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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

Regnum Online:
http://www.regnumonlinegame.com/

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Software for Linux Jojoyee

LBreakout2 has been in the list. BillardGL is included as it's rated higher than FooBilliard in this review.

Will look at many others that you've suggested.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Windows 64-bit Software Home User

[x64 Browser]

*** Cyberfox ***

http://sourceforge.net/projects/cyberfox/

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2 years 9 weeks ago How to Disable Java in Three Common Browsers clas

hi laurie, thanks for the tips. i need to use java for stock market quotes. i have tried the updates but they dont work for for me. even the brokerage could not get the new updates to work. are older versions of java ok to use? or can you run your browser sandboxed and be ok? thanks

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2 years 9 weeks ago How to Disable Java in Three Common Browsers Nodrog

Is it not better to simply disable the browser plug-in from the Java control console, especially in view of the complications with IE?

Use Control Panel>programs>Java to access it, then click on security and uncheck the box and restart the browser. You can re-enable it any time you really need to use it or if you're satisfied it is safe.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Online Books For Kindle mr6n8

January 17, 2013, 14 new sites added and 1 dead site removed.

I use LinkChecker to check page links and no longer visit each site individually to reconfirm. So, if you find a site that is not as it should be, then please post here in the comments.

If you know of a site to be added to this listing, please post here in the comments.

If you are the owner of a site that you would like added to this listing, it is better to contact me through the site (click on mr6n8).

Also, no site that has an orange or red rating from WOT (Web of Trust) may be added to this listing, per site rules. So please check the WOT rating before posting.

Thanks

Steve

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2 years 9 weeks ago Get Adobe CS2 Suite For Free? Not Officially. Poundbury

Thanks. That worked on my Vista Home Premium system!

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2 years 9 weeks ago How to Disable Java in Three Common Browsers BearPup

Yesterday's tip of using JavaRa seems to be the easiest way to disable Java - remove it! Then when you need it, you can do a clean install.

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2 years 9 weeks ago How to Disable Java in Three Common Browsers lebulldog

Java ?
Delete Java and when it is fixed download it again. delete Java Files and in the Registry too ? Fast, Free, Safe and easy :

Innovative Solutions\Advanced Uninstaller PRO\

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2 years 9 weeks ago How to Disable Java in Three Common Browsers MidnightCowboy

Beware of unwanted bundled components and system changes when installing Advanced Uninstaller Pro. MC - Site Manager.

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2 years 9 weeks ago How to Disable Java in Three Common Browsers v.laurie

You have asked a good question. Using the Control Panel is an option. But that can leave behind old Java versions. It also may not affect all browser plug-ins.

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2 years 9 weeks ago How to Disable Java in Three Common Browsers v.laurie

Old versions are unsafe. Running the browser sandboxed is a good idea.

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2 years 9 weeks ago How to Disable Java in Three Common Browsers Nodrog

I agree, and the JavaRa download does not require installation so there is no problem with bundled bloatware or system changes as flagged up with the other program mentioned above.

The program can do more than just remove Java, including version checking, removing older versions etc.

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2 years 9 weeks ago How to Disable Java in Three Common Browsers suruha

I know my pc ignorance will show, but, other than to update, why would one remove Java? Java is a total mystery for me. I should go read up on it.
I would like to add something here. I was having some issues which I thought might pertain to my Java. I kept getting a notice with that pc icon that looks like it's hungover. I checked to see if I had the latest version and it said I did. There was some message about viewing 'all versions', so, I clicked on it and was able to download a version for 64-bit, which I run. That did the trick!
This is probably common knowledge, but, just in case...

Thanks,

Su

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free BitTorrent Client mr6n8

I am going to be conducting a new round of testing soon. If you know of a program that supports bittorrent that is not listed below (and does not have an orange or red WOT rating), then please post a link here.

The program must be Windows compatible and have been updated within the past year and be free.

This year I will only be testing on my Windows 7 64bit computer as my XP has become unusable. I test each client on 3 torrents and 3 magnet links several times while cross checking with other bittorrent programs.

I will be testing the following clients:

Already in Review
qBittorrent
Tixati
Deluge
BitTorrent
uTorrent
Transmission-QT
Vuze
BitComet

Not in Review
Ares Galaxy
Free Download Manager
Frostwire
Miro
MLDonkey
Shareaza
Tribler

I do not want to get too much into the comments just below since I will be testing again, but I will say that the reason for Tixati (my personal favorite at one time) not making the top listings was trouble with two of the three magnet links used in testing. I will keep an eye our for the glitches mentioned regarding the other clients.

In years past I used my bittorrent programs throughout the year and was able to analyze such glitches better. In the past two years my use has gone way down, so that I really do not view a program outside of the week or two of testing.

Input is always welcome and I will try to find information on any issues presented by users.

Steve

Edit: A few more
Opera
Torch browser
Halite (had been removed last year because not updated within a year, but has a fresh release this January.

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2 years 9 weeks ago How to Disable Java in Three Common Browsers Jojoyee

Hi Clas, if you've updated Java to the latest version, try also update JavaFX that works along with it. This solved the problem for me when using Chrome to run stock market quotes and other websites relying on Java.

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2 years 9 weeks ago How to Disable Java in Three Common Browsers Fairportfan

Didn't work in my copy of Opera - all that it gives me a shot at enabling/disabling is JavaScript. Not the same thing.

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2 years 9 weeks ago How to Disable Java in Three Common Browsers MikeR

Revo Uninstaller Free has yet again proved itself an essential app on my computers. I've now read the latest bulletins re Oracle's problems and decided that merely disabling Java isn't enough: might just as well uninstall as disable. Seeing as how some posters on these current Java-related threads seem to be anxious about uninstallation, this is my experience on my desktop Vista OS:

1. Open Revo. It identified two Java installs, Java 6 Update 29 and Java 7 Update 9.

2. Revo uninstalled Java 6 Update 29 in 'moderate' mode and after the Windows uninstaller had completed its task, found no registry left-overs. Switching back into 'advanced' mode, and Revo found 21. They were all Java-related. I deleted the lot.

3. Revo uninstalled Java 7 Update 9 in 'moderate' mode and after the Windows uninstaller had completed its task, found 12 registry left-overs. They were all clearly Java-related. I deleted the lot. Switching back into 'advanced' mode, and Revo found 71. They were all AppData\Google Update 1.3.21.123. They're not critical to the operation of my machine. I deleted the lot.

Time taken to clear this computer of Java installations: 5 minutes. As ever, Revo -- used sensibly -- is pure gold.

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2 years 9 weeks ago A Grammar and Spell Checker Epsilon

Does this work with any MS-Word alternatives like Libre Office or OpenOffice?

I recall using a DOS word proccesor program that included both a grammar and a spelling checker. It was good at finding glaring mistakes. However I could not agree with it always wanting to create very short sentences. Sometimes it suggested making sentences so short it was like reading a kindergarten book. Another feature was a word frequency count. It would suggest alternative words if you used a word too often.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Media Player George.J

For users having latest version of PotPlayer (1.5.33556), the newest beta update has the following fixes. Recommended to update.. Simply install over the top of the latest stable version.

Fixed a problem with the latest version of Flash installed
Fixed an issue during video capture with Vorbis compression
Fixed a problem with the sync in certain situations (audio-video getting out of sync)
*Some fixes in Built-in CUDA Decoder

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2 years 9 weeks ago How to Disable Java in Three Common Browsers clas

hi jo, thanks for the tip. i think i will make an image of this system first so if it does not work i can just restore it. then i will update the java and try installing fx and give it a try. thanks, i am always looking for ways to solve these little problems in life...hahah...

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2 years 9 weeks ago Easy Ways to Run Windows Programs with Restricted Rights skross

Drop My rights works simply as an executable that you run and pass it the app who'se rights you want to limit.
I have DropMyRights shortcuts set up for my web browsers, for example.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Links To Thousands Of Free Kindle Downloads On Amazon BamBam

Awesome Thanks! My kids and wife can use this.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software naren

Is the system XP? Coz the minimum requirement RAM for CIS6 on XP 32/64 is 256MB so you could give it a try.

http://help.comodo.com/topic-72-1-451-4687-System-Requirements.html

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2 years 9 weeks ago Use These Tricks to Recover Lost Files In Windows 7 danielraysir

I deleted some VERY important files and didn't realize I didn't have backups until a month or two later. I've tried Recuva and Wise Data Recovery, and neither worked. I also tried the "Previous Versions" trick and nothing works. It only shows files from about a week ago. Is there ANY other way to get those files back, or is it just too late? :'(.

Thanks!

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2 years 9 weeks ago Use These Tricks to Recover Lost Files In Windows 7 v.laurie

If you are willing to pay up, there are professional services to recover lost files but they are not cheap. You may have to go to a local PC repair shop and seek advice. We can't make commercial recommendations here.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Drive Cloning Software dave61430

The drive is a 2002 vintage ATA from a discarded machine, the cable is using IDE. I've tried it all ways, imaging to drive, moving image from drive to computer and doing the reverse. I even formatted to fat32 and imaged (this automatically makes 4gb chunks). All to no avail. That fat32 format included hours long disk surface check.

I'm just using it to store data files which it does well. Obviously it must be the bridge cables, windows 7 classifies it as such. I could understand the scheme not working period but have no explanation on just what is going on with the imaging part. I've given up and will not try to pursue this any further at this time. The good news is my passport external has no problem except it's size limitation (350gb), but these things get cheaper by the month. The other good news is the problem shows in other imaging schemes, so Macrium is good. I suppose I should try to image a non-system partition to see if it's something to do with the content of the data stream, but not right now.
Thank for reading the post.

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2 years 9 weeks ago A Grammar and Spell Checker bernardz

It does not support openoffice, I do not know about Libre Office if you check it please let me know. It does have a basic mode that allows you to cut text into it and it will check it. The problem here I found is that it does not allow the user to paste the results out. So you need to put the edits into your text manually. It works it is just long winded and messy.

Since I am always running outlook, it is not a problem with non supported software, I cut my text into outlook, check it with ginger and then paste the result back into my non supported program.

It does not try to get you to create very short sentences and it does not have a word frequency count.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Links To Thousands Of Free Kindle Downloads On Amazon cruzsn944

Great! Thank you! My son will love this.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Media Player George.J

Please read this post. There are certain bugs in the latest stable version, so you might have to install the beta update version on top of it.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Software for Linux Jojoyee

Update:

PipeWalker now added.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Music Creation Software ionalchemist

Hi komanderkin, thank you for the comprehensive review. I am looking for one that would be suitable for a 9-year-old girl. Which of these that you reviewed would be easiest to teach to a young girl? Thanks again!!

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2 years 9 weeks ago Links To Thousands Of Free Kindle Downloads On Amazon terrawarra

Thanks rob.... always good to find decent freebies.

I've downloaded some freebies before from Amazon and it works out well for all.
I get the freebie which might be book 1 of a trilogy and sure enough, I'm so impressed with book 1 that it prompts me to buy books 2 and 3.

Not a bad idea from Amazon... give them a little and they'll want more.

cheers

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anupam

Yes, it is XP. Thanks, I might give it a try later :).

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2 years 9 weeks ago How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up Robertooo

I am going crazy... nothing helped in that list.. my computer wakes up every night at about 3 oclock and I don't know why. I disabled the automatic updates, checked the schedule, checked for possible hardware... checked for viruses.. this is a windows problem because I once left my computer in standby using linux and it stayed off.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Media Player kevinhome

Many thanks for the heads up on the new update, much appreciated. I don’t know that you think and I would like to know, but I’m finding that PotPlayer in comparison to Media Player Classic which I use to use is heavy on the reassures when being used. The memory takes a big hit when I use PotPlayer.

Have a great day and thanks once again.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Reminder and To-Do Program El Laurens

As far as I can see none of these programs support the import, in one step, of times for multiple reminders, eg as an Excel or text file. I did look at several in the comments and on the net also.
I needed to flag multiple events (up to 50 sometimes)on the one day and the input of single entries is simply not practicable.
Outside of that requirement holiline looked very interesting, however it must be conflicting with something on my PC as it crashes immediately on start. It is to the author's credit that a crash sets up a routine where, at the user's choice, the crash details can be automatically gathered and forwarded to the author. Excellent support for a freeware program.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Media Player Anupam

What's your system configuration?

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Reminder and To-Do Program Juxxize

one of the reasons i am yet to test/ review hotline is because of incompatibility issues with newer windows OS I'm on windows 7 but hotline isn't compatible with windows 7 ( but it is supposed to be compatible with windows 8 so go figure ) so these compatibly issues may be why it crashes your PC . As regards with your other issue google calendar provides to function to set multiple reminders for events I don't know how many reminders it supports because I've never needed to set more than 4 for one event but I will look into it. As regards with import I also found google calendar had the easier import option and it was just a case of importing a ICS file saved on my PC and out of all the calendars it seems google calendar was actually designed to work with other calendars as regards to imports and sync with other calendars.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Links To Thousands Of Free Kindle Downloads On Amazon ambcanuck

nice find.... however be aware that either they don't update as book prices do, or all books aren't fee to begin with.... still nice just don't automatically click thinking book is free... it might not be..... out of 5 scif fi I checked... 3 had a price ranging from 1.00 to 9.98

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free PDF Tools harish zxc

can anyone tell me how export only highlighted sentence from (abode reader 11.1) to text or other word format ...instead of copying what i highlight...

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2 years 9 weeks ago Get Adobe CS2 Suite For Free? Not Officially. Marsgeekster

I can't figure out what to do when it asks for disk two. Any help?

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Windows 64-bit Software richienyhus

Nitro Reader isn't 64bit.

From their website:

"The Nitro Reader application itself is 32-bit but Nitro can be run on both 32-bit and 64-bit Operating Systems. We do not have a 64 bit version of the Nitro Reader application."
http://support.nitroreader.com/entries/21757742-how-to-install-64-bit-ve...

Why do they have two separate versions for "32bit" and "64bit" then? is the installer 64bit and the app itself is 32bit?

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2 years 9 weeks ago Download All 270 JS Bach Organ Works For Free wildweaselkeeper

Works by Johann Sebastian Bach; For Free? I'm in.

I imagine that many don't realize the influence Bach and other composers had and have on modern day musicians; in other words your favorite rock groups.

In my day the Beatles and Rollings Stones music was heavily influenced by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss and many others. Yes, ole Liver Lips influenced by classical music; go figure.

Today's musicians and artists are influenced not only by the Beatles and Rolling Stones (old liver lips), but the old composers too.

Good stuff. Give it a listen you might like it.

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GotSiteMonitor.com also gives user 5 free website monitors with 5-minute monitoring interval, and from multiple monitoring locations.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Music Creation Software komanderkin

it's very nice of you to introduce your daughter to music making so early in her life! :)

however, your question is a bit hard to answer without getting some more information.

will she be using real instruments (which means you'd need a program which is capable of recording), or software instruments? how good are her computer skills generally?

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Music Creation Software ionalchemist

Thanks for your prompt reply. She will be using software to make music. She knows her way around a computer pretty well, but I fully expect she may need help to get started.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Music Creation Software komanderkin

ok, here are a couple of good choices, then:

MuLab Free: http://www.mutools.com/mulab-shop.html

it comes with loads of sounds and effects. easy to setup and use. the free version is limited to four tracks, though.

Tunafish: http://www.brambos.com/archive.html

extremely easy to use, and a great choice for a first program, imho.

Macaw: http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Audio/Other-AUDIO-Tools/Macaw.shtml

a somewhat simple program, similar to old versions of Cakewalk.

VstSeq: http://pquenin.free.fr/pqnaudio/vstseq/index.html

another extremely easy program, but you'll need to feed it some instruments in VSTi plugin format.

Podium Free: http://www.zynewave.com/download.html

a bit more advanced, but the most powerful of the bunch.

finally, you can try LMMS (linked in the article), but i'm not sure if it's such a good choice for a beginner.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Download All 270 JS Bach Organ Works For Free bartprg

great - thanks for this wonderful find.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Get Adobe CS2 Suite For Free? Not Officially. Geekomatic

Well, I haven't installed mine yet, but there were three CD's to download. Did you get all three?

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Thanks so much for this article. I had purchased, downloaded, and registered Audition 3. My laptop got stolen. I had the discs for Audition 2 but no longer the install files for 3.0 and couldn't find them online anywhere. So this gets me my paid version back! Thanks! a ton!

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free BitTorrent Client bash550

I should point out that there is an alpha version of qbittorrent 3.1.0 which in my opinion seems to work better than the 3.0.6 version. Which will you be testing?

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

Red Rogue - a side-scrolling roguelike-like computer game:
http://redrogue.net/

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free BitTorrent Client mr6n8

Since you mentioned it, I will take a look at it in testing, but the review can not suggest an Alpha version.

Thanks for the info.

Steve

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Thanks for the amazing links!

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Vector Graphics Editor hajduk

Sodipodi's downloader has gone bugger-up. When you try to install it, you get a message that the gtk library is missing, with a URL to go to get it, but when you do you get a message that they can't find it, which they admit is "somewhat embarrassing."

So now what? I need a vector editor for Windows; for reasons I explained in a previous post, I don't want to mess with Inkscape.

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It's a slow process using this site, and some of the images are cropped automatically to incorrect settings

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Perhaps the article should have stated that the MS site has this download available in 'PDF', 'MOBI'. and "EPUB' formats.

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It's not necessary to uninstall java, that is in case you are running some softwares that requires java. The exploits that were found were targeted at the browsers only. You are having two versions of Java because you didn't uninstall the previous version before installing the newer one. This is the recommended procedure while installing java.

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2 years 9 weeks ago How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up 2131tom

Thanks for the help. My pc started to wake up on its own a couple of weeks ago. Looked for virus but didn't help, so I took to turning it off whenever I wasn't using it, which was a complete pain.

I've now unticked the "allow wake-up etc." on the mouse power management and that seems to have worked fine. Why it should have suddenly decided to act in this way after I've had the mouse for over a year, I don't know but following your advice has certainly saved me a lot of anticipated aggro from now on.

Thanks again

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Windows Freeware/Shareware Download Sites mr6n8

Do not know how I missed this response.

I am a long time user of WinPatrol and have the paid version with real time protection.
Hard to remember now, but WinPatrol kept popping back up when I rejected the addon etc as the software kept trying to inject itself. In fact, this happened so much that WinPatrol took me to a webpage with advice on what to do when a program constantly requests permissions even when denied in WinPatrol. I guess it is a built in feature of WinPatrol that I never saw before.

Have not used ToolWiz, I will give it a try.

The software was not listed at FileHippo (I don't want to name the garbage here). Softpedia has still not changed the description. Still showing Babylon toolbar as part of the install, not the IM.

That thing must have been in over 20 places in my registry.

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2 years 9 weeks ago How to Quickly and Easily Update or Remove Java in Windows wildweaselkeeper

Perhaps someone can help me. I've been using JavaRa for a long time on an XP system and have never had a problem extracting the .zip files to any folder of my choice; usually one I created in "Program Files".

But, my wife's laptop is a Windows 7 system and I guess I'm not to smart about it. And since JavaRa comes zipped with it's own folder I did the same thing on her W7 machine that I would do on my XP desktop; I extracted, or tried to extract, the folder to "Program Files (x86)" (that would simply be "Program Files" on my XP machine lest there be any confusion. But the system would not allow me to extract any files there; it gave me an error message, "unable to open source file" or something like that and points to the installer.

I have a file on my computer and her's titled "UnZip" and it extracted all the files to that location just fine, but will not allow me to extract file to either the "Program Files" or "Program Files (x86)".

What's even more maddening is that I had created a "JavaRa" folder in "Program Files (x86)" and then eventually deleted it, but then when I attempted to extract files there one more time it is telling me that some of the files already exist and that folder is locked.

Why is something so simple now so hard? Can anyone help or offer suggestions? This is why I HATE Microsoft.

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2 years 9 weeks ago How to Quickly and Easily Update or Remove Java in Windows wildweaselkeeper

P.S. Sorry I didn't mention it before; thank you in advance for any help you may be able to provide. Thank You!

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2 years 9 weeks ago How to Quickly and Easily Update or Remove Java in Windows v.laurie

Program Files is a protected folder in Windows 7. You can't just arbitrarily extract files there. You may have had something like an MSI installation setup for JavaRa before that allowed you to put stuff in Program Files. Anyway, applications like JavaRa that do not require installation can be run from any convenient accessible place. I have a separate folder on my systems just for programs like that. You can even run it from a USB flash drive.

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2 years 9 weeks ago How to Quickly and Easily Update or Remove Java in Windows wildweaselkeeper

In other words; I need to think outside the box; thank you! I actually thought of that, but I have been dealing with XP so long I just couldn't allow myself to think outside the box.

Your comment helps a lot; thank you, very much!

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Windows Freeware/Shareware Download Sites MidnightCowboy

Thank you for responding. :)

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This article is very good, though i have a few suggestions to help improve it :).

first of all, your list isn't diffinitive, and only touches on some great sandbox games. some others that would be great to add would be:

Epic Inventor: Epic inventor is a side scroller, terraria inspired game that involves RTS style gameplay as well. it starts off like lots of other sandox games, where you gather resourses and build buildings. this game, however, includes the ability to create pre-set buildings such as lumber mills and such that eventually replace the need to collect any reasourses yourself.

i also think that it would be a good idea for this page to include a most reccomended list of 2-3 games that are a must get and play. i think that would encourage people more than searching through a list of games that they might like to get.

it would be nice to include a section of the different types of sandbox games, such as first person, side scrolling, RTS and chemical construction.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Drive Cloning Software dave61430

A friend of mine has a set of Vantec cables, CB-ISATAU2. I borrowed these and was able to backup and verify Macrium Free on my desktop and laptop (both windows 7). I've no idea why my cables do as I described, but the Vantec do cost more. Reading reviews on Vantec, somebody had posted a problem with large files using bargain cables. Maybe it's a shielding thing, who knows.

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2 years 9 weeks ago How to Disable Java in Three Common Browsers George.J

For Opera: Type opera:plugins in the address bar and disable java

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can anyone tell which software is best for viewing and editing a bunch of image quickly..
i want just highlight or underline sentences in a book and also able to read with good zooming capability..as i have download a BOOK having 450 image...unable to viewing and editing at same having good functional capability..i have tried few recommended product but no is good for both editing and viewing..also want to read screenshot of large web page with zooming plus editing(just highlight and underline is enough)can you recommend any software for doing this job magnificently.

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Even in XP, you don't need to put the folder in Program Files. The beauty of the portable programs is that you can just extract them in a folder anywhere, and the program will run from there without any problem. Portable programs do not write anything to the registry, or don't need to be run from Program Files.

Although for organization sake, you can put them in Program Files, since all installed software are there. But, you can just run from anywhere, it does not matter.

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Toolwiz Care, Wise Care 365 Free and Advanced SystemCare deserve to be at the top of the classification for best optimizing soft.

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IObit's products will not be considered on the site.

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I guess, you're right. Development is currently ongoing with a new version out. Looking forward to seeing the test results.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free BitTorrent Client mr6n8

This page is viewed by a lot of new users, so it is best to keep to the stable versions. A couple times I have had to suggest an older version as the latest had quirks, but I do not like to do that either.

Anyhow, I just got an update on qBittorrent, though I do not think it is the complete update as it just went from 3.06 to 3.07. I have not checked the change log yet.

Hopefully, I'll start the testing this coming week and get the new review out shortly thereafter.

Thanks

Steve

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I've used Locate32 for years. I'm just a basic user. I can't figure out the setting to "finding words within files." Can you help direct me to that?

Please and thanks.

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Under the "Advanced" tab, at the bottom, there is a check box for "file containing text" and then a box that you can enter the text that you are looking for.

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" I've given up and will not try to pursue this any further at this time."

Couldn't leave it alone, eh? I can get really obsessive about these things, in particular problems that shouldn't be problems, something that should be straightforward and not take too much time or effort, and 3 days later I'm still banging my head against the wall to no avail.

I'm glad you've narrowed it down to the cables, which really means it's something in the bridge circuit, I don't know enough to even hazard a guess.

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Removed Essential HDR Community from article due to author website no longer being available. If anybody knows authors website please let us know and we can put software title back into article and quick selection guide.
Thanks.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free PDF Writer Software emanresu

i tried to install BullZIP the other day and it said it needed NET 4.0 Framework - is that true? should be mentioned in the writeup and the synopsis.

also, it seems that many of the anti-virus and anti-malware companies are no longer flagging Open Candy as PUP (Potentislly Unwanted Program) or adware any more. we need to accurately list which programs are including Open Candy and "BetterInstaller" etc etc. this article needs to be updated and cleaned up.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free PDF Writer Software MidnightCowboy

Developers tend to migrate from one money making set of bundled components to another quite frequently. Our volunteer editors try their best to keep up to date with program changes but as I'm sure you can appreciate, short of re-testing every program every week this is not always possible. Regarding OpenCandy, we are more interested in how our readers wish us to categorize this, rather than what an antivirus vendor might choose to do with it. MC - Site Manager.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Disk De-fragmenter dave61430

I may have missed it, but I don't see a compare with the windows built in defrag utility. Is there a significant gain in using one of these freebies.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

Maldita Castilla:
http://www.locomalito.com/maldita_castilla.php

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

xvidcap is a screen capture enabling you to capture videos off yourX-Window desktop for illustration or documentation purposes:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/xvidcap/

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Log-in screen has link which takes you straight to app without creating an account if you just want to try it out. Presume the account would allow you to save your plans.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Browse And Listen To Music Tracks Instantly cucko

looks like a new DJ/Mixing project is on the way:
http://mycloudplayers.com/dj/#!/bpm=128

works on latest chrome/safari builds for now.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software assybish

A warning about Avira 2013 and note to the editor.

I have used Avira free for 7 years in layered protection with Malwarebytes and microsoft security essentials. MBAM Sygate firewall and Avira as realtime and Msoft as on demand only - no problems other than Avira's stupid nag screens. No infections either.
BUT Avira updated itself last week from version 12 to version 13 and it completely stuffed the windows system.
How?
well avira decided it is not compatible with MBAM, sygate firewall, windows firewall and Msoft securtiy essentials so decided to uninstall them without permission from me.It also installed Ask toolbars and search engines without permission in Firefox and IE8. It then failed to uninstall Avira 12 properly and couldn't install version 13.
When I rebooted the PC crashed BSOD.
Tried to remove Avira in safe mode - what a Bast**** took 4 goes 2 hours and a lot of know how to even get it part removed.
Downloaded Avira's own registry cleaner using a laptop as internet access was broken by the avira cock up
This registry cleaner failed so had to use unlocker in safe mode to kill the reg processes and regedit to get rid of them.
Booted back into windows and found that Avira had damaged several system 32 files and .dll files making a SFC scannow necessary to repair system 32 files then I had to use winsockfix as the TCP/IP software module had been trashed by Avira!!!!
Took another 2 hours to remove Ask and all of its components and again their own removal tool failed.Ask had removed all 5 of my usual search engines.Had to manually remove reg entries AND A FILE IT HAD PUT INTO FIREFOX PROFILES SEARCH ENGINES PLUG INS.Then reinstall "proper SAFE search engines"

Am I alone in this?
No see what the editor of CNET anti virus had almost identical issues. http://download.cnet.com/Avira-Free-Antivirus-2013/3000-2239_4-10322935....
So a warning don't update to Avira 13 if you have any other Anti virus installed or even if you removed it have any registry entries left as it waill crash your machine.
Avira have no interest in this and will not allow other anti virus sotware to run with it.
Given most experts agree that multii layered software is the best protection then this is an issue.
Sadly it seems that many other of the big AV systems are doing exactly the same thing and forcing you to install just their system with firewall, browser protection,anti phishing, cloud god knows what etc etc but not allowing any other AV software.
So you are stuffed if their engine or definitions doesn't have all up to date data!
If any one knows of a good realtime AV scanner with simple user controlled actions that allows single file scanning and is compatible with MBAM please post here.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

You haven't made it really clear if what you have is an ebook that includes 450 images or if those images are the book itself and each one corresponds to a page.

I can't help you if the first is the case, as I don't know much about ebooks. But in the second case any of the programs in my top five selection should be able to perform the operations you need without too much hassle. Anyway, although these apps aren't optimized for the specific task you require, I don't really understand what you mean by "good functional capability". Just remember that highlighting or underlining sentences typically requires the use of a brush or making a selection of an area and then fill it with your color of choice after setting the opacity for it.

Perhaps FastStone could be the easiest for the task. It has a very good draw board (shortcut D) which includes precisely a highligter line and a highlighter rectangle with lots of options for colors, opacity, etc. Remember to save your changes to the image after you're done, preferably with the 'Save as' command and a new name to keep the original image intact, just in case you want to change your mind about the edits.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Try Out This Brilliant 3D Room Planner Online salb

here is sign up link:
http://www.exhibitcore.net/e_manager/forms/CreateFloorPlannerAccount.aspx

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2 years 9 weeks ago Get A Free Book On Windows 8 From Microsoft Press sb1023

It's available from Amazon in Kindle format:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009XBTVNY

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2 years 9 weeks ago Get A Free Book On Windows 8 From Microsoft Press Anupam

The mobi format for Kindle is already in the link from Micrsoft.. no need to go to Amazon.

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2 years 9 weeks ago 9 Superb Free Apps that you Simply Must Install on your Android Device (Based on ICS, Jelly Bean and KitKat) SigvardG

Cool list, I also always use Air droid, especially with my tendency to lose the usb wire so it definitely comes in handy!

However, I believe you missed a great free backup app that I've been using quite often lately on my S3 and will come in handy with my upgrade to the soon S4 which is G Cloud Android; they have updated it recently so you can gain up to 8 GB of free space. So yeah,that would be my addition to the list to make it top 10 list ;)

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free DVD Authoring Software crkrjak2001

Just tried DVDStyler on Windows Vista. It initially tried to install some spyware toolbar, but I caught it in time. Tried to run it in compatibility mode and it refused to work. I was trying to convert some VOB files to DVD. Uninstalling it was good, as Revo Uninstaller assured me there wasn't any traces left behind.Going to try DVD Flick next.
EDIT: Installed DVD Flick. Interesting to see it installed ImgBurn as well. Couldn't figure out how to get the .VOB files inserted. Help menu popped open a website with instructions. I tried to add the VOB files, but it didn't see them listed under all video files. I changed it to view all files "*.*" and selected the 5 VOB files to make my ISO. The program proceeded to select only 3 of the 5 files, saying the other two weren't usable. This was under WinXP compatibility mode. Pleased to see no spyware tried to install and again Revo Uninstaller assured me no traces left behind. Might have to find the copy of Nero that came with my computer.

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2 years 9 weeks ago 9 Superb Free Apps that you Simply Must Install on your Android Device (Based on ICS, Jelly Bean and KitKat) exbioman

Thanks for the New Year's recommendations! My woman's transformer can use a couple of these. When prices drop or Tracfone offers a tablet I may buy an android device? Subscribed her to your android email list. Best wishes to you!

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Wolfram

Unfortunately, there are other Avira [Free] AV users who confronted themselves with similar situations. Volens-nolens, you received a lesson: you should have installed, on your PC, a "Backup and Disaster Recovery Software".

You can find some useful suggestions, in this respect, right here, on TechSupportAlert website:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-backup-program

There are other free "disk imaging" solutions, as well; provided by Macrium Software, EaseUS, Paragon Software, a.s.o.

In what concerns the AV, I would like to give you a helping hand - in the hypothesis that you are still using Windows XP:

If you have enough free time at your disposal, reinstall the Operating System. And then, if you like so much Avira's product, download and install Avira 9. You can find it at this URL:

http://www.filehippo.com/download_antivir/6685/

Then you can download a valid license key, from here:

http://forum.avira.com/wbb/index.php?page=Thread&threadID=150113

(On the above indicated webpage you have the dl. link and the updating instructions.)

Finally, if you want to update Avira's AV Free database, DO NOT use the automatic update service (in fact, I advise you to deactivate it). Always download the Virus Definition File from here:

http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/Avira-Antivir-Virus-Definition-Fil...

Then proceed to Manual Update.

I understand why you like Avira AV: its resources consumption is low. And its protection is almost unbeatable. Unfortunately, starting with Avira AV 2010, this very good product began "to glide into bad habits".

But, before going back to Avira, maybe you would like to try, a little, Avast Free Antivirus 7. At least in what concerns its interface, you might remain impressed...

I hope this helps.-

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software assybish

Wolfram
thank you for your very helpful and well considered response.
I do have a back up system installed it is [commercial mention edited out] which whilst it is not freeware it is superb so I could get back to where I was a week or so before the Avira fiasco but of course things change in a week so I thought I could repair the system - which I did but it took some time! I could still go back to the old image but my point was the agressive way Avira behaved and how it installed and removed items without user permissions.
I did like Avira - as you say very light and pretty good detection and reasonable user control. I must say what they have done to it is needlessly agressive as well as ill thought out.
The same comments and problems apply to the paid for version if any one was thinking of trying that.
Thanks for the links to the old version and definitions updates I wasn't aware that they were available other than through automated download.
I have thought about Avast but heard some negatives abd was worried again about compatibility issues as this destroy competitors software seems to be becoming almost universal. I shall have another look given your very helpful comments.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Get A Free Book On Windows 8 From Microsoft Press sb1023

If you have a Kindle eReader (not the Fire) and would rather not mess with copying things over via USB to the Kindle then its worth getting it from the Kindle Store.

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Whoa! Been using Crossloop for a lot of years and pretty happy with it. Why is it missing from this comparison?

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Please update your review. I've been using Lastpass for a few years. Opera and Chrome are supported.

Lastpass is secure. All information you provide is ENCRYPTED AND DECRYPTED ON YOUR COMPUTER ONLY.

All information that Lastpass sees is encrypted. It's technically impossible for anyone to decrypt your stuff unless they have your password AND a special secret code called a salt, that makes your password harder to guess.

The only way that bad guys can get your password is for you to use a stupid password like xyz123ABC, or something simple like that. The bad guys are very good at guessing common combinations.

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I use IFTTT. However, I use it to send SMS. I try not to allow anything to access my facebook, etc. But for getting alerts via text, it works great. I'm looking forward to creating some recipes of my own. Thus far I've simply used and tweaked others' recipes.

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