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CCleaner Is Updated, Free And Portable 1 month 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

Dr. Web is not the only source to warn against this software source.
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_insta...
There are others too, easily found via Google. MC - Site Manager.

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CCleaner Is Updated, Free And Portable 1 month 2 weeks ago KenA

Virus Total reports 1/57 negatives. Naturally that one is Dr. Web. Perhaps Dr. Web is the one to avoid?

https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/e931fd05d4531305e9f63c6d79a16cd9c32278b0388d5b7a1b6b22eb667aeaef/analysis/1459893720/

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CCleaner Is Updated, Free And Portable 1 month 2 weeks ago zdub

"It's simply that, the more you use your PC, the more it gets bogged down with old files and unnecessary registry entries. And it's these which are largely responsible for the slow-down, rather than the upgraded OS."

Please stop perpetuating the MYTH that "unnecessary registry entries" slow down one's PC. It is simply NOT TRUE and Mark Russinovich stated as such way back in XP days.

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CCleaner Is Updated, Free And Portable 1 month 2 weeks ago classicggma65

bnjohanson, Had CCleaner for several years and love it, BUT...you DO have to watch it very closely when getting rid of Registry Keys. When I first got it I didn't understand what Registry was, so just deleted everything recommended. Problem came when trying to use my media player and some other software I had downloaded. Got my fingers slapped when went to Windows forum and told them everything I'd been doing. I have since unchecked most of the Registry boxes and have had no problem. I've learned to check and double check when using software I've added to delete any files, especially from Registry. Yes, I'm learning as I go...sometimes that works best for seniors unused to dealing with any but the basic computer programs...that doesn't mean I have my head anywhere but on my head. FYI, no dramatics and don't belong to any sewing circles...

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CCleaner Is Updated, Free And Portable 1 month 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

Correct analysis. SlimCleaner is definitely one to be avoided. MC - Site Manager.
http://i.imgur.com/WDT56n6.png

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CCleaner Is Updated, Free And Portable 1 month 2 weeks ago bnjohanson

Of course you are offended; [offensive personal comments deleted - please read the site rules before posting] that is totally stunned to be called out on it. Here's challenge #2, find me the credentialed, pocket protector that has said/stated what you claim....and "generally speaking'', "disk cleaners in general", don't count.

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CCleaner Is Updated, Free And Portable 1 month 2 weeks ago eikelein

You "consider'; why?
Any unquestionably good second opinion scans by well regarded third party software?
Some of the cleaners I regularly use mark SlimWare utilities at least as PuPs or sometimes worse!

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CCleaner Is Updated, Free And Portable 1 month 2 weeks ago eikelein

@howiem:
There is no redirect problem with the link to the builds page or the page at that, there seems to be a redirect problem on/with your computer and the other commenting guy who got redirected.
Run some thing like Malwarebytes Anti Malware and/or Emsisoft Emergency Kit on your machine and you'll see...

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CCleaner Is Updated, Free And Portable 1 month 2 weeks ago eikelein

@bnjohanson:

Just so you know: I have reported your second reply where you defend your first diatribe as offensive.
"We" don't like that sort of language here.

I guess I have more years with PCs under my belt than you are old so please behave yourself!

And YES, CCleaner IS A POWERFUL tool. As with ALL tools mankind ever has invented it is not the tool that is bad, only the intent of and how it is being used can make it bad.

If you don't know what you are doing a simple hammer is a danger to your fingers and/or to your neighbor's head.

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CCleaner Is Updated, Free And Portable 1 month 2 weeks ago Fairportfan

This is, shall we say, a bit offensive.

Also, considering that rather more people with actual, verifiable credentials say that CCleaner can cause problems if used incorrectly ... and i have no idea who or what you are ... i'll be proceeding cautiously with it.

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CCleaner Is Updated, Free And Portable 1 month 2 weeks ago vandamme

I've used CCleaner for years and never had a problem. Just remember that when you get rid of all your cookies and thumbnails that you'll slow your system down as it rebuilds all that stuff. It's like throwing out the contents of your refrigerator - sometimes it's so bad it all has to go, but then you have to replenish it.

I see that there's a Mac version. Same idea, but no registry to worry about. No Linux version, but Bleachbit works great for that. I just ran it, and deleted a GB on my Kubuntu system, of older system files, logs, language packs. It didn't run any faster, but without a registry to get mucked up, Linux and Mac don't bog down unless you fill up the hard drive.

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CCleaner Is Updated, Free And Portable 1 month 2 weeks ago howiem

I had the same redirect problem using Firefox 45.0.1 . Tried to download from Major Geeks but that redirected to Piriform web page and redirected again bypassing the page with the portable version.

Finally got it from http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/Security/Secure-cleaning/Windows-Portable-Applications-CCleaner-Portable.shtml.
Did the Virus Total check and it came up clean https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/6d9c60456749011536d3e9548c54108065da25dedde713026e9a7e993337982d/analysis/1460346115/

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CCleaner Is Updated, Free And Portable 1 month 2 weeks ago KenA

As far as cleaning is concerned I consider Slimware's Slim Cleaner to be far superior but it never seems to be mentioned. Have you tested it and reviewed it?

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CCleaner Is Updated, Free And Portable 1 month 2 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

Your comment may be valid but this site has been around so long that just about everything has now been listed as a "hot find" at some point. I'm sure Rob and the rest of the staff are open to any suggestions from the readers.

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Zorin OS 11 Is Here 1 month 2 weeks ago br1anstorm

Rob - it sounds as if you are in exactly the same situation as I was: using XP and Win7 on old-ish laptops, and wanting a light-on-resources and easy-to-use Linux alternative.

I respect MC's recommendations and don't want to start a debate over the "best" Linux distro (different strokes suit different folks). But I offer a few tips:

1) Some older computers have what are called non-PAE processors. Google for details. But there are various Linux distros which don't work well with non-PAE processors. You may need to check, as this may limit your range of options;

2) There are some Linux distros specifically designed for smaller less powerful computers/laptops. Puppy Linux is just one example. Very lightweight, but also very basic and so probably not really adequate for most users;

3) One of the main variables in Linux is what is called the Desktop Environment (DE) - basically the package of features which makes up the user-interface and makes the system look and perform the way it does. It's largely a matter of taste as to which DE people prefer, as the layout and appearance on screen can vary quite significantly. But like the Windows "Aero" interface, the more fancy the DE (3D effects, wiggly windows, and other visual tricks) the heavier its resource-use and/or the slower it runs on old computers. So it is worth exploring the different DEs offered by different distros. I'm no expert. But for example, the Cinnamon DE (in Linux Mint) and the KDE one (in PCLinuxOS) are much heavier on resources than the XFCE and MATE versions;

4) Most Linux distros can be installed on a USB thumb drive. One useful source of information on this is http://www.pendrivelinux.com/ . But you don't need any special tools. With most distros, it's possible simply to follow the installation instructions and choose the thumb drive as the location on which to install. You just have to remember to put the Linux bootloader (GRUB) on to the thumb drive as well (careful: because the default is usually for the Linux bootloader to overwrite and replace the Windows bootloader);

5) My advice would be - read up and research first. There are lots of good reviews on the internet. I would also add, try the Linux distros that are fairly well-established and long-running, and which have a good user-community and forum (most Linux users are both enthusiastic and helpful). Some distros have a limited shelf-life, a small user community, and flourish for a while then disappear. Some (ArchLinux?) are complicated and mainly for serious geeks.

6) So what about my personal choices? YMMV. I found Zorin easy to use but a bit gimmicky, and it is still a fairly new distro (with a helpful user forum). I didn't like the Ubuntu "Unity" desktop (which is more like Apple's Mac, and unfamiliar to XP/7 users) - and I found the various Ubuntu forums too geeky and technical. I tried LXLE because it was lightweight, but I didn't like its desktop. I have ended up using Linux Mint with the XFCE desktop, and I also use Linux Lite. Both have outstandingly good forums with helpful users who talk in plain language. My third choice is PCLinuxOS, a well-proven rolling release with again, a dedicated user-community.

Whatever you choose, good luck. You will be surprised at how quickly you adapt to Linux..... and pleased at how much more satisfying than XP or Win7.

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CCleaner Is Updated, Free And Portable 1 month 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy The link is working fine for me using Chromium/Linux. I suggest you check your browser/add-on/security software settings. MC - Site Manager. view
CCleaner Is Updated, Free And Portable 1 month 2 weeks ago Barnabas

The download link for the Portable redirects to their startpage wherein I can't find any portable option.

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 1 month 2 weeks ago jayden benjamin

I would recommend you to try Duplicate Files Deleter program

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Zorin OS 11 Is Here 1 month 2 weeks ago crombierob

Thanks MC,
I appreciate the response

Rob

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Zorin OS 11 Is Here 1 month 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

There are so many possibilities to choose from and of course everyone has their favorites. The good news is most can be previewed using a live session DVD or USB drive. You will find instructions for doing this easily enough via the chosen distro's own documentation or from links in their forum. There are YouTube video tutorials covering most distros too. Using a live session will enable you to play around with the included programs and settings and doing so will also show up any possible incompatibilities with your hardware. There are two distros in particular others will no doubt chastise me for not including but based on my own experiences I would recommend to look at Q4OS, MX-15, Zorin Lite and Peppermint.
http://q4os.org/
http://www.mepiscommunity.org/mx
http://zorinos.com/download9.html
https://peppermintos.com/
Windows users often moan about the learning curve associated with moving to Linux, yet they manage to master a smart phone well enough. :) In any case, I'm sure you will find it time well spent. Our own Linux forum will offer support if you need it. MC - Site Manager.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/linux/

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CCleaner Is Updated, Free And Portable 1 month 2 weeks ago Gil Mensch

I agree with SpiderJon. Piriform publishes incremental updates to CCleaner about once a month. I do think that is their way to get you to visit their website to see their pitch again for the Pro version. I have no problem with that, but their free version is "too good" to entice me to go Pro. The free version meets all of my needs in this area. By the way, you can skip most of the minor updates without missing out on anything significant.

CCleaner is a great product. I've used it for years, but BE CAREFUL. It's a powerful utility that can do more harm than good, or at least cause inconvenience, if you don't know what you are doing. The free version offers these features:
* It will clean up (delete) "junk" files on demand, potentially freeing up GBs of space on your hard drive and speeding up some aspects of your PC.
* You have very granular control of what CCleaner will delete and what it will leave alone. That is probably CCleaner's biggest strength. There are categories of files that CCleaner will get rid of by default, but you can easily set up your own list of preferences, and CCleaner will remember your preferences from session to session.
* If you choose, you can preview what files CCleaner will delete. Or you can just run the file cleaning operation without the preview step. Whichever you like.
* You can use CCleaner to uninstall apps (duplicating a Control Panel function).
* You can enable or disable Startup apps, and you can manage browser plug-ins. (Other free utilities, like WinPatrol, do a better job at this.)
* You can analyze your registry and have CCleaner "fix" problem entries, usually by deleting them. Be careful with this function if you use it. I do use this function occasionally. CCleaner takes a very conservative approach as to the keys it will delete.
* You can analyze your disk usage by file type. Again, other free apps are more robust in this area.
* It has a rudimentary duplicate file finder.
* You can delete old System Restore Points.
* You can set up a whitelist of cookies you do NOT want CCleaner to delete when you run the file cleaning operation.
* You can wipe a disk drive attached to your PC.

CCleaner is one of my must-have utilities on every PC I use.

(PS- I HAVE bought Pro versions of some other free utilities, like XYplorer and WinPatrol, if I find that the Pro version is worth the price. So I'm not just being a cheapskate by recommending the free CCleaner. It really does meet all my needs in its area of operation.)

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Zorin OS 11 Is Here 1 month 2 weeks ago crombierob

My PCs are old, so my criteria would be -
- Light on resources
- Has good availability of programs (applications)
- It does not have to match windows interface 100%, but not be too much of a PIA to learn
- Able to access my files/folders in my installed Windows (XP or W7)
- Can run from a bootable USB thumb drive

Which would best suit the above ?

Can anyone point me to a good article for placing it on a USB Thumb drive ?
(Do some of the distro's provide a tool to do that for you ?)

Rob
PS I will place you in my will, if it can have a File Manager the way God intended (Tree on the left, and conents on the right)

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CCleaner Is Updated, Free And Portable 1 month 2 weeks ago SpiderJon

> "The most recent update to CCleaner was a couple of weeks ago"

CCleaner is "updated" every two weeks or so because it provides an opportunity for them to sell people a paid-for version. And that's fine - Piriform is a business. But I don't think it's a good reason for a "hot find" sort of item.

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Zorin OS 11 Is Here 1 month 2 weeks ago br1anstorm

The idea of moving to Windows 8 or 10 from Windows 7 didn't appeal to me, so I looked at Linux options. I considered Zorin and tried it for a while. It was attractive, but a bit "gimmicky" - and I did not feel I needed the various visual options, many of which were quite resource-hungry. To cut a long story short, I have ended up with Linux Mint XFCE as my first choice, with Linux Lite as a close second. Both run fast and flawless on my not-very-high-powered laptop.

I did not want to abandon Windows 7 completely (it remains on my laptop as the original OS) as I still use some software that was designed for Windows. For those thinking of switching, there are easier and less radical options than wiping a Windows install completely. It is always possible to try out any Linux distro in a "Live" session, by downloading it as an ISO image and running it from a CD or DVD - this will run a bit slower than a full install, but allows the testing-out of wifi and similar features.

But there are better ways of having the best of both worlds (Windows and Linux). It is possible to install any - or several - Linux distros on an external hard drive, and then use the BIOS boot options to choose whether to boot from the Internal (Win7) hard drive or the external (Linux) drive.

Alternatively, partition the internal drive and set up a dual boot with Windows and Linux. For those who are unhappy that this replaces the Windows bootloader with the Linux one (aka GRUB) there is a further option: use EasyBCD, a software program that installs in Windows and enables the booting up of other OSs without losing or modifying the original Windows bootloader.

A further joy of Linux is that it is possible (and not difficult) to run more than one distro - and also continue to run Windows - and to have all your files/folders/documents/pics etc saved in a shared partition which can be accessed by whichever OS you happen to want to use.

Finally, whichever Linux distro(s) you prefer, I echo the advice given in other comments: choose a version which is based on a Long Term Support (LTS) release of the underlying Linux OS architecture (Ubuntu or whatever). Or go for a Linux distro which is a "rolling release", such as PCLinuxOS, which in theory should seldom, if ever, require reinstallation in order to upgrade as it is constantly and continuously updated.

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Zorin OS 11 Is Here 1 month 2 weeks ago bootneck02

Hi all, until 15th December I was a Windows 10 user after having been Window8.1 user, and was disillusioned with the niggles and and all the problems with data mining etc. I did try Zorin which was OK but did not like their annual upgrades or the fact of the distro is based the very outdated Ubuntu base. I am now running Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon 64bit LTS and have found that it suits my needs superbly well and enjoying using it.

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Zorin OS 11 Is Here 1 month 2 weeks ago eikelein

Thanks for this heads-up. Will definitely wait..

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 1 month 2 weeks ago Brian Boru

I prefer icons to menus or typing. Fences from Stardock has been my desktop organizer of choice for over a decade, this is a case of a few bucks being totally worth it. v2 has folder portals and multiple desktops included.

For the minimalists, double-click on desktop hides all icons, same again to view them. Lovely piece of software.

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Zorin OS 11 Is Here 1 month 2 weeks ago eikelein

Looks Like I should try Zorin again.

Years ago (about 2?) I tried it on a decommissioned 2.4Ghz i3 with 4GB ex Vista 64bit HP computer and MAN, was the box SLOW! It was installed, not running from a USB stick!

I immediately discarded it in favor of Linux Lite which still happens to be my favorite LTS Windows alternative.

Well, it seems I was on the receiving end of YMMV. ;-)

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Forgot Your WiFi Password? How to Find It in Windows 1 month 2 weeks ago SayLor77

Bob - That works well, and I've kept a "brain book" of my customers and the information on the systems I've built or installed for them. Saved me many a Sunday trip to 'East Out Back' to recover or reset passwords.

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Zorin OS 11 Is Here 1 month 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

Windows users can shrink their drive to create some free space and then dual-boot a Zorin installation into this, choosing which system to use at boot. Alternatively (my preferred option and safer) you can wipe Windows completely, install Zorin as the main operating system and then re-install Windows into VirtualBox. Here's a screenshot of Windows 7 running as a guest OS on Zorin 9 inside VirtualBox. MC - Site Manager.
http://i.imgur.com/bG2hKtU.png

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Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software 1 month 2 weeks ago vandamme

You can change the chart to vertical, different direction, fan chart, etc. by going to View-->Configure. The fan chart is pretty cool, you can see hundreds of people at once.

The Reports menu has lots of different things that are produced with a Graphwiz plugin. It should be installed, so you just hit a button and it makes a chart in SVG format that you can manipulate using a vector graphics program.

You can install plugins pretty easily, and there's a bunch of them at https://gramps-project.org/wiki/index.php?title=4.2_Addons . Maybe some of them will do what you want. Like this? https://gramps-project.org/wiki/index.php?title=File:RelationshipChartDescendants.png

The wiki has support for new users. https://gramps-project.org/wiki/index.php?title=Main_page Probably the place to go for help.

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Zorin OS 11 Is Here 1 month 2 weeks ago vandamme

Zorin 11 came out on Feb. 3, and it's based on the old Ubuntu LTS (has Linux kernel 4.2.0). Okay, that won't mean much for noobs, but it does lag quite a bit, even more than Mint. It's pretty, and does look like Windows (or Mac, if that's how you roll) but there are more cutting edge beginner distros, like Ubuntu MATE. I put it on my dad's PC (he's 94); it works like a charm. Things are easier to find in a menu, so you don't have to clutter up your desktop with shortcuts.

It's #11 on the distrowatch list, so it's pretty popular.

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Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software 1 month 2 weeks ago elmt

Hi, thanks for the article, quite useful indeed!

Right now I'm in search for a decent program to build my family tree. Ages ago I used Geno Pro that allowed me to create a visual tree of all my relatives (even though it took four pages :) ), and now I'm trying to find something similar.

I tried Gramps however it will not do it (hides siblings for instance, and also shows the tree horizontally when I really would have liked it vertically... at least to have an option!)

Any suggestions which program would do that, a chart like http://www.bestadsontv.com/files/print/2011/Jan/33524_Bestad_Family_Tree_RGB.jpg ?

Thank you :)

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Zorin OS 11 Is Here 1 month 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy I agree. Security updates for V11 are only up to July of this year. I still have Zorin 9, the current LTS, installed on one system and this will receive updates until April 2019. MC - Site Manager. view
Zorin OS 11 Is Here 1 month 2 weeks ago willrun4fun

I would recommend waiting if you do want to install this. 11 is based on Ubuntu 15 which is not an LTS release. When Ubuntu 16LTS drops here soon Zorin should follow.

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Best Free Income Tax Filing Software and Service 1 month 2 weeks ago okrick There are no others. You should be thankful Taxact still produces downloadable free feature limited software. My suggestion is actually your idea "I may use the free software as far as possible, then print it out and fill in the rest of the forms by hand." view
Best Free Income Tax Filing Software and Service 1 month 2 weeks ago BeaM

This year, TaxAct is forcing people who don't need to file a state return to pay for one anyway.
Because of ONE small sale (under $100) of stock to cover a required minimum distribution from an inherited IRA, I have to pay $29.99 or more for a version that provides far more than I need.
I'm really bummed at TaxAct for this - I download the program and mail in the form because I don't trust any website to keep all my info secure and refuse to do any "free" prep online.
After years of getting spoiled by not having to decipher hundreds of pages of tiny print in the instructions and not having to do my own math, I'm beyond outraged and disappointed that we're being coerced to pay for things we don't need.
Not sure how to proceed at this point. I may use the free software as far as possible, then print it out and fill in the rest of the forms by hand.
Any tips on sites that still let you download a FREE version of the federal return that includes things like Schedule A, B, and D info is very welcome!

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Forgot Your WiFi Password? How to Find It in Windows 1 month 2 weeks ago vandamme

On Ubuntu, it's in the System Settings --> Connectivity.
On Linux Mint, System Settings --> Networking.

No extra software required.

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Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility 1 month 2 weeks ago eph61820

I would add a third to this list that gives the other two a run for the money with its free version: http://synchredible.com

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Some Amazing Google Tricks 1 month 2 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

Either that or Rob has waaaay too much free time on his hands.

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Best Free Music Player and Organizer 1 month 2 weeks ago Panzer Foobnix: http://foobnix.com/en/description.html http://foobnix.com/en/download.html#Windows view
Best Free Media Player 1 month 2 weeks ago Panzer

Bino is a 3D video player with multi-display support:
http://bino3d.org/

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Best Free PIM 1 month 2 weeks ago urdrwho10

Well I am again looking for a good Contact Manager. For 11 years I've used TImeMatters and it is a fine CM. The problem is that the SSL in the email client won't communicate to my AT&T e-mail account. Old technology. When I first bought TM it cost me $350 but now 11 years later to update would cost $1200. Ouch!

Time Matters is owned by Lexis Nexis and they don't even allow the older unused software to be sold. I imagine that It is their way of propping up the $1200 charge.

I just downloaded Pimero for a 30 day free trial. Apparently what I use most is not in Pimero and that is e-mails that can be attached to each contact. My business must track and keep client e-mails. When a client calls and asks about their account I can't say --- hold on while I do an extensive search / filter on all e-mails.

I also need to track documents that are sent in e-mails or documents that I have gathered in any other manner. I don't think Pimero can do it.

I am willing to spend some money but Not $1200. I am looking at Goldmine but they cost @ $600.

What I see in these Contact Manager / PIM apps is the same thing I saw before going with Time Matters. They do little more than Outlook Express. I don't think Outlook Business has good document management. I can't say for sure because I never looked at it in real life.

If not for the change in security protocol that AT&T did Time Matters is working great for me. The constant changing environment in the software world sure does add a lot of cost to doing business.

I am a big Linux fan but there isn't even a half-way usable PIM for Linux. I am about ready to spend money for a programmer to make a good CM for Linux. It would be my gift to the Linux OS world. After all that is part of the mission of open source. To me not having a great Contact Manager is the lost link in the chain for the business world to accept Linux.

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Some Amazing Google Tricks 1 month 3 weeks ago Sid in Extremis

It's November 3rd, 2011 all over again!

;^)

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 1 month 3 weeks ago papavonschoen

A desktop is just, it's for working on stuff on your desk. It shouldn't be for launching programs.

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 1 month 3 weeks ago eikelein

yogi22,

we should get together and commiserate jointly. ;-)

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 1 month 3 weeks ago danceman

Another option that accomplishes the same thing and more would be the FENCES program. HOWEVER, it is not free except to try it. However, you can hide all grouped icons, create groups of icons and other files/folders and hide everything to create a blank desktop with one click. http://www.stardock.com/products/fences/ So should a "mac like" experience with power have appeal, FENCES is worth a look though not free.

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 1 month 3 weeks ago vandamme

Looks like Gnome 3 desktop on Linux. Not too many people like it, but to each their own.

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 1 month 3 weeks ago yogi22

Re: eikelein' comments, I sympathize entirely! My way around the problem of the "blank stare" is to say,
"Tap on the Windows Key - bottom left between Ctrl & Alt"
"Tap on the T Key - now the E Key - now the A Key, etc., etc." (until TeamViewer or the desired program is completely typed)
"Left-Click on TeamViewer in the displayed results" (or the desired program)
Then starts the fun of getting their username and password

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 1 month 3 weeks ago eikelein

I understand crosseyelemon's comment #(126181) above. But my spine is curling.

Background: Way too often, especially when a customer called me and we want to begin a remote support session, I ask them to start a specific program. I say something like "Please start Teamviewer, that is double click on the Teamviewer icon on your desktop". BTW "Teamviewer" is used here only as fairly well known stand-in, it actually is something else!

As far is my request to click on a *named* icon on the desktop and the limits of phone calls are concerned I get back the equivalent of a blank stare.

IMHO way too many people DON'T EVER actually read the text under an icon, that is for me the name of the darned thing. They seem to intuitively go only by colors and shapes; okay, that is their unconscious choice not wanting to know the name of the program they will be starting or the thing they will be handling.

But even more of this IMHO "dumbing down" nonsense? I am glad that I will likely not be around any more when that one day has become the accepted norm - and yet that day may come way to soon for my liking. :-((

As usual, this only IMHO and YMMV.

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 3 weeks ago eikelein

crosseyedlemon,

I have hardly ever laughed that hard in a very long time. Your "Maybe Micrososft should consider that approach" almost killed me, THANK YOU... ;-))

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 3 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

Although I use a competitor, I'm aware that Bit Defender has an excellent reputation and many loyal users. That a company rep is forth coming about potential limitations of the product gains the company more respect in my opinion. Maybe Microsoft should consider that approach.

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Best Free Income Tax Filing Software and Service 1 month 3 weeks ago shawnz

"TaxACT Free Edition is the only free tax preparation program for download."

That sucks. Now I remember the fact, but it still sucks. I used them for years, switched to TT for a few years when a friend was bootlegging a few copies, and I used TaxACT again for years. I prefer to do mine offline, print, and post them. H&R Block has local tax accountants, but why should the other companies know your business, when your only connection back to them is via their corporate web pages and robot-call-screeners?

TaxAct removed the forms/schedules from the free version this year (all or most of them?). I only need a very few of them. Sometimes I itemize, evaluate, and then switch back to the standard deduction. All the forms were there before. They were linked for calculations; the directions were linked; and you could override/toggle the form-data influence on the 1040 calculations to consider the difference (itemize or not, for example). Now TaxACT wants to profile you ahead to sell you a package with the forms. Even the first pay-tier seems really thin on forms/schedules. I think a relatively simple return could now force free filers to the second pay tier.

I just found Open-source Tax Solver (OTS): http://opentaxsolver.sourceforge.net
But, I don't know anything about it yet. Many software programmers have said never trust FOS Software for something like tax filing. They say, "don't risk it, and pony up for commercial software or even an accountant". If you have some complex issues, the accountant can research them and discuss how to file/report them better than any program. Also an accountant will optimize the return for the payer, while the IRS probably will not. The nuance is in the interpretation of thousands of pages of mumbo jumbo that are supposed to indicate what, and what fractions, are to be reported where and when. Making those data flow across forms and processing them might be done fine in many cases with many different tax softwares if you don't need a full tax-accountant service. The commercial programs link the instruction files nicely. Sometimes they have useful pointers to further explain the instructions, but other times they obscure or block the instructions with a forced "interview" and dumbed down script.

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Best Free Income Tax Filing Software and Service 1 month 3 weeks ago okrick My suggestion is to stick with one of the IRS recommended programs at https://www.irs.gov/uac/Free-File:-Do-Your-Federal-Taxes-for-Free. Rick view
Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 3 weeks ago bernardz CryptoPrevent creates a heap of group policies and I find it hard to find the one group policy that is causing the problems. view
Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software 1 month 3 weeks ago vandamme

Interestingly, Gramps uses Graphviz to show charts. Scribus also has a plug in. Haven't tried.

Gimp works on images, not vectors or databases.

Graphviz isn't in my Mint repository, so haven't tried that either. Getting late anyhow....zzzzz

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Best Free File Manager 1 month 3 weeks ago mchldpy

What is suggested for 64 bit systems? Since this (Free Commander) doesn't show 64 bit applications or even all of the control panel entries, by self admission.

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 3 weeks ago mchldpy

I just read this at the provided link from a Bit Defender Rep dated April 4th,

"Please remember, however, that this is experimental stuff and the lack of licensing also means a lack of guarantees of any kind.
We might discontinue it tomorrow, or cease updating it and never tell anyone, or… you get the drift."

From the gist of the conversations there (I could be wrong) it seems almost that it probably won't work unless you are running Bit Defender A/V or A/M or maybe their security suite. It seems the Rep is saying if you have BD installed you probably don't need it but if you aren't using BD it might not work. I've got to be missing something somewhere. I was wanting to try for more protection but ...

I did see one report of being infected with Locky v3 after having installed the vaccine.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 month 3 weeks ago EdK

I have been using IrfanView for years and I love it! I also have tried Picasa and it has one feature that I WISH IrfanView had: It will crawl all over your hard drive and find every single photo on your system. Other things about Picasa are annoying but this feature is great. Now they are ending support on Picasa and I don't really want to install it on Windows 10. Does anyone know if any of these other programs have that feature?

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Easily and Safely Eject USB Drives and Memory Cards 1 month 3 weeks ago zevekar

Completely useless! Works only when windows internal standard options also working! When cannot be unmounted for SOME mysterious reason - this program also cannot DO anything! Any more programs?

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Find More Than 10,000 Fun Facts In One Place 1 month 3 weeks ago howiem

Jojo Yee, true, but in the original hypothesis the size or thickness of the paper is not specified. :)

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Find More Than 10,000 Fun Facts In One Place 1 month 3 weeks ago howiem

True, but the value of a dollar is zero is you don't save any at all.And to compensate for that decrease in the value of money which is mainly caused by that government tax called inflation, people invest the money.

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 1 month 3 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

I'm a hardcore minimalist when it comes to computer desktops and want nothing more than a recycling bin icon on display. Using the start menu and taskbar I can generally accommodate a couple of dozen programs I use frequently. I can see this having benefits for those who like to access accessory folder or system tools quickly though.

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Find More Than 10,000 Fun Facts In One Place 1 month 3 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

The problem with fiscal austerity, is that with few exceptions, the buying power of a dollar decreases the longer you save it.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 month 3 weeks ago zdub

I also stuck with v14 after they made undesirable changes with v15. I used Irfanview and XnView for many years but stopped using them for Zoner. (FastStone is great but by now I forgot why I preferred Zoner.)

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 3 weeks ago zdub

The problem occurs because some companies install executables in the user's AppData directory. Google update even does this. CryptoPrevent works by preventing execution of such programs (as well as preventing executables with double extensions) but you'll have to unset the group policy temporarily to install such programs and then whitelist them when re-enabling CryptoPrevent.

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Free And Easy Online File Conversions 1 month 3 weeks ago zdub

At first I thought it naive that folks would upload a file with sensitive info to a free service, but then I realize I do this all the time with Google Docs. But still your warning is an important one...

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Find More Than 10,000 Fun Facts In One Place 1 month 3 weeks ago Jojo Yee That's a good one, howiem, but I can't make it if I fold a small piece of paper like A4. view
Find More Than 10,000 Fun Facts In One Place 1 month 3 weeks ago howiem

As for the myth of not being to fold a piece of paper more than 7 times, Mythbusters debunked that at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRAEBbotuIE

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Find More Than 10,000 Fun Facts In One Place 1 month 3 weeks ago howiem

" One penny doubled everyday becomes over 5 million dollars in just 30 days" is sometimes presented as a choice of whether one would prefer to have a million dollars or the penny doubled every day. For me, I'd take the 1 million, because there is no guarantee that anyone can double that penny every day, and I certainly can't. But it makes a good point about trying to save.

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Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software 1 month 3 weeks ago 1uigi

Hey, thanks for the prompt answer!
What I wanted is something like that : http://www.aviz.fr/old/geneaquilts/Images/GreekGods_Graph.pdf
Since my family is not that complex, I think that it would be nice to have my family tree look like that, instead of the usual, partial tree I can get by selecting one individual and show only its siblings and ancestors.
Also fan chart can't show me and my cousins, and my sister in law too.
Can i use Gramps for merging trees?
I see that I can have "reports" that sound like what I need, but thay save files in .gv format. I can't even open them with Gimp! Is there any other program I can use , a part from "Graphviz"?
If i download Graphviz, maybe in my Ubuntu computer, would it work? Have you ever tried to do something like that?
Thanks anyway.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Lightning Over The Grand Canyon 1 month 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

Bhodi Linux has quite a loyal following. At inception it used the E17 (Enlightenment) desktop but later releases of this introduced a lot of instability so the Bhodi developers decided to fork the last stable version of Enlightenment and so created the Moksha desktop used now. This is very different to your usual Gnome, Mate, KDE, Xfce etc., which makes it quite appealing. M.C - Site Manager.
http://www.bodhilinux.com/2015/04/28/introducing-the-moksha-desktop/

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Free And Easy Online File Conversions 1 month 3 weeks ago lesam

I have uses ZAMZAR for years since I first subscribed to Gizmo, never had a problem never had a need for more than 50 MB till last week needed to convert a 200 MB VOB to MP4.
Went to Convert File, all well until download when screen went Blue and notification of bad website came up.
Just tried Online Convert, size exceeds the free plan. Thanks GW Baldwin for the heads up.
Lesam

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Wallpaper of the Week: Lightning Over The Grand Canyon 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon Great looking desktop MC. Haven't heard of Bodhi Linux, looks interesting. view
Wallpaper of the Week: Lightning Over The Grand Canyon 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon Hmmm, sinister isn't what came to mind when I saw it but it sure could fit - but then, I'm the one who has been been jumping up and down in excitement when thunderstorms roll in since before I could talk. :) Glad you like it. :) view
Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 3 weeks ago godel

The best protection against ransomware is up-to-date offline backups.

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Dozens Of Free Online Programming Environments 1 month 3 weeks ago Sgluber

rob,

I am an old school coder. Many years ago I started with Basic, in times when the word "Visual" even exist in the world of personal computers. After I learned to coding in Cobol, dBASE and Clipper. Nowadays I coding in Harbour (a Clipper evolution, in few words). Recently I "played" some hours with Python.

Your article got my attention and I will give a good look at "Coding Ground" as soon as I can.

Thank you very much! :-)

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 month 3 weeks ago George.J

From the comments what I can understand is that certain people have been tricked into installing a rogue software that masked itself as 360 Total Security. There could also be programs that promote 360 TS and bundle their product with the antivirus software which may or may not be fake. Same is the case with many programs endorsing Google Chrome.

Now the end user is responsible in both these cases if 360 TS (fake/not) appears on their system in this fashion. The solution to this is to download programs from their official website unless specifically stated at Gizmo's Freeware with links to alternate sites.

Until last February I used to have 360 TS (before switching to Windows Defender) downloaded and updated on one of my systems through every iteration from version 5 and I have not experienced any problems like you've mentioned. To confirm that I downloaded 360 TS again day before yesterday, and had the same experience. It had the fastest install/uninstall times among it's counterparts, completely uninstalled itself without any "parts/modules" left behind, had no so called "processes" related to 360 TS running in the foreground/background after un-installation and reboot.

About the files left behind, after un-installing an antivirus you are supposed to reboot your system before the files are removed completely, which is why you might have seen folders of files related to it left behind. Even after reboot there might be certain empty folders left behind and some with files of few Kb's which does not affect system performance. This is true for any antivirus out there.

In the case of 360 TS the folders left behind after reboot were:-

  • 360 - C:\Program Files (x86)
  • 360 Quarant - C:\ProgramData
  • 360safe - C:\Windows\SysWOW64\config\systemprofile\AppData\Roaming\360safe 
  • 360Disabled - C:\Windows\Tasks

The same is the case with Avast::-

  • Avast Software - C:\ProgramData\AVAST Software
  • avast Antivirus! - C:\Program Files\Common Files\AV
  • Avast - C:\ProgramData\AVAST Software\Persistent Data
  • Avast Software - C:\Windows\System32\Tasks

This can be replicated for others too.

You had mentioned that 360TS had been installed by "malware" [from the very little information provided by you] which caused the after-effects so the original program is not the one at fault. The software from the official site doesn't include any adware/malware like you say, and this has been confirmed prior to writing this review. If you have any doubts about the same, and willing to trust Gizmo's Freeware for our reviews, you should try it yourself based on the recommendation before following up to what others have to say.

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Free And Easy Online File Conversions 1 month 3 weeks ago tgellert

There is a HUGE risk of someone getting your personal info when using a FREE online converter - of any type - for any type of conversion. When you upload your file(s) the server at the opposite end now has your file! I find it crazy to use such services. I know of 2 people that wanted to convert their tax return (PDF format) converted to some other format and had their identity stolen - 2 separate people. You have been warned.

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Free And Easy Online File Conversions 1 month 3 weeks ago GWBaldwin

Check out http://www.online-convert.com. Everything accomplished on one screen. No multiple web pages, no giving email address, no finding email with link, no clicking on a link, no nag messages to 'upgrade'. Unbelievable number of file formats. There is a 100MB limit, and they do have a premium service, but I have never seen a 'nag' message.

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Free And Easy Online File Conversions 1 month 3 weeks ago Sgluber

As usual, nice tip, rob! :-)

Tks to you and to crosseyedlemon (for Convert.files tip)! ;-)

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Free android app for latest bollywood songs download

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Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software 1 month 3 weeks ago vandamme

"I tried to use Gramps but this can only show the parents for every individual, that is definitely not what I want."

Not sure what you're trying to do here, but if you go into the View-->Configure menu, you can set up Gramps to show all kinds of weird stuff, like vertical up/down (like Ancestry.com) or a descendent fan chart (which can show hundreds of people in a small area). It just has tons of capability.

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Free And Easy Online File Conversions 1 month 3 weeks ago kkanalz

You neglected to mention that the MINIMUM cost of Zamzar is US$9 per month if you want to convert very much data. That is, beyond the one or two times a week.

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Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software 1 month 3 weeks ago 1uigi

hallo everybody
I made my family tree some years ago and I used Simple Family Tree [direct file link removed as per site rules]. I think you should give it a try since it is so clear and simple, even if it is very basic.
When I had to merge two trees (one made by me and one made by my sister-in-law) I used MyHeritage Family Tree Builder.
Merging didn't work very well since every individual was duplicated by the software so i had to delete every doubled individual "by hand".
Moreover, every software I use, I can't get a tree with ALL the individuals I have in the list. I tried to use Gramps but this can only show the parents for every individual, that is definitely not what I want.
Can you suggest me a free software that don't have these problems? [commercial reference removed as per site rules]
Thank you for any reply.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Lightning Over The Grand Canyon 1 month 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

Love this one. Put it on my Bodhi Linux desktop. Thanks Rhiannon. :) MC - Site Manager.
http://i.imgur.com/6C5B7Mj.jpg

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Free And Easy Online File Conversions 1 month 3 weeks ago eikelein

Thank you for this tip, crosseyedlemon.
Currently I don't have a file > 50MB to convert but it's good to know.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Lightning Over The Grand Canyon 1 month 3 weeks ago Sgluber

OMG! Sinister, but beautiful! *applause*

Thank you, rhiannon! :-)

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Find More Than 10,000 Fun Facts In One Place 1 month 3 weeks ago Jojo Yee True crosseyedlemon. But if I come to you with what I had before, and you give me the same as I have in hand every day, I will have more than 5 million at the end of the month. From day 2 onwards, the multiplying effect of 2^29 is tremendous :) view
Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 3 weeks ago bernardz I tried CryptoPrevent and discovered that I had problems installing programs I wanted. I am forever installing and removing new software. I think its because of the changes it made on the group policies. view
Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 3 weeks ago NeilF784

I totally support Redstick's comments.
GIZMO is a site aimed at promoting helpful tips on IT issues.
By all means submit comments about alternatives but do so in a professional way -do not be rude.
The site is not intended for "my dog is bigger than your dog" comments. There are many opinions and examples where some software options work better for some people but not for others.
The Editor spends a lot of time checking for helpful opportunities and should be congratulated for his efforts not criticized in a rude immature manner.

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Find More Than 10,000 Fun Facts In One Place 1 month 3 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

If you come to me everyday with a penny and I give you another one, at the end of the month you will have 62 cents at most.

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 3 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

I'm not sure why Bitcoin has entered the discussion here. My point is that Rob seemed to be suggesting that personal data is being held hostage until users cough up an extortion fee. For someone to attempt that so openly just seems absurd to me unless they are looking to get themselves prosecuted.

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 3 weeks ago mchldpy

You should update your source.
Using mics and sound cards to generate high frequency sounds spanning 65 feet, high frequency doesn't take much power to reproduce.
BitWhisper uses Thermal Manipulation between 2 air-gapped computers and requires no dedicated peripheral hardware.
GSMEM uses an internal bus on an air-gapped computer and turn it into an antenna to transmit stolen data over the cellular network.
There are others.
Right now (for the moment) unless you've got big secrets or valuable info you are probably safe BUT, it won't take too long for the above average code writer to make the process easier so all the z-holes can use it to separate us fr4om whatever commodity they think we don't have a right to or need for.

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 1 month 3 weeks ago Kissol

Yes it has (Editor and Viewer).
It seems you need install 'European Languages Pack'.

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 1 month 3 weeks ago Yankiwi

You're right that it would be clearer if they specifically stated "free version," but to give them their due, they do say that ""The FREE [emphasis in the original] download of the PDF-XChange Editor ***may be used without limitation*** for Private, Commercial, Government and all uses," etc. "May be used without limitation" says to me that the software is free to download and use, but I agree wholeheartedly that it would probably be clearer and better for them to state outright that they have a "free version" available. I would even go further and add that it would be better still for their statement about the "free version" to be more prominent than the "free download" statement I originally quoted, which was rather tucked away on their site.

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 3 weeks ago sirpaul2

Anything's possible with a delayed attack. One would hope that anyone who creates a disk image would also make sure beforehand that the original image isn't compromised, as there is no ability for devices on opposite sides of the "gap" to communicate - but that discussion is for a different article.

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 3 weeks ago vandamme

A close second is NOT running Windows.

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 3 weeks ago wrigs

It looks to me like Cryptolocker and Bitdefender's product work in different ways - I assume this means they can work alongside each other problem free?

From the description above of Bitdefender's product tricking ransomware into thinking device is already infected I am guessing it works like AV in reverse by presenting an infection "signature" for the ransomware to "read". But like AV will these spoof infection signatures get out of date?

Like you I installed CryptoPrevent in 2013 . I assume it is doing what is claimed. The policies it sets may cause the occasional problems for a tiny minority of users e.g. on installing certain new software. I install lots of system and IT related software and on recently moving to Win 10 (from Vista via Win 7!) I had to unset Cryptoprevent and reboot to install one piece of software. There may have been previous occasions when the policies set by Cryptoprevent prevented me running some software but I didn't realise the cause - unfortunately I don't know enough about Windows policies to understand and manually change them.

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