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Best Free Firewall Protection 5 years 8 months ago Sputnik

I have been obliged to uninstall COMODO Firewall recently because I had a problem with the last version of it.

I am using softwares like FreeFileSync or SyncFolders to backup my data with one way only mirroring on external HDs.

I don't want here to discuss if it is a good way of doing backups or not.

The problem is that after doing such a backup, if I immediately make the same backup, the same exact files that were copied in the previous backup will be backupped again, and the same thing happens each time I would immediately do the same thing again. It is as if the files were not backupped at all.

The backup software indicates clearly that everything went OK, that no problem occured at all.

I had not this problem with previous versions of COMODO Firewall which I use since a couple of years.

The backup software has the correct permissions from COMODO Firewall.

Does someone had the same problem or knows something about it ?

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Best Free Firewall Protection 5 years 7 months ago Sputnik

The problem related in my previous comment has been treated in the COMODO's Forum.

It is a problem concerning ADS (Alternate Data Stream) and timestamps.

The problem should be addressed by the month of April.

People having problems with version 8 of COMODO Firewall should revert to version 7 till the next version 8, which will maybe have brought a fix to this problem.

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 4 years 2 months ago Sputnik

Yes, it is a very good software and really very useful, but I really prefer SunsetScreen over it because this one has more options allowing a better fine tuning.

We may find SunsetScreen at this address : http://www.skytopia.com/software/sunsetscreen

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 4 years 2 months ago Sputnik

Hi HisSon.

You will find a portable version of SunsetScreen at this address :
http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/System/System-Enhancements/Portable-SunsetScreen.shtml

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 4 years 2 months ago Sputnik

Those who will use this kind of software should adjust correctly the sunrise and sunset times.

You will find these exact values for the place where you are located on this website :
http://www.timeanddate.com/sun/

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 4 years 2 months ago Sputnik

Hi HisSon.

Maybe that I misunderstood the meaning of your question.

If your question was to know if the changes brought by this software to your monitor are reversible if you uninstall the software, the answer is "yes". But the changes are also immediately dropped down when you close the software.

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 4 years 2 months ago Sputnik

Hi, HisSon.

Here is what I meant by "But the changes are also immediately dropped down when you close the software." :

When you press the "X" button in the upper right of SunsetScreen's window, the program doesn't really shut down. It is just minimized in the Notification Area in the taskbar, just beside the clock.

What I mean by "closing" the program is to right click on the SunsetScreen's icon of the Notification Area and chosing "Close Program" in the contextual menu. At this moment your monitor will return to its normal settings.

The thing is the same for the installed version and for the portable one.

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 4 years 2 months ago Sputnik

F.lux vs SunsetScreen

Here are the main differences between these two softwares.

F.lux has the capability to self-adjust to the sunrise and sunset times while you have to enter manually these values in SunsetScreen. All you have to do in F.lux is to indicate your location and F.lux will do the rest.

As I already said in another comment, you will find the exact values of sunrise and sunset times for the place where you are located on this website : http://www.timeanddate.com/sun/

SunsetScreen, on its side, has a capability that F.lux doesn't have : it may adjust not just the tone of color of your monitor for the day and for the night, but also the brightness of your monitor by increments of 1%. That capability is a very handy one because you may define a different brightness for the day and for the night, also, you may change the brightness at any time you want.

Make your choice : do you feel lazy and wants the software to adjust by itself the sunrise and sunset times or do you want more control on the brightness of your monitor ?

I know that every monitor offers means to adjust its brightness, but it is usually a little bit more laborious to do this with these means than to use the simple capability of SunsetScreen.

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Best Free Download Manager 6 years 4 months ago Spy

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

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

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Best Free Torrent Search Engines 6 years 11 months ago Spy

torrentz.eu

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 11 months ago Spy

Have a look ;)

http://www.av-test.org/en/tests/mobile-devices/android/sep-2013/

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 6 months ago Spy

Well, 360 security do include anti-theft option. And according to AV-test in March 2014 the 360 security's protection is given full rating.

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 4 months ago Spy

Without any offense, its clearly written above in the article as: "... Even though it lacks things such as an Anti-theft or a Firewall, 360's design and features compensate that loss...."

I guess you should read it well ;)

I tested it, its firewall works, as well as its anti-theft.

I just said it does not lack anti-theft.

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Control Two PCs From One Mouse With This Freebie From Microsoft 6 years 4 months ago Spy

Nice one ;)
Thanks for this article (",)

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This Bulk Photo Processor Resizes, Watermarks, And More 5 years 5 months ago Spy

It is free, you should not download the commercial version
Download the portable version, it works fine for me. I downloaded that last year.

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Get A New Version Of Google Chrome (Almost) Every Day 5 years 1 month ago Spy

Compared to firefox, chrome uses too much RAM :-/

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Get A New Version Of Google Chrome (Almost) Every Day 5 years 1 month ago Spy

Lol, I never said memory is not there to be used. But excessive use of memory by only one software is a bad thing. Did you think about the other software that are running? I just said Firefox uses less memory. ;) And considering what you said, my system is not underpowered, but if you do a google search, you will found so many people complaining about excessive RAM usage by chrome. One example, open about 100 tabs in firefox, and then open 100 tabs in chrome, and see the difference. :)

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Make 2016 The Year You Start Doing Cloud Backups 4 years 9 months ago Spy

Mega (https://mega.nz/) offers 50GB for free account :)

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How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour 6 years 1 month ago srai

Thank you so much for sharing your advice on this problem!

Do you know what to do when MS Word reflects the changed window background color, but Excel does not?

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Word and Phrase search in PDF Files 5 years 2 months ago Sridhar.Palsamy

How to find double space in PDF files? Please advice

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33 Sites With Great Icons You Can Download for Free 2 months 3 days ago sruthi

Hi!
This is a great list,It must have taken lot of time to gather such information.I would love if you consider https://iconscout.com/categories/vr/photos for the next time you create something like this.
Thanks in advance!

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Free Computer & Internet eBooks Online 7 years 7 months ago SRW007

Does anyone have a good book on python programming that they could share with me. I am doing some python for the stock market technical analysis work and would like to know and understand better what is going on. Thanks for your help.
Scott

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Best Free Video Editing Program 3 months 1 week ago ssbssb25

Sir, any latest update will be posted to this article?

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Best Free Software for Mac OS 2 years 3 weeks ago ssddaa0987

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How to Stop Google from Keeping a Record of Every Search You Make 7 years 3 months ago ssimon96

Good info,,,thanks. Could you tell us how to do this for AOL and IE?

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How to Fix a Very Slow Windows 7 Downloads Folder 6 years 11 months ago ssoundman

Awesome! I've wondered why this folder was unbearably slow. I generally use the folder I added to a Library since it was much, much faster, but will make this change immediately.

Thanks, Vic!

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Want 100GB Of Free Cloud-Based Storage? 7 years 7 months ago ssoundman

Thanks a lot for the referral to ADrive. I just have a few questions...

How invasive are the ads? I mean, do they get in the way of the smartphone app?

And how much email do they send you? Would you use SpamGourmet for ADrive Personal Free or do you need a "real" email account?

Thanks in advance - ssoundman

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Want 100GB Of Free Cloud-Based Storage? 7 years 6 months ago ssoundman

Thanks, Geert.

What I meant was, "Will it work with a SpamGourmet account...?" I'm glad to hear that it does.

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Two New Ways to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8 7 years 2 months ago ssoundman

Works great, Vic. Thanks!

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How to Allow the Uninstalling of Programs in Windows 7 Safe Mode 7 years 1 month ago ssoundman

Thanks, Vic! I can't tell you how many times I've needed to be able to do this, particularly during malware remediation.

After creating this entry I exported it and copied it to my (generally locked) flash drive so I can use it on client machines as needed.

I tested the uninstalling of MS Silverlight from a Windows 7 x64 (Enterprise) laptop by booting into Safe Mode. I was unable to uninstall MS Silverlight after booting into Safe Mode, importing the registry entry, then running the uninstaller via the Programs and Features control panel. I then rebooted back into Safe mode and it still didn't work.

I rebooted into Windows Normal Mode and imported the registry entry, then back to Safe Mode but that didn't seem to help, either.

I've checked the Registry and the new "MSIServer" key does appear to be in the proper place, properly named, with the proper data value: "Service".

Are you aware of any issues which might restrict the use of this registry entry? Thanks!

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How to Allow the Uninstalling of Programs in Windows 7 Safe Mode 7 years 1 month ago ssoundman

I booted back up in Safe Mode, checked that the Registry Entry still exists - it does, but upon running the command to start the service I got the following CMD window error:

[SC] StartService FAILED 1084:
This service cannot be started in Safe Mode

I even threw in a few capitol letters, a few at a time, such as "SC" and "MSIServer" but no go.

Hmm...

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How to Allow the Uninstalling of Programs in Windows 7 Safe Mode 7 years 1 month ago ssoundman

Here's mine:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\Minimal\MSIServer]
@="Service"

Perhaps it doesn't work with the Enterprise version? I can't think of any other reason it won't work, though I'm far from an expert.

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How to Allow the Uninstalling of Programs in Windows 7 Safe Mode 7 years 1 month ago ssoundman

THAT was it! Safe Mode with Networking is my go-to environment and I never gave a thought to that being the possible problem.

Thanks for your assistance and the great tip, Vic!

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How to Free Up More Space on Your Hard Drive with the Updated Windows 7 Disk Cleanup 7 years 2 weeks ago ssoundman

Thanks, Vic! I hadn't run this utility in a while, either - over 2GB saved.

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Best Free Memory Optimizer 1 year 3 months ago ssybesma

CleanMem WORKS on my Dell Latitude E6400 which is already maxed out at 8GB RAM (that is the chipset limit - no way to add more) and running Windows 10 Pro 64-bit.

If you are able to add more physical RAM, that is always going to be a lot better than using something like this. Memory is not that expensive.

But if you're up against the physical memory limit already, this can definitely help make the most of what you have.

It DOES a better job of squeezing out the optimal usage of memory than Windows does.

It can also help make up for poorly programmed apps that are memory leakers (keep increasing use of but don't release memory back to Windows).

There is no magic to this app and it was programmed as well as any similar utility could possibly be. It simply makes use of the existing Windows API to do memory housekeeping that Windows often fails to do, which is clearing out memory from apps no longer needed in memory. It does a FANTASTIC job of that. It's very visible when you see the monitor saying 75% or more of RAM is used and you clear it. It can be set to do that automatically so you never see usage get that high.

If you have a RAM-limited situation (where you cannot use the optimal amount of RAM and cannot add more), PLEASE install CleanMem. I have used it for years and my laptop does not bog down to a crawl anymore which used to happen frequently without it.

Anyone who says this doesn't work has not used it, period. It absolutely DOES work, but you have to be realistic and use it properly. I would advise not clearing RAM until it gets over 50% usage at least and you also do not want to run a ton of apps and browser windows regardless. Remember, it clears memory from UNUSED processes, not used ones. Even Windows 10 doesn't do that very well. Windows 10 does other things very well like spying on you and forcing updates to reboot your computer so you lose your work.

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µTorrent Help: Using µTorrent's Torrent Search 1 year 9 months ago ssybesma

If you want to create a uTorrent search URL from scratch for a torrent website not listed here or anywhere else you can find, you can do it like this.
Open Internet Explorer 11, and go to the torrent website whose search URL you wish to add to uTorrent.
Search for something, anything.
Hit F12 for Developer Tools and go to the Network tab.
There you will see a couple lines of information at the top left under Name/Path.
The first line is the search format URL you need for uTorrent and the second line is the search result URL you used to generate that information.
The search format URL is shown with the part after the slash being on top of the part before the slash. Just combine the two into a proper URL and add them to uTorrent and you will see the next time you search for something using that torrent website, it will work.

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UltraDefrag 2 months 3 days ago ssybesma

The posted link redirects to https://ultradefrag.net/en/index.shtml which is for a paid product. The author stopped developing the last free version (7.14) and from version 8 and up is not free.

The posted link needs to be changed to: https://sourceforge.net/projects/ultradefrag/

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FireFTP 1 year 8 months ago ssybesma

Unfortunately, Firefox basically banned it. Even trying to download from the author's GitHub doesn't allow it to install. Even after changing a setting in about:config which should have allowed it through.

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Cyberduck 1 year 8 months ago ssybesma

At the time of the first review they were on version 4.9.3

Now they're on build 7.0.0.30103

I use it and the only issue I saw with it (may be fixed now they're on version build 7+) is that you had to create a bookmark before you could connect.

What I would like to see is for it to behave slightly more like the Windows filesystem in some respects. Maybe a shell API has to be created.

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Bitvise SSH Client (Tunnelier) 1 year 8 months ago ssybesma

This should be removed for now. I concur with the previous person. The website still says:

"The SSH Server does not currently support plain FTP, or FTPS (FTP over TLS/SSL).

We plan to support FTPS in a future version."

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CleanMem 1 year 3 months ago ssybesma

It just WORKS and is the absolute best option when the memory on your machine is maxed out (short of buying a new computer).

I have seen the difference numerous times when I turn it off.

If you have a spinning HDD, a second thing you can do is replace it with an SSD and increase your swap file size to double your installed RAM.

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Finally, a Task Manager That's Easy To Understand 4 years 3 months ago Stacia52

This page just happened to show up when I have tried everything to figure out why all of a sudden my laptop is running so slow, but after reading the comments, I don't know if I should download this Task Manager.

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Best Free Music Notation Software 7 years 2 months ago Stafford Otter Littleladyk, not a lot of software for converting MP3's to notation (or even MIDI or chords) has been developed. At one point, I tried several programs that do that. If you are still looking for such programs, you can let me know, and I'll specifically address the topic on this page. In the meantime, I recommend searching for the sheet music online. view
Best Free Music Notation Software 7 years 2 months ago Stafford Otter Hey, all. I recently became editor of this page, and I'm planning to test all that software listed above. This page is going to be sparse for a little while, but if you have any unanswered comments, feel free to speak up and I'll answer them as soon as I have the answers. view
Best Free Music Notation Software 5 years 1 month ago Stafford Otter

Hi EdnaG,

Do you mean that you would like to convert voice recordings to sheet music?

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Best Free Music Notation Software 5 years 1 month ago Stafford Otter

Hi EdnaG. Unfortunately, that kind of technology is highly advanced and still proprietary. I have not yet found a free program that is able to reliably convert recordings into sheet music.

The commercial program Melodyne Assistant is able to convert single-voice recordings to MIDI format files, which you can import to any of the programs listed above to print sheet music, but it costs $250 and is somewhat technically advanced.

I recommend learning to use either Finale Notepad or MuseScore. Both of these programs give feedback by playing individual notes when you click on them, and they are also able to play back what you've written at the tempo you specify. These features may help you get acquainted with the practice of reading and writing sheet music. Wishing your group future success!

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Best Free Photo Slideshow Software 5 years 10 months ago StahlSS MikeR You are correct in your comments on Photostory. I have been behind in my duties of category editor, for several reasons, some of which have to do with the apparent abandonment of hands-on slideshow programs for the convenience of point and shoot devices such as the ipad in the last year! I added some observations to the beginning of this category as to the snap shot mentality of the present generation of picture takers. There have been no comments such as yours for over a year! and I was about to give up the category. But if there is interest, I will re-review some of the new programs and report on them. Thanks for the input. Don Stahl view
Best Free Photo Slideshow Software 5 years 8 months ago StahlSS Remah Thank you for your comments.It's good to know some people are still interested in making their own DVD slide shows. As you see by the above comments on the I have made about the DVD slideshow GUI program, my experience with the program is also less than acceptable in many areas. However, if you want more info on its use, checkout the comments on the Download.videohelp.com site. As I noted, the program is container for a group of stand alone programs which may be better used separately. Usually the creation time is more a function of the amount of work you want to put into transitions, narration, music, etc, than the raw rendering of the final video DVD production. Keep up your interest and let me know how you are doing as you progress. Thanks again for you comments. Don view
Best Free Photo Slideshow Software 5 years 6 months ago StahlSS Hi Motorguy I certainly am pleased to hear that there is still interest in slideshow production. Check out some of the free programs reviewed at the beginning of this category. I believe they may be at least a good introduction to the possibilities for adding transitions, narration, music, slide manipulation, titles, etc to make your productions more interesting. You did not indicate the city you live in, but most of the senior centers have computer classes and will allow use of the equipment for classes on slideshow production, if one of your people have had some experience with such programs. Please let me know if I can suggest course content or other help. In addition, most programs will allow the picture content to be stored as data in addition to the video program, so that the viewer can print out chosen pictures from within the video. Keep up your interest, Don Stahl (also a senior citizen !) view
Best Free Photo Slideshow Software 4 years 8 months ago StahlSS Hi Sorry I have not answered your note before this, but I have also had problems with using the new Windows 10 and the Edge browser ! I finally had to re-install my windows 8.1 as a dual boot with my windows 10. I hate to suggest it but you may want to add a dual boot configuration in order to run the 3D-album configuration. I tried a copy of the 3D-album program and its does seem to do all that you need, so I would suggest you run it under the former operating system you used in the past and wait until your favorite program has a Windows 10 update. Thanks for the comments. Don view
A Brilliant File Verification tool: A Second Opinion For Your Data’s Integrity 2 years 2 months ago stamessage

Alternative:
CrcCheckCopy ( I am its author )
- free
- command line tool
- Windows and MacOS
- CRC32 (fast)
- supports unicode filenames and folders
https://www.starmessagesoftware.com/crccheckcopy

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 5 years 1 week ago Stamimail

Hi, I'm looking for alternative to Windows Photo Viewer.
I very like Windows Photo Viewer, but my 2 big problems are the:
1. in zooming the quality is bad
2. There is no FullScreen.
I'm looking for the same thing with those two fixed. A lite app without a lot of features.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 5 years 1 week ago Stamimail

At bfief looking:

Pictus - I needed to set a lot of hotkeys to get what I want. The default keys was an issue.
Nexus Image - not my style.
Honeyview and Xlideit - are impressive, but needs more few improvements.

I'll look into it more and will decide. Thank You very much.

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Best Free Digital Photo Organizer 3 years 7 months ago Stamimail

Speaking about Organizer, I very liked the idea of Photosift program. It lets you copy/move images to prefered folders by hotkeys.
http://www.rlvision.com/photosift/about.php
I've tested it and wrote a lot of comments, may be useful for other images programs too.
https://github.com/rlv-dan/PhotoSift/issues/2

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 7 years 6 days ago Stamimail

My Favorite right now is HotkeyP.
Support Win key and mouse.

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 6 years 7 months ago Stamimail

To site editor:
I think you cannot put all those apps in the same category.
Each very different from the other..
AutoIt and Autohotkey looked to me as Automation and Scripting Language, while Qliner and HotkeyP are looked to me more as kind of Hotkeys Applications.

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 6 years 2 weeks ago Stamimail

Hi crombierob,
I think HotkeyP works a little different, but still...
What is the advantage of what you have in mind, on HotkeyP?

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 7 years 1 week ago Stamimail

Hi mouser,

"TextBox in ScreenshotCaptor doesn't support properly RTL language."

Is it fixed?

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Best Free Registry Editor 4 years 8 months ago Stamimail

Please review RegMagik
http://www.regmagik.com/download/

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Best Free MP3 Tag Editor 4 years 8 months ago Stamimail

Hi,
I guess that many of these softwares are good for a Normal tagging. But what about Private tagging?
For further discussion, see...
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-music-players-and-organizers.htm#comment-125555

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Best Free Music Player and Organizer 4 years 8 months ago Stamimail

Hi,
I guess that many of these softwares are good for a Normal tagging. But what about Private tagging?
Let's assume for example that you want to add to your music files Private Tags according to where you love to listen to those files:
Songs for:
Home, Work, Car, Running etc.

There are several questions should be asked:
1. Which tag/field out of the file tags/fields should be used for Private Tags?
2. Which Tagger software is the best for adding such Private Tags? I guess this Tagger should be also a good Music Player, so that you can use this Tagger as the default Music Player, having the ability to add Private Tags at the same time you are listening to the file.
3. How to use this Private Tags? Which Tagger/Player/Search software is the best for Tag filtering/searching. For example: You want to filter/search your Music Library by the following criteria:: Rock, 5 Stars, Songs_for_Car [Genre, Rating, PrivateTag]

Notes:
4. We probably will want to save those filtering/search rules, for using later, like a playlist. It's actually Dynamic Playlist. We won't need to update the Playlist, since it will be based on filtering/searching the Music Library by tags.
5. This method is good not only for music, but for organizing photos too.

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Best Free Music Player and Organizer 3 years 11 months 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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Software Watch - Adware Watch List 6 years 10 months ago Stamimail

Hi,
I searched the site for info about Babylon (Translation software), and I didn't find much.
1. Why is there no page about Babylon?
2. Is babylon safe?
3. If not, Are there some instructions can lead us to make it safe?
Thanks in advance

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How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour 1 year 3 months ago Stan Schultz

Here's how I controlled the brightness on my laptop's screen, running Windows 8.1.

WARNINGS: While this may differ slightly with other versions of Windows, it should at least give you a starting point. Note that this trick doesn't require fiddling with the registry. Remember: It's always a good idea to create a new restore point and backup your files before making changes to your system! Your mileage may differ.

In the list that follows, the first word or phrase for each paragraph indicates a choice or option you should select. The following text offers comments or elaborations.

Control Panel. If all else fails, try pressing [Windows] + R and typing "control panel."

Power Options. This should load the "Choose or customize a power plan" window. Ignore the screen brightness slider control at the bottom. (You can experiment later at your peril.)

Create a Power Plan. Look along the left margin.

Plan Name. Look for the box towards the bottom. Surely you can be more creative than "My Custom Plan 1!"

Next. (Duh!)

Create. This is at the bottom of the resulting window, "Change Settings for the plan: XXXXXXX." You needn't waste your time fiddling with their pathetic little adjustments on this page. (Why Microsoft thought this page was necessary instead of showing us the whole shebang up front will forever remain a mystery.) This should drop you back to the "Choose or customize a power plan" window with the radio button next to your new power plan ticked.

Change plan settings. Look to the right of your plan name. This should return you to the "Change Settings for the plan: XXXXXXX" window, only this time there's an added link at the bottom.

Change advanced power settings. This should present you with another box/window ("Power Options") with a whole list of power settings. (You can experiment later at your peril.)

Change settings that are currently unavailable. Why Microsoft thought this step was necessary will also forever remain a mystery.

Display. Scroll down to the bottom of the list. Click the little box.

Display brightness. From here it's more or less self-explanatory.

Apply. BE SURE TO CLICK THIS OPTION BEFORE YOU EXIT! Clicking "OK" usually also works, but after all your efforts, why take a chance? (Potentially, some custom Windows' installations made by OEMs - not pointing any dirty fingers here - may change how this works.)

OK. (Duh!) Your power plan is all set and running. Probably no need to reboot. (But if you feel compelled to, be my guest!)

Note that this doesn't change screen color or any image on the screen, only its brightness. And once you learn this trick you can readjust screen brightness and a bunch of other power consumption issues just about anytime it's convenient or necessary.

I presume, because I've not tested this, that this will also control a monitor connected via a VGA cable. However, if you've connected a flat screen HDTV via an HDMI cable (as I have), it will work on your laptop's screen but it may not have any effect on your TV. Control your TV's screen brightness by using the "Menu" or similar button on your TV's remote.

I hope this helps.

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Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility 6 years 12 months ago stanislavf

Probably not a big deal for most people, but this seems to only be installable on the C: drive.

I use a multiple drive system, with a solid state drive for the initial windows load. Thus, my C: drive has very little spare capacity and I TRY and avoid installing on it (rather I put most on the D:\Program Files (x86) or D:\Program Files

Not a huge deal, but something to be aware of.

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Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility 6 years 12 months ago stanislavf

Not a deal breaker, but be careful to "unlock" your bitlocker drive if you use this built in encryption on Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1.

Spaced on this while using this on two computers and frustrated myself.

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Clever Utility Lets You Share Your Scanner Across Your LAN 5 years 1 week ago StanKudrin

Nice article, thank you.
I have tested that software, it's pretty good for LAN sharing. But I didn't find connection compressing feature.
Scanners send all traffic in uncompressed format, software needs to compress it!
What about over network sharing? How can I make it?

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How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up 5 years 10 months ago StanLee

What about the opposite problem where Windows Defender is running but the Win 7 laptop goes to sleep before Defender is done? How do I keep it running until Defender is done?

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How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up 5 years 10 months ago StanLee

To your questions: I keep the laptop plugged in when running Defender because it takes quite a few hours to do all the drives. And it goes to sleep and the screen turns off. Thanx for any help you can give me.

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Access Your PC Remotely Via Any Web Browser 1 year 8 months ago StarKitten3

Just to make sure is this now supposed to be (game site)?

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Quickly List All The Devices On Your Wireless Network 4 years 3 months ago StarkmanAlive

Oddly, it's reporting my ethernet connection as wireless. I'm not running wirelessly.

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Play Fortnite, One Of The Biggest Games Of The Year, For Free. 2 years 7 months ago StarkmanAlive

So, the PvE is not free, only PvP? Wow!

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Play Fortnite, One Of The Biggest Games Of The Year, For Free. 2 years 7 months ago StarkmanAlive

Gotcha. I'm just not a good PvP player. I'd miss the obvious; like the guy standing right in front of me and saying, "Bye!"
Thanks!

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 2 years 6 months ago StarkmanAlive

Good reply. Thanks.

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Download 1,792 printable paper templates for free 2 years 1 week ago StarkmanAlive

Great find. I needed score sheets, and this will work well. Thanks!

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15 Tools to Diagnose Windows Problems 1 year 7 months ago StarkmanAlive

Great stuff. Thanks!

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How to Disable SearchUI.exe in Windows 10 9 months 3 weeks ago StarkmanAlive

@rhiannon,

How could you say such a thing! To think that M$...I mean MS would ever dare to counter it's Windows users with such tactics...HAHAHAH! And then we all woke up, right!

Yeah, I thought the same thing as soon as I read the article. All we can do, I guess, is hope!

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How to Disable SearchUI.exe in Windows 10 9 months 3 weeks ago StarkmanAlive

I agree!

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How to Disable SearchUI.exe in Windows 10 9 months 3 weeks ago StarkmanAlive

Yeah, search works for me as well.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Dreamy Autumn Forest 7 months 1 day ago StarkmanAlive

Thanks much for the Autumn pic.
On another note, I can't log in using my email, even though the option allows for it. I can login, however, with my username. Thought I'd pass it along.

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Best Free Trojan Horse Scanning And Removal Software 7 years 7 months ago Stasou

Are you sure you didn't download a rogue one? From which site did you download it? In my case, it performs a full system scan on a 160GB HDD in about 40 minutes which is faster than avira, SAS and Emsisoft full scans. I've been using this software for years and while it found malware infections only twice (the last one, a few months ago), it cleaned the infections without asking me to buy the full package. Just my two cents.

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Best Free Trojan Horse Scanning And Removal Software 7 years 6 months ago Stasou

MBAM was updated to version 1.75.0.1300 with added ability to scan within archives.

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Best Free Trojan Horse Scanning And Removal Software 7 years 5 months ago Stasou

SAS was updated to version 5.6.1020.

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 7 years 6 months ago Stasou

MBAM was updated to version 1.75.0.1300 with added ability to scan within archives.

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 7 years 5 months ago Stasou

SAS was updated to version 5.6.1020.

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 7 years 4 months ago Stasou

@ joeguru Which one, is on your opinion the best for on demand scanning?

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 7 years 3 months ago Stasou

Thanks!

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Best Free Video Editing Program 4 years 1 month ago stechy

This article is out of date.
Virtualdub is a relic that knows only .avi formats - it was good 10 years ago

The best free and powerful editor out there is Davinci Resolve 12.5 which is free in standard edition (not Studio) and has truly professional capabilities (I don't know how such a good software can be free). The single disadvantage: it needs QuickTime (there is not a video professional editor that works without QT unfortunately because they need ProRes); but, on installation QT is installed automatically (last version for Win) and then you can rename the player executable (e.g. add the .bak extension to the .exe) in Program Files, which is a security risk in Windows OS, and verify your browser plugins - QT must be disabled; this doesn't affect Resolve editor because it needs only the codecs from QT, not the video player.

Other good/fair alternatives for Windows are:
- VSDC Free Video Editor
- DVD Video Soft Free Video Editor (bee aware: contains unwanted software at installation)

PS: i couldn't post links but you can find the software above easily with google

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Try This Alternative File Manager And Explorer For Windows. It's Free. 6 years 1 month ago stechy

For me Free Commander is the best. I use it for years. It has dual pane + tabs and A LOT of other features (bookmarks, folder comparison, etc. and a ton of customization settings). I didn't find anything to beat it. It has an installer and also a portable version, a 64 bit version for donors and is very active developed. http://www.freecommander.com

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Free Browser Extension that Efficiently Blocks Ads Using Less Memory 5 years 8 months ago stechy

Why this add-on isn't listed on firefox add-on page? I really like to try this add-on but I don't like to have another thing to manage manually...

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Google Ignores Country Domains, Search Now Based on Your Location 2 years 11 months ago stechy

Or you can add in your search URL '&gl=countryCode' (e.g. &gl=en for searching google.com, or &gl=fr. etc.)

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A Browser That Blocks Ads, Downloads Videos, And Is Portable. 2 years 8 months ago stechy

Hi
Unfortunately all chromium clones suffer from this problem. It's by desing, i.e. it's a feature, not a bug :)
All extensions, passwords, site prefs, etc. are encrypted using a key depending on the PC; when you change the PC the key cannot be generated anymore so you cannot access the extension, passwords, etc.
Google wants this, to make you to login with a G account for sync, so they can see all your stuff.
Until now, Opera is the only chrome clone which has not this problem.
See https:/ /portableapps.com/node/42637 or search for it; it's an old bug/feature.

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Surf In Peace With Soothing Background Sounds 6 years 7 months ago Steeplejack_1000

I dare say there are others but Coffeeshop is a find . . .

Thanks

[Moderator's note: mention of a shareware program edited out. This is a freeware site.]

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Best Free Windows Explorer Add-ons 1 year 4 days ago Stef

Yet another free extension I would like to mention here is 'Tagging for windows' (https://tagging.connectpaste.com). Tags can be applied to all files and folders and it provides a kind of virtual folder with all tagged items.

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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 6 years 10 months ago stefan555

I have to disagee on the review of EaseUS Todo Backup. The program can be a nightmare and doesn't deserve to be mentioned on this site

I have told my daughter many times how important it is to make a backup of her personal files and folders. Yesterday I finally managed to have her to sit down to make a backup. Based on this review where you state ”Best for on-demand backups...”, I had installed EaseUS Todo Backup free for her to use.

My daughter logged in on her account to make the backup. When she starts the program the first thing she is met by the UAC prompt asking for the admin password. My daughter has a standard user account on my computer, and she doesn't have the password for the admin account. I had to type the admin password

A backup program that can't be run with standard user credentials???? I already at that point decided to look for another backup program, a program she can use on a daily basis, But I let my daughter to make her backup so she could backup her files.

She ran the program with the files and folders preselected by EaseUS Todo Backup. I asked her to check the backup to make sure her files and folders were on the backup.....She is yelling....Dad, my files and folders are not there!!!!

I didn't believe her and I had a look myself.....She was right...her files and folders were not on the backup. The files and folders on the backup were my files and folders....and of course …..the program doesn't run with standard user credentials.....and I had to help her to select the right files and folders and then make the backup.

To make a backup of a standard user's files and folders with EaseUS Todo Backup you have to:
1) Use admin credentials when you start the program
2) De-select the preselected files and folders
3) Navigate to the standard user files and folders
4) Select the files and folders you want to backup (a task that is not so easy for a novice)
5) Run the backup

It seems like EaseUS have forgotten the fact that not all users are logged in with admin credentials. It is not a program to be used by a person who is not computer savvy and using a standard user account ….My daughter told me....”Dad, it is too complex for me to make a backup”....I just hope I can convince her to make a backup again, using another program.

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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 6 years 10 months ago stefan555

I know what you are talking about, I use Macrium Reflect to make images of my system. But drive imaging is too technical and complicated for many users, Too many users don't even care to take a backup of their files and they don't see a need to do it. They realize how important it is when all their files are lost.
To introduce drive imaging to users who are not computer savvy and don't care about spending time to make backups is overkill. The only way to make those users to take backups is a one-click solution, to KISS. Drive imaging is not to KISS for most computer users.

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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 6 years 9 months ago stefan555

I am a bit confused...why is AOMEI Backupper reviewed is this category? Maybe it is due to my limited knowledge but the first sentence in this review is ”The theme of this category is to provide reviews for the most popular file based backup programs ...”. Based on that, I can't see the reason for AOMEI Backupper to be mentioned in this category since it's not a program to backup files. Shouldn't AOMEI Backupper be mentioned in the category with ”The best free drive cloning program”?

Comodo Backup supports Win 8, but it doesn' support GPT. You can backup your system with Comodo Backup including the boot records. Maybe it is due to my limited knowledge again, but does Comodo Backup support Windows 8 if it doesn't have GPT support? Comodo Backup can be installed and used on Win 8 as long as you are doing file backups. Is that the case if you are using the program to make a system backup? Not even Comodo claim the program has support for Windows 8.

It is not mentioned mere, but FBackup supports Windows 8.

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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 6 years 9 months ago stefan555

There is a valid reason for the backups to 'disappear' when Genie Timeline is uninstalled.

Genie Timeline is NOT a file backup program. It's a versioning program. To save space Genie Timeline works on block level not on file level. It backups the changes you have made to a file on block level on the harddisk, not the changed file. It means for example you can't use your word processor to open a document backed up by Genie Timeline if Genie Timeline isn't installed.
As long as Genie Timeline is installed you can open in your document in the word processor since Genie Timeline is integrated in Explorer. When you uninstall Genie Timeline there is nothing to keep track of the chain of changed blocks of a file.
To backup a file you MUST use a backup program that works on file level, not on block level. Block level backup programs are good for backing up a system, but they should never be used to backup your personal files.

Use Genie Timeline to keep track of the changes to your personal files so you can go back to an earlier version of a document, but use a backup program working on file level to backup your files.

A backup program working on block level should never be used to backup of your personal files

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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 6 years 9 months ago stefan555

Thanks Joe. I have to admit I skipped the Introduction of the review so i didn't see EaseUS ToDo backup was not recommended for novice users. It's my bad.

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Best Free Office Suite 7 years 4 months ago stefan555

Kingsoft Office Free 2013 has been released:
http://www.kingsoftstore.com/index
It's not obvious where to find the download link, it's on the page I linked to. Then there is a slide show of 3 products. The first product in the slide show is Kingsoft Office Free 2013, and thats where you find the download link.
The download page still links to Kingsoft Office Free 2012.

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