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How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns 6 years 2 months ago windyctyprog

Chiron,

1. A year or so ago I played around with Netcraft, an anti-phishing extension for Firefox. Not entirely sure why I removed it, but I suspect for performance issues.

2. I have the "Malware Domains" filter preferences list in AdBlock - it includes a number of phishing sites to be blocked, more added every month. The entire Malware Domains project is one I have been duly impressed with for a number of years.

3. I remember a Mozillazine posting specifically addressing an anti-phishing strategy around four (4) layered components: Secure Login or LastPass; Search Status, which displays Google page rank and Alexa page rank (along with a whole lot of other site information like WhoIs); WOT; and, FormFox, which displays the form action, the site to which the information you've entered is being sent.

I use LastPass and WOT, not sure about the other two(2) extensions.

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Want 100GB Of Free Cloud-Based Storage? 6 years 4 months ago windyctyprog

dv8Cowboy,

Can you explain something to me about the initial installation?

What is the No-Zoolz Zone folder that appeared on my desktop?

Frankly, this entire process has me more than confused and their documentation/help is disjointed.

Thanks...

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Want 100GB Of Free Cloud-Based Storage? 6 years 4 months ago windyctyprog

Yep, I noticed the same thing this morning when I booted up - it seems to eat up resources.

I have also uninstalled...

Thanks for the reply.

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How to Remove Ads, Wasted Page Space and Annoying Content 6 years 1 week ago windyctyprog

Faziri,

Great article.

I like the idea of getting rid of ABP; I have been using Fanboy's Ultimate list for a long time, including the Tracking, Enhanced Tracking and Annoyance lists, which I like.

I do have a question, though...

If you installed Bluehell, kept ABP, removed the main list and just dded the 3 discreet Fanboy lists, above (BTW, I also use the Malware Domains), would this speed up Firefox, maybe not to the extent that it would by removing ADP completely, but would this help performance to some degree while giving me more comfort?

I tried Bluehell (when it was Hellboy), without ABP about a year ago, but I didn't think it blocked things completely or cleanly.

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How to Remove Ads, Wasted Page Space and Annoying Content 6 years 1 week ago windyctyprog

Thanks for the answer...

The approach I was advocating, above, is to use Bluehell in lieu of the "Big Lists", keep ABP and add short lists selectively to ABP like the Fanboy lists mentioned.

I use WOT, I also use EHH, have for a long, also Pop Up Blocker for ABP - when I ran Bluehell last year, I did use EHH to do what you suggested.

I simply don't have the time anymore to develop a manual list.

I'm going to try my approach and see what happens.

Let you know...

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Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET has Been Updated 5 years 10 months ago windyctyprog

Vic,

I do have a question about updates.

I am a long time user of EMET and unless I have missed something all this time, is there an automatic update feature of EMET buried somewhere?

Thanks.

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Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET has Been Updated 5 years 10 months ago windyctyprog

One comment and one question...

I have been using EMET for a long time...

Downloaded and installed 4.1, and it just slowed my system to a crawl, never happened before.

I uninstalled and reinstalled twice this morning and nothing changed.

I have now uninstalled it.

Question: is there an alternative to EMET?

I run FF25 sandboxed (Sandboxie), MSE and Winpatrol in real time, run a number of on-demand scanners weekly; as I said, used to run EMET.

What might I try in lieu of EMET?

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Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET has Been Updated 5 years 10 months ago windyctyprog

Will do - thanks...

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CryptoLocker: Beware This Major Threat To Your PC 5 years 10 months ago windyctyprog

Rob, as always, thanks for keeping us current...

Is the Foolish IT program similar to MS's EMET?

Has anyone installed the Foolish software?

If so, does it degrade system performance?

What problems exist in setting it up?

Seems to me that the Foolish IT solution makes more sense that than adding another real time scanning solution which may or may not play nice with your existing A/V.

Thanks...

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CryptoLocker: Beware This Major Threat To Your PC 5 years 10 months ago windyctyprog

I'm now confused...

My reading of their site indicates just the opposite of your comments.

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How to Deal with the Ransomware Called CryptoLocker 5 years 3 months ago windyctyprog

In November 2013 there was an article and a long thread about this...

As a result, I have been using CryptoPrevent from FoolishIT; I believe Nick, the developer, participated in that thread.

I have been pretty satisfied with it, it works, set it and forget it.

Lately, though, the administration of CryptoPrevent has become burdensome, at least on my machine.

CryptoPrevent has a manual update for non-premium users, it was simple, just click on the update link and it would go; it won't do this anymore, at least for me.

I now have to uninstall and reinstall, with multiple reboots. It works fine this way, just a tedious process.

I also realized that it has blocked all other software upgrades in the past couple versions.

I only figured it out by process of elimination.

I couldn't install Firefox 30, new versions of Flash and Reader, nor the new versions of Sandboxie and Winpatrol, couldn't install anything.

I now have to turn off the protection, reboot, download the new version of say Firefox, reapply the Crypto protection and reboot.

Again, a tedious process.

There are a couple whitelist options, one for .exe files already in blocked locations, and an advanced whitelist function with a multitude of options.

The whitelisting in CryptoPrevent seems counterintuitive to me, so I haven't done any whitelisting.

I trust the software, I trust Nick - his software also prevents other malware from getting in, this is another major reason I like what he developed.

The inability to download and install new software is problematic, the upgrade for CryptoPrevent itself, not so much, I can live with it.

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This Collaboration Tool Was $19 Per Month. Now It's Free. 5 years 4 weeks ago windyctyprog

Rob,

I have an account, but where is this information on their site?

I can't find anything related to your article...

Thanks.

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This Collaboration Tool Was $19 Per Month. Now It's Free. 5 years 4 weeks ago windyctyprog

THX...

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The Faster Way To Copy Files 3 years 9 months ago windyctyprog

Use Fastcopy, as well.

Just set up 2 new laptops and a new desktop, centralized all my files on a 2 bay network storage device, Fastcopy worked flawlessly, it was quick and never lost a single file.

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This Second-Opinion Malware Scanner Is Free Now 3 years 6 months ago windyctyprog

I use both Hitman and MBAM as second opinion scanners, Panda as my primary, eventhough I have Firefox sandboxed with SBIE.

You never know...

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Stop Gmail From Adding The Important Label To Your Email 1 year 6 months ago windyctyprog

Rhiannon,

This happened to me recently, they just marked everything important, I mean everything.

I had no idea I had that many emails in the "important" folder because all of a sudden my usage went up exponentially, that's when I discovered this setting, I deleted all of them in that folder, but it erased most of my inbox, as well. I don't keep that many as I file them immediately, but some out of the 25 or so were important.

My question: Is this a permanent setting?

I ask because I thought I had done this when I first discovered this, maybe I didn't check the "no marker" setting, I can't remember.

I use Thunderbird because after all these years I still hate dealing with the Gmail web interface.

Thank You.

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Stop Gmail From Adding The Important Label To Your Email 1 year 6 months ago windyctyprog

Same, since invitation only.

I get maybe 400 work emails/day, and like you, doesn't align with my work process.

I think I have it under control now, been turned off in all my addresses.

Thanks.

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Stop Gmail From Adding The Important Label To Your Email 1 year 6 months ago windyctyprog

We'll see - same thing with Google Calendar, I don't use it, don't like it, it's intrusive to me.

They continue to populate my calendar for various of my addresses randomly, I can't figure out how to make this go away.

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Stop Gmail From Adding The Important Label To Your Email 1 year 6 months ago windyctyprog

Thanks.

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 1 year 5 months ago windyctyprog

Rhiannon,

General ISP question as it relates to this...

Comcast is my ISP, use their modem, an Xfinity branded Arris for internet, voice, cable, wi-fi.

Would any such move to another DNS provider be blocked by Comcast in some way?

Is it better to buy an approved Comcast modem in advance of such a move?

Thanks.

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 1 year 5 months ago windyctyprog

Thank you very much...Going to try this.

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Do You Want to Continue Receiving Information from Gizmo's Freeware? 1 year 3 months ago windyctyprog

Absolutely continue, you are indispensable.

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This stunning interactive weather map shows real time weather conditions around the world 12 months 4 days ago windyctyprog

Rhiannon,

This is outstanding. As a frequent business traveler to any number of places around the world, this is really an incredible tool for me.

Thank you.

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Changing from Windows XP? Free Help with Migrating Files and Settings 5 years 6 months ago Winedad

Would this migrating tool be any good if one was simply upgrading an existing computer from XP to Win 7 Professional (clean install) ??
What would be the alternative ?

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Changing from Windows XP? Free Help with Migrating Files and Settings 5 years 6 months ago Winedad

Turns out that Windows Easy Transfer is still the best way to copy over everything on a new "clean install" from XP to Win 7

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If You're Using Windows XP You Need To Read This 5 years 6 months ago Winedad

I too have, for the past year, trying to wean myself off XP - both personal and business. Installation issues of old (really old!) favorite programs
(late '90's !) had a great breakthrough for me yesterday.
In those days, the only real internet connection program for software developers was Internet Explorer. The key point is that it is embedded in the original windows platform - not deletable - so all of the "updates" etc are "on top" of the original Windows (and Dos) programming.
IE 9, IE 10, and especially IE 11 upgrades have "disabled" many of the earlier IE's abilities to handle old programs when they "upgrade" -- and their "Compatibility Centre" does not address the real issues - like being able to utilize the early 16 bit installers
Solution ? Revert back to (at least) IE 8, by going to Uninstall Programs in Control Panel -- extreme top left is "view installed updates"
Open and uninstall the IE 11 "update" (or lower). Reboot and the complete lower IE is available. Repeat - until you show IE 8 as operational. Now load your "stuff" and after installation, you can upgrade back up to IE 11

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Get Tips On How To Improve Your Writing 5 years 4 months ago Withindale

Good for PR stuff. Dumbing down text from > 10 to < 5 does wonders for readability.

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How to Rip to, Play and Split One-Album FLAC Files? 5 years 9 months ago witoman

This may have already been asked and answered, but here is the situation. On YouTube, there are many music albums recorded as a single file. You download this large file as an MP4 and then use a converter program to strip the audio from the MP4 into a single FLAC or MP3 file. As there is no CUE file available, one has to then tediously load the one big audio file into an audio processor program and by hand, split the album into individual FLAC or MPs music files.

Is there a free program that can just read the one large audio file, recognize the album, and then automatically chop it up into the individual songs (and even better, generate the song names)?

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Best Free Media Center Software 5 years 7 months ago Wity

Can you please tell me which software I can use to stream from my pc to devices around the home and away from it that does not need a dedicated pc and most importantly streams subtitles? (subs being essential for my deaf son.)

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Amazing Site Gets You Up To Speed On Any Subject 6 years 6 months ago Wizard of Odd

Robert Heinlein's Stranger In A Strange Land

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Best Free Calendar, Reminder and To-Do Program 5 years 4 weeks ago WI_Debi

I checked out this review of reminder programs because I was looking for an alternative to Google Calendar. I had been using FireFox Reminder & loved it. Then I started having problems with FireFox on my old computer & deleted it, when meant I also lost Reminder. I switched back to Internet Explorer on Windows 7, which is what I use at work, and started using Google Calendar. When I got my new computer, I continued with Internet Explorer & Google Calendar rather than go back to FireFox. Recently, Google Calendar has become unaccessable to me (even tho I can still access my g-mail acct). It tells me I'm using an unsupported browser (Internet Explorer!) and I MUST switch to Chrome in order to be able to access my Google calendar. For that reason, I highly recommend Google Calendar be avoided. I have heard nothing but bad things about Chrome, but even if that weren't the case, I do not like being virtually blackmailed into switching to a program I have no interest in just to be able to use my Google calendar. BTW, my cell phone provider is Verizon which is highly integrated with Google and another reason I wanted to continue to use Google calendar. I am now using the Outlook Calendar which I have set to email me reminders. I was looking for something similar to FireFox Reminder to use in conjunction with Internet Explorer. I loved FireFox Reminder, but don't want to switch back to FireFox at this time.

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Inbox for Gmail Makes Your Inbox Cleaner 4 years 10 months ago Wjratz

Why even review a freeware app that is not freely available to all users. ???

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Best Free Media Center Software 4 years 10 months ago wjs

MythTV has a Windows option that you can review. It has some of the same features as Plex including some of its drawbacks. The front end has a theme that is very close to the XBMC default theme as well.

As far as age goes.. I believe that MythTV is older then XBMC. After all it is the "Mythical" Home Theater PC software.

Also, there are several bootable distributions that would allow you to boot of a USB stick or CDRom and get the experience for brief reviews

I've been using LinHES for a whole now which does have a bootable option which would not modify your existing HD unless you asked it to.

XBMC has a free full Android implementation now that you could look into. There might be a plugin available for plex.

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Gizmo's Exclusive: Get This $29.95 Sync Tool Free If You're Quick! 3 years 1 week ago wldcrd (not verified)

The link at easeus just takes you to a free trial, yes, I did click on the right link.

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Find Any Word, In Any File, On Your PC. Fast. 2 years 1 month ago wlie

Try DocFetcher at http://docfetcher.sourceforge.net. This program is incredibly fast. DocFetcher requires that you create indexes for the folders you want to search in. For example, I have selected My Documents. Indexing takes a long time, but then any search with lightning speed.
Later updating of the index goes significantly faster.
Supported Document Formats:
Microsoft Office (doc, xls, ppt)
Microsoft Office 2007 and newer (docx, xlsx, pptx, docm, xlsm, pptm)
Microsoft Outlook (pst)
OpenOffice.org (odt, ods, odg, odp, ott, ots, otg, otp)
Portable Document Format (pdf)
EPUB (epub)
HTML (html, xhtml, ...)
TXT and other plain text formats (customizable)
Rich Text Format (rtf)
AbiWord (abw, abw.gz, zabw)
Microsoft Compiled HTML Help (chm)
MP3 Metadata (mp3)
FLAC Metadata (flac)
JPEG Exif Metadata (jpg, jpeg)
Microsoft Visio (vsd)
Scalable Vector Graphics (svg)

regards William Lie

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Best Free Antivirus Software 3 years 5 months ago wlinden

I installed qihoo from the link and ran a scan. Now it has DESTROYED most of my programs. None of my browsers will work, I can not access Sustem Restore or Task Manager and no way to download replacements. I am in despair. (This is coming from an IPad>. M HELP

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Best Free Antivirus Software 3 years 5 months ago wlinden

I installed qihoo from your link. It DESTROYED most of my programs, including Firefox and most of my start-ups. I could not uninstall it (went into Safe Mode to delete manually, but who knows what else is there)", and can not access Task Manager or System Restore. I can not install any replacements fort he destroyed programs,keep getting "no such interface" errors.
I am running System Restore from the Ultimate Boot CD and praying.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 3 years 5 months ago wlinden

Got my system back. Thank God and Gizmo for the Ulimate Boot disk. Now following instructions at [link removed as it contains links to red-rated scam software] Although the registry keys seem to be gone already. Perhaps it did not install properly in the first place.

Further baffling, now Comodo is actually running for the first time since I installed it.
[Moderators comment: Please be aware the link you posted is to a scam site that appears to be legitimate but contains links to the red-rated SpyHunter rogue software. I even detailed this a short time ago in a post below. These folks set up dozens of domains linking to this rogue software and keep changing them as each site goes red with WOT (Web Of Trust). MC - Site Manager]
https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/enigmasoftware.com?utm_source=addon&u...

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 3 years 5 months ago wlinden

I tried this and could not figure out how to use it. So I tried to uninstall it.... and not only found no uninstall information, but was completely unable to find the program files. What now?

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Copy Files Between Your PC And Your iPhone or iPad 2 years 9 months ago wlinden

I got to "plug in iPhone/iPad". Nothing happens

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How to Work With Audio CD .CDA Files 5 years 1 month ago wmn

When converting vinyl to .wav then converting .wav to .cda, why is the original sequence of songs/music never kept?

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Best Free Font Viewer 1 year 5 months ago wolfkin

Hands down Font Base (https://fontba.se) is my viewer of choice. It's a good looking system that's pretty flexible.

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WinX DVD Ripper 11 months 8 hours ago wolfmonster

You'll find it as soon as you try it. They only seem to really offer the platinum version now... trial version (no key) only does 5 minutes of video. There may be special circumstances, like for you to do a real review, to get it for free, but the average joe, nope. pay for a license that may die one day as it forces you to upgrade to a version you need a new key for.

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 6 years 1 month ago Wolfram

Bad news on the Security Front: JavaScript and Timing Attacks Used to Steal Browser Data

"Security researchers have been warning about the weaknesses and issues with JavaScript and iframes for years now, but the problem goes far deeper than even many of them thought. A researcher in the U.K. has developed a new technique that uses a combination of JavaScript-based timing attacks and other tactics to read any information he wants from a targeted user's browser and sites the victim is logged into. The attack works on all of the major browsers and researchers say there's no simple fix to prevent it."

"“There’s nothing to patch. There is actually nothing specific that can be individually fixed to prevent this,” said Robert Hansen, a security researcher and director of product management at WhiteHat Security. “It’s a really, really bad one.”"

http://threatpost.com/javascript-and-timing-attacks-used-to-steal-browse...

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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 6 years 7 months ago Wolfram

I would like to invite you to take a look at another free backup client - called "Duplicati".

http://www.duplicati.com/

I quote its developers:

"Duplicati is a free backup client that securely stores encrypted, incremental, compressed backups on cloud storage services and remote file servers. It works with Amazon S3, Windows Live SkyDrive, Google Drive (Google Docs), Rackspace Cloud Files or WebDAV, SSH, FTP (and many more).

Duplicati has built-in AES-256 encryption and backups can be signed using GNU Privacy Guard. A built-in scheduler makes sure that backups are always up-to-date. Last but not least, Duplicati provides various options and tweaks like filters, deletion rules, transfer and bandwidth options to run backups for specific purposes."

Perhaps the responsible of this rubric will test Duplicati, in the near future; and then will share his impressions about it.-

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Best Free Browser Protection Utility 6 years 1 month ago Wolfram

A small warning for those who believe that sandboxes are "impenetrable":

Bromium Labs has released an interesting study called ”Application Sandboxes: A Pen Tester’s Perspective.” The study analyzes several publicly available application sandboxes such as Google Chrome, Adobe Reader, SANDBOXIE, Dell Protect Workspace and BufferZone.

The experts used several attack techniques, including sandbox bypass, sandbox leakage, and sandbox vulnerabilities.

The report shows that while off-the-shelf exploits are blocked by most of the sandboxes, OS kernel exploits and OS user mode exploits are easily achievable - on SANDBOXIE, BufferZone and Protected Workspace.

The full article is available here:

http://labs.bromium.com/2013/07/23/application-sandboxes-a-pen-testers-p...

Nevertheless, browsing the Internet with a "sandboxed browser" provides a much safer experience, than without it.-

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Best Free Browser Protection Utility 6 years 1 month ago Wolfram

Motto:

LUKE: I'm not afraid.
YODA: Ohhh... but you will be, you will be.

("The Empire Strikes Back", 1980)

I really wish you, and to all the users of Sandboxie (including myself!), to NEVER have any infection.

But, in my opinion, there is no "absolutely safe" sandbox. There might be, somewhere, on the Internet, unknown threats - able "to bypass" any sandbox.

Some extra caution never hurts.-

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Best Free Browser Protection Utility 6 years 1 month ago Wolfram

Mr bo.elam, I will try to answer, briefly, to your questions.

I will start with my quote from "StarWars". Here is the required explanation:

You stated that you have used Sandboxie for almost five years. Without ever been infected. (I suppose you are using SB as a "browser protection utility".) But tomorrow, or maybe next year, you might get infected. And, suddenly, you will be scared. So, do not be so over-confident in Sandboxie's capabilities.

Today you are not worried? Tomorrow you might be!

There are countless users who are running many other programs under SB; and not only Internet Explorer. Quite often, they use Sandboxie as a "testing enclosure". When a "legitimate" program runs under SB, you do not have to worry. But when you test a so-called "crack", or a "keygen", or "a hacking tool", or a "Trojan prototype", or who knows what else, then, well, you should be worried - at least, a bit. Even if Sandboxie is properly configured, even if the access, to the Internet, of the tested programs, is limited, SB is not invulnerable. (Unless you have a "Registry changes monitoring tool"; and/or a reliable "Recovery Solution", of course.)

In what concerns your statement about Bromium Labs - trying "to sell something" -, please be so kind and show us where is located their "offer" - on the PDF titled "Application Sandboxes: A Pen-Tester's Perspective". I have not seen it. So, where is it?!

And even if it would be somewhere, no one is forcing us to buy something from them.

Do you have any tangible proof that Bromium Lab tests were made only to influence people to buy one of their advertised products?

You are asking me to mention "notorious cases of infected SB users".
But I am not a detective. The purpose of my post is a strictly informative one.

You must accept the fact that those who are studying applications' vulnerabilities - including those existing in Sandboxie -, are not willing to make public the results of their extensive researches. Instead, they prefer to sell them, for a lot of money, to certain, "obscure entities".

Why should a team of Russian IT experts, for example, who work for FSB (the former KGB), tell the people that they discovered, in their beyond imagination endowed lab, how can a Sanbox[i]ed web-browser be "bypassed", using a very special exploit they invented?! The people must remain "convinced" that their beloved app - Sandboxie -, is "invulnerable". Especially when someone "never infected" is "dangling" them, in his lap: "Rock-a-bye, baby, thy cradle is green (...)"

We never know what the future might bring (bad). Relying only on Sandboxie, for our protection, might not be enough. Preventing Malware requires a multifaceted approach. If, by accident, a little malefic program (partially) escapes from Sandboxie's sandbox, and stretches its tentacles to the heart of the Operating Systems, AND the Antivirus is not detecting its attempt, then, indeed, we might have a problem.

Sandboxie is a very good tool for reducing "the Surface Attack" of a Windows-based system. But trusting 100% in Sandboxie is unacceptable.-

(Forged Java Runtime Application "Trusted" SSL Certificates, and their "compromised" on-line validation, is what worries me most.)

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Best Free Browser Protection Utility 6 years 1 month ago Wolfram

Bo:

I know that you are well intended. I like your pragmatic thinking.
I also know that you are working very hard, as a volunteer, in order to make Gizmo's Freeware a very useful website - which is worth visiting. I really appreciate your work. Therefore, I do not intend to argue with you about Sandboxie's virtues.

In fact, the truth about this program's strengths and weaknesses is best known only by its developer, Ronen Tzur. And, maybe, about those who broke the program's protection; and accessed its source code.

My intention is not to create panic; or to destroy Sandboxie's "credibility".
I just want that all the users of Sandboxie to remain vigilant.

I also want to put the readers' minds to contribution. To invite them to think on their own. For example, to ask themselves: if Sandboxie is so brilliant, so useful, so easy to configure, so safe, why it has not been adopted, yet, by the major enterprises and businesses - at least at the individual workstation level? Why it is not widespread?

There is something inaccurate in your last comment: I NEVER stated, in my previous post, that I - and I underline the word "I" -, that I am testing "Cracks", "Keygens", "Trojans", and other malefic programs. Simply because on my Wintel machine I use ONLY Freeware. :)

Also, if you would have read more carefully what I wrote, you would have discovered that I assumed that YOU are using Sandboxie (mainly) as a browser protection utility. Not me.

And yes, you are right: maybe I am a little too much worried about the future. But, in our days, who isn't?

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. And today is a gift. That is why it is called present." - Grand Master Oogway

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 6 years 3 weeks ago Wolfram

I just have found an interesting article about 'How to protect ourselves from hackers'. It is available here:

http://blog.hotspotshield.com/2013/08/08/how-to-protect-yourself-from-ha...

One quote from the article:

"According to the Trustwave’s 2013 Global Security Report, cyber-security threats are increasing as quickly as we can implement measures against them. Hackers have lots of different ways to steal your private data and information. And the main reason why hackers go after your personal information is identity theft!

Over the past year, there have been roughly 12.6 million victims of identity theft – or, to put it into perspective, one victim every three seconds. No matter how safe you think you’re being online, chances are you’re making at least a few mistakes that compromise the integrity of your personal information."

About Hotspot Shield:

"Hotspot Shield VPN is the ultimate Internet security solution that secures your browsing session, detects and blocks malware, protects your privacy and allows you to access blocked sites. Hotspot Shield is available both as a free VPN and a paid Hotspot Shield Elite subscription.

Key Benefits to using Hotspot Shield:

- Secure your web session, data, online shopping, and personal information online with HTTPS encryption.

- Protect yourself from identity theft online.

- Secure your IP address for your privacy online and private browsing.

- Access all content privately without censorship; bypass firewalls.

- Protect yourself from snoopers at Wi-Fi hotspots, hotels, airports and corporate offices.

- VPN client works on both wireless and wired connections. Provides Unlimited Bandwidth. [!!]

- Works on PC and Mac, including new operating systems (Windows 8 and Mountain Lion)."

Even if their product has received many awards - including from CNN, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week Intl. -, I would like that the editor of this rubric to test the FREE version of Hotspot Shield; and then, to tell us his opinion about the program.-

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 6 years 1 week ago Wolfram

For those tempted to use TOR:

"Snoops can identify Tor users given enough time, experts say"

http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/09/snoops-can-identify-tor-users-gi...

A recent academic paper shows “that Tor faces even greater risks from traffic correlation than previous studies suggested.” In other words, one of the world's best tools for keeping online speech anonymous is at risk in a previously known—but now even clearer—fashion...

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 5 years 6 months ago Wolfram

Is there any (free) application able to protect us against the following threats (spyware / malware)?:

CAPTIVATEDAUDIENCE - which is used to take over a targeted computer's microphone and record conversations taking place near the device
GUMFISH - which can covertly take over a computer's webcam and snap photographs
FOGGYBOTTOM - which records logs of Internet browsing histories and collects login details and passwords used to access websites and email accounts
GROK - which is used to log keystrokes
SALVAGERABBIT - which ex-filtrates data from removable flash drives that connect to an infected computer.

The above mentioned programs are designed to circumvent all known encryption tools by capturing the information before it's encrypted.

More about these little-monsters, here:

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/article/2014/03/12/nsa-plans-infect-m...

What do you advise us to do? How can we protect our PCs against such "impossible to detect menaces"?

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CM Security AppLock AntiVirus 2 years 8 months ago Wolfwarg

The great level of protection this app offers, maby because you spend so much time with it that you dont have time to put malicious software on your phone? It never shut up, calling you to do this, to do that, etc. Then it ask you to call is family home, and they are as talkative as it is.

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LogMeIn No Longer Offering A Free Service [Updated] 5 years 8 months ago Wollongong_Geoff

I have been a user of Teamviewer for a few years and for me it is a "must have". Prior to discovering Teamviewer I used VNC and Windows Remote Desktop before that.

I use it mainly to help maintain the computers of many friends and family on both sides of the world, and as a simple way to transfer large files. There is an Android version that allows me to run it from my tablet, so I can view my home computer (or anyone else's) from anywhere. Brilliant! It adjusts the screen resolution to a viewable (or custom size) then changes it back when the session is done.

The only hiccup I have ever had was a few months ago the when programme started warning me that it suspected I had been using it for commercial purposes. I emailed Teamviewer assuring them that I never had. The warning hung around for a few weeks then disappeared.

For regular users I recommend setting up an account (free) and adding to it the computers you regularly connect to, then connecting to another computer can be as easy as one click.

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LogMeIn No Longer Offering A Free Service [Updated] 5 years 8 months ago Wollongong_Geoff

Hi lrthames. No, the remote computer can be set up with a permanent password which allows access to an unattended computer (provided Teamviewer is running on the remote side and you know the password of course ..lol..)

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Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 3 years 3 months ago Wollongong_Geoff

2 related questions:

1) Is there a way to run a Windows 10 upgrade alongside the original Windows 7 as a dual boot arrangement? My best guess so far would be to create a disk image of Windows 7, upgrade to Windows 10 and then, reinstal the Window 7 image to a different partition. Alternatively, upgrade to Windows 10, rollback to Windows 7, download an ISO of Windows 10 and instal to a separate partition. I am guessing it would not be as simple as just downloading a Windows 10 ISO and installing it using the security key from the original Windows 7?

2) Also, once upgraded to Windows 10, how would one do a fresh clean instal of Windows 10 once the July 29th free upgrade deadline has passed? For example, onto a new HDD. The answer to this may actually provide an answer to my first question too.

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Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 3 years 3 months ago Wollongong_Geoff

Thanks Nodrog. Yes you are right about a full disk clone. I actually meant was a partition clone. I have restored partition clones to identical sized partitions but it can be a bit hit and miss that's for sure. I guess with a lot of these things it is a matter if just trying and seeing what works.

My situation is that I have 2 identically configured (apart from the CPU) computers in separate locations that I work between for a period of months at a time. As primitive as it may seem I have found that the easiest way for me to work between the 2 is to actually swap out the system HDD each time I change locations. Perhaps surprisingly, Windows 7 just reboots beautifully on each machine without having to be reactivated. It will be interesting to see how the Windows 10 upgrade handles being moved between the 2, or if it handles it at all. Only 1 way to find out! :)

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Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 3 years 3 months ago Wollongong_Geoff

Great idea! And both machines actually have full Windows 7 licenses too so it is all above board. Thanks for the suggestion. :)

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Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 3 years 3 months ago Wollongong_Geoff

UPDATE: As an experiment I installed Windows 10 from USB onto a new clean partition using my Windows 7 product key. Surprisingly (to me anyway) it all worked. It accepted my Windows 7 product key, completed the instal, and registered my entitlement to Windows 10. It also took care of the dual booting. So I now have Windows 7 and Windows 10 running happily alongside each other. No need for any risky rollback and I can take my time easing into Windows 10. :)

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How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 4 years 10 months ago woodsey492

Just need a windows 7 repair disk or Install disk, where can I find one to download?

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 6 years 1 month ago woodshed

Running windows 7 64bit, do you want a good reliable 64 bit browser,
using firefox version 23 then you should try Cyberfox version 23 this is firefox running in true 64 bit

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Best Free Tune-up Program For Computer 6 years 1 month ago woodshed

Glarys utilities does have a defragger

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Best Free Tune-up Program For Computer 5 years 9 months ago woodshed

What about PrivaZer everyone is rating this.

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Best Free HDR Software Samples 4 years 6 months ago Woody00069

I have been trying to find. these downloads all over the place. this is awesome and I`ll be coming back. telling all my friends about the site.

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Inkjet Printer Cartridges: Review of Carrot Ink 5 years 11 months ago wordworker

Avoid Carrot Ink at all cost! They were great when they started, but then they sold out and their quality hit the toilet!!

Poor reliability, inconsistent performance, horrid customer service, cartridges that don't last......you get the picture, right?!?!?

Carrot Ink? Nope. Carrot Stink!!

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Best Free Color Picker 6 years 5 months ago Wowo

Color comes in 3 dimensions, red, green, and blue. Hence, color is best visualized in 3d. It allows for a common sense visualization throughout the spectrum.

http://www.technologicalutopia.com/colorpicker.htm

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Best Free Screen Session Recorder 5 years 1 week ago wozie

I have tried Jing and it forces you to signup for an account with them before you can use the software, what a load of rubbish, they dont even give you the option to trial the software without signing up.

I quit and uninstalled straight away.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 5 years 1 week ago wozie

I have just tried Jing, bit disappointed because after the install I had to "log in" to the program to be able to use it which meant signing up for ANOTHER account on another website, more usernames and passwords to remember, there isnt even an option to try the program without "logging in". Needless to say I have quit the application without signing up and logging in and have uninstalled the program, a bit of a waste of time so wanted to let everyone else know its not very good.

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Best Free iPhone Apps 6 years 6 months ago Wpgesser

In search of my holy grail:

An App that meshes contacts and agenda (like I had in my nokia)

What I'm looking for: When I receive a call, to be able to automaticaly setup an appointment (with contact data from the caller) and have that appointment linked to the contact..... Is it something so dificult????

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How to Help Freeware Authors and Get Some Free Goodies at the Same Time 4 years 5 months ago wraith808

Actually, you can donate to any member of the site using DonationCredits. It's to facilitate the spread of freeware/donationware and anyone that is a member can host their software and promote it on the site.

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Thank You for Donating 1 year 2 months ago wraith808

Done! I'll gladly give a donation or join a membership site, but don't turn off my adblocker for anyone. Too much bad stuff out there that comes through Ad networks.

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Best Free Clipboard Replacement Utility 3 years 3 months ago wreckage

I'm very surprised you have said that Ditto is so good. I have just installed it and it's terrible! Firstly, the Help file says to highlight a stored entry and hit Enter to paste. That doesn't work. Secondly, It opens behind the System Tray window (My taskbar is on the right side (vertical) on my screen) so I can't get to the clipboard items. It can't be dragged higher by its border. Yes. I know I can fix that by moving its icon onto the Taskbar.
Thirdly, it doesn't remember formatting! What good is that? It pastes only text.
I'm sticking with CLCL for the time being, although 1Clipboard (by the same people who brought you PicPick) looks promising. All it's missing is 'instant paste' when the stored item is clicked.

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 5 years 1 month ago wreckage

Has anybody used ADWCleaner? I'd love to see some efficacy tests on that package.
https://toolslib.net/downloads/viewdownload/1-adwcleaner/

Some good things have been said about it.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/

Cheers.

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How to Create a Bootable Rescue CD 11 months 3 weeks ago wreckage

I would love to see an update of this article to encompass Windows 10 and UEFI boot, etc.

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The Best Free Screenshot Tool I Have Used 4 years 12 months ago wreckage

Wow! For a moment there I thought I'd found a replacement for PicPick, but no.
ShareX... I can't print from the 'annotate' (edit) window. What are you thinking??
How the heck do I print an image after I've edited it without saving it then printing from another program? Hoo, boy. Add a 'print' feature and you've got a winner.

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The Best Free Screenshot Tool I Have Used 4 years 11 months ago wreckage

Hello, Jaex.

Great work! Adding the 'print' button is a great help. Now, who needs PicPick? ;-)

I have downloaded the latest version but your print button is not present. Can you please advise when this version will be available?
Thanks.

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Nimbus Note 4 years 7 months ago wreckage

If Nimbus sync'ed with Google Tasks which I can see in Thunderbird on my PC, it would be perfect. At the moment I'm using GTasks which does, but I believe it is Android-only.

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Best Free Memory Optimizer 5 years 9 months ago wsalew

Does anyone tried this clean memory app?
http://www.koshyjohn.com
Using it for about a year and im satisfied with it, so i would be glad for some "professional opinion" about this software.

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Best Free Program Launcher 2 years 3 weeks ago wsalew

I really cant understand why Executor is not on this list.

http://executor.dk

Even if the last update was on 9 nov. 2013, IMHO it is the best launcher so far. I cant imagine my PC without Executor. I had it from windows 7 up to now (win 10) without any problems - running smoothly like a charm. It is enough just to look at the web site, to see that sky is a limit for this peace of software.

I tried out the Find and run robot, Launchy and SlickRun (all on win7) but Executor was the fastest, and with much more options than all of them. It is good for newbies but also for the experienced users. And it is completely free!

If you try it, you wouldnt be disappointed.

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Best Free Telnet-SSH Terminal Emulator 4 years 3 weeks ago wsmwk

> Unfortunately this project [Poderosa] seems to have gone the way of the Dodo with no updates since 2006

Someone picked up the project earlier this year. Two new versions of Poderosa have been issued in the month at http://sourceforge.net/projects/poderosa/files/releases/

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A Quick Way to Change or Check your DNS Setting 6 years 2 months ago wtarkan

We are the developers of the Dns Jumper , Dns jumper is not relevant to Dns changer, and unfortunately Dns Helper's developer (he has stolen the dns Jumper's first version's code , please compare The Dns jumper's first version's release date and Dns helper's first version's release dates) spreading childish lies for example ; Dns Jumper caused him to stopping using the internet , or bluescreen ... (nonsense) Dns Jumper downloaded more than 1.500.000 times and it is the world's first portable virus - free Dns changing App , and v1.0.5 ist the worl's firs Portable IPv6 virus-free dns changing App , till now Nobody Complained like that except dns Helper's developer he try to calumniate our freeware , probably because of the lack of ability to develop better Application
Please use Dns Jumper's latest version (v1.0.5)
Best Regards
Sordum.org TEAM

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 5 months ago WTNeil

Thank you for all your work. It was greatly appreciated by myself and others that I pointed towards your articles. You will be missed by many.
Enjoy your well earned retirement.

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Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software 6 years 4 months ago wwcanoer

Installed imgburn using download mirror from the authors site, then soon had snap.do hijack my chrome home page. I don't know for sure if imgburn was the reason but feels suspicious. New install of Win7 x64 with McAfee Enterprise 8.8, Zemana anti-logger, anti-malware bytes, and AnVir task Mgr free. I could not get AnVir task mgr window to open (even though windows task mgr showed it as a running process), so I uninstalled, re-downloaded and then re-installed it, during re-installation it gave the two message warnings of new startup items videosaver and snap.do. I opened the browser to look-up their names and found it redirected to snap.do. Maybe the AnVir download was corrupted with malware. I don't know for sure. I am reverting to a backup image from this morning before installing imgburn...

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 1 year 4 months ago WykydWytch

Another good one is [mobile app] available free from the Google app store for free.

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Best VPN Services for 2019 4 years 2 weeks ago WykydWytch

Another satisfied customer of AirVPN here. I've been with them for over a year and I believe that they do meet all of your requirements.

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How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors 5 years 1 month ago WZehntner

I suggest an additional link to submit false-positive samples for McAfee-GW-Edition:

virus_research_gateway@avertlabs.com

The correct procedure to submit is explained here:
https://kc.mcafee.com/corporate/index?page=content&id=KB62662&actp=null&...

Background-story: in the past 4 weeks I submitted 3 times the same sample file to virus_research@mcafee.com and each time I got the reply:
"Automated analysis was not able to determine that this file is malware. This file is
being sent for further processing and the DAT files will potentially be updated if
detection of this sample is warranted"

Finally I registered with the McAfee-community and explained my case.
Today I submitted my sample again to the new submission adress.
Hopefully they will now handle this case.

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How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors 5 years 1 month ago WZehntner

My false positive sample was detected when I uploaded it to virustotal.
I then submitted it 3 times to virus_research@mcafee.com (leaving at least 7 days interval). My file was never whitelisted there.
The new email adress virus_research_gateway@avertlabs.com works better for samples that are flagged as McAfee-GW-Edition.
If you are interested I can provide the report-links from virustotal.

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How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors 5 years 1 month ago WZehntner

Just to clarify: both email adresses are valid.
Only if a false positiv is marked as "McAfee-GW-Edition" I would recommend the new adress. For other McAfee-findings I would still use the old adress.

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How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors 5 years 4 weeks ago WZehntner

Yes, correct, thanks.

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How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors 4 years 9 months ago WZehntner

Online subission for MicroWorld-eScan here:

http://support.mwti.net/support/index.php?/Tickets/Submit

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How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors 4 years 9 months ago WZehntner

Forget my above comment.
I was not aware that "MicroWorld-escan" is already listed under "eScan"

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How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors 3 years 9 months ago WZehntner

Thank you for providing a link for Qihoo.
Thanks to your link I recently submitted a false positiv to them.
2 days later the false positiv was taken care of.

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How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors 1 year 11 months ago WZehntner

eGambit (from TEHTRIS) is not listed. Submission-link for false-positiv and false-negativ is:
https://tehtris.com/egambit_fp.php

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 4 years 6 months ago X-Sarge

I just got done wasting over 2 hours on the AOMEI Backupper. I am doing a simple task, taking my bootable C drive and migrating it to a bigger hard drive. In essence, according to the "Free" utility software, I was doing a system clone. Fair enough. But this is NOT a free feature of the software. It is lock out. I call that cripple-ware. If you want to have that feature, then you have to jump through a hoop. Post the text they provided you on a social media site. Again, I read the reviews and thought to myself, it's worth it, press on and just do it. Two hours later, that feature never did unlocked no matter what url social media site I choose. As you can imagine I do not have faith in cripple-ware software that doesn't un-cripple. I did submit an email to their support, but, I really think a simple task like this needs NOT to be crippled so a person can finish it in a day.

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How to Block Ads on Adblock Plus Paid Whitelist 4 years 7 months ago x4rgon

Stopped using ADBLOCK (plus or non plus) a while ago - uBLOCK - way to go !

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Best Free Music Creation Software 2 years 5 months ago Xar

out of the three should I download as they are presented, or is there another way to go, or are they some what the same salfware pick one type deal

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Win A Copy Of This Superb Information Manager [Updated] 3 years 6 months ago Xavier Torres

Thanks for contest. The program is very interesting. I would like to test the full version.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 6 years 1 month ago xcal

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

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 6 years 1 month ago xcal

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

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Freeware Game of the Week (When your favorite Cartoon turned into a Free Game) 5 years 5 months ago xcal

Favorite Cartoon turned into a Free Game??? Pokémon started out as a card game then a video game. Cartoons were created later to further sell the game.

I thought an actual non-game cartoon had been turned into a game. This is just a re-boot of the Gameboy version.

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