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How to Get Your Previous System Back After You Have Upgraded to Windows 10 4 months 1 week ago tenman2007

I have a computer with Windows XP on it and then I went and bought Windows 7 upgrade disc. The computer had a hiccup and I lost my network and internet. Wondering how I can get my Windows 7 back. I can re-install Windows XP but not Windows 7.

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HowStuffWorks 4 months 1 week ago arieshifman

Thanks!

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Best Free Media Player 4 months 1 week ago infinice

This is a PS by the author of the above: altho it can be hard to be sure, given how erratic windows is (I've reinstalled Windows 7 since writing the above), PotPlayer has updated itself once or twice, while VLC hasn't. Potplayer now seems to be sharper, so it's the Better Mousetrap (unless of course you crave one of the many esoteric features that only VLC has).

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Sandboxie 4 months 1 week ago infinice

Yes, Sandboxie is the best of the bunch. If you go to alternativeto.net and try every alternative app you'll find that the others are all incredibly complex and/or variously seriously flawed. Sandboxie alone is more or less usable.
The gotcha with Sandboxie is moving saved files out of it. If it's text only, or some other kind of single file, no problemo- just dump it in your folder of choice. But if it's multi-part, like a web page with images, then the thick plottens. And all this is slow, to do, and for your cpu to process. Me i don't think it's worth the work
Then you'll have to prepare a special folder in your chosen location, manually select all the (dozens of) elements and carefully choose your created folder. All of which is a PITAss.
And did i mention how slow all this is. It's not Sandboxie's fault really--- the whole process is, necessarily, an elaborate roundabout route for your hardworking cpu to trudge back and forth in-- but it is another PITA.
Is it all worth it? I've never noticed any surge ofmalware when i don't use it. But that could just be my poor observation and/or good luck. Fair warning anyway.

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A Great Way Of Organising Your Firefox Tabs 4 months 1 week ago iun

Hi Rob, or anyone else,
There seems only to be reference to a Chrome add-on in that link above and none for Firefox. When I click on "Add to Chrome" it asks for an email address. A search for Add-ons in Firefox does not seem to find anything relevant called Toby, only something about winning an iPod.
Am I doing something wrong?
Regards,
Ian

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A Great Way Of Organising Your Firefox Tabs 4 months 1 week ago Mighty

I agree with zepe. Tree style tabs is The Correct Way to present this information.

There's a newer Tab Tree add-on for Firefox. It's unclear if it will continue to work after the changeover. I haven't installed it, yet, to see how it compares. The author states that it's more efficient.

I also agree that the Chrome extension is cumbersome and awkward to use. Apparently, tree style tabs used to be built into Chrome, and they took it out. And, the hooks needed to do it right in an add-on aren't there. Disappointing.

Drake Christensen

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Now In Beta: Firefox Browser That's Twice As Fast 4 months 1 week ago Australia

Thank you Rob. I have stated before how slow internet browsers have become

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Now In Beta: Firefox Browser That's Twice As Fast 4 months 1 week ago Fairportfan

Is it still Chrome-based?

'Cos that's a deal-breaker.

I recently switched to Pale Moon because Firefox is Chrome-based and my old standby Opera 12 stopped working on a lot of sites...

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Now In Beta: Firefox Browser That's Twice As Fast 4 months 1 week ago rutherfordpaul

Noticeably faster it feels like 3x.

Unfortunately "LastPass" doesn't work with this version, which is essential for me as I use LP's "FormFill" feature several times a day.

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Now In Beta: Firefox Browser That's Twice As Fast 4 months 1 week ago howiem

Yes the speed improvement is significant, but I could not get any sound on websites using the beta in or out of a sandbox, so I reverted back to version 56.0 with no difficulties.
Win 7 Ultimate
Sandboxie 5.212

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Now In Beta: Firefox Browser That's Twice As Fast 4 months 1 week ago jkauffman03

Didn't even try it because after I installed it all of my custom menus were screwed up and only about 3 of the add-ons I use were compatible. Classic Theme Restorer & Tab Mix Plus being two of them that I can't go without.

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Now In Beta: Firefox Browser That's Twice As Fast 4 months 1 week ago danielson

Page speed rendering is impressive.
Unfortunately, 95% of my favorite extensions are no longer compatible.
Sounds like another Maxthon Nitro bis experiment in the works.
With extension devs unlikely to update their legacy addons, it'll probably be another 10 light years before we can find some decent extensions.

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Now In Beta: Firefox Browser That's Twice As Fast 4 months 1 week ago Mekatek

To quite a few of us FF's power has been in addons. Speed is not that relevant. For that I have other browsers, if needed. What I see happening here, is a an iceberg ahead, which will sink the whole usability of FF.

E.g. from my addons only few already updated to WebExtensions, and there are many, that will never be updated.

I have done everything to prevent FF from automatically updating anymore. Let's see some time after Quantum release the situation of addons, but I'm pretty sure 56 will be the last FF version I use.

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Now In Beta: Firefox Browser That's Twice As Fast 4 months 1 week ago gpc111

Is Firefox so concerned about the speed of their browser that they are willing to lose customers? I guarantee when my extension no longer function I will drop Firefox in favor of a browser that will support them. I would rather wait a few more minutes for a site to load and have my extensions work. It does me no good to load my email at lightning speed with no Lastpass to open it for me.

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Now In Beta: Firefox Browser That's Twice As Fast 4 months 1 week ago godel

I expect more than 90% of my favorite add-ons to disappear, so big whoop.

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Now In Beta: Firefox Browser That's Twice As Fast 4 months 1 week ago Australia

I have stated before how slow Firefox has become. In fact I have not found a recent build of browse that isnt a resource hog

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Now In Beta: Firefox Browser That's Twice As Fast 4 months 1 week ago jimd2k

I could not add Lastpass extension on this beta. Will wait until 11.14 and try again. Hopefully, it will work then.

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Now In Beta: Firefox Browser That's Twice As Fast 4 months 1 week ago howiem

Much improved speed, but no video sound on websites on my computer, and unable to find a fix

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Spam Blockers: The Best Products for Home Use 4 months 1 week ago Jazzbo

Cloudmark is discontinuing service in a few months. I've used both Cloudmark Desktop and MailWasher based on your past reviews. Do we have any updated reviews on Spam Blockers in the works?

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How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors 4 months 1 week ago WZehntner

eGambit (from TEHTRIS) is not listed. Submission-link for false-positiv and false-negativ is:
https://tehtris.com/egambit_fp.php

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Best Free Bible Study Software 4 months 1 week ago alkolff

I know this review was done in 2011, so I understand that much has changed that would be included if done today. There are two clear top contenders today. E-sword is still near or at the top of this category. However, TheWord is also in that same spot today. E-sword is the best for the beginner or less serious student of the Bible. TheWord is best for the more serious or in-depth student of the Bible. Both have many modules and books to add and TheWord can be used as a portable program from a USB stick..

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This PDF Converter Is Free Now 4 months 1 week ago Bruce_Fraser

Since free PDF "printer" programs are in abundance, I don't see the point of this. Well, perhaps for doing a batch, but that's about it.

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Finally, A PDF To Word Converter That's Perfect And Free 4 months 1 week ago Bruce_Fraser

Rob, you really hit a home run this time!
I sniggered when I read "PDF to Word Converter" and "Perfect" and "Free" in the same sentence. I regularly find these programs on the various giveaway websites, and they are invariably laughable. Yes, they can create a Word file... typically by converting every single line into a paragraph. Try editing that!
But SmallPDF really does it! I used my normal test file, a commercial document with two columns, plenty of boxes and inlays, header and footer. And it came out just as you said: perfect. Absolutely amazing!
It replaces the websites I used to bookmark: zamzar.com and PDFtoWord.com. They good, but SmallPDF is perfect.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Red Forest Path 4 months 1 week ago rhiannon

You're more than welcome. :)

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A Really Handy Site For Working Out Time Differences 4 months 1 week ago EldonW

https://www.timeanddate.com/ is a superb website with numerous free services.
Bookmark it!

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Finally, A PDF To Word Converter That's Perfect And Free 4 months 1 week ago olamoree

Just as a test.... I uploaded a .pdf file in SPANISH and viola! it came back in .docx format and was easy to edit. This is a great site for conversions... I also discovered that conversions are limited to TWO per hour and up popped a count-down clock to let me know when I can convert two more! I am pleased.

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This PDF Converter Is Free Now 4 months 1 week ago appyface

This is good news for those with older versions of the office suites that don't have PDF built in. Many do have it built in now; if you're unsure of your version try document 'save as' and check if there is a PDF option to save your document. If there's nothing under 'save as', look for an 'export' option.

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This PDF Converter Is Free Now 4 months 1 week ago Geert

Please explain me why you would install software to convert Word, Excel and PowerPoint files into PDF files,
if MS Word, MS Excel and MS PowerPoint can export their documents in PDF format?

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Finally, A PDF To Word Converter That's Perfect And Free 4 months 1 week ago jkauffman03

I tried this on a PDF document that I had previously tried on several converters that would only insert the PDF document into word as an image that still didn't allow any edits to the text or other images. This converted it perfect and very quickly. Thanks for the article, this one is now added to my bookmarks.

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Finally, A PDF To Word Converter That's Perfect And Free 4 months 1 week ago arieshifman

Thanks.

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Finally, A PDF To Word Converter That's Perfect And Free 4 months 1 week ago Bruce_Fraser

Rob, you really hit a home run this time!
I sniggered when I read "PDF to Word Converter" and "Perfect" and "Free" in the same sentence. I regularly find these programs on the various giveaway websites, and they are invariably laughable. Yes, they can create a Word file... typically by converting every single line into a paragraph. Try editing that!
But SmallPDF really does it! I used my normal test file, a commercial document with two columns, plenty of boxes and inlays, header and footer. And it came out just as you said: perfect. Absolutely amazing!
It replaces the websites I used to bookmark: zamzar.com and PDFtoWord.com. They good, but SmallPDF is perfect.

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Finally, A PDF To Word Converter That's Perfect And Free 4 months 1 week ago r0h1t

Did you consider using Word itself to do the job, @rob? Since at least Word 2013, it has the ability to open PDF files. Just change the filter in the file open dialog to 'PDF Files (*.pdf)' and select your file. It converts the contents from PDF to Word format by retaining formatting and layout fairly accurately, and you can edit to your heart's content. You can then save either as a Word document, or even a PDF file using the built-in PDF save functionality.

I know, this is a site for discussing freeware, but a very large percentage of people use Word everyday (and your problem statement is also about Word). I'm sharing this info because a majority of people don't know about this Word feature of directly opening and saving PDF files.

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Finally, A PDF To Word Converter That's Perfect And Free 4 months 1 week ago booleanboy

Useful. Very swift conversion and the resulting files from the trial PDFs I sent are clean and accurate.

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Finally, A PDF To Word Converter That's Perfect And Free 4 months 1 week ago pvilan

I totally agree with your advise.
I have been using Smal pdf for years. In my experience it is the best pdf tool kit in the cloud.
Thanks and regards
Peter

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Problems With A Web Site? Try This Test From 14 Countries. 4 months 1 week ago stretcharm

Thanks. Nice and quick. It's similar to my fav web page tester https://www.webpagetest.org/ .This tool provides screen shots of different browsers from many parts of the world and a nice waterfall of the load element times.

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Techie? Use Firefox? Get Firefox Quantum Dev Edition. 4 months 1 week ago CASD

Longtime FireFox user that shift to Cyberfox until they threw the towel in...moved over to Vivaldi with some Opera... both browsers are pretty fast..do well with my 50 plus tabs open...
But this new FireFox is really nice and I will be going back FireFox Q when its ready and I would be using the Dev. but my add-ons won't work yet..

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Techie? Use Firefox? Get Firefox Quantum Dev Edition. 4 months 1 week ago gruff

Can this beta version of Firefox Quantum be run along side of Firefox 56.0.1? Or does it overwrite my current Firefox? I don't want to lose my current version until I am sure Quantum works for me. Thanks

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Techie? Use Firefox? Get Firefox Quantum Dev Edition. 4 months 1 week ago Norman Rubin

This item might draw a lot of comments, except that the email newsletter has the wrong link. Instead of pointing here, it points to the Best Software for Mac! :-(

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Techie? Use Firefox? Get Firefox Quantum Dev Edition. 4 months 1 week ago Australia

Thanks for the recommendation Rob. Im assuming this techie version is high on resource usage, like standard Firefox
The world needs browsers that are light on resources. I cant wait for the day I can have 10 webpages open, with no lag

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Best Free PC Games 4 months 1 week ago Panzer

"... Stick Veterans - a chaotic, soldier-fragging shooter based on Stick Soldiers ...":

http://stickveterans.junkbytes.com/

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Wallpaper of the Week: Red Forest Path 4 months 1 week ago souzarm

Very beautiful @RHianNon!
Thanks!

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Techie? Use Firefox? Get Firefox Quantum Dev Edition. 4 months 1 week ago Prof. Jewell

"...Firefox Quantum, a new faster version of Firefox, is in beta and is being launched next month."

Ahem.....rrrrrrrrr.....I must be in some sort of time warp as I have been using Firefox Quantum {57.0b8 (64-bit)} for several weeks now.

[So far it's been a very smooth puppy]

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Techie? Use Firefox? Get Firefox Quantum Dev Edition. 4 months 1 week ago Prof. Jewell

"...Firefox Quantum, a new faster version of Firefox, is in beta and is being launched next month."

Ahem...rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...I must be lost in some kind of time warp as I been using Firefox Quantum [57.0b8 (64-bit)] for several weeks already.

{So far this puppy is a very smooth ride>}

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See What Flux Does, Then Get The Update 4 months 2 weeks ago sdsester

Good article and probably helpful if reading or writing text, viewing spreadsheet data, etc. However the standard for viewing and evaluating color either onscreen or in physical form is 6500K (further gamma tweaked if your monitor allows). For physical reflected pieces you also need a full spectrum light source with a color rendering index (CRI) of 90-100 to be accurate.

Changing your monitor temperature can greatly alter the color of images you are viewing.

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A Really Handy Site For Working Out Time Differences 4 months 2 weeks ago Kumar_Shah

May be useful at a future date re a location that does not have daylight savings time or on a different schedule. For the rest, kinda simple to enter in a location on your iPhone Time app or on a PC and get the current time. I can't see myself using this.

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Best Free PC Games 4 months 2 weeks ago Panzer "...Vanish ... Thrown into a Labyrinth for reasons unknown, you must roam through the darkness to find your escape. Do you have what it takes to get out alive? Or will you be another feast for the walls that seem to live ...": http://www.vanishgame.com/ view
Best Free Operating System For Kids 4 months 2 weeks ago Panzer

"... EGOS ... is specially made for children. It's Linux Mint based (Xfce). Many software pre installed, so it size is about 6 GB (installed system size about 13 GB) ...":

https://sourceforge.net/projects/eg-os/

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Best Free Software for Linux 4 months 2 weeks ago Panzer "... Aura is a package manager for Arch Linux. It's main purpose is as an "AUR helper", in that it automates the process of installating packages from the Arch User Repositories. It is, however, capable of much more ...": https://github.com/aurapm/aura view
Best Free Mega Web Browser 4 months 2 weeks ago Panzer "... AOL Shield Browser is based on the popular Chromium browser framework and supports most Chrome extensions, apps, themes, and more ...": https://discover.aol.com/products-and-services/aol-shield-browser http://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/Browsers/AOL-Explorer.shtml view
Internet Explorer is Leaking Anything You Type in the Address Bar 4 months 3 weeks ago Anupam

Thanks rhiannon.

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Internet Explorer is Leaking Anything You Type in the Address Bar 4 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon

It impacts the latest version of Internet Explorer 11. How long ago the latest update was released, I haven't been able to track down.
October 2013 is the last version of IE, but what updates have been made and when they were made since then, I don't know.

 

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Internet Explorer is Leaking Anything You Type in the Address Bar 4 months 3 weeks ago Anupam

Since when this has been happening? Well, thank goodness I don't use Internet Explorer.

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Gizmo's Freeware may be Offline for a Few Hours Tomorrow While we Upgrade our Server 4 months 3 weeks ago terrawarra

Thanks Ian !.... you're spoiling us now !

"I feel the need for speed" ! (I think I just stole that line from an old movie) LOL
Wally.
Bundanoon, Australia

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Now In Beta: Firefox Browser That's Twice As Fast 4 months 3 weeks ago PhilR_SoT

The increase in speed does seem impressive and I see no problems in page rendering.

Unfortunately, my most important Firefox extension - fast dial - isn't compatible with this beta version. I hope that this will be resolved by the time this beta becomes the release version in November.

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Now In Beta: Firefox Browser That's Twice As Fast 4 months 3 weeks ago Collier

Well on my elderly machine lot slower than chrome and doesn't render as well

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Now In Beta: Firefox Browser That's Twice As Fast 4 months 3 weeks ago Jojo Yee The improvement of Firefox (version 57.0b4) in speed is impressive! view
Best Free App Launcher for Android 4 months 4 weeks ago Lighthouse Keeper

Very disappointed with Go Launcher. As of September 2017 it's full of intrusive ads. I'm uninstalling.

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A Great Way Of Organising Your Firefox Tabs 4 months 4 weeks ago zepe

Personally I like and use Tree Style Tabs extension in Firefox. Te version oin Chrome sucks.

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Best Free Video Downloader [Stub] 4 months 4 weeks ago ichabod

2016-November-13 original post:
Please add "YTD Video Downloader" to your list of tools "To be reviewed".

2017-March-6 edit:
I've been using the free version of YTD Video Downloader (see Note 1) for a few years.
The following sentence is superseded by newer edit below: I just installed it on a new machine and did not encounter any optional extras that I'd have to avoid installing (see Note 2).

The program routinely provides updates, which seem to keep up with changes made by YouTube; after installing the program, I ran it and it immediately offered an update to a newer version.

The program's Help-About screen says that it's a product of GreenTree Applications SRL, and gives the following URL (see Note 2), which is the only source from which I have downloaded it:
www.ytddownloader.com

2017-September-30 edit:
The update for which I was prompted included offers for THREE unwanted programs, AND took me to an advertisement on its website.

*Note 1: There is a different, fee-based program with an _extremely_ similar name.
*Note 2: Other than the URL above, GreenTree operates at least two other sites on which it offers this product; and on those sites the comparison between free and paid versions says that there may be "installer offers" in the free version. The comparison page from the URL above has no mention of the possibility of "installer offers" and I have encountered no such offers by downloading from that URL.

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Format Factory 4 months 4 weeks ago Fairportfan

ZoneAlarm gave me an alert and blocked downloading from the first link on the FF page; the second was, apparently, clean.

EDIT to add:

It looks as if they may have been hacked - the file ZA didn't like was named "FFSetupLatest.exe", while the one from the other link, which ZA passed is named "FFSetup4.1.0.exe".

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Security Alert: If You Use Java, Read This. 4 months 4 weeks ago gpc111

The linked page will not display until I click on an agreement to accept cookies. I try to avoid sites that make me click on anything just to gain the privilege of reading their site. You can never be too careful what an innocent click can do,

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Security Alert: If You Use Java, Read This. 4 months 4 weeks ago howiem

JavaRa may not work correctly any more. Per https://singularlabs.com/software/javara/ "JavaRa is no longer receiving updates. Please see the ‘Retiring JavaRa‘ (https://singularlabs.com/news/site/retiring-javara/) post for more information." V.2.6 was the final version
Singular recommends the Oracle tool cited in this article, or, as an alternative, Revo Uninstaller (there is a free version at https://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uninstaller_free_download.html)

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Free Dictation Software Online Recognises 40 Languages. 4 months 4 weeks ago David Morgan

Very nice find, Rob. I wish I had even 1% confidence in Google and its personal privacy policy, but I don't. Perhaps some high-tech entrepreneur will come along and make something similar to make privacy hopefuls a bit happier. Thanks for your thoughtful review, Yankiwi.

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Free Dictation Software Online Recognises 40 Languages. 5 months 15 min ago Yankiwi

Thanks for the find, Rob. It sounds like a great system, just as long as users don't care about the privacy of what they're speaking/writing. On the "About" page of the Speechtexter site, it says:

"SpeechTexter is based on Google's high-end speech-recognition engines. All your speech is sent to Google, there it gets interpreted using powerful parallel servers and algorithms, and gets sent back to SpeechTexter as a stream of possible transcription results."

Anything sent to Google is kept and stored on Google's servers, so as long as users don't mind Google keeping a permanent record of their spoken and written thoughts for Google to use as it sees fit, SpeechTexter should be very helpful. Those of us with enough grey hair to remember the concept of personal privacy and value it will keep in mind that "what happens through Google stays with Google" and continue to avoid Google-related products whenever possible. As always, it's a personal choice; mine is for privacy above convenience. YMMV.

If there's a free speech-to-text program that does NOT involve sending personal thoughts to Google or Micro$oft, I'd appreciate learning about it.

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Security Alert: If You Use Java, Read This. 5 months 1 hour ago AJNorth

Another useful tool to update -- and remove previous versions of -- the Java RTE is JavaRA, from Singular Labs: https://singularlabs.com/forums/topic/completely-remove-java-using-singularlabs-javara/ (current version: 2.6).

It is also available from Softpedia: http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System-Miscellaneous/JavaRa.shtml and Major Geeks: http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/javara.html .

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Free Dictation Software Online Recognises 40 Languages. 5 months 4 hours ago kastaldi

It works well on italian language too, just one mistake after a lot of words and it even understands foreign names such as John and Mary. :) I'll give it a try with some complicated tests. Not bad for a free speech recognizer, it doesn't need training as well.

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Debut 5 months 1 day ago RMIkeN

This is a great piece of software. The free version does place a watermark on the bottom of the recording.
I didn't find the "Free" version until I attempted to uninstall the trial version.

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IMPORTANT: If You're A CCleaner User You Need To Read This. 5 months 3 days ago jhvance

Thanks for the ghacks link...best advice is to check whether the artifacts of the intrusion are anywhere on your hard drive or in your Windows registry, then delete them. Here's another recent article with some information about the targets for the 2nd payload:

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/09/ccleaner-backdoor-infecting-millions-delivered-mystery-payload-to-40-pcs/

Seems to have been geared toward the manufacturing, design and communications giants -- industrial espionage at the least, and perhaps more of an effort to establish the potential for a widespread trojan backdoor control capability.

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Finds of the Week: Instant Logo Search / Exporting Evernote data / 8 built-in Windows tools / Download free topographical maps 5 months 3 days ago Norman Rubin

There are many alternatives to Evernote, but I don't think any of them is half as useful. When I posted above I was registered to use it on one Android phone and one W10 laptop. Now I'm forced to use TWO Android cell phones for a couple of weeks (long story, SIM card incompatibility while traveling), so I just registered both cell phones and UNregistered the laptop, which can connect fine with Chrome (browser). Still free, still great!
Evernote makes it very easy to unregister a gizmo. Just register a third and it will eventually give you a choice of paying or choosing a gizmo (from a list) to drop. You can even switch back and forth if you want.

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 5 months 5 days ago Prof. Jewell

Hello Bjruiter3, it looks as though this should be reported to the CDC ;-) Avast has just started doing the same thing to me--FULL screen ad's when I am doing something completely different. Needless to say, I told it to go away and never come back.

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Best Free Video Editing Program 5 months 5 days ago ichabod

Can the codecs from QT be installed without installing QT? If so, can you recommend a source of how-to info?
Does VSDC or do other programs reviewed here need the codecs from QT?

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Finds of the Week: Fix Stuck Windows Updates / 7 Specialty Browsers / Using Chrome Offline / Free Cassini eBook from NASA 5 months 6 days ago rhiannon

Thanks for the link. I've been told I'm a space cadet before, so you're not alone. :)

 

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Finds of the Week: Fix Stuck Windows Updates / 7 Specialty Browsers / Using Chrome Offline / Free Cassini eBook from NASA 5 months 6 days ago budchekov

Likewise, love that site.:)
The NASA Image of the Day too, http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/iotd.html
Guess I'm a space cadet.

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Finds of the Week: Instant Logo Search / Exporting Evernote data / 8 built-in Windows tools / Download free topographical maps 5 months 1 week ago Tomnov

hmm, highways do extensive grading when being built, so I guess these topos are only accurate in untouched rural and wilderness areas.

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Finds of the Week: Fix Stuck Windows Updates / 7 Specialty Browsers / Using Chrome Offline / Free Cassini eBook from NASA 5 months 1 week ago rhiannon For those of us not familiar with the APOD acronym, it's the website Astronomy Picture of the Day: https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html view
IMPORTANT: If You're A CCleaner User You Need To Read This. 5 months 1 week ago darknesseternal

I found out about the Ccleaner infection in this article: http://news.thewindowsclub.com/compromised-ccleaner-version-used-distribute-malware-90593/ A few minutes ago, I posted the following comment to that article: "I just got an alert that Ccleaner has a newer version than the one mentioned in this article. It is version 5.35.6210. I'm wondering if I should wait to download it? I've used Ccleaner for years, and I will continue to. I trust Piriform, but they are obviously not infallible. As for Avast... if they were who was distributing the malware version, how could they not detect it? They are an anti-virus software company! This is very disturbing, because I use the Avast AV on my computer." Then I came to this site, to make sure you guys were informed, and of course you were! Now I feel silly for wondering about that. Thanks Rob!

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IMPORTANT: If You're A CCleaner User You Need To Read This. 5 months 1 week ago Anupam

Seems like a second payload has been discovered for the malware, according to this Ghacks article:

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/09/21/ccleaner-malware-second-payload-discov...

This is really bad. Seems like system restore won't be enough, and reinstall of Windows, or restoring from a previous backup image is required.

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5 Best Free Video Streaming Sites 5 months 1 week ago rishabh91

For movies, I would recommend this top site https://streamrocks.com/ I have been using this for a while now.

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Finds of the Week: Fix Stuck Windows Updates / 7 Specialty Browsers / Using Chrome Offline / Free Cassini eBook from NASA 5 months 1 week ago rhiannon

You got me there. Yep, daily visitor for some years now. You too?

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Finds of the Week: Fix Stuck Windows Updates / 7 Specialty Browsers / Using Chrome Offline / Free Cassini eBook from NASA 5 months 1 week ago budchekov

I'll bet you're a daily APOD visitor.. ;)

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Finds of the Week: Fix Stuck Windows Updates / 7 Specialty Browsers / Using Chrome Offline / Free Cassini eBook from NASA 5 months 1 week ago rhiannon

I'm happy to hear you like it. :)

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Finds of the Week: Fix Stuck Windows Updates / 7 Specialty Browsers / Using Chrome Offline / Free Cassini eBook from NASA 5 months 1 week ago budchekov

The Saturn ebook is outstanding, viewing with Calibre, there are even links to larger NASA Photojournal images...(of the ones included in the book)
Nice find rhiannon, thanks!:)

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Finds of the Week: Block Windows Updates in Windows 10 Home / All about Windows System Repair Discs / 8 ways to protect yourself online / Science Daily 5 months 1 week ago Anupam

Sorry, but we will be unable to provide support here in the comments section. Please post your query in the freeware forum of this site:

https://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/

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Finds of the Week: Block Windows Updates in Windows 10 Home / All about Windows System Repair Discs / 8 ways to protect yourself online / Science Daily 5 months 1 week ago sharphawk4

Hello to everyone! I have a problem and look for help, if possible. I have a dual boot LINUX / /W 10 PC (I7 CPU & 8GB ram). For a long while I used both in dual booted mode without any problems. Since about 10 months, suddenly some W10 updates were available but I had to give them up, because updating starts, reaches 99% and then says that for some "reason" update could not be completed and undoes all updates and restarts. This process take a very long time (> 10-15 m) and thus the only work-around I found was to disable the windows-update service. This is somewhat dangerous security wise in the long run. Interesting enough, not even local m$oft support, which I contacted, could not fix the issue, could not tell me why update process can not completed, and they finally said that (a) they do not support the dual boot systems (b) I have to reinstall windows and drop LINUX dual boot. Does anyone know a work around other then the one I used i.e. disabling the W10 update service? Does anyone knows what stops W10 update to complete? Thanks for your help...SH

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Best Free Antivirus Software 5 months 1 week ago sharphawk4

Maybe Qihoo 360 Total Security is a good software, but I have some complains. When one searches for files to clean-up, the program might indicate 20Gb to clean up. You do the cleanup and afterwards search again: the same value is displayed, which sounds weird to me. If for some reason, some files can not be cleaned up, fear enough, but then say so or do not put them in the clean-up list.

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PagePlus Starter Edition 5 months 1 week ago nonurban

The free program is no longer available.

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IMPORTANT: If You're A CCleaner User You Need To Read This. 5 months 1 week ago Old Gobbo

Further to my long post: forgot (slaps head) to say that if you do have the key at Piriform in the Registry saying MUID or Agomo MUID, then of course you should delete it.
By the way it now seems that another AV site, actually discovered this trojan and told Piriform / Avast about it:
http://blog.morphisec.com/morphisec-discovers-ccleaner-backdoor

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IMPORTANT: If You're A CCleaner User You Need To Read This. 5 months 1 week ago Old Gobbo

This post alarms many unnecessarily and fails to tell all, as others above have noted - a disappointment against your usual standard. This is what I wrote for my people:
Someone introduced malware into a Ccleaner update package, effective between 15August and 13 September. This did not do any immediate harm, but the data it sent out (and possibly stored on your machine) could be used for a later attack. If you have a 64-bit machine you are safe. If you use a 32-bit machine, read on.

The version concerned was Ccleaner 5.33.6162, and the cloud equivalent from that time. If you have used either of these, you need to check the Registry editor.-

- in the Search / Run box (I think it's called "Ask me anything" in W10), type: regedit

- select the top result: regedit Run command, or in W7, regedit.exe

- click the + sign beside HKEY LOCAL MACHINE

- click the + sign beside SOFTWARE

- scroll down to Piriform

- There should be just one key in there for Piriform (ignore the subsection for Ccleaner): a little red logo saying ab followed by (default), labelled REG_SZ (Value not set)

--- If there is anything else there, you may have a problem, particularly:if it says: Agomo MUID, or just MUID.

- in that case you should

a) delete your present version of Ccleaner (no need to use Revo, as Ccleaner is very good at clearing itself out)

b) restore your system to a time before August 15 (or whenever you downloaded the update), or better re-install Windows. - ask me if necessary.

c) download a new version of Ccleaner - it should be safe from now on.

Refences:
Talios at: http://blog.talosintelligence.com/2017/09/avast-distributes-malware.html
Piriform blog at: https://www.piriform.com/news/blog/2017/9/18/security-notification-for-ccleaner-v5336162-and-ccleaner-cloud-v1073191-for-32-bit-windows-users

It is notable that the Piriform announcement is somewhat mealy-mouthed about the whole thing, does not mention Talios who suppressed some of the remote domains, and does not say what to do if you have been infected.

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IMPORTANT: If You're A CCleaner User You Need To Read This. 5 months 1 week ago gizmofan1248

On my PC, Malwarebytes Antimalware quarantined the malware and it was identified as Trojan.Floxif:
https://blog.malwarebytes.com/detections/trojan-floxif-appflsh/
More info can be found here:
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/ccleaner-compromised-to-distribute-malware-for-almost-a-month/
It appears that only 32-bit computers were vulnerable, and only through version 5.33 of CCleaner.
If you use a standard account (not admin account) you would not be affected.

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UltraDefrag 5 months 1 week ago famewolf

Is ultradefrag still the editor's choice when on their website it looks like the project has been abandoned?

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IMPORTANT: If You're A CCleaner User You Need To Read This. 5 months 1 week ago nonurban

Hitman Pro found a trojan in CCleaner when I scanned my computer recently, I hadn't known anything about the situation you are reporting here and was skeptical that it was false positive. I removed CCleaner anyway by using Hitman Pro and it said it removed the threat. I guess I was right to remove it in spite of my doubts.

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Best Free Software for Linux 5 months 1 week ago Panzer

"... SelekTOR for Linux is an open source Java based GUI frontend for Tor running in client mode, it acts as a Tor launcher and exit node chooser for browsers that support system proxying using PAC files ...":

https://www.dazzleships.net/selektor-for-linux/

"... Hiawatha is an open source webserver with a focus on security ...":
https://www.hiawatha-webserver.org/

"... Spack - a flexible package manager that supports multiple versions, configurations, platforms, and compilers ...":
https://spack.io/

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 5 months 1 week ago Panzer

"... Kinza - a Chromium-based web browser which attempt to reflect the end-user voice by adding popular requested features in new updates ...":
https://www.kinza.jp/en/

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/Browsers/Kinza.shtml

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Qihoo 360 Total Security 5 months 1 week ago Anupam

Yes, 360TS works with Windows XP. I have installed it on my friend's system which is running XP.

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IMPORTANT: If You're A CCleaner User You Need To Read This. 5 months 1 week ago Gil Mensch

There is a lot more detail at this link http://blog.talosintelligence.com/2017/09/avast-distributes-malware.html . It's heavy reading, but the bottom line is that (a) it was the 32-bit 5.33 version of CCleaner that was infected, which was distributed in August and part of September, (b) uninstalling or updating CCleaner doesn't remove the infection from your PC, however (c) it appears that the worst effects of the malware have been neutralized even if you do have the infection. If you feel comfortable poking around in your registry, you can see if your PC was affected.

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IMPORTANT: If You're A CCleaner User You Need To Read This. 5 months 1 week ago Prof. Jewell

http://www.piriform.com/news/release-announcements/2017/9/18/security-notification-for-ccleaner-v5336162-and-ccleaner-cloud-v1073191-for-32-bit-windows-users

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IMPORTANT: If You're A CCleaner User You Need To Read This. 5 months 1 week ago Philo Vance

There is no mention of this issue in the Release Notes for the latest update available (5.34.6207). Are we sure that this version corrects the problem?

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Best Free PC Cleaner 5 months 1 week ago MidnightCowboy

Please see our article here. MC - Site Manager. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/important-if-youre-ccleaner-user...

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Best Free PC Cleaner 5 months 1 week ago gian

Making the Tech headlines the past 24 hours is Ccleaner hacked and inserted with a backdoor that infected millions of PC's in the past month. I hope there will be a good alternative to this freeware soon.

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Best Free Media Player 5 months 1 week ago nemonemo

On the two front-runners, VLC and PotPlayer. I certainly agree they are the best, by a wide margin. Sadly, on pure image quality, there is no clear winner though, if you're the kind of person who endlessly tweaks his/her tv for the perfect picture that is.
PotPlayer has the cleaner image- less visual hash, but VLC is sharper, and its highlights retain more detail, aren't blown out. Don't take my word for it: take screenshots from both players and zoom in.
But of course for convenience, it's PotPlayer by a mile. If PP's sharpness is good enough, don't even look at VLC, because it's a nightmare of nerdiness, a real clunker, as gimpy as Gimp. The idiots [sorry, it's accurate!] spent all their time coding elaborate esoteric, utterly useless features [want to add waving animation effects? hook it up to room lights!? add motion blur effects? -VLC is your player!].
One wishes PotPlayer coders would add a stronger sharpness filter, and put it in their control panel pop-up, but if they haven't by now, they never will [I wrote them long ago, and got the standard NIH response (Not Invented Here)]. By the way, WarpSharp is ****, and VLC's debanding filter, film grain filter, and HiQ denoise filter are all totally bogus too*. (Really- A:B screenshots showed zero effects! Coders are strange people.)
To summarize, if your source material is fairly sharp and/or you're not fussy about that last inch of quality, stick with PotPlayer. But if sharpness (and highlight detail) turn your crank, settle for VLC.
*VLC's jump forward/back (>, < arrows) are broken. You'll have to d/l a copy of Torrent Video Player to get that feature working. A kast word on VLC- despite announced updates, and d/l sites that show newer versions, it hasn't changed in many years- the image quality is absolutely identical, and the interface too.

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