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Best Free Program Launcher 3 months 3 weeks ago Geert

>> A couple of concerns, though --
>> it doesn't make any explicit statements about licensing
The website says: Freeware, no nag screen, no time limit, no ads

>> it's clearly a beta product right now
Is it still, you think?

>> it's 64-bit only
Correct. But what's the problem with that?
I would expect that the majority of users works on a 64 bit machine by now. Am I wrong?
Maybe Gizmo's freeware should organize a poll to quantify the number of 32bit users versus the number of 64bit users...

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Free Again. This $59.95 DVD Ripper. 3 months 3 weeks ago gkramer

500 copies available per day, and none left for today!

Lots of links to buying packages though.

Got the free copy by sending a tweet out advertising the event. You can do the same through FB.

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Free Again. This $59.95 DVD Ripper. 3 months 3 weeks ago grimbles

Your license key (for activation) is included in a text document inside the downloaded zip folder.

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Free Again. This $59.95 DVD Ripper. 3 months 3 weeks ago bart2201

I cannot get it to download the activation key for free.

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Free Again. This $59.95 DVD Ripper. 3 months 3 weeks ago budchekov

Thanks Rob and Digiarty,....Tis the season..happy hols...Installed and the License Key worked fine. :)

@I did uninstall the previous free offer version first.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 3 months 3 weeks ago marcdarkin

Thanks. Yes, I know. In fact, v.19 is now called ZPS X. There is a note at the beginning of my review stating this and I'll update the article soon.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 3 months 3 weeks ago tom4455

Just an FYI. Zoner free version is at 19. Just downloaded it and haven't had a chance to do much with it.

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 3 months 3 weeks ago Cooltrain

Hello,
You ask for feedback to improve articles here. Great.

First, thank you for a well written and informative article.
Secondly, in the article under emails, it states in several places a HEADS UP that an email is public: "all mailboxes are public." Could the author (or anyone else) elaborate please what this means in this specific context, as it is not clear.

Thank you.

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Another Great Free Survey Creation System 3 months 4 weeks ago oblivion

I like Limesurvey. It's more complex than most of the free offerings out there but it supports decision-based surveys (eg "ask this question only if the answer to question x was y") and can also handle groups of questions as a unit ("ask this set of questions only if the answer to question x was y".)

You can install the complete survey engine on a webserver and it's completely free; or you can develop a survey and have them host it for you -- which costs money, but the first 25 responses in any given month are free and responses beyond that still very reasonable.

Compared to trying to make complex surveys work in a basic list of questions (via page skip logic) it allows you to design a more functional and understandable structure relatively easily and also provides detailed reporting of the results. Limesurvey has a bit more of a learning curve and you need some html skills if you want to go beyond the basic templates that are already included, but the product is absolutely excellent.

www.limesurvey.org

-- t

 

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Best Free BitTorrent Client 3 months 4 weeks ago g2mXagent

Which software can block a specific client and IP?

in China, many client Leech (such as: XL/Thunder, aMule), I want to the "user list" block them. anyone who uses those software will automatically be blocked.

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How to Fix an Annoying Windows USB Problem 3 months 4 weeks ago CASD

I go to Control Panel-Device Manager- Disable the USB device that has the yellow triangle on it and than re-enable it... Win-10 works 99.9% of the time and when it doesn't reboot fixes it..

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How to Fix an Annoying Windows USB Problem 3 months 4 weeks ago Weshtery

I had a similar issue. After upgrading my desktop PC from Windows 7 to Windows 10, on boot it would be pot luck whether my keyboard, mouse or wacom tablet would work. Sometimes they'd work fine, othertimes one would work but not the others. The only solution was a restart - occasionally a hard restart due to having no other options available, after which they would all work again.

Your solution worked for me, and continues to, three or four weeks after I found your page. Thanks Vic.

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Best Free Software for Linux 3 months 4 weeks ago Panzer "... transfer.sh - easy file sharing from the command line ...": https://transfer.sh/ view
How to Know If Your Computer Is Infected 4 months 10 sec ago Cooltrain

Hello Gizmo and Friends,
Thank you for a novel approach to checking if a PC has been infected by malware. Appreciate it.

This stated, I've run into major roadblock on the Comodo side, which jeopardizes the power of this approach, especially as you stress that updating CCE (Comodo Cleaning Essentials) is vital. Which it of course is!

When running this process one year ago, I run into a problem during the CCE signature updating, which I hoped only were temporary. However this serious problem occurs again! I do not want to run the CCE scan on very obsolete signatures, and I cannot solve it how hard I've tried. So I contacted Comodo, but I must say I’m disappointed with their support and forum as they have not been heard from. Zero, naught, nothing.

Thus I turn to here, to be able to execute this interesting new process:
DESCRIPTION OF THE PROBLEM ENCOUNTERED:
- Download and extract the file: cce_2.5.242177.201_x32.zip. The directory size after the extraction: 43,0 MB.

CCE MESSAGES DURING THE UPDATE PROCEDURE - which actually runs:
- run CCS.exe
- started Smart Scan
- Message: "Updating virus signature database."
- Message: "Downloading: BASE_END_USER_v26019.cav" [252 MB(!)]
- ...
- Message: "Applying ..."
- Message: "Finalizing"
- End message: "Cannot access virus signature database server." [79 %]

PROBLEM
- The end message: "Cannot access virus signature database server."
- After the download and extraction the CCE directory is 43.0 MB. The program
states that it among other things downloads a file of the size 252 MB. After
the download and the message: "Cannot access virus signature database server."
the CCE dirctory is 85.1 MB only!

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Please advice so you can run this interesting process with confidence. Thank you in advance.

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Best Free PC Games 4 months 10 hours ago Panzer

"... The Pandoran War is a 2D mission-based space shooter ...":
http://battleforthesolarsystem.com/games/pw/

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Best Free Software for Linux 4 months 10 hours ago Panzer

"... The Pandoran War is a 2D mission-based space shooter ...":
http://battleforthesolarsystem.com/games/pw/

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Wallpaper of the Week: Water Droplets on Deep Green Leaves 4 months 10 hours ago rhiannon

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

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Wallpaper of the Week: Water Droplets on Deep Green Leaves 4 months 15 hours ago Sgluber

The beauty of the simplicity around us, day after day, is breathtaking, inspiring and encouraging.

Thank you, rhiannon! :-)

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How to Replace Windows XP with Linux for Free 4 months 1 day ago budchekov

FWIW if ones going to do an XP/Linux dual boot on the same drive it's not a bad idea to do a file cleanup and Defrag before installing.
Loving these recent Linux heads ups..thanks :) .

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Create Your Own Animations And Movies 4 months 1 day ago jmjsquared

Given that you must have re-read your reply to my comment, this response is even more "interesting" than the first.

The whole idea of a copyright is to establish ownership of that which one produces for consumption BY OTHERS, be it in the form of a book, a song, a newspaper or any of the many other media available throughout history... including the Internet.

"The minute you post something online [or publish a book or send a letter or sing a song out loud or...] it is there for all to see and use irrespective of copyright." The fact that some people steal does not mean that content producers should throw their hands in the air and stop trying to protect their own interests. In that same spirit, I will not blithely surrender my right to keep what I produce in order to use an I-can-live-without-it service like Moovly, especially not when there are many other, more respectful alternatives.

I've made many compromises that have infringed my "rights" when *I* decided that, on balance, it benefited me to do so.

My earlier response to your recommending Moovly was to say that, for the stated reasons, it does not provide ME sufficient reason for another such compromise. I trust that that does not offend YOUR sensibilities.

Anyway, I'll see what tomorrow's email tells me you found that may interest me.

Ciao.

JMJ - (Valued) Site Visitor (and Alexa-enhancing Commenter)

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Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility 4 months 1 day ago Daniel Logan

Apart from the free data recovery software mentioned above, another great tool which was missing in the list is Stellar Free Data Recovery Software. I have used this tool in past to recover formatted partition and was completely satisfied with the output. Anyone can recover their lost files/folders/images for free.

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Create Your Own Animations And Movies 4 months 1 day ago MidnightCowboy I did actually mean what I said. The minute you post something online it is there for all to see and use irrespective of copyright. This is why thousands of movies and other stuff are downloaded everyday. There is one site containing verbatim many of the articles published here and, like us, good luck trying to get your copyright material acknowledged or removed. So in short you cannot control what others might do with your material if you expose it to their attention. MC - Site Manager. view
Create Your Own Animations And Movies 4 months 2 days ago jmjsquared

Interesting response.

Facts are, while I do have accounts with those and most other, similar services, you are right: I DO NOT use any of them. I find them to be "mostly" trite, narcissistic, time-consuming and pandering to too much of the worst of us as individuals and as societies. I'm not alone in this opinion. Matter of fact, this guy, Cal Newport -- an associate professor of computer science at Georgetown University and the author of “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World”-- said so in today's NY Times: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/11/20/jobs/quit-social-media-your-career-may-depend-on-it.html

Anyway, I never rely on what any/everyone else is doing to determine what I will or won't do myself. Do you?

Since your article and my comment are not about either of the services you mentioned, back to Moovly: Similar services, like PowToon for one, do permit one to retain exclusive rights-to and ownership-of his/her/its content.

Finally, I'm sure you misspoke when you asserted that, "...anyone needing to retain the copyright for anything would never post it anywhere online." The whole Internet is absolutely filled with copyrighted materials; including, for example, the article whose link I posted above.

So, besides pointedly taking issue with my opinion, what did you REALLY mean to say?

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Create Your Own Animations And Movies 4 months 2 days ago MidnightCowboy Facebook and Twitter also have the same terms so presumably you don't use those either. That said, this is a fun service and anyone needing to retain the copyright for anything would never post it anywhere online. MC - Site Manager. view
Create Your Own Animations And Movies 4 months 2 days ago jmjsquared

Looks to be easy and fun to use. But, their Terms and Conditions make it a non-starter for me, especially its Item #6:

"By using the Platform, you grant Moovly a worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty free license to use, reproduce, adapt, publish, translate and distribute all material (including without limitation text, images, audio, sound effects, video material, animations and other audio-visual material, hereafter referred to as the “User Content”) you upload or post to the platform. This includes but is not limited to any proprietary, patented, copyrighted or otherwise confidential User Content, in any existing or future media."

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 18 - MATE Edition] 4 months 2 days ago eikelein

I am a "Windows man" since Windows 3 and have been a programmer and database administrator from 1964 into the early 2000s. I have access to an older Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop with 2x2.1Ghz cpu, 4GB RAM and a 320GB HDD; the machine was shipped by Dell in November 2009 with Windows Vista 32-bit..

Here and in other places I keep reading that Linux Mint is such a great thing as a Windows replacement so I tried it today on that small 7 years old laptop. I had the interest and took the time to "try" Mint Cinnamon, MATE and XFCE on it, all in 64-bit edition(s).

The following are my admittedly totally un-scientific impressions, they do not represent any judgement on quality, stability or the like and I did not do any time measurements.

I must say I am impressed and at the same time sort of deflated.

Cinnamon and Mate offered me in Driver Update a required proprietary Broadcomm diver for the wireless card in an easy to understand and easy to handle GUI. Nice touch. XFCE needed in Driver Update some more "fiddling" but with a little bit of trial and error I got it to install the driver.

Either Mate or Cinnamon (I did not write it down, sorry) had in their menu two "typical" Linux insider oriented programs names, stuff like Banshee and Corealis(?) withOUT any comment or hint about what these programs are for. BAD style and definitely a turn off for computer illiterate end users.

XFCE seems to come with the Whisker(?) menu, definitely a HUGE plus! IMHO the best menu I have seen in a long time.

Installation for Cinnamon and Mate editions seemed to have taken longer to finish than for XFCE. Not a huge difference but IMHO hard to overlook when you have the comparison within 20 minutes or so.

Mate and especially Cinnamon were quite a bit less reactive than XFCE; the latter just felt more lively, more "tangy".

And here comes the deflationary part: Now Linux Lite (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_Lite) is installed on this machine.
- Installation of LL was faster than Mint XFCE, not to talk about Cinnamon or Mate.
- The machine definitely reacts more lively.
- The programs that come with LL are more geared towards the "typical" non-technical Windows user; for example the database module of Libre Office does not get installed.

Why am I taking the time to write this looong comment? Today's experiences confirms to me (again!) that majority votes are suspicious and often suspect to needed correction.

Got to quit, it's late and the eyelids get heavy.

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How to Replace Windows XP with Linux for Free 4 months 2 days ago eikelein

Many thanks to Dedoimedo for this excellent article.
And thanks to techsupportalert.com for bringing it again to our attention.

I want to avoid double posting but please take the time to read what I wrote yesterday in response to a different thread on this forum:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/tips-and-tricks-linux-mint-after-installation-mint-18-mate-edition.htm#comment-128424

I hope it may be helpful to some in this context.

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Best VPN Services for 2016 4 months 2 days ago Mick Ryno

Thanks for the recommendation I bought PureVPN working fine, speed is good and the purpose choosing option is perfect according to my needs.
I got the full review here https://www.usavpn.com/

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Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility 4 months 3 days ago David Johnson

Hello Everybody,

Apart from the free data recovery software mentioned above, another great tool which was missing in the list is Stellar Free Data Recovery Software. I have used this tool in past to recover formatted partition and was completely satisfied with the output. Anyone can recover their lost files/folders/images for free. For detailed info visit :- http://www.stellarinfo.com/free-data-recovery.php

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Best Free Desktop Publishing Program 4 months 3 days ago CASD

Great new site, for getting words down that you don't always use...
https://www.twinword.com/writer/
I write here and cut and paste into Quoll Writer

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How to Replace Windows XP with Linux for Free 4 months 4 days ago MidnightCowboy

A lot of folks regards PCLinuxOS as being somewhat "old hat" but if you want a distro that is tested, tested and then tested again before it's released, then PCLinuxOS is one of the best choices for stability making it ideal for new Windows migrants who don't want to spend half their weekend researching issues in the forums after installation. Worth mentioning too that in addition to the standard KDE and MATE desktops they also provide a FullMonty desktop. "KDE FullMonty = regular PCLinuxOS KDE installation + special desktop layout + many applications & drivers preinstalled." It's a 3.6G download for the ISO however so not ideal if you have a slow connection or low data cap. MC - Site Manager.
http://www.pclinuxos.com/get-pclinuxos/the-full-monty-desktop/

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How to Replace Windows XP with Linux for Free 4 months 4 days ago HA

I went for Pclinuxos to replace XP on my laptops.

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How to Replace Windows XP with Linux for Free 4 months 4 days ago MidnightCowboy

It's important to realize you can try mint or many other distros using a live USB or DVD before committing to a full install. This gives you the opportunity to see how the system works and how it reacts (or not :D) with your hardware such as wi-fi and graphics. If you don't like something, download another distro and create a bootable live medium for that. Once you're happy with what you see during a live session, dual booting Windows 7 and Linux is much easier that with XP. There are plenty of good guides around. These two relate to Mint but there are others for dual booting other distros. MC - Site Manager.
https://itsfoss.com/guide-install-linux-mint-16-dual-boot-windows/
http://www.everydaylinuxuser.com/2014/07/how-to-install-linux-mint-along...

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How to Replace Windows XP with Linux for Free 4 months 4 days ago rcoombs

I really appreciate the article on dual booting Win XP and Linux Mint. How about the same idea with Win 7 & Mint??? I have a working copy of Win 7 and would like to try L Mint . Thanks for the help, R Coombs.

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How to Replace Windows XP with Linux for Free 4 months 4 days ago Henry Coyette

It is not as easy as you describe it. Linux is a different kind of animal than Windows XP. The suggestion switching to Linux is excellent, no question about that, but it is a lot more difficult than you say. When you switch to Linux you are going to be a tiger in a new and different wood. You have to find your way around in that wood. And that takes time.
I made the switch to Linux because (1) Microsoft made me do that and (2) I had time to explore that new wood called Linux. Windows 10 closed the door for me. I said to myself: I am not going to put up with that shit. Everytime Microsoft issues a new version of Windows it is bulkier than ever and full of things I am never going to use. Windows is eating resource as if it were a third world child, coming from the brink of starvation. An operating system should be lightweight. Windows 10 is not lightweight in any way, it is like a German Big Bertha gun, used for shooting sparrows. Windows XP is a lot more lightweight, it is actually the ideal Windows version except for the fact that when you start installing applications it is eating diskspace like crazy.

So I made the switch to Linux. That was not easy. I tried a lot of distributions. Most of them were to geeky for me. Some destroyed my boot record and I had to go back to Windows 7 to revitalized my PC. So I found out that there are not only living kind people in Linux Wood. I finally ended up with a distribution called Zorin. I found that distribution quite attractive. But my love for Zorin only lasted a week. When I tried to modifiy Zorin to my requirements, it became quite difficult. That is not because of Zorin but because of my inexperience in using Linux: the tiger that is exploring the new forrest.

Thanks to your excellent Gizmo website I found an other Linux distribution called Linux Lite. I am still running Linux Lite. Through that distribution and with the help of Ubuntu I finally found myself at home in LInux. I will never go back to that dark wood called Microsoft. For me the journey is not important, the goal is.

Thank you Linux, thank you Gizmo.

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How to Replace Windows XP with Linux for Free 4 months 4 days ago vandamme

If they're 32 bit machines, I usually put Lubuntu on them. Some had 256MB RAM, and those need to have the "alternate" installer, because the fancy "new" installer of Ubuntu won't run in that, even though Lubuntu will. Xubuntu is another good choice.

I find that using Windows is painful, because of all the menus full of useless garbage. That's why people ended up putting lots of shortcuts all over their desktop, so they can find them! I use Mint mostly, and the menus are a couple nested steps to get the app you want, or just type in the name if you know it. Ubuntu MATE is another easy to use one.

CDRoms are getting rare, so I usually put ISOs on a flash drive (1-2 GB if you can find them forgotten in a drawer). Bodhi and Puppy should fit on a CD. If you go to Distrowatch's Search page and search on "old computer" you'll find a few choices. Flash drives are easily reused when a new version comes out.

Everybody has their favorite distro, or several. I usually suggest a Debian variant to the noobs. Elementary, Zorin, Mint, Lite. Put it on a stick, have your victim boot off it and try it. Money back guarantee. Make SURE their favorite card game is on it, and their favorite wallpaper, and they'll be happy.

Don't throw away all those peripherals that won't run on newer Windows. They'll probably run on Linux!

I looked at React, but it's so last century. Ugh. I occasionally run Wine but almost everything I need is already in most distros, or easily installed from their repos.

My first PC at work was a 8086. Leading Edge D, with a full 640K RAM and a COLOR screen, I was hot stuff.

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How to Replace Windows XP with Linux for Free 4 months 4 days ago ar18

Since we are talking about actual releases, the first release of ReactOS was in 2004, so it has only been 12 years to go from no release to an alpha release. But note how it is already very useful even as alpha, as evidenced by all the apps it can run, some of which Win10 can no longer run itself.

Grandma and Grandpa don't care about whether an OS is based on a "Testing" version, they care whether it works with their hardware and is a simple plug-and-play, and Sparky is most definitely plug-and-play as, unlike Mint, it comes preconfigured with PlayOnLInux and Wine. Grandma and Grandpa only have to insert a CD, answers a few questions, and it will install. Afterwards, it will allow them to play Windows games and apps, and that is not something you can say about Mint. There is no valid reason to not recommend Sparky over Mint, if you are a Windows user.

I actually liked Mint very much until I came across Sparky, and then I realized that there was no comparison. Mint doesn't even come close to providing the Windows experience to the degree that Sparky can. But Linux has remained a pitiful 1% or less of the desktop market for over 20 years, so if it hasn't been able to make a dent by now, it never will, especially considering the huge motivation for Win8 and Win10 users to migrate away from Windows these last few years. I am not a "fanboy" of Windows, and never have been, and actually neither is Grandma or Grandpa. We all just want something that works with any hardware we throw at it, is user friendly, is professionally designed, and is good enough to let me do my computer related jobs. Only Windows fits that bill. Not even Mac meets those criteria.

Again, the article title clearly said "replace", not "co-exist".

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How to Replace Windows XP with Linux for Free 4 months 4 days ago MidnightCowboy ReactOS has managed to crawl to an alpha status release taking a whopping 20 years, so I wouldn't expect much in the way of a useful system for many years yet. Also, it was not the intention of this article to recommend something to existing XP users that would eliminate their Windows installation completely. You certainly replace Windows if you choose to boot Linux instead so I don't think nit-picking about the title wording achieves very much. :) Also, Sparky Linux is based on the "Testing" version of Debian which again is probably not the best recommendation for new Windows migrants. I too am not a great fan of Mint but the sheer volume of users and the amount of support available including YouTube videos, tutorials and forum posts makes it a front runner choice for what is intended here. Suffice to say I have used nothing but Linux for 6 years solid, including what I do for this site, and the only time I boot into Windows is to test Windows apps or research Windows issues posted by members. To suggest Linux does not have a viable desktop OS is stretching Windows fanboyism to the limit. Even if you don't like what you install, you can replace it with another of many distros in around 15 minutes including most if not all of the software an average person needs for daily use. Some are more reliable than others and the sheer choice can be daunting but the journey to satisfaction via a dual-boot setup is well worth the effort. MC - Site Manager. view
How to Replace Windows XP with Linux for Free 4 months 4 days ago sceptic

Another option is to simply install Linux Mint (or another distro). Then install VirtualBox and create an XP virtual machine. I had this setup on my old machine (kept as a back-up) until it failed recently.

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How to Replace Windows XP with Linux for Free 4 months 4 days ago ar18

Sparky Linux will work right now, but if you are willing to wait, ReactOS is your best bet.

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How to Replace Windows XP with Linux for Free 4 months 4 days ago ar18

The title of this article is misleading. It was not about REPLACING WinXP, it was about dual booting another OS that isn't even remotely WinXP compatible. It's like a used car salesman bait and switch tactic. Linux Mint is good, but it is not very useful compared to WinXP, especially when it comes to hardware compatibility and support. Linux Mint is the lessor of one hundred evils out there, or least I thought so until I came across Sparky Linux. For a Windows user, Sparky is light-years ahead of Linux Mint. For one thing, Sparky actually has menus and built-in features that are very WinXP like. It already comes out-of-the-box with everything you need to run PC games and some PC programs. It installs just as easy as WinXP installs, so Grandma and Grandpa can install it and use it without having to become system programming configuration expert after installing it -- unlike Mint if you want the same experience as Sparky provides. I was actually going to consider Sparky as a replacement for WinXP until I saw a news article about ReactOS. Now there is an OS that TRUTHFULLY is a replacement for WinXP because it actually will run your WinXP programs out-of-the-box. Unfortunately, ReactOS is only in alpha stage, but it already runs many big time WinXP programs, which is incredible for an alpha stage product!

Linux has had years and years to take over the desktop market ever since it was first released, and in that regard it has gone nowhere in all that time. Even in our time of need, Linux still just isn't there for us. Linux clearly will never have what it takes to be a viable desktop OS. I'm betting all my money on ReactOS, I just wish they could speed up the development process.

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Best Free Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 4 months 4 days ago integer78

Try the online md5 tool https://md5boy.com/

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Best Free Software for Linux 4 months 5 days ago Remah

Microsoft have joined the Linux Foundation which is a commitment that Linux needed. So we should see more Windows software running on Linux.

Microsoft Visual Studio and Xamarin (for cross-platform development) are both free. Microsoft used Xamarin to develop a Visual Studio version for Apple macOS. This will eventually lead to a lot more free cross-platform software in this category.

I like this headline: Hell freezes over as Microsoft joins the Linux Foundation

 

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Boost Battery Saving By Putting Idle Apps into Hibernation 4 months 5 days ago IO.Hazard

I didn't now about Naptime. Thanks! I had some of the issues you mentioned above with Greenify, but Naptime works great on my phone running Android 6.0.1.

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Offline Mode Makes Windows Defender Even Smarter 4 months 5 days ago Midwest guy

I believe the above procedure is available only on the Anniversary edition of
Windows 10. I am running Windows 10 Professional and have delayed that upgrade.

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Best Free Software for Linux 4 months 5 days ago Panzer

Gmvault - Gmail Backup:

http://gmvault.org/

 

"... ZMap is an open-source network scanner that enables researchers to easily perform Internet-wide network studies. With a single machine and a well provisioned network uplink, ZMap is capable of performing a complete scan of the IPv4 address space in under 5 minutes, approaching the theoretical limit of ten gigabit Ethernet ...":
https://zmap.io/

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 4 months 5 days ago Panzer I haven't checked it. view
Offline Mode Makes Windows Defender Even Smarter 4 months 5 days ago Anupam

I didn't know Windows Defender had this feature. Quite useful. Thank you Rob.

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Making Windows 10 work for you: 30+ tips, tricks and shortcuts 4 months 6 days ago Remah

+1 for what Vegas Tom said. Thanks rhiannon.

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Making Windows 10 work for you: 30+ tips, tricks and shortcuts 4 months 6 days ago rhiannon

I'm glad you like them! :)

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Offline Mode Makes Windows Defender Even Smarter 4 months 6 days ago crombierob

My PCs are not new, so performance is important to me.
I don't like things running in the background (EG a full scan without my permission).
I was busily working away, and Defender popped up a message regarding the contents of some zip file (not freshly created zip file).
That was the end of Windows defender for me.

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Making Windows 10 work for you: 30+ tips, tricks and shortcuts 4 months 6 days ago Vegas Tom

Some great Tips and Tricks...Thank You

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 4 months 6 days ago marcdarkin

Thanks, Panzer. Is there any special feature you like about it?

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Offline Mode Makes Windows Defender Even Smarter 4 months 6 days ago eikelein

THANK YOU, Rob!
That really needed to be said.

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Offline Mode Makes Windows Defender Even Smarter 4 months 1 week ago wanderinwoodsman

So simple yet I would never have thought of this if it was not pointed out. Thanks

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Best Free Software for Linux 4 months 1 week ago Panzer

Regards is a modern photo viewer:
http://jfiguinha.pagesperso-orange.fr/

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 4 months 1 week ago Panzer

"... Regards is a modern photo viewer ...":
http://jfiguinha.pagesperso-orange.fr/

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Best Free Software for Linux 4 months 1 week ago Panzer

"... ANGRYsearch ... Linux file search, instant results as you type ...":

https://github.com/DoTheEvo/ANGRYsearch

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Finds of the Week: Instant Logo Search / Exporting Evernote data / 8 built-in Windows tools / Download free topographical maps 4 months 1 week ago vandamme

Those topo maps are about 50 years old. Don't use them for navigating roads. But they are interesting to see what was around mid last century. The topography hasn't changed so much.

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360 Security 4 months 1 week ago kanatronic

Guys that is the third of fourth time I read the same online...the 360 has anti-theft capabilities, to lock, erase, and locate the phone, not sure what version are you evaluating...most of the others, use the same google locate for that....

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Finds of the Week: Instant Logo Search / Exporting Evernote data / 8 built-in Windows tools / Download free topographical maps 4 months 1 week ago Chris Caven

Evernote Alternatives and Similar Software - AlternativeTo.net
https://alternativeto.net/software/evernote/

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Finds of the Week: Instant Logo Search / Exporting Evernote data / 8 built-in Windows tools / Download free topographical maps 4 months 1 week ago Norman Rubin

I migrated my notes from Evernote to OneNote (free), but then I migrated back! Going back was harder - more manual, less automated.
I missed too many features. I also figured out that my THIRD device (a laptop that stays home, on WiFi) can always use Evernote free with a browser, online! So my Android smartphone and my traveling laptop are still Evernote "connected devices" for free, i.e. they can still run the Evernote app! I wish I'd just stayed put!
I did install Google Keep, which I'm using for quick ToDo lists and Post-Its. But I didn't find any other cross-platform EN replacement I liked.

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Best Free Internet Safety Check 4 months 1 week ago AJNorth

Hello Remah,

THANK YOU for your comprehensive updated overview!

Yes, at the end of the day (well, today and the foreseeable future, that is), I too shall remain with the WOT for the various machines under my care.

Hopefully, the issues that have been raised (and widely discussed) will either result in changes to how the WOT operates — or perhaps others stepping in with a more acceptable solution (and people wonder why I talk to myself...).

Again (and I know that I speak for MANY others), heartfelt thanks for your substantial efforts — and those of the entire staff of, and contributors to, Gizmo's! (For, as the American Benjamin Franklin said to the Continental Congress before signing the Declaration of Independence in 1776, "We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.")

Cheers,

AJ

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Optimizing Deluge For Speed 4 months 1 week ago ilnanny

Thank you so much :D
Grazie. :D

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Best Free File Manager 4 months 1 week ago dwainwood

F3 in XyPlorerFree works pretty fast.

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Best Free RSS Reader-Aggregator 4 months 1 week ago philip

That's interesting runbei. I tried The Old Reader when Google Reader died, but ended up with Inoreader and forgot about it. I see The Old Reader is still a simple, straightforward browser-based RSS reader.

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Best Free Internet Safety Check 4 months 1 week ago Remah

I was the editor who wrote the article which recommended WOT and which I last updated in 2011. For the record, here's some detail now that all the additional information provided in that original review was removed.

I also drafted an article on WOT - never published - where I reviewed their activities and behaviour since they started. I had identified one issue that really bothered me: the often poor treatment of business sites with unfair ratings. WOT were laissez faire and said that community ratings should stand leaving the organizations to improve their ratings by themselves. The problem with this approach is that maliciously motivated users can hold organizations to ransom by giving them low ratings. WOT wouldn't intervene and a partial explanation of this appeared to be a moral hazard: not intervening "forced" increased sales of their web safety seal.

The Best Free Internet Safery Check review was very comprehensive covering 41 free online or installed products including:

  • raters e.g. WOT
  • meta-raters e.g. URLVoid.com
  • scanners e.g. VirusTotal.com
  • web browser safety features for the five main browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera
  • DNS filters e.g. OpenDNS, K9 Web protection

The review categories I used would change dramatically if I did this again:, but here they are for your information

  • 10% COMPATIBLE: OS, web browser, web browser private mode
  • 20% SEARCH: search options, compatibility with searches (search portals e.g. Google, metasearch portals e.g. Crawler, non-English search e.g. Yandex, image search e.g. Bing, Encyclopedia e.g. Wikipedia, News e.g. Reddit, Messaging e.g. Twitter, Other portals e.g. Facebook)
  • 20% RATE: rating options and features including categories, uses 3rd party rating sources e.g. malwaredomains.com,
  • 10% SCAN: scan features including categories, real-time scanning
  • 20% WARN & BLOCK: options, level of protection, ease of use, immediacy (i.e. no delay) and effectiveness
  • 20% DETECTION: actual tests against a sample of latest bad sites detected and confirmed by at least one other test: autoshun.org, malwaredomains.com, malwaredomainlist.com, clean-mx (malware, phishing, spam), malc0de, threatlog.com

WOT at 63% was far ahead of the other Internet safety checks even though it scored 0% for scanning because it does none. McAfee Site Adviser came second on 45% - it had  a lot of features but wasn't very good at detecting bad sites.

Only two products beat WOT's 62% at detecting the tested bad sites: 69% for virustotal.com; 67% for Trend Micro Web Protection Add-on but that was a free three-month trial product which some users had extended free use for much longer.

By the way, 62/67% doesn't seem very good for detecting bad sites. It's not but there are many reasons why sites are dangerous. Some require specific vulnerabilities (OS or application software not fully patched or of a specific version) and most are quite obscure sites so the risk of hitting them is low for the average browsing user.

Some products were virtually useless. The standard web browsers (e.g. Firefox detected 40% of bad sites) were more effective than most because they used a reliable common source like the Google Safe Browser feed (27% detected). In general, you were better off with safety checks provided by or linked to an anti-virus provider. But not always, the then Panda Security Toolbar was not much help.

I got a few of surprises back then. Of the website filters, OpenDNS's detected none of the new bad sites - it only had phishing protection but even then had none of the new phishing sites. K9 Web Protection did much better by detecting 45% of the bad sites.

Of course, this was five years ago. But in the two years I updated the article the relative rankings of products didn't really change and I have found WOT continues to provide me with a safer browsing experience.

P.S. I am bothered by the behaviour of WOT's owners but, as I've said elsewhere, I will continue to use it just because it is so effective.

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Best Free RSS Reader-Aggregator 4 months 1 week ago Rick Grunwald

I use IFTTT (https://ifttt.com/discover) It does a million things well including RSS feeds sending them to your email, evernote and an entire host of possibilities
It is really worth a look even if you end up not using it for RSS

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Best Free RSS Reader-Aggregator 4 months 1 week ago runbei

I used Google Reader until its death, then switched to The Old Reader perhaps two years ago. It was a seamless transition and has been totally satisfying. www.theoldreader.com. Works a lot like Google Reader did - web-based, simple and functional.

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Best Free Internet Safety Check 4 months 1 week ago AJNorth

Thanks, MC.

After looking into currently available alternatives, I shall defer to your judgement and continue with WOT -- at least for the present. Particularly intriguing is your statement that "they also appear to be addressing the issue."

At the end of the day, if monetization was the impetus of the current owners for the changes (which itself speaks volumes), then actively encouraging users' donations in lieu of compromising privacy (and, ultimately, security) strikes me as a substantially better approach -- not to mention one of integrity (remember integrity?), IMHO.

In any case, as always, time will tell. Still, it does seem significant that the WOT has been removed both from the Firefox add-on repository and the Google Chrome Web Store (http://www.ghacks.net/2016/11/05/mozilla-and-google-remove-wot-extension/ ). Oh, well.

Cheers,

AJ

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Best Free Internet Safety Check 4 months 1 week ago bili_39

Same here, installed BTLight and checking its functionality. I'm missing active marks on links, when searching (like WOT..), otherwise fine for now.

Edit: green marks appeared after second FF session. Works well, but CPU and RAM usage are on high side. And all link are marked green. Never happened with WOT - at least one or two links are orange (or red) on two -three pages search result.

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Best Free RSS Reader-Aggregator 4 months 1 week ago Manide

How about DiggReader - http://digg.com/reader ? I used to play with it for a while but I quitted in favour of Feedly.
I still love DiggReaader.

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Best Free Internet Safety Check 4 months 1 week ago MidnightCowboy I should state I was not responsible for the original article but it sorta got assigned to me when the original editor left. :) Whilst the action taken by WOT is not unique, especially if you use Windows 10 in default form, I can understand why a lot of folks are upset. Having said that, I think it's important to separate the action from the service. I might not like what they've done but I can live with it and they also appear to be addressing the issue. From a site perspective, whilst green rated WOT links remain as our standard, it would be impossible for the mods to do their job without it. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Internet Safety Check 4 months 1 week ago AJNorth

Hello bili_39,

You're welcome!

No recommendations at present; I'm just seeking information, like yourself (if you have not already, do take a look at Jim Hillier's article at DCT, linked in my first post).

Bitdefender TrafficLight (for Firefox) appears to continue to be under active development, most recently updated on 2015.04.16 (see comments at https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/trafficlight/reviews/?src=api ).

LinkExtend, on the other hand, was last updated on 2011.11.12 (see comments at https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/linkextend-safety-kidsafe-site/ ).

At this point, I shall be giving Bitdefender TrafficLight a try on one of my Win 7 boxes (in Firefox).

Cheers,

AJ

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Best Free Internet Safety Check 4 months 1 week ago AJNorth

As a user of WOT for nearly fifteen years (and having installed it on the Windows boxes of countless others), this is especially disturbing.

This issue has also been recently discussed at Dave's Computer Tips ("Web Of Trust Not so Trustworthy?" - https://davescomputertips.com/web-of-trust-not-so-trustworthy/ ), where two possible alternatives mentioned are Bitdefender Traffic Light (for Firefox, Chrome & Safari) and LinkExtend (mentioned above, but which looks to be getting rather long in the tooth - and also includes WOT in its galaxy of referenced sites).

M.C., what is the Editor's take?

Thanks,

AJ

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Best Free Internet Safety Check 4 months 1 week ago bili_39

Thanks AJ, for taking this into focus again. Do you recommend B T Light, mentioned above?

Would also like some alternative suggestions and comments. Kinda miss WOT, but won't install it again until this behavior stops.

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Best Free Music Player and Organizer 4 months 1 week ago Stamimail

I still have not found the kind of program I was looking for.
I was looking for software which is optimized for private\custom tags.
There are programs that dealing with custom tags, but not the way I want.
I'm looking for "Tag by a click".
There is only one Field behaves the way I want: the Rating field.
While the song is playing you can edit the Rating by click, choosing 0-5 stars.
The same I want to Tag by a click custom tags.
I configure once what are my custom tags, e.g.: Saxophone, Piano, Trumpet, Violin.
All custom tags configured are becoming buttons (something like web buttons).
Now, while playing a song, you can just click on a custom tag, and it will be saved to the song (in Metadata) for later use (e.g: Playlist of Piano).
Clicking again on that button will delete that custom tag.
Stamimail

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Check Your PC For Signs Of A Dangerous Password Stealer 4 months 1 week ago AJNorth

There is also a free third-party GUI (Graphical User Interface) for Sigcheck, SigcheckGUI - http://skwire.dcmembers.com/fp/?page=sigcheckgui .

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How to Easily Check an Entire Windows Folder Using Many Different Antimalware Programs 4 months 1 week ago AJNorth

Sigcheck version 2.54 was released on 2016.08.29.

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Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility 4 months 1 week ago Tingla

FreeFileSync suits my needs. I find it easy enough to use and it has a pretty simple and intuitive GUi. I've used it on and off for years and always keep coming back to it. I like it so much I donated $20 to the developer.

Unfortunately that payment does not include upgrades. If I do upgrade to any future versions it reverts to the bundleware version, so I'm sticking with version 8.3 indefinitely.

It's a pity they don't just provide a "Pro" version that includes all future upgrades.

Added:- If the pop-up nag to update annoys just add the following two lines to the host file:

127.0.0.1 a2ss35.a2hosting.com

127.0.0.1 www.freefilesync.org

Happy update/calling home to mother-ship blocking:)

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Best Free Voicemail Service 4 months 1 week ago Tingla

K7 dot net closed its service in 2016.

Also could not find laser voicemail so they may have closed down also.

Could not find any FREE alternatives :(

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Check Your PC For Signs Of A Dangerous Password Stealer 4 months 1 week ago Pepae

Thank you Midnight Cowboy. I will study the link you provided to learn what I should do.

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Check Your PC For Signs Of A Dangerous Password Stealer 4 months 1 week ago MidnightCowboy

See the Microsoft information page for this here. MC - Site Manager.
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc700843.aspx

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Check Your PC For Signs Of A Dangerous Password Stealer 4 months 1 week ago Pepae

I ran sigcheck64 as indicated and it found several certificates. How do I know whether or not they should be removed? This article says "Sigcheck will scan your PC and look for suspicious certificate files that have been installed. Ideally, you should simply see a message saying No Certificates Found. If it finds any, you can then uninstall them via standard means within Windows". How do I know which are really valid & how do I remove those that shouldn't be installed? Should I be worried about these?

Examples found:

Machine\AddressBook:
Joe
Cert Status: Valid

Machine\ROOT:
Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal Root Certificate
Cert Status: Valid

Symantec Root 2005 CA
Cert Status: Valid

root
Cert Status: Valid

Machine\TrustedPeople:
Joe
Cert Status: Valid

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Check Your PC For Signs Of A Dangerous Password Stealer 4 months 1 week ago pctyson

Folks. You HAVE to run it within a command window. A command window will appear as a black window with simple text. You MUST open the command window in the directory that Sigcheck is in. Then you must TYPE the Sigcheck64 -tv command into the black window and hit enter. This is very similar to the old DOS operating system. Many of the Sysinternals commands must be run in a command window.
The "flash" that you are seeing is the command windows opening, running the command, and then closing the command prompt window. This will happen when you simply click on the Sigcheck file. Simply clicking on the Sigcheck file is NOT the proper way to run it.

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Check Your PC For Signs Of A Dangerous Password Stealer 4 months 1 week ago toktok

Thanks for that. The problem here may be that often you'll want to open the command prompt as an administrator, and you may not be able to do that using that method.

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Check Your PC For Signs Of A Dangerous Password Stealer 4 months 1 week ago Jojo Yee

For users who receive this message: "'sigcheck64' [or 'sigcheck'] is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file."

Make sure that you're running the command in the same folder where you've unzipped the downloaded file.

To run a command in a folder you like, browse to and select that folder in a file explorer, then hold down the Shift key and right-click the mouse, select "open command window here" from the context menu. See also: How to Open the Windows Command Prompt from any Folder

Hope this helps.

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This Digital Binder Is A Real Challenger For Microsoft OneNote 4 months 1 week ago Remah

Yes, XP usage share dropped below 50% back in 2009.

Windows XP usage share was dropping 10% a year from 2007 (Windows Vista available) when it peaked at 80%. By early 2009 it was at 50% but then dropped 15% (Windows 7 available) so that year ended at 35%.

Usage share of operating systems graph

 

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This Digital Binder Is A Real Challenger For Microsoft OneNote 4 months 1 week ago Gil Mensch

Lol, he did say "last time I checked". I guess he hasn't checked for quite awhile.

News flash for Weasel: It isn't all about you. It doesn't matter how great XP used to be. It hasn't been supported by Microsoft for 2 1/2 years. If you're going to continue to use an obsolete OS, the onus is on you to deal with it, not on everyone else to cater to your decision. And your financial circumstance doesn't change the discussion.

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This Digital Binder Is A Real Challenger For Microsoft OneNote 4 months 1 week ago MidnightCowboy

Not sure where you got your figures from but the market share for XP is just over 8%. MC - Site Manager.
https://www.netmarketshare.com/report.aspx?qprid=11&qpaf=&qpcustom=Windo...

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Check Your PC For Signs Of A Dangerous Password Stealer 4 months 1 week ago bjm_-_

http://www.ghacks.net/2014/09/11/check-windows-folders-for-file-signatures-with-sigcheckgui/
I moved SigcheckGui into Sigcheck folder.
Curious, SigcheckGUI.exe is only Unsigned of my 25 running processes.
For me Autoruns and Process Explorer satisfy.
Not sure why Sigcheck. Check digital signature thru Properties. YMMV

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This Digital Binder Is A Real Challenger For Microsoft OneNote 4 months 1 week ago wildweaselkeeper

Com'On Dude, because listing system requirements is SOP and that not only includes Windows OS, but also MAC & LINUX. This site used to mention system requirements not only in their "Best Freeware" lists, but with every article. I visit "Giveaway of the Day" almost every day; they list system requirements for every giveaway they offer. I use Softpedia almost exclusively for downloads and update/upgrade notifications; they list system requirements for every program on their servers. System Requirements is SOP.
As for XP; the last time I checked nearly fifty percent (50%) of Windows OS users where still using XP. Why? Because XP is hands down the best all around OS Microsoft ever developed. Why haven't I upgraded? Because I'm Financially Handicapped and I not only need a new OS, but a new computer which I have not been able to afford up to this point. And when I can afford it (put enough money aside to pay cash for it) I will upgrade to "Windows 7", but will also keep XP; you can keep Windows 8 & 10. If I want a mobile OS I'll get a Smart Phone or Tablet. You guessed it; I do not own a mobile device. As such I want an OS for my computer, not a mobile OS that I can use on my computer. Nuff said. My Considered Opinion.

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Check Your PC For Signs Of A Dangerous Password Stealer 4 months 1 week ago toktok

You can search for the file sigcheck.exe (Start --> Search box) to find it. - The point is that to run the sigcheck.exe file from the command prompt, the file must be in the folder shown in the prompt (e.g. C:\) - or the file could be in a folder in the path (e.g. c:\windows\system32\).
Please see newer post (above) with SigcheckGUI - which is much easier to use!

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Check Your PC For Signs Of A Dangerous Password Stealer 4 months 1 week ago toktok

This is a much better choice! And easier to use for most people. Friendly interface and you don't have to learn all those options, etc. Thanks!

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Check Your PC For Signs Of A Dangerous Password Stealer 4 months 1 week ago toktok

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Check Your PC For Signs Of A Dangerous Password Stealer 4 months 1 week ago toktok

Did you copy the sigcheck.exe file to C:\ first? - Otherwise it won't work.
Alternatively, you could first copy the sigcheck.exe file to C:\windows\system32 which is in your path. Then you don't have to change folder. You can just type sigcheck (+ options).

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Check Your PC For Signs Of A Dangerous Password Stealer 4 months 1 week ago bjm_-_

Portable application. Where do instruction say copy to system space.

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Check Your PC For Signs Of A Dangerous Password Stealer 4 months 1 week ago bjm_-_

Command Prompt (Admin)

Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.10586]
(c) 2015 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\WINDOWS\system32>cd c:\

c:\>sigcheck64 -tv
'sigcheck64' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.

c:\>sigcheck64.exe -tv
'sigcheck64.exe' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.

c:\>
Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.10586]
(c) 2015 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\WINDOWS\system32>sigcheck
'sigcheck' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.

C:\WINDOWS\system32>cd c:\

c:\>sigcheck
'sigcheck' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.

c:\>

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Check Your PC For Signs Of A Dangerous Password Stealer 4 months 1 week ago toktok

To be able to see the results you have to open a command line window (as administrator).
To do so (Win7, probably similar in Win10):
- type cmd in the Start --> Search box
- right-click cmd.exe and choose Run as administrator
- in the box navigate to the place where sigcheck.exe (or sigcheck64.exe) file is located. (You could *beforehand* copy the sigcheck.exe or sigcheck64.exe to an easy-to-find place, e.g. c:\ and then in the command line window navigate to c:\ by typing cd \ (or cd c:\). Another way to do it (then you don't have to navigate anywhere) is *beforehand* to copy the sigcheck.exe or sigcheck64.exe file to a folder in your path. To see folders in your path, type path in the command line window.
- type sigcheck or sigcheck64 followed by for instance -v -tv (probably not just -tv as given). See the options in the help file at the download site, or at the command prompt by just typing sigcheck or sigcheck64 without anything following.

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