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3 weeks 5 days ago Rain Alarm - Be Notified of Approaching Rain or Snow crombierob

Installed it, and it is great.

The weather app that I had settled on earlier (due to it's very accurate temperatures) is "Weather Australia".
I drilled down into it's options to look at it's Radar display.
The one you suggested is much bigger, better, and easier to get to.
So both are keepers for different uses.

Thanks,
Rob

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3 weeks 5 days ago Rain Alarm - Be Notified of Approaching Rain or Snow tamxir

I hear you crombierob. I'm im Bendigo and I know what Melbourne weather is like :). The paid version allows a lot more settings but since those features were not a part of the free version, they were beyond the scope of my review. A good Aussie alternative is an app called 'Rain?'. Just shows your nearest local radar, in your case, Melbourne. That's all it does. Have a look. When it looks like rain, fire up the app.

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3 weeks 5 days ago Rain Alarm - Be Notified of Approaching Rain or Snow tamxir

That's odd pratomorone. The screenshot in this review was taken on a Samsung Galaxy S3 and the app works fine on it. Were you signed in on the same Google account you use as the primary one on the phone?

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3 weeks 5 days ago Rain Alarm - Be Notified of Approaching Rain or Snow tamxir

I'll have a look at that. Thanks rseiler

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3 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

I did notice that. What I'm not sure about are the further details. These are things such as, are signatures available just as quick to both, is the site-blocking feature updated just as frequently, is the heuristics used just as effective, is the cloud backend just as effective, etc...

Marketing often just lists that both have the same features. The issue often lies with how effective those features are for both.

Does anyone know about my above worries?

Thanks.

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3 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software naren

The link you gave mentions all the features BD free has.
Realtime
Active Virus Control
Intrusion Detection System
B-Have
HTTP Scanning
Anti-Rootkit
Early Boot Scanning
Autoscan

The Wilders thread I mentioned, if you go through the thread, you will see BD staff confirmed on the above features too.

I think the missing stuffs in BD free compare to paid are the additional stuffs like, safepay, wallet, rescue disc, parental control, etc...

I will try to find few important info posted by BD staff on the wilders thread & let you know.

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3 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

I'll try to search through that later. It really is a huge thread.

However, here is an excertp from the main Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition page here:

They say that "Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition shares some of the revolutionary technologies that allowed our main product line to outpass major competitors such as AVG, Avast or Avira."
http://www.bitdefender.com/solutions/free.html
I'm not sure exactly which technologies the Free version does not have, but seeing as they specifically state that technologies have been removed from the Free version, I assume that the Free version also would not protect the system quite as well as the paid version.

However, when I have the time I will look through that thread and try to see if perhaps I am wrong. If you run across a relevant post before I do please direct me to it.

Thanks.

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3 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software naren

From the BD Free Manual:

What is Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition?
Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition is an antivirus program designed to be fast and
to minimize user interaction, while sacrificing nothing of the malware detection and
removal capabilities that Bitdefender products are generally known for.

Also a BD staff confirmed in Wilders forum. His name is Iulika0069.
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=338408
He confirmed BD free provides same protection as paid. The thread is huge, its hard to find the post. There are many post by him & you will get all the info about BD free.

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3 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Perhaps I am wrong. Did you see somewhere where it said that the protection was identical? If so please provide a link so I can check it out.

Thanks.

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3 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software naren

Chiron,

Why do you say "the level of protection provided is not identical with the paid" in BD Free review?

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3 weeks 5 days ago Send Free and Encrypted Messages with Telegram Anupam

No problem :).

Yes, there are options in terms of messenger apps, but again, options can sometimes be a problem, like in this case. Obviously, people won't go with multiple apps, so they choose whatever is popular, or what their friends have.

And memory and space can also be a problem, like with my phone. I believe the younger generation does like to use multiple messengers, if the resources on their phone permits.

I think Telegram will attain popularity slowly, as the app is open source, and also the focus is on privacy, which is quite a concern these days. But yes, it will be sometime before it reaches the usage of WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger, etc.

I have been keeping Telegram on my phone, and I haven't experienced any hangups or slowdown. That's a good thing. Sadly though, none of my friends are using it.

Oh, and also, Telegram's interface is somewhat similar to WhatsApp. That's a bit of a disappointment. Disadvantage for them too, because if an app looks like a popular one, people will prefer the original.

Let's see what becomes of Telegram.

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3 weeks 5 days ago Send Free and Encrypted Messages with Telegram IO.Hazard

A very interesting list Jojo Yee, thanks for sharing it. :D

WhatsApp and Facebook's Messenger dominance in the western hemisphere is out of the question. It is pretty interesting to see that Telegram has made it to the list and replaced QQ; it has a long road ahead when compared to the rest, though.

As for ChatOn and Skype's numbers, the fact that they come pre-installed in Samsung and Nokia devices give them some advantage, but that's just my opinion.

It will be interesting if we could open a thread about this topic on the forum, don't you think so?.

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3 weeks 5 days ago How to Extend the Lifetime and Make Better Use of Solid State Drives (SSDs) in Windows 7 PCs johnvk

Any experience with a tool called "SSDLife Free". I read about it on GHacks : http://www.ghacks.net/2011/11/05/ssdlife-free-show-life-expectancy-of-so... <ghacks.net/2011/11/05/ssdlife-free-show-life-expectancy-of-solid-state-drives/>

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3 weeks 5 days ago Send Free and Encrypted Messages with Telegram IO.Hazard

My mistake, Anupam. I misread your post.

You are correct about people don't giving up on a determined app. Well, at least there are options in case they want to switch apps.

I believe Telegram is also a very interesting option for those who want to try this kind of apps for the first time, but as Jojo Yee pointed out on his comment above, there are many more apps to choose from.

I understand your concern, Anupam. Keeping the RAM levels within usable ranges is a hard task as a low free RAM limits the quantity of apps (and services) you can run.

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3 weeks 5 days ago How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors Chiron

Your understanding of Gmail is correct. It can tell if there is an executable inside a zip file, but not a 7zip file.

About getting this to work well with webmail accounts, do you then think that users who do not use apps, such as Outlook or Thunderbird, would be able to use this well enough if I just added a comment letting them know they can right-click on the email links, copy it, and then paste it into their webmail account? From your experience do you think most users would be happy with that?

Sadly, I do not think it is possible for me to make a link which opens it up in the webmail. I believe it has to call on another program to open it. Hopefully the copy option discussed above would suffice.

As for your comments, I have not found them to be off-base. I really appreciate all of the time and thought you have put into your comments.

Thank you.

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3 weeks 5 days ago How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors Chiron

The metascanners, such as VirusTotal, do submit all samples to every AV on the list. The reason I recommend submitting them directly as well is because these incoming samples are given low priority. I'm sure there are a huge number of non-dangerous files uploaded to VirusTotal. Therefore, I do advise submitting them using the methods provided in this article, as user submissions are almost always given much higher priority than VirusTotal submissions.

Also, in case you were not aware, AV vendors do often share detections with each other. Thus, sometimes you will see a FP quickly be detected by other AV. This could be for a multitude of reasons, including suspicious behavior by the file, or it could come from sharing signatures. Of course, this sharing can also help in the cases where perhaps there was a problem submitting samples to an AV. They will hopefully eventually then get it from another.

With AV's, I do not believe that fixing a False Positive with one will fix it with the rest. You should always try to submit it as a false positive to every vendor which is incorrectly detecting it. If I said that false positives should be submitted to another AV, this is because only one of the vendors actually handles the processing of false positives. There are different types of vendor arrangements, and sometimes it appears they just use the engine, and definitions, straight from another vendor. Thus, if I do not say to submit False Positives to a particular vendor, you do not need to submit false positives to them. It will be taken care of through the vendor I do link to.

As for the one-click button for world peace, I am working on it. However, I have so far run into problems convincing countries to implement email accounts for these types of submissions. That said, as it seems you would find this to be a useful option as well, I will try to ask again.

Thanks.

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3 weeks 5 days ago How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors Chiron

You're welcome. Thank you for your very helpful, and well written, comments.

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3 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Unless I'm mistaken, the main installer contains the files for both the x86 and the x64 versions. During installation it will automatically install the correct files. It also contains the additional software, which I warn about in my review. I believe some 3rd party sources may remove those extra software. I hope this is helpful.

Thanks.

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3 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Thanks for pointing this out. I would advise that users download and install V7 rather than V6. It is the newer version, and appears just as stable.

However, until the main Comodo Antivirus page updates such that it is V7 which is downloaded, I will keep the version listed as V6.x. This way it will not confuse users who are already running it, and try to see if there are any updates.

Thanks.

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3 weeks 5 days ago Metadata in Your Files May Reveal Hidden Personal Information You Didn’t Know About v.laurie

Thanks, Jojo. That is a useful utility to know about.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader sicknero

Foxit installer now runs the OpenCandy executable "OCSetupHlp.dll"

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

Also note: Comodo Internet Security at this Softpedia page: http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/COMODO-Internet-Security-Download-...

Shows an x86 and x64 version [both <100MB file] and a Universal Installer version [220MB], giving you free choice to install the version you like.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

x86 version is a 220MB download while x64 version is 100MB.

[Link removed - direct download links are not permitted. Please use the site PM system for this]

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software famewolf

Although all listed their size as 220m I did notice all three had different md5sum's...can you post the direct softpedia link?

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

Not sure what's happening there...

Although they have given three different links, all link to the same setup file [220MB download]. I mean why should IS, Antivirus and Firewall have the same setup size.

Softpedia link points to Comodo Antivirus 7.0 and is a 100MB download [x64 version].

Probably the link given in the forum is just one setup file.

Edit: The x86 version is 220MB download while x64 version is 100MB. [puzzled].

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software famewolf

If you follow Chiron's v7 download link you'll see the new version is 220mb.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

Comodo Antivirus is just 100MB download: http://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivirus/Comodo-AntiVirus.shtml

The Internet Security version has firewall and such, which most basic antiviruses doesn't have.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software rseiler

Do you know why it's 220MB? I know software keeps getting bigger and bigger, but is there something in particular about this one that makes it perhaps the largest?

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

I usually visit Softpedia to download softwares and like their caption Updated One Minute Ago, they are very fast in updating their software list.

Here's Comodo Antivirus 7 at Softpedia: http://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivirus/Comodo-AntiVirus.shtml

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3 weeks 6 days ago Send Free and Encrypted Messages with Telegram Jojo Yee

As unveiled by KRDS Social Media Agency in 2013 according to Infographic, below are the top 10 instant messaging apps in the world:

1. WeChat, 600 million registered users, originates from China. (100-500m installs)
2. WhatsApp, 590 million registered users, originates from USA. (100-500m installs)
3. Facebook Messenger, 300-550 million registered users, most popular in USA. (100-500m installs)
4. Line, 300 million registered users, originates from Japan. (100-500m installs)
5. Viber, 200 million registered users, originates from Israel. (100-500m installs)
6. Snapchat, 100 million registered users, originates from USA. (50-100m installs)
7. KakaoTalk, 100 million registered users, originates from South Korea. (100-500m installs)
8. ChatON, 100 million registered users, preinstalled in Samsung devices. (100-500m installs)
9. QQ, 478 million mobile users, originates from China. (5-10m installs)
10. Skype, 299 million connected users, acquired by Microsoft in 2011. (100-500m installs)

I've added the number of installs of the apps from Google's Play Store in brackets above for reference. Other than Snapchat and QQ, the rest of the apps have more than 100m installs. Telegram has achieved 10-50m installs, supersedes QQ in the above list now :)

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3 weeks 6 days ago How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors BillR

I failed to proof the G Data comment thoroughly in my rush to keep up with you. I haven't actually used the form for G Data since they rely heavily on two other vendors, of which at least one has always (in my very limited experience) had the same problem.

You've done an amazing job collecting all this info so I can certainly understand not keeping up with sometimes not well publicized inter-vendor agreements.

A final issue for you to ponder/solve. Some of us use the metascanners as our backup and also to vet FPs. What is the best way to address "holes" in detection (e.g., 3/20 detect)? Just submit using the broad email lists since vendors automate handling already known malware? (OK, just rhetorical given your earlier comments.)

What about the sometimes widespread FPs? Example: If BitDefender has a FP, so do ~6 more but I'm not knowledgeable enough to know that "fixing" BD will fix four of those (or at least not which four!); I am experienced enough to know many weeks or even months (plural) can pass before all vendors/products fix a FP.

Also, what if the vendor/product table in the article does not include some of the ones that are included in the metascanners and some of those are producing FPs? You know that you excluded a vendor/product because it is based heavily on another's definitions but I'm not going to know that so I'm going to have to look elsewhere to figure out what to do.

BTW, please also provide a solution that will allow me to engender world peace with one click.

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3 weeks 6 days ago How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors BillR

I incorrectly assumed that if a vendor said use "virus" or 7-zip then "infected" or .zip were not acceptable. Your greater knowledge has allowed a simpler solution for submitting malware: two email lists that both use "infected" and a smaller list of vendors that actually do _require_ .7z attachments (apparently due to restrictions imposed by some webmail vendors).

I hope that more vendors eventually will allow both email and form submission and that all vendors at least support one method.

I was also overly concerned about submitting already detected malware:
"What I have found is that most companies do automate the submission of malware, at least to the point where new samples will be scanned to ensure they are not already detected. That is why I think it's safe to recommend that users just submit new samples to them all." -- Chiron

Thanks for your explanations here and elsewhere.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Download Apps To Your Android Phone From Your PC khragab

good

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3 weeks 6 days ago How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors BillR

Wow, you are replying faster than I can finish the next comment! If only some vendors were as responsive!

Thanks for the additional detail. I didn't quite follow the GMail comment. Do mean that the vendor uses GMail as their email system and also that GMail recognizes executables inside password=infected .zip but not .7z files? I did already know that GMail and Hotmail/Live/Outlook and some other webmail vendors had some restrictions on including executables even when compressed but I am not aware of the details beyond that.

For change history I think a very brief comment along the lines you mentioned would suffice. THANKS.

"As for the email links not opening up with your webmail account, can you suggest an alternative which would work well for you? Is there a more convenient way for you to get the list of emails?"

What I'm doing recently works: one copy link and one paste into appropriate email mailing list using AOL. What you have built would have worked well until about four years ago when I switched from Outlook (app) to webmail.

I have wondered if someone would chime in with a simple solution to have email links open in webmail as the default mail handler. That would be handy for other purposes but I wouldn't want my new malware specific AOL account (or any AOL account) to be the default. Hotmail/Outlook or GMail would be handy, though.

Thanks for your consideration of my sometimes off-base comments.

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3 weeks 6 days ago How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors Chiron

Thank you for your response. About G Data, I have provided a form which anyone can use to submit malware to them. Have you had problems using this form? By the way, I agree it would be better if they had an email address for submitting malware, but as they do not this is the best I can do.

I do not provide complete information about which signatures each vendor uses for many reasons. One of these is that it would be too much work to keep that up-to-date. Many vendors change this periodically. Also, often the marketing teams for these companies do not make it clear exactly how they are implemented and how fast signatures from the other engine will be made available to the users.

Thus, the format I have decided to follow is to provide enough information so users can make sure that they have submitted the samples to enough companies to ensure that other users will be protected. This list is not meant to educate users about which engines all of the vendors use. That would be a very comprehensive list on its own. I hope this clears up some of the rationale behind why I leave certain information out.

Thanks again for your well thought out response. Let me know if you have any other questions.

Thanks.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Metadata in Your Files May Reveal Hidden Personal Information You Didn’t Know About Jojo Yee

A good article Vic. A handy and easy-to-use tool I often like is BeCyPDFMetaEdit for editing metadata of pdf files. See Set Viewer Preferences and Metadata

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3 weeks 6 days ago How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors BillR

Thanks for the detailed vendor response. I would note that WinMHR and the Malware Hash Registry is just signature based as far as I can tell. Using WinMHR is rather like submitting a hash to VirusTotal for each active process and associated files. I don't know anything about CPSecure.

I realize now that our perspective for how to use this information is slightly different. What you have built is quite effective for submitting newly discovered malware to the vendors that build the underlying lists (e.g., BitDefender, who then provides its lists to other vendors). The procedure is somewhat less effective for filling in the detection holes as many of us are not well versed on vendor dependencies (e.g., I was completely unaware that Zemana uses "Emsisoft, G Data, Ikarus, and Dr. Web signatures"; though I did know that G Data basically combines BitDefender and avast! signatures [or did at one time: I'm hardly current]).

(BTW, the G Data description needs updating for those of us who are not well informed since other entries reference it and G Data does not provide a mechanism for non-subscribers to submit files.)

>> "[I]f there are two products which use the same virus database, I have often included only one of them. Only when I felt there would be a great confusion if I did not have I included both."

For myself, a slightly more complete list would be useful even if the entry is similar to the Zemana entry or "See xxx" or "unknown" or "verified not available". I would prefer to see at least a brief entry for any vendor/product participating in one of these four metascanners: VirusTotal.com, Metascan-Online.com, Jotti.org, or VirSCAN.org.

Again, thanks for the extensive work you've put in.

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3 weeks 6 days ago How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors Chiron

Okay, now I understand. Also, I absolutely agree. Email submission, both for malware and false positives, can be very helpful and time-saving.

Thanks.

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3 weeks 6 days ago How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors Chiron

Thank you for this long, and very well-thought out, reply.

I now think I understand why you would like a change history of some sort. I do believe I can add something simple, such as noting when the article was last changed, and whether the changes were for the submission directions, minor grammatical editing, adding a vendor, etc...

As for the email links not opening up with your webmail account, can you suggest an alternative which would work well for you? Is there a more convenient way for you to get the list of emails?

As for the false positives, I do believe that the submission of False Positives is almost as important as the submission of new malware.

What I have found is that most companies do automate the submission of malware, at least to the point where new samples will be scanned to ensure they are not already detected. That is why I think it's safe to recommend that users just submit new samples to them all. However, for false positives these often go straight to human technicians. Thus, I cannot automate the submission of false positives. To submit those the best way is to find the vendor in this list and follow the advice to submit the false positive.

As to why the 7-zip mailing list only contains 8 names, I would be happiest if it contained zero. The only reason that mailing list has to exist is because those are companies who use Gmail for malware submission. In case you did not know, Gmail will not allow any zip files, even password protected, to be sent through it if there is an executable inside it. Thus, this is the only way to get around that problem.

Please let me know what you think of my responses, and whether you have any further questions. I really do appreciate you taking the time to post the above comments.

Thank you.

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3 weeks 6 days ago How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors BillR

I was unclear. The "suggestion" is not meant for Chiron. I meant to say that I hope people who submit malware and FPs via a form but would rather have the convenience of email (like the links you, Chiron, provide for suspicious files) will ask the vendors to also support email submission. One email is much easier to submit than completing several FP forms.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

I was not aware of this. However, it looks like this was removed and the DeepScreen feature was added. I will update this review accordingly.

Thank you very much for bringing this to my attention.

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3 weeks 6 days ago How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors BillR

I'm glad that you are keeping the article current but I think you are missing the (or rather "a") _user_ perspective and are also making an unwarranted assumption about how the article and embedded links are used. Four related points are followed by a few asides.

First, if you change something in the article, I have no way of knowing whether I need to reread the article (e.g., directions changed) or should just continue doing what I'm doing (e.g., address added) -- even ASSUMING I can use the procedure as you apparently expect! Without a (very brief) change log, I'm clueless. The change log does not matter to a first time reader but is useful to those who revisit the page as well as those who might be interested when the article appears in the site update list.

Second, I can't directly use your directions anyway. Clicking on your otherwise very helpful email links do not directly open my new webmail account. Aside: I opened an AOL account (thanks for mentioning that it works) just for this purpose so all related email is segregated. Rather than copying and pasting the list each time, I chose to create three mailing lists (malware-submit-zip, malware-submit-7z, and malware-FP-submit. As I'm not a malware researcher, I don't really care if a few addresses are not current (changed, new, no longer applicable) but I will have to periodically update my mailing lists. The first two lists will be easy to update thanks to your well maintained email links.

Third, I'm not sure I would want to revisit this article every time I want to submit a file. I'm probably satisfied to submit malware to a meta-scanner or two and leave it at that as long as a couple of major vendors correctly identify it unless I encounter the malware in or via email addressed to/from friends and family (thus motivating me to do more). Two such accounts were hacked recently so I'm getting a lot more nasty and targeted spam than usual (still more motivation). You've also said elsewhere that just submitting malware to a metascanner is insufficient in general (and always if a major vendor does not identify it). Your point about the current list being maintained here by you is quite good, however.

Fourth, a large portion of my submissions relate to false positives, anyway, as I enjoy exploring lesser known freeware, etc. I value such software, recommend it to others, and would like to see it more widely used, so I am motivated to be more active even when my installed security software is not directly affected. This article does provide useful detail but (as you note in another comment) FPs are not your primary focus. Again, though, this is yet another, albeit small, reason to have a change history.

Three asides peripheral to the change history comment:

Although I'm slightly uncomfortable submitting malware to vendors that already detect it I assume (hope) most vendors automate receipt sufficiently that already detected submissions are never seen by a human. I'm guessing you make the same assumption given the comprehensive and monolithic nature of your email lists.

I'm not sure who your target audience is for this article but I would think that I am vaguely near the site median technically as a once upon a time professional programmer/analyst who still has some "core" around somewhere (though I did miss the charged plates and vacuum tubes). This site is certainly moderately technical but is not focused on even hobbyist security much less professional malware research.

Finally, I would note in passing that the 7-zip malware list only contains eight(?) names. I've decided for myself that using the extensive zip email list suffices for me as I'm not personally aware of anyone who uses a vendor on the lesser list (but then most of the time I also am satisfied with just using two of the extensive metascanners).

Whatever you decide, I hope you will interpret my comments as both my small attempt to improve a very useful article and appreciation of your efforts in developing and maintaining it. Even when I'm critical or just disagree!

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

From my experience you won't get too many popups at all, even initially. It's really much, much, much quieter than it was even a few years ago. I think you'll likely find it to be a good match.

Give it a try and let me know what you think. If you have any questions about Comodo Firewall feel free to ask.

Thanks.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

I have updated the review to point towards, and reference, V6.3. However, if you would like to install V7 you can find it here:
http://forums.comodo.com/news-announcements-feedback-cis/comodo-internet...

Thanks.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software famewolf

Not directed at Chiron specifically but is a direct link to the v7 download or topic to much to ask for? Normal download process gives me V6 and I'd like to avoid having to hunt through their forum for it.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software famewolf

"but I do with they made the process simpler." s/with/wish

Is comodo suitable for running on an htpc ie I don't mind getting popups to configure initially but don't want to be getting them constantly while trying to watch shows etc.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer Freecycler

I noted the comment about file associations and Clementine but I have installed it in preference to Jaangle and for me it is far more intuitive, and much faster.
It has a dedicated Android app which allows you to use your smartphone as a remote.
It took around a second to download playlists, database, album art, the lot and works flawlessly.
If the stealthy file associations is in fact a problem(no signs so far), for me it is a small price to pay!

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software althu21

Softpedia Giveaway – Unlimited Licenses for Bitdefender Internet Security 2014...
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Enjoy...

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3 weeks 6 days ago How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive v.laurie

I don't know why the tab is missing. Perhaps a group policy setting? This question is best asked in the forum http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/

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3 weeks 6 days ago How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive Marvelous

Have followed your instructions for moving personal folders in Win 7. However I did not have a 'Location' tab in the properties.
Looking further, I can't unlock Documents in order to move anything. I checked the permissions, I'm listed as administrator,
made sure I checked to allow me all the permissions, and the system told me I wasn't allowed to make those changes. And I can't find out who is or what to do next. Seems the file was locked in 2009, and I only got the computer and software now. What can I do to move
the personal folders to partitioned drive E: ??

Thanks.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Send Free and Encrypted Messages with Telegram Anupam

I was talking about the background process for Telegram itself :D. I saw the background process for Telegram on CleanMaster and ES Task Manager. These both apps show the processes that are running on the phone. Is that what you meant, right?

Yes, I know what you mean, experiencing it myself. I would use Telegram, if other people in my friend list were using it. Otherwise, it just becomes an app on my phone using up precious RAM.

Well, RAM on my phone almost always hangs around 85%-89%, and it's still hanging around that, so I don't know yet. Will keep it installed for a few days, let's see.

The problem is that even if a few of my friends start using Telegram, not all will use, with WhatsApp being so hugely popular that people won't give it up. So, Telegram would be just another messaging app taking up memory.. a reason for which I don't think it will last long on my phone. With 512 MB of RAM and above 85% already taken all the time, memory is precious :D.

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I'm also working on an iGoogle alternative, if you want you can check it out at http://www.djoard.com/
It is still very much in development though! So don't expect too many widgets yet!

You are very welcome to post suggestions!!

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3 weeks 6 days ago Send Free and Encrypted Messages with Telegram IO.Hazard

Thanks for reporting back, Anupam.

So, you saw processes for CleanMaster and WhatsApp but, did you find any background process that can be linked to Telegram? Have you noticed any change in your RAM levels before and after installing it?

Installing apps like Telegram is a matter of choice and preferences, but it is sad that so many people don't know about it or don't want to install it because not everyone is using it.

I see Telegram has been downloaded between 5 to 10 million times; the question, however, is how many people decide to keep it installed... :S

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3 weeks 6 days ago Send Free and Encrypted Messages with Telegram Anupam

OK, I installed Telegram, and I did indeed find the background process with two apps that I use.. Clean Master, and ES Task Manager. The app occupies a little more than 13 MB, as you mention the article. It's a little heavy for my phone I guess, which has WhatsApp and Kik installed, both of which I need. And the RAM of my phone is always overloaded with other processes running in background. I sorta hate Android for that. I don't understand the Android policy of apps running all the time even when I want them not to, or when I closed them. And the RAM cleanup is really worse atleast in Gingerbread... don't know about other newer versions.

Well, let's see. Telegram looks fine so far. Don't think it will remain installed on my phone for long though... none of my friends are using it, as far as I see from the contact list.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Send Free and Encrypted Messages with Telegram Anupam

Yea, I too like that it's open source.

I will install Telegram and check it out. I have Gingerbread on my phone.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Send Free and Encrypted Messages with Telegram IO.Hazard

Thanks Anupam!

It is indeed very hard to make people switch from one app to another. I think Telegram's main advantage is its open source nature and I really like that.

Trying to convince my friends to install it was not an easy task, so I recommended to install it as a secondary app instead of a replacement; then I showed them the way the "secret chat" works. It raised some brows among my friends and convinced them to install it (well, to most of them).

I found something weird about Telegram, though: it does not seem to rely on a background process (!?). It appears to receive and send messages the same way the standard SMS works. I installed it on a pair of phones (one running Android 4.2.2 and the other 2.3.6) but I couldn't find a background process that could be linked to Telegram. I'm constantly checking my phone's RAM usage levels and it hasn't changed after Telegram was installed, which is great if you want to try it out but you have some concerns regarding your RAM usage.

I'd appreciate if you could install it to confirm if my statements about the background process (well, the lack of it) are true.

Regards!

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

I thought about this some more, and what I have ended up doing is I edited the information so it now reads V6.x. This way there will be no confusion. Once V7 is made available through the auto-updater I will update this to refer to V7.x.

Thanks for pointing this out. Let me know if you see any other issues with this review.

Thank you.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software sicknero

Thanks Chiron, I'm running v6 CIS and as you say it isn't reporting any available updates.

I had a look around Comodo and FileHippo etc (the screenshots on FileHippo look like v5?) and the Comodo download appears to be v6 still, so I thought I'd ask here.

Cheers.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

No it is not. The final version has been released to the forum, although those running V6 will not yet receive an automatic update. Also, I'm not sure whether the main download page directs users to V7 or V6. Regardless, the release topic on the Comodo forums will allow users to download V7 final.

Thanks.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software sicknero

Isn't v7 in beta still?

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

Agree with the top pick here...Although I'd say it's more leaned towards intermediate->advanced users. I'd suggest newbie's to stay away from Comodo.

Other than that, the new Comodo 7 antivirus is smooth and amazing. You've the firewall defense (which is not included in most antiviruses), sandboxing feature (700% faster) and lot more features in the new version.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Roderunner

The 'Sandboxing' feature in Avast has been removed.

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If you don't need the map and alerts and simply want an app that lays out the next couple hours for you, check out SkyMotion.

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Asciinema - record and share your terminal sessions, the right way:
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4 weeks 3 hours ago Send Free and Encrypted Messages with Telegram Anupam

Good article IO.Hazard. It's nice to make people aware of such apps.

There are quite a few apps on Play Store, which are truly free (unlike WhatsApp), but the problem is that people do not want to change.

Here in India, WhatsApp is hugely popular, and people are sticking to it. I found out at the time I started using it, that it wasn't a true free app. It's free only for one year, and then you have to buy the app. Although, they just keep increasing the free time, by one year, so I haven't had to pay till now.

Still, there are few apps like Telegram, Line, Hike, which are free, but not many people get around to use them. And ultimately, you have to use what your friends are using.

It's also a problem if you decide to install multiple messenger apps on your phone, since these apps require to be always running and using memory, which is obvious since they have to check for new messages in short intervals.

I will try to make people aware of Telegram, and see if my friends start to take to it :p.

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4 weeks 6 hours ago Rain Alarm - Be Notified of Approaching Rain or Snow crombierob

Pity about the 30 minute delay in updates.
In Melbourne, Victoria, Australia you could be washed out to sea between updates.

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4 weeks 7 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

Check here http://www.raymond.cc/blog/which-free-antivirus-is-the-lightest-on-syste..., and you'll see that Avast is the lightest antivirus using least memory resources. The way it flushes/resets the memory after every 10sec is an innovative feature to keep memory usage under check.

I admit that the results doesn't take into account the processor usage.

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4 weeks 10 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

If you check the results for MSE, you will find that it consistently scores near the bottom. Thus, it does not offer sufficient protection for me to recommend it in this review.

For users who find the other antivirus products in this review too resource intensive, I would recommend that they try Panda Free. It should be quite fast, even on slow machines. As per legal issues, Comodo Antivirus is free for commercial use, although if the company has many computers they may wish to consider Comodo Endpoint Security, which is paid. That said, there is still a free product recommended in this review which also works for commercial environments.

Everything taken into account, I do not think that it is a good idea to recommend MSE. It just doesn't provide the level of protection which people deserve.

Thanks.

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4 weeks 11 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software bernardz

Although it is not as good an antivirus system as these above, MSE does have the advantage that it can run on slow machines without draining the power too much. It also has no legal issues about commercial or non commercial use. For these reasons for many people, it is actually a better solution.

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4 weeks 12 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Hello, I've just completed a major revision of this article. Therefore, if anything seems wrong, such as a link is not working or the wording is unclear, please let me know. This is still a work in progress, but I wanted to provide you with my new ideas, and testing criteria, now rather than later.

Please let me know what you think of the new review. Your feedback is much appreciated, and will be very helpful.

Thank you.

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Two comments removed,how infantile....

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4 weeks 23 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Yes. If users have trouble uninstalling Avast, or experience other problems after uninstalling it and then reinstalling it, this uninstall utility is very helpful.

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looks like a great app. too bad it is not compatible, according to the play store, with the S3.

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4 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software davy

http://www.avast.com/uninstall-utility
This will do the trick.

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4 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Thank you. I am new to this article. However, I am not new to techsupportalert. I have published 13 other security and privacy articles on this website. In case you are interested in checking these out, they have been added to the bookmarks of my profile.

Thank you.

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Boo hoo....some just can't stand being topped. Atmosphere Lite,is completely free while Lite Plus and Atmosphere Deluxe both are trialware.

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That's a good point you make about the confidential data in OneNote. One thing nice about that is that I can create a notebook for confidential info and set it to not sync. Thanks for the idea!

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4 weeks 1 day ago How to Clean An Infected Computer Chiron

It is very difficult to troubleshoot problems like this from the comments section. Please start a new topic for this in the techsupportalert forums. Then send me a link to the topic via my contact page. From there we can try to figure this out, unless you are no longer experiencing the problem.

Thanks.

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4 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

I have removed the warning about Avira from the article. Apparently they now provide free users access to their cloud as well. I have updated the article to mention this as well.

As for the other products, I will be updating this article (once I have more time) to better differentiate between the real-world protection offered by the various products. To do this I will draw on the results from several testing agencies. However, I am very busy right now and not sure when I'll find enough time for a drastic rewrite and research which this necessitates. That said, it will happen eventually.

I was not aware of the issues which Avast causes on systems with slow internet. I assume that is likely caused by cloud-based activities. Has anyone else run into a lot of problems with Avast hogging the band-width? If so I'll update the article to warn about that.

Thank you.

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4 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Thanks. I've now added that it also includes the cloud. However, I did not see any indication that the new browser safety addition is yet included. It seems to be in Beta. Thus, I did not add that to the article yet.

As for updating this article to better compare the products, I am still trying to find the time to do that. I have been very busy lately, but do still plan to update this article such that it will better differentiate between the real-world protection offered by these various products. At that time I'll be using the results from multiple testing agencies.

Thank you.

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4 weeks 1 day ago How to Install Comodo Firewall Chiron

The antivirus is not required in order to run the Virtual Kiosk. However, the issue you are experiencing is likely fixable. However, the comments section is not the best place to troubleshoot this. Please create a new topic, either in the Comodo forums or in the techsupportalert forums. Then send me a link to the new topic via my contact page. From there we can try to fix this.

Thanks.

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4 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

As sicknero mentioned, did you register the product? Regardless, it should still be able to be removed (and if it can't this sounds like a bug), but the reason it's nagging could very well be because of the required registration.

Thanks.

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4 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software sicknero

The free version of Avast requires that you register with them to use it for more than 30 days.

I'm guessing that you didn't do that?

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In hopes of hardening my older XP Pro lap top before the SHTF event in April, I loaded up Avast and was initially satisfied with how it did it's job. Then I reached a 30 day anniversary and the constant nags started. Now I have no working anti-virus and I am also unable to remove Avast or disable it's constant nag pop ups. As of this date I would rather be scalded than pay the Avast pirates a penny for their miserable product.
Anyone looking for free anti-virus I would advise stay well clear of this nasty, intrusive, offering.

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4 weeks 1 day ago How to Install Comodo Firewall Cefto

Chiron,

Thanks for an awesome guide.

Only problem I've had with Comodo is the Virtual Kiosk; I've never been able to get it run properly in either v6 or v7. Clicking it typically causes a system hang after a short period, especially if I then attempt to open a browser.

Configuration:
-Win7 Home Premium x64 machine
-Comodo Firewall only; MSE is the antivirus.
-Your recommended firewall/behavioral blocker/HIPS/etc. settings
-Comodo diagnostics fails to find a problem with the installation.

Is the antivirus required to run the virtual kiosk, or do you think some other bug is at work here?

Thanks for your time!

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For whatever it's worth, I'm as basic a user as one can be. I view scans, crop, brighten or darken, rarely print and then save as JPG or PDF, nothing more.

I found Irfanview many years ago, and have stuck with it. The only problem I've had has happened a couple of times. Occasionally I cannot save as a PDF. And, then some weeks later resolves itself. Why it happens never matters to me until it happens.

During those down times, I have tried a number of the alternatives, and I have retained XNview, as it is the easiest for me to configure as gui similar to Irfanview to do the basic things I do.

Just my 2¢.

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I agree that more people should try it out. Like you, I've been using OneNote for ages. I use the paid-for standalone version that is part of Office. Microsoft has clearly noticed that the future of notes is online synced systems like Evernote, and is now competing heavily. Using a free version of OneNote as the Windows client for the service is definitely going to give them a good leg-up, as it's an excellent product.

Personally, I don't want a cloud-based notes system. I store confidential data in OneNote and I don't want it on any cloud servers. At least, not until I've encrypted it myself with a program that's outside Microsoft's control. This way, I can still access my notes from anywhere, but anyone else would find it much harder to do so.

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Nice pictures but no sound. Anyone know how this works?

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What about "EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free" software?
Is't valid? any experiences on it?

Thanks in advance Gizmo

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My http://serenesound.com does something similar.
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Thanks but prefer the standalone programs like with an alarm. Also soundrowd selections need to be check off when select next one or they mix together. Why not turn off prior one when select another? Sounds are just too ragged. Review mentions that fact and found it true.

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Seems like both of you should be getting better speeds.
Though there are a lot of variables in bittorrent speed.

Have you gone through the guide here on Optimizing Vuze for Speed?
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/optimizing-vuze-speed.htm

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This is a keeper - thanks

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I dare say there are others but Coffeeshop is a find . . .

Thanks

[Moderator's note: mention of a shareware program edited out. This is a freeware site.]

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4 weeks 1 day ago How to Install Comodo Firewall Chiron

Thanks. As for protecting you silently, CIS does have a Game Mode. However, as I note in this article, I do not like this mode as it is much too dangerous. I think the best approach is just to make sure the safe game executables are in the Trusted Files List. After that everything should run smoothly, except that perhaps you will need to answer an initial Firewall alert.

Do you have any specific questions about how to get games to work properly?

Thank you.

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Just wanted to say thanks for the setup I must say version 7 is probably one of the better versions.they should work on protecting you while your gaming and just go to silent mode when in full screen like every other security program does now.

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It looks like Sourceforge is not what it used to be ... :(

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