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Best Free Software for Linux 3 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

"... Duplicacy backs up your files to many cloud storages with client-side encryption and the highest level of deduplication ...":
https://duplicacy.com/

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Finds of the Week: The Most Popular Browsers, Recover Data From Broken Mobile Phones, 17 Surprising Google Search Tips, Download Free NASA Mars Posters 3 months 3 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

Like you, I have never been able to abandon Firefox because it has customization features far superior to anyone else. It has however become steadily worse for me over the past year. Isn't LInux considered an operating system? Why was it not mentioned at all in the article?

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The Easy Way To Disable Windows 10 Telemetry 3 months 3 weeks ago boristhemoggy

My apologies, I misunderstood

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The Easy Way To Disable Windows 10 Telemetry 3 months 3 weeks ago eikelein

Boris,
Did you read the last paragraph in my post #127508?
http://www.techsupportalert.com/comment/127526#comment-127508

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The Easy Way To Disable Windows 10 Telemetry 3 months 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy My reply was to the post about the product/site security, not the product's ability to function. MC - Site Manager. view
The Easy Way To Disable Windows 10 Telemetry 3 months 3 weeks ago boristhemoggy

I beg to differ.
I downloaded the portable version and it simply doesn't work. It may have been replaced by now I don't know but I am deffo not a troll, I simply say as I find.

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The Easy Way To Disable Windows 10 Telemetry 3 months 3 weeks ago oblivion

Nice, works very well (Win 10 Anniversary Edition here.)

However, the current version of the portable edition seems to be missing a component and won't run.

There's an option, set by default (that presumably won't work with the portable version) that reapplies immunisation after a reboot. I imagine that will deal with any startup / scheduled tasks that reenable various bits of telemetry ... !

 

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Search And Destroy Malware And Spyware 3 months 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy It was actually two user accounts that were hacked and then used to upload the infected files, not Fosshub directly. Also, anyone installing one of the infected files was required to click through an invalid certificate warning from Windows. Not the best thing to do no matter what. MC - Site Manager. view
Search And Destroy Malware And Spyware 3 months 3 weeks ago dsteele1

Careful with Fosshub software downloads... they have had some nasty trojanware as of lately... Classic Shell and Audacity were hacked causing a no boot mbr overwrite... both fixed now... use Total Virus to check before running (but even Total Virus did not catch those two last week)...

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Finds of the Week: The Most Popular Browsers, Recover Data From Broken Mobile Phones, 17 Surprising Google Search Tips, Download Free NASA Mars Posters 3 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon

Thanks for your kind words, comments like that are what have kept me doing this for these many years. :)

I agree popular is relative, and marketing plays a factor.....and then you have Microsoft's browser that's built in to Windows steadily losing market share over the years. They have a captive, built in user base. For them to lose market share, people have to take action - they have to download a different browser. I think that's an indicator of the quality of the product, and an indication that computer users as a whole are becoming more knowledgable.

I'm with you, whatever you use that works to keep you as safe and secure as possible is the thing to go with.

I'm a Firefox fan since it was in early beta, (oh boy, does that date me or what???) and it's still my favorite browser, I use it day in and day out. It's not the most popular but that's ok, it's still being actively developed. For me, Firefox's strength is in it's extensibility (add-ons - think NoScript, there's nothing even close to it for Chrome) and customization. I 'd hate to see that disappear.

I don't use Google Chrome even though it's a clear favorite with many. Likewise the popularity of Gmail (which I do use, but with an email client) escapes me. When I use Gmail via the browser interface I always end up muttering to myself about it feeling clunky and difficult. No right click to open an email in another browser tab? Seriously? And sorting email - what do you mean I have to type in a command for every parameter I want to use to sort email? That is so not workable for me) along with other basic tasks. But, that's me.

The great thing is that there are so many choices that most everyone can find something that works for them.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon

Did you install it and are you running it using admin rights? That's the only thing I can think of. Maybe someone else has some suggestions. :)

Other than that, I would check the developers site forum, troubleshooting or support areas.

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Finds of the Week: The Most Popular Browsers, Recover Data From Broken Mobile Phones, 17 Surprising Google Search Tips, Download Free NASA Mars Posters 3 months 3 weeks ago eikelein

rhiannon,
Thanks a big bunch for never tiring in finding and publishing intriguing suggestions, services and programs.

But "Most popular browser?" On Windows at least it definitely is not the one I would choose.

I for one am not interested in what is "most popular". I am interested in what helps most to keep a totally "computer illiterate" person relatively safe and secure when they browse the Internet. Even if I have to do a bit of tweaking, e.g. installing one or two extensions.

And that is definitely not the "most popular" browser; popularity is by no means an indicator of quality, nowadays it rather can be an indicator of better marketing.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 months 3 weeks ago eikelein

I'm late to the party but here is a snippet that becomes relevant if you use CrashPlan:

I am on Win10 (64-bit) Version 1607 (Anniversary Update).
CrashPlan downloads it's installer.
The installer works.
But there seems to be no way to get the CrashPlan program to work - it just does NOTHING!

Anybody has a hack or a workaround or any relevant info?
TIA

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The Easy Way To Disable Windows 10 Telemetry 3 months 3 weeks ago beergas

Fine & fast Win 10 x64 Pro Anniversary Update. Small, blink of an eye. Used exe version. Thx

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The Easy Way To Disable Windows 10 Telemetry 3 months 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

We get trolls on these pages all the time. There is nothing wrong with either the product or the page. MC - Site Manager.
http://www.urlvoid.com/scan/forums.spybot.info/
https://www.virustotal.com/en/url/fd8877b1a9cd94a5d733223d4de03324c434e7...

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The Easy Way To Disable Windows 10 Telemetry 3 months 3 weeks ago bvh

I like the idea but the download page shows a certificate warning.

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224 Places For Free Audio Books Online 3 months 3 weeks ago qeras89

www.audiobooksonlinefree.com - Free Audiobooks Online!

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The Easy Way To Disable Windows 10 Telemetry 3 months 3 weeks ago eikelein

That may be the difference?
I use only Firefox...
And a browser and/or web page problem does not say much about the utility this thread is about.

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PDF-XChange Editor 3 months 3 weeks ago garydavid711

IN PDFXCHANGE when i click print the print popup page to say what device to use to print and print button--that popup page is so huge i can see neither one--i have press ctrl - will not let me make smaller--any ideas out there??

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The Easy Way To Disable Windows 10 Telemetry 3 months 3 weeks ago bvh

I just did. Right year, month, day and time :-) The warning was about weak encryption (SHA-1 Certificate), I use google chrome.

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The Easy Way To Disable Windows 10 Telemetry 3 months 3 weeks ago eikelein

bvh, have you checked your computer's date and time?
Can't tell how often that was the cause for such warnings.

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BurnAware Free 3 months 3 weeks ago Phlypp

If the free version copied audio CDs at one time, it doesn't now. You can rip or make ISOs (which eventually would allow you to make a copy) but a straight 1-1 copy option isn't there.

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The Easy Way To Disable Windows 10 Telemetry 3 months 3 weeks ago eikelein

Thanks Rob and +1!

BIG ENDORSEMENT from months of experience with it!

I use it religiously on all our five PCs and install it an on all customer's computers I encounter. "All" meaning Win 7 and Win 8 machines as well. Microsoft has begun (I believe already in November 2015) to back-port some of their beloved telemetry into Win 7 and Win 8.

Never had any problems at all with Spybot Anti Beacon, neither in 7, 8 or 10. On a slow DSL connection the difference before/after Anti Beacon was striking; likely just because all that outgoing telemetry Internet access was gone!

I clearly remember to quite some time ago having read *on the Spybot web site* that they recommended the installer version over the portable version.

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PDF-XChange Editor 3 months 3 weeks ago Anupam

When someone else had pointed this out some months ago, I was confused too. But, the free version exists. I have downloaded and installed the latest version and can confirm that there it offers a free version during the install.

But, they have certainly removed the mention of it from their site, and made it impossible to know that a free version still exists. But it does.

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Best Free Parental Filter 3 months 3 weeks ago Ray Terner

This one does all activities monitoring and keyword alerts and geo-fencing in addition to classic parental control http://familyshield.club/

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PDF-XChange Editor 3 months 3 weeks ago paulrw

I can't find a free version of PDF-XChange Editor now - the only option other than paying is for an evaluation version, with no mention of limitations or expiry. This is listed as a free download, not free use. The only free versions I can find on the web site are the old viewer, and PDF-XChange Lite, which appears not to have a viewer.

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The Easy Way To Disable Windows 10 Telemetry 3 months 3 weeks ago clas

I have been using this for about a month. everything checked as blocked. running win7hp pretty tight. have had no ill effects at all. no slowdowns or any problems.

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The Easy Way To Disable Windows 10 Telemetry 3 months 3 weeks ago zootsocket

The contents of the portable zip file are a little unfriendly - make sure you run the right executable. NOT the one at the root level of the archive - which gives an error - but the one at App/SpyBotAntiBeacon/SDAntiBeacon.exe.

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The Easy Way To Disable Windows 10 Telemetry 3 months 3 weeks ago Geekomatic

Gotcha-- in that case, you're right, I agree. It seems a bit dodgy that the portable is broken out the gate...

I guess I'm hopeful at someone ending the "phone-home" of Win 10, short of pulling the internet plug.

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How to Know If Your Computer Is Infected 3 months 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

Your email address has been removed as per our site rules for posting. Please post your query in our forum to receive assistance. MC - Site Manager.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/

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How to Know If Your Computer Is Infected 3 months 3 weeks ago charlie34

I can't access the files from CCE Autorun results. I can copy them but when I click on Jump to Folder all it will show me is the blue file which says application, not the path name I need to report for analysation. I also can't upload the files to the form to be analsyed for the same reason because when it says browse file, I can't find the file except on CCE Autorun. I wiould appreciate your help immensely. I feel kind of dumb because I have followed everything so far, and your article is excellent. Five starts, indeed! Thank you again.

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The Easy Way To Disable Windows 10 Telemetry 3 months 3 weeks ago Burn-IT

You misunderstood my comment about start. It failed to execute at all. I wouldn't want or expect it to run at Windows start up.
I do a daily back up of my registry anyway so that would not be a problem.
It just left a nagging feeling of not being quite right, and as I already have control of my system I didn't think it worth the risk.
For other people it would be worth it..

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The Easy Way To Disable Windows 10 Telemetry 3 months 3 weeks ago boristhemoggy

The portable version is broken.

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The Easy Way To Disable Windows 10 Telemetry 3 months 3 weeks ago Geekomatic

I suppose you could activate system restore prior to running anti-beacon-- just in the event it isn't to your liking. I wouldn't think a portable version would run @Windows startup? I agree, you should have the option to see what would change from default-- if for no other reason than to educate at what MS is up to.

Right now, the only Win 10 in the house is my daughter's & she's away. I'll have to test it later.

Cheers.

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A Really Nice Office Suite For Free 3 months 3 weeks ago Lugh

Thanks Rob.

"subscribe to Office 365 for around $10 a month"
"a software product that would otherwise cost you at least $100 a year."

To correct those, the ~$100/year Home version is for 5 users, so ~$20 each.
For a single user, the Personal version has all the main desktop apps for ~$55-60.

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The Easy Way To Disable Windows 10 Telemetry 3 months 3 weeks ago Burn-IT

I was not all that impressed. The Portable version failed to start on my Windows 7.
I downloaded the Standalone and that started.

I would have liked to see exactly what changes were going to be made before applying them so I did not use it at all, especially since it hinted that it was going to change things that I know I have already changed.
It is a shame as I have always used Spybot products in my machines.

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A Really Nice Office Suite For Free 3 months 3 weeks ago zootsocket

It seems to write .xls and .doc but not .xlsx and .docx. Maybe that's a full version 'feature'.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon

You're welcome, I'm glad you like it. :)

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FileHippo App Manager 3 months 3 weeks ago UriF

I just installed the latest version - beta 4. Scan completed, 3 applications to update. Unfortunately, when I clicked at tab "Installed Applications" program hang up (irresponsible). Only one way close it. Application did not updated more 1 yr ago.

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Get A Second Opinion On Your PC's Security 3 months 3 weeks ago STEVERINO

I tried downloading the file listed and it comes up showing that the file is corrupt. So I had to delete it. What is wrong with the download?

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 months 3 weeks ago Lugh

Great article Rhiannon, thanks.

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Get A Second Opinion On Your PC's Security 3 months 3 weeks ago rfbass

I heard that Stinger installs a service called 'McAfee Validation Trust
Protection Service' (mfevtps.exe) that is very hard to get rid of;
Is this still true? (or was it ever true?)

regards

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Get A Second Opinion On Your PC's Security 3 months 3 weeks ago Jerry Rhino

Signature is corrupt or invalid.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon

Excellent news! I am so glad that's fixed. :)

Windows 10 is running fine on my laptop, but I had enough issues with it on my desktop that I rolled back the installation and I'll be sticking with Windows 8.1.

An issue I encountered with Windows 10 on my laptop is that it turned off System Restore. I've read that can happen in some installations so if you use it System Restore, it's something to be aware of.

I'm not crazy about the Start Menu and tiles on either Windows 8x or Windows 10 so I use Start8 and Start10 from Stardock as start menu replacements. Both Stardock products are paid software, around five dollars US. I've had Start8 for years and I Start10 came as a free upgrade. Classic Shell works as well and is free.

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Best Free Windows Driver Backup and Restore 3 months 3 weeks ago Anupam

Both the download links on DoubleDriver official site are still not working. So, I have changed the download link to the one from Softpedia.

Thank you again for informing about the link not working.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 months 3 weeks ago darrin71

Just FYI, Jetico Personal Firewall is now freeware as of April 13, 2016 for those of you in need of an excellent firewall w/ HIPS for Windows 8 and older...

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Best Free Hard Drive Eraser 3 months 3 weeks ago gizmo_user456

Moo0 Anti-Recovery (FREE for non commercial use) was about 7 times faster than File Shredder at wiping free space. It also give choice to wipe, free space in Master File Table, cluster tips and file name traces in MFT. link here http://www.moo0.com/?top=http://www.moo0.com/software/AntiRecovery/

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 months 3 weeks ago inverloch

Thanks Rhiannon, it appears you are correct, it appears that the windows 10 update had wiped my NVIDIA drivers and after I ran the free slimdrivers software as recommended on gizmo some time back, it found drivers missing and reinstalled them. Now the Taskbar is again up and running.

Alan

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon

You're more than welcome. :)

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 months 3 weeks ago astral_cyborg

That's very helpful. I will also keep in mind the steps from the link. Thank you very much for your time.

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Best Free Calculator 3 months 3 weeks ago WallyCloud

In the past week I have finally released the beta version of the calculator I have been working on. Unlike the majority of calculators, Alt1 is very slim and unintrusive. It just blends in the operating system, sort of like the windows calendar. Check it out at http://www.alt1.co/
Thanks,
Wally Cloud

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Access Any Web Site's Search System Direct From Your Chrome Browser 3 months 3 weeks ago Rick Grunwald

I have hit another insidious behavior on the Chrome based OPERA. I am getting a Google message that it can't find the DNS for the site and I am not sure why Google is controlling that. Often the site will come up, blink off with the message and might reapppear. I know Google is inserting their URL in front of every site you go to but this is getting weird

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon

I can also suggest a program called Blackbird.
http://www.getblackbird.net/

It has a green WOT rating, but as the site says "*Note: Some anti-virus products may detect Blackbird as malware. We assure you it's a false-positive; Blackbird does nothing that is not clearly advertised, leaves no files behind, and can be safely deleted after usage".
Works on Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista

VirusTotal has two flags on the program or it would likely have been written up here. You can view the analysis of the 64 bit version here:
Blackbird Virus Total analysis

For a more complete description of what Blackbird does check the listing at Major Geeks:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/blackbird.html

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon

I'm not sure there's one of those yet, but it would be good to see. So far the best site I've come across is this one - it's on the technical side but quite useful:

The Ultimate Windows 10 Security Guide
https://heimdalsecurity.com/en/windows-10-security-guide
There's a section on Security and a section on Privacy

For step by step less technical assistance this is a good site:
The Windows 10 privacy settings you need to change right now
http://www.techradar.com/us/news/software/operating-systems/the-windows-...

I don't know how much of this will still work in the Anniversary Update, but at the least, choosing a custom install gives you the option of turning things off at the beginning. Most of the settings can be changed after installation.



 

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon

I looked up the font, it appears it's a Google font. You may have to download and reinstall it. I did find an article relating to some other fonts missing that might help:

Fonts Missing After Windows 10 Update

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon

I would check to make sure you have the correct and updated graphics drivers installed. For whatever reason, many, many people (myself incuded) have had issues with Windows 10 and graphics drivers. On my desktop, it completely wiped out my nVidia drivers and didn't see the graphics card. I had to download and reinstall new drivers.

I would run a search on Windows 10 taskbar problems, there are several entries. There's an issue with the clock and calendar that seems to be causing trouble for many, the description and solution are here:
Date and Time pop up calendar/clock in Windows 10 not working

It might work in your case.

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Need A New File Explorer? Try This One, It's Free. 3 months 3 weeks ago knyri

I've been using Multi Commander for the past few days and I don't like it. There was a lot of set-up with MC to turn off annoyances and change keyboard shortcuts. The file search is horrifically slow. Ran a content search on 8,000 XML files for a phrase than didn't appear in any of them (a worst case for searches). MC took 1.5 minutes; FC took 15 seconds. MC also has more tools than I will ever need. Most of the tools are useful but not tools you expect a file explorer to have.

Also, points deducted for having a tab-to-space tool but not a space-to-tab tool.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 months 3 weeks ago astral_cyborg

I tried that, too. The procedure was successful, but it didn't fix my missing font.
I also tried copying all the similar fonts from another Windows 10 system. Note that it hadn't received the Anniversary Update yet.
The specific font wasn't there. I wander this font is included only with the Anniversary Update.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 months 3 weeks ago crombierob

MS appears determined to take away control from us, and I am a control freak.
I would like to suggest a new article, that would be of interest to some of us -
"W10 guide for Control Freaks"

Thanks,
Rob
PS I noticed the post about Winaero, which I will check out.
PPS Some of you may be tempted (like I was) to just use Windows Defender.
If you look into it, you will find that you have very little control over it -
- It is scanning all the time (even though you have not told it to). That can slow older PCs, with lots of files, tremendously.
- It is not easy to disable completely (which we need sometimes), and it will turn itself back on when it feels like it.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 months 4 weeks ago inverloch

I am not sure if it related to the windows 10 update, but ever since the update occurred my taskbar doesn't work correctly, I can't fully close the pinned folders using right click and also the clock doesn't work correctly when you click on it, it no longer opens the calendar

mmmmmm

Alan

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 months 4 weeks ago gizmo.richards Yes the "read more" link has http:// duplicated and is thus an invalid url. However clicking the article title works fine. The error was my fault, yet more proof of my non infallibility, as if any more evidence was needed :) I've now fixed the typo but this will only be of assistance to rss subscribers as email subscribers will not be mailed again. Thanks for pointing this out. Gizmo view
A Really Nice Office Suite For Free 3 months 4 weeks ago cathymcl

I am using WPS Office on my laptop and android version on tablet. I followed your recommendation on this office some time ago when it was Kingsoft. I like it, only thing I worried about is adverts in android version, but now realize it was the program not spam! Hope they keep this office going forever! Thanks to you you've helped me on lots of the programs

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 months 4 weeks ago rhiannon

That's some great sleuthing. I've been doing some looking around about what you posted and found one post that had the problem, but with with Arial. This shold work to restore the default fonts:
a: Press Windows key + X.
b: Then click Control Panel.
c: Then click Fonts.
d: Then click Font Settings.
e: Now click Restore default font settings.

(from this link)

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 months 4 weeks ago astral_cyborg

Thank you for the reply.

If I opened the same web pages on any browser, I had the same result. Same thing with some web applications (eg. WhatsApp for PC).
I've found that, when selecting a text in italics from a web page and going in browser's Inspection mode, it displays the name of the required font.

The problem is now fixed. A font named Open Sans was missing its Regular form. I don't know how it may have been deleted. I found it and re-installed it and everything is back to normal now.
Checking the rest of the system's font, I haven't found any other one missing the Regular type.

Question is, if someone wants to re-install the original Windows 10 fonts, how is that possible? I haven't found any source.

Anyway, thank you for the reply and I hope that helps for any future reference.

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Access Any Web Site's Search System Direct From Your Chrome Browser 3 months 4 weeks ago snowbound999

Google Chrome by default will add a website to its "Orher Search Engline" list automatically when you go to a website and use it's Search box to search for anything. For example go to bleepingcomputer.com [a well known computer help website] search for anything using the website search box on their web page. Then look under Chrome's Search Engine page udner "Other Search Engines". You will see a Bleeping Computer" entry in Chrome.

I discovered that Chrome here had over 100 such entries added automatically. Some of these entries even had the search terms that I was looking for on that particular website! People have complained to Chrome Devs that this behaviour is a privacy issue and that there should be a way of disabling this option. There is no way of disabling this behaviour on Chrome

If I seen this type of behaviour on some one's computer I would normally think a malware infection like a browser hijacking. This type of behaviour by Chrome made me go back to using Firefox on all my computers.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 months 4 weeks ago rhiannon

Is it only web pages, or is happening in installed programs? Do you have only one browser installed? If you have more than one browser, is it doing the same thing in all browsers?
If you don't want to rollback the update, the first place I would start is downloading and installing graphics drivers. There have been several issues since Windows 10 was released with graphics drivers.
 

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 months 4 weeks ago rhiannon

I've been a Winaero fan for some time. :)

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 months 4 weeks ago rhiannon

Many thanks for noticing that Joe, I really appreciate it. I've added a link that brings some options to Windows Home users. :)

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 months 4 weeks ago astral_cyborg

One day has passed after installing the anniversary update and today I've found that many web pages are displayed in italics and normal fonts. I don't know if this is a coincidence or not.
Do you have any ideas on how to fix that or from where I can re-download all the official Windows 10 fonts?

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 months 4 weeks ago Rick Grunwald

Confirmed- it took me to my ISPs search page with thebad link in the search bar

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 months 4 weeks ago clas

hi rick, i tried that site...pretty slick. i downloaded and am using the one click firewall deal. soooo much easier that trying to do that with the windows firewall. thanks., clas

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A Really Nice Office Suite For Free 3 months 4 weeks ago exbioman

So when Softmaker 2012 offered an update to 2016 version it wasn't trying to sell me the update? I use Textmaker sometimes.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 months 4 weeks ago Nodrog

The newsletter email for this article has a typo (http://http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/windows-10-anniversary-update-what-you-need-know-now.htm) in the "read more" link which takes the recipient to a link squatting spam/malware site (http://(dot)com) - fortunately if you are using WoT it intervenes and warns about it.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 months 4 weeks ago Rick Grunwald

Here is a site where the man specializes in windows hacks and is up to date with windows 10
Most of the things in this article already have workarounds. Get his tweaker for a lot of tweaks in one place but his articles will provide registry hacks so you can run your machine as you wish and not as Micr$oft dictates
http://winaero.com

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A Really Nice Office Suite For Free 3 months 4 weeks ago crombierob

Rob,
You said "It reads Word, Excel and PowerPoint files just fine"
Does it write them (compatible) as well ?

Rob
PS I am a control freak, and W10 is the exact opposite.
I was going to live with Windows Defender, but discovered it is doing Scans (even inside Zip files), even when I have not told it to do a scan.
A new machine may not notice that, but it slows the hades out of my older PC, and I like to control when it does it's scans.
Also there are occasions when one wishes to disable the anti virus. It is 5 times easier to disable Avast Free, and it stays off until I tell it to return. Windows Defender will turn itself on when it feels like it.

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A Really Nice Office Suite For Free 3 months 4 weeks ago Haraldg

I am a little older and used WordPerfect in DOS while it was still a good program. Then over the years have tried a number of Office Suites. SoftMaker has become the best for me now for a number of years. Every year you can get a free copy and SoftMaker makes a donation to a charity opportunity for each copy downloaded. They are top of the line in Deutschland!

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Get 60+ Utilities For The Price Of None. 3 months 4 weeks ago tomklin

I've been using WSCC for years with great success as my go-to fix-it toolkit for most problems. The only glitch
is that my antivirus (Avast) kicks out some of the NirSoft tools as spyware, but that can be easily overridden.

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Get 60+ Utilities For The Price Of None. 3 months 4 weeks ago Catsup22

Few of these utilities work on my Win7 PC. A screen opens for you to see the license agreement. Once I click Accept, it simply disappears. Nothing happens. I've used several Sysinternals utilities in the past, but this group must be corrupt or something.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What You Need To Know Now 3 months 4 weeks ago Joe A.TT

The article from the Windows Club on how to defer the update is inaccurate and misleading. What Anand Khanse didn't tell you is the option to defer upgrades is only available in Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise. Windows 10 Home users do not have that luxury.

Since the Windows Club / Anand Khanse didn't bother to make that distinction, I believe you should do so here.

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A Really Nice Office Suite For Free 3 months 4 weeks ago gbr

My suggestions are, for a full suite, LibreOffice and for a ligther one, SoftMaker. Both free and ads free.
g

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A Really Nice Office Suite For Free 3 months 4 weeks ago Boo

I prefer softmaker myself. Had used the free WPS for a long time until they said I had pay for it to continue using it. This was about two months ago. Don't know if the policy has changed. Boo

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A Really Nice Office Suite For Free 3 months 4 weeks ago HenWin

A couple of things to be said.

First as far as anti-virus/malware, there's lots of good, FREE apps out there that are much better rated than Windows Defender. To name a few: Avira (www.avira.com), Avast (www.avast.com), or AVG (www.avg.com). Then there are the 2 anti-malware packages that are highly rated: Malwarebytes (www.malwarebytes.org) and Super Anti-Spyware (www.superantispyware.com).

As far as Microsoft is concerned, you can get Office 365 (https://products.office.com/en-us/compare-microsoft-office-products) for as little as $7 (US) / month for the Personal Edition OR $10/month for the Home edition, which covers 5 users. If you purchase a year's contract, then the per month price is lower (Personal edition $70/year and the Home edition, $100/year). If you don't want Office 365, then you can get your own copy of Office 2010, 2013 or 2016 via online vendors, and the price maybe considerably different than what you quoted.

I have found that when looking for prices of almost anything online, the Google shopping bot (https://www.google.com/shopping) will find the best/lowest prices *and* reliable vendors.

And no, I don't work for any of the aforementioned companies!.

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A Really Nice Office Suite For Free 3 months 4 weeks ago Rick Grunwald

Ditto here.

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A Really Nice Office Suite For Free 3 months 4 weeks ago baja463

Thanks anyway, but LibreOffice works for me and has been a faithful companion for a long time. And .... No ads!

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Installer Warning 3 months 4 weeks ago Fairportfan

It's worth it to install and use UnChecky (http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/automatic-warning-if-youre-about-install-unwanted-software.htm), which catches and prevents most of such Bad Things from getting installed.

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Tails. For The Ultimate In Online Privacy. 3 months 4 weeks ago Anupam

The site is opening fine for me.

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Get 60+ Utilities For The Price Of None. 3 months 4 weeks ago Dick Z.

"Windows System Control Center" is not free. They put together a menu of sorts which may help with simplifying and classifying installation of the individual utilities. There is an evaluation version if you want to check out the Windows System Control Center product. Those with a little computer savvy will probably choose directly downloading from the two developers mentioned in the article.

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A Really Nice Office Suite For Free 4 months 1 hour ago crosseyedlemon

Open Office doesn't nag me to update every month and I tend to stay loyal to programs that don't make frivolous changes simply to appear "new and improved".

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Tails. For The Ultimate In Online Privacy. 4 months 2 hours ago exbioman

Just tried to access tails site now. ''Firefox can’t find the server at tails.boum.org.'' downloaded the .iso on the 31st. But couldn't get a checksum to test the file. Have not burned it for that reason. Now the site's down? what to think?

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A Really Nice Office Suite For Free 4 months 4 hours ago Joe A.TT

Thank you for the recommendation but Ashampoo Office 2010 is really SoftMaker Office - they even say so on their site. What puzzles me is why recommend a 2010 office suite when you can get the free 2016 version directly from SoftMaker themselves?

http://www.freeoffice.com/en/

That's what I use and what I would recommend. I am sure it can easily fulfill the needs of almost all private users.

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Freemake Video Converter 4 months 7 hours ago csrowell

Freemake splash branding gets added at the beginning and end of the video.

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A Really Nice Office Suite For Free 4 months 9 hours ago Phylis Sophical

Thxs for the heads up on the ads. Sticking with LibreOffice, no ads

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A Really Nice Office Suite For Free 4 months 10 hours ago Blackbird

For a small (48MB-Installed), yet complete Office Suite, Please check out:

Ashampoo Office 2010 is FREE... Works very well,...
Should cover almost everyone's needs...

Installed it is a little less than 48 MB...

It can be Downloaded from the link below:
http://www.softmaker.de/reg/ash10_en.htm
From that link:
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Get 60+ Utilities For The Price Of None. 4 months 12 hours ago JanlyO

There's another suite called WSCC (Windows System Control Center) that groups not only all Sysinternal suite but also from NirSoft suite in one clean interface. You can update all at once from within the program and it's a portable program.

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A Really Nice Office Suite For Free 4 months 13 hours ago digismurf

Been using this for a couple of years now it gets the job done well

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Best Free Software for Linux 4 months 16 hours ago Panzer

"... Museeks - a free, lightweight and cross-platform music player ...":
http://museeks.io/

 

"... Liri - open-source, cross-platform and material-design web browser ...":
http://liriproject.me/browser/#discover

 

"... restic is a backup program that is fast, efficient and secure ...":

https://github.com/restic/restic

https://restic.github.io/

 

Asciidoc FX is a book/document editor to build PDF, Epub, Mobi and HTML books, documents and slides:
http://www.asciidocfx.com/

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A Really Nice Office Suite For Free 4 months 16 hours ago boristhemoggy

I still favour Open Office. It can't handle some of the high end macros that Excel uses but in general it's fabulous. I'd not try anything else now.

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Need A New File Explorer? Try This One, It's Free. 4 months 17 hours ago crombierob

My main PC is XP Pro
I have others with W7 Pro (now upgraded to W10, with ability to go back to W7 if needed)
Two banes of my life are to do with file transfers between the PC's, as MS appear to have gone out of their way to make networking a pain (especially peeping across network to XP PC)
All of the File Managers I have tried are disappointing in that regard.
Also my router allows a thumb drive to be inserted, and once again the File Managers tested are disappointing (can't see it, or stutter and slow my XP PC)

I just tried 'EF Commander Free'
http://www.softpedia.com/get/File-managers/EF-Commander-Free.shtml
WOW, it is light, speedy, and passed both tests with ease (in my XP).
I then installed it into W10 Pro (32bit), and it is the fastest. lightest, I have seen on those same tasks

Rob
PS I (unlike all of you), am not a fan of split panes, but 'EF Commander Free' is going to be on all of my PCs
PPS Like 'dsteele1' my main workhorse for normal file managing will still be XYPlorerFree

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Best Free Firewall Protection 4 months 19 hours ago astral_cyborg

Hello.

Please, try and consider adding in list, another free firewall called "Free Firewall". I haven't used it, but I read good reviews about it.
Can be found here: http://www.evorim.com/en/free-firewall

PS: Windows Firewall seems to be essential now for Windows 10, as if you disable it, you cannot receive automatic Windows updates o.O

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Need A New File Explorer? Try This One, It's Free. 4 months 19 hours ago TravelBandit

Hard to imagine anything being better than Total Commander (previously called Windows Commander). I've been using TC for years and it is the single most useful piece of software I've ever had.

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