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What you have to do is ALWAYS downloading software from their official website and NEVER from downloading sites just like CNET (or everywhere else depending on your country). You will avoid lots of bloatware with this kind of habit. These sites are the main source of additional crapwares in installers. Some installers will still have bloatware (Oracle's JRE ...


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Some sites have several download buttons, the larger ones next to "we recommend" text, and one little button to download what you really want (I might be thinking of download.com, but I haven't used windows in a few months). On my desktop with adblockplus and noscript enabled the bundle download buttons disappeared. In fact I only noticed how intrusive ...


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If FDM is not running it can't obviously upload or download anything (make sure it's really not running and not just minimized). When it's running, even if you have completed a download you will still upload, you will be a seeder. I don't think there's a way to stop uploading other than closing the software or deleting the file (note that deleting the files ...


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Are you talking about this greyed-out button? Because if so, you can still click that and you are given a chance to download anyway: Alternatively, you can view the source of the page and search for "firefox/downloads" to get a direct link to the .xpi file. If you have another specific add-on that's causing different behavior, please post a link to ...


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You may also want to check out Unchecky.. Have you ever felt, while installing software, that the installer tries to push additional unwanted programs at all cost? Ever missed a checkbox, and spent hours afterwards removing adware? Ever opened your browser after an installation, only to find out that you have a new homepage, a new search engine, or even a ...


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For sourceforge in particular, append ?nowrap to the URL - this will allow you to download the file without the sourceforge "wrapper" that adds crapware to the installer - for example use http://sourceforge.net/projects/filezilla/files/FileZilla_Client/3.9.0.2/FileZilla_3.9.0.2_win32-setup.exe/download?nowrap as opposed to the default ...


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Related to Ninite (GUI to download apps without installation procedures) and Chocolatey (command line program more geared for scripting installs): http://portableapps.com/ Tons of apps: from Antivirus, to notepad++, to games like minesweeper, to XAMPP server packages, etc - with the added ease that they aren't "installed" per-se. It's akin unzip and run. ...


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I would recommend using Chocolatey. I've not seen any bloatware in the installers used there as they are sometimes repackaged by package maintainers. Chocolatey is a package manager for Windows (like apt-get or yum but for Windows). It was designed to be a decentralized framework for quickly installing applications and tools that you need. It is built ...


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I totally empathize with you. I have my own approach and I'll happily share it. Some might think it's overkill but I have found it serves me very well. These days I keep my PC ultra-clean. Windows 7, Firefox, Office, Visual Studio, and a handful of freeware I have come to trust over time. I don't do PC gaming so that's about it. For anything and everything ...


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In addition to what has been suggested, you'll find that by preferring open source software to closed source will generally take care of this problem for you. Instead of CNET, look on Sourceforge and GitHub and you'll find much better software. Update Many have also mentioned Chocolatey. It is definitely a big piece of the full puzzle. In general, command ...


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I take it you're referring to windows programs? I circumvented the whole problem by using Linux Mint (and even keeping installed packages to a minimum with --no-install-recommends & a similar option in Synaptic/apt.conf). It's got Firefox, Chromium, Opera, LibreOffice, Flash Player, GIMP, tons of excellent "evilware-free" software. But if your ...


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speed Often people find it is much faster to (a) download a large file from some untrusted "nearby" content delivery network (CDN), mirror site, torrent peers, etc. and also download the corresponding short checksum file (often SHA256; older software often used MD5) from a few trusted sources. They find it unbearably slow to (b) download the entire large ...


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Sometimes the checksums are provided securely, but the download is not. Since MD5 is broken, the security MD5 checksums provide are weaker than more secure checksums, but before MD5 was broken, a securely provided MD5 (e.g. one that was signed with PGP or GPG or Gatekeeper, or fetched over HTTPS) that matched the MD5 of the download was strong evidence that ...


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I have heard this [MD5 checksum] is to allow [...] also for any malicious changes to be easily detected. Well, you haven't heard totally wrong. Digital signature is actually what's used to detect malicious changes. For some important reasons, hashing is a fundamental part of digital signature, in that only the hash is actually signed, not the entire ...


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NOTE: The instructions are Windows specific, but will work for other OSes. This solution will not work for PDFs without disabling PDF.js and/or other PDF viewer plugins. It also won't work for files which Firefox can open directly (e.g. MP3 files, images, videos, text/plain files, etc.) Well, this solution isn't as user interaction free as you'd want, but ...


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Making a master mimeTypes.rdf file that you deploy to users is the best solution Open mimeTypes.rdf in an editor that handles XML style docs well (such as Notepad++) Find and replace first line with second: NC:saveToDisk="false" NC:saveToDisk="true" and NC:alwaysAsk="true" NC:alwaysAsk="false" I would also "seed" your master mimeTypes.rdf with some ...


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Your assumption is correct. There is an exception though. If the server providing the file and the page where the hash is are not managed by the same entity. In that case the software developer may want to say "hey people download this from that place but only believe if hash = xxxx". (This might be usefull for CDN's as an example). Having this said, this ...


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Hashes indicate whether your version of the file (the "download") differs from the server's version. They offer no guarantee to the authenticity of the file. Digital signatures (asymmetric encryption + hash function) can be used to verify that the file has not been modified by anyone who does not have the corresponding private key. The file's creator ...


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You can't modify the MD5 checksum without also modifying the file. If you download the file, then download the hash, and then your computation of the file's has doesn't match what is given, either the hash or the file is wrong or incomplete. If you want to "tie" the file to something external, such as author, machine, etc. it needs to be signed, using a ...


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How can MD5 checksums provide any protection against deliberately altered files if there is no way of knowing if the checksum itself has been compromised? You are entirely correct. The goal, then, would be to make your "if" wrong — if we know that a secure cryptographic hash of a file isn't compromised, then we know that the file isn't compromised ...


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The solution used by some package management systems such as dpkg is to sign the hash: use the hash as input to one of the public key signing algorithms. See http://www.pgpi.org/doc/pgpintro/#p12 If you have the public key of the signatory, you can verify the signature, which proves the hash is unmodified. This just leaves you with the problem of getting ...


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I have heard this is to allow [...] for any malicious changes to be detected also. Well you heard wrong, then. MD5 (or SHA or whatever) checksums are provided (next to downloads links, specifically) only for verifying a correct download. The only thing they aim to guarantee is that you have the same file as the server. Nothing more, nothing less. If the ...


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How can MD5 checksums provide any protection against deliberately altered files if there is no way of knowing if the checksum has not been compromised either? This is a really good question. In general, your assessment of MD5 manipulation is spot on. But I believe the value of MD5 checksums on downloads is superficial at best. Perhaps after you ...


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This is the precise reason posted checksums often carry a disclaimer saying "This cannot protect against malicious modification of the file". So, the short answer is "they can't provide any protection whatsoever against a deliberately altered file" (although, if the page is delivered over HTTPS, HTTPS itself protects against modification; if the file isn't ...


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This is really a problem. Showing checksums on the same site as the file to download is insecure. A person who can change the file can also change the checksum. The checksum should be shown through a complete separated system but this is hardly feasible, because how to tell the user in a safe way where the checksum can be found. A possible solution is the ...


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You could just use lynx or some other text mode browser. You can just pass the url that you do know to it and it'll probably be able to get the file for you. If you want a more streamline way to do this then you're going to need to get the final request made to the webserver for this file. If that request is different each time then a text mode browser is ...


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Your hard drive is not big enough to fit everything you've stored on Dropbox.com You can either download everything to a bigger hard drive Perform your duplicate filtering online on Dropbox Use a trial of Beyond Compare 4.0 and view in flat structure where all duplicate files will appear. Your left column and right column will both have to be Dropbox.


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Possibly this should have been asked in the product's forum instead of here, but: These cloud file server services usually offer a 'Desktop sync' app to download files. https://tappin.com/tappin-desktop-agent You'll need to install that and login to your account.


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Launching firefox -p, I have created a brand new user profile and in this way the problem disappeared. I imagined that the problem is related to my large user configuration directory, which is a very old backup containing all addons etc, even from Windows. That was the probable cause but at the same time I do not want to lose those configurations, so I can ...


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Try to change the "Reset download actions for all file types" option to default by just following the steps: Click the Menu icon > Help button (?)> choose "Troubleshooting Information" > click on "Show Folder" > Now, change the file name of mimeTypes.rdf and restart the Firefox. Now check the file download. Hope this helps.


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This website: http://www.openallurls.com/ will allow you to open up to 250 URIs in your browser. It works in Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera.


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This answer is based on my comment and provides ways to gather statistics which you can email to them. 1. Screenshots Simply put, make screenshots of your downloads/uploads failing, the error messages, etc. Zip it all in your package and upload it with the support ticket. 2. Ping the site Open a command prompt and type ping www.elance.com -n 20 ...


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Following feedback from the Windows Insider program, Build 9879 has been made available as an ISO. See New build available to the Windows Insider Program on Blogging Windows. As magicandre1981 stated, the new build is installed as an operating system upgrade rather than an update.


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The Update process downloads a large electronic software distribution (ESD) file, which is only a bit smaller compared to the ISO which contains a required setup.exe. It doesn't work like normal Windows Updates. If you want to update several machines, download the ISO, mount the ISO, run setup.exe and select "Upgrade".



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