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What is “Freeware”? 5 years 11 months ago v.laurie The PC users group I went to back in those days had a lending library of shareware on 360 KB 5 1/4" floppy disks. Those were the days when people really knew how to code and you could get a surprising number of programs even in such a small capacity. Of course, DOS itself only had 512 KB of memory to work with. view
What is “Freeware”? 5 years 11 months ago bernardz Good article, although your Freemium and Crippleware definitions are identical in practice. One thing for sure, stay away from downloading from CNET. It took me hours to get rid of the show-pass rubbish that they added to the software I wanted. view
What is “Freeware”? 5 years 11 months ago Juxxize very good article , good information to save confusions I'm going to bookmark this :) view
What is “Freeware”? 5 years 11 months ago v.laurie Although there is some overlap between the freemium and crippleware categories, they differ in how useful the free software is. The free software in the freemium model provides substantial value and is sometimes almost the same as the paid version. Crippleware is generally not all that useful and often has the best features missing. view
What is “Freeware”? 5 years 11 months ago macspite

David, thank you for taking me down memory lane! I was also there as shareware began to develop but as a consumer not a coder.

And Jim Button (and others) got some money from me :)

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What is “Freeware”? 5 years 11 months ago lmac

Would you please explain the advantage to a company of having us install their toolbar. How do they make money if we install it?

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What is “Freeware”? 5 years 11 months ago v.laurie From the ads that you will see. For example, if Ask becomes your search engine, search pages will have ads that bring revenue to Ask. view
What is “Freeware”? 5 years 11 months ago lmac

Thank you Laurie. Do you know how much they make off of each hit?

Larry

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What is “Freeware”? 5 years 11 months ago cyguyjg

Thank you for always being detailed and in particular for the clarification about Softpedia, MajorGeeks, and FileHippo.

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What is “Freeware”? 4 years 9 months ago v.laurie Unfortunately, FileHippo has also fallen into the practice of using wrappers on some of its offerings. view
What is RSS all about? 4 years 2 months ago crosseyedlemon

RSS feeds are a great way to collect information from a wide variety of sources and I have used FeedDemon for a few years now with no complaints. On occasion you may want to save a feed in a separate folder but be discouraged by the length of the address. By accident I discovered you can delete everything after the first = sign in the address bar and get a much shorter string which can be saved.

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What is RSS all about? 4 years 2 months ago Mighty

Obviously, this entry needs to be updated to remove the defunct Google Reader.

Like many former Google Reader users, I migrated to Feedly. I'm happy with it. While normally I'd prefer a native Windows application for this sort of thing, I do check my feeds when I'm away from home, often. So, using a web reader is more convenient, for me. And, with today's computers and browsers, it's plenty responsive. Among the new features I like in Feedly that weren't in Google Reader, it provides built-in links to save to destinations like Evernote and Pocket. I use those links regularly.

When I describe the value of RSS feeds to people, I point out that feed readers are really good for two extremes of sites: Those that have many updates each day, like news sites. And, those sites the update only rarely, like an author's blog.

With the news site, the many articles are consolidated into a compact list of headlines. It is far quicker and more convenient to skim this for the few articles you're actually interested in, versus scanning a cluttered webpage. I notice that some news sites are actually doing something like this themselves, lately. The current CNN front page has one big article dominating the page, and then a simple list of headlines on the left. Think of that, except all your news sites are gathered together, instead of having to go to each one individually.

Where RSS feeds shine on low-volume sites is that you don't have to remember to go check it occasionally, if it only updates once a week, or once a month, or even less often. The site will light up in your list, telling you that there's something new to see. If you put it in your Read Daily, or Before Coffee, or Must Read folders (whatever name you choose) then it will simply appear in the list, along with the other sites you're most interested in. They become a delightful surprise.

In Feedly, I tag my feeds two ways. First, I put them into a category that describes what kind of site it is. For example, Tech, Comics, News, etc. And then I have a Daily folder, which includes the sites I want to check every day. Additionally, I have a Frequent folder, for when I've finished my Daily sites, and just want to kill a few minutes. I usually put really high volume sites into this one. Stuff that would so clutter my Daily list that it would become unwieldy.

As mentioned briefly in the main article, there's also Googles News Search. With a Google account, you can set up a news search that is published as an RSS feed. I have searches on my name, names of family members, and a few of my friends. 99.9% of the hits are not the correct people. Occasionally, I'll go in an add an exclusion to the search, to weed out hits that I know are bogus, to cut down on the clutter. Usually in the form of "-somesite.com" when I know a particular site posts many articles about someone with the same name.

Feedly is a big part of how I consume the 'Net, these days.

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What is RSS all about? 4 years 2 months ago philip

Thanks for the reminder about Google Reader Mighty, and yes, Feedly is an excellent replacement.  I used it happily for a few months, but I now prefer Inoreader.

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What is RSS all about? 4 years 2 months ago Jojo Yee Inoreader is my current preference too Philip. view
What is RSS all about? 4 years 2 months ago greyman

I gett many notifications from google, but I have never used a reader. i appreciate the suggestions for readers, and am going to start using them.
Also, CrosseyedLemon, thank you for your suggestion for deleting all after the first= in the address. I will probably benefit from that, as will others, no doubt.

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What Is A False Positive Antivirus Detection? 6 years 8 months ago George.J A great article MC. Lol, the last image made me laugh my heart out. Even I had moments like those, when I play multi-player games online and get killed by others. :D view
What Is A False Positive Antivirus Detection? 6 years 8 months ago MidnightCowboy Thanks. I produced this as much as anything to help out the likes of Robert who would be constantly replying to "this is not safe" comments under his Hot Find articles. Now we have something in detail to link to which is a lot more efficient. I've looked everywhere I can think of for a copyright on that last image and can't find anything. No doubt if it is covered somewhere we'll hear about it soon enough. :) view
What Is A False Positive Antivirus Detection? 6 years 8 months ago greycoat

I like VirusTotal, but still at times left with no more "clarity" than when I began with. Just recently downloaded software from a reputable site written by the site themselves only to have VirusTotal to have 3 out of the 35 or 45 claim viruses or trojans present. How am I suppose to feel about that? So I mentioned it on their forum and they assured me the program does not have a virus/trojan and recommended also trying Jotti's malware scan which they also pointed out gave a single false positive. My antivirus software BitDefender and Malwarebytes found no problem with their software, along with some other online scanners. I've had situations where VirusTotal found problems, including their BitDefender software, when my BitDefender antivirus didn't on the same sample. What if 3 of the 45 VirusTotal virus programs say there is a virus, trojan, and/or malware present? Does that mean "safe to install"? How much "charity" or "comfort" does that give us? Ten of the 45? Still "safe"? Where is that dividing line on to "trust" it and install it or not? Majority rules? If 23 of the 45 VirusTotal anti-virus programs say it's OK we can find "comfort" in that? We have "clarity"? It all seems to be pretty much a crap shoot these days and just last night I was on a reputable security forum. I didn't notice the post, i.e. "thread" was old, but the moderator recommended Old Timer download to run with a link. Without thinking I clicked it and downloaded. Further without thinking, because I was on a reputable security forum, I installed it. THEN I thought let's run this through VirusTotal, duh after the fact, and found over a half dozen alleged trojans. So far my 4 or five scans from various downloaded programs, along with my own programs, have detected nothing after VirusTotal having scared the daylights out of me and who knows they may be right and my programs are just not catching it. I've come to where I can't trust any of it with any degree of credibility. You don't know when the false positives are false positives or when they are for real. I think I'm going to change my entire strategy. I think I'm going to do more than tinker with VMware Player, VirtualBox, and/or Virtual PC. I think I'm going to reinstall my "virgin" image of Windows 7 Pro back on my computer, and besides security software, including firewall and anti-virus, and the virtual software that's about it. Then operate solely out of the virtual box for just about everything else. Live out of (or rather in) the box and pretty much immunize my Windows 7 from the outside world as much as I can.

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What Is A False Positive Antivirus Detection? 6 years 8 months ago MidnightCowboy This is explained in the VT FAQ: "A given antivirus in VirusTotal detects a file and its equivalent commercial version does not" "VirusTotal antivirus solutions sometimes are not exactly the same as the public commercial versions. Very often, antivirus companies parametrize their engines specifically for VirusTotal (stronger heuristics, cloud interaction, inclusion of beta signatures, etc.). Therefore, sometimes the antivirus solution in VirusTotal will not behave exactly the same as the equivalent public commercial version of the given product". That said, none of these services are perfect and nothing for Windows can be regarded as 100% safe. IMO if there's any doubt, don't install it. I've been adopting this policy for years and I've never missed not having something that was flagged like this or came from a site with a poor WOT (Web Of Trust) rating. view
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What Every PC User Should Know about Windows File Extensions- FAQ 4 years 10 months ago David Roper

We have a computer. We have files to use on it. Different kinds of files.

It is the most stupid decision that Microsoft ever did to drop seeing the extensions in Windows transactions using filenames.

I cannot say any more about it. I feel so strong about it. I kept it clean.

Yes, I see my extensions now because I checked a little box "hidden somewhere".

How about the "box" coming from the factory with the Extensions showing?

(off soap box now... Blood returning to heart and lungs)

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What Every PC User Should Know about Windows File Extensions- FAQ 4 years 10 months ago bawldiggle

It's called dumbing down !
How do inexperienced PC users know what application/program to nominate when a strange file lacking an extension, does not open ?
They use the Windows default "Search the internet" dialog option, ensuring the commercial vultures get a good feed.

Unfortunately most ordinary users don't know much about files and what "drives" them.
M$ want users to be totally dependent on M$ -- rather than educate them.
Dummies are pliant people. They can be manipulated to believe anything.
Its a variation of .. the off shore scam of phone callers telling me they are from Microsoft and that my computer (Linux) has problems and for a fee they can fix it. ... BS!

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What Every PC User Should Know about Windows File Extensions- FAQ 4 years 10 months ago toonpig

Yet another good useful piece for us who are not so experienced at using PC. Love all these tips & helpful suggestions on this site please keep up the good work. Once again my thanks

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What Do the Function Keys on the Keyboard Do? 5 months 1 week 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? 5 months 1 week 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? 5 months 1 week 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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What Do the Function Keys on the Keyboard Do? 5 months 1 week ago rhiannon

That's interesting. Do you think it's the operating system, the keyboard itself, or something else?

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What Do the Function Keys on the Keyboard Do? 5 months 1 week ago Krunk

My problem is with a wireless keyboard that came with an HP desktop. The Function keys don't perform what you would expect to be the default---as you outlined above.
Instead, you have to use the Fn key along with the Function keys to rename, refresh. etc. Otherwise they act as "action" keys to change volume, display brightness, et al. There is no keyboard lock/unlock toggle for the Fn key. I learned that on some laptops, you can change the setting in the BIOS---System Configurations, but there is no such setting on my desktop (probably because the keyboards on desktops are interchangeable).
Any thoughts?

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What Do the Function Keys on the Keyboard Do? 5 months 1 week ago rhiannon

I'm not sure about changing keyboard settings the BIOS, I'm not familiar with the options that HP uses in whatever BIOS flavor they use.
I'm assuming your keyboard doesn't have any software that would allows you to make changes like Logitech or Razer keyboards do that let you customize the keyboard.
Outside of getting a new keyboard, I would give SharpKeys a try. There's an installable version (MSI) and a portable version (EXE). I'd go with the portable version.
There's a good how-to at How-To Geek on how to use SharpKeys, it's a few years old but it covers Windows from Vista to 10.
Map Any Key to Any Key on Windows 10, 8, 7, or Vista.

If that doesn't work, my last suggestion would be AutoHotkey, it's a great program but there's a learning curve if you're new to that type of software. It would allow more extensive keyboard modification. The link to the How to Remap Your Keyboard How To in the article above has some good AutoHotkey suggestions.

Someone else might have a suggestion and chime in as well.

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What Do the Function Keys on the Keyboard Do? 5 months 1 week ago Krunk

Thanks for the response, rhiannon.
No the keyboard didn't come with any software and not even the flimsiest documentation.
But I will definitely check out your suggestions when I get some time. My immediate reaction, though, is to wonder whether it's possible to assign--let's say--"reload" to the F5 key when that's not a primary key function like SHIFT or ENTER or SPACE or a specific character.
Incidentally, one of my favorite Function key combinations is SHIFT+F3 which toggles selected text through CAPS, LOWER CASE & SENTENCE &/or TITLE CASE (though it doesn't work in all applications).

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What Do the Function Keys on the Keyboard Do? 5 months 1 week ago rhiannon

That should be possible with SharpKeys, but I haven't tested it on a laptop.

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What are Thumbs.db Files and Can I Delete Them? (Windows) 6 years 6 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) 5 years 4 months ago vivek14

Thanks.

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What are Thumbs.db Files and Can I Delete Them? (Windows) 5 years 2 months 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) 5 years 2 months 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 1 month 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 3 weeks 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
What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 5 years 2 months 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? 5 years 2 months 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? 5 years 2 months 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? 4 years 10 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? 4 years 10 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? 4 years 10 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? 4 years 8 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? 4 years 8 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? 3 years 7 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? 3 years 7 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? 3 years 7 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? 3 years 7 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? 3 years 7 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? 3 years 7 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? 3 years 7 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? 3 years 7 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? 3 years 7 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? 3 years 7 months ago George.J Rule 0: Turn off internet connection/access when installing downloaded software's. view
What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 3 years 7 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? 3 years 7 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
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Website of the Week: Worldmeters: Real Time World Statistics 5 years 3 months 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 5 years 3 months ago terrawarra

Nice one rhiannon....thanks for sharing !

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Website of the Week: Worldmeters: Real Time World Statistics 5 years 3 months 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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Website of the Week: The Story of the Web 5 years 1 month 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 5 years 1 month 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 5 years 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago rhiannon The site takes a little while to load. Here's the URL: Story of the Web view
Website of the Week: the Inner Body (Human Anatomy) 4 years 11 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) 4 years 11 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) 4 years 11 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) 4 years 11 months ago rhiannon No problem, even I forget what I've written about sometimes. :) 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: SciTech Daily 4 years 3 months 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 4 years 3 months ago rhiannon It sure does, and thanks for mentioning it. :) view
Website of the Week: FACTSlides Fun Random Facts 5 years 2 months 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 5 years 2 months 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 5 years 2 months 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 5 years 2 months 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 5 years 2 months 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 5 years 2 months 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 5 years 2 months ago Frank D

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

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Website of the Week: FACTSlides Fun Random Facts 5 years 2 months 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 5 years 2 months 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 5 years 2 months 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 5 years 2 months ago rhiannon @Frank D Thanks for the update, I'm sure others can use the tip. :) view
Website of the Week: EurekAlert! Your Global Source for Science, Medicine and Technology News 4 years 2 months 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 4 years 2 months 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 4 years 1 month 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 4 years 1 month ago Kristopher Hesson

Great article, thanks!

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Website of the Week: EurekAlert! Your Global Source for Science, Medicine and Technology News 4 years 1 month ago rhiannon

I'm happy you like it. :)

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Website of the Week: Culturally Curious? Check out the Google Cultural Institute 4 years 8 months ago beergas

Thanks, nice selections. Good share!

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Website of the Week: Culturally Curious? Check out the Google Cultural Institute 4 years 8 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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