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

What do you mean by automatically..? How it works here is, I hover my mouse over any link and two small icons appear. One of them when clicked shows the safety results from whatever sources are activated in preferences, while the other when clicked has shortcuts to preview the link.
If this is what you mean by 'manually' then afaik this is exactly how it's supposed to work... it doesn't show automatically on links in the same way that WoT or TL do, but that would be a bit messy I think given that it draws on half a dozen sources.

True the preview part is a little buggy.. :-) This has been commented on by people on the Mozilla page so hopefully will be fixed in an update. In the meantime the preview does work if accessed from the context menu.

In retrospect, I'd agree that its current state would justifiably disclude it from recommendation by you, but I'll also be keeping it installed to see if it progresses at all.

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

For both of these, you get to settings by opening your extensions page ... click Settings in Chrome's main menu, then click Extensions in the list on the left, then you should see a list of installed extensions and be able to choose Options for the ones you want to edit...

TrafficLight is pretty straightforward, just a list of options with On/Off buttons, while for AdBlock when you've clicked Options you should see a list of what Filters you are subscribed to.
(Another route to Options for TrafficLight is to left click the green button that should have appeared in your toolbar when you installed it, and then use the "settings" shortcut in the box that pops up.)

I just installed AdBlock in Chrome, just to see, and for me it installed EasyList by default and nothing else.

Must admit I'm not really a Chrome fan or regular user of it, but I just loaded it up anyway and that's how to change the settings that you mention.

To be honest I'm not exactly sure why you'd want to disable the Search Result Analyser in TrafficLight ... this is the component that gives you a green light or otherwise next to each search result in Google, and to me is an important part of the software. I don't see why this should raise any privacy concerns that wouldn't be raised by the extension as a whole but I'm not sure, hopefully Chiron can answer this more fully.

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

A nice find, I've just now installed it for a test drive.

I see that as well as the link scanner it also has flash blocking, ad blocking (including selective blocking for page content), and anti-tracking. Good stuff.

I was wondering though Chiron, what do you think about the pros and cons of running multiple anti-tracking add ons? For instance I already use Ghostery, TrafficLight, and Cookie Controller ... some writers recommend not using more than one anti-tracker so I just wondered what thoughts you might have on the matter.

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

Sandboxing is only as effective as the person using it. It can't in itself recognise malware or other dangerous code and depends entirely on a person not removing unsafe software from the sandbox.

I'm not having a dig at Sandboxie or any of the other options for sandboxing, indeed I use it a lot myself. I just think that the claim of its being able to prevent any malware infection might be perhaps a little misleading.

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

I tried Disconnect yesterday in Firefox and IceDragon... I was expecting from the comments to get Collusion installed along with it, or something similar, but in both try-outs the relevant button was inactive in the drop-down menu even after I installed Collusion separately.

(Nodrog - yes I also gave up on Collusion for a while as it never seemed to work, but I tried it again recently and it seems fine now. My only issue is that in IceDragon it has to be disabled and then re-enabled to make the button appear, but then that's the case with a few extensions in IceDragon. I have it running now in FF 22 and 23 Portable, no problems.)

Must admit I didn't much like Disconnect really, but to be fair that could well just be because of the unfamilar interface, which is why I wasn't very keen on DoNotTrackMe either.

At the moment I see no reason not to stick with Ghostery... as far as results go, it seems to me to pick up more trackers than any alternatives that I've tried and also works very well as an ad-blocker. I do think it's the best of it's type as far as effectiveness goes.

The title of the article you posted could I think be a little misleading if people don't go on to read the whole thing, or indeed Ghostery's own info on the subject. They don't collect personal data, which some people might take from the article's title at first glance.

TrafficLight does include anti-tracking, and Cookie Controller controls tracking cookies of course. Collusion now includes an option to view cookie-based tracking separately, so you can indeed see this in action.

Very interesting discussion anyway, thanks for your comments.

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How to Use the Keyboard to Move or Resize a Window that is Too Big for the Screen 6 years 3 months ago sicknero

Nice tip, thank you... it never occured to me use the menu shortcuts before.

I normally use AltDrag for this but I'm trying to reduce my autoruns so this will be handy, thanks.

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Best Free Video Downloader [Stub] 6 years 10 months ago sicknero

A bit late but perhaps other people are reading this section too -

The free version of VSO is still freeware but only for certain types of streaming; RTMP streams require the licensed version so I'd guess that the inability to fully download some Youtube streams is due to some of the changes that Youtube has made over the last year or so.

I'd imagine that VSO will still work fully for some YT streams as the site seems to be a bit of a mixture.

In VSO's defence, this limitation of the free version is explained clearly on their website and it's not uncommon for vendors to include demos of licensed features in freeware versions.

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Freeware Game of the Week (UNBELIEVABLE! Re-Visit the World that started the Half-Life continuum) 7 years 6 months ago sicknero

Wow just found this thread. I love Half-Life, thanks for posting.

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

Vic's download links appear to be working again.

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

I'm not familiar with the process as you describe it.

I used FreeDownloadManager to get the ISO (http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/free-download-manager-portable) and ImgBurn to burn it to disk at speed x2.4 (http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=583).

It appears to work fine, by which I mean that I've tested it as far as seeing that the DVD boots ok as far as the install dialogue but I haven't actually run the complete installation.

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

For Firefox and FreeDownloadManager, you can run FreeDownloadManager then right click the download link for the ISO and select "Copy Link Location". You can then click the button to start a new download in FDM and paste the link in.

It will be slightly different depending on what browser/manager you use but the process is the same in principle. Also if you use installed rather than portable software it can all be done automatically.

Hope that makes sense ... if you'd like more detailed help it would be better to open a thread in the forum (https://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/) as these pages are really for comments only.

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Find Information on How To Delete Accounts on Various Sites Quickly and Easily 7 years 9 months ago sicknero

Excellent article, thank you very much. I had no idea that such sites even existed until I read this.

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29 Sites With Free Horror, Ghost & Gothic Audiobooks 7 years 5 months ago sicknero

Great collection of links. Thanks for posting, I love horror : )

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 7 years 7 months ago sicknero

Great collection Rhiannon, I've been looking around for an iGoogle replacement so thank you for all the suggestions. Protopage and Ig are my favourites I think though I've bookmarked them all for a proper look later.

For something simple and ready-to-go I'd just like to mention the Maxthon homepage which I only discovered fairly recently while casting around for an alternative browser. It isn't very configurable but it's pretty handy as a basic homepage.

Thanks also for the uStart suggestion, although LastPass flags it as an insecure log in.

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 7 years 6 months ago sicknero

Hi. If you're a Firefox user then you can have Tasks in the sidebar -

http://lifehacker.com/5145357/add-gmail-tasks-to-your-firefox-sidebar

I expect you can do something similar in other browsers but I never tried it.

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 7 years 6 months ago sicknero

I'm not sure what you mean about not formatting properly. I don't use Tasks a lot myself but I added an extra list just now and it seems fine, there's a button at the bottom right to switch between lists and they seem to be displaying properly...

I did a couple of screenshots, I can't seem to upload them here but you can see them in dropbox -

https://www.dropbox.com/s/a3q93d39obpwm76/tasks%20sidepanel%2001.png

https://www.dropbox.com/s/xzau9zy316qb35x/tasks%20sidepanel%2002.png

Hope you manage to find a satisfactory solution anyway, and apologies Rhiannon for taking your thread a bit off-topic.

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 7 years 5 months ago sicknero

I'm finding this too!

I've spent a while playing with igHome, I quite like it... everything on it can be be pretty much added or deleted as you please which is good, and it has a very pleasing absence of in-your-face integration with social media, although it seems that this is there for those who want it.
It has quite a handy Google-style toolbar at the top, a definite plus there being that you can configure the buttons for whatever shortcuts you want by just entering a URL in preferences.

Downsides - the actual appearance, although not at all unpleasant, isn't very customisable - you can change the size of the gadgets in settings (though zooming the page achieves that globally) but the width appears to be something you're stuck with, and you have the same iGoogle style options of background colours or images, along with (as far as I could tell) pretty much all the same gadgets to choose from. Some of which don't work, which is as promised just like iGoogle :-D

On the other hand I've spent about an hour playing around with Protopage this evening, and I have to say I like it a lot more now than I did when I started. Again there's a very satisfying ability to clear all traces of twitter and fb etc from the page.

The appearance and layout is a lot more customisable than igHome ... I especially like that you can give each gadget its own colouring and to some extent resize them as well, for example I can have my google calendar gadget stretched out to cover quite a large area which makes it a lot more readable. This isn't perfect though - for instance the analogue clock which is quite nice can't be resized to look good. The smallest size of the gadget is still twice as big as the clock itself so the end result is a bit messy and unattractive. It seems that 1/3 of page width is the minimum for a gadget though I might have missed a setting somewhere. The collapse/expand button is handy.

Also a definite oversight to my mind is the lack of any option to change fonts, and it would nice to have a choice of rounded corners on the gadgets.

The option for public/private - which apparently you can apply separately to different components - is intriguing though I'm not sure I'd ever find a use for it, and I do like the default notepad gadget which appears to sync online as well. Very handy.

A very nice feature is the mouseover bubble on news stories (would be great to have that on the Google Calendar gadget too) and the inclusion of a mini-player for podcasts is very very nice, although I would like to be able to drag that around the window. The search bar is quite attractive with the ability to add/remove engines including custom ones.

Lastly for now, there seems to be a pretty decent selection of community-developed gadgets which I've not looked properly through yet.

Oops this started off as a quick reply, but it turned into a bit of an essay sorry :-) I'm undecided... igHome is easy on the eye but I'm very drawn to Protopage's configurabilty and podcast player and that apparently syncing notepad. I might just keep both, or maybe neither ... it's ages now since I used iGoogle and I can't say it's left a huge hole in my internet day.

Also to be fair, anything that I found to be absent or not working might well be down to my own oversight or security add ons in my browser.

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 7 years 4 months ago sicknero

I was just composing a post in reply to Rosie's but got thoroughly distracted by the details as always :-)

The thing is that just changing your Start Page/Home Page doesn't actually delete your Protopage, it's still out there on the internet which to me is a bit untidy and too much of a loose end ...

However, I had a good look around on my own Protopage and I can find nothing straightforward for deleting the whole page, or for closing the account, which sadly is the case with a lot of things like this.

If it were me I would remove everything from the Protopage first, and then use the "Contact Us" link at top-right to ask that the account be closed and the page deleted. I'd also go into my email account and revoke any access permissions that I'd granted for email widgets or calendar widgets or whatever.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 3 months ago sicknero

If you're a Firefox user you might like to check out the "Mediahint" extension, it works well for me in East Europe for BBC and C4.

Oddly it doesn't fool C4 on Youtube, or the C5 site, but other than that it's very good. It's enabled by default though - I like to keep it disabled unless I'm actually using it.

Alternatively Expat Shield seems to work for all sites but I find it quite buggy and unstable.

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40 Maps That Will Help You Understand Our World 7 years 3 months ago sicknero

Fascinating stuff, thanks for posting.

The coffee map (No.28) surprised me a bit, and the Chinese names for countries (No.39) are entertaining. Can't make out what they call Slovenia though, I'll have to look that up.

No.1, Google Street View, is nonsense :-) Our town is well within the marked area and we definitely don't have it.

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This Download Manager could be the Next Big thing! 7 years 2 months ago sicknero

FDM also supports resumed downloads.

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How to Manage Windows File Associations the Really Easy Way 7 years 1 month ago sicknero

I like that one better myself, it allows icon editing as well.

*Edit; so does this one I just noticed. I'll give it a go then if I can find a non-install version.

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Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET has Been Updated 7 years 1 week ago sicknero

I'm a bit of an MBAM fan so I installed this today to give it a try-out ... there's not much info on the website and the program interface isn't very informative.

It appears to work with Portable Firefox but other than that it's kinda hard to see if it's actually doing anything or not.

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Want The Latest Winamp? Get It While You Still Can 7 years 1 week ago sicknero

This is very sad news, WinAmp was my first Windows mediaplayer and I still have a soft spot for it even though I've moved on in terms of my primary player.

I always loved it for the visualisations and the excellent community of coders providing a great variety of skins and plug ins.

I guess this means that the skins and plug ins will also be unavailable. That's a real shame.

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Want The Latest Winamp? Get It While You Still Can 7 years 6 days ago sicknero

Does anybody know what will become of all the plug-ins, skins, visualisations and so on? It will be a tragedy if these are no longer available as a lot of them can be used in other software as well as Winamp.

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How to Make a Quick and Easy Online Antivirus Check of a File or App Before Downloading it 7 years 6 days ago sicknero

VT Zilla also adds an option in the Firefox download dialog.

Along with "Save" and "Open" etc you will have an extra "Scan with VirusTotal" option.

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How to Make a Quick and Easy Online Antivirus Check of a File or App Before Downloading it 7 years 6 days ago sicknero

This is true and as far as I know all the on-line scanning services have a file size limit, e.g. Jotti won't scan anything larger than 25mb.

It would be extremely time consuming to do any different really, given that the file in question has to be uploaded for the scan. A large torrent would take forever as well as being demanding on the scanning website.

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This 4-In-1 File Explorer Makes Moving And Copying Files Simple 7 years 2 days ago sicknero

Same here, are you sure you clicked the correct link?

The Portable Freeware Collection site doesn't host any files anyway, the link just goes to SoftwareOK as does the one in this article.

Nenad makes great programs, I've used several of them for years without any unwanted bundles.

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This 4-In-1 File Explorer Makes Moving And Copying Files Simple 7 years 1 day ago sicknero

It doesn't have to be used with four panes, it can be anything from one to four.

I like it because it's an excellent lightweight and fast alternative to Explorer with a few useful additional functions such as file filtering.

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This 4-In-1 File Explorer Makes Moving And Copying Files Simple 7 years 1 day ago sicknero

Q-Dir can also be used as a single-pane with tabs. Just sayin...

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This 4-In-1 File Explorer Makes Moving And Copying Files Simple 7 years 3 hours ago sicknero

The portable version doesn't need installing, are you sure you found the correct link? You don't want "fc_setup-.zip" but one of the "More Downloads" which are just below that one the downloads page.

It isn't a single exe but it is fully portable - I think you might need to go into settings and tell it where to store its .ini file, I forget now but it's not difficult to find.

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This 4-In-1 File Explorer Makes Moving And Copying Files Simple 7 years 3 hours ago sicknero

Of course they appreciate that but two or more panes is one of the things that sets these file managers apart from Windows Explorer so I guess that's why this is the default view.

I'm not sure what you mean by "details on the right" but it really is easy to get a single pane view with tabs plus directory tree on the left.

In FreeCommander just press F10 which toggles between single and dual panes, or use the option in the View menu. Directory tree is Alt-T or again, in the view menu. Also you can edit the toolbar (right-click it)and have buttons for those options if you wish.

To set colours for file types, click Settings in the Tools menu, then in the settings dialogue you want View - File/Folder List. This section has several tabs one of which is "Item Colour". Then you just add whatever filetypes you like and choose colours for them. YOu can also set colours for different directory types too.

In Q-Dir, the buttons are at top right for all the available pane layouts. To set which one is the default then you need the Extras menu and "Starting As". Directory tree is the button at the far left of the address bar and colour-by-filetype is found in Extras-More Options.

Neither of them are difficult programs to use, it's just a question of getting the feel of them and spending some time exploring the buttons, menus and options.

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This 4-In-1 File Explorer Makes Moving And Copying Files Simple 7 years 3 hours ago sicknero

Re FreeCommander if anyone's interested, although the final 2009c version is very good the program is still being developed and updated as a forked project under the name FreeCommanderXE.

It's still the basic FC but has some nice enhancements etc.

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This 4-In-1 File Explorer Makes Moving And Copying Files Simple 7 years 2 hours ago sicknero

I think you must have missed the correct download link Rob. FreeCommander portable doesn't run an installer at all, unless you downloaded the PAF version which is unnecessary.

If you go the bottom of this page - http://www.freecommander.com/fc_u3_en.htm - and use the "Freecommander 2009.02 ZIP" link then you will get a zip file that you just extract to wherever you want to run FC from. No installation whatsoever.

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Grinning Geckos (Wallpaper of the Week) 6 years 10 months ago sicknero

Seconded : )

Some very nice wallpapers on that site, thanks Rhiannon.

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Make Your Laptop Easier to Use with Windows Mobility Center 6 years 10 months ago sicknero

Interesting ... I never use Mobility Centre even on my laptop but just out of curiosity I had a look on my desktop PC (W7 Ultimate x86) and it is absent from my own Control Panel.

Thanks for the article though : ) It prompted me to see if there's a way to disable Mobility Centre on my laptop, which there is via the Group Policy manager.

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Nifty Free Application Lets You Control Hundreds of Windows System Utilities in One Convenient Place 6 years 10 months ago sicknero

I'm amazed you just got 2! AVs such as Comodo, Avast, Avira tend to flag at least half a dozen of the Nirsoft suite as malware, although I do always have heuristics on the highest settings.

As stated already it's the password extractors/reclaimers that trigger the alerts, which to my mind is quite right and proper as extracting saved passwords is exactly the kind of behaviour that AV software should be flagging. There is actually a link on the Nirsoft site which will take you to a page where the dev explains his own thoughts on false positives.

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Finds of the Week: Free Forensic Software, Historic Maps, Create List of Installed Programs (Windows), DIY Photography, Improve Your Handwriting, Amazing Fact Generator 6 years 10 months ago sicknero

Great timing, I was googling "History+Maps" just yesterday : ) That edu site is a nice find thanks.

I've been enjoying the Fact Generator too.

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Best Free PC Games 2013 6 years 9 months ago sicknero

George, I'm confused :-D

In this thread I can see Boson X named as the Number 10 game of 2013, followed by your posts that say "Number 9 revealed", "Number 8 revealed" etc...

I can't see any games though other than Boson X, am I missing something here?

Oh never mind! Immediately after posting this I saw the links. Sorry.

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Best Free PC Games 2013 6 years 9 months ago sicknero

Great choices there George : )

Several I've not heard of before... in particular, Cry of Fear, Containment Breach and Organised Thief will be receiving my imminent attention. The Boson game looks fun as well.

Thanks.

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The Easy Way To Add Sticky Yellow Notes To Your Windows Desktop 6 years 9 months ago sicknero

Google Tasks is excellent, it's the one I always come back to after dallying around with various other reminders/note-making software.

The main advantage is that it's always synced so your notes are available from whatever machine you're on and the mobile version has been improved for those of you with smart phones. I also like the way it can sync with Google Calendar and the tick-boxes are a nice touch too.

I do like Stickies though, partly just for the ability to pin separate notes to windows (this works with browser windows/websites as well) and it does have much more to it than the built-in Windows one such as a manager, search function, reminders, sharing and back-up.

Tasks and Stickies both fulfill different needs really but between them I think they pretty much have it covered : )

Also Bernardz, there is "7 Sticky Notes" (http://www.7stickynotes.com/) which performs more or less the same functions as all the freeware sticky note programs, with the difference that if you have Dropbox or something similar installed it can store its database online and thus effectively be always synchronised.

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The Easy Way To Add Sticky Yellow Notes To Your Windows Desktop 6 years 9 months ago sicknero

Is VTzilla a third-party product..?

I was under the impression that it was provided by Virus Total themselves although it is confusing when it gives differing results. It certainly opens the same page (... https://www.virustotal.com/ ...) and copying the Stickies download URL and pasting it directly into Virus Total also returns a result of 2/53. Interestingly one of the "red" results is from a provider who flags the other link as green ... ADMINUSlabs, although I have to say I've never heard of them.

Note though that using the main VT page to scan the Stickies download page URL (as opp. to the download URL itself) only returns 39 sources for the scan and thus 0/39.

Interesting too that the portable version of Stickies (at http://portableapps.com/apps/office/stickies_portable which is the one I use) scores 0/51.

I just mention these things out of interest really and suggest the PAF version for anyone who might be concerned. Personally I've used Stickies for a long time in various forms and none of my on-board AV scanners have ever found anything wrong with it.

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The Easy Way To Add Sticky Yellow Notes To Your Windows Desktop 6 years 9 months ago sicknero

Thanks for the info, I didn't do any homework and just assumed it to be a VT product because it's on their page and uses their site...

I'd agree that does make it a third-party product.

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The Easy Way To Add Sticky Yellow Notes To Your Windows Desktop 6 years 9 months ago sicknero

Thank you for taking the time to check this out for us and it's good of Tom to respond so quickly.

True it would be useful if the VT site gave more detailed info but I don't think they ever set out to provide that kind of service. They disclaim any responsibilty for results so the only recourse is to contact the AV vendor in question and it's up to them whether they will provide more details or not.

I did check out the two vendors that red-flagged the Stickies download link;

Malwares.com is a new addition and VT seem quite pleased to have them on board - http://blog.virustotal.com/2013/11/virustotal-malwarescom-url-checker.html. It's a good site, you can check files there yourself and they provide plenty of post-scan info about the file. I couldn't find a way to check URLs there.

Also, I don't know if Tom contacted them but they now give the previous red-flagged link a green flag so the VT score is now 1/53.

ADMINUSlabs is a different story, their site seems to be pretty much a closed shop with no apparent means to check files or links oneself so that one was a bit of a dead-end.

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Keep This Bootable CD Handy For Troubleshooting 6 years 9 months ago sicknero

I always have a couple of bootable disks such as this handy for emergencies. I never understood though why AV progs are included as surely their databases are out of date as soon as the disk is burned and the latest version of F4 is several months old already.

I do like this from the F4UBCD list of features ...

"- Shiny graphics that make the room smell nicer."

:-)

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Keep This Bootable CD Handy For Troubleshooting 6 years 9 months ago sicknero

For what it's worth I just finished downloading the torrent (it's well seeded, only took about 30 minutes here) and it all scans clean with Comodo AV and MBAM. Ditto the patch file.

The nature of the software on the actual bootdisk though means that it is quite likely to trigger false alerts, e.g. the Nirsoft Suite is included.

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Keep This Bootable CD Handy For Troubleshooting 6 years 9 months ago sicknero

No, Hiren's Boot CD hasn't had that software on it for the last couple of versions at least.

I've not had a proper look at this one yet but I think it contains a lot of the same freeware/shareware as Hiren's plus some extras such as Nirsoft and a "heavily modified" version of Hiren's MiniXP whatever that means.

System Rescue CD is I think quite sparse compared to these two although I tend to keep a copy of both handy.

Thinking about it though I don't know what the position is with MiniXP ... Hiren's removed all the previous commercial software to stay within the law but still has MiniXP on it.

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Keep This Bootable CD Handy For Troubleshooting 6 years 9 months ago sicknero

X-boot (https://sites.google.com/site/shamurxboot/) is also very good, it does pretty much the same thing.

The only issue with this and with Yumi is that not all bootable CD/DVDs work properly from USB ... for instance MiniXP fails to load up the installed list of Hiren's tools from USB (this is a known issue discussed on the forums) and some Linux distros won't boot at all in my experience, although to be fair I often have the same problem running Linux from CD as well.. It takes a bit of trial and error to discover what software will run happily from USB and what won't.

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Keep This Bootable CD Handy For Troubleshooting 6 years 9 months ago sicknero

I downloaded EasyUHA separately from Hiren's site (http://www.hiren.info/downloads/freeware-tools/easyuha), it (and its companion file uharc.exe) both scan clean with MBAM, Comodo AV and Emsisoft.

On Virus Total, EasyUHA.exe scores 2/50 (https://www.virustotal.com/en-gb/file/213ae6fc4b62333697002c7f69178742a3...) and uharc.exe scores 1/50 (https://www.virustotal.com/en-gb/file/f0a425fc7159c0311fcf32a03c80e24f40...)

What AV do you use? I noticed that AVG is one of the AVs that red-flags EasyUHA on VT (labels it with the trojan name that you mention). It's possible that AVG just dislikes the way that UHA works as a packer/unpacker, there might be more info on the AVG forums.

(*Edit; Sorry, I just noticed that you do actually say AVG :))

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Keep This Bootable CD Handy For Troubleshooting 6 years 9 months ago sicknero

Ultimate Boot CD is completely made up of freeware except for the ASTRA 14 day demo, whereas the FalconFour one has a fair amount of commercial software on it, some of which is very old. The version of Hiren's Boot CD which is incorporated into it is an older version (13 or 14 I think), from before Hiren removed all the commercial stuff.

They're both good ... FalconFour has more on it so is tempting from that point of view but Ultimate is better if you want to stick with freeware.

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Keep This Bootable CD Handy For Troubleshooting 6 years 7 months ago sicknero

If you scroll about halfway down the Wordpress page, there's a link to a torrent file. I used that myself, it's well seeded and very fast but you also need to grab the 4.61 update patch - there's a direct download link for that at the top of the Wordpress page. That patch is only about 3mb but has no instructions ... you just need to run the exe and it will tell you what to do.

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Guides and Tips for Using Four Popular Free Applications 6 years 9 months ago sicknero

Excellent NoScript FAQs article there, thanks for posting it! I've used this add on for years and never read that before :-D

Can't seem to make VLC function as a screen recorder yet but I expect I'll work it out.

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

Nice find Rob thanks : )

A couple of alternatives are streaming Youtube vids to a standalone media player such as VLC or Pot Player, or using the Pop Video add-on for Firefox which as the name suggests pops the video out into a separate dedicated window.

These have the advantage (for me anyway) that you can drag them around the desktop and resize them to play your vids in a corner of the screen while doing other stuff.

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

That's true, YT videos do play more smoothly for me when streamed to a stand-alone player.

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

Nice, thanks.

Another alternative is SVPtube - http://www.svp-team.com/wiki/SVPtube. Although VLC handles streaming URLs quite well on the whole, other media players don't always.

SVPtube is a tiny portable prog that sits in your systray and when you copy a video stream URL to your clipboard, converts it to a format that can be used by any media player - Pot Player for instance. It can be set to autoplay copied URLs and has the advantage of not being tied to any particular browser. Works with various sites like Youtube and Vimeo.

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Search 60 Million Scanned Newspaper Pages 6 years 9 months ago sicknero

That's a really great find, I love history : )

The archive is rather incomplete with many gaps but it's fascinating for a dip and a browse... I just read a short 1923 piece about the sole survivor of the Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava, then a piece about the Yorkshire Ripper being still at large and his identity unknown, an 1886 piece about the impact of the weather at Waterloo, and a 1910 article about a Philadelphia lawyer claiming that Dr Hawley Crippen's wife was alive and well in the States (Dr. Crippen at the time was in Britain awaiting execution for her murder.)

Absolutely brilliant, reading the press like this can give a real feel for historical events that you just don't get very often from history books. Thanks Rob : D

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Supplement Your Virus Scanner With A Kaspersky Freebie 6 years 8 months ago sicknero

I tried it a few weeks ago, it didn't flag anything that isn't flagged by other on-demand AVs that I have and I wasn't much impressed by the interface or the need to install it and run a system service etc. I found it very very slow as well to scan a drive compared to others.

I didn't keep it, there are better alternatives I think.

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Cameyo - Application virtualization for Windows 6 years 7 months ago sicknero

I've used Cameyo for several years now, so I know my way around it quite well.

In theory, yes it would be possible to create a package from something already installed, as Cameyo has a very straightforward section for editing packages in which you can add/remove files and registry entries etc. So you could take a pre-existing package and just replace all the contents with those relevant to the installed program you want to work with.

I say "in theory" though, because in reality it would be much much easier to just reinstall the program to create the package. For one thing you'd need to know exactly what the installer did (i.e. what files installed, registry entries etc) and it would be a potentially lengthy and complicated process to create a package that way.

Assuming you have the original installer for whatever software it is, Cameyo has an option now to capture a "virtual install" (captures the process without actually installing anything) or, if you're registered you can upload the installer to their site and see if that works. It's a bit hit and miss though in my experience.

It all depends really on exactly what program it is you want to make the package from. Some software is natively portable anyway and can be run from any location without any need for a package. If you feel like opening a thread in the forum (https://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/) there's a section on portable software where we could discuss it in more detail.

Hope you don't mind my jumping in there Dedoimedo

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Easily and Safely Eject USB Drives and Memory Cards 6 years 7 months ago sicknero

Thanks for this, I have this issue frequently on both my PCs. I've tried endless different solutions that I've come across on line and none have really helped, also programs like Unlocker seem unable to do it and the problem exe is generally some system process that can't be stopped.

One thing I've found is that if a computer is booted with a USB drive attached, then Windows really won't want to let that drive be "Safely Disconnected". I'll try this software and see if it overcomes that : )

I note this on the webpage; "USB Disk Ejector can detect and auto-close any applications running from the disk before ejecting. Please note this closes applications that were launched from the disk not applications that have opened a file on the disk." but it's worth a try anyway.

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Future Learn: Learning For Life (Website of the Week) 6 years 7 months ago sicknero

I've done a few of these myself, from what I've seen so far the quality of content is very good and there's a great variety of topics/fields and level of learning too. The discussion threads are a nice touch allowing you to chat with other people doing the modules.

My only problem is that I like the look of so many of them that I sign up for loads and then of course don't have time to do them all. Story of my life that. :-)

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Six Useful Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8.1 Update 6 years 7 months ago sicknero

"...a program that can snoop around and list every possible current active available shortcut for your running OS"

Check this article here Crombierob - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/detect-available-hotkeys-activeh...

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Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET Now in Version 4.1 Update 6 years 7 months ago sicknero

Thanks for the link to Dedoimedo's peice, that's a good read.

I came across EMET quite a while back, it really is very much a set-and-forget thing. I'm not much qualified to judge how it works but given that it has no noticeable effect on performance (longer boot time on my old desktop but that's all) and only the occasional program has problems with it, it does seem well worth having.

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Organize Information Alone Or With Others 6 years 5 months ago sicknero

That's really quite good : )

I don't know if it's something I'd use much but I love the idea.

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 6 years 5 months ago sicknero

What happens with an installer that includes Open Candy is that when the installation runs, a dll file is executed, usually "OCSetupHlp.dll" in my experience and it is this that MBAM and some other anti-malwares will detect as a PUP. Also most third-party firewalls will pick it up if configured to make executables ask before connecting to the internet.

The dll file is extracted to, and run from, the system temp directory and connects to the internet to show you the various bundled offers. If you decline all the extras then the dll is deleted after the installer finishes and nothing is left on your system except the program you wanted.

You can read about this in more detail on the OpenCandy website and observe the process for yourself with basic system monitoring freeware and/or a sandbox/virtualised OS.

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How to Replace Windows XP with Linux for Free 6 years 5 months ago sicknero

You know you can click on the pictures to see them in their original size?

Alternatively if you're in Firefox, then ThumbnailZoom Plus (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/thumbnail-zoom-plus/?src=ss) is very handy.

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How to Replace Windows XP with Linux for Free 6 years 5 months ago sicknero

Ah, ok :-)

Yes I agree then, the original uploads are bit too small I think for easy reading.

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An Easy and Convenient Way to Find Out What Software and Hardware is on a PC 6 years 4 months ago sicknero

Definitely, Speccy is always my first choice for a quick rundown of hardware or if I need to monitor temperatures for any reason.

Jerry I guess software means O/S here.

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Deeper into the Windows Registry 6 years 4 months ago sicknero

Good looking article Remah, I'm one of those who has learnt bits and bobs about the registry through trial and error and experimentation, miscellaneous reading etc.

This looks to be something I will need to read several times ... I think it will help me to organise and better understand what I know already and fill in a lot of gaps for me too.

Thank you.

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Budding Muso? Get The Chords To Any Song On Youtube 6 years 4 months ago sicknero

Nice find Rob : )

I've tried a lot of similar software and never been hugely impressed but this actually seems pretty good.

I really like the scrolling display and chord diagrams, plus the option to switch between guitar and piano.

I've just tried it with a few songs that I already know and it seems to work well, I'll look forward to testing it with some more involved pieces later.

Cheers.

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Budding Muso? Get The Chords To Any Song On Youtube 6 years 4 months ago sicknero

I discovered that too last night, e.g. - http://play.riffstation.com./?v=VaWdHa8eh10 and http://play.riffstation.com./?v=I-h4A7bF8wQ

I'd debate whether that makes it useless though (for instance it could provide a useful foundation from which to work out the correct chords of a song) and also for basic guitar/bass accompaniment perhaps.

I second your sentiment however, I'd love see to this one developed further although advances in tab software possibly make it a bit redundant. As it stands though (i.e. youtube vid + scrolling chords) I'm thinking it's probably a great instrument (no pun intended sorry :p) for budding learners.

(Registration is required to process more than one song per 24 hours by the way, but it's free)

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Budding Muso? Get The Chords To Any Song On Youtube 6 years 4 months ago sicknero

Oh, so does mine.

Thanks, I'd not noticed that.

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The Definitive Guide to the World's Wondrous and Curious Places (Website of the Week) 6 years 4 months ago sicknero

Another great find from Rhiannon : )

Thank you.

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Increase Your Browsing Speed And Privacy With Ghostery 6 years 3 months ago sicknero

I've been around the block with all or most of these I think and always come back to Ghostery.

It can require a bit of user input to get it to play nicely with other add-ons such as NoScript or cookie managers, and to be truthful I can't say I've noticed any difference in browsing speed really.

It does break some websites, or portions of them ... for instance I can never make the TSA search option work unless I whitelist the whole site.

I like having it running though and concerns over their business practises are completely groundless imo. For one thing it's a simple tick to opt out but even if you don't they are completely open about what they do, if anyone has the inclination to actually go and read the information provided on the site.

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Increase Your Browsing Speed And Privacy With Ghostery 6 years 3 months ago sicknero

Oh yeah ... I just checked in detail and Ghostery was blocking the ajax search API.

I didn't look properly before because I didn't mind just whitelisting TSA globally if I wanted to do a search.

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The Fastest Text Editor I've Ever Seen 6 years 3 months ago sicknero

Looks nice but the idea of having to download an installer and then downgrade it after installation just turns me off it sorry.

I've used AkelPad portable for two or three years now, it's crammed with features but manages to stay very quick and light imo.

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Windows Notepad With Added Encryption Keeps Your Thoughts Safe 6 years 3 weeks ago sicknero

An interesting program, I really can't decide which portable folder to put it in as it seems to be a text editor, password program, and temp cleaner all in one :-)

I've always liked MemPad, which is just a text editor but it uses a proprietary file format with an option to password the file. I've no idea how strong the encryption is though to be honest.

What I like about it really is that it can create structured text files with a nested tree at the left, and an option to auto-generate dated tree entries, which makes it a very neat journal/diary program.

http://www.horstmuc.de/win.htm

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Essential Updates For Windows - Install Them Now 6 years 2 weeks ago sicknero

Windows Updates Downloader...

Having spent about five hours today updating a W7 installation from scratch, I was quite excited about this.

I gave it a test drive though earlier and I see it still requires individual installation of each update, which reverts to the same problem I have with the native Windows updater ... i.e. if I leave it unattended to install all updates, then it almost always hangs so that I end up sitting at my PC and installing small batches of updates then rebooting and installing more.

Is there really any advantage gained from this software? It looks excellent but I'm dubious as to whether it's a real time saver.

I appreciate the value of streaming with nLite but, from a vanilla factory install, I'm struggling to see what difference it would really make :/

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Essential Updates For Windows - Install Them Now 6 years 2 weeks ago sicknero

When I tried it today (with W7 fully up to date) it gave me an error message when trying to unstall unnecessary updates.

The error message, although I'm ashamed to say I forget what it said and neglected to make a note of it, was something along the lines of "you don't need this update".

I''m curious as to how the program handles these errors in an unattended intallation.

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Essential Updates For Windows - Install Them Now 6 years 1 week ago sicknero

Hi, thanks for the reply.

Sorry that was a bit garbled, re; nLite. I just meant is there any advantage if one doesn't use that.

Anyway I've downloaded a full set of updates so I'll give it a try this evening perhaps. I can imagine it probably is a lot quicker even if running multiple batches ... the native installer does take forever and is prone to failing as well for me when updating from a fresh W7 installation.

For batch files I use a small portable app called Batchrun (http://www.outertech.com/en/batch-file) which automates the whole procedure. It's excellent, if anybody else is following this conversation and like me doesn't know how to create batch files.

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Essential Updates For Windows - Install Them Now 6 years 1 week ago sicknero

I've been giving the 360 Total Security software a test drive today, and one of its modules is a Windows updater (something like the one in the old IOBits Toolbox, if you remember it) which seems to work very well indeed.

Furthermore, the module not only downloads Windows updates, but it also has an option to be pointed to a local directory.

I've not tried it out yet, but I will do and post again to report on how it went.

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Quickly Check Any Document For Grammar, Plagiarism And More 5 years 10 months ago sicknero

Thanks for posting, it's good to have an online resource for this as it's not something I'd use often enough to make it worth installing software on my system.

Your article by the way scores 93% for style, 79% for vocabulary and appears to be completely original :-)

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Check the Health of Your Hard Drives and Storage Devices with this Free Disk Scanner 5 years 8 months ago sicknero

Nice program, very simple and straightforward.

Interestingly, when it tries to access C:\Windows\System32\mda_ntdrv.sys, Qihoo 360 TS pops up with a trojan alert (Win32/Trojan.Adware.37e) but this is the only flag shown in Virus Total (1/57).

https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/82e5421289acd75b5c16b02fca4e77679ebfb...

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A PDF Reader That's Portable And 20 Times Smaller Than Adobe's 5 years 1 month ago sicknero

One thing I've always liked about Sumatra is that it lets you rename and delete pdfs while they are open. This does wonders for one's workflow when working with a large number of files.

Also as previously mentioned, it makes a decent ebook reader too.

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Capture And Annotate Screen Shots In Your Browser 5 years 2 weeks ago sicknero

For Firefox, my favourite so far is "Screenshoter" (sic).

The reason I use this rather than an extra screenshotter such as FSCapture, is that it allows me to capture whole webpages as well as just a selection or visible area.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/screenshoter-fixed/?src=search

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The Faster Way To Copy Files 5 years 16 hours ago sicknero

I've also had problems with TeraCopy. I've not noticed that it's ever actually missed files, but whenever I've left it alone for several hours to complete a large copying job, it has invariably frozen mid-task.

I like the W8 copier and speed hasn't been an issue for me, but I would very much like to see a verify option. I use FastCopy when I want an alternative.

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Audacity - Still The Best Free Audio Editor 3 years 11 months ago sicknero

Nice software but ultimately beaten by Wavosaur imho, not least because the latter supports realtime VST processing.

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A Really Nice, Powerful Clipboard Manager 3 years 8 months ago sicknero

Nice find : ) I've been through no end of clipboard managers for something that suits my needs, this one seems light and stable so far.

It appears to lack image preview but I can live with that and maybe there's some setting somewhere that I missed.

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A Really Nice, Powerful Clipboard Manager 3 years 8 months ago sicknero

Hi, thanks for your reply and for a nice piece of freeware : )

When I first tried your program I saw no graphic previews at all, just locations the same as in the left hand pane. After experimenting a bit further though, I've found that graphic previews are shown for jpg files from my hard drive but not if I right click and copy an image in Firefox. For png files on my hard drive, ClipAngel shows previews for some but not all. It's not a big issue though, it's not something I would use often anyway.

The preview as it is, now that I have found it, is fine. No need at all to change that in my opinion.

I did wonder though, is there or could there be, a button to show/hide the right hand preview pane and only display the list? I know I can resize it but a toolbar button or hotkey would be handy.

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Donate Now and Help Keep Gizmo's Freeware Independent and Non-commercial 6 years 10 months ago sicknero

I would like to contribute and clicking on any part of the "Donate" graphic takes me to a PayPal page which I gather is the method you've chosen.

Your post says we can do it by bank transfer, is this also managed via PayPal without needing an account?

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Best Free Firewall Protection 7 years 7 months ago Sid in Extremis

Having your browser hijacked is a "minor inconvenience"?

No, it's a reason never to go near the guilty party ever again.

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Best Free Disk De-fragmenter 7 years 8 months ago Sid in Extremis

Hello rmitch,

hope you have a good time with this.

One thing about defragging I've rarely seen mentioned is that many programs perform badly if hiberfile.sys and pagefile.sys get in the way. Temporarily disabling these, even on a disc with lots of room on it, can magically allow the program to do its job. I'm not sure if I'd advise the inexperienced to do this though.

One bonus with temporarily disabling the pagefile is that it gets defragged properly, something that a lot of programs don't actually seem to manage.

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New Free Suite of Windows System Utilities 7 years 7 months ago Sid in Extremis

Nasty interface, little or no information on what it's going to do particularly registry 'optimizations'.

Anyone who can work out what it is doing probably knows how to sort things anyway and if you don't understand what it's doing you shouldn't run it.

Not a program worthy of these pages.

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Stay Safe - Update Your Java Installation Now 7 years 5 months ago Sid in Extremis

An extremely easy way to get the latest Java is to use ninite dot com's excellent installer which avoids the possibility of nasties.

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Use the Search Engine Called StartPage to Protect Your Privacy 7 years 4 months ago Sid in Extremis

StartPage is excellent. If you want to use other search engines anonymously they also offer Ixquick https://ixquick.com/

It is well worth reading the Settings section as you can enable or disable various filters. These can be saved via a URL without using cookies if you are particularly paranoid.

The slight problem with DuckDuckGo is that they use Amazon servers, it's up to you to decide whether to trust them.

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How to Pin Anything to the Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8 the Easy Way 7 years 3 months ago Sid in Extremis

Nice, well nice-ish as it phones home for no apparent reason every time you run it. It may well be harmless but possibly best to block it in your firewall.

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Installing µTorrent (or BitTorrent) As A Portable 7 years 3 months ago Sid in Extremis

Or you could use PortableApps dot com which saves messing about.

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The Simplest Way To Preview All Your Installed Fonts 6 years 10 months ago Sid in Extremis

Or you could press the Windows key, type 'fonts' (no quotes) and press return. Admittedly you'll only get Abc but heh...

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Nifty Free Application Lets You Control Hundreds of Windows System Utilities in One Convenient Place 6 years 10 months ago Sid in Extremis

Excellent bit of kit, although I'll have to teach it what I've already got.

It might be an idea to link back to this utility whenever anything downloadable with it is reviewed.

Thank you vic..

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Beginners Guide to Google Search (Website of the Week) 6 years 10 months ago Sid in Extremis

Sorry to be negative but that's not exactly brilliant. Some of the stuff is out of date or has been changed by Google so you access it in a different way and there's a load of stuff not covered. Also the font they are using makes it very easy to misread commands such as the required colons after several operators. There are better sites, google's included.

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The Easy Way To Add Sticky Yellow Notes To Your Windows Desktop 6 years 9 months ago Sid in Extremis

When I first saw this my knee-jerk reaction was to post a sarcastic comment about Windows Sticky Notes. As I didn't really believe you wouldn't know about them I took a bit of time to look at the site.

Assuming the program can actually do all the things claimed (and I can't see why it wouldn't) it's in a completely different league to the MS version. The ability to stick notes other than on the desktop is a great idea and one I've wanted for ages.

Thanks for finding it Rob.

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