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51 min 21 sec ago Print An Image As Tiles With Maximum Clarity Yuri P.

Here is much better option:

http://posterazor.sourceforge.net/

This small program not only cuts the image, it provides the option of margins and saves the result in the multipage PDF that can be printed in a single shot.

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1 hour 18 min ago How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns Chiron

Thank you very much for bringing this to my attention. I did use to recommend Ghostery, but a while back changed to recommending DoNotTrackMe. Now that I see the reviews, and have gotten annoyed with it constantly bothering me about passwords I don't want it to save, I have changed my advice back to Ghostery. Thank you very much.

Also, do you, or anyone else, have a recommendation for an alternative for IE. From what I can see Ghostery is not offered for IE, and I'm hoping someone knows of a suitable alternative.

Thanks.

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2 hours 19 min ago Print An Image As Tiles With Maximum Clarity deegee

If you own Adobe Acrobat, this function is built in for PDF files. Simply create / download the picture you want. If desired, resize in your graphics editor to the exact size you want, then save as a PDF file (usually this means printing to the "Adobe PDF" print driver). Load the resulting PDF into Acrobat and in the "Print" dialog choose "Poster" from the "Paper Sizing & Handling" section. You can even use the "Scale" box to change the print size up or down by changing the percentage.

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2 hours 40 min ago Vuze Help: Installing The Mainline DHT Plugin Pontiac1763

Hi, I've installed the mlDHT plugin and it's visible in the status bar. IPv4 shows large numbers of IP's, IPv6 says 'initializing'. The NAT/Firewall test also gives a pass for port 49001. So this probably means that the installation of the plugin is OK.

The thing that I want to bring up is that when I go to the sources tab of an active torrent, the mlDHT plugin is shown in the sources list, but the line for the plugin never shows any seeds, all the peers are placed in the leechers column, and the seeds column always shows the number zero. Is this as it should be? Why does the mlDHT plugin never have (or show) any seeds? My conjecture is that the mlDHT plugin can't differentiate between seeds and leechers, and therefore Vuze will place all the peers in the leechers column, but that is only my hypothesis.

I hope someone can come up with an answer to this question.

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3 hours 41 min ago Print An Image As Tiles With Maximum Clarity ccp

How does this work if your printer doesn't print right to the edges?

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5 hours 31 min ago Print An Image As Tiles With Maximum Clarity MikeR

Cracking good tip, Rob: well done! I'm not entirely sure how well the finished item would look seeing as how the joining together of the separate A4 sheets might be a wee bit tricky, but as an alternative to investing in an A3 printer this is one option that's definitely worth trying. Thanks again.

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9 hours 57 min ago How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns dogbite

For Chromium based browsers:

Replace the bloated ABP with uBlock
Replace Noscript with uMatrix

Those are the best privacy/anti tracking/anti ads apps out there.

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9 hours 57 min ago How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns BillK

The user reviews for the new Blur addon on Mozilla are terrible!
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/donottrackplus/reviews/

Ghostery (which I use) is recommended instead.
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/ghostery/?src=ss

Best wishes, BillK

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18 hours 9 min ago How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns Chiron

I'm happy to hear that. However, my main concern was whether they cover drastically different privacy protection aspects, and thus whether it is worth the extra system impact to run both.

Do you , or anyone else, know whether they cover drastically different types of threats?

Thanks.

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20 hours 53 min ago How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns MelvilDui

I am running them together with no difficulty.

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21 hours 41 min ago How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns Chiron

Isn't that more of a replacement for Adblock Plus? If so, what I was looking for was a supplementary program to run alongside programs such as Adblock Plus.

Thanks.

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21 hours 43 min ago How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns Chiron

That's very interesting. I am also running Windows 7, and I have to go to system and security to see Flash. How do you have your Control Panel organized. Mine is set to Category View. Did you perhaps make any changes to how these are displayed? If so I'll include that information in the next update.

Thanks.

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21 hours 45 min ago How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns Chiron

Which add-on are you saying is rated poorly by BitDefender?

Also, in terms of the recommendations made on this particular page, the recommendations are technically mine. However, I work very closely with those users who comment on my articles, and look into every recommendation, and complaint, very closely. Thus, I do rely very highly on the advice and information provided by these comments.

Thank you.

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23 hours 14 min ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie Tomnov

@PeterT
You cannot seriously expect full direct support from a company on a FREE version of their software. And as you posted your comment on a Saturday, how many makers of Expensive, paid versions of their software do you think would provide an instant reply on a weekend?
But as howiem suggests in his reply, you could avail yourself of their help/support forum, and receive help within a few days.
Details of your problem would help too.
My guess is that if your default download folder has a very long name, for example on an XP machine so it looks something like c:\living room computer\users and settings\...\...\my documents\downloaded files....
and the path is too long for the browser and/or the operating system, when adding in the path that Sandboxie adds by default for its own folder hierarchy.

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23 hours 56 min ago How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns MelvilDui

You might like to consider AdMuncher now that it has gone free.

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1 day 1 hour ago How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns MikeR

Quote: 'If you are running Windows Vista or Windows 7 do this by going to the control panel on your computer. Then go to the subsection for "System and Security".' Unquote.

Flash Player has its own subsection in my version of Windows 7. There isn't anything labelled 'System & Security'.

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1 day 1 hour ago How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns KetchupKid

On the BitDefender page for this add-on, reviews are poor.

I really enjoy receiving the Gizmo daily email and discover many useful apps, etc. But I'd like to know how much general user opinion is researched before you recommend something. Or are recommendations strictly your own opinion.

Just curious. Keep up the good work!

KK

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1 day 2 hours ago How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns Chiron

Thank you very much for such kind words. If you have any questions please do feel free to ask.

Thanks again.

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1 day 2 hours ago How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns Chiron

Thank you for bringing this to my attention. From what I can tell it does not require registration just for protection from tracking (although I am using Chromium). It can still be downloaded from here:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/donottrackplus/?src=search

That said, I'm a bit worried that they're pushing registration, and perhaps I'm only not seeing the signing in issue because of something else I've changed in my browser.

What are other people's thoughts about this change, and if you don't like it what recommendations do you have for a replacement?

Thank you.

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1 day 4 hours ago Eighteen Articles to Help Make You a Google Expert toonpig

Thanks these are the sort of tips I love. People say its common sense but for older people like me who are learning from scratch these are great.Keep up the great work really enjoy this site

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1 day 6 hours ago How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns MelvilDui

Dear Chiron,

This article is fantastic! It is comprehensive, well organized and clearly written. I will most certainly read your other articles.

This type of information is very helpful to me because I provide pro bono support to residents of a retirement community and I need to set them up to be as fail-safe as possible and these suggestions do that well. They need a safety net such as you have outlined. This is well timed because they are most vulnerable when the grandchildren visit and wreak havoc with the computer. Or even worse, gift them with a new computer and leave without doing anything but a simple plug-up.

Many thanks for your fine work.

PS Love your choice of avatar. Very appropriate.

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1 day 8 hours ago Best Free Spyware And Adware Remover spaarks

Ah I see, thanks for the explanation.

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1 day 8 hours ago How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns BillK

DoNotTrackMe has changed to Blur.
https://abine.com/index.html?

It appears that I now have to sign in to Blur every time I start Firefox, so I have uninstalled Blur temporarily.
I am interested to see how the community reacts to this new version.

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1 day 10 hours ago Best Free Software for Linux Jojo Yee

Thanks Panzer for the various suggestions.

Phototonic has now been added and this makes it the 150th application selected on this list.

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1 day 16 hours ago Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. noneleft

You are correct there! I'm new here but had no problem or confusion upon reading your comment.Fuzzy,it was not...succint..yes!
I quite agree that new is not always better,these days.Also,high end technology stores are not always being upfront...money is the business of today!

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1 day 16 hours ago Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. noneleft

I noticed the same thing here,at our Dollarstore(which is now a $1-2-3$ tops store) that the HDMI was copper,etc.,looked no different and had all the same specs,as a brand name HDMI,at a much higher cost-works great!
Had bought a $3 pair of earphones,there,by Bosch which gives one a sublime experience...whether listening to music or a video on pc.
These days it does not always mean Expensive is better!Some companies actually care about the 'little guy'!

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1 day 17 hours ago Best Free Spyware And Adware Remover MidnightCowboy

Most antimalware programs will not flag tracking cookies because they are neither malware, nor a threat, but a privacy issue. You can control these items with browser extensions such as Ghostery and Privacy Badger. MC - Site Manager.

https://www.ghostery.com/en/
https://www.eff.org/privacybadger

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1 day 22 hours ago Best Free Spyware And Adware Remover spaarks

Malawarebytes Free identifies very few tracking cookies, even on Threat Scan, whereas Spybot identifies lots. I am using the default settings for both programs.

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2 days 23 min ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie eikelein

@PeterT

I am offering a substantial bet that the computer you used for your tests is infected with some sort of malware.

And when you post such nasty details more information on what browser(s), version(s) ans OS (version?) would lend your words significant credibility.

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2 days 28 min ago Best Free Encrypted Virtual Drive Utility philip

DoxBox is in Beta now. It is based on Sara Dean's work so has an excellent foundation. I was unsuccessful at getting DoxBox started in portable mode on Windows 10 because it needs a signed driver to start. I'll revisit DoxBox an a few months.

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2 days 1 hour ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie howiem

Rather than set Sandboxie for automatic recovery of downloads, I recommend getting the free VirusTotal Windows Uploader so you can test downloads for malware before recovering from the sandbox by using the right context menu in Windows Explorer | Sendto | VirusTotal
https://www.virustotal.com/en/documentation/desktop-applications/virusto... has the download LINK and a tutorial. Note: The tutorial version shows 2.0, but the download version is 2.2.
https://www.virustotal.com/en/faq/ more details including file upload size limitations:
" What is the maximum file size that can be submitted to VirusTotal?

64MB for the web and email interfaces, 32MB for the API interface by default. Having said this, should you have a strong and justified need to send big files through the API (even larger than 64MB) you can contact us in order to have access to the big files API call. "

There are some other programs similar to VirusTotal at http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/probably-best-free-security-list...
5.1. File scanning with several scanners:

I'm still using VirusTotal 2.0 but will be installing 2.2 shortly.

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2 days 1 hour ago Print An Image As Tiles With Maximum Clarity Sid in Extremis

Nice facility.

It is worth checking whether your printer has this facility built in. For instance there's an Epson utility that will do this which gives overlaps to allow easy pasting the pieces together, much easier than a full bleed version.

Also make sure you have enough ink before starting, posters use an awful lot.

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2 days 2 hours ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie Anupam

lowndesw, thank you so much for your kind words. Really glad you found the article useful :).

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2 days 2 hours ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie howiem

I have been using Sandboxie since version 1.x.
I do image searches all the time in my sandboxed browser and I also use a number of browsers. Never encountered this problem in any sandbox or with any browser. The Sandboxie website also has a forum has a forum where issues can be posted.

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2 days 3 hours ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie lowndesw

As usual, ANOTHER EXCELLENT ARTICLE on a very good, and USEFUL, free software. What is so amazing is that expensive, "Paid for" software do not get this kind of in-depth, unbiased, USEFUL, UNDERSTANDABLE, comparative discussion and evaluation. An added bonus is the Comments. I frequently learn a great deal from them, too!!

I have been using SANDBOXIE for years, ever since it was first discussed on GIZMO'S. It has been used on various XP machines, laptops, desktops, Win7, and now Win8.1, 64 bit, with Chrome, Chrome Canary, Firefox, IE, Opera etc. To my knowledge it has always worked flawlessly. It's one of those "must have", first installed programs.

Anyone who has ever had a nasty downloaded on their machine KNOWS that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".

THANK YOU, Anupam, for another excellent article!!

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2 days 3 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Thank you for your detailed response. It was very helpful. I've updated the link for Dennis Technology Labs. I also added a note about the auto-quarantine in Panda.

As for Comodo Firewall, in case you weren't aware, a new version has been released to the Comodo forums. It can be downloaded from here:
https://forums.comodo.com/news-announcements-feedback-cis/comodo-interne...

Please let me know if you have any questions, or if you find out anything else.

Thanks.

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2 days 6 hours ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie Anupam

You are talking about Sandboxie, right? Which version? Which browsers did you use it with?

This will require discussion, so please post about it in the forum here, with all possible details about the problem.. like installation, usage, etc.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/freeware-installation-and...

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2 days 10 hours ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie PeterT

Be aware that this is not as easy to use stated. Investigating programme for use by elderly I proceeded to two image searches. One for a picture of a Jaguar cat and one for a picture of a Rolls Royce. On both instances the browser performed exactly as expected until it came to the 'save image as' context menu item. Immediately upon choosing this menu item the browser crashed - this happened in all browsers. Many elderly people like to view/download images from various places like Facebook or Wikipedia so this function is vital. Upon investigation there appears to be no way to contact the company to make enquiry.

I will not be recommending this to any persons in my classes/groups!

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3 days 4 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software sicknero

I tried 360 for the first time this week, and I'm really liking it.

Unusually for a "suite" I'm actually finding all of the different modules useful as well.

It took me a little while to realise that activating the Avira and Bitdefender modules seems to be a two-step process. I ticked boxes that I thought had activated them and only later found other activation switches in the actual scan dialogue.

It is a little bit buggy I think ... some of the pop-up notices appear a bit erratic as to whether they decide to show themselves or not and it also seems to fall prey to the common W7 issue of disappearing systray icons. Installing it into a clean W7 seems to have helped with that though for now.

Some of it is a little confusing to a first-time user ... for instance I ran the Cleanup module which broke ClassicShell for me, until I realised that it had quarantined the toolbar components of ClassicShell.

All in all I like it a lot though, especially the alternative Windows updater. It seems to run happily with Comodo Firewall too and performance is still good even on my elderly 2Ghz/2Gb desktop machine.

By the way Chiron, your Dennis Technology link goes to the 2013 test results.

Thanks for a great article anyway. I've been using Comodo CIS for a couple of years or so now but I was finding that the AV component was a bit demanding on my low-end hardware, so this week I've tried out most of the alternatives on this page.

Panda I liked quite a lot ... I've used their portable on-demand scanner for a while now so I thought their free AV would probably be pretty good. Which it is, although for me it lacked some configurability and I didn't really like the auto-quarantine behaviour either. I tried 360 just out of interest really but I think I'll stick with it for a while. I seem to recall some concern about their privacy practises a while back but I've not heard that mentioned since.

I noticed this week that none of these AVs seem to flag the Nirsoft suite as malware ... I don't know if this is due to Nirsoft finally getting the message through, or some other factor such as heuristic scanning.

I'll still be using Emsisoft and MBAM as on-demand scanners as these two between them seem to pick up everything.

I see by the by the way that Comodo has received its first update in some time. I really happy to find that the awful process of unblocking blocked executables and adding them to the trusted list has been changed and is much easier now. But again, a bit erratic ... some blocked files can now be trusted via a small screen pop-up, while others still require the tedious process of opening the main program and adding to trusted, etc etc. I noticed also that some execs continue to run even though they get added to the "unknown" list and I have everything set to "block".

I see the settings dialogue has changed too though, so maybe there's something there which might explain that.

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3 days 10 hours ago How to Fix an Annoying Windows USB Problem John Rey Cenco

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3 days 10 hours ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

"... Photobomb - Hello, Media Peace Officer #S1493. As you know by now, a bomb was detonated in the city square only minutes ago. Our algorithms have been scraping social media to collect photos leading up to the event. We have narrowed the list of suspects to 6 in the vicinity who weren't wearing their ID trackers.

Scour the social media timeline and place the photos in the scene to paint the suspects. Determine the location of the bomb and identify the guilty suspect. Time is of the essence, #S1493. The people want justice. You have 2 minutes ...":
http://milkbaggames.itch.io/photobomb

amarok-1.4 - an attempt to maintain the classic amarok, based on 1.4.10:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/amarok-14/

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3 days 10 hours ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

Jet/lag - A Hyper Minimal Rogue-like-like-like that features unforgiving tactical gameplay in the noisiest environment possible:
http://svblm.itch.io/jet-lag

"... Photobomb - Hello, Media Peace Officer #S1493. As you know by now, a bomb was detonated in the city square only minutes ago. Our algorithms have been scraping social media to collect photos leading up to the event. We have narrowed the list of suspects to 6 in the vicinity who weren't wearing their ID trackers.

Scour the social media timeline and place the photos in the scene to paint the suspects. Determine the location of the bomb and identify the guilty suspect. Time is of the essence, #S1493. The people want justice. You have 2 minutes ...":
http://milkbaggames.itch.io/photobomb

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3 days 10 hours ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

Phototonic is an image viewer and organizer:
http://oferkv.github.io/phototonic/

"... Lyvi is a simple command-line lyrics (and more!) viewer for various audio players ...":
http://ok100.github.io/lyvi/

Voyager is a Image browser in Vala and Gtk+3:
http://alphaos.tuxfamily.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=1022

"Light" is a program to control backlight controllers:
https://github.com/haikarainen/light

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3 days 10 hours ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

Snebu is an efficient incremental snapshot style client/server disk-based backup system for Unix/Linux systems:
http://www.snebu.com/

Ayr is a Bash script which lets you manage menus of application launchers, which can be either executables or desktop files:
http://appstogo.mcfadzean.org.uk/linux.html#ayr

Cleps-Video-Player:
https://github.com/yungtrizzle/Cleps-Video-Player

" ... Playalong - A simple, yet useful music player for musicians ...":
https://github.com/hildensia/playalong

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3 days 11 hours ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

"... jumanji is a highly customizable and functional web browser based on the libwebkit web content engine and the gtk+ toolkit. The idea behind jumanji is a web browser that provides a minimalistic and space saving interface as well as an easy usage that mainly focuses on keyboard interaction like vimperator does ...":
https://pwmt.org/projects/jumanji/

"... whistle aims to be a very minimalistic and basic audio player ...":
https://github.com/ap0calypse/whistle

"... Demlo organizes your music library automatically and dynamically. It runs a chain of user-defined scripts using variables such as tags and file properties. This way it yields virtually unlimited customization power to the user ...:"
http://ambrevar.bitbucket.org/demlo/

Luminescence - plugin-based minimalistic web browser:
http://www.mg0.fr/luminescence/

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3 days 11 hours ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

"... zathura is a highly customizable and functional document viewer. It provides a minimalistic and space saving interface as well as an easy usage that mainly focuses on keyboard interaction ...":
https://pwmt.org/projects/zathura/

sxiv - simple X image viewer:
https://github.com/muennich/sxiv

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3 days 11 hours ago Best Free Digital Image Editor Panzer

"... Vintager is fun, creative and easy-to-use software that provides you with a number of special effects that can be applied to your photos to give them a retro/vintage style ...":
http://www.exeone.com/vintager

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3 days 15 hours ago User-Friendly Bandwidth Detective Gets A Welcome Update bernardz

Oh I know that, what happens is that when I am in an area where I am paying for WIFI, I want to know what programs on my laptop are consuming my bandwidth.

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3 days 17 hours ago Use This Keyboard App When Sliding Is Faster Than Typing RickeeBoy

Now have a 4.3 Jellybean on 2Gb / 1.7Mhz / 8 core and Swype still Good but Limited / Swiftkey I found just didn't get get the words right without precise finger control plus I didn't like only 3 options / Niveker suggested below TouchPal X Keyboard & I find it the nicest (miss a line of just number keys.) Android or Google Keyboard Themes are poor so prefer Touchpal..... Keep trying things but best keyboard is the Voice Recognition button .. It does really well and typing is becoming a thing of the past as it should be :)

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3 days 17 hours ago User-Friendly Bandwidth Detective Gets A Welcome Update cressean

Yes, it came from the official site via Rob Schifreen's links. Maybe a false positive. The bell rang so I reported it.

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3 days 17 hours ago User-Friendly Bandwidth Detective Gets A Welcome Update George.J

You've got the wrong idea my friend. It's not for monitoring the wireless networks around.

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3 days 17 hours ago User-Friendly Bandwidth Detective Gets A Welcome Update George.J

Usage Note:

To block connections in the Firewall section simply click on the Fire icon to the left of the Program name. Not everyone seems to get it in the first look.

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3 days 17 hours ago User-Friendly Bandwidth Detective Gets A Welcome Update George.J

It doesn't seem to show usage by program like GlassWire does?

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3 days 17 hours ago User-Friendly Bandwidth Detective Gets A Welcome Update boristhemoggy

Absolutely love this, it's what I've been waiting for forever!
Now all I need is a similar tool to measure disk activity....

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3 days 17 hours ago User-Friendly Bandwidth Detective Gets A Welcome Update George.J

Adware.Vundo/Variant-Tiny.Process

GlasWire has no adware present in it's installer. Make sure you downloaded the product from the homesite, and not from other sources.

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3 days 18 hours ago How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors Chiron

Thank you. I updated the email submission address for bkav to say it works for zip files. I also added the email address submission for kingsoft.

However, as far as I know ByteHero does not detect samples by signature, therefore I'm not sure how much it helps to add them to this list. Do you have more information about how they detect files? I had thought it was only through behavior.

Also, thank you for the submission address for zoner antivirus. I have added this. However, I cannot add the one for rising because it does not have a green, or unknown WOT rating, which is a techsupportalert requirement and nothing which I can do about that.

Thank you.

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3 days 18 hours ago Best Free Word Processor kjbaumga

I used PolyEdit Lite for awhile, and it is 17 MB on startup. It's not under development any more, but I recall liking it more than these recommended word processors.

TextMaker is my word processor of choice right now. It starts up at around 23 MB, so maybe it is not for you. But I would strongly recommend it, certainly over all of the Word Processors here. It is not clear to me whether you can install TextMaker separately from the office suite it comes with, however. (FreeOffice). I didn't want to bother checking, frankly, but I'd be surprised if you couldn't specify that you didn't want the other two office apps.

Those searching for an WordPad replacement should try TextMaker out. I wanted something a bit less bulky than MS Word, but more full-featured than WordPad. I also wanted something that would start quickly but have all of the essential features of normal text editing. Whenever I need really advanced features, I use MS Word. In my case, that means I use MS Word a few times a year, while I use TextMaker every day.

It's vastly superior to WordPad, if only because it has autosave. I went searching for a Wordpad replacement when I lost an hour's work when Wordpad crashed. Even if TextMaker crashes, which is rare, it saves even your unnamed documents and tries to restore them. The program may be more than some people need, in that it has tables, change tracking, spell-check, and so on. (It also saves in MS Word and HTML formats, as well as RTF.) But for my needs, it blows away the apps listed here.

Aesthetics matter to me, also, and I like the clean, attractive interface of TextMaker, as well. Jarte needs a serious overhaul in terms of both aesthetics and usability. I still find it amusing that Jarte uses an icon of a greek temple to represent the idea of "reference bar". Probably 20-30 times, I hovered my mouse over that temple thinking, "What the h*ll is that temple thing?" And the Jarte classic view wastes screen real estate, a basic no-no in interface design. Wasted screen real estate in TextMaker is close to zero.

Another downside of TextMaker, though, is that it appears the latest version is Textmaker 2012, so updates are rare. Apparently, people are still working on it, but rare updates are a downside. But, pleasantly, I can honestly say that's about the only downside I've experienced with it.

Still, to some extent, the right word processor is subjective. Hope you find the right one for you.

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3 days 18 hours ago Essential Updates For Windows - Install Them Now mchldpy

I'd be curious as to how it works. I have batchrun and for some reason never tried to make one for installing these. I copy mine from people who are gracious enough to post them online, after trying to determine if they contain any bad code then I run it in Returnil just to be sure. I just installed 103 updates with a program called Wsus Offline Updates installer. It uses some sysinternals tools to verify the updates it downloads (sig. chk etc...) and the second part of the program will see what updates you need and install accordingly. It makes a package you can put on dvd, flash drive etc... so you can install on any machine without an internet connection. The website is German and English so, when you see something in German, just below it will be the same paragraph in English.
http://wsusoffline.net/
I installed all 103 w/o rebooting till the end.

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3 days 19 hours ago Essential Updates For Windows - Install Them Now sicknero

I've been giving the 360 Total Security software a test drive today, and one of its modules is a Windows updater (something like the one in the old IOBits Toolbox, if you remember it) which seems to work very well indeed.

Furthermore, the module not only downloads Windows updates, but it also has an option to be pointed to a local directory.

I've not tried it out yet, but I will do and post again to report on how it went.

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3 days 20 hours ago How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors LucasZ

bkav@bkav.com.vn takes zip files too, so add it to your jumbo mailto link.

Here are email addresses you don't have.
virus@ByteHero.com
huangruimin@kingsoft.com

Submission URLs you don't have:
[Link removed as per site rules](The WOT rating is due to questionable company practices. They're one of the vendors in VirusTotal though, so I think they're worth listing here)
http://www.zonerantivirus.com/zaslani-vzorku-k-overeni

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3 days 21 hours ago User-Friendly Bandwidth Detective Gets A Welcome Update nyoman

NetWorx it's also one of the best network and bandwidth monitoring tools. NetWorx is also freeware software, and provide many function of network tools.
Here is the more website of NetWorx software: https://www.softperfect.com/products/networx/

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3 days 21 hours ago User-Friendly Bandwidth Detective Gets A Welcome Update jhvance

I note that the download is explicitly designated as "Version 1.0.30 beta", so it would seem the developers intend on any number of future fixes, patches and improvements.

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4 days 42 min ago User-Friendly Bandwidth Detective Gets A Welcome Update cressean

Superantispyware Pro finds a Trojan called "Adware.Vundo/Variant-Tiny.Process" during installation. It quarantined a file called Fontname.dll. Glasswire seems to run fine without it.
MS Security Essentials saw nothing.
This is on Win7 Home 64 on a VirtualBox VM. Once Fontname.dll is removed the scan comes up clean. See C:\Windows\Tmp\NSEB981.Tmp\Fontname.dll.

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4 days 1 hour ago Essential Updates For Windows - Install Them Now sicknero

Hi, thanks for the reply.

Sorry that was a bit garbled, re; nLite. I just meant is there any advantage if one doesn't use that.

Anyway I've downloaded a full set of updates so I'll give it a try this evening perhaps. I can imagine it probably is a lot quicker even if running multiple batches ... the native installer does take forever and is prone to failing as well for me when updating from a fresh W7 installation.

For batch files I use a small portable app called Batchrun (http://www.outertech.com/en/batch-file) which automates the whole procedure. It's excellent, if anybody else is following this conversation and like me doesn't know how to create batch files.

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4 days 4 hours ago User-Friendly Bandwidth Detective Gets A Welcome Update MoisheP

Excellent forensic tool which complements anti-malware suites.
The authors were quite helpful when I had some installation issues.
Suggestion: add a batch file to start and stop the GlassWire service, e.g.

net start GlassWire
"C:\Program Files (x86)\GlassWire\GlassWire.exe"
net stop GlassWire
pause

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I foolishly let some scammers have access to my desktop.
They added a password which I don't know, so now when XP Pro starts up, it asks for that password. Is this fixable?

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4 days 5 hours ago User-Friendly Bandwidth Detective Gets A Welcome Update theotang

Works on Windows 7 or newer (no Vista, XP, etc)
Does not support Windows server edition but some users in the forums have hacked it in.

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4 days 6 hours ago How to Install Comodo Firewall Chiron

With version 8 the defaults have changed. Under Proactive Security all unknown files will automatically be sanboxed and run in a Fully Virtualized environment. Thus, from what I have seen, this should already be sufficient to protect a computer. It is for this reason that I no longer recommend any additional changes. If I see any evidence of bypasses, or similar problems, I will alter this recommendation. However, I do not believe this will be the case.

Thanks.

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4 days 7 hours ago Essential Updates For Windows - Install Them Now mchldpy

sicknero,
IIRC, when using the batch file, which is 2 or 3 minutes for all since sp1, it keeps going, doesn't install duplicates and just like it somehow handles the updates that have to have a prior update installed and rebooted to finish the install of the latter, it takes care of it.
there are a couple of different kinds of batch files that will install updates and especially with xp you needed the right one so it would handle the updates and only reboot at the end. (IIRC) It's been a couple of years since i google searched for the correct type of batch file BUT as in my answer earlier to you I have the batch file for se7en x64 and your welcome to it.

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4 days 8 hours ago Essential Updates For Windows - Install Them Now mchldpy

@ pratomorone,
IIRC, the second time you use it, if you have not
changed the file you downloaded the updates to it will tell you or ask you if you want to redownload/replace that update, IIRC. I now just look at the release date of the update (on the list of available updates to d/load hit the plus sign to scope out and look @ each update
available with it's release date) or go by the KB # and check-the-box beside the updates I want to download.. At the bottom of that list under the advanced section you can ctbox to enable the release date to be shown beside each update.

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4 days 9 hours ago Essential Updates For Windows - Install Them Now mchldpy

@ sicknero,
If you install the downloaded updates manually one by one you can achieve a rate of 2 to 3 per minute which beats W/U hands down BUT, as stated in my post if you use a batch file, you can put all the updates you want to install with the batch file in a folder called "whatever" in C: or the active drive, start the batch file and it will install all and you can then reboot 1 time, keep the batch file, delete the updates or keep both. I've never seen it take more than a couple (or 3) of minutes. [make sure trusted installer and A/U's are enabled/running.
While I know of and have used Nlite you lost me on that one.
Batch file... I don't have the link to where i d/lded it from, I used google, I do have the batch file I use on my se7en x64 OS's and i'm happy to share with anybody.

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4 days 14 hours ago This Download Manager could be the Next Big thing! Paxmilitaris

It created problems when i had "too" many opened Youtube tabs, so i just scrapped it all.

I don't really consider a program portable when you need administrator level to "install" it before you can use it. Is that what happens with non-stealth portables on windows 7?

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4 days 16 hours ago This Download Manager could be the Next Big thing! George.J

Installation simply means making a program ready for execution. What I meant was, the files are decompressed while you go through the installation wizard. What makes an installed program portable is if it doesn't *leaves* file and settings on the host computer but can be ported to another. And not whether it *writes* files and settings. Even if it writes it can still be portable, but it wont have stealth. If it doesn't write then it makes stealth.

You might need to restart your browser after you uncheck the option for Record button for it to work properly.

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4 days 18 hours ago User-Friendly Bandwidth Detective Gets A Welcome Update bernardz

Where this program would be useful is on a laptop using a wifi.

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4 days 19 hours ago Best Free Web Browser Paxmilitaris

I don't know about torrents, but mail is now separate from the browser in Opera, right?

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4 days 19 hours ago Lightweight Web Browsers Paxmilitaris

Really, i thought PaleMoon was optimized to give the best performance. I switched to PaleMoon when Firefox became weird with a new builky interface or something.
I have never heard of Waterfox. I'll go take a look in the heavyweight browsers.

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4 days 19 hours ago Lightweight Web Browsers Remah

The previous editor set the features for this category. I don't plan to change them because they reflect contemporary web browser design. But when I get the time I will be rewriting this category and its recommendations.

The features that you don't want are more basic than you realize:
+ Download management is as basic as the ability to see what is currently downloading, locate it on disk, and stop an active download. I remember when browsers didn't have any of that.
+ Web search is basic integration which provides the ability to choose different search providers and change them very simply. This is often provided through plug-ins and extensions.
+ In recent years most general-purpose web browsers have added plug-ins and extensions. This means that additional features can be added as required. Heavyweight browsers provide many features as standard, e.g. PDF readers.

Palemoon is not lightweight because it has above average resource usage. As a 64-bit application it has higher memory usage than most 32-bit browsers. It does have a reduced feature set but the more fully-featured Waterfox, which is also 64-bit, outperforms it on resource usage.

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4 days 21 hours ago Best Free Process Viewer MidnightCowboy

Thank you for your input. This article is assigned to me as caretaker only and will not be revised until a new volunteer editor offers to take it over. I will update the version numbers ASAP. MC - Site Manager.

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4 days 22 hours ago Lightweight Web Browsers sicknero

Approximately related to "lighweight browsing" I would like to recommend checking out "site specific" browsing, which is basically a browser window dedicated to a single website.

For trusted and frequently-visited sites (e.g. gmail, youtube, soundcloud, grooveshark) I find this to be an excellent solution.

As far as I know there are only two programs worth looking at for this, which are SisterB and Bazinga. Mozilla Prism is also still available though as well with a bit of hunting, and it works ok too.

For a more recent/supported approach there is the "Quick Apps" feature built in to Maxthon - this is my own preferred method at the moment. I think Chrome has something similar but it requires Chrome to be already running in the background, while the Maxthon-created browsers are truly independent.

I just noticed that Maxthon itself doesn't get a mention here ... I have noticed that it's a little CPU-heavy at times on my low-end hardware, but nonetheless it it's still an excellent browser for general use. It lacks add-on support and detailed cookie/script management but it is regularly updated and for my money is probably the best no-frills browser available at the moment.

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4 days 23 hours ago Lightweight Web Browsers sicknero

From comments on the Maxthon community forum, Nitro doesn't seem to have impressed people much re; speed and resources compared to standard Maxthon. Also the available alphas/betas are install versions; there is no portable version yet.

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4 days 23 hours ago Lightweight Web Browsers Paxmilitaris

I was disappointed when i read the description of lightweight.

Requires features:
Security yes
Privacy yes
Pop-up blocking yes
Downloads yes (but no management needed)
Plug-ins and extensions no
Web search isn't that what google duckduckgo and all the others are there for?

With that definition of lightweight, PaleMoon is probably lightweight.

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4 days 23 hours ago This Download Manager could be the Next Big thing! Paxmilitaris

Programs created by PortableApps don't "install" they just unzip.

You are right about the difference between portable and stealth, i always expect portables to be stealth.

I tried using it after turning Record off and the blue button is still there, but only when the pointer hovers over the video, so that's ok.

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4 days 23 hours ago Best Free Process Viewer Bill-R

System Explorer 6.0.1.5281
ProcessHacker 2.33(r5590)

2. Please add a minimal change log to this and all other articles similar to the log Chiron has added to his articles.

Issue: "Updated 3. July 2014 - 11:31 by MidnightCowboy"
Was this a major rewrite (it wasn't), the removal of a no longer available selection (perhaps), an update of edition information, or a repair of a link.

BTW, why do the dates have one period after the day?

Suggestion: "Updated 10 November 2014 - 11:55 by SomeUser - Auslogics Task Manager free version discontinued (last free version xx.xx); updated System Explorer and ProcessHacker version details."

"Updated 20 November 2014 - 11:55 by AnEditor - Added new v6.0 features topic to System Explorer; documented 8.1 support for recommendations.

"Updated 30 November 2014 - 11:55 by NewAuthor - Complete rewrite: new products and recommendations.

This allows a repeat visitor to immediately understand what has changed and provides a new visitor insight into currency.

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5 days 1 hour ago Lightweight Web Browsers Remah

The introduction clearly defines what "lightweight" means here: it uses less resources than the heavyweight web browsers or that it has more limited features.

Lightweight doesn't mean the bare bones, the bare minimum of features, because "active security, web search, privacy viewing, pop-up blocking, download management, plug-in and extension support" are generally considered to be required features today.

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5 days 3 hours ago Optimizing µTorrent (or BitTorrent) For Speed farhan.sidd

I have entered as many port numbers as I can which were not included in the log.txt file. But always the error comes - connection refused.
I tried the same after turning off my firewall but nothing happened.
I am from india and my ISP is - BSNL wimax and the model of my modem is ZTE OX253P-5-NTBA0100INBL-I
please help me, I am unable to use my torrent from a month.

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5 days 3 hours ago This Download Manager could be the Next Big thing! George.J

Since I'm reviewing the category of Download Managers, I make sure I register in every forum associated with any software I review, so that I can learn and get to know the program more. It's been a long time I've been to EagleGet forums, since I'm testing other download managers now, and hence in their corresponding forums.

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5 days 3 hours ago This Download Manager could be the Next Big thing! George.J

You're confused by the real meaning of a portable program. Programs created from PortableApps is in .paf.exe form that requires installation, but still remains portable. Does that mean they aren't portable either?

If it writes settings to the registry or application folder, then it's not stealth portable, if it does not, then it makes it stealth portable.

This portable version of the download manager, registers and unregisters itself automatically after usage.

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5 days 4 hours ago This Download Manager could be the Next Big thing! Paxmilitaris

For browser monitoring, the addon should be enough.
If it's not portable, no need to pretend it is.
Ok, i'll see what removing the record button does.

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5 days 4 hours ago This Download Manager could be the Next Big thing! Paxmilitaris

I don't know how and i just thought that he might be on there forum or something if he likes there product so much.

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5 days 4 hours ago Lightweight Web Browsers Paxmilitaris

It looks promising, but it's in alpha.

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5 days 6 hours ago How to Get a Free Installation Disk for Windows 8.1 Anupam

Well, like I wrote, I used a Hotmail account and it worked. Guess an Outlook account will work too, since they are practically the same now.

Don't know about Windows Live account.

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5 days 6 hours ago How to Get a Free Installation Disk for Windows 8.1 Burn-IT

Did you mean HOTMAIL account or a Windows LIVE account.

Microsoft have a Microsoft Live login which is NOT an email address and is a different thing. Repeat that (Microsoft Live) sign in is nothing to do with email of a similar name by MS

In fact I have one from when I was an MVP and my ID is my own real email address.

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5 days 7 hours ago How to Get a Free Installation Disk for Windows 8.1 Anupam

Came across a trick to get past this restriction.

Click the Create New Account link and then at the bottom of that next screen you will see a link that will let you cancel the process. You will then login using your local account.

Got it from this article:

http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/windows-and-office/quick-tip-change-to-...

The article also provides details on how to switch to a local account, in case you had to sign in through a Hotmail/Outlook account.

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5 days 7 hours ago How to Get a Free Installation Disk for Windows 8.1 Anupam

Well, Android requires you to have a Google account. MS are bound to put such restriction :D.

Now am off to find that article, where it's provided how to remove a Hotmail account and use a local account on a system.

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5 days 7 hours ago How to Get a Free Installation Disk for Windows 8.1 Burn-IT

I don't HAVE a Hotmail account. That is the sort of restriction I was talking about.

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5 days 7 hours ago How to Get a Free Installation Disk for Windows 8.1 Anupam

As posted before, I installed Windows 8.1 from the downloaded disc on to a spare hard drive.

I had created the disc using a Windows 7 laptop. Had no issues installing on the desktop.

Had no issues during installation, except for one. It cannot be considered an issue though. If I remember correctly, with my original Windows 8 disc, it was possible to create a local account. But, with this disc, there was no choice to create a local account. I had to sign in with my hotmail account, because otherwise, the installation will not let you move forward.

This is what I did not like. I was forced to sign in with my Hotmail account. There should have been a choice to create a local account.

Other than this, no issues. Had no problem with the OEM key that I have. It was accepted.

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