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2 weeks 4 days ago Dead Space - Free Until May 8th! MikeR

The product on offer doesn't seem to be the one this article is talking about. Far from it being the 2011 version, the package shot on a notably uninformative 'On The House' website is of the EA game issued almost six years ago and which as a PC porting met with widespread derision even though on other platforms it certainly racked up its devotees.

I'm not sure what kind of a mess EA is in these days thanks to its earlier contempt for PC users but I'd hope techsupportalert isn't inadvertently sign-posting its readers down a path into the jaws of EA's appalling DRM.

Thousands of folks walked away from EA because they saw no reason to have their computers becoming part of an Electronic Arts client state. I was one of 'em. But perhaps the version being given away on "On The House" isn't riddled with EA's toxic spyware????

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2 weeks 4 days ago Dead Space - Free Until May 8th! Burlhouse

Could not download this game until I had first: Created an account, and second: Downloaded the 'Origin'installation.

Passed on it for those reasons.

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2 weeks 4 days ago Type Faster, Smoother and Better with MultiLing Keyboard spiralglide

thank you! It sounds great!

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2 weeks 4 days ago Lightweight Browsers presque_vu

Comodo Dragon is a great browser for users who don't like Chrome because of it's invasive google elements and people who love Firefox but just find it too slow.

Comodo Dragon feels snappy and loads quickly even with eight add-ons installed:
HTTP Everywhere
Zotero
Readability
Web Of Trust
LastPass
Disconnect
Adblock
Avast security add-on

There is no Comodo Dragon Browser for Mac, Linux or Android.

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2 weeks 4 days ago Weekend Roundup dynamite00401

The wildlife in the BBC wildlife finder are absolutely current to this date. And in today's HD they are gorgeous. Thank you Rhiannon.

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2 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Ecommerce Software (Stub only) zeemangel759

First install storm windows - even if they are a little easier for storms that could break glass broward impact windows typical . You broke the impact windows of the building, of course, the risk of damage to your home 's contents . Windows to withstand strong winds and debris, and UV and can provide sound protection . Storm windows and windows regularly , designed to exacting standards . At least , storm windows at 35 miles per hour stay and is guaranteed not to break the 9 beats - drum wood studs . You can also install storm shutters to protect your windows.

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2 weeks 4 days ago Review: the Cheapest Inkjet Cartridges Sites la_leks

It is looks like sponsored article :) Considering that two of those best web sites belong to the same company.
There are many other websites that sell high quality and low cost compatible printer cartridges:
refillbay.com
fillserv.com
and many more...

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2 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Program Launcher crombierob

Does their free trial (with occasional popups) run for ever, or only for 30 days ?

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2 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Program Launcher M3Man

I have used QuickClick and Launchy and can recommend both.

I can also recommend Fastkeys, general automation application with many options. I currently use it as a highly configurable start menu launcher but can cover many other jobs. Very sleek and complete.

Http://fastkeys.vze.com

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2 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility M3Man

My current favorite is FastKeys. It has Hotkey functionality plus Start menu and Text expander. Plus mouse gestures... Even accepts Autohotkey code. Highly recommended.
Http://fastkeys.vze.com

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2 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Torrent Search Engines drago

Also like them, nice live search.

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2 weeks 5 days ago A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing Aninnymous

Also edited out was the generic item called VPN (virtual private network = virtual point-to-point connection employing virtual tunneling protocols, or traffic encryption.

The link to LifeHacker was NOT to a commercial service although the linked article itself linked commercial services. A bit of a stretch.

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2 weeks 5 days ago Probably the Best Free Security List in the World Home User

*Using SysInternals Tools Like a Pro*

[http://www.howtogeek.com/school/sysinternals-pro/]

for '22.16' Windows Sysinternals...?

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2 weeks 5 days ago Changing from Windows XP? Free Help with Migrating Files and Settings MidnightCowboy

A new LTS release of Ubuntu is due out this month and the Mint release will follow that. It makes sense that our tutorials relate to the new version so they will not be compiled until after this has been released. MC - Site Manager.

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2 weeks 5 days ago A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing MidnightCowboy

No, there is a dedicated Linux distro that has been purposely designed to run Windows in a virtual environment (XP or 7). Additionally, you can use their purpose built VM installers in a range of other supported distros that you might already have installed. The problem currently is that a "donation" is required so we will not be promoting it here. I've been in contact with the developer however and it is possible this might change. He also states that some users have been provided with this for free but until this is listed as "free" on his website we won't be posting links to it. If you're interested though, please send me a PM and I'll provide the details. MC - Site Manager.

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2 weeks 5 days ago Three Ways to Easily Access Your Most Recent Documents and Files in Windows 8.x David Roper

Jojo, I know I'm not supposed to waste bandwidth to thank people, but without your post I would still be without it.

I was too embarrassed to admit that I didn't have it and I didn't know what to do.
I certainly didn't want to admit it on a technical blog. A man and all that...

NOW, I HAVE IT Thanks to you. You must have read my brain waves somehow.

I wonder why it isn't checked at the factory. i also wonder why MS wants to hide extensions as well. I have mine showing because in the old days of 8.3 it was important to know.

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2 weeks 5 days ago A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing crombierob

Forgive me if my old lazy brain has not grasped all the motives that readers may have
Could they be broken into two broad categories -
1) Stop anyone seeing what you are doing, as you do it
2) Don't leave any trace of what you were previously doing in an earlier session
(Forgive me for leaving out concerns about leaving a record of what you were doing, on servers/etc out there.)

Regarding '2' would using IceDragon (Comodo's FF) in portable mode allow one to delete all history from your hard drive, by deleting the folder it was running in ?
Or crushing a thumb drive, if that was where your folder was ?

Rob
PS I love the portable mode, and have many folders (on my hard drive) allowing me to have different browsing history, for say Software, Hardware, Programming(VB6), etc
Since I consistently allow Tabs to accumulate, having them broken up across different FF's is a boon.
PPS Anyone tempted to do the same, I never run two of the portables at the same time, as I suspect they may confuse each other. (One portable running at the same time as the traditional FF, works fine.)

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2 weeks 5 days ago Changing from Windows XP? Free Help with Migrating Files and Settings eaorc

Where will you publish the tutorials for mint? I have time to replace XP with Mint over Easter holidays and will need the tutorials +++.
With thanks

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2 weeks 5 days ago Three Ways to Easily Access Your Most Recent Documents and Files in Windows 8.x Jojo Yee

@David Roper, in case the "Recent Items" is not enabled in Windows 7, you can do it in a few steps:

1. Right-click the Start button, select "Properties"
2. Under the Start Menu tab, click "Customize"
3. Scroll down the list, check "Recent Items", click OK then Apply.

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2 weeks 5 days ago 172 Places For Free Comic Books And Graphic Novels Online Bigslam27

Maya: Heaven Will Not Wait has begun!!! Read the first 4 pages plus an additional 5 page preview @ www.heavenwillnotwait.com!!

Horror

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2 weeks 5 days ago A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing JB213

Excellent information to check out.

Thank You.

Jenn :-)

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2 weeks 5 days ago A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing JB213

LoLoL, well there you go .. NO totally safe way.

Thank you for taking the time to reply ~!!

Have a Gr8 Weekend and Keep Smiling. :-)

Jenn

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2 weeks 5 days ago Three Ways to Easily Access Your Most Recent Documents and Files in Windows 8.x v.laurie

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

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2 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Calculator metatech

I went with SpeQ Mathematics as well. You can find it's homepage here:
http://www.speqmath.com/
I really think it deserves top-spot in your review list editor.

[Commercial details edited out]

I also use Geogebra for geometry fun. It's quite advanced, but doesn't do common arithmetic. It's very fun, and hand's on.

Does anybody know of a software that mimics the 1980's toy, "Spirograph". For more info on such, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirograph

Thanks for listening, and for the interesting finds in the forum posts.

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2 weeks 5 days ago Three Ways to Easily Access Your Most Recent Documents and Files in Windows 8.x David Roper

Vic, good article. Is there one for Win 7 ? Or is it already there and I don't know it. ...Thanks

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2 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Screen Capture Tool Ghania Khaliq

I prefer Screenpresso. I love the document generator allowing to capture many screenshots then save them into an animated gif image. I then send the gif to my friend that can see a slideshow of my shots.

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2 weeks 5 days ago A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing Aninnymous

IMO, you can either use reasonable precautions and take your chances with online banking or be safer by banking the old fashion way, in person, with written instruments (checks). Using PCs and debit/credit cards further expose you to fraud. In most respects, there is minimal difference between PC operating systems in this regard.

Ensure your deposits are largely protected from fraud by the bank or ensure that your homeowners / other insurance policy covers your banking liability.

Bankers are actually a likely source of fund loss and recourse to bank collapse depends on the FDIC in the US. Obviously you would likely lose all your bank money in a general currency collapse.

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2 weeks 5 days ago A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing Aninnymous

This setup does not appear to hide your IP prior to the browser nor prevent your ISP from reading your web traffic as a default. Furthermore, it would appear that the NSA has at least partially penetrated TOR as reported by Edward Snowden.

At any rate, it is NOT very hard to completely hide your PC activity in windows for free and encrypt your traffic from the first hop & hide your IP /packets even from your ISP:

1) general cleaning: CCleaner

2) RAM, disk cache & deeper cleaning: PrivaZer
http://privazer.com/

3)[Link to commercial services edited out]

Run the first two after a session, bring up 3 prior to your session; good PC management to clean out any virus, trojans & malware are always good practices.

In reality, if the NSA wants to see what you are doing, there is no defense other than to run totally web disconnected PCs and ensure high physical security of your location.

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2 weeks 5 days ago A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing ant

MC are you referring to oracle VM virtual box? comes std with ubuntu flavours .dunno bout the other linux flavours. Im on mint and use it for a cadd package i cant get. with win7. Anyway its in the repos,no mention of donation.

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2 weeks 5 days ago A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing JB213

Serious Newbie here when it comes to this stuff, please be kind.

My question, I was told a long time ago to never access my banking site using Windows (My laptop is Windows 7) ...

I was told to use the Ubuntu operating system via burned DVD and boot to that system to do my banking.

Is Tails the same thing as using Ubuntu ??

Cable guy told me my internal wireless card was bad, disabled it and installed a WLAN but since he did this I can not get Ubuntu to find my wireless access.

Would using Tails correct that problem ??

Thanks for any input on this.

Jenn

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2 weeks 5 days ago Free Time-Saving Hints For Your Office Programs Jero

It makes even less sense to whine to the moderators about their policies. They put in countless hours to make this site useful and interesting. They don't get paid. They have every right to do whatever they think best serves to make their workload easier. I don't see you contributing your time and efforts to the site. If you don't approve, shut up and move on. It's not like you are paying for the content.

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2 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Torrent Search Engines NeonHeartt

Hi Steve
all the vuze search templates you have posted on this websitehttps://sites.google.com/site/vuzetemplates/home/templates-download

are not working properly in UK because many of the websites changed their webaddreses so meta search on vi=uze does not pick up any torrents.
please can you amend the vuze search template for UK users

plz I would really appreciate that because I dont know computer programing at all so I can do any thing otherwise I would have made my self and also give to you to post on you website

thanks
neo from UK

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2 weeks 6 days ago How to Install Comodo Firewall Chiron

I'm not sure what happened with MSE. That is strange. However, I'm happy to hear it's working again.

As for the adverts, you can disable these by disabling the Message Center (as described in this article).

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks.

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2 weeks 6 days ago A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing Sgluber

Good suggestion rob, thank you! :-)

Just leaving a humble opinion: better than burn a DVD is to use a pen drive and a boot creator software, like YUMI:
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator/

By the way, I have a 8 GB pen drive with a lot of amazing and different SOs/Linux distributions thanks to YUMI. Now I'm downloading Tails and it will be the novelty of my "collection".

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2 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus App for Android avtar

Installed 360 Mobile Security as it was recommended here but noticed it needed permissions that made me feel uncomfortable eg reading my emails and sending emails/texts but installed anyway as it had been recommended by Gizmo. Came back and read all these comments and decided to uninstall it whereupon my browser (Chrome) would only return results from ?baidoo in Chinese! Had to do a factory reset to fix it.

Downloaded TrustGo but this seemed to have similar permissions? Which security app can run without these sorts of permissions?

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2 weeks 6 days ago How to Install Comodo Firewall avtar

FYI: I've had Comodo firewall for some time. A few days ago I was prompted to upgrade and I now have v7.0.315459.4132. Shortly after installing I noticed MSE was no longer in my system tray and I keep getting adverts from Comodo popping up :(

MSE is now back and I've ran a full scan but still concerned with Comodo's performance.

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2 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Online Applications and Services lessdate

Monday March 31, 2014
lessdate Launches Today

Out of frustration and limited user experience using Google Calendar and dependency with other third party plugins, lessdate aims to provide a better calendar and up-to-date with the current trend and use. Hence, a modern, cool and dead simple calendar on all devices for everyone is created. Give it a try today!

Website
http://www.lessdate.com

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2 weeks 6 days ago Free Time-Saving Hints For Your Office Programs Oxa

Aren't Windows and MS Office commercial programs? They're mentioned throughout the article. But a simple mention of MS Office's major commercial competitor is a no-no? Makes no sense whatsoever, no matter how you try to rationalize it.

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2 weeks 6 days ago A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing redbudo

I've used TAILS for several years with no difficulty at all. Also have used LPS from the Air Force SPI program. Also good.

Useful for those Starbucks moments.

Re the comments--I dual-boot on a laptop Win 8.1 and Ubuntu 13.10. And each OS has VirtualBox. So, in Windows I can run virtualized Bodhi; and in Ubuntu I can run Windows.

I stay away from MS productivity apps, instead using multi-platform apps; OpenOffice, LibreOffice, AbiWord, Thunderbird, TrueCrypt, etc.

No trick whatever. If you need help refer to the tutorial in the Brit Linux magazines.

Cheers

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2 weeks 6 days ago A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing Geekomatic

Lol,

Shows my everyday use of IP-hiding? I'm so legal, it's crazy... ;)

I used tunlr a while ago (not that long?)...How odd they couldn't find a way to go commercial & simply killed it?

Cheers for the head's-up,

Me

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2 weeks 6 days ago A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing MidnightCowboy

There is also a Linux distribution that allows Windows XP or 7 to be run in a virtual environment within itself or the same way inside one of a number of supported existing Linux installations. Their business model however currently requires a "donation" for the VM installers although I understand this might change. If it does I'll post the details to our Linux forum. MC - Site Manager.

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2 weeks 6 days ago A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing MidnightCowboy

The Tunlr service is no longer available. Wasn't sure if this was the meaning of your post? MC - Site Manager.
http://tunlr.net/

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2 weeks 6 days ago A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing Geekomatic

One more thing:

tunlr.net

Cheers

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2 weeks 6 days ago A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing Geekomatic

I haven't tried it yet, but:

I'd imagine that you could install Virtualbox & then point it to this DVD, as an ISO on your "real" computer?

Then, you'd be able to boot to Windows (if you must ;) & launch the ISO when you required a safe internet connection.

I'd appreciate if those more knowledgeable than I could please comment?

Ta!

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2 weeks 6 days ago Finally a Free, Flexible Youtube Download That Works zoe2014

I guess this would be the best place to share video download software for both windows and mac users, but I am just finding this online application can also do the trick with ease. No signup, registration or any installations. The only drawback is that it has daily download limits. Users have to be the premium member for unlimited downloads.
http://www.videograbber.net/

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2 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus App for Android EricCRZ

Qihoo have recently done an update an in the What's New notes have provided a link to fully explain each of the permissions people have concerns over: http://goo.gl/3a2mCd I'm currently using Sophos but may end up switching to 360 eventually.

P.S. Also, I was looking at CM Security by KS Mobile https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cleanmaster.security which seems a very intriguing AV which also does well in the independant Av-Test.org results. Another one from China which has been around for awhile though it lacks anti-theft it's claims sound promising.

P.P.S. Has anyone else noticed the lack in web/facebook and twitter updates for Trustgo though they did update the app recently? Looks like everything's been left since the middle of last year but all still works and still performs well in the test results.

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2 weeks 6 days ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

Dragon's Prophet:
http://www.dragonspropheteurope.com/en/

War Rock:
http://en.warrock.nexoneu.com/

Driving Speed 2:
http://www.wheelspinstudios.com/drivingspeed2/index.html

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2 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Sandbox Game Panzer

Brick-Force is a sandbox shooter where you can build the worlds and maps you've always dreamed of, brick by brick:
http://www.brick-force.com/en

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2 weeks 6 days ago Probably the Best Free Security List in the World ako

I yesterday cleaned a PC that was infected by some malware. The PC had had first Ad-aware and then AVG. Both saw the beast, tried to remove it, but it kept coming back. Suprisingly Hitmanpro found nothing. I then installed Webroot trial and it killed the beast. Registry remnants I removed with Autoruns.

Webroot trial is a very good tool indeed.

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2 weeks 6 days ago Three Ways to Easily Access Your Most Recent Documents and Files in Windows 8.x Anupam

Thanks for the tip Vic. Used the second procedure.

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2 weeks 6 days ago Free Time-Saving Hints For Your Office Programs MidnightCowboy

Thank you for your support. It isn't easy trying to balance freedom of expression with spam management but we do try our best. :) MC - Site Manager.

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2 weeks 6 days ago Play Hundreds Of Retro Console Games For Free Tech Lover

Good for gamers who have a lot of time to spend online and for those who have very less ram or graphics card.

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2 weeks 6 days ago A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing Australia

Thanks for the great Hot Find !

Interesting concept
Im new to anonymous surfing and Tor (which I have heard about for years, but never touched)
So be gentle
Do Tails allow your IP number not to be broadcast to the internet at all ?
What other advantages are there to anonymous surfing with Tails in plain English ?

---Is there a simpler (portable if possible) Windows freeware application with Tor protection ?------------
---ie avoiding having to do a separate Linux bootup ?------------

Booting into Linux means that you have to devote your entire computer to internet browsing
This is difficult if you also have work to do with other Windows programs at the same time
The way the DVD loads Linux almost demands that you use a separate computer to do your anonymous browsing

Im betting the majority of us want as little to do with Linux as possible, apart from this anonymous browsing function, so dont suggest Linux word processing programs, image editors etc. Have you tried printing with legacy hardware with Windows drivers, on a Linux system ?

Im dreaming, but it would be much better if this DVD could log into Linux on a virtual drive, flawlessly connecting to the internet via this virtual drive, and running concurrently with Windows programs
Then we have perfection !

But still a great find for those who want some anonymous surfing before/after doing other work on their computers !

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2 weeks 6 days ago Free Time-Saving Hints For Your Office Programs Australia

Thanks for the Hot Find ! A great proportion of Windows users continue to use Office

For the record, disableware like the above recommendation Key Rocket is not true freeware

I would be surprised if there wasnt other true freeware alternatives to make Office run even more smoothly

Maybe I am missing something, but my humble version of Word, Word 2003, already has hints when you use the menu, regarding the associated short cut key combinations, eg Open.. (Ctrl + O). Isnt a popup a little excessive ?

Perhaps we can have a distinct thread for time saving Office addons. Maybe I should be the reviewer ; )

Thank you moderators for your often unseen work in making techsupportalert the "go to" site for freeware

Sometimes feelings get hurt when heartfelt recommendations by members are denegrated as "spam" by moderators - I've been there done that

However, I totally agree this site should be a totally commercial-software free zone

Thats what makes this site superb

Once aware of this restriction (commercial software free zone), all members are even more motivated to find freeware alternatives, including for this Hot Find "Key Rocket"

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2 weeks 6 days ago Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint After Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - MATE Edition] panorain

I just wanted to thank you for the nice tips.

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2 weeks 6 days ago Probably the Best Free Security List in the World ako

We have a new co-editor: MrBrian. Let's welcome him!

And of course we still have the long time hard worker J_L as another one :-)

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2 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Electronic Book Reader lvoin

Is available and working here:

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Others/E-Book/Mobipocket-Reader.shtml

[Moderator's note: Link to direct download of file not allowed. Replaced with the link to the software page]

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2 weeks 6 days ago Free Time-Saving Hints For Your Office Programs MidnightCowboy

Thank you for your input.

The moderators use specific data to determine which posts are likely to attract spam and which not (unless removed or edited), the details of which we cannot discuss here for obvious reasons. On bad days attempts to spam are around 50,000, yes, that's fifty thousand. Much of this is dealt with by automatic filters but the rest has to be sorted manually by myself and the other moderators who collectively spend hours on this marvelous topic every week. :D

If members feel that a commercial reference is relevant to a particular topic they can start a thread for it in the forum, but spam magnets in the comments will always be strictly controlled.

By all means members can communicate whatever commercial software details they feel are appropriate to other members using the site's PM facility. MC - Site Manager.

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2 weeks 6 days ago Free Time-Saving Hints For Your Office Programs twinkler

MC, I've been a donating supporter of this site for many years. I'm deeply grateful to everyone who makes it happen, including you, and I understand the need to eliminate unnecessary work for the volunteers who kindly donate their time. As a user and promoter of freeware and open source software, I'm glad that this site focuses on noncommercial software.

However, I was surprised and uncomfortable to encounter the idea that we can't even MENTION the name of a commercial product during a discussion. This led me just now to review the forum & site rules (http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/announcements/3617-forum-...). Here's rule 18:

"References to commercial software : Members/visitors may refer to commercial products in either forum posts, or main site comments, but may not include links** to them. The content in such posts must be relevant to the topic being discussed, and not posted as an endorsement for promotional purposes, or discuss the features and abilities of a commercial product."

Please consider either revisiting your decision or updating the rules to reflect current practices. Many thanks!

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2 weeks 6 days ago Free Time-Saving Hints For Your Office Programs MidnightCowboy

Commercial program names posted in comments attract even more spam than we have to deal with normally so as per our site rules, they are edited out or in some cases the whole comment deleted. MC - Site Manager.

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3 weeks 47 min ago Free Time-Saving Hints For Your Office Programs fred64

So why is the alternative app edited out?

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3 weeks 2 hours ago Free Time-Saving Hints For Your Office Programs Oxa

[Commercial program edited out] has been doing this for at least 15 years. E.g., Next to File>Print is the hint "Ctrl+P". The same is true for Libre Office, PDF-XChange, Irfanview, VLC Media Player, and most other programs. I'm not sure how having an obnoxious popup helps people who can't read the helps that are already there.

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3 weeks 6 hours ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie Anupam

Thank you for the appreciation :).

I hope you enjoy using Sandboxie and keep safe.

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3 weeks 7 hours ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie Blitz

Brilliant article !!

Thank you for introducing me to Sandboxie !! What an excellent piece of software !! Have been playing with it now for a few days and all I can say is that it says and does what it promotes..

You can also drag 'n' drop programs from your desktop and start menu straight onto the Sandboxie Control Panel and it isolates that program..

Eg; open the Sandboxie Control Panel, click "start", then drag 'n' drop notepad / calculator..

Tweaked it the Sandboxie settings so I have a fluro-green bar around my web-browser and applications that are sandboxed (green for 'good')

Once again, top stuff and top article and it's so easy to use !!

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3 weeks 7 hours ago Best Free Outliner cpedley

Today, April 3, 2014 the NeoMem page does not come up

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3 weeks 7 hours ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer MidnightCowboy

Thank you for your input which is appreciated. :)

This review needs a new editor so the content won't be changed until someone offers to take it over. Maybe you would be interested? MC - Site Manager.

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3 weeks 8 hours ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer Kalca

I finaly registered and i have two reasons for that first one to say ty for all you work and as i wanted many times before new foobar review.Im happy that we have great review now cose i love foobar alongside MusicBee and AIMP.

Setup im using right now :http://br3tt.deviantart.com/art/DUiTunes-beta3-412700925

Now AIMP main page. http://www.aimp.ru/index.php [no aimp.us its fake site !]

Its in my opinion best light player u can find.It works like charm have great customization with skins,icons...u can organize playlists in tabs.Im using AIMP for ages now and its great.AIMP have great community forum and u can find many many skins at DeviantArt Aimp category : http://www.deviantart.com/customization/skins/media/aimp/

Im using ZiX right now : http://www.deviantart.com/customization/skins/media/aimp/

"I don't recommend downloading from the main website because it links to a download site (Brothersoft)" well this is false info there's no Brothersoft at all,they always had their main download on Programki.net an russian site for software download, and its clean and safe.

There's download page at FileHippo : http://filehippo.com/download_aimp/ so its not that hard to find good download link.Never had AIMP setup bundled with something other than clean music player.

"Security concerns, requires patience finding features" also i don't know from where this came from its easy to use as any music player there's menu and subcategory for everything.

Overall i think its ***** software but as i sad its my opinion.

[Moderator's note: Direct link to download of file removed. Not allowed as per rules.]

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3 weeks 12 hours ago Best Free Video Editing Program lizabrown

Please try to refresh your browser, it's still working in my PC. Thanks

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3 weeks 17 hours ago Free Time-Saving Hints For Your Office Programs David Roper

Very good find, Rob. We can count on you. Keep finding more in the editor area. Right now TEDnPad is king for me, Jovial editor is up there. too.

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3 weeks 23 hours ago How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors Chiron

Thanks, I have added most of your suggestions. However, I did not add a list composed solely of 7-zip files because from what I've been told there are vendors that only accept zip files. Also, Gmail will not work with this list as it will reject it as spam (because there are too many recepients). At least that was the behavior previously. I have mentioned that in section A1.

Let me know if you have any questions, or further suggestions. This is very helpful.

Thanks.

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3 weeks 1 day ago How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors BillR

Four small suggestions:
1. Expand problematic webmail list: "Hotmail/Live/Outlook".
2. Refer webmail users back to earlier discussion of which services work and why (just as a parenthetical remark like "(see A.1. for restrictions)"). I know it is only a couple of paragraphs above but many of us skip to just what we think we are looking for.
3. Offer a GMail (and Outlook.com(?) and others(?)) webmail only expanded 7-zip list since such users can't submit a .zip executable. I would completely understand if you did not want this additional maintenance task, nor is opening a single purpose AOL account difficult. I'm not sure how many people would avail themselves of this but it would make reporting easier for that group assuming _many_ companies on the zip list would also process a 7-zip file even if it is not officially listed. (I may have talked even myself out of this idea.)
4. Explain star/asterisk in the legend section (above table) even through it is also appropriately explained in the text below the table. Even when I remembered that I'd seen an explanation I couldn't find it because I searched on "asterisk" and "*" but forgot "star". Something quite simple would do:
* Incomplete information; assistance needed (see discussion following table)

Big thanks for both the original article and all the on-going tweaking.

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3 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

I do not want to overwhelm the reader with too many more AV software. The ones I have listed are all very good, and have good track records. I may be adding another in the future, but only because of results from testing organizations. I am still working on that.

The reason I have not listed other testing organizations is because most concentrate on detection and removal. To me I do not care about detection or removal. What I care about is preventing removal from being necessary, regardless of how it was prevented. Sadly, there are very few with a proven track record.

As for performance, I would like to add performance information. However, as MidnightCowboy mentioned, there are too many variables to make this really useful. However, if I could find multiple reviews from organizations with a proven track record, and they all happened to find more or less the same sort of thing, I may include that information. That said, I am not confident I will be able to find that. If you find tests such as that, from reputable organizations, please let me know.

I have not added a changelog to this article, although I will now that you have asked, as it is still very much in flux. I will add that once I have gotten this article more or less the way I want it.

As also noted by MidnightCowboy, the problems with the majority of reviews is that they are not very quantitative, or if they are they use only one source. There is a reason I chose to reference three organizations for this review. It helps to make my recommendations more neutral. It seems that many tests just rank them in the order they particularly like them. I would like to use more tests. The problem is finding ones which are relatively real-world and from testing organizations with a proven track record. If you know of more please let me know and I will look into that.

Also, I am planning on adding false positive information in a future version. However, like I said, this article is currently in flux. It will always be providing you the best information I currently have, but it will not be entirely complete for a while.

If you have any other questions, or suggestions, please feel free to ask.

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3 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Torrent Search Engines drago

Additionally http://torrentbox.sx/ should be mentioned - it's torrent site with verified torrents and without ads. Nice site!

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3 weeks 1 day ago This Feature is at Least One Good Thing about Windows 8.x beergas

Agreed. Been lot slicker tho Win 7 was ok.

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3 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

Performance tests are meaningless because there are just too many variables between machines. I currently have two desktops and a laptop installed with Qihoo 360 and the program behaves very differently on each as you would expect considering the different hardware. Even knowing this however has no bearing on how well protected someone might be using any particular antivirus, and this should always be the focus of our review here.

We are also not interested in referencing the opinions of other sources except those with a proven track record in independent testing such as AVC and AV-Test. The amount of bias shown in some media reviews towards commercial programs for instance is laughable and I wouldn't risk trusting my security to some blog or a YouTube review that chucks 50 samples at a program and then says it's either good or bad. Even Wilders banned the publishing of such amateur results because as with performance tests they are meaningless in terms of reliability and security. MC - Site Manager.

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3 weeks 1 day ago This Feature is at Least One Good Thing about Windows 8.x Rick Grunwald

Good article. You can also copy a file and move it without errors. Careful with several at once as it can move faster than it can copy and that WILL make errors :))
You can also start several copy operations and the progress windows stack up so you can see the progress of each
All in all I like windows 8.1

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3 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software BillR

COMPARATIVE PERFORMANCE - Performance (speed/load/overhead; not detection rate) on a specific system with slightly tweaked antimalware settings will _not_ necessarily match the performance on a reference test system, however performance is one of the easiest tests to run and quantify so many reviews focus on those results (though the methodology may be slightly lacking). Anyone interested might start by looking at the reports from the organizations Chiron lists and then add reviews from several major magazines. A few bloggers and themed sites also appear to have reliable results. 30 minutes of focused(!) review probably will suffice to supplement Chiron's summary. Just remember that sometimes changing a few settings can have a tremendous affect on performance (and detection).

REVIEW CHANGELOG - Please consider adding a very brief changelog (perhaps truncated by a major rewrite). Your exemplary research and maintenance of posts make a changelog even more useful because you do make both small and large revisions and some of us would like to know when your evaluation changes.

REFERENCES - Please consider adding a few additional references to supplement this review. The references might provide supplemental/supporting details, offer a radically different opinion, or address areas not covered. The first four that come to my mind are some other performance reviews, reviews that you rejected for inclusion (perhaps annotated), a list of free antivirus products that are available for commercial use, and a list of (some) other products that have not been included in the review because of lack of comparative quantitative tests (or a link to the big AV list?).
Broader licensing example:
http://www.raymond.cc/blog/free-antivirus-for-corporate-commercial-and-e... (2013?)
http://www.geekomad.com/2013/09/5-free-antivirus-software-for.html (Sept. 2013)
Other comprehensive comparative reviews example:
[testing-org-xyz.org] (Recent reviews are only available via expensive subscription and dissemination is restricted)

REGARDING BitDefender AV Free: "lack of customization" --> virtually no customization or control.

FALSE POSITIVES: I concur with Chiron's emphasis on prevention then detection however achieved but so far I've had much more frequent problems with FPs than infections (that I know about). Of course, one major infection can be catastrophic (e.g., recent disc encrypting ransomware).

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3 weeks 1 day ago This Feature is at Least One Good Thing about Windows 8.x dwainwood

Like it too, but still like Teracopy.

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great one

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3 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Image Editor for iOS jee

fabulus

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WinAudit is amazing. In search of the serial number for my Asus graphics adapter, but without retrieving the card, itself, I was delighted to find WA provided the unparsed serial number. Since I already knew how many digits to expect, I removed the other characters, and was able to send my question to Asus tech support.

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3 weeks 1 day ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie Anupam

I have covered majority of the above points in the article already.

The article is directed specifically towards new users... so that they make the minimum changes in settings required in order to run Sandboxie without problems.

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3 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Spyware And Adware Remover Cefto

Malwarebytes was updated to version 2.0.0.1000.

The rootkit scan is now included in the program without an additional download, but it is not enabled by default in the settings. :)

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3 weeks 1 day ago How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors Chiron

Thanks. I've added these suggestions to the article. Let me know what you think.

Thanks again.

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3 weeks 1 day ago How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors Chiron

Thank you. I looked through this list and found that I do already have all of them in the list, with the exception of three. One of these is ByteHero, which cannot be included as it is not signature based and that is one of the requirements for being on this list.

The other two are AegisLab and VirIT. I will look into these and see about adding them. I also found out that Threattrack is related to Vipre. I thus added that name next to Vipre so that if users are searching for that vendor they can still find it in this list.

Thank you.

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3 weeks 1 day ago How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors Chiron

And thanks for the suggestion of creating one. I will try to update this every time I update the article. However, if I don't please remind me and I will update it. I'm sure you're not the only one who appreciates it.

Thanks.

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3 weeks 1 day ago How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors BillR

Regarding webmail users: I think a comment is a good idea and will encourage some additional reporting. It is actually quite easy to zip a file and send it provided the installed AV doesn't interfere. I'm glad you included the 7-zip list but it only adds a few vendors.

You might also reassure hesitant users that duplicative reporting is handled automatically for the most part.

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3 weeks 1 day ago How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors BillR

Nice list of instructions for reporting false positives found by Metascan-Online.com was posted by Taeil Goh on March 21, 2014, in the Metascan Online blog (provided by OPSWAT). List includes ~40 vendors.
https://www.metascan-online.com/en/blog/what-do-i-do-if-an-engine-detect...

I see several vendors on the Metascan Online list that are not present in table above but I know that you skip over some vendors that use signatures from another vendor.

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3 weeks 1 day ago How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors BillR

Thanks for the new changelog feature, Chiron. I noticed the recent update date; wondered what changed; knew the answer almost immediately.

I wish all authors/editors would follow suit and use a changelog.

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3 weeks 2 days ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie bo.elam

Tedshony, the default settings sandbox is designed so it ll be easy for first time users to start using Sandboxie immediately after installing the program, you really don't have to make changes to settings right away. I believe first time users should use the sandbox with default settings for a while and only make changes when they know what they are changing and the reason for making the changes.

For convenience and security, the only changes in settings that I recommend you do after installing Sandboxie for the first time are the following:

1) Set the sandbox to delete on closing.

2) For convenience, I recommend you allow bookmarks to be saved out of the sandbox.

3) Also for convenience, set the sandbox to allow downloads to be recovered out of the sandbox.

Important: set your browser to recover to one of the folders that are in the Quick recovery window. Otherwise, recovering files might seem like its not something smooth and you ll get frustrated. If you set it up correctly, recovering files works perfectly.

As a new Sandboxie user, you should know how antiviruses interact with Sandboxie.

http://www.sandboxie.com/index.php?FAQ_Virus

Let me finish saying that Sandboxies default sandbox was created with first time users in mind, it is well balanced (security and convenience).

Regarding Toolwiz TimeFreeze. Light virtualization programs are great. I use them as well. I use this kind of programs for testing other programs and Sandboxie (Application sandbox) for security.

I ll give you a piece of advise regarding TTF or any other LV programs. It is safer not to save all changes. It is better to use the program to drop all changes after rebooting. If you try a program under TTF and you like it, install it after rebooting.

Bo

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Hello,

I am trying to fix an issue with a Sony Tablet S

Fortunately it has been rooted as I need to recover some deleted files from it.

My friends partner decided to 'play' with it.

Can you recommend a Freeware program to recover photos, contacts, messages, videos etc?

There are paid versions but I would rather not fork out any cash :-)

Regards,

Paul

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you can also try a very good alternative:

PDFzorro - PDF Editor:

http://www.PDFzorro.com

here you can edit pdf files online, add text and comment, draw lines or retangles etc..

add, delete, rotate, sort pages, merge any pdf files...

There also exist a Google Chrome-Webstore-App for GoogleDrive and a Android-App for smartphones...

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I do care about the privacy issues related to Google but the trouble is for me anyway I've found it the most functional calendar especially across multiple devices which is why I use it set to maximum privacy ( all my events are set to private etc. ) but people are free to use which ever program they like , that's why I've listed/ reviewed so many different programs and services in the review in the hope that people can find one that suits them.

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thanks for your reply I've only just noticed it .

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Hi. I just use Winzip. It happily extracts to the same place, and needs no extra drive. And Winzip is still free.

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I used Virtual Clone Drive (Elaborate Bytes) for years. It can read the contents of ISO files directly. Works with Windows 8.1. VCD is a jewel.

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Good recommendations,
Note
Adobe in not in favor of password protection files. Say they are too easily hacked.

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Yeah ... let me at it ....

15 years of Mac OS secrets rotting in my attic of a head.
Best to air 'em all out ... see which ones are still workable ...

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It was most definitely a video game before it was a card game. (I'm pretty sure even the cartoon pre-dated the card game.)

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The plural of Pokemon is also Pokemon. It is most certainly not "Pokemon's".

(Technically it would be "Pokémon", but let's not go nuts.)

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