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1 year 31 weeks ago Create Your Own Music Mash-Up From MP3 Files _izzyyyyy

gotta get this done can't wait

28 weeks 3 days 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

45 weeks 6 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.

2 years 6 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! :)

1 year 16 weeks 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. ;)

1 year 44 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.

1 year 44 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.

1 year 44 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

1 year 43 weeks ago Best Free Media Player Zima

1. MPC-BE (Media Player Classic Black Edition):

2. BS.Player:

3. Zoom Player:

I recommend MPC-BE and BS.Player.

1 year 43 weeks ago Optimizing qBittorrent For Speed Zima

Good. Thanks.

1 year 43 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?

1 year 43 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?

1 year 43 weeks ago Best Free Media Player Zima

You are welcome.

1 year 43 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):
Same as MPC-HC but it has no internal filters and codecs. Updated every 4 days.

2. JanWillem32's MPC-HC Builds:
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.

1 year 48 weeks ago Best Free File-Based Backup Program ZikO

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:

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.


2 years 10 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.

2 years 2 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.

2 years 2 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



1 year 36 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.

1 year 36 weeks ago How to Stop Google from Keeping a Record of Every Search You Make zeroseven

Good point, thank you. I'll check that

1 year 19 weeks 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!

1 year 19 weeks 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!

1 year 19 weeks ago How to Install Comodo Firewall Zeronos

Thanks very much for the answers, Chiron! :)

9 weeks 2 days ago Finds of the Week (One Click Windows 8 Restore Point, Mars News, Magic Tricks, Futurism) zepe

I feel this is probably the best find you guys have ever found!!!

1 year 49 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.

1 year 12 weeks 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

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

1 year 12 weeks ago Automatic Warning If You're About To Install Unwanted Software zep321


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

1 year 12 weeks ago Automatic Warning If You're About To Install Unwanted Software zep321


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.

1 year 9 weeks 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

1 year 7 weeks 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.

1 year 4 weeks 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.

1 year 4 weeks 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

1 year 2 weeks 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.

1 year 2 weeks ago What will be New in the Upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 1 zep321

Have you guys taken a look at(
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?

1 year 2 weeks 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.

1 year 3 days 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.

32 weeks 6 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?

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

Thanks for the tip. It worked.

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

31 weeks 2 days ago NASA Image of the Day (Website of the Week) zep321


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

Thanks, rhiannon

31 weeks 23 hours ago This Weather App Has Had A Million Downloads zep321


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

22 weeks 5 days ago Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 17 & 17.1 - MATE Edition] zep321


Great article.

I need some help from a linux expert.
While installing linux on my win 8 machine I accidentally wipes my win 8.0 system from the hard drive, Now I can only boot to linux using any media. HDD, dvd drive and usb drive. Nothing else will boot.
I posted this problem on the forum today and thought I would take the liberty of trying to contact you through this article.

Any help will greatly appreciated.

13 weeks 2 days ago An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo zep321

jorgeem1717 took the words right out of my mouth. Nothing I can add to improve on that.

Best Holiday wishes to all of you.

6 weeks 4 days ago The Ultimate Guide To Your PC's CPU And What It Can Do zep321

I downloaded and unzipped the coreinfo file. I ran the command prompt "coreinfo" as per the instructions,but my system (Win 7x64) does not recognize the command. Help, please

6 weeks 4 days ago The Ultimate Guide To Your PC's CPU And What It Can Do zep321

toktok & yrralrellim:

Thanks for you help. Got it to run after changing .exe file to C directory and following toktok command suggestions.
Of course I forgot which command worked so I have to do it over again and make a note.

2 weeks 4 days ago Android Free Game of the Year 2015 zep321

George J

Thanks a million for the tip on Quizup!

I've been a trivia fanatic all my life and this is ,by far, the best trivia game I've
come across regardless of medium.It's quick,exciting, and the rankings by locale are a stroke of genius.

Again, many thanks.

1 week 5 days ago Create Random Files For Disk And Internet Testing zep321

Hi Rob,

Downloaded the portable (no installer) version of this app.
Unzipped and attempted to execute. Avast blocked execution and gave
me a message that the file was infected with "DS#DynaGen||algo:"
MBAM however gave it clean bill of health.

What do you think?

1 week 5 days ago Create Random Files For Disk And Internet Testing zep321


Guess it was a false positive. Puzzling, but it looks safe based on other sources cited.

1 week 4 days ago Create Random Files For Disk And Internet Testing zep321

Thanks George.

That sounds rather benign but why would Avast actually block execution of the program and yet give it a clean bill of health per the virus total website? My question is, of course , rhetorical , but it's still a puzzle to me.

4 days 1 hour ago Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program zep321

After using Freemake for quite some time,and being pleased with the results, I finally consented to an update that they had been nag screening about for months. Big Mistake. Along with the update came a vicious piece of malware/adware
called "Express Find". It caused a black rectangle to appear at the bottom center of my (FF) browser screen which protruded about 2" from bottom and about 4"wide. There was an "X" in upper right hand corner but it did not close the rectangle. When clicked it redirected my browser to some very shabby websites. (per WOT) . Got rid of it by running avast scan which picked it up and deleted it. Beware


Just ran an MBAM scan. It found and quarantined 15 items classified as "PUP's" all connected to "Express Find" although previous to this scan browser appeared to be running cleanly.

2 years 4 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software zeniorito

Why include Microsoft Security Essentials then? It too failed to pass even 30% of the 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.

1 year 28 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,

1 year 24 weeks 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!


24 weeks 5 days ago This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block Zenegog

Good day,

Shouldn't the 'Best Free Antivirus' review be updated, accommodating these discussed programs?


2 years 7 weeks ago How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk zen67

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


40 weeks 4 days 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.

1 year 10 weeks ago Free Offer of a Normally Very Expensive Full-Featured Screen Reader for a PC Zebedeeboss

@ David Roper - ROFL


25 weeks 20 hours ago Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC Zebedeeboss

Agreed 100% - Winpatrol has saved me grief untold times

8 weeks 4 hours ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? Zebedeeboss

I have to agree with Jorpho on this one. I have distro hopped for the last 2-3 years trying to find the right "Linux" that just worked.

Quote "Speed. In general, most Linux systems run many times faster than Windows."

This is the single statment that got me to write a reply. In my findings this is so NOT true. Yes Linux works, and now days it works generally well. Day to day use it is no quicker than a typical windows 7 setup on an average i5 machine.

Now this is just a view point - I have no proof of timings or fabulous screen shots of "Top" etc showing use of resources etc. Why? Because I dont care. I am not one of those who tweaks and fixes and tunes to get my machine to run using just 384k or some other arbituary low figure. i5 with 6gm Ram... what do I care if my machine uses 5.7Gb as long as it works and works well. If it starts to "lag" I usually say - ok what don't I realy need running and start to close things down and this happens more often with Linux than it does Windows. In my experience.

I too leave my machine on 24/7 so not fussed about start up times. I just want to be able to work/play - do multiple things at the same time and not spend hours on a forum trying to find a fix for something that gets broken when an update occurs.

For me... Windows 7 just simply works. It does everything I want. That said - I am a glutton for punishment and I love "playing" with Linux to see if I can conquer it. and conquer is the apt word (sorry couldn't resist that one). I have to fight - tweak - configure - groan - start again - until I get Linux the way I like it.... then BANG!!!! it all goes pear shaped after an update... Sigh!!!

If you simply want a machine to go on the internet and surf Facebook etc - do e-mails and a few documents then Linux can work for you. There are now some truly lovely Distros out there.

But when I need to do something and and do it NOW... I reboot to windows. OK rant over. Its a good informative article (if a little biased). A good example of why I always refer people To Gizmo's site. With the comments section you get to hear for and against, presented in a professional manner to allow you to make your own mind up. Keep up the Great work.
ps scuse typo's and gramatically incorrect punctuations etc :)

7 weeks 3 days ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? Zebedeeboss


These are purely my choice as the ones that gave me least trouble installing and configuring to my needs. The fact that they needed minimal configuration make them my current working installed favourites.

In no particular order - Voyager - LXLE - PeachOSI - Netrunner - Mint 17.1 KDE.

Harder to set up (for me) but still work well - Manjaro - Salix

I am more familiar with Debian/Ubuntu based systems as I have "played" with them more. I emphasise the word play as I am just a pc user and by no means an IT Guru.

Recipricol Salutations from Chilly NW Kent - UK.

35 weeks 12 hours 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.


In case anyone wants to check it out. Thanks!

2 years 1 week 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.

2 years 6 days ago Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program zdub

Just updated Freemake to 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.)

2 years 5 days 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,

1 year 46 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???

1 year 42 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.

1 year 37 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!

1 year 36 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.

1 year 21 weeks 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.

1 year 15 weeks 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.

1 year 13 weeks 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.

1 year 7 weeks ago One Of The Best Backup Utilities I've Seen For A Long Time zdub

Been using Cobian for years ( 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.

1 year 7 weeks 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.

48 weeks 2 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...

47 weeks 6 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!

45 weeks 2 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.

43 weeks 5 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.

38 weeks 20 hours ago This Disk Activity Indicator Has An Incredible Additional Feature zdub

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

36 weeks 1 day 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??

34 weeks 4 days 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.

32 weeks 3 days 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...

32 weeks 2 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

32 weeks 1 day ago Wikipedia, But With A Modern Interface zdub

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

27 weeks 2 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.

26 weeks 6 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.

22 weeks 4 days ago Easy Way to Open Safe Mode in Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 zdub

F8 F8 F8 F8, ah there we go, Windows boot options.

10 weeks 1 day ago A Reminder: If You Use Windows, Just Get Flux zdub

If you are a late night computer user and have trouble falling asleep, you should definitely give this a try.

Check out this study (which also mentions f.lux):

(BTW, my kids use f.lux but I personally don't care for it.)

8 weeks 20 hours ago Watch The World's Hackers, Live, On This Stunning Site zdub

Thanks a lot, Rob, now I am wasting time staring hypnotically at the screen.

5 weeks 3 days ago Free Browser Extension that Efficiently Blocks Ads Using Less Memory zdub

I don't have any speed or lag issues with Adblock on my desktop PC but am glad that you mentioned uBlock (the "µ" is really pretentious and inconvenient) since my 2 Gig Chromebook needed some serious memory trimming. It definitely helped (as did removing other extensions that weren't really necessary on the chromebook). If anyone else has a similar problem, don't forget to turn off Offline Google Drive, a real memory hog.

1 year 10 weeks ago Best Free Notes Organizer zdravko100

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

1 year 9 weeks 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?

43 weeks 2 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

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 :)

2 years 17 hours ago Controversial Advertising Program Now Being Embedded in More Software zacharia

awesome article. well written, great intent.

thank you.

24 weeks 4 days ago Create Your Own Music Mash-Up From MP3 Files zabi


15 weeks 12 hours ago Site Suggestions and Feedback yyyy

Hello, Thanks for all the hard work. But,... I'd like something more.
I like pages like this one:
I can make my own religion based on the features listed. I'd love to see more tables of that type when reading from Gizmo's. Sometimes, features that look important to the editor might be pointless to me, or the opposite.
It also would be nice to be able to fill in that type of table collaboratively.

1 year 38 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:

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.

17 weeks 5 days ago Print An Image As Tiles With Maximum Clarity Yuri P.

Here is much better option:

This small program not only cuts the image, it provides the option of margins and saves the result in the multipage PDF that can be printed in a single shot.

2 years 10 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
A console emulator with tabs, it works fine with everything listed below. (It allows line/block selection for copying.)

* CygWin
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.

It's 4DOS, an enhanced cmd.exe, a must have. (Like NDOS)

* FAR Manager
Norton commander clone.

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

* NirCMD
Small utility that allows you to do some useful windows tasks.

* CLink
Better completion for cmd.exe

I hope someone might find this helpful.

1 year 23 weeks ago Crush Sweet Candies in this Very Popular Game Yunga

Bejeweled is here:

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.

30 weeks 6 days ago Windows 7 Startup Yunga


6 weeks 4 days ago The Ultimate Guide To Your PC's CPU And What It Can Do yrralrellim

"coreinfo' command must be within the correct directory. MOVE coreinfo.exe to the C:\drive. Change directory in window to the c:\ drive and it will run.