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Best Free Music Creation Software 3 months 1 day ago Xar

out of the three should I download as they are presented, or is there another way to go, or are they some what the same salfware pick one type deal

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It Looks Like You're Trying To Draw A Ladder. Would You Like Help With That? 3 months 1 day ago wildweaselkeeper

It's a good site if you know how to draw. I learned that I'm no better at drawing on a computer than I am on paper with pencil or pen. In fact, on the computer, I'm worse. And I saw no Clippy and the suggestions I got were nowhere near what I was trying to draw; not a ladder.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 3 months 1 day ago Third Eye

Actually I am also very much eager to use Bitdefender Free Antivirus on my computer.
The only thing keeping me away from using this antivirus is that I will have to uninstall my existing antivirus which I do not want to do.
I am proud to tell everyone that traditionally I have been a long term user of Bitdefender free antivirus (during its previous years). I dropped it because of compatibility issues with windows 10. But now the picture has changed. In those days I felt sad that no one seemed to recognise such a great antivirus. It was highly underrated But hopefully now the things are turning in its favour.

Download its free antivirus which works on autopilot along with its small anti-ransomware software and you are good to go. As a matter of fact it provides most power protection against phishing also by directly scanning all http traffic. And all this for a free product where paid ones fail to match even the inbuilt protection of most popular browsers. Its zero day protection is also best in class.

Also it is worth mentioning that 360 total security lies at the opposite pole when compared to Bitdefender free antivirus. How............................

1.) 360 Total Security requires lots and lots of user input due to highly aggressive heuristics ( with all its features it is certainly a tool for experts ) while Bitdefender free antivirus uses highly advance detection techniques like "B-HAVE" (more on it later) and works without much user input.

2.) BITDEFENDER FREE = FREE.................NO DATA SHARED TO ANY THIRD PARTY........NOTHING.....A TRULY FREE PRODUCT.
360 TOTAL SECURITY IS FREE..........................MY DEAR BECAUSE YOU ARE A PRODUCT NOW. QIHOO IS AN ADVERTISING COMPANY LIKE GOOGLE. But worry not............Qihoo really cares for your privacy and you can trust it.

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FileBox eXtender 3 months 2 days ago dalchina

Hi, I've used this for years, but ever since I had a laptop with 1920x1080 resolution, if I use the recommended 125% setting, for a good number of programs (not all) the buttons shift from the title bar if the window is moved from the top left corner of the screen.

If I use 100% setting, where text appears somewhat small on my 15.6" screen, all is well.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 3 months 2 days ago rolou

360 Total Security is a decent program although too bloated for my tastes like most of the leading commercial programs.
I prefer Bitdefender AV 2017 Free in conjunction with their separate free Anti-ransomware app.
Industry leading protection in all independent testing and very light on resources.
Very minimalist interface with virtually no input required from the user plus it was rated by the CIA's hackers as the most difficult AV to penetrate (in fact they could not hack computers protected by BD according to the Wikileaks recent release of internal CIA secret documents) and the free version uses the same scan engine and technology as their paid versions according to tests done by Neil Rubenking.
Most of the free AV program available these days are good and I guess it is more a question of meeting the needs and expectations of individual users.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 3 months 2 days ago Third Eye

Hey Friends................for protecting your PC against modern threats I recommend you 360 TOTAL SECURITY by Qihoo. I uses licensed Avira and Bitdefender Engines. These are the two most powerful scanning engines on the market. Further it has its own powerful heuristics and its 360 cloud scan engine which provides excellent zero day protection. I also has an inbuilt ANTI-RANSOMWARE MODULE which provides best in class protection against ransomwares.
It also offers to scan files upon execution and even offers to switch off windows autoplay functionality.
It has its own web-shield which provides satisfactory phishing protection and again best in class download protection via automatic scan and analysis of downloaded files. This can be achieved by installing its own extension in the web browser of your choice. This also provides another security layer which is called online shopping protection.
You also get the choice to use either anyone of the two powerful engines or both of them at the same time separately for real-time protection and manual scans. This method implements use of enhanced malware signatures for generic detection and works almost instantaneously. It also provides Registry protection and webcam protection.

Now it also has many other features such as ransomware decryption tool, 360 connect for remotely helping your friends and relatives, and a 360 sandbox for testing nasty softwares - tools for experts.
This software also protects against PUP,s when enabled in settings and also offers to upload malicious files for cloud analysis.

For the sake of mentioning...........it also offers Registry cleaner, system patch up, system backup cleaner, disk cleaner, automatic speedup integrated with manual startup manager along with an exception list, a powerful disk cleaner, game booster and a disk compression tool. The number of these additional features is likely to increase in future.

The software is backed up by massive manpower and is under constant development with excellent support vis email. You can also reports false positives or can make any other complains and they will listen to you and will respond also if required.
Software has easy to use interface and is also very customizable not only via its settings where you can completely alter the way this wonderful software functions, but also using many beautiful themes which it provides. For quick configuration it also offers three predefined protection modes ( Performance, Balance and Security) along with one custom mode.

It also offers to install its own excellent Opera browser which has an inbuilt VPN ( needs to be enabled) and will protect your online transactions.

I highly recommend this useful piece software to everyone.

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Best Free Route Tracer 3 months 2 days ago jmjsquared

Open Visual Traceroute is vastly superior to any of the above-mentioned in that it has cross-platform or system-specific versions; is open-source, ergo, no feature tiers; and, unlike the reviewed applications, is regularly updated, the latest being in Apr_2017.

The icing on the cake: you can switch between 2D and 3D renderings on-the-fly.

http://visualtraceroute.net/ -or- https://sourceforge.net/projects/openvisualtrace/?source=navbar

BTW, the links to the "Editor's Choice" appear to be broken. I can't navigate to them, anyway.

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How to Make Firefox Load Faster 3 months 2 days ago muthana

he means that you run "cmd" program from start menu, then change the directory to Firefox installation directory. for example:in the cmd screen you may type the command:

cd C:\Program files\Firefox

press Enter

you should get the screen as follows:

C:\Program Files\Firefox>
Now you type the command that he mentioned in the post regarding UPX

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Finds of the Week: Privacy Tools / Learn to code for free / Graphics for DIY and crafts / Block Windows 10 Creator update 3 months 2 days ago rhiannon

:)

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Finds of the Week: Privacy Tools / Learn to code for free / Graphics for DIY and crafts / Block Windows 10 Creator update 3 months 2 days ago rhiannon

I'm glad you like it. I found it to be a rather impressive collection of tools and information for just about all levels of privacy concerns, from midly interested to extremely concerned about privacy. :)

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Finds of the Week: Privacy Tools / Learn to code for free / Graphics for DIY and crafts / Block Windows 10 Creator update 3 months 2 days ago rhiannon

Thanks! :)

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Finds of the Week: Privacy Tools / Learn to code for free / Graphics for DIY and crafts / Block Windows 10 Creator update 3 months 2 days ago rhiannon

Reimage Plus is an ad on that site. It is difficult hard to detect as an ad, as it's placed dirctly under the image in many of their articles. It has a very light background that makes it hard to see that it's an advertisement. Since it's an advertisement, I would disregard it. Ad blockers don't flag it as an advertisement. If you visit the site not using an ad blocker, there are a handful of advertisements in the articles.
I find it distressing that so many sites with useful information go to such lengths to place ads, but many of them have useful information and need income to stay viable and depending on what sort of advertising the site uses, often have little control over what ads are displayed. Most of the writers on these sites derive some or all of their income from site advertising.
Gizmo's is an all volunteer, community run site, and the ads that are run here pay for the costs to keep the site running.

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Finds of the Week: Privacy Tools / Learn to code for free / Graphics for DIY and crafts / Block Windows 10 Creator update 3 months 2 days ago Pushmataha

I just checked it. The reimage plus was a link that was easy enough to ignore, in fact it was so easy to ignore it took me a minute to find it.. Didn't find any other suggested download from their site. What I did find were suggestions relating to blocking updates, well written methods that should be easy to follow.

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Best Free Software for Linux 3 months 3 days ago Panzer

Tiny Qt Babe Music Player:

https://milohr.github.io/BabeIt/

https://github.com/milohr/babe-qt

 

"... FromScratch is a little app that you can use as a quick note taking or todo app ...":

https://fromscratch.rocks/

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Wallpaper of the Week: Lone Tree on Water at Dusk 3 months 3 days ago rhiannon

I'm happy you like it. :)

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Wallpaper of the Week: Lone Tree on Water at Dusk 3 months 3 days ago bili_39

Nice one rhiannon :)

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Best Sites To Read Books Online Without Download or Registration 3 months 4 days ago Goldenhazefiction

Hey please find goldenhazefiction.in ,a place where you find free novels online to read .Best romantic novels by Indian author.Shop for books online thorugh our site with best prices.

http://goldenhazefiction.in/

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 3 months 4 days ago bguffield

Another good macro recorder is AlomWare Actions (at AlomWare.com). It's freemium though, if that matters? I use it and find it best for my needs.

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Amazing! Create A Windows Font From Your Own Handwriting 3 months 4 days ago Fairportfan

Okay - might want to take it off the site - the 75 characters you are allowed is too few to create a font with upper and lower case letters, numbers and basic punctuation, which comes to 80 characters.

So, basically, it's not free any more. It was fun while it lasted.

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Amazing! Create A Windows Font From Your Own Handwriting 3 months 4 days ago Fairportfan

PaintFont.com is now https://www.calligraphr.com/ - with extra features and (supposedly) an easier UI.

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An update. I have created an account (which the new page requires), and, while you can create fonts for free, there are limits on the free version nowadays:

1 font
75 characters (no ligatures) per font.
3 variants per characters .

There is a paid version without such limits, which is available by the month (no subscription, pay for just the month)

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Want Windows 10 Creators' Update Right Now? Really? OK, Here's How. 3 months 4 days ago rolou

For those who have or intend to get the Creators Update and have privacy concerns O&O Shutup 10 released a new version on 11th April to address the Creators additional inclusions. It is user friendly and I have found it does the job and although I initially found that Windows Defender running as a second scanner plus transmitting data to MS which unlike previous versions is turned on by default in the Creators Update was conflicting with my prime Bitdefender AV and causing startup delays but when I turned off Defender and its associated programs via the O&O Shutup 10 app my computer reverted to near instant startups again.
Incidentally O&O Shutup 10 is totally free.

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Get An Android Paid-For Weather App Free If You Hurry [Expired] 3 months 4 days ago CASD

I agree, it shows the wrong temp....Not sure how that can be but it does..

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FairStars CD Ripper 3 months 4 days ago wesley65

I downloaded the program you recommended but with the cd in, it detects no files. Yet I am viewing the "Track01.cda" file in my explorer window. I refresh the list and reinstall the cd in the player but no files appear in the list. Is there something wrong with my initiation of this application? When I put the cd in it begins to play automatically.

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Best Free File Rename Utility 3 months 4 days ago kastaldi

I use Bulk Rename Utility to clean dozens (even hundreds) of filenames full of needless numbers, date, characters... Despite the messed UI, it is quite powerful once you learn how to use it. I remember when I had to rename them manually, sad and boring days.

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Get An Android Paid-For Weather App Free If You Hurry [Expired] 3 months 5 days ago pratomorone

while free is usually good, when the forecast is so wrong the app is useless makes it not so good. I had downloaded the app previously but did not remember why I uninstalled it. now I remember.

Thanx anyway...keep up the great work!

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Best Free File Manager 3 months 5 days ago DCL

I very much like Q-Dir but when I downloaded the latest version from the website - softwareok.com - that your mention links to Q-Dir came with an unwanted payload, the trojan Clavior.C!cl. Perhaps not a safe site to link to...

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 3 months 5 days ago SwanKnight (not verified)

I used to use "GreenShot" until I came across "LightShot", then I switched. It's not as verastile as the former but it has all I that I need and feels less cluttered. I suggest you give it a try.

https://app.prntscr.com/en/index.html

Edit: It's worth nothing that "LightShot" is missing the option to censor/blur parts of the screenshot.

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Controversial Advertising Program Now Being Embedded in More Software 3 months 5 days ago Jojo Yee Many thanks for your kind feedback boristhemoggy. We've now updated the article with a general example. view
Controversial Advertising Program Now Being Embedded in More Software 3 months 5 days ago MidnightCowboy

Thank you for offering to help which is greatly appreciated. Please complete the form at this link so we can process your application. MC - Site Manager.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/id-become-editor-gizmos-freeware...

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Controversial Advertising Program Now Being Embedded in More Software 3 months 5 days ago boristhemoggy

Site manager...with your responsibility, don't you think that as a valid means of giving an example to people of a installation of OpenCandy, you ought to use an anonymous example if the current software doesn't use it?
I take your point that FFS may have had OpenCandy in the past, although in all the years FFS I've used it I've never found it during an installation, but then I usually use it portably so that might explain why.
Nonetheless we depend on the site to give accurate info too, and again that's something I've done for years so when I sea great piece of software that does NOT have OpenCandy, I wonder why it's used as an example?
If there is a current piece of software that uses OpenCandy I would be more than happy to rewrite this article for you to keep it up to date. I think people respect the site too much to be happy with articles from here that are incorrect and it's unfair to label great pieces of software incorrectly.

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Controversial Advertising Program Now Being Embedded in More Software 3 months 5 days ago MidnightCowboy

If this is the case then the Wiki also needs updating.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FreeFileSync
Fact is, many developers shuffle from one wrapped installer to another as users get annoyed with it and then often back again after a few months. Maybe if anyone here has time this article can be re-written to illustrate a current container of OpenCandy but likely that will then go out of date too. Across the site, it is impossible for editors to keep up with these changes which is why we now include a general installer warning with product details where appropriate. In the meantime, this article continues to provide a valid example of what users might encounter during a software install. MC - Site Manager.

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Controversial Advertising Program Now Being Embedded in More Software 3 months 5 days ago Anupam

The article clearly says .. Here's an example of how OpenCandy works... while giving the example of FreeFileSync.

But yes, got your point that since FreeFileSync doesn't contain OpenCandy now... the article needs to be updated.

Still, even if FreeFileSync doesn't contain OpenCandy, it still shows a screen for installing third party software, during installation. Just saying.

I personally do use FreeFileSync, and agree that's it is a great software.

Will request for this article to be updated.

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Controversial Advertising Program Now Being Embedded in More Software 3 months 5 days ago boristhemoggy

But why use FreeFileSync as an example when it doesn't have OpenCandy? Why not use a program that DOES have OpenCandy? That's just plain silly.
It prompted me to contact the developer with concerns because you don't say it's an example and they don't have OpenCandy. You risk spoiling the reputation of a great free program for no discernible reason?
It doesn't make any sense and it certainly goes against the high standards we usually see on TSA.

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Controversial Advertising Program Now Being Embedded in More Software 3 months 5 days ago Anupam

FreeFileSync is merely an example for OpenCandy, which is what this article is about.

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Controversial Advertising Program Now Being Embedded in More Software 3 months 6 days ago boristhemoggy

OpenCandy new? I think not!
I've just been in touch with the developer of this program and checked the current agreement and there is NO mention anywhere of OpenCandy, which he claims has been dropped altogether for some time.
This is a very useful article if it were current, but it really needs updating too reflect the true position of this software.
I've been using FreeFileSync for many years and it's one of the very best out there.

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Best Free File Rename Utility 3 months 6 days ago ronald23

You can batch truncate/rename file names through "krojamSoft: BatchRenameFiles" program.

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Best Free Clipboard Replacement Utility 3 months 6 days ago crombierob

Clipboard Help+Spell does store images.
And it stores them as files (png), which you can also open in other programs (I like it storing them as files)
You can tell it where to place that folder (I like that as well)
When you click the SysTray Icon you even get image thumbnail views to help the elderly remember what it is they are about to paste
I don't wish to capture everything, so I am hoping that I can easily toggle capture ON/OFF
I just checked and you can Toggle ON/OFF by double right click of the SysTray (Notification Area) Icon

Elderly,
Rob

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TinyResMeter 3 months 6 days ago Australia

The TinyResMeter homepage does not allow you to download the latest version without providing an email address
So use another source, for example:

http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System-Info/TinyResMeter.shtml#download

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Increased Privacy From This Free Public DNS Service 3 months 6 days ago eikelein

@Crosseyedlemon

Same here, WI and AT&T and locked down gateway (modem and router in one box).

I wanted to use OpenDNS and the WiFi signal of the AT&T gateway was not sufficiently strong at the other end of the house. So I bought a stronger TP-Link router on a special offer for a low price.

Basically I use the AT&T gateway only as the modem and have it all in the router PLUS excellent WiFi signal everywhere in the house.

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Want Windows 10 Creators' Update Right Now? Really? OK, Here's How. 3 months 6 days ago Australia

Not a problem. The security patches can be combined into one regular 'Security' download, and when installed the various fixes are applied to Edge, Internet Explorer, Office or whatever

I would much prefer a regular single download to address security issues, than a 4GB every 1-2 years, which basically changes the entire Operating System

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Want Windows 10 Creators' Update Right Now? Really? OK, Here's How. 3 months 6 days ago Jojo Yee That would be ideal but the security loopholes can appear in any other "modules" that Windows may have. They can appear in Edge, Office, and any other apps or services. view
Want Windows 10 Creators' Update Right Now? Really? OK, Here's How. 3 months 6 days ago rolou

"The best idea Microsoft could come up with is creating a separate Windows security module, much less than 4 GB, that does need to be regularly updated, with the rest of the Operating System left unchanged"
Well said - I couldn't agree more.

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Get An Android Paid-For Weather App Free If You Hurry [Expired] 3 months 6 days ago Fox-Hound

Thanks!

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Want Windows 10 Creators' Update Right Now? Really? OK, Here's How. 3 months 6 days ago Australia

I use Microsoft Windows every day, so I am a supporter.
But looks like the company will always expect us to continually upgrade the Operating System, just so you can contnue to do the same tasks on your computer

It makes me smile when I see "Windows 10 Creators Update - 4 new features that will boost productivity" or similar web articles
What Microsoft fails to mention, are the inevitable problems that arise with older applications and device drivers when you upgrade
For example that USB reader or Webcam you bought 3 years ago that sudden stops working - and the manufacturer not wanting to update their device drivers

Losses of productivity often are more common than benefits of this continual upgrade process
A 4GB download and installation is essentially a new operating system.

Google "Red X debacle" to see how Microsoft tricked a lot of people into accidentally upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 !

Shame we cant create an Operating system that remains secure without having to relentlessly upgrade the entire installation
The best idea Microsoft could come up with is creating a separate Windows security module, much less than 4 GB, that does need to be reguarly updated, with the rest of the Operating System left unchanged

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Want Windows 10 Creators' Update Right Now? Really? OK, Here's How. 3 months 6 days ago Australia

Thanks for raising the subject of Windows 10, or actually Windows 11
The original concept that Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, was actually a myth.

Microsoft announced that the original Windows 10 version,launched in July 2015, (less than 2 years ago) would no longer receive security and quality updates after May 9, 2017
That right, the original Windows 10 version, will soon no longer be supported

Phasing out of support for original Windows 10 "was needed because two major updates for the operating system have been rolled out, namely the Anniversary Update and the Creators Update.

Two groups of people I feel sorry for - firstly the endusers who just want to browse internet and use their existing applications without all the disruption. I also feel sorry for software developers, who have a moving target to deal with when trying to create stable software

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Best Free Start Menu Replacement 3 months 6 days ago rolou

I prefer Classic Shell. It works on all the latest Windows versions and is trouble free, configurable and light on resources.

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 3 months 6 days ago PhilR_SoT

I agree, after using LightShot for the first time, it's now installed on all the computers I use.

There's a both a full Windows program and also addons for most (all ?) of the popular browsers.

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Finds of the Week: Privacy Tools / Learn to code for free / Graphics for DIY and crafts / Block Windows 10 Creator update 3 months 6 days ago eikelein

Am I not getting it?

Looking at "How to block Windows 10 Creators Update from installing" I get mainly an ad for REIMAGE PLUS. That thing has a few times too often been marked as a PuP by Malwarebytes version 2.* and Emsisoft Emergency Kit.

I have never before heard of Windowsreport, so that they say "... 100% safe download and endorsed by us" does not cut it for me. I'd love to get your comments on that. TIA.

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Get An Android Paid-For Weather App Free If You Hurry [Expired] 3 months 6 days ago eikelein

Cool find, THANK YOU!

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Want Windows 10 Creators' Update Right Now? Really? OK, Here's How. 3 months 1 week ago jhbriick

Don't bother with current Creator Update! Installed and only major difference I noticed was that my computer took almost 3x longer to boot up!
Otherwise nothing special...WAIT!!! I just want my computer to operate fast and respond quickly, this update seems to slow everything down. I don't care about other "enhancements"

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Lookout Security & Antivirus 3 months 1 week ago Donfelix

One of our customers just bought this phone
at BestCellular.com and asking for recommendations
on the best free anti virus that won't be draining his battery.

Better if you have used this particular phone,
so you could be telling from experience.

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Best Free Website Ripper 3 months 1 week ago henrikh

There's also Website Downloader for those who want a completely cloud-based solution to download sites. It's not completely free, but by far the easiest to use (especially for beginners).

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Windows 10 Creators' Update. What's Coming? 3 months 1 week ago boristhemoggy

Like a lot of businesses now they do not want to deliver what people want, they deliver what business wants to make yet more money and in order to take yet more personal data. They've been saying for years that Linux is a free and open source product made by and for the people, yet I see no movement in being able to port Windows programs over to Linux, which is the only stumbling block left to many of us.
There are many programs I use on a daily basis which simply can't run in a Linux environment and it is the only one reason I don't start using it exclusively. I have heard that Linux authors make so much money from support for industries who use Linux for things like server support, that there is no motivation to work hard on making it a viable Windows replacement.
I don't really mind Windows even though it's just cobbled together, but I despise the model that we must be happy with what they give us and what they give is not what most want. A true people-driven OS would be modular and be capable of running any program and updates would continually reflect what people want rather than what the business wants.
I'll be blocking this update as I have most of them since I first took Windows 10 when it was forced on me while buying a new computer.

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 3 months 1 week ago arieshifman

Very good. Very useful. Thanks.

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Finds of the Week: Privacy Tools / Learn to code for free / Graphics for DIY and crafts / Block Windows 10 Creator update 3 months 1 week ago terrawarra

good onya rhiannon !

you've done it again with this weeks hot finds. In particular, the Privacy Tools.

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Want Windows 10 Creators' Update Right Now? Really? OK, Here's How. 3 months 1 week ago Jojo Yee

Chrome has been reported not working properly with Windows 10 Creators Update but there's a solution to it.

See this forum thread: https://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/system/16746-windows-10-...

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Want Windows 10 Creators' Update Right Now? Really? OK, Here's How. 3 months 1 week ago rolou

I also find it hard to understand why these huge updates to Windows 10 were necessary so soon after each other.
Both the Anniversary and Creators updates were big downloads and I agree that this latest Creators version is virtually Windows 11.
Many of the new features seem to be gamer and social media focused which are of no interest to me but will no doubt be appreciated by many.
Each update comes with more privacy concerns too as discussed elsewhere here.
Despite all this the latest Creators update runs very smoothly on my laptop and I like it.

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 3 months 1 week ago Australia

With respect, I fundamentally disagree with the idea that 'less is more'
I use Windows 7, and have at least 50 programs on my computer, many which I need for work, others are useful utilities
These include Office suites, PDF utilities, audio and video editors, and various system tools
I have also been using Windows since Windows 3.1

The main problem with installing programs is that as you install them, a lot of software insists on starting up every time you log into Windows
This leads to a slow startup when you turn on your computer, a slower computer, and a slower shutdown
It is often difficult to eradicate these programs once they put themselves on the Windows Startup program list

I have five solutions which prevents program bloat on my Windows 7 setup, and keeps my computers running quickly

1)A start up monitor.
When installing new software, it alarms every time a program insists on starting every time Windows starts, so you can block this option immediately
I use the free program, Start Up Monitor.
Windows should have this as a default program, but a quick computer has never been Microsofts priority
https://web.archive.org/web/20131113154828/http://www.mlin.net/StartupMonitor.shtml

2)A system restore creator
Creates a new system restore each time I turn on my computer
- if my computer ever slows down - its usually either to a new program causing slowness, or spyware
- restoring the registry to a date earlier in the week usually fixes things
- I use the freeware Restore Point Creator, it is better than the default Windows System Restore, which doesnt regularly set Restore Points
- https://www.toms-world.org/blog/restore_point_creator

3)Use portable programs where possible.
Portable programs dont clutter up the registry and dont insist on running every time Windows starts

4)A good program uninstaller

5)A good task manager, so I can see if a new program uses a lot of memory
If a program uses >50MB of memory, and it isnt essential program, then it gets uninstalled.
I use the free Process Hacker portable
I dislike the way Firefox is a massive memory hog that slows my computer, but thats another story

In this way, I can install and uninstall the programs that I need, and even with 50 programs, my computer runs like new
Without steps 1-4, the registry invariably gets cluttered, and the computer invariably slows with every new software installation

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Simple Machines Forum 3 months 1 week ago Jae

Thanks for you helpful review of Simple Machines forum software (SMF). I've been online since CompuServe days before it had a GUI, pre-Web, so I'm still a fan of true forum software. But, as you say, it's outdated and takes more time to learn than people are willing to spend these days. I need something for a group of volunteers to use that is really easy to use but allows categories and topics, ideally has a calendar, and requires login and a password, with initial access (or even account setup) handled by admin. Also, many rely on smartphones or tablets, which is a big PITA for communicating. Any suggestions? Thanks for your help.

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 3 months 1 week ago eikelein

Jim,

I will consciously pour oil on the fire. it seems to me you are the offended one.

Reason #1: "... I'm interested in someone who has my needs in mind ..." sounds to me personally like a very cheap cop out. How can any body here have any ideas about "who has my needs in mind"? Your needs are your problem, not ours.

If you are a "...business and content creator ..." I would expect you to know where you are when you sign up for emails. Maybe we need your expertise and experience here on gizmo's freeware forum? Would you please volunteer to take responsibility for the Screen Capture list?

Reason #2: Your "... I'll not open these emails again ..." is a punitive and guilt inducing reaction of a little boy. Again, I would have to ask why did you sign up for these notifications in the first place? And what about just unsubscribing? BUt I know, growing up is painful ;-)

Oh, BTW, after reading through this a second time I stand by it and will not apologize for or renege on it.

And Happy Easter!

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Finds of the Week: Privacy Tools / Learn to code for free / Graphics for DIY and crafts / Block Windows 10 Creator update 3 months 1 week ago rolou

Privacytools.io provides a fascinating and comprehensive summary of the global surveillance of all internet users and detailed options for maximising privacy even for the most paranoid users (not that any solution is foolproof).
I have tried some of the Firefox browser tweaks and other suggestions including the W10Privacy app which offered far more options than the more well known O&OShutup10 and S&D Anti-Beacon but I found it not very user friendly and many of the options seemed to have nothing to do with privacy at all but those options that I elected to run on my new Creators Update ran without any issues at all.
It looks to be a work in progress with real potential for those of us with privacy concerns and I will monitor how it evolves over time.
The Privacy Tools link was a real eye opener and thanks go to Rhiannon for posting it in Finds of the Week.

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Want Windows 10 Creators' Update Right Now? Really? OK, Here's How. 3 months 1 week ago rolou

I have been using my Creators Update for 10 days now (got via Windows Insider Program) and have been impressed with how smoothly the 4gb download and install went. All my files remained intact from my previous Anniversary version and it was just a matter of cleaning the windows.old folder to reclaim lost space on my SSD.
I have checked out the new features in this major update and turned off those which are not relevant to my requirements but overall it looks to be a worthwhile incremental improvement and seems to have been well tested before its release (unlike Windows 8) and everything has functioned seamlessly in the 10 days since I installed it.
I have a fast network speed with unlimited data usage and even so the download and installation took a couple of hours so those with restricted network data limits and/or slower speed will probably take longer.
Overall a positive experience from me at this early stage.

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 3 months 1 week ago Jim Foster

Sorry guys your comments are well made. I did not realize that this was the "Rob Blog" where people who open the email are doing so they are curious about how Rob approaches computing and what he personally uses.. Meaning, I did not understand that but supposed the email was a service by the Gizmo web site to give me advice that is useful on the best free software out there. Rob telling me what he personally uses not in the context of it being the best out there .. really not why I opened the email as I'm interested in someone who has my needs in mind telling me the best software out there. And in this case the software he recommends is not even on the recommended Screen Capture free list by TechSupportAlert plus he reveals in his comments about computing generally that he likely does not have day to day familiarity with business and content creator users and how they set up their computers, use them, what they do and need. However, I get it. Volunteers should not be criticized and I over reacted in the context just explained. Now that I get it that this is the Rob Blog I'll not open these emails again. Sorry to offend.

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Finds of the Week: Privacy Tools / Learn to code for free / Graphics for DIY and crafts / Block Windows 10 Creator update 3 months 1 week ago FJL

Everyone... Visit the Privacy Tools link...Wow!

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 3 months 1 week ago Australia

Thanks for your suggestion Rob

I have found the portable version of Greenshot exists, version 1.29
http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/Multimedia/Graphics/Portable-Greenshot.shtml

Greenshot looks like a very versatile and sound program
- allows you to set your own Hotkeys
- very customisable
The reasons I dont use Greenshot
- It uses 50MB of RAM, my preferred utility uses 16MB RAM
- The Greenshot preferences insist the screenshot be saved as an image file - which I dont want (although I think I have found a workaround)
I dont want my hard drive being filled with screenshot images
I just want to copy screenshots to the clipboard, and not be saved on my hard drive

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Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 3 months 1 week ago micro camera

very good http://www.microcameras.com.br

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Best Free Video Editing Program 3 months 1 week ago alsen

Thanks for your aticle!
Gilisoft Video Editor is good video editor , Easiest, Powerful, All-in-One Video Editing Software Anyone Can Use!
In fact it is not free, but you can request a free license key if you told them you have no money and post some words on website (help them promote it)

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Get An Android Paid-For Weather App Free If You Hurry [Expired] 3 months 1 week ago pvilan

Following your advice I installed this app.
Excellent. The best I have used.
Thanks and regards
Peter

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Get An Android Paid-For Weather App Free If You Hurry [Expired] 3 months 1 week ago crombierob

I just installed it.
It knows where I am (Melbourne Australia), but it tells me it is 14c whereas it is really 20c
The other free app that I have is weatherzone

That's a weather app,
Rob

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 3 months 1 week ago tacenator

I as sure we all have a fav. Think I found this in Gizmo. I love how this works and the editor is easy and works great. Really like Screenpresso! Give it a whirl:
https://www.screenpresso.com/

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This Chrome Add-In Ties Your Gmail To Your Social Media Accounts 3 months 1 week ago FrankB

Does anyone know of an alternative for Firefox?

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 3 months 1 week ago FJL

Concur, its been great for years

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Get An Android Paid-For Weather App Free If You Hurry [Expired] 3 months 1 week ago danielson

Thanks for making an exception to the rule!
Very nice app indeed.
Think i'm going to like it even more than the Accuweather paid version.

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 3 months 1 week ago Sweetwolf

One I use every day is Nimbus Screenshot & Screen Video Recorder. It's an app extension for Google Chrome. Works great every time with a click of it's icon in the top browser bar.

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 3 months 1 week ago Remah

+1 Gil Mensch, very well said.

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 3 months 1 week ago Danbjt

Have to pass on your pick. The go to for me, which I've used for years, is Picpick. Best there is in my opinion.

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 3 months 1 week ago Gil Mensch

Jim, you're being awfully harsh on a guy who spends a ton of time bringing free, useful programs to our attention without any compensation from us. He never claimed it was the "best" app of its type. He merely said he finds it to be the most useful of a set of freeware apps he uses regularly. Why do you criticize him for that?

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 3 months 1 week ago acz

Windows snipping tool has worked reliably for me over a period of many years, if there is some function it does not perform, then clearly it must be something that I have never needed. Thanks anyway.

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 3 months 1 week ago Gil Mensch

Australia, after you capture a region with Greenshot, "copy to clipboard" is an option, along with send to printer, save to disk, e-mail, open in the Greenshot image editor, send to MSPaint, and save to Imgur.

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 3 months 1 week ago Jim Foster

You are all to kind to Rob for his "less is more comment" which shows quite clearly he is not a content creator and makes me wonder what in fact he does for a living. For my motorcycle hobby I have programs to manipulate and create routes for my GPS. To manipulate data I have statistical programs and add-ins for excel. How about different video editors and programs to manipulate and edit images. I like to stream content to my TV and ship it around and store it and manipulate ,my cloud storage. Naturally I have skype and other communication tools and can test my internet connection in various ways. LESS IS MORE is NUTS. Get a fast computer Rob. And I go back to computing BEFORE the IBM PC when we used CPM. As for the recommended screen capture program...please. We all appreciate it that its your favorite. That hardly makes it the best free one.

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 3 months 1 week ago budchekov

ST, ^ Which has some great not so obvious features like capturing dropdown menus.;)

Thanks rob, tried Greenshot but found it a little overblown for my needs, the last free version of FastStone Capture's my long time fave.

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 3 months 1 week ago Remah

I agree with principle that less is more AND I agree with what you say. :-D

Thanks for taking the time to record a helpful checklist. A lot of people would benefit from your approach, actively managing their system rather than piling on more and more bloated and ineffectual software. I'm continually pruning my installed software so I can be more focused - games are always first to go because they distract me so much.

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 3 months 1 week ago eikelein

@Australia:
Generally I agree with you.

But what all discussion about these sort of utilities miss, understandably miss I should say, is the ease of use aspect. Ease of use is a highly subjective issue and I would not know how to measure or quantify that.

As far as ease of use goes good old Gadwin Print Screen version 4.7 seems to be a front runner; even my mostly non-technical customers learn how to do it if they need a screen shot. If you are interested:
https://eikes-computer-stuff.blogspot.com/2009/06/screen-shots.html

Btw. I appreciate all the mentions of alternatives, thanks to whom it may concern.

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 3 months 1 week ago ksmall1998

I'm very happy with Snipping Tool

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Best Free Antivirus Software 3 months 1 week ago Blinko

I don't agree that 360 Total Security deserves the first place in your top. In fact it fails to provide a high level of real time protection. I read a review and I tried to replicate their EICAR test file: https://antivirusprotection.reviews/review/360-total-security/

Guess what: even the file is made to test the antivirus effectiveness, 360 Total Security was unable to detect the fake threat. They also claim that offer VPN / firewall so on... After the software is installed you discover that you need to download separate application for these features.

From Wikipedia:
"The antivirus testing companies, AV-Comparatives of Austria, Germany's AV-Test and Virus Bulletin of the UK have accused Qihoo of providing for testing its anti-virus equipped with a Bitdefender engine, while the consumer version uses Qihoo's own QVM engine"

I agree that for a free antivirus it could be a good choice but I'll choose Avast Free Edition instead of this solution.

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 3 months 1 week ago Kumar_Shah

Very happy using Lightshot. For that matter, why not just stick with the Windows Snipping Tool?

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 3 months 1 week ago HellcatM

I use ShareX, it does a lot and its free.

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Best Free Portable Applications 3 months 1 week ago Hazmat

Another great resource for portable applications that you might consider adding to your comprehensive list is https://www.pendriveapps.com
I've been going there for years.

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 3 months 1 week ago oblivion

I grant it's possibly slightly less lightweight, and it's donationware (which still includes "free" as donations are optional) but my screenshot tool of choice is donationcoder.com's ScreenshotCaptor. I haven't done a feature-by-feature comparison but my sense is that the latter delivers a bit more "bang for your buck" (or, perhaps, "bang for your no bucks"!)

 

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Replace Text 3 months 1 week ago Jojo Yee Tested and it worked for me in Windows 10. view
Hundreds Of Free Music Tracks For Your Projects 3 months 1 week ago 4sure5

Very useful, thanks!

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The Simplest, Easiest PC Linux Ever 3 months 1 week ago eikelein

@Australia:
I agree. My experience is that for a third party you ALWAYS need to consider that people mostly want a low price, preferably free solution for their needs.

I have found that Linux Lite (linuxliteos.com) is by far one of the easiest to use lightweight versions out there. It is (yet another) Ubuntu based distro and thus everything for Debian/Ubuntu will work. It comes in 32- and 64-bit versions and trying it as a live demo from a USB stick is recommended and does not require any changes to the main disk drive of the machine.

So far the "weakest" old computer I have revived with LL was an older laptop with a Pentium dual core 1.8 Ghz processor. I might get an old laptop with an AMD TF-20 1.6Ghz cpu (single core!); that machine came with Windows 7 and is excruciatingly slow, even with all malware removed. I wonder how it will do with LL.

One thing that I almost always do with weaker, old machines: I give them a new SSD drive. The prices of 100 to 120 GB drives have come down to around $50 to $60 and I sometimes buy two or three to always have at least one in reserve.

And naturally I don't expect LL or anything else to do well in 1GB; 2GB is my minimum and 4GB is quite generous.

Brother printers usually have decent Linus support from the manufacturer, just download the Debian package(s).

My experience with Linux Mint, Ubuntu and others are that these distros usually are too heavy even for an older dual core machine around or under 2 Ghz.

As usual you mileage will vary.

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Best Free Media Player 3 months 1 week ago erenseymen

best ordering in the internet. bravo guys. potplayer rulz.

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224 Places For Free Audio Books Online 3 months 1 week ago heavenlysent71902

every website i looked up didn't have Uncle Tom's Cabin by : Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Replace Text 3 months 1 week ago adarro

I noted there is a specific disclaimer on the site, http://www.ecobyte.com/replacetext/ "Please note that Replace Text is no longer supported and has known problems with some Windows 7 installations."
However, there is no further information on what those issues are. (I am using Win 10) and noting the recent review date (March 25 of this year) was curious to see if this great app is functional on current systems (preferably before installing)

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Need Graph, Music Or Lined Paper? Generate And Print Your Own. 3 months 1 week ago Jim Foster

Actually.....folks might want to look at this free site: https://www.printablepaper.net/ It is just what it says. Printable Paper of every type you can imagine and a bunch you never thought of!

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Wallpaper of the Week: Winter Night Landscape 3 months 1 week ago rhiannon

I would agree with MC. That particular website has been around for many years. I've featured wallpapers from the site many times over the years. It has a green WOT rating as well.
Just FYI, I stopped using Malwarebytes some time ago because of issues I was having with it. :)

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Wallpaper of the Week: Winter Night Landscape 3 months 1 week ago MidnightCowboy

Our advice would be to use a more reliable security setup. Malwarebytes is riddled with false positives. MC - Site Manager.
https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2059934
http://zulu.zscaler.com/submission/show/17ae27bb3b478a90704ceb9c89d436e5...
https://www.virustotal.com/en/url/59b6951d3b16a8b6e24b1656f193afa7ca8ce5...
http://www.urlvoid.com/scan/nature.desktopnexus.com/
https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/nature.desktopnexus.com?utm_source=ad...

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Wallpaper of the Week: Winter Night Landscape 3 months 1 week ago dabney

Malwarebytes blocked this as a malicious website

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Download A Youtube Video As An Audio MP3 File 3 months 1 week ago 90174576

I am using https://greenmp3.com/ . It's the best

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