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33 weeks 6 days ago Optimizing Tixati For Speed mr6n8

Sorry for the late reply - I was away from the computer for a few days.

As to 1, there is still communications going on even if there are no torrents (DHT network). The communications go back and forth, so some goes out as upload and some as download. But this should be a very small rate (usually less than 1kBps).

2. That is usually not an issue with the bittorrent client. If you are seeing a large amount of hashfails, that is usually a router (in DMZ or Game mode) issue. What is a typical amount of excess for you on say as 700MB torrent?

In any event, as to 2, it is not Tixati as I frequently run it and the other bittorrent clients suggested here and have never had that issue.

Steve

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33 weeks 6 days ago How to Disable Internet Explorer LDII

It is a bad news. I need to remove IE because it's hijack by Qv06 search engine and I want to reinstall the clear browser.

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33 weeks 6 days ago Finds of the Week (December 31, 2011) rhiannon

That's a handy tip, thanks for the link. :)

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33 weeks 6 days ago reddit Earthporn (Wallpaper of the Week) rhiannon

You're welcome. :)

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33 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program tpg

cool !! thanks.

tpg

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33 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program EricCM

Regarding online conversion programs from video to audio (for YouTube for example), I have good experience with online converters like youtube-mp3.org, flvto.com, vidtomp3.com, video2mp3.net etc... They are quite popular and fast, they are working good and if you are trying to convert video what is quite popular or not so big, there is high chance that converted version is stored on the server, so that is reason why you don't have to wait so long. If you want to convert video not only to mp3 but also to video, you need to use some other online converters, I have good experience with quite new converter http://youtubetomp3.eu . I am using also other ones, just use google and you will find more results. These online convertion tools have one disadventage - you are not able to set some additional settings like size, rate, etc... So If you need more sophisticated tool, you will need something else.

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33 weeks 6 days ago How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour undine

Thank's for the good tip.I have been doing this in the past with XXX. This is much easier to do. Would you happen to know where the registry key would be to change the background color of Windows File Explorer? Keep up the good work. Grady.

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33 weeks 6 days ago How to Tell if a File is Malicious Chiron

Please follow the advice I give in this article:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-know-if-your-computer-infect...

That should be able to tell you if the problem is caused by malware or whether you should look for other possible causes.

Thanks.

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33 weeks 6 days ago Handy Systems Makes Google Image Search Easier To Use ixan

I had the same experience as suruha. Searched for my own store. Clicked on 12 images and got 10 404s. Tried with a product I want to buy, similar experience, mostly 404s. It is good for just getting the image and it is faster than Google but a bit frustrating.

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33 weeks 6 days ago Handy Systems Makes Google Image Search Easier To Use mauilibrarian2

Why would you want to download an image without visiting the site?

What about copyright and proper attribution? Why would you not want to know the origin of an image?

Fast and easy does not equal better. Just because you can doesn't necessarily mean you should.

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33 weeks 6 days ago How to Tell if a File is Malicious mannymanuel08

Hello!I am in a fix.my processors are working at 100 percent and no apps are running. I have scanned with MSE but no difference. I also cleaned the registry.its a win7 hp system.It started when I finished downloading files from kat.ph.the only other thing I remember doing is clicking on a popup on desktop that told me to check my hp warranty status.I also noticed that if taskmanager is running,the processors go back to normal operating levels..pls help me:(

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33 weeks 6 days ago Handy Systems Makes Google Image Search Easier To Use dwainwood

You may want to fix your hyperlink in the email blast that went out and get rid of the period at the end of the embedded hyperlink.

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33 weeks 6 days ago Handy Systems Makes Google Image Search Easier To Use suruha

While this looks like a good idea, with the bulk of the images I clicked on, the links went to 404 pages. Hmmmm...

Thank you!

Su

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33 weeks 6 days ago Handy Systems Makes Google Image Search Easier To Use JohnnyG

How timely. Just this morning I was comparing Bing's Image search to Google's to see which I liked best. I liked each one for different reasons, but couldn't say that I liked one more than the other. I think my favorite now is GoogleImageRipper. Thanks for the article.

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33 weeks 6 days ago How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour GP23

@ rob.schifreen
What's your monitor brightness set at? Most default settings are way too bright.

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33 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services Wolfram

I just have found an interesting article about 'How to protect ourselves from hackers'. It is available here:

http://blog.hotspotshield.com/2013/08/08/how-to-protect-yourself-from-ha...

One quote from the article:

"According to the Trustwave’s 2013 Global Security Report, cyber-security threats are increasing as quickly as we can implement measures against them. Hackers have lots of different ways to steal your private data and information. And the main reason why hackers go after your personal information is identity theft!

Over the past year, there have been roughly 12.6 million victims of identity theft – or, to put it into perspective, one victim every three seconds. No matter how safe you think you’re being online, chances are you’re making at least a few mistakes that compromise the integrity of your personal information."

About Hotspot Shield:

"Hotspot Shield VPN is the ultimate Internet security solution that secures your browsing session, detects and blocks malware, protects your privacy and allows you to access blocked sites. Hotspot Shield is available both as a free VPN and a paid Hotspot Shield Elite subscription.

Key Benefits to using Hotspot Shield:

- Secure your web session, data, online shopping, and personal information online with HTTPS encryption.

- Protect yourself from identity theft online.

- Secure your IP address for your privacy online and private browsing.

- Access all content privately without censorship; bypass firewalls.

- Protect yourself from snoopers at Wi-Fi hotspots, hotels, airports and corporate offices.

- VPN client works on both wireless and wired connections. Provides Unlimited Bandwidth. [!!]

- Works on PC and Mac, including new operating systems (Windows 8 and Mountain Lion)."

Even if their product has received many awards - including from CNN, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week Intl. -, I would like that the editor of this rubric to test the FREE version of Hotspot Shield; and then, to tell us his opinion about the program.-

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34 weeks 5 min ago reddit Earthporn (Wallpaper of the Week) dynamite00401

Beautiful shots. Thanks again Rhiannon.

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34 weeks 38 min ago Finds of the Week (December 31, 2011) dynamite00401

Anyone that is using android knows that flash can be tricky, picky or just a plain pain. The youtube HTML 5 trial still goes on. Its so much better to view video without flash. And youtube does a good job of detecting your browsers abilities and enters many into the trial automatically. I love it. And if for some reason you want to opt out of the trial if you do automatically get entered, just go http://www.youtube.com/html5 here.

Thanks again Rhiannon

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34 weeks 2 hours ago How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour Fairportfan

April 2014 - no more support AT ALL for XP.

At which point it becomes pretty much illegal to use it in some areas, like medical records.

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34 weeks 2 hours ago How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour Fairportfan

"How to not need to change Windows 8 background colour" - don't use Windows 8

It's ugly and its mama dresses it funny.

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34 weeks 6 hours ago Best Free Download Manager CyberWolf64

I too have read the same article, and am VERY glad I don't use it, as well as I will notify all friends to not use it EVER.

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34 weeks 6 hours ago Best Free Download Manager hotty

Please remove Orbit Downloader for downloading and installing malware on the system.

http://www.welivesecurity.com/2013/08/21/orbital-decay-the-dark-side-of-...

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34 weeks 7 hours ago Find Out All about Your Android Hardware with this Free App pratomorone

Thanx for the heads-up about CPU-Z.

I have used it on the PC for several years to find out what my wife has done with her laptop so I can fix things that may be a little "tweaked".

When I saw CPU-Z on my SG III, I downloaded it immediately so I could check it out.

It is a great way to find out about what is going on with your Android phone but...it is very hard on battery life.

Regretfully, I uninstalled it but if I find it necessary, I will reinstall to do the maintenance work on both of our phones.

Great find!!

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34 weeks 10 hours ago Best Free OCR Software jluisrey

Take a look to http://www.chronoscan.org it is free for non commercial use, and have pdf text output, cmis compatibility, zonal ocr, automatic document type recognition....

Thanks for your article,

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34 weeks 12 hours ago Exposure Guide: Photography Tips, Techniques and News (Website of the Week) boristhemoggy

My group love it. Fabulous resource, thanks muchly :)

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34 weeks 16 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

I wouldn't be surprised since most softwares have EULA along these same lines.

(i) "Sharing information" as in the samples found in individual computers for testing false positives and other information. Using the same to update database signatures etc etc... I think can disable this by deselecting Avast Community Program.

(ii) Mailing you about Avast information, according to your preferences, and finding if you have Chrome installed on your PC, if not recommend the product to you during installation.

Definitely not spyware.

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34 weeks 16 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software Looker

I used Avira for several years. But Avira finally started upgrading itself on its own to v13 after bugging me everyday to do the upgrade (and me refusing). Not cool. Then it tells me to uninstall Spybot and (I think it was) Emisoft as they are "incompatible". Also not cool.

So fine. I uninstall Avira and start installing Avast. But I'm reading its eula and I get to the disturbing part below. It seems Avast is now spyware and DOES collect your personal info and provides it to its "business partners". VERY uncool!

Is this new? Do others find this objectionable, too? Am I misinterpreting something? Other parts of the eula were questionable as well.

[below is copied from eula]

"Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the AVAST privacy policy, you consent during the term of this Agreement and for one (1) year thereafter to (i) AVAST sharing information collected by you during your installation or registration of the Software with AVAST’s distributors and other business partners and (ii) use of such information by AVAST, its distributors and other business partners to present you with information that may be relevant to you, including offers of software, services or other products."

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34 weeks 19 hours ago How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive v.laurie

Don't call the new folder "Desktop". Why not maintain the old folder structure? It will keep things clearer. If you are moving "Documents" why not stick with that?

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34 weeks 19 hours ago How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive jmjsquared

Hey there, Jeff. As you see I'm certainly no expert on Windows links: symbolic, hard or otherwise. However, I THINK relocating your Desktop to another drive would be catastrophic. In effect, you would be relocating "everything" on your system.

IMO, until you've fully understood how this is supposed to work, have located the missing 12.65 GB worth of files and have backed up your My Pictures, you should do nothing more.

What say we continue our conversation in the forums? I've started a thread here: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/...

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34 weeks 19 hours ago How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive mannaoz

Thanks for your comment and to the author for giving me some valuable information. I am not upset rather pleased that it has forced me into understanding file structure. A funny way to learn but at 65 one needs to find these things out. Better not to have to trail and error. But hey this is computers. So now that I have got this far. If I was to relocate the desktop files and folders creating a landing folder. D:\Desktop. these would still continue to work as if they were in C:. The next biggie is the My Pictures folder how do I do a backup just in case I blow it as there are many irreplaceable pictures in there.Your advice always welcome and thank you all for being here to lend advice.

Jeff

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34 weeks 20 hours ago How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive jmjsquared

Pardon my interjecting but, since I did the same thing, perhaps my experience can reassure you that *almost* certainly, your files are still "there"; i.e., in the Root of your D:\ Drive. The changes in the free spaces of C: and D: are *proof* of that, right?

-- Did you open D:\ and look for the individual folders/files?
-- I don't see why this should matter BUT, just in case: Did you setup your system to show Hidden Files and Folders?
-- Do a "Search" on D:\ for any file/folder whose name you may recall. Hopefully, Search will be successful in finding the file/folder and then you will know where the others are "hiding".

Good luck.

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34 weeks 20 hours ago How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive v.laurie

jimjsquared and mannaoz, I feel very bad when people put their trust in me and I fail them. All I can say is that Microsoft didn't make this problem with using the root of a drive clear either. But that isn't much of an excuse since Microsoft is no model of clarity.

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34 weeks 20 hours ago How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive v.laurie

I am very sorry that you have a problem. Step 9 does say "select a folder". I do hope you backed up as this is always essential in Windows. I assume you have tried the restore function that is mentioned in the tip. Many, many people have used this procedure without problems and this issue with moving to the root of a drive is one I have not seen before. I see no mention of it in Microsoft's instructions but that may be little consolation. I have added a note to the tip.

Added later: Maybe this reference will help: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/18583-user-folders-restore-default-...

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34 weeks 21 hours ago How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive mannaoz

Hi there I to have just fallen into the same trap. Dam Should have read more posts. I moved the My Documents from C: to D: and thinking I didn't have to create a folder just did the transfer as per your instructions making D: the destination. Now I have no idea where the My Documents have gone. All 12.65 GB. Please help me as I need these. I was going to move My Photos as these are very special I am having second thoughts. Although your instruction were clear well I though it was I wish you had been a little more precise. Where to form here please. I also have Windows 7 64.
I do not see any of my documents files although the size of D: has increased and C: has decreased.!!

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34 weeks 23 hours ago Best Free File Manager for Android Cthulhux

Some file managers have a separate "media scan" button for that, probably because they don't use Android's built-in file operations. I'd report a bug for those which don't. :-)

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34 weeks 23 hours ago Best Free File Manager for Android Kwaku

Since your are at it right now, I have a pretty specific question.

I have noticed that with File Expert, after I moved .jpg files from one folder to another in my SD card, the built in "Gallery" application in my phone lost track of what pictures and what thumbnails are in each folder, so the Gallery display basically gets broken.

File Expert apparently does not even send a signal for a media re-scanning to be done.

Have you noticed, during your testing, if that's a common problem with other file explorers?

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34 weeks 23 hours ago Best Free File Manager for Android Cthulhux

Glad to help you out. :)
If something's still missing, I might want to test your alternative indeed.

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34 weeks 23 hours ago Best Free File Manager for Android Kwaku

Ok, I'm giving FX a try too. I'm new to both. Thanks!

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34 weeks 23 hours ago Best Free File Manager for Android Cthulhux

Concerning the Bookmarks thingy, you might like FX as it starts with the bookmarks screen by default.

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34 weeks 23 hours ago Best Free File Manager for Android Kwaku

I only know that this one (AntTek) seems to immediately behave more to my liking than others. For instance, I could soon configure it so that whenever I open it, I land directly at the "My Favorites" ("My Bookmarks") screen. Maybe it can also be done with others, but with this one it was easy.

But I have only used it for a couple of days, so I don't know...

Until now I was using File Expert, but it has become too huge and even worse in some aspects. Too many possibilities and less friendly in what I do 90% of the time.

I was wondering if someone has taken the time to compare and see any hidden strenghts or weaknesses of this (new to me) file explorer as compared to others.

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34 weeks 1 day ago Exposure Guide: Photography Tips, Techniques and News (Website of the Week) rhiannon

I'm glad you like the link. Use whatever text you'd like, I don't mind at all, and, I very much appreciate you asking. :)

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34 weeks 1 day ago Best Free File Manager for Android Cthulhux

Looks interesting, but is there anything it can do that the other file managers here can't do? I'm not really willing to list every single file manager here, most of them are quite similar...

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34 weeks 1 day ago Best Free File Manager for Android Kwaku

Do you know AntTek Explorer (File Manager)?
What do you think of it?

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34 weeks 1 day ago Best Free File Manager nunomegas

I've been using Clover:
http://ejie.me/clover-wings-for-explorer/

It replaces windows explorer and puts it like Google Chrome but with explorer.

Allows multiple tabs, same tab hotkeys of Chrome. Double click to go up in a folder, etc.

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34 weeks 1 day ago How To Deter Spammers If You Publish Your Email Address Online torres-no-tan-m...

Rob,
Many thanks for this article. ;-)
I have hidden my email address from spammers by turning my address into a jpeg - this should be easily achieved by using any photo-editing software such as GIMP, Zoner etc.

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34 weeks 1 day ago Probably the Best Free Security List in the World Adrastos

MB leads the league in strike outs... Next up. MB strikes them out... YOUR OUTTA HERE!

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34 weeks 1 day ago Probably the Best Free Security List in the World Adrastos

Thanks for such a great list of freeware and for all the work you guys do very appreciative.

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34 weeks 1 day ago Exposure Guide: Photography Tips, Techniques and News (Website of the Week) boristhemoggy

Being a keen amateur photographer I loved this link!
I'd like to share it with people on a FB group I'm on and use your descriptive text, is that OK?

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34 weeks 1 day ago Find Information on How To Delete Accounts on Various Sites Quickly and Easily redstick

There's an alphanumeric scale top and bottom of the first page.

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34 weeks 1 day ago Best Free DVD Authoring Software HumAnimal

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34 weeks 1 day ago How To Deter Spammers If You Publish Your Email Address Online David Roper

and Rob, another way is to use this
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say it and you will know it.

What do you think? It's not elegant at all.

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34 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Disk De-fragmenter rmitch45

You provided an excellent and speedy response. You don't need my permission to come and play on the playground you built. I tried a number of products when I started as the editor. For the dozen and a half I tried, I couldn't find anything better than what you had already quantified. I'm sorry that MyDefrag is retiring support and advancement of their product, but it still does a great job.

Thanks again for the sound advice. I think others will find the information useful as well. I usually check in for questions every other day, but my job includes Disaster Recovery. I had an incident that kept me busy 18 hours a day for four days. Still tired from that. I wanted to give you my personal Thank You! for the foundation you built, and for providing prompt and valid advice to a reader in need.

Take care! -rmich45

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34 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Disk De-fragmenter rmitch45

It sounds like you received some great advice that worked for you! This is an excellent community of users willing to help each other out. Reading the back and forth on this issue re-enforces my beliefs about the online freeware and open source community. You all are the best!

As far as sheer speed goes, UltraDefrag is very fast. Defraggler has continuous updates, product enhancements, and notifies you when your version is out of date. I've written scripts to run it at boot and defrag paging files. There are positives to each of them.

Last week, I uninstalled Auslogics from my personal laptop. My computer was slowing down, and I investigated. A simple Task Manager session on running processes sorted by memory use told me Auslogics was chewing up the largest portion of my memory. I can't say it would do that to anyone else, but that was my personal experience. An issue has to be consistent, predictable, and repeatable before I would say there is a flaw.

Thanks to everyone! rmitch45

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34 weeks 1 day ago Probably the Best Free Security List in the World J_L

Forgot to add it, since it was Chinese the whole time, thanks. Also Baidu replaced Kingsoft (which leads to a Chinese page), so I'll change that as well.

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34 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Game Sites Eugene111

There are many good sites with Flash games. I use www.getaheadofthegames.com and www.thepcaa.org. There are almost no ads and a good selection of games.

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34 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Online Backup Sites Anupam

The free version of CrashPlan does not allow online backup. Whereas this article is about services which provide space for online backup. Don't think CrashPlan will be considered on this review.

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34 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Online Backup Sites felipep

I have been using CrashPlan for a couple of years now and I think it is great, I was surprised to not see it even mentioned!

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34 weeks 2 days ago A Freebie that Integrates Gmail, Yahoo Mail into Windows Soundfx4

"If you right click on any file and select "Send to mail recipient" then Affixa automatically creates an email in your webmail account drafts folder with the file attached. You can then open that mail and send it whoever you want."

While this is better, it certainly is not the solution I'm looking for. When I right click a file > send to, Ideally a Gmail compose window would open up with the file attached and uploading. That's what I'd really like :\ does anyone know of a solution that can do it this way?

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34 weeks 2 days ago A Freebie that Integrates Gmail, Yahoo Mail into Windows Soundfx4

you'd think people would get that, eh? haha, I've been wanting to smack a lot of people in the face that keep talking about mail clients being a solution -.-

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34 weeks 2 days ago A New Genre Of Planning/Productivity Software? texastechy

Completely Agree Tboneman2. I am an experienced software user and even I get fooled sometimes by the way they add the sneaky toolbars or other unwanted spamware into downloads, tiny print, misleading agree buttons. CNET and Download.com are horrible for this and why I try to avoid them. Still love Gizmos though, they do a great job of educating and giving us heads up.

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34 weeks 2 days ago How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour Rick Grunwald

Right click the desktop / Personalize / Desktop Background / Colors (from the dropdown) doesn't do it?

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34 weeks 2 days ago 88 Places For Free History eBooks Online historygeek

I would recommend www.gosocialstudiesgo.com It's geared toward 6-12 readers, has over 100 pages loaded with videos and pics. It's worth a look.

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34 weeks 2 days ago How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour RennMax

Definitely. I love working on older systems that still have XP installed, or using an XP virtual machine. Windows 7 is OK, but XP SP3 just had everything in the right places and was great for power users.

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34 weeks 2 days ago How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour BallyIrish

Thanks for your workaround Rob. I don't have Windows 8. but Windows 7 Pro. I was going to comment on Windows 8, but the OS and MS are not what the article is about. Bye for now.

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34 weeks 2 days ago A Freebie that Integrates Gmail, Yahoo Mail into Windows Soundfx4

"There is no good reason to be using webmail instead of a mail client like Outlook or Thunderbird"

First of all, I can think of at least two good reasons to use webmail instead of a mail client. 1: I hate mail clients, they are annoying and I don't like their layout, and 2: You can't use all the features that Gmail offers you from a flipping mail client. IMAP doesn't solve everything, not even remotely close to solving everything. Gmail's webmail interface is loaded with features that you just can not use with a mail client. Automatic saving of drafts, uploading before sending, filtering and labeling, ability to attach documents from Google Drive or send money with google wallet, google docs integration, etc. And god only knows what else I wouldn't be able to use if I used IMAP and a mail client to access gmail.

This isn't the 1990's, webmail, especially gmail, is actually a VERY GOOD THING now. In contrast to the 90's when webmail was horrible and had very basic interaction.

If anything, you should be saying, "There is no good reason to use a mail client instead of webmail with gmail". But really, what should have been said was nothing...because when it all boils down, whatever you choose to use is your preference and it's an opinion on what you like better. So don't try to tell people that there's no good reason to use something just because you don't like it for whatever reason.

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34 weeks 2 days ago Create Your Own Music Mash-Up From MP3 Files _izzyyyyy

gotta get this done can't wait

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34 weeks 2 days ago Probably the Best Free Security List in the World Adrastos

Hi all, I recently came across this freeware offering http://www.360safe.com/ Qihoo 360 and I seen it on here in one of the posts I forget where exactly might have been the best free security list or one of the sections, but anyhow it led me to check it out. I liked the latest results it got from Av-comparative as well scoring 99.0% with 0.2%user dependant and 0.8% compromised it was up there with Kaspersky, TrendMicro, and Bitdefender. Anyone have any input on this software?

I have also noticed that a few of the other Chinese offerings Kingsoft and Baidu seem to be very similar almost like they are a re-brand of the same product as they both have their own cloud features maybe they share resources or infrastructure and both use Avira engine. I like Qihoo 360 I have been testing it out seems to be fast and effective so far, I like Online armor so when I pick a AV I want it to work with Online armor. Qihoo 360 Internet security seems to be a bit different and more effective in the testing results as the other Chinese offerings. I am a fan of Bitdefender engine over Avira IMO.

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34 weeks 2 days ago How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour majzero

Wrote the below after just scanning the article and thought it was about changing the Windows background to a solid colour, which is hard enough.

Now that I've the article read it properly, I realise it's about setting your "window background" colour. It's just unbelievable there is no UI to manage this.

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The desktop background can be changed from the UI, it's just thoroughly obfuscated.

Steps are:

1. Control Panel -> Personalisation
2. Choose "Desktop Background" icon the menu at the bottom of the window.
3. Choose the "Picture location" dropdown, and select "Solid Colours".
4. Follow your nose, & remember to "Save changes" before exiting.

maj

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34 weeks 2 days ago How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour crosseyedlemon

Windows 8 has turned into an even bigger failure than the Vista OS when it was first released. This is just another example of how little thought went into basic design features. I think most users would agree that XP was Microsoft's best OS and Windows 7 which is an upgraded extention of XP is pretty solid. Hopefully Microsoft will learn some lessons here and go back to the tried and trusted approach when they bring out their next OS.

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34 weeks 2 days ago A New Genre Of Planning/Productivity Software? crosseyedlemon

I have about a dozen software review websites bookmarked and Gizmo gets full marks for it's diligence in warning users about potential problems with software downloads. Let's remember that the site relies on volunteers as well as input from community members before we complain too loudly.

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34 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Web Browser Anupam

Superbo Browselorer: http://downloads.surebo.com/browselorer/

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34 weeks 2 days ago Optimizing Tixati For Speed bulla51

Hello
If you could pls help me understand:
1.Why do torrent clients keep downloading even when no file is downloaded?
2.I noticed Tixati download much more bytes then what is shown against the file downloaded. How can this aspect be managed to keep extra/waste download at the minium
thanks

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34 weeks 2 days ago A New Genre Of Planning/Productivity Software? flashcraft

tboneman2, you, my friend, are a god. I couldn't have expressed my frustration with carefully "hidden" malware, myself. Gizmo's is a great site and I open their emails but I agree that it would be helpful to know in advance what kind of sneaky malware these malware sites like CNet are trying to infect your PC with. Thanks tboneman2.

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34 weeks 3 days ago A New Genre Of Planning/Productivity Software? MidnightCowboy

In our full reviews we always indicate wrapped installers and bundled software in the product details when such incidences are known. This situation is quite fluid however so short of retesting hundreds of programs every week, which is impossible, we also have to rely on user feedback to inform us of any changes. We have also published specific articles about this issue.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/cnet-downloadcom-wrapped-install...
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/controversial-advertising-progra...
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/what-else-have-you-just-download...

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34 weeks 3 days ago A New Genre Of Planning/Productivity Software? tboneman2

I think it's time computer software reviewers add one more standard feature to each review. It should be evident to anyone who has downloaded so called 'free' software in the past 6 months, that free doesn't really mean 'free'.

Virtually every software developer has gone to some sort of 'installer' package. Some are still pushing the meaningless "free download" (even the most expensive programs offer "free downloads", like it's a big deal. It isn't).

The Installer tool supposedly enables faster, safer downloads. In fact, what they do is load the customer with sneaky toolbars leading to even sneakier ads, and carefully worded and displayed ads that result in you downloading a program you didn't want, in addition to the one you did want.

It's gotten so bad no that software developers of PC Mag Editors Choice programs like Zone Alarm Free Firewall 2013 present a screen during the install that has two check boxes. Checking the 2 boxes, the company says, enables it to sell (and stick you with) advertising, which helps to offset it's future development costs.

Unless you place checkmarks in those 2 boxes, the program stops the installation. Period. This is 'free'?

IMO, reviewers need to point out (and not gloss over) these little downers. They are, in fact, a cost item. A lot of folks, including me, have decided we don't need the program bad enough to put up with this sleazy, 'put one over on ya', load you up with ads and other junk you don't want, marketing approach.

Websites like CNet and Downloads among many others are among the worst for this sort of misdirection sleaziness.

Marketing. Right. Marketing.

C'mon Gizmo. Set a new precedent by pointing out the hidden costs of free software.

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34 weeks 3 days ago Five of the Best Computer Tips of the Last Three Years v.laurie

Thanks for the suggestion, toktok. It's something to think about.

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34 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Android Apps JJames

I always appreciate a good security app, can't have enough security these days... I'll check out Trustgo! Thanks!

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34 weeks 3 days ago Five of the Best Computer Tips of the Last Three Years JJames

You know, up until recently I would've never known the importance of backing up windows drivers, but because of a little mishap, I now do. It's definitely a tip worth paying attention to.

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34 weeks 3 days ago 5 Best Free Video Streaming Sites JJames

As an alternative to youtube there's torch music ( http://music.torchbrowser.com/ ). It's a relatively new service that uses the youtube library, but it works better in that it doesn't have covers or spam stuff, and the adds don't break up the video flow. Totally free too.

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34 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Hard Drive Backup Program jmahun

Thanks for the reply. Sorry if I came off as being over-critical; it wasn't my intention to take out my frustration on you. I do appreciate the effort you, and others like you, put into software evaluation and provide a feedback forum so people like me can weigh in. That's not always the case with commercial software developers who tend to dictate instead of relate. I'll try your BU suggestions.
And I long ago resorted to printing out specific instructions for various software and keep it in a binder. So much for the "paperless office."

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34 weeks 3 days ago A New Genre Of Planning/Productivity Software? tony

Great-this will help me with my planning on my book. Shall look forward to see if its better than Freemind

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34 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

Guacamole is an HTML5 remote desktop gateway.

Guacamole provides access to desktop environments using remote desktop protocols like VNC and RDP. A centralized server acts as a tunnel and proxy, allowing access to multiple desktops through a web browser.

No browser plugins are needed, and no client software needs to be installed. The client requires nothing more than a web browser supporting HTML5 and AJAX:
http://guac-dev.org/

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34 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Hard Drive Backup Program joeguru

The objective is to provide review and recommendation of a program's functionality. I suppose most reviewers may not have a computer they can wipe then restore, so your requested feature isn't fully integrated in the review process. I'm in the process of trying to setup another system so I may be able to write something about it later, I do appreciate your suggestion.

In the mean time I suggest you try using Fbackup for quick on demand backups in 3 easy steps. If you want to include scheduling, I suggest Backup maker because it's included in the 5 step wizard. Make sure the Advanced option box is unchecked on the first page of the wizard before starting or 5 steps will become 12.

Your other concern about remembering how to restore your software can be addressed by printing the instructions and keeping them on file. It's usually a simple process but I can't explain it here because it depends on what type of backup you are trying to restore. For example you may have full backups or partial or an image. Different procedure for each.

I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

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34 weeks 3 days ago Best Free File Manager for Android Cthulhux

edit: Tested and worth recommending, added to the list.

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34 weeks 3 days ago Use This Malware Fighter To Scan And Protect Your PC grimbles

IOBit is the Chinese software company accused of stealing intellectual property form Malwarebytes some time back. To the best of my knowledge, that serious ethical infraction has never been refuted or disproved.

Now we have his supposed 'malware fighter' which wants to make changes to the default home page and search engine, and comes bundled with a variety of PUPs.

A leopard seldom changes its spots.

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34 weeks 3 days ago Five of the Best Computer Tips of the Last Three Years toktok

Congratulations with the three year anniversary!

Great idea to bring the top ideas forward again!

Looking forward to more excellent tips!

Why don't you enlarge to the best 10 or 20 tips?

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34 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Windows 64-bit Software robopop

I have been using a 64bit video encoder/converter called "Kirara Encoder x64" for about a year now and have found it to be very fast and gives great results. I would be interested to see if anyone else has used it and get others opinions on this excellent program and perhaps have it included in 64bit list.

Update:- "Kirara Encoder x64" has now become "ShanaEncoder" It has been updated and the GUI has changed. I will report back after some testing.

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34 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Startup Manager Johnny 5

Not sure if anyone will see this in time or not but if you are interested Winpatrol Plus is on sale for $2.00 and for the family pack $10.00. Only till 12:00am EST Aug 19th 2013

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34 weeks 4 days ago What to Do with a Hung or Unresponsive Windows 7 Program paul_walker

No Problem here.

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34 weeks 4 days ago Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! ixan

Useless to me. Doesn't unblock ANY of the UK tv sites. Not BBC iplayer, nor C4 etc. It seems only to unblock US sites.

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34 weeks 4 days ago How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive jmjsquared

No you didn't, not really. (Un)commonsense should have told me to do exactly what you identified I did NOT do; i.e., create a new folder (MY)Documents. Though, in my feeble attempt to excuse myself, it seems logical that the original Folder would have been moved as-is.

Not a catastrophe: All folders/files are there.

Thanks for the sympathy. ;-)

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34 weeks 4 days ago How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive v.laurie

I am certainly sorry to hear that something went wrong with the move. This procedure is very well established. It has worked for many people. Did you accidentally choose the root of H:\ instead of H:\My Documents for the new location? I do hope you made a backup. The procedure creates a symlink (http://windows7tips.com/symlinks-definition.html) pointing to the new location. The symlink means that all old references to My Documents should continue to work. The whole point of the procedure is to maintain all the old references while actually moving the files.

Again, I am sorry that the tip blew up on you. I guess I fell into the water this time.

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34 weeks 4 days ago How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive jmjsquared

As always, a nice article but, potentially, a very troublesome tip. Knowing that Vic usually walks on water, without a second thought, I followed his Tip's advice EXACTLY and now have a mess on my Windows 7 64-bit machine.

I chose the root of a second hard drive (H:\)installed in a laptop as the new location of My Documents. When the Move completed, rather than having "H:\My Documents", I now have all of the original folders/files individually populating H:\. All the files are there but this has broken many applications (e.g., RoboForm)that store their data in My Documents. Also, shortcuts that used to point to My Documents have to be individually re-targeted. Worse still, when trying to restore the Folder to its Default location, I get a perflog error.

I am sure other such (non-fatal) problems will present themselves over time.

Perhaps, this is not as straightforward and generic a Tip as it appears?

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34 weeks 4 days ago Use the Search Engine Called StartPage to Protect Your Privacy mathieu1911

a good alternative is http://stopstalking.me, it does not track you and you get the same results from google bing and yahoo

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34 weeks 4 days ago Create Your Own Music Mash-Up From MP3 Files livgreg99

better get on your feet and start dancing there are gonna be some sick beats from this website!!! not only from me!!

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34 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

Anyone who's looking to download the software can go to the official English website: http://www.360safe.com/

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34 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

Interesting...We've had a thread about it on our forum. http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/security/9818-qihoo360-an...

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34 weeks 5 days ago How to Stop Google from Keeping a Record of Every Search You Make MarkIt8Dude

one might consider using Tor browser.

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34 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software althu21

360 Internet Security 2013.
From more than last 7 years I'm a regular visitor of this site.But this is my first post as yesterday I saw a review on 360 internet security. Then I searched about the software & got interesting results.
Quick installation. Attractive interface. Good scores in antivirus tests, both from PCMag and independent labs. Built-in feedback form for reporting any problems.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2422024,00.asp

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34 weeks 5 days ago qBittorrent Help: Using the qBittorrent Torrent Search Engine deeprndeepr

Thanks a ton

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