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Best Free PC Games 3 weeks 5 days 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 (gamershell.com) and it lists the download file as "BTDT_Demo.zip"
* 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 aeriagames.com but no such game is found.
* LinCity-NG - "Server not found"

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Best Free PC Games 3 weeks 5 days 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 ....

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 3 weeks 6 days ago Mighty

+1

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.

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Best Free PC Games 3 weeks 6 days 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?

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Best Free PC Games 3 weeks 6 days 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. :)

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Get A $20 DVD Ripper For Free If You're Quick 3 weeks 6 days ago FrankB

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

Thanks Gizmo I appreciate the effort none the less.

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Best Free Keyboard and Mouse Control Software 3 weeks 6 days 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 :/

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How to Disable Java in Three Common Browsers 3 weeks 6 days ago MrBrian

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

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 3 weeks 6 days ago richtea (not verified)

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.

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Best Free BitTorrent Client 3 weeks 6 days ago SwanKnight

I've been trying qBitTorrent for a while now but I'm fed-up with its bugs.

If I try to add a torrent that I downloaded a part of previously, it doesn't automatically recheck, all it does is stay "Stalled" and manual/forced recheck does nothing, it just re-downloads everything again after the check is done.

Also, when trying to change the download folder for the torrent, it becomes utterly retarded. Sometimes it works, but often it downloads some of the content to the new folder and the rest in a folder with the original name, it's so frustrating.

The only feature I liked about was the "sequential download" option, it's very helpful when downloading series..etc

I'll probably go back to uTorrent 2.2 since I still can't find a decent replacement.

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Great Advice If You're Choosing Antivirus Software 4 weeks 6 hours ago fireball_xl5

Very handy - thanks.

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How to Clean An Infected Computer 4 weeks 14 hours ago kgm4714

I've tried running CCE. Nothing (not even running Rkill) allows me to run this program. I double-click it; I get the bong sound. I right-click, select Run as Administrator, I get the bong sound; I hold Shift and double-click, I get the bong sound. Considering that it's stressed that the steps must be followed in order, if I can't run CCE, I'd think I can't go on to Kapersky or anything else. What do you recommend? Thank you.

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Speed Up Your Hearing 4 weeks 22 hours ago MidnightCowboy

Great stuff!  Many thanks for the contribution. MC - Site Manager.

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Speed Up Your Hearing 4 weeks 23 hours ago virginiajim

Added 14 more sources and deleted one; upped number of sources in narrative to 230 and file download of podcast library from 30 to 35GB.

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HIPS Explained 4 weeks 23 hours ago MidnightCowboy

Test comment

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Download An Entire Web Site To Your PC 4 weeks 1 day ago Pattern-chaser

I've used it for years too, and agree with the other comments: a good and useful tool.

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Best Free Windows 64-bit Software 4 weeks 1 day ago mehman

How about adding XnViewMP from Xnview to Best Free Windows 64-bit Image Viewer? It has a native 64-bit version for Windows, Mac and Linux.

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Download An Entire Web Site To Your PC 4 weeks 1 day ago George.J

HtTrack is a wonderful website ripper that I've used before I switched to Darcy Ripper. It's platform independant and highly configurable with Job Package controls just like HtTrack. 

Both of them should do the job for you efficiently and is highly useful when you have unstable connection or working offline. 

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Best Free Streaming Media Recorder 4 weeks 1 day ago Shiro21

I think this is one of the best or it is the BEST streaming media recorder is Jing and Audacity. A friend of mine insisted me to try this and she says it has cool features and it is a great software. I doubted at first but after trying it , I 100% agreed to her.

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 4 weeks 1 day ago MidnightCowboy

I also have a 24" monitor on this desktop (BenQ 1920 x 1080) and despite having way less than perfect vision and sitting in front of it for most of the day I have no difficulty with either the text font or contrast. MC - Site Manager.

See also: http://uxmovement.com/content/6-surprising-bad-practices-that-hurt-dysle...

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 4 weeks 1 day ago phred

I registered strictly to agree 100%. The typeface is too light. Not light vs dark, but light vs heavy. I'm on a 24" monitor and I have to squint in order to read the text. Please rethink your typographic choice. Thank you.

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Get A $20 DVD Ripper For Free If You're Quick 4 weeks 1 day ago godel

@ snowbound999

Yep, but DivX ripper giveaways come around fairly frequently, maybe a couple of times a year. Just be sure that autoupdate is disabled in the program if it has that option.

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 4 weeks 1 day ago Quaestor

I like the new look, with one exception . . . the text on white background is hard to read. It shows as GREY for me, rather than BLACK. I haven't tried it on any other device, but it's noticeable and disconcerting for me, as it makes it hard to read. First impression, otherwise is GOOD, and I like the "New Article" popup in the lower right corner.

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Download An Entire Web Site To Your PC 4 weeks 1 day ago 0rinoco

I've have also been using HHTrack for several years, and found it a most useful program. There are tutorials available for beginners. Recommended.

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 4 weeks 1 day ago richtea (not verified)

There is a simple test for each and every website: Does one need to use Clearly to be able to read the text, or not? On this page, I have to use Clearly, which equals: Fail.
I do not wish to piss on your parade, so no more said.

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Best Free Internet Safety Check 1 month 5 hours ago MidnightCowboy

It is sometimes difficult not to duplicate too much content around the site and this product is already included in these two articles. MC - Site Manager.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/what-else-have-you-just-download...
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/safe-computing-under-hour.htm

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Best Free Internet Safety Check 1 month 6 hours ago terrawarra

Perhaps" Dr Web Anti-Virus Link Checker" could be reviewed by Gizmos site and included in this lot ?

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 1 month 7 hours ago TexasVet

Great looking site upgrade. Seems common sensical enough for me. Thanks.
With so much software available it's easier to pick the platform and OS for a solution than wading through all the stuff that is N/A in a particular solution category..

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Free Mystery, Detective, Thriller & Crime (Fiction) eBooks Online 1 month 10 hours ago MidnightCowboy

Thank you for pointing this out. The link has now been removed. MC - Site Manager.

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 1 month 11 hours ago Webbtech52

I love the new site! Great Job!

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Free Mystery, Detective, Thriller & Crime (Fiction) eBooks Online 1 month 12 hours ago fragbaitmm

Hi,

The "221B Baker Street" link - http://221bakerstreet.org/ - displays a Chinese website.
I don't see any Sherlock Holmes contents.

Cheers
Mal

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Deeper into the Windows Registry 1 month 12 hours ago Remah

Thanks for the feedback - that is helpful to me.

Thanks also for pointing out errors and confusing bits. Most issues arise from the incomplete nature of the article and the need for further editing - it would be a beta version if it were a program. I wrote the first draft a couple of years ago and never found the time to finish it. So this time I quickly tidied up what was there and published it even though I know there's errors in it.

Just on your question about the use of the term "value", it is widely agreed that the terminology is confusing and the link from "registry terminology" takes you to a blog post (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/oldnewthing/archive/2009/02/04/9394113.aspx) that explains why it is too difficult to fix. [Edited for clarity]

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32-bit and 64-bit explained 1 month 12 hours ago Remah

Yes, it is hard to find an article that shows you how to find out what processor is installed when you don't have an operating system loaded to start the computer.

If you know the name of the processor (CPU) in your computer then you can find out if it is 64-bit by searching online. Most new CPUs are at least 64-bit.

Here is an example using an 8 year-old "Intel Core 2 Duo T7500". I've provided links to the relevant Wikipedia articles: Intel is the manufacturer and the article has links to each generation and brand of CPUs. Core 2 is the brand of processor. The article says "Core 2 is a brand encompassing a range of Intel's consumer 64-bit x86-64 single-, dual-, and quad-core microprocessors based on the Core microarchitecture." Duo means the CPU has two or dual cores. T7500 is the model or processor number. Intel has its own ARK search tool which provides this T7500 specification sheet where is says the "Instruction set" is 64-bit.

Other processors can also be found on Wikipedia or at the manufacturer's website: AMD processors at amd.com VIA processors at via.com

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Windows File Name Restrictions – Why a File Name Can be too Long 1 month 12 hours ago MrBrian

Some related programs that might be useful:
TLPD
Path Length Checker
 

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 1 month 12 hours ago Jojo Yee
Many thanks for your kind comment GavinRB99. Great if you can post a link at our forum below to the page where you need to scroll sideways. Our aim is to make all pages responsive to small screens but there may be some pages with big tables that need to reformat.
 
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How Windows 64-bit Supports 32-bit Applications 1 month 12 hours ago Remah

The 64-bit versions should run faster and use less memory because all 32-bit code will be emulated by WOW64 in 64-bit Windows. Further explanation follows.

If we compared 32-bit and 64-bit applications in their native environments then 32-bit application usually use less memory and run faster than the equivalent 64-bit application. But once both versions are running on 64-bit Windows it is not sufficient to simply compare the two applications. The 32-bit application requires WOW64 to run so that should be included in any performance comparison. That means you need to include all the duplicated resources used to map the 32-bit application to the 64-bit environment it runs under. Duplicated resources are used for memory mapping and redirection of files locations and registry entries. The result is that the 32-bit application uses more memory and runs slower too.

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How Windows 64-bit Supports 32-bit Applications 1 month 12 hours ago Remah

It sounds like you have a 16-bit installer or application. If that is correct then you can use any of the "Further options for running 32-bit applications with Windows 64-bit".

If it is only the 16-bit installer that is the problem, ie the game is completely 32-bit, then you might be able to circumvent the 16-bit installation. You would use software that monitors the game installation on an older version of Windows and then replicates that configuration on Windows 7. I have never tried this so I'm unsure how well this could work as it does have some significant risks. If you decide to try this then some of the products in the following articles will help: Best Free Software Update Monitor Best Free Program Uninstaller

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Windows 7 Startup 1 month 12 hours ago Remah

Thanks very much for picking up on my errors which are easy for me to miss. :)

I've started using HTML text diagrams to speed-up page load times by having a smaller overall size and fewer http calls with fewer images. I need to do this because my articles are much longer and more complex than most on this site. This article needs to be reduced in size, or split in two, before I can add more detail. HTML text diagrams do take much longer to plan and create but mean that I can amend them very quickly rather than having to modify a vector-graphic diagram, export it to a PNG file, and upload it to this site.

I would prefer to use vector-graphic diagrams but there is inconsistent support for this in web browsers particularly on mobile platforms.

Two web pages that are useful for HTML text are:

  • The World Wide Web (W3) Consortium HTML character entity reference which shows characters that all web browsers should display correctly.
  • HTML color references such as ComputerHope.Com's color reference list. I am considering changing the background for the infinity character.

It might be useful to indicate which processes run as long as Windows does but most of them are critical processes anyway. ... OK, I'll do it.

The diagnostic and troubleshooting icons are not visible unless you click on the "show more..." buttons to display the more detailed startup steps:

 §  (white on purple) is used fourteen time mainly where I've included many of the boot trace variable names.

 !  (black on yellow) is used seven times.

 Δ  (white on blue) which indicates differences between Windows editions is used once in Table 8 - Local Security Authority SubSystem: LSASS.exe.

P.S. I haven't forgotten about your comment on the Deeper into the Registry article. I've been busy on these startup articles.

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Windows 7 Startup 1 month 12 hours ago Remah

I'm no expert on boot debugging for Windows but here's what I do know:

Third-party hardware debugging products for x86 and x64 computers install a separate board. These give you the earliest debugging control in the boot process.

See Microsoft's article on Windows debugging tools for an overview of debugging software. You can debug using software running on the same computer or on a different computer.

To start debugging from the boot loader you change the boot parameters as described in Tools for Changing Boot Options for Driver Testing and Debugging particularly changing the boot parameters and BCDEdit options You need to enable kernel-mode debugging if you want to see what is happening in the kernel-mode startup phase. I have been using Windows startup traces which do not provide sufficient kernel-mode detail.

You should have no problems starting wireshark and many other diagnostics while Windows debugging is operating.

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Get $440 Worth Of Network Monitoring Software For Free 1 month 12 hours ago Remah

Rob, I should have thanked you for recommending this free product. It is excellent and I plan to keep it running because it provides so much information that I can quickly access, even if I only need it infrequently.

PRTG will suit many of our readers because it is useful for home users and non-specialists even if they have very limited technical knowledge. It installs very easily without having to configure settings because you just answer some questions provided by PRTG's GURU: if you don't know the answer you can skip it. It also provides excellent in-line help for almost every task. The only obvious improvement would be a bit more hand-holding when it is first run to better explain the monitoring terminology to new non-technical users. PRTG also has key advanced features available in the free version:

  • multiple computers can act as probes (the computers that do the monitoring)
  • any of the probes can takeover monitoring in the event of the main probe failing
  • it doesn't require other specialized products, add-ons or servers, e.g. it doesn't need SQL Server running because it has its own proprietary database - apparently their format is better at handling the many small records.
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Get $440 Worth Of Network Monitoring Software For Free 1 month 13 hours ago Remah

I'm trying both at the moment and they are quite complementary as there is little overlap in functionality using the default configurations. In the main, this is because the scope of Glasswire is primarily my computer and what connects to it whereas PRTG's scope is my network anywhere.

Here's some more detail for those who are interested:

  • Glasswire is also more of an intrusion detection system for my PC. This is primarily achieved by monitoring changes to my firewall, connections, applications e.g. updates and version changes, and network-related Windows devices and configuration. Glasswire is so simple and well-designed that it is the first network monitoring program that I actually want to keep using all the time on my computer.
  • PRTG is primarily monitoring the connection to and availability of "my network". In the broader sense, "my network" is much more than my local network devices which includes my router, the DNS servers I use, and my network printers. It also monitors my external websites, external servers, and some common web services like Dropbox, Skype and Facebook.
  • Of course, like Glasswire, PRTG also has features that focus on my computer: the standard sensor is ping time from my computer to all other devices on "my network". PRTG's sensors include monitoring memory and disk utilization and security checks such as use of SSL and antivirus. For example, it picked up that Windows Defender is up-to-date but is not running as Avira is running instead. Each of my network printers uses about twelve sensors each by default so that would be 36 if I had all three turned on at the same time. So it will be easy for some techies to hit 100 sensors but the average user will have no such trouble.
  • PRTG lacks the simple interface of Glasswire but that is to be expected from a system that is aimed at network administrators and is scalable to large networks. It focuses on the needs of people who have to take care of networks with many users so it uses alerts and alarms delivered by email wherever the administrators are. That is overkill for me and most home users who generally only want alerts while we're actually at our computer.

PS. I should have added that the default install of PRTG uses quite a lot of bandwidth. Most of it is local for me but there is a lot that uses my Internet quota. Actually, it doesn't bother me because my ISP provides me with unlimited bandwidth. But if you have limited Internet bandwidth then PRTG can use several MBs a day depending on the number of devices you are monitoring and the types of sensors you are using. You can use Glasswire to monitor this situation. :D

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 1 month 13 hours ago fena2012

Very pretty. Please remove the pop-ups. That silly box that says new article is VERY annoying. I dislike animation and pop-ups. Otherwise very pretty.

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Download An Entire Web Site To Your PC 1 month 16 hours ago bertie44

I have used HHTrack for years and can certainly recommend it. I have saved several pretty large sites with it and it does a perfect job. You need to be careful about how many layers you want to save and whether or not you want HHTrack to follow external links. It's not just Wikipedia which has a big site - even a seemingly modest site can hold thousands of pages.

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 1 month 16 hours ago beergas

Nice font & typeface/size. Really well on 23" led monitor. Good spacing in likes. Little popup in lower right corner about New Article is a mod touch found on many news sites. Thanks

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 1 month 18 hours ago ramitch

70 year old eyes need to expand the screen on my s4 mini but dammit the title bar expands as well.
This would not be a problem if it scrolled with the rest of the page, but no it just covers more of the page.
Am I doing it wrong or does that happen on other devices?

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 1 month 19 hours ago GavinRB99

Nice, clean site. Good use of white space. I always have to object to the use of gray fonts on white, though. I have 66 year old eyes and, while I don't need glasses yet, reading gray on white is not comfortable compared to good old black. Stylish and pretty? I suppose. Practical? Not for us oldies.

Interactive design would have been much better for mobile devices/tablets, but it is more expensive, especially for a free site like this one. The site is usable on my Nexuis 5, but I have to expand and scroll sideways, less than optimal but OK.

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Free eBooks And Audiobooks To Read Online Or Download 1 month 19 hours ago Robert Rex

New updated eBooks site https://openlibrary.org/

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 1 month 19 hours ago Robert Rex

Great to see all the updates, but lets not forget all those who hate change. I know a guy who still has a Win 98SE and MSDOS 6.22. I had to show him how to use new programs that do work on old devices and he liked the links yo had on old archives.
He just bought a new computer (new to him) Windows XP Pro. Maybe in his 95 year on Earth he will make it to Linux.
Great site!

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 1 month 20 hours ago Schmum

Love the new look! Thank you, also, for all the work you do putting together a web site like this. This is the first (and usually only) place I go for the latest and best freeware.

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 1 month 21 hours ago delenn13

Very clean and nice. Thank you for your hard work over all these years. This site is the first place I go to look for decent free software.

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 1 month 21 hours ago SwanKnight

Personally, I'm not fond of the new design, especially the new front-page. I prefer the simplicity of the old one.

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 1 month 22 hours ago Jojo Yee

Thanks for your kind feedback iun. It would be great if you post a screenshot at our forum below for us to check out.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/fix-me/

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 1 month 22 hours ago rbt55

Love the new look! Gizmo's, my go-to website for freeware.

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 1 month 22 hours ago runbei

This is great. And search actually works now for me - it didn't for years - including advanced search options. Excellent.

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 1 month 22 hours ago iun

Doesn't word wrap when zooming in on this (old) Nexus 7 tablet.
Maybe I'm .missing something.

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 1 month 23 hours ago mchldpy

Some may have noticed around the web the same sort of thing happening at a lot of websites. Google has changed the way their ranking system assigns rank to pages and/or websites. If the site does not offer or have the ability for phones, tablets and other little devices that people access the internet and the world wide web with their site could fall a considerable amount on the Almighty Gnoogle Search and Divulge your private info Engine ranking pyramid.(scam) Gizmo and his team have made it look almost seamless. Though, like a lot of sites, even money says behind the scenes somebody was pulling out what few strands they had left.
Nice job by Ian and his crew, FWIW.

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 1 month 23 hours ago Tom Wilson

Very nice thanks.
I sometimes think it would be useful if the search box offered a platform specific search option - just a thought.

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 1 month 23 hours ago blazer

Great! Easy to navigate, very clean and streamlined. Love the Gizmo site!

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 1 month 23 hours ago Hobo

Great Job I like it.!

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 1 month 1 day ago keithr386

Love the new look! Very clean! Well done!

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 1 month 1 day ago Ennovy

Well done

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 1 month 1 day ago Blackbird

In the upper left,... just click on... "Home".

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 1 month 1 day ago kkanalz

Well, where is the LINK to get to your "new and improved" web site? I didn't see that in your article, guys.

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 1 month 1 day ago lewiek

Love It!!

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Best Free iPad Apps 1 month 1 day ago snowbound999

Regarding Wi-Fi Finder. It was developed by a company who changed their name back in June 2014 and is strictly a marketing company. The app has not been updated for almost 2 years. It has some wifi hotspots but is missing several national chains here. Also there are some errors in the current database and no way of correcting the locations of the incorrect HotSpots

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Get A $20 DVD Ripper For Free If You're Quick 1 month 1 day ago snowbound999

From the License Code.txt file in the download "Please note the license code should be activated before April.30, 2015. It doesn't support upgrade.". Guess that means the software will also no longer work if you format and reinstall Windows.

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Best Free CD Ripper 1 month 1 day ago MidnightCowboy

Thank you. The product details have now been updated. MC - Site Manager.

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Best Free CD Ripper 1 month 1 day ago Joe A.TT

CDex is at version 1.77 now. Also, perhaps there was no portable version at the time of writing but there is one now. See http://cdex.mu/?q=download

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Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software 1 month 2 days ago pctyson

ImgBurn is now heavily bundled with other programs during the installation process. You must be very careful to chose custom installation in all screens and to then deselect the additional software installation attempts. Be very careful as the "express versus "custom" option will appear several times in an attempt to install the crapware.

PCTyson

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 1 month 2 days ago DavidFB

Windows Secrets has recently reviewed Imaging software and puts EaseUS Todo Backups (free) at the top, mentioning the only disadvantage is that it doesn't notify you if the backup drive is unplugged.

They also looked at AOMEI, noting it does notify you but doesn't purge old backups so will keep working until it fills your drive. And they mentioned Paragon.

The EaseUS web site now has a clear "Download Freeware" button. They then ask for your email address but allow you to uncheck being sent email. We'll see how polite they are about that.

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Best Free PDF Writer Software 1 month 2 days ago bawldiggle

I am using both Bullzip and PDFCreator for testing.. They both return *identical* results of this Gizmos web-page.
None of the web-links in the authors introduction are recreated as links by Bullzip or PDFCreator -- but -- links in each "product" outline do translate into web links.

Bullzip is faster than PDFCreator -- I found the long lag after using PDFCreator confusing. It left me wondering if I had to find the PDF file in a folder or was I going to be offered the SaveAs dialog. Bullzip is the simplest process where as PDFCreator offers more "features" but they require PDFArchitect.

For several weeks I have been testing every virtual printer I can find.
Unfortunately none so far will print forms and they all "miss" some web-page components.
My solution so far is to use free DuckLinkCapture in Scrolling-Window mode but obviously the PNG result does not capture any web-links.

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Best Free PDF Writer Software 1 month 2 days ago calias69

Hello everyone.
I am amazed with Bullzip !!! It worked fist time every time converting to PDF. I converted from NoteMaid and MS Word. Both converted to PDF and Adobe opened exactly as the instructions say.
FYI….I am just a typical guy with average computer know how. I am using the Bullzip to convert MS Word for my resume’ / job hunt applications. It works perfect exactly as you guys have stated. I appreciate very much this forum and will recommend Gizmo's to all my friends.
Also reading through this forum some have mentioned uninstall programs I never knew existed. Only uninstal Ive know are CCcleaner and the program that comes with Windows XP Much appreciated also is pointing out other download sites that cater to the companies that want "add on" included with "free" downloads. I will use Gismo's mow for all my download needs.
The dialogue you guys use is very understandable. For a person like myself without much computer savvy talk I understand most everything with a very few exceptions.
Thank you very much for a great website and forum
Calias69

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Best Free Online Applications and Services 1 month 2 days ago MikeR

Mammoth task, excellent reference resource. Due to the sheer size of it though there'll always be the odd problem with some services -- most notably in the field of song lyrics, where time and again the issue of copyright crops up.

I can't for the life of me see why I shouldn't be able to pick up on all the words of some of my favourite songs -- all the words, because very often the lyrics get lost. Major so-called "lyric finders" like LyricWikia, mentioned on here, repeatedly stumble in their searches, reporting that "unfortunately, we are not licensed to display the full lyrics for this song at the moment. Hopefully, we will be able to in the future. Until then. . . how about a random page?"

Er, well, thanks but no thanks. I'm looking to singalong to the The Last Resort by The Eagles, and very much doubt I'm going to be arrested as I drive along because my voice is in breach of copyright. LyricWikia's offer of "a random page" ain't exactly what I had in mind. Good thing, then, that azlyrics.com is still around.

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250 Best Free Online PC Games In One Place 1 month 3 days ago Diva53d

Thanks for the list I have been looking for free games for my 12 yr old! I love hidden object/adventure games. Hard to find those. :)

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 month 3 days ago Panzer

Lutris is an open gaming platform for Linux. It helps you install and manage your games in a unified interface:

https://lutris.net/

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More Free Backup Software Recommendations & Reviews 1 month 3 days ago MidnightCowboy

Thank you. The link has now been updated. MC - Site Manager.

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Best Free Android Apps -Updated 2015 1 month 3 days ago AndrewK

The best free ebook reader for Android is Aldiko - I've tried them all and this is the only one that handles Adobe DRM, renders accented Greek and Hebrew with the default font, and can handle a 56Mb epub file.

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More Free Backup Software Recommendations & Reviews 1 month 3 days ago MrBrian

DataSafe Backup isn't available at the provided link.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 month 3 days ago marcdarkin

Thanks, Panzer. Will have a look.

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Best Free PC Games 1 month 4 days ago Panzer

Potawomi - use your wits and divine power over the element of fire to solve puzzles and defeat malevolent enemies. Retrieve the sacred flame before the world collapses:

http://games.digipen.edu/games/potawatomi#.VTdluCkWC5t

 

Void - explore the crumbling ruins of an ancient manor by manipulating portals into the past in this first-person puzzle game with a unique time-traveling mechanic:

http://games.digipen.edu/games/void#.VTdluCkWC5t

 

Twisted - play through 10 epic levels in this colorful, 2D platformer - devouring dragonflies, dodging killer bees, and using your color-changing ability to adapt to the hostile alien environment:

http://games.digipen.edu/games/twisted#.VTdluSkWC5u

 

Arc is a competitive multi-player racing game set in a mythic SciFi world. Players race through deserts and alien constructs on a distant planet under the blue glow of an alien sky, attempting to out-maneuver their opponents and complete the race. Your driving and shooting skills will be challenged in this beautiful, alien environment:

http://games.digipen.edu/games/arc#.VTdnApNIG1k

 

Flickers is an abstract, atmospheric, timing-based 2D platformer following the journey of the player from the heart of a dying flower through a world blanketed in perpetual twilight. Jump between hovering sparks called "flickers" as you make your way through painterly environments to reach the moon and transform the world around you:

http://games.digipen.edu/games/flickers#.VTdnY5NIG1k

 

Leshy is a 3D platformer in which you control a sphere with size-changing powers. Shrink and discover worlds within worlds:

http://games.digipen.edu/games/leshy#.VTdoKZNIG1k

 

Blockhead - overcome a series of increasingly difficult and dangerous trials by manipulating your environment one block at a time:

http://games.digipen.edu/games/blockhead#.VTdoIpNIG1k

 

Base Invaders - use traps to protect your tower from hordes of dim-witted invaders in this cartoony, action-oriented strategy game:

http://games.digipen.edu/games/base-invaders#.VTdo8pNIG1k

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 month 4 days ago Panzer

O-Inari Origami is a game about a paper fox in a paper world:

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=22357

 

Iris is a 2D side-scrolling adventure platformer that tells a story about Iris traveling to an exquisite world, Chromaland to save her sister:

http://irisjourneygame.wix.com/iris

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Best Free PC Games 1 month 4 days ago Panzer

Unturned is a sandbox game in the emerging multiplayer apocalypse survival genre:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/304930?

 

AdVenture Capitalist:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/346900/

 

Iris is a 2D side-scrolling adventure platformer that tells a story about Iris traveling to an exquisite world, Chromaland to save her sister:

http://irisjourneygame.wix.com/iris

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Best Free Sandbox Game 1 month 4 days ago Panzer

Unturned is a sandbox game in the emerging multiplayer apocalypse survival genre:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/304930?

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Best Free PC Games 1 month 4 days ago Panzer

"... Set in the 16th century, Pioneers is an atmospheric turn-based exploration/adventure RPG where you lead a party of travellers in search of treasure-rich temples, new tribes and ways to go down in history - ways to go beyond the horizon. To achieve all that you complete quests building up your reputation to become a sought out explorer by kings and commoners alike ...":

http://eigen.itch.io/pioneers

 

O-Inari Origami is a game about a paper fox in a paper world:

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=22357

 

Dungelot:

http://dungelot.com/

 

CrossCode - A retro-inspired 2D Action RPG set in the distant future:

http://gamejolt.com/games/rpg/crosscode/47920/

 

Corrypt:

http://mightyvision.blogspot.com/2012/12/corrypt.html

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 month 4 days ago Panzer

Little Image Viewer:

http://www.inntalsoftware.de/en/little-image-viewer.html

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Free eBooks And Audiobooks To Read Online Or Download 1 month 5 days ago richardlatu

Wonderful provision. Thank you dear team for the hard work and for making this available to us. warm regards, Richard

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Best Free Android Apps -Updated 2015 1 month 5 days ago LukeSBE

What, no Hearthstone? Finally available on Android phones as well...

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Three More Quick Tricks for Better Use of Windows 8.1 1 month 5 days ago Alan Wade

Also in Windows 10 :)

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 month 5 days ago George.J

I dont' use Avast anymore but while I used it in the past, I don't think I had the pop-up troubles that you experience. The way you say it, it's what I feel about Avira in the past, but Avira has stopped with it's ads and stuff, and is a clean product today.

I have switched to Qihoo 360 since an year or two, and one thing I feel great about a totally freeware product like this is that, not only you get all the features for free, you don't get reminders to switch to the commercial version. 

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Best Free PC Games 1 month 5 days ago Panzer

Red Crucible  - first person shooter:

http://rocketeergames.com/site/rcf

 

The Knobbly Crook: Chapter I  - The Horse You Sailed In:

http://gamejolt.com/games/adventure/the-knobbly-crook-chapter-i-the-hors...

 

Spacejacked (Endless Mode):

http://gamejolt.com/games/arcade/spacejacked-endless-mode/50894/

 

WizardWizard is a challenging and addicting platformer with tight controls and simple mechanics:

http://crateboy.itch.io/wizardwizard

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Best Free Search Engine 1 month 5 days ago Panzer

Instya - search multiple search engines, shopping sites, dictionaries, answer sites, news, images, videos and much more with just a click:

http://www.instya.com/

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Best Free File Archiver-Zip Utility 1 month 5 days ago Panzer

"...AZip -  zip archive manager with a portable user interface and unique content search and smart archive update features ...":

http://sourceforge.net/projects/azip/

 

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 month 5 days ago Panzer

Nomacs for Linux:

http://nomacs.org/

http://nomacs.org/download/

 

Mednafen is a portable, utilizing OpenGL and SDL, argument(command-line)-driven multi-system emulator:

http://mednafen.sourceforge.net/

 

Kanboard is a simple visual task board software:

http://kanboard.net/

http://kanboard.net/documentation (installation instructions)

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Best Free Ways to Learn Programming 1 month 5 days ago Panzer

Code Kingdoms wants to inspire kids to learn one of the essential creative skills of the 21st Century - coding:

http://codekingdoms.com/

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Best Free PC Games 1 month 5 days ago Panzer

404Sight is a free game made in support of net neutrality. It’s a 3D playground runner influenced by parkour running with the addition of a special ping ability that reveals areas that can speed the player up or slow them down:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/361630/

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 month 5 days ago terrawarra

G'day Anupam,

When I first installed Avast about 3 years ago, everything was good.... it was quite unobtrusive and yet quick to strike on any bad guys.

In the past year or so, with the regular updates from Avast, it seems to have become bloated and whilst I was still very happy with the protection it provided, it did become intrusive , the constant pop ups telling me that there were X amount of problems/issues with my PC seemed like a ploy offered by many shonky software programs that diagnose your PC, find many problems and then offer to fix them for a fee of course !
The Avast pop up invited me to click on a button to fix the issues with my PC and instantly I was greeted with a new message advising me that it would cost for the premium features to carry out this task.
Doesn't matter how many times I declined, the pop ups kept coming.
Bottom line ?..... yes, the pop ups did start to annoy me.
I know that Gizmos site does not endorse any paid-for commercial product and I believe that the free version of Avast is pushing the boundaries here with its constant nagging to upgrade to the premium version.
Meanwhile, I have Bitdefender free version running..... it's so unobtrusive and sometimes I wonder if it's doing anything but it has detected and quarantined 6 items since I installed it about a week ago. The only thing missing from it is email scanning but that doesn't bother me.

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Best Free DVD Ripper 1 month 5 days ago Viola4u

Congrats Techsupportalert! The new design of your website is awesome! heartwinkdevil

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Best Free Children's eBooks Online 1 month 5 days ago markwfcondon

www.UniteforLiteracy.com is a free online library of over 150 narrated picture books for children from birth through about age 8. The books are narrated in English and up to 30 other languages. Supported by local businesses and professionals dedicated to world literacy, the library has as its goal to create picture book abundance for those new to reading. With abundant picture books we hope to grow avid, lifelong readers. These books are also particularly valuable for those learning English.
Read. Talk about the books. Relax and have fun.

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Play The Murder Detective In This Superb Game 1 month 5 days ago classicggma65

I understand Only Part 1 is free...we have to pay for each part after that...Don't want to invest time in a game only to have to wait, or find out the next part may have small cost, but the whole will be more that I want to pay for any game.
When I sit down to play a game I want to have all the parts together. That way I don't have to wait to move on. While it looks interesting, think I'll pass.

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Free Science Fiction & Fantasy eBooks Online 1 month 5 days ago MidnightCowboy

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