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How to Make Your PC Safer by Uninstalling Flash Player 1 month 2 weeks ago JimConsidine

Two months ago, I followed instructions to remove Flash based on the recommendations from another website informing the world of it's vulnerabilities. They claimed at the time that the consumer really does not need Flash in today's environment. I followed their advice and found myself driven to distraction trying to find a suitable way to ingest information that is only viewed or heard with Flash.I finally gave up and reinstalled Flash.
I find your warning to be at least as disturbing as the first (whose name escapes me). First - what is the downside of using Flash? Please don't tell me that lions, tigers and bears are going to get me (on my). Second - What is the alternative to Flash? HTML5 ... what, where, and who is that? Is it on Google Chrome. i recently found another confusing article about Chrome not being able to play some items until they release a new version ... It's all gobbledygook for the average consumer trying to stay abreast.
Make is simple ... just like a cake recipe. Do X, Y., and Z and you get a cake.

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How to Make Your PC Safer by Uninstalling Flash Player 1 month 2 weeks ago howiem

Re HTML5, browsers can be tested for how well they support HTML5 at https://html5test.com/
Firefox 39 only got 467 out of 555 points
IE11 only got 341 out of 555 points
Pale Moon 25.5 got 412 out of 555 points
Chrome with a SCORE OF 526 AND Opera with 519 top the desktop browsers.
The test also has results for mobile and tablet browsers as well as for gaming and other functions

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How to Make Your PC Safer by Uninstalling Flash Player 1 month 2 weeks ago howiem

MikeR 's points are right on. In addition flash seems to be a major culprit in causing Firefox crashes, and the plug-in lingers when FF is closed down.

Firefox crashes are less frequent if Flash is prevented from automatically running. In Firefox (39), go to Tools | Add-ons and click Plugins on the left. Then you can set programs like Flash to ask before you allow them to run. Some sites, like the Internet Archives offer the alternative of flash or HTML5, but as posters above have noted, there are still too many sites using flash to uninstall it, excerpt for people who only read information.

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How to Make Your PC Safer by Uninstalling Flash Player 1 month 2 weeks ago eikelein

+1

I second that request!

Although I know that we would have to change a huge number of web sites. Radio stations, TV stations, news sites and likely thousands others REQUIRE it - or the user can not listen to or watch anything...

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How to Make Your PC Safer by Uninstalling Flash Player 1 month 2 weeks ago eikelein

Yes, it's a pain.

But IMHO to quite some extent because the hare brained update process seems to be too much or too intimidating, for many of my customers at least. I can't count how often I got called to update Adobe Flash.

And then, this a good example that Adobe's monopoly on Flash is not good for anybody: It rattles Adobe's reputation, it annoys users and, and...

But living without Flash? Not for my customers!

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How to Make Your PC Safer by Uninstalling Flash Player 1 month 2 weeks ago MikeR

Agreed. Adobe Flash is a pain and a threat but at the moment there are far, far too many web sites which still use it, including several of my online shopping accounts and even one relating to personal finance. Firefox is a frequent irritation -- albeit for the best possible reasons -- in blocking Flash and saying it's out of date, whilst Adobe is really cheap in attempting to flog extra software from McAfee which isn't needed (seriously, is Adobe that short of money that it needs to resort to such hucksterism?) I have no love for Adobe nor of Flash but until the websites I depend upon stop using Flash then for me at any rate it's still too premature to uninstall, much as I'd dearly like to.

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How to Make Your PC Safer by Uninstalling Flash Player 1 month 2 weeks ago danielson

A list of viable alternatives would be helpful.

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How to Make Your PC Safer by Uninstalling Flash Player 1 month 2 weeks ago Geert

Uninstall?
And no longer being able to listen to Deezer?
No, thanks.

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How to Make Your PC Safer by Uninstalling Flash Player 1 month 2 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

I have pretty much given up trying to get flash to work properly with Firefox (although IE still seems functional with it). An article about the HTML 5 format might be a good idea as there may be others besides myself who would like to know more about it.

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How to Make Your PC Safer by Uninstalling Flash Player 1 month 2 weeks ago nowayman

Thank you for posting about such a burning issue.
Flash is horrible, but some sites still require it. Uninstalling Flash is a bit of an overkill at the moment. I'd say it's better to prevent it from autorunning and launch it manually by clicking on the elements that require it.

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Best Free PDF Writer Software 1 month 2 weeks ago Sanpo

If you are looking for printer - you can use PDF-XChange Lite /or Standard. Viewer (and Editor) is not printer

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Speed Up Your Hearing 1 month 2 weeks ago virginiajim

Added 16 more podcast sources and adjusted upwards the number of podcasts to 7000, from 6500, available from a link in the narrative.

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A Free Password Manager that's Just as Good as Roboform 1 month 2 weeks ago greyman

Last Pass has been wonderful to use, since I figured it out. The information that you enter does not come from the cloud, it is generated on your computer. One could tweak how many hashes the passwords used, some time ago, but I don't know if that is still the case.

LastPass is great. it is Free, and, for free, it is a super good deal!

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Keep Track Of How Much Time You Spend At Your PC 1 month 2 weeks ago jim8161

I prefer toggl : http://www.toggl.com/, Web based or desktop. Pretty flexible and customisable, Reasonable built in reports. Basic version (which satisfies all my needs) is free.

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 month 2 weeks ago Panzer

"... Oh-My-Zsh is an open source, community-driven framework for managing your ZSH configuration ...":

http://ohmyz.sh/

 

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Best Free Online Applications and Services 1 month 2 weeks ago Jojo Yee Thanks HmS-PA for pointing out. "TOMA - Internet TV" is now removed from the list as it's a browser-based version of JLC's internet TV viewer and the latter is no more maintained. view
Best Free Online Applications and Services 1 month 2 weeks ago nowayman

Tried to like Flipboard multiple times, but always failed. Guess it doesn't work for everyone.

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The Easy Way To Experiment With Colour Schemes 1 month 2 weeks ago nowayman

Wow! This is very unusual palette tool.

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Best Free Web-Based Image Editor 1 month 2 weeks ago katiegray

There are a lot of free web based image editor tools today. I would like to suggest this helpful list below:
http://www.picmonkey.com
http://www.befunky.com
http://https://pixlr.com
http://www.proweb365.com
https://www.pizap.com
http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com
http://www.fotor.com/

all these tools is free, and easy to use.

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Browse 210,000 Works Of Art Online For Free 1 month 2 weeks ago pvilan

Thanks Rob for this link to an excelent web site!

Regards, Peter.

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 1 month 2 weeks ago AndyR

I could only provide a link here that was to the original source not a 3rd party so to speak... having to register in order to try a product you don't know if your going to like or even use will deter people, if it was a much needed driver for your system then that is a different matter because it would be something you would need and be left without an option hypothetically.

Thank you for the comparison on the imaging times, time is always a factor for consideration however in my opinion if you know for a fact the software you are using is 100% reliable even if it takes 6x longer than anything else it would be worth the extra time just for peace of mind. Veeam does seem to be very slow though in comparison to the others and also when you consider you can do a 3 pass low level format on a 500gb HDD in around 4 hours.

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Keep Track Of How Much Time You Spend At Your PC 1 month 2 weeks ago bernardz

crosseyedlemon: Its one of those programs that depending upon your requirements will be either a direct hit or a total miss.  Having said that if someone has this sort of requirement, I doubt  that Networx is much of an alternative.

I agree with you too that the desktop requirement is a big problem; many people now bring their laptop to work and use that. The other problem is what about people like me that tend to set up and run our big SEO and data mining jobs at night after hours.

The other issue is if I am at home, and I have to do  work; I tend to do it, read news sites and play chess all together and sometimes my kid can be on the other screen of my computer watching a movie. That is why at home I use TimeTracker.

 

 

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Best Free Online Applications and Services 1 month 2 weeks ago HmS-PA

The TOMA - free internet TV link has a REALLY scary warning pop up. Just hope I didn't get zinged. I exited the site without clicking on anything.

First time in a long time that I got into one of those areas.

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 month 2 weeks ago budchekov

"Let me close my discussion"

No one's stopping you....But of course you'll be back. ;)

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 month 2 weeks ago bernardz

Do you not see the irony MidnightCowboy when you criticise people for being anonymous? There are over four hundreds of these so-called  trolls basically saying that WOT is no good and/or a scam.  M if you read more you will find some you like better.

Anyway, I have said my piece and you yours so lets move on.


Let me close my discussion by asking anyone who intends to use WOT give it a fair test like I did.

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Browse 210,000 Works Of Art Online For Free 1 month 2 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

Hopefully making collections available online will draw more visits to these museums. The museums generous enough to adopt this approach should at the very least receive some kind of financial support from their government.

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 month 2 weeks ago bernardz

Correct I should not have had too for the point you stated. I only did it to show again that WOT despite WOT's claims can and does manipulate people reputations.

 

 

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 1 month 2 weeks ago BrollyLSSJ

I got it from the German Chip Magazine website. They are hosting it themselves. Though I don't think registering for them to download the product is not that bad.

Though for my QuadCore (about 450GB of Data) it takes way longer than Acronis / Seagate DiscWizard to backup. It has been running for an hour now and only backupped like 62GB. With Acronis the whole backup takes about 2 hours (+- some Minutes). I am using old HDDs though. On a laptop with an SSD both Seagate Disc Wizard and Veeam are on paar (Veeam takes about 1 or 2 Minutes longer to back the data up).

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 month 2 weeks ago beergas

Chrome has Avira at store. Puts a tiny green or red bar just below address bar to indicate safety of site. Accurate. Just be sure to uncheck the default slider that will pop up Offers for Avira deals now then. Haven't really hit any red sites yet but I actually forget thing is even there. Wish had it for IE11 so stuck with AdBlock for it.

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The Easy Way To Experiment With Colour Schemes 1 month 2 weeks ago magherafelt1943

Great selection of free sites. The new homepage is more attractive and easier on the eye. 10/10

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 month 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

The negative comments referred to are mostly and obviously from (of course) anonymous trolls such as this one.
"A cheap website just intended to harvest user data and blackmail innocent bloggers. A company who never displays its on contact details.. Guess Why??? Because they are CRIMINALS... ". Seriously, folks must have some sort of deficiency to ever attach credence to this type of post.
Where you can tie a comment to a "real" source, such as this one.
"Put me out of business Rated
by Thomas Prendergast on July 2, 2015 · permalink · translate
In used to own Veretekk, a free marketing automated social network for people that could not afford to pay for autoresponders, web hosting, webinar rooms, etc. Even with 100s of positive reviews, Superman and his cadre of buddies destroyed our reputation, business dropped, and I lost the company from financial ruin after 20 years of running it. 1000s of people that depended on Veretekk lost there accounts as well. I made a Youtube recording about the attacks too and they managed to get one of those videos terminated and laughed and high fived over at the MyWot forum over their success."
Just a little research throws up this:
http://www.scam.com/showthread.php?11365-Inetekk-AKA-Veretekk&s=f734da30...
It is no wonder WOT users rated down such a service, and IMO the world is better off without it.:) MC - Site Manager.

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 month 2 weeks ago budchekov

That's the second time you've posted that Political link on a Tech forum..I Imagine we all saw it the first..

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 month 2 weeks ago Lee Wilkerson

I have been using WOT for several years with very good success. Although it sometimes displays a cautionary warning on websites I know to be okay, I trust it very much.Kudos to WOT.
~/Lee the Geek

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 month 2 weeks ago grimbles

Nice little debate. As with most of these types of discussions, the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle. Over the years I've come across many negative site ratings by WOT that appear to be totally unsubstantiated and unjustified. As Midnight Cowboy has already pointed out, WOT's ratings are to be taken as a guideline only, common sense also needs to be part of the equation.

That said, I recommend WOT to all my clients simply because they are safer with it than without. It's the only site rating service I am aware of that, when the user clicks on a link, intercepts the connection to a potentially bad site with a prompt, which can only be a good thing.

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 month 2 weeks ago bernardz

Those are teh sites, I go to mostly. I found WOT on their ratings on these sites misleading. Sites listed in red were fine and green sites were bad. It was more trouble then its worth.

If you intend to use it, I suggest you read the comments here.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/wot-safe-browsing-tool/

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 month 2 weeks ago KetchupKid

Amen to that!

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How to Tell If A Website Is Dangerous 1 month 2 weeks ago KetchupKid

Just an FYI about the Comodo URL checker. It says: "This free service will scan only a single page at a time." Not a big deal, it is still worthy of having it check the actual page you would potentially enter.

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 month 2 weeks ago focu25

malwarebytes anti exploit, is also good

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 month 2 weeks ago bernardz

I never said that the ratings were motived by people trying to rate down their competitors.

It certainly however as the example I quoted shows that they do manipulate reputations.

Read the discussion here

https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/www.debbieschlussel.com

But please read my comments on their business model.

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 month 2 weeks ago Anupam

Will say it again... we are only concerned with sites related to software, and other such technical material, and for this purpose, WOT works really well.. is easy to use, and is light on browser.. as compared to other similar extensions.

How WOT ratings can be manipulated for other non-technical sites is not our concern. Let's not drag this on please.

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Keep Track Of How Much Time You Spend At Your PC 1 month 2 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

This tool only works with desktop PCs and won't be of much use if an irregular schedule is the norm. I think Networx offers a monitoring tool that would probably be of more value to most computer users.

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 month 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

This is yet another assumed state that is totally wrong. As has been said many times before, WOT, or any other ratings service is not infallible but their internal process does provide the most accurate data possible from that submitted. I would recommend users read their FAQ before jumping to conclusions, including.
"When someone first hears about the concept behind WOT, their first objection is that someone could easily spam the system with tons of ratings and rate down their competitors or otherwise manipulate reputations, but that's not true. In order to keep ratings more reliable, the system tracks each user's rating behavior before deciding how much it trusts the user. WOT applies sophisticated algorithms to detect and eliminate any manipulation of reputation".
https://www.mywot.com/en/faq/website/rating-websites
There is also a Help Centre for site owners.
https://www.mywot.com/en/faq/site-owners-support/reputation
MC - Site Manager.

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 month 2 weeks ago bernardz

Its not politics and its certainly not mine. WOT do not care which sites they falsely label as bad left, right or whatever what these bad ratings do is drive their business model which is to sell their MyWot "seal of trust". In this they are very successful.

 

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 month 2 weeks ago budchekov

Why don't you take your politics elsewhere, plenty of other places for Left and Right wing nuts to sling mud at each other.
@ Nice job getting the link in. Where do you get your daily talking points and assignments from....Sigh.

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Best Free Radio Broadcasting for Android 1 month 2 weeks ago jim7fl

What is really great about Tunein is that it is also available for Linux, Windows, and Mac in VLC. I never knew that until I was searching Tunein info for android and found some links to setting it up. It runs under VLC as an add-on or plug-in. In some of the links specifically for Linux, you will find info about copying the downloaded files into a hidden folder in your home folder, (.local/share/vlc etc...) this is NOT correct. The files are the same for all distributions of Linux, but different distros store the file in other location. the primary on being, ( /usr/lib/vlc/lua/sd and the same base with playlist for the playlist folder items. Everything worked very well and I am currently listening to local radio talk shows as I write.

Here's a link to the tunein radio discovery script but remember to read the comments below which is what I had to do after following the authors instructions which may have worked fine for him, but not my particular installation.

https://forum.videolan.org/viewtopic.php?t=103587

Best Regards,

Jim Smith on the banks of the Suwannee River Down here in North Florida.

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Edit PDF Files For Free In Your Browser 1 month 2 weeks ago KrankyMax

Ok will give it another try.

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Edit PDF Files For Free In Your Browser 1 month 2 weeks ago lesam

Sorry about last comment, just put glasses on and brain in gear and found the rest of the sentence.

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Edit PDF Files For Free In Your Browser 1 month 2 weeks ago lesam

" The only caveat is that you are best not to upload " Why is it so??
Seems not to be a problem.

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Tips and Tricks for Ubuntu after Installation [Ubuntu 14.04 - 15.04] 1 month 2 weeks ago dvhirst

Note; this list seems focused on the desktop version of Ubuntu 14.04; a server focused list of the same sort would be helpful, as well.

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 17 to 17.2 - Cinnamon Edition] 1 month 2 weeks ago jim7fl

Over a year later, I cannot resist. This is an excellently written clear and concise set of easily understood instructions which make the arcane and esoteric understandable to us common folks. :)

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 17 to 17.2 - Cinnamon Edition] 1 month 2 weeks ago jim7fl

my personal favorite when i'm in the terminal is "sudo shutdown now" You had better be prepared after you enter the password, you will NOT get a chance to save any open files.... However it is a great command for when you have to leave right now and do not want to wait for suspend of hibernate before you head out the door.

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 17 to 17.2 - Cinnamon Edition] 1 month 2 weeks ago jim7fl

Great consolidation of tips and tricks in a very concise but clear series of steps with suggestions. My only suggestion would be to yell at the mint designers/changers who change the menu choices regularly. For instance, the menu choice referred to often is "system settings", but that is nowhere to be found. it has been changed to "preferences". I like the change, but the tips need some editing to show the new choice names for the newcomers who cannot figure it out... :)

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 month 2 weeks ago Anupam

Sorry, did not get you.

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 month 2 weeks ago bernardz

What are you doing in the sites that have such advertisements if WOT  was so good, and you are using it?

 

 

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Best Free Program Uninstaller 1 month 2 weeks ago acz

Geek.exe works just fine for me over about the last two years. The current version is 1.3.3.46

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 1 month 2 weeks ago Jojo Yee Thanks mehman for pointing out. This has now been corrected. view
Edit PDF Files For Free In Your Browser 1 month 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

Worked fine for me using Chrome, result below.
http://i.imgur.com/vqdSzIN.png
Best guesses - either you did not wait long enough for the service to load or you have a browser extension or security program interfering with the process. MC - Site Manager.

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Edit PDF Files For Free In Your Browser 1 month 2 weeks ago KrankyMax

I just tried editing a PDF file made by Chrome, and it turned up a blank page. So this won't work for me.

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

PDF Xchange Viewer has a native 64 bit version. so the line "32 bit but 64 bit compatible" is not correct.

I am personally using the 64 bit version on my laptop since the last few years.

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 month 2 weeks ago Anupam

Did not get what you meant to say. You mean to say that mostly people with knowledge of computers visit here, or that mostly people with little knowledge?

We have found that many people visit the site who have little knowledge about computers. I personally was one of them. Even in my circle of family and friends, I have found them running browsers without an adblock extension, or without WOT. Result... they get infected by malware, by downloading stuff from a bad site.

For them, an adblock extension and WOT reduce the risk by a lot... a real lot. If they don't see ads, they won't click on it. Similarly, WOT is a great service... only tell them to visit green sites, and avoid the red and orange ones.

Apart from reviewing software, purpose of Gizmo's is also to educate people and make them more aware of their safety on the internet, or while downloading/installing software. WOT serves that purpose well.

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 month 2 weeks ago bernardz

I think we can agree that many sites are wrongly rated red for reasons that have nothing to do security.

I dispute that the restriction flow of information whether it be for such reasons as ideological, religious or political viewpoints is of no concern here. I would like to believe all of us here strongly believe in free expression and flow of information, I certainly do. WOT will not help you save your bank account.

As far as phishing sites are concerned they are affected by WOT, they come and go so fast that WOT does not pick them up. I know as I was testing them a short time ago for a client.  A website is stolen, a phish is setup and a few days later is destroyed or stopped.

The other problem is that WOT is so slow in changing their ratings that a site has long since fixed the problem and its ancient history, but it still rates RED in WOT. Sites that are dangerous but have a previous good score takes a long time before a warning comes up.

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 month 2 weeks ago bernardz

Much of this I have answered already Anupam but let me say few users that come here know little about computers.

 

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Best Free Media Player 1 month 2 weeks ago Anupam

PotPlayer seem to be releasing updates quite frequently now. The latest version is 5.6.55123 released yesterday, just after a week of last release. The new version has a slick look.

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Best Free Clipboard Replacement Utility 1 month 2 weeks ago Geert

No, I've never experienced that kind op CPU spikes with Ditto.

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 month 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

Searching the web you will find "complaints" about everything from ObamaCare to whether Greece should remain in the Euro but as Anupam states below we are not concerned with ideological or political viewpoints. The WOT ratings of some religious websites are also targeted but we are not concerned with this either.

The fact remains I have never known anyone who had their bank account emptied or their identity stolen from entering a green rated site, but there is plenty of evidence of this happening with red rated sites. This is maybe an oversimplified example as there are always exceptions such as the 90 year old guy who smoked all his life and never went to a doctor but for the purposes of this site WOT remains one of the best tools users can employ for internet safety and we will continue with our policy of publishing green rated links only.

We may possibly make an exception for an orange rated link as per the terms of rule #17. MC - Site Manager.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/announcements/3617-forum-...

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 month 2 weeks ago Anupam

There might be quite a few cases of WOT abuse like the example you shared above. But, Gizmo's Freeware is about software, and our concern is how to keep users safe on the internet. For software based, or similar websites, or to just know if a website is harmful or not, in terms of spam, or malware... WOT comes as a really good service, and that's what matters for us. WOT is a really good indicator for this purpose.

For general users who know little about computers, WOT is a really good extension, to tell them in simple terms, to avoid the red and orange sites... so that they avoid the malware. Just search for a tool to remove some malware, and you will see red WOT sites turn up in the result... would people know about that without WOT? Without WOT, there would be no indication of sites at all. WOT is atleast an indicator.

This site is not concerned with political based websites, or the likes, and therefore, we are not concerned with WOT abuse in that matter. For the purpose of this site, WOT works well to keep the users safe, and that's what matters, and therefore, we will continue to recommend WOT to the users of this site.

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 month 2 weeks ago bernardz

budchekov: As I stated I had it and got rid of it ages ago. I admit I have had my problems both with WOT and without it.  I have had no more problems with it then without it.

When I examined some of their ratings, I found many of the people were posting a lot of false information based on their ideological position rather than the stuff you are talking about. Here is a sample of the sort of stuff that gets posted.

https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/www.debbieschlussel.com

If you check there is nothing wrong with the site, it's  just people do not like her politics. Overall, I find their ratings are very unreliable, often outright malicious.

Midnight Cowboy:: Search on Mywot fraud you will find heaps of complaints.

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 month 2 weeks ago budchekov

YOU decided it was a scam did you?
Next time your browser gets hijacked, do a search for the offending baddie without WOT, good luck randomly clicking on the 'removal' links, the majority of them are honey traps with bogus removal 'tools' which will infect your PC further.
If WOT gives a red warning it's prudent to at least check out the site before clicking.
@Typically the ones accusing WOT of being a scam are the scammers, who go ape when their site's busted.

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Best Free Tune-up Program For Computer 1 month 2 weeks ago sayeed

it was good to read

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Best Free Clipboard Replacement Utility 1 month 2 weeks ago cmonster

I've been using Ditto for a long time too. I actually use it with Input Director to copy and paste between multiple systems on my desk via the network. The problem is that Ditto spikes and uses 50% of my CPU until I restart it. Have you ever experienced this?

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How to Download Almost 500 Free Microsoft Books and Publications 1 month 2 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

I have used the Microsoft guides and they provide a good reference source. If your looking for a wider scope of reference guides that go beyond computers try Manuals Library http://www.manualslib.com/

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 month 2 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

This article demonstrates why Gizmo's is the best freeware website out there. The staff here do more than just provide software links....they also provide essential information to computer users to keep them out of harms way.
I have found that WOT has some false positives but your still better off using the addon than running blindly into the unknown.

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Edit PDF Files For Free In Your Browser 1 month 2 weeks ago nowayman

Awesome! Have previously tried something similar, but this one is better.

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 month 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

WOT is far from being a scam. In fact if more people used it as a guide, the internet would be a lot safer for everyone. The fact remains that any service using multiple rating techniques is itself likely to be abused and attacked. The attackers too need to look at themselves in more detail as per the totally inaccurate statements made in the Facebook link above. This one is a bit more reliable.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WOT_Services
We also discussed WOT here.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-internet-safety-check-page-...
MC - Site Manager.

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 month 2 weeks ago bernardz

I used WOT on your recommendation but after awhile I decided its a scam.

https://www.facebook.com/Anti.W0T?fref=ts

http://www.scam.com/showthread.php?153066-Is-WOT-a-scam

 

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Create Your Own Music Mash-Up From MP3 Files 1 month 2 weeks ago chelsie1245

I love music

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Edit PDF Files For Free In Your Browser 1 month 2 weeks ago audit2

Similar to http://www.pdfescape.com/pdf/what/

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Controversial Advertising Program Now Being Embedded in More Software 1 month 2 weeks ago MikeR

Pretty much says all there is to say -- and know -- about Open Candy from just one glance at your screenshot: UNIBLUE REGISTRY BOOSTER. Recommended for YOU. But of course, it isn't really 'recommended' at all. It's junk software -- Uniblue's awful reputation is well deserved in my experience -- which can't find a wide, knowledgeable paying audience so hooks up with Open Candy to be punted out to those without enough tech savvy to realize that (a) they've just been targeted and (b) they're now being manipulated.

Open Candy is proprietary software that has no more right to step into my computer without specific invitation than I or anyone else has the right to step into Open Candy's CEO's office without specific invitation. I could, of course, just slip past the security, the way Open Candy delights in doing wherever it can. And when caught, I could just say ah, I'm scanning your office to see what else you might like to have -- hey, how about a nice new Naugahyde chair? Another couple of crystal flower vases? Oh, and those pictures on your wall, how about me selling you a deal on canvas prints of pictures you took yourself?

Naturally in making these helpful recommendations, I couldn't care less what the Open Candy CEO has in his office or on his walls. What I care about is getting my rake-off from the sale of the chair, the vases, and the DIY canvas prints -- in exactly the same way Mr Open Candy CEO cares not one jot about the 'recommendations' made to me, and wishes only to stuff me with Uniblue products for as long as Uniblue is chucking money into his pocket.

I'm tired of an increasingly anemic world where so many allow the indefensible to pass unquestioned. It's almost as if there's a breed of folks out there who so prize themselves on their reasonableness and civility that they'll stay passive and quiescent no matter what. Open Candy is a pernicious money-grabbing invader of other people's property and should be treated as such. No ifs, no buts, and absolutely, no justifying its purpose or its behavior.

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Updates To My Favourite Text Finder 1 month 2 weeks ago swfan1963

Using the regex below I did a comparison of AstroGrep and Agent Ransack against the same folder tree / number of files, and Agent Ransack is dramatically faster. AstroGrep's results presentation is much nicer, and it saves unprintable characters when saving all result lines to a file. I do lots of FIX log searching, and that's a nice feature. However, for complex searches AstroGrep is so slow it's essentially not usable. Sigh. On that note, jko, have you figured out how to get Agent Ransack to use boolean operators? I've never been able to get it to work (short of using a regex similar to below).

(?=.*sfe)(?=.*mapper)

Finds lines that contain both "sfe" and "mapper"

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Updates To My Favourite Text Finder 1 month 2 weeks ago David Roper

I tried ASTRO GREP and I can say, I finally found the Boolean part to use, so it DOES have Logic for the words. I still like putting key words into the filenames and using "Everything" for searching. YMMV. I'm off to find and try your "Bare Grep". Thanks.

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Updates To My Favourite Text Finder 1 month 2 weeks ago texaganian

This and everything do completely different things. Everything can find files _by file name_ and using regexes if you wish. It is blazingly fast and yet doesn't have to build or maintain indexes because it uses the one maintained by NTFS itself. Brilliant concept, extraordinarily well done and massively useful.

Astro Grep, on the other hand, like any grep variant or descendant, searches flexibly for CONTENT in files. I haven't looked at this package yet but if it doesn't support booleans that would make it much less flexible than it should be and a deal killer for me.

But there are LOTS of Windows greps out there. I use Bare Grep extensively, though not for the exact same use case as the OP does.

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Best Free CD-DVD Emulation Software 1 month 3 weeks ago Realist

gVirtual Drive is also a good option:

http://www.gburner.com/online-help/virtual-drive.htm

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Updates To My Favourite Text Finder 1 month 3 weeks ago Frank D

Its utility for me is reduced to zero by the fact that it doesn't do Boolean searches (e.g., this AND that, this OR that, etc.), so it's limited to either single word searches or you must type in exactly what you're looking for. Adding or omitting a comma, for example, will totally negate the search. I use DocFetcher for searches like this.

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This Gem Of A Freebie From Microsoft Creates Panoramas From Video Or Stills 1 month 3 weeks ago bernardz

Thanks for this tip, I have been using ICE for years and never knew this. A video should be much easier to make then taking a heap of photos.


Update: I tested it out, and the video is much easier to use. A tip take a few videos as some do not work. Moreover, check out Photosynth, if you use stitch this option looks better.

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Updates To My Favourite Text Finder 1 month 3 weeks ago Bruce_Fraser

Rob,
Great find... but what's the problem with search tools which index the hard drive contents? You mention "saves on hard disk space usage" -- surely in the age of TB hard drives, that's not an issue. The benefit of indexed contents is that searches are instant. Really: the answer is there before I even finish typing the search!

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 month 3 weeks ago Panzer

"... Fifth is a Linux-exclusive browser that carries the best features from Opera, as well as a few unique features that are likely to please Linux power users ...":

http://freshcode.club/projects/fifth

http://sourceforge.net/projects/fifth-browser/

 

"Scribes .... a minimalist text editor that combines simplicity with power ...":

http://scribes.sourceforge.net/

 

hbro - a minimal web-browser written and configured in Haskell:

https://github.com/k0ral/hbro

 

"... tabble is a small alternative X shell which presents your programs in tabs for easy launch. It is not meant to replace a window manager, just complement it ...":

http://www.rillion.net/tabble/index.html

 

howm - a lightweight, X11 tiling window manager that behaves like vim:
 
Vault secures, stores, and tightly controls access to tokens, passwords, certificates, API keys, and other secrets in modern computing:
 
The traditional vi - the traditional vi editor, ported to modern Unix systems:
 

Edbrowse is a combination editor, browser, and mail client that is 100% text based:

http://edbrowse.org/

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 month 3 weeks ago Panzer

Ptop:

https://github.com/black-perl/ptop

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 month 3 weeks ago Panzer

"... Fotoxx is a free open source Linux program for photo and image editing and collection management.The goal is to meet the needs of serious photographers while remaining fast and easy to use ...":

http://www.kornelix.com/fotoxx.html

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Best Free Video Downloader [Stub] 1 month 3 weeks ago dwainwood

I didn't see much about downloading HTML5 video format. I found this site that seems to do a good job and is ad supported. 4K Video Downloader.
https://www.4kdownload.com/products/product-videodownloader

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Keep This Bootable CD Handy For Troubleshooting 1 month 3 weeks ago crombierob

I gleaned from the members posts that 4.61 is up to date (does not need the patch) ?
I downloaded the 4.61 from the Mega Co nz (their old site)
Was pretty quick 700 KB/s
It presumably was downloading to some temp folder, which I could not see readily.
At the end, it then offered the save dialog,which I accepted into my C:\DOWNLOADS folder
It is now in there and is called -
FalconFour's Ultimate Boot CD v4.61.7z
The size is 671,230 kb
7-zip and WinZip cannot open it

Life was not meant to be easy,
Rob
PS I will now try from their new site (AND choosing to use my browser rather than megasync)
WARNING
If any of you are tempted to try their megasync, then image your hard drive first.
The new site's download (via our normal browser download) fails at 14%
So I fired up a spare PC, which already has a recent image (thank goodness)
They insist you create an account, and then you choose which folder on your PC will be synced to your 50GB free cloud (This they insist on).
After confirming my account via my provided email address, the megasync program completes it's installation, and proffers/suggests your folder that will be downloaded to. No choice here, except you can choose to make it a more visible folder, than the one they suggest (down that flippin Documents and Settings mineshaft). I used c:\MegaSync
Then that dialog (change the folder location) started 'machine gunning' in and out of the Task Bar.
It took a stick to kill it. I even disabled Avast (which was spinning like a mad woman), to no avail.
I finally managed to get their downloader/uploader running (it's doing both).
PPS Once it is running you can click the icon in the Sys Tray to see the uploading/downloading.
If you are brave enough to let it complete, then get your family to tie your hands to the chair, as you won't like what you are seeing.
The final download is 687,614 KB, and it opens in Winzip and 7-zip
I will spare you the extra details of the mess that process was, and caused.
Any of you prepared to go through what I just went through, will need nerves of steel, and patience of Job

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 1 month 3 weeks ago Realist

For most average users Windows 7 Snipping Tool is sufficient.
Just use AutoHotKey to launch it. e.g.:

#1::run SnippingTool.exe

This will launch Snipping Tool when Win+1 is pressed simultaneously.

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Security Attack Called Logjam makes Browsers Vulnerable 1 month 3 weeks ago johnvk

well, my 40some windows and 300some tabs (excessive. i know.) prompted me to install the beta 64bit windows firefox, which is v40.0.
In this version of firefox:

Qualys SSL Client Test <hxxps://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/viewMyClient.html>
reports :
"Logjam Vulnerability (Experimental)
Your user agent is not vulnerable."
good :)

however when i click on their "test manualy" (for logjam) <hxxps://www.ssllabs.com:10445/>
i get :
Secure Connection Failed

An error occurred during a connection to www dot ssllabs dot com:10445. SSL received a weak ephemeral Diffie-Hellman key in Server Key Exchange handshake message. (Error code: ssl_error_weak_server_ephemeral_dh_key)

This report is from FIREFOX Not ssllabs.com !

This is with
security.ssl3.dhe_rsa_aes_128_sha TRUE
and
security.ssl3.dhe_rsa_aes_256_sha TRUE

When i switch both to false
1. i can get into the other website that also gave me the ssl_error_weak
2. however ssllabs test manually <hxxps://www.ssllabs.com:10445/>
gives another error:

Secure Connection Failed

An error occurred during a connection to www.ssllabs.com:10445. Cannot communicate securely with peer: no common encryption algorithm(s). (Error code: ssl_error_no_cypher_overlap)

I think that error might mean success? meaning, safe. perhaps?

(BTW These are all the same ssllabs links that they were in May)

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How to Get a Windows 7 Start Menu in Windows 10 1 month 3 weeks ago v.laurie Windows 10 will bring back some features of AeroGlass built in. view
This Gem Of A Freebie From Microsoft Creates Panoramas From Video Or Stills 1 month 3 weeks ago v.laurie

There was an article about this program a few months ago: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/microsoft-image-composite-editor.html

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How to Get a Windows 7 Start Menu in Windows 10 1 month 3 weeks ago Outspoken1

Does Classic Shell 'restore (if that is the correct term)' AeroGlas' (translucent effect that allowed you to 'peek' at open documents/programs instead of opening the program - great if you just needed to transcribe a bit of genealogy data instead on constantly opening and closing program)?

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Best Free Web Site Ripper 1 month 3 weeks ago ErikJon

There may be some confusion about the purpose of these programs. Downloading an entire website is one thing, but downloading entire individual pages alone from that website may possibly be considered something else.

I have been using HTTrack for about two years. If you want to download a mirror image of a website, it works well. If you want to pick and choose what to download beyond that, such as only one page of links within that site, it creates a mess.

Usually I start with only one page of a given website, and try to download everything on that one page, having no use for the other pages. I input the specific URL but HTTrack insists on downloading the entire root as well.

Moreover, if I want to exclude certain file types, I must input them one by one, but if I want to include those file types, I can choose them all with just a few clicks. Consequently, if I want to download only the text files, or html, or PDFs from a site, it is a longer process, as I have to manually exclude every other file type known to man.

There is also some confusion about how deeply to go for downloading links on the page in question: Does it download only linked files or does it download the files referenced on those linked files as well? You can choose how deep to go, but you won't know whether you selected the right option until the downloads are finished, half an hour later.

Today I have finally given up, as I think it would be faster to download manually the 100 text files on the web page in question, then to entrust HTTrack to do it automatically.

In all fairness I must say that I may have simply overlooked all the features that I needed or else missed them in the manual.

All in all, the programmer has been very generous to donate his work to the world, even though it may not be useful to me in particular, so for that he must be commended.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 month 3 weeks ago Bhat59

First I had AVG free when I had slow internet connection. Then Avast which consumed lot of Internet data. Then I switched to Qihoo 360 Internet Security. Recently I switched again to Baidu 'Free for ever' Antivirus. I liked this AV. Lots of features. I am interested to know why it is not included in this list here.

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Create Your Own Music Mash-Up From MP3 Files 1 month 3 weeks ago Hamdanngilay

Can't wait... :)

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Equip Your Android System with a Recycle Bin 1 month 3 weeks ago nowayman

How come nobody has previously thought about such a concept!? This might be pretty much useful! Thanks!

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 month 3 weeks ago eikelein

The link at the end of paragraph 7 to "most important advice of all" is wrong/broken.

Besides this: 99% of my many thousands of customers are not able (or willing) to even do the least bit of configuration. They ALL have (so far) been served well by the Windows default FW.

I am afraid that we hang on way too tenaciously to old paradigms. Yes, under Vista and earlier MS operating systems a third party firewall made sometimes sense - if the user could configure it. But nowadays?

If you can and want to tinker, be my guest. For the average Joe/June I have them stick with what is in Windows.

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