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Two Free Encrypted Email Services You Might Want to Use 2 years 5 months ago godel

I've only had a free Proton account for about 4.5 months but there have been no threats to upgrade to a subscription.
I gave them a donation of a few Euros to cover the couple of megabytes that I'm currently using.

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Two Free Encrypted Email Services You Might Want to Use 2 years 5 months ago rhiannon I haven't had any upgrade prompts either. view
Two Free Portable Application Launchers 4 years 3 months ago crombierob

When I attempted to download CodySafe, FF gave this warning -

Reported Unwanted Software Page!
This web page at fileslocker.com has been reported to contain unwanted software and has been blocked based on your security preferences.
Unwanted software pages try to install software that can be deceptive and affect your system in unexpected ways.

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Two Free Portable Application Launchers 4 years 3 months ago MidnightCowboy

When using the link provided here, both the product and web page are fine. MC - Site Manager.
https://www.virustotal.com/en/url/40748aefc0760ca071022e716e52be64b64ab3...
https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/85b46ca1e7f5a4171c2ac1a58a409a0d29082...
http://www.urlvoid.com/scan/codyssey.com/
The only "detection" is from Zillya which is riddled with false positives and as a product about as much use as a paper bag in a thunderstorm.

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Two New Tricks to Quickly Close and Restart File Explorer in Windows 8 and 8.1 5 years 8 months ago Aninnymous

Less useful these days with solid state boot drives so easy & cheap .... even a reboot is fast enough vs let alone logoff.

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Two New Tricks to Quickly Close and Restart File Explorer in Windows 8 and 8.1 5 years 8 months ago skross

A very easy way to do this is to run Process Hacker and Rt-Click the explorer.exe process and select "Restart".

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Two New Ways to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8 7 years 4 months ago Anupam Thanks for the tip Vic. For the second tip, what's the command to change back to original, in case one wants to do that? view
Two New Ways to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8 7 years 4 months ago v.laurie That's a good suggestion. I will add it to the tip. Thanks, Anupam. view
Two New Ways to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8 7 years 4 months ago Anupam Great! Keep up the good work :). view
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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Two New Ways to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8 7 years 2 months ago Phylis Sophical

Well, Microsoft has really advanced, haven't they. Gone from pressing the F8 key to a 7 step procedure. Sheesh!
Thanks for the great tip!

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

I've been working with MS stuff more years than I care to remember and they still don't get it - AT ALL. Most of the time you need Safe Mode it is because normal mode won't work, so method 1 is worthless and Method 2 will gradually fade away.

Probably coded by the same genius that removed the repair install.

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

The following command will enable the BLUE Advanced Boot Options screen (NOT the Win7, black and white screen) to be shown at every boot:

bcdedit /set {globalsettings} advancedoptions true

To disable this/restore defaults, run one of the following commands:

bcdedit /set {globalsettings} advancedoptions false
or
bcdedit /deletevalue {globalsettings} advancedoptions.

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

Is there any way of enabling a Windows 8 machine to boot from DVD drive other than via restart? If a forced shutdown is needed and windows won't restart normally, how would one get to boot from a recovery disc? In Windows 7 you can do this with the F12 key.

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Two New Ways to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8 7 years 1 month ago thaff59

Ok people....I got it figured out for this problem with windows 8 and the safe mode thing. Do exactly what it tells you above. Enter this command: bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy. Restart then boot up again. Then shut down or restart. Upon that process hold down not just the F8 key, but the windows key and the F8 key at the same time. I think they failed to mention that above. Holding the F8 key alone won't work. I just hold both key's down at the same time and don't release until the screen pop's up. Let me know how you make out. Remember to make note of of the ms dos commands just incase you want to reverse it. Always make notes. Can't stress that enough! Good Luck........Todd

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Two New Ways to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8 7 years 1 month ago Jitukali

The problem is that method only works on window that is working first..
what if during window update and restart where window fail to restart normally and right there you need to boot into a safe mode....

and that where I am now.. I need help on this

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Two New Ways to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8 7 years 1 month ago v.laurie I am sorry to hear of your problem and it is because of problems like this that I strongly urge making emergency repair discs as discussed here: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-create-recovery-discs-or-usb.... The comments are not the place for discussing specific individual problems but you can get help in the General Computer Support forum: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/ You should be able to get some good advice there. view
Two Ways to Transfer Files Without An External Network Connection 4 years 8 months ago MSwhip

Could you use this app to transfer large number of files (emails) between yahoo.com free account and lycos.com free account?

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Types of Backup Software : What’s the difference between Disk Imaging, File Based Backup, or Synchronization, and which should I use? 6 years 4 months ago CASD

I want to put in a bigger hard drive, and I have a external hard drive I can save the first hard drive too..So that it can be loaded back onto the new bigger hard drive.. Would a use a backup program or ?

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Ubuntu 16.04 Released 4 years 6 months ago danielson

Besides the fact that i never cared for Unity, i tend to agree with Matthew Moore who claims 16.04 to be unpolished.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5Li052ZBN8
This i saw first hand in the Gnome version with constant overlapping of dashboard icons.
Michael was more patient at keeping Unity on (one half hour) than i was with Gnome.

The only reason i gave a vote of 3 was 'cause i know LinuxMint will make it better (or at least as good as before).

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Ubuntu 16.04 Released 4 years 6 months ago vandamme

I have no problems with Ubuntu Unity, but trying Ubuntu MATE, it looks like it's more noob friendly. I think I could recommend it to any Windows user and they'd get to know it easily. Kubuntu is a nice alternative if you like that look.

But wait a month or two. Cosmetic stuff I don't even notice, but some bugs need to be sorted out. Kind of like buying a car the first month they come out. Of course I don't mind helping out by getting the new version and torturing it. But I can always boot into Mint 17.3 when all else fails. The new Mint won't be out until June, after Ubuntu gets cleaned up for them.

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Ubuntu 16.04 Released 4 years 6 months ago HA

I tried upgrading within 14.04 on two laptops, both bricked.
Did a usb install.
Looks the same as before, the new "Ubuntu Software" won't install .debs from other places.
Get Gdebi package installer and right click and install using Gdebi.

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UltraCopier 4 years 3 months ago Catsup22

It installs without a hitch, but it wants to add itself as an auto-start. Whether I accept that or reject that, it doesn't matter because it simply will not load when I click on the app in my start menu.

Looks like these folks had good intentions, and freeware is always appreciated, but they need some experienced programmers to help with the the basics of a Windows installation.

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UltraCopier 4 years 3 months ago MidnightCowboy Would help others to help you if you stated which system you were running instead of just "Windows". MC - Site Manager. view
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UltraDefrag 3 years 8 months ago Gandof_Tx

2017-02-26 VirusTotal scan of Ultradefrag 7.0.2 shows: Endgame malicious (moderate confidence) 20170222

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UltraDefrag 3 years 8 months ago MidnightCowboy

This is a false positive generated by the x32 bit version only. None of the top antivirus solutions find anything wrong with it. The x64 bit version is 100% clear. If you need x32 bit for a legacy system, use the portable version. MC - Site Manager.
https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/55be431890e64dc95b332a742039b846d16df...

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UltraDefrag 3 years 7 months ago Gandof_Tx

Thank you MidnightCowboy!! Both my Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scanned Ultradefrag with no problems. Thank you for letting me know that the VirusTotal scan was a false positive. I re-installed Ultradefrag. Thank you for the quick response! By the way, the Ultradefrag x64 version also received the same false positive.

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UltraDefrag 3 years 1 month ago famewolf

Is ultradefrag still the editor's choice when on their website it looks like the project has been abandoned?

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UltraDefrag 2 years 11 months ago Tar73

yeah it look abandoned, maybe an update would be nice :)

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UltraDefrag 1 year 10 months ago 2oldfan

No longer works with 64bit windows. New 64bit version is not free.

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UltraDefrag 1 year 9 months ago spaarks

This is very slow indeed. Took 7 hours for a full drfrag, and now in Full Optimisation and after 7 hours only 68% optimised.
Defender and Super Antispyware real-time protection are turned OFF.
Trash and temp files deleted before starting.
Is there something I have missed?

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UltraDefrag 1 year 9 months ago Remah

You'd have to provide a lot more information for anyone to know if you have missed something.

Also, the right place to query slow speed is with Ultradefrag at SourceForge which I see you (same user name) already appear to be familiar with. They're the ones who wrote the manual/tips you are reading. Personally, I would use a partition manager to make space for Linux rather than making defragmentation a dependency for what you really want to achieve. Gparted, for example, handles making space for a new partition by moving the files into one block within an existing partition.

Defragmenting a hard disk drive (you shouldn't do SSDs) is slowed by many factors. Here's some of the more obvious factors: the version of Windows; the complexity of the optimization; large disk size; slow disk speed i.e. 5400 rpm isntead of 7200rpm; higher proportion of the disk filled particularly with files larger than available free space; other running processes particularly those using the disk which is why they recommend running Ultradefrag at boot; immovable system files (easier at boot and in newer versions of Windows);  Windows paging; slow RAM; slow CPU.

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UltraDefrag 1 year 9 months ago Remah

Ultradefrag is still available at sourceforge.net and version 7.1.1 has a stable release from October 2018, but future development of version 8 does appear to be commercial:

In 2018 the UltraDefrag project has been transferred to Green Gate Systems, LLC.

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UltraDefrag 2 months 2 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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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 2 years 1 month ago jhbriick

If anyone can install this app from the link, you are a better man than me. Absolutely cannot find download button for Chrome? Can anyone help?

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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 2 years 1 month ago SkipGm0User7

Are there any security risks using this add-on or opening up password fields for copy and paste?

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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 2 years 1 month ago Psyphilo

Works with Firefox Version 61.0.2

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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 2 years 1 month ago Linden56

I also use multiple browsers & Opera is my default browser & the only one that couldn't install 'Don't Fuck With Paste". What steps did anyone succeed with installing this into Opera? I clicked on Chrome button & unlike Vivaldi, nothing happened. Any help? TY.

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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 2 years 1 month ago Linden56

Chrome: Don't F*** With Paste (worked for me in Vivaldi and Opera). https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/dont-fuck-with-paste/nkgllhigpcljnhoakjkgaieabnkmgdkb/ Put above address in your URL.

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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 2 years 1 month ago sirpaul2

If you don't see the '+ Add to Chrome' blue button, you're either not in the Google web store, or you're not accessing the web store with Chrome (or any Chrome fork).
An easy way to tell if it's the latter is if the blue button reads 'Available on Chrome' instead of '+ Add to Chrome'.

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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 2 years 1 month ago rhiannon

Here's the direct link:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/dont-fuck-with-paste/nkgllhigp...

The link in the article opens to the page for the extension in all the browsers I use. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 2 years 1 month ago rhiannon

Have you enabled Chrome extensions in Opera?

How to Install Chrome Extensions in Opera
https://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-install-chrome-extensions-o...

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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 2 years 1 month ago rhiannon

The only difference is that the copy and paste fields are blocked - if they were not blocked, they would behave the same way a field does. Unblocking the fieled doesn't, to the best of my knowledge, increase the standard risk of copying and pasting into a field. It's like a door - if the door is open, you can walk through it. If the door is closed, you can't walk through it. Either way, the door frame stays the same.

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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 2 years 1 month ago rhiannon

That's the version I'm using too.

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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 2 years 1 month ago rhiannon

Good tips, thanks.

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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 2 years 1 month ago rhiannon

Thanks. Glad it worked.  :)

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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 2 years 1 month ago SkipGm0User7

Good to know . Thanks very much for the explanation, Rhiannon!

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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 2 years 1 month ago Linden56

Thank you Rhiannon! Worked great!

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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 2 years 1 month ago rhiannon

I'm happy to hear it worked. :)

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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 2 years 1 month ago rhiannon

Anytime. :)

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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 2 years 1 month ago KingCharlie

Could someone post a link to a site that blocks "copy/paste" please. I remember reading someplace eons ago that turning off javascript would bypass that as well as "no-right click", and would like to test that before installing another addon. Thank you.

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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 2 years 1 month ago rhiannon

H&R Block is one site you can test. It blocks pasting of passwords from the clipboard via keyboard or mouse.
It offers to generate a strong password for you. If you use it, it will generate a password and autofill both password fields. The issue I had with the password generator was that the generated password threw up the message "Password must contain at least one special character".

It would seem their password generator doesn't know it's supposed to insert a special character when generating strong passwords. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I have RightToCopy installed in Chrome, and H&R will not allow right click and paste using that extension.
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/righttocopy/plmcimdddlobkphnof...

If you're using Firefox, changing the clipboard events entry in about:config will unblock copy and paste in fields.
about:config > agree that you know this might void your warranty (if you haven't disabled it) > search for: dom.event.clipboardevents.enabled > double click to change the entry to false
It avoids installation of another add-on.

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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 2 years 1 month ago rhiannon

I would add that with Firefox, my preference is to change the about:config settings rather than install an add-on.

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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 2 years 1 month ago KingCharlie

Thanks, I'll go this route. :)

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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 2 years 1 month ago jhbriick

Discovered the problem was I was trying to install it on Opera...won't work. No problem on Chrome. Thanks for your help!

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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 2 years 1 month ago rhiannon

Good to know. :)
It will work on Opera.
How to Install Chrome Extensions in Opera
https://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-install-chrome-extensions-o...

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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 2 years 1 month ago crosseyedlemon

Some websites are just too annoying to be bothered with. You log in with a complex 25 character password and then to download something, they insist you prove your not a robot by taking that dopey test.

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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 2 years 1 month ago rhiannon

CAPTCHA's can be difficult.

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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 1 year 11 months ago MisterLee

Why was it necessary for the addon author to name his creation with a vulgar title?
Would it not have conveyed the same message with "Don't mess with paste"?
I am sure many more would be willing to install his app with this tamer title.
Personally, I am unwilling to install with its present naming.
Have we really stooped this low for this to be acceptable?

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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 1 year 11 months ago rhiannon

I can't speak to the developers intent. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I understand not using the add-on because of its name.
I see that particular word many places I wouldn't expect to see it - a cookbook title comes to mind, and other titles.
I see it increasingly used in the titles of articles from mainstream sites, which surprises me.
Here in the USA it appears to have become a part of the standard vocabulary for people in certain age groups and doesn't seem to have the same assocations/connotations for those groups that it does for those of us in older age groups.

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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 1 year 7 months ago johnvk

Thanks @rhiannon for the no-addon, about:config method.

I put "dom.event'" (no quotes) in the search box.

There's two I tried:

dom.event.clipboardevents.enabled
dom.event.contextmenu.enabled

I wasn't sure about the others.

For my financial site, this turned on right click but not copy.

If you're wondering like I was why you want to DISABLE these (when you're trying to get them working) it's because these enable the website code to see them. So hiding them from the website code leaves them for you to use. (I think.)

I gave up and used Windows "snipping tool" to capture an image of it, then capture2text, to OCR the image to text. That worked, but unfortunate I had to do it that way.

Good luck keeping control of your computer!

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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 1 year 7 months ago rhiannon

Thanks! I thought on most sites it has something to do with security but wasn't sure what.

Some sites that have content that's not particularly related to security use it.

Most of the ones I've run into are people wanting to protect their content such as photos, artwork etc. from being copied. I respect that.
I don't copy that type of content but I do copy snippets of text if there's a tip or trick or something useful. I keep it with the URL where I found it.
Disabling right click for that purpose isn't much of a deterrent because there are so many ways around it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 1 year 7 months ago Jojo Yee

Exactly rhiannon. This Chrome extension "Allow Select And Copy" works for me in most cases. Failing which, I would activate the Developer tools and select an element in the webpage (shortcut: Ctrl-Shift-C), whatever text shown on the webpage can then be copied from within the inspector, either in Chrome or Firefox.

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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 1 year 7 months ago johnvk

Thanks for all that.
I'm using firefox, so I am not sure if there's a similar addon. I haven't searched.
I always go into developer tools Inspect using right-click -> Q. And right click was disabled. That stymied me for a while.
Thanks for reminding me that I don't have to be stymied by right click! (in this case) because ctrl-shift-C does it (as does in firefox the Tools menu -> developer -> Inspect).

Now on this particular webpage, the data I wanted to copy was in a table.
And the table was circuitously designed. The first column was its own div. And each cell was a whole table nested within several div layers. And the 2nd and 3rd columns were another div, and each row of the 2nd two columns was a table of 1 row and 2 columns, and again each of these tables nested within several layers of divs.

So without finding each cell individually and copying its text, this was not going to help. It was a page of code containing 1 word of text.

I saved using firefox Inspector's right click menu: copy -> outer html to copy this structure and paste it into a file (temp.html) then opened that file with firefox.

The complex html code was using positioning, so that the first column and second column were superimposed in my temp file (which was missing the css positioning). Kind of a mess.

So I resorted to capture2text which has been working well for me on windows 10.

Again thanks for the interaction around this! It's helpful!

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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 1 year 7 months ago rhiannon

Thanks for the how-to. You may want to check out this Firefox add-on for general copying:
Absolute Enable Right Click & Copy

 

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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 1 year 7 months ago rhiannon

Thanks for Chrome suggestion. :)

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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 6 months 1 hour ago Fairportfan

Lately CapitalOne is preventing you from logging in with a pasted password - you can paste it, but it fails.

Also, if you use Firefox's option to manage passwords. CapOne alsodisallows passwords it fills in to work.

I'll try this...

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Unblock Copy and Paste in Chrome and Firefox 5 months 4 weeks ago rhiannon

I've run into the same thing with some password fields recently too. I use my password manager to fill them in. I hope this works for you.

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Understanding and Dealing with the Windows 10 Privacy Issue 5 years 2 months ago mjt328

Another tool to tweak a bunch of Window 10 privacy settings is 0&0 ShutUp10. It's a standalone program that works on both 32-bit and 64-bit systems. Developer's page is here: http://www.oo-software.com/en/shutup10.

[Moderator's note: Direct download link deleted. Not allowed as per site rules.]

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Understanding and Dealing with the Windows 10 Privacy Issue 5 years 2 months ago crosseyedlemon

Another excellent article by Vic Laurie who certainly deserves a pay raise if he hasn't gotten one recently. I think everyone understands that companies need customer feedback but there is a right way and a wrong way to acquire that. Some of the big tech companies like Microsoft are not known for their transparency when it comes to data collecting and that has resulted in a lot of public suspicion about their activities.

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Understanding and Dealing with the Windows 10 Privacy Issue 5 years 2 months ago mjt328

Oops... sorry about the direct download link ... I forgot it wasn't allowed here ... won't happen again.

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Understanding and Dealing with the Windows 10 Privacy Issue 5 years 2 months ago Anupam

No problem :).

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Understanding and Dealing with the Windows 10 Privacy Issue 5 years 2 months ago David Roper

When my Windows 7 quits working well enough for me using the internet and/or banking, I am moving to a distro of Linux. And I have been using Microsoft since DOS 1.1. Yep, I am that old. This spying in Windows 10 is just too much to live with -- especially in 2015.

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Understanding and Dealing with the Windows 10 Privacy Issue 5 years 2 months ago crip

Win 10 seems like a good OS, but Microsoft added in a bunch of problems to it. I do not know if they are caused by Microsoft not explaining themselves completely, or if they are being evil. It is a shame to have a new OS, and have to have third party software to protect yourself from it. Linux is sounding better all the time.

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Understanding and Dealing with the Windows 10 Privacy Issue 5 years 2 months ago crosseyedlemon

Unfortunately the invasion of privacy is only going to get worse in the future and it won't be confined to computers. There already exists utlility smart meters that can provide huge amounts of data on customers. All vehicles will eventually be able to be tracked and more cities are going to CCTV each year so pedestrian traffic can be monitored. Everyone is aware that mobile devices can be traced. Technology provides us with many benefits but there will always be a trade-off.

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Understanding and Dealing with the Windows 10 Privacy Issue 5 years 2 months ago caktus

Well, that answers my concern about weather Windows 10 will try to shove the Bing thing down my throat as did 8 and 8.1. In fact, the more I learn about MS's new Windows 10 game of cut throat, the more I plan to stay clear of it. So I guess I'll be using 8.1 for some time to come.

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Understanding and Dealing with the Windows 10 Privacy Issue 4 years 5 months ago vandamme

"One Weird trick" to solve all Windows problems: don't use it!

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Understanding and Dealing with the Windows 10 Privacy Issue 4 years 5 months ago footpatrol

A major concern are reports that the Windows 10 will "deactivate/remove" certain apps/programs so that they will no longer work. Things are working fine on my computer now so I might best skip this upgrade.

Is there a way to check for this and the impact before any install?
Should a virtual player be used to test WIN 10 out first and how can this be done?

Thanks.

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Understanding and Dealing with the Windows 10 Privacy Issue 4 years 5 months ago Moonwink

About 6 Free Tools to Stop Windows 10 Spying - When I went to download "Windows 10 Privacy Fixer," there was no download link - only a link to "W10 Privacy" which is only available in German. None of the other 4 sounded like a good alternate.

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Understanding and Dealing with the Windows 10 Privacy Issue 4 years 5 months ago MidnightCowboy The download link is visible and working for me. Make sure you don't have a browser extension or security software interfering with this function. MC - Site Manager. view
Understanding and Dealing with the Windows 10 Privacy Issue 4 years 5 months ago Geekomatic

I'm wondering if there's a way to know what IP addresses Win 10 is accessing? Could you block those on your router to prevent the connection/spying?

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Understanding and Dealing with the Windows 10 Privacy Issue 4 years 4 months ago r0h1t

The Network tab on Process Hacker (http://processhacker.sourceforge.net/) will show remote IP addresses, so you can block whatever you're not comfortable with. Of course the standard caveat applies, i.e. be careful in case you end up disabling some important Windows services.

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Understanding Codecs 7 years 2 months ago johnvk

Thanks for this informative article, which is the rule on techsupportalert.com

A couple of comments: VideoInspector.exe when run on my system reached out to the internet early on and was blocked by my ESET. VideoInspector_lite.exe did not, however i canceled out at the screen that claimed to install a small program for its partners. The .zip file downloaded from their website was able to be extracted and run without installation.

BUT VideoInspector only reads certain file types (from their website: AVI, Matroska, MPEG I, MPEG II, (ie .mpg .mpeg files) QuickTime (ie .mov files)). It did not read .mp4 files, eg. That's of limited usefulness.

GSpot is currently (7/31/2013) available only as a .zip file. So users will have to extract it somewhere manually (which can be a challenge for non-technical users). It has not been updated since 2007.

Also note that you are literally downloading from a site that sells headbands. This threw me at first.

MediaInfo (mentioned elsewhere, eg "Free Tool Deciphers Video and Audio Encoding Methods" at http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/free-tool-deciphers-video-and-au...) comes with Open Candy which many consider spyware. Gizmo explains it all on this site.

Meaning...none of these choices is a slam dunk. I prefer GSpot until it doesnt recognize some new format. I have not tried, WebM, eg.

It appears it can be easier to install an alternative player, like VLC, which comes with the codes built-in, rather than identify and install missing codecs. The article "Best Free Media Player" at www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-windows-media-player-replacement.htm discusses this.

Edit: typos.

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Understanding Codecs 6 years 10 months ago PBJ

It seems that they are illegal to use, even more so under W/8. See http://www.neowin.net/news/watching-dvds-on-linux-is-mostly-illegal

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