Need To Read This 9 months 4 weeks ago SyDiko

While Remote Desktop has been around forever, its still one of the best features Windows has to offer. As an IT guy/Developer, I'm not sure how anyone that manages computers/servers could live without it!! :)

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If You're Using Windows Remote Desktop You Need To Read This 9 months 4 weeks ago SyDiko

No problem at all. :)

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If You're Using Windows Remote Desktop You Need To Read This 9 months 4 weeks ago rob.schifreen It depends what you want to do. I personally spend around 20 hours a week using Remote Desktop, and have just spent the past 9 hours using it today, to build and configure 5 separate servers from scratch. It does everything I need to do, without requiring any additional software be installed. It's even better when used with a free RDC Manager, such as the one from Microsoft at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=21101 Primitive is good sometimes. :) view
If You're Using Windows Remote Desktop You Need To Read This 9 months 4 weeks ago rseiler

Even easier: use something like Teamviewer or Remote Utilities--both free--instead. RD might seem primitive by comparison.

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Free Downloadable PDF Tech Guides and Tutorials 9 months 4 weeks ago G.R

the best tech guide website ever lol

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If You're Using Windows Remote Desktop You Need To Read This 9 months 4 weeks ago eikelein

SyDiko, THANK YOU!

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Best Free File Copy Utility 9 months 4 weeks ago sicknero

Thanks for the pointer George : )

I have trouble with TeraCopy on large jobs ... for me it tends to hang my system when left alone to copy files for several hours. I was just DuckDuckGo-ing for an alternative that has a pause option, and your comment here popped up which has made my day. I find FastCopy much more reliable than TeraCopy and the only thing missing for me was a pause function. It hadn't even occured to me try using the speed slider.

Thank you!

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Put A Bing Search Box On Your Desktop. Stunning Wallpapers Optional. 9 months 4 weeks ago danielson

This Bing desktop is nice, kind of replaces Clickto which has become shareware.

You wonder now why Microsoft can't come up with a decent browser...
If they would only hire the guy who did NetCaptor, then i think Google would have to do more than just fix bugs. Ha!

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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 9 months 4 weeks ago AndyR Hi crombierob, You also have the option to create a Linux based boot CD / ISO though the Win PE CD / ISO is much more comprehensive (as in you have almost all the same options available to you, as you have discovered) what I tend to do is have the Win PE ISO stored in the same location as my current weekly backups and use EasyBCD to create a boot from ISO menu entry for it, so I have two boot options Win7 and also Aomei Win PE, whilst this method has its advantages and disadvantages depending on what it is you wish to do and should not be used as your only emergency recovery method, though for day to day use I find that method is more convenient for me personally. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 9 months 4 weeks ago MidnightCowboy I'll need to take another look at this as soon as I have the time but the updates were certainly not automatic on my machine. Furthermore, the FortiClient 5 documentation (page 69) refers only to the use of the manual "update now" button, unless the software is being used in conjunction with their commercial FortiManager. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free File-Based Backup Program 9 months 4 weeks ago crombierob

I just downloaded all of the free versions from AOMEI
Make sure you'all get the bigger download (does XP and later OS's)
Even if you only need it for Win 7/8 get the other one (XP and Win 7/8)
The reason being with the bigger one, you can create a bootable Win PE CD.
And if you follow my instructions and only image when Windows is closed (ie use a bootable CD), then only the Win PE CD allows that.

Rob

PS I have the latest FF, and CANNOT LOG IN to here to make comments. Had to use an alternate browser (Comodo Dragon)

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Best Free Antivirus Software 9 months 4 weeks ago andrew1879

I switched to FortiClient a few weeks ago too. The signature updates are automatic.
By default the software itself will only display an alert when a software update is available, but there is an option in File > Settings "Automatically download and install updates". Note that this option does not refer to the signature updates--which are always automatic in my experience--but to FortiClient itself.
So far I think FortiClient is worth a look - high detection rates, fairly lightweight and needs virtually no user interaction. The web filter is a nice bonus too. But I would like an option to not install its VPN component because it's useless for an average home user and it installs unnecessary virtual network adaptors.

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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 9 months 4 weeks ago AndyR Hi, Thank you for your input and suggestions, you make a valid point regarding if the backup files will still remain or not after uninstalling the software as I do recall one I tested a couple of years ago actually deleted the backed up files though I do not recall exactly what its name was / is offhand. The general guideline for any form of sensitive backup data is to keep it off the main system as in use a removable HDD for example to store the backups. However in most cases the software will create it's own file type extension that is not compatible with similar software, there are way's and means around this in certain circumstances but that is not for me to advise here as you can get in a very big mess real quickly. view
Best Free File-Based Backup Program 9 months 4 weeks ago AndyR Hi jeffegil, Thanks for the additional information. I plan to update the reviews that need doing so ASAP including AOMEI Backupper, incidentally that is the one I am currently using for a personal backup solution. view
How to Search Tweets Without Being Signed Up on Twitter 9 months 4 weeks ago David Roper

I am into Facebook but not Twitter. This is exciting for me. Yeah, I am 71 years old.

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Additional µTorrent Settings 9 months 4 weeks ago chinamike

I am troubled that the articles pro and against IP filtering are SEVEN YEARS OLD! I really would hope there would be something much more current on the subject. I personally use IP filters because, hey--how could it hurt NOT TO?
I also use an anonymous proxy (usually out of China or Russia) in my P2P client and I verify it with a torrent IP checker (IPmagnet).
I have never in six years of downloading torrents, received one of those letters from my ISP.

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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 9 months 4 weeks ago jeffegil

AOMEI Backupper DOES support file and folder backup now.
Download free version 2.0.1 from their site.

http://www.backup-utility.com/help/file-backup.html

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If You're Using Windows Remote Desktop You Need To Read This 9 months 4 weeks ago SyDiko

I'd like to shine some additional light on this topic, because technically any publicly facing computers can suffer from brute-force attacks regardless of the port. And, what I mean by, 'publicly facing' is a computer that can be accessed from the internet or outside of your network.

If you are worried about a brute-force attack on your publicly facing machine then you may want to also look into:

Changing the port of the RDP protocol
- As stated in the article, 3389 is the default RDP port, but this can be changed...GOOGLE IT!

Change the Name of your Administrator account
- Either change the name or disable the account altogether.

Set Complex passwords (10+ combination of upper, lower, and special characters) on your admin account(s)
- Shouldn't have to explain this, but complexity negates brute-force by sheer time constraints. For example, lets say you use the word password, as a password. It's already 8 characters in length, and now lets add some complexity following the above algorithm. I changed password to "p@$sw0rD* and now you have a pretty beefy 10-character password that would take any brute-force attempt something like 500 years to complete. Yeah, I don't think a hacker has the patience to wait that long, but you get my point! :)

Setting up a Home VPN
- Not to be confused with anonymous web surfing services. With a VPN, you wont need your RDP box publicly facing, therefore you are safe from brute-force attacks. However, any computer that you want to use to access your Remote PC will need to be connected to your VPN. If you forget to disconnect or anything like that, you will be subject to attack by your own negligence.

IP/MAC Filtering
- At your router level, only allow access to certain IP and/or mac addresses.

There a few more avenues for additional layers of security, but the above are the easiest to setup.

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Put A Bing Search Box On Your Desktop. Stunning Wallpapers Optional. 10 months 41 min ago rob.schifreen :) Have a look at Focus At Will. It's a (paid-for) service which is like an online radio station, but scientifically designed to help you concentrate and be productive. I actually find it really helpful. You can listen for free for 60 minutes, to a set of tunes which then repeat, if you want to try it out. I actually pay for this service because I find it very useful (and, it must be said, because they made me a very good offer to tempt me back after I initially cancelled!). view
Best Free Download Manager 10 months 1 hour ago Spy

I used different download managers in the past, then switched to Free Download Manager since some years, and I fully agree with this article, its one of the best download manager.

It splits the file that is being downloaded in such a way that it makes the download faster than other download managers.

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Put A Bing Search Box On Your Desktop. Stunning Wallpapers Optional. 10 months 3 hours ago Aretas

And I thought I was the only person left in the world who can't stand pictures as desktops, or pictures on mouse mats. But then I can't work with the radio on either.

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Tips and Tricks for Ubuntu after Installation [Ubuntu 14.04 - 14.10] 10 months 11 hours ago adoptapet

Excellent and helpful tips for Ubuntu 14.04; saved me loads of time and energy. And at 72, that means a lot. Been using Linux since RedHat, Mandriva, and Suse first hit the store shelves, and this Ubuntu 14.04 is a real winner; runs perfectly on my old Dell Latitude E6400 laptop (about 2006 vintage). Thank you very, very much!!!

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Best Free Download Manager 10 months 12 hours ago George.J I'll add a new section for download managers exclusively for downloading from file sharing services. view
Best Free Download Manager 10 months 12 hours ago George.J Since am the new editor here, I need some time to test it, but only after completing the review of external download managers. view
Best Free Download Manager 10 months 12 hours ago George.J Thank you for your kind words :) view
AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 10 months 14 hours ago David Roper

I thought Rob down under, and several of us a few months ago starting calling it Crapware. There's Shareware, Freeware, Public Domain, Commercial or Boxware, and Crapware.

There's nothing wrong with a developer offering it as Shareware with a time bomb in it after 90 days from Installing. Jim Button made a good living with PCFile.

Crapware will never succeed anywhere.

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Best Free Download Manager 10 months 17 hours ago Remah George.J, good job. I like the new introduction as it points out useful features which provide good reasons for using a download manager. view
Best Freeware Download Sites 10 months 17 hours ago EldonW

MajorGeeks is not 'limited to tech tools and utilities'. There are 20 different categories including apps for Mac and Android. Be aware though, freeware and shareware are lumped together. For freeware only, click on Top Freeware Picks in the left pane.
Another website for continuously updated portable programs (and games) is PortableApps.com. Only freeware and open source programs are listed.
That said, Gizmo's Freeware provides a usefull comparison between programs and a rating system. It's still the website to beat.

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Best Free Download Manager 10 months 18 hours ago rseiler

Re DownThemAll, I'm baffled by this statement: "However, when you need to download a single large file it's much slower than a standalone download manager."

DTA supports threading like the others, and it's extremely good at maxing out your bandwidth limitations, as long as the server is capable of it. I use it all the time, even for large files, when I find that a regular single-thread download without DTA is slow.

Given this, unless a standalone download manager can EXCEED the amount of bandwidth that you have (which is impossible), I don't see how the statement can be true.

I've used DTA for about 3 or 4 years.

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Best Free Download Manager 10 months 18 hours ago Faziri

Vity's Freerapid is quite awesome too. Very fast and light, monitors the clipboard (I find browser integration to be more annoying than helpful), fancy window decoration is optional instead of mandatory (thankfully), recognizes a lot of hosts from the links, batch links and downloads, etc.

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 10 months 19 hours ago SkuterB

I'll second that mouse53, with 1 clarification, I do understand that freeware creators need, want or hope to make money on their software and I will help them when I can.

It always seemed simple to me, IF an adware or toolbar developer is truly proud of their software, all they have to do is add a little blurb during the freeware installation telling you it is available and what it does and then have an UNchecked box where I can opt-in if I am interested.
Having a hidden or difficult to find box that is already checked and I HAVE to opt-out to avoid is underhanded no matter how you look at it.
IMHO That includes Adobe w/McAfee.

I also appreciate Gizmos giving me a heads-up when a program is infected with un-necessary and probably unwanted add-ons.

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 10 months 20 hours ago mouse53

Any type of adware, Is malware. Developers need to stop including this kind of garbage in their software. It is not needed nor wanted. Gizmos provides a great service and is trying to protect us from the junk. You guys need to stop bashing the staff at Gizmos, they are only trying to help us and many people don't want to go through all the garbage to install something. It should be a straight forward install, not use the Command promp, not opening the file to pick out the adware exe, or anything of that sort. They, ( Devs ) shouldn't be so hungry they resort to adding crap in their programs just to make a buck.

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Best Free PDF Writer Software 10 months 22 hours ago Anupam Thanks for sharing your experience. Generally, I am quite good with spotting the bundled software, and opt-out choices. However, I might have missed this one, as you point out. I will try downloading and installing once again. However, I am not interested in the software anymore. I downloaded and installed Bullzip and it seems to work well, with a test file that I printed. I used to keep PdfCreator in my toolbox as it was open source, but since they began bundling software with it, which made the installation process too slow a few times, I gave up long ago on it. With much lighter options like Bullzip, I don't think I will try it again. view
Best Free Partition Management Software 10 months 23 hours ago MidnightCowboy Glad you got it sorted. :) MC view
Best Free Partition Management Software 10 months 1 day ago rearadmiral

Thanks MC. I didn't think to try the forum. (I might have got myself into a bit of a panic. ;~)

I eventually bit the bullet & used HP's option "Refresh your PC" & it worked a charm. Not sure what went wrong but at least I have a working PC again.

Cheers

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Best Free Partition Management Software 10 months 1 day ago MidnightCowboy Please post your issue here in our forum where it will receive greater exposure. MC - Site Manager. http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/system/ view
Best Free Partition Management Software 10 months 1 day ago rearadmiral

Firstly, a huge thanks to the team as you do a fantastic job & have helped me a great deal in the past. However, MiniTool Partition Wizard has given me no end of problems. I received a new laptop this Friday (27/6/14) & installed MiniTool's software last nite. Booted up this morning & ran the s/w to partition my 1Tb drive into 4 more manageable partitions. The s/w restarted the machine, partitioned the drive as it rebooted & there were no error messages as the s/w partitioned the disk. However, it then failed to restart fully giving me an "Unexpected Kernel Mode Trap" msg. I did a bit of research & rebooted in safe mode successfully followed by a successful clean boot. Then I looked at my computer details to find that I now only have a 100G C drive & a 20G recovery D drive!

Partition Wizard can still see the other 880G of the disk but file explorer couldn't initially but now I've manually allocated drive letters to them I can now view the other partitions in file explorer. (I had allocated them in Partition Wizard but it wasn't picked up for some reason). However, unfortunately I can now no longer clean boot & can only boot in safe mode! Frankly I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to try next. It's especially frustrating as I've only had the machine 2 days & already I can't use it properly. :~{

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 10 months 1 day ago godzonekid

"For me, OpenCandy is no issue given it is dead simple to workaround/opt out."

Yeah, but for how long... THAT is the question. I've had open candy sneak on my machine due to the opt out box being out of view... yeah, that is sneaky.

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Is Your PC Updating Correctly? Are You Sure? 10 months 1 day ago godzonekid

I said rarely, you said occasionally... I take it that both words in "this context" mean pretty much the same thing... My wife's laptop fails on updates I'd say probably about 25% of the time. I've told her to NOT download when they first come out as if they are buggy it could cause serious problems... been there, done that. Sick and tired of doing system restores.

I usually wait 2 weeks before downloading Winduhz updates. Usually the fixes to any bad update files have been fixed in this timeframe.

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Problem With Internet Explorer? Maybe You Need Fewer Bits 10 months 1 day ago ChrisW

I just tried this tip. I am running Windows 7 with IE 11.0.9600.17126. When I checked TASK ADMIN the first time it showed only entries with the name of iexplore.exe. I changed PROGRAM FILES to PROGRAM FILES (x86) and the task manager still shows only entires with the name iexplore.exe. IE still seems like it is running just fine so far, but I do not see any entries in TASK MANAGER showing iexplore.exe*32. Don't know if this helps or just confuses the matter.

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 10 months 1 day ago Joe A.TT

It's really strange. Nevertheless, I'm wasting any more time with it.

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 10 months 1 day ago sicknero

It's a curious one for sure :-)

Some files I've tried are several hundred pages of image-heavy scanned books and are displayed perfectly, while others it fails completely with. One book for instance, looks as if the ink was wet and someone's smeared it liberally about with a damp cloth.

In PDF XChange - https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/kkushi2ae54e1a1/2014-06-29_00-22-21.png

In SlimPDF - https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/tx7ccngz1lybjzk/2014-06-29_00-23-29.png

Very odd :-) Something to do with different types of pdf file perhaps, I don't know anything about that though.

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 10 months 1 day ago Joe A.TT

Thanks for the info. I extracted it with UE too but when testing it failed to display certain text in my test file. Actually, I don't even know how to describe what the problem areas looked like. It was probably some other font, but certainly not text at all.

Thanks for the feedback anyway. ;-)

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Best Free PDF Writer Software 10 months 1 day ago sicknero

Hi Anumpam, I tried DoPdf v8 today as well, and on first install I found the same as you with the Office add-on being installed. On second try though I looked a bit closer and found that the tick-box for that is actually a very pale grey tick on a white background which is extremely difficult to see. Having made sure that was deselected, DoPdf did install without the add-on.

After all that I didn't like it much anyway, it seems extremely slow and resource-intensive so I tried a few others and wasn't much impressed with any of them, they all seem to take forever and most of the ghostscript ones crash at about 99% as well for some reason. I used to use DoPdf and Bullzip quite a lot, I don't remember having such problems before.

The only one I might keep is PdfCreator which seems to work ok and produce good results without topping out my CPU for ages, although this one does use ghostscript too. As far as I could tell there's nothing bundled with the installer (I got v1.7.3 from the website) except for two other programs by the same vendor ... Pdf Architect which is a payware trial version, and Images2Pdf which is freeware. Both of these can be deselected in the "Components" stage of the installation.

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 10 months 1 day ago sicknero

Hi Joe. Actually after some more testing, SlimPDF does have problems ... for instance I have a collection of classic literature scanned to pdf and Slim really struggles to load these and then fails to display them properly. However, the purpose I originally wanted it for (printing large, text-only pdfs from the internet at work) it seems to do very well so I'll probably keep it for that. I did do a proper install to see if that would fix the problems it was having but it makes no difference.

Anyway if you want to try it, yes you can just put it through Universal Extractor which will give you three folders - {app}, {cf32}, embedded, and a file named install_script.iss. I just copied all the files from {app} into another folder on the drive where I keep all my portables. {cf32} contains a file called itech.dll ... no idea what that's for but the prog seems to work fine without it.

As far as I can tell it makes no changes in appdata but it does create a registry key (HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Investintech.com Inc.)which holds recently opened file paths and a subkey for settings, although it's written nothing in that so far.

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Organize Information Alone Or With Others 10 months 1 day ago irwanwr

Sounds like Mural.ly to me.
Have you checked out http://mural.ly yet?

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Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility 10 months 1 day ago sicknero

The portable versions of Puran and Recuva both seem to run fine in MiniXP. Recuva will run as it is while for Puran you need to find gdiplus.dll and riched20.dll on your system drive and copy them into Puran's folder.

I also discovered that Recuva does have a tree view for the scan results which I hadn't noticed before (or had forgotten about). It's in Advanced - Options and Recuva actually seems to detect more files than Puran as well.

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Best Free File or Disk Catalog Organizer 10 months 2 days ago gogabz

Just installed Cathy on a windows 8 laptop. When I try to Catalog any folder it just reports it as inaccessible!

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 10 months 2 days ago leibnitz

I agree with most commenters here: calling Axcrypt "OpenCandy-infected" is unfair, just like calling Gizmo "Adwords-infected".

With the slight difference that opting out of OpenCandy in AxCrypt (or not installing from the beginning) is so easy that I'm surprised the author of this article was not able to do it, while opting out from Google Retargeting is a bit more complex. Furthermore, I've not seen any "Warning, you'll be tracked by BigG because we earn money on you via AW" when opening this page, so just to apply your line of reasoning you didn't give the option to opt-out, while AxCrypt does. :-)

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 10 months 2 days ago Joe A.TT

Hi sicknero,

Thanks for this. I'd like to give it a try. Can you provide some more details? Which program did you extract it with? Was it Universal Extractor? Did you have to delete any files or folders after extracting? Did you have to create any files, e.g. an ini file?

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Best Free Download Manager 10 months 2 days ago George.J Thanks for sharing your experiences on the portable version. The last stable version of EagleGet is 1.1.8.3, although the portable version is available only for 1.1.8.2 The default categories can't be messed up in the stable version but from what I've seen it's possible in 2.0 Alpha. I've also seen EagleGet monitoring sounds in GMail, I've set it to exclusion list to get rid of it. view
Concerned About The Demise Of Truecrypt? Try This Freebie Instead. 10 months 2 days ago bernardz This is partially true. What you have shown is that a good algorithm in an open-source program is better than a weak algorithm in a closed source but if both are equal in strength, the closed source has the advantage that the attempted cracker does not know what it is doing. For example, in one project, I was associated with, what we did was encrypted the files with an inital layer using a weak system that we wrote, this hid many of the files characteristics before we encrypted this file with a strong commercial software package. A closed one can do this, an open one source cannot use a the first layer. There are other tricks you can use too. view
Concerned About The Demise Of Truecrypt? Try This Freebie Instead. 10 months 2 days ago rob.schifreen >> I am sure it is easier to crack it if you have the source, >> as you know, exactly what it is doing. No. Not the case. Everyone knows the source/algorithm behind encryption algorithms such as DES, RSA, AES, Blowfish etc. Everyone knows precisely how the work, and thus why they are secure. Everyone also knows that cracking them is, theoretically, very easy. You just need to throw *vast* amounts of mathematical computing power at them, for many years. Which is beyond the scope of pretty much everyone. That's why they are secure. Consider, on the other hand, a closed-source algorithm. No one except the makers know how it works. So how do we know that the algorithm isn't weak (either deliberately or inadvertently)? Here's an example of why open-source encryption works. Imagine 2 prime numbers, say 7 and 5. Multiply them together and you get 35. By the laws of maths, given 35, there's only 1 pair of prime numbers which can be multiplied to produce that answer. With 35, it's pretty easy to solve with a computer. Now imagine that, instead of 35, I give you a number that's a thousand digits long and ask you to find the 2 prime factors. That's the point. Everyone understands the problem. Everyone knows the maths behind it. Everyone knows that there are no shortcuts or back doors. And everyone knows how difficult it is to solve. view
How to Clean An Infected Computer 10 months 2 days ago MidnightCowboy Sorry but we do not provide support for commercial programs. Please post your questions in the Kaspersky forum. You might also have some hardware issues that need professional attention. MC - Site Manager. view
AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 10 months 2 days ago crosseyedlemon

That's interesting because both WOT and my Avast Online Security plugin are green and indicate no risk for the Unchecky site. The program has worked well for me with no problems.

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How to Clean An Infected Computer 10 months 2 days ago Mona_World

when i am choosing the vulnerability scan option in kaspersky it is detecting 1 vulnerabilities but when i click on detected vulnerabilities it shows nothing. what to do? how this problem can be solved? please help me. my computer is behaving crazily. sometimes it shut downs automatically, sometimes the monitor connection is gone and also the hdd led red light is off but cpu power switch is still running and also the smps monitor is running. so i hav to shutdown the cpu forcefully and restart it. please help me to come out from this situation.

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Best Free Download Manager 10 months 2 days ago sicknero

Thanks for the pointers George, I hadn't really looked very hard as auto-grouping isn't something I really use. It still seems to be impossible to delete the pre-set groups though.

What I've found after a few days with EG is that if I make sure everything in it is set to capture and monitor, then it works excellently and the video button works for most sites very well. It even appears unexpectedly at times, e.g. on occasion it pops up in gmail and when I clicked download just to see what it was spotting, it downloaded a mail as an empty mp3 :-)

What does happen, is that when I start a new session the monitoring options in EG have disabled themselves and have to be reset. This might be an aspect of the portable version I guess.

It's very usable for me anyway, as I don't need anything that permanently monitors my browser. Just something to handle large/numerous downloads which might potentially be interrupted by a browser/system restart.

I did see the beta version but I'm quite happy with 1.1.8.2 at the moment.

FDM is excellent, I agree. It's been my favourite for several years. There's a v5 alpha version by the way, which is available for testing on the FDM forums.

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 10 months 2 days ago sicknero

I just wanted to mention SlimPDF which I discovered yesterday. It's the fastest and lightest reader I've yet seen and has only the most minimal controls and options. Just read/print, nothing else. I was previously using Sumatra as a quick viewer but I've found that it isn't great at printing, while SlimPDF manages perfectly.

I wanted an alternative to the built-in Firefox viewer (I've had frequent problems with that) without having to use a full-featured program as the default viewer, and Slim seems to fit the bill very well.

The download is an installer (no bundling that I could discover) but I just extracted that and ran it portably with no problems.

http://www.investintech.com/resources/freetools/slimpdfreader/

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 10 months 2 days ago sicknero

What happens with an installer that includes Open Candy is that when the installation runs, a dll file is executed, usually "OCSetupHlp.dll" in my experience and it is this that MBAM and some other anti-malwares will detect as a PUP. Also most third-party firewalls will pick it up if configured to make executables ask before connecting to the internet.

The dll file is extracted to, and run from, the system temp directory and connects to the internet to show you the various bundled offers. If you decline all the extras then the dll is deleted after the installer finishes and nothing is left on your system except the program you wanted.

You can read about this in more detail on the OpenCandy website and observe the process for yourself with basic system monitoring freeware and/or a sandbox/virtualised OS.

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 10 months 2 days ago MidnightCowboy We have also tried to expand on this with some practical advice in this article. MC - Site Manager. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/what-else-have-you-just-download... view
AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 10 months 2 days ago Jojo Yee Welcome your kind comments Yankiwi. The Gizmo's Freeware Policy on OpenCandy is available from this page Controversial Advertising Program Now Being Embedded in More Software. view
AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 10 months 2 days ago Geert

>> I did not select any optional software during the install process
Afaik, with OpenCandy, you should UNselect any optional software

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 10 months 2 days ago BEBOP0389

Many of these comments leave me to believe that a lot of people think Open Candy is optional. In my experience it isn't.

I recently installed IMGBurn. I did not select any optional software during the install process, and yet Malwarebytes detected Open Candy on my fresh OS install.

This constitutes an unwanted intrusion IMO. I was lead to believe I was installing IMGBurn and nothing else, and yet that crap was installed too. The sooner the majority labels it as unacceptable, the sooner devs stop including it in their installers.

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Other Web Browsers 10 months 2 days ago George.J Resource usage of browsers differs for different systems. It won't be the same for a PC having 512MB RAM and one having 4GB. Unless you're having a low-end system, you'll be fine. view
AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 10 months 2 days ago Yankiwi

I have used AxCrypt for some time now and have nothing but good things to report about it. It is excellent software, is dead simple to use, and does what it says it will do. When I had a question about something, I emailed the developer and got a prompt and informative answer.

As to OpenCandy (OC), it is of course appropriate for Gizmo's to note in any review that OC will appear during the installation process and to inform potentially unaware readers as to what OC is and how to avoid installing something they may not want. However, the AxCrypt developer is very open and honest about why he includes OC and provides clear and easy instructions for installing AxCrypt without OC.

By way of comparison, look at how Adobe tries to trick the unaware into installing McAfee Security Scan Plus during Adobe Flash Player updates. Is the Adobe update process "McAfee-infected?"

Instead of calling any program "OpenCandy-infected," it might be better if Gizmo's were to have a standard advisory note which could be inserted into the review of any software which contains OC. That brief note could then refer those readers who are unfamiliar with OC to a Gizmo's reference page which explains OC in more detail and explains how to avoid installing OC software if you don't want it.

I really appreciate all the hard work that Rob and the other Gizmo's reviewers put into researching and presenting free software choices, and I highly value the reviews in Gizmo's, but I have to say that using the term "OpenCandy-infected" for AxCrypt is unfair and unjustly maligns an elegantly simple and useful program which is well-designed, safe to install, and works well. Based on my personal experience, I recommend AxCrypt highly.

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Other Web Browsers 10 months 2 days ago CASD

I'll have to agree.. I'm totally about resource usage not that I need to be..
What I have found: Based on 15 tabs loading on startup

Chrome type browsers start off very high usage loading all the tabs..30% +
then if you don't use any tabs the usages goes back to about 20% of 7.75gb ram the minute you start view/moving around the tabs the usage gets heavy again.. Also if you let it stay in the back ground after closing it's still got those 15 tabs up in the task manager..

FireFox type Browsers...same 15 tabs

High CPU usage on loading...had to run an extra fan on my CPU or it gets hot
avg. 25% usage moving around but will drop with browser at idle..

I've tried all the browsers I can find and very few can even come close to low resource usage..workability, etc.., and not over tax the CPU

Recommendations are always welcome.. But I have tried most..maybe there is something new out there ?

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