Posts Tagged ‘download’

Where does Netflix Download Shows to on Windows 10?

Friday, April 7th, 2017

In order for Netflix’s download feature to make any sense at all, they really need to let us know where files are going, so we don’t quickly fill up our hard drives with downloaded movies.

Netflix enabled the downloading of — some — TV show episodes and movies in the company’s application for Windows 10 recently. It allows you to download these shows and movies to the local device, and watch them at a later point in time. Ideal for adding some to your laptop before you spend the next ten hours or so flying to Japan, or spending the vacation with your kids in a place with bad or no Internet reception at all.

(more…)

Download Windows 7 and 8.1 ISO Images from Microsoft

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Need a fresh copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1? Microsoft makes it hard to find these products on their official website, but they’re still available.

It is rather difficult to download ISO images for previous versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system from official sources. Microsoft wants users to use the company’s Media Creation Tool instead which downloads and creates installation media on a system running a supported operating system version.

(more…)

Block Programs from Loading Untrusted Fonts in Windows 10

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Downloaded fonts have long been a potential security problem. That’s probably why many older browsers limited you to the fonts that were already installed on your system.

Microsoft implemented a new security feature in Windows 10’s November update build that added an option to the operating system to block the loading of untrusted fonts. The use of fonts has always been problematic in the Windows operating system from a security point of view as bugs in font-handling code could give attackers high-level privileges. Bulletins such as MS15-078 indicate that the Windows font system is targeted regularly, and one way to mitigate the impact of these attacks was the new untrusted font blocking security feature built-into Windows 10.

(more…)

Adobe to Remove Direct Flash Download Links on January 22, 2016

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Starting next month, the task of getting your hands on a direct Flash download will become a little bit more difficult.

If you don’t use Google Chrome or Microsoft Internet Explorer but require Flash, you need to download and install a version of Flash on your system so that browsers that run on the device can pick it up. There are two ways to do that. You can visit the official download site, side-step the McAfee offer that is added automatically to the download unless you uncheck the option, to download a stub installer that requires an Internet connection during installation on the local system.

(more…)

How to Download Map Data for Offline Use in Google Maps for Android

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Here’s a great trick for those times when you’re headed to an area that has poor mobile reception, but you still need to be able to check out Google Maps.

Google added map downloads, offline navigation and other capabilities to the most recent version of its maps software Google Maps. I’m still looking for a travel app for my trip to Asia next January that allows me to download maps to the device in advance so that I can use the mapping app even if I don’t have access to Internet. The new capabilities were reason enough to take another look at Google Maps.

(more…)

Ask Toolbar Now Classified as a Threat by Microsoft

Monday, June 15th, 2015

In addition to being a notoriously annoying add-on, the Ask toolbar has now achieved security threat status.

If you are a tech-savvy user, you have probably helped more than one friend or family member remove various toolbars, viruses and other unwanted contents from machines running a version of Windows. If you are not, you may have been affected by those by yourself trying to find ways and methods to get rid of them again. One of the most notorious toolbars is the Ask Toolbar which up to this day is bundled with Java downloads for Windows and Macintosh systems.

(more…)

Don’t Expect too much from Windows 10 Build 10041

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

At this point, I think I’ll just wait for the official release of Windows 10 this summer …

If you are running a preview of Windows 10 on a computer system or virtual machine, you may have already noticed that Microsoft pushed out update 10041 of the operating system to all preview systems. The new build is the first after the company made the promise in January to release builds faster from then on out.

(more…)

Report: All Major Download Sites Serve Potentially Unwanted Programs

Monday, March 16th, 2015

No surprises here … but the article does contain some good, common sense tips on how to avoid unwanted programs.

Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP), adware or crapware is terminology for programs offered to you, usually in the form of being included in installers, that have nothing to do functionality-wise with the program you are trying to install. Software companies and developers include those programs to make money, and while they certainly do so, help spread those programs with the help of the Internet to thousands if not millions of home computer systems.

(more…)

“This Type of File can Harm your Computer” Warning in Chrome

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Apparently, this warning can be displayed when you try to download any executable file in Chrome … even when you’re downloading Chrome from Google.

Google announced recently that it made the decision to improve protection against unwanted software downloads in the Chrome browser and Google search. The company did not reveal which sites would be affected by this and it was unclear if major download sites such as Sourceforge, Download.com or Softonic would get a pass or not.

(more…)

Why Search Engines are as Bad as Download Sites when it Comes to Freeware

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Although a lot of this goes without saying, it’s still good to keep in mind if you don’t want to be plagued with unwanted search bars, useless anti-virus programs and other annoying adware.

There are many free programs out there on the Internet that are great: Firefox, Thunderbird, VLC Media Player, CCleaner, Revo Uninstaller, QuietRSS, WinSCP or KeePass are just some examples of programs that you can download and use for free. While it should be pretty straightforward to download these programs, it’s often not the case. Sure, if you know the url they are offered on then you go there and download them, but if you don’t, you have to use search engines or visit a download site to get them.

(more…)