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The Easy Way To Add Sticky Yellow Notes To Your Windows Desktop 6 years 8 months ago sicknero

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

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

The Easy Way To Add Sticky Yellow Notes To Your Windows Desktop 6 years 8 months ago sicknero

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

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

I did check out the two vendors that red-flagged the Stickies download link; is a new addition and VT seem quite pleased to have them on board - It's a good site, you can check files there yourself and they provide plenty of post-scan info about the file. I couldn't find a way to check URLs there.

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

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

Keep This Bootable CD Handy For Troubleshooting 6 years 8 months ago sicknero

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 I never understood though why AV progs are included as surely their databases are out of date as soon as the disk is burned and the latest version of F4 is several months old already.

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

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


Keep This Bootable CD Handy For Troubleshooting 6 years 8 months ago sicknero

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

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

Keep This Bootable CD Handy For Troubleshooting 6 years 8 months ago sicknero

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

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

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

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

Keep This Bootable CD Handy For Troubleshooting 6 years 8 months ago sicknero

X-boot ( is also very good, it does pretty much the same thing.

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

Keep This Bootable CD Handy For Troubleshooting 6 years 8 months ago sicknero

I downloaded EasyUHA separately from Hiren's site (, it (and its companion file uharc.exe) both scan clean with MBAM, Comodo AV and Emsisoft.

On Virus Total, EasyUHA.exe scores 2/50 ( and uharc.exe scores 1/50 (

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guides and Tips for Using Four Popular Free Applications 6 years 8 months ago sicknero

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

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

Watch Youtube Without The Ads, Comments, Suggestions, Etc 6 years 8 months ago sicknero

Nice find Rob thanks : )

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

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

Watch Youtube Without The Ads, Comments, Suggestions, Etc 6 years 8 months ago sicknero

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

Watch Youtube Without The Ads, Comments, Suggestions, Etc 6 years 8 months ago sicknero

Nice, thanks.

Another alternative is SVPtube - Although VLC handles streaming URLs quite well on the whole, other media players don't always.

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

Search 60 Million Scanned Newspaper Pages 6 years 8 months ago sicknero

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

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

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

Supplement Your Virus Scanner With A Kaspersky Freebie 6 years 7 months ago sicknero

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hope you don't mind my jumping in there Dedoimedo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Six Useful Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8.1 Update 6 years 5 months ago sicknero

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

Check this article here Crombierob -

Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET Now in Version 4.1 Update 6 years 5 months ago sicknero

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

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

Organize Information Alone Or With Others 6 years 4 months ago sicknero

That's really quite good : )

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

AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 6 years 4 months ago sicknero

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

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

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

How to Replace Windows XP with Linux for Free 6 years 3 months ago sicknero

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

Alternatively if you're in Firefox, then ThumbnailZoom Plus ( is very handy.

How to Replace Windows XP with Linux for Free 6 years 3 months ago sicknero

Ah, ok :-)

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

An Easy and Convenient Way to Find Out What Software and Hardware is on a PC 6 years 3 months ago sicknero

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

Jerry I guess software means O/S here.

Deeper into the Windows Registry 6 years 3 months ago sicknero

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

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

Thank you.

Budding Muso? Get The Chords To Any Song On Youtube 6 years 3 months ago sicknero

Nice find Rob : )

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

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

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


Budding Muso? Get The Chords To Any Song On Youtube 6 years 3 months ago sicknero

I discovered that too last night, e.g. - and

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

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

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

Budding Muso? Get The Chords To Any Song On Youtube 6 years 3 months ago sicknero

Oh, so does mine.

Thanks, I'd not noticed that.

The Definitive Guide to the World's Wondrous and Curious Places (Website of the Week) 6 years 2 months ago sicknero

Another great find from Rhiannon : )

Thank you.

Increase Your Browsing Speed And Privacy With Ghostery 6 years 2 months ago sicknero

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

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

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

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

Increase Your Browsing Speed And Privacy With Ghostery 6 years 2 months ago sicknero

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

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

The Fastest Text Editor I've Ever Seen 6 years 2 months ago sicknero

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

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

Windows Notepad With Added Encryption Keeps Your Thoughts Safe 5 years 11 months ago sicknero

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

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

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

Essential Updates For Windows - Install Them Now 5 years 11 months ago sicknero

Windows Updates Downloader...

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

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

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

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

Essential Updates For Windows - Install Them Now 5 years 11 months ago sicknero

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

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

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

Essential Updates For Windows - Install Them Now 5 years 11 months ago sicknero

Hi, thanks for the reply.

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

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

For batch files I use a small portable app called Batchrun ( which automates the whole procedure. It's excellent, if anybody else is following this conversation and like me doesn't know how to create batch files.

Essential Updates For Windows - Install Them Now 5 years 11 months ago sicknero

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

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

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

Quickly Check Any Document For Grammar, Plagiarism And More 5 years 9 months ago sicknero

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

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

Check the Health of Your Hard Drives and Storage Devices with this Free Disk Scanner 5 years 7 months ago sicknero

Nice program, very simple and straightforward.

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

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

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

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

Capture And Annotate Screen Shots In Your Browser 4 years 11 months ago sicknero

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

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

The Faster Way To Copy Files 4 years 10 months ago sicknero

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

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

Audacity - Still The Best Free Audio Editor 3 years 10 months ago sicknero

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

A Really Nice, Powerful Clipboard Manager 3 years 7 months ago sicknero

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

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

A Really Nice, Powerful Clipboard Manager 3 years 7 months ago sicknero

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

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

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

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

Donate Now and Help Keep Gizmo's Freeware Independent and Non-commercial 6 years 9 months ago sicknero

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

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

Best Free Firewall Protection 7 years 6 months ago Sid in Extremis

Having your browser hijacked is a "minor inconvenience"?

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

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

Hello rmitch,

hope you have a good time with this.

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

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

New Free Suite of Windows System Utilities 7 years 6 months ago Sid in Extremis

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

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

Not a program worthy of these pages.

Stay Safe - Update Your Java Installation Now 7 years 4 months ago Sid in Extremis

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

Use the Search Engine Called StartPage to Protect Your Privacy 7 years 3 months ago Sid in Extremis

StartPage is excellent. If you want to use other search engines anonymously they also offer Ixquick

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

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

How to Pin Anything to the Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8 the Easy Way 7 years 2 months ago Sid in Extremis

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

Installing µTorrent (or BitTorrent) As A Portable 7 years 1 month ago Sid in Extremis

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

The Simplest Way To Preview All Your Installed Fonts 6 years 9 months ago Sid in Extremis

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

Nifty Free Application Lets You Control Hundreds of Windows System Utilities in One Convenient Place 6 years 9 months ago Sid in Extremis

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

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

Thank you vic..

Beginners Guide to Google Search (Website of the Week) 6 years 9 months ago Sid in Extremis

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

The Easy Way To Add Sticky Yellow Notes To Your Windows Desktop 6 years 8 months ago Sid in Extremis

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

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

Thanks for finding it Rob.

Check Your Internet Security, Or Locate An IP Address 6 years 8 months ago Sid in Extremis

Nice site, it's a bit slow, possibly because of this article ;)

An alternative (with lots of other fun stuff) can be found at the Gibson Research Corporation It does pretty graphics too.

Three Little-Known Windows Accessories that Will Surprise You 6 years 8 months ago Sid in Extremis

"It is present in Windows 7 and 8.x but not in the home versions."

It does not work with your version.

There is a way turn on this feature but I won't detail how as it can cause serious problems. If you are capable of finding it via the usual methods you are probably capable of not breaking things.

The Free Tool RKill Can Help Clean a Malware Infected Computer 6 years 7 months ago Sid in Extremis

Nice find vic.

Also worth noting that MalwareBytes has a Chameleon feature (under the Tools tab) that gets round nasties that try to stop it running.

Extract Files From An ISO Without Burning To CD or DVD 6 years 7 months ago Sid in Extremis

Hasn't Windows 8 got a built-in ISO viewer?

If you have 7zip you can view the contents of or extract isos

Why Are Your Photos Upside Down? 6 years 5 months ago Sid in Extremis

Windows Photo Viewer does this, at least the version that comes with W7. I'm sure earlier versions could do it too.

Why Are Your Photos Upside Down? 6 years 5 months ago Sid in Extremis

My mistake, I misread the original post, sorry.

Create Reminders On Your Desktop. No Software Required. 6 years 5 months ago Sid in Extremis

Funnily enough I created just such a reminder only four days ago. I find a text document useful for any additional 'stuff' like quite why you are going to see your doctor. An excellent backup to the rather nice free cross platform and portable Rainlendar.

Check For Updates For Every Program On Your PC 6 years 5 months ago Sid in Extremis

Updating programs can be useful BUT they can make errors. It is always worth checking that you really do want the suggested update. For instance, users of a well known AV program may recently have noticed that it suggested updating 7-zip to a Beta release.

I use Secunia but always check, just occasionally an update can remove functionality that you need or introduce features you really don't want (I won't say which browser has recently annoyed a lot of people by doing just that).

Clever Utility Suggests Programs That You Can Safely Uninstall 6 years 4 months ago Sid in Extremis

Hmm, I hope users are advised to remove this program once they've used it, if it bases its recommendations on other people's choices it must be phoning home and you don't want to keep something that does.

Finds of the Week: NASA Television, World Fact Book, 1,000 Lifehacks, Should I Block It? 6 years 3 months ago Sid in Extremis

That 1000 Lifehacks site doesn't appear to have any editorial control of the tips that are published. I have seen several that are wrong and at least one that is potentially dangerous.

Finds of the Week: NASA Television, World Fact Book, 1,000 Lifehacks, Should I Block It? 6 years 3 months ago Sid in Extremis

The battery ones already mentioned struck me too, putting an AAA into a circuit, possibly in series with AAs is potentially explosive as the current may exceed the AAA's capabilities.

You should only use the same type let alone size of batteries. A child suffered serious burns recently from mixing alkalines and zinc-carbons.

There are a fair few urban myths on the site as advice too.

Can I also ask that this site stops quoting Web of Trust when recommending software? Malware authors can manipulate the "data" there far too easily. Thanks.

Check Windows Processes For Viruses Easily 6 years 2 months ago Sid in Extremis

This is an excellent new feature of an already excellent program.

The Virus Total integration is not enabled by default though and the first time you use it you will have to agree to Virus Total's ToS. Well worth the small effort.

Finds of the Week: What's My Screen Resolution, GeoGuessr, Free Rhyming Dictionary, You're Getting Old 6 years 2 months ago Sid in Extremis

That screen resolution thing returns a different result in every one of the seven (7) browsers I've tried, none of them correct.

Website of the Week: FACTSlides Fun Random Facts 6 years 1 month ago Sid in Extremis

Nice site, well worth checking the accuracy of the facts though.

See How Your PC Uses The Internet In Incredible Detail 6 years 1 month ago Sid in Extremis

This looks interesting but, Version 1.0.25 beta

Probably not for everyone, yet.

Easy Way to Open Safe Mode in Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 6 years 1 week ago Sid in Extremis

Interesting, I can't say I'd need it though.

Another way to force Safe Mode if you're not good at hitting the right key (in W7 and earlier at least) is to open System Configuration (press the Win key and type System Configuration or msconfig Same result) select the Boot tab then the Safe Boot check box and (probably) the Network radio button.

I can't remember when I last needed Safe Mode, not like W9x days.

Print An Image As Tiles With Maximum Clarity 5 years 11 months ago Sid in Extremis

Nice facility.

It is worth checking whether your printer has this facility built in. For instance there's an Epson utility that will do this which gives overlaps to allow easy pasting the pieces together, much easier than a full bleed version.

Also make sure you have enough ink before starting, posters use an awful lot.

How To Block Ads On All The Leading Webmail Systems 5 years 11 months ago Sid in Extremis

It's not so much the presence of the advertisements I find annoying as their tendency to make some emails unreadable by overlapping content. There is a Firefox add-on by the same name so thanks for making me search.

Firefox Favorite: Element Properties Add-on 5 years 1 month ago Sid in Extremis

Am I being thick? How is this different to Right click > View image info, or Right click > Inspect element?

Make 2016 The Year You Start Doing Cloud Backups 4 years 10 months ago Sid in Extremis

But, if you do, make sure you encrypt everything before you do, absolutely no one provides a completely secure service.

How to Use Firefox Add-ons 4 years 9 months ago Sid in Extremis

There is a huge problem looming for all the lovely add-ons currently available. Firefox is changing a lot of stuff and many add-ons will no longer work, even those that could be made to work may not have developers willing to jump through the hoops necessary.

There are genuine forks around that aren't going to suffer like this, perhaps the alternatives would be worth exploring in an article?

How to Use Firefox Add-ons 4 years 9 months ago Sid in Extremis

You don't need Flashblock, go to Add-ons > Plugins and use the selector box on the RHS to set Flash to Ask to Activate. Just click on any content you want to run.

Using An IE Version Less Than 11? Delete It! 4 years 9 months ago Sid in Extremis

Delete it? Surely you mean update to IE11 using Windows Update?

If anyone simply deletes IE they can wreck their system.

Single-Click Access To VirusTotal To Improve Your Security 4 years 7 months ago Sid in Extremis

Did you know that Virus Total can be integrated into Sysinternals' Process Explorer and Autoruns? It's utterly brill!

Sorry, twelve years old there for a moment.

Some Amazing Google Tricks 4 years 6 months ago Sid in Extremis

It's November 3rd, 2011 all over again!


Loads Of New Free Fonts For Your PC 4 years 6 months ago Sid in Extremis

Fonts can be useful and fun, but, i you are at all paranoid about your privacy adding them to your system can add yet another way for "them" to track you. Try the facility at to see what I mean.

My Preferred File Compression/Unzip Tool 4 years 5 months ago Sid in Extremis

I love 7zip, not just for normal zipping/unzipping, it can open all sorts of other things too, well worth poking around to see what it's capable of.

It is available as a portable program as well.

Extract The Licence Keys From Your Installed Software 3 years 11 months ago Sid in Extremis

Or create a Belarc Advisor profile, I really don't like that your program requires a "Remote networked computer".

Find Out Your Current Screen Resolution With One Click 3 years 7 months ago Sid in Extremis

That screen resolution site returns bizarre results for me, YOU ARE USING 1707 x 960, YOU ARE USING 1423 x 800, You are using 1413 X 795, You are using 1173 X 660, four browsers, four wildly inaccurate results.

If you really need to know, although I'm not really sure why you'd need to, right clicking the desktop and left clicking Screen Resolution gives rather more accurate information. Sorry, that needs two clicks...

Be Brave. Try This Great New Browser. 3 years 6 months ago Sid in Extremis

Seems like an "interesting" way to make money, block the ads that a site needs to make money and replace them with ads that provide income for the browser.

I have no idea about the legality of such practices but ethically it's at best dubious.

Manage Windows 10 Privacy and Security Settings with This Free Utility 1 month 3 weeks ago Sid in Extremis

Trouble with this is it doesn't show the consequences of turning stuff off.

Some of them are likely to break Windows.

If you want to try things you MUST create a restore point before you do.

Thank You for Donating 5 years 5 days ago Sid in Extremis

Keep it up people, you are much appreciated.


Free Commercial-Grade Antivirus For Your New PC 3 years 9 months ago siegelge

It is someone who is stripping down Windows and is distributing a pirated version. In the FAQ it states that to activate it you need to download an activator from the Pirate Bay.

How to Install Comodo Firewall 6 years 6 months ago Signalman

This seems like a great article for the installation, but after trying to follow it, I realised that the Anti-virus part has not installed.

I assumed it had , as it told me I had a successful installation, but since I don't see the " Anti-Virus" sections, I conclude it hasn't.

I would have to agree with a comment that the installation process is among the worst I have experienced. I'm not a beginner user, though also not expert, and to have reached a stage where I have everything installed, but not actually know if anti-virus is on or not is remarkable.

My problem may be because I originally had the firewall only installed, and only decided to add anti-virus today , as I am running it in XP and want to replace MSE.

Is the best way to uninstall everything from Comodo and re-start from scratch, or is there another way ?

One last observation is that my internet access seems to be disabled now, so the last time i tried manually to install AV, it now reaches 59% and goes no further, presumably because it cannot access the internet ?

Any advice appreciated.

How to Install Comodo Firewall 6 years 6 months ago Signalman


No, I had no internet access : the actual error was that my IP address could not be set or renewed ( I am on wifi using DHCP ).

I have resolved this, effectively by un-installing and re-installing.

The un-install was very painful, since windows did not recognise that Comodo was installed, and commodo did not have an un-install option. I reverted to deleting the Comodo folder, running ccleaner, removing registry entireis referring to Comodo, and then re-starting.

This still left me with no internet, so I assume some Comodo setting had restricted this, and even re-starting with Windows firewall on didn't help.

I then used the previously downloaded cav installer, and this time it worked with no issue at, and as soon as it was done, I had internet access back.

From there I used the option to add components ( ie added Firewall ) and all works well.

I can only conclude that the removal of the originally installed comodo firewall ( via windows remove programs ) did not work properly, and that the anti-virus install was incomplete, thus leaving me with a permanent issue that only complete removal would deal with.

I may have missed a removal button in comodo, but honestly, I looked a number of times and it was nowhere to be seen,

I suppose I should really un-install and re-install just to make sure I have no "bad" components remaining, but having spent hours on this today, I am not inclined.

It (seems to) work, so I will leave it and re-assess later.

Many thanks for the article, and for the reply.

Lesson for others, is to ensure previous software ( comodo & other ) are removed before adding any new components.

Cheers !

Best Free Duplicate File Remover 7 years 7 months ago Sigurros

Duplicate Cleaner is clean and doesn't include a Bing Bar (or any toolbar) in the installer - you need to update your listing! My vote for the best though, as it has more features than most of the paid guys.

Capture And Annotate Screen Shots In Your Browser 4 years 11 months ago Silver Dragon

In communication with the Lightshot developers, I learned that they also have a desktop version you can download irrespective of what browser you're using--separate downloads for Windows and Mac (see URL at end of comment). Might help if you have issues trying to use it from a particular browser. Even if you go with one of the browser add-on versions, the desktop web page is worth a look for the FAQs and some short video tutorials.

How to Convert PDF Files to Word Doc Files for Free 1 year 7 months ago Silvesterfairchildzd

I always use Acethinker PDF Converter Lite to change my PDF document to Microsoft Word file, It is a free online tool that lets you convert PDF document right from the browser. You don't have to install any additional plug-ins or add-ons.

How to Find Stuff on Your Windows 7 PC 7 years 8 months ago silveto

"Everything" search tool is a keeper. Why couldn't MS include something like this in W7. Forget so many bells and whistles and make things work and hassle free. Boy did MS really screw this feature! should have left it the way it was in XP. If you can't improve on it, leave it alone!

6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 7 years 2 weeks ago simonchau

I really appreciate the list as google is shutting down its igoogle so everyone is looking for a good alternative of igoogle so currently I am using startme and found that it’s really good and completely ad free here is link so have a look and let me know it is good or not? From my point of view its really good because you can save everything in this startup page like igoogle.

Best Free Digital Image Editor 6 years 10 months ago Simple Simon

Apologies if anyone has already mentioned this, but there are two free version of PhotoFiltre.

The one reviewed here is the "lesser" version, PhotoFiltre 6.

The other, PhotoFiltre 7, additionally supports layers, though saving them only in its own ".pfi" format. It is available from the commercial "PhotoFiltre Studio X" website.

You enter the site on the news page, which has the following info at the top:

"The 3 versions of PhotoFiltre

PhotoFiltre Studio X : The most complete with layers, animated gif, 8BF, vectorial path

PhotoFiltre 7 : Version (freeware) with layers but more limited than the Studio X version

PhotoFiltre 6 : Basic version (freeware) without layers"

Hope this is of interest to PhotoFiltre fans - I was glad when I discovered it.

Happy 2014.

Use These Tricks to Recover Lost Files In Windows 7 3 years 11 months ago simple07

i just register to THANK YOU.
For no reason, Windows 7 had deleted one of my desktop folders. I wasn't able to find in the bin, in the recovery file and in all the pc. It was dissapeared without reason.
But with this trick i found a copy and all my files were there.
Keep it up! Best Regards from Italy.