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Found Deals and Discounts / WinX DVD Ripper V8.8.0 Easter giveaway
« on: March 30, 2018, 12:34 PM »
Article here.

2018 Easter super offer here.

DVDs are on the way out but still nice to update installed ripping software.

WinX DVD Ripper Full License Giveaway | Latest V8.7.0

Many people have spent years building up media library, buying rare films, classics, much-loved series and favorite blockbusters, not all of which will be available to stream. If you are one of those who don’t want to throw the precious DVDs away and are looking for a way to protect the collections, free download WinX DVD Ripper (time-limited giveaway) 

Found Deals and Discounts / Wonderfox giveaway through Nov. 5
« on: October 30, 2017, 11:54 AM »
Via Consumerworld:  Free Windows Software - Get up to nine different Windows software packages (not trial versions) for free until November 5th. Choices include a DVD ripper, a password storage program (used by MrConsumer!), a PDF editing program, and more.


I've used WinPatrol PLUS for years now with good results.  Has allowed greater control over what crap gets on my hard drives, warns of unwanted system changes after program installs, and other useful stuff all without being a system hog.  Can't recommend their other offerings since I've never used them.

General Software Discussion / Download manager
« on: January 19, 2017, 06:16 PM »
Now that Net Transport (NetXfer) is no longer functioning and the author isn't responding to emails, need to find a new freeware download manager.  Any recommendations?  Thanks.

UrlSnooper / Embedded flash videos
« on: July 21, 2016, 06:58 PM »
I installed this to download an embedded flash video but the program shows no results after entering the URL in to manual scan box at the program's bottom.  Did I do something wrong or is this program incapable of sniffing flash video links.  Thanks.

Found Deals and Discounts / Ad Muncher is now free
« on: October 20, 2014, 06:08 PM »

The advantage of this ad-blocking software has always been that it's global; it blocks ads other than in browsers.  I've used it for a while now so thought you guys might appreciate it too. 

Since it's now freeware, doubt updates or support will be as they were as before but what can you expect.

Say what you want about PC World but I followed the advice in this article, "Windows XP registry hack keeps security updates rolling for the dead operating system" and windows update found four extra updates for my WinXP SP3 box:

Installed, rebooted and everything seems fine so far.

General Software Discussion / TrueCrypt alternative
« on: May 30, 2014, 07:01 PM »
Now that TrueCrypt is dead, I and likely many others are looking for alternative freeware disk encryption programs.  MS's own BitLocker is mentioned often but to my knowledge can only be used on certain versions of Vista, Win 7 and 8.  Also have heard of DiskCryptor but this program appears to be not the most user friendly.  Anybody?


Installed Ocster 1-Click Backup from GiveAwayoftheDay and now Ocster sends me these deal alerts. Use mainly Acronis True Image so can't critique Ocster product but discount is substantial for those in the market for backup software.

Screenshot Captor / Flash video capture
« on: March 12, 2014, 07:16 PM »
How do I use SC to capture embedded flash videos like for instance those shown at Can it even do this? 

General Software Discussion / Coder tools
« on: February 03, 2014, 05:36 AM »
If you can stand all of the ads, this article reminded me of this site.  Thank goodness for ad blocking software.

General Software Discussion / Network Magic alternative
« on: October 07, 2013, 02:51 PM »
I managed a 3-PC home network with Cisco Network Magic Pro v. 4.9x.  Just added a fourth cleint, a Thinkpad running Win 7 Pro 64-bit and after installing NM on the laptop, found that Cisco discontinued the program and shut down its sever used to register NM (to elevate the free version to pro).  The free version of NM isn't worth the disk space it occupies so am looking for a NM alternative I can install on all four clients.

Googled "network magic alternative" but found only Spiceworks Desktop as a viable alternative.  Issue is, Spiceworks is not exactly user-friendly and is geared more toward IT professionals, not home network administrators.

Any suggestions?  Thanks.

Screenshot Captor / Save location issue
« on: February 27, 2013, 02:38 PM »
Even though I've selected C:\Users\XXX\Desktop as my location to save screenshots and they are apparently saved there, they don't appear there.

A file search shows they've been saved to the desktop but I don't see the file on the desktop even though I'm logged in as XXX.  Is this a program issue or a Vista SP2 issue?


Installed it on a WinXP box with some difficulty so can't comment on quality but Glarysoft has decent rep generally.  Hoping it'll record Hulu.

One day only so get it free while you can.

Found Deals and Discounts / Ad Muncher - half off
« on: July 13, 2012, 05:05 AM »
July 13, 2012 - We're celebrating! We've been working extremely hard on v4.93, and to celebrate finally making it available we're running our biggest sale ever!  We've halved the price of all Ad Muncher licenses, including renewals for the next seven days. Just use the coupon code "BiggestSaleEver" when purchasing.

I hate ads and have been using this ad killer for years now.  Yeah, I know; Ad blocker for Firefox is free and works well but Ad Muncher works globally (not FF-specific).  What's more, author is unusually responsive answering support questions and that's half the value in software.


Another video converter for the toolbox.

Site also offers free utility programs - or should I call them "apps" now? - daily.  Most just take-up precious disk space but some are genuinely handy. See Windows software of the day under Discoveries of the Day.

Found Deals and Discounts / Norton Identity Safe -- Free Download
« on: April 30, 2012, 09:38 AM »
Norton is offering Norton Identity Safe, a password manager free forever. Just download the software and install. Also warns you about rogue websites.

I used to use Access Manager Free and now use KeePass but free stuff is hard to pass up especially if it's from a reputable company.  Have mostly found Norton products to be bloatware, however.

Found Deals and Discounts / 2012 Digiarty Software Giveaway
« on: April 09, 2012, 11:49 AM »

According to, "From April 11-15 only, the makers of WinX DVD Copy Pro, are giving away free copies of their program that allows you to make backup copies of DVD discs you own for safekeeping."

Downloaded free winx-hd-converter-deluxe today.  Just wonder if this'll expire after a year and how much spam is involved.

General Software Discussion / Fileforum.Betanews alternative
« on: December 20, 2011, 11:00 AM »
Depended on automatic email alerts to track software updates on my program watch list but they've apparently discontinued that service.

Can anyone suggest a good alternative?

Screenshot Captor / Save cropped image only
« on: August 25, 2010, 06:13 PM »
After hitting "PrtSc" and "Keep image and Show," I almost always crop the image of what I really wanted from the screen shot and save it with a more specific file name instead of just the default time and day.  Problem is, I always end up with two images: the stock and the cropped, and again almost always end up deleting the stock image with its default file name.

How do I save only the cropped portion of the image?  Thanks.

UrlSnooper / Hulu links?
« on: January 11, 2010, 02:48 PM »
Can this be used to download Hulu videos?

Screenshot Captor / MyJunk desktop folder
« on: August 19, 2008, 04:13 PM »
Did Screen Capture create this folder on my Vista desktop in setup?  I've been trying to delete it but it keeps coming back.  Thanks.

Screenshot Captor / Title bar at Startup
« on: October 18, 2007, 06:16 PM »
Sometimes at startup, the following Screenshot Captor title bar appears on my desktop:

I always close it but where in preferences can I prevent this from appearing?  I already have "Start Minimized" checked.


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