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4 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

nmh (new MH) is a powerful electronic mail handling system. It consists of a collection of fairly simple single-purpose programs to send, receive, save, retrieve, and manipulate e-mail messages:
http://www.nongnu.org/nmh/

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4 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

"... Panini is a visual tool for creating perspective views from panoramic and wide angle photographs. More than a pano viewer, more than a view camera, with features of both ...":
http://sourceforge.net/projects/pvqt/

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4 weeks 3 days ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

zSILENCER - a team based capture-the-flag style game:
http://zsilencer.com/

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4 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

zSILENCER - a team based capture-the-flag style game:
http://zsilencer.com/

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4 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

nbwmon - ncurses bandwidth monitor:
https://github.com/defer-/nbwmon

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4 weeks 3 days ago Deeper into the Windows Registry Cuffy

I think you're on to something!
Over 20 years ago, when Win3.1 and AOL were cutting edge I was using a dial-up modem that came with some software that included a list of audio files of the numbers. I played with that list trying, using DOS, to associate the numbers with the boot sequence. I envisioned myself sitting coolly with a cup of coffee while the boot counted down on that old 286.
Not being very smart the idea fizzled but I still think it's a good idea. If not in audio your diagrams could easily serve the same purpose.
If you knew, for instance, that your boot was hanging at Step #18, troubleshooting the hang might be a little easier???
Go for it... great idea!

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4 weeks 3 days ago Edit RAW Image Files Quickly With This Program leftover

Thanks for sharing
it's fast on my old PC, the feature is really basic, isn't as many as other free RAW Editors such as RawTherapee or LightZone
Still really nice as a RAW viewer though

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4 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software gem

It has been a long time since someone suggested Kingsoft Antivirus 2012 to be taken into consideration as possible antivirus solution. (see: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/security/10061-kingsoft-a...) and (http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-anti-virus-software.htm?page=17)

Few months after that there was a quite interesting discussion about the possibility to run Kingsoft Antivirus 2012 alongside other AV without conflicts. This discussion did not end very well meaning there was no clear conclusion to the matter. (see: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/security/10752-could-i-ru...)

I come back here today with Kingsoft Antivirus 2012 (Cheetah) SP5.7 (http://pcdoctor.kingsoft.com) because i have been testing it for a while alongside KIS2013 on a pc with Win XP and on a pc with Win 7 64. I can tell you that i am quite impressed. No conflicts or compatibility problems so far. It is a cloud based antivirus, very light, with useful features, ability to fix vulnerabilities, USB defense function and it claims to be "Perfectly Working with Other Antivirus, Provides Outstanding Protection to End Users.". Although the software itself doesn't update frequently, the virus libraries do.
An interesting fact is that the company that makes the software is Chinese and apparently is no other than the guys from Cheetah Mobile that make known apps like Clean Master, Battery Doctor and CM Security for Android.

I just thought maybe we should give this one, another chance.

[Moderator's note: Link to non-English site edited out. Not allowed as per site rules.]

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4 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

I've just taken a look at the play store listing. It seems to have some interesting features, but it locks the folder-based browsing, tag editing and some other features are locked after 10 days of use unless you buy a key to unlock them.

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4 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

Some players do differentiate between "proper" music and podcasts. Rocket Music Player and Cloudskipper both do this.
As to the album art, everyone has their preferences - although I don't think most people "[sit] there staring at the screen as it plays music". Instead, they use it as a visual cue. It is a lot easier to recognize an image, than to recognize text. That's one of the reasons why I like to have my albums with album art. However, if you really dislike album art, I haven't really found an app that ignores album art (and don't remember ever having used one) - that isn't just among the apps listed here, I've tried many others that I either have chosen not to review or haven't reviewed yet.
If you're looking for excluding folders from being in your music apps, you should try StudioKUMA .nomedia Manager ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.studiokuma.nomedia ). You can mark folders to be excluded from Android's media scanner, which means the media they contain won't appear in most music players.

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4 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android dredclift

Have you looked a n7player. Slightly oddball UI but seems to cover all bases.

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4 weeks 3 days ago Budding Muso? Get The Chords To Any Song On Youtube sicknero

Nice find Rob : )

I've tried a lot of similar software and never been hugely impressed but this actually seems pretty good.

I really like the scrolling display and chord diagrams, plus the option to switch between guitar and piano.

I've just tried it with a few songs that I already know and it seems to work well, I'll look forward to testing it with some more involved pieces later.

Cheers.

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4 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Registry Editor sicknero

I just wanted to mention that Aezay now have a green light from WoT, though I can't actually recall a time when they didn't.

I really like Registry Commander ... the layout is unfamiliar at first (no tree view) and although it has an export function it lacks an option to restore the entire registry. These points aside though it's my favourite of the freebies. The search function I find fast enough (though speed isn't much of an issue for something that I don't use frequently) and the bookmarks are invaluable.

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4 weeks 3 days ago How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors DanielRuf

any updates?

analysis@norman.no
The email address you specified couldn't be found or is invalid. It may be due to a bad entry in your Outlook or Outlook Web App recipient AutoComplete cache. Use the steps below to clear the entry from the cache:

: host zim-mbox-05.simnet.is[194.105.232.108] said:
552 5.2.2 Over quota (in reply to end of DATA command)

:
Remote host said: 550 signature_incorrect [BODY]

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4 weeks 3 days ago Deeper into the Windows Registry Remah

In case anyone is looking for it: the detailed table on the Windows boot sequence has been removed so it can be reworked for a separate article on Windows start-up.

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4 weeks 3 days ago Deeper into the Windows Registry Remah

johnvk,
Thanks again for your input. I've been thinking about what you said and it has led to two decisions:

1. I've decided to create an article on Windows boot sequence that doesn't just focus on the registry. The main reason for doing this is to include information on diagnostics procedures and useful references. They both fall outside of the scope of this registry article.

2. This article needs to more clearly indicate how the various hives relate. To that end I need to change the tables and introduce some different diagrams.

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4 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

mpv is a fork of mplayer2 and MPlayer (command line player, no official GUI):
http://mpv.io/
https://github.com/mpv-player/mpv/releases

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4 weeks 4 days ago Free Program Displays Your Gaming Frame Rate SwanKnight

Good to know, thanks.

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4 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Trojan Horse Scanning And Removal Software Rybar

@ MidnightCowboy & torres-no-tan-magnifico

I have been using their free version for many years ... but after last update
could not use it any more; had to download trial version (?)

edit - Emsisoft Anti-Malware (limited freeware mode) is still free; they just changed the way
it switches to freeware mode ..

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4 weeks 4 days ago Free Program Displays Your Gaming Frame Rate erazerswe

It should work on just about any modern card. For instance i have a Gigabyte HD 6850.

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4 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android kevinevv

The biggest challenge with "music players" on Android and other systems is that they don't differentiate between Music files and Podcasts. "Music players" are inherently flawed for Podcast mp3 files because they don't have fine adjustments in time. They all use the traditional slider bar to find a spot in the "mp3" or other audio file. They treat ALL MP3 files as if they ARE music, and that's just simply not the case. If they can't filter which folders they draw their playlists from, then the program is useless in my mind.

"Music Players" (even the one I chose, [edited]) are also inherently obsessive about "Album art." I don't give a wit about the art, because I'm not generally sitting there staring at the screen as it plays music. I wish they'd all have an option to ignore art completely, and give more screen space to controls, and titles.

I have used [edited] for music, and Ginkgo Player for podcast mp3's because they don't "overlap" in what they claim as their own files, if you configure them. Ginkgo Player has big and small skips forward/backward for the large audio files. [edited] is easily configured not to select podcast files for random music file plays.

I've tried a few of Gizmo's selections on this post for Android, and settled with [edited]. You simply have to get a good one.

[Moderator's note: Commercial app edited out. Please post about free apps only.]

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4 weeks 4 days ago Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software AJNorth

Hello JR,

If you are still in need of cleaning solutions, you might first do a full scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) (update the database immediately before the scan and close all other applications) -- http://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivirus/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware.shtml (you can quarantine what you choose to remove, should it turn out that something deleted needs to be restored).

Both AdwCleaner -- http://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivirus/Removal-Tools/AdwCleaner.shtml and the even more powerful Junkware Removal Tool -- http://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Security-Related/Junkware-Removal-... are also worth considering if pop-ups remain a problem after cleaning with MBAM. **CAUTION** Be sure to set a Restore Point before running either of these applications, as whatever is removed cannot be restored -- in particular, Registry keys.

Finally, you might consider adding Unchecky to your Windows box, as it helps to keep the user on a path during installations/upgrades so as to minimize the likelihood of accidentally installing PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs)-- http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/Unchecky.shtml . In addition, it automatically writes several blocking entries to the HOSTS file, thereby preventing many of these PUPs from 'phoning home. Very low on system resources, Unchecky also updates itself automatically. Though still technically in beta, it has been regularly updated over the past several months, and I highly recommended it.

I hope this is helpful.

Regards,

AJN

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4 weeks 4 days ago Controversial Advertising Program Now Being Embedded in More Software AJNorth

Hello Lassar,

There is a very nifty free application, Unchecky, http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/Unchecky.shtml that helps to keep the user on a path during installations/upgrades so as to minimize the likelihood of accidentally installing PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs).

In addition, it automatically writes the blocking entries you've listed to the HOSTS file, along with several additional ones (this is especially helpful for those a bit less technically inclined...).

The current list of entries it writes is:

127.0.0.1 localhost

# unchecky_begin
# These rules were added by the Unchecky program in order to block advertising software modules
0.0.0.0 tracking.opencandy.com.s3.amazonaws.com
0.0.0.0 media.opencandy.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.opencandy.com
0.0.0.0 tracking.opencandy.com
0.0.0.0 api.opencandy.com
0.0.0.0 installer.betterinstaller.com
0.0.0.0 installer.filebulldog.com
0.0.0.0 d3oxtn1x3b8d7i.cloudfront.net
0.0.0.0 inno.bisrv.com
0.0.0.0 nsis.bisrv.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.file2desktop.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.goateastcach.us
0.0.0.0 cdn.guttastatdk.us
0.0.0.0 cdn.inskinmedia.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.insta.oibundles2.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.insta.playbryte.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.llogetfastcach.us
0.0.0.0 cdn.montiera.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.msdwnld.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.mypcbackup.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.ppdownload.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.riceateastcach.us
0.0.0.0 cdn.shyapotato.us
0.0.0.0 cdn.solimba.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.tuto4pc.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.appround.biz
0.0.0.0 cdn.bigspeedpro.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.bispd.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.bisrv.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.cdndp.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.download.sweetpacks.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.dpdownload.com
0.0.0.0 cdn.visualbee.net
# unchecky_end

Very low on system resources, Unchecky also updates itself automatically. Though still technically in beta, it has been regularly updated over the past several months, and I highly recommended it.

Regards,

AJN

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4 weeks 4 days ago How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up calimesajim

My HP started waking from sleep mode after I downloaded some Realtek ethernet control drivers at the suggestion of HP. Tried everything I knew, then found this help from v.laurie. Turned out to be the internet adapter just as indicated above. Problem solved! Big help for this novice. Thanks.

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4 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Download Manager naren

OK.
Got it.
Thanxx for the info.

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4 weeks 4 days ago How to Fix Problems Synching Gmail with Other Email Clients searchlight

After using 2-step verification with App Specific passwords for several days, I decided to turn it off, and enable access for less secure apps again.

The reason being that every time I went to access Gmail/Google Account with my Desktop at home through my browser, I would receive a call or text for the verification code, even when I checked remember my computer.

At this point, simply a PITA but great if you are rarely home, and on the go, and need to access your account through smartphone or public facilities.

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4 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Registry Editor Misty27

I'm not sure what about 2012 Registrar Registry Editor lite (or any version) put it below MS Regedit. There may be other 3rd party (free) software that rivals Registrar Lite, but I've not used any extensively.

I've used Registrar Lite & Regedit extensively in W 98, XP, Vista - for years. I've never found that Registrar messed anything up. On most all operations it can perform, it's faster than Regedit. WORD OF CAUTION: users that don't know what they're doing in the registry or don't back it up first, shouldn't be making changes.

Registrar Lite is much faster on searches (Find) & has far better display of search results than Regedit. Registrar lists all search results in a list w/ columns of data for each result, so it's easier to review results to find what's relevant.

Regedit gives one result at a time, then must "fast forward" to the next result found. The fast forwarding can take some time. Plus, Regedit forces you to go through possibly dozens of undesired search results, one at a time, even if not relevant.

Once in a great while, Registrar Lite can't open entries (usually marked in red), that Regedit can open. That's so seldom, it's hardly a concern - use Regedit on those.

Backing up the entire registry is also faster in Registrar & the files are much smaller.

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4 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

I'm not a fan of Apple either - that's why this article is discussing Android apps. Playlists are not some system that only Apple uses, it's used almost universally in different formats, and just about every music player supports playlists. Not everyone has time to organize their music into folders, and even if they do - then they only have their music sorted one way. Some people like it sorting their music in folders, others don't. If you don't like Apple, do what millions of others have done: switch to Android. Then you can take a look at some of the apps I've covered, many of which support folder-based playback.

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4 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android musicmugger

As Winamp no longer exists as it was, maybe that's why it's been pulled. With luck the new situation will rectify that.

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4 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

I've just looked at the play store listing of JetAudio Basic, and while it might be worth a closer look, it's still missing some features, such as tag editing, an expanded notification bar, or multi-select.

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4 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android musicmugger

Now it's time for someone to produce a decent music file system for the IOS, one that will break Apples lock on no folders for music. The play list system is a joke, and only Apple insists on using it. Considering the obscene cost of their gadgets, you would think they would listen to the punters now and then. The Android get better and better, while Apple swills around in it's self confessed glory, that's going on the slide.
[Racist comments edited out]

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4 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

That's a good setup - if you always have a good internet connection, which many don't. That's why this section is about music players and organizers - it's about finding apps that can play music and also organize parts of your library if need be. UPnPlay would belong to a different category of apps.

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4 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android SwanKnight

I tried most music players out there but JetAudio remains my favorite.

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4 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android Faziri

I use UPnPlay to stream my music from my laptop, where it's organised with Foobar. Basically, I think a smartphone is only good for end use, not for things like tediously organizing your collection. My setup turns Foobar into a server and my Android into a wireless headset with a control interface. No syncing, no copies, a single library exactly the way it is in Foobar. All I need is a network linking my Android and laptop together, which can be the built-in hotspot if need be.

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4 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android Bruce_Fraser

While driving or exercising, I mostly listen to recorded books or talks. They tend to be much longer than the typical four minute song, so it's important to be able to resume where I left off.
The best free app for that is MortPlayer Audio Books: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.stohelit.audiobookplaye.... It does a lot more besides, like bookmarks.
In fact, my search showed that there are very few apps which have the "resume" feature.

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4 weeks 5 days ago How To Fix “BOOTMGR is missing” Error in Vista and Windows 7 Alienrio

This document pertains to HP and Compaq desktop PCs that came with Windows 7.

The following error opens when attempting to start the PC:

BOOTMGR is missing
Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart the PC

If you recently installed an additional hard drive, turn off the computer and remove the drive before using the
following steps:

1. Open HP System Recovery:

CAUTION: Do not perform a system recovery! Stop at the first recovery screen.
Press the F11 key repeatedly while the computer is starting.

If you have a recovery disc, turn on the PC and insert the first recovery disc into the drive. Use the disc to enter the system recovery.

2.
Select Microsoft Startup Repair tool and wait for repair to find and fix errors. When finished, restart the computer; even if the startup repair tool finds errors but cannot fix them.

3.
If the error message persists, open the recovery manager screen as was done in step 1.

4.
At the recovery manager screen, press ALT + D.

5.
Enter the following text at the command prompt: bootrec /rebuildbcd

6.
If bootrec displays "Add installation to boot list?", press y .
After bootrec completes successfully, the computer displays "The operation completed successfully".

7.
To close the command prompt, enter the following text: exit

8.
At the Recovery Manager screen, select Microsoft Startup Repair tool (again) and wait for startup
repair to find and fix errors. When finished, restart the computer.

9.
The error should no longer open. If it does, perform a system recovery, making sure to backup
important files.

If you removed a hard drive before using these steps, replace the drive. If the error occurs again, make sure the additional hard drive is not set as an active drive. Only the main bootable drive should be set as active.

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4 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Download Manager George.J

In phase 1, I'll be doing a basic test on all download managers listed for reviewing, check their sources, if the installer is clean and so on, and how they basically perform against each other. Only in phase 2, detailed review follows. Since Ninja is a new recommendation, I had to do a basic review on it before going into detailed.

I found Ninja more interesting, so I stopped reviewing DAP midway, but the review will be put up later on.

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4 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Download Manager naren

As per developer, technically its still beta.
But I must say, I have tested all the versions & no major probs, quite stable software.
Build 17 released yesterday.

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4 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Download Manager naren

Where is the review of Download Accelerator Plus Free?
It was labelled as "Testing" & now neither the label nor the review is there?

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4 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Word Processor joeguru

I'm not so sure you're going to find a program that will fit your needs. Adding features makes the program bigger, and since size is an issue for you, so will the available features. If you do find something though, be sure to post here so the editor can take a look. Good luck.

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4 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Download Manager George.J

Excellent suggestion, test results are coming great...

Now there's a real competitor to EagleGet and FDM. Surprisingly it's still in early development phase, continously updated and still it's great. Am not sure how long the developer has been working on it.

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4 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Download Manager George.J

Sure, will do that as per your request.

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4 weeks 5 days ago Free Program Displays Your Gaming Frame Rate SwanKnight

Does it work on any GPU? Or must it be an MSI one?

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4 weeks 5 days ago Free Program Displays Your Gaming Frame Rate SwanKnight

The free version of FRAPS is crippleware, it's way too limited to be of any real use.

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4 weeks 5 days ago How to Fix Problems Synching Gmail with Other Email Clients OllieJones

I use two-factor verification on my Google account (in my case via a mobile auth-code-generating app called Authenticator). In my scenario each so-called "less secure app" (like Thunderbird) has its own app-specific password. Those apps also have the access to the Google servers they need to sync.

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4 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Trojan Horse Scanning And Removal Software torres-no-tan-m...

The main difference between EEK and EAM is that the former is portable software, contains HijackFree, BlitzBank and a CommandLine scanner.

HTH

Torres

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4 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Download Manager naren

Plzz test Download Ninja next.
It has become feature rich now & one of the best free/paid download managers.
Clean software too with no craps, etc...

Currently supports Chrome & Firefox.
IE support will be coming.

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4 weeks 6 days ago Deeper into the Windows Registry vandamme

That would really be painful.

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4 weeks 6 days ago Deeper into the Windows Registry zdub

Sorry, but that's just bizarre. You mean you would have stuck with Windows if they instead used 1000s of ini files instead of the vastly superior hierarchical database that is the registry??

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4 weeks 6 days ago Smarten Up Your Documents With 100 Brilliant Free Fonts grimbles

I must be very unlucky. Clicked on 3 fonts I liked the look of, two required sharing on Twitter or LinkedIn (don't have an account with either) and the third required a payment, as in not free. Sheesh!

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4 weeks 6 days ago How to Find the Best DNS Server Remah

This article has had a major rewrite:
+ An expanded introduction is more user focused with stuff like how do they work, how long will it take, etc. The more technical detail is hidden behind "Show more" buttons so it can be easily revealed if you want to read it.
+ The test examples have been updated using the latest versions of the software and the screenshots are generally larger images.
+ The advanced configuration section has been moved to the end.
+ DNS Jumper has more screenshots and text.

Leave a comment if there is anything that can be improved. I also have some small changes to complete.

Remah - Editor.

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4 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Word Processor Misty27

Thanks. Writer's Delight (also from SSuite) appears nearly, if not identically, like QT Writer Express. No margin adjustment while typing. In print preview, there's the ability to set page margins & other typical print setup. But, when you exit preview, the margin settings aren't imposed on the writing page. i.e., the lines don't wrap at the same margins as set in page setup. If you didn't care where lines / paragraphs ended, I guess it's not a problem.

No spell check of any kind.

Has no toolbar icons for bold, italic, underline. But the 1 page help file lists hot keys for those (same ones as in Windows, or Tbird). But, aside from selecting fonts / font size & colors, very few other formatting features. Thunderbird has more than these 2 apps.

It has simple bullet styles - if you use hot keys (no menu selection) & keep entering it to toggle thru choices: Ctrl + shift + L ('L' for bullets).

Without spell check (in any processor), not much reason to leave Wordpad, if they don't have some extra goodies. I've never seen a "writer" or word processor w/o margin adjustments reflected on the writing page, or wrapping that didn't follow margin settings. Oddly, Writer's Delight & QT Writer Express have other things like revision tracking, right to left text - but not typical margin settings.

So, these 2 have a couple of extras over Wordpad, but loose several things.

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5 weeks 1 hour ago Best Free Antivirus App for Android rickybobby

Despite all the effort made to write this article, Android's security engineer seems to think otherwise calling antivirus apps 'pointless'.

http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/and...

I don't claim the present review is pointless, I'm just sharing something an official android chief at google just said.

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5 weeks 1 hour ago Free Program Displays Your Gaming Frame Rate erazerswe

This is a great program , ive been using it for years. However another great program is MSI afterburner which is totally free and can do just about everything that fraps can without limitations on size of videos etc (if you record ingame)

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5 weeks 6 hours ago Best Free Windows 64-bit Software Remah

Thanks for your comments - I read all five of them. By the way, I like your moniker. :)

I've just started rewriting the entire article page by page because it takes time to check compatibility. So most of the comments will change and a lot more 64-bit applications will be added:
- I'll look at Rainlendar and PrivateFirewall.
- The comments on Palemoon are from two years ago so they will change. But at the time it consistently had problems on two systems. That is probably not the case today.
- I agree that PotPlayer has features galore. I use it and VLC.
- it is policy here not to recommend beta software but sometimes I find it hard to ignore some very stable betas.

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5 weeks 6 hours ago Best Free Windows 64-bit Software OptometristPrime

IOBit is a horrible company & they don't deserve any recommendation by the people here. I for one am very glad about this policy.

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5 weeks 6 hours ago Best Free Windows 64-bit Software OptometristPrime

Privatefirewall is the best firewall ever. Plus it has a process blocker. I hate Comodo. Their software caused me a system failure of such enormous proportions, that I had to completely re-install Windows fresh. I wont be using anything they make again. Especially since their support is atrocious.

I use Pale Moon when I don't feel like using Firefox, and it has some differences, though I can't really remember what they are. It's a great browser & still has features that by now, Firefox has retardedly decided to remove, which is stupid considering they could just give the option to remove the features & not screw over the rest of us. Plus they're update-crazy at Mozilla, every other day they push an update & one of my important extensions breaks & they expect developers to keep up with them....that's not reasonable. A lot of extension developers develop their extensions in their free time, for free. It's not possible for them to keep up like that. Pale Moon doesn't update too often & I've never found it to not work with extensions I need. Pretty much all extensions work fine with it.

However, Potplayer is WAY better than VLC imo, especially the interface & the way it works. Sure, there aren't any great themes really available, but in performance, I don't believe I'd want to use ANYTHING else. Especially while watching TV shows. It has this feature in which the playlist is part of the main window & only appears in fullscreen when you hover over the side. Otherwise it disappears, and the same thing goes for the controls & the top bar, they only appear when you hover over the edges of the screen. That is an absolutely essential thing to me. Same goes for seekbar thumbnails. The options in Potplayer are absolutely awesome & I can right click & change the audio renderer almost instantly, which is a biggy for me, considering I have my TV hooked up via HDMI & also have headphones/stereo, which requires me to be able to quickly change the setting of where the audio goes out, without having to open a window and go through a bunch of settings. Most of the settings are available through a right click & context menu, which is awesome. You can do SO much with Potplayer, except I haven't used a lot of features, like the live ones. I'm sure they're just as good. I am so stoked that I accidentally stumbled across Potplayer, because now I don't know how I got along with out it, to be honest.

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5 weeks 7 hours ago Best Free Windows 64-bit Software OptometristPrime

I use several browsers, but Palemoon is one of my favorites & I have NEVER had a problem with it being slow. Never. I have TONS of extensions & TONS of tabs always open, so I'm not sure why you'd have any issues with it being slow. It works beautifully. Maxthon is also pretty good & Seamonkey as well.

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5 weeks 7 hours ago Best Free Windows 64-bit Software OptometristPrime

Rainlendar is the best todo & reminder app in the world & they have a great 64bit beta. Both versions work beautifully on my 64bit windows 7 & they have EPIC skins available, not to mention it's specifically a calendar app, but it has a to-do list, or rather, you can make several to-do lists & have a different theme for each, you can sort by priority, alphabetically or category, as well as sort by other stuff & there's a primary sort order & secondary, so for instance, I have a to-do list that is primarily sorted by priority, where it has titles for each priority & lists the corresponding ones underneath, which are secondarily sorted by alphabetical order. I also have a different to-do list where things are primarily sorted by category & then secondarily sorted by priority. You can set alarms & in the pro version you can connect your google account & have it sync your calendars & I believe your to-do list as well. It still works if you don't pay, it just adds "unregistered version" in the events & whatnot. I have no issues with it & I've been using the 64bit beta for quite a long time. I never had any issues with the regular version either. Oh and you can set multiple alarms, with any sound files you want & it's awesome. It's a software I couldn't live a day without. It's also a rather beautiful addition to my desktop. Wish I could post a picture!

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5 weeks 7 hours ago Best Free Word Processor joeguru

Check this out. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/simple-word-processor-could-be-a...

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5 weeks 9 hours ago How to Fix Problems Synching Gmail with Other Email Clients searchlight

I finally enabled Thunderbird to work with Gmail Enhanced Security. I enabled two-step verification on my Gmail account.

One has to enable two-step verification, and establish an application specific password that you substitute for the regular Gmail password that you inserted in your email client.

I found this link helpful in resetting Thunderbird. Now it works like a charm.

http://www.slipstick.com/outlook/email/outlook-synchronize-subscribed-fo...

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5 weeks 10 hours ago Best Free Word Processor Misty27

How is WordGraph on resources?

* Maybe someone has a suggestion. I'm looking for something to use on a laptop - somewhat limited RAM.
Don't need every function in full blown processors (if I do, will just open one). But, more than Wordpad. At least manual spell check. Preferably save in doc & maybe docx, along w/ rtf, txt.

* Atlantis Nova started up at only 5 MB (blank document on a desktop w/ 8 GB RAM) - same as Wordpad. But, it has no spell check - at all, and no way to get one, AFAIK. Other than that, it looks like a mini MS Word.

* AbiWord (portable version - portableapps.com) used a heck of a lot more RAM - *21.5* MB startup on my desktop. Haven't tried it on the laptop. I'm sure it'd use less than my desktop.
Yeah, the UI is a bit dated, but has everything most people need, laid out well. Has spell check as you type.
Abi saves in a BUNCH of formats - as many as any app.

* Jarte - started up @ 7.2 MB on my desktop. If you choose one of the other GUI "views", it's not terrible, but takes some getting used to. I'm sure if I used it a while, I'd get used to it. One thing (maybe partly from being a new look) is the function names mostly have to be read - icons are too small to be of use. The font for these (like "subscript", etc.) is VERY small. If you have really good eyes, it may not bother you.
I couldn't understand why w/ SOOO much open space, they made some of the top-center icons / labels and many labels in the "main" vertical toolbar on the left so small. And I have my system set at 110 DPI vs. default 96, so most things are larger. If the system DPI was @ default, I couldn't read some Jarte labels.

Jarte's *manual-only* spell check worked, was fast but a bit odd in some ways (not terrible). One thing is, if highlighted one word / line & spell check, it shows a green checkmark if no error. But, if select another word / line, it doesn't remove the previous checkmark. It redraws the mark on 2nd check, but if not watching closely, you'll miss it & won't know if it's the previous mark or a new one.

Also, the box w/ alternate suggestions was only 13/16 inch high & no way to increase it. If there were many suggestions, you had to scroll. If using Jarte full time, that may / may not be a problem. Again, there's LOTS of space they could use.

I too favored the "Classic" UI view, though it's definitely "out there." But things are easy to get to. It has optional "no click" tabs / icons for things like the font, spell menus. Change the "clickless operation" pref to fast timing, & menus change rapidly when hovered.

I didn't think there was excessive clicking to get to features. For most, only one click. In fact, once I figured out how things worked, there was less clicking than many other word processors. Now, you just may not care for Jarte's layout.

* QT Writer Express - tried it; not my flavor. Manual spell check was slow to open, even on a very fast machine. Had no conventional margin controls (anywhere, that I could see). No control over R margin, AFAICT. Very basic UI - which is OK if that's what you want. Except it still opened at 17 MB on my desktop, in spite of sparse GUI.
I can see people who are distracted by too many icons liking QT Writer express, but not if looking for something w/ a lot more to offer than Wordpad, or something using about the same resources.

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5 weeks 13 hours ago How to Fix Problems Synching Gmail with Other Email Clients searchlight

If you want something that will work in the interim for your desktop, there is a Gmail Desktop app called GMDesk which you can use instead of your browser.

Since it is direct to Gmail there is no security setting difficulties.

However, it is not a traditional email client.

Here is the link: http://robertnyman.com/gmdesk/

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5 weeks 14 hours ago How to Fix Problems Synching Gmail with Other Email Clients searchlight

I have Thunderbird installed but it does not work. What security settings did you use?

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5 weeks 14 hours ago How to Fix Problems Synching Gmail with Other Email Clients eikelein

Yes, there is.

Just day before yesterday I set up a Gmail account on a customer's computer in good old Mozilla Thunderbird. Worked practically out of the box.

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5 weeks 14 hours ago How to Fix Problems Synching Gmail with Other Email Clients searchlight

I installed EMClient. This does NOT work with the new Google Security enabled on my gmail account.

Is there a client that does as of today 7/17/2014?

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5 weeks 15 hours ago Best Free Trojan Horse Scanning And Removal Software sicknero

Emsisoft Emergency Kit appears to be fully freeware still, it's one of my main secondary scanners. I'm not sure what the differences are between that and the trial-lapsed anti-malware program.

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5 weeks 16 hours ago How to Fix Problems Synching Gmail with Other Email Clients Anupam

He has actually named it in his comment. It's "em client", and here's the site. It's free for home use.

http://www.emclient.com/

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5 weeks 16 hours ago How to Fix Problems Synching Gmail with Other Email Clients eikelein

@exbioman:
It would be very nice if you told us what email client you now use.
TIA

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5 weeks 18 hours ago How to Fix Problems Synching Gmail with Other Email Clients DavidWSnow

The setting mentioned doesn't exist for those us who use Google Apps! Yet again, Google Apps seems to be different and behind regular Google accounts.

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5 weeks 19 hours ago How to Fix Problems Synching Gmail with Other Email Clients exbioman

After upgrading to Wins 7 a couple years ago and finding MS dropped outlook express, my all time favorite email client, couldn't configure Thunderbird. Gave up and just used Gmail online. Or Yahoo mail. Or outlook online. Then a friend started sending emails I couldn't open with Gmail online. Tried em client. It had no problem configuring Gmail and opens .eml files. Hope this helps someone else.

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5 weeks 1 day ago An Easy and Convenient Way to Find Out What Software and Hardware is on a PC astral_cyborg

Speccy is a good application from a trustworthy developer.
However, it shows only the installed and identified devices of your system.

In cases where you have unknown hardware and no drivers installed yet and you may want to determine the unknown devices, Speccy doesn't help. For these cases, I suggest HWiNFO in general or HWMonitor, CPU-Z and GPU-Z for specific ones.

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5 weeks 1 day ago Control Two PCs From One Mouse With This Freebie From Microsoft Mighty

A friend and I have been using Input Director for years. It doesn't do Drag&Drop file transfer, but it does do text Copy&Paste. It has been solid, and I don't really have to think about it. I had been using it between an XP and Win7 machines. The last few months it has been two Win7 machines. I have no qualms about recommending Input Director. But, the file transfer of Mouse Without Borders is intriguing.

Drake

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5 weeks 1 day ago Cnet (Download.com) Wrapped Installer Raccoonnookkeeper

Anonymous87 mentioned open source software in the post, in an earlier message.
Unfortunately, some open source software providers are on the bandwagon, offering piggyback PUPs, along with what is usually very fine software that performs and is maintained in ways many commercial program providers should emulate. So, one should always follow that centuries-old warning: caviat emptor (even for something you are getting for "free")!

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5 weeks 1 day ago Finds of the Week: NASA Television, World Fact Book, 1,000 Lifehacks, Should I Block It? eikelein

Sweet. ;-)

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5 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Technical Support Sites v.laurie

We are unable to respond to individual support requests here. Please post details of your query in our forum:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/

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5 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Technical Support Sites skykrane101

My Macbook Pro has recently started to slow down and the colorful wheel comes on and tho can take forever to get back on track. I always thought that MAC had more complicated software so there were minimal viruses out there to get. Does anybody know how to fix this or even if there is a fix?

Mike

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5 weeks 1 day ago Finds of the Week: NASA Television, World Fact Book, 1,000 Lifehacks, Should I Block It? rhiannon

Meetings and lotteries sound excellent. :)

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5 weeks 1 day ago Finds of the Week: NASA Television, World Fact Book, 1,000 Lifehacks, Should I Block It? rhiannon

Point taken and thank you. :)

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5 weeks 1 day ago Finds of the Week: NASA Television, World Fact Book, 1,000 Lifehacks, Should I Block It? MidnightCowboy

If I win the lottery, you are on my meeting list. :) So is Rhiannon but I guess the mere thought of that already has her running for the hills! :D MC.

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5 weeks 1 day ago Finds of the Week: NASA Television, World Fact Book, 1,000 Lifehacks, Should I Block It? eikelein

@MC and @Rhiannon

Actually I know and I agree.

I admire you guys, our patience with the trolls and the know-nothings who only want ready made instructions instead of thinking for themselves.
I wish there was a way of meeting you guys in person just to be able to extend my hand and say Thank You directly to you.

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5 weeks 1 day ago Finds of the Week: NASA Television, World Fact Book, 1,000 Lifehacks, Should I Block It? MidnightCowboy

I tend to agree with eikelein.

We get a lot of contacts about security programs along the lines of, "you recommended Xyz and it won't even install". After some conversation we invariably find the user had previously installed umpteen trial versions of other software, clicked on everything in sight multiple times to "get rid of the window that stuck", and then used a registry cleaner because the product website promised to fix it. :) There is no way back for a system in this state unless a competent person is able to sit in front of it and work through the potential remedies in a logical manner. Unfortunately, the type of response I usually encounter when making this suggestion is "why do you offer to help people when you so obviously can't"? :)

Suffice to say none of us are immune from making errors or bad judgements, but the volunteers on this site only post content they believe to be useful, and do so in good faith, despite the trolls who are never far away, especially from the Hot Find articles. MC - Site Manager.

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5 weeks 1 day ago Finds of the Week: NASA Television, World Fact Book, 1,000 Lifehacks, Should I Block It? eikelein

I don't think "people have trouble with" is a valid argument. If a majority had problems like "just get the grey MS panel" there would be much more fretting.
I truly do not know how to express that more humbly but my extensive experience with "normal" home computers makes me suspect that there is malware running on computers where people have "the grey MS panel" experience or the like. And that surely is none of your doing!

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5 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

Breach - A browser for the HTML5 era. Entirely written in Javascript. Free. Modular. Hackable:
http://breach.cc/

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5 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

"... WebPG is a free, open source suite of tools to bring GnuPG/PGP (gpg, gnupg) to the browser, in an effort to make cryptographic methods usable, safe and accessible to the common man ...":
https://webpg.org/

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5 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

demimove - a file browser for mass renaming:

Features:

- Interactivity: Demimove allows adding/removing of (multiple) targets quickly by mouse interaction (instead of or complementary to matching via regex/globbing patterns).
- Automatic Previews: Demimove provides an automatic and immediate preview of any change.
- Performance: Demimove is fast, thanks to Qt and its QFileSystemModel. Even thousands of files are no problem (although there's a ceiling, as always).
- Commit History: You can undo any commit, although currently only in order of last to first.
- Multiple Pattern Support: You can have any number of match and filter patterns by separating them with a slash ("/").
- Recursive support: Demimove supports recursive lookups and renames. You can specify the depth of the recursion.
- Config File: You can save and restore options to and from a file (~/.config/demimove/demimove.ini):

https://github.com/mikar/demimove

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5 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services ironmac85

hi guys,new here,,ive heard good and bad about vpn's like everyone,,tried and tested quite a few too,,hotspotshield,expatshield are a no no,,your true IP is'nt truely hidden,,chrispc i have'nt tested,but heard not so good things.gonna try some others and see how good they stand up,but it always depends what u want them for,,feedback welcome x

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5 weeks 2 days ago Finds of the Week: NASA Television, World Fact Book, 1,000 Lifehacks, Should I Block It? rhiannon

Every now and then I post sites that people have trouble with that generate quite a few comments pointing out problems. When that happens I believe I've made a bad decision posting those sites. :)

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5 weeks 2 days ago A Free Password Manager that's Just as Good as Roboform Misty27

For those inclined more towards open source software, when it comes to entrusting passwords, and also not storing in the cloud (the cloud :D), then 2 or the best are:
Password Safe http://pwsafe.org/
Keepass Password Manager http://keepass.info/

Keepass is perhaps slightly more secure, but definitely has more options, configurability for auto-typing login data. But that can make it more complicated for those that don't need a lot of options. But either will handle just entering user name / PW.

PW Safe is a bit simpler, doesn't have the level of extra entropy that Keepass has.
I use PW Safe for forum PWs, etc., & Keepass for banks. In PW Safe, You must click to auto type (or drag / drop). OMG! Click a mouse?!? How lazy are we getting?

Keepass can find the DB entry that matches current web page "title" or other identifiers - so don't have to "search" in the current DB. It also offers "Two-Channel Auto-Type Obfuscation," (see help file or online help file), which attempts to defeat most keyloggers.

Both of these are 1st class programs, are actively maintained, have excellent help forums & bug trackers / feature request reporting. Much better than a lot of commercial software I've used.

I used Roboform (free) some yrs ago. It certainly may've changed since then, but at the time had little if any on Keepass or Password Safe. Plus, some password mgrs are not open source, which for many security experts, is a *drawback* for security / encryption software, etc. I don't think storing PWs is any less important.

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5 weeks 2 days ago Smarten Up Your Documents With 100 Brilliant Free Fonts cyguyjg

Indeed some classy fonts. Thank you, Rob.

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5 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Download Manager cityguyusa

Just a note on FDM. I often find that it's using a lot of system resources even when it's not actively downloading anything. I'm not sure why this is but when I see my hard drive thrashing I know that FDM is at the top of the list for page faults.

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5 weeks 2 days ago Finds of the Week: NASA Television, World Fact Book, 1,000 Lifehacks, Should I Block It? rhiannon

Would you post some of those sites for us? Alternative sites are welcome.

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5 weeks 2 days ago Finds of the Week: NASA Television, World Fact Book, 1,000 Lifehacks, Should I Block It? rhiannon

There are many processes in the real time file analysis that are not on any of my computers - for example iTunes and Real Player.

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5 weeks 2 days ago Finds of the Week: NASA Television, World Fact Book, 1,000 Lifehacks, Should I Block It? eikelein

Please help an old man to understand why you think you "cratered and landed on your face"?

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5 weeks 2 days ago Finds of the Week: NASA Television, World Fact Book, 1,000 Lifehacks, Should I Block It? rhiannon

Good point. I like the site much because it has accurate information on processes and services. Personally, I do a search on any processes or services I don't recognize - this site puts a name to processes and services, it cuts down on the amount of searches I do.

Thanks for the kind words. :)

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5 weeks 2 days ago Finds of the Week: NASA Television, World Fact Book, 1,000 Lifehacks, Should I Block It? rhiannon

Thanks for the support everyone. Every now and then I crater and land face down. Looks like this is one of those times. :)

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5 weeks 2 days ago Finds of the Week: NASA Television, World Fact Book, 1,000 Lifehacks, Should I Block It? rhiannon

Huh. I'm not sure what to say. The site has been written up here on Gizmo's a few times.
The only thing I can think of is a possible conflict with any security software.

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5 weeks 2 days ago Finds of the Week: NASA Television, World Fact Book, 1,000 Lifehacks, Should I Block It? rhiannon

I see your point. :) I like the extensive information on the site so I don't mind going there. And typos, I see so many spelling errors on large entity sites that it surprises me.
Of course, that doesn't stop me from making some of my own. :)

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5 weeks 2 days ago An Easy and Convenient Way to Find Out What Software and Hardware is on a PC sicknero

Definitely, Speccy is always my first choice for a quick rundown of hardware or if I need to monitor temperatures for any reason.

Jerry I guess software means O/S here.

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5 weeks 2 days ago An Easy and Convenient Way to Find Out What Software and Hardware is on a PC Kumar_Shah

Been using Speccy for years. Love it. Great for monitoring temperatures of CPUs and hard drives and lot of other info about all hardware and software on your PC. Includes SMART analysis of your hard drives.

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