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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 months 3 weeks ago jnewmarch

How can one trust a company that has found to be cheating by three of the widely respected anti-virus testing companies - AV Test, AV-Comparatives and Virus Bulletin to the extent that all three testers have stripped Qihoo 360 Total Security of their test results.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Lightning Over The Grand Canyon 2 months 3 weeks ago Alan Wade

Another stunning wallpaper! Thanks for the post and my new background :)

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Wallpaper of the Week: Lightning Over The Grand Canyon 2 months 3 weeks ago willrun4fun

A little dark but nice!

Here is one I ran for a while this week. http://imgur.com/LCoNMa4

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Best Free Disk De-fragmenter 2 months 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

When obtained via the link on our page, the x64 bit version gets 3 hits.
https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/554beef1b969b4dec2fd5041d442bc1142c55...
The x32 bit version does have more but these (as with the x64 bit) are all false positives as already documented on the developer's Sourceforge page. MC - Site Manager.

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Best Free Disk De-fragmenter 2 months 3 weeks ago howiem

I just ran UltraDefrag 7.0.1 through Virus Total and here are the results. Out of 56 scan engines, 8 detected malware.
AVware Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT 20160401
AegisLab Troj.Gen!c 20160401
Cyren W32/NewMalware-LSU-based!Maximu 20160401
F-Prot W32/NewMalware-LSU-based!Maximu 20160401
McAfee-GW-Edition BehavesLike.Win32.Tool.vc 20160331
Rising PE:Malware.XPACK/RDM!5.1 [F] 20160401
Symantec Trojan.Gen.2 20160331
VIPRE Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT 20160401
I suspect they are false positives, but the defragger programs should be checked against VT or other multi-malware scanners before making any recommendations.

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When Fonts Meet Buildings 2 months 3 weeks ago Jonrock

Cool typewriter?
HOW DOES ONE USE THIS NOW! i cannot find any "instructions' as how to SAVE and/or download any creation made on the "typewriter", if it is possible. I would like to be able to create and share a message with others somehow.
Do I need "Twitter"? There is a vaguely explained note on the Typewriter page to a "save link" page to use some credits / [/Document-ID] etc..
What is this and where do you get it?

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 months 3 weeks ago Striker-Rc4

Qihoo 360 Total Security?!?!?!?!?!.......

About a week or something u guys says this software is a FRAUDE...probaly they kick or ASS and now its the number 1? omg! im out

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 months 4 weeks ago sb1023

I ran 360 for about a year but got tired of the same annoying issues all the time. It'd get warning pop up about stuff that I'd already white-listed and despite continually saying "yes" over and over again I'd still get the pop-ups. Not to mention that the false positives are just excessive. They are all from the 360 engine, which is always on. It can't be disabled even if you have the other two engines enabled. If you could run it with just the Avast and Bitdefender engines it would be great.

I switched to something that only gets a nod in the honorable mentions here - Sophos. You essentially get their corporate product, complete with cloud-based management, for free for up to 10 computers.

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Best Free Hard Drive Health Monitoring and Diagnostic Programs 2 months 4 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Thank you for the information. The product details have now been updated. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Hard Drive Health Monitoring and Diagnostic Programs 2 months 4 weeks ago jamak

The author of CrystalDisk has put up a comment on the download page (http://crystalmark.info/download/index-e.html) concerning OpenCandy:

[2016/02/10] Removed Ads (OpenCandy) from Installers of CrystalDiskInfo & CrystalDiskMark.

Please check this up and update your information if appropriate.

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Free And Easy Online File Conversions 2 months 4 weeks ago pvilan

Rob:
You are right. Zamzar is the online file converter I use. Trusty, never any problem with it.
Regards
Peter

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Free And Easy Online File Conversions 2 months 4 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

The only real drawback to Zamzar is that unless you sign up for an account your limited to a 50MB file upload. Convert.files website will allow a 250MB upload while offering the same conversion formats - so that is another option.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 months 4 weeks ago Hannu M.

Right after I install this Qihoo 360 antivirus my computer is flooded with all sorts of ads including localisation & also in my usual after-browser cleaning programs the "Delete cookies" option (which was checked before) became unchecked. I became aghast and wish to warn others as I installed it carefully and tried to avoid PUPs. (Nevertheless I am not what you call alpha geek. But still, not newbie either.)

Before this fiasco, I use Sophos and Panda as AV protection, with also freeware version of MalwareBytes AntiMalware, and seem to have OK experience on Internet with no problems.

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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 2 months 4 weeks ago Mighty

Crashplan advertises infinite versioning from cloud backup. I assume you can set the number of versions for other backup destinations.

In addition to Crashplan, I use two other Time-Machine-Like real-time backup programs on various machines, to back up to my local NAS.

I've been using AutoVer for years. It has a clunky interface, but does versioned real-time backups to networked storage. It also provides backup to FTP, but I haven't used that. Unfortunately, its author doesn't visit his forum very often, so it's teetering on abandonware.

A program I've been using since then on my two latest machines for the last few years is Yadis! Backup. Same thing, versioned, real-time backup. It has been reasonably solid. But, I do need to delete the log file regularly. After it grows past a few GB the program crashes on startup. Deleting that file fixes the issue.

Both AutoVer and Yadis! Backup are free.

Drake Christensen

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 months 4 weeks ago andrew1879

360 Total Security should be changed to "Free for private use only". Its website at https://www.360totalsecurity.com/en/help/, under Category>Others, states "The software is not licensed for any commercial business activities, profit-based business activities, or revenue-generating business activities." (Their wording is a bit unclear though.)

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 months 4 weeks ago Panzer trolCommander - fork of muCommander: http://trolsoft.ru/en/soft/trolcommander view
Free And Easy Online File Conversions 2 months 4 weeks ago Phylis Sophical

Agree, used Zamzar many times with great success. No abuse of my email addy either.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 months 4 weeks ago CASD

I thought Panda was the top rated... I can't keep up.... I had 360 and than found out Panda was better and now Panda is last and 360 is first....DANG!

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 months 4 weeks ago NeilF784

I endorse 360 Total Security. I was introduced to it when a local print company using it picked up a threat on my USB that MSE had not detected.
now use both it and MSE and find they work seamlessly together.
I also like the Optimise Option on 360

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 months 4 weeks ago Panzer "... NeoLoader is a download manager/filesharing client, designed to work across network borders ...": http://neoloader.com/www/index.html http://neoloader.com/www/download.html view
Best Free Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 2 months 4 weeks ago Panzer "... LANTorrent is not a torrent application. It is actually a wrapper for you existing torrent application that adds a layer of protection to stop you corrupting your torrent setup, and recovering when it does ...": http://www.homedev.com.au/Free/LANTorrent view
Best Free Program Launcher 2 months 4 weeks ago Panzer Keypirinha is a semantic launcher for keyboard ninjas: http://keypirinha.com view
Best Free BitTorrent Client 2 months 4 weeks ago Panzer ".. PicoTorrent is a tiny BitTorrent client for Windows with low memory usage, high performance and a native user interface ...": http://www.picotorrent.org view
How to Know If Your Computer Is Infected 2 months 4 weeks ago kman45

Hi,

I am running Windows 10, and I looked up Comodo Cleaning Essentials (CCE) when checking my computer for infections. However, Comodo only lists CCE versions for Windows Vista, 7, and 8. Is there another program which will work like CCE for Windows 10?

Thanks, Karl

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 months 4 weeks ago wlinden

Got my system back. Thank God and Gizmo for the Ulimate Boot disk. Now following instructions at [link removed as it contains links to red-rated scam software] Although the registry keys seem to be gone already. Perhaps it did not install properly in the first place.

Further baffling, now Comodo is actually running for the first time since I installed it.
[Moderators comment: Please be aware the link you posted is to a scam site that appears to be legitimate but contains links to the red-rated SpyHunter rogue software. I even detailed this a short time ago in a post below. These folks set up dozens of domains linking to this rogue software and keep changing them as each site goes red with WOT (Web Of Trust). MC - Site Manager]
https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/enigmasoftware.com?utm_source=addon&u...

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 months 4 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Over the years I've seen this issue caused by a variety of (mostly) security software especially in systems where several different security software apps have been previously installed. The fix involves the correction of registry errors. I suggest you Google for whichever you believe to be the most satisfactory solution but personally I do not recommend the use of automated registry tools, so the assistance of a qualified tech might be more appropriate. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 months 4 weeks ago wlinden

I installed qihoo from your link. It DESTROYED most of my programs, including Firefox and most of my start-ups. I could not uninstall it (went into Safe Mode to delete manually, but who knows what else is there)", and can not access Task Manager or System Restore. I can not install any replacements fort he destroyed programs,keep getting "no such interface" errors.
I am running System Restore from the Ultimate Boot CD and praying.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 months 4 weeks ago wlinden

I installed qihoo from the link and ran a scan. Now it has DESTROYED most of my programs. None of my browsers will work, I can not access Sustem Restore or Task Manager and no way to download replacements. I am in despair. (This is coming from an IPad>. M HELP

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 months 4 weeks ago movrshakr

I simply can't help it...I have to be cautious and not select a product coming from China (Qihoo) knowing how much their government controls everything there, especially internet. This is strictly a personal choice since there are good alternatives.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 months 4 weeks ago kernow

Found 45 "Problems" - Checked with Virustotal revealed all false positives except one which scored 2 - one of which was against the Qihoo engine. Not exactly a favourable result.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 months 4 weeks ago vandamme

Your "download" button for Comodo is actually the link to Avira.
Also, there's a separate page for Linux antivirus. https://www.comodo.com/home/internet-security/antivirus-for-linux.php
I'm not so sure there's really any point because Linux is so virus-resistant anyhow. But it's good to see Tux getting some love.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 months 4 weeks ago mlewis

Certainly feels like being attacked. The post you linked to did not give any indication of being in a bundled package. I've seen other posts indicating similar. But gee thanks for the condescending link regarding bundled software.

Again, just relating my experience.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 months 4 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

No one is being attacked here. If you search the various posts accurately you will see that this arrived as part of a bundled package so it did not get installed without user permission, rather, as is often the case, they just clicked yes, yes to everything during the installation of the other software and did not read the EULA beforehand. The fact some of the software bundles are from less than reputable sources is the reason why this became flagged as a PUP (potentially unwanted program) although both the software and the vendor are reputable enough. It is also worth mentioning that many of the "removal guides" for various software are themselves bogus such as these two (WOT (Web Of Trust) ratings links provided as the sites themselves are red rated). SpyHunter in particular is an infamous rogue and there are links to this all over the internet. As soon as one link goes red they set up a new domain. MC - Site Manager.
https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/botcrawl.com?utm_source=addon&utm_con...
https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/enigmasoftware.com?utm_source=addon&u...

You may also find this of interest.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/what-else-have-you-just-download...

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 months 4 weeks ago mlewis

You yourself posted a link of someone else who had it installed on their computer without their knowledge. A simple google search brings up multiple sites with similar stories and removal instructions. As for the processes left running, should I really be expected to remember the specific details from something multiple months ago?

amazing that I appear to be getting attacked just for relating my experience.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 months 4 weeks ago MidnightCowboy But you provide no details of what this "malware" is, where it might be obtained from, links to any of the "multiple sites" telling how to remove it, which processes were left running after the uninstall process on your system, in fact no concrete details about anything. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 months 4 weeks ago mlewis

Wrapped installers are not the same as malware installing in the background. Google Chrome doesn't claim to be an antivirus program.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 months 4 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Google Chrome and other popular software apps can also installed by the wrapped installers of other software so presumably you don't use any of these either? MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 months 4 weeks ago mlewis

I definitely had obtained it from the official source. the uninstall appeared successful but left running processes behind. Your experience may vary.
My experience and the fact that it is installed by other malware for some people is enough for me to never go back.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 months 4 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

I too have had no issues whatsoever either with the running of this antivirus (when obtained from the official source), or its removal. This thread provides some insight into what might have happened to others. MC - Site Manager.
http://www.tomsguide.com/answers/id-2350774/360-total-security-malware-r...

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 months 4 weeks ago RedSkywalker

I've just uninstalled it with no problems at all. After the uninstall got a web page asking me why I had uninstalled and thanking me for trying it! Very polite :)

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 months 4 weeks ago mlewis

I've used Qihoo in the last year but when i saw the same program was getting installed on other people's computers by malware and there are multiple sites telling you how to get rid of it because the uninstall doesn't remove everything I switched. True to form it did not want to uninstall and many parts had to be manually removed after the uninstall claimed to be successful. Multiple reboots later it still had processes running.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Lightning Over The Grand Canyon 2 months 4 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

It's almost impossible go wrong with wallpapers that show the power of nature. The main wallpaper tab at the site provided my screen resolution to 13 decimal points.....had to laugh at that.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 months 4 weeks ago Geert

@ George J.
New to-be-considered contender in this category: SecureAPlus (https://www.secureaplus.com/) combining 12 anti-virus engines

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224 Places For Free Audio Books Online 2 months 4 weeks ago chaoooo

CastBox is an APP mainly about podcast for Android devices. Here to discover and subscribe 220,000+ podcast content. Listen to 16,000+ radio stations for free. It offers podcasts and Radio from 30+ countries & languages. Control playing from multiple widgets and notification bar seems rather convenient for finger movements. it enables you to choose to download new episodes such as free music, audio books automatically when they become available.

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Best Free PDF Writer Software 2 months 4 weeks ago Jojo Yee Thanks hobbzilla. This has now been updated in the database. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 months 4 weeks ago Jojo Yee This has now been fixed. Thanks jawad.shafiq for the comment. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 months 4 weeks ago jawad.shafiq

Dear editor, the "Go straight to the Quick Selection Guide" link on the page does not seem to work, please fix it.....

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Best Free PDF Writer Software 2 months 4 weeks ago hobbzilla

BullZip is listed as "Unrestricted freeware" when in fact it is "FREEWARE with limitations"

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Finds of the Week: Make eBooks with Google Docs, Typography Workshop, Creative 404 Pages, Mastering Tabs in Firefox 3 months 5 hours ago rhiannon Thank you, I will! :) view
The Free Text Editor That's Still Ahead Of The Others 3 months 7 hours ago astral_cyborg

Notepad++ and AkelPad for me.

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Turn Off Your Internet Connection On Demand 3 months 10 hours ago bernardz Main reason I have for doing this is for hacking software. view
Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility 3 months 14 hours ago tomhackth

Hello Editor, this is the best data recovery tools list. I really appreciate your efforts to help users but I think you missed some of the free powerful data recovery tools like Puran Software, Stellar Phoenix and many more.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 3 months 21 hours ago Remah

Sad. It is a great product for digital photography. :-(

As it hasn't been updated since February 2014 it is quite likely a lapsed subscription. The latest archive I could load from the Internet Archive is January 2016 as the March 3 snapshot wouldn't load: https://web.archive.org/web/20160110221410/http://planetimagina.com/

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Don't Buy An Internet Radio. Use This App Instead. 3 months 23 hours ago geercom

Site says I could be hacked if I even go to this site because HTTPS is not valid or has expired.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 3 months 1 day ago marcdarkin A few hours of search in these past days haven't given me a clue of what has happened to Imagina. Maybe it's a bit too soon to know because I checked out the links in my article early in March and the official page was still online at that time. Until I have more information about the issue, I have redirected the link to Softpedia. I hope such a good program survives whatever problems the development might be having. view
Best Free Digital Image Viewer 3 months 1 day ago marcdarkin Thanks. view
Turn Off Your Internet Connection On Demand 3 months 1 day ago crosseyedlemon

I think this tool could benefit those still using a desktop computer. My six year old HP notebook has a button right beside the power button for turning the wireless connection on or off.

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12 of the Best Places on the Internet to Get Free Help with Computer Problems 3 months 1 day ago dhean21

Hi are you having trouble/problem with your computer? Check this company might help you out : http://techsupport.uspctechcenter.com/

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Finds of the Week: Make eBooks with Google Docs, Typography Workshop, Creative 404 Pages, Mastering Tabs in Firefox 3 months 1 day ago kkanalz

Excellent collection of "Finds"! Keep on searchin'...... keep on searchin' for your "Finds"!

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Get $149 Of Photoshop/Lightroom Add-ins Free 3 months 1 day ago OllieJones

The Nik kit also works with Paint Shop Pro. It has a nice sharpener plugin that can tidy up a mobile-phone picture for printing on a photo inkjet., and lots of other stuff

It's delivered in the form of plugins. The various paint programs have user interfaces to allow updating the plugin location list. So, install Nik, open your paint program, go to the settings / plugins on plugins UI, and add the path to the Nik installation.

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Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software 3 months 1 day ago MidnightCowboy Have updated the review text and product details. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software 3 months 1 day ago Anupam Yes, this version seems to be clean for me too. view
Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software 3 months 1 day ago George.J BurnAware v9.0 doesn't seem to have any Adware or OpenCandy. Can anyone confirm? view
Turn Off Your Internet Connection On Demand 3 months 1 day ago mchldpy

Remember "back in the day" when, instead of installing more software you could simply double-click on your Network Connection shortcut and then click on "Disable"? Shame that functionality was removed by the evil "install more software" evil evilers.

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Get $149 Of Photoshop/Lightroom Add-ins Free 3 months 1 day ago emmbeedee

Every directory also holds executable files for each program. Just create shortcuts to them to use the programs.

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Get $149 Of Photoshop/Lightroom Add-ins Free 3 months 1 day ago godel

Yes, most of them are .8bf. I'm not sure about the HDR one though.

I think the total library is about a 439MB download.

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 3 months 2 days ago George.J

That is because PDF-XChange Editor is a Shareware software. A shareware software doesn't mean that it is Commercial (one which you have to pay after the trial period), it means that:

1. Will revert to the free version with certain limitations once after the trial period is over (eg. Sandboxie). This typically can be considered as free. (note that there are other class of products called Free software, which is different from Freeware software)

2. Will be having significant limitations (also called Demo software) after the trial period is over and you might have to pay for it to continue using the product for it's basic features. (eg. Kaspersky Antivirus)

Freeware products with a commercial version have generally separate names, hence it can earn the license of being Freeware (eg. Avast Antivirus Free/Pro, MalwareBytes Free/Pro)

There are a lot of Licensing terms that might be different across various softwares, which is what creates this confusion. But this is the general rule. The ultimate licensing of a product (and hence usage) will be described in the EULA of a software, which is generally shown in a dialog box during installation, or will be described on their website. 

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Get $149 Of Photoshop/Lightroom Add-ins Free 3 months 2 days ago InquiringMind

The following link leads to a page that shows (if you scroll down to the bottom) the Adobe products and versions that are compatible with the Nik Collection (https://www.google.com/nikcollection/learn/ ). The same area indicates that the CPU will be used for all processing unless graphics cards with certain specific GPUs are available.

> Windows Vista®, Windows 7, Windows 8;

> Adobe Photoshop CS4 through CC 2015;

> Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 through 13 (apart from HDR Efex Pro 2, which is not compatible with Photoshop Elements);

> Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 through 6/CC.

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The Best-Known Free Office Software Suite. Portable. 3 months 2 days ago George.J This is present in WPS Office, but not the original Kingsoft Office Free which is still available for download. view
Best Free Email Backup Utility 3 months 2 days ago Phylis Sophical

Great way to carry all your emails with you.
Just set up MailStore Portable with my Thunderbird email. Took a few tries which I blame on Tbird but really great program. Good instructions on website. I also use MozBackup but that doesn't allow me to view the emails like MailStore.

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Get $149 Of Photoshop/Lightroom Add-ins Free 3 months 2 days ago papavonschoen

I downloaded the program and installed it to my Photoshop CS3 directory but am not sure how to access the NIK stuff.

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The Best-Known Free Office Software Suite. Portable. 3 months 2 days ago DES_Toronto

According to Wikipedia, after 30 days Kingsoft Office (now known as WPS Office), prints a watermark on all printouts unless you pay a subscription fee.

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Get $149 Of Photoshop/Lightroom Add-ins Free 3 months 2 days ago jlgg

what is the extension of these plugins? if it's .8bf they should be able to be added to psp and irfanview?

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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 3 months 2 days ago AndyR It has already been explained right here; http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/file-backup-terminology-what-do-... Also the link is on this very page you are reading now not far after the Introduction ;-) view
Best Free File-Based Backup Program 3 months 2 days ago AndyR Yes that is another method I don't like, granted companies need to make their money somehow but having to register a CC first always makes me dubious... as they know a high percentage of people will forget to cancel and they will at least get one payment out of them... Slightly off topic but worth a mention if you ever buy anything from anywhere be it online or at the mall always use a Credit Card as in the ones that you have a spending limit on and pay the balance monthly (or in instalments) as that way you have the greatest protection from fraud or arguments over faulty goods... It is easy to issue what is known as a "Charge Back" (there are certain rules and agreements but this is not the place to go into specific details) A Debit Card (often wrongly called a Credit Card) is treated the same way as if you had paid in Cash ! What they don't tell you is a Debit Card transaction actually takes 3 days before the funds leave your actual bank ! but your balance is updated almost instantly. I was a fraud investigator for a number of years with a large online company, this is how I know the ins-and-outs and only posting this for information value guys. view
Best Free File-Based Backup Program 3 months 2 days ago George.J This could find a place in the Introduction of the article. view
Best Free File-Based Backup Program 3 months 2 days ago AndyR Any major changes with that ? sorry don't have time to look right now but will do later, thanks for the heads up. view
Best Free File-Based Backup Program 3 months 2 days ago MDTerp66

Remember, backups are worthless; restores are priceless. A differential backup backs up only the files that changed since the last full back. For example, suppose you do a full backup on Sunday. On Monday you back up only the files that changed since Sunday, on Tuesday you back up only the files that changed since Sunday, and so on until the next full backup. Differential backups are quicker than full backups because so much less data is being backed up. But the amount of data being backed up grows with each differential backup until the next full back up. If you do an incremental backup on Tuesday, you only back up the data that changed since the incremental backup on Monday. So, each differential backup goes back to the date of the last Full backup while an incremental backup only goes back to the previous incremantal backup. You need a Full backup followed by one differential backup while you need the Full one plus all the incremental ones done since the full one.

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Get $149 Of Photoshop/Lightroom Add-ins Free 3 months 2 days ago flourescentphilll

Despite the caution, is there any chance the Nik Collection will work on Photoshop v. CS2? Even partially?

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Get $149 Of Photoshop/Lightroom Add-ins Free 3 months 2 days ago Greg McDonald

I am currently using PS C2 and PSE 8
Will these plugins work in these two programs?

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When Fonts Meet Buildings 3 months 2 days ago Sgluber

Hahahahaha... very cool! :-D

Tks, rob! :-)

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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 3 months 2 days ago MDTerp66

Happened to me today. I called their tech support and the first thing they asked was had I paid for it. No, it is Free. They told me it is free for the first 90 days, but you have to process the CC first, then remember to cancel before the 90 days. Who needs 90 days worth of backups?

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This Mind Mapping Tool is Small, Portable and Free 3 months 2 days ago pdey

Hi robert.schifreen,

Very good information.

I would like to raise one of the app - Mind Vector (http://www.mindvectorweb.com/), actually I am using this app on my iPhone. It's free and help me a lot. I love this app, because it is flexible, easy to understand the structure properly. I used to use before to make my study notes but now I use for any purpose such as project planning, concept and some daily basis requirement. So I prefer it.

Thank You!

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Get $149 Of Photoshop/Lightroom Add-ins Free 3 months 2 days ago vandamme

Photoshop and Nik are way overkill for us weekend shutterbugs. Plus, Adobe refuses to port Photoshop to Linux.
Digikam is the free alternative. You can also do a lot of stuff in Gimp.

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Get $149 Of Photoshop/Lightroom Add-ins Free 3 months 2 days ago emmbeedee

There are executable versions of the plugins as well, but you need to navigate to them and add them to a menu or your Start bar to be able to use them. They do work, though.

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 3 months 2 days ago Jojo Yee
Good comments johnvk.
 
This article was previously prepared by another editor. I copy-edited it with an update on PDF-XChange Editor.
 
As mentioned in the Introduction section of this article, none of the programs reviewed here were able to render an Adobe 3D image.
 
There're 3D PDF documents readily available from other sites such as this. You may want to give the documents a try and see if they are any different when opened with Non-Adobe and Adobe PDF readers.
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A Reminder: If You Use Windows, Just Get Flux 3 months 2 days ago wildweaselkeeper

I tried flux; it sux. It's way too bossy.

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 3 months 2 days ago Remah

johnvk, regarding your comment on the limited number of three recommended products, there is a companion article with more options:

Best Free PDF Writer Software.

My experience of free PDF readers, even Adobe Acrobat, is that they tend to have significant pitfalls. I'm not surprised Jojo only recommends three products. Many of the free viewers do not have enough free features or have other specific limitations. That's why I shifted to using PDF-XChange Editor after using Nitro PDF Reader for several years.

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 3 months 2 days ago Anupam From my experience, "free download" is not the same as "free version". Many commercial software offer "free download" of their software, which simply means that it is free to download, but might just be a trial version. So they should specifically mention a "free version". view
Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 3 months 2 days ago Anupam Welcome :). I have also used their product for years now, and that's why I just downloaded the software, and did not pay attention to other details on their new revamped site. I don't know why they don't mention about the free version anymore. Guess one of our editors should email them and ask about it. view
Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 3 months 2 days ago Yankiwi

After using the free version of PDF-Xchange Viewer, I switched to the free version of PDF-Xchange Editor when it came out and it was excellent. I tested the "paid version only" features, even though they had watermarks (Hey, at least they allow you to test the features you'd be paying for!), and I thought so highly of it that I eventually bought two licenses for the paid version for our two computers here.

I have never regretted that decision. Although most of the software we use is free (Thank you, Gizmo's!), we use so many PDFs and need to annotate and edit them so much that we needed the functions and power that the PDF-Xchange Editor gave us and it was well worth what we paid. If the free version gives you everything you need, that's great, but although I rarely buy software any more, this purchase was worth every penny to us.

Also, just for the record, I need to mention that Tracker Software has given me simply the best customer service and support I have ever received from any software company in over 30 years of dealing with personal computers, bar none. Without exception, their replies to my emails when I've had questions have been incredibly quick (occasionally in as little as ten minutes or so!), informative, helpful, and courteous. When I was trying to decide which of their several offerings to purchase, they only informed me and never pushed a sale. This is what customer service and support SHOULD be, but so rarely is.

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 3 months 2 days ago johnvk

Great article Jojo!

I would like to simply add an observation; I find it surprising that--even now--March of 2016--there are only 3 choices for free PDF readers. This feels like the kind of category that would have literally hundreds. I wonder why? Maybe the hundreds of developers who would create these free versions are satisfied enough with Adobe?

One question: which test files did Sumatra not open? It's very popular, but I'd like to know what I (and all those other people) are missing.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 3 months 2 days ago godel

IrfanView has just gone to version 4.42, mainly for bug fixes to work with Windows 10. Some new plugins versions are also required.

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Best Free PIM 3 months 3 days ago philip Thanks bassogigas. This is another example of the resurgence of trickery for monetary gain. I'm removing Agenda At Once from further consideration. view
Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 3 months 3 days ago jdefgts

It has been a while since I have done the comparison between the PDF-Xchange Reader and the free version of Editor. My recollection is that the only features offered in the Editor that were not found in the Reader resulted in watermarks being applied to the resulting PDFs. If that is still the case, there would seem to be no long term benefit that comes from the free version of the Editor other than as a trial for the paid version.

If anyone has some recent experience with the Editor that differs from mine, I would be pleased to give it another shot.

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Finds of the Week: Make eBooks with Google Docs, Typography Workshop, Creative 404 Pages, Mastering Tabs in Firefox 3 months 3 days ago rhiannon Glad you like it - Martin is one of my favorite people. :) view
Best Free PIM 3 months 3 days ago bassogigas

can't recomment Agenda At Once - it downloads software while installing, it then offers PUPs - wajam, wisemana, system healer, goodgame empire - though you can decline, and finally connects to http://softwareinstalldone.com/thankyoupage7.php with offers for driver check. Didn't trip antivirus/trojan sw but advise to avoid.

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 3 months 3 days ago Yankiwi

On the PDF-Xchange Editor page (Go to tracker-software.com, click on Products, then on PDF-Xchange Editor) it clearly says: "The FREE [emphasis in the original] download of the PDF-XChange Editor may be used without limitation for Private, Commercial, Government and all uses, provided it is not: incorporated or distributed for profit/commercial gain with other software or media distribution of any type - without first gaining permission."

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 3 months 3 days ago collaroygal

Thanks! It worked just fine. Not sure why they don't mention this on the site, guess they want you to buy it and then find out it can be had for free?

I used the previous product for years and liked it, I hope this one is just as good.

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 3 months 3 days ago Anupam

Good observation.

They actually do not mention on their site (which has changed by the way), but the PdfXchange Editor does have a free version, which you can select during installation. In the About section too, they mention about the free version, which has most functionalities available.

But yes, they should mention about the free version on their site somewhere atleast. There is no mention of it currently.

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