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42 weeks 4 days ago Three Ways to Easily Access Your Most Recent Documents and Files in Windows 8.x v.laurie

Windows 7 has "Recent Items" in the Start Menu. Also, the first two methods given for Windows 8 work for Windows 7.

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41 weeks 5 days ago Heartbleed Effect: Passwords You Need to Change Now v.laurie

You can check if sites are updated as described in links given in the preceding tip -http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-check-if-website-has-been-affected-heartbleed.htm.

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41 weeks 5 days ago Heartbleed Effect: Passwords You Need to Change Now v.laurie

I am sorry but there has been a misunderstanding. I have not "advocated" changing passwords at infected sites. Let that be plain. With that made clear, let us call an end to this thread.

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41 weeks 4 days ago Heartbleed Effect: Passwords You Need to Change Now v.laurie

I did not miss your point. The problem with unpatched sites is discussed in references given in my first reply above. Also, if you read the referenced Mashable article that is the basis for the present article, you would see that the sites that are listed as needing a password change are sites that have patches for the bug already in place.

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41 weeks 4 days ago Heartbleed Effect: Passwords You Need to Change Now v.laurie

True discussion is always welcome. Incorrect statements, however, are a different issue. My way of responding to your original point about unpatched sites was to provide information by means of some references. To my way of thinking, that answered your comment. However, if you feel an explicit acknowledgement of your point is necessary, I am happy to say that you had a valid point about those sites that are still unfixed. However, the article's focus was specifically about changing passwords for sites that had patched the problem, as a reading of the Mashable article that was cited would have made clear. You responded with the unfair statement, "Your article advocates updating passwords at infected sites". This is simply not true.

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41 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Technical Support Sites v.laurie

Tom's Hardware is a well known site but, as you indicate, it is hardware oriented so not really in the same category as those reviewed here.

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41 weeks 2 days ago Heartbleed Effect: Passwords You Need to Change Now v.laurie

Yes, it would be good if everybody had some idea what OpenSSL was and what the bug entails but I wonder if it might not be rather too technical for many people. In any event, I hoped that the FAQ http://heartbleed.com/ given in the previous tip http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-check-if-website-has-been-af... might be helpful to those wishing to know more about the problem.

If you would like to write an article about what you think people should know, we always welcome new material.

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41 weeks 1 day ago Heartbleed Effect: Passwords You Need to Change Now v.laurie

Tony, there are people here who will be glad to help you. We have a forum for just that purpose. Go to http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/, log in and describe your problem there. Also, check your bank account right away by phone to make sure nothing is going on there. These articles can help you: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-know-if-your-computer-infect... and http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-clean-infected-computer.htm
Don't use your computer for banking or other sensitive business until you have made sure it is secure. You are right to be concerned about getting messages about the Group Policy Editor.

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41 weeks 1 day ago Heartbleed Effect: Passwords You Need to Change Now v.laurie

What to do about sites that have not yet been patched is a dilemma. I do not personally see a clear-cut solution or easy answers. I think your suggestions are as good as any but it's a personal choice.

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41 weeks 9 hours ago Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed v.laurie

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

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

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41 weeks 8 hours ago Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed v.laurie

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

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40 weeks 5 days ago Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed v.laurie

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

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40 weeks 5 days ago Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed v.laurie

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

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

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

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40 weeks 5 days ago Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed v.laurie

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

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40 weeks 3 days ago How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk v.laurie

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

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

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39 weeks 15 hours ago Six Useful Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8.1 Update v.laurie

Yes, "Home" takes you to the first icon in the top row. My icons are not always arranged all that orderly and I can get "End" to take me to different icons with slightly different arrangements. People who are tidier than I am probably don't have this problem.

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38 weeks 5 days ago Six Useful Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8.1 Update v.laurie

Crombierob, you aren't the only one confused by the way Microsoft has decided to name things. There are two versions of Windows 8.1 - the original Windows 8.1 and the newer Windows 8.1 Update. It would certainly have been clearer if Windows 8.1 Update had been called Windows 8.2 or 8.1.1 or something like that. In any event, Windows 8.1 Update is different from Windows 8.1.

Another unusual thing Microsoft is doing is to give only a limited time for Windows 8.1 to be upgraded to Windows 8.1 Update. For example, see this link: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9247520/Microsoft_requires_migrat...

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38 weeks 3 days ago Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET Now in Version 4.1 Update v.laurie

EMET can certainly cause conflicts with other programs. Do you have anti-malware programs that might be conflicting? Have you checked out the information in http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/windows-emet-v4.html or http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/jj653751 or http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2458544

If you continue to have problems, try posting the details at the forum http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/ or you could try Wilder's Security Forum http://www.wilderssecurity.com/

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38 weeks 2 days ago Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET Now in Version 4.1 Update v.laurie

Thanks for pointing out this link.

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37 weeks 6 days ago Five Small Free Utilities to Help with Windows Tasks v.laurie

You are welcome BearPup. It's always nice to hear about a good use of a tip.

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37 weeks 3 days ago How to Repair a Windows 7 System with an Installation Disc v.laurie

We are unable to respond to individual support requests here. Please post details of your query in our forum:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/

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35 weeks 6 days ago If You Don't Want to Appear in Google Ads, Read This v.laurie

MikeR amd mjt328, you ask a good question. Personally, I think Google has not made it completely clear what the difference is between a plain Gmail account and a Google account. On this page (https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/76194?hl=en&ref_topic=2373943) Google says, "Here's how Gmail and Google Accounts are related.
If you use Gmail, you already have a Google Account, and you can access:
Free Google products, including Calendar, Google Groups, Picasa, Web History, and more."

On the other hand, if you don't set up a public profile, there seems to be no privacy setting available. It appears that you need a Google+ account to get the privacy setting. Presumably, the type of endorsement that Google may use in ads comes from Google+ members actively clicking the G+ button on items or leaving comments.

One reason it is hard to get a handle on what information Google collects and uses is that there are different types of tracking that Google uses. Gmail users have ads that are tailored to them and using Google search may let Google use your search history to tailor ads (discussed in this tip - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-stop-google-keeping-record-e...). But ad-tracking is one thing and quoting you in an ad together with your picture is another.

FWIW, here is the Google privacy policy - http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/

I stand ready to be corrected but I think users of Gmail alone will not find themselves quoted in Google ads.

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34 weeks 6 days ago Prevent Spam and Theft of Your Email Address with this Browser Extension v.laurie

Thanks for letting us know about this.

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33 weeks 3 days ago How to Deal with the Ransomware Called CryptoLocker v.laurie

Thanks for pointing out the omission.

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32 weeks 3 days ago Three Ways to Find out Which Versions of the .NET Framework are Installed on a PC v.laurie

Various different .NET Framework versions are used by many applications. Usage varies widely from system to system. Unless you have a specific problem with a particular version, it is probably best to just leave things alone.

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32 weeks 2 days ago Three Ways to Find out Which Versions of the .NET Framework are Installed on a PC v.laurie

The listing in Add/Remove Programs is often incomplete.

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31 weeks 5 days ago How to Clean and Protect Your Android Device Against Ransomware v.laurie

As the article says, this is for one-time use to clean an infected system. If it finds ransomware, it removes it and decrypts any encrypted files. If it finds nothing wrong, then it gives a message to uninstall it. As the article says it isn't for preventing infection but for removing an infection and there is another app for prevention. Why you can't just leave it installed, I don't know.

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31 weeks 5 days ago How to Clean and Protect Your Android Device Against Ransomware v.laurie

Depending on the nature of the infection, you may or may not be able to access the play store. For more information, try going to this Avast site where you can leave comments:
https://blog.avast.com/2014/06/17/avast-kills-android-ransomware-with-ne...

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31 weeks 5 days ago How to Clean and Protect Your Android Device Against Ransomware v.laurie

I have seen a clarification of what Avast was referring to as remote log in and will add it to the article.

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31 weeks 5 days ago How to Clean and Protect Your Android Device Against Ransomware v.laurie

I have added to the article to clarify what to do when the mobile device can't be used to access Google Play.

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31 weeks 2 days ago Control Two PCs From One Mouse With This Freebie From Microsoft v.laurie

This app was also the subject of this tip: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/use-single-mouse-copy-paste-drag...

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27 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Technical Support Sites v.laurie

We are unable to respond to individual support requests here. Please post details of your query in our forum:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/

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26 weeks 5 days ago Easy Way to Customize the System Folders “Computer” in Windows 7 and 8 and “This PC” in Windows 8.1 v.laurie

Will the person who gave this article a rating of "1" please tell us why such a poor rating? If a utility that is described is not good or the article is incorrect, it would be a courtesy to us all to have the details. Exchanging information is very important.

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26 weeks 5 days ago Four Ways to Make Windows XP Systems More Secure v.laurie

In the short format used for Tech Tips, it isn't possible to go into all the details. That is why the link to the tutorial is given. If you read that, you can get the kind of information you are asking about. Here again is the tutorial http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/windows-emet-v4.html.

Added: There is also a forum at http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/security/en-US/home?forum=emet

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26 weeks 5 days ago Four Ways to Make Windows XP Systems More Secure v.laurie

I am not sure what question you want answered in this short space. I gave a link for a forum where you can post questions. In general, it can be said that any security measure may slow down a system. People's systems vary widely and EMET may affect one system more than another. You can give it a try (first backing up) and see if you have problems. As the tutorial indicates, using EMET requires some configuration.

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25 weeks 3 days ago Free Microsoft Windows Security Tool EMET is Upgraded to Version 5.0 v.laurie

There are some people who might feel EMET is a sufficient defense but the general answer to your question is that it does not replace antivirus programs.

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25 weeks 2 days ago Free Microsoft Windows Security Tool EMET is Upgraded to Version 5.0 v.laurie

Thanks for noting that. You are right that Microsoft does not include XP in the list of supported systems. However,EMET 4.1 is still available for download.

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24 weeks 6 days ago Free Microsoft Windows Security Tool EMET is Upgraded to Version 5.0 v.laurie

The article referred to is about an earlier preview version of EMET 5 that was released months ago, not the latest version.

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24 weeks 5 days ago Five Windows 8.1 Tips You Need to Know v.laurie

Rick, it is true that the Winkey+I opens a somewhat different Charms bar depending on whether you are on the Desktop or Start screen. However, the procedure described in Tips 1 and 2 works from either the Desktop or the Start screen. Tips 4 and 5 give explicit directions about where to begin. You mention RT. These tips were not tried on Windows RT.

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24 weeks 5 days ago Five Windows 8.1 Tips You Need to Know v.laurie

Did you click "Change PC settings" at the bottom of the Charms bar?

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24 weeks 5 days ago Five Windows 8.1 Tips You Need to Know v.laurie

I appreciate that you want to be helpful and I don't want to drag this out but your reference to RT is puzzles me. Also. I have no problem starting from either the Desktop or the Start screen. Maybe you could send me an email?

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24 weeks 4 days ago Five Windows 8.1 Tips You Need to Know v.laurie

Yes, that is correct. That is why the first step in Tip 4 says explicitly, "Go to the Start screen".

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23 weeks 6 days ago Give Your Gmail Messages a New Look with this HTML Formatting Tip v.laurie

My face is red. I goofed big time and left out a crucial point. You can't enter HTML into a Gmail message directly but have to copy and paste from a browser or HTML editor. I will correct the tip. Thanks, Mike, for waking me up. Firefox should work then.

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23 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Digital Photo Organizer v.laurie

Misty27, thanks for the information. This category has no editor at the moment and I am just a caretaker. However, I will change the statement about no portable version.

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23 weeks 3 days ago How to Ask a Question When You Want Technical Help v.laurie

Welcome back. Unfortunately we do not provide individual support in the comments. Please post your question in our forum. There is a lot of help there.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/

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23 weeks 3 days ago Severe Problems with Windows August Updates v.laurie

There are several ways to get to the settings. Here is one:
Control Panel--System and Security--Windows Update--Change Settings

Also see http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/turn-automatic-updating-on-of...

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23 weeks 2 days ago Severe Problems with Windows August Updates v.laurie

The only place I know of that routinely and systematically reports on the updates to avoid is in the paid version of a well-known newsletter. Maybe some of our members know of a free one.

However, there are numerous forums and blogs where problems with updates are often reported. This is not done in a systematic way but here are some suggestions:
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us
http://www.infoworld.com/blogs/infoworld-tech-watch
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/security/

There are many others and readers may have other suggestions.

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23 weeks 1 day ago Ten Top Windows Tips v.laurie

Many thanks, Sgluber.

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21 weeks 2 days ago Ten Top Windows Tips v.laurie

The list was not specifically directed at Windows 7. It is based on popularity as measured by number of reads. Windows 7 is considerably more popular than Windows 8. If you are interested in Windows 8 tips, you can find plenty of them by looking at past Tech Tips or doing a site search.

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20 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Search and Replace Utility v.laurie

Thanks for the information. This category is currently without an editor.

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20 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Web Form Filler and Password Manager v.laurie

Thanks for the information. This category is currently without an active editor.

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20 weeks 5 days ago Use this Free Utility to Help Make Your Windows Files Easier to Organize and Find v.laurie

File Meta enables a capability for certain metatags already built into Windows. You cannot create new ones with it. However, there are several useful editable fields that will be added to context menu. One is called "Comments" and gives you plenty of flexibility. Other useful ones are "Tags", "Subject", "Categories".

Hope that answered your question.

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19 weeks 3 days ago How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up v.laurie

Is it only when you move the mouse that the PC wakes up? I am not sure why that would be a problem unless the PC wakes up when you are not there. Did you check the settings in the Logitech software? Otherwise, I don't have an answer to your problem but maybe another member can help.

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17 weeks 4 days ago How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up v.laurie

Unfortunately, we can't give this type of individual support in the comments. If you post your problem in the forum at http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/, there will be knowledgeable people to help you.

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17 weeks 3 days ago Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET Now in Version 4.1 Update v.laurie

I am certainly sorry to hear that you are having problems. From what you say I don't know what went wrong with your system. Removing it should be in Contriol Panel. Did you back up before installing EMET? Try posting your problem at the Microsoft EMET forum at http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/security/en-US/home?forum=emet. You can also try our forum http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/

I am not familiar with this tool http://www.shouldiremoveit.com/EMET-99230-program.aspx but you can take a look at it.

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16 weeks 4 days ago Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC v.laurie

I have had no problems installing and using Belarc on several Windows 8.1 systems.

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16 weeks 9 hours ago Get a New Look on the Windows Desktop with More Interesting and Colorful Cursors v.laurie

Malwarebytes on my system says the program is clean. Winaero is a well-known site. VirusTotal does raise one flag out of 54 scans but these false positives happen. Naturally, if you are uneasy about the program, you should skip it.

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15 weeks 3 days ago Get a New Look on the Windows Desktop with More Interesting and Colorful Cursors v.laurie

CursorFX is not compatible with Windows 8 according to the Stardock site.

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14 weeks 6 days ago Easy Way to Open Safe Mode in Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 v.laurie

Doesn't work in Windows 7 and does not boot directly to Safe Mode in 8.1 but opens a screen where you can choose some troubleshooting options.

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14 weeks 6 days ago Easy Way to Open Safe Mode in Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 v.laurie

It's a useful trick and worth knowing about.

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12 weeks 2 days ago How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive v.laurie

Cerainly sorry to hear you are having problems. Did you do a system backup before making changes? I don't use Outlook so I don't know the tool in this reference (http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/microsoft-office/fix-your-broken-outlook-...) but you might look into it.

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12 weeks 1 day ago Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger v.laurie

It works for me.

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12 weeks 1 day ago Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger v.laurie

Privacy Badger is different. Which of the various add-ons to use is a matter of personal choice. Personally, I still use Adblock Plus.

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12 weeks 14 hours ago How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk v.laurie

Preparing a repair disk is described here:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-prepare-boot-or-system-probl...

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11 weeks 4 days ago Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger v.laurie

Offhand, I don't know of conflicts with other add-ons but it is always possible. I have tried it on FF with Ghostery, ABP, and No Script all running without noticing any conflicts. On Chrome, I have it and ABP running together.

On another subject, there are comments at Mozilla that say Privacy Badger breaks Reddit. I haven't personally looked into this.

Privacy Badger is labeled "beta" so problems are always possible.

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11 weeks 1 day ago How to Get a Free Installation Disk for Windows 8.1 v.laurie

Thanks, Anupam.

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9 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Technical Support Sites v.laurie

We are unable to respond to individual support requests here. Please post details of your query in our forum:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/

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9 weeks 3 hours ago How to Get Help with Windows 8.1 Upgrade Problems v.laurie

This type of problem requires more detailed discussion than can be given in the comments here. Please post the details of your problem in our forum http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/. Our expert members will be glad to try to help you.

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8 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Office Suite v.laurie

I can't say what is really going on but it sounds to me like there may be a file association problem.Anyone else have ideas?

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7 weeks 5 days ago How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up v.laurie

Is the laptop going to sleep or just turning the screen off? Have you tried running Defender while the laptop is plugged in to a power source?

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7 weeks 4 days ago How to Fix a Very Slow Windows 7 Downloads Folder v.laurie

You can apply settings to all folders of a given type but I don't know of an easy way to apply global folder settings. If anybody knows how, please let us know.

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7 weeks 4 days ago How to Fix a Very Slow Windows 7 Downloads Folder v.laurie

I have Windows 7 Pro and it works the way I have described. I don't know why it is different for you but thanks for pointing out an alternate way to get to the folder. In Windows, there are always several ways to do anything.

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7 weeks 4 days ago How to Fix a Very Slow Windows 7 Downloads Folder v.laurie

I imagine a Registry script could be written that would do some global configuring.

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6 weeks 6 days ago How to Fix a Very Slow Windows 7 Downloads Folder v.laurie

I am traveling and do not have access to a computer with Windows 7 Home Premium but your User-Downloads folder properties sheet should have a Customize tab. Are you using a different downloads folder from the Users\UserName\Downloads folder? Are you in a restricted account?

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5 weeks 1 day ago Learn How to Use the Windows Registry Editor (Regedit) in One Easy Lesson v.laurie

Local machine (HKLM) edits generally require a reboot. Current user edits (HKCU) generally require log off and on. When in doubt, just reboot after an edit. But always back up before editing.

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3 weeks 4 days ago 12 of the Best Places on the Internet to Get Free Help with Computer Problems v.laurie

A number of the sites given in the article's list have threads for Linux and Macs. Just as one example, Tom's Hardware has a forum, "Linux/Free BSD", with over 33 thousand posts.

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2 weeks 5 days ago Learn How to Use the Windows Registry Editor (Regedit) in One Easy Lesson v.laurie

"%1" is a placeholder for whatever file is the object of the executable. If you are unfamiliar with this type of notation, please be very, very careful with the Registry.

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2 weeks 4 days ago Easy Way to List the Details of All the Drivers on Your PC v.laurie

Unless you are familiar with drivers, you should probably leave them alone. Drivers have many functions and should be uninstalled only by someone who is knowledgeable about its specific purposes.

The yellow icon on a driver in the list created by this utility does not mean the driver should be uninstalled.

Added: Here is a little discussion about "kernel mode" http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/ff554836%28v=vs...

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2 weeks 4 days ago Easy Way to List the Details of All the Drivers on Your PC v.laurie

For help with questions about individual systems and drivers, please post in our forum for general computer support: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/

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1 day 5 hours ago How to Reveal Your Windows Product Key in All Current Versions of Windows v.laurie

Thanks for telling us about this. It is becoming all too common for developers to bundle utilities with unwanted stuff. A note has been added to the article.

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1 day 4 hours ago Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET Now in Version 4.1 Update v.laurie

The updates you mention were already posted http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/free-microsoft-windows-security-... and then http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/free-microsoft-windows-security-...

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16 hours 42 min ago How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk v.laurie

Only if you have a valid product key for Windows 7.

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1 year 36 weeks ago Microsoft Flight Simulator. It's Back And It's Free. Uto

Windows 7 is not required, only recommended. (https://www.microsoftflight.com/en-us/getStarted/)
Download size is 1,804.00 MB.

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1 year 43 weeks ago Want 100GB Of Free Cloud-Based Storage? UtkuB

I've already signed up for this offer and received my sign up email and currently uploading my data using Zoolz. I have to admit it is much better than i have expected.

They are sending patches every couple of hours for a number of people in the queue that is why the difference in the numbers @ nojmit mentioned.

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1 year 43 weeks ago Want 100GB Of Free Cloud-Based Storage? UtkuB

No, you have signed up for "Zoolz Business" register for the zoolz free and wait for the email to get your 100 GB.

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31 weeks 2 days ago Concerned About The Demise Of Truecrypt? Try This Freebie Instead. UserError

IMO, DiskCryptor the is the best free open-source option so far. In fact, it is an enhanced fork of TrueCrypt. Hopefully, it won't face the same problems and conspiracy theories its bigger brother had. It's a great piece of free software and a good alternative to former TC users.

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28 weeks 6 days ago Use This Keyboard App When Sliding Is Faster Than Typing UserError

YEAH! The Android L keyboard works perfectly. Couple it with the 'material' skin and it's a winner. The swipe input method works great and there are lots of customization options.

A much better option than AOSP Keyboard or Google Keyboard. And it's free! FY!

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14 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software UserError

If I may put my two cents in, Bitdefender free edition is not a good choice.

You have to download an installer -an offline intaller simply does no exist- and the installation needs several consecutive downloads even after the installation. The first definitions update takes a while and sometimes goes wrong, so the program forces you to start the updating process again. I know this because I tried installing bitdefender on different PCs from friends and relatives, so I can say the process isn't as smooth as you'd want.

The installer does not include an uninstaller, you have to download a third party one if you ever get bored (or annoyed) by Bitdefender. Also, you have 30 days to test the product, after that period you are forced you to create a free BitDefender account or login with facebook or G+ within the app to continue using the product.

IMHO, not the best of approaches.

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8 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Android Apps UserError

I've been using a very lightweight but still great file manager called Simple Explorer. It has material design, root capabilities, 100% free, and open-source.
You won't find it on the PlayStore, though. If you want to check it out, you must go to the official XDA thread:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2330864

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7 weeks 3 days ago Get All the Details of the USB Devices Attached to Your PC with this Free Utility UserError

Great tool indeed. Thanks a lot!

Because of the BadUSB threat, this tool comes as a great addition to any security enthusiast. The ability to decode descriptors and show a hexdump of the descriptors can help a lot to identify a device that is not what it claims to be.

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4 weeks 5 days ago An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo UserError

Many thanks, Gizmo. Really.
Your site provides top-notch content for free and the security guides and reviews are the best yet most simple to follow I found around.
I wish you and the site all the best for the year 2015.

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1 year 21 weeks ago How to Repair Corrupt or Damaged Windows System Files with System File Checker uros

I have a problem whent a started an pc it shoved to press start windows normaly, safemode,safe mode with command prompt,last known good configuration and when i pressed evry one of them it showed up .Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change,might be the cause and this

Windows failed to load because a critical syset driver is missing or corupt and a bunch of other things and some status:oxcoooooof and after i press enter
choose an operating system to start.,or press
TAB to to select a tool then there is windows 7 to press and to press tab for windows memory Diagnostic and when i press enter again on wondows 7 it is back on the first page please help

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1 year 37 weeks ago Best Free Windows 64-bit Software UPflyer

Audacity, would be my recomendation. I am using Windows 7 64 bit, and an older version of Audacity (1.3)-No problems.
Simply import a copy of your MP3 file, Audacity will prompt you to do this or it will convert your original file. Click Export as WAV(to wherever you want to store it ). The process takes a few seconds.

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1 year 22 weeks ago How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour undine

Thank's for the good tip.I have been doing this in the past with XXX. This is much easier to do. Would you happen to know where the registry key would be to change the background color of Windows File Explorer? Keep up the good work. Grady.

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1 year 4 days ago Grinning Geckos (Wallpaper of the Week) Unc_Tarheel_4Ever

Thanks for sharing this wallpaper, got it on my desktop now & it's so cool. Also have to give you a shout out cuz that was the 1st time I'd visited that specific wallpaper site. It boogled my mind at the huge variety & quantity of HD wallpapers contained on that site where the geckos were. I added it to my customized browser start-up page instantly & am heading back there now to start exploring the site. Great Article & Post!!!

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1 year 9 weeks ago Best Freeware Download Sites Unbravewintermute

I was wondering if filehorse.com and downloadcrew.com are worth adding to the list. Filehorse is very similar to filehippo and dowloadcrew is similar to download.com/cnet without the proprietary downloader .

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1 year 3 weeks ago Best Free DVD Authoring Software Unbravewintermute

I think it's worth noting that a fork DVD Flick has been made by new developer and includes many fixes and updates. The original developer seems to have abandoned it. Info: http://sourceforge.net/projects/dvdflick-v2/ and here http://www.videohelp.com/tools/DVD-Flick.

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1 year 12 weeks ago Save On Expensive Ink And Paper With A Free Browser Add-On Unanimous Cowherd

Very nice extension, though the ads would put me off.
Evernote has a great extension for Firefox and Chrome called "Clearly", which can be used for printing, though it is designed to aid long-form reading: http://evernote.com/clearly/

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1 year 37 weeks ago Best Free Dictionary and Thesaurus Utility UltraCraig64

I would like to warn others about a little caveat with Wordweb, as a former user. The program itself is excellent, and from what I could tell, is completely worthy of its Gizmo's Freeware award. But there is a condition if one wishes to use the free version after 30 days. Let me share with you an excerpt from the Wordweb developers' site:

"WordWeb free version may be used indefinitely only by people who take at most two commercial flights (not more than one return flight) in any 12 month period. People who fly more than this need to purchase the Pro version if they wish to continue to use it after a 30-day trial period."

I had not previously read this, and answered truthfully that I had in fact taken more than two one-way flights in the past year. Now I can supposedly never use the free version again, because of my alleged contribution to global warming. A real shame. And for a strong political stance on an issue that I largely call into question, but that is neither here nor there. The point is that it is conditional freeware, so I just wanted others to keep this in mind. Well, at least I didn't tell any "fibs" come the trial's end. No moral dilemmas here! I would still highly recommend the product, although I plan to check out the other programs featured here for my own personal use. Wordweb's free version is sadly no longer an option for me. Maybe in future updates, the author of this review can include a disclaimer.

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1 year 32 weeks ago Best Free Tune-up Program For Computer UltraCraig64

I've been having a great experience with Toolwiz Care for about a month now. I feel it actually trumps Iobit's product (I was a big fan in the past before I learned about the company from this site), and it's not from a shady company. I look forward to seeing what Toolwiz comes up with next.

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