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Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 10 months 1 week ago alexo

IZArc has been updated to 4.2
The installer no longer contains adware (See the "news" page on IZAarc site). I installed it right now and did not see anything related to opencandy.

As an aside, IZArc supports more formats than 7zip, B1 and Pea (See /Comparison_of_file_archivers on Wikipedia).
I believe that it deserves a second look.

[[ Why can't I post links? ]]

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 10 months 1 week ago Krunk

I appreciate the difficulties some have had with Windows 10 and the perceived invasion of privacy and loss of control.
But I find it a bit ironic that most of the hate directed toward Microsoft is from folks who are irrevocably attached to their beloved Windows 7.
You know, MICROSOFT's Windows 7..

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 10 months 1 week ago pratomorone

Sir Gruff...I had the same problem after I deleted all the updates that the site listed that would enable Mr. Softy to load Win 10 on my machine. After trying everything I could find on how to correct it, all to no use, I now use a program that updates software on my computer. It also looks for updates to Win 7, downloads and installs them. It is called patchmypc. It will be a cold day in hell before I load Win 10 either on my wife's computer or mine.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 10 months 1 week ago eikelein

Typically Microsoft!

Overbearing, presumptuous and snotty.

I should be grateful to them for "creating" more work for me but I pity my typical customer who will be helplessly entangled in MS's crummy machinations.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 10 months 1 week ago crosseyedlemon

I think you could probably form a nation with all the computer users that now have contempt for Microsoft. I too am using Windows 7 and I definitely don't expect Microsoft to keep their promise and support that OS until 2020. I'll be moving on to Linux shortly because I'm convinced upgrading to Windows 10 is no different than booking passage on the Titanic.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 10 months 1 week ago crosseyedlemon

There are certainly advantages to using the portable apps. The following website might be of interest to those looking for apps of this kind.
http://www.portablefreeware.com/all.php

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 10 months 1 week ago shnbwmn

Just another reason to use portable apps. Obviously not everything can be portabilised, particularly large commercial programs required for work, but when possible it makes things so much easier, safer and faster.

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Best Free Software for Linux 10 months 1 week ago Panzer

"... Mondo Rescue is a GPL disaster recovery solution. It supports Linux (i386, x86_64, ia64) and FreeBSD (i386). It's packaged for multiple distributions ... It supports tapes, disks, network and CD/DVD as backup media, multiple filesystems, LVM, software and hardware Raid ...":

http://www.mondorescue.org/

 

"... MyPasswords is a very light-weight, secure and easy-to-use password manager ...":

http://mypasswords.ehsunbehravesh.com/

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Best Free Media Player 10 months 1 week ago Panzer

"... MPDN is a modern extensible media player written in .NET (with performance critical parts in ASM/SSE2) featuring a fully integrated high quality Direct3D 9, 10, 11 video renderer that is equally extensible ...":
http://www.zachsaw.com/mpdn/

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 10 months 1 week ago Realist

I am happy with my dual boot - WinXP/Win7 - machine and I am not upgrading before 2022.
:)

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 10 months 1 week ago Hopalong

@CyberWolf64

+1

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 10 months 1 week ago gruff

Using Disk Management I've found a 450MB partition on my laptop C: drive called "Healthy (Recovery Partition)" Can you send me to someplace that can show me how to access it to restore my laptop to a functioning Win 7 Home Premium? Thanks.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 10 months 1 week ago rhiannon

On some laptops there's a hidden partition that will restore the system to the point when it was manufactured.........that might be an option. If you've got the disk, you could try re-installing Windows 7. :)

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 10 months 1 week ago rhiannon

I like to grab my drivers from the manufacturer as well. :)

 

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 10 months 1 week ago johnvk

So, all previous (suspicious) claims of "for the user's good" or "best experience for the user" are now exposed for the pretense that they are, and likely have always been. Windows 10 is really about giving Microsoft complete control over YOUR PC. My prediction of a 2016 article: Users of windows 10 logged on today to see that their gmail account has been replaced with windows live mail, and all their email imported. Unfortunately, online forums are clogged with users for whom the import failed, and who've lost decades of email and all their contacts. A Microsoft spokesman replied that "this upgrade provides the best experience for our users. Our user research suggests that most users dont want to bother which who their email provider is, they just want it to work."

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 10 months 1 week ago gruff

I've NEVER trusted Microsoft and I've been using it since DOS 3.1, so I've always been leery of anything they do and check it closely. When Windows 10 came out I bought an inexpensive refurbished HP Elitebook laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium preinstalled. I then updated to Windows 10 about 2-3 months ago. I didn't like it at all and when I reverted back to Windows 7 it had updates blocked so I've not been able to get any updates for it. I'm not sure if I want to buy another new copy of Windows 7 or just toss the laptop. I'm still running Win 7 Pro on my desktop and I'll stay with it as long as I can.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 10 months 1 week ago CyberWolf64

I'm with you rhiannon. I too decided after all the negatives of Win 10 started surfacing to just get rid of all updates that would even try to install it. I like my Windows 7 ltimate just the way I have it thank you. Microsoft needs to learn perhaps the MOST important tidbit from all the negative press:
IT IS THE USERS MACHINE, NOT MICROSOFT'S.
I judge which updates I really need, and as to hardware drivers, I trust ONLY those that come from the hardware manufacturer. Definitely NOT Microsoft.
I have had people warn me about not upgrading to 10, all I say to them is this:
IF Microsoft EVER gets it through there extremely thick skulls that people DO NOT want spyware posing as an OS, they do NOT want to be told they HAVE TO update, and that the machine belongs TO THE USER and not Microsoft, then I MIGHT upgrade (even if by then I have to pay for the bloody thing). Besides as I also tell them...MS is supporting Win 7 til like 2020, so I am good for a bit, thank you

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Best Free BitTorrent Client 10 months 1 week ago freestuffrocks

From version 2.25 onwards Tixati can now bind to a VPN. The best just got better.

There hasn't been a comprehensive review of torrent clients for nearly 3 years since mr6n8's excellent test in early 2013. Any idea when the next one will be (I'm guessing he's no longer a reviewer)?.

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Best Free Program Launcher 10 months 1 week ago Panzer

Wox:

https://www.getwox.com/

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Explore Hundreds Of Thousands Of Music Tracks 10 months 1 week ago r0h1t

Rdio has received rave reviews for how it's refreshingly different from the big boys. But, two things:

1. It's not available in all countries.
2. It's been acquired by Pandora, so is not likely to last very long as a standalone service.

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Best Free OCR Software 10 months 1 week ago swethaganji

Hi team ,

We need to convert the scanned pdf/tiff files into OCR enabled and searchable files for text recognition and field recognition.We found the software of free ocr like (freeocr541.exe) in your website (http://www.paperfile.net/) but We have not found any library, samples & api documentation of (free ocr)in your site .Please provide us the sdk and Api Documentation ?
is it possilble to extract the text from the pdf/tiff files to XML

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Best Free Notes Organizer 10 months 1 week ago Supercali

Google Keep is also good, most important for me is to keep notes across all devices, I just keep random notes, copy web snippets, reminder, alarm, etc. don't need editing, so Keep is perfect for me.

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A Brilliant New Way to Create and Share Your Presentations, Fast and Easy 10 months 1 week ago vandamme

I wonder how much it cost them to come up with the name. First thought I had was "swayback nag". I uploaded a 5 MB powerpoint, but then it hung halfway through Swaying (Swayifying?). A different PDF worked but looked pretty nasty. But thanks for trying, Microsoft.

Funny thing, they have a nicely done tutorial; they put it on Google's YouTube.

I might try again, using the web to Sway(tm) a presentation written in LibreOffice. Topic: "Why Linux is better than Windows."

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Best Free PC Games 10 months 1 week ago Panzer

"... Militia brings the thrill of victory to the single-player experience. It features a single-player ladder system built around tightly designed and strategic turn-based gameplay ...":

http://gamejolt.com/games/militia/92458

 

"... Annex: Conquer the World is an anime themed real time strategy game that brings fast paced combat with a diverse arsenal ...":

http://www.desura.com/games/annex-conquer-the-world

 

"... 'In Closure' is a whimsical and eerie adventure of Sera, playing through the stages of grief. This point and click adventure is simple in mechanics but heavy in the story. Interact with objects, learn about what is going on and complete interesting puzzles. Discover if you can fix things, change the course of time and save yourself ...":

http://gamejolt.com/games/in-closure/107942

 

"... Evidyon – No man’s Land is a free to play and opensource 3D MMORPG ...":

http://www.desura.com/games/evidyon-no-mans-land-free-mmorpg

 

Dungeon Nightmares:
http://www.desura.com/games/dungeon-nightmares

 

"... Hacknet is a modern, super immersive, terminal-driven hacking game ...":

http://www.desura.com/games/hacknet

 

"... Renegade X is a free Tactical Shooter that aims to brings the Command and Conquer FPS experience to the Unreal Engine 3 ...":

http://renegade-x.com/

 

"... Revenge Of The Cats: Ethernet is a free experimental online multiplayer FPS with unique gameplay: Alternate between the pure energy "ether form" and the physical manifestation called "CAT" ...":

http://www.desura.com/games/revenge-of-the-cats-ethernet

 

Tanks of freedom - classic turn-based strategy game:

http://w84death.itch.io/tanks-of-freedom

 

"... Wyrmsun is an open-source RTS game which features elements of mythology, history and fiction ...":

http://www.indiedb.com/games/wyrmsun

 

Ryzom - science fantasy MMORPG:

http://ryzom.com/

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Best Free Software for Linux 10 months 1 week ago Panzer

"... Powermanga Linux is an arcade 2D shoot-em-up game with 41 levels and more than 200 sprites : 60 different enemies, 40 meteors, numerous weapons, many end of level baddies, spaceship power-ups and lots of other surprises ...":

http://sourceforge.net/projects/powermanga/

 

"... Pushover ... is a puzzle game where you have to manipulate dominos that they all fall in a chain reaction according to vertain rules ...":

http://sourceforge.net/projects/pushover/

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Best Free Remote Access Software 10 months 1 week ago JakeTech

I use dualmon.com to provide support. They have both attended and unattended options, with the attended method being super easy to deploy to people. Their free version is limited to 2 computers, but the pro version is only $1/month per PC, if you need to support large numbers of people at one time.

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Best Free Encryption Utility for Cloud Storage 10 months 1 week ago jamies

What I was looking for in a cloud encryption facility is that anything uploaded to a specified drive/partition that is cloud storage gets encrypted on upload and automatically decrypted on download so the local user is not aware of the encryption, and anything put into that encrypted store is accessed as if it was not encrypted, with storage locations including NAS as well as cloud.

However - from my experience of the faults with File History, If working with that load of ... is a criteria then I'll look elsewhere for advice.
(Doesn't save files with names over 200 chars, just stops saving files, needs manual restart, and anyone can get at and modify the file History folder on the storage partition.)

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Best Free Encryption Utility for Cloud Storage 10 months 1 week ago snakyjake

Filewall might be something for you to look at.

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Get 30 New Fonts For Your PC, Completely Free. 10 months 1 week ago Sgluber

+1

Thank you, guys! :-)

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How to Work With Audio CD .CDA Files 10 months 1 week ago sharon1953

Hi, is there any way when using windows media to create music CDs (with WAV files) I can actually add track names that show when the CD is used? At present all you can see on say a car CD player, is Track 01 Track 02. I am using a CD with the WAV files on as the original master then making duplicate copies, all of which just say the same.?

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Best Free File Copy Utility 10 months 1 week ago crombierob

They were selling version 3 half price on a giveaway site (Bits....our).
The author was answering questions from members who had v2.3 and were debating whether to purchase v3
He and members were also discussing that v3 will not work in XP
The Bits.....our site is now selling it for full price.
But I must confess the TerraCopy site is very vague about version numbers, even when I added it to the shopping cart (briefly)

Rob
PS maybe the author is using the Bits....our 'offer' as a means to get people using the alpha (Naughty)
PPS I just studied the Bits....our page, and it too is vague about the version. It may be they are flogging v2.3
Life is confusing enough for the elderly and the feeble minded, without both of those sites adding to the confusion.

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Best Free File Copy Utility 10 months 1 week ago Anupam

You should have specified that version 3.0 is in alpha.. nowhere near final stage.

Also, many software developers have stopped supporting XP now, so why not TeraCopy too? XP support has ended, and slowly it will phase out... although many people still use it.

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Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 10 months 1 week ago MidnightCowboy Thank you for pointing this out bili_39. The product details have now been updated to include a warning for the bundled components. MC - Site Manager. view
224 Places For Free Audio Books Online 10 months 1 week ago resonanceaudiodistro

You should add: https://resonanceaudiodistro.wordpress.com/

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Best Free MP3 Tag Editor 10 months 1 week ago adreenegara

I am happy to visit your site . I hope we share and useful for many people . Thank you
http://mp3nusantara.wapka.mobi

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Get 30 New Fonts For Your PC, Completely Free. 10 months 1 week ago vandamme

I wish they had put these fonts all in one folder instead of each one in its individual folder. But hey, free.

Fonts are one of my weaknesses, and after getting these 30 free ones I went through and uninstalled a few ....dozen....that I'll never use again. They take up time and HDD space.

And it also bears mentioning that of course these fonts also work in Linux.

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Best Free Skype Plugins (Stub only) 10 months 1 week ago DavidFB

This isn't about a plugin but rather a Skype recorder but I don't see any category for that.
Just wanted to suggest the free for personal use MP3 Skype Recorder
http://voipcallrecording.com/MP3_Skype_Recorder

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Best Free File Copy Utility 10 months 1 week ago Remah

I was surprised to see that Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility is not included in the related articles list for file copying. The main difference with a synchronizer is that it checks what is in the destination and compares it with the source files before copying. Maybe that is an option for you.

I use FreeFileSync for both synchronizing and copying files. It is free for commercial uses and runs on Windows (XP upwards), Mac OS/X and Linux. Reliability has been excellent although I've never checked to see if there is a verify option. One caveat is that it come with an OpenCandy installer which is less than ideal.

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Best Free File Copy Utility 10 months 1 week ago crombierob

TerraCopy has released V3
They have decided to NOT make it work in XP, and their site gives scant warning about this (TCH! TCH!)
Their arrogant attitude in a recent giveaway site is -
95% of users, use more recent OS (Vista, W7 etc), so the 5% should get rid of their XP

Rob
PS whilst rummaging around looking for confirmation that XP users should all 'snap out of it', I also came across mutterings from some users about reliability.
If any program took thrice as long as others BUT was guaranteed to not falter, that would be the program I would use.

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Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 10 months 1 week ago bili_39

B1 free archiver is marked as Ad supported on Softpedia. It is like that for some time now.

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Best Free PC Games 10 months 1 week ago Panzer "...Right to Rule is a multiplayer turn based strategy game, where players take on the role of either the Fairy Tales or Legends factions, in a neverending battle for the Right to Rule ...:" http://righttorulegame.com view
Best Free Software for Linux 10 months 1 week ago Panzer "...Batis is a way to distribute and install desktop applications on Linux. Users can get up to date software directly from the authors, whichever Linux distribution they use ...": http://batis-installer.github.io view
Get 30 New Fonts For Your PC, Completely Free. 10 months 1 week ago esenterre

Just like you, but I use DaFont.com. Looks like a sister site of 1001freefonts , IDK.

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Quickly Block All Future Emails From Selected Senders In Gmail 10 months 1 week ago macko1944

Thank you for taking the time to respond.I am using "Standard"view(no block).but I can live with the lack of this one step,and go to the "spam'etc.Thanks again for your response!

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36 Places For Free Science Fiction & Fantasy Audiobooks Online 10 months 1 week ago lindacbugg

Great list--thanks for all the links. I would add this series of speculative fiction which is mostly classic science fiction by early greats in the genre. Can be listened to again & again. You can find it over at the internet archive. It's called "Mind Webs" a radio series out of WHA radio in Madison WI.

https://archive.org/details/MindWebs_201410

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Get 30 New Fonts For Your PC, Completely Free. 10 months 1 week ago Anupam

Thank you. Great sites. Bookmarked :D

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Get 30 New Fonts For Your PC, Completely Free. 10 months 1 week ago Krunk

I prefer to add individual fonts as the need arises. There are lots of good free font sites where you can search by category..
1001freefonts.com and dafont.com are a couple I like.

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Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 10 months 1 week ago bili_39

7-Zip for Windows has been updated to 15.12 (2015-11-19).

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Get 30 New Fonts For Your PC, Completely Free. 10 months 1 week ago anne-ology

hopefully, thanks to this very nice article I now know how to make these new fonts operational - I didn't realize it was a 2-step process,

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How to Tell If A Website Is Dangerous 10 months 1 week ago macsband

Google will provide a Safe Browsing Site Status report at https://www.google.com/transparencyreport/safebrowsing/diagnostic/?hl=en

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A Brilliant New Way to Create and Share Your Presentations, Fast and Easy 10 months 1 week ago crosseyedlemon

Anything having to do with Microsoft will most certainly not deserve to be called brilliant....lol. I tolerate Windows but for any other application you can be sure there are better open source or independent alternatives to what Mr. Softie can offer.

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Quickly Block All Future Emails From Selected Senders In Gmail 10 months 2 weeks ago Peejayh

What if you do this in error, or later decide you want to receive emails from that address? How do you reverse it?

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Quickly Block All Future Emails From Selected Senders In Gmail 10 months 2 weeks ago jmjsquared

Thanks. I know but that's not my point. To "Mark As SPAM" causes the sender to be "reported" as a spammer, moves the offending email to the Trash Folder AND blocks future emails from appearing in the inbox... hopefully. However, to only "Block" emails from a particular sender keeps them out of my Inbox without also "reporting" them as spammers.

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Quickly Block All Future Emails From Selected Senders In Gmail 10 months 2 weeks ago flashcraft

I agree with David Roper that Gmail makes every option so tricky to find so I really appreciate this tip. Thanks!

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Best Sites To Read Books Online Without Download or Registration 10 months 2 weeks ago Sonakshi

Great list of sites for reading books online for free.

You can also try http://lenro.co where you can find and meet book readers in your neighborhood. You can Borrow/Lend/Discuss books with book lovers in your area.

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Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 10 months 2 weeks ago weltall

I am not sure if the mods read these comments, but I feel IZArc should be removed from the list. Not only it is as bad as it can, but it comes bundled with opencandy too. My problem was not the opencandy per se, as much the fact that even if I denied the installation of the advertisement programs, my antimalware program caught IZArc running the opencandy installer as soon as I declined them. I have wrote here http://alternativeto.net/software/izarc/reviews/ there reasons that this program should be avoided at all costs.

As of now Peazip seems to be the best all around program to have. It's interface seems nice, as always has been and the only problem I have is that I can't drag and drop items from within an archive on another, without having to first unzip the one I want to take the items from. Also I can't drag and drop items on the desktop. But these are minor things. I do not want to make a huge pose here on how I feel, but I will just say that Peazip does it all. I have wrote a large post about why it is worth having over the others here http://alternativeto.net/software/peazip/reviews/ for anyone that cares to read it. I explain why I like it and even compare it to 7zip/winrar/freearc.

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Capture And Annotate Screen Shots In Your Browser 10 months 2 weeks ago mchldpy

Might be nice if the article stated this was available for Chrome, Firefox, IE and Opera instead of just Chrome.

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Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 10 months 2 weeks ago weltall

Zip tools are not usually if at all to blame. The best though program I had to open archives was indeed 7zip. When it says the path is too long it can mean a handful of things, which one of them is really being the path name being too long. Remember the limit of the filepath name is 250-260 characters and when you use the zip programs they count the whole length, including the folder name.

So if you have backed up things and they are in a folder called "Omg this is a really large name that have 150 character" and the file name is another 150 characters, normally windows will not have a problem to read them, but when you try to copy or unzip them, it tries to read the full length of it and it goes over the 250 character limit.

If you do not get it, just try to copy things from your zip, directly on your c: drive, rather than in a folder. That will help Windows to be able to read it.

Paying will not really help, if that is your problem.

There is no bullet proof program from file corruption. Sure you can add a % of security, which will help a bit from file corruption, but if a file gets damaged for whatever reason, nothing can really fully save it. Your problem does not seem corruption though, so again I doubt paying for it will help.

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Best Free Streaming Media Recorder 10 months 2 weeks ago Jojo Yee Thanks leilabd for your kind feedback. Now updated in the product database. view
Quickly Block All Future Emails From Selected Senders In Gmail 10 months 2 weeks ago mchldpy

are you viewing the mail in "Basic View" (no block button, just hit "report as spam") or "standard view"? (has block button)

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Quickly Block All Future Emails From Selected Senders In Gmail 10 months 2 weeks ago mchldpy

@ jmjsquared,
When viewing the item you marked as spam you can always mark it as "not spam" and it will return to your inbox or archive folder "all mail" what ever the location was when you marked it as spam.

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Quickly Block All Future Emails From Selected Senders In Gmail 10 months 2 weeks ago macko1944

I have no "block..."in my gmail-so this advice will not work for me!!!

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Best Free Streaming Media Recorder 10 months 2 weeks ago leilabd

There is a portable version of Audacity. It's available at portableapps.com:
http://portableapps.com/apps/music_video/audacity_portable

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Quickly Block All Future Emails From Selected Senders In Gmail 10 months 2 weeks ago jmjsquared

Nice Tip. In moving the message to the Spam folder, does this actually report the message as spam? If so, while this may be easy and convenient for the Recipient, it may not be fair to the Sender, if they had prior permission to send it.

BTW, I learned yesterday that Google will attempt automatically to unsubscribe you from senders when you mark a message in the Inbox as spam. I twice tried unsuccessfully to unsubscribe from one newsletter but, when I marked it as spam and Google stepped in, I immediately (I mean in three minutes!) got a human-generated email from the sender confirming that I had been unsubscribed.

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Quickly Block All Future Emails From Selected Senders In Gmail 10 months 2 weeks ago arieshifman

Thanks.

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Which Paid VPN Service Would You Like us to Review Next? 10 months 2 weeks ago Geert

- PureVPN
- ProXPN

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Coming Soon To Windows 10: Find My Device 10 months 2 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

This is just another attempt by Microsoft to bypass the individuals right to privacy. If they really wanted to include a useful feature it would have been named Find Someone To Do My Laundry.

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Coming Soon To Windows 10: Find My Device 10 months 2 weeks ago Realist

although you'll need to be prepared for a download that could reach up to 3 GB.

No, Thanks.

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How to Create a Custom Hotkey for Your Favorite Application or Folder 10 months 2 weeks ago v.laurie Off the top of my head, I don't know a quick way. Maybe someone else has a suggestion. view
The Easy Way to Check If Your Computer Is Connected to the Internet 10 months 2 weeks ago v.laurie Ping is a standard old command used for testing networks. It has several uses and can tell you more than the icon you refer to. view
How to Quickly Shut Down a Hung or Unresponsive Application 10 months 2 weeks ago v.laurie Using Task Manager is certainly one of the standard ways of dealing with hung programs. Personally, I don't find it any quicker but I do use Task Manager sometimes. One advantage of the command line is that a batch file can be created, reducing the procedure to one step of clicking the file. In Windows, there are often multiple ways to do the same thing. view
How to Quickly Shut Down a Hung or Unresponsive Application 10 months 2 weeks ago toktok

Thanks for the tip!
The usual way would be to press Ctrl-Alt-Del (Win7), enter the Task List, and stop the Task that is not responding. Simpler...(?)

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The Easy Way to Check If Your Computer Is Connected to the Internet 10 months 2 weeks ago toktok

Thanks for the tip! Just tried it.
The icon in your task bar (lower right corner, Win7) that looks like a computer screen - usually shows if there is internet access. Usually that's all you need - or...?

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Best Free Notes Organizer 10 months 2 weeks ago Joao Brito

How do you use it to take notes?

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Best Free Notes Organizer 10 months 2 weeks ago Joao Brito

OneNote is the best, the only problem is poor tag management.
The good: multiplatform, OCR and powerful cross-reference between notes. The latter is very useful to annotate anything. For instance, you're reading an article and onenote allows you to create notes that are linked to each paragraph.
The bad: unusual page layout; highlights hover the document and are easily moved, tags are prebuilt (although you can edit, add, delete tags) and don't sync with mobile devices.

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Best Free PC Games 10 months 2 weeks ago Panzer

Bos Wars is a futuristic real time strategy game:

http://www.boswars.org/

 

Commander Stalin is a Soviet real time strategy game based on Boswars:

http://commanderstalin.sourceforge.net/

 

Browsmos is a game the web browser, made entirely using HTML5, and inspired heavily by the gameplay of Osmos:

https://github.com/BHSPitMonkey/Browsmos

 

BZFlag is a free online multiplayer 3D tank battle game:

http://bzflag.org/

 

Crossfire is a multi-player graphical arcade and adventure game:

http://crossfire.real-time.com/intro/index.html

 

Cube Trains is a free puzzle game where you build elevated railways in a city:

http://ddr0.github.io/cube%20trains/index.html

 

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Free Font Saves You Money On Ink 10 months 2 weeks ago Mighty

I went toner about ten years ago. I print so rarely that every time I needed to print something I had to take a trip to Fry's to get a new ink cartridge. Since the switch, I think I'm on my third set of toner cartridges. Certainly a lot less money than all the dried up ink cartridges I threw away.

I've had people point out that I could have printed a page or two every week, to keep the ink from drying up. But, that still results in a much higher price per page for the documents I actually cared about. I'm reasonably sure that doing that would have resulted in over 3/4 of my output to being "head clearing" pages. Some years, much more.

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The Best App to Get Ringtones and Wallpapers 10 months 2 weeks ago RickeeBoy

Not relevant here - but please pass on to adjudicator of Android Apps or best advice for weekly. I've just got rid of 2 huge apps - Yahoo and Facebook Apps both 1.3Gb - they slowed my phone and crashed other apps. The old Browser access is faster - looks great and works just as well. I also have loads of space for other Apps - (I don't use Messenger though) (My phone has plenty of space but is a 8gb with Octacore 1.7s so should be OK) :)

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How to Create a Custom Hotkey for Your Favorite Application or Folder 10 months 2 weeks ago cisreal

Is there a way to list your custom hotkeys that you have created?

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Ten Windows Tips Worth Remembering 10 months 2 weeks ago Bob Schwartz

One of the best print screen programs I have found is HARD COPY. It is free with a nag screen every 5 usages or a contribution of your choosing will eliminate the nag screens.

The program allows the user to select from a group of pre-determined hot keys that can be assigned to select:
1. which printer, if you have more than one
2. screen or window
3. orientation: portrait or longitudinal
4. color, B & W, or gray scale, depending on the printer
plus some other features
Try it and see for yourself
Bob

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Get 30 New Fonts For Your PC, Completely Free. 10 months 2 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

If your using Microsoft Office or an open source equivalent you already have more fonts than you would ever need so this in really nothing but an invitation to add bloatware to your computer.

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The Most Comprehensive System Audit Tool I've Ever Seen 10 months 2 weeks ago Geekomatic

You don't build "market share" when you don't advertise & aren't attempting to become a monolithic-monopoly, I suppose? Never mind that Linux underpins quite a lot more than most people realize. I've personally installed it to probably hundreds of XP computers so far, for our local seniors, & they've been quite happy.

To each, their own. Some prefer to follow the pack & that's fine, too.

:)

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Best Free Software for Linux 10 months 2 weeks ago Panzer

"... QComicBook is a viewer for comic book archives (.cbr, .cbz and alike) containing jpeg/png/xpm/gif/bmp images, which aims at speed, convenience and ease of use ...":

http://qcomicbook.org/

 

"... Novacut is a collaborative video editor that aims to bring the agile, distributed workflow pioneered by free software to professional movie and TV production ...":

https://launchpad.net/novacut

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The Most Comprehensive System Audit Tool I've Ever Seen 10 months 2 weeks ago Realist

Linux has matured immensely
An OS with 2% market share is surely mature.

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This Mind Mapping Tool is Small, Portable and Free 10 months 2 weeks ago crombierob

I was excited, then I copped this warning when attempting to download the exe from Google Drive -
Sorry, this file is infected with a virus
Only the owner is allowed to download infected files.

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Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility 10 months 2 weeks ago alejobd

After testing all of this utilities to try to recover deleted files, I believe that Recuva, while not being perfect, has one crucial feature: it notes the "Condition" of the recoverable file (Excellent / poor / very poor / unrecoverable), and you can even see how many clusters are overwritten in the "Info". This is a must to decide if you want to recover the file and what to expect from it.
The rest of the recommended utilities lack this essential feature. In another comment Puran is recommended. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND AGAINST PURAN: it has indeed the "Condition" column, but IT IS WRONG: it shows Excellent where Recuva shows Poor, and the file is indeed useless after recovery (in my tests, recovery condition as noted by Recuva is accurate).

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The Program That Finally Made Me Love Mind Maps. And It's Free. 10 months 2 weeks ago crombierob

You had trouble working out why v 3.5.1 is called XMind 6
Well this should clear things up - v3.6.0 is called XMind 7

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Best Free CD Ripper 10 months 2 weeks ago Anupam

First of all, why aren't you using an ad-blocker? If you use an ad-blocker, you won't be seeing any of those confusing advertising download buttons.

Secondly, there are links for download on the same page. There are two links, one in German and one in English, saying "Download from download-partner Netzwelt" with US-British flag icon besides it. That will lead you to a site for EAC download. But yes, it's bit consfusing downloading from there.

Below those links, is another link saying "If you encounter any problems on downloading, please click here." Clicking that link will take you to a page where you can download EAC from its own server. So, maybe you should try this one, since it's pretty straightforward, unlike the other link.

Also, you could have downloaded EAC from any of the good download sites like Softpedia.

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Audio/Audio-CD-Rippers-Encoders/...

http://www.snapfiles.com/get/exactaudio.html

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The Windows 10 Start Menu Explained- How to Customize and Use it 10 months 2 weeks ago eikelein

Yes, CASD, here you go:
For no money at all (donation ware) Classic Shell will give you a fully functional Windows 7 menu and a Start button that even can have this name. Download it from here: http://www.classicshell.net/
I use it myself, have it running on dozens and dozens of customer computers (win 7, 8.1 and 10!) and never had any problems.

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The Windows 10 Start Menu Explained- How to Customize and Use it 10 months 2 weeks ago CASD

I have a problem with Win10 it doesn't show all my apps/programs in the menu or tiles... I have to find them and then pin them to the start if I was ease of finding them again.. Not all of course just some..
Any programs that will list all my apps/programs I can download ?

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Best Free Desktop Search Utility 10 months 2 weeks ago sarwongy

Windows search has always been fine when looking up a program name or windows setting/feature, but it's really bad at finding docs when I don't remember exactly how they were named, or finding content without knowing exactly what to look for. However, I've been using a new search lately called AIKIN HyperSearch that uses artificial intelligence and fuzzy pattern recognition and it's REALLY good at finding both names of items as well as content without having to know exactly how something was written. It's super fast as well. I also really like how the search returns results by relevancy. The item name searches almost always show the most similar items at the top, and the content searches will show you what content it found sorted by most similar AND found closest together.

bestdesktopsearch.com

I give it a very solid recommendation to try out.

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Best Free CD Ripper 10 months 2 weeks ago inlinefour

I just clicked the 'down' arrow to take me to EAC's website: ,http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/en/index.php/resources/download/, but once there, nothing on the site would let me download the EAC program. There were two "Download!" buttons in the center of the screen, but they were advertisers downloading other products, not the EAC program. Among all the stuff on the left-hand side of the screen that appeared to be EAC, nothing acted like it was clickable, except a "Donate" button. Ok, I thought this was supposed to be a "free" download, but EAC guilt-trips you into paying something thru a 'donation'? So I used my Paypal account to make a donation, thinking THEN the word "DOWNLOAD" on EAC's page linked from this site would become clickable... but NO... Now I've made a 'donation' to EAC (who, at the bottom of the EAC-linked screen appears to be some dude in Germany...), but STILL nothing on the EAC webpage linked from this site lets me download the frippin' EAC program. If anyone follows this site's link to EAC, and nothing 'EAC' seems to be clickable except the "Donate" button...Do Not Donate! Don't get ripped off like I just did!

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Capture And Annotate Screen Shots In Your Browser 10 months 2 weeks ago Silver Dragon

In communication with the Lightshot developers, I learned that they also have a desktop version you can download irrespective of what browser you're using--separate downloads for Windows and Mac (see URL at end of comment). Might help if you have issues trying to use it from a particular browser. Even if you go with one of the browser add-on versions, the desktop web page is worth a look for the FAQs and some short video tutorials.
https://app.prntscr.com/en/index.html

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Capture And Annotate Screen Shots In Your Browser 10 months 2 weeks ago scrockett

I have been using a site called "Pin IT". I will try Lightshot and let you know how it works for me.

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Capture And Annotate Screen Shots In Your Browser 10 months 2 weeks ago snowbound999

I just use the built in screen capture of the Diigo extension, my online bookmarking app, to do the same thing.

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Get 30 New Fonts For Your PC, Completely Free. 10 months 2 weeks ago torres-no-tan-m...

If you don't want to wait for the email link to be sent to you, you can simply click on the download link that opens in a new tab after submitting your email addy. Many thanks for the info, Rob.

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Capture And Annotate Screen Shots In Your Browser 10 months 2 weeks ago eikelein

WOW!
Thank you Rob.
That will save me a lot of fiddling with screen shots in Paint.net.

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Best Free Disk De-fragmenter 10 months 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Thank you for pointing this out. The product details have now been updated. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Disk De-fragmenter 10 months 2 weeks ago Maksym Kozub

You say Defraggler is unrestricted freeware. In fact, while Defraggler Free is unrestricted in terms of its features, it is licensed for non-commercial use only. It is something that e.g. SOHO users like me need to know. In fact, I, too, missed that point at first, and installed it (long before reading your article) on a netbook I use for my professional activities. After some time, I realized I was violating the license, and removed it.

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The Best iPad Tips and Tricks [Updated for iOS 7 to 9] 10 months 2 weeks ago Bucknall

How do i get rid of those folders created by ios update, SELFIE FOLDER AND SCREENSHOT FOLDER without losing my pictures i am 50+ years old i do not deal with selfies, this is just taking up my pace.

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