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Check Out All Currency Exchange Rates At Your Fingertips 1 hour 27 min ago gizmofan1248

For Windows, it is only available for 8.1 and 10, not for e.g. Windows 7.

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Find Any Word, In Any File, On Your PC. Fast. 1 day 13 hours ago Australia

I hae reevaluated Everything,and I now retract my previous criticism

Everything doesnt have to scan all your drives (including C drive) when it starts, if you dont want this function, which I found frustrating

If you look the Tools/Options dialog box, you can uncheck "Automatically include new fixed volumes", and uncheck "Automatically include new removable drives"
So in other words, you can tell Everything not to index and thrash all your existing drives when it starts !

As usual, the latest version of Everything 1.4.1.877 has a portable version

'Swiftsearch' and 'Everything' are very similar in function, allowing very rapid searches of files by their names, but neither allow searches for specific text within files

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 2 days 1 hour ago alexo

In Zoner 16, double-clicking on a thumbnail in the browser opened the image viewer in another tab. Version 18 seems to open it in the same tab, replacing the browser and preventing me from having several images open in tabs for quick back-and-forth. Just for that limitation it does not deserve to be the editor's choice.

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Best Free Program Launcher 2 days 4 hours ago Australia

I found Advanced Launcher 2009, freeware by Alentum Software
Allows you to create one or several taskbar alternatives
Low resource usage. Rock solid stable
I created an extra task bar at the bottom of the screen (you can have it on the top or side of screen)
It displays large icons, to launch my 20 favourite programs

I also use Launchy and Rocketdock - all these programs are excellent freeware
I use Windows 7. Im not sure if all are compatible with Windows 10

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Best Free Software for Linux 3 days 6 hours ago Panzer

Gnome Completion-Run Utility - a simple program which provides a "run program" window, featuring a bash-like TAB completion:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/gmrun/

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 days 8 hours ago Panzer "... The AMP Browser is an open source web browser based on Chromium, which accelerates web browsing by automatically loading AMP web pages, saves bandwidth by enabling data compression, and respects privacy by blocking ads and tracking scripts ...": http://ampbrowser.com/ Miniature browser: https://github.com/doreminiature/miniature Min browser: https://github.com/minbrowser/min view
Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 days 9 hours ago Panzer Addap's browser: https://www.addaps.com/ view
Hotspot Shield 3 days 22 hours ago jleahy

Sneaky alert: Not free as stated on website for "Free Download"
Site also says: "Download Hotspot Shield. It's Free!"
Installs a 7-day trial of paid version only.
If the site is misleading, so therefore the software and company.

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Best Free Desktop Search Utility 4 days 29 min ago AJNorth

Everything has undergone a major update (to version 1.4.1.877 on 2017.06.07); the full changelog may be found at http://www.softpedia.com/progChangelog/Everything-Changelog-114264.html . (One of its advantages is that it does not require the Windows Search Service to be enabled -- especially pertinent with the current Windows exploit CVE-2017-8620.)

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Best Free Music Player and Organizer 4 days 49 min ago Musicdrummer

Try using Song Director http://songdirector.com/
You can very easily edit file tags and organize your music any way you want. See the edit screen shot and read the help menu for a list of features. They also have instructional videos. Song Director is also constantly updated and their response to email questions is very fast and helpful.

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Best Free Software for Linux 4 days 1 hour ago Panzer

NetRunner browser: https://netrunner.cc/

"... Alkasir - a cross-platform, open-source and robust website censorship circumvention tool that also maps censorship patterns around the world. With its split-tunneling feature, Alkasir can optimize bandwidth consumption to provide better speed compared to many other circumvention tools ...":
https://alkasir.com/en/index.html

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 4 days 2 hours ago Anupam

The language used to describe the browser in one of the screenshots is downright offensive. Put me off immediately.

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Looking for a password? Don't use any of these 306 million 4 days 4 hours ago rhiannon

Yes you're right, his name is Troy Hunt, and I've known that for some time. The wonders of auto-correct never cease to amaze me. My mistake, it's been corrected, thank you for pointing it out. :)
I have tremendous amount of regard for him and his work.

Thanks for the Wikipedia link, looks like good resource. I like it that you can input your password into the browser  address bar and search for the password that way. Note to readers: the list contains some NSFW (not safe for work) words

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 4 days 4 hours ago Panzer NetRunner browser: https://netrunner.cc/ view
Looking for a password? Don't use any of these 306 million 4 days 6 hours ago OllieJones

His name is Troy Hunt! (not Hunter!) Please consider editing your article to correct that.

He has a very white hat, and he's a master at building secure web applications. He's more trustworthy than almost anybody on the intertoobz. For just one piece of evidence of this, notice that https://haveibeenpwned.com/ has an extended validation certificate. It shows his name next to the lock on the location bar. It takes hard work and money to make that happen, especially for an individual.

You're right to be concerned about punching your password into a strange web site. Don't put your bank password in there.

It would be great if there were a Javascript module that would check peoples' proposed passwords against the 306 million, without sending them over the network first. But that would be an obscenely large module. Better to check against the ten thousand most common passwords.

Wikipedia gives you a way to do that without sending your password. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Most_common_passwords/10000

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Looking for a password? Don't use any of these 306 million 4 days 12 hours ago rhiannon

Good question. The site owner has compiled the passwords of publicly released data breaches into a searchable database. He doesn't add to them by using any passwords that are checked using the search box.  My understanding is that his concern is that someone will type in a password that they are actively using that could potentially be picked up by outside parties. Basically he's suggesting that anyone not expose important passwords (like banking and other important passwords) on any third party site. Stick to using important passwords at the sites they are meant for and that have (presumably) enhanced security. More details here: https://haveibeenpwned.com/FAQs

It is possible that a password you check at the site that hasn't been used could be picked up, as nothing is truly safe on the internet. I think you have to decide what's comfortable for you. An email password I checked wasnt in the database and I'm still using it. It's for an account that gets little use and has little personal information. The information I supplied is not my real personal information, so I decided the risk was low. I am pretty sure that passwords like 12356 and the word password are amply represented in theat of passwords in the data beaches as they are commonly used, year in and year out. The list is also downloadable and can be checked offline but it's not a straightforward searchable text file. The site has more information and presumes a level of knowledge that most of us don't have. It was done that way to protect personally identifiable information from being viewed.

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Free File Search Utility is the Best Yet 4 days 13 hours ago AJNorth

Everything was updated to version 1.4.1.877 on 2017.06.07; the full changelog may be found at http://www.softpedia.com/progChangelog/Everything-Changelog-114264.html . (One of its advantages is that it does not require the Windows Search Service to be enabled -- especially pertinent with the current Windows exploit CVE-2017-8620.)

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Looking for a password? Don't use any of these 306 million 4 days 22 hours ago jtshea

Even though the site manager advises against sending a current password, it seems that sending a potential one could be just as harmful. What's to prevent it from being added to the list of passwords used to crack a site?

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Best Free Media Player 4 days 23 hours ago Bruce_Fraser

Thanks, George, for your help. It works perfectly now.

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Problem Steps Recorder Is An Amazing Troubleshooting Tool 5 days 21 hours ago jmaloney

Excellent! Somehow I have never been aware of this tool. I'm still on Windows 7 Pro. I just tested PSR and it worked great. Thanks!

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Problem Steps Recorder Is An Amazing Troubleshooting Tool 6 days 1 hour ago gizmofan1248

Thanks for the tip! Worked nicely with screenshots and descriptions. Have heard about it but had forgotten about it. Windows 7. Thanks again!

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Problem Steps Recorder Is An Amazing Troubleshooting Tool 6 days 1 hour ago Phylis Sophical

I just put 'step recorder' into cortina and it showed up. Win10 Home edition
Awesome find. Hadn't a clue this existed.

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Problem Steps Recorder Is An Amazing Troubleshooting Tool 6 days 2 hours ago DaveS

I am having the same problem. Tried as many things as I can think of with no luck. Any and all ideas appreciated.

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Problem Steps Recorder Is An Amazing Troubleshooting Tool 6 days 2 hours ago rr55

I'm experiencing the same problem as rangergord. PSR doesn't open when clicked, even when attempting to open as Administrator.

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Problem Steps Recorder Is An Amazing Troubleshooting Tool 6 days 4 hours ago richdt

Had never heard of it, thanks for the tip.

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CM Security AppLock AntiVirus 6 days 4 hours ago kw1ll

This needs to be removed as "Editor's Choice" in the Android Antivirus category. It has lots of ads. It has an annoying notification that can't be disabled telling you that you are getting too many annoying notifications. The phone temperature feature is total bunk and will report that your phone is overheating when it's been sitting idle on the table for a while. I finally had to uninstall because I could tell it was slowing the phone down much more than it was actually helping anything. Sorry CM Security, you can do better.

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How to Disable Internet Explorer 6 days 11 hours ago Kristoph

So one day I downloaded something that kinda messed up my computer, I did get rid of it but one thing that has been happening since that day was IE keeps on randomly opening without me doing anything, when I tried to do the proxy server thing it was already checked and the address and port boxes were grayed out. What would I do now to disable it if possible?

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Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility 6 days 23 hours ago Anupam

FreeFileSync site has changed. Here is the new site:

https://www.freefilesync.org/

I have been downloading from above site since quite a long time now. There is actually a message displayed at the top of the Sourceforge site for FreeFileSync, which you probably missed. It says:

As of 2017-01-30, this project may now be found at http://www.freefilesync.org/.

Have updated the product details, will show the correct site now. Thank you for your post.

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Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility 1 week 3 hours ago Tingla

Currently seems to be a problem finding home website of FreeFileSync. The Help tab within the program results in unable to connect and if you follow the download link given here it takes you to SourceForge. There is a link there but that also results in "Unable to connect". I've had the program since version 8.3 but occasionally go to the website to consult the manual. There are a few blogs about the program but there not quite as good as the developers proper manual.

Maybe it's a temporary issue or maybe the project has been terminated.

Based on comments of others here I thought I'd give Synchredible a try. However my "go to" file download site, Softpedia, only seems to have the commercial version. A search found the developers site and they do have a "Free for private purposes" file to download.

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Problem Steps Recorder Is An Amazing Troubleshooting Tool 1 week 3 hours ago rangergord

Anyone help with this? I found psr.exe in my WIn10 Pro system BUT when I click on it nothing happens. I checked Task Manager and it is not showing in either the Apps, Background Processes, or WIndows Processes. I have a Win7 partition and it works great here. Must have done something in my Win10.
Help appreciated as this looks like a valuable tool.

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A Really Nice, Powerful Clipboard Manager 1 week 6 hours ago tormozit

1.36

Added
1. Commands "Add text to filter" and "Set text to filter" in context menu of clip text
2. Values "rtf" and "html" in filter by the clip type

Fixed
1. "Compare last clips" command compared last 2 clips incorrectly with filter
2. Possible crash when capturing clips from windows with very long caption
3. Update check failed if proxy requires authentication
4. Incorrect updating "Is clip favorite" button after press

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Problem Steps Recorder Is An Amazing Troubleshooting Tool 1 week 14 hours ago EldonW

Problem Steps Recorder is a superb utility.
In windows 8.1 & 10 it's just called Steps Recorder.

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Best Free Media Player 1 week 1 day ago George.J Seems like a privilege issue. Right click on the setup and run it as administrator. That would most certainly solve the problem. Also I believe that the system that were having a problem is of 64bit type, since you have downloaded 64bit version of PotPlayer. view
Got An iPad? Try This Instead Of iTunes On Your PC. 1 week 1 day ago dwainwood

Installed Winx Media Trans and it doesn’t recognize my iphone when plugged in. I hear the audible confirmation when I plug it and unplug it.

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Best Free Media Player 1 week 1 day ago Bruce_Fraser

Yet I tried it on my home computer, and it works perfectly. One of life's many mysteries...

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This Word Game Has Me Obsessed Right Now! 1 week 1 day ago Gildawie

You would have to be English - not British - to get some of these.
Cryptic crosswords are much easier.

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This Word Game Has Me Obsessed Right Now! 1 week 1 day ago Gil Mensch

It appears to be the American English equivalent of a chalk board, as would be found in a classroom.

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This Word Game Has Me Obsessed Right Now! 1 week 1 day ago Fairportfan

"Chalkface" is a geological term, i believe.

If you think this is tricky, try some British "cryptic" crossword puzzles.

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Best Free Media Player 1 week 1 day ago Bruce_Fraser

I had to re-install it to get the exact wording: "Cannot find or init PotPlayer64.dll".
This seems really weird, since:
* this error message comes up during installation
* one would expect that file to be part of the installation process.
That's why I just shrugged and uninstalled it. I'm not going to even attempt to fix it or tweak it. I'm using VideoLAN VLC now.
One good thing about PotPlayer: it uninstalls cleanly. There are no remnants left in the Registry or on the hard drive.

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Best Free Media Player 1 week 2 days ago George.J What was the name of the .dll file? view
Don't Become Hacker Bait. Top Tips From The Wall St Journal 1 week 2 days ago AustinGuy

I don't subscribe to the WSJ and was not able to read the article.

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Best Free Media Player 1 week 2 days ago Bruce_Fraser

I've been using PotPlayer happily for a couple of years, thanks to TechSupportAlert.
But today it wouldn't work. And when I reinstall with the latest version 64-bit, I get error messages that it couldn't find one of the .dll files.

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dotProject 1 week 2 days ago AEngineer

It looks as though this product is dead. The URL now has info on an Australian firm.

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Speed Up Your Hearing 1 week 2 days ago virginiajim

Added 23 more URL podcast sources.

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Multi Commander 1 week 2 days ago sososo

Configuration > Explorer Panel Settings > Display > Fonts

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A Really Nice, Powerful Clipboard Manager 1 week 3 days ago tormozit

Very weak reason to choose clipboard manager. You can copy any piece of text from any place (even from other clip in clipboard manager) to make new clip and then you can edit it and it will be stored like usual clip. There are many clipboard managers that allow to do this (for ex. Ditto, ClipAngel).

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Best VPN Services for 2017 1 week 3 days ago kevinsam4all

Hello, sorry for the bad experience you had with Cyberghost, not a great choice of VPN though. I use ExpressVPN and it's a perfect work around vpn with good speed and anoynmity. Check reviews http://www.vpnreviewsite.com/ Hope that helps...

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A Really Nice, Powerful Clipboard Manager 1 week 3 days ago fullbug

Exactly! I have never seen another clipboard manager that lets you enter your own clips and save them, and paste when needed, this keeps me coming back to ClipX!

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Best Free Music Player and Organizer 1 week 4 days ago Panzer "... VUPlayer - from version 4 the application is now open source ...": https://github.com/jfchapman/VUPlayer/wiki view
This Word Game Has Me Obsessed Right Now! 1 week 4 days ago Gil Mensch

Chalkface is a word? I had to look it up and found out that it's used in the UK. Americans might be a little more puzzled than the Brits by these word wall puzzles from the BBC. Not complaining. Just commenting.

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Technical? Looking For A Good Free Terminal Prog? This One's Great. 1 week 4 days ago bash550

Good find, Rob. I used this to replace superputty for my network simulations.

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A Really Nice, Powerful Clipboard Manager 1 week 5 days ago Sgluber

I have installed Clip Angel a hour ago and, so far, it is being very useful! :-)

I agree with rob: it's a really nice and powerful clipboard manager. Thanks to rob for this article, many thanks to tormozit for the great job! *thumbsup*

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A Really Nice, Powerful Clipboard Manager 1 week 5 days ago tormozit

I wonder what Ditto fans will say about ClipAngel?

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Finds of the Week: Online Security 101 / Docs Online Viewer / Batch Rename Files / Customize the WinX Menu 1 week 5 days ago rhiannon

That's an awesome program. I use it often. Thanks for the tip. :)

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Finds of the Week: Online Security 101 / Docs Online Viewer / Batch Rename Files / Customize the WinX Menu 1 week 5 days ago athylacine7

For easy, flexible, sophisticated bulk file rename, I use the (latest) Search Everything.

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Technical? Looking For A Good Free Terminal Prog? This One's Great. 1 week 6 days ago Quetzalcoatl

Or this one, 100% Free for everybody, no excuses, no personal or "non commercial" traps, less than 1 Mb in size, still old putty underneath, though, but the multitabs help a lot.

MTPutty - MultiTabbed Putty or TTY+
http://www.ttyplus.com/

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Best Free Desktop Search Utility 1 week 6 days ago George.J

Glad to be of help Rob. I use it regularly too, coz am quite forgetful. :D

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Technical? Looking For A Good Free Terminal Prog? This One's Great. 1 week 6 days ago willrun4fun

I use the paid version of this in an enterprise. Great for me since it recognizes Cisco configs and does highlighting for me.

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Technical? Looking For A Good Free Terminal Prog? This One's Great. 1 week 6 days ago mikesolomon

Try Bitvise
Best I've found and it's free https://www.bitvise.com/download-area

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A Really Nice, Powerful Clipboard Manager 1 week 6 days ago tormozit

I have tested dozens clipboard programs over the 10 years and took the best (for me) from them and made ClipAngel =) It can do everything you wrote and many more (as you can see in feature list and in comparison table https://sourceforge.net/p/clip-angel/wiki/Description/)

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Technical? Looking For A Good Free Terminal Prog? This One's Great. 1 week 6 days ago Gil Mensch

I've seen this sort of thing before. My guess is the company set the prices when 49 Euros was approximately equal to 69 USD. As time goes on, the currencies move relative to each other, but the company doesn't update the pricing. If one were to buy the commercial license for this program at this time, obviously, the smart move would be to remit in Euros. But since we're talking about the free non-commercial license here at Gizmo's Freeware... not really an issue, is it?

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Technical? Looking For A Good Free Terminal Prog? This One's Great. 1 week 6 days ago Geekomatic

It's 49 Euro---> $69 USD....which is odd when you convert 49 Euro it ought to be about $58 USD?

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A Really Nice, Powerful Clipboard Manager 1 week 6 days ago Hondoe1950

I have tested many clipboard programs over the year, and greatly prefer Clipboard Help+Spell because:

1. It allows you to have Favorites to use and reuse

2. It's easy to delete a clip from the listing (e.g. passwords)

3. It works with text and images equally well

4. It has an extensive history of previously used clips

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 week 6 days ago Anupam Thank you for the feedback. I do not plan to install it on my main system, but I might on my secondary laptop, to try it out. But from what you describe, it will be a pain to encounter such messages on even good sites. Maybe you can whitelist those sites somewhere? I was thinking of installing it on computers of my friends and relatives, since it seems like a good option. Maybe for us experienced users, these messages may be a bit of a pain to deal with, but for inexperienced ones, these might be helpful. It will be available in India in September, so I can try it only then. view
A Really Nice, Powerful Clipboard Manager 1 week 6 days ago JAFD

I've been using ClipMate from Thornsoft.com for about 20 years now (ok, the updated versions thru the years). Have really gotten used to it and am very satisfied. But if there is a better clipboard extender / information manager around, would like to know what reasons to switch might be. (Should note, though, there are about 47K items in my ClipMate clipboard, would want to be able to migrate them.)

Anyway, are there any Linux clones of ClipMate, or any Linux clipboard extender with similar capabilities ? If not, am preparing a project of //bribery// incentives to get one written.

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A Really Nice, Powerful Clipboard Manager 1 week 6 days ago tormozit

You're right and it's honestly written everywhere:
Requires .Net Framework 4.52+ (Windows Vista+/Server 2008+)

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A Really Nice, Powerful Clipboard Manager 1 week 6 days ago crombierob

It appears this does not work in XP

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 week 6 days ago Bruce_Fraser

Kaspersky and BitDefender are consistently the highest rated antivirus softwares, year after year. So I jumped at this opportunity. One day later, I've uninstalled Kaspersky.
Why? When browsing the internet, I kept getting popups "Attention! Your confirmation is required to perform the selected action. This action will reduce the protection of your computer." And when I say "OK" to that one, another one pops up with a warning about the certficate for that website.
These are websites that I visit regularly with no problem.
Plus: there are a dozen or more notifications sent to the Windows Action Center every day.
The whole thing is just a big pain to deal with.

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A Really Nice, Powerful Clipboard Manager 1 week 6 days ago ibay770

1clipboard is great and it syncs all data with your good drive account so it can sync all your info on many computers

http://1clipboard.io/

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Best Free Process Viewer 1 week 6 days ago ibay770

I find PC Hunter is great too , very comprehensive, and can adjust startup entries too http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/pc_hunter.html

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A Really Nice, Powerful Clipboard Manager 2 weeks 1 hour ago HmS-PA

I have used a Clipboard managager/extender called ClipMate. (clipmate.com). Yes, there is a one time cost, but it has been invaluable for my working with maintaining a couple of websites. Clips are in collections that I name. Short cuts to call up clips that are in a collection.

Really useful and I've used it for over 10 years.

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A Really Nice, Powerful Clipboard Manager 2 weeks 2 hours ago tormozit

Very good advice. But if you use good password manager (like KeePass) which can set Clipboard Viever Ignore Format (CVIF) while coping password to clipboard, then good clipboard manager (like ClipAngel or Ditto or ClipDiary) will understand this flag and will not capture password. Discussion about CVIF for Ditto https://sourceforge.net/p/ditto-cp/discussion/287511/thread/2185c0e1/ . And do not forget to turn on CVIF in options of KeePass 2.X (it is off by default)

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A Really Nice, Powerful Clipboard Manager 2 weeks 2 hours ago DrBongo

I use Ditto which works fine for me, and I'd like to give a warning about clipboard managers in general.

If you use a clipboard manager to copy a password, that password will remain in the clipboard manager until it is deleted. So, if you do use a clipboard manager to copy and paste passwords, immediately remove that password from the clipboard manager.

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A Really Nice, Powerful Clipboard Manager 2 weeks 3 hours ago tormozit

I am author of ClipAngel. You are right. Actually there is no installer but 2 modes of starting application (from ReadMe.txt):

No actions required in addition to the system requirements for installing program. You can run program from any catalog, but the program will use single settings and database, stored in Windows user profile, in normal mode and in program catalog - in portable mode. To autostart program on user logon, you have to turn on appropriate checkbox in Settings window. ClipAngelPortable.bat or parameter /p - runs application in portable mode, settings and standart database will be loaded/saved in the same catalog, where program is started.

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A Really Nice, Powerful Clipboard Manager 2 weeks 3 hours ago Peejayh

You say it can be installed or stand alone, but I can not find an installer, when I open the zip file I downloaded it extracts all files, then when I click on CickAngel.exe it runs as a stand alone program. Where do I find the installer?

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Find Any Word, In Any File, On Your PC. Fast. 2 weeks 4 hours ago Bruce_Fraser

Before posting, tell your browser to search this page for "Everything." You'll find that it's already discussed extensively.

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Find Any Word, In Any File, On Your PC. Fast. 2 weeks 5 hours ago TiagoDM

what about everything? https://www.voidtools.com/ this can really help you find everything in your computer. Indexes are built by the software using custom setttings. Very fast and accurate.

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Best Free Desktop Search Utility 2 weeks 7 hours ago crombierob

I just checked out Fileseek, and it fulfilled my 4 criteria (described in another post above).
I had to do a lot of appending of folders that were to be excluded, and it then completed my search in 1 minute, which is pretty good.
If you look at George.J's post - Submitted by George.J on 27. June 2016 - 3:50
You will see in my reply to him, that his recommendation UltraSearch was even faster, and I had not yet attempted to enter the 'to be excluded' folders
Rob

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Best Free Desktop Search Utility 2 weeks 8 hours ago crombierob

George, I think you saved my day (and my remaining hair).
I have tried many of the other suggestions, and had not found one that did ALL of this -
1) I can have windows indexing switched off for eternity
2) It (the chosen search program) does not require a massive index, nor a massive indexing time
3) It can search within the files for a desired text string
4) It can exclude folders (like Windows, Programs, Documents and Settings)
I have about 600,000 files, so I figured that all of the above were required for a reasonably fast search.
I was unsure if I could use 4, but I installed UltraSearch based on your 'heads up'.
BEFORE I could work out how to do 4, the program had returned the single file I was looking for (which contained the word 'ToDo').

Thank you for your recommendation,
Rob

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The Gimp Isn't Just For Linux 2 weeks 1 day ago LordDaMan

I would recommend using thef Partha's build of Gimp. It adds the wonderful G'Mic plugin (http://www.http://gmic.eu), somediffernt color schemes/toolbar icons, and support for google's Nik ( https://www.google.com/nikcollection/) plugins :

It's at: https://www.partha.com/

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VideoPad Video Editor 2 weeks 2 days ago Davidxx

Hi. I used this and liked it! BUT.. after a short time, a matter of days, it reverted to the "trial ended". You can use it, but you can't export video. So, it wasn't worth $69 for the paid version. I gotta uninstall it. Too bad.

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Finds of the Week: Online Security 101 / Docs Online Viewer / Batch Rename Files / Customize the WinX Menu 2 weeks 2 days ago rhiannon

Gotcha. My brain didn't make the connection, it's been a little foggy lately. :)

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Finds of the Week: Online Security 101 / Docs Online Viewer / Batch Rename Files / Customize the WinX Menu 2 weeks 2 days ago J_L

It's featured in the 4th find, although for creating custom Win+X menus instead of restoring Control Panel.

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Find Any Word, In Any File, On Your PC. Fast. 2 weeks 2 days ago Australia

Thats very helpful, thank you. Its not completely intuitive, but I will give it a go, and report back shortly. You may be a noobie, but anyone trying this program for the first time wont find these settings you describe, I certainly couldnt find them
I went to Preferences, and settings, and advanced settings, so the program could be a bit more user friendly. Thanks again

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Best Freeware Download Sites 2 weeks 2 days ago pbouthil

Another site is www.filehorse.com

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Find Any Word, In Any File, On Your PC. Fast. 2 weeks 3 days ago MoisheP

1. Open the DocFetcher GUI.
2. Right-click on Search Scope panel.
3. Select Create Index From and select a source (e.g. Folder).
4. The Indexing Queue dialog opens. The second panel down, File Extensions, has three lists: Plain text, Zip Archives and Exclude files. To add items to the Exclude list, use regular expressions... examples are shown, such as ".*\.class" to prevent indexing .class Java files.

The manual at http://docfetcher.sourceforge.net/en/index.html explains this and more... go directly to the authors for help, rather than relying on a DocFetcher noobie like myself.

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Find Any Word, In Any File, On Your PC. Fast. 2 weeks 3 days ago Australia

"to avoid searching inside RAR, TAR or other compressed files, simply add that mime type to the Exclude list for that folder,"

I couldnt find this option anywhere in the program, or in the preferences
Can you explain in simple steps where the Exclude list is located, and how to add RAR files to the Exclude list?

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The Gimp Isn't Just For Linux 2 weeks 3 days ago Mike C

I use IrfanView for screenshots and basic clean-up. Gimp has been my go-to for years for detail work. Hard to believe it's free. Another nice thing: Don't know how to do something? Google it and the support for Gimp will be there

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Finds of the Week: Online Security 101 / Docs Online Viewer / Batch Rename Files / Customize the WinX Menu 2 weeks 3 days ago rhiannon

I'll have to check that out, it sounds like a good utility. Thanks. :)

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Finds of the Week: Online Security 101 / Docs Online Viewer / Batch Rename Files / Customize the WinX Menu 2 weeks 3 days ago J_L

Known about editing the Win+X menu for quite a while now, especially after the Creators Update shoved Settings app down our throats and replaced all Control Panel shortcuts. While PowerShell could still easily be replaced with Command Prompt (except in File Explorer), I needed Win+X Menu Editor to get back Control Panel and original "Programs and Features", "Power Options", etc. Great freeware with no strings attached.

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The Gimp Isn't Just For Linux 2 weeks 4 days ago antdude

It's hard to use though. Also, try the free Paint.NET -- http://getpaint.net.

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Find Any Word, In Any File, On Your PC. Fast. 2 weeks 4 days ago Bruce_Fraser

Hi Australia,
Re: "found all Word documents containing the text 'Flower', in 4 minutes."
Since Astro Grep was taking about an hour to search all the Word documents in my computer, I'm curious: how many Word documents do you have? And how many MB in total?
I have 2,000 Word documents, totalling about 130 MB.

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You Don't Have To Be From A Farm To Be A Great Farmer 2 weeks 4 days ago Sgluber

If you can, try it, Jojo.

Harvest Moon is amazing... it is more than a game, it is a challenger and pleasant experience.

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Find Any Word, In Any File, On Your PC. Fast. 2 weeks 4 days ago MoisheP

@Australia, I agree that Agent Ransack is an excellent search utility, more like grep, allowing use of regular expressions! When I'm trying to search using multiple conditions, e.g. file size, date and contents, it's superb. For short, indexed, searches, though, DocFetcher is useful.

To reduce the time to build index, don't index the entire drive, just folders such as Documents and Mail. Second, to avoid searching inside RAR, TAR or other compressed files, simply add that mime type to the Exclude list for that folder, just as you can add another Plain text file type (e.g. wdseml or pas for email or Pascal source). This gives you the option of opening RAR files in one location and of ignoring them in another.

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Find Any Word, In Any File, On Your PC. Fast. 2 weeks 4 days ago MoisheP

As William Lie states, DocFetcher can index many file types, some of which Windows cannot, e.g. .epub, and some LibreOffice documents that Windows misses. To make Thunderbird messages searchable in DocFetcher, on the Tools | Options | Advanced | General tab, check "Allow Windows Search to search message". In DocFetcher, create indices for C:\Users\[user_name]\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird\Profiles\[user_profile]\Mail and ...\ImapMail, and add extension wdseml as a plain text file.
The only complaint I have is that it requires a Java Runtime Engine (JRE), which poses additional maintenance and security issues... but the search engine is so good I installed a JRE anyway.

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Find Any Word, In Any File, On Your PC. Fast. 2 weeks 4 days ago Rydeck

Indeed, 'Everything' does this on my system too (altough it doesn't take 30 seconds) but that's because I close it every time I don't need it anymore. I think you can keep it running with low recources so that it will start searching the moment you type.
I don't know SwiftSearch but doesn't it run in the background too (with a service of some kind)? Probably the same strategy.

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Find Any Word, In Any File, On Your PC. Fast. 2 weeks 4 days ago Australia

I have no affiliation to any program, and am happy to use whatever free search utility is most efficient

Like others I dont like Java, and so I avoided DocFetcher previously
Recently I had to install Java to use another software program, so I gave the portable DocFetcher a go after reading this article

DocFetcher indeed is a great program, if you want to index a relatively small folder
It easily and quiclky found PDFs containing the text "flower", but also had a number of nonsense results
(ie DocFetcher search results included some documents did not contain the text "flower" !)

Also, unfortunately, if you have a large drive with lots of archives in it (ie lots of ZIP files, or RAR files),
DocFetcher by default insists on scanning through all these RAR archives as well, when creating its index.
For my external 2TB drive, this scanning will take over 4 hours
That is, 4 hours of thrashing my external hard drive
And in fact, my RAR files actually have been extracted into document files, so I dont want to be scanning these RAR archives !

In comparison, Agent Ransack did not need to create an index of my 2TB external drive, and found all Word documents containing the text "Flower", in 4 minutes. Yes, 4 minutes. (No 4 hour scanning required)

Im sure DocFetcher works well, once the index is created
But DocFetcher would be better if there was an simple way to exclude the RAR archives from being searched, to reduce the thrashing of the hard drives during index creation

What is the SIMPLE way to exclude RAR archives from being scanned. I cant find a simple checkbox to stop RAR archives being included in the creation of the index

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Find Any Word, In Any File, On Your PC. Fast. 2 weeks 4 days ago Australia

I have used 'Everything' since 2013, and I was a fan
But 'Everything' is slow, because it insists on scanning all the drives before allowing a search to be performed
For example, on my Windows 7 computer, when I start 'Everything'...
it spends 30 seconds scanning C drive, then 30 seconds scanning my D drive, then (finally) 30 seconds to scan my G drive (external drive, where all my data is !)

In comparison, when you start SwiftSearch, you can immediately start a search of any drive (eg C, D, or G drive alone), and SwiftSearch wont thrash the other drives unnecessarily, eg C drive
If you know how to stop Everything from scanning C drive everytime it starts, and just lets you scan one particular drive, let me know

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Find Any Word, In Any File, On Your PC. Fast. 2 weeks 4 days ago i8spombots

Had a look at Ransack Agent and Copernicus Desktop as recommended by users here. When you look at the company comparisons the free versions are severely limited as against the Pay For versions so, for me, unsuitable.

Astragrep not handling PDF is a big turnoff (thanks for the member mention)...zip files??

Anyway giving DocFetcher (again, thanks to the member mention) a try...note had to really work at (a) getting rid of an old Java ver - the Java removal tool couldn't kill it (b) getting it to fit with a fresh Java install...in the end had to use Revo uninstaller (free version Mr mod) on it's most aggressive setting to remove both Javas, Everywhere to spot and then erase an old Java directory that had survived then a reinstall of the latest Java. DocFetcher would open at last.

A word of caution - it would appear that any of these index based searchers need to build that index first so I'd say none will offer a flashing speed ALA Everything straight after install and unfair to expect that - Everything uses an existing index inbuilt in Windows NTFS as I understand.

As DocFetcher is still building I cannot comment further.

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Find Any Word, In Any File, On Your PC. Fast. 2 weeks 4 days ago Australia

A few notes about AstroGrep
The supported file searches are for these file types:
HTML, Word documents, TXT, Java, JSP, ASP, JS, INC, SQL, BAS and several source code formats, including VB, CS, CPP, C, H or ASM.
A portable version is available

I did search for text within PDF files, and AstroGrep can't help me
I did the same search for text within PDF files, using Agent Ransack, and the results were obtained quickly

My preferred file search utilities - I use Windows 7 (and I have no affiliation to any of these programs)(all freeware of course):

1)Instantaneous search for file names
- SwiftSearch
- MasterSeeker
- Everything (older utility, and slower, so I dont use it)

2)Searching for text within files
- Agent Ransack

3)Analysing hard drive for what is taking up space (disk space analyser)
- WizTree - the fastest results, and very easy to understand layout
- Folder Size (also great, but slower)

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