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8 weeks 1 day ago If You're Using Windows Remote Desktop You Need To Read This SyDiko

No problem at all. :)

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8 weeks 1 day ago If You're Using Windows Remote Desktop You Need To Read This rob.schifreen

It depends what you want to do. I personally spend around 20 hours a week using Remote Desktop, and have just spent the past 9 hours using it today, to build and configure 5 separate servers from scratch. It does everything I need to do, without requiring any additional software be installed.

It's even better when used with a free RDC Manager, such as the one from Microsoft at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=21101

Primitive is good sometimes. :)

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8 weeks 1 day ago If You're Using Windows Remote Desktop You Need To Read This rseiler

Even easier: use something like Teamviewer or Remote Utilities--both free--instead. RD might seem primitive by comparison.

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8 weeks 1 day ago Free Downloadable PDF Tech Guides and Tutorials G.R

the best tech guide website ever lol

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8 weeks 1 day ago If You're Using Windows Remote Desktop You Need To Read This eikelein

SyDiko, THANK YOU!

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8 weeks 2 days ago Best Free File Copy Utility sicknero

Thanks for the pointer George : )

I have trouble with TeraCopy on large jobs ... for me it tends to hang my system when left alone to copy files for several hours. I was just DuckDuckGo-ing for an alternative that has a pause option, and your comment here popped up which has made my day. I find FastCopy much more reliable than TeraCopy and the only thing missing for me was a pause function. It hadn't even occured to me try using the speed slider.

Thank you!

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8 weeks 2 days ago Put A Bing Search Box On Your Desktop. Stunning Wallpapers Optional. danielson

This Bing desktop is nice, kind of replaces Clickto which has become shareware.

You wonder now why Microsoft can't come up with a decent browser...
If they would only hire the guy who did NetCaptor, then i think Google would have to do more than just fix bugs. Ha!

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8 weeks 2 days ago Best Free File-Based Backup Program AndyR

Hi crombierob, You also have the option to create a Linux based boot CD / ISO though the Win PE CD / ISO is much more comprehensive (as in you have almost all the same options available to you, as you have discovered) what I tend to do is have the Win PE ISO stored in the same location as my current weekly backups and use EasyBCD to create a boot from ISO menu entry for it, so I have two boot options Win7 and also Aomei Win PE, whilst this method has its advantages and disadvantages depending on what it is you wish to do and should not be used as your only emergency recovery method, though for day to day use I find that method is more convenient for me personally.

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8 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

I'll need to take another look at this as soon as I have the time but the updates were certainly not automatic on my machine. Furthermore, the FortiClient 5 documentation (page 69) refers only to the use of the manual "update now" button, unless the software is being used in conjunction with their commercial FortiManager. MC - Site Manager.

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8 weeks 2 days ago Best Free File-Based Backup Program crombierob

I just downloaded all of the free versions from AOMEI
Make sure you'all get the bigger download (does XP and later OS's)
Even if you only need it for Win 7/8 get the other one (XP and Win 7/8)
The reason being with the bigger one, you can create a bootable Win PE CD.
And if you follow my instructions and only image when Windows is closed (ie use a bootable CD), then only the Win PE CD allows that.

Rob

PS I have the latest FF, and CANNOT LOG IN to here to make comments. Had to use an alternate browser (Comodo Dragon)

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8 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software andrew1879

I switched to FortiClient a few weeks ago too. The signature updates are automatic.
By default the software itself will only display an alert when a software update is available, but there is an option in File > Settings "Automatically download and install updates". Note that this option does not refer to the signature updates--which are always automatic in my experience--but to FortiClient itself.
So far I think FortiClient is worth a look - high detection rates, fairly lightweight and needs virtually no user interaction. The web filter is a nice bonus too. But I would like an option to not install its VPN component because it's useless for an average home user and it installs unnecessary virtual network adaptors.

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8 weeks 2 days ago Best Free File-Based Backup Program AndyR

Hi, Thank you for your input and suggestions, you make a valid point regarding if the backup files will still remain or not after uninstalling the software as I do recall one I tested a couple of years ago actually deleted the backed up files though I do not recall exactly what its name was / is offhand.

The general guideline for any form of sensitive backup data is to keep it off the main system as in use a removable HDD for example to store the backups. However in most cases the software will create it's own file type extension that is not compatible with similar software, there are way's and means around this in certain circumstances but that is not for me to advise here as you can get in a very big mess real quickly.

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8 weeks 2 days ago Best Free File-Based Backup Program AndyR

Hi jeffegil, Thanks for the additional information. I plan to update the reviews that need doing so ASAP including AOMEI Backupper, incidentally that is the one I am currently using for a personal backup solution.

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8 weeks 2 days ago How to Search Tweets Without Being Signed Up on Twitter David Roper

I am into Facebook but not Twitter. This is exciting for me. Yeah, I am 71 years old.

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8 weeks 2 days ago Additional µTorrent Settings chinamike

I am troubled that the articles pro and against IP filtering are SEVEN YEARS OLD! I really would hope there would be something much more current on the subject. I personally use IP filters because, hey--how could it hurt NOT TO?
I also use an anonymous proxy (usually out of China or Russia) in my P2P client and I verify it with a torrent IP checker (IPmagnet).
I have never in six years of downloading torrents, received one of those letters from my ISP.

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8 weeks 2 days ago Best Free File-Based Backup Program jeffegil

AOMEI Backupper DOES support file and folder backup now.
Download free version 2.0.1 from their site.

http://www.backup-utility.com/help/file-backup.html

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8 weeks 2 days ago If You're Using Windows Remote Desktop You Need To Read This SyDiko

I'd like to shine some additional light on this topic, because technically any publicly facing computers can suffer from brute-force attacks regardless of the port. And, what I mean by, 'publicly facing' is a computer that can be accessed from the internet or outside of your network.

If you are worried about a brute-force attack on your publicly facing machine then you may want to also look into:

Changing the port of the RDP protocol
- As stated in the article, 3389 is the default RDP port, but this can be changed...GOOGLE IT!

Change the Name of your Administrator account
- Either change the name or disable the account altogether.

Set Complex passwords (10+ combination of upper, lower, and special characters) on your admin account(s)
- Shouldn't have to explain this, but complexity negates brute-force by sheer time constraints. For example, lets say you use the word password, as a password. It's already 8 characters in length, and now lets add some complexity following the above algorithm. I changed password to "p@$sw0rD* and now you have a pretty beefy 10-character password that would take any brute-force attempt something like 500 years to complete. Yeah, I don't think a hacker has the patience to wait that long, but you get my point! :)

Setting up a Home VPN
- Not to be confused with anonymous web surfing services. With a VPN, you wont need your RDP box publicly facing, therefore you are safe from brute-force attacks. However, any computer that you want to use to access your Remote PC will need to be connected to your VPN. If you forget to disconnect or anything like that, you will be subject to attack by your own negligence.

IP/MAC Filtering
- At your router level, only allow access to certain IP and/or mac addresses.

There a few more avenues for additional layers of security, but the above are the easiest to setup.

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8 weeks 3 days ago Put A Bing Search Box On Your Desktop. Stunning Wallpapers Optional. rob.schifreen

:)

Have a look at Focus At Will. It's a (paid-for) service which is like an online radio station, but scientifically designed to help you concentrate and be productive. I actually find it really helpful. You can listen for free for 60 minutes, to a set of tunes which then repeat, if you want to try it out. I actually pay for this service because I find it very useful (and, it must be said, because they made me a very good offer to tempt me back after I initially cancelled!).

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8 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Download Manager Spy

I used different download managers in the past, then switched to Free Download Manager since some years, and I fully agree with this article, its one of the best download manager.

It splits the file that is being downloaded in such a way that it makes the download faster than other download managers.

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8 weeks 3 days ago Put A Bing Search Box On Your Desktop. Stunning Wallpapers Optional. Aretas

And I thought I was the only person left in the world who can't stand pictures as desktops, or pictures on mouse mats. But then I can't work with the radio on either.

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8 weeks 3 days ago Tips and Tricks for Ubuntu after Installation [Ubuntu 14.04] adoptapet

Excellent and helpful tips for Ubuntu 14.04; saved me loads of time and energy. And at 72, that means a lot. Been using Linux since RedHat, Mandriva, and Suse first hit the store shelves, and this Ubuntu 14.04 is a real winner; runs perfectly on my old Dell Latitude E6400 laptop (about 2006 vintage). Thank you very, very much!!!

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

I'll add a new section for download managers exclusively for downloading from file sharing services.

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

Since am the new editor here, I need some time to test it, but only after completing the review of external download managers.

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

Thank you for your kind words :)

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8 weeks 3 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. David Roper

I thought Rob down under, and several of us a few months ago starting calling it Crapware. There's Shareware, Freeware, Public Domain, Commercial or Boxware, and Crapware.

There's nothing wrong with a developer offering it as Shareware with a time bomb in it after 90 days from Installing. Jim Button made a good living with PCFile.

Crapware will never succeed anywhere.

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8 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Download Manager Remah

George.J, good job. I like the new introduction as it points out useful features which provide good reasons for using a download manager.

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8 weeks 3 days ago Best Freeware Download Sites EldonW

MajorGeeks is not 'limited to tech tools and utilities'. There are 20 different categories including apps for Mac and Android. Be aware though, freeware and shareware are lumped together. For freeware only, click on Top Freeware Picks in the left pane.
Another website for continuously updated portable programs (and games) is PortableApps.com. Only freeware and open source programs are listed.
That said, Gizmo's Freeware provides a usefull comparison between programs and a rating system. It's still the website to beat.

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8 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Download Manager rseiler

Re DownThemAll, I'm baffled by this statement: "However, when you need to download a single large file it's much slower than a standalone download manager."

DTA supports threading like the others, and it's extremely good at maxing out your bandwidth limitations, as long as the server is capable of it. I use it all the time, even for large files, when I find that a regular single-thread download without DTA is slow.

Given this, unless a standalone download manager can EXCEED the amount of bandwidth that you have (which is impossible), I don't see how the statement can be true.

I've used DTA for about 3 or 4 years.

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8 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Download Manager Faziri

Vity's Freerapid is quite awesome too. Very fast and light, monitors the clipboard (I find browser integration to be more annoying than helpful), fancy window decoration is optional instead of mandatory (thankfully), recognizes a lot of hosts from the links, batch links and downloads, etc.

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8 weeks 3 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. SkuterB

I'll second that mouse53, with 1 clarification, I do understand that freeware creators need, want or hope to make money on their software and I will help them when I can.

It always seemed simple to me, IF an adware or toolbar developer is truly proud of their software, all they have to do is add a little blurb during the freeware installation telling you it is available and what it does and then have an UNchecked box where I can opt-in if I am interested.
Having a hidden or difficult to find box that is already checked and I HAVE to opt-out to avoid is underhanded no matter how you look at it.
IMHO That includes Adobe w/McAfee.

I also appreciate Gizmos giving me a heads-up when a program is infected with un-necessary and probably unwanted add-ons.

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8 weeks 3 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. mouse53

Any type of adware, Is malware. Developers need to stop including this kind of garbage in their software. It is not needed nor wanted. Gizmos provides a great service and is trying to protect us from the junk. You guys need to stop bashing the staff at Gizmos, they are only trying to help us and many people don't want to go through all the garbage to install something. It should be a straight forward install, not use the Command promp, not opening the file to pick out the adware exe, or anything of that sort. They, ( Devs ) shouldn't be so hungry they resort to adding crap in their programs just to make a buck.

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8 weeks 3 days ago Best Free PDF Writer Software Anupam

Thanks for sharing your experience.

Generally, I am quite good with spotting the bundled software, and opt-out choices. However, I might have missed this one, as you point out. I will try downloading and installing once again. However, I am not interested in the software anymore. I downloaded and installed Bullzip and it seems to work well, with a test file that I printed.

I used to keep PdfCreator in my toolbox as it was open source, but since they began bundling software with it, which made the installation process too slow a few times, I gave up long ago on it. With much lighter options like Bullzip, I don't think I will try it again.

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8 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Partition Management Software MidnightCowboy

Glad you got it sorted. :) MC

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8 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Partition Management Software rearadmiral

Thanks MC. I didn't think to try the forum. (I might have got myself into a bit of a panic. ;~)

I eventually bit the bullet & used HP's option "Refresh your PC" & it worked a charm. Not sure what went wrong but at least I have a working PC again.

Cheers

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8 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Partition Management Software MidnightCowboy

Please post your issue here in our forum where it will receive greater exposure. MC - Site Manager.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/system/

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8 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Partition Management Software rearadmiral

Firstly, a huge thanks to the team as you do a fantastic job & have helped me a great deal in the past. However, MiniTool Partition Wizard has given me no end of problems. I received a new laptop this Friday (27/6/14) & installed MiniTool's software last nite. Booted up this morning & ran the s/w to partition my 1Tb drive into 4 more manageable partitions. The s/w restarted the machine, partitioned the drive as it rebooted & there were no error messages as the s/w partitioned the disk. However, it then failed to restart fully giving me an "Unexpected Kernel Mode Trap" msg. I did a bit of research & rebooted in safe mode successfully followed by a successful clean boot. Then I looked at my computer details to find that I now only have a 100G C drive & a 20G recovery D drive!

Partition Wizard can still see the other 880G of the disk but file explorer couldn't initially but now I've manually allocated drive letters to them I can now view the other partitions in file explorer. (I had allocated them in Partition Wizard but it wasn't picked up for some reason). However, unfortunately I can now no longer clean boot & can only boot in safe mode! Frankly I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to try next. It's especially frustrating as I've only had the machine 2 days & already I can't use it properly. :~{

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8 weeks 4 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. godzonekid

"For me, OpenCandy is no issue given it is dead simple to workaround/opt out."

Yeah, but for how long... THAT is the question. I've had open candy sneak on my machine due to the opt out box being out of view... yeah, that is sneaky.

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8 weeks 4 days ago Is Your PC Updating Correctly? Are You Sure? godzonekid

I said rarely, you said occasionally... I take it that both words in "this context" mean pretty much the same thing... My wife's laptop fails on updates I'd say probably about 25% of the time. I've told her to NOT download when they first come out as if they are buggy it could cause serious problems... been there, done that. Sick and tired of doing system restores.

I usually wait 2 weeks before downloading Winduhz updates. Usually the fixes to any bad update files have been fixed in this timeframe.

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8 weeks 4 days ago Problem With Internet Explorer? Maybe You Need Fewer Bits ChrisW

I just tried this tip. I am running Windows 7 with IE 11.0.9600.17126. When I checked TASK ADMIN the first time it showed only entries with the name of iexplore.exe. I changed PROGRAM FILES to PROGRAM FILES (x86) and the task manager still shows only entires with the name iexplore.exe. IE still seems like it is running just fine so far, but I do not see any entries in TASK MANAGER showing iexplore.exe*32. Don't know if this helps or just confuses the matter.

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8 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader Joe A.TT

It's really strange. Nevertheless, I'm wasting any more time with it.

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8 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader sicknero

It's a curious one for sure :-)

Some files I've tried are several hundred pages of image-heavy scanned books and are displayed perfectly, while others it fails completely with. One book for instance, looks as if the ink was wet and someone's smeared it liberally about with a damp cloth.

In PDF XChange - https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/kkushi2ae54e1a1/2014-06-29_00-22-21.png

In SlimPDF - https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/tx7ccngz1lybjzk/2014-06-29_00-23-29.png

Very odd :-) Something to do with different types of pdf file perhaps, I don't know anything about that though.

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8 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader Joe A.TT

Thanks for the info. I extracted it with UE too but when testing it failed to display certain text in my test file. Actually, I don't even know how to describe what the problem areas looked like. It was probably some other font, but certainly not text at all.

Thanks for the feedback anyway. ;-)

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8 weeks 4 days ago Best Free PDF Writer Software sicknero

Hi Anumpam, I tried DoPdf v8 today as well, and on first install I found the same as you with the Office add-on being installed. On second try though I looked a bit closer and found that the tick-box for that is actually a very pale grey tick on a white background which is extremely difficult to see. Having made sure that was deselected, DoPdf did install without the add-on.

After all that I didn't like it much anyway, it seems extremely slow and resource-intensive so I tried a few others and wasn't much impressed with any of them, they all seem to take forever and most of the ghostscript ones crash at about 99% as well for some reason. I used to use DoPdf and Bullzip quite a lot, I don't remember having such problems before.

The only one I might keep is PdfCreator which seems to work ok and produce good results without topping out my CPU for ages, although this one does use ghostscript too. As far as I could tell there's nothing bundled with the installer (I got v1.7.3 from the website) except for two other programs by the same vendor ... Pdf Architect which is a payware trial version, and Images2Pdf which is freeware. Both of these can be deselected in the "Components" stage of the installation.

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8 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader sicknero

Hi Joe. Actually after some more testing, SlimPDF does have problems ... for instance I have a collection of classic literature scanned to pdf and Slim really struggles to load these and then fails to display them properly. However, the purpose I originally wanted it for (printing large, text-only pdfs from the internet at work) it seems to do very well so I'll probably keep it for that. I did do a proper install to see if that would fix the problems it was having but it makes no difference.

Anyway if you want to try it, yes you can just put it through Universal Extractor which will give you three folders - {app}, {cf32}, embedded, and a file named install_script.iss. I just copied all the files from {app} into another folder on the drive where I keep all my portables. {cf32} contains a file called itech.dll ... no idea what that's for but the prog seems to work fine without it.

As far as I can tell it makes no changes in appdata but it does create a registry key (HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Investintech.com Inc.)which holds recently opened file paths and a subkey for settings, although it's written nothing in that so far.

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8 weeks 4 days ago Organize Information Alone Or With Others irwanwr

Sounds like Mural.ly to me.
Have you checked out http://mural.ly yet?

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8 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility sicknero

The portable versions of Puran and Recuva both seem to run fine in MiniXP. Recuva will run as it is while for Puran you need to find gdiplus.dll and riched20.dll on your system drive and copy them into Puran's folder.

I also discovered that Recuva does have a tree view for the scan results which I hadn't noticed before (or had forgotten about). It's in Advanced - Options and Recuva actually seems to detect more files than Puran as well.

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8 weeks 5 days ago Best Free File or Disk Catalog Organizer gogabz

Just installed Cathy on a windows 8 laptop. When I try to Catalog any folder it just reports it as inaccessible!

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8 weeks 5 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. leibnitz

I agree with most commenters here: calling Axcrypt "OpenCandy-infected" is unfair, just like calling Gizmo "Adwords-infected".

With the slight difference that opting out of OpenCandy in AxCrypt (or not installing from the beginning) is so easy that I'm surprised the author of this article was not able to do it, while opting out from Google Retargeting is a bit more complex. Furthermore, I've not seen any "Warning, you'll be tracked by BigG because we earn money on you via AW" when opening this page, so just to apply your line of reasoning you didn't give the option to opt-out, while AxCrypt does. :-)

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8 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader Joe A.TT

Hi sicknero,

Thanks for this. I'd like to give it a try. Can you provide some more details? Which program did you extract it with? Was it Universal Extractor? Did you have to delete any files or folders after extracting? Did you have to create any files, e.g. an ini file?

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

Thanks for sharing your experiences on the portable version. The last stable version of EagleGet is 1.1.8.3, although the portable version is available only for 1.1.8.2

The default categories can't be messed up in the stable version but from what I've seen it's possible in 2.0 Alpha.

I've also seen EagleGet monitoring sounds in GMail, I've set it to exclusion list to get rid of it.

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8 weeks 5 days ago Concerned About The Demise Of Truecrypt? Try This Freebie Instead. bernardz

This is partially true. What you have shown is that a good algorithm in an open-source program is better than a weak algorithm in a closed source but if both are equal in strength, the closed source has the advantage that the attempted cracker does not know what it is doing.

For example, in one project, I was associated with, what we did was encrypted the files with an inital layer using a weak system that we wrote, this hid many of the files characteristics before we encrypted this file with a strong commercial software package. A closed one can do this, an open one source cannot use a the first layer. There are other tricks you can use too.

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8 weeks 5 days ago Concerned About The Demise Of Truecrypt? Try This Freebie Instead. rob.schifreen

>> I am sure it is easier to crack it if you have the source,
>> as you know, exactly what it is doing.

No. Not the case. Everyone knows the source/algorithm behind encryption algorithms such as DES, RSA, AES, Blowfish etc. Everyone knows precisely how the work, and thus why they are secure. Everyone also knows that cracking them is, theoretically, very easy. You just need to throw *vast* amounts of mathematical computing power at them, for many years. Which is beyond the scope of pretty much everyone. That's why they are secure.

Consider, on the other hand, a closed-source algorithm. No one except the makers know how it works. So how do we know that the algorithm isn't weak (either deliberately or inadvertently)?

Here's an example of why open-source encryption works. Imagine 2 prime numbers, say 7 and 5. Multiply them together and you get 35. By the laws of maths, given 35, there's only 1 pair of prime numbers which can be multiplied to produce that answer. With 35, it's pretty easy to solve with a computer. Now imagine that, instead of 35, I give you a number that's a thousand digits long and ask you to find the 2 prime factors.

That's the point. Everyone understands the problem. Everyone knows the maths behind it. Everyone knows that there are no shortcuts or back doors. And everyone knows how difficult it is to solve.

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8 weeks 5 days ago How to Clean An Infected Computer MidnightCowboy

Sorry but we do not provide support for commercial programs. Please post your questions in the Kaspersky forum. You might also have some hardware issues that need professional attention. MC - Site Manager.

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8 weeks 5 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. crosseyedlemon

That's interesting because both WOT and my Avast Online Security plugin are green and indicate no risk for the Unchecky site. The program has worked well for me with no problems.

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8 weeks 5 days ago How to Clean An Infected Computer Mona_World

when i am choosing the vulnerability scan option in kaspersky it is detecting 1 vulnerabilities but when i click on detected vulnerabilities it shows nothing. what to do? how this problem can be solved? please help me. my computer is behaving crazily. sometimes it shut downs automatically, sometimes the monitor connection is gone and also the hdd led red light is off but cpu power switch is still running and also the smps monitor is running. so i hav to shutdown the cpu forcefully and restart it. please help me to come out from this situation.

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8 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Download Manager sicknero

Thanks for the pointers George, I hadn't really looked very hard as auto-grouping isn't something I really use. It still seems to be impossible to delete the pre-set groups though.

What I've found after a few days with EG is that if I make sure everything in it is set to capture and monitor, then it works excellently and the video button works for most sites very well. It even appears unexpectedly at times, e.g. on occasion it pops up in gmail and when I clicked download just to see what it was spotting, it downloaded a mail as an empty mp3 :-)

What does happen, is that when I start a new session the monitoring options in EG have disabled themselves and have to be reset. This might be an aspect of the portable version I guess.

It's very usable for me anyway, as I don't need anything that permanently monitors my browser. Just something to handle large/numerous downloads which might potentially be interrupted by a browser/system restart.

I did see the beta version but I'm quite happy with 1.1.8.2 at the moment.

FDM is excellent, I agree. It's been my favourite for several years. There's a v5 alpha version by the way, which is available for testing on the FDM forums.

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8 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader sicknero

I just wanted to mention SlimPDF which I discovered yesterday. It's the fastest and lightest reader I've yet seen and has only the most minimal controls and options. Just read/print, nothing else. I was previously using Sumatra as a quick viewer but I've found that it isn't great at printing, while SlimPDF manages perfectly.

I wanted an alternative to the built-in Firefox viewer (I've had frequent problems with that) without having to use a full-featured program as the default viewer, and Slim seems to fit the bill very well.

The download is an installer (no bundling that I could discover) but I just extracted that and ran it portably with no problems.

http://www.investintech.com/resources/freetools/slimpdfreader/

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8 weeks 5 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. sicknero

What happens with an installer that includes Open Candy is that when the installation runs, a dll file is executed, usually "OCSetupHlp.dll" in my experience and it is this that MBAM and some other anti-malwares will detect as a PUP. Also most third-party firewalls will pick it up if configured to make executables ask before connecting to the internet.

The dll file is extracted to, and run from, the system temp directory and connects to the internet to show you the various bundled offers. If you decline all the extras then the dll is deleted after the installer finishes and nothing is left on your system except the program you wanted.

You can read about this in more detail on the OpenCandy website and observe the process for yourself with basic system monitoring freeware and/or a sandbox/virtualised OS.

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8 weeks 5 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. MidnightCowboy

We have also tried to expand on this with some practical advice in this article. MC - Site Manager.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/what-else-have-you-just-download...

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8 weeks 5 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. Jojo Yee

Welcome your kind comments Yankiwi. The Gizmo's Freeware Policy on OpenCandy is available from this page Controversial Advertising Program Now Being Embedded in More Software.

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8 weeks 5 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. Geert

>> I did not select any optional software during the install process
Afaik, with OpenCandy, you should UNselect any optional software

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8 weeks 5 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. BEBOP0389

Many of these comments leave me to believe that a lot of people think Open Candy is optional. In my experience it isn't.

I recently installed IMGBurn. I did not select any optional software during the install process, and yet Malwarebytes detected Open Candy on my fresh OS install.

This constitutes an unwanted intrusion IMO. I was lead to believe I was installing IMGBurn and nothing else, and yet that crap was installed too. The sooner the majority labels it as unacceptable, the sooner devs stop including it in their installers.

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8 weeks 5 days ago Other Browsers George.J

Resource usage of browsers differs for different systems. It won't be the same for a PC having 512MB RAM and one having 4GB. Unless you're having a low-end system, you'll be fine.

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8 weeks 5 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. Yankiwi

I have used AxCrypt for some time now and have nothing but good things to report about it. It is excellent software, is dead simple to use, and does what it says it will do. When I had a question about something, I emailed the developer and got a prompt and informative answer.

As to OpenCandy (OC), it is of course appropriate for Gizmo's to note in any review that OC will appear during the installation process and to inform potentially unaware readers as to what OC is and how to avoid installing something they may not want. However, the AxCrypt developer is very open and honest about why he includes OC and provides clear and easy instructions for installing AxCrypt without OC.

By way of comparison, look at how Adobe tries to trick the unaware into installing McAfee Security Scan Plus during Adobe Flash Player updates. Is the Adobe update process "McAfee-infected?"

Instead of calling any program "OpenCandy-infected," it might be better if Gizmo's were to have a standard advisory note which could be inserted into the review of any software which contains OC. That brief note could then refer those readers who are unfamiliar with OC to a Gizmo's reference page which explains OC in more detail and explains how to avoid installing OC software if you don't want it.

I really appreciate all the hard work that Rob and the other Gizmo's reviewers put into researching and presenting free software choices, and I highly value the reviews in Gizmo's, but I have to say that using the term "OpenCandy-infected" for AxCrypt is unfair and unjustly maligns an elegantly simple and useful program which is well-designed, safe to install, and works well. Based on my personal experience, I recommend AxCrypt highly.

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8 weeks 5 days ago Other Browsers CASD

I'll have to agree.. I'm totally about resource usage not that I need to be..
What I have found: Based on 15 tabs loading on startup

Chrome type browsers start off very high usage loading all the tabs..30% +
then if you don't use any tabs the usages goes back to about 20% of 7.75gb ram the minute you start view/moving around the tabs the usage gets heavy again.. Also if you let it stay in the back ground after closing it's still got those 15 tabs up in the task manager..

FireFox type Browsers...same 15 tabs

High CPU usage on loading...had to run an extra fan on my CPU or it gets hot
avg. 25% usage moving around but will drop with browser at idle..

I've tried all the browsers I can find and very few can even come close to low resource usage..workability, etc.., and not over tax the CPU

Recommendations are always welcome.. But I have tried most..maybe there is something new out there ?

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8 weeks 5 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. Yankiwi

Just FYI, when I hover my mouse over the link for http://unchecky.com, I get a yellow WOT warning. Caveat emptor.

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8 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Setting On-Top Windows Bruce_Fraser

I also use Deskpins.
To use in Windows 8, I needed to make it compatible.
How:
* Right-click on the Deskpins shortcut in the Start Menu
* Left-click "Properties" at the bottom of the list
* Go to the "Compatibility" tab
* Put a checkmark in the box "Run this program in compatibility mode for:"
* Left-click the down arrow under that box, and choose "Windows XP (Service Pack 3)
* Left-click "OK"

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8 weeks 5 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. drh2020

I second that.
Rather than call Open Candy "malware", it should be classified as a "PUP", or "Potentially Unwanted Program", as some anti-virus/anti-spyware programs typically will do.

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8 weeks 5 days ago Free eBooks And Audio Books To Read Online Or Download wallace.thomas

What about free e-books for the Nook?

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8 weeks 6 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. Geert

I tend to agree with that...

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8 weeks 6 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. SwanKnight

I'm afraid I've noticed a certain degree of bias against OpenCandy on several occasions from some Gizmo's staff/users, so how can I not complain when they demonize "OpenCandy" and use terms such as "OpenCandy-infected".

Also, the author goes as far was stating that he cannot recommend the installable version just because it comes with OpenCandy? That's not fair in my opinion.

OpenCandy is not malware and I've never faced any problems with it, I always just unchecked it and installed the application normally.

There are far worse adwares out there, some cleverly hidden that the user could miss it and other don't even give you a choice.

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8 weeks 6 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. ChronicChaos

Rob, give this a try....place several files inside a single folder. Now encrypt that folder. All files in that folder should be encrypted. At least it works for me. I also installed the non-OpenCandy version simply by registering for free with a throw-away email address. You actually gave a great write up of AxCrypt compared to TrueCrypt a couple years ago here at Gizmos.

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8 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility sicknero

Hi Rob,

Yes ... most recovery software as far as I know has the option to recover files to their original directory structure but Puran's option to display the initial scan results in their original stucture is a definite plus and a huge time saver.

Booting from CD ... I don't think many (any?) freeware recovery programs have an option to create a bootable CD or flash drive, with the exception of MiniTool which is somewhat crippled by the data limit.

However, there is a solution which will work for a lot of portable software in general. You need to get Hiren's Boot CD which includes "MiniXP", a stripped down version of Windows XP which will run directly from a CD or USB drive. (HBCD itself has an impressive collection of freeware included - description here; http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd and download links here; http://www.hirensbootcd.org/download/ )

Once you've booted into MiniXP, then you can navigate to wherever your portable software is and (in my experience) quite a lot of it will run with no problems. I've not tried that yet with Puran but I will do later just out of interest.

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8 weeks 6 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. crosseyedlemon

The staff at Gizmo's attempts to be thorough when providing product reviews so let's applaud the effort and not complain when they mention items such as Open Candy. I use a program called "Unchecky" http://unchecky.com/ which runs in the background to deal with this type of garbage.

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8 weeks 6 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. Geert

>> For this reason alone, I can't recommend that you use the standard, installable version of AxCrypt.
Thanks for at least sharing this great working freeware with us!
I hope the fact that a freeware program includes OpenCandy will NEVER be a reason not to even mention it here!
For me, OpenCandy is no issue given it is dead simple to workaround/opt out.
Just use your brains and read the text of the different installation windows carefully when you install ANYTHING.

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8 weeks 6 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. David Roper

It would be interesting to see how successful a website would be if they offered only CANDYWARE programs. Just Sayin' YMMV

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8 weeks 6 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. SwanKnight

You make it sound like OpenCandy is some sort of malware, it is not. It's adware, and last time I checked it's completely optional.

It's not unreasonable for developers to try earn some money by including something like OpenCandy which is as far as I can tell is completely harmless. If you don't like the included application(s), then choose not to install them, it's as simple as that.

I'm really getting tired of people whining about OpenCandy.

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8 weeks 6 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. WillSee

I followed the link from drh2020 (http://www.axantum.com/axcrypt/freeware.html). The author is very clear about what he is doing and why, he's not trying to sneak anything past the user.

He also provides a clear explanation of how to install the program without the additional "features" (by explaining a command line install, or for those who don't know what that means he explains what to do to decline them)

There's even the option to download an "uncontaminated" version, but that does require a free registration -- with a working email address

I'd say on balance this is acceptable. He is open and clear on how gets some income to make a free program I want to use, and allows me to opt out if I wish.

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8 weeks 6 days ago Is Your PC Updating Correctly? Are You Sure? MidnightCowboy

I use Linux for 95% or my work although all my machines are dual or triple booted to include Windows 7. Occasionally, Linux updates can be just a problematic as Windows resulting in loss of connectivity, blank screens and/or other minor issues. :D I usually hold off major updates until I can see what is being reported in the corresponding forums. The good thing is any faults are quickly rectified and fixes posted for anyone who might have been affected. MC - Site Manager.

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8 weeks 6 days ago Is Your PC Updating Correctly? Are You Sure? godzonekid

Epic... I really must wean myself off Winduhz...

One of the great things about Linux is updates very rarely ever fail.

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8 weeks 6 days ago Concerned About The Demise Of Truecrypt? Try This Freebie Instead. bernardz

I agree with almost all you say except.

I am sure it is easier to crack it if you have the source, as you know, exactly what it is doing.

And I also agree that it is only a small risk of a terabyte of such movies in countries like Australia and the US, but it's not zero. For example, I remember a case in the US where a woman's hard drive was seized and used in evidence against her in court.

Now what about people that travel say to the Gulf States? Do they want to take a risk?

What if you did encrypt a file? In many systems, it is fair obvious what the items are? What are you going to do in court if a policeman states to the judge well we cannot read it, but it is clear it is ..... Also what does happen in some countries where readers here live is that the courts/police/customs/tax demand you unencrypt it? There there are criminals too.

That why I like the hidden and special password I spoke about, it is hard to find, and if they do find it, well you can say it is an old work related data file.

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8 weeks 6 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. Jojo Yee

For those who're interested in getting a full setup with no OpenCandy, open the Windows Command Prompt from the folder containing the setup file and run it with a /nocandy switch, e.g.

AxCrypt-1.7.3156.0-Setup.exe /nocandy

It works like a charm for me. To open the Windows Command Prompt from the folder containing the setup file, see this tip.

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8 weeks 6 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. drh2020

I am pretty sure you can do a custom install and omit open candy.

References:

"For those of you who want to remove OpenCandy: Extract the Axcrypt Installer with OpenCandy Offer using 7-Zip. Open the folder and delete $PLUGINSDIR. This should remove the OpenCandy junk from the installer."
- found on: http://sourceforge.net/projects/axcrypt/reviews

Also, check this out:
http://www.axantum.com/axcrypt/freeware.html

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8 weeks 6 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. EldonW

I have just downloaded the free VSEncryptor from LOKIBIT. The file is 2.24 MB (2.7 MB for Windows 64-bit) and it's clean according to avast! AntiVirus and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. It can encrypt text and files and supports 21(!) encryption algorithms. It's worth a try.
http://lokibit.com/products.htm#vsencryptor

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8 weeks 6 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. David Roper

Alas, someone made a good program and crapped on it with OpenCandy.

Maybe one day authors will stop all this sneaky stuff and produce good stuff like PCFile and PC Write. If it's good, people will register...eventually.

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I'll give another vote for the knot-tying site. And their downloadable program looks cheap enough too.

And as someone with an expensive, pre-paid wireless internet connection, I HATE it when a web site uses a huge PNG file when a little JPG would have done as well. For example, yesterday I read a news item that led with a 1.06MB PNG of the Google headquarters.

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8 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Drive Cloning Software formaldahyde

There is freeware cloning software called "HDClone" from a german company called miray-software.
Does anyone have experience with this freeware HDClone V4.3?

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8 weeks 6 days ago Concerned About The Demise Of Truecrypt? Try This Freebie Instead. rob.schifreen

I don't think that encryption is harder to crack if you have the source. The whole point of *good* encryption is that everyone knows how it works, but everyone also knows that we don't have enough computational power to crack it.

You also need to give some though to what you encrypt. A terabyte of movies isn't worth encrypting, frankly. It would take ages, and the risk from not keeping them encrypted is pretty small. As you say, though, the CRM data is another matter entirely. Although it's interesting that you say you'd be in trouble if you lost the laptop. The whole point of encryption is that it gives you the peace of mind to not care whether or not you lose the laptop. If your chosen encryption product doesn't give you that, then you're using the wrong one.

Sadly, there are very few reliable free encryption systems for Windows (unless you're a fan of Microsoft's EFS or BitLocker, which I'm not. And BitLocker isn't in the home versions of Windows anyway). In the past I've used a paid-for product called BestCrypt, from Jetico, and I note that they're currently offering a discount for former TrueCrypt users. But it's still around $30 a copy.

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8 weeks 6 days ago Control Two PCs From One Mouse With This Freebie From Microsoft mchldpy

has anybody tried or heard of "Input Director"? I've found it hard to find a bad review of it... got to be some.

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8 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Software to Split, Trim or Join Video Files neo76

The video was copied nicely but there is no audio. Even though VLC shows the audio codec.

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8 weeks 6 days ago Concerned About The Demise Of Truecrypt? Try This Freebie Instead. bernardz

I hope someone does full review on these programs with recommendations as I think we need it urgently. I am not the one to do it as I have only used them rarely.

Some points in no order I think are important. There are advantages to open and closed source. Open source is good because we can see if there is a backdoor, I suspect, however, it is simpler to crack if you have the source.

DiskCryptor encrypted data with AES-256 while AxCrypt only 128-bit key. Currently, that is not a problem but based on current trends AES-128 will be broken by 2031. There is a 50/50 chance that it will be cracked before that.

Some programs like Cryptainer here would not be suitable for many as they have big files, for example, a terabyte hard-drive full of torrent movies or SMB accounting data which are now Gigabyte files. If I lost my laptop with our company's CRM data, I would be in big trouble.

Lastly, two functions, I really liked on one such program it put the encrypted files on a special drive which is hidden so someone who was not that good in computers examining the disk would not see them.

The other one was if someone put a gun in your head and demanded the password, it had a special password and all they would see was a large data file. You could then say it was a damaged CRM data file from work that I tried to fix.

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9 weeks 2 hours ago Concerned About The Demise Of Truecrypt? Try This Freebie Instead. rob.schifreen

You're quite right about crypto needing to be open source, but for the wrong reason! The best encryption algorithms are those which, despite their precise details being known, still can't be cracked. Only open source can provide this.

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9 weeks 2 hours ago Concerned About The Demise Of Truecrypt? Try This Freebie Instead. rob.schifreen

Yes, I wrote about it here a while ago, in a comparison with TrueCrypt. Guess I need to update that!

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9 weeks 10 hours ago Concerned About The Demise Of Truecrypt? Try This Freebie Instead. rhiannon

AxCrypt has been around for quite a while and gets good reviews.

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9 weeks 12 hours ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility crombierob

Thanks for 'heads up'
The folder structure got my attention, as getting recovered files without the folder structure is 'wrist slashing'

I have downloaded the three versions.
Can any of those be run from a bootable CD ?

Rob

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To modify and add new categories in EagleGet just follow the images below
http://i.imgur.com/CF7X00x.png
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Yes the interface and buttons are quite huge, although EagleGet v2.0 alpha has rectified it, with smaller buttons and a more pleasing interface for a download manager. The project is still in alpha stage and there may be bugs...

Although portable versions are nice, one of the downfalls is that you might not see a "Download" button for videos you stream if you are into downloading videos. What makes EagleGet impressive is that it's able to capture nearly every video on various sites across different browsers. I haven't used the portable version yet, so you could check and report me, if you are getting a Download button for videos. Moreover the portable versions lags behind the installer versions in terms of bug-fixes.

For better integration and usability, I'd recommend the installer versions for any download manager, and also not to run 2 download managers at once, just as in the case of antivirus softwares.

Free Download Manager is still great option with it's wide feature set that'll appeal all users...

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I will be considering this AV for my next re-write.

Thanks.

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Thanks for providing this very helpful information. During my next re-write I will very likely be adding this AV to the article. It'll be interesting to see how it compares in tests.

Thank you.

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That's really quite good : )

I don't know if it's something I'd use much but I love the idea.

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