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Best Free Programming Editor 1 month 2 weeks ago Panzer

"... Text Editor Pro - powerful text editing tool with syntax highlighting support for programming languages and scripts, over 100 options for customizing, over 100 ready made skins, unicode character map, numerical unit convert tool, SQL formatter, and support for multiple directories and search results ...":
http://texteditor.pro/

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Best Free Download Manager 1 month 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

Obviously you did not read the installer warning included with the product details. We include a warning in all our reviews when we are aware of products using wrapped installers or using other potentially unwanted practices. This is such a common occurrence now it is not feasible for us to ban such software from our reviews unless the install process does not have an opt-out for the unwanted items. We also publish information pages to assist users with this process. MC - Site Manager.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/installer_warning.htm
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/what-else-have-you-just-download...
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/controversial-advertising-progra...

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Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility 1 month 2 weeks ago AJNorth

FreeFileSync has been updated to version 8.10 (2017.03.11).

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Download A Youtube Video As An Audio MP3 File 1 month 2 weeks ago amitthakkar22288

I use http://new.cloudfile.co/transfer , It's blazing fast as well and supports other providers too. Plus point is bitrate selction, and a nice user interface.
Also allows you to download them as videos.

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Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 1 month 2 weeks ago patriciavanroon

BE VERY CAREFUL - This program only works with specific routers and many ISPs are changing their routers so companies like Vuze(Azureus) won't let you share files. Vuze (Azureus) will not update their program to include these new routers. I tried all the wiki information and contacted the company. The company told me to use the Wiki pages and then banned me from the forum. I had not been on the forum except to see if anyone had any new information. I had not posted any requests or commented on anything.

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Download A Youtube Video As An Audio MP3 File 1 month 2 weeks ago EldonW

This is fast. Thanks!

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Zoner Photo Studio Free 1 month 2 weeks ago xcal

When it will not work without a valid registration, It is not considered "Free".

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Best Free Download Manager 1 month 2 weeks ago Philo Vance

You can't be serious about EagleGet. I tried it. It lasted about 15 minutes on my machine. For starters, the installer shuts down your browser. When's the last time you saw that? Then, unless you're very careful, it will install, not one, but two unwanted add-ons - something called ByteFence and it will also try to change your search engine to Yahoo. I thought that kind of sneakware was not permitted on Gizmo's site!

An invasive, difficult-to-understand, poorly translated user interface that you can't easily control with options--I just gave up, uninstalled and went back to FDM with a new appreciation for how good it is.

You can't be serious.

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Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software 1 month 2 weeks ago rolandflorida

I just downloaded BurnAware Free and I am very happy with it.

I put up this because I saw no reference to the option to download the free version without optional offers.

On the download page, at the bottom, is a paragraph and the last sentence says:
Also you can download free version without optional offers.

The words "free version" are a link to a clean install that does not contain any offers etc.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 month 2 weeks ago shannf

Zoner Photo Studio (using custom sort), IrfanView, and FastStone Image Viewer (but not XnView) allow you to drag thumbnail images around the screen and change the order in which they are displayed - and then rename them in the new order if you wish. I find this very convenient. Zoner is a big (67 MB) download, it has no portable version, and it requires registration. IrfanView (4.8 MB) and FastStone (8.0 MB) both have portable versions, are much smaller downloads, and do not require registration. IrfanView requires you to open an image then click FileMenu and Thumbnails to display all the images in a folder, which is rather awkward. FastStone looks nicer than Irfan, and it has excellent menu displays if you move the cirsor to the edge of a full-screen image. I therefore use FastStone as my default viewer.

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Zoner Photo Studio Free 1 month 2 weeks ago rutherfordpaul

Sophos says:-

download1.zoner.com/binary/zps18_en.exe

Access to this page is blocked as the threat Mal/Medfos-K has been found on this website.

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Best Free Web Browser for Android 1 month 2 weeks ago SwanKnight

I suggest "Lightning Browser", it's lightweight and gets the job done.

https://f-droid.org/repository/browse/?fdid=acr.browser.lightning

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How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up 1 month 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy You posted on a thread that was over four years old and gave no system details which are always necessary for people to offer assistance. In any case, since you are using a software utility to perform a function on a laptop it was not designed for, only the developer can provide support. MC - Site Manager. view
How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up 1 month 2 weeks ago Mighty

My issue is that I don't sleep the computer. I just turn the laptop monitor off with software. Anywhere from one to five minutes later, it turns itself back on. Turning it off a second time sticks. This has happened consistently on four different laptops for years.

I've posted in the forum and never got a response.

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Archive And Search Your Email Offline With This Great Free Program 1 month 2 weeks ago rutherfordpaul

Sorry to disagree but I think this "freebee" is flawed.
(a) I can't find any way of changing the default archive location.
Like many users, my "C-drive" is a small, fast SSD while my data drive is a 3TB HDD.
My e-mail archive is likely to be quite large and I'm not prepared to clutter-up the C-drive, with it.

(b) I use Yahoo mail. As far as I can tell, there are not clear guidelines on how to interface it with this software.

(c) When I tried to join the Mailstore forum, I was invited to "Create a Get Satisfaction account".
WTF is this?

Sum-Up
No, thanks.

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Find Out Your Current Screen Resolution With One Click 1 month 2 weeks ago Remah

I get the same problem:

  • My main monitor at 1920x1080 yet it often shows as 1536x864 which is a ratio of 1.25:1 or 125%.
  • My second monitor at 1280x1024 and sometimes shows as 1067x853 which is a ratio of 1.20:1 or 120%.

The main reason for this is that the Javascript used by whatismyscreenresolution.com is notoriously (perhaps infuriatingly would be a better word) unreliable at detecting screen resolutions correctly and gives inconsistent results across all the main web browsers.

height = screen.height;
width = screen.width;

Here's one discussion of some of the issues:

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2242086/how-to-detect-the-screen-resolution-with-javascript

Here's another site that displays more detail but still gets it wrong too:

http://www.javascriptkit.com/howto/newtech3.shtml

What complicates this is stuff like zooming. In Windows we also have desktop scaling for higher resolution screens so everything doesn't appear too small. Instead of showing everything at normal size 100%, text, icons and other desktop elements are magnified. 125% is the most common magnification which just happened to be the ratio that is the difference between my actual screen resolution and that displayed by whatismyscreenresolution.com

By removing the Windows scaling, I can get the correct scaling on my main screen - hooray yes! But then the second screen resolution is often displayed incorrectly instead - boo no!

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Find Out Your Current Screen Resolution With One Click 1 month 2 weeks ago pvilan

Thanks Rob!
Screen Resolution, OK.
IP address OK, country OK, ISP OK. Two mistakes: state and city 150 km away.
Regards
Peter.

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Archive And Search Your Email Offline With This Great Free Program 1 month 2 weeks ago richdt

Nice find, thanks!

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Find Out Your Current Screen Resolution With One Click 1 month 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy When I checked today, 88% of visitors to this site were new. This doesn't mean they are not 'experienced' of course, but many won't be. In fact I still come across folks who do not understand basics like bookmarking sites despite having used a computer for some time. I tried the screen resolution link with Linux using Chromium, Vivaldi and Firefox and it returned the correct result every time. Maybe not useful for everyone but certainly for some and therefore worth listing here. MC - Site Manager. view
Find Out Your Current Screen Resolution With One Click 1 month 2 weeks ago Sid in Extremis

That screen resolution site returns bizarre results for me, YOU ARE USING 1707 x 960, YOU ARE USING 1423 x 800, You are using 1413 X 795, You are using 1173 X 660, four browsers, four wildly inaccurate results.

If you really need to know, although I'm not really sure why you'd need to, right clicking the desktop and left clicking Screen Resolution gives rather more accurate information. Sorry, that needs two clicks...

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Find Out Your Current Screen Resolution With One Click 1 month 2 weeks ago wildweaselkeeper

I can see the usefulness of "https://www.whatismyip.com", both for those, as you stated, that use a VPN and because many ISP's change their customers IP, from time to time, to protect their anonymity, but "http://www.whatismyscreenresolution.com" not so much because most experienced computer users, which I assume is the large percentage of your user base, already know their native screen resolution. I can see it for new computer users and most wallpaper sites automatically inform the user, up front, what size wallpaper they need.

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Best Free Windows Apps 1 month 2 weeks ago rolou

"Most folks who use PCs are professionals" Rubbish. I totally agree with the comments of VelvetElvis and speaking personally whilst I used Windows extensively during my business life I probably use it even more now I am retired, certainly in more diverse areas of my interests.
Have used all versions right up to my current Windows 10 Anniversary Update and the current version is light years ahead of those earlier ones. I have never felt the need to go to the Windows Store for anything and have never been prompted by Microsoft to do so.
For many years I purchased commercial versions of necessary extras like security etc but since finding Gizmos years ago all my apps are freeware and meet my needs perfectly for which I an very grateful.
Modern versions do collect more information about us than previously but I use O&O StartUp 10 to simply turn off those inbuilt collection apps and the social media platforms have never interested me.
I am amazed when users stubbornly stick to older, less safe and less efficient versions of Windows for non-economic reasons in denial of the indisputable technological advances.

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Best Free Windows Apps 1 month 2 weeks ago VelvetElvis

"Most folks who use PCs are professionals"
Nonsense. That might've been the case 20 years ago, but not today. Now PCs are just another appliance. We no longer have to type archaic codes into a terminal program to get our 300 baud modems to connect. Now grandma can fire up her laptop and talk to her grandkids on the other side of the planet, in real time, all with the very basic of training.
While these apps might not be yours nor my cup of tea, lots of people enjoy them, and can be up and running with them with minimal fuss. They're not intended to be used by business, and thinking otherwise is silly.
"Why can't they make a real operating system anymore?"
"Anymore?" LOL. I used to be a Microsoft hater years ago, and I started with DOS 3.3. The first versions of Windows were a joke, and serious business users were installing OS/2. Today's Windows is for the most part, solid and stable, and ubiquitous, and gets better with each iteration. The Linux revolution simply didn't materialize, and while it's a superb OS, it's never going to overtake Windows overall. I see no "arrogant and stubborn focus" on the Windows Store by MS. It's simply another revenue stream, and it's trivially easy to not see any evidence of it on your desktop. It's certainly not "diluting" my environment.
I don't go to the Windows Store for my development tools - no professional does - but I don't begrudge anyone who finds it useful . Enjoy your PC for what you need it for, but to belittle it is pedantically elitist.

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Sheet Music. Loads Of It. For Free Download. 1 month 2 weeks ago iun

For choral and vocal music, try this one, over 25,000 scores from over 2,800 composers!

http://www0.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

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Controversial Advertising Program Now Being Embedded in More Software 1 month 3 weeks ago rolou

Gizmo's new policy towards software with bundled Open Candy is a step in the right direction although does not go far enough in my opinion however there is a discernible ever growing user push back against software which contain this crapware and the companies that produce it.
Social media and sites like yours can quickly alert consumers to this insidious practice and hopefully it will eventually lead to a user boycott of these odious programs.

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Controversial Advertising Program Now Being Embedded in More Software 1 month 3 weeks ago Longhand

Excellent coverage of an incendiary topic. I firmly believe that there is no such thing as privacy as long as we have computers in our life. The fact that they have become so embedded in our lifestyles is dangerous in itself, but will not change. The only anonymity left to us is to stay in the center of the herd and be quiet about it.

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Track When A PC Was Being Used 1 month 3 weeks ago alexxx46

Nirsoft's FullEventLogView is also a handy utility.

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Best Free Digital Photo Organizer 1 month 3 weeks ago Stamimail

Speaking about Organizer, I very liked the idea of Photosift program. It lets you copy/move images to prefered folders by hotkeys.
http://www.rlvision.com/photosift/about.php
I've tested it and wrote a lot of comments, may be useful for other images programs too.
https://github.com/rlv-dan/PhotoSift/issues/2

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Just How Much Personal Data Could Facebook Gather About You? 1 month 3 weeks ago willrun4fun

I deleted my FB account back in October of last year. I have not missed it at all. I also have set Privacy Badger to block all facebook based trackers.

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 month 3 weeks ago Panzer "... VYM (View Your Mind) is a tool to generate and manipulate maps which show your thoughts ...": http://www.insilmaril.de/vym/ view
Just How Much Personal Data Could Facebook Gather About You? 1 month 3 weeks ago Australia

The scope for misuse of this information is limitless.

Stage 1: Grab every bit of information from a customer. Get them to agree to a Privacy Agreement which allows big company to mine your data

Stage 2: Change the middle paragraph from the said 25 paragraph Privacy Agreement, to allow some of your de-identified data to be linked to you personally "for certain uses"

Stage 3: Use personal information, such as Medical history, and store personal identified data in a company database

Stage 4: Anonymous hacker accesses this database, and sells the information to the highest bidder

Stage 5: Identity theft

What I really want to know, is which websites and software programs (?including Windows 10) also do keylogging to record what you have typed

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Best Free Video Downloader [Stub] 1 month 3 weeks ago rolou

Have been using the free version of 4K Video Downloader for the past couple of years.
Comes with no bundled crapware, is easy to use and does the job for me.

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Best Free Video Downloader [Stub] 1 month 3 weeks ago ichabod

13 November 2016 original post:
Please add "YTD Video Downloader" to your list of tools "To be reviewed".

6 March 2017 edit:
I've been using the free version of YTD Video Downloader (see Note 1) for a few years. I just installed it on a new machine and did not encounter any optional extras that I'd have to avoid installing (see Note 2). The program routinely provides updates, which seem to keep up with changes made by YouTube; after installing the program, I ran it and it immediately offered an update to a newer version.

The program's Help-About screen says that it's a product of GreenTree Applications SRL, and gives the following URL (see Note 2), which is the only source from which I have downloaded it:
www.ytddownloader.com

*Note 1: There is a different, fee-based program with an _extremely_ similar name.
*Note 2: Other than the URL above, GreenTree operates at least two other sites on which it offers this product; and on those sites the comparison between free and paid versions says that there may be "installer offers" in the free version. The comparison page from the URL above has no mention of the possibility of "installer offers" and I have encountered no such offers by downloading from that URL.

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Just How Much Personal Data Could Facebook Gather About You? 1 month 3 weeks ago Geekomatic

"Buy", being the operative word.

It's called social engineering & it's designed, & now run, by the greedy in order to influence & fleece the rest. Sickening what's become of the internet's potential, at the hands of manipulative sociopaths....Didn't help that a monopoly began at it's infancy.

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Free Audio and Video Converter 1 month 3 weeks ago rolou

Avidemux or XMedia Recode work well for me and neither has the bundled crapware which comes with the odious Freemake or the invasive logo watermarks added to Freemake conversions. iWisoft is too heavy on resources and too slow in my opinion.

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Free Audio and Video Converter 1 month 3 weeks ago dabrar

iWisoft Free Video Converter produces highly effective and technically sound outcomes. My one concern rests in its operating in real time -- a video with a two-hour running time will take two hours to convert. I can't attest to this being the case for all formats, but it is for conversions to .mp4.

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How To Fix “BOOTMGR is missing” Error in Vista and Windows 7 1 month 3 weeks ago Anjan

I also had this problem.I had a computer full of virus so I booted the computer from a disk which was unfortunately corrupted and I formatted the whole OS files from inside the installer so that I could install the new OS from the disk but the disk was corrupted and Windows Extracting Files was stuck at 0% and after fifteen minutes also it was same and suddenly a message appeared said the disk was corrupted and it cannot proceed installation. I searched google for some way to solve the problem but nothing did. So I tried many things like to changing the boot device sequence, to run the boot menu from different drives by pressing F10 and then selecting it, Enabling the BIOS update from the BIOS settings, I tried to insert a new bootable disk which was in good condition but the same message "BOOTMGR is missing press ctrl+alt+delete" or BOOTMGR has failed press any key to continue. I then tried to restore the default settings in the BIOS by pressing F9 and then saved it by pressing F10. After spending the whole day behind this nothing happened.So at last I somehow switched off the computer with the new bootable dvd inside the drive and after and hour or two I again tried to start it with God's name and finally somehow the "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD..." appeared I quickly pressed the key and somehow the "Windows loading Files" screen came, so fortunately, there was this new disk inside the drive I re-installed the windows from the new disk again and it worked for me. But surely what was the real problem or solution I still do not know.

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Sheet Music. Loads Of It. For Free Download. 1 month 3 weeks ago stevemiller54

Great find, Rob! Here is another free sheet music site your readers may be interested in: http://www.mutopiaproject.org/

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UltraDefrag 1 month 3 weeks ago Gandof_Tx

Thank you MidnightCowboy!! Both my Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scanned Ultradefrag with no problems. Thank you for letting me know that the VirusTotal scan was a false positive. I re-installed Ultradefrag. Thank you for the quick response! By the way, the Ultradefrag x64 version also received the same false positive.

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Stream 1 month 3 weeks ago Jojo Yee @beergas, glad that you find the app useful. view
Finds of the Week: 30 free fonts / Use Google Drive offline / Free Pixar storytelling lessons / Change Firefox 32 to 64 bit 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon

You are so welcome, I'm really glad to hear you got FEBE working again. :)

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Finds of the Week: 30 free fonts / Use Google Drive offline / Free Pixar storytelling lessons / Change Firefox 32 to 64 bit 1 month 3 weeks ago brian99

rhiannon,

Thanks for that confirmation.
My copy of FEBE was corrupt.
When I checked the site it said it was not compatible with "ONE" version of Firefox which I mistakenly thought was the reason FEBE was not working.
So I then repaired the problem and all is working again as it has for many years.
Thanks,

Brian

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How to Backup the Windows Registry 1 month 3 weeks ago Sara john

Thank you for everything you offer information
But do I find a video explaining ??
برنامج حسابات
برنامج حسابات ومخازن

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How to Disable Internet Explorer 1 month 3 weeks ago Sara john

Thank you for everything you offer information
But do I find a video explaining ??
http://www.tebalink.com

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Best Free Online Applications 1 month 3 weeks ago footpatrol

Are there any good online sites or apps for playing Checkers? What is best? Any reviews?
I see Chess but not Checkers.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 month 3 weeks ago Remah

GlassWire is only a firewall in the sense that it is a front-end to Windows Firewall. If you disable Windows Firewall then the GlassWire firewall features will also be disabled. Quite a few users don't touch the firewall features - I am one that doesn't - but it might be useful one day if I get a malware infection and want to use the firewall feature to block all network access.

I mainly use it as a system monitor to keep track of all applications and devices interacting with the network from my computer. Many people use it only for bandwidth monitoring as a lot of people have quotas on their Internet connection. If they want to monitor all their network traffic then they put it on every computer.

P.S. I adopted it when I first heard about it here. I liked it so much I've paid for a full version even though I only need the free features.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 month 3 weeks ago rolou

I have been running the free version of GlassWire for several weeks now - not as a stand alone firewall but in conjunction with my inbuilt Windows 10 firewall. Whilst it is generally not advisable to run two firewalls together GlassWire is designed to run along side the Windows firewall and provides considerable additional useful information and operates unobtrusively after a brief training period where the user vets connection alerts related to installed programs and apps.
Don't know what level of protection it would offer on its own but as an adjunct to Windows firewall it is an excellent and very user friendly tool which is being continually improved and developed (latest update yesterday).
I was somewhat sceptical of GlassWire initially because of the rather gimmicky colorful graphics but I am glad I tried it and it is a definite keeper on my computers.

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Best VPN Services for 2017 1 month 3 weeks ago Anderton

Well, I've tried the fuzzy friendly Tunnelbear. And amongst all the various diggings and sundry other antics it performed, it totally screwed up my Internet connectivity. I don't know how. But it gets no jar of marmalade from me. CyberGhost left me with not a ghost of a chance of acceptable speed. It was screamingly bad. I finally settled on a VPN that I don't think is mentioned here: WindScribe, which when reviewed elsewhere seems to get high marks for quality of service, anonymity, etc.

It offers a restricted free service but from time to time, also comes up with some good deals for those who've registered with it as a free user. In December, it offered 12 months' full worldwide service for a dollar a month. (Can't remember what that came to on the then USD to GBP exchange rate.)

Anyway. I thought I'd sign up. I don't use it every day, but certainly, three or four times a week, and for extended periods. Not once has it failed to perform: no slow downs, no glitches, no dropped connections. It doesn't offer funny furry fuzzy bears and doesn't have ghostly presences interfering with its operation. It just works, and at speeds which I can't tell are any different from my non-VPN activity.

(And no, I have no, er, connection with it at all, other than as a happy customer.)

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Stream 1 month 3 weeks ago beergas

Very good looking on Windows 10. Smooth selections & setups. Spot ads that can be skipped but so far not an issue. The Chill, Lounge, Jazz are great and all the other usual genres are there.
Thanks for pointing to this.

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Best VPN Services for 2017 1 month 3 weeks ago fipe

This is Great post thanks lot Also if you Guys interesting more VPN Review check this website also has nice vpn reviews. https://fipe.net/

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Fully Playable Demo Of An Amazing Flight Simulator 1 month 3 weeks ago vandamme

And it works on Linux!

Flight Gear is the open source alternative.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 month 3 weeks ago irwanwr

anyone have checked "GlassWire" yet?

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Finds of the Week: 30 free fonts / Use Google Drive offline / Free Pixar storytelling lessons / Change Firefox 32 to 64 bit 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon

Pale Moon has been very hit or miss for me over the years so I stopped using it. Works great for others though. :)

 

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Finds of the Week: 30 free fonts / Use Google Drive offline / Free Pixar storytelling lessons / Change Firefox 32 to 64 bit 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon

Last time I checked the developer, Chuck Baker, still had older versions of the add-on available at his site that works with older versions of Firefox.

http://softwarebychuck.com/febe/febe.html

 

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Finds of the Week: 30 free fonts / Use Google Drive offline / Free Pixar storytelling lessons / Change Firefox 32 to 64 bit 1 month 3 weeks ago Anupam

Why are you using such an outdated version of the browser? You cannot expect the developer to still make the extension work for an outdated version.

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Finds of the Week: 30 free fonts / Use Google Drive offline / Free Pixar storytelling lessons / Change Firefox 32 to 64 bit 1 month 3 weeks ago brian99

FEBE is no longer available in Firefox for Firefox 36.0

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Finds of the Week: 30 free fonts / Use Google Drive offline / Free Pixar storytelling lessons / Change Firefox 32 to 64 bit 1 month 3 weeks ago lordquilton

64 bit Firefox? it's gotta be Palemoon baby!

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Accidentally Deleted A File? Locate And Recover It Quickly. 1 month 3 weeks ago rolou

I use MiniTool Power Data Recovery and the free version allows for 1GB data recovery and is an excellent program previously recommended here at Gizmos. Works on XP through to and including Windows 10.

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Best Free Android Apps -Updated 2017 1 month 3 weeks ago WhatsAppStatus

hii Friend i have provide All Categories WhatsApp message App : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.status.statusforwhatsapp

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Track When A PC Was Being Used 1 month 4 weeks ago jack_e_alexander

I know how to use VirusTotal and use it on a regular basis.

Years ago I wrote Nir Sofer about all of the false positives he was getting in the anti-malware and virus programs. He wondered why as do I.

Wot is no longer available for Firefox as they were caught selling user information. Now, freeware sites (and others) want me to accept that Green Ring that Wot produces. It's obvious to me that they are getting paid to show that green ring.

Nir and I both know that some of this programs (wonderful programs, that is) are tagged even today as PUPs and out right malware still by the anti-malware community.

Recently, MalwareBytes anti-malware tagged all of the files in Auslogics Free Defragmenter. I sent them my report. At the time I was also in contact with Auslogics who say they have been having a problem with MalwareBytes. MalwayBytes responded that they were not going to un-mark the files as malware. This is a program that is listed on several software sites as having passed VT and that WOT said they were O.K.

How are we, the unsuspecting public, supposed to believe software sites such as this page? I've been reading techsuppostaler/Gizmo Richards for many years as well. (I'm an older man who is interested in test software as a hobby and recently just had to do a reinstall because on of these approved programs was doing things I didn't like to my machine.(It was a pro anti-malware program.) I uninstalled and ended up with a locked disk.) Fortunately I was able to unlock the Hard Drive and reinstall.

I am just worried about those who don't know that this is going on right under their noses.

Note: Do not install Nirsoft's package with 'Zipinstaller and then run a scan with Malwarebytes, Super-Anti Spyware or Emsisoft products. And some if not several anti-virus programs will tag several of his programs a PUPs or worse.

regards....jack

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Best Free Word Processor 1 month 4 weeks ago Rev_Don

If you only want text in a cell then you need to set the properties of the cells to text. This goes for Spreadsheets as well as Word Processors (I do this quite often). Can't tell you specifically how to do so without knowing which program you will be using, but the help section of each program would tell you how to do so. Any of them should have that option. I know for sure that LibreOffice (which I recommend) does and I seem to remember AbiWord having that capability. I haven't used the others on this list.

https://www.libreoffice.org/

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Best Free Word Processor 1 month 4 weeks ago crombierob

TABLES
Anyone recommend a free program (does not have to be Word like) that allows us to create a table.
(I tried Textmaker recommended by kjbaumga, but it is not flexible enough with it's table)
I wish the table to be capable of -
- Adding, deleting rows
- Moving rows (very important)
- Columns can be of different sizes (I can live with autosize)

I tried spreadsheet programs, however I only wish text in the cells, and do not want numeric sorting etc (If I type 01, I don't want that be changed to 1)
A stand alone 'Table' program would be great, or one of the Word programs being reviewed/mentioned here

Any help would be appreciated,
Rob

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Accidentally Deleted A File? Locate And Recover It Quickly. 1 month 4 weeks ago CyberGonzo

There is of course also IsoBuster: https://www.isobuster.com as THE power tool for any recovery job.

Though not free in general, it still features entirely free functionality: https://www.isobuster.com/license-models.php

And no services installed that run in the background :-)

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Major data breach at Cloudflare, change your passwords now 1 month 4 weeks ago rhiannon

About 5.5 million domains use Cloudflare, but not all domains were impacted. Much of the leaked data was cached in search engines, and most of the data was cleaned out before information about the data breach was made public. The issue that remains is that no one knows  if the flaw was maliciously exploited before it was patched. If it wasn't, there's a pretty small chance that passwords and other data are floating around out there. If it was, there's a higher chance the data is out there. Either way it pays to be safe.:)

Cloudflare has an excellent break down on what happened here:
https://blog.cloudflare.com/quantifying-the-impact-of-cloudbleed/

A more general overview can be found here, or a search for Cloudbleed will yield articles with varying degrees of details:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloudbleed

 

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Track When A PC Was Being Used 1 month 4 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

VirusTotal analyzes the product and the hosting site. WOT provides data based on several criteria including user feedback. MC - Site Manager.
https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/54dd1101420fcc36f08e602e73399d26d20a2...
https://www.virustotal.com/en/url/ddc2270961d3d01b775537f8aa79c8b0aa5d6b...
https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/nirsoft.net?utm_source=addon&utm_cont...

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Track When A PC Was Being Used 1 month 4 weeks ago jack_e_alexander

I am seriously interested about sites like this says it used VirusTotal and WOT to test software and that they both say it is clean. I have searched everywhere and haven't found a WOT scanner for software.

Can the author explain how this is done?

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Major data breach at Cloudflare, change your passwords now 1 month 4 weeks ago jetskibaby

I looked at my logs and checked the IP addresses that cloudfare uses and came up with some that this reports were not affected. Please explain why they were not affected. How do they know?

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Accidentally Deleted A File? Locate And Recover It Quickly. 1 month 4 weeks ago Fairportfan

I came here to mention Recuva. Works quite well.

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Accidentally Deleted A File? Locate And Recover It Quickly. 1 month 4 weeks ago Gil Mensch

Recuva is another app for recovery of deleted files. There is a free version at http://www.piriform.com/recuva

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Accidentally Deleted A File? Locate And Recover It Quickly. 1 month 4 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

Again... this is covered in the product knowledgebase. MC - Site Manager.
https://www.cleverfiles.com/help/disk-drill-windows-uninstall/

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Accidentally Deleted A File? Locate And Recover It Quickly. 1 month 4 weeks ago Alanheal

The download doesn't go to the download folder. Nor is it found in the add/remove section. ??

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Accidentally Deleted A File? Locate And Recover It Quickly. 1 month 4 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Many Windows apps install a background service which is necessary for them to function. As has been stated here many times, these articles are not product reviews and therefore cannot be expected to contain every detail. As with all programs, users should check out the product knowledge base before deciding if it is what they need and whether to install it. Details about the Disk Drill Recovery Vault background service are listed on their website. MC - Site Manager. view
Accidentally Deleted A File? Locate And Recover It Quickly. 1 month 4 weeks ago hpearce

The program installed a service which the article should have mentioned as it continues to run when the program itself is not in use.

I was experiencing problem with my internet connections and found the new services\I immediately uninstalled it.

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Free Speech to Text Conversion Facility In Your Browser 1 month 4 weeks ago Alanheal

It cuts off after one sentence. There must be a better free program out there.

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SUMo 1 month 4 weeks ago levannak

I've regularly used Sumo in the past and found it useful to identify out of date software on my system. Yesterday I've updated it to the latest version. Now it not only generates false positives, but also, when trying to download updates for claimed out-of-date software, it jumps to the Mycommerce website which places an order for for a Sumo lifetime license in its basket. If one is observant then the order can be cancelled, if not one will end up paying £28.06 for an unwanted and unnecessary Sumo license.

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Best Free PC Games 1 month 4 weeks ago Panzer "... Lost In The Deep Space ... In the skin of an astronaut, lost on a small planet, you will be challenged to get as many crystals in a record time. In this game you will be required to move from platforms to platforms using your weapon to activate passages. The goal is to collect as many points as possible before the end of the stopwatch. This game which mixes address and reflex is particularly ideal for fans of speed run ...": http://dmd-webdesign.ch/games.html view
Finds of the Week: 30 free fonts / Use Google Drive offline / Free Pixar storytelling lessons / Change Firefox 32 to 64 bit 1 month 4 weeks ago rhiannon

I'm glad to hear that worked for you. :)

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Track When A PC Was Being Used 1 month 4 weeks ago pecarroll

I have LastActivity. It's free, quick and more than effective. Just now started it up (2/28/17 @ 8:00am) and it shows activity dating back to 6/21/14 when I installed it. Columns shown are: Date/time, Description, File name, Full path.

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 month 4 weeks ago Panzer

"... Ulauncher - Application launcher for Linux ...":

http://ulauncher.io/

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Freemake Video Converter 1 month 4 weeks ago rolou

I appreciate the offer but all the versions I tried installed and worked well but I guess I am too used to Windows after using every version up to my current W10 Anniversary Update. Unlike many others I have never had any real issues with it. I have been trying various Linux versions on another computer and it is a work in progress at this stage which I intend to pursue.

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Freemake Video Converter 1 month 4 weeks ago MidnightCowboy If you let me know via the Linux thread in the forum what issues you found to be negative using it, maybe I can help. MC - Site Manager. http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/linux/ view
Best Free Software for Linux 1 month 4 weeks ago Panzer "... Birdie is a beautiful & fast Twitter client designed for elementary OS ...": https://birdieapp.github.io/ view
Freemake Video Converter 1 month 4 weeks ago rolou

Fair enough but I for one boycott all software with bundled crap.
Have tried several Linux versions recommended here in recent years but can't warm to it at all.

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Freemake Video Converter 1 month 4 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

If we opted not to feature bundled products, in practice it would have next to no influence on software authors and their marketing strategy. Most other sites operate under a commercial model so they would be unlikely to impose a ban either as many of the freeware products have commercial upgrades and they could not afford to lose the associated revenue. The ultimate losers of any such action here would be our own visitors. In reality there are plenty of ways users can avoid the extra components during the install process and we have published various guides on this subject.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/what-else-have-you-just-download...

I admit to finding this whole situation a real drag personally and in addition to security concerns it was one of the main reasons why I switched to using Linux years ago. MC - Site Manager.

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Freemake Video Converter 1 month 4 weeks ago rolou

In my opinion if respected sites like Gizmos refused to review programs with bundled Open Candy etc like Freemake Video Converter/Downloader it may influence some of them to cease this detestable habit. There are plenty of excellent alternatives available who do not engage in these low practices.

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Finds of the Week: 30 free fonts / Use Google Drive offline / Free Pixar storytelling lessons / Change Firefox 32 to 64 bit 1 month 4 weeks ago rolou

Thanks very much Rhiannon particularly for the link to changing over from Firefox 32bit to 64bit. I followed the easy instructions and the 64bit version worked perfectly and my bookmarks, passwords etc were intact. Then uninstalled the 32bit and voila all done in a few minutes.

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Major data breach at Cloudflare, change your passwords now 2 months 2 hours ago rhiannon

I've posted this information to our Facebook page, with full credit to you. I'm sure a lot of our Facebook users will find it very helpful!

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Major data breach at Cloudflare, change your passwords now 2 months 2 hours ago Kumar_Shah

If you use LastPass password manager, they will check your password vault against Cloudflare and identity sites where you should consider changing your password. Super easy and efficient. Here is the link.
https://blog.lastpass.com/2017/02/alerts-for-cloudflare-sites-in-lastpass-security-challenge.html/

After you get your challenge results, look for the "Compromised" tab to see which sites require a password change.

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Major data breach at Cloudflare, change your passwords now 2 months 2 hours ago rhiannon

Excellent, thanks for the information. :)

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Major data breach at Cloudflare, change your passwords now 2 months 4 hours ago rhiannon

You're so welcome. :)

Cloudflare is used by over 5 million web sites, but the Cloudbleed breach affected only certain services, and we may not know what all of them are for a while. Cloudflare has been open and transparent about the issue, and it looks like sites that have services that might have been affected are rolling out password changes resets and sending notifications. I think it's good to change passwords in any event. I've added a site, CloudBleedCheck, to the list, it lets you search by domain and gives you results in various ranges. If the sites has been affected you'll get the message "This domain is affected
Close all active sessions for this service, change your passwords, and enable 2FA.". 2FA is two factor authorization.

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Speed Up Your Hearing 2 months 4 hours ago virginiajim

Added 22 more podcasts and sources to table.

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Major data breach at Cloudflare, change your passwords now 2 months 5 hours ago rhiannon

No problem with the link, Martin is a great guy and very knowledgeable. :)

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Major data breach at Cloudflare, change your passwords now 2 months 5 hours ago bili_39

Don't think this is a real problem. Just proceed with your regular browsing habbits and your history and cache will fill up quickly. This addon will check, if the sites you visit, are risky regarding CloudBleed. Since the whole list is really huge for manual search.

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Major data breach at Cloudflare, change your passwords now 2 months 5 hours ago ehorwitz1

Someone please verify that if you have cleared your Internet History - NOT the same as clearing your cache - the CloudBleed addon will not turn up any possible problems. Both the CloudBleed addon and the description on ghacks.net explain the addon searches your browsing history. I use Ccleaner regularly and do not have the box for Interenet History checked, but if I did the addon would find nothing giving me a false sense of security. There are plenty of other cleaners, internet security tools, etc., that clear your browser's cache, search history and browser history either on demand or automatically. Just a (hopefully) helpful reminder.

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Major data breach at Cloudflare, change your passwords now 2 months 9 hours ago jmjsquared

Thanks for the heads up. I use their services and, as of this very minute, Cloudflare still has not alerted me to any potential threat to my credentials!

Fortunately, so far, according to the invaluable HaveIBeenPwned website, those credentials have not (yet?) hit the wild. https://haveibeenpwned.com/

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Major data breach at Cloudflare, change your passwords now 2 months 10 hours ago bili_39

More than necessary post rhiannon. Addons for Firefox and Chrome are available to quickly check browsing history for sites that are affected. I found info about them on ghacks.net. Hope that posting link to article is OK with site rules...

http://www.ghacks.net/2017/02/26/cloudbleed-check-if-you-visited-sites-affected-by-cloudflares-security-issue

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Major data breach at Cloudflare, change your passwords now 2 months 11 hours ago greyman

Thank you for the head's up! I will certainly be happy to know further the extent of the damage, and a URL for a list of affected sites, if & when available.

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UltraDefrag 2 months 20 hours ago MidnightCowboy

This is a false positive generated by the x32 bit version only. None of the top antivirus solutions find anything wrong with it. The x64 bit version is 100% clear. If you need x32 bit for a legacy system, use the portable version. MC - Site Manager.
https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/55be431890e64dc95b332a742039b846d16df...

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UltraDefrag 2 months 1 day ago Gandof_Tx

2017-02-26 VirusTotal scan of Ultradefrag 7.0.2 shows: Endgame malicious (moderate confidence) 20170222

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 months 1 day ago rolou

For Windows 10 users the latest Bitdefender Free AV coupled with their stand alone BD Anti-Ransomware which is also free offers excellent protection.
Same highest rating results as their commercial product but very lightweight, unobtrusive and free. Not configurable which won't please the geeks but a great option for the average user in my opinion.
The latest version of Bitdefender AV Free will only work with Windows 7 Service Pack 1 through to Windows 10.

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