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A File Comparison Tool That's Really Easy To Use 2 years 8 months ago David Roper

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

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A File Comparison Tool That's Really Easy To Use 2 years 8 months ago harrym

My own favorite is the excellent and totally free WinMerge.

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A File Comparison Tool That's Really Easy To Use 2 years 8 months ago randyg

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

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

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A File Comparison Tool That's Really Easy To Use 2 years 8 months ago Rick Grunwald

Good one! Thanks

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A File Comparison Tool That's Really Easy To Use 2 years 8 months ago crombierob

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

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A File Comparison Tool That's Really Easy To Use 2 years 8 months ago Sgluber

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

Great suggestion, rob! :-)

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A File Comparison Tool That's Really Easy To Use 2 years 7 months ago knyri

Same here; I love WinMerge. I used to use ExamDiff but it got a bit buggy and started to crash on me when comparing a large number of files; which I do quite often. Especially with the Ignore Whitespaces option on.

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A Free Animation Utility That can be Used by the Non-Artistic 3 months 1 week ago Lightbar

I know this is a 5-year-old article, but just a quick FYI in case anyone cares... The link to the J-Walk Blog posted at the end of this article is dead. It leads to the J-Walk home page, but the blog that it was originally a link to must have been removed from the site.

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A Free Animation Utility That can be Used by the Non-Artistic 3 months 1 week ago MidnightCowboy Thank you. The link has now been removed. MC - Site Manager. view
A Free App to Make Your New PC Cleaner and Faster 3 years 6 months ago Jero

This is a great find, Vic. Thank you for sharing it!

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A Free App to Make Your New PC Cleaner and Faster 3 years 6 months ago Rick Grunwald

I love Jv16 Powertools and that feature is awesome but you rightfully tell us to BE CAREFULL with it. It will do EXACTLY what you tell it to do

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A Free App to Make Your New PC Cleaner and Faster 3 years 6 months ago syadkikar

Thanks

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A Free Confidential Chat System For Family Or Colleagues 1 year 11 months ago nowayman

This is actually an interesting solution. But I'm not sure that it's actually THAT private.

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A Free Confidential Chat System For Family Or Colleagues 1 year 11 months ago bernardz

A free account has only 10 meg of storage, which may be an issue and the free accounts has adverts. I wonder if what is said in these chat rooms is used for their adverts?

Which gets you to the issue of privacy, which is also questionable. They do not allow secret accounts, how well they police that I am not sure, but they do keep a full history of everything, and they do not even demand a court order to release this information. If you follow the links below even civil matters like copyright infringements, they are likely to police. Put it this way, if I was a solicitor or someone who needs privacy, I am looking for something else. https://campfirenow.com/privacy

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  • We may disclose personally identifiable information under special circumstances, such as to comply with subpoenas or when your actions violate the Terms of Service.
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A Free Full-Text Search Program for Windows Anonymous (not verified) view
A Free Library Of 12 Million Photos For You To Use 2 years 8 months ago pvilan

Thanks Rob.
Fantastic!
This huge collection of images from 1500 to 1922, shows the magnitude of the information in the cloud, at our disposal.
In this case made possible by the free 1 TB in Flickr.

Peter

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A Free Library Of 12 Million Photos For You To Use 2 years 8 months ago downunder57

As these images are copyright free, can they also be used with
modifications of the image. Or can we only use "As Is"
I would like to modify for commercial purposes. I.E. Kindle,
blogs and other.

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A Free Library Of 12 Million Photos For You To Use 2 years 8 months ago aronbergvlad

I don't see any way to search. 12 million photos at random will require more than one sandwich.

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A Free Library Of 12 Million Photos For You To Use 2 years 8 months ago df1995

I can't find any search device. Not useful without.

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A Free Library Of 12 Million Photos For You To Use 2 years 8 months ago ichabod

For me, Flickr's search box seemed to work properly. This was my first visit to Flickr, so I'll be interested to learn more about how to use it, and whether a log-in would provide more features.

After clicking on Rob's link, I clicked on the first image that appeared, which was a Thanksgiving platter of roast turkey, copied from The Saturday Evening Post, according to the meta-data revealed by scrolling down on the photo's own page. Next, I backed-up to the main "Internet Archive Book Images" page (where Rob's link had led me) and typed the word turkey in the search box in the top-right corner; this gave me the drop-down option (which I chose) to limit my search to the current Internet Archive Book Images photos. The search-results page included the option to filter the results by type of license. After choosing "commercial use allowed," I re-opened that filter, chose "modifications allowed," and then saw that both of those filters were active. Subsequent searches from that screen retained the filter settings.

Yes, certainly, there were countless images in the search results. However, this "problem of plenty" doesn't seem all that different from what we have with a Web search of an unfathomably large number of websites. On Flickr, perhaps we don't have the benefit of algorithms designed to push popular results to the top of the search list, and the environment may be less familiar, and we probably have fewer refinement options available. Still, a similar image search through a standard Web search engine gave me a similarly overwhelming number of images.

Having said all that, though, we are not limited to using Flickr's search engine to search Flickr's images. From my image search on Google, for the words Thanksgiving platter roast turkey The Saturday Evening Post, I didn't immediately find that same photo that I'd seen first on Flickr. But, by adding site:Flickr.com to my search string, that image was the first of only 9 images in my search results!

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A Free Library Of 12 Million Photos For You To Use 2 years 8 months ago pvilan

Thanks ichabod!
For your detailed and useful comment.
Peter

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A Free Library Of 12 Million Photos For You To Use 2 years 8 months ago gem

One solution is to use Google search.
Just type the topic that you are interested in, followed by this: site:flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages.
Example: type (without the quotes) in Google search: "indians site:flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages" to view images taken from books regarding indians.
The other solution is this:
Underneath every image you can see the metadata. On the right you can see some tags which include bookid bookyear bookdecate booksubject etc.
If you click on any of these tags you will be searching for this specific tag.
But you can also use these tags to find other subjects.
Example: In flickr search space, type booksubjectindians to see images of books regarding...well...indians.
Same applies for other tags e.g. if you type bookyear1842 you will find images from books from 1842.

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A Free Library Of 12 Million Photos For You To Use 2 years 8 months ago ichabod

Thanks, gem, for those gems of helpful info!

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A Free Password Manager that's Just as Good as Roboform 1 year 5 months ago howiem

Thanks for the info on Dashlane. I am a long time user of Roboform Paid,and have no intentions of changing and since Dashlane is mentioned but not yet reviewed in Best Free Web Form Filler and Password Manager and since Vic Laurie has retired, it looks like a review will have to wait for the next editor.

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A Free Password Manager that's Just as Good as Roboform 4 years 4 months ago jimmyjanga

Please update your review. I've been using Lastpass for a few years. Opera and Chrome are supported.

Lastpass is secure. All information you provide is ENCRYPTED AND DECRYPTED ON YOUR COMPUTER ONLY.

All information that Lastpass sees is encrypted. It's technically impossible for anyone to decrypt your stuff unless they have your password AND a special secret code called a salt, that makes your password harder to guess.

The only way that bad guys can get your password is for you to use a stupid password like xyz123ABC, or something simple like that. The bad guys are very good at guessing common combinations.

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A Free Password Manager that's Just as Good as Roboform 2 years 10 months ago Misty27

For those inclined more towards open source software, when it comes to entrusting passwords, and also not storing in the cloud (the cloud :D), then 2 or the best are:
Password Safe http://pwsafe.org/
Keepass Password Manager http://keepass.info/

Keepass is perhaps slightly more secure, but definitely has more options, configurability for auto-typing login data. But that can make it more complicated for those that don't need a lot of options. But either will handle just entering user name / PW.

PW Safe is a bit simpler, doesn't have the level of extra entropy that Keepass has.
I use PW Safe for forum PWs, etc., & Keepass for banks. In PW Safe, You must click to auto type (or drag / drop). OMG! Click a mouse?!? How lazy are we getting?

Keepass can find the DB entry that matches current web page "title" or other identifiers - so don't have to "search" in the current DB. It also offers "Two-Channel Auto-Type Obfuscation," (see help file or online help file), which attempts to defeat most keyloggers.

Both of these are 1st class programs, are actively maintained, have excellent help forums & bug trackers / feature request reporting. Much better than a lot of commercial software I've used.

I used Roboform (free) some yrs ago. It certainly may've changed since then, but at the time had little if any on Keepass or Password Safe. Plus, some password mgrs are not open source, which for many security experts, is a *drawback* for security / encryption software, etc. I don't think storing PWs is any less important.

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A Free Password Manager that's Just as Good as Roboform 2 years 1 month ago magnogreato

I'm sorry, but any personal data that's supposed to be kept from unwanted sources that has to go to a external website then back to my desktop thru 1000 encryptions, 264bit or greater, etc., etc. is still subject to any and all hacking, virus' and malware.

Just give me a stand alone program that stays on my desktop, PERIOD!

That way if I have problems, then, well, it'll have to come from my system and I don't have to worry about someone or some thing external that I can't control to worry about.

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A Free Password Manager that's Just as Good as Roboform 1 year 10 months ago greyman

Last Pass has been wonderful to use, since I figured it out. The information that you enter does not come from the cloud, it is generated on your computer. One could tweak how many hashes the passwords used, some time ago, but I don't know if that is still the case.

LastPass is great. it is Free, and, for free, it is a super good deal!

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A Free Password Manager that's Just as Good as Roboform 1 year 6 months ago howiem

I would like to see a review here of Dashlane https://www.dashlane.com/passwordmanager which looks on the surface like it might be a pretty good free PW manager and web form filler.

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A Free Password Manager that's Just as Good as Roboform 1 year 5 months ago Remah

I agree. Dashlane presents really well - the website looks great and the product is very good. But if you want a review then it would be best to make your request as a comment in the article Best Free Web Form Filler and Password Manager.

The main problem with the free version of Dashlane is that it is limited to one device. That makes it practically useless for many users who want access from their PC and phone, for example. I wouldn't even look at it for this reason but if you only use one computer device then it is a good option.

See the free versus premium comparison at https://www.dashlane.com/premium

 

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A Free Password Manager that's Just as Good as Roboform 5 months 3 weeks ago AJNorth

FWIW, LastPass Free is also Neil Rubenking's top pick at PC Magazine amongst free password managers (2016.07.07; review at http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2475964,00.asp ). LastPass is now at version 4.1.33 (released 2016.11.18).

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A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small 3 years 2 months ago mrmontgom

I just tried this out. Seemed pretty slick until I realized it's not playing back a graphical representation of my session. It is actually retracing my mouse movement and clicks. This could be risky if you close windows or move things around before replaying. It could delete content or have some other negative impact. Use with caution.

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A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small 3 years 2 months ago zep321

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

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A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small 3 years 2 months ago hometownnerd

It seems this is a bit more than a "screen" recorder, it seems to be a automation of the mouse to me. That is what mrmontgom is saying as well. It is easiest to duplicate this by starting to record then selecting different application windows then playing it back. On playback a screen recorder would just show a vision of what you were doing, but this app actually does what you recorded. So if you made a simple recording for someone that showed them how to delete something in like word, and they did not have word open in the same location etc it could actually delete something in the same location on screen, seems very dangerous to me. Not knocking the app at all, just think people should be aware of its power.

Larry

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A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small 3 years 2 months ago tp

I think the point that is being made is this isn't recording a video of your actions, it is recording the actual actions. As such, when you play it back, any mouse clicks, keyboard presses happen again on your machine. So if things like applications, files, etc aren't in the same place/state that they were when the recording was made, the playback will likely be different as well and could lead to unintended consequences. I feel the write-up on this is poor in that it does not mention any of this.

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A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small 3 years 2 months ago zep321

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

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A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small 3 years 2 months ago vandamme

Simple Screen Recorder works pretty well. http://www.maartenbaert.be/simplescreenrecorder/
You can record the whole screen, a window, or an openGL object, plus audio.
It's in most Linux distro repositories, so it's clean.

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A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small 3 years 2 months ago tp

Good to know. But as this article is about a Windows based application, it should be noted that Simple Screen Recorder is not an alternative given there doesn't appear to be a Windows version of that available - Linux only.

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A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small 3 years 2 months ago 1942Geezer

So perhaps this should be described as a "macro" recorder rather than a "screen" recorder? Ahhhhhh, semantics!

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A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small 3 years 2 months ago Jorpho

As far as actual screen recording in Windows goes, I found BB Flashback Express a while ago. I'm not sure how well it works for fancy Direct3D applications, but for standard Windows apps it gets the job done nicely.
http://www.bbsoftware.co.uk/BBFlashBack_FreePlayer.aspx

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A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small 3 years 2 months ago tp

I had been using CamStudio (http://camstudio.org/) but this one looks interesting, especially the ability to personalize your recordings by embedding input from a camera in the recording. I'll have to check it out.

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A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small 3 years 2 months ago rowboat9

This is definitely a useful app. But, agree with others here: it is NOT a screen recorder... it is a MACRO recorder. Recordings produced by this app can only be "played back" on the computer that they were created-on, even when saved as an executable. Thus, this app is not useful for (and never was intended to be) a tutorial creation tool in the same vein as tools that capture screen activity and save it as a flash or video file. You can't send a screen recording executable file created by TinyTask to a friend and expect him to see a replay of your screen activity on his computer..the executable will not even launch on his computer.

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A Free Utility that Creates Bootable USB Drives 2 years 7 months ago evans627

What if you have followed all of these instructions and your USB still shows a boot error? Or rather, the USB is already set to "Active" but still doesn't boot?

And I understand there are other variables, however, what should I try after all else fails?

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A Free Utility that Creates Bootable USB Drives 2 years 7 months ago MidnightCowboy We are unable to provide individual support here in the comments. Please post details about your issue here in our forum. MC - Site manager. http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/ view
A Free Utility that Creates Bootable USB Drives 2 years 3 months ago jmaloney

Thanks! I tried UNetbootin using a downloaded iso file for a Linux boot CD to create a bootable USB flash drive. It worked perfectly on the first try. During bootup I simply pressed F12 to get the boot options screen, selected to boot from the flash drive, and it booted right up. I didn't need to change the BIOS or make the flash drive active. My system is a Dell running Windows 7 Professional.

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A Free Utility that Creates Bootable USB Drives 1 year 9 months ago mchldpy

Gizmo said
"can create bootable drives of all the major Linux distros and other operating systems including Windows as well."

Hi Ian,
Have you or anyone tried making a "live USB" version from a windows install disk
with UNetbootin? I could believe maybe it making the install possible from a USB flash drive. If it actually tricks Windows into not handing off USB control to the OS during the boot process ... where have I been¿

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A Free Utility that Creates Bootable USB Drives 1 day 16 hours ago Longhand

You can't build a windows install disk from an Ubuntu setup. What now?

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A Free Utility that Really Does Speed Up Firefox Anonymous (not verified) view
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A Free Xbox Game, But Only If You're Quick 7 months 11 hours ago phoneguy

Just to clarify, this is for Xbox One. Some of us still use a 360 and there may also be some Xbox users out there as well.

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A Freebie that Integrates Gmail, Yahoo Mail into Windows 3 years 9 months ago Soundfx4

"If you right click on any file and select "Send to mail recipient" then Affixa automatically creates an email in your webmail account drafts folder with the file attached. You can then open that mail and send it whoever you want."

While this is better, it certainly is not the solution I'm looking for. When I right click a file > send to, Ideally a Gmail compose window would open up with the file attached and uploading. That's what I'd really like :\ does anyone know of a solution that can do it this way?

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A Freeware Tool For Rotating Movie Files 1 year 3 months ago johnkelin

Really awesome man. I have not used it till but after reading your explanation, i will try it in near future. Movies are the best source of entertainment which is used many people especially at weekends just like me. I used letsmewatchthis.net or join4movies.info online sources of movies for watching movies online. Online sources has many advantages like time and money saving which is most necessary in the current world situation. Anyways, thanks for making the nice efforts.

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A Freeware Tool For Rotating Movie Files 1 year 8 months ago Realist

Nice one.

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A Freeware Tool For Rotating Movie Files 1 year 8 months ago terrawarra

Thanks rob,

another case of "just what i needed !"
My son emailed me six videos of a walk-around-virtual tour of the interior of his new house. They are about 12 hours drive from here so we won't be able to get there any time soon to see their house.
.... anyways, the videos that he took using hi phone or ipad were all upside down so I've been turning my computer monitor upside down on the desk to view them. LOL
Yeah, I know that it could have been fixed easily but I'm a tad over the hill (LOL again)

Your nice freebie did it so well !

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A Freeware Tool For Rotating Movie Files 1 year 8 months ago dwainwood

This is handy since most people (for some unknown reason) hold their phone vertically when shooting photos and videos instead of horizontal like most wide screen TVs and monitors are oriented.

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A Freeware Tool For Rotating Movie Files 1 year 3 months ago Phylis Sophical

Have been trying to Rotate with VLC media player. 18 steps and still couldn't get it to take.
Installed Movie Rotator, Open > Rotate > Save. Boom! Done!
Don't know what I'd do without this website. Thanks.

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 1 year 1 month ago danceman

Another option that accomplishes the same thing and more would be the FENCES program. HOWEVER, it is not free except to try it. However, you can hide all grouped icons, create groups of icons and other files/folders and hide everything to create a blank desktop with one click. http://www.stardock.com/products/fences/ So should a "mac like" experience with power have appeal, FENCES is worth a look though not free.

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 1 year 1 month ago Brian Boru

I prefer icons to menus or typing. Fences from Stardock has been my desktop organizer of choice for over a decade, this is a case of a few bucks being totally worth it. v2 has folder portals and multiple desktops included.

For the minimalists, double-click on desktop hides all icons, same again to view them. Lovely piece of software.

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 1 year 1 month ago crosseyedlemon

I'm a hardcore minimalist when it comes to computer desktops and want nothing more than a recycling bin icon on display. Using the start menu and taskbar I can generally accommodate a couple of dozen programs I use frequently. I can see this having benefits for those who like to access accessory folder or system tools quickly though.

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 1 year 1 month ago eikelein

I understand crosseyelemon's comment #(126181) above. But my spine is curling.

Background: Way too often, especially when a customer called me and we want to begin a remote support session, I ask them to start a specific program. I say something like "Please start Teamviewer, that is double click on the Teamviewer icon on your desktop". BTW "Teamviewer" is used here only as fairly well known stand-in, it actually is something else!

As far is my request to click on a *named* icon on the desktop and the limits of phone calls are concerned I get back the equivalent of a blank stare.

IMHO way too many people DON'T EVER actually read the text under an icon, that is for me the name of the darned thing. They seem to intuitively go only by colors and shapes; okay, that is their unconscious choice not wanting to know the name of the program they will be starting or the thing they will be handling.

But even more of this IMHO "dumbing down" nonsense? I am glad that I will likely not be around any more when that one day has become the accepted norm - and yet that day may come way to soon for my liking. :-((

As usual, this only IMHO and YMMV.

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 1 year 1 month ago yogi22

Re: eikelein' comments, I sympathize entirely! My way around the problem of the "blank stare" is to say,
"Tap on the Windows Key - bottom left between Ctrl & Alt"
"Tap on the T Key - now the E Key - now the A Key, etc., etc." (until TeamViewer or the desired program is completely typed)
"Left-Click on TeamViewer in the displayed results" (or the desired program)
Then starts the fun of getting their username and password

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 1 year 1 month ago vandamme

Looks like Gnome 3 desktop on Linux. Not too many people like it, but to each their own.

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 1 year 1 month ago eikelein

yogi22,

we should get together and commiserate jointly. ;-)

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 1 year 1 month ago papavonschoen

A desktop is just, it's for working on stuff on your desk. It shouldn't be for launching programs.

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 1 year 1 month ago wlinden

I tried this and could not figure out how to use it. So I tried to uninstall it.... and not only found no uninstall information, but was completely unable to find the program files. What now?

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A Fun And Educational Way to Solve Word Puzzles 5 months 2 weeks ago Fairportfan

Personally, i prefer cryptic crosswords for the same sort of thing, but more difficult yet.

I've been working my way through the Android version of "Cryptic Crosswords" by Mike Kroger.

Advice: If you've never encountered cryptics before, find a description of how the clues are constructed and how to solve them.

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A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 3 years 3 months ago rover3500

Thanks alot,looks good

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A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 3 years 3 months ago TheHubster

I tried this and it seemed to indicate that two out of the three exe files had a Trojan. Scanned the files with three different AV scanners all which showed no trojans present. Not too sure about this.

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A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 3 years 3 months ago v.laurie I am afraid I am not sure exactly what you are describing. Do you mean that you scanned three different exe files from other programs with this utility and it indicated they were trojans? Or do you mean you sent the files to VirusTotal using PeStudio and got a trojan report? PeStudio itself does not report trojans per se. view
A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 3 years 3 months ago Fairportfan

He sneaked in some updates while you weren't looking - V 8.05 now.

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A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 3 years 3 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the update. I have corrected the version. view
A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 3 years 3 months ago eikelein

Vic, thank you for this post.

I am sorry to be nitpicking but this forum is read by some people that are not geeks; they mostly have limited or no knowledge of technical intricacies but are here to search for advice and information. I believe we need to be very careful to express ourselves correctly.

You write "The file being analyzed is never opened"; that is impossible. It most certainly must be opened to be read and to analyze it's content.

You certainly meant "is never executed" or in layman's terms "never run".

Thanks for your patient indulgence of my rambling.

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A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 3 years 3 months ago v.laurie OK, "never run" is perhaps better if you consider reading the contents of an executable file to be opening it. view
A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 3 years 3 months ago TheHubster

Hi. When the files scanned with PeStudio, the Virus Totals showed trojans, AdWare.Win32.Popupguide!O and PAK_Generic.001. There is no help file with this, so I took it to be that it reports a trojan/virus if it finds one. If I'm wrong I stand corrected.

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A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 3 years 3 months ago v.laurie As indicated in the article, PeStudio has an option to send files to VirusTotal that can be turned on or off. If a file is flagged by VirusTotal, you have to look further to see if it is a false indication by a few of the many programs that VirusTotal uses or a real indication. See this article for more information: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-tell-if-file-malicious.htm view
A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 3 years 3 months ago Jonrock

Does this program have an instructional manual or other site to understand how to best use this?
I have checked the installation setup executable of a known good program SuperAntispyware Free yet it leaves some question (probably false) that this program may be suspicious.

Among the results in the main page are:
For File Description,SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition Setup
{MD5,827378ED339546918FB893C41A72FF01}

Under "Indicators" 16/28 are "redflagged.
The image contains 86 Blacklisted Strings
The image imports 5 Library(s) detected as Blacklisted
The image imports 108 Blacklisted Functions (API)
The image Imports 4 Anonymous Symbol(s)

The ACTUAL program application executable 'red flags' the below among others:
MD5,6C12BD722FFC94584348DD34F4059FC5
The image contains 189 Blacklisted Strings
The image imports 11 Library(s) detected as Blacklisted
The image imports 175 Blacklisted Functions (API)

Also, under "Imported Libraries 11/20" which were blacklisted:
When a red highlighted (blacklisted) [*.dll] file was automatically sent to VirusTotal nothing could be found. I did not think that VirusTotal would scan a *.dll file; this should be sent to another site for analysis; program needs to be fixed in this regard.

There needs to be better guidance on how to use and interpret this program. Any references?

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A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 3 years 3 months ago v.laurie You have hit on one of the problems with any malware detection method. All detection schemes have grey areas. This software provides warnings but not decisions. There will always be times when additional information, judgment, and experience is required. This program is only one security tool and has to be used in conjunction with others. I wish there were a black and white procedure but security isn't that simple. Maybe this reference will help: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-tell-if-file-malicious.htm You could also go to one of the security forums like Wilder's and ask for help in interpreting the kind of warnings you got: http://www.wilderssecurity.com/index.php view
A Great Anti-Keylogger for Free 3 years 8 months ago ghiathmatar

Hello,

I came here to look for free anti-keylogger software and the only program that is recommended is Spyshelter, which is free only for 32bit systems and judging from the comments, it has given many people problems like freezing or BSOD. So my question is: right now -nearing the end of 2013, with very few new computers running 32bit- this is still the only program to recommend? I mean do I have to resign myself to forking out 25 Euros to get this layer of protection for my windows7 64 bit laptop?

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A Great Anti-Keylogger for Free 3 years 8 months ago rob.schifreen I think you can get away without running a specific anti-keylogger on your computer, unless you are particularly concerned about this threat more than any other. Any respectable anti-virus program should also detect other malware such as keyloggers. Security programs which work by intercepting all your actions, in order to check that they're legitimate, can cause problems when they interact with other software. They can also cause performance issues. You're best not to run more than you need to (and in practice, this generally means 1). So pick a decent security product, enable the features you need, and you should be fine. view
A Great Anti-Keylogger for Free 3 years 8 months ago ghiathmatar

Thanks for the reply, Rob.

Based on what I read on this site I chose and installed Avast on this new laptop I got last December, which I am pleased to say seems a better choice over avg, though I must note that my previous, not entirely satisfactory avg experience was on a vista machine. Other than Avast I scan with updated Malwarebytes everyday or every other day. That is about the extent of my security programs but of course I am pretty careful with my actions online and with emails, etc.

The problem is that sometimes I slip up and do stupid things that I later kind of regret, and end up running around trying to guard against consequences. For example I recently absent-mindedly allowed a person I don't know well (and see only rarely) to recharge his android smartphone through my laptop's usb port. Later, I thought about it and began to imagine all sorts of horror scenarios (from data mining to the planting of spyware on my machine). Since I was not sure of the consequences of that mistake, I got busy doing scans ( Malwarebytes, TM Housecall; no threats found) and changing important passwords, but of course if there was somehow something on my machine recording my keystrokes or capturing my screen activity and sending this info back to whoever, it would make all my password changes pretty useless, hence my urge to find anti keylogger and anti screen capture programs.

I say this because one of the banks I have to deal with unfortunately continues to rely on just one layer of security in the form of just one password -through a https website of course- which I feel is not robust enough, making me constantly worried about my password getting nicked. I agree with you that too many security programs working simultaneously and intercepting things could cause conflict and problems, as well as slow down the system. However I am prepared to to sacrifice a bit of speed and put up with some hopefully minor hiccups for the sake of peace of mind but only if it is necessary; no point in doing it if having the extra program doesn't really make any difference security-wise!

So to wrap up, if you reckon that Avast as a resident av and scans by malwarebytes for spyware are enough then I'm quite happy to go with that. Cheers.

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A Great Anti-Keylogger for Free 3 years 8 months ago ghiathmatar

Oh, and in addition to my previous reply/request for confirmation below I forgot to mention that I also have MS firewall running and am wondering if I should install Sandboxie?
Thanks!

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A Great Anti-Keylogger for Free 3 years 8 months ago Anupam It would be better if you post your query in the forum, here: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/security/ because this discussion can have many comments, and it will be better to follow this as one thread in the forum :). The forum is a better place for such discussions. view
A Great Anti-Keylogger for Free 3 years 8 months ago ghiathmatar

Ok, thanks, will do.

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A Great Anti-Keylogger for Free 3 years 8 months ago rob.schifreen One of the easiest and best ways to protect yourself from accidents is to ensure that you never log into your computer as an administrator unless you need to. And if you're allowing other people to use your PC, it's doubly important that they don't get admin access. Not being an administrator means that, if you make a mistake and inadvertently give some malware the go-ahead to install itself, Windows won't allow the operation to proceed because the account under which the malware installer is running (ie, yours) doesn't have permission to install new software or tinker with the OS configuration. view
A Great Anti-Keylogger for Free 3 years 8 months ago ghiathmatar

Thanks, Rob. Yes, I have already started another user account and am slowly migrating there just to get into the habit of using it all the time. Though this protects against installation of malware in the future (and I have already done several scans and found no threats) I am still not sure as to the issue of files having been copied directly off my machine. Of course never again will I make the mistake of allowing anyone to plug anything into my machine, period, but it still does not help me stop wondering what, if anything, was mined from my machine while the other person's mobile phone was connected to my laptop, and the replies I got to my forum thread about the incident were not assuring :(

But to get back to the topic of anti-keylogger programs, I think I will hold off for a while and just keep watching my computer-use habits and behavior. Cheers.

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A Great Anti-Keylogger for Free 3 years 8 months ago rob.schifreen Windows maintains a "last accessed" date for each file, as well as a "last modified" one. So you may be able to find out about files having been "mined" by checking those dates. You'll need to find a specific program that does it for you, or add the column to your Windows Explorer view somehow. I personally wouldn't bother with an anti-keylogger program. As I said, most decent security products that detect viruses and malware will also detect keyloggers. view
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A Great Free Media Player And Youtube Downloader In One 1 year 9 months ago boristhemoggy

Light Alloy media player, anything else is superfluous.

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A Great Free Media Player And Youtube Downloader In One 1 year 9 months ago Gil Mensch

5KPlayer installed Apple's Bonjour service without asking if it was OK to do so. When i ran the program, I got an alert from Windows firewall, asking what types of networks it could connect through. Not happy about either of those surprises.

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A Great Free Media Player And Youtube Downloader In One 1 year 9 months ago crosseyedlemon

I would suggest a free program called Unchecky for the problem Gil encountered. Many downloads today try to sneak unwanted toolbars or extras past you so a program like Unchecky that prevents that is very useful.

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A Great Free Media Player And Youtube Downloader In One 1 year 9 months ago Gil Mensch

I'll take a look at Unchecky. However, I'm always alert for sneakware. The installer for 5KPlayer didn't offer a "custom" install and didn't give me an option to opt in or opt out of any part of the installation (other than accepting the EULA of course).

From Wikipedia: "Bonjour locates devices such as printers, other computers, and the services that those devices offer on a local network using multicast Domain Name System (mDNS) service records." So, Bonjour is part of 5KPlayer's feature set. My problem with Bonjour is that it wants to run all the time as a service, whether I'm using the app that needs it or not. My experience with Bonjour is that it, like the Adobe updater task, keeps trying to reactivate itself even though I want to deny it permission to run.

If I'd known ahead of time that 5KPlayer uses Bonjour, I wouldn't have installed it.

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A Great Free Media Player And Youtube Downloader In One 1 year 9 months ago Gil Mensch

I was mainly interested in this program for the YouTube downloading capability. When I discovered that it doesn't download in my preferred format (AVI), I uninstalled it. That's when I discovered another negative surprise: 5KPlayer grabbed all the media file associations for itself, again without asking. After I uninstalled, I discovered my mp3, ogg, flac, mp4, avi, flv, et cetera, files are now unassociated with anything. Yes, of course I can reassociate them how I want, but that should not have been necessary. I'm quite happy with MediaMonkey as my music player and VLC as my video player. New apps should not automatically grab file extensions for themselves.

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A Great Free Media Player And Youtube Downloader In One 1 year 8 months ago budchekov

WinPatrol is your friend ;)

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A Great Free Media Player And Youtube Downloader In One 1 year 8 months ago Gil Mensch

Agreed. I use it.

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A Great Mind Game You Can Pick Up Quickly but Challenges You Forever 1 year 2 months ago jmjsquared

Nice recommendations. Thanks. Go is really lots of fun and challenging, especially for players of chess used to its "ad hominem" -based strategizing.

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A Great Mind Game You Can Pick Up Quickly but Challenges You Forever 1 year 2 months ago Jojo Yee
You're welcome jmjsquared. Indeed, knowing the master behind the game is one of the top strategies.
 
The grandmasters ("neural networks") behind the supercomputer AlphaGo seem very strong despite "having a problem with unexpected moves" pointed out by LeeSedol in his Match 4.
 
AlphaGo's record now is 9-1 after defeating European Go champion (5-0) last year and now LeeSedol (4-1).
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A Great Mind Game You Can Pick Up Quickly but Challenges You Forever 1 year 2 months ago jmjsquared

I suspect that, inevitably, any rules-based contest between a wo/man and a sufficiently-fast, programmable calculating machine will result in a win for the machine. Only for a little while longer will humans' "unexpected moves" (a function of our limited memories, imperfect recall and limited processing power, not to mention our imagination, 'soul/spirit' , insanity) pose real problems for our machines that play games with us.

Anyway, thanks for the further info.

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