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7 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Thank you.

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7 weeks 6 days ago On the House - Battlefield 3 (Claim your copy before 3rd June) ChrisR

Agree with ChronicChaos and Jero that it would be nice to know *upfront* that this requires creating an account and installing Origin.

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7 weeks 6 days ago Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software andy5405

I downloaded ImgBurn from Major Geeks and Softpedia after following the links in this article. I ran a scan with virustotal.com and both had 8/53 detections for malware. I defintely won't be using it and don't think it should be rated 5 stars.

Results from Virus Total here:

https://www.virustotal.com/en-gb/file/ab5ab68b541c0de51d7e9eafe1cbe52673...

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7 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Online Backup Sites crombierob

I like 'KISS' and in fact live by it.
I would prefer a service that does nothing in/to my computer -
- No shadow folders
- No syncing
- No installing
- No anything else

Ideally one would just use our browser to upload/download.
I could live with an installed program, if all it does is upload/download (but still no special/shadow/sync/ folders required).

Rob

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7 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

A series of long and mostly off topic comments have been moved here to the forum. MC - Site Manager.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/security/13723-effectiven...

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7 weeks 6 days ago Check For Updates For Every Program On Your PC Phil856745

Indeed, sometimes I get annoyed that a update can so radically alter programs I use, i.e., a browser I liked until the last update. I sincerely hope I wont get afoul of forum rules, but it is freeware so, Mozilla Firefox's last update was a major disappointment to me.

I used Secunia PSI a few years ago, while it does a reasonably good job, It's heavy on resourses, and some pc manufacturers use it as "burn in" software.

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7 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

For investigating what may be going on inside your computer I have written an article called How to Know If Your Computer Is Infected:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-know-if-your-computer-infect...

I think it does a very good job of rooting out issues. Admittedly, it is of course not 100%. However, I think it's pretty close.

Let me know what you think.

Thank you.

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7 weeks 6 days ago On the House - Battlefield 3 (Claim your copy before 3rd June) George.J

Origin is EA's game client to play any game from Electronic Arts.
You don't have to use FB, all you need to do is to create an account at Origin and download and install Origin. Moreover you'll have your game in your library wherever you go and even you don't lose your save whichever computer you're playing from.

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7 weeks 6 days ago Important Information If You Use TrueCrypt godel

The audit process continues and is due for completion in about 3 months, so it's certainly worth waiting until then.

Others have pointed to the strange wording of the warning and wonder if it might be a canary message.

"Using TrueCrypt is 'N'ot 'S'ecure 'A's . . ."

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7 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Wolfram

First of all, I would like to thank you for your prompt answer.

Your article - about "How to Stay Safe While Online" - is well written; and very useful.
Any novice PC user should read it carefully. I really appreciate your work.

What is bothering me is the fact that we do not know EXACTLY what "creatures" are living, at a certain moment, in the depths of our PCs. Lastline Labs claims that there are Malware species never detected at all, by the current security solutions. This word - "never" - should worry most of us.

Beyond security: a ROM-based PC should be fast, very fast. This is not at all a negligible advantage.-

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7 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Wolfram

If I understand correctly, your question concerns the possibilities of customization.

Well, here is my answer - for you, and for the Redmondians: they must separate the OS from its GUI. They must also reduce "the settings" to a minimum. For example, the Windows-ROMs sold to France, should be already "factory customized" in as many respects as possible. The final user should have a minimum number of settings to play with. The final user should not be so concerned about endlessly configuring his machine. He must concentrate on being "productive"; and not on tampering "under the hood".

Microsoft: please "borrow" a good idea - belonging to the community of the Linux users:

The Graphical User Interface (GUI) is just another application to Linux; albeit a large one. (The GUI consists of the windowing system - usually XFree86 - and the window manager, of which, the most widely used today are KDE and GNOME.) Unlike Windows users, Linux users can put a variety of "faces" on top of their operating system.

Microsoft: make Windows similar to Linux, in this respect. Change (a little) its architecture. If someone wishes a GUI similar to XP, or similar to Windows 95, then let him have it! If someone wishes a Star-Trek GUI, or a Metro-style GUI, let him have it! Windows should remain only an Operating System.

Microsoft should also remove the so-called "Registry", from Windows.
Every installed program should have its settings stored in a... ".txt" file.

In what concerns the second question: Windows always had security holes. No matter what version it was. It will always have vulnerabilities. But, as long as you can not exploit them - at least, not like now -, as long as the Malware can not write not even a single byte of data in the OS, as long as the OS remains "unalterable", I think we can ignore the security holes.

After all, there are PCs - like those used in factories (the so-called "industrial PCs") - which never get "Security Updates". They are still running Windows XP SP1, for example. And they are working fine.-

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7 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

I agree that a single antivirus is not enough. However, I do not agree that a default deny technology, such as a HIPS, does not get you most of the way there. Using ROM is pushing it a little too far.

As I mentioned in the beginning of my article, I have a separate article for more general advice on How to Stay Safe While Online. It can be found here:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-stay-safe-while-online.htm-0

Most antivirus products, with the exception of Comodo Antivirus, do not take this default-deny approach. That is why I have rated Comodo Antivirus as my number one pick. However, I would still strongly suggest that users follow the advice I give in my other article as well.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you.

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7 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software bili_39

One or two quick questions:

what will I play with?
A hole in a ROM will stay a hole. And I want some place to write or save my stuff onto.

But the first question is really important.

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7 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Desktop Publishing Program bili_39

Scribus 1.4.4 is out. What they say:

"Scribus 1.4.4 is mostly a bugfixing release, but it also adds a number of new features, some of which are relevant for newspaper production. "

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7 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Wolfram

"Antivirus software can't keep up with new malware, Lastline Labs analysis finds"

"Much has been said, in recent weeks, about the state of AV technology. To add facts to the debate, Lastline Labs malware researchers studied hundreds of thousands of pieces of malware they detected for 365 days, from May 2013 to May 2014, testing new malware against the 47 vendors featured in VirusTotal, to determine which caught the malware samples, and how quickly.

The focus of this test is to determine how fast the anti-virus scanners catch up with new malware.

On any given day, according to Lastline Labs’ analysis, much of the newly detected malware went undetected by as much as half of the AV vendors. Even after 2 months, one third of the AV scanners failed to detect many of the malware samples. By averaging the daily detection rates, we are able to plot the pace at which the AV scanners catch up with the malware. The least-detected malware - that is the malware in the 1-percentile “least likely to be detected” category - went undetected by the majority of AV scanners for months [!!!], and in some cases was never detected at all.

Some other interesting findings of this Lastline Labs research:

- On Day 0, only 51% of AV scanners detected new malware samples.
- When none of the AV scanners detected a malware sample on the first day, it took an average of two days for at least one AV scanner to detect it.
- After two weeks, there was a notable bump in detection rates (up to 61%), indicating a common lag time for AV vendors.
- Over the course of 365 days, no single AV scanner had a perfect day - a day in which it caught every new malware sample.
- After a year, there are samples that 10% of the scanners still do not detect.

(...)

The 1% of malware that most effectively evaded detection in this dataset is likely to represent the kind of advanced malware created and exploited by cyber-criminals who are persistently and directly targeting and infiltrating organizations, as opposed to more opportunistic malware distributors."

source: http://labs.lastline.com/lastline-labs-av-isnt-dead-it-just-cant-keep-up

Their conclusion? The AV alone is not enough! Although I knew very well that, still, the situation is alarming.

The AV is not enough. The Antispyware is not enough. The Antimalware is not enough. The Firewall is not enough. The Antikeylogger is not enough. The Antirootkit is not enough. The HIPS is not enough. The "common sense" - when you navigate on the Internet - is not enough. Having patched browsers, plugins, and Operating Systems is not enough. Sandboxing and Virtualizing is not enough...

Then, what is "enough"?

Someone - like Mr. M.C., or Mr. Anupam - would tell me that, on his Windows PCs, he uses this, or that "personalized solution X", with excellent results. But is he absolutely sure that his PC is not infected with some sort of "Malware" impossible to be detected with the current "Security Solutions"?

"My machine is perfectly clean. I scanned it with "n" AVs! (where "n" is a Natural number higher than 1). Well, I have serious doubts that, in our days, there are left any "perfectly clean" PCs - no matter what OS they use.

But, why should we worry? After all, we do not manage Data-centers, or who knows what other critical production units. We are "home users". This generic category does not deserve certitudes...

The Final Solution? Let's convince Microsoft to introduce Windows in a ROM!

In a Read Only Memory you can not write ANY data. Therefore, the efforts of all Malware producers, from all over the world, will become useless. As a consequence, we could get rid of those "Security Suites" - which consume lots of computing resources and which shorten the life of our PC components.

Other advantages: if it's in a ROM, the OS will run much faster; there will be no more pirated copies (a ROM chip is much more difficult to be reproduced, than a DVD-ROM); and we will no longer waste our time with "updates". Every two, or three years, Microsoft will release a new version of Windows. We can either replace the ROM - which contains the OS -, or the entire PC.

Is this an utopian desire? You have millions of visitors, here, at Gizmo's Freeware. Why aren't you inviting them to sign an online Petition - addressed to Microsoft; a petition in which to require the company to put their OS in a ROM?

Thus, Windows might become even safer than Linux; or the BSDs; no matter how full of Security Holes will be. If Microsoft wishes so, they can put their Internet Explorer browser too, into the same ROM.

In other words, instead of endlessly solving "contamination" and "PC protection" problems, I propose you TO ABOLISH these problems.-

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7 weeks 6 days ago A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing JM

Thanks, I know exactly what you saying...being TI for at least fifteen years myself.....gets lot worse than just the spying and messing with computer equipment.....you targetted yourself is what I'm really wondering?

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7 weeks 6 days ago On the House - Battlefield 3 (Claim your copy before 3rd June) Jero

boristhemoggy, you have to create an origin account and download and install the origin software in order to download and play the game.

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7 weeks 6 days ago Important Information If You Use TrueCrypt sceptic

This initially worried me about what I would use as an alternative for Truecrypt virtual drives, given that my applications use them. However, VirtualBox creates virtual drives from the source drive (or folder) outside the virtual machine, and defines them within the VM as virtual drives.

The answer, then, could be to create ordinary virtual drives, and encrypt them. Within VB it is possible to give the virtual drives the required drive letter by creating empty drives (within the VM).

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7 weeks 6 days ago Check For Updates For Every Program On Your PC MidnightCowboy

So which programs did Secunia not find that SUMO and Software Informer did? Without this information, such comments are pretty meaningless. MC - Site Manager.

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7 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

I'll see about adding it to my article about How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-report-malware-or-false-posi...
but from what is available about this product it seems to be a far cry from any AV which I could consider recommending. Perhaps that will change in the future.

Thanks for pointing it out though. It's always good to see new players entering the field. I'll keep an eye on it.

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7 weeks 6 days ago Check For Updates For Every Program On Your PC koliniol

Actually I decided to give it another chance to secunia (i've used long time ago) and it is totally disappointing. It's very slow (almost unresponsive) and finds very few updated compered to SUMO and Software Informer.
I clicked on updating flash shockwave it took ages to finish.
Decided to uninstall it once more and never try again.

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7 weeks 6 days ago On the House - Battlefield 3 (Claim your copy before 3rd June) boristhemoggy

I may be being completely dumb here but I can't see any way of getting this file. It says download now but it never does, it just asks you to login to Origin (WTF?) using FB.

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7 weeks 6 days ago Check For Updates For Every Program On Your PC koliniol

I've tried SUMO, Secunia, File Hippo, and Software Informer (http://software.informer.com/) and find SUMO and Software Informer the best.
File Hippo find few updates and Secunia is confusing and heavy.

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7 weeks 6 days ago Important Information If You Use TrueCrypt Chilli

Crypto-guru Bruce Schneier has told us he's switched back to Symantec's PGPDisk to encrypt his data.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/05/29/truecrypt_analysis

From 2007 he went over this product:
https://www.schneier.com/essay-199.html

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8 weeks 2 hours ago Important Information If You Use TrueCrypt movrshakr

My theory, and that is all it is with no testing or backup whatsoever, is that Truecrypt was TOO good, NSA wants it off the scene, and the replacement will have an NSA backdoor in it.

^^pure speculation

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8 weeks 2 hours ago Important Information If You Use TrueCrypt sceptic

That's a nuisance. I've stored all of my data in numerous Truecrypt volumes for years (before that PGPDisk). In view of these developments I can't help wondering if the developers have been reading it all along. I suppose we should be wary of software provided free by people who remain anonymous. Thank you for the information. What would we do without TechSupportAlert?

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8 weeks 5 hours ago If You Use The Avast Forum, You Need To Change Your Passwords Anupam

I have Avast installed on my computer since a long time now. I haven't come across any such nags that you have posted about... strange. I am using the latest version.

I have come across occasional pop-ups like the one that comes up when its definitions are updated, but that's it... none of the above nags.

Maybe just a guess, but there's an option in Settings to disconnect your account from Avast... if it's enabled, disable that and see.

Also, I should mention that I do not choose to install any of the tools that Avast offers, like browser protection, browser cleanup, etc. If you had chosen that, maybe that's why the nags are occurring? Well, whatever it is, I am not getting them.

Maybe you can post this on their forum, once it comes up again.

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8 weeks 5 hours ago If You Use The Avast Forum, You Need To Change Your Passwords crosseyedlemon

Every time I log on to my computer I have to deal with the Avast nags that tell me they can clean my browser, remove grime from my registry or provide anonymous VPN etc. At some point they should have realized that if I wanted the paid version I wouldn't have installed the freeware software. Avast is a first rate anti-virus program but I don't recall any anti-virus products I've used in the past being this aggressive with self promoting nag notifications.

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8 weeks 5 hours ago Important Information If You Use TrueCrypt bernardz

This will explain why this is happening

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/29/us-internet-security-encryptio...

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8 weeks 7 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anupam

I agree with you. I just saw the antivirus on one of the download sites, and just thought to share. I didn't give much thought on it. Should have :D. It's fairly new though, so it might turn up on Wilders soon enough, as more people catch up on it.

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8 weeks 7 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

I certainly would not install this (at the moment) into anything I had not already consigned to the bin for other reasons. :D Could not find anything for it either over at Wilders which is usually the first place stuff like this appears. There is a "review" for it at Softpedia which states:

"It’s an appropriate solution if you just need a self-sustaining antivirus that does its job but on the other hand, if you might want to schedule a scan, grant permissions to certain apps or even view the quarantine, then you need to look for another antivirus.

All-in-all, SkyShield Antivirus might not be all that buffed up with features and well, it’s not that versatile, but it is a straightforward and user-friendly solution that can fit well on any system".

.... and then goes on to give it an almost 5 star rating for reasons I've yet to work out. :)

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivirus/SkyShield-Antivirus.shtml

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8 weeks 7 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anupam

Well, information about the product is there, but not about where it comes from, or anything else regarding that matter. I didn't notice that... thanks for bringing this up. Caution needs to be exercised then, or maybe wait before more information about this product comes around.

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8 weeks 8 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

I like the way the "Learn more" button just scrolls you further down the same page with absolutely no other information about the product or where it comes from (unless I'm missing something?) :D MC - Site Manager.

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8 weeks 8 hours ago If You Use The Avast Forum, You Need To Change Your Passwords Anupam

Which nag notifications? Log on where? :D

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8 weeks 8 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anupam

New antivirus.

SkyShield Antivirus: http://skyshield.com/

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8 weeks 10 hours ago The Best Photo Viewer I've Seen In Years. And It's Free. MidnightCowboy

Many thanks ZacWalk for taking the time to interact with us here. MC - Site Manager.

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8 weeks 13 hours ago Important Information If You Use TrueCrypt mawg

This thread already contains a few alternatives - http://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/4539/alternatives-to-tru...

Personally, I would be unwilling to use a closed source solution, so that rules out BitLocker for Windows.

If I were paranoid, I might also wonder if the NSA cloud put pressure on whomever is providing my encryption.

YMMV

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8 weeks 15 hours ago Important Information If You Use TrueCrypt Jojo Yee

In this case you might need to refresh the pages on those tabs crosseyedlemon.

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8 weeks 18 hours ago The Best Photo Viewer I've Seen In Years. And It's Free. ZacWalk

I am one of the developers of Diffractor. There is just two of us and we are only volunteers. We both have day jobs. This is a hard review to live up to but we will do our best.

Gizmo readers have been amazing and provided a lot of great feedback. If you find bugs or have suggestions please help us to make Diffractor better by reporting them at http://www.diffractor.com/help

It is expensive to run such a project and the sponsor payments are far from covering our costs. Custom indexed of folders are the only feature that is limited; 99.9% of our active users are using it for free. We have to reward supports somehow.

Diffractor is designed to take advantage of your graphics card. There are a lot of different hardware and drivers out there. We try to support as much as possible including all sorts of old Windows XP hardware. If you see problems please give us details.

There are a lot of great venerable image viewers out there. We have nothing against any of them...use what makes you happy :)

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8 weeks 19 hours ago Best Free Spyware And Adware Remover joeguru

It used to but apparently things have changed. I will have to review the program again and update the information. However the information currently posted applies to the version reviewed, not older or later versions. Thank you for the feed back.

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8 weeks 20 hours ago If You Use The Avast Forum, You Need To Change Your Passwords crosseyedlemon

@Anupam - I would be more inclined to support Avast if they were less aggressive with those annoying nag notifications that they bombard me with every time I log on.

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8 weeks 20 hours ago Check For Updates For Every Program On Your PC crosseyedlemon

I have been using SUMO for about the past 8 months and it is fairly useful.It sometimes presents a false postive and the software download sites it directs you to often don't have the exact version referenced (particularly if you are seeking a beta upgrade). You can of course go directly to the developers website and get needed upgrades from there so this is only a minor inconvenience.

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8 weeks 21 hours ago Important Information If You Use TrueCrypt crosseyedlemon

Appreciate the heads up and look forward to any updates regarding the situation. Once again I'm shown as logged in on some tabs of the Gizmo page but not on others....any explanation for that?

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8 weeks 22 hours ago A Great Reporting Tool For Excel Power-Users Niefer

To rob.schifreen

I will not discuss ExMerg, but I want to say this:

1. Do you really think that VLOOKUP is so "notoriously complicated"? Strange opinion for the person who writes articles about Excel.

2. Few minutes ago, I read your another article - http://techsupportalert.com/content/best-photo-viewer-ive-seen-years-and...
Really and truly, is Diffractor the best viewer you've seen? In years. Then maybe it's the only viewer you've seen.

You have any idea what you're talking about? Sorry for my English, but I think it's much better than your knowledge of Excel and image viewers.

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8 weeks 23 hours ago Check For Updates For Every Program On Your PC Nodrog

Many thanks for this one Rob. I have been using File Hippo on a weekly basis but was always disappointed that it only found/checked 18 programs although I have 74 listed in Control Panel/Programs & Features, but Secunia found 87 (which were all up to date btw).

I realise that some of these are Windows system items and things like .NET versions but it is still satisfying to know they have all been checked. The program even covered some portable apps like 7-Zip which are located in my User folder, so kudos for that too.

I have now created a scheduled task for the program to run on a weekly basis and will be interested to see how it performs as time goes on.

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8 weeks 1 day ago Best Free CAD Computer Aided Design Programs MidnightCowboy

This category currently has no editor. Please post your question here in our forum. MC - Site Manager.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/i-want-freeware-program-t...

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8 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Encryption Utility for Cloud Storage June Ara

Thanks for sharing such valuable information.

colon cleansing

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8 weeks 1 day ago Best Free CAD Computer Aided Design Programs SIMPLYFRED

i'm looking for a cad program (free) to aid me in records keeping of my past work sights mostly parking lots, public roads and highways. Any suggestions?

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8 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Spyware And Adware Remover sera2775

Hi joeguru,

Does this equate to real-time monitoring? or is it something the user needs to update by regularly checking your immunization status?

Thanks

sera2775

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8 weeks 1 day ago Check For Updates For Every Program On Your PC harrym

A program updater which is just as good or better is SUMo Software Update Monitor :
http://www.kcsoftwares.com/?sumo

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8 weeks 1 day ago A Great Reporting Tool For Excel Power-Users endriju

Hello,

ExMerg author here. Thank you for your feedback.

The development of ExMerg is being done in Slovakia, however the service is hosted at Amazon AWS cloud. Anyway, I think that this fact should not matter from the data-safety perspective - services are being developed and hosted all round the globe, and it's really not about the location, but rather about the people behind the service.

Regarding the sample data - these are being irreversibly obfuscated before any usage in our development environment.

Best regards,
Ondrej Sevce

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8 weeks 1 day ago A Great Reporting Tool For Excel Power-Users endriju

Hello,

ExMerg author here. Your assumption regarding the commands is correct - let me explain. To provide functionalities like data merging, data are being processed on the server. Personally, I would also preffer client-side processing, but we're not yet there - web applications still have its limits. This is of course improving over time, and I really hope that future version of ExMerg will not require workbook upload.

Meanwhile, let me assure you that security is and will be top priority at ExMerg. We have no intention of threatinng the reputation of this service (which we love to develop) by any means - and as a Java developer with background from banking and corporate environments, I personally take care of the security related code.

If you would have any questions regarding the security or any other topic, feel free to contact us via our website.

Thank you for your feedback and best regards,
Ondrej Sevce

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8 weeks 1 day ago Check For Updates For Every Program On Your PC Gil Mensch

Secunia won't check every program, but it does check quite a few. I used to use Secunia but quit for reasons I don't remember. I now use the FileHippo Update Checker which I am happy with. (It also doesn't check every program, and it might check fewer than Secunia, I don't know.) With FileHippo you can tell it to ignore or suggest beta versions if they exist.

I've noticed sometimes FileHippo (and maybe Secunia?) isn't always in agreement with the software company itself. For example, FileHippo was telling me about a newer version of Skype, but when I would go into Skype and have it update itself, Skype would say that I was using the most recent version. I tend to believe that Skype knows better about its own updates than FileHippo.

In other situations, you might not want the newest version of something. Like Sid in Extremis said, sometimes a new version removes features. Sometimes the new version might be buggy and you want to hold off for awhile. Sometimes the new version might require a new license and you want to stick with the version you paid for. I use FileHippo to tell me what's available, and then I decide case by case.

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8 weeks 1 day ago A Great Reporting Tool For Excel Power-Users gdemaderios

I have to say that I'm a little surprised a website like this is being touted on Gizmo's. There is no privacy policy to speak of and yes, your data is being uploaded to a complete strangers website based out of Slovakia. They also state, "We carefully use sample data from our users to test algorithm improvements." Tread very carefully with this site..

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8 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Software to Split, Trim or Join Video Files Kanti

I personally like Bandicut. It's a lossless video splitter. At the moment it can't join files, but I believe it will support splitting via multiple selections and joining in the future. It can losslessly split at any point, not only keyframes!

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8 weeks 1 day ago A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing Northwolfecnd

This assumes you are a direct target and your system was ''worked on'' physically. Tails/Tor/VPN aren't meant to offer total protection, much less if you are the target of a criminal Government...They are meant to give you privacy from your peers, keep your computer safe from cloning, and protect you from generic spy tools (use by governments and corporations).
If you are a direct target nothing can protect you. Most people are not direct targets, but targets of clumsy software attacks (mainly from corporations looking for ''pirated'' software/music/movies/TV shows...)
Remember, Tails/Tor/VPN service(that was omitted from the article)...VPN is probably the most important of the three.
Cheers.

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8 weeks 1 day ago A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing Northwolfecnd

Yes, there is no escaping the NSA if they directly target you. Yet, the main usage I find for Tails/Tor is protecting one from criminals using your computer in free WiFi spaces (internet cafes/university/libraries...) to do their illegal work. Any criminal can do his activities using a random computer wile drinking a couple of bears outside an internet cafe, and they are untraceable...For all intents and purposes it was the ''targets'' computer doing the work.
Naturally, there is no protection without the usage of a good VPN service...currently there are many cheep options available (choose one that permits you to insert your own code).

Also, if you live in a small community, where everybody knows each other, you might not want the service provider, probably a friend or acquaintance, going around divulging all your activities, even if there is nothing illegal about them.
So the ideal package would be Tails/Tor/VPN...With Kali as your personal ''attacking'' software, just to be sure there are no major vulnerabilities. The idea is for you to regularly hack/crack/attack your Tails/Tor/VPN system using Kali, then gradually eliminate the vulnerabilities you discover.

There is no escaping Governments criminal activities, but there is a reason we all have doors in our houses and don't permit creeps looking into our homes, nor do we use glass walls in our bathrooms...
Total protection can only be achieved by going ''old School''...that means no WiFi on your mobo, even if allegedly disconnected, and no internet of any sort on your main server...''Let's get physical''...
Even if all your ''work'' systems are always offline, remember to physically destroy your mobo's WiFi connectors, since they can be remotely accessed, and no webcams (also must be physically destroyed).

Paranoia, Paranoia, Paranoia...''Tinfoil-hat people'' are always right, the Government is always out to get you...This should be your attitude in all things electronic/digital (phones/car/gps...)
Cheers.

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8 weeks 1 day ago Check For Updates For Every Program On Your PC Sid in Extremis

Updating programs can be useful BUT they can make errors. It is always worth checking that you really do want the suggested update. For instance, users of a well known AV program may recently have noticed that it suggested updating 7-zip to a Beta release.

I use Secunia but always check, just occasionally an update can remove functionality that you need or introduce features you really don't want (I won't say which browser has recently annoyed a lot of people by doing just that).

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8 weeks 1 day ago Best Free File-Based Backup Program mikey 71

FBackup is now on version 460. It DOES have shadow copy.

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8 weeks 1 day ago Prevent Spam and Theft of Your Email Address with this Browser Extension v.laurie

Thanks for letting us know about this.

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8 weeks 1 day ago Prevent Spam and Theft of Your Email Address with this Browser Extension hubjf

Hi,
This is the reply that I received from Abine regarding the same question I posted on their blog :

"MaskMe and DoNotTrackMe are two very similar products - they both offer the ability to mask your email address, credit card, and phone number. The big differences are:
MaskMe is also an account and password manager, DNTMe does not have this feature.
DNTMe blocks companies from tracking you as you browse the web, MaskMe does not have that feature.
In deciding between the two, we suggest that you use DoNotTrackMe. We see this product as the future of the company and one that we are actively supporting and improving."

By the way, I do appreciate their quick reaction and clear answer !

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8 weeks 2 days ago The Best Photo Viewer I've Seen In Years. And It's Free. Jacal

I really wanted to test this programme properly, but it is too annoying, impotent and buggy (it does not, for instance, understand, that my taskbar is on the left).

I know most of the freeware viewers, mentioned in these comments here, and they are all way better than this "Diffractor" (and really freeware). I recently "donated" 10 euros to developer of my long time default image viewer; this didn't unlock anything, since nothing was locked. I got a nice message from the author and my name in "about" window. Properly done.

So many excellent viewers put the standards very high. This candidate has to eat a lot of polenta to be able to compete here. Have a nice day!

J.

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8 weeks 2 days ago A Great Reporting Tool For Excel Power-Users NotSoSure

I assume ExMerg must have access to your data for the commands to work. Doesn't this present some risk to the safety of your data, whether personal or business related?

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8 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Download Manager naren

I tried on Win 7 64.
Latest Internet Explorer & Chrome.

The downloads worked on Chrome but not on Internet Explorer.
Video downloads too didn't worked on Internet Explorer. And on Chrome it downloaded the videos from Youtube but the file/icon looked white like a paper & didn't played, gave the window "Open with". I tried couple 720p videos & have VLC latest installed.

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8 weeks 2 days ago If You Use The Avast Forum, You Need To Change Your Passwords fireball_xl5

Oh, the irony.......

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8 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Download Manager George.J

The installer is clean, the interface is appealing, file downloads worked great along with the scheduler.

It allowed only 2 segments for files >25MB, which is one of the major disadvantages. About video downloads, I was able to download Youtube videos on Firefox but not any other site. It didn't work on Chrome. I'm not sure if it's because I'm having a 64bit system and the plugins haven't installed correctly.

Honestly, wasn't as great on Windows as it was on Linux. Although I still got few more days to review it fully.

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8 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Download Manager George.J

Thanks. On deeper testing I also found that FlareGet uses only 2 segments for files >25MB.

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8 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Download Manager naren

I tried flareget under sandboxie. It was a clean install. No additional softwares, etc...
Currently I am running free download manager. I am thinking to switch to flareget as like fdm its clean install but also gives HD video download that is not there in fdm.
I couldn't find much info on flareget for windows. There are many for linux version but not much info for windows version.

Is the windows version stable & works good, both file & video downloads?
Is the download speed good?
Does it install other software i.e any dependency software?
How does it compare with fdm?

UPDATE
I installed it.
You should restart the system after install then it mentions only 2 segments allowed if the file size is bigger than 25mb.
I didn't liked & uninstalled.

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8 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Personal Finance Software ML

Fantastic. Thank you for the quick reply MidnightCowboy.

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8 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Personal Finance Software MidnightCowboy

Thank you for the information. The program details have now been updated in our products database. MC - Site Manager.

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8 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Personal Finance Software ML

Hello,
I'm the author of Metalogic Finance Explorer. First of all, I'd like to say thanks for this great review.

Also, I wanted to note a couple of things about Finance Explorer:
1) It is mentioned above that there is no reporting. That was accurate when the review was originally written. However the latest version does introduce reporting. There is currently one report with more coming in future releases.
2) It's also mentioned that the portable version is not available from the developer. While it is distributed by portableapps.com as correctly mentioned above, we do build the portable version at Metalogic at the same time as the regular version and then make it available to them. So it does come from us.

All the best,
Metalogic Software

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8 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Spyware And Adware Remover joeguru

Run the immunization feature.

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8 weeks 2 days ago A Great Reporting Tool For Excel Power-Users VirtualCharlie

Pivot tables are another great database like in Excel. PowerPivot is a free add-on from Microsoft that takes PivotTables to the next level. I think PowerPivot can combine tables but I've not tried as VLOOKUP and the occasional custom function have always worked for me.
PowerPivot at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=102

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8 weeks 2 days ago Edit PDF Files Online, For Free. No Download Required. skdarkness

First time trying this software hopefully it will be useful.

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8 weeks 2 days ago If You Use The Avast Forum, You Need To Change Your Passwords Anupam

I am a member of their forum, and I got an email saying that they will be using a different software for their forum now, which should be more secure. Doing that will take time, and therefore, we as users have to be patient, and show our support to them.

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8 weeks 2 days ago If You Use The Avast Forum, You Need To Change Your Passwords CyberWolf64

Well as of 12 NOON on May 27, 2014 (Eastern US Time zone) the forums are STILL down. So, I guess it is the ever popular "waiting game" and wait and wait for them to come back up just so I can change my password.
It is a shame there could not be a "projected time til return of service" for the forums.

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8 weeks 3 days ago Scan Your Network For Security Problems crosseyedlemon

On principle I avoid programs that require personal information in exchange for a license key. I don't think those program or those that require acceptance of added bundled applications or toolbars are freeware in the strictest sense. Nexpose may be a useful security tool as stated but I would rather go with Belarc Advisor which doesn't request the personal info.

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8 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Download Manager MidnightCowboy

I can confirm that this restriction is operating on Linux. MC - Site Manager.

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8 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Download Manager George.J

Yes I'd be reviewing FlareGet but on Windows for comparison with other DM's, it's been simply incredible on Linux.

I'd be doing a 1 week testing for each DM, that'd probably take me 10 weeks to complete the review for all DM's in the To Be Reviewed section.

Something that I don't get is that, I'm able to get 16 connections multi-threaded download on FlareGet on Windows even though it's a feature that's been advertised as Pro only. Probably the limitation might be only on the Linux version? Can somebody test it on Linux, because I don't have Linux, from where I'm writing this comment.

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8 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Download Manager MidnightCowboy

Don't forget the FlareGet for Linux either. It's the only one for me that hasn't broken an ISO download when one wasn't available as a torrent. MC - Site Manager.

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8 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Download Manager George.J

Whole heartedly agree with that. EagleGet 2.0 alpha is incredible and has included features that are only available mostly in commercial download managers like Multiple queues with synchronization, refreshing expired links for broken downloads, support for all browsers, outstanding browser integration for video downloads. Some of these features are already available in the stable version, and some to look forward to.

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8 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Download Manager macktone87

Eagle Get has won me over. once it gets reviewed no doubt it gonna make this list.

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8 weeks 3 days ago The Best Photo Viewer I've Seen In Years. And It's Free. papavonschoen

Personally I prefer Nikon View NX2.

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8 weeks 3 days ago The Best Photo Viewer I've Seen In Years. And It's Free. Corek2000

Well I tried it. Hated it. Needs the flexibility of Irfan, but then it would be Irfan, which is what I will continue to use. No menu to select the folder you want to look at. Nor, as far as I could see, an easy way to STOP the pictures jumping out, it is giving me a headache and could cause an epileptic fit, which does not have a warning about.

Liked the way the pictures went forward like a slide show but could not find the help to see how to stop it. At least Irfanview you can create an individual slide show..

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8 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Antivirus App for Android saurabh singh

It is good

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8 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer Mimi_Q_A

Hi, I have XnView but I just realized that while viewing file in a folder it skips images, quite a bit actually.
I wanted a simple file viewer to display my photos and this one I really liked features, easy, except I don't see all my photo, kind of defeats the purpose.
The files skipped are normal JPgs and nothing done to them. I searched the web but I have not found a solution.
I have a PC, with windows 7pro. A lot of the ones mentioned don't quote Win7pro as one of the platforms they operate on.
I just need a photo viewer, that can do a slide show full screen, mouse scroll zoom.
I used Picasa viewer and their web album, but since google and latest version of Picasa create problems.
Any suggestion?
An open source program is all I'm looking for, not a paid one.
Thanks for your help

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8 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Email Software tlcmd

One of the major problems not referred to in these reviews of email clients is the ability to migrate COMPLETELY from Outlook or Hotmail to them. I tried Thunderbird, but cannot move my email address book into it from Outlook or Hotmail. Are there any of the above products which allow this to be done simply as I am only computer semi-literate?

Thanks,
tlcmd

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8 weeks 4 days ago Monitor Your Wi-Fi from Your Mobile Device with Fing - Network Tools bernardz

This is a ripper of a find.

My Networks makes fascinating viewing

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8 weeks 4 days ago The Best Photo Viewer I've Seen In Years. And It's Free. crombierob

I have a couple of complaints -

1) I don't like the way the (software) world is going with simplistic / smarmy / minimalistic toolbars, instead of menus. This program is guilty of this.

2) It is telling me that my graphics acceleration ain't making it, so the program cannot function properly. It also tells me to go out and buy a new graphics card

It is lucky that guns are illegal in Australia.

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8 weeks 4 days ago The Best Photo Viewer I've Seen In Years. And It's Free. BearPup

I thought this site was about freeware, not crippleware or paid software. Personally, I use XnViewMP x64. I'm one of those that when I want to view a picture / image, I prefer a standalone app to do that with. This way there is no crossover between apps, each one does a specific task. In fact for straight viewing (not manipulating), the built-in Windows application works just fine.

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8 weeks 4 days ago The Best Photo Viewer I've Seen In Years. And It's Free. SwanKnight

Tried it briefly but didn't like it at all. I found the interface to be clunky and confusing. I think I'll stick with FastStone ImageViewer instead.

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8 weeks 4 days ago The Best Photo Viewer I've Seen In Years. And It's Free. not recognized

Apparently you need reminding that this site is called "Gizmo's FREEWARE" [my caps]. This software might therefore be more suited to "Someothersite's PAIDWARE". And you might consider, in fairness, desisting from criticising people for their expectation on a FREEWARE SITE that things be free.

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8 weeks 4 days ago The Best Photo Viewer I've Seen In Years. And It's Free. maynak00

another good ones: irfanview,jpegview,xnview,xnviewmp,faststone image viewer,artsage

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8 weeks 4 days ago The Best Photo Viewer I've Seen In Years. And It's Free. vandamme

I like digiKam and showFoto, which does about the same thing. They came with my openSUSE but there are versions for those who haven't converted to Linux yet.

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8 weeks 4 days ago The Best Photo Viewer I've Seen In Years. And It's Free. Fairportfan

Referring to what is, in fact, a purchase as "sponsorship" is a tad disingenuous.

In a month or so if i can manage to get $10 loose, i may very well buy it, since it sounds good.

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8 weeks 4 days ago The Best Photo Viewer I've Seen In Years. And It's Free. Fairportfan

If i had ten bucks to spare, i'd probably get it - in a month or so i may still.

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8 weeks 4 days ago The Best Photo Viewer I've Seen In Years. And It's Free. zdub

I tried it and it does look pretty cool. However it must be classified as crippleware since certain important features are disabled unless you sponsor it for 10 bucks. Nothing against this in principle, but since I can't find any compelling reason why I should use it instead of (or in addition to) my current fav, Zoner. Fast? Yeah, but I haven't found speed to be an issue in ANY of the popular photo viewers; they are all pretty much instant. Metadata support & search? Zoner does it. Editor? Zoner is MUCH more capable. Audio & video support? I really don't care about this in a photo viewer, but again, Zoner does it.

So I'll pass.

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8 weeks 4 days ago The Most Detailed Hard Disk Usage Analyzer I've Ever Seen pvilan

Thanks MidnightCowboy for the useful links!

Peter

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8 weeks 4 days ago The Most Detailed Hard Disk Usage Analyzer I've Ever Seen MidnightCowboy

McAfee Site Advisor is and always has been riddled with false positives and as a reliable tool IMO it is practically useless. You can employ a far better range of options when checking out a file or website link. MC - Site Manager.
https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/d319838d186d9b08672bfdb0c308849f68465...
https://www.virustotal.com/en/url/5ea9ec276a60cdfb9d31f918a5fbac68a0fe23...
http://www.urlvoid.com/scan/xinorbis.com/
http://i.imgur.com/nAS1UtO.png
http://zulu.zscaler.com/submission/show/58a5a1e4ee48e2e4c011fe9d7ad8a026...

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8 weeks 4 days ago Best Free File Copy Utility George.J

I thought one feature that I was missing from my favorite file copy utility: FastCopy is a pause function. I did discover that today, although it's not obvious, during a file transfer, there's a speed slider below the "Buffer", that's set to full speed. While transferring files, you simply need to push the slider all the way to the left to "Suspend" the transfer. Keeping the slider in-between will let you transfer files at various percentages of the full speed, that is you can set the priority.

Not only is there a pause function, it's well implemented than other file copy utilities. Hopefully this tip is useful for the users who didn't know about it.

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