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Vuze Help: Installing The Mainline DHT Plugin 6 years 7 months ago Timbo

Brilliant - thanks to your sensible advice I'm now back to full speed, all green smileys on downloads and good balanced overall speed spread between each torrent.

I'm so glad you agree that the Vuze Auto-Speed settings are unreliable. I've never found them to work properly for years, on ADSL installations they auto-swallow way too much of the upload bandwidth, thereby compromising the available headroom for the re-send/confirm signals of the downloads. So the downloads end up slower than if one had set the speed oneself. I've set it manually at about one-third of my usual very best upload speed and it's just fine.

IMHO some of the Vuze-related info + set-up pages should be updated with clearer guidance. The Port Selection procedures (especially for Mac owners) should be clarified as the extra 49001 port also needed by UDP doesn't figure prominently.

The Mainline plug-in has bedded-in well. I'm seeing 47 million IPv4.

Many thanks again.

Tim

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Site Suggestions and Feedback 7 years 4 months ago timedriver

Thanx in advance.....In your article about Malware and downloading TDSSkiller you fail to mention that you might have to disable your Norton or other utilities.When trying to download tdss I got an error message basically stating that the program is unrecognizable or unknown and a possible threat.

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How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns 6 years 11 months ago TimeServed

Thanks for a very useful article! About those pesky Flash cookies....

After I first read this article, I selected the option to "Block all sites from storing information on this computer". Previously, it was set to "Ask". (Mind you, it never did Ask, so I've relied on Flash Cookies Cleaner -- which I believe is no longer available?) I had cause to re-read the article today and went to verify my Flash settings. It had gone back to Allow. So I re-set it to Block.

Pondering on possible causes, I saw that I'd installed a Flash update between my two readings of the article. Maybe the update imposed default settings? Half an hour later, having decided to post a comment, I checked my Flash settings. They'd all reverted to the defaults! I altered them again, waited another half-hour, and re-checked. This time, they were as I'd set them. One final point: rather than allowing Flash to automatically install updates, as your article suggests, I prefer to have it Ask. But, as it never does Ask, I must periodically check for updates.

Is it me, or is it Flash? My OS is WinXP SP3; I access the Flash control panel as administrator; my firewall allows Adobe Flash full internet access both in/out.

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Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility 2 years 1 month ago timfisher

I have used Bitwar Data Recovery,30 days free trial with no spyware,malware,completely virus free.
Worth a shot.

https://www.bitwar.net/data-recovery-software/ 

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2020 5 years 3 months ago timoti

Is there a best free Calendar for Android e.g. something that would sync with Outlook 2007's Calendar on my Windows 7 laptop?

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Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility 3 years 8 months ago Tingla

FreeFileSync suits my needs. I find it easy enough to use and it has a pretty simple and intuitive GUi. I've used it on and off for years and always keep coming back to it. I like it so much I donated $20 to the developer.

Unfortunately that payment does not include upgrades. If I do upgrade to any future versions it reverts to the bundleware version, so I'm sticking with version 8.3 indefinitely.

It's a pity they don't just provide a "Pro" version that includes all future upgrades.

Added:- If the pop-up nag to update annoys just add the following two lines to the host file:

127.0.0.1 a2ss35.a2hosting.com

127.0.0.1 www.freefilesync.org

Happy update/calling home to mother-ship blocking:)

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Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility 2 years 11 months ago Tingla

Currently seems to be a problem finding home website of FreeFileSync. The Help tab within the program results in unable to connect and if you follow the download link given here it takes you to SourceForge. There is a link there but that also results in "Unable to connect". I've had the program since version 8.3 but occasionally go to the website to consult the manual. There are a few blogs about the program but there not quite as good as the developers proper manual.

Maybe it's a temporary issue or maybe the project has been terminated.

Based on comments of others here I thought I'd give Synchredible a try. However my "go to" file download site, Softpedia, only seems to have the commercial version. A search found the developers site and they do have a "Free for private purposes" file to download.

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Best Free Voicemail Service 3 years 8 months ago Tingla

K7 dot net closed its service in 2016.

Also could not find laser voicemail so they may have closed down also.

Could not find any FREE alternatives :(

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Best Free VPN 3 years 1 month ago Tingla

Why no mention of Opera browser with built in VPN. It's very easy to use, reliable, reasonably fast and seems to have no data limit. I've been using it since Opera released it and have never had a problem. I wouldn't use it for any online financial transactions but for anything else it's fine. Just wish other browsers (I prefer Firefox) would emulate Opera.

I subscribed to a paid service for a month but couldn't see any benefit from it over what Opera provides, so I didn't renew my subscription.

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What's Hiding In Your Windows Logs? 3 years 11 months ago Tingla

Just a thought regarding files too large for VirusTotal. Would it be possible to split such files in half and then upload each section?

Anyone tried this workaround?

Update - Out of curiosity I used 7-zip to split a 160M exe file and had VirusTotal test it. No problems. Don't know if the recombined file would still work though.

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Best Free Screen Session Recorder 5 years 9 months ago TinSoldier

Also oCam auto checks for new versions on start-up ( often called "calling home" ),

If a new version is available it also downloads and installs it... all without your control to stop it. and no option to disable update checking or installation.

PS Anyone using skype may have noticed it also auto checks for new versions ( which i call updates) even thought i have update checking in options `unchecked`. This doesn't surprise me coming from MS, to ignore user options.

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

Just an update here on the SPYBOT listing. SPYBOT no longer provides real-time protection!

You have to buy SPYBOT to get that perk. Spybot will allow malware and spyware to access your computer in the free-ware version. It will only be removed if you scan your system and find it.

Bummer! SPYBOT use to be top of the line. But now they won't protect unless you pay.

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Microsoft is changing their Terms of Use and Privacy Statement 6 years 1 month ago tiorbinist

Microsoft has been using this kind of ploy for years in their EULA. How many remember the shrink-wrap license? The license was inside the box, and said, if you broke the shrink-wrap, you agreed to the terms. Didn't stand up in court.

Likewise, a one-sided agreement like this won't stand up to the first serious effort to try it in court. That'll cost someone some money, which is what they're hoping for: as long as no one establishes a precedent for a "you must agree not to sue us with a[n instrument of some type that is legal] or you can't use our software] (like a RICO action against Microsoft), the courts will simply say "well, it's right there in black and white. They even warned you of it in bold letters at the top." and uphold it.

If this wording makes you uncomfortable, get legal advice. If your legal advice says you can't afford to defend yourself against it, don't use it. Get Ubuntu, and forget Microsoft exists, which may be a good idea anyway.

If you like being treated like this, over and over, well, that's what Microsoft makes their money off.

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Microsoft is changing their Terms of Use and Privacy Statement 6 years 1 month ago tiorbinist

Nope. Sounds like time to confer with your lawyer (as a consultant, you should have legal assistance on retainer, right?) and find out just how bad this is. After all, if microsoft screws up, and deserves a class action response, the new clause is going to be the lynch pin of their defense.

Your lawyer should have a better position on it than I do. I'm just an irritated test engineer, who has been irritated since the first Microsoft box with a shrinkwrap-agreement on it. That one died an appropriate death the first time it was challenged. But your Lawyer will know if your clients need to be dealt with any differently because of it, and if you need to change the way you support them in light of it, or if, indeed, it is indefensible, and can be ignored safely.

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Microsoft is changing their Terms of Use and Privacy Statement 6 years 1 month ago tiorbinist

A) Windows 9? Not to be completely disdainful, but Windows 9 is not likely to be better, based on Microsoft's trends. Windows 8, after all, was designed to be hard to use for folk like us, but to target the grannies and Joes. If they were on the button, 8.1 and 8.1 update 1 wouldn't have put so much desktop functionality back (or it would have put a darn sight more!)
B) Which linux distro? I doubt you'll ever be free of windows. I will never be free of it, heck, I'm in a business where windows CE 6.0 still has a major footprint.
C) Your clients don't need to worry, as far as I can tell: the problem is yours: you recommend software that works on windows and hardware that supports it. If Microsoft messes things up enough that your clients lose money, _their_ lawyers (and even if they don't have them, they'll get them fast enough) are potentially customers for a class action against you. According to Microsoft's new agreement, though, you and other integraters/resellers/OEMs can't refocus that class action on Microsoft, which is hardly fair if Microsoft causes the problem. They are looking to you to read and analyze uSoft's EULAs and Agreements for them, and you will bear the responsibility.
D) I class you as one of the bravest of the brave. I have had my turn at trying to support mom & pop small businesses who are adopting computerized records. Wow, it was a lot harder than tuning pianos! You have my respect. Just be sure that you don't have Microsoft's respect, and do be sure you have talked to your lawyer. This agreement seems to have the purpose of forcing litigation down the food chain to your level, certainly in uSoft mistakes that would lead to a class action.

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The Fastest Text Editor I've Ever Seen 5 years 11 months ago TisJoanie

Rob and others:
The download works fine. However, this does not Run on a 32 system.
Just a heads up for you.
Looks interesting but doesn't work on this 32 bit xp windows.
Have a good day folks!

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Google trends is now mesmerizing 6 years 7 months ago Tjizzle

I have the Google trends app for my iPad and love it! Memorizing is a good word for it, I could stare at it forever. I'll def have to check these sites out, they look sweet.

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Turbo Pascal Rides Again 5 years 10 months ago tjkeefe

Yes, it is like Turbo Pascal 3. See this page for more details, and limitations: http://www.teamten.com/lawrence/projects/turbo_pascal_compiler/

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Best Free Email Software 6 years 2 months ago tlcmd

One of the major problems not referred to in these reviews of email clients is the ability to migrate COMPLETELY from Outlook or Hotmail to them. I tried Thunderbird, but cannot move my email address book into it from Outlook or Hotmail. Are there any of the above products which allow this to be done simply as I am only computer semi-literate?

Thanks,
tlcmd

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How To Protect Yourself From The POODLE Bug 5 years 9 months ago tlcmd

Is Linux and Firefox on Linux susceptible to the poodle bug?

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Freemake Video Converter 3 years 5 months ago tmak

indeed the splash branding make it a non ideal choice

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WinX DVD Ripper 2 years 12 hours ago tmak

the free version, that is the platinum version non paid is pretty much useless as it allows maximum of 5 minutes conversion - so please, not much point including this software as free.

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Optimizing Deluge For Speed 4 years 7 months ago tmwsiy

Thanks: good guide BUT I am still tearing my hair out.

I have tried both manual port forwarding and uPNP. I am selecting a port in the suggested range.
I can test at port checking sites and see a SUCCESS! that the port is properly forwarding.
I have the SAME port selected in Deluge for both incoming and outgoing. And the Test Active Port fails there.
Use Random Ports is unchecked.

Windows Firewall is off.
I am not using any other security software.

What else can I check?

Thank you.

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Best Free Onscreen Keyboard for Accessibility 2 years 6 months ago Tobias Claren

They look all "standard". Like real keayboards.
Im am interested in a really free customizable "Keyboard", a board with keys.
But with free customizable buttons (text and graphic) over the whole Touchscreen.

I would use it as a big comfortable an flexible video exiting keyboard.
Every free customizable button needs a free customizable shortcut.
This touchscreen monitor I would use for video editing, flat on the desktop (in front of the monitor).

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 9 months ago Tod

"The fact remains that no one security product will protect users from everything no matter if the vendor calls it "360", "Total" or anything else that sounds like it will."

I'm a little confused now. I was wondering which one would be better, Bitdefender or Avast 2014. Do you think both are so good as each other?

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 9 months ago Tod

Thanks, MC. I checked that page. Very informative! It helps me a lot.

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Safe Computing in Under an Hour 6 years 9 months ago Tod

Useful info, but I have a few questions.

A. I am not familiar with DNS thingy. Do OpenDNS and Comodo work as proxy servers? If so, are they anonymous proxies? Is there a big difference between those DNS servers and VPN service? (BTW, the site of OpenDNS is safe? When I clicked on *Learn more about OpenDNS solutions for schools and businesses,* I was redirected to Umbrella.com and there was no mention to OpenDNS on the page.)

B. Are TinyWall and Privatefirewall much better than Outpost and ZoneAlarm? In other words, Outpost and ZoneAlarm are no longer topnotch? Currently I use firewall bundled with a certain security suite (commercial one) on my new PC, but I had used Outpost and ZoneAlarm on my old PC before. Outpost and ZoneAlarm were most reputed back then. I have little knowledge on the latest firewall.

C. When you say "antimalware program," does it include not just antivirus but antispy and anti-ad as well? What's the difference between antimalware and antivirus? Also as for anti-spy program, Spybot and Spyware Blaster are no longer topnotch? I had used Avast, ZoneAlarm, Spybot and Spyware Blaster in good old days. (Currently I use a certain security suite and ad-block Plus.)

D. Do you think I better to use some IP address blocking program even when I use messengers such as Yahoo Messenger? I don't use Torrent and such, but I think some software I use are P2P based programs.

E. You recommend Thunderbird. Is it risky to use OutLook even when it's protected by an antivirus program?

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Safe Computing in Under an Hour 6 years 9 months ago Tod

Hi, MC. I understood. I just posted these question to the forum. Now could you delete my post #111765? Thanks

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Help Guard Your Online Privacy with this Nifty Firefox Add-On 6 years 9 months ago Tod

Seems useful, but does it not eat system resource too much? I have a certain cloud program (Bitdefender 60-Second Virus Scanner) installed, and it eats memory a lot (375MB) though the site says "it has no impact on your system resources." I'd rather avoid memory eaters as much as possible.

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Help Guard Your Online Privacy with this Nifty Firefox Add-On 6 years 9 months ago Tod

Thanks for the input. I will check my security suite.

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Heartbleed Bug: Time to Check your Android Device 6 years 3 months ago todama

I tried all three suggested apps. Curiously I found a difference between Bluebox Heartbleed Scanner and CMSecurity Heartbleed Detector. heartbat scanner declared that Navfree contains openSSL 1.0.1f with heartbeats enabled and therefore vulnerable. But CMSecurity found no such danger in Navfree.

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Heartbleed Bug: Time to Check your Android Device 6 years 3 months ago todama

Having tried both apps I thought it responsable to report my findings to the community.
Your answer is perfectly logical and corresponds to what I figured out.
Thanks.

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LogMeIn No Longer Offering A Free Service [Updated] 6 years 6 months ago toddias

I, too, enjoy and use Teamviewer; although it is a bit more complicated than LogMeIn free.

A few other free alternatives that are worth looking at and that also offer Android/iOS apps are:

Jumpdesk - This uses your gmail account for syncing. It is fairly robust overall. The smartphone apps are decent and also offer straight-up RDP and VNC connectivity; if you need such features.

and

Pocketcloud by Wyse (formerly Wyse Pocketcloud. I believe Dell bought them in 2012)- Offers free and premium versions. The free version is not as robust as Teamviewer, but it is very easy for newer users to understand.

Just thought I would mention these in case anyone is not feeling the Teamviewer love. :)

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Best Free Windows Driver Backup and Restore 4 years 3 days ago toktok

I had the same problem and have been trying for a couple of days to download from the Dropbox link without success. But the MajorGeeks link worked! Thank you!
PS. The softpedia download link triggered a blocking from some of my antimalware software (Heimdal security). (Only the actual download attempt).

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 4 years 11 months ago toktok

At the comments about Safe-mail it is said you get "a whopping 3 MB of storage".
Surely you mean 3 GB?

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 4 years 10 months ago toktok

Oh, I see - you were being ironic ;-)

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How to Quickly Shut Down a Hung or Unresponsive Application 4 years 8 months ago toktok

Thanks for the tip!
The usual way would be to press Ctrl-Alt-Del (Win7), enter the Task List, and stop the Task that is not responding. Simpler...(?)

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The Easy Way to Check If Your Computer Is Connected to the Internet 4 years 8 months ago toktok

Thanks for the tip! Just tried it.
The icon in your task bar (lower right corner, Win7) that looks like a computer screen - usually shows if there is internet access. Usually that's all you need - or...?

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How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 4 years 1 month ago toktok

Regarding several of the posts below - there is a very good new article here:
http://windowssecrets.com/best-practices/using-windows-powerful-recovery-environment/
One thing I didn't know is how to access Windows Recovery Environment in Windows 7. It is described here:
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/11028.how-to-access-windows-recovery-environment-in-windows-7.aspx
Quite useful!

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This Amazing PDF Reader Is Portable And Tiny 7 years 2 weeks ago toktok

I've used Foxit Reader for a long time, and am satisfied with it, but perhaps I should take a look at the Sumatra...

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Five of the Best Computer Tips of the Last Three Years 6 years 11 months ago toktok

Congratulations with the three year anniversary!

Great idea to bring the top ideas forward again!

Looking forward to more excellent tips!

Why don't you enlarge to the best 10 or 20 tips?

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Free Microsoft Windows Security Tool EMET is Upgraded to Version 5.0 5 years 11 months ago toktok

Test post - to see if I can send a post now.
Well, it seems it works now.
Don't know the reason I couldn't post some time a go - but suspect it was the Chrome add-on Ghostery that blocked something, and they have updated their list.

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Free Microsoft Windows Security Tool EMET is Upgraded to Version 5.0 5 years 11 months ago toktok

Have updated to EMET 5.0, and there seems to be no problems now. Microsoft writes in the documentation that there can sometimes be compatibility problems with a few programs, and how to resolve this.

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Some Notes On Trying Out Metapad 5 years 11 months ago toktok

I've also used EditPad Lite for years - excellent and recommendable - and for the last years I have used EditPad Pro.

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The Ultimate Guide To Your PC's CPU And What It Can Do 5 years 5 months ago toktok

If you just type coreinfo it may run very shortly in a DOS window, then disappear.
yrralrellim's advice may lead to the same.
But if you open a cmd line window (DOS window), you can run it.
To do so, click Start, type cmd (in the Search field), click cmd.exe, go to the directory where you have the coreinfo file (e.g. C:\ as yrralrellim suggests). You may have to type cd \ or cd c:\ to go to C:\
Then type coreinfo.

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Watch The World Get DDoSed In Real Time 5 years 1 month ago toktok

There is also this presentation:
http://map.ipviking.com/

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Great Free Program Backs Up Your Gmail To Your PC 5 years 2 weeks ago toktok

Another solution is to run Mozilla Thunderbird regularly and let it store your Gmails on your computer automatically.

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Stream and Listen to the Music You Love 5 years 1 week ago toktok

Why do you mention Windows 8, but not Windows 7 - it works fine in Win7.

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Stream and Listen to the Music You Love 5 years 1 week ago toktok

Fine, thanks. But still the heading should include Windows 7, don't you think?

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This Privacy-Oriented Browser Blocks Ads Too 4 years 11 months ago toktok

When I try to install the browser, I get this message, or rather, I get a longer error message, and it says it is on the clipboard - this is what was on the clipboard:
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C:\Users\[user]\AppData\Local\Epic Privacy Browser\Installer\EpicUpdate.exe (pid=5016)
common\goopdate_utils.cc:445

!register_server
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After the error message, it was suggested to press Ignore and send a message to Epic. I pressed Ignore, and perhaps a message was sent automatically to Epic(?).

Further, at the end of the failed installation, a message from Epic comes that installation failed, with an error code. There is also a link which says: Get further help on this issue. When clicking this, it says the page is not available.

Perhaps it is just a temporary failure at the server....

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This Privacy-Oriented Browser Blocks Ads Too 4 years 11 months ago toktok

I'd like to add to my previous post:
When installing from an Admin account (I usually run from a Standard account for security reasons), it works ok.
I've sent messages on their forum and direct mail, but not received an answer yet.

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Print Job Stuck? Clear Your Printer Queue With This Free Utility 4 years 9 months ago toktok

Thanks!!
In the instructions, you are asked to right-click the icon, then to select "Run as Administrator".
You could also right-click the icon, select Properties, Advanced and check “Run as Administrator”, I suppose (Win7). Then it would work at once when you need it. (Easier to use for non-geeks).
Does it work with Windows 10? (It says it works with Vista, Windows 7 and 8 - but perhaps someone could test it?).

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Print Job Stuck? Clear Your Printer Queue With This Free Utility 4 years 9 months ago toktok

Thanks a lot!
It would be interesting to learn if it works on a stuck print job in Win10.

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Easy Access To Your Startup Folder And Many Others 4 years 6 months ago toktok

Thanks! Do you have a similar full list of shell commands for Windows 7?

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Easy Access To Your Startup Folder And Many Others 4 years 6 months ago toktok

haha - I am NOT going to upgrade to Win10 now - perhaps never ;-)
It seems if you buy a new computer, you'll have to get Win 10 (the new processors necessitate this) - unless you migrate to e.g. Linux ;-)

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Easy Access To Your Startup Folder And Many Others 4 years 6 months ago toktok

Thanks - but the link didn't work when I tried (twice) ...

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Easy Access To Your Startup Folder And Many Others 4 years 6 months ago toktok

Thanks - it still can't connect:

ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT

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The Free Text Editor That's Still Ahead Of The Others 4 years 4 months ago toktok

I've been using EditPad for many years and it also has a lot of features.

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More Free Books From Microsoft. Download Yours Now. 4 years 2 months ago toktok

MS say they will support Windows 7 until 2020. Perhaps they will extend it after that (as they did with WinXP). Whether you want to change of course depends on a lot of things. Personally, I'll stay on Windows 7 as long as possible (perhaps if or when it becomes necessary to buy a new computer), or perhaps choose Linux instead.

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Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 4 years 2 months ago toktok

Simplest probably is
- either upgrade before July 29th
- or wait till you absolutely need a new computer (or 2020 when support for Windows 7 ends
- if they don't extend the support - as they did with XP)
- and then you automatically will get Windows 10
- if you don't choose Linux instead ;-)

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Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 4 years 2 months ago toktok

- and, I suppose, also make a system image of the new Win10 before restoring your old Win7 image?

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Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 4 years 2 months ago toktok

Yes - I didn't mean you get Win10 freely but only that you probably have to change to Win10 if you buy a new computer (and still want Windows).

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Are You Getting The Most From Your Browser With HTTP/2? 4 years 2 months ago toktok

Opera is also supported.

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How To: Sorting and Finding Emails in Your Gmail Account 3 years 10 months ago toktok

Thank you for that.
I think it should be mentioned that many of the search operations can be done from the dropdown box "Show settings for search" (click arrow to the right of the search field in Gmail) - this is probably easier for the non-tech people.
It includes types of mails (dropdown list), fields for
From, To,
Subject,
Contains words:..., Does not contain words:....,
Has attachments,
Does not have chats,
Is greater (smaller) than ... (Mb, Kb, B),
Date: go back 1 day ... (various options up to 1 year), or From date (a calendar popup window is supplied).

You can input in several fields at once, and even create a filter using your criteria.

See also e.g.
https://support.google.com/mail/answer/6593?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en

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The Search Engine That Doesn't Track You 3 years 10 months ago toktok

You can also use
Startpage.com
which fetches results from the Google search engine. This is done without saving the users' IP addresses or giving any personal user information to Google's servers.
By the way, Opera has recently released a free VPN service integrated into the browser, very easily "installed" (when you have installed Opera - in its settings).
Edit: Ixquick uses several engines, whereas Startpage (also from Ixquick) only uses Google searches, but in both cases they hide the personal user info and IP addresses from Google and other servers.

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The Search Engine That Doesn't Track You 3 years 10 months ago toktok

That's interesting. Thanks for the info. I'm in Europe and don't have similar problems. It did come with a question once about my whereabouts but didn't insist on the answer.

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This Brilliant File Security Product Is Now Free 3 years 9 months ago toktok

I have problems with connecting. In the place of localhost I put my IP address (as indicated in the help) and a newly invented password (I am not aware that my connection has a password - it's a broadband connection, not wifi. I have also tried without password - but it gives an error message anyway. By the way, why is it necessary to connect if the program only monitors files on the computer?
Any help will be appreciated.

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This Brilliant File Security Product Is Now Free 3 years 9 months ago toktok

Thanks, Remah. It worked - entering 127..0.0.1 as 'localhost', without password.
The program opens. Now I have another problem - I don't see any way to restart the program (after having closed it). In the Start search box there is no link to File Access Monitor, and no icon on the desktop, etc.
I can restart the program by running the setup file again but that doesn't seem like the right way.
Thanks for any help.

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This Brilliant File Security Product Is Now Free 3 years 9 months ago toktok

Yes, of course! Thank you! Problem solved!

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Check Your PC For Signs Of A Dangerous Password Stealer 3 years 8 months ago toktok

To be able to see the results you have to open a command line window (as administrator).
To do so (Win7, probably similar in Win10):
- type cmd in the Start --> Search box
- right-click cmd.exe and choose Run as administrator
- in the box navigate to the place where sigcheck.exe (or sigcheck64.exe) file is located. (You could *beforehand* copy the sigcheck.exe or sigcheck64.exe to an easy-to-find place, e.g. c:\ and then in the command line window navigate to c:\ by typing cd \ (or cd c:\). Another way to do it (then you don't have to navigate anywhere) is *beforehand* to copy the sigcheck.exe or sigcheck64.exe file to a folder in your path. To see folders in your path, type path in the command line window.
- type sigcheck or sigcheck64 followed by for instance -v -tv (probably not just -tv as given). See the options in the help file at the download site, or at the command prompt by just typing sigcheck or sigcheck64 without anything following.

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Check Your PC For Signs Of A Dangerous Password Stealer 3 years 8 months ago toktok

Did you copy the sigcheck.exe file to C:\ first? - Otherwise it won't work.
Alternatively, you could first copy the sigcheck.exe file to C:\windows\system32 which is in your path. Then you don't have to change folder. You can just type sigcheck (+ options).

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Check Your PC For Signs Of A Dangerous Password Stealer 3 years 8 months ago toktok

This is a much better choice! And easier to use for most people. Friendly interface and you don't have to learn all those options, etc. Thanks!

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Check Your PC For Signs Of A Dangerous Password Stealer 3 years 8 months ago toktok

Thanks for that. The problem here may be that often you'll want to open the command prompt as an administrator, and you may not be able to do that using that method.

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Explore The Sky With This Stunning Planetarium Suite 3 years 8 months ago toktok

Great program! Thanks! - I had a problem - the mouse was invisible. Reading in the forum a suggestion to disable mouse trails worked!

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Finds of the Week: Backup and migrate browser bookmarks / 41 essential Windows skills / View Windows 10 update history / Download free weather posters 3 years 8 months ago toktok

Thanks!
I couldn't see the bookmarks extension for Opera - there were 4 extensions with the name "Bookmarks" in them - but apparently none of them were able to export/import. Some of them had cloud storage.
The Chrome extension worked fine.

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Finds of the Week: Backup and migrate browser bookmarks / 41 essential Windows skills / View Windows 10 update history / Download free weather posters 3 years 8 months ago toktok

Thanks, rhiannon!

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 3 years 5 months ago toktok

Thanks!
Another browser which now has free VPN is Opera

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A Really Nice, Powerful Clipboard Manager 3 years 4 months ago toktok

Clipboard Help+Spell is very good too:

http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Mouser/clipboardhelpandspell/index.html

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Two Free Encrypted Email Services You Might Want to Use 3 years 1 month ago toktok

You write:
No ISP does not have access to your email
Do you mean:
No ISP has any access to your email
?

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A Really Easy Way To Jump To Folders 3 years 1 month ago toktok

Anyone remember the CP/M?
According to Wikipedia: "(Control Program / Monitor), microcomputer operating system; a precursor to the IBM PC-compatible disk operating systems (DOS)."
It had commands like COPY A:FILE.TXT B: (B: the second floppy drive!)
It could be used on many different types of computers before the DOS arrived but many of the commands were the same.

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Thank You for Donating 6 years 6 months ago toktok

Glad to support a wonderful site

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Thank You for Donating 4 years 9 months ago toktok

Excellent site! Thanks!
Have donated.

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Make Managing Windows Easier with This Very Useful Free Tool 6 years 9 months ago Tom Whyte

Microsoft has a downloadable registry edit that works great with Win 8x64 (works with Win 7 too, both for 32 and 64 bit). Adds "Copy to.." and/or "Move to.." to a right click and you pick your destination.

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Three Tricks to Make Windows 8 Much Easier and Quicker to Use 6 years 9 months ago Tom Whyte

Very much liked the "God Mode" on my Win 8 machine - still have to experiment though!

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

Windows System State Analyzer from the MICROSOFT SOFTWARE CERTIFICATION TOOLKIT VERSION 3.5 - just get the Analyzer part - it does a great job!

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 5 years 3 months ago Tom Wilson

Very nice thanks.
I sometimes think it would be useful if the search box offered a platform specific search option - just a thought.

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Donate Now and Help Keep Gizmo's Freeware Independent and Non-commercial 2 years 1 month ago tom1

Best site around, first stop when looking for software. More than happy to contribute. We all take something out, now it's time to put something back.

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Qihoo 360 Total Security 2 years 2 months ago Tom12

******************************THE UGLY REALITY OF 360 TOTAL SECURITY***************************************************************************************
1.) https://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus/home-windows/windows-10/october-2017/qihoo-360-total-security-default-engine-9.2-174068/
2.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Jc2asYcMSQ
3.) https://www.digitalcitizen.life/review-360-total-security
4.) https://www.techradar.com/reviews/360-total-security
5.) https://antivirusprotection.reviews/review/360-total-security/

Qihoo must have poured millions of dollars in developing this product but it is quite BAD.

1.) Poor Realtime Protection
2.) Poor phishing Detection
3.) Performance Impact
4.) Too much advertisements and Privacy issues
5.) Extra tools are overemphasized and underpowered
6.) Intrusive and interface layout stressing non-essentials.
7.) Too many false positives by 360 Cloud Engine
8.) Poor Documentation

I know that its protection can be improves by enabling those 3rd party Bitdefender and Avira engines, but tests shoes in spite of that protection is not remarkable and performance impact goes very high.
Lots of negatives, like those Extra tools when seen from view point of a PC professional are bloatware and not absolutely essential.

Recommend Improvements:
1.) Have a crystal clear privacy policy
2.) Just use Bitdefender Engine by default and ditch 360 cloud engine forever.
3.) Non-intrusive and quality advertisements
4.) Improve real-time protection, program should immediately react to the presence of malware without executing them.
5.) Improve Phishing protection.
6.) Remove nonessential tools and do not emphasize them, like frequent cache cleaning and aggressive startup management.

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Qihoo 360 Total Security 2 years 2 months ago Tom12

******************************THE UGLY REALITY OF 360 TOTAL SECURITY***************************************************************************************
1.) https://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus/home-windows/windows-10/october-2017/qihoo-360-total-security-default-engine-9.2-174068/
2.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Jc2asYcMSQ
3.) https://www.digitalcitizen.life/review-360-total-security
4.) https://www.techradar.com/reviews/360-total-security
5.) https://antivirusprotection.reviews/review/360-total-security/

Qihoo must have poured millions of dollars in developing this product but it is quite BAD.

1.) Poor Realtime Protection
2.) Poor phishing Detection
3.) Performance Impact
4.) Too much advertisements and Privacy issues
5.) Extra tools are overemphasized and underpowered
6.) Intrusive and interface layout stressing non-essentials.
7.) Too many false positives by 360 Cloud Engine
8.) Poor Documentation

I know that its protection can be improves by enabling those 3rd party Bitdefender and Avira engines, but tests shoes in spite of that protection is not remarkable and performance impact goes very high.
Lots of negatives, like those Extra tools when seen from view point of a PC professional are bloatware and not absolutely essential.

Recommend Improvements:
1.) Have a crystal clear privacy policy
2.) Just use Bitdefender Engine by default and ditch 360 cloud engine forever.
3.) Non-intrusive and quality advertisements
4.) Improve real-time protection, program should immediately react to the presence of malware without executing them.
5.) Improve Phishing protection.
6.) Remove nonessential tools and do not emphasize them, like frequent cache cleaning and aggressive startup management.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 8 months ago Tom38740

This is my 4th time trying to make Win 10 acceptable. It has back stabbed me once to many times, ripping Apps away, freezing up, to many things. Microsoft has ask me to leave them by trying to force it on me. I am junking it and going to another OS. I don't know which one yet, maybe one more people friendly and not so corporate.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 3 years 8 months ago tom4455

Just an FYI. Zoner free version is at 19. Just downloaded it and haven't had a chance to do much with it.

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 7 years 1 week ago tom4455

1/ Why are you reviewing Firefox 13 when it is now at 22?

2/ Chrome seems attractive, but I am concerned about their stated policy of obtaining all the data on a person and make it for sale. Have you looked into this aspect of Google, and if so, what are your conclusions.

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Best Free Website Ripper 6 years 1 month ago tom4455

New version of HTTrack: Version 3.48-13 (06/08/2014)

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Best Free Program Uninstaller 1 week 6 hours ago tom4455

I have been using Comodo Program Manager for years. It automatically monitors installs and also gives you a option to backup the program you are uninstalling if it has monitored the install. I lets you choose additional leftovers after the uninstall is complete. I always chouse all and have never had a problem,

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Best Free Online TV Viewer 7 years 5 months ago tom4455

From their website: "NOTICE:TVU Networks shut down service to the TVU Player on February 25,2013."

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Best Free Media Player 7 years 1 month ago tom4455

Doom9 does not require registration! They have rempved any reference to PotPlayer because they claim it is violating the GPL license. The source code PotPlayer provides does not match the actual product.

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Free Windows Desktop Software Security List 1 year 5 months ago tom4455

The link you give for I2P takes you to a different link: https://geti2p.net/index.html Firefox blocks it as an insecure site and if I enter the https://geti2p.net/index.html link on WOT website, it says it has no information on this site.

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Use This Free Spybot Utility to Block Microsoft Monitoring in Windows 4 years 9 months ago tom4455

Besides the installer and the PortableApps version, there is also a stand-alone executable which is version 1.5

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Use This Free Spybot Utility to Block Microsoft Monitoring in Windows 4 years 9 months ago tom4455

Below the 2 links you mentioned, there is a link: "Safer-Networking Download Section" that takes you here:

https://forums.spybot.info/downloads.php

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 2 years 7 months ago tom4455

As Bob Dylan's lyrics go: "And when will we ever learn"

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