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1 year 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software AJNorth

Neil Rubenking has a recent article in PC Magazine, "Microsoft Security Essentials and McAfee Fail Security Certification," discussing the Dennis Technology Labs real-world testing results for several anti-malware apps, including avast! Free Antivirus 7, AVG Anti-Virus FREE 2013 and Microsoft Security Essentials -- http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security-software/313578-microsoft-securi... . (User comments at the bottom are also worth a look.)

It will be interesting to see if MSE fares any better in formal testing when its next version is released (v4.3.215.0 pre-release is available for download from Softpedia -- http://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivirus/Microsoft-Security-Essentials.shtml).

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1 year 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software AJNorth

Avira have updated their Free Antivirus to v13.0.0.3882; 102 MB (off-line installer), 2 MB (on-line) (2013.07.12) -- https://www.avira.com/en/download/product/avira-free-antivirus. (As of this writing, Avira have yet to update their product's nomenclature at their site, though the version supplied is the current one.)

With this release they have eliminated the “Expert mode” from the Configuration panel (all options are now displayed as if this mode were always activated, saving one click and making the User Interface a tad cleaner); they have also included another cumulative roll-up.

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1 year 4 weeks ago Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software AJNorth

Softpedia distribute a portable version of ImgBurn (v2.4.4.0, 2.0 MB; last updated 2009.04.30) -- http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/CD-DVD-Tools/Windows-Port... . Unlike the installed version, they do not flag it for bundled crapware.

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1 year 4 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software AJNorth

Thanks for your post, LynVT.

As a long-time user of Avira Free A/V (on a dozen machines I tend to, XP through Win 7), I look forward to learning of your further experiences with Avast -- especially on older machines with limited resources (such as your P-III with 512 MB RAM).

To date, none of these machines has experienced a malware infection. (Avira's default settings were changed on every install, such as setting both heuristics to High, enabling every option under Additional Settings for the System Scanner, and selecting every threat category, except Unusual runtime compression, under the General tab. In addition, the Secunia PSI, WinPatrol and the COMODO Firewall are also installed.)

(For the record, the large nag screen pop-up has been successfully suppressed on every machine, though an occasional tweak is required after some major updates from Avira...)

Regards,

AJN

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1 year 3 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software AJNorth

Hello LVT,

Just wanted to check to see whether you had received my reply to your question, which I sent through your contact form at Gizmo's site (the Admins, understandably, are not enamored of open discussions on how to violate the EULAs of software we list...); it was titled "Avira Pop-up Suppression" (though other security-related issues are also discussed) and posted on 2013.07.23, at about 1721 (U.S. PDT). If not, please let me know where I might forward it to you. Thanks.

Cheers,

AJN

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1 year 1 week ago Best Free PDF Writer Software AJNorth

On their page for CutePDF Writer, Softpedia's Editor gives it five stars, with the following caveat heading the review (dated 2013.06.27):

Note to Softpedia users: We are well aware that Acro Software released a newer build (version 3) of CutePDF Writer. We do NOT intend to update our listing to this version, as it installs ASK Toolbar WITHOUT offering users the option to uncheck it.

(http://www.softpedia.com/get/Office-tools/PDF/CuteWriter.shtml)

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50 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software AJNorth

Yes, what a shame that SourceForge decided to add a wrapper to their installers (and they use to be a completely reputable site...).

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46 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software AJNorth

Some may find the following post in the Avira Support Forum of interest:

"We’ve listened: Goodbye Notifier Ads!

Dears Customers,

The so called “Notifier” which for the Free Antivirus users pops up once a day (if you didn’t install the Avira Search Free Toolbar) to sell you something is about to disappear.

Starting with October 1st, you will never see it again.

For more information, please have a look here: http://techblog.avira.com/2013/09/27/weve-listened-goodbye-notifier-ads/en/ ."

- - - - - - - - - - - - -

In addition, the first Beta of Avira Free A/V 2014 has been released.

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46 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software AJNorth

Greetings,

Having used the Comodo Firewall (in various incarnations) for over a decade on several machines (with high regard), and their full suite off-and-on, my experience with the current version running on a client's Win 7 laptop (I7-3630 QM, 8 GB DDR 3) for the past four months has been quite favorable.

Comodo I.S. has enjoyed a reputation for keeping a clean system clean; its ability to remove detected malware had been somewhat low previously, but has been improving of late.

A recent overview by Tom's Guide of the various free antivirus solutions discussed above, and a few more, can be found at http://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-free-antivirus-software-2013,review-178... . From their conclusions:

"If, in your eyes, protection against malware is more important than the defenses against phishing and Web threats, then Comodo wins with some top-notch real-time defenses."

As that well-known disclaimer goes, your mileage may vary. Best of luck.

Cheers,

AJN

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46 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software AJNorth

Indeed; all the more reason to employ a defense-in-depth strategy, which includes (amongst other things) using a secure browser (such as Firefox with an add-on such as NoScript) -- not to mention not doing casual browsing with administrative privileges (or much of anything else, for that matter...).

Still, the results reported by AV-TEST are impressive.

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46 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software AJNorth

The only description of the 2014 Beta I am able to find at this time is at http://www.softexia.com/anti-virus/avira-free-antivirus/ . Under "What’s new in Avira Free AntiVirus 2014 14.0.0.373 Beta," it describes a fix to the ask [sic] installer, so it appears that the toolbar has been retained, unfortunately (hopefully as a selectable option). They also provide a download link (the executable is 117 MB).

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46 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software AJNorth

I agree, JT.

Of course, it remains to be seen just how well v. 2014 will perform, so Neil Rubenking's testing & review (PC Magazine), along with those of the various A/V testing labs, are eagerly awaited. (Too bad they're apparently retaining the Ask toolbar...)

As a side note, given the recent positive reviews that Comodo Internet Security has garnered (AV-TEST; Tom's Guide), might you consider putting it in the queue for a review?

Cheers,

AJN

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45 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Software Update Monitor AJNorth

Patch My PC has been updated to version 2.3.5.1 -- http://patchmypc.net/ .

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45 weeks 10 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software AJNorth

Might Lavasoft's Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11 be placed in the queue for future consideration?

They have replaced their Viper-based scanning engine with one from Bitdefender, and v.11 has garnered a positive review from CNET's Editor (and several users) -- http://download.cnet.com/Ad-Aware-Free-Antivirus/3000-8022_4-10045910.ht... .

Thanks.

AJN

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35 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Software Update Monitor AJNorth

Secunia have updated their Personal Software Inspector (PSI) to v3.0.0.9016 (2013.12.18; 5.08 MB); support for Win 8 has been added -- https://secunia.com/products/consumer/PSI/sys_req/ .

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44 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover AJNorth

TDSSKiller has been updated to v3.0.0.14 (2013.10.15)

Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit has been updated to v1.07.0.1007-Beta (2013.10.07).

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43 weeks 2 days ago Best Free System Information Utility AJNorth

PC Wizard has been updated to v2013.2.12 (2013.10.21).

A portable version is also available -- http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/System/System-Enhancement... .

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43 weeks 2 days ago Best Free System Information Utility AJNorth

Another set of free powerful system information and diagnostic utilities that some may find useful comes from HWiNFO -- http://www.hwinfo.com/ . Both x86 and x64 systems are supported, each with installed and portable versions (there is also an application for DOS).

Reviews (and additional download links) may be found at Softpedia:

HWiNFO32: http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System-Info/HWiNFO.shtml .

HWiNFO32 Portable: http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/System/System-Info/Portab... .

HWiNFO64: http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System-Info/HWiNFO64.shtml .

HWiNFO64 Portable: http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/System/System-Info/Portab... .

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43 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software AJNorth

Windy,

Thanks for taking the time to detail your experience with Ad-Aware Free A/V+ 11; I'm sorry to hear that it was so miserable (it appears that Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ 11.0.4516.0 is the current version, released on 2013.10.09).

That version 11 currently garners an overall user rating of 4/5 stars (from 29 reviews) at CNET, perhaps your difficulties were in some way related to your particular system and configuration (another positive review was posted by Thetechhacker -- http://thetechhacker.com/2013/10/10/lavasoft-ad-aware-11-editions-review/).

In any case, it will be interesting to see both what additional formal tests reveal and other users' experiences over time are (to be fair, I have not experimented with it yet).

Take care.

Regards,

AJ

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42 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software AJNorth

Hello JT,

There's one other free application I've recently read about that may be worth a look when you've the time, CYSEC Free Anti-Virus, which garnered a very positive review from the UK publication Security Magazine -- http://www.seczine.com/article/information-security-news/180813/CYSEC-Fr... .

Cheers,

AJ

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42 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software AJNorth

Thanks, MC.

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42 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Program Uninstaller AJNorth

Wise Program Uninstaller has been updated to version 1.57.76 (2013.10.28; 1.78 MB).

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41 weeks 3 days ago How to Fix an Annoying Windows USB Problem AJNorth

Not infrequently, Windows Explorer will have one or more hooks on a USB drive, preventing its ejection. There's a free and extremely useful utility, Unlocker, that integrates into the Windows shell and provides the ability to kill those hooks, thus allowing the drive to be ejected -- http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System-Miscellaneous/Unlocker.shtml .

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40 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software AJNorth

MS have updated their Microsoft Security Essentials to version 4.4.304.0 (digitally signed 2013.10.23); not able to locate a changelog at the time of this posting.

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40 weeks 1 day ago Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET has Been Updated AJNorth

Hello W.C.,

Had a similar experience with one rig running Win XP Pro SP3; after first removing EMET 4.0 (utilizing the Revo Uninstaller), then installing v4.1, the situation was resolved. (Be sure to first close all applications that EMET may be monitoring...)

Cheers,

AJN

P.S. A restart after removing v4.0 may help increase the likelihood of success...

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28 weeks 10 hours ago Best Free Program Uninstaller AJNorth

Advanced Uninstaller Pro (also free, x64-compatible and offers additional functionality) has been updated to version 11.32 (2014.02.07); Softpedia review - http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/Advanced-Uninstaller... .

Geek Uninstaller (Free Edition) now stands at version 1.2.1.25 (2014.01.09).

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38 weeks 4 days ago A Treat If You Love Old Movies AJNorth

A fine selection, including many true classics (though some films may be found in better transfers elsewhere).

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38 weeks 4 days ago Want The Latest Winamp? Get It While You Still Can AJNorth

Some may find this article from Ghacks entitled, "What’s the best Winamp alternative now that it is shutting down?" of interest -- http://www.ghacks.net/2013/11/21/whats-best-winamp-alternative-now-shutt... .

(This Change.org petition is also linked in the Comments section: http://www.change.org/petitions/aol-keep-winamp-alive-or-let-it-go-open-...).

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38 weeks 4 days ago Want The Latest Winamp? Get It While You Still Can AJNorth

Congrats -- and THANKS! Your comment is spot-on.

Perhaps there are still a few at AOL harboring even a modicum of sanity, compassion and decency.

They've obviously forgotten just how far the good will that would be generated by heeding our appeals could go. After all, corporations are people, too (or so some say...).

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37 weeks 2 days ago Best Free File-Based Backup Program AJNorth

Greetings,

Does your issue persist with FBackup current-version 5.0.245 (the fifth update of v. 5 since your post, date-stamped 2013.11.21)? If it does, should you wish to rollback to FBackup 4, please visit http://fbackup.en.uptodown.com/old . Hope this is helpful.

Cheers,

AJN

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33 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Software Update Monitor AJNorth

KC Softwares have updated SUMo to version 3.10.1.226 (2013.12.30).

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30 weeks 4 days ago Thank You for Donating AJNorth

Simply put, Gizmo's Freeware is indispensable, and its survival as an independent site is a truly worthy cause. My own association goes back more than a decade (then formally known as Tech Support Alert), and I'm pleased to have been able to augment my annual support with a special donation.

It is difficult to have to ask for support, and I know that I join many others in the sincere hope that this appeal is more than merely successful.

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30 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software AJNorth

Larry Seltzer of ZDNET has an article some may find useful, "Antivirus on Windows 8/8.1 compared" - http://www.zdnet.com/antivirus-on-windows-88-1-compared-7000025359/?s_ci... (2014.01.21), which references the new test results from AV-Test (http://www.av-test.org/en/home/).

Though mostly discussing paid applications, a few consumer freeware are mentioned (and yes, Microsoft Windows Defender 4.3 was dead last).

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30 weeks 2 days ago LogMeIn No Longer Offering A Free Service [Updated] AJNorth

Allow me to second cdntinpusher's enthusiastic recommendation.

I, too, have been using TeamViewer for several years (to take care of family & friends' computers on three continents). It is feature-rich, stable and is regularly updated. One of its most useful attributes is its ability to perform a remote reboot -- including into Safe Mode; there is also a remote update option, but unless one has a permanent password for the slave machine, the connection is often lost (which a future update should address). My only quibble (a minor one) is that file transfer speeds tend to be on the low side when using it for remote control (though it's a tad faster when using the VPN function).

Overall rating: 4.5/5 -- and indispensable.

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26 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software AJNorth

Avast! Free Antivirus was updated to version 9.0.2013 (86 MB) on 2014.01.23.

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24 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software AJNorth

Avira Free Antivirus has been updated to version 14.0.3.350 (2014.03.04; 132 MB).

(Again, the update nag screen has been eliminated.)

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22 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software AJNorth

My pleasure, Chiron, and welcome aboard!

AJN

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22 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software AJNorth

You're most welcome, Chiron (and thanks for updating the Avira description!).

Incidentally, Avira have added two additional enhancements by incorporating their "Protection Cloud" and "Browser Safety" features in their free A-V - http://www.davescomputertips.com/new-avira-free-antivirus-now-includes-c... (it will be interesting to see what effects this might have on future testing results...).

AJN

P.S. In case you don't follow his articles, Neil Rubenking, Lead Analyst for Security over at PC Magazine, does his own extensive in-house testing (along with relying on results from the various testing labs); his most recent overview of free anti-malware solutions (2014.01.08) can be found at http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2388652,00.asp . (Should you ever wish to contact him, Mr. Rubenking is very gracious about answering emails.)

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15 weeks 3 days ago Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET Now in Version 4.1 Update AJNorth

Excellent article.

I have been running EMET since the release of version 3.0, with it currently installed on various Windows boxes running XP, 7, 8 & 8.1 Update (with no adverse effects to date). A highly-recommended security enhancement.

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10 weeks 2 days ago Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software AJNorth

Softpedia also offer a clean portable version of ImgBurn (v. 2.4.4.0) -- http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/CD-DVD-Tools/Windows-Port... .

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5 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services AJNorth

Greetings,

Has anyone any experience with ChrisPC Free Anonymous Proxy (http://proxy.chris-pc.com/), or might it be added to the queue for inclusion in a future review?

Thank you!

Regards,

AJN

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4 weeks 5 days ago Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software AJNorth

Hello JR,

If you are still in need of cleaning solutions, you might first do a full scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) (update the database immediately before the scan and close all other applications) -- http://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivirus/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware.shtml (you can quarantine what you choose to remove, should it turn out that something deleted needs to be restored).

Both AdwCleaner -- http://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivirus/Removal-Tools/AdwCleaner.shtml and the even more powerful Junkware Removal Tool -- http://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Security-Related/Junkware-Removal-... are also worth considering if pop-ups remain a problem after cleaning with MBAM. **CAUTION** Be sure to set a Restore Point before running either of these applications, as whatever is removed cannot be restored -- in particular, Registry keys.

Finally, you might consider adding Unchecky to your Windows box, as it helps to keep the user on a path during installations/upgrades so as to minimize the likelihood of accidentally installing PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs)-- http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/Unchecky.shtml . In addition, it automatically writes several blocking entries to the HOSTS file, thereby preventing many of these PUPs from 'phoning home. Very low on system resources, Unchecky also updates itself automatically. Though still technically in beta, it has been regularly updated over the past several months, and I highly recommended it.

I hope this is helpful.

Regards,

AJN

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4 weeks 5 days ago Controversial Advertising Program Now Being Embedded in More Software AJNorth

Hello Lassar,

There is a very nifty free application, Unchecky, http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/Unchecky.shtml that helps to keep the user on a path during installations/upgrades so as to minimize the likelihood of accidentally installing PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs).

In addition, it automatically writes the blocking entries you've listed to the HOSTS file, along with several additional ones (this is especially helpful for those a bit less technically inclined...).

The current list of entries it writes is:

127.0.0.1 localhost

# unchecky_begin
# These rules were added by the Unchecky program in order to block advertising software modules
0.0.0.0 tracking.opencandy.com.s3.amazonaws.com
0.0.0.0 media.opencandy.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.opencandy.com
0.0.0.0 tracking.opencandy.com
0.0.0.0 api.opencandy.com
0.0.0.0 installer.betterinstaller.com
0.0.0.0 installer.filebulldog.com
0.0.0.0 d3oxtn1x3b8d7i.cloudfront.net
0.0.0.0 inno.bisrv.com
0.0.0.0 nsis.bisrv.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.file2desktop.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.goateastcach.us
0.0.0.0 cdn.guttastatdk.us
0.0.0.0 cdn.inskinmedia.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.insta.oibundles2.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.insta.playbryte.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.llogetfastcach.us
0.0.0.0 cdn.montiera.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.msdwnld.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.mypcbackup.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.ppdownload.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.riceateastcach.us
0.0.0.0 cdn.shyapotato.us
0.0.0.0 cdn.solimba.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.tuto4pc.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.appround.biz
0.0.0.0 cdn.bigspeedpro.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.bispd.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.bisrv.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.cdndp.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.download.sweetpacks.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.dpdownload.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.visualbee.net
# unchecky_end

Very low on system resources, Unchecky also updates itself automatically. Though still technically in beta, it has been regularly updated over the past several months, and I highly recommended it.

Regards,

AJN

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4 weeks 9 hours ago Four Ways to Make Windows XP Systems More Secure AJNorth

It turns out that Microsoft are continuing to support a version of XP used in Enterprise (commercially), and there is a procedure by which consumer users of XP can continue to receive most, if not all, updates for nearly five more years: "How to get security updates for Windows XP until April 2019" - http://www.ghacks.net/2014/05/24/get-security-updates-windows-xp-april-2... (there is always the chance that MS may shut this option down, but to date they have not).

In addition, with respect to EMET, in a few cases I have encountered (usually, but not exclusively, with XP), the default (recommended) settings prevent Internet Explorer from loading properly (which, even if one does not use IE as their default browser, is still required to run Windows Updates manually). Should this be experienced, the solution is to open EMET (Start --> All Programs --> Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit --> EMET GUI), click on Apps in the Configuration box at the top, then deselect (un-check) the box under SimExecFlow for iexplore.exe, click OK, then close EMET. If IE still does not load, restart Windows.

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2 weeks 5 days ago Free Microsoft Windows Security Tool EMET is Upgraded to Version 5.0 AJNorth

It appears from the accompanying documentation that, with the release of version 5.0, Microsoft have ended EMET's official compatibility with XP, though it does appear to install on such systems (successfully replacing EMET 4.1 Update 1, and earlier versions).

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1 week 4 days ago Best Free Firewall Protection AJNorth

Greetings,

Sphinx now call their firewall application "Windows 8 Firewall Control" (Windows 8/7/Vista/2008/2012/XP/2003).

Regards,

AJN

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1 year 22 weeks ago Best Free iPhone Apps ak47wong

Apple has pulled AppShopper from the App Store, "for now" supposedly. Ref: http://appshopper.com/blog/2012/12/20/appshopper-app-removed-from-the-ap...

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1 year 21 weeks ago Worried About Clicking On A Bit.Ly Link? Follow This Tip. ak47wong

Since there are so many URL shortening services around, it might be better to write an article about "universal" URL expansion techniques: websites and extensions that can show the full URL from multiple shortening sites (e.g. tinyurl.com, bitly.com, is.gd, goo.gl, tiny.cc, t.co, etc). Oxa and Nodrog have already mentioned two extensions and bookmarkets. Another good site is longurl.org.

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50 weeks 4 days ago Site Suggestions and Feedback akado2000

I signed up to vent about Comodo but can't find the tab
to make comments so I'll put it here. I feel that Comodo deliberately made it's free product shut down
all my hardware, denying me access to Open Office where
I'm working on a novel and my scanner no longer scans
and I can no longer open my word processing files. Every two minutes I get the same message: Should I allow
Sofware Updater? I keep saying "Yes" and Comodo keeps
bugging me about the same software. Comodo does have
an online manual but it's obscured by the Comodo warnings as though they don't want people to read it.
Then they invite you to speak to their online helper and
at the last minute asks you for the code that you paid
when you signed up for the $19.99 version.I would rather
they charge me $19.99 and give me a firewall that doesn't make it impossible for me to do my day-to-day
tasks. Comodo also forced me to download Google Chrome and Google Chrome is simply not as good as
Explorer 8 and Explorer 8 no longer functions. What
would be useful is a FAQ where all the common problems
caused by Comodo is addressed. My old McAfee firewall
never gave me this kind of trouble. Thanks for allowing me to vent and I think I'm going to email
a copy of this to Comodo except my Cut and Paste has
been disabled as well. The reason I say Google Chrome
is no good is it refused to give me google.com telling
me that it hasn't been declared safe but not how to
declare it safe. I hope a Comodo representative is
reading this or maybe somebody could pass this on to them. Absolutely the worst firewall I ever downloaded. I appreciate it keeping me safe, but now
I can't do anything. By the way, I tried downloading
Panda Cloud Cleaner and Antivirus 2014 as Gizmo suggested and got "Failed Download Error" twice.
Have to download latest version of IDM.

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1 year 11 weeks ago Best Free Browser Scrubber Akita6.2013

Hello all. Just joined the forum. Need help choosing real vs. fake anti-malware programs, and trustworthy cleaning programs for Windows 8. Prefer freeware, but all reviews are most welcome. Thanks!

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1 year 4 weeks ago Edit PDF Files Online, For Free. No Download Required. Alan Low

Thank you for the free use of the PDF Editor

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1 year 23 weeks ago Amazing Site Gets You Up To Speed On Any Subject Alan Wade

Did a quick search on Malmö, Sweden and the search engine didnt like that. Changed the search to Malmo, Sweden and yes, up popped a few bubbles. Sadly most of the bubbles kept trying to push me to Copenhagen!
Copenhagen is in Denmark and Malmö is in Sweden!
Not so impressed at the moment.

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49 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Drive Cloning Software alan93

How do you get the free Macrium?
When I download it and run it it says "Standard, Professional, and Server".
No "Free" anywhere in installer.

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18 weeks 3 days ago Don't Like the MS Office Ribbon? Bring Back Proper Menus. alancall

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

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25 weeks 4 days ago Search 60 Million Scanned Newspaper Pages Alanheal

It's a huge resource, but unfortunately it can't be searched by subject. You would have to know the exact date of an event.

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25 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Spyware And Adware Remover Alanheal

SPYBOT ran on my computer for 40 minutes and found all sorts of problems, but it turned out it WAS NOT FREE. In order for it to remove the problems it had to be purchased for $29.
That's a sort of hustle.

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7 weeks 5 hours ago Best Free Disk De-fragmenter alease

really need this to try to correct my computer

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1 year 23 weeks ago Best Free Software for Mac OS AlecJBrock

Hi JTAlsman,

I've added Magician to the list. Thank you for brining it to light!

Alec

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1 year 21 weeks ago Best Free Email Software Aleron

There is new free e-mail client on market: Inky

Here is the link:

http://inky.com/

I am going to use it for now and we'll see if it is good. Of course it is highly recommended to try it.

Best regards

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11 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Spyware And Adware Remover alex13601

I will review spybot tonight, and let you know.

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28 weeks 2 days ago One Of The Best Backup Utilities I've Seen For A Long Time alexander.p

Just to clarify - the latest beta will remain perpetually available and free. Production versions that will follow will be paid software.

That said, betas have been stable and of a production quality from the start of public beta in November 2013. They are routinely used by hundreds of people in production environments and home setups.

Regards,
Alex

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28 weeks 2 days ago One Of The Best Backup Utilities I've Seen For A Long Time alexander.p

Thanks, Rob. This is correct. The latest beta will remain perpetually available as freeware.

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1 year 32 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer alexo

Does Zoner 15 have a free version or is it just version 14?

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1 year 18 weeks ago New Free Suite of Windows System Utilities alexxx46

Dangerous app. Wrecked my Windows activation. Deleted.

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1 year 17 weeks ago How to Add Your Favorite Folder or Program to (My) Computer in Windows 7 and 8 alexxx46

Just create the new folder Network Shortcuts and place your shortcuts there.

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1 year 14 weeks ago The Fastest, Least Complicated Image Viewer I've Seen alexxx46

Buggy, makes 'floating point' errors.

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1 year 14 weeks ago The Fastest, Least Complicated Image Viewer I've Seen alexxx46

I have used it 7 times and got 3 errors.

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1 year 14 weeks ago How to Use Disposable Email Addresses and Avoid Spam alexxx46

The free account has a limit of 25 sites.

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1 year 12 weeks ago This Powerful File Manager Is Small, Free, Fast and Portable alexxx46

Tried the portable version of NexusFile on Win7x32. No problems so far.

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1 year 11 weeks ago Best Free Media Player alexxx46

BS Player displays the Conduit logo when installed. Conduit "... forces the user to use their search engine and [as a toolbar] is difficult to remove". (from Wikipedia).

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1 year 10 weeks ago An Amazing App That Gives Your Browser A Photographic Memory alexxx46

I downloaded the portable version of Avant Browser and tried to download video from Youtube with Avant Downloader. The result was always 0 bytes files.

And yes, it has a small memory footprint and seems rather agile.

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1 year 8 weeks ago Try A Free Cloud-Based Diagramming Tool alexxx46

http://www.draw.io/

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+1

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1 year 4 weeks ago Free Utility Speeds Up Vista alexxx46

Vista Services Optimizer now installs stealthily malware which is then extremely difficult to remove - even if on install you say 'no' to all the bundled junk. VirusTotal check result: http://bit.ly/12EWU3H. Avoid VSO!

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1 year 4 weeks ago Finds of the Week: Send Email From Your Browser, Creative Ways to Use Your Printer, Delete Yourself from the Internet, Best Docks and Launchers, Dollar Store Hacks alexxx46

In Win7, C:\Windows\System32\migwiz\migwiz.exe starts the transfer process.

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48 weeks 5 days ago Best Free System Information Utility alexxx46

Looks safe (VT 0/39) and comprehensive, it's portable and small (1 mb), unicode supported. Thank you, Rfithen, good find for me.

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38 weeks 1 day ago How to Make a Quick and Easy Online Antivirus Check of a File or App Before Downloading it alexxx46

Unfortunately, these extensions check just urls, but not the files one is going to download. While the download link may be 100% clean, the corresponding file may be not.

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38 weeks 1 day ago How to Make a Quick and Easy Online Antivirus Check of a File or App Before Downloading it alexxx46

Before posting please check thoroughly the point you are writing about.

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38 weeks 1 day ago How to Make a Quick and Easy Online Antivirus Check of a File or App Before Downloading it alexxx46

OK. So this is the download link http://tiny.cc/DldLink
This is what I got using VTchromizer http://tiny.cc/VTotalUrl
And this is what I got after sending the downloaded file to VT not using the extension http://tiny.cc/VTotalFile. Have I missed something?

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38 weeks 1 day ago How to Make a Quick and Easy Online Antivirus Check of a File or App Before Downloading it alexxx46

My bad, I really missed that link. Sorry Vic.

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4 weeks 5 days ago How To Fix “BOOTMGR is missing” Error in Vista and Windows 7 Alienrio

This document pertains to HP and Compaq desktop PCs that came with Windows 7.

The following error opens when attempting to start the PC:

BOOTMGR is missing
Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart the PC

If you recently installed an additional hard drive, turn off the computer and remove the drive before using the
following steps:

1. Open HP System Recovery:

CAUTION: Do not perform a system recovery! Stop at the first recovery screen.
Press the F11 key repeatedly while the computer is starting.

If you have a recovery disc, turn on the PC and insert the first recovery disc into the drive. Use the disc to enter the system recovery.

2.
Select Microsoft Startup Repair tool and wait for repair to find and fix errors. When finished, restart the computer; even if the startup repair tool finds errors but cannot fix them.

3.
If the error message persists, open the recovery manager screen as was done in step 1.

4.
At the recovery manager screen, press ALT + D.

5.
Enter the following text at the command prompt: bootrec /rebuildbcd

6.
If bootrec displays "Add installation to boot list?", press y .
After bootrec completes successfully, the computer displays "The operation completed successfully".

7.
To close the command prompt, enter the following text: exit

8.
At the Recovery Manager screen, select Microsoft Startup Repair tool (again) and wait for startup
repair to find and fix errors. When finished, restart the computer.

9.
The error should no longer open. If it does, perform a system recovery, making sure to backup
important files.

If you removed a hard drive before using these steps, replace the drive. If the error occurs again, make sure the additional hard drive is not set as an active drive. Only the main bootable drive should be set as active.

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1 year 18 weeks ago New Free Suite of Windows System Utilities Alok

@detailer:

Microsoft's .net framework has been a great and successful attempt from Microsoft to move past the age-old Windows API. For those who know programming realize to every inch how cumbersome Windows API was and how good .net is. Windows API was developed in days of C, while .net uses modern programming languages like C#.

If Microsoft continues to use Windows API, people complain that Microsoft is not innovating, and that the newer OS's from them are still based on Windows 95/NT from mid 1990's. When they innovate, people like you refuse to adopt.

One of the best things that can happen to Windows is for them to remove not .net from it, but the underlying Windows API rather. Kudos to them that they support the older stuff so as to keep existing programs working.

So please get over this and move on. If anything, you should embrace those applications that are written in .net, not the other way around.

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20 weeks 2 days ago Best Free System Information Utility alphaa10

WinAudit is amazing. In search of the serial number for my Asus graphics adapter, but without retrieving the card, itself, I was delighted to find WA provided the unparsed serial number. Since I already knew how many digits to expect, I removed the other characters, and was able to send my question to Asus tech support.

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47 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Duplicate File Remover AlphaTron

DupliateMyFiles by Nirsoft.net works really well. It may be more geared for PC experts than for novice PC users because it doesn't give enough detail for some of the fields. It could use some better instructions but it's free. Maybe some technical writer will improve the instructions for free. I suck at writing or I would.

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1 year 30 weeks ago Best Free File Copy Utility alpha_one_x86

Supercopier 3 and Ultracopier 0.4.0.4 is out!

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1 year 14 weeks ago Best Free File Copy Utility alpha_one_x86

Now Supercopier 4 based on Ultracopier. And Ultracopier 1.0.1.2!

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17 weeks 2 days ago How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive AlpineKid

I am having the same problem as you Marvelous. I have a SSD & want t o move the "User" files from C: to HHD. But the "Location" tab is not there.
Microsoft has not come into the present when it comes to SSDs. To allow the user to move the "User" files.
I also want to move the "OneDrive" old SkyDrive to the HHD. Again the "Location" tab is not there. The "OneDrive" can be quite large.
Have been to www.eightforums.com & www.sevenforums.com & found this but could not get to work for me,
http://www.sevenforums.com/performance-maintenance/202440-how-do-i-move-...
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/4275-user-profiles-relocate-another...
I have spent hours on this & still cannot get the "User" file moved.

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5 weeks 6 days ago Concerned About The Demise Of Truecrypt? Try This Freebie Instead. alstjq1003

Diskcrypt may be a sufficient alternative, but only if you need to encrypt disk drives. For those people who still want to use truecrypt, it IS still available as a discontinued version. There is version 7.1a and more information in this site. https://www.grc.com/misc/truecrypt/truecrypt.htm

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1 year 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software althu21

360 Internet Security 2013.
From more than last 7 years I'm a regular visitor of this site.But this is my first post as yesterday I saw a review on 360 internet security. Then I searched about the software & got interesting results.
Quick installation. Attractive interface. Good scores in antivirus tests, both from PCMag and independent labs. Built-in feedback form for reporting any problems.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2422024,00.asp

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23 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software althu21

What about Qihu 360 Internet Security?

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44 weeks 19 hours ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Altinkerer

This article should point out that one needs to install one of the Office programs it recommends BEFORE installing Oracle PDF Import Extension. Otherwise, Oracle will not install. Likewise, for clarity, it would be helpful to list the hyperlinks at the end in the order in which they need to be installed, not the reverse.

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44 weeks 19 hours ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Altinkerer

Be warned, when I downloaded OpenOffice, all the WordPad documents I had saved on my hard drive were automatically converted to OpenOffice. Not exactly what I had in mind! I'm sure there's some default setting I can change to fix this, but I was not presented with this option in the process of downloading OpenOffice.

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44 weeks 19 hours ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Altinkerer

Also, as an aside, "losing" was misspelled as "loosing" in the article.

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44 weeks 3 hours ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Altinkerer

Awesome, Jojo! Thanks for being so responsive.

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44 weeks 2 hours ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Altinkerer

I'm not so sure that if I were reading the article for the first time, I would gather from the new sentence, "[w]ith the Oracle PDF Import Extension installed on top of LibreOffice or OpenOffice, it produces a hybrid PDF / ODF file" that a user must have one of these Office programs installed before installing Oracle. I think that that point would seem obscure to me partly because this sentence is focused on trying to make another point--namely, what kind of file is produced; and partly because the term "installed on top of" sounds vague to me, probably simply since I'm not a techie. I guess it just depends on how broad an audience you're trying to reach! I do thank you for being so quickly responsive, though, and marking the Office program links as "Requirements" at the end does help (though I think listing these first would be even clearer). Oh my, I fear that too much editorial blood is coming out in me here...sorry!

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43 weeks 6 days ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Altinkerer

I just opened up a copy of my Adobe Acrobat-created resume through Oracle PDF Import Extension added onto Apache Open Office, and the formatting came out severely messed up. How disappointing! Is there something else I can do to actually obtain the 100% layout accuracy touted here?

Or, if I were to fix up the resume's formatting in Oracle, and then edit it, is it possible that the formatting would at least stay the same when the resume is opened again in Adobe Reader? I'm trying to be able to edit my resume at home as needed and send it to prospective employers in a form that they'd be able to view perfectly formatted, without my having to buy Adobe Acrobat or MS Word. I only have WordPerfect at home, and usually, that's all I need. I've tried translating the resume all sorts of ways and into various forms, but every time, the formatting seems to get messed up--even from Word Web App to Word.

Is there some better solution?

Also, is there a quick way I can get all my WordPad documents, which automatically converted into OpenOffice Rich Text documents when I downloaded OpenOffice, back into WordPad form again?

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43 weeks 5 days ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Altinkerer

Jojo, thanks for the edits. Things are much clearer now. Part of the problem, I think, is that you are explaining something that is inherently quite complicated and confusing. Thanks for your patience! I don't think I have the courage to officially do that kind of editing right now! ;)

Thanks, too, for the timely tips. I would've given up by now without you! I see that I got confused into thinking that "100% layout accuracy" was being promised for any PDF files that one imports into, as well as exports out, of Oracle/Office, rather than only for documents that someone makes from scratch in the latter and then exports. It sounds like another reader or two may also have fallen into that trap; it might not be bad to emphasize this distinction in the article. Unfortunately, "keeping only basic formatting in a file" is something that I just can't afford to do with a resume, in which looks count for so much. Otherwise, I would just make an RTF version and call it a day!

Anyway, I started following the steps listed for creating a hybrid file, but the "Create Hybrid File" did not come up in the PDF Options window. I know that Oracle PDF Extension is installed on my system, because it is listed in the Extensions Manager of OpenOffice. Could you please tell me how can I get this tick box to show up?

Also, this is confusing to me: "If the PDF file is exported from LibreOffice/OpenOffice Writer, it opens directly in Writer." In other words, if the file is exported out of the location, it winds up right back in there? I guess what you're saying is the PDF version goes out and the ODF version comes in. Is that right?

It seems hard to believe that documents imported from Adobe into Writer/Oracle can become mangled in their formatting, but not the reverse. Anyway, I will try and see for myself, if I can get through the "Create Hybrid File" problem. Thanks!

P.S. Too bad that some of the formatting features I would want the most in OpenOffice are grayed out--I guess because I'm using the freebie version. It's easier for Oracle to promise "100% layout accuracy" when there are minimal layout features available in the program it supports! However, note to the wise: I was able to get horizontal lines for my resume in OpenOffice by copying them from my Adobe Reader version and then doing a lot of hand tweaking.

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43 weeks 2 days ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Altinkerer

By gum, I think I got it! I created a file with this extension/suite using a bunch of varied formatting including lines, bolding, different font sizes, and bulletted items, saved it in the way you described, and was able to open it unchanged in Adobe Reader. The one thing I realized (which I guess should have been obvious to me from the start) is that one must export it this way each time directly prior to its being opened in another PDF reader. That is, it's not enough to go through these steps once and then just save from on, expecting the program to continue saving all the new material you create in hybrid form.

I think my main confusion with the concept "If the PDF file is exported from LibreOffice/OpenOffice Writer, it opens directly in Writer" is that to me, the term "export" means that something is sent out, whereas in this case, the "exported" file is just being converted into a different form and then reappears in exactly the same place that it came from originally. But I guess that's the software's terminology problem, not yours. Or maybe I'm being too much of a narrow-minded literalist!

Anyway, having achieved victory, I can overlook the weird sideline confusions. On to creating some targeted resumes...and the next step: employment!

Thanks,

Altinkerer

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37 weeks 7 hours ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Altinkerer

I finally followed through your instructions for changing my WordPad docs that became associated with OpenOffice, back into WordPad-associated files. I was just curious why you suggested opening one of these RTF documents in Windows Explorer. Instead, I simply right-clicked on one of the documents (not "in Explorer"--I don't even know what this means or how one would do it) and then followed the rest of the procedures you mentioned, after which all my RTF docs changed back into WordPad.

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1 year 12 weeks ago Best Free DVD Ripper Altnetcoza

I’m attempting to upload some video clips from a DVD produced by a Samsung Digital Cam. The DVD contains a number of Titles (.BUP/.IFO/.VOB files), each in turn containing a number of Chapters.

I used Freemake to convert the clips to MP4 format on my HDD, but each Title then appeared to consist of only one Chapter, the 1st in each Title.

What product can I use to extract the full content of each Title, or alternatively extract a separate file for each Chapter?

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