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Wallpaper of the Week: Vines of Red Leaves over a Foggy Lake 1 hour 12 min ago budchekov

Good taste rhiannon, I've used that as a desktop before :)

Have you ever checked out Caedes?
Wonderful community with many VERY talented contributors, they also have contests.!.
Not your regular wallpaper site..

Best Free Drive Cloning Software 6 hours 18 min ago crombierob

Hi Andy,
I replied a while ago, but it got rejected as spam.
I submitted it for investigation/approval, but got no reply.
Perhaps it was rejected because I included a link to a thread on the forum on their site.
Some others have the same problem.
I managed to dig out a W7 32bit pc, and that fixed the problem (Don't create the bootable PE, on a 64bit W7)

How to Remove Google Text Ads 10 hours 36 min ago jeffw440

Maybe this will help. Looks like Notepad needs to be run as administrator.

How to Remove Google Text Ads 11 hours 34 min ago RobertP

Thank you for the article. Really have been wanting to stop the ads. I followed the directions, but when I save the .hosts on Notepad file and request to replace the existing file I receive the message "Access is denied". That is where I get stuck.
I am working on Windows 7 and use Firefox.

Best Free Notes Organizer 14 hours 4 min ago smfranzen

My Notes Keeper is unique in that you can create a distributable version of your notes as a standalone program that can contain embedded attachments such as PDF, Word Docs etc.. and link to those documents or other pages and bookmarks within you Notes. I haven't found anything else that can do this and it's great for sending a single file with all the content organized easily.

Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 22 hours 32 min ago Arata

Hi, so glad to see you here. I'm Arata, the new editor of this Best Free Audio Video Format Conversion Program category.  I will go on working with this review and bringing you the best freeware for video audio converting. If  you have any ideas or suggests, please also do not hesitate to share here. :)

A Few Hundred More Retro Games To Enjoy For Free 1 day 7 hours ago J_L I'm guessing this is an offline app compatible with Chromebooks? view
Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 day 12 hours ago marcdarkin

Hi, Rob. Zoner has an awful lot of custom options and right-click settings and it can be overwhelming if you want to go into all of them. Now, answering your question, yes, it is possible to do what you want but it's not as straightforward as one might like the first time.

First, you have to go to Settings (Ctrl+M) > General (2nd item) > Double-clicking a thumbnail in the browser should launch: and select the Viewer module from the drop-down menu if it's not already set. Click the OK button.

You also want to make the filmstrip with thumbnails disappear, so press F9. Then look at the upper right-hand side of the screen and next to the usual three buttons for closing, restoring and minimizing the window you'll see another little icon with diverging arrows. If you click on it, the whole program window changes its appearance a bit and goes into fullscreen mode, which has a couple of options if you click the down arrow next to the icon (shortcuts F11 and F12). After that, your photos will always be displayed in full screen when you double-click them. But you still have to delve into the right-click context menu to get rid of the header and footer if you don't want them, or use Shift+I and Ctrl+I as a shortcut for them.

So, the best thing to do to simplify the process the first time: press F12, then F9, then double-click a thumbnail, then press Shift+I and Ctrl+I when the picture shows. You can use the arrow keys for a previous/next navigation. Not very simple, I know, but it's a one-time process. Thanks for reading us, Rob.

New Free Tweaker from Winaero for Windows 7/8/10 1 day 13 hours ago Sgluber

The boot options seems to be very useful.

Very good, Vic... thank you! :-)

Play 2000+ Original DOS Games For Free 1 day 14 hours ago Tomnov

Chrome is in the process of phasing out Java support; here's the workaround for now, until Chrome also does away with NPAPI support.
I feel like Chrome is gonna phase itself out of use if it keeps making standard plugins & web protocols obsolete; I see more & more web developers pushing back & refusing to support Chrome anymore.

Nifty Free Windows Application for Batch Conversion, Resizing, and Renaming of Image Files 1 day 16 hours ago ghiebert

This program is laid out very nicely and when you are setting up the input files it seems to have filename filtering, but strangely does not even know what an input subfolder is and therefore for almost all my conversion processes is completely useless. This would have been a great tool but for that simple missing feature.

Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 day 19 hours ago crombierob

I love FastStone image viewer because it is simple -
Double click a jpg, and it opens up fullscreen with no other distractions.
I am helping with a friends PC. It is in a small business, so I had to skip my favorite.
Zoner appears to be free, for anyone, so I installed it.
I am detesting it, as I cannot get ti to just simply display the JPG full screen, with NOTHING else showing.
Is it possible to configure it to the way I like ?

This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 2 days 1 hour ago MidnightCowboy

Their own statement (in English) is now available here.

The Return Of Simple Instant Messenger 2 days 6 hours ago eikelein

paulzee, thank you; looks much better and is much more informative this way.
Why do you have Jabber twice behind "Both..."?

Best Free Drive Cloning Software 2 days 6 hours ago AndyR

The error code relates to there being some corrupt system files that obviously are failing to load. Within AOMEI Backupper itself if you select the option to "Create Bootable Media" and choose either a Win PE or Linux disk then either of those seem to work just fine.

I have never downloaded and tried their all in one Win PE disk before so I can only assume that maybe your download got corrupted somehow or during the burning process... are you using a good quality brand of recordable media ?

The Return Of Simple Instant Messenger 2 days 8 hours ago paulzee

Thought I'd align the supported protocols based on the lists eikelein posted:

Both support: AIM, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber (XMPP), MSN, XMPP (Jabber), Yahoo Messenger
Brosix also supports: Facebook
Pidgin also supports: Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Groupwise, IRC, MXit, SILC, SIMPLE, Sametime, and Zephyr.

Find In-Depth Information On Any Subject 2 days 8 hours ago caktus

I guess the fact that nearly everything published on Wikipedia pages is based on reference material, is nothing more than an aberration.

This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 2 days 12 hours ago satrow

That looks like an opinion piece by some 3rd party rather than a response from Qihoo.

The Return Of Simple Instant Messenger 2 days 14 hours ago charrogzz

I remember ICQ, very powerful and still strong, with Buddy voice for long distance talks! sending huge files Peer to Peer

The Return Of Simple Instant Messenger 2 days 15 hours ago vandamme

It works on Linux; there's deb and rpm packages. And of course Pidgin does also.

The Return Of Simple Instant Messenger 2 days 16 hours ago eikelein

Thanks Rob; I admire how you always find these things!

Difference on first glance:

Brosix supports Yahoo Messenger, ICQ, AIM, MSN, Facebook, Google Talk and Jabber.

Pidgin supports AIM, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Google Talk, Groupwise, ICQ, IRC, MSN, MXit, SILC, SIMPLE, Sametime, XMPP, Yahoo! and Zephyr.

Plus Pidgin supports plugins; didn't see that mentioned on the Brosix site.

Best Free Media Center Software 2 days 17 hours ago bernardz

I went looking as a result of this article between kodi and plex, two big issues are do you have the power to run kodi, as plex needs much less and the wealth of addons for kodi which look really good. Anyone have thoughts about this.


I found this comparsion interesting

Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software 2 days 19 hours ago George.J

I'm confused....OpenCandy isn't installed on your system. There is no uninstall either. So I dont' understand what you mean by Checkboxes to not install OpenCandy. 

Its simply a temporary plug-in that offers other products during install of your software and it's lifetime is only during the installer process. It deletes itself automatically if you chose not to accept any recommendations. But if you chose to accept any recommendation then it will run on your system periodically for a few days to verify if the recommended app was activated and then self-destructs. 

Best Free Drive Cloning Software 2 days 19 hours ago crombierob

Aomei provides a free Win PE CD/DVD that has backerupper, partitioning ETC, ETC.
(Lots of goodies, including the program reviewed above)
I have tried a couple of times to burn it, and boot into it
(Burned on Win 7 64bit, and then tried booting into it on that PC and also into an XP Pro PC 32bit)
Both PCs halt during the boot up
I get the black screen with white progress bar saying 'Windows is loading files'
Then I get a black screen saying - Starting Windows with the waving 4 colors flag.
Then I get a blue screen saying -
STOPc0000145: {Application Error}
The application was unable to start correctly (0x000000d). Click ok to close the applicaion.

Anyone solved this ?

This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 2 days 19 hours ago George.J

We have known this for a very long time. The testing labs mostly incorporates detection via signature definitions evaluation which is not exactly how real world protection is really like. Every antivirus includes additional engines and features to protect you real-time when these are in-fact not been considered by the lab agencies. They don't evaluate the protection, once malware gets into the system and is active. It doesn't consider the sandboxing/virtualization technologies of antivirus. Avast doesn't score high on these tests, but they don't consider the multiple shields that comes active or when Avast is used in hardened mode, protecting you from various kinds of malware that traditional signature definitions cannot. The same goes for Qihoo or any other antivirus software. 

While these comparitive reports can be used for evaluation, it's not the be all & end all of the strength of any antivirus. Infact this where user-created videos scores highly when they test each component of the antivirus, rather than a sum-total of protection in one single listing that the testing labs provide, which is not not even transparent to the user, because it doesn't explicitly show, what samples have been used, the methodologies considered, and also the "actual testing video", when all that the user reads is simply the final report which may or may not be modified after evaluation. 

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 days 21 hours ago Panzer

Visual Studio Code - build and debug modern web and cloud applications:

Best Free CD Ripper 2 days 22 hours ago Anupam

Actually, the latest version is 1.78, released many days ago. Have been waiting for the portable version of this latest version, but none has been uploaded at their site.

Great Advice If You're Choosing Antivirus Software 3 days 1 hour ago amitthk

Very true. Norton absolutely sux blood out of machine. There a various others even freewares much better than Norton/Symantec.

This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 3 days 1 hour ago MidnightCowboy

Folks can read the response statement from Qihoo and make up their own minds. We use our own criteria though when reviewing products and not those of other websites. MC - Site Manager.

Best Free File Encryption Utility 3 days 2 hours ago Jan Stainer

I am not sure if the other tools mentioned here encrypt also the file names, not only the data, but the free CrypTEA from mediachance does that. This is kind of crucial I think because plainly named files do beg "crack me" if their filename sounds important. The cryptea is also portable and only a single file that doesn't need to be installed.

This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 3 days 4 hours ago eikelein

I don't understand why we make so much fuss about Qihoo. There are good anti virus solutions and even useable security suites around. So what's the point of pontificating about this one?

If there is so much discussion I go by "Where there is smoke there is fire", turn around and stick with "my" proven solution.

Play 2000+ Original DOS Games For Free 3 days 12 hours ago charles.simpson

I thought it was unusual that I was unable to play these game while using the Chrome browser, however using IE everything ran fine.

This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 3 days 12 hours ago Hm

How unfortunate, the AV reviewer at gizmo's may have to update their report on this product.

Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software 3 days 15 hours ago Game-R

As of May 2015, the latest version of ImgBurn installer will include the OpenCandy with no available option to opt out!
Earlier versions included checkboxes under "Custom"/"Advanced" installation settings to choose to not install OpenCandy or other adware.
This is no longer available!

The only way to avoid install the malware is, as claimed on the OpenCandy website, is to either
- disconnect your system from the internet during installation
- include "/NOCANDY" switch in the command line in executing the installer
- configure your router to block all "*" connections

Clearly, steps more complex than the average user is knowledgeable enough to do.
There is absolutely no indication in the installer of OpenCandy being installed along with ImgBurn except in the bottom half of the 'Terms & Conditions' document!

Norton Antivirus has now marked this software as a malware and rightly so!
You should update this list to reflect the developer's ridiculous policy of selling out his users.

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Best Free BitTorrent Client 3 days 19 hours ago Anupam

Tixati updated to 2.11

Best Free Antivirus Software 3 days 23 hours ago MidnightCowboy

I too can understand why this was done by Qihoo although many will still make an argument for it being wrong. There is also a danger that this sort of issue diverts users from the real reasons why they get infected and towards complicit reliance on test results.

When I first began servicing live customers, the folks that could afford to pay for these services were at least 75% installed with the “leading” :D commercial antivirus products, so why were they infected? The reasons of course were as diverse then as they are now but the bottom line is folks still think they can install security software and then surf the internet with impunity. Naturally they seek guidance about these products and use test results as a basis for choice. It's a pity therefore that next to no effort is made to research the methodology of individual tests to see how these might apply to their own usage habits. Take the following for instance which is an extract from one of the much lauded PC Mag tests.

“FortiClient is only the sixth product I've put through this particular test, so I can't say precisely what its score means. Still, having another product block nearly twice as many suggests that 40 percent isn't great. Do note that of necessity the products aren't tested using precisely the same samples. Rather they're all tested with samples detected no more than a day earlier—the newest samples I can get”.

Really? So car “A” fails the crash test but the wall it was driven in to was different to that used for cars “B” and “C”.

At the extreme end of this mess are the YouTube garbage in, garbage out tests where amateurs chuck a handful of URL's at something and then rate it based on the results. YouTube is entertainment folks, not a consumer testing authority.

If people believe Qihoo's actions were a deliberate attempt to deceive, they are free to use another product. I have Panda on both of my dual booted desktops and nothing nasty has bothered me yet. MC - Site Manager.

Best Free Antivirus Software 3 days 23 hours ago MidnightCowboy We should add this isn't just an ethics argument. No matter what the intention or purpose of the act, it is illegal to alter the software code of copyright material where this is not permitted in the EULA and it is illegal to download it. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 4 days 1 hour ago George.J
More info at their FB page. 
Qihoo: " many popular software add-ons in China that are flagged as malware by the AV-C definition are in fact performing proper functions and not malicious ... (they) are flagged as malware by the AV-C definition ... To satisfy the security needs of both the domestic market and the need for foreign lab testing, all Chinese security product vendors make modifications to standard domestic versions for foreign lab testing to showcase the effectiveness of the basic protection capabilities of these products"
My thoughts about this: If AV-C even all considers keygens and cracked softwares as malicious, and Qihoo tweaked the settings for the lab results to find them as malicious, I'm personally offended by the first statement. Many of these cracked softwares aren't infact malicious. They are just pieces of reverse engineered code to revoke the licensing of the softwares. We're talking about ethics here, but definitely not malware. On many torrent sites popular uploaders specifically state the fact that if you certainly like a product, you should go and buy the product and the ones that they have uploaded are basically for testing the software for longer periods of time.
In my own testing Qihoo's own engine is extremely good if you are connected to the internet. When BitDefender's engine built into Qihoo is enabled, I've found that it detects patches, keygens as malicious among the one's which actually aren't malicious. However when disabled, the same isn't the case. This means that although these files can be considered safe in an average amount of cases, doing so would cost them a place at these lab results. This leads to more false-positives when BitDefender's engine is enabled, hence the reason why Qihoo hasn't turned on these engines by default during installation. They have no choice but to enable them for the lab results.  
Find In-Depth Information On Any Subject 4 days 2 hours ago flashcraft

@ixan, and, OF COURSE, you know that the hollowcast really happened? Really?? And it's not just some more Jewish (Zionist) propaganda? Really? Or perhaps, it's the fact that real people can publish the truth that you have an issue with?

Find In-Depth Information On Any Subject 4 days 2 hours ago Eric624

You are an ass and your head has intimate knowledge of the fact!

Play 2000+ Original DOS Games For Free 4 days 3 hours ago Epsilon

Some great memories their. Thanks.

Find In-Depth Information On Any Subject 4 days 7 hours ago Tomnov

Wikipedia gets a bad name by the haters that want to deny that there are often more than their own point of view to anything.
For what it is, they do a heckuva job, having review boards on most major subjects, and many not-so-major subject that you wouldn't be able to find info on just by opening up an encyclopedia.
At my son's lib school, they have a strict "no Wikipedia as a reference" policy, although they will let students reference ANY other website, where they DON'T have any such community and review standards as Wikipedia does, and anyone with a blog or a webpage can publish ANYTHING.
No guidance as to where to find RELIABLE information on the web. Thank goodness I review my son's work. Makes me worry about the education our youth is getting.

Best Free Antivirus Software 4 days 10 hours ago satrow

I hope AV Comparatives check only for those keygens and cracks that are malicious - as in having a unwanted effect on the OS and user software/connections - many keygens/cracks are actually clean.

Best Free Antivirus Software 4 days 15 hours ago MrBrian

There is more to this than which engines are used by default. From the report:

On requesting an explanation from Qihoo 360 for their actions, the firm confirmed that some settings
had been adjusted for testing, including enabling detection of types of files such as keygens and cracked
software, and directing cloud lookups to servers located closer to the test labs. After several requests for
specific information on the use of third‐party engines, it was eventually confirmed that the engine
configuration submitted for testing differed from that available by default to users.

Find In-Depth Information On Any Subject 4 days 15 hours ago MidnightCowboy

The word "trust" is used in reference to Google search results. Wikipedia is mentioned in the next sentence with no relation to the previous one. In any case, part of the Wikipedia site information states:

"Wikipedia is an online open-content collaborative encyclopedia; that is, a voluntary association of individuals and groups working to develop a common resource of human knowledge. The structure of the project allows anyone with an Internet connection to alter its content. Please be advised that nothing found here has necessarily been reviewed by people with the expertise required to provide you with complete, accurate or reliable information".

MC - Site Manager.

Find In-Depth Information On Any Subject 4 days 16 hours ago ixan

I don't think the words "trust" and "wikipedia" should be in such close proximity. Wikipedia is only as accurate and unbiased as the editor of that piece wants it to be. I was reading about a holocaust denier yesterday where it didn't even mention that!

The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 4 days 21 hours ago mjt328

Sorry ... as much as I love this site, I have to agree with the suggestion to turn off the annoying new article announcement pop-ups! Otherwise, the revamp of the site is OK with me, especially the new look for mobile devices.

Best Free Android Apps -Updated 2015 4 days 23 hours ago timoti

Is there a best free Calendar for Android e.g. something that would sync with Outlook 2007's Calendar on my Windows 7 laptop?

Wallpaper of the Week: Vines of Red Leaves over a Foggy Lake 5 days 3 min ago rhiannon It's one of my favorite sites for wallpaper. Our Hot Finds editor discovered it and it's been my go-to for desktop wallpapers ever since. :) view
Great Advice If You're Choosing Antivirus Software 5 days 2 hours ago lczlcz

I think the Qihoo 360 you mentioned is a joke. I just read a news that during the AV test, Qihoo turned on the bid defender engine while in reality when people install that software, the default engine is Qihoo's own engine, which, of course is much inferior than bit defender. I don't trust any software made in China.
Norton once was a bloated AV software but its recent versions are probably the best I have ever used.
Just look at the process manager and you'll see only two same name processes from Norton and they don't take much memory to run. There is a reason that most large companies use sep as their AV software.

Best Free Antivirus Software 5 days 3 hours ago satrow

Odd, the AV comp. report stated: "As part of the investigation into Qihoo 360, counter‐accusations were levelled by the company against
two fellow Chinese security firms, Baidu and Tencent.".

"Investigations by the three labs found that all products submitted for testing by Qihoo had one of the
product’s four available engines, provided by Bitdefender, enabled by default, while a second, Qihoo’s
own QVM engine, was never enabled."

Default public AV engine is Qihoo's own, version submitted used BitDefender's = apples vs. oranges. In my book, that's cheating - entering a tweaked version of 'their' AV to be compared to stock versions of other AVs.

Best Free Dictionary and Thesaurus Utility 5 days 5 hours ago Jojo Yee Thanks for your feedback Shelduck. The Quick Selection Guide for the software is now updated. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 5 days 7 hours ago George.J

Qihoo explains the misunderstandings, and requests for furthur investigation.

Nothing to worry about here. Innocent until proven guilty. Interestingly it's 2 other Chinese antivirus vendors that reported the issue. We already know about the competition in China among antivirus vendors, and all this has been blown out of proportions from jealousy. Even if proven guilty, it's a minor issue because the only contradiction in the results was because their own engine was enabled and BitDefender engine enabled "by default" for the product they've given for testing. Hence calling it "manipulation of scores". Weak statement :D

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Some real quality pictures here. Search for "fox" and look at the leaping infant.

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Your Quick Selection Guide states about WordWeb that "A portable version of this product is available but NOT from the developer."
This is not correct.
If you run the download, which looks like a fairly standard installer, there is an "Advanced options..." button that, if pressed, allows the selection of the "Install as portable app (eg. on a USB drive)" option.

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CPU-Z was also reviewed in a previous TSA article here.

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Thanks for the follow up. The sudoku puzzle games were from a link in the article under "Best Free Puzzle Games" as a 'related' category. Sorry.

This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 5 days 15 hours ago MrBrian

Antivirus Company Qihoo Censured for Cheating in Lab Tests

Best Free Antivirus Software 5 days 15 hours ago MrBrian

Antivirus Company Qihoo Censured for Cheating in Lab Tests

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BurnAware has been updated to version 8.0. Changelog here:

Best Free Antivirus Software 5 days 16 hours ago Anupam

Yes, there are good free antivirus nowadays. But, I guess it depends on individual taste, which antivirus you install on your system. I occasionally try different antivirus, but I keep returning back to Avast, since it is what best suits me. It is lightweight, provides good protection, and has boot time scan. All other antivirus that I tried, I had some issues with them, big or small. Avast suits me best.

With so many choices, you can always try different ones and settle on one which suits you most.

Best Free Antivirus Software 5 days 16 hours ago terrawarra

Thanks Anupam !

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Best Free Antivirus Software 5 days 17 hours ago terrawarra

Thanks Anupam,
I may try Avast again sometime in the future and give it another chance.
In the meantime, I'll give BitDefender a fair trial, assess the results and decide which one I want to go with.

We are indeed quite spoilt with so many quality freeware anti virus products out there.


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Hi how can I take online computer programming for beginners? i will also like to know the date and the time i can sign in to take them. Thanks

Best Free Antivirus Software 5 days 21 hours ago Anupam

Good day terrawarra :). The issues you post about, I haven't encountered on my system. I do get the popups though, and I simply close them.

Avast Free nowadays comes with several components/tools, like updater, etc, which perform extra work. I do not install any of these. I suspect that you have some or all of these installed, and the popups you mention, are occurring because these components are installed. In future, if you install Avast, deselect the unncessary (or all) components, and just select the shields that you want, and it should be fine.

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The article seems outdated.

Auslogics Task Manager is blocked by Google Safe Browsing and Chrome now. And Dr.Web's url scanner rates it as Malicious site.

So Process Explorer and Security Task Manager are and remain the most comprehensive task managers for Windows.

Best Free Antivirus Software 5 days 21 hours ago Anupam

Pleast post such queries in the freeware forum, which is the suitable place for such discussions and queries.

After your query has been answered here satisfactorily, will delete the comments, as they are out of topic.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 5 days 22 hours ago Remah

Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Free (MAEF) provides protection from exploits in the main web browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera) and their add-ons and in the Java engine that is the basis for much web technology. The paid version extends this to other popular products and technologies including PDF files, media players, Microsoft office, etc.

I have been using MAEF because it provides a layer of protection that will supplement many antivirus products. The basis for much anti-virus protection is detecting known signatures whereas zero-day exploits have, by definition, no known signature so monitoring the behaviour of program code is a better way to detect new exploits that have not previously been detected.

I'm actually a low-risk Web user so I will be surprised if MAEF does detect anything. I would probably be better of using other products to harden my computer, Sandboxie and EMET are two good examples. But I am using MAEF because I wanted to see how it operates. Other products I have tried recently have been disappointing for not being unobtrusive (e.g. Kaspersky Software Updater) whereas MAEF's lack of visible effectiveness is reassuring given the excellent reputation of their other products. It also doesn't appear to use a lot of resources. Later in the year, I will probably give it a good run on my test system by comparing performance with and without MAEF running, and  going to websites with known exploits.

For those who aren't familiar with the terminology. Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Free is designed to defeat exploits. An exploit is program code that has been written to make malicious use of design flaws and other vulnerabilities in computer systems so as to defeat your computer's security. The worst exploits are those that make use of flaws that are not known to the developer/vendor of the software. The vulnerabilities are unknown so the developer/vendor has no time to remedy the situation hence the use of the term zero-day.

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Like everything Bob, it's not so clear nothing ever is. Say in your example, I had a picture of my wife on a beach, how do I show its likely that I was the photographer if its disputed?  Could she not argue her friend took it not me? As I am a non professional photographer, I cannot argue I have suffered any loss.

Here is a chart that I use that I think would be beneficial to the readers here. how accurate it is, if it came to court I do not know.


Best Free PC Games 6 days 2 hours ago George.J

1. About Penumbra, although it's written as a demo, it's a full freeware version. Actually the game was created to show the capabilites of their game engine, before their commercial game  Penumbra: Overture was released, hence the name Tech Demo. I believe the game had around full 14 levels. 

2. Beneath a Steel Sky was an award winning game of 1995. It was commercial but later turned freeware. Although you need to do a few tweaks to work on modern machines. The download is for the full game itself. Gamershell is a popular site, no risks to download from there. 

3. Ben There, Dan That went freeware when it's sequel Time Gentlemen was released. It has a pay what you want policy, and the last time I played it, I think I set the slider to 0$ and the game worked fine. 

4. Sudoku Cracker  and others - I don't have those games you mentioned in this article. 

5. Fantasy Tennis - The game has been shut down, so I'll remove it from the  list

6. LinCity NG - I have updated the download link. 

74 Free Photo Libraries Online 6 days 6 hours ago BobW

I'm sorry @bernardz but I think you've been poorly advised. My understanding is that, in the UK and USA at least, all photos posted to the net (or used anywhere else) have full copyright status unless explicitly revoked - this can be done by a statement on the web page or (better) embedded in the photo's EXIF/IPTC metadata. Just because some photos on the net have no EXIF or IPTC metadata, this does NOT mean that the photographer's or owner's copyright does not apply.
Having said that, most photographers will not mind one of their pictures being used in a blog article in a fair way. What really upsets photographers is when a commercial company takes a photograph off the net and uses it in advertising material without properly licensing it.

Best Free Instant Messaging Client 6 days 12 hours ago alexo

Why isn't Instantbird reviewed?

Best Free Software for Linux 6 days 13 hours ago Panzer "... SlideCrunch is a "Swiss Army knife" for anything related to the management of slide-based presentations. It can be used to produce slideshows from multiple input files. Moreover, if you provide information regarding slide duration or text, it can also generate annotated handouts, mixing scripts for producing a timed video and even matching subtitles ...": view
Best Free Software for Linux 6 days 13 hours ago Panzer "... Impressive is a program that displays PDF presentation slides with style. Smooth alpha-blended slide transitions are provided for the sake of eye candy, but in addition to this, Impressive offers some unique tools that are very useful for presentations ...": view
Best Free Software for Linux 6 days 13 hours ago Panzer "... Synfig Studio is a free and open-source 2D animation software, designed as powerful industrial-strength solution for creating film-quality animation using a vector and bitmap artwork. It eliminates the need to create animation frame-by frame, allowing you to produce 2D animation of a higher quality with fewer people and resources ...": view
The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 6 days 17 hours ago MidnightCowboy

Thank you for your kind words Richard.:)
We sincerely hope everyone will enjoy the new site layout as much as we enjoyed creating it. MC - Site Manager.

Best Free Antivirus Software 6 days 17 hours ago terrawarra

Not too sure if this is the right place to ask this question but here goes.

I recently downloaded the free version of "Malwarebytes Anti Exploit free" purely because of the good reputation of their free "Malwarebytes Anti Malware" which we are all familiar with.

This new offering, "Anti Exploit" is working as an add-on with my SRWare Iron (Chrome) and the only time I know that it's working is when I open my browser, a small window on the task bar tells me that it's operating.

Do any of you have experience with this ? .... and if so, can you tell me how it works ?

To me, it doesn't seem to be doing anything at all and I'm left wondering if it's smoke & mirrors.

The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 6 days 18 hours ago lotsamosi

It's very hard to find new comments, there used to be a red 'new' showing.

Great Advice If You're Choosing Antivirus Software 6 days 21 hours ago MidnightCowboy This is surely a joke. Norton is only a leading brand because it is promoted heavily to make money, but this doesn't make it a leading product. Norton was removed from the AV Comparatives tests because they refused to take part in the same tests as other vendors. Despite this, AV Comparatives did include them in the next round of tests and surprise, surprise they came last! You can download the test results as a PDF file from AVC if you Google for it. Just goes to show that "we are the best and will protect you from everything" claims hold about as much water as a bucket full of holes. Free products such as Panda and Qihoo 360 will easily outperform this and many other paid products. MC - Site Manager. view
Great Advice If You're Choosing Antivirus Software 6 days 21 hours ago KetchupKid

Minus one star for not having a comprehensive list of all leading AV apps - such as Norton/Symantec.

Best Free Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 1 week 1 hour ago MidnightCowboy

Thank you for responding to my contact. There is no malware in Freemake Video Converter. It does however contain non-malicious adware. This is made clear in both the review text and product details. We even provide a link to a dedicated page for this.

We have also published other related material.

MC - Site Manager.

Best Free Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 1 week 1 hour ago slooksterpsv

The malware included product is Free make video conversion. I found the other software but its misleading I will partially take that back. It says Review to see the others what??? It should say other products or something other than making the user think its a review of that software. It makes itsound like you are downloading or reviewing what is listed like WOT or Kasperaky TDS Killer.

The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 1 week 1 hour ago richardlatu

Dearest Gizmo Team:

I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for the painful effort you went through to upgrade this website. If only you know how much benefit I have received due to the usage of this special site. This has been my lifelong walking "cane" as it were for few years, for Gizmo has helped me to find just what I needed online. I have been a "preacher" and "promoter" of Gizmo and many people have seen the benefit of exploring Gizmo site. Thank you for the heart work. I regularly visit your site every day. It is educational, it assists me, it informative, and very reliable in many ways. From a heart fill with deep appreciation, I thank you all who were involved with this project.


Site Suggestions and Feedback 1 week 2 hours ago slooksterpsv

What happened to this site!? It doesn't offer anything like what it used to. Now it's a single app for a single category. The other problem? I downloaded a suggested app and it had malware in it! Gizmo, you really need to either rework your site to function like it previously did, and rectify the malware included suggested programs, or I'll go elsewhere for my quick finds of goods elsewhere. Seriously, the video conversion software FreeConverter included Adware! There's no other way to view other suggested software from the primary category links. The site looks terrible and isn't very functional anymore. Extremely disappointing =(

74 Free Photo Libraries Online 1 week 3 hours ago bernardz Thanks, I am a blogger and forever I need to grab some photos, so I will certainly give these shot. What I tend to do is google search for images -> then click search tools -> Usage rights ->labeled for reuse. Generally, I can get my photo there. If that fails, I go to the wiki but I will try these too now. One point is the legal status of most of the photos on the web is unclear, I have been assured that many photos on the net are not protected by copyright despite all the labels put on them. I suppose it depends how much you are willing to take a chance. view
Great Advice If You're Choosing Antivirus Software 1 week 10 hours ago Kumar_Shah

Hmmmm. I usually go to Gizmo's Freeware and use the program they recommend. Better than reading a ten page report.

The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 1 week 11 hours ago tonyc

Used new look onmy tablet -no problems. Thanks for the update.

Best Free PC Games 1 week 11 hours ago KetchupKid

I went through the whole list again (of the links I followed - maybe only 40 or so), so in trying to remember, this is a few of the troublesome ones I could recall:

* Penumbra - demo
* BASS (Beneath a Steel Sky) - the site has questionable security (per Firefox) and the download appears to be for the making of a game CD, so I didn't download it.
* Ben There, Dan That - same site problems as BASS and others there ( and it lists the download file as ""
* Sudoku Cracker - Download link at site has this error: "Fatal error: Call to undefined function initdoc() in /home/webby476/public_html/subdomains/downloads/sudoku/download.php on line 4"
* Isanaki Sudoku - Following download link: "ERROR: 410 Gone" - BUT going to the home site and finding the download works.
* KSudoku - at Sourceforge. After a download, instructions say it wants you to run a "terminal" to compile the program. ???
* Fantasy Tennis - Link opens a page at but no such game is found.
* LinCity-NG - "Server not found"

Best Free PC Games 1 week 13 hours ago KetchupKid

I''d have to go through the whole list again (of the links I followed - maybe 40 or so), but I will scan through and see if I can recall the troublesome ones, and let you know.

As far as freeware sites & freeware game creators, I always appreciate what they do and I also wonder how they have the time to do such stuff without getting paid. So I certainly understand when a game or site goes down.

I'll let you know ....

The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 1 week 23 hours ago Mighty


I can read the text. But, I can feel my eyes straining, just a little. Inspect Element says that the text is #555. That, along with a very thin font, is apparently just a little too light, for me.

And, as I'm typing this comment, the edit field text is, again making my eyes strain, a little. This font size is a little too small for comfort.

Best Free PC Games 1 week 23 hours ago George.J

To keep the site running for freeware games also requires you to pay for hosting charges, freeware game developers tend to shut their sites down. But the download links will still be valid on other sites. 

If you could point out which games have non-existant homesite it would be of great help. Also I dont think I've included any Demo games in the list. Could you tell me which one?

Best Free PC Games 1 week 1 day ago KetchupKid

I appreciate all the work it takes to keep up something like this, so don't take this as a criticism. Over HALF the download links did not work for various reasons: Site or game download is non-existent; Game is a demo only; advertising site (not the game site), etc.

Hopefully you can find a good volunteer to manage this category. :)

Get A $20 DVD Ripper For Free If You're Quick 1 week 1 day ago FrankB

Didn't work on the first disc I tried. Uninstalling.

Thanks Gizmo I appreciate the effort none the less.

Best Free Keyboard and Mouse Control Software 1 week 1 day ago mmseng

Would love a update/review of this article. I've been using InputDirector for a long time, but it's abandoned at this point. And Synergy, while still open source, is now a paid product.

I wish there were more options for this type of solution :/

How to Disable Java in Three Common Browsers 1 week 1 day ago MrBrian

Oracle's page on this topic: How do I disable Java in my web browser?

The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 1 week 1 day ago richtea

Re: Your last line and link
Having looked at uxmovement, I appreciate the irony of your "See also". The drop in designing standards is quite palpable, but within the context of a much larger decline, admittedly marginal and of little consequence. I am not talking about "new" being "bad". I just call out bad for what it is.