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6 weeks 4 days ago If You're Using Windows XP You Need To Read This godel

If you're browsing on the web via XP, now might be a good time to start using Sandboxie.

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6 weeks 4 days ago Changing from Windows XP? Free Help with Migrating Files and Settings Winedad

Would this migrating tool be any good if one was simply upgrading an existing computer from XP to Win 7 Professional (clean install) ??
What would be the alternative ?

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6 weeks 4 days ago This Tree-Based Personal Information Manager Looks Superb Pootle

Item 3. above - I have had the same experience. I lost a *LOT* of work and the developer was not helpful or responsive. This was in a business environment (I have a business licence).

Item 4. above - I can confirm, because was one of the contributors to that forum!

I still use TreeDB but I call it from within a batch file that saves a timestamped version of the database each time, so I can always go back to a working version.

It's a great shame, because there is still nothing quite as good as TreeDB. Evernote isn't portable (and the new version 5 is practically unusable for me). Treepad has less functionality.

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6 weeks 4 days ago If You're Using Windows XP You Need To Read This sb1023

This article is partially incorrect. Its states that MS will no longer "provide updates for its Security Essentials product running on XP." This is incorrect. Microsoft announced in mid-January that it would continue to provide Security Essentials updates on XP through July 14, 2015:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/archive/2014/01/15/microsoft-antimalware...

Do I think that is reason enough to stay with XP? No. But the article needs to accurately reflect the current state of affairs.

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6 weeks 4 days ago If You're Using Windows XP You Need To Read This Winedad

I too have, for the past year, trying to wean myself off XP - both personal and business. Installation issues of old (really old!) favorite programs
(late '90's !) had a great breakthrough for me yesterday.
In those days, the only real internet connection program for software developers was Internet Explorer. The key point is that it is embedded in the original windows platform - not deletable - so all of the "updates" etc are "on top" of the original Windows (and Dos) programming.
IE 9, IE 10, and especially IE 11 upgrades have "disabled" many of the earlier IE's abilities to handle old programs when they "upgrade" -- and their "Compatibility Centre" does not address the real issues - like being able to utilize the early 16 bit installers
Solution ? Revert back to (at least) IE 8, by going to Uninstall Programs in Control Panel -- extreme top left is "view installed updates"
Open and uninstall the IE 11 "update" (or lower). Reboot and the complete lower IE is available. Repeat - until you show IE 8 as operational. Now load your "stuff" and after installation, you can upgrade back up to IE 11

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6 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus App for Android ew

Please see my own comment in response to Larrychamp; I probably should have posted it here. Thanks.

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6 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus App for Android ew

I was glad to see this comment because my own response to seeing the permissions currently requested by this app was identical -- am I the only one bothered by this?

Please read the current permissions. They also allow access to confidential information, and other alarming things.

I was going to install untilI read the permissions. I can't see giving them.

I am wondering whether agreeing to initial permissions when installing an app allows automatic assent to any additional permissions later added by the developer?

It is ironic that installing antivirus etc apps requires the high level of trust involved in giving blanket permissions to their developers. After reading the permissions requested by 360mobile,, I searched "is Qihoo really legitimate?". Though I take the results of quick internet searches with a grain of salt, the results were not reassurring.

I'd appreciate seeing comments from someone at Gizmos, thanks.

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6 weeks 4 days ago Best Sites To Read Books Online Without Download or Registration gemmafitz

I love books

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6 weeks 4 days ago Site Suggestions and Feedback Carisbrooke

I followed the link from Rob's post to the Microsoft site and discovered that support for Office 2003 is stopping at the same time as support for XP. I use Outlook for email and am wondering if the ending of support means I should be switching to Thunderbird and Firebird? Is there an article in this?

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6 weeks 4 days ago One Of The Best Backup Utilities I've Seen For A Long Time texastechy

Have been using Bvckup 2 for a month now and must say, IT'S FANTASTIC. not only amazingly fast, but just works, with a simple interface and good notifications to the user. definite 5 star product.
Thanks Gizmo's (and esp. Rob) for another useful recommendation.

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6 weeks 4 days ago A Really Simple PC Benchmarking Utility pratomorone

bump...third vote.

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6 weeks 4 days ago APTonCD lets you save bandwidth, speed up installations famewolf

Anything similar for opensuse? zypper also retains a cache of the installed rpm's unless cleaned.

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6 weeks 4 days ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

"... Don't Move is a game about ninjas, failure, ludonarrative dissonance, and player investment manipulation. The game starts simply: move left or right. But as you try -- and as you fail -- to move, you unlock more of the game's mechanisms. With each new element comes new challenges and more rewards! ... Don't Move is free for desktop and browser ...":
http://steverichey.com/dontmove/

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6 weeks 4 days ago If You're Using Windows XP You Need To Read This antcj

mint comes with a software manager
on my 64bit pc there are 64000 available packages
see screen shot http://pix.toile-libre.org/upload/original/1394001127.jpg

once you have your choice selected its done automatically

suggest you use virtual box to trial what you need /like

Really for me mint with mate desktop is the most user friendly.
I installed it on my wife's new laptop without saying anything and she didnt bat an eyelid.(she is not pc literate, in the sense she cant sort out issues, be it windows or Linux or android phone. (which by the way is linux under the hood)

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6 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Spyware And Adware Remover MidnightCowboy

We are unable to respond to individual support requests here in the comments sections. Please transfer your post to the section of our forum linked below where it will gain better coverage and the responses kept in chronological order. MC - Site Manager.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/security/

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6 weeks 4 days ago A Really Simple PC Benchmarking Utility Prof. Jewell

Second vote for David Roper's appreciation.

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6 weeks 4 days ago If You're Using Windows XP You Need To Read This MidnightCowboy

Windows 8 is widely touted as the worst Microsoft OS ever released. I accept that new users will quickly adapt to it but what about the legions of folks like myself with Windows 7 who are expected to pay for it? Makes no sense at all, especially when I have to then spend time installing third party apps and pimping it to achieve what I already have with Windows 7. MC - Site Manager.

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6 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Tune-up Program For Computer joeguru

What program are you trying?

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6 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Hard Drive Backup Program joeguru

If you look at the lower right side of the page you referenced, under supported operating systems it says 32 and 64 bit.

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6 weeks 5 days ago A Really Simple PC Benchmarking Utility David Roper

What an interesting find. Thanks Rob, for your help for us. There's no reason Geeks like us and those reading should not keep this one on their flashdrive on their car key chain.

All your articles are usually great finds. Thanks for your efforts. Now send me that $20 you said you would give me for a good write up.

Just kidding, all. At 70 years old, I cannot be bought and anyone that knows me, knows that. My wife says I do not "have a filter", nor can my opinion be bought. Most of the time, it gets me into trouble. Not this time, however.

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6 weeks 5 days ago If You're Using Windows XP You Need To Read This cyguyjg

How easy is it to find and install programs for Mint?
I dabbled with Linux on an old laptop for a time but it just didn't seem as user-friendly as Windows.

I would be willing to give it a go again. How geeky do you need to be to become proficient with Mint?

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6 weeks 5 days ago Finds of the Week: Almost Every File Format, Billions of Free Sudoku, Light Browser, Easy Journaling, Computer & Internet Basics, xkcd web comic eikelein

Rhiannon,

Thanks a BIG BUNCH for the link to Computer And Internet Basics.

It looks like I *finally* have something to give to those of my customers that want to learn.

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6 weeks 5 days ago If You're Using Windows XP You Need To Read This eikelein

@severn:

What in detail is so dreadful about Windows 8? IMO all the dread about Win8 is uninformed hype, sorry!

If you don't know about Classic Shell (or others) I could sort of understand this; but these free programs exist and work well.

Almost ALL of my many dozens of computer illiterate customers with Win8 run it always in desktop mode, they never see the garish Metro interface - or whatever Micro$oft wants us to call it now.

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6 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android Evropi

Three points:

- First, EQ Player (not "EQ Music Player", just "EQ Player" in the Play Store) is a fantastic app that deserves reviewing.
- Second, TTPod is developed by a Korean, not a Japanese firm.
- Third, you mention at the end that you need to take a look at VLC. Not only is it a beta at the moment, but it is also important to note that VLC is a media player, not music player or music organiser. It should not be reviewed as it would give it an unnecessarily bad image in an article in which it does not fit.

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6 weeks 5 days ago Changing from Windows XP? Free Help with Migrating Files and Settings David Roper

So what do one have to own? A laplink cable?
I know, I know, we won't know until MS tells us.

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6 weeks 5 days ago If You're Using Windows XP You Need To Read This br1anstorm

This is interesting. My laptop is still running on XP. I am reluctant to change or abandon it, although I have toyed with going over to Linux (of which I have no experience). But my main concern is security. I rely currently on MSE (with MalwareBytes and SuperAntiSpyware as periodic checks). It's good that MSE for XP will be kept updated until July 2015.

But my question now is - will any of the other freeware security programs, like Avast, Avira or AVG, maintain their XP-versions beyond that date? If so, I may want to shift to one of them before the date when MSE-for-XP expires.

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6 weeks 5 days ago If You're Using Windows XP You Need To Read This iun

Hallelujah, No more annoying XP updates!

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6 weeks 5 days ago If You're Using Windows XP You Need To Read This MikeR

A superb post, well timed and well expressed. For the record: due to a cocked-up Windows Vista 'patch' which Microsoft was never able to sort out, my computer's Windows Vista licence became. . . Unlicensed. So no Windows updates have been possible since 15th December, 2010.

It's now March 4th, 2014. This Dell Studio PC is still functioning perfectly well. It runs, simultaneously, and without any performance impact, Malwarebytes Pro, WinPatrol Pro, and Panda Cloud AV. Tiny Firewall is also operative. I don't open links sent in spam emails and I tread carefully if venturing towards the more dangerous shores of the Net.

My Windows XP laptop is running similar protection to this, with the virtue of being far more up to date, patch-wise. In fact, it's now on XP SP3. On April 9th next, Malwarebytes Pro will not stop functioning. WinPatrol Pro will not stop functioning. Panda Cloud AV will not stop functioning. TinyWall will not stop functioning.

I'll stick with Windows XP, regardless of whether or not Microsoft -- in an act of massive commercial stupidity -- decides to alienate an XP user base that runs into millions worldwide. . .

. . . and regardless, too, of the scare stories about why those who continue to use XP computers are all, somehow, doomed. I don't want a new laptop or PC, don't need a new laptop or PC, and am damned if I should spend even an extra penny just because Redmond says I should. My XP laptop will be around a darn sight longer than Balmer . . .

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6 weeks 5 days ago If You're Using Windows XP You Need To Read This Fairportfan

Yeah, that's true. Hadn't thought about that.

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6 weeks 5 days ago If You're Using Windows XP You Need To Read This lmac

There is a plus to hanging on to XP. Hackers will give up on it. Not enough targets for their sick sport.

I have a computer at a summer cabin. XP will continue to run it as its only use is for media files and existing games; no net access.

If it aint broke, don't fix it.

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6 weeks 5 days ago If You're Using Windows XP You Need To Read This rob.schifreen

You say "XP mode isn't XP running within Windows 7".

Actually, that's *precisely* what it is. A complete (almost) copy of Windows XP, running as a task within Windows 7. When you're running in XP mode, you're pretty much running a copy of XP, so you need XP-aware security software, antivirus etc for your XP mode IN ADDITION to what you have for the outer copy of Windows 7.

When Windows XP goes away, your ability to protect whatever's running in XP mode will diminish, because the software you need to run in order to keep XP Mode secure will start to go away.

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6 weeks 5 days ago If You're Using Windows XP You Need To Read This Jsch38

Even the best firewall programs can not stop virus/malware getting into a WIN XP machine that does not have the latest security patches from Microsoft.
So when Win XP support ends and no security patches are issued this will open up an XP machine
to numerious virus and malware attacks.

I would strongly suggest that XP users who do not want to switch to WIn 7 or 8, Change to a Linix based system. Why do this ? The most popular distributions Like Mint and Unbuntu are free. Mint 13 the mate edition has a 5 year support cycle, after that you can do a free upgrade to the latest long term support edition. Mint has the same look and functionalty as Win XP. Mint comes with Libre Office the equivelant of MSoffice.

If you want a Mac like interface try Unbuntu it has the same features as Mint along with excellent support for new users.

So let's say you have to use a program that requires WIn XP. You can run WIn XP in a program called vitural Box (VB) on your Linix based computer. It like running a one program inside another.
VB is free program with lots of easy to read documentation.

Thanks for Reading my post....Jim

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So far so good. Will this really help to assist me in running a faster laptop, without any faults or mistakes in it?

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6 weeks 5 days ago If You're Using Windows XP You Need To Read This MidnightCowboy

To get the full features, as I understand it, Robolinux is not free. You have to "donate" to get the VM installers. MC - Site Manager.

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6 weeks 5 days ago If You're Using Windows XP You Need To Read This Fairportfan

Robolinux has a no muss/no fuss virtualisation mode for running Windows in a virtual machine.

I haven't tried it myself (yet) but it apparently works quite well.

Might try that.

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Gizmo's -super so far (so good)

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6 weeks 5 days ago If You're Using Windows XP You Need To Read This antcj

I have the same issue. But i converted all my machines to linux mint as well as pc illiterate wife. we both lovin it. as for the stuck program. install oracle virtual machine. I have it (windows) in a saved state with the prog i use running. to start it (windows) takes approx 6 secs. and u wont know the difference.

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6 weeks 5 days ago If You're Using Windows XP You Need To Read This blaszta

I'm stuck at Windows XP because an application we use is not compatible with 7 or 8 (even on the compatibility mode it has weird bugs). So until we can develop one (not in near future) I need some temporary solution. So my current solution is to "freeze" the OS using Windows SteadyState (free, or you can use paid one like Deep Freeze).

Please note that Windows SteadyState for Windows XP is discontinued too. You may need Google to find one, or pm me if you can't find one.

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6 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software AJNorth

Avira Free Antivirus has been updated to version 14.0.3.350 (2014.03.04; 132 MB).

(Again, the update nag screen has been eliminated.)

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6 weeks 5 days ago If You're Using Windows XP You Need To Read This malc_b

I'm sorry but it's you that doesn't understand how XP mode works. If XP is axed then so is XP mode. XP mode is just XP running as a virtual PC in windows 7. Typically the XP desktop is hidden and windows 7 just shows the application window, not the full XP desktop. BUT, XP is there underneath and so should have security patches and AV, especially if the old XP program has internet access.

Since XP mode is part of windows 7 then it should be supported as long as windows 7 is. And if you read the press release given in the article you'll see MS say XP mode will no longer be supported.

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6 weeks 5 days ago If You're Using Windows XP You Need To Read This HellcatM

You really don't understand the reason for XP mode do you? If you have a program that won't run on 7 but it did on XP you could try XP mode and it has a good chance of running. Because XP is being axed doesn't mean that XP mode is also being axed...XP mode isn't XP running within Windows 7. Sure Microsoft would love people to upgrade to newer products because said products could have vulnerability (and NO OS fixes vulnerabilities within a 3rd party program), but on the other hand Microsoft understands that some companies make their own programs or use programs that are now now around anymore so they keep XP mode alive.

You can always Bing or Google Anti-virus, XP 2014 and you may get a list of AV's that will run on XP. But even though you get an AV that will work on XP doesn't mean that there won't be vulnerabilities within XP or other programs that won't support XP that will have vulnerabilities. A client of mine tried to install Chrome on her home XP machine because IE8 was running slow and couldn't, but was able to install Firefox (but for how long will Mozilla continue making Firefox that runs on XP? Will Flash be updated for XP anymore? Companies may not want to continue to put extra resources on to a dead OS and you can't expect Microsoft to keep updating XP forever.

Microsoft has updated XP longer than apple updated any of their older OS'. So get over it.

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6 weeks 5 days ago If You're Using Windows XP You Need To Read This G.Z.Kris

I totally agree. I am happy I have exactly done that - Linux Mint on one machline and CentOS on another. I wish I had done it long back. I still use Win XP for of-line work for applications I got used to for quite some time. Those who are hesitating to move to Linux for any reason must give it trial.
Ultimately you would like it.

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6 weeks 5 days ago If You're Using Windows XP You Need To Read This MidnightCowboy

Good points (vandamme).

I have an old desktop that Windows of any description will not run on and yet an old version of Bodhi installed two years ago and runs error free so I left it alone. My two working desktops are both dual booted with Windows7/Linux. One has SuperX and the Other Centrych. My laptop is low end and maybe not suited to KDE so I have this dual booted with the W7 Starter it came with and Trisquel.

Obviously my personal solution and won't be shared by everyone but nothing ventured etc., and maybe this could be an opportunity for a few others to experiment?

We have quite a few Linux related threads in the forum if anyone is so inclined to dabble and needs advice. MC - Site Manager.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/linux/

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6 weeks 5 days ago If You're Using Windows XP You Need To Read This Niloc214

I've read the comments & feedback on using XP, not just on this site but others too.

Generally, I believe there's a lot of nonsense talked about the terrible dangers of continuing to use XP, when MS stops supporting it. I've been using it for many years, in my 'triple-boot' PC (Win98SE, XPpro & Win7), on my laptop & Netbook. In all cases, I have disabled Windows updates, as they only serve to fill up the hard drive & slow down a computer. So I have never wanted or needed Windows updates, in spite of all the dire warnings !

Instead, to keep my computers secure, I've made sure I have good security: Zone Alarm firewall, Avast anti-virus updated daily, WinPatrol updated regularly, & the best safe-guard of all, Process Guard - which sadly was never upgraded for Vista, Win7 or 8. I'm really surprised you don't suggest that users of XP should download & install the free Process Guard, as it protects against every kind of attack.

I also only use the latest version of Firefox, with these add-ons: Web of Trust, Avast WebRep, BitDefender Scan, & NoScript. I also use DropMyRights so all browsing & emailing is done as a Limited user.

I've been building, upgrading & repairing computers since the early 1980s, & haven't had a malware attack to date, so I plan to continue using not only Win98SE (of no interest to hackers etc), but also XP for many more years to come! I certainly won't be buying Win8, 9 or 10 etc.

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6 weeks 5 days ago If You're Using Windows XP You Need To Read This severn

Over the years I've prolonged the life of a number of old computers using Linux. Currently I have two laptops still in use that way.

So if you have a very old machine running XP that you don't think has the specs for Windows 7 or 8.1, why not consider that option?

To use an analogy that I guess is meaningful only to UK readers, switching to Linux is a bit like going to Aldi after Tesco: you can get most of what you want but most of the brand names are unfamiliar. If you don't use the machine to run any very specific Windows software, then you can still have all the common uses of a typical computer.

I had some problems switching to Linux Mint, but Ubuntu has never given me any problems.

I'd also add that I have two laptops running Windows 8.1 (they both came with v8) and this is truly dreadful after Windows 7. One had to be completely reinstalled after 6 months. Avoid Windows 8 if you can.

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6 weeks 5 days ago If You're Using Windows XP You Need To Read This vandamme

I've successfully converted machines to Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Bodhi, openSuSE, and Puppy. At work I collaborate with guys still stuck on Windows 7 or XP, no problems. My 7 year old machine with Mint Cinnamon does all I need to do (presentations, movie editing, Gimp).

So don't complain about buying new PCs or how terrible Windows 8 is. Pay up or convert to Linux. You have a choice.

Hasta la Vista, Microsoft!

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6 weeks 5 days ago If You're Using Windows XP You Need To Read This alzie

Started useing linux mint find i can do most of the tasks that i need running on old lap top 1GB of ram no problems

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Perhaps, ako, you like to include it in Section
"14.14. Virtual keyboard"

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What is the "different hard disk format" of Windows 8, such that this utility won't work?

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6 weeks 5 days ago If You're Using Windows XP You Need To Read This bernardz

AS malc_b points out there is too much XP out there now to changeover. I have a machine at work that runs DOS. No way, I would update it.

The good news is that Microsoft has changed its mind over killing Windows XP this April and announced it would continue providing updates to its security products such as Microsoft Security Essentials, which will still get updates after full support ends for the operating system until Jult 2015. However, you will not be able to download Microsoft Security Essentials on XP soon so anyone intending to run XP, I would suggest getting MSE now.

George. J: At work, we are Microsoft partners, so we get the stripped-down copies, having seen it, I would not get too excited about their free windows_8 product.

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From 20 to even 100 players every day in lobby, while the Free For All room - the most popular one - can have, for example, 25 people (number is limited only by the players' PC's being able to keep up) playing at the same time!
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6 weeks 5 days ago If You're Using Windows XP You Need To Read This malc_b

This is not a very useful article. Saying "just change to windows 7 or 8" ignores the fact that some hardware is too old to run more than XP and some programs too old to run above XP. In fact what about windows 7 (professional) which came with XP mode. Is XP mode now obsolete? Seems like it is so my main reason for paying the extra for professional windows 7 was just been deleted. Can I have a refund then Micro$oft?

A more useful article would include links to AVs that still run on XP and other programs. That is how to keep XP running safely or how to continue to run XP programs safely.

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6 weeks 5 days ago If You're Using Windows XP You Need To Read This George.J

Windows 8.1 might be free (ad-supported), probably when XP Support ends. So better wait. :D

http://www.extremetech.com/computing/177583-microsoft-is-considering-a-f...

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www.koyotesoft.com You can use it.:)

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6 weeks 6 days ago Changing from Windows XP? Free Help with Migrating Files and Settings GSteve

I recently helped a friend put together an order for a new computer with Win 7 because of the coming end of XP support, and the vendor offered Laplink's PC Mover software. We researched it a bit via Google and found that it has a very poor record of successful migrations.......

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6 weeks 6 days ago Changing from Windows XP? Free Help with Migrating Files and Settings David Roper

I wonder why MS would wait until the last few days before announcing there is a path to Win 7 or 8.

I suspect their arrogance has something to do with it. "Like it or Lump it" they are saying.

"Mr. Linux" just stands around and smiles, and smiles...

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6 weeks 6 days ago How to Protect Your Online Privacy MarkIt8Dude

You might consider to study https://prism-break.org/en/ about online security. There has been rumors about the NSA lately. Hopefuly this is useful for you.

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6 weeks 6 days ago How to Protect Your Online Privacy Chiron

Please specify in which ways you believe the article is outdated. If you give me specific examples I can improve it.

Thanks.

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6 weeks 6 days ago How to Protect Your Online Privacy MarkIt8Dude

way outdated article.

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For Backup Maker (Personal Edition), it says "32 and 64 bit versions available", but at the listed address http://www.ascomp.de/products/show/product/backupmaker , i can't find a 64 bit version, there is only free and professional.

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6 weeks 6 days ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Paxmilitaris

I tried Mozbackup (portable), but it didn't work with Firefox and Thunderbird portable.

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6 weeks 6 days ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird MidnightCowboy

Thank you. The link has now been corrected. MC - Site Manager.

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6 weeks 6 days ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Paxmilitaris

The Mozbackup link is invalid.

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Rhiannon!

Thanks so much for mentioning xkcd. I've been following it for several years and just love it.

Oh, and don't forget to place your cursor over the comic to read the additional comment in the image tag.

Readers should make sure to check into two of the links in the upper left corner: Blags (yeah, like blogs, but nothing on the site is quite normal) and What If? where the author takes interesting but outlandish hypothetical questions and submits them to a very thorough analysis using science, math and statistics. And ends up with some surprising and amusing conclusions.

Wonderful!!

(BTW: Love your Finds of the Week and look forward to it weekly!)

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Hi JoeGuru. I have been computing for many years now and never run into any problems with malware, adware, viruses, etc. until............the kids! For some unknown reason, they seem to find it if it's out there! I actually got rid of the last 2 laptops and bought a general use desktop computer for the kids and a higher spec laptop for myself.
Two questions.....as my children are on the desktop is there anything 'extra' that should be added to the PC to give extra security for their use? And, I bought a the new laptop solely for my own use as I am going to University full time but I would like to protect it as best I can. What would be your recommendation for both or either?
My laptop has windows 8.1 and I'm not sure if all software has been updated to operate with this system?.?.?

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This offer for 100 GB of OneDrive storage maybe be available in US only according to this article. The storage is for one year and after which any unused storage will vanish but existing files won't be deleted, as noted from this article.

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2.Recover all components from backup and extract the Windows 7 system
3.Your all data accessible at this new environment

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7 weeks 36 min ago Best Free Screen Session Recorder Tomnov

Couldn't get Active Presenter to record ANY sound on Windows 8.1, found no place to set an audio device or input.

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7 weeks 3 hours ago How to Clean An Infected Computer Viper6

Hey folks.

Just curious if anybody can provide some assistance with a frustrating issue I am having.. I recently ran a malwarebytes full scan and removed what it found.. Everything seemed to be fine until I rebooted my computer. It will now boot to the windows desktop and hang.. I can see my icons and everything looks fine but programs fail to load and I cannot click on anything.. Sometimes it will load fine (able to click icons and programs) but no internet connection.. If I hardboot the pc into safemode and restart from there it boots normally into windows and runs great.. May be important to note that I experience the start up issues after a shutdown and start back up. A normal restart or closing the laptop and reopening is normal.. OS = Windows 7.

Any suggestions/ideas would be great.

Thanks.

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7 weeks 8 hours ago Best Free DVD Ripper yetanother1

Anupam,
Thanks for the heads up. I've only had limited experience with uRex.

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7 weeks 8 hours ago Best Free DVD Ripper Anupam

For basic ripping needs, it's fine, but the free version does not rip to HD videos, doesn't support latest encrypted DVDs, and doesn't you use a custom profile. Some users may find limitations with these.

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7 weeks 9 hours ago Best Free DVD Ripper yetanother1

I tried uRex Free DVD Ripper and in my limited testing it works great! I had an instructional DVD and tried to rip it with WinX DVD Ripper. The result was unreadable by any of the media players I had (e.g., Windows Media Player, Media Player Classic).

uRex hasn't failed me yet. It appears to be just as easy to use as WinX DVD Ripper, only it works!

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7 weeks 10 hours ago Best Free Voicemail Service Saykat Jong

It so very good

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7 weeks 12 hours ago Best Free Online Backup Sites kyengineer

As the former editor, a count of free online backup sites was well over 30. It's great to list new services, but before I would recommend them, I tested the service in a virtual machine. I ran into a few services that did not work well.

If you have used any of there services perhaps you could write a review that can be incorporated into this site.

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7 weeks 12 hours ago Best Free Online Backup Sites kyengineer

I suggest checking out Onedrive. They have a new promotion where you can increase your storage to 100 GB. Normally I do not like promotions because you have to recommend your friends and family. This one is different. It still has the recommend to friends feature but you can build up reward points by using the Bing search.

To get additional 100 GB you need 100 reward points. By signing up, Microsoft give you 20 points. Then you can obtain up to 15 point per day by using Bing.

I am not sure you want to keep your tax return on Bing, but it would be great for backing up family photos.

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7 weeks 12 hours ago How to Protect Your Online Privacy MarkIt8Dude

I guess this article is pretty much out of date. After last years revelations concerning NSA I suggest you visit http://prism-break.org/en/ for a bit more up to date info on your online privacy.

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7 weeks 14 hours ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

Thanks twinkler and sicknero for your comments and useful info. I also scan every installer with Virus Total apart from my own antivirus, and all the programs in my review have always come out clean. Moreover, none of these viewers includes any other bundled software that may be installed if you aren't careful to opt out, so I guess I won't set a precedent with KuView. Anyway, I'll take a look to give my own opinion.

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7 weeks 17 hours ago Keep This Bootable CD Handy For Troubleshooting sicknero

Ultimate Boot CD is completely made up of freeware except for the ASTRA 14 day demo, whereas the FalconFour one has a fair amount of commercial software on it, some of which is very old. The version of Hiren's Boot CD which is incorporated into it is an older version (13 or 14 I think), from before Hiren removed all the commercial stuff.

They're both good ... FalconFour has more on it so is tempting from that point of view but Ultimate is better if you want to stick with freeware.

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7 weeks 18 hours ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer sicknero

The main download link on Sourceforge is for v1.7 which as far as I can tell isn't portable. On the main KuView website it's named 1.7pre so I'm guessing it's a pre-release version or some such. If you go here - http://kujawiak.sourceforge.net/index_en.html - you can get v1.6 portable ("Full zip pack" or "Single exe").

I tried to download v1.7 just to see if was one of those "portable installers" if you see what I mean but every attempt triggered an alert from Comodo AV. I sent the file to Virus Total and it scores 7/45 (https://www.virustotal.com/en-gb/file/47fc6341fa873a617d82f3b83768a21256...) although confusingly Comodo is not one of those 7.

I tried 1.6 anyway (which does seem clean), it's ok but I think there are much better image viewers around.

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7 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus App for Android IO.Hazard

Larrychamp,

Thanks for posting your thoughts about 360. Truth is this permission is new and was added in v1.6.5 on February 23rd. However, in order to be precise, the permission does not say "send e-mails"; it says "send messages". Now, coming back to the core of the matter, that permission is indeed a highly sensitive one, so I wrote an email to the guys at Qihoo regarding that matter but I haven't got a reply yet.

For the time being, I must advice against updating to the 1.6.5 version. Installing 360 Mobile Safe is not an option, as it requires the same *fishy* permission. At this point, my recommendation would be to install other apps such as Comodo, Avast! or Sophos, at least until we get a response from Qihoo.

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7 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer twinkler

Even though the website says kuView's portable, I couldn't find a portable version. When I installed the only version I found, I had to very carefully click the dim "Decline" button repeatedly to avoid getting other software installed along with it.

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7 weeks 1 day ago This Tree-Based Personal Information Manager Looks Superb crombierob

I suppose it depends on what one is using the program for.

Regarding your problem with the search ability -
With the type of data I store, and the organized approach I use (which TreeDB makes easy), I have never had to do a search. I can just select the appropriate TreeDB files, and can navigate to what I am looking for.
A similar example (illustrating how users can differ) is the Window Start Menu. I use XP's classic style, and create high level (hard left) categories. I never have to get the Start menu to 'search' for me, as I can navigate to any desired program or shortcut. I detest the later versions of Windows who make organzing the Start Menu difficult, and offer their 'lucky dip' Search Start Menu instead. If I were to totally lose my memory, I could still find any program that I wanted, by navigating the structures I had created.

Regarding the problem with corruption, I have not experienced that yet.
Do you do complete images of your hard drive regularly ? (Everyone should.)
If I did have a corruption, I could always go back to an image made a few days earlier.

PS For others reading this, if you use the free Seagate DiscWizard You can browse a previous image to copy out a file. Thus you do not have to 'roll back' your whole OS to an earlier date, just to get one file. I use the bootable CD for all such operations (imaging), but if you do install the Seagate DiscWizard into one of your PCs, then that PC can browse any of your earlier images.

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7 weeks 1 day ago Review: the Cheapest Inkjet Cartridges Sites Hyrax

According to the photos of the ink cartridges on 4inkjets.com, they are LD Cartidges. I think it might be ok to order cartridges from LD on amazon. Most of the reviews are negative though, with a lot of the remanufactured companies. Is it because people freak out over the printer warnings?

Edit:

I think they are the same company...
http://www.ldproducts.com/aboutus
http://www.4inkjets.com/aboutus

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7 weeks 1 day ago Keep This Bootable CD Handy For Troubleshooting wildweaselkeeper

Anyone know how FalconFour's Ultimate Boot CD compares with another one of the same name, (but not FalconFour's) found on this site: http://www.ultimatebootcd.com? Also found on SourceForge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/ubcd/?source=navbar and also listed on Softpedia (as a Pick): http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/Ultimate-Boot-C....

Just wondering if anyone is familiar with both? I will download both, when I have time, and see what differences there might be.

Thank You! In advance to anyone who may know about this.

Thank you Rob, for this post.

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7 weeks 1 day ago Keep This Bootable CD Handy For Troubleshooting wildweaselkeeper

Any time you have a tool like this with the collection of utilities it has you are going to get to get false positives. I've been using Nirsoft (NirSofer) utilities for many years and used to quite often get false positives with some of their utilities. I been using NirLauncher for a couple years now (something like that), also known as the Nirsoft or NirSofer Package, and if you scan it with just about anything like VirusTotal you will get false positives with it because of the utilities it contains.

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Hilarious. Thanks.

Michael Locker, MD

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7 weeks 1 day ago Five Offbeat and Oddball Websites to Make You Smile Rick Grunwald

Enjoyed the diversion - thanks! :))

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7 weeks 1 day ago This Tree-Based Personal Information Manager Looks Superb booleanboy

That's a very useful and considered article - thanks for the link.

I use Winpatrol, Malwarebytes, Cautious Good Sense and several other utilities to validate downloads but threats change so it's very useful to have a regular heads-up on new methods being developed to trip the unwary.

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7 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

Thanks, Panzer.

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7 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Ways to Learn Programming Panzer

Two more useful links:
http://learn.code.org/
http://code.org/learn

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7 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Software for Mac OS Davidlara

HashTab provides OS extensions to calculate file hashes. HashTab supports many hash algorithms such as MD5, SHA1, SHA2, RipeMD, HAVAL and Whirlpool.

Ref: hr software
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7 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Email Software johnvk

vivaldi.net webmail is one to consider.

the webmail (not pc client program) in myopera was pretty good. It was part of the whole myopera community. It went "out of business" as of 3/1/2014. Ie tomorrow ;) However the developers created Vivaldi.net; It is also a whole community. When i load their pages and watch the websites go buy in the lower left of firefox, i do not see many other sites go by besides vivaldi.net. In fact i just double checked now, and the ONLY website i saw go by was vivalid.net. Their servers are located in Iceland for, among other things, their commitment to free speech. It appears on first glance very open source mindset friendly.

Their vivaldi mail is a hosted roundcube program. I have found roundcube only meh. But free as in freedom is a big plus. Altho this is just a first impression, i dont really "know" the community.

The tech world is changing. There use to be "free as in beer" and "free as in freedom". Now there's also "free as in build a profile on you and sell it for ad targeting".

Some other notes:

vivaldi does not (currently) require a cell phone to register. They require an alternate email which they use for "forgot password" retrieval. gmail and yahoo both require a cell phone these days.

gmx.com is another "very free" email. It is very Ad HEAVY. From a couple hours surfing, it has mixed reviews. Gmx has the advantage that it does not (currently) require a cell phone nor even an alternate email address to register. Their "forgot password" retrieval is based on a security question.

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Hello:

I have used TreeDB since around 2000 as a PAID user. It's a great program, however there are several major drawbacks, so I have finally ended up migrating to Evernote.

1. Is exclusively HDD resident - (no Internet cloud capabilities).

2. It's global search is excruciatingly SLOW. I have requested the developer fix this issue for years with no results. TreeDB's global search speed does not hold a candle to Evernote's search speed.

3. TreeDB has become corrupted on me on (3) occasions whereby I have lost my entire database... even multiple backups were not helpful... and the developer was not able to deliver a fix and put the ball back in my court. UNACCEPTABLE.

4. The developer disable the TreeDB forum because there were so many negative comments that were left UNRESOLVED.

If the developer had been responsive to these issues... TreeDB would be hard to beat... however with these issue still UNRESOLVED after years... for business purposes I have come to the unfortunate conclusion that TreeDB is not a reliable and stable business-class application... feature-rich it surely is... but unstable and unreliable.

I hope this proves helpful to some.

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This is definitely a useful app. But, agree with others here: it is NOT a screen recorder... it is a MACRO recorder. Recordings produced by this app can only be "played back" on the computer that they were created-on, even when saved as an executable. Thus, this app is not useful for (and never was intended to be) a tutorial creation tool in the same vein as tools that capture screen activity and save it as a flash or video file. You can't send a screen recording executable file created by TinyTask to a friend and expect him to see a replay of your screen activity on his computer..the executable will not even launch on his computer.

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7 weeks 2 days ago A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small tp

I had been using CamStudio (http://camstudio.org/) but this one looks interesting, especially the ability to personalize your recordings by embedding input from a camera in the recording. I'll have to check it out.

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7 weeks 2 days ago A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small Jorpho

As far as actual screen recording in Windows goes, I found BB Flashback Express a while ago. I'm not sure how well it works for fancy Direct3D applications, but for standard Windows apps it gets the job done nicely.
http://www.bbsoftware.co.uk/BBFlashBack_FreePlayer.aspx

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7 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Ways to Learn Programming Stacy Graner

These are some good resources to learn programming online. I would add LearnToProgram's Web Development course to the list though. I learned alot at my own pace, I'm currently enrolled in another one of their courses.

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