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1 year 5 weeks ago Create Your Own Music Mash-Up From MP3 Files _izzyyyyy

gotta get this done can't wait

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3 weeks 13 hours ago Create Your Own Custom Windows Hotkeys with this Free Utility zornestech

Is there anything out there that will hotkey a single key. I have a friend with CP and needs to remap a key on windows 7

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20 weeks 3 days ago 125 Photo Effects. Normally $99. Free If You're Quick! zootsocket

This downloaded and installed without fuss - no stealth toolbars or other nasties and a perfectly functional activation procedure.

If you already have photo retouching tools and the know-how to use them, this won't add much to your arsenal. It rather resembles some of the quick editing effects apps available on Android, but on a larger scale.

After about 10 minutes of experimenting with one of the supplied test images the PC (W7 4GB memory) slowed to a crawl and finally stopped, requiring a reboot and suggesting memory issues. The filters did not appear in the filters menu of Photoshop Elements as I expected and I couldn't see any very good reason to invest the time required to find out why not.

The programme uninstalled cleanly with Revo.

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1 year 33 weeks ago Site Suggestions and Feedback ZMeister

I'd like to see a mouse pad offered in your merchandise section. I go through those things like crazy.

Oh, and coffee mugs too! :)

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43 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Online Backup Sites Zirthiel

SugarSync as of late has changed it's stance about the 5GB free accounts. They are now all on a 90 day trial basis. I think you should update the review as soon as possible.

Also thanks for this review it helped me choose an alternative to SugarSync in the form of SpiderOak. ;)

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1 year 18 weeks ago Best Free BitTorrent Client Zima

1. I use qBittorrent. It's really a good torrent client but needs more features. Very efficient, fast, and high performance client for downloading and seeding.

2. You may need to have uTorrent or Vuze, because some trackers, private trackers and private torrent websites still does not support and accept clients like qBittorrent or Tixati.

3. All of these 4 clients (qBittorrent, Tixati, Vuze and uTorrent) are good.

So I suggest:

Use qBittorrent or Tixati as your primary client and Vuze or uTorrent as your secondary client.

I have qBittorrent and Vuze.

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1 year 18 weeks ago Best Free BitTorrent Client Zima

I agree with you, Steve. That's the reason why I don't use Tixati. Tixati is a good client but not popular. I compared Tixati to qB (qBittorrent) by downloading same torrents. Some of the trackers does not accept Tixati and reject connections from this client but accept qB. I don't know why they reject Tixati. Not good to see the good Tixati is treated like a bad and poor client.

I was an uT user for years but I don't like it anymore due to its changes. So I've replaced it with qB. qB works well and I don't use uT anymore. uT is good but not as good as old uT in previous years.

Also Vuze is much better than uTorrent. Maybe it's complicated a bit, but if someone use it as her/his main and primary client, I think he/she will like it. Vuze is a feature-rich client. Very good for people who want something more than just downloading and seeding. I use Vuze for creating new torrents and much more.

So using a simple but powerful client like qBittorrent (qB) plus an advanced, popular and well-accepted client like Vuze is my recommendation.

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1 year 18 weeks ago Optimizing qBittorrent For Speed Zima

Sometimes changing these advanced options maybe helpful:

1. Maximum number of half-open connections

2. Exchange trackers with other peers

3. Always announce to all trackers

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1 year 18 weeks ago Best Free Media Player Zima

1. MPC-BE (Media Player Classic Black Edition):
http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=165890
http://sourceforge.net/projects/mpcbe/

2. BS.Player:
http://www.bsplayer.com/

3. Zoom Player:
http://www.inmatrix.com/

I recommend MPC-BE and BS.Player.

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1 year 18 weeks ago Optimizing qBittorrent For Speed Zima

Good. Thanks.

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1 year 18 weeks ago Vuze Help Zima

Is there any way to prevent ISPs from BitTorrent bandwidth throttling? Sometimes my ISP limits BT bandwidth.

Any solution to prevent bandwidth throttling?

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1 year 18 weeks ago Vuze Help Zima

I have only problem with seeding. Downloading/Leeching works without any problem, but when I want to seed a torrent with maximum/unlimited upload speed, it fails. It works with lower speeds but I want to use at least 95% of my maximum upload rate for it. Because it's a big sized torrent and needs good seeding.

I heard using specialized VPNs for BitTorrent communications will solve that. My friend recommended seedboxes to me. Are they useful?

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1 year 18 weeks ago Best Free Media Player Zima

You are welcome.

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1 year 18 weeks ago Best Free Media Player Zima

My favorite media player is MPC-HC. Specially I love these builds:

1. MPC-HC Lite (Nighty Builds):
http://nightly.mpc-hc.org/lite/
Same as MPC-HC but it has no internal filters and codecs. Updated every 4 days.

2. JanWillem32's MPC-HC Builds:
http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=161047
It has better subtitles renderer and internal renderers. Good for watching anime.

To use them, you need to install external filters. I recommend LAV filters.

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1 year 23 weeks ago Best Free File-Based Backup Program ZikO

Hi,
It's a really excellent piece of writing here and explanation. I finally understand what I should be looking for to choose best option. Really thanks for this.

Some people mentioned Areca Backup:
http://www.areca-backup.org/features.php

I find this program one of the best free tools. Before, I thought I'd go with Backup Maker, Genie Timeline Free Edition, or Toucan. However, after reading comments a few readers pointed out some issue with Toucan (apparently, it crashes) and Genie Timeline. The others mentioned Areca Backup.
So, Areca Backup is free and very functional. How about its file validation feature, if there is any at all? I don't really understand how validation works to be honest. I'd be grateful if someone would explain that :)
In FAQ, I found some explanation:
"How does Areca detect modified or new files when incremental backups are chosen ?
Areca uses the file's size and last modification time to detect modified files. If one of these attributes is modified (whatever its value is), the file is flagged as modified.
Since v7.2.17, Areca can also inspect the file's content to detect modifications of its content (which is much slower than detection based on attributes) "
but I don't know if this is the same as validation.

Cheers.

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1 year 37 weeks ago Google Offers Free Online Course in Advanced Power Searching (Time Limited) zeroseven

I thought the previous course was pretty lame, I'm not sure I learned anything I didn't already know.

The certificate sucked too. Looked like a kid designed it in 3 minutes. Didn't even have my name on it :(

I'd never been given a certificate before. It was a very underwhelming experience. My IQ test certificate was cool though, and it had my name on it :)
I like that one. Its my favourite. Of 2.

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1 year 29 weeks ago Amazing Site Gets You Up To Speed On Any Subject zeroseven

Awful site, in 6 months you'll never hear of it again.

Its like throwing darts at a dartboard full of relevant / irrelevant info. Your chances of hitting the info you need are pretty slim.

Google, properly used is INFINITELY more powerful and accurate. Everybody should do the Google power search course.

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1 year 29 weeks ago Amazing Site Gets You Up To Speed On Any Subject zeroseven

Its really quite easy Ray if you just remember to localise your search by (most important) date to avoid irrelevant pages submitted long ago (most of the web) and to remember to use '+' '-' quote marks etc. Its all very logical. I often use the images section straight off....drag an image into the search box and be amazed. The recommended site, whatever its called(?) when asked "best widescreen tv 2013" earlier, the top article offered was written in 2007! By using the google tools provided at the top of the search page, I can home in on blogs, news, reviews, discussions, best prices, restrict dates, all within a fraction of a second. It fine tunes rather than spins off at tangents.

I'm not a google fan boy, far from it. but its hard to see how the featured site could cause anything but misinformation and frustration. You only get from the web a proportional response to the information you submit

IMHO

:)

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1 year 11 weeks ago How to Stop Google from Keeping a Record of Every Search You Make zeroseven

I have turned of history again and again and again. It always turns back on just as opting out of Google ads never seems to last more than a week.

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1 year 11 weeks ago How to Stop Google from Keeping a Record of Every Search You Make zeroseven

Good point, thank you. I'll check that

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46 weeks 2 days ago How to Install Comodo Firewall Zeronos

Hello Chiron, your articles are always fantastic, thanks very much for them!

Sorry me for my English but can you answer me one doubt, please? In the old article, with Comodo Firewall 5, I remember that there was a configuration that you needed to put something with * and other symbols. I remember that in the article you said that command was for blocking everything and to give 100% of protection. In this new Comodo Firewall 6, there are not more need to put this command? This command was put in the Defense+ tab if I'm not wrong.

Thanks again!

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46 weeks 2 days ago How to Install Comodo Firewall Zeronos

So with the version 6 that command line that has needed to put in version 5 is "enabled by default", let's say in these terms?

Thanks very much for the quick answer, Chiron!

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46 weeks 2 days ago How to Install Comodo Firewall Zeronos

Thanks very much for the answers, Chiron! :)

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1 year 23 weeks ago Complementary Virus Scanner Adds Another Layer Of Security zep321

Great little program:

Installs in place(Desktop)
Size about 20mb

Scan is 60 sec but analysis at server takes about another 7 minutes( I'm using about 150gb of a 1tb HD)

Very thorough report of scan online. Very nice.

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38 weeks 6 days ago Automatic Warning If You're About To Install Unwanted Software zep321

Hi Rob,

And a happy new year to you.

This "Unchecky" looked interesting and I went to the website to download.
I almost forgot to check with Virus Total but at the last second scanned
it before downloading. Result was 4 of 51 anti-virus engines deemed it as
malicious.

I know you guys always refer to scanning before downloading. Did you get the same results?

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38 weeks 6 days ago Automatic Warning If You're About To Install Unwanted Software zep321

MC

I right -clicked on the download button of the website and selected VT scan. You're right in that the app is clean but the URL is dirty. Would you still recommend downloading this
program?

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38 weeks 5 days ago Automatic Warning If You're About To Install Unwanted Software zep321

Thanks,MC

After considering all the facts I've decided to download the program.but perhaps in an excess of caution I'll disable the auto updating component.

Again,thanks for all the great work you guys do.

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36 weeks 1 day ago Grinning Geckos (Wallpaper of the Week) zep321

Beautiful wallpaper.

I didn't download the geckos but this site has some of the most beautiful
wallpaper I've ever seen. Downloaded pictures in the "Architecture" category.
Check it out. Thanks. rhiannon

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34 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Program Uninstaller zep321

Just a thought:

I've recently switched from revo to geek. As stated by others revo does not support
64 bit in the free version. Geek seems to do a great job in removing the program and the associated entries.
What I do ,and I'm sure many others also do,is run ccleaner after uninstalling, especially a large program with tentacles scattered throughout your hard drive.
It's like those guys that follow the elephants at the circus cleaning up after them with a shovel and dustpan. ccleaner gets the rest of the garbage.

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30 weeks 6 days ago A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small zep321

Love this little app. Simple, uncomplicated. Even a simpleton like me mastered it immediately.
Took note of mrmontgom comment above and will make sure I play back before closing windows or moving anything around although I do not understand his warning and would appreciate some elucidation on it.
Thanks rob.

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30 weeks 5 days ago A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small zep321

Ah, the light comes on above my head! Yes, I do now understand what you guys are saying. I'll be very careful in using this app but I still love it. Thanks guys

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29 weeks 4 days ago The Friendliest Network Traffic Monitor Ever zep321

Re-asking every four months is not a big deal as long as the program remains free. Not a deal breaker.

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29 weeks 13 hours ago What will be New in the Upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 1 zep321

Have you guys taken a look at(http://www.classicshell.net/)?
If all you want is default boot to desktop and add a start button(with a choice of 3 different styles and skins plus classic explorer you can do all this with a 5mb download. I'm using it on my win 8.0 computer and it works great. Why should I upgrade to 8.1 and then to the update described in this article? What am I missing?

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28 weeks 6 days ago What will be New in the Upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 1 zep321

I see you did review classicshell. Usually I check with you guys before I install any freeware,but this time I took it on my own.
Please know that the article itself is extremely well written and my critical questions in no way imply negative criticism of the article itself.

Keep up the good work. I depend on you guys.

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27 weeks 1 day ago This Message Will Self Destruct (Website of the Week) zep321

I don't get it.

I went to the website and I see that you create a message which is encrypted and protected by a password. Then what? Do you just look at it when you feel like? Can you send it to someone? How do you do that?
Either I'm very dense or I'm missing something. Please help.

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7 weeks 3 days ago This Weather App Has Had A Million Downloads zep321

Looks neat but when you click on download button on yo window website it redirects to cnet website which we all know is notorious for bundling open candy,etc with the program. Any alternative download sites?

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7 weeks 2 days ago This Weather App Has Had A Million Downloads zep321

Eldon:
Thanks for the tip. It worked.

I didn't spot that bit of info when I initially went to yo window website.

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5 weeks 6 days ago NASA Image of the Day (Website of the Week) zep321

Beautiful!

Not only that but click on "archive" and see 100's of beautiful pix.

Thanks, rhiannon

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5 weeks 4 days ago This Weather App Has Had A Million Downloads zep321

Harrym:

Please expand on your comment. Looks pretty harmless to me and it's kind of cool.

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1 year 31 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software zeniorito

Why include Microsoft Security Essentials then? It too failed to pass even 30% of the AV-Test.org test samples. Microsoft should be lauded for including an antivirus product in Windows, because it seems that half the computers I repair have no working AV product. However, it requires a great deal of resources to just maintain the quality of an antivirus product, not to mention improvements. Although a good product at launch, it seems to have fallen off in detection precipitously. I have tested it myself on an extra PC I use for such a purpose, and it allowed half of the items Avira flagged right through...and then allowed execution of the viral losds. As a result, I have advised my clients to uninstall MSE and use Avira instead. I would prefer AVAST, but it confuses novices and makes even PCs with Core2 Quad processors seem like they are running on 1Ghz single-core Atom processors. AVAST does not cripple my PC, but then I have a 2500K, 12GB DDR3 and an SSD. Which is why I play safe and recommend AVIRA along with MALWAREBYTES or SUPERANTISPYWARE free versions.

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1 year 3 weeks ago Best Free Registry Cleaner Zenegog

I'd just like to say thanks for recommending Wise Registry Cleaner Free, as I have ran the tools provided with this software and have notice a dramatic increase in the speed in which my Windows 7 laptop starts up.

If anyone has slow start-up speeds, I'd recommend you to take full advantage of the tools in the Wise Registry Cleaner Free software before considering anything else.

Thanks again,
David.

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51 weeks 3 days ago This Elegant To-Do List Manager Includes Windows And Web Sync Zenegog

I'm now using this for my work at University. I really appreciate this heads up, thank you!

David

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1 year 34 weeks ago How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk zen67

hi,
just a question.. what about other languages .. (italian)

tnx

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15 weeks 1 day ago How To Remove Google+ From Your Gmail Account zemogf

The whole social networking is ruining this society. I joined, ignorantly, I later found out, that this is just another awful spike in f2f human contact. I followed these directions and it asks me if I want to upgrade, not downgrade. I don't do fb, follow me, titters or any of that awful damnation of society and anonymity. Pls. give decent and proper steps to remove this abomination from my google account. Tnank you.

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1 year 39 weeks ago Browse And Listen To Music Tracks Instantly Zebedeeboss

works perfectly well here - connected right away - Thank You

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36 weeks 5 days ago Free Offer of a Normally Very Expensive Full-Featured Screen Reader for a PC Zebedeeboss

@ David Roper - ROFL

+1

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9 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Web Browser Zeaxan

Has anyone heard any good reviews for 360 Browser from the makers of 360safe antivirus? I know the antivirus is one of the best free available with great detection rates, but I'm curious about their web browser. Its suppose to be similar to IE only safer.

Link: http://www.360safe.com/browser.html

In case anyone wants to check it out. Thanks!

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1 year 32 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer zdub

I'm VERY cautious with CNET downloads but I didn't get any sneakware with Zoner 15.

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1 year 28 weeks ago 6 Free Google Reader Alternatives zdub

I'm now a Feedly convert. Seamless migration from Reader, plus very flexible viewing options that can be set for individual feeds and folders. It has occasionally been unavailable (only displaying a blank page!) because of all of the additional users that they now have.

Folks should note that The Old Reader only receives feed updates about once/day, which is why I gave it a pass when checking out alternatives.

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1 year 27 weeks ago Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program zdub

Just updated Freemake to 4.0.0.1. I didn't see any OpenCandy stuff bundled with it. However, they have now disabled drag & drop from the initial screen and instead have replaced it with a big button to get you to install Gold Pack by either donating or changing your Home Page/Search options in your browser. After doing a conversion, you can drag & drop (as long as you don't close the converted files info, in which case the screen reverts back to the Gold Pack install button.)

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1 year 27 weeks ago Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program zdub

Quick followup. Looks like the main screen gets rotated a bit; sometimes it's a bit annoying, but I guess the authors have to monetize it somehow. Overall I'm quick happy with this options & the ease of use for this program. For a more sophisticated converter, folks should try MediaCoder. The number of conversion options can be daunting, but there is a large support community,

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1 year 21 weeks ago Best Free Program Uninstaller zdub

Revo Uninstaller free does not uninstall or even show 64-bit programs! And you really gave it 10 stars???

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1 year 16 weeks ago A Fascinating Real-Time View Of Your PC's Internet Connections zdub

Installed on Win7 64-bit. Tried running it & got error message "The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect. Please see the application log or use the command-line sxstrace.exe tool for more detail."

App log: Activation context generation failed for "C:\Program Files\BotRevoltFree\BotRevoltFree.exe". Dependent Assembly Microsoft.VC90.ATL,processorArchitecture="amd64",publicKeyToken="1fc8b3b9a1e18e3b",type="win32",version="9.0.21022.8" could not be found. Please use sxstrace.exe for detailed diagnosis.

REPLY if you want me to supply you with the trace file.

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1 year 12 weeks ago Music Scientifically Proved To Help You, er, ... zdub

If you're still running NT (seriously?? from 15 years ago??), you have a lot more problems to worry about than not being able to load a website in whatever old version of IE you are also probably running. Security holes galore being the biggest!

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1 year 11 weeks ago Help Secure Your PC. Free Utility Check Apps That Need Updating. zdub

The program is quite different from Ninite. Ninite allows one to download the latest most popular freeware apps en masse. It doesn't scan your pc looking for apps that need updating. Patch My PC has some overlap with Secunia PSI, Belarc Advisor, the Software Updater portion of Avast, FileHippo, etc.

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48 weeks 3 days ago Help Save Your Eyesight With This Clever Windows Program zdub

Mine is in appdata\local. And so is Chrome and lots of Google update executables. The location allows non-admin users to install programs. Which is risky for other reasons (see the latest Windows Secret on CryptoLocker).

But why would Revo have a problem finding it? f.lux creates a standard uninstall entry in HKCU.

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42 weeks 3 days ago How to Check if Somebody is Spying on Your Supposedly Secure Internet Connection zdub

What do you mean that eBay is not secure? It doesn't use https for browsing, but it certainly uses a certificate for logging in (which is necessary to bid), changing account info, etc.

Also, what is an "offline version"? The whole idea of a certificate is to validate a real-time internet connection.

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40 weeks 18 hours ago This 4-In-1 File Explorer Makes Moving And Copying Files Simple zdub

I've been trying Explorer alternatives for years and have settled on Multicommander. Free. Powerful. Stable. Can run as portable. Very configurable. Has Norton Commander style keyboard commands if you want. Active users forum. Regularly updated. The list of features for this program is extensive and too numerous to list here.

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34 weeks 3 days ago One Of The Best Backup Utilities I've Seen For A Long Time zdub

Been using Cobian for years (cobiansoft.net). 100% freeware. Does full, incremental, differential; volume shadow copy; flexible scheduling; non-proprietary formats - no compression or zip or 7 zip (and it won't compress already compressed formats such as MP3 unless you want it to); no encryption or 3 types of aes encryption; exclusions; pre- and post- backup events. It can backup to an ftp location; notify results via email; and more. The only downside is that there is no built-in restore process - it doesn't build a catalog of files and you may have to look through a few places if you zip and also have it configured for lots of incrementals.

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34 weeks 3 days ago One Of The Best Backup Utilities I've Seen For A Long Time zdub

Author is trying to sell the source code and probably no future development. But it's still available.

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22 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer zdub

I've tried most of these over the years. For a long term irfanview was IT. Then switched over to xnview. But for the last couple of years I've migrated to Zoner almost exclusively. And very frequently. It's a great photo/image manager. (I rarely use the editor in favor of more dedicated programs.)

However, I'm currently at version 14 Build 5 from 2012. The latest is version 16 something but I hesitate to update because of some horror stories regarding the latest version "hijacking" of image registry settings, and other intrusive behavior.

It's impossible to find version history on this product.

So what's the deal? Is there an advantage to v16? Is it as intrusive as some folks say? I hate being a guinea pig if I was so warned...

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22 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer zdub

Thank you for such a detailed response. It's sometimes hard to separate the horror stories of inexperienced users who blindly click Next during an install and suffer the consequences of crapware (especially, as you noted, when using cnet packages) versus truly intrusive behavior.

Based on your experience, I'll give the latest version a go!

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19 weeks 6 days ago Why Are Your Photos Upside Down? zdub

A top pick here, Zoner Photo Studio, also has the option to rotate images to match EXIF (Preferences, General) and makes it quite easy to rotate & save if need be.

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18 weeks 2 days ago The Best Photo Viewer I've Seen In Years. And It's Free. zdub

I tried it and it does look pretty cool. However it must be classified as crippleware since certain important features are disabled unless you sponsor it for 10 bucks. Nothing against this in principle, but since I can't find any compelling reason why I should use it instead of (or in addition to) my current fav, Zoner. Fast? Yeah, but I haven't found speed to be an issue in ANY of the popular photo viewers; they are all pretty much instant. Metadata support & search? Zoner does it. Editor? Zoner is MUCH more capable. Audio & video support? I really don't care about this in a photo viewer, but again, Zoner does it.

So I'll pass.

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12 weeks 4 days ago This Disk Activity Indicator Has An Incredible Additional Feature zdub

Yeah, 49 Mb is nothing these days. Thanks for the link!

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10 weeks 5 days ago Deeper into the Windows Registry zdub

Sorry, but that's just bizarre. You mean you would have stuck with Windows if they instead used 1000s of ini files instead of the vastly superior hierarchical database that is the registry??

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9 weeks 1 day ago My Favoured Youtube Downloader Of The Moment zdub

Also have never had a problem with Freemake Video Downloader (or indeed with any of their other offerings). Works great with lots of download options. You just need to take care during the install not to allow the "extras" to install also.

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7 weeks 18 hours ago CryptoLocker Encryption Cracked. How To Get Your Files Back. zdub

No, that's not the end of it. FireEye and others got lucky in that they were able to grab a copy of the cryptolocker database.

Look at CryptoLocker as V1 of a "product" that's only going to get better and better, both in the delivery techniques (which will likely continue to rely on social engineering) and in the encryption process. Decryption (without the DB) is all but impossible without quantum computing, and will become even more "impossibler" with longer keys.

There are enough people with inadequate controls and inadequate backups to keep these crime syndicates rolling in dough for a long time to come...

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6 weeks 6 days ago CryptoLocker Encryption Cracked. How To Get Your Files Back. zdub

If your backup drive is sitting next to your computer it is sufficient if the primary computer HD crashes or has an unrecoverable virus. But it certainly ain't good enough for disasters such as fires. External backups are fine if combined with an offsite plan, but most people don't do this. That's one major advantage of cloud backup

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6 weeks 5 days ago Wikipedia, But With A Modern Interface zdub

Thanks for this. The Contents implementation on WikiWand is FAR superior to that of Wikipedia.

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1 week 6 days ago A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor zdub

RJ TextEd has integrated FTP as well. I moved to this editor years ago when it surpassed PSPad in terms of features (tho' I don't know how it compares today.) Powerful, customizable, frequent updates for bug fixes (few, if any, these days) & enhancements, no bundling of unwanted junk.

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1 week 3 days ago A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor zdub

Sorry, my other comment was not added as a reply. But please let me know what you scanned that flagged RJ as problematic & I'll notify the author.

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36 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Notes Organizer zdravko100

QuickTextPaste is the best for me. It save my time.

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35 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Email Software zdravko

Ok, is there anything that can handle all the correspondence with one person, incoming and outgoing, under the same folder?
I have Evolution. It has filters for incoming mail, but outgoing ignores it. Why?

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17 weeks 6 days ago The Best Photo Viewer I've Seen In Years. And It's Free. ZacWalk

I am one of the developers of Diffractor. There is just two of us and we are only volunteers. We both have day jobs. This is a hard review to live up to but we will do our best.

Gizmo readers have been amazing and provided a lot of great feedback. If you find bugs or have suggestions please help us to make Diffractor better by reporting them at http://www.diffractor.com/help

It is expensive to run such a project and the sponsor payments are far from covering our costs. Custom indexed of folders are the only feature that is limited; 99.9% of our active users are using it for free. We have to reward supports somehow.

Diffractor is designed to take advantage of your graphics card. There are a lot of different hardware and drivers out there. We try to support as much as possible including all sorts of old Windows XP hardware. If you see problems please give us details.

There are a lot of great venerable image viewers out there. We have nothing against any of them...use what makes you happy :)

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1 year 26 weeks ago Controversial Advertising Program Now Being Embedded in More Software zacharia

awesome article. well written, great intent.

thank you.

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1 year 13 weeks ago How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors yvonniewu

Hi Chiron,

Roboscan/AlYac Internet Security has a report form for users to report malware of false positives.
Check the link here from Roboscan's website: http://www.roboscan.com/support/virus_report.aspx

If you're currently using Rooscan or has Roboscan installed in your PC regardless lifetime free version or paid Pro version, there is a "report" function available on on the lower left the configuration.

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1 year 37 weeks ago How to Copy and Paste in the Windows Command Prompt Yunga

About copying, you can also use C:\Windows\system32\clip.exe, it redirects output of command line tools to the Windows clipboard. Try "clip /?".

And to quickly paste in the cmd prompt, without leaving the keyboard, you can use Alt-Space to bring the windows menu, then E P, for the Edit -> Paste menus.

A few links for peoples frequently using the command prompt or a shell:

* ConEmu http://code.google.com/p/conemu-maximus5/
A console emulator with tabs, it works fine with everything listed below. (It allows line/block selection for copying.)

* CygWin http://cygwin.com/
This is a HUGE collection of gnu/linux tools for windows, from bash to zsh, perl, gcc, mc... If you're a linux guy, you'll feel at home with this.

* TCC/LE http://jpsoft.com/
It's 4DOS, an enhanced cmd.exe, a must have. (Like NDOS)

* FAR Manager http://farmanager.com/
Norton commander clone.

* SysInternals Suite http://sysinternals.com/
Various command-line and gui tools: process, junctions, etc.

* NirCMD http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd.html
Small utility that allows you to do some useful windows tasks.

* CLink https://code.google.com/p/clink/
Better completion for cmd.exe

I hope someone might find this helpful.

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50 weeks 4 days ago Crush Sweet Candies in this Very Popular Game Yunga

Bejeweled is here: http://bejeweled.popcap.com/html5/0.9.12.9490/html5/Bejeweled.html

What I really dislike with candy crush is that on some levels you need random luck to win, and that on some others, if you don't buy, the bonuses it's a hell to win.

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5 weeks 3 days ago Windows 7 Startup Yunga

Excellent!

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34 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Web Browser youngjoe

Two killer problems (for me):

1) I download a lot of text files. Chrome won't let me do that -- it converts them all to chrome's proprietary html format. I've seen a forum discussion of this. Many people have complained. Google doesn't give a damn. The other browsers offer downloaders a choice of formats.

2) Current Firefox doesn't permit use of current Shockwave Flash. I'm a musician and I can't use a browser that won't let me view videos.

I used Firefox happily for years, but this problem kills it for me.

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34 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Web Browser youngjoe

Thanks for the correction, Anupam. And thanks for the information! Please, would you tell me how to go about allowing it manually. When I go to the page that FF sends me to to manage add-ons, I am informed that Flash player is banned because of unspecified malware problems, and no work-around suggestion is offered.

We all use our browsers with personal ideas of what functionality is required, and I know that many, many people are happy with Chrome. I'm not one of them. I've tried a few other browsers over the last few days, and I realize that for my purposes Foxfire is very much what I need to use, so I am grateful for suggestions of how to cure the flash problem.

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34 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Web Browser youngjoe

Gotcha joe!

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23 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer YossiD

Just wondering why the reviewer considers "the interface has been almost the same since early versions" to be a negative point for IrfanView.

Personally I get very annoyed when interfaces change with new software versions; it just makes it harder to find the functions and features I need.

So I, for one, and delighted when new versions of IrfanView have improved functionality and features while retaining the look and feel I know.

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20 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android YossiD

Seems to be some confusion with the MixZing write-up. The review says 20MB footprint but the quick selection guide says ~40MB. also the version listed is 3.7.2 but current version is 4.3.1.

[Commercial reference removed as per site rules]

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28 weeks 21 hours ago Best Free Download Manager YorkshireJumbo

I've been using FDM for a while, on Vista using FF & Chrome, and now on Windows7 64-bit with Chrome. I've noticed recently that it's been hogging a CPU, sitting in Task Manager at 25% (on a 4 CPU system) for hours on end. I've tried upgrading, and have had no response to a support request.

I've come here to look for a replacement, as FDM is no longer usable...

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47 weeks 14 hours ago How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk yonkers

I have a Gateway SX2803 computer and no problems until last night. When I went to turn the computer back on the screen comes up black with the words: Missing Operating System. What does this mean? I cannot locate the Windows 7 installation disc which I was told would be needed. I do not remember if it came with one or not. I am not into the tech end of computers, but am trying to get info on the problem I have. Thanks, for any help you can give me, yonkers.

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36 weeks 2 days ago Thank You for Donating yogiboar

I hope these donations, small or large, allow you to continue this site we all love.

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1 year 11 weeks ago Reduce The Size Of Image Files yogi22

If all you want to do is shrink jpg files for emailing, blogging, etc., then ShrinkPic is the way to go. It is a tiny (1.23) program that can run all the time, or as required. When running, it automatically reduces any jpg file that you attach to an email - no user input required! Very fast. Is smart, in that it does not shrink files that are already small. It leaves the original alone.

Scores 5/5 in 15 reviews on download.cnet.com
FREE
http://www.onthegosoft.com/shrink_pic.htm
kk

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1 year 11 weeks ago Reduce The Size Of Image Files yogi22

It has worked on every one of the computers I have installed it on (xp, vista, W7<32&64>).

BTW my original post should have said, "1.23 Mb)
kk

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1 year 3 weeks ago Best Free System Information Utility yocalif

DO NOT INSTAL PC WIZARD, IT IS more than a tool bar it has CRAP WARE! You have been WARNED!

I am very careful about what free software I put on my PC, however I thought that with Gizmo/techsupportalerts, recommendation there was some kind of effort to preview and stay up to date with current versions of their recommendations. I am wrong!

The above says: "The installer is bundled with the "Ask Toolbar". Installation of the toolbar is optional."

1st that isn't the only thing it trys to in install, there is also something called PC Health, which there is NO OPTION to NOT ACCEPT. Next there is something called Severe Weather Alert. It trys to change your browser's home page, and who knows what else.

2nd in spite of click on not accepting the tool bar, not accepting home page change, and even clicked "decline" at last page of install process, which triggered the install to initiate. Immediately I get two trojan alerts
trojan.agent /en-BHO.Process C:\users\dad\appdata\local\..\ AIR924.3x3
trojan.agent /en-BHO.Process C:\users\dad\appdata\local\micr...\webplayers[1].exe
Next I get a avast web-gen virus alert, which went off the screen before I could jot it down.

I use Winpatrol which attempts to stop process & app attaching themselves to windows startup, it also detects/stops browser home page changes, which is now popping up every 5 minutes as this install keeps trying to change IE's home page.

Oh, there is no icon or program for PC Wizard either on the desktop or Windows Start or in Control Panel > Programs-uninstall. In other words I got all the crap and not the program because I clicked "decline".

Gizmo/techsupportalert should remove PC Wizard immediately from their recommended list. I have install at least two dozen utility type apps recommended here at Gizmo without this kind of problem or headache.

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23 weeks 5 days ago How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk ynsdavid

I have downloaded file X17-58997.iso (win7 Home Premium 64bit). Use Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool, then error message the downloaded file not vaild ISO file. Is there other method to burn into DVD? I want to create Windows 7 DVD Bootable disc, do I use the correct DVD tool?

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23 weeks 2 days ago How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk ynsdavid

I have try to use ImgBurn this end up turn to blue screen, I think my ISO is corrupted.
May I know how to use download manager to control the download? I click on the link then it download direct cannot attached to download manager

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23 weeks 2 days ago How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk ynsdavid

Thanks for advise. I try but it at the end turn to blue screen. May i know how you download your ISO by portableapps?

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30 weeks 3 days ago Best Free DVD Ripper yetanother1

I tried uRex Free DVD Ripper and in my limited testing it works great! I had an instructional DVD and tried to rip it with WinX DVD Ripper. The result was unreadable by any of the media players I had (e.g., Windows Media Player, Media Player Classic).

uRex hasn't failed me yet. It appears to be just as easy to use as WinX DVD Ripper, only it works!

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30 weeks 3 days ago Best Free DVD Ripper yetanother1

Anupam,
Thanks for the heads up. I've only had limited experience with uRex.

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1 year 11 weeks ago Best Free Drive Cloning Software YeOldOne

I have used Reflect Free for at least 4 years, lamented the loss of the verify upon creation. The latest version includes WinPE along with the Linux restore boot disk. However, the WinPE at first went to a large download but fails to complete the creation, both 3 and 4 versions. The Linux version creates OK, boots OK, runs OK until I select an image to restore. Then the screen goes blank except for “acpiphp_ibm_init: acpi_walk_namespace failed” and hangs. Several tries were made, including a Microsoft uninstall then download and install a fresh version. Note that the Macrium folder with a few sub-folders and files do not get removed and do not remove manually. Win7 x64 SP1 Device Manager is totally clean, in my home-built computer. However, to format any CD, the quick format now is grayed out, tbd as to why, how to fix. But this should not have any effect on the Recovery process.

At this time, Free owners cannot register into any forum, so we can only see past forum posts which only have a tiny amount of free content. Future posts will only be from paid owners. So, no help for any issues, such as inability to use the boot disk, which is 19.4 MB. Since this site is so excellent, perhaps it can fill in if/until Macrium allows Free owners to communicate at their Forums? With the problem I am experiencing, and if others (who should check their boot disks up to the point just short of the actual restore) do too, Macrium should no longer be recommended at all, at least for the Free version. I used to buy paid image apps, until I came across this website. Sometimes, though, it 'pays' to get a paid version for the support. I have spent many hours so far with the Reflect problem; how much is your time worth?

We all should have redundant partition backup, ie image creation tools. I also use the highly rated Paragon Free. It is not as smooth or clear, but gets the job done. One advantage is its recovery disk does both image creation and restore. For my SSD OS plus apps drive, the latest Paragon is only slightly slower than Macrium, making images slightly larger. To create the drive image, 48 G, takes less than 3 minutes when using the Windows app, longer of course when using the boot disk.

Due to the Reflect problem, I just obtained Clonezilla, thanks to your great reviews. Using the boot disk, it is surprisingly fast, taking about 5 1/2 minutes but another 7 1/2 minutes to verify. Thankfully, when selecting this option ahead of time, it goes to verify unattended. So, take a coffee break for 15 minutes, and find the entire image plus verify operation completed, except for a few more steps to end the program. Note that there is a confusing sentence at the Clonezilla-live.php website: It states “Though the image size is limited by the boot media's storage capacity...” The boot disk allows the image to be created onto any drive partition, even external USB3 HDDs (at least for my rig) such as my 2 Gig WD HDD in a Vantec HX case, which has a great, quiet fan. Also note: You can only go down one level of a sub-folder (second below root, ie D:\folder1\folder2\imagefile), and only if there are no spaces in the folder names, and the folder structure has to exist, cannot be created when running the app, unlike all the others I have used. So, plan ahead.

Image software has come a long way, such as my still-working Drive Image 5.01 (2 floppies, circa 2002) for a still-running NT4 SP6B laptop, especially with numerous free versions, both commercial and open source types.

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1 year 11 weeks ago Best Free Drive Cloning Software YeOldOne

Errata regarding my 15 July 2013 post about Clonezilla: It does indeed create a folder, after asking you to input your own name. It defaults to the current date-time-img, example being 2013-07-16-14-img. An undocumented feature is a warning screen comes up if you enter an already existing folder name, and asks if you want to overwrite it. The overwrite works fine. If no, it asks again for a name, defaulting again to the current date-time-img.

Paragon is clunky regarding folder naming, defaulting to an obscure and very long name, such as arc_100713031548958. I enter a shorter, dated folder name, whereupon the long folder name is created in my folder name, then the file(s) in it, with the same name, plus adding more onto the name, such as: _0001p.000, .001 etc if you split the image. At least for the Windows app.

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1 year 10 weeks ago Best Free Drive Cloning Software YeOldOne

Update on Macrium Reflect free:
I found an older disk, a Linux disk from ver 5.0.4995 of about one year ago. It boots and fully runs fine!

Customer Support stated the Free and paid versions of the Rescue disk is the same, that it might be a problem with my system, clearly not the case.

It seems that one needs to verify that their Rescue disk fully works. Just stop, unless you have another image app to use if Macrium does not actually restore an image, before the Rescue disk actually goes to work. That point is easy to discern. If others have the same/similar problem I am experiencing, of course this product is not useable. If Macrium fixes this issue or I find a way to get it to work, this will be communicated here.

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1 year 24 weeks ago Inkjet Printer Cartridges: Review of Carrot Ink ychen33

I bought an Xerox Laser toner and it leaks. As a result, the printer is permanently damaged. I have bought other compatible toners elsewhere, and this is the first one that leaks and causes hundreds dollars of damage. I contacted them. They said sorry. But don't expect anything from them. I think they should be removed from ISO certification and wish they go out of business soon.

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