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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 3 months ago pvilan

Thanks Rob!

Incredible, but just yesterday I was trying to find something similar.
With your recommendation I don't need to keep trying!

Peter

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 3 months ago David Roper

Very useful Article and website indeed. This month's best anywhere.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 3 months ago Geekomatic

Thanks for that- I'll give it a shot. It seems like these sites pop-up & then quietly disappear after a while (are they legally forced to shut down I wonder?).

You might also have a look at tunlr.net. They let you assign their specific server IPs & it does similar to hola.

Cheers!

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 3 months ago SandyGray

Hola is great! It's actually a part of the torch browser now which is pretty cool because you can just use the regular torch browser and unblock and country!

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 3 months ago Oxa

This is probably a great site for those who don't live in the U.S., but it only unblocks U.S. sites, so it doesn't help Americans who want to watch BBC or CBC programming.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 3 months ago JohnnyG

Your short article makes it sound like you can connect to any website that gives you the "not available in your country message". I was thrilled when I read it since I frequently get this message when trying to watch television from Portugal and the free Portugal proxies usually don't work, and when they do, they are slower than molasses.
The reality is that Hola only unblocks a few hand-picked websites. There are some scripts available to unblock other websites, but there's no way I can see to add a website that interests you. I even saw someone asking about the exact same website I want to see (RTP - Radio Televisão Portugal) and the Hola people answered "Proxies for Portugal are not available". Maybe I check out Hola again in a couple of years. Probably not.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 3 months ago Grim107

I don't know what you're talking about. I live in the US and have been using Hola to unblock iPlayer for a while now. It works flawlessly.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 3 months ago hedgehog5

JohnnyG.

If you go to the Facebook page for Hola Unblocker Scripts -- https://www.facebook.com/HolaUnblockerScripts?hc_location=stream
-- you can request a Holascript. Some clever folks at github will identify the stream and write a script, which you can add to your Hola client with one click (probably the windows app required for this; chrome extension not sufficient). They say they will write any script if it has 5 requests; it's free but they accept donations.

I agree BTW that Hulu's general 'country location' is pretty useless. I expect you are getting a Portugal flag, and er, that's it!

Atm Hola's bread and butter is iPlayer + Pandora + Hulu (tho' there are more reliable ways to get these vanilla flavours). But Hulu promises to become much more - essentially a client for home-made scripts for everyone - making geo-protected content a thing of the past. Hopefully scripts will become more democratic to access and user-friendly to create. (I am unable to join github for some reason; and making my own scripts is just too hard for me - I've tried!) So for now, the Facebook page is all there is.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 3 months ago mrinmoyjk

Actually, Hola has proxies for 22 countries in the world. It will unblock any site (at least everywhere I've tried till now) from those 22 countries. The reason you are not able to unblock the particular site is that they don't have Portugal on their list till now.

To unblock any site in chrome, open the website, click the Hola button and select the required country from the drop down list.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 3 months ago crip

Media Hint is another Firefox/Chrome addon that is good for U.S. sites. Just install and forget, til you want to see local media and wonder why you can't see it. Colin

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 3 months ago godel

Their FAQ says:

"Install Hola on your PC, phone or tablet to make your Internet faster, to save data costs, and to be able to view sites that are otherwise censored. It works by sharing the idle resources of its users for the benefit of all. The more Hola users, the faster the Ineternet will be! Our ultimate goal is to make the Internet 10x faster."

So it's P2P? Sorry, but on my slow wireless internet I don't like to share.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 3 months ago John Snow

Hola Unblocker it just proxy service. Very reiable I must admit. It's just configure proxy via pac script. If website is not on the "black list" - it sends then every packets directly to the website. But if it does - then it picks a proper proxy ( generally it looks like zagentXX.hola.org where XX is a number on the port 22222 ) and add an outcoming http header Proxy-Authorization because hola proxies need a user name and password. After that a proper connection is taken.

best regards,
John Snow

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 3 months ago xcal

Does not work on IE 10. on Win 8 in Canada. When I installed it for IE, all my signed-in google sites get messed up and show 404. Works ok in Chrome though.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 3 months ago xcal

I think it was the cookies that don't translate when you access your sites while Hola is on.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 2 months ago DavidFB

Hola sounds like a nice simple solution.
If that doesn't work because you're not in one of the 22 countries, You might want to try the free DNSJumper. It changes your DNS settings on the fly. Change to a US (or whatever country) DNS and that may be all it takes - they'll assign you a local IP.

Impressively, this works from behind a router too.

(the tool also tests for your fastest DNS choice)

If the site is still being fussy, you can use the Tunlr DNS service which modifies your headers to more thoroughly seem from the US. Thats on the DNSJumper pick list.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 2 months ago crosseyedlemon

If you search the Add-on library for Firefox you will find Proxmate which accomplishes the same thing as Hola.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 2 months ago JohnnyG

Thanks David. I've downloaded DNS Jumper and found some Portuguese DNS servers that work. Now I'm just waiting for Portuguese TV to give me the "not available in your area" message in order to try it out. Feels funny to be wanting them *not* to let me in. :)

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 2 months ago DGOD

What are the security implications for using proxy servers?

I would like to pay for digital goods via Paypal as the Americans seem to get much cheaper deals in some cases, yet I can't help but be concerned about "sharing" my data with a third party.

Thanks.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 2 months ago ixan

Useless to me. Doesn't unblock ANY of the UK tv sites. Not BBC iplayer, nor C4 etc. It seems only to unblock US sites.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 1 month ago Kennywee

I live in the Caribbean. Pandora and some other sites are blocked from broadcasting here. Unfortunately, this Hola thing doesn't do anything for me and ANY of the blocked sites I would like to look at or listen to whenever am in the US.

What a shame!

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 1 month ago sicknero

If you're a Firefox user you might like to check out the "Mediahint" extension, it works well for me in East Europe for BBC and C4.

Oddly it doesn't fool C4 on Youtube, or the C5 site, but other than that it's very good. It's enabled by default though - I like to keep it disabled unless I'm actually using it.

Alternatively Expat Shield seems to work for all sites but I find it quite buggy and unstable.

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Website of the Week: Alternative To 5 years 8 months ago George.J Been using this site for ages. Excellent source for alternative softwares. view
Website of the Week: Alternative To 5 years 8 months ago Sgluber

I remember when I found AlternativeTo (a long ago) and used it often. But one day I didn't get what I wanted, so I decided to search for another good source of information. Then I found Gizmo! :-)

Since then, Gizmo and AlternativeTo are always on my way. But to be honest, nowadays Gizmo is my main source.

Great tip rhiannon, thank you! :-)

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Website of the Week: Culturally Curious? Check out the Google Cultural Institute 5 years 7 months ago beergas

Thanks, nice selections. Good share!

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Website of the Week: Culturally Curious? Check out the Google Cultural Institute 5 years 6 months ago terrawarra

Nice one rhiannon,
so easy to spend a few hours on this one.... some beautiful old black & white pics which I find magnificent.

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Website of the Week: Culturally Curious? Check out the Google Cultural Institute 5 years 6 months ago budchekov

Another winner, yes, this one can suck you in for hours!

Thanks again rhiannon. :)

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Website of the Week: EurekAlert! Your Global Source for Science, Medicine and Technology News 5 years 2 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

As a confessed bookmark addict I'm not sure how I overlooked this website. I've long been familiar with AAAS org. which provides excellent information in the science fields.

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Website of the Week: EurekAlert! Your Global Source for Science, Medicine and Technology News 5 years 2 weeks ago magherafelt1943

One of the best science website I have ever used. Thank you for the notification.

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Website of the Week: EurekAlert! Your Global Source for Science, Medicine and Technology News 5 years 2 weeks ago rhiannon

You're welcome! I think it's one of the best I've seen too. :)

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Website of the Week: EurekAlert! Your Global Source for Science, Medicine and Technology News 5 years 2 weeks ago Kristopher Hesson

Great article, thanks!

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Website of the Week: EurekAlert! Your Global Source for Science, Medicine and Technology News 5 years 2 weeks ago rhiannon

I'm happy you like it. :)

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Website of the Week: FACTSlides Fun Random Facts 6 years 1 month ago Sid in Extremis

Nice site, well worth checking the accuracy of the facts though.

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Website of the Week: FACTSlides Fun Random Facts 6 years 1 month ago eikelein

Very nice find, thank you.

I have a problem though: "Best of all, all facts are sourced, with the link at the bottom left of each page" does not show on my system. (Win7, FF32.0.1).
But it's informative to amusing anyway.
Thanks again

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Website of the Week: FACTSlides Fun Random Facts 6 years 1 month ago Frank D

1. Using Firefox the page was so badly formatted I couldn't read it.
2. Using Internet Explorer, there was no animation.
3. The facts were in random order and most were not of interest to me. It would have been better, IMO, to present them as a list of links, and I could choose the ones I wanted to know. Otherwise, it's a grab-bag.

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Website of the Week: FACTSlides Fun Random Facts 6 years 1 month ago Rick Grunwald

There is a "source" button on the lower left - of course you then have to check that source :))

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Website of the Week: FACTSlides Fun Random Facts 6 years 1 month ago rhiannon I had no trouble with the four browsers I used to check the site so I'm not sure what's up with that. As for lists of facts, if you scroll down the main page a bit there are 75+ categories you can choose from. There isn't a way to search within the categories as far as I can tell. view
Website of the Week: FACTSlides Fun Random Facts 6 years 1 month ago MidnightCowboy Some browser extensions and/or security program settings can interfere with the operation of this site. MC - Site Manager. view
Website of the Week: FACTSlides Fun Random Facts 6 years 1 month ago Frank D

Thank you. I'll try again. :-)

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Website of the Week: FACTSlides Fun Random Facts 6 years 1 month ago eikelein

@rhiannon
I am such a klutz. I apologize.
Turned Adblock Plus off and voila, there were the source links.
And THEN came the surprise: Ghostery blocks redirections to some site in Japan - and for good reasons imho at least.

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Website of the Week: FACTSlides Fun Random Facts 6 years 1 month ago rhiannon I didn't have any trouble with Firefox using Ghostery, but there have been times its blocked something I wanted to see. AdBlock will do the same thing though I haven't used it for a while. :) There may be others but those are the two I know of. view
Website of the Week: FACTSlides Fun Random Facts 6 years 1 month ago Frank D

OK, after a bit of exploring, I found that in Firefox I had to turn off AdBlock on the page to see the Source link, and I had to set the animation timer (in the upper right-hand corner) to 3 seconds before any animation would take place.

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Website of the Week: FACTSlides Fun Random Facts 6 years 1 month ago rhiannon @Frank D Thanks for the update, I'm sure others can use the tip. :) view
Website of the Week: SciTech Daily 5 years 1 month ago BillK

The site also provides RSS feeds for those who prefer a feed reader to an email newsletter.

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Website of the Week: SciTech Daily 5 years 1 month ago rhiannon It sure does, and thanks for mentioning it. :) view
Website of the Week: Scott Hanselman's 2014 Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List for Windows Anonymous (not verified) view
Website of the Week: the Inner Body (Human Anatomy) 5 years 10 months ago Maurice I

Nice one another webpage is biodigital human,relatively the same. though needs a good graphic card and 3d compatible.

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Website of the Week: the Inner Body (Human Anatomy) 5 years 10 months ago rhiannon I'll take a look at it when I get back to my desktop. :) view
Website of the Week: the Inner Body (Human Anatomy) 5 years 10 months ago Maurice I

My apology; you did a review about biodigital human back in 2011, I had forgot about it until I thought on it for awhile.Maurice

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Website of the Week: the Inner Body (Human Anatomy) 5 years 10 months ago rhiannon No problem, even I forget what I've written about sometimes. :) view
Website of the Week: The Story of the Web 6 years 1 week ago EldonW

Thanks rhiannon. Yesterday a user on another forum asked for books on the history of the internet. I'm going to pass on the link provided by you.

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Website of the Week: The Story of the Web 6 years 1 week ago rhiannon @EldonW: You're welcome. The site isn't an extensive history, though I think it does a great job of highlighting important points. view
Website of the Week: The Story of the Web 6 years 6 days ago kkanalz

Did y'all notice that absolutely NO MENTION of Al Gore's involvement in "creating" the Internet? Hmmmm...

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Website of the Week: The Story of the Web 5 years 11 months ago ribotto

I got to the site but couldn't find any link to open it?

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Website of the Week: The Story of the Web 5 years 11 months ago rhiannon The site takes a little while to load. Here's the URL: Story of the Web view
Website of the Week: Worldmeters: Real Time World Statistics 6 years 1 month ago e-alias

excellent find, rhiannon - thanks for turning us on to it.

and no, not "dry" at all - in fact their 'about' page (http://www.worldometers.info/about.php) and their 'sources' page (http://www.worldometers.info/sources.php) are rich with additional information.

thanks again -

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Website of the Week: Worldmeters: Real Time World Statistics 6 years 1 month ago terrawarra

Nice one rhiannon....thanks for sharing !

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Website of the Week: Worldmeters: Real Time World Statistics 6 years 1 month ago EldonW

Thanks rhiannon. An interesting (frightening?) statistic is that there are alomost twice as many overweight as undernourished people in the world!

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What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 6 years 1 month ago ichabod

MC, you said "Only download from a reputable source ... go to Softpedia or one of the other recognized download sites". That's an important point, and I'd like to add the suggestion that we go only to "a reputable source," rather than any "recognized" one. The latter is simply too broad and vague, especially with Cnet (Download.com) being so widely recognized while having some reputation issues as mentioned in other Gizmo articles. A link to the Gizmo article "Best Freeware Download Sites" would be helpful in the paragraph for step #3 of this article.

Thank you so much for this article. I especially appreciate the recommendations about security tools in the last 5 steps. As websites and SW developers succumb to the siren call of financial benefits in exchange for loosening their ethical standards, it's good to know that we have this site for independent advice.

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What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 6 years 1 month ago MidnightCowboy Many thanks for your suggestions. These have now been incorporated into the article. MC - Site Manager. view
What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 6 years 1 month ago EldonW

Excellent article. Another tip is to not be connected to the internet while installing a program, unless absolutely necessary. Often the bundled junk is not included in the installer, and has to be downloaded. An example is the extra programs offered while installing programs from NCH Software. Also, one doesn't have to be connected to the internet while using an installed program to convert a video, edit an audio file, type a document, etc.

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What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 5 years 8 months ago johnvk

Nice article MidnightCowboy.

I got here linked from the comments in Best Free Partition Management Software. In those comments is an extremely good example of just how sneaky these software providers are, and just how easy it is to get tricked if you're not completely vigilant.

Always use custom install!

I would like to add that like Umberto requested in the forums "md5 checksums for reviewed software" i would also like to request that MD5 checksums be provided for software recommended here at Gizmo's.

It is not a perfect solution. Perhaps by the time you come to download, there is a newer version that has not yet been reviewed--wont help this situation.

But it WILL prevent the exact situation that happened with that EASEUS partition program. That was the SAME version that was re-packaged with bundled software and listed on the same download page that Gizmo's linked to. Note that in this case the MD5 hash on the software author's download page will not help this situation.

I don't really think it's too much trouble for reviewers, tho i do appreciate their contribution so much it is hard to ask for something else from them. But it would be so nice to know when downloading a program that it is the EXACT version reviewed by the reviewer. That would give me piece of mind.

I would also like to note for newcomers that many antivirus programs come with the option to search for euphemistically named "Potentially Unwanted Software" or PUP for short. Most if not all of these bundled software programs are in that category. I will just say that the "potential" that you "unwant" these programs is very, very high ;)

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What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 5 years 8 months ago Remah I agree that MD5 checksums would be useful but I don't think it is feasible for us. As you are clearly aware, the minimum cost for us will be having to calculate and confirm checksums which we don't currently do. But the main issue will be that most of the downloads linked from our site are for software that changes quite regularly, much as frequently as once a week, so we would have lot of software where the checksums don't match. This applies to such popular categories as anti-virus and other security products, web browsers, system utilities (e.g. CCleaner), etc. So to keep the MD5's and downloads consistent we would need a process - automated to be effective - to maintain the reliability of the article information for the latest version of the downloadable software. Here's an example: 1. Monitor the download link page to alert us to a change. 2. Determine if the page change is a new version of the software. If not, stop. 3. Acquire the latest version number, download size, and checksum. 4. Update the product details in our database. Even if we did this, a further step would also need to be added to step 3 to bring the benefit you desire. We would have to install the new version and check that there hasn't been a change to the bundling. [Edited to correct spelling] view
What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 5 years 8 months ago johnvk

I posted a reply in the forums "MD5 checksums for reviewed software" [not letting me post link--you'll have to look it up :(

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What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 5 years 7 months ago v.laurie There is an interesting article on the problem of bundled software by the security firm Emisoft at http://blog.emsisoft.com/2015/03/11/mind-the-pup-top-download-portals-to.... view
What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 5 years 7 months ago MidnightCowboy Thanks Vic. Remah also drew attention to this in his forum post here. MC- Site Manager. http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/internet-web-apps-and-net... view
What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 4 years 6 months ago Rick Grunwald

Nice, thorough article
Always do an "advanced" install, never the "express install" when it is offered
Here is a small (free) program that will un check or decline all the "offers"
https://unchecky.com/
It runs as a service - still be careful

Open Candy thinks their business model is legit and offers a cleanup utility that has worked for me
http://opencandy.com/faqs/
I get a "precede at your own risk" warning at that page so use your own judgement

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What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 4 years 6 months ago jmaloney

I always create a restore point before running downloaded software the first time. That doesn't keep me from installing unwanted software, but it makes getting rid of it easier. If I discover unwanted software I simply reload the restore point to get rid of it.

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What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 4 years 6 months ago eikelein

MC, excellent article and suggestions, Thank You!

After some experiences with some of my customers who I sent to Gizmo's Best of ... articles I want to add for the less technically inclined readers, and yes, it has already been mentioned in this thread, but anyway:

If you get during the install process of the program you want to install some choice between

- Default Install (recommended)
- Custom Install (for experienced users only) in this or similar form

PLEASE ALWAYS be the "experienced user" no matter whether you think you are or not.

More often than not the experienced user will get some additional choice(s) to say yes or no to the installation of unrelated bundled PuPs. You still have to be very vigilant and follow my personal first commandment of safe computing which simply states "Thou shalt read and think(!) before you click".

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What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 4 years 6 months ago MoisheP

Some EXE installers can be opened by 7-Zip or other compression applications. This allows inspection of some of the contents, and bypassing the full install script, when Registry changes are not needed (particularly when updating an installed application). As mentioned, submit any new executables, including DLL's, to VirusTotal directly or through PeStudio, which makes it more convenient.

Thanks for the article, with all its valid warnings!

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What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 4 years 6 months ago Stephen Jackson

Thanks for an excellent article.

You're absolutely right about CNET. Despite its official-sounding acronym: well-known yes, reliable, no. There is a really horrible site called DVD Videosoft, which must have put more malware onto the world's computers than almost anything else: a whole handful of nasties which many people's anti-virus software won't pick up (although if you have Malware Bytes, you might). Repeatedly I have notified CNET and still this muck they promote. Clearly, as the vernacular would have it, they couldn't give a flying fork. Or even, a spoon.

Yet I've also downloaded toxic software from File Hippo, Softonic and elsewhere. Can they all be part of some global conspiracy? It makes more sense to suggest - you can see what an altruist I am - that it's impossible for these companies to check out every item submitted to them as thoroughly as they should. The naive downloader picks up the pieces: or rather, you fail to notice; and carry on in ignorant bliss with your contaminated machine.

The bigger problem has to do with legitimate, honest freeware which pops up in corrupted forms. VLC ("Videolan"), Paint.Net, Audacity and more...all these you will find in nobbled versions; some on third-party sites, others on sites which resemble the developer's own and can be so easily confused with it. That's the intention, of course. Never download or upgrade or update ANYTHING except from the manufacturer's own site - even if you have to scroll down two Google pages to find it. If the software itself invites you to update, following the link it provides usually seems pretty safe. Famous last words....

As for Open Candy, and those other nasty bits of work. If everything is on the level, why not offer them explicitly as an option? Adobe offers Norton Anti Virus quite openly, and you can take it or leave it as you choose. That's honesty, rather than something smuggled in via the back door.

It's high time for me to end, but I have a reasonable collection of freeware that seems not to fight each other: AVG, Avast, Malware Bytes and Comodo. Maybe I too am living in a Fool's Paradise, but I seem to detect malware that other people miss. A final word about software which rests on old laurels. There's no reason still to trust it, or to value it. The original Gimp used to be a valid alternative to Photoshop. Whenever I have downloaded Gimpshop, from source, it has come down riddled with malware far worse than PUPs like Open Candy. My inquiries via "Contact Us" meet with silence...

In English we say, "There's no such thing as a free lunch." In Russia they put it better: "You only get free cheese in a rat-trap."

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What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 4 years 6 months ago George.J "Use an Adblocker" can also be a good advice. Too many download buttons, flashy ads and pop-ups can be a troublesome source of malware for newbies. view
What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 4 years 6 months ago MidnightCowboy Good suggestion George.J. It's all too easy for us regular surfers to assume others also know about and appreciate the benefits of ad-blockers. Now included in the article. MC - Site Manager. view
What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 4 years 6 months ago George.J Prevention is better than Cure :) Although a note to whitelist "GF" is also necessary :D view
What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 4 years 6 months ago lmac

By all means, use a sandbox. Another route to use is to attack these bad boys with every nasty thing you can say. Do it on their websites and use the most cuss words possible in every sentence. Open Candy is a f@#^ing disgrace to the web. CNET is to be avoided at all cost.. Keep digging at these and all other BAS#&*DS until they get the message.

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What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 4 years 6 months ago George.J Rule 0: Turn off internet connection/access when installing downloaded software's. view
What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 4 years 6 months ago vandamme

The best solution is an operating system that maintains a repository of clean software, and is itself malware resistant. Microsoft Windows is not it.

Try Ubuntu MATE. You get an "app store" with descriptions and ratings, one click install, and regular updating (when and how you want it). Not to say the other 200 Linux distributions are not good, but Ubuntu MATE is probably the best place to start for a new user, right now.

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What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 4 years 6 months ago MidnightCowboy Couldn't agree more despite being the creator and maintainer of several Windows reviews and articles, although the three systems I run are Zorin, Q4 OS and MX-15 Linux. Even the majority of Windows related testing I do now is via a copy of Win7 installed into Virtualbox in one of the aforementioned distros. MC - Site Manager. view
What are Thumbs.db Files and Can I Delete Them? (Windows) 7 years 4 months ago movestill

Just came here to say what Killjoy999 mentioned. Bravo

"So, it's a good habit if you don't know the app and it just becomes automatic after a decade or so."

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What are Thumbs.db Files and Can I Delete Them? (Windows) 6 years 3 months ago vivek14

Thanks.

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What are Thumbs.db Files and Can I Delete Them? (Windows) 6 years 1 month ago JesterTheCat

Thank you for posting about .Thumbs.db . I have noticed this file for awhile and just haven't taken the time to look it up. Gladly I came across you website and found the answer with some other good guides for new people to OS. Excellent post. I can't wait to check out more on this site. Thank you agahin,
`Jester

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What are Thumbs.db Files and Can I Delete Them? (Windows) 6 years 1 month ago rhiannon @JesterTheCat, I'm glad you found the article helpful. :) The rest of the site has great content too. view
What are Thumbs.db Files and Can I Delete Them? (Windows) 5 years 11 months ago IanL

I am runing windows 8.1 and you did not offer any options for this only for XP and windows 7. Why?
FYI, I see them every now and again. I always delete them. (not sure if this is wise) please prvide suggestions for windows 8.1
I am not a techie :)

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What are Thumbs.db Files and Can I Delete Them? (Windows) 5 years 11 months ago rhiannon @IanL To the best of my knowledge, the process for Windows 8x is the same for previous Windows versions, but you access the Control Panel via the Charms bar. I had no problems running through the process on my Windows 8.1 system. Windows will re-create any thumbs.db as needed so deleting them isn't an issue. As to not updating the article...........well, I've written 500 or so articles for the site and it's very difficult to try and keep them all updated and provide new information as well. I truly wish I had the time to do both. :) view
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What Do the Function Keys on the Keyboard Do? 1 year 3 months ago Australia

Great article. It relates to the "top row of Function Keys" on the top row of most keyboards

However a lot of laptop keyboards also have a Function key "Fn" usually next to the Ctrl Key on the bottom row of the Keyboard
This additional Function (Fn) key, adjust laptop settings including volume, screen brightness, and so on, usually used in conjunction with a F1-F12 key

There is no mention of this laptop related Function (Fn) key in this article, so things are a little ambiguous

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What Do the Function Keys on the Keyboard Do? 1 year 3 months ago rhiannon

Thanks for your comment. :)

I didn't mention the function keys were on the top row of the keyboard, I'll amend that when I get to my desktop.

I think this line in the first paragraph addresses laptops: "They are often combined with the Alt and Ctrl keys to do certain tasks, and on laptops, can also have dual functions like turning the volume up or down when used with a designated key, usually the Fn key."

 

 

 

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What Do the Function Keys on the Keyboard Do? 1 year 3 months ago hpearce

I personally do not find the F keys anywhere near consistent from PC o PC - they seem mostly dependent on the manufacturer or model.
I avoid them unless I see real value to them.

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