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Forgot Your WiFi Password? How to Find It in Windows 1 month 2 weeks ago SayLor77

Bob - That works well, and I've kept a "brain book" of my customers and the information on the systems I've built or installed for them. Saved me many a Sunday trip to 'East Out Back' to recover or reset passwords.

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Zorin OS 11 Is Here 1 month 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

Windows users can shrink their drive to create some free space and then dual-boot a Zorin installation into this, choosing which system to use at boot. Alternatively (my preferred option and safer) you can wipe Windows completely, install Zorin as the main operating system and then re-install Windows into VirtualBox. Here's a screenshot of Windows 7 running as a guest OS on Zorin 9 inside VirtualBox. MC - Site Manager.
http://i.imgur.com/bG2hKtU.png

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Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software 1 month 2 weeks ago vandamme

You can change the chart to vertical, different direction, fan chart, etc. by going to View-->Configure. The fan chart is pretty cool, you can see hundreds of people at once.

The Reports menu has lots of different things that are produced with a Graphwiz plugin. It should be installed, so you just hit a button and it makes a chart in SVG format that you can manipulate using a vector graphics program.

You can install plugins pretty easily, and there's a bunch of them at https://gramps-project.org/wiki/index.php?title=4.2_Addons . Maybe some of them will do what you want. Like this? https://gramps-project.org/wiki/index.php?title=File:RelationshipChartDescendants.png

The wiki has support for new users. https://gramps-project.org/wiki/index.php?title=Main_page Probably the place to go for help.

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Zorin OS 11 Is Here 1 month 2 weeks ago vandamme

Zorin 11 came out on Feb. 3, and it's based on the old Ubuntu LTS (has Linux kernel 4.2.0). Okay, that won't mean much for noobs, but it does lag quite a bit, even more than Mint. It's pretty, and does look like Windows (or Mac, if that's how you roll) but there are more cutting edge beginner distros, like Ubuntu MATE. I put it on my dad's PC (he's 94); it works like a charm. Things are easier to find in a menu, so you don't have to clutter up your desktop with shortcuts.

It's #11 on the distrowatch list, so it's pretty popular.

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Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software 1 month 2 weeks ago elmt

Hi, thanks for the article, quite useful indeed!

Right now I'm in search for a decent program to build my family tree. Ages ago I used Geno Pro that allowed me to create a visual tree of all my relatives (even though it took four pages :) ), and now I'm trying to find something similar.

I tried Gramps however it will not do it (hides siblings for instance, and also shows the tree horizontally when I really would have liked it vertically... at least to have an option!)

Any suggestions which program would do that, a chart like http://www.bestadsontv.com/files/print/2011/Jan/33524_Bestad_Family_Tree_RGB.jpg ?

Thank you :)

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Zorin OS 11 Is Here 1 month 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy I agree. Security updates for V11 are only up to July of this year. I still have Zorin 9, the current LTS, installed on one system and this will receive updates until April 2019. MC - Site Manager. view
Zorin OS 11 Is Here 1 month 2 weeks ago willrun4fun

I would recommend waiting if you do want to install this. 11 is based on Ubuntu 15 which is not an LTS release. When Ubuntu 16LTS drops here soon Zorin should follow.

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Best Free Income Tax Filing Software and Service 1 month 2 weeks ago okrick There are no others. You should be thankful Taxact still produces downloadable free feature limited software. My suggestion is actually your idea "I may use the free software as far as possible, then print it out and fill in the rest of the forms by hand." view
Best Free Income Tax Filing Software and Service 1 month 2 weeks ago BeaM

This year, TaxAct is forcing people who don't need to file a state return to pay for one anyway.
Because of ONE small sale (under $100) of stock to cover a required minimum distribution from an inherited IRA, I have to pay $29.99 or more for a version that provides far more than I need.
I'm really bummed at TaxAct for this - I download the program and mail in the form because I don't trust any website to keep all my info secure and refuse to do any "free" prep online.
After years of getting spoiled by not having to decipher hundreds of pages of tiny print in the instructions and not having to do my own math, I'm beyond outraged and disappointed that we're being coerced to pay for things we don't need.
Not sure how to proceed at this point. I may use the free software as far as possible, then print it out and fill in the rest of the forms by hand.
Any tips on sites that still let you download a FREE version of the federal return that includes things like Schedule A, B, and D info is very welcome!

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Forgot Your WiFi Password? How to Find It in Windows 1 month 2 weeks ago vandamme

On Ubuntu, it's in the System Settings --> Connectivity.
On Linux Mint, System Settings --> Networking.

No extra software required.

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Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility 1 month 2 weeks ago eph61820

I would add a third to this list that gives the other two a run for the money with its free version: http://synchredible.com

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Some Amazing Google Tricks 1 month 2 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

Either that or Rob has waaaay too much free time on his hands.

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Best Free Music Player and Organizer 1 month 2 weeks ago Panzer Foobnix: http://foobnix.com/en/description.html http://foobnix.com/en/download.html#Windows view
Best Free Media Player 1 month 2 weeks ago Panzer

Bino is a 3D video player with multi-display support:
http://bino3d.org/

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Best Free PC Games 1 month 2 weeks ago Jhones

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Best Free PIM 1 month 2 weeks ago urdrwho10

Well I am again looking for a good Contact Manager. For 11 years I've used TImeMatters and it is a fine CM. The problem is that the SSL in the email client won't communicate to my AT&T e-mail account. Old technology. When I first bought TM it cost me $350 but now 11 years later to update would cost $1200. Ouch!

Time Matters is owned by Lexis Nexis and they don't even allow the older unused software to be sold. I imagine that It is their way of propping up the $1200 charge.

I just downloaded Pimero for a 30 day free trial. Apparently what I use most is not in Pimero and that is e-mails that can be attached to each contact. My business must track and keep client e-mails. When a client calls and asks about their account I can't say --- hold on while I do an extensive search / filter on all e-mails.

I also need to track documents that are sent in e-mails or documents that I have gathered in any other manner. I don't think Pimero can do it.

I am willing to spend some money but Not $1200. I am looking at Goldmine but they cost @ $600.

What I see in these Contact Manager / PIM apps is the same thing I saw before going with Time Matters. They do little more than Outlook Express. I don't think Outlook Business has good document management. I can't say for sure because I never looked at it in real life.

If not for the change in security protocol that AT&T did Time Matters is working great for me. The constant changing environment in the software world sure does add a lot of cost to doing business.

I am a big Linux fan but there isn't even a half-way usable PIM for Linux. I am about ready to spend money for a programmer to make a good CM for Linux. It would be my gift to the Linux OS world. After all that is part of the mission of open source. To me not having a great Contact Manager is the lost link in the chain for the business world to accept Linux.

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Some Amazing Google Tricks 1 month 2 weeks ago Sid in Extremis

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

;^)

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 1 month 2 weeks ago papavonschoen

A desktop is just, it's for working on stuff on your desk. It shouldn't be for launching programs.

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 1 month 2 weeks ago eikelein

yogi22,

we should get together and commiserate jointly. ;-)

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 1 month 2 weeks ago danceman

Another option that accomplishes the same thing and more would be the FENCES program. HOWEVER, it is not free except to try it. However, you can hide all grouped icons, create groups of icons and other files/folders and hide everything to create a blank desktop with one click. http://www.stardock.com/products/fences/ So should a "mac like" experience with power have appeal, FENCES is worth a look though not free.

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 1 month 2 weeks ago vandamme

Looks like Gnome 3 desktop on Linux. Not too many people like it, but to each their own.

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 1 month 2 weeks ago yogi22

Re: eikelein' comments, I sympathize entirely! My way around the problem of the "blank stare" is to say,
"Tap on the Windows Key - bottom left between Ctrl & Alt"
"Tap on the T Key - now the E Key - now the A Key, etc., etc." (until TeamViewer or the desired program is completely typed)
"Left-Click on TeamViewer in the displayed results" (or the desired program)
Then starts the fun of getting their username and password

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 1 month 2 weeks ago eikelein

I understand crosseyelemon's comment #(126181) above. But my spine is curling.

Background: Way too often, especially when a customer called me and we want to begin a remote support session, I ask them to start a specific program. I say something like "Please start Teamviewer, that is double click on the Teamviewer icon on your desktop". BTW "Teamviewer" is used here only as fairly well known stand-in, it actually is something else!

As far is my request to click on a *named* icon on the desktop and the limits of phone calls are concerned I get back the equivalent of a blank stare.

IMHO way too many people DON'T EVER actually read the text under an icon, that is for me the name of the darned thing. They seem to intuitively go only by colors and shapes; okay, that is their unconscious choice not wanting to know the name of the program they will be starting or the thing they will be handling.

But even more of this IMHO "dumbing down" nonsense? I am glad that I will likely not be around any more when that one day has become the accepted norm - and yet that day may come way to soon for my liking. :-((

As usual, this only IMHO and YMMV.

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 2 weeks ago eikelein

crosseyedlemon,

I have hardly ever laughed that hard in a very long time. Your "Maybe Micrososft should consider that approach" almost killed me, THANK YOU... ;-))

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 2 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

Although I use a competitor, I'm aware that Bit Defender has an excellent reputation and many loyal users. That a company rep is forth coming about potential limitations of the product gains the company more respect in my opinion. Maybe Microsoft should consider that approach.

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Best Free Income Tax Filing Software and Service 1 month 2 weeks ago shawnz

"TaxACT Free Edition is the only free tax preparation program for download."

That sucks. Now I remember the fact, but it still sucks. I used them for years, switched to TT for a few years when a friend was bootlegging a few copies, and I used TaxACT again for years. I prefer to do mine offline, print, and post them. H&R Block has local tax accountants, but why should the other companies know your business, when your only connection back to them is via their corporate web pages and robot-call-screeners?

TaxAct removed the forms/schedules from the free version this year (all or most of them?). I only need a very few of them. Sometimes I itemize, evaluate, and then switch back to the standard deduction. All the forms were there before. They were linked for calculations; the directions were linked; and you could override/toggle the form-data influence on the 1040 calculations to consider the difference (itemize or not, for example). Now TaxACT wants to profile you ahead to sell you a package with the forms. Even the first pay-tier seems really thin on forms/schedules. I think a relatively simple return could now force free filers to the second pay tier.

I just found Open-source Tax Solver (OTS): http://opentaxsolver.sourceforge.net
But, I don't know anything about it yet. Many software programmers have said never trust FOS Software for something like tax filing. They say, "don't risk it, and pony up for commercial software or even an accountant". If you have some complex issues, the accountant can research them and discuss how to file/report them better than any program. Also an accountant will optimize the return for the payer, while the IRS probably will not. The nuance is in the interpretation of thousands of pages of mumbo jumbo that are supposed to indicate what, and what fractions, are to be reported where and when. Making those data flow across forms and processing them might be done fine in many cases with many different tax softwares if you don't need a full tax-accountant service. The commercial programs link the instruction files nicely. Sometimes they have useful pointers to further explain the instructions, but other times they obscure or block the instructions with a forced "interview" and dumbed down script.

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Best Free Income Tax Filing Software and Service 1 month 2 weeks ago okrick My suggestion is to stick with one of the IRS recommended programs at https://www.irs.gov/uac/Free-File:-Do-Your-Federal-Taxes-for-Free. Rick view
Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 2 weeks ago bernardz CryptoPrevent creates a heap of group policies and I find it hard to find the one group policy that is causing the problems. view
Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software 1 month 2 weeks ago vandamme

Interestingly, Gramps uses Graphviz to show charts. Scribus also has a plug in. Haven't tried.

Gimp works on images, not vectors or databases.

Graphviz isn't in my Mint repository, so haven't tried that either. Getting late anyhow....zzzzz

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Best Free File Manager 1 month 2 weeks ago mchldpy

What is suggested for 64 bit systems? Since this (Free Commander) doesn't show 64 bit applications or even all of the control panel entries, by self admission.

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 2 weeks ago mchldpy

I just read this at the provided link from a Bit Defender Rep dated April 4th,

"Please remember, however, that this is experimental stuff and the lack of licensing also means a lack of guarantees of any kind.
We might discontinue it tomorrow, or cease updating it and never tell anyone, or… you get the drift."

From the gist of the conversations there (I could be wrong) it seems almost that it probably won't work unless you are running Bit Defender A/V or A/M or maybe their security suite. It seems the Rep is saying if you have BD installed you probably don't need it but if you aren't using BD it might not work. I've got to be missing something somewhere. I was wanting to try for more protection but ...

I did see one report of being infected with Locky v3 after having installed the vaccine.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 month 2 weeks ago EdK

I have been using IrfanView for years and I love it! I also have tried Picasa and it has one feature that I WISH IrfanView had: It will crawl all over your hard drive and find every single photo on your system. Other things about Picasa are annoying but this feature is great. Now they are ending support on Picasa and I don't really want to install it on Windows 10. Does anyone know if any of these other programs have that feature?

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Easily and Safely Eject USB Drives and Memory Cards 1 month 2 weeks ago zevekar

Completely useless! Works only when windows internal standard options also working! When cannot be unmounted for SOME mysterious reason - this program also cannot DO anything! Any more programs?

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Find More Than 10,000 Fun Facts In One Place 1 month 2 weeks ago howiem

Jojo Yee, true, but in the original hypothesis the size or thickness of the paper is not specified. :)

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Find More Than 10,000 Fun Facts In One Place 1 month 2 weeks ago howiem

True, but the value of a dollar is zero is you don't save any at all.And to compensate for that decrease in the value of money which is mainly caused by that government tax called inflation, people invest the money.

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 1 month 2 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

I'm a hardcore minimalist when it comes to computer desktops and want nothing more than a recycling bin icon on display. Using the start menu and taskbar I can generally accommodate a couple of dozen programs I use frequently. I can see this having benefits for those who like to access accessory folder or system tools quickly though.

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Find More Than 10,000 Fun Facts In One Place 1 month 2 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

The problem with fiscal austerity, is that with few exceptions, the buying power of a dollar decreases the longer you save it.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 month 2 weeks ago zdub

I also stuck with v14 after they made undesirable changes with v15. I used Irfanview and XnView for many years but stopped using them for Zoner. (FastStone is great but by now I forgot why I preferred Zoner.)

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 2 weeks ago zdub

The problem occurs because some companies install executables in the user's AppData directory. Google update even does this. CryptoPrevent works by preventing execution of such programs (as well as preventing executables with double extensions) but you'll have to unset the group policy temporarily to install such programs and then whitelist them when re-enabling CryptoPrevent.

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Free And Easy Online File Conversions 1 month 2 weeks ago zdub

At first I thought it naive that folks would upload a file with sensitive info to a free service, but then I realize I do this all the time with Google Docs. But still your warning is an important one...

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Find More Than 10,000 Fun Facts In One Place 1 month 2 weeks ago Jojo Yee That's a good one, howiem, but I can't make it if I fold a small piece of paper like A4. view
Find More Than 10,000 Fun Facts In One Place 1 month 2 weeks ago howiem

As for the myth of not being to fold a piece of paper more than 7 times, Mythbusters debunked that at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRAEBbotuIE

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Find More Than 10,000 Fun Facts In One Place 1 month 2 weeks ago howiem

" One penny doubled everyday becomes over 5 million dollars in just 30 days" is sometimes presented as a choice of whether one would prefer to have a million dollars or the penny doubled every day. For me, I'd take the 1 million, because there is no guarantee that anyone can double that penny every day, and I certainly can't. But it makes a good point about trying to save.

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Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software 1 month 2 weeks ago 1uigi

Hey, thanks for the prompt answer!
What I wanted is something like that : http://www.aviz.fr/old/geneaquilts/Images/GreekGods_Graph.pdf
Since my family is not that complex, I think that it would be nice to have my family tree look like that, instead of the usual, partial tree I can get by selecting one individual and show only its siblings and ancestors.
Also fan chart can't show me and my cousins, and my sister in law too.
Can i use Gramps for merging trees?
I see that I can have "reports" that sound like what I need, but thay save files in .gv format. I can't even open them with Gimp! Is there any other program I can use , a part from "Graphviz"?
If i download Graphviz, maybe in my Ubuntu computer, would it work? Have you ever tried to do something like that?
Thanks anyway.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Lightning Over The Grand Canyon 1 month 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

Bhodi Linux has quite a loyal following. At inception it used the E17 (Enlightenment) desktop but later releases of this introduced a lot of instability so the Bhodi developers decided to fork the last stable version of Enlightenment and so created the Moksha desktop used now. This is very different to your usual Gnome, Mate, KDE, Xfce etc., which makes it quite appealing. M.C - Site Manager.
http://www.bodhilinux.com/2015/04/28/introducing-the-moksha-desktop/

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Free And Easy Online File Conversions 1 month 2 weeks ago lesam

I have uses ZAMZAR for years since I first subscribed to Gizmo, never had a problem never had a need for more than 50 MB till last week needed to convert a 200 MB VOB to MP4.
Went to Convert File, all well until download when screen went Blue and notification of bad website came up.
Just tried Online Convert, size exceeds the free plan. Thanks GW Baldwin for the heads up.
Lesam

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Wallpaper of the Week: Lightning Over The Grand Canyon 1 month 2 weeks ago rhiannon Great looking desktop MC. Haven't heard of Bodhi Linux, looks interesting. view
Wallpaper of the Week: Lightning Over The Grand Canyon 1 month 2 weeks ago rhiannon Hmmm, sinister isn't what came to mind when I saw it but it sure could fit - but then, I'm the one who has been been jumping up and down in excitement when thunderstorms roll in since before I could talk. :) Glad you like it. :) view
Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 2 weeks ago godel

The best protection against ransomware is up-to-date offline backups.

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Dozens Of Free Online Programming Environments 1 month 2 weeks ago Sgluber

rob,

I am an old school coder. Many years ago I started with Basic, in times when the word "Visual" even exist in the world of personal computers. After I learned to coding in Cobol, dBASE and Clipper. Nowadays I coding in Harbour (a Clipper evolution, in few words). Recently I "played" some hours with Python.

Your article got my attention and I will give a good look at "Coding Ground" as soon as I can.

Thank you very much! :-)

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 month 2 weeks ago George.J

From the comments what I can understand is that certain people have been tricked into installing a rogue software that masked itself as 360 Total Security. There could also be programs that promote 360 TS and bundle their product with the antivirus software which may or may not be fake. Same is the case with many programs endorsing Google Chrome.

Now the end user is responsible in both these cases if 360 TS (fake/not) appears on their system in this fashion. The solution to this is to download programs from their official website unless specifically stated at Gizmo's Freeware with links to alternate sites.

Until last February I used to have 360 TS (before switching to Windows Defender) downloaded and updated on one of my systems through every iteration from version 5 and I have not experienced any problems like you've mentioned. To confirm that I downloaded 360 TS again day before yesterday, and had the same experience. It had the fastest install/uninstall times among it's counterparts, completely uninstalled itself without any "parts/modules" left behind, had no so called "processes" related to 360 TS running in the foreground/background after un-installation and reboot.

About the files left behind, after un-installing an antivirus you are supposed to reboot your system before the files are removed completely, which is why you might have seen folders of files related to it left behind. Even after reboot there might be certain empty folders left behind and some with files of few Kb's which does not affect system performance. This is true for any antivirus out there.

In the case of 360 TS the folders left behind after reboot were:-

  • 360 - C:\Program Files (x86)
  • 360 Quarant - C:\ProgramData
  • 360safe - C:\Windows\SysWOW64\config\systemprofile\AppData\Roaming\360safe 
  • 360Disabled - C:\Windows\Tasks

The same is the case with Avast::-

  • Avast Software - C:\ProgramData\AVAST Software
  • avast Antivirus! - C:\Program Files\Common Files\AV
  • Avast - C:\ProgramData\AVAST Software\Persistent Data
  • Avast Software - C:\Windows\System32\Tasks

This can be replicated for others too.

You had mentioned that 360TS had been installed by "malware" [from the very little information provided by you] which caused the after-effects so the original program is not the one at fault. The software from the official site doesn't include any adware/malware like you say, and this has been confirmed prior to writing this review. If you have any doubts about the same, and willing to trust Gizmo's Freeware for our reviews, you should try it yourself based on the recommendation before following up to what others have to say.

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Free And Easy Online File Conversions 1 month 2 weeks ago tgellert

There is a HUGE risk of someone getting your personal info when using a FREE online converter - of any type - for any type of conversion. When you upload your file(s) the server at the opposite end now has your file! I find it crazy to use such services. I know of 2 people that wanted to convert their tax return (PDF format) converted to some other format and had their identity stolen - 2 separate people. You have been warned.

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Free And Easy Online File Conversions 1 month 2 weeks ago GWBaldwin

Check out http://www.online-convert.com. Everything accomplished on one screen. No multiple web pages, no giving email address, no finding email with link, no clicking on a link, no nag messages to 'upgrade'. Unbelievable number of file formats. There is a 100MB limit, and they do have a premium service, but I have never seen a 'nag' message.

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Free And Easy Online File Conversions 1 month 2 weeks ago Sgluber

As usual, nice tip, rob! :-)

Tks to you and to crosseyedlemon (for Convert.files tip)! ;-)

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Listen To Music Online For Free At These 20 Websites 1 month 2 weeks ago Rikin Patel

Free android app for latest bollywood songs download

http://latestbollywoodsongs.in/Apps/DownloadAndroidApk

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Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software 1 month 2 weeks ago vandamme

"I tried to use Gramps but this can only show the parents for every individual, that is definitely not what I want."

Not sure what you're trying to do here, but if you go into the View-->Configure menu, you can set up Gramps to show all kinds of weird stuff, like vertical up/down (like Ancestry.com) or a descendent fan chart (which can show hundreds of people in a small area). It just has tons of capability.

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Free And Easy Online File Conversions 1 month 2 weeks ago kkanalz

You neglected to mention that the MINIMUM cost of Zamzar is US$9 per month if you want to convert very much data. That is, beyond the one or two times a week.

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Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software 1 month 2 weeks ago 1uigi

hallo everybody
I made my family tree some years ago and I used Simple Family Tree [direct file link removed as per site rules]. I think you should give it a try since it is so clear and simple, even if it is very basic.
When I had to merge two trees (one made by me and one made by my sister-in-law) I used MyHeritage Family Tree Builder.
Merging didn't work very well since every individual was duplicated by the software so i had to delete every doubled individual "by hand".
Moreover, every software I use, I can't get a tree with ALL the individuals I have in the list. I tried to use Gramps but this can only show the parents for every individual, that is definitely not what I want.
Can you suggest me a free software that don't have these problems? [commercial reference removed as per site rules]
Thank you for any reply.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Lightning Over The Grand Canyon 1 month 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

Love this one. Put it on my Bodhi Linux desktop. Thanks Rhiannon. :) MC - Site Manager.
http://i.imgur.com/6C5B7Mj.jpg

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Free And Easy Online File Conversions 1 month 2 weeks ago eikelein

Thank you for this tip, crosseyedlemon.
Currently I don't have a file > 50MB to convert but it's good to know.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Lightning Over The Grand Canyon 1 month 2 weeks ago Sgluber

OMG! Sinister, but beautiful! *applause*

Thank you, rhiannon! :-)

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Find More Than 10,000 Fun Facts In One Place 1 month 2 weeks ago Jojo Yee True crosseyedlemon. But if I come to you with what I had before, and you give me the same as I have in hand every day, I will have more than 5 million at the end of the month. From day 2 onwards, the multiplying effect of 2^29 is tremendous :) view
Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 2 weeks ago bernardz I tried CryptoPrevent and discovered that I had problems installing programs I wanted. I am forever installing and removing new software. I think its because of the changes it made on the group policies. view
Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 2 weeks ago NeilF784

I totally support Redstick's comments.
GIZMO is a site aimed at promoting helpful tips on IT issues.
By all means submit comments about alternatives but do so in a professional way -do not be rude.
The site is not intended for "my dog is bigger than your dog" comments. There are many opinions and examples where some software options work better for some people but not for others.
The Editor spends a lot of time checking for helpful opportunities and should be congratulated for his efforts not criticized in a rude immature manner.

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Find More Than 10,000 Fun Facts In One Place 1 month 2 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

If you come to me everyday with a penny and I give you another one, at the end of the month you will have 62 cents at most.

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 2 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

I'm not sure why Bitcoin has entered the discussion here. My point is that Rob seemed to be suggesting that personal data is being held hostage until users cough up an extortion fee. For someone to attempt that so openly just seems absurd to me unless they are looking to get themselves prosecuted.

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 2 weeks ago mchldpy

You should update your source.
Using mics and sound cards to generate high frequency sounds spanning 65 feet, high frequency doesn't take much power to reproduce.
BitWhisper uses Thermal Manipulation between 2 air-gapped computers and requires no dedicated peripheral hardware.
GSMEM uses an internal bus on an air-gapped computer and turn it into an antenna to transmit stolen data over the cellular network.
There are others.
Right now (for the moment) unless you've got big secrets or valuable info you are probably safe BUT, it won't take too long for the above average code writer to make the process easier so all the z-holes can use it to separate us fr4om whatever commodity they think we don't have a right to or need for.

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 1 month 2 weeks ago Kissol

Yes it has (Editor and Viewer).
It seems you need install 'European Languages Pack'.

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 1 month 2 weeks ago Yankiwi

You're right that it would be clearer if they specifically stated "free version," but to give them their due, they do say that ""The FREE [emphasis in the original] download of the PDF-XChange Editor ***may be used without limitation*** for Private, Commercial, Government and all uses," etc. "May be used without limitation" says to me that the software is free to download and use, but I agree wholeheartedly that it would probably be clearer and better for them to state outright that they have a "free version" available. I would even go further and add that it would be better still for their statement about the "free version" to be more prominent than the "free download" statement I originally quoted, which was rather tucked away on their site.

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 2 weeks ago sirpaul2

Anything's possible with a delayed attack. One would hope that anyone who creates a disk image would also make sure beforehand that the original image isn't compromised, as there is no ability for devices on opposite sides of the "gap" to communicate - but that discussion is for a different article.

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 2 weeks ago vandamme

A close second is NOT running Windows.

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 2 weeks ago wrigs

It looks to me like Cryptolocker and Bitdefender's product work in different ways - I assume this means they can work alongside each other problem free?

From the description above of Bitdefender's product tricking ransomware into thinking device is already infected I am guessing it works like AV in reverse by presenting an infection "signature" for the ransomware to "read". But like AV will these spoof infection signatures get out of date?

Like you I installed CryptoPrevent in 2013 . I assume it is doing what is claimed. The policies it sets may cause the occasional problems for a tiny minority of users e.g. on installing certain new software. I install lots of system and IT related software and on recently moving to Win 10 (from Vista via Win 7!) I had to unset Cryptoprevent and reboot to install one piece of software. There may have been previous occasions when the policies set by Cryptoprevent prevented me running some software but I didn't realise the cause - unfortunately I don't know enough about Windows policies to understand and manually change them.

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 2 weeks ago seaboyd

There's nothing like free, so by all means get this program. However, I use a method that I don't have to worry about that stuff. I use Acronis True Image. I run it every two days. So, if I have some sleezeball extort me to get my computer back, I just run Acronis and completely wipe out and add the stuff I had a day or two ago. Easy...a few clicks and it runs replacing everything on the disk and re-writing the image previously recorded. As for recording a complete image...it is also easy! You just set it up for the date and times you want and forget it. I set it up for every other day at 0100 in the a.m. I leave the computer on that night when I'm done for the day. It does it's job and records it on a separate HD. You can even tell it to run so many images and then delete and replace with new. i.e. I have it set for 4 images saved. So when it runs the 5th etc it will delete the oldest one and replace it with a new one. This may sound a lot but once you set it up you can forget it until your disk or data gets damaged, then run a restore. Best if you buy a separate HD and plug it in for the storage.

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1 - You can free download PDF-XChange Editor;
2 - You will see some feature (few) have aditional characters PRO right to their name - and only using these features will bring the DEMO labels to your document (which You can easy remove after buying the license).
3 - another features (without PRO) You can use fo FREE with no time limitation.

So, You can use without problem all free features (a lot) and try PRO features (some specific) just to know how they work.

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 2 weeks ago eikelein

@crosseyedlemon:

EXACTLY! That nowadays is called business... ;-) And they use Bitcoin exactly because it is NOT traceable.

Although it is quite a mouthful you can read up about Bitcoin here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitcoin

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 2 weeks ago mchldpy

"A recent (unplugged) disk image/disk clone is still the best defense against ransomeware"

until they learn to spell "air gap".

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 2 weeks ago mchldpy

The best "FREE" and "PAID" solution is CryptoPrevent from FoolishIT.com. The Ransomware known as "Crypto Locker" hit in 2013 and CryptoPrevent has been on it ever since. The only differewnce between the free and paid versions is auto updates are done manually in the free version along with help through the forums. I used to write my own Group Policy Rules when this junk started BUT, now CP writes over 320 Rules. Plus the germ writers have gotten good at their trade. It was just .exe and .dll files that could run and infect you. Now it's almost any file in disguise and any exploit like the right to left text direction exploit. I used his program in 2013 and learned from it and his written instructions on how and where to place the restrictions. Now there are too many and the thieves have gotten much better. I wonder what will happen when the junk writers decide that "were gonna infect you anyway just to make sure you really are infected." They've got to know this (trick) app exist unless like the first grouch, I mean the first guy said, they've had their head in the sand.

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 2 weeks ago sirpaul2

It's better than most, but I wouldn't rely on it. Go to YouTube and watch 'More fun with ransomeware part 4'.
It's virtually impossible to stay ahead of malware due to security always being at least hours behind new exploits.
A recent (unplugged) disk image/disk clone is still the best defense against ransomeware.

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 2 weeks ago redstick

This isn't really very helpful. Obviously the editor has "heard of ransomware, etc., etc." The article offers a certain amount of protection for small users like us, not mega-corps (which are often notoriously sloppy, security-wise). It is an attempt to prevent us from becoming mini-Medstars, and deserves our support and consideration, not snarky put-downs. To quote Old Bill, "Well, if you knows of a better 'ole, go to it."

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Listen To Music Online For Free At These 20 Websites 1 month 3 weeks ago willrun4fun

Songza has been gone for quite a while now. They were rolled into google music.

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 3 weeks ago HenWin

All I can say is if you haven't heard of ransomware or how it works, you've had your head in the sand for the last year or 18 months. You might want to look into the Washington DC area hospital chain, Medstar Health for a most recent attack that was almost certainly caused by ransomware. Also check out Brian Krebs' www.Krebsonsecurity.com, and sign up for his blog or RSS feed.

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 3 weeks ago bernardz Drug sites work on bitcoins. The reason it works it because they cannot be traced. view
The Best-Known Free Office Software Suite. Portable. 1 month 3 weeks ago Popeyez

I prefer SoftMaker FreeOffice over LibreOffice. FreeOffice also costs nothing, but is superior in speed and reliability, and it has a way better compatibility with Microsoft Office formats. I also find it easier to use. It might not be as well known, but you should try it out if you're annoyed with interoperability issues. You get it at freeoffice.com

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Listen To Music Online For Free At These 20 Websites 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon 2 out of 3 is fine, good websites need to stay afloat somehow, keep a little money coming in to pay the bills. :) view
Listen To Music Online For Free At These 20 Websites 1 month 3 weeks ago utilitarian3

Great list! I would add SomaFM. 25 channels featuring good electronic music, as well as underground/alternative. Also commercial-free and listener-supported. Free on both PC and iOS, although the Android app is not free. Oh well, 2 out of 3 ain't bad, as they say.

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Listen To Music Online For Free At These 20 Websites 1 month 3 weeks ago vandamme

Yeah, I don't like da funk either.

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Best Free Program Launcher 1 month 3 weeks ago oblivion Interesting -- looks like it might be a useful program. A couple of concerns, though -- it doesn't make any explicit statements about licensing, it's clearly a beta product right now, and it's 64-bit only. Given the possibility of extensions via the user's Python skills (!) it may be a little "power users" oriented. I'm still not completely sure I understand what the phrase "semantic launcher" means, though :) view
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AppRemover security uninstaller
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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 3 weeks ago CASD

I'm not sure the FBI is going to fly to Kenya for a $500 virus :)

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 3 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

Well I'm a bit confused by that first paragraph Rob. It seems to me the only ones able to extort $500 from users with a decryption password would be the ones responsible for the malware infection. That would make it pretty easy for the FBI to trace them wouldn't it?

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Listen To Music Online For Free At These 20 Websites 1 month 3 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

Most of those I've had bookmarked for some time. A few others worth mentioning include Songza, Jango, Streema and AccuRadio. I miss Grooveshark and Live365 which are now defunk.

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 month 3 weeks ago wildweaselkeeper

Thanks for the Heads Up!

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Wallpaper of the Week: Lightning Over The Grand Canyon 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon You're more than welcome. :) view
Wallpaper of the Week: Lightning Over The Grand Canyon 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon Nice one! I've had these royal purple tulips on my desktop the last few days: https://imgur.com/MU9lOwg view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 month 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

You can make what you will of the reasons given for the test submissions (Chinese v external market) but ultimately the true detection performance is a matter of configuration.

"Investigations by the three labs found that all products submitted for testing by Qihoo had one of the product's four available engines, provided by Bitdefender, enabled by default, while a second, Qihoo's own QVM engine, was never enabled. This included versions posted to ostensibly public sections of the company’s websites.

By contrast, as far as can be determined, all versions made generally available to users in Qihoo's main market regions had the Bitdefender engine disabled and the QVM engine active. According to all test data this would provide a considerably lower level of protection and a higher likelihood of false positives. Options are provided in the product to adjust these settings, but as the majority of users leave settings unchanged, most tests insist on using the default product settings to best represent real‐world usage."

https://www.grahamcluley.com/2015/05/revealed-anti-virus-product-cheat/

Maybe most users do leave their settings at default in which case the test results were certainly erroneous. On the other hand, using security apps at default settings quite often yields unsatisfactory results and this is not how Windows security should be configured. MC - Site Manager.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 month 3 weeks ago jnewmarch

How can one trust a company that has found to be cheating by three of the widely respected anti-virus testing companies - AV Test, AV-Comparatives and Virus Bulletin to the extent that all three testers have stripped Qihoo 360 Total Security of their test results.

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Another stunning wallpaper! Thanks for the post and my new background :)

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Wallpaper of the Week: Lightning Over The Grand Canyon 1 month 3 weeks ago willrun4fun

A little dark but nice!

Here is one I ran for a while this week. http://imgur.com/LCoNMa4

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Best Free Disk De-fragmenter 1 month 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

When obtained via the link on our page, the x64 bit version gets 3 hits.
https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/554beef1b969b4dec2fd5041d442bc1142c55...
The x32 bit version does have more but these (as with the x64 bit) are all false positives as already documented on the developer's Sourceforge page. MC - Site Manager.

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Best Free Disk De-fragmenter 1 month 3 weeks ago howiem

I just ran UltraDefrag 7.0.1 through Virus Total and here are the results. Out of 56 scan engines, 8 detected malware.
AVware Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT 20160401
AegisLab Troj.Gen!c 20160401
Cyren W32/NewMalware-LSU-based!Maximu 20160401
F-Prot W32/NewMalware-LSU-based!Maximu 20160401
McAfee-GW-Edition BehavesLike.Win32.Tool.vc 20160331
Rising PE:Malware.XPACK/RDM!5.1 [F] 20160401
Symantec Trojan.Gen.2 20160331
VIPRE Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT 20160401
I suspect they are false positives, but the defragger programs should be checked against VT or other multi-malware scanners before making any recommendations.

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