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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: how to delete this empty file? on: Today at 03:46:06 AM
I am grateful that you've been trying to help me out on this, guys, Thank You!  thumbs up

I have been testing all of your suggestions, except for the obvious one: Recovery via System Restore. I can't use System Restore here, because the empty file is older than the oldest Restore Point from yesterday morning! I have now been battling this file for two days.

One "fact" has been mentioned several times by various message boxes: The file does not exist in the system / Windows,
but then it must somehow 'merely' be a problem in Explorer? Eh..., how can something be a problem in Explorer but not in Windows tellme

I have also tried to re-install QTTabbar, and to run WinUtilities 7 'cleaner', and of course to only work in Safe Mode ("unlocker"s don't work in Safe Mode)...
but the empty bugger is still (not) there.  Sad
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: how to delete this empty file? on: May 22, 2015, 04:23:55 PM
there was nothing waiting there:


3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / how to delete this empty file? on: May 22, 2015, 12:54:21 PM
Normally programs like Unlocker, IObit Unlocker, LockHunter, etcetera, can delete an empty file. Unfortunately, this time they can't.


Maybe the problem is that one of the tricks I've tried to use, was to click "rename and delete". I now #imagine# that this was a really wrong thing to do, because how can you rename a file that isn't there? No, you can't! So now there is a key in the registry or something, saying that this file (that doesn't exist) should be renamed, and therefore no-one can touch it until the renaming (that cannot happen because the file really isn't there) has been done!?? So Windows is waiting for the renaming to happen, but it cannot happen. Is this it? Is that why it has been impossible for me, to delete this piece of nothing?

I have rebooted (several times) and everything. Not being able to rename, includes not being able to add extension.

Is there a place where I can cancel the renaming job (if that is a problem at all)?  tellme

4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / HTTPS exploit ready to terrorise on: May 22, 2015, 07:15:34 AM
Normally I will would just leave an extended title and a link, but this article is too important & too sad, to risk being unnoticed:

I don't know if this is old news, but I think it certainly is bad news:

Quote from: TechRadar
HTTPS exploit ready to terrorise thousands of websites and mail servers
By Jamie Hinks

Diffie-Hellman downgrade weakness allows hackers in.

Almost 100,000 HTTPS websites are under threat from a new vulnerability born out of attempts by the US in the early 1990s to break the encryption used by foreign entities.

First reported by Ars Technica, the 'Logjam' vulnerability affects 8.4% of the world's top one million websites in addition to a slightly higher percentage of the mail servers in the IPv4 address space, according to researchers.

"Logjam shows us once again why it's a terrible idea to deliberately weaken cryptography, as the FBI and some in law enforcement are now calling for," J. Alex Halderman, one of the scientists behind the research, told Ars Technica in an email. "That's exactly what the US did in the 1990s with crypto export restrictions, and today that backdoor is wide open, threatening the security of a large part of the web."

The exploit lets eavesdroppers view data passing over encrypted connections and then modify it to successfully perform man-in-the-middle attacks. It is born out of a flaw in the transport layer security (TLS) protocol that allows websites and mail servers to set up encrypted connections with end users, and the Diffie-Hellman key exchange is where the weakness lies.

Attackers are using Logjam to take advantage of a subset of servers supporting Diffie-Hellman, which allows two parties that have never met to set up a special key even if they are communicating over an unsecured connection.

To take advantage of vulnerable connections, attackers have to use the number sieve algorithm to precompute data. After doing that they can successfully perform man-in-the-middle attacks against the same vulnerable connection.

Keep your browser updated
Only Internet Explorer has been updated to protect against the exploit, although the researchers have been in touch with the developers of Chrome, Firefox and Safari to ensure that a fix will be implemented that rejects encrypted connections under a minimum of 1024 bits.

Researchers are advising server administrators to switch off support for the DHE_EXPORT ciphersuites that permit Diffie-Hellman connections to be downgraded and they have even provided a guide on how to do so securely. For end users, make sure your browser or email client is kept completely up-to-date with the very latest version.


>"... rejects encrypted connections under a minimum of 1024 bits"<!!!


Turns out it even was made close at home!  Sad
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Recommended replacemnt for Push The Friggin Button (PTFB)? on: May 22, 2015, 01:15:46 AM

I have written MurGee and asked for a download link for Window Clicker.

and their answer gave no explanation, but this link:

Quote from: MurGee Window Clicker
Quote from: Auto Clicker – Close Popup Window Automatically
Auto Clicker – Download Clicker and Automate Mouse Cursor
Mouse Clicker Softwares to automate mouse movement and clicks
Close Popup Window Automatically on Windows Computer

The Software presented here can be used as quick and easy window closer to close any unwanted popup reminders or other message box displays. The Software presented here is available for download now and can be used for multiple uses. It can be simply used as Window Closer to close any specified window. As the screenshot below displays, all you need to do is just select the desired window and mark it for automatic closure. The Button Clicker is a Window Automation Software and can be used on Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP and even on Windows 2000

also, the mail included a list of all their click-programs:

1) Auto Clicker to simulate Mouse Clicks at Current Mouse Cursor Location with HotKey combination on Keyboard or Physical Mouse Click.

2) Auto Mouse Clicker to create Mouse & Keyboard Automation Scripts offered with lots of Tutorials and Sample Scripts.

3) Auto Mouse Mover to keep Mouse Cursor moving at configured interval to keep Windows Active all the time.

4) Random Mouse Clicker to simulate Mouse Clicks at Current Mouse Cursor Location with HotKey combination on Keyboard at Fixed or Random Intervals.

5) MurGeeMon to control Dual or Multiple Monitors connected to a Windows Computer and with Lots of Desktop Controlling and Management features.

6) Network Controller to Enable or Disable Network Connections using Desktop Shortcuts or with easy to use Graphical User Interface.

7) Extended Keys Manager to control NumLock, CapsLock & Scroll Lock Keys on Keyboard.

8] Auto Keyboard to simulate multiple KeyStrokes (e.g. Multiple Enter Key pressing and Releasing) using a configurable shortcut key combination.

9) Auto Typer to type long sentences onto keyboard with a configurable Shortcut Key Combination on Keyboard.

10) Wallpaper Software to easily Change Wallpaper on Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and other Windows Versions.

11) JumpList Software for Windows 7 & Windows 8 to Create a Configurable JumpList to Launch Applications, Open Documents and can be used as an alternative to Desktop Shortcuts.

12) Countdown Timer to Display Digital CountDown Timer, StopWatch and Clock on your Computer.

13) Show Desktop Software Utility to Show Desktop from System Tray Icon or from Taskbar.

14) Easy Shutdown Software Utility to Create Shutdown Shortcut, Create Automatic Shotdown for Windows Computer and many other Computer Control Features.

15) Auto Talker to Type Text Messages Automatically onto Active Window.

16) Auto Mouse Click is a Mouse Automation Software to create Quick Mouse Automation Macros.

Quote from: MurGee is also for Mac
Mac Mouse Automation Utilities
Do Visit Mac Mouse Automation Utilities Website & Download Mouse Automation Utilities for Mac Lion, Mac Snow Leopard, Mac Mountain Lion, Mac Leopard, etc.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: powerpoint question on: May 21, 2015, 11:56:43 AM
it is good that you are embarrassed, it goes to show that you still have some decency ;-)
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: powerpoint question on: May 21, 2015, 11:33:57 AM

8  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: NordVPN: 2-Yr VPN Subscription - $39 regularly $120 on: May 20, 2015, 04:02:29 PM or

(via )

oh, sorry, we are in the Found Deals and Discounts thread. Hm... hidemya$$
9  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: 50% off discount for RightNote - 19 May on: May 19, 2015, 03:48:53 PM
I find it difficult to understand why the author of RightNote is using so much space on his own homepage, to talk about Evernote. Is Evernote better, or merely better known, than RightNote?

Quote from: RightNote on Evernote
The Evernote note type takes RightNote to the next level, and allows you to store selected notes in the cloud and access them from any mobile device, browser or desktop using the Evernote service. The new Evernote Manager makes it easy for you to sync multiple Evernote accounts and notebooks with RightNote. You can then search through all these notebooks simultaneously with the multi-notebook search feature.

Check out how to get up and running with the Evernote integration here

10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cute jokes' thread on: May 17, 2015, 05:16:27 PM
^ smiley reminds me of a video a year or two ago, where the new technological idea of 'the book' gets introduced. Two monks, I think, one showing the other how it works. (I *think* it was another one from Scandanavia somewhere.) Anyone remember that one?

yes, "of course" ... but it was 8 years ago!

<a href="" target="_blank"></a>

It was (very) Norwegian.


My very first donationcoder post says #483. My next post also says #483. And the next and the next and the next! Where's post #1? Where's post #2? Where's post #3? They all say #483! There's something seriously wrong here! I'm getting sick and fed up with this crap!

it's a good thing you posted it here in this particular thread, otherwise I would have fallen into the trap and started talking about the difference between "Post" and "Posts".

11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uBlock ad blocker and unwanted behavior on: May 17, 2015, 12:48:42 PM
from another thread where it (also?) was misplaced:

Definitely used to be µblock.

The name on the Mozilla homepage is still µBlock (microBlock), not uBlock (youBlock), so you're obviously right, f0dder - even though the name really is uBlock (youBlock)! What a ridiculous story. https://addons.mozilla.or...-US/firefox/addon/ublock/

I have just installed it with my old Firefox 23, (Firefox is officially at version 38), and as usual Mozilla lied to me and said the add-on wouldn't work on such an old browser. Of course it does. I am tired of all these patriotic lies. If accused, the answer is "oh, it's for your own safety!". Eh, yeah, but you lied, so how can I trust you?! Every crook is dreaming of entering all computers via a forced oh, it's for your own safety-update!

Okay, I have finally counted to a hundred and am calm again... so now I can see that uBlock already has blocked 2 requests, even though I am also running AdBlock Plus, (ABP). Maybe uBlock (youBlock) is okay.


Thank you for the explanation, wraith808. It all makes a lot more sense now. Ehh..., sense and sense... I mean, I might understand it better now  embarassed

Not really a link, because you have to go to the store and search
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Comodo Internet Security -- a cautionary tale? on: May 17, 2015, 12:41:07 PM
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uBlock ad blocker and unwanted behavior on: May 17, 2015, 01:55:06 AM
it was weird to study this page and then realize, there is no link to the version you all seem to prefer!

uBlock, the official project:
and (< I don't use Chrome, so I have no understanding of the "epcnnfbjfcgphgdmggkamkmgojdagdnn" part; what stupid kind of forgettable link is that?! Or does it perhaps mean that I was visiting but not using Chrome?).

14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us the View Outside Your Window on: May 14, 2015, 04:49:26 PM
My view from the deck on the back of house...


^ in my dreams this is exactly what the view from my place would be like.  Kiss
I am so in love with this view, hamradio. Is it really Watauga Lake?

15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Utility to allow keeping only the newest copy of several files on a drive on: May 14, 2015, 09:36:44 AM
Was Windows involved in the making of all these backups?
if it was, read
if it wasn't, [deleted].


16  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Windows Defender (also Microsoft Security Essentials MSE) - Mini-Review on: May 14, 2015, 07:56:41 AM
With a lifetime key, I am a long time user of Agnitum Outpost Security Suite Pro. But I too have made the swift to MSE ("" since yesterday) because there is never any fuss, it is always working, and working discretely.
 thumbs up
17  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / award-winning calculator on: May 13, 2015, 05:49:58 PM
My calculators are too advanced for me, which is why I was looking for a new, simpler one in the first place. But the too advanced ones are part of the suite from ESB:

ESBCalc Pro Scientific Calculator $19US
ESBCalc Pro Suite $55 US includes the 5 Calculators below, (5 x $19 = $95, thus saves $40) as well as new Calculators as they are added.

Quote from: ESB
ESB Calc Pro Suite - this provides all the ESB Calculators and Unit Conversion Utilities at a bargain price. When buying the suite you get licenses to all the calculators - currently ESBCalc Pro, ESBProgCalc Pro, ESBFinCalc Pro, ESBDateCalc Pro and ESBUnitConv Pro - plus you get additional calculators as they are added to the suite.

You only need to register once - all upgrades are free for the life of the product.

-they cannot quite make up their minds if there should be a space or not; is it ESBCalc or ESB Calc...

ESBCalc Pro is an Enhanced Scientific Calculator for Windows Platforms with Infix Notation, Full Exponential Notation support, Brackets, Scientific Functions (Trigonometric, Hyperbolic, Logarithmic - including Base 10, Base 2 & Natural - plus more), Memory, Paper Trail, Result History List, Heaps of Constants, User-defined Constants and Integrated Help.

Also includes Floating Decimal Point, Lakh Formatting, Paper Trail Comments and many other enhancements to the User Interface and Calculator Engine. You can also do Descriptive Statistics, Days between Dates, Degrees/Minutes/Seconds entering, Hexadecimal/Decimal Conversions and Fraction/Decimal Conversions.

For those who don't like Precedence of Operators, that can also be turned off as ESBCalc Pro is highly configurable.
18  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: I think 4K VideoDownloader is better than Video-DownloadHelper on: May 12, 2015, 08:59:31 AM
I don't see a lifetime license on their web site. Actually, it says:
Most of our applications are completely free: no payments and no registration, ever. Full functionality instantly and forever!

The FREE one is advert-driven. Pay, and get rid of the adverts.
I didn't say they are saints.
19  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / I think 4K VideoDownloader is better than Video DownloadHelper on: May 12, 2015, 03:55:19 AM
and I am posting it here because 4K is on offer right now:

Hello there!
The following are new sales available on SharewareOnSale:

I use it on Firefox, and I have not bothered to test in any other environment, as today it is less than $5.
20  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / CalcTape calculator on: May 11, 2015, 05:15:13 PM
BTW, if your main objective is the tape, I've been using the free version of this TapeCalc for many years.

^ wow! It has all the best from Judy's, but leaves out the geek stuff!  

I think the choice of name (CalcTape) is really stupid, but maybe it makes sense to English speaking math students (no, word-speller, here it is math, not maths)? I would never find this application via Google, if I didn't already know the name!

But hey, a FREE version, or a Pro version at merely $8  thumbs up

Calculate, comment, correct
- the adding machine for your Windows PC !

CalcTape is a revolutionary new kind of pocket calculator. With CalcTape, also extensive calculations remain clearly structured. CalcTape makes the arithmetic process visible - you can generate intermediate results and subsequently correct or change all numbers and operations.




They also offer a version for Android:


21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Best List of Free Windows Security Software on the Web on: May 10, 2015, 05:37:14 PM
I live in a 5th floor apt. Not sure if that might make a difference.
Could be a height problem alright - works fine here on the third floor.
I live in a one-story house, so I can't do much damage throwing something out the window.

oh, I just knew I could count on you guys to brighten up my day  Kiss Thank you!  thumbs up

I started having that problem with Gizmo's Freeware a couple years back.

so did I. But I assumed it was because of my many addons for Firefox, so instead I subscribed to their email, and automated the use of Internet Explorer. But now I am on a new old computer, so I forgot.

I wonder if anyone has ever pointed this out to them.

I don't think anyone has; the Contact-page has no contact, only adverts.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New Virus or ?? on: May 10, 2015, 04:34:43 PM
So, I am not sure why any of you suspect this Rombertik is what is infecting the machine.

I think April is right. The infection described by questorfla, cannot be Rombertik.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / The Best List of Free Windows Security Software on the Web on: May 09, 2015, 10:22:19 AM
Once again I want to throw something or even someone out the window. Because I live on the 7'th floor, this is usually not a good idea. So instead I beat the keyboard...:

I got the same email many of you also got today from Gizmo's Freeware a.k.a. TechSupportAlert, recommending a new article entitled "The Best List of Free Windows Security Software on the Web" ((formerly known as Probably the Best Free Security List in the World.))

Wow, what a title; I simply had to follow that link! So I clicked the http://..., (no s in http) but Firefox replaced the page with this error message "Content Encoding Error. The page can not be shown because it uses an invalid or unsupported form of compression. Please contact the owners of the site around this problem.".

I have met this problem before, so I peacefully took a deep breath (in order to keep my monitor inside the apartment), and right-clicked the link to open in Internet Explorer 11, which had no problem opening the page. IE can also show the s version: https://..., but my Firefox will at best display a very crippled version, sometimes nothing.
What about your browser?  tellme

I like both Gizmo and Firefox, but I am truly disappointed:
  • What good is a browser that won't browse, a page that will not load, a list that will not list?

I actually came here to say that there is this list, and it is a really interesting read  thumbs up
# and you can have it with or without s #


Quote from: Gizmo

• May 9, 2015: Section "All Items" has been added to this page. It contains a link allowing you to view the entire list on a single page.

• Apr. 23, 2015: We have begun using an automated link checker to identify broken and redirected links. Broken links will be repaired if possible or else deleted. This has not begun yet.

• Apr. 15, 2015: This list was formerly known as Probably the Best Free Security List in the World. The list was split into many articles. Some keys were removed. Paid items were removed. All links, except for intra-list navigation links, should now open in a separate tab or window when clicked. The links in the Related Links section of this page have changed. Section Recently Deleted Items has been added to this page. Numerous formatting changes were made.



24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fax Software on: May 08, 2015, 06:33:50 PM
The name is Microsoft Shared Fax Driver. Maybe you need to first change your settings for sharing?

25  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Judy's TenKey (10Key) award-winning calculator on: May 08, 2015, 01:39:13 PM
Judy's TenKey

There are all sorts of surprises. Some of them came via this little calculator of Judy's. I didn't know about it until it was offered to me for free, normal price $20, but it has been on the market for several years! Yet when I happened to stumble upon it and think this is finally a calculator to my liking, it seems to be abandoned! I don''t #know# if the entire company is dead and gone, but at least the link to support is dead. This is really sad, I think, because in my mind that Ziff Davis award was well deserved.

This is merely a twenty dollar program, for free, so I don't bother to tell a lot more. Go to: (or maybe ?), and read for yourself. The list of features is long, even though this calculator also can be easy to use: But you will need to sign up at WindowsDeal. I did that a few weeks ago, and I have not been spammed.


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