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How To Choose A Strong Password 7 years 6 months ago techcrisisathome

Thanks for flagging up Infinite Password Generator (IPG). This is very topical for me at the moment as I am trying to find a convenient but powerful way to secure the use of Keepass. Just a few points tho'. I note below that not many have added the use of a key file as a further mechanism to secure access - is that not a consideration? I am playing with IPG; am I right in assuming that the particular instance of IPG that I am using will generate a unique password string for me based on my key phrase? For example if someone else gets my key phrase then can they generate the same p/w from their version of IPG? I am also bothered by key logging grabbing my key phrase - how can that be stopped with IPG as I see that keyscrambler - which I use - doesn't work with IPG? I'm a novice as my username suggests.

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Best Free Voicemail Service 5 years 4 months ago Techdude49

Youmail is a great. Lots of cool features and works with my AT&T voicemail. I think it works with most carriers. youmail.com

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Best Free Technical Support Sites 1 year 6 months ago techmen

This is great information technical suppoer site, Thank you so much sharing post
https://www.techmen.net/

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View And Manage Your Web Cookies With Updated Program 5 years 4 months ago TechnicGeek

When installing it says "Publisher Unverified"

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Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility 4 years 10 months ago TechnicolorMan

Allway Sync 'n' Go is my personal choice for a file/folder synchronization utility. Pluses are it runs portably, it has plenty of customizations to sync jobs, runs automatically in the background or on a scheduled basis, has a pleasing GUI, was easy to learn without use of help files, and I have had none of the problems talked about in the comments for this article.

Though I don't use FreeFileSync I have tried out the installer and portable versions obtained from the developer at http://www.freefilesync.org and am pleased to say that in version 7.8 there are no bundled pups or use of open candy. The links in the article should be changed as the sourceforge download link only downloads a text file saying to go to the developer's site for the real download.

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Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility 3 years 7 months ago TechnicolorMan

I have been a FreeFileSync user for a long time. No more. Synchredible is great. Enough so that I bought the premium version in order to support the developer.

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This Free Online Flight Sim Is Multi-Player Too 3 years 7 months ago TechnicolorMan

My security software claimed this is a phishing site. I doubt it but is there some way to verify independently if this is true of this site or not? Thanks.

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This Free Online Flight Sim Is Multi-Player Too 3 years 7 months ago TechnicolorMan

360 Total Security.

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Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software 6 years 11 months ago tecnopaul

FYI, just downloaded and installed CDBurnerXP. Have used it for some time and had seen the Candy program before.

It's gone now. Clean install. Nice, sweet, clean install.
I suspect the users downloading it were savvy enough to simply avoid the spam.
People like me would rather donate to the company than deal with spam.

Just sayin.

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Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software 6 years 11 months ago tecnopaul

Wow, people whine a lot on this forum
about not being given enough good stuff for free.

Jeezus people.

These are GREAT PROGRAMS provided free.

I've done 25 years of HW/SW tech support and
some of this stuff still blows my mind.

Just think: You get a $40 program with OpenCandy.
You get a free Malwarebytes and remove OpenCandy.

You KEEP free $40 program!!! OR
You say, Christ Almighty, if I have to remove OpenCandy,
I'm tossing the program with it.... WTF???

I'd have loved ANY of these programs 6 years ago.
ALL OF THESE PROGRAMS would've been top of the line in 2009-10.
And they're freeware today. Blows my mind...

Anyways Gizmo's Freeware People, Keep up the good work.
No idea when, if, I'll be back here, but pulled all of these
programs to compare contrast to see which I like. They all
seem to have advantages today.

I still don't like the interface of Imgburn,
but that's nothing new...

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Best Free Online Applications 6 months 3 weeks ago tedscougv

J'utilise depuis longtemps Nimbus et je trouve qu'il est excellent ; il offre de nombreuses possibilités d'enregistrement de ses captures notamment en défilement, au format PDF.

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Best Free File Manager 6 years 8 months ago tedshony

I will enter another vote for XYplorer (freeware). Loaded with features and I rarely use my image viewers anymore. XYplorer has image preview. If you left click and hold it shows full size image. Same with the thumbnail views. Left click and hold on thumbnail and it shows full size image. Single or dual pane. Easy copy, move, delete with built in file shredder. I've tried quite a few file managers, some terrible, some okay. If you work with a lot of images, XYplorer should be just what you're looking for.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 8 months ago tedshony

I tried Sandboxie and the options and settings feel lik a maze. Too many settings where I'm not even sure what it's doing.

Toolwiz Timefreeze (freeware) is as simple as it gets. One click starts timefreeze and isolates all changes in a virtual sandbox. One click stops timefreeze and you have the option of keeping all the changes OR dropping all the changes (which automatically restarts your computer).
That's it.

I havn't used Timefreeze long enough to give it a 100% endorsement. But used it for a few days downloading files, deleting files, etc. ..Selecting both options to keep or discard changes and everything worked as advertised.

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Get The Release Version of Internet Explorer 11 For Windows 7 7 years 2 weeks ago tedwest

Warning: The installation seemed to go flawlessly until my desktop came up. I thought MSFT had converted me to the god-awful Windows 8 desktop - but it was far worse.

IE11 completely wiped out my user profile. It wasn't just a matter of going to the control panel and reinstating it, it was gone.

Per usual, I'd done a complete image backup beforehand, so it was merely a matter of a fifteen minute restore. I'm glad that some had no trouble, but use utmost caution. If you're not prepared, the loss of a profile is only slightly less bad than a computer that won't boot.

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How to Extract Files from Almost Any Kind of Archive 6 years 10 months ago tedwest

I've been using this program for quite a while, and often quite a few times a day. I remember that when I installed it, there was an unofficial patch or something that added more functionality, so I installed that too. I got all the information from The Portable Freeware Collection site.

What I discovered was, and still is, amazing - that 75 to 80 percent of programs don't need to be "installed" at all. I created a separate partition for these "portables" and my actual portables, and my Program Files directory has shrunk enormously.

What that means is you can do smaller backups of C-drive.

Equally important is that if you need to rollback Windows to an earlier date or reinstall it completely, all the programs in the new partition retain their settings and function, leaving only a very few programs that need to be reinstalled

And if you use FreeFileSync to back up Program Files and Roaming, not only will you have even fewer programs to reinstall, but you'll still have all your shortcuts in Quick Launch, Send To, and Startup working.

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How to Use Firefox Add-ons 4 years 10 months ago tedwest

I just used savetexttofile to copy your recommendations and save them to disk...

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How to Use Firefox Add-ons 4 years 10 months ago tedwest

I preferred Palemoon until it strayed far afield and inportant addons stopped working, Adblock plus for example. The Palemoon version makes it extremely difficult to block portions of pages. Firefox has it's own faults, but I've been able to overcome them satisfactorily if not completely. not so with Palemoon. So I hold Cyberfox in reserve just in case, but the developers irritate me because updates are far more of a nuisance.

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How to Use Firefox Add-ons 4 years 10 months ago tedwest

Can you believe I never thought of that? I just change the path in the .ini file to that of my Firefox profile, but I believe when you do a Cyberfox update, it changes it back (I haven't updated for a while).

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How to Use Firefox Add-ons 4 years 10 months ago tedwest

I took your advice and set up IceDragon, and to my surprise it seems to run all FF addons, unlike Palemoon. However... you can't set it as the default browser if you use it in portable mode - - insane. Yes, I know I can set it to the default reader of each page type, but what a nuisance.

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Get This Top-Rated Backup & Recovery Program Free Through November 4 years 2 months ago tedwest

I can understand if the gentleman thought that supplying names of competitors would be impolite under the circumstances, but since there are basically only four viable programs in this category, it shouldn't be too much trouble to figure out which ones he was referring to. I've tried them all - extensively, and I much prefer one "backupper" above the rest because it's faster, the resulting files are smaller, scheduled backups are easy, and it has never failed me, unlike the other three.

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A Powerful, Free Video Editor 3 years 11 months ago tedwest

I tried this some months ago. My main recollection is that if couldn't get it to be "frame accurate" and it was unnecessarily complicated, though I admit that my memory of it is vague. To me, the best free editor is Avidemux (preferred), or Freemake (fewer features but far simpler).

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 3 years 9 months ago tedwest

Tried Vivaldi last night and was impressed while setting it up, most importantly because it allowed tabs on the bottom. But then... I decided I wanted a decent speed dial, so I looked for one to rival the one I use in FIrefox, and it doesn't exist, though I did find a couple that seemed moderately useful. HOWEVER, you don't appear to be able to get rid of the one that's built into the browser, and it seems both simplistic and incredibly annoying. Looking online, some people said they're "working on" being able to change it. WHAT?

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 3 years 9 months ago tedwest

I want to thank you for the tip. I was looking in "Startup," and your solution is in "Tabs." So now those people who claim that Vivaldi is working on the fix are all wet, and I almost gave up. Thanks again, all the best.

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Pale Moon. This New Web Browser Is Far From New! 2 years 9 months ago tedwest

Let me elaborate a bit more as I'm quite experienced with many browsers. Pale Moon is as fast as they come, and maybe marginally the fastest. It handles just like Firefox, but it has one serious shortcoming - a lack of add-ons. Most Firefox add-ons won't work anymore, and Pale Moon's own selection is quite lacking, though I would say that in almost all incidences, there are substitutes of prior versions that used to run on Firefox but no longer do. However, if you need an Ebates button for example, you're out of luck

Not only is Pale Moon as fast as Slimjet (the fastest of the Chrome clones I've tried, it's superior to Vivaldi, Opera, and Slimjet in that it has one single entry in the list of running processes while the Chrome clones have many. That may not be a factor until you try to kill a browser that's hung up, but it could also possibly be a factor in why your other programs run slow.

That said, Pale Moon is still my second choice to Slimjet at least until add-on development appears to be more robust, because as it stands, and it might just be my imagination, Pale Moon gives the impression that it can't quite keep up, so I don't want to be dependent on something that might disappear.

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Pale Moon. This New Web Browser Is Far From New! 2 years 9 months ago tedwest

I wasn't able to make the portable version of Pale Moon my default browser.. Have you had success doing so?

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Pale Moon. This New Web Browser Is Far From New! 2 years 9 months ago tedwest

You're absolutely right, on all counts. Pale Moon is much faster than Firefox, and in my experience, only Pale Moon and Slimjet have no hesitation when you click a (speed dial) link.

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Pale Moon. This New Web Browser Is Far From New! 2 years 9 months ago tedwest

If you absolutely, positively need a close Firefox clone, Waterfox is the choice, but it still hesitates a bit when you click a link and thus "pales" in comparison to Pale Moon for speed.

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Pale Moon. This New Web Browser Is Far From New! 2 years 9 months ago tedwest

Slimjet is better than Vivaldi for speed, though maybe not enough to matter to you, but feature for feature, to me, Slimjet has a superior feel. For example. Slimjet provides a bookmarks sidebar that auto-closes like Pale Moon's, and it's menu is qiickly accessible by a far right button. On the other hand, Vivaldi's mouse gestures may be more extensive. So it might be a toss-up, but why not try both and see for yourself? Btw, I use an extension called GroupSpeedDial as my substitute for both Browers' built in speed dial. it's far more configurable, and the best of the many I've tried. One quirk though is that in Slimjet, I haven't been able to get it to accept a background image so I use their solid color gradient.

EDIT: This discussion caused me to take another look -at Vivaldi. I hadn't used it since a recent upgrade, and I now find that it seems every bit the equal of Slimjet except for the aforementioned auto-closing sidebar.

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Pale Moon. This New Web Browser Is Far From New! 2 years 9 months ago tedwest

Thanks for mentioning that, and I'd like to add that, after saying above I'd revisited Vivaldi and found it comparable to Slimjet, I've already abandoned it because Slimjet has a number of subtleties that Vivaldi lacks. I'd forgotten how annoying it is to have to open and close the sidebar manually in Vivaldi, And I couldn't get two extensions to work in Vivaldi. One is -any- form saver/filler I've tried, and another cures the incredibly annoying Chrome -flaw- that auto numbers downloads instead of overwriting them or even offering to do so. You can overwrite in Vivaldi, but it requires too much manual labor. Conversely, I haven't found any compelling feature in any other browser that would make me want to select that browser over Slimjet.

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Pale Moon. This New Web Browser Is Far From New! 2 years 9 months ago tedwest

No, it does not support Last Pass.

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Pale Moon. This New Web Browser Is Far From New! 2 years 9 months ago tedwest

Thanks so much for the response and the tip.

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Pale Moon. This New Web Browser Is Far From New! 2 years 9 months ago tedwest

Thanks so much. Amazingly, I was using Firemin, but I never added it to extended processes and so I thought it was doing nothing. Just changed it as you instructed so I'm on pins and needles waiting to see the results. All the best.

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Pale Moon. This New Web Browser Is Far From New! 2 years 9 months ago tedwest

I like to suggest you try the same site in Pale Moon and Waterfox. I think you'll see what I mean.

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Pale Moon. This New Web Browser Is Far From New! 2 years 9 months ago tedwest

One thing I forgot to mention that could be very important. Some sites see Pale Moon as a very old version of Firefox and so they won't give you access.

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Pale Moon. This New Web Browser Is Far From New! 2 years 9 months ago tedwest

Thanks so much for the tip. I've activated "native" mode, but I don't really have the problem since I switched browsers. However, it would seem that Pale Moon's developers share the view you seemed to express that it is somebody else's responsibility, either the user or the site, to solve this and probably other problems, and in this particular case the question immediately arises: why is it in Firefox compatibility mode in the first place if it's actually not compatible on some sites and they know it? Though such sites may be few, for me, those sites were important ones like banking.

I just saw an update listed on Major Geeks for Basilisk that says, "Basilisk is a Firefox-like web browser from the Pale Moon team that is based on the Goanna (Gecko) layout and rendering engine," and it irritated me not only because you'd steered me onto the fact that Gecko is a compatibility option for Pale Moon and why is "the Pale Moon team" devoting time to another browser as Pale Moon wallows in obscurity despite being noticeably, significantly faster than Firefox and the developers offer a dearth of extensions on a page you can't even search while, relatively recently lot of Firefox extensions became inoperable necessitating the need to find alternatives and live with outdated ones that will never be updated? This Basilisk thing gives the impression that Pale Moon teeters while the developers consider at least the possibility of pursuing another direction. In any case, no one can argue that Pale Moon development seems vibrant.

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Pale Moon. This New Web Browser Is Far From New! 2 years 9 months ago tedwest

I believe you've inadvertently made my point, and a late development make's Pale Moon's predicament even less tenable. I know far more about these sorts of things than the average person, and I'm not willing to go searching for a solution to an obscure problem unless I have no alternative. Furthermore, I have never had the problem in question with any other browser, and there are several that are very nearly as speedy as Pale Moon and all have features Pale Moon doesn't. So the only reason to use Pale Moon is for speed and/or because it may have a specific feature(s) that you like that cannot be acceptably replicated in other browsers. But since this problem has been unique to Pale Moon, it dwarfs any minor inconvenience I might encounter with another browser.

Also, and I repeat, the fact that Pale Moon is not compatible with some sites (that the vast majority are compatible is insufficient) and that developers know it, coupled with the fact that a site can report that I'm using a version of Firefox that's too old and the developers must know that and haven't rectified the problem (possibly as simply as upgrading the version number) feeds my contention that development is not as responsive as it should be.

Now the late development... I decided to use Pale Moon tonight using a different compatibility mode, and I immediately found that a site I visit everyday gave me a generic error message before even starting to load the page. Only when I used Firefox mode would the site load. So as a result of our discussion, not only has the problem with Pale Moon been validated, but the proposed solution rendered it less usable for me, and it points up the fact that there is no real solution available. The average user is not going to devote the sort of attention I have when there's a simple solution - use any other browser.

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A Browser That Blocks Ads, Downloads Videos, And Is Portable. 2 years 9 months ago tedwest

As I said or indicated on my comments about Pale Moon, Slimjet is THE best browser and it has few peers, and I'm familiar with more than a few browsers, and it's portability seems in keeping with my overall assessment... except that since I last commented, I discovered that portability is a bit of a misnomer - just last night I decided to use mt Slimjet setup on another machine, and the browser worked fine, but none of my extensions did. Worse, when I opened the extensions page none of the extensions were even listed.

So I copied the extensions again, opened the browser on the new computer, and... nothing! They copied because I saw them in explorer, but they were gone after I opened slimjet again, and I haven't been able to solve this problem. I've been backing up slimjet along with everything else, and I had the same result when I tried to run the backup copy - nothing but the browser itself worked. It appears I'll have to manually set up everything on my other computer. So from where I'm at, Slimjet is portable in that it doesn't require much setup or write to the registry, but it won't work properly when you try to use it elsewhere. If anyone has a solution, it would be most welcome.

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A Browser That Blocks Ads, Downloads Videos, And Is Portable. 2 years 9 months ago tedwest

Much obliged. I would have wrestled with this forever. Thanks so much.

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 2 years 7 months ago tedwest

It's faster. I have used DNS Jumper to find the fastest DNS service, and when I plugged in 1111, there was a small but noticeable improvement

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 2 years 7 months ago tedwest

Since I'm addicted to finding any incremental increase in speed, this is most welcome. All the best to you!

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Gizmo's Freeware's Independence is Under Threat: Here's How You Can Help 2 years 4 months ago tedwest

I use an ad blocker, and so I'm not conscious of who uses ads and who doesn't. I disabled it for Gizmo just now, and upon refreshing the page there is no discernible difference. Nevertheless, I'm more than happy to allow ads here.

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Miss Windows Movie Maker? Try this Free Cross-Platform Video Editor 8 months 3 weeks ago tedwest

Unless you can change the black GUI into something that looks normal, I ain't interested. Who ever said, "Thank god the program's black so it's more functional?

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Miss Windows Movie Maker? Try this Free Cross-Platform Video Editor 8 months 3 weeks ago tedwest

Much obliged. Thanks so much for taking the time.

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Best Free Email Backup Utility 2 years 1 month ago Ted_Berry

MailStore Home had been a great tool for me for long. I recently replaced it with Mail Backup X for Automatic Backup option. no more manually hitting the archive button. the mails are getting archived itself.

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Best Free Startup Manager 5 years 5 months ago TeeJay

I am still using CodeStuff Starter without problems, but the fact that it has not been updated since 2009 should be listed as a "con." I definitely want to check out the Glarysoft product suggested below.

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Best Free Online Backup 4 years 6 months ago TeeJay

For me, a true backup solution is one that fully satisfies your "File Location" criterion by letting me back up files and folders in place rather than forcing me to dump them into the backup application's dedicated virtual black hole. I am amazed at how many online articles on online backup fail even to mention this criterion. Online storage is not the same thing as online backup. When you get an editor for this category, perhaps he or she could take a look at Syncplicity (10GB free) and Memopal (3GB free).

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Best Free Encrypted Virtual Drive Utility 6 years 2 weeks ago TeeJay

DoxBox bills itself as a relaunch of FreeOTFE. Perhaps you could give DoxBox a try and add it to this article.

https://github.com/t-d-k/doxbox

http://doxbox.squte.com/groups/doxbox

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Best Free File Manager 4 years 11 months ago TekKing

"Konvertor" contains viruses, according to Panda free AV, which even made me reboot my computer to clean them.

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Best Free File Manager 4 years 11 months ago TekKing

I downloaded that file from the Konvertor website above without issue. I installed it. When I clicked on the Desktop shortcut, I got a Windows error, can't access. When I closed that message, the shortcut disappeared. Panda said nothing. I figured it was a Permissions thing. So I went to the program folder, and didn't see Konvertor.exe, as I guessed, but there was Kconvert.exe so I ran it. Same thing, no access, file disappeared, except Panda popped up and said "Virus", reboot. So I tried to uninstall, same thing. Panda has these three files in quarantine (I scrubbed the rest):

KonvertorFM.exe
Kconvert.exe
uninstall_konvertor.exe

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Best Free File Manager 4 years 11 months ago TekKing

I thought it was the other way around, Panda quarantined them so Windows couldn't access them. Anyhow, I've never had this problem before, and I just installed and ran a few of the other file managers here without issue. Thanks for those reports. It looks like it's been a few months since those files were scanned. I don't know if these files are newer. Anyway, do with this information what you will, I just hope nobody gets burned! And I very much appreciate your help, and all the Gizmo's gang!

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How to Get Your Previous System Back After You Have Upgraded to Windows 10 3 years 1 month ago tenman2007

I have a computer with Windows XP on it and then I went and bought Windows 7 upgrade disc. The computer had a hiccup and I lost my network and internet. Wondering how I can get my Windows 7 back. I can re-install Windows XP but not Windows 7.

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Got A Lenovo Laptop? You Need To Uninstall The Accelerator. 4 years 5 months ago tennisdoc1

Thanks for this, it appears I am not affected, but agree with Joe--I have yet to really look at the first program bundle of Lenovo's. These bundles come with some "stuff" my Epson printer is one too
Teresa

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 6 years 9 months ago tenprodoc

Sleipnir does seem worth trying! however upon trying it I was prompted to install a media player and it recommended VLC. All sounds well and good until it installed the player and tried to get me to accept about 5 changes to my computer search and browsers and I don't know what all. I refused all and it still screwed up my browser and search. Guess the relationship going forward is a bit too pricey for me and great text will have to wait until the price isn't too high.
I lost a lot of work and it left a very bad taste in my mouth.

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How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns 7 years 4 months ago tension

“How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns”,nice article

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Discover What Data Your Web Browser Is Broadcasting About You 3 years 6 months ago Tenta

Hi Rick, the data should be accurate, but if you see any discrepancies, please email me at hello@tenta.com with details and I'll investigate.

So although other sites may show some of this information, most are not mobile-friendly at all and outdated. We strived to make a responsive customizable web app designed for modern devices. For example, we're using service workers and smart caching so that results load faster.

Another unique test that this web tool offers is advanced DNS results. Your average DNS leak test site may show the IP, location and provider, but our API also delivers a more complete picture of your DNS privacy/security settings such as checking if DNS over TLS is working. Or if DNSSEC is enabled or "Checking Disabled" is true or false.

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Discover What Data Your Web Browser Is Broadcasting About You 3 years 6 months ago Tenta

Hi Rob, Thanks for sharing our new web tool. Great to hear you're evaluating our browser as well. If you have any questions in the process, please don't hesitate to ask.

cheers - Jesse

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Discover What Data Your Web Browser Is Broadcasting About You 3 years 6 months ago Tenta

ok thanks. I appreciate the followup

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How to reinstall Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 and keep your data and programs intact 1 year 11 months ago TerraEyes

This article is Incorrect. Windows 8.1 has Refresh & Reset. Windows 10 has Fresh Start which keeps the users personal files and some settings and clean installs Windows 10. Windows 10 offers 2 (actually 3 but only going to cover 2 here) types of Reset (1. keep all personal files) and Reset (2. remove everything and reinstall Windows). System Restore does not restore your system to an earlier point - it merely reverses any settings changes, programs installed/uninstalled or registry changes made since the restore point used was created. Any documents, photos, or other personal files are not changed.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 5 years 7 months ago terrawarra

I recently dumped Avast after many years simply because of the annoying advertising pop-ups. After reading the recommendations by Chiron for Comodo, I installed it and have had it running for a few days now. No problems with it except for the deceiving tactics by Comodo during the install process.
Despite selecting "custom install" and unchecking the boxes that I didn't want, Comodo ignored that and installed everything.... I had to manually get rid of geek buddy and the Comodo browser.
How can this forum recommend software that continually breaks the rules ?

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Best Free Antivirus Software 5 years 7 months ago terrawarra

Thanks George and MC.... it's obvious that we don't live in a perfect world so I can cop the odd glitch from software that's free.
cheers

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Best Free Antivirus Software 5 years 7 months ago terrawarra

G'day Anupam,

When I first installed Avast about 3 years ago, everything was good.... it was quite unobtrusive and yet quick to strike on any bad guys.

In the past year or so, with the regular updates from Avast, it seems to have become bloated and whilst I was still very happy with the protection it provided, it did become intrusive , the constant pop ups telling me that there were X amount of problems/issues with my PC seemed like a ploy offered by many shonky software programs that diagnose your PC, find many problems and then offer to fix them for a fee of course !
The Avast pop up invited me to click on a button to fix the issues with my PC and instantly I was greeted with a new message advising me that it would cost for the premium features to carry out this task.
Doesn't matter how many times I declined, the pop ups kept coming.
Bottom line ?..... yes, the pop ups did start to annoy me.
I know that Gizmos site does not endorse any paid-for commercial product and I believe that the free version of Avast is pushing the boundaries here with its constant nagging to upgrade to the premium version.
Meanwhile, I have Bitdefender free version running..... it's so unobtrusive and sometimes I wonder if it's doing anything but it has detected and quarantined 6 items since I installed it about a week ago. The only thing missing from it is email scanning but that doesn't bother me.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 5 years 6 months ago terrawarra

Not too sure if this is the right place to ask this question but here goes.

I recently downloaded the free version of "Malwarebytes Anti Exploit free" purely because of the good reputation of their free "Malwarebytes Anti Malware" which we are all familiar with.

This new offering, "Anti Exploit" is working as an add-on with my SRWare Iron (Chrome) and the only time I know that it's working is when I open my browser, a small window on the task bar tells me that it's operating.

Do any of you have experience with this ? .... and if so, can you tell me how it works ?

To me, it doesn't seem to be doing anything at all and I'm left wondering if it's smoke & mirrors.

https://www.malwarebytes.org/antiexploit/

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Best Free Antivirus Software 5 years 6 months ago terrawarra

Thanks Anupam,
I may try Avast again sometime in the future and give it another chance.
In the meantime, I'll give BitDefender a fair trial, assess the results and decide which one I want to go with.

We are indeed quite spoilt with so many quality freeware anti virus products out there.

cheers

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Best Free Antivirus Software 5 years 6 months ago terrawarra

Thanks Anupam !

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 6 years 5 months ago terrawarra

I've been using the free version of XXClone for about 6 years now,... I'm amazed at how it makes a bootable working copy of my main drive onto a second hard drive. It saved my bacon a few times on the old XP computer and now that I've graduated to W7, I plan to use it again. The only difference between the "paid for" and the free version is that the freebie does not do incremental.
Not a big deal for me... as long as I have a mint condition of my OS, that,s all that matters.

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Best Free Internet Safety Check 5 years 7 months ago terrawarra

Perhaps" Dr Web Anti-Virus Link Checker" could be reviewed by Gizmos site and included in this lot ?

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2020 6 years 9 months ago terrawarra

I recently bought a Nexus 7.... I've never been crazy about the ipad and its dependence on itunes for any movies... also the ridicuously high price for an ipad here in Australia... $350 to $750 depending on the size.

Very happy so far with the Nexus 7 but I don't seem to be able to find "Adobe Flash Player" for it.
....apparently discontinued for the latest Android.

Do any of you have an alternative replacement for it ?

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2020 6 years 9 months ago terrawarra

Thanks for your prompt advice Jojo.... I'll give it a go !

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2020 6 years 9 months ago terrawarra

Just downloaded an archived version of Adobe Flash but after reading a little more on various forums, I've decided to hold back on installing until I can be sure that it wont stuff up Nexus 7.

I have the latest version of Android which I believe is KitKat.... too many comments advising against making Flash work with it.

The only other advice I've found is to use the Dolphin Browser but I'm reluctant to part with Chrome.

In the meantime, I'll do a little more homework on the subject.

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2020 6 years 9 months ago terrawarra

I finally downloaded and installed the Dolphin browser and a "hacked-for- kitkat" version of Adobe Flash Player.

It's working like a charm on my Nexus 7 and I'm starting to actually like the "Dolphin" browser. Not as as slick as Chrome but I sure do like the easy access to bookmarks simply by swiping left to right !

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2020 2 years 7 months ago terrawarra

Thanks Jojo.... some good stuff there although I didn't see much in the way of ad-blockers.
I just hate adds and pop ups. They're an invasion of my privacy and an insult to my intelligence.

This is my main stopper: "AdGuard AdBlocker" available on the play store

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2020 2 years 7 months ago terrawarra

Thanks Jojo....
..... in the meantime I'll do some cherry picking from your latest list of android apps.

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2020 2 years 7 months ago terrawarra

G'day talkback10,
Here's a nice selection of ten apps that should suit your needs.
https://www.androidheadlines.com/2014/12/featured-top-10-best-call-blocker-apps-android.html
.....or you can continue using your Moto E4 built in blocker simply by disabling your voicemail.

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2020 2 years 7 months ago terrawarra

Thanks for your tip for "Blokada" Jojo....
will certainly give this one a trial.
cheers

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Best Free Windows Apps 6 years 4 months ago terrawarra

Can anyone tell me if there's a app available for missed call reminders for the windows 8 Nokia 520 phone. Not the written reminder that comes up on screen... a real audible reminder that beeps every 5 minutes or so until acknowledged.

I've been looking for weeks now with no success.... and no, my phone isn't rooted and I don't care to go that way whilst its only 6 months into the 2 year warranty.

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Internet Addresses, Protocols, and Ports Explained in Simple Terms 7 years 5 months ago terrawarra

Thanks v.laurie... some really helpful explanations for an old dinosaur like me.

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40 Maps That Will Help You Understand Our World 7 years 2 months ago terrawarra

Thanks rob.... nice find !

cheers

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Beginners Guide to Google Search (Website of the Week) 6 years 9 months ago terrawarra

Thanks rhiannon... your tips are always welcome & sometimes they vary in importance. Some are diamonds & some are pearls !

For some of the "experts" on this forum, this one may seem ho-hum but to someone like me, who is 70 years old and learning something new everyday... it's indeed welcome.

another variation of "Google" is "Google Scholar".

http://scholar.google.com.au/

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Watch Youtube Without The Ads, Comments, Suggestions, Etc 6 years 9 months ago terrawarra

Thanks rob..... I'm always on the lookout for something that makes youtube viewing a pleasure.
You've nailed it with this one !

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Watch Youtube Without The Ads, Comments, Suggestions, Etc 6 years 9 months ago terrawarra

another great little tool for YouTube is the add-on known as "YouTube Centre"
available here for Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/youtube-center/gabnjlibfmlilpl...

We all know that the latest versions of YouTube have changed so that when you pause a video, it also pauses the buffering which is a pain if you need it to buffer due to slow internet or simply a slow PC.
By using the above add-on, and unchecking the "dash" box in settings, it will enable the buffering to continue when the video is paused

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If You're Using Windows XP You Need To Read This 6 years 8 months ago terrawarra

.... and yet XP is still the second most popular OS in the world ?

http://www.cooldezine.com/12-years-later-windows-xp-is-the-second-most-p...

Me ?... I'll stick with it till it dies.... if it aint broke, don't fix it !

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Website of the Week: Worldmeters: Real Time World Statistics 6 years 2 months ago terrawarra

Nice one rhiannon....thanks for sharing !

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 5 years 11 months ago terrawarra

Good onya Gizmo !

Seasons greetings to you and all the good guys & gals that make up your team.
Whenever I need an honest opinion on any software, I always head straight to Tech Support Alert. I couldn't imagine life without this site.

Best wishes from Bundanoon, Australia.

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Website of the Week: Culturally Curious? Check out the Google Cultural Institute 5 years 7 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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How to get a Better Windows File Manager 5 years 6 months ago terrawarra

Thanks v.laurie,
I've been having a tough time sorting and transferring many files, photos and docs for a while now. (Windows 7)
My fault entirely for being untidy with my PC "housekeeping"

This has made life so much easier for me.... and it's free !

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How to Defer Installing Updates in Windows 10 5 years 3 months ago terrawarra

Summing up ?

If it aint broke, don't fix it !

I've already had one bad windows 10 upgrade that destroyed my internet LAN drivers. I've rolled back to Windows 7 and will stay there until W10 is made more reliable and friendly.

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The Ideal Complement To Your Existing Security Software 5 years 2 months ago terrawarra

Thanks Rob !
another nice freebie to add to my defence tool kit.
I haven't installed it yet but will do so later on today.
Can you tell me if it has any significant effects on system resources ?

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A Freeware Tool For Rotating Movie Files 5 years 2 months ago terrawarra

Thanks rob,

another case of "just what i needed !"
My son emailed me six videos of a walk-around-virtual tour of the interior of his new house. They are about 12 hours drive from here so we won't be able to get there any time soon to see their house.
.... anyways, the videos that he took using hi phone or ipad were all upside down so I've been turning my computer monitor upside down on the desk to view them. LOL
Yeah, I know that it could have been fixed easily but I'm a tad over the hill (LOL again)

Your nice freebie did it so well !

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New Chromium-Based Browser Includes Add-Ins As Standard 5 years 1 month ago terrawarra

Thanks rob,
I've been a dedicated SRWare Iron user for a few years now but I'm going to give slimjet a whirl just to see how it stacks up..... so far, so good.

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New Chromium-Based Browser Includes Add-Ins As Standard 5 years 1 month ago terrawarra

Further to my post on 8th October, I've been trialing SlimJet for a few days. Not much difference to my default browser, SRWare Iron.
If anything, SlimJet is a bit slower loading some pages...... so it was worth a try but I'll stay with SRWare Iron.
Thanks rob

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Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 4 years 11 months ago terrawarra

Nice one MC.... it's so good to get a freebie like this one with no strings attached !

Merry Christmas

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Get Another Instant Email Address 4 years 10 months ago terrawarra

Thanks rob,
I've sometimes used disposable email addresses in the past and found that many of the online sites identified my email address as a fake and asked that I submit another one.
Will give this one a try.

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Planetarium. Explore The Sky From Your Desk. 4 years 10 months ago terrawarra

I've tried several times to access this link to Planetarium but it seems to be stuck on their home page. Unresponsive to any of my attempts to proceed any further..... is it just me ?

BTW, I'm using my nexus 7 tablet.

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Planetarium. Explore The Sky From Your Desk. 4 years 10 months ago terrawarra

Thank you.... it's working now but it's nice to have an alternative as you suggested.

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Avast Free Antivirus 2016 Edition 4 years 9 months ago terrawarra

Yes, I agree that Avast is a nice piece of free anti virus......... but, the constant pop-ups forced me to get rid of it last year.
I now use "360 security"...... it's free, it works well and definitely not intrusive, ie. no pop-ups and no adds. https://www.360totalsecurity.com/en/

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Finds of the Week: The Malware Museum, USB-C Cables Frying Laptops, 20 Useful and Fun Google Search Tricks, 100+ Free Adult Coloring Pages 4 years 9 months ago terrawarra

Thanks rhiannon,

I'm particularly interested in the free colouring pages but I find their site a bit "clunky".

Have to wade through a few links to find the freebie and then there's not a lot of choice.. should be easier or then, maybe it's just me ?

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Loads Of New Free Fonts For Your PC 4 years 7 months ago terrawarra

Nice find Rob !... thanks mate !

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Top Commercial Antivirus Product Free For Home Use 4 years 6 months ago terrawarra

thanks rob,
hmm,.... 192 mb download !

I'll stick to quio 369 TS essentials.... absolutely free, no adds and it works well as noted on this site.

...... and it's a paltry 30 mb download.

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I Love This Free Set Of Integrated Techie Tools 4 years 4 months ago terrawarra

...and a thank you from me too rob !
Have to agree with Peter...this is a nice little addition to my tool kit.

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Control Google Tracking With This New Privacy Tool 4 years 4 months ago terrawarra

Hmmm.... a tool by Google to track Google to control Google tracking and privacy issues ?

it sounds a bit like the police investigating police !.... no thanks !

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