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    Free downloads

    Hi loungers, is it prudent to download any of the programs from the newsletter shown on the attachment [vnunet.com] especially the freeby that is said to be a good defragger? Defraggler 1.01.050 Defragment your hard drive http://www.vnunet.com/2201136. Thanks again Dave.
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    Re: Free downloads

    Most of the programs mentioned in the newsletter are well-known and have a good reputation.

    Defraggler is a new program that is still in the test phase: the current version is a so-called beta version, meaning that most kinks have been ironed out but it is not yet definitive. So you might want to wait a bit. Defraggler is discussed at some length in the thread starting at <post:=683,642>post 683,642</post:>, but the discussion becomes rather technical.

    Piriform, the company that produces Defraggler, has a good name though. Its Windows cleanup program CCleaner is a favorite with Loungers, and its other new program Recuva (undelete files that you inadvertently trashed) looks promising.

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    Re: Free downloads

    There's a pretty good deal in there for a combo that should be of interest to some Loungers, although most of us already have our copies. The Acronis package deal on True Image and Disk Director is at about half the price I'm seeing on the Acronis home page. I hope I read the prices correctly.

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    > I hope I read the prices correctly.

    You did, I just bought it.

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    [quote name='StuartR' post='691039' date='27-Jan-2008 06:29']> I hope I read the prices correctly.

    You did, I just bought it.

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    Thanks as ever for the responses, I use CCleaner after it was recommended some time ago on the lounge and find it does a good job of getting rid of temp files etc. that it is all I need to maintain the registry. Regards Dave.
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    [quote name='HansV' post='690886' date='26-Jan-2008 08:15']Defraggler is a new program that is still in the test phase: the current version is a so-called beta version, meaning that most kinks have been ironed out but it is not yet definitive. So you might want to wait a bit. Defraggler is discussed at some length in the thread starting at <post:=683,642>post 683,642</post:>, but the discussion becomes rather technical.[/quote]
    Defraggler was first introduced over two years ago, and most certainly is not a beta product - it's now at v1.14! Quote from their blog:
    "Monday, September 17, 2007
    Defraggler

    After more than a year of development and a huge amount of coding, we've completed our third product... Defraggler!
    It differs from other defrag tools on the market, by enabling you to quickly and simply defrag the files you want to, without having to process the whole drive. Simply run it, select the file and defragment in seconds. No more struggling with the Windows defrag tool!
    Additionally like all Piriform titles it's FREE!
    Visit defraggler.com for more information, screenshots and to download."

    An important point that should be made for both Defraggler and CCleaner is to put "/builds" at the end of the Web address if you are downloading them from scratch, as opposed to updating a version which is already installed, so that you can get to choose the so-called 'slim' version of the product (the last one on the page), which does not install a toolbar from Yahoo.
    Thus http://www.piriform.com/defraggler/builds
    and http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/builds
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    [quote name='BATcher' post='799762' date='25-Oct-2009 07:47'][/quote]
    "Defraggler was first introduced over two years ago...." yes - and I've been using it for a greater part of that.

    "...so that you can get to choose the so-called 'slim' version of the product ... which does not install a toolbar from Yahoo." - Thank you! - that's where I went wrong the last time!

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    Hi BATcher,

    You may have noticed that Silver Fox replied to an old thread from January 2008. As you can see here, versions released before August 2008 were Beta or Release Candidates. The release of the first production version was on 18 August 2008, that is more than 6 months after the original posts in this thread. Since Piriform releases a new version roughly once a month, we're now at 1.14.

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    Recently, Piriform has started to include the Yahoo toolbar in the download for Recuva, so it's a good idea to get the Slim version of it too. Link:

    http://www.piriform.com/recuva/builds
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    [quote name='HansV' post='799774' date='25-Oct-2009 06:03']Recently, Piriform has started to include the Yahoo toolbar in the download for Recuva, so it's a good idea to get the Slim version of it too.[/quote]
    Oooh, why do so many vendors do that stuff? Must be BIG $$ in it for them. I guess I'm too old fashioned or nervous, but all these toolbars alleged to make my surfing a better experience just get in the way for me. They take up so much screen real estate and some have been alleged to cause problems.

    Every once in awhile, over at the nursing home, I take my wife to a computer in the library to show her some pictures since I no longer have a laptop. Sheesh, those three computers have so many toolbars running that there's little screen space left for viewing the content of why you're there in the first place.

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    [quote name='Bigaldoc' post='799781' date='25-Oct-2009 12:39']Oooh, why do so many vendors do that stuff?[/quote]
    It's a deplorable development, but it's a way for developers of freeware to earn some money; I have no idea how much they get from voluntary donations. As long as they give you the option to decline, I can live with it. Unfortunately, there are some who don't provide an opt-out and that's really annoying, for it's a lot of work to uninstall these sponsored toolbars once they're on your PC.

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    [quote name='BATcher' post='799762' date='25-Oct-2009 03:47']Defraggler was first introduced over two years ago, and most certainly is not a beta product - it's now at v1.14! Quote from their blog:
    "Monday, September 17, 2007
    Defraggler

    After more than a year of development and a huge amount of coding, we've completed our third product... Defraggler!
    It differs from other defrag tools on the market, by enabling you to quickly and simply defrag the files you want to, without having to process the whole drive. Simply run it, select the file and defragment in seconds. No more struggling with the Windows defrag tool!
    Additionally like all Piriform titles it's FREE!
    Visit defraggler.com for more information, screenshots and to download."

    An important point that should be made for both Defraggler and CCleaner is to put "/builds" at the end of the Web address if you are downloading them from scratch, as opposed to updating a version which is already installed, so that you can get to choose the so-called 'slim' version of the product (the last one on the page), which does not install a toolbar from Yahoo.
    Thus http://www.piriform.com/defraggler/builds
    and http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/builds[/quote]

    I just intalled CCleaner 2.24 from http://www.ccleaner.com/ and during the installation process there is an Installation Option where you can choose to not add CCleaner Yahoo! Toolbar to your browser. I selected all other options and the toolbar did not install. When choosing the download location I selected the alternate site and that's where the options appeared.

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    Yes, they do let you choose whether you want to install the Yahoo toolbar, so it's not a major problem. But it's a nuisance because (1) the toolbar increases the size of the download, and (2) the checkbox for the toolbar is ticked by default, so if you're quickly clicking through the installation (as many people do), you may end up installing the toolbar without intending to.

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    [quote name='HansV' post='799808' date='25-Oct-2009 12:25']Yes, they do let you choose whether you want to install the Yahoo toolbar, so it's not a major problem. But it's a nuisance because (1) the toolbar increases the size of the download, and (2) the checkbox for the toolbar is ticked by default, so if you're quickly clicking through the installation (as many people do), you may end up installing the toolbar without intending to.[/quote]

    I've learned the hard way not to be so fast with the download options. Recently numberous programs try to get you to accept all of them without reading the ones offered. Most are toolbars and if you allow all of them soon there would be no room to read the rest of the text in your browser window.

    I wonder why programs are all now trying to get toolbars installed? I didn't know that AVG had installed a toolbar until I found it listed in Firefox's add-ons.
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    The AVG toolbar is a different case, but the makers of toolbars such as the Yahoo and Ask toolbars offer money to software developers (especially of freeware/shareware) to include the toolbar in their installation files. The software developers earn some money this way, and the toolbar makers have an easy way to distribute them...

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    [quote name='bigaldoc' post='690908' date='26-Jan-2008 13:49']There's a pretty good deal in there for a combo that should be of interest to some Loungers, although most of us already have our copies. The Acronis package deal on True Image and Disk Director is at about half the price I'm seeing on the Acronis home page. I hope I read the prices correctly.[/quote]

    Al, I tried to find the Acropack 2008 link to buy Acronis True Image 11 and get Disk Director Suite 10 free. I couldn't find anything that even resembled that name. I was using Firefox so that couldn't be the reason.

    I had True Image10 before and decided not to upgrade at th asking price.

    Is it possible that you can point me in the right direction before time runs out?
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