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2 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer Panzer

CloudTunes - open source, web-based music player for the cloud:
https://github.com/jakubroztocil/cloudtunes

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2 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program MidnightCowboy

Thank you. We already highlight the bundled components in the Freemake product details. MC - Site Manager.

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2 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Outliner crombierob

Have you tried DBNotesFree yet ?
What advantages does CherryTree have over DBNotesFree ?

I can tell you one massive advantage that TreeDBNotesFree has over CherryTree -
TreeDBNotesFree has Tabs

Rob

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2 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Registry Cleaner Geekster

Personally I like Auslogics Registry Cleaner - it creates a backup of removed registry items and lets you delete old restore points - never had an issue with it

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2 weeks 6 days ago Create Your Own Custom Windows Hotkeys with this Free Utility Nichols

A hotkey feature that I would appreciate would move all open windows to the primary display. At one time, Matrox included that feature with its graphics drivers, but then Matrox stopped doing that and I lost that function due to a Matrox driver update. Presently I am using NVIDIA graphics cards, and while NVIDIA graphics drivers have many great features, that feature is not one of them. Does anyone know of a hotkey program with a "move all open windows to the primary display" feature? Or know of a hotkey program that allows such a feature to be programed by the user?

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2 weeks 6 days ago Reclaim Some Of The Disk Space Which Windows Stole Nichols

On a fully updated Win8.1 system that has been used for 9 months, I ran --
Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup /ResetBase
which I understand from --
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn251565.aspx
removes all superseded versions of every component in the component store.

DISM reduced used space on C: by 0.1 GB. So I conclude that Win8.1's automated winsxs clean-up is working well.

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2 weeks 6 days ago Create Your Own Custom Windows Hotkeys with this Free Utility Hengist_Ludd

@zornestech - would your friend's problem be more appropriately solved by a keyboard remapper? E.g. something like OkayKeybees by JoeJoeSoft (maker of ArsClip and Rename Master, all free)?

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2 weeks 6 days ago Create Your Own Custom Windows Hotkeys with this Free Utility Hengist_Ludd

Good though AutoHotKey is, it does as Nichols points out require at least minimal programming. Even if you're comfortable doing that, you may not have the time, and prefer GUI configuration for ease and speed. In which case, alternatives to WinHotKey might be HotKeyz (Skynergy site down, but should be around the Net) or HotKeyP by Petr Laštovička or maybe Clavier by Guillaume Ryder.

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2 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Setup Builder George

Hi DM
I haven't had the chance to review InstallForge yet. But it claims to be absolsutely free and also obviously offer serial number creation as far as I can see from their screenshots: http://installforge.net/home/
Best regards,
George

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2 weeks 6 days ago Create Your Own Custom Windows Hotkeys with this Free Utility 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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2 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program klb3317

Please be aware that Emsisoft Antimalware showed warnings while I've been installing Freemake Video Converter.

The most critical of them are:
-keylogger acticity;
-getting the listing of "My documents folder";
-windows service injection attempt;
-Opencandy installation attempt.

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3 weeks 42 min ago Best Free Outliner jet005303199369...

Just came across a new one that shows some promise: CherryTree. It's portable and has good import/export (e.g. backup) functions.

Here's a link to a review:

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/cherrytree-a-wiki-style-notebook-thats-poli...

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3 weeks 2 hours ago Best Free Registry Editor snakyjake

Here's my top choices:

1) Reg (By David K. Gasaway)
http://sourceforge.net/projects/reg

+ Goto Path
+ Search
+ Open Source
- There isn't a portable version, but it will still run.

2) O&O RegEditor
http://www.oo-software.com/en/products/ooregeditor

+ Goto Path
+ Search
+ Portable
- Didn't like the Search function as much as Reg.

3) Regscanner
www.nirsoft.net/utils/regscanner.html

+ Search
+ Portable
- Goto Path

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3 weeks 5 hours ago Create Your Own Custom Windows Hotkeys with this Free Utility beergas

Thanks, got it. That's a good site esp for Q-Dir & DesktopOK (tho this one isn't 100% foolproof at saving icon layout). Always do backups. For that Windows own Recovery or free Macrium Reflect.

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3 weeks 7 hours ago Create Your Own Custom Windows Hotkeys with this Free Utility Nichols

WinHotKey cannot insert pre-defined text for versions of Windows after XP, and to do that relatively simple task both AutoHotkey and Hot Keyboard are more complex than some would prefer.

For simply pasting pre-defined text into any Windows application via keyboard shortcuts, QuickTextPaste is (for me) a fine solution --
http://www.softwareok.com/?Download=QuickTextPaste

The QuickTextPaste interface and helpfiles etc. are not written in perfect English, but the program itself works well and for the user the learning curve is not steep. QuickTextPaste is freeware.

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3 weeks 7 hours ago Create Your Own Custom Windows Hotkeys with this Free Utility beergas

As P-c mentions AutoHotKey has advantages even this author suggests (tho maybe bit more 'overhead' on PC but less an issue these days).
From WHK site comments:

I have been using a different Hokey program, but it has significant cpu overhead. WinHotKey looks and feels much lighter. I'm trying to use the type text feature with embedded control keys, for example "test [ctrl-v] test" which would allow me to use the windows paste feature as part of the generated text. Anyway to do this?

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Submitted by brian on Mon, 2011-04-25 11:27.

There is a way to do this by updating the registry directly, but I cannot support that. I recommend looking at AutoHotKey which can do a lot of the more complex things like that.

[Modertator's note: Mention of commercial program edited out.]

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3 weeks 9 hours ago Best Free Media Player JohnKern

How about XFPLAY? English version is here:

http://codecpack.co/download/Xfplay.html

Xfplay is a feature-rich mutimedia player that can deliver outstanding playback quality. Another benefit of Xfplay is that you will be able to easily stream and play movie files instantly from .torrent BitTorrent files as well as Magnet URI links without downloading them to your PC thereby saving space.

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3 weeks 9 hours ago Create Your Own Custom Windows Hotkeys with this Free Utility Pattern-chaser

Isn't AutoHotKey more flexible, as hotkeys don't need to include the Windows key?

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3 weeks 11 hours ago Reclaim Some Of The Disk Space Which Windows Stole Aninnymous

@Nichols

Perhaps the easiest way is to follow the Disk Cleanup executable instructions given at the Win 7 link below. You should not need to download anything for Win 8 but it may look a little different.

There are plenty of pictures at the link - just look for the "Windows Update Cleanup" choice and click that (and any others) if it shows a big amount will cleanup.

Apparently Win 8 may perform this cleanup automatically if it is setup properly but I am unclear about that--read thru really fast.

BTW, I was mistaken. The cleanup happens during the needed reboot process following running the Disk Cleanup, not after 30 days. So reboot to recover the space immediately.

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3 weeks 13 hours ago Reclaim Some Of The Disk Space Which Windows Stole Nichols

Aninnymous, for Windows 8.x the information at --
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn251565.aspx
and at --
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh825265.aspx
is complex.

Can Gizmo's offer simpler information for cleaning-up winsxs in Windows 8.x?

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3 weeks 14 hours ago Reclaim Some Of The Disk Space Which Windows Stole Aninnymous

OK, discovered the issue with Win 7. The program capabilities were added in NEW .exe {a non-critical Windows update meaning I did not install it).

Here is the link for how to download & use it on Win 7 which is somewhat DIFFERENT from the Win 8 operations:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/askpfeplat/archive/2013/10/07/breaking-news-r...

I used the Disk cleanup executable method and it worked as expected (4GB scheduled for removal in 30 days). They mention something similar for Win 8 below but I have not tried it.

And the MS link for Win 8:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn251565.aspx

The links in my previous post are for the OLD DISM version and do not include the new command line switches. Sorry !

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3 weeks 17 hours ago Reclaim Some Of The Disk Space Which Windows Stole Nichols

I hope Aninnymous or another does have "have some time to fuss with it" because removing superseded winsxs files is a VERY good idea! I considered "fussing with it" but as soon as the "/?" switch showed me a long list of available switches I did not dare proceed. If rob schifreen is monitoring this thread, maybe he can help?

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3 weeks 22 hours ago Reclaim Some Of The Disk Space Which Windows Stole Aninnymous

Same here for Win 7 SP1+ 64bit .... "Service Pack Cleanup cannot proceed: No Service Pack backup files were found. The operation completed successfully."

It would appear something is wrong with the process as described.

I will mess with it from info at:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd744256%28v=WS.10%29.aspx

and especially here (from link at above)

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd744382%28v=ws.10%29.aspx

when I have some time to fuss with it, if ever. I have 12+ gig in there and really would like to cut that down some. Perhaps permissions level changes are required or some such.

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3 weeks 22 hours ago Website of the Week: Worldmeters: Real Time World Statistics EldonW

Thanks rhiannon. An interesting (frightening?) statistic is that there are alomost twice as many overweight as undernourished people in the world!

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3 weeks 1 day ago Scan To PDF, Or Create PDF Albums Of Images PantherDave

Please beware that this software has changed significantly for the worse! It was very sneaky in how it tried to install MANY other things along with it. The screenshot on this page isn't even of this program. It has bad defaults and doesn't save your settings. It created a HUGE PDF file for a one-page scan. When I tried to scan a 2nd time, the program crashed! I wouldn't recommend it to anybody. Please update this review or delete it altogether.

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3 weeks 1 day ago Reclaim Some Of The Disk Space Which Windows Stole Nichols

I got the same result that Mr. Fraser did -- also with a Windows 8.1 system that has been running and updating for months. The message was -- "Service Pack Cleanup cannot proceed: No Service Pack backup files were found. The operation completed successfully."

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3 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Digital Image Editor Natty50

Love the article and all the comments... I have been using Photoscape for years now and love it, find it easy to use but all the reviews say its difficult to learn because of different placement.. This is my question is there something similar but a little more advanced.

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3 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Program Uninstaller RAMbrandt

I have tested various versions of Revo over the last few years, and I've given up using it or recommending it because other apps and the os (XP or 7) start to mess up after a while of using it with the default settings. I install and test apps and games constantly, and I can't waste time scanning every list of left-overs before I allow an uninstaller program to clean up. Of course I do analyze the results for more intensely integrated or tricky installations, so I'm referring to 'normal' apps and games that aren't trying to do anything too fancy or transparent.
I've had very few problems with Advanced Uninstaller Pro [beware of unwanted bundled components] for the last year since I learned that it is basically free. It is loaded with tools and tweaks, but I perform most of those additional functions with special apps. It has been a very reliable uninstaller, and I highly recommend that anyone try it out.
[Commercial reference removed]

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3 weeks 1 day ago Reclaim Some Of The Disk Space Which Windows Stole sbwhiteman

Is there any downside to this procedure?

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3 weeks 1 day ago Understanding the Windows 8 user interfaces Geekomatic

Their monopoly allows any behaviour on their part. Their dismissive attitude comes with that. The XP extension was due to backlash- as the new systems would have crippled businesses. Businesses have $$$ clout- MS curtsied to it. It's always about $$$, nothing more. The non-business end-users reaped benefits that never-ever would have happened had it not been for the businesses/gov't's pressure. Kind of like non-union members reaping the benefits of a pay rise due to strike.

Apple never had the influence MS has. Personally, I believe that the MS monopoly has actually stymied our computer evolution, not helped it. I'm not the only one to think so.

RE: Linux OS:

1) Linux doesn't charge you anything at all to use the majority of their systems- and provide good, friendly support features for free.

2) The Linux systems I've tried are more XP/7-like in their appearance & use than is 8.

RE: keyboard shortcuts.

That's what you used before the modern GUI, circa 1995. A step back in time & only useful IF you know the name/term of what it is you seek. Where are my program folders? How do I do a system restore? How do I boot to safe mode if my system won't start? Too bad for you if you don't know the new MS term?

I think MS is a big behemoth that simply does what it wants & cajoles the buying public with sound-bytes & lack of options. They could make it different & user-friendly & choose not to. End of.

MS 8 Proponents almost sound like Stockholm-Syndrome sufferers.

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3 weeks 1 day ago Website of the Week: Worldmeters: Real Time World Statistics terrawarra

Nice one rhiannon....thanks for sharing !

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3 weeks 1 day ago Understanding the Windows 8 user interfaces Remah

I largely agree with you. Microsoft could have eased the transition and ameliorated almost every issue that has been raised by users. Yes, the phrase "tough- figure it out" sums up the lack of useful assistance for new and upgrading users. That was a real bad stance to take.

But I don't see any of these issues as directly related to monopoly. If they were then Microsoft would force obsolescence like Apple does. It doesn't do that. Instead, Microsoft lets XP support continue for over a decade and works hard to ensure that my old applications run under Windows 8, which they do. Unfortunately, all this means that it just gets harder when you do have to upgrade.

Nor can I see any relationship to past court action for monopolistic behavior. The Windows 8 interface issues are much more like a lot of the changes made in Linux applications and distributions. Bad strategic and development decisions don't make it monopolistic.

For me, the change to Windows 8 has been beneficial because it motivated me to use the keyboard for the start menu instead of wasting time mousing around. I also learnt more keyboard shortcuts which also help tremendously. Even without that there is no way I'd want to go back to Windows 7. I use both 7 and 8 everyday running the same desktop applications so I see the benefits of Windows 8 all the time.

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3 weeks 1 day ago Understanding the Windows 8 user interfaces Geekomatic

Good article on a terrible interface...

MS's idea of innovation = "change for the sake of it".

Seriously. How difficult would it have been to simply gather a cross-sample of about thirty regular users, sit them down at the desk, and give them a list of ten things to do that most people know how to accomplish? See what happened. See the total confusion. Go back to drawing board.

MS instead decided to release it anyway, against the feedback given by a majority of its (desktop) test user base-- because that's how a monopoly works. You get, "tough- figure it out". The fact that there are soooooo many walk-throughs, articles, & videos out there to explain even the simplest of things proves it. I'm still gob-smacked at how difficult MS has made it to boot into safe mode?

Maybe that's the problem: the people creating and releasing cannot understand that the majority of it's users are not geeks. They cannot remember a time when they, themselves, didn't understand it all. Empathy required, not found? You can Google the term for humans who do not possess empathy. Then, think of all of the times MS has been hauled into court because of it's practices...it'll make sense now.

I'm speaking for the hundreds of regular users I've serviced thus far. They were able to use 7. Now, they still can, thanks to 3rd party "shells" which put things back in a logical order. 8 is still a train-wreck.

Imho :)

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3 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Hash Utility Joe A.TT

You could try DP Hash ( http://www.paehl.de/cms/hash_dp )which is portable and supports 34 hash algorithms. One drawback is that it doesn't support drag & drop.

Another is Hasher Lite ( http://www.den4b.com/?x=products&product=hasher ) which is portable too. This program supports drag & drop and SHA-256 as well. It is free for private/personal use.

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3 weeks 1 day ago Other Web Browsers Remah

Rob, I apologize for this slow response to your questions. I took over this category after you left this question and only just noticed it.

Yes, Avant and Lunascape would be useful alternatives because you can specify which web engine to use for a particular website.

Yes, Avant and Lunascape provides options for greater security by using the other web engines. I don't focus on Internet Explorer as "unsafe" because it is the mainly the practices of the user that determine most of the risk. If you engage in risky browsing activities or are concerned about security then you should be considering other security solutions in addition to the browser. See our Security Guides for further guidance.

FYI, I am in the process of updating the web browser articles to make the distinctions between different browsers clearer:
- Technically Avant and Lunascape do not "use IE" but share the Trident web engine. Avant Ultimate and Lunascape provide the option to use any of three layout engines: WebKit, Gecko, and Trident - you have to select which one. Avant Lite only uses the Trident Engine. Lunascape by default only uses Trident.
- The layout engine is not the primary concern when it comes to exploits. Rather it is specifically the Javascript engine which processes Javascript instructions.

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3 weeks 1 day ago Website of the Week: Worldmeters: Real Time World Statistics e-alias

excellent find, rhiannon - thanks for turning us on to it.

and no, not "dry" at all - in fact their 'about' page (http://www.worldometers.info/about.php) and their 'sources' page (http://www.worldometers.info/sources.php) are rich with additional information.

thanks again -

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3 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Hash Utility CryptoSurfer

Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I'll look into it and see what can be done to correct the problem. If it can't be, I'll remove the listing. Sorry for the inconvenience to you.

I agree with you on Igorware Hasher -- very nice app.

I'm presently researching 'One Way Accumulators' -- these are one way Hash functions that don't need a CA. I'll be posting some info on these soon.

All the Best,

CryptoSurfer

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3 weeks 2 days ago A File Comparison Tool That's Really Easy To Use Sgluber

I have been using ExamDiff for years and have the same opinion: this is a very good and very useful program.

Great suggestion, rob! :-)

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3 weeks 2 days ago A File Comparison Tool That's Really Easy To Use crombierob

My first reaction was - I have not had a need for such programs for 15 years.
However you mentioned config files (Settings.ini ?), and I have had a slight need a few times in recent years.
The excellent XYPlorerFree (which everyone should use) has released a newer version than the one I had been using for a few months.
I am setting up a PC to give to a neighbor, and am including what I consider essential programs. I downloaded the latest XYPlorerfree, and gave it a wee test run (It is portable, so I did not clobber my earlier version).
The latest has an annoying habit of changing the column widths, depending on which folder you set focus on. The earlier version is not annoying.
Had a quick look at the configuration file, and ran screaming from it, and decided to give the neighbor the earlier version.
I wonder whether your recommended program will help me here ?
Also do others know of another comparison program that would make that easier ?
Rob
PS If the lines layout is quite different, wouldn't that drive the program, (or me reading the results) crazy ?

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3 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Hash Utility gzwul62a

Hashtab
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Short note:
the link to hashtab doesn't work
http://www.implbits.com/Products/HashTab.aspx

ah well .. neither http://www.implbits.com/hashtab.aspx which is the 'More" button on their website... nor the screenshots - error: the requested content cannot be loaded...

to obtain the file you need to enter your email
also it says, under 'Next steps'
" Once you have installed HashTab, just right click on any file "

Igorware
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sofar I used Igorware hasher
http://www.igorware.com/hasher

it really is very flexible: you can copy a SHA-1 string to clipboard, run igorware hasher and it automatically compares to clipboard.
it is portable.
Regretfully...! It does not support SHA-256.

HashMyFiles
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It supports SHA-256, SHA-384, SHA-512 as well
Version 1.80: Added support for SHA-256 and SHA-512 hashes.
Version 1.85: Added support for SHA-384 hashes.

-
As for myself: I am still looking for a tool, similar to Igorware Hasher
(small, portable, compare file to a string in clipboard .. -with- SHA-256 support)
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3 weeks 3 days ago A File Comparison Tool That's Really Easy To Use Rick Grunwald

Good one! Thanks

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3 weeks 3 days ago How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors DanielRuf

Forgot to copy the email addresses

:
552-5.7.0 This message was blocked because its content presents a potential
...

:
550 signature_incorrect
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3 weeks 3 days ago How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors Chiron

It has been deleted. Also, when you have a chance, please do try it. Google will reject any attachments which are in a password protected zip file. This seems like what is happening for here.

Also, can you please let me know if there is a specific vendor for which this is happening for?

Thank you.

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3 weeks 3 days ago A File Comparison Tool That's Really Easy To Use randyg

How about the perennially excellent [edited]? It costs money, but if you get the trial, it has this little quirk that seems to allow you to use it almost indefinitely. It does everything that these tools do, and a LOT more. Check it out and see what you think. It's been my favorite for years.

[Moderator's note: Mention and links to commercial not permitted. Edited out.]

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3 weeks 3 days ago How to Ask Android to Skip My Media Folders trainman261

If you don't know where they are on your storage but found the sounds in your music library, you should be able to use your music player to find where those sounds are. Rocket Player ( http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-music-player-and-organ... ) can do this. If you're using Rocket Player, long-press the sound in your library, and click "Edit Tag". (You can read more about Rocket Player at http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-music-player-and-organ... .) That will open the Tag editor, and near the top of the tag editor, you will find the location of the sound. Then, you can go into the .nomedia manager, and mark the folder the sound is in. Once you've done that, the sound shouldn't be in your music library anymore after you restart your device.

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3 weeks 3 days ago A File Comparison Tool That's Really Easy To Use harrym

My own favorite is the excellent and totally free WinMerge.

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3 weeks 3 days ago How to Ask Android to Skip My Media Folders smanda77

Hello,

Thanks for the article, great insight. However, I just need to understand something here, I recently downloaded an Android email app called MyMail that comes with in-app ringtones, where do I find the file in which these ringtone files are saved in on my internal memory? I'm using the Samsung Galaxy S5 mobile phone.

Thanks

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3 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Web Browser CASD

It's good to have a new monitor on this.. I love trying new browsers and I've tried a lot...
So far Opera even being chrome connected now works and feels like the old opera..
In fact I think it works better then most of the webkit browsers out there.. Low ram uses on my win 8.1 8gb, Athon 2 Acer computer.
always staying around 25% ram usage or less
Even one of my other favorites Qupzilla can't compare..in fact it freezes up and so does Midori
Slim jet ..another one that crashes and is a slug on my system.
Keep the new ideas coming and I'll gladly try them :)

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3 weeks 3 days ago How to Ask Android to Skip My Media Folders subscriptionsformpb

That might explain how I got rude pictures without even seeing them the first time. Actually, I have no idea where they were from, except a local scenery. They were uploaded automatically to G+. Fortunately, I have that set to private only.

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3 weeks 3 days ago Best Free PDF Tools Jojo Yee

They are covered TommyBoy. Please follow the links given below.

1) PDF printers are reviewed in this article Best Free PDF Writer Software.

2) PDF-XChange Viewer is reviewed under this paragraph Annotate PDF Documents.

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3 weeks 3 days ago Best Free File Comparison Utility Walt43

Your info is now bad due to updates...WinMerge dropped the running on W9x an XP about version 2.12.something.
I need it to run on W98SE but those ver now will not run there.
I have requested an older version from them because I have not been able to find a workable version for W9x.

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3 weeks 3 days ago A File Comparison Tool That's Really Easy To Use David Roper

Excellent find. I also like KDiff3 for comparing text source code. Now I have two.

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3 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software darrin71

Good Day A ! Hi George.J ! I am a current user of 360 IS and am considering switching to 360 TS for support reasons as you know. I'm curious if you could tell me more about your experience with 360 TS compared to 360 IS regarding detection rate, resource usage, boot up time, scan time, and how well 360 TS plays with other software, such as MBM and SAS. Never mind George, I have already found answers to my questions.

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3 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Web Browser pjpw

Crombierob, apart from the issue you mentioned with No Script and the minimalistic interface of the Chromium browsers (which I have come to like) I think you will find Slimjet an enjoyable experience compared to Google Chrome.

I too had the freezing issue on updating with Chrome, not all the time but more often than not, and that plus the memory and CPU issue with Chrome were the main reasons I looked for an alternative. At the same time Firefox (still a resource hog too) was having a lot of issues with Update 29 I think it was so I avoided going back to FF for those reasons.

Please post your thoughts on Slimjet back here as I for one would certainly be interested in your experience with it.

Cheers
Peter

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3 weeks 4 days ago How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors DanielRuf

I think this would make no difference. But I did not try it.

(please delete the other comment from me - it is a duplicate)

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3 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Web Browser stephench

One of the biggest reasons that we start the Slimjet project is we don't like the minimalist design of Chrome. Slimjet doesn't auto-update like Chrome. Slimjet includes a download control button which allow you to easily allow/disallow script on selected domains. That is similar to what NoScript offers. It has a fully customizable toolbar where you can add more buttons to gain quick access to various functions. Slimjet uses slightly more memory than SlimBrowser but is more stable and responsive. Give it a few days and you will like it.

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3 weeks 4 days ago Best Free PDF Tools TommyBoy

Two oversights:
1) either a PDF printer is not addressed or I missed it? This is a mission critical function for me
2) Was PDF xChange omitted because they have not kept their free package completely up-to-date with modern OS versions?

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3 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Desktop Search Utility Jay Fora

Sorry, forget that question, i had missed something obvious

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3 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Desktop Search Utility Jay Fora

Hi, I decided to try out Locate32, and it does seem good. Everytime I open it though, I get one of those untrusted publisher warnings, asking me if I really want to run it.How can I stop that, espacially as it's run as an .exe? I've looked on the net, but .exe seems to be the only option. I'm using it in my 'daily use' account, and not my admin account which I rarely open.
Thanks, Jay

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3 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Web Browser crombierob

I have three problems with Chrome -
- I don't like the minimalistic rubbish young programmers (not Analysts) are foisting on us.
- Chrome does not have NoScript
- Google do not give a toss about MS conventions, and as pjpw has noticed it can slow your PC to a crawl
On that latter, the first time it happened to me, everything was freezing, and I was sure I had a virus. I went back to my most recent image (Seagate DiscWizard), which unfortunately was a week old (TCH! TCH!). Thus much time was spent trying to copy my last weeks activities, before I went back to that earlier image (Cost me many, many hours).
The next time this happened, I investigated, and found it was Google's flippin updater freezing my PC.
I removed it all (and that is not an easy process), and Google will never darken my PC doorstep again. (I will still use the Google Search engine, which ain't as good as it used to be)

I will give Slimjet a try as I can -
- Breath easy, as it looks like it does not have the Google updater disaster.
- Only use it for web sites, where I don't need NoScript
- Try to make it as non minimalistic as I can.
Rob
PS
Watch out if you are elderly and feeble minded, as you may download SlimBrowser by mistake.
I did, and I love it.
Fast, and NOT minimalistic
PPS
SlimBrowser crashes (within Tab) way to often.
May be to do with inherited extensions, but I cannot find out how to get rid of them, OR how to run in safe mode (Add-Ins disabled).
So looks like I have to suppress my hatred of Chrome, and try SlimJet

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3 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Software for Linux MidnightCowboy

I use Pale Moon on Windows so must have a look at this. Thanks. :)

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3 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

Pale Moon for Linux:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/pm4linux/

Double Commander:
http://doublecmd.sourceforge.net/
http://sourceforge.net/projects/doublecmd/

X File Explorer (Xfe) is an MS-Explorer like file manager for X. It is based on the popular, but discontinued, X Win Commander, which was developed by Maxim Baranov:
http://roland65.free.fr/xfe/
http://sourceforge.net/projects/xfe/

tmux is a terminal multiplexer, it enables a number of terminals (or windows) to be accessed and controlled from a single terminal:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/tmux/

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3 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

Remarkable is a powerful markdown editor:
http://remarkableapp.net/

Sunflower file manager:
http://sunflower-fm.org/

xorriso copies file objects from POSIX compliant filesystems into Rock Ridge enhanced ISO 9660 filesystems and allows session-wise manipulation of such filesystems:
https://www.gnu.org/software/xorriso/

"... Hugo is a general-purpose website framework. Technically speaking, Hugo is a static site generator. This means that unlike systems like WordPress, Ghost and Drupal which run on your web server expensively building a page every time a visitor requests one, Hugo does the building when you create your content. Since websites are viewed far more often then they are edited, Hugo is optimized for website viewing while providing a great writing experience ...":
http://hugo.spf13.com/

"... MediaGoblin is a free software media publishing platform that anyone can run. You can think of it as a decentralized alternative to Flickr, YouTube, SoundCloud, etc. ...":
http://www.mediagoblin.org/

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3 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Web Browser Remah

Hi all. I have just taken over as editor of the three web browser articles so expect an update soon.

Remah

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3 weeks 4 days ago Windows 7 Startup Remah

I'm no expert on boot debugging for Windows but here's what I do know:

Third-party hardware debugging products for x86 and x64 computers install a separate board. These give you the earliest debugging control in the boot process.

See Microsoft's article on Windows debugging tools for an overview of debugging software. You can debug using software running on the same computer or on a different computer.

To start debugging from the boot loader you change the boot parameters as described in Tools for Changing Boot Options for Driver Testing and Debugging particularly changing the boot parameters and BCDEdit options

You need to enable kernel-mode debugging if you want to see what is happening in the kernel-mode startup phase. I have been using Windows startup traces which do not provide sufficient kernel-mode detail.

You should have no problems starting wireshark and many other diagnostics while Windows debugging is operating.

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3 weeks 4 days ago Windows 7 Startup ironleg1963

I loved the articles. I have a question though. Is there a program you can install or run from CD/DVD/usb to tell you each step and file, dll, everything that is going on from the mbr to the final boot up sequence of logging in to a network after logon. Then run wireshark to test the network connection. Possibly airsnort /nmap/wirecat, etc..
Any information is greatly appreciated.
Thanks!

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3 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Web Browser pjpw

I can endorse the Slimjet browser. I use a number of browsers as each one seems more adept for certain functions and uses. They are Slimjet, Opera, Maxthon and sometimes Firefox and Google Chrome. I have tried many others over the years but never found one to consistently offer what the mainstream ones do.

Another browser, K-Meleon is actually THE lightest browser of all on system resources but sadly lacks the compatibility necessary to be useful across the board. There are independent developer versions of it still being released from time to time but for the average user these require a fair degree of computer knowledge and are a no go for most people.

My issue was with just having a basic 4GB laptop I was experiencing memory and CPU usage issues when using sites like Facebook and Youtube. So I started using a separate browser just to have Facebook open in (Opera.) Then I would use either Maxthon or Google Chrome or Firefox for everyday browsing. This approach has both advantages and disadvantages.

I have been using Slimjet for the past couple of months now and am very happy with it. It uses the same Chromium engine used by Google and Opera but has added some built in features that are only provided by way of extensions in the others. Also it is not Google so I have reduced concerns of there being any backdoor into the browser.

Google Chrome used to regularly eat up a lot of memory and CPU resources and I was often having to restart the browser. I recommend Slimjet to anyone. I am sure you won't be disappointed. Also, it comes from Flashpeak which has been around for a long time with their SlimBrowser and more recently SlimBoat browsers.

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3 weeks 5 days ago Having Trouble Playing A Video File? Find Out Why. Jorpho

Back in the day I used to be fond of the G-Spot Codec Information Appliance.

...But that was years ago. It's been a long time since I've found a video that wouldn't play, unless it was corrupted. LAV Filters (i.e. the Combined Community Codec Pack), the various MPlayer derivatives, and VLC cover just about everything.

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3 weeks 5 days ago Having Trouble Playing A Video File? Find Out Why. Bluesmanuk

Thanks for the heads up.

The other excellent tool that I use is mediainfo that can place an entry into the windows explorer context list so that I can right click on a file and get all the info on it.

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3 weeks 5 days ago The Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List for Windows rhiannon

You're welcome. It is quite a list, something for everyone there. :)

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3 weeks 5 days ago How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors Chiron

Does it only present a problem when submitting zip files, or does it say the same for 7z files?

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3 weeks 5 days ago How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors DanielRuf

still having issues with password protected zip file:

Sorry, we were unable to deliver your message to the following address.

:
Remote host said:
552-5.7.0 This message was blocked because its content presents a potential
552-5.7.0 security issue. Please visit
552-5.7.0 http://support.google.com/mail/bin/answer.py?answer=6590 to review our
552 5.7.0 message content and attachment content guidelines. gd3si3997315wib.22 - gsmtp
[BODY]

Sorry, we were unable to deliver your message to the following address.

:
Remote host said:
550-DKIM: encountered the following problem validating yahoo.de:
550 signature_incorrect
[BODY]

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3 weeks 5 days ago Having Trouble Playing A Video File? Find Out Why. George.J

Thanks looks good. How about PotPlayer's built-in Playback/System Info information tool:

File Info: http://i.imgur.com/eTmDGCh.png
Playback Info: http://i.imgur.com/y7tbM0n.png
System Info: http://i.imgur.com/lTPGCFl.png

Downside - you need to have the media player installed...

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3 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

I think perhaps I should move the advice about manually removing the firewall driver into the main advice section of my topic. Then again, it's not something which most users would like to do. I'll have to think about it some more, but your experience has given me a lot to think about.

Thank you.

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3 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software freestuffrocks

You're right about the firewall driver. Neither removal tool nor the uninstaller removed it. Your advice to remove it manually is several steps after rebooting into safe mode, so it hadn't been removed before doing this.

Regarding how I managed to get things to work, things are a little hazy due to a fair bit of red mist, but I went through the uninstall procedure again with Avast (2 removal tools like Comodo) and Comodo Firewall, still wasn't able to install CIS but at least restore then worked so as a last resort I restored to before trying to uninstall Comodo Firewall, and just went through the whole laborious process again and eventually it worked.

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3 weeks 5 days ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

Unturned is a sandbox game in the emerging multiplayer apocalypse survival genre:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/304930/

Warframe:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/230410/

Defiance:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/224600/

No More Room in Hell - Half-Life 2 Mod (PC Gamer's Mod of the Year 2011, ModDB's Editor Choice Multiplayer Mod of the Year 2011):
http://store.steampowered.com/app/224260/

Age of Conan: Unchained is an award-winning and critically acclaimed massively multiplayer online game set in the sexy, savage and brutal world of Conan the Barbarian:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/217750/

The Plan - A fly ascends to the skies, pondering the pointlessness of its brief existence:
http://www.krillbite.com/theplan/

Renegade X is a free Tactical Shooter that aims to brings the Command and Conquer FPS experience to the Unreal Engine 3 (still in beta):
http://www.renegade-x.com/

SanctuaryRPG is a critically acclaimed strategic turn-based monster slaying and dungeon crawling adventure set entirely in the retro ASCII-art world of Sanctuary:
http://www.sanctuaryrpg.com/

Futuridium EP - "... An old school shoot'em up with a modern twist. Futuridium EP offers fast paced, non stop, hard as hell action, with an original 45 minutes soundtrack and colourful, glitchy graphic ...":
http://www.desura.com/games/futuridium

Elsword:
http://en.elswordonline.com/

Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire:
http://www.gog.com/game/worlds_of_ultima_the_savage_empire

Ultima Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams:
http://www.gog.com/game/ultima_worlds_of_adventure_2_martian_dreams

Street Fighter X Mega Man:
http://www.capcom-unity.com/brelston/blog/2012/12/17/street-fighter-x-me...

Space Station 13 is a space themed, top-down 2D multiplayer RPG:
http://spacestation13.com/

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3 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

Tribler is an open source peer-to-peer decentralized client:
http://tribler.org/

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3 weeks 5 days ago The Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List for Windows Remah

Rhiannon, thanks. This guy has an amazingly useful list.

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3 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Download Manager George.J

Pray and you shall receive... :D

The latest version includes FTP support and a lot of other features.

One thing I noticed and given in the Changelog, the download speed is faster. Way faster!

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3 weeks 5 days ago Windows 7 Startup Remah

Thanks very much for picking up on my errors which are easy for me to miss. :)

I've started using HTML text diagrams to speed-up page load times by having a smaller overall size and fewer http calls with fewer images. I need to do this because my articles are much longer and more complex than most on this site. This article needs to be reduced in size, or split in two, before I can add more detail.

HTML text diagrams do take much longer to plan and create but mean that I can amend them very quickly rather than having to modify a vector-graphic diagram, export it to a PNG file, and upload it to this site. I would prefer to use vector-graphic diagrams but there is inconsistent support for this in web browsers particularly on mobile platforms.

Two web pages that are useful for HTML text are:
The World Wide Web (W3) Consortium HTML character entity reference which shows characters that all web browsers should display correctly.
HTML color references such as ComputerHope.Com's color reference list.

I am considering changing the background for the infinity character. It might be useful to indicate which processes run as long as Windows does but most of them are critical processes anyway. ... OK, I'll do it.

The diagnostic and troubleshooting icons are not visible unless you click on the "show more..." buttons to display the more detailed startup steps:
§ is used fourteen time mainly where I've included many of the boot trace variable names.
! (black on yellow) is used seven times.

Δ which indicates differences between Windows editions is used once in Table 8 - Local Security Authority SubSystem: LSASS.exe.

P.S. I haven't forgotten about your comment on the Deeper into the Registry article. I've been busy on these startup articles.

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3 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Did you make sure that the firewall driver was correctly removed before rebooting into Safe Mode? Sadly sometimes that is not removed by the uninstaller, and I don't believe the removal tools correctly remove that either.

Either way, it is true that Comodo Firewall doesn't always uninstall easily. However, the methods I suggested, which you followed, will allow it to nearly always uninstall correctly. It seems that you ran into some bad luck. By the way, how did you eventually get it to work?

Thanks.

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3 weeks 5 days ago Use this Free Utility to Help Make Your Windows Files Easier to Organize and Find johnvk

Yep. Thanks!

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3 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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3 weeks 5 days ago Use this Free Utility to Help Make Your Windows Files Easier to Organize and Find johnvk

Wow, that's hard core. It actually modifies the registry so that files types now have handlers? Hard core. And is FileMeta also the handler, or is the handler already built into windows, and File Meta is just enabling it for other file types.

When i click on properties -> details of a .txt file withOUT FileMeta, i see properties like name, type, size, date, owner. None of them are editable. I dont see comments, nor tags.

So does FileMeta also add some new propteries, or just make them editable. I assume it does not make the pre-existing ones editable, like eg size; it just makes new ones that it adds editable. Can you add your own fields? Or does FileMeta add certain, pre-specified fields.

You have great tips. Thanks! Keep them coming!

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3 weeks 5 days ago Windows 7 Startup johnvk

Wow!
You deserve the rave reviews you're getting.
I have browsed and will return. Probably frequently. More eyeballs for Gizmo Ad revenue ;)

I'm sure you dont mind if i point out some minor typos:

in "Services Autostart" you say 49,9 using a comma as the decimal point; you use . all other places.

In the note 2 for diagram 3, you say "12 shorter longer". I'm guessing that's supposed to be 12 seconds shorter.

Not only am i impressed at your windows knowledge, and communication skills, i'm impressed with your html table diagrams. I browsed the html source--they're an engineering accomplishment in themselves ;)

I even like your &inf; (&inf;) symbol.

One trivial suggestion: i think making a background for the inf char would highlight that. I feel like i'd like that to stand out when i view diagram 1.

I like your html icons, too. That's just cool to me. 90% of the time those would be little .jpgs or .pngs or .gifs.

Speaking of those, i did not see any of these 2 (unless i missed them)
"§ provides information on diagnostic tools and their output."
"![yellow] indicates a known troubleshooting issue."

I was looking forward to those.

Thanks for all the time and detail!

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3 weeks 6 days ago NASA Image of the Day (Website of the Week) Sgluber

Space pictures are amazing!

By the way, the wallpaper I use in my cellphone is a space picture! X-D

I found the "NASA Image of the Day" times ago, times before I became a Gizmo's member. It's a pleasure to see it here now, as the "Website of the Week".

One more great indication from rhiannon... *thumbs up*! :-)

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software freestuffrocks

One thing I didn't mention was what a nightmare it was to uninstall Comodo firewall to do a clean install of CIS Premium, even using your guide on the Comodo forums (Revo, both removal tools etc). Lost internet connection, CIS wouldn't install and restore wouldn't work due probably to either remnants of Avast or Comodo firewall. I finally got everything to work a considerable time later.

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3 weeks 6 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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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Web Form Filler and Password Manager Bolt1955

I admit that I prefer LastPass (for the moment, at least -- I'm a bit mercurial about such things) to Dashlane. For one thing, in my experience Dashlane has had a string of problems with its Chrome browser integration.

But I can't help but wonder why Dashlane isn't mentioned at all in this review. It seems to be a major, reasonably polished, very popular free password manager -- one that has received favorable comments before on this site. Is there something about Dashlane that the author regards as a deal breaker?

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3 weeks 6 days ago This Amazing Game is Unbelievably FREE Chaser1

Thanks George. Unfortunatly for me, things like chosing the right files for extraction, using the correct link for downloading patches, "multiple mods", microsoft framework changes or repairs, etc. ... would typically turn into a 1/2 day effort that seemingly always ends in my trying to figure
1) exactly how to identically replicate the process on my Windows 7 desktop, as you had shown in your video. Ultimately, even while attempting to directly follow Microsoft instructions for various tasks, i find myself groping to understand why certain boxes, phrases, or menus just don't match up with those options that might come up on my computer.
2) how to undo issues suddenly causing system errors, decreased computer functionality at either start up or while running, or conflicts I created to other programs by altering, adding, or deleting certain program files.

The net result? Well, best case perhaps would be my ultimate success in the download after the better part of a day spent. Worst case would be as described above, followed by 2 or more days of not working due to inadvertent screw ups that I've caused myself by not having a functional computer, LOL.

Guess, that's why there are sites like this for those more skilled with computers..., and books, remedial videos, & classes for those (such as myself) who simply need to get a better handle on adapting to new computers & their updated/changed Windows Programs.

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3 weeks 6 days ago This Amazing Game is Unbelievably FREE George.J

You could follow the video that I've given in the post below, which will guide you to install the game.

The video doesn't include the patch installation, simply read my comment for that..It works the same way.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Hard Drive Eraser msitekkie

I also recommed SDelete as a basic file eraser. You can add it to the context menu via .reg files downloaded from here:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/171411-permanently-delete-add-conte...

You can choose 1 overwrite or 7 overwrites, or customise to your requirements.

The review has a negative point - "no interface", this is true but adding it to the context menu effectively overcomes this & makes it convenient to use.

It's also not marked as portable in the review but as it is a standalone .exe (when used as a command line tool without the context menu tweak), that's not entirely true.

I use SDelete in preference to Eraser

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3 weeks 6 days ago Windows 7 Startup Components eikelein

@Remah:
Wow!
And THANK YOU!

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software Realist

Try AnyBurn...small and simple yet powerful enough.

http://www.anyburn.com/

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3 weeks 6 days ago Windows 7 Startup Components ektorbarajas

Congratulations for such a detailed and very well explained article.
Very useful

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3 weeks 6 days ago If You Pay For Dropbox You've Got A Treat Coming rob.schifreen

I keep encrypted containers in the cloud. It works OK, especially if you take some time to sort out which of your files NEED to be encrypted and which don't. When I did that, I worked out that I could manage with a container of just 100 MB or so for my encrypted stuff. Which is manageable.

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3 weeks 6 days ago If You Pay For Dropbox You've Got A Treat Coming rob.schifreen

Yes, there are lots of promotions around. I recently got a new PC at my workplace and it came with a 50 GB Box.com account. Not that I'll use it, as I don't have any need right now.

OneDrive is, as has been said, only 1 TB if you have an Office 365 subscription. Which is roughly the same price as Dropbox, so you could consider that route instead.

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3 weeks 6 days ago If You Pay For Dropbox You've Got A Treat Coming rob.schifreen

Yes, I worry about cloud security. Absolutely. Nothing confidential goes into Dropbox until I've encrypted it, using a standalone program that runs on my PC and which isn't part of Dropbox.

I don't explictly upload 4000 (or however many I have) photos. I just point Dropbox at my main data folder (which happens to contain photos as well as hundreds of other things), and Dropbox just gets on with it. I don't even notice it happening. Even if it takes a month (which my initial upload to Dropbox did, when I started using it), it doesn't matter.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Online Backup Sites MikeR

BOX. . .

Which actually predates the more famous dropbox, but isn't as well known because it has always concentrated on corporate customers, not domestic consumers.

I'd never heard of it until I did some work for one of the largest US corporations around. . . and discovered, they used box for cloud storage after an evaluation of its security / date protection.

That was three or four years ago. I signed up for a free home-user account (at that time, 15Gb, though it's less than that now due to demands on its server space)and have been a happy bunny ever since. Box rarely if ever gets a mention in any comparative evaluations so here's the upside and downside of a free account:

* UPSIDE: maximum storage allowed: 10Gb

* DOWNSIDE: maximum single upload size allowed with free account: 250Mb.

For me, that's no problem: I upload folders with personal and financial information in encrypted pdf form as well as batches of digital photographs from the family home album. I *don't* save videos to my Box account because (a)I've no interest in doing so -- my home videos are backed up locally to external drive(s) and (b) Box's 250Mb limit rules out video uploading.

I have never had a single problem with Box over the years and at no time have had any worries about the level of security it affords to its users -- domestic, and big corporates alike. Finally. . .

Anything that keeps me clear of monolithic private data harvesters like Google, Microsoft and Amazon suits me fine. Apart from resenting their ultimately unhealthy dominance, I won't use 'em (nor Dropbox) for the same reason that I've never used Internet Explorer: if someone is going to spend time and effort trying to burglarise something, they'll direct their criminal efforts to stuff which has the potential to yield the most treasure (data)because it is numerically the most popular in usage.

The box.com website is very informative and also explains its synching facility. (Disclaimer: I don't have the slightest connection with box other than as a satisfied free user.)

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3 weeks 6 days ago How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk MidnightCowboy

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