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General Software Discussion / Re: Download manager
« on: November 06, 2017, 06:21 PM »
Recently have been using Free Download Manager with good results.  Thing is, the most recent version, 5.x, is complained about as bloatware with decreased functionality.  Advice which I took was to install the last good version, 3.9.7 build 1627 available at Filehippo.  Integrates as seamlessly with FF plugin Flashgot as NetXfer did.

DownloadThemAll! worked great but this works a little better.

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.

The name alone is reason enough to try it.

why are they several times saying that the bundle is version 2017 (click "Get this deal")? Am I to buy a lifetime key for version 2017, and 2017 only?

I bought a lifetime license to WinPatrol PLUS almost ten years ago and its always updated to the newest version at no additional charge.  So in that case, lifetime meant just that or at least as long as they stay in business.


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.

Skwire Empire / Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« on: June 13, 2017, 05:58 PM »
Thanks for fixing the forecast link.  The radar page still doesn't load (as it used to) and I'm thinking that it's because is just another site that won't work with Firefox or Firefox with certain plugins.  That's becoming more common.

Skwire Empire / Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« on: June 13, 2017, 07:16 AM »
Over the last two days, found Full Forecast and Radar link issues: 1) The former's page ( times-out (server not responding?), 2) The later ( doesn't load the radar (page script change?).

I'm running v 1.6.8 build 1.

Everything else seems fine as before.

Here's another privacy article.  I subscribed to the print edition of PCWorld for years so I trust their content.

Didn't mean to hijack the thread, BTW.

In a PCWorld article, VPNs were mentioned as one of three privacy tools one should consider to combat the recent Internet privacy rollback, so this service might be worth considering.  Maybe OpenDNS isn't enough.

However, the article states, "Your next step is to subscribe to a paid virtual private network service—not a free one that collects your data and sells it to third parties for analytics, or uses ads to support its free service, because that would negate the entire point of all this."

Just installed the Giveaway version.  Thanks for the tip.  Do you favor the registry cleaner because it's less likely to do damage like CCleaner's?

All Above Keys Expired.

New License Key:


(Serial active till Mar 17th, 2017)

You're welcome!  :-*

From [email protected]:

This is a giveaway promotion, not a regular purchase.
You can use the giveaway license to unlock the software and use it as long as you want without upgrade/reinstall, and it can be used during the promotion days.
Now, the giveaway event has been expired, so you can’t use the giveaway license anymore.

Could you please consider purchasing a lifetime license, I can provide 50% off price for you: http://www.videoconv...erter/buy-50off.html

* Once the order process is completed, The license code will be sent to you automatically within minutes after payment
* All of the paid users would enjoy our 30-day money back guarantee. If you are not satisfied with our product or service, you can demand a refund via email, and we will process your request within 24 hours.


General Software Discussion / Re: Download manager
« on: February 21, 2017, 08:55 AM »
Apparently JDownloader's default installers are infested with adware.  There's a post with a link to installers that are supposed to be adware-free:


I haven't tried anything to do with JDownloader, so I can't vouch for the link in the post. I'd suggest taking whatever precautions you might think are appropriate.

Thanks for the suggestion.  The link leads to other links that contain adware bombs.  Think I might just pass on JDownloader for now.

In the mean time, DownThemAll has been fine and the author of Net Tranfser refuses to acknowledge the lifetime license I won here.  Shame on them.

General Software Discussion / Re: Download manager
« on: January 25, 2017, 09:31 AM »
I've been using JDownloader 2 for a few months and really like it. Give it a shot!

I like that it's open source and stand-alone.  Downloaded but Panda AV neutralized many of its files during installation so I canceled. Do you think they're all false positives?

General Software Discussion / Re: Download manager
« on: January 24, 2017, 09:15 AM »
Installed DownThemAll as an FF Add-on and found good results, thanks.  I'll miss Net Transport though as a stand-alone program.

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.

I am using Foxit Reader currently , but it's a bit of a minefield to install, and I would like something without adds.
I dumped Foxit for Sumatra PDF.  Loads faster and less intrusive.

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: MailWasher Pro 25% off
« on: November 23, 2016, 11:43 AM »
MailWasher Pro's been free the last two years via Giveaway of the Day.  Seems to be the best email controller out there and I like it but also think it's an unnecessary luxury.  Not as good but always free is PopTray.

UrlSnooper / Re: Embedded flash videos
« on: July 22, 2016, 01:13 PM »
Thanks much.  I'll give it a shot.

UrlSnooper / Re: Embedded flash videos
« on: July 22, 2016, 09:36 AM »
You're right: https://www.donation....msg351785#msg351785.  I've yet to find a program that can do this. 

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 / Re: [free] WiseCare 365 Pro 4.2.2
« on: July 07, 2016, 11:19 AM »
Wise Care 365 Pro 4.2.2

There is one day, nine hours and change as of this post time, left on the giveaway.  A simple download when you give them your email address.  No license key.  It is unlocked/preregistered with no expiration but also no updates.


Found Deals and Discounts / Re: [free] WiseCare 365 Pro 3.98
« on: June 28, 2016, 09:59 AM »
There are a lot of freeware disk/registry cleaners available but not defragers.  That's the strength of WiseCare Pro; it offers all four in one program.  Fewer installed programs, fewer conflicts.

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: [free] WiseCare 365 Pro 3.98
« on: June 23, 2016, 09:19 AM »
+1 on CCleaner.  I use it daily after each session.  Sometimes though, a more aggressive registry cleaning is necessary and suites provide that along with reg defrag.

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