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Create Lovely Diagrams, Infographics, Ads, Charts Etc For Free 3 years 2 months ago snowbound999

Went to this site in Google Chrome and was told to enable Adobe Flash. Chrome by default disables Adobe Flash which means having to go through http://www.online-tech-tips.com/google-softwaretips/enable-flash-chrome-specific-websites/

Update despite according to the documentation Google Chrome will not prompt you to allow you to run Flash on certain sites. I spent 30 minutes trying to figure out what setting was incorrect in Chrome. There was nothing wrong with the settings. It appears that Google has another bug in their code. As mentioned on the linked page:

"The icon will either be a lock icon if the connection is using HTTPS or it’ll be an information icon if the connection is non-secure. When you click on this icon, you’ll see a bunch of settings you can configure for that particular site. Towards the bottom will be Flash. By default, it should be set to Use global default (Ask), which means the browser should ask you if you want to enable Flash for a site that has Flash content.

However, in my experience, the browser never actually asks me to enable Flash content even when there is clearly Flash content on the website. So, I have to basically select the Always allow on this site option in order for Flash to work."

Once I enabled the "Always allow on this site option" the site loaded properly.

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Fabulous Free Addon If You Watch YouTube 2 years 7 months ago snowbound999

Would not work with Firefox 57. I use Dark Theme already on YouTube and as soon as I installed this extension it wanted me to install even more extensions.

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This Is The Text Editor That I Use Every Day. 2 years 5 months ago snowbound999

What makes this editor better than say Notepad+++ and regularly updated as well and free too?

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Download 'Troubleshooting and Maintaining Your PC All-in-One For Dummies' Ebook Free For A Limited Time 2 years 4 days ago snowbound999

I agree. I registered a long time ago and made up stuff for the registration and used an email address I use for sign up offers. I am not nagged to death either and have gotten several useful books all of which are still accessible via their online library.

One bone I have to pick with is particular book is that none of the table of contents entry appear to be linked to the actual page in the book. Means that one has to use the search function in the PDF file to fine the particular page.

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Your PayPal Account Could Be Costing You Money. Check It Now. 3 years 5 months ago Snowedinagain

Excellent advice and a very welcome heads up! Thankfully I was able to see the folly in pre-athorized, automatic payments long ago and avoid them. But the reminder is much appreciated. Of course, these types of payments can be convenient, but at what cost and who really benefits the most from this convenience! I am quite sure that my paypal account does not include any automatic payments but I'm going to check anyway. Thanks again. Great stuff!

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Remove Your Personal Information from the Internet for Free 2 months 2 weeks ago snowy99

SWIFTHACKGENIUS@gmail.COm and his firm stood beside me 150% and I felt in good hands throughout the whole process. Before consulting with Steve. I chose to call him based on the reviews I read; now I understand why there are nothing but 5-star reviews for his firm and I am glad to be a contributor to that statistic... it is the least I could do for what Chris and his firm did for me. (713) 352 8891, You can contact them and they will assist You. they are such a great team to work with.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 5 years 4 months ago soad1789

I am quite surprised to see no mention of Windows Firewall Notifier (https://wfn.codeplex.com) is present here! I had come back to techsupportalert after a fresh install of Windows just to see if anything had changed since I had last installed a firewall. Nothing had changed unfortunately, so I snooped on MajorGeeks and found Windows Firewall Notifier. This, like TinyWall and Windows 7 Firewall Control, utilitzed the built-in windows firewall, but unlike the others, just seemed to work for me. No issues, no excessive popups, great performance and memory + CPU utilization, and to top it all off it's open source. This really should be the #1 recommendation for a basic firewall IMO. It allows the basic firewall to act as a two-way firewall, which is exactly what I needed. Once installed, it blocks all outbound requests by default and a simple popup is displayed above the system tray allowing you to Allow/Block as expected. I highly recommend giving it a shot.

Also worth a mention is Binisoft's "Windows Firewall Control" (http://www.binisoft.org/wfc.php) (I know, painfully similar to Sphinx Software's Windows 7/8 Firewall Control which IS already mentioned here). It looks like it performs similarly and from the screenshosts seems well-designed. I am just too happy with Windows Firewall Notifier at the moment but if I didn't like it I would definitely give this a shot.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 5 years 4 months ago soad1789

I also want to briefly mention my gripes with TinyWall and Windows 7/8 Firewall Control here just for the record.

TinyWall sounded like the best frickin' idea ever when I read the description here. I loved how light it was, the premise was so promising. However, it continually seemed to deny access for all applications unless I turned it on the mode that allows all traffic. Even configuring specific rules never seemed to alleviate the "no internet access" problem, so eventually, after continually turning off the firewall, I gave up and moved to Windows 7 Firewall Control.

Windows 7 Firewall Control, unlike TinyWall, actually works as expected. It performs amicably, however there is one thing that sucks about it and it really just drove me crazy. Sometimes, for example when viewing flash content on a web page, Windows 7/8 Firewall Control would trigger a pop-up asking to allow/block the "System" app that is flash. This "System" dialog would also pop-up with Windows services intermittently as well. That's all fine and dandy, that's what it's intended to do, right? However, Windows 7/8 Firewall Control will inform you on trying to "Allow" that you need to upgrade to the Premium version to actually allow handling of "System" apps. Seems like an arbitrary destinction to nag you to pay. I get it, the developer made a good program and wants to get paid, but IMO this app didn't perform well enough to justify paying to stop this nagging.

The biggest thing I like about Windows Firewall Notifier is that on top of performing how I want, it's open source. No nagging!

Good luck in your searches all.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 5 years 4 months ago soad1789

Finally I should mention I tried Private Firewall. It worked decently enough, but was more than I needed (I really wanted just a better way to utilize the Windows Firewall). It didn't seem to hurt performance but I suspected it was a bigger impact than the other programs I mentioned which all utilized the built-in firewall. It also just looks like it was designed in the '80s, heh, and unfortunately that matters to me. More importantly, for my needs, I don't want to have to become familiar with a slew of crazy firewall options that I'll likely never need that might only result in unexpected behavior. The KISS mentality. I'd order the average users' options like this:

1. Windows Firewall Notifier
2. Private Firewall
3. Windows 7/8 Firewall Control
4. Tinywall

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The Friendliest Network Traffic Monitor Ever 6 years 4 months ago Soapymac

It would be nice to download the program...except, after filling in all the required info to get it...and then click "download,"...I get an error asking me for my state. The problem? THERE'S NO BLOCK TO ENTER THAT!

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Best Free Online Genealogy or Family Tree Applications 4 years 5 months ago socks

This article was apparently written before FamilySearch Family Tree (FamilySearch.org) was opened in 2012.

FamilySearch Family Tree is a unified tree, intended to include everyone in one tree, freely editable and modified by any FamilySearch registered user, like Wikipedia. The goal is to have one profile per ancestral person that represents the best scholarship available.

Pros
- Anyone can edit any record. You can benefit from work done by relatives and other genealogists.
- Automatically searches records when you enter people. Record hints are visible on the Personal Details page, pedigree view, and descendants view.
- New records added every day. FamilySearch has the largest collection of genealogical and historical records in the world.
- Unlimited entry of name, relationships, birth, marriage, death, burial, and other events together with their associated dates, locations, and source citations.
- Relationships are not limited, i.e. multiple spouses (consecutive or polygamous) and parents (adopted, foster, or other possibilities).
- Multimedia attachments. Media can be tagged to show up on multiple individuals.
- Excludes information about living individuals from being publicly available.
- Easy to add people from sources.
- Duplicate finder and merge capability.
- Unlike the free accounts on Ancestry and MyHeritage, it is not feature limited. No nagging to get a paid account, since there are no paid accounts. The only limitation is that some source records are on other websites (like Fold3 or GenealogyBank), and you can't view the image without an account on those websites, or a visit to FamilySearch Family History Center.
- Tablet/phone app available.
- Printable fan charts, pedigree charts, family group sheets.
- Has it's own App Gallery of programs/websites that work with the database, such as chart creation, tree analysis, and interactive maps. Many of them are free.
- Ability to send messages to other users working on the same individuals.
- If you visit a FamilySearch Family History Center, you have free access to records from Ancestry, findmypast, and MyHeritage.

Cons
- Anyone can edit any record. "Your" tree can be messed up by a careless researcher, although changes can generally be undone. Some of the existing records have errors that may be difficult to straighten out.
- No way to share living people. You can enter living people, but no one else can see them.
- May not recognize a duplicate until you add more facts, requiring a merge.
- Cannot directly upload or download a GEDCOM. You have to load the GEDCOM into one of the free programs that syncs with FamilySearch (Ancestral Quest, Legacy Family Tree and RootsMagic), then sync to upload. As you sync, you will be asked to resolve any duplicates. This may take a long time, but it prevents duplicates, and you may find some additional information about your ancestors. The programs have easy procedures for downloading and saving information as a GEDCOM.
- Does not support same sex relationships.

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Best Free Torrent Search Engines 5 years 3 months ago SoftwareBabe

FOR PROTECTION, you may want to add PeerBlock 1.2 (free - lists updated WEEKLY) to your list of security software.

"PeerBlock lets you control who your computer "talks to" on the Internet. By selecting appropriate lists of "known bad" computers, you can block communication with advertising or spyware oriented servers (such as TORRENTS), computers monitoring your p2p activities, computers which have been "hacked", even entire countries! They can´t get in to your computer, and your computer won´t try to send them anything either."

http://www.peerblock.com/

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YouCam 5 for Free: CyberLink in association with Gizmo's Freeware 5 years 3 months ago SoftwareBabe

Wow. Great giveaway, BUT, it does add a keylogger and Norton 360 stopped it dead in its tracks. 360 Total Security also stopped it, so I guess this one is a NO GO. I already have CyberLink apps on my W7 PRO quad-core PC, so I know they are good products. But, this one seems to want to do more than I will allow it to do.

Sorry.

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Are Your Hacked Details Circulating On The Internet? 4 years 1 month ago SoftwareBabe

The site told me that I was a ROBOT, but I think it is because I am behind a VPN and it sees the DNS of the VPN server. THERE IS NO WAY I WILL GIVE MY REAL IP SO EVERYONE CAN TRACK ME. No thanks. The moment you allow them access to your real IP, you are done for.

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Time Machine For Your PC Protects From Mishaps And Malware 5 years 4 weeks ago software_user

does anyone really expect rob to actually try these programs vs just reading the supplied information to keep some from bricking their computer?
surely not.

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How to Clean An Infected Computer 7 years 4 months ago solotexas

I ran the CCE smart scan...found 1 threat "Modified Hosts" "repair" "small yellow bar". I clicked to repair. Computer rebooted... and the same thing popped up but instead of a "small yellow bar" it shows "a long bar, yellow to red" ending with the word "failed". What should I do?

Ignore and continue my way towards "kill switch"?

CCE has no way of showing me where the file is located?

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Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 7 years 4 months ago soltaran

Just tried to install IZArc 4.1.7 - it now INSISTS on installing a new search toolbar (Babylon) .. it's not possible to continue without installing it .. even with the /NOCANDY command line option.

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How To Choose A Strong Password 7 years 2 months ago Soluna668

The method I employ and recommend to my customers uses keyboard sequences, instead of the typical tired suggestion. By using keys which appear together, you can have ridiculously long passwords that are seemingly random, yet are easy to recall, don't spell or use words and can even be extended to give you ample choices in terms of how long it needs to be, passwords for certain sites do need to be as long or complex as your banking password.

for instance, you could have qweLKJ234 for a social networking site
and qweLKJ234234000 for your banking.

and easy to remember!

Good Luck!

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Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility 7 years 4 months ago Som Success in recovery depends on several things; to mention few of them, the most important thing is to react as soon as possible - the chances of recovery are great if software was installed *before* deletion happens. Restarting computer with option "Delete Pagefile" enabled will almost for sure overwrite "free space" where deleted files still existed before reset. Running programs that produce huge temporary files are next on list of "destroyers". The amount of free space on partition is important too - less free space leads to sooner overwriting of free space. Safety rule is - have recocery programs installed *now* (or use portable versions from USB) and use it immediatelly. view
Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software 4 years 6 months ago Some Random Moniker

Just tried installing ImgBurn, used the 'advanced' install option. Had a bunch of really junky-looking crap to uncheck, not liking the looks of all that but continued as I've used this software in the past and it's been very decent. Looks like it highjacked my browser's homepage with a yahoo clone & installed a handful of malware threats inside the OS. Not gonna ever try ImgBurn again!

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Use the Search Engine Called StartPage to Protect Your Privacy 6 years 1 month ago somedude

Anyone know how to add this "Start Page" link to the context menu in FF to replace the regular Google link?

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This 4-In-1 File Explorer Makes Moving And Copying Files Simple 6 years 7 months ago somedude

Glad you mentioned that. This Windows 8 is so alien to me that often I don't see what's right in front of me. Frankly, I can't understand why MS licensed OEM's to preinstall Windows 8 on PC's in the first place, unless it was just for the sake of money.

But I digress. I used to use the free Context Magic because I liked it's simplicity but it doesn't work with Windows 8 or at least it's 64-bit version.:-(

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Snapshot Your Files And Registry To Discover What Changed 6 years 4 months ago somedude

Thanks, bob. Probably even more interesting are the other free app's available on the page, assuming they due what they purport. Been looking for freebies like these awhile. I'll probably give them all a try.

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Free App To Make Your Windows 8 Start Screen More Useful 6 years 3 months ago somedude

ClassicShell works for me.

All I need is to pile more unnecessary cr@p on my machine. Especially when my objective is to stay rid of the Start Screen. This "Start Screen" should never even have been applied to PC's in the first place. In fact, I think originally it was not intended to be. Well, that's just my opinion.

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Three Ways to Easily Access Your Most Recent Documents and Files in Windows 8.x 5 years 8 months ago somedude

Classic Shell works for me. It fixes the greatest screwups MS's greed ever forced on Desktop user's.

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How To Tell If You're Running Windows 8.1 Update 6 years 1 month ago somedude

I occasionally get a blue field across the monitor saying that 8.1 is available, is free and do I want to install it, or wording to that effect. But when I click on the "Install" button I'm taken to the App store leaving no apparent clue as to just how to install it. When I try to get it through a third party or from MS.com the same thing happens. System info still indicates that I have the Windows 8, so I can only assume I don't have 8.1 or the Update. Got any idea what's going on here?

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New Microsoft Online Tool to Help Keep Track of Security Bulletins for Your Software 6 years 4 weeks ago somedude

I too use Belarc. It is so difficult to find a username that MS acct likes that I gave up bothering long ago. MS is only one of many sites that present this problem. Sometimes I wish sites would generate them automatically because it can be a big PITA and waste of my time.

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Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC 5 years 9 months ago somedude

Belarc was a great little utility until it ran into Windows 8. For some reason the report and the pages code always opens in Notepad which is about as useless as a rusty bent nail. Perhaps it does work in 8.1, but I'll never use 8.1 again as it too seemed more trouble than I cared to bother with.

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Best Free Encryption Utility for Cloud Storage 3 years 2 days ago SometimesWorks

I have been using BoxCryptor Classic locally for several years. Rather than attach to cloud directly, I've put the base encrypted files folder into OneDrive's local structure & let OneDrive do the sync work. I have about 15GB of files synced like that and access via 3 similarly configured Win10 PC's and 2 android devices. It has run like clockwork for 3 three years so far.

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BoxCryptor 3 years 2 days ago SometimesWorks

I'm a happy BoxCryptor Classic (v1.7) user. It would help to clarify the versions as it uses the icon current for v2 in header yet describes a review based on a very old v1.3.2 - mentioned only in the footer.

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BoxCryptor 2 years 11 months ago SometimesWorks

Thanks Philip - I appreciate your efforts across Gizmo.
I consider Boxcryptor 1.x and 2.x different products. 1.x is industry standard & 2.x is not. They are incompatible.
For that reason, even though Boxcryptor 1 is unsupported, it is my preferred product. It continues to run well in Windows 10 & I've confirmed I can access the files via other EncFS products. (Windows EncFSMP is simple but works BTW)
As an aside, I note my installed version is 1.7.409.131 and the portable version is 1.6.402.92.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 3 months ago sonoffar

In hopes of hardening my older XP Pro lap top before the SHTF event in April, I loaded up Avast and was initially satisfied with how it did it's job. Then I reached a 30 day anniversary and the constant nags started. Now I have no working anti-virus and I am also unable to remove Avast or disable it's constant nag pop ups. As of this date I would rather be scalded than pay the Avast pirates a penny for their miserable product.
Anyone looking for free anti-virus I would advise stay well clear of this nasty, intrusive, offering.

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Best Free File Encryption Utility 7 years 2 months ago sonoffar

I have been reading about a program called "Rubberhose". It doesn't seem to be active but what I read sounded like it would be the perfect tool for safeguarding information on a computer. Anyone have any experience or information on this program?

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Best Free Electronic Book Reader 5 years 3 months ago sonoffar

yBook2 has apparently not been updated since 2012. This particular TSA has not been updated for some time as well.

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Best Free Electronic Book Reader 5 years 3 months ago sonoffar

"yReader2" hasn't been updated for a couple of years, "Reader Library" has been shut down for a year, and this site is falling further and further behind the curve. What did you do to your volunteer editors?

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Qihoo 360 Total Security 2 years 9 months ago sonoffar

Will 360TS work with Win XP?
I failed to find any mention of system requirements in either your evaluation and review or the 360 website.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 3 months ago Sonson

Hi. Nice collection of screen recorders. I often record my screen for tutorials using the Acethinker FRee Screen Recorder Online. It is a web-based application that I can use anytime. I dont need to download or install it. It is very simple and easy to use application. You may include it in your list next time.

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How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 6 years 4 months ago Sont77

Hello I was wondering I had a copy of window 7 premium that I bought with my
Samsung laptop ...my hard drive crashed and I decided to buy a
intel nuc DN2820FYKH now I lost my copy of windows 7 but I found the box and have the product key will this copy of windows 7 premium work with my nuc and product key

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2020 5 years 5 months ago sonystrife

360 Clean Droid
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.qihoo.cleandroid

-cache & junk cleaner (better than 1tap cleaner, BUT BE CAUTIOUS)
-startup manager
-memory booster
-privacy shredder
-nice & sleek ui layout ;)

i stopped using 1tap cleaner since it has quite many intrusive ads

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Moon+ Reader 3 years 10 months ago Sool

I don't know whether this is a recent development, but Moon+ Reader DOES read PDF files, and it makes an excellent job of this.

My work involves regularly consulting a hefty PDF file that consists of several pages of indexes followed by several hundred pages of guidelines.

Moon+ Reader allows me to touch an item within the index, which then takes me directly to the page I want. There is an non-intrusive back button, which I can use to get quickly back to the index if required. Moon+ Reader also enables me to easily bookmark pages that I frequently visit and it also provides a separate clickable index of the various sub-sections of my guidelines. I can therefore navigate my way around my unwieldy tome with astonishing ease.

The advertising is minimal and only appears during background tasks. It does not appear on pages that you are reading.

Having tried all of the other readers mentioned above I found that Moon+ Reader best suited to my particular needs. I would not wish other people to miss out on trying this excellent app in the belief that it doesn't handle PDF files.

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Are Ads Coming to the Windows 10 Start Menu? 4 years 8 months ago Sooty

I just wanted to add my thanks to vic for the article and to vandamme for the detailed linux post above.

Like crosseyedlemon I've been unsure which way to jump into linux but after reading the above I now feel I have the confidence to do so. Thanks.

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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 4 years 4 months ago Sope

As far as I can tell, it looks like Comodo's "free" 10GB online storage is only a 90 day trial.... or am I missing something?

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The Windows 10 Start Menu Explained- How to Customize and Use it 5 years 2 weeks ago Sope

+1
Good simple advice for those contemplating the free upgrade to Win10

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Something Interesting is Happening at Gizmo's Freeware 4 years 11 months ago Sope

+1 to lesam's comment.

Sounds a good and reasonable decision Gizmo!

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Firefox Extension Improves Web Page Readability 4 years 9 months ago Sope

If you don't want to use an add-on for this, you can just use the "Reader View" button now built in to the address bar in the latest version of Firefox.

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 4 years 8 months ago Sope

+1 for 1by1

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Free Online Screen Sharing For Easy Support 4 years 7 months ago Sope

Sad but true!

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This Second-Opinion Malware Scanner Is Free Now 4 years 4 months ago Sope

I've been using HitmanPro for a long time now and find it very useful for identifying potential malware that other scanners sometimes overlook. The more varied the scanners used, the better IMO.
The original SurfRight website still currently offers HitmanPro downloads (without requiring a name and email address)....whereas at present, the Sophos link merely redirects you to that original website after collecting your email address!

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A Better Hard Disk Health Diagnostic 3 years 11 months ago Sope

@ hpearce
Look at the detailed info below where diskinfo says "remaining life" for your SSD, it should be matching that figure. For SSD's this is like a wear indicator rather than state of health. It's not telling you it's 1% failed but rather that it's used up 1% of its estimated life expectancy.

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LastPass Is Now Free Across Multiple Devices 3 years 8 months ago Sope

Slightly confusing....

Wording in an email I received (as an existing free version user) says :-
"Try LastPass Premium for Free! Thank you for using LastPass. LastPass is always free, but as a thank you, we've unlocked our Premium features for 60 days."

Nothing to suggest that the mobile version is now also free, until you look at the features comparison list on the LastPass website where you find that the section "Unlimited sync across all mobile & desktop devices" is now ticked in the free version list. Hope this is not an error. Would be a shame if this tick disappears after 60 days too! Just seems odd they're not shouting louder about it?

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LastPass Is Now Free Across Multiple Devices 3 years 8 months ago Sope

As a free version user it's certainly a very welcome upgrade and a significant premium feature to give away... good news!

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Download A Youtube Video As An Audio MP3 File 3 years 6 months ago Sope

Personally I like this this website - http://convert2mp3.net

Alternatively I use this Firefox Add-on - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-GB/firefox/addon/download-youtube/ to download the whole video so that I can choose to extract the audio in the format/compression I prefer using my preferred software.

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Multi Commander 2 years 11 months ago sososo

Configuration > Explorer Panel Settings > Display > Fonts

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Download Music From Soundcloud for Free 2 months 3 weeks ago SoundCloud Down...

Download SoundCloud songs from https://soundclouddownloading.org it's free, no registration required even tho download only 1 click away and listen to the song right on the website. it's awesome.

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Download Music From Soundcloud for Free 2 months 3 weeks ago SoundCloud Down...

soundclouddownloader.org is the best website to download songs from SoundCloud its a free website and only 1 click to download the song even tho you can listen to the music online right on the page.

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A Freebie that Integrates Gmail, Yahoo Mail into Windows 6 years 10 months ago Soundfx4

"If you right click on any file and select "Send to mail recipient" then Affixa automatically creates an email in your webmail account drafts folder with the file attached. You can then open that mail and send it whoever you want."

While this is better, it certainly is not the solution I'm looking for. When I right click a file > send to, Ideally a Gmail compose window would open up with the file attached and uploading. That's what I'd really like :\ does anyone know of a solution that can do it this way?

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Two Excellent Free Mind Map Programs 5 years 7 months ago souzarm

Thanks Rob Schifreen...

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Best Free Lightweight Web Browser 6 years 6 months ago souzarm

Thanks!
Vote in K-Meleon...

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Make Charts, Diagrams, Flowcharts, Mindmaps And More Online. 3 years 2 months ago souzarm

Thank you Rob Schifreen!

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A Welcome Update To My Favourite Text Editor 3 years 1 month ago souzarm

Thanks Rob Schifreen!

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Wallpaper of the Week: Red Forest Path 2 years 9 months ago souzarm

Very beautiful @RHianNon!
Thanks!

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Create And Manage Your Perfect Browser Home Page 6 years 10 months ago sp00nk

I've been using STARTME for over 4 months (I switched over from Zeadoo when my links just magically disappeared for the second time) and I've found it's the fastest (I hate waiting for a website to load) and cleanest of all the other alternatives. And trust me, I've tried most of them.

I was using Zeadoo (full of bugs, slow), tried symbaloo (a close runner to STARTME, but I ran out of space for my links and I hated switching tabs, also - images make it slow.), speeddial (very fast just like STARTME, but ridiculously little space for my links... navigating through them made me crazy), and ighome (too complex, heavy, and filled with a gazillion widgets I don't need. I just couldn't get it to work the way I needed.)

So I'm with Rob; my verdict: STARTME. Fastest, cleanest, and has ample space to fill with links. You'll be surprised just how many websites you use on a regular basis. (I have over 100...)
I also regularly backup all my stuff via export (just in case).

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Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 5 years 4 months ago sp80

Hello.
Could you please indicate which of the reviewed ZIP file utilities if any allow to get a preview of ZIP attachments in Outlook 2010 ?
Thank you in advance for your help.
Best regards.

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Best Free CD Ripper 5 years 7 months ago spaarks

Audiograbber used to be my favourite, in particular the audio input (vinyl) facility. However it is now HIGHLY INFECTIOUS - in spite of me 'declining' several offers to include various junk it managed to dump SearchProtect, Trovi and ClientConnect. (Malawarebytes got rid of them, I hope).

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 2 years 6 months ago spaarks

Zoner now has a 30 day free trial only. Older versions are available but it doesn't say if they are free.

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 5 years 8 months ago spaarks

Good work.
Browsers seem to be getting increasingly problematical - firefox with flash and and nagging to synchronise, chrome with it's continual nagging to use chrome feature. Only IE supports active-x.

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Best Free Email Software 7 years 2 months ago spaarks

Thunderbird provides no privacy for your mailboxes. Anyone with access to your computer can open Thunderbird and read all your emails. There is an add on to password your Thunderbird profile, but it is easily circumvented.

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Best Free Video Editing Program 6 months 2 days ago spaarks

Videopad Video Editor free version is not very good, as you can't save edited files.

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Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software 6 years 7 months ago spaarks

11 Dec 2013 Imgburn update installed several invasive programs on my machine - even though I unticked all the extras.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 6 years 5 months ago spaarks

Zonealarm installed itself on my computer, accompanied by Zonealarm search installing itself on each of my browsers as the default search engine.
I got rid of both, but it has reappeared.
This spyware is not detected by Spybot or Malawarebytes.

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 5 years 7 months ago spaarks

Malawarebytes Free identifies very few tracking cookies, even on Threat Scan, whereas Spybot identifies lots. I am using the default settings for both programs.

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 5 years 7 months ago spaarks

Ah I see, thanks for the explanation.

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 5 years 7 months ago spaarks

It seems I was wrong about Spybot, on one hand it is too aggressive in that it appears to delete a lot of saved user names and such like.
On the other hand it missed OpenCandy, SearchProtect, Trovi and Clientconnect - all of which were detected and quarantined by Malawarebytes free edition.

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Best Free Tune-up Program For Computer 5 years 10 months ago spaarks

Toolwiz Care. This procuct is dangerous. After using the default cleanup I got "Resource file C_PsdRsDll" error appears when I start the computer.

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

Yes indeed, I should have heeded the warning - and will probably do so in future!
Even so I have used the CCleaner registry cleaner for years and never had a single problem.

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Best Free File or Disk Catalog Organizer 1 year 8 months ago spaarks

Whatever happened to MP3 Audio Collection? Can't find it on Google search.

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Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software 6 years 9 months ago spaarks

Sadly Personal Ancestral File is no longer available from the LDS Familysearch site. It is still available elsewhere as is the (essential) PAF Companion, but the latter no longer seems to accept the security PIN.

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Best Free Bookmark Synchronizer 1 year 10 months ago spaarks

Xmarks is gone. It always had problems synching between firefox and chrome.

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Best Free Online Backup 1 year 4 days ago spaarks

Dropbox is now limited to three devices.
There is no indication that your files have NOT been backed up - for whatever reason.

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 year 5 months ago spaarks

Font Manager appears to be unstable. When trying to disable many fonts it freezes for several minutes every 10 or so selections. You have to select each individual font separately - cannot select a whole family at once.
There are far to many fonts loaded during installation (most for non-western keyboards), leading to a bloated font box in office apps.

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 year 5 months ago spaarks

FONTMATRIX
This has been removed from the Ubuntu repositories and is reported to be dysfunctional.

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How to Find Out How Fast Your USB Flash Drives Are 1 year 5 months ago spaarks

Win 10. Program would not recognise usb2 flashdrive. Only showed Hard drives.

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How to Find Out How Fast Your USB Flash Drives Are 1 year 5 months ago spaarks

I tested a16GB Kingston Datatraveller 3.0. - R/W 130/28
Later tested same again - R/W 34/27

Drive was empty.

Kinda useless.

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AbiWord 1 year 10 months ago spaarks

Excellent program, but no longer available for Windows.

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UltraDefrag 1 year 5 months ago spaarks

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

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GO Launcher 1 year 4 months ago spaarks

No longer free. Quite expensive.

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Zoner Photo Studio Free 1 month 3 weeks ago spaarks

Quite 'clunky' to use and hard to find the "free" version. Too many functions missing in "Free" version. Too much pressure to move to the paid version.
I think this one should be taken off the list altogether.

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Xmarks 1 year 5 months ago spaarks

xMarks is no longer available. Please remove it.

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Best Free Tune-up Program For Computer 7 years 4 months ago SpaceCowboy I'll take a look at that, thank you for your input! SC view
Best Free Tune-up Program For Computer 7 years 4 months ago SpaceCowboy I am testing it now. However, I believe the registry optimizing may be too aggressive for the average home user. SC view
Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 6 years 11 months ago SpaceOctopus

Well firstly, peazip just sucks. I mean aside from the fact it is infected with opencandy, there are just too many things that render it a pain in the ass to use, especially if you like downloading a lot of stuff and they're always in archives, which you want to easily right click on and either choose "extract to____" so that you can select multiple different archives to each extract into separate folders for each one, with the same name, in that directory, which takes less than 2 seconds and requires no further input, and also the fact it was a pain in the ass trying to extract multiple archives in general, no matter how I wanted to do it, but especially if I wanted to name the folder myself from the UI. I can't remember what else, but I do remember I hated peazip within the first week of using it and went on to find 7zip, which I find absolutely perfect for what it's supposed to do. Honestly, the "boring" or "old" damn UI shouldn't factor into the rating or whatever, especially considering there are quite a lot of us who LIKE that kind of user interface, especially people with Windowsblinds or at least a classic theme, not to mention the fact people have been building unbelievably HIDEOUS and completely unusable user interfaces for all kinds of good software as of late and completely DESTROYING them and all of their functionality. Regardless, it needs to WORK for everyone. I found 7zip to be the most awesome utility I've ever had, in fact. I really appreciate the work done on it, and they've kept it simple & effective.

Still, any software, no matter how free, that installs crap like adware, babylon toolbar and more nonsense, does NOT deserve to be on a list like this, nor to get anything above a 1-star rating. If they really need to do advertising to get paid for their free software, they should put actual ads in their software. Don't infect our computers and change shit around to screw us over. It's just despicable, infuriating, disgusting and stupid.

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How to Report Spam 7 years 3 months ago Spamfighter

To forward an email as an attachment in Yahoo:
Click its box so there is a checkmark in the box in your list of emails (the particular email is not open at this point, you see your spambox or inbox in your screen). Hold down simultaneously Alt-Shift-F. You now have a new email with the checked email as the attachment.

Here is one other place I forward my spam to, as an attachment - cybertopcops. They do research and help to educate the public about the frauds, I think.

Thank you to everyone who fights these harrassing, insidious parasites we know only as spammers but are really dangerous Internet crime rings.

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Best Free Windows 64-bit Software 1 year 7 months ago Spanish Talk

Hi Guys, I'm looking for a free basic sound enhancer for pc/laptob sound generator. Just a basic equalizer will suffice..

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Best Free Media Player 4 years 6 months ago speakandlisten

Some media players have the ability to boost the audio volume through the computer's built in speaker above the 100% maximum level which the computer's settings would normally allow. I believe that VLC is one of those which can do this.
Of all of the players on this list (and also of any other free media players which you may know of ) which ones can increase the speaker volume above the normal maximum level, and how much percentage wise does each player claim that it can increase the volume? I have read for instance, that VLC may be able to boost the maximum volume setting by either 200%, or possibly as much as 400%.

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AOMEI Backupper 2 years 6 months ago speedlever

I grabbed the free copy and took a look at it. Seems pretty straightforward with the exception that if you want to make a bootable clone, you have to buy the Pro version.

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Best Free Volunteer, Charity, and Donation Technology 1 year 9 months ago Spencer

Hello! I know this article is old, but it's a great list. I'd also like to recommend www.beanbeanbean.com to anyone who appreciates this kind of stuff -- it's a lot like freerice, but with beans instead :)

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Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 4 years 2 months ago Spencman

I can't agree with the Top pick in this catagory. For me all the "Freemake stuff" is pup software! It was already stated that most free software come with some additional pup Software, like adobe acrobat bundles with google chrome and s.o.
but freemake installs opencandy installer and that really is crap! So you are not only getting a McAffee Scanner or the like, but tons of crapware. Some of the Software that comes with opencandy installer can be considered malware.
I find the converted videos i did with freemake are qualitywise behind some other freeware tools - when using the same output video settings.
The article says it took handbrake longer, but you did a completely different conversion! Auto-bitrate single pass against a constant bitrate...that is just like saying an apple tasts better than a pear...
And i don't consider the time it takes to convert a video as important as quality and size of the output.
I tried freemake with cuda feature and it didn't do any good - freemake crashed with my test-file.
My top pick would be "Any Video Converter free", as easy as freemake, tons of presets and better quality than with freemake and no crap-, bloat-, ransom-, whatever-ware installed on your PC, besides the one that can be checked off during install.
Other free tools like MediaCoder, XMediaRecode or Handbrake do a better job - regarding quality and output-size - than freemake!
If you are in a hurry - Don't install freemake! It will just screw your PC and you will end up spending a lot more time getting your PC cleaned of the Software the opencandy installer forced onto your PC, than the time saved upon video conversion.

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Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 4 years 2 months ago Spencman

You figured that out correctly: If you don't let the Installer access the opencandy webpages it can't be installed and that is the only way not to install opencandy BS!
That's why i can't understand having freemake in this list as the top pick: Many users won't even know how to block the opencandy-page or run freemake in a sandbox. It is not that freemake is malware, but opencandy does install malware. So if you aren't a professional or very experianced user better keep your hands of freemake.

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Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 4 years 1 day ago Spencman

I guess you picked lossless mp3? Normal mp3 conversion (including quality loss) is free in every vdeo/audio converter i know. Lossless mp3 codec is protected, So it will cost the Software-Provider to have lossless mp3 conversion feature implemented. I don't know of any freeware supporting lossless mp3.

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Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility 6 years 1 month ago SpiderJon

Based on trying them both with sync'ing 500GB of data between two NAS drives via a Win8.1u PC, SyncBackFree V6 seems a lot faster than FreeFileSync (and SyncBackFree doesn't include Open Candy, either).

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