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Recommended programs (freeware) for reasonable safety?

Question: Recommended programs (freeware) for reasonable safety?

I currently have the following set installed:

* AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic
* COMODO Firewall Pro

* SpywareBlaster
* SpywareGuard

* HijackThis
Anything I should get in addition? Or get rid of?
Thanks in advance!

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Preferred Solution: Recommended programs (freeware) for reasonable safety?

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

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I'm after some freeware software to record online music streaming and all of the programs that I have downloaded up to now only record in between 1 to 5 minutes then cease recording. (i need it to be able to record between a 1-1 1/2 hours)

Any recommended?

Thx in advance.

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Hey everyone,
So, as my first thread, I would like to open a discussion/help for I think a lot of people.
I was inspired to make this thread, because of another thread i saw (Poll - How healthy is your internet security? <-- credits to him), because i saw some supirsed people because some had an A, and some had an C or so. So i thought, why not make this (sorry if this already exist, but i couldnt find a similar thread).

So what do you think are good browser extensions for security and safety?

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Hey there

I am curious if anyone could recommend a good freeware digital audio workstation (DAW) program. I have linux dualbooted on my PC, so either OS is fine.

I am looking for something as simple as possible (more like garageband or fruity loops, than pro tools)... All I want is to be able to plug in a guitar or synth, play a few lines, create a drum beat, and then export it as an .mp3

My PC is a Dell Dimension Intel 4, 3.0 GHz with 2.0 GB Ram, and I have Windows XP SP 3...

I currently have a Lexicon Alpha USB recording console (which functions as a soundcard, as well) (

This unit came with Cubase 4 LE, but I find it a little too cumbersome... all I want to do is make some quick demos, in which I program a drum beat, and then record a synth or guitar line over it.

Any ideas or recommendations would be very appreciated! If no freeware options are possible, please recommend anything...



Answer:Recommended Freeware Digital Audio Workstation Recording Software

I use Audacity to record my odd bass guitar twiddlings, it works for me.

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What would you recommend as a good freeware net usage meter for showing daily and monthly download/upload reports?
I am also wondering what I should expect for a days usage regarding download from a system only used for light surfing. The system has only been on since 6pm today (roughly 6 hrs), not always connected to the net, used to surf fairly lightly by 2 users. No updates. I am using the Networx usage meter which has been recommended by some websites (although some users have noted inaccurate readings in some versions). My usage report for the last 6 hrs is showing 240mb in total for download-does that sound about right? I am using TalkTalk which has an online checker, but it can take up to 3 days to update, so I thought I would search for a freeware equivalent. Thanks for any info

Answer:your recommended freeware download meter + average daily surfing usage, in mb?

I use (it's free)

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OK, check this out. I have run regscrub for some time now and when I use it, it always worked flawlessly. Out of curiosity I downloaded a program called Error Fixer thinking it would be helpful for a system problem earlier, that I had never actually installed, so i installed it. I ran it and realized it did pretty much the same thing as RegScrubXP only not as well. I then ran my RegScrub program, and picked up a whole bunch more of stuff that Error Fixer didn't, the only think was that the display of the finds and fix were disabled and I couldn't clean it up.

I uninstalled the Error Fixer Program, (a SAMPLE copy with a three scan limit that you would have to buy once you had run out of scans), and then Reinstalled RegScrubXP right over the disabled installation, and took care of the rest of the fixes.

Anyone else have this same thing happen?

Answer:Programs disabling competing freeware programs?

yes a common occurance with diffeerent apps, some scan deeper that others thus pick up much more junk registry entries..... eg. If I run Regcleaner and RegSupreme, RegSupreme picks up many more useless entries than Regcleaner BUT Regcleaner gest some that RegSupereme misses... moral is maybe two cleaners are better than one?

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I'm looking for a way to share files from desktop to laptop when away from home or to share certain folders with permission with other people, like pictures, etc.

I found this one, Media Max,

and then there's Folder Share from Microsoft,

or GoToMyPC.

Are things like these safe to use or do they make computers more vulnerable to viruses, trojans, spyware, etc?

Thanks for any advice you can share.


Answer:Questioning the Safety of Various Programs for Sharing Files

Use file encryption if you are worried about security away from base.

Obviously if one pc has access of any description to another pc there is a route for malware or hackers to transfer from one pc to the other that does not exist if they pcs are unconnected. That's the nature of the beast.

Pictures and other files can also be safely 'shared ' by uploading them to webspace, either your own or something like Flickr

Studio T

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What programs are recommended for keeping your computer clean? Should I have a spyware, adware, virus & malware? I'm tired of putting my computer into the shop 2-3 each year to have it cleaned and figure I should be able to do maintenance at my end. Appreciate the help.


Answer:What programs are recommended?

Read here on How to tighten your computer's security settings:

Security Help Tools:

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are there any recommend defrag programs, that work 'specifically" for vista. or is windows defrag the best option

Answer:Recommended defrag programs?

Your question is very subjective. Personally, I use the built in defragger, but infrequently. I am of the school that teaches constant defrags do more harm than good. That being said, here is our list of software that works well with Windows. While looking for defrags you will learn about other great software.

All the programs work equally well with Vista.

There are several defrags mentioned in the above list. The one that is mentioned quite often in the forum, and well liked is this:

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here are a few of recommended antivirus programs to use. But if you have any suggestions about a good Antivirus please reply and post here

Recommended (best) - antivirus software:
1. Kaspersky Antivirus Personal

2. Panda Anti-Virus Titanium & Platinum

3. NOD32 Anti-Virus

4. Command Antivirus

5. McAfee Antivirus VirusScan Online

Also recommended:
F-Prot for DOS (free, but not a Windows program)

Not quite there reviews:
F-Secure Antivirus Personal Edition

PC-cillin Anti-Virus 2002

Antivirus to Stay Away from:
AVG Antivirus
eTrust EZ Anti-Virus for Home
McAfee VirusScan Pro
Norman Antivirus Virus Control
Norton Anti-Virus

Answer:Recommended Antivirus Programs

wrong section buddy...put it in the Anti-Virus area...

i have pc-cillin 2005 and it works like a charm no hassles for me

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What protection programs are recommended?

I read the sticky. I liked Panada but it deleted cookies without prompting.

I am currently using Microsoft Security essentials.
I currently use NTI ez backup for backing up my system. Had some kinks but worked them out--Works pretty good, don't have to reinstall the whole system if a program mess it up.

I use spybot S&D old version with tea timer on. I think they will require you to go to the new version soon. I know how to use teatimer. I also like the File Shredder feature.

I am wanting free protection programs that gives me the choice of whether to excluded the file, repair, delete, or quarantine it.

I also have an option to install Norton free through my isp. Don't know if it the complete protection or just the virus protection.

Answer:What protection programs are recommended?

I use Panda, myself. Free Antivirus Download - Panda Cloud Antivirus

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Delete Unwanted Programs In HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\*filetype*\OpenWithLis t

Right. ?

But After Try That. It's No Effect In Open with Window

... I Use Media Player Classic x64 Associate For All Videos Files But.. Windows Media Player Is Blue Background

I Need to Change It.

by Remove Windows Media Player From Recommended Programs Windows

Sorry. My English Is Bad

Answer:How to Remove Recommended Programs

Hello Gunniz,

The blue background only indicates that you just happen to have that item highlighted/selected in that specific window. If you right click on another item, it would become highlighted in blue instead. It doesn't mean that it's the default program.

You can use the program in the tutorial below to remove a item from being listed in the "Open with" window though.

Open with - Clean Up and Remove Programs

Hope this helps,

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Any suggestions to keep my computer safe


Answer:recommended programs for new computer

avast antivirus works good for me and its free

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OK, so I just got through identifying that my 128GB SSD c:/ drive is failing and I'm waiting on HP shipping me a replacement.
When I opted to go with an SSD for my HP Z Book G2 I didn't accurately factor the disk cost of Windows 10 Pro and my 40+ various applications. I ended up with only about 12GB of free space on that drive and had already successfully installed and run several apps from a 'Programs' folder I created on my 'E' drive - a 1TB HDD.
So, when I install the replacement SSD I ideally want to install/run pretty much all programs (except MS Office 2010 and AutoCAD Lt) on my 'E' drive. I had done a bit of research on this issue and on MS forums in particular (yeah .... I know) found various 'statements' that this is not recommended. Anyone care to put some solid reasoning or evidence forward?
I'm just really wanting to make an informed decision on doing this. Thanks!

Answer:Recommended location for 'Programs' folder

Hi, I have over 400 progs installed on a 256Gb SSD, all my personal data on another disk.
I have roughly 180Gb free on my SSD. So I'm using about 70Gb of that.
I've not taken any special precautions to reduce space otherwise, although there are some things you can do.
I do have hibernation available (but don't use it) so there's a large hiberfil.sys file.
My paging file is on a second disk.

On that basis, I would look at where your space has gone... unless some of your programs are very large e.g. specialist or games. (E.g. Windirstat (free)).

As you seem to have two disks, it's fine to install programs on your second drive, especially non-critical ones. The difficulty arises if a disk fails. Imagine you have a program nominally installed on E: and that drive fails. You may have folders on C: (many programs create those) and almost certainly registry entries and start menu entries.
Thus uninstalling becomes an issue.

Disk imaging (which you should use, we strongly and repeatedly recommend it) would have to be coordinated for both disks.

If you had been using this, you could have recreated your working environment by restoring an image to your new SSD.
We recommend e.g. Macrium Reflect (free) + its boot medium + external storage.

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I'm going around to many sites where I trust the information, particularly when it comes to protecting my computer, and asking for a list of recommended protection programs. This includes registry cleaners, cache cleaners, anti-maleware, anti-spyware, defraggers, anti-virus, firewalls, and various scanners and other optimization programs. Normally I would simply go to one specific site I've used before to save my computer from the brink of death, but since this time I'm doing this to help protect someone else's computer, I'm asking everyone and will weigh the answers I get against each-other.

For the record, the programs I've been recommended before are listed below, most of which (unless noted) I use right now either constantly or regularly depending on if they're on-demand protection or not. I will also list the current programs the other person uses after my personal list. All programs are completely free or at least the free version, and please keep in mind neither I nor the other person I'm helping can afford to purchase protection programs. Also, the other person wishes to clean and protect several computers in their household, varying from XP to Vista. I personally run XP.

Recommended to me from various sources

Currently on my computer
avast! Antivirus
Malewaerbytes' Anti-Maleware
Puran Defrag
Windows Firewall

Not on my computer, but used in... Read more

Answer:Recommended protection/optimization programs

but since this time I'm doing this to help protect someone else's computer, I'm asking everyone and will weigh the answers I get against each-other.

Also, the other person wishes to clean and protect several computers in their household, varying from XP to VistaClick to expand...

Currently on my computer
avast! Antivirus <--- Yes I use this myself.
Malewaerbytes' Anti-Maleware <--- Yes, also in our recommended list of antispyware.
SpywareBlaster <--- Yes.
CCleaner <--- Yes.
HiJackThis! <--- Only to be used if you know what you are doing.
ComboFix <--- Extremely powerful tool not to be used without supervision or you could end up in the proverbial.
OTL <--- If you can interpret the logs from it then yes.
Ad Aware <--- I do not rate this personally.
AVG <--- Nor this.
Spybot S&D <--- I have not used this for a long time now.
Uniblue Speed Up My PC <--- Something I would never use or recommend.Click to expand...

I will also update whenever I receive more recommendations and cite the source (whenever applicable, certain sources I wouldn't want to advertise due to various site rules).Click to expand...

No thankyou. This is not necessary. We have our own list of reccommended softwares. You can of course further discuss this in the software forum but it is not really topic for the malware forum!

Below I will list a few of the answers I've gotten from Yahoo Answers... Read more

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I just switched to a Mac. Can the experts tell me which firewall, antivirus, and antispyware programs are essential for Macs? Would installing any of these have a downside to my computer's performance, etc?I want to stay as safe when using the internet as possible. Thanks

Answer:Antivirus and antispyware programs recommended for a Mac?

Mac virus are not as widespread as Windows virus. But it is out there. have no idea what sort of performance impact it might have.

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Question: Freeware programs!

I dont know if anyone has posted this before but i found this excellent freeware here

Answer:Freeware programs!

a nice link mate.johnny.

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Question: Freeware Programs

I happened to notice the thread from woodchip click here and If you want the Pricelessware website click here which has the latest list of freeware that you can browse through. It's just an updated version. Enjoy! J.B.

Answer:Freeware Programs

Many thanks,now bookmarked!

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Answer:How to edit a program name on the recommended programs list?

Thanks for the update.

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We know that adaware SE is now defunct and spybot is also on the way out of favouritism; what might members suggest to run on a comp with 98se on it from their use of programs are good antimalaware scanning programs? superantispyware is already on board; strangely I cannot yet find a link to avg antimalaware and I beleive that avg antispyware will NOT run on win 98se ?what might those ON win 98se care to suggest to 'support' superantispyware?

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Just wondering if anyone can recommend internet radio recording software/programs, free or otherwise to record and save music to the hard drive?Is windows media player or realplayer for example, capable of recording?Thanks

Answer:recommended internet radio recording programs??

click hereI think you have to register to download - but its all free.Don't worry about about the VCR bit, it's for audio.The application consists of a stream download manager and a file converter/ripper. Much better than the live/inline recorders because you are getting the original stream.

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Just wondering if anyone has a recommendation. I Google and result's a little chaotic. I tried a few recommendations and they are not working. Just thought I would ask if others have had luck with a specific one [s]?My situation will be a 50page PDF document, that's been scanned (from 2005) and is, admittedly, a little rough and a 2.8 megs file. ...into a MS Word 2010 doc....thoughts?-Jim

Answer:Any recommended free programs to convert PDF to Word?

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Hey guys,

Just upgraded to Windows 10. I want a good program that really uninstalls and removes all the junk that programs leave behind - I feel like the Windows program uninstaller doesn't do this (although correct me if I am wrong). I just want to keep this PC as clean as possible.

I have used IOBit Uninstaller before but had issues with it freezing on me during the uninstallation process. I hear that Revo is one of the best, but not sure I want to pay for it (although I will if it is worth it) - otherwise I may try the free version.

What are your guys' suggestions?

Answer:Recommended program(s) for uninstalling programs/software?

As far as I know, those 2 are the only free 64-bit uninstallers out there.

Wise Program Uninstaller


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Hi everyone, I would just like to know, what is the difference between free ware security programs and security programs that you pay for? I know it may seem like a silly question, but seriously, why would big companies make pay programs when people can use freeware programs and get the same job done! I mean, I have CA Anti-Spyware which the license is just about to expire, so I wanted to test it compared to Ad-aware and Spybot. The scan in CA came up with nothing, the scan with Ad-aware came up with tracking cookies, and the scan with Spybot came up with about 4 different malware! So, I am just wondering, what is the difference. Thanks!

Answer:Freeware Vs Pay Security Programs

It'a all about marketing and has nothing to do with the effectiveness of the product. Companies like Norton & McAfee have established their brands to a large audience and have always charged for their product. They could go back and offer their products free but the marketing strategy today is to install their products into new computers with a free trial and when that trial runs out, the user sticks with it because if they're charging for it, it must be a better product. We come to this forum so we know that's not true but many users don't know that.

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You need this in your bookmarksclick here

Answer:Programs Mostley freeware

Thanks woodchip

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I currently use AVG Free,
I feel that it slows down the computer a lot, then if I add a spyware and other safety programs it just gets slower.
Is there an ultimate set of free programs to cover any Malware/Spyware/Virus/Adware with the best speed possible?
Any suggestions?

Answer:Best startup freeware programs to use

Choosing a security toolkit with anti-virus, firewall and anti-malware programs is a matter of personal preference, your technical ability and experience, features offered, the amount of resources utilized, how it may affect system performance and what will work best for your system. A particular combination that works well for one person may not work as well for another. There is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone. You may need to experiment and find what is most suitable for your needs. Another factor to consider is whether you want to use paid for products or free alternatives.No single product is 100% foolproof and can prevent, detect and remove all threats at any given time. The security community is in a constant state of change as new infections appear. Each vendor has its own definition of what constitutes malware and scanning your computer using different criteria will yield different results. The fact that each program has its own definition files means that some malware may be picked up by one that could be missed by another. Thus, a multi-layered defense using several anti-spyware products (including an effective firewall) to supplement your anti-virus combined with common sense and safe surfing habits provides the most complete protection. As a general rule, using more than one anti-spyware program like Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, SuperAntispyware, Spybot S&D, Ad-Aware, etc will not conflict with each other or you... Read more

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I cannot take credit for this so I will include a link to where I came across this site.

The programs :

Answer:Best 46 freeware programs of 2003

I would get rid of the reference to another forum, *COUGH* quickly!!

Good list! just about all the programs mentioned can be downloaded here

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I just read some stuff in PC World about VM's and how they can be pretty cool. Does anyone know of any good freeware VM's you can download and play around with? Also any good tutorials or guides to use them?



Answer:Any Good Freeware Vm Programs?

Microsoft has Virtual PC, and it's free to download. Check out Overview of Microsoft Virtual PC 2007. If this is what you are looking for, you can download it HERE. EDIT: Tutorial on Installing Virtual PC 2007 Tutorial on setting up Virtual PC 2007Hope this is helpful to you.

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I have huge video files that I don't want to lose quality. Is there a way to compress them and keep them compressed on my computer until I use them?

I don't know how the compression process works, so if anyone can help me understand if what I want is possible that would be nice.

Answer:FreeWare compression programs?

brahman said:

I have huge video files that I don't want to lose quality. Is there a way to compress them and keep them compressed on my computer until I use them?
I don't know how the compression process works, so if anyone can help me understand if what I want is possible that would be nice.Click to expand...

There's a program called DVDShrink that does just that. It compresses the files and you'd be hard pressed to notice a difference in playback quality.

It does come via a download manager that may offer to install third party software. So, be observant during the download.

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Are there any completely free programs that will let you burn an unlimited amount of CDs... with no restrictions? And if so... which one would you reccomend?



Answer:Are there any FREEWARE CD burning programs?

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What are the best Freeware Virus programs? Thanks for the help guys.

Answer:Freeware Virus Programs

Some here


and Here

Tech-Forums Top Rated Firewall

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I just got a new Asus UL30V and I sometimes go to coffee shops, and libraries to use the internet. I was wondering what are some recommended programs I should download or purchase that can help with keeping my internet connection secure. Also are there any settings I should set when using public wifi?

Answer:recommended security settings and programs for using a Laptop in public

sorry had to

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My baby runs on Windows XP now, but I remember when I had (was stuck with) Win95, and it had a delightful telephony/fax program called "Aptiva Communications Center". Being on an extremely tight income, would anyone know of a similar freeware package that's compatible to the Canada/U.S. telephone system?

The old IBM is long gone & I tried to transfer the file to my baby (WinXP) but it's like the ol' square-peg-in-round-hole thingy.

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Are there any freeware fax programs for Windows Vista? I have a new Dell XPS420 quad core processor running Windows Vista Premium home eidition 32 bit.

Answer:Freeware fax programs for Windows Vista?

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Are there any decent FREEWARE CD burning programs out there? Which one would you reccomend?



Answer:Any good FREEWARE burning programs?

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I've just re-aquainted myself with windows 7 ( refurbished laptop-toshiba ), only to find that
about half the freeware programs I accumulated on approx.15 cds will work on windows 7.
Some won't even install, others do, but an error message comes up when I first to try run.

Is this just normal for windows 7?
How much worse is windows 8

Curious and frustrated,

Answer:Only Half the freeware programs install

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Mz CPU Accelerator - Puts priority of the Cpu to the program on the foreground
Speedfan - Can adjust your fan speed to lower the temperature of your processor so it doesn't reach the maximum temperature as quickly, which can put your processor at maximum capacity for longer.

These are a couple that are free.
Does anyone know of any that are free and can increase performance for Windows 7?

Answer:Freeware programs that increase performance?

Windows 7 is pretty well optimized for performance to begin with. I'm sure there are a few programs out there that might help, but I've found that unless you're looking for specific improvements, it's best just to leave things as they are. It's not like the old days where Windows 98 was horrible at managing resources.

Anyway, your best bet for improving performance in the long run is by doing the following:

A) Use a program such as CCleaner to clean out temporary files and other information that isn't necessary.

B) Install Windows on a separate hard drive and/or partition so that your computer can access files easier. If using one hard drive with separate partitions, it's best to have the Windows partition in the front of the hard drive's space. The best solution that I know of is to buy a smaller (40-80 GB) solid state drive and use that as a system drive (Windows, Programs) and install everything else (Games, Media, Storage) on conventional drives.

C) Run a disk defragmenter regularly. I run mine once a week because I tend to fragment files often. You should also run any other system maintenance programs you have.

D) Keep your anti-virus and anti-malware/spyware programs up to date. The most common setup is the following: Anti-Virus, Firewall, Anti-Spyware, Anti-Malware. It's best to use individual products in most cases, as the "suites" aren't quite as powerful as the best of the individual products. Personally, I use MSE, Comodo, SaS and Malwarebytes becaus... Read more

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I have MusicMatch, which enables me to burn songs but I was wondering if there are any FREEWARE programs around that will let you burn DATA, such as jpg, gifs and other types of files.

Thanks in advance


Answer:Any decent FREEWARE burning programs?

there's one here that's free and burns data.
Read the user's opinions first to get some info on it.

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I am unable to successfully download freeware programs from several sitesFor example, in attempting to download "TextAloud 2,from the 'Giveaway of the Day site ( clicked 'Download', the 'File Download' window appeardwith the following choices: Open - Save - CancelWhen I click the 'Open' choice, the followingwindow appears:TextAloud2[3] - NotepadI then end up with the following:PK  <?-:???{?2 ??2 Setup.exe??XSM?8??? ??bo?X???!??4+*???4Q????7^?"6 HQT?VT?A?"?;????~?s??}?>?t??????????l\'K(???1??PT?>?T+?|x?jB5l??F??=#???Cg???5?+?????3 ????B|???&???i`h1?F??#S???j9mxwm\1?&???J??p6?p ?1?C??ay??V<X?c??rhO??MX???????E3}(???????W?_?qNb?k?p%???Q? '|wA!???l??j1????E????-+6?W?????s8?!?^??|?|.a??? g?S?M~?|?^?~???????K??Op[email protected]?k???%??????>?z??????1?'??F??b???J?jO???QF???p??&???F?JG?DH}[email protected]??c??O?,LkB@~?`???a???????C?6<2?1u?6F??"5??i? ?mBUu%??E?.z?Yz?????s???:F??Hg?Rl??'?u?????hDShould I click the 'Save' choice, and lateropen the file, I end uf with the same aboveresult!I would be most grateful for any assistance you mightprovide me.Although I have limited computer experience, Ican follow step-by-step instructions in makingrepairs....Computer configuration:Operating System: W... Read more

Answer:Unable to download some freeware programs

1) In IE - try right-click on the download link and choose "save target as"
2) The first freebie i would suggest you to download is Mozilla Firefox

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Can anyone suggest a FREEWARE program for web site building??

Answer:Freeware Site Building Programs


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I have a CD-R full of files that seem to have vanished. Only one folder remains on a disc that used to have a dozen. Are there any freeware applications for recovering this lost data? I tried using demo versions of expensive programs that would do the trick--and the demos did show the lost files, but wouldn't recover them until I paid up. If I have to pay, I will, but wanted to check and see if any freeware applications would do the trick first.
Thanks for any advice anyone can give!!

Answer:Are there any freeware programs for recovering data off a CD-R?

lilsourgoose said:

I have a CD-R full of files that seem to have vanished. Only one folder remains on a disc that used to have a dozen. Are there any freeware applications for recovering this lost data? I tried using demo versions of expensive programs that would do the trick--and the demos did show the lost files, but wouldn't recover them until I paid up. If I have to pay, I will, but wanted to check and see if any freeware applications would do the trick first.
Thanks for any advice anyone can give!!Click to expand...

Go to MG download section and browse under 'Drive Utilities' each person might have different experience with the ones they used but PC Inspector File Recovery 3.0 is a good one....more on that description and click on license on top to sort the free ones on top, etc. Another good one is ISOBuster (off-site link and only up to version 1.0 is free)
Good Luck.

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Apart from Acronis are there any other imaging programs that work with dynamic disks?
Preferably free from a reputable company


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Hey all,I've checked this site quite a bit in the past for useful malware removal guides and tools, but I am wondering now which ones I will need to download and run regularly. I just reformatted and reinstalled Windows Vista Home on my laptop, and I bought the full version of Kaspersky based on positive reviews ( gave it an excellent rating). In addition to the full Kaspersky Internet Security program, I am curious as to what others would recommend I have on my computer just in case and what I should run regularly (scans, etc.). I understand that Kaspersky is fairly comprehensive, and that I shouldn't need to run so much anti-malware software at once, but I am looking for the best feasible security setup, due to the ever rising problem of rogues (they make me downright paranoid).What I have:Kaspersky Internet Security 2010Adblock and Noscript extensions for FirefoxWindows Security Center is in the green (Firewall up, UAC on, etc.)What I am considering:Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware (free or full version?)Spybot - Search & Destroy (incompatible with Kaspersky?)Ad-Aware (free or full version?)Additional firewall?Any other suggestions/ recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.

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Need to completely wipe a few HDD for I sell them and looking for a good freeware program.. any suggestions.. thanks,

Answer:best freeware DOD hard disk erase programs


There's also autoclave, but even the autoclave programmer recommends dban.

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I am running XP SP3. In particular, I can't seem to get Driversweeper or File Hippo update checker to run. If I remember right, I also can't get pandora recovery to run, but I'm less worried about getting that to run. They all install fine but when I go to run them Windows pops up saying that it has encountered an error and needs to close the program. I have uninstalled Driversweeper and the update checker and re-installed them a couple times and they never seem to run. Is there some issue with my windows configuration? Do I have some sort of infection that blocks these programs? It isn't urgent but I thought I would get some advise on it. Thanks!

Answer:Problem running a couple freeware programs

Can you install any program? Can you Use Any program you want?

Sounds like an Issue with the Registry, or Your Security Software is going crazy.

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I wonder if there are any good converting programs (freeware) out there?

What I want to do is I hav an *.au file and want to convert it to mp3 and/or midi.

Thanks in advance!


Answer:Converting programs for music files (freeware)

It looks like dBpowerAMP would do it, you can get the last freeware version here:

Then go here to get the .au codec

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I am looking for a programs similar to RescueTime to track my computer usage throughout the day so I can become more efficient. I don't want to use RescueTime because it states that they send your data to there home base for product research. I want a program that doesn't send my data elsewhere.

Answer:FreeWare to track time spent on programs&sites?

Try here:

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Are there simliar freeware programs like Windows Live Movie Maker? Thanks in advance.

Answer:Any freeware programs similiar to Windows Live Movie Maker?

If you want to go to Linux, there is are whole distros for multimedia use.

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I installed a stickies program that is a version I don't like over my previous version but when I go to a .sti file and right click and go to "open with" I see version 6.0 as a recommended program still even though I uninstalled it and such. How do I get rid of that recommended program from the list?

Answer:How do I remove programs from "recommended programs" when I select "open with?"

Try this...

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I'm new to ComputerHope, go easy. i compiled a list of freeware/open source freeware/freeware alternatives to payware. Feel free to add suggestions to the list. it's far from perfect, and I know I missed a lotBest Freeware and Open Source applications                        by ThomasTheXPUser                                  Internet                                    Browser : Mozilla FirefoxBrowser Honorable Mention : K-Meleon, OperaFTP : WinSCP, Encrypted FTP, FileZillaFTP Honorable Mention : FireFTP Firefox Add-on                                     MediaAudio Player : VLCAudio Player Honorable Mention : Media Player Classic                                                                SongbirdVideo Player : VLCVideo Player Honorable Mention : Media Player Classic                                                               &nb... Read more

Answer:My List of Windows Freeware/Open Source Software & Freeware alternatives to payware.

Remove these:QuoteTorrent Client : uTorrentTorrent Client Honorable Mention : VuzeTorrent/P2P Privacy: Peer GuardianP2P : FrostWireP2P Honorable Mention : ShareazaRegistry Editor : CcleanerNone of these are a good idea.QuoteFTP : WinSCPFTP Honorable Mention : FireFTP Firefox Add-onAlso add Encryted FTP and FileZilla.

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Recently i have had to service a friends computer, i have attempted to add MalwareBytes (one of your forums recommended in stickied thread freeware progs) to help keep it clean, however i have been unable to register a free version, and there no option to just run the free version, it says trial at the top in brackets ~ its things like this that make freeware a bit of a chore.

Answer:Malware bytes freeware ~ unable to escape trial + just run freeware

When downloading it there is a popup that asks you if you want the trial version or free version. When these types of windows pop up, one must be very careful as what to tick an leave un-ticked. Read them very carefully and throughly.

Now for your question; I would un-install it and re-install it and just go through the process again only slower this time.

Those types of things get by even the best of us at some time or another.

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Hey, I was just in the neighborhood and was wondering: are there any freeware notetaking (as in lecture notes) applications that are good equivalents to Office OneNote? Also, anyone know of any good study tool software, such as apps that let you create digital flashcards?

If you know any programs that are helpful, feel free to post 'em.

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OK the Old one got wacked, so this is a recreation, and its categorized (more or less)
I'll continus to copy ones from the open thread and place them here

Freeware Sites or Databases and Search Engines

Freeware World Team Internal Search Engine with descriptions and links to homepage
Analog X all matter of useful utilities
Sysinternals Freeware all sort of useful utilities and some very advanced ones not exactly suited to the end user
Recommended Freeware @
Major Geeks all sorts of Freeware
Red Hat 8, Mandrake 9, and Lycoris DLX are all great "beginner" Linux distros and can be downloaded at LinuxISO. Xandros

Firefox & Mozilla
Crazy Browser
Opera (Ad version)

Email Clients
Mozilla (with use of the browser not as a standalone)
Eudora (Adware version is free)
Outlook > Thunderbird standalone mozilla mail client

Email Spam Filters
Cloudmark Spamnet > SpamBayes Integrates with Outlook and uses a Bayesian filtering technique. It "learns" to recognize spam, based on spam messages you designate for it. Highly effective, it blocks the vast majority of spam I receive.
MailWasher Safely view contents of email before downloading it.

Instant Message Clients

Office Aps
Microsoft Office > Open Office
Microsoft Word > abiword
Ximian Evolution (Linux)
Office XP > PC suite
Total Commander File Manager
Final draft > Rough Draft (Screenplay... Read more

Answer:Warez to Freeware Conversion Index & Featured Freeware

Almost two months since the last featured software program?

pish posh!

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in attempting to update AVG to the 2011 version click here but have reached a point where I am now looking for a competent replacement. I know there are several around but having not used them I would appreciate information on the experience of others.I am considering Comodo and Avast at this stage but any advice would be welcome.Many thanks in anticipation.

Answer:I have been more than reasonable

We have been using MS security essentials and windows own firewall since we purchased a lap top seems to work very well no problems and does not slow the l/top down. will be changing over the desk top next as this works well.

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Hi all,

I'm currently looking into buying a new server for the company I'm interning at. The issue is I'm somewhat clueless about IT in general, so I'm concerned an offer I've received for a Dell PowerEdge T430 server which I've pasted below is a rip off. The price I've been quoted is $4020,10.

Here are the specs:
"Server Dell PowerEdge T430 8B, (1)*Intel Xeon E5-2630v4 Processor (2.2GHz, 10C, 25MB, 8.0GT/s QPI, 85W), 32GB (2x16GB) 2400MHz RDIMM, PERC H330, DVD+/-RW, (2)*1TB SATA 6Gbps 7.2k 3.5" HD Hot Plug (up to 8x3.5"HDD), Broadcom 5720 GbE Dual Port on board, IDRAC8 Ent., (2)*750W, No Rails, 3y NBD"

Any advice would be very much appreciated!

Also if it helps the initial uses of the server would be secure data storage, hosting an email service for 12 staff members, and if possible setting up a hybrid disaster recovery solution, for instance linking the service to a cloud based service like Microsoft Azure.

If anyone out there can suggest a cheaper and viable alternative that would be ace!

Best regards,


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Good Afternoon, Gentlemen,
I am sorely, at least I think so, of the sound advice that you hand out, on a very regular basis.
I have had an Acer Aspire One 722-C62kk with an 11.6” screen and 4GB for a couple of years. And it has done – and is doing – the job I wanted it to do; namely to take on holidays with us so we can keep in touch with friends whilst on the holiday. But we are just back from 2 weeks in Lanzarote and I must admit that I have found it s-l-o-w. I do not know anything about chips and, therefore, would be very grateful if someone could recommend a notebook with a faster chip in it. This is where I will probably annoy some of you: I would like one that is 5 to 10 times faster!! Also I am not looking for a new notebook – these all seem to come with Windows 10 which I do not like – but a second hand one with Windows 7 preferably 64Bit Home Premium or similar with USB 3.0 port(s). I am quite willing to go to £100, but for a good one am willing to stretch up to £200. If a company that trades in second hand notebooks has options and any of you know a reasonably reliable one that would also be helpful.
I know I am being picky, but at my time of life I am getting more and more specific and that is why I am asking you gentlemen.
Any and all – no matter how rude – replies will be very gratefully received.

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Hey all,

I've been running my system under full load for twenty minutes.

I've got RMClock, CPU-Z and ATITool open to monitor, and I'm also using Orthos to stress my RAM and my CPU.


LeadTek 7950GT TDH 256MB -- 90 degrees
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 2.4GHz -- 48 degrees [won't let me overclock yet, it's running at stock speeds with a Zalman heatsink].
Transcend 1066 2 x 1GB -- 64 degrees

These temperatures seem all right for twenty minutes of full load? I'm scrambling to find a VGA heatsink at a local store, but I've been told a graphics card of this power can safely handle temperatures of up to 100 degrees.


Answer:Temperatures Reasonable?

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I put a bios password on my harddrive and it isn't accepting it and it accepts the hdd user password and they the same my hdd Is saying frozen in the bios...I have my dead family member pics on there and music...I can prove it's my harddrive please someone help...I can't erase my stuff off...I also bought a external hard drive case so I can back up my data. I will be off work.....thanks and God blessedited by moderator: Removed phone #

Answer:can someone please help me...I will gladly pay reasonable

No money or phone numbers needed, I'm in Australia.How To Remove, Clear, Reveal, Unlock or Reset BIOS Security Password

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OK, I did my homework, so is this all I'm gonna need (in addition to safe surfing)?

OS: Windows XP Pro (version 5.1) SP3
anti-virus: Avast Free 5.0.418
firewall: PC Tools Firewall Plus Free
anti-malware blocker: SpywareBlaster 4.2
anti-malware scanner / removers: Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.44 freeware
SUPERAntiSpyware freeware 4.33.1000
clean-up utility: Glary Utilities
browser: Internet Explorer 8

Assuming IE8 is like IE7, here are the security settings I'll use:

Trusted sites security level: Medium-high
Internet security level: High <-- Medium-high to download^

ActiveX controls and plug-ins:
* Download signed ActiveX controls: Prompt
* Download unsigned ActiveX controls: Disable
* Initialize & script ActiveX controls not marked as safe: Disable
* Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins: Enable
* Script ActiveX controls marked safe for scripting: Enable

* Installation of desktop items: Prompt
* Launching programs and files in an IFRAME: Prompt
* Navigate sub-frames across different domains: Prompt

^ For some reason, IE7 requires me to do this even at a Trusted Site and even with:
1. "require server verification..." unselected, and
2. Security level for Trusted sites zone set at Medium-high.

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Answer:Is this enough to keep me reasonable safe?

Moved your thread to software considering you are not crying out directly for malware removal

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OK, I did my homework, so is this all I'm gonna need (in addition to safe surfing practices)?OS:....................................... ...........Windows XP Pro (version 5.1) SP3anti-virus:....................................... ..Avast Free 5.0.418firewall:....................................... ......PC Tools Firewall Plus Free blocker:..........................SpywareBlaste r 4.2anti-malware scanner / removers:..........Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.44 freeware....................................... ................SUPERAntiSpyware freeware 4.33.1000clean-up utility:..................................Glary Utilities .....Internet Explorer 8Assuming IE8 is like IE7, here are the security settings I'll use:* Zone: Trusted sites   * Security level for this zone: Medium-high* Zone: Internet   * Security level for this zone: High <-- Medium-high to download^   * Custom Level button :      * ActiveX controls and plug-ins:         * Download signed ActiveX controls??????????????????????..Prompt         * Download unsigned ActiveX controls????????????????.????..Disable         * Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe for scripting?..Disable         * Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins????????????????....?????Enable   ... Read more

Answer:Is this enough to keep me reasonable safe?

You're fine.

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I keep hearing people who have fairly modern PC's (although perhaps lacking a good graphics card) talking about buying a PS3. I would like to tell them that they should really consider spending $200 to $250 for a new video card and using their PC to play games thereby saving themselves the much larger cost of a PS3.

Is this reasonable advice? If they were to upgrade an Intel P4 (3.2 MHz with adequate memory, hard drive, sound quality, etc.) by buying a fairly good quality video card, would that put the machine into a comparable quality such that it would run most games available for the PC such that it would compare fairly well to those same games running on the PS3?

It doesn't have to be extremely high quality. I'd just like to know if it would be reasonably accurate to say that upgrading a fairly modern PC (with a P4 CPU - not a Celeron) with a good quality video card would put it into roughly the same level of performance for playing games as the PS3.

Answer:Would you consider this advice to be reasonable?

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Question: Reasonable prices?

What would be a reasonable price to "reimage" a machine?
(ie wipe off all the trojans/adware/spyware)

Reimage including databackup and a reinstall of the os and drivers.

Data backup being a loose sense of the term and including just music, photos, documents, email, and favorites, and just to be nice also throwing on a few apps that are essential...itunes, aim, firefox, spybot,antivirus of choice.

I know geek squad's prices...and they are...about on par I'd say for the amount of time it takes to do all of the above but what do you guys think?

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Do you think it`s possible?My friends mother is asking me if i can get a PC with the usual extras (ie modem, keyboard, mouse, speakers etc) with reasonably good graphics, cd re-writer, dvd rom, 17" monitor & printer....I`ve been looking but I don`t seem to get [email protected] the moment I`m trying to build another very basic computer for my wifes friend....(she only wants to pay 150---no monitor) & that`s been hard enough.Thank you in advance for any feedback

Answer:Looking for reasonable PC with extras around £400


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A long tale of woe that ends with some questions. Please bare with me in the background explanation.

For over a year I've been having occasional flurries of crashes, hangs and (rarely) BSODs. Months would go by with no problem, then dozens of crashes or hangs in a week. The event logs and rare dumps have not been helpful. People here said it sounded like hardware problem, but no diagnostics I ran could find a problem.

I took it to a pc repair shop which could find no hardware problem (and of course it would not crash or hang for them). The suggested (as did people on this forum) that it probably was ZoneAlarm Internet Security. They installed the Kaspersky Internet Security product (for a fee, of course) and said that should fix the problems. 2 days later it froze 3 times and did automatic reboots 5 times.

I took it back. It still wouldn't crash or hang for them. They said Windows probably needed to be reinstalled - that my update from Win7 Home to Pro corrupted something. Rather than mess up the installation again I asked them to do it (for a fee, of course).

During their attempts to reinstall Windows it started crashing for them. They succeeded on their 3rd attempt, ran some more tests, checked the configuration, and found problems with the ram. They said ram I had was incompatible with the mother board and buggy, but the problems could not be detected by the diagnostics. They also said they had to reinstall Windows a 4th time because the 3rd reinstallation ... Read more

Answer:Reasonable explanation for crashes?

OCZ is high quality, but it is also one of the least compatible memories on the market (meaning it works properly with the fewest hardware configurations)
I use it personally and have for years with no complaint. ...and certainly without the problems you describe, though I always verify the motherboard/ram compatibility before I purchase a motherboard.

If the ram is actually bad it can cause any number of seemingly unrelated problems and errors. Since basically everything processes through the ram and it can be only one stick or one specific memory address on a stick that actually causes the problem. It's possible this bad address can go for months without being used until a specific set of circumstances pops up.

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Hello Everyone, I have a compaq 5wv-280 machine that has an AMD Athlon 900mhz processor in it. I'am able to go as high as a 1.4gig athlon thunderbird processor. My machine has 200mhz (FSB) I see that this processor is pretty expensive yet. Can anyone tell me where i can save a few dollars on one of these? Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank You, E J FITZ

Answer:Looking for a reasonable place to buy a processor.

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I have scanned this site with no results plus tried putting ISP/costs/availabilty in Google to no avail. Can someone suggest an ISP for my daughter who wants one to use from say 8pm to 8am? As she can only access it at these times a 24/7 supply is not wanted. Broadband is not an option because of the cost.

Answer:Reliable ISP at a reasonable cost.

Hi.How about Freeserve Pay As You Go? click here

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This is NOT a serious problem, just more of an annoyance which is intriguing me.
With 4gb ram, a reasonable dual processor and graphics card, one would expect a reasonably good performance whatever the case.
My automatic startup consists of just Avast AV, Java, and Malwarebytes although l also get additional icons on the taskbar for the Network and Sharing Center and Action Center.
I use Firefox as my main browser.
I also use SuperAntiSpyware, CCleaner, and Defraggler reasonably frequently, so l know that my system is clear of any junk, malware, spyware, and that no viruses are present.
I fire the system up in the morning, bring up Firefox and all is fine, and reasonably quick.
Do a fair amount of downloading using the MiPony download manager to access rapidshare files, but with my crap connection, the max download speed seems to hover around the 280kbs mark.
I may also have two FF sessions on the go, as well as the downloading, so whatever l do after that seems to really slow the system down.
I have even run ConvertX at the same time as all of the above and the system came to a near grinding halt.
Now l know that all of the above are processor/ram hungry but surely with my specs the computer should more than cope?
Maybe l'm missing something obvious or my dual processor system just cannot cope with more than two ram hungry programs running at the same time.
Has anyone got any ideas or do l just have to live with it.

Answer:Any way of speeding up a pc with reasonable specs?

Hello Willy,

You could pick and choose between the options in the tutorial below to try and speed up the performance of your system some.

Optimize Windows 7

Hope this helps some,

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Some folks may have read my other thread... About a Dell laptop that needs $1,000 of repairs 25 months after purchase.MOST products, you would expect to last at least five years before wearing out - washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, should last even longer, and they take serious abuse!... A quick inventory of my house has The same EQ I bought in 9th grade (I won't say how old it is, ahem, but it was Made in USA, and "Tattoo You" and "Moving Pictures" were the new albums I played on it!) A VCR I bought in 1994, playing through A TV I bought in 1990 Guitar amp bought in 1979 Now, I understand that technology becomes obsolete pretty quickly, but really... How long should the hardware last? I had a cassette player go bad after 12+ years - it was a bummer, but 12 years seems reasonable.So, I'd like to open up this question:[size=16]HOW LONG should a piece of computer hardware REASONABLY last?[/size]

Answer:Reasonable Obsolescence - A Survey

Well, that depend on how well made it was... If you got a "cheepie" laptop, then usually, you get what you pay for...[glb]Flame[/glb]

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I realize that this is a bit of a vague question as it depends on so many things, I would just like a guideline.Pent4 2g/768mem/XPpro/quite a few progs run on startup.How long from pressing the restart to up and running again?Any comments pleaseRay

Answer:What is a reasonable restart time?

About 2 minutes in total here. Four users.If the PC hasn't been shut down or restarted for several days, it takes more time for Windows to shut down all running processes.Once Windows has actually shut down all processes, it takes about 45 seconds for it to go through the restart/boot-up before getting back to the Welcome screen.

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Is this a reasonable graphics card?

ATI RADEON 9800 Pro 256Mb AGP

It will be used with a Gigabyte 8VM800PMD-775 mobo

on a 2.8ghz celeron with 1gb Ram, 200gb hdd



Answer:Is this a reasonable graphics card?

How much does it cost?
I recommend a 6600GT video card. It should costly almost the same, and you get a lot more performance.

The two bad things are these:

a) You must have a good, quality 300-350 power supply, from a good, well-known manufacturer, with at least 20 A on the 12V rail, in order to have a stable computer.

b) The performance of a 9800 PRO or a 6600GT will be limited by your current CPU (is it a Celeron D or a Celeron?).

Good luck!

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I wanted to hear some opinions about the situation in the office I work in.

Recently we changed accounting software and my advice to change to Office 365 was rejected. Still all 15 employees want their emails to be safe and backed up.
Some employees don't delete their emails, so I end up with approximately 10 GB PST-file size per year per user. Of course I split them year by year. The problem is that they want to keep even pst files from 5 or more years ago. Always available. My idea is now, that I make a one time backup copy of recent years and a daily backup of the actual year.
I made some tries already with EaseUS. But I'm not satisfied.
I'd prefer not to schedule it and leave it up to the employee to decide when to make the backup. So, let's say the employee leaves earlier for some reason why leaving the PC on until 7 pm or so? Also a power cut could prevent that scheduled backup entirely from happening.
Here's a list of what I need the backup software to be able to do:

- Start the whole backup process with a double-click on an icon (on the desktop). EaseUS needs more steps incl. always having to set the Shutdown option manually.
- On the destination file storage or NAS I want to overwrite the previous file, not to create version after version. Or even better: Create a new version but delete the old version afterwards. PSTs are really a hard case since you can't really make incremental backups. I also doubt that some employees will understa... Read more

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Noticed today that switches with 10 GbE ports are starting to become quite low in price on eBay. Is this a sign that the price is finally starting to move or are these switches junk, lacking features or not usable to attach a server or two and start playing with the speeds?

I'm mostly seeing HP 2900's but there are others too.

edit: maybe there are just rear stacking ports? The fronts must just be sfp 1 GbE?

Answer:10 GbE starting to become reasonable for home?

ProCurve 2900s have normal gig ports for connecting to clients.

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I'm getting about 40 min. running time from my Vaio laptop with NO energy saving features enabled, and frequent HD access. Is this about what you'd expect?

Answer:reasonable battery capacity?

It sound kind of short are old is your battery if more then 2 years it's time for a change.....

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A four month old mid-range factory built computer.Functions exactly as it should, but ignoring the sound advice "If it aint broke don't fix it" i would like it to sound less like a collection of busy fans, which it has!I am prepared to spend some more and replace the PSU, CPU's fan and even the case fan.The video card fan seems blameless, stalling for one moment doesn't change the rushing noise.The PSU is probably the most justifiable replacement. It is a bog standard ATX of 300w.I wonder if click here will do the trick. (5th down the list) the 435W job)?The case fan is a standard affair drawing warm air and pushing it out of the back. It is possibly an 8cm fan (approx 7cm between screws) and draws its power from the mobo.Probably not contributing much windrush but suggestions welcome?The CPU fan sits naked on a sort of 4 legged gantry over a very elaborate dome of fine fins and Intel trade mark. Doesn't seem responsible for much noise, but again, any comments.

Answer:In the name of silence or reasonable quiet

are you positive it aint the graphics cooler as mines noisy as hell! you could always invest in some heat pipes that will cut out most of the noise!

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This morning yet again I found it impossible to open my Broadband although eventually it staggered into life sufficiently for me to open a Broadband Speed check wherein I obtained 55.27 Download and 9 Upload.
Could someone please tell me if that is a good, bad or indifferent speed?
I contacted my Broadband supplier and the system is at the moment great.

Answer:What is a reasonable Broadband speed?

Sorta depends on what you're paying for. Faster than anything I get

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I subscribe to Norton 360 but have got the trojan Antivirus XP 2008 with its annoying porn popups and messages. Via the chat facility, Norton advisors have removed part of the problem remotely but the popups have come back and other irritations, like slow running remain.They have now escalated my call to their virus specialist and want to charge me 70 for a detailed consultation plus check of the PC and clean up. Am I being reasonable thinking that Norton 360 should have stopped the trojan in the first place and it's a bit much having to pay them to clean up. The adviser was quite aggressive saying that I should have this done straight away otherwise I might spread the virus on the internet and my ISP will cut me off.I'd be grateful for views on Norton's stance.

Answer:Antivirus XP & Norton 360 - Reasonable?

Do a quick Google for "Antivirus XP 2008", have a look at the first hit from bleepingcomputer, should be able to sort it yourself.Google is your friend.

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I have four rather old HDDs that are either not recognized by the system or that cause computer shut down when connected.

Is it reasonable to attempt to repair these? It is my understanding that the majority of all HDD failures are electrical and not mechanical. If this is true, then I would conclude that most problems are caused by the replaceable control board on the HD.

BTW I have a circuit board on order to attempt the repair of a 250GByte Seagate HD (a Barracuda 7200.10).

This HD seems to be an ideal candidate for home repair because it immediately shuts down the computer when power is applied. There is a direct short from the HDs' 5 volt input pin to ground. That short circuit exists even when the board is removed from the HD.

Obtaining an exact replacement seems to be the trick. I 'think' I have done that.

Answer:Is It Reasonable/Sensible to Attempt to Repair a HDD

It's not as simple as replacing the PCB on most modern drives, you may also have to move the original ROM chip or firmware that contains the specific drive parameters to the new PCB. Unlike older drives, new drives are all slightly different and unique. With the 7200.10 a PCB swap may work because its an older drive.

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Hey guys

I was wondering if there were any program that you could input info in and set a date when you want it to remind you about it, and it reminds you?

Any help would be appreciated!


Answer:Any Freeware "Remind Yourself" programs?

Trillian (IM client) has such a plugin, but I can't name a standalone app offhand. I'm sure they exist, though. Heck, there's even one out there that you set to your SO's period and get a red-flag status bar reminder.

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Ok, I am basically new here and have a system I built in the middle of 2007. I am trying to see if it is viable to upgrade any of the components to make it a little more competitive for the rest of this year, but I don't know that there is much I can do with it without buying multiple components.

I have:

MSI AM2 Athlon 64/X2, PC6400 mem. capable motherboard
4600+ Athlon X2
NVIDIA 9600GT 512mb
2 gb PC6400 DDR2

I am currently running 64 bit Windows 7, and despite 2gb of memory it runs well.

Basically, I don't know if there is much that can be done with this. It's kind of stuck where it is. I could get a little faster dual core X2 processor, but I don't know that it would make much of a difference. Obviously a quad core CPU would require a new motherboard and CPU, so might as well do that with a whole new computer build. I could upgrade to 4gb of dual channel memory, but I don't know that games/programs would utilize it enough to be worth it. Video card wise, I have a 19" 1280 x 1024 monitor, so I whether or not a better video card would get a huge difference in framerate at that resolution I'm not sure.

I am primarily looking at this in regards to games like Bioshock 2, etc. coming out this year. I would just like to run those newer games a little better for this year until I anticipate building a new system in 2011. I have heard a lot of people say that 4gb of memory isn't totally used by most applications yet. I have heard that un... Read more

Answer:Possible reasonable upgrades for my 2 year old system?

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I believe that I have an on-board graphics card installed on my computer. Previously I was able to use Google Earth, but for some unknown reason I was no longer able to use this programme. Various alternatives was advised via Google help and error messages, but none seem to work.My remaining alternative (according to Google) is to get a 'better' graphics card.Any suggestions for a straight forward replacement. Not into high speed gaming or fancy high capacity 3 D's. Something cheap and simple, with possible links would be ideal.Final question: Is it possible to fit an additional graphics card to on-board system!.

Answer:Cheap and reasonable graphics card

Yes it is possible for you to have additional graphics, you will have to disable your onboard graphics once you have a new graphics card.Do you know what expansion slots you have available so that suggestions for graphics cards can be suited to your needs.

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Currently I am unemployed and so when I found out that my PC broke (this is a friend's) I was devastated to realize that Windows XP (Pro or HE) both range around $100 for the standard full edition. I am currently running it off of Bart PE but that isn't much help because I can't even view pics or access the internet. My other friend told me however that you can get Windows XP as cheap as $70 for the stripped down, "No Manual, No Colorful Box," edition. Problem is... I can't find this mythical store/site. Is he bluffing or does this place exist (and where?) Thanks heaps

Answer:I need a complete XP Reinstallation... at a reasonable cost

I found it for $89.99 at:

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I have a very annoying issue wherein the small rubber V-shaped or triangular pegs attached to the base of the extended battery of my U150 have come off; so now the laptop wobbles when I type. I've called the service center (Philippines not India), they were very nice and courteous, but had no replacement part number so they cannot replace the part even if I am under warranty! How ridiculous is that?!?!  It would be so easy to mail me a pair of pegs and I would simply superglue it on the base.  What they offered is even more absurd!  They want me to give them a $90+ deposit to send them my whole battery pack (that is working just fine) which they are willing to replace in order to get the new legs on it.  We're talking about a pair of pegs worth no more that 25-US-cents!!!  Does anyone have any solutions? Or is there some other mystical resource to get these rubber pegs replaced? This issue has been going on for two months, and Lenovo has not replied, emailed, nor called as promised by the customer service receptionist who said they would refer my claim to Lenovo.

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This is after being on for over 12 hours, mostly idle.

Meant Q6600

Answer:Is my e6600 running at a reasonable temp?

After 20 minutes of playing a game:

Should I re-seat my CPU, maybe get a new heatsink fan?

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i have been told 1155 is going away, but i was told that just under a year ago and its not proving to be true. i just came into a little extra money, and am considering the best mother board i could get my hands on for 1155.

this is what i am looking at. and im hoping to get some suggestions and hopfuly hear from someone who has it- - ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb&#47;s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Answer:help picking the best reasonable 1155 mobo available

Eventually, all sockets go away, but I haven't heard anything particular about 1155. Are you mistaking that for 1156, which is about gone?

As long as you have a good brand and a little bit of luck, I'd just shop on the basis of desire features and price/support.

What does "best" mean in this context?

That particular board is certainly more than you need for most purposes and would be a waste of money for a typical installation. But you may need each and every one of its features. I don't know.

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My nephew suggested recently that I buy some extra memory for my Dell Dimensiion 8250 computer, which is a couple of years old. Knowing that I have Rambus RD-RAM, he searched the Net and told me RD-RAM was both harder to find and more expensive than he expected.

He went to PrimeWatch and found only two websites which had RD-RAM available. Then he went to eBay and told me I could pay $400 for 1G of CD1066 RD-RAM or $256 for 1G of PC 800 RD-RAM.

I have two slots of 256 RD-RAM -- PC 1066, unless I'm mistaken -- which means I have two open slots. My nephew told me I could fill the two open slots with 512 PC 1066, which would give me 1.5 G total. Or, he said, my PC could hold up to 2 G of PC 800 RD-RAM. (All of this terminology is new to me, but my nephew appears to understand it quite well.)

I remember hearing a while back that the price of memory was dropping rapidly, but my nephew told me that seems to have changed. Is it possible that I could find better prices for RD-RAM than those shown on eBay?

Answer:How easy is it to find RD-RAM at a reasonable price?

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I' running Vista an a new HP Pavilion Laptop, with Firefox as my browser. Everything is falling into place, but when I open this Forum it is so small that I must Zoom in at least three times to get it large enough to read! I don't have this problem with anything else, that I know of. How can I get this site to open in readable size??

Answer:How to open this Forum in a reasonable size

there is a little drop down tab at the bottom left of this forum that may help

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My wireless router does not seem to be working for Internet connectivty despite many reboots. It's (Netgear fm114p) been in use for less about 10 months. The only thing I can think of is I had some wiring work done to an electrical outlet. Since then, it started requiring power reboots during the day (due to losing a signal); then within the week (yesterday), the lights are not working correctly.


Answer:What's the Reasonable Life of a Wireless Router?

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Hello all,

Just wondering whether any of you guys out there can recommend a reasonable free text editor for Windows for knocking out some Perl in - I just dislike Notepad for this kind of thing...
Im sure there are loads but just wanted some recommendations...


Answer:Reasonable Free Text Editor

and I only know this because I'm stuck having to learn this horrible language this quarter.

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I am trying to find a touchscreen monitor that is actually priced reasonably. It needs to be between 10 and 12 inches and the pixel resolution needs to be at least 1024x768.

I can't find any for a fair price. They make all kinds of good ones though... for $250 and up! They can't be THAT expensive since you can buy android tablets for like $150. Even mouser doesn't carry touchscreen LCD panels anymore that have a greater resolution than 640x480.

I have managed to find ONE that has a somewhat reasonable price but it's sold by a shady looking seller. Half of the reviewers didn't receive a working unit and the other half did.

I call ******** on these prices. They don't cost that much to produce. Something like that shouldn't cost more than $100. I'm not willing to spend more than $150 on a touchscreen monitor unless the resolution is 1280x720 or greater and even then I'm not spending more than 175-200.

So where is a place you can buy these from that are priced reasonably? If there are none, can I buy a $100-$150 android tablet just for the LCD panel, take it apart and somehow re wire everything up for use with a PC?

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