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5 hours 55 min ago Best Free Firewall Protection soad1789

Finally I should mention I tried Private Firewall. It worked decently enough, but was more than I needed (I really wanted just a better way to utilize the Windows Firewall). It didn't seem to hurt performance but I suspected it was a bigger impact than the other programs I mentioned which all utilized the built-in firewall. It also just looks like it was designed in the '80s, heh, and unfortunately that matters to me. More importantly, for my needs, I don't want to have to become familiar with a slew of crazy firewall options that I'll likely never need that might only result in unexpected behavior. The KISS mentality. I'd order the average users' options like this:

1. Windows Firewall Notifier
2. Private Firewall
3. Windows 7/8 Firewall Control
4. Tinywall

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6 hours 46 min ago Best Free Firewall Protection soad1789

I also want to briefly mention my gripes with TinyWall and Windows 7/8 Firewall Control here just for the record.

TinyWall sounded like the best frickin' idea ever when I read the description here. I loved how light it was, the premise was so promising. However, it continually seemed to deny access for all applications unless I turned it on the mode that allows all traffic. Even configuring specific rules never seemed to alleviate the "no internet access" problem, so eventually, after continually turning off the firewall, I gave up and moved to Windows 7 Firewall Control.

Windows 7 Firewall Control, unlike TinyWall, actually works as expected. It performs amicably, however there is one thing that sucks about it and it really just drove me crazy. Sometimes, for example when viewing flash content on a web page, Windows 7/8 Firewall Control would trigger a pop-up asking to allow/block the "System" app that is flash. This "System" dialog would also pop-up with Windows services intermittently as well. That's all fine and dandy, that's what it's intended to do, right? However, Windows 7/8 Firewall Control will inform you on trying to "Allow" that you need to upgrade to the Premium version to actually allow handling of "System" apps. Seems like an arbitrary destinction to nag you to pay. I get it, the developer made a good program and wants to get paid, but IMO this app didn't perform well enough to justify paying to stop this nagging.

The biggest thing I like about Windows Firewall Notifier is that on top of performing how I want, it's open source. No nagging!

Good luck in your searches all.

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6 hours 56 min ago Best Free Firewall Protection soad1789

I am quite surprised to see no mention of Windows Firewall Notifier (https://wfn.codeplex.com) is present here! I had come back to techsupportalert after a fresh install of Windows just to see if anything had changed since I had last installed a firewall. Nothing had changed unfortunately, so I snooped on MajorGeeks and found Windows Firewall Notifier. This, like TinyWall and Windows 7 Firewall Control, utilitzed the built-in windows firewall, but unlike the others, just seemed to work for me. No issues, no excessive popups, great performance and memory + CPU utilization, and to top it all off it's open source. This really should be the #1 recommendation for a basic firewall IMO. It allows the basic firewall to act as a two-way firewall, which is exactly what I needed. Once installed, it blocks all outbound requests by default and a simple popup is displayed above the system tray allowing you to Allow/Block as expected. I highly recommend giving it a shot.

Also worth a mention is Binisoft's "Windows Firewall Control" (http://www.binisoft.org/wfc.php) (I know, painfully similar to Sphinx Software's Windows 7/8 Firewall Control which IS already mentioned here). It looks like it performs similarly and from the screenshosts seems well-designed. I am just too happy with Windows Firewall Notifier at the moment but if I didn't like it I would definitely give this a shot.

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8 hours 35 min ago How to Create Your Own Personalized Windows Installation Disk Joe A.TT

Very interesting. Thank you for this Vic.

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23 hours 43 min ago Best Free Windows 8 Start Menu Replacement eikelein

For my computer illiterate customers (their own words!) there is only one solution:

Classic Shell!

Have installed it on all my customer's Win 8 machines and heard not one bad word!

Thus I consider Classic Shell to have withstood the test of time spent in real life. That tells me more than all other "personal" experiences and opinions.

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1 day 3 min ago Sync Your Files Without The Cloud Photo Addict

It is pretty easy to set up, even with FTP to my website. Only two complaints about it:

1) If you cancel a synch job in progress, it will not correctly recognize which files were previously synched, reverting instead to time stamp.

2) No ignore option. You can tell it not to copy either side, but it keeps telling you there is a conflict.

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1 day 9 min ago Best Free Windows 8 Start Menu Replacement SwanKnight

I tried most of them at one point or another, but in the end I settled on SIB in the end.

Although it's shareware, after the trial period expires, it will continue to function indefinitely with some limitations and a nag message on boot.

(I'm not affiliated with SIB in any way)

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1 day 4 hours ago Best Free Windows 8 Start Menu Replacement skross

StartMenuX free is excellent, i have my jumplist apps on the left, then 3 columns of additional apps. You can resize the height and width to your exact liking, any number of columns. This is the only Start app that i have seen that is customizable like this.
The only thing it lacks is a backup/restore of settings, but you can copy the registry entry in HKCU_Software to backup/restore.

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1 day 7 hours ago Best Free Windows 8 Start Menu Replacement JMcFadyen

How do these programs affect the windows 8 tablet functionality ? Seems like the discussion here is more towards the desktop functionality.

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1 day 7 hours ago Try Google's Reverse Image Search Feature bernardz

There are a few addons in firefox and I presume in chrome too that check both Tin Eye and google together in practice they work well.

I use fast "fast image research"

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1 day 9 hours ago Play The Wifi Detective With This Powerful Free Tool rob.schifreen

Not that I can tell, from having re-read the article just now. No.

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1 day 9 hours ago Play The Wifi Detective With This Powerful Free Tool kemmosan

I may be wrong, but are you advocating using this to snoop on people.

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1 day 22 hours ago Reverse Image Search Site Covers 9 Billion Photos godel

These reverse image search sites are good for countering the Nigerian "lonely hearts" type fraudsters.

The target's prospective loved one will turn out to be a professional model or a fitness instructor who have advertised online somewhere. Keep the image search sites in mind if one of your friends or family is getting scammed and needs convincing.

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2 days 12 min ago Best Free Firewall Protection Sputnik

The problem related in my previous comment has been treated in the COMODO's Forum.

It is a problem concerning ADS (Alternate Data Stream) and timestamps.

The problem should be addressed by the month of April.

People having problems with version 8 of COMODO Firewall should revert to version 7 till the next version 8, which will maybe have brought a fix to this problem.

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2 days 5 hours ago Reverse Image Search Site Covers 9 Billion Photos MikeR

I have TinEye and Google Image Search in my Firefox browser: right click on any image on any Web page and at the bottom of the drop down menu are both options: search for identical images with TinEye or search with Google. In practice, I use both because both open up their own search results pages.

I've no idea if this facility is possible with browsers other than Firefox, but I can say I've been using TinEye for a number of years and been more than happy with it (I've only used Google image search for a year or so.)

TinEye's results were of specific assistance three or four years ago (yes, that long) in determining that a fraudster on eBay UK Motors was just that: though his advertisement featured half a dozen high value pre-owned cars situated in various areas of his dealership forecourt, it took TinEye a matter of moments to determine that three of the cars were at one dealership, two at another, and the sixth at a third, the dealerships ranging from south London up to Birmingham up to Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

The TinEye results became part of an immediate criminal investigation, in which all the dealerships were notified that same day of the scam now underway, and eBay UK referred the matter to the police.

Candidly, I wouldn't go anywhere near eBay without first checking that the images I'm looking at are indeed genuine and not images lifted by a fraudulent seller from elsewhere. Using TinEye and Google Image Search is plain commonsense.

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3 days 1 hour ago Sync Your Files Without The Cloud SwanKnight

It doesn't seem to support cloud/WebDAV though as far as I can tell. It looks like it's more of a traditional backup application rather a "sync" one, slight difference.

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3 days 6 hours ago Reverse Image Search Site Covers 9 Billion Photos VelvetElvis

Anyone compared this to Google's Image Search? I used Tineye a year or so back, and at that time it didn't seem to compare.

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3 days 18 hours ago Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update budchekov

Thanks MC and jorgeem,good enough for me, installed, I play...:)

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3 days 23 hours ago Reverse Image Search Site Covers 9 Billion Photos UserError

Great tool to fight against copycats, posers and other pseudo-artists who like to steal another person's work.

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4 days 1 hour ago Website of the Week: Alternative To Sgluber

I remember when I found AlternativeTo (a long ago) and used it often. But one day I didn't get what I wanted, so I decided to search for another good source of information. Then I found Gizmo! :-)

Since then, Gizmo and AlternativeTo are always on my way. But to be honest, nowadays Gizmo is my main source.

Great tip rhiannon, thank you! :-)

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4 days 7 hours ago Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update jorgeem1717

I'm assuming that you having issues with Internet radio in Alloy Light because of your OS, Wins 7-32. You can go to forums at Light Alloy and look for a solution. This is the forum >>> http://www.light-alloy.ru/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=scrukjiekobbcshms8vm... <<<

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4 days 8 hours ago Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update MidnightCowboy

There is in fact one Trojan reported but this might be a false positive. MC - Site Manager.

https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/a8d6dbc9e313df47502df2c009488de2e0069...

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4 days 8 hours ago Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update alexxx46

Internet radio is buggy in Light Alloy. Win7x32.

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4 days 8 hours ago Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update jorgeem1717

Hi budchekov...

Light Alloy has been verified with Virus Total and does not have any malware. It's clean of OpenCandy as well. No info is collect by Light Alloy so it is safe concerning privacy...

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4 days 9 hours ago Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update jorgeem1717

Hi George.J...
Please do so and check the latest version of Light Alloy. Fast, nice GUI and no adware...

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4 days 15 hours ago Sync Your Files Without The Cloud ole

A free alternative is AutoVer which provides real time backup with most features that are often desired.

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4 days 16 hours ago Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update George.J

I will do that after I've finished with updating Best Free Download Manager category. The last time I reviewed the Best Free Media Player category, Light Alloy was restricted freeware with a commercial version available which didn't impress me. It's been a long time since. Guess it's time to go back.

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4 days 18 hours ago Review: the Cheapest Inkjet Cartridges Sites sheriff12

I checked all the sites you suggested. Amazon.com is lower than any of them for the CANON PIXMA MG2420 series printer. Black & Color.

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4 days 18 hours ago Print My Fonts! Phylis Sophical

The Windows option 'control fonts' you suggest does not show what the font actually looks like.

Disk space, cost & time? This program is 'portable' ie; no installation required.

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4 days 19 hours ago Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update budchekov

Thanks looks real nice.
Has anyone checked to see if it comes bearing gifts like OpenCandy and other bundled crud...How about privacy ?

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ru&u=http://ru.wikipedia....

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4 days 20 hours ago Sync Your Files Without The Cloud db2man

This software is from the same company that sold Roboform under "free lifetime upgrades" promise and then broke that promise to existing customers in 2010 and now charge those customers to upgrade Roboform.

They also removed the export function in Roboform to discourage moving to competing software.

I think everyone should know about this company's checkered past.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RoboForm

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5 days 10 min ago Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update VelvetElvis

Does the same with 32 bit Windows 7.

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5 days 2 hours ago Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update 4sure5

Last Fall, I started having problems with VLC. On playback, video would freeze but audio would continue. I tried everything I could find to fix it, but after a frustrating few weeks, I switched to Potplayer and haven't had any issues since.

Thanks to v.laurie and techsupportalert- my go-to site for any software needs (including Potplayer!).

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5 days 2 hours ago Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update v.laurie

Download the vlc-2.2.0-win64.exe file and run it. It should install as an update to your existing version of VLC. However, some people prefer in general to first uninstall older versions before installing a new one and that is another option. In any event, back up your system first before installing any new software.

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5 days 3 hours ago Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update dstead

Thanks much v.laurie,

I found this page, a list of files and which I don't understand what I am do do with them to update my VLC. Do I need download some or all and what do I do with them once I get them onto my computer? Thanks much.

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5 days 3 hours ago Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update v.laurie

There is a link to a 64-bit 2.2.0 version on this page: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html

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5 days 3 hours ago Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update dstead

The Windows V2.1.5 64bit (Rincewind) does not find an update.

I think this may be due to there not, as yet, being an updated issued the 64 bit Windows environment.. Can someone confirm this for me please? Tanks in advance.

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5 days 3 hours ago Best Free Firewall Protection Sputnik

I have been obliged to uninstall COMODO Firewall recently because I had a problem with the last version of it.

I am using softwares like FreeFileSync or SyncFolders to backup my data with one way only mirroring on external HDs.

I don't want here to discuss if it is a good way of doing backups or not.

The problem is that after doing such a backup, if I immediately make the same backup, the same exact files that were copied in the previous backup will be backupped again, and the same thing happens each time I would immediately do the same thing again. It is as if the files were not backupped at all.

The backup software indicates clearly that everything went OK, that no problem occured at all.

I had not this problem with previous versions of COMODO Firewall which I use since a couple of years.

The backup software has the correct permissions from COMODO Firewall.

Does someone had the same problem or knows something about it ?

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5 days 9 hours ago This Great Media Player Almost Plays Everything and Runs Everywhere ldmpub

If you use a "desktop version" of VLC, you could improve your usage with the following article:
"Best Hidden Features of VLC" => http://lifehacker.com/the-best-hidden-features-of-vlc-1654434241

regards,

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5 days 9 hours ago This Great Media Player Almost Plays Everything and Runs Everywhere charles.simpson

For some reason the non beta android version shows as being incompatible with both my phone running 4.4.3 and my Lenovo tablet running 4.4.2

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5 days 9 hours ago Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update jorgeem1717

Great idea.... GIZMO should review Light Alloy Media Player. It certainly is an excellent media player and videos load extremely fast, I would say more like instantly. It's actually my default media player. Have yet to say anything negative... It's that good. Like P P Chaukimath mentioned, it will be in the top 3 Best Media Players.... enjoy ...

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5 days 14 hours ago Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update P P Chaukimath

Further, it would be nice if GIZMO reviewed LA and I am sure it will find its way in the Best free Media Player category.

Regards.
P P Chaukimath

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5 days 14 hours ago Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update P P Chaukimath

I am in agreement. Earlier I was using VLC and even though I had no issues with VLC, on recommendation I tried Light alloy. I am now sticking to LA and I am really happy. LA is truly an excellent free software.

Regards.

P P Chaukimath

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5 days 18 hours ago Sync Your Files Without The Cloud SwanKnight

It's too bad that the free version is so limited.

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6 days 5 hours ago Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update jorgeem1717

Had an issue with "resume play back" ...... having issues with the new "in-app downloader for Firefox".... I have been using Light Alloy media player and it's very good so I will stick with it... you can try it out and see for yourself here >>>>> http://www.light-alloy.ru/ <<<<<

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6 days 6 hours ago Best Free Encryption Utility for Cloud Storage jult

Who needs cloud storage if you have a NAS and BittorrentSync ?
You use BTSync to sync the encrypted folder with its content anywhere you go on any mobile or stationary device you use.

Thus far the only tools that can handle this requirement well are encfs (for linux/unix) and boxcryptor (for windows). Big problem I have with boxcryptor is that it's really slow and hogging my OS. Probably because it does all encryption and decryption on-the-fly in memory(?). It doesn't store the unencrypted files anywhere, it's just showing a virtual drive. That is to say, this works with Boxcryptor Classic. The new version is messy, puts your virtual folder one folder deep, I see no advantage in that 'feature' to be honest.

I used to use TrueCrypt, still unbeated in its footprint, don't know how they did that. The virtual drive-letter linked to a tc volume, and it was blazing fast (both directions), I used it with Firefox Portable and many other apps straight from encrypted volume. But it got larger and larger over time. I need one that can handle about 20 GB of space. This you just can't sync, such a volume doesn't even sync while in use (it's locked), so that was not workable for me.
By the way, Gostcrypt seems to be your best bet if you want the TrueCrypt options.

I'm really surprised by the fact that TrueCrypt is the only software capable of encrypting and decrypting with such low memory usage and practically no noticeable performance loss. NONE of the other packages allow me to have a virtual drive-letter open content that is always stored in encrypted state. The only ones that offer this are really slow and sluggish (that is encfs and boxcryptor), plus they have all kinds of security issues (filenames not encrypted, watermarking easy to find out what the key should be etc.)

If anyone has tips on this, let me know.
CryptSync does not work, it always leaves a stored unencrypted folder on my device when not in use, that's definitely NOT what I look for. I need something that leaves my btsynced storage folder always encrypted when my laptop gets stolen etc. except for when I access it as that virtual drive-letter using my passphrase.

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6 days 7 hours ago Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update bernardz

I have not checked the memory but setting up file association causes an error; Resume playback has problems going by comment in the VLC forum it seems widespread also you only get a limited reduce the size of its object.

For the time being, I will stick to MPC-HC.

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6 days 7 hours ago An Easy Way to Send and Receive Files Across Multiple Devices stockholm

I have not been able to make this app work, though I have many times followed the instructions exactly, and etc. None of my three devices will recognize any other. Or, I should say, they did one time but only once. The Lenovo web site offers no support and makes posting a comment difficult. I have had to give up the app in frustration.

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6 days 8 hours ago Print My Fonts! Bobcat 2105

Just an added note for safety here. When you delete a font that you think you don't use and it comes up missing when you use your favorite game or program. Windows can substitute a different font or leave it out altogether. Some software installs its own font and the name and sample can be hard to recognize just by glancing through and trying to pick out what you think is not being used. Use caution, it can create quite a headache when you are cleaning out fonts.

Been There Done It

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6 days 10 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

A new version has just been released.

"This new version addresses issues with keys; keys sizes have been increased to 2048 to comply with a higher standard and improve browser compatibility.

Existing users will be upgraded automatically or users can download the update. As always we recommend all users update to the latest version.

In the next few days we’ll release version 3.1 with additional features allow users to disabled the HTTPS inspection if they choose to do so. We are also implementing an HTTPS Threat Vector list that will automatically bypass HTTPS inspection for the vast majority of safe web sites".

MC - Site Manager.

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6 days 10 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software AJNorth

Two articles that discuss this are:

"Privdog is Superfish all over again" - http://www.ghacks.net/2015/02/23/privdog-is-superfish-all-over-again/ and,

"Don’t use Comodo, Their Crapware Completely Breaks the Fundamental Security of the Web!" - https://discuss.howtogeek.com/t/dont-use-comodo-their-crapware-completel... .

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6 days 13 hours ago Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update bernardz

These two functions were available on older version but were turned off.
*Resume playback where you left off.
*Subtitles downloading extension

The big issue though is memory, VLC took a lot of memory; I wonder if they fixed that?

Thanks I will check it out.

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6 days 18 hours ago Print My Fonts! pctyson

JM McFayden I thought that I was missing something here. Thanks for reminding me that I am not. the viewing of fonts in Windows control panel has been available since.... (let me see) Was it Windows 3.11?. For those out there who are new to Windows, you can run the control panel applet from the "run" box window in the start panel by typing "control fonts" (without the quotes) .
I do realize that, as per Frank, you can export it as a PDF or Word document. This could be quite useful for those who write or are involved in graphic arts for a living, but for the average computer user, the disk space cost and time spent for the download is just not worth it.

PCTyson

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6 days 19 hours ago Installing µTorrent (or BitTorrent) Without Toolbar and Ads ibbeebee

Thanks that worked I probably removed to much! I had some difficulty logging on here after, it told me my email address was a reserved user name. I just reduced it to ibbeebee & it was fine Thanks for the help beebee

Well it seems I have somehow offended the powers that be on the uTorrent forum or at least that's my interpretation.
If i clear out all cookies relating to uTorrent I can then open the site & read the forum responses but if I try to log in I get a warning message from Firefox about the sites security certificate & if I push past that. I'm back with my "you are not allowed to visit this community" & can't log back on until I clear cookies.
It looks like it's time to find a new torrent client Regards Beebee

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6 days 23 hours ago What is “Freeware”? v.laurie

Unfortunately, FileHippo has also fallen into the practice of using wrappers on some of its offerings.

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1 week 18 min ago How To Specify The Start Position In A Youtube URL MrWednesday7

Thanks

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1 week 1 hour ago Print My Fonts! Frank D

True, but once you've generated your font listing, you can export it as a PDF or a Word document, where you can view it anytime. I used Word and bumped the font size up to about 15 for easy viewing. I don't imagine needing to run it more than once a year at most, so its not saving its settings is not much of an inconvenience.

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1 week 1 hour ago Print My Fonts! KetchupKid

Nifty little program but it does not save settings. For that reason, it is worthless to me. Thanks, anyway.

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1 week 3 hours ago Best Free Media Player for Android morrig

MX Player is the best but licensing issues with later builds mean unable to play properly dts and Dolby Digital audio so head over to XDA to get your fix if your encountering problem.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/apps/mx-player/mx-player-custom-codec-dt...

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1 week 5 hours ago Print My Fonts! Frank D

Nice program! Thanks for the find!

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1 week 6 hours ago Print My Fonts! JMcFadyen

Does this from MS do the same ?

To remove a font from the hard disk, follow these steps:
Click Start, and then click Run.
Type the following command, and then click OK:
%windir%\fonts
Click the font that you want to remove. To select more than one font at a time, press and hold the CTRL key while you select each font.
On the File menu, click Delete.
When you receive the "Are you sure you want to delete these fonts?" prompt, click Yes.
Note You can prevent a font from loading without removing it from the hard disk. To do this, move the font from the Windows\Fonts folder to another folder.

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1 week 15 hours ago Best Free PDF Tools Anupam

Thank you, it worked. And thanks for the information again. Now I know why they have been releasing updates for PdfXchange Viewer.

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1 week 19 hours ago Best Free PDF Tools Jojo Yee

AbleWord uses MS Word as the default file type for saving so no conversions are needed. If you've associated doc or docx files with AbleWord to open the files, try to replace it with another default program to open with.

See also this guide at our site: How to Manage Windows File Associations the Really Easy Way

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1 week 21 hours ago Best Free PDF Tools bawldiggle

@ Scallionboy
On the "AbleWord" GETTING STARTED web page is an image of the AbleWord SaveAs dialog
h~t~t~p:++www.ableword.net+quickstart.html
* remove "~"
* replace "+" with "/"

There are no dedicated AbleWord file types on the filetypes list.

I don't understand what you mean by AbleWord document, what is the file type affix ?

I would like to thank you for mentioning AbleWord. I have been searching for an alternative Windows "Word" processor for many months.
- the real bonus with AbleWord is the conversion to PDF + editing + PDF to Word
- and AbleWord is free !
- as yet to download and try it

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1 week 23 hours ago Best Free PDF Tools bawldiggle

Gizmos will not allow me to post URLs !
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Your submission has triggered the spam filter and will not be accepted.
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remove "~"
replace "+" with "/" forward slash
h~t~t~p:++www.tracker-software.com+forum3+viewtopic.php?f=35&t=23042&p=89101#p89101
- I checked it and it works

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1 week 1 day ago Best Free PDF Writer Software de37cel

Hi -- I downloaded Bullzip today on recommendations from this page. I did see that the ASK toolbar would be installed. So I searched their web page and they state that they removed the toolbar. Here's the verbiage and the link:

2014-01-09 (10.2.0.2141)

Toolbar removed from free version.

http://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php

I have just downloaded and so have not had time to evaluate whether any adware was able to sneak on my machine. Hopefully not!

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1 week 1 day ago How To Keep Your Passwords Safe Fromjim

Thanks Remah,

I will read the articles you suggested.

God bless
Jim

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1 week 1 day ago Free Training Courses for Kids B.i.l.l

Try Khan Academy, many courses in a variety of subjects, all free.
khanacademy.org

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1 week 1 day ago Best Free File-Based Backup Program jprg24

My vote is also in for Cobian 11.2

I can´t say I've tried all the different options in this article but, in addition to what DavidFB mentions, the drag-and-drop functionality is what makes it so easy for me. Just drag in the files/folders you want to backup, drag in the destination folder, set the schedule, and you´re done! Also love the ability to filter out certain files/folders you don´t care to include in the backup (also done via drag-and-drop).

DavidFB, I was also using VSC worrying that without it my Outlook .pst (e-mail) file might not be successfully copied if I left Outlook open during the backup process. Even though I haven't actually run into any problems yet with Outlook open, I ended up simply adding a pre-backup event that closes Outlook automatically just in case. This can be done within the "Task Properties" window under the "Events" option. So no more worries and no need for VSC + .NET 3.5 !

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1 week 1 day ago Best Free Software for Linux uriegel

I have used several serial terminals before. But ScriptCommunicator is the best I've ever used. Because of it's script interface it's extremly flexible and powerful.

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1 week 1 day ago Got a Lenovo Laptop? You Need to Read This. rsarneckysr

PRIVDOG Not sure where to post this.

Here goes - Malewarebytes Free found over 100 incidents of malware because of Privdog!

Both Chrome and Firefox were not working right. Removed privdog extensions and separate install and all seems fine.

Beware - Privdog does not really help but causes other potentially serious problems.

My Avast anti-virus did NOT identify this threat!

Sincerely, Robert

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1 week 1 day ago How To Keep Your Passwords Safe Remah

Both products, Password Safe and KeePass, are safe to use and both are free open-source software for Windows. But Password Safe is not rated as highly as KeePass which has more features and runs on more platforms. For example, I can access my Keepass database on several platforms including my Windows computers and Android phones.

The article Best Free Form Filler and Password Manager provides you with more information on these and other options.

This 2010 blog post provides some information on migrating from Password Safe to KeePass. It could be useful to you but just take care because some details are out of date.

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1 week 1 day ago How To Keep Your Passwords Safe Fromjim

I see lot of comments about KeePass but nothing about Password Safe ,

I have been using Password Safe for about a month and it seems safe to me, does anyone have comments that might change my mind?

I will probably try KeePass to see how it works, problem is it took me a while to figure out how to use Password Safe, it doesn't seem to follow the same dialogue as I am used to with Windows, is it just me or do they use different phrasing?

Hope to read your comments and suggestions.

God bless
Jim

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1 week 2 days ago Best Free Windows 64-bit Software scuri

Thx for your advice! Freeware, multiplatform and at first glance powerful and userfriendly.

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1 week 2 days ago Best Free PDF Tools Anupam

Thanks for this.. wasn't aware of this.

BTW, the link you posted does not work... even after replacing the - with .

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1 week 2 days ago Best Free PDF Tools bawldiggle

Pdf-XChange Viewer is no longer developed.
- from the developer Tracker Software forum thread "Is Viewer still developed or not ?" 19-Jan-2015 by bawldiggle
- Tracker Software are only rectifying any security risks, but not improving or extending Viewer features
tracker-software-com/forum3/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=23042&p=89101#p89119

PDF-XChange Editor is available in a free version offering similar features as Viewer ... plus more. And a lot more free features than free Adobe Reader.
Only let down is that virtual printing is only available through paid version of Editor and then only in Internet Explorer. Free Editor has a few disabled features but the big plus over older Viewer is the bookmarking feature in free Editor.

One feature I cannot find in a PDF Tool is a reliable virtual PDF printer
that maintains bookmarks and links. So many only create an image on the PDF result. No links nor bookmarks. And so many PDF Printers print a blank PDF of emails and web-pages.

I just tried free CutePDF -- bundled with 3 lots of adware.
- CutePDFs no longer supply an "uninstaller" with the free version
- took me 2 hours to uninstall, clean the Win7 Registry and locate buried files and remove printer drivers.
- virtual printing was only an image on PDF.
- Ancient version of GhostScript 8.15 is installed immediately CutePDF is installed

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oldversion is indeed popular around here. It's a great site.
I think OldApps is a nice addition

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ocenaudio is a native 64 bit audio editing software

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It could be something simple. Try purging your cookies & site history using CCleaner. Otherwise, your recent change of IP address may be connected and it's possible this address is on a block list. If clearing your browser cache does not solve it, you will need to contact your ISP although if their domain has been used by others in an abusive manner (spam, scams etc), it's possible that all of the addresses they can issue will be blocked. MC - Site Manager.

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1 week 2 days ago Installing µTorrent (or BitTorrent) Without Toolbar and Ads ibbeebee

Hi All
I've been having an issue logging onto the utorrrent forums. i get this message
You are not allowed to visit this community.

Need Help?

& if I try to message them I get a rejection Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the server for the recipient domain
I know this probably not the right place to ask but I tried on Google with absolutely no result & that's a first
& I'm hopeful that someone here can help.
One thing that may or may not be relevant is that I had just set up a static IP address which I tested & got a thumbs up for Thanks in advance for any help regards Beebee

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how can i start ?

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1 week 2 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software townman

I had remove Comodo after reading the Privdog that come with it.

Although the Privdog version bundle is not the version that is vulnerable but I do not trust Comodo anymore, specially both Comodo and Privdog are same CEO, and I remember clearly that I had dis-select Geek Buddy, Privdog when install Comodo, yet I still find the Geek Buddy Icon on Desktop and Privdog secretly install.

Just google "Adware Privdog worse than Superfish"

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I've used PrivaZer Donor version and immediately had missing files and made my Laptop unresponsive, thank goodness did a registry backup and saved my files before attempting to
use it. I uninstalled PrivaZer and regained my laptop back to operating good again, never again will use that program. But that's my opinion hope that helped.

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1 week 2 days ago Best Free PDF Tools Scallionboy

HELP!!!
I downloaded AbleWord to do some work on a bunch of PDFs. Now, all my Word docs are Able Word docs. Is there a way to convert them back to Word. Preferably one that doesn't involve opening them one at a time and saving them in Word? Please?

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But youtube automatically provides you with the link. Just click Share and tick the box below, indicating the starting time. The link changes for you, ready to copy!

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Great information! I can think of lots of reasons it's great, but the best is, when I post something for a friend, I no longer have to waste their time. I am sure many will appreciate it. I know I would.
Thank you,Rod.schifreen, for posting it!

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Been using this site for ages. Excellent source for alternative softwares.

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1 week 3 days ago Got a Lenovo Laptop? You Need to Read This. George.J

With reference to the same, it's been found that Privdog extension bundled with Comodo products is worse or as bad as Superfish.

PrivDog is Superfish all over again - gHacks
Worse than Superfish? Comodo-affiliated PrivDog compromises web security too

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gonna give this a try

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1 week 4 days ago Best Free File-Based Backup Program DavidFB

Agreed. But the COMODO interface is not exactly straightforward, nor does it behave in a logical way. It also defaulted to backing up to my C users folder when I had set it otherwise. It doesn't have a settings save so appears to miss things.

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1 week 4 days ago Best Free File-Based Backup Program DavidFB

There's another layer to this point.
If you uninstall the software and the backup is in a proprietary format, you will have no access to it. This is why you want it to use standard ZIP (easily accessed even from DOS) or simple file copy. The second is the most dependable.

Same issue if you move the backup to where the software is not installed.

Imaging software like AOMEI is slightly different. The good ones include a boot disc which would give you access. The software does not need to be installed/running to access the backup. But it's also another reason why imaging for the OS (which you don't typically need to pull files out of) and data backup for your files are often handled distinctly.

In the event of a problem, you need the data while the Image is needed for a restore.

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1 week 4 days ago Got a Lenovo Laptop? You Need to Read This. cressean

Just a concern. It seems too obvious... "how did they think they could get away with it".
Could this be a Trojan hiding something deeper? I'm getting used to corporate dishonesty, but I wouldn't have thought the attempt would be so amateurish.
Sorry for the cynicism, but I hope talented pros are looking at the restored version.

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1 week 4 days ago Best Free File-Based Backup Program DavidFB

I got the smaller download. It included the ability to create the WIN PE. But you have to download the separate ISO for the Linux CD. Stick it in the root directory and it can create the Linux CD also. Or you can burn it with something like free ImgBurn.

Keep in mind AOMEI is an imaging tool. It now has data backup capability but accessing data in images is more involved that accessing simple file copies. That it includes boot discs is wonderful for such an occasion, if you needs are simple and you just want to image everything.

Myself, I'm now trying AOMEI for imaging because Windows has handicapped the imaging tool in v8 (stupid) and I use free Cobain (11.2) for data backup, without compression. Unless you need to compress, it's another possible point of failure and slow-down in backups.

Just remember - simple and reliable is what you need for backups.

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1 week 4 days ago Best Free File-Based Backup Program DavidFB

As noted above, I've been using Cobain for data backup so don't really need VSC. It works very well without and thus no need for old .NET

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1 week 4 days ago Best Free File-Based Backup Program DavidFB

They'll all backup subfolders, new or otherwise, typically with the default settings.

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1 week 4 days ago Best Free File-Based Backup Program DavidFB

Just a followup - Volume Shadow Copy is mainly needed if you're trying to back up system files used by the OS, and the occasional file locked as its in use. In my case, I use Imaging for the system and straight file backup for the data - much easier to access and recover data if you're having system problems.

My need for Cobain was for the second - data backup. So I didn't actually need VSC as it turns out. It had no trouble backing up my email with the email program open, for example.

I checked his help files and he actually suggested you turn VSC off if you don't need it because it will make the backup faster. So I'm happily back using free Cobain 11.2. Without VSC and thus the need for .NET 3.5

It's been very reliable for me and has saved my bacon a few times.

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1 week 4 days ago Got a Lenovo Laptop? You Need to Read This. Sgluber

Isn't Superfish detected and removed by antimalwares like Malwarebytes?

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1 week 4 days ago Got a Lenovo Laptop? You Need to Read This. BearPup

Thank you for this. I just purchased a refurbished Lenovo laptop and I will check it for this crapware item ASAP. Again, my sincere thanks.
Regards,
BearPup

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I've tried FreeFileSync and it works well. Easy to uncheck the extras during install if you're careful. I used it to replace the abandoned MS SyncToy.

One gotcha - Save your sync folders before you run a sync or it drops them when done.

It now also includes a second tool called RealTimeSync - this checks at the set interval for changes in a folder and if it picks up on something, it runs a quick sync. A few keys though - you have to set the watched set in FFS first, as a batch file to avoid the gui. And then you have to set a command line in the new tool to FFS and the batch file. And then you have to actually start the program to have it running. You can set a shortcut into Windows Startup but it's a little cludgy as yet.

[edit: commercial reference removed as the vendor no longer provides a free version]

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1 week 4 days ago Best Free File-Based Backup Program DavidFB

Nice Review. I'm not a novice but found the Comodo interface annoying. It hides folder selection and doesn't save your settings in a normal way. Unless you create a schedule, they vanish if you select something else. It also ignored some of the settings I made, like it decided to back up to a User doc folder on C. NOT a useful backup location that I'd set otherwise.

I've been using Cobain happily for some years - it includes VSC but that requires old .NET3.5 - annoying if you'd rather not install old versions. It's also evidently no longer in development.

I tried the suggested Iperius free but it doesn't have a non-Zip backup option. And no VSC in the free version. Decent interface though.

Seems I'll be going back to Cobain as it really does a good job.

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