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Create Your Own Music Mash-Up From MP3 Files 2 years 8 months ago _izzyyyyy

gotta get this done can't wait

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Nimbus Note 1 year 3 months ago zzc

In my case, Nimbus Note has been working very well on Win 7, an Android phone and an Android tablet since Nov 2014. Besides normal formatting features (bold, italics, super/subscripts, fonts: size and colors, etc) it also supports inserting graphics and tables into notes. One can also organize notes into folders and sub-folders and use tags. Syncing among devices works flawlessly so far.

One of my gripes is that it always uses its own default setting for window position and size (which I do not like) and does not remember my preferences. It seems to forget some other user-settable settings when it is restarted.

It has both a free and paid version. I am a satisfied user of the free version.

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Best Free Software to Split, Trim or Join Video Files 8 months 2 weeks ago Zumwalt

I see SPG Video Splitter is on the list to be reviewed.
I tried it, and it install a ton of cr@pware without permission.

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Best Free Game Sites 2 weeks 3 days ago zumbas

I'm playing mario games just like mad :))) you should try this: http://www.freemarioo.com

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Create Your Own Custom Windows Hotkeys with this Free Utility 1 year 7 months ago zornestech

Is there anything out there that will hotkey a single key. I have a friend with CP and needs to remap a key on windows 7

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 5 months 3 weeks ago zootsocket

I've used Foobar2000 for years and it would take a major earthquake to get me to change. It does need some setting up and it's a bit quirky in the way it does it, but some spectacular results can be achieved. Once set up, it's definitely not high maintenance.
A few points that may be of interest:
1) As is the case with some other software packages, you may need to tell it where your copy of LAME is installed to play or rip mp3s. Ditto other codecs, such as FLAC.
2) It includes a very effective and fast ripper for any format whose codec you have installed.
3) It does play by directory, as well as by album/artist/genre/year, provided the necessary data is present in tags.
4) There is a huge range of plugins and extensions available from Hydrogenaudio. Some, like lyrics display are very simple to install and use; others are more esoteric.
5) There are a number of good android control apps available (notably FoobarCon). Once foobar is running you can control playlists etc. via your phone or tablet.
6) Windows only, sadly. I'd love a native Linux version.
7) Actively developed and supported - I think I first used it on XP and it's still going strong. Latest version 2 Nov 2015.

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Edit Your MP3 Files On Your PC 11 months 2 weeks ago zootsocket

Agreed. I've never found anything quicker or easier than OcenAudio for simple cuts and splits. No recoding or quality loss and it's cross-platform.

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125 Photo Effects. Normally $99. Free If You're Quick! 1 year 12 months ago zootsocket

This downloaded and installed without fuss - no stealth toolbars or other nasties and a perfectly functional activation procedure.

If you already have photo retouching tools and the know-how to use them, this won't add much to your arsenal. It rather resembles some of the quick editing effects apps available on Android, but on a larger scale.

After about 10 minutes of experimenting with one of the supplied test images the PC (W7 4GB memory) slowed to a crawl and finally stopped, requiring a reboot and suggesting memory issues. The filters did not appear in the filters menu of Photoshop Elements as I expected and I couldn't see any very good reason to invest the time required to find out why not.

The programme uninstalled cleanly with Revo.

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The Faster Way To Copy Files 5 months 1 week ago zootsocket

Teracopy can be set as the default handler for move and/or copy operations in FreeCommander. I find this a very useful combination. I haven't tried Fastcopy but as it is FreeCommander that lets you specify an external handler of your choice, I see no reason why FC shouldn't work in the same way.

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Site Suggestions and Feedback 3 years 2 months ago ZMeister

I'd like to see a mouse pad offered in your merchandise section. I go through those things like crazy.

Oh, and coffee mugs too! :)

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Best Free Online Backup 2 years 5 months ago Zirthiel

SugarSync as of late has changed it's stance about the 5GB free accounts. They are now all on a 90 day trial basis. I think you should update the review as soon as possible.

Also thanks for this review it helped me choose an alternative to SugarSync in the form of SpiderOak. ;)

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Best Free Media Player 2 years 11 months ago Zima

My favorite media player is MPC-HC. Specially I love these builds:

1. MPC-HC Lite (Nighty Builds):
http://nightly.mpc-hc.org/lite/
Same as MPC-HC but it has no internal filters and codecs. Updated every 4 days.

2. JanWillem32's MPC-HC Builds:
http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=161047
It has better subtitles renderer and internal renderers. Good for watching anime.

To use them, you need to install external filters. I recommend LAV filters.

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Vuze Help 2 years 11 months ago Zima

Is there any way to prevent ISPs from BitTorrent bandwidth throttling? Sometimes my ISP limits BT bandwidth.

Any solution to prevent bandwidth throttling?

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Vuze Help 2 years 11 months ago Zima

I have only problem with seeding. Downloading/Leeching works without any problem, but when I want to seed a torrent with maximum/unlimited upload speed, it fails. It works with lower speeds but I want to use at least 95% of my maximum upload rate for it. Because it's a big sized torrent and needs good seeding.

I heard using specialized VPNs for BitTorrent communications will solve that. My friend recommended seedboxes to me. Are they useful?

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Best Free BitTorrent Client 2 years 11 months ago Zima

1. I use qBittorrent. It's really a good torrent client but needs more features. Very efficient, fast, and high performance client for downloading and seeding.

2. You may need to have uTorrent or Vuze, because some trackers, private trackers and private torrent websites still does not support and accept clients like qBittorrent or Tixati.

3. All of these 4 clients (qBittorrent, Tixati, Vuze and uTorrent) are good.

So I suggest:

Use qBittorrent or Tixati as your primary client and Vuze or uTorrent as your secondary client.

I have qBittorrent and Vuze.

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Best Free BitTorrent Client 2 years 11 months ago Zima

I agree with you, Steve. That's the reason why I don't use Tixati. Tixati is a good client but not popular. I compared Tixati to qB (qBittorrent) by downloading same torrents. Some of the trackers does not accept Tixati and reject connections from this client but accept qB. I don't know why they reject Tixati. Not good to see the good Tixati is treated like a bad and poor client.

I was an uT user for years but I don't like it anymore due to its changes. So I've replaced it with qB. qB works well and I don't use uT anymore. uT is good but not as good as old uT in previous years.

Also Vuze is much better than uTorrent. Maybe it's complicated a bit, but if someone use it as her/his main and primary client, I think he/she will like it. Vuze is a feature-rich client. Very good for people who want something more than just downloading and seeding. I use Vuze for creating new torrents and much more.

So using a simple but powerful client like qBittorrent (qB) plus an advanced, popular and well-accepted client like Vuze is my recommendation.

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Best Free Media Player 2 years 11 months ago Zima

1. MPC-BE (Media Player Classic Black Edition):
http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=165890
http://sourceforge.net/projects/mpcbe/

2. BS.Player:
http://www.bsplayer.com/

3. Zoom Player:
http://www.inmatrix.com/

I recommend MPC-BE and BS.Player.

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Best Free Media Player 2 years 11 months ago Zima

You are welcome.

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Optimizing qBittorrent For Speed 2 years 11 months ago Zima

Sometimes changing these advanced options maybe helpful:

1. Maximum number of half-open connections

2. Exchange trackers with other peers

3. Always announce to all trackers

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Optimizing qBittorrent For Speed 2 years 11 months ago Zima

Good. Thanks.

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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 3 years 2 weeks ago ZikO

Hi,
It's a really excellent piece of writing here and explanation. I finally understand what I should be looking for to choose best option. Really thanks for this.

Some people mentioned Areca Backup:
http://www.areca-backup.org/features.php

I find this program one of the best free tools. Before, I thought I'd go with Backup Maker, Genie Timeline Free Edition, or Toucan. However, after reading comments a few readers pointed out some issue with Toucan (apparently, it crashes) and Genie Timeline. The others mentioned Areca Backup.
So, Areca Backup is free and very functional. How about its file validation feature, if there is any at all? I don't really understand how validation works to be honest. I'd be grateful if someone would explain that :)
In FAQ, I found some explanation:
"How does Areca detect modified or new files when incremental backups are chosen ?
Areca uses the file's size and last modification time to detect modified files. If one of these attributes is modified (whatever its value is), the file is flagged as modified.
Since v7.2.17, Areca can also inspect the file's content to detect modifications of its content (which is much slower than detection based on attributes) "
but I don't know if this is the same as validation.

Cheers.

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Optimizing Deluge For Speed 7 months 1 week ago zibiza

Thank you so much! I have no idea at all what these instructions mean, but I copied everything word for word in your section "Input results into Deluge" and my Deluge app started downloading instantly. after performing really erratically. I can't even remember the last time my Deluge app had the same number in the "Downloading" and the "Active" boxes. This instruction page solves everything that was not working with Deluge.

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Easily and Safely Eject USB Drives and Memory Cards 4 weeks 1 day ago zevekar

Completely useless! Works only when windows internal standard options also working! When cannot be unmounted for SOME mysterious reason - this program also cannot DO anything! Any more programs?

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Best Free Spyware And Adware Remover 3 months 2 weeks ago zeshanbilal

Thanks for sharing! I have got these tools very helpful :)
Visit this one: http://softwarespatch.com/category/antivirus/

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Amazing Site Gets You Up To Speed On Any Subject 3 years 1 month ago zeroseven

Its really quite easy Ray if you just remember to localise your search by (most important) date to avoid irrelevant pages submitted long ago (most of the web) and to remember to use '+' '-' quote marks etc. Its all very logical. I often use the images section straight off....drag an image into the search box and be amazed. The recommended site, whatever its called(?) when asked "best widescreen tv 2013" earlier, the top article offered was written in 2007! By using the google tools provided at the top of the search page, I can home in on blogs, news, reviews, discussions, best prices, restrict dates, all within a fraction of a second. It fine tunes rather than spins off at tangents.

I'm not a google fan boy, far from it. but its hard to see how the featured site could cause anything but misinformation and frustration. You only get from the web a proportional response to the information you submit

IMHO

:)

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How to Stop Google from Keeping a Record of Every Search You Make 2 years 9 months ago zeroseven

I have turned of history again and again and again. It always turns back on just as opting out of Google ads never seems to last more than a week.

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How to Stop Google from Keeping a Record of Every Search You Make 2 years 9 months ago zeroseven

Good point, thank you. I'll check that

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Amazing Site Gets You Up To Speed On Any Subject 3 years 1 month ago zeroseven

Awful site, in 6 months you'll never hear of it again.

Its like throwing darts at a dartboard full of relevant / irrelevant info. Your chances of hitting the info you need are pretty slim.

Google, properly used is INFINITELY more powerful and accurate. Everybody should do the Google power search course.

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How to Install Comodo Firewall 2 years 5 months ago Zeronos

So with the version 6 that command line that has needed to put in version 5 is "enabled by default", let's say in these terms?

Thanks very much for the quick answer, Chiron!

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How to Install Comodo Firewall 2 years 5 months ago Zeronos

Thanks very much for the answers, Chiron! :)

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How to Install Comodo Firewall 2 years 5 months ago Zeronos

Hello Chiron, your articles are always fantastic, thanks very much for them!

Sorry me for my English but can you answer me one doubt, please? In the old article, with Comodo Firewall 5, I remember that there was a configuration that you needed to put something with * and other symbols. I remember that in the article you said that command was for blocking everything and to give 100% of protection. In this new Comodo Firewall 6, there are not more need to put this command? This command was put in the Defense+ tab if I'm not wrong.

Thanks again!

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Finds of the Week (One Click Windows 8 Restore Point, Mars News, Magic Tricks, Futurism) 1 year 3 months ago zepe

I feel this is probably the best find you guys have ever found!!!

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How to Get a Windows 7 Start Menu in Windows 10 10 months 1 week ago zepe

I like Stardock's Start10 and it's only a few bucks.

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Android Free Game of the Year 2015 1 year 1 month ago zep321

George J

Thanks a million for the tip on Quizup!

I've been a trivia fanatic all my life and this is ,by far, the best trivia game I've
come across regardless of medium.It's quick,exciting, and the rankings by locale are a stroke of genius.

Again, many thanks.

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Create Random Files For Disk And Internet Testing 1 year 1 month ago zep321

Thanks,MC

Guess it was a false positive. Puzzling, but it looks safe based on other sources cited.

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The Ultimate Guide To Your PC's CPU And What It Can Do 1 year 2 months ago zep321

I downloaded and unzipped the coreinfo file. I ran the command prompt "coreinfo" as per the instructions,but my system (Win 7x64) does not recognize the command. Help, please

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Best Free Program Uninstaller 2 years 3 months ago zep321

Just a thought:

I've recently switched from revo to geek. As stated by others revo does not support
64 bit in the free version. Geek seems to do a great job in removing the program and the associated entries.
What I do ,and I'm sure many others also do,is run ccleaner after uninstalling, especially a large program with tentacles scattered throughout your hard drive.
It's like those guys that follow the elephants at the circus cleaning up after them with a shovel and dustpan. ccleaner gets the rest of the garbage.

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This Weather App Has Had A Million Downloads 1 year 9 months ago zep321

Looks neat but when you click on download button on yo window website it redirects to cnet website which we all know is notorious for bundling open candy,etc with the program. Any alternative download sites?

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This Weather App Has Had A Million Downloads 1 year 8 months ago zep321

Eldon:
Thanks for the tip. It worked.

I didn't spot that bit of info when I initially went to yo window website.

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NASA Image of the Day (Website of the Week) 1 year 8 months ago zep321

Beautiful!

Not only that but click on "archive" and see 100's of beautiful pix.

Thanks, rhiannon

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This Second-Opinion Malware Scanner Is Free Now 1 month 3 weeks ago zep321

Signed up for the 30 day free trial. Very impressed wiih this software, Using it on 2 desktops with win 10 home 64 bit.
This program detects tracking cookies where mbam displays or deletes all cookies unless you go through a laborious sorting process
or uncheck the "cookie" box for each browser.
Is there any other freeware that isolates the tracking cookies for removal?

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A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small 2 years 2 months ago zep321

Love this little app. Simple, uncomplicated. Even a simpleton like me mastered it immediately.
Took note of mrmontgom comment above and will make sure I play back before closing windows or moving anything around although I do not understand his warning and would appreciate some elucidation on it.
Thanks rob.

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The Most Awe-Inspiring Space Pictures of 2015 from National Geographic 4 months 3 days ago zep321

Amen, Brother.

Resistance is futile

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Grinning Geckos (Wallpaper of the Week) 2 years 3 months ago zep321

Beautiful wallpaper.

I didn't download the geckos but this site has some of the most beautiful
wallpaper I've ever seen. Downloaded pictures in the "Architecture" category.
Check it out. Thanks. rhiannon

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How to Get Your Previous System Back After You Have Upgraded to Windows 10 9 months 1 week ago zep321

If you pass the 30 day limit to revert and wish to downgrade back to win 7 can I use my system image of 7 made just before upgrade? If so
do I use the win 7 or 10 recovery usb or can it be done after booting into win 10?

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How to Get Your Previous System Back After You Have Upgraded to Windows 10 9 months 1 week ago zep321

Thanks, Vic. Right now I have no intention of reverting as I am pleased with with the upgrade. I have 3 pc's and am testing win 10 on the oldest. So far so good.

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This Message Will Self Destruct (Website of the Week) 2 years 1 month ago zep321

I don't get it.

I went to the website and I see that you create a message which is encrypted and protected by a password. Then what? Do you just look at it when you feel like? Can you send it to someone? How do you do that?
Either I'm very dense or I'm missing something. Please help.

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Create Random Files For Disk And Internet Testing 1 year 1 month ago zep321

Hi Rob,

Downloaded the portable (no installer) version of this app.
Unzipped and attempted to execute. Avast blocked execution and gave
me a message that the file was infected with "DS#DynaGen||algo:"
MBAM however gave it clean bill of health.

What do you think?

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Create Random Files For Disk And Internet Testing 1 year 1 month ago zep321

Thanks George.

That sounds rather benign but why would Avast actually block execution of the program and yet give it a clean bill of health per the virus total website? My question is, of course , rhetorical , but it's still a puzzle to me.

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 17 to 17.2 - MATE Edition] 1 year 6 months ago zep321

JoJo

Great article.

I need some help from a linux expert.
While installing linux on my win 8 machine I accidentally wipes my win 8.0 system from the hard drive, Now I can only boot to linux using any media. HDD, dvd drive and usb drive. Nothing else will boot.
I posted this problem on the forum today and thought I would take the liberty of trying to contact you through this article.

Any help will greatly appreciated.

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The Ultimate Guide To Your PC's CPU And What It Can Do 1 year 2 months ago zep321

toktok & yrralrellim:

Thanks for you help. Got it to run after changing .exe file to C directory and following toktok command suggestions.
Of course I forgot which command worked so I have to do it over again and make a note.

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 1 year 4 months ago zep321

jorgeem1717 took the words right out of my mouth. Nothing I can add to improve on that.

Best Holiday wishes to all of you.

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This Weather App Has Had A Million Downloads 1 year 8 months ago zep321

Harrym:

Please expand on your comment. Looks pretty harmless to me and it's kind of cool.

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Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 1 year 1 month ago zep321

After using Freemake for quite some time,and being pleased with the results, I finally consented to an update that they had been nag screening about for months. Big Mistake. Along with the update came a vicious piece of malware/adware
called "Express Find". It caused a black rectangle to appear at the bottom center of my (FF) browser screen which protruded about 2" from bottom and about 4"wide. There was an "X" in upper right hand corner but it did not close the rectangle. When clicked it redirected my browser to some very shabby websites. (per WOT) . Got rid of it by running avast scan which picked it up and deleted it. Beware

Update:

Just ran an MBAM scan. It found and quarantined 15 items classified as "PUP's" all connected to "Express Find" although previous to this scan browser appeared to be running cleanly.

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A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small 2 years 2 months ago zep321

Ah, the light comes on above my head! Yes, I do now understand what you guys are saying. I'll be very careful in using this app but I still love it. Thanks guys

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Automatic Warning If You're About To Install Unwanted Software 2 years 4 months ago zep321

Hi Rob,

And a happy new year to you.

This "Unchecky" looked interesting and I went to the website to download.
I almost forgot to check with Virus Total but at the last second scanned
it before downloading. Result was 4 of 51 anti-virus engines deemed it as
malicious.

I know you guys always refer to scanning before downloading. Did you get the same results?

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Automatic Warning If You're About To Install Unwanted Software 2 years 4 months ago zep321

MC

I right -clicked on the download button of the website and selected VT scan. You're right in that the app is clean but the URL is dirty. Would you still recommend downloading this
program?

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Automatic Warning If You're About To Install Unwanted Software 2 years 4 months ago zep321

Thanks,MC

After considering all the facts I've decided to download the program.but perhaps in an excess of caution I'll disable the auto updating component.

Again,thanks for all the great work you guys do.

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Need To Identify A Song? Just Sing It To This Site! 8 months 1 week ago zep321

Try the "Witch Doctor Song"

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The Friendliest Network Traffic Monitor Ever 2 years 1 month ago zep321

Re-asking every four months is not a big deal as long as the program remains free. Not a deal breaker.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 3 years 2 months ago zeniorito

Why include Microsoft Security Essentials then? It too failed to pass even 30% of the AV-Test.org test samples. Microsoft should be lauded for including an antivirus product in Windows, because it seems that half the computers I repair have no working AV product. However, it requires a great deal of resources to just maintain the quality of an antivirus product, not to mention improvements. Although a good product at launch, it seems to have fallen off in detection precipitously. I have tested it myself on an extra PC I use for such a purpose, and it allowed half of the items Avira flagged right through...and then allowed execution of the viral losds. As a result, I have advised my clients to uninstall MSE and use Avira instead. I would prefer AVAST, but it confuses novices and makes even PCs with Core2 Quad processors seem like they are running on 1Ghz single-core Atom processors. AVAST does not cripple my PC, but then I have a 2500K, 12GB DDR3 and an SSD. Which is why I play safe and recommend AVIRA along with MALWAREBYTES or SUPERANTISPYWARE free versions.

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 2 months 1 week ago Zenegog

Frequently, I run CCleaner's cleaner and its registry cleaner, before running Wise Care 365's Free PC Checkup tool. It keeps my system optimized and smooth. I'd recommend everyone doing the same - brilliant.

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Best Free Registry Cleaner 2 years 7 months ago Zenegog

I'd just like to say thanks for recommending Wise Registry Cleaner Free, as I have ran the tools provided with this software and have notice a dramatic increase in the speed in which my Windows 7 laptop starts up.

If anyone has slow start-up speeds, I'd recommend you to take full advantage of the tools in the Wise Registry Cleaner Free software before considering anything else.

Thanks again,
David.

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 1 year 7 months ago Zenegog

Good day,

Shouldn't the 'Best Free Antivirus' review be updated, accommodating these discussed programs?

Regards,

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 2 months 1 week ago Zenegog

MC - How do you personally keep a system optimized (assuming you keep away from registry cleaning)?

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Single-Click Access To VirusTotal To Improve Your Security 2 months 3 days ago Zenegog

Sounds excellent. I'll definitely be adding this to my security set-up.

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 2 months 1 week ago Zenegog

What about CCleaner's registry cleaner? Obviously it's probably the most-used computer maintenance software and I haven't seen anything about it's registry cleaner causing havoc.

I just use CCleaner for registry cleaning, Is Wise Care's registry cleaner in the PC Checkup tool as intense as it's main registry cleaning tool?

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How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 3 years 3 months ago zen67

hi,
just a question.. what about other languages .. (italian)

tnx

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How To Remove Google+ From Your Gmail Account 1 year 10 months ago zemogf

The whole social networking is ruining this society. I joined, ignorantly, I later found out, that this is just another awful spike in f2f human contact. I followed these directions and it asks me if I want to upgrade, not downgrade. I don't do fb, follow me, titters or any of that awful damnation of society and anonymity. Pls. give decent and proper steps to remove this abomination from my google account. Tnank you.

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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 1 year 3 months ago Zebedeeboss

I have to agree with Jorpho on this one. I have distro hopped for the last 2-3 years trying to find the right "Linux" that just worked.

Quote "Speed. In general, most Linux systems run many times faster than Windows."

This is the single statment that got me to write a reply. In my findings this is so NOT true. Yes Linux works, and now days it works generally well. Day to day use it is no quicker than a typical windows 7 setup on an average i5 machine.

Now this is just a view point - I have no proof of timings or fabulous screen shots of "Top" etc showing use of resources etc. Why? Because I dont care. I am not one of those who tweaks and fixes and tunes to get my machine to run using just 384k or some other arbituary low figure. i5 with 6gm Ram... what do I care if my machine uses 5.7Gb as long as it works and works well. If it starts to "lag" I usually say - ok what don't I realy need running and start to close things down and this happens more often with Linux than it does Windows. In my experience.

I too leave my machine on 24/7 so not fussed about start up times. I just want to be able to work/play - do multiple things at the same time and not spend hours on a forum trying to find a fix for something that gets broken when an update occurs.

For me... Windows 7 just simply works. It does everything I want. That said - I am a glutton for punishment and I love "playing" with Linux to see if I can conquer it. and conquer is the apt word (sorry couldn't resist that one). I have to fight - tweak - configure - groan - start again - until I get Linux the way I like it.... then BANG!!!! it all goes pear shaped after an update... Sigh!!!

If you simply want a machine to go on the internet and surf Facebook etc - do e-mails and a few documents then Linux can work for you. There are now some truly lovely Distros out there.

But when I need to do something and and do it NOW... I reboot to windows. OK rant over. Its a good informative article (if a little biased). A good example of why I always refer people To Gizmo's site. With the comments section you get to hear for and against, presented in a professional manner to allow you to make your own mind up. Keep up the Great work.
ps scuse typo's and gramatically incorrect punctuations etc :)

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Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC 1 year 7 months ago Zebedeeboss

Agreed 100% - Winpatrol has saved me grief untold times

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Free Offer of a Normally Very Expensive Full-Featured Screen Reader for a PC 2 years 3 months ago Zebedeeboss

@ David Roper - ROFL

+1

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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 1 year 3 months ago Zebedeeboss

@eikelein

These are purely my choice as the ones that gave me least trouble installing and configuring to my needs. The fact that they needed minimal configuration make them my current working installed favourites.

In no particular order - Voyager - LXLE - PeachOSI - Netrunner - Mint 17.1 KDE.

Harder to set up (for me) but still work well - Manjaro - Salix

I am more familiar with Debian/Ubuntu based systems as I have "played" with them more. I emphasise the word play as I am just a pc user and by no means an IT Guru.

Recipricol Salutations from Chilly NW Kent - UK.

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Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC 1 year 7 months ago Zebedeeboss

I use Ninite installer and easier to show screen shot than list

http://vvcap.net/db/hwddhFC2zqGbjtJyh7RN.htp

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 1 year 9 months ago Zeaxan

Has anyone heard any good reviews for 360 Browser from the makers of 360safe antivirus? I know the antivirus is one of the best free available with great detection rates, but I'm curious about their web browser. Its suppose to be similar to IE only safer.

Link: http://www.360safe.com/browser.html

In case anyone wants to check it out. Thanks!

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ExpressVPN Review 8 months 3 weeks ago Zeaxan

I was wondering if you guys at techsupportalert or others who are interested would be willing to check out both "VPN unlimited" and "tigerVPN" and see what they think about them as for the terms noted above. These are the two that I have taken the time to try out, but I am curious what your finding will lead. Thanks :D

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Deeper into the Windows Registry 1 year 9 months ago zdub

Sorry, but that's just bizarre. You mean you would have stuck with Windows if they instead used 1000s of ini files instead of the vastly superior hierarchical database that is the registry??

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The Best Photo Viewer I've Seen In Years. And It's Free. 1 year 11 months ago zdub

I tried it and it does look pretty cool. However it must be classified as crippleware since certain important features are disabled unless you sponsor it for 10 bucks. Nothing against this in principle, but since I can't find any compelling reason why I should use it instead of (or in addition to) my current fav, Zoner. Fast? Yeah, but I haven't found speed to be an issue in ANY of the popular photo viewers; they are all pretty much instant. Metadata support & search? Zoner does it. Editor? Zoner is MUCH more capable. Audio & video support? I really don't care about this in a photo viewer, but again, Zoner does it.

So I'll pass.

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This Disk Activity Indicator Has An Incredible Additional Feature 1 year 10 months ago zdub

Yeah, 49 Mb is nothing these days. Thanks for the link!

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Best Free Program Uninstaller 2 years 12 months ago zdub

Revo Uninstaller free does not uninstall or even show 64-bit programs! And you really gave it 10 stars???

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Free Browser Extension that Efficiently Blocks Ads Using Less Memory 1 year 2 months ago zdub

I don't have any speed or lag issues with Adblock on my desktop PC but am glad that you mentioned uBlock (the "µ" is really pretentious and inconvenient) since my 2 Gig Chromebook needed some serious memory trimming. It definitely helped (as did removing other extensions that weren't really necessary on the chromebook). If anyone else has a similar problem, don't forget to turn off Offline Google Drive, a real memory hog.

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Easy Way to Open Safe Mode in Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 1 year 6 months ago zdub

F8 F8 F8 F8, ah there we go, Windows boot options.

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My Favoured Youtube Downloader Of The Moment 1 year 9 months ago zdub

Also have never had a problem with Freemake Video Downloader (or indeed with any of their other offerings). Works great with lots of download options. You just need to take care during the install not to allow the "extras" to install also.

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A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor 1 year 7 months ago zdub

Sorry, my other comment was not added as a reply. But please let me know what you scanned that flagged RJ as problematic & I'll notify the author.

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Wikipedia, But With A Modern Interface 1 year 8 months ago zdub

Thanks for this. The Contents implementation on WikiWand is FAR superior to that of Wikipedia.

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CryptoLocker Encryption Cracked. How To Get Your Files Back. 1 year 8 months ago zdub

No, that's not the end of it. FireEye and others got lucky in that they were able to grab a copy of the cryptolocker database.

Look at CryptoLocker as V1 of a "product" that's only going to get better and better, both in the delivery techniques (which will likely continue to rely on social engineering) and in the encryption process. Decryption (without the DB) is all but impossible without quantum computing, and will become even more "impossibler" with longer keys.

There are enough people with inadequate controls and inadequate backups to keep these crime syndicates rolling in dough for a long time to come...

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CryptoLocker Encryption Cracked. How To Get Your Files Back. 1 year 8 months ago zdub

If your backup drive is sitting next to your computer it is sufficient if the primary computer HD crashes or has an unrecoverable virus. But it certainly ain't good enough for disasters such as fires. External backups are fine if combined with an offsite plan, but most people don't do this. That's one major advantage of cloud backup

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6 Free Google Reader Alternatives 3 years 1 month ago zdub

I'm now a Feedly convert. Seamless migration from Reader, plus very flexible viewing options that can be set for individual feeds and folders. It has occasionally been unavailable (only displaying a blank page!) because of all of the additional users that they now have.

Folks should note that The Old Reader only receives feed updates about once/day, which is why I gave it a pass when checking out alternatives.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 month 2 hours ago zdub

I also stuck with v14 after they made undesirable changes with v15. I used Irfanview and XnView for many years but stopped using them for Zoner. (FastStone is great but by now I forgot why I preferred Zoner.)

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 2 hours ago zdub

The problem occurs because some companies install executables in the user's AppData directory. Google update even does this. CryptoPrevent works by preventing execution of such programs (as well as preventing executables with double extensions) but you'll have to unset the group policy temporarily to install such programs and then whitelist them when re-enabling CryptoPrevent.

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Free And Easy Online File Conversions 1 month 2 hours ago zdub

At first I thought it naive that folks would upload a file with sensitive info to a free service, but then I realize I do this all the time with Google Docs. But still your warning is an important one...

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Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 3 years 1 month ago zdub

Just updated Freemake to 4.0.0.1. I didn't see any OpenCandy stuff bundled with it. However, they have now disabled drag & drop from the initial screen and instead have replaced it with a big button to get you to install Gold Pack by either donating or changing your Home Page/Search options in your browser. After doing a conversion, you can drag & drop (as long as you don't close the converted files info, in which case the screen reverts back to the Gold Pack install button.)

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One Of The Best Backup Utilities I've Seen For A Long Time 2 years 3 months ago zdub

Author is trying to sell the source code and probably no future development. But it's still available.

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Get Another Instant Email Address 3 months 1 week ago zdub

It doesn't matter. That's the whole point.

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Get Another Instant Email Address 3 months 1 week ago zdub

Tell the difference between what? From the website: "Every incoming email is accepted and can be viewed by anyone who knows the recipient name."

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One Of The Best Backup Utilities I've Seen For A Long Time 2 years 3 months ago zdub

Been using Cobian for years (cobiansoft.net). 100% freeware. Does full, incremental, differential; volume shadow copy; flexible scheduling; non-proprietary formats - no compression or zip or 7 zip (and it won't compress already compressed formats such as MP3 unless you want it to); no encryption or 3 types of aes encryption; exclusions; pre- and post- backup events. It can backup to an ftp location; notify results via email; and more. The only downside is that there is no built-in restore process - it doesn't build a catalog of files and you may have to look through a few places if you zip and also have it configured for lots of incrementals.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 4 months 2 weeks ago zdub

Yeah, me three. Been using Avast for years on a number of computers and nothing extra has ever been installed by itself. The popups are slightly annoying but are occasional and no real biggie. The only thing you have to watch out for, besides the Chrome install option (and even that didn't show when I installed it yesterday via ninite.com) is that during upgrades it's easy to click install for the paid version.

While it's not usually THE top AV solution in the various AV comparisons, it is usually ranks near the top, and has a reasonable memory footprint.

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Get A New Version Of Google Chrome (Almost) Every Day 7 months 2 weeks ago zdub

If you actually DO open up 100 tabs (!) you'll have a hell of a time figuring out how much memory Chrome actually uses since each tab is a separate process. It does use more RAM than FF but releases it more quickly when closing a tab.

That being said, Firefox is no memory lightweight either and has long suffered from memory fragmentation. Here's an interesting site that has monitored FF memory usage over the years https://areweslimyet.com/

Remember, Free RAM is useless RAM!

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Why Are Your Photos Upside Down? 1 year 11 months ago zdub

A top pick here, Zoner Photo Studio, also has the option to rotate images to match EXIF (Preferences, General) and makes it quite easy to rotate & save if need be.

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Grab This $24 Music Software Package For Free 8 months 2 weeks ago zdub

Tried & failed with two different email addresses. Never got a download link. Clicking on the emailed link just says "Your request could not be processed! A license for FORTE Basic has already been registered to your email address."

And you try to get to the "community" forum to see if other folks had problems and the link takes you to an htaccess login!

They certainly don't have things together. Sent them an email & will see if they respond.

NEVERMIND. Apparently the first email is just worded improperly. It's not a download link but just an email confirmation. They'll send you another email which does have a real download link and a key.

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