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Best Free File or Disk Catalog Organizer 10 months 3 weeks ago DavidFB

Have loaded about 1/4 of my discs into VVV. It works very well. The default (which can be controlled) is to also index metadata in audio files. So discs with a bunch of music will take much longer to index and may even show as "Not Responding". But all the discs have worked if I let it do its thing. Regular files index very quickly. And the search is fast. This is so much better than what I was using.

A couple of quick Startup tips.
First you use New to create a catalogue. Then you click catalogue (the disc icon) to add a volume to the catalogue. Give it a name - I use a number series so the discs are easily browsed in time sequence. These will then list in Physical view.

To Search, click Search and select Contains first.

All can be exported to CSV.
The only thing it doesn't do I'm used to is index ZIP file contents but thats not a biggy for me.

The main key of course with any of these tools is good labelling. You won't be able to find it easily if you don't name folders and files in searchable terms.

Best Free File or Disk Catalog Organizer 10 months 3 weeks ago sicknero

It's a cataloguer.

The installer can be extracted and run portably (although it will auto-create a data folder in My Docs and profile settings in AppData).

The program itself is packed with all sorts of functions, it will catalogue the contents of archives, add thumbnails for pictures in the catalogue etc, all of which is configurable.

It's not been updated since 2010 but it's very good, I've used it for years although I find VVV a bit more straightforward and faster on the whole.

Best Free File or Disk Catalog Organizer 10 months 3 weeks ago DavidFB

Thanks for the notes.
If you want speed and search functions, I'd turn off things like thumbnails. But if you use photos and images a lot, it would be slower but that may be a function you find very useful.

Depends on needs.

Best Free File or Disk Catalog Organizer 10 months 3 weeks ago sicknero

Yes exactly. DEP3 can be slow precisely because it can extract and store so much information about the data that it catalogues.

Personally I don't need all that so I find it easier to use VVV which has far fewer configuration options.

Best Free File or Disk Catalog Organizer 7 months 6 days ago Epsilon

Cathy works fine on Windows 8 if you run it in XP (SP3) compatibility mode, or at least it has so far for me.


Best Free File or Disk Catalog Organizer 1 month 1 week ago molimelight

Running Cathy on Windows 7 64 bit. Runs fine with the small amount I've thrown at it. At first I got the message that it could not access the catalog file it wanted to create, but then I ran it as administrator and it worked fine. I'll update if I run into any problems.

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Best Free Keyboard and Mouse Control Software 11 months 1 week ago crombierob

I have one large monitor, and use a vga switcher to display either of my running PCs.
Is it possible to use one of those reviewed programs, to have just one mouse/keyboard yet be able to still only have a single monitor running.
I tried ShareMouse, with little (no) success.
It can sense that I moved the mouse off screen, but then the mouse pointer returns a few seconds later.
If I switch the vga source to the other PC, it does not respond to the mouse/keyboard.
If Sharemouse had a more firm method of controlling which PC has the mouse (EG Ctrl + Win + 2 forced the control over to PC2) then I reckon it could work.
Their support appears to have never thought anyone would want to use a single large monitor.

Best Free Keyboard and Mouse Control Software 8 months 3 weeks ago mmseng


I think your problem here is that, by using the VGA switcher, you actually only have one of the monitors physically connected at a time.

In your situation, if your monitor has multiple inputs, you would better off running both computers into a separate input of the monitor, bypassing the VGA switch altogether, and switching between the inputs using the monitor's Input/Source toggle button.

This way, both computers always see that they have a monitor connected, and the mouse sharing software doesn't get confused.

Best Free Keyboard and Mouse Control Software 3 weeks 2 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 Find Out Which Windows Process is Using a File 1 year 10 months ago Phylis Sophical

How to you access Process Explorer? Doesn't come up in my Windows Search or Ctrl Panel. (using Win7 Pro)

How to Find Out Which Windows Process is Using a File 1 year 10 months ago Anupam Process Explorer is a separate program from Microsoft. You can download it from here: view
How to Find Out Which Windows Process is Using a File 1 year 10 months ago v.laurie The download link is in the article about Process Explorer that is referred to in the beginning of the tip. However, for convenience, I have now added a link to the Microsoft download page. view
How to Find Out Which Windows Process is Using a File 1 year 10 months ago mrinmoyjk

I use Unlocker for the same thing. It can also delete files/folders which can't be deleted normally.
Download link is in the middle of the page.

How to Find Out Which Windows Process is Using a File 1 year 10 months ago Anupam The editor has already mentioned the link for the review of Best Free Undeletable File Remover, which contains Unlocker. view
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Best Free Word Processor 2 years 3 months ago DrBongo

Not having a grammar checker is listed as a :( for Jarte. In my opinion, it's a :) not having one.

Best Free Word Processor 2 years 1 month ago tatiana.larina

I tried Abiword, Jarte and Polyedit Lite. Unfortunately neither of them works with revisions which is a problem for me (a lot files going back and forth between me and my editor). Additionally, PolyEdit Lite comes bundled with Pokki and some kind of game package, even though I unchecked all the opt-in boxes during the installation. So, it's back to Open Office for me, bloated as it is.

Best Free Word Processor 2 years 1 month ago Panzer Jarte 5 is out: view
Best Free Word Processor 2 years 1 week ago joeguru Thanks Panzer, I'll check it out in the near future. view
Best Free Word Processor 1 year 11 months ago RosyG.

Thanks for the great list of free word processors!

So thanks to you I downloaded and installed WordGraph... and was I surprised, it has the ability to display thumbnails of the current document. I have not seen this feature in other applications.

I find this to be very helpful as I don't have to jump around from my document to the print preview to get my formatting right.

On their website I found a portable word processor called QT Writer, not as fully featured as WordGraph, but I think it could be very useful as a portable app.

As for the ruler, I don't think it does anything but show the pixel height if the displayed page {just my opinion}.

The best thing of all is that everything is free on their website, saved me a bundle.


Best Free Word Processor 1 year 11 months ago joeguru Thank you for the feedback. Yes the QT Writer has good qualities too but a bit light for this category. I think the Writer's D'Lite is good for those who are extremely computer challenged and just want to type and print. Yes SSuite does have a whole suite of nifty free programs. view
Best Free Word Processor 1 year 8 months ago hndagizmo

Thanks for the article.

I created a resume in Wordpad but it does not always hold column alignment especially when printing.I need to know that when I send a resume to an employer and they display it or print it,the character alignment will be held.I do not need a lot of bells and whistles just basic functions.Thanks for any recommendations.

Best Free Word Processor 1 year 8 months ago Rev_Don

Wordpad simply isn't capable of doing anything as critical as a Resume reliably, at least in my opinion. Essentially it's little more than a glorified Text Editor (an advanced NotePad). Your best bet would be to download and install LibreOffice or OpenOffice and use the Writer app from it. It will hold it's formatting much better. Abiword would be my next choice.

Always make sure that the printer you intend to print to is selected as the DEFAULT printer prior to printing. That way you can see how the printed page will look in Print Preview before you print. If you have one printer as the Default, then select a different printer at the print process there is a good chance that the formatting of the document will change. This holds true with ANY word processor that you use, although some are worse than others. Depending on how close the different printers are internally, the differences can be minimal or can be quite severe.

And it isn't a matter of a lot of bells and whistles. It's a matter of quality of the product. Think of it this way. Most people only use about 5% of the capability of their computers and the software they have installed on it, but if the computer or the software isn't capable of doing what they need then it isn't up to the standards that they need. You may not need to ability to create complex tables, numbered lists, equations, or many of the other capabilities of an actual work processor, but you do need something that is capable of consistent formatting, something that LibreOffice, OpenOffice, or AbiWord are much better suited for than WordPad.

Best Free Word Processor 1 year 8 months ago joeguru First try saving your Wordpad files as .docx. If that doesn't help, I recommend you try using one of the reviewed programs. Depending on your computer/word processing experience, for resume creation I recommend WordGraph (more advanced) or AbiWord (less advanced). Also make sure to save your documents as .doc or .docx. NOT .txt or .rtf types. If you continue to have issues with formatting after trying one of these programs, please post to our Freeware Forum section. view
Best Free Word Processor 10 months 1 week ago Misty27

How is WordGraph on resources?

* Maybe someone has a suggestion. I'm looking for something to use on a laptop - somewhat limited RAM.
Don't need every function in full blown processors (if I do, will just open one). But, more than Wordpad. At least manual spell check. Preferably save in doc & maybe docx, along w/ rtf, txt.

* Atlantis Nova started up at only 5 MB (blank document on a desktop w/ 8 GB RAM) - same as Wordpad. But, it has no spell check - at all, and no way to get one, AFAIK. Other than that, it looks like a mini MS Word.

* AbiWord (portable version - used a heck of a lot more RAM - *21.5* MB startup on my desktop. Haven't tried it on the laptop. I'm sure it'd use less than my desktop.
Yeah, the UI is a bit dated, but has everything most people need, laid out well. Has spell check as you type.
Abi saves in a BUNCH of formats - as many as any app.

* Jarte - started up @ 7.2 MB on my desktop. If you choose one of the other GUI "views", it's not terrible, but takes some getting used to. I'm sure if I used it a while, I'd get used to it. One thing (maybe partly from being a new look) is the function names mostly have to be read - icons are too small to be of use. The font for these (like "subscript", etc.) is VERY small. If you have really good eyes, it may not bother you.
I couldn't understand why w/ SOOO much open space, they made some of the top-center icons / labels and many labels in the "main" vertical toolbar on the left so small. And I have my system set at 110 DPI vs. default 96, so most things are larger. If the system DPI was @ default, I couldn't read some Jarte labels.

Jarte's *manual-only* spell check worked, was fast but a bit odd in some ways (not terrible). One thing is, if highlighted one word / line & spell check, it shows a green checkmark if no error. But, if select another word / line, it doesn't remove the previous checkmark. It redraws the mark on 2nd check, but if not watching closely, you'll miss it & won't know if it's the previous mark or a new one.

Also, the box w/ alternate suggestions was only 13/16 inch high & no way to increase it. If there were many suggestions, you had to scroll. If using Jarte full time, that may / may not be a problem. Again, there's LOTS of space they could use.

I too favored the "Classic" UI view, though it's definitely "out there." But things are easy to get to. It has optional "no click" tabs / icons for things like the font, spell menus. Change the "clickless operation" pref to fast timing, & menus change rapidly when hovered.

I didn't think there was excessive clicking to get to features. For most, only one click. In fact, once I figured out how things worked, there was less clicking than many other word processors. Now, you just may not care for Jarte's layout.

* QT Writer Express - tried it; not my flavor. Manual spell check was slow to open, even on a very fast machine. Had no conventional margin controls (anywhere, that I could see). No control over R margin, AFAICT. Very basic UI - which is OK if that's what you want. Except it still opened at 17 MB on my desktop, in spite of sparse GUI.
I can see people who are distracted by too many icons liking QT Writer express, but not if looking for something w/ a lot more to offer than Wordpad, or something using about the same resources.

Best Free Word Processor 10 months 1 week ago joeguru

Check this out.

Best Free Word Processor 10 months 1 week ago Misty27

Thanks. Writer's Delight (also from SSuite) appears nearly, if not identically, like QT Writer Express. No margin adjustment while typing. In print preview, there's the ability to set page margins & other typical print setup. But, when you exit preview, the margin settings aren't imposed on the writing page. i.e., the lines don't wrap at the same margins as set in page setup. If you didn't care where lines / paragraphs ended, I guess it's not a problem.

No spell check of any kind.

Has no toolbar icons for bold, italic, underline. But the 1 page help file lists hot keys for those (same ones as in Windows, or Tbird). But, aside from selecting fonts / font size & colors, very few other formatting features. Thunderbird has more than these 2 apps.

It has simple bullet styles - if you use hot keys (no menu selection) & keep entering it to toggle thru choices: Ctrl + shift + L ('L' for bullets).

Without spell check (in any processor), not much reason to leave Wordpad, if they don't have some extra goodies. I've never seen a "writer" or word processor w/o margin adjustments reflected on the writing page, or wrapping that didn't follow margin settings. Oddly, Writer's Delight & QT Writer Express have other things like revision tracking, right to left text - but not typical margin settings.

So, these 2 have a couple of extras over Wordpad, but loose several things.

Best Free Word Processor 10 months 1 week ago joeguru

I'm not so sure you're going to find a program that will fit your needs. Adding features makes the program bigger, and since size is an issue for you, so will the available features. If you do find something though, be sure to post here so the editor can take a look. Good luck.

Best Free Word Processor 6 months 3 weeks ago bobberson

Cool word processors. Since you are looking for lightweight, preferably download-free word processors, why not try It's minimalist and free, can start typing as soon as the page loads.

Best Free Word Processor 6 months 2 days ago kjbaumga

I used PolyEdit Lite for awhile, and it is 17 MB on startup. It's not under development any more, but I recall liking it more than these recommended word processors.

TextMaker is my word processor of choice right now. It starts up at around 23 MB, so maybe it is not for you. But I would strongly recommend it, certainly over all of the Word Processors here. It is not clear to me whether you can install TextMaker separately from the office suite it comes with, however. (FreeOffice). I didn't want to bother checking, frankly, but I'd be surprised if you couldn't specify that you didn't want the other two office apps.

Those searching for an WordPad replacement should try TextMaker out. I wanted something a bit less bulky than MS Word, but more full-featured than WordPad. I also wanted something that would start quickly but have all of the essential features of normal text editing. Whenever I need really advanced features, I use MS Word. In my case, that means I use MS Word a few times a year, while I use TextMaker every day.

It's vastly superior to WordPad, if only because it has autosave. I went searching for a Wordpad replacement when I lost an hour's work when Wordpad crashed. Even if TextMaker crashes, which is rare, it saves even your unnamed documents and tries to restore them. The program may be more than some people need, in that it has tables, change tracking, spell-check, and so on. (It also saves in MS Word and HTML formats, as well as RTF.) But for my needs, it blows away the apps listed here.

Aesthetics matter to me, also, and I like the clean, attractive interface of TextMaker, as well. Jarte needs a serious overhaul in terms of both aesthetics and usability. I still find it amusing that Jarte uses an icon of a greek temple to represent the idea of "reference bar". Probably 20-30 times, I hovered my mouse over that temple thinking, "What the h*ll is that temple thing?" And the Jarte classic view wastes screen real estate, a basic no-no in interface design. Wasted screen real estate in TextMaker is close to zero.

Another downside of TextMaker, though, is that it appears the latest version is Textmaker 2012, so updates are rare. Apparently, people are still working on it, but rare updates are a downside. But, pleasantly, I can honestly say that's about the only downside I've experienced with it.

Still, to some extent, the right word processor is subjective. Hope you find the right one for you.

Best Free Word Processor 4 months 3 weeks ago Himagain

RE: Jarte
I was a heavy user for a long time, but it mysteriously lost its setup more than once - and although recoverable, was scary.
Have since been told the next version is much better and stable.
SO - am going to give it a try.
I *WILL* report back after - as I find this Website very helpful and commenters above *usual* review standard.

Thanks to all contributors and Season's Best Wishes!

Best Free Word Processor 4 months 3 weeks ago Himagain

Just realised that if I do start up my rather slow to go Libre Open Office Write, once it is running, it is unobtrusive and not a hog and as part of an extensive suite has everything you need.

So, except for Jarte for quick notes Writer is it for me.

Only problem with it is it won't do an auto update - seems to require a full install.

Best Free Word Processor 3 months 3 weeks ago BabsHoxforth

I've found Ableword a reliable little program. Has lots of features and has been very reliable so far (been using it for a few months). It opens pdf files too.

Best Free Word Processor 3 months 3 days ago duxunhe

these word processors are good enough, but cannot display chinese characters, and this for me is a strong limitation.
Chinese characters are displayed by Open Office/Libre Office, Softmaker, and logically by WPS (ex Kingosft), a Chinese firm, all free.
I am searching nothwistanding a more satisfactory word processor, with chinese capabilities. Do you know others?

Best Free Word Processor 3 months 3 days ago duxunhe

after my post I tried AbleWord and surprise! it display efficiently Chinese characters, and the paste function also can paste chinese readable characters.
It is very small, so I wonder how this software can beat bigger ones in this capability.
Moreover, it opened swiftly and correctly a long my document (a tentative thesis..) with mixed writing, italian and chinese, and enriched by maps.
WPS 2015 crashed when ordered to open this document.

Best Free Word Processor 3 months 1 day ago duxunhe

after more trials my conclusion is, nothwistanding, that WPS 2015 is the best word processor, if you need chinese characters display and paste

Best Free Word Processor 2 weeks 3 hours ago paul bucuresti

I think the review about Jarte is quite misleading and it's highly overrating this program. First of all, according to the Introduction of this article, ...

Essential features like font formatting, paragraph formatting, file saving to .txt, .rft or .doc will be assumed.

Well, Jarte 5.3 cannot open DOC files (in windows 8.1 anyway). It shows a dialogue explaining that the FileFormatsConverter (the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack) is needed and a link to... CNET (!?) on the reason that this pack is no longer available from Microsoft. First of all, the pack it is actually available:
Secondly, CNET is known of not offering the "real" downloads but an ad-ware downloader. I don't know what kind of deal have the producers of Jarte with CNET but this is not good practice.
I could say that even if Jarte is/has no adware itslef, it IS an adware software because it links to a site that offers ad-ware-bundled downloaders instead of the real downloads.
I am not going to complain about the interface becase suddenly this problem seems minor compared with the above. So why is Jarte so ... recommended?

Best Free Word Processor 1 week 5 days ago CASD

I would check out..
Writers Delite (Writer's min WP)
Penumbra WP
Both from SSuite

Best Free Word Processor 1 week 14 hours ago jimwg

If Kingsoft's WPS only imported ODT files I'd do away with OpenOffice and Textmaker, as good they are. WPS renders docs beautifully, even better than Word and the cloud backup is great.

Best Free Firefox Add-ons 1 year 8 months ago oblivion Not much listed under download managers: my favourite of the genre is DownThemAll ( There's also a tiny extension called OpenDownload which simply adds the option to open a download from the usual "save" dialogue. Obviously, the rationale for NOT having the "run" option in that dialogue in Firefox is security, so the use of this extension has its risks. There's a heading for it on the Forms page but no detail yet: Lazarus, to be found at Lazarus is a safety net. It remembers what you've typed into a webform so, if something goes wrong or you lose what you've typed, it'll have quietly remembered what you did and offer to put it back for you. I commend it to your attention :) view
Best Free Firefox Add-ons 1 year 8 months ago Faziri DTA was already in there. The section as a whole is quite empty because the article is a WIP and because download manager add-ons are not something I've used often yet. I also avoid add-ons I believe to be too dumbed-down or case-specific, such as Youtube MP3 converters and such. OpenDownload is a nice suggestion, thanks. I'm an opponent of boxing users into cages under the false motto of protection and security, like Mozilla is trying to do. Installed already and loving it. And yes, I'm familiar with Lazarus, that's why I put it there: so I can work on it when I get to that section. Textarea Cache does something similar, but of course only on textareas. Handy to rescue WIP forum posts without revealing possibly sensitive form info. :) view
Best Free Firefox Add-ons 1 year 8 months ago pratomorone

"Anyone can make there own, incredibly useful, easy to use, takes up very little room, for me reliable."

There? How about their?

Best Free Firefox Add-ons 1 year 8 months ago Faziri That's from the previous editor :) I'm only at page 5 at the moment, page 5 and every page after it still needs to be cleaned up and revised. view
Best Free Firefox Add-ons 1 year 8 months ago godel


It could either go in section 9 or section 2.

It displays a small country flag at the right hand side of your address bar, showing the country that the web server is located in. When you hover your mouse pointer over the flag it displays the server's name, IP address and name of the country of origin.

BTW, you should warn users of Ghostery not to agree to the information collection part of Ghostery. You're just replacing one set of spies with another, the Ghostery company itself.

Best Free Firefox Add-ons 1 year 8 months ago Faziri Flagfox is already in there, waiting for a details paragraph. I'll add that, thanks. view
Best Free Firefox Add-ons 1 year 8 months ago jumba

Some add-on suggestions for the editor

Page 1: Security
Secure Login

Page 3: Privacy
No Cookie for Google search

Page 4. Adblocking
Silent Block

Page 5: Downloading
Download Panel Tweaker

Maybe more categories, e.g.
-utilities/tools like FireFTP
-Photos, Music & Videos like ImageTweak, YouTube Grid View
-firefox customization like Tab Mix Plus, Location Bar Enhancer etc.
-performance like Local Load, Tweak Network
-advanced config like Pale Moon Commander, Configuration Mania, Config Descriptions

Best Free Firefox Add-ons 1 year 8 months ago Faziri Very nice suggestions! :) I love how I already use half of those add-ons, I hadn't even thought of them yet xD view
Best Free Firefox Add-ons 1 year 8 months ago vin100

1/ Adblock has some deal with advertising company, I recommand the fork Adblock Edge
2/ Some website are blocking you if Adblock is enabled.
A Greasemonkey script removes many protections used on some website that force the user to disable the AdBlocker
Anti-AdBlock Killer :

Best Free Firefox Add-ons 1 year 8 months ago Faziri Do you have anything to back up your claim in #1? I've compared ABP to ABE and don't notice any improvement or other advantage. I can hardly imagine there being any bias in ABP if you use custom filters either, what's a deal with an ad company supposed to impact? It's also a fork of the original, which to me is a caution bell signaling reduced app quality. I'm a bit reluctant to post that script from #2 because it's not an add-on and it's only site-specific... It'll never be a comprehensive solution. Thanks for the reply though. view
Best Free Firefox Add-ons 1 year 8 months ago vin100

For #1 you'll find information for example here

For #2 It's not site specific. It's specific to all website tracking adblock users

Best Free Firefox Add-ons 1 year 8 months ago Faziri #2 actually, it is. :) "However, this script is not a universal remedy for all anti-adblock protection. this is why I am counting on all user for my report." There's also the "Supported Sites" section. Yes, it does target 4 particular, popular anti-AB scripts websites use. But that does not make it specific to all websites blocking adblock, only to the specific sites that have been reported so far + the sites that use those 4 particular scripts. It's kind of the same problem as with ABP's EasyList: 9 bazillion filters of which you'll only use 5, and those 5 will only be 1% of your browsing habits. Either way, this article really isn't for GM scripts. Supporting a section for those would make this article far too large to maintain. view
Best Free Firefox Add-ons 9 months 5 days ago Aninnymous

Ghostery, AdBlockEdge & AdBlockPlus (with proper config) are all roughly equal in ability to protect privacy. Disconnect comes in at a distant 4th.

[There is an obvious opt-out choice for anonymous reporting to Ghostery - I don't see any issue unless you don't pay attention and you SHOULD pay attention when installing software.] You need to do your homework when you configure AND UPDATE these add-ons; the default settings are NOT usually the best.

All according to this useful continuous testing site:

which also helps you to configure the add-ons properly.

If you browse widely to 'new' urls on a continuous basis, NoScript is a royal pain in the butt.

Best Free Firefox Add-ons 6 months 4 days ago Paxmilitaris

I know nothing of SecureLogin, i've been using LastPass for years.

Have you tested Cookie Controller?

I think it's the same in firefox, but in palemoon flashblock is pretty much useless as the flash plugin itself can be set to Ask to activate.

This one Download Flash and Video pretty much always works.
For Youtube i use the feature of SmartVideo for Youtube and there's also when i'm not using my own Palemoon browser. I used to use DownThemall and DownloadHelper, but they aren't necessary anymore.

I like Stylish, it's just a bit hard to find styles that do what i want.

Palemoon commander, yes!

I also always have Mozilla Archive Format and FEBE.

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Optimizing µTorrent (or BitTorrent) For Speed 2 years 3 months ago lucasho2312

I am trying to find a proper port. All port numbers I checked with the test page resulted in "Error: I could not see your service on port (45694).Reason: Connection refused" though I chose port number in the specific range and avoided those from the log.txt. I already turned of firewall.

I was once successful with finding an unblocked port. After I change my ISP, I noticed a drop in speed of utorrent so I rechecked and found the port was blocked. Plz help cuz I cant find any reason why all were blocked.

Optimizing µTorrent (or BitTorrent) For Speed 2 years 3 months ago mr6n8 Connection refused usually means a firewall issue. I know you turned off your software firewall. (better to set exception) Do you have a router? If yes, what is the make and model? Who is the ISP? Did they give you any hardware? If so what is make and model of hardware? view
Optimizing µTorrent (or BitTorrent) For Speed 1 year 8 months ago KingKJVKU

With port test failed from, my bittorrent client achieved its highest speed!

But that is just for 10 minutes, My port Test always fails.
Current port is 29484, which is not preferable according to the guide.

What is your reaction?

Optimizing µTorrent (or BitTorrent) For Speed 1 year 7 months ago mr6n8 Not sure what you are asking about, but if it is about why are you getting great speeds with a blocked port, then the answer is here (Why being firewalled is bad - linked in article): Being firewalled means others can not initiate contact with you. If you find a user who is not firewalled, then you can connect to that user - and through DHT and PEX other users through that user. So even though firewalled, you can often get good speeds. However, opening the port gives more opportunities to get good speeds as you can connect with a peer who is firewalled. If you and all the others are firewalled, then no transfer will occur. This will not happen often, but may happen - particularly on a torrent with a small swarm of active users. The main thing on the port number choice is to avoid the 6881-6999 range as this is often blocked by ISPs. Other than that, avoiding a conflict with other programs (and opening that port for communications) is all that matters. No port is faster than other ports. Hope this answers your question. If not, then let me know. Steve view
Optimizing µTorrent (or BitTorrent) For Speed 1 year 4 months ago toorent - Open Port Check Tool

This page will serve as a free utility for remotely verifying a port is open or closed on your router. It will be useful for users who wish to check to see if a server is running or a firewall or ISP is blocking certain ports or verify network security. If you want to do website hosting on your own or run your own ip camera behind your router it will also helpful.

Your IP: IP Edited out
What Port?

Error: I could not see your service on IP Edited Out on port (49001)
Reason: Connection timed out

Common Ports
FTP 21
SSH 22
Telnet 23
Web 80
Pop 3 110
IMAP 143
Other Applications
Remote Desktop 3389
PC Anywhere 5631

could u please tell what can i do :(

Optimizing µTorrent (or BitTorrent) For Speed 1 year 4 months ago mr6n8 I have edited out your IP address from your post. You need to follow the steps to clear the port, or your client, through any firewalls, software or hardware (router), on your system. view
Optimizing µTorrent (or BitTorrent) For Speed 9 months 2 weeks ago Napster

I have the same problem. I tried several Port but all results to failed.I can see my there's already 80 in port to check box,in My current Port is 58127 in utorrent. My router is TP- Link ( TD-W8951ND). Is there anything I need to do before this? Please help me..

Optimizing µTorrent (or BitTorrent) For Speed 8 months 4 days ago coolspyguy

Error: I could not see your service on "ip adress" on port (53528)
Reason: Connection timed out
how to fix? but other than that everything else seems to be running fine. utorrent is downloading although the highest seems to be 270 kb/s while i usually reach speeds of 350-400kb/s

Optimizing µTorrent (or BitTorrent) For Speed 6 months 4 days ago farhan.sidd

I have entered as many port numbers as I can which were not included in the log.txt file. But always the error comes - connection refused.
I tried the same after turning off my firewall but nothing happened.
I am from india and my ISP is - BSNL wimax and the model of my modem is ZTE OX253P-5-NTBA0100INBL-I
please help me, I am unable to use my torrent from a month.

Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 2 years 1 week ago Rajam

This guide is great. My speed in a given torrent rised from like ~ 100 kb maximum to ~ 350 kb average. Thanks a lot!!

Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 2 years 1 week ago Rajam

mmm something weird happened to me now... yesterday I followed this guide and it worked wonders, but today, the smiley face is yellow again, speed cap back at ~ 100 kb/s, and when I do the NAT/Firewall test it throws errors... I tried changing the port (both in Vuze and forwarding it in the router configuration) and do the test again, but still the same... btw this is what the NAT/Firewall test says:

"Testing port TCP XXXXX ...
NAT Error - Connect attempt to yyy.yy.yyy.yyy:XXXXX (your computer) timed out after 20 seconds. This means your port is probably closed.

Testing port UDP XXXXX ...
Sending outbound packet and waiting for reply probe (timeout=5000)
Sending outbound packet and waiting for reply probe (timeout=10000)
Sending outbound packet and waiting for reply probe (timeout=15000)
Sending completion event
NAT Error. Inbound test failed, timed out."

Any help? Went throw the full guide again and idk what's wrong :(

Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 1 year 11 months ago rockytt

Feeling like an idiot, but can't get an open port.
Home DSL, so I should only have to configure my NetGear router. Followed steps (I think!) to open port 49388 (which I set on the Vuze program), as well as the router:
1) Add Custom Service
2) Firewall Rules > Add
-but still get that dreaded "timeout" when checking.
Any tips/hints/tricks??

Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 1 year 10 months ago patlepiraat

Keeps on having the same problem, Vuze is blocked now. I have the same msg:

Testing port TCP 49185 ...
NAT Error - Connect attempt to XXX.XXX.XXX.227:49185 (your computer) timed out after 20 seconds. This means your port is probably closed.

I followed the instuctions, have a list of Port numbers, how should I choose? These are the various types of output. Thx for any hint, I tried the combinations but gives same result.

TCP XXX.0.0.0:49155 Pat-PC:0 LISTENING
TCP XX.XXX.177.55:52227 baymsgr2011203:https ESTABLISHED
TCP XXX.0.0.1:24901 Pat-PC:0 LISTENING
TCP XXX.0.0.1:52265 Pat-PC:52266 ESTABLISHED
UDP *:*
UDP [::ffff:10.XXX.XXX.55]:54967 *:*

Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 1 year 10 months ago mr6n8 What is important is whether exceptions have been made in the firewalls on your system for the port number chosen. Have you set exceptions for Vuze, or its port, in the software and hardware (router), firewalls on your system? Steve view
Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 1 year 10 months ago mr6n8 Sorry I was on the road when this was posted and unable to respond. If you are still having issues (and get this reply), what is the model number of your Netgear? Have you set exception in your software firewall? It is also possible that the DSL hardware has a firewall built in. What is the make and model of this hardware? Steve view
Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 1 year 10 months ago mr6n8 I am sorry for not getting back to this sooner. I have been on the road without internet access most of the time. If you are still having the issue, the first thing that comes to mind when a router is involved and the connection was open and then closed, is that a Static IP was not set. If a static IP is not set, then the rule will become useless if the IP changes. Did you set a static IP? Steve view
Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 1 year 10 months ago Rajam

Honestly I don't remember what I did, but I solved the issue somehow and I have a working Vuze now; thanks anyways :)

Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 1 year 10 months ago mr6n8 That is good to hear (no matter how it got done). Enjoy Steve view
Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 1 year 10 months ago rockytt

No worries Steve - appreciate the follow up!

Got a Netgear DGN-2200 and (AFAIK) set the exception properly for the firewall.

This piece is both Router and DSL modem, so I don't think that there's a second firewall hiding anywhere - yes?

Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 1 year 10 months ago mr6n8 Looking at this guide at PortForward, it looks like you need to go to the Port Forwarding / Port Triggering link and select Port Forwarding. The guide forwards port 6881, but you should use one of the ports within the range mentioned in this guide. Also, be sure to set a static IP first. Did you set exception in your software firewall (if any)? Steve view
Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 1 year 10 months ago rockytt

I thought I managed to figure it out - although my router/modem didn't have the same options as shown at (Supposed to click on "Port Forwarding / Port Triggering" - which wasn't even there!)
Went through "Services>Inbound Services>Add" and was able to enter the Static IP there. Applied the changes and now Vuze is downloading at 275 kB instead of around 60kB - which is a vast improvement.
However, an hour or so later I'm back down to 80 kB again -
When I run the NAT/Firewall test from Vuze I get a 'fail' and am told 'Connect attempt to 172.12.22.xx:xxxxx (your computer) timed out after 20 seconds. This means your port is probably closed" - The IP address shown isn't even in the same realm as the static one I setup.

I probably need to call NetGear and find out how THEY recommend someone do port forwarding since "Port Forwarding / Port Triggering" doesn't appear on my CP at all...

Thanks for your help Steve - much appreciated though!


ps - logs show "[DoS attack: TCP SYN Flood] multi-source syn flood attack in last 20 sec , Monday, Jul 01,2013 10:27:16" repeatedly does this make any sense?

Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 1 year 10 months ago mr6n8 Was this provided by your internet provider? If so, it may have a different interface. Who is your ISP? Does your screen match the one on page 21 of the user manual here? Not sure where that log is from, but it most likely is just a result of the test attempting to get through (if the times match). Steve view
Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 1 year 10 months ago rockytt

It does match the one on the user manual - which is missing the "Port Forwarding / Port Triggering" link/option as described on

Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 1 year 10 months ago mr6n8 They have changed over at PortForward recently and I am not a big fan of the new look and it appears that their screens are outdated (or just wrong) in your case. Anyhow, we can work through the manual now. From what I see, you first have to create a service and then set an inbound and outbound rule allowing the service. To set a "Service" for Vuze, see page 48. You can name the service "vuze" and allow TCP and UDP. The start and finish port should be the same port number you have chosen for Vuze. Then go to page 44 to set up an outbound and then an inbound rule for "vuze". Basically the same info will go into both rules, enable = yes, service = vuze, action = allow always, LAN and WAN options = any, logging = never. Also, I forgot to mention that the IP Vuze will return is your public IP that is shown on the internet. The Static IP is just between the router and your computer. Hopefully, this will get you going. (fingers crossed). If not, then you can try UPnP (page 85) enabling on the router and in Vuze (see above). Steve view
Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 1 year 10 months ago rockytt

Thanks again for your help Steve - I think we've got it working as well as it can now with my (less-than-steller) ISP. Hitting speeds up to 200kBs, which is probably the best I can hope for these days.


Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 1 year 10 months ago mr6n8 Well I hope it sticks this time. Steve view
Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 1 year 9 months ago patlepiraat

Thank you very much Steve and sorry for my late reply.

I have never done that an exception and I noted that "Windows Firewall cannot be started". It is probably my Bitdefender AV but never had issues before. I have set exceptions with the .exe files.

Will check again and revert

Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 1 year 9 months ago mr6n8 Well if you need help, then post back. But I think if you set the rules (exceptions), you will be OK Steve view
Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 1 year 9 months ago VBR

I have a windows Xp computer
i followed all the steps, but i have an external modem
do i still need to get a static IP address?

Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 1 year 9 months ago mr6n8 What is your result on the Nat/Firewall test? Have you set exceptions for Vuze in your software firewall? Most modems do not have a firewall, but some do. If the hardwware has a firewall, then a Static IP would make it so you do not have to redo the rule in that firewall. The static IP is not necessary for a software firewall. Steve view
Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 1 year 9 months ago VBR

hi steve,

i really have no idea whether my modem has a firewall or not, but i have created exceptions for vuze in windows firewall.

i decided to re install vuze and do everything all over again.

my results on the NAT test for TCP and UDP after changing the port as stated were OK!

But even after creating an exception for port 49001 (UDP),and testing, the NAT test failed
It said that transport was unavailable.

Please help me solve my problems

Thanks in advance


Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 1 year 9 months ago mr6n8 I have a feeling you are OK as is. The 49001 is for the Mainline DHT. This is a plugin that is not included in the basic Vuze, you have to add it in. I have an article here on adding it in as I think it does help speeds (it is referenced at the end of this article): Even if you have added the Mainline DHT plugin, there is no real way to test the connection. You just have to see if you get the kind of numbers connecting on the DHT network as set forth in that guide. Since the other ports tested OK, there is no issue with the modem and no static IP is needed. Did you set an exception for the program Vuze in the Windows firewall? or for the specific ports? For a torrent to test down speed, you can try the main installer torrent for the free office suite LibreOffice. You should get up to your max within a couple of minutes: Steve view
Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 1 year 9 months ago VBR

Hi again steve

Thanks for the reply. I have encountered another problem.
I installed Vuze and followed the steps, after that, my download speed was about 20kb/s, which was previously 3.5-5kb/s.

every time i restsrt the computer, i test the listening ports again, but the TCP fails so i have to keep changing the listening ports each time. what should i do about this?

Also i could not get a static ip address because i dont have the numbers for the DNS servers.


Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 1 year 9 months ago mr6n8 The port issue is a strange one. That is usually due to a hardware firewall and a dynamic IP (which is why an internal static IP is used for hardware firewalls). As I understand it, you did not make any rule in the hardware (modem) and only in the Windows firewall. How did you set the rule in Windows firewall - for the program Vuze or for the port Vuze uses? Not sure what is going on here though. Steve view
Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 1 year 9 months ago VBR

Hello Steve,

My apologies for my delayed reply.
Thanks very much Steve, I managed to overcome these problems thanks to your help.
I finally managed to download a movie from VUZE, but it is a large movie and still needs to seed, but i am in urgent need to watch that movie. so i want to move it into my external hard disc, but it says that another program is using the file.

How can i stop the file from seeding in Vuze's user interface?


Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 1 year 9 months ago itwontworkgrrr

Hello, I'm using Vuze on XP, with Sky broadband (in England).
Vuze has worked with Sky on the same settings for over a year, but only in the mornings during the week. After about 5pm weekday or at weekends download speeds dropped from morning max of 650kB to almost nothing (flick up to maybe 1 or 2kB, then stop again).
Recently it's like that the whole time, almost no speed. I have torrents with many seeds and green smily face (sometimes, though it's always worked fine - if the face is green, yellow or blue). The NAT test is timing out on both TCP and UDP (port around 33500). I've sat and watched the peers, it keeps connecting to the same people over and over, but cuts off without ever reaching any speed.
Glasnost test says ports 6881 and 44350 are blocked, but I'm not using them.
Azureus/Vuze is set as an exception in Windows firewall.
Transport encryption is on, RC4. Turning it off doesn't make any difference.
Another piece of strangeness is that with Vuze running on my laptop, Firefox doesn't work. It takes minutes just to bring up Google search page, and most sites time out without opening. I have to close Vuze, and restart the laptop to get the internet to work again.
Also, for several months I can't access the or websites. It just times out without reaching the site.
Has Sky just completely locked out Vuze? I accepted that P2P was throttled in peak times (evenings and weekends) before and just used it in the mornings, but I'm getting nothing now!
Any ideas? I've used Vuze for years and had very few problems, and always been able to fix any that did come up. But this has me stumped. I'm going mad here, coz I'm weeks behind on my favourite anime!!

Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 1 year 9 months ago mr6n8 There are 3 options: 1) If you want to keep seeding, then you can just copy the movie over. 2) If your external HD is going to remain connected to the computer with Vuze, then you can move the content and continue seeding - right-click on the torrent in Vuze and select Advanced>Files>Move Data Files and browse to where you want to move. 3) To stop the torrent and move the movie, you can highlight the torrent in Vuze and press the "Stop/Start" button above the torrent library listings. On the latest version it is two arrows in a circle (next to the red X). If you move the content out, then it will show as an error when you restart the torrent. You would have to move (or add) the content back in to continue seeding. view
Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 1 year 9 months ago mr6n8 I did some searching on this as I have not seen any Sky users complaining and I did not find any other users complaining (other that the fair usage/network management you reference). That does not mean they are not doing anything, but it is not likely that they would be interfering as with you and no complaints at the Vuze fora or elsewhere. Have you changed any hardware (modem or router) lately? security software? You could try qBittorrent just to see if the issue is related solely to Vuze. The page loading issue usually results from either too many open connections or too much upload being used by Vuze. Since your Vuze is not using bandwidth it might be connections. Anyhow, try with qBittorrent and see if you still have the issue. At least that way, we can try to narrow the possible reasons. Steve view
Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 1 year 9 months ago itwontworkgrrr

Thanks for the advice.
I haven't changed anything for security, I have AVG free 2013 and Spybot Hardware has been the same since I've been on Sky, a Sagemcom F@ST2504n router.
With Vuze, I never bothered with the static IP and port forwarding, because it has always worked fine without.
But I just installed qBittorrent, following the optimising for speed guide here, with static ip and manual port forwarding in the router software. It's still just the same, it connects to seeds, but never gets any speed and they cut off after a short while. Firefox is the same with qBit running, not working.
When I run the canyouseeme port check, I get a connection timed out message for any port I try, including my qBit forwarded one. (It was the same before changing any settings).
Dunno if it's normal, but the IP address the port checker website gives me is the one listed as 'broadband port' on the router, instead of my static one (that's listed in ipconfig now). Only the broadband port page had the DNS listed to put in for the static IP settings. Putting the broadband port IP into the router firewall rules instead of my static IP changes the port check error message to Connection Refused instead of timeout. Sorry if that's a stupid thing to try, this IP stuff is a bit over my head :o)

Optimizing Vuze (formerly Azureus) for Speed 1 year 9 months ago mr6n8 On the router, just to make sure - does this guide have images that match yours? It appears that you have to create a "Custom Service" first for the port Vuze uses and then establish Inbound and Outbound rules (may also be necessary to establish separate services for TCP and UDP and forward both of those). If that does not match your router, then is there a place I can see the procedure online? As to the IP, the Static IP is referred to as an "internal" IP. It is set up only for communication between your router and computer. The 'broadband port' on the router is your "external" IP and that should be the one you see atcanyouseeme. The Static IP is the one that should go in the rules. As to Sky blocking, I have taken another round around the web after this post I am responding to and still see nothing about blocking ports or Vuze) being reported. A lot of talk on blocked torrent search sites, which is all UK ISPs. Have you tried the port test with the AVG and Spybot disabled? You do have Vuze open when testing? Steve view