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1. How do I download my program?

Downloading a program from Uberdownloads is really easy. Start your download by clicking on the download link located on the top center of the product page.

2. How can you give out software for free?

Uberdownloads is able to offer free software because we are advertiser supported. During installation of your software, we will show you ads from our advertisers. Think of these ads as TV commercials. These ads simply give advertisers a chance to present their products. There is no obligation to accept any offers at all. You can click “Decline” at the bottom of the page if you are not interested in an ad. You can skip all of the ads and still download your program.

However, if you are interested in a advertiser’s product, then simply click “Accept” to download the program.

3. Is this spyware? Is this a virus?

Absolutely not! All advertiser offers have been tested spyware/virus free.

4. I’ve finished downloading the file. What now?

1) Run the application’s installer by clicking “RUN”, or double clicking on the file you just downloaded.

The application’s installer will start up. The installer is designed to make downloading and installing your application quick and easy. This screen will show you the program you are installing. Click “Accept” to download your program.

2) Accept or Decline Advertiser Offers

As you run the installer, you will see one or more of our advertisers’ offers. Click “Accept” if you are interested in the offer or simply click “Decline” if you are not.

3) Finish the Installation

You’re finished! Your program will download to your computer and the installer will alert you when the installation is finished. Look on your desktop and in your start menu for your new program.

5. I accepted the download and the installer disappeared!

Don’t worry, the installer has just minimized while it is installing. This way you can use your computer for other things while you wait for the installation to finish. You should see an icon in your system tray that tells you that the installer is working. When the installation is finished, the installer will open your program for you.

6. My installation finished but I can’t find my program! Where did it go?

There are three ways for you to find your program after installation. The installer will open the folder where you installed your program, an icon for your new program will appear on your desktop, and an icon will appear in your start menu.

How to Keep Your Passwords Safe: Password Safe

How many passwords do you have? Five? Ten? Twenty? Most people don’t even know how many they have—let alone what all of them are. Passwords are supposed to be secret and that makes them very hard to keep track of. You can write down all of your passwords, but then what happens if someone finds your list? Trying to use the same password over and over can get you into trouble too because if someone figures out your password in one place, then they have your password to everywhere else.

What’s your solution? How do you keep all of your passwords safe?

Passwords Safe solves this problem. Password Safe stores your passwords inside a secure file. When you need access to your passwords, the only password you have to remember is Password Safe’s.

Passwords Safe stores your passwords in an easy-to-use interface that is secure and makes your information easy to get to at the same time. You can rest assured that your information is safe because Password Safe knows passwords and security.

At Uberdownloads.com, we are always concerned with our visitor’s safety and we chose to highlight Password safe because it was one of the best programs out there that promised to keep your information safe.

In addition to storing passwords, Password Safe can create passwords for you. Because Password Safe does the remembering for you, these passwords can be very complex. The more complex your passwords are, the harder it will be for a hacker or identity thief to figure them out.

Data security is becoming more important than ever. People are doing everything they can to keep themselves safe and keep a hold of their personal, valuable information. Password Safe is the type of program that anybody can use and that everyone needs, and remember: Passwords Safe doesn’t just keep passwords safe; it keeps you safe.

Save Your Tunes Part 2

You’ve got your files on your computer. Maybe you’ve downloaded some. Maybe you’ve learned how to extract your music from your CDs in our earlier article here. Some MP3 players, like iPods and iPhones, might not play your songs even though they are music files now. This is because the formats on iPods and iPhones are different from the formats on your computer so you need yet another piece of savvy open source technology to put your music onto your music player, MediaCoder.

MediaCoder is a trascoder, which means it changes the formats of audio and video files. Most media transcoders can deal with just a few file types but MediaCoder is built with widespread coverage in mind and can handle many different file types.

To use MediaCoder :

 - Download and install MediaCoder by clicking the link
   above. 

 - Once the installation is finished, open MediaCoder
   by clicking  on the icon on your desktop or start
   menu.

 - MediaCoder will take you to the MediaCoder homepage.
   This is so that MediaCoder can download the latest
   file extensions.

 - Click on “Start MediaCoder Now” at the bottom of the
   webpage to start MediaCoder.

 - You will see MediaCoder on your screen.

 - Upload your music into the program by simply dragging
   it from your computer and dropping it into the left
   field.

 - Click on “Extensions” in the menu at the top of the
   screen and select the device you would like to listen
   to your music on (iPod, MP3 player, etc.) from the
   drop down menu.

 - Click “Yes” in the box that appears and a new screen
   will come up showing a picture of your device with a
   square of buttons at the left.

 - Press “Start” and MediaCoder will start transcoding
   your media.

 - The process will take a different amount of time
   depending on the size of your file and the file type,
   but MediaCoder is one of the fastest transcoders
   around.

 - That’s it! Your file is ready for your electronic
   device!

Once you go over these steps a few times you will see just how easy to use MediaCoder is and this is a good thing. There are not a lot of transcoders out there and anyone who has tried another will quickly see how much faster and more reliable MediaCoder is than the others and that it’s worth learning to use.


Have new fun with all of your old music!

Save Your Tunes Part 1

Music CDs are going the way of 8-tracks and cassette tapes. Very few people have portable CD players any more. Instead, everyone has iPods, iPhones and MP3 players now.

There is a way to turn CDs into music files. It’s called a CD extractor or a ripper. CD rippers extract the files from music CDs and turn them into audio files on a computer. Once the files are on the computer they can be played or uploaded into music devices like any other audio files.

At Uberdownloads.com, we have many different CD rippers, each of them good in their own way see them here, but if you want a CD extractor that is top-of-the-line free ware and easy to use then we suggest CDex.

CDex is a good example of a CD extractor program because CDex has a simple interface designed for the inexperienced, casual user.

To use CDex:

 - Download and install CDex from the link above

 - Click on the CDex icon on your desktop to start
   CDex 

 - Insert a music CD

 - CDex will recognize the CD and show you the songs
   that are on the disk 

 - Just click the icon in the right vertical bar and
   CDex will do the rest

CDex copies music files safely without damage to the CD and quickly saves the files on your CD onto your computer so that you can play your music any time or transfer your favorite CDs onto your music player to take with you.

Have new fun with all of your old music!

Check out our article on moving music from your computer to the more finicky portable devices if you’re still having some trouble. Click here.

How to Make Your Own DVDs

There is a difference between burning a DVD and making your own DVD. When you burn a DVD, you use a program to create a copy of the DVD but, often, this copy won’t play in a DVD player. If you want a DVD that will play in a DVD player then you need a program that will allow you to make your own DVDs.

When you put a DVD in your DVD player you see a menu with commands like “Play,” “Chapters” and “Features.” That’s how your DVD player is designed to work and that is why a DVD with a movie burned onto it with a normal DVD burning program won’t play—it doesn’t have a menu.

There are a few programs out there that will allow you to create your own DVDs to play in your DVD player, but DVD Styler is one of the best. We suggest DVD Styler as your solution for making your own DVDs because it is easy to use, effective and fun.

DVD Styler allows you to create DVDs with menus and burn your movies onto a fully playable DVD. From home movies to personal projects, DVD Styler will allow you to store and show others your movies.

DVD Styler supports several ways to customize your DVD:

 • Upload your own image to use as the menu background
 • Choose your button commands such as “Play”, "Chapters”
   and “Features”
 • Customize your buttons
 • Upload your own movies!

Using DVD Styler is simple and in just a dozen simple steps you can have your own playable DVD:

 - Download DVD Styler.
 - Follow the simple installation instructions.
 - Click on the DVD Styler icon when the installation
   is finished. The icon will appear on your desktop
   and in your programs.
 - Select Directories from the vertical buttons on the
   left to begin selecting your video.
 - A menu with your computer's directory will open.
   Select your video from your computer's directory.
   The two most common places to find videos are on
   your desktop and in your My Documents folder.
 - Select Background from the vertical button menu to
   select your menu background. This background will be
   what people first see when they insert your DVD into
   a DVD Player.
 - Select Buttons from the vertical menu to choose your
   buttons from a list of icons. You will probably want at
   least a "Play" button to start your video.
 - Right click your button and select Properties.
 - Link your buttons to your video by selecting your video
   from the list of directories at the top Properties screen.
 - Right click on the screen and select Add then Text to
   label your buttons and title your DVD.
 - Now just click the gear at the top of the screen to
   burn your DVD.
 - Once the burning process is complete you have your
   very own copy of your video!

With DVD Styler, just as people once kept their home movies on video cassette and popped them into the VCR you can now create your own DVDs that will play in your DVD player.

Try out DVD Styler and see if making your own DVDs is for you.

How to Control Your Computer’s Startup: Startup Manager

Do you turn your computer on and then have to sit and wait while program after program loads and slows down your system? Is your screen filled with programs you don’t use as soon as you turn your computer on? Did you know that each program that starts up on your computer eats up a little bit of its memory and slows it down?

What’s going on and, more importantly, how do you make it stop?

Startup Manager is your solution.

Startup Manager has the ability to cut off programs that want to start themselves when you turn on your computer. Quicktime and AIM are great but not everyone needs them to start up every time their computer comes on and then sit there slowing down the machine. Startup Manager allows you to select which programs will start with your computer.

This feature is especially useful because every program you run slows your computer down a little and every extra program on your screen means that when you do finally get to do something your computer will be tired and laggy.

With Startup Manager your computer starts right up and maintains its speed as you use it.

But what if you actually want your programs to start up with your computer?

Startup Manager lets you select the programs you don’t want and leaves the programs you do want to start up automatically. If the programs you need already starts with your computer, then Startup Manager doesn’t mess with them at all.

If you have programs that don’t start with your computer but you would like them too, then Startup Manager has the answer for that too. Startup Manager has the ability to turn programs on at startup as well as turn them off. If you find that every time you start up your computer you have to go for the same three or four programs then wouldn’t it be convenient if they would just start when your computer started?

Startup Manager can do that for you.

The real reason to like Startup Manager is that it gives you more control over your computer. After all, it’s your computer so why shouldn’t you decide which programs run when it starts?

How do I open a .ZIP file?

Quick answer – use a free “unzipping” program to open your zip file. We recommend 7-zip, and you can “download it here”

This is a situation that we’ve all experienced:

A friend or coworker sends a document over and tells you to read it. You look at the file, but it doesn’t have the usual “.DOC” name; instead it is a “.ZIP” file. All sorts of questions may run through your mind:

* What do you do now?
* Why do you have a .ZIP file?
* What is a .ZIP file?
* How do you open a .ZIP file?

.ZIP files may be confusing, but it is one of the great technologies that helped the internet grow to the size it is today. In this blog article, I will explain what a .ZIP file is and how you can “open” it to reveal the real files inside.

*What is a .ZIP file?*

You can think of a .ZIP file as sort of a digital zip-lock bag. You put other files into your zip file, then zip it up! But the .ZIP file has 1 huge benefit over a regular zip-lock bag; anything you put inside a zip file becomes smaller.

Imagine putting your sandwich inside a zip-lock bag, and it becomes the size of a credit card. Then when you open your ziplock bag, the sandwich becomes full size again with no signs of being squished. That is exactly what happens to your digital files when you put it inside a zip file.

*Why do I have a .ZIP file in the first place?*

You have a zip file because it is often quicker and easier to send or download 1 single .ZIP file that contains all the files you want, instead of sending a huge list of files separately.

Since .ZIP files are smaller than the sum of all the files it contains, you can download them faster. .ZIP files save you time and disk space.

*So how do I open a .ZIP file?*

In order to open a .ZIP file, you need a program that “unzips” the .ZIP file. There are many programs (free and not) that can help you do this. Some of these include Winzip, PKZIP and WinRaR.

We recommend you use a program named 7-Zip. This is a free, open source program that will allow you to open your zip files. You can download 7-zip here.

Download and install 7-zip. After the installation is done, you should be able to double-click on your .ZIP file. 7-Zip will open your .ZIP file and you will be able to see all the files that are inside.

Once you have your .ZIP file open, you need to “extract” the files to your computer. All you have to do is click “Extract”.


7-Zip will then ask you where on your computer you’d like to put the files inside the .ZIP file. Choose a location, click OK, and you’re done!

Congratulations, you’ve just opened a .ZIP file; it’s that easy. We’ve now gone over what a .ZIP file is, why .ZIP files exist, and how to open .ZIP files.

7-Zip’s features don’t just end there though. You can create .ZIP files. open .RAR files, Encrypt .ZIP files and more! We’ll explore these features in-depth in the future.

How to ftp a file? How is that different/better than emailing a file?

How to upload files using Filezilla:

1st Step:
Before you can upload anything to the FTP server, you need to configure your Filezilla first. Open “Site Manager” of Filezilla, input the FTP server hostname, username of your FTP account, password for this account and the directory you want to place your files. After all is done, don’t forget to give your setting a memorable name if you have multiple FTP servers. For example, Naming it to ‘[email protected]’ is more helpful than leaving the name as default “New Site”.

2nd Step:
You need to connect to your FTP server before you can actually do anything. How to connect? If you have already finished the configuration of your new site, it would be very simple. Drop down the menu of “Site Manager”, find your site name just added and click it. If your configuration is correct and the remote server is up, you will see the directories and files showing up in the window of “Remote site” which means you connected to the FTP server successfully.

3rd Step:
Uploading your files is as easy as “Drag and Drop”. Drag whatever you want to upload in the “Local site” window and drop it to the “Remote site” window. Very easy, isn’t it?

How is the difference/better than emailing a file?
1. File Size Limit: FTP beats Email
If you send a file via email, usually there is a maximum size for your attachment that you can’t exceed. Otherwise the email will be just rejected by the server. But there is no such limit if you upload files using ftp. It is just like you can’t send 10 lbs document in your first-class envelope because it exceeds the maximum weight allowed by the post office.

2. Transmission Speed: FTP beats Email
Because FTP is designed for transferring large files on the internet, it is more efficient in moving your big chunk of data from your local driver to the FTP server. Think about the difference between a Mustang VS a scooter. It won’t surprise you that A Mustang runs much faster than a scooter because Mustang is designed as a sports car. It is similar if you compare sending large files via Email with via FTP.

3. Software Requirement: Email beats FTP
In order to send files via FTP, you will need a remote FTP server hosting the FTP service. But it doesn’t require extra software or services if you do it via email, because as long as the sender and the receivers all have access to email, it should work.

4. Number of recipient: FTP beats Email
If you want to share some file with 100+ people, sending email may not be a good idea. First of all you don’t want to copy and paste 100+ email addresses to your email. Even if you have a group email address which could save you from the tedious robotic labor, you will run into another problem: In most modern email provider’s perspective, your sending emails with file attachment to 100+ people at one time is spamming, your email will be blocked. Failure! FTP is apparently a better choice in such situation. You only need to upload the file into the server and ask your receivers to download it.

So, which one should you choose when you want to send a file? It depends on all the factors above. And the major factors are the size of the file and the number of the receivers. If you only need to send a small file to a couple of receivers, just drop an email with the file attached. If you want to share a 500M file with dozens of co-workers, you probably need a FTP server.