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4 weeks 11 hours ago Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update v.laurie

There is a link to a 64-bit 2.2.0 version on this page:

4 weeks 11 hours ago Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update dstead

The Windows V2.1.5 64bit (Rincewind) does not find an update.

I think this may be due to there not, as yet, being an updated issued the 64 bit Windows environment.. Can someone confirm this for me please? Tanks in advance.

4 weeks 12 hours ago Best Free Firewall Protection Sputnik

I have been obliged to uninstall COMODO Firewall recently because I had a problem with the last version of it.

I am using softwares like FreeFileSync or SyncFolders to backup my data with one way only mirroring on external HDs.

I don't want here to discuss if it is a good way of doing backups or not.

The problem is that after doing such a backup, if I immediately make the same backup, the same exact files that were copied in the previous backup will be backupped again, and the same thing happens each time I would immediately do the same thing again. It is as if the files were not backupped at all.

The backup software indicates clearly that everything went OK, that no problem occured at all.

I had not this problem with previous versions of COMODO Firewall which I use since a couple of years.

The backup software has the correct permissions from COMODO Firewall.

Does someone had the same problem or knows something about it ?

4 weeks 17 hours ago This Great Media Player Almost Plays Everything and Runs Everywhere ldmpub

If you use a "desktop version" of VLC, you could improve your usage with the following article:
"Best Hidden Features of VLC" =>


4 weeks 17 hours ago This Great Media Player Almost Plays Everything and Runs Everywhere charles.simpson

For some reason the non beta android version shows as being incompatible with both my phone running 4.4.3 and my Lenovo tablet running 4.4.2

4 weeks 17 hours ago Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update jorgeem1717

Great idea.... GIZMO should review Light Alloy Media Player. It certainly is an excellent media player and videos load extremely fast, I would say more like instantly. It's actually my default media player. Have yet to say anything negative... It's that good. Like P P Chaukimath mentioned, it will be in the top 3 Best Media Players.... enjoy ...

4 weeks 22 hours ago Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update P P Chaukimath

Further, it would be nice if GIZMO reviewed LA and I am sure it will find its way in the Best free Media Player category.

P P Chaukimath

4 weeks 22 hours ago Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update P P Chaukimath

I am in agreement. Earlier I was using VLC and even though I had no issues with VLC, on recommendation I tried Light alloy. I am now sticking to LA and I am really happy. LA is truly an excellent free software.


P P Chaukimath

4 weeks 1 day ago Sync Your Files Without The Cloud SwanKnight

It's too bad that the free version is so limited.

4 weeks 1 day ago Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update jorgeem1717

Had an issue with "resume play back" ...... having issues with the new "in-app downloader for Firefox".... I have been using Light Alloy media player and it's very good so I will stick with it... you can try it out and see for yourself here >>>>> <<<<<

4 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Encryption Utility for Cloud Storage jult

Who needs cloud storage if you have a NAS and BittorrentSync ?
You use BTSync to sync the encrypted folder with its content anywhere you go on any mobile or stationary device you use.

Thus far the only tools that can handle this requirement well are encfs (for linux/unix) and boxcryptor (for windows). Big problem I have with boxcryptor is that it's really slow and hogging my OS. Probably because it does all encryption and decryption on-the-fly in memory(?). It doesn't store the unencrypted files anywhere, it's just showing a virtual drive. That is to say, this works with Boxcryptor Classic. The new version is messy, puts your virtual folder one folder deep, I see no advantage in that 'feature' to be honest.

I used to use TrueCrypt, still unbeated in its footprint, don't know how they did that. The virtual drive-letter linked to a tc volume, and it was blazing fast (both directions), I used it with Firefox Portable and many other apps straight from encrypted volume. But it got larger and larger over time. I need one that can handle about 20 GB of space. This you just can't sync, such a volume doesn't even sync while in use (it's locked), so that was not workable for me.
By the way, Gostcrypt seems to be your best bet if you want the TrueCrypt options.

I'm really surprised by the fact that TrueCrypt is the only software capable of encrypting and decrypting with such low memory usage and practically no noticeable performance loss. NONE of the other packages allow me to have a virtual drive-letter open content that is always stored in encrypted state. The only ones that offer this are really slow and sluggish (that is encfs and boxcryptor), plus they have all kinds of security issues (filenames not encrypted, watermarking easy to find out what the key should be etc.)

If anyone has tips on this, let me know.
CryptSync does not work, it always leaves a stored unencrypted folder on my device when not in use, that's definitely NOT what I look for. I need something that leaves my btsynced storage folder always encrypted when my laptop gets stolen etc. except for when I access it as that virtual drive-letter using my passphrase.

4 weeks 1 day ago Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update bernardz

I have not checked the memory but setting up file association causes an error; Resume playback has problems going by comment in the VLC forum it seems widespread also you only get a limited reduce the size of its object.

For the time being, I will stick to MPC-HC.

4 weeks 1 day ago An Easy Way to Send and Receive Files Across Multiple Devices stockholm

I have not been able to make this app work, though I have many times followed the instructions exactly, and etc. None of my three devices will recognize any other. Or, I should say, they did one time but only once. The Lenovo web site offers no support and makes posting a comment difficult. I have had to give up the app in frustration.

4 weeks 1 day ago Print My Fonts! Bobcat 2105

Just an added note for safety here. When you delete a font that you think you don't use and it comes up missing when you use your favorite game or program. Windows can substitute a different font or leave it out altogether. Some software installs its own font and the name and sample can be hard to recognize just by glancing through and trying to pick out what you think is not being used. Use caution, it can create quite a headache when you are cleaning out fonts.

Been There Done It

4 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

A new version has just been released.

"This new version addresses issues with keys; keys sizes have been increased to 2048 to comply with a higher standard and improve browser compatibility.

Existing users will be upgraded automatically or users can download the update. As always we recommend all users update to the latest version.

In the next few days we’ll release version 3.1 with additional features allow users to disabled the HTTPS inspection if they choose to do so. We are also implementing an HTTPS Threat Vector list that will automatically bypass HTTPS inspection for the vast majority of safe web sites".

MC - Site Manager.

4 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software AJNorth

Two articles that discuss this are:

"Privdog is Superfish all over again" - and,

"Don’t use Comodo, Their Crapware Completely Breaks the Fundamental Security of the Web!" - .

4 weeks 1 day ago Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update bernardz

These two functions were available on older version but were turned off.
*Resume playback where you left off.
*Subtitles downloading extension

The big issue though is memory, VLC took a lot of memory; I wonder if they fixed that?

Thanks I will check it out.

4 weeks 2 days ago Print My Fonts! pctyson

JM McFayden I thought that I was missing something here. Thanks for reminding me that I am not. the viewing of fonts in Windows control panel has been available since.... (let me see) Was it Windows 3.11?. For those out there who are new to Windows, you can run the control panel applet from the "run" box window in the start panel by typing "control fonts" (without the quotes) .
I do realize that, as per Frank, you can export it as a PDF or Word document. This could be quite useful for those who write or are involved in graphic arts for a living, but for the average computer user, the disk space cost and time spent for the download is just not worth it.


4 weeks 2 days ago Installing µTorrent (or BitTorrent) Without Toolbar and Ads ibbeebee

Thanks that worked I probably removed to much! I had some difficulty logging on here after, it told me my email address was a reserved user name. I just reduced it to ibbeebee & it was fine Thanks for the help beebee

Well it seems I have somehow offended the powers that be on the uTorrent forum or at least that's my interpretation.
If i clear out all cookies relating to uTorrent I can then open the site & read the forum responses but if I try to log in I get a warning message from Firefox about the sites security certificate & if I push past that. I'm back with my "you are not allowed to visit this community" & can't log back on until I clear cookies.
It looks like it's time to find a new torrent client Regards Beebee

4 weeks 2 days ago What is “Freeware”? v.laurie

Unfortunately, FileHippo has also fallen into the practice of using wrappers on some of its offerings.

4 weeks 2 days ago How To Specify The Start Position In A Youtube URL MrWednesday7


4 weeks 2 days ago Print My Fonts! Frank D

True, but once you've generated your font listing, you can export it as a PDF or a Word document, where you can view it anytime. I used Word and bumped the font size up to about 15 for easy viewing. I don't imagine needing to run it more than once a year at most, so its not saving its settings is not much of an inconvenience.

4 weeks 2 days ago Print My Fonts! KetchupKid

Nifty little program but it does not save settings. For that reason, it is worthless to me. Thanks, anyway.

4 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Media Player for Android morrig

MX Player is the best but licensing issues with later builds mean unable to play properly dts and Dolby Digital audio so head over to XDA to get your fix if your encountering problem.

4 weeks 2 days ago Print My Fonts! Frank D

Nice program! Thanks for the find!

4 weeks 2 days ago Print My Fonts! JMcFadyen

Does this from MS do the same ?

To remove a font from the hard disk, follow these steps:
Click Start, and then click Run.
Type the following command, and then click OK:
Click the font that you want to remove. To select more than one font at a time, press and hold the CTRL key while you select each font.
On the File menu, click Delete.
When you receive the "Are you sure you want to delete these fonts?" prompt, click Yes.
Note You can prevent a font from loading without removing it from the hard disk. To do this, move the font from the Windows\Fonts folder to another folder.

4 weeks 2 days ago Best Free PDF Tools Anupam

Thank you, it worked. And thanks for the information again. Now I know why they have been releasing updates for PdfXchange Viewer.

4 weeks 3 days ago Best Free PDF Tools Jojo Yee

AbleWord uses MS Word as the default file type for saving so no conversions are needed. If you've associated doc or docx files with AbleWord to open the files, try to replace it with another default program to open with.

See also this guide at our site: How to Manage Windows File Associations the Really Easy Way

4 weeks 3 days ago Best Free PDF Tools bawldiggle

@ Scallionboy
On the "AbleWord" GETTING STARTED web page is an image of the AbleWord SaveAs dialog
* remove "~"
* replace "+" with "/"

There are no dedicated AbleWord file types on the filetypes list.

I don't understand what you mean by AbleWord document, what is the file type affix ?

I would like to thank you for mentioning AbleWord. I have been searching for an alternative Windows "Word" processor for many months.
- the real bonus with AbleWord is the conversion to PDF + editing + PDF to Word
- and AbleWord is free !
- as yet to download and try it

4 weeks 3 days ago Best Free PDF Tools bawldiggle

Gizmos will not allow me to post URLs !
Your submission has triggered the spam filter and will not be accepted.

remove "~"
replace "+" with "/" forward slash
- I checked it and it works

4 weeks 3 days ago Best Free PDF Writer Software de37cel

Hi -- I downloaded Bullzip today on recommendations from this page. I did see that the ASK toolbar would be installed. So I searched their web page and they state that they removed the toolbar. Here's the verbiage and the link:

2014-01-09 (

Toolbar removed from free version.

I have just downloaded and so have not had time to evaluate whether any adware was able to sneak on my machine. Hopefully not!

4 weeks 3 days ago How To Keep Your Passwords Safe Fromjim

Thanks Remah,

I will read the articles you suggested.

God bless

4 weeks 3 days ago Free Training Courses for Kids B.i.l.l

Try Khan Academy, many courses in a variety of subjects, all free.

4 weeks 3 days ago Best Free File-Based Backup Program jprg24

My vote is also in for Cobian 11.2

I can´t say I've tried all the different options in this article but, in addition to what DavidFB mentions, the drag-and-drop functionality is what makes it so easy for me. Just drag in the files/folders you want to backup, drag in the destination folder, set the schedule, and you´re done! Also love the ability to filter out certain files/folders you don´t care to include in the backup (also done via drag-and-drop).

DavidFB, I was also using VSC worrying that without it my Outlook .pst (e-mail) file might not be successfully copied if I left Outlook open during the backup process. Even though I haven't actually run into any problems yet with Outlook open, I ended up simply adding a pre-backup event that closes Outlook automatically just in case. This can be done within the "Task Properties" window under the "Events" option. So no more worries and no need for VSC + .NET 3.5 !

4 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Software for Linux uriegel

I have used several serial terminals before. But ScriptCommunicator is the best I've ever used. Because of it's script interface it's extremly flexible and powerful.

4 weeks 4 days ago Got a Lenovo Laptop? You Need to Read This. rsarneckysr

PRIVDOG Not sure where to post this.

Here goes - Malewarebytes Free found over 100 incidents of malware because of Privdog!

Both Chrome and Firefox were not working right. Removed privdog extensions and separate install and all seems fine.

Beware - Privdog does not really help but causes other potentially serious problems.

My Avast anti-virus did NOT identify this threat!

Sincerely, Robert

4 weeks 4 days ago How To Keep Your Passwords Safe Remah

Both products, Password Safe and KeePass, are safe to use and both are free open-source software for Windows. But Password Safe is not rated as highly as KeePass which has more features and runs on more platforms. For example, I can access my Keepass database on several platforms including my Windows computers and Android phones.

The article Best Free Form Filler and Password Manager provides you with more information on these and other options.

This 2010 blog post provides some information on migrating from Password Safe to KeePass. It could be useful to you but just take care because some details are out of date.

4 weeks 4 days ago How To Keep Your Passwords Safe Fromjim

I see lot of comments about KeePass but nothing about Password Safe ,

I have been using Password Safe for about a month and it seems safe to me, does anyone have comments that might change my mind?

I will probably try KeePass to see how it works, problem is it took me a while to figure out how to use Password Safe, it doesn't seem to follow the same dialogue as I am used to with Windows, is it just me or do they use different phrasing?

Hope to read your comments and suggestions.

God bless

4 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Windows 64-bit Software scuri

Thx for your advice! Freeware, multiplatform and at first glance powerful and userfriendly.

4 weeks 4 days ago Best Free PDF Tools Anupam

Thanks for this.. wasn't aware of this.

BTW, the link you posted does not work... even after replacing the - with .

4 weeks 4 days ago Best Free PDF Tools bawldiggle

Pdf-XChange Viewer is no longer developed.
- from the developer Tracker Software forum thread "Is Viewer still developed or not ?" 19-Jan-2015 by bawldiggle
- Tracker Software are only rectifying any security risks, but not improving or extending Viewer features

PDF-XChange Editor is available in a free version offering similar features as Viewer ... plus more. And a lot more free features than free Adobe Reader.
Only let down is that virtual printing is only available through paid version of Editor and then only in Internet Explorer. Free Editor has a few disabled features but the big plus over older Viewer is the bookmarking feature in free Editor.

One feature I cannot find in a PDF Tool is a reliable virtual PDF printer
that maintains bookmarks and links. So many only create an image on the PDF result. No links nor bookmarks. And so many PDF Printers print a blank PDF of emails and web-pages.

I just tried free CutePDF -- bundled with 3 lots of adware.
- CutePDFs no longer supply an "uninstaller" with the free version
- took me 2 hours to uninstall, clean the Win7 Registry and locate buried files and remove printer drivers.
- virtual printing was only an image on PDF.
- Ancient version of GhostScript 8.15 is installed immediately CutePDF is installed

4 weeks 4 days ago Looking for Older Versions of Software? Try Old Apps (Website of the Week) iftikhar.ahmad

oldversion is indeed popular around here. It's a great site.
I think OldApps is a nice addition

4 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Windows 64-bit Software ivoat16

ocenaudio is a native 64 bit audio editing software

4 weeks 4 days ago Installing µTorrent (or BitTorrent) Without Toolbar and Ads MidnightCowboy

It could be something simple. Try purging your cookies & site history using CCleaner. Otherwise, your recent change of IP address may be connected and it's possible this address is on a block list. If clearing your browser cache does not solve it, you will need to contact your ISP although if their domain has been used by others in an abusive manner (spam, scams etc), it's possible that all of the addresses they can issue will be blocked. MC - Site Manager.

4 weeks 4 days ago Installing µTorrent (or BitTorrent) Without Toolbar and Ads ibbeebee

Hi All
I've been having an issue logging onto the utorrrent forums. i get this message
You are not allowed to visit this community.

Need Help?

& if I try to message them I get a rejection Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the server for the recipient domain
I know this probably not the right place to ask but I tried on Google with absolutely no result & that's a first
& I'm hopeful that someone here can help.
One thing that may or may not be relevant is that I had just set up a static IP address which I tested & got a thumbs up for Thanks in advance for any help regards Beebee

4 weeks 4 days ago Create Your Own Music Mash-Up From MP3 Files Liane

how can i start ?

4 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software townman

I had remove Comodo after reading the Privdog that come with it.

Although the Privdog version bundle is not the version that is vulnerable but I do not trust Comodo anymore, specially both Comodo and Privdog are same CEO, and I remember clearly that I had dis-select Geek Buddy, Privdog when install Comodo, yet I still find the Geek Buddy Icon on Desktop and Privdog secretly install.

Just google "Adware Privdog worse than Superfish"

4 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Tune-up Program For Computer jadequest99

I've used PrivaZer Donor version and immediately had missing files and made my Laptop unresponsive, thank goodness did a registry backup and saved my files before attempting to
use it. I uninstalled PrivaZer and regained my laptop back to operating good again, never again will use that program. But that's my opinion hope that helped.

4 weeks 5 days ago Best Free PDF Tools Scallionboy

I downloaded AbleWord to do some work on a bunch of PDFs. Now, all my Word docs are Able Word docs. Is there a way to convert them back to Word. Preferably one that doesn't involve opening them one at a time and saving them in Word? Please?

4 weeks 5 days ago How To Specify The Start Position In A Youtube URL buccaneer

But youtube automatically provides you with the link. Just click Share and tick the box below, indicating the starting time. The link changes for you, ready to copy!

4 weeks 5 days ago How To Specify The Start Position In A Youtube URL greyman

Great information! I can think of lots of reasons it's great, but the best is, when I post something for a friend, I no longer have to waste their time. I am sure many will appreciate it. I know I would.
Thank you,Rod.schifreen, for posting it!

4 weeks 6 days ago Website of the Week: Alternative To George.J

Been using this site for ages. Excellent source for alternative softwares.

4 weeks 6 days ago Got a Lenovo Laptop? You Need to Read This. George.J

With reference to the same, it's been found that Privdog extension bundled with Comodo products is worse or as bad as Superfish.

PrivDog is Superfish all over again - gHacks
Worse than Superfish? Comodo-affiliated PrivDog compromises web security too

4 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Trojan Horse Scanning And Removal Software kvnh8t

gonna give this a try

4 weeks 6 days ago Best Free File-Based Backup Program DavidFB

Agreed. But the COMODO interface is not exactly straightforward, nor does it behave in a logical way. It also defaulted to backing up to my C users folder when I had set it otherwise. It doesn't have a settings save so appears to miss things.

4 weeks 6 days ago Best Free File-Based Backup Program DavidFB

There's another layer to this point.
If you uninstall the software and the backup is in a proprietary format, you will have no access to it. This is why you want it to use standard ZIP (easily accessed even from DOS) or simple file copy. The second is the most dependable.

Same issue if you move the backup to where the software is not installed.

Imaging software like AOMEI is slightly different. The good ones include a boot disc which would give you access. The software does not need to be installed/running to access the backup. But it's also another reason why imaging for the OS (which you don't typically need to pull files out of) and data backup for your files are often handled distinctly.

In the event of a problem, you need the data while the Image is needed for a restore.

4 weeks 6 days ago Got a Lenovo Laptop? You Need to Read This. cressean

Just a concern. It seems too obvious... "how did they think they could get away with it".
Could this be a Trojan hiding something deeper? I'm getting used to corporate dishonesty, but I wouldn't have thought the attempt would be so amateurish.
Sorry for the cynicism, but I hope talented pros are looking at the restored version.

4 weeks 6 days ago Best Free File-Based Backup Program DavidFB

I got the smaller download. It included the ability to create the WIN PE. But you have to download the separate ISO for the Linux CD. Stick it in the root directory and it can create the Linux CD also. Or you can burn it with something like free ImgBurn.

Keep in mind AOMEI is an imaging tool. It now has data backup capability but accessing data in images is more involved that accessing simple file copies. That it includes boot discs is wonderful for such an occasion, if you needs are simple and you just want to image everything.

Myself, I'm now trying AOMEI for imaging because Windows has handicapped the imaging tool in v8 (stupid) and I use free Cobain (11.2) for data backup, without compression. Unless you need to compress, it's another possible point of failure and slow-down in backups.

Just remember - simple and reliable is what you need for backups.

4 weeks 6 days ago Best Free File-Based Backup Program DavidFB

As noted above, I've been using Cobain for data backup so don't really need VSC. It works very well without and thus no need for old .NET

4 weeks 6 days ago Best Free File-Based Backup Program DavidFB

They'll all backup subfolders, new or otherwise, typically with the default settings.

4 weeks 6 days ago Best Free File-Based Backup Program DavidFB

Just a followup - Volume Shadow Copy is mainly needed if you're trying to back up system files used by the OS, and the occasional file locked as its in use. In my case, I use Imaging for the system and straight file backup for the data - much easier to access and recover data if you're having system problems.

My need for Cobain was for the second - data backup. So I didn't actually need VSC as it turns out. It had no trouble backing up my email with the email program open, for example.

I checked his help files and he actually suggested you turn VSC off if you don't need it because it will make the backup faster. So I'm happily back using free Cobain 11.2. Without VSC and thus the need for .NET 3.5

It's been very reliable for me and has saved my bacon a few times.

4 weeks 6 days ago Got a Lenovo Laptop? You Need to Read This. Sgluber

Isn't Superfish detected and removed by antimalwares like Malwarebytes?

4 weeks 6 days ago Got a Lenovo Laptop? You Need to Read This. BearPup

Thank you for this. I just purchased a refurbished Lenovo laptop and I will check it for this crapware item ASAP. Again, my sincere thanks.

5 weeks 2 hours ago Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility DavidFB

I've tried FreeFileSync and it works well. Easy to uncheck the extras during install if you're careful. I used it to replace the abandoned MS SyncToy.

One gotcha - Save your sync folders before you run a sync or it drops them when done.

It now also includes a second tool called RealTimeSync - this checks at the set interval for changes in a folder and if it picks up on something, it runs a quick sync. A few keys though - you have to set the watched set in FFS first, as a batch file to avoid the gui. And then you have to set a command line in the new tool to FFS and the batch file. And then you have to actually start the program to have it running. You can set a shortcut into Windows Startup but it's a little cludgy as yet.

[edit: commercial reference removed as the vendor no longer provides a free version]

5 weeks 2 hours ago Best Free File-Based Backup Program DavidFB

Nice Review. I'm not a novice but found the Comodo interface annoying. It hides folder selection and doesn't save your settings in a normal way. Unless you create a schedule, they vanish if you select something else. It also ignored some of the settings I made, like it decided to back up to a User doc folder on C. NOT a useful backup location that I'd set otherwise.

I've been using Cobain happily for some years - it includes VSC but that requires old .NET3.5 - annoying if you'd rather not install old versions. It's also evidently no longer in development.

I tried the suggested Iperius free but it doesn't have a non-Zip backup option. And no VSC in the free version. Decent interface though.

Seems I'll be going back to Cobain as it really does a good job.

5 weeks 2 hours ago Best Free File-Based Backup Program DavidFB

It also unfortunately requires .Net 3.5 for VSS. If you happen to be trying to minimize all the versions of .Net...

That said it is very reliable and will work without old .Net if you don't want VSS.

5 weeks 3 hours ago Got a Lenovo Laptop? You Need to Read This. UserError

LastPass has released a Superfish check tool that shows results inmediately just using your browser. There is a useful step-by-step guide about removing superfish, too.

5 weeks 3 hours ago Best Free Web Browser pjw100255

Oops, sorry about that. I didn't realize that. Will check that out when I get a chance. Thanks for letting me know.

5 weeks 5 hours ago Best Free Web Browser Remah

The article comments are not the place to deal with your various issues. You should post them in our support forums for Internet and web browser issues.

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Thank you for your comments.It's good to know some people are still interested in making their own DVD slide shows.

As you see by the above comments on the I have made about the DVD slideshow GUI program, my experience with the program is also less than acceptable in many areas. However, if you want more info on its use, checkout the comments on the site.

As I noted, the program is container for a group of stand alone programs which may be better used separately.

Usually the creation time is more a function of the amount of work you want to put into transitions, narration, music, etc, than the raw rendering of the final video DVD production.

Keep up your interest and let me know how you are doing as you progress.

Thanks again for you comments.


5 weeks 6 hours ago Best Free Web Browser pjw100255

I'm not quite as computer-savvy as most of you here, but I could really use some help in figuring out all these different browsers.

I recently had some trouble with Silverlight playing Netflix through Firefox. Digital Rights Management errors keep coming up and I tried uninstalling/reinstalling Silverlight, which didn't work, and the troubleshooting articles I found didn't help either as there are some features missing on my system that are necessary to do the fix. Sooo, I called Netflix and they suggested downloading Chrome as the browser to use for Netflix. I was reluctant because I don't like anything to do with Google, but if this was the only way to get Netflix to play, then I had to.

Something really weird keeps happening when I open Chrome. I get an initial tab for Astromenda. I don't know what that is (search engine?), and I don't want it. While I was on the phone with Netflix, I found that in my list of programs and I deleted it, but it still keeps coming up when I open Chrome. What is this thing and how do I get rid of it?? It seems to be a default in Chrome.

Also, in streaming videos through Netflix (through Chrome), the audio and video is crappy. It crackles, skips, stutters. It's very annoying, to say the least. Sometimes it freezes completely and I need to click the pause and start button again. I really miss watching Netflix through Firefox - it was easy and played well (most of the time).

Are any of the other browsers any better with regard to playing Netflix, and are not reliant on Silverlight? My operating system is XP, so MS doesn't support that anymore, so I can't ask them why Silverlight suddenly doesn't work for me anymore. Anyway, any help/insight you all could share with me would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

5 weeks 11 hours ago Best Free Email Software lefkas

I just felt i had to comment to maby save some guys headache.
I used Incredimail for many years and it served the purpose for me!
What im anoyed with is that in their updated versions you muct pay the yearly fee to be able to use the builtin backup feature =(
I think they are too unclear about this, and even about the cost is only a yearly fee.
Also worht knowing is if you still use a older version and use that builtin backup system you might end up loosing emails like i did.
I did a "succesful" backup, and "succesful" import, still 2 years of inbox emails was lost :(

Thats why im now looking for a new email client =(

Might look into Mozilla Thunderbird on your advice.

/ Lefkas

5 weeks 1 day ago Got a Lenovo Laptop? You Need to Read This. Joe A.TT

I have a Lenovo laptop but thankfully it's not infected with Superfish. However, what I hate about Lenovo is their lying and deceitfulness. At first they say...

"We have thoroughly investigated this technology and do not find any evidence to substantiate security concerns."

Then they turn around and quietly edit it out and issue a "Severity: High" security advisory.

Don't just believe me but see for yourself on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine:

One last bit of news - The Department of Homeland Security has release an alert about it:

5 weeks 1 day ago Get $200 To Spend On Azure, Plus Free E-Book rob.schifreen

Yes, as you have now found, basic web sites are free.

Azure pricing is notoriously difficult to understand, because so many things are priced separately, but the $200 of free usage is a great way to play with your own cloud-based server for a few months without having to worry about cost. And the free book helps too.

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5 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services Ratzo

An interesting note from Securitykiss
PPTP discontinued


We knew for a long time that the PPTP connection method was very broken and since Snowden it was known that PPTP had been compromised by the NSA.

In SecurityKISS we kept the PPTP service running because it was easiest to set up on mobile phones and tablets.

We were warning users that they should not expect confidentiality from PPTP. It was targetted at users who needed to change their IP address for video streaming and where confidentiality was not of paramount importance.

There is an old saying in the security world: "there is always a tradeoff between security and convenience". We believe we were standing too long on the wrong side of that tradeoff and today we concluded that the warning is not enough so we decided to discontinue PPTP service in SecurityKISS

5 weeks 1 day ago Get $200 To Spend On Azure, Plus Free E-Book rseiler

It doesn't sound like it defaults to charging you automatically:

"If you exceed your $200 free credit, we will suspend your free trial account. You can optionally upgrade your trial to be a Pay-As-You-Go Azure subscription at this point if you want to continue using and paying for services. If not, don’t worry – you won’t be billed anything."

Question: Why would setting up a Web site be free forever? How is that not usage?

Edit (OK, found this):

5 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Photo Slideshow Software Remah

I think that this category is still useful. I've referred to it twice in the last year to look for products that will create a slideshow to play automatically on a DVD.

DVD Slideshow GUI looked good but the download link took me to and there was no download. I used Softpedia for the download instead. It took 20 minutes to create and write the 5.5 minute 720x576 slideshow.

I had also searched and found Freemake Video Converter which should be avoided. It was very easy to use to create a DVD video slideshow. But on my relatively slow computer it took too long: 36 minutes to convert 77 photos to a 720x576 6.5 minute slideshow and another 4 minutes to burn it to DVD. Then it would only display 5 of the 77 slides.

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Handy tip!!!

5 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Word Processor duxunhe

after more trials my conclusion is, nothwistanding, that WPS 2015 is the best word processor, if you need chinese characters display and paste

5 weeks 3 days ago Put Photos And Music Together To Create An Online Slideshow rob.schifreen

It's been a couple of years since I tried it, but try

5 weeks 3 days ago Best Free File-Based Backup Program mraeryceos

Andy, you brought up file permissions, and it is an interest of mine. I use this modified system dialy, and it works great. I'm not sure what older software you are talking about? I have an assortment of 100+ programs. If you are truly interested in keeping this on-topic, please do not respond here, and send me a PM.

5 weeks 3 days ago Best Free File-Based Backup Program AndyR

When I mentioned file permissions I was referring to them from a Windows perspective as if the permissions are wrong or in some cases not set all sorts of problems can arise over time, the same go's for Symlinks they ARE necessary especially for older software to function correctly, removing Symlinks is certainly not recommended even if not using older software, the User directory for one makes frequent use of those links...

What you have mentioned is good for experimentation only and certainly not for a system that is used on a daily basis there is all kinds of things you can play around with but none of it has anything to do with actually making or restoring solid backups of files and folders and this is what this particular page is all about ;-)

5 weeks 3 days ago Best Free File-Based Backup Program mraeryceos

Although it takes up more space, because hard links have to be separate files, you can actually run Windows 7 SP1 on Fat32. No permissions whatsoever! You can use Unstoppable Copier, or some versions of Linux that don't care about the permissions, to copy the files off the NTFS partition. Wipe the partition, format fat32, and then give it bootsec.exe /nt60

ps. Don't forget to take out the symbolic links (junctions). They aren't necessary, despite what MS may say.

Oh, just remembered. The issue with FAT32, is that it can only hold about 8000 long name folders, and WinSxS easily goes beyond that. I was doing some things at the time to reduce the size of WinSxS, and while I managed to do it, I didn't want to go further into figuring out how to safely keep it from growing. It would require changing the underlying workings of Windows!

5 weeks 3 days ago Best Free File-Based Backup Program AndyR

Rsync is Linux based though there is some Windows type interface's I do believe called Gsync and cwRsync, Rsync is able to handle files differently than the programs listed here. Personally speaking I would not use a Linux based program to handle backups for a Windows system (be it file or image)... Granted these days they do work fine with NTFS however they do tend to strip out file security permissions at times and if you have ever ran into that issue on a Windows machine before after doing a restore from something that is not native to Windows then you know what a nightmare it can well be to correct... I think the only time Linux should touch any of your windows files is in a true emergency situation when it really is your last hope of recovery.

Exception to the rule being Windows software that creates a Linux boot CD's because the software is written specifically to perform said operation's on Windows systems. But that is just my personal opinion, however I do agree Rsync is an awesome piece of software without a doubt.

5 weeks 3 days ago Put Photos And Music Together To Create An Online Slideshow MidnightCowboy

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5 weeks 3 days ago Put Photos And Music Together To Create An Online Slideshow bilbar25

Hope this is the place to post my problem. We are trying to prepare for my Mom's funeral. The entire funeral service, including speakers and vocals, etc., will be recorded by the funeral home (AUDIO only), and a CD will be presented to us.
What we want to do is using that CD (as background), add any number of photos that the audio is presenting and ending up with a slideshow with audio and then burning the resulting endeavor to a DVD to then mail to out of town family members. Is this possible using a free slideshow program? Which program will do what we want to do?
Thank you.

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Rocket Smash:

5 weeks 4 days ago Best Free File-Based Backup Program mraeryceos

Do any of these, or Cobian Backup, do incremental or differential backup of single large files, like rsync does?

Quote from article:
"Take, for example, a large file of 5GB. It's very easy to run an MD5 sum on the file on each side of a synchronization path to see if they differed. If the sums didn't match, a simple synchronization utility would then ship the entire source file over to the target. Naturally, this would result in a 5GB file transfer. Rsync, by contrast, runs a rolling checksum across the entire file, comparing checksums for small segments of the file, and then only causes the transfer of those blocks that do not match. This is a very simplified description of what's actually going on, but it gets the point across. If only 2MB of data actually changed in that 5GB file, only about 2MB of data will be transmitted from the source to the target. This is a huge benefit in time and bandwidth savings."

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

5 weeks 4 days ago An Easy Way to Send and Receive Files Across Multiple Devices gem

Agree 100%. Too many permissions. For the same purpose i use another program called Dukto.
Here are the links:
For PC:
For Android:

Definitely worth looking little...gem!

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Thanks for the comment Bob! I just became editor of this category and I plan to take your suggestion and add CCleaner. I will also take a look at your other 2 suggestions as well. Thanks again for the input.

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A very easy way to do this is to run Process Hacker and Rt-Click the explorer.exe process and select "Restart".

5 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Word Processor duxunhe

after my post I tried AbleWord and surprise! it display efficiently Chinese characters, and the paste function also can paste chinese readable characters.
It is very small, so I wonder how this software can beat bigger ones in this capability.
Moreover, it opened swiftly and correctly a long my document (a tentative thesis..) with mixed writing, italian and chinese, and enriched by maps.
WPS 2015 crashed when ordered to open this document.

5 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Word Processor duxunhe

these word processors are good enough, but cannot display chinese characters, and this for me is a strong limitation.
Chinese characters are displayed by Open Office/Libre Office, Softmaker, and logically by WPS (ex Kingosft), a Chinese firm, all free.
I am searching nothwistanding a more satisfactory word processor, with chinese capabilities. Do you know others?

5 weeks 4 days ago How to Clean An Infected Computer Over the hill

Great pair of articles on testing for and then removing any malware. Easy to follow and with very useful links to the anti-malware programs.
Thanks for all the effort you have put in to ensure these articles are so clear and helpful.
With luck my machine is now clean again - everything says it is.

Edit: a few days later:
I wonder if a reference to AdwCleaner would be useful. I found that following the recommendations in this and the linked content there was still a hijacker of internet explorer 11 left, which AdwCleaner seems to have found and removed.

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docker-rpm-builder - build native RPM packages by leveraging docker capabilities:

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Aero Chimera - a vertical arcade shoot'em'up with excruciating difficulty level and easy scoring system:

Off Peak - a short first-person adventure game: