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Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC 11 months 5 days ago GreenWyvern

The absolute best file manager I've ever used is XYPlorer. I find it indispensable. It has a huge number of options and features, and you can customize it to look and work the way you want.

The Mini Tree feature alone is worth using it for.

The free version has almost all the functionality you will ever need. The paid version has fancy extra features. It's a mature product and well maintained.

http://www.xyplorer.com/index.php

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Best Free Project Time-keeping Utility 11 months 5 days ago Jan Godlewski

TimeCamp (www.timecamp.com) is also a nice solution for time tracking issues. It tracks time very precisely, it's easy to use and very inexpensive.

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Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC 11 months 5 days ago dscape

One additional suggestion to make installing many of these utilities fast and easy: use Ninite.com. Select multiple programs, inclulding browsers, and then get one installer package that installs all selected programs WITHOUT the toolbars and extra crap ("make Bing my homepage"...).

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Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC 11 months 5 days ago danielson

Firefox!
Still the most flexible, open source program available.

Foxit has changed since your post I'm sure!
No more "extra" surprises to install.

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Jovial Notepad Gets An Update 11 months 5 days ago sbruce45

Someone should mention the version of .NET framework required: the reviewer or the sourceforge website. I didn't see either mentioned it.

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Jovial Notepad Gets An Update 11 months 5 days ago tomchicago

jarte for me too. nice interface, lots more options than I ever use...but they are nice to have...and only 743 bytes,

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Jovial Notepad Gets An Update 11 months 5 days ago GeoSully

Why was my critical comment removed?

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Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC 11 months 5 days ago ChronicChaos

I think you forgot to add Revo Uninstaller.....

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Jovial Notepad Gets An Update 11 months 6 days ago eikelein

Rick,

I am with you on that big time.
And I have the same sigh ;-(

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Best Free Desktop Search Utility 11 months 6 days ago - bill

That's strange - I've been using Everything version 1.2.1.371 for many years and it definitely doesn't have to rebuild its indexes after a reboot (though if it detects that changes have occurred since it last ran it needs to update the index to reflect them, which takes very little time unless the changes have been very extensive). And it has caused no problems with Windows Explorer on Win2K (which is where I generally use it). A quick run of the current version (also on Win2K even though it's not supposed to run there) doesn't rebuild the database either when the program is completely exited and then restarted, though changes to the index seem to get incorporated less immediately for some reason (possibly a difference in set-up values - I just performed a quick check using defaults).

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Jovial Notepad Gets An Update 11 months 6 days ago GeoSully

I just tried this,and it was not a desirable experience.
The installation kept coming with different EULAs. I had no idea that I was agreeing to installation of three different programs, none of which I had any idea what it was.
There was never the usual choice of agreeing to an installation.
Then they kept resisting uninstallation.
Even after being uninstalled one of them opened my browser asking me to select updates.
I never did get to see the notepad.
I would stay from this.

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Jovial Notepad Gets An Update 11 months 6 days ago discipline

Weird. I'm on Windows 7, tried your test exactly, it worked just fine with Edit Pad Lite, Em Editor Free, and Wordpad. But NOT with Notepad. Anyone have any ideas?

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Jovial Notepad Gets An Update 11 months 6 days ago Rick Grunwald

I took a look at this and will be sticking with metapad with it's case changing and excellent search and replace
I wish someone would keep that program going (sigh)

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Jovial Notepad Gets An Update 11 months 6 days ago clas

i always appreciate new programs to look at and i did with this one. thanks.

very simplistic..very few options. hardly any options to make it "yours" i will pass.

have used jarte for a long time. a bit hard to get set the way you want but many many options to really make it do what you want. i will stick with it.

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Jovial Notepad Gets An Update 11 months 6 days ago eikelein

Sorry but I have to disagree.
In JNP I created a tiny text file like this (without the quotes!):
"this
is
a
test

----------"
Looked good in JNP.
Saved it as .txt.
Opened it in Notepad and it looks like this (without the quotes!):
"thisisatest----------"

I had the suspicion when I looked at the supplied files like quicksymbols.txt and his README.txt.

In Windows no line breaks, an almost unreadable mass of unstructured text. This means I can't use it on a customer's machine to leave a quick note that the customer then can actually read.

Not for me, sorry.

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Best Free Program Uninstaller 11 months 6 days ago VII

It takes longer - cause with default setting it displays a more detailed info about the installed applications (app name, install date, version, size, company,website,comment, uninstall string, registry key) compared to Geek Uninstaller (app name, size and install date).

You can make Revo load faster while still displaying that info - by disabling icon appearance. Go to Revo "Options" - click Uninstaller tab and check "Enable fast loading mode".

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Best Free Software for Linux 11 months 6 days ago Panzer uselessd is a project to reduce systemd to a base initd, process supervisor and transactional dependency system, while minimizing intrusiveness and isolationism. Basically, it’s systemd with the superfluous stuff cut out, a (relatively) coherent idea of what it wants to be, support for non-glibc platforms and an approach that aims to minimize complicated design: http://uselessd.darknedgy.net/ view
Best Free Software for Linux 11 months 6 days ago Panzer Observium is an autodiscovering network monitoring platform supporting a wide range of hardware platforms and operating systems including Cisco, Windows, Linux, HP, Juniper, Dell, FreeBSD, Brocade, Netscaler, NetApp and many more. Observium seeks to provide a powerful yet simple and intuitive interface to the health and status of your network: http://www.observium.org/ Zabbix is the ultimate enterprise-level software designed for monitoring availability and performance of IT infrastructure components: http://www.zabbix.com/product.php Munin is a networked resource monitoring tool that can help analyze resource trends and "what just happened to kill our performance?" problems. It is designed to be very plug and play. A default installation provides a lot of graphs with almost no work: http://munin-monitoring.org/ Cacti is a complete network graphing solution designed to harness the power of RRDTool's data storage and graphing functionality. Cacti provides a fast poller, advanced graph templating, multiple data acquisition methods, and user management features out of the box. All of this is wrapped in an intuitive, easy to use interface that makes sense for LAN-sized installations up to complex networks with hundreds of devices: http://www.cacti.net/ Icinga - user-focused monitoring: https://www.icinga.org/ view
Best Free Ways to Learn Programming 11 months 6 days ago Panzer Go is an open source programming language that makes it easy to build simple, reliable, and efficient software: http://golang.org/ An Introduction to Programming in Go: http://www.golang-book.com/ view
Jovial Notepad Gets An Update 11 months 6 days ago Australia

Very nice. Thank you Rob Schifreen and Robert Tucker
Ticks all the boxes - portable, clean interface, no unnecessary bloatware
- no nagware, no advertisements, no internet phoning home
Cant ask for everything, but if it could colour highlight words, then it would be the perfect application

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The Ultimate Scientific Calculator. From Microsoft. And It's Free. 11 months 6 days ago Remah If Microsoft's excellent calculator doesn't suit then there are other options in Best Free Calculator. view
The Ultimate Scientific Calculator. From Microsoft. And It's Free. 11 months 6 days ago Iskandar

good

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Best Free Desktop Publishing Program 11 months 6 days ago cecrouch Good point! Thank you for information you've provided on dopdf. The ability to convert printable documents to PDF is certainly important to every desktop publisher. view
Best Free Desktop Publishing Program 11 months 6 days ago EldonW

I noticed this is an updated article. With regards to PagePlus Starter Edition's inability to save to PDF, there is a very simple solution. Use the free program doPDF.
http://www.dopdf.com/
It's probably the simplest of all PDF printer drivers and doesn't require Ghostscript. The setup file is just 1.18MB and the program is compatible with Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP, 2008/2003/2000 Server (32/64-bit).

I scanned the website with VirusTotal and it's 100% clean. Here's the report: https://www.virustotal.com/en/url/116d49b6e8a560c141ad29ef6450b3d3af687e...

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Terrific Program Lets You Automate Tasks On Your PC 11 months 1 week ago Tiesenhausen

Now that we've sorted out that there is an absolutely free version of the program, let's look at it:

x32, not x64: So what? It takes two fractions of a second instead of one?

maximum 100 tasks, 100 actions per task, 100 tasks running simultaneously: sounds like a lot to me.

backs up on fixed weekly schedule, not whenever you want it to: ought to be good enough.

puts free edition footer on e-mails it generates: I'm proud to be known as a skinflint.

I use System Scheduler a lot and won't stop, but this program is interesting because of the variety of triggers it accepts.

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Windows Web Browser Performance 11 months 1 week ago CASD

I had a problem with Maxthon 4 a while back but they seem to have fixed it,,
The tabs would not open in the same order that you saved them in.. I like my tabs in a certain order..:)
But it seems to be fixed now.. Great!

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Terrific Program Lets You Automate Tasks On Your PC 11 months 1 week ago howiem

I've been using System Scheduler for many years http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-program-scheduler.htm and it works great. Mybe not as many features, but it does what it is supposed to do.
http://www.splinterware.com/products/wincron.htm
Also comes in free and paid versions works in both 32 and 64bit. There are some other neat programs on the site as well.

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Terrific Program Lets You Automate Tasks On Your PC 11 months 1 week ago bill111573

I said i love this program i think its a cool tool E

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Terrific Program Lets You Automate Tasks On Your PC 11 months 1 week ago bill111573

cool i love this tool

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Terrific Program Lets You Automate Tasks On Your PC 11 months 1 week ago beergas

Thanks. I like the various individual task tools around. Free Alarm Clock, Hot Keyboard Pro, etc. But this 'free' version automation tool falls into crippleware in my eyes. It is just for x32 for example.
Buy verison adds native x64, unlimited Actions per Task, unlimited run Tasks. See the compare chart Free vs Paid.
Ok casual users I imagine. Just noting NOT a free ver of the full commercial program.
Free Edition overview: Native 32-bit application.
Full set of Triggers & Actions.
High number of Actions per Task.
Limited concurrently running Tasks.
Community and limited basic support.
Updates later than commercial version.
Not for commercial use.
Use for free and tell about the software to friends and colleagues.

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Terrific Program Lets You Automate Tasks On Your PC 11 months 1 week ago mrbuckingham

Aye, we know that now the original link has been corrected (as per previous posts).

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Terrific Program Lets You Automate Tasks On Your PC 11 months 1 week ago stevelindsey

There are 3 versions; commercial, personal & free

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Best Free Lightweight Web Browser 11 months 1 week ago Panzer K-Meleon 74 is out: http://kmeleon.sourceforge.net/ http://kmeleon.sourceforge.net/forum/read.php?8,129657 view
The Best Free Screenshot Tool I Have Used 11 months 1 week ago Jaex

In ShareX IRC channel (you can find web chat link in getsharex.com) title I put link to beta version if you wanna try it before release.

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Windows Web Browser Performance 11 months 1 week ago Remah I have updated the price-performance section and added a section comparing the three main 32-bit web browsers (Chrome, IE, Firefox) with their 64-bit counterparts (Chrome, IE, Waterfox). Remah - Editor view
Best Free Hash Utility 11 months 1 week ago CryptoSurfer I've been evaluating HashCat, and it seems that its previous glitches have been corrected. I know this product has been reviewed and mentioned on several occasions here (e.g., best free security software list, and so on) but it properly belongs here to take note. It will be interesting to see how the emergence of 'One-Way Accumulators' (I'm also reviewing) will affect the hash landscape. Radically so -- I suspect. Here is the write-up of HashCat (they won the DefCon competition, again this year)from Wikepedia, if anyone has tested this utility, I'd appreciate your input. HASHCAT: Hashcat / oclHashcat Developer(s) atom Stable release 0.47 / 1.30 Development status Active Operating system Cross-platform Type Password cracking License Proprietary EULA Website www.hashcat.net Hashcat is the self-proclaimed world’s fastest CPU-based password recovery tool. It is available free of charge, although it has a proprietary codebase. Versions are available for Linux, OSX, and Windows and can come in CPU-based or GPU-based variants. Hashcat currently supports a large range of hashing algorithms, including: Microsoft LM Hashes, MD4,MD5, SHA-family, Unix Crypt formats, MySQL, Cisco PIX, and many others. Hashcat has made its way into the news many times for the optimizations and flaws discovered by its creator, which become exploited in subsequent hashcat releases. (For example, the flaw in 1Password's hashing scheme.)[1] Variants Hashcat comes in two main variants: • Hashcat - A CPU-based password recovery tool • oclHashcat - A GPU-accelerated tool Many of the algorithms supported by Hashcat can be cracked in a shorter time by using the well-documented GPU-acceleration[2] leveraged in oclHashcat (such as MD5, SHA1, and others). However, not all algorithms can be accelerated by leveraging GPUs. Bcrypt is a good example of this. Due to factors such as data dependant branching, serialization, and Memory (to name just a few), oclHashcat is not a catchall replacement for Hashcat. Hashcat is available for Linux, OSX and Windows. oclHashcat is only available for Linux and Windows due to improper implementations in OpenCL on OSX[citation needed]. Sample output $ ./hashcat-cli64.bin examples/A0.M0.hash examples/A0.M0.word Initializing hashcat v0.47 by atom with 8 threads and 32mb segment-size... Added hashes from file examples/A0.M0.hash: 102 (1 salts) NOTE: press enter for status-screen --- Output Omitted --- All hashes have been recovered Input.Mode: Dict (examples/A0.M0.word) Index.....: 1/1 (segment), 102 (words), 2769 (bytes) Recovered.: 102/102 hashes, 1/1 salts Speed/sec.: - plains, - words Progress..: 102/102 (100.00%) Running...: --:--:--:-- Estimated.: --:--:--:-- Started: Tue Dec 10 18:07:54 2013 Stopped: Tue Dec 10 18:07:54 2013 Attack types Hashcat offers multiple attack modes for obtaining effective and complex coverage over a hash's keyspace. These modes are: • Brute-Force attack • Combinator attack • Dictionary attack • Fingerprint attack • Hybrid attack • Mask attack • Permutation attack • Rule-based attack • Table-Lookup attack • Toggle-Case attack The traditional bruteforce attack is considered outdated, and the Hashcat core team recommends the Mask-Attack as a full replacement. Competitions Team Hashcat (the official team of the Hashcat software composed of core Hashcat members) won first place in the KoreLogic "Crack Me If you Can" Competitions at DefCon in 2010, 2012 and 2014. view
The Best Free Screenshot Tool I Have Used 11 months 1 week ago wreckage

Hello, Jaex.

Great work! Adding the 'print' button is a great help. Now, who needs PicPick? ;-)

I have downloaded the latest version but your print button is not present. Can you please advise when this version will be available?
Thanks.

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This "Linguistic Portal" Is An Incredibly Useful Resource 11 months 1 week ago Frank D

I think its most valuable feature is the automatic back-translation, so if the Google engine's output doesn't sound right to you, you can try the other three. One of them is pretty sure to be satisfactory. I use the Firefox add-on version, but there's a stand-alone also. Another good feature is the voice output, which you can adjust for speed.

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What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 11 months 1 week ago EldonW

Excellent article. Another tip is to not be connected to the internet while installing a program, unless absolutely necessary. Often the bundled junk is not included in the installer, and has to be downloaded. An example is the extra programs offered while installing programs from NCH Software. Also, one doesn't have to be connected to the internet while using an installed program to convert a video, edit an audio file, type a document, etc.

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This "Linguistic Portal" Is An Incredibly Useful Resource 11 months 1 week ago eikelein

@Frank D:

THANK YOU!

Will definitely try it one of these days; bookmarked!

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This "Linguistic Portal" Is An Incredibly Useful Resource 11 months 1 week ago Frank D

I've been using the free imTranslator (http://freetranslation.imtranslator.net/) with automatic back translation for a long time. Uses up to four translation engines: Google, Microsoft, Babylon, and PROMT. Many languages:
English Español Français Português Deutsch Русский Italiano العربية 中文 Nederlands 日本語 한국어 Čeština Dansk Ελληνικά हिंदी עברית Lietuvių Polski Română Svenska Türkçe Українська

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Rotate A Video Easily With A Free Online Service 11 months 1 week ago rescymadz

nice

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This "Linguistic Portal" Is An Incredibly Useful Resource 11 months 1 week ago eikelein

@Bruce Fraser:
Well, it's a "linguistic portal" not a "translation portal".

But if you know of a "translation portal" please let us know about it - or even better, let Robert Schifren know about it!

And BTW and slightly off topic, as an ex-pat in a country that does not speak my mother tongue I often grapple with how to correctly translate words in a given context.

Mind you words, not phrases... and there is, to my limited knowledge, no Hindi and no Japanese either.

If that would help you try "dict[dot]leo[dot]org", a web site/service originally of the Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. Now it is run by Leo GmbH, a commercial venture.

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This Amazing Game is Unbelievably FREE 11 months 1 week ago need3

I installed STALKER LOST ALPHA after reading your post and I have been playing quite often and enjoying it.
It runs quite well on my windows 7 except some occasional crash.
It is truly a great find.

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What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 11 months 1 week ago MidnightCowboy Many thanks for your suggestions. These have now been incorporated into the article. MC - Site Manager. view
This "Linguistic Portal" Is An Incredibly Useful Resource 11 months 1 week ago Bruce_Fraser

The hilarious thing about computer translators is taking a simple sentence, like "Good afternoon, how are you today?" and moving it through a cycle, say: English to Chinese to Portugese to Hindi to Russian to English. Always good for a laugh.
Unfortunately, this site translates only to or from English. Oh well...

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Three Timesaving Tricks for Faster Use of Windows 11 months 1 week ago ShorePatrol

Always liked the shake option, not a lot of people know this one, the grand children think it is great fun.

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The Best Free Screenshot Tool I Have Used 11 months 1 week ago Jaex

Print image setting is here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/14076298/ShareX/2014/09/gOlPq8luSz.png
So after press "Save & close" button in annotate window it will open Print dialog automatically.
Also you can set separate hotkey for this task like this: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/14076298/ShareX/2014/09/R5GcTJxEtQ.png
And print settings in here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/14076298/ShareX/2014/09/FSPoSW2QT8.png
Are these not what you want?

Jaex (ShareX developer)

Edit: Now I added Print image button to annotate window too: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/14076298/ShareX/2014/09/1t5p8B9ar5.png

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Finds of the Week: Was Your Gmail Hacked?, Create & Publish eBooks For Free, Science Dictionary 11 months 1 week ago rhiannon When you entered your username and it came up breached there should be a message directly under the box where you entered your user name. It should say: Oh no — pwned! Pwned on X breached sites Under this there should be a list of the sites you were pwned on that starts out with: Breaches you were pwned in A "breach" is an incident where a site's data has been illegally accessed by hackers and then released publicly. Review the types of data that were compromised (email addresses, passwords, credit cards etc.) and take appropriate action, such as changing passwords. [site you were pwned in] Hope that helps. :) view
Best Free iPhone Apps 11 months 1 week ago cxs

I have been using your lists (not just this one) for about a year and have found them very useful. Just wandering if an updated list is in the works since ios8 was just released and some of the recommendations appear to parallel its new features?

Keep up the great work.

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What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 11 months 1 week ago ichabod

MC, you said "Only download from a reputable source ... go to Softpedia or one of the other recognized download sites". That's an important point, and I'd like to add the suggestion that we go only to "a reputable source," rather than any "recognized" one. The latter is simply too broad and vague, especially with Cnet (Download.com) being so widely recognized while having some reputation issues as mentioned in other Gizmo articles. A link to the Gizmo article "Best Freeware Download Sites" would be helpful in the paragraph for step #3 of this article.

Thank you so much for this article. I especially appreciate the recommendations about security tools in the last 5 steps. As websites and SW developers succumb to the siren call of financial benefits in exchange for loosening their ethical standards, it's good to know that we have this site for independent advice.

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Finds of the Week: Was Your Gmail Hacked?, Create & Publish eBooks For Free, Science Dictionary 11 months 1 week ago rrpberto18

I entered a user name on ...pwned and found out it had been breached.
But I can't find any way to discover which site is involved.
Did I miss something?

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 11 months 1 week ago mmth

When I created a script, following the exact directions in the Help file, it quit with the message "unrecognized command in Line 1." I'm not a dope or a neophyte--I'm a retired professor whose first computer was a TRS-80 bought in 1978. It seems to me that the instructions, followed to the letter, should not result in an error right off the bat.

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Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET Now in Version 4.1 Update 11 months 1 week ago v.laurie I am certainly sorry to hear that you are having problems. From what you say I don't know what went wrong with your system. Removing it should be in Contriol Panel. Did you back up before installing EMET? Try posting your problem at the Microsoft EMET forum at http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/security/en-US/home?forum=emet. You can also try our forum http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/ I am not familiar with this tool http://www.shouldiremoveit.com/EMET-99230-program.aspx but you can take a look at it. view
Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET Now in Version 4.1 Update 11 months 1 week ago pavisa77

I installed this program and decided I don't want it. How the heck do I get rid of it? I've searched online and the only sites that have uninstall info are not rated as trustworthy. I don't want to have to read through a dozen articles or anything time consuming. I just want rid of this lousy program. It is messing up my computer and making it unusable. I can't even open up Word 2013!!!! It doesn't show up on either the Windows 7 uninstall in the control panel or in Revo uninstaller. Also, Revo shows me having only 15 programs installed, when I actually have twice that much. Please help me get rid of this crummy program. Thanks.

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Best Free Music Player and Organizer 11 months 1 week ago MidnightCowboy Thanks. Your interaction here is very much appreciated. :) view
Best Free Music Player and Organizer 11 months 1 week ago lqbe

Lead developer here, trying to clarify things :)

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Terrific Program Lets You Automate Tasks On Your PC 11 months 1 week ago bertie44

I'll get me coat ...

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Best Free File Archiver-Zip Utility 11 months 1 week ago Realist

Setup Size for B1 archiver is 25.6 MB.
570 KB is the size of online installer.

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Terrific Program Lets You Automate Tasks On Your PC 11 months 1 week ago Bruce_Fraser

Bertie,
Take it easy. You're coming late to the party.
The comments about it not being free were written before the site URL was fixed: "The download link has now been corrected."

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Best Free Music Player and Organizer 11 months 1 week ago MidnightCowboy To ensure openness it would help if you disclosed your association with this product. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Music Player and Organizer 11 months 1 week ago lqbe

999 was the final Alpha and Resonic has been in heavy development all year.

The major move to the Beta is coming up next.

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Best Free Music Player and Organizer 11 months 1 week ago lqbe

Just a quick note on the 20-25% CPU: Resonic is multi-core optimized, so this kind of CPU usage usually only happens with a large visualization area (analyzer, etc.) on medium-performance processors. For plain playback CPU usually ranges from 1 to 5%.

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Terrific Program Lets You Automate Tasks On Your PC 11 months 1 week ago bertie44

This page http://www.automationworkshop.org/download/ could not be clearer that the FREE EDITION is free, gratis and for nothing. You pay for a PERSONAL USE or COMMERCIAL licence.

I have not yet looked at or tried the actual software but thanks to Rob for the find.

Bertie

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Windows Web Browser Performance 11 months 1 week ago Remah LOL, I hope I don't disappoint you as I'm not one of the many who use the "shapable" features of web browsers. I've been a longtime user of Firefox but I use it straight out of the box and my only preference is a WOT add-on. That means that very few developer shennanigans impact me and I regularly swap to use other browsers without any issues. In my plain vanilla pattern of use I find that the current browsers are lot more interchangeable than they were five years ago. It's a very different story if you heavily customize your browser. view
Windows Web Browser Performance 11 months 1 week ago dark matter

> I only left it here because internet safety is such an important issue.

...which is why I invested the time and effort in answering kthtl's inquiry.

My screed may seem oblique. It is actually on topic. The security of all of us depends upon the security of each of us. And without secure practices, the most efficient and effective browsers are worth nothing.

Speaking of which, thank you for this interesting investigation. The follow-on promises to be fascinating. I have been using Firefox since version 0.8. For the last 10+ years it has been a central piece of kit. Along with many others, the search is now on for a shapable, reliable and lovable replacement for the ruins that the mozilla devs have left us. Your methodical and organized explorations are eagerly anticipated.

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Windows Web Browser Performance 11 months 1 week ago AWS I simply find Maxthon fast and very easy to use for my want in and out of the cloud. The paste and go feature is also very helpful. view
Other Web Browsers 11 months 1 week ago Remah I had a quick look at 360 Browser (and K-Meleon and SeaMonkey) last night and it is impressive. It looks very good both literally, it makes good use of color, and as a good option for users. view
Windows Web Browser Performance 11 months 1 week ago Remah dark matter, For the record, I moderate the comments on my articles. Normally I would delete your comment because it is off the topic of this article, which is the performance of web browsers, and it is quite long. I only left it here because internet safety is such an important issue. view
Windows Web Browser Performance 11 months 1 week ago rseiler

What about extensions? Is there now a way to use Chrome's with it? Otherwise, living in the minuscule Maxthon extension ghetto won't be pretty.

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Windows Web Browser Performance 11 months 1 week ago dark matter

You have taken the first and most important step. You are using a powerful and well tested security tool. And, although no defense package is 100% accurate, this time it did its job.

Adware, whether flagged by an AV or not, is never an acceptable risk.

At best it clogs and impedes your system and forfeits your privacy. At worst it provides a major surface of vulnerability, opening your system and your network to significant infestation. When that happens, not only have you been compromised, but you have become a potential vector of compromise for every system your system touches or has the ability to touch, whether through e-mail or directly.

With the recent permitting and/or use of installation wrappers as common practice among sites that have been long trusted as viable sources of freeware downloads, it has become absolutely essential never to opt for Express or Standard installs. Always choose Custom installation. Always watch your installations carefully. Always opt out of any toolbars and/or additional programs. Consider the viability of using the portable (non-installer) version of a program instead. Among the legitimate programs, these are usually free of bundle-ware.

Where possible, try to access your freeware directly from the author/publisher. Be aware that is not a guarantee that the installer will be free of ride-alongs. Learn to consult VirusTotal. There are even extensions, such as VTzilla for Firefox, that can integrate VT into your download process and also give you context menu items and a toggled toolbar with the ability to scan site and file URLs. VT is helpful, but not infallible. Many of the scanners polled by VT detect viruses, trojans and worms within an executable program but not "legitimate" opt-in bundle-ware within the wrapper.

Another useful tool which has become commonplace is the reputational site scanner/immunizer. It can be found in most solid malware defense packages such as AVG, avast!, SuperAntiSpyWare, Malwarebytes, SpyBot Search & Destroy (the Immunizer function of this old standby) and many others. It is also built into many contemporary browsers. There are even free-standing site scanners such as SpyWare Blaster . Of course, in terms of program installation, these are usually going to be detecting the hinky sites you may have been pointed towards by those questionable installs. But you will also be kept away from the worst sites where you might acquire questionable downloads or drive-by infestations in the first place. Another way to help avoid these sites is an add-on such as AdBlock Plus or, my favorite, AdBlock Edge, with a good and frequently updated set of block lists.

So, in answer to your question: What do you consider acceptable? Is the promise of FREE worth the reality of a system compromise? There is no free lunch. I believe in freeware. But I like to know what lunch is going to cost.

There endeth the sermon.

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Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software 11 months 1 week ago Allain Frederic

Hi sir,
I have make a purshase of a windows 7 pro on ebay,and i try to install on my pc they give me a 5x5 code ,and when i enter it,he told invalid code, in many occasion i contact the seller to resolve the problem,no reply from him, so if i can receive a free copy with you or
look what is better for me thank-you.
Best Regards;
Allan.

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Best Free BitTorrent Client 11 months 1 week ago George.J You need to check if the torrent file has the required seeds (specifically seeds:leech ratio>1) to download. view
Terrific Program Lets You Automate Tasks On Your PC 11 months 1 week ago phoneguy

If you scroll down to the bottom of the main page and under Download click on License Terms you can read the Free Edition terms.
Second Paragraph...
"The SOFTWARE is distributed as Freeware for non-commercial use. You may download and use this SOFTWARE free of charge. That means that SOFTWARE may be used as many times as you like, for as long as you like and may be: copied, backed up, installed / reinstalled on any number of computers or distributed (only in the SOFTWARE's or its update's entirety) to anyone via any media any number of times. You may not charge money or fees for the SOFTWARE or its update to anyone."

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Three Timesaving Tricks for Faster Use of Windows 11 months 1 week ago Jorpho

I've been using Winkey+D (show the desktop) and Winkey+M (minimize all windows including the active window) for a long time, but these are new to me.

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How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up 11 months 1 week ago MidnightCowboy As Vic states below we are only able to respond to support requests in the forum. There is however a lot of information about this already on the web. This is just a selection of possibilities. https://communities.intel.com/thread/52119 https://forums.malwarebytes.org/index.php?/topic/111888-warning-processo... http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/306971-28-processor-thermal-trip I suggest you research this yourself using Google if none of the above are helpful as the solution for your own issue is pretty much guaranteed to have been posted somewhere already. MC - Site Manager. view
How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up 11 months 1 week ago v.laurie Unfortunately, we can't give this type of individual support in the comments. If you post your problem in the forum at http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/, there will be knowledgeable people to help you. view
How to Report Spam 11 months 1 week ago apoxonspam

Hello,
I have composed an email that I would like to send to all spammers - preferably several times a day.
Please find it below, I have spell checked with a UK English dictionary.
Thank you kindly, what a breath of fresh air in a cloud of dung you are :)
..............................................................

Dear Cunt face,
Get the fuck out of my inbox- not just this email, but all your fucking turd emails.
Just FUCK off.
Take heed or I will personally find you and fuck you up your ADHD arse with a broomstick and a dead fish, then I will kill you and feed the soup I make out of your knees and elbows to your family, if you have one.
If you do not have a family, I will keep you imprisoned in a dirty unhygenic broken public toilet where your only food will be your own shit and your only drink, your own piss. Here you will spend the rest of your days until you choke on one of your own turds and asphyxiate. Then I will leave your body to the rats and worms after allowing several necrophilliacs to defile your rotting filthy corpse.
It's your choice.
Piss off.

.................................................

Thanks for your help, much appreciated

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How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up 11 months 1 week ago goigisanjib

My System Is Showing Processor thermal Trip warning on every Start up. Please tell me how to fix this issue.

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Increase Your Browsing Speed And Privacy With Ghostery 11 months 1 week ago Gil Mensch

Like a few other people have reported, Ghostery will sometimes cause desired features of some sites not to work. After using it for a year or so, I decided the hassle of dysfunctional web pages wasn't worth the benefits of Ghostery. So long as you are aware of this limitation or don't mind fiddling with Ghostery's settings to make some sites work, Ghostery is worth a try.

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Terrific Program Lets You Automate Tasks On Your PC 11 months 1 week ago MidnightCowboy Thanks to everyone for spotting our deliberate mistake. :) The download link has now been corrected. MC - Site Manager. view
Free Microsoft Windows Security Tool EMET is Upgraded to Version 5.0 11 months 1 week ago Emily1

Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is an antivirus software (AV) product that provides protection against different types of malware such as computer viruses,spyware,rootkits and Trojan horses.
CCNA 200-120
200-120 PDF
200-120 Sample Question

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Best Free Memory Optimizer 11 months 1 week ago 10basetom

Be sure to read this article before you install a free memory optimizer:
http://www.howtogeek.com/171424/why-memory-optimizers-and-ram-boosters-a...

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Best Free Antivirus Software 11 months 1 week ago Wordhewer

Kudos for expressing your estimation of the young guy/gal. It's refreshing to see such commentary, in that — as you're surely aware — many people post only when things *don't* suit them.

I'm not a New-Ager by any means (heh), but I do prefer positive energy to negative.
:{]

-Steve
-Toronto

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Windows Web Browser Performance 11 months 1 week ago Remah Thanks AWS. There will be more info to come. I'm interested to hear what you like the most about Maxthon as I'm still trying it out. view
Windows Web Browser Performance 11 months 1 week ago AWS Thank you Remah for your article I have been using Maxthon for quite a few years now and have always found it easy to use, your comparisons were very interesting thank you for your effort. view
Best Free Spyware And Adware Remover 11 months 1 week ago Wordhewer

Great comment, Deb N. Well written and informative. Thanks!

-Steve
-Toronto

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How to Clean An Infected Computer 11 months 1 week ago rorsandtoe

thanks for getting back to me,

The right hand side that should say "there are no items to show" has a huge list populated. Many of which i know not to be problems such as "libre office".

my problem is only with pop ups and pop unders as far as i can tell. Over the course of an internet session when i am viewing certain websites trying to stream free tv shows etc.

Occasionally my mozilla internet session will crash and fail.When i am using project free.tv the player crashes and tells me that i need to update firefox

That is all.

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Best Free BitTorrent Client 11 months 1 week ago jacemace

So tired of utorrent - I've been using it for years (an older version off filehippo) - and all it does now is produce errors. Tried qBittorent, and all it does is stay on stalled. Found one not on the list here to replace utorrent.

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Best Free Program Uninstaller 11 months 1 week ago Realist

Revo takes so much time to load the entire list, not for someone who install/uninstall apps regularly.Use it only if you have a program which you can't remove using any other Uninstaller

ZSoft :- don't know why it is here.it's search functionality is poor.Not at ll user friendly.

Geek uninstaller: I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. It's fast, portable and easy to use. Resource friendly too.

I would recommend Advanced uninstaller, IObit uninstaller and Wise uninstaller also.

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Best Free Download Manager 11 months 1 week ago Naveen D

Thanks for the info :)
Waiting for fdm to release its new version.Then we can see how they compete with others.
:D :D :D

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Windows Web Browser Performance 11 months 1 week ago kthtl

Many thanks for advice - I did download it from a third party vendors site so they could indeed have wrapped up malware with it.
I will have another go downloading the file from the Maxathon site directly.

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Best Free Partition Management Software 11 months 1 week ago auntiejack56

I have a C drive and a virtual D drive - the C was small and filling up quickly, the D was large and had plenty of free space.
So I looked for a tool to enlarge the C and reduce the D.
Loaded EASUS (free version) and got interrupted during install by AVG with a warning about a virus - I removed the infected file, and just in case it was part of the download, I uninstalled EASUS.
Then downloaded Paragon (free version), and tried a number of times to modify the partition size. I googled and looked at answers posted by the Paragon team, but the sizes couldn't be changed, either in the 'express' method or running the whole app and selecting the Modify Partitions options. I clicked and double clicked, dragged borders that wouldn't move, entered new sizes that were rejected, and totally got nowhere. So I abandoned it after a while and uninstalled.
Then I installed the free version of Minitool Partition Home edition. How easy was that! Intuitive visual slider to indicate what space was available, I dragged it to where I wanted it and hit the Apply button - all done.
Jack

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Windows Web Browser Performance 11 months 1 week ago Remah MC, that's a very important point. kthtl, we check the download links that we provide in the Quick Selection Guide (QSG) at the end of the article. If you are downloading from anywhere else then you need to perform your own checks with your antivirus. view
Windows Web Browser Performance 11 months 1 week ago MidnightCowboy The download source can indeed be significant. This is often triggered by a wrapped installer. MC - Site Manager. http://superuser.com/questions/722205/does-filezilla-contain-a-virus https://forum.filezilla-project.org/viewtopic.php?t=32672 view
Windows Web Browser Performance 11 months 1 week ago Remah Virustotal.com didn't find any problems when I scanned the install files recently: mx4.4.2.2000.exe https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/6eb6531760ac8d9b38e24ccfb5f7fc5544906... mxsetup.exe https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/31c1dc3eabc5b5f6ebf19afe13ed0ca11702e... view
Windows Web Browser Performance 11 months 1 week ago BearPup

AVG is a little over-cautious, it even flags programs that have been in my filesystem for years without any problems as threats to be eliminated. As long as your dealing with a reputable site you should be fine. Yiu can temporarily turn off AVG to allow you to install the program. Just remember to turn it back on!

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Windows Web Browser Performance 11 months 1 week ago kthtl

Have just downloaded Maxathon installation file.
AVG unable to accept saying file contained MalSign InstallCore.B06 Adware.
Is this an acceptable install risk please?

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Other Web Browsers 11 months 1 week ago Remah The web browser is at http://www.kidzui.com/ You get the add-on at https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/kidzui-k2/ An older version is at https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/kidzui/ view
Other Web Browsers 11 months 1 week ago vandamme

Kidzui looks like a plugin for Firefox; at least that's what it tells me (I'm running FF on LinuxMint).

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